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Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoComing AttractionsBlake Bell 16 Apr 2014 12:44 PM

Strange Suspense cover photo

Strange Suspense pages photo

As great as the new cover for the forthcoming paperback edition of Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 looks on screen, it looks even better in person as we ogle the advance copies fresh out of the box today. And, of course, the guts are still phenomenal, collecting Ditko's earliest pre-Code horror and suspense work, expertly restored in full lurid color, and compiled by acclaimed Ditko biographer Blake Bell.

If you missed out on the hardcover edition of this volume, be sure to snap up this version right away — you can reserve your copy, and read an excerpt with 3 full stories, right here!

Cake Frame 2 show this Sunday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seeeventsartistsart 16 Apr 2014 11:44 AM

Cake Frame 2
Preparing for next month's Chicago Alternative Comics Expo aka CAKE, the organizers have an excellently curated art auction on Sunday, April 20th! CAKE FRAME 2: Live Art Auction and Brain Frame Comics Performance Event directly benefits CAKE. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7pm.

Artwork up for auction included works by Ivan Brunetti, Lane Milburn, Chris Ware, David Alvarado, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Neil Brideau, Danielle Chenette, Anya Davidson, Jo Dery, Nick Drnaso, Krystal DiFronzo, Keith Herzik, Lyra Hill, Nicole Hollander, Edie Fake, Rebecca Mir Grady, Steve Krakow, Bret Koontz,,Brett Manning, Ben Marcus, Max Morris, Paul Nudd, Peanut Gallery, Onsmith, Otto Splotch, Grant Reynolds, Keiler Roberts, Brad Rohloff, Jeremy Tinder, Leslie Weibeler, and Jeff Zwirek!

$20 donator will be entered into raffle for special prize! The evening will also include a wide variety of comics performances by Brain Frame alums Kevin Budnik, Rachel Niffenegger, Pup House and Jen Rickert. There will be live drawing by Jenna Caravello and live music by El Is A Sound Of Joy. Brain Frame founder Lyra Hill will host the evening as master of ceremonies and auctioneer.

The pertinant deets:
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 6:00pm to 11:30pm
April 20 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S Morgan Street, Chicago IL 60608
$5 - $20 sliding scale entry




Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEd PiskorComing Attractions 16 Apr 2014 11:07 AM

The potent combination of Ed Piskor's deft cartooning skills and deep obsession for endlessly rich true-life subject matter has rocketed Hip Hop Family Tree off the shelves and onto the New York Times best-seller and 2014 Eisner Award nomination lists. (The fresh packaging and all-around general coolness don't hurt either.) Get ready for another dose of knowledge this summer, when Vol. 2: 1981-1983 drops.

Episodes in our downloadable preview: beatboxing pioneer Doug E. Fresh is introduced; the story of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde's hit "Genius Rap"; a famous pro baseball star threatens Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five backstage; the origin of the hip hop staple "Apache" riff; how party records inspired Too Short; the roots of the Rick Rubin/Beastie Boys connection; another popular riff makes a hit for T Ski Valley; Ice-T makes a smashing debut; "Beyond Words," the seminal graffiti-based art show curated by Fab Five Freddy; and punk impresario Malcolm McLaren's introduction to hip hop.

Don't sleep; reserve your copy today!

Hip Hop Family Tree 2 by Ed Piskor

Unlovable Book 1 Issue 3 at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Esther Pearl Watsondigital comicscomiXology 16 Apr 2014 10:54 AM

Unlovable Ghouls
Tammy Pierce is ready BACK with a new digital issue on comiXology, Unlovable Book 1 #3 "Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Esther Pearl Watson. From the pages of Bust magazine and Unlovable Book 1, the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of '80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls. Learn how to kiss using household objects, shoplifting do's and don'ts PLUS the effects of raspberry wine coolers. These 106 pages of fun in the sun are only $4.99! Time to laugh until that wine cooler squirts out your nose.

"Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain." - Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder

"I laugh and laugh and laugh, then I feel bad about reading someone's diary. This would be a horribly mean book if Esther didn't love everyone in it so much.... So I keep reading. And I laugh and laugh and laugh." - Jordan Crane

witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodSteve DitkoComing Attractions 16 Apr 2014 10:16 AM

witzend slipcase photo

witzend box set photo

witzend pages photo

witzend pages photo

Like a monolith, the formidable witzend box set rises from the corner of my desk. With two hardcover volumes in a slipcase collecting the complete run of Wallace Wood & company's landmark anthology series, featuring incredible artwork and scintillating stories from a murderers' row of creators, it's a monumental package, a must-have for the comics cognoscenti, and a guaranteed toe-crusher if you drop it on your foot.

