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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.

Spawn of Mars at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wally WoodEC ComicsAl Feldstein 12 Jan 2015 2:43 PM
Spawn of Mars
Time to sync your watches at 3....2.....1....set! The newest EC Comics Library book, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories, is now available at comiXology for when you're jet-setting around the stars. Wallace (Wally) Wood fans love his sleek, preternaturally lush art, but they especially love the wonderment of his spectacular science fiction. This highly anticipated mouth-watering collection features over two dozen stories brimming with Wood's meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork-all save the one Wood wrote himself on the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. And with titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey," how can you go wrong? This is EC science fiction at its finest. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
Spawn of Mars 
So set your ship on auto-pilot (as long as you're not in a meteor field) or tell your captain you'll be planet-side for a little while longer to enjoy all 240 pages of fun for only $22.99
EC Comics 
"Wood's work seemed like snapshots of a lush and vibrant reality where even madmen, monsters and mayhem possessed a stately grace. There might be pandemonium but, oddly, the panic never seemed to reach the eyes of Wood's regal heroes." - Geoff Boucher, The Los Angeles Times

"Legendary artist [Wally] Wood mastered every comic-book genre - humor (he was one of Mad's first artists), horror, superheroes, war - but is best known for the 1950s science-fiction stories he drew for EC Comics, in which, one commentator noted, he 'began drawing things into panels that no human being seemed capable of before.' His heroic spacemen, intricate rocket ships, and frightening aliens embodied classic space opera, and his influence remains visible in the work of many leading comics artists today." - Gordon Flagg, Booklist




RHINEBECK: Lucy Knisley returns home
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Lucy Knisleyevents 12 Jan 2015 8:09 AM
Knisley Oblong
In honor of her travelogues An Age of License and the newly pressed DisplacementLucy Knisley is having a signing at her hometown bookstore: Oblong Books and Music. In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Gramps 
Oblong Books has been around for 35 sweet years run by the Hermans family and is sure to please. See you there! (Photo Credit: Kitty Sheehan
Oblong Books
Oblong Books
Montgomery Row
Rhinebeck, NY
845.876.0500 
Lucy





DC: MASSIVE at Fantom Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 9 Jan 2015 9:38 AM

Massive
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. 

Fantom Comics of Washington D.C. invites you to visit this world for a night on Thursday, January 22nd when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.

Yes please
Massive editor (and former Director of Marketing & Publicity for Vertical, Inc.), Anne Ishii lists her career highlights as publishing The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (Picturebox), translation of the 10-volume series Detroit Metal City (Viz), Board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. She also co-created and curates MASSIVE Merch: Gay Paraphernalia with Graham Kolbeins.

Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers  which screened at Outfest; Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at MASSIVE; and editor of the blog Gay Manga!.

Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com
Cavemen
Be there or we'll send some of Jairaya's cavemen after you!

Fantom Comics
2010 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036





PHILLY: MASSIVE at Giovanni's Room
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 8 Jan 2015 3:38 PM
Giovanni's Room
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. 
Tagame
Giovanni's Room of Philadelphia invites you to visit this world for a night on Tuesday, January 20th when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 6pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state. 
Giovanni's Room
Giovanni's Room
345 South 12th Street
215.923.2960 

SAN FRAN: ZAP crew to rock City Lights
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Victor MoscosoRobert WilliamsGary Grothevents 7 Jan 2015 3:58 PM
Zap Poster
The party you've been waiting your whole lifetime is here! On Thursday, January 22nd join Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams and Paul Mavrides at City Lights in San Francisco. They'll be in discussion with Gary Groth and Ron Turner (of Last Gasp) about The Complete Zap Comix. These legends start talking at 7pm on the dot, be there five minutes early if you need a smoke break. This nearly sold-out collection will be yours for the buying, theirs for the signing and for your family to argue about who will carry it home. 
Zap Covers 
In 1968, when underground comics were just strating to emerge, Robert Crumb's released his classic solo first issue of Zap. By the second issue, he had assembled a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. Together they created a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap - every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists - in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams.

"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." -Dana Jennings, The NY Times
Zap
City Lights Booksellers
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133






New Comics Day 1.7.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wallace WoodNew Comics DayFrank StackEC ComicsCharles M SchulzAl Feldstein 7 Jan 2015 8:06 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.
Foolbert Funnies
Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions 
by Frank Stack 

224-page black & white 7.75" x 10" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-808-3

"Foolbert Funnies is a definitive collection of comic art by one of the quirkiest and most intriguing artists to emerge from undergrounds. As a former college art professor, Frank Stack brought a unique approach to his art, blazing his own trail. And what could be more appropriate for an underground comics cartoonist than that?" –Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

Spawn of Mars  
Spawn of Mars  
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-805-2
 
