Dennis the Menace – Introduction by Brian Walker

This introduction is reprinted in its entirety from Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace 1951-1952, the first volume in our comprehensive collection of Dennis the Menace daily strips. This volume is available in a handsome, brick-like hardcover and, now, an affordable softcover edition. {product_snapshot:id=1483,true,false,true,left} One afternoon, in October 1950, Hank Ketcham was working on a cartoon for The Saturday Evening Post when he heard a commotion coming from the bedroom area of his new home in Carmel, California. His wife Alice suddenly burst into the studio and exclaimed, “Your son is a MENACE!” Four-year-old Dennis Lloyd Ketcham, who was supposed…

Pocket Full of Rain by Jason – Introduction by James Sturm

{product_snapshot:id=1484,true,false,true,left} MY FIRST INTRODUCTION to the work of the Norwegian cartoonist known only as Jason was a four-page story he drew for Comix 2000, an international collection of pantomime comics. Out of all of the works in this massive anthology (the title was also its page count and year of publication) it was Jason’s four pages that proved most memorable. The story begins with a bird/human hobo coming upon a bed in the woods. Though a bit surprised, the hobo nevertheless stops to sleep. As he slumbers, two death-faced humanoid birds construct a proper bedroom around the slumbering hobo then…

Rebel Visions – Multimedia Features (Video & Audio)

We are pleased to present the following multimedia features relating to Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz, now available in a new, revised and expanded softcover edition. All items are courtesy the author. Below, a promotional video trailer for the original hardcover edition, produced by the author in 2003, featuring video and audio interviews with Gilbert Shelton, R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Williams and Justin Green: The following video presents footage of a book signing and reading, in conjunction with an exhibit of original Underground comic art, held at the CounterMedia bookstore in Portland,…

Weirdos: Seattle’s Alternative Comics Culture in the Context of R. Crumb’s Underground

This slide lecture was originally presented on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle in conjunction with the exhibit “R. Crumb’s Underground.” To experience this interactive slideshow, click the “play” button below to begin the streaming MP3 audio. (You can also download the MP3.) At the first tone signal, click on the first slide thumbnail image below. As you listen, advance to the next slide whenever you hear the tone by clicking on the right side of the slide image. If you would like to read the text of the lecture (in a slightly abridged format),…

Ray Fenwick H.O.B.K. release party in Halifax

FANTAGRAPHICS & FROG HOLLOW BOOKS PRESENT: Halifax's RAY FENWICK celebrates the release of HALL OF BEST KNOWLEDGE on MAY 14! WHO: RAY FENWICKWHAT: HALL OF BEST KNOWLEDGE release party & author signingWHERE: EYELEVEL GALLERY, 2063 Gottingen Street, HalifaxWHEN: Wednesday, MAY 14, 7PM In this exciting debut graphic novel, Ray Fenwick has pioneered his own medium of storytelling, one best described as "typographical comics." [See this excellent National Post feature on Fenwick from last month for more info.] HOBK is presented as a handsome, found journal written by an unnamed voice, referred to only as "The Author." Little is known about him. He clearly fashions…

Jordan Crane, Shag & Bagge at Fantagraphics in May

THREE BRILLIANT ART STARS SHINE ON CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS IN MAY AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY! Jordan Crane on May 10, Peter Bagge on May 17, and SHAG on May 24 Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery springs into action in May with a succession of events featuring three of the country’s most celebrated cartoonists and remarkable illustrators. The public of all ages is invited to join us in an exciting series of exhibitions featuring Jordan Crane on May 10, Peter Bagge on May 17, and SHAG on May 24. Los Angles artist Jordan Crane’s evocative and bittersweet meditations on the human condition…

Strange and Stranger – Introduction by Blake Bell

{product_snapshot:id=1474,true,false,true,left}By the 1950s, the superhero genre had been reduced to a minor piece of the comic-book mosaic. Patriots like Captain America — designed to boost the country’s morale and soothe wartime angst — ran aground of purpose with the end of World War II. The majority of heroes had been retired by the late ’40s, including the entire Timely Comics line, featuring Captain America, Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch. The industry’s postwar output splintered into several distinct themes — crime, teen, funny animals, Western, war, and romance. Yet in the popular imagination the defining 1950s comics genre was horror. It…

Steve Ditko at MoCCA Festival?!?

“STRANGE & STRANGER: THE WORLD OF STEVE DITKO” to debut at the MOCCA Art Festival (June 7/8th). {mosimage} Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko – the first critical retrospective of Steve Ditko, the co-creator and original artist of the Amazing Spider-Man – will make its much-anticipated debut on Saturday June 7th, 2008 at the MoCCA Comics Art Festival. The author, Blake Bell, will be on hand both days at MoCCA to sign copies of the book and will debut his slide show presentation on Ditko’s work as part of the festival’s…

Drew Friedman at Rocketship in Brooklyn on May 16

DREW FRIEDMAN ART SHOW AND BOOK SIGNING AT ROCKETSHIP IN BROOKLYN MAY 16! WHO: Drew Friedman WHAT: Opening reception and book signing WHERE: Rocketship 208 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 • 718.797.1348 WHEN: Friday, May 16, 8PM “Drew Friedman isn’t just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say thank you for the pleasure.” — Sarah Silverman Join cartoonist DREW FRIEDMAN for a special exhibition of original art and objects, along with a book signing in conjunction with the release…

Bob Levin Debuts Most Outrageous at Bay Area Events

You are invited to two exciting Bay Area events featuring acclaimed Berkeley author Bob Levin, whose new book, Most Outrageous, details the unsettling story of the life of Hustler cartoonist Dwaine Tinsley, creator of “Chester the Molester.” When Larry Flynt’s Superstar was accused of sexually abusing his teenaged daughter for five years, the prosecution brought in hundreds of Tinsley’s cartoons as evidence. Levin details this unprecedented case, and Tinsley’s family life, with unquestionable sophistication, exhaustive journalistic research, and humanity. WHO: Bob Levin WHAT: Most Outrageous Book Release Party, with author reading & signing as well as hors d’ouevres and no…