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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.

Unlovable is ready to love on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Esther Pearl Watsondigital comicscomiXology 26 Mar 2014 1:45 AM

Unlovable

Get through detention with Unlovable! Loosely based on a teenager's diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce, as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson. Since serialized from the pages of Bust magazine, you'll laugh so hard you'll cry at the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of '80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls. Only $4.99 for 100 pages of fun in Unlovable Book 1 #1 "Another Crappy Day" to read on your digital device of choice!

Head lice

 Von boys

Can't wait for the next time best friends Kim and Erick cruise by to save you from your own boredom? DON'T WORRY! We already have Unlovable Book 1 Issue #2 "Kute" ready for you as well. In this installment, Tammy finds a hair on her chin, gets to make some prank phone calls and hopes that her fake date with Ken Olsen is the real deal. Time to jam out with your clam out with Tammy Pierce and Esther Pearl Watson.

Unlovable Book 1 #2

Nijigahara Holograph: New York Times Best Seller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Inio Asano 25 Mar 2014 3:04 PM

Nijigahara Holograph

Last week, our newest manga also made the NY Times Best Seller list for at #6 for Manga. Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano is the dark and rewarding tale for fans of suspense, horror and mysteries. We even had our Umpteenth Millionaire club create some discussion questions for you and your book club! Check it out today.

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: New York Times Best Seller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskor 25 Mar 2014 2:35 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 just enjoyed its first week on the NY Times Best Seller's list for paperback graphic novels at #7. This book is practically sold out of its second printing, the third is on its way so better preorder Volume 2 now!

"The beginnings of hip-hop music and its surrounding culture are lovingly told with a 1970s Marvel Comics house style in this collection." –NY Times

OCD Extra: April's Book Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownInio AsanoDaily OCD 24 Mar 2014 5:10 PM

Next month's issue of Booklist will include two reviews of a recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:

Stranger Than Life

Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics, 1970-2013
by MK Brown

"Brown's cartoons were a mainstay of National Lampoon during its salad days of the 1970s... Remarkably, this is the first comprehensive collection of her distinctively daffy work. Although the visual and conceptual non sequiturs of her singlepanel cartoons are clever and diverting, it's her comic strips where Brown's unique brilliance really shines...Brown's drawings, with their bulbous figures and ornate rendering, are every bit
as unmistakable and memorable as her humor.
"
–Gordon Flagg 

Nijigahara Holograph

Nijigahara Holograph
by Inio Asano

Starred Review: "Anger, hopelessness, and betrayal run rampant-echoed by the eerie, ominous clouds of butterflies swarming the town-and fuel heartless violence. Though there are many moving pieces, the fluid time line; tight, stark, and realistic artwork; and clues carefully revealed through deliberately worded dialogue and purposeful character design work in perfect harmony to prevent ambiguity or confusion. Critically acclaimed Asano deftly twists this disturbingly compelling story, managing to shock the reader at every turn. Its intricacies are even more rewarding on the second read."
–Eva Volin




Boston: Charles Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier at HUB Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeiereventsCharles Forsman 20 Mar 2014 2:40 PM

Hub Comics

Boy oh boy, all the boys are signing at Hub Comics next weekend. Join Paul Hornschemeier, Charles Forsman and NBM's Jesse Lonergan on March 29th for a comics signing from 2-6pm. You can pick up Paul's new Artist Authors Thinkers Directors, a self-portrait through one hundred portraits, this sketchbook features the creators who shaped his (and many others') artistic views. And don't forget Forsman's new graphic novella about two buds on a road trip, Celebrated Summer, ranked #1 on The A.V. Clubs Best Graphic Novels and Art Comics of 2013! 

