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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.

Drew Friedman's Book Soup Interview
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 13 Nov 2014 10:18 AM
Drew Friedman
photo by Greg Preston
A five question interview with cartoonist Drew Friedman was featured on the Book Soup blog in anticipation of his signing and conversation with artist William Stout this Friday, November 14th at Book Soup in 8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. People often ask Drew why he draws people and specifically these cartoonists at later stages in their life and he responded: "I like to draw people older or very old because you get to see their lives etched into their faces. Every line, wrinkle and liver spot tells the story of their life. Drawing younger faces is finally boring for me. It's too bland and uninteresting, although I do admire a beautiful face. I like Ava Gardner's quote when she was asked late in life why she didn't get a facelift: 'Honey, I earned every line.' "
Eisner Friedman
Detail of the Will Eisner portrait by Friedman
For more answers (especially to the question, do you LIKE your subjects), check out the Book Soup blog and be sure to stop by Book Soup this Friday for one hell of a time!
Poster

New Comics Day 11.12.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Olivier SchrauwenNew Comics DayFloyd GottfredsonDisney 12 Nov 2014 2:54 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.
Arsene Schrauwen
Arsène Schrauwen
by Olivier Schrauwen

250-page color 8" x 10" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-730-7

"There is an element of old world fable, distinctly European, to Arsene Schrauwen, as well as the kind of modernist journeys portrayed in books like Kafka's Amerika, with their emphasis on the conflict between an individual's internal struggles and the absurdity of their surroundings, both subtle and sublime." –Harris Smith, comiXology

"It is often said that to reduce a work to comparisons with its forebears is to reveal less the critic's grasp of lineage than his poverty of analysis, but I've found estimations like ‘Roy Andersson remaking Fitzcarraldo as an X-rated children's comic' to be personally useful in conveying the unique tone of this Olivier Schrauwen original, reductive as it may be." –Joe McCulloch, TCJ

Mickey Mouse 6
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago

by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white with color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-782-6 

"A revelation. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredson's charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags and briskly propel the plotlines." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." –Leonard Maltin



Mickey Mouse boxset
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 + 6 Box Set
by Floyd Gottfredson 

576-page black & white with color 10.75" x 9" x 2.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-783-3

"[The Blot's design] simple but phenomenally effective, and actually manages to be haunting. Plus, there are multiple deathtraps in this story, and if there's one thing I like to see in my adventure comics, it's ridiculously complicated attempts to murder someone that are foiled at the last...And really, [the Blot] the perfect bit of imagery for this book: Fantastic, historically important comics that have been made far more difficult to read by a black mark on Gottfredson's record." –Chris Sims, Comics Alliance

"Great lover, scholar, soldier, sailor, singer, toreador, tycoon, jockey, prizefighter, automobile racer, aviator, farmer. Mickey Mouse lives in a world in which space, time, and the law of physics are nil. He can reach inside of a bull's mouth, pull out his teeth and use them as castanets. He can lead a band or play violin solos; his ingenuity is limitless; he never fails." - Time Magazine (1931) 





















SAN FRAN: Pat Thomas at the Howard Zinn Fair
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 12 Nov 2014 1:21 PM
Listen Whitey
This Saturday, Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 will present a multi-media presentation at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco. From noon to 1:30 pm, at Mission High School (3750 18th street) rock out to the music, spoken word recordings and images that show bizarre connections between the Partridge Family and the Black Panther Party, Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver, Amiri Baraka and Motown, Bob Dylan and George Jackson.

Pat will be sharing the stage with Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band. This FREE event will feature a whole day of radical and activist authors sharing their works


Ed Piskor at Bridge City Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 12 Nov 2014 12:31 PM
Ed Piskor
Portland, Sunday is YOUR shot to see Ed Piskor while he's jamming up and down the West Coast. Michael Ring and Bridge City Comics are proudly selling Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1 + 2 plus that sexy box set with the mini-comic insert. From 6-9pm on Sunday, November 16th come get the hottest book to dive into hip hop history. This free event will also be serving sweet refreshments so you can talk all night long. Send your friends the Facebook link so they won't miss out either!
Volume 2 piskor
Bridge City Comics
3725 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
503.282.5484bridge


Fantagraphics at Short Run 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannJosh SimmonsJim WoodringeventsEd Piskor 12 Nov 2014 11:27 AM
Short Run
Oh man, we can hear your double-lined pockets jangling from all the coins to purchase our books this weekend at Short Run, the hottest one day comics show on this coast! We have some FANTASTIC debut comics and graphic novels for you as well as two outta town guests. You'll find two of our finest cartoonists right next to us, Ed Piskor (M59) and Simon Hanselmann. Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 and the Box Set are a hit across the country while Hanselmann's practically sold out of Megahex, so you should scoop one up QUICK! Local cartoonist and legend, Jim Woodring, will also be signing at the Fantagraphics table. Pick up a copy of his latest and greatest collection, JIM, while you're at the Short Run as well!
 
