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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.

MAD about Conrad Groth
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscEd Piskor 29 Oct 2014 9:59 AM
Unless you happen to be in the inner circle of Fantagraphics you might not know that our publisher's son, Conrad Groth, spent the summer interning at MAD Magazine in NYC. In the latest issue of MAD, they wrote a little thank you to Conrad (on the left) and the other summer intern. He's working his way up, up, up! We're happy to have Conrad back on the West Coast though, with the knowledge he gained over the summer.
Conrad
There was also a nice shout out to Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor so basically it's just a stellar issue all around. Pick up a copy at your local comic shop or online
Hip Hop
SEATTLE: SuperTrash at Elliott Bay Book Company
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jacques Boyreauevents 28 Oct 2014 5:50 PM
Supertrash 
On Sunday, November 2nd, join the punk illiterati and connoisseurs of low art for a book signing with Jacques Boyreau at Elliott Bay Book Company. Boyreau's new book, SuperTrash celebrates the vague, fuzzy line between high art and lowly trash. Would a Picasso by any other name look as sweet? Boyreau will give you a lesson in taxonomy and a tour through his curation of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century AnxietyPart psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book: interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is surrealism for the 21st century.
 
So head on over to Elliott Bay Book Company at 3pm this Sunday (1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA) for an afternoon you'll never forget!
 
In addition the Northwest Film Forum presents three screenings of THE CROW on October 29, 30, and 31, at 8pm., in celebration of the SuperTrash release with a video presentation on Halloween night featuring a SuperTrash trailer. Filled with enthusiastic performances, anguished romance, and unchecked sadism, The Crow is a Baudelairian graphic poem about toilsome "undyingness." 

SuperTrash
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 




ST. LOUIS: Tim Lane at Star Clipper
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Laneevents 28 Oct 2014 12:16 PM
The Lonesome Go
Tim Lane, master of the intense and dense comics page is back at his hometown store for a book signing this Saturday, November 1st at 7pm. Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering - both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. Star Clipper in St. Louis is the place to be to meet the man behind the myth. 
 
Feel like singing in the great "Jackie's Blues" experiment? Every town Lane visits he invites musicians and singers to record themselves. Lane is documenting the folksy sounds of ordinary and extrodinary people even in the midst of the heady technological age and you could be a part of it.  
 
Hop a train, throw out a thumb on the highway or break into those new-to-you shoes to get to Star Clipper. 
The Lonesome Go  
Star Clipper
6392 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO


Cartoonists and their Museums
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownmiscJanet HamlinJacques Boyreau 28 Oct 2014 11:11 AM

MK CAM
We told you about some shows opening in the last few weeks and NOW we have some sweet photographic proof, c'mon, you believed us, right?! Above, M.K. Brown stands outside of the Cartoon Art Museum at Saa Francisco, CA. Her show runs from August 30th until February 15th, 2015. It collects comics and single panel gag cartoons featured in her collection Stranger Than Life (published by Fantagraphics!). 

Bill Griffiths of Zippy the Pinhead lists the things he looks for in an amazing cartoonist on the CAM site.
"- Chronicles the times we live in, but does so in a way that doesn't 'date.'
- Juxtaposition, juxtaposition, juxtaposition.
- Makes the personal universal, makes the universal personal."

...to name a few but they equal M.K. Brown!  

Gitmo1  

Meanwhile, on the serious side of things, Janet Hamlin's show Sketching Guantanamo is now open at the Univeristy of Richmond in Virginia for the next two months.

Gitmo2 

Much of the sketches from inside the court room in addition to paraphenalia and photos from the Gitmo base itself are on display. 

Gitmo3
For more on Janet's time there as the primary sketch artist, check out her book Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013, availabile at your local bookstore, library and our online store. 
Sketching Guantanamo
Meanwhile, Jacques Boyreau of Portable Grindhouse, Sexytime and now SuperTrash just had a month long installation at the PNCA in Portland. On a panel for the high-and-low-art show, Boyreau (second from the left) articulates how we are all creators and purveyors of trash art. The low brow or pop culture of today maybe the only thing that stands the test of time after many tomorrows.Supertrash 
Jacques will be appearing at Elliott Bay Books this Sunday at 3pm with a presentation about SuperTrash and signing copies of this assault on your senses. 

Supertrash

Supertrash Saw
Photos by Mario Galluci. 








OCD Extra: Starred Review for Doctors
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under OCDDash Shaw 28 Oct 2014 10:21 AM

This month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent release by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below:
Doctors
Doctors  
by Dash Shaw

Starred review: "With his signature spare, thick line work on display, Shaw pursues his twin main interests-stressed families and sotto voce science fiction-in his most audacious color exercise since The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century (2010) and his most eventful book ever." –Ray Olson, Booklist


Barks and Hanselmann: Still NY Times Best Sellers
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannDisneyCarl Barksawards 24 Oct 2014 3:20 PM
Seven Cities  Megahex
Congratulations are in order (again)! Carl Barks is on the NY Times Best Sellers list at #2 for his new collection Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge "The Seven Cities of Gold". The NY Times poses the question, "Will Uncle Scrooge and his nephews survive a trip to the lost city of gold?" We certainly hope so! But you'll have to read it to find out. 
 
