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Julia Gfrörer on Words & Pictures
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia Gfrörerinterviews 11 Jun 2014 2:45 PM

Black is the Color 

Black is the Color of the radio airwaves this week! Julia Gfrörer and Portland's Ellery Harvey are collaborators in bringing the art of comics off the page and into the performance space, and they're the guests tomorrow Thursday morning (June 12th) from 11:30 to noon on Words & Pictures.

 

From Words & Pictures: The gothic sensibility of Julia's pen and ink artwork and spare archaic dialogue, in such graphic novels as Black is the Color, bring together historical, mythical, and sensual themes. Lambhouse Letterpress founder Ellery, who has toured the Pacific Northwest with Julia, backs up her artwork with musical soundscapes at such events as Gridlords and Linework NW.

Words & Pictures airs the second Thursday of each month from 11:30am to noon (PDT) on KBOO Radio, 90.7fm.  KBOO's real-time webstream is available at  via iTunes or Abacast, and on mobile devices through the TuneIn app.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/27-6/1
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Tony MillionaireNoah Van SciverLucy KnisleyJulia GfrörereventsEsther Pearl WatsonCharles Forsmanart shows 28 May 2014 2:32 PM

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Thursday, May 29th

  • NYC: The Javits Center is playing host to the 2014 industry trade show, Book Expo of America, the premier literary showcase. And Fantagraphics Associate Editor, Eric Reynolds will be manning the booth and on hand to discuss our exciting new releases like Hip Hop Family Tree Book Two, and upcoming titles, including the innumerable ZAP! collection. Begins at 9:30 am. (More details)

 

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Friday, May 30th 

  • Chicago, IL: Maakies maestro, Tony Millionaire, will be on hand at Graham Cracker Comics from 5pm-7pm to sign your well worn or brand new copies of Sock Monkey Treasury and Green Eggs and Maakies! Kick off Chicago's alternative comic expo off right by joining us for a night of mingling and fun. (More details)
  • NYC: The second day of Book Expo America is underway, starting bright and early at 8 am! (More details)

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Saturday, May 31th 

  • Chicago, IL: Join Fantagraphics and a slew of our favorite creators for the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)! Special guest, Tony Millionaire will be in attending and giving a special conversation with friend of Fanta and comics, Caitlin McGurk. Panel will be on site, beginning at 12 noon. Don't miss these wonderful exhibiting artists either: Julia GfrorerLucy KnisleyCharles Forsman's Oily Comics, and Noah Van Sciver! Doors open to this FREE event at 11 am. (More details)
  • NYC: In tandem with the Book Expo of America, the final day of the show will open to all consumers and books lovers with Book Con! Wander the show floor, check out our gorgeous display, and let Eric dazzle you with our diverse and beautiful collection. All day tickets are $30, available here. (More details)

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Sunday, June 1st  

  • Waxahachie, TX: Esther Pearl Wastson is fixin' for a real good time at her hometown art show and signing at the Webb Gallery! Debuting original paintings by the queen of '80s teen, Watson will also be on hand to sign your beloved copies of the fresh Unlovable 3! Come on down between 4-7 pm, ya'll. (More details)
  • Chicago, IL: We're back for the second day of CAKE to bring you all of your alternative comics needs. Doors open again at 11 am, and today brings you another Millionaire filled panel 12 noon called "Seduction of the Innocent with friends Liz Prince and Tucker Stone. Don't miss this! (More details

Linework NW 2014 Photo Album
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia GfrörerJim Woodringevents 14 Apr 2014 6:25 PM

Linework
Linework NW was this weekend and yes, yes, yes fantastic. And if you're wondering where photos are of the two dudes in charge, François Vigneault and Zack Soto, they just never stopped moving long enough to photograph! (Photo above by official Linework NW photographer, Caroline Smith)

