Gilbert, Jaime, and Natalia Hernandez packed 'em in for two solid hours of signing & sketching mania as fans snapped up the new issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories (not to mention Natalia's new minicomic The Cat Eyes #1). Also, judging by the second picture below, Natalia thinks Adam Grano is crazy.
Oh man did it pain me to erase Moto Hagio's unsolicited drawing off of our whiteboard! I console myself with other artwork which followed and the hope that she will do a new drawing each day. She signed copies of A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and drew sketches for a big group of very excited and appreciative fans, with the assistance of Drunken Dream translator/editor Matt Thorn and, behind the scenes, interpreter/personal assistant (and mobile veterinarian, for real) Mari Morimoto. See below (or here) for video of Hagio-sensei sketching a character!
Our first signing of the day featured Johnny Ryan signing the brand new Prison Pit: Book 2 and Esther Pearl Watson signing both volumes of Unlovable and working artwork for on her top-secret new graphic novel in progress. The Johnny logo on the whiteboard is by me, but then I had the better idea of having the artists sign themselves in, so Esther's is by Esther.
Here's a two-part stroll around booth #1718 right around opening time. There were significantly fewer books by the end of the day. Below, another con debut which somehow failed to upload for inclusion in last night's post: Zak Sally's Sammy the Mouse #3.
Check out the views of our booth (#1718) and book debuts, taken in the moments before the doors were opened. Lots more photos after the jump. Our slate of signings starts Thursday morning — hope to see you there!
We have a few extra tidbits to append to our Comic-Con announcement: once again we'll have the pleasure of welcoming the lovely and talented Natalia Hernandez as she debuts the eagerly-awaited third issue of her hit self-published minicomic The Adventures of Crystal Girl! It's a rollicking read for young and old alike. Natalia will be hanging out with her pop Gilbert & uncle Jaime during at least some of their scheduled signing times:
We'll also once again be breaking out the silver Sharpies as a destination in the Peanuts scavenger hunt in association with the Schulz Museum booth (#1537) — stop by there to pick up your official game card and purchase some nifty exclusive Peanuts merch.
And finally, you couldn't turn around in the comics blogosphere last week without seeing hype for the promotional tote bags being given out by a major motion picture/television studio... I mean, really? Who wants those junky old things when you can get a beautiful, roomy, sturdy canvas Fantagraphics tote bag featuring the smiling mug of Daniel Clowes's über-nerd Dan Pussey for $14.95, or FREE with a purchase of $150 or more? You'll use it for years instead of hucking it in the back of your closet as soon as the Con is over. We'll have a very limited supply so don't delay in picking yours up.
MEGAN KELSO CELEBRATES NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL AT THE THIRD PLACE BOOKS ON JULY 20
Suffering from Comicon separation anxiety? Fantagraphics Books and Seattle's Third Place Books are proud to present an evening with acclaimed graphic novelist Megan Kelso on Tuesday, July 20, talking about and signing her new graphic novel, ARTICHOKE TALES, which the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW recently hailed as "surprising and wonderful,” and about which STRANGER Books Editor Paul Constant declared, “[it] feels like a series of expansions. The characters and their world grow to envelop the reader in a singular, charming way.”
Kelso will be making a rare appearance in her hometown of Seattle, WA, giving a multimedia talk called "Big and Small": How do you construct a story that includes the big wide world, history, culture, sweeping events like war and political change, but that also includes personal, intimate character-driven things like friendship, family relationships, love, sex, babies and dying? How do you meld the two together into a believable whole? How do you humanize important historical players, kings, queens and presidents, and also show how the personal lives of ordinary people are affected by grand events that take place outside their doors? These are the essential questions that Kelso asked herself throughout the creation of Artichoke Tales, and she answers them through examples of her own work, as well as other artists who are engaged with similar issues, from Joe Sacco to Lynda Barry.
This lively talk will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience and book signing.
Here's a handy-dandy guide to our Comic-Con 2010 author apprearances and panels which you can download (PDF format), print out and bring with you! You can also pick one up at our booth (#1718 — jot that down on your printout) but this way you can come prepared!
Your guide to signings, panels, new books, freebies, sales and more!
JULY 13, SEATTLE, WA -- Comic-Con is upon us, and it is time to spill the beans on some major news. Fantagraphics Books is excited to announce that at this year's show we will have no celebrity tie-ins, no comic adaptations of summer blockbusters, no TV show spinoffs, no videogame companion books, and no major announcements regarding digital distribution.
We do, however, pledge to deliver more cartoonists, more classic comics collections, more original literary graphic novels, more high-quality foreign reprints of international cartooning, more graphic memoirs, more offbeat humor books, more envelope-pushing anthologies, and more and better books-about-comics and comics history than any other publisher on the floor.
Next week, Fantagraphics Books will close up shop in Seattle and relocate for one week to San Diego, CA for the 2010 Comic-Con International (to booth #1718, to be exact). With over 20 authors signing throughout the weekend - including the first-ever U.S. appearance by MOTO HAGIO, founder of Shojo Manga, as well as American comix legends CAROL TYLER, PETER BAGGE, TONY MILLIONAIRE ,THE HERNANDEZ BROTHERS and many others - as well as over a dozen new books debuting at the show, the weekend promises to be an exciting one for fans of comic books and graphic novels. Here is your guide to Fantagraphics Books' signings, book debuts, panels and much more!
