|This Week's Press Highlights|
|Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under The New Yorker, press highlights, Love Bunglers, Los Angeles Times book prize, Josh Simmons, Jaime Hernandez, Hollywood Reporter, Gary Groth, Eisner Awards, Daniel Clowes, Complete Eightball, Black River||23 Apr 2015 10:44 AM|
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“Daniel Clowes is…widely considered a one-man embodiment of nineties cool.” – Françoise Mouly and Mina Kaneko, The New Yorker
Read more at The New Yorker
Jaime Hernandez, “one of Southern California’s signature artists,” was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his graphic novel “The Love Bunglers”.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times
“The nominations for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced, with Marvel Entertainment, DC Entertainment and indie publisher Fantagraphics each receiving 18 nods across the board.”
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter
“The undisputed king of the comic publishing industry, Gary Groth, talks about the flight path of Fantagraphics.”
Watch here on the Seattle Channel Art Zone
“With all the jailhouse craziness that ensues, Simmons is a careful artist. He has a deft way of creating just the right amount of detail to evoke a landscape or a town that has been left in ruins.”
Read more at Comics Grinder
• Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce The texceptionally hairy ex-wrestler Oaf lives in San Francisco, taking care of his 27 cats while looking for romance in the City by the Bay. Wuvable Oaf is a unique romance story and artist Ed Luce's debut graphic novel; delivering laughs, sweet romance, and a diverse cast of characters-both human and feline. Out in Stores: April 2015 $29.99
• Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. Out in Stores: April 2015 $49.99Violent Girls by Richard Sala (FU Press) A limited edition portfolio featuring 44 action portraits lovingly inspired by the kind of dangerous females who have populated pulp fiction and B-movies throughout the history of pop culture-blazing their way through every kind of genre, potboiler, cliffhanger, and fever dream imaginable. Available exclusively at comic conventions and at the Fantagraphics online store, $35.00
• Walt Disney's Donald Duck "The Pixelated Parrot" by Carl Barks Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laugh-out-loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance. Donald gives Uncle Scrooge a parrot for his birthday, but the feathered troublemaker escapes with the combination to Scrooge's safe holding "ninety tons of money." Hijinks ensue as Donald and his nephews set off on an unexpected adventure to recover the lovesick bird. Out in Stores: May 2015 $29.99
• Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks When a passel of extra-sneaky, extra-ornery high-tech cattle rustlers strikes the good citizens of Bullet Valley, Donald Duck bravely dons a badge to become the "Sheriff of Bullet Valley." This is the second entry in our new line of affordable kid-friendly Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure. Out in Stories: April 2015 $9.99
• Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of "Casey" is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages. Available now, $9.99.
Fantagraphics Table Signing Schedule
WHERE can you find us? Why at booth 308.
Carl Barks and Don Rosa: Duck Tales
Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD
Comics Education: The Past Ten Years
Hire Me! From Comics Fan to Comic Professional
By Design: Fantagraphics Books
The number of guests hits at least 20-30 people for this blow out: Ed Luce, Ed Piskor, Farel Dalrymple, Alexis Ziritt, Simon Roy, Matt Southworth, Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas, Andrew MacLean, Paul Maybury and many many more!Funny, there's other event that is all women (or will be) that is in the AM and non-alcohol-fueled! The Joon Mixer for Kickass Women:
A casual networking event for women & women identifying in comics. "Remember your business cards for a chance to win a chocolate dragons egg from Truffle Cottage, graphic novels from Fantagraphics, or a 'Comics Are For Everyone' T-shirt from NW Press. Refreshments and door prizes courtesy of donors." Saturday March 28th 9:00 AM to 11:00 Beer Garden,WSCC Level 1 (near the Union Street entrance) (Non-alcoholic event)
We're so looking foward to all the cool comics, fans and fun this weekend! See you all there at booth 308!
