The Power of Peanuts

Forbes' annual top-earning deceased celebrities list is out, and once again, Charles M. Schulz is near the top of the list, coming in at #3, behind #1 Elvis Presley and sandwiched between two Beatles (after John, ahead of George). I don't know why this thrills me every year, but it does. I mean, the Beatles and Elvis? Sure. But a shy cartoonist from Minnesota? The mind reels. Schulz really was the Beatles of comics. There is one conspicuously absent name not on this list: are we to infer that the Beatles aren't the only celebs more popular than Jesus? (Just…

Flickr contest winner!

Congratulations and thanks to Flickr user Besacalles of Bogotá, Colombia for being the 1000th person to add us as a contact and winning $25 worth of books! Sharpen up your stabbiest pumpkin-carving knife and get rummaging through your closet for costume ideas — we'll be accepting entries for our Fanta-ween contest through Sunday, November 4.

Sacco heads to Minneapolis

After kicking off the release of Palestine: The Special Edition here in Seattle this weekend, Joe Sacco will be headed to Minneapolis in mid-November for his only other public event of the year. Our pals at Rain Taxi sponsor the Twin Cities Book Festival every year and this year are bringing Sacco along with several other writers. JOE SACCOTuesday, November 13, 2007, 7:00 pm$10 ($8 for Walker Members and Rain Taxi subscribers)Walker Art Center1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis Celebrated cartoonist JOE SACCO visits Minneapolis for a special presentation co-hosted by Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Walker Art Center. Appearing…

Schulz on PBS tonight!

Set your DVRs immediately! Tonight is the night: PBS will air a documentary on the life of Charles M. Schulz. In "Good Ol' Charles Schulz," AMERICAN MASTERS presents an unexpected portrait of the man behind the most popular comic strip in history. The feature-length documentary premieres tonight, October 29, 2007, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET on PBS.

Panter named 2007 American Book Award winner

The Before Columbus Foundation has announced that Jimbo's Inferno by Gary Panter (and published by Fantagraphics) has been selected as a winner of the twenty-eighth annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS for 2007. Congratulations, Gary! The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. This is the second Fantagraphics book 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…

Forney & Alexie signing in Seattle tomorrow

Who: Sherman Alexie & Ellen ForneyWhat: Signing The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianWhen: Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 PMWhere: Third Place Books Lake Forest Park Towne Centre 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 With the purchase of the National Book Award-nominated novel at Third Place Books tomorrow evening, receive a limited-edition poster created to celebrate Mr. Alexie's new novel and autographed by Alexie and Forney, while supplies last!

Happy Birthday, Krazy Kat!

Yesterday marked 95th anniversary of the debut of George Herriman's Krazy Kat comic strip. Look for our next collection (pictured above) at the end of the year, which is our penultimate Sunday color volume – only one more to go before all of the color Sundays have been collected!

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…