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This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/27-2/3
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJesse ReklaweventsCharles Rodrigues 29 Jan 2014 9:13 AM

	The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues

Wednesday, January 29th

New York City, NY: The wonderful Society of Illustrators will host a special Happy Hour event in honor of the exhibit, The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues! The reception goes from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. A $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket, buffet included. (more info)

The Artwork of Couch Tag

Friday, January 31st

Portland, OR: It's your last chance to Jesse Reklaw's exhibit The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, at Pony Club Gallery. Don't miss it! (more info)

BlackIsThePoster

Saturday, February 1st

Seattle, WA: This Saturday finds rising star Julia Gfrörer signing the sensational new book Black Is the Color. Her story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a nefarious mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. (more info)

Los Angeles, CA: Stop by the Secret Headquarters table at the L.A. Art Book Fair from 3:00 to 4:00 PM for a signing with Paul Hornschemeier! Now's your chance to get his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors signed! (more info)


The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsCharles Rodrigues 8 Jan 2014 11:13 AM

	The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues

On January 7th, our friends at the Society of Illustrators launched the wonderful new exhibit, The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues!

Stop by and marvel at artwork by Charles Rodrigues, the sick mind behind some of the most outrageous, inventive, and offensive cartoons ever to appear in mass circulation magazines, including Stereo Review, Playboy, and (from its very first issue) the National Lampoon

They'll be hosting a Happy Hour and Reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, January 29th from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket, buffet included.

Can't make it this month? The exhibit will run through March 8th, so definitely check it out, and then check out our collection Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics, named one of "2013's Best Graphic Novels" by The Village Voice!

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street.

Ray and Joe

New Comics Day 10.9.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayMichael DowersCharles RodriguesCharles M Schulz 8 Oct 2013 3:00 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.

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1
by various artists; edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white/color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-657-7

"It's a rich resource for this strata of the industry... most of us would consider it a steal to get our hands on some of this material and all of the insight it contains, whether for use as a reference guide to handily keep on the shelf, or for adventurous consumers who desire a weighty sampler of the depth and breadth of what the world of self-published mini-comics has to offer. Grade A." -Justin Fogle, Poopsheet Foundation 

Ray and Joe

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics
by Charles Rodrigues
edited by Bob Fingerman  

184-page black & white (with some color) 8.25"x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-668-3

The Complete Peanuts

The Complete Peanuts 1989-1990 (Vol. 20)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-680-5

"The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz's enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could've hoped." - "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club 

19-20 box set
The Complete Peanuts 1987-1990 Gift Box Set (Vol. 19-20)
by Charles M Schulz

688-page black & white 8.5" x 7" x 3" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-681-2

 









Ray and Joe by Charles Rodrigues - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCharles Rodrigues 4 Oct 2013 1:03 PM

"Yes, there are cannibals, racially insensitive caricatures, cripples (let’s not dress it up with the politically correct terminology), bodily functions, etc. But the glue are the almost Beckettian scripts. or at least Ionescoesque. Rodrigues played with form often….  These are conceptual, writerly, formalist masterpieces.

"I refuse to analyze why, because nothing sucks the joy of out humor more than analyzing it. It’s like explaining a joke, and humor, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. That said, Charles Rodrigues created a whole lotta unbeautiful beauty and for that i am eternally grateful."

Bob Fingerman, from his Introduction

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics
by Charles Rodrigues
edited by Bob Fingerman

184-page black & white (with some color) 8.25"x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-668-3

In stock now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/rayandjoe


Ray and Joe by Charles Rodrigues - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCharles Rodrigues 3 Oct 2013 5:37 PM

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics
by Charles Rodrigues
edited by Bob Fingerman

184-page black & white (with some color) 8.25"x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-668-3

In Stock! See More Previews / Order Now

Fantagraphics is proud to announce the release of the first volume of another great, under-appreciated, quintessentially American cartoonist.

"Black as sin and decay and perversion" is how National Lampoon editor Tony Hendra described the work of Charles Rodrigues. By all accounts, this small, politically conservative, devout Catholic, was a good-natured dumpling of a man. But inside lurked an untapped vein of savage wit that only the National Lampoon saw fit to unleash. Given carte blanche by its young editors, Rodrigues produced a 20-year tsunami of hilarious self-contained comic strips, themed gag spreads, and serials that boggled the mind and challenged all sense of decency and propriety.

