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.
We told you about some shows opening in the last few weeks and NOW we have some sweet photographic proof, c'mon, you believed us, right?! Above, M.K. Brown stands outside of the Cartoon Art Museum at Saa Francisco, CA. Her show runs from August 30th until February 15th, 2015. It collects comics and single panel gag cartoons featured in her collection Stranger Than Life (published by Fantagraphics!).
Bill Griffiths of Zippy the Pinhead lists the things he looks for in an amazing cartoonist on the CAM site. "- Chronicles the times we live in, but does so in a way that doesn't 'date.' - Juxtaposition, juxtaposition, juxtaposition. - Makes the personal universal, makes the universal personal."
Meanwhile, Jacques Boyreau of Portable Grindhouse,Sexytime and nowSuperTrash just had a month long installation at the PNCA in Portland. On a panel for the high-and-low-art show, Boyreau (second from the left) articulates how we are all creators and purveyors of trash art. The low brow or pop culture of today maybe the only thing that stands the test of time after many tomorrows. Jacques will be appearing at Elliott Bay Books this Sunday at 3pm with a presentation about SuperTrash and signing copies of this assault on your senses.
Starred review: "With his signature spare, thick line work on display, Shaw pursues his twin main interests-stressed families and sotto voce science fiction-in his most audacious color exercise since The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century (2010) and his most eventful book ever." –Ray Olson, Booklist
Meanwhile, Simon Hanselmann's Megahex is still on the list, two weeks in a row, making it one 'hot fortnight' for the people at the funny papers. So the lesson? 2014 loves anthropomorphic characters, be they child-appropriate or not. Pick up a copy of these two great to hold, even better to read graphic novels today!
Did you know you still have 13 hours left to pick out some spooky titles from our Halloween sale?! Details on all the titles for sale until MIDNIGHT PST tonight! With all that extra money you'll be able to make a wicked costume for your kiddos or self. Oh no...did you forget to make a costume for Scooter? Just a little black paint and sharpie and you can whip up a great Charlie Brown in no time (costume and kid by freelance editor Shawna Gore).
Swee'Pea from Popeye is also another easy one (costume and kid by Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds)
On Saturday night, founder and co-publisher Gary Groth received the Genius Award in Literature from Seattle alt-weekly paper, The Stranger. (Photo above by Kelly O. of The Stranger). His competition was fierce but the force of the movement he created when he founded Fantagraphics with Mike Catron and soldiered on with Kim Thompson created a form of comics so prevalent. Paul Constant interviews Groth yet again after the event on comics at the Stranger's Slog: "Pop culture has become so stupefyingly banal that it's caught up with comics. It's kind of terrifying when you think about it," states Groth in reference to the multiple superhero movies, TV shows and comics popping up from here as far as the eye can see. Picture below by Short Run.
Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds was present at the Stranger Awards and commented, "It was a great night for Fantagraphics and for Seattle, and even though Gary's been completely insufferable since Saturday night, going on and on about 'genius this' and 'genius that,' blah blah blah, we're extremely proud of the big lug."
Eric, Kelly O. and Gary
Yes, indeed, we are so proud of Gary and happy to be a part of the everchanging landscape of comics, graphic novels and just damn good storytelling. VIVA COMICS and VIVA GROTH!
DETROIT! Let's grease the wheels and get on down to the Jazz Cafe. Author Pat Thomas will be in Detroit on Wednesday, October 29th from 7:00pm-9:30pm at the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, reading from his book, Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 plus spinning rare "Black Power" recordings and showing unusual photos from the era. ML Liebler presents a special Detroit Tonight Live featuring Thomas that will also include special guests: poets Diane DeCillis & Dawn McDuffie plus fiction writer Brian Smith along with The Good Shepherd Poetry Blues Band.
Thomas is also working a new book coming out next year called Invitation to Openness, a book of previously unpublished jazz photos of the 1960s and '70s by Les McCann. So feel free to ask him about it!
Jazz Cafe at Music Hall 350 Madison St Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 887-8500
This weekend is THE Texas Book Festival in the heart of the state, Austin, on the grounds of the State Capital. Tim Lane of The Lonesome Go and Abandoned Cars will also be in attendence and holding court. Lane is known for his dense cartooning of American legends and dusty Route 66 tales. Stark washes of white and black pools of ink draw readers to the page while the mystery and mayhem leave them fraught with distress at each page turn. Here's were you can find Lane during the festival:
Saturday, October 25th
Foxing Quarterly and Fantagraphics LitCrawl with Tim Lane - 9:30 PM
The Volstead Lounge at Hotel Vegas. Just like with Lane's signing at The Phoenix, he'll be doing recordings of Jackie's Blues so if you are an earnest musician of any instrument come out to jam or do a solo recording for his project.
