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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 3.12.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 12 Mar 2014 2:50 PM

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.
Stranger Than Life
Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013

by M.K. Brown

248-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-708-6

"Brown has a natural feel for the kind of raised-consciousness-twist gags on which so much of the best panel cartooning depends after 1960, but she also has a unique sense of color and pacing and very sweet outlook on what people value and why that makes her longer narratives a joy." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Young Romance 2
Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics
by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

"...a testament to our culture's appetite for kitschy, kitschy love. The only surprise is that, somehow, these comics don't feel passé...Sexual attraction, like other forms of danger, is doled out in carefully measured portions. And that's really the secret behind romance comics' continuing retro appeal. Like their very first readers, we crave a paradox: Passion united with control." -Etelka Lehoczky, NPR  






NYC Movie: The Heart of Thomas
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Moto Hagioevents 11 Mar 2014 2:55 PM

Summer Vacation
(Image: Summer Vacation 1999 © 1988 Argo Pictures)

A student has committed suicide at a boys-only boarding school leaving only an enigmatic note behing. During the summer vacation of 1999, only three students remain and one day, a boy who looks exactly like the dead student shows up...

Starting this week, the Japan Society in NYC is hosting a film series titled A Tribute to Donald Richie, Part 2: Richie's Electric Eight: The Bold & The Daring. On Thursday, March 13th at 7pm the opening night film is SUMMER VACATION 1999 better known to you as The Heart of Thomas! The 1988 film adaptation of Moto Hagio's seminal manga is a must-see especially since they made the decision to cast young girls (14 to 15 years old) in the roles of the young men the books is based on. After the film is a yaoi party, so feel free to dress up like the students in The Heart of Thomas & Summer Vacation 1999 while dancing to a live performance by the high-energy glam jazz pop band Ideal Orkestra.

Ideal

"This profoundly romantic, beautifully realized independent production is one of the most original Japanese films of the year....One watches these young people, so young that a degree of androgyny is expected, and it is as though one is watching adolescence for the first time." –Donald Richie "New Japanese Cinema" report to Japan Society, 1988

Buy tickets here! Now! $15 for adults, $12 for Japan Society members, sassy seniors and students.
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017 

The Heart of Thomas

 

 



New Jim Woodring Brew and Linework NW
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringeventsart 11 Mar 2014 12:20 PM

Elysian Woodring brew Coming RIGHT UP, Elysian Brewing Company is releasing the new Jim Woodring Oddland brew: Ginger Berry Brown Ale! This new crispy brew features "a thicket of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry with a thorny touch of ginger." It joins the past brews like the Peppercorn Saison and Spice Pear Ale and on cold refrigerator shelves everywhere (and Charles Burns' 12 Beers of the Apocalypse from 2012).

Elysian Brewing Company will be tapping their Woodring Oddland kegs on Thursday, March 13th at all their Seattle locations so be sure to pull up a bar stool (maybe with your favorite Frank graphic novel like Weathercraft, Congress of the Animals or Fran) and enjoy the tasty collaboration between one of Seattle's finest cartoonists and brewmasters. Visit the Cap Hill location (1221 E Pike Street), Elysian Fields by the stadiums downtown (542 1st Ave S, Seattle), Elysian Tangletown up north by Green Lake (2106 N 55th St).

In other Multiverse news, we've been a-busting at the seams to tell you and Linework NW let loose the news of Jim Woodring appearing as a special guest at their show on April 12th in Portland, Oregon.

One of the all time greats of American cartooning and a legendary figure in Pacific Northwest arts, Jim Woodring is an accomplished illustrator and oil painter, and his creations have also been translated into 3D in the form of toys. He is best known for his surreal comic series JIM, from which sprang the iconic character Frank. You may also know him from his quest to create a giant, functional pen nib, which he'll be bringing to Linework NW!

Jim Woodring

A free one day convention, Linework NW will play host to many fantastic cartoonists selling their own comics, prints and zines in addition to some publishers like Fantagraphics, Foxing Quarterly, Koyama Press, Oni Press and more. And yes, we'll bring you guys some Ginger Berry Brown Ale for your tasting pleasure and the full Woodring experience. 