This bastion of freedom of expression and independence from commercial and editorial restraint should be on shelves before Independence Day and available through our mail-order a bit sooner. If you haven't already, browse our enormous preview and reserve your copy, right here, today!

Sequential rolls out more Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Gilbert Hernandezdigital comics 16 Apr 2014 10:10 AM

The Children of Palomar
Digital comics app Sequential is now filled to the gills with Gilbert Hernandez comics. You can fill your digital shelves with his Love and Rockets' Palomar series with Heartbreak Soup, Human Diastrophism and Beyond Palomar or revel in his genius with the collected The Children of Palomar or the pulpy B-sci-fi movie of Maria M. You'll be reading the best comics digitally in no time!

"I don't think there's ever been a greater cartooning talent in terms of what he brings the serial comic book form." - The Comics Reporter

"Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction." - Los Angeles

"There's no denying that Beto's comics reflect one of the highest peaks the comics medium has yet achieved." - The A.V. Club 

Sequential screen cap Maria M

Fantagraphics 2014 Eisner Nominations
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under awards 15 Apr 2014 11:53 AM

2014 Eisner Nominations

Once again, we are so very pleased and excited for all our Eisner Award nominations. Our many cartoonists, editors, designers, translators and interns really rocked it this last year and it is an honor just to be nominated. Haven't read all of them? Here's a handy shopping list! You can also check out many of these comics digitally via comiXology. Vote for your favorite comics soon and make sure to do so by June 13th, 2014.

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Love and Rockets: New Stories #6, by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez

Best Short Story: "Untitled," by Gilbert Hernandez, in Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

Best Reality-Based Work:

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust 

Best Graphic Album-New: Good Dog, by Graham Chaffee

Best Graphic Album-Reprint: Julio's Day, by Gilbert Hernandez

Best Writer/Artist: Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips:

Barnaby, vol. 1, by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds

Prince Valiant vols. 6-7, by Hal Foster, edited by Kim Thompson

VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, edited by Jonathan Barli

Best U.S. Edition of International Material:

Goddamn This War! by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust

Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia: The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Marguerite Van Cook, 7 Miles a Second

Best Lettering: Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Best Comics-Related Book: The Love and Rockets Companion, edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism:

The Comics Journal #302, edited by Gary Groth and Kristy Valenti

tcj.com, edited by Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler

Best Publication Design: Beta Testing the Apocalypse, designed by Tom Kaczynski

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEleanor DavisComing Attractions 15 Apr 2014 10:07 AM

Eleanor Davis won the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2009 Eisners, and her illustration work won her a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators last year, further cementing her status as a major young creator. Now, we present How to Be Happy, the eagerly awaited collection of Davis's comics going back to 2007, coming this Summer.

Our downloadable preview includes portions of the stunning painted stories "In Our Eden" and Best American Comics selection "Nita Goes Home," plus a couple of Davis's looser but no less impactful sketchbook strips. Everyone will be talking about How to Be Happy when it comes out in July or early August; make sure you're part of the conversation by pre-ordering your copy today.

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

Linework NW 2014 Photo Album
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Julia GfrörerJim Woodringevents 14 Apr 2014 5:25 PM

Linework
Linework NW was this weekend and yes, yes, yes fantastic. And if you're wondering where photos are of the two dudes in charge, François Vigneault and Zack Soto, they just never stopped moving long enough to photograph! (Photo above by official Linework NW photographer, Caroline Smith)

