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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"!)



Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, revealed!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael DowersEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 28 Jan 2014 6:51 PM

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2

Editor Michael Dowers reveals:

"Here is a sneak peek at the cover for Treasury of Mini Comics Volume 2. Cover by Esther Pearl Watson...book is scheduled for a January 2015 release...not that far away...just around the corner..."

Have you picked up Volume 1 yet?

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 23 Jan 2014 5:35 PM

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!

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson

This Week(end) in Fantagraphics Events: 12/16-12/23
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mark ToddLilli CarréJesse ReklaweventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 19 Dec 2013 10:33 AM

Couch Tag

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, ILLilli 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, MXEsther 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)

Esther Pearl Watson & Mark Todd Art Exhibit in Mexico City!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mark ToddeventsEsther Pearl Watsonart shows 18 Dec 2013 11:13 AM

¡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!

Matt Groening choo-choo-chooses Unlovable
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Esther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 16 Dec 2013 12:46 PM

Unlovarama

Am I getting sick of making dorky Tammy Pierce Photoshop mashups every time we get a blurb from famous people? NEVER! 

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

Pre-order Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson now!