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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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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.

OCD Extra: December Booklist Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Walt KellyOCD 18 Dec 2014 2:26 PM
This month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent release by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below:
Pogo 3  
Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Volume 3: "Evidence to the Contrary"
by Walt Kelly

"Despite its cast of anthropomorphic animals-the eponymous possum, Albert the Alligator, Porky Pine, and the rest-Pogo was the most adult-aimed of all newspaper comic strips. The fluid grace of Kelly's artwork and the inventiveness of his humor are matched by his verbal dexterity, from the characters' cornpone patois to their ingenious wordplay. Four decades after its demise, Pogo remains one of a handful of truly essential comic strips."
–Gordon Flagg 
 
Pogo Vol. 3 was also recently on the New York Times Best Seller list, time to pick up one for you and yours! 




Fantagraphics' Free Comic Book Day Flip Book
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under FCBDEd PiskorDash Shaw 17 Dec 2014 12:38 PM
Free Comic Book Day Cover
Today it was revealed that our 'Silver Member' Free Comic Book Day contribution is a sweet flip book: Hip Hop Family Tree Three-In-One featuring Cosplayers by Ed PiskorDash Shaw and friends, you'll get 56 pages of full-color all-action.
Dash Shaw 
Featuring Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw's Cosplayers! Piskor's half features excerpts from the first two HHFT volumes, the forthcoming Vol. 3, as well as the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation exclusive to the Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set. Plus pinups by R Crumb, Scottie Young, Jim Rugg, Jenny Goldstick, Ben Marra, and plenty of other surprises! Shaw's side delivers an all-new, 20-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers, who take a trip to the comic book store! Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With an exclusive, annotated wraparound cover by Piskor!
 
So keep your eyes peeled for the first Saturday of May 2015, May 2nd, for the best free comic book out there: Hip Hop Family Tree Three-in-One featuring Cosplayers!
 
Julio's Day picked for Angouleme Festival Awards
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gilbert Hernandezawards 15 Dec 2014 11:58 AM
Julio
The official list of nominees for Angoulême Festival Awards was announced (on Turkey Day) and Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez graces the top of that list. The translated graphic novel Julio is available from French comics publisher, Atrabile, or you can get the boring ol' English version from Fantagraphics. Check out the books in person this upcoming January 29th-February 1st at Festival d'Angoulême. Congrats to Gilbert!Julio's Day
Jeremy Eaton Studios Holiday Sale
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jeremy Eatonart shows 12 Dec 2014 1:11 PM
Eaton Studios
This Saturday, December 12th from noon to 6pm, cartoonist and fine artist Jeremy Eaton will host his 2nd annual Holiday Art Show & Sale! There will be a ton of great artwork for you to oooooh and aaaaah at especially the reduced holiday prices! From his infamous 'jumbles' to holiday music to even *gasp* comic books, you can experience it all! And most importantly, there's 'hard candy and hard wine for the adults!' plus 'soft candy and soft drinks for the children!' 
 
Krazy Cat Woman  Charlie Watcher
Jeremy Eaton Studios
521 NW 43rd Street
(one block east of Hale's Brewery at Leary Way)
Seattle, WA 

Steve Ditko Archives 4th volume now on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve Ditkodigital comicscomiXology 11 Dec 2014 3:02 PM
Impossible Tales
Terror, stress, aches and fears; all of these vibrate off the page in a Ditko comic from our most recent collection now available digitally on comiXology. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime - stories that have never seen a proper reprinting until now, thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims all delineated in Ditko's wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style. This fourth volume ranks as the best in the Steve Ditko Archives series to date thanks in large part to the inspiration Ditko took from comics derived from the classic host-narrated radio shows, which gave an extra oomph to his creepy yarns, edited by Blake Bell.
 
All 241 pages of the occult, creepy and fantastic can be yours at the tap of a button and a download on comiXology for only $24.99. Check out the previous three volumes as well. 
Ditko  
"Fantastic... Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented." –Dave Gibbons
 
"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." –Entertainment Weekly 
Los Angeles: Leah Hayes Art Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Leah Hayeseventsart shows 10 Dec 2014 10:40 AM
Hayes show
This Thursday, December 11th in Los Angeles, don your finest clothes for an art show amongst the stars and the starry-eyed at Roseark. Fantagraphics cartoonist Leah Hayes will have many exquisite paintings and drawings up on display (and for sale) alnog with Mary Ellen Loc and Elisabeth Bell's jewelry (there's talk of shark teeth dipped in fancy things). 
 
And while the art will be on display for awhile, the opening is from 4-8pm and you can bet your bippy there will be champagne to drink. Please RSVP by emailing Jill at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
See you there! 
Roseark 
Roseark
1111 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
 


