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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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Cartoonist, journalist, designer 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.

Jon Barli on VIP at the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Virgil PartchJonathan Barlievents 27 Jan 2014 1:42 PM
Jon Barli 
This Tuesday, editor and designer Jonathan Barli will give a talk on cartoonist Virgil Partch, aka VIP.  Barli recently edited and designed the recent collection The Mad World of Virgil Partch. The seventy-second meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public, just make sure not to flask it publically.

From the symposium website: Jonathan Barli on The Mad World of Virgil Partch. An in-depth look at the life and art of one of the most influential and trendsetting cartoonists of his generation. The talk will be illustrated by scores of unseen photographs and artwork, cover Partch's life and times and how they influenced his artistic sensibilities, and include a thorough analysis of his cartooning and the context in which his work appeared. From a remote island off the coast of Alaska and a stint as an animator at Disney Studios during its golden age, Partch burst onto the scene with his zany, sometimes surreal, but always hilarious cartoons, catapulting his career virtually overnight. An artist truly ahead of his time, his unique perspective and style ensured he would become one of the most prolific cartoonists of his era, and solidified his role in inspiring generations of cartoonists, animators, and illustrators.

Jonathan Barli is a designer, writer, and filmmaker. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts and soon after graduating, co-founded Rosebud Archives: a company dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the graphic arts, where he serves as Art Director. 

January 28, 7:00 PM
Parsons The New School
2 West 13th Street (in the Bark Room)

 

Oil and Water as Oregon Book Award Finalist
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve DuinShannon Wheelerawards 27 Jan 2014 10:40 AM
Oil and Water  
As reported by the Oregonian, the 2014 Oregon Book Award short lists have been announced. Oil and Water, a graphic novel about the cleanup of Deepwater Horizon oil spill, by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler is up for the Pacific Northwest College of Art Graphic Literature Award.
 
Duin and Wheeler are in line with Barry Deutsch ("Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite"), Natalie Nourigat of Portland ("Between Gears"), Joe Sacco of Portland ("Journalism") and Craig Thompson of Portland ("Habibi"). Good luck to all but mostly Duin and Wheeler!
 
For those wanting to attend the Oregon Book Awards ceremony is March 17 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory hosted by Luis Urrea. Grab a copy today and see what all the fuss is about. 
LA Art Book Fair + Paul Hornschemeier
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 24 Jan 2014 2:42 PM
LA Fair
Coming up FAST next weekend is the LA Art Book Fair is from January 31st through February 2, 2014 in Los Angeles! For those of you who are Paul Hornschemeier fans, this is your lucky weekend-day actually. From Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm, Paul will be signing at the Secret Headquarters table. Pick up a copy of his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors there and have him sign it (maybe he'll even draw a portrait of you!). 
 
Artists Authors Thinkers Directors 
 
Saturday, February 1st from 3-4pm 
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Paul Hornschemeier book chat at The Strand!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 24 Jan 2014 12:54 PM
Paul Hornschemeier 
On Thursday, February 6th don your hat, gloves, boots, outer boots, coat, outer coat and more to see Paul Hornschemeier and Artists Authors Thinkers Directors in New York City!

Assembled from late night drawing blocks and inspirational whims, Paul Hornschemeier's newest sketchbook is the coffee table book you've been waiting for with 100 portraits from Werner Heisenberg to Frank Oz. Each turn of the page offers a new take on a familiar face. Called an "ascending star" by the Chicago Tribune, Paul's work also includes the much-lauded Mother, Come HomeThree Paradoxes and Let Us Be Perfectly Clear.

Get happy and fun at The Strand Bookstore where the festivities start at 7pm. You can either buy the book from The Strand or buy a $15 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in The Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway at 12th Street. See you there!

Paul Hornschemeier 

Thursday, February 6th at 7pm
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
212.473.1452 





Lilli Carré awarded Ohio Graphic Novel Artist in Residence
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lilli Carréawardsartistsart shows 22 Jan 2014 4:09 PM

Lilli 

Congratulations to Lilli Carré for being awarded the third annual Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House residency! Carré follows two years of Fantagraphics cartoonists as a winner (Ed Piskor and Paul Hornschemeier) to Ohio. Carré will be staying at the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber (and throwing RAD parties - joke!).

While in town, she'll have a number of events the public and students may attend:

At Thurber House:
Young Writers' Studio
Tuesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 pm - Led by Lilli Carré. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information

At CMA:
2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition
On view March 14 - June 8 - This exhibition showcases the variety of Lilli Carré's creative practice and includes art works in several media.

Art Lab visiting artist
Wednesday, March 19 - Lilli Carré will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMA's Art Lab program.

Artist's Talk and Interview
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm - Lilli Carré speaks about her creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.

Heads or Tails 

Her last book with Fantagraphics, a collection called Heads or Tails was a nominee for many awards like the 2013 Eisner nomination for best Graphic Album - Reprint, 2013 Ignatz for Outsanding Artist, Outstanding Anthology and Outstanding Story plus a 2013 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize Honor Book. Enticed and intrigued?  There's at least two more copies left (on earth) at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.

