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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.

OAKLAND: Surprise double stop from Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannMegahexevents 3 Oct 2014 3:11 PM
Megahex 
Monday, October 6th, we have a last minute addition to the Cute Boy Alert tour and we know you'll love this rocking 2-stopper in Oakland, California, for the new releases Megahex (Fantagraphics), Lose #6 (Koyama Press) and Distance Mover (Koyama Press)
 
FIRST, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are heading to the Naming Gallery (335 15th Street, Oakland, California 94612). If you like live music, projectors and *sweat*, know that the doors at 5 pm. Feautring the musical talents of DJ Tender Lloyd, Ted the Block, Creep Highway, and girlmountain. The Cute Boy Alert guys: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will also have a gallery show and book signing. 

Books
Then you can hustle butt over to Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609) for live music and drinks from 8pm-10:30pm (doors at 7pm). The tunes will be blasting from Creep Highway, girlmoutnain, Candy Boyz and more special guests TBA. Then at 10:30-midnight, everyone chill the hell out because the guys are gonna sign some comics! Have fun, this party is gonna be bigger than the McRibs groupie parties.

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LOS ANGELES: Secret Headquarters invaded by Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 3 Oct 2014 11:03 AM
Simon
Continueing to ride the high and wave of pleasured comics readers every where, seen laughing or observing their comics through slit eyes, Cute Boy Alert is about slide into Secret Headquarters with the sole intent of rocking your pages. We've probably bored you with their tour details, LA, until you slammed your fists on the table screaming "GET TO ME!" Your time is now! Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Michael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) are signing copies of their newest comics in your favorite comic store on Sunday, October 5th at 5pm. Come for the signings, stay for the fun!Secret Headquarters  
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.666.2228
Books


New Comics Day 10.1.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneNew Comics DayEd PiskorDash ShawCharles M Schulz 2 Oct 2014 4:06 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.
The Lonesome Go
The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

296-page black & white/color 8" x 10.75" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3
 
"[Tim Lane] is part of the tradition of American authors, like Nelson Algren, John Fante and Raymond Carver, able to carve out small slices of down-and-out despair with sensitivity, perception and pathos, and, quite often, a touch of sinister, damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't humor." –Harris Smith, comiXology
 
"Visually, Lane seems to channel parts of Dan Clowes, Charles Burns and various American Splendor contributors. Lane's stories are admittedly dark, but also keenly aware that there is something inherently nostalgic about traveling America, alone or with complete strangers. The result is a book that is, like a road trip, as freeing as it can be unsettling." –Seth Peagler, Heroes Online
Doctors   
Doctors
by Dash Shaw

96-page full color 6" x 8" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-803-8

"[Doctors] reaffirms my faith in the importance of stories. Dash Shaw captures the complexity and contradictions of being alive, and places that alongside an incredible portrait of the art of survival, which we all practice with varying degrees of success." - Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
Supertrash
 
Broken Frontier's Frederik Hautain enjoys "how little genre boundaries mean to a restless experimenter like Shaw." 
Hip Hop Family Tree  
Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Box Set
by Ed Piskor

248-page full color 9.125" x 13.25" softcover • $59.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-791-8 

"Piskor reconceives hip-hop's formative years as a vast collective awakening, a shift in consciousness, as if - as in the New York Dolls' "Frankenstein" or George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards novels - something happened over Manhattan, spreading mutant powers across the city and the world like a benign pandemic." –Alex Pappademas, Grantland

"A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there's a special secret ‘zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous. Ed's art is clear, full of personality, and utterly meticulous in how it is presented."  –Alex de Campi, 13th Dimension
 
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white with spot color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-778-9

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

220-page full color 8" x 8" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-738-3

"[Editor Jacques Boyreau] has a knack for picking images; much like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and hardcore porn, Boyreau knows it when he sees it. And luckily, he shares it, this time from the visual-presentation experts of Fantagraphics Books - a match made in poster-art heaven." - Bookgasm

"Makes Antonin Artaud look like a picture of mental health." - Dr. K. Malcolm Richards, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Derrida Reframed: A Guide for the Visual Arts Student

































SAN FRAN: Ed Piskor at Isotope Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 2 Oct 2014 11:13 AM
Ed Piskor
Say it loud, say it proud, Ed Piskor is coming to San Francisco! The Isotope is honored to be kicking off their annual Alternative Press Expo APE AFTERMATH celebrations with Eisner Award nominee and New York Times best selling cartoonist Ed Piskor! 8PM to Midnight on October 4th join the party at the Istope along with DJ BEARZBUB.