At the Opening Party (at Reading Frenzy) Ed Luce tells Edie Fake a secret.
Edie and Ed
The back gallery held a lot of gorgeous Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge art.
Woodring
Shannon O'Leary (of Publisher's Weekly and the Big Feminist But) finally meets cartoonist Annie Murphy, who is also in No Straight Lines.Hugs
Sam Alden sees his first comic 'with a spine'! Haunter from Study Group 12 (currently available via their Kickstarter)Sam Alden
Party people (who would soon be my captives during dinner): Jonas Madden-Connor, Caity and Danithan Meija of Foxing Quarterly, red-headed Anna Pederson (our former Fanta-intern-turned-warehouse muscle), and colorist Ryan Hill. (photo by fest staff, Sam Marx)Yes
It was absolutely packed! (photo by fest organizer, François Vigneault)Linework NW
We popped by Bridge City Comics down the street. Guess which New York Times Best Selling author & cartoonist will be signing there for his second Fantagraphics book this November?
Bridge City Comics
Our sweet set-up.The table
Father-daughter comic shopping is pretty cute. Chris Roberson and Georgia find their fun in the classics like the brand-spankin' new Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn and Batter Up, Charlie Brown.
Chris and Georgia
Linework NW staffer Sam Marx grabs the yet-to-be-released-in-stores, Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge. The collected Hate comics are the first ones Marx read as a kid, you can get them in print or read them digitally via comiXology (the first issue is free for a limited time!).
Sam Marx
Julia Gfrörer returned to Portland to sell the last few copies of Black is the Color, here she's on a panel with the fantastic Tom Neely and Farel Dalrymple. (Photo by Caroline Smith)
Julia
Special guest and Fantagraphics' cartoonist Jim Woodring's line just WOULDN'T QUIT the whole show.
Jim Woodring's line
Woodring also brought his huge nib and Linework NW had a little fundraiser for anyone who wanted to try to draw with it. Did you know he has to BOIL the dried ink off the nib? And here I was just using some Windex like a chump. (photo by Caroline Smith)
Nib
Diana Schutz, Dark Horse editor, stepped behind our booth for a minute to hawk our wares (she's a fan of the classics) and then ran into Shawna Gore and her half-clone.
Shawna and Diana
A whole lotta Seattle people came down to Portland for the show like this line of dudes: Nate, Dave, Gavin and Dean. Kinda in love with their candid, posed, candid, posed pose (unrehearsed but I think this isn't their first rodeo).
Dudes
One of Jacob Covey's schoolmates came by the booth to 'WOW, HOLY SHIT look at this DESIGN' on Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury. Ladies of the press, Allison Baker (Comic Book Resources) and Shannon O'Leary (Publishers Weekly) came by for a squeeze.
friends
Austin's best new micropublisher, Foxing Quarterly, hangs tough with some beautiful issues with art direction by Jim Rugg and a cat print by Dash Shaw.Foxing Quarterly
Sloane Leong and some manga fans drooled over Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano. A few people mourned the fact they had bought the book from Amazon and were waiting on it instead of buying from us directly, "I could be reading it right now!"Linework NW
Craig Thompson just had to come by and visit with Jim Woodring for a bit (in case, you know, anyone he was eating dinner with that night wondered why he was late).
Craig Thompson and Jim Woodring
And finally, one of my favorite reoccuring con sightings are the young kids that read Johnny Ryan. Like, DEVOUR it. His mother was unfazed by any phallic or vaginal imagery in it. Parents, am I right?!Johnny Ryan kiddo
Johnny Ryan fanatic
The show was non-stop. It was a tad hot since we were in the back but such fun to engage with fans of Fantagraphics' cartoonists and books in general.
Norse Hall
Norse Hall was beautiful and I'm already sad that Linework NW will probably move somewhere larger next year but Zack Soto and François Vigneault know aesthetics.
Norse Hall
The after-party at Em Space Book Arts Center was slammin' with pizza, beer and so many letter presses - I was honestly a little apprehensive with amount of food around the equipment but everyone was pretty respectful. Portland State University Vanguard reporter, Andrew, gets the low-down on the show from Danithan and Caity of Foxing Quarterly.
Linework Afterparty
Anna helped out at the table for a good chunk of the day and Seattle cartoonist Damon Gentry offered his food-getting services countless times. Thanks for having us and being so darn sweet to us, Portland. Fantagraphics will be back!
Anna, Damon and Jen

 









































Fantagraphics at Linework NW
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia GfrörerJim Woodringevents 9 Apr 2014 11:19 PM
Linework
Get yourself SO READY for Fantagraphics at the new, hip one day show in Portland, Oregon this weekend called Linework NW that is absolutely free to attend! From 2-9pm Linework NW will be open at Norse Hall at 111 NE 11th Ave. You'll find the Fantagraphics table (#18) RIGHT next to Jim Woodring's for all your signing needs! We'll have all the Multiverse titles you've been craving plus Woodring's sketchbook, Problematic. Julia Gfrörer will also be at Linework, right as you walk in the door (in teal below). If you see a copy of Black is the Color on her table or ours GRAB IT* because it is sold out. Julia is also signing at our table from 5:30-6:30pm.
 
