CATHY MALKASIAN reads from her graphic novel EARTHA with ROBERT GOODIN

Eartha (Fantagraphics)

Eartha is Cathy Malkasian’s fourth graphic novel — a metaphorical fable that resonates with contemporary themes. For a thousand years the unfinished dreams from the City Across the Sea came to Echo Fjord to live out their lives. Sex fantasies, murder plots, wishful thinking, and all manner of secrets once found sanctuary in Echo Fjord. Emerging from the soil, they took bodily form and wandered the land, gently guided by the fjord folk who treasured their brief and wondrous lives. But recently, city dreams have stopped coming to Echo Fjord, and without their ethereal tourists the fjord folk suddenly feel lost. Has their ancient way of life ended for good? Has something happened to the city? Are all the dreamers gone? One of Echo Fjord’s inhabitants wants answers: The story’s eponymous protagonist Eartha wants to visit the City Across the Sea, but how will she get to a place no one’s gone to for a thousand years? The city isn’t on any map, or in anyone’s memory. Without thought or hesitation she ventures into the limitless waters, hoping to find the City and solve the mystery.

Cathy Malkasian’s Eartha is an expansive tale of pastoral life, city corruption, greed, and addictions, and reverberates with questions plaguing us today, such as the alienating effects of hyper-connectivity and the self-destructive obsession with novelty. Malkasian’s drawing is notable for its rigorous draftsmanship, stunning landscapes and depictions of nature, the gestural nuances of her characters, and her sophisticated storytelling, all of which are on display in Eartha, making this the author’s lushest and most impressive graphic novel yet.

Cathy Malkasian is an animation director and cartoonist. Her credits include Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys film (for which she received a British Academy Award nomination), and most recently over 20 episodes of Curious George for PBS since 2008. Cathy is the winner of the Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the 2008 Eisner Awards with her book Percy Gloom, which was also nominated for Best Graphic Album. Her other works include Wake Up, Percy Gloom and Temperance. Cathy's newest release, Eartha, investigates community and hyper-connectivity through a modern fable setting with gorgeous colored pencil art.

Robert Goodin has been split for his entire professional life. He makes a living in the world of animation, currently on American Dad!. On nights and weekends he pursues his passion, making comics. His stand alone comics include, The Man Who Loved Breasts and Binibus Barnabus, and The Kurdles. On occasion he's done illustrations for the likes of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and Criterion Collection. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Georgene Smith Goodin and their dogs, Toaster and Idget.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
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Eartha Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606999912
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books - April 4th, 2017

Percy Gloom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781560978459
Availability: Special Order
Published: Fantagraphics Books - June 1st, 2007

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606996386
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - July 5th, 2013

Temperance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606993231
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - June 22nd, 2010

The Kurdles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606998328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books - May 1st, 2015