This Week in Fanta Events 4/1-4/4

Thursday, April 2nd

Los Angeles, CA – Money does indeed rule everything around me, so you need to get yourself to the Cash Machine art show that opens tomorrow night. The list of people exhibiting their art/zines/selves at this group show is top notch, and some highlights include artists like Brendan Donnelly and the Fantagraphics creator, Leah Hayes! Author of Funeral of the Heart and Holy Moly. Her new book Not Funny Ha-Ha will be out this June. Opening night runs from 7-10 PM. I hear Thursdays are the new Friday, making this opening reception (with after-party across the street) your perfect starter to the weekend. You don’t want to be the only one NOT showing up to work on Friday with a hangover. 

Friday, April 3rd

Los Angeles, CA – Our lovely friends at The Secret Headquarters are hosting a one-of-a-kind original art exhibition and reception to highlight the beautiful work of the talented Robert Goodin. Known previously for his animation work and various Mome contributions, Goodin is releasing his first graphic novel release with the desinnee all-ages book, The Kurdles. This night only! he’ll be selling original painted pages from the book. The exhibit will run until April 30th, but you’ll want to prep your peepers for it’s release in several weeks time. Reception begins at 7 PM! (More Details

Saturday, April 4th

Fairfax, CA – The inspiring and influential cartoonist MK Brown is gracing the Fairfax library with her presence and her work with an opening reception from 2-4 PM. Come celebrate her career while peering into work that has left impressions on notable creators like Mike Judge (Beevis and Butthead). Stranger than Life is the first ever collection of MK Brown’s cartoons and comics that have appeared in The National Lampoon, The New Yorker, and Playboy. A percentage of all book sales during the reception will directly contribute to Friends of the Fairfax Library, benefiting fellow readers and your funny bone. (More Details)

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 

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 

New Comics Wednesday: The Kurdles by Robert Goodin

 

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin

60-page full color 8.75″ x 12″ hardcover 

$24.99 | 978-1-60699-832-8 

 

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 while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of a crisis; their forest house has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! The creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away! 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. 

In comic book shops now! Click here to find a store near you and confirm availability.

This Week’s Press Highlights

Fantagraphics Books and artists have been featured in Rolling Stone, Playboy, The Atlantic, Boing Boing and more this week. Check out some selections below.
“After reading Josh Simmons’ Black River I had to read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and watch Requiem for a Dream to cheer myself up.”Read More at Boing Boing
“Simmons renders his tale in a blunt, almost primitive visual style; the ink-drenched darkness mirrors the unrelenting blackness of his vision.”—Booklist, May 15, 2015 print magazine 
Praise for Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
“Is revolutionized too strong? No way. Kurtzman was, in the words of Art Spiegelman, “a goddamn national treasure.”—Playboy, Book of the Month, May 2015 print edition
“The unsung genius of modern satire”—Rolling Stone magazine, May 7, 2015 print edition 
“Exhaustively researched.”Read more at The Atlantic

“The Kurdles is a story for all ages with plenty of fun, weirdness and childhood innocence that captivates your imagination and jolts you with some of that nostalgic wonderment that made childhood so grand.” Read more at AiPT!, Indie Comic Corner
“Goodin fills each panel with cinematic, hand-painted scenes that, while certainly for kids, are slightly eerie.”—Booklist, May 15, 2015 print magazine

“ANGRY YOUTH COMIX is an incredibly successful comic.”Read more at This Is Infamous

“The biggest stars in black music have been gathered together in this very handsomely designed and informative coffee table book… adept at vividly capturing musicians and political figures in revealing off the cuff moments”Review of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 in JAZZ WISE (UK) April 2015 print magazine 

“A triumphant comeback.” Review of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks in Knack Focus print magazine (Belgium) 

Now in Stock: The Kurdles by Robert Goodin

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

The Kurdles
by Robert Goodin

60-page full color 8.75″ x 12″ hardcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-832-8

See Previews / Order Now

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 while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of a crisis; their forest house has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! The creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away! 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.

The Kurdles and Angry Youth on comiXology

Whether you are closer to infant or infantile, we’ve got you covered this week at comiXology!
First up is the release of Robert Goodin’s The Kurdles.Kurdlesipadcover.jpg
In the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is a comic for both parents and children spiced with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, a place in the midst of a peculiar crises; the inhabitants’ forest home has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! Can the creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away? Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel. Capture the imagination on your own personal reading device for only $17.99!
Shifting from “all age” to “all rage”, we are also proud to present Johnny Ryan’s Angry Youth Comix.angryyouthcomixipad.jpg
Johnny Ryan‘s utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when comics are growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan’s career-defining series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. Get your screen-scrolling (or nose-picking) finger ready because you can have the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, all for $26.99 at comiXology.