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Unlovable Book 1 Issue 3 at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Esther Pearl Watsondigital comicscomiXology 16 Apr 2014 11:54 AM

Unlovable Ghouls
Tammy Pierce is ready BACK with a new digital issue on comiXology, Unlovable Book 1 #3 "Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Esther Pearl Watson. From the pages of Bust magazine and Unlovable Book 1, the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of '80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls. Learn how to kiss using household objects, shoplifting do's and don'ts PLUS the effects of raspberry wine coolers. These 106 pages of fun in the sun are only $4.99! Time to laugh until that wine cooler squirts out your nose.

"Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain." - Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder

"I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone's diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn't love everyone in it so much.... So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh." - Jordan Crane

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesEsther Pearl Watson 9 Apr 2014 12:12 PM

"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

"Tammy's enchanting smile and dazzling eyes are a gift of grace from Esther Watson." – Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time

"Unlovable is the great teen comic tragedy of our time!" – Matt Groening

"A modest masterpiece, affecting and funny." – Booklist

“GOOD!!!” – Lynda Barry

Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain.” – Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder

"I love Unlovable. Take that, book title. ... It’ll remind you of how stupid you were and also of suburban sadness and realizing that your high school crush will probably never love you back." – Nick Gazin, Vice

"Like a Wimpy Kid older sister but more poignant and painful, this features jagged, unpretty art capturing the diarist’s inner chaos. For Lynda Barry fans craving a new read and professionals seeking an unvarnished glimpse of female adolescence.” – Library Journal's "Graphic Novels for Women’s History Month"

Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

412-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/unlovable3

LA: Unlovable 3 signing with Esther Pearl Watson
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 3 Apr 2014 12:51 PM

Unlovable

OH NO, you did not just get invited to the Unlovable Volume 3 Launch Party, we were just SHOWING you that there is one. Kim said that she and Erick were gonna like, crash it, but we just got these swede pants from the thrift store and new earrings from the Collin Creek Mall---OH FINE, EVERYONE IS INVITED!

Skylight Books in Los Angeles is proud to announce they are hosting the Unlovable Volume 3 Launch Party with cartoonist Esther Pearl Watson on Sunday, May 4th. Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits from the pages of Bust magazine! 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). Tammy's life isn't pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and hilarious especially under the pen of Esther Pearl Watson.

See you there at Skylight books at 5pm (May 4th) on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! TP provided.

Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable  Esther

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027 

Fantagraphics at MoCCA 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert WilliamsPeter BaggePaul HornschemeierLeslie SteinKim DeitchJustin HallJulia GfrörerJoost SwarteJesse ReklaweventsEsther Pearl WatsonDash ShawConor StechschulteCharles M SchulzCharles Forsman 31 Mar 2014 7:48 PM
MoCCA Poster

Next weekend, April 5th and 6th at the regal 69th Regiment Armory Fantagraphics will be participating and doing a little dance for the MoCCA Arts Fest. Gary Groth will be presiding on his court with Frank Santoro at the Fantagraphics tables for MoCCA fest on April 5-6th. We'll be on the slight right just as you enter the convention at tables A20-A23!

MoCCA map
 
 
Debuts:The Amateurs
Two butchers arrive at work to find their shop empty of meat and their minds empty of how to do their job. As customers arrive, events become increasingly disastrous. A surreal, debut graphic novella of horror and humor with one huge, hanging question. This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.
Buddy Buys a DumpBuddy Buys a Dump The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3 (2000-2013) by Peter Bagge
He's back! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump - because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge's iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era.
 
Cosplayers
This 32 page floppy comic is a sweet & sour, sad & funny story that follows the adventures of Annie and Verti as they shoot homemade movies for YouTube, guerilla-style, and face some unexpected consequences. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.
 
 
 
 
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits from the pages of Bust magazine! 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.
 
Vol. 1 (paperback)  by Charles M. Schulz This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip, features hundreds of strips rarely reprinted before this series. Three major cast members - Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus - initially show up as infants and only "grow" into their final "mature" selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy! 
 
FRIDAY:
 
Friday night be sure to check out Robert Williams' Mr. Bitchin', a documentary about his career, showing at SVA's Beatrice Theater in collaboration with the Society of Illustrators.
 
