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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.

DRM-Free is the way to be
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicscomiXology 26 Sep 2014 1:05 PM
Jim Ipad
You heard right, digital comics lovers, Fantagraphics Books is now DRM-free on comiXology. Along with a long list of publishers like MonkeyBrain Comics, IDW Publishing and more, you can now keep a backup of your comic. Sweat no more.
 
"After the wildly successful launch during Comic-Con International we're thrilled to offer our customers an even greater selection with this next wave of publishers offering DRM-free backups," said comiXology VP of Communications & Marketing Chip Mosher. "We look forward to continuing to work with more publishers in offering DRM-free backups to comics fans worldwide." 
 
So check out some of our latest titles like Jim by Jim Woodring, the second installment of Dash Shaw's Cosplayers series, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis or Megahex by Simon Hanselmann.
Cosplayesr 2  htbh  Megahex
NASHVILLE: Peter Bagge at Wizard World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter Baggeevents 25 Sep 2014 3:00 PM
Wiz world
This weekend, September 26-28th at the Wizard World convention (held at Music City Center) in Nashville you can find cartoonist Peter Bagge as a special guest amongst all your favorite sci-fi tv and movie stars. Peter will have his newest graphic novel, Buddy Buys a Dump, in addition to Everybody is Stupid Except for Me (and Other Astute Observations). a collection of his polication comics from Reason Magazine. Find him at table A34.
 
The show is open Friday the 26th from 3pm - 8pm; Saturday the 27th from 10am - 7pm; and Sunday the 28th from 11am - 5pm.
 
Buddy Buys a Dump Peter Bagge 
You can buy tickets online and possibly at the door but why risk it? 

Music City Center
201 5th Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
HALLS A & B







CHICAGO: Lucy Knisley at Challengers
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 25 Sep 2014 11:51 AM

An Age of License
Lucy Knisley is appearing at her first big event since the debut at SDCC! Starting Friday, September 26th at 7pm at Challengers Lucy will be signing and customizing your copy of her newest book from us, An Age of License. This travelogue follows recounts the artist's charming (and romantic!) adventures on a book tour in Europe. The comic store has even gone to the kitchen to whip up some of her sweet and savory treats found in a previous graphic novel, Relish. Challengers was also awarded the 2013 Will Eisner Spirit Award so roam the stacks with ease and feel free to ask the staff any questions, they can fire an answer right back 'atcha!

Get there early before the books sells out or else we highly suspect you'll have to fight crowds, zombies and possible commit a misdemeanor. Glimpse into the future provided by Lucy herself here:

 zombs
Challengers Comics + Conversation
1845 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL
773.278.0155




SEATTLE: Jim Woodring at Town Hall
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 23 Sep 2014 12:41 PM
woodring at desk
The time is nigh to buy tickets to see Jim Woodring at Town Hall in Seattle! On Sunday, October 5, from 7:30 - 8:45pm you will be glued to your seat for Offhand Gestures: An Evening of Spontaneous Creation with James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring. Woodring will great on-the-spot drawings and paintings inspired by the collaborative musical efforts of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and James McNew, bassist for Yo La Tengo. An event for the lover of music, comics, visual performance arts and above all, collaboration. Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Fantagraphics and sponsored by City Arts

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Town Hall website. Woodring's newest book is available for purchase online, at your local comic and bookstores or your favorite library branch.

"Woodring's great talent, apart from his beautiful artwork, is his ability to make these absurd and almost nonsensical stories enthralling." - Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

Jim



Manhattan: Cute Boys at Parsons New School
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 22 Sep 2014 11:56 AM
World Tour 
Tuesday, September 23th is a sumptuous ending to our New York Events as Simon Hanselmann and Michael DeForge give talks at the Bark Room at 8pm in association with Parsons the New School for DesignModerating the talks will be faculty member, Steven Guarnaccia.
Megahex Lose 6
This is just one of the many stops on the Cute Boy Alert tour featuring Hanselmann, DeForge and Patrick Kyle. For more information about future stops, 
click here and flip your hair to the right, left and right again . Here the boys are (RtoL: Hanselmann, DeForge and Kyle) at the Telegraph Gallery last week.

