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This week, we're all about Miss Lasko-Gross! The sold-out edition of Escape from "Special" is available digitally now thanks to comiXology! It is the coming-of-age story of Melissa, who we first meet as a small child and depart from at the end of the book just before she enters high school. Drawn in black and white and washed in moody blues and full spectrum grays, Lasko-Gross's art, with its detailed backgrounds and expressive characters, exquisitely conveys the story's blend of humor (sometimes of the gross-out variety) and keenly observed insights. Miss Lasko-Gross, who has the sensibility of a love child of Linda Barry and David B. midwifed by Judy Blume, has created a graphic novel that should appeal not only to the growing readers of graphic novels, but to teens grappling with similar unresolved questions. 185 pages of fantastic comics for only $13.99.
Meanwhile A Mess of Everything is continues the story of self-effacing non-conformist Melissa, now in high school facing a drug habit, alienation, accidental heartbreak and other issues in an intense, honest, and funny memoir. Busting out fifty more pages than the first book, A Mess of Everything can be your mess for $15.99 for 233 pages.
"A compelling work... a stunning portrayal of what it takes to disentangle ourselves from the rules we're supposed to follow and forge our own path." - The Toronto Star
"Vividly imaginative in tricky layouts, intricate patterns and hallucinatory neverlands yet starkly perceptive of everyday details and personality, immune to art-star mythology while stockpiling stuff of legend, Lasko-Gross is capable of anything - but can't help doing right." - Adam McGovern, ComicCritique.Com
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. 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.
by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman
216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
"Does anyone draw airplanes better than the late great George Evans? Heck no! And the new Fantagraphics EC spotlight does this craftsman's work proud. Outstanding comics presented in rich detail laden black and white." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online
"vintage stuff a little off the beaten track...by George Evans, a longtime aviation aficionado notable for his work on the New Direction air war title after which this 216-page collection is named, although there's crime and horror work included as well, plus a rare 3-D story presented in two terrific dimensions." –Joe McCulloch, TCJ
The gorgeous Melrose Market Studios is hosting local businesses on Sunday, November 30th for a bazaar called The Seattle Collective. At this creative market and bazaar, Fantagraphics will be tabling and selling our classic and new classic comics directly to you! From 11-6pm browse the businesses while sipping some local coffee from Slate Coffee Roasters all day and some sumptuous cocktails from Still Liquor during Happy Hour time 4-6pm (the poster says 5 but we have the inside scoop!). Find only the best comics and graphic novels for your loved ones this holiday season (that includes YOU too!)
The local businesses participating include: Ampersand as Apostrophe • BDR Studio • Blk Pine Workshop • Bremelo Press • Clementines • Dolcetta confections • Erika Laureano Design • E. Smith Mercantile • Fantagraphics (you know that) • Fruitsuper • Piano Nobile • Kimberly Baker Jewelry • Ladies & Gentlemen Studio • Makrbox • Noble Neon • Scout • Tyranny & Mutation and many more...
Stop by to say hello, meet the talented owners behind these local creative businesses, drink, shop and meet other like-minded folk. Believe you me, the lavender bitters I got from E. Smith Mercantile last holiday season made the PERFECT London Fogs to sip on while reading Twelve Gems or Nancy. RSVP and let your friends in on the good times via the Seattle Collective Facebook Event Page! It'll look like THIS but bustling with people and the merchants.
Melrose Market Studios
1532 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Tuesday, November 18th
New York City, NY - Cartoonist super team-up of Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger (of 7 Miles a Second) will release their newest graphic novel The Late Child and Other Animals complete with a reading at First Person Plural at Silvana (300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026). Think you're a part of the Literati? If so, your butt will be glued to the seat. The free fun starts at 7pm. (more details)
Los Angeles, CA - The Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 tour continues down the West Coast as Ed Piskor heads to Meltdown Comics. BoingBoing Founder Mark Frauenfelder will be in conversation with Piskor in the infamous Nerdmelt Room (made popular by many a cartoonist and the Meltdown comedy show) plus a special guest DJ will make sure the comic shop is bumpin' with beats. Leave work a little early and hit up the shop from 4-6pm for a rad time. (more details)
Wednesday, November 19th
Penn State - Prepare your mind and soul for Jim Woodring as he accepts his Lynn Ward Graphic Novel Prize on the Penn State Campus. From 4-5:30pm, Woodring will receive accolades and give a talk on Fran, Frank and the Unifactor in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library). This is a once in a life-time chance for students and the public, who knows, you might even get extra credit! (more details)
Thursday, November 20th
San Francisco, CA - West Coast, give your best to Ed Piskor on his last tour stop this side of the Mississippi. Appearing at City Lights for a 7pm signing, you'll wanna see the cartoonist who made hip hop and comics coexist before he gets back to his drawing board to make more Hip Hop Family Tree comics happen! (more details)
Saturday, November 22nd
Miami, FL - PRAISE THE SUN and literacy to boot at the Miami Book Fair International on the Miami Dade College Campus. Cartoonists Joyce Farmer (Special Exits), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree series), Marguerite Van Cook ≠ James Romberger (The Late Child and Other Animals) will all be there with bells on. Assembling on various comics panels throughout the day, it's a sure hit for those who want more from the comics medium and happen to live in Miami. More details here in reference their panels and signing schedules. Don't forget your copies of their comics AND some SPF 30.
