Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. Especially when Nicole invites her troubled mother, Angela, to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again. Joe reacts to this development by further retreating into alcohol. He thinks he loves Nicole but resents her at the same time. They probably wouldn’t still be with each other if she hadn’t become pregnant. Joe wants out. He’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly. And he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his critically acclaimed debut graphic novel biography of Abraham Lincoln (The Hypo), yet upon closer reflection, it continues Van Sciver’s interest in pathos and the human condition.
Here at Fantagraphics headquarters, we're managing to keep our feet dry, plus we've got just-arrived advances of Saint Cole to look forward to! This brand new graphic novel by Noah Van Sciver, author of The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, stars a painfully flawed protagonist whose drinking becomes steadily more debilitating with each (rain-soaked) day.
Noah Van Sciver is back with an all-new graphic novel—Saint Cole—and we've got an 8-page downloadable excerpt for you to read today! By page 2 we are treated to an immediate foreshadowing of the storyline, followed by an introduction of the main character, Joe—a 28-year-old pizza server trying desperately to make ends meet to support his girlfriend and their unplanned infant child.
We are pleased to reveal for you the final cover design for Ignatz-nominated cartoonist Noah Van Sciver's (Blammo, The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln) new upcoming graphic novel, Saint Cole. Continuing his interest in pathos and the human condition, Van Sciver is back with a story of 28-year-old Joe, a pizza server with a girlfriend and infant child who retreats further and further into alcohol as life continues to throw curve balls in his path.
The word is out! The night before the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD (aka SPX), Atomic Books is hosting their annual party. This year will have a stellar cast of characters doing readings from their comics and signing. On September 12th from 5-6pm, enjoy the THE Charles Burns signing his third installment of his current series called Sugar Skull. From 7-9pm, your ears will be thrilled by the sights and sounds of Ed Piskor(Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Noah Van Sciver (with his AdHouse book Youth Is Wasted), Emily Flake, Josh Bayer and Tom Neely plus MORE.
We can't wait, so save some fliff (money) to spend on great comics by amazing cartoonists and buy a beer at the Daniel Clowes' inspired Eightbar while you're at it. (Photo by Kaitlin Newman).
Charlotte, NC: Soak up some Southern charm at the 2014 Heroes Con! Known for being almost solely comics centered, there are too many amazing artists and writers attending for me to list them all. But here are some Fanta greats that'll be holding it down in the invitation only, Indie Island: Rich Tommaso! Noah Van Sciver! Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez! Plus so, so, so many others. The convention runs from June 20-22, with tickets still available! (More details)
Saturday, June 21st
Charlotte, NC: Continues through the weekend! Just as awesome as yesterday, maybe as awesome as tomorrow. Don't miss the Hernandez Bros panel at 1:30, moderated by Tom Spurgeon!
Savannah, GA: The solstice is going to get fun and freaky in Savannah as Dame Darcy hosts its first annual Mermaid Parade through Tybee Beach! Wear your boldest Mermaid costume, win prizes, clam jam to live music, and take a chance to be crowned mermaid QUEEN! Parade kicks off the festivities at 1 pm. (More details)
Seattle, WA: If you've been looking to spruce up your walls with some new original art pieces, pop by the Jeremy Eaton art show in Ballard, running from 12-6 pm. (More details)
Seattle, WA: For the first time, Seattle audiences will get to witness the live action comics anthology performance of Gridlords #23! Presented by Short Run, watch a combination of music, puppetry, video, readings, and more come together to form an original narrative. Many artists are participating, including Andrice Arp! Begins at 7 pm, at Gallery 1412. (More details)
Sunday, June 22nd
Venice, CA: A free opening reception for an exhibition celebrating the work of LA comics artists winds down the weekend, and features pieces by the likes of Ron Rege Jr., and Jordan Crane! The featured artists will be attending and reading from their work. Sponsored by Comics Juice, the reception begins at 3 pm.
Fantagraphics Welcomes Sophomore Graphic Novel From Noah Van Sciver
MAY 30, 2014, SEATTLE, WA — Fantagraphics has acquired the international rights to Saint Cole, the second graphic novel from critically acclaimed cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, coming in March of 2015. Serialized as a webcomic starting in 2013, this book highlights Van Sciver's ability to create dark portraits of contemporary twentysomething manhood.
Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe, who works at a pizzeria to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. When Nicole invites her troubled mother to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again, Joe reacts by retreating into alcohol: he wants out, and he’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly — and he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his wildly successful debut — a graphic biography of Abraham Lincoln entitled The Hypo— yet upon closer reflection, it shares the cartoonist's preoccupation with pathos and the human condition.
"Basically from the beginning of my 'comics career' people have told me that my work was very Fantagraphics. That's a high compliment!" explains cartoonist Noah Van Sciver. "I was ecstatic when they became the publisher of my first book, and now I'm even happier to be working with them on my second graphic novel. It's a perfect fit."
"Noah Van Sciver is an aesthetic moving target," says Fantagraphics president Gary Groth. "Saint Cole couldn’t be more different from The Hypo — an intimate story that reflects the despair and nihilism of modernity."
The Hypo was lauded as MTV's "Best Graphic Novel of 2012," one of Library Journal's "Best Graphic Novels of 2012," #3 on Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey, #4 on Publishers Weekly's "2012 Graphic Novel Critics' Poll," one of the Ten Essential Graphic Novel Biographies by The A.V. Club, and was featured in newspapers across the country and online.
Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 and raised in New Jersey. He first came to comic readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz Award nomination in 2010. He currently lives in Denver, CO.
SAINT COLE By Noah Van Sciver March 2015 • $19.99 Flexibound • 978-1-60699-817-5 112 pages • Black & White • 7.5" x 9.25"
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)
NYC: The second day of Book Expo America is underway, starting bright and early at 8 am! (More details)
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 Gfrorer, Lucy Knisley, Charles 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)
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)
Guess who's coming for dinner and that dinner is CAKE?! Fantagraphics with a smashing line-up of cartoonists will be in Chicago May 31-June 1st for the next greatest thing in comic shows. The show is opening Saturday and Sunday this week from 11am-6pm at 3656 N Halsted.
Special Guest Tony Millionaire will be at a table RIGHT NEXT to our signing books all day, all weekend. The map on the site was a bit too tiny even for my magnifying glass soooo just look for us at table 6-7. Jacq Cohen is repping us and is usually dressed to the nines.
Panels Saturday 1-2pm Tony Millionaire In Conversation With Caitlin McGurk (This panel is sponsored by Comix Revolution)
For twenty years, Special Guest Tony Millionaire has been making waves with the seasick adventures of characters Uncle Gabby the sock monkey and Mr. (Drinky) Crow. Millionaire's nostalgic comics Maakies and Sock Monkey defy era and expectation, at once awesomely intricate and terribly crude, sometimes best for the tots and at other times for the sloppiest of sailors. Join us in a conversation with Millionaire and Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in an exploration of this pioneering cartoonist's career. Sunday 1-2pm Seduction of the Innocent with Tony Millionaire, Liz Prince, and Tucker Stone. Moderated by Marnie Galloway (This panel is sponsored by First Aid Comics)
Comics are still for kids?! While the comics medium has grown up in the eyes of the public, of course there are still creators making work for younger audiences. What is the inspiration for creating work for a younger age group, and how will authors stay connected to new generations who will be born in a world of digital entertainment? CAKE organizer and author of In the Sounds and Seas, Marnie Galloway will lead a panel discussion with the multi-faceted Special Guest Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey), Liz Prince, author of the upcoming memoir for teens, Tomboy, and Tucker Stone representing Special Guest Nobrow Press.
REMEMBER: Tony Millionaire will be signing all damn day right next to the Fantagraphics' booth.
Debuts: • Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Harvey Kurtzman & Will ElderOne of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics resulted in taut, gritty war stories. The team of Kurtzman and Severin was one of the most fruitful collaborations in the history of comics. Together with inker and friend Will Elder, whose own obsession for detail perfectly heightened the impact of every line, they produced 34 war stories in just under three years. This book includes: the Roman empire; the Revolutionary War; the American-Indian Wars; the Alamo; the Civil War; World War I (in the trenches and in the air); World War II (in the Pacific and in Europe, including the D-Day invasion); and the Korean War.
• Twelve Gems by Lane Milburnomewhere 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 deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. With wall-to-wall humor and action in Lane Milburn's debute graphic novel from Fantagraphics; this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year!
• The Amateurs by Conor StechschulteTwo 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.
So come one and come all! Say hello to Jacq Cohen, working the booth, and special guest Tony Millionaire! The beautiful CAKE banner at the top was made by Chicago's own Chicago's own, Carrie Vinarsky.
May 31st-June 1st 11am - 6pm Center on Halsted 3656 N Halsted FREE!
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.