The Boys, the boys 
Bark Room, Parsons
2 West 13th Street
(at the corner of Fifth Ave.)
Room M101
New York, NY 10011










Secret Headquarters at MONDO CON
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under jon vermilyeaJaime Hernandezeventsart 16 Sep 2014 1:30 PM
Mondo Con
One of the best parts of Austin, Texas is its extreme love for good art and great design. Whether it's a local band playing, new shirt shop or the annual Flatstock or Mondo, the boutique line from Alamo Drafthouse, there is a lot of good stuff on hand. But NOW the aforementioned Mondo is having its own con! And guess who's going to be there? Our great pals, Secret Headquarters!
Winsor McCay
The Daves and Julie of Secret Headquarters sent us some sweet photos of some of the prints they are carrying including the Winsor McCay print called When Black Death Rode (with a horse face detail).
Winsor McCay
Jaime Hernandez shirt, print and one beautiful Jon Vermilyea patch. You can check out their other goods on the site OR just hustle on over to Mondo Con this Saturday and Sunday! 
Ape Sex print
If anything is left over they will be put online in the near future, so by Satan's cloven hoof SHQ better only sell 99 of those pizza patches.

Pizza patches
Marchesa Hall and Theater
6406 N I H 35 # 3100
Austin, TX 78752











Brooklyn: Eleanor Davis at Desert Island
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor Davis 16 Sep 2014 11:05 AM
How to Be Happy
Monday, Monday, Monday! Eleanor Davis is giving her LAST performance of the How to Be Happy tour at Brooklyn comic shop, Desert Island, 7-9m. You may have gotten your book signed at Brooklyn Book Festival but you haven't L I V E D until you've seen Eleanor give her talk on the relationship of art and the artist. 

How to be Happy Eleanor Davis 
How to Be Happy is a New York Times Best Selling book that we are already reprinting! Here's what some critics have recently said about Eleanor's fine work:
 
"...her stories often feature tremendous longing and sadness, but they also lushly suggest what a blessing it is to be alive and in the world. She presents, in short, a more realistic picture of what it means to be a human, with our ever-present mind/body tug-of-war, than almost anyone else out there making art." - Hillary Brown, BoingBoing 

"That's Davis' sensibility. In her roundabout way, she dramatizes not the prospect of happiness, but the promise of it. Her natural territory is found in all the funny and tragic effects of that promise." - Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

So get in a cab or in the subway car and head to Desert Island Comics, they've got that fancy new Jim Woodring sign! 
Desert Island Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211









Fantagraphics at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannJesse ReklawEleanor Davis 16 Sep 2014 10:45 AM

BBF Logo
This September we are stepping out in Brooklyn! The Brooklyn Book Festival is an annual meeting of minds, blue-stockings and page-turners, this year secheduled on Sunday, September 21st from 10am-6pm. We've got three AH-MAZING cartoonists signing this year at Brooklyn Burrough Hall (209 Joralemon St.), Eleanor Davis with How to Be Happy, Simon Hanselmann with Megahex and Jesse Reklaw with Couch Tag. Jacq Cohen will be womanning the table so come on by!Brooklyn Book Fest

Sunday Signing Schedule
10am-1pm Eleanor Davis
2pm-4pm  Simon Hanselmann
4pm-6pm  Jesse Reklaw

The Panels, please note the different addresses

1:00 P.M. Sex, Drugs, Dysfunctional Families--Plus Witches!Hilarious stories from the alt-comics universe, from leading-edge indie artists you love to read online (or to find as beloved mini comics passed creator-to-fan), and you can't miss on stage: Julia Wertz (Museum of Mistakes), Simon Hanselmann (MegaHex)--all the way from Australia--and Jennifer Cruté (Jennifer's Journal). Featuring screen projection. 
BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (128 Pierrepont Street)

3:00 P.M. Virtuosos: Comics Creators that Defy Classification.Award-winning artists Charles Burns (Sugar Skull), Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) and Paul Pope (Battling Boy and Escapo) are some of the most exciting creators on the scene today, helping to define indie, literary comics while also defying genre classification. Join them to talk about how they orchestrate their art. Moderated by Lisa Lucas, Guernica Magazine.  ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE AUDITORIUM (180 Remsen Street) 

Debuts 

Megahex Megahex by Simon Hanselmann -
Follow Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their friend Owl, and Werewolf Jones as they struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other. It's a comedy! This is the first collection of Hanselmann's work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the "classic" Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.
 
In stores now, $29.99
 
 

Bumf!
Bumf Vol.1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Sacco has long been known and praised for his work in comics journalism, with such titles as Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer garnering widespread acclaim in The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Now, Sacco is returning to his satirist and underground cartoonist rootsThe acclaimed cartoonist returns to his underground roots, indulging his love of satire and cartooning in this free-wheeling one-man anthology that Sacco promises "will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do."
 
In stores November, $24.99.
 
 
 

hiphop2 Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor - Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop makes its big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. While many performers use flamboyant personas to stand out from the audience, a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy, with cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)!
 