Woodring beer

SXSW Trouble Alert: Danny Bland reading in Austin
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDanny Bland 7 Mar 2014 5:33 PM

 

Danny

Just in time for SXSW, Danny Bland will be appearing at Hole in the Wall in Austin, Texas. He'll be reading a few chapters from his book In Case We Die on Saturday, March 15th at 8:30pm. Hole in the Wall is located on the main drag next to the University of Texas (2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705) and is a tiny gem in the town. So pull up a bar set, take a long pull from your Corona and relish in the deep gravely voice of a man who has seen the end of things.

In Case We Die

 



Kickstarter: Marching Right Along
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 6 Mar 2014 6:40 PM

Thank You

The rewards are rolling out as the books are rolling in this fine March! (THAT NEW PEANUTS BOOK!) Cards have been mailed! Stickers printed! Albums are currently being jammed to across the country! Prints are being framed and put on your wall! One lucky cartoonist spent the last week at SAW's Dash Shaw comics workshop! Human and animal portraits alike have almost all been sent out!

Portraits

Jason Sacks of Comics Bulletin ransacked our warehouse a few weeks ago during his shopping spree, he could carry A LOT.

Jason Sacks

FBI Mini Comics have been sent out to comic book stores, libraries and backers!

FBI minis

Employees and Gary Panter are painting the Custom Chucks for those of you with that reward. Here we model our own shoes and the ones Panter was sent. Are your feet actually that big or do you just want as much canvas as possible to be painted by Panter? Clever!

Chucks

We even taught Eric Reynolds how to SHAPE SHIFT for you.

Wanda

Okay, that might just be One-Eyed Wanda, office dog at her command station. Check out the sweet indicia featuring some of your NAMES (one of the rewards). The books start hitting stores in the next few weeks so get ready to impress the hell outta that niece or nephew.

Indicia

Some of the rewards have taken longer than anticipated for example, shirt printing (ordered!), Kim Thompson Memo Zine (it's gotta be right!), Spiegelman prints and the Love & Rockets Card poster (given it's thickness and largeness we needed some sturdier boxes, no jokes). We'll try to keep you updated as much as possible. We appreciate your patience as we get these rewards out as fast as possible while still putting together & printing all the books you love so much. We're also getting to your messages and yes, of course, if you move to a new place, city, etc. send us your new address! The FALL 2014 Catalog is also out now as well so get excited! Thank you again, all three thousand of you.

Fall 2014

(pardon the EC-worthy style pun up top)

Dungeon Quest continues on the comiXology path
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Joe Dalydigital comicscomiXology 5 Mar 2014 4:37 PM

Dungeon Quest #3

comiXology gets crazier as Dungeon Quest rolls on (and rolls another one). The serialized and digitized fun continues from pages of Joe Daly's full graphic novel Dungeon Quest: Book Two Issue #3. The gang forages for food and finds a little more than they bargained for: some new drugs! What friendships will deepen or be forever ruined by this new quest into the landscape of altered perceptions? Get the next installment for only $1.99 today!

"If you can laugh at your obsession while still poring over weapon and armor upgrades, the Dungeon Quest series should be on your couch next to the game manual and open laptop. . .It's absurd, engrossing, very adult, and pitch perfect." -Alex Carr, Shelfari 

Dungeon Quest hog
 
 
Tony Millionaire to appear at Portland's Floating World
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony Millionaireevents 5 Mar 2014 3:46 PM
Sock Monkey in Portland
The Tony Millionaire will be hitching a bus, elephant or small jet to Portland this weekend after the signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery to make an appearance at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon! From 6 to 8pm this Sunday, March 9th you can have the newest Sock Monkey Treasury book signed to you and your own Sock Monkey-lovin' kiddos. Maakies fiends, be sure to bring a copy of your own or grab one from Floating World (Green Eggs and Maakies being the latest). Come one, come all!
Sock Monkey Treasure
March 9th, 6-8pm 
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street
Portland, Oregon
503.241.0227 
New Comics Day 3.5.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJohn LineyInio AsanoGlenn Bray 4 Mar 2014 1:35 PM
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.
Henry Speaks for Himself
Henry Speaks for Himself
by John Liney (Henry created by Carl Anderson)
Edited by David Tosh

160-page full-color 7.6" x 10.45" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-733-8

Written and drawn by John Liney between 1946 and 1961, these stories prove Henry to be a combination of Dennis the Menace and Little Lulu, getting into and out of jams, in these marvelously antic, off-kilter, and occasionally downright surreal stories. Perfect for young and old alike.
 

