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Love (and Rockets) is in the Air as the SEQUENTIAL App Launches Fantagraphics Titles Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Friday, 14 February 2014

SEQUENTIAL

London • Valentine's Day 2014
SEQUENTIAL, the graphic novel storefront and reader app focused on literary graphic novels, has announced that it is releasing titles by legendary art comics and graphic novel publisher Fantagraphics Books. The first tranche of titles, released on Valentine's Day, includes essential work from Fantagraphics flagship title Love and Rockets in the form of Jaime Hernandez's seminal Locas series, which tells the tales of Maggie and Hopey and a unique cast of characters.

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds said, "SEQUENTIAL's efforts to curate a quality selection of non-mainstream digital comics and graphic novels is something that we can get behind; we're delighted to have our titles available on their app."

SEQUENTIAL was released in August 2013 and is focused on book format art comics and literary graphic novels. It strongly rejects including superhero fare and has been offering titles from UK publishers Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, SelfMadeHero and Blank Slate Books. It has recently started adding major US-based graphic novel publishers to its list.

SEQUENTIAL founder Russell Willis said, "We are really thrilled to be able to add Fantagraphics titles to the app. When we started out we were driven by a vision of including the best work in the world, untainted by superheroes, and having comics and graphic novels from Fantagraphics available on SEQUENTIAL is a key part of making that vision a reality."

The first tranche of titles includes Locas #1, #2 and #3 (Maggie the Mechanic, The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. and Perla La Loca) by Jaime Hernandez, Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor, The Left Bank Gang and I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, and TEOTFW by Charles Forsman. Work by Gilbert Hernandez and other Fantagraphics favourites will follow shortly.

In addition the app features the work of Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, David Lloyd, Eddie Campbell, Ellen Lindner, Hunt Emerson, Isabel Greenberg, Nick Abadzis, Rutu Modan, Winshluss and many, many more.

For more information on SEQUENTIAL and to download it for free from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8


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Contact Details

SEQUENTIAL
Chloë Pursey
Editorial Director, Panel Nine / iEnglish.com Limited
The Hoxton Mix, 86-90 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE
Tel: +44 (0)203 137 6615 Mobile: +44 (0)7456 437746

Notes to Editors

About SEQUENTIAL
SEQUENTIAL is a graphic novel storefront app for iPad, launched by digital publishers Panel Nine in May 2013. They work with the best publishers of graphic novels across the world, including Jonathan Cape, Knockabout, Myriad Editions, NBM, Secret Acres, SelfMadeHero, and Blank Slate Books, as well as a range of indie and small press publishers.

They make quality graphic novels available digitally via their 'gold standard' platform and aim to expand the market for graphic novels for adults with a superhero-free, carefully curated selection of material. https://itunes.apple.com/app/id629759394?ls=1&mt=8

Twitter: @SEQUENTIAL_app

About Fantagraphics
Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. By the early 1980s, Fantagraphics found itself at the forefront of the burgeoning movement to establish comics as a medium as eloquent and expressive as the more established popular arts of film, literature, poetry, et al. Fantagraphics quickly established a reputation as an advocacy publisher that specialized in seeking out and publishing the kind of innovative work that traditional comics corporations who dealt almost exclusively in super-heroes and fantasy either didn't know existed or wouldn't touch: serious, dramatic, historical, journalistic, political, and satirical work by a new generation of alternative cartoonists as well as many artists who gained prominence as part of the seminal underground comix movement of the '60s. Fantagraphics has since gained an international reputation for its literate and audacious editorial standards and its exacting production values.

See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/about-us-2.html
Twitter: @fantagraphics

Sequential screencap

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2014 )
 
Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch at Fantagraphics Bookstore on February 8 Print
Written by Larry Reid   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch at Fantagraphics Bookstore on February 8.

January 29, 2014 – Seattle, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is privileged to host an exhibition by Virgil Partch, one of mid-century America’s most influential humorists. A new book, Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch celebrates the legacy of this notorious cartoonist. An exhibition of art and artifacts from the book opens Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Virgil Partch (1916 – 1984) burst onto the pages of the nation’s magazines with his captivating cartoons virtually overnight. His irreverent observations inspired a new breed of post-war comedians and cartoonists. Known affectionately by his signature, “Vip,” his work adorned books, advertisements, album covers, beer cans, cocktail napkins other accoutrements of mid-century American culture. The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will demonstrate the diverse range of Partch’s appealing aesthetic.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and continues through March 5, 2014. The opening coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack, featuring colorful visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing information

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

February 8 - March 5, 2014

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street
Seattle, WA 98108
206.658.0110 | www.facebook.com/fantagraphicsbookstore
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

 
Julia Gfrörer Signs Her Ever-Darkening Black Is the Color Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Thursday, 23 January 2014

Julia Gfrörer poster

Julia Gfrörer Signs Her Ever-Darkening Black Is the Color

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes Julia Gfrörer to sign her new graphic novella Black Is the Color on Saturday February 1st. Just in time for Valentine's Day, come down to Georgetown and pick up a deathly love story at sea for that special someone.

Black Is the Color begins with a 17th century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst case scenario. Julia Gfrörer's delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer's prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.

