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Tammy Pierce Lives
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Esther Pearl Watson 10 Feb 2009 12:52 PM

Unlovable video shoot

From photographer Jennifer Juniper Stratford, behind the scenes at Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable video shoot, starring Leslie Hall!

Excerpt extravaganza: free downloads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMort WalkerMomeHumbugEsther Pearl WatsonDennis the MenaceBasil Wolverton 5 Feb 2009 11:35 AM

We've been busy bees making downloadable PDF excerpts available for several new and upcoming books. Unlike previously, when PDF previews were only available to registered users, these downloads are available to everyone (and of course they're free)! Download links are available on the product listing pages for the books listed and linked below. Try before you buy with these nice juicy chunks:

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1959-1960 - read all the strips from January 1959!
Unlovable Vol. 1 - preview the first 20 pages!
Humbug - see what the Humbug hullabaloo is all about by reading the entire first issue!
Mome Vol. 14: Spring 2009 - sample 15 pages, including almost every artist in the issue!
Sam's Strip - read the first full month of strips!
The Wolverton Bible - read the first 12 pages, comprising most of Genesis 1-6!




Daily links: 2/4/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jules FeifferJim WoodringEsther Pearl Watson 4 Feb 2009 2:31 PM

• Excerpt: Publishers Weekly has an 8-page preview of Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson

• Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch polishes off their 3-parter with Lilli Carré

• Things to see: The Daily Cartoonist has links to two vintage Jules Feiffer animations

• Things to see: From Jim Woodring, sketchbook pages and Manhog's back half under assault

• Things to see: On the Covered blog, Jon Adams's version of Woodring's Frank #1

Yes, we have no NYCC
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Paul KarasikEsther Pearl Watson 3 Feb 2009 6:58 AM

A lot of folks keep asking me if we'll have a presence at the New York Comic-Con this weekend. We won't. It's a ridiculously expensive show to exhibit at and travel to, even in the best economy. It's a lousy time of year to travel cross-country, weather-wise. So we're staying home and throwing a great party for Esther Pearl Watson this weekend instead.

But if you are at NYCC, we've designated Paul Karasik our official representative and you should go say hi to him: 

Sunday, 1:30pm, Panel Room 6 (1A18):
Comics and the Language of Visual Symbolism
Comics are able to communicate dense layers of narrative, emotion, and action in a manner that no other media is able. This panel will explore the way the cartoonists use pictures to tell their stories in a way that is unique to comics. Through the interrelation of art and text, comics makes a unique kind of storytelling possible. Four creators examine their own visual storytelling styles and discuss how their art influences the text of their work. Panelists: MoCCA Director Karl Erickson, Paul Karasik, Danica Novgorodoff, and Alex Robinson.

 

Now in stock: Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesEsther Pearl Watson 2 Feb 2009 4:21 PM

Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson

Unlovable Vol. 1
By Esther Pearl Watson

Loosely based on a teenager’s diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable details the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. This remarkably touching and funny graphic novel tells the first-person account of Tammy’s sophomore year in 1985, from the first day of school to winter break. 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 — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases).

In the epic saga that is Unlovable, Tammy finds herself dealing with: tampons, teasing, crushes, The Smiths, tube socks, facial hair, lice, celibacy, fantasy dream proms, gym showers, skid marks, a secret admirer, prank calls, backstabbers, winter ball, barfing, narcs, breakdancing, hot wheels, glamour shots, roller coasters, Halloween costumes, boogers, boys, boy crazy feelings, biker babes, and even some butt cracks. Tammy’s life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious.

Originally (and still) serialized in Bust magazine, Unlovable includes over 100 new pages created just for this edition, which is handsomely packaged in a unique hot pink hardcover format with sparkly blue glitter that would make Tammy proud.

416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $22.99
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Daily links: 2/2/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiTim LaneRory HayesreviewsPeanutsLove and RocketsLilli CarréJim WoodringJaime HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreEsther Pearl WatsonDavid BDash ShawDaniel ClowesCharles M Schulz 2 Feb 2009 2:10 PM

The comics blogosphere does not rest for Super Bowl weekend:

• List: Brick Weekly has 4 "Top 10 Comics of 2008" lists on which Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw and The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring appear multiple times

• List: The Comics Reporter asked readers to "Name Five Favorite Single-Issue Alternative/Independent Comic Books" and lots of folks chose Fantagraphics stuff

• Review: Fictions looks at Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez

• Review: Rob Clough says Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes is "a stunning retrospective that seems remarkably fresh today"

• Blurb: USA Today Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson names Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable the "Best thing I read" last week; she's also reading the current issue of The Comics Journal

• Analysis: At Blog Flume, Ken Parille examines Schulz's use of varied settings in some early Peanuts strips