Thursday, January 22nd
San Francisco, CA - This blog post may as well be called 'This Thursday in Fanta Events' because your 4th favorite day of the week is stacked with events to tide you over until the weekend comes. Kick it off in San Francisco with the men of Zap Comix as we continue to celebrate the release of The Complete Zap Comix Collection, a physical and emotional undertaking that is beautiful to behold. Join Gary Groth and Ron Turner of Last Gasp as they moderate a dicussion with Zap cartoonists Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, and Robert Williams at City Lights Booksellers beginning at 7 pm. This very-nearly sold out book will be available for purchase and signage at City Lights (just don't try to carry it home in your NPR tote bag.) (More Details)
New York, NY - Humans can be split into two ages; a time where we communicated with pictures, and a time where we communicated with words. The blending of these worlds comes in the form of visual poetry, a fully immersive brain exercise in the conveyance of emotions, ideas, and beauty. The Future is Here Again is an exhibit opening today at AC Institute in NYC, and it will feature dozens of works by noted visual poetry artists whose works had been previously collected in the books Coldfront and The Last Vispo. Niko Vasilakis, editor of The Last Vispo has currated this new exhibit with ACI director, Holly Crawford. To continue this night of magnetic mashups, the alternative chamber music string trio, Speed Bump will be providing mingling music. Festivities begin at 6 pm! (More Details)
Washington, D.C. - Obama did a pretty good job delivering his State of the Union address this past week, but he had one glaring oversight, he forgot to talk about how the Massive team will be at Fantom Comics this Thursday from 7-9 pm! The biggest and sexiest gay manga anthology is coming to our nation's capitol to announce their new policy on having a good time, and dropping some knowledge about the men who make gay erotic manga. Addressing their adoring constituents are editors Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and designer extrodinare Chip Kidd. Pick up one of the hottest books of the season tonight, because it'll be on next years comic citizenship tests. (More Details)
The party you've been waiting your whole lifetime is here! On Thursday, January 22nd join Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams and Paul Mavrides at City Lights in San Francisco. They'll be in discussion with Gary Groth and Ron Turner (of Last Gasp) about The Complete Zap Comix. These legends start talking at 7pm on the dot, be there five minutes early if you need a smoke break. This nearly sold-out collection will be yours for the buying, theirs for the signing and for your family to argue about who will carry it home.
In 1968, when underground comics were just strating to emerge, Robert Crumb's released his classic solo first issue of Zap. By the second issue, he had assembled a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. Together they created a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap - every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists - in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams.
"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." -Dana Jennings, The NY Times
City Lights Booksellers
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It
edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins
280-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $35.00
"The level of drawing in these erotic fantasies is extremely high, sometimes rivaling the work of the iconic Western porno artist Tom of Finland...The content of the stories in Massive is completely unlike the feathery romanticism of yaoi manga and anime. Rough, even sadistic sex takes the place of wistful longing." -Charles Solomon, IndieWire
"Definitely the premiere manga release this week." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
180-page full color 8" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
"The Late Child is a rich and intelligent work, one of the lushest and most giving graphic novels in recent memory." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"Marguerite's partner on these books as well as in life, Romberger, leaves his ink drawings open enough for her watercolors to capture various types of natural light during the day…It is a significantly gentler and more pastoral book, traditionally beautiful. Calling 7 Miles a Second "beautiful" would lead to smirking inwardly while waiting to be challenged; the book carries ugliness inside itself as part of its very being. While that book's language pushed forward with velocity and free association, this one places each considered thought into a caption to ring out poetically."–Brian Nicholson, Bookslut
The Complete Zap Comix
by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson
920-page black & white with color 9.75" x 13.25" x 7" hardcover • $500.00
"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." –Dana Jennings, The NY Times
"The Zapatistas were a sort of 'supergroup'-the dharma warriors of comics. Inkslingers. Revolutionaries. The best of the best. Their only yardsticks for comparison were each other and that sort of fraternal competition raised the bar and kept their art constantly evolving and their social satire razor sharp." –Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds
The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth
264-page color/black & white 10" x 12"softcover • $35.00
Cochlea & Eustachia
by Hans Rickheit
80-page full color 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
"…Hans Rickheit, a truly unique purveyor of the lovely and sinister." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
"looks to be equal parts mysterious body horror and Rickheit's typically uneasy blending of the sinister and the comforting." –Jason Giampaoli, Comics Bulletin
"The frighteningly hilarious world of Rickheit's is a deranged cabinet of curiosities... It would all be too oppressive if Rickheit's sense of humor weren't so addictive..." –Publishers Weekly
