|COUCH TAG RELEASE PARTY at DESERT ISLAND|
|Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to see, Jesse Reklaw, Fantagraphics Bookstore, events||6 Dec 2013 11:51 AM|
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Join Jesse Reklaw, Desert Island's Gabe Fowler and and friends tonight at Desert Island for a rockin' good time. From 7 to 9pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his new graphic novel, Couch Tag, just for you! Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.
He'll also be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on December 14th while gracing the shelves of Portland's Floating World on December 19th! See you at every single location!
This week's comic shop shipment included 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.
72-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." –Sammy Harkham
"Gfrörer's most moving comic to date, Black Is the Color eroticizes suffering not to glamorize it, but to endure it. We're adrift; what other choice do we have?" –Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal
"This is Julia Gfrorer's fine-looking work, very idiosyncratically told in a way that makes you love cartoonists that take those opportunities and run with them." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
176-page monochrome/color 6.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $26.99
"[A] family's evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious." –Houston Chronicle
"…it's another work in a very strong year for Reklaw that included the short he did for Robyn Chapman. An autobiographical tale that gets increasingly unhinged, Reklaw's work also reminded me of some of the emotionally infused alt-manga I read this year: a really unique comics-reading experience." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
There's a lot of energy hidden, pent up, in Reklaw's older normal "square" cartooning style, and it's starting to bust out and become unpredictable, more like he is in person." –Kevin Huizenga
240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
A lot of those folks were very thoughtful artists, and this TCJ generated book can take you into what many of them were thinking." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
144-page full-color 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover • $49.99
"It's easy to toss around the word 'genius,' especially when it comes to comics. We all have our favorites and we all like to think ours are the great ones. But one look at Roy Crane's work and anyone can see that he definitely was worthy of the 'genius' tag." - Tom Mason, Comix 411
"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn't even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." –The A.V. Club
Our digital comics partner-in-crime, comiXology, has given us the gift of digital comics for the Kickstarter campaign! Any backer who spends over $10 on our Kickstarter will receive a download code for Richard Sala's newest comic, VIOLENZIA, and a coupon for 50% off any Fantagraphics title available on comiXology. New to digital comics? Don't be afraid. Violenzia's path of destruction is strictly virtual, we assure you, although when viewed through comiXology's high-def technology, it might be hard to believe.
There are still plenty of book to pre-order and some older ones that have been signed have just being added! Everything from Jaime Hernandez's The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. to Charles Burns' SKIN DEEP to BENT by Dave Cooper! Check it out!
Joe Sacco's But I Like It, Cathy Malkasian's Temperance, Steven Weissman's Chocolate Cheeks, Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, the list goes on and on! Grab a book now to secure your digital copy of Violenzia and 50% coupon today!
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.
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)
Doth your eyes decieve you!? Pray, is that a Linda Medley print? Pull out the smelling salts before one of us faints from beauty!
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 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 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.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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!
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, 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.
We've got music and books at the store but what about holiday movies? Larry recommends:
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013
by Trina Robbins
180-page color/black & white 9" x 12" softcover • $29.99
"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'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.
Also from The Blighted Eye and $150, Kim Deitch's “Hell.” A giclee print from a 25” x 18 ½” ink & watercolor masterpiece, 1985.
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.
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.
Thank your for your continued support and nagging your friends to contribute to our campaign.
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.
201 W 4th Ave
downtown Olympia Timberland Library
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The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108. Tel: 206-658-0110.