Fantagraphics at MoCCA Festival 2015

Fantagraphics is ready and rarin’ to go with at MoCCA Festival 2015 at the brand-new-to-you-and-me location. All weekend long you can find Gary tabling at 204-207 on the Second Floor (Red Zone) along with some of the world’s finest cartoonists and their excellent books at the hot new location for MoCCA! Debuts:  • The Kurdles by Robert Goodin 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. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of their own crisis; their forest house 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
• 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

• Violent Girls by Richard Sala (FU Press) A limited edition portfolio featuring 44 action portraits lovingly inspired by the kind of dangerous females who have populated pulp fiction and B-movies throughout the history of pop culture-blazing their way through every kind of genre, potboiler, cliffhanger, and fever dream imaginable. Available exclusively at comic conventions and at the Fantagraphics online store, $35.00
• The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the “Art” World by Jonah Kinigstein (FU Press) is an 80 page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein’s political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Out exclusively in comic stores, conventions and on our website now, $30.00
• Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America’s best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat.” With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both “Casey” and Mullin’s images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of “Casey” is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages. Available now, $9.99.  
SIGNING SCHEDULE Tabling at 204-207 Second Floor (Red Zone)SATURDAY11-12 Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger  12-1pm Aline Kominksy-Crumb 1-2 Robert Goodin2-3 Kim Deitch 3-4 Dash Shaw  4-5 Robert Goodin  SUNDAY11-1 Robert Goodin
1-2:30 Jonah Kinigstein 2:30-4 Michael Kupperman 4-5 Marguerite Van Cook + James Romberger

   

PANELS
SATURDAY
12:30 pm / The Rusack Room of the High Line Hotel
Work in Progress
This is the ultimate sneak preview: Four artists will discuss graphic novels they are currently working on, showing pages yet-to-be-published from books yet-to-be-announced, and revealing material that lays bare their working methods. This session will offer a rare glimpse of work fresh from the drawing table, and will bring us directly into the processes of artists Kim Deitch, Sarah Glidden, Dash Shaw, and Julia Wertz, all of whom are currently working on new and surprising books. Moderated by Richard Gehr, author of I Only Read It for the Cartoons.

SUNDAY
12:30 pm / The Matthews Room of the High Line Hotel
Alt-Weekly Comics
Beginning with the Village Voice in the 1950s and peaking with a wave of publications in the 1980s and 1990s, alternative weekly newspapers spoke with an independent voice to local communities, and comics were a distinct part of those papers’ visual identities. Coinciding with the Alt-Weekly Comics exhibit currently on view at the Society of Illustrators, this panel will consider the phenomenon of alt-weekly comics with art director and editor Bob Newman (The Seattle Sun, The Rocket and The Village Voice) and cartoonists Ben Katchor, Michael Kupperman, and Mark Newgarden. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

12:30 pm / The Rusack Room of the High Line Hotel
Biography: The Lives of Artists
Memoir, non-fiction and biography have emerged as significant categories in comics. Comics about artists represent a special challenge: the cartoonist must represent the work of an artist through his or her own visual approach, revealing points of disjunction and harmony. Hyperallergic Senior Editor Jillian Steinhauer will discuss these issues with French comics legend Annie Goetzinger, whose Girl in Dior chronicles the first season of the storied fashion house; James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, whose 7 Miles a Second was both a biography of and a collaboration with David Wojnarowicz; and Dutch cartoonist Barbara Stok, whose Vincent makes Van Gogh approachable through a style completely unlike his own.  

SATURDAY Night there is also a KURDLES Release Party as part of the BERGEN STREET TAKEOVER! 7pm join artists from Koyama Press, 2D Cloud and Rob Goodin for a blow-out!  

This year, MoCCA Art Festival will take place at Center548, 548 West 22nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue.

