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Fantagraphics at SPX: Debuts and Signings
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ulli LustSteve DitkoShimura TakakoPeter BaggePaul HornschemeierMichael KuppermanMichael J VassalloMarc SobelLove and RocketsLeslie SteinJustin HallJim WoodringJanet HamlinJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGary PantereventsEd PiskorDisneyDash ShawChuck ForsmanCharles M SchulzCarol TylerCarl BarksBlake BellBill EverettBen Catmull 12 Sep 2013 12:40 PM

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Boasting one of the most PACKED signing schedules of SPX and Fantagraphics' we have FOURTEEN people signing at our table (and a few more Fantagraphics' cartoonists are tabling all by their lonesome) You can find all these sweet 'n' sassy cartoonists and book debuts at tables W57-6, along the very rightmost wall.

Saturday

Ed Piskor: 11-12:30pm, 3:30-5:00pm
Leslie Stein: 11-12:30pm
Michael Kupperman: 11am-1pm
Janet Hamlin: 12:30pm-2:30pm (Saturday signing only!)
Justin Hall: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Carol Tyler: 1-2:00pm, 6-7pm
Charles Forsman: 2-4pm
Gary Panter: 2-3pm
Dash Shaw: 2-3pm
Ulli Lust: 3-5pm
Paul Hornschemeier: 4-7pm
Ben Catmull: 5-6pm
Peter Bagge: 5-6pm
Marc Sobel: 6-7pm

Sunday
Peter Bagge: Noon-1pm
Leslie Stein: Noon-1:30pm
Justin Hall: Noon-1pm
Carol Tyler: 1-2pm
Paul Hornschemeier: 1-2pm
Ed Piskor: 1:30-3pm
Ulli Lust: 2-4pm
Dash Shaw: 2-3:30pm, 5-6pm
Marc Sobel: 3-4pm
Michael Kupperman: 3:30-5pm
Gary Panter: 4-5pm
Ben Catmull: 4-6pm
Charles Forsman: 5-6pm

Debuts:

Hip Hop Family Tree

As usual we have an action-packed signing schedule for you at San Diego Comic Con. Keep your schedules open so you can stop by our magnificent table and get your signatures hot and fresh in your books at - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/?Itemid=113&option=com_myblog&show=San-Diego-Comic-Con-Debuts.html#sthash.199ZEXcU.dpuf

 • Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor   Yes yes y'all! This explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history will school you on the old school, taking you back to the early days of the music genre that changed global culture. Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era.

 

 

Sketching Gitmo

• Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 by Janet Hamlin The only public visual record until 2013 of the notorious, historic, carefully censored military trials at Guantanamo is Hamlin's courtroom sketches. This book collects her most potent and revealing sketches and chronicles her experience.

The only public visual record of the notorious, historic, carefully censored military trials at Guantanamo is Hamlin's courtroom sketches. This book collects her most potent and revealing sketches and chronicles her experience.  - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?keyword=sketching+guantanamo&search_type=titles&Search=Search&Itemid=62&option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse#sthash.xQzpBR6W.dpuf
Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/sketching-guantanamo-court-sketches-of-the-military-tribunals-2006-2013-oct.-2013.html?vmcchk=1#sthash.DF2ADBuc.dpuf

Fran

 • Fran by Jim Woodring  What is to become of the beloved trilobular chuckbuster Frank now that he has journeyed outside the Unifactor and met his soulmate, Fran? The answer is delivered here in devastatingly unpredictable fashion. Fans of Frank, connoisseurs of bizarre romance, and spelunkers in the radiant depths of graphic metaphysical psychodrama will want to add this singular cartoon adventure story to their lifetime reading list.

 

 

Everybody is Stupid Except for Me • Everybody is Stupid Except for Me (And Other Astute Observations) by Peter Bagge  A decade of informed, provocative, cantankerous & hilarious cartoon opinion pieces from our favorite libertarian curmudgeon, on topics ranging from Stupid War to Stupid Sex and, of course, Stupid Politicians. BONUS: This new edition of the sold-out Everybody Is Stupid features an extra 32 pages of never-before-collected comics, including an epic biography of eccentric libertarian (and Ayn Rand contemporary) Isabel Mary Paterson.

