Edited by Gary Groth and Kristy Valenti $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 20 352 pages, color and black-and-white, 8” x 10” (RELIST) • ISBN 978-1-60699-291-3
The Comics Journal #301
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• First volume of our new, annual, bookshelf format • Online promo at www.tcj.com • Multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning magazine • Age Range: 15+
CRUMB’S GENESIS SHOWCASED IN FIRST ISSUE OF NEW FORMAT The Comics Journal has been, for over 30 years, the standard bearer of critical inquiry, discrimination, debate, and serious discussion of comics as art. It is one of the most respected single-arts magazines in both its online (tcj.com) and print forms. The multiple award-winning magazine provides its international readership with an eclectic mix of journalism, commentary, interviews, reprints of classic comics and newspaper strips, historical essays, and reviews of contemporary work on a regular basis. Previously published as a bi-monthly magazine, The Comics Journal has adapted to the digital revolution by expanding its size, and recasting itself as a semi-annual book, a cross between a literary journal and a coffee table book with the critical content of the former and the design and print quality of the latter. Not only will it feature intellectually stimulating content — Gary Groth interviews R. Crumb, who also participates in a discussion with Biblical and comics commentators about the Bible and his Genesis adaptation; the art form’s top cartoonists collaborate on an exclusive “exquisite corpse” graphic novel; Joe Sacco talks politics and comics in a critical roundtable on his Footnotes in Gaza; Tim Kreider climbs the mountain that is the work and mind of Cerebus-creator Dave Sim; and much more — it will be designed as an objet d’art that anyone would be pleased to place on his bookshelf, designed by Eisner-Award-nominee Adam Grano.
GARY GROTH is the President of Fantagraphics Books. KRISTY VALENTI is an Assistant Editor for Fantagraphics. They both live in Seattle. RECENT TITLE:
The Comics Journal #300 $14.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 20 288 pages, full-color, 7 ½” x 9 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-290-6
“Still the best and most insightful magazine of comics criticism that exists.” — Alan Moore
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by Charles M. Schulz; introduction by Alec Baldwin
by Charles M. Schulz; introductions by Robert Smigel and Alec Baldwin
$28.99 Hardcover • Territory: X HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 18 344 pages, black-and-white, 8½” x 7” ISBN 978-1-60699-375-0
$49.99 Hardcover • Territory: X HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 8 688 pages, black-and-white, 8 ½” x 7” ISBN 978-1-60699-376-7
The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978
• Amongst the top ten most familiar media properties in the world. • Seven-time Eisner / Harvey Award recipient • Over a half-million copies sold in the series • The series that launched a comic strip renaissance • Author promo at snoopy.com and schulzmuseum.org • Age Range: All Ages
MAMY NEW CHARACTERS IN ONE OF SCHULZ’S MOST CREATIVE PERIODS! INTRODUCTION BY ALEC BALDWIN! As the 1970s wind down, the last two recurring Peanuts characters have fallen into place: Snoopy’s brother Spike and the youngest Van Pelt sibling, Rerun. But that doesn’t mean Schulz’s creativity has diminished; in fact, this volume features an amazing profusion of hilariously distinctive new one- (or two-) shot characters! For instance, in an epic five-week sequence, when Charlie Brown, found guilty by the EPA of biting the Kite-Eating tree, he goes on the lam and ends up coaching the “Goose Eggs,” a group of diminutive baseball players, Austin, Ruby, Leland, and —did you know there was a second Black Peanuts character, aside from Franklin?—Milo. Also: a tennis-playing Snoopy ends up reluctantly teamed with the extreme Type “A” athlete Molly Volley... who then reappears later in the book, now facing off against her nemesis, “Crybaby” Boobie. (Honest!) Add in Sally’s new camp friend Eudora, the thuggish “caddymaster” who shoots down Peppermint Patty and Marcie’s new vocation, an entire hockey team, and a surprise repeat appearance by Linus’s sweetheart “Truffles” (creating a love triangle with Sally), all in addition to the usual cast of beloved characters (including the talking schoolhouse and the doghouse-jigsawing cat, who gets ahold of Linus’s blanket in this one), and you’ve got a veritable crowd of characters. It’s another two years of the greatest comic strip of all time, full of laughs and surprises.
CHARLES M. SCHULZ was born in Minnesota in 1922 and passed away in 2000. His work lives on at Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center in Santa Rosa, CA, where his widow Jean is President.
by Moto Hagio $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga • CQ: 20 288 pages, some color (16 pp. full color, 16 pp. 2 color), 7” x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-377-4
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories
• Promotion / debut at the 2010 Comic-Con International • First volume in Fantagraphics’ new Manga line • Released in authentic “right to left” manga style • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15+
A DECADES-SPANNING COLLECTION FROM THE “FOUNDING MOTHER” OF MODERN SHOJO MANGA Fantagraphics Books’ first volume of manga is a collection of short stories by one of Japan’s most influential and critically lauded comics innovators. Moto Hagio has been reinventing shōjo manga (Japanese comics marketed at 10-18 year-old girls) since 1969. Unconstrained by boundaries of genre, she has sculpted a career characterized by intellectual curiosity, psychological authenticity, and an esthetic sense that has often been at odds with a shōjo manga mainstream littered with Sailor Moon knockoffs and sub-Harlequin-romance clichés. Now, for the first time in English, we offer a Hagio primer, a selection of short stories spanning four decades of groundbreaking work —1971-2007— by an artist who is working at the peak of her creative powers. In “Autumn Journey” (1971), a boy’s pilgrimage to the home of his favorite author has more meