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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.

LA: Les McCann and Pat Thomas at Book Soup
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Pat ThomasLes McCannevents 19 Jan 2015 1:31 PM

Book Soup
Portraits shot at the right moment are like the fermata on a pitch perfect note. Master photographer and jazz pianist Les McCann was able to catch such moments from the greatest of jazz singers and musicians. YOU now have a chance to meet him! Author and historian Pat Thomas (Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) curated the new McCann retrospective: Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 and will be with McCann at the book release party at Book Soup on Saturday, March 28th. 5pm is when DJ Adam Dorn starts spinning the soulful tunes to images by McCann. Pat Thomas will host a roundtable with McCann and A. Scott Galloway, music journalist and introduction writer.  

The new book featuring his photographs comes out at the same time as rerelease of Les McCann's Invitation to Openness album from Omnivore Records. The Invitation To Openness album (originally from Atlantic Records) has "remained a landmark statement in free-form improvisation mixed with soulful grooves, featuring a 26-minute continuous track with expressive instrumentation from the likes of Yusef Lateef, Ralph McDonald, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and Alphonse Mouzon." These beautiful photographs still resonate to this day, an un-diminished harmony of beautiful black and white.
Cover

Invitation to Openness is coming soon from Fantagraphics, a refrain you'll read and hear often until, it's March release striking a chord within the hearts of photography fans and lovers of jazz. Be one of the first to enjoy a signed edition by picking up your copy from Book Soup on March 27th. 

Book Soup
Book Soup
8828 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 




SF: Guy Colwell at Pegasus Bookstore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Guy ColwelleventsBob Levin 16 Jan 2015 2:52 PM

Inner CIty Romance
This collection has been a long-time coming! On Friday, February 27th cartoonist, painter and activist Guy Colwell will be at Pegasus Bookstore in San Francisco for the release of Inner City Romance. This blood-pumpin', needle-stickin' collection features comics on social politics like racial activism, harassment, prison, black culture, ghetto life, the and the sex trade. It portrays the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. 

Colwell will be in conversation with author Bob Levin about his journey from cartoonist/painter to radical activist who utilized his craft to pass along a message. The talk starts at 7pm with a book signing to follow. 

Inner City Romance 
Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704  



Do you want to French Simon Hanselmann?
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under slimy marketingSimon Hanselmannart 14 Jan 2015 3:32 PM
French Tour
Do you want to see Simon Hanselmann in Europe? Get thee to the Kiss Kiss Bank Bank! For only 5 Euros you can get a 'French Kiss' from Simon or you can plunk down for the high-dollar item, a candelit dinner with Simon at Angouleme (let's be real, is there any other kind there?).
New Hanselmann
Other rewards include signed books, pins and posters. Hanselmann is celebrating the release of his new Misma book, Megg, Mogg & Owl: Magical Ecstasy Tripprinted in French.
French kiss 2
 The money will get Simon aaaaalllll the way from Australia to Angouleme for the Festival de Bande Dessinee there in addition to some book shop signings in Paris and Toulouse, plus some other expenses. So send them a few dollars turned Euros
Merci
New Comics Day 1.14.15
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoNew Comics DayDylan Horrocks 14 Jan 2015 10:12 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.
Sam Zabel
Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen
by Dylan Horrocks

228-page full color 7" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-790-1

"Like Hicksville, it's about comic book artists and the allure of comic books. And also like Hicksville, it, too, is worthy of an award." –Marc Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

"Do yourself a favor and pick this book up now, instead of a month from now when it's the graphic novel everyone is talking about." –Dan Greenfield, 13th Dimension  

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade

by Wilfred Santiago

200-page full color 5.75" x 7.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-711-6 

"...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

"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. Santiago's artwork is driven and manic with odd color choices, which are all about externalizing the inner life of his characters." –Bart Croonenborghs, Broken Frontiers  












Spawn of Mars at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wally WoodEC ComicsAl Feldstein 12 Jan 2015 2:43 PM
Spawn of Mars
Time to sync your watches at 3....2.....1....set! The newest EC Comics Library book, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories, is now available at comiXology for when you're jet-setting around the stars. Wallace (Wally) Wood fans love his sleek, preternaturally lush art, but they especially love the wonderment of his spectacular science fiction. This highly anticipated mouth-watering collection features over two dozen stories brimming with Wood's meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork-all save the one Wood wrote himself on the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. And with titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey," how can you go wrong? This is EC science fiction at its finest. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
Spawn of Mars 
So set your ship on auto-pilot (as long as you're not in a meteor field) or tell your captain you'll be planet-side for a little while longer to enjoy all 240 pages of fun for only $22.99
EC Comics 
"Wood's work seemed like snapshots of a lush and vibrant reality where even madmen, monsters and mayhem possessed a stately grace. There might be pandemonium but, oddly, the panic never seemed to reach the eyes of Wood's regal heroes." - Geoff Boucher, The Los Angeles Times

