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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.

Kickstarter Update: Swell Shirts and more
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 18 Nov 2013 7:22 PM

Lane Milburn 

We thank all of you for your support and love of great comics. We've been adding new things daily so here are few great ones! The new aim is still $200,000 so we can continue on with Kim Thompson's excellent taste in bande dessinee and the tradition of translating foreign comics in English for future generations. So find a gift for a friend or another one for yourself today!

For only $20, you can get Guardsmen of Infinity #1, an EARLY zine by Gary Groth who typeset the whole damn thing with a Leroy lettering system (for you fellow geezers!). Cover below:

Guardsmen 

For most people, music is a way of life and Ed Piskor is no exception to the rule with his new graphic novel Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol 1 is out now, Vol 2 is available for pre-order through this Kickstarter!). Wear this shirt proudly because dammit, we're turning the radio all the way up ($40).

Ed Piskor shirt 


We're offering a pre-order on signed copies of The Blighted Eye, the book of Glenn Bray's personal collection of the most copious, diverse, and lavish compilation of original comic art ever published. In addition to the book are several SIGNED prints from Bray's collection printed for the first time (in a long time) from cartoonists Justin Green, Gary Panter, Kim Deitch, and Robert Williams.

The Blighted Eye 

Eleanor Davis sent the artwork in for a set of two gorgeous two-color prints. If there's not space on your walls for these, consider throwing up a demi-wall or take down whatever trash is currently hanging off the nail. Only $100 for both prints by this NY Times cartoonist and all-around amazing storyteller.

Eleanor Davis 

BEHOLD, the beautiful image of Jim Woodring's Frank on this gorgeous black shirt that compliments his linework. And yes, that EPIC image at the top graces Lane Milburn's shirt, his book Twelve Gems is still up for pre-order along with some added incentives like an actual GEM featuring artwork from the book etched on it. The perfect accessory to a bookshelf groaning with weight from beautiful books.

SHIRTS 

 

New Comics Day 11.13.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayEd PiskorCharles M Schulz 13 Nov 2013 12:48 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.

Hip Hop Family Tree
Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) 
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-690-4

"They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn't steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of '77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his 'Hip Hop Family Tree,' comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a 'who-begat-whom' with a b-boy twist." - Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com 

"His classic indie comic composition and narrative ease make the strip readable, informative (who knew Rammelzee went tagging with Basquiat?), and respectful to the art forms and artists it covers." -J.P. McNamara, Demencha 

Peanuts Every Sunday  
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 (Vol. 1) 
by Charles M. Schulz

224-page full-color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-692-8 

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure - an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." –Bill Clinton 

"...features color versions of the first several years of Sunday for that all-time, pantheon-level comic strip. I want [it] and you should, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter





Kickstarter Goal HIT! Now what?
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kim ThompsonKickstarter 12 Nov 2013 8:50 PM

We had to again express our thanks when at about 6am PST on Tuesday, we hit $150,000 on our Kickstarter campaign for our 2014 Spring-Summer Season. We are thankful for your support, passing on the word to your friends and taking up that coveted shelf space over the years. Making our goal within a week was an unexpected surprise.

Dave Stevens 

Since we have so many books still available for pre-order and some great 'warehouse finds' like the Dave Stevens' King Kong poster, a special Richard Sala premium (announcing soon....) and more, we have decided on our (first?!) stretch goal. 

If we hit 200,000 we plan to: hire translators to help produce books that were previously scheduled and create an infrastructure to continue Kim Thompson's legacy of publishing the best bande dessinee.

So check those premiums out, we're updating all the time, adding extra signed books and scouring the recesses of our punk house-cum-office for cool things that can touch your alternative and indie comics lovin' heart.

Kim Thompson 

Janet Hamlin at NYU School of Law
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJanet Hamlinevents 12 Nov 2013 2:25 PM

Sketching Furman

Don't forget! Tomorrow night at 6pm in Furman Hall on the NYU School of Law campus there is the (Un)covering Guantanamo Panel with Janet Hamlin. 

