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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!
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
Friday, July 12th
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)
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.
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 by Moto Hagio
Castle Waiting Vol. 1 by Linda Medley
Meat Cake by Dame Darcy
more Meat Cake by Dame Darcy
Dal Tokyo by Gary Panter
Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson
Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson
Sanctuary by Nate Neal
Athos in America by Jason
You'll Never Know Book 3: A Soldier's Heart by Carol Tyler
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
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)