"…the reason I'm almost guaranteed to eventually pick this up: shelf porn. I'd probably buy 'Wally Wood sci-fi reprints' as a digest, but this is going to eventually look so damn good on the oversized shelf. It's the smuggest reason to buy anything ever, but I don't care." –Jim Dandendeau, Topless Robot

Valentine
A Valentine for Charlie Brown
by Charles M. Schulz

72-page two color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-804-5

"Schulz was truly one of the game's great ambassadors." - Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey

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

 





















Don Rosa at Emerald City ComiCon 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDon RosaDisney 6 Jan 2015 2:20 PM
 Rosa Author Photo
Your favorite Duck artist is appearing at the local Seattle convention, ECCC just announced that Don Rosa will be appearing in person, in the flesh and definitely in the feather! Emerald City ComiCon runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th and we have quite a burgeoning cartoonist line-up for you so far with Rosa, Knisley and Luce! More news and special guests here.
Rosa Library set 
NEW ORLEANS: Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger at Wizard World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 6 Jan 2015 1:06 PM
Wiz world
This weekend, amazing cartoonists Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger will be appearing as special guests at Wizard World: NOLA edition. Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 9-11th you can find them signing copies of their new graphic novel The Late Child and Other Animals7 Miles a Second plus other non-Fantagraphics work at the Ernest J. Morial Convention Center.
 
Marguerite will be on a panel at WWII on Sunday.
3:30 - 4:15PM 1940: WORLD WAR II AND COMICS: THE JOKER, ROBIN, THE FLASH, CAPTAIN AMERICA, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AND THE SPIRIT! (ROOM 245)
75 years ago, in 1940, as the Nazi conquest of Europe continued and the Battle of Britain raged, the United States watched from the sidelines while instituting the first peacetime draft. At the same time, the world of comics was experiencing an incredible sustained period of invention, as The Joker, Robin, Green Lantern, the Flash, Hawkman, the Spirit, Catwoman, and Captains America and Marvel all debuted! (Not to mention the debuts of pop culture icons Bugs Bunny, and Brenda Starr, and classic movies Fantasia and The Great Dictator!) Showing and discussing historical and cultural factors that made that year so important is a panel including Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America; Parsons/The New School), Sherri Craig (Southeastern Louisiana University), Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of the founder of DC Comics, about whom she's co-writing an upcoming book), Dr. Travis Langley (author of Batman and Psychology), Marguerite Van Cook (The Late Child and Other Animals), and Danny Fingeroth (co-editor of The Stan Lee Universe). 
 
Buy your tickets in advance online, they are already sold out of Saturday-only tickets. And check out the site for more guest announcements or figure out which brow-heavy stoic dude-vampire is attending from that show your niece and nephew like. 
 
Show hours:
Friday, January 9, 2015 - 3pm - 8pm
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10am - 7pm
Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 11am - 5pm 
Couple Late Child
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130








Woodring art show opens up this Saturday!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringeventsart shows 6 Jan 2015 12:06 PM
Woodring
The time is drawing nigh! The Scott Eder Gallery is proud to unveil a new Jim Woodring art show You Drive! this Saturday, January 10th at their storefront (18 Bridge St. #2i) in Brooklyn. Should you be in attendance opening night, the reception will being at 6pm on the dot and Woodring himself will be there. More details here but you know you want to go and immerse yourself in his world. 
 
Can't make it out? You can always call the gallery and buy a/ALL the paintings (718.797.1100)! You can also enjoy his latest comics collection, JIM, currently garnering rave reviews. 
Jim
 

NYC: Massive at McNally Jackson
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinsChip KiddAnne Ishii 5 Jan 2015 11:16 AM
Massive
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers. McNally Jackson Books of New York invites you to visit this world for a night on Sunday, January 18th when the editors and designers behind the anthology gather for release party. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 7pm. The gang will also have some shirts (see below!) on sale and some 
 
Whether you are previously a fan of gay manga or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From Jiraiya to Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa to Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga.

Preview

Check out the crazy fun that was had a that the Massive release party in Tokyo! Safe for work if you work at like an underwear store, have a cool boss or can articulate how modern gay manga relates to your job as [insert job here].
 
Massive editor (and former Director of Marketing & Publicity for Vertical, Inc.), Anne Ishii lists her career highlights as publishing The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (Picturebox), translation of the 10-volume series Detroit Metal City (Viz), Board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop. She also co-created and curates Massive Merch: Gay Paraphernalia with Graham Kolbeins.

Meanwhile, editor and designer Graham Kolbeins dark past includes directing the documentary web series Rad Queers which screened at Outfest (radqueers.com); Co-edited of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame; designs clothes at  Massive Merch and is the editor of the blog Gay Manga!.

Chip's career speaks for itself but exhaustive history here: chipkidd.com

Chip and Anne 
McNally Jackson
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
212.274.1160

Tcaf massive
See you there! Don't get left be-hind without a copy of the year's hottest comics anthology!Yes