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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.

Kickstarter: Art Spiegelman and a $250k stretch goal
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaKickstarterInio Asano 2 Dec 2013 4:14 AM
Thank you so much! We hit $200,000 yesterday and since then more great cartoonists have donated to the cause. The Kickstarter campaign will end Thursday morning at 10am, PST.

If the Fantagraphics Kickstarter hits a total of $250,000 we will increase our line of literary and experimental manga translation. We have been printing the fantastic Shimura Takako's Wandering Son series since 2011 (translated by Matt Thorn), a perennial title on the ALA Rainbow List for teen reading, in addition to Moto Hagio, who is widely considered the most beloved shōjo manga artist of all time. Hagio's The Heart of Thomas created a new genre of manga while the collected stories in A Drunken Dream  show off her masterful storytelling. This February we are proud to be publishing Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph, a mysterious and brooding tale, also available for pre-order on the Kickstarter. We want to translate even more per season, bringing English readers only the finest of manga to grace their bookshelves.

nijigahara holograph 

If you visit the main page of the Kickstarter, you'll also see that Art Spiegelman has donated several (11 total) different prints, all signed by the cartoonist himself. Here is one such beauty listed as SPIEGELMAN 10: a wrap around cover from a Boris Vian book, Vercoquin and the Plankton. Circa 1982 ($80)

Art Spiegelman 

SPIEGELMAN #11:  Vian 8 "A Snake for Everyone (librettos, songs and scenes), signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1985 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #9: Vian 6 I Wouldn't Want to Croak and Other Poems, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1985 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #8: Vian 5 Dead Men All Have the Same Skin signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1980 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #7: Vian 4 "The Commissar and the Green Panther, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1984  ($80)

SPIEGELMAN #6: Vian 3. Hundred Sonnets, wrap around cover from a Boris Vian volume, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1989 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #5: "Vian 2" proof for Vian's collected short stories volume1, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1986  7 3/4 x 11" ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #4: "Mood Indigo" wrap around cover from a Boris Vian volumes, published in Germany, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1986 ($80)

SPIEGELMAN #3: Printers proofs of wrap-around cover to Paul Auster's New York Trilogy novels signed by Spiegelman, size approximately 18 3/4" x  9 1/4" 2006. ($100)

SPIEGELMAN #2: Artist proofs 2 color print, circa 1994. Size approximately 18 1/2" x 21" ($150) 

SPIEGELMAN #1: Signed AP offset print from the 2010 Sollies Ville comics festival, size 19 3/4"x27 1/2" ($250) 3 available

 


We continue to thank you for your generosity and hope to see just a little more in these last few days of the Kickstarter.

Kickstarter: More Badass Stuff to Buy
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 27 Nov 2013 12:23 AM
Bonne Lecture
 
Doth your eyes decieve you!? Pray, is that a Linda Medley print? Pull out the smelling salts before one of us faints from beauty!
 
bw Medley 
 
You got it, we are almost done loading all the goodies onto the Kickstarter but more items keep coming in from your favorite cartoonists. Linda Medley of Castle Waiting gave us a few other prints. The color "Bonne Lecture" print is $75, the black and tan "Bonne Lecture" print is $60.
 
Don Rosa 
 
Don Rosa is drawing color head shots in Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun for $500. The color head shot will be a character of your choice with an expression of your choice that will be tipped-in to your copy of the book. Signed (and dedicated to you if you choose) and quite a steal!
 
Tim Lane 
 
Tim Lane is offering two new linoleum prints: the Congress Created Dust Bowl and The Cowboy ($30 each, images above, approximately 7x5"). You can also grab a copy of his new book The Lonesome Go plus a print ($60) or get The Complete Lonesome Go box set. What's that?! An experiment to move his stories beyond the medium of comics. These experiments are meant to supplement the stories included in The Lonesome Go (as well as Abandoned Cars) by exploring the narrative potential of spoken word performances, songs, film, and other things. 
 
Peanuts 
 
The Last Sunday Peanuts Strip by Charles M. Schulz: A 14" x 18" full color print of Schulz's farewell Peanuts strip that ran February 14, 2000 (he died in his sleep the night before). One of the loveliest and most heartfelt strips ever published,. reflecting Schulz's love for cartooning, his characters, and life. Framed ($100).
 
asano 
 
Nijigahara Holograph Pre-order ($40): pre-order a copy of Inio Asano's epic manga that takes place over 10 years. When legend becomes truth in a town, what must the citizens sacrifice and how can they deal with what they've done?
 
Cathy Malkasian sent some beautiful Percy Gloom-themed soaps so suds yourself up on a particularly adventurous and/or depressing day with these cuties (a set of three for $30).

Soap

The Action Suits albums we have are still available and here's some luscious art to entice you. Al Columbia's album art for "Glazed Donuts / Andy the Android" (produced by Spot ON!) is surreal and brimming under the surface of what is known, unknown and terrifying ($30).

