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This Week in Fanta Events: 10/2-10/5
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeSimon HanselmannRobert WilliamsPaul HornschemeierJim WoodringJacques BoyreauGilbert HernandezeventsEd PiskorCarol TylerBob Fingermanart 1 Oct 2014 4:40 PM

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Wednesday, October 1

 

  • Covington, KY: Carol Tyler, noted cartoonist, and creator of the series You'll Never Know, will be giving a presentation at cultural/educational/theatre center, The Carnegie. Her presentation will be of interest not just to aspiring artists, but to those interested in the affects of war on the soldier, and their loved ones. Presentation is FREE, and runs from 7-8 pm, with a gallery of original work running the rest of the month. (More Details)
  • Tacoma, WA: Former Fanta Fintern, Michael Fitzgerald is embarking on new territory by opening Tacoma's newest destination store, Destiny City Comics. Right next to the popular book store, King's Books, Destiny Comics opens this day to bring the good folks of Tacoma more literary art offerings, like our beautiful Fantagraphics books. Pay them a visit, and support your local comic book store! (More Details)
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Thursday, October 2
  • Minneapolis: Minnesota didn't have anything as cool as Boneshaker Books when I lived there, just a bunch of wild turkeys. But this day they'll be hosting a bunch of wild boys as our Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle tour makes it's way out West. Pop by this completely volunteer run beauty of a book store, from 5 pm until closing. It'll be rad! (More Details
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Friday, October 3
  • Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit; a celebration of exploitative art and images in cinema, curracted by Jacques Boyrau, author of the upcoming book from Fantagraphics, Super Trash. The exhibit run in conjunction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland. Tonight's film is Streets of Fire, the rock n' roll-kidnapping classic from director, Walter Hill, the producer off all Alien/Prometheus films, AND the director of The Warriors. (More Details)
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 Saturday, October 4
  • Las Vegas (Baby!): Now that Gilbert Hernandez is joining our cute boys for their Vegas stop, I think we upgraded to the cute MEN tour. This all-star lineup of Hernandez, Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle has a slew of books and pens ready to sign your copies of Megahex, Lose #6, Distance Mover, and Luba and Her Family. Move on down to Cosmic Comics this Saturday from Noon-4 pm and pick up the hottest book of the year, while visiting with the hottest cartoonists of the century. (More Details
  • Cambridge, MA: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE! It not only has the cutest name for a convention, but they have a stellar line up of guests for the free two day show at Lesley University. Some of those cartoonists include: Paul Hornschemeier, Emily Carroll, Box Brown, James Kochalka, and Raina Telgemeier. Tons of guests, panels, and books! (More Details)
  • San Francisco, CA: Many things could be said about the city by the bay: techy, expensive, foggy. But one constant truth is that it's played home to the underground comix scene since the '60s.  And they bring it on home every year for Alternative Press Expo, this time hosting special guests like Bob FingermanEd Piskor, and Robert Williams. And the ebullient Eric Reynolds will be facilitating signings, and selling our wares at booth 331-333. Buy badges online or at the door! 
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Sunday, October 5
  • Cambridge, MA: MICE is back for its second free day of independent comic goodness. And just look at that poster than our own Mr. Paul Hornschemeier designed especially for this event! The door are open from 11 am to 4 pm. (More Details)
  • Los Angeles: The boys of summer are hitting up trendy LA at the wonderful wonderful wonderful, Secret Headquarters. If you frequent Flog, I'm sure you have this tour memorized by now, so spread the word that starting at 5 pm, everyone needs to head on down to SHQ for the best night of their lives*. (More Details
  • Seattle, WA: Musicians Bill Frisell and James McNew will be joining Jim Woodring onstage at Seattle Town Hall for an evening of spontaneous creation; while music is played, Woodring will create his surreal and mind bending artwork before your eyes, and project it onto a screen for all to see. Oh did I mention that tickets are only $5?! You can get them here, and then join us this Sunday at 7:30 for what can only be described as an experience. (More Details)

 

An Evening of Spontaneous Creation with James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 1 Oct 2014 9:13 AM



James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring!!! Seriously, what more do I need to say?

I've written before about the creative synergy between our dear Uncle Jim and McNew and his band, Yo La Tengo. They've collaborated before on everything from CD illustrations to tattoos to plastic figurines of the band... yet, somehow, they had never collaborated ON STAGE.

This Sunday, October 5th, this monstruous injustice will be put to rest at Seattle's Town Hall.  McNew will be joined by legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, who collaborated with Woodring himself on the (now sold out) 2002 "children's" book, Trosper.  Together, these two musical madmen will create catastrophic beauty with an "in-the-moment collaboration."

