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Spring-Summer 2014, part 7: Esther & Eleanor
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under KickstarterEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor DavisComing Attractions 14 Nov 2013 5:18 PM

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.)

Unlovable Vol. 3 prelim cover

Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

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!

How to Be Happy prelim cover

How to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis

144-page full-color/b&w 7.5" x 9.875" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6 

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!) 



Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1 - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ron Regé JrRoberta GregoryNoah Van Scivernew releasesMolly KielyMichael Dowersmarc bellJustin GreenJim WoodringJim BlanchardEsther Pearl WatsonEric ReynoldsDavid Lasky 26 Sep 2013 12:45 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1
by various artists; edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white/color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-657-7

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BARGAIN COMBO:
Newave! + Treasury of Mini Comics Gift Set
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!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 7/8-7/15
Written by janice headley | Filed under Leslie SteinGuy PeellaertFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl Watson 8 Jul 2013 9:30 AM

Kim Thompson at the Guy Peelaert exhibit
photo credit: Larry Reid

Wednesday, July 10th

Seattle, WA:  It's your last chance to see our exhibit Guy Peellaert: The Adventures of Jodelle and Fragments of the Pop Years at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.  The closing of this exhibit is especially bittersweet, as it was the last gallery show Larry worked on with Kim, seen here on opening day with Larry's wife, Tracey, and daughter, Bella, Kim's wife Lynn, and their friend, Ana.  Please do come by and see it. (more details)

Thursday, July 11th

Chicago, IL:  "The Lexicon of Sexicana" + Esther Pearl Watson + A LOT OF WIGS? Seriously, Chicago, do not miss this. (more details)

http://www.fantagraphics.com/components/com_virtuemart/shop_image/product/494fd60866a07949619febae33a173e1.jpg

Friday, July 12th

Brooklyn, NY:  We sure do wish we could be there for the launch party of Eye of the Majestic Creature, Vol. 2 at Desert Island, especially since it'll also be Leslie Stein's birthday! (more details)

SODA POP announcement

Saturday, July 13th

Seattle, WA:  Everyone in the city will be in Georgetown for Sub Pop Records' Silver Jubilee, and the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be launching its latest exhibit, SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz, featuring art and artifacts from the formative years of Sub Pop by Lynda Barry, Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Owen Connell, Charles Peterson, Art Spiegelman, Jim Woodring, and more. 

At 1:00 PM, Larry will host the panel “Pop Goes Seattle,” featuring some of the principals of the early Sub Pop period including founder Bruce Pavitt, cartoonist Peter Bagge, photographer Charles Peterson, and author and musician Danny Bland. At 2:00 PM, Bland will read passages from his debut novel In Case We Die, a fictional account of the grunge era in Seattle. Danny will be joined by guest reader Greg Dulli, who will later perform music outside the store. A limited number of advance copies of the book will be available at the reading. (more details)

The Lexicon of Sexicana with Esther Pearl Watson in Chicago!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 3 Jul 2013 1:00 PM

What more do I even need to say here?!  The great Esther Pearl Watson + something called "The Lexicon of Sexicana" = your guaranteed attendance!

Oh, fine, more details... 

The Ladydrawers Comics Collective is an unofficially affiliated group of women, men, transgender, and non-binary gender folk who research, perform, and publish comics and texts about how economics, race, sexuality, and gender impact the comics industry, other media, and our culture at large. This summer, they have launched SEX. MONEY. RACE. GENDER., an exhibition and workshop series at the A+D Gallery in Chicago.

And, on Thursday, July 11th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Esther will join sexual health educator and critic Terri Kapsalis to create a work exploring sexual health based on Mort Walker’s satirical look at comics devices for cartoonists, The Lexicon of Comicana. They’ll look at cartoons from around the world with an eye to the formation of bodies, sex, and gender in order to collect this international set of new cartoon symbols. Perhaps they’ll even coin new symbols and terms that will one day be found in dictionaries!

