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Purchase The Sandman: Overture #6 Digitally & Get an Exclusive Preview of The Twilight Children #1

Looking forward to the launch of Vertigo‘s The Twilight Children by the legendary Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke? If you can’t wait until the official release of the first issue on October 14 (and we don’t blame you!), fans can read an exclusive black and white preview of the first issue on September 30.

The black and white preview will be included with the digital purchase of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Overture #6, which is the final issue of Gaiman’s  prequel story to The Sandman –  his magnum opus which started 25 years ago.

The Twilight Children is a surreal story wherein a woman emerges from a strange white orb that washes ashore and her presence transforms the lives of the villagers of a small fishing community in Latin America. Fans of Gilbert Hernandez’ award-winning magical realism and Darwyn Cooke’s kinetic, masterful storytelling will not be disappointed.

The Twilight Children is part of Vertigo’s new Fall slate consisting of 12 series that will release over 12 consecutive weeks starting in October.

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Wizard World Las Vegas The Walking Dead #1 Variant Cover By Gilbert Hernandez

Gilbert Hernandez The Walking Dead #1Wizard World, Inc. and Skybound announced that Love & Rockets creator Gilbert Hernandez has drawn the seventh in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at the inaugural Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas, April 24-26.

The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

Hernandez’s Love & Rockets has been translated into French, Japanese and many other languages, and has received numerous awards for excellence. The book collections from Fantagraphics have garnered almost nothing but rave reviews from fan and mainstream press alike for over a decade. Hernandez’s early comics featured a passel of fascinating females, but the one who commanded center stage in every respect was Luba, who first appeared as an ambitious “voodoo woman” in the science fiction pastiche BEM.

Stars of The Walking Dead TV series scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas include  Norman Reedus, David Morrissey, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney, Michael Cudlitz, Seth Gilliam and Michael Rooker. Other standout celebrities attending include Tom Felton, Tom Mison, Arthur Darvill, Robert Englund, WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, WWE Diva Paige, Milo Ventimiglia, RJ Mitte and more.

In addition to Hernandez, Artist Alley in Las Vegas will feature Salvador Larroca, Neal Adams, Mike Zeck, Phil Ortiz, Michael Golden, Clay Mann and many others.

Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas show hours are Friday, April 24, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

SDCC 2014: Valiant and CBLDF Team Up for Exclusive Gilbert Hernandez HARBINGER #25 SDCC Liberty Variant

Valiant is a proud supporter of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and is doing so with the Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant, a limited edition release of July’s 48-page anniversary spectacular that features a brand new cover by Harvey Award-winning cartoonist and industry icon Gilbert Hernandez! Debuting this July exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, the Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant will be limited to 750 copies and feature Hernandez’s first-ever rendition of the Harbinger Renegades, Valiant’s best-selling teenage superteam.

In addition to a new cover by Hernandez on behalf of CBDLF, the 48-page Harbinger #25 milestone issue also features contributions from a star-studded roster of comics talents, including a lead story by the founding creative team of Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans, and new stories and artwork from Vivek J. Tiwary, Lewis LaRosa, Dan Goldman, Clayton Henry, Justin Jordan, Rafer Roberts, Lucy Knisley, and Barry Kitson.

To celebrate this milestone collaboration, CBLDF will host a group signing at Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, during which Hernandez will sign copies of the Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant alongside New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart, New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner nominee Vivek J. Tiwary, and acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley. The signing will begin at 12:00 P.M. PT sharp at CBLDF booth #1920 inside the San Diego Convention Center.

Hernandez’s Harbinger #25 SDCC Liberty Variant will be available exclusively at the CBLDF’s booth (#1920) inside the San Diego Convention Center and via the CBLDF website. All proceeds will directly benefit the First Amendment legal and education work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an organization that works to protect the freedom to read.

