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Our friends Tom Hart and Leela Corman over at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida need your help! They are all about making comics education affordable for all and have been doing a great job thus far. SAW currently has an IndieGoGo campaign up with a ton of great rewards geared to you. A mere ten bucks gets you a mini from Steven Weissman, Jessica Abel, Box Brown or more from their fantastic list of contributors. Thirty-six dollars can get you a whole saddle-bag full of minis. There's art by David Lasky, an Eric Curry shirt and much, much more!
In 2014, SAW is hoping to do a number of things with your donations such as bring more artists to Florida to work and teach, assist more students through affordable programs and/or scholarships, expand/extend our grant program expand their library, upgrade their equipment (computer, Risograph, etc.) AND expand studio space to accommodate 4 or more drawing spaces. They hold amazing workshops with visiting artists (like Dash Shaw and Gabrielle Bell coming up in 2014). SAW also provides printing scholarships to biannually, everyone's favorite Annie Koyama was even a judge in 2013.
248-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $35.00
Ships in: February/March 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now
Women: what do they want? They might want to float into the sky while hosting a brunch party. They might want a couple of handsome cops to come over and get rid of a snake problem. They might seek a doctor's treatment for "wise-ass disease" or fantasize about revenge and forgiveness at the dentist's office. They might want to sing the White Girl Blues and dance the White Girl Twist.
And what about men? Mr. Science just wants to carry out his pointless experiments. "Earl D. Porker, Social Worker" converses with household items and forgets the cat food. One fellow's head is a basket of laundry.
One of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades, M.K. Brown has accumulated a body of work long savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected — until now. Stranger Than Life is the first retrospective collection of Brown's cartoons and comic strips from the National Lampoon from 1972-1981, as well as such other magazines as Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy; and her comics from underground publications like Arcade, Wimmin's Comics, Young Lust, and Twisted Sisters.
In these pages: Read instructions for the use of glue, making a pair of pants, home auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. Travel the globe to witness the giant bananas of Maui, strange sightings in Guatemala, camel races, and a "Saga of the Frozen North." Learn about love 'round the world, among eccentric suburbanites, and in a "Condensed Gothic" romance. Meet Virginia Spears Ngodátu, who (with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in "Dr. Janice N!Godatu," Brown's series of animated shorts that appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show alongside the first incarnation of The Simpsons. Aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers and other weirdos feature in Brown's side-splitting single-panel gag strips.
Brown's cartoons combine a penchant for the absurd with the gimlet observational eye of Roz Chast. Brown satirizes suburban anxiety and ennui by turning it upside-down and sideways, and her slightly grotesque yet lovable characters are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel-tone watercolors.
Our acclaimed and beloved Carl Barks Library series continues with Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn. It's more adventure and laughs in Duckburg and beyond, all with our impeccable production and presentation, and supplemented with the usual expert commentary (including, in this volume, an intro by superstar "Wimpy Kid" creator Jeff Kinney).
In our downloadable excerpt, Uncle Scrooge summons an unusually agreeable Donald and the nephews to send them off on a mission, but Donald's attitude makes a 180 when he finds out it's to retrieve the titular fabled beast! Meanwhile, sneaky Gladstone Gander wants in on the action. Crosses and double-crosses ensue, and the trouble isn't over once they find their objective. Want the rest of the story (and a whole bunch more)? Pre-order now!
It's true! A few years ago, the mighty Jim Woodring teamed up with toy designers Cardboard Spaceship for this exclusive resin figurine of the Big Egypt Parlor Sphinx.
(As Jim describes on his Facebook page, "You can't tell from the image, but the label on the box was designed to look in all ways as if it were made in occupied Japan." Haw!)
Vinylpulse.com has some shots of the sculpts for the lil' guy. The finished resin figurine measures approx. 4" tall by 5" wide.
This toad is a prince, and we're happy to see him back in production! Hurry and get yours before he hops away and goes out-of-print again.
The printer sent us this handmade sample of our 4-volume EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 (which contains Corpse on the Imjin, Came the Dawn, 50 Girls 50 and 'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity!) for our inspection. We caught one design error (first person to spot it gets a no-prize), which we fixed, and now the boxes are getting printed up, the sets will be assembled & shrinkwrapped, and the whole shebang will hit shelves in April. Pretty darn handsome, huh? It's a good deal, too, saving you over $20 versus buying the volumes separately and sans box. (Sorry, we're not going to be able to offer empty slipcases.) Hey, why not pre-order one for yourself or a favorite person?