The map
 
There are more parties than show practically at Linework. Thursday night is Edie Fake's presentation and siging for her new book, Memory Palaces at Floating World. The Opening Party is at Reading Frenzy on Friday, April 11, 7:00pm featuring Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge. After the show on Saturday is the Closing Party at Em Space: Saturday, April 12, 9:00 pm. And then finally on Sunday, April 13th at 7pm Gridlords will be performing along with Julia Gfrörer at Holocene Portland.
 
Linework NW guests
 
Panels:
4:30pm Release Party (Greig Lounge) Some of today's best cartoonists reveal their exciting new projects scheduled for 2014....and Beyond! With Farel Dalrymple, Julia Gfrörer, Sam Alden, Tom Neely and Benjamin Marra. Moderated by Sam Marx. 
 
5:30pm Super Real (Greig Lounge) Explore the surreal worlds of Special Guests Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge. In conversation with Cameron Snyder.
 
Debuts:
 
The Amateurs
Two butchers arrive at work to find their shop empty of meat and their minds empty of how to do their job. As customers arrive, events become increasingly disastrous. A surreal, debut graphic novella of horror and humor with one huge, hanging question. This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.
 
 
 
 
 
Buddy Buys a Dump
 • Buddy Buys a Dump The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3 (2000-2013) by Peter Bagge
He's back! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump - because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge's iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era.
 
Cosplayers
This 32 page floppy comic is a sweet & sour, sad & funny story that follows the adventures of Annie and Verti as they shoot homemade movies for YouTube, guerilla-style, and face some unexpected consequences. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.
 
 
 
 
The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1
 • The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 Vol. 1 (paperback)  by Charles M. Schulz This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip. Three major cast members - Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus - initially show up as infants and only "grow" into their final "mature" selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy! 
 
So come on by this fantastic FREE show this Saturday and say hi to me, I'll be sling all those hot Fantagraphics' titles you've been waiting for!
 
* and pay for Black is the Color or I will hunt you down.








Fantagraphics at MoCCA 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert WilliamsPeter BaggePaul HornschemeierLeslie SteinKim DeitchJustin HallJulia GfrörerJoost SwarteJesse ReklaweventsEsther Pearl WatsonDash ShawConor StechschulteCharles M SchulzCharles Forsman 31 Mar 2014 7:48 PM
MoCCA Poster

Next weekend, April 5th and 6th at the regal 69th Regiment Armory Fantagraphics will be participating and doing a little dance for the MoCCA Arts Fest. Gary Groth will be presiding on his court with Frank Santoro at the Fantagraphics tables for MoCCA fest on April 5-6th. We'll be on the slight right just as you enter the convention at tables A20-A23!

MoCCA map
 
 
Debuts:The Amateurs
Two butchers arrive at work to find their shop empty of meat and their minds empty of how to do their job. As customers arrive, events become increasingly disastrous. A surreal, debut graphic novella of horror and humor with one huge, hanging question. This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.
Buddy Buys a DumpBuddy Buys a Dump The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3 (2000-2013) by Peter Bagge
He's back! Now in his 30s and married with child, onetime slacker hero Buddy Bradley gets a "real" job, shaves his head, dons an eyepatch, quits his "real" job and buys the local dump - because what better place to raise a toddler? Peter Bagge's iconic character is to alternative comics what Homer Simpson has been to television animation over the past quarter-century: a generation-defining slacker and the greatest comedic character of its form and era.
 
Cosplayers
This 32 page floppy comic is a sweet & sour, sad & funny story that follows the adventures of Annie and Verti as they shoot homemade movies for YouTube, guerilla-style, and face some unexpected consequences. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.
 
 
 
 
Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits from the pages of Bust magazine! 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.
 
Vol. 1 (paperback)  by Charles M. Schulz This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip, features hundreds of strips rarely reprinted before this series. Three major cast members - Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus - initially show up as infants and only "grow" into their final "mature" selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy! 
 
FRIDAY:
 
Friday night be sure to check out Robert Williams' Mr. Bitchin', a documentary about his career, showing at SVA's Beatrice Theater in collaboration with the Society of Illustrators.
 
