Digital Hip Hop and More Backlist Titles

All good things must come to an end and today marks the digital release of the final monthly issue of Hip Hop Family Tree. Ed Piskor’s monthly examination into hip hop music is coming to an end today, but not going out without a bang. Issue #12 features a collaboration between Rick Rubin and LL…

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New Digital Releases from Piskor and Stein

Today we are proud to present new digital releases from two young artists on the cutting edge of comics — Ed Piskor and Leslie Stein. Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 4 continues Piskor’s award-winning, best-selling history of hip hop music. This new book charts the rise of Dr. Dre and Def Jam Records and introduces…

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Digital Comics by Piskor and Kelso

We’re unloading the new issue of Hip Hop Family Tree and a few Megan Kelso graphic novels digitally just for you this week! In issue #10 of Ed Piskor’s award-winning series Hip Hop Family Tree, the endlessly quoted graffiti documentary Style Wars gets lovingly dissected. Also, did you know Public Enemy were first the Spectrum…

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Preview the latest Hip Hop Family Tree Book Four and Box set, by…

Preview the latest Hip Hop Family Tree Book Four and Box set, by Ed Piskor.

Digital Goodness

We’ve got such a diverse array of digital releases today, there’s guaranteed to be something for everybody to connect with. Or, if you’re like us, you love them all! Plug those tablets in because here they are . . . Issue #9 of Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree marks a new era in rap…

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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.

Fantagraphics at TCAF 2015

Saturday, May 9th – Sunday, May 10th 
Toronto, ON

This weekend we head North to our majestic neighbor, Canada, for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Two full days of panels, exhibitors, events, and of course, comics art! We’ll be rocking it at tables 162, 163, and 164, surrounded by some of our favorite artists. On Saturday, doors open are open from 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday doors run from 11 AM – 5 PM. This event is FREE to the public! FREE. What else do you need to know? Well here’s some panels and guest info to entice you just in case.

 

Rocking the corner booth this year

Signing Schedule

Saturday, May 9th
10-11 Josh Simmons
11-1 Robert Goodin & Drew Weing
1-2 Simon Hanselmann
2-3 Lucy Knisley
3-4 Josh Simmons
4-5 Eleanor Davis 

Sunday, May 10th
11-12 Lorenzo Mattotti
12-1 Robert Goodin
1-2 Josh Simmons
2-3 Ed Piskor
3-4 Ed Luce  

