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MAD about Conrad Groth
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscEd Piskor 29 Oct 2014 9:59 AM
Unless you happen to be in the inner circle of Fantagraphics you might not know that our publisher's son, Conrad Groth, spent the summer interning at MAD Magazine in NYC. In the latest issue of MAD, they wrote a little thank you to Conrad (on the left) and the other summer intern. He's working his way up, up, up! We're happy to have Conrad back on the West Coast though, with the knowledge he gained over the summer.
Conrad
There was also a nice shout out to Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor so basically it's just a stellar issue all around. Pick up a copy at your local comic shop or online
Hip Hop
Cartoonists and their Museums
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownmiscJanet HamlinJacques Boyreau 28 Oct 2014 11:11 AM

MK CAM
We told you about some shows opening in the last few weeks and NOW we have some sweet photographic proof, c'mon, you believed us, right?! Above, M.K. Brown stands outside of the Cartoon Art Museum at Saa Francisco, CA. Her show runs from August 30th until February 15th, 2015. It collects comics and single panel gag cartoons featured in her collection Stranger Than Life (published by Fantagraphics!). 

Bill Griffiths of Zippy the Pinhead lists the things he looks for in an amazing cartoonist on the CAM site.
"- Chronicles the times we live in, but does so in a way that doesn't 'date.'
- Juxtaposition, juxtaposition, juxtaposition.
- Makes the personal universal, makes the universal personal."

...to name a few but they equal M.K. Brown!  

Gitmo1  

Meanwhile, on the serious side of things, Janet Hamlin's show Sketching Guantanamo is now open at the Univeristy of Richmond in Virginia for the next two months.

Gitmo2 

Much of the sketches from inside the court room in addition to paraphenalia and photos from the Gitmo base itself are on display. 

Gitmo3
For more on Janet's time there as the primary sketch artist, check out her book Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013, availabile at your local bookstore, library and our online store. 
Sketching Guantanamo
Meanwhile, Jacques Boyreau of Portable Grindhouse, Sexytime and now SuperTrash just had a month long installation at the PNCA in Portland. On a panel for the high-and-low-art show, Boyreau (second from the left) articulates how we are all creators and purveyors of trash art. The low brow or pop culture of today maybe the only thing that stands the test of time after many tomorrows.Supertrash 
Jacques will be appearing at Elliott Bay Books this Sunday at 3pm with a presentation about SuperTrash and signing copies of this assault on your senses. 

Supertrash

Supertrash Saw
Photos by Mario Galluci. 








GOOD GRIEF! The Halloween Sale
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PopeyePeanutsoffice funmiscEC SegarCharles M Schulz 24 Oct 2014 11:40 AM
Halloween
Did you know you still have 13 hours left to pick out some spooky titles from our Halloween sale?! Details on all the titles for sale until MIDNIGHT PST tonight! With all that extra money you'll be able to make a wicked costume for your kiddos or self. Oh no...did you forget to make a costume for Scooter? Just a little black paint and sharpie and you can whip up a great Charlie Brown in no time (costume and kid by freelance editor Shawna Gore).
Charlie Brown 
Swee'Pea from Popeye is also another easy one (costume and kid by Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds)
Sweet Pea
Swee'Pea 
Epilepsy Warning: 1000 Great Graphic Novels
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under miscmetaart 18 Jun 2014 2:45 PM
 
In one of the cooler videos to hit the internet lately, comics enthusiast and scholar Allen Rubenstein created a video of the 1000 Greatest Comics of all Time AND set it to "Wipe Out" by the Sufaris (so already won a place in our hearts). At home on Comics Juice, Rubenstein's video contains some great heavyweights like Maus, Blankets and bunch of Fantagraphics' titles from Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller to the newer Eisner-nominated Good Dog by Graham Chaffee. 
 
Think you were able to see all the comics, like the Fanta-ones? Check the list and see if you won this game! And is there anything more beautiful than the patterns and rhythms created by the fast-scrolling book covers? I think not. 
Kupperman Comics Featured in Adam WarRock Fundraiser
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under miscMichael Kuppermanaudio 27 Jun 2013 11:18 AM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 2 
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. 

Adam Warrock 
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.

Thrizzle panel 

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.

Nerdlingers 
(photo credit: Toby Craig)

 


Steven Weissman in The Stranger
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steven Weissmanmiscartarbitrary cuteness 22 Apr 2013 3:36 PM

Steven Weissman
Most Seattlelites recognize the cartoons of Steven Weissman since he's been drawing I, Anonymous for the Seattle Stranger for quite awhile. In this weekly letter column, he pens the diatribes of the angry, bitter, self-loathing and oblivious. Last month's was a favorite of mine, a huge fan of the C-word, handled with the utmost care (see above). Weissman's love of duotone, gray shading and dot-matrix-heavy shading makes his drawings perfect for print and they look hella fine on the web too. Weissman was sweet enough to answer some questions about how he approaches the weekly illustrations.

I, Anonymous

Q: Do the letters appear on your doorstep in a huge sack just steeped in vitriol?

A: [Art Director] Aaron Huffman sends me a letter sometime between Wednesday and Friday each week after Stranger associate editor David Schmader or some shadowy 'they' pick the letters.

Q: What is your process like for a weekly drawing based on someone else's ideas? 

A: I've usually scanned the letter once by Friday. I'll print it out on Sunday night, underline key phrases and make a couple of sketches. By Monday morning, I have a pretty clear idea of what I'm drawing.