Valiant Entertainment has been a supporter of CBLDF since 2012, and a Corporate Member of the Fund since 2013. This marks the second variant cover Valiant has created as a Comic-Con International exclusive for the fund.

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Small Press Expo Sponsors Lynda Barry and Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez at the National Book Festival

The Small Press Expo has announced that it is a sponsor of the National Book Festival, held by the Library of Congress. As part of this sponsorship, Small Press Expo is bringing to the National Book Festival for the first time Lynda Barry and Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. They will all appear on Sunday, September 22 at the Graphic Novels & Science Fiction Pavillion on The Mall in Washington D.C.

John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book, which is the festival’s author coordinator said in a statement:

The Library of Congress is delighted to welcome Small Press Expo as both a supporter of authors Lynda Barry, Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez at the 2013 National Book Festival and as a reading promotion partner of the Library’s Center for the Book.  Thanks to help from Small Press Expo, this year’s Graphic Novels & Science Fiction pavilion at the National Book Festival is a knock-out.

Here is the schedule  at the National Book Festival for these creators, all sessions will be held on Sunday, September 22 in the Graphic Novel and Science Fiction Pavilion:

Lynda Barry will present from Noon – 12:45PM and sign books from 1:00-2:00PM

Gilbert Hernandez will present from 12:55-1:40PM and sign books from 3:00-4:00PM

Jaime Hernandez will present from 1:50-2:35PM and sign books from 3:00-4:00PM

The primary goal of this sponsorship is to bring creators from the indie comics community to the National Book Festival to better expose them and their works to the diverse audience that attends this prestigious event. Started in 2001, nearly 200,000 people attended the festival in 2011.

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D+Q Fall events with Bagge, Barry, Brown, Castree, Hanawalt, Hernandez, Katin, Modan, Nilsen, Ralph, Seth, Shapton, Spiegelman, Tomine, ROOKIE!

D+Q authors and cartoonists are taking over North America this Fall at an event near you! Check out below to find where these creators will be over the coming months.

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PETER BAGGE

Join Peter Bagge for the launch of his dazzling, accessible biography, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story! He will be presenting a slideshow and signing on his US tour:

BALTIMORE Atomic Books Friday September 13th
BETHESDA Small Press Expo September 14th and September 15th
SEATTLE Town Hall Thursday September 26th
MINNEAPOLIS Magers & Quinn Wednesday October 16th
IOWA CITY Prairie Lights Friday October 18th
CHICAGO Quimby’s Saturday October 19th
BOSTON Brookline Booksmith Monday October 21st
PHILADELPHIA Locust Moon Tuesday October 22nd
NYC MANHATTAN Book Culture Wednesday October 23rd
NYC BROOKLYN Word Thursday October 24th
TORONTO IFOA Saturday October 26th
MIAMI Miami Book Fair November 17th-24th

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LYNDA BARRY

Seeing Lynda Barry in person is a once in a life time experience, do not miss her at the National Book Fest. Get her to sign her latest book, Freddie Stories!

WASHINGTON National Book Festival
Sunday, September 22nd

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CHESTER BROWN

A special, expanded edition of Chester Brown’s celebrated biography of the Canadian rebel Louis Riel!

“While rereading this graphic novel, I thought, ‘Why is this book not given to every schoolchild in Canada? … [H]as Canadian history ever been portrayed with more lyrical space, beauty, complexity, and drama…?” –The Globe and Mail

WINNIPEG McNally Robinson
for Louis Riel’s 169th birthday! Tuesday October 22nd
TORONTO Art Gallery of Ontario
McCready Leacture: an illustrated talk of Brown’s past and current work. Introductions by Andrew Hunter and Seth.
Chester’s original artwork from Louis Riel will be on display in the gallery. Wednesday November 13th

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GENEVIÈVE CASTRÉE

A trans-Canadian exploration of identity from a multitalented artist and musician!

