There was almost no way I wasn't going to enjoy Lost Cat. The latest Fantagraphics book from Norwegian cartoonist Jason, it was billed as a crime noir tale with a nod to Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep. Essentially, this was one of my favorite cartoonists telling a story in one of my favorite genres. So while my enjoying it seemed almost assured, it ended up being more than I expected. A commentary on longing and isolation with a twist that should seem out of place yet somehow works perfectly, Lost Cat isn't just my favorite comic of 2013 so far, but it's now my favorite work by one of the greatest cartoonist working in comics today.
Since his quirky, moving, and massive Bottomless Belly Button made every person in the world's best books of 2008 list, cartoonist Dash Shaw has turned his attention to shorter forms and new media. The long-running webcomic Bodyworld, the short story collection The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD, and the IFC animated shorts of the same name have all been marked successes, but many readers, myself included, wondered how long it would be before Shaw cycled back around to a new original graphic novel.
New School, the artist’s first long-form OGN in five years, is now available from Fantagraphics Books, and it answers our wonder with its own. A hardbound, 340-page story of brotherhood, prophecy, and theme parks, New School is surreal, emotional, and delirious with color.
When Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson passed away earlier this week, the comics industry lost one of its leading advocates, greatest editors, and most important voices. Thompson edited and developed talent such as Chris Ware, Dan Clowes and Stan Sakai. Further, he worked tirelessly to edit, translate and publish the work of many extraordinary European cartoonists -- including Jason, Jacques Tardi, Guy Peelaert and more --whose creations the American audience likely never would have seen. Much of Thompson's output had a profound effect on of comics' current creators. As such, when word of his passing came out, there was a huge outpouring of love and admiration from editors, creators, and fans alike who owe so much to Thompson, a man whose efforts influenced so many.
Kim Thompson, Co-Publisher of Fantagraphics and one of the most important editors in the comics industry over the last 30 years, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer. He was 56 years old. Over a career that spanned more than three decades, Thompson edited talent such as Chris Ware, Peter Bagge, Stan Sakai and Joe Sacco, and introduced the work of many legendary European cartoonists to the North American audience.
Fantagraphics Books has confirmed a September 2013 release date for Love And Rockets: The Covers, the eagerly anticipated and first ever full-color compilation of cover artwork from the legendary alt comics opus by Los Bros Hernandez.
One of the many lasting legacies from the 9-11 terrorists attacks will be the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists in the U.S. Military base in Guantanamo, Cuba. It is a moment in this country's history that will undoubtedly be discussed for decades to come, as we all recall these prisoners -- detained outside of the United States and not afforded due process under our judicial system -- and debate the moral issues behind their confinement
Late yesterday afternoon Fantagraphics released a statement on behalf of co-publisher Kim Thompson, revealing that the longtime editor has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, and will be taking a leave of absence from his post. You can read the full statement
Jason is one of my favorite creators working in comics today. The Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz award winning Norwegian comic artist, whose work includes Hey, Wait..., Meow Baby!, I Killed Adolf Hitler and others, deftly uses sparse line work
At the height of his popularity, Michael Jordan was more than just an athlete. He was an icon, a cultural phenomenon the likes of which the world had never seen, and arguably the most recognizable human being on the planet. As such, there have been innumer
Moto Hagio's Heart of Thomas, recently translated and released by Fantagraphics, is my first proper introduction to the shounen-ai, or "boy's love," genre of manga. I have friends who are into yaoi and boy's love, and they have been remarkably generous with their time, knowledge, and gag gifts of yaoi versions of comics I like, but it isn't quite my thing. I generally like comics
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