Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics Books

Infobox Company
company_name = Fantagraphics Books
company_
company_type = Comic publisher
company_slogan =
foundation = 1976
founder = Gary Groth
Mike Catron
key_people = Gary Groth
Mike Catron
Kim Thompson
location = Maple Leaf, WA
industry = Comics
homepage = [http://fantagraphics.com Fantagraphics.com]

Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, graphic novels, and the adult-oriented Eros Comix imprint.

The company is currently located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Company history

, and became a co-owner with Groth.Fact|date=January 2008

Fantagraphics publishes "The Comics Journal", a magazine that covers comics as an art form from a critical perspective. It also has published critically acclaimed and award-winning series and graphic novels such as "Ghost World", "Hate" and "Love and Rockets". In 2003 the economic history of the company was summed up thusly: "The publisher has alternated between flourishing and nearly perishing over the years. It would have been out of business as long ago as 1978 if Kim Thompson hadn't poured his inheritance into the company's survival. In 1991, Fantagraphics was saved from closing its doors by the launching of its relatively lucrative erotic comics line. As recently as 1998, the company was forced into a round of layoffs." [Comics Community Comes to Fantagraphics' Rescue. By Michael Dean, Posted July 11th, 2003; http://www.tcj.com/254/n_fanta.html]

In 2003 Fantagraphics almost went out of business, losing over $60,000 in the wake of the 2002 bankruptcy of debtor and book trade distributor Seven Hills Distribution. [Seven Hills Follows LPC into Limbo, Marvel Abandons Diamond for CDS. By Michael Dean, Posted August 30th, 2002; http://www.tcj.com/246/n_booktrade.html] One employee quit during the subsequent downsizing while denouncing Fantagraphic's "disorganization and poor management." [Comics Community Comes to Fantagraphics' Rescue. By Michael Dean, Posted July 11th, 2003; http://www.tcj.com/254/n_fanta.html] Fantagraphics was saved by a restructuring and a successful appeal to comic book fandom that resulted in a huge number of orders. [Comics Community Comes to Fantagraphics' Rescue. By Michael Dean, Posted July 11th, 2003; http://www.tcj.com/254/n_fanta.html] After restructuring, the company has had greater success with such hardcover collections as "The Complete Peanuts", distributed by W. W. Norton & Company.Fact|date=August 2007

In 2006, Fantagraphics opened its own retail store in Seattle.

elect bibliography

Comic book series

*"Acme Novelty Library"
*"Artbabe"
*"The Adventures of Captain Jack"
*"Angry Youth Comics"
*"Big Mouth"
*"The Biologic Show"
*"Black Hole"
*"Castle Waiting"
*"Critters"
*"Crap"
*"Cud"
*"Dalgoda"
*"Doofus"
*"Duplex Planet Illustrated"
*"Eightball"
*"The Eye of Mongombo"
*"Evil Eye"
*"Fission Chicken"
*"Frank"
*"Ganges"
*"Good Girls
*"Grit Bath"
*"Hate"
*"Jim"
*"Jizz"
*"Journey"
*"La Perdida"
*"Love and Rockets"
*"Meatcake"
*"Naughty Bits"
*"Neat Stuff"
*"The Nimrod"
*"Raisin Pie"
*"Real Stuff"
*"Schizo"
*"Shadowland"
*"Stinz"
*"The Stuff of Dreams"
*"Unsupervised Existence"
*"Uptight"
*"Usagi Yojimbo" (up to volume 7)
*"Tales Designed to Thrizzle"
*"Weasel"
*"Whot Not!"

Ignatz Series

*"Babel" by David B.
*"Baobab" by Igort
*"Calvario Hills" by Marti
*"Chimera" by Lorenzo Mattotti
*"Delphine" by Richard Sala
*"Ganges" by Kevin Huizenga
*"Grotesque" by Sergio Ponchione
*"Insomnia" by Matt Broersma
*"Interiorae" by Gabriella Giandelli
*"New Tales of Old Palomar" by Gilbert Hernandez
*"Niger" by Leila Marzocchi
*"Reflections" by Marco Corona
*"Sammy the Mouse" by Zak Sally
*"The End" by Anders Nilsen
*"Wish You Were Here" by Gipi

Anthologies

*"Anything Goes!"

*"Snake Eyes"
*"Pictopia"
*"Graphic Story Monthly"
*"Hotwire Comix & Capers"
*"BLAB!"
*"MOME"
*"Blood Orange"
*"Zero Zero"

Magazines

*"Amazing Heroes" - a defunct publication devoted mostly to mainstream comics
*"The Comics Journal" — magazine of comics news and criticism
*"Honk" - magazine of comics news and criticism
*"Nemo, the Classic Comics Library" - a defunct magazine devoted to classic comics

Graphic novels

*"King" by Ho Che Anderson
*"Pixy" by Max Andersson
*"Ghost World" by Dan Clowes
*"Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron" by Dan Clowes
*"The Wipeout" by Francesca Ghermandi
*"Palomar" by Gilbert Hernandez
*"Locas" by Jaime Hernandez
*"I Killed Adolf Hitler" by Jason [ [http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/reviews/119186480490066.htm Review of I Killed Adolf Hitler] , Silver Bullet Comic Books]
*"Palestine" by Joe Sacco
*"Safe Area Goražde" by Joe Sacco
*"Harum Scarum" by Lewis Trondheim
*"The Hoodoodad" by Lewis Trondheim
*"Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth" by Chris Ware

Classic comics compilations

*"The Complete Crumb Comics"
*"Dennis the Menace"
*""
*"Krazy Kat"
*"Little Orphan Annie"
*"The Complete Peanuts"
*"Pogo"
*"Poor Arnold's Almanac"
*"The Complete E. C. Segar Popeye"
*"Powerhouse Pepper"
*"Prince Valiant"

References

External links

* [http://fantagraphics.com Fantagraphics Books] - official website


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