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Eleanor Davis at Takoma Park
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEleanor Davis 15 Sep 2014 10:46 PM

Takoma Park 
On September 15th, today, Eleanor Davis is a guest of the every lovely Takoma Park Library in Maryland, in conjuction with Politics & Prose. 

Her most recent book, How to be Happy, is the topic of discussion for this moving a personal presentation and discussion. With beautiful and different styles to match the mood of the story, this collection has grasped ahold of America and is almost sold out! So grab a copy before the librarians get the last remaining copy. As one of our staffers said, library events are the best events, so get some social capital at our nation's capitol!

How to be happy Eleanor!
Presentation begins at 7:30 pm.
Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Avenue
Tacoma Park, Maryland 20912
301.891.7259





Telegraph Gallery Event & Special Edition Hanselmann Print
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmanneventsart 15 Sep 2014 12:55 PM
Cute boyz
Tonight at the 'Cute Boy Alert' World Tour with Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle hits the Telegraph Gallery in Charlottesville, VA! From 6-9pm you can get the boys to sign not only your comics but a special edition print the gallery owners have made! 
 
The print debuted at SPX this past weekend. This print was designed in collaboration by all three amazing artists on the tour, and will be on display at all the stops on the tour - but is exclusively for sale at the Telegraph Gallery.
Megahex Lose #6 Distance Mover

Feelin' sad because you can't get to Telegraph tonight? Fear not, the great internet has convinced David to put the poster up online lest he be hassled and jeered at while on the street of his neighborhood. You can order one right here! 18" x 24" screen printed poster on 100# poster stock, ships bagged and rolled in a sturdy cardboard tube. 

Telegraph Gallery
110 4th St NE
Charlottesville, VA 22902  


Fantagraphics-Wide Sale at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under sales specialsdigital comicscomiXology 12 Sep 2014 3:40 PM
Comixology sale
There's only a few more hours to get HALF OFF of our digital titles at comiXology. To celebrate fall AND the best cartoonists in comic-dom, comiXology is having a line-wide sale of Fantagraphics titles that ends tonight at 11:59 EST. That's 8:59 PM for you West Coasters. Just use the code COMIX at the checkout. 
 
Get some sweet sold-out-in-print comics like Charles Forsman's The End of the Fucking World for $7.99 or Ed Piskor's New York Times Best Selling Hip Hop Family Tree for only $9.99!
TEOTFW HHFT 

Or how about some of Linda Medley'Castle Waiting or classic EC comics for the upcoming Halloween season like Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels? You can also gift comiXology purchases to people so get some birthdays and holiday stuff outta the way now! 
Castle Waiting  Sucker Bait


Fantagraphics at SPX 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannJonathan BarliJesse ReklawEleanor DavisEd PiskorDrew WeingDrew FriedmanConor StechschulteCharles Forsman 10 Sep 2014 6:57 PM
SPX
This year is a full blow-out at the Small Press Expo at Bethesda, Maryland. On Saturday, September 13th (11am-7pm) and Sunday, September 14th (Noon-6pm) prepare to be blown away by the sheer talent at SPX. Held at the grand Bethesda North Marriot Hotel and Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852), Fantagraphics has lined up an impressive group of cartoonists to shock and amaze you! Stop by tables W57-61, RIGHT by the front doors for the best graphic novels and comics of the show.
 
Saturday Signing Schedule 
11-12pm Tom Kazcynski + Jonah Kinigstein + Drew Weing
12-1:30pm Jonah Kinigstein + Simon Hanselmann
1:30-3pm - Eleanor Davis + Simon Hanselmann
3-5pm - Ed Piskor + Drew Friedman + Jon Barli
5-7pm - Conor Stechschulte + Chuck Forsman + Jesse Reklaw

Sunday Signing Schedule 
Noon-1pm - Eleanor Davis + Drew Friedman + Jonah Kinigstein
1pm-2pm - Eleanor Davis + Jonah Kinigstein + Conor Stechschulte
2-4pm - Simon Hanselmann + Ed Piskor + Drew Weing
4-6pm - Simon Hanselmann + Jesse Reklaw + Jon Barli

And bring your spiffiest clothing, we have a lot of books up for the Ignatz awards this year. You can vote ALL day Saturday and directly after the Ignatz Awards in the White Flint Auditorium, you are an invited guest to the Simon Hanselmann wedding. Yes, no gift needed other than your presence. From about 10-10:30pm, there will be live music, a full wedding party, tears and tissues everywhere!
The map 
 
