This Week’s Press Highlights

9781606998786Praise for Chicago

“With an unabashed underground comix feel, Chicago is the counterculture hit of the year and a courageous bit of well-crafted storytelling.”

Read more on Broken Frontier

Read Glenn Head’s Comic Diary at The Comics Journal


Praise for Hip Hop Family Tree
“If you love hip-hop culture or comics, you have to get these books immediately. If you hate hip-hip culture or comics, then these books will convert you into a lover of both.” – Nick Gazin

Read more at Vice


Praise for Mox Nox
“It’s like if the Perry Bible Fellowship did shrooms…INCREDIBLY funny.”

Read more at Topless Robot


Praise for Fante Bukowski
“Van Sciver’s genius here is twofold: his goofy artwork, which always takes the narrative to surprising places, and the punchiness of his dialogue, which manages to convey the deadly serious consequences of Fante’s hilarious goof-ups and general awkwardness… Fante Bukowski is filled with sharp, extremely observant gags… it is easily one of the best new comics releases of 2015.”

Read more at The Sunday Guardian


Praise for Dörfler
“Dörfler, a dream-like narrative that combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, psychedelia, pin-up art, and video-game tropes. Structured around multiple (primarily) female characters who appear to inhabit different dimensional realms, Baum’s story is both futuristic as well as surreal. His highly detailed art, composed primarily of grays and blue tones, reveals a dystopic landscape that juxtaposes urban modernity with pastoral themes, resulting in a discursive narrative where both time and space are fluid.”

Read more at Comics Alternative


Guernica Magazine looks back at Love and Rockets:
“In 1981, at a time when the comics landscape consisted mainly of children’s, superhero, and genre comics, Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez revitalized the medium with their character-driven tales of life in California and Mexico in their series Love and Rockets. A mashup of superheroes, sci-fi, and sometimes romance, the work of Los Bros Hernandez, as they’re often known, signaled a significant transition in comics, one that expanded the possibilities of the form and revealed not only that comics need not be solely for children but also that the medium could offer emotionally nuanced and keenly observed literary narratives.

Love and Rockets, published by Fantagraphics, was principally produced by Gilbert and Jaime. Whereas Jaime tapped into LA punk culture, Gilbert focused on more universal motifs: coming-of-age, familial drama, and romantic love in the mythical village of Palomar. The Mexican American brothers featured Latino and Latina characters in their comics at a time when the industry was comprised almost entirely of white men. In Love and Rockets, Gilbert introduced one of the most memorable and complex female characters of the era–the fierce Luba, whose matriarchal presence invigorated Palomar and, more broadly, the world of independent comics.”

Read more at Guernica Magazine
Watch a video interview with Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comix, Prison Pit) at Vice

Bleeding Cool highlights Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor McCay, The Secret Origins of King Kong, and the Urge to Destroy New York and other Fantagraphics releases set for this Fall

Read more at Bleeding Cool

The L.A. Times interviews Leah Hayes about Not Funny Ha-Ha

The Beginnings podcast sits down to chat with Dash Shaw (Cosplayers, Doctors, Bottomless Bellybutton) about telepathy, suburban frustration, vandalism, art & class.

Leslie Stein illustrates her experiences teaching comics with young girls at Vice

Eleanor Davis illustrates an article for The New York Times by Stephen King about super-prolific authors

Do206 Names the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as a top spot “Every Geek Should Visit in Seattle