Re/Read: Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

Re/Read in a recurring column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that examines backlist titles you may have missed or are worthy of another look. This time we’ll focus on the early Daniel Clowes masterpiece, Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, recently re-issued with a colorful new cover. Like A Velvet Glove Cast in…

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Re/Read: Charles Forsman’s Celebrated Summer

Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid examining backlist books you may have missed or merit another look. With Charles Forsman’s The End of the Fucking World soon to be released as a Netflix original series, it’s a good time to look back at his graphic novella Celebrated Summer….

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Re/Read: The Daniel Clowes Reader

Re/Read is a regular feature by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid looking back at books you may have missed or merit more attention. With the pending release of his feature film Wilson, it’s a good time to revisit The Daniel Clowes Reader. Daniel Clowes needs no introduction. He’s one of the founders and…

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What’s in Store: Top Ten of 2016

It’s come time for Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid to select my favorite comix of 2016. A tough task this year with so many wonderful new books – a little like choosing which of my children I love the most. The choices are so close this list could easily be reversed. 10. Hey Lady. With…

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What’s in Store: Peter Bagge’s Neat Stuff!

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, August 13 for the debut of the Complete Neat Stuff by legendary Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge. A limited number of advance copies of this two volume, slip case edition will be available for the artist to sign between 6:30 and 8:00 PM. Neat Stuff includes early work by…

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This Week’s Press Highlights

“With an acrid storytelling voice and a clean, spare drawing style, Mr. Clowes used Eightball… to skewer pop culture, spin surrealistic horrors and sympathetically portray youth adrift.”
Read more about The Complete Eightball by Daniel Clowes at The New York Times  “Fantagraphics Books has just announced Patience, the first all-new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes in more than half a decade. It’s the biggest and most ambitious book of a storied career.”  Read more at Fused UK  
“I don’t think there has been a fictional character with a better name than Needledick the Bug-Fucker, nor a character who revealed so many multitudes within a single page.” Read more at The Millions   “Ed Piskor’s stylish, funny, assiduously researched history of hip-hop is hugely engaging and enlightening.” – Glen Weldon Here more at NPR   “Tardi has a much deserved reputation not only as a master of the pen, but also as a meticulous researcher, I’m confident that Manchette would praise Tardi’s Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell as the outstanding book it is.”
Read more at Pop Matters
“This story of a burly ex-wrestler/kitten fancier has been one of my absolute favorite comics — an affectingly offbeat gay rom-com that captures the universal sadness and silliness of loneliness and love, and mixes heartbreak and humor in exactly the right proportions.”
Read more about Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce at The Comics Alliance
“Esther Pearl Watson is a remarkable artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and visual storyteller. Her ongoing popular Unlovable comic strip… is memorable, artful, and highly original… never fails to delight and surprise.”
Read more at American Illustration and American Photography 
“Dark, bleak and crushingly depressing, Black River will make you reflective of society and what it means to be alive.”Read more at AiPT!
“Some of the best comics ever printed…masterfully told and very, very funny.”
Read more about Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Vol. 6: The Pixilated Parrot by Carl Barks at The Comics Alliance
“This is storytelling and character work done so well you’ll wonder if they are in fact alive and possibly right next door.”
Read more about The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez at AiPT!
Unshelved calls Hip Hop Family Tree a “rapid-fire telling of the early days of rap and hip hop culture… There’s a lot to learn even if you think you’ve heard it all.”
Read more at Unshelved Praise for Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly
“Thoroughly researched…devoted fans will welcome this exhaustive study.” Read the full review in the print edition of the Library Journal review May 15 issue.

Daniel Clowes Returns to Fantagraphics Books with Patience

For Immediate Release:
Daniel Clowes Returns to Fantagraphics Books with Patience

MAY 6, 2015-SEATTLE, WA-Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce Patience, the first all-new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in more than half a decade. It’s the biggest and most ambitious book of a storied career in which he’s received an Academy Award nomination, a PEN Award, and multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards.

 

Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet. 

 

 

Fantagraphics and Clowes helped usher in today’s golden age of literary graphic novels, as evidenced by the just-released Complete Eightball 1-18. It collects the historic comic book series (1989-2004) in which Clowes classics such as Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron and Ghost World were serialized; the latter is the best-selling book in Fantagraphics’ history, with twenty editions since its 1997 debut.

“Patience is the best book yet by probably my favorite cartoonist ever,” said Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds, “and I can’t wait for people to have the chance to not take my word for it.”

 

A full release of Patience in March 2016 will be prefaced with select events beginning in the months preceding release. Details t.b.a.

 

 

PATIENCE

By Daniel Clowes

180 Pages * Full Color * 7 7/8″ x 10 1/4″

ISBN: 978-1-60699-905-9 

 

 

Bill Schelly Goes MAD at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes comics scholar and author Bill Schelly on Saturday, April 11 as he presents his new biography Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America. Schelly will give an entertaining and informative slide talk on the illustrious career of one of the pivotal figures in American popular culture. A book signing will follow the presentation.

 

Harvey Kurtzman wrote, edited and drew popular titles like Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat for notorious publisher EC Comics. In a departure from their lurid line of crime and horror comics, Kurtzman created the satirical Mad in 1952. EC Comics soon fell victim to the hysterical crusading of politicians, child psychologists and religious zealots when the Comics Code Authority effectively banned most of their titles. Kurtzman’s Mad persevered, and ironically became the instrument that indoctrinated an entire generation in the principle of art in the service of degenerate discourse – laying the foundation for the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.

