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Jesse Reklaw's Launches His New Graphic Novel at Floating World
WHAT: Get Off The Couch Book Tour for Jesse Reklaw's Couch Tag WHEN: Thursday Nov. 19th, 6-9pm WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
Join Jesse Reklaw at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR on December 19th for a night to remember. From 6pm to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his twisted graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.
Veteran alternative cartoonist Jesse Reklaw, creator of the long-running weekly comic strip Slow Wave, delivers a tragicomic graphic memoir, his first long-form work. Presented as a series of comic novellas that together comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often hilarious memoir about childhood, family, death, mental illness, sex and drug use, the entire book is told through cleverly inviting conceits like cat histories and card games. Reklaw's own psychological state is expressed through his erratic art-style changes and darkening imagery.
The graphic novel is told in five parts: In "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics), Reklaw discovers coping mechanisms that mimic his family pets; "Toys I Love" relates the author's pre-pubescent brushes with deviant sexual activity, and the way innocence converges with real sexual trauma; "The Fred Robinson Story" tells the story of Reklaw's period stalking perfect strangers; "The Stacked Deck," in which hereditary influences towards criminal behavior, drug use and depression are explored via card games the author played with his family; and "Lessoned," a family history of mental illness.
Floating World 400 NW Couch St Portland, OR www.fantagraphics.com/couchtag
Join Jesse Reklaw, Desert Island's Gabe Fowler and and friends tonight at Desert Island for a rockin' good time. From 7 to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his new graphic novel, Couch Tag, just for you! Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.
He'll also be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on December 14th while gracing the shelves of Portland's Floating World on December 19th! See you at every single location!
This week's comic shop shipment included 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.
176-page monochrome/color 6.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $26.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-676-8
"[A] family's evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious." –Houston Chronicle
"…it's another work in a very strong year for Reklaw that included the short he did for Robyn Chapman. An autobiographical tale that gets increasingly unhinged, Reklaw's work also reminded me of some of the emotionally infused alt-manga I read this year: a really unique comics-reading experience." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
There's a lot of energy hidden, pent up, in Reklaw's older normal "square" cartooning style, and it's starting to bust out and become unpredictable, more like he is in person." –Kevin Huizenga
144-page full-color 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover • $49.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-698-0
"It's easy to toss around the word 'genius,' especially when it comes to comics. We all have our favorites and we all like to think ours are the great ones. But one look at Roy Crane's work and anyone can see that he definitely was worthy of the 'genius' tag." - Tom Mason, Comix 411
"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn't even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." –The A.V. Club
Our digital comics partner-in-crime, comiXology, has given us the gift of digital comics for the Kickstarter campaign! Any backer who spends over $10 on our Kickstarter will receive a download code for Richard Sala's newest comic, VIOLENZIA, and a coupon for 50% off any Fantagraphics title available on comiXology. New to digital comics? Don't be afraid. Violenzia's path of destruction is strictly virtual, we assure you, although when viewed through comiXology's high-def technology, it might be hard to believe.
There are still plenty of book to pre-order and some older ones that have been signed have just being added! Everything from Jaime Hernandez's The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. to Charles Burns' SKIN DEEP to BENT by Dave Cooper! Check it out!
Joe Sacco's But I Like It, Cathy Malkasian's Temperance, Steven Weissman's Chocolate Cheeks, Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, the list goes on and on! Grab a book now to secure your digital copy of Violenzia and 50% coupon today!
If you visit the main page of the Kickstarter, you'll also see that Art Spiegelman has donated several (11 total) different prints, all signed by the cartoonist himself. Here is one such beauty listed as SPIEGELMAN 10: a wrap around cover from a Boris Vian book, Vercoquin and the Plankton. Circa 1982 ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #11: Vian 8 "A Snake for Everyone (librettos, songs and scenes), signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1985 ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #9: Vian 6 I Wouldn't Want to Croak and Other Poems, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1985 ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #8: Vian 5 Dead Men All Have the Same Skin signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1980 ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #7: Vian 4 "The Commissar and the Green Panther, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1984 ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #6: Vian 3. Hundred Sonnets, wrap around cover from a Boris Vian volume, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1989 ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #5: "Vian 2" proof for Vian's collected short stories volume1, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1986 7 3/4 x 11" ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #4: "Mood Indigo" wrap around cover from a Boris Vian volumes, published in Germany, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1986 ($80)
SPIEGELMAN #3: Printers proofs of wrap-around cover to Paul Auster's New York Trilogy novels signed by Spiegelman, size approximately 18 3/4" x 9 1/4" 2006. ($100)
SPIEGELMAN #2: Artist proofs 2 color print, circa 1994. Size approximately 18 1/2" x 21" ($150)
SPIEGELMAN #1: Signed AP offset print from the 2010 Sollies Ville comics festival, size 19 3/4"x27 1/2" ($250) 3 available
We continue to thank you for your generosity and hope to see just a little more in these last few days of the Kickstarter.
Doth your eyes decieve you!? Pray, is that a Linda Medley print? Pull out the smelling salts before one of us faints from beauty!
