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Category >> Coming Attractions

Daily OCD: 3/18/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LanetelevisionRobert WilliamsreviewsMaakiesJasonDrinky Crow ShowDaily OCDComing AttractionsAl Columbia 18 Mar 2010 2:41 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Abandoned Cars [Softcover Ed. - Pre-Order]

Review: "It’s vaudevillian and it’s Old Hollywood. It’s rock n’ roll and beat poetry. It’s introspective and depressing and quite often funny, and depicts a world that exists on the fringes of society where the American Dream meets the cold, harsh reality of life as viewed through a grimy windshield. ... When you put all the pieces together, you don’t simply get a story or a group of stories, you get a book that pulls back the curtain on the collective unconscious of a nation. ... Like the myths that it is inspired by, Abandoned Cars lingers long after reading and grows in stature as you re-live and re-tell it." – Chad Derdowski, Mania

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days

Review: "Part of Pim & Francies disconcerting effect is that it confounds easy categorization, leaving the reader uncertain what exactly this book is, or how to approach it. It doesn’t contain discrete, coherent stories, but it’s also more unified and linear than a sketchbook; there are continuing characters, recurring images and situations, even a discernable arc. It’s possible to piece together narratives from the fragments here, the way you might reconstruct a crime scene from bits of evidence, or a nightmare from fading details. These stories may even be all the more potent for having to be inferred, like the phantasms we imagine when we listen to horror stories on the radio." – Tim Kreider, The Comics Journal

Conceptual Realism: In the Service of the Hypothetical [Softcover Edition -  Exclusive Bonus Signed Plate]

Profile/Review: Thought Balloonists' Charles W. Hatfield has a doozy of a report from Robert Williams's March 10 lecture at Cal. State Northridge, with plenty of insight into the artist, the talk, and the Conceptual Realism exhibit at the CSUN gallery: "Williams and his academic audience met halfway; the bracing, not to say ass-kicking, potency of the paintings seemed to wow most of the crowd. This was a fine performance, enlivened from the start by Williams' genuine gratitude and enthusiasm for being there."

Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason (not final cover)

Plug: Library Journal spotlights Jason's Werewolves of Montpellier among notable July graphic novel releases: "Having subjected zombies to the witty vagaries of his goofy, humanized animals, Eisner Award winner Jason tackles werewolves mixed up in re-creational burglary and romance. It’s the pretender vs. the professionals — who are not happy about amateur competition."

The Drinky Crow Show

Television: Adult Swim will start re-running The Drinky Crow Show starting March 30, so mark your calendars and set your DVRs now. Even if you caught it the first time, it merits repeat viewings

One more first look: Dungeon Quest Book 1 by Joe Daly
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJoe DalyComing Attractions 17 Mar 2010 5:13 PM

Dungeon Quest Book 1 - Joe Daly

Dungeon Quest Book 1 - Joe Daly

We thought we wouldn't get them until next week, but lo, the delivery man dropped off our advances of Dungeon Quest Book 1 by Joe Daly earlier this afternoon.

First Look: Take a Joke (Angry Youth Comix Vol. 3) by Johnny Ryan
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny RyanComing Attractions 17 Mar 2010 4:37 PM

2011 by Johnny Ryan.

Hey jeez, look what I just stumbled across on Johnny Ryan's Flickr page. Coming 2011 apparently. Dunno if this is a work in progress. Nobody tells me nothin'.

First Looks: Captain Easy Vol. 1, Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918, Weathercraft
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CranepreviewsKrazy KatJim WoodringGeorge HerrimanComing AttractionsChris Ware 17 Mar 2010 11:37 AM

The advance copies have been rolling in to the office all week and here's the lo-fi proof:

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 1: 1933-1935 by Roy Crane

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 1: 1933-1935 by Roy Crane

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 1: 1933-1935 by Roy Crane

 Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut by George Herriman

Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut by George Herriman

Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut by George Herriman (designed by Chris Ware)

 Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

We will, as is customary, be bringing you better-quality and greater-in-quantity photo and video previews in the near future. Our Twitter and Facebook followers are first to get these glimpses, so the impatient among you are encouraged to add us to your feeds there.

Still more ADELE BLANC-SEC! (Behind-the-Scenes Video)
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under videoJacques Tardihooray for HollywoodComing Attractions 17 Mar 2010 10:15 AM

Not sure exactly what the provenance of this clip is [ed. note: it's an official promotional behind-the-scenes video; Kim came across an unauthorized re-posting on YouTube, hence the mystery], but it starts off with some clever juxtapositions of ADELE BLANC-SEC panels and pages with clips from the movie version, and segues into some nifty behind-the-scenes shots, including a set visit by Jacques Tardi (you see him first at 0:48 watching as his wife Dominique Grange chats with Adele).

I can report that I have finished the translation of ADELE BLANC-SEC VOLUME 1 (which comprises the first two books in the series) and am just waiting to get the digital files from the publisher so we can start lettering. Sell your copies of the NBM version on eBay and reserve your copy at San Diego Comic-Con now!

New Adele Blanc-Sec movie trailer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJacques Tardihooray for HollywoodComing Attractions 12 Mar 2010 11:38 PM

Here's the new trailer for Luc Besson's movie adaptation of Jacques Tardi's Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec (hat tip to Boing Boing). Man that looks like a fun movie. As we've teased a bit in the past, our new translated editions of the Adele stories start coming out later this year. No U.S. release for the film has been announced yet, unfortunately.

More on manga, Matt Thorn speaks, link roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalShimura TakakoMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 9 Mar 2010 12:36 PM

Response to the news about our new manga line has been overwhelming.

