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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.

The Lonesome Go Photoset Preview
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Lanenew releases 26 Aug 2014 5:48 PM

"[Tim Lane] makes illustrations in that Brylcreem-soaked, hard-boiled, noir style with heavy hatching circa R. Crumb." – Juxtapoz

"Lane’s beautifully crafted pen-and-ink drawing combines a master artist’s eye for detail with a predilection for the grotesque to produce a superb blending of unforgettable images and poignant meditation on life’s tragic undercurrents." – Booklist

"…[Tim Lane is] a major new voice on the American literary landscape, with or without the illustrations." – Print

The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

296-page black & white/color 8” x 10.75” softcover • $39.99

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/lonesomego



SEATTLE: Jim Woodring at the University Bookstore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 26 Aug 2014 3:15 PM
Jim Flyer
Is your mind's eye open? Can it possibly hold all of the beauty in the world? If not, then Jim Woodring's new book JIM is the collection of comics to prepare you. Built on foundation of hallucinations and nightmares, Jim is Woodring's alter-ego and allows him the creative freedom live in alternate dimensions and answer the question "What If" in a language he didn't even know existed. 
 
Joe Garvin of News from Mill Creek and the University Bookstore recently reviewed Jim, "Anthropomorphic creatures resembling frogs and elephants occupy strange but uncannily familiar landscapes; beings traverse realms and undergo spontaneous transformations. Nevertheless, all seems to belong to a private and coherent symbolic language. This is the wondrous and unique sensation of reading Woodring's most personal work-the artist delving deeply into his imaginative consciousness, and creating artful transmissions back from his world.
 
Jim Woodring, the cartoonist, will be discuss and sign his book at the free event at the University Bookstore on Thursday, September 4th at 7pm. (4326 University Way NE, Seattle w 98105). The book is available for purchase in-store, by phone at (206) 634-3400, or at ubookstore.com, on the date of the event.
WoodringJim




Eleanor Davis + Ed Piskor: Decatur Book Festival
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor DavisEd Piskor 26 Aug 2014 1:28 PM
Decatur Book Festival
This weekend, Eleanor Davis and Ed Piskor are going to rock Georgia's lit festival in Decatur. Free to the public on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st, the Decatur Book Festival is all over downtown Decatur. 

Eleanor is giving a presentation along with Liz Prince and moderator Kerry Leibling at the "How to Be Graphic" panel on Saturday, August 30th. A little less salty than it sounds, be at the Marriott Conference Center Ballroom A promptly at 1:45pm! (130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030) A book signing to follow.
 
Meanwhile, on Sunday Ed Piskor has the Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 - Book Launch at 5pm. Along with moderator Edward A. Hall, Piskor will talk about the jump hip-hop has made from legends to comic book panels. Join him at Marriott Conference Center Ballroom. (130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030)A book signing to follow.
 
So we'll see you, DECATUR, this weekend! 
Hip Hop Family Tree 2 How to be Happy


Cute Boys Alert: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle on Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmanneventsart shows 25 Aug 2014 9:33 AM
Tour Poster
The Boys of Summer are about to be in your town fun in the fall! Simon Hanselmann is coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia to titelate and delight Americans with his debut comic graphic novel, Megahex. Joining him are Koyama Press cartoonists, Michael DeForge with Lose #6 and Patrick Kyle with Distance Mover! A few other special guests will join them along the way so find your city and plunk your butt down in front of the store for a good time. There will also be a silkscreened version of the above collaboration available soon from the amazing Telegraph Gallery.

Megahex

The boys are heading to the EAST COAST first but this tour will be from sea to shining sea!

Lose #6

September 12th - Baltimore, MD - Atomic Books
(with Charles Burns, Ed Piskor, Noel Freibert and more!)

September 13-14th - Bethesda, MD SPX  

September 15th - Charlottesville, VA - Telegraph Gallery  
(with Noel Freibert) 

September 16th - Philadelphia, PA - Locust Moon Comics  
(with Farel Dalrymple, Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)

September 20th - Brooklyn, NY - Bergen Street Comics  
(with Eleanor Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Matthew Thurber, Mark Connery, Alex Degen and Noel Freibert)

September 21st - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Book Festival

September 23rd - Manhattan, NY - The New School

September 24th - Pittsburgh, PA - Copacetic Comics  
(with Annie Mok and Noel Freibert)

September 27th - Columbus, OH - Kafe Kerouac

September 30th - Chicago, IL - Kavi Gupta

October 2nd - Minneapolis, MN - Boneshaker Books

October 4th - Las Vegas, NV - TBA

October 5th - Los Angeles, CA - Secret Headquarters

October 7th - San Francisco, CA - Mission Comics
(with Ed Luce)

October 9th - Portland, OR - Floating World

October 10th - Portland, OR - Gridlords

October 11th - Seattle, WA - Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery
(with Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte) 

October 12th - Vancouver, BC - Pulp Fiction
(sans Simon Hanselmann)


Distance Mover

Along the way there will be plenty of fun, frivolity and even some noise punk music! There's extra planned performances like on September 17th at Lavazone with the See Through Girls, October 1st with Zak Sally, October 5th with Hellen Jo and Calvin Wong Noise Project, plus Chicago, SPX, NYC so keep your peepers wide open for each city's announcement and signing details!