Hub Comics Storefront

 

New Comics Day 3.19.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wallace WoodNew Comics Day 18 Mar 2014 3:41 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.
Cannon 
296-page black & white/color 11" x 7.5" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-702-4 
 
"The women when not naked are about to get naked, or may be pining for a time when they will be naked…A lot of the work is sublimely handsome, as is befitting a Wally Wood comic, and has the authority that a well-drawn work brings that we tend not to question but is such a remarkable gift to tone and feel." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter  
 
"Serialized in Overseas Weekly, far away from applicable content restrictions, Cannon reconfigures the tradition of adventuresome comics patriotism into something more to Woody's liking, with an emotionless killing machine doing what needs to be done, every time, no matter how naked the ladies get." -Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal  



Graffitied: Hip Hop Family Tree
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskorartistsart 18 Mar 2014 1:16 PM
Graffiti
Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree got some wall love when Dutch graffiti artists Mega & Romeo dedicated some sweet space to his comic. They even emulated the same color palette from the book. If you happen to be in Sneek of the Netherlands, you can enjoy it for yourself!
Graffiti 2 
Check out Molotov for more pictures. 
Graffiti 3 
Fantagraphics at PIX: Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Trina RobbinsGary GrotheventsEd Piskor 18 Mar 2014 12:50 PM
PIX
This Saturday, March 22nd Fantagraphics publisher and editor Gary Groth will be holding down the comics fort at PIX, Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo. The tables are open from 10am to 5pm. As part of the evening programming (plenty of time to get some dinner, dudes) Gary will be interviewed by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman from 10-11pm, complete with a Q&A session. Cartoonists Ed Piskor and Trina Robbins will also be attendence so you can get Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 and Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 signed. Trina will be signing from noon to 1pm at the Fantagraphics table.
 
PIX is located at 10 S.19th Street in the city's South Side neighborhood. The building is located directly across S.19th Street from the South Side Giant Eagle shopping plaza. With its own lot and off-street parking, you won't have to pay a dime to get into PIX (more money to spend on comics!)
 
Pix 
Gary is also doing some portfolio reviews at the ToonMuseum on the Friday before the show. Please see the PIX website for registration, limited spots are available. See you there!
Pix poster 
New Comics Day 3.12.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 12 Mar 2014 2:50 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.
Stranger Than Life
Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013

by M.K. Brown

248-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-708-6

"Brown has a natural feel for the kind of raised-consciousness-twist gags on which so much of the best panel cartooning depends after 1960, but she also has a unique sense of color and pacing and very sweet outlook on what people value and why that makes her longer narratives a joy." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Young Romance 2
Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics
by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

"...a testament to our culture's appetite for kitschy, kitschy love. The only surprise is that, somehow, these comics don't feel passé...Sexual attraction, like other forms of danger, is doled out in carefully measured portions. And that's really the secret behind romance comics' continuing retro appeal. Like their very first readers, we crave a paradox: Passion united with control." -Etelka Lehoczky, NPR  






NYC Movie: The Heart of Thomas
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Moto Hagioevents 11 Mar 2014 2:55 PM

Summer Vacation
(Image: Summer Vacation 1999 © 1988 Argo Pictures)

A student has committed suicide at a boys-only boarding school leaving only an enigmatic note behing. During the summer vacation of 1999, only three students remain and one day, a boy who looks exactly like the dead student shows up...

Starting this week, the Japan Society in NYC is hosting a film series titled A Tribute to Donald Richie, Part 2: Richie's Electric Eight: The Bold & The Daring. On Thursday, March 13th at 7pm the opening night film is SUMMER VACATION 1999 better known to you as The Heart of Thomas! The 1988 film adaptation of Moto Hagio's seminal manga is a must-see especially since they made the decision to cast young girls (14 to 15 years old) in the roles of the young men the books is based on. After the film is a yaoi party, so feel free to dress up like the students in The Heart of Thomas & Summer Vacation 1999 while dancing to a live performance by the high-energy glam jazz pop band Ideal Orkestra.

Ideal

"This profoundly romantic, beautifully realized independent production is one of the most original Japanese films of the year....One watches these young people, so young that a degree of androgyny is expected, and it is as though one is watching adolescence for the first time." –Donald Richie "New Japanese Cinema" report to Japan Society, 1988

Buy tickets here! Now! $15 for adults, $12 for Japan Society members, sassy seniors and students.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017 

The Heart of Thomas