You got it, we are almost done loading all the goodies onto the Kickstarter but more items keep coming in from your favorite cartoonists. Linda Medley of Castle Waiting gave us a few other prints. The color "Bonne Lecture" print is $75, the black and tan "Bonne Lecture" print is $60.
Don Rosa is drawing color head shots in Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun for $500. The color head shot will be a character of your choice with an expression of your choice that will be tipped-in to your copy of the book. Signed (and dedicated to you if you choose) and quite a steal!
Tim Lane is offering two new linoleum prints: the Congress Created Dust Bowl and The Cowboy ($30 each, images above, approximately 7x5"). You can also grab a copy of his new book The Lonesome Go plus a print ($60) or get The Complete Lonesome Go box set. What's that?! An experiment to move his stories beyond the medium of comics. These experiments are meant to supplement the stories included in The Lonesome Go (as well as Abandoned Cars) by exploring the narrative potential of spoken word performances, songs, film, and other things.
The Last Sunday Peanuts Strip by Charles M. Schulz: A 14" x 18" full color print of Schulz's farewell Peanuts strip that ran February 14, 2000 (he died in his sleep the night before). One of the loveliest and most heartfelt strips ever published,. reflecting Schulz's love for cartooning, his characters, and life. Framed ($100).
Nijigahara Holograph Pre-order ($40): pre-order a copy of Inio Asano's epic manga that takes place over 10 years. When legend becomes truth in a town, what must the citizens sacrifice and how can they deal with what they've done?
Cathy Malkasian sent some beautiful Percy Gloom-themed soaps so suds yourself up on a particularly adventurous and/or depressing day with these cuties (a set of three for $30).
The Action Suits albums we have are still available and here's some luscious art to entice you. Al Columbia's album art for "Glazed Donuts / Andy the Android" (produced by Spot ON!) is surreal and brimming under the surface of what is known, unknown and terrifying ($30).
Peter Bagge's album art for the Cancer Father, Visualize Ballard 7" by The Action Suits (label: Man's Ruin) captures a bit of the angst not unfamiliar to Seattle and the liner notes have sweet, sweet photos of young Eric Reynolds and Bagge (and Steve Fisk and Andy Schmidt)! Worth the price of admission right there.
We're also offering signed prints from R. Crumb's WEIRDO. Choose from issue #4, 8, 10 or 11 ($250 each). You can still get all four in a folio, signed and numbered by Crumb for $1000.
Charles Burns 12 Set of Special Edition Elysian Beer Bottles ($250): Twelve unused and capped empty bottles from the Elysian's 12 Beers of the Apocalypse (2012) with art by Charles Burns. For the big Burns fan. One of a kind!
Larry Reid, manager of the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery was highlighted in the GIFTED insert of the latest issue of The Stranger (Vol. 23, No. 12). He gives you all you need to know about shopping, eating and fun fun fun in Georgetown this holiday season. From The Complete Peanuts collection we're publishing to 'seven-inch slabs by the Stranglers' ("Golden brown, texture like sun...") available in the other half of the store known as Georgetown Records, there is plenty to stuff stockings with, hand over at Channukah or leave on a friend's desk as a secret gift.
We've got music and books at the store but what about holiday movies? Larry recommends:
Generous and thoughtful cartoonist Rina Ayuyang posted a lot of artwork and comics up on eBay to raise money for the people affected Typhoon Haiyan. While some are about to end their bidding cycles, you have days left on a few and these are amazing! A 'littering' sketch by Jaime Hernandez, a signed Ghost World with a Enid sketch in it.
Here's Martin Cendreda's "Hopskotch" page from an early Mome is for the tried and true Fantagraphics' fan!
Here's a killer Jim Rugg drawing! Bid now! 100% of the proceeds from these art sales go to American Red Cross and their efforts in the Philippines for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
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.
180-page color/black & white 9" x 12" softcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-669-0
"Robbins is pretty well known for doing these 'Women in comics' type books over the years. But this larger-sized format, with bright colors really makes this much more than a simple updating of a years old exercise." –Benn Ray, Atomic Books
We've hit the halfway mark in the month of our Kickstarter campaign. To celebrate comics, and hitting our goal, we're offering a quartet of signed, limited-edition prints featuring artwork from our upcoming book The Blighted Eye. (You can also just get the book, signed by Glenn Bray.)
We also have the iconic cover of one of the seminal 1972 autobiographical underground comics: Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary as a $150 print. Scanned from the original black and white art and signed by cartoonist Justin Green.
Also from The Blighted Eye is a six-panel painted comic strip titled “Henry Webb” (1992), starring Gary Panter’s every-idiot; a stand-alone painting and of course, signed for $150.
Also from The Blighted Eye and $150, Kim Deitch's “Hell.” A giclee print from a 25” x 18 ½” ink & watercolor masterpiece, 1985.
And the estimable Robert Williams also has a print. Entitled “Gaudi,” celebration of the architect Antonio Gaudi, originally published in Gothic Blimp Works, 1970. Signed by the artist for $175.
Don Rosa has been nice enough offer color headshot sketches and dedications inside the Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun. At $500, this is a steal given how much his drawings go for. You choose the character and expression but we all know that hot-tempered and at-the-end-of-their-ropes make the best duck drawings.
Thank your for your continued support and nagging your friends to contribute to our campaign.