"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
"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
Interview:Ed Piskor speaks with amNY about his best-selling series, Hip Hop Family Tree: "I want to make a comic that hip-hop people will read and then maybe give comic books a shot if it's not a normal portion of your pop culture diet."
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.
296-page black & white/color 8" x 10.75" softcover • $39.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3
"[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
96-page full color 6" x 8" softcover • $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-803-8
"[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."
248-page full color 9.125" x 13.25" softcover • $59.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-791-8
"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
220-page full color 8" x 8" softcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-738-3
"[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!
Ed Piskor @ Isotope Saturday, October 4th 2014 8pm - Midnight 21+ por favor
This weekend, October 4th and 5th, Fantagraphics will be tabling at one of the sunniest conventions of the year! APE, Alternative Press Expo, also has a new look to it. You'll find the convention center And you can bet your bippy you can find us at tables 331, 332, 333, when you enter just go straight up the middle aisle and we'll be on the left. The show is from Saturday: 11:00-7:00, Sunday: 11:00-6:00 so stop by our table and say hello to Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds!
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 Comics have entered the hallowed halls of academia in a big way! After decades of neglect and disdain, universities are finally engaging with the form on its own terms, with classes and programs geared at teaching students comics theory, history, and practice. What are the opportunities and challenges of teaching comics? How does our beloved, scrappy, DIY artform fit into this new world? What does it mean to both the comics industry and the academic world that graduates with MFAs and BFAs in comics are entering the workforce? Justin Hall (No Straight Lines) moderates this discussion with a dynamic group of teachers, students, and comics professionals: Trinidad Escobar (Dummy Creepers), Nathan Fox (School of Visual Arts), Maia Kobabe (The Thief's Tale), Alec Longstreth (Basewood), and Matt Silady (California College of the Arts). At the FIREHOUSE.
8PM-MIDNIGHT Ed Piskor is doing a signing at The Isotope (no, not technically a panel). So be there for the fun and music by DJ BEARZBUB! More details here . Sunday
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.
APE 2014 Alternative Press Expo Oct. 4-5, 2014 Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion 2 Marina Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94123
Covington, KY: Carol Tyler, noted cartoonist, and creator of the series You'll Never Know, will be giving a presentation at cultural/educational/theatre center, The Carnegie. Her presentation will be of interest not just to aspiring artists, but to those interested in the affects of war on the soldier, and their loved ones. Presentation is FREE, and runs from 7-8 pm, with a gallery of original work running the rest of the month. (More Details)
Tacoma, WA: Former Fanta Fintern, Michael Fitzgerald is embarking on new territory by opening Tacoma's newest destination store, Destiny City Comics. Right next to the popular book store, King's Books, Destiny Comics opens this day to bring the good folks of Tacoma more literary art offerings, like our beautiful Fantagraphics books. Pay them a visit, and support your local comic book store! (More Details)
Thursday, October 2
Minneapolis: Minnesota didn't have anything as cool as Boneshaker Books when I lived there, just a bunch of wild turkeys. But this day they'll be hosting a bunch of wild boys as our Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle tour makes it's way out West. Pop by this completely volunteer run beauty of a book store, from 5 pm until closing. It'll be rad! (More Details)
Friday, October 3
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit; a celebration of exploitative art and images in cinema, curracted by Jacques Boyrau, author of the upcoming book from Fantagraphics,Super Trash. The exhibit run in conjunction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland. Tonight's film is Streets of Fire, the rock n' roll-kidnapping classic from director, Walter Hill, the producer off all Alien/Prometheus films, AND the director of The Warriors. (More Details)
Saturday, October 4
Las Vegas (Baby!): Now that Gilbert Hernandez is joining our cute boys for their Vegas stop, I think we upgraded to the cute MEN tour. This all-star lineup of Hernandez, Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle has a slew of books and pens ready to sign your copies of Megahex, Lose #6, Distance Mover, and Luba and Her Family. Move on down to Cosmic Comics this Saturday from Noon-4 pm and pick up the hottest book of the year, while visiting with the hottest cartoonists of the century. (More Details)
Cambridge, MA: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE! It not only has the cutest name for a convention, but they have a stellar line up of guests for the free two day show at Lesley University. Some of those cartoonists include: Paul Hornschemeier, Emily Carroll, Box Brown, James Kochalka, and Raina Telgemeier. Tons of guests, panels, and books! (More Details)
San Francisco, CA: Many things could be said about the city by the bay: techy, expensive, foggy. But one constant truth is that it's played home to the underground comix scene since the '60s. And they bring it on home every year for Alternative Press Expo, this time hosting special guests like Bob Fingerman, Ed Piskor, and Robert Williams. And the ebullient Eric Reynolds will be facilitating signings, and selling our wares at booth 331-333. Buy badges online or at the door!
Sunday, October 5
Cambridge, MA: MICE is back for its second free day of independent comic goodness. And just look at that poster than our own Mr. Paul Hornschemeier designed especially for this event! The door are open from 11 am to 4 pm. (More Details)
Los Angeles: The boys of summer are hitting up trendy LA at the wonderful wonderful wonderful, Secret Headquarters. If you frequent Flog, I'm sure you have this tour memorized by now, so spread the word that starting at 5 pm, everyone needs to head on down to SHQ for the best night of their lives*. (More Details)
Seattle, WA: Musicians Bill Frisell and James McNew will be joining Jim Woodring onstage at Seattle Town Hall for an evening of spontaneous creation; while music is played, Woodring will create his surreal and mind bending artwork before your eyes, and project it onto a screen for all to see. Oh did I mention that tickets are only $5?! You can get them here, and then join us this Sunday at 7:30 for what can only be described as an experience. (More Details)
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!
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.
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
"Shirt-sleeves rolled up, bent over drawing boards, puffing on cigarettes, the heroes of the remarkable artist Drew Friedman’s new book aren’t super ones, they’re the (mostly) guys who created Batman, Spider-Man, Plastic Man, and many others." – Ken Tucker, Playboy
"Every name comes with a face attached, and Piskor’s nimble, deceptively goofy artwork imbues those faces with emotional life — hope, enthusiasm, fuming rage, determination." – Alex Pappademas, Grantland
"Using his compelling artistry — which builds on Mr. Piskor’s love of superhero comic artists as well as famed independent artists like Robert Crumb — he shows us how characters like Fab Five Freddy, a graffiti artist who early on sees the links between hip-hop, break-dancing and graffiti, and helps foster hip-hop’s growth." – Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh News
"Combining two decidedly-American art forms: the comic book and hip-hop into one cohesive work seems like a no-brainer. Maybe it just took a cartoonist as passionate and talented as Piskor to pull it off." – Louie Pearlman, REBEAT
"Simon Hanselmann is the prolific artist behind the sensational Megg and Mogg. The series has taken off, with much of his work now translated into French and Spanish, and more languages under way." – Sophie Yanow, The Comics Journal
"Fertig pays appropriate and articulate tribute to these films in his introduction and summarizes the appeal of each one in tightly-written tributes at the back of the book. This would make a great gift for any movie lover." – Leonard Maltin, IndieWire