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….

Zap on Your Tablet and Much, Much More!

Say goodbye to the most influential anthology of all-time and hello to an exciting selection of backlist titles as we introduce our weekly digital releases. This is it. The most important cartooning collective delivers one last issue of their uninhibited, id-stroking mad genius in this farewell 80-page giant issue of Zap. Zap #16 is the only issue to feature all eight Zapsters under one cover and, at long last, a woman joins the boy’s club as Aline Kominsky-Crumb delivers biting and witty strips herself. This final blowout issue not only showcases each artist individually, but also includes three double-page jams…

What’s in Store

One of the many attractions at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is the abundance of vintage publications in stock. We recently came upon a cache of classic comix by Peter Bagge, Charles Bukowski, Daniel Clowes, Al Columbia, Robert Crumb, Joe Sacco, and other modern masters. You never know what treasures you’ll discover. Come see.    

Previews: Fantagraphics Releases for December 2009

As seen in the pages of Previews, these are the books and comics slated for release by Fantagraphics Books in December, 2009. Please note that all details, including cover art, prices, specs, contents, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change. KING: THE SPECIAL EDITION by Ho Che Anderson 6.625 x 9.75, HC, 288 pages, Full Color, $34.99 ISBN 978-1-60699-310-1 Ho Che Anderson spent over 10 years researching, writing, and drawing King, a monumental graphic biography that liberates Martin Luther King Jr. from the saintly, one-dimensional, hagiographic image so relevant in pop culture. Here is King – father, husband,…

Weirdos: Seattle’s Alternative Comics Culture in the Context of R. Crumb’s Underground

This slide lecture was originally presented on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle in conjunction with the exhibit “R. Crumb’s Underground.” To experience this interactive slideshow, click the “play” button below to begin the streaming MP3 audio. (You can also download the MP3.) At the first tone signal, click on the first slide thumbnail image below. As you listen, advance to the next slide whenever you hear the tone by clicking on the right side of the slide image. If you would like to read the text of the lecture (in a slightly abridged format),…

Comics Forum: “R. Crumb’s Underground,” March 27, 2008 (audio)

On Thursday, March 27, 2008, at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, moderator Gary Groth was joined by Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, and Jim Woodring for a lively discussion about Robert Crumb and a range of related topics. Download the complete audio of this event (24.5 MB MP3) or stream it here: {audio}images/stories/artists/interviews/01%20Comics%20Forum%2003_27_08.mp3{/audio} More photos can be seen on Flickr, in regular and slideshow formats. Related books (click covers for complete product details) {product_snapshot:id=400,true,false,true,left} {product_snapshot:id=173,true,false,true,left} {product_snapshot:id=735,true,false,true,left} {product_snapshot:id=1127,true,false,true,left}