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Love (and Rockets) is in the Air as the SEQUENTIAL App Launches Fantagraphics Titles
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under SequentialLove and RocketsJasonJaime HernandezEd PiskorCharles Forsman 14 Feb 2014 9:00 AM

SEQUENTIAL

London • Valentine's Day 2014
SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel storefront and reader app focused on literary graphic novels, has announced that it is releasing titles by legendary art comics and graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics Books. The first tranche of titles, released on Valentine's Day, includes essential work from Fantagraphics flagship title Love and Rockets in the form of Jaime Hernandez's seminal Locas series, which tells the tales of Maggie and Hopey and a unique cast of characters.

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds said, "SEQUENTIAL's efforts to curate a quality selection of non-mainstream digital comics and graphic novels is something that we can get behind; we're delighted to have our titles available on their app."

SEQUENTIAL was released in August 2013 and is focused on book format art comics and literary graphic novels. It strongly rejects including superhero fare and has been offering titles from UK publishers Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate Books. It has recently started adding major US-based graphic novel publishers to its list.

SEQUENTIAL founder Russell Willis said, "We are really thrilled to be able to add Fantagraphics titles to the app. When we started out we were driven by a vision of including the best work in the world, untainted by superheroes, and having comics and graphic novels from Fantagraphics available on SEQUENTIAL is a key part of making that vision a reality."

The first tranche of titles includes Locas #1, #2 and #3 (Maggie the Mechanic, The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. and Perla La Loca) by Jaime Hernandez, Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, and TEOTFW by Charles Forsman. Work by Gilbert Hernandez and other Fantagraphics favourites will follow shortly.

In addition the app features the work of Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell, Ellen Lindner, Hunt Emerson, Isabel Greenberg, Nick Abadzis, Rutu Modan, Winshluss and many, many more.

For more information on SEQUENTIAL and to download it for free from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8

Sequential screencap

Fantagraphics at the 2014 Los Angeles Zine Fest!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Steven WeissmanRon Regé JrLove and RocketsJordan CraneJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGraham ChaffeeeventsEsther Pearl Watson 7 Feb 2014 11:43 AM

Forget these icy cold temperatures -- Fantagraphics is heading to sunny L.A., baby! Join us on Sunday, February 16th for the 3rd Annual L.A. Zine Fest!

It's gonna be HOT, in a figurative, if not literal, sense:  our own Ron Regé, Jr. will be presenting a multi-media presentation for The Cartoon Utopia, and the great Esther Pearl Watson will be hosting the excellent Zine Hut with her husband, artist Mark Todd!

And for the real scorcher: Jaime Hernandez will be the Keynote Speaker! He'll be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, discussing his groundbreaking work on the legendary Love and Rockets series! 

Don't miss any of our special signings:

11AM - NOON: Johnny Ryan and Jaime Hernandez
NOON - 1PM: Jaime Hernandez and Esther Pearl Watson
1PM - 2PM: Tony Millionaire and Ben Catmull
2PM - 3PM: Ron Regé, Jr. and Graham Chaffee
3PM - 4PM: Jordan Crane and Steven Weissman

This wonderful event is FREE and open to all, so, come by and see us from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!

L.A. Zine Fest is located at the Helms Bakery District Parking Garage (between La Dijonaise and Vitra) on 8703 Washington Blvd. Check out their website for lots of helpful tips on how to get there and where to park, and heads up, two lanes of traffic on the 405 from Getty Center Dr. north to Ventura Blvd will be closed! (They're calling it "jamzilla"!)



ALA GLBT Round Table honors 7 Miles a Second, Julio's Day, and Wandering Son
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoMarguerite Van CookLove and RocketsJames RombergerGilbert HernandezDavid Wojnarowiczawards 29 Jan 2014 4:05 PM

7 Miles a Second by David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger & Marguerite Van Cook

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

Wandering Son Vol. 4 by Shimura Takako

We're very pleased to have had three books chosen by the American Library Association's GLBT Round Table for their two honors lists this year. 7 Miles a Second by David Wojnarowicz, James Romberger, and Marguerite Van Cook and Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez were both named to the 2014 Over the Rainbow List of recommended books for adult readers in the Graphic Narrative category, and Wandering Son Vol. 4 by Shimura Takako was chosen for the 2014 Rainbow List of recommended reading for younger readers under Graphic Novels. (This is the third year in a row on the list for the Wandering Son series.)

Congratulations to all the honorees!

