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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.

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. 

OCD Extra: January Book Review
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyDaily OCD 20 Dec 2013 12:20 PM

Next month's issue of Booklist will include a review of a recent release by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below: 

Mickey Mouse Color Sundays 2  

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 2: Robin Hood Rides Again by Floyd Gottfredson  

"Reflecting the domestication of his big-screen incarnation, the mischievous scamp of the earlier strips is giving way to a more decorous rodent who increasingly turns the broad humor over to his dim-witted sidekick, Goofy. In contrast to the daily episodes, which largely featured adventure-oriented story lines that extended for weeks, these Sunday installments are mostly self-contained gags... With their retro appeal, Gottfredson's buoyant drawings might just look even better now than they did when they were fresh." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist

Ed Piskor to rock Free Comic Book Day 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 19 Dec 2013 5:55 PM
Hip Hop Family Tree 
Free Comic Book Day has rolled out the silver sponsor books so get your free comic book grabby hands ready! Hip Hop Family Tree Two-In-One by Ed Piskor is a full color delight that clocks in at 32 pages. It is the perfect introduction and bridge to Piskor's fun and crtitically acclaimed 5 volume book series. This full-color comic book offers 2 self contained stories form Hip Hop Family Tree Vols 1 & 2 as well as new guest pin-ups and content just for FCBD! Lovingly produced and designed in homage to Marvel Comic's beloved "Marvel Two-In-One". Make mine Hip Hop!
Chris Ware & Chip Kidd to WOW Seattle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeeventsChris WareChip Kidd 18 Dec 2013 2:00 PM
Chris Ware 
Hold on to your horses, the howling wolves of great comics and design are baying. We don't want to unseat you but find you some seats! On February 19thChip Kidd & Chris Ware will appear before your very eyes at Town Hall in Seattle. Part of the Litarary\Arts Series, the two will engage in a coloful conversation (maybe even a fight to the death?) starting at 7:30pm.
 
There is a signing afterwards and their books will be on sale for those of you not clutching a well-loved copy already. Buy your tickets now and make it a great holiday gift; be it Christmas, Boxing Day, Valentines or Darwin Day! 
Chris Ware 
 
Chris Ware is an award-winning comic book artist and cartoonist, whose work includes the celebrated graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth and most recently Building Stories. 
Chip Kidd  
Chip Kidd, associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, is a renowned graphic designer who recently released the book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and designed Tony Millionaire's Maakies treasuries. Seattle Arts and Lectures are excited to have these two artists talk with each other about the worlds of design and comics, as their conversation should make for a colorful evening.
 
Sponsored by Paper Hammer & Marquand Books, The Stranger's arts and performance quarterly, A&P, University Book Store.
 
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Ave, Seattle 
February 19th, 7:30pm  
New Comics Day 12.18.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayCharles M SchulzCharles Forsman 18 Dec 2013 12:16 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  

Peanuts 5  

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 5  1959-1960 (New printing)
by Charles Schulz

344-page 8.5" x 6.5"  hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-671-4

"Now that Schulz's classic is finally getting its bibliographic just desserts, consider replacing those tattered old Peanuts paperbacks with this definitive series." - Booklist

"This reissue project is a triumph for the cornucopian wonders of the wealthy west over the forces of cultural dissolution." - The American Spectator




Free Comic Book Day 2014 features Don Rosa
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Don RosaDisney 13 Dec 2013 10:07 AM

FCBD Rosa

Fantagraphics is proud to announce its gold level title for Free Comic Book Day for Saturday, May 3rd 2014. WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE & DONALD DUCK "A Matter Of Some Gravity" can be yours by stopping by your local comic book store next year!

This full-color 32 page kid-friendly comic book by fan favorite Don Rosa, features saucy sorceress Magica De Spell, who turns Scrooge's life sideways — literally! — when she distorts the forces of gravity with a brand new magic wand! Then, in "The Sign Of The Triple Distelfink", Lucky Gladstone Gander faces a 24-hour luck jinx — and battles to hide it from a gloating Cousin Donald! Only ever published in the USA in underprinted mid-1990's editions, these Rosa classics are back like you've never seen them before! Prepare to whet your appetite for Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck: "The Sun of the Son" (coming out a month later in June) with these excellent comics.

Only 141 days until Free Comic Book Day!

fcbd rosa

Fantagraphics Pop-Up Store in Downtown Seattle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeslimy marketingevents 11 Dec 2013 12:40 PM

Popup 

The time to fa-la-la and fill your friends' bookshelves will excellent graphic novels and comics is here! Fantagraphics Books is excited to be participating in the American Express Holiday Pop Up Shop in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Conveniently located on the corner of Western Ave and University St (55 University St), the AmEx Holiday Pop Up Shop brings local businesses together to showcase a collection of merchandise all under one roof. 

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Fantagraphics Books will be slinging our wares from December 11th through the 16th. In this time, we will be providing shoppers the opportunity to browse some of our latest releases, plus a few classic favorites. Come on down and pick up a gift for that special someone (but also feel free to spoil yourself with a comic or two). Don't fret, if you can't make it to the Pop Up Shop, you can always find us at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery located in the beautiful Georgetown neighborhood. 

We've got it all on display, original graphic novels, classic reprints, underground comics and haunting novels (some Seattle-centric!)

Xmas colors 

VENUE INFO
Alki Art Gallery and Event Space
55 University Street at corner of Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98101 

Look how much fun Jacq is having reading the fun and fiesty Unlovable!

jacq 

STORE HOURS:
Sunday - Thursday 10am-­‐7pm
Friday & Saturday 10am-­‐8pm 

Jen curls up with the new color Peanuts Every Sunday (and talks about herself in 3rd person!) 

jen 



Get off the Couch to go to Floating World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jesse Reklawevents 9 Dec 2013 10:34 AM

Couch Tag 

 

Get Off The Couch With Couch Tag
Jesse Reklaw's Launches His New Graphic Novel at Floating World

WHAT: Get Off The Couch Book Tour for Jesse Reklaw's Couch Tag
WHEN: Thursday Nov. 19th, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St

Join Jesse Reklaw at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR on December 19th for a night to remember. From 6pm to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his twisted graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.

Veteran alternative cartoonist Jesse Reklaw, creator of the long-running weekly comic strip Slow Wave, delivers a tragicomic graphic memoir, his first long-form work. Presented as a series of comic novellas that together comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often hilarious memoir about childhood, family, death, mental illness, sex and drug use, the entire book is told through cleverly inviting conceits like cat histories and card games. Reklaw's own psychological state is expressed through his erratic art-style changes and darkening imagery.

The graphic novel is told in five parts: In "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics), Reklaw discovers coping mechanisms that mimic his family pets; "Toys I Love" relates the author's pre-pubescent brushes with deviant sexual activity, and the way innocence converges with real sexual trauma; "The Fred Robinson Story" tells the story of Reklaw's period stalking perfect strangers; "The Stacked Deck," in which hereditary influences towards criminal behavior, drug use and depression are explored via card games the author played with his family; and "Lessoned," a family history of mental illness.

Floating World
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR
www.fantagraphics.com/couchtag 

 





COUCH TAG RELEASE PARTY at DESERT ISLAND
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJesse ReklawFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 6 Dec 2013 10:51 AM
Couch Tag poster
Join Jesse Reklaw, Desert Island's Gabe Fowler and and friends tonight at Desert Island for a rockin' good time. From 7 to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his new graphic novel, Couch Tag, just for you! Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.
 
He'll also be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on December 14th while gracing the shelves of Portland's Floating World on December 19th! See you at every single location!
Couch Tag