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the ACLU are delighted to bring together a panel of speakers with unparalleled experience depicting and reporting on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the military commission trials taking place there.

Included on this panel are Janet Hamlin, artist behind Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013, and Carol Rosenberg, who wrote the foreword for the book.

This distinguished group of journalists will address the challenges and opportunities of covering the most important terrorism trials of our time at an off-shore military base, discuss long-standing allegations of censorship and excessive secrecy, and consider the extent to which the United States government has succeeded (or not) in managing the public image of Guantanamo and the military commissions. They will also discuss the fates and stories of the detainees they have covered.

Join them at Furman Hall [ 245 Sullivan Street ] on the 9th Floor in the Lester Pollack Room. A valid ID and RSVP is required for admission to this event. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This event will be followed by a brief reception.

Sketching Gitmo

Kickstarter: more books, tattoos and FBI Minis
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under tattoosGraham ChaffeeFBI MINIs 11 Nov 2013 4:52 AM

Dear friends, as you know we are running a Kickstarter campaign through the month of November (ending December 5th) and have been absolutely swept away by your show of support for Fantagraphics. We are so very grateful that you believe in excellent comics and graphic novels. We are, as you might have seen via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram or our Flog, updating many of the premiums with more copies of signed books So much so that we arm-wrestled all the cartoonists (and won, you guys should never challenge Gary) and have added MORE signed books to our list of premiums.

We have added more of the following signed books: Sock Monkey, BUMF, Peanuts Vol. 20, The Love Bunglers, Luba and Her Family, Buddy Buys a Dump, How To Be Happy, Megahex, Hip Hop Family Tree, witzend collection, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun, sketched Sock Monkeys too. 

How to Be Happy
(not final cover)

Now cartoonist Graham Chaffee has offered one of the most undeniably-fucking-rad-ass premiums that has yet to be picked up. A $500 tattoo from Chaffee himself, owner of the Purple Panther Tattoo in Hollywood, CA. Obviously, someone heading out there soon or a local should snap this up and here's a few examples of Chaffee's excellent work. I'm getting a few tats this February from the man himself so you'll have to let me know how his chair-side manner is (po-lite!). 

 Chaffee tattoo
chaffee tattoo2

We've also created a RETAILER exclusive. Three sets of the FBI Mini Comics Library for the cost of one normally (on the Kickstarter). All you need do is present your retailer number during the survey we send out at the end of campaign. 34 beautiful saddle-stapled comics started as a pet project by Kim Thompson himself, you get a little Jaime Hernandez, Graham Chaffee, Ulli Lust, Nicholas Mahler and much more.

Noah's FBI mini FBI jaime Sala FBi

A few clarifications are also in order: the employee-drawn portraits are just that, they are drawn by our staffers, not Fantagraphics' cartoonists. Now, we have some mighty talented hands on board though so unless you specifically want a stick figure with boobs, you'll get something pretty damn charming. Same for the Custom Chucks - employees will be designing and painting on Converse sneakers just for you! The Gary Panter custom chucks are hello, yes done by Gary Panter.

We are looking into digital rewards!

Check out the FAQ at the very bottom of the Kickstarter to purchase more than one premium. (it's easy, promise!) Feel free to message us via the Kickstarter with your Kickstarter-related questions. 

VIOLENZIA is coming...
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Richard Saladigital comicscomiXology 7 Nov 2013 2:15 PM

Violenzia

SHE'S COMING...VIOLENZIA. A mysterious girl leaves a path of bloody destruction wherever she goes. But, why? Find out in the brand-new, full-color, 50-page comic by Richard Sala

"Let there be no mercy or forgiveness for they have shown none." With these words, whispered into the wind, a mysterious young woman leaps into action with wild abandon, twin automatics blazing. Is she a brave and reckless heroine taking on a monstrous evil? Or is she a deranged angel of death? One thing is clear: whether she is dropping from a high window into a crowd of red-robed fanatical cultists, or facing down a horde of psychotic hillbillies, you don't want to get in her way.