"Legendary artist [Wally] Wood mastered every comic-book genre - humor (he was one of Mad's first artists), horror, superheroes, war - but is best known for the 1950s science-fiction stories he drew for EC Comics, in which, one commentator noted, he 'began drawing things into panels that no human being seemed capable of before.' His heroic spacemen, intricate rocket ships, and frightening aliens embodied classic space opera, and his influence remains visible in the work of many leading comics artists today." - Gordon Flagg, Booklist




RHINEBECK: Lucy Knisley returns home
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 12 Jan 2015 8:09 AM
Knisley Oblong
In honor of her travelogues An Age of License and the newly pressed DisplacementLucy Knisley is having a signing at her hometown bookstore: Oblong Books and Music. 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. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Gramps 
Oblong Books has been around for 35 sweet years run by the Hermans family and is sure to please. See you there! (Photo Credit: Kitty Sheehan
Oblong Books
Oblong Books
Montgomery Row
Rhinebeck, NY
845.876.0500 
Lucy





DC: MASSIVE at Fantom Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 9 Jan 2015 9:38 AM

Massive
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). 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. 

Fantom Comics of Washington D.C. invites you to visit this world for a night on Thursday, January 22nd when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan 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 (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.

Yes please
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; Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at MASSIVE; and editor of the blog Gay Manga!.

Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
Cavemen
Be there or we'll send some of Jairaya's cavemen after you!

Fantom Comics
2010 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036





PHILLY: MASSIVE at Giovanni's Room
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 8 Jan 2015 3:38 PM
Giovanni's Room
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). 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. 
Tagame
Giovanni's Room of Philadelphia invites you to visit this world for a night on Tuesday, January 20th when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 6pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan 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 (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state. 
Giovanni's Room
Giovanni's Room
345 South 12th Street
215.923.2960 

SAN FRAN: ZAP crew to rock City Lights
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Victor MoscosoRobert WilliamsGary Grothevents 7 Jan 2015 3:58 PM
Zap Poster
The party you've been waiting your whole lifetime is here! On Thursday, January 22nd join Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams and Paul Mavrides at City Lights in San Francisco. They'll be in discussion with Gary Groth and Ron Turner (of Last Gasp) about The Complete Zap Comix. These legends start talking at 7pm on the dot, be there five minutes early if you need a smoke break. This nearly sold-out collection will be yours for the buying, theirs for the signing and for your family to argue about who will carry it home. 
Zap Covers 
In 1968, when underground comics were just strating to emerge, Robert Crumb's released his classic solo first issue of Zap. By the second issue, he had assembled a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. Together they created a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap - every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists - in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams.

"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." -Dana Jennings, The NY Times
Zap
City Lights Booksellers
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133






New Comics Day 1.7.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wallace WoodNew Comics DayFrank StackEC ComicsCharles M SchulzAl Feldstein 7 Jan 2015 8:06 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.
Foolbert Funnies
Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions 
by Frank Stack 

224-page black & white 7.75" x 10" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-808-3

"Foolbert Funnies is a definitive collection of comic art by one of the quirkiest and most intriguing artists to emerge from undergrounds. As a former college art professor, Frank Stack brought a unique approach to his art, blazing his own trail. And what could be more appropriate for an underground comics cartoonist than that?" –Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

Spawn of Mars  
Spawn of Mars  
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-805-2
 
"…the reason I'm almost guaranteed to eventually pick this up: shelf porn. I'd probably buy 'Wally Wood sci-fi reprints' as a digest, but this is going to eventually look so damn good on the oversized shelf. It's the smuggest reason to buy anything ever, but I don't care." –Jim Dandendeau, Topless Robot

Valentine
A Valentine for Charlie Brown
by Charles M. Schulz

72-page two color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-804-5

"Schulz was truly one of the game's great ambassadors." - Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey

"Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book." - The Comics Reporter