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.
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. The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte
64-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5
"Stechschulte's dark humour and claustrophobic art style make this an intense and disquieting read." –Frederik Hautain, Broken Frontier
"…readers take in something comics can capture better than prose, the blankness of a mind already gone…[Stechschulte's] approach to storytelling, eschewing large chunks of text that would allow for declarative statements of feeling, makes the vision of human nature in Stechschulte's work feel like it's defined primarily by furtiveness and secrecy." –Brian Nicholson, Splice Today
Guess who's coming for dinner and that dinner is CAKE?! Fantagraphics with a smashing line-up of cartoonists will be in Chicago May 31-June 1st for the next greatest thing in comic shows. The show is opening Saturday and Sunday this week from 11am-6pm at 3656 N Halsted.
Special Guest Tony Millionaire will be at a table RIGHT NEXT to our signing books all day, all weekend. The map on the site was a bit too tiny even for my magnifying glass soooo just look for us at table 6-7. Jacq Cohen is repping us and is usually dressed to the nines.
Panels Saturday 1-2pm Tony Millionaire In Conversation With Caitlin McGurk (This panel is sponsored by Comix Revolution)
For twenty years, Special Guest Tony Millionaire has been making waves with the seasick adventures of characters Uncle Gabby the sock monkey and Mr. (Drinky) Crow. Millionaire's nostalgic comics Maakies and Sock Monkey defy era and expectation, at once awesomely intricate and terribly crude, sometimes best for the tots and at other times for the sloppiest of sailors. Join us in a conversation with Millionaire and Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in an exploration of this pioneering cartoonist's career. Sunday 1-2pm Seduction of the Innocent with Tony Millionaire, Liz Prince, and Tucker Stone. Moderated by Marnie Galloway (This panel is sponsored by First Aid Comics)
Comics are still for kids?! While the comics medium has grown up in the eyes of the public, of course there are still creators making work for younger audiences. What is the inspiration for creating work for a younger age group, and how will authors stay connected to new generations who will be born in a world of digital entertainment? CAKE organizer and author of In the Sounds and Seas, Marnie Galloway will lead a panel discussion with the multi-faceted Special Guest Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), Liz Prince, author of the upcoming memoir for teens, Tomboy, and Tucker Stone representing Special Guest Nobrow Press.
REMEMBER: Tony Millionaire will be signing all damn day right next to the Fantagraphics' booth.
Debuts: • Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman & Will ElderOne of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics resulted in taut, gritty war stories. The team of Kurtzman and Severin was one of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics. Together with inker and friend Will Elder, whose own obsession for detail perfectly heightened the impact of every line, they produced 34 war stories in just under three years. This book includes: the Roman empire; the Revolutionary War; the American-Indian Wars; the Alamo; the Civil War; World War I (in the trenches and in the air); World War II (in the Pacific and in Europe, including the D-Day invasion); and the Korean War.
• Twelve Gems by Lane Milburnomewhere 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!
• The Amateurs by Conor StechschulteTwo butchers arrive at work to find their shop 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.
So come one and come all! Say hello to Jacq Cohen, working the booth, and special guest Tony Millionaire! The beautiful CAKE banner at the top was made by Chicago's own Chicago's own, Carrie Vinarsky.
May 31st-June 1st 11am - 6pm Center on Halsted 3656 N Halsted FREE!
Feel the no-love wash over as comiXology continues the serialization of Hate by Peter Bagge and Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Book 2where slobby chicks rule! In issue #11 of Hate, Buddy and Lisa hit rock bottom: their disgusting and pathetic behavior ostracizes them from all their friends, including the usually tolerant George Hamilton III, who moves out in a huff. In fact, Buddy and Lisa can't even stand each other, but they're all they have left now! This bitter orgy of alcoholism, desperate sex, and bad attitudes is only $1.99 for 25 pages.
"I love Hate!" - Matt Groening
Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Book 2 continues in Issue #3 "Bum Love". Tammy Pierce's grotesque-yet-glamorous lifestyle just keeps ramping up! Dreamboat Ken Olsen has decided to become celibate and for no reason at all, like really, Tammy finds her eye wandering over to Wayne Cummings. PLUS, time to get in shape with Tammy Pierce's workout routine. 102 pages of fun for readers 12 years old and up is available for only $4.99.