Al Columbia 

Peter Bagge's album art for the Cancer Father, Visualize Ballard 7" by The Action Suits (label: Man's Ruin) captures a bit of the angst not unfamiliar to Seattle and the liner notes have sweet, sweet photos of young Eric Reynolds and Bagge (and Steve Fisk and Andy Schmidt)! Worth the price of admission right there. 

Peter Bagge 

We're also offering signed prints from R. Crumb's WEIRDO. Choose from issue #4, 8, 10 or 11 ($250 each). You can still get all four in a folio, signed and numbered by Crumb for $1000.
 
Weirdo Prints 
 
Charles Burns 12 Set of Special Edition Elysian Beer Bottles ($250): Twelve unused and capped empty bottles from the Elysian's 12 Beers of the Apocalypse (2012) with art by Charles Burns. For the big Burns fan. One of a kind!
 
Charles Burns beers 
 
And don't forget about The Onion Tour! Take a tour hosted by A.V. Club Editor Kyle Ryan of The Onion & A.V. Club HQ in Chicago (2 more exist). Plenty more amazing things await you at the Kickstarter
 
 

Larry Reid: Georgetown Star
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under staffslimy marketingmerchFantagraphics Bookstore 25 Nov 2013 5:31 PM

Larry 

Larry Reid, manager of the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery was highlighted in the GIFTED insert of the latest issue of The Stranger (Vol. 23, No. 12). He gives you all you need to know about shopping, eating and fun fun fun in Georgetown this holiday season. From The Complete Peanuts collection we're publishing to 'seven-inch slabs by the Stranglers' ("Golden brown, texture like sun...") available in the other half of the store known as Georgetown Records, there is plenty to stuff stockings with, hand over at Channukah or leave on a friend's desk as a secret gift. 

georgetown 

We've got music and books at the store but what about holiday movies? Larry recommends: 

favorite movies 

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians? Well I'll be, that's showing at Pacific Place 11 this December 5th and other places around the country(a laRiffTrax;so you have been forewarned, jokes are a-coming). Also in the GIFTED guide was a few Fantagraphics books that are perfect gifts for "Neat Nerds". Forget those sassy, sexy underoos OR pair them (ha HA!) with 3 New Stories Dash ShaworPretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins, as pictured. 

gift ideas 

So pick up a copy of The Stranger for the full Larry Reid interview, stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery for some sweet alternative comics (and a story or two from Larry!). 

1201 S. Vale St
Seattle, WA

Rina Ayuyang's Typhoon Benefit Auction
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MomeJim RuggJaime Hernandezart 25 Nov 2013 2:26 PM
Jaime sketch 
 
Generous and thoughtful cartoonist Rina Ayuyang posted a lot of artwork and comics up on eBay to raise money for the people affected Typhoon Haiyan. While some are about to end their bidding cycles,  you have days left on a few and these are amazing! A 'littering' sketch by Jaime Hernandez, a signed Ghost World with a Enid sketch in it. 
 
Here's Martin Cendreda's "Hopskotch" page from an early Mome is for the tried and true Fantagraphics' fan! 
Hopskotch 
 
Here's a killer Jim Rugg drawing! Bid now! 100% of the proceeds from these art sales go to American Red Cross and their efforts in the Philippines for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Jim Rugg 

 
New Comics Day 11.20.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Trina RobbinsNew Comics DayKristy Valenti 21 Nov 2013 11:37 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.

180-page color/black & white 9" x 12" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-669-0

"Robbins is pretty well known for doing these 'Women in comics' type books over the years. But this larger-sized format, with bright colors really makes this much more than a simple updating of a years old exercise." –Benn Ray, Atomic Books  
 
"Finally, all hail Trina Robbins." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter  

We're halfway there! New Blighted Eye prints & more
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert WilliamsKim DeitchKickstarterJustin GreenGlenn BrayGary PanterDon RosaDisney 20 Nov 2013 1:28 PM

We've hit the halfway mark in the month of our Kickstarter campaign. To celebrate comics, and hitting our goal, we're offering a quartet of signed, limited-edition prints featuring artwork from our upcoming book The Blighted Eye. (You can also just get the book, signed by Glenn Bray.)

We also have the iconic cover of one of the seminal 1972 autobiographical underground comics: Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary as a $150 print. Scanned from the original black and white art and signed by cartoonist Justin Green.

Also from The Blighted Eye is a six-panel painted comic strip titled “Henry Webb” (1992), starring Gary Panter’s every-idiot; a stand-alone painting and of course, signed for $150

Panter print

Also from The Blighted Eye and $150Kim Deitch's “Hell.” A giclee print from a 25” x 18 ½” ink & watercolor masterpiece, 1985. 