                        Panels(Organized by day then room) Saturday  The Pilot11 AM – Spotlight: Lorenzo Mattotti
Join one of the masters of modern art comics, Lorenzo Mattotti (Hansel & Gretel, The Raven, Fires) in this career-spanning interview with Stephane Beaujean (Kaboom Magazine, Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinee d’Angouleme)  2:45 PM – Spotlight: Ed LuceModerator: Andrew Wheeler  4:00 PM – Comics Reportage in the Internet Age
Short, non-fiction reportage is making waves on the Internet in 2015. Short, sharp, personal comics pieces can get to the heart of an idea quickly and in a way that was previously only the domain of political gag cartoons. Eleri Harris, associate editor of The Nib, is joined by an incredible array of contemporary cartoonists including Jess Fink (Chester 5000), Dan Berry (Make  Then Tell), Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), and Jon Rosenberg (Scenes from a Multiverse) to discuss what it takes to make timely and relevant reportage on the Internet. Marriott 20012:15 PM – Gay Comics Art Japan with Gengoroh TagameGengoroh Tagame joins his publishers Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins of MASSIVE and Leyla Aker of Viz Media/SuBLime BL Manga, to talk about the crossover context of queer manga, the hidden wealth of gay manga and the availability and visibility of queer art in Japan today.
Moderator: Anne Ishii  Marriott 40012:15 PM – Art of the Travelogue
The comics form lends itself beautifully to carnets de voyage, documents of trips, times, and places. Meet five of the foremost authors working in this genre, covering important, unexpected, and incredible trips, in comics. Featuring Lucy Knisley (Displacement), Boulet (Notes), Abby Denson (Cool Japan Guide), Kate Lavut (CHiCO), Kate Beaton (Hark, A Vagrant!), and Oliver East (Trains Are…Mint). 
Moderated by Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading)  2:45 PM – Editorial Illustration While deceptively similar on the surface, comics and editorial illustration are two fields requiring different formal skill sets, creative attentions, and expressive uses. Acclaimed illustrators discuss the subtle nuances of working in one medium versus the other, and the effect of each on their professional careers. Featuign Penelope Bagieu, Eleanor Davis, and Kagan McLeod.
Moderated by Rachel Kahn   Sunday Learning Center 1
12 PM – Pressing the Limits of Representation
In this spirited conversation, contributors from every sphere of comics creation and discussion explor the limits and parameters of content in contemporary comics. With Professor Andrew Lesk (University of Toronto), Josh Simmons (House, Black River), C. Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler), Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly), and James Romberger (7 Miles a Second, The Late Child). 
Moderated by artist and writer Marguerite Van Cook (The Late Child) Marriott 20012:15 PM – In Conversation: Lucy Knisley and Penelope BagieuNorth American readers may not be familiar with the work of BD author Penelope Bagieu, but she’s taken the French comics world by storm with a mix of reality-infused graphic novels, travelogues, editorial illustrations and more. Far more familiar to North American teaders is Lucy Knisley, whose autobiography, memoir, travelogues and reportage have won her a huge fan base. Join these two creators in a special conversation moderated by Heidi MacDonald, as they explore the similarities in their work and travel, and the intersection of memoir and fiction.  2:45 PM – Spotlight on Eleanor DavisIllustrator and comics author Eleanor Davis is creating some of the most visually unique and expertly crafted comics short stories being produced today. Utterly unlike anything else in the medium, several of her short stories were collected into the critically acclaimed collection How To Be Happy from Fantagraphics Books at the end of 2014, the book topping many ‘best-of-the-year’ lists. Now, in this feature interview, Eleanor Davis will be interviewed on her work and career. Marriott 400  11:15 am – Spotlight on Charles BurnsModerated by Stephane Beaujean 12:15 PM – Charles Burns and Killoffer in ConversationModerated by Stephane Beaujean  4 PM – Spotlight on Simon Hanselmann! With Special Guests Michael DeForge and Patrick KyleTCAF is thrilled to welcome an Australian cartoonist who has taken the medium by storm: Simon Hanselmann! His Megg, Mogg, and Owl strips appear weekly in VICE Magazine, and the collections Megahex from Fantagraphics Books and Life Zone from Space Face Books have topped critics lists, and netted him two Ignatz Awards. In this special presentation, Simon Hanselmann will be joined by cartoonists and friends Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle, with whom he toured America for 16 weeks, and be interviewed by Stephane Beaujean (Kaboom, Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinee d’Angouleme). It’s going to be incredible. Hinton Learning Theatre 1 PM – Jason Lutes and Anders Nilsen in Conversation with R. SikoryakR. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) animated a conversation between Jason Lutes (Berlin) and Anders Nilsen (Poetry Is Useless) about the pressures and pleasures of negotiating caeers as artists while also teaching art to new generations. This wide-ranging conversation will offer new perspectives on their work, and reveal how generous and thoughtful Anders Nilsen, Jason Lutes, and R. Sikoryak are about their craft.  New Books  Black River  Josh Simmons will be signing copies of your new favorite post-apocalyptic dark comedy about a group of survivors and their dog traversing an unforgiving landscape The Kurdles  An all-ages debut book from Robert Goodin, The Kurdles is sweet with wonder and a charming cast of characters you won’t soon forget. Wuvable Oaf  Snag a copy of the hardest but cuddliest metal head you’ve ever seen. Looking for love in San Francisco, this gay rom-com is full of actualized characters that bring humor and heartbreak to life.