GUESTS 2
SATURDAY PANELS:
 
2:00 Drinking Ink: Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in Conversation (Room One)
Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte have a long association, dating back to the earliest days of Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly's RAW Magazine, to which Swarte was a frequent contributor. Both artists have distinguished themselves with artwork both witty and profound, both have produced expressive comics and striking single images, and both have worked in multiple media including architecture and performance. Together, the pair will discuss their careers, their shared histories, comics and more in a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos. (90 minutes)

3:30 Drew Friedman Presents Old Jewish Comedians (Room One)
Drew Friedman is an iconic cartoonist and illustrator whose intensely rendered, caricatural work first gained notice in the pages of publications including RAW and Spy, and whose illustrations regularly appear on the front page of the New York Observer. His upcoming book, Heroes of the Comics, will feature portraits of cartooning legends. Currently the subject of an exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, Friedman will discuss his Old Jewish Comedians series of books in this special presentation, revealing the concept and process behind these books, as well as their reception among the "Old Jewish Comedians" themselves. Broadcasting legend Joe Franklin will be co-hosting this auspicious panel

1:00 Robert Williams Q+A (Room Two)
Robert Williams has enjoyed a diverse and profoundly influential career expressing a singular artistic vision. Emerging from the West Coast hot rod scene (where he produced graphics for Ed "Big Daddy" Roth), Williams produced some of the finest underground comix of his era in the pages of Zap. Williams proceeded to produce a body of intense, phantasmagorical paintings and jumpstarted the so-called "lowbrow" art movement, founding the influential Juxtapoz Magazine in 1994. He will discuss his career in comics and fine art with critic and curator Carlo McCormick (Paper Magazine).

2:00 How Comics Are Queer (Room Two)
As long as there have been comics there have been queer cartoonists. Comics that authentically engaged queer experience in America emerged in the radical underground comix milieu of the 1960s and '70s, fueled by the social liberation movements of the era. Comics' status in American culture echoes queer experience: once marginalized, now accepted, but still contested-while some of the most acclaimed comics of the day speak to and from queer experience. Howard Cruse, Edie Fake, Justin Hall and L. Nichols will consider the historical and contemporary intersections of queer experience and comics with moderator Margaret Galvan (The Graduate Center, City University of New York).

GUESTS

SUNDAY PANELS:

1:00 Comics, Illustration and the Conceptual Image (Room One)

What does it mean to express an abstract idea in a concrete drawing? What is the difference between an idea that can be expressed in a single image and one that requires sequential exposition? Internationally acclaimed artists Marion Fayolle (In Pieces), Joost Swarte (Is That All There Is?), and Brecht Vandenbroucke (White Cube), work in both comics and illustration, addressing subtle emotional and intellectual concepts in each form. They will consider these questions and more in conversation with New York Times Art Director Alexandra Zsigmond.
 
MORE GUESTS
Saturday Signing Schedule:
11am-1pm  Dash Shaw & Kim Deitch
1-2pm         Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
2-3pm        Robert Williams & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
3-4pm        Joost Swarte & Justin Hall & Leslie Stein
4-6pm        Jesse Reklaw & Julia Gfrörer

Sunday Signing Schedule:
11am-1pm Julia Gfrörer & Justin Hall
1-2pm        Robert Williams & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
2-3pm        Joost Swarte & Chuck Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier
3-4pm        Leslie Stein & Kim Deitch & Jesse Reklaw
4-5pm        Kim Deitch & Jesse Reklaw

DASH AND CHUCK
And anytime from now until May 3rd you should check out the Drew Friedman exhibit at the Society of Illustrators!
Drew Friedman exhibit
MoCCA Festival
69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Ave,
New York, NY 10010
  
This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/24-3/3
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJim Ruggevents 25 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

Foxing & Friends flyer

Wednesday, February 26th

Seattle, WA: Stop by the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for Foxing & Friends, a festive reception hosted by our small press colleagues visiting Seattle for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. The party features readings by Derrick Brown, Kelly Luce and T. Kira Madden as well as a Post-It art show including Laura Knetzger, Alex Schubert, Paul Hornschemeier, Ryan Cecil Smith, Jim Rugg, Sabrina Elliott, and our own Eric Reynolds and Jen Vaughn, among many others. (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Friday, February 28th

Portland, OR: It's your last chance to see the Julia Gfrörer exhibit Play Dead, at Floating World Comics in Portland, showcasing the original art to her exquisite new book, Black is the Color. Go drown in its beauty! (more info)

Saturday, March 1st

Los Angeles, CA: Don't miss the opening reception of Ron Regé, Jr.'s Cartoon Utopia exhibit at the gallery Dem Passwords! Ron will be unveiling some amazing large-scale paintings that you'll definitely want to see! (more info)


