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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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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.

Inkpot Awards for Gene Deitch and Ellen Forney
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gene DeitchEllen Forneyawards 5 Aug 2013 9:58 AM
Inkpot Award
Congratulations are in order for two Fantagraphics cartoonists, Gene Deitch and Ellen Forney! At San Diego Comic Con they were each awarded the Inkpot Award which are given to "individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services."  
 
At San Diego in July, we released two books for by Gene Deitch. Nudnik Revealed! includes of Deitch's animation artwork for the mid-1960s shorts starring bumbling everyman Nudnik (cross between Candide and Godot), one of his most creatively personal and commercially successful creations in a long career of innovative and successful work are showcased in this process book. 
 
We also reprinted Cat on a Hot Thin Groove by Deitch. On the long road to becoming an Oscar-winning animation director (and Inkpot Winner!), Gene Deitch became an intense jazz fan. At the age of 21, he discovered The Record Changer magazine, a jazz collector's magazine filled with fanatical, scholarly, and purist essays about jazz as well as listings of hard-to-find jazz albums. Every jazz swinger in the '40s was called a cat (as in "cool cat"), so Gene Deitch created a cartoon feature for Record Changer titled "The Cat," which quickly became a fixture of the magazine. He also started drawing the covers, which graced almost every issue from 1945 to 1951 along with "The Cat." Deitch's stylistically virtuoso images exquisitely embodied the essence of jazz and became a visual paean to the joy of collecting and appreciating jazz.
Women Look at VISPO: Responding to The Last Vispo Anthology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Nico VassilakisLast Vispo 2 Aug 2013 3:08 PM

The Last Vispo

Co-editor of The Last Vispo, Nico Vassilakis, addresses the fact the women of visual poetry have been ignored in previous vispo collections on The Volta.

"It's true, the genre of visual poetry has primarily been a sausage fest. The concrete poetry anthologies of the 1960s, it seems, ignored women completely even though one of its renowned editors, Mary Solt, was female. Much has changed since then, but clearly not enough to promote the idea that visual poets can be either male or female. For decades, it's been a global boys club in need of being cracked open and invaded by women.

Enter The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008, which includes more women than ever published in an international collection of visual poetry…Since finishing the book we have become pleasantly, if not unfortunately aware of more active or newly active female visual poets. There's no easy fix to what fifty plus years of neglect has done. More publishing, more exposure of visual poets would help, would alleviate this issue…"

Evening Will Come issue #32 (that you can read online) features female poets/vispoets responding to The Last Vispo, articles and more.

Dash Shaw to teach SAW Workshop 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gabrielle BelleventsDash Shaw 1 Aug 2013 2:05 PM
Dash Shaw at SAW
 
Grab your pencils, paper and prepare to be rapped on the knuckles! Dash Shaw will be at SAW, The Sequential Artists Workshop, in Gainesville, Florida guiding and teaching YOU on February 24-28th of 2014.  If learning from a master of comics and animation sounds like fun to you then sign up now for the workshop! And wonder of wonders, Mome veteran Gabrielle Bell is teaching the week after---you might need to take some serious time off of work. Check out New School while you wait, it might be required reading! More info to come soon, keep your eyes on the SAW website.
The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book available at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Joe Dalydigital comicscomiXology 31 Jul 2013 11:07 AM

The Red Monkey/Double Happiness on ipad

Fantagraphics and comiXology introduce a new cartoonist to the digital comics realm: South African Joe Daly! If mystery and comedy are what you crave, you'll want to download The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book by Joe Daly. Set in sun-drenched Cape Town, South Africa, this book features two full-length stories, "The Leaking Cello Case" and "John Wesley Harding," rife with mystery, suspense, action, adventure, conspiracy theories, cool cars and excellent weed. Daly brings a refreshingly original -- and utterly hilarious -- voice to the comics medium, a dry, deadpan wit anchored in everyday reality combined with unnervingly deranged plots, rendered with a hyper-detailed, half-realistic and half-cartoony Tintin-style crispness.

For $16.99, you get 118 pages of color comics by a new master of the medium. Get your Daly fix today!

