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Behind the Eightball: art needed
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel ClowesComing Attractionsbehind the scene 5 May 2014 5:42 PM

Eightball 7 cover original art

We're deep in production on The Complete Eightball box set and there's a piece of the puzzle missing: We want to reproduce this cover, to Eightball #7, scanned from the original, but we can't track down the owner of the piece. (This low-res scan was found online, but was uploaded over 10 years ago and the source is MIA.) Any and all tips are appreciated — see the danielclowes.com blog for all the details

Live-Action series in production: TEOTFW
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Chuck Forsmanbehind the scene 29 Aug 2013 1:59 PM

The End of the Fucking World 

Charles Forsman's most recent graphic novel, The End of the Fucking World, is currently being filmed in England by Buchanan Productions in association with Film 4.0. Director Jonathan Entwhistle keeps putting up photos on Instagram and Twitter and we can't help it, we're freaking out! (check out how faithful the shot of young James' animal body count is to the page in TEOTFW)

Forsman 
Craig Roberts (from Submarine) is playing James, the psychotic teen, and we're excited from what we can see so far! Forsman told us there will be some changes since the pilot was cast with British actors (guess they're not going to Tulsa, darn!) but how much cooler could it get?

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Grab a copy of The End of the Fucking World NOW before they are all gone. And they almost are! We'll keep you updated about the pilot and series.

TEOTFW 

The editorial process
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireComing Attractionsbehind the scene 18 Aug 2011 7:35 PM

Tony Millionaire portraits

At a point last month during the production process on Tony Millionaire's 500 Portraits, due this coming November, we were down to just a handful of illustrations we couldn't identify, so we sent some images to Andrew Leland at The Believer for his help identifying those that ran in the magazine. Designer Jacob Covey asked me to share this with you, saying "I believe it appropriately sums up our process." Click it to see it bigger.

We get letters
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under office funGilbert Hernandezbehind the scene 7 Jul 2011 2:19 AM

crapy books

From the ol' mailbag.

The A.V. Club's Pop Pilgrims visit Fantagraphics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPeter BaggeGary Grothbehind the scene 24 Jun 2011 3:09 AM


Seattle: Fantagraphics Comics

If you've always wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look inside our glamorous offices and see what things are like around here on a day-to-day basis, this segment that The A.V. Club came by to film for their "Pop Pilgrims" series should give you a pretty good idea. Host Dan Telfer and his crew got the grand tour from Gary Groth, and we had Peter Bagge stop by to give his perspective and insights. My favorite parts are the bits that show my co-workers just going about their day and getting shit done. (I missed all the hubbub that day because I was on my way to... oh, some darn convention or other.) They wrote up a nice profile of us too — be sure to check it out.

Eric Skillman on designing The Comics Journal #301
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalDesignbehind the scene 16 Mar 2011 12:40 PM

The Comics Journal No. 301

On his Cozy Lummox blog, award-winning designer Eric Skillman discusses his process for putting together the new issue of The Comics Journal: "I was pretty excited when Jacob Covey emailed me to ask if I might be interested in re-designing the venerable Comics Journal for its upcoming relaunch as an annual (rather than monthly) publication. Then I found out it was going to be 600-something pages. But by that point it was too late to say no! (I'm kidding... mostly.)" It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek!

In the studio with Zak Sally - video & photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak Sallyvideobehind the scene 1 Mar 2011 10:00 AM

Minneapolis comics maven Sarah Morean recently visited Zak Sally's studio with Tom Kaczynski and documented the occasion with a bunch of photos and the brief video above.

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O, the sights! View the full set of photos here.

Staff interviews a go-go
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffMomeFantagraphics historybehind the scene 29 Dec 2010 12:14 PM

A pair of interviews with our staff have gone up today. First, The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon chats with Jason T. Miles about his job here, his own comics, and his zine distro Profanity Hill. Next, at The Comics Journal, check out the first part of Chris Mautner's chat with Eric Reynolds about editing our quarterly anthology Mome. Good job, fellas!

UPDATE: Part 2 of the interview with Eric is up now.

Answers to some of your questions about our digital strategy at Comics Alliance
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under digital comicsbehind the scene 27 Dec 2010 7:15 AM
While we were enjoying a nice little holiday break, Comics Alliance posted an interview with our own Eric Reynolds in which Eric discusses our nascent strategy for making our books available for digital download for your various e-readers and such: "Our digital plans are still very much in the formative stages. I'm not going to lie; we've definitely been slow to move on the digital front, but not for a lack of interest. [...] We've been paying close attention for the past year or more and have been slowly developing a strategy, exploring all of the various third party apps out there, and playing with most of them." Hit that link for the whole discussion. While Fantagraphics on your Kindle or iPad or other device is still a way off on the horizon, for now this is the definitive word and should at least give an inkling of what you might expect in the future.
The Fantagraphics Map/Staff Field Guide
Written by Kristy Valenti | Filed under staffinternsbehind the scene 1 Nov 2010 4:51 PM

Fantagraphics Map / Staff Field Guide
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This "Handy Fantagraphics Map/Staff Field Guide" was created by Chi-Wen Lee and Andrew Davis to help future interns: it dates roughly back to the third week of October, where it originated over a bubble tea-fueled discussion about Lucky in Love, how awesome the Fantagraphics people are, the awesomeness of Seattle, the mysterious stairway that leads to the upstairs apartment, how hard it is to remember everyone's names, and Pinocchio with a gun. Yes, in that order. 

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