What’s in Store: Comix, Music and Misfit Lit

    Plan to spend your next couple Saturday evenings at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we present some of the most compelling artists on the planet. This Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 PM, join us in welcoming Jaime Hernandez back to the bookstore…

What’s in Store: A Sensational Spring at Fantagraphics Bookstore

Make plans to attend the many engaging events at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in the coming weeks and months. On Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 PM we welcome back Jamie Hernandez, one of the masters of contemporary comix. Join us for a casual recep…

Celebrate Fantagraphics Bookstore’s 11th Anniversary with Charles Forsman, Dame Darcy & Frank Young!

Time flies when you’re having fun! Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore to celebrate our 11th anniversary with an evening of comix, music and more on Saturday, December 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The festivities include guest appearances by Charles Forsman,…

Glorious Digital Books!

This week’s digital releases are crazy good and there’s plenty of them, so no time to waste . . . We’ll kick off this week with Love and Rockets Vol. IV #3. The Locas girls’ punk reunion has come to a close, but the evening has just begun. The Animus situation has gotten out of…

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New Digital Love and Rockets . . . and more!

Jaime and Gilbert are back with another brand-new issue of the pure excellence they can only bring to this fallen world. Also, some more backlist titles! The new issue of Love and Rockets picks up right where #1 left off. Over on Jaime’s side, it’s La Llorona’s turn to hit the stage at the punk…

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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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Re/Read: Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge

Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid examining backlist books you may have missed or merit another look. This time we’ll focus on Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge. A generation of comix enthusiasts came of age following the foibles of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable…

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Re/Read: Love and Rockets: The Covers

   Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid looking back at books you may have missed or merit more attention. This time we’ll discuss the alluring imagery in Love and Rockets: The Covers by Los Bros Hernandez. The colorful covers of early Love and Rockets comic books by Gilbert,…

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What’s in Store: 40 Years of Comics As Art

  Fantagraphics Books commemorates its 40th anniversary with a series of talks, exhibitions, book signings, performances, and parties celebrating four decades of publishing the world’s greatest contemporary cartoonists. The impressive record of accomplishment and immeasurable influence of this Seattle-based enterprise are chronicled in the new book, We Told You So: Comics as Art, An Oral…

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Digital Releases: New Love and Rockets and more!

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for Love and Rockets and heralds in a collection of one of punk rock’s best artists—all on your tablets and personal reading devices! Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are back with brand-new stories in Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1! You get Maggie and Hopey! You get Princess…

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LOVE AND ROCKETS: THE MAGAZINE returns!Gilbert and Jaime…

LOVE AND ROCKETS: THE MAGAZINE returns!Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez to revive their beloved series.Get all the details on the Flog:http://fantagraphics.com/flog/love-rockets-magazine-returns/

LOVE AND ROCKETS: THE MAGAZINE returns!Gilbert and Jaime…

LOVE AND ROCKETS: THE MAGAZINE returns!Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez to revive their beloved series.Get all the details on the Flog:http://fantagraphics.com/flog/love-rockets-magazine-returns/

Panels from Love and Rockets. What are you lucky comics?

Panels from Love and Rockets. What are you lucky comics?

What’s in Store: Free Comic Book Cake

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, May 7. We’ll be passing out free copies of a Love & Rockets sampler ahead of this summer’s reboot of the classic comic as a quarterly series. Come rediscover the beloved book that launched the alternative comix movement. Speaking of beloved…    …

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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.

CAKE Bake Auction

Saturday, April 25th

Chicago, IL – A strong comics community exists in Chicago, and for the third year in a row it’s banding together again for the annual fundraiser to support CAKE or, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. This year features a delicious lineup of artists auctioning off original works during a silent and live bidding, with all proceeds going to this year’s CAKE.

Doors at No Nation open at 7 PM, and the show begins at 8 with performances by John Porcellino, Sarah Heymann, Ben Marcus and auctioneer Lyra Hill. There’ll also be music by El is a Sound of Joy. Admission starts with a $5 suggestion, but a full $20 donation will enter the individual into a raffle for prizes from Bred PressGraham CrackersQuimby’s and Spudnik Press

The live auction will feature 20-30 pieces of beautiful work that has been donated by Chicago artists such as Lane MilburnLilli CarreIvan Brunetti and Anders Nilsen.

(Lilli Carre and Lane Milburn)

All the proceeds from the auction go right back into the event, making it possible for the organization to bring out special guests and create programming and workshops. This years special guests include Jaime HernandezGilbert HernandezEleanor Davis, and Dash Shaw

CAKE takes places June 6th-7th, and this FREE show is open to the public from 11 AM-6 PM. More details about Fantagraphics at CAKE to come! In the meantime, consider making a stop at CAKE Bake this Saturday, and get loaded up on excellent art treats that’ll satisfy more than just a sweet tooth.


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…

March Booklist Reviews

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

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 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

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, …

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