"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." – Dana Jennings, The NY Times
"The portraits are a genuine insight and reflection of the person and their contribution. Special kudos to Drew for his careful research so that the bios are accurate and help to add to the ongoing study of how it all began in comics." – Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, The Beat
"He doesn't just draw the funny or sexy moments -- he lets the characters and the readers enjoy and laugh, but then he shows the fallout from some of the characters' actions, depicting them as them scared and desperate, pathetic and troubled. Hanselmann's skill at depicting this range of emotions and exploring those consequences is what makes his work so fascinating and so worth rereading." – Alex Dueben, Comic Book Resources
"Like the very best children’s classics, this is a book that isn’t afraid to confront dark matters and actively embraces fear and sadness amidst the wonders in an effort to craft a better story.
Compelling, beguiling and visually intoxicating, this latest Sock Monkey yarn judiciously leavens discovery with anxiety, heartbreak with gleeful imaginative innocence and terror with bold triumph." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
"Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses – only matches – the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge stories." – Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics
Plug: "Any time a Carl Barks or Don Rosa book of Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics is released, I get all excited. Because they’re great! I’m not kidding! Also good for jaded fans too cool for kids’ comics." – Dan Greenfield, 13th Dimension
"This adorable little collection of strips is the perfect prize for your costume contest. Growing up, you may have gotten to know the Great Pumpkin mainly through the evergreen TV special — but the original strips collected here are both brainier and more emotionally complex than the show." – Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
No wonder. These two titles have both been virally popular and well-received since their respective releases, garnering rave reviews left and right! But don't worry if you haven't been able to grab a copy of your own. We have just sent Megahex off to the printer for its second printing for an end of year/January 2015 delivery, and How to Be Happy is currently in production for a new print run for a late November/early December delivery.
[sidenote: to our beloved Kickstarter backers waiting on their Megahex copies, Simon Hanselmann has been signing stacks of books nonstop at Fantagraphics headquarters, and we are mailing them out as fast as we can!]
San Francisco: The fantasy train, with Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle, is making it's way North, and stopping this night at the beloved Mission Comics. To make this tour stop even more exciting, Ed Luce of Wuvable Oaf, is joining them! We hope the good time party vibes of this tour never end, and you can ride the waves by heading to Mission Comics at 5 pm. Kitties in abundunce! (More Details)
Wednesday, October 8
New York: The Society of Illustrators is holding a special lecture series tonight highlighting the work of Drew Friedman and his new oversized, full color spectacular, Heroes of the Comics. A stacked panel team featuring Friedman, Karen Green (Columbia University graphic novels library), Sean Howe (author of Marvel Comics, The Untold Story), and Al Jaffee will be moderated by the comics historian Danny Fingeroth. The lecture runs from 6:30-8:30 pm, and tickets are available through the SOI websites. (More Details)
Thursday, October 9
Portland, OR: One of the best comic shops ever (yeah, I said it) will be hosting some of the best cartoonists ever (yeah, I said it) this Thursday at Portland's Floating World Comics! Celebrating Megahex , Lose #6, and Distance Mover, the boys of summer are hitting fall, which means the tour is winding down. But that doesn't mean the good times are done! In fact, you might have the best time of your life from 5-8 pm this Thursday if you make your way to Floating World Comics! (More Details)
Stanford, CA: Sponsored by Standford Arts, the California univserity is hosting a conversation with Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez. They'll be covering a wide range of topics covering the current state of alternative comics, as well as it's history, their influence, and the influence that their latino and punk culture had on them while growing up, and in creating Love and Rockets. It will be hosted by two professors from the University, and it's open to the public! Get schooled from 5:30-7:30 pm! (More Details)
Friday, October 10
Portland, OR: We're keeping them busy this week at Floating World Comics by being lucky enough to have two other rising talents of Lane Milburn (Twelve Gems) and Conor Stechschulte (The Amateurs) join the welcoming PDX community for a signing of their recent successes of sci-fi fantasy and psychological thriller/black comedy. Start your Friday night right from 4-7 pm, with plenty of time to make it to our next Friday outing! (More Details)
Portland, OR: The always changing, always original, monthly comics performance variety show, Grid Lords, has a spectacular line-up of, you guessed it, Hanselmann, DeForge, and Kyle! They will each be combining a reading of their works with musical performances that will be loud, gross and beautiful! Just like everything else they do. Buy a book, get in for free, otherwise it's only 5 bones! Performance begins at 7:30 pm. (More Details)
