Is 2020 the Year Without a Comic-Con? Well, not quite! While we are extremely bummed not to be seeing you all in person down in San Diego this year, we’re rolling with the punches and working to bring the best of our would-have-been Comic-Con programming, new releases, announcements and exclusives directly to your screen! Plus, we’re pumping up our annual web sale to give you better deals than ever before. So check it out, treat yourself to some new comics, and we’ll hopefully see you next year for the real thing!
Panels & Programming:
Thursday, July 7/23, 1:00pm PDT — Comics Satire and The New Political Cartoon
There’s no shortage of fodder for political and social satire these days, yet some say political cartooning is a dying art! Join five very different cartoonists, Ben Passmore (BTTM FDRS, Sports is Hell), Ezra Claytan Daniels (BTTM FDRS, Upgrade Soul), Mr. Fish (Nobody Left), Ann Telnaes (Trump’s ABC), and R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated) as they discuss their approaches to making relevant, critical comics in the age of. . . whatever it is that’s going on right now! Moderated by Jacob Brogan (assistant opinions editor at The Washington Post).
Thursday, July 7/23, 4:00pm PDT — Teaching and Making Comics
Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Roman Muradov (Vanishing Act), Trina Robbins (Flapper Girls), and Sophie Yanow (The Contradictions) are four vital cartoonists who have taught classes on comics themselves. They speak with James Sturm (Off Season) about their teaching philosophy, and how teaching has transformed their perspectives on the comics canon and their own work.
Friday, July 7/24, 11:00am PDT — TragiComics
Tom Gauld (Department of Mind-Blowing Theories), Simon Hanselmann (Bad Gateway), John Pham (J & K), Walter Scott (Wendy, Master of Art), and Rikke Villadsen (Cowboy) tackle complex subjects–and they are funny doing it! These five cartoonists speak to Graeme McMillan (The Hollywood Reporter) about how they use humor to process and respond to the difficulties and oddities of life.
Friday, July 7/24, 2:00pm PDT — I Am Not Okay With This: From the Page to the Screen!
Cartoonist Charles Forsman (I Am Not Okay With This, The End of the F***ing World), director Jonathan Entwistle (I Am Not Okay With This, The End of the F***ing World), and actor Wyatt Oleff (It, I Am Not Okay With This) trace the evolution of the critically-acclaimed Netflix series I Am Not Okay With This back to its beginnings as an original graphic novel! Moderated by the book’s editor and Fantagraphics associate publisher, Eric Reynolds.
Saturday, July 7/25, 12:00pm PDT — Spotlight on The Cloven: With Garth Stein and Matthew Southworth
This panel will spotlight the debut sci-fi graphic novel collaboration by author Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain) and cartoonist Matthew Southworth (Stumptown). These two pacific northwestern creators have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind story steeped in its Seattle roots. The Cloven: Book One is the first installment of this dynamic, atmospheric, and wryly funny graphic novel trilogy by two bestselling and critically acclaimed storytellers. Moderated by the book’s editor and Fantagraphics associate publisher, Eric Reynolds.
Saturday, July 7/25, 6:00pm PDT — Fantagraphics and IDW: Classic Comics Reprints
Classic comic reprints give readers of all ages a chance to read comic classics in new and exciting ways. Join moderator Karen Green (curator for comics and cartoons, Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library) and panelists Dean Mullaney (The Library of American Comics creative director), Peter Maresca (founder and publisher of Sunday Press), and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics associate publisher) for a celebration of comic classics.
Sunday, July 7/26, 6:00pm PDT — Masters of Style: Woodring, Fleener, Muradov and Hernandez
The diverse but instantly recognizable styles of master cartoonists Jim Woodring (The Frank Book, Poochytown), Mary Fleener (Life of the Party, Billie the Bee), Roman Muradov (Vanishing Act), and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) inspire many admirers and imitators. Join them for a discussion of line, color, abstraction, and the choice to hone (or not to hone) a single visual style of the course of a comics career. Moderated by Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth.
The Eisners Online:
Friday, July 7/24, 7:00pm PDT — 32nd Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The “Oscars” of the comics industry honors comics creators and their works in 32 categories, including the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Hosted by Phil LaMarr, the actor/voice actor/comedian known for roles in animated series including Green Lantern/John Stewart and Ed Reiss in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Hermes Conrad in Futurama, and the title characters on both Samurai Jack and Static Shock. His film and TV acting credits include Pulp Fiction, Free Enterprise, Veep, Get Shorty, and Supergirl. The recipients of the 2020 Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award will also be announced. Register here.
Nominated Fantagraphics books and creators are:
Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Best Anthology: Kramer’s Ergot #10, edited by Sammy Harkham (Fantagraphics)
Best Graphic Album—New: Bezimena, by Nina Bunjevac (Fantagraphics)
Best Graphic Album—New: Reincarnation Stories, by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)
Best Graphic Album—New: BTTM FDRS, by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore (Fantagraphics)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: The House, by Paco Roca, translation by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: The Poe Clan, by Moto Hagio, translation by Rachel Thorn (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1916–1918, edited by R.J. Casey(Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Pogo, Vol. 6: Clean as a Weasel, by Walt Kelly, edited by Mark Evanier and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: The Complete Crepax, vol. 5: American Stories, edited by Kristy Valenti(Fantagraphics)
Best Writer/Artist: Nina Bunjevac, Bezimena (Fantagraphics)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, RJ Casey, and Kristy Valenti(Fantagraphics)
Check out our virtual booth on the floor of the Comic-Con @Home Online Exhibit Hall for fresh comics and some exclusive new merch. Open now!
Cheer up, Frank! We may not be slinging books from the Comic-Con booth this year, but we’re making up for it with an extra-deep discount during this year’s web sale! From Wednesday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 26th, you can use coupon code SDCC for 25% off just about everything at Fantagraphics.com! Please note! Preorders and some signed/special editions are not included in the sale. Checking out with these items in your cart will remove the discount! Any non-sale items must be purchased separately.
All order fulfillment subject to availability. Preordered books and some special edition items will not be included in the sale. Due to increased order volume, please allow an extra 7-10 days for shipping and handling. Sale discounts can not be combined with any other promotions. Free shipping offers do not apply. For questions, please email email@example.com with “Comic-Con Sale” in the subject line, or give us a call at 1-206-524-1967.