Welcome to another entry in the 2014 SPX Spotlight series! For the next month, Panel Patter will be highlighting creators and publishers who will be at one of the best conventions, the Small Press Expo. You can check out all of Panel Patter's spotlights for SPX from both this year and prior years here.
I can't imagine SPX without Fantagraphics, and I'm sure the feeling is mutual between the show organizers and the publisher. Year and and year out, Fantagraphics has been publishing some of the best alternative comix, classic comics, and award-winning comics all under one roof. Whether it's getting the rights to Peanuts (their year by year collections are almost at the end of the run), being the home of Johnny Ryan's raw drawings, or where people go when they want the best work from the Hernandez Brothers, Fantagraphics is the place to be.
I've spent a lot of time talking about Fantagraphics, and I don't know if there's anything new I can really add in terms of describing the publisher. They have a place in the indie comics canon, and to some degree, have probably shaped it significantly, between being the publishers of The Comics Journal and being the home of a good chunk of Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Bill Griffith, and so many others.
Everything we've done about Fantagraphics at Panel Patter should be contained here. For the purposes of this spotlight, since I recently highlighted their newer books here, I'll focus on the books from those who should be at SPX this year:
In addition to these books, Fantagraphics always brings a long a healthy supply of its reprints. I mentioned Peanuts above, but they also do Prince Valiant, Uncle Scrooge, and Mickey Mouse, for those who enjoy strips going back decades.
When you go to SPX, don't forget to stop at the Fantagraphics table. Just make sure you bring your money with you. Fortunately, they take credit cards!
Can't make SPX? Here's the Fantagraphics website.
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