Re/Read: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics

Re/Read is a regular feature by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid drawing attention to backlist books you may have missed or deserve another look. This time we’ll discuss No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall. Comics frequently play a prominent role in social justice movements. Such is the…

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What’s in Store: Ed Luce at Fantagraphics Bookstore on January 7

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as Bay Area artist Ed Luce presents his latest comix collection, Wuvable Oaf: Blood & Metal. Luce chronicles the adventures of Oaf Jadwiga, a gay former wrestler looking for love in unlikely places. The oversized Oaf lives in The…

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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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Ask your local comic book shop to order these titles by Monday,…

Ask your local comic book shop to order these titles by Monday, May 16! Give your comic shop retailer the Diamond order codes under each title.

Don’t forget to add ongoing titles to your pull list so you never miss an issue!

Find your local comic book shop at findacomicshop.com or comicshoplocator.com.

New Comics Wednesday: Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce

264 pages – black and white w/color – 7″x 10.5″ – hardcover
$29.99 – 978-1-60699-816-8 

Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of lonliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifinakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.  

Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindscore band, Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyon’s heart. 

Praise for Oaf:

“Wuvable Oaf is definitely a book you’ll want to eat up” – Paste Magazine

“It’s a great comic. It’s well drawn, and the dialogue and story are grounded, believable and really damn funny…” – Topless Robot

“…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.” – Patrick Reed Comics Alliance

Wuvable Oaf on comiXology!

Ed Luce‘s debut graphic novel is finally here!
Let us introduce you to the Wuvable Oaf: a large, hairy, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties. This collection follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal / queercore / progressive disco band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the sordid pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Love and Rockets, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests and all the accompanying levity and loneliness that come with them.
After decades of romance comics featuring boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some real insight into man-loves-man. You can read Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories on your own personal reading device for only $22.99.
“Whether you’re gay/straight/something in between, I think you’ll find yourself rooting for the Oaf and his quest for somebody to wuv.” — Whitney Matheson, USA Today

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.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/5-5/11

Tuesday, May 5th

Minneapolis, MN – Black River has been rattling bones up and down the coast with its release. Which means it’ll fit right in at Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis tonight! This volunteer run book store and community space is the bees knees, and we’re so excited that they’re hosting Josh Simmons and 2D Cloud’s Nic Breutzman for a signing that will begin at 7 PM. 

Wednesday, May 6th

Dubuque, IA – Party town USA just happens to by Dubuque, Iowa. Don’t believe me? Just look at that poster by Victor CayroMonks Kaffee is throwing a comics rager in honor of Josh Simmons and Black River. They’ll be joined by guests Becca Kacanda and Victor Cayro, and special music guests. In addition to signing books, there’ll be a screening of three short films by Josh. Festivities kick off around 9 PM!

Thursday, May 7th

New York, NY – What can I say that this amazing poster hasn’t already said? I’ll just throw my 2 cents in by telling you that if you have the ability to go to any of these events, do it! From 6-8 PM at the publishing non-profit, Printed MatterEd Luce will be signing copies of the Wuvable Oaf collection. Printed Matter feels like a New York institution, which is of course why they’re moving to a bigger and better location. This will be one of the last times to catch them in their original spot, and what a great send off to have Luce and Oaf there to celebrate!

New York, NY – Ed will also be a guest at the Queers & Comics Conference at CUNY. This $40 two-day conference features a line up of amazing academic panels and special guests. In addition to Luce some of the other guests include: Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, James RombergerMarguerite Van CookTrina RobbinsJustin Hall, and Ellen Forney. The history and intersection of comics and queers is fascinating, and this conference covers the past, present, and future of the two.

Seattle, WA – The University Bookstore is going MAD tonight as they host author and historian Bill Schelly. He’ll be giving a reading and signing of his newest doorstoping biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America. Some of the best book events I’ve been to happen at U Books, so if you give any hoots about history, comedy, or comics, you’ll want to get there at 7 PM and pick up this comprehensive guide to the life of legendary Harvey Kurtzman. 

Chicago, IL – Next stop for Josh Simmons and his wayward books is Quimby’s! One of the finest independent bookstores the midwest has to offer, Quimby’s will will open it’s doors to Black River and its creator. If you find yourself Chicago bound, or maybe you live there already, get on over to Quimby’s at 7 PM to get a signed copy of Black River, a dope black light poster, a beautiful print, and a look of approval from your father, the one you’ve always wanted.  

