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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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Cartoonist, journalist, designer and lover of all comics! Here to encourage you to read Fantagraphics books and then pass them on to your friends AND family. Especially those Eros ones. Graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies.

New Comics Day 7.31.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Willard MullinNew Comics DayBen Catmull 30 Jul 2013 5:40 PM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability. 
Ghost and Ruins  

84-page black & white 10.25" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-678-2

"an 84-page landscape-format hardcover wedding new illustrations of haunted houses to creepy blisters of background and trivia" -Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal  

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball
Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972
by Willard Mullin; edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers

240-page black & white/color 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-639-3

"student sports fans (in this case, baseball fans specifically) can leverage their outside-of-school literacies to comprehend and appreciate the sophisticated cartoons and high-level text in Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball." –Peter Gutierrez, School Library Journal

"…this Willard Mullin book has a lot of beautiful cartooning in it." –Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter


Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972
by Willard Mullin; edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers

240-page black & white/color 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-639-3

- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&category=Willard+Mullin&Itemid=113#sthash.8tBypRQP.dpuf
 






Dash Shaw and New School in Richmond
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 30 Jul 2013 11:19 AM

Dash Shaw at Velocity Comics

All board, Richmond, Virginia! Dash Shaw is coming your way August 8th with his animation presentation. Bring your well-loved copies of Bottomless Belly Button and buy a brand-spankin' new copy of New School for Dash to sign. Velocity Comics is the place to be! The boat to the mysterious island in New School is leaving the dock soon so make sure you're on time Thursday, August 8th.

Velocity Comics is located at 819A W Broad St Richmond, VA 23220.

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Friday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireStephen WeissmanRon Regé JrRobert WilliamsPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJustin HallJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezeventsEric ReynoldsCCICathy Malkasian 25 Jul 2013 4:55 PM

Weissman, Ryan and Rege

By Friday everyone was in the San Diego swing by now. Steven 'Ribs' Weissman, Johnny Ryan and Ron Regé, Jr. were ready to WOW everyone! The Kim Thompson Tribute panel was held that day and the room was packed. Thank you to everyone who came out, Eric Reynold's panoramic photo below.

Kim Thompson Panel

Here a librarian freaks out over Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull, which she had preordered for her library! The whimsy and humor surprised her but in a good way.

Ghost and Ruins Librarian

LA cartoonist Joseph Remnant stopped by to finally buy the Jack Davis collection. He even dressed to match.

Joseph Remnant

Leader of the new cult The Cartoon Utopia and Lavender Diamond rockstar Ron Rege, Jr. joins the Fantagraphics' signing table for the first time! And to the left is No Straight Lines editor and contributors Justin Hall and Dylan Edwards to the left.

Dylan, Justin, and Ron

Then a fucking WIZARD showed up, guys. And a practical one too, his golden cape hid his backpack but was slit so he had easy access.

WIZARD

And then a WORD wizard showed up! The Advocate's Jacob Anderson-Minshall leans in for a photo with Dylan and Justin.

Dylan, Justin and Jacob

More friends stop by like Scott McCloud (again!) here with Jacq, Steven and Johnny.

Johnny, Steven, Jacq and Scott McCloud

Cartoonist Alex Neal visits with Weissman while Johnny Ryan chats up Robert Williams!

Cartoonists!

Flippin' through some Weissman originals.

Weissman originals

Former Comics Alliance, current Image content manager/editor David Brothers shows off his dollar bin find! That lady 'needs a real man'.

David Brothers romance

Next up, Tony Millionaire blew in from LA to sign his new book Green Eggs and Maakies with Cathy Malkasian and Paul Hornschemeier.

Tony, Cathy and Paul

Tony had a artifact someone had MADE for him from his books. SUPERFAN, he might be right behind you, Tonyyyyy.

Tony Millionaire

We shared some pipes and drapes space with NBM publishing who, for some reason, put their porn RIGHT next to our signing section. Pensive and apprehensive Paul ponders porn.

Paul

Chris Sims, senior writer at Comics Alliance, came by to stroke his favorite kind of Fantagraphics' books: our gorgeous, classic reprints like Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse and Peanuts!