296-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

"Inio Asano is one of the best new manga creators, hands down." - Shaenon Garrity, About.com

"Inio Asano is one of the great emerging voices in manga... [Nijigahara Holograph] is guaranteed to be one of the books of the year, and should help cement Asano's reputation." - ComicsAlliance
Blighted EYe

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection
by various artists

410-page full-color 10.5" x 12" hardcover • $100.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-695-9

"Glenn's fabulous collection and the stories that go with it is the kinda stuff you can't make up." - Jaime Hernandez

"Glenn Bray is the Great Curator of brilliant, overlooked pop culture, and this wild book is an eye-popping treasure for us all." - Matt Groening

 












New Digital Comics: The Sincerest Form of Parody & Zero Hour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under John BensonJack KamenEC Comicsdigital comicscomiXologyAl Feldstein 26 Feb 2014 3:04 PM
Sincerest Form of Parody
Finally, you can stop hitting yourself in the face in bed reading these large tomes! Fantagraphics and comiXology have released The Sincerest Form of Parody available for you to read digitally! Edited by John Benson, this collection includes the best and funniest material from the bandwagon-jumping MAD imitators, with work by Jack Davis, Will Elder, Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Jack Kirby and many more, plus expert commentary. Casual comics readers are probably familiar with the later satirical magazines that continued to be published in the '60s and '70s, such as Cracked and Sick, but the comics collected in this volume were imitations of the MAD comic book, not the magazine, and virtually unknown among all but the most die-hard collectors. For the first time digitally, Fantagraphics is collecting the best of these comics in an unprecedented collection for only $18.99.
 
"Some of these pieces can stand up to the best of Mad (or at least match the magazine's average), but even the stories that are clunky and unfunny are fascinating for the way they rip off Mad shamelessly, including all the asides and mini-gags that Will Elder once labeled Mad's 'chicken fat.' It's a testament to how quickly the innovative and subversive can become mainstream." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 
 
Also check out Zero Hour and Other Stories illustrated by Jack Kamen
Zero Hour and Other Stories  
With his wholesome approach, Kamen stood out amongst the grand-guignol grunge, gritty realism, or futuristic dazzle of his fellow EC cartoonists - but his brilliant editor/writer Al Feldstein found a way to exploit the surface innocence of his style with seemingly nice stories of romance gone horribly wrong, or future fantasies with an unexpectedly brutal twist. And nowhere did Kamen's clean-but-lush graphics work better than in the stories he created for EC's science-fiction comics. There are EVEN a few Ray Bradbury adaptations in this book, for only $22.99
 
Along with the full Zero Hour, we're offering three complete stories: Off DaySuprise Package and The Tripeach available for only 99 cents on comiXology! Go ahead and test drive Jack Kamen, we promise you won't be disappointed.  
Will Eisner Week: Paul Hornschemeier & Denis Kitchen
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 26 Feb 2014 11:37 AM
Will Eisner week 
At the invitation of Stephen Weiner, director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, MA, the Million Year Picnic comic shop will participate in Will Eisner Week as the Boston metro-area representative of the event. To honor Eisner's birthday, there will be a Q&A session between Paul Hornschemeier (creator of Artists, Authors, Thinkers, DirectorsMother, Come Home; The Three Paradoxes; the New York Times Best Seller Life with Mr. Dangerous, as well as the short story collections Let Us Be Perfectly Clear and All and Sundry) and Denis Kitchen (a cartoonist in the "underground comix" movement, he founded Kitchen Sink Press (1969-99) as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and co-authored three scholarly works on comics creators) on the anniversary of Will Eisner's Birthday, Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 7pm at the Cambridge Public Library.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge
Massachusetts 02138

Followed by a signing at The Million Year Picnic

Artists Authors Thinkers Directors