Daily OCD 2.11.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia GfrörerJohnny RyanJesse ReklawEd PiskorDaily OCDCharles Forsman 12 Feb 2014 12:41 AM
The best-seasoned pan that your friends accidentally cleaned with soap of Online Commentaries and Diversions:
 
Celebrated Summer TEOTFW 
 
• Review: Comics Bulletin looks at Charles Forsman's latest: "Celebrated Summer works as an excellent examination of what remains unspoken between close friends and what it means to feel trapped in your own skin." –Geoffrey Lapid, Comics Bulletin
 
• Review: Santa Barbara News Press in PRINT, baby reviews "Unexpectedly, almost secretly lovely, Celebrated Summer has a sadness and listlessness at its core that resonates much louder...Forsman gets in and out quickly, not making more of this tale of suburban apathy than needs making, which only makes his story that much more poignant." –Katie Haegele, Santa Barbara News Press
 
• Review: Publishers Weekly looks at Celebrated Summer "Simpler and less dramatic than his previous, similarly themed TEOTFW, Forsman has built another excellent account of growing up via outsider behavior." 
 
• Review: Celebrated Summer hits Best of 2013 Comics on Comics Bulletin. "This is a bildungsroman of the narcissist, psychotic, detached. It is the psychic havoc of the perpetually doomed; the coming of age story of those striding forth into world where the connection between cause and effect is a spectator sport, where emotional content is gauged by 'hits' and the chance to go viral…And it will break you." –Daniel Elkin, Comics Bulletin
 
• Review: Locust Moon Comics looks at Celebrated Summer "...rendered in Forsman's punk-Hergé micron style, where the clear line of Kevin Huizenga meets the scratchy cross-hatching of Chester Brown... where TEOTFW was cold and harsh, preserving the mystery of its semi-sociopathic protagonists, CELEBRATED SUMMER is resignedly warm and humane." –Josh O'Neill, Locust Moon
 
• Review: "Forsman is one of the strongest and most vital young cartoonists currently putting pen to paper-not to mention one of the most fully, uniquely realized...Owing far more to Chester Brown's exquisite linework and Charles M. Schulz's deceptive lushness than to Porcellino's piercing iconography, Forsman's efforts on Celebrated Summer nonetheless radiate a singular soulfulness." –Jason Heller, The A.V. Club
  
• Plug: Broken Frontier  "Completed before Forsman began work on TEOTFW, [Celebrated Summer] promises to be an intriguing tale of youth banging up against the world of adulthood." -Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier 
 
• Review: A review of Celebrated Summer originally published in City Pages. "Like the structure of the song, where before the bridge all seems wondrous, loud and anticipatory, Forsman comes through with his own sullen, downtrodden acoustic lick to unsettle everything and beg his reader to question." -Alec Barry, City Pages  
 
• Review: Page 45 "Beautifully drawn in a thin, fragile line with lots of intricate crosshatching and stylistic nods towards Trudeau…and Huizenga, this is a very quiet book..." –SLH, Page 45
 
• Plug: Celebrated Summer makes Lucky's Comics Reader's Poll at book #3 of the year! Go CHUCK!  
 
• Review: Rob Clough looks at TEOTFW "He has a knack for giving voice to a certain sense of ennui and desperation for connection and meaning, yet manages to do so in a way that avoids navel-gazing and static storytelling...there are simply no extraneous lines to be found in this comic. That's a mark of a confident artist hitting his stride, and TEOTFW feels like Forsman's comics PhD project." –Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
 
• Review: On Forsman's The End of the Fucking World "...punches aren't pulled for the cartoonist's Fantagraphics debut, a study in sociopathology with shifting narrative perspectives and artwork that any amateur comics scholar will quickly point out owes a lot to Schulz' shaky line." –Brian Heater, BoingBoing
 
• Interview: Alex Dueben interviews Chuck Forsman about The End of the Fucking World on Comic Book Resources. "I like to set up a puzzle so that the reader has to do a little bit of work and put the dots together themselves. I don't like to over-explain everything or give everything away. I just think it's more interesting that way."  
 