Deitch print

And the estimable Robert Williams also has a print. Entitled “Gaudi,” celebration of the architect Antonio Gaudi, originally published in Gothic Blimp Works, 1970. Signed by the artist for $175.

Wms. print

Don Rosa has been nice enough offer color headshot sketches and dedications inside the Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun. At $500, this is a steal given how much his drawings go for. You choose the character and expression but we all know that hot-tempered and at-the-end-of-their-ropes make the best duck drawings.

Rosa sketches

Thank your for your continued support and nagging your friends to contribute to our campaign. 

Jim Woodring at Olympia's Danger Room
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJim Woodringevents 19 Nov 2013 11:49 AM

Woodring

An interview and book signing by everyone's favorite Jim Woodring to take place at Danger Room on Saturday, December 7th at 3pm. For a hoppin' good time head over to the downtown Olympia Library for a live drawing demonstration by Jim and his GIANT pen Nibbus Maximus at 7pm.  (The poster pretty much sums it up!)

Jim will also be signing copies of his book FRAN so either bring your copy or buy the newest installment of his series set in the surreal Unifactor.

Fran  

201 W 4th Ave
downtown Olympia
360.705.3050
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downtown Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Ave SE
Olympia WA 98501 
 

 




Kickstarter Update: Swell Shirts and more
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 18 Nov 2013 6:22 PM

Lane Milburn 

We thank all of you for your support and love of great comics. We've been adding new things daily so here are few great ones! The new aim is still $200,000 so we can continue on with Kim Thompson's excellent taste in bande dessinee and the tradition of translating foreign comics in English for future generations. So find a gift for a friend or another one for yourself today!

For only $20, you can get Guardsmen of Infinity #1, an EARLY zine by Gary Groth who typeset the whole damn thing with a Leroy lettering system (for you fellow geezers!). Cover below:

Guardsmen 

For most people, music is a way of life and Ed Piskor is no exception to the rule with his new graphic novel Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol 1 is out now, Vol 2 is available for pre-order through this Kickstarter!). Wear this shirt proudly because dammit, we're turning the radio all the way up ($40).

Ed Piskor shirt 


We're offering a pre-order on signed copies of The Blighted Eye, the book of Glenn Bray's personal collection of the most copious, diverse, and lavish compilation of original comic art ever published. In addition to the book are several SIGNED prints from Bray's collection printed for the first time (in a long time) from cartoonists Justin Green, Gary Panter, Kim Deitch, and Robert Williams.

The Blighted Eye 

Eleanor Davis sent the artwork in for a set of two gorgeous two-color prints. If there's not space on your walls for these, consider throwing up a demi-wall or take down whatever trash is currently hanging off the nail. Only $100 for both prints by this NY Times cartoonist and all-around amazing storyteller.

Eleanor Davis 

BEHOLD, the beautiful image of Jim Woodring's Frank on this gorgeous black shirt that compliments his linework. And yes, that EPIC image at the top graces Lane Milburn's shirt, his book Twelve Gems is still up for pre-order along with some added incentives like an actual GEM featuring artwork from the book etched on it. The perfect accessory to a bookshelf groaning with weight from beautiful books.

SHIRTS 

 

New Comics Day 11.13.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayEd PiskorCharles M Schulz 13 Nov 2013 11:48 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.

Hip Hop Family Tree
Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) 
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-690-4

"They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn't steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of '77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his 'Hip Hop Family Tree,' comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a 'who-begat-whom' with a b-boy twist." - Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com 

"His classic indie comic composition and narrative ease make the strip readable, informative (who knew Rammelzee went tagging with Basquiat?), and respectful to the art forms and artists it covers." -J.P. McNamara, Demencha 

Peanuts Every Sunday  
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 (Vol. 1) 
by Charles M. Schulz

224-page full-color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-692-8 

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure - an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." –Bill Clinton 

"...features color versions of the first several years of Sunday for that all-time, pantheon-level comic strip. I want [it] and you should, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter





Kickstarter Goal HIT! Now what?
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kim ThompsonKickstarter 12 Nov 2013 7:50 PM

We had to again express our thanks when at about 6am PST on Tuesday, we hit $150,000 on our Kickstarter campaign for our 2014 Spring-Summer Season. We are thankful for your support, passing on the word to your friends and taking up that coveted shelf space over the years. Making our goal within a week was an unexpected surprise.

Dave Stevens 

Since we have so many books still available for pre-order and some great 'warehouse finds' like the Dave Stevens' King Kong poster, a special Richard Sala premium (announcing soon....) and more, we have decided on our (first?!) stretch goal. 

If we hit 200,000 we plan to: hire translators to help produce books that were previously scheduled and create an infrastructure to continue Kim Thompson's legacy of publishing the best bande dessinee.

So check those premiums out, we're updating all the time, adding extra signed books and scouring the recesses of our punk house-cum-office for cool things that can touch your alternative and indie comics lovin' heart.

Kim Thompson