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Jen Vaughn's Blog
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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.

New Comics Day 11.6.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Virgil PartchNew Comics DayGilbert Hernandez 7 Nov 2013 9:28 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. 

Maria M.

Maria M. Book 1
by Gilbert Hernandez

140-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-719-2

"I liked this one the best of the pulp-stories that feature the movies made by his character Fritz in the Palomar/Post-Palomar universe he depicts in Love And Rockets... An amazing year for Hernandez." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

VIP  
Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch 
by Jonathan Barli

208-page full-color 10.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-664-5

"a career long retrospective of a comic genius that is long overdue." -Andy Mansell, Heroes Online  

"A nice new treatment of the VIP work has been long overdue..." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

 




Barnaby in The Believer
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under pressBarnaby 4 Nov 2013 12:13 PM

Barnaby BELIEVER

The latest issue of The Believer, published by McSweeney's, has a very sweet drawing of Barnaby on the cover! You can grab a copy of it at your nearest bookstore or from the McSweeney's website yourself! Vol. II, Issue #9 features a fun cover by J. Otto Seibold and stories on Indiana's efforts to renew urban areas, the SoCal feminist art scene and more.

Barnaby and Believer

Wondering about Barnaby by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds? You have come to the exact right place!  Volume one of the little tyke running around and keeping his fairy godfather out of trouble during World War II came out earlier this year and volume two is in the works.

Barnaby

Hip Hop Family Tree on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskordigital comicscomiXology 30 Oct 2013 2:42 PM
Hip Hop Family Tree on iPad
Ed Piskor's first volume of the graphic novel that takes place in the past and is down with the beats, Hip Hop Family Tree, is available to read digitally on comiXology. The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium - the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture. Did you fall in love with Hip Hop Family Tree on BoingBoing or maybe this is your first foray into Piskor's well-documented universe.
 
Hip Hop panel 
One hundred and four full-color pages scream to be read. Plus, you get rapper and hip hop pinups by the likes of Brandon Graham, Jim Rugg and Jim Mahfood await you. Download Hip Hop Family Tree (volume one) on your reading device today for $18.99.
 
"This is the comic of all time." - Biz Markie 
 
"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 
New Comics Day 10.30.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve DitkoRobert CrumbNew Comics DayBlake Bell 30 Oct 2013 10:50 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.

Impossible Tales Vol 4

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-640-9

"I think [Ditko's] a foundational mainstream talent, and one of the interesting ones like Johnny Craig in that a lot of his influence is felt more directly in areas outside of conventional mainstream funnybooks. I could read him all day. And then the next day." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

"Ditko's distinctly off-kilter drawings and boldly potent composition" and the "meticulous restoration means that the stories look far better here than they did upon their original appearances." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist Online

The Complete Crumb Vol. 6

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6: On the Crest of a Wave (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

156-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-60699-683-6

"These are all must haves, and every positive vibe I emanated up the screen in the direction of Steve Ditko goes double for Mr. Crumb. This is pretty prime time material in terms of the material that made and kept him an icon in the 1970s, but then again, nearly all of these volumes has something. I admire Fantagraphics for their commitment to keep this material in print." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

 

The Complete Crumb 8

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat (New Printing) by Robert Crumb

144-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-56097-076-7

"The Complete Crumb series is especially useful in reminding us that Crumb has continued to evolve through the sixties. His more recent work is quieter and more literary... The most recent installment, collecting material originally published in Weirdo magazine, contains some of Crumb's best work." –The National Post  




Joe Sacco on The Great War Tour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeJoe Saccoevents 28 Oct 2013 3:50 PM
The Great War 
Joe Sacco's latest book is The Great War, published by our distributor W.W. Norton. This BEAUTIFUL book is actually one large illustration 24 feet in length. Get your self this beautiful accordian folded book today and catch Sacco out on the town(s) to get it signed.
 
Nov. 10th – Powell's Bookstore at 7:30pm, Portland OR
Nov. 12th – Los Angeles Public Library (Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library) at 7:15pm, Los Angeles, CA (with Gene Luen Yang and Charles Hatfield)
Nov. 14th – Town Hall at 7:30pm, Seattle, WA 
Nov. 18th – 92nd Street Y / Unterberg Poetry Center at 8:15pm, NYC (with Geoff Dyer)
Nov. 19th – McNally Jackson at 7:00pm, NYC (with Matt Weiland)
Nov. 20th – Politics and Prose at 7:00pm, Washington, DC
Nov. 21st – Free Library of Philadelphia at 7:30pm, Philly, PA
 
The Great War page 
 
Daily OCD Extra: November's Book Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under reviewsKim DeitchJim Woodring 28 Oct 2013 3:10 PM
Next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of two recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:
 
