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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.

Chris Ware & Chip Kidd to WOW Seattle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeeventsChris WareChip Kidd 18 Dec 2013 3:00 PM
Chris Ware 
Hold on to your horses, the howling wolves of great comics and design are baying. We don't want to unseat you but find you some seats! On February 19thChip Kidd & Chris Ware will appear before your very eyes at Town Hall in Seattle. Part of the Litarary\Arts Series, the two will engage in a coloful conversation (maybe even a fight to the death?) starting at 7:30pm.
 
There is a signing afterwards and their books will be on sale for those of you not clutching a well-loved copy already. Buy your tickets now and make it a great holiday gift; be it Christmas, Boxing Day, Valentines or Darwin Day! 
Chris Ware 
 
Chris Ware is an award-winning comic book artist and cartoonist, whose work includes the celebrated graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and most recently Building Stories. 
Chip Kidd  
Chip Kidd, associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, is a renowned graphic designer who recently released the book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and designed Tony Millionaire's Maakies treasuries. Seattle Arts and Lectures are excited to have these two artists talk with each other about the worlds of design and comics, as their conversation should make for a colorful evening.
 
Sponsored by Paper Hammer & Marquand Books, The Stranger's arts and performance quarterly, A&P, University Book Store.
 
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave, Seattle 
February 19th, 7:30pm  
New Comics Day 12.18.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayCharles M SchulzCharles Forsman 18 Dec 2013 1:16 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. 

Celebrated Summer  

Celebrated Summer  
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

"With an art style that combines the animated simplicity of Charles M. Schulz and the detailed linework of Chester Brown, Forsman establishes himself as one of the most promising alternative-comic creators." –Oliver Sava, The A. V. Club

"Completed before Forsman began work on TEOTFW, this promises to be an intriguing tale of youth banging up against the world of adulthood." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier  

Peanuts 5  

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 5  1959-1960 (New printing)
by Charles Schulz

344-page 8.5" x 6.5"  hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-671-4

"Now that Schulz's classic is finally getting its bibliographic just desserts, consider replacing those tattered old Peanuts paperbacks with this definitive series." - Booklist

"This reissue project is a triumph for the cornucopian wonders of the wealthy west over the forces of cultural dissolution." - The American Spectator




Free Comic Book Day 2014 features Don Rosa
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Don RosaDisney 13 Dec 2013 11:07 AM

FCBD Rosa

Fantagraphics is proud to announce its gold level title for Free Comic Book Day for Saturday, May 3rd 2014. WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE & DONALD DUCK "A Matter Of Some Gravity" can be yours by stopping by your local comic book store next year!

This full-color 32 page kid-friendly comic book by fan favorite Don Rosa, features saucy sorceress Magica De Spell, who turns Scrooge's life sideways — literally! — when she distorts the forces of gravity with a brand new magic wand! Then, in "The Sign Of The Triple Distelfink", Lucky Gladstone Gander faces a 24-hour luck jinx — and battles to hide it from a gloating Cousin Donald! Only ever published in the USA in underprinted mid-1990's editions, these Rosa classics are back like you've never seen them before! Prepare to whet your appetite for Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck: "The Sun of the Son" (coming out a month later in June) with these excellent comics.

Only 141 days until Free Comic Book Day!

fcbd rosa

Fantagraphics Pop-Up Store in Downtown Seattle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeslimy marketingevents 11 Dec 2013 1:40 PM

Popup 

The time to fa-la-la and fill your friends' bookshelves will excellent graphic novels and comics is here! Fantagraphics Books is excited to be participating in the American Express Holiday Pop Up Shop in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Conveniently located on the corner of Western Ave and University St (55 University St), the AmEx Holiday Pop Up Shop brings local businesses together to showcase a collection of merchandise all under one roof. 

Yeaaah 

Fantagraphics Books will be slinging our wares from December 11th through the 16th. In this time, we will be providing shoppers the opportunity to browse some of our latest releases, plus a few classic favorites. Come on down and pick up a gift for that special someone (but also feel free to spoil yourself with a comic or two). Don't fret, if you can't make it to the Pop Up Shop, you can always find us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery located in the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood. 