A self-portrait of Lilli.

Self portrait 





Support SAW this January!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to see 15 Jan 2014 6:45 PM

Our friends Tom Hart and Leela Corman over at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida need your help! They are all about making comics education affordable for all and have been doing a great job thus far. SAW currently has an IndieGoGo campaign up with a ton of great rewards geared to you. A mere ten bucks gets you a mini from Steven Weissman, Jessica Abel, Box Brown or more from their fantastic list of contributors. Thirty-six dollars can get you a whole saddle-bag full of minis. There's art by David Lasky, an Eric Curry shirt and much, much more!
SAW Workshop  
In 2014, SAW is hoping to do a number of things with your donations  such as bring more artists to Florida to work and teach, assist more students through affordable programs and/or scholarships, expand/extend our grant program expand their library, upgrade their equipment (computer, Risograph, etc.) AND expand studio space to accommodate 4 or more drawing spaces. They hold amazing workshops with visiting artists (like Dash Shaw and Gabrielle Bell coming up in 2014). SAW also provides printing scholarships to biannually, everyone's favorite Annie Koyama was even a judge in 2013.
Julie Doucet 
Still on the fence? Go ahead and check out the video above or all the other amazing things you can get for your donation like a Julie Doucet print or a Derek M. Ballard poster! Squeeee! I want them all. Interested in visiting and taking some classes yourself? Head right over to the main SAW website and get yourself on the boards. Yes, the bristol boards.
 
Prison Pit Book Five bursts onto comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Johnny Ryandigital comicscomiXology 8 Jan 2014 11:24 AM
Prison Pit 5 ipad
Prisoner #6655321 is back! Also known affectionately as Cannibal Fuckface, our antihero is returns from the dead in the all-out war in Prison Pit Book Five by Johnny RyancomiXology is kindly selling the book if you want to read it on your computer, it's simply TOO SICK for the Apple Store. Fuckface still isn't dead, but can he survive the Holocaust Brothers? First he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit.
Prison Pit 5 
$9.99 for 125 pages that are sure to blow your collective genetalia off is a steal of a deal (especially if you grab said meat and sell it on the black market). New to the Pit? Grab all five volumes of Johnny Ryan's truly terrifying and bloodied hole of a series TODAY!
Holocaust brothers   
P.S. Johnny prepares future prisoners via his Twitter stream  too. Follow him to get an early sentencing, you can also get out early for bad behavior. 
Tweet  

 

New Comics Day 1.8.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Shimura TakakoNew Comics DayJohnny Ryan 7 Jan 2014 10:47 AM
his 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.
 
Prison Pit 5  

124-page black & white 6.5" x 8.5" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-700-0

"Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit Five is disgustingly, violently brilliant." - James Cartwright, It's Nice That   

"The continuing adventures of Johnny Ryan's most violent fantasies run amuck, [Prison Pit] is rapidly becoming the comic that I look forward to the way a fat kid looks forward to syrup-encrusted cake. There's no getting around the hoary old cliche - 'these aren't for everybody' - so God help you if you can't figure out a way to enjoy these books." - Tucker Stone, Flavorwire

Wandering Son Vol.6  

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6  
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-707-9

"...[L]ike the best coming-of-age stories - comics or otherwise - Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. Gay or not, readers shouldn't find it too difficult to identify with kids who feel like their bodies and their friends are equally culpable in the worst kind of betrayal, preventing them from realizing the potential they see in themselves." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 



Jason sale at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jasondigital comicscomiXology 6 Jan 2014 11:12 AM

Jason Sale

Open your wallets and charge the iPads and e-readers, there's a sale on comiXology of Jason work! Lost Cat is down from $17.99 to $9.99, meanwhile I Killed Adolf Hitler and Werewolves of Montpellier are merely $4.99. Whether you're in the mood for time traveling adventure, a noir mystery or when a thief disguised as a cryptid meets the real thing, Jason has you covered.

"Jason is one of the few artists (or writers) who can make existential aches seem droll, but it makes the smiles being provoked feel as honest as the ones we get when standing across from someone who makes the world feel a little less lonely." -David Barry, The National Post  

Lost Cat

New Comics Day 12.31.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayCharles Forsman 31 Dec 2013 4:07 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.

Celebrated Summer

Celebrated Summer *  
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

"With an art style that combines the animated simplicity of Charles M. Schulz and the detailed linework of Chester Brown, Forsman establishes himself as one of the most promising alternative-comic creators." -Oliver Sava, The A. V. Club

"Completed before Forsman began work on TEOTFW, this promises to be an intriguing tale of youth banging up against the world of adulthood." -Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier

*Due to some East Coast storms, Celebrated Summer was shipped to most comic book stores a few weeks ago but NOW it is officially listed on the Diamond Previews list so buy, buy, buy.