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It’s “Now” for Fantagraphics with a New Comics Anthology

Fantagraphics Books Inc. has announced the arrival of Now, a tri-annual anthology series with all new stories that highlights the diversity and talent of cartoonists all over the globe. The first issue is set to debut at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD and will arrive in comic shops and bookstores September 20th, 2017.

Now aspires to be an affordable and ongoing anthology of new comics that appeals both to the comics-curious as well as the serious aficionado. In the age of long form graphic novels, Now also intends to provide a platform for short fiction, experimentation, and for showcasing diversity in the comics field. The only common denominator to each piece is an exemplary use of the comics form.

Now is the brainchild of Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds, who previously edited 22 volumes of the fondly-remembered anthology Mome from 2005-2011.

The first issue will feature fan-favorites and fresh finds alike, and includes new work from acclaimed creators such as Eleanor Davis, Noah Van Sciver, Gabrielle Bell, Dash Shaw, Sammy Harkham, and Malachi Ward, as well as international stars such as J.C. Menu, Conxita Herrerro, Tobias Schalken, and Antoine Cossé. Plus strips from rising stars Tommi Parrish, Sara Corbett, Daria Tessler, and newcomer Kaela Graham, as well as a gorgeous painted cover by Pennsylvania artist Rebecca Morgan.

Now #1 will appear in the July issue of the Diamond Previews catalog for a September release and the second issue of the series is set to release in January 2018. Fantagraphics.com is offering an exclusive three issue subscription service for Now.

Kramers Ergot, the Anthology that Revolutionized the Medium, Comes to Fantagraphics

Kramers Ergot is the twenty-first-century’s premier comics anthology. Since its inception in 2000, it has introduced new talents and solidified aesthetics; each volume is an of-the-moment, state-of-the-medium manifesto.

This anthology has always been a reflection of creator/editor Sammy Harkham‘s comics passions, both past and future. This volume plunges into the spot where contemporary visual art discovers narrative, expanding the boundaries of the comics page. Kramers Ergot 9 gathers many of the best and brightest together in one giant, oversized collection: it will feature Michael DeForge, Noel Freibert, Steven Weissman, Anya Davidson, Stefan Marx, Abraham Diaz, Leon Sadler, Julia Gfrörer, Adam Buttrick, Kim Deitch, Ben Jones, Andy Burkholder, Antony Huchette, Trevor Alixopulos, Antoine Cossé, Archer Prewitt, Kevin Huizenga, Renée French, Dash Shaw, and many other comics greats to be announced.

Kramers Ergot 9 is slated for release in March 2016.

Edited by Sammy Harkham
$45 * 250 Pages * Full Color * 9″ x 11 ¾”
ISBN: 978-1606999127

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Small Press Expo announces debut works from Lilli Carre, Keith Knight, Sammy Harkham, Michael DeForge, Adrian Tomine and over 140 others at SPX 2012

The Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. It’s now wonder then that so many new independent comics will debut at the festival. To find out what to expect, you can head to http://www.spxpo.com/debuts. But, there’s over 140 debuts at this year’s show, the most in show history. They represent a diverse range of cartooning styles, narrative approaches, topics, audiences and cartoonists, from some of the biggest names in the indie comics field.

Here’s a few of the comics you can expect:

Lilli Carre will be back at SPX for the first time in over five years with her new compilation Heads or Tails, from Fantagraphics.

Keith Knight’s social commentary strip K Chronicles, has a new compendium of material not available in other collections, titled The Incredible Cuteness of Being.

Sammy Harkham debuts his new book from Picturebox, Everything Together: Collected Stories.

Adrian Tomine’s New York Drawings from Drawn & Quarterly collects and annotates his illustration work, including drawings for The New Yorker and other magazines.

Michael DeForge series of self-anthologized works continues with the debut of  Lose #4 from Koyama Press.

All of the above creators will be at SPX 2012 to sign their latest works.

The festival features additional debuts from: Carol Tyler, Theo Ellsworth,  Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson, Dean Haspiel, Renee French, Ron Rege, Diana Thung, Jess Smart Smiley, Carolyn Belefski, Lamar Abrams, Ethan Rilly, Frank Santoro, Julia Wertz, Michael Bracco and many others.