GUESTS 2
SATURDAY PANELS:
 
2:00 Drinking Ink: Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in Conversation (Room One)
Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte have a long association, dating back to the earliest days of Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly's RAW Magazine, to which Swarte was a frequent contributor. Both artists have distinguished themselves with artwork both witty and profound, both have produced expressive comics and striking single images, and both have worked in multiple media including architecture and performance. Together, the pair will discuss their careers, their shared histories, comics and more in a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos. (90 minutes)

3:30 Drew Friedman Presents Old Jewish Comedians (Room One)
Drew Friedman is an iconic cartoonist and illustrator whose intensely rendered, caricatural work first gained notice in the pages of publications including RAW and Spy, and whose illustrations regularly appear on the front page of the New York Observer. His upcoming book, Heroes of the Comics, will feature portraits of cartooning legends. Currently the subject of an exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, Friedman will discuss his Old Jewish Comedians series of books in this special presentation, revealing the concept and process behind these books, as well as their reception among the "Old Jewish Comedians" themselves. Broadcasting legend Joe Franklin will be co-hosting this auspicious panel

1:00 Robert Williams Q+A (Room Two)
Robert Williams has enjoyed a diverse and profoundly influential career expressing a singular artistic vision. Emerging from the West Coast hot rod scene (where he produced graphics for Ed "Big Daddy" Roth), Williams produced some of the finest underground comix of his era in the pages of Zap. Williams proceeded to produce a body of intense, phantasmagorical paintings and jumpstarted the so-called "lowbrow" art movement, founding the influential Juxtapoz Magazine in 1994. He will discuss his career in comics and fine art with critic and curator Carlo McCormick (Paper Magazine).

2:00 How Comics Are Queer (Room Two)
As long as there have been comics there have been queer cartoonists. Comics that authentically engaged queer experience in America emerged in the radical underground comix milieu of the 1960s and '70s, fueled by the social liberation movements of the era. Comics' status in American culture echoes queer experience: once marginalized, now accepted, but still contested-while some of the most acclaimed comics of the day speak to and from queer experience. Howard Cruse, Edie Fake, Justin Hall and L. Nichols will consider the historical and contemporary intersections of queer experience and comics with moderator Margaret Galvan (The Graduate Center, City University of New York).

GUESTS

SUNDAY PANELS:

1:00 Comics, Illustration and the Conceptual Image (Room One)

What does it mean to express an abstract idea in a concrete drawing? What is the difference between an idea that can be expressed in a single image and one that requires sequential exposition? Internationally acclaimed artists Marion Fayolle (In Pieces), Joost Swarte (Is That All There Is?), and Brecht Vandenbroucke (White Cube), work in both comics and illustration, addressing subtle emotional and intellectual concepts in each form. They will consider these questions and more in conversation with New York Times Art Director Alexandra Zsigmond.
 
MORE GUESTS
Saturday Signing Schedule:
11am-1pm  Dash Shaw & Kim Deitch
1-2pm         Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
2-3pm        Robert Williams & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
3-4pm        Joost Swarte & Justin Hall & Leslie Stein
4-6pm        Jesse Reklaw & Julia Gfrörer

Sunday Signing Schedule:
11am-1pm Julia Gfrörer & Justin Hall
1-2pm        Robert Williams & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
2-3pm        Joost Swarte & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
3-4pm        Leslie Stein & Kim Deitch & Jesse Reklaw
4-5pm        Kim Deitch & Jesse Reklaw

DASH AND CHUCK
And anytime from now until May 3rd you should check out the Drew Friedman exhibit at the Society of Illustrators!
Drew Friedman exhibit
MoCCA Festival
69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Ave,
New York, NY 10010
  
Unlovable is ready to love on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Esther Pearl Watsondigital comicscomiXology 26 Mar 2014 1:45 AM

Unlovable

Get through detention with Unlovable! Loosely based on a teenager's diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce, as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson. Since serialized from the pages of Bust magazine, you'll laugh so hard you'll cry at the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of '80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls. Only $4.99 for 100 pages of fun in Unlovable Book 1 #1 "Another Crappy Day" to read on your digital device of choice!

Head lice

 Von boys

Can't wait for the next time best friends Kim and Erick cruise by to save you from your own boredom? DON'T WORRY! We already have Unlovable Book 1 Issue #2 "Kute" ready for you as well. In this installment, Tammy finds a hair on her chin, gets to make some prank phone calls and hopes that her fake date with Ken Olsen is the real deal. Time to jam out with your clam out with Tammy Pierce and Esther Pearl Watson.

Unlovable Book 1 #2

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesEsther Pearl Watson 18 Mar 2014 5:57 PM

Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

412-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

Ships in: May 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

BARGAIN COMBO:
Unlovable Vols. 1-3 Gift Set
Price: $68.98 $55.18

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.