"Spanish cartoonist Max's graphic novel is ambiguous but powerful, leaving readers to wonder whether Nick is going crazy or finding enlightenment-or perhaps they're the same thing." –Cat Auer, Playboy (This Winter's Best Books)
"Max's latest graphic novel translated by Fantagraphics purifies and condenses his cartooning and thinking. Vapor charts the struggles and strange encounters of Nicodemos, a long-haired, long-nosed monk, who has quit the ‘gigantic muddle' of the world to seek transcendence in a desert through self-deprivations." –Paul Gravett
Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951
by Ernie Bushmiller
336-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 8.5" softcover • $39.99
"The Nancy books are beautiful, and that work is such that it will be pulled from shelves and re-examined years after other collections, ostensibly more exciting this very minute, have worked their way to the sales box." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
"Have you ever taken the time to read and devour Ernie Bushmiller's masterpiece Nancy. Deceptibly simple and oddly corny, it is surprisingly funny and a virtual textbook on comic storytelling." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online
Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
Introduction by Bill Schelly
272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
"Black Light vows to burn out your eyes…" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
"His covers are really noir: spirals, figures falling down through space, big spider webs, just great... The colors are all totally primary: just bright red, blue, almost no subtle colors... they really work." - R. Crumb
Heads or Tails (reprint)
by Lilli Carré
200-page full-color 7" x 9" softcover • $22.99
"...[A] significant artist and engaging storyteller." - Robert Kirby, The Comics Journal
"Carré's work, fittingly titled Heads or Tails, probes choice, ambivalence and fate; in her stories, there's a flip side to everything, rendered in full and brilliant colour." -Laura Kane, The Toronto Star
Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:
The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
264-page color/black & white 10" x 12"softcover • $35.00
Here in one place are the definitive Comics Journal interviews with the cartoonists behind Zap Comix. Featuring: Supreme underground artist Robert Crumb on how acid unleashed a flood of Zap characters from his unconscious; Marxist brawler Spain Rodriguez on how he made the transition from the Road Vultures biker gang to the exclusive Zap cartoonists' club; Yale alumnus Victor Moscoso and Christian surfer Rick Griffin on how their poster-art psychedelia formed the backdrop of the 1960s San Francisco music scene; Savage Id-choreographer S. Clay Wilson on how his dreams insist on being drawn; Painter and Juxtapoz-founder Robert Williams on how Zap #4 led to 150 news-dealer arrests; Fabulous, Furry, Freaky Gilbert Shelton on the importance of research; Church of the Subgenius founder Paul Mavrides on getting a contact high during the notorious Zap jam sessions; and much more. In these definitive interviews, the Zap contributors open up about how they came to create a seminal, living work of art.
The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
264-page b&w/color 10” x 12” softcover • $35.00
Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:
Our next Comics Journal Library book, Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews is in our hot little hands, and it is a thing of beauty. Densely packed with interviews, categorized by artist, and filled with illustrations, photos, and ZAP cover art, Zap The Interviews is the perfect companion to The Complete Zap Comix, though it also stands equally well alone. Either way, this is a must-have for any underground comix fan.
Due out in December, Zap The Interviews is available for pre-order now!
On Saturday night, founder and co-publisher Gary Groth received the Genius Award in Literature from Seattle alt-weekly paper, The Stranger. (Photo above by Kelly O. of The Stranger). His competition was fierce but the force of the movement he created when he founded Fantagraphics with Mike Catron and soldiered on with Kim Thompson created a form of comics so prevalent. Paul Constant interviews Groth yet again after the event on comics at the Stranger's Slog: "Pop culture has become so stupefyingly banal that it's caught up with comics. It's kind of terrifying when you think about it," states Groth in reference to the multiple superhero movies, TV shows and comics popping up from here as far as the eye can see. Picture below by Short Run.
Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds was present at the Stranger Awards and commented, "It was a great night for Fantagraphics and for Seattle, and even though Gary's been completely insufferable since Saturday night, going on and on about 'genius this' and 'genius that,' blah blah blah, we're extremely proud of the big lug."
Eric, Kelly O. and Gary
Yes, indeed, we are so proud of Gary and happy to be a part of the everchanging landscape of comics, graphic novels and just damn good storytelling. VIVA COMICS and VIVA GROTH!
The time has come, the Seattlelite said, to pick a frickin' Genius! The alt-weekly paper in town, The Stranger, is hosting it's annual Genius awards tomorrow after a few events where the genius nominees show it off. Fantagraphics co-founder and editor Gary Groth is nominated in the literature category alongside comics writer/novelist G. Willow Wilson and poet Shin Yu Pai.
The event tomorrow night is F.R.E.E. but you have to reserve and download tickets. SO join the huge, drunken party for all 15 finalists at the Moore Theatre (tickets here), with the Seattle Rock Orchestra and other live performances, and five of the finalists (one from each category) will go home with $5,000 each, no strings attached. To read more about all the Genius nominees in their categories (film, literature, music, performance, visual art), visit The Stranger articles on it.