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…

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