The Panels
12:30 - 1:30 Sex, Humor and the Grotesque
Eleanor Davis (How to Be Happy), Julia Gfrörer (Black is the Color), and Meghan Turbitt (#foodporn) have all produced comics that touch upon events, experiences, sensations and feelings that contemporary social discourse often fails to engage in meaningful or productive terms. This group of artists will discuss the intersections of humor, anxiety, sexuality and parody in their work in a panel discussion moderated by Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine). White Flint Auditorium
 
2:30 - 3:30pm The Closed Caption Comics Legacy
In 2004 a group of students at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) formed the loosely-defined art group Closed Caption Comics, their collective activity centered around an eponymous comics anthology which ran for nine increasingly ambitious issues. Ten years later, the members of the group are productively focused on individual projects. Several of them will discuss their common roots and current work, including Ryan Cecil Smith (S.F. #3), Molly Colleen O'Connell (Strip Mall, Poety Unlimited), Noel Freibert (Weird Magazine), and Conor Stechschulte (The Amateurs). Moderated by Brian Nicholson. White Flint Auditorium

3:00-4:00pm Micro-Press and Beyond
For the past year, Robyn Chapman has been documenting the movement in comics towards very small publishing, otherwise know as micro-publishing. Robyn will briefly share findings from her upcoming publication (The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013) before speaking with a range of publishers-from the micro-press to traditional small press-to discuss how they print, sell, and distribute their comics. Panelists will include Chuck Forsman (Oily Comics), Keenan Marshall Keller (Drippy Bone Books), Justin Skarhus and Raighne Hogan (2D Cloud), and Anne Koyama (Koyama Press). White Oak Room
 
5:00-6:00pm Drew Friedman's Heroes and Vaudevillains
Drew Friedman is an iconic cartoonist and illustrator whose intensely rendered, caricatural work has appeared in RAW, Spy, The New Yorker, the New York Observer, and countless other venues. His Old Jewish Comedians trilogy of books celebrated entertainers who have attracted Friedman's fascination in a series of lush portraits. His new book, Heroes of the Comics, features eighty-four portraits of landmark figures from the history of comic books. Friedman will discuss his work in this special spotlight session moderated by Rob Clough (The Comics Journal). White Oak Room
 
6:00-7:00pm Inkstuds Live
At this year's SPX, two cross-country tours explosively collide! Inkstuds host Robin McConnell has taken his popular comics-focused radio show on the road with special guest co-host Brandon Graham in tow, in a series of live Inkstuds programs. In Bethesda, Michael DeForge (Lose #6), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) will kick off their own book tour live on stage as McConnell and Graham's special guests. White Oak Room
 
Sunday Panels
2:00 - 3:00pm Charles Burns Q+A
Charles Burns is among the world's most distinguished cartoonists. His work first gained notice in the pages of RAW Magazine in the 1980s. His meticulously drawn early stories reflected upon and transformed the tropes of historical genre comics. Burns then spent ten years drawing his graphic novel masterpiece Black Hole, which dissolved literal horror into the true horror of everyday life. At SPX he will debut Sugar Skull, which concludes the serialized narrative in his new trilogy of full color comics albums. Burns will discuss his work in a spotlight session moderated by Alvin Buenaventura. White Oak Room
 
2:30 - 3:30 Eleanor Davis: How to Be Happy
Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) will share an autobiographical presentation that will have something to do with finding truth in fiction and the strange passions inside an author/reader relationship. Moderator Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) will follow Davis's presentations with questions about her work, and will also take questions from the audience. White Flint Auditorium
 
Debuts 
Megahex Megahex by Simon Hanselmann -
Follow Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their friend Owl, and Werewolf Jones as they struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other. It's a comedy! This is the first collection of Hanselmann's work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the "classic" Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.
 
In stores now, $29.99
 
 
 
Bumf! Bumf Vol.1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Sacco has long been known and praised for his work in comics journalism, with such titles as Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer garnering widespread acclaim in The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Now, Sacco is returning to his satirist and underground cartoonist rootsThe acclaimed cartoonist returns to his underground roots, indulging his love of satire and cartooning in this free-wheeling one-man anthology that Sacco promises "will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do."
 
In stores November, $24.99.
 
 
 
hiphop2 Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor - Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop makes its big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. While many performers use flamboyant personas to stand out from the audience, a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy, with cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)!
 