Signing schedule (a little subject to change but we're all friends!)
11-1: Simon Hanselmann
1-3: Jim Woodring 
3-5: Simon Hanselmann
 
Don't forget to say hi to Josh Simmons at C13.
Short Run Guests
 
pic 
We'll be located at table M60 on the first floor when you come into Washington Hall. 
Short Run
Follow along as Olivier's grandfather traveled to a remote colony to help build a utopia in the wilderness, fell in love with his cousin's wife, and then into delirium - but is it love or jungle virus-induced fever, reality or imagination? You'll come undone by Olivier's first full-length graphic novel: part-biography, part-surrealscape, all fantastic.  $34.99 Out in November 2014.
 
 
 
 
Cochlea EustachiaCochlea & Eustachia by Hans RickheitCochlea & Eustachia appear to be twin human girls, but this has yet to be confirmed. Their actions seem to be motivated less by curiosity than boredom and an inclination towards purposeless destruction. This new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Squirrel Machine is lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect. $19.99 Out in stores December 2014 but pick up an advance at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, ageism in America and her family's relationships and history. $19.99 In stores February 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Foolbert FunniesFoolbert Funnies by Frank Stack, edited by Kristy Valenti, intro by Bob Levin
A "best of the rest" tribute collecting Stack's work under his pseudonym, "Foolbert Sturgeon". Includes appearances by Dirty Diana, time traveler Frank Crankcase, Dr. Feelgood, and others. A tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years. $24.99 In stores December 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
Complete ZapThe Complete ZAP Comix by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson The most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever, finally collected. There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. We'll have one set for you to paw over. $500.00 In stores late December but pick up this ONE copy at Short Run. 
 
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. $39.99 In stores now but pick up a copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MassiveMassive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It by various artists, edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kohlbeins, intro by Chip Kidd
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. $35.99 In stores late December but pick up this advance copy at Short Run.
 
 
 
 
Four decades of deliberate DIY cartoon rebellion! Collecting some of the best mini comics ever produced by some of the most creative artists in the world (stats: artwork from over 50 artists in 848 pages of artwork, including the 8-page underground sex comic "Tijuana Bibles.") Cover by Esther Pearl Watson 29.99 In stores January but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
VaporVapor by Max 
Seeking an ascetic life in the desert away from today's noisy and noisome world, Nick is seduced by the spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of the procession of the Queen of Saba. A fantasia of delightful philosophical mind games. $24.99 In stores late November but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
 
 
  
Short Run Seattle 
Short Run
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Washington Hall
153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122







Fantagraphics dominates NY Times Best Seller List
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Walt KellyPeanutsDon RosaDisneyCharles M Schulz 10 Nov 2014 11:50 AM
Best Seller
This week, Fantagraphics topped the NY Times Best Seller list in hardback graphic novels. Four of our new releases landed on the list: In the number one position was Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Strips Vol. 3 "Evidence to the Contrary" by Walt KellyThis volume features daily and Sunday strips (in full color) from 1953-1954. Kelly introduces one of his boldest political caricatures, the insidious Simple J. Malarkey. Seminole Sam scams, Churchy La Femme cross-dresses, P.T. Bridgeport returns and more.
 Pogo Vol. 3 Peanuts
N0. 2 on the Best Seller list was The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Gift Box Set by Charles M. Schulz. There's a reason this two-some is so popular; the books are full of surprises for the most ardent Peanuts fan and Schulz's humor is unrestrained and glorious. There is a charmingly odd story of when the school bus never comes, full-on Waiting for Godot. In addition, Charlie Brown finally FINALLY hits a home run but the entire story is worth the boxset. 
Rosa Box Set 
At spot 3 is Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Libary Volumes 1 + 2 Gift Box Set including "Return to Plain Awful" and "Son of the Sun". Famed for his prizewinning "Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," Rosa wrote and drew a whopping two decades' worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns!  Duckburg's richest tycoon is on the hunt for legendary square eggs - and he's bringing Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie along, in the sequel to "Lost in the Andes"! 
 Peanuts
And at spot 6 is the single volume of The Complete Peanuts Vol. 22 1993-1994 by Charles M. Schulz. Complete with the homerun, the bus that wouldn't come PLUS Snoopy makes a run for the Supreme Court and battles pneumonia.
 
The week these four books came out, we had about 54 pounds of graphic novels, comic strips and reprints come out so we still a bit shocked to have so many titles on the list (but not so shocked when you consider the awesome comics). Gary and Eric did some deadlifts just to see if they could guess the weight of the releases from Wednesday, October 22nd. 
Deadlift 
We'll keep printing if you keep a-reading! 
Fantagraphics at Jet City Comic Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under events 7 Nov 2014 3:29 PM
 Jet City Comic Show
Jet City Comic Show is this weekend in our dear neighbor to the south, Tacoma. Join us Saturday, November 8th from 10am-5pm as we dish out the goodies, from our newest graphic novels to some beautiful reproduced classics hot of the press. Special guest at the convention include Ed Piskor (B-02), Peter Bagge (B-01) and Megan Kelso (B-03), right across from our booth (705) in Artist Alley. You can find them at their tables at the show. Find these stars an more at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402)
Jet City 
Megan Kelso will be signing at the Fantagraphics table from 2-3pm so bring your copies of Squirrel Mother or Queen of the Black Black. Don't have one? Never fear, we'll have copies for sale at the Fantagraphics table. 
 
