Okay, last TCAF post. Aside from the books previously mentioned, these are the rest of the books I picked up at The Beguiling. The original hand-cut tab version of Meanwhile by Jason Shiga, The Revival and Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight by James Sturm, The Ballad of Doctor Richardson preview ashcan by Paul Pope, Henry & Elizabeth mini-comic by Hope Larson, Fight or Run by Kevin Huizenga, Conversation by James Kochalka & Craig Thompson, 40 Cartoon Books of Interest by Seth, the first Amazing Facts book by Kevin Huizenga, a cool little old mini book by Dave Choe, and gorgeous new copies of Acme Novelty Library #16, 17, & 18!
Looking forward to reading the new Matt Howarth book, The Downsized. I think it’s his first new comic work in about five years (perhaps I’m wrong). From the blurb: ‘Howarth’s tale of modern life is sad and glorious while ringing with truth.’ Sounds like my kind of book! Courtesy of the good folks of AdHouse Books.
I’d been waiting for a chance to get my copy of Kathryn and Stuart Immonen’s Moving Pictures signed since I kept missing them at the Top Shelf table at SDCC last year.
Chris Ware, not surprisingly, had some the longest lines at TCAF. Luckily, the Friday night post-panel signing line was fairly reasonable. I had a nice, short chat with Mr. Ware while he signed my Acme Novelty Library #1 (the original classic!) and #20 (the best book of 2010).
I didn’t have anything signed from the early Optic Nerve era (well, I still have the postcard replying to my inquires for wholesale pricing from my retail days), so I got the Intro book from the nice boxed set of 32 Stories signed by Adrian Tomine. He handed the book back to me upside-down so he wouldn’t have to cringe at the teenage photo of himself on the cover.
Since I wasn’t at Stumptown, I was happy to finally get my hands on Diamond #6, the newspaper format anthology with Paul Pope, Farel Dalrymple, Bendik Kaltenborn, Lala Albert, Jim Rugg, Stanley Lieber, Zack Soto, Sam Hiti, Jonny Negron, Lane Milburn, and Dash Shaw.
Colleen Frakes’ new book Island Brat was another Koyama Press TCAF debut that I was lucky enough to see a week earlier when she was part of the Indie Spinner Rack Izzer Alley at CGS Super Show in Reading, PA.
In addition to getting the new book signed, I dug up my old copies of Yummy Fur #1 and Underwater #1 to get signed by Chester Brown. I really miss my old Underwater t-shirt (and the ending).
The last of my Seth books I hadn’t gotten signed yet: Clyde Fans Book 1 and Wimbledon Green. Seth told me about the new Palooka-Ville due before year’s end and the publication plans for the conclusion of Clyde Fans (slipcase!).
Here’s that mini-comic by Jesse Jacobs, Small Victories, that I mentioned in an earlier post. Nice screenprinted wraparound cover.
I didn’t know there was a second Parker portfolio book by Darwyn Cooke. Such great design. More pleasant surprises courtesy of The Beguiling table.
I was missing a few issues of Dylan Horrocks’ outstanding series, Pickle, but could never remember which ones I needed. The Beguiling had a good deal on the full set, so I grabbed that to just be done with the search.
The forest themed anthology Root Rot co-edited by Michael DeForge (him again!) and Annie Koyama was another must-have debut. Features work by T. Edward Bak, Derek M. Ballard, Chris ‘Elio’ Eliopoulos, Inés Estrada, Jason Fischer, Bob Flynn, Lizz Hickey, Jesse Jacobs, Hellen Jo, Joseph Lambert, Robin Nishio, Greg Pizzoli, Jon Vermilyea, Angie Wang, Mickey Zacchilli, and Dan Zettwoch.
No one can seem to get enough of Michael DeForge right now (with good reason) and Lose #3 debuted to calm everyone’s cravings. If you haven’t been reading his work, do yourself a favor and check it out. Big thanks to Chris Pitzer for hooking me up with the first issue I’ve been after.
History buffs should enjoy seeing the late 19th century Klondike gold rush brought to life in Zach Worton’s The Klondike from Drawn & Quarterly. An artist who saw me with this said ‘That guy draws the best hands!’ (which is true - very expressive!) but I can’t remember who that was, unfortunately. Really looking forward to reading this.