Fantagraphics San Diego Comic-Con Schedule

by Jeff

FANTAGRAPHICS TO DEBUT NEW RELEASES, HOST OVER 20 AUTHORS, PLUS OFFER OTHER SURPRISES AT 2007 COMIC-CON

Fantagraphics Books, publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists, will be debuting a number of much-anticipated new releases at this year’s Comic-Con (this weekend, July 26-29 at the San Diego Convention Center) as well as hosting round-the-clock author signings and presenting other exclusive surprises.

GET A FREE COPY OF UNSEEN PEANUTS WITH EVERY PURCHASE

Convention shoppers will get a free gift bag with every purchase from Fantagraphics at Comic-Con 2007 (while supplies last), including a copy of Unseen Peanuts, the popular Free Comic Book Day offering from Fantagraphics that flew off the shelves (and garnered coverage in USA Today) in May and has been unavailable since — until now! Also, each gift bag comes with previews of upcoming titles like The Complete Pogo by Walt Kelly and Bill Mauldin’s Willie & Joe, as well as Fantagraphics bookmarks and other freebies!

GET 20% OFF ALL PURCHASES WITH A 20/20 CLUB CARD

Convention shoppers can purchase a one-year, $20 membership in the Fantagraphics 20/20 Club and receive an immediate 20% off all purchases at the con and via mail order through the life of the membership. For a low annual fee of $20, members get 20% off all Fantagraphics purchases, free standard shipping on all orders worldwide, two free semi-annual distributor catalogs (not available commercially) featuring extensive previews of the next half-year’s projects, frequent e-mail PDF previews of coming projects exclusive to 20/20 CLUB members, free annual renewals with every $100 or more spent annually, and an exclusive member card. Simply put, this membership will pay for itself for anyone who spends more than $100 a year on Fantagraphics books and comics!

STOCK UP ON CONVENTION DEBUTS

Fantagraphics will be debuting a number of new releases at this year’s Comic-Con, including:

CHANCE IN HELL by Gilbert Hernandez
THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1965-1966 by Charles M. Schulz
THE KAT WHO WALKED IN BEAUTY by George Herriman
GROTESQUE #1 by Sergio Ponchione
I KILLED ADOLF HITLER by Jason
JOHNNY RYAN’S XXX SCUMBAG PARTY by Johnny Ryan
MEAN by Steven Weissman
NIGER #2 by Leila Marzocchi
REFLECTIONS #3 by Marco Corona
SQUA TRONT #12 by various
UPTIGHT #2 by Jordan Crane
PERCY GLOOM (second printing) by Cathy Malkasian
ANGRY YOUTH COMIX #13 by Johnny Ryan
THE COMICS JOURNAL #284
RAISIN PIE #5 by Rick Altergott & Ariel Bordeaux
LOVE AND ROCKETS VOL. II #20 by Los Bros Hernandez

GET BOOKS SIGNED AT ROUND-THE-CLOCK AUTHOR SIGNINGS

Fantagraphics will be hosting round-the-clock signings at Comic-Con. Here’s our current schedule — be sure to check the posted schedule at the booth for any additions/corrections!

THURSDAY
1:00 Craig Yoe
2:00 Craig Yoe
3:00 Gilbert Hernandez * Jaime Hernandez * Mario Hernandez
4:00 Gilbert Hernandez * Jaime Hernandez * Mario Hernandez
5:00 Jordan Crane * Paul Karasik * Josh Simmons
6:00 Jordan Crane * Paul Karasik * Josh Simmons

FRIDAY
10:00 Craig Yoe
11:00 R.C Harvey * Craig Yoe * Dame Darcy
12:00 R.C Harvey * Paul Hornschemeier * Paul Karasik * Tim Hensley
1:00 Ben Catmull * Paul Hornschemeier * Paul Karasik * Tim Hensley
2:00 Ben Catmull * Cathy Malkasian * Ellen Forney * Johnny Ryan
3:00 Tony Millionaire * Cathy Malkasian * Ellen Forney * Johnny Ryan
4:00 Tony Millionaire * Gilbert Hernandez * Jaime Hernandez * Mario Hernandez
5:00 Josh Simmons * Gilbert Hernandez * Jaime Hernandez * Mario Hernandez
6:00 Josh Simmons * Steven Weissman * Dame Darcy * Jordan Crane

SATURDAY
10:00 R.C. Harvey * Paul Karasik
11:00 R.C. Harvey * Paul Karasik
12:00 Tony Millionaire * Paul Hornschemeier * Ellen Forney
1:00 Tony Millionaire * Paul Hornschemeier * Ellen Forney
2:00 Walt Holcombe * Johnny Ryan * Ben Catmull * Josh Simmons
3:00 Walt Holcombe * Johnny Ryan * Ben Catmull * Josh Simmons
4:00 Gilbert Hernandez * Jaime Hernandez * Steven Weissman * Jordan Crane
5:00 Gilbert Hernandez * Jaime Hernandez * Steven Weissman * Dame Darcy
6:00 Ellen Forney * Craig Yoe * Dame Darcy

SUNDAY
10:00 Ellen Forney * Ben Catmull
11:00 Ellen Forney * Ben Catmull
12:00 Jaime Hernandez * Gilbert Hernandez * Paul Hornschemeier
1:00 Jaime Hernandez * Gilbert Hernandez * Paul Hornschemeier
2:00 Jordan Crane * Craig Yoe * Josh Simmons
3:00 Craig Yoe * Josh Simmons

GET YOUR BOOKS SIGNED BY ARTISTS NOT AT COMICON!

What’s that, you ask? It’s true! How would you like to get your books signed at Comicon by Peter Bagge, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Kim Deitch, Drew Friedman, Megan Kelso, Miss Lasko-Gross, Joe Sacco, Richard Sala, and Jim Woodring? They won’t be there, but we decided to do something special this year and prepare a *very* small run of exclusive signed bookplates, included with selected books at no extra charge. Pictured above is the bookplate we produced for The Frank Book, and it’s very representative of the design for all the plates. They’re handsome, and very limited, in most cases fewer than 20 copies, in many cases fewer than 10.

COMIC-CON PANELS OF NOTE:

FLETCHER HANKS: THE ED WOOD OF COMICS?
Featuring Paul Karasik
THURSDAY, JULY 26
3:00-4:00pm
ROOM 10

Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the inkwell. Hanks worked for only three years in the earliest days of the comic book industry and then…disappeared. Genius? Nut-case? Visonary? All of the above? Cartoonist Paul Karasik (co-adapter of Paul Auster’s City of Glass) has spent years tracking down these obscure buried stories and collected them in I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks. But he saved one of the weirdest to present at this lecture. Hanks is the greatest Golden Age cartoonist that you never heard of…until now.

SPOTLIGHT ON JAIME HERNANDEZ
Moderated by Gary Groth
FRIDAY, JULY 27
1:30-2:30pm
ROOM 10

SPOTLIGHT ON GILBERT HERNANDEZ
Moderated by Gary Groth
FRIDAY, JULY 27
2:30-3:30pm
ROOM 10

GREAT AMERICAN COMIC STRIPS
Featuring Carolyn Kelly, Eric Reynolds, and others
SATURDAY, JULY 28
1:30-2:30pm
ROOM 4

We’re living in the Golden Age of comic strip reprints and this panel discusses the many ongoing series of books devoted to this great American art form. Moderator Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com) talks to Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics Books (Peanuts, Krazy Kat, Popeye and the upcoming Pogo), Carolyn Kelly, daughter of Pogo creator Walt Kelly, Tom Devlin of Drawn and Quarterly, Bruce Canwell of IDW, Steve Tipple of Tribune Media Services, Charles Pelto of Classic Comics Press, and noted comics historian and author R. C. Harvey (Meanwhile… A Biography of Milton Caniff), about the sudden growth of high-quality, completely chronological reprints and the art of the American comic strip.

ELLEN FORNEY’s I LOVE LED ZEPPLIN performance
Featuring Ellen Forney
SATURDAY, JULY 28
5:00-6:00pm
ROOM 4

FANTAGRAPHICS LEADS THE EISNER AWARD PACK IN 2007

Fantagraphics is honored to have garnered more 2007 Eisner Award nominations than any other publisher, and the winners will be announced in a gala ceremony during Comic-Con weekend. Pick up any of these excellent nominees during Comic-Con:

THEY FOUND THE CAR by Gipi (nominated for Best Single Issue)
SCHIZO #4 by Ivan Brunetti (Best Humor Publication)
TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE by Michael Kupperman (Best Humor Publication)
HOTWIRE COMIX & CAPERS by various (Best Anthology)
I LOVE LED ZEPPELIN by Ellen Forney (Best Reality-Based Work)
BILLY HAZELNUTS by Tony Millionaire (Best Graphic Album – New)
SCRUBLANDS by Joe Daly (Best Graphic Album – New)
CASTLE WAITING by Linda Medley (Best Graphic Album – Reprint, and Best Publication Design)
SHADOWLAND by Kim Deitch (Best Graphic Album – Reprint)
THE COMPLETE PEANUTS (Best Archival Collection Project – Strips)
POPEYE: I YAM WHAT I YAM (Best Archival Collection Project – Strips, and Best Publication Design)
HWY 115 by Matthias Lehmann (Best U.S. Edition of International Material)
THE LEFT BANK GANG by Jason (Best U.S. Edition of International Material)
GILBERT HERNANDEZ, for Love & Rockets and New Tales of Old Palomar (Best Writer / Artist)
IVAN BRUNETTI, for Schizo (Best Writer / Artist – Humor, and Best Lettering)
MICHAEL KUPPERMAN, for Tales Designed to Thrizzle (Best Writer / Artist – Humor)
TONY MILLIONAIRE, for Maakies and Billy Hazelnuts (Best Writer / Artist – Humor)
HUBERT, for The Left Bank Gang (Best Coloring)
RICHARD SALA, for The Grave Robber’s Daughter and Delphine (Best Lettering)
THE COMICS JOURNAL (Best Comics-Related Periodical / Journalism)

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