Known for his historical graphic novel explorations like the fictional look at the early world of computer hacking WIZZYWIG and also THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY with comics legend Harvey Pekar, Piskor's most recent works are exploding in popularity and also his most funky-fresh in the flesh boks to date... HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, documenting the birth and history of the early rap scene.

In honor of Mister Piskor we will be throwing a truly old school themed bash with SF's own DJ Grandmaster Bearzbub getting the party jumping with the best pre-1986 bodyrocking beats and Mixologist Kirsten Baldock serving up her unique maxin' and relaxin' libations based on Piskor's latest works. For your uprocking needs, be sure to prepare your crew with this great resource. And don't be shy about to breaking out your freshest gear... we suggest your furry Kangol buckets, your favorite Puma track-suit, your Carrera Porsche 5620 shades, and your Adidas shell-toes. See you then, b-boys and b-girls!

You know you wanna head out to this event after your first day at APE, The Isotope has their own posted harassment policy so it's straight-up polite from the moment you cross the threshold 'til you exit with signed book in hand!  

Hip Hop Box Set
Ed Piskor @ Isotope
Saturday, October 4th 2014
8pm - Midnight
21+ por favor




Fantagraphics at APE 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Trina RobbinsRobert WilliamsJustin HalleventsEd Piskor 2 Oct 2014 10:23 AM

Ape 2014
This weekend, October 4th and 5th, Fantagraphics will be tabling at one of the sunniest conventions of the year! APE, Alternative Press Expo, also has a new look to it. You'll find the convention center And you can bet your bippy you can find us at tables 331, 332, 333, when you enter just go straight up the middle aisle and we'll be on the left. The show is from Saturday: 11:00-7:00, Sunday: 11:00-6:00 so stop by our table and say hello to Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds!  

Ape 2014
Signing Schedule
Saturday
1-2:30PM Robert Williams
2-4:00PM Trina Robbins  
4-6:00PM Justin Hall

Sunday
2-4:00PM Justin Hall

Panels
Saturday

1:45-2:30PM The Hip Hop/Comics Connections Panel APE special guest Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times bestselling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40-year relationship between comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bodé characters painted on trains, moves to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, and to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work. At the FIREHOUSE.

2:30-3:30PM Everyday Inspiration: What Inspires the Comics You Write? Inspiration strikes when you least expect it! APE 2014 special guests Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), C. Spike Trotman (Templar, Arizona), and Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage) discuss the origins of their own comics with moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), with a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process. At the FIREHOUSE. 

5:00-6:00PM Spotlight on Robert Williams APE special guest Robert Williams  (painter, cartoonist, The Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams) and Eric Reynolds (Associate Publisher of Fantagraphics Books) will discuss Williams's career, from underground comix legend, co-producing Zap Comix in the 1960s, to co-founding Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine in the 1990s. 

6:00PM-7:00PM Teaching Comics: Academia and Sequential Art
Comics have entered the hallowed halls of academia in a big way! After decades of neglect and disdain, universities are finally engaging with the form on its own terms, with classes and programs geared at teaching students comics theory, history, and practice. What are the opportunities and challenges of teaching comics? How does our beloved, scrappy, DIY artform fit into this new world? What does it mean to both the comics industry and the academic world that graduates with MFAs and BFAs in comics are entering the workforce? Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) moderates this discussion with a dynamic group of teachers, students, and comics professionals: Trinidad Escobar (Dummy Creepers), Nathan Fox (School of Visual Arts), Maia Kobabe (The Thief's Tale), Alec Longstreth (Basewood), and Matt Silady (California College of the Arts). At the FIREHOUSE. 

