|Kinokuniya welcomes MASSIVE with burly arms|
|Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under events, Chip Kidd, Anne Ishii||17 Feb 2015 12:01 PM|
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We've mentioned it a time or two before but damn, if there isn't going to be an amazing good time at Kinokuniya next week on Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm.
Rocking you day and night (mostly night) with Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd, will be signing new copies (or the dog-eared one from your nightstand). Kinokuniya is straight-up an artist's dream:If you've never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true.
In addition, they'll be screening a new documentary about Ogizaki Masahiro's House of Gay Art so don't forget to bring your glasses! Come get a copy of this almost sold-out anthology and catch the fever!
1073 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10018
What other jobs/experiences have you had in comics? What's your background in (non-comics?)
I started a small publishing behemoth with Eric Roesner called Yeti Press. We've been wheelin' and dealin' comics, graphic novels, and anthologies since 2011. I also taught elementary school for five years in the suburbs of Chicago. All this after I double majored in English and education at Hope College in Michigan.
What was the first comic you read?
Silver Surfer #54 was the first comic I ever read, but I use the word "read" loosely. It was more like scanning the pages for action before I could decipher the words. The Silver Surfer and Rhino fought in a zoo!
Artists like Dylan Horrocks and Roger Langridge always make me laugh and think, but I'm going to take it back to Bone by Jeff Smith. I was a struggling student in early grades and I learned how to read, quite literally, from Bone. I still reread it at least once a year.
What can you recommend to Fanta readers?
I'm a sucker for humor and gag comics, so I'd say don't sleep on the Virgil Partch, M.K. Brown, and Charles Rodrigues collections. Being a Chicago-born basketball junkie as well, I'm always telling people about Bull on Parade.
Weirdest Fanta experience so far?
Every time I go into the basement archives is a new adventure. I'm either finding a cool, old Kevin Huizenga mini or a nest of dead spiders.
Favorite way to wind down?
Watching a NBA game or taking a walk around Green Lake with my wife.
Whiskey or coffee. Or whiskey and coffee.
What projects do you have ahead of you outside of your job?
Yeti Press has a fun group of releases available this summer, which includes 4 books and a webcomic. I also update my art appreciation blog called "I Like That" everyday.
Best part of comic conventions?
That tired, slap-happy daze that inevitably occurs after too many hours on your feet and "being on." Just you and your friends spouting ideas and opinions about comics. I dig those shared experiences.
Favorite place in Seattle for food or public place?
Wayward Café has something called the "Biscuit Mountain" on their menu, so they're obviously on the list. Green Lake is my normal stomping ground and I love going to Storm games at the Key Arena.
Thanks for answering my questions, RJ, now GET BACK TO WORK.
Wilfred Santiago's most recent dance in the comics world is on the basketball court with Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade. His kinetic and gorgeously painted graphic novel is sitting pretty for the second week in a row on the NY Times Best Seller's list. "This biography focuses on the public and private life of the superstar basketball player during his professional career…" Michael Jordan: BOP focuses on, as Santiago puts it, a fascinating figure who was never too interested in satisfying people, other than his own personal drive. Grab a copy before they are all gone!
Here's what some recent reviewers and critics have said about this heart-pounding, sneaker-thumping story:
"From a scuffle with Patrick Ewing in the book's opening pages to the titanic feat of multiple NBA Championships, this book breaths with potent comic book electricity, phrasing court pivots and jump-shots with the same bombast as celestial superhero brawls." - Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine
"Players lurch across the court, striding over a mundane landscape that Santiago transforms into a mythopoetic stage. It's grandiose, theatric...Wilfred Santiago does a fantastic job of getting me to buy into a subject I have no real interest in. The level of craft at play-in the writing, art, coloring-is exceptional, and BULL ON PARADE is a work totally befitting its colossal subject." -Shea Hennum, This Is Infamous
"Has had a lot of schoolin'; owns a very small business; into medically-supervised lucid dreaming."
Too tame? Consider the next few books like the back of your favorite alt-weekly newspaper!
Too easy? We've mixed in a few books you HAVEN'T read yet since they are about to come out!
"Suffering from writer's block; prone to fantasies; world traveler"
Ever had a terrible boss? One who never appreciated you or gave you personal space outside of work? SWEATSHOP is all about it. Meet MEL BOWLING, and his team of overworked cartoonists helping him hack out a bad comic strip, Freddy Ferret.
In addition to the many cartoonist characters, Sweatshop also features a cosplayer, often called an "artist's model", who understands a lot of the complaints of today's convention scene.
Wednesday is not only New Comics Day in the stores but also new comics day online and on your favorite digital reading device. comiXology has a swank-and-huge list of titles that came out today! Love & Rockets: New Stories #7 finds Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez writing and drawing at the top of their game. In Jaime's stories, Maggie and Hopey take a road trip to visit a 'sick friend' while Ray visits some old sick friends of his own. Gilbert offers a suite of stories, including a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Fritz as Morgan Le Fey teams up with Aladdin; a WWII sci-fi thriller and 'Daughters and Mothers and Daughters,' in which flashbacks to Luba's mother Maria reveal how old secrets affect their family today. is $17.99 at comiXology and is also available on the Sequential app.
Peter Bagge's Sweatshop is an intense situational comedy about a newspaper strip "sweatshop" of aspiring cartoonists who are attempting to make it big like their boss, Mel Bowling, but on their own terms. Featuring art also by Johnny Ryan, Jim Blanchard, Stephen Destefano, Stephanie Gladden and Matt Ray; Sweatshop is a must have for the Fantagraphics' fan and anyone who has had a terrible boss. Sweatshop is also available on the Sequential app. In addition you can get Hate 18, now out digitally.
