Fantagraphics Spring/Summer 2014 from The Amateur to Witzend

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Over on the Flog Blog as part of their Kickstarter effort, Fantagraphics has been spotlighting a bunch of books from their Spring-Summer 2014 line-up. To say it’s awesome is an understatement. Lots of stretch goals have been added including prints, soap and beer. Something for everyone. Here’s a cover gallery of the upcoming titles, …to […]

Gift Guide: Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

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Since all the Santa’s are in the stores and it’s christmas carols non stop already, I might as well start posting my book rec’s as a GFT GUIDE. But Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson is a perfect gift for a fan of illustration and golden age comics and humor […]

Fantagraphics launches $150,000 Kickstarter for Spring 2014 line; already nearly 1/3rd of the way there

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Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the greatest comics ever, hopes to publish more of them in next year’s line, but the death of co-founder Kim Thompson in June has left some problems, both with managing the line and cash flow; the books Kim was working on as publisher and translator had to be delayed and that has left them with a budget shortfall.

So what does a gal have to do to get into The Comics Journal anyway?

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Over 1578 pages of material, the last three issues of The Comics Journal included 11 pages by or about women cartoonists. Is this exclusion hurting diversity in comics or just the dying breath of pap pap comics?

Review: Dash Shaw’s New School is Pretty “Artsy” Stuff

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I find Dash Shaw’s work to be strangely invigorating. I admit I had some reservations when I first saw the daunting heft of his Bottomless Belly Button, with its absurdly extended passage of a man running and profusely sweating, drawn in a style so crunchy that it makes Gary Panter look slick. The idea that all we cartoonists must now draw books that are at least three inches thick and that take several years of deprivation to accomplish thanks to the efforts of obviously dedicated workhorses such as Shaw and Craig Thompson was not a pretty one. But I was eventually to resign myself to this new order.

Chuck Forsman’s TEOTFW being adapted into video series in the UK

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I don’t know why this news hasn’t been picked up at every entertainment blog everywhere. A comic book has been optioned for a live action “tv” show. Actually not just optioned: THE SHOW IS IN PRODUCTION! And PHOTOS OF THE STARS ARE ONLINE. Granted, there are a few quirks that make this news somehow less […]

Preview: Love and Rockets New Stories #6

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What was that we were saying about Fall shaping up? Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 is coming out in October, and will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. Pre-orders from the above link get two special Los. Bros mini-comics. Since relaunching Love and Rockets with New Stories, a single thick volume released yearly, […]

What Should You Buy In August? Seth, Doran, Gillen and more

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August! New month, more comics, ’nuff excitement. We have a shuftie round and picked out the comics we’re looking forward to this month:   Jessica Lee: PALOOKAVILLE #21 SETH With an appearance slated for September’s SPX, Seth’s long awaited PALOOKAVILLE #21 couldn’t come out at a better time. With a promised extended continuation of the […]

Here’s All Our News from SDCC in One Place

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One of the things heard most frequently this weekend online was ‘why is there no comic news coming out of SDCC’? You mean aside from the masses and masses of comics news which came out of the convention, right? The Beat covered basically every single comics company you can imagine, and we’ve still got a […]

SDCC’13: Heidi’s Sunday Podcast with Fantagraphics, Rick Geary and more.

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Live from San Diego Comic-Con, it’s More To Come! Heidi’s podcast from Publishers Weekly Comics World brings you special coverage from San Diego Comic Con. Interviews fresh from the convention floor, with new episodes daily during the con! In today’s episode,  Heidi interviews Eric Reynolds, associate publisher of Fantagraphics, on reconnecting with the market, and […]

Fantagraphics are the new home for Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey

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It’s back to our old pal Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter, for the news that Fantagraphics are preparing a collection of Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey character for later this year.

Fantagraphics to Publish an Eleanor Davis Collection in 2014

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As revealed today by Tom Spurgeon on The Comics Reporter, Fantagraphics will be publishing a collection of short stories from Eleanor Davis into a book for 2014 release.

SDCC ’13: Fantagraphics boldly selling comics at Comic-Con!

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Bucking the odds, Fantagraphics will be selling new, wonderful comics at  Booth #1718. If past years any any indication, here you will find the cohorts of Team Comics crouching under a bunker as Big Bang Theory shrapnel whizzes over head. But you will be able to buy COMICS.COMICS I SAY. I have stolen the text […]

Thinking about Kim Thompson, life and death

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(Photo from and © American Virus) When I moved to Los Angeles in the 80s, I lived in West Hollywood at the height of the AIDS crisis. I was a sheltered young woman without much in the way of life experience, but I was to get it in a hurry. My neighbors were dying like […]

RIP Kim Thompson

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Photo by Lynn Emmert. Fantagraphics co-founder and industry titan Kim Thompson has lost his battle with lung cancer. A statement was released below, but I am crying as I type this, as are so many of you reading this. The news was not unexpected, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Kim was one of […]

It’s time for a Peter Bagge retrospective

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A two part conversation between Peter Bagge (Hate, Reset) and Zak Sally at TCJ.com plants the flag on the idea that Bagge’s achievements need a reassessment: His editorship of Weirdo followed by Neat Stuff followed by Hate was a run pretty much unparalleled in comics– maybe a handful were as good, but you could count […]