Kurtzman’s many contributions to midcentury American humor are explored at length by Schelly, with insightful interviews of Kurtzman collaborators like Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Episodes like the FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era and his litigation with EC publisher Bill Gaines are detailed for the first time.

 

Don’t miss the debut of this amazing publication with a slide talk, exhibition and book signing on April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

  

Mark your calendars for the return of incomparable cartoonist Daniel Clowes on Saturday, April 18 with the world premiere of The Complete Eightball, followed a week later by provocative Seattle artist Josh Simmons on April 25. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

Bill Schelly presents Havey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad
Slide talk, exhibition, and book signing
Saturday, April 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street | Seattle | 206.658.0110
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Hey Look! Bill Schelly presents Harvey Kurtman biography at Fantagraphics Bookstore

 

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.

 

Daniel Clowes on the Record

It’s fitting that Daniel Clowes will make a rare Seattle appearance on Record Store Day. This Saturday, April 18 marks the annual appreciation of these essential establishments. Clowes will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, which shares space with vintage vinyl purveyor Georgetown Records.

    

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.

Fantagraphics at Linework NW 2015

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.

Debuts

The Complete Eightball by Daniel Clowes Before 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 River by 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 Kurdles by 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 America by 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signing Schedule 
Fantagraphics Booth 12 & 13

Saturday
1-2 & 4-5 Josh Simmons

Sunday
1-3 & 5-7 Daniel Clowes  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panels
Sunday

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:

Get details on their Facebook invite

Don’t forget the closing party! Where you can get food and drinks to recharge for work the next morning. Details here  

Norse Hall is a beautiful, historic location that amplifies the wonderful people and creations that will be joining the Linework lineup this year. We can’t wait to be there again!

(Photo by David Scroggy)

Norse Hall
111 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 

Daniel Clowes Unveils the Complete Eightball at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Please join us in welcoming a truly gifted artist, Daniel Clowes, to Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday, April 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as we unveil the anxiously anticipated Complete Eightball 1 – 18.

 

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.

Chicago: Eightball Signing at Quimby’s

Thursday, April 30th 

Chicago, IL – We’ve been hogging all the advance event copies of The Complete Eightball to ourselves here in the Pacific Northwest, so now it’s the midwest’s turn to get a crack at this gorgeous and vibrant collection. Eightball creator Daniel Clowes will be at Quimby’s Bookstore on Thursday, April 30th to sign your fresh copies, still with that new baby smell. 

It was no surprise that the Fantagraphics BookstoreLinework, and Powell’s City of Books all sold out of their event copies of the book, and Quimby’s will be your last chance to get it before hitting shelves in June. Pre-order and Kickstarter copies will be in stock shortly!

Get yourself and your closest friends and frenemies to Quimby’s on the 30th by 7 PM for a trascendental book signing with Daniel Clowes, cited as one of comics most influential cartoonists. 

 
Clowes signing at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery 

This Week’s Press Highlights

“Daniel Clowes is…widely considered a one-man embodiment of nineties cool.” – Françoise Mouly and Mina Kaneko, The New YorkerRead more at The New Yorker Jaime Hernandez, “one of Southern California’s sig…

This Week’s Press Highlights

Daniel Clowes created the cover art for The Stranger this week

 The Stranger cover art by Daniel clowes

Inside you’ll find a fantastic interview by Sean Nelson who calls The Complete Eightball “the stunningly smart and innovative comic that did what almost no other comic seemed able to do at the time: enter the culture of people who didn’t like comics.”

Read more: The Masterpiece That Helped Transform Comics and Culture

 The Complete Eightball

Over at the Seattle Weekly, Roger Downey writes that “It’s an early but by no means immature work, establishing Clowes as perhaps the best exemplar extant of the underground-comic sensibility of the late 20th century.”

Read more: Time in a Box: Fantagraphics Collect the First 18 Issues of Daniel Clowes’ Eightball

  Displacement by Lucy Knisley

You can listen to an interview with Lucy Knisley on NPR’s Fresh Air as she discusses her latest travelogue, Displacement

Listen here: ‘Displacement’: The Frustrations, Fears and Absurdities Of A Cruise Upended 

Arsène Schrauwen

Joe McCulloch reviews Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen in American Book Review, writing “This is a book of imagination and tale-telling.”

Read more: A Silly Clown  

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes – Video/Photo Slideshow

The Complete Eightball 1-18
by Daniel Clowes

560-page full color 7″ x 10.625″ hardcover
$119.99 | 978-1-60699-757-4

Ships in: May 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Before 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. Included are over 450 pages of vintage Clowes, including such seminal serialized graphic novels/strips/rants as “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” “Ghost World,” “Pussey,” “I Hate You Deeply,” “Sexual Frustration,” “Ugly Girls,” “Why I Hate Christians,” “Message to the People of the Future,” “Paranoid,” “My Suicide,” “Chicago,” “Art School Confidential,” “On Sports,” “Zubrick and Pogeybait,” “Hippypants and Peace-Bear,” “Grip Glutz,” “The Sensual Santa,” “Feldman,” “Glue Destiny,” and so many more, including many never reprinted before now.

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