At the Opening Party (at Reading Frenzy) Ed Luce tells Edie Fake a secret.
Edie and Ed
The back gallery held a lot of gorgeous Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge art.
Woodring
Shannon O'Leary (of Publisher's Weekly and the Big Feminist But) finally meets cartoonist Annie Murphy, who is also in No Straight Lines.Hugs
Sam Alden sees his first comic 'with a spine'! Haunter from Study Group 12 (currently available via their Kickstarter)Sam Alden
Party people (who would soon be my captives during dinner): Jonas Madden-Connor, Caity and Danithan Meija of Foxing Quarterly, red-headed Anna Pederson (our former Fanta-intern-turned-warehouse muscle), and colorist Ryan Hill. (photo by fest staff, Sam Marx)Yes
It was absolutely packed! (photo by fest organizer, François Vigneault)Linework NW
We popped by Bridge City Comics down the street. Guess which New York Times Best Selling author & cartoonist will be signing there for his second Fantagraphics book this November?
Bridge City Comics
Our sweet set-up.The table
Father-daughter comic shopping is pretty cute. Chris Roberson and Georgia find their fun in the classics like the brand-spankin' new Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn and Batter Up, Charlie Brown.
Chris and Georgia
Linework NW staffer Sam Marx grabs the yet-to-be-released-in-stores, Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge. The collected Hate comics are the first ones Marx read as a kid, you can get them in print or read them digitally via comiXology (the first issue is free for a limited time!).
Sam Marx
Julia Gfrörer returned to Portland to sell the last few copies of Black is the Color, here she's on a panel with the fantastic Tom Neely and Farel Dalrymple. (Photo by Caroline Smith)
Julia
Special guest and Fantagraphics' cartoonist Jim Woodring's line just WOULDN'T QUIT the whole show.
Jim Woodring's line
Woodring also brought his huge nib and Linework NW had a little fundraiser for anyone who wanted to try to draw with it. Did you know he has to BOIL the dried ink off the nib? And here I was just using some Windex like a chump. (photo by Caroline Smith)
Nib
Diana Schutz, Dark Horse editor, stepped behind our booth for a minute to hawk our wares (she's a fan of the classics) and then ran into Shawna Gore and her half-clone.
Shawna and Diana
A whole lotta Seattle people came down to Portland for the show like this line of dudes: Nate, Dave, Gavin and Dean. Kinda in love with their candid, posed, candid, posed pose (unrehearsed but I think this isn't their first rodeo).
Dudes
One of Jacob Covey's schoolmates came by the booth to 'WOW, HOLY SHIT look at this DESIGN' on Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Treasury. Ladies of the press, Allison Baker (Comic Book Resources) and Shannon O'Leary (Publishers Weekly) came by for a squeeze.
friends
Austin's best new micropublisher, Foxing Quarterly, hangs tough with some beautiful issues with art direction by Jim Rugg and a cat print by Dash Shaw.Foxing Quarterly
Sloane Leong and some manga fans drooled over Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano. A few people mourned the fact they had bought the book from Amazon and were waiting on it instead of buying from us directly, "I could be reading it right now!"Linework NW
Craig Thompson just had to come by and visit with Jim Woodring for a bit (in case, you know, anyone he was eating dinner with that night wondered why he was late).
Craig Thompson and Jim Woodring
And finally, one of my favorite reoccuring con sightings are the young kids that read Johnny Ryan. Like, DEVOUR it. His mother was unfazed by any phallic or vaginal imagery in it. Parents, am I right?!Johnny Ryan kiddo
Johnny Ryan fanatic
The show was non-stop. It was a tad hot since we were in the back but such fun to engage with fans of Fantagraphics' cartoonists and books in general.
Norse Hall
Norse Hall was beautiful and I'm already sad that Linework NW will probably move somewhere larger next year but Zack Soto and François Vigneault know aesthetics.
Norse Hall
The after-party at Em Space Book Arts Center was slammin' with pizza, beer and so many letter presses - I was honestly a little apprehensive with amount of food around the equipment but everyone was pretty respectful. Portland State University Vanguard reporter, Andrew, gets the low-down on the show from Danithan and Caity of Foxing Quarterly.
Linework Afterparty
Anna helped out at the table for a good chunk of the day and Seattle cartoonist Damon Gentry offered his food-getting services countless times. Thanks for having us and being so darn sweet to us, Portland. Fantagraphics will be back!
Anna, Damon and Jen

 









































Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchComing Attractions 14 Apr 2014 4:58 PM

Cork High and Bottle Deep cover photo

Cork High and Bottle Deep pages photo

It's nearly time to raise a glass and tie one on with our classy-looking, fun-sized hardcover gift book Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch. Vip's booze cartoons are hilarious even if you're not three sheets to the wind. Our research department has not yet read the book while in their cups — we need to beef up our safety equipment first — but we now have our advance copies ready for the lab.

OK, before I pull a muscle on this metaphor, check out our excerpt and pre-order your copy of the book (for delivery in a bit over two months) right here.

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