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Fantagraphics at Miami Book Fair 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Marguerite Van CookJoyce FarmerJames RombergereventsEd Piskor 14 Nov 2014 3:33 PM
Miami book fair
The Miami Book Fair is a beautiful meeting of literary minds, scholars, writers, cartoonists and readers. This year, the fair will be graced by four brilliant minds, who also happen to have Fantagraphics books out. They are all appearing on some apenls on Saturday, November 22nd at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Most of the comics panels take place in room 1365 in building 1 (see map below) at the intersection of NE 1st Ave and NE 3rd Street. 
Special Exits 
Joyce Farmer's recent reprint from Fantagraphics is her original graphic novel called Special Exits. It is a touching, heartwarming and melancholy look at the grace and diginity we can honor our elders with as they take their leave of this world. Drawn in her emotive black lines, you can feel the frays on the couch arms and feel the warm, wrinkled hands in a perfect reading experience.
The Late Child 
Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger will be debuting their new book, The Late Child and Other Animals, hitting some hard notes on WWII and European feminism. The journeys and struggles over decades of a mother and daughter (in this case, Van Cook) are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense. 
HHFT boxset 
And Ed Piskor will be winding down his Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 tour with Miami Book Fair. Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. As meticulously documented in Piskor's panels, the performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. 
 
Saturday, Nov 22
11 a.m. Lives to the Contrary: Al Capp, Andre the Giant and the 80s Hip Hop Pantheon A lively discussion on going against the grain...at least for a bit with Denis Kitchen, Box Brown and Ed Piskor, moderated by Joan Hilty. Room 1365

12:30 p.m.
Best American Comics 2014 A talk with cartoonists Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Aydin Koch, Ed Piskor, and Raina Telgemeier, moderated by series editor, Bill Kartapoulos.

2:00PM 
In Sickness and in Health: Joyce Brabner, Mark Zingarelli and Joyce Farmer Two remarkable new graphic novels explore mortality, courage and the bonds of family in the face of disease. Brabner and Zingarelli discuss the remarkable true story behind their Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague, and Joyce Farmer discusses her new book Special Exits. Moderated by independent editor Joan Hilty. Room 1365

3 - 4:30pm
Of Love and Other Stories Liana Finck on A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York, Ray Fawkes on The People Inside, and Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger on The Late Child and Other Animals will each take turns  discussing their new work, then will share time for Q&A. The presentation is followed by a signing. Room 1365
 
3:15 - 3:45pm
Ed Piskor Signing In-booth autographing in Destination: Comics. Autographing table located in Tate's Comics booth. 
 
For more comics panels, check out their website
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LA: Ed Piskor at Meltdown Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 13 Nov 2014 3:45 PM
Ed Piskor
Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you'll find Boing Boing founder's Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more. 
Piskor  Mark Frauenfelder
Get excited and maybe even practice your dance moves with some Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2 era-appropriate dance moves!
 
7522 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Fran: A discussion with Jim Woodring at Penn State
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 13 Nov 2014 12:40 PM
Fran
In less than a week you could be glued to your seat listening to Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize winner Jim Woodring give a talk on Fran at The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. On Wednesday, November 19th, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State from 4-5:30pm, Woodring will be speaking about his intricate story-telling and world-buildling that cuminated in this surreal and cyclical story of Fran and earning the Lynd Ward Prize. Congratulations, Jim!
 
This event is free to the public thanks to these sponsors: University Libraries, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Dorothy Foher Huck Chair, Library Learning Services and the English Department.
 
For more information or if you have questions about physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accomodations at the site, contact Caroline Wermuth at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 814.863.5472.
Fran  
 
Drew Friedman's Book Soup Interview
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 13 Nov 2014 10:18 AM
Drew Friedman
photo by Greg Preston
A five question interview with cartoonist Drew Friedman was featured on the Book Soup blog in anticipation of his signing and conversation with artist William Stout this Friday, November 14th at Book Soup in 8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. People often ask Drew why he draws people and specifically these cartoonists at later stages in their life and he responded: "I like to draw people older or very old because you get to see their lives etched into their faces. Every line, wrinkle and liver spot tells the story of their life. Drawing younger faces is finally boring for me. It's too bland and uninteresting, although I do admire a beautiful face. I like Ava Gardner's quote when she was asked late in life why she didn't get a facelift: 'Honey, I earned every line.' "
Eisner Friedman
Detail of the Will Eisner portrait by Friedman
For more answers (especially to the question, do you LIKE your subjects), check out the Book Soup blog and be sure to stop by Book Soup this Friday for one hell of a time!
Poster