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit; a celebration of exploitative art and iamges in cinema, currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the now available book, Super Trash. The exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater in Portland. Tonight's film is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I had the trilogy on laser disk and watched them all the time; you can't go wrong with anything Indiana, as long as it's not the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. (More Details)
Seattle, WA: Gearing up for a packed fall schedule, the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery present Danny Bland, author of the acclaimed In Case We Die, in conversation with fellow author and musician Jonathan Evison. They will be talking celebrating, and talking about, Bland's new book, I Apologise in Advance for the Awful Things I'm Gonna Do, a brilliant collection of haikus. The conversation/signing event runs from 6-8 pm (More Details)
Saturday, October 11
Seattle, WA: It's the day we've all been waiting for. We finally get to call our little chickies home to roost around the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery (don't worry, we'll put straw down). From 6 until closing, we're going to have a big ol' Fanta fam fest when we're joined by the Hanselmann-DeForge-Kyle tour, AND Lane Milburn and Conor Stechschulte. Like all the stops along the way, there will be books signed, hearts broken, drinks drinked, and maybe some tears teared as the full tour makes it's last US stop. This event is on all the hot ticket events in Seattle this week, so make sure you bring all your friends and enemies (for they shall all be your friends by the end of the night) to Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Georgetown from 6-Closing. (More Details)
Sunday, October 12
Seattle, WA: Twenty-two years after the release of his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, Maus, Art Spiegelman presents Wordless!, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk and musical performance created with acclaimed jazz composer Philip Johnston. Johnston's original scores, performed with his sextet, accompany the cartoonist's personal tour of the first legitimate "graphic novels" - silent picture stories made by early 20th century masters like Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross - and their influences on him. This unique and multifaceted performance begins at 7:30 pm (More Details)
Vancouver, BC: We've made it, the end. A month (or so) long whirldwind tour of cities, spreading the good word. Canadians have been knocking down the border fence for their chance to witness the magic, and Pulpfiction Books has been granted that wish this Sunday from 4-7 pm. Unfortunately that border is stronger than it looks, and Simon Hanselmann will not be able to attend this event, but we're still letting them have DeForge and Kyle. I guess giving them back to Canada is more accurate. We'll miss them bunches. Don't be strangers! Write often! (More Details)
Monday, October 6th, we have a last minute addition to the Cute Boy Alert tour and we know you'll love this rocking 2-stopper in Oakland, California, for the new releases Megahex (Fantagraphics), Lose #6 (Koyama Press) and Distance Mover (Koyama Press)
FIRST, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are heading to the Naming Gallery (335 15th Street, Oakland, California 94612). If you like live music, projectors and *sweat*, know that the doors at 5 pm. Feautring the musical talents of DJ Tender Lloyd, Ted the Block, Creep Highway, and girlmountain. The Cute Boy Alert guys: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will also have a gallery show and book signing.
Then you can hustle butt over to Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609) for live music and drinks from 8pm-10:30pm (doors at 7pm). The tunes will be blasting from Creep Highway, girlmoutnain, Candy Boyz and more special guests TBA. Then at 10:30-midnight, everyone chill the hell out because the guys are gonna sign some comics! Have fun, this party is gonna be bigger than the McRibs groupie parties.
Pittsburgh, PA: Tonight! The Copacetic Comics Company is hosting the boys of Summer on their whirlwind tour of books, friendship, and probably a coming of age story. Annie Mok will be joining them at this stop, and all the fun starts at 7 pm!
Thursday, September 25
St. Louis, MO: You won't be lonseome this Thursday if you get yourself over to Subterranean Books for the early early book release and signing of Tim Lane's newest book, The Lonsesome Go; a haunting exploration into the American Myth. This book should be in every college English Lit class, but you can get yours now this Thursday from 7-10 pm! (More Details)
Friday, September 26
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration of exploitative art and images in cinema, currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash. The Exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater. Tonight's film gets a little saucy with the Franco-Italian drama, Last Tango in Pariswhere Marlon Brando takes his shirt off. (More Details)
Saturday, September 27th
Columbus, OH:Kafe Kerouac is party central in Columbus, OH this Saturday when the boys are back in town. And by boys of course by now you know I mean Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, and Patrick Kyle. They've been deservedly flaunting their stuff all over the East Coast, as shown in the above picture. Drop by at 9 pm for the full revue! (More Details)
If you're home alone watching that show, Too Cute, don't be surprised if you see Hanselmann, Deforge, and Kyle scampering across your screen, playing with puppies and baby ducks. Especially if those baby ducks* are at the Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, OH. Beginning at 9 pm, you can get drinks, books signed, build up some social skills, and hopefully go on a journey that leads to founding a literary movement.