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1• Treasury of  Mini Comics Volume 1, edited by Michael Dowers Four decades of deliberate DIY cartoon rebellion! Collecting some of the best mini comics ever produced by some of the most creative artists in the world. In a do-it-yourself world, anything goes... boundaries are crossed, envelopes pushed, wounds opened. From the silliest fart or boob jokes to the most deeply felt "EMO" style poetry, mini comics creators have been uninhibited in their efforts to strive for something fresh, raw, and vital.

 

Love and Rockets: The Covers

• Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (badass design by Jacob Covey) A beautiful, oversized art book featuring over 120 iconic comic covers (front & back) from the first 3 decades of Love and Rockets, collected for the first time in full color. The perfect gift for L&R fan, this book presents them without trade dress (logos, marketing hype, etc.) when possible, allowing the original cover illustrations to communicate on their own. With a fancy clear plastic book jacket, you need to grab a copy and return home a hero.

A beautiful, oversized art book featuring over 120 iconic comic covers (front & back) from the first 3 decades of Love and Rockets, collected for the first time in full color. The perfect gift for L&R fan, this book presents them without trade dress (logos, marketing hype, etc.) when possible, allowing the original cover illustrations to communicate on their own. With a fancy clear plastic book jacket, you need to grab a copy, get it signed and return home a hero. - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/?Itemid=113&option=com_myblog&show=San-Diego-Comic-Con-Debuts.html#sthash.RzbNaI5J.dpuf

Wandering Son Vol. 5• Wandering Son Volume 5 by Shimura Takako  In this volume of the acclaimed series about transgendered kids exploring their unfolding identities, we've reached a big event; the junior high school entrance ceremony. Envy and jealousy are prominent themes in Volume 5: Chiba-san is jealous of Takatsuki-san, for whom Nitori-kun still carries a torch. Maho envies Anna-chan's professionalism as a model. And Chii-chan's loyal sidekick, Shiri Momoko, is intensely jealous of anyone in whom Chii-chan shows the slightest interest. And so our protagonists set off on the journey to adolescence....

 

Christmas on Bear Mountain• Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain by Carl Barks  Uncle Scrooge's first appearance, in one of Barks's funniest holiday stories! "Christmas on Bear Mountain" is one of Barks's funniest holiday stories and a true landmark in comics history, and offers a fascinating look at a rough-edged, genuinely nasty character whom Barks would soon soften... Journey to Volcania, "down under" and the West Indies with Donald and the nephews. Plus seven 10-pagers and abundant critical and historical notes. Not available in stores until NOVEMBER!

 

Christmas box set Barks • Walt Disney's Donald Duck Christmas Gift Box Set by Carl Barks A double dose of Disney's Donald Duck! A thoughtful, memorable, can't-miss special Christmas item handsomely presented in an inviting gift box set that will delight readers of any age. In these twin volumes, you'll find page after page after page of intrepid quests, daring adventures, and breathtaking escapes. Readers will be spellbound by these timeless classics - with their engaging plots, clever humor, and heartwarming themes.

 

Peanuts Every Sunday

• Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 by Charles Schulz The first four years of Peanuts in sparkling, scrupulously remastered color! Relive that delightful, Sunday-morning reading experience and get a fascinating peek at Schulz's evolving creative process.

 

Peanuts 20

• The Complete Peanuts Volume 20 (1989-1990) by Charles M. Schulz  The 20th volume is dense with romantic intrigue, from the Marcie-Peppermint Patty-Chuck triangle to Charlie Brown's romance with Peggy Jean. Snoopy meets his brother Olaf, Spike communes with the cacti, and more fun with the gang. 

 

The Secret History of Marvel Comics

• The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire by Blake Bell & Michael J. Vassallo  Exposing the seamy underside of Martin Goodman's publishing empire. The never-before-told history of Goodman's pulps and scandal sheets and the Marvel artists who worked for them, with loads of unseen art.
 
Jaime Hernandez wins Best Cartoonist at Harvey Awards
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezartists 9 Sep 2013 4:23 PM

 

harvey awards

On Saturday, Jaime Hernandez was honored with the Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist during Baltimore Comic Con. The Harvey Awards are voted on by Jaime's fellow cartoonists and creative professionals in the comics industry. A great nod to a great cartoonist the same month as Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 is out. Pick up a copy at SPX in Bethesda, Maryland this week!