Reinforce your coffee table and stock up on Visine: you'll need to prepare yourself for our massive, mind-blowing tome The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection, coming in March. Starting with an intro to Glenn and the collection — and it's a colorful story — the book then goes on to display hundreds of works of art by just about every important comics creator or artist working in the cartoon idiom, ever. The bottom photo shows the breadth of work collected in this book: through alphabetical proximity, outré underground visionary Rory Hayes shares a spread with Russ Heath's classic realist war comics. This is An Important Book, folks, one that any serious comics lover cannot go without. Pre-order your copy and see more previews right here.
On Saturday, February 22nd, join author Pat Thomas for the panel discussion Listen to the Party Music Whitey!: The Soundtrack of the Black Liberation Movement. He'll be signing and discussing his award-winning book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco will host this engaging afternoon in conjunction with their exhibit Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diaspora in Dialogue, 1960-1980. Pat will be joined by Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music, and moderator Davey D, a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist.
Join them from 2:00 to 4:00 PM! Together, they'll examine the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s. The event will include a multi-media presentation of rare images and unusual recordings that capture the "sights and sounds" of the era and the movement.
MoAD is located at 685 Mission Street (at Third) in San Francisco. This event is free with MoAD admission.
Interested in reading several decades of the best interviews, criticism and commentary about comics and graphic novels available in the English language, but don't want to store hundreds of magazines? Or are you missing some out-of-print, impossible-to-find back issues from your collection? For just $30, get a 1-year subscription to The Comics Journal Archive at TCJ.com. Previously only available to subscribers of the print magazine, this all-access pass lets you read TCJ back issues online in their entirety (including all the articles, columns, illustrations, sketchbooks, comics sections, "Blood & Thunder" letter columns... even the ads) to your heart's content for one year. "Lose days or weeks or months binge-reading Gary’s old editorials and News Watch columns about people you've never heard from again (these are two of my most favorite activities in the world)," says TCJ.com co-editor Dan Nadel.
No later than two business days after you subscribe, you'll receive a username and password via e-mail, allowing you unlimited access to online editions of three decades of TCJ, starting with The New Nostalgia Journal #27 from July, 1976 (the first issue under Gary Groth's co-ownership and editorial control, before the name was changed with issue #32), through TCJ issue #279 from November, 2006, with the remaining issues to be added in the weeks and months to come.
We'll be sure to e-mail you two weeks before your account runs out, should you want to re-subscribe.
The Comics Journal is a magazine that covers the comics medium from an arts-first perspective, and is one of the nation's most respected single-arts magazines, providing its readers with an eclectic mix of industry news, commentary, professional interviews, classic comics sections and reviews of current work on a regular basis. Due to its reputation as the American magazine with an interest in comics as an art form, the Journal has subscribers worldwide, and in this country serves as an important window into the world of comics for several general arts and news magazines. Despite a tough-love relationship with the rest of the North American comics industry, due in no small part to its investigative news stories and uncompromising review section, the Journal has won several industry awards, most notably the Utne Reader, Eisner and Harvey trophies.
Wednesday, January 15th
• New York City, NY: Get your tickets quick, 'cause this will sell out! Julia Gfrörer will be signing her beautiful new graphic novel Black is the Color at The Strand, starting at 7:00 PM. You can either buy the book from The Strand or buy a $15 Strand Gift Card in order to attend this event. Both options admit one. (more info)
Thursday, January 16th
• Camden, NJ: Don't miss the opening of the new exhibit Compulsive Narratives: Stories that MUST be Told at the Rutgers-Camden’s Stedman Gallery, featuring work from Carol Tyler, Justin Green, Ellen Forney, Julie Doucet, David Small, Gilad Seliktar, and many, many more! (more info)
Saturday, January 18th
• Seattle, WA: Seattle icon Danny Bland will be reading from his wicked debut novel, In Case We Die, at the Twilight Gallery, with special guests, Tom Hansen and Mandolin Hooper. BYOB -- no, seriously! (more info)
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.
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