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ECCC was A+++!
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffrockPeter BaggeMegan KelsoJim WoodringJim BlanchardJacques BoyreaueventsBasil Wolverton 16 Mar 2011 10:38 AM
Fantagraphics at Emerald City ComiCon 2011
Fantagraphics staffers Eric Buckler, Gavin Lees, and an appearance from head honcho Gary Groth!
 
Thanks to everyone who visited the Fantagraphics booth at the 9th Annual Emerald City Comicon! It was great to see everyone there, and we hope you're enjoying the books you bought from us!
 
We sold out of Prison Pit, Vol. 1 and Werewolves of Montpelier pretty quickly -- which I think is awesome and hilarious for this mostly mainstream show. Is Cannibal Fuckface the next great superhero? Clearly, yes. 
 
 
It was exciting to debut hot-off-the-presses copies of Four Color Fear, Love From the Shadows, Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition, and The Last Rose of Summer. And if you were there on Sunday, our great curator Larry Reid was on hand, presenting a sneak peek at our upcoming release Taking Punk to the Masses, out next month! Thanks to Seattlest for the pic above, and for the "comiconversation" with Larry on their site!
 
Fantagraphics at Emerald City ComiCon 2011- Jacques Boyreau
 
We hope you all enjoyed getting your books signed by our artists Peter Bagge and Megan Kelso, and editor Jacques Boyreau, seen above talking "grindhouse" with some ComiCon attendees. Thanks to them for spending time with us at our booth that weekend! 
 
And thanks so much to the Fantagraphics staffers who manned the table. I wanna send out an extra-special thanks to the latest member of the Fantagraphics team, Ian Burns, for working all three days of the con! (Congratulations on the promotion from intern to Customer Service Representative!)
 
And another extra-special thanks goes to The Comics Journal contributor Gavin Lees who was a welcome weekend-long surprise addition to the team, along with his intergalactic-sweetie Heather (who got to meet Shatner!!!).
 
Finally, an additional thanks goes out to our friends at AmericaWare for keeping the good-lookin' staffers of Fantagraphics even more good-lookin' with t-shirts sporting the artwork of Jim Woodring, Jim Blanchard, and (not a Jim) Basil Wolverton. These fantastic tees are available for a limited time only at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, so hurry down there for the best selection!
 
Top Shelf at Emerald City ComiCon - Brett Warnock
 
You can check out more pictures from Emerald City ComiCon on the Fantagraphics Flickr. Above is a pic I snuck of friend Brett Warnock at the Top Shelf Productions booth. Top Shelf were the co-sponsors of our "Con Artists" ECCC After-Party, which was a rockin'-fun time! Photos from the party are also up on Flickr, like the ones seen below!
 
Matthew Southworth at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Matthew Southworth, of The Capillaries
 
Can You Imagine? at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Peter Bagge, to the right, with Can You Imagine?
 
The Rheas at Con Artists ECCC afterparty
Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds with The Rheas
 
Up next: MoCCA!!  Mike, Gary, and I will see you there!
 


Things to See: 3/7/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerstaffSergio PonchioneRichard SalaMegan KelsoMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDash ShawDaniel ClowesDame Darcy 7 Mar 2011 10:55 PM

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• More from the mid-aughts Arthur magazine archives: "Trauma Valley" (not to be confused with Profanity Hill) by our own Jason T. Miles and "Post-Election Funnies" from John Hankiewicz, Megan Kelso and others

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Dame Darcy started a new illustration series inspired by her new Southern-Gothic surroundings; that and more in her latest blog update

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The unpublished first version of Daniel Clowes's portrait of Bill Murray for GQ (shown on the Clowes blog alongside the final version)

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Warren Beatty as John McCabe by Jim Blanchard

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The true-life story of Bambi Bembenek as illustrated by Richard Sala for Playboy in the mid-1990s

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• The volume of terrific sketches by Tom Kaczynski at his Transatlantis blog has really kicked up; there's also publishing news from his Uncivilized Books concern

leprethon

• It's Johnny Ryan's poster for "Leprethon" (that's right, a St. Patrick's day marathon of Leprechaun movies) at Cinefamily

Cangue League Poster

• Holy smokes it's a cavalcade of strips, sketches, illustrations and book proposals on Nate Neal's Flickr stream

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This album cover illustration by Eleanor Davis

And more Things to See from the past week:

• New sketches illustrations from Matthias Lehmann at his Bloc-Notes blog

• Vintage Mjau Mjau artwork and Audrey Hepburn film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spots (accepted and killed) on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

Proportion, pages and other artwork from Frank Santoro

• Recent sketches by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Sketches by Mark Kalesniko (for his new graphic novel Freeway and otherwise) at his blog

• Herrimanesque sketches and another page from a Kevin Huizenga "Focus" book at his New Construction blog

