With his long running Eightball series, Clowes combined enigmatic long-form stories with biting satire to create an enduring cultural milestone. In a cover feature in the current issue of The Stranger, Clowes recalls, "Almost everything in the comic is based on something, a joke I had with one of my friends or a real-life experience, and all the characters are based vaguely on people I know... It all feels like reading a diary almost, even though it's entirely fictional."
Clowes will be available to sign advance copies of the Complete Eightball as well as his other sensational graphic novels. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet one of the country's most accomplished cartoonists. Bonus: It's Record Store Day at neighboring Georgetown Records.
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. See you on Saturday.
Whether you are closer to infant or infantile, we've got you covered this week at comiXology!
First up is the release of Robert Goodin's The Kurdles.
In the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is a comic for both parents and children spiced with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, a place in the midst of a peculiar crises; the inhabitants' forest home has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! Can the creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away? Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel. Capture the imagination on your own personal reading device for only $17.99!
Shifting from "all age" to "all rage", we are also proud to present Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix.
Johnny Ryan's utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when comics are growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. Get your screen-scrolling (or nose-picking) finger ready because you can have the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, all for $26.99 at comiXology.
Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007's acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs make their way through a post-apocalyptic nightmare in search of civilization in this epic horror comic. Simmons will display original pages from the book together with prints, two film shorts, and a book signing at the reception. Adding to the atmosphere, Fantagraphics Bookstore is located along the former banks of Seattle's Black River, which dried up after the dredging of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in 1916.
Joining Josh Simmons on April 25 will be his colleagues from Seattle's adventurous Intruder comix tabloid celebrating the release of their 15th issue. The Intruder regularly publishes the work of the region's most accomplished cartoonists. Simmons contributes a story to the latest issue, illustrated by Joe Garber.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 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.
Josh Simmons presents Black River Art exhibition, film screening, and book signing Saturday, April 25, 6:00 to 8:00 PM Exhibition continues through June 10, 2015 Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110
It's only been one year since the inaugural show of Linework NW, but they are back this April with not one, but two, impressive lineups over a two-day period. That's right, a two-day shows with a different roster of special guests and exhibitors on each day. You'll be able to double down on your dollar at this FREE show by coming back for new goodies and faces the next day. But Fantagraphics will be there both days, hosting debut books and special signings all weekend long at the beautiful Norse Hall.
The Complete Eightball by Daniel ClowesBefore he rose to fame as the author of the bestselling graphic novels Ghost World, David Boring, Ice Haven, and The Death Ray, Daniel Clowes made his name from 1989 to 1997 by producing 18 issues of the beloved comic book series Eightball, which is still widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. Now, for the 25th Anniversary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is collecting these long out-of-print issues in a slipcased set of two hardcover volumes, reproducing each issue in facsimile form, exactly as they were originally published. Out in stores May 2015 $119.99
Black Riverby Josh Simmons Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007's acclaimed House. A group of women, one man and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who are fools, lunatics, or murderous sadists. In other words, all manner of terrors. Out in Stores May 2015 $18.99
The Kurdlesby Robert Goodin In the spirit of Herge's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home a to most peculiar group of characters in the midst of their own crisis: their forest hosue is trying to run away! Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children. Out in Stores late April 2015 $24.99
Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in Americaby Bill Schelly Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after is burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly's heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these questions for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, and many others, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest humorists. Out in Stores late April 2015 $34.99
Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. Out in Stores April 2015 $49.99
12:30 - Collectives and Collaborations with Fanta staffer Mark Palm, and former intern Tom Van Deusen
3:30 - Spotlight on Daniel Clowes moderated by Tom Spurgeon
Events If you can hang tough and want to turn this whole comics fest into a comics party week, there are some before and after events to add to your calendar. But there's about one party for every five exhibitors, so get the full list here
First, a kick off art show and reception at Hellion Gallery:
Throughout the 90s, Clowes cartoons were associated with Seattle's illustrious Sub Pop record label. His "Punky" character adorned multiple product lines, and Clowes created album covers for some of Sub Pop's marquee acts.
Don't miss the unveiling of The Complete Eightball 1 - 18 and a chance to meet one of America's most influential artists at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Record Store Day from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. No matter where you are, please support your local independent record retailer.
In the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of a crisis; their forest house has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! The creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away! Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin's stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children.
Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly's heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these question for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and many others, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest humorists. His family life, an FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of MAD), all are revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, from Kurtzman's Brooklyn beginnings to his post-MAD years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and "Little Annie Fanny" in Playboy.
The publication of Alexander Theroux’s Collected Poems, a gathering of more than 660 poems, an astonishing creative output, will be among the major literary events of the year. Here is a full cornucopia of sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, triolets, pure, satires, narratives, dramatic monologues, fanciful meditations, flytings and harangues, ruminations on death and lost love, and no end of lyrics both beautiful and fierce. Taken altogether they contrive to make up a record of the author's deepest thoughts and reflect the dramatis personae of his life. Theroux captures in his work those rare, frail, but precious truths, inaccessible to the common run of men that would otherwise have vanished into nescience. Sardonic, astute, impertinent, tender, clever, warm-hearted, delphic, truculent, comic, defiantly aggressive, and often achingly personal, he shows an intensity of observation and invention.
You might read them religiously, or just while you're trolling online, but VICE has been working on bringing readers daily doses of comics from some of the hottest and hardest working artists from across the globe. Run by VICE Comics editor, Nick Gazin, the online series got up and running on September 11, 2011 with a meta Blobby Boys comic by Alex Schubert. Since then, VICE has picked up the pace with a rotation of ongoing weekly and monthly series, or a three month rotation.
This latest batch of artists is not to be missed, and is diverse and the people making them. Simon Hanselmann'sMegg, Mogg and Owl strips have been running weekly for almost a year, and we can't get enough of them. The gang's antics of galavanting through Amsterdam, or vegging out with a bowl and pizza (or six) is a constant high of the week.
(Simon Hanselmann, July 2014)
Since then, a number of talented artists have been brought on rotation, including Gilbert Hernandez with Roy in Hollywood, introducing a whole new generation of internet readers to the defining artist. Be sure to check out his new single issue series, Blubber, debuting this summer at San Diego Comic-con.
The Leslie Stein monthly diary comics have been reflective, sweet, and often spot on with her tales of childhood, moms, dogs, and benders. They're the perfect ramp up to her new book, Bright-Eyed at Midnight, a year long, page-a-day artistic experiment, often fuled by insomnia, which will be released this August.
(Leslie Stein, April 2015)
Most recently, Lane Milburn and Esther Pearl Watson have joined the VICE lineup with out of this world sci-fi adventures, and two ladies who kick-ass and don't give a rip about your name. Watson's Blood Lady Commandos is the A-Team meets Golden Girls, hilarious and righteous to behold. And with Milburn's new sci-fi epic, Envoy, the futuristic wasteland is traversed by bounty hunter, Jo Sparta. All your Heavy Metal infused dreams come true with this series.
(Lane Milburn, November 2014)
Dozens of other fantastic artists have been contributing to this ongoing comic anthology, and I can't recommend them enough. Check back often to see new updates, new series, and new artists bring you your new dose of comics.
Celebrate the legacy of one of the pivotal figures in American pop culture as Bill Schelly discusses his new biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD this Saturday, April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The evening will include a display of Kurtzman's significant achievements as well as an entertaining and informative slide presentation at 7:00 PM, followed by a book signing.
Visitors to this event will be the first in the country to see this important contribution to our cultural heritage by noted Northwest comix scholar and author Bill Schelly. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful contemporary art presentations throughout the historic district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) just minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM. Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Remember to mark your calendars for the return of Daniel Clowes on April 18 and the Black River book launch party with Josh Simmons on April 25. See you all soon.