Saturday, May 9th – Sunday, May 10th

Toronto, ON – All weekend long our great neighbors to the North will be hosting the annual Toronto Comic Art Festival, or TCAF, at the awesome Toronto Reference Library. And Fantagraphics will be on hand to sell you books, say nice things about your hair, and give you high-fives (but mostly sell you books). Check out our full breakdown of Fanta at TCAF, with our signing schedule, where you can see our artists on panels, and where to find us. This event is FREE to the public!

Monday, May 11th

Dearborn, MI – The good times continue to roll this week with a stop at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan on the Black River tour. If you can’t get to the mind-altering post-apocalyptic comics, then get the mind-altering post-apocalyptic comics to come to you! Beginning at 5:30 PM, they’ll be showing Josh’s hand crafted films, with the signing to immediately follow.  

 

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.  

 

   

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 

NYC: Queers & Comics Conference

May 7th-8th

New York, NY – Queers and comics are combining forces and heading to NYC for a two day Queers & Comics conference at CUNY  that will offer two days of panels, workshops, presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art; sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS). The history of queers in comics is long and rich, producing some of the most groundbreaking cartoonists of the past 40 years. From punk zines sold in queer bookstores and cafes, and now to the stage of Broadway, queer comics have been as diverse as those making them. Which makes this conference an important venue to continue the understanding and creation of queer stories. 

Keynote presentations from Howard Cruse and Allison Bechdel, and speical guest Gengorah Tagame headline this event, while 100’s of cartoonists and scholars from all over the world come together and present to an eager audience of publishers, editors, academics, and readers alike. 

Some panel highlights that feature Fantagraphics artists include:

May 7th
9-10:45 AM Porn This Way: Male Sexuality in Queer Comics with moderator Justin Hall
 11:45-1:15 PM Gengorah Tagame in Conversation with Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins
4:15-6 PM Drawing Out Queerness: Artists and Scholars in Conversation with Justin Hall
4:15-6 PM Queer Politics, Agit-Pop & Editorial Comics: Comics as an Eyewitness with James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook

May 8th
11-12:45 PM To Be Continued: Serialized Comics with Ed Luce
11-12:45 PM Wonder Woman: And Beyond with Trina Robbins
4:15-6 PM Wet and Sticky: Female Sexuality in Queer Comics with Ellen Forney

 

Registration for the event is open to the public, and has several different levels of prices, including FREE if you’re a member of CLAGS, or a low income option. 

The level of talent as this conference is one for the books, and a testament to the enduring power of art as a vehicle for change. Don’t miss this event! 

Wuvable Oaf Tour 2015: East Coast Edition

A tour of oaf proportions is the only fitting way to celebrate the imminent release of the epic Wuvable Oaf collection, by the one and only, Ed Luce. You may have caught glimpses of him if you’re a frequenter of Seattle or Portland, but now the East Coast and back is about to get some wuv!

New York

May 7th – Printed Matter
Printed Matter, Inc. is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books. Through their open submission policy, they circulate over 32,000 books annually, and provide numerous educational resources to publishing newbies and veterans alike. We’re honored that they’re hosting the New York release of Oaf. Ed will be signing from 6-8 PM, with copies of the beautiful beast on hand!

May 7th & 8th – Queers & Comics
If you’re at all interetsted in the history, the LGBTQ rights, comics culture, and anything inbetween, you must check out the Queers & Comics conference. Ed Luce, amongst many other notable cartoonists and figures, will be engaging in panels and presentations about the intersection, the history, and the business of queers and comics. 

Toronto, ON

May 9th & 10th – TCAF
Toronto Comics and Art Fest boasts some formidible guests at this year’s convention, including a number of Fanta artists. But we understand if a big reason you head to this FREE show is to catch up with featured guest, Ed Luce. TCAF is seeing the premier Canadian release of Wuvable Oaf. A full breakdown of the signing schedule, panels, and tables is forthcoming!

Check back on Flog for tour updates, including the next stretch of Oaf dates! 

 

 

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce – Photoset Preview

Wuvable Oafby Ed Luce264-page black & white with color 7″ x 10.5″ hardcover$29.99 | 978-1-60699-816-8Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here…

This Week in Fanta Events 3/26-3/29

arcane

Thursday, March 26th

Seattle, WA – Yikes! How many people can one comic book shop fit into their rafters? And how many more signs can they put on their door to let you know that this place is where it’s at on Thursday? Arcane Comics in the Ballard neighborhood is kicking off ECCC with a who’s who lineup of guests and fans. Some of these oh so special comic celebs are Ed Piskor and Ed Luce! Piskor has just wrapped Hip Hop Family Tree Vol 3, and Mr. Luce is debuting the super-sized, and super awe inspiring Wuvable Oaf collection in beautiful hardcover. Other faces you might want to see here will be Farel Dalrymple, Simon Roy, Alexis Ziritt, and Nick Pitarra (just to name a few). Head on over at 6 PM where you come for the comics, and stay for the Don Lucho’s foodtruck! (More Details)

eccc fanta

Friday, March 27th

Seattle, WA – It’s finally here. The little Seattle comic show that could. In just over a decade the Emerald City Comicon  has grown into the third largest comic convention in the U.S, and boasts the largest artist’s alley. We’re set up at the best table you’ll ever see, with the best creators you’ll ever meet. Today some of those creators include: Lucy Knisley, Ed Luce, Don Rosa and Ed Piskor. For our full signing schedule and breakdown of panels, check out (More Details)

Seattle, WA – If comic conventions aren’t your thing, but still love the books, mosey on over to Elliot Bay Books for a Lucy Knisley signing and presentation about her latest releases, An Age of License, and Displacement. The reading starts at 7 PM at my favorite Seattle bookstore, and it won’t be the same without you there! (More Details)

NYC – Continuing his NYC tour, Jiraiya will be stopping by Buearu of General Services – Queer Division for a talk and signing beginning at 7 PM. Hosted by the LGBT Community Center, The Buearu is a cultural center, bookstore, and event space that strives to protect and foster community. The Massive team fits right in to that ethos as they draw attention to and celebrate the life changing genre of gay manga, that’s captured in the Massive anthology. (More Details)

lucce poster

Saturday, March 28th

Seattle, WA – If that beautiful Frank and Becky guidebook cover doesn’t get you to come to the Washington State Convention Center for the second day of Emerald City Comicon, then what hope do we have for humanity? Oh yeah, the amazing lineup of guests and panels and books we’re hosting at the Fantagraphics table! With new releases like Wuvable Oaf and the Angry Youth Comix collection that are bound to astound, you’re out of excuses as to why you shouldn’t get your tookis to booth 308. (More Details

Los Angeles, CA – California is hot, and full of hot jazz. Boogy down on some of that hot jazz when you stop by Book Soup for the release of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz and Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980. Author Pat Thomas, and subject Les McCann will both be there tonight for a roundtable discussion of music and photography, while DJ Adam Dorn spins cool tunes. History buffs, music buffs, photography buffs, this is your night! 5 PM! (More Details

NYC – There’s a Jiraiya double whammy today! First, he and designer Chip Kidd give a presentation at the SVA ampitheatre with a live Q&A followed by a signing. The SVA has kickstarted many careers, and is the perfect setting for this free and open to the public event as they discuss Jiraiya’s photo-realistic work, beginning at 3 PM. Please, no photography.          Can’t make it to the SVA? No problem! All around cool clothing/fashion/accessory store Opening Ceremony will continue their tradition of being stewards of travel when they host Jiraiya for a reception and signing of Massive. The artist behind many of the clothing items sold by Massive, Jiraiya’s notable products are right at home with Opening Ceremony. Stop by between 6-7 PM for your last chance to meet the man beofre he travels back to Japan. (More Details)

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Sunday, March 29th

Seattle, WA – Today is your last chance to fangirl/boy out on our lovely creators here at ECCC. On deck for Sunday includes signings at the Fantagraphics booth 308 with: KnisleyPiskor, and Rosa, and FOUR different panels where you can find Fanta artists and staffers alike sharing their well-spring of knowledge on the comics biz. These panels cover topics from cartooning school, to turning your passion into a career, and how to run your own freelance business successfully! (spoiler: it involves a lot of finance spreadsheeting). Get the dates and times to your future here (More Details)