Daly panels

"Working... in a comic realist mode reminiscent of, say, the old TV series The Rockford Files (Daly's Cape Town looks a lot like shorefront Southern California), Daly couldn't be any more entertaining. His visual-narrative skills are impeccable, his ear for naturally funny dialogue nothing short of astounding." - Ray Olson, Booklist

"[The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book] is basically Hergé by way of The Big Lebowski with a little bit of Repo Man thrown in for good measure.... very funny..." -- Chris Mautner, Robot 6

New Comics Day 7.31.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Willard MullinNew Comics DayBen Catmull 30 Jul 2013 6:40 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. 
Ghost and Ruins  

84-page black & white 10.25" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-678-2

"an 84-page landscape-format hardcover wedding new illustrations of haunted houses to creepy blisters of background and trivia" -Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal  

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball
Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972
by Willard Mullin; edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers

240-page black & white/color 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-639-3

"student sports fans (in this case, baseball fans specifically) can leverage their outside-of-school literacies to comprehend and appreciate the sophisticated cartoons and high-level text in Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball." –Peter Gutierrez, School Library Journal

"…this Willard Mullin book has a lot of beautiful cartooning in it." –Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter


Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972
by Willard Mullin; edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers

240-page black & white/color 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-639-3

- See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&category=Willard+Mullin&Itemid=113#sthash.8tBypRQP.dpuf
 






Dash Shaw and New School in Richmond
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDash Shaw 30 Jul 2013 12:19 PM

Dash Shaw at Velocity Comics

All board, Richmond, Virginia! Dash Shaw is coming your way August 8th with his animation presentation. Bring your well-loved copies of Bottomless Belly Button and buy a brand-spankin' new copy of New School for Dash to sign. Velocity Comics is the place to be! The boat to the mysterious island in New School is leaving the dock soon so make sure you're on time Thursday, August 8th.

Velocity Comics is located at 819A W Broad St Richmond, VA 23220.

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Friday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireStephen WeissmanRon Regé JrRobert WilliamsPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJustin HallJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezeventsEric ReynoldsCCICathy Malkasian 25 Jul 2013 5:55 PM

Weissman, Ryan and Rege

By Friday everyone was in the San Diego swing by now. Steven 'Ribs' Weissman, Johnny Ryan and Ron Regé, Jr. were ready to WOW everyone! The Kim Thompson Tribute panel was held that day and the room was packed. Thank you to everyone who came out, Eric Reynold's panoramic photo below.

Kim Thompson Panel

Here a librarian freaks out over Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull, which she had preordered for her library! The whimsy and humor surprised her but in a good way.

Ghost and Ruins Librarian

LA cartoonist Joseph Remnant stopped by to finally buy the Jack Davis collection. He even dressed to match.

Joseph Remnant

Leader of the new cult The Cartoon Utopia and Lavender Diamond rockstar Ron Rege, Jr. joins the Fantagraphics' signing table for the first time! And to the left is No Straight Lines editor and contributors Justin Hall and Dylan Edwards to the left.

Dylan, Justin, and Ron

Then a fucking WIZARD showed up, guys. And a practical one too, his golden cape hid his backpack but was slit so he had easy access.

WIZARD

And then a WORD wizard showed up! The Advocate's Jacob Anderson-Minshall leans in for a photo with Dylan and Justin.

Dylan, Justin and Jacob

More friends stop by like Scott McCloud (again!) here with Jacq, Steven and Johnny.

Johnny, Steven, Jacq and Scott McCloud

Cartoonist Alex Neal visits with Weissman while Johnny Ryan chats up Robert Williams!

Cartoonists!

Flippin' through some Weissman originals.

Weissman originals

Former Comics Alliance, current Image content manager/editor David Brothers shows off his dollar bin find! That lady 'needs a real man'.

David Brothers romance

Next up, Tony Millionaire blew in from LA to sign his new book Green Eggs and Maakies with Cathy Malkasian and Paul Hornschemeier.

Tony, Cathy and Paul

Tony had a artifact someone had MADE for him from his books. SUPERFAN, he might be right behind you, Tonyyyyy.

Tony Millionaire

We shared some pipes and drapes space with NBM publishing who, for some reason, put their porn RIGHT next to our signing section. Pensive and apprehensive Paul ponders porn.

Paul

Chris Sims, senior writer at Comics Alliance, came by to stroke his favorite kind of Fantagraphics' books: our gorgeous, classic reprints like Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse and Peanuts!

Sims and classic comics

And then came the wave of people crazy for Charles Forsman's new book The End of the Fucking World! Cartoonist Matt Forsythe hefts the book:

Matt Forsythe

Center for Cartoon Studies alum, Forsman friend AND comics consultant, Adam Staffaroni flips through TEOTFW.

Adam

Finally, Top Cow editor Bryan Rountree professed his love for Fantagraphics' books with both Good Dog by Graham Chaffee and TEOTFW.

Bryan Rountree

She-Hulk flips through (but doesn't flip the table) Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust next to Eisner-award winning journalist, Tom Spurgeon of the Comics Reporter.

She-Hulk and Tom

Speaking of Eisners, here are some shots of our cartoonists on the BIG SCREEN. Spain Rodriguez and Trina Robbins were both inducted in the Hall of Fame and Ellen Forney presented an award along with Becky Cloonan. The Complete Pogo Vol. 2 'Bona Fide Balderdash' won an Eisner!