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.

SPX Announces Michael deForge, Dean Haspiel and Sammy Harkham as Guests of Small Press Expo 2012

Small Press ExpoSmall Press Expo has announced Michael DeForge, Sammy Harkham and Dean Haspiel as honored guests of SPX 2012.  They are in addition to the previously announced guests Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Francoise Mouly, Jamie & Gilbert Hernandez and Adrian Tomine.

Michael DeForge will be appearing at SPX for the very first time. DeForge is the creator of the one-man anthology series Lose, from Koyama Press. He won the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards, Canada’s most prestigious award in the comics field and provided the art for the cover to the SPX 2012 program.

Emmy award winning artist, Dean Haspiel, created the Eisner Award nominated, Billy Dogma, and illustrated for HBO’s Bored To Death. His career is varied and has included collaborations with Jonathan Lethem, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, and Inverna Lockpez. He also curates + creates multimedia projects for TripCity.net, a Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon.

Sammy Harkham is the editor of the anthology series Kramer’s Ergot, the 8th volume of which was released late last year.  He is also the creator behind the comic Crickets and his new book, Everything Else, a compendium of his works, will be released this Fall from Picturebox.

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.

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

Lynda Barry on NPR’s TOTN; New Barry, Ware, Shapton and more!

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Tune into NPR’s Talk of the Nation today, 11/11/10, to listen to Neal Conan and Lynda Barry in conversation. Be sure to call in!

Here are the remaining dates on Lynda tour, with more 2011 dates to be announced including Montreal in mid January!

11/15/10-Chicago-SAIC, 11/21/10-Miami Book Fest with Vanessa Davis, 12/2/10-NY-92nd St Y with Maira Kalman, 12/4/10-Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Fest with Charles Burns, 1/25/11-Chicago-Unity Temple Oak Park, 3/17/11-Philadelphia Free Library, 4/15/11-Boston-Wellesley College

Lynda’s new book , PICTURE THIS, is in stores now.

Lynda Barry singlehandedly created a literary genre all her own, the graphic-memoir-how-to, otherwise known as the bestselling, the acclaimed, but most importantly, the adored and the inspirational What It Is. The R.R. Donelley and Eisner Award-winning book posed, explored and answered the question “Do you think you can write”? Now with PICTURE THIS, Barry asks “Why do we stop drawing?” and “Why do we start?” It features the return of Barry’s most beloved character, Marlys, and introduces a new one, the Nearsighted Monkey. Like WHAT IT IS, PICTURE THIS is an inspirational, take home extension of Barry’s traveling, continually sold out, and sought after workshop, “Writing The Unthinkable.”

Hardcover, 8.375 x 10.875 inches, full color, 176 pages, ISBN: 9781897299647, $29.95 USD

The 20th volume of Chris Ware’s ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY is in stores now.

Jordan Wellington Lint, 51, is Chief Executive Officer of Lint Financial Products, a company he began serving in 1985 as assistant and advisor before working his way up its corporate ladder to record-setting innovation in the fields of finance and high-yield investment. In his seven years as the head of Lint, Jordan has grown the company from a business lender and real estate speculator to a leading provider of network financial infrastructure services, all the while positioning Lint as a model of corporate integrity and high-yield, low-risk product. Lint’s vision has made him one of the most influential and widely sought-after leaders in the complex Omaha securities industry, and his fresh approach to an understanding of local problems, leadership and determination have enabled Lint to grow, outdistance and outpace its competitors.

Lint graduated from UNL in 1981 with a BA in Business and briefly studied music and recording in Los Angeles before returning to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where he has continued his life journey ever since. In his ongoing role as Chief Executive Officer and his dual roles as public servant and father, Lint continues to put his creative leadership and vision to work in a variety of challenging settings. He is married and is the father of two boys.

The ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY NUMBER 20 comprises a contributing chapter to cartoonist Chris Ware’s gradual accretion of the ongoing graphic novel experiment “Rusty Brown.”

Hardcover, 9.25 x 7 inches, color, 72 pages, ISBN: 9781770460201, $23.95 US / $24.95 CDN

DENYS WORTMAN’S NEW YORK is in stores now.

