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.
This September 26th enjoy an "Evening of Literary Mayhem & Music" in New York starringDanny Bland, celebrating his new novel In Case We Die and Mike Edison, author of "I Have Fun Everywhere I Go" and "Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!"
The night couldn't be complete without featuring the World's Greatest Piano Player, Mickey Finn. And special guest DJ Eric Davidson will be spinning punk rock favorites and more! "Where is this?" screams everyone at once---creating such a deafening noise we wonder if you can possibly still attend because your ear drums erupted and, ew, it's kinda bleeding all over--It's at MANITOBAS! We'll see you there.
Thursday, September 26, 7 PM Manitobas 99 Avenue B (212) 982-2511 FREE!
IFP Filmmaker Conference - Inspiration, Action, Community! Sept. 15-19, 2013, Lincoln Center, New York City
Guess what? Your favorite cartoonist-cum-animator Dash Shaw will be appearing at the Filmmaker Conference the week after SPX. Here are the details, friends!
Whatever form your story takes, IFP's Filmmaker Conference showcases how great projects can connect with audiences and stand out in a crowded marketplace.
Presenting filmmakers and cross-platform innovators including Oscar-nominated producer Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games), filmmakerLucien Castaing-Taylor (Leviathan) and multimedia musician DJ Spooky, case studies of Fruitvale Station, Our Nixon, Comedy Central's Drunk History, Sound City, and interactive documentary Hollow, as well as "Blitz Wisdom" talks from street photographerJamel Shabazz, animator Dash Shaw, composer Peter Nashel, big data pioneers Harmony Institute, distribution advisor Peter Broderick, and the Walker Art Center's #CatVidFest.
For a more hands-on experience, the Conference also offers Live Pitch Workshops, submit your pitch today for a chance to get feedback from industry pros on how to make it more impactful - plus games presented with Upright Citizens Brigade and Meet the Decision Makers, cinematography workshop with Kodak, and small group meetings with tastemakers who can further your project! And new this year, #ArtistServices NYC presented by Sundance Institute, fierce conversations around the latest technology and trends in independent filmmaking.
Our good friends at Atomic Books have released the deets on their 6th annual burnin-down-the-house party the night before SPX at their store in Baltimore, MD. This party features Peter Bagge signing his calvacade of new books from 6-7pm and then readings from 7-1opm.
The readings will feature these superb cartoonists and their new books: MICHAEL KUPPERMAN (Tales Designed To Thrizzle) SAM HENDERSON (Magic Whistle) T. EDWARD BAK (Island Of Memory) BRIAN RALPH (Reggie-12) FRANK SANTORO (Pompeii) ANYA DAVIDSON (School Spirits) DAVID PLUNKERT (Spur Gallery)
Atomic Books also boasts a new bottleshop bar, The Eightbar (a particulary nice play on Dan Clowes' Eightball) will be open, serving local & craft beer, wine and sodas. Make sure you take a million photos of your face passed out on their kickass countertop.
And while in the bar, there is a print show by artists Andrea Kalfas and Jimmy Giegerich. Benn from Atomic also mentioned they are debutinga 3D photo booth in the newly expanded store." We scan you in and print out a 3D bust of you." SIGN ME UP.
And don't forget that on September 24th, Danny Bland, author of In Case We Die will have a reading and signing at their fine establishment as well!
Friday, September 13. Peter Bagge - 6-7. SPX-Plosion 7-10PM. Free. Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd. Hampden, Baltimore. www.atomicbooks.com
For more information, contact: Benn Ray (
The Brooklyn Book Festival is coming up for all you readers, writers and fans! A few of our cartoonists are coming up for panels AND we have one hell of a rager party planned at Bergen Street Comics! SIX, count 'em, SIX cartoonists will be at Bergen Street signing their newest graphic novels and minis. Saturday at 8pm at 470 Bergen Street---the place to be! Chuck Forsman, Leslie Stein, Ulli Lust, Ed Piskor, Dash Shaw and Tom Kaczynski will all be there. And so should you!
