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88. Buddy Bradley fromHate, Buddy Buys a Dump, etc. "For some, though, Bagge's early ‘90s hipster caricature was the closest comics got to depicting the world Gen X'ers knew, or at least the world they thought would make them look cool if they acted like they knew it. Through Buddy, Bagge bitingly dredged up the paranoia at the core of every ‘90s alt doofus." – Garrett Martin
35. Enid Coleslaw from Ghost World "Teenage girls, in particular, get the short shrift in comics as Betties and Veronicas, but Enid is spunky, dangerous and recognizably human. In Ghost World, Enid brings her glorious three dimensions to the trials of adolescence." – Hillary Brown
"His cantankerous, money-crazed persona is tempered by a sympathetic backstory from Barks, showing how the millionaire waterfowl earned every dime of his immense wealth through hard work and cunning. This simple setup has fueled decades of stories, the animated series DuckTales and, more recently, a new series of acclaimed reprints of Barks' classic comics by Fantagraphics." –Zack Smith
"Hopey is all spikes and broken glass - a kid at heart - and, as children are, often thoughtless, selfish and wild. That she manages to be completely endearing and relatable to the reader speaks to Hernandez's achievement in Hopey's characterization." – Hillary Brown
10. Maggie from Love and Rockets/Locas by Jaime Hernandez "Maggie's evolving, deepening emotions since 1981 make her one of the most realized and substantial characters in the entire comics medium. She's stereotypically feminine in many aspects - emotional, irrational, eats her feelings - but she also bends gender norms, as evidenced by her talent as a mechanic." – Hillary Brown
"To experience Maggie's story is to watch a modern comic-book master explore the potential of his craft, and The Love Bunglers represents a high point for both the character and her creator." -Oliver Sava, A.V. Club
Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three by Joe Daly, we join Millenium Boy, Millenium Boy, Steve, Nerd Girl and Lash Penis mid-digital-adventure. Dungeon Quest Book Three Issue 1 is available starting today at comiXology! Having penetrated the core of Fireburg Forest, our heroes find themselves in the pale limestone glow of the temple of Bromedes at the foot of the master himself...BROMEDES! The gang will learn a lesson when they enter a planetarium. $1.99 for all this F.U.N.
"Daly's parody of the trek adventure - the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon's Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games - is a kind of slackers' SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd... [and] magnetically amusing." - Ray Olson, Booklist
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.
298-page black & white 8.25" x 6.5" softcover • $22.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-763-5
"Charles Schulz was an innovative genius of American comics and also the marathon man, drawing strip after strip, writing the storyboards for the TV specials, creating a fantasy world that connected kids as well as adults, and all based on powerful iconic characters who express deep feelings of loneliness and resentment and despair." - Garrison Keillor, from his introduction
"We get to see Schulz figuring out what he wanted to do with this strip and how he wanted these characters to look and interact. Some of the kids, like Linus, Schroeder, and Lucy, start out as infants before Schulz decides to make them the same age as everybody else." –Rich Barrett, Mental Floss
Rolling Stone recently listed it's Top 50 Non-Superhero Graphic Novels and we made up 22% of that list (including a few books that we published and have been rereleased by others). If you haven't picked up one of these books, get steppin' to your local comic book store, buy one from the website, visit the library---you've go so many options! Picks by Joe Gross also of the Austin-American Statesman.
47Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco "Joe Sacco is one of the medium's premier journalists; that he has focused on war-torn regions makes his work feel that much more vital and impressive...Gorazde - is a great place to start."
44You'll Never Know series by C. Tyler "Tyler is a top flight memoirist, and You'll Never Know pulses with a maturity not often found in the medium."
43Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai "Never less than thoughtful and entertaining, Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most consistent comics around."
15Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks "His Donald Duck stories are a comedic blast, but his Uncle Scrooge stories are veritable silly symphonies of complicated plotting and intercontinental adventure. Need a master class in how to tell a great comics story? Read any Barks' Scrooge stories from 1950 until his retirement in 1966. It's all there."
5The Complete Crumb by R. Crumb "To ignore him completely is only to invite accidentally ripping him off; he's the Bob Dylan of the comics underground, and his work is embedded in the medium's DNA now."
1Love and Rockets by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez "Imagine the Clash or R.E.M. or Run-DMC not only never broke up, but, for 30 years, never once released a less-than-excellent record. Imagine their command of their craft just became more pronounced year after year, earning the unshakable admiration of their fans and peers. Imagine they made the best record of their career, 30 years on, this decade. This is essentially what Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez have done with Love and Rockets, the greatest American comic book series of all time."
This Saturday and Sunday, Fantagraphics is proud to table at Toronto Comic Arts Festival. TCAF is held at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) on Saturday May 10th - 9am-5pm, Sunday May 11th - 11am-5pm. Presented by the Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling comic store, this show is FREE to attend saving you those loonies and toonies to pay for great comics. We'll be at tables 119-120 down the main aisle of the library (or if you prefer, the first people to greet you as you prom-walk slowly down the steps from the atrium level).
Friday May 9th: 4:15pm-5:30pm Trina Robbins: The Great Women Cartoonists High Park Ballroom at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville - Trina Robbins is presenting the closing presentation at the Candian Society for the Study of Comics. All participants are welcome to attend and you can register for this special Robbins presentations here. Marriott Bloor Yorkville, located at 80 Bloor Street East (Bloor/Yonge Subway).