• Plug: The AV Club lists Celebrated Summer at #1 of the top 10 Graphic Novels and Art Comics of 2013. "Chuck Forsman is a cartoonist with a talent for expressing the emotional turbulence of adolescence and early adulthood...With an art style that combines the animated simplicity of Charles M. Schulz and the detailed linework of Chester Brown, Forsman establishes himself as one of the most promising alternative-comic creators." –Oliver Sava, The A. V. Club
 
• Review: "Forsman is a master of silences - few cartoonists are as articulate with words left unsaid - and this utterly recognizable and deceptively simple story speaks volumes without saying much at all." -Josh, Locust Moon Comics
 
• Plug: Celebrated Summer makes Froh's Best of 2013 list. "The way they regard each other rings so true of that age, that mix of boredom and wonder. Haven't we all stared at ourselves in the mirror the way Wolf does?" -Kelly Froh, Atomic Blog  
  
• Review: "Forsman's The End of the Fucking World is both fatalistic and poignant...one of the greatest strengths of TEOTFW: Forsman has the ability to make protagonists who are capable of committing quite monstrous acts sympathetic, and even tragic, throughout."–Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
 
• Review: TEOTFW on Mental Floss "This tale of young love is reminiscent of Terrence Malick's classic film Badlands in both its content and its sparse storytelling style. In fact, Forsman's whole low budget approach to making the comic gives it a mood similar to a low budget film despite the deliberate comic strip feel of his cartooning."–Rich Barrett, Mental Floss
 
• Review: "What is disguised as a rote teen disillusionment melodrama about two kids acting out their Bonnie & Clyde moment is in reality a powerful story about sociopaths, abandonment, cults, crime both petty and murderous, and unquenchable emotional hollowness...The End of the Fucking World is a superb graphic novel, poetic and gripping, a pure crime-noir page-turner that will stop you dead in your tracks and leave its mark on you like a hot needle burned into the skin in the mourning light." –Jeffrey O.Gustafson, Comics Pusher
 
• Review: "Forsman, a graduate of Vermont's Center for Cartoon Studies, has a solid grasp of comics storytelling and his lightly drawn page compositions display an intriguing degree of variety...Forsman's pair of nihilists are shown to be the results of terrible parenting and are so estranged from human society that they have difficulty feeling emotions and pursuing a viable relationship together, much less to recognise when other people are not psychopaths." -James Romberger, Hooded Utilitarian
 
• Plug: We are eagerly waiting for that TEOTFW web series to come out!
 
Black is the Color Prison Pit Book Five
 
• Review: The Comics Journal "Gfrörer's sense of pacing is superb-her panels advance patiently, so that the dread of her endings has the controlled pluck of a Twlight Zone episode…Black is the color of Gfrörer's humor." -Nicole Rudick, The Comics Journal  
 
• Review: "Like Black, [Gfrörer's] body of work to date is offbeat and well wrought. Far more importantly than being enjoyable, it is also remarkably subversive.Black Is the Color is marked by an impressive poeticism in pacing, dark and intricate drawing, and a refreshing contemporary spin on gothic storytelling. It also marks a thrillingly mature period in Gfrörer's career." –Joshua Michael Demaree, LA Review of Books  
 
• Review: Black is the Color on Robot 6 "Romantic, tragic, elegiac and beautiful, one could scarcely ask for more from a book, comic or otherwise." -J. Caleb Mozzocco, Robot 6 
 
• Review: "the scratchy intensity of Gfrorer's line is the key to the book's success...Every line is an assault, from the tiny stilettos that comprise the dense waves to the darkness of night that is almost invasive…In a story where death is a certainty, that kind of dignity represents a kind of triumph, one more authentic than if Gfrorer had let the happy ending be real." –Rob Clough, High Low Comics      
 
• Review: Page 45 on Black Is the Color by Julia Gfrörer. "The whole book is conducted in this simple, easily accessible format as well as style. There's not just a wobbly fragility to the lines, there is a bleakness to them as well - for it is cold at sea - even during sensual embraces." -SLH, Page 45  
 
• Review: Some fans have a way with words "If Dante were alive today, he would say, 'Yes!' in thunder to Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit series. Endlessly inventive, repulsive, retributive, and beautiful, Prison Pit is funny and foul, an eternal nightmare that deserves a life on the big screen…" –Tom, Goodreads 
 
• Plug: Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is ready for Prison Pit Book Five. "The fifth installment of Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit, like its predecessors, is full of over the top, violence and sci-fi gore rendered in crude black and white drawings... One thing's for sure, guts will flow and blood will spill!" -Librairie Drawn & Quarterly via Largehearted Boy
 
• Plug: "Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit Book Five is disgustingly, violently brilliant." - James Cartwright, It's Nice That   
 
• Plug: Atomic Hearted Boy runs a plug for  Prison Pit Book Five "Ryan continues to push well beyond the limits good taste (thankfully) with this new installment of his sci-fi, prison gore-a-palooza epic." -Benn Ray, Atomic Books  
 