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsJaime HernandezComing Attractions 17 Jan 2014 5:49 PM

The decades-spanning, on-again-off-again relationship between Maggie Chascarillo and Ray Dominguez reaches its emotional apotheosis in The Love Bunglers. After receiving rapturous, near-universal acclaim during their serialized run 2010-2011, Jaime Hernandez's stories from Love and Rockets: New Stories #3-4 are collected in this single hardcover volume, bigger and better than ever.

In our downloadable excerpt, Maggie is the subject of scrutiny from three men across the street, one of whom has a special interest in her. Later, the hint of a triangle forms as Maggie misses and makes connections with Reno and Ray as she describes her dreams and takes in an art show. How are they all going to mess it up? Get the whole story in April when the book hits shelves; get it first by pre-ordering now.

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Sneak Peek Pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsJaime HernandezComing Attractions 6 Jan 2014 1:47 PM

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The Love Bunglers page 

The Love Bunglers page

The Love Bunglers page

2013 was declared by many (especially us) as the Year of Gilbert Hernandez, and this spring the spotlight swings back onto his brother Jaime as we present The Love Bunglers, the collected edition of Jaime's universally-hosanna'd work from issues 3 and 4 of Love and Rockets: New Stories. Maggie's past, present, and future collide in devastating fashion and the emotional arc of 3 decades of storytelling comes to a climax and denouement that will leave you stunned and blubbering. (There's also apparently a lot of plaid.) And jeez, check out that striking cover design by Jacob Covey. Stay tuned for more about this absolute can't-miss book.

Spring-Summer 2014 Pre-Order Parade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantPeanutsMickey MouseMichel GagneLove and RocketsJoe SimonJack KirbyHal FosterGilbert HernandezFloyd GottfredsonEsther Pearl WatsonEd PiskorDisneyComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 5 Dec 2013 5:13 PM

Now that our Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, we're starting to offer our Spring-Summer 2014 books as plain old regular pre-orders. Our first batch is listed below, and more will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process). We've also set up a few discounted gift sets to help you save some bucks while building your collection. Be among the first to reserve your copies — hit those links to learn more about each title and start building your shopping cart!

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21)  
by Charles M. Schulz
foreword by Tom Tomorrow

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

Prince Valiant Vol. 9 prelim cover

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
by Hal Foster

112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 prelim cover

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

Young Romance 2 cover

Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Years
by Joe SimonJack Kirby; edited by Michel Gagné

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

Young Romance + Young Romance 2 Gift Set (20% off!) 

Unlovable Vol. 3

Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

Unlovable Vols. 1-3 Gift Set — includes Vols. 1-2 Box Set + Vol. 3 (20% off!) 

Luba and Her Family prelim cover

Luba and Her Family (The Love and Rockets Library)
by Gilbert Hernandez

312-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-753-6

Love and Rockets Library: The Palomar & Luba Collection — includes Heartbreak Soup, Human Diastrophism, Beyond Palomar, and Luba and Her Family (25% off!)

Hip Hop Family Tree 2 cover

Hip Hop Family Tree Book 2
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-756-7














Spring-Summer 2014, part 14: Luba, Gast, Gems
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsLane MilburnKickstarterGilbert HernandezComing AttractionsCarol Swain 26 Nov 2013 5:43 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. (We missed yesterday, so we're doing 3 today.) We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Luba and Her Family prelim cover

Luba and Her Family (The Love and Rockets Library)
by Gilbert Hernandez

312-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-753-6 

Gilbert Hernandez's characters bid "Farewell, My Palomar" as they exit the Eden of the Central American town in Volume 10 of the Love and Rockets Library. Locals have begun to drift up to the United States to seek their fortunes, but when an earthquake levels Palomar, ever-resourceful Luba and her clan are on the move once again. In the U.S. the lives of Maria's daughters — mayor and matriarch Luba, body-builder Petra, and therapist/film star Fritz — and their families become more and more intertwined. Mischievous children's show hostess Doralís MCs many (but not all) of the sisters' romances, and exploits are detailed in missives from comics-loving Venus to her fierce, one-armed cousin Casimira.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $30 or more, pre-order this book signed by Gilbert Hernandez while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive Gilbert Hernandez print! (Or increase your pledge to $230 or more and let us know you want both!)

