What’s in Store: Short Run Marathon!

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Friday, November 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for the 5th annual Short Run Marathon art show and pre-festival party. The exhibition features original works by an amazing array of artists including Emil Ferris, Leela Corman, Julia Wertz, Anders Nilsen, Jordan Crane, Gemma Correll, Tom Hart, nishat akhtar, Rebecca Artemisa, with presentations by Anders Nilsen & 2dcloud. The Short Run Comix & Art Festival has grown to become one of the country’s premier showcases of emerging contemporary cartoonists. As the titles suggests, the Marathon exhibition references the daunting challenges these artists confront…

Fantagraphics at CAB 2017

Hello, hello! Fantagraphics will be at Comic Arts Brooklyn this year, held at Pratt Institute on Saturday, November 11th. Come say hello at table A14 and stock up on books from the World’s Greatest Cartoonists! Provided below is a list of some not-to-be-missed programming and a few helpful links.  Artist Talks/Panels Memorial Hall 12 to 12:45 pm – Chris Ware: Monograph 1 to 1:45 pm – Emil Ferris: Of Monsters and Secrets 2 to 2:45 pm – Bill Griffith, Peter Kuper, Paul Karasik: Pratt Alumni in the Comics World ARC Building 3 to 3:45 pm – Nicole Rifkin, V. Kenneth Marion,…

Re/Read: In the Pines by Erik Kriek

Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid examining backlist books you may have missed or are worth another read. This time we’ll break with routine and discuss a more recent title, In the Pines: 5 Murder Ballads, by Erik Kriek. I’ve been thinking a lot about these songs since the passing earlier this month of Billy Roberts, who penned the classic murder ballad “Hey Joe” in 1962. He later played with my friend Steve Lalor in the West Coast folk trio The Driftwood Singers. I saw Roberts perform only once, in 1968 at the legendary Sky…

Re/Read: Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

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 look. This time we’ll focus on the early Daniel Clowes masterpiece, Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, recently re-issued with a colorful new cover. Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron was first serialized in Eightball. It represented the artist’s initial effort at a long-form cinematic narrative. It was sometimes compared to the atmospheric work of filmmaker David Lynch. While there may have been superficial similarities, Clowes was clearly developing the singular approach to storytelling…

Fantagraphics at CXC 2017!

Hey, friends! Fantagraphics will be at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus in Ohio this weekend Sep 30 – Oct 1. Come say hello, and buy some books, and get those books signed by their creators! Here are the deets: Saturday Panels Gary Groth and JC Menu: First Meeting Two outspoken giants of the alt-comics publishing movement, Gary Groth and JC Menu, meet for the very first time. Moderator Tom Spurgeon bears witness. 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Columbus Metropolitan Library, Downtown Branch, Room 3-A Spotlight On Peter Bagge The alt-comics legend Peter Bagge of Neat Stuff, Hate and recent biography fame sits down…

What’s in Store: Noah Van Sciver, Joseph Remnant, and D. W. on October 14!

   Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes a power trio of accomplished contemporary cartoonists on Saturday, October 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Noah Van Sciver, Joseph, Remnant and D. W. will be on hand to sign books and discuss their work. Noah Van Sciver is one of the driving forces behind America’s new wave of independent comix. A prolific and influential artist, Van Sciver will sign copies of his recent graphic biography, Johnny Appleseed, as well as his sensational two volume series Fante Bukowski – a tragicomic account of an aspiring literary artist. He’ll be joined by Joseph Remnant of…

What’s in Store: Sunday Sale and More!

Starting this Sunday, September 17, Fantagraphics Bookstore will begin a weekly Sunday Sale promotion featuring 20% off on popular titles you might have missed. A great incentive to pick up some cool comix at a substantial savings. This Sunday we’ll offer the one-day discount on My Favorite Thing is Monsters, an instant classic by Emil Ferris. This is a chance to pick up the book on sale in advance of her bookstore appearance on Friday, November 3 for the Short Run Marathon exhibition, which will include her original work. She’ll be joined by a stellar group of contemporary cartoonists: Anders…

Fantagraphics at SPX 2017!

Hey friends, It’s that time again. Come find us at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend! Here’s a list of the panels where you’ll find Fanta artists, our signing schedule, and some helpful links. See you at tables W56-61, aka Party Central. Panels Gilbert Hernandez & Jim Rugg in Conversation With Love & Rockets, legendary cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez helped create one of the most lauded comic series of all time. Pittsburgh cartoonist Jim Rugg has built a loyal fanbase with Street Angel, a beloved indie comic about a sword-wielding skateboarder and her heroic adventures. Join these two celebrated…

Re/Read: Charles Forsman’s Celebrated Summer

Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid examining backlist books you may have missed or merit another look. With Charles Forsman’s The End of the Fucking World soon to be released as a Netflix original series, it’s a good time to look back at his graphic novella Celebrated Summer. In Celebrated Summer, Forsman follows the drug-induced adventures of two friends at the conclusion of their high school years. The transitional period from adolescence to adulthood provides fertile ground for contemporary cartoonists. I couldn’t help but consider this work in terms of the Daniel Clowes…

What’s in Store: D J Bryant with special guest Tom Hansen

   Join us on Saturday, September 9 at Fantagraphics Bookstore for an evening of contemporary comix and prose with D. J. Bryant and Tom Hansen. Bryant presents an exhibition of original drawings from his debut graphic novel, Unreal City. Hansen will read from his latest novel, This Is What We Do. J. Bryant’s sensuous Unreal City contains five highly charged stories about relationships. They address gender, narcissism, objectification, and the thin line that divides love from hate. Existential and elliptical, these narratives perfectly complement Bryant’s exquisite artwork, which will be on full display in the exhibition. His rendering style recalls…