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The Small Press Expo and Ignatz award nominating committee listed it’s list of nominees for this year’s awards. For those attending the show onSaturday and Sunday, September 13-14th please make sure to vote on Saturday! Whom should you vote for? Well, your favorite comics of course but here are some *cough cough* suggestions! 

Best Artist:

Kim Deitch

Ed Piskor

Jesse Reklaw  

Outstanding Graphic Novel:

Kim DeitchThe Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley
 

Anthologies:

Anders NelsonThe End

Leslie SteinEye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2

Tony Millionaire

Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Treasury

Outstanding Comic:

Dash ShawCosplayers

(Issue #2 is out now!!!) 

This year’s nominees were picked by casting some runestones, encircling all the books with a blood circle and then chanted at by judges Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor. Congrats to our other Fanta cartoonists nominated for their other works like Simon Hanselmann and Noah Van Sciver. Both of the guys will be at SPX as well, Simon’s debuting Megahex so be sure to stop by the Fantagraphics’ booth. Just check for the glitter cannons.  

CAKE DEBUT: Eye of the Majestic Creature vol 2 by Leslie Stein

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 is the second book collecting Leslie Stein’s loose, funny and charming autobiographical narratives that combine idiosyncratic fantasy and stark reality. Larrybear, our hero, has moved from the countryside to the city, where she finds work as a shop girl. Quotes from Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie are sprinkled throughout the story to add humor and poignancy. Stein then takes us back to a childhood in the ’80s filled with odd experiences including joining a rock band with older people, sitting in on her mother’s AA groups, and the mystery of the disappearing gumballs. Finally, a fun story in which Larrybear and her new friend Poppin the Flower go on a strange trip to see his father. Let us not forget that Marshmallow, Ping-Ping and Mimolette, Larry’s walking and talking instruments, have adventures all their own.

Stein’s gorgeous cartooning, highlighted by incredibly detailed stippling, and her dry sense of humor combine to make one of the most unique and immersive narrative experiences in comics.

Leslie Stein was born in Evanston, Illinois but now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Fantagraphics publishes her series Eye of the Majestic Creature. She plays guitar in a band called Prince Rupert’s Drops.

Fantagraphics is a publisher of the World’s Greatest Cartoonists

Visit Fantagraphics’ website, and pick up Eye of the Majestic Creature at Tables 13 & 14June 15 & 16th!

Announcing the release of INK - SPRING 2014 ISSUE!

Created and edited by Cartooning students at the School of Visual Arts.

Connecting readers throughout the world with fresh comics.

Spring as finally sprung and new comic talent is in full bloom! 

Take a look at fresh new comics in INK! Ink Magazine is the School of Visual Arts student run Comics Magazine, collecting only best cartooning student works.  Only available digitally and completely free! INK can be downloaded from the SVA INK app for iPhone and iPad, or as a .PDF at sva-ink.com. This issue is 34 pages of comics and an interview with SVA graduate Leslie Stein, the artist behind the comic series “Eye of the Majestic Creature”. Cover by art is done by the very talented SVA grad Raymond Sohn.

Market Monday: July 10th, 2013 New Releases

Book of the Week

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Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 by Leslie Stein

LARRYBEAR HAS MOVED TO THE CITY IN NEW VOLUME

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 is the second book collecting Leslie Stein’s loose, funny and charming autobiographical narratives that combine idiosyncratic fantasy and stark reality. Larrybear, our hero, has moved from the countryside to the city, where she finds work as a shop girl. Quotes from Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie are sprinkled throughout the story to add humor and poignancy. Stein then takes us back to a childhood in the ’80s filled with odd experiences including joining a rock band with older people, sitting in on her mother’s AA groups, and the mystery of the disappearing gumballs. Finally, a fun story in which Larrybear and her new friend, Poppin the Flower go on a strange trip to see his father. Let us not forget that Marshmallow, Ping-Ping and Mimolette, Larry’s walking and talking instruments, have adventures all their own.

Stein’s gorgeous cartooning, highlighted by incredibly detailed stippling, and her dry sense of humor combine to make one of the most unique and immersive narrative experiences in comics.

Firsts of the Week

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Adventure Time: Candy Capers #1, co-written by Yuko Ota, colored by Martha Laiho, lettered by Hannah Nance Partlow, covers by Josceline Fenton, Rebecca Mock, Tessa Stone, and Magnolia Porter

A SUGARY WHODONEIT IN THE LAND OF ADVENTURE TIME! Something rotten is afoot in the land of Ooo, and someone’s gotta sniff out what it is! When Finn and Jake are suddenly kidnapped, Princess Bubblegum deputizes two of her most trusted citizens…Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun?! The crime movie homages come hard and fast in the Candy Kingdom that never sleeps, written by acclaimed cartoonists Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya (JOHNNY WANDER)! Don’t miss the newest hardboiled addition to the ADVENTURE TIME comic book family!

~Preview~

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Princeless: Tales of the Family Ashe one-shot, art by Adriana Blake, Isabelle Melançon, and Jessi Sheron, cover by Nilah Magruder

While Adrienne is having the adventure of her lifetime, her family is getting pulled into the fray! Learn what happens to the ethereal Angelica in the aftermath of Adrienne’s rescue attempt! Shudder to learn what horrible fate has befallen Adrienne’s next sister, Angoisse! And learn the rest of the tale of the young King Ashe, ensnared in the trap of the fiendish elves.

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Supurbia #9, written by Grace Randolph

BRAND NEW ARC! PERFECT JUMPING ON POINT FOR NEW READERS! The Galactic Protection Systems Expo has ended in tragedy, leaving the Meta Legion in tatters. Helen and Gio have been captured by evil forces as the shapeshifter “Ruth’s” ultimate plans start to come to fruition…

Collection of the Week

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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Way Station TP, co-written by Robin Furth

When last we saw the gunslinger Roland, he was following the Man in Black’s path to find the Dark Tower and set Mid-World right. Along the trail, Roland came to Tull, a sleepy little town in the middle of the desert where the Man in Black’s sinister power had taken hold. Barely escaping with his life and leaving a pile of bodies in his wake, Roland arrived at the Way Station, where he meets Jake Chambers. Who is this sophisticated boy, and what is his connection to the world outside Mid-World? And is the Man in Black’s flight across the desert just an illusion? Prepare for a tale of fantasy, horror, revenge and betrayal - a tale that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Stephen King. Collecting DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER - THE WAY STATION #1-5.

More new releases under the cut!

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"Leslie Stein’s comics give readers privileged access to a complete and wholly original world of gently skewed wonders." – Jim Woodring

"It’s a seemingly casual tour of a very rocky emotional landscape, drawn with a care and devotion I hardly ever see anymore. Leslie’s pointillist panels reveal a ton but never impede the story — and instead kind of float along as the weight of the characters accumulates." – Dan Nadel

"Part cute, part kind of creepy art-wise. The writing is serious and smart, slightly contradicting what the art is saying but this makes the work good. And real. And slightly creepy." – Gilbert Hernandez

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2
by Leslie Stein

144- page black & white 8” x 11.5” softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-672-0

Due to arrive within 2 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/eotmc2

Episode 022: Leslie Stein

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Within the first ten minutes of our conversation, we’re bemoaning the loss of the 14th st. Virgin Megastore. You know never what you’ll become nostalgic for in the moment — maybe, given enough time on this earth, we eventually become nostalgic for everything, chain stores and all. Leslie Stein is the second person I’ve interview in Union Square for RiYL, and ambient noise aside, I’m beginning to think this might be the way to do. A park bench at dusk brings out the best in a New Yorker. For DJ Spooky, it was a conversation about how cities function. For Stein, a cartoonist and musician, it’s a mediation on making ends meet in the big city.

This being New York, our talk is augmented by frequent appearances from the characters who populate the area, each with his own unique calling card, and if you close your eyes while listening, you might be able to picture it all as something out of Eye of the Majestic Creature, with the occasional anthropomorphic sunflower and chain-smoking acoustic guitar.

Listen Now:

The Ignatz nominees have been announced, to be awarded at the Small Press Expo on September 15th. And while the presence of women among the nominees is not unusual considering they are indie awards, something about this year’s nominees caught my attention.

Alongside the expected nomination of Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant collection and the nod towards Leslie Stein’s Eye of the Majestic Creature and Gabrielle Bell’s Lucky, there is a very pleasant surprise in the “Promising New Talent” nominees.

Or rather, five pleasant surprises.

All five of the Ignatz nominees for Promising New Talent are women.

I can’t say for sure that this has never happened before, that women dominated an entire category, but one can’t help but sense some poignancy in the idea that all of last year’s “promising new talent” were women. We hear it all the time from the likes of Scott McCloud, Jessica Abel, and the SCAD Sequential Art department that girls are making up more and more of their students and have begun to dominate their classes—on one level, it’s not surprising. But outside of comics we see women getting more educated at higher rates than men and it still hasn’t led to equal pay or parity in the boardroom either. Are comics bucking that trend? Only time will tell, but I sure hope so.

Other nominees include Inés Estrada for Ojitos Borrosos, Corinne Mucha for The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions, Julia Gfrörer for Black is the Color, and Jillian Tamaki for SuperMutant Magic Academy.

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This Saturday and Sunday, Fantagraphics is jazzed to be at  the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. TCAF is held at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street) on Saturday May 10th - 9am-5pm, Sunday May 11th - 11am-5pm. Presented by the Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling comic store, this show is FREE to attend saving you those loonies and toonies to pay for great comics. We’ll be at tables 119-120 down the main aisle of the library (or if you prefer, the first people to greet you as you prom-walk slowly down the steps from the atrium level). More info on our debuts and signing times here

I have a dark sense of humor…that’s what attracted me to comics. I wasn’t a particularly happy teenager, but when I found those stories, I thought, these stories are really fucked up but they’re really funny and they make you feel a connection with someone else. Sometimes people will say, “That kind of happened to me too.” That’s perfect. That’s what I want to hear.
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