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Category >> Jason

Daily links: 11/10/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under spainreviewsPopeyePatrick RosenkranzLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJR Williamsjohn kerschbaumJasonIvan BrunettiHal FosterGilbert HernandezDaniel Clowes 10 Nov 2008 5:31 PM

The Comics Waiting Room Podcast talks about Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 (and a half-dozen other recent graphic novels)

• Flickr user "tvsavior" posts this photo of Gilbert Hernandez giving a talk at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival on Saturday

Great Caesar's Post! recommends Popeye Vol. 3...

• ... and Pol Culture takes a thorough look at Popeye Vol. 2

The Oregonian reports from the "Comics and Politics" panel that featured Spain Rodriguez, Patrick Rosenkranz, and Alison Bechdel at last weekend's Wordstock festival in Portland, OR

Look, a groovy mid-'90s Fantagraphics house ad from J.R. Williams

The Onion A.V. Club Comics Panel looks at Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories by Jason

A Norwegian (I think) ode to Ivan Brunetti

Four Color Commentary looks at the 45th volume in our Prince Valiant series

Comics Waiting Room reviews Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

• Link of the Month and Possibly the Year: "The book seems to have been done tongue in cheek... However I am posting this as serious as I want as many as possible to avoid this time in Earth's history."

Now in stock: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesJason 7 Nov 2008 3:23 PM

The Comics Journal #294

The Comics Journal #294
Edited by Mike Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Art speaks louder than words when the Journal interviews two cartoonists who have had success with “silence.” Norwegian Jason, who populates comics, such as Hey, Wait…, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler with deadpan anthropomorphic animals, muses on the thin line between tragedy and laughter and why B-movie creations continue to resonate with the 21st century public. Lio comic-strip cartoonist Mark Tatulli talks to the Journal about bringing kids and ghouls together on the Funny Pages in Lio, one of the most innovative and entertaining comics strips in recent decades. And a color comics gallery goes back to the early days of one of the world’s longest-running comic strips: Billy DeBeck’s Snuffy Smith precursor, Take Barney Google, F’rinstance, spanning 1919 to 1921.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Back in stock: a bunch of books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas OttThe Comics Journalnew releasesJasonHal FosterDave Cooper 6 Nov 2008 2:27 PM

Thanks to some inventory reshuffling we now have several formerly out-of-stock books back in our warehouse and available to order! Quantities are very limited — in some cases, literally a handful — so get your order in quick before they're gone again! The list:

The Comic Strip Art of Lyonel Feininger
The Comics Journal #290 (with the Schulz and Peanuts roundtable, this one sold out fast the first time)
Crumple by Dave Cooper
Greetings from Hellville by Thomas Ott
Prince Valiant Vol. 11: Intrigues at Camelot (1946-1947) by Hal Foster
Prince Valiant Vol. 41: King of Atheldag (1971-1972) by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy
Prince Valiant Vol. 50: Vikings on the Isle of Man by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy (undamaged copies)
Tell Me Something by Jason






Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesJason 30 Oct 2008 4:02 PM

Here's your first glimpse at the feature interviews with Norwegian graphic novelist Jason and Lio cartoonist Mark Tartulli, the special portfolio of cartoonists' holiday cards, the comics section of Barney Google strips, and more that can be found in the upcoming Comics Journal #294. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

New Comics Day 10/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayJoe KubertJasonDavid LevineBill Schelly 28 Oct 2008 11:00 PM

Fantagraphics titles shipping to comics shops across the U.S.A. this week:

American Presidents by David Levine
Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
Sshhhh! by Jason (New Printing)

Also: other publishers have new stuff coming out from our pals Chris Ware, Gilbert Hernandez and Kevin Huizenga, so this is definitely a good week to hit the shops. As customary, we've got previews of our releases that you can check out at the links above to help maximize your shopping time.