This Week in Fanta Events 11/12-11/16
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Simon HanselmannShort RunPat ThomasJosh SimmonsFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEd PiskorDrew Friedmanart showsart 12 Nov 2014 2:39 PM

scarecrow

Wednesday, November 12th

Seattle, WA - We're teaming up with our favorite video store non-profit, Scarecrow, to present the deeply influential film, Wild Style. Released in 1983, Wild Style captured the sounds, sights, and moves, of New York hip hop during it's earliest and formative years. It also features rare footage of cats like Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy. This special presentation tonight is also featuring the one and only Ed Piskor. He'll be presenting the film in grand fashion, and then signing copies of Hip Hop Family Tree, which will be on hand to purchase. Screening begins at 7 pm. (More Details)

marathon II

Friday, November 14th

Seattle, WA - Kick off a weekend of festivities at the Fantagraphics Bookstore for the Marathon II art show, presented by Short Run, the premiere Comix and Art Festival here in Seattle. We're bringing in a slew of artists to sign, mingle and have fun. Come join Tom Neely, Josh SimmonsEd Piskor, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Simon Hanselmann and Pam Wishbow. The art show will be hanging at the bookstore until December 10th, but we'll only be hanging for one night, so don't miss this FREE event! All the fun starts at 8 pm, or whenever I get there. (More Details

Los Angeles - Book Soup sounds not only delicious, but enlightening. And at Book Soup, Drew Friedman will be dicussing his latest museum quality work, Heroes of the Comics, with  artist William Stout, following with a signing. The full-color, oversized, 80-page book is a force of retrospective nature, capturing candid feeling moments of some of the greatest comic heroes in history. Peep a preview of the book on its page, and then check out the real deal in person. Book Soup discussion begins at 7 PM. (More Details)

short run '14

Saturday, November 15th

Seattle, WA - The love and joy of comics can be felt none deeper than at Short Run Comix and Art Festival, held at the beautiful Washington Hall. A veritable menagerie of artists, fans, and volunteers will be gathering today from 11 am - 6 pm to look, buy and chat about the wares and talent that make them. There's also a famous bake sale to keep you sustained throughout the day! Come back a few hours later and see Washington Hall transformed into a beach party, ready to warm you up with the sounds of La Luz and The Shivas. Don't miss the good times to be had at the Fantagraphics booth with artists and advanced copies making appearances! (More Details)

San Francisco, CA - Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 will present a multi-media presentaion at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco. The event takes place at Mission High School, from Noon - 1:30 pm. Pat will be sharing the stage with Rickey Winvent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band. This FREE even takes place amongst a whole day of activist authors sharing their works and ideas with the public. Don't miss it! 

bridge city piskor

Sunday, November 16th

Portland, OR - Making his way down the coast, Ed Piskor is making a stop at Bridge City Comics in Portland at 6 pm. New York Times Bestselling graphic novel, Hip Hop Family Tree draws the stellar connections between hip hop and comic, and tells a story about how one of the greatest art forms was born, while using the other greatest art form. Long story short, this book is a genre match made in heaven. Get your copy signed by Ed this Sunday! (More Details

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! to Short Run Marathon at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Short RunJosh SimmonsFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEd Piskorart shows 12 Nov 2014 1:48 PM

Hip_Hop_Box_small  Henry_and_Glenn_4small
Hurry down to the second annual Short Run Marathon exhibition, reception, and book signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Friday, November 14. Meet an amazing array of exhibiting artists including Ed Piskor, Tom Neely, John Porcellino, MariNaomiJosh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow. They'll be joined by participants, organizers, and fans of the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival held the following day at Washington Hall in Seattle's Central District.

 Dragons_Breath_small   King_Cat_71

Expect another festive affair as many of the world's most prominent emerging cartoonists appear this Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

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SAN FRAN: Pat Thomas at the Howard Zinn Fair
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 12 Nov 2014 1:21 PM
Listen Whitey
This Saturday, Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 will present a multi-media presentation at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco. From noon to 1:30 pm, at Mission High School (3750 18th street) rock out to the music, spoken word recordings and images that show bizarre connections between the Partridge Family and the Black Panther Party, Timothy Leary and Eldridge Cleaver, Amiri Baraka and Motown, Bob Dylan and George Jackson.

Pat will be sharing the stage with Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band. This FREE event will feature a whole day of radical and activist authors sharing their works


Ed Piskor at Bridge City Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 12 Nov 2014 12:31 PM
Ed Piskor
Portland, Sunday is YOUR shot to see Ed Piskor while he's jamming up and down the West Coast. Michael Ring and Bridge City Comics are proudly selling Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1 + 2 plus that sexy box set with the mini-comic insert. From 6-9pm on Sunday, November 16th come get the hottest book to dive into hip hop history. This free event will also be serving sweet refreshments so you can talk all night long. Send your friends the Facebook link so they won't miss out either!
Volume 2 piskor
Bridge City Comics
3725 N. Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
503.282.5484bridge


Fantagraphics at Short Run 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannJosh SimmonsJim WoodringeventsEd Piskor 12 Nov 2014 11:27 AM
Short Run
Oh man, we can hear your double-lined pockets jangling from all the coins to purchase our books this weekend at Short Run, the hottest one day comics show on this coast! We have some FANTASTIC debut comics and graphic novels for you as well as two outta town guests. You'll find two of our finest cartoonists right next to us, Ed Piskor (M59) and Simon Hanselmann. Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 and the Box Set are a hit across the country while Hanselmann's practically sold out of Megahex, so you should scoop one up QUICK! Local cartoonist and legend, Jim Woodring, will also be signing at the Fantagraphics table. Pick up a copy of his latest and greatest collection, JIM, while you're at the Short Run as well!
 
