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Gilbert Hernandez T-Shirt Fundraiser for BINC

Snag this sweet new Love and Rockets tee to support indie bookstores and comic shops! After querying the Instagram hive mind, Fantagraphics have created a brand new shirt, featuring art by the one and only Gilbert Hernandez, ripped straight from the pages of Love and Rockets Vol. IV #8!

It’s also a fundraiser for BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation) who are working to support independent bookstores and comic shops nationwide through these unstable times.

30% of each purchase (which is the net profit after fees and taxes) will go to BINC to support their increasingly necessary work.

Flaunt your antisocial comics nerd cred for a great cause!

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Foreword Reviews – No Shortage of Fuel for Love and Rockets: An Interview With Indie Comic’s Creators – Go get these as they come out! New one out today!

New York Times – Comic Books, in Black and White – Go check out this series!

CBC – ‘House of Cards, but with robots’: Transformers comic books explore politics, gender and romance – Yeah, that about sums it up.

CBR – Dwayne McDuffie’s Estate Sues Over Milestone Revival – Well that adds a wrinkle to it all.

Publisher’s Weekly – Manga Houses Shift Focus to Anime Expo over San Diego – With so many anime/manga specific shows, do they even need SDCC?

The Beat – Tilting at Windmills #261: Marvel Comics and The Deck Chairs of the Titanic – Thoughts?

The Beat – Meanwhile, one Image creator opens up on low sales – and here’s the book he’s talking about – A good read about the reality of comics.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – The Death of Stalin

Comic Attack – Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #3

Love and Rockets Returns as an Ongoing Comic this Fall

Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1 1Fantagraphics Books has announced that Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez’s beloved Love and Rockets will return this fall in the same magazine format that fans fell in love with during its original 50 issue run from 1982-1996. Love and Rockets has been Fantagraphics’ flagship publication since its initial magazine debut in 1982, and the new series (Vol. IV, for those keeping track) will launch on the eve of the title’s 35th anniversary in September 2016 and continue every four months thereafter. The new format and schedule comes after a decade of the Love and Rockets: New Stories annual.

The Love and Rockets stories by brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez continue to hold a firm grasp on the imaginations of several generations of comic book fans, garnering multiple Eisner and Ignatz Awards in recent years for their work on New Stories. Meanwhile, the collected Love and Rockets trade paperbacks continue to be perennial best sellers for Fantagraphics, with 11 volumes to date.

Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1 2The new Love and Rockets marks Gilbert and Jaime’s return to the “floppy” format for the first time in a decade and will measure 8 ½” x 10 ¾”, with at least 32 pages per issue, retailing at $4.99.

The new format will play to the strengths of master cartoonists Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, focusing on their diverse cast of characters and the rich milieus they have established over the past three-and-a-half decades: from Jaime’s Maggie and Hopey to Gilbert’s Luba and Fritz, old and new fans alike will be able to enjoy two of the great bodies of work in comics history, under one cover.

The all-new Love and Rockets Vol. IV #1 appears in the July Diamond Previews catalog for September shipping products.

SDCC 2012 – Fantagraphics and comiXology Announce Digital Distribution Agreement

iPad Love and Rockets

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.

Love and Rockets #1-4

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.
Love and Rockets Tshirts

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!

Small Press Expo announces Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez as guests for SPX 2012

Small Press Expo announces Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez as guests for SPX 2012

Bethesda, Maryland; February 21, 2012 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, welcomes acclaimed independent cartoonists Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez as guests for SPX  2012.  2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the first issue of Love and Rockets, and SPX is proud to be the only East Coast comic festival to have Jaime and Gilbert as guests for this years celebration.

In addition to celebrating the anniversary of their works, this will mark the first time in the 21st century that previously announced guests Chris Ware and Dan Clowes will be at an event with Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez.

There are four new books tentatively scheduled to be released by Fantagraphics Books by Jaime and Gilbert in 2012 prior to SPX, including Love and Rockets New Stories #5. Other books include two collections and a companion volume:

The Adventures of Venus by Gilbert Hernandez
God and Science by Jaime Hernandez
The Love and Rockets Companion by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez ushered in the 1980s as bold and vibrant new voices in the comics medium at a time when the comics publishing industry had all but given up on independent artists. After sending their self-published Love and Rockets #1 – an intoxicating blend of punk rock, sci-fi, B-movies, and seemingly the entire history of cartooning – to The Comics Journal, the series opened the gateway for a new generation of cartooning talent.

Although Love and Rockets has been relaunched and reformatted several times throughout its history, Los Bros have continued with the series non-stop since that first self-published issue, through the evolution of their individual artistic styles and concerns. Gilbert in particular has published prolifically with a variety of publishers, but the long-form stories of Gilbert’s town of Palomar and Jaime’s Locas remain among the most respected and loved independent comics. Their compelling characters have grown older with their devoted long-term readers, even as they have continued to attract new readers.

Details of events featuring Los Bros Hernandez will be released as planning is finalized. Pre-Expo interview opportunities may be available. Please contact the SPX press office at the number above.

About SPX

SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators, as well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which gifts graphic novels to public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website at http://www.cbldf.org.

SPX also preserves the works of the creators in the indie comics community through the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, a first of its kind relationship between a festival and a major collecting institution in the United States.

SPX 2012 will be held Saturday, September 15  and Sunday, September 16.  For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.spxpo.com.

Comic Professionals Honor Peers at 2011 Harvey Awards

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Comic Professionals Honor Peers at 2011 Harvey Awards

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 1, 2011 – Comic professionals came together Saturday night, August 20, 2011 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2011 Harvey Awards, sponsored by DC Comics, comiXology, Insight Studios, IDW, and Painted Visions Comics, Cards & Games. The banquette to honor those nominated and the winners in more than 20 categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.Harvey Award Recipient Logo

Named in honor of Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of comics and is the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. First awarded in 1988, it is one of the industry’s oldest and most respected awards.

