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The BEASTS Go On...
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsBeastsart shows 8 Jan 2009 3:44 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the wildly popular BEASTS exhibition will be extended though February 4. Inclement weather prevented many from making the trek to Georgetown during the first weeks of the show. This extension will allow everyone to enjoy this delightfully ambitious display. Organized by Jacob Covey, this exhibition includes a diverse collection of colorful artwork by over 50 accomplished artists. (Click here for more information about the exibit.)

Paul Constant’s enthusiastic review in The Stranger observes, “The broad array of talent is impressive... I could go on for hours.” In a comprehensive feature in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch comments, “There’s nothing as satisfying to a reader as a detailed inventory... The visuals range from striking graphic design to comic-book gothic... which blend fantasy, pseudoscience and macabre wit to savory effect.”

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Join us this Saturday, January 10 until 9:00 PM for the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. See you all soon.

2008 Best-of List tally
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyWillie and Joewalt holcombeTim LaneThomas OttSteve DitkoSergio PonchioneRory HayesRobert PollardRebel VisionsRay FenwickPopeyePeanutsPatrick RosenkranzMomeMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLilli CarréKim DeitchKevin HuizengaJules FeifferJosh SimmonsJohnny RyanJohn Phamjohn kerschbaumJoe KubertJasonJaime HernandezHotwireGilbert HernandezGabriella GiandelliFletcher HanksDebbie DrechslerDash ShawDaniel ClowesBob LevinBlake BellBill SchellyBill MauldinBeastsawards 8 Jan 2009 1:53 PM

We've been posting these as we've found them, but here's a (slightly OCD) alphabetical list of Fantagraphics titles and whose year-end lists that they've appeared on, for your handy reference. (Links will continue to be added as we find them.) Rankings appear in parentheses; no number means the list was unranked:

Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane
Mark Athitakis' American Fiction Notes, "Favorite Books of 2008"
Alan David Doane, "Debut of the Year"
Inland Empire Weekly
Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (Honorable Mention)
Frank Santoro, "Top 9 of '08" (#2)
Marc Sobel (#2)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Amor Y Cohetes by the Hernandez Brothers
The Independent, "Best Comics"

Angry Youth Comix Vol. II #14 by Johnny Ryan
comiXology "Best Comics of 2008" (#15)
Jog - The Blog, "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" (#9)

Beasts! Book 2
Book By Its Cover "Best of BBIC 2008" (#5)

Beyond Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#17)
The Independent, "Best Comics"

Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
Amazon.com, "Best Books of 2008 - Top 10 Books: Comics & Graphic Novels" (#4)
Derik Badman, "Best Comics of 2008"
Tom Bondurant, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008"
Bookmunch, "Graphic Novel of the Year"
Matthew Brady, "Best Comics of 2008" (#12)
Box Brown at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun! "Fun Fifty of 2008" (#25)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#4)
Comic Book Resources "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#41)
comiXology, "The Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#3)
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#9)
Entertainment Weekly, "Best Fiction of 2008" (#5)
GraphicNovelReporter, "Best Graphic Novels of 2008"
Dustin Harbin, Top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" (#2)
I Love Rob Liefeld, "The Best Comics of 2008" (#2)
Tom Kaczynski
Largehearted Boy, "Favorite Graphic Novels of 2008"
• Minty Lewis at The Daily Cross Hatch
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Original Graphic Novel" (runner-up)
J. Caleb Mozzocco, "The Best Comics of 2008"
• Mari Naomi at The Daily Cross Hatch
New York Magazine, "The Top Ten Graphic Novels" (#2)
Brian Nicholson, "Best Comics of 2008" (#1)
The Oklahoman's Nerdage blog, "2008's best graphic novels" (#4)
• Shannon O'Leary at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
• Nate Powell at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (#1)
• Arthur Smid at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
Zack Soto, "personal 'best of/favorite' comics of 2008"
Aron Nels Steinke, "My Top Ten"
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top 100 People of 2008" (#81)
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top Comics of 2008" (#1)
• The Village Voice, "Pulp Fictions: The Best of 2008"
Washington Post, "Best Comics of 2008"
• Douglas Wolk, "Favorite Book-Length Comics of 2008" (#3)

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 by Charles M. Schulz
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#36)

Deitch's Pictorama by the brothers Deitch
Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama, "Top Eleven: Best of 2008"
Jeet Heer, "Best Comics of 2008"

Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler
Tim O'Shea, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008"

