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Unless you happen to be in the inner circle of Fantagraphics you might not know that our publisher's son, Conrad Groth, spent the summer interning at MAD Magazine in NYC. In the latest issue of MAD, they wrote a little thank you to Conrad (on the left) and the other summer intern. He's working his way up, up, up! We're happy to have Conrad back on the West Coast though, with the knowledge he gained over the summer.
This week's kale and acai berry energy smoothie of Online Commentaries and Diversions:
"At times harsh, but always humane, The Lonesome Go hits you like a smack in the face. It’s a graphic novel in the truest sense, meant to be read as much as viewed. It’s a rich, substantial work by an artist and writer who is using the medium of comics to its fullest potential." – Harris Smith,comiXology
Review: "Disfigured hobos lurch from panel to panel into fresh horrors. The vintage hairstyles of the ‘40s, nude bodies, a prescription-pill driven freak-out climaxing in much vomit: whatever he draws, Lane’s heavily shadowed style is always a marvel. The nighttime scenes – which are most of them – rise from seas of black ink." – Bryon Kerman,St. Louis Magazine
Review: "This new book is a continuation of the types of themes and characters Lane first explored there: drifters, hobos, Americana, automobilia, early rock and roll and more. The narratives pay homage to the Beats, Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits, among others." – Seth Peagler, Heroes Online
"This book is terse and powerful in a way that would make Emily Dickinson green with envy. Never saying more than he needs to, Shaw does a commendable job showing us the story in "Doctors."" – Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
Review: "…what fascinates the Two Guys the most is the very premise of Doctors. It's a narrative that raises some profound questions, and it's one that might even work well in other media, such as adapted for television." – Comics Alternative Podcast Episode #102
"Every page is beautiful. Every joke is funny. Every character is a complete asshole. The book itself is a nice chunky hardcover with some good heft and a cover design that is made to resemble a DVD box set of a TV show." – Nick Gazin, VICE
"…the road less taken is what you expect from Swain, and with a bit of patience you got a great story." – Jason, cats without dogs
"Fantagraphics has done such an excellent job with The Carl Barks Library that this is hardly the ideal format for adults to experience these very same stories, but it is a pretty ideal companion format: Cheaper, more portable and more convenient, it offers an excellent introduction to some of the great stories of one of the greatest cartoonists." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal
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 Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane
296-page black & white/color 8" x 10.75" softcover • $39.99
"[Tim Lane] is part of the tradition of American authors, like Nelson Algren, John Fante and Raymond Carver, able to carve out small slices of down-and-out despair with sensitivity, perception and pathos, and, quite often, a touch of sinister, damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't humor." –Harris Smith, comiXology
"Visually, Lane seems to channel parts of Dan Clowes, Charles Burns and various American Splendor contributors. Lane's stories are admittedly dark, but also keenly aware that there is something inherently nostalgic about traveling America, alone or with complete strangers. The result is a book that is, like a road trip, as freeing as it can be unsettling." –Seth Peagler, Heroes Online
"[Doctors] reaffirms my faith in the importance of stories. Dash Shaw captures the complexity and contradictions of being alive, and places that alongside an incredible portrait of the art of survival, which we all practice with varying degrees of success." - Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
Broken Frontier's Frederik Hautain enjoys "how little genre boundaries mean to a restless experimenter like Shaw."
Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Box Set
by Ed Piskor
248-page full color 9.125" x 13.25" softcover • $59.99
"Piskor reconceives hip-hop's formative years as a vast collective awakening, a shift in consciousness, as if - as in the New York Dolls' "Frankenstein" or George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards novels - something happened over Manhattan, spreading mutant powers across the city and the world like a benign pandemic." –Alex Pappademas, Grantland
"A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there's a special secret ‘zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous. Ed's art is clear, full of personality, and utterly meticulous in how it is presented." –Alex de Campi, 13th Dimension
by Charles M. Schulz
64-page black & white with spot color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
"Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book." - The Comics Reporter
by Jacques Boyreau
220-page full color 8" x 8" softcover • $29.99
"[Editor Jacques Boyreau] has a knack for picking images; much like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and hardcore porn, Boyreau knows it when he sees it. And luckily, he shares it, this time from the visual-presentation experts of Fantagraphics Books - a match made in poster-art heaven." - Bookgasm
"Makes Antonin Artaud look like a picture of mental health." - Dr. K. Malcolm Richards, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Derrida Reframed: A Guide for the Visual Arts Student
Say it loud, say it proud, Ed Piskor is coming to San Francisco! The Isotope is honored to be kicking off their annual Alternative Press Expo APE AFTERMATH celebrations with Eisner Award nominee and New York Times best selling cartoonist Ed Piskor! 8PM to Midnight on October 4th join the party at the Istope along with DJ BEARZBUB.