Inspired by the music, Woodring will create his otherworldly artwork, projected on a screen for everyone to witness unfolding. TL; DR? Simply put, minds will be blown

Tickets are a ridiculously cheap $5. If ever there were a time to take advantage of the insanity of artists, this is it. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the Fantagraphics Bookstore crew will have Jim's stunning books in stock. (And Jim reports he'll have some of those limited-edition hard-to-find Yo La Tengo Presspop Dolls with him!)

This once-in-a-lifetime (oh, fine, maybe it'll happen again someday) performance begins at 7:30 PM. The beautiful, historical Town Hall is located at 1119 8th Avenue.

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Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Kim ThompsonJim WoodringDale Yarger 25 Sep 2014 11:30 AM

 

Today would have been the 58th birthday of Kim Thompson. Recently I stumbled across this photograph, from the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in 2012, while looking through the Fantagraphics flickr feed; I keep coming back to it. That's Kim with his back to the camera, looking at the work of our friend and former art director, Dale Yarger, who passed away that spring, another wonderful human being we lost to cancer way too soon. It would have been unfathomable at that time to think that Kim, too, would be gone within a year. Yet here we are. That's the great Jim Woodring in the foreground, with an unspeakably reverent look on his face that says more than I could ever hope to write. All three of these gentlemen have loomed large in my life, and this photo awashes me with emotion. 

SEATTLE: Jim Woodring at Town Hall
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 23 Sep 2014 12:41 PM
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The time is nigh to buy tickets to see Jim Woodring at Town Hall in Seattle! On Sunday, October 5, from 7:30 - 8:45pm you will be glued to your seat for Offhand Gestures: An Evening of Spontaneous Creation with James McNew, Bill Frisell, and Jim Woodring. Woodring will great on-the-spot drawings and paintings inspired by the collaborative musical efforts of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and James McNew, bassist for Yo La Tengo. An event for the lover of music, comics, visual performance arts and above all, collaboration. Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Fantagraphics and sponsored by City Arts

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Town Hall website. Woodring's newest book is available for purchase online, at your local comic and bookstores or your favorite library branch.

"Woodring's great talent, apart from his beautiful artwork, is his ability to make these absurd and almost nonsensical stories enthralling." - Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

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Weekly OCD 9.10.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Will ElderOCDLucy KnisleyJohn SeverinJim WoodringHarvey KurtzmanEleanor DavisEd PiskorDisneyDash ShawChuck ForsmanCarl BarksAn Age of License 9 Sep 2014 1:00 PM

This week's delicious figgy pudding of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor - CoverInterview: Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: by Ed Piskor

"These bite-sized biographies of hip hop’s biggest names and slice-of-life reflections on its defining moments are routinely featured at Boing Boing, but to really experience these beautifully stylized vignettes in all their throwback glory you really need to check out the collected editions." – Geek Dad

Review: "In this volume, you see the evolution from club following to recording industry. Names you recognize are put in a different light—Melle Mel, Kool Herc, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella, Ice T, Run-DMC, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons." – Ebony

 

Jim by Jim Woodring - CoverReview: Jim by Jim Woodring

"Woodring’s great talent, apart from his beautiful artwork, is his ability to make these absurd and almost nonsensical stories enthralling." – Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

 

An Age of License by Lucy Knisley - CoverReview: An Age of License by Lucy Knisley

"This book is more thought-provoking than her other works, demonstrating growth and a challenge to readers to think about these things in their own lives." – Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - CoverReview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"…her stories often feature tremendous longing and sadness, but they also lushly suggest what a blessing it is to be alive and in the world. She presents, in short, a more realistic picture of what it means to be a human, with our ever-present mind/body tug-of-war, than almost anyone else out there making art." – Hillary Brown, BoingBoing

 

Bomb Run and Other Stories by Harvey Kurtzman, John Severin, Will Elder et al. - CoverReview: Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, et al.

"John Severin was a master at drawing in a very meticulous, detailed and old-school style, with beautiful depth and texture added in Elder’s ink-work. Severin was also known as being a stickler for historical accuracy, something that will be greatly appreciated by modern readers interested in history and historical wargaming." – Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing

 

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - CoverReview: Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman

"Forsman captures the simplicity of youth in Mike and Wolf’s interactions, as they freely flee and are more drawn to boardwalk video games than of the region’s infamous sinful escapes." – Stephanie Trott, Cleaver Magazine

 

Jim Woodring Interview on The Stranger
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under The StrangerJim Woodringinterviewsevents 4 Sep 2014 10:30 AM

Paul Constant over at The Stranger has an excellent write-up on Jim Woodring's new "Notorious Autojournal", Jim:

Jim is a brand-new collection of Woodring's earliest comics work, which was originally produced as zines in the early 1980s until Fantagraphics cofounder Gary Groth fell in love with his work and became his lifelong publisher. This isn't a stack of embarrassing juvenalia; the quality of work is very high, but if you stare at the pages for a while, you'll notice a bit of uncharacteristic uncertainty resonating through the ink. In an interview with Woodring, he admits that "it is hard to go back to your old work," but he's overall "thrilled" to review his earliest comics. "I was stunned by how authentic [the work in Jim] is to me today," he says. The book "had this symbolic power, and I can feel it rising up in me again" while reading it. Keen eyes can spot a faulty bit of crosshatched shading, or a messy silhouette that Woodring would never sign his name to now, but for the most part, this is fully realized work produced by the hand of a man who is entirely confident about what he's trying to communicate.