Katherine Whaley  
 
 
"The yarn Deitch spins around that outrageous premise includes surprisingly less of the supernatural and many more words than usual, which wrap around the panels and are carefully chosen to project the heroine's personality-that of a smart but unpretentious woman who once had an utterly fantastic adventure. Even more riveting than Deitch's other spellbinders." –Ray Olson 
 
Fran  
 
 
"the heightened emotional stakes are new: Frank's followers have watched him shrug off violent treatment with the resilience of a Warner Bros. cartoon character, but the loss of Fran seems more devastating than the worst punishment he's received at the hands of the devilish Whim."
–Gordon Flagg 
An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketslibraryJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 25 Oct 2013 9:52 AM

Love and Rockets 

 

 An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art 
 

Sat, Nov 16, 2013 7:30 PM
Mershon Auditorium 

A lot of fun stuff is going down during the weekend of Nov 14th - 17th for the Grand Festival of Cartoon Art, librarian and engagement coordinator Caitlin McGurk gave me the skinny. Join the great folks at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum  for a freewheeling conversation between alternative comics legends Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez as they discuss their groundbreaking series Love & Rockets and their ongoing stories about Latino and Latina life, love, and punk rock on both sides of the border. The event is part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Distinguished Lecture Series and the keynote event for the 2013 Grand Opening Festival of Cartoon Art. Moderated by Frederick Luis Aldama, Ohio State Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English.

Tickets are now available online and here's a handy-dandy link to the Facebook event page so you can invite all your closest kin and favorite friends for a fun comics evening. 

Fran on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringdigital comicscomiXology 23 Oct 2013 9:48 AM

Fran on iPad

Out the same day as in print is Fran by Jim Woodring, now out for your digital reading pleasure on comiXology. What is to become of the beloved trilobular chuckbuster Frank now that he has journeyed outside the Unifactor and met his soulmate, Fran? The answer is delivered here in devastatingly unpredictable fashion.

At 104 pages, this book is an absolute delight for $15.99 for Fans of Frank, connoisseurs of bizarre romance, and spelunkers in the radiant depths of graphic metaphysical psychodrama will want to add this singular cartoon adventure story to their lifetime reading list. Swipe yourself silly in Jim Woodring's crazy universe and fall into the Unifactor today.

Fran 

"...a simultaneous prequel *and* sequel to Jim Woodring's excellent Congress of the Animals from 2011, a book which seemed to shatter the cyclical exploits of the artist's Frank universe so as to provide an ending of sorts, though surely you want to know more about that nice friend Frank shacked himself up with for the denouement" -Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal 

Daily OCD Extras: Booklist Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under reviewsJasonGilbert HernandezFloyd GottfredsonDisneyDaily OCDBill GriffithAnders Nilsen 17 Oct 2013 3:30 PM
The last month's issue of Booklist reviewed recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below: 
Lost Cat
"…maybe the most romantic mystery scenario his lean, animal-headed personae have ever performed...Delicious...heartwarming, too." –Ray Olson 

"The high-spirited, adventure-seeking mouse in these vintage strips-a far cry from today's bland, domesticated version-makes it clear why Mickey captivated Depression-era
America." –Gordon Flagg 

The Children of Palomar  
"Hernandez's absence from Palomar hasn't dimmed his ability to bring its beloved characters to vivid life, and his visual approach, a skillful blend of cartooning and illustration, remains as distinctive and acute as ever. Fans who have missed Palomar will relish the chance to return there once again." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist  

The Dingburg Diaries  
"…just as in our world, there's more to life than consumption, such as breakfast and odd proclamations ("From now on all eyeglasses will be rectangular") from enigmatic locations, or possibly people. You can never really be sure. More than a bit like the surrealism of real life, but everyone wears a muumuu." –Ray Olson, Booklist

The End  
"[The End is] as intelligently written and beautifully drawn-whether simply or intricately-as anything else this front-runner in his generation of comics artists has done. The last piece ends in blank-paneled silence, bringing to mind Wittgenstein's famous proposition, "What we cannot speak about, we must pass over in silence." –Ray Olson, Booklist
 



















Ed Piskor at the Miami Book Fair International
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 17 Oct 2013 1:15 PM
HHFT

Ed Piskor 
is heading to Miami Book Fair International the week before Thanksgiving to give them ol' whatfor on a Making Music with Comics panel.  He'll be joining the likes of Fantagraphics' Peter Bagge, Paul Pope and Vivek J. Tiwary at 11am on Saturday, November 23rd to rock your socks off while jawing on about Hip Hop Family Tree.
 
Details to come on their website soon but feel free to grab your day planner, smart phone or recently shaved dog to jot down the details: 
 
Saturday, November 23
Centre Gallery (Room 1365-Building 1, 3rd Floor)
11 a.m.
Making Music with Comics
ED PISKOR on Hip Hop Family Tree and VIVEK J. TIWARY on The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, with PETER BAGGE and PAUL POPE. Moderator, JOAN HILTY.
 
Miami Book Fair