Center548
MoCCA Festival
548 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York City, NY 

NYC: Drew Friedman at New School TONIGHT

The 120th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7pm at The New School University Center, 63 5th Ave., room L104 (lower level). Free and open to the public. Please note new location this week on…

FAIRFAX: MK Brown Art Show

Mk Brown
Cartoonist M.K. Brown is making a special appearance this Saturday, April 4th at the Fairfax Library. From 2-4pm, enjoy the opening reception and book signing while soaking in Brown’s original artwork on display. The show of original comics, gag panels and more will remain up from the 1st to the 29th of April. A percentage of the sale of her collection, Stranger than Life, will benefit Friends of the Fairfax Library. Here’s a few of my favorites from the book:
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brown 3
Brown Library

This one is part of a longer comic:
Brown
So come get a copy of Stranger than Life and check out a book or two from your local library!  

Stranger than Life
Fairfax Library
2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Fairfax, CA 94930

Fantagraphics at ECCC 2015

Emerald City Comicon
Emerald City ComiCon is on the horizon and we’re ecstatic to have so many special guests this year with fantastic new books, guests, panels about the books, cartoonists, the biz and even one on Fantagraphics’ fantastic book design! Washington State Convention Center is the place to be on Friday, March 27th – Sunday, March 29th you can find all of the great comics at booth 308! Our debut books include the following:

Wuvable Oaf
 • Wuvable Oaf  by Ed Luce The texceptionally hairy ex-wrestler Oaf lives in San Francisco, taking care of his 27 cats while looking for romance in the City by the Bay. Wuvable Oaf is a unique romance story and artist Ed Luce’s debut graphic novel; delivering laughs, sweet romance, and a diverse cast of characters-both human and feline. Out in Stores: April 2015 $29.99

Johnny 
• 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 $49.99Violent Girls • Violent Girls by Richard Sala (FU Press) A limited edition portfolio featuring 44 action portraits lovingly inspired by the kind of dangerous females who have populated pulp fiction and B-movies throughout the history of pop culture-blazing their way through every kind of genre, potboiler, cliffhanger, and fever dream imaginable. Available exclusively at comic conventions and at the Fantagraphics online store, $35.00

Pixilated Parrot

• Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “The Pixelated Parrot”  by Carl Barks Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laugh-out-loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance. Donald gives Uncle Scrooge a parrot for his birthday, but the feathered troublemaker escapes with the combination to Scrooge’s safe holding “ninety tons of money.” Hijinks ensue as Donald and his nephews set off on an unexpected adventure to recover the lovesick bird. Out in Stores: May 2015 $29.99

Sheriff of Bullet Valley
• Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck by Carl Barks When a passel of extra-sneaky, extra-ornery high-tech cattle rustlers strikes the good citizens of Bullet Valley, Donald Duck bravely dons a badge to become the “Sheriff of Bullet Valley.” This is the second entry in our new line of affordable kid-friendly Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure. Out in Stories: April 2015 $9.99

Casey at the Bat
• Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America’s best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat.” With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both “Casey” and Mullin’s images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of “Casey” is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages. Available now, $9.99. 

Rosa Knisley

Fantagraphics Table Signing Schedule
Friday
11-12 Lucy Knisley
12-2 Ed Luce
2-3 Don Rosa
5-6 Ed Piskor

Saturday 
12-1 Ed Piskor
1-2 Don Rosa
3-5 Ed Luce
5-6 Lucy Knisley

Sunday 
11-1 Lucy Knisley
1-2 Don Rosa
3-4 Ed Piskor
ECCC eds 

WHERE can you find us? Why at booth 308. 

ECCC
Fantagraphics is proud to be on a sh&*#$&(ton of panels at ECCC this year. Here they are in all their glory. 

FRIDAY PANELS

High Res and Lo-Fi: Music and Comics
Friday, March 27th 3:50pm
Hall E (TCC 303)
Cartoonists Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Love and Rockets publisher and editor Eric Reynolds plus local radio station’s book blogger Chris Estey will talk about the relationship between music and comics: rhythm, timing, style, zeitgeist, and more.

Carl Barks and Don Rosa: Duck Tales
Friday, March 27th, 6:00pm
Hall C (TCC 301)
Join Fantagraphics’s Gary Groth, J. Michael Catron, Mike Baehr as they talk about Carl Barks and Don Rosa, WITH Don Rosa, who created characters and adventures that have thrilled and delighted audiences of all ages, worldwide, for more than half a century.