And don't forget that the man himself will be signing books at the University Bookstore in Seattle TONIGHT at 7PM.

Jim by Jim Woodring - Cover

OCD Extra: Fall Booklist Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under OCDLucy KnisleyJim WoodringEleanor Davis 27 Aug 2014 3:45 PM
The current and next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:
How to Be Happy
"What's most noticeable when the stories are laid up against one another is her varied visual approach, adapting her style to best fit the material...The success of this collection suggests that short pieces are likely Davis' métier, but what's here is so accomplished that it's natural to hope for a book-length work next time out." –Gordon Flagg
Jim Woodring  
"Woodring launched his comics career in the mid-1980s with Jim, a magazine featuring surreal stories based on his disturbingly bizarre dreams...What these stories also share with the Frank-related comics is Woodring's lush but expressively cartoonish drawing style...Woodring's Frank comics subtly burrow their way into your subconscious, but the Jim stories work a similar magic in an-only slightly-more straightforward and accessible fashion." –Gordon Flagg
An Age of License
by Lucy Knisley
"In her classic travelogue style and interspersed with lovely, contemplative watercolor sketches, she offers glimpses of her journey-feeling...as she observes her life from the distance of travel, and her simple lines, lively illustrations, and patchwork of moments she chooses to include artfully capture her introspective mood. Fans of Knisley's earlier works, particularly older teens or young adults, will appreciate this honest, charming, and gently paced travel journal." –Candice Mack



SEATTLE: Jim Woodring at the University Bookstore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 26 Aug 2014 3:15 PM
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Is your mind's eye open? Can it possibly hold all of the beauty in the world? If not, then Jim Woodring's new book JIM is the collection of comics to prepare you. Built on foundation of hallucinations and nightmares, Jim is Woodring's alter-ego and allows him the creative freedom live in alternate dimensions and answer the question "What If" in a language he didn't even know existed. 
 
Joe Garvin of News from Mill Creek and the University Bookstore recently reviewed Jim, "Anthropomorphic creatures resembling frogs and elephants occupy strange but uncannily familiar landscapes; beings traverse realms and undergo spontaneous transformations. Nevertheless, all seems to belong to a private and coherent symbolic language. This is the wondrous and unique sensation of reading Woodring's most personal work-the artist delving deeply into his imaginative consciousness, and creating artful transmissions back from his world.
 
Jim Woodring, the cartoonist, will be discuss and sign his book at the free event at the University Bookstore on Thursday, September 4th at 7pm. (4326 University Way NE, Seattle w 98105). The book is available for purchase in-store, by phone at (206) 634-3400, or at ubookstore.com, on the date of the event.
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New Comics Day 8.13.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJim Woodring 13 Aug 2014 1:15 PM
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.

Jim  

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

"Jim Woodring is one of our greatest cartoonists, and these are some of his greatest comics. There are two or three potential top 25 all-time comics shorts in here." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 
 
"Fantagraphics hardcover collection of Jim Woodring's personal, allegorical and autobiographical comics from the '80s & '90s, works which proved very mind-expanding to me, personally, through their treatment of conscious and subconscious realities as equally pertinent to funnybook memoir. Some of them are also really, REALLY funny - proper ‘alternative comics'-era classics in here!" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal


Now in Stock: Jim by Jim Woodring
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJim Woodring 8 Aug 2014 7:30 AM

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

Jim by Jim Woodring - Cover

Jim
by Jim Woodring

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

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Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring's bestselling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring's cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are common- place. Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work — comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings, with a new introduction and afterword by the man himself. Abounding in metaphors if you choose to see them and naked self-disclosure if you don't, this volume of comics, prose, and images — collected here for the first time — is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.

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Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
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The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22)
Charles Schulz Even the most devoted Peanuts fan will find surprises here! The school bus never comes… Charlie Brown hits a home run (off a famous player's granddaughter)… Snoopy makes a run for the Supreme Court and battles pneumonia…
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Dash Shaw Dr. Cho's device, the Charon, allows entry to the afterlife to bring the dead back to life. But the dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want in their minds — what if they don't want to come back?
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