Holy yes-more-please, SPX rocked us. Jacq Cohen, Gary Groth and I traversed across the country for one of the single best comic books shows that exists. We knew it was going to be quite the fun time when we boarded the plane and saw Joseph Remnant. A small favor to stranger later and he was TRAPPED between us for 4+ hours.
SPX is that magical place where we stay in the same hotel as the convention so you run into people all the time. We found a Ben Catmull by the elevators right away! Maybe he was haunting the place (NOT COOL, BEN)
Early morning rise and shine, all the books were out in their deliciously intimidating stacks including all sexy color Peanuts Every Sunday.
Speaking of Peanuts, kids are attracted to it like a magnet. Yes!
Sketching Guantanamo also debuted at SPX and Janet Hamlin, the military tribunal artist for the last seven years showed upwith some new sketches. This book is very important, not just to Janet or us but to the United States as a form of public record.
Peter Bagge signs some books for fans! (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Zak Sally took a break behind our booth to do some sweet sketches.
The last thing to do at a con after packing up some unsold books and labeling boxes is EAT COOKIES. SPX social media coordinator and crazy busy man, Michael David Thomas, is the stuff fucking dreams are made of my friends.
I'm so pissed I forgot to show off my '90s HIP HOP socks to Ed while he was signing Hip Hop Family Tree. See those smiley faces and peace signs? The kind of socks you keep for the rest of your life! Eden Miller, Ignatz organizer, also showed off her own foot related fashion---an Ignatz tattoo pulled right from the pages of Herriman's comic!
Back on the plane ride home, Jacq took a photo of me working on comics.
We had SUCH a great time at SPX, thank you so much to Warren Bernard, Michael David Thomas, Dan Stafford, Eden Miller, Sam Marx and the many, many, many other staffers and volunteers who made the show rock. Our bags are already packed for next year.
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.
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.
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 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 (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 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 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 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....
• 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!
• 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.
You know you don't wanna miss our schedule of signings, our list of debuts, and our programming, and that's a'comin'... but, here are a few other things you don't wanna miss this SPX weekend!
Saturday, September 14th
• 5:30 PM: Carousel returns to this year’s SPX with a great line up of readers and drawers, including our own Michael Kupperman, Leslie Stein, and Anders Nilsen, along with Lisa Hanawalt, Sam Henderson, and Kriota Willberg. Hosted by your pal, and ours, R. Sikoryak.
Sunday, September 15th
• 1:30 PM: What does this poster mean?! Mark Twain as Val Kilmer?! Does this mean Michael Kupperman is packing those eyebrows for Bethesda? Just get yourself over to the White Flint Auditorium to find out.
• Seattle, WA: Our very own Jason T Miles will be part of group art show at Cairo, comprised of collaborative and independent ink drawings with artists Darin Shuler and Aidan Fitzgerald! Join them from 7:00 to 9:00 PM for art, words, and drinks! (more info)
• Berkeley, CA: Alternative comix queen Dame Darcy descends upon The Escapist Comic Bookstore for an evening of readings and signings,starting at 5:00 PM! (more info)
• Oslo, Norway: Jason will be signing at Tronsmo Bookstore at 2:00 PM. Along with his Fantagraphics titles, he'll also be signing Pop!, his new collection of illustrations published by Norway's Jippi Comics! (more info)
Our good friends at Atomic Books have released the deets on their 6th annual burnin-down-the-house party the night before SPX at their store in Baltimore, MD. This party features Peter Bagge signing his calvacade of new books from 6-7pm and then readings from 7-1opm.
The readings will feature these superb cartoonists and their new books: MICHAEL KUPPERMAN (Tales Designed To Thrizzle) SAM HENDERSON (Magic Whistle) T. EDWARD BAK (Island Of Memory) BRIAN RALPH (Reggie-12) FRANK SANTORO (Pompeii) ANYA DAVIDSON (School Spirits) DAVID PLUNKERT (Spur Gallery)
Atomic Books also boasts a new bottleshop bar, The Eightbar (a particulary nice play on Dan Clowes' Eightball) will be open, serving local & craft beer, wine and sodas. Make sure you take a million photos of your face passed out on their kickass countertop.
And while in the bar, there is a print show by artists Andrea Kalfas and Jimmy Giegerich. Benn from Atomic also mentioned they are debutinga 3D photo booth in the newly expanded store." We scan you in and print out a 3D bust of you." SIGN ME UP.
And don't forget that on September 24th, Danny Bland, author of In Case We Die will have a reading and signing at their fine establishment as well!
Friday, September 13. Peter Bagge - 6-7. SPX-Plosion 7-10PM. Free. Atomic Books. 3620 Falls Rd. Hampden, Baltimore. www.atomicbooks.com
For more information, contact: Benn Ray (
Kupperman has teamed up with online shop TopatoCo to release a new series of poster prints and that great tee shown above! That Snake 'n' Bacon print demands to be framed in your kitchen! Imagine Mark Twain's murder in your study!
Prints measure about 11" X 16", and are printed on high quality matte paper. Go get yourself some, before I buy it all for meeeee!!!
The 2013 Harvey Award Nominations list more than a few Fantagraphics' titles! Here's a peak at their covers and click on any to find out more information if for some reason they aren't already on your bookshelves!
Final ballots are due to the Harvey Awards by Monday, August 19, 2013. Full submission instructions can be found on the final ballot. Voting is open to anyone professionally involved in a creative capacity within the comics field. Final ballots are available at www.harveyawards.org. Those who prefer paper ballots may e-mail
We brought back a couple of doorstops from San Diego — Eisner Awards for Pogo Vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash by Walt Kelly, named Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips, and "Moon 69" by Michael Kupperman from Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (and the Vol. 2 collection), named Best Short Story! You can catch Kupperman at the SPX-plosion in Baltimore and as a special guest at SPX in Bethesda. Maybe you'll get a copy with those special Eisner stickers on them! (We'll be forwarding the statuettes to Michael and Pogo editor Carolyn Kelly as soon as we get bored with spinning the little globes around.) Hurrah and congratulations!
If you're a geek, like hip hop and have ever been on the Internet, chances are you've heard of Adam WarRock. Having made his unique brand of pop cultural indie hip hop, the emcee has rapped about everything from Downton Abbey to Ron Swanson in his three years of releasing free music to the Internet. Fantagraphics and Michael Kupperman donated some comics from Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 2 just for you if you donate to his donation drive. If you've ever been to a Kupperman/WarRock version of the Crimestoppers show, you know the magic they possess dressing up and rapping as Albert Einstein and Mark Twain.
From the press release: Through July 3, Adam WarRock is having his Third Annual Donation Drive. Not only a chance to give back for all the free music he's released, donors of any amount will receive: a new album, a live video concert, and a digital comics package that includes comics and more from Michael Kupperman as well as Oni Press, MonkeyBrain, Nedroid, Atomic Robo and more.
Adam and I go waaaayyy back professionally. We hosted the 2010 Nerdlinger Awards together pre-SPX at Atomic Books and I designed his first set of shirt. Here Euge (center) and I are handing Fantagraphics' cartoonist Drew Weing his Nerdlinger award for Best High Seas Adventure, Unpronouncable Name or something silly like that (the awards are beers, people). So for fun, music and Kupperman comics, donate to a worthy cause.
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