We've got it all on display, original graphic novels, classic reprints, underground comics and haunting novels (some Seattle-centric!)

Xmas colors 

VENUE INFO
Alki Art Gallery and Event Space
55 University Street at corner of Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 

Look how much fun Jacq is having reading the fun and fiesty Unlovable!

jacq 

STORE HOURS:
Sunday - Thursday 10am-­‐7pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-­‐8pm 

Jen curls up with the new color Peanuts Every Sunday (and talks about herself in 3rd person!) 

jen 



Get off the Couch to go to Floating World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jesse Reklawevents 9 Dec 2013 11:34 AM

Couch Tag 

 

Get Off The Couch With Couch Tag
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 

 





COUCH TAG RELEASE PARTY at DESERT ISLAND
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJesse ReklawFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 6 Dec 2013 11:51 AM
Couch Tag poster
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!
Couch Tag 
 
New Comics Day 12.4.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Roy CraneNew Comics DayJulia GfrörerJesse ReklawEC ComicsCaptain Easy 6 Dec 2013 11:12 AM

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.

Black is the Color  

Black is the Color 
by Julia Gfrörer

72-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-717-8

"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." –Sammy Harkham 

"Gfrörer's most moving comic to date, Black Is the Color eroticizes suffering not to glamorize it, but to endure it. We're adrift; what other choice do we have?" –Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal

"This is Julia Gfrorer's fine-looking work, very idiosyncratically told in a way that makes you love cartoonists that take those opportunities and run with them." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Couch Tag  

Couch Tag  
by Jesse Reklaw

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

The EC Artists  

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

A lot of those folks were very thoughtful artists, and this TCJ generated book can take you into what many of them were thinking." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

Captain Easy 4

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 4 (1941-1943) 
by Roy Crane

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 







Kickstarter: A free digital comic available to all!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Richard SalaKickstarterdigital comicscomiXology 3 Dec 2013 5:55 PM

comiXology

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. 

Violenzia 

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! 

books for sale

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! 

 Kickstarter books

Kickstarter: Art Spiegelman and a $250k stretch goal
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaKickstarterInio Asano 2 Dec 2013 5:14 AM
Thank you so much! We hit $200,000 yesterday and since then more great cartoonists have donated to the cause. The Kickstarter campaign will end Thursday morning at 10am, PST.

If the Fantagraphics Kickstarter hits a total of $250,000 we will increase our line of literary and experimental manga translation. We have been printing the fantastic Shimura Takako's Wandering Son series since 2011 (translated by Matt Thorn), a perennial title on the ALA Rainbow List for teen reading, in addition to Moto Hagio, who is widely considered the most beloved shōjo manga artist of all time. Hagio's The Heart of Thomas created a new genre of manga while the collected stories in A Drunken Dream  show off her masterful storytelling. This February we are proud to be publishing Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph, a mysterious and brooding tale, also available for pre-order on the Kickstarter. We want to translate even more per season, bringing English readers only the finest of manga to grace their bookshelves.

nijigahara holograph 

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)

Art Spiegelman 

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.

Kickstarter: More Badass Stuff to Buy
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 27 Nov 2013 1:23 AM
Bonne Lecture
 
Doth your eyes decieve you!? Pray, is that a Linda Medley print? Pull out the smelling salts before one of us faints from beauty!
 
bw Medley 
 
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 
 
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 
 
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. 
 
Peanuts 
 
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).
 
asano 
 
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).

Soap

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).

Al Columbia 

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. 

Peter Bagge 

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.
 
Weirdo Prints 
 
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!
 
Charles Burns beers 
 
And don't forget about The Onion Tour! Take a tour hosted by A.V. Club Editor Kyle Ryan of The Onion & A.V. Club HQ in Chicago (2 more exist). Plenty more amazing things await you at the Kickstarter