Signing schedule (a little subject to change but we're all friends!)
11-1: Simon Hanselmann
1-3: Jim Woodring 
3-5: Simon Hanselmann
 
Don't forget to say hi to Josh Simmons at C13.
Short Run Guests
 
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We'll be located at table M60 on the first floor when you come into Washington Hall. 
Short Run
Follow along as Olivier's grandfather traveled to a remote colony to help build a utopia in the wilderness, fell in love with his cousin's wife, and then into delirium - but is it love or jungle virus-induced fever, reality or imagination? You'll come undone by Olivier's first full-length graphic novel: part-biography, part-surrealscape, all fantastic.  $34.99 Out in November 2014.
 
 
 
 
Cochlea EustachiaCochlea & Eustachia by Hans RickheitCochlea & Eustachia appear to be twin human girls, but this has yet to be confirmed. Their actions seem to be motivated less by curiosity than boredom and an inclination towards purposeless destruction. This new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Squirrel Machine is lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect. $19.99 Out in stores December 2014 but pick up an advance at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, ageism in America and her family's relationships and history. $19.99 In stores February 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Foolbert FunniesFoolbert Funnies by Frank Stack, edited by Kristy Valenti, intro by Bob Levin
A "best of the rest" tribute collecting Stack's work under his pseudonym, "Foolbert Sturgeon". Includes appearances by Dirty Diana, time traveler Frank Crankcase, Dr. Feelgood, and others. A tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years. $24.99 In stores December 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
Complete ZapThe Complete ZAP Comix by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson The most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever, finally collected. There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. We'll have one set for you to paw over. $500.00 In stores late December but pick up this ONE copy at Short Run. 
 
The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. $39.99 In stores now but pick up a copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MassiveMassive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It by various artists, edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kohlbeins, intro by Chip Kidd
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. $35.99 In stores late December but pick up this advance copy at Short Run.
 
 
 
 
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 (stats: artwork from over 50 artists in 848 pages of artwork, including the 8-page underground sex comic "Tijuana Bibles.") Cover by Esther Pearl Watson 29.99 In stores January but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
VaporVapor by Max 
Seeking an ascetic life in the desert away from today's noisy and noisome world, Nick is seduced by the spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of the procession of the Queen of Saba. A fantasia of delightful philosophical mind games. $24.99 In stores late November but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Short Run.
 
 
 
 
 
  
Short Run Seattle 
Short Run
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Washington Hall
153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122







Fantagraphics at Jet City Comic Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under events 7 Nov 2014 3:29 PM
 Jet City Comic Show
Jet City Comic Show is this weekend in our dear neighbor to the south, Tacoma. Join us Saturday, November 8th from 10am-5pm as we dish out the goodies, from our newest graphic novels to some beautiful reproduced classics hot of the press. Special guest at the convention include Ed Piskor (B-02), Peter Bagge (B-01) and Megan Kelso (B-03), right across from our booth (705) in Artist Alley. You can find them at their tables at the show. Find these stars an more at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402)
Jet City 
Megan Kelso will be signing at the Fantagraphics table from 2-3pm so bring your copies of Squirrel Mother or Queen of the Black Black. Don't have one? Never fear, we'll have copies for sale at the Fantagraphics table. 
 
Debuts
Follow along as Olivier's grandfather traveled to a remote colony to help build a utopia in the wilderness, fell in love with his cousin's wife, and then into delirium - but is it love or jungle virus-induced fever, reality or imagination? You'll come undone by Olivier's first full-length graphic novel: part-biography, part-surrealscape, all fantastic.  $34.99 Out in November 2014.
 
 
 
 
BumfBumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco
The acclaimed cartoonist returns to his underground roots, indulging his love of satire and cartooning in this free-wheeling one-man anthology that Sacco promises "will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do." $14.99 Out in stores now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, ageism in America and her family's relationships and history. $19.99 In stores February 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Foolbert FunniesFoolbert Funnies by Frank Stack, edited by Kristy Valenti, intro by Bob Levin
A "best of the rest" tribute collecting Stack's work under his pseudonym, "Foolbert Sturgeon". Includes appearances by Dirty Diana, time traveler Frank Crankcase, Dr. Feelgood, and others. A tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years. $24.99 In stores December 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
 
 
 
Complete ZapThe Complete ZAP Comix by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson The most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever, finally collected. There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. We'll have one set for you to paw over. $500.00 In stores late December but pick up this ONE copy at Jet City.
 
The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. $39.99 In stores now but pick up a copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MassiveMassive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It by various artists, edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kohlbeins, intro by Chip Kidd
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. $35.99 In stores late December but pick up this a copy at Jet City.