SATURDAY PANELS

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD
Saturday, March 28th 4:30pm         
Hall B (WSCC 602-603)
Bill Schelly has written the first biography of the creator of MAD magazine, Harvey Kurtzman. Kurtzman is not only a seminal figure in American humor a major influence on The Simpsons, Stephen Colbert, Judd Apatow, Conan O’Brien, and many others. Publisher and editor Gary Groth (Fantagraphics, The Comics Journal), book editor Kristy Valenti and Schelly will have a discussion about Kurtzman’s legacy, his life, and the new book. *Panel attendees will receive a coupon for Harvey Kurtzman for in-store purchase at our Georgetown store!

SUNDAY PANELS

Comics Education: The Past Ten Years
Sunday, March 29th, 11:50AM
Hall E (TCC 303)
2015 will be the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Cartoon Studies. In that time Institute graduates have gone on to become educators themselves, and new comics education programs have popped up across the country. CCS Alumni Melanie Gillman, Beth Hetland, Jen Vaughn and Colleen Frakes will discuss the current state of comics education, the pros and cons of a degree in comics, as well as the program options available across the country for interested students and teachers.

Hire Me! From Comics Fan to Comic Professional
Sunday, March 29th at 12:30pm.
Hall D (TCC 302)
Every day, behind the scenes people like editors, designers, marketers, even programmers work hard to make sure the comics you love get from the creator hands to your hands. Now’s your chance to learn how these comics luminaries and tastemakers got their start. Join David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO) and a panel of outstanding comics professionals like Hank Kanalz (SVP Vertigo & Integrated Publishing at DC Entertainment), Michael Martz (Executive Editor at Marvel Comics), Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books, Director of Publicity & Promotions), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books, Marketing and Events Manager) and Christine Dinh (BOOM! Studios Brand Communications Manager) as they impart the knowledge you need to get your foot in the door and become a comics industry rock star.

Bad Ass Business Lady
Sunday, March, 29th 2:10PM 
Hall G (TCC 305)
You did it! You became a business lady! Now join a panel discussion of becoming your true form: a bad ass business lady. Leveled up comics pros Marissa Louise, Georgia Webber, Jen van Meter, Jen Vaughn and Gwendolyn Lynch will discuss saying ‘no’ and meaning it, how to stop fearing the IRS, special deductions, promotions and benefits, effective self promotion, and the ultimate topic: work life balance.

By Design: Fantagraphics Books
Sunday, March 29th 4pm
Hall C (TCC 301)
Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books (The Complete Peanuts, Ghost World) is world renowned for its innovative (and often imitated) book design. Publisher Gary Groth, graphic designers Jacob Covey, Tony Ong, and Keeli McCarthy will talk about the challenges inherent in visually interpreting narrative art, translating archival comics into today’s marketplace, and more.

Luce
There are also some parties a-going on so don’t forget to check out the crazy parties happening.  Two of our cartoonists with hot and fresh comics out will be at a Pre-ECCC bash called The 2015 Comic Book All-Star Party at Acrane Comics. Ed Luceof Wuvable Oaf and Ed Piskor of Hip Hop Family Tree will be blowing up the neighborhood of Ballard signing comics and books. Arcane will keep you refreshed with free Hillard’s beer and there will be a food truck on site, Don Lucho’s—oooh, I can taste it now! Thursday, March 26th at 6pm at 5809 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

The number of guests hits at least 20-30 people for this blow out: Ed Luce, Ed Piskor, Farel Dalrymple, Alexis Ziritt, Simon Roy, Matt Southworth, Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas, Andrew MacLean, Paul Maybury and many many more! 