I told you, this event =  your guaranteed attendance. The A+D Gallery is located at 619 South Wabash, in the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Your Last Minute Valentines
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funNate NealMoto HagioLinda MedleyJohnny RyanJoe DalyJasonGary PanterEsther Pearl WatsonDame DarcyCarol Tyler 14 Feb 2013 12:36 PM

Prison Pit 4

Hey, you're a busy person. We get that. Or maybe you and your sweetie boo said you weren't doing anything but then you found a six pack of that craft brew you love so much or the full Battlestar Galactica series on DVD waiting for you. Well, we've got some cards for you to print out fast at work, while everyone is reading the cards their moms mailed to the office. They aren't going to save you but its better than handing someone a Slim Jim you bent in the shape of a heart while filling up your car at the gas station. Or is it? (Valentine above uses panels from Prison Pit 4 by Johnny Ryan)

The Heart of Thomas

The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio

Castle Waiting

Castle Waiting Vol. 1 by Linda Medley

Meat Cake

Meat Cake by Dame Darcy

Dame Darcy Poison

more Meat Cake by Dame Darcy

Dal Tokyo

Dal Tokyo by Gary Panter

Unlovable

Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson

Unlovable

Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson

Sanctuary

Sanctuary by Nate Neal

Athos in Amerca

Athos in America by Jason

You'll Never Know 3

You'll Never Know Book 3: A Soldier's Heart by Carol Tyler

Dungeon Quest 3

Dungeon Quest 3 by Joe Daly. Click here and here to download this print-worthy PDFs and hand a Valentine to someone. Anyone, man.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/11-2/18
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina RobbinsstaffMiss Lasko-GrossMalachi WardJordan Cranejon vermilyeaeventsEsther Pearl WatsonDiane NoominAline Kominsky-Crumb 11 Feb 2013 10:13 AM

Friday, February 15th

•  Seattle, WA:  Comics collective Intruder will be launching the fifth volume of their quarterly newspaper at Cairo, featuring a cover by our very own Tony Ong, with comics inside by staffer Jason T. Miles, freelancer David Lasky, and former staffer Alexa Koenings! (more info)

Saturday, February 16th

•  Los Angeles, CA:  Catch a comics reading with Esther Pearl Watson at the L.A. Zine Fest Reading and Rock Spectacular at Footsies! (more info)

•  Nelsonville, OH:  It's your last chance to view prints from The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 at the Nelsonville Public Library! Pay your fines while you're there! (more info)

Sunday, February 17th

•  Portland, OR:  It's your last day to view the touring exhibit Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women at the Oregon Jewish Museum! This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books, and graphic novels will present the powerful work of eighteen artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades -- including our own Miss Lasko-Gross, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Trina Robbins, and Diane Noomin! (more info)

•  Los Angeles, CA:  Jordan Crane, Esther Pearl Watson, and Mome veterans Jon Vermilyea and Malachi Ward will be exhibiting at the L.A. Zine Fest at the Ukrainian Cultural Center! (more info)

Fantagraphics Friends at the L.A. Zine Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Malachi WardJordan Cranejon vermilyeaeventsEsther Pearl Watson 29 Jan 2013 11:00 AM

L.A. Zine Fest 2013

Lotsa Fantagraphics luminaries will be at the upcoming L.A. Zine Fest on Sunday, February 17th!

From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, stop by tables manned by Jordan Crane, Esther Pearl Watson, and Mome veterans Jon Vermilyea and Malachi Ward.

The L.A. Zine Fest will be held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center at 4315 Melrose Avenue. 

And the night before, Saturday, February 16th, catch Esther Pearl Watson doing a comics reading at the L.A. Zine Fest Reading and Rock Spectacular at Footsies [ 2640 N Figueroa Street ]!