Over the weekend, Drew Friedman signed his new book, Heroes of the Comics, at Book Soup for fans of his caricatures and many years of MAD magazine illustrations. During a festive after-party with close friends, Drew continued to sign books for Los Angeles' finest. Here is Drew with Dana Gould, right after Dana interviewed him for his podcast, The Dana Gould Hour (keep your eyes peeled for that episode when it's released!)
Drew signing books for clamoring fans and party-attendees.
Tom Gammill, Dana Gould, Jeff Fox, Drew Friedman.
Drew's signature PLUS Leonard Maltin. No bad, sir.
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Ed Piskor hits San Francisco with a BOOM this Thursday, November 20th at City Lights. At 7pm you should stop, drop and caterpillar over to 261 Columbus Avenue to get a copy of Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 AND get it signed by Piskor himself.
This is Ed's second to last tour stop on the Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 tour and your last chance to see him this year, West Coast! Come on out to City Lights, the nations first ALL-paperbackstore, as it sells you Piskor's sexy flexi-bound book.
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
The Miami Book Fair is a beautiful meeting of literary minds, scholars, writers, cartoonists and readers. This year, the fair will be graced by four brilliant minds, who also happen to have Fantagraphics books out. They are all appearing on some apenls on Saturday, November 22nd at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Most of the comics panels take place in room 1365 in building 1 (see map below) at the intersection of NE 1st Ave and NE 3rd Street.
Joyce Farmer's recent reprint from Fantagraphics is her original graphic novel called Special Exits. It is a touching, heartwarming and melancholy look at the grace and diginity we can honor our elders with as they take their leave of this world. Drawn in her emotive black lines, you can feel the frays on the couch arms and feel the warm, wrinkled hands in a perfect reading experience.
Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger will be debuting their new book, The Late Child and Other Animals, hitting some hard notes on WWII and European feminism. The journeys and struggles over decades of a mother and daughter (in this case, Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
And Ed Piskor will be winding down his Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 tour with Miami Book Fair. Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. As meticulously documented in Piskor's panels, the performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets.
Saturday, Nov 22
11 a.m. Lives to the Contrary: Al Capp, Andre the Giant and the 80s Hip Hop Pantheon A lively discussion on going against the grain...at least for a bit with Denis Kitchen, Box Brown and Ed Piskor, moderated by Joan Hilty. Room 1365
Best American Comics 2014 A talk with cartoonists Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Aydin Koch, Ed Piskor, and Raina Telgemeier, moderated by series editor, Bill Kartapoulos.
In Sickness and in Health: Joyce Brabner, Mark Zingarelli and Joyce Farmer Two remarkable new graphic novels explore mortality, courage and the bonds of family in the face of disease. Brabner and Zingarelli discuss the remarkable true story behind their Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague, and Joyce Farmer discusses her new book Special Exits. Moderated by independent editor Joan Hilty. Room 1365
3 - 4:30pm
Of Love and Other Stories Liana Finck on A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York, Ray Fawkes on The People Inside, and Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger on The Late Child and Other Animals will each take turns discussing their new work, then will share time for Q&A. The presentation is followed by a signing. Room 1365
3:15 - 3:45pm
Ed Piskor Signing In-booth autographing in Destination: Comics. Autographing table located in Tate's Comics booth.
For more comics panels, check out their website!
This month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below:
"The second collection of Piskor's hip-hop history in comics may be a better place to start reading it than the first....Piskor's Jack Kirby-ish drawing chops-monumental figures in thrusting, dynamic action; flat colors that crush perspective-constitute precisely the sturdy vehicle to carry it as far as Piskor will take it." –Ray Olson
"Peanuts' enduring appeal is timeless and universal, and this handsomely designed volume only enhances its allure... This era…seesthe introduction of such annual events as the futile vigil for the Great Pumpkin and the Christmas pageant, as well as the birth of Charlie Brown's sister, Sally."