Funny, there’s other event that is all women (or will be) that is in the AM and non-alcohol-fueled! The Joon Mixer for Kickass Women:

Women in Comics 

A casual networking event for women & women identifying in comics. “Remember your business cards for a chance to win a chocolate dragons egg from Truffle Cottage, graphic novels from Fantagraphics, or a ‘Comics Are For Everyone’ T-shirt from NW Press. Refreshments and door prizes courtesy of donors.” Saturday March 28th 9:00 AM to 11:00 Beer Garden,WSCC Level 1 (near the Union Street entrance) (Non-alcoholic event)

We’re so looking foward to all the cool comics, fans and fun this weekend! See you all there at booth 308!

March Booklist Reviews

Next month’s issue of Booklist will include reviews of recent releases by Fantagraphics cartoonists + creators, excerpted below:

Displacement
A Starred review for Displacement by Lucy Knisley
“Knisley finds both the humor and the sadness in her grandparents’ condition…Whereas Knisley’s previous travel memoirs speak more to the young adult experience, Displacement is a timely and mature work that pairs perfectly with other elder-care titles, such as Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? (2014).” –Snow Wildsmith

Love and Rockets 7
Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Jaime Hernandez & Gilbert Hernandez
“Jaime’s economically elegant cartooning and Gilbert’s bold designs and imaginative characterizations-will leave fans satisfied and eager for next year’s installment.” –Gordon Flagg

creeping
Creeping Death from Neptune by Basil Wolverton, edit by Greg Sadowski
“Wolverton was a genre unto himself..No matter what he drew-science fiction, costumed crime fighters, or wacky humor-his distinctively iconoclastic style, marked by blocky compositions and idiosyncratic stippling, set it far apart from anything else.” –Gordon Flagg

Seven cities
Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl Barks
“Barks’ flair for combining humor with thrills is unmatched, as are his clear, expressive cartooning and his command of visual storytelling. The full-color restoration of the artwork and the useful historical notes give Barks’ consummate work the deluxe presentation it richly deserves.” –Gordon Flagg

Spawn of Mars
Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Al Feldstein & Wallace Wood
“Wood’s detail-laden panels, vibrant brushwork, and chiaroscuro lighting effects gave his stories a verisimilitude that the primitive cinematic special effects of the era sorely lacked…While the stories might be best enjoyed by a precocious 12-year-old, it takes an adult reader to fully appreciate Wood’s astonishing craft.” –Gordon Flagg

Kinokuniya welcomes MASSIVE with burly arms

KinokuniyaWe’ve mentioned it a time or two before but damn, if there isn’t going to be an amazing good time at Kinokuniya next week on Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm.  Rocking you day and night (mostly night) with Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd, will be signing new copies (or the dog-eared one from your nightstand). Kinokuniya is straight-up an artist’s dream:If you’ve never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true.  In addition, they’ll be screening a new documentary about Ogizaki Masahiro’s House of Gay Art so don’t forget to bring your glasses! Come get a copy of this almost sold-out anthology and catch the fever!Kino window Kinokuniya
1073 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10018

Mark Fertig Film Noir Talk

FIlm noir Between Midnight and Dawn: Midcentury Noir and Crime Film Posters from the Collections of Mark Fertig and Eddie Muller  
You are cordially invited to a gallery talk with curator Mark Fertig, Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Exhibition of posters continues through March 2 – April 11, 2015 at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery and Permanent Collection at St. Lawrence UniversityFilm Noir 101 editor and curator Mart Fertig writes: Film noir flourished in Hollywood throughout the 1940s and 1950s, owing to a perfect storm of cultural, political, and industry-specific forces, including the disillusionment and pessimism lingering from the Great Depression; the popularity of hardboiled writers such as Hammett, Chandler, and Cain; the disconcerting wartime experience of the American fighting man and his difficulty readjusting to domestic life; a new generation of independent, professional, and dissatisfied women; the public’s fascination with Freudian analysis; Cold War fears of the atomic bomb and perceived threats of domestic communism; the suspect veracity of the American Dream; and urbanization brought on by war production, followed by the rise of suburbia and runaway materialism.