"Tammy's enchanting smile and dazzling eyes are a gift of grace from Esther Watson." - Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time
Next month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent releases by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez Starred Review: "Skillfully merging tragedy and serendipity, Hernandez brings the [Maggie and Ray's] intertwining stories to a satisfying, if hard-won, culmination. The simplicity of Hernandez's page designs and the elegant economy of his drawing style belie the thoughtful sophistication of his storytelling… Although The Love Bunglers certainly isn't a jumping-on point for new readers, fans who've followed Maggie's exploits over the years will find it a heartbreakingly satisfying achievement that leaves the door wide open for further chapters in this most rewarding and accomplished of serialized comics." –Gordon Flagg
Get your glitter and your cowboy boots, Esther Pearl Watson is a-coming home to Texas. Specifically, the spacious Webb Gallery in Waxahachie (remember when we visited a few years ago?). Esther's got a whole new line of paintings created just for this show and the opening reception is Sunday, June 1st from 4-7pm. She'll also be signing copies of her brand-spanking-new book Unlovable 3 starring the most endearing Tammy Pierce. Live in Dallas or Austin? Waxahachie is one sweet easy road trip away.
Can't make the signing? Contact
ahead of time to order your copy of a sketched-in and signed Unlovable 3! Below is a glimpse of the amazing Webb Gallery with their permanent installation of old carnival and freak show canvas signs juxtaposed perfectly next to Watson's paintings. Dog included!
Webb Gallery 209-211 W. Franklin Street Waxahachie, TX 75165 Opening Saturdays and Sunday, 1-5pm http://www.webbartgallery.com/
Jim Vadeboncoeur is one of our greatest comics historians and archivists, a mean publisher, whose ImageS magazine is a monument of good taste and curatorial excellence for the past 13 years, and a friend to Fantagraphics and consultant and contributor to many of our books, including Four Color Fear, Alex Toth's Setting the Standard, The Sincerest Form of Parody, Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture, and the gigantic George Carlson retrospectivePerfect Nonsense. He is currently running a Kickstarter to print Issue #13, a full color one, and is less than $2,000 from his goal! So as Gary Groth would say, "He's a good guy, so send him money now."
This week's offerings from the digital realm of comics. Richard Sala's DIGITAL exclusive comic, Violenzia, is now on sale along with his other available titles in the Sala Bundle on comiXology. You get Delphine, The Hidden, Peculia, Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires, and The Grave Robber's Daughter for only $24.99 saving you a total of 56%. That sounds like some dark magic but it's worth your time if the grim and gory are your kind of story.
The two Fantagraphics titles from Free Comic Book Day HAVE ARRIVED. More like Hip Hop Family FREE! This two-in-one comic by Ed Piskor was a hot item on May 3rd so a lot of you missed it. Fear no more, the digital edition is just as good AND *drumroll* just as free. For mature audiences only so please do a read through before passing it to kiddo next to you (did you know that kid also stole a cigarette from your glovebox?!). Something for kids of all ages is the Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: "A Matter of Serious Gravity". This is merely to whet your appetite for more of Don Rosa's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck series coming soon.
Meanwhile over at Sequential, they've rolled out the titles such as Today Is The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust. This too hot to handle title Ulli Lust's primal yet thoughtful graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life about a 17 year old's trek through Europe, no money, no extra clothes is ready to read digitally at Sequential!
Universally considered one of the very finest examples of the new breed of graphic novels coming from Europe, Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life won the 2011 Angoulême "Revelation" prize, and Fantagraphics is proud to bring it to English speaking readers.
Sequential also added to the Gilbert Hernandez train with Julio's Day,Amor Y Cohetes(along with Jaime) plus the best Abraham Lincoln biography you'll read pre-presidency by Noah Van Sciver: The Hypo.
PublisherGary Groth was the happy recipient of a chocolate cake this week as alt-weekly paper, The Stranger, let him know he is on a very short list of nominees for the Genius Award in Seattle. Gary's up against some fierce local competition in the literature category but he's held a guiding light for Fantagraphics and comics long enough for us to know he's a genius (read: crazy, mad genius). Fantagraphics' cartoonists Jim Woodring and Ellen Forney have had the privilege of being on the short list as well (Woodring won!) so Gary will have some good company no matter what.
To find out who the genius is you'll have to grab the summer issue of A&P-out June 11-to find out. The Stranger plans on hosting a series of interviews with Genius Award finalists at the Frye Art Museum in August and September, and the Genius Awards are October 18 at the Moore Theatre. They've promised other amazing performers and the Seattle Rock Orchestra! For free!
This weekend, masters of the comic art form, Peter Bagge and Ed Piskor are Special Guests at the Appleseed Comic Con in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Join the comics crowd at The Grand Wayne Center (120 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) on Saturday, May 17th from 10am-6pm and again on Sunday, May 18th from 11am-5pm.
On Saturday from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM check out THE HIP HOP/COMICS CONNECTION panel! "Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times best-selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40 year relationship between Comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bode characters painted on Trains, to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work."
Purchase a $10 day pass here before they sell out and go to the coolest con in Indiana!
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
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