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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.

Classic comic and hot new graphic novel at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wally WoodWallace WoodMax Riffnerdigital comicscomiXology 14 Nov 2014 12:48 PM
Crippler Ipad
In a celebration of comics, Short Run and more, this week sees the release of Max Riffner's new graphic novel, The Crippler's Son, chock full of wrestling action. When The Crippler comes to town for a wrestling match, James isn't awestruck, he's just trying to get by in medical school. Schooling that The Crippler has paid for. In this debut work from Max Riffner, two brothers attempt to reconnect despite a wrestling ring's worth of differences. We guarantee you'll stay around until the final round. Much like Richard Sala's Violenzia, this book is a digital exclusive from Fantagraphics and comiXology and is only $9.99.
Crippler's Son


Cannon  
And for the other worldly delights, check out Wallace "Wally" Wood's Cannon. Originally created for the troops in a military forces newspaper called Overseas Weekly, Cannon appeared every week for two and a half years uncensored by commercial editorial restrictions. Wood pulls out all the stops - producing a thrilling and salacious Cold War spy serial run amok with brutal violence and titillating sex all in an effort to boost morale and support our troops! If you're in the mood for explosions, sex, sexplosions, gunplay, naked catfights, double-crossing, intrigue,  triple-crossing, Hitler, nihilistic lovemaking, and quadruple-crossing...did we mention naked women? This is the book for you. 300 bone-crushingly awesome pages for only $27.99.
Cannon shots 

LA: Ed Piskor at Meltdown Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 13 Nov 2014 3:45 PM
Ed Piskor
Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you'll find Boing Boing founder's Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more. 
Piskor  Mark Frauenfelder
Get excited and maybe even practice your dance moves with some Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2 era-appropriate dance moves!
 
7522 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Fran: A discussion with Jim Woodring at Penn State
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 13 Nov 2014 12:40 PM
Fran
In less than a week you could be glued to your seat listening to Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize winner Jim Woodring give a talk on Fran at The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. On Wednesday, November 19th, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State from 4-5:30pm, Woodring will be speaking about his intricate story-telling and world-buildling that cuminated in this surreal and cyclical story of Fran and earning the Lynd Ward Prize. Congratulations, Jim!
 
This event is free to the public thanks to these sponsors: University Libraries, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Dorothy Foher Huck Chair, Library Learning Services and the English Department.
 
For more information or if you have questions about physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accomodations at the 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  
 
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.