Sims and classic comics

And then came the wave of people crazy for Charles Forsman's new book The End of the Fucking World! Cartoonist Matt Forsythe hefts the book:

Matt Forsythe

Center for Cartoon Studies alum, Forsman friend AND comics consultant, Adam Staffaroni flips through TEOTFW.

Adam

Finally, Top Cow editor Bryan Rountree professed his love for Fantagraphics' books with both Good Dog by Graham Chaffee and TEOTFW.

Bryan Rountree

She-Hulk flips through (but doesn't flip the table) Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust next to Eisner-award winning journalist, Tom Spurgeon of the Comics Reporter.

She-Hulk and Tom

Speaking of Eisners, here are some shots of our cartoonists on the BIG SCREEN. Spain Rodriguez and Trina Robbins were both inducted in the Hall of Fame and Ellen Forney presented an award along with Becky Cloonan. The Complete Pogo Vol. 2 'Bona Fide Balderdash' won an Eisner!

Eisners

Then Michael Kupperman's 'Moon 69' comic from Tales Designed to Thrizzle won an Eisner award for Best Short Story! Eric read his hilarious acceptance speech that framed Eric for Kupperman's 'death.'

Eric Reynolds Eisners

The Eisner next to some totally legit beers...

Eisner

Out in the post-Eisner party, the comiXology boys Tony, Matt and Anshu celebrate LIFE and Fantagraphics' digital comics.

comiXology

A few more photos tomorrow (I KNOW you need MORE). Then our eyes are on Autoptic, SPX and BEYOND.
Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Thursday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJustin HallJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGene DeitcheventsEric ReynoldsCCIBarnaby 24 Jul 2013 5:05 PM

Paul Hornschemeier and Phil Nel 

Thursday rocked! Wooo-boy, no joke. Paul Hornschemeier and Philip Nel sign their books above. We were part of the Peanuts Scavenger Hunt and the let us use this bitchin' Woodstock stamp! Frantic moms and desperate children were all over the booth getting stamps and figuring out the quickest way to the next booth.

Peanuts stamp 

Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds checks out Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, a book he finally gets to see in person.

Eric and Ben's book 

Eric Reynolds and Phil Nel, editors of the complete Barnaby by Crockett Johnson.

Love and Rockets' Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez 

Natalia, Gilbert and Jaime 

From Arrested Development, Alia Shawkat was ooohhing and ahhhing over The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert. 

The Adventures of Jodelle 

Shawkat is a big Fanta-fan she even showed me her Dan Clowes tattoo! (her long-suffering and patient brother in the background)

Shawkat's Clowes Tattoo 

Gene Deitch and Justin Hall signed their copies of Nudnik Revealed and No Straight Lines respectively. Deitch reminded Hall that a permanent pen works best for signing (in comparison, Hall is the baby in the situation)

Deitch and Hall 

This young guy was at his first comic con and so happy to meet Gene Deitch!

Gene and fan 

This awesome fan came by the booth THREE TIMES on Thursday before deciding she needed Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust!

Today girl

The boys of Comic Bulletin hold up their favorite new releases from Fantagraphics: Danny Djeljosevic, Rafael Gaitan and Morgan Davis. 

CB boys 

PR Director Jacq Cohen and I had our evening panel with Chip Mosher from comiXology and JK Parkin from Comic Book Resources. The first few people who answered questions got flights of vodka (there's a free tip).

PR and indie marketing panel 

Passed by the comiXology booth and they had a little Fantagraphics sign a-glowing.

comiXology 

Out and about at the CBLDF party, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald and Henry Barajas.

Heidi and Henry 

That's all for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our Twitter feed! 

Young Romance on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Michel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 24 Jul 2013 10:38 AM

Young Romance

Finally! Fantagraphics and comiXology get busy and produce this happily-ever-maybe-never volume of romance comics called Young Romance by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Exciting, innovative, and beautifully drawn romance stories by two towering titans of the field (and originators of the genre).In such best-selling titles as Young Love and Real Western Romances, Simon and Kirby delighted a generation of girls and women (and probably a fair number of boys and men as well) with hundreds of charming and endlessly inventive stories of love and heartbreak. This never-before reprinted material painstakingly restored in full color and edited by Michel Gange. So get out your handkerchiefs and enjoy the trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs of Suzi, Marjorie, Annaliese, Toni, Kathy, Sari... and 15 other star-crossed young lovers from half a century ago.