Violenzia

A fast moving, self-contained story, Violenzia is a blast of pulpy fun, told in scenes of audacious action and splashes of rich watercolors. With elements of golden age comics and old movies mixed with Sala's trademark humor and sense of the absurd, Violenzia is serious fun, a bloody enigma masked as eye candy, a puzzle box riddled with bullet holes.

violenzia

Coming exclusively to comiXology on November 20th, Violenzia will blast her way into your hearts. She's actually got a bullet in the chamber and the safety off waiting for you to preorder the book now.

Read the fine print

We cannot wait.

New Comics Day 11.6.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Virgil PartchNew Comics DayGilbert Hernandez 7 Nov 2013 10:28 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. 

Maria M.

Maria M. Book 1
by Gilbert Hernandez

140-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-719-2

"I liked this one the best of the pulp-stories that feature the movies made by his character Fritz in the Palomar/Post-Palomar universe he depicts in Love And Rockets... An amazing year for Hernandez." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

VIP  
Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch 
by Jonathan Barli

208-page full-color 10.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-664-5

"a career long retrospective of a comic genius that is long overdue." -Andy Mansell, Heroes Online  

"A nice new treatment of the VIP work has been long overdue..." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

 




Barnaby in The Believer
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under pressBarnaby 4 Nov 2013 1:13 PM

Barnaby BELIEVER

The latest issue of The Believer, published by McSweeney's, has a very sweet drawing of Barnaby on the cover! You can grab a copy of it at your nearest bookstore or from the McSweeney's website yourself! Vol. II, Issue #9 features a fun cover by J. Otto Seibold and stories on Indiana's efforts to renew urban areas, the SoCal feminist art scene and more.

Barnaby and Believer

Wondering about Barnaby by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds? You have come to the exact right place!  Volume one of the little tyke running around and keeping his fairy godfather out of trouble during World War II came out earlier this year and volume two is in the works.

Barnaby

Hip Hop Family Tree on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskordigital comicscomiXology 30 Oct 2013 3:42 PM
Hip Hop Family Tree on iPad
Ed Piskor's first volume of the graphic novel that takes place in the past and is down with the beats, Hip Hop Family Tree, is available to read digitally on comiXology. The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium - the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture. Did you fall in love with Hip Hop Family Tree on BoingBoing or maybe this is your first foray into Piskor's well-documented universe.
 
Hip Hop panel 
One hundred and four full-color pages scream to be read. Plus, you get rapper and hip hop pinups by the likes of Brandon Graham, Jim Rugg and Jim Mahfood await you. Download Hip Hop Family Tree (volume one) on your reading device today for $18.99.
 
"This is the comic of all time." - Biz Markie 
 
"His classic indie comic composition and narrative ease make the strip readable, informative (who knew Rammelzee went tagging with Basquiat?), and respectful to the art forms and artists it covers." -J.P. McNamara, DeMencha 
New Comics Day 10.30.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve DitkoRobert CrumbNew Comics DayBlake Bell 30 Oct 2013 11:50 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.

Impossible Tales Vol 4

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-640-9

"I think [Ditko's] a foundational mainstream talent, and one of the interesting ones like Johnny Craig in that a lot of his influence is felt more directly in areas outside of conventional mainstream funnybooks. I could read him all day. And then the next day." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

"Ditko's distinctly off-kilter drawings and boldly potent composition" and the "meticulous restoration means that the stories look far better here than they did upon their original appearances." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist Online

The Complete Crumb Vol. 6

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6: On the Crest of a Wave (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

156-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-60699-683-6

"These are all must haves, and every positive vibe I emanated up the screen in the direction of Steve Ditko goes double for Mr. Crumb. This is pretty prime time material in terms of the material that made and kept him an icon in the 1970s, but then again, nearly all of these volumes has something. I admire Fantagraphics for their commitment to keep this material in print." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

 

The Complete Crumb 8

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat (New Printing) by Robert Crumb

144-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-56097-076-7

"The Complete Crumb series is especially useful in reminding us that Crumb has continued to evolve through the sixties. His more recent work is quieter and more literary... The most recent installment, collecting material originally published in Weirdo magazine, contains some of Crumb's best work." –The National Post