Fantagraphics Distributes Breakdown Press To Comic Shops Across the World

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Fantagraphics is proud to announce a new partnership with London-based publisher Breakdown Press. As of the November 2016 Diamond Previews Catalog, issue #338, Fantagraphics will be distributing a selection of Breakdown Press titles to comic book specialty stores. Breakdown Press was founded by Simon Hacking, Tom Oldham, Josh Palmano and Joe Kessler in 2013. Their goal was to put out the work of cutting edge cartoonists and some of the very best alternative manga. Since then, Breakdown Press has become a curatorial publishing force, releasing books by Conor Stechschulte, Lale Westvind, Seiichi Hayashi, Antoine Cossé, and many others. “Breakdown is the UK’s most…

The Truth About Pepe the Frog

Fantagraphics Books and Matt Furie, the creator of the eternally chill comic book character Pepe the Frog, condemn the illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character by racist fringe groups linked to the alt right movement and the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Furie’s character has been categorized as a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League as a result of these uses, creating significant emotional and financial harm for the creator. Most media reports now routinely default to a narrow description of Pepe as a representation of white supremacy, ignoring the mellow, positive-vibed frog that he is in the hands of…

Announcing Ellen Forney’s follow-up title Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life

Fantagraphics is proud to announce the acquisition of Ellen Forney’s forthcoming graphic novel/self-help book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life. This companion book to her best selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (Avery, 2012) marks Forney’s return to the publisher where she began her career over 15 years ago. Due out in 2018, Forney’s new book is a combination memoir and self-help manual, a survival guide of tips, tricks and tools by one of Seattle’s most celebrated cartoonists. With Marbles, Forney helped destigmatize mood disorders with her candid presentation of her struggle to find mental…

Dash Shaw’s directorial debut premieres in September

SEATTLE, WA—As reported in today’s Hollywood Reporter, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and New York Film Festival (NYFF) held press conferences today to announce their 2016 schedules, and each have accepted cartoonist Dash Shaw’s feature film directorial debut, My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea, starring Jason Schwartzman (who plays the “Dash Shaw” character), Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, and Susan Sarandon. The animated feature, adapted from a short story originally published in Fantagraphics’ MOME anthology and later collected in Shaw’s book, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century, will make its world premiere at TIFF…

LOVE AND ROCKETS: THE MAGAZINE returns!

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez to revive their beloved series Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez’s beloved Love and Rockets will return this fall in the same magazine format that fans fell in love with during its original 50 issue run from 1982-1996. Love and Rockets has been Fantagraphics’ flagship publication since its initial magazine debut in 1982, and the new series (Vol. IV, for those keeping track) will launch on the eve of the title’s 35th anniversary in September 2016 and continue every four months thereafter. The new format and schedule comes after a decade of the Love…

Fantagraphics at 40: History on Our Side

APRIL 28, 2016: SEATTLE, WA — This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Fantagraphics Books, and the publisher will celebrate the occasion with a series of events throughout the rest of 2016. Founded in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron (soon to be followed by Kim Thompson), the company published over 5,000 comic books and graphic novels over the next four decades, confirming its reputation as the publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists, and as a champion for cartoonists who don’t fit within the commercial confines of traditional corporate publishing. The highlight of the anniversary celebrations will be the long…

Fantagraphics Exclusive: Sir Alfred No. 3

SIR ALFRED NO. 3 By Tim Hensley $24.99 signed/numbered edition of 1000 The final publication of Pigeon Press In the last months before comics impresario Alvin Buenaventura passed away, he completed publishing Sir Alfred No. 3, an oversized comic book/graphic novel by the brilliant Tim Hensley (author of the acclaimed 200? Fantagraphics release, Wally Gropius). Sir Alfred No. 3 is an oblique biography of the world’s most famous film director, Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, despite being numbered “No. 3,” no other issues exist. The comic book is composed of multiple gag strips based on anecdotes found in tomes of film lore in the…

The Complete Peanuts Gets Presidential Treatment From President Barack Obama

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that President Barack Obama has penned the introduction to the long-awaited 25th volume of the award-winning Complete Peanuts series! As announced in Monday’s New York Times business section (link), “Obama pays tribute to Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang” in the latest volume of Fantagraphics’ beloved series, which began in 2004 and wraps up this year. “In his final strip, Charles Schulz wondered how he could ever forget the Peanuts gang,” President Obama writes in The Complete Peanuts 1999–2000 (Vol. 25), which covers Jan. 1, 1999, through Feb. 13, 2000, when the final…

MORE RAGE PER PAGE, MORE SLAUGHTER FOR YOUR DOLLAR! The Real Deal Comes to Fantagraphics

Fantagraphics is proud to announce the complete collection of the provocative Real Deal Comix. The deluxe 176-page hardcover will be released in May 2016. A vital collection of sociopolitical comics history, Real Deal Comix was inspired by a shared frustration with racial tensions in south central Los Angeles. Creators Lawrence Hubbard (a.k.a. RawDog) and H.P. McElwee (a.k.a. R.D. Bone) created Real Deal Comix in their spare time as an incendiary yet satirical response to the brutality and inequality witnessed firsthand in their community. Dubbing the genre “Urban Chaos,” Hubbard and McElwee tell stories of inner city lives on the precipice, where everyday tasks…

Daniel Clowes “Patience” Book Tour

  Arriving in March 2016 Daniel Clowes travels America to celebrate the release of Patience, the most anticipated graphic novel of 2016! Patience is the first all new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in over a half-decade, and also the biggest and most ambitious book yet in a storied career that includes multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a PEN Award, and an Academy Award nomination. Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of…