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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.

More HATE and UNLOVABLE on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeEsther Pearl Watsondigital comicscomiXology 23 May 2014 1:30 PM

Hate 11
Feel the no-love wash over as comiXology continues the serialization of Hate by Peter Bagge and Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Book 2 where slobby chicks rule! In issue #11 of Hate, Buddy and Lisa hit rock bottom: their disgusting and pathetic behavior ostracizes them from all their friends, including the usually tolerant George Hamilton III, who moves out in a huff. In fact, Buddy and Lisa can't even stand each other, but they're all they have left now! This bitter orgy of alcoholism, desperate sex, and bad attitudes is only $1.99 for 25 pages.

Hate 11

"I love Hate!" - Matt Groening 

Unlovable 3
Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Book 2 continues in Issue #3 "Bum Love". Tammy Pierce's grotesque-yet-glamorous lifestyle just keeps ramping up! Dreamboat Ken Olsen has decided to become celibate and for no reason at all, like really, Tammy finds her eye wandering over to Wayne Cummings. PLUS, time to get in shape with Tammy Pierce's workout routine. 102 pages of fun for readers 12 years old and up is available for only $4.99. 

Bum Love 

 "Tammy's enchanting smile and dazzling eyes are a gift of grace from Esther Watson." - Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time



OCD Extra: June's Book Review
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under reviewsLove and RocketsJaime HernandezDaily OCD 20 May 2014 3:11 PM
Next month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent releases by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below:
Love Bunglers
The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

Starred Review:
"Skillfully merging tragedy and serendipity, Hernandez brings the [Maggie and Ray's] intertwining stories to a satisfying, if hard-won, culmination. The simplicity of Hernandez's page designs and the elegant economy of his drawing style belie the thoughtful sophistication of his storytelling… Although The Love Bunglers certainly isn't a jumping-on point for new readers, fans who've followed Maggie's exploits over the years will find it a heartbreakingly satisfying achievement that leaves the door wide open for further chapters in this most rewarding and accomplished of serialized comics." –Gordon Flagg



TEXAS: Esther Pearl Watson Art Show & Unlovable 3 Party
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watsonart showsart 20 May 2014 10:52 AM

Unlovable 3 psoter
Get your glitter and your cowboy boots, Esther Pearl Watson is a-coming home to Texas. Specifically, the spacious Webb Gallery in Waxahachie (remember when we visited a few years ago?). Esther's got a whole new line of paintings created just for this show and the opening reception is Sunday, June 1st from 4-7pm. She'll also be signing copies of her brand-spanking-new book Unlovable 3 starring the most endearing Tammy Pierce. Live in Dallas or Austin? Waxahachie is one sweet easy road trip away.
Unlovable 3 Esther

Can't make the signing? Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  ahead of time to order your copy of a sketched-in and signed Unlovable 3! Below is a glimpse of the amazing Webb Gallery with their permanent installation of old carnival and freak show canvas signs juxtaposed perfectly next to Watson's paintings. Dog included!
EPW site
Webb Gallery
209-211 W. Franklin Street
Waxahachie, TX 75165 
Opening Saturdays and Sunday, 1-5pm
http://www.webbartgallery.com/







Kickstarter: Jim Vadeboncoeur and ImageS
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Inspirationart 16 May 2014 2:35 PM

Images cover
Jim Vadeboncoeur is one of our greatest comics historians and archivists, a mean publisher, whose ImageS magazine is a monument of good taste and curatorial excellence for the past 13 years, and a friend to Fantagraphics and consultant and contributor to many of our books, including Four Color Fear, Alex Toth's Setting the Standard, The Sincerest Form of Parody, Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture, and the gigantic George Carlson retrospective Perfect Nonsense. He is currently running a Kickstarter to print Issue #13, a full color one, and is less than $2,000 from his goal! So as Gary Groth would say, "He's a good guy, so send him money now."

Images covers 

Digital Comics: Free Comic Book Day, a SALA sale and more!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Richard SalaEd PiskorDon RosaDisneydigital comicscomiXology 16 May 2014 12:45 PM

This week's offerings from the digital realm of comics.Richard Sala
Richard Sala's DIGITAL exclusive comic, Violenzia, is now on sale along with his other available titles in the Sala Bundle on comiXology. You get Delphine, The Hidden, Peculia, Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires, and The Grave Robber's Daughter for only $24.99 saving you a total of 56%. That sounds like some dark magic but it's worth your time if the grim and gory are your kind of story.

The two Fantagraphics titles from Free Comic Book Day HAVE ARRIVED.HHFT
More like Hip Hop Family FREE! This two-in-one comic by Ed Piskor was a hot item on May 3rd so a lot of you missed it. Fear no more, the digital edition is just as good AND *drumroll* just as free. For mature audiences only so please do a read through before passing it to kiddo next to you (did you know that kid also stole a cigarette from your glovebox?!).
FCBD
Something for kids of all ages is the Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: "A Matter of Serious Gravity". This is merely to whet your appetite for more of Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck series coming soon.