In the sweet follow up to An Age of License, in Lucy Knisley's Displacement recounts the experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, and her family's relationships and history. Meanwhile, Noah Van Sciver's latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, is a brutal look into in pathos and the human condition. It follows a dead-ender, Joe, over four days as his life goes from terrible to unraveling at every possible seam, from drinking on the job to a live-in girlfriend and crying baby at home. You can also find both of these titles on the Sequential app.
More serial comics please!
Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three #8 by Joe Daly, we join Millenium Boy, Millenium Boy, Steve, Nerd Girl and Lash Penis mid-adventure. A series of beasts called Womraxes attack the group, ripping off clothes right and left. (and only $1.99 per issue!).
In Dame Darcy's Meat Cake #15, Richard Dirt and Friend the Girl show you exactly how to pass the Zombie Survival Test before Dame Darcy takes a trip around the world gathering local lore like the Chupacabre of Texas and the Science Un-Fair. Plus, get your munch on with her finest raw food recipes! It's one of the best one hundred and ninety-nine penny dreadfuls you can get!
Bagge's HATE #18 has the Bradley home in Jersey is bursting at the seams with little birdies who tried out their wings, landed in a bloody heap on the ground, and limped back into the nest. The newest re-addition to the family unit: Butch. Buddy's errant little brother is discharged from the Navy, due in large part to his chronic alcoholism, and he heads straight for the nearest port - home sweet home. His constant belligerent presence makes life even more difficult for Buddy and Lisa, who are having a hard enough time of it as it is. Needless to say, things wind up coming to an ugly head between Buddy and Butch, and nothing is resolved as a result, since such is the nature of adult siblings. Now and forever, in full and glorious FantacolorTM from cover to cover!
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.
Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez
100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover
$14.99 | 978-1-60699-770-3
"Jaime has always been brilliant at investing his characters with personality & emotion, and his illustration of Maggie speaks volumes....the latest edition of Love and Rockets: New Stories has a wealth of material from both of the Hernandez brothers. Jaime and Gilbert continue to develop their large casts of characters and unfold numerous plotlines in an intriguing manner. And the artwork from both of them is gorgeous." -Ben Herman, In My Not So Subtle Opinion
"Love and Rockets is incredible, and a complete about face from superhero comics if you find yourself growing tired of the Big 2." –Comic Book Herald
"Sweatshop is entertaining stuff, and, as a bonus, it's fairly self-reflexive." –Hillary Brown, PASTE Magazine
"Unsurprisingly, Bagge's latest from Fantagraphics sounds highly intriguing...Peter Bagge is up there with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez as alternative comics creators from the 80's and 90's that you're cooler just for knowing." –Comic Book Herald
by Lucy Knisley
168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
"No one out there is Knisley, who always finds a way to create a narrative out of diverse thoughts and ideas - turning a musing sort of travelogue or blog into something wholly satisfying and meaningful. Expect a moving look at aging, 'The Greatest Generation' and love." –Menachem Luchins, 13th Dimension
"Knisley's able to achieve an impressive balance between humor and poignancy, juxatposing observations on the bizarre line-up of nighttime entertainment and the strangeness of her fellow passengers with thoughtful observations on aging and excerpts from her grandfather's World War II journals." –Brian Heater, Paper Mag
Pour yourself another cup of coffee ('cause you'll be reading all night) and start clicking "ADD TO CART" at comiXology because we are having a Love and Rockets sale TODAY ONLY! The flagship title of Fantagraphics, now it it's 32 year, has enough poundage to break a bookcase or two thanks to the trusty and hard-working pens of Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez. Luckily, you can get all the books digitally at comiXology. The Library volumes that start with Jaime and Gilbert's universes from 1983 through 2008 are only $6.99! The Love and Rockets: New Stories collections featuring the newest comics are only $3.99! And even better, the sale is so you can catch up because Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 is hitting the stands, comic bookstore and the digital shelf on Wednesday!
Not sure where to begin or maybe you have some books you've already read? Check out our handy "How to Read Love and Rockets" guide since the they've been drawing longer than some of you have been a-live. The sale runs from today ONLY and ends at 11pm EST.
On Santiago's own site, Good Wilfred, he's collected some of the better lyrics from songs, from 2 Pac to Jurassic 5, that include Michael Jordan and references to his full-court domination.
Here's what some of the premiere critics have had to say about the man, the myth and the legend as documented by Santiago's pen and brushes.
"What's brilliant about Wilfred Santiago's Michael Jordan: Bulls On Parade is how it works to reconcile the two sides of the person the public believed he was and the person he might actually be. It's an empathetic and exciting whirlwind of a story that spans across decades of tragedy and triumph to come out the other side with a portrait that could only end with a certain level of complex ambiguity." –Patrick Hess, Nothing But Comics
"Wilfred Santiago was a protégé of Ho Che Anderson (remember him?) and as such is a proponent of the sort of honest, experimental and energetic kind of storytelling that can only come from life on the fringes of both real life and the comics world." –Bart Croonenborghs, Broken Frontier
Displacement comes out right on the heels of An Age of License, a lighter travelogue about seeking out love and adventure during European travels. Both are sweet with a touch of melancholy with gorgeous watercolors.
Challengers Comics is ALSO having a store-wide 25% sale Saturday 2.7.15 to Friday 2.13.15 and if you spend over $100, you get a sweet Knisley-designed shirt that says "I love you but I've chosen comics":