Meanwhile, Simon Hanselmann's Megahex is still on the list, two weeks in a row, making it one 'hot fortnight' for the people at the funny papers. So the lesson? 2014 loves anthropomorphic characters, be they child-appropriate or not. Pick up a copy of these two great to hold, even better to read graphic novels today!
Nytimes

GOOD GRIEF! The Halloween Sale
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PopeyePeanutsoffice funmiscEC SegarCharles M Schulz 24 Oct 2014 11:40 AM
Halloween
Did you know you still have 13 hours left to pick out some spooky titles from our Halloween sale?! Details on all the titles for sale until MIDNIGHT PST tonight! With all that extra money you'll be able to make a wicked costume for your kiddos or self. Oh no...did you forget to make a costume for Scooter? Just a little black paint and sharpie and you can whip up a great Charlie Brown in no time (costume and kid by freelance editor Shawna Gore).
Charlie Brown 
Swee'Pea from Popeye is also another easy one (costume and kid by Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds)
Sweet Pea
Swee'Pea 
Gary Groth: Still a Genius
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gary Grothawards 22 Oct 2014 5:44 PM
Gary!
On Saturday night, founder and co-publisher Gary Groth received the Genius Award in Literature from Seattle alt-weekly paper, The Stranger. (Photo above by Kelly O. of The Stranger). His competition was fierce but the force of the movement he created when he founded Fantagraphics with Mike Catron and soldiered on with Kim Thompson created a form of comics so prevalent. Paul Constant interviews Groth yet again after the event on comics at the Stranger's Slog: "Pop culture has become so stupefyingly banal that it's caught up with comics. It's kind of terrifying when you think about it," states Groth in reference to the multiple superhero movies, TV shows and comics popping up from here as far as the eye can see. Picture below by Short Run. 
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Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds was present at the Stranger Awards and commented, "It was a great night for Fantagraphics and for Seattle, and even though Gary's been completely insufferable since Saturday night, going on and on about 'genius this' and 'genius that,' blah blah blah, we're extremely proud of the big lug."

Eric, Kelly O. and Gary
Genius Awards
 
Yes, indeed, we are so proud of Gary and happy to be a part of the everchanging landscape of comics, graphic novels and just damn good storytelling.  VIVA COMICS and VIVA GROTH!

DETROIT: Pat Thomas at the Jazz Cafe
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 22 Oct 2014 3:20 PM

Listen Whitey
DETROIT! Let's grease the wheels and get on down to the Jazz Cafe. Author Pat Thomas will be in Detroit on Wednesday, October 29th from 7:00pm-9:30pm at the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, reading from his book, Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 plus spinning rare "Black Power" recordings and showing unusual photos from the era. ML Liebler presents a special Detroit Tonight Live featuring Thomas that will also include special guests: poets Diane DeCillis & Dawn McDuffie plus fiction writer Brian Smith along with The Good Shepherd Poetry Blues Band. 

Thomas is also working a new book coming out next year called Invitation to Openness, a book of previously unpublished jazz photos of the 1960s and '70s by Les McCann. So feel free to ask him about it!
Les McCann
Jazz Cafe at Music Hall
350 Madison St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 887-8500 





AUSTIN: Tim Lane at Texas Book Festival
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Laneeventsart shows 22 Oct 2014 10:30 AM
Lonesome go Poster
This weekend is THE Texas Book Festival in the heart of the state, Austin, on the grounds of the State Capital. Tim Lane of The Lonesome Go and Abandoned Cars will also be in attendence and holding court. Lane is known for his dense cartooning of American legends and dusty Route 66 tales. Stark washes of white and black pools of ink draw readers to the page while the mystery and mayhem leave them fraught with distress at each page turn. Here's were you can find Lane during the festival:
Litcrawl  
Saturday, October 25th
Foxing Quarterly and Fantagraphics LitCrawl with Tim Lane - 9:30 PM
The Volstead Lounge at Hotel Vegas. Just like with Lane's signing at The Phoenix, he'll be doing recordings of Jackie's Blues so if you are an earnest musician of any instrument come out to jam or do a solo recording for his project. 
 
Sunday, October 26th
On Comics Panel- 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Beautiful, and at times haunting, pen-and-ink illustrations clash with the Great American Mythological Drama in Tim Lane's new collection, The Lonesome Go. Moderated by Danithan Mejia.
Location: Capitol Extension Room E2.028 
 
Immediately after Lane's panel you'll find him at the book signing tent signing The Lonesome Go. So please enjoy this free festival on the grounds of the capital and enjoy all the delicious food Austin has to offer whether it's the ever-present Torchy's Tacos, Aster's Ethiopian, or that beautiful white bean chili at the Texas Chili Parlor (mere steps from the Texas Book Festival. 
The Lonesome Go