2017 Ignatz Nominees Announced!

SPX has announced the nominees for this year’s prestigious Ignatz Awards. Here are the Fantagraphics titles that made the cut!   Outstanding Artist: Emil Ferris – My Favorite Thing is Monsters Manuele Fior – The Interview Outstanding Anthology: Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists – edited by Javier Olivares & Santiago Garcia Outstanding Collection: Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 4 – Ed Piskor Time Clock – Leslie Stein Outstanding Graphic Novel: Band for Life – Anya Davidson Eartha – Cathy Malkasian My Favorite Thing is Monsters – Emil Ferris Outstanding Story: My Favorite Thing is Monsters – Emil Ferris Stayed tuned or come see us at SPX to…

What’s in Store: The Birth of Kustom Kulture

   Hope you can join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday evening as we celebrate the late Michael Dormer, one of the pioneers of Kustom Kulture in the 60s and 70s. His signature cartoon character, Hot Curl, became synonymous with Southern California’s surf scene, but he’s perhaps best known for his contributions to the 1964 cult classic, Muscle Beach Party. Dormer designed the animated opening sequence and his murals adorned the sets, providing a colorful backdrop for Little Stevie Wonder‘s dazzling appearance with Dick Dale and the Del Tones. Dormer worked with legendary surf, hot rod, and skateboard artists like…

San Diego Comic-Con 2017: The Aftermath

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who came and saw us at San Diego Comic-Con this year! Celebs were sighted, crowds were impenetrable, garbage food and too much caffeine were consumed. But most importantly, we sold a shit load of books, and got to engage with so many readers and fans. I lost count of how many people hugged a copy of My Favorite Thing is Monsters, and thanked us for publishing it. The excitement over Gilbert and Jaime being inducted into the Eisner Hall of Fame. Sold out books and enthusiastic Trina Robbins fans congratulating her on her…

Re/Read: Giraffes in My Hair by Bruce Paley & Carol Swain

Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid drawing attention to comix that you may have overlooked or are worth of another read. This time we’ll look at Giraffes in My Hair: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Life written by Bruce Paley and drawn by Carol Swain. Paley’s memoir reads like a contemporary telling of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a book that inspired the writer from an early age. His harrowing adventures frequently found him at odds with the cops, drug dealers, and other nefarious characters. They also brought him into contact with counterculture celebrities as diverse…

Glorious Digital Books!

This week’s digital releases are crazy good and there’s plenty of them, so no time to waste . . . We’ll kick off this week with Love and Rockets Vol. IV #3. The Locas girls’ punk reunion has come to a close, but the evening has just begun. The Animus situation has gotten out of hand. Plus, some classic Palomar characters are awkwardly reunited. Catch this brand-new issue digitally through comiXology.           Right before the television drama based on the book comes to Netflix, rediscover Charles Forsman’s The End of the Fucking World. Originally released to…

Surf’s Up at Fantagraphics Bookstore on August 12!

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts the book release celebration for Michael Dormer and the Legend of Hot Curl with surf sounds by Pleasure Island on Saturday, August 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The late Michael Dormer is synonymous with the California surf counterculture in the 1960s and 70s. The post-World War II influence of Beatnik poetry, jazz, and art on the California Coast created a revolution in the Orange County surf world, and no one defined the visual style of this movement more than Dormer. His career as an artist took off when he created “Hot Curl,” the mop-haired,…

Re/Read: Peter Bagge’s Buddy Does Seattle

   Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid examining books you may have missed or merit more attention. In light of the tragic events recently afflicting Seattle’s music scene, it’s a good time for a lighthearted look at the good times in Peter Bagge’s classic, Buddy Does Seattle. Seattle’s sensational grunge era of the 1990s is often viewed through the gloomy lens of Northwest Noir. Peter Bagge’s Hate comic book serial adds levity to that perception. Protagonist Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable losers provide a perfect allegory for the lively youth movement…

Fantagraphics at SDCC 2017: Staff Picks

Here at Fantagraphics we realize that we publish sometimes upwards of 70 books a year, and that it can be a struggle to keep up with all the titles. For those of you going to San Diego, and for those avoiding it all in the comfort of their homes, we’ve put together a handy list of new and newish books that we’ve taken a shine to. RJ Blubber by Gilbert Hernandez Through his comics, Gilbert Hernandez has changed the way I view art and has made me a better reader. Just when you think (or hope) he goes one way,…

Fantagraphics at SDCC 2017: The Debuts

More debuts than you can shake sticks at, make sure you hit booth 1721 for some of the only actual comics you’ll find at Comic-Con! Otherworld Barbara Vol. 2 by Moto Hagio Nanami had sworn to never see her granddaughter, Aoba, again. A despairing Kiriya had rejected his father, Tokio. Yet now both are traveling with Tokio to Engaru, where Aoba has slept and dreamt of the island of Barbara for seven years. The poltergeist phenomena become more intense. Aoba seems desperate. Is her world coming to an end? And does that end mean the end of the world, one…

Fantagraphics at SDCC 2017: Signing Schedule

We bring you the guests, the artists, the signings! Special Guests Simon Hanselmann  New York Times Best-Selling cartoonist Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) was born in Tasmania, Australia and currently resides in Seattle, WA. He spends his days meticulously watercoloring each page of comics he hand draws. Simon has found international success with his stoner witch comics, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. When not makes comics, Simon can be found smoking cigarettes and walking a one-eyed dog.       Liz Suburbia Liz Suburbia is the creator of Sacred Heart, the ALA/YALSA Alex Award-winning graphic novel from Fantagraphics, as well as the…