Series editor/curator/translator Matt Thorn speaks out on his blog, providing a bit of background and a few more details about the two inaugural releases, Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and Shimura Takako's Wandering Son Vol. 1. Be sure to bookmark Thorn's blog for ongoing updates on the project. Meanwhile, The Comics Journal's Dirk Deppey, who was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition, uses his ¡Journalista! pulpit to reveal much more information and background about the line. Both links are must-reads for anyone interested in this project.

The Comics Journal No. 269

We'd be remiss if we didn't point out that the Deppey-edited "Shōjo Issue" of The Comics Journal, #269, with Thorn's feature interview with Moto Hagio, is still available and is indispensible to fans and newcomers to the genre alike.

We also want to point out that the cover images that we've posted and sent out, as lovely as they are, are still works in progress by Fantagraphics art director Adam Grano and will likely be revised before the final releases.

Various other blogospheric reaction and commentary:

Anime News Network shares our press release and comments on Moto Hagio's appearance at Comic-Con International this summer

Anime Vice's Gia Manry, who had the original scoop, offers her commentary

AnimeNation has a brief item

The Beat's Heidi MacDonald posts news and links and comments "to see Fantagraphics get involved [in manga] is a very promising development."

Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston comments with a typical firm left hand

• Kai-Ming Cha, manga editor for Publishers Weekly, has commentary and links at her personal Boiled Egg blog

Comic Book Bin posts the news

Comics212's Chris Butcher offers extensive commentary and concludes "Great day to be a manga fan."

CraveOnline's Joey Esposito reports

Sean Gaffney also comments and similarly concludes "All in all, a terrific day for manga fans yesterday."

Hypergeek re-posts our press release

I Reads You's Leroy Douresseaux posts the news

Icarus Publishing honcho Simon Jones has some great commentary, including: "Fantagraphics’ taste for artistic, compelling, quality comics, and the expertise of Thorn makes for an inspiring combination; Fantagraphics is a risk taker, with faith in art and willingness to see difficult projects through, while Thorn has the knowledge necessary to comb through and make sense of Shogakukan’s immense catalog."

ICv2 reports

Japanator's Brad Rice reports the news and comments "If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go die from happiness real quick now..."

Manga Bookshelf's Melinda Beasi reacts to the breaking news with the headline "Fantagraphics Makes Dreams Come True" and follows up with more details and reaction

The Manga Curmudgeon's David Welsh reacts and provides his own link roundup

MangaBlog has links and commentary

Robot 6 has a concise news item

Zona Fandom has the news en Español

UPDATE: Adding more links as they are found:

Forbidden Planet International blogs "We know Fanta as champions of quality comics work from around the world, so if they are putting their name to a new line then I’m interested..."

Newsarama takes note in a headline roundup

Otaku Champloo comments excitedly: "I’ve read some of Hagio-sensei’s works and Wandering Son in Japanese and I am infinitely happy how these mangas are finally having an English voice."

Shoujo Café has the news in Portuguese

• Dave Carter of Yet Another Comic Blog is "giddy" with the news

Here Comes the Son - Fantagraphics Starts a Manga Line
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagiomangaComing Attractions 8 Mar 2010 7:43 PM

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio

Wandering Son Vol. 1 - Shimura Takako

After years of development, Fantagraphics is unveiling a new line of manga. Kicking things off in September 2010 is a collection of short stories from the mother of shōjo (young girl) manga, Moto Hagio. Next, is a multi-volume series from the GLBT manga-ka Shimura Takako. Each book will be released in hardcover form, keeping the original "right to left" manga style for a deluxe, yet authentic reading experience.

The first book, entitled A Drunken Dream, is a collection of literary short stories by Hagio falling into multiple genres, created between 1971-2007. This tome travels through several of Hagio's most revolutionary and poignant tales that span over the years of her lush career.

In December 2010 comes one of the defining transgendered-centric manga, Wandering Son. Shimura Takako's ongoing series follows two young friends, Shuichi and Yoshino. These 5th graders struggle not only with puberty, but also severe identity issues; Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. The two find solace in their mutual confusion and help each other cope with their gender frustration while embarking on the complicated journey of growing up.

To celebrate the launch of the new Fantagraphics manga, Moto Hagio is making her first ever visit to The United States to attend Comic-Con International 2010 as a special guest. More details on a speaking event and panel at the con will be available soon.

Moto Hagio spearheaded the rebellious shōjo movement in the 1970s. She, along with a few other women, formed an artist collective called the "Magnificent 24." Influenced by radical youth culture of the '60s, American and British rock ‘n' roll, and European cinema, these women pioneered the shōjo genre and helped develop the artistic style that so many manga-ka emulate today. Winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award, Seiun Award, Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, Nihon SF Taisho Award and many others, Hagio has earned respect as a Japanese artist superstar and won the hearts of manga fans for the last 40 years.

Shimura Takako is a female manga creator living in Tokyo. Her focus on LGBT issues places her work in a space that's rocked out by The Gossip and on par with Alison Bechdel. Several of Takako's books have been honored with recommendations from the prestigious Japan Media Arts Festival.

For the record...
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagiomangaComing Attractions 8 Mar 2010 12:47 PM

Moto Hagio

...the story that Anime News Network broke and is spreading like wildfire is true.

We'll have a full announcement and press release as soon as tomorrow. Stay tuned, manga-lovers.

First Look: Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadComing AttractionsBill Griffith 2 Mar 2010 8:57 PM

Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg

Bill Griffith returned my Facebook friend request just in time for me to catch his post with the original to-be-colored cover art for his next Zippy the Pinhead collection coming later this year.