In stores now, $27.99. 
 


boxset
 
Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set Vol. 1: 1975-1983 by Ed Piskor  - To celebrate the critical success of the first two volumes of Piskor's unprecedented history of Hip Hop, we are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. Also included is the box set exclusive 24-page comic Hip Hop Family Tree #300, Piskor's elegant reflection on the ‘90s confluence of hip hop and comics, told in a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to that era's Image comics.
 
In stores November, $59.99.  
 
 
 
 

The Lonesome Go The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You'll witness a young man's dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern "Hoovervilles"

In stores October, $39.99 

Heroes of the Comics
Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman - Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits and essays lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman. Heroes includes the full spectrum of American comics pioneers and legends of the ‘30s to the ‘50s: publishers, editors, and artists like Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Bill Gaines, and more. It's a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America's greatest living portrait artist!"
 
In stores now, $34.99  
 

Jim Jim by Jim Woodring - Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work - comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings all centered around Woodring's cartoon alter ego. This fictional doppelganger has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are commonplace. Collected here for the first time, Jim is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.
 
In stores now, $29.99.
 
 
Gast Gast by Carol Swain - In rural Wales, Helen, an amateur bird watcher, investigates the apparent suicide of a "rare bird" named Emrys. Her attempt to learn more about Emrys turns into a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a hard-fought reconciliation with the world - as it is. Helen's inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences. A philosophically mature vision, uniquely executed by an artist wholly in control of her craft, Swain touches on issues of identity, transgenderism and isolation.
 
In Stores now, $22.99 
 


An Age of LicenseAn Age of License by Lucy Knisley - An Age of License is Lucy Knisley's (French Milk, Relish) comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) tour of Europe and Scandinavia. Featuring her hallmark mouth-watering drawings and descriptions of food, Knisley's experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries - about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life - that many young adults will relate to. It's is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan.
 
 
 
In Stores now, $19.99 
 
 
Waiting for the Great PumpkinWaiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz - Linus and his wait for the Great Pumpkin have been a pop culture touchstone for nearly 50 years thanks to the animated television special ("I got a rock"), and it all started in the classic Peanuts strips from 1959-1962 collected in this affordable, fun-sized gift book.
 
 
 
 In Stores now, $9.99

Family Tour
Some associated events include SATURDAY NIGHT before BBF when Bergen Street Comics is hosting a Bookend Event on September 20th at 8pm. It features aforementioned Fantagraphics' talents like Simon Hanselmann, Eleanor Davis and Jesse Reklaw, in addition, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle (Koyama Press) will be there as well as Alex Degen and Matthew Thurber. Unfortunately, we just got word that Mark Connery cannot attend but everyone will sign HARD in his stead. 

And Monday night at Desert Island, Eleanor will also be signing copies of How to Be Happy. So stop on any or ALL of the events for some Simon, Jesse, Eleanor love!

Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Eleanor Davis at Takoma Park
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor Davis 15 Sep 2014 10:46 PM

Takoma Park 
On September 15th, today, Eleanor Davis is a guest of the every lovely Takoma Park Library in Maryland, in conjuction with Politics & Prose. 

Her most recent book, How to be Happy, is the topic of discussion for this moving a personal presentation and discussion. With beautiful and different styles to match the mood of the story, this collection has grasped ahold of America and is almost sold out! So grab a copy before the librarians get the last remaining copy. As one of our staffers said, library events are the best events, so get some social capital at our nation's capitol!

How to be happy Eleanor!
Presentation begins at 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Avenue
Tacoma Park, Maryland 20912
301.891.7259





Telegraph Gallery Event & Special Edition Hanselmann Print
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmanneventsart 15 Sep 2014 12:55 PM
Cute boyz
Tonight at the 'Cute Boy Alert' World Tour with Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle hits the Telegraph Gallery in Charlottesville, VA! From 6-9pm you can get the boys to sign not only your comics but a special edition print the gallery owners have made! 
 
The print debuted at SPX this past weekend. This print was designed in collaboration by all three amazing artists on the tour, and will be on display at all the stops on the tour - but is exclusively for sale at the Telegraph Gallery.
Megahex Lose #6 Distance Mover

Feelin' sad because you can't get to Telegraph tonight? Fear not, the great internet has convinced David to put the poster up online lest he be hassled and jeered at while on the street of his neighborhood. You can order one right here! 18" x 24" screen printed poster on 100# poster stock, ships bagged and rolled in a sturdy cardboard tube. 

Telegraph Gallery
110 4th St NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902