Scott Kurtz, who is best known for his webstrip, PvP, served as Master of Ceremonies for the third year in a row, bringing his great sense of humor and charisma to the stage.

Special thanks go to the sponsors who generously donated to the 2011 Harvey Gift Bags, including: Abrams Books; Adhouse Books; BOOM! Studios; DC Comics; IDW; Lasermach; Legendary Comics; Top Cow; and Popfun Merchandising.

This year’s winners include:

Best Letterer: John Workman, Thor, Marvel Comics

Best Colorist: Jose Villarrubia, Cuba: My Revolution, Vertigo/DC Comics

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: Doonesbury, Gary Trudeau, Universal Press Syndicate

Best Online Comics Work: Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton, http://harkvagrant.com/

Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Blacksad, Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, Dark Horse Comics

Best Inker: Mark Morales, Thor, Marvel Comics

Best New Series: American Vampire, Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafeal Albuquerque, Vertigo/DC Comics

Most Promising New Talent: Chris Samnee, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics: Roger Langridge, The Muppet Show, BOOM! Studios

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar and Franko Aureliana, DC Comics

Best Graphic Album Previously Published: Beasts of Burden, Even Dornkin and Jill Thompson

Best Anthology: Popgun #4, edited by DJ Kirkbride, Anthony Wu and Adam P. Knave, Image Comics

Best Domestic Reprint Project: Dave Steven’s The Rocketeer: Artists Edition, design by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

Best Cover Artist: Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Dark Horse Comics

Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation: The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death, Todd Hignite, Abrams ComicArts

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Dave Steven’s The Rocketeer: Artists Edition, design by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

Best Original Graphic Album: Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Oni Press

Best Continuing or Limited Series: Love and Rockets: Volume 3, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Fantagraphics

Best Writer: Roger Langridge, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics

Best Artist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW

Best Cartoonist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW

Best Single Issue or Story: Daytripper, Fabio Moon and Gabiel Ba, Vertigo/DC Comics

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Hero Award: Mike Gold

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Stan Lee

Paul McSpadden, Harvey Awards Administrator, was also honored with an award commemorating his 24 years of service.

The Baltimore Comic will host the Harvey Awards for the seventh year during the 13th annual show, taking place September 8-9, 2012.

Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That’s right! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we’ll see YOU in Baltimore!

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Small Press Expo Announces the Ignatz Award Nominees for SPX 2011

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Small Press Expo Announces the Ignatz Award Nominees for SPX 2011

Bethesda, Maryland; August 18, 2011 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce nominees for the fifteenth annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Rina Ayuyang, Mike Dawson, Kris Dresen, Theo Ellsworth, and John Porcellino, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Additional information on the nominees and previews (as available) can be found at http://www.spxpo.com/ignatz-awards.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 10 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 11, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center  in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.

For further information on the Ignatz Awards, the nominees or to request an interview, please contact Warren Bernard at warren@spxpo.com.

For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.spxpo.com.

Outstanding Artist
Michael DeForge, Lose #3 (Koyama Press)
Edie Fake, Gaylord Phoenix (Secret Acres)
Renee French, H-Day (Picturebox)
Joseph Lambert, I Will Bite You (Secret Acres)
Carol Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Black Eye, edited by Ryan Standfest (Rotland Press)
Gay Genius, edited by Annie Murphy (Sparkplug)
I Will Bite You, Joseph Lambert (Secret Acres)
Make Me a Woman, Vanessa Davis (Drawn & Quarterly)
Three #1, edited by Robert Kirby (Rob Kirby Comics)

Outstanding Graphic Novel
Gaylord Phoenix, Edie Fake (Secret Acres)
The Heavy Hand, Chris Cilla (Sparkplug)
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet Books)
Special Exits, Joyce Farmer (Fantagraphics)
You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage, Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Story
“Blood of the Virgin,” Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
“Browntown,” Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 3, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
“LINT,” Acme Novelty Library #20, Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)
“The most gripping mind-exploding triumphantly electric of our time,” Papercutter #15, Jonas Madden-Conner (Tugboat Press)
“Weekends Abroad,” Three #1, Eric Orner (Rob Kirby Comics)

Promising New Talent
Darryl Ayo Brathwaite, House of Twelve Monthly #3 (Comixology)
Tony Breed, Finn and Charlie are Hitched (www.hitchedcomic.com)
Jesse Jacobs, Even the Giants (AdHouse)
Jon McNaught, Birchfield Close (Nobrow)
Jesse Moynihan, Forming (Nobrow)

Outstanding Series
Crickets, Sammy Harkham
Dungeon Quest, Joe Daly (Fantagraphics)
Everything Dies, Box Brown (self-published)
Lose, Michael DeForge (Koyama Books)
Reich, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug Comic Books)

Outstanding Comic
Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian (self-published)
Habitat #2, Dunja Jankovic (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Lose #3, Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
The Magic Hedge, Marian Runk (self-published)

Outstanding Mini-Comic
Ben Died of a Train, Box Brown (self-published)
Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian (self-published)
Gaylord Phoenix #5, Edie Fake (self-published)
Morning Song, Laura Terry (self-published)
Trans-Utopia, Tom Kaczynski (Uncivilized Books)

Outstanding Online Comic
Alphabet Horror, Nate Marsh: www.alphabethorror.com
A Cartoonist’s Diary, Pascal Girard: www.tcj.com/author/pascal-girard/
Finn and Charlie are Hitched,Tony Breed: www.hitchedcomic.com
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton: www.harkavagrant.com
Lucky, Gabrielle Bell: www.gabriellebell.com

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