Within the movie industry, additional circumstances fostered the development of film noir, including the deterioration of the studio system and an increased need for low-cost or “B” pictures; advances in film processing and portable camera equipment; a war-weakened production code; the demands of more sophisticated ticket-buyers; and most importantly, the arrival in Hollywood from ravaged Europe of a cohort of extraordinarily gifted but cynical filmmakers. The posters offer insight not only into Hollywood movie marketing techniques, but also into the gun-waving, cigarette-smoking, fedora-wearing, loot-grabbing, back-stabbing, car-crashing, legs-showing, bare-knuckled glorious iconography of the film noir style.

Exhibition curator Mark Fertig is associate professor of graphic design and chair of the art department at Susquehanna University. Eddie Muller is a novelist, filmmaker, historian, and Turner Classic Movies host. 

PORTLAND: SuperTrash signing

Supertrash
Portland, time to get high and then get low with the curated mess of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety by Jacques Boyreau. The book signing starts at 8pm sharp on Saturday February 28th, taking place at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop (523 SE Morrison Street), the music by Matt Danger and a performance by Catherine Candor. Alcoholic refreshments are provided so all will have a good time. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book. Interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is Surrealism for the 21st century and you’ll want a copy of this mega-slick-zine in your collection!
Poster

TCAF Special Guests include Eleanor Davis and Lucy Knisley

TCAF 2015Toronto Comics Art Fest 2015 and Fantagraphics are elated to announce a few grand special guests, Eleanor Davis and Lucy Knisley. Eleanor’s instant sell-out book How to Be Happy is now back in stock so Canada can finally grab some copies. Lucy will be celebrating her second travelogue with Fantagraphics, Displacement, which came out right on the heels of An Age of LicenseHow to Be Happy Displacement
You can see just how crazy TCAF 2014 was in their timelapse video here (Fantagraphics table very right row [wo]manned by Jacq and Jen from 00:26-00:32 seconds) 

TCAF 2014 TimeLapse – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival from Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Vimeo.

We look forward to seeing you this year and more guests to be announced sooooon.
Tcaf  

Cake 2015 Special Guests and more

CAKE 2015 in Chicago sent out their final list of special guests and exhibiters today and we CANNOT wait! We are, as usual, blown away but the number of specials guests at conventions who have Fantagraphics books and comics out. Behold, …

Massive presents: JIRAIYA in the U.S.A.

JiraiyaThis spring, bookstores will be tumescent with customers clamoring to get their hands on our shrinkwrapped and stacked copies of Massive. The editorial minds of gay manga Anne IshiiGraham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd hit the road for bookstores, conventions and various places along with visiting artists from Massive: Jiraiya! He’s appearing on both coasts for a variety of events!  Please do note the PHOTO embargo: Jiraiya wishes to retain his anonymity and while he appreciates meeting fans, has a strict “no facial photography” rule. We ask that attendants respect his privacy. So take some shots of his hands drawing, get creative if you MUST document it!  
MassiveJIRAIYA MARCH TOURLos Angeles
March 17: ONE Archive, USC: Jiraiya talk + Q&A at 7pm
909 West Adams Boulevard. Los Angeles CA 90007
March 18: Secret Headquarters: talk + signing at 6pm3817 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90026
March 19: Tom of Finland Foundation talk and reception at 7pm1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles CA 90026  San Francisco
March 20: California College of the Arts (San Francisco, moderated by Justin Hall): Talk/Q&A at 7:30pm
Writers Studio, 195 De Haro Street San Francisco, CA 94103

March 21: Books Inc. (SF, Market/Castro): signing + Q&A at 7pm
2275 Market St, San Francisco CA 94114

New York
March 24: Drink n’ Draw at This and That (Brooklyn): short talk, live drawing party at bar at 8pm
108 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211  March 25th: Printed Matter: Talk and signing at 5pm
195 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011 
March 27: Bureau General Services, Queer Division (at the LGBT Center): talk and signing at 7pm
208 W 13th St, Second Floor New York NY 10011

March 28: SVA, Talk with Chip Kidd (NYC): ampitheater style live q&a, signing at 3pm
333 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011

March 28th: Opening Ceremony: Reception, Signing: (Time TBD)
35 Howard Street, New York NY 10013

Check out their store for more great products like shirts, hats, stickers and yes, portable buttholes.
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Peter Bagge: Conversations

COnversations
Hear ye, hear ye! Fans of Peter Bagge, Hate, the Bradleys and comics history will be happy to hear that a new book has just hit the bookstores: Peter Bagge: Conversations by Kent Worchester and the University Press of Mississippi. Get the quippy and quirky interviews that also include some previously unavailable material! We can add this to Bagge’s growing list of publishers carrying his comics and work: Fantagraphics, D&Q, IDW, Dark Horse….

