Recent hire, RJ Casey, hails from the town of Chicago but has been out Seattle-way for awhile as an editorial intern working with editor Kristy Valenti and is now working at Fantagraphics on foreign rights and FU Press. Please welcome RJ into our weird fold as we ask him a few questions.
What other jobs/experiences have you had in comics? What's your background in (non-comics?)
I started a small publishing behemoth with Eric Roesner called Yeti Press. We've been wheelin' and dealin' comics, graphic novels, and anthologies since 2011. I also taught elementary school for five years in the suburbs of Chicago. All this after I double majored in English and education at Hope College in Michigan.
What was the first comic you read?
Silver Surfer #54 was the first comic I ever read, but I use the word "read" loosely. It was more like scanning the pages for action before I could decipher the words. The Silver Surfer and Rhino fought in a zoo!
What was the first comic that made you want to write, react, something?
Artists like Dylan Horrocks and Roger Langridge always make me laugh and think, but I'm going to take it back to Bone by Jeff Smith. I was a struggling student in early grades and I learned how to read, quite literally, from Bone. I still reread it at least once a year.
What started out as a really cute way for libraries to get patrons to check out books sight-unseen has turned into a pop quiz for Fanta employees about our books. See a description of a book you like? Try to figure out what it is and then click on the link, order it and fall in love.
The next Complete Peanuts volume has an introduction unlike any one you have ever seen before. We've had comedians before from Whoopi Goldberg to Patton Oswalt talk about their connection to Schulz, Snoopy and the Gang but never before have we had someone riff on top of a Peanuts comic strip!
The comedians behind Rifftrax, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy are also known for their work in Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mike was a writer and then host of the show, while Corbett and Murphy wrote and provided the amazing voices for the 'bots, Crow and Tom Servo respectively. They riff on four Peanuts strips in the upcoming The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996).
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Tim Lane is heading over a little past Route 66 to celebrate his newest collection of comics, The Lonesome Go. On Sunday, October 19th from 3-5pm at The Phoenix, the best local coffeeshop-bar-bookstore with a private library room, Lane will be signing comics and a little bit more!
Lane has been building up Lonesome Go boxes from antique suitcases and folios. Each one is different since they were all from thrift or antique stores. And inside, my oh my, are prints, comics, and recordings by Tim Lane and more. All the ephemera and contents reflect the sultry and dusty portrait of Americana that Lane has created in his comics Happy Hour in America, Abandoned Cars and now, Lonesome Go. Whether you're a grifter on the move, a train-hopping honey or just man in a bar with three fingers of whiskey instead of two, this collection is for you. Lane will also be doing some recording at The Phoenix for any musician or singer with a love for old Americana and an itch to perform should head over to The Phoenix. Lane's collecting different versions of the same song "Jackie's Blue" (the lyrics of which are in The Lonesome Go) performed & recorded by a variety of musicians to include in the box set. This is open to anybody who wants to contribute a version. So bring your uke, your bango or your kazoo along with your Tim Lane comics and head over to The Phoenix!
The Phoenix 1302 E. 6th Street Tulsa, OK http://thephoenixtulsa.com/
When Al Columbia is not drawing chilling comics or making home-made flame throwers (they can shoot as far as fifteen feet!), he's with his band cooking up something cool. The music video "Black Bikini" was filmed on location at 'Plum Island.' Columbia has about eight songs ready for his new album called Journey to Death Island, which will be out from Psychopop Records in the near distant future. Give it a listen, maybe even a shimmy and shake.
Just an FYI that we did indeed join another social media outlet for your enjoyment. Find us on Instagram as 'Fantagraphics' for more photos of your favorite books getting made, panels galore and my new favorite game 'count the razor blades found on the office floor.' While we can guarantee no brunch photos — unless someone makes us that Cannibal Fuckface waffle iron we've been wanting, we've got some mangy cats who love to pose with our books. Well anyway, it'll be some no filter fun and we can't wait to see how many of you like our photos from your workplace elevators and bathrooms. Follow Barnaby's advice and double-time it today.
Alright, people, party time. The lovely Arne Dus has posted a full on, four and half hour playlist of songs featured in Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree. From Fab Five Freddy to Tom Tom Club to even The Clash, Dus created the playlist to read Hip Hop Family Tree by or just dance. You can join in to on Spotify. Weekend Plans MADE.
Piskor's serialized strip from BoingBoing will be out this September in an exquisite print edition.
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