Another year without an in-person Comic-Con! Here’s hoping that next year we’ll all be able to get together in person down in San Diego, but until then we’ve got Comic-Con@Home, and all that comes with it! You can find a full schedule of this year’s online programming here, and we’ve collected all the Fanta-centric stuff into this one handy blog post. You can also shop our virtual booth, and attend the Eisner Awards, all from the comfort of your couch. And then of course, there’s our big annual Comic-Con Sale, with 25% off just about everything in our webstore! Scroll down for the skinny on that.
Panels & Programming:
Saturday, July 7/24, 2:00pm — New Science Fiction in Contemporary Comics
Manuele Fior (Celestia) joins from Venice, Italy, Lane Milburn (Lure) from Chicago, and Joshua W. Cotter (Nod Away) from rural Missouri. These three cartoonists discuss influences ranging from Spielberg to Moebius, and from Vonnegut to Frank Lloyd Wright, all of which have contributed to their unique styles and approaches to the genre in creating their new science fiction graphic novels. Moderated by SYFY WIRE journalist and critic Matthew Jackson.
Saturday, July 7/24, 5:00pm — Beyond Love and Rockets: Other Works by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
Brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are deservedly well-known for their 30+ years creating the unmatched alternative comics masterpiece, Love and Rockets. But are they satisfied to stop there? Of course not! Los Bros discuss their side projects and upcoming books (which range from women’s wrestling to alien escapades and beyond) with LAist arts and entertainment writer, and host of the TV Pilot Club, Mike Roe.
Sunday, July 7/25, 12:00pm — Drawing Apart: New Coming-of-Age Comics
Whether through fiction, autobiography, or something somewhere in between, comics have a unique ability to capture how childhood struggles can carry over into adult life. In their new and upcoming books, all written for adult audiences, illustrator and New Yorker cover artist R. Kikuo Johnson (Night Fisher, No One Else), veteran alternative cartoonist Glenn Head (Chartwell Manor), and English debut cartoonist Lizzy Stewart (It’s Not What You Thought It Would Be) trace the often treacherous path to growing up. Moderated by NPR Books editor and pop culture writer Petra Mayer.
The Eisners Online:
Friday, July 7/24, 7:00pm — 33rd Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 33rd annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards will be held as a virtual ceremony on Friday night, July 23, from 7:00 to 8:00 PDT as part of Comic-Con@home. The “Oscars” of the comics industry honors comics creators and their works in 32 categories, including the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Attendance at the event is free via Comic-Con@Home. A link to the online ceremony can be found here: eventeny.com/events/comicconhome-1456/?action=schedule-item&action_ops[item_id]=7322
Nominated Fantagraphics books and creators are:
Best Short Story: “Garden Boys” by Henry McCausland, in Now #8
Best Humor Publication: The Complete Fante Bukowski, by Noah Van Sciver
Best Anthology: Now: The New Anthology, edited by Eric Reynolds
Best Graphic Memoir: Dancing After TEN: A Graphic Memoir, by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Eight-Lane Runaways, by Henry McCausland
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Fante Bukowski: The Complete Works, by Noah Van Sciver
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Seeds and Stems, by Simon Hanselmann
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Goblin Girl, by Moa Romanova, translation by Melissa Bowers
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: The Winter of the Cartoonist, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: The Flapper Queens: Women Cartoonists of the Jazz Age, edited by Trina Robbins
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921 by George Herriman, edited by RJ Casey
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Volume 7: Pockets Full of Pie, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Art Young’s Inferno, by Art Young, edited by Glenn Bray
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: The Complete Hate, by Peter Bagge, edited by Eric Reynolds
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Man and Superman and Other Stories, by Harvey Kurtzman, edited by J. Michael Catron
Best Coloring: Gipi, One Story
Best Comics-Related Journalism/Periodical: The Comics Journal, edited by RJ Casey, Kristy Valenti, and Gary Groth
Best Publication Design: J&K, designed by John Pham
Best Publication Design: Original Art: Daniel Clowes, designed by Daniel Clowes
Best Webcomic: Crisis Zone, by Simon Hanselmann
Stop by our virtual Comic-Con Booth for debut books and exclusive new merch! Thursday, at approximately 11:00 am Pacific, the exhibitor listings will go live here: Comic-con.org/cci/2021/exhibitors
Hey there, don’t cry! We may not be slinging books from the Comic-Con booth this year, but we’re making up for it with an extra-deep discount during this year’s web sale! From 12am PDT on Thursday, July 22nd to 11:59pm PDT on Sunday, July 25th, you can use coupon code SDCC at checkout for 25% off just about everything at Fantagraphics.com!
All order fulfillment subject to availability. Preordered books, subscriptions, and some special edition items will not be included in the sale. Due to increased order volume, please allow an extra 7-10 days for shipping and handling. Sale discounts can not be combined with any other promotions. Free shipping offers do not apply. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Comic-Con Sale” in the subject line, or give us a call at 1-206-524-1967.