H/T to Kelly Froh of Short Run Seattle for bringing this to my attention!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/28-2/4
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsEsther Pearl WatsonCarol Tyler 28 Jan 2013 11:00 AM

C. Tyler You'll Never Know

Thursday, January 31st

•  Los Angeles, CA:  Do not miss Scrapbooks, Army Surplus, Comics and Other Stuff: A Conversation with Graphic Storyteller C. Tyler at the University of Southern California as C. Tyler makes a rare West Coast appearance to discuss You'll Never Know: A Graphic Memoir! Reservations are recommended, so click here to RSVP! (more info)

•  Los Angeles, CA: And you lucky Californians can also visit Esther Pearl Watson at the L.A. Art Book Fair, opening Thursday night and running through Sunday, February 3rd. (more info)

Aron Nels Steinke Signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery!

 • Seattle, WA:  The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents a truly Super Sunday with Portland cartoonist Aron Nels Steinke, who will be signing and discussing his autobiographical mini-comics collection, Big Plans! (more info)

Esther Pearl Watson at the L.A. Art Book Fair!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEsther Pearl Watson 18 Jan 2013 11:30 AM

L.A. Art Book Fair

The amazing Esther Pearl Watson will be among the hundreds of artists exhibiting at the L.A. Art Book Fair, opening Thursday, January 31st at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA!

Non-profit organization Printed Matter presents this unique event for artists' books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. There will be art installations, and even a "Zine World," a super-sized subsection of the L.A. Art Book Fair, featuring zinesters from home and abroad, together with three zine exhibitions.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the zines that Esther will be bringing:

Esther Pearl Watson zine

 

Esther Pearl Watson zine

(That Garbage zine is a collaboration with her also-awesome husband, artist Mark Todd!)

This event is free and open to the public, and runs through Sunday, February 3rd. The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is located at 152 North Central Avenue. 

Esther Pearl Watson show in TEXAS
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under UNLOVABLEEsther Pearl Watsonart showsart 28 Dec 2012 11:27 AM

The Future by Ester Pearl Watson

While trampsing around the suburbs and backwaters of Texas, I happened to find the majestic Webb Gallery in Waxahachie for there lay a treasure trove of Esther Pearl Watson paintings. With fading painted trim in still vibrant oranges and teals matched with iron statues and odd toys from people long since dead, it reminds you of an open range and that mix of culture which is a side-step from Southwestern.

The Webb Gallery

Watson's paintings, unlike her Unlovable comics Fantagraphis printed, are deeply personal and autographical. As the daughter of the local color, Watson watched her father build several large-scale UFOs. Out on the lawn. 

UFO Esther Pearl Watson

Bitter-sweet nostaglic scenes in dirty brown skies and abandoned women's clinics, Watson paints a darker time in her childhood. But that ever-hovering presence, the idea of 'what-if', the UFO. (They Might Be Giants might have called it her 'hovering sombrero') 

The Laundromat

Compared to Watson's Unloveable, which also runs in Bust Magazine, the unapolagetic Tammy Pierce is nearly the opposite of these quiet moments with tension bubbling under the surface. Each canvas, most of them wooden, are akin to a diary page created in paint, dirt and the occasional glitter patch instead of words. Notes are scribbled in the corners of most of the paintings to enhance or detail the scene. Often a new town, a new landscape to explore.

Paintings by Esther Pearl Watson

Details of the paintings. They practically vibrate.

close up of Esther Pearl Watson Close up of house

So all these gorgeous paintings hang on the high-ceilinged walls of the Webb Gallery amongst their antique carnival posters, including Coney Island originals. The perfect place for the painted recollections of hazy memories. Something almost most too incredible to believe.

Paintings next to poster

The Webb Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 or by appointment, (972) 938-8085. A quick 30 minute drive from downtown Dallas or 2 hours up from Austin, be sure to see it! 209 West Franklin Street Waxahachie, TX 75165. The current exhibition by Esther Pearl Watson will be up through January 20th, 2013.

Dexter the Dog with posters and Paintings

For more pictures of the show or to purchase see Esther Pearl Watson's website.

by Esther Pearl Watson