From the University Press of Mississippi description: “For fans of Peter Bagge (b. 1957) and his bracingly satirical writing and drawing, this collection offers the perfect means to track his career choices, work habits, preoccupations, and comedic sensibility from the 1980s onwards. Featuring a lengthy new interview and a great deal of previously unavailable material, this book delivers insightful, gossipy, funny, and occasionally tart conversations with a wide range of interlocutors, from personal friends and zine publishers to comics critics and mainstream journalists. Bagge’s wide-ranging career has intersected with the modern history of comics, from underground comix and indie comics to comics journalism and graphic nonfiction; this new compendium of interviews will be a must-have for aficionados of his work. 

Bagge’s detailed, garrulous, and often grotesquely funny (and discomfiting) work harks back to the underground generation, recalling Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton, while also pointing forward to the emergence of alternative comics as a distinct genre. His signature series, the rawly humorous Hate (1990-1998) and his editorship (1983-1986) of the often outrageous Weirdo magazine, founded by Crumb, established Bagge as a leading voice in alternative comics, and his rude, wildly expressive cartooning makes him a counterpoint to the still introspection of recent literary graphic novels.
Over the past few decades Bagge has left his mark on a variety of formats and genres. He is a prolific cartoonist, an accomplished musician, and a sometime essayist, editor, and animator. While his creative output encompasses autobiographical comics, graphic nonfiction, magazine illustrations, gag cartoons, minicomics, political commentary, superhero parodies, comic strips, animated videos, and one-page humor pieces, Bagge is best known for creating continuity-based graphic stories that revolve around sharply defined, over-the-top characters. While some writers on comics have lazily branded Bagge as a grunge-era visual satirist, his creative restlessness and expanding body of work make it difficult to confine him within any single genre, cultural niche, or historical moment.”

Buy more of Bagge’s books right here on our online store or from your local comic retailer or bookstore! 

Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees

Slate cartoonist studio prize
We are a lucky company to have such fantastic cartoonists at Fantagraphics. Olivier Schrauwen’s Arsene Schrauwen, Jaime Hernandez’s The Love Bunglers AND Eleanor Davis’ How to Be Happy are up for an award. This time it is the Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies Studio Prize. The dual team released shortlists for the print and webcomic divisions.

“The winner in each of our two categories will be announced April 6; each winner will receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory. The shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS Fellow Sophie Yanow; and this year’s guest judge, cartoonist Paul Karasik.” 

Winners will be announced in the April’s Slate Books Review. Fingers crossed! 
Eleanor Davis

CHICAGO: Peter Bagge at Challengers Comics + Conversation

SweatshopLet the chill of the early evening air fill your lungs as you head over to Challengers Comics + Conversation on Sunday, March 22nd to get all* your comics signed by Peter Bagge. His newest book is a collection of the DC comic, Sweatshop, which discusses seedy underbelly of the comic book industry. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation. This Sunday evening soiree starts at 6pm. 
Sweatshop focuses on the unhappy, out-of-touch cartoonist, Mel Bowling. As the hand behind a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield), he spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his “sweatshop” cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work.   Sweatshop Peter BaggeBagge recently received the 2014 USA Rockerfeller Fellow of Literature status from the United States of Artists so be sure to congratulate him! 

Challengers Comics + Conversation was the recipient of the 2013 Will Eisner “Spirit of Comics” Retailer Award and has been open since March 2008 when Patrick Brower and W. Dal Bush first opened up the store. With an engaging set of comic book sellers and a beautiful store, don’t you just want to buy a copy of everything? LOOK at those red chairs! Photo by Bookstores of Chicago Tumblr.
Chicago
Posters by Will Rhodes. *yeah, we mean all, even those Creepy comics.  
Challengers Comics + Conversation
1845 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Sweatshop

New Comics Day 3.11.2015

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. 

Casey at the Bat
Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales
by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer

52-page two-color 6.25″ x 6.25″ hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-814-4

“Mullin defined the modern sports cartoon by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary – part news account, part personal observation, his cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural, and artistic value.” –Bob Staake

Hurricane Isle
Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
by Roy Crane; edited by Rick Norwood

“Crane’s art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane’s dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-.” – The A.V. Club 

Romberger + Van Cook on Downtown Variety

The Late ChildNeed some Monday night fun? James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook will be appearing at the United Citizen’s Brigade Village East for Nat Townsen’s Downtown Variety Hour! They’ll be reading from The Late Child and Other Animals, taking the same stage as Janeane Garofalo, Cipha Sounds from Chapelle’s Show, and comedian Brendan McLaughlin! Pictured below, comedian and native New Yorker Nat Towsen (VICE, CollegeHumor) welcomes hilarious comedians, local artists, and Village luminaries for a regular variety show in the eclectic tradition of the disappearing downtown Manhattan culture. Every show also features a “Downtown History” segment, music from classic local musicians, and free giveaways from local businesses. New Yorkers, transplants, and tourists are all welcome.

Sponsored by Two Boots and Forbidden Planet. Tickets are a steal at twice the price but are only $5! The fun starts at 8pm sharp.
James and Marguerite nat
UCB East Village
153 East 3rd St., New York, NY 10009

Massive in the Kinokuniya house

Kinokuniya posted a 12 minute clip of the Massive talk from last Wednesday in New York City with editor Anne Ishii, designer Chip Kidd and moderated by Terence Irvins (comics and graphic novel buyer). They talk about how Massive came to be, how Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd met, The Passion of Gengorah Tagame from PictureBox and more. 

Want more Massive? You’re gonna get it! Cover artist and cartoonist Jiraiya will be in the states for an East coast/west coast tour this month. Check out all the stops and grab your copy NOW! Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is sold out so if you see it in a store, buy it now and hide it under your mattress (is there a sexier place?) until the store signings. 
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LOS ANGELES: The Kurdles Art Show and Release Party

The KurdlesLOS ANGELES – This April, the one and only Secret Headquarters is hosting an art show and release party featuring watercolor pages from Robert Goodin‘s most excellent new comic, The Kurdles. The opening reception for the exhibition is on Friday, April 3rd at 7pm. The show will remain up from April 3rd-April 30th. 
When Sally the bear gets tossed by her own owner, she finds herself helping a rag-tag group of characters when their house threatens to grow legs and leave! Reminiscent of The Brave Little Toaster or Herge’s Tintin, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange and is presented in a beautiful, bande dessinnée-size-and-style hardcover. Kurdles   At LA’s hot comic shop, Secret Headquarters, Goodin will be selling original artwork the opening night of the show – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! It’s too beautiful to believe:
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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.
KurdlesSecret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Reception: Friday, April 3rd
Show up April 3rd-April 30th 

Black River Tour

 Black River full finalJosh Simmons‘ latest, greatest and most terrifying graphic novel yet is about to hit the United States and he is taking Black River to the road. Black River stars 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.  You think the Hunger Games is scary? What if it was your every damn day? This full-length graphic novel is his best work yet, echoing director John Carpenter’s perfect tick-tock pacing, as well as Shirley Jackson’s ability to transcend genre and turn it into literature. Check out Simmons ’round the United States tour (plus two Canadian stops) and mark your calendars. Some events feature some guest cartoonists, some music by Sunshine Ear’s Gregory Spencer and some special venues will be screening Simmons’ chilling short films.  4.18 Portland, OR Linework NW All weekend Tabling
Norse Hall 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland OR

4.24 Vancouver, BC Lucky’s 7PM Book signing + screening
3972 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2, Canada