AUTHOR APPEARANCES AND RELATED PANELS (see below to download printout):
12:00 - 1:00: Johnny Ryan & Esther Pearl Watson
1:00 - 2:00: Moto Hagio & Jeannie Schulz
2:00 - 4:00: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
4:00 - 5:00: Carol Tyler
5:00 - 6:00: Blake Bell
12:00 - 2:00: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
2:00 - 4:00: Moto Hagio
3:00 - 4:00: Carol Tyler
4:00 - 5:00: Stephen DeStefano & Andrei Molotiu
5:00 - 6:00: Johnny Ryan & Esther Pearl Watson
6:00 - 7:00: Blake Bell, Wendy Everett (daughter of Bill Everett)
10:30AM: Spotlight on Moto Hagio, moderated by Matt Thorn (Rm. 5AB)
12:00PM: Spotlight on Carol Tyler, moderated by Gary Groth
2:00PM: Peanuts 60th Anniversary Panel with Jeannie Schulz
10:00 - 11:00: Mike Vosburg & Mitch Schauer 11:00 - 12:00: Ben Schwartz, Blake Bell and Andrei Molotiu 12:00 - 1:00: Tim Hensley & Carol Tyler 1:00 - 3:00: Peter Bagge, Dame Darcy and Tony Millionaire 3:00 - 5:00: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez 5:00 - 7:00: Moto Hagio & Stephen DeStefano
12:00PM: Spotlight on Peter Bagge, moderated by Jason Miles (Rm. 3) 1:30PM: Comics Criticism panel with Ben Schwartz & co. (Rm. 4) 1:45PM: Cartoon Network panel with Stephen DeStefano & Co. 3:00PM: Comics Reprint Revolution with Gary Groth (Rm. 8)
3:30PM: International Graphic Novels panel with Moto Hagio (Rm. 4)
5:30PM: Bill Everett: From Sub-Mariner to Daredevil, with Blake Bell and Wendy Everett (Rm. 9)
10:00 - 12:00: Stephen DeStefano & Peter Bagge 12:00 - 1:00: Ted Stearn & Andrei Molotiu 1:00 - 2:00: Moto Hagio & Carol Tyler 2:00 - 4:00: Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
12:30PM: The Funny Stuff: Humor in Graphic Novels with Peter Bagge (Rm. 8)
NEW FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS DEBUTING AT COMIC-CON:
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LUCKY IN LOVE BOOK ONE by George Chieffet and Stephen DeStefano • This debut graphic memoir of one man's experiences in love and WWII is gorgeously drawn by fan favorite Stefan DeStefano, who will be signing copies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1977 to 1978 (Vol. 14) by Charles M. Schulz • Our 14th (!) volume, featuring an introduction by Alex Baldwin! Jeannie Schulz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz and President of the Schulz Museum, will be onhand Thursday to sign copies.
THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1975-1978 Boxed Set by Charles M. Schulz • Collecting the 13th and 14th volumes, this gift box set won't be in stores until October! Jeannie Schulz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz and President of the Schulz Museum, will be onhand Thursday to sign copies.
A DRUNKEN DREAM AND OTHER STORIES by Moto Hagio • Our long-awaited foray into the world of Manga, collecting the best work from legendary artist Moto Hagio's 30 year-plus career. Ms. Hagio will be an International Guest of Honor at this year's convention, making her first-ever trip to the States and signing all four days of the show.
FIRE AND WATER: BILL EVERETT, THE SUB-MARINER AND THE BIRTH OF MARVEL COMICS by Blake Bell • Part-biography of Sub-Mariner creator Bill Everett, part history of the early days of Marvel Comics, and part gorgeous art book, from acclaimed historian and critic Blake Bell, who will be signing copies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Friday, Bell will be joined by Wendy Everett, daughter of Bill Everett, to answer questions and share anecdotes about her father.
TOO SOON? by Drew Friedman • Featuring an introduction by Jimmy Kimmel, this gorgeous coffee-table book features over 15 years of Freidman's skewering commercial art.
YOU'LL NEVER KNOW BOOK TWO: COLLATERAL DAMAGE by C. Tyler • The second book in Tyler's critically-acclaimed graphic memoir focusing on her father's experiences in WWII and how his experiences affected her family after the war. Tyler is a special guest of Comic-Con's, appearing all four days and participating in an author spoitlight with Gary Groth on Friday at noon.
LOVE & ROCKETS NEW STORIES #3 by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez • Another Comic-Con, another new Love & Rockets, and another weekend-long appearance from Fantagraphics' most towering creators, the great Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez. This issue will not disappoint, we promise you.
PRISON PIT 2 by Johnny Ryan • Last year's most talked-about book at Comic-Con is back with the eagerly-anticipated second volume, and Johnny Ryan will be as well to sign your copies and answer questions about his mental health.
RIP, M.D. by Mitch Schauer & Mike Vosburg • This all-ages graphic novel by comics veteran Mike Vosburg and animation heavyweight Mitch Schauer will delight parents and children, and the creators will be on hand Saturday morning (natch) to sign copies.
NORMAN PETTINGILL: BACKWOODS HUMORIST by Norman Pettingill • Sporting an introduction by R. Crumb, this deranged art book will surely appeal to fans of outsider art, and although Mr. Pettingill is no longer with us, co-editors Gary Groth and Johnny Ryan will be happy to sign copies and tell you all about this unique visionary.
And, our four new releases in the Ignatz imprint from Fantagraphics Books:
In addition to these exciting author events and new releases, there will be several other surprises for visitors, as well. We've put together a number of unique sales for the show that you'll have to come by to check out, and we've also raided our warehouse and gathered as many cool items as we could find to stuff into bags for everyone who makes a purchase at the booth, from rare postcard sets by Peter Bagge, long unavailable buttons featuring classic Fanta characters, free comic books, posters, and much more. We've put together about 500 of these goodie bags that will be available with every purchase, while supplies last.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
UPDATE: Here's a handy-dandy guide to our author apprearances and panels which you can download (PDF format), print out and bring with you! You can also pick one up at our booth (#1718 — jot that down on your printout) but this way you can come prepared!
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