• A new illustration at Mondobliquo and an older series begins at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Sketches, portraits, & updates from Steve Brodner

• Daily drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog (#125 is funny)

Another old Chrome Fetus strip from Hans Rickheit

Things to See: 2/14/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoTony MillionaireThings to seeSteve BrodnerstaffSophie CrumbSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJohn HankiewiczJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitEleanor DavisDash Shaw 14 Feb 2011 4:44 PM

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• Magnificent new album cover illustration by Tony Millionaire

OUTSIDE THE BONES

• Wonderfully lurid book cover illustration by Wilfred Santiago for Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Iorio

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• Tributes to St. Ogan and more sketching by Kevin Huizenga at STL Drawing Club and New Construction

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Renee French, still great on a daily basis

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• New sketches & watercolors by Sophie Crumb

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• I'm at a loss to describe this by Josh Simmons

Bush Sr.

Jason T. Miles continues his hall of laughing Presidents

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Oliver Reed by Jim Blanchard

And more Things to See from the past week:

• Strips, illustrations and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

A page from a forthcoming comic by John Hankiewicz

• Sketches by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• More artwork from Mark Kalesniko's new graphic novel Freeway and drawings of stylish girls at his blog

Noah Van Sciver's "Throbbing Head"

New sketches & strips by Laura Park

• Another great batch of sketches at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

Sketches, portraits, & updates from Steve Brodner

• Daily drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Hans Rickheit attempts to capture a Cochlea & Eustachia catfight

• Sketches and prints by Eleanor Davis at her We Be Ouija blog

Things to See: 2/7/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerstaffSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMatthias LehmannMarco CoronaLaura ParkJim FloraJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitDerek Van GiesonDash ShawDame Darcy 7 Feb 2011 11:51 PM

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Some magazine illustrations from Richard Sala's archives

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Ronald Wilson Reagan by our own Jason T. Miles

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• A previously unseen Jim Flora piece at the Jim Flora Art blog

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Jim Blanchard did this custom-painted Chicken Little figurine a few years ago

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An older Chrome Fetus strip by Hans Rickheit that has been excised from his upcoming Folly collection

And more Things to See from the past week:

• New illustrations from Matthias Lehmann at his Bloc-Notes blog

• Various strips and illustrations by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spot on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

• The latest Dame Darcy artwork and handicrafts in her latest blog update

• A new illustration by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

A tale of the cartoonist's life from Noah Van Sciver

Laura Park sketches a snowy Chicago street

• Another great batch of sketches at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog

New drawings from Renee French

Sketches, portraits, & updates from Steve Brodner

• Daily drawings from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

• New sketches & strips from Derek Van Gieson at his These Days I Remain blog

Things to See: 1/10/11 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLilli CarréLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJoe KimballJim FloraJim BlanchardJasonJaime HernandezEleanor DavisDash ShawDame Darcy 10 Jan 2011 10:25 PM

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• At TCJ's The Hooded Utilitarian, analysis of sales of original Jaime Hernandez art, with pretty pictures (and graphs)

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• New Dame Darcy artwork and other news in her latest blog update

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• "The New Earthly Garden" by Eleanor Davis, plus commentary & inspirations

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Fight or Run roughs and a new "Focus Book" mini from Kevin Huizenga

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• Two vintage strips from Richard Sala: the first appearance of Judy Drood and "Time Bomb"

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• A film poster illustration (to be silkscreened) by Lilli Carré

And more Things to See from the past week:

• A new illustration and news of a new book (I think) from Matthias Lehmann at his Bloc-Notes blog

• Early strips and film reviews by Jason at his Cats Without Dogs blog

Steven Weissman's latest "I, Anonymous" spot on his Chewing Gum in Church blog

• Artwork by Marco Corona at his Il Canguro Pugilatore blog

• Vintage Jim Flora illustrations, sketches & artwork at the Jim Flora blog

• A painting of Ty Cobb by Jim Blanchard at his Jim's Info Barn blog

• More artwork from Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway at his blog

New Year's resolutions and other updates from Noah Van Sciver

The latest sketches from Laura Park

• A strip at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog, and a teaser from a new strip in Linus at Mondobliquo

Drawings, sketches, photos from Renee French

Sketches, portraits, caricatures & commentary (including video) by Steve Brodner

• Daily drawings and animation production artwork from Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

New images from Joe Kimball (be fast, sometimes they don't stay up)

Things to See: 12/13/10 Roundup
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMark KalesnikoLeslie SteinLaura ParkJohnny RyanJohn HankiewiczJoe KimballJim BlanchardGipiFrank SantoroEleanor DavisDash ShawAnders Nilsen 13 Dec 2010 10:00 PM

Spotlighting a bit more artwork from the GRSF Post-It Show 6 (some previously seen here), among other things.