Fantagraphics at ECCC 2015

Emerald City Comicon
Emerald City ComiCon is on the horizon and we’re ecstatic to have so many special guests this year with fantastic new books, guests, panels about the books, cartoonists, the biz and even one on Fantagraphics’ fantastic book design! Washington State Convention Center is the place to be on Friday, March 27th – Sunday, March 29th you can find all of the great comics at booth 308! Our debut books include the following:

Wuvable Oaf
 • Wuvable Oaf  by Ed Luce The texceptionally hairy ex-wrestler Oaf lives in San Francisco, taking care of his 27 cats while looking for romance in the City by the Bay. Wuvable Oaf is a unique romance story and artist Ed Luce’s debut graphic novel; delivering laughs, sweet romance, and a diverse cast of characters-both human and feline. Out in Stores: April 2015 $29.99

Johnny 
• 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 $49.99Violent Girls • 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

Pixilated Parrot

• Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “The Pixelated Parrot”  by Carl Barks Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laugh-out-loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance. Donald gives Uncle Scrooge a parrot for his birthday, but the feathered troublemaker escapes with the combination to Scrooge’s safe holding “ninety tons of money.” Hijinks ensue as Donald and his nephews set off on an unexpected adventure to recover the lovesick bird. Out in Stores: May 2015 $29.99

Sheriff of Bullet Valley
• Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck by Carl Barks When a passel of extra-sneaky, extra-ornery high-tech cattle rustlers strikes the good citizens of Bullet Valley, Donald Duck bravely dons a badge to become the “Sheriff of Bullet Valley.” This is the second entry in our new line of affordable kid-friendly Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure. Out in Stories: April 2015 $9.99

Casey at the Bat
• 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. 

Rosa Knisley

Fantagraphics Table Signing Schedule
Friday
11-12 Lucy Knisley
12-2 Ed Luce
2-3 Don Rosa
5-6 Ed Piskor

Saturday 
12-1 Ed Piskor
1-2 Don Rosa
3-5 Ed Luce
5-6 Lucy Knisley

Sunday 
11-1 Lucy Knisley
1-2 Don Rosa
3-4 Ed Piskor
ECCC eds 

WHERE can you find us? Why at booth 308. 

ECCC
Fantagraphics is proud to be on a sh&*#$&(ton of panels at ECCC this year. Here they are in all their glory. 

FRIDAY PANELS

High Res and Lo-Fi: Music and Comics
Friday, March 27th 3:50pm
Hall E (TCC 303)
Cartoonists Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Love and Rockets publisher and editor Eric Reynolds plus local radio station’s book blogger Chris Estey will talk about the relationship between music and comics: rhythm, timing, style, zeitgeist, and more.

Carl Barks and Don Rosa: Duck Tales
Friday, March 27th, 6:00pm
Hall C (TCC 301)
Join Fantagraphics’s Gary Groth, J. Michael Catron, Mike Baehr as they talk about Carl Barks and Don Rosa, WITH Don Rosa, who created characters and adventures that have thrilled and delighted audiences of all ages, worldwide, for more than half a century.

SATURDAY PANELS

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD
Saturday, March 28th 4:30pm         
Hall B (WSCC 602-603)
Bill Schelly has written the first biography of the creator of MAD magazine, Harvey Kurtzman. Kurtzman is not only a seminal figure in American humor a major influence on The Simpsons, Stephen Colbert, Judd Apatow, Conan O’Brien, and many others. Publisher and editor Gary Groth (Fantagraphics, The Comics Journal), book editor Kristy Valenti and Schelly will have a discussion about Kurtzman’s legacy, his life, and the new book. *Panel attendees will receive a coupon for Harvey Kurtzman for in-store purchase at our Georgetown store!

SUNDAY PANELS

Comics Education: The Past Ten Years
Sunday, March 29th, 11:50AM
Hall E (TCC 303)
2015 will be the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center for Cartoon Studies. In that time Institute graduates have gone on to become educators themselves, and new comics education programs have popped up across the country. CCS Alumni Melanie Gillman, Beth Hetland, Jen Vaughn and Colleen Frakes will discuss the current state of comics education, the pros and cons of a degree in comics, as well as the program options available across the country for interested students and teachers.