“With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending.”
–Miranda July, author of It Chooses You and No One Belongs Here More Than You

VICTORIA Open Words, University of Victoria
September 17th and September 18th

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OAK PARK Unity Temple Book Launch Tuesday October 1st
TORONTO Magic Pony Saturday, October 26th
LOS ANGELES Skylight Thursday, November 7th
PORTLAND Reading Frenzy Friday, November 8th
SEATTLE Vera Project Saturday, November 9th
CHICAGO MCA Sunday, December 8th

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LISA HANAWALT

“For years I’ve encountered Lisa Hanawalt’s comics and illustrations piecemeal — in various magazines and periodicals. They’re always a pleasant jolt. Now, they’ve been assembled into one thick, blazing bludgeon. I envy you getting walloped by them all for the first time. This is a Hanawalt assault. Succumb.”–Patton Oswalt

BETHESDA Small Press Expo September 14th and 15th
NYC Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday September 22nd

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GILBERT HERNANDEZ

“Mr. Hernandez captures the wonder of childhood”
—_New York Times_

As resonant with the children of today as the children of the sixties, Marble Season is the all-new semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez. The evocative story masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood.

WASHINGTON National Book Fair Sunday, September 22nd

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MIRIAM KATIN

Katin is a master storyteller in Letting It Go, an insightful and serious but also wry account of the myriad ways trauma infects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.

“Katin eschews the use of panel borders for her gorgeously expressive color-pencil drawings, giving the narrative an irresistible flow. This… nuanced and inward-looking tale is an even greater testament to Katin’s remarkable storytelling abilities.”—_Booklist Starred Review_

NEW YORK Brooklyn Book Fest Sunday September 22nd
MIAMI Miami Book Fair November 17th-November 24th

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RUTU MODAN

Savvy and insightful, elegant and subtle, The Property is a triumph of storytelling that explores the absurdity of people’s behaviour and the complex consequences of their sacrifices.

“Modan is masterful at creating complex motivations, exploring the confusion her characters create in each other and, more fundamentally, in themselves.”—_LA Times_

On tour from Tel Aviv!
BETHESDA Small Press Expo September 14th and 15th
WASHINGTON Politics & Prose
Monday September 16th (by Toon Books)
NY Society of Illustrators Tuesday September 17th
NY Bookcourt Thursday September 19th (by Toon Books)
NY New York Art Book Fair Saturday September 21st

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ANDERS NILSEN

Rage of Poseidon is devastating, insightful, and beautifully hewn; it’s a wry triumph in an all-new style from a masterful artist.

BETHESDA Small Press Expo
Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th
CHICAGO Brainframe Friday September 20th
NYC BROOKLYN Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday September 22nd
SAN FRANCISCO Alternative Press Expo
Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th

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BRIAN RALPH

Reggie-12 is a hilarious pop-culture send-up of the infalliable boy hero in Brian Ralph’s trademark stye, told with episodic wit and structure of the contemporary American sitcom. Laughs explode from the page! Brian will be celebrating the launch of Reggie-12 with a rollicking slideshow:

SEATTLE Fantagraphics Bookstore
Saturday, September 7th
PORTLAND Floating World Sunday, September 8th
SAN FRANCISCO Mission: Comics and Art
Tuesday, September 10th
LOS ANGELES Secret Headquarters
Wednesday, September 11th
BETHESDA SPX September 14th & 15th

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SETH

Continuing the new semi-annual hardcover format for Palookaville in volume 21, Seth presents a lushly designed three-part collection: a sketchbook memoir from his childhood in small-town Ontario; pages from the comic strip diary he has kept for almost a decade; an the the continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial.

NEW YORK Adam Baumgold Gallery
Original art from It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken
Tuesday September 10th
*please note that Seth will not be attending the opening.

BETHESDA Small Press Expo
September 14th and September 15th

TORONTO IFOA
Saturday October 26th

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LEANNE SHAPTON

Originally collected on the New York Times Opinion Page, Leanne Shapton’s Sunday Night Movies is a dreamy, beautiful collection of remembered classics.

In New York this September!

Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday, September 22nd
Paris Review Thursday, September 26th

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ART SPIEGELMAN

A comprehensive career overview of the legendary Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist! Spiegelman has been a leader of, and an inspiration for, alternative comics artists throughout the past three decades, and readers are now able to trace the evolution of this multifaceted artist throughout his storied career. Includes rare material and reproductions of out-of-print comics!

In New York this September!
Greenlight slideshow and signing
Wednesday, September 18th
Brooklyn Book Festival in conversation with Jules Feiffer
Sunday, September 22nd
Housing Works in conversation with Dan Nadel
Tuesday, September 24th

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ADRIAN TOMINE

Acclaimed cartoonist Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings, Shortcomings) returns with a dazzling new issue of his two-decade-long comic book series! Tomine channels contemporary zeitgeist and vernacular to produce flawlessly designed, compellingly readable stories.

BETHESDA Small Press Expo
September 14th and September 15th
BROOKLYN Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 22nd

SPX Hosts a Legendary Roster of Guests this Weekend

Small Press ExpoSmall Press Expo is this weekend and will feature a historic lineup of guests. SPX 2012 boasts a murderer’s row of talent, with an indie comix fan’s dream guest list featuring—for the first time ever at a single event—Chris Ware, Françoise Mouly, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, and Adrian Tomine.

This legendary group of creators has collectively won fifteen Ignatz Awards since the festival prize was instituted at 1997’s inaugural SPX.  Among the nominees for the 2012 Ignatz Awards, Los Bros Hernandez are represented in three categories (Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Story, and Outstanding Series).  The 2012 Ignatz Awards will be presented Saturday at 9:30 P.M.

Limited edition posters by Chris Ware, as well as a tote bag of Daniel Clowes art designed by Alvin Buenaventura, will be available at the SPX Sales Table. There will be a special set of all of the posters, flyers, banners and program guide cover signed by the artists in an edition of 25, as well as a poster of the badges designed by Jaime Hernandez, also for sale.

In addition,  appearing at this years show are such honored guests as Michael DeForge, Lille Carre, Becky Dreistadt, Dean Haspiel, and Nick Abadzis.  Guests will be participating in a compelling lineup of programming taking place both Saturday and Sunday, featuring several “spotlight” sessions on individual creators, in addition to panel discussions and special presentations.

SPX is also pleased to announce that publishers NoBrow and Koyama Press will be making their first appearances at SPX 2012, joining longtime SPX participating publishers such as Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and Oni Press in showcasing their latest and greatest books.

SPX Announces the Small Press Expo 2012 Programming Schedule

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2012 Programming Schedule.  SPX has its usual thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th.

SPX 2012 programming highlights include special spotlight discussions with headline guests Daniel Clowes, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, François Mouly, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware, all of whom will also join in several other panel discussions.

This year’s programming schedule will include several panel discussions, with artists including Nick Abadzis, Derf Backderf, Michael DeForge, Theo Ellsworth, Renée French, Sammy Harkham, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Stan Mack, John Porcellino, Katie Skelly and Lauren Weinstein.

This year’s panel discussions will include:

  • A discussion of Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby, featuring Clowes, Mark Newgarden and Ware.
  • A spotlight on British comics, including Abadzis, Glyn Dillon, Nobrow’s Sam Arthur, Ellen Lindner, and Luke Pearson.
  • A consideration of comics as children’s literature with French, Mouly, Newgarden and Brian Ralph.
  • Reflections on life after “alternative comics,” with Clowes, the Hernandez Brothers, and Tomine, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.
  • A discussion about the needs and challenges of institution building in comics.
  • Our annual hands-on comics workshop, led by Robyn Chapman, Hart, and Alec Longstreth.

The complete SPX 2012 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants may be found at http://www.spxpo.com/programming.

This year is the seventh year that SPX programming has been organized by Programming Coordinator Bill Kartalopoulos. Kartalopoulos is a comics educator, critic and curator who has taught classes about comics at Parsons The New School for Design and co-organizes the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He is a Contributing Editor for Print Magazine, and assisted Art Spiegelman on the production of the Eisner Award-winning book MetaMaus.

Programming on Saturday will run from 11:30AM  until 7 p.m. Sunday programming will run from 12:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.  The complete SPX 2012 Programming Schedule may be found at http://www.spxpo.com/programming.

SDCC 2012 – Fantagraphics and comiXology Announce Digital Distribution Agreement

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Yesterday, Fantagraphics celebrating the 30th anniversary of publishing the Hernandez Brothers’ groundbreaking Love and Rockets announced entrance into the digital age through a brand new digital distribution agreement with comiXology.

To mark the occasion, Fantagraphics Books and comiXology have immediately made available the first four issues of the Hernandez Brothers’ phenomenal Love and Rockets: New Stories. Following Comic-Con, comiXology will debut Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 on the same day as the print release is available in comic book stores this September. Subsequently, Fantagraphics will begin to release certain titles from their extensive front list and back catalogue across the entire comiXology platform.

Fantagraphics and comiXology worked closely together to acquire the highest resolution source material to make sure these volumes of Love and Rockets: New Stories look great in comiXology’s new high–definition comic format — CMX-HD — for Love and Rockets fans that are reading on the new iPad.

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SDCC 2012 – Fantagraphics Celebrates 30 Years of Love and Rockets at San Diego Comic-Con

30 Years. Three. Zero. In 1982, Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez published their first comic with Fantagraphics, which debuted at that year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. In 2012, Fantagraphics Books announces the best anniversary present you can give the comics making trio: a year of celebrating Love and Rockets.

Jaime Hernandez remembers his first Comic-Con well. “The first time we spotted Love and Rockets some guy was already selling it for half-off.” Fellow professionals took an interest in the Hernandez brothers’ creation. “Chris Claremont walked up and joked that all the women on the cover should have ‘X’es on their belts,” Jaime joked. “I brought along some pages from the next issue and Frank Miller looked through them ‘studying’ my inking style.”

Thirty years later, fans will line up around that same block to get books signed at this year’s Comic-Con International, where Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez are invited special guests of the show and will even have a special section devoted to their work in the official convention souvenir program. Look for a major Love and Rockets-related announcement to be made at the show as well during the Love and Rockets panel on Saturday.

SDCC Releases

Fantagraphics and the Hernandez Brothers will debut three new books at the show. First up is the newest work by Gilbert and Jaime, Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 , featuring Gilbert’s return to Palomar and Jaime’s much-anticipated follow up to “The Love Bunglers” (from #4). Also debuting is God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls, Jaime’s superhero epic combining material from Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 and #2 plus 30 all-new pages by Jaime. Meanwhile, don’t forget the children: Comic-Con also hails the release of Gilbert’s children-focused graphic novel, The Adventures of Venus.
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Fantagraphics is also partnering with Graphitti Designs for the 30th Anniversary and debuting six new Love and Rockets t-shirts at the show. SDCC attendees might want to pack one shirt less for the show, instead picking up one of these colorful designs featuring their favorite Hernandez characters for a great price of $18.99 each, available at the Fantagraphics booth.

Panel by panel and page by page, Fantagraphics is proud to have a thirty year relationship with such prolific creators as the Hernandez Brothers and welcomes all SDCC attendees to come to the Fantagraphics Booth (1718-1722) and visit these special guests, who will be signing daily. Also, don’t miss the 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets panel on Saturday at the con, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm in Room 24ABC. Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth will moderate a lively trip down memory lane with all three Hernandez Brothers and make a major announcement regarding the future of the series.

For more information as it is released, check the Fantagraphics blog for announcements. Thirty years of the Love and Rockets is at your fingertips!

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