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Eleanor Davis's "Es vs. Ich" Post-it series at her Doing Fine blog, with preliminary doodles on her We Be Ouija sketch blog

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Anders Nilsen's Post-its at The Monologuist

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Jim Blanchard's portrait of Sterling Hayden as Gen. Jack T. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove (not a Post-it)

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Leslie Stein's "Murmur" from Smoke Signal plus other stuff at her Majestic Creature blog

cat whacker

Johnny Ryan posted a few of what look to be mostly previously unseen commissions from a few years ago on his Flickr page

Creepy panels from Joe Kimball

And more Things to See from the past week:

• From Steven Weissman, his latest "I, Anonymous" spots and other things on his Chewing Gum in Church blog, plus sketchbook pages on Flickr

• A new print at John Hankiewicz's Clip Joint blog

• Sketches by Frank Santoro at the Cold Heat Comics blog

• More sketches for Mark Kalesniko's forthcoming graphic novel Freeway (now up for pre-order!) at his blog

Noah Van Sciver looks back on "Noahism"

• Sketches and strips by Laura Park at her Flickr page

• Illustrations at Splog!, the Sergio Ponchione Lost Objects Gallery blog, and at his Mondobliquo blog

Drawings, sketches, photos (Domo vs. Slug Girl) from Renee French

• A new illustration and a change of technique by Gipi

• Daily drawings and visual art made from the script of The Social Network by Dash Shaw at The Ruined Cast blog

Lunchtime at the Donner Diner
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringJim BlanchardJames Sturm 29 Oct 2010 4:36 PM

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In the spirit of Halloween, Jim Blanchard presents a newly-reworked version of "Donner Diner" featuring his inks over 1993 pencils by James Sturm, R. Sikoryak, Jason Lutes and Jim Woodring. Yum!

APE 2010 wrap-up & photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireMegan KelsoJim BlanchardeventsDaniel Clowes 25 Oct 2010 8:28 AM

As always, we had a swell time at the Alternative Press Expo this year.

Fantagraphics table - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Fantagraphics table - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Fantagraphics table - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

We had a lovely selection of books and comics on display.

Stowaway - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

This little guy was stowed away with the Cathy Malkasian books as we were unpacking on Saturday morning. Enjoy your new San Francisco home!

Mickey Mouse shirt - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

This Saturday shopper was sporting a splendid Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse shirt and was very excited to hear about our upcoming reprint series! Thanks for spreading the word, nice man whose name I never found out!

Megan Kelso - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

- Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Megan Kelso attracted an avid group of fans to her signing following her spotlight panel on Saturday. We sold the last copies of Artichoke Tales and The Squirrel Mother to the last fan at the very end of her signing on Sunday — uncanny! That's our own always-engaging and effervescent Janice Headley behind Megan in the second picture.

Fantagraphics table - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Fantagraphics table - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Two more views of our table as the fans peruse our selections.

Jim Blanchard, Mario Hernandez, & Dan Clowes - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Photo op! Jim Blanchard (working on his Popeye impression, apparently), Mario Hernandez and Dan Clowes had a friendly chat at Jim's table next to ours.

Daniel Clowes & Megan Kelso - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Next, Dan stopped by our table to say hi to Megan.

Tony Millionaire - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Tony Millionaire - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Tony Millionaire - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Tony Millionaire time! Tony was congenial and voluble as always, much to the delight of his many fans.

Tony Millionaire & Jackie Estrada - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

Tony points out future Eisner winner Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird to awards administrator Jackie Estrada.

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Saturday we sold out of Tony's latest book Little Maakies on the Prairie but on Sunday we still had enough of the Billy Hazelnuts books to keep fans happy, and there was beer to keep Tony happy. (Photo above by Robot 6's J.K. Parkin.) Below, Tony works on a Maakies original during a lull in the crowd:

Tony Millionaire - Alternative Press Expo (APE), Oct. 16-17, 2010

That about wraps it up. Thanks to everybody who came by the table, all the helpful APE staff and volunteers, all our exhibitor pals and neighbors, and especially to Megan and Tony for making it a great show! See you again next year, APEketeers.

APE poster, reimagined by Jim Blanchard
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Blanchardevents 14 Oct 2010 2:14 PM

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Eeeeuuughh! Jim Blanchard, who along with J.R. Williams will be our table-neighbors at the Alternative Press Expo this weekend in San Francisco (as usual), put together his own version of the show poster.

Jim Blanchard's Icon Soup, with pizza
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Blanchardeventsart shows 1 Sep 2010 9:56 AM

Icon Soup flyer - Jim Blanchard

Jim Blanchard brings his Icon Soup art show to fancy-pants pizza joint Snoose Junction Part Dieu here in Seattle. Jim says "I'll have 18 recent paintings on their walls from September 10 through October 7 — Opening night is Friday, Sept 10 at 7 PM, and it should be a cool scene!" More info at Jim's Info Barn blog.