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Employee Highlight: RJ Casey
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscellanymisc 17 Feb 2015 11:10 AM

Rj Casey 
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!

Silver Surfer
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 can you recommend to Fanta readers?

I'm a sucker for humor and gag comics, so I'd say don't sleep on the Virgil PartchM.K. Brown, and Charles Rodrigues collections. Being a Chicago-born basketball junkie as well, I'm always telling people about Bull on Parade.

RJ Picks 

Weirdest Fanta experience so far?

Every time I go into the basement archives is a new adventure. I'm either finding a cool, old Kevin Huizenga mini or a nest of dead spiders.

Favorite way to wind down?

Watching a NBA game or taking a walk around Green Lake with my wife.

Favorite drink?

Whiskey or coffee. Or whiskey and coffee.

What projects do you have ahead of you outside of your job?

Yeti Press has a fun group of releases available this summer, which includes 4 books and a webcomic. I also update my art appreciation blog called "I Like That" everyday.

Best part of comic conventions?

That tired, slap-happy daze that inevitably occurs after too many hours on your feet and "being on." Just you and your friends spouting ideas and opinions about comics. I dig those shared experiences.

Favorite place in Seattle for food or public place?

Wayward Café has something called the "Biscuit Mountain" on their menu, so they're obviously on the list. Green Lake is my normal stomping ground and I love going to Storm games at the Key Arena.

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Thanks for answering my questions, RJ, now GET BACK TO WORK. 

Blind Date with a Book 2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscellanyinternsfashion 13 Feb 2015 11:34 AM

blind date
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. 

"Pretty....gross; loves brand names, make-up and hairspray!; Sometimes desperate but in a totally good way."

blind date2
"Leads a double life; likes mind-bending experiences; occasional non-verbal spells."

"Has had a lot of schoolin'; owns a very small business; into medically-supervised lucid dreaming."  
grass
"Frustrated & looking to connect; loves travel; into seniors"

"Has a kid....in a long term thing, looking to stray/play; likes pizza but mostly booze; loves...well..."
NTY
"Livin' the alternative lifestyle; interested in pulp fiction, campy sci-fi; prone to strange, surrealist, 50's style nightmares!"

Too tame? Consider the next few books like the back of your favorite alt-weekly newspaper!cones
"The hairier the better! Into ropes; boots...hmmm"; very spreadable"
mug 
"Enjoys listening to Rush Limbaugh; comics enthusiast; just trying to make a buck"
hearts
"Loves a good sword fight; Enjoys the feel of CHAIMAILLE against skin; Enthusiastic horseback rider" 

"Hopeless, Optimistic Romantic; Has a dog"
stairs
"Likes to drink; been described as 'steampunk' or 'neo-victorian'; into hanging out with my winged friend"

"Very competative; good with my tongue; hates traveling!"

Too easy? We've mixed in a few books you HAVEN'T read yet since they are about to come out!
cat
"Looking for love in the big city; into Morrissey + kittens; a romantic"
window
"Warm & fuzzy; a little bit lost (but looking); currently on a BIG adventure"

petals
"Into women's rights; non-judgemental; doesn't want kids"

"Suffering from writer's block; prone to fantasies; world traveler"  
Thanks to interns Rosie Lockie + Will Rhodes for their help; plus RJ Casey, Kim Rost and Marc Palm. Want more? Try out the Blind Date with a Book from 2013. And YES, that biscuit and gravy was from the amazing Morsel


























Riffing on Peanuts
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsmiscellanyCharles M Schulz 4 Dec 2014 12:54 PM
Peanuts
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)
 
But don't worry, there's also a fantastic words-only introduction written by two of their newer Rifftrax writers, Sean Thomason and Conor Lastowka. Like the kind that makes you laugh 'til you cry. And for anyone attending the Rifftrax LIVE show tonight in Nashville and streaming into theaters across the United States, Fantagraphics a little preview of the riffed comics just for the audience as part of downloadable digital goodies! There's still time to get a time to get a ticket for tonight, check your local theaters here to see who is showing Rifftrax: Santa Claus . And you've got plenty of time to preorder The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996)
Snoopy TV 
Shopping Cart Maintenance
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under miscellany 4 Nov 2014 11:45 AM

Hello Fanta readers! Our online shopping cart is currently undergoing some much-needed maintenance time, and so online ordering will not be available for the next few hours.

However, you can still get a hold of the books you crave! Our rockstar customer service lines are ready to take your orders by phone in the interim. Please call us toll-free at 1-800-657-1100 or, if you're outside the U.S, 206-524-1967.

TULSA: Tim Lane and The Lonesome Go Release Party
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Lanemiscellanyeventsart 17 Oct 2014 11:18 AM
The Lonesome GO
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! 
Lonesome Go box 
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. Jackie's Blues
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 
The Phoenix
1302 E. 6th Street
Tulsa, OK 
http://thephoenixtulsa.com/



Project Worth Noting: Noel Franklin on Patreon.com
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under miscellanyartists 3 Jul 2014 11:00 AM

Gone Girl Comics - Noel Franklin

A friend and local artist from our Short Run exhibit, Noel Franklin, is seeking Patrons via Patreon.com! Her first mini-comic, Gone Girls Comics, was well-received and is the focus of her future work. Check out her Patreon page here, and learn more about Noel at her site here.

Al Columbia: Music Video
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under videomiscellanyartAl Columbia 15 Jul 2013 12:56 PM

black bikini from al columbia on Vimeo.

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.

Blind Date with a Book
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under office funmiscellanylife imitates comicslibrary 31 Jan 2013 2:35 PM

Blind date books

Based on a rather amazing idea from libraries, we decided to let some of our books go through the liberating process of not being judged by their covers or names. Some books were even happy enough to be photographed with their descriptions. Click on each description to see what book you should take home tonight. The ones up top describe themselves as quiet, a little gloomy, likes the beauty of little things and Looking for something longterm, family is important, likes punk rock.

Blind date, take me

This book listed itself as a book that likes the outdoors, clothing optional, plays guitar, has a 'green' thumb.

Blind date, fix me!

Recovering from a bad break up, doesn't want kids, likes to travel

Pick this blind date book!

Mischievous, doesn't like hippies, tells a lot of jokes

Blind date book and cuppa joe!

These books are great to read at home in bed, on the train, and even at a coffeeshop with a drink like this book that describes itself as rather powerful, into birds/birch, has 2 daughters.

Some of the books were too shy to be photographed, felt they had bad handwriting but we don't discriminate! Here are their descriptions:

Likes sociology (especially into the downfalls of civilizations), collaborates often, in a complicated relationship

Has a lot of friends from all over, currently homeless unless you count a ship, goal-oriented

Likes to play and talk to guitar, from a small town

Kinda famous, likes to write and draw, into the grotesque (or the plain and simple truth)

History buff, believes in fighting for what's right, has a strong stomach

Already has a special someone...did my nephews put me up to this?

Find a book you like today!

I'll make you Blind Date book

Loves Metal and power violence, into self-defense, likes it rough

Fantagramming
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under staffoffice funmiscellany 26 Jan 2013 10:48 AM

Instragram

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.

Hip Hop Family Tree Playlist
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under miscellanyEd Piskorartists 25 Jan 2013 3:01 PM

Ed Piskor panel

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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