Known for his historical graphic novel explorations like the fictional look at the early world of computer hacking WIZZYWIG and also THE BEATS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY with comics legend Harvey Pekar, Piskor's most recent works are exploding in popularity and also his most funky-fresh in the flesh boks to date... HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, documenting the birth and history of the early rap scene.
In honor of Mister Piskor we will be throwing a truly old school themed bash with SF's own DJ Grandmaster Bearzbub getting the party jumping with the best pre-1986 bodyrocking beats and Mixologist Kirsten Baldock serving up her unique maxin' and relaxin' libations based on Piskor's latest works. For your uprocking needs, be sure to prepare your crew with this great resource. And don't be shy about to breaking out your freshest gear... we suggest your furry Kangol buckets, your favorite Puma track-suit, your Carrera Porsche 5620 shades, and your Adidas shell-toes. See you then, b-boys and b-girls!
You know you wanna head out to this event after your first day at APE, The Isotope has their own posted harassment policy so it's straight-up polite from the moment you cross the threshold 'til you exit with signed book in hand!
1:45-2:30PM The Hip Hop/Comics Connections Panel APE special guest Ed Piskor, author of the New York Times bestselling series Hip Hop Family Tree, examines the 40-year relationship between comics and Hip Hop culture. The journey begins with Vaughn Bodé characters painted on trains, moves to cartoonists creating rap album covers, to rap artists creating comic books, and to the ultimate merging of the two cultures into Ed's current work. At the FIREHOUSE.
2:30-3:30PM Everyday Inspiration: What Inspires the Comics You Write? Inspiration strikes when you least expect it! APE 2014 special guests Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), C. Spike Trotman (Templar, Arizona), and Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage) discuss the origins of their own comics with moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), with a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process. At the FIREHOUSE.
5:00-6:00PM Spotlight on Robert Williams APE special guest Robert Williams (painter, cartoonist, The Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams) and Eric Reynolds (Associate Publisher of Fantagraphics Books) will discuss Williams's career, from underground comix legend, co-producing Zap Comix in the 1960s, to co-founding Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine in the 1990s.
6:00PM-7:00PM Teaching Comics: Academia and Sequential Art
3:15-4:15PM Dark Comedy in Comics Too soon? Not funny? Don't go there? Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Jason Shiga (Demon), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Shannon Wheeler (I Don't Get It) discuss pushing the boundaries of humor with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum). At the FIREHOUSE.
4:15PM Queer Cartoonists Panel The Queer Cartoonists Panel is back for its 11th not-so-straight year! A group of engaging and talented creators gather to discuss the art and business of comics, examine the complexities of LGBTQ identities, and answer probing questions from moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines). The star-studded cast: Maureen Burdock (Five Feminist Fables), Gene Guilmette (The Protector Corps), Sara Lautman (Macrogroan), Lonnie Mann (Thoughts from Iceland), Matt Wobensmith (Wuvable Oaf), and Rick Worley (Waste of Time). On top of all that, the recipient of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant 2014 will be announced! At the FIREHOUSE.
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Sunday, October 5
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to welcome an amazing array of accomplished cartoonists throughout the fall and winter of 2014, culminating with an appearance by one of America's most influential artists.
