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Summer vacation comes in May — at least it does for indefatigable teen loser Tammy Pierce, who's back for more hilarious humiliation and adorkable adventure in Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson!
In our downloadable preview, it's 1989, school's out, and it's time for movie rentals (Beaches or Terminator?), hanging out with friends (or not), trips to the mall, pining for last year's crush, getting lectured by Mom to get a job, giving makeovers, and busting a move at the old folks' home!
Based on an actual teenager's diary found in a gas station rest room, Unlovable brilliantly mines comedy from the everyday life of its awkward and oblivious heroine. Get in on the fun by pre-ordering today, and if you're late to the party, pick up all 3 volumes for a nice discount!
Thursday, December 19th
• Portland, OR: Don't miss a reading and signing with Jesse Reklaw at Floating World comics tonight! From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Reklaw will be signing copies of his graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite. (more info)
Friday, December 20th
• Chicago, IL: Lilli Carré debuts a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, part of the MCA's Chicago Works series, focusing on new work being made by emerging and established Chicago artists. She's created all new work for the show, including projected animation, works on paper, and a series of ceramic pieces. The show will be up through April 15th, but why wait? Go today! (more info)
• Mexico City, MX: Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd launch a stunning new art show, titled Challengers of the Unknown, at Guru Gallery Shop tonight! Come see Esther's glittered saucer paintings and collaged foil/pencil drawings. Mark will be exhibiting a group of new comic-inspired works, and debuting a limited edition zine with original drawings. (more info)
¡Ay, caramba! Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd have a stunning new exhibit launching Friday, December 20th in Mexico City!
The show, Challengers of the Unknown, features Esther's glittered saucer paintings and collaged foil/pencil drawings. Mark will be exhibiting a group of new comic-inspired works, and debuting a limited edition zine with original drawings.
Guru Gallery Shop is located at Colima 143, La Roma, Mexico City. Check out the opening reception if you're lucky enough to be in town, or contact the gallery directly if you are interested in seeing additional images and/or making a purchase!
Now that our Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, we're starting to offer our Spring-Summer 2014 books as plain old regular pre-orders. Our first batch is listed below, and more will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process). We've also set up a few discounted gift sets to help you save some bucks while building your collection. Be among the first to reserve your copies — hit those links to learn more about each title and start building your shopping cart!
344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $34.99
288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
Young Romance + Young Romance 2 Gift Set (20% off!)
416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
Unlovable Vols. 1-3 Gift Set — includes Vols. 1-2 Box Set + Vol. 3 (20% off!)
312-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $19.99
Love and Rockets Library: The Palomar & Luba Collection — includes Heartbreak Soup, Human Diastrophism, Beyond Palomar, and Luba and Her Family (25% off!)
112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
"Esther's consistently original, hilarious and heart-felt work evokes the travails of puberty with painful accuracy. After perusing Unlovable Vol. 3 we immediately broke out in zits and had clumsy beginner sex." — Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)
416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc. — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of high school through Tammy's naivete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable's universal humor and loser cast of characters. Tammy's life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and hilarious.For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book signed by Esther Pearl Watson while supplies last!
144-page full-color/b&w 7.5" x 9.875" softcover • $24.99
Eleanor Davis's How to Be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.
For a Kickstarter pledge of $35 or more, pre-order this book signed by Eleanor Davis while supplies last! Also available: exclusive t-shirt and (coming soon) prints!
(Fun fact: Esther and Eleanor are both Society of Illustrators medal winners!)
Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:
848-page black & white/color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
Price: $54.98 $43.98
Written, drawn, printed, collated, folded, and stapled the DIY way: self-published and self-distributed mini comics are the labor of an underground comics industry, a subculture that thrives and depends on the selling and trading of these handcrafted booklets. In this community, there are no barriers to entry, no profiteering, and no cookie-cutter normalcy; the only limits are what the hand can draw. For more than 40 years, these tiny tomes have been fueling the alternative comics scene, and Treasury of Mini Comics is a gigantic compendium of the world’s smallest comics from some of today’s biggest names. Experience a celebration of folded-paper creations from cartoonists such as Jim Woodring, John Porcellino, Leela Corman, David Lasky, Marc Bell, Roberta Gregory, Dylan Williams, Kelly Froh, and many more!
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