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…

Re/Read: Four Color Fear

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 feature Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s. The sensational success of EC horror comics in midcentury America gave rise to a multitude of imitators….

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What’s in Store: Wood Work

The enduring influence of the late Wallace Wood can’t be overstated. From his work at EC, MAD, Marvel, and beyond, Wood left an indelible mark on American culture that resonates to this day. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the legacy of this amazing artist through February 9. Wallace Wood came to prominence with his work…

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Re/Read: Like a Dog by Zak Sally

Re/Read is a periodic feature by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid that examines backlist books you may have missed or are worthy of another read. I recently had a conversation with Fantagraphics editorial assistant (and Yeti Press publisher) R. J. Casey where we discussed our mutual admiration for pioneering small press publisher, musician, educator, and…

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What’s in Store: The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood on January 14

   Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 14 as we celebrate one of midcentury America’s most influential artists. The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood debuts with an exhibition and slide talk by J. Michael Catron. Wallace Wood was among the most prolific and diverse artists of his era. His work included…

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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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Digital Releases by Hanks, Luce, and Wood

Fletcher Hanks, Ed Luce, and Wally Wood make up our digital dream team this week. They are also accompanied by some rather risqué backlist titles. Here we go . . . Fletcher Hanks was the first great comic book auteur: he wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered all his stories between 1939 and 1941. Whether it’s…

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Digital Feels Good, Man

Action! Adventure! Romance! Drugs! This week’s digital releases have it all and the artists span several generations of brilliant cartooning. Turn on those tablets because here’s what’s going digital today: Boy’s Club is Matt Furie’s deadpan comics showcase featuring roommates Andy, Brett, Landwolf, and the infamous Pepe in a series of hilarious vignettes combining laconic…

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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