Fun flyer
















PITTSBURGH: Hip Hop Family Tree Release Party
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 20 Aug 2014 2:50 PM
Hip Hop Family tree 2
Hometown hero, Ed Piskor, is coming back atcha with the release of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 at 7pm on Saturday, September 23rd. At this release party at Copacetic Comics, you may need to bring the bucks but never the beats. 

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. So party people gather 'round and count down to this sweet release party this Saturday!
Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 Piskor
Copacetic Comics
3138 Dobson Street Third Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 
(412) 251-5451





New Comics Day 8.20.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannNew Comics DayEd PiskorCharles M Schulz 20 Aug 2014 11:21 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. 

Megahex  

Megahex
by Simon Hanselmann

212-page full color 6" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-743-7 

"Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home life so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank God I don't ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again." - Daniel Clowes

"Megahex is basically about a bunch of people (and "people") watching TV and getting wasted and fighting and fucking and pranking each other. Oh, and depression. What's not to love?!" - Peter Bagge

It's not listed on the Diamond Previews list for 8.20.14 but we check it's individual book page and it says August 20th!  

Hip Hop Family Tree 2

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983

by Ed Piskor

112-page full color 9" x 13" softcover • $27.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-756-7 

"The book is an absolute essential for any hip hop head to read and any comic book fan to gander over." - Mass Appeal

"...Presents the facts in a nostalgic, faded-ink and rubbery realism of '70s Marvel Comics style, turning raps early innovators into larger than life heroes of history." - Spin Magazine

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin <
Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
by Charles M. Schulz  

64-page black & white with spot color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-772-7

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


























2014 Ignatz Award Nominees
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireLeslie SteinKim DeitchJesse ReklawEd PiskorDash ShawawardsAnders Nilsen 19 Aug 2014 10:25 AM
Cute SPX
The Small Press Expo and Ignatz award nominating committee listed it's list of nominees for this year's awards. For those attending the show on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14th please make sure to vote on Saturday! Whom should you vote for? Well, your favorite comics of course but here are some *cough cough* suggestions! 

Ed Piskor Couch Tag
Best Artist:
Katherine Whaley Outstanding Graphic Novel:
Anthologies:

 Cosplayers
Outstanding Comic:
(Issue #2 is out now!!!) 

This year's nominees were picked by casting some runestones, encircling all the books with a blood circle and then chanted at by judges Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor. Congrats to our other Fanta cartoonists nominated for their other works like Simon Hanselmann and Noah Van Sciver. Both of the guys will be at SPX as well, Simon's debuting Megahex so be sure to stop by the Fantagraphics' booth. Just check for the glitter cannons.  
Small Press Expo 











PHILLY + BROOKLYN: Ed Piskor on an East Coast Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 14 Aug 2014 4:25 PM

Hip Hop East Coast
Friends and family, gather 'round! Ed Piskor is coming to your neighborhood! Ed's coming and his gaggle of comics to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. 

Dance time

SATURDAY, August 16th Piskor will be signing copies of Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1, Volume 2 and the box set at Locust Moon Comics at 7pm. 

SUNDAY, August 17th at 7pm, you can find Piskor at Bergen Street Comics in conversation with rapper Reggie Ossé (also known to many of you as Combat Jack)! Can't imagine how cool that would be? Well check out this video from the Chicago Ideas conference as a little pre-game action. 

At both signings, Ed's pal and stellar cartoonist Tom Scioli will also be present signing copies of IDW's Transformers VS G.I. Joe. Transformers vs. G.I.Joe


New Comics Day 8.13.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJim Woodring 13 Aug 2014 1:15 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.

Jim  

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

"Jim Woodring is one of our greatest cartoonists, and these are some of his greatest comics. There are two or three potential top 25 all-time comics shorts in here." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 
 
"Fantagraphics hardcover collection of Jim Woodring's personal, allegorical and autobiographical comics from the '80s & '90s, works which proved very mind-expanding to me, personally, through their treatment of conscious and subconscious realities as equally pertinent to funnybook memoir. Some of them are also really, REALLY funny - proper ‘alternative comics'-era classics in here!" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal


New Comics Day 8.6.714
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Shimura TakakoNew Comics DayMark FertigDrew Friedman 7 Aug 2014 9:10 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. 
Wandering Son 7
Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 7
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5 

"...[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 

Heroes of the Comics
Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books
by Drew Friedman
184-page full color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

"His drawings highlight the paradox of the comics artist and the art-the creators seem ordinary and their creations are extraordinary." –Steven Heller, The Atlantic

Film Noir 101
Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s
by Mark Fertig
144-page full color 10.75" x 14.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-759-8