Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998's Hicksville (new edition, VUP 2010).
Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn't drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and—of course—cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.
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
George Evans was a master of the aviation war story. This collection includes all of his highly-acclaimed stories for Aces High, EC's famous air war title. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother’s Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever." Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
"Wood’s work seemed like snapshots of a lush and vibrant reality where even madmen, monsters and mayhem possessed a stately grace. There might be pandemonium but, oddly, the panic never seemed to reach the eyes of Wood’s regal heroes." – Geoff Boucher, The Los Angeles Times
"Legendary artist [Wally] Wood mastered every comic-book genre—humor (he was one of Mad's first artists), horror, superheroes, war—but is best known for the 1950s science-fiction stories he drew for EC Comics, in which, one commentator noted, he 'began drawing things into panels that no human being seemed capable of before.' His heroic spacemen, intricate rocket ships, and frightening aliens embodied classic space opera, and his influence remains visible in the work of many leading comics artists today." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist
In Gilbert Hernandez's latest Love and Rockets book, Ofelia, Luba, her sisters, and their children are about settled into their new lives and homes in California. In the first 13 pages of our downloadable excerpt, the kids discuss Socorro's amazing ability to remember things, and then Luba tells her that she will skip another grade next year at school.
Ofelia is slated to come out in January and is ready for your pre-orders now! We know you've been hankering for some new Love and Rockets, so secure your copy soon—and why not check out Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 while you're at it?
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.' "
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!
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
250-page color 8" x 10" hardcover • $34.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-730-7
"There is an element of old world fable, distinctly European, to Arsene Schrauwen, as well as the kind of modernist journeys portrayed in books like Kafka's Amerika, with their emphasis on the conflict between an individual's internal struggles and the absurdity of their surroundings, both subtle and sublime." –Harris Smith, comiXology
"It is often said that to reduce a work to comparisons with its forebears is to reveal less the critic's grasp of lineage than his poverty of analysis, but I've found estimations like ‘Roy Andersson remaking Fitzcarraldo as an X-rated children's comic' to be personally useful in conveying the unique tone of this Olivier Schrauwen original, reductive as it may be." –Joe McCulloch, TCJ
288-page black & white with color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $35.00 ISBN: 978-1-60699-782-6
"A revelation. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredson's charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags and briskly propel the plotlines." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." –Leonard Maltin
576-page black & white with color 10.75" x 9" x 2.5" hardcover • $49.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-783-3
"[The Blot's design] simple but phenomenally effective, and actually manages to be haunting. Plus, there are multiple deathtraps in this story, and if there's one thing I like to see in my adventure comics, it's ridiculously complicated attempts to murder someone that are foiled at the last...And really, [the Blot] the perfect bit of imagery for this book: Fantastic, historically important comics that have been made far more difficult to read by a black mark on Gottfredson's record." –Chris Sims, Comics Alliance
"Great lover, scholar, soldier, sailor, singer, toreador, tycoon, jockey, prizefighter, automobile racer, aviator, farmer. Mickey Mouse lives in a world in which space, time, and the law of physics are nil. He can reach inside of a bull's mouth, pull out his teeth and use them as castanets. He can lead a band or play violin solos; his ingenuity is limitless; he never fails." - Time Magazine (1931)
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)
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 Simmons , Ed 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)
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!
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)
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, MariNaomi, Josh 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.
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.