Jaime

Maria M. Book 1 by Gilbert Hernandez - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 5 Sep 2013 5:49 PM

Maria M. cover

Maria M. pages

Maria M. Book 1 is the sensational story of a woman who runs from a shady past in Latin America, only to fall in with American gangsters and a new world of drugs, violence and sleaze.

It is also a retelling of the classic Love and Rockets story "Poison River," adapted as a b-movie starring the protagonist's own daughter, Fritz (and presented in comics format, in two parts, with Book 2 due in 2015).

It is also part of a larger narrative tapestry which has been unfolding for years and continues in the upcoming Love and Rockets: New Stories #6.

This new original graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez takes his metafictional "Fritz B-Movie" concept to a bold new level, and can also be enjoyed out of context on its own merits. We'll have more previews for you between now and its scheduled release in November.

Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 30 Aug 2013 2:03 PM

Love and Rockets: The Covers
by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez

144-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-598-3

See More Previews / Order Now

Five women stand in a police lineup; four of them are garishly dressed super-women — perfectly normal, because this is, after all, the cover of a comic book. A closer look, however, reveals a fifth woman who seems thoroughly out of place — mousy, in a bathrobe and curlers, smoking a cigarette. Surely she's here by mistake — or is she?

From this very first cover of the very first issue of Love and Rockets in 1982, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (along with their brother, Mario) have created artwork that has subverted, contradicted and celebrated the history of comics while making it their own.

For the first time, these iconic comic book covers from the original Love and Rockets comic book series (and the earliest trade paperbacks) have been restored and collected.

This is a gorgeous, oversized art book and the perfect gift for fans of the series that virtually defines alternative comics.

View Video & Photo Slideshow Preview in New Window

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 29 Aug 2013 7:13 PM

"Love and Rockets #1 is marvelous. I hope one day to attain the level of the cover drawing myself... it is a perfect drawing." – Moebius, 1982

Love and Rockets: The Covers
by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez

144-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-598-3

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/lrcovers

Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 29 Aug 2013 2:51 PM

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

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Love and Rockets: The Covers
by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez

144-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-598-3

See Previews / Order Now

Five women stand in a police lineup; four of them are garishly dressed super-women — perfectly normal, because this is, after all, the cover of a comic book. A closer look, however, reveals a fifth woman who seems thoroughly out of place — mousy, in a bathrobe and curlers, smoking a cigarette. Surely she's here by mistake — or is she?

From this very first cover of the very first issue of Love and Rockets in 1982, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (along with their brother, Mario) have created artwork that has subverted, contradicted and celebrated the history of comics while making it their own.

For the first time, these iconic comic book covers from the original Love and Rockets comic book series (and the earliest trade paperbacks) have been restored and collected.

This is a gorgeous, oversized art book and the perfect gift for fans of the series that virtually defines alternative comics.

National Book Festival: Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandezevents 26 Aug 2013 2:25 PM

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez 

The National Book Festival takes place September 21st and 22nd on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and your two favorite cartoonists will be there!

Gilbert Hernandez's will be at the Graphic Novels & Science Fiction Pavilion:
Sunday, September 22
Presentation 12:55 pm - 1:40 pm
Signing: 3-4pm

The Children of Palomar  Julio's Day

And Jaime Hernandez will also be at the Graphic Novels & Science Fiction Pavilion:
Sunday, September 22
Presentation: 1:50 pm - 2:35 pm
Signing: 3-4pm that same day

Love and Rockets: The Companion

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6  Love and Rockets: The Covers







The Children of Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 13 Aug 2013 6:52 PM

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

The Children of Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez

The Children of Palomar
by Gilbert Hernandez

108-page black & white 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-625-6

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BARGAIN COMBO:
The Children of Palomar + Julio's Day Gift Set
Price: $42.98 $34.38

Order this or any other Love and Rockets book and receive this FBI•MINI comic shown here as a FREE bonus! Click here for details. Limit one per customer while supplies last.


Mysteries are unfolding just outside the isolated Latin American hamlet of Palomar which will forever change the lives of its residents. Two wild children who live huddling in a small beach cave streak through town as barely visible blurs, stealing food. Hopeful men dynamite a boulder to tap a precious water supply. While exploring a desolate, lightning-wracked plain gashed by a yawning chasm, a group of boys is abducted by an encampment of strange visitors with the power to induce visions of death. Taking the form of a shadowy baby who only appears to childless women, a giant statue comes to life and haunts the village. And a fateful, cataclysmic confrontation takes place on a shoreline cliff.

