Talk:Fantagraphics Books

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Founding[edit]

AC:

Where was Fanta founded anyway? Also the "Comics Journal" wiki says Fanta was found by GG and Mike Catron, not GG & KT. Catron is probably right; fact check pending...

The stuff about 'not for kids' was redundant, the lead sentence mentions "underground" and "alternative".


KT confirms in a sequential tart interview that the founders were GG and catron, and the TCJ website concurs. - Esk

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Image:Fantagraphicslogo2.png or Image:Fantagraphics.jpeg?

I don't recall ever seeing the second logo and I've read a lot of their stuff. They're not really much for branding and that sort of thing, but the only logo I've seen with any degree of consistency is the the first. Perhaps the second is a more recent one I haven't seen? [[User:Gamaliel|Gamaliel File:Watchmensmiley20.gif]] 20:58, 17 Sep 2004 (UTC)

  • Yeah, having the red logo isn't helpful. I can't remember ever seeing it. ike9898 22:10, Sep 17, 2004 (UTC)

Who was "its then-distributor"?[edit]

It says in paragraph four:

  "In 2003 Fantagraphics almost went out of business due to the failure 
   of its then-distributor to the book trade."

So, can somebody say who that unlucky 2004 distributor was? Barring some good reason, it seems better to be specific than remain vague. AC 18:50, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

The distributor was Seven Hills of Cincinnati, OH. User:206.124.157.66 20:34, 8 February 2007
Thanks. Looking around for "Seven Hills Distribution", turns up:

As was explained to Groth, the Ohio-based distributor was experiencing cash-flow problems as a result of having been abruptly forced out of its warehouse when the county government took over the land the warehouse was on. It was a major blow from which the company apparently never entirely recovered. As per a 36-month agreement between Seven Hills and the departing Fantagraphics, the distributor made about four monthly payments of approximately $2,000, then stopped altogether, leaving it in debt to Fantagraphics to the tune of more than $60,000.

Book Trade Turmoil, Seven Hills Follows LPC into Limbo, Marvel Abandons Diamond for CDS. By Michael Dean, Posted August 30th, 2002
That's an adequate citation. --AC 06:17, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Important GNs? Rationale for deleting needless adjective.[edit]

The epithet "Important graphic novels" isn't quite neutral. Worse, important is vague and may mean good, famous, widely popular, acclaimed, award winning, critically acclaimed, ad nauseum -- the word is too often used to waffle as to the merits of a particular work, and is a tool for promoters hoping to avoid aesthetically inconvenient specifics. In all of Wikipedia the present article is the only one containing the phrase "Important graphic novels".

It's enough to list any particular GN thus implying its notability. --AC 07:38, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

That all makes sense - good move. (Emperor 13:02, 28 August 2007 (UTC))

Merger[edit]

Since Eros Comix and Ignatz Series are just imprints of this company, and those articles have little independent content, I suggest merging them into this article. Kenilworth Terrace (talk) 18:31, 28 August 2010 (UTC)

Photo[edit]

A current photo of the store, exterior and interior, would be good. There are several past events that could be illustrated. Fair use copies of notable Fantagrapics comics might be possible too. --Dennis Bratland (talk) 04:15, 21 August 2012 (UTC)