Now in stock: new printings of Hey, Wait... & The Left Bank Gang by Jason
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJason 27 Oct 2008 3:48 PM

Hey, Wait... by Jason

Hey, Wait...
By Jason

This superbly evocative graphic novella by the award-winning Norwegian cartoonist Jason (his first appearance in the English language) starts off as a melancholy childhood memoir and then, with a shocking twist midway through, becomes the summary of lives lived, wasted, and lost. (Imagine a version of Stand by Me in which not all of the kids outrace the train.) Like Art Spiegelman did with Maus, Jason utilizes anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth charge comes as an even greater shock. His sparse dialogue, dark wit, and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next (sometimes spanning a number of years) make Hey, Wait... a surprising and engaging debut. Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez calls this one of the best graphic novels ever.

64-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $12.95
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The Left Bank Gang by Jason

The Left Bank Gang
By Jason

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar... no, it's not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason's unique new graphic novel. Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but...graphic novelists! Yes, in Jason's warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four work literary giants work in the comics medium but they get together to discuss pen vs. brush, chat about the latest graphic novels from Dostoevsky ("I can't tell any of his characters apart!") to Faulkner ("Hasn't he heard of white space? His panels are too crowded!"), and bemoan their erratic careers. With guest appearances by Zelda Fitzgerald and Jean-Paul Sartre, and a few remarkable twists and turns along the way, and you've got one of the funniest and most playful graphic novels of the year. Like Jason's acclaimed Why Are You Doing This?, The Left Bank Gang is rendered in full spectacular color.

2007 Eisner Award Winner, Best U.S. Edition of International Material

48-page full-color 7" x 10" softcover • $12.95
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Now in stock: Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason - with preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJason 15 Oct 2008 3:05 PM

Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason

Sshhhh! (New Printing)
By Jason

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author comes this sharp suite of short tales, ranging from the funny to the terrifying to the surreal to the touching, all told entirely in pantomime. Like Chris Ware, Jason's clean, deadpan style (featuring animal-headed characters with mask-like faces) hides a wealth of emotion and human complexity, leavened with a wicked wit. Jason's work has also drawn comparisons to Art Spiegelman for the similar ways both artists utilize anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth-charge comes as an even greater shock. His dark wit and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next are endlessly surprising and exhilarating. This new 2008 reprint features a brand new cover design.

120-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $16.99
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New desktop/mobile wallpaper downloads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersMomemetaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJim WoodringJasonDaniel Clowes 24 Sep 2008 4:30 PM

We've got a brand-new selection of downloadable wallpapers featuring recent and upcoming Fantagraphics titles. Just click on the size that matches your monitor resolution and the image will open in a new window; if you're on a PC, right-click the image and select "Set As Background"; if you're on a Mac, control+click and select "Set As Desktop Background." (We don't know what the procedure is for iPhones, but if you have one, you probably do, right?) And for our complete selection of wallpapers, click right here!

NEW: Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes

800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1152 x 864 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 720 | iPhone

NEW: Hey, Wait... by Jason

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NEW: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

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NEW: Mome Vol. 12 cover by Olivier Schrauwen

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NEW: The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

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NEW: Sshhhh! by Jason

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NEW: Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

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Jason: Low Moon Collected
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Jason 22 Sep 2008 10:49 AM

Coming next year, fans of Jason will be excited to hear that this book  collects several new stories besides the New York Times Magazine serial, "Low Moon."

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Upcoming book pre-order orgy!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalTed StearnPopeyenew releasesLilli CarréJoe KubertJasonDavid Levine 18 Sep 2008 3:43 PM

The following books are now available for pre-order! Click the cover images for more info about each book. And of course we'll be bringing you previews as the release dates get closer. All are expected to arrive between now and the end of October. For more, see our Upcoming Arrivals page.

The Comics Journal #293 - S. Clay Wilson

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
(Coincidentally, today is Joe Kubert's 82nd birthday!)

American Presidents by David Levine

Popeye Vol. 3 by E.C. Segar

The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn

And new editions of these out-of-print books by Jason:

Hey, Wait... by Jason

Sshhhh! by Jason

The Left Bank Gang by Jason