The action begins on Friday, October 10 with Danny Bland presenting his new book of haiku, I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do from Seattle's illustrious Sub Pop label. Bland will engage in conversation with equally accomplished Northwest author Jonathan Evison, followed by a reading, book signing and reception. The next night, Saturday, October 11, we host an international crew of incredibly talented cartoonists. Simon Hanselmann from Australia and Canadians Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will join American artists Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte in presenting their imaginative new works to Seattle audiences for the first time.
On Friday, November 14, in association with Seattle's Short Run comics and art festival, we present "Short Run Marathon II," an exhibition, book signing and reception featuring Tom Neely, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, Pam Wishbow, John Porcellino, and special guest Ed Piskor.
On Small Business Saturday, November 29, we celebrate the publication of Bruce Pavitt's new book Sub Pop USA, The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980 - 1988, which chronicles the seminal years of what would soon become an international pop culture phenomenon. The book includes the early issues of Pavitt's Sub Pop fanzine, his columns from The Rocket, and related ephemera, along with essays from Fantagraphics curator Larry Reid and K Records founder Calvin Johnson, who will DJ and perform music at the signing.
Saturday, December 6 marks the festive closing party for the "Short Run Marathon II" exhibition featuring Eroyn Franklin previewing her upcoming graphic novel, Dirtbag.
The bookstore celebrates its 8th anniversary in spectacular fashion on Saturday, December 13, as cultural icon Robert Williams presents The Complete ZAP Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing, kicking off a weeklong commemoration of this monumental achievement. We'll screen the documentary Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' on Sunday, December 14 at Northwest Film Forum, and on Wednesday, December 17 editor J. Michael Catron will give a slide talk on the history of ZAP. The festivities coclude on Saturday, December 20 with a tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread, and Jim Blanchard. We'll see you all soon and often!
Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:
248-page full color 9.125" x 13.25" softcover • $59.99
To celebrate the resounding critical and commercial success of the first two volumes of Ed 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. As if that's not enough, in addition to the two books and the slipcase itself, Piskor has drawn a 24-page comic book — Hip Hop Family Tree #300 — specifically for this boxed set that elegantly reflects the confluence of hip hop and comics, which was never more apparent in the early 1990s than with the famous Spike Lee-directed Levi Jeans commercial starring Rob Liefeld, who went on to create Youngblood and co-found Image Comics, not to mention ending up on the radar of gangster rapper Eazy E. Piskor tells this story as a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to ’90s Image comics.
This week's pumpkin-spiced, autumn-colored scrapbook of Online Commentaries and Diversions:
Lisa Hix over at Collectors Weekly sat down with Trina Robbins to talk about women in comics:
"Robbins knows something about the glass ceiling for women cartoonists because she first hit it herself in the early 1970s, when she tried to join the male-dominated 'underground comix' movement based in San Francisco. After the men cartoonists shut her out, Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women's-lib comic books."
"I like doing short stories because I am in turn impulsive and compulsive, and neither of those things are conducive to long projects. Comics, also, are very suited to short stories because of the incredible amount of information that can be delicately conveyed through them." – Zack Smith, Newsarama
"Like many kids who like to draw, Piskor was weaned on superhero comics. Before reaching his teens, he became enamored with the work of independent comics artists and authors, including the Cleveland Heights-based Pekar and his longtime artistic collaborator, R. Crumb." – Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh Magazine
"It’s a great story and Piskor tells it immaculately well." – Bill Adler (co-author, Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label)
"In Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree, readers get to experience the origins of rap music in a way like never before; they get to live it. They get to walk the streets of New York City, where in rented performance rooms with cobbled-together gear pioneers like DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash birthed a new art form." – Comics Alliance
"An avid lover of hip-hop music and superhero comic books from a young age, Ed Piskor has combined his two passions to create a remarkable reading experience…Hip Hop Family Tree imagines real-world events through the filter of 1980s Marvel Comics, bringing hip-hop visionaries to the page in a style that exaggerates their energy and style to capture the intensity of the music without having the beats." – AV Club
"The amount of research and history Piskor packs into this book is mind boggling." – Huffington Post
248-page full color 9.125” x 13.25” softcover • $59.99
Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:
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