And then on Sunday, let the Brooklyn Book Festival commence! Below are the panels our cartoonists are on, please note that some are in different locations and please plan in travel time. For a full schedule, visit the Brooklyn Book Festival page.
12:00 P.M. The World (According to Cartoonists): Border Crossing Comics. Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve #13), Rutu Modan (The Property), Dash Shaw (New School), and David Prudhomme (Rebetiko) all explore characters crossing borders -national and personal, real and imagined. Discover how these award-winning cartoonists translate the world through art and story. Moderated by Kent Worcester. Featuring screen projection. ST. FRANCIS AUDITORIUM
1:00 P.M. Mundane/Profane/Profound: What We Draw About When We Draw Comics. Gag cartoonists and graphic novelists talk about the weird, wonderful, and sometimes shocking choices they make in their craft. Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America) offers urban fables where daily details lead to socio/political revelations. Lisa Hanawalt's sexy/snarky one-pagers in My Dirty Dumb Eyes hinge on the vulnerability of showing it all. Miriam Katin's thoughtful, witty memoir Letting it Go explores profound loss and forgiveness in the context of teeth whitening and stomach troubles. Ulli Lust's punk travelogue Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life lays bare body and soul. Moderated by Anne Ishii, translator, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame. Featuring screen projection. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)
2:00 P.M. The New American Dream: What is today's Great American Novel, anyway? Ayana Mathis (The Twelve Tribes of Hattie), Dash Shaw (New School), and Adam Mansbach (The Dead Run) give us glimpses into a new kind of American Dream: a fifteen-year-old mother of nine; a boy's island adventures in graphic novel form; and in one case, an American nightmare. Moderated by David Unger. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)
3:00 P.M. The Real: Comics Nonfiction. Three artists represent the diverse spectrum of topics taken on by nonfiction comics-Ed Piskor's Hip-Hop Family Tree offers an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop; Lucy Knisley's Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a loving memoir of growing up gourmet and Tom Kaczynski's Trans-Terra: Towards a Cartoon Philosophy is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics, and philosophy. Moderated by Professor Jonathan W. Gray, John Jay College. Featuring screen projection. BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AUDITORIUM (128 Pierrepont Street)
4:00 P.M. Lost and Found: The Journey Begins at Home. Where do we discover our truest selves, and what journeys-and what experiences-are ultimately the most transformative? From Prix Médicis-winner Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès's doomed expeditions through the Brazilian backlands (Where Tigers Are at Home) and Austrian graphic novelist Ulli Lust's recollections of a youthful romp through Italy (Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life) to Shani Boianjiu's fierce but wise coming-of-age tale set within the Israeli army (The People of Forever Are Not Afraid), life's lessons can be found in the most unexpected-and familiar-places. Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Goethe Institute. Moderated by David Kaufman, (Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Work) George Mason University. BOROUGH HALL COMMUNITY ROOM (209 Joralemon Street)
Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the debut collection of Joe Daly, SCRUBLANDS, the first book the company has published by a South African cartoonist. Daly's cartoons, offbeat, hallucinatory, and often hilarious, seems descendant from the substance-induced work of Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Victor Moscoso, and S. Clay Wilson, filtered through the artist's own unique vision and sense of the absurd. Stories alternate between full-color and black-and-white, and range from representational Jim Jarmusch-like scenarios to wild visual excursions, albeit linear ones.
Grab this 127 page book for only $8.99 via comiXology and get whisked away into some fine comics reading.
Charles Forsman's most recent graphic novel, The End of the Fucking World, is currently being filmed in England by Buchanan Productions in association with Film 4.0. Director Jonathan Entwhistle keeps putting up photos on Instagram and Twitter and we can't help it, we're freaking out! (check out how faithful the shot of young James' animal body count is to the page in TEOTFW)
Craig Roberts (from Submarine) is playing James, the psychotic teen, and we're excited from what we can see so far! Forsman told us there will be some changes since the pilot was cast with British actors (guess they're not going to Tulsa, darn!) but how much cooler could it get?
