Panter named 2007 American Book Award winner

{product_snapshot:id=688,true,false,true,left}The Before Columbus Foundation have announced the Winners of the Twenty-Seventh Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS. Brooklyn-based Cartoonist Gary Panter was named a recipient for his 2006 graphic novel, Jimbo’s Inferno, published by Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books. Panter becomes the second Fantagraphics-published author to garner an ABA — Joe Sacco’s Palestine was a recipient in 1996, and the award at that time very much helped solidfy Palestine‘s place in the pantheon of great graphic novels. Jimbo’s Inferno is the acclaimed sequel (or prequel, as it was actually completed first) to 2004’s acclaimed Jimbo in Purgatory. Jimbo is the muscular, buzz-cut adventurer whom…

Interview – Joe Sacco, October 27, 2007 (audio & video)

Joe Sacco discussed Palestine: The Special Edition and his other works in a fascinating talk at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on October 27, 2007. Hear Joe’s entire half-hour discussion by downloading this 20 MB MP3 or streaming it here: {audio}mp3/2007-10-27_Sacco.mp3{/audio} (Pardon the low-fi quality; the tape recorder had a few glitches and speed issues, and I think some of the quieter moments might have been dropped, but I tried to correct what problems I could and de-chipmunk it as much as possible.) Here are a few brief video excerpts: Joe answers a question from Larry Reid and defines his…

Ghermandi wins Ciampi L’Altrarte Prize

From our friends at Coconino comes news once again of an honor going to Francesca Ghermandi. Enjoy this horribly mangled Babelfish translation: “Francesca Ghermandi has gained the Ciampi Prize Altrarte 2007. One will be kept its extension to the Blue Gallery Camel of Livorno, with inauguration 27 October 2007 to the 21:00. The extension will expose a part of the 250 designs in.bianco and black of small and formed mean it realizes to you to biro for ‘a summer to Tombstone’, mostra/libro between the last plans capacities to fulfillment from the Ghermandi.” The Ciampi “L’Altrarte” Prize is apparently named in…

Artist Bio – The Hernandez Brothers

{product_snapshot:id=741,false,false,false,right}Five women stand in a police lineup on the cover of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez’s Love and Rockets #1; four of them are garishly dressed, impressively endowed superwomen — perfectly normal, because this is, after all, a comic book. A closer look, however, reveals a fifth woman who seems thoroughly out of place — mousy, in bathrobe and curlers, smoking a cigarette, she appears to have been suddenly yanked from her breakfast table. Surely, this diminutive, dowdy woman is here by mistake — or is she? That image might have seemed not only a contradiction but downright subversive in a…

Interview – Kim Deitch, August 31, 2007 (video)

If you like the sound of trucks, motorcycles, and airplane engines, you’ll love this video interview with Gary Groth and Kim Deitch, conducted outside the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery at the opening of the Kim Deitch/Megan Kelso joint exhibit on August 31, 2007, in noisy, noisy Georgetown: It ends somewhat abruptly when my camera ran out of memory. Photos of the event can be seen on our Flickr photostream here. Featured books by Kim Deitch (click covers for complete product details) {product_snapshot:id=1134,true,false,true,left} {product_snapshot:id=111,true,false,true,left} {product_snapshot:id=1293,true,false,true,left} All books by Kim Deitch

About the Complete Peanuts project

50 Years of Art. 25 Books. Two books per year for 12 1/2 years. Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the most eagerly-awaited and ambitious publishing project in the history of the American comic strip: the complete reprinting of CHARLES M. SCHULZ’s classic, PEANUTS. Considered to be one of the most popular comic strips in the history of the world, PEANUTS will be, for the first time, collected in its entirety and published, beginning in April, 2004. Fantagraphics launches THE COMPLETE PEANUTS in a series designed by the cartoonist SETH (Palookaville, It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken) and…

Artist Bio – Linda Medley

{mosimage} Linda Medley is the author of the acclaimed Castle Waiting graphic novel, published by Fantagraphics Books. A freelance illustrator since 1985, Linda Medley has illustrated children’s books for Putnam, Grosset & Dunlap, Houghton-Mifflin, and Western Publishing. Linda has worked in the comics industry as a penciller, inker, painter, colorist and sculptor. Her pencilling work includes stints on both Justice League and Doom Patrol for DC, as well as the Galactic Girl Guides for Tundra. Her paintings have appeared on the covers of Paradox Press’ Family Man, Stuck Rubber Baby and TSR’s Dragon magazine to name just a few. Born…

Artist Bio – Charles Burns

{mosimage}Born in Washington D. C., Burns was only a young tyke when he moved with his family to Seattle in 1965 (not so coincidentally the eventual locale of his semi-autobiographical magnum opus, Black Hole). Burns’ childhood was steeped in Mad magazine, Roger Corman horror flicks and the television culture of that time. After attending high school in the mid-’70s and discovering underground comics artists such as R. Crumb, Burns went to Evergreen College, where he would meet such soon-to-be famous cartoonists as Matt Groening and Lynda Barry. He subsequently attended graduate school at the University of California, Davis. It was…

Interview – Los Bros. Hernandez (1988)

Originally published in The Comics Journal #126, 1988 {mosimage}Mario, Gilbert, and Jaime Hernandez were born and raised in Oxnard, California, just north of Los Angeles. They grew up reading comic books, watching monster movies, listening to rock and roll music, and, most significantly, drawing their own cartoons and comics. In the late ’70s they became heavily involved in punk rock, and this phenomenon opened their eyes to the possibilities of expressing themselves in comics. It was Mario who put these ambitions on a practical footing, enlisting his brothers in a self-published comic called Love & Rockets. They sent a review…