4.25 Seattle Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle WA (Georgetown)

4.26. Tacoma Destiny City Comics 4PM Book signing   
218 Saint Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

5.2 Missoula, MT Shakespeare and Co. 7PM Book signing + screening  
103 S 3rd Street West, Missoula, MT 59801

5.5 Minneapolis, MN Boneshaker Books 7PM
Book signing + screening with 2D Cloud guest Nic Breutzman
2002 23rd Ave. S.

5.6 Iowa City, IA TBA 

5.7 Chicago Quimby’s 7pm Book signing
1854 W. North Ave.

5.9-5.10 Toronto, BC TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) Tabling All Weekend, Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street

5.11 Dearborn, MI Green Brain Comics TBA signing
13936 Michigan Ave

5.12. Columbus, OH Kafe Kerouac 8pm 
with guest JT Dockery, and music by Gregory Spencer 2250 North High St.

5.13 Pittsburgh, PA Copacetic Comics 6-8pm 
with guest Ed Piskor, and music by Gregory Spencer
3138 Dobson St #3, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

5.14 Baltimore TBA
5.15 Brooklyn, NY Bergen Street Comics 7PM Book signing
470 Bergen St.

5.17 Portland, ME Maine Comic Arts (MECAF)  
with guest Hans Rickheit  
Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street 

5.20 Manchester, CT TBA

5.25 Athens, GA  Bizarro-Wuxtry 5-7pm book signing
225 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601 

5.26. Atlanta, GA A Cappella Books 7pm book signing
208 Haralson Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
 5.27 Birmingham, AL TBA 
5.29 New Orleans, LA Location TBA –  Art show/movie screening with Caesar Meadows

5.30 New Orleans, LA Crescent City Comics 5pm
signing Caesar Meadows, Kate Lecour, Ben Passmore 5pm signing time with the FEAST 2015 release party kickin’ off at 7pm*
4916 Freret St.

6.5 Austin, TX Austin Books and Comics Time TBA Book signing  
5002 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

6.6 Austin, TX New South Festival of Literary Arts & Cartooning  
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702

6.12 Los Angeles, CA Secret Headquarters 7pm
Book signing with guest Sammy Harkham
3817 W Sunset Blvd.

6.13 San Francisco, CA Mission Comics 6PM Book signing + screening  3520 20th St. * subject to change cause this is N’awlins here. In addition to new copies of Black River on sale at each venue, Simmons has inked up gorgeous primo prints including this black light poster. Imagine the things you’ll see looking at it…alone….at night.Blacklight
And here are the three prints! An exquisite interior from Black River:Black river Cover from The Furry Trap The Furry trap Cover from Habit #1 from Oily Comics  
HabitatAnd so, pre-order your copy of Black River or head over to your local comic store or book store when Simmons is hitting your town. LineworkNW
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NYC: The Kurdles at Bergen Street Comics

Bergen Party
Admist the hub-bub of New York City and the Museum of Comics and Comic Arts Festival, MoCCA, you can find solace but not silence at the always fun Bergen Street Comics. Koyama Press2D Cloud and Fantagraphics TAKE OVER BERGEN STREET Party is happening on Saturday, April 11th at 7pm. Cartoonist and animator, Robert Goodin, will be appearing to sign his new all-ages book, The Kurdles in the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, spiced up with a teaspoon of strange.

The Kurdles
What else is happening at this cornucopia of comic delights? A. Degen’s surrealist superhero adventure MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER (Koyama Press), equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen’s mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty; Blaise Larmee’s 3 BOOKS (2D Cloud) is an eclectic and meticulously crafted reproduction of rare and unpublished books; Émilie Gleason’s SALZ & PFEFFER (2D Cloud) a taboo-soaked world of the inane and the intellectual, the profane, profound, and parodic; Andy Burkholder’s QVIET (2D Cloud) focuses on the abstractions of sex, of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two.

Celebrate MoCCA Fest weekend with an incredible night of bleeding edge comics and cartoonists! Event poster by A. Degen. We’ll see you there!
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