"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

"Tammy's enchanting smile and dazzling eyes are a gift of grace from Esther Watson." – Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time

"Unlovable is the great teen comic tragedy of our time!" – Matt Groening

Unlovable Vol. 3 cover photo

Esther Pearl Watson & Lilian Todd Art Exhibit in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 24 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

That stunning work of art above, from Esther Pearl Watson, is titled "Mother and Daughter Work to Change the Future" -- and it's the perfect piece for this upcoming art show featuring Esther collaborating with her daughter, Lilian Todd! 

Esther and Lilian will debut their first collaborative art pieces in an upcoming group show, opening on Thursday, March 6th! Together, these two creative ladies work to change the future with their surreal, intergalactic pieces. Congratulate them in person at the opening reception, which will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The group show Amazon Solitaire, curated by Akina Cox, will be on view at the Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd in the Eagle Rock area of Los Angeles. If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through March 27th.

And, don't forget about Esther's solo work, like the upcoming release of Unlovable, Vol. 3!!! 

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Esther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 19 Feb 2014 1:14 PM

Unlovable Vol. 3 cover photo

Unlovable Vol. 3 pages photo

Nothing brightens up the day like a little day-glo chartreuse, glittery orange, and the gap-toothed smile of Tammy Pierce! Fresh out of the box, here's an advance copy of Unlovable Vol. 3, the new upcoming installment in Esther Pearl Watson's hilarious and heartbreaking saga of a teen on the bottom of her high school pecking order and her misguided attempts to fabulize her humdrum small-town existence. In this volume, it's summer break, which means fun in the sun (sunburn), boys (disastrous crushes), cheerleader tryouts (egad), and... hold up, wait... oh no... summer school!

Vol. 3 joins its predecessors on the shelves in May; we have an excerpt for you to read and a pre-order button for you to click right here. You can also get all 3 volumes, with the first 2 in a jammin' slipcase, for a nice thrifty discount!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/10-2/17
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsTony MillionaireSteven WeissmanRon Regé JrJordan CraneJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGraham ChaffeeeventsEsther Pearl WatsonDash ShawConor StechschulteBen Catmull 11 Feb 2014 1:33 PM

Tuesday, February 11th

New York City, NY: The NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium will host a lecture from Conor Stechschulte, along with Christopher Adams, at the Kellen Auditorium in Parsons The New School at 66 Fifth Ave. (more info)

Prison Pit Book Five Signing

Friday, February 14th

Los Angeles, CA: Spend Valentine's Day with Cannibal Fuckface and Johnny Ryan at Secret Headquarters for the book launch party for Prison Pit Book 5! (more info)

San Francisco, CA: "Herstorian" Trina Robbins will be speaking on graphic novels for teens and tweens at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference! (more info)

Sunday, February 16th

Los Angeles, CA: Join us at the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest with our special guests Johnny Ryan, Jaime Hernandez, Esther Pearl Watson, Tony MillionaireBen Catmull, Ron Regé, Jr., Graham Chaffee, Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman! WHOO! (more info)

San Francisco, CA: At 4:00 PM, Trina Robbins will be discussing research and her work on her comprehensive new collection Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, at the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference! (more info


Fantagraphics at the 2014 Los Angeles Zine Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanRon Regé JrLove and RocketsJordan CraneJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGraham ChaffeeeventsEsther Pearl Watson 7 Feb 2014 11:43 AM

Forget these icy cold temperatures -- Fantagraphics is heading to sunny L.A., baby! Join us on Sunday, February 16th for the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest!

It's gonna be HOT, in a figurative, if not literal, sense:  our own Ron Regé, Jr. will be presenting a multi-media presentation for The Cartoon Utopia, and the great Esther Pearl Watson will be hosting the excellent Zine Hut with her husband, artist Mark Todd!

And for the real scorcher: Jaime Hernandez will be the Keynote Speaker! He'll be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, discussing his groundbreaking work on the legendary Love and Rockets series! 

Don't miss any of our special signings:

11AM - NOON: Johnny Ryan and Jaime Hernandez
NOON - 1PM: Jaime Hernandez and Esther Pearl Watson
1PM - 2PM: Tony Millionaire and Ben Catmull
2PM - 3PM: Ron Regé, Jr. and Graham Chaffee
3PM - 4PM: Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman

This wonderful event is FREE and open to all, so, come by and see us from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!

L.A. Zine Fest is located at the Helms Bakery District Parking Garage (between La Dijonaise and Vitra) on 8703 Washington Blvd. Check out their website for lots of helpful tips on how to get there and where to park, and heads up, two lanes of traffic on the 405 from Getty Center Dr. north to Ventura Blvd will be closed! (They're calling it "jamzilla"!)