Sometimes the Seattle-specific letters can be puzzling (I'm in Los Angeles), but I can only think of one where I was completely stumped, and all I remember about that one is my solution being some guy eating a toaster waffle.

Q: Have you ever been contacted by the people who wrote the letters or the ones who figured out they were the subject?

A: I've sold drawings to people related to the letters before. They make great gifts for friends recovering from messy breakups (35% of I, Anonymous letters are breakups). Original art is also a great way to say "I'm sorry I gave you V.D."

What a Weiss-ass! More of those illustrations are available for sale via Weissman's Pinterest board as are his books, Barack Hussein Obama, Chocolate Cheeks, Chewing Gum in Church.

Beer And Movie Fest All Month Long in Portland
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under videoThings to seemiscJacques Boyreaueventscontests 4 Apr 2013 12:10 PM
BAM MoveandBeerfest

BAM, BeerAndMovie Fest, returns for its 4th year in the Portland market. Sponsored exclusively by Ninkasi Brewing and Fantagraphics Books, BAM takes place April 5-11 at the Academy Theater, and April 5-May 2 at the Laurelhurst Theater. Sexy Time editor Jacques Boyreau tells you why you need to be there:

With BAM (BeerAndMovie) in its 4th year, can BAB (BeerAndBook) be far off? Let's hope it ain't! If the alignment design (by Olga Lopata) between Fantagraphics Books and Ninkasi Brewing that adorns our marquee is any omen, expect BAB soon.

Back to BAM...as the info posits, we got some cool movies ready to go. Speaking to the mosh of BAM, what fest has ever existed that so neatly connected ANNIE HALL with THE DUELLISTS (portraits of obsession); or HARD BOILED with PATHS OF GLORY (studies of body counts); or WHERE EAGLES DARE with STARSHIP TROOPERS (paragons of WW2 fetish); or ROAD HOUSE with KELLY'S HEROES (macho magical realism meets feminine absurdity). Yes it is so---BAM occupies the most potentially integrated, schizoidal zone of Pop Rep Cinema known to man or venue...Zoinx! All you need do is recall that in our first year we paired BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA with ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.

The Academy series comprises 4 titles showing every day, April 5-11: ANNIE HALL (1977), STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997), ROAD HOUSE (1989), and HARD BOILED (1992). All Academy titles are on 35mm film.

The Laurelhurst series runs 4 consecutive weeks, with each title playing for the whole week: April 5-11 WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968), April 12-18 PATHS OF GLORY (1957), April 19-25 KELLY'S HEROES(1970), April 26-May 2 THE DUELLISTS (1977). All Laurelhurst titles are digital prints.

So sit your butts in some seats for sweet films and win some Fantagraphics books while you're there! Brew Views says "it’s still a great excuse to gather with a group of friends, the Swayze and some giant bugs for a beer—or six." There's even an art contest called "Interpreting Patrick Swayze" going on during the fest. Wanna draw the Swaze? You can turn in your art in the theater during any show or email it directly to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Here are some of early entries:

Swayze Fan art

Tim Colley captures the Road House homoeroticism between Swayze's "Dalton" character and the mysteriously named "Jimmy" (played by Marshall R. Teague).

Swayze fan art

Tim Colley channels The Swayze in sensitive black and white.

Swayze fan art

Colley goes "meta" with this Swayze-as-tat piece.

Venue Information:

Academy Theater
7818 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97215
503.252.0500
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Laurelhurst Theater
2735 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214
503.232.5511
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The Bizarre Art of F**king
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under reviewsmiscJacques BoyreauDaily OCD 20 Nov 2012 4:27 PM

 Bizarre Magazine

Bizarre Magazine recently ran an article by Stephen Daultrey featuring some primo "JUICY" posters from our arty porn poster book Sexytime, edited by Jacques Boyreau and Peter Van Horne. Seeking to celebrate "the age of trashy porn with tales of enemas, garage lube, balcony wanking" and Sexytime, Daultrey and Boyreau's words effectively magic a nostalgia within the reader that I didn't think possible.

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 The 1960s brought on such a world that "Grindhouse movie producers had begun competing about who could up the filth factor," Boyreau points out. This pushed the crazitude of poster art to a higher level, porny and punny. Think enemas, pumps and dumps.

Juice
Daultrey laments the availibility of VHS tapes and internet porn meant a lessening need for "suggestive and sometimes absurd posters [that] made the films even more trendy and often operated as standalone works of art that were almost entirely autonomous from the fuck films they promoted."  Sexytime quote

But that's the beauty of the posters seen in Sexytime says Boyreau, "They activated their own post-porn, personal narratives. They're much like how Impressionist paintings or religious, symbolic paintings can induce visionary relationships between body and soul."

Mothers are Forever

To read more, pick up the next Bizarre Magazine for the full article and buy a copy of Sexytime. That one at the library has at least '69 holds' on it and is smelling a wee bit ripe.

Sexytime Cover

You Can Run But You Can't Hide
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 14 Dec 2011 1:07 PM

So, I've been in Florida for the past week visiting my wife's family for the holidays. Needless to say, I did a doubletake when I noticed this Honda parked next to our rental car outside a shopping mall in Naples:

I am dying to know whose car this is. Mort Walker? Jeff Mason? The guy from CrossGen? Anyone?

 

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Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc 11 Nov 2010 11:06 AM

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