Seperated into three glorious volumes each priced at $7.99, you'll like the protagonists love and LOVE their problems. Each volume is about 86-90 pages long of full-color beautifully restored classic comics.

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 1

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 2

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 3

Young Romance panel 

"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying." -Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine

"Most of the 21 stories in this great new book collection [Young Romance] haven't been compiled before, and if you're not familiar with them, you're in for thrill after melodramatic thrill. My favorite: 'Norma, Queen of the Hot Dogs.'" - Michael Galucci, Cleveland Scene 

Shame panel

New Comics Day 7.24.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayKen ParilleDaniel Clowes 24 Jul 2013 9:58 AM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
The Daniel Clowes Reader

360-page color/black & white 6.25" x 9" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-589-1 

"This beautiful collection gives the critical treatment to 10 of Clowes' most important comics stories which it includes in their entirety, from Ghost World to 'Art School Confidential' to 'Blue Italian Shit.'" –Benn Ray, Atomic Books on Largehearted Boy
 
"I have enough confidence in Parille that this should be a model of its kind" –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Linda Medley draws some Love and Rockets
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsLinda MedleyGilbert Hernandezfan artart 23 Jul 2013 11:25 AM

Linda Medley on Palomar

Linda Medley, cartoonist of the Castle Waiting series, sent in this fan art she made back in 1987 of Gilbert Hernandez's Tonantzin. Here she is in as drawn by Beto:

Gilbert's Palomar

Featured in part of The Children of Palomar book coming to a store near you, she's a fiery character of the Love and Rockets family and you're sure to fall in love with her too.

The Children of Palomar

PREVIEW NIGHT at SDCC 2013 - Fantagraphics Land
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under CCI 18 Jul 2013 7:55 AM

Fantatable 

Our hands are hot from unpacking this straight-from-the-presses debut books and meeting all you nice people during Preview Night!

Kristy  

If the table's a rockin'....please grab it because its groaning from the weight of our books!

KRISTY

Kristy Valenti holds one of her most recent books Love and Rockets Companion  (co-edited by Marc Sobel) 

Carol and Tom

Abrams ComicsArts' editor Carol Burrell laughs and makes Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon guffaw at the booth.

GM and DW

Wired's Graeme McMillan and Douglas Wolk go ape shit over Cathy Malkasian's Wake Up, Percy Gloom.

Scott McCloud and Jen Vaughn 

Scott McCloud came to oooohhh and ahhh over books and ask the most difficult question: what is your favorite comic book of the last year (that also came out in that time)? There are so MANY on the Fantagraphics' tables, no? Come see us at booth 1718.

That's all for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our Twitter feed! 

New Comics Day 7.15.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJacques Tardi 18 Jul 2013 2:04 AM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop  to confirm availability. 

Goddamn This War! 

Goddamn This War!
by Jacques Tardi & Jean-Pierre Verney

140-page full-color 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-582-2

"any work by the great Jacques Tardi is always worth waiting for…and in my opinion every decent graphic novel collection needs some Tardi in it, he is one of the great masters of the medium, from fantastic adventures (Adele Blanc-Sec) to hard boiled crime (adapting Manchette's prose) to seething, searing indictments of warfare." –Forbidden Planet International

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Set Up ACCOMPLISHED
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireJacques TardieventsCCIBarnaby 17 Jul 2013 1:00 PM

Fantagraphics Table 

We are READY AND RARIN' to go at San Diego Comic Con! Plenty of new books to score early on in the show. No signings tonight but puh-lenty the rest of the weekend. Fantagraphics is located at
booth #1718. Above Jacq inspects a book.

Goddamn this War

Unpacked a delicious box of new
Jacques Tardi books called Goddamn This War, a stand-alone book that goes well with It Was The War of the Trenches

Maakies 

San Diego Comic Con guest
Tony Millionaire's new Maakies book, Green Eggs and Maakies, looks perfect! We have plenty more book debuts here.

Books and Jen

OH MY YES, look at these stacks of books! Our 
signing schedules and panel schedules are located here. Below, a fan and exhibitor tries to buy a copy of Barnaby  early. No one can resist the call of Crockett Johnson.

Barnaby 

That's all for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our
Twitter feed!