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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 2.5.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJack KamenGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 4 Feb 2014 3:54 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.

Sucker Bait 

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8 

"Even sixty years on Ingels grisly pages still hold the power to shock and delight in equal measure. Not for the faint of heart, but anyone feeling brave is dared to look inside." -Shaun, Gosh! London 

Zero Hour 

Zero Hour and Other Stories  (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

"[see] illustrator Jack Kamen use his clean but lush style to twist readers expectations in a series of dark and gripping sci-fi comics." –Shaun, Gosh! London



Fuzz & Pluck 2 wins Angouleme Prize
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ted Stearnawards 3 Feb 2014 4:10 PM

Fuzz & Pluck 2

Ted Stearn, the cartooning mastermind behind Fuzz & Pluck 2 has won his own prize at Angouleme! On Saturday night this album published in French by Cornélius, brought home the award for best series. This second volume follows the bizarre further adventures of an irritable plucked rooster and an awkward but lovable bear take them on separate paths to the gladiatorial ring and a Quixotic task, with an unlikely climactic convergence. Grab a copy of the international award winning book today (from us if you want to read it in English)! 

"This epic tale of a hapless li'l bear and his defeathered friend is why I love comics. All hail the peculiar Fuzz & Pluck and their creator, Ted Stearn!" -Matt Groening 

Angouleme
 

 

New Comics Day 1.29.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Prince ValiantNew Comics DayHal Foster 28 Jan 2014 12:27 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. 
Prince Valiant Vol. 8  
Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster
120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0
 
"Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster's Sunday-only comic strip.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) 

"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful - the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order - in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." - Joe Keatinge

 




Jon Barli on VIP at the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Virgil PartchJonathan Barlievents 27 Jan 2014 2:42 PM
Jon Barli 
This Tuesday, editor and designer Jonathan Barli will give a talk on cartoonist Virgil Partch, aka VIP.  Barli recently edited and designed the recent collection The Mad World of Virgil Partch. The seventy-second meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public, just make sure not to flask it publically.

From the symposium website: Jonathan Barli on The Mad World of Virgil Partch. An in-depth look at the life and art of one of the most influential and trendsetting cartoonists of his generation. The talk will be illustrated by scores of unseen photographs and artwork, cover Partch's life and times and how they influenced his artistic sensibilities, and include a thorough analysis of his cartooning and the context in which his work appeared. From a remote island off the coast of Alaska and a stint as an animator at Disney Studios during its golden age, Partch burst onto the scene with his zany, sometimes surreal, but always hilarious cartoons, catapulting his career virtually overnight. An artist truly ahead of his time, his unique perspective and style ensured he would become one of the most prolific cartoonists of his era, and solidified his role in inspiring generations of cartoonists, animators, and illustrators.

Jonathan Barli is a designer, writer, and filmmaker. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts and soon after graduating, co-founded Rosebud Archives: a company dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the graphic arts, where he serves as Art Director. 

January 28, 7:00 PM
Parsons The New School
2 West 13th Street (in the Bark Room)

 

Oil and Water as Oregon Book Award Finalist
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve DuinShannon Wheelerawards 27 Jan 2014 11:40 AM
Oil and Water  
As reported by the Oregonian, the 2014 Oregon Book Award short lists have been announced. Oil and Water, a graphic novel about the cleanup of Deepwater Horizon oil spill, by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler is up for the Pacific Northwest College of Art Graphic Literature Award.
 
Duin and Wheeler are in line with Barry Deutsch ("Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite"), Natalie Nourigat of Portland ("Between Gears"), Joe Sacco of Portland ("Journalism") and Craig Thompson of Portland ("Habibi"). Good luck to all but mostly Duin and Wheeler!
 
For those wanting to attend the Oregon Book Awards ceremony is March 17 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory hosted by Luis Urrea. Grab a copy today and see what all the fuss is about. 
LA Art Book Fair + Paul Hornschemeier
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 24 Jan 2014 3:42 PM
LA Fair
Coming up FAST next weekend is the LA Art Book Fair is from January 31st through February 2, 2014 in Los Angeles! For those of you who are Paul Hornschemeier fans, this is your lucky weekend-day actually. From Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm, Paul will be signing at the Secret Headquarters table. Pick up a copy of his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors there and have him sign it (maybe he'll even draw a portrait of you!). 
 
Artists Authors Thinkers Directors 
 
Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm 
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Paul Hornschemeier book chat at The Strand!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 24 Jan 2014 1:54 PM
Paul Hornschemeier 
On Thursday, February 6th don your hat, gloves, boots, outer boots, coat, outer coat and more to see Paul Hornschemeier and Artists Authors Thinkers Directors in New York City!