Ed Piskor
8PM-MIDNIGHT Ed Piskor is doing a signing at The Isotope (no, not technically a panel). So be there for the fun and music by DJ BEARZBUB! More details here
Sunday

3:15-4:15PM Dark Comedy in Comics Too soon? Not funny? Don't go there? Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Jason Shiga (Demon), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Shannon Wheeler (I Don't Get It) discuss pushing the boundaries of humor with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum). At the FIREHOUSE. 

4:15PM Queer Cartoonists Panel The Queer Cartoonists Panel is back for its 11th not-so-straight year! A group of engaging and talented creators gather to discuss the art and business of comics, examine the complexities of LGBTQ identities, and answer probing questions from moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines). The star-studded cast: Maureen Burdock (Five Feminist Fables), Gene Guilmette (The Protector Corps), Sara Lautman (Macrogroan), Lonnie Mann (Thoughts from Iceland), Matt Wobensmith (Wuvable Oaf), and Rick Worley (Waste of Time). On top of all that, the recipient of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant 2014 will be announced! At the FIREHOUSE.


APE 2014
Alternative Press Expo
Oct. 4-5, 2014
Fort Mason Center
Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

















LAS VEGAS: Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannGilbert Hernandezevents 30 Sep 2014 4:27 PM
Cosmic Comics
One of the world's best veteran cartoonists is joining forces at Cosmic Comics with some of the world's best cartoonists from the internet this Saturday, October 4th from noon-4pmSimon HanselmannMichael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be signingalongside 30 year comics veteran Gilbert Hernandez of Love and Rockets. Gilbert's newest collection, Luba and Her Family, follows the matriarch as she moves her family north to the U.S. when Palomar gets leveled by an earthquake.

Luba and Her Family Gilbert
Nearing the end of their world tour, Simon is celebrating the release of his 'stoner tragedy' Megahex, made popular on his Girl Mountain Tumblr, now available in a sexy hardback from Fantagraphics. Poverty, misanthropy, depression all fogged up in substance abuse grace these watercolored pages but you'll still be rolling in tears laughing so hard by the end of it. Meanwhile, Michael DeForge is continuing his long line of one-person short story anthologies, Lose #6 (first published online 5 years ago) out from Koyama Press. Often hailed as the next Daniel Clowes, DeForge is a prolific cartoonist with only more great ink to flow from his pen. Also from the Toronto-based publisher, illustrator and cartoonist Patrick Kyle is signing his newest comic, Distance Mover, a collection of sci-fi stories featuring the improbable vehicle of the same name that moves a Mr. Earth across the world.

So bring your comics and some of your favorite gambling game suggestions for the guys.  
Cosmic Comics
Cosmic Comics
3830 E Flamingo
Las Vegas, NV 89121
702.451.6611






Destiny City Comics opens in Tacoma
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under internsField Tripeventsart 30 Sep 2014 11:55 AM

Destiny Comics
We love all our interns, hell we've hired more than a few like Eric Reynolds, Kristy Valenti and Anna Pederson. But some move on and spread the magic to other parts of the country. Michael Fitzgerald fits into the category as on Wednesday, October 1st, he is opening up a NEW comics store in Tacoma, Washington called Destiny City Comics.

Right next door to King's Books on St. Helens Avenue, Destiny City Comics will offer the latest in comics, acclaimed graphic novels, and works by local creators. On opening day, comics like Thor #1 will be available, a new series by Marvel featuring a female Thor. There will also be a choice collection of graphic novels like Batman: the Long Halloween, the Walking Dead, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, works by local cartoonists like members of the C.L.A.W. (Cartoonist's League of Absurd Washingtonians) and some fabulous Fantagraphics titles.

"King's Books is terribly excited to have a comic book store as a neighbor," says bookstore owner sweet pea Flaherty. "For years we have had both a Graphic Novel Book Club and hosted C.L.A.W., so it's a natural fit for the space. Destiny City Comics will enhance the literary landscape by offering variety of comic art forms that will bring more appreciation for the craft to Tacoma."