Eisners

Then Michael Kupperman's 'Moon 69' comic from Tales Designed to Thrizzle won an Eisner award for Best Short Story! Eric read his hilarious acceptance speech that framed Eric for Kupperman's 'death.'

Eric Reynolds Eisners

The Eisner next to some totally legit beers...

Eisner

Out in the post-Eisner party, the comiXology boys Tony, Matt and Anshu celebrate LIFE and Fantagraphics' digital comics.

comiXology

A few more photos tomorrow (I KNOW you need MORE). Then our eyes are on Autoptic, SPX and BEYOND.
Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Thursday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJustin HallJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGene DeitcheventsEric ReynoldsCCIBarnaby 24 Jul 2013 6:05 PM

Paul Hornschemeier and Phil Nel 

Thursday rocked! Wooo-boy, no joke. Paul Hornschemeier and Philip Nel sign their books above. We were part of the Peanuts Scavenger Hunt and the let us use this bitchin' Woodstock stamp! Frantic moms and desperate children were all over the booth getting stamps and figuring out the quickest way to the next booth.

Peanuts stamp 

Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds checks out Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, a book he finally gets to see in person.

Eric and Ben's book 

Eric Reynolds and Phil Nel, editors of the complete Barnaby by Crockett Johnson.

Love and Rockets' Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez 

Natalia, Gilbert and Jaime 

From Arrested Development, Alia Shawkat was ooohhing and ahhhing over The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert. 

The Adventures of Jodelle 

Shawkat is a big Fanta-fan she even showed me her Dan Clowes tattoo! (her long-suffering and patient brother in the background)

Shawkat's Clowes Tattoo 

Gene Deitch and Justin Hall signed their copies of Nudnik Revealed and No Straight Lines respectively. Deitch reminded Hall that a permanent pen works best for signing (in comparison, Hall is the baby in the situation)

Deitch and Hall 

This young guy was at his first comic con and so happy to meet Gene Deitch!

Gene and fan 

This awesome fan came by the booth THREE TIMES on Thursday before deciding she needed Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust!

Today girl

The boys of Comic Bulletin hold up their favorite new releases from Fantagraphics: Danny Djeljosevic, Rafael Gaitan and Morgan Davis. 

CB boys 

PR Director Jacq Cohen and I had our evening panel with Chip Mosher from comiXology and JK Parkin from Comic Book Resources. The first few people who answered questions got flights of vodka (there's a free tip).

PR and indie marketing panel 

Passed by the comiXology booth and they had a little Fantagraphics sign a-glowing.

comiXology 

Out and about at the CBLDF party, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald and Henry Barajas.

Heidi and Henry 

That's all for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our Twitter feed! 

Young Romance on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Michel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 24 Jul 2013 11:38 AM

Young Romance

Finally! Fantagraphics and comiXology get busy and produce this happily-ever-maybe-never volume of romance comics called Young Romance by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Exciting, innovative, and beautifully drawn romance stories by two towering titans of the field (and originators of the genre).In such best-selling titles as Young Love and Real Western Romances, Simon and Kirby delighted a generation of girls and women (and probably a fair number of boys and men as well) with hundreds of charming and endlessly inventive stories of love and heartbreak. This never-before reprinted material painstakingly restored in full color and edited by Michel Gange. So get out your handkerchiefs and enjoy the trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs of Suzi, Marjorie, Annaliese, Toni, Kathy, Sari... and 15 other star-crossed young lovers from half a century ago.

Seperated into three glorious volumes each priced at $7.99, you'll like the protagonists love and LOVE their problems. Each volume is about 86-90 pages long of full-color beautifully restored classic comics.

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 1

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 2

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 3

Young Romance panel 

"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying." -Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine

"Most of the 21 stories in this great new book collection [Young Romance] haven't been compiled before, and if you're not familiar with them, you're in for thrill after melodramatic thrill. My favorite: 'Norma, Queen of the Hot Dogs.'" - Michael Galucci, Cleveland Scene 

Shame panel

New Comics Day 7.24.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayKen ParilleDaniel Clowes 24 Jul 2013 10:58 AM
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.
The Daniel Clowes Reader

360-page color/black & white 6.25" x 9" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-589-1 

"This beautiful collection gives the critical treatment to 10 of Clowes' most important comics stories which it includes in their entirety, from Ghost World to 'Art School Confidential' to 'Blue Italian Shit.'" –Benn Ray, Atomic Books on Largehearted Boy
 
"I have enough confidence in Parille that this should be a model of its kind" –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter