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Jacq Cohen is the publicist of Fantagraphics Books. Before that, she was an assistant publicist at Dark Horse Comics and interned at Top Shelf Comix. Fantagraphics Books has been a proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since they started publishing the Comics Journal in 1976. Since then, they’ve published some of the greatest cartoonists in history including George Herriman, Charles Schulz, Carl Barks, the Hernandez Brothers, Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Peter Bagge, and many, MANY more (including TMSIDK’s own Ed Piskor).
This year, Kim Thompson, the co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books and one of the most significant figures in comics history, passed away. As a result, 2013 has been a difficult year for the company. Besides the emotional impact of his loss, there have been financial losses due to his active role at the company. In order to overcome this shortfall, Fantagraphics Books has organized a Kickstarter campaign to help finance next season’s book publishing.
Although Cohen no-doubt deserves her own episode of Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, she graciously took time to talk about this fundraiser (don’t worry, dear listeners, we get to hear a bit about her and what she does at her dream job!). Please consider helping Fantagraphics Books by supporting this Kickstarter and share this episode with your friends who love comics. Thank you.
Cartoonist Farel Dalrymple is our guest in this episode of “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” His comics career began as part of the Meathaus gang, a loose collective of artists from the School of Visual Arts around the end of the 20th century—Brandon Graham and James Jean know the secret handshake. His work includes Pop Gun War, illustrating Jonathan Letham’s Omega the Unknown, the webcomic It Will All Hurt on SG12, and the newly released Delusional from Adhouse Books. He has been nominated for Eisner Awards, received a Xeric Grant, and earned a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.