Saturday May 10 2:45pm-3:45pm: Spotlight: Trina Robbins
Writing, drawing, publishing, inspiring, Trina Robbins has done it all! Comics' foremost historian on women working in the comics industry, Robbins hasn't just written the book on women and comics-she's written several! Join Trina Robbins as she presents from her newest book, Pretty In Ink, followed by a moderated Q&A with noted journalist Joanna Draper-Carlson. Located at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville*
Sunday May 11 1:30pm-2:30pm: Non-traditional Design Inspiration! Where does inspiration come from? Meet four comics auteurs, each with a design sensibility which draws from across the history of the medium, and far beyond. Darwyn Cooke (Parker), Ed Piskor(Hip Hop Family Tree), Mimi Pond (Over Easy), and Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine) have all produced fantastic new books with unique visual styles and appeal, and they will be joined in a spirited discussion about inspiration and influence with Tom. Located at The Pilot 2nd Floor The Pilot is located half a block from Toronto Reference Library, at 22 Cumberland Street.
2:45pm-3:45pm: Comics Criticism What is the state of comics criticism today, in both the public realm and academia? Join some of the industry's top journalists, critics, and historians as they attempt to discern the current role, and state, of comics criticism. Featuring Trina Robbins(Pretty In Ink), Heidi MacDonald (comicsbeat.com), Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com), Jeet Heer (The Comics Journal), Keith Friedlander (University of Ottawa), and moderator Blake Bell (The Secret History of Marvel Comics). Located at The Marriott Bloor Yorkville*
*The Marriott Bloor Yorkville is located a 10 minute walk from Toronto Reference Library. There are three programming spaces in this venue, all located on "Floor 1", which is accessed by the elevators in the lobby.
Debuts: • Twelve Gems by Lane MilburnSomewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation, the mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes, to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. With wall-to-wall humor and action in Lane Milburn's debute graphic novel from Fantagraphics; this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year!
empty of meat and their minds empty of how to do their job. As customers arrive, events become increasingly disastrous. A surreal, debut graphic novella of horror and humor with one huge, hanging question. This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.
• Buddy Buys a DumpThe Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3 (2000-2013) by Peter BaggeHe's back! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump - because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge's iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era.
This 32 page floppy comic is a sweet & sour, sad & funny story that follows the adventures of Annie and Verti as they shoot homemade movies for YouTube, guerilla-style, and face some unexpected consequences. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits from the pages of Bust magazine! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials - too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc.
• Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (softcover)edited by Blake BellBefore Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, Ditko conjured horrors at his drawing table. Collecting over 200 spectacular full-color pages of pre-Code work from his first 2 years in the industry, edited by Blake Bell. Beginning with Ditko's very first story to Ditko's short stint in the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby studio, to Ditko's eventual encampment at the Charlton Comics operation in 1954, readers will see the initial works of an artist already at a level of craftsmanship that exceeded most of his peers.
So we'll see you there bright and early on Saturday morning. Team Fanta will be represented by Jacq Cohen and me, so come early and come often!
The Rhode Island School for Design is happy to have Janet Hamlin a guest speaker on Wednesday, May 7th in Providence, RI. Hamlin will be talking about her time as the official courtroom artists at the military tribunal of Guantanamo Bay, from 2006 until NOW. RISD is one of the premiere art schools on the East Coast and Hamlin will not only be speaking but giving a drawing demo the next day for the students.
Published in a book called Sketching Guantanamo, Hamlin's drawings and her accompanying text provide rare insight into the military courts of Guantanamo. Guantanamo Bay is one of the most carefully censored trials in recent U.S. history and these sketches are the only visuals the world is allowed to see. The lecture will take place at 4:30PM in the Auditorium at the Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI on Wednesday, May 7th.
New digital comics are out and available to download via comiXology and Sequential! Chill out, download some comics and enjoy them on the go, be you on the way to the beach, the bus home or freaking out at the dentist's office (which you can afford now that you don't have to spend as MUCH money on bookshelves).
Buddy Bradley's back in Buddy Buys a Dumpnbsp;from Peter Bagge! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump - because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge's iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era. Featuring stories originally published in the comic book series Hate Annual from 2000-2011, as well as an all-new 20-page conclusion to the story arc. Available at comiXology for $14.99!
Volume 2 of Unlovable continues with issue #2 "Dream Date". February of 1989 heats up as Tammy Pierce is building up her shrine of boyfriend-to-be Ken Olsen. Will Tammy give up her Debbie Gibson cassette for a mixtape of The Smiths just because Ken told her to?! Her best friend, Kim, just keeps chain-smoking and judging all the while. These 108 pages by Esther Pearl Watson are only $4.99?! Bestill my heart, comiXology!
Available at Sequential is Jaime Hernandez's The Love Bunglers. After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie's emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story), and eventually to love and contentment. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character Maggie around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular. $14.99 on the Sequential Comics App.
Sunday, May 4th • Los Angeles, CA: The Unlovable 3 Launch Party is at 5pm at Skylight Books. Cartoonist Esther Pearl Watson will be there to sign books so you can impress all the hotties at school. (more details)
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