This Week’s Press Highlights

Exclusive Fantagraphics preview: Jason’s If You Steal presents off-kilter short stories

“With his simplified art style and wry sense of humor, Norwegian cartoonist Jason has crafted some immensely entertaining stories.”
Read more at A.V. Club

Unshelved reviews Peter Bagge’s Buddy Buys a Dump, Lucy Knisley’sDisplacement and The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

“Bagge’s humor is right out of a John Waters movie – loud, outrageous, sometimes transgressive.”

Read more at Unshelved


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Praise for Hip Hop Family Tree
“Ed Piskor continues to deliver the goods in this comprehensive history of hip hop.”
Read more at Graphic Novel Reporter

“With Piskor’s well-earned rep as a hip-hop historian, we could think of no one better to ask about which stories and “characters” in hip-hop history deserved the chance to follow Straight Outta Compton to the screen. “
Read more at Uproxx

Praise for The Octopus Rises
“Ryan Boudinot’s short story collection, The Octopus Rises, newly published by Fantagraphics, explores wonky narrative what-ifs like these with a rare combination of literary craft, dystopian worldbuilding and cultural satire. Picture Charlie Brooker and Greg Daniels using Boudinot as a surrogate dad to bring 12 short stories into the world—with Seattle-based Fantagraphics, the storied graphic novel publisher, pulling off font, layout and page-color changes and the occasional illustration to add visual style.”
Read more at City Arts Online

“Fantagraphics has one of the best design departments in the history of publishing. Their willingness to work the form to the content, rather than the other way around, pays great dividends for book lovers. Often overlooked because the content they are publishing is super-graphic in of itself (comics), their design is eye-catching and functional, while often elevating the text; their materials, paper, binding, and just the feel of their books in your hand is always considered.”

Read more at Seattle Review of Books

Praise for Not Funny Ha-Ha

“Her drawing is simple and warm, making for a beautiful book that can serve as a resource to many.” Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

Read more at Largehearted Boy:

Praise for Chicago
Cartoonist Glenn Head talks coming of age in new autobiographical comic memoir, Chicago

“There’s a genuine catharsis that happens when working with material that is, in many ways, traumatic.”

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

“He has style to burn, and his comics are always a highlight wherever they appear.”

Read more at Comics Reporter


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Praise for Fante Bukowski

Listen to Noah Van Sciver on the Ink Studs Podcast

And check out his Songs Illustrated: The Good Life’s “How Small We Are”

Read at Paste Magazine

Praise for Dörfler
“A stunning, evocative comic. Dörfler is equal parts fantasy, science fiction, Heavy Metal pin-up erotica, and every trope from all of the above wrapped into a gorgeous hardcover, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Read more at Entropy Magazine


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Terry Gilliam shares his love for Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America

“A wonderful book about Harvey Kurtzman, my mentor, who taught me most of what I know about humour has just been published. Read. Enjoy.”  via Twitter

Praise for In Case We Die
“Entering into the gloriously tattered tradition of strung-out criminal lit ranging from Hubert Selby’s Last Exit to Brooklyn to Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son, Seattle rocker turned author Danny Bland has written a novel that reads like a beastly scream into the dark mythology of ‘90s Seattle — a gilded wasteland where junkies reared on Iggy and Sabbath turned filthy power chords into gold and cosmonauts of the apocalypse pimped hip to the culture vultures.”

Read more at Eugene Weekly