In stores now, $27.99. 
 

boxset Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set Vol. 1: 1975-1983 by Ed Piskor  - To celebrate the critical success of the first two volumes of Piskor's unprecedented history of Hip Hop, we are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. Also included is the box set exclusive 24-page comic Hip Hop Family Tree #300, Piskor's elegant reflection on the ‘90s confluence of hip hop and comics, told in a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to that era's Image comics.
 
In stores November, $59.99.  
 
 
 
 

The Lonesome Go The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You'll witness a young man's dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern "Hoovervilles"

In stores October, $39.99 

Heroes of the Comics
Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman - Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits and essays lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman. Heroes includes the full spectrum of American comics pioneers and legends of the ‘30s to the ‘50s: publishers, editors, and artists like Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Bill Gaines, and more. It's a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America's greatest living portrait artist!"
 
In stores now, $34.99  
 

Jim Jim by Jim Woodring - Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work - comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings all centered around Woodring's cartoon alter ego. This fictional doppelganger has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are commonplace. Collected here for the first time, Jim is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.
 
In stores now, $29.99.
 

 
Gast Gast by Carol Swain - In rural Wales, Helen, an amateur bird watcher, investigates the apparent suicide of a "rare bird" named Emrys. Her attempt to learn more about Emrys turns into a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a hard-fought reconciliation with the world - as it is. Helen's inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences. A philosophically mature vision, uniquely executed by an artist wholly in control of her craft, Swain touches on issues of identity, transgenderism and isolation.
 
In Stores now, $22.99 
 

Doctors Doctors by Dash Shaw - This new graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button, BodyWorld, New School is his most taut book to dateDr. Cho's device, the Charon, allows entry to the afterlife to bring the dead back to life. But the dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want in their minds - what if they don't want to come back? Part science-fiction thriller, part family drama, part morality play for the 21st century, and quite possibly Shaw's best book to date.
 
 
In Stores October, $16.99.

 
Vapor
Vapor by Max - In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist - this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In stores December, $24.99.
 

by Richard Sala - A suite of related short mysteries and thrills, all depicted in Sala's trademark colorful watercolor washes and sharp, detailed line-work. Rising from the crumbling pages of some forgotten (and nonexistent) pulp magazine comes the diabolical villain Super-Enigmatix. Following in the bloody footsteps of master criminals such as Fantomas, Fu Manchu, or Professor Moriarty, Super-Enigmatix is ruthless, cunning, and thoroughly evil. In stores November, $19.99
 

An Age of LicenseAn Age of License by Lucy Knisley - An Age of License is Lucy Knisley's (French Milk, Relish) comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) tour of Europe and Scandinavia. Featuring her hallmark mouth-watering drawings and descriptions of food, Knisley's experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries - about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life - that many young adults will relate to. It's is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan.
 
 
 
In Stores now, $19.99 

 

Son of the Sun Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 1) by Don Rosa  - The Richest Duck in the World is back - and so are noisy nephew Donald, wunderkinder Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and rascally richnik Flintheart Glomgold! We're proud to present our first complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by contemporary fan favorite Don Rosa, who drew a whopping two decades' worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns! It's at a price even Scrooge would consider a bargain!
 
In stores September, $29.99.  
 

set to seaSet to Sea by Drew Weing - The cartoonist's nautical debut graphic novel gets a makeover for its paperback edition. A big lug and aspiring poet gets shanghaied aboard a clipper bound for Hong Kong and learns to live - and love - life on the sea. Every page is a single panel, every panel is a stunning illustration, every illustration a part of a larger whole that tells a story in the deft language of cartooning. In stores October, $14.99

 
Waiting for the Great PumpkinWaiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz - Linus and his wait for the Great Pumpkin have been a pop culture touchstone for nearly 50 years thanks to the animated television special ("I got a rock"), and it all started in the classic Peanuts strips from 1959-1962 collected in this affordable, fun-sized gift book.
 
 
 
 In Stores now, $9.99
 

Emperor's New Clothes
Emperor's New Clothes by Jonah Kinigstein - an 80 ­page oversized landscape ­format softcover collecting Kinigstein's political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. $30.00.
 

Fukitor
Fukitor by Jason Karns - Reprinted from the artist's self­ published zine, the book is a 144 page compilation of full color comics that reside uneasily between a straight and satirical response to the violence, xenophobia, and sexual and racial stereotypes found in pop culture.
 