Meanwhile over at Sequential, they've rolled out the titles such as Today Is The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust. This too hot to handle title Ulli Lust's primal yet thoughtful graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life about a 17 year old's trek through Europe, no money, no extra clothes is ready to read digitally at Sequential!
Today is the last day

Universally considered one of the very finest examples of the new breed of graphic novels coming from Europe, Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life won the 2011 Angoulême "Revelation" prize, and Fantagraphics is proud to bring it to English speaking readers.
Ulli Lust 
Sequential also added to the Gilbert Hernandez train with Julio's Day, Amor Y Cohetes (along with Jaime) plus the best Abraham Lincoln biography you'll read pre-presidency by Noah Van Sciver: The Hypo.
Julio's Day Amor Y Cohetes The Hypo







Publisher Gary Groth on Genius short list for The Stranger
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under The StrangerGary Grothawards 15 May 2014 4:50 PM

Gary Groth
Publisher Gary Groth was the happy recipient of a chocolate cake this week as alt-weekly paper, The Stranger, let him know he is on a very short list of nominees for the Genius Award in Seattle. Gary's up against some fierce local competition in the literature category but he's held a guiding light for Fantagraphics and comics long enough for us to know he's a genius (read: crazy, mad genius). Fantagraphics' cartoonists Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney have had the privilege of being on the short list as well (Woodring won!) so Gary will have some good company no matter what.

To find out who the genius is you'll have to grab the summer issue of A&P-out June 11-to find out. The Stranger plans on hosting a series of interviews with Genius Award finalists at the Frye Art Museum in August and September, and the Genius Awards are October 18 at the Moore Theatre. They've promised other amazing performers and the Seattle Rock Orchestra! For free! 

Piskor & Bagge at Appleseed Comic Con
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeeventsEd Piskor 14 May 2014 1:36 PM
Appleseed
This weekend, masters of the comic art form, Peter Bagge and Ed Piskor are Special Guests at the Appleseed Comic Con in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Join the comics crowd at The Grand Wayne Center (120 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) on Saturday, May 17th from 10am-6pm and again on Sunday, May 18th from 11am-5pm. Guests 
On Saturday from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM check out THE HIP HOP/COMICS CONNECTION panel! "Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times best-selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40 year relationship between Comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bode characters painted on Trains, to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work."
Buddy Buys a Dump HHFT 1
Purchase a $10 day pass here before they sell out and go to the coolest con in Indiana!
Paste Magazine's 100 Best Comic Book Characters
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Stan SakaiPeter BaggeJaime HernandezDisneyDaniel ClowesCarl Barks 13 May 2014 2:58 PM
Paste
Paste Magazine released a list of the 100 Best Comic Book Characters and a few are from Fantagraphics books! Here are our highlights:
Buddy Buys a Dump Buddy
88. Buddy Bradley from HateBuddy Buys a Dump, etc.
"For some, though, Bagge's early ‘90s hipster caricature was the closest comics got to depicting the world Gen X'ers knew, or at least the world they thought would make them look cool if they acted like they knew it. Through Buddy, Bagge bitingly dredged up the paranoia at the core of every ‘90s alt doofus." – Garrett Martin
Ghost World Enid
35. Enid Coleslaw from Ghost World
"Teenage girls, in particular, get the short shrift in comics as Betties and Veronicas, but Enid is spunky, dangerous and recognizably human. In Ghost World, Enid brings her glorious three dimensions to the trials of adolescence." – Hillary Brown 
Usagi  Usagi
28. Miyamoto Usagi from Usagi Yojimbo
"Whether training under his Lord Mifune or traveling as a directionless Ronin, this rabbit bodyguard holds more gravitas and depth than any other anthropomorphic animal." – Sean Edgar
Uncle Scrooge Scrooge
15. Uncle Scrooge from Carl Bark's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck
"His cantankerous, money-crazed persona is tempered by a sympathetic backstory from Barks, showing how the millionaire waterfowl earned every dime of his immense wealth through hard work and cunning. This simple setup has fueled decades of stories, the animated series DuckTales and, more recently, a new series of acclaimed reprints of Barks' classic comics by Fantagraphics." –Zack Smith
Love and Rockets Hopey 
"Hopey is all spikes and broken glass - a kid at heart - and, as children are, often thoughtless, selfish and wild. That she manages to be completely endearing and relatable to the reader speaks to Hernandez's achievement in Hopey's characterization." – Hillary Brown 
  
The Love Bunglers Maggie
10. Maggie
 from Love and Rockets/Locas by Jaime Hernandez
"Maggie's evolving, deepening emotions since 1981 make her one of the most realized and substantial characters in the entire comics medium. She's stereotypically feminine in many aspects - emotional, irrational, eats her feelings - but she also bends gender norms, as evidenced by her talent as a mechanic." – Hillary Brown 









The Love Bunglers: New York Times Bestseller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandez 9 May 2014 9:25 PM
Love Bunglers
New York Times Best Seller list for the week of May 18th, 2014 listed The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez as #8! Congratulations to Jaime on a fantastic graphic novel and absolute gem in the Love and Rockets crown.
 
"To experience Maggie's story is to watch a modern comic-book master explore the potential of his craft, and The Love Bunglers represents a high point for both the character and her creator." -Oliver Sava, A.V. Club  
 
 
Dungeon Quest Book 3 begins on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Joe Dalydigital comicscomiXology 7 May 2014 3:50 PM

Dungeon Quest 3
Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three by Joe Daly, we join Millenium Boy, Millenium Boy, Steve, Nerd Girl and Lash Penis mid-digital-adventure. Dungeon Quest Book Three Issue 1 is available starting today at comiXology! Having penetrated the core of Fireburg Forest, our heroes find themselves in the pale limestone glow of the temple of Bromedes at the foot of the master himself...BROMEDES! The gang will learn a lesson when they enter a planetarium. $1.99 for all this F.U.N.

"Daly's parody of the trek adventure - the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon's Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games - is a kind of slackers' SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd... [and] magnetically amusing." - Ray Olson, Booklist