The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#7)
Alan David Doane, "Graphic Novel of the Year"
Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama, "Top Eleven: Best of 2008"
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Comic I Didn't Get Around to Reviewing" (runner-up)
The Oklahoman's Nerdage blog, "2008's best graphic novels" (#8)
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (#2, tied)
• Douglas Wolk, "Favorite Book-Length Comics of 2008" (#1)

Explainers by Jules Feiffer
Robert Boyd, "The Best Comics of 2008"
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#37)
• Joe Matt at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Collection of Previously Published Material" (runner-up)
• Newsarama, "Top 5: Best Archival Comics, 2008" (#3)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga
Box Brown at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#15: "the works of Kevin Huizenga")
Comic Book Resources "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#51)
"Comics Should Be Good: Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#4)
comiXology, "The Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#1)
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#1)
Dustin Harbin, Top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" (#7)
I Love Rob Liefeld, "The Best Comics of 2008" (#8)
• Jog - The Blog, "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" (#7)
• Bill Kartalopoulos at The Daily Cross Hatch
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Comic I Didn't Get Around to Reviewing" (runner-up)
Brian Nicholson, "Best Comics of 2008"
The Oklahoman, "Top 10 Periodical Comic Book Series of 2008" (#4: "the comics of Kevin Huizenga")
• Jesse Reklaw at The Daily Cross Hatch (#2)
Aron Nels Steinke, "My Top Ten"
• Jeremy Tinder at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
• Leigh Walton at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)

Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes
Alan David Doane, "Reissue of the Year"

Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#48)

Hall of Best Knowledge by Ray Fenwick
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#46)
Drawn! "Favourite Comics and Art Books of 2008"
The Cultural Gutter, "10 Comics I Liked in 2008"

Hotwire Comics Vol. 2
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#43)

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks
Mindless Ones, "Top Comics of 2008"

Interiorae #3 by Gabriella Giandelli
• Nate Powell at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)

Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons
Mike Carey at the Forbidden Planet blog
comiXology, "Best Comics of 2008" (#17)
• Joe Infurnari at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)

The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
• Jeff Lemire at The Daily Cross Hatch
Tim O'Shea, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008"
• Nate Powell at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (Honorable Mention)
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top 100 People of 2008" (#58)
USA TODAY Pop Candy, "Top Comics of 2008" (#6)

The Last Musketeer by Jason
J. Caleb Mozzocco, "The Best Comics of 2008"

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by The Hernandez Brothers
Johnny Bacardi, "2008 Personal 10 Best in Comics"
Robert Boyd, "The Best Comics of 2008"
Matthew Brady, "Best Comics of 2008" (#19)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#42)
Comic Book Resources "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#20)
comiXology, "Best Comics of 2008" (#11)
The Daily Blog, "10 for '08"
• Michel Fiffe at The Daily Cross Hatch
Jeet Heer, "Best Comics of 2008"
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best New Series"
• The OC Weekly, "The Year's Best Graphic Books and Novels"
• Publishers Weekly "Comics Week's Third Annual Critic's Poll" (Honorable Mention)
Frank Santoro, "Top 9 of '08" (#3)
Zack Soto, "personal 'best of/favorite' comics of 2008"
Rich Tommaso

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
"Comics Should Be Good: Top Ten Moments of Comic-Related Happiness in 2008"

Mome Vol. 12
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#29)
comiXology, "Best Comics of 2008" (#21)
Daily Vanguard, "Top 10 Graphic Novels and Comics of 2008" (#5)
• Jog - The Blog, "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" (#18)
• Jesse Reklaw at The Daily Cross Hatch (#5 - includes Vol. 10-11)
Marc Sobel ("the comics of Dash Shaw in Mome," #4)
• Douglas Wolk at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)

Most Outrageous: The Trials and Tespasses of Dwaine Tinsley and Chester the Molester by Bob Levin
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Book About Comics"
Marc Sobel (#3)
The Village Voice, "2008's Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia"

The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott
The SF Site, Rick Klaw, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#2)
The SF Site, Mark London Williams, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#5)

Perla La Loca by Jaime Hernandez
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#16)
The Independent, "Best Comics"
Zack Soto, "personal 'best of/favorite' comics of 2008"

Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#7)
Bob Fingerman at The Daily Cross Hatch
• Joe Infurnari at The Daily Cross Hatch (#5)

Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason
Matthew Brady, "Best Comics of 2008" (#16)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#35)

Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" by E.C. Segar
Dustin Harbin, Top 10 "Best Comics of 2008" (#4)
• Joe Matt at The Daily Cross Hatch (#2)
Chris Mautner, "Robot 6," Comic Book Resources, "Favorite Comics of 2008" (#1)
• Newsarama, "Top 5: Best Archival Comics, 2008" (#2)
Jeff Smith
• Frank Stack at The Daily Cross Hatch

Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz
The SF Site, Mark London Williams, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#1)

Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally
• Austin English at The Daily Cross Hatch (#1)
• Tom Neely at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell
Alan David Doane, "Comic Art Book of the Year" (tie)
Paul Gravett, "The Best of 2008 - Books About Comics"
The SF Site, Rick Klaw, "Nexus Graphica: Top Ten Graphic Novel or Comics Related Publications" (#5)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Best Books of 2008: Graphic Literature"

Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham
• Jeffrey Brown at The Daily Cross Hatch (#4)
Comic Book Resources, "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#72)

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman
Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun! "Fun Fifty of 2008" (#11)
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#24)
Comic Book Resources, "Best 100 Comics of 2008" (#70)
"Comics Should Be Good: Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#5)
comiXology, "The Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#8)
Same Hat! Same Hat! "Best X of Everything 2008: Comics!" (#5)

Things Just Get Away from You by Walt Holcombe
Mike Carey at the Forbidden Planet blog

Town of Mirrors by Robert Pollard
KEXP, "2008's Best Books About Popular Music"

Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#38)
Paul Gravett, "The Best of 2008 - Books About Comics"
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Collection of Previously Published Material" (runner-up)
The Village Voice, "2008's Best Comics, Clip Art, and Pedophilia"
• The Village Voice, "Pulp Fictions: The Best of 2008"

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin
Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#10)
• Shaenon Garrity at The Daily Cross Hatch (#3)
The Boston Globe "Out of Line" blog
• Matt Kindt at The Daily Cross Hatch
Chris Marshall at the Forbidden Planet International Blog (#2)
Chris Mautner, The Patriot-Ledger, "Moxie Awards: Best Collection of Previously Published Material"
Bram Meehan, "Top Ten Comics of 2008" (#10)
Ben Ostrander at The Comics Reporter

Daily links: 1/7/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoRory HayesreviewsBlake BellBeasts 8 Jan 2009 11:26 AM

Good grief, I forgot to post this yesterday! I'll have today's batch later today.

Paul Gravett names Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell and Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes two of the Best Books About Comics of 2008

The editors at Amazon put Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw at #4 on their list of "Top 10 Books: Comics & Graphic Novels"

• The Inkstuds radio programme presents a conversation with Mome contributor Robert Goodin

The Village Voice casts a favorable eye on Beasts! Book 2

The Phoenix name-drops Beasts! Book 2 in this article on cryptozoology

Daily links: 1/5/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Simon DeitchRoger LangridgeRobert PollardreviewsPopeyePeanutsMomeMichael KuppermanLilli CarréKim DeitchKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJaime HernandezDebbie DrechslerDash ShawCraig YoeBoody RogersBob FingermanBeasts 5 Jan 2009 12:39 PM

Michael C. Lorah's "Top Eleven: Best of 2008" at Newsarama includes The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez and Deitch's Pictorama by the brothers Deitch

• On Jog's "Twenty 'Hot Ones' from 2008" best-of list: Mome Vol. 12 (#18), Angry Youth Comix #14 by Johnny Ryan (#9), and Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga (#7)

Comic Book Resources' new multi-author blog Robot 6 presents their "favorite comics of 2008," which include Tom Bondurant's choice of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw; Chris Mautner giving Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" by E.C. Segar the top spot; and Tim O'Shea including The Lagoon by Lilli Carré and Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler

The Oklahoman's "top 10 periodical comic book series of 2008" places "the comics of Kevin Huizenga" at #4

In their "Bull Tongue" column for Arthur Magazine, Thurston Moore & Byron Coley check out Town of Mirrors by Robert Pollard and declare it "stunning"

Newsarama talks to Craig Yoe about Boody Rogers and our upcoming Yoe-edited collection of Rogers's work, Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers

Comic Book Resources' "Comics Should Be Good" spotlights the comics of Michael "Tales Designed to Thrizzle" Kupperman

LIT MOB looks at The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

The Northwest Science Fiction Society takes note of Beasts! Book 2

The Daily Cross Hatch presents part 2 of their 3-part interview with Bob Fingerman

• Douglas Wolk has started sharing pages from his convention sketchbook; here's Roger Langridge

• Looking for our books in Tokyo? When Comic Books Ruled the Earth recommends Tower Records in Shibuya

According to Boing Boing, "snoopy" is the 192nd worst password of all time (beating out "buddy" but just behind "chester")

One. Hundred. BEASTS!
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Beastsart shows 31 Dec 2008 9:03 PM

San Francisco, you will be overwhelmed. Details at the Beasts blog.