Gast prelim cover

Gast
by Carol Swain

176-page black & white 7.5" x 10.25" • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-755-0

Helen is an amateur bird watcher and naturalist who lives in a rural community in Wales. When local farmer Bill tells Helen that a "rare bird" named Emrys killed himself at Cuddig farm, she decides to investigate. One of the dogs at the farm tells her, by way of explanation, that Emrys "had no feathers and couldn’t fly." She plucks an old cosmetic kit from a dumpster and discovers it belonged to Emrys. Inventorying the kit's contents, she finds a spent .12 gauge shotgun shell. Her attempt to learn more about Emrys turns into a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a hard-fought reconciliation with the world — as it is. Carol Swain's Gast is the rare kind of contemporary graphic novel that critics are conjuring when they exult over the promise of the art form — a philosophically mature vision, uniquely executed by an artist wholly in control of her craft. In Gast, Helen's inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $30 or more, pre-order this book signed by Carol Swain while supplies last!

Twelve Gems prelim cover

Twelve Gems
by Lane Milburn

220-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-751-2 

This sci-fi epic takes place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. They meet many strange and storied characters on their journey, but none so strange or sinister as their dear benefactor himself. With a heavy dose of humor and wall-to-wall action, this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $35 or more, pre-order this book signed by Lane Milburn while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive Twelve Gems t-shirt! Or, for a pledge of $60 or more, get the book, signed, with a sketch, and one of twelve hand-made Power Gems! (Or increase your pledge to the sum of all the rewards you want!)





Kickstarter print-a-rama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneSteve DitkoLove and RocketsKickstarterJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDrew Friedman 8 Nov 2013 6:34 PM

These beautiful prints by Tim LaneJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez, and Drew Friedman just a few of the rewards in our Kickstarter campaign for our Spring-Summer 2014 season. Get ‘em before they’re gone!

Spring-Summer 2014, part 2: Buddy and Bunglers
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeLove and RocketsKickstarterJaime HernandezComing Attractions 7 Nov 2013 3:51 PM

Since we're asking you to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter (and you're coming through in spades so far!), we thought we'd spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Buddy Buys a Dump prelim cover

Buddy Buys a Dump
by Peter Bagge

144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-745-1 

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. Featuring stories originally published in the comic book series Hate Annual from 2000–2011, as well as an all-new 20-page conclusion to the story arc, this book marks the first new book of Buddy stories since the now-perennial classics Buddy Does Seattle (2005) and Buddy Does Jersey (2007).

Kickstarter pre-order signed copies are gone for now, but we're working on talking Pete into agreeing to do more, so keep checking

The Love Bunglers prelim cover

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

104-page black & white 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1 

The suppression of family history is the initial thread that ties together The Love Bunglers, featuring Hernandez’s longtime Love and Rockets heroine Maggie. Because these secrets can’t be dealt with openly, their lingering effect is even more powerful. But Maggie’s ability to navigate and find meaning in her life — despite losing her culture, her brother, her profession, and her friends — is what’s made her a compelling character. After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie’s emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story), and eventually to love and contentment. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character Maggie around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $30 or more, pre-order this volume signed by Jaime Hernandez while supplies last!



This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/28-11/4
Written by janice headley | Filed under staffPat ThomasLove and RocketsJaime HernandezeventsBen Catmull 30 Oct 2013 6:13 AM

Thursday, October 31st

San Francisco, CA: Kick off Halloween with Ben Catmull! He'll be signing his gorgeous new book Ghosts and Ruins at Mission: Comics & Art starting at 5:30 PM. (more info)

Friday, November 1st

Tacoma, WA:  Our Marketing, PR, and Outreach Maven Jen Vaughn will be part of the panel "Drawing for a Living: Making Money as an Artist" at Pacific Lutheran University from 2:00 to 4:00 PM! This event is totally free, with no reservations necessary. (more info)

Saturday, November 2nd

Tacoma, WA:  And Jen Vaughn returns to Tacoma for the Jet City Comic Show! Don't miss her on the panel "Digital Comics: Past, Present and Future," starting at 11:00 AM. (more info)

This Is How He Drew Her: Jaime Hernandez Talk in Pasadena

Monday, November 4th

Pasadena, CA:  The great Jaime Hernandez comes to The Crawford Family Forum for an evening of art, books, and conversation. KPCC FM "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson talks with Hernandez about his latest work, how it relates to Love and Rockets, and where his future's taking him. (more info)

New York City, NY: Author Pat Thomas will be spinning albums, and signing and lecturing about Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 at the appropriately-named Revolution Books at 7:00 PM. (more info)