Sunday, October 26th
On Comics Panel- 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Beautiful, and at times haunting, pen-and-ink illustrations clash with the Great American Mythological Drama in Tim Lane's new collection, The Lonesome Go. Moderated by Danithan Mejia.
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028
Immediately after Lane's panel you'll find him at the book signing tent signing The Lonesome Go. So please enjoy this free festival on the grounds of the capital and enjoy all the delicious food Austin has to offer whether it's the ever-present Torchy's Tacos, Aster's Ethiopian, or that beautiful white bean chili at the Texas Chili Parlor (mere steps from the Texas Book Festival.
The time has come, the Seattlelite said, to pick a frickin' Genius! The alt-weekly paper in town, The Stranger, is hosting it's annual Genius awards tomorrow after a few events where the genius nominees show it off. Fantagraphics co-founder and editor Gary Groth is nominated in the literature category alongside comics writer/novelist G. Willow Wilson and poet Shin Yu Pai.
The event tomorrow night is F.R.E.E. but you have to reserve and download tickets. SO join the huge, drunken party for all 15 finalists at the Moore Theatre (tickets here), with the Seattle Rock Orchestra and other live performances, and five of the finalists (one from each category) will go home with $5,000 each, no strings attached. To read more about all the Genius nominees in their categories (film, literature, music, performance, visual art), visit The Stranger articles on it.
Congratulations are in order for Simon Hanselmann because his book MEGAHEXjust showed up on the New York Times Best Sellers' list sandwiched inbetween Bryan Lee O'Malley and Jules Feiffer. Grab a copy from your local comic shop, bookstore, our online store or your local library. Trade weed for it, do what you have to do to read it because not ONLY is it a best seller but it is almost sold out!
The description is also too perfect in it's simplicity. "Meet Megg. She's a witch and has a black cat named Mogg. She is also depressed and addicted to drugs." This sweeter-than-the-real-thing book has to be seen to be believed but check out what everyone is saying about it.
"...not only do I find Megg, Mogg, Owl et al bloody funny at times in that first half, as the book wore on I found myself becoming more and more absorbed and fascinated by the darkness, the progression of the comedy into misery and despair, handled really well by Hanselmann." - Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet
"Every page is beautiful. Every joke is funny. Every character is a complete asshole. The book itself is a nice chunky hardcover with some good heft and a cover design that is made to resemble a DVD box set of a TV show." - Nick Gazin, VICE
The beautiful and well-printed Foxing Quarterly is attempting to host a new convention in Austin, Texas, an area nearly bursting to the seems with comic and illustrative talent, called NEW SOUTH. They have a Kickstarter set up with some amazing awards like a Jim Rugg Tote Bag (if you don't like Street Angel, you obviously have no soul). And they need your help to meet the goal in the next day. From Danithan's mouth, "Two years ago I co-founded Foxing Quarterly, a literary & arts magazine based here in Austin, Texas. My goal with Foxing was to spotlight literature and comics within our city and beyond. We've done this through readings, art shows, concerts, book swaps, and even a small-scale literary festival." See below:
Danithan Mejia is one of the most earnest souls in comics, trying to make something from nothing, whether it is their FQ publication, stickers featuring Steven Weissman and Sam Alden or gorgeous jaw-dropping prints by Eleanor Davis. FQ is hosting a LitCrawl along with the Texas Book Festival next weekend featuring our own Tim Lane, celebrating his new book, The Lonesome Go. FQ is also somewhat tied to local community pillar store Book People, another sign that New South and Foxing Quarterly will not be disappearing anytime soon. See Ben Sears made a great illustration for a shirt.
Austin has another show called Staple that expanded from one to two days many years ago (I haven't been since 2008 when I spent most of the time talking to a cartoonist who let me know they made more money as an anthropomorphic porn illustrator....) but the spirit behind NEW SOUTH is fervent and would showcase a lot of new talent, despite leaning on well-known Rugg and Box Brown for design. They also want to keep the festival free to the public so more goes to the artists, cartoonists and writers (who also are paying cheaper table fees). So please read their own pitch on the Kickstarter page and help be a part of the New South.