Debuts
Follow along as Olivier's grandfather traveled to a remote colony to help build a utopia in the wilderness, fell in love with his cousin's wife, and then into delirium - but is it love or jungle virus-induced fever, reality or imagination? You'll come undone by Olivier's first full-length graphic novel: part-biography, part-surrealscape, all fantastic.  $34.99 Out in November 2014.
 
 
 
 
BumfBumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco
The 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." $14.99 Out in stores now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, ageism in America and her family's relationships and history. $19.99 In stores February 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Foolbert FunniesFoolbert Funnies by Frank Stack, edited by Kristy Valenti, intro by Bob Levin
A "best of the rest" tribute collecting Stack's work under his pseudonym, "Foolbert Sturgeon". Includes appearances by Dirty Diana, time traveler Frank Crankcase, Dr. Feelgood, and others. A tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years. $24.99 In stores December 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
 
 
 
Complete ZapThe Complete ZAP Comix by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson The most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever, finally collected. There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. We'll have one set for you to paw over. $500.00 In stores late December but pick up this ONE copy at Jet City.
 
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. $39.99 In stores now but pick up a copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MassiveMassive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It by various artists, edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kohlbeins, intro by Chip Kidd
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. $35.99 In stores late December but pick up this a copy at Jet City.
 
 
 
LA: Drew Friedman at Book Soup
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 7 Nov 2014 1:34 PM

Heroes of the Comics
Coming soon to Book Soup in Los Angeles, CA is the one, the only Drew Friedman! Self proclaimed as the 'guy who draws liver spots' will be in conversation on Friday, November 14th at 7pm with artist, William Stout and signing his latest book Heroes of the Comics, currently out in a comic bookstore, bookstore or our online store now.

Heroes of the Comics features over 80 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Werthem.

It's a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man BoingBoing.com call America's greatest living portrait artist! Come out to Book Soup next Friday for a night you'll never forget.
Drew Friedman All Jaffee
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069 




LONDON: Jacques Tardi at Comica
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jacques Tardievents 6 Nov 2014 3:14 PM
Tardi
Comica continues rolling out the great cartoonists with Jacques Tardi. On Monday, November 10th, one hundred years after the outbreak of The Great War, Tardi makes his first ever public interview in Britain. He will be in conversation with Pat Mills, writer of Charley's War, the compelling saga of a young Cockney private enduring The First World War. An exceptional, unmissable encounter between two passionate anti-War comics creators. You can find these two in conversation at Foyles Bookshop, in The Auditorium, Level 6 (107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT) from 7-8:30pmTickets are on sale here at the Comica site
Please note that Tardi will not be signing books at this event but the following night....
Tardi poster
Meanwhile on 11th November, the anniversary of the First World War Armistice, Jacques Tardi, and his wife, the singer-songwriter Dominique Grange, will perform their work, Putain de guerre! (Goddamn This War!), a performance combining songs, readings and images in French & English, in the Ciné Lumière at the Institut Français in South Kensington from 7-8:30pm.

In a poignant evocation of the First World War, Grange will perform music from her own repertoire, as well as songs by unknown soldiers and pieces by Aragon and Ferré. Tardi will read caustic excerpts from Goddamn This War!, which he created in collaboration with the historian Jean-Pierre Verney, while his images, taken from the same work, will be shown on screen. They will be accompanied on stage by five musicians from the Accordzeam group. Followed by a book signing. Book your tickets at the Institut Français website.

The rest of us on this side of the pond will just have to be content to read the dark, beautiful new boxset, Tardi's WWI.  
Tardi WWI 




PENN STATE: Jim Woodring to accept Lynd Ward Prize
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringawards 6 Nov 2014 9:46 AM
Woodring
The Pennsylvania Center for the Book is thrilled to present Jim Woodring with the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize for his graphic novel, Fran. Woodring will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State. As described by the jury, "Hypnotic and subliminal while entertaining and compelling, ‘Fran's' dream world is at once familiar and unsettling, a conduit to mental states that, in many ways, only the graphic novel can achieve. Woodring's work poses a refreshing change from the trend towards wordy graphic memoir, entreating the reader to reckon with a world whose language we cannot capture in our own."

So you too can be transported to the Unifactor to visit Frank, Fran, Pupshaw and Pushpaw during Woodring's talk and acceptance speech. For more information about the PA Center for the Book and past winners, visit their site. The Paterno Library is located along intercampus road Curtin Rd and N. Allen Street. Grab your own copy of Fran today!

Woodring
Joyce Farmer of 
Special Exits had the pleasure to announce Woodring as the recipient of this year's award. Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident. A prize of $2,500, the two volume set of Ward's six novels published by the Library of America, and a suitable commemorative will be presented to 2014 winner, Jim Woodring, for his book "Fran."

For more information about Woodring's presentation or if you have questions about the physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accommodations at the Penn State site, contact Caroline Wermuth at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 814-863-5472.

Fran 
Paterno Library
(at the intersection of Curtin Rd and N. Allen St)
University Park, PA 16802