Hip Hop Family Tree
 
• Review: Hip Hop Family Tree makes Spin's 18 Best Music Books of 2013. "Here, [Ed Piskor] presents the facts in a nostalgic, faded-ink and rubbery realism of '70s Marvel Comics style, turning rap's early innovators into larger-than-life heroes of history." - Brandon Soderberg, SPIN 
 
• Review: NPR lists great gifts for hip hop fans. "Ed Piskor's Hip-Hop Family Tree is a real fusion of both art forms. Piskor tells the gripping origin story of hip-hop in storyboard form with original artwork. Illuminating for kids and grown-ups alike." –Evan Auerbach, NPR
 
• Interview: Free Comic Book Day interviews Ed about his new FCBD comic and his favorite part of Hip Hop Family Tree. "I cracked the code because I created and tailored the perfect project for me to work on. I'm excited to wake up in the morning and get back in the saddle." 
 
• Interview: Hip Hop Family Tree Proper Mag  "Though the story may be a well known one, as a hip hop fan from back in the day I still found something new and revelatory on each of these carefully drawn and vintag-ed yellowy pages...So if you love Hip-Hop in any shape or form then this is an essential read. Vol. 2 should be a soulsonic sensation, so get your Kangols and shell-toes at the ready."–Neil, Proper Mag   
 
• Interview: Ed Piskor is interviewed by Tom Scioli on Comics Allianc about Hip Hop Family Tree. His favorite comics series is The Complete Crumb series, also printed by Fanta! 
 
• Review: "Piskor uses the form of his comic to recreate the thunderous beat of the speakers and the rattling effect a heavy bass line has on you physically....The comic books hits you in your gut the same way that the great music does. Piskor hits that perfect alchemy of comic and music...Everything about Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1 is a love letter to the music and comics of bygone time." -Scott Cederlund, Newsarama 
 
• Interview: Ed Piskor is interviewed at Chicago Ideas Week! Check out the high quality video right here from the cartoonist behind Hip Hop Family Tree
 
• Review: "The book is an absolute essential for any hip hop head to read and any comic book fan to gander over." Kevin Cortez of Mass Appeal interviews Piskor on Hip Hop Family Tree. "I think my major strength in telling this story is that I don't have hero-worship when it comes to anyone in particular. It's hip hop that I love and all these players just make up the bigger whole," says Piskor.
 
• Review: "Hip Hop Family Tree depicts a time before the quest for conspicuous riches overshadowed much of the music's highest-profile culture. Fittingly, Piskor's book feels just as real and authentic as the retro rap it celebrates" -Michael Cavna, The Washington Post
 
• Review: Page 45 on Hip Hop Family Tree"The ability of comics to transport you to a time and place in a manner that prose works just cannot match is demonstrated here as Ed perfectly captures the nature of street life and the crazy characters at that time...Fans of hip hop need this work." -JR, Page 45  
 
• Review: The Seattle Times lists Hip Hop Family Tree as a great gift for music lovers. "His extremely thorough and academic history lesson is also action-packed, fun and funny" –Andrew Matson
 
• Review: Propeller Magazine writes "one of the most awe-inspiring narrative achievements of the year, Piskor tells the early history of hip hop by seamlessly weaving together all of their creative highs and lows, their commercial hits and freeze-outs. Rarely has such an extremely informative historical document been so gossipy, entertaining, and original." -Patrick McGinty, Propeller Magazine 
 
• Plug: On Hip Hop Family Tree "The intersection of art and music is not an unfamiliar one. But if Basquiat and Rothko isn't to your taste, and you grew up with the likes of Stan Lee and Alan Moore, perhaps Ed Piskor's ingenious Hip Hop Family Tree is more suited to your needs." -Joyce, Pigeons and Planes  
 
Couch Tag  
 
• Review: TCJ on Couch Tag: "Fear gives way to anger and despair, and no feeling is left unexplored... I'll look forward to the next full-length book from Reklaw , who has a truly special intellect and keen sense of humor. I'd love to see what would happen if he brought all aspects of his storytelling technique together at once." –Katie Haegele, The Comics Journal
 
• Review: Couch Tag was on Boing Boing's Best Books of the month: "Couch Tag, on the author hand, is a sort of family autobiography, assembled from countless loose threads centered around objects and things, discarding any semblance of chronology. It's painful at times, like childhood itself, but Reklaw is mostly an objective tour guide through the strange and seminal moments of his youth." -Brian Heater, Boing Boing  
 
• Interview: Tom Spurgeon on The Comics Reporter interviews Jesse Reklaw on Couch Tag, mental illness and the comics game. "That first chapter of Couch Tag was the first thing that I did as a long format work that my friends actually liked. That was very significant to me, because I'm one of those people that bounces around in my own head for a very long time. It's where I find a hole to ooze out." –Reklaw 
 
• Interview (audio): Jesse Reklaw appears on the Inkstuds podcast  with Robin McConnell to discuss Couch Tag and a whole lot more! 
 