In this first-ever collection of his comics, readers are treated to the misadventures of conjoined twins The Aesop Brothers; Sam deGroot, a private detective in an iron lung (whose life actually gets worse when he is sprung from his enclosure); Deirdre Callahan, a girl so hideous that to look upon her causes madness and suicide; and the heartwarming (in relative terms) titular tale of Ray and Joe, the saga of a man and his dead best friend. Also included are his brilliant "biographies" of Marilyn Monroe, Abbie Hoffman, Eugene O'Neill, and others.

Rodrigues rendered his cast of grotesqueries and naïfs in a ragged, unpretty line within dense panels and pages, that perfectly reflects his uniquely bizarre, riotous and repellent world.

Charles Rodrigues may be gone and, if not forgotten, insufficiently remembered, and this collection will rectify at least one of those tragedies.

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Ray and Joe cover photo


Ray and Joe by Charles Rodrigues - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesCharles RodriguesBob Fingerman 26 Sep 2013 12:27 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics by Charles Rodrigues

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics
by Charles Rodrigues
edited by Bob Fingerman

184-page black & white (with some color) 8.25"x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-668-3

See Previews / Order Now

Fantagraphics is proud to announce the release of the first volume of another great, under-appreciated, quintessentially American cartoonist.

"Black as sin and decay and perversion" is how National Lampoon editor Tony Hendra described the work of Charles Rodrigues. By all accounts, this small, politically conservative, devout Catholic, was a good-natured dumpling of a man. But inside lurked an untapped vein of savage wit that only the National Lampoon saw fit to unleash. Given carte blanche by its young editors, Rodrigues produced a 20-year tsunami of hilarious self-contained comic strips, themed gag spreads, and serials that boggled the mind and challenged all sense of decency and propriety.

In this first-ever collection of his comics, readers are treated to the misadventures of conjoined twins The Aesop Brothers; Sam deGroot, a private detective in an iron lung (whose life actually gets worse when he is sprung from his enclosure); Deirdre Callahan, a girl so hideous that to look upon her causes madness and suicide; and the heartwarming (in relative terms) titular tale of Ray and Joe, the saga of a man and his dead best friend. Also included are his brilliant "biographies" of Marilyn Monroe, Abbie Hoffman, Eugene O'Neill, and others.

Rodrigues rendered his cast of grotesqueries and naïfs in a ragged, unpretty line within dense panels and pages, that perfectly reflects his uniquely bizarre, riotous and repellent world.

Charles Rodrigues may be gone and, if not forgotten, insufficiently remembered, and this collection will rectify at least one of those tragedies.


Ray and Joe by Charles Rodrigues - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsCharles Rodrigues 9 Sep 2013 1:40 PM

Are you of delicate, easily offended, politically correct sensibilities? Look away, my friend, look away. Coming in October, Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics collects classic National Lampoon strips by Charles Rodrigues in a classy-looking hardcover that belies the degeneracy within. A man cavorts with a corpse; a private eye conducts business from within an iron lung; a child ruins minds and causes havoc with her ugliness; conjoined twins put a new twist on self-loathing; and other weirdos get weird. 

Meet the titular characters (if you can call a cadaver a "character") in our free downloadable exerpt and pre-order the book right here.

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics by Charles Rodrigues

Ray and Joe by Charles Rodrigues - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsCharles Rodrigues 20 Aug 2013 1:10 PM

Ray and Joe cover

Ray and Joe pages

Charles Rodrigues took morbid humor to new highs (or lows) in the pages of the National Lampoon and elsewhere, and Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend collects his comics for the first time. In addition to the titular serial about post-mortem pals, the "Other Classic Comics" referred to in the subtitle star conjoined twins The Aesop Brothers (seen above); Sam DeGroot, the private eye in an iron lung; the mind-shatteringly ugly Deirdre Callahan; and other saps and miscreants. If you equate "outrageous" and "offensive" with "delightful," these comics will poke you right in your joy sac.

This hardcover volume will befoul shelves starting in October — stay tuned for more looks and info!