To make it easier for customers to enjoy even more books, Destiny City will offer 15% off all graphic novels every day and a subscription service featuring a sliding scale discount. Here's a sneak peak inside the store Michael gave us while setting up)display
Destiny City Comics' opening will include a Halloween ComicFest party on October 25. This event will feature an assortment of free comics, including the popular Afterlife with Archie, Scooby Doo Meets Batman, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, and more.

As a member of the creative enterprise cohort with Spaceworks Tacoma, Fitzgerald evolved the concept of Destiny City Comics from a rough idea to a solid plan and we look forward to seeing it thrive. Destiny City Comics will be open for business Wednesday, October 1. More information about the store can be found at destinycitycomics.com. 

Destiny City Comics

 

Minneapolis: Cute Boy Alert at Boneshaker Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 29 Sep 2014 5:35 PM
Hanselmann  
The Cute Boy Alert tour featuring Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle is snaking its way across the misnomered Northwest! They find themselves in Minneapolis, MN at home in Boneshaker Books for an opulent signing of epic proportions. Starting at 5pm on Thursday October 2nd, you can find them in the well-lit brick business or as Boneshaker puts it "star cartoonists talking about cartooning and signing cartoons."  
 
Did you know that Boneshaker is COMPLETELY run by volunteers?! Opening back in January 2011, Boneshaker Books is a radical & progressive bookstore located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. They specialize in "progressive/radical literature, children's books, and a curated fiction section. Purchase in our store or place a special order online for pickup. If you are local, you can choose to have your purchase delivered to you by bicycle!" Oh, how cool is that?! 
Boneshaker 
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-871-7110
Open 11am-8pm daily
Megahex Lose #6 Distance Mover



BOSTON: Hornschemeier at MICExpo
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 29 Sep 2014 12:30 PM
Poster
This weekend, October 4th and 5th, Boston's going to host it's annual indie comics party masquerading as a comics show! The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICExpo) is being held at University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge's Porter Square. The event is free, family friendly, and offers a weekend of activities as the Boston area's only show dedicated to independent and alternative comics. Our own Paul Hornschemeier is a special guest and even designed the poster! He'll be on the Atrium level, table 31. MICE even conducted a pre-con interview
with Paul. 

Paul is also on a Saturday panel from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM "MICE special guests Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll and Paul Hornschemeier will discuss their processes in turning disparate comics material into published graphic novels. Each of these creators has worked in various formats: webcomics, serialization, anthologies. The panel will look at how the specific themes and qualities of their work come into play as short stories or serialized narratives come together into single books, exploring the definition of the term 'graphic novel.'"

Artists Authors Paul
Saturday, October 4th, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday, October 5th, 11 am - 4 pm at Lesley University in Porter Square. Be there! For more information visit the MICE website.





Carol Tyler at the Carnegie Theater
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsCarol Tylerart shows 29 Sep 2014 10:34 AM
The Carnegie
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00-8:00 pm, the Carnegie in Covington, KY offers you a rare opportunity to hear Cincinnati's Carol Tyler, noted cartoonist, give a free public presentation based on her graphic novel, You'll Never Know. Her talk will be of special interest to those in art, graphics, writing, comics, and have relevancy for veterans, families of veterans and health professionals concerned with PTSD. 

The Carnegie offers Carol's presentation in conjunction with "Pages from the Graphic Novel, You'll Never Know," an installation she created for the art exhibit, With and Without: Challenges, curated by Mary Heider. Carol's installation and the entire art exhibit will be available for viewing prior to the presentation. Exhibit hours on Oct 1: noon-8:00 pm.
 
You'll Never Know 3
The exhibit runs through November 1, 2014. See www.thecarnegie.com for more exhibit information and regular hours.

The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss this amazing cartoonist!
C Tyler
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7:00 - 8:00 PM
The Carnegie Theater
1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011