These cute boys may have gotten a head start on you though, because their recent releases: Megahex; Lose #6; and Distance Mover; have been taking the comic world by storm.
You can get caught up in the storm by heading to Kafe Kerouac this Sat (the 25th) at 9 pm!
*Not responsible for there not being any actually cute animals at event. But aren't these boys enough for you?!
Philadelphia, PA: The Wild Boyz Tour is wildin out in Philly tonight with a signing at Locust Moon Comics. In addition to Hanselmann, Deforge, and Kyle, they will be joined by Annie Mok, Noel Freibert, and Portland extraordinaire, Farel Dalrymple. This signing begins at 7 pm, but the good times continue the next day (17th) at LAVA Space when everyone magically turns into musicians! (More Details)
Friday, September 19
Seattle, WA: The highly anticipated follow up to the acclaimed books, The Hive and X'ed Out, is finally being released and long time friend-of-Fanta and author, Charles Burns will be back in Seattle at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 6-8 pm to drop his new baby, Sugar Skull. Come party at the best bookstore in the business! (More Details)
Portland, OR: The Pacific Northwest College of Arts presents the Super Trash exhibit, a celebration and exploration of exploitative art and images in cinema. Currated by Jacques Boyreau, author of the upcoming book, Super Trash, the exhibit runs in conjuction with weekly films at the Laurelhurst Theater; tonight's film is the sci-fi adaption of The Omega Man, featuring everyone's favorite gun slinger, Charlton Heston. (More Details)
Brooklyn, NY: No sleep till the next leg of our Fantagraphics tour, which just happens to be in Brooklyn! 8 pm, at the beautiful Bergen Street Comics, the whole gang is getting together to sign books and be merry. The gang for this stretch includes: Eleanor Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Simon Hanselmann as well as Michael Defore, Patrick Kyle, Matthew Thurber, and Alex Degen. That's a lot of people hanging out at one store, at one time. And you can be one of them! (More Details)
Sunday, September 21
Brooklyn, NY: If you're skipping church this morning it better be because you're headed to the Brooklyn Book Fest at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, running from 10-6 pm! There is a slew of great vendors attending, but you'll want to hit up the best of all (us, Fantagraphics) because we'll have the best books and signings in the business! Additionally, there are more amazing panels and book debuts than you can shake a stick at. Catch all the details here.
Seattle, WA: Something about fall screams psychological thriller, and few do it better than Chris Wright in his seminal book, Blacklung. He, and that gruelling pirateship thrill ride of a book, will be signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 3-5 pm. Stop by to get your hands on a great work that will be perfect to read right before you fall asleep! (More Details)
Monday, September 22
Brooklyn, NY: On her whirl-wind tour with the beautiful, inspiring, heartbreaking (and almost sold-out) graphic novel debut, How to Be Happy, Eleanor Davis will be stopping by indie oasis, Desert Island Comics, to delight and educate audiences with her carefully crafted presentation. Beginning at 7:30 pm, come learn about the relationship between art and the artist, and see what it takes to create a New York Times Bestseller, and stay until 9 to get said Bestseller signed. (More Details)
As a part of our cute boy/boys of summer/wild boyz tour, these dapper dans are headed to Philadelphia's Locust Moon Comics for a two day signing and music event. Did you think SPX would poop these guys out? We're just getting started!
Join Megahexauthor, Simon Hanselmann, and artists Michael Deforge, and Patrick Kyle on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm for a signing and hangout spectacular. Joining them on this night are the very special, and also very cute, guests Farel Dalrymple, Annie Mok and Noel Freibert.
Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann's Girl Mountain Tumblr. This is the first collection of Hanselmann's work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the "classic" Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.
"Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home life so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank God I don't ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again." – Daniel Clowes
"Megahex is basically about a bunch of people (and "people") watching TV and getting wasted and fighting and fucking and pranking each other. Oh, and depression. What's not to love?!" – Peter Bagge