Fantagraphics LIVE on Google Play
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannRichard SalaLucy KnisleyJaime HernandezJacques BoyreauGilbert HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorDrew Weingdigital comics 8 Dec 2014 3:18 PM
Hip Hop Family TreeFantagraphics is happy to announce that Google Play is our latest digital comics venue. Google Play is now showcasing some of our finest in art books, previously not available digitally, as well as some of our 2014 comic releases for your digital reading devices at a discount as well. 
 How to be Happy
Never before released digitally from the genius, sick and twisted mind of Jacques Boyreau comes SupertrashSexyTime and Portable Grindhouse. Supertrash, mutagenic sequel to Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters (2002, Chronicle), the book that became a prophecy of the lasting influence of grindhouse and a model describing the shared evolution between art and trash. SexyTime: The Post-Porn Rise of the Pornoisseur is a fun romp through pre-digital 70s porn posters for the informed. The long sold-out Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box reprints some of the most louche, decadent, minimo-pervo artwork to ever grace a VHS box, featuring such movies as From Beyond, Penitentiary II, Beast of the Yellow Night, Cop Killers, Bay of Blood, Escape from Death Row, and Cocaine Wars.
Supertrash  
Sexy time  Portable Grindhouse
In addition to these fine, almost and definitely out of print art books, we have some of our latest comic releases like Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1 by Ed Piskor, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (both above), Set to Sea by Drew WeingAn Age of License by Lucy Knisley and the devastating new Richard Sala tale, In a Glass Grotesquely.  
Set to Sea An Age of License IN a glass grotesquely
Looking for Megahex by Simon Hanselmann? It's all here as well along with our flagship classics Love and Rockets: Heartbreak Soup by Gilbert Hernandez and Love and Rockets: Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez
Megahex Heartbreak Soup Maggie
Keep your eyes peeled for new releases and backlist to be added, any book page on our site with this fancy dandy button will take you directly to the book page to purchase the digital version of your favorite comics, novels and art books from Fantagraphics.
Google Play 
Riffing on Peanuts
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsmiscellanyCharles M Schulz 4 Dec 2014 12:54 PM
Peanuts
The next Complete Peanuts volume has an introduction unlike any one you have ever seen before. We've had comedians before from Whoopi Goldberg to Patton Oswalt talk about their connection to Schulz, Snoopy and the Gang but never before have we had someone riff on top of a Peanuts comic strip!
 
The comedians behind Rifftrax, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy are also known for their work in Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mike was a writer and then host of the show, while Corbett and Murphy wrote and provided the amazing voices for the 'bots, Crow and Tom Servo respectively. They riff on four Peanuts strips in the upcoming The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996)
 
But don't worry, there's also a fantastic words-only introduction written by two of their newer Rifftrax writers, Sean Thomason and Conor Lastowka. Like the kind that makes you laugh 'til you cry. And for anyone attending the Rifftrax LIVE show tonight in Nashville and streaming into theaters across the United States, Fantagraphics a little preview of the riffed comics just for the audience as part of downloadable digital goodies! There's still time to get a time to get a ticket for tonight, check your local theaters here to see who is showing Rifftrax: Santa Claus . And you've got plenty of time to preorder The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996)
Snoopy TV 
This Week in Fanta Events: 12/4-12/8
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneSteven WeissmanMarguerite Van CookJohnny RyanJames Romberger 3 Dec 2014 2:40 PM
Lonesome Go PDX
Thursday, December 4th
 
Portland - If you haven't pulled out your best patched jacket and bindle stick out, now is the time to do it, Portland. Cartoonist and rambler Tim Lane is heading cross-country for an art show featuring his dense original art and will also be signing copies of his newest collection of comics, The Lonesome Go. Get in the mood for the event with one of the songs he recorded from his comic. 6-10pm at Floating World is the place to me. (More details)
 
Stinckers 
Friday, December 5th
 
Los Angeles -  Have you ever wanted to see EVERY STINCKER EVER? The time is nigh, friends, On December 5, from 7:30-10pm The Stinckers makers are having a release party (or a sticking party?) at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles (7522 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046). It will, of course, include some of your favorite Fantagraphics creators like Steven "Ribs" Weissman, Johnny Ryan, Esther Pearl Watson, Jordan Crane---the list is so long you'll just have to hit it up. Excuse me, stick it up! (More details)
Eroyn 
Saturday, December 5th
 
Brooklyn - Bergen Street Comics proudly hosts Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger for the The Late Child and Other Animals signing. Their comic collaboration collects the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter that are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense hitting notes of European feminism. This New York couple is not to be missed nor is a party at Bergen Street, it's worth the subway ride and putting on your best winter jacket. The signing and fun begins at 8pm right at 470 Bergen Street. (More Details)
 
Seattle - At the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery we've got a two-fer event on Saturday night. Local self-publishing and indie comic show founder, Eroyn Franklin will present a preview of her new feature length graphic novel Dirtbag, supported in part by a grant from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. Inspired by 1950s pulp magazines, film noir, and EC crime and suspense comic books, Tim Lane will sign copies of his fascinating new graphic novel, The Lonesome Go. There will even be a little music! Come on down to 1201 S. Vale Street at 7pm for a swell time (More Details)
 
Los Angeles - That darn Stinckers group is having an art show at Comic Arts L.A. at the Think Tank Gallery. The time? TBA but mostly likely party o'clock! (939 Maple Ave, Suite #200, Los Angeles, CA 90015). The list of past Stinckers includes Jeremy Eaton, Esther Pearl Watson, Mark Todd, Jordan Crane, Matt Furie, Ben Marra, and many more! 
 
Late Child
Monday, December 8th
 
New York City - NYC, bring out your read! The well-read and illustrious will all meet up starting at 7pm on Monday at St. Mark's Bookshop. Van Cook and Romberger ready and rarin' to sign The Late Child and Other Animals plus their previous graphic novel, 7 Miles a Second. St. Mark's Bookshop is the place to be at 136 East 3rd Street, NY, NY 10019. 
The Late Child Signing at St. Mark's
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJames Rombergerevents 3 Dec 2014 12:17 PM
The Late Child and Other Animals
Next Monday, St. Mark's Bookshop will gleefully celebrate the uplifting and beautiful comic collaboration between Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger: The Late Child and Other Animals. In this generation-spanning autobiography, the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter (Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.
 
Starting at 7pm on December 8th, you'll find Van Cook and Romberger ready and rarin' to sign The Late Child plus their previous graphic novel, 7 Miles a Second. St. Mark's Bookshop is the place to be at 136 East 3rd Street, NY, NY 10019.
 
Join the Facebook group event and let your friends know where you'll be Sunday night---among the glittering literati and comics-making folk.