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.
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. McNally Jackson Books of New York invites you to visit this world for a night on Sunday, January 18th when the editors and designers behind the anthology gather for release party. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. The gang will also have some shirts (see below!) on sale and some
Whether you are previously a fan of gay manga or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From Jiraiya to Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa to Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga.
Check out the crazy fun that was had a that the Massive release party in Tokyo! Safe for work if you work at like an underwear store, have a cool boss or can articulate how modern gay manga relates to your job as [insert job here].
Massive editor (and former Director of Marketing & Publicity for Vertical, Inc.), Anne Ishii lists her career highlights as publishing The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (Picturebox), translation of the 10-volume series Detroit Metal City (Viz), Board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. She also co-created and curates Massive Merch: Gay Paraphernalia with Graham Kolbeins.
Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers which screened at Outfest (radqueers.com); Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at Massive Merch and is the editor of the blog Gay Manga!.
Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
The good stuff starts at 7pm on the nose so don't be late for The Late Child, lest we make some terrible Big Ben jokes from across the pond. The Late Child and Other Animals is not only a gorgeous graphic novel by this comics power couple but damn good read as the generational struggles of a mother and daughter come to light after WWII. See you there!
Happy holidays from Fantagraphics past. Here's a sampling of our holiday cards over the years from our cartoonists! (Roberta Gregory knows what's up by the by). We hope you got to spend to with -- or away from -- your family and look forward to another year of great comics and graphic novels!
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. 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.
304-page full color 8" x 10.5" hardcover • $39.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-505-1
"A revolutionary and a genius with a troubled life and a horrific career path, this volume is the first of two that print his 'serious' works as well as detailing his life during the making of them. Looking for a gift for someone who loves the darker side of the history of comics? Look no further." –Menachem Luchins (of Escape Pod Comics), 13th Dimension
"It's remarkable to see art so twisted applied to such vivid pulp tales - almost as though Wolverton was trying his hardest to be Alex Raymond, but couldn't help turning out images to rival Salvador Dalí." - The A.V. Club
There are still dinners to stretch your pants, holidays songs to sing, brightly lit-balls to drop but that doesn't mean you can't start planning parties for next year! On Monday, January 12th in the sparkling new year of 2015, cartoonist Lucy Knisley will be throwing one hell of a new year for a new book, Displacement, at The Strand in New York City. Lucy's last travelogue, An Age of License, featured the whimsical travels of a 20-something with time stretching infinitely in front of her. But in the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals.
So join Lucy in conversation with Marie Anello from The Absolute, at 7pm on January 12th and get a copy of the fully watercolored Displacement before it is out in stores. Buy a copy of Displacement or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. 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 the store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Marie Anello is a writer, comics enthusiast, and book reviewer located in New York City. Her reviews of webcomics and small press publications can be found in the online magazine The Absolute. She also happens to be a professional opera singer, but that's another story.
Yeesss, the gifts keep coming on this holiday week. Light a candle and unwrap this gust present: Ed Lucewas announced as a special guest for Emerald City ComiCon 2015. Wrestling, kittens, metal, love, body hair: if any of those words trigger a response, you'll absolutely fall in love with Wuvable Oaf, Luce's self-published-turned GIANT Fantagraphics collection. Emerald City runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th but if you somehow miss Ed there, he'll be tabling at many a convention and have more than a few store signings.
YOU DRIVE! NEW DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS January 10 - February 27, 2015
The heat is on as Jim Woodring pushes the pedal to the metal at the Scott Eder Gallery this January with a whole show of new paintings and drawings. For the glamourous and sophisticated, visit the gallery for the opening night reception January 10th at 6pm when Woodring will be in attendance! The show will continue to be on display from January 10th through the month of February (until the 27th). Woodring recently won the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for his graphic novel, Fran, and has been promoting his new comics collection, JIM. So get yourself in gear on Saturday, January 10th and explore the depths of Jim Woodring's genius mind.
Scott Eder Gallery 18 Bridge St. #2i Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.797.1100
The special guests of Emerald City ComiCon in 2015 are slowly being announced and we are proud to announce that Lucy Knisley will be there read and raring to sign copies of her two new travelogues: Displacement and An Age of License. Emerald City ComiCon happens to take place in the raddest city in the states: SEATTLE. It runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th and we've got a bit more up our sleeves along with the swell people at ECCC.
Lucy will also be having a launch party for Displacement on Monday, January 12th at the Strand Bookstore in NYC. More details on that soon!
From today until Sunday, December 21st (11pm EST) comiXology and Fantagraphics are having aLeading Ladies Sale! Get HALF OFF on our graphic novels featuring ladies in the lead role or female cartoonists or, get this, BOTh. Get titles as new as Lucy Knisley's An Age of License or some deep cut classics like Dame Darcy's gothic Meat Cake(one of my favorites!). With 44 graphic novels and comics to choose from you're bound to find something to read or maybe pick out a gift for a friend!
Looking for something else? The currently out of print Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is an internationally-acclaimed and awarded story of a punk traveling across the green borders of Europe, no cash in hand, no passport. Ulli Lust's tale is the female On the Road and sure to sate your thirst for travel even while on the road yourself (or at the family holiday gatherings already). Meanwhile Dash Shaw's Cosplayersseries follows two girls as they cosplay real life and video-taping it from afar.