Gilbert Hernandez returns to his seminal "Heartbreak Soup" milieu from the earliest issues of Love and Rockets in four interconnected, decade-spanning stories that comprise this graphic novel set in the legendary town of Palomar, where the supernatural is as commonplace as -- and sometimes indistinguishable from -- ordinary reality.

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 8 Aug 2013 6:59 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

L&R New Stories #6 pages

Here's your first sneak peek at a printed copy of the new annual issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories! 50 pages of new Gilbert! 50 pages of new Jaime! What else do you need to know?? "When can I see more?" Okay, read a 10-page excerpt here, and be on the lookout for more previews. "When can I get it?" Pre-order your copy at the same place and be among the first to read it in late September or so; pick up a copy and get it signed by Jaime at Autoptic in Minneapolis; or wait until October when it's in stores — the choice is yours! "What happens in it?" That would be telling! But there's more Killer, more Palomar, more Tonta, more Frogmouth, more Fritz film fantasy... and wrasslin'!

Love and Holograms
Written by Kristy Valenti | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 6 Aug 2013 4:57 PM

While I was working on The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting) I noticed this contribution to the Love and Rockets #11 (April 1985) letters page signed “Christy Marx.”

lnr11.jpg

Dear Bros. Hernandez,

Hmmm . . . how to tell you how great this comic is without sounding like a raving fan. Fuck it! You guys deserve raves.

“Mechanics” is the best, closely followed by “Heartbreak Soup” in all its incarnations. “Errata Stigmata” I can do without, frankly.

I read the first seven issues all at once, having come in late, drawn by growing word-of-mouth, plus the look of them began to fascinate me more and more. My regular dealer doesn’t carry them, unfortunately, because he’s limited in the amount of product he can purchase and he has drawn the line for some reason. I imagine you’ve encountered this barrier before and it must be a frustrating problem for you. It’s easy enough for me to subscribe, but beyond word-of-mouth, there should be a way for your books to get more attention.

Time and again, I’ve suggested to people in the business that we need to reach out for newer audiences. I get blank looks or disagreement, but I’m convinced that you could attract a much wider and less comic-book-oriented audience.

I believe this not because it appeals so much to me (I read virtually everything published), but because I’ve watched a 20-year-old woman from Australia (who does not normally read comics) get hooked on these books, and if you can reach across that kind of a personal and cultural gap, then you’re obviously succeeding in a big way.

She and I love the art in “Mechanics,” especially because of your amazingly keen awareness of what’s contemporary. I can honestly say you’re about the only people doing comics today that have this awareness, and God! Is it refreshing to see! All of the art works in its own way. It grows on one.

Then there’s the writing. Excellent! You all have the most wonderful gift for creating living, breathing characters! Better than anything happening elsewhere in comics today. I’m astounded at your ability to portray such vivid female characters with such understanding. Maggie and Hopey are delightful, Penny is great fun, Izzy is weird. Luba and Archie and all the rest come across beautifully real.

I love your touches of humor and am intrigued by the religious motifs that run throughout. I’ve learned a lot about Hispanic thought, life, and feeling from these books. At the same time, you’ve created characters and situations that are universal. And there you have the reasons it works so well.

Not to mention all the fun you have using an alternate reality. That threw me for the first few issues until it suddenly clicked what you were on about. And please continue to add the translations for us poor gringos and gringas out here. We need the education.

Well, I guess I’ve raved on enough. Love your books and hope they rocket you to fame and fortune.

All the best,

Christy Marx (address withheld)

I was a huge fan of Jem and the Holograms growing up, so I decided to e-mail her to see if one of the creative forces behind the cartoon (and writer of the recent Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld miniseries) and the letter writer were one and the same.

She replied:

Hello, fellow Kristy,

Now this is an interesting piece of e-mail. I was forced to dig through my box of L&R and find the issue you’re talking about.

Even after reading the letter, I confess I have no recollection of writing it, though I did commonly write letters to comics in the ’70s, tapering off in the '80s. But I can say it was me for a couple of reasons: a) it sounds exactly like what I would have written (including the F-word); and b) I referenced my Australian stepdaughter. The issue was printed in 1985 when she would have been the age mentioned in the letter.   

That was fun, thanks!

Christy Marx
www.christymarx.com