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Daily links: 12/31/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamBeasts 31 Dec 2008 1:32 PM

The Seattle Times casts a well-deserved spotlight on the often-overlooked writing in Beasts! Book 1 and Book 2

The Daily Blog's "10 for '08" includes Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Comic Book Resources, counting down the "Best 100 Comics of 2008," slots in Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham at #72 and Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman at #70 (with #60-1 still TBA)

The Beat presents the Metro's R. Sikoryak's Frank Miller's Archie

The Stranger points out a recent in-strip visit to Seattle by Zippy the Pinhead

New Comics Day 1/2/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayBeasts 31 Dec 2008 10:04 AM
Note that new comics are scheduled to arrive in comic shops on Friday this week, rather than the traditional Wednesday, due to the holiday. From us you can expect the new softcover edition of Beasts! Book 1 -- as always, you can find more info and previews of the book at the link.
Daily links: 12/30/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsLilli CarréJohn PhamBeasts 30 Dec 2008 1:40 PM

A shorty today:

The Oregonian presents excerpts from Beasts! Book 2

Angry Asian Man looks at John Pham's Sublife Vol. 1

• Here's a Lilli Carré illustration in The Chicago Reader (hat tip: Paul Hornschemeier)

Now in stock: Beasts! Book 1 (Softcover Edition)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBeasts 30 Dec 2008 11:17 AM

Beasts! Book 1 - Softcover Edition

Beasts! Book 1 (Softcover Edition)
By various artists; curated by Jacob Covey

After selling out two hardcover editions, Beasts! returns in a beautiful new softcover edition. Beasts! is a classic mythological menagerie, comprised only of creatures that were thought at one time to actually exist, depicted by about a hundred of the most acclaimed artists and cartoonists coming from the most avant-garde ambits of the art world. The Beasts project has fired the imaginations of luminaries such as Tony Millionaire, Souther Salazar, Jeff Soto, Dave Cooper, Tim Biskup, Seonna Hong, Jeremy Fish, James Jean, and Jay Ryan, who will present never-before-seen art completely original to this book, superbly laid out in breathtaking, full-color two-page spreads. Beasts! collects many of the best visual artists from the worlds of comics, skateboarding, rock graphics, science-fiction, children's books, commercial and fine art. The book is conceived and designed by Jacob Covey, lead art director for Fantagraphics (Dennis the Menace, Popeye, Willie & Joe, etc.) and a well-regarded designer and artist in his own right in the Northwest rock and arts community. Other contributors include: Amanda Visell, Anders Nilsen, Andrew Brandou, Art Chantry, Brian Ralph, Bwana Spoons, Dave Cooper, Deth P. Sun, Esther Pearl Watson, Jason, Jesse LeDoux, Johnny Ryan, Jordan Crane, Keith Shore, Little Friends of Printmaking, Marc Bell, Martin Cendreda, Martin Ontiveros, Mat Brinkman, R. Kikuo Johnson, Richard Sala, Sammy Harkham, Seonna Hong, Stan Sakai, S. britt, Stella Im Hultberg, Steven Weissman, Tom Gauld, Tyler Stout and many more.

200-page full-color 8" x 8" softcover • $24.99
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Daily links: 12/22/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsPopeyePeanutsPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJoe ColemanJack ColeFletcher HanksDash ShawBlake BellBeasts 22 Dec 2008 3:22 PM

Parka Blogs talks about the Beasts! Print Show

Iconoctlán reviews Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham (Google translation)

MEGATONik looks at Popeye Vol. 2: "Well Blow Me Down!" by E.C. Segar

Comics & Graphic Novels features The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Box Set

Sean T. Collins examines The Mystery of Woolverine Woo-Bait by Joe Coleman

Newsarama noted Jack Cole's birthday last week by recommending some books of his work, including ours

Newsarama also previews You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!, our next collection of the comics of Fletcher Hanks (coming next year)

Les Lectures de Raymond examines the French edition of Paul Hornschemeier's The Three Paradoxes (Google translation)

• Look for mentions of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and a couple more of our books in The Comics Reporter's "Five for Friday: Remembering 2008" reader-response post

• Similarly, there's a lot of our titles (too many to list here) on The Daily Cross Hatch's "The Best Damned Comics of 2008 Chosen By The Artists"


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