In stores late September, $30.00. 
Fantagraphics Family Tour at Bergen Street Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannJesse ReklaweventsEleanor Davis 8 Sep 2014 11:26 AM
Fanta Family Tour
The time has come to play at Bergen Street Comics! As part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, this comics signings of the new gods is a 100% endorsed Brooklyn Book Fest Bookend Event.
 
On Saturday, September 20th at 8pm join Fantagraphics' cartoonists Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Eleanor Davis (How to Be Happy), Jesse Reklaw (Couch Tag) for one big shin-dig. Special guests also signing are Koyama Press' Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle, 2-D Cloud's Matthew Thurber and Mark Connery plus Alex Degen. Geez, we should send some corn and have everyone get to shuckin' at a ballyhoo!
 
470 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217 
www.bergenstreetcomics.com
 

Millionaire at Cincy, Rosa at Baltimore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireeventsDon Rosa 5 Sep 2014 10:40 AM
Cincinnati Comic Con
This weekend is gonna be so busy for the cartoonists of Fantagraphics. Some are getting ready for Brooklyn Book Fest or SPX but at this moment Tony Millionaire is ready to have a helluva time over at Cincy ComiCon in Covington, Kentucky. Right across the state line! Cincy ComiCon is located at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center at One West RiverCenter Boulevard, Covington, KY. Friday from 3-7pm, Saturday from 10-7pm, and Sunday from 10am -5pm.
Millionaire Sock Monkey Treasury
And over at Baltimore Comic-Con that starts today. 
BCC logo 
Friday through Sunday, September 5-7th, Don Rosa will be holding court with his always impressive display of Ducks work at Baltimore Comic-Con. You can find Don at booth 2510, which is along the leftmost side of the convention hall. The con starts in a few hours so get ready! Friday from 1-7pm, Saturday from 10-7pm and Sunday from 10-5pm. Baltimore Convention Center is located at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 (PRATT & HOWARD STREET ENTRANCE). And check out Rosa's newest reprint, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: "The Sun of the Son"  out is stores this week! 
Rosa Son of the Sun
New Comics Day 9.3.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayLucy KnisleyDon Rosa 3 Sep 2014 4:17 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.

An Age of License

An Age of License
by Lucy Knisley

196-page black & white with color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-768-0

"Like the best travelogues, An Age of License shows you what it would be like to visit a place while reminding you that you can never have the same experience...This book is more thought-provoking than her other works, demonstrating growth and a challenge to readers to think about these things in their own lives." –Johanna Carlson-Draper, Comics Worth Reading

"Knisley is a pleasurable picture-maker and there are hooks here in that she talks in forthright fashion about an affair she had while over there (a forthcoming book is about her marriage, which has to imminent) and she engages directly with the issue of privilege as it pertains to her ability to take trips like this one." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Don Rosa  

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun
by Don Rosa

208-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-742-0

"Rosa's comics may be the best comics ever done in the voice of another creator. They're very funny, satisfying yarns, and this presentation -- particularly the color -- is super-handsome." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter














NY Times Best Seller: How to Be Happy
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Eleanor Davisawards 29 Aug 2014 11:06 AM
How to be happy
Congratulations are in order for Eleanor Davis because for the THIRD week in a row, her new collection How to Be Happy is on the New York Times Best Sellers' list. This gorgeous book has to be seen to be believed but check out what everyone is saying about it. Grab a copy from your local comic shop, bookstore, our online store or your local library.
 
"Though Davis' tales can be wildly different in look and narrative, they are united by themes of yearning, of characters searching for the thing that will make their lives better." -Carolina A. Miranda, LA Times

"That's Davis' sensibility. In her roundabout way, she dramatizes not the prospect of happiness, but the promise of it. Her natural territory is found in all the funny and tragic effects of that promise." - Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
 
"This collection of short stories about people desperately trying to suppress or embrace or just somehow deal with all the difficult emotions careening around in their brain just underscores what those who have seen Davis' work in scattered anthologies already suspected: that she is a tremendous talent, and one of the smartest voices working in comics today." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6

"What's most noticeable when the stories are laid up against one another is her varied visual approach, adapting her style to best fit the material...The success of this collection suggests that short pieces are likely Davis' métier, but what's here is so accomplished that it's natural to hope for a book-length work next time out." -Gordon Flagg, Booklist
 



SAN FRAN: S. Clay Wilson to sign at Mission Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick Rosenkranzevents 28 Aug 2014 2:54 PM
Pirates
You heard right! THE S. Clay Wilson will be at Mission: Comics and Art signing copies of his new book Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1. Along with Pirates writer and noted historian, Patrick Rosenkranz, the guys will be signing copies on Saturday, September 20th from 2-5pm deep in the heart of San Francisco
 