• Plug: Reklaw's Couch Tag appears on John Porcellino's Best Books of 2013. "How Jesse has remained so deeply underground up to now is beyond me, but there are few books I've looked forward to and waited longer for than this collection of his stunning, very sad and powerful comics about his childhood, and his life growing up in a mentally and emotionally unbalanced family. Reklaw has the chops to draw anything, and the skill and taste to write with an understated grace that allows emotions and experiences to well up and breathe on their own." -John P.
 
• Plug: Couch Tag also landed on the list for Best Comics of 2013 on Forbidden Planet International  "Couch Tag has been delighting me over the holidays...it dealt in the well-worn tradition of autobiographical comics about family life, [not] focusing on some huge event, rather inviting us into all the little ups and downs that make up everyone's life, and [was] the more charming and welcoming for it..." -Joe Gordon, FPI 

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/3-2/10
Written by janice headley | Filed under Virgil PartchRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJoseph LambertFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Forsman 4 Feb 2014 12:13 PM

The Cartoon Utopia

Wednesday, February 5th

Seattle, WA: Seattle, this is your last chance to see our insanely beautiful exhibit of work from the legendary Ron Regé, Jr., including these exquisite fold-out drawings which are just 1000% more beautiul in person! Get thee to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery while you can! (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Thursday, February 6th

Portland, OR: And Portland, don't miss the opening reception for Julia Gfrörer's exhibit Play Dead at Floating World Comics, showcasing the original art to her exquisite book, Black is the Color! If you haven't picked this up yet, now is the time: she might even draw a gorgeous mermaid for you! (more info)

Paul Hornschemeier

New York City, NY: New York, you lucky city, don't miss a visit from the great Paul Hornschemeier as he discusses his latest collection, Artists Authors Thinkers Directors, at The Strand Bookstore, starting at 7:00 PM. (more info)

Charles Forsman and Joseph Lambert Signing in Belgium

Saturday, February 8th

Brussels, BE: Hot off an exciting weekend at Angoulême, Charles Forsman, Mome-veteran Joseph Lambert, and our pal Alec Longstreth will be signing at the Librairie Multi BD from 4:00 to 6:30 PM! (more info)

Seattle, WA: Don't miss the opening reception at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for our latest show of art and artifacts from the book Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, celebrating the legacy of this notorious cartoonist! (more info


Meet Julia Gfrörer at Fantagraphics Books this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Julia GfrörerFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 31 Jan 2014 1:16 AM

Julia Gfrörer poster

Join us this Saturday, February 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as rising star Julia Gfrörer signs her sensational new book Black Is the Color. The story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a sinister mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. (The perfect Valentine’s gift, right?)

Saturday is also one of your last opportunities to see the enchanting Ron Regé, Jr. exhibition The Cartoon Utopia. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown industrial arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Julia GfrörerBlack Is the Color

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 1/27-2/3
Written by janice headley | Filed under Paul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJesse ReklaweventsCharles Rodrigues 29 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

	The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues

Wednesday, January 29th

New York City, NY: The wonderful Society of Illustrators will host a special Happy Hour event in honor of the exhibit, The Art of Rodrigues: An Exhibition of the Late, Great Charles Rodrigues! The reception goes from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. A $10 cover charge includes one free drink ticket, buffet included. (more info)

The Artwork of Couch Tag

Friday, January 31st

Portland, OR: It's your last chance to Jesse Reklaw's exhibit The Art of Couch Tag, an exhibit of original pages from his outstanding tragicomic graphic memoir, at Pony Club Gallery. Don't miss it! (more info)

BlackIsThePoster

Saturday, February 1st

Seattle, WA: This Saturday finds rising star Julia Gfrörer signing the sensational new book Black Is the Color. Her story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a nefarious mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. (more info)

Los Angeles, CA: Stop by the Secret Headquarters table at the L.A. Art Book Fair from 3:00 to 4:00 PM for a signing with Paul Hornschemeier! Now's your chance to get his new book Artists Authors Thinkers Directors signed! (more info)


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