Grab a copy of The End of the Fucking World NOW before they are all gone. And they almost are! We'll keep you updated about the pilot and series.
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.
176-page black & white 5" x 6.5" softcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-667-6
"[It] pulls you in like no other comic this year. Stunning in its simplicity and brave in its subject matter. Charles Forsman is a future force. . . [it] is like stumbling onto the ultimate secret in comic books, but based on how great TEOTFW is, it won't be much a secret longer." -Eddie Wright, MTV Geek
"I enjoyed the work, and I think Forsman is a cartoonist to watch." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
In Case We Die by Danny Bland; illustrated with photos by Lance Mercer
248-page black & white 6" x 8.5" hardcover • $26.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-675-1
"Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness." - Dave Alvin (Blasters)
"A great piece of work - full of filth and heart." - Steve Earle
128-page full-color 12.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-651-5
"...this book Nudnik Revealed!, is a must-have for anyone interested in animation, cartooning or Gene Deitch. I especially recommend it to those currently doing storyboards." -Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research
"Deitch achieves what only the greatest cartoonist can - a deep spiritual resonance with minimal representation." - New York Press
Congratulations to Jason for landing on the New York Times Best Seller's List for his most recent graphic novel, Lost Cat. Translated by Kim Thompson, this 160 page beauty is crime noir at its finest, a story about how difficult it is to find a sister spirit, someone you feel a real connection to - and what do you do if you lose that person?
"Jason is one of the few artists (or writers) who can make existential aches seem droll, but it makes the smiles being provoked feel as honest as the ones we get when standing across from someone who makes the world feel a little less lonely." -David Barry, The National Post
BY CONRAD GROTH – On Thursday, August 22, about thirty people gathered in the Strand's Rare Book Room to hear Samuel "Chip" Delany and Mia Wolff discuss their collaboration on the graphic novella Bread & Wine. For the uninitiated, the comic tells the story of how a novelist's chance encounter with a man who had been living on the streets of New York City for six years led to a loving relationship that continues to this day.
As one might imagine about an author willing to divulge his love story, and an erotically charged one at that, Delany is an open man. More than open. As he recalled with a chuckle at the signing, he has been accused of "promiscuous autobiographizing." However, like his graphic novella, he is never gratuitous. This is because his decision to write about his own story was not merely born of vanity. When asked by an audience member about their decision to graphically depict sex, Wolff, the illustrator and close friend of the author, fielded the question. "I called Chip and asked him if we should put sex in it and he said-" at which point Delany finished her anecdote with an emphatic "Yes!" Delany went on to explain that he considered sex to be a natural and thrilling aspect of his relationship to his partner. He also expressed concern for adolescents who are taught to repress their sexual desires and hoped that his and Wolff's novella would play a small part in chipping away at the taboo of homosexual sex.
Often, as in the above quote, Delany and Wolff would finish each other's sentences. They seemed so comfortable around each other that it came as no surprise that they had met while in their twenties. They described the collaboration process as organic. The original idea came from letters Delany sent to friends describing his ongoing experience with his new lover, Dennis. Encouraged to write out the full story, Delany began to send pages to Wolff (an illustrator who had never before considered drawing a graphic novel), who would sketch and improvise. Soon, Wolff visited the lovers and took pictures for reference and probed for details. The intimate connection between them is evident in their collaboration, which comes together in a beautiful unity of word and image.
Though only two artists showed up at the event, the novella was the product of a trinity. Dennis, wary of crowds, remained home, awaiting Chip's return.
**Special thanks to The Strand's Emily Simpson for arranging the event and Blake Grindon for the photos.
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