• Interview: Watch this episode of Canapé, from NYC cable channel CUNY, for a segment on David B. 's recent stop in NYC

• Interview: Robot 6 talks to Lilli Carré about The Lagoon

• Interview: Newsarama talks to our latest Mome signing, Noah Van Sciver

• Events: Sacha Peet is excited for Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable art show and book signing at our storefront this Saturday, and so should you be

• Things to see: At Liberation.fr, here's what appears to be a promotional video for a French edition of Eightball by Daniel Clowes

• Things to see: Another new story page from Tim Lane

• Things to see: More "Doodle Dump" and rock sketches from Tom Kaczynski

Esther Watson's Gallery Talk Tuesday
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 2 Feb 2009 8:01 AM

Esther Pearl Watson
Gallery Talk

Visions of the Future
View the exhibit

LECTURE
DATE: Tuesday, February 3, 2009
TIME: 7:45pm
LOCATION: Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

Admission is free!
Exhibition continues through February 10, 2009.






Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Announces Winter/Spring 09 Schedule
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionaireStan SakaiJasonJaime HernandezHumbugFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonDame Darcy 30 Jan 2009 11:28 AM
Mark your calendars: An exciting offering of diverse exhibitions, performances and signings are on tap in the coming months at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle. These and other lively events will keep the space jumpin' into the summer.

Esther Pearl Watson
UNLOVABLE
Opening reception and book signing Saturday, February 7, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through March 4, 2009
(more event info)

HUMBUG
Original art, artifacts and ephemera from Harvey Kurtzman's classic humor magazine.
Public preview Saturday, March 7, 11:30 to 8:00 PM
Exhibition continues through April Fools Day, 2009
(more about Humbug)

Dame Darcy
Music performance and book signing
Saturday, March 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
(more about Dame Darcy)

Jaime Hernandez and Stan Sakai
Original art by two masters of the medium.
Opening reception and book signing Saturday, April 4, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through May 6, 2009
(more about Jaime Hernandez and Stan Sakai)

Tony Millionaire
DRINKY CROW
Opening reception and book signing Saturday, May 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through June 10, 2009
(more about Tony Millionaire)

JASON
Opening reception and book signing Saturday, June 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through July 8, 2009
(more about Jason)

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle's Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.





















First look: Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesEsther Pearl Watson 23 Jan 2009 11:41 AM

Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson

Sweet baby Jane! We just barely got Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable Vol. 1 out the door, and now we've got the cover for Vol. 2 to show you! This one will feature pink glitter and I'm guessing that the orange is going to be day-glo like the hot pink of Vol. 1. I'm betting that Vol. 2 will be out early next year -- Eric can correct me in the comments if I'm wrong.

Have an Unlovable Valentine's on Feb. 7!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 21 Jan 2009 2:33 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Esther Pearl Watson’s UNLOVABLE art exhibition and book launch on Saturday, February 7.

UNLOVABLE

With Valentine’s sentiments in mind, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle is pleased to present UNLOVABLE, an exhibition of original art and book launch celebration by Esther Pearl Watson on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Watson’s visual interpretations of the diary entries of teenager Tammy Pierce will resonate with everyone once afflicted by the eccentricities of adolescent isolation, unrequited love, and other torments of teen angst. The revealing narrative of the protagonist is perfectly suited to the artist’s endearing and empathetic renderings.

Los Angeles-based artist Esther Pearl Watson has exhibited work in prestigious galleries throughout the U. S. and Canada. Her recent paintings are currently featured in a solo exhibition, “Visions of the Future,” at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles. She is author of The Adventures of Jules and Gertie (Harcourt Children’s Books, 1999) and The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2000). Watson is co-author of What'Cha Mean, What’s a Zine? (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) with her artist husband Mark Todd. Her latest book, UNLOVABLE, published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, is loosely based on a teenager’s diary from 1985 found in a gas-station bathroom, detailing the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. Laurie Henzel, creative director at Bust magazine, which serialized portions of the book, observes, “No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us.”

Esther Pearl Watson’s first exhibition in Seattle will include original drawings related to the book, which will debut at the event on February 7. The artist will be present to sign copies of the book. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rusty Willoughby, performing a solo serenade arranged for the occasion. Willoughby, currently fronting Llama and a former member of seminal Seattle bands Pure Joy and Flop, has countless recordings on Sub Pop, Frontier, Sony Music and other labels.

Please join us on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to welcome this remarkable artist to Seattle. The exhibition remains on view through March 4, 2009. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.

Listing Information

Esther Pearl Watson
UNLOVABLE
Art Exhibition and Book Signing
Saturday, February 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Serenade by Rusty Willoughby
Exhibition continues through March 4, 2009

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM