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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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Cartoonist, journalist 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.

Seattle Photographer to kick cancer's ass
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under artistsart 30 Jun 2014 2:45 PM

Lance
Seattle photographer Lance Mercer has captured some truly gorgeous photos throughout the years of musicians from all walks of life. From the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 90's to Beck, from The President of the Unites States to the chapter breaks in grunge-rock memoir by Danny BlandIn Case We Die, drama and action and life ooze from shots. Recently, our friend Lance was diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctors caught it early, he's been through chemo treatment but as with most freelancers, the medical bills are rather weighty. Lance's family created a GoFundMe account to help cover the bills, that are still totalling up. Check out his story over at the site and send a few dollars his way. 'Cuz fuck cancer.

by Lance Mercer 

Lance's bio from the website: 

"Chances are you probably know Lance. Sometimes it seems like everyone does. He was born and raised in Seattle and began photographing the local music scene at the age of 13. Earning a reputation with his energetic and honest photographs, Lance got involved in some of the most legendary musical movements Seattle had to offer, including working as the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 1990's. His work can be found in some of your favorite albums, in museums and galleries around the country, and in any music publication you can think of. In the 2000s he took some time off from photography to travel the world with his own band, Seattle punk spectacular The Briefs. And in recent years he has spent time engrossed in a wide array of projects from curating installations for Nordstrom to traveling to Nepal and documenting the grass roots Sherpa cultural identity for their 2012 Spring catalog ‘Sherpa Adventure Gear'.

Pearl Jame 1991
(Pearl Jam, 1991) 

Lance has been in recovery for over 10 years and one of his greatest passions in life is extending the hand of service to help others in need. He has worked cloesly with the MusiCares foundation to assist other artists struggling with addiction. He's helped countless individuals on the road to recovery and he is always there. Whether its to offer a place to stay, a ride, an ear to listen, or advice. Now its time for us to be there for him."

Patti Smith 
(Patti Smith!)


Zak Sally's SchoolHaus / A4 Kickstarter
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Zak Sallyart 27 Jun 2014 4:00 PM

SchoolHaus
Cartoonist from Sammy the Mouse, Le Mano Press and one of the Autoptic Festival organizer, Zak Sally is currently running a Kickstarter to create an interdisplinary experiment in art education! With all the heavy-wallet-hitting schools like SCAD, SVA and CCS (which I love, don't get me wrong), seeing education programs like SAW, Frank Santoro's low-residency Comics Workbook program and now SchoolHaus are very encouraging for the highly-ambitious, hard-working people without a lot of extra dough. When the choice is eat dinner or new bristol? Sometimes that's a tough choice.

ArtHaus 

Along with Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus, Zak Sally aims to create an educational system derived from what the students want to learn instead of hitting goals to earn a degree. Money made from the campaign will go towards many student's tuition. Minneapolis is already the home of many amazing book-friendly places like MCAD itself, Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, stores like Big Brain or Magers & Quinn; Ibarra and Sally's work in printing and education is definitely something the locals can sink their teeth into. Check out the Kickstarter and throw a few bucks their way, they have all sorts of beautiful rewards from screenprinted aprons to object books like the one below.

Object book 

Barnaby Vol. 2 Errata
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under errataCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 27 Jun 2014 12:11 PM
Barnaby 
Barnaby, the comic strip that welled up from the infamous inkpot of Crockett Johnson, who also greated Harold and the Purple Crayon, is chock fulla World War 2 information and allusions. Being a newspaper strip intended for children though, it's not a barrier to reading the comic.  "You don't need to get all of Crockett Johnson's allusions to enjoy his classic strip, Barnaby. But I'm the sort of person who wants to know these things," writes Philip Nel, co-editor of the Barnaby series and Johnson's biographer. For those who like a little inside baseball, Nel has posted a few corrections that readers have sent in already for Barnaby  Vol. 2. Cushlamachree! We always knew you guys were a well-read lot and appreciate it when you step up to the mic. Happy Reading!
Barnaby mic 
New Comics Day 6.25.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under S Clay WilsonNew Comics DayJoe Orlando 24 Jun 2014 5:10 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.

Pirates in the Heartland
Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Volume 1
by S. Clay Wilson, edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

232 page color and black & white 8" x 11.25" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-747-5

"Part biography, part retrospective, part collected chronicles of a comic legend, this is a huge undertaking that pays off in every way you could expect, and a million ways you couldn't. Stay tuned." –Forbidden Planet  

Judgment Day
Judgment Day and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)

illustrated by Joe Orlando; written by Al Feldstein, Ray Bradbury et al.
92-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-727-7 

If you're not familiar with his magnificent EC art, do yourself a favor and order the book. Joe was a deserved member of comics' Hall of Fame for his work as an artist, editor, teacher and industry leader...and mentor to so many of us." –Paul Levitz

"[Orlando's] technical skill, editing abilities, breadth of work throughout the industry's formative years, and the subsequent influence that he left on everyone that ever picked up one of his comics, is true to the core." –Forbidden Planet  






SEATTLE: Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson Event
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor Davisart showsart 23 Jun 2014 3:20 PM
EPW ED
This July, the talented and incredible Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson will descend upon the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery with the fury of a thousand suns, scorching earth and people in their paths. During the Georgetown Garden Walk on Sunday, July 13th, Eleanor and Esther will have a reception and signing from  3:00 to 5:00 PM. We'll have brand, spanking new copies of How to Be Happy and Unlovable 3 for you (feel free to bring your other EPW and Davis books from your shelves)
 
How to Be Happy Eleanor Davis  
The original art exhibition continues through September 10, 2014. This events coincides, as we mentioned, with the festive Georgetown Garden Walk so you'll have a tulip trip of a time visiting all the shops and gardens throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
 Unlovable3  Esther
Ron Rege: Cinders Gallery Artist of the Month
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ron Regé Jrinterviewartistsart 23 Jun 2014 12:22 PM

 Ron Rege

Ron Regé, Jr has the esteemed pleasure of being named the Cinders Gallery Artist of the Month! Cinders interviews Regé all about his comics creative process, his band Lavender Diamond, magick and even the last good movie he saw (a 1981 animated film, Ferherlofia aka Son of the White Mare). You'll notice that Rege is also sporting a very UNIQUE pair of leggings made from his Cartoon Utopia cover. The leggings are almost as hypnotizing as the book!

Think you have all the Regé books and what not out there? Cinders also has a limited edition print available on their site, there are only 30 left so get one now!

Regé Print 

Kim Thompson, One Year Later
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kim Thompson 19 Jun 2014 10:35 AM

Kim, Eric, Rhea, Gary

From the Eric Reynolds archives: Kim Thompson hanging out with Eric, Rhea Patton, and Gary Groth, all celebrating Groth's 50th birthday. Kim passed away one year ago today. He still is and will always be missed by his family, friends, co-workers and the comics community. 

Epilepsy Warning: 1000 Great Graphic Novels
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under miscmetaart 18 Jun 2014 2:45 PM
 
In one of the cooler videos to hit the internet lately, comics enthusiast and scholar Allen Rubenstein created a video of the 1000 Greatest Comics of all Time AND set it to "Wipe Out" by the Sufaris (so already won a place in our hearts). At home on Comics Juice, Rubenstein's video contains some great heavyweights like Maus, Blankets and bunch of Fantagraphics' titles from Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller to the newer Eisner-nominated Good Dog by Graham Chaffee. 
 
Think you were able to see all the comics, like the Fanta-ones? Check the list and see if you won this game! And is there anything more beautiful than the patterns and rhythms created by the fast-scrolling book covers? I think not. 
New Comics Day 6.18.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wally WoodWallace WoodVirgil PartchVaughn BodeSteve DitkoNew Comics DayBlake BellAl Williamson 17 Jun 2014 3:05 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.

witzend  witzend
by Wallace Wood and various artists

656-page black & white/color 9" x 12.5" x 2.75" two-volume slipcased hardcover set • $125.00 

ISBN: 978-1-60699-744-4 

"Boxed together in a deluxe two-volume set, here are the irascible voices of a medium far more outré than Hollywood blockbuster movies." –Carlo McCormick, Art News  

Bomb RunBomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by John SeverinHarvey KurtzmanWill Elder et al.

264-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9

"With crisp inks on heavy stock paper, Fantagraphics' BOMB RUN is a pleasure to hold and leaf through."  –Spectrum Culturenbsp;

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans... These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn't treat readers as naive or ignorant." - Los Angeles Times

"Fantagraphics' current series of handsome hardcovers makes familiar material fresh by focusing on individual artists... it's never been easier to appreciate the contributions of these iconic inkslingers." - Chicago Tribune

Cork High and Bottle Deep Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." - Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin 

Strange Suspense  Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Softcover Ed.)
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 6.75" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

"...[T]he tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations and disintegrations. ...Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." –Pedro Cabezuelo, Rue Morgue

"Strange Suspense offers page after lurid four-color page of Ditko's weird monsters, rubber-faced crooks, and abstracted landscapes... The book is a white-knuckle trip through Ditko's fevered imagination. [Grade] A-" –The A.V. Club

 






Gary Groth: Stranger Genius Nominee Uncovered
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeThe StrangerinterviewsinterviewGary Grothawards 11 Jun 2014 5:11 PM
Gary
Last month we found out one of our founders, Gary Groth, was up for a Genius Award in Literature from local and cool-as-hell alt-weekly paper, The Stranger. This week articles about all the nominees  appeared online and in the print version so you can get to know them and their genius.
 
Gary's acerbic rage-writings of the 80s and 90s are referenced in the article by Paul Constant. Constant asked Gary if he was less angry now but since Fantagraphics started making the comics he wanted to read and are at most bookstores...Constant wrote it best. "that there was always more work to do, but it was clear to everyone that, yes, the century-long fight for the soul of American comics is over, and Gary Groth won."
 
On October 18, The Stranger will throw a huge, drunken party for all 15 finalists at the Moore Theatre (tickets here), with the Seattle Rock Orchestra and other live performances, and five of the finalists (one from each category) will go home with $5,000 each, no strings attached.
Fire Fire