After cartoonist, educator and editor James Sturm discovered the vintage book, Mopey Dick and the Duke, he set off to find more about the author, the deceased and unknown cartoonist Denys Wortman. Sturm immediately took note of the masterful drawings – casual, confident, and brimming with personality and wondered how this cartoonist escaped his radar.

DENYS WORTMAN’S NEW YORK is not only a tribute to Wortman, but it is a tribute to New York, the city that sparked Wortman’s voracious creative output. From coal cellars to roof tops, from opera houses to boarding houses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dish washers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hobos, society matrons, young mothers, secretaries, and students who collectively make New York the city it is.

Paperback, 8.25 x 10.75 inches, black and white, 288 pages, ISBN: 9781770460133, $29.95 US / $31.95 CDN

Leanne Shapton’s NATIVE TREES OF CANADA is in stores on November 23, 2011

As seen in the NY Times Book Review and Design Sponge, the new petite livre from illustrator, author, art director, and publisher. While shopping in the used-book store the Monkey’s Paw in Toronto, Leanne Shapton happened upon a 1956 edition of the government reference book The Native Trees of Canada, originally published in 1917 by the Canadian Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources. Most people might simply view the book as a dry cataloging of a banal subject; Shapton, however, saw beauty in the technical details and was inspired to create her own interpretation of THE NATIVE TREES OF CANADA.

Shapton distills each image into its simplest form, using vivid colors in lush ink and house paint. She takes the otherwise complex objects of trees, pinecones, and seeds and strips them down into bold, almost abstract shapes and colors: the water birch is represented as two pulsating red bulbs contrasted against a gray backdrop; the eastern white pine is represented by a close-up of its cone against a radiant summer sky.

The author of Was She Pretty? and Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, Shapton puts forth yet another entirely new facet of her creative artistry.

ISBN: 9781770460324, $19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

THE WRONG PLACE by Brecht Evens is in stores on November 23, 2010.

Rendered in vivid watercolor where parquet floors and patterned dresses morph together, THE WRONG PLACE revolves around oft-absent Robbie, a charismatic lothario of mysterious celebrity who has the run of a city as chaotic as it is resplendent. Robbie’s sexual energy captivates the attention of men and women alike; his literal and figurative brightness is a startling foil to the dreariness of his childhood friend, Francis. With a hand as sensitive as it is exuberant, Brecht Evens’s first English graphic novel captures the strange chemistry of social interaction as easily as he portrays the fragmented nature of identity. THE WRONG PLACEcontrasts life as it is, angst-ridden and awkward, with life as it can be: spontaneous, uninhibited, and free. This is the first book from Brecht Evens, a cartoonist and visual artist based in Belgium.

Full Color, 184 pages, 6 7/8 by 8 1/2 inches, ISBN: 9781770460010 , $24.95 US / $27.95 CDN



Kevin Huizenga at Bergen Street Comics for WILD KINGDOM
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:00 PM
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn NY
More info here

“Every few pages, there’s a hilariously inventive piece of cartooning.”– NY Times Book Review

“What Huizenga has created is a collection of spiky, intellectually adventurous stories that fit together at odd angles. The result: a mordantly funny field guide to a very specific and modern species of dread.”–NPR Books We Like.

Vanessa Davis at Pegasus Books for MAKE ME A WOMAN
Thursday November 18, 2010, 7:30 PM
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
More info here

“Davis is bright and funny,”–Onion AV Club

“These autobiographical comics—divided between published strips and pencil drawings from her daily diary—are often as much about her as everyone around her.”–Nicole Rudick

“Her auto-biographical comics seem like they could be about my life.”–Julia Rothman

D+Q at the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival
Saturday, December 4, 2010, 12:00-9:00 PM
275 North 8th St, Brooklyn NY
More info here

With Lynda Barry, Adrian Tomine (debuting advances of his new 2011 book Scenes From an Impending Marriage), Anders Nilsen (debuting the final issue of Big Questions), Leanne Shapton, Jillian Tamaki, Gabrielle Bell, Keith Jones, Sammy Harkham and more.

Do not miss the feature event with Lynda Barry and Charles Burns in conversation. Details to come!