Hire Me! From Comics Fan to Comic Professional
Sunday, March 29th at 12:30pm.
Hall D (TCC 302)
Every day, behind the scenes people like editors, designers, marketers, even programmers work hard to make sure the comics you love get from the creator hands to your hands. Now’s your chance to learn how these comics luminaries and tastemakers got their start. Join David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO) and a panel of outstanding comics professionals like Hank Kanalz (SVP Vertigo & Integrated Publishing at DC Entertainment), Michael Martz (Executive Editor at Marvel Comics), Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books, Director of Publicity & Promotions), Jen Vaughn (Fantagraphics Books, Marketing and Events Manager) and Christine Dinh (BOOM! Studios Brand Communications Manager) as they impart the knowledge you need to get your foot in the door and become a comics industry rock star.

Bad Ass Business Lady
Sunday, March, 29th 2:10PM 
Hall G (TCC 305)
You did it! You became a business lady! Now join a panel discussion of becoming your true form: a bad ass business lady. Leveled up comics pros Marissa Louise, Georgia Webber, Jen van Meter, Jen Vaughn and Gwendolyn Lynch will discuss saying ‘no’ and meaning it, how to stop fearing the IRS, special deductions, promotions and benefits, effective self promotion, and the ultimate topic: work life balance.

By Design: Fantagraphics Books
Sunday, March 29th 4pm
Hall C (TCC 301)
Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books (The Complete Peanuts, Ghost World) is world renowned for its innovative (and often imitated) book design. Publisher Gary Groth, graphic designers Jacob Covey, Tony Ong, and Keeli McCarthy will talk about the challenges inherent in visually interpreting narrative art, translating archival comics into today’s marketplace, and more.

Luce
There are also some parties a-going on so don’t forget to check out the crazy parties happening.  Two of our cartoonists with hot and fresh comics out will be at a Pre-ECCC bash called The 2015 Comic Book All-Star Party at Acrane Comics. Ed Luceof Wuvable Oaf and Ed Piskor of Hip Hop Family Tree will be blowing up the neighborhood of Ballard signing comics and books. Arcane will keep you refreshed with free Hillard’s beer and there will be a food truck on site, Don Lucho’s—oooh, I can taste it now! Thursday, March 26th at 6pm at 5809 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

The number of guests hits at least 20-30 people for this blow out: Ed Luce, Ed Piskor, Farel Dalrymple, Alexis Ziritt, Simon Roy, Matt Southworth, Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas, Andrew MacLean, Paul Maybury and many many more! 

Funny, there’s other event that is all women (or will be) that is in the AM and non-alcohol-fueled! The Joon Mixer for Kickass Women:

Women in Comics 

A casual networking event for women & women identifying in comics. “Remember your business cards for a chance to win a chocolate dragons egg from Truffle Cottage, graphic novels from Fantagraphics, or a ‘Comics Are For Everyone’ T-shirt from NW Press. Refreshments and door prizes courtesy of donors.” Saturday March 28th 9:00 AM to 11:00 Beer Garden,WSCC Level 1 (near the Union Street entrance) (Non-alcoholic event)

We’re so looking foward to all the cool comics, fans and fun this weekend! See you all there at booth 308!

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce – Video/Photo Slideshow

Wuvable Oaf
by Ed Luce

264-page black & white with color 7″ x 10.5″ hardcover
$29.99 | 978-1-60699-816-8

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

Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.

Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.

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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, …

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce – First Look

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce - Cover

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce - Back Cover

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce - Inside Page

Grab your leather jacket and the nearest cat, and plop yourself down to enjoy this first look at our advance copies of Wuvable Oaf! The books are gorgeous to behold with their bright pink exterior, cover overflowing with cats, and featuring our most wuvable protagonist. The generous page size really lets you see every individual hair on Oaf’s chest and shows off the bold linework of artist Ed Luce.

And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ve also got a limited edition dust jacket and slipcased version personally designed by Ed Luce and our own Mike Baehr. It’s the What the Fuzz Edition, featuring some exquisite spot flocking and foil stamped nipples, with all the original Wuvable Oaf covers on the slipcase cover.

Our book page has all our pre-order info, including the option to purchase this unique limited edition box set. Get yours today for an April delivery!

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce - What the Fuzz Limited Edition