Assembled from late night drawing blocks and inspirational whims, Paul Hornschemeier's newest sketchbook is the coffee table book you've been waiting for with 100 portraits from Werner Heisenberg to Frank Oz. Each turn of the page offers a new take on a familiar face. Called an "ascending star" by the Chicago Tribune, Paul's work also includes the much-lauded Mother, Come HomeThree Paradoxes and Let Us Be Perfectly Clear.

Get happy and fun at The Strand Bookstore where the festivities start at 7pm. You can either buy the book from The Strand or buy a $15 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in The Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. See you there!

Paul Hornschemeier 

Thursday, February 6th at 7pm
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
212.473.1452 





Lilli Carré awarded Ohio Graphic Novel Artist in Residence
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lilli Carréawardsartistsart shows 22 Jan 2014 5:09 PM

Lilli 

Congratulations to Lilli Carré for being awarded the third annual Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House residency! Carré follows two years of Fantagraphics cartoonists as a winner (Ed Piskor and Paul Hornschemeier) to Ohio. Carré will be staying at the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber (and throwing RAD parties - joke!).

While in town, she'll have a number of events the public and students may attend:

At Thurber House:
Young Writers' Studio
Tuesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 pm - Led by Lilli Carré. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information

At CMA:
2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition
On view March 14 - June 8 - This exhibition showcases the variety of Lilli Carré's creative practice and includes art works in several media.

Art Lab visiting artist
Wednesday, March 19 - Lilli Carré will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMA's Art Lab program.

Artist's Talk and Interview
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm - Lilli Carré speaks about her creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.

Heads or Tails 

Her last book with Fantagraphics, a collection called Heads or Tails was a nominee for many awards like the 2013 Eisner nomination for best Graphic Album - Reprint, 2013 Ignatz for Outsanding Artist, Outstanding Anthology and Outstanding Story plus a 2013 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize Honor Book. Enticed and intrigued?  There's at least two more copies left (on earth) at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.

A self-portrait of Lilli.

Self portrait 





Support SAW this January!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to see 15 Jan 2014 7:45 PM

Our friends Tom Hart and Leela Corman over at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida need your help! They are all about making comics education affordable for all and have been doing a great job thus far. SAW currently has an IndieGoGo campaign up with a ton of great rewards geared to you. A mere ten bucks gets you a mini from Steven Weissman, Jessica Abel, Box Brown or more from their fantastic list of contributors. Thirty-six dollars can get you a whole saddle-bag full of minis. There's art by David Lasky, an Eric Curry shirt and much, much more!
SAW Workshop  
In 2014, SAW is hoping to do a number of things with your donations  such as bring more artists to Florida to work and teach, assist more students through affordable programs and/or scholarships, expand/extend our grant program expand their library, upgrade their equipment (computer, Risograph, etc.) AND expand studio space to accommodate 4 or more drawing spaces. They hold amazing workshops with visiting artists (like Dash Shaw and Gabrielle Bell coming up in 2014). SAW also provides printing scholarships to biannually, everyone's favorite Annie Koyama was even a judge in 2013.
Julie Doucet 
Still on the fence? Go ahead and check out the video above or all the other amazing things you can get for your donation like a Julie Doucet print or a Derek M. Ballard poster! Squeeee! I want them all. Interested in visiting and taking some classes yourself? Head right over to the main SAW website and get yourself on the boards. Yes, the bristol boards.
 
Prison Pit Book Five bursts onto comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Johnny Ryandigital comicscomiXology 8 Jan 2014 12:24 PM
Prison Pit 5 ipad
Prisoner #6655321 is back! Also known affectionately as Cannibal Fuckface, our antihero is returns from the dead in the all-out war in Prison Pit Book Five by Johnny RyancomiXology is kindly selling the book if you want to read it on your computer, it's simply TOO SICK for the Apple Store. Fuckface still isn't dead, but can he survive the Holocaust Brothers? First he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit.
Prison Pit 5 
$9.99 for 125 pages that are sure to blow your collective genetalia off is a steal of a deal (especially if you grab said meat and sell it on the black market). New to the Pit? Grab all five volumes of Johnny Ryan's truly terrifying and bloodied hole of a series TODAY!
Holocaust brothers   
P.S. Johnny prepares future prisoners via his Twitter stream  too. Follow him to get an early sentencing, you can also get out early for bad behavior. 
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