Category Archives: Conventions

The Official Malta Comic Con Poster and Guests

Malta Comic Con logoWicked Comics are proud to announce that internationally renowned creators Michael Dialynas, and Lew Stringer as well as professional Maltese but currently London based creator Daniela “Iella” Attard will be joining Yishan Li, Rufus Dayglo, Andrew Wildman, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins, Cliodhna, Dave Taylor, Christian Ward, and John-Paul Kamath as guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier, Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday. Wicked has also unveiled the Official Malta Comic Con 2014 Poster which this year has been designed by Michael Dialynas, edited and lettered by Maltese graphic designer Kenneth Micallef.

As customary Wicked Comics have designed a number of packages for fans wishing to travel to the Malta Comic Con from abroad, which include heavily discounted accommodation rates and local transport from hotel to convention centre. Similarly Wicked Comics have a number of packages tailored for foreign creators who wish to exhibit at the Malta Comic Con including heavily discounted tables.

Official MCC 2014 Poster

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Image Comics’ Rose City Comic Con Panels

Image_Comics_logo_largeImage Comics is pleased to host two exciting panels at Rose City Comic Con this weekend in Portland, Oregon. The panels will be held on Saturday, Sept 20th from 12-12:50 and on Sunday, Sept 21st from 11-11:50 a.m. Come join them and listen to the the insight, advice, and anecdotes of the bestselling and award winning writers and artists making the best creator-owned comics the industry has to offer. See you there!


Image Comics Presents I is for Immediate
Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 12:00PM – 12:50PM
Separately, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), and Greg Rucka (Lazarus) have written some of the most compelling and intensely relatable comics on the stands. Together, these three writers are part of a wave of creators creating stories that reflect life as live it and the world as we know it. Join them as they discuss writing comics and striving for more.


Image Comics Presents I is for Irresistible
Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 11:00AM – 11:50AM
Comics art is better than ever and reaching new heights on a daily basis. Sloane Leong (From Under Mountains), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), and Ben Dewey (Tooth & Claw) share the secret to making great comics, sustaining creativity, and just how important artists are when it comes to storytelling in comics.

VA Comicon Welcomes Huge Cosplay Influx

VA Comicon cosplayOver the past few years, the Virginia Comicon has seen a surge of cosplayers in attendence, partially due to its costume contests and offering of free admission to cosplayers. The convention has also run special photo shoots and focused on top cosplayers as guests.

The conventions show on November 22-23 will feature top cosplayers such as Ivy Doomkitty, Abby Normal and Patrick Ian Moore, and cosplay groups like The Clowns of Crime.The show will also have cosplay programming and $1,000 in cash prizes across a variety of costume categories for Sunday’s costume contest.

As well cosplayer Eddie Newsome kicking off the brand new book project he’s co-authoring, The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, with the amazing opportunity to be featured in a photo shoot for this new book.

Additionally, White Tiger Filmz will be on hand to document cosplay at the show for Viva La Cosplay, their new web series about the ins and outs, ups and downs of cosplaying. The locally-based crew will be following a number of cosplayers, including last year’s Virginia Comicon Grand Prize winner, as they prepare for the show and participate in it. The first episode is already online. The filmmakers will also be cosplaying Ghostbusters Saturday at the event.

The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, with Newsome and co-writer Geppi’s Entertainment Museum President Melissa Bowersox heading up a team of contributors, is slated for a November 2015 release. Along with tons of photos, it will feature the ins and outs of designing, making and taking care of costumes. It will also address many of the issues facing cosplayers as the phenomenon continues to grow.

The book will join Gemstone Publishing’s growing “How To” series, which includes The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics and The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comic & Animation Art, with The Overstreet Guide To Grading Comics due this November. Members of the Gemstone Publishing team, including Vice-President of Publishing J.C. Vaughn and Creative Director Mark Huesman will be in attendance, as will Geppi’s Entertainment Museum’s Michael Solof and Kevin Brennan.

A large number of cosplayers will be pictured in this first-of-its-kind Overstreet volume, but only a limited number of cosplayers will selected to be interviewed and extensively featured in the book. Full rules for entering the photo shoot will be posted soon on the Virginia Comicon’s website. No purchase is required to appear, but participants are urged to make a $5 donation to The Hero Initiative, which will also be at the show.

Wolverine co-creator and veteran Incredible Hulk artist Herb Trimpe, longtime G.I. Joe writer-artist Larry Hama, and Nexus co-creator and artist Steve Rude head up a guest roster that also includes (in alphabetical order) Steve Bird, Brian Clevinger, Sam Ellis, Dan Fogel, Danielle Frazetta, Randy Green, Rick Ketcham, Tom King, Dan Nokes, Dan Parent, Alex Saviuk, Brian Shearer, Matt Slay, Louis Small, Jr., Rick Spears, Billy Tucci, and John “Waki” Wycough. Additional guests will be added soon.

The Virginia Comicon’s two-day show will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23, 2014 at the Richmond International Raceway, 602 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222.

New York Comic Con 2014: Batman: The Complete Television Series Swoops In

PrintAdam West will bring Batman: The Complete Television Series to New York Comic Con in a panel on October 9.

Fans will get all the details on the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment puts West center-stage for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete TV Series.

Starting at 6:45pm on the Main Stage in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, fans in attendance – and those live-streaming the panel at home – will get an inside sneak peak at all the exclusive content in this long-awaited home entertainment release, as well as dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series.

Batman: The Complete TV Series will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Limited Edition Box Set, and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, starting November 11, 2014.

Small Press Expo 2014: The Graphic Novel and Comic Highlights

an iranian metamorphosisI love Small Press Expo, as it’s a convention that puts me in front of hundreds of small press and independent comics that I never see in Previews or on my local stores’ shelves (let alone coverage at comic blogs, but we promise to do better!). I walked out with a decent pile of books from the show, and here’s the pile!

An Iranian Metamorphosis by Mana Neyestani and published by Uncivilized Books. The graphic novel was at the top of my list of books to get leading up to the show. One of Neyestani’s cartoons sparked riots in Iran, which landed him and his editor in solitary confinement. The graphic novel explores the complex interplay between art, law, politics, ethnic sensitivities, and authoritarian elements inside Iran’s Islamic Republic as well as refugee’s attempts to find safety and freedom.

on the booksOn the Books: A Graphic Tale of Working Woes at NYC’s Strand Bookstore (World Around Us) by Greg Farrel and published by Microcosm Publishing. The graphic novel is the first-hand account of the 2012 labor struggle at New York City’s legendary Strand bookstore.

War of Streets and Houses by Sophie Yanow and published by Uncivilized Books. The graphic novel is about the American artist witnessing the Quebec spring 2012 student strike on the streets of Montreal, the police’s brutal response all wrapped up in an exploration of urban planning and its hidden connections to military strategies.

The Nixon Museum by Art Baxter and published by Phinkwell Comics Collective. The graphic novel is an interesting look at the complicated former President. I have a weird love of Nixon.

War of Streets and HousesBonnie N. Collide: Nine to Five #5-#8 by Monica Gallagher. If you’ve never read this comic series you’re missing out. It’s about a roller derby girl and her non roller derby life.

Nervenkrank: A Story About John Heartfield by Katherine K. Wirick. The comic tells the story of John Heartfield who was a founding member of the Berlin Dada group and was best known for his political photomontages which satirized and railed against Adolf Hitler, the Nazi Party, German warmongering, and the injustices of capitalism.

The Rebel Gun #1 by Josh Hixon and Dead Crow Comics. The art looks fantastic in this crime noir. I flipped through the book and was sold just by the amazing art.

The Humans #0 by Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely. I love Tom Neely’s Henry and Glenn: Forever, so to get in on the ground floor of his new series is a must. This one will get some mainstream love when the first issue is released by Image Comics in November.

Dark Horse Heads to Rose City Comic Con

Join Dark Horse Comics at Rose City Comic Con! They’ll be at the booth handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out their comics, books, and products for sale!


Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.


Below are featured comics and the writers and/or artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale, availability pending.


10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.  NEVERBOY Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  THE VICTORIES Michael Avon Oeming

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. NEXUS Mike Baron, Steve Rude

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. Alex Maleev

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.  POP Jason Copland

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  STAR WARS Jeremy Barlow (Darth Maul), Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (Legacy)

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.  DREAM THIEF Jai Nitz

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.  SUNDOWNERS Tim Seeley
LADY KILLER Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIRE AND STONE Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Alien vs. Predator), Paul Tobin (Prometheus)

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.  BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Nicholas Brendon*
*This is a ticketed event. Only Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics or materials provided by Dark Horse Comics, please. Two items per person. No photos. Wristbands will be distributed on Saturday at show opening at the Dark Horse booth.



10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. PROJECT BLACK SKY Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost)


11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  EMILY AND THE STRANGERS Cat Farris
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. TERMINATOR SALVATION Pete Woods
TREKKER Ron Randall


1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  CONAN RED SONJA Jim Zub

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.  BANDETTE Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner

Check out these panels featuring their creators!


Spotlight: Alex Maleev

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Alex Maleev, best known for multiple collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis for Marvel comics, is returning to the world of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy this fall. In December, Dark Horse will launch Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Maleev’s first work on the beloved beast of the apocalypse since 2003’s “Still Born” from the anthology series Hellboy: Weird Tales. Join us for an exclusive first look at the upcoming series, as well as a career-spanning discussion.

Spotlight: Greg Rucka
Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Eisner Award–winning writer and novelist Greg Rucka has made a name for himself by crafting powerfully complex and human stories that can make the most fantastical characters feel real. Sit in on a conversation with the writer of Lazarus, Stumptown, Whiteout, and Veil that gets to the heart of how he gives characters souls.

Demented Heroes: The Dark Side of Superhero Comics

Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

While film may favor the classic depiction of capes and cowls, many of today’s comics continue to push the definition of “hero.” Some of the industry’s biggest and brightest have taken the superhero concept and turned it on its head. Many are creating characters and worlds that revel in a much darker vision of high-powered heroes and villains, making it hard to determine whom the reader should be rooting for. Join us for a discussion about the darker take on costumed characters with writers Tim Seeley (Sundowners), Jai Nitz (Dream Thief), and writer/artist Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories), moderated by Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Panel

Room: Panel Room 1
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

The heart of the Scooby gang and one of the most powerful big bads join forces for a panel guaranteed to slay the audience. Join Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), and Clare Kramer (Glory) as they give you all the details and answer every question about working on one of the greatest shows in pop culture. Moderated by the editor in chief of Dark Horse Comics, Scott Allie.

Baron and Rude: 30 Years on Nexus

Room: Panel Room 6
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Join writer Mike Baron and artist Steve Rude, the award-winning creators of the long-running comic series Nexus. After three decades and three publishers, the creators reveal for the first time the behind-the-scenes trials involved in creating such an enduring book.

Spotlight: Tony Moore

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Tony Moore is an Eisner-nominated artist and the cocreator of The Walking Dead and Fear Agent. He’s worked on some of the biggest characters in comics, including the Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Deadpool. Join Tony to find out what it takes to be one of the most influential comic artists of the last decade.

A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Prometheus, Aliens, Predator, and Beyond!

Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.

Nearly thirty years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story of Ridley Scott’s iconic film franchise! Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens vs. Predator followed. Now, the publisher partners with 20th Century Fox again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics! Two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover Fire and Stone, join Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie, writers Paul Tobin (Prometheus), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Alien vs. Predator), and the Aliens team of writer Chris Roberson and artist Patric Reynolds, to discover what’s in store for this grand universe!


Dark Horse Manga: An Afternoon with Carl Horn
Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, and many more! Today Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse.

Spotlight: Matt Wagner

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Writer/artist Matt Wagner began his career in 1982 with the publication of his most well-known character, Grendel. Since that time, in addition to his own creations, he has lent his talents to the likes of such notable characters as Batman and the Shadow, along with many others, and is currently pitting Grendel against the latter in an upcoming series copublished by Dark Horse and Dynamite Entertainment. Join us for a look back at Wagner’s storied career, as well as current and future projects.

30 Years of Masters of the Universe

Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Next year, one of the most beloved toy and entertainment franchises of the 1980s will receive a deluxe hardcover treatment from Dark Horse chronicling thirty years of the powers of Eternia! Now, we invite you to join writer Tim Seeley, original series animator Tom Cook, and more for a sneak peek of the upcoming The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and a discussion of what makes He-Man one of the most enduring cartoon legacies of all time!

Spotlight: Ethan Nicolle

Room: Panel Room 7
Time: 3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Ethan Nicolle is one half of the dynamic duo that brought you the hit comics series and animated series Axe Cop. Sit in on this already-legendary panel that is all about the world he and his little brother made. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to ask some questions.

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Small Press Expo 2014: Erik Johnson’s Kozmo-Knot

Everyone Small Press Expo, there’s amazing comics and graphic novels that at times challenge what we think of when it comes to comics.

This show I got a chance to check out Erik Johnson‘s Kozmo-Knot, a never ending comic strip, a project he’s worked on for 10 years.

Kozmo-Knot is the story of a spaceman and a caveman, a campfire and a blaster, a rocket ship, asteroid, a rocky off-world landscape. It’s a kinetic pantomime that takes a reader on a far away journey, then right back where they started … to begin again.

With the explosion of digital comics, the idea of the never ending canvas and story has been thrown around, this shows you can achieve that with print as well.

New York Comic Con 2014: DC’s Panels, Line-Up, and Batman Celebration

dc-logo-252x300DC Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th Anniversary beginning October 9 at New York Comic Con. Festivities include an impressive booth and an all-star panel line-up in celebration of The Dark Knight. DCE’s panels will dive into bestselling titles, offer exciting new announcements and highlight new creative teams and brand new Gotham-based series.

  • A multi-faceted booth presence featuring Batman costumes worn by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale, and a very special cape and cowl from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder. The booth will also include a Batman memorial statue that appeared in The Dark Knight Rises and video game kiosks featuring Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment games LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and Infinite Crisis.
  • A highlight of DCE’s activities at New York Comic Con will be a must-see “Batman 75th Anniversary” panel that gathers renowned Batman talent for an in-depth discussion. On hand to celebrate the World’s Greatest Detective will be famous Batman artist Jim Lee, DCE Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, bestselling Batman creative team, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, superstar Batman artist Neal Adams and the “voice of Batman” Kevin Conroy. Saturday 2pm Empire Stage 1-E
  • The future of Gotham begins this October and the “Batman: Gotham Rising” panel will herald in a collection of writers and artists to discuss Batman’s next 75 years, including the debut of BATGIRL’s new look, along with the debut of new series Gotham Academy, Arkham Manor and Gotham By Midnight, and a new storyline from the bestselling Batman series, and hit titles Catwoman, Robin Rises, and Grayson. Friday 3:15pm Empire Stage 1-E
  • Get an inside look at some of the amazing work from DCE’s female creatives at the “Women Of DC Entertainment” panel which will include Joker’s Daughter writer Marguerite Bennett, new series Gotham Academy writer Becky Cloonan, Harley Quinn writer/artist Amanda Conner, Wonder Woman writer Meredith Finch, Coffin Hill writer Caitlin Kittredge, Secret Six writer Gail Simone, and new Batgirl artist Babs Tarr. Saturday 6:15pm Room Room 1A06
  • Join the heroes of DC Comics – The New 52 at the “Champions of Justice” panel which will include Justice League writer Geoff Johns, Wonder Woman artist David Finch, Star Spangled War Stories writer Jimmy Palmiotti, Constantine writer Ray Fawkes, Deathstroke writer and artist Tony Daniel, Lobo artist Aaron Kuder, Grayson writer Tim Seeley and artist Tom King, Batman/Superman writer Greg Pak, and Secret Origins writer Paul Levitz. Saturday 4:15pm Room 1A06
  • Get your download on the latest “DC Digital” titles from new series including Arrow: Season 2.5, The Flash: Season Zero, Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, as well as Injustice and Smallville. You won’t want to miss sneak peeks and exciting news about what’s on the horizon for the digital slate. Panelists include Marc Guggenheim, Bruno Redondo, Marc Andreyko, Shawn Kittlesen, and Bryan Q. Miller. Sunday 2:00pm Room Room 1A21
  • Unlock the secrets behind the hugely anticipated new storyline at the “Green Lantern: Godhead Begins!” panel, featuring a star-studded collection of talent including Van Jensen, Justin Jordan, Robert Venditti and Brad Walker. Friday 1:15 pm Room Room 1A06
  • Get an inside look at Vertigo’s genre-defying titles at the “Vertigo: Defy Conventions” which will amaze with trend-setting comics and top-notch talent. Plus be there for sneak peeks at what’s to come from the imprint that consistently defies expectations. Friday 5:15pm Room Room 1A06
  • “Mad About MAD” – MAD Magazine presents the latest from the Usual Gang Of Idiots in this hilarious, must-see panel! Thursday 6:15pm Room 1A24
  • Fans will be able to pick up exciting New York Comic Con exclusives including variant cover editions of The Multiversity #1, Batman #35, Batgirl #35, and two editions of Harley Quinn: Futures End #1 – “Love It” and “Hate It.”

Small Press Expo Comes to Amazon. Amazon Comes to Small Press Expo.

spx_amazonThe Small Press Expo is running this weekend just outside of Washington, DC in Bethesda, MD. The show is the premiere convention for independent comics, not just drawing big names, but also some amazing talent who don’t get the exposure deserved, and are overshadowed by the more known mainstream publishers at other conventions. Walking the floor of the convention, you can see that there’s truly something for everyone when it comes to comic books and graphic novels, and there’s fantastic independent and small press comics being produced. But, that’s on the show floor, and in previous years this knowledge and fact was confined to the hotel ballroom, social media, word of mouth, and the various blogs that covered it all.

In steps Amazon, who, in their comics and graphic novels section, is highlighting some of the amazing comics and graphic novels you’ll find at the show from the exhibitors and Ignatz nominees. Started in 1997, the Ignatz Awards is the show prize of the Small Press Expo recognizing outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning. For some of the offerings you can buy print copies, and others you can get it right away for the Kindle, all at the solid prices you’d expect from Amazon.

It’s wonderful to see this, not only is the giant in online sales promoting graphic novels, it also promotes the convention itself, putting it out there for many to see. Amazon has even gone so far as to promote it all through their email program, putting SPX and the graphic novels in front of a potential audience that many would kill to be shown to.

spx_amazon_2This promotion is on top of what comiXology is doing on their site. ComiXology, the leading digital comics platform, has been running a bundle deal where you can purchase 82 comics from folks exhibiting and attending the show for just $10. They’ve promoted it through their social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. That bundle deal ends later today, so get purchasing (and you can pay through Amazon payments)!

While comiXology has supported SPX, and the Ignatz before, this is a first for Amazon, who has previously supported the Eisners, the awards from San Diego Comic-Con. This is a huge boost for independent comics, and particularly the Small Press Expo, a gem of a convention.

ComiXology was purchased by Amazon earlier this year, and now you have two heavy weights (part of one family) showing much love for the indie comics scene. While some have been worried about the acquisition, moves like this show why it is a good thing, and overall, the purchase of comiXology by Amazon is a positive for the comics community as a whole.

Fantagraphics says FU with New Imprint

FukitorFantagraphics Books is launching Fantagraphics Underground Press (FU Press), a new micro imprint that will publish books and print projects appealing to a smaller, more rarefied readership. The Fantagraphics mission has always been to publish comics and cartoons that take risks and reflect the uncompromising vision of the artist. It’s also crucial for them to put out books that will survive in an unforgiving mass market, but, what about work that doesn’t quite fit into their standard business model? Work by relatively unknown cartoonists that’s innovative, quirky, idiosyncratic, oddball, experimental, or downright crazy, work by established cartoonists that’s simply off-kilter or too obscure to sustain a mass market release, or archival work by significant cartoonists who have been overlooked and that might otherwise be short-shrifted due to the commercial demands of the traditional marketplace.

The FU Press imprint will inhabit a space between self-publishing and mass-market publishing. They’ll print limited editions (between 100 and 500 copies), market them on their website, help arrange signings and convention appearances, and sell them at comic festivals and to a select few comics shops across North America. New Jersey based independent printer, Jon Barli, will be supervising the printing and production of all the FU Press books. With such an ever-changing landscape, Fantagraphics has the opportunity to produce exciting and hand-crafted editions in short runs here in the United States utilizing a wide gamut of printing methods and formats: everything from a traditional digital-offset paperback to a hand sewn jacketed softcover to an epic accordion book; as projects demand, we can utilize silkscreen or letterpress, or any combination, and create truly artisanal books.

The Emperor's New Clothes The Tower of Babel in the Art WorldFantagraphics wants the cartoonist to be as involved in all of these areas as he or she wants to, but they’re willing to do the heavy lifting, allowing the cartoonists to focus on their creative work without worrying about every step of the commercial process – the logistics and financial hassles of printing, distribution, and promotion.

The first two FU books will debut at Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD and be available for purchase by mail in October of 2014. They are both violent responses to different aspects of pop culture, high and low. Jonah Kinigstein‘s The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Tower of Babel in the “Art” World is an 80-page oversized landscape-format softcover collecting Kinigstein’s political cartoons inveighing against the trends of abstract and modern art through the 20th century. Meticulously rendered in pen and ink in the tradition of George Townshend and James Gilray, the elaborate compositions skewer artists, curators, and critics. Jason KarnsFukitor is an attack of a different kind: reprinted from the artist’s self-published zine, the book is a 144 page compilation of full color comics that reside uneasily between a straight and satirical response to the violence, xenophobia, and sexual and racial stereotypes found in pop culture.

Future projects include portfolios of drawings by Richard Sala and Guy Colwell, and a reprint of seminal underground/alternative cartoonist George Metzger’s Beyond Time and Again.

It’s fitting that the name of the imprint is Fantagraphics Underground (FU Press) – since underground comics were a source of inspiration when Fantagraphics started publishing The Comics Journal in 1976; in 1981 Jack Jackson’s Los Tejanos was the first “graphic novel” we ever published. The underground comics movement was a guerilla model we looked up to: uncensored expression, author ownership, and work that could only be published outside of mainstream channels. FU Press is a return to our roots.

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