2017 in Pictures!

Enjoy some of our favorite snapshots from the past year: Ed Luce with Goteblüd at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Ezequiel Garcia signing Growing Up in Public at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Cartoonist DJ Bryant and Eric Reynolds look over an early copy of Unreal City at the Fantagraphics Office     Daniel Clowes with the cast of Silicon Valley at their Bay Area premiere of Season 4   Gary models the Hernandez Bros. bowling shirt created in collaboration with Pinup Girl Clothing CAKE 2017: A Gary Panter and Ron Regé Jr. jam session Gilbert Hernandez and family at San Diego Comic-Con…

Best of 2017 Lists!

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re compiling a list of Fantagraphics titles named “Best of” by various prestigious news outlets. Here are some of the highlights so far!   My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris The only graphic novel on the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017 Entertainment Weekly‘s Best Graphic Novel of 2017 Forbes calls it “…one of the 10, maybe 5, best graphic novels ever.” A Boston Globe Best Graphic Novel A Book Riot Best Book of 2017   House of Women by Sophie Goldstein #1 on of The Austin Chronicle‘s list of “Five Recent Graphic…

What’s in Store: Top Comix of 2017

It’s come time for Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid to name my choices for the best comix of the past year. This list is customarily limited to the top 10 publications plus a handful of honorable mentions. This being a banner year for contemporary comix, I’ve expanded my subjective selections to an even dozen, together with an equal number of alternatives – any one of which could be included among the best.    12. Chris Ware: Monograph This comprehensive collection of Ware’s art, comix, and ephemera does justice to the remarkable career of one of the most innovative…

Ho-Ho-Holiday Shipping Deadlines!

That’s right, folks! We want to get those brown paper packages in the mail on time, so be sure to look over our holiday shipping deadlines, detailed below. And don’t forget, it never hurts to include a note for our warehouse elves letting them know when you need your order to arrive by. Questions can be addressed to fbicomix@fantagraphics.com.   Shipping Deadlines Regular Media Mail – December 4th International Shipping –  December 4th Ground Shipping – December 11th 2-Day Priority – December 15th   Ready to shop? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide here for some of our most highly recommended titles!  

Celebrate Fantagraphics Bookstore’s 11th Anniversary with Charles Forsman, Dame Darcy & Frank Young!

Time flies when you’re having fun! Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore to celebrate our 11th anniversary with an evening of comix, music and more on Saturday, December 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The festivities include guest appearances by Charles Forsman, Dame Darcy and Frank Young, as well as an exhibition of prints by Charles Burns and Jaime Hernandez from their recently released Fantagraphics Studio Editions.     Charles Forsman returns to the bookstore to sign copies of his new graphic novel, I Am Not Okay with This. The book continues the cartoonist’s examination of adolescent alienation with his signature deadpan…

Re/Read: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson by Patrick Rosenkranz

   Re/Read in a recurring column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that examines backlist titles you may have missed or are worthy of another read. This week we’ll look at The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson, an ambitious 3-volume set by Patrick Rosenkranz. Comix historian Rosenkranz chronicles the life of legendary underground cartoonist/provocateur S. Clay Wilson in Pirates in the Heartland, Demons and Angels, and Belgian Lace from Hell. These books document his early years as an outlaw artist in the Midwest to his move to San Francisco where he became a founding member of the Zap Comix collective….

What’s in Store: Shabazz Palaces & Gillian Gaar

   Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Friday, November 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for a special evening of comix, lit, and music with Shabazz Palaces and special guest Gillian Gaar. Seattle’s adventurous hip hop artists Shabazz Palaces will perform a DJ set and sign copies of their new illustrated album, Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, from Sub Pop Records and Fantagraphics Books. The full-color, hand-numbered book finds comix artist Joshua Ray Stevens working with the band to interpret the album’s tracks, creating a cohesive synchronization of music and imagery. A download code of the full album…

What’s in Store: Mita Mahato presents In Between

   Hear Mita Mahato discuss her sublime new publication, In Between, from Pleiades Press this Saturday, November 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. The book employs cut paper collage techniques and emotive narratives to create a cohesive collection of experimental comics – by turns ephemeral, funny, and transcendent. Critic Paul Constant of Seattle Review of Books observes, “Mahato has finally figured out how to break her comics into the third dimension.” Rich Smith of the Stranger adds, “Some people use pens to write poetry. Mita Mahato uses a scalpel.” Visitors can view the stunning “Short…

Fantagraphics Holiday Gift Guide 2017!

Fantagraphics Holiday Gift Guide! Let us help you spend your gelt, stuff your stockings, and fill your brown paper packages. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!   Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Prince Valiant by Hal Foster $175.00 – 160 pages – 17” x 23.25” – ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-897-7 These nearly 200 pages of stunning original art, scanned from the original color engraver’s proof sheets, capture every nuance of the legendary adventure strip.   Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole by Charles Burns $150.00 – 160 pages – 14.5” x 19.5” – ISBN-13: 978-1-68396-048-5 One of the most iconic graphic novels…

Re/Read: Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid examining backlist books you may have missed or are worth another read. As Halloween approaches, we’ll look at Ben Catmull’s haunting classic, Ghosts and Ruins. In Ghosts and Ruins, Catmull fashions fascinating tales of ominous architecture in the tradition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. His exquisite renderings are accompanied by clever captions chronicling the sinister spirits that occupy these structures. Stories like “The Sculptor,” “Labyrinth of Junk,” and “The Order of the Shadowy Finger,” playfully illuminate the apparitions and occult phenomenon in his enchanting illustrations, providing a perfect gift for…