Pirates in the Heartland features Wilson's work from underground publications such as ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares. So come on out for an afternoon of good times and great comics.
Pirates in the Heartland S Clay Wilson
Mission: Comics and Art
3520 20th St. Suite B
San Francisco, CA 94110
Ph. # 415-695-1545 
 


Labor Day Sale: 40% Off Select Titles
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoTrina RobbinsTony MillionaireStephen Weissmansales specialsR Kikuo JohnsonPatrick RosenkranzMonte SchulzMiss Lasko-GrossMegan KelsoJordan CraneFredrik StrömbergEsther Pearl WatsonDaniel ClowesCrockett JohnsonChuck ForsmanCharles M SchulzCarol SwainBen Schwartz 28 Aug 2014 9:29 AM

2014 Labor Day Sale

As the leaves begin to turn shades of red and orange (or fall straight off and green depending on where you live), backpacks are dusted off in preparation for a new load of textbooks, and we move into fall, we figure you could use some cause for celebration. How about our Labor Day/Back-To-School Sale? We've got great titles of all-ages, young-adult, and non-fiction titles at a whopping 40% Off from Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st!

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman 21

For your wee ones, how about our gift-sized, baseball-themed Peanuts book, Batter Up, Charlie Brown? Or, for something a little cheekier, there's Steven Weissman's Chocolate Cheeks. For the baseball fans who want a bit more history mixed in, try 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Unlovable Unlovable 2 Caricature

School can be anything you make of it, especially you don't give a damn. For the guy or girl that knows everything, try Unlovable 1 and 2 by Esther Pearl Watson. She may only break wind and not hearts, but Tammy Pierce is unstoppable. For some short stories from all walks of life, ugly and less ugly, grab Daniel ClowesCaricature, often compared to to Nabokov for their complex naturalism and sense of humor.

Ghost World  Celebrated Summer Night Fisher
Is cutting class altogether a common memory for you? How about a classic Fantagraphics alternative comic, sure to win even the most jaded of hearts: Daniel ClowesGhost World (now in its 20th printing) is for you. Already have it? Try the male version of Ghost World, Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman, that came out in 2014. Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson also follows the teenage trail of growing up and growing apart.

Giraffes in my Hair Mess Everything The Squirrel Mother
Cutting class was too weak? You just dropped out all together? Damn, you might enjoy Giraffes in My Hair, a Jack Kerouac-style story lived by Bruce Paley and drawn by his partner, Carol Swain, all about the summer of '67. On the cusp of flunking out with a drug habit, A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross, is an intense and raw look at her own high-school experience. If you're looking for more personal and semi-autobiographical comic stories look no further than The Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso. It also contains stories about the idea of America and American history, such as a trilogy of short pieces about Alexander Hamilton.

Rebel Visions Pretty in Ink Daniel Clowes Reader
If history is your school-time jam, then grab a copy of Rebel Visions by Patrick Rosenkranz, a history of the alternative cartoonists. Want something even more focused?  A history of women cartoonist will suit you just fine in Pretty In Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins. Or the Daniel Clowes Reader, featuring most of Clowes' work and papers on the overriding motifs and themes.  

Black Images in the Comics  American
Consider some new books about comics as an assignment for a graded discussion. Black Images in the Comics by Fredrik Strömberg walks through comics, old and new, to enlighten the audience about the hideous caricatures racism produces so that we may never stray there again. Best American Comics Criticism compiled by Ben Schwartz features the best essays on comics from Chris Ware on Rodolphe Töpffer, Dan Clowes on Mad's Will Elder, The Daily Show's John Hodgman on Jack Kirby and more!

Clouds above Barnaby 1 Sock Monkey Treasury

For those who wish to rise above it all and forget that school ever existed, The Clouds Above is an all-ages full-color romp with a boy and his cat by Jordan Crane. Meanwhile, Barnaby by Crockett Johnson plays with some imaginary creatures including his fairy godfather. Or for something that feels a bit older, more Victorian The Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire is for you.

The Last Rose of Summer 
Finally a little prose by Monte Schulz, the novel The Last Rose of Summer. With the Great Depression looming, three strong-minded women related by marriage form an uneasy household in a Southern town.

So clean up on some comics to read while the kids are out at school or to distract you from the textbooks you SHOULD be reading. 










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