Julia Gfrörer was born in 1982 in Concord, New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in THICKNESS, ARTHUR MAGAZINE, STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE, BLACK EYE, and BEST AMERICAN COMICS. Her last name rhymes with despair, and her heart is black as jet.

www.thorazos.net
www.fantagraphics.com/blackisthecolor

Listing Information:
WHO: Julia Gfrörer
WHAT: Signing and release party for Black Is the Color
WHEN: Saturday Feb. 1st, 6-8pm
WHERE: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108

Praise:

"Julia Gfrörer is amongst the most promising artist/authors of her generation. Her work is spare and elegant, yet the hand of the artist is always evident in her line. Her characters inhabit cold or desolate environments, often on the brink of inanition or beyond, yet still yearning to love and be loved. Do not be misled by this artist's sylphlike appearance and those great carrot-colored ramparts at her ear. Gfrörer is a powerhouse. Learn to spell her name." – Phoebe Gloeckner

"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." – Sammy Harkham

"No one is wedding horror's darkness to an equally black, equally lacerating emotional palette as effectively as Julia Gfrörer.... When coupled with her delicate linework, the fragile physicality of her characters, and her explicit and non-idealized depictions of sex, the effect is gripping and even in our mundane world, ominously familiar." – Sean T. Collins

"Julia Gfrörer's Black Is the Color... is sublimely weird. Or weirdly sublime — probably both." – Nick Abadzis

Julia GfrörerBlack Is the Color

 
Lucy Knisley Brings Two Books to Fantagraphics Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Monday, 13 January 2014

An Age of License cover

Fantagraphics Books is excited to announce the acquisition of two new comics travel memoirs by acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley. Fall 2014 brings An Age of License, which recounts Knisley's charming and romantic adventures across Europe on a quest to discover what is truly important in life, find love along the way. Displacement is a travelogue about taking her elderly grandparents on a cruise, and pondering the meaning of life, while trying to hold her family together. The deal was brokered by Holly Bemiss at The Susan Rabiner Literary Agency.

New York Times Best Selling cartoonist Knisley garnered fame from her two previous graphic novels Relish and French Milk. She is also well known for her ongoing web comic, Stop Paying Attention, the latest of which is "A Light That Never Goes Out." Knisley's greatest strength lays in her keen ability to tell her story to both young adult and mature readers.

"I'm really excited to finally be working with Fantagraphics, which I've admired for years," Knisley explains. "These books are an exploration of youth and freedom, versus responsibility and family, and I'm so glad Fantagraphics is the company to help me tell these stories."

Much like the HBO series Girls, Knisley speaks to a generation of young women who are fiercely independent and yearn for adventure. The Eat, Pray, Love for the "social media" generation, An Age of License is a series of illustrated snapshots of a life full of cute cats, fancy food, and exotic travel.

AN AGE OF LICENSE
A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Fall 2014 • Paperback
208 pages • Black & white with some color
ISBN: 978-1-60699-760-8
www.fantagraphics.com/anageoflicense

DISPLACEMENT
A Travel Memoir by Lucy Knisley
Summer 2015 • Paperback
128 pages • Black & white with some color

 
Gay Manga Finds a New Home at Fantagraphics Books Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Thursday, 02 January 2014

MASSIVE cover
(final cover art may vary)

MASSIVE: GAY EROTIC MANGA AND THE MEN WHO MAKE IT
Release — October 2014
Format — Softcover, 272 pages
Edited & Translated by: Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins
Designed by: Chip Kidd

UNPRECENDENTED INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF GAY MANGA

Featuring works by Jiraiya, Tagame, Ebisubashi, Ichikawa +more.
Designed by Chip Kidd.

Fantagraphics Books is thrilled to welcome the team behind The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (PictureBox) to the family. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It due out October 2014. This is the most recent entry in Fantagraphics’ queer comics lineup, which also features the anthology No Straight Lines, the graphic novels 7 Miles a Second and Bread & Wine, and manga by Moto Hagio and Shimura Takako.

The Massive anthology showcases Japan’s most talented and influential gay manga artists, including Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, Kazuhide Ichikawa, Gai Mizuki, Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, and Kumada Poohsuke. In Massive, many of these artists’ works are featured in English for the first time; this collection offers an intimate, in-depth look at a criminally overlooked component of Japanese queer culture. In addition to comics and illustrations, Massive features photographs of the artists and their workspaces; cultural and historical context; and interviews with the creators about what it’s like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.

Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins, and designed by Chip Kidd, this unprecedented survey of manga "made by gay men for gay men" is an essential addition to the queer comics canon; it will introduce the genre often referred to as "bara" (a misnomer for gay manga that has taken on new meanings online) to a new, international audience.

Massive was originally scheduled as a PictureBox Spring 2014 release until its publisher, Dan Nadel, announced that he is ceasing operations. Although we’re sad to see PictureBox shutter its doors, everyone involved is delighted to give Massive a new home. "I'm thrilled that Massive, an essential guide to the world of gay manga, is going to see print next year. Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd are the best guides imaginable to this fascinating work and the men who make it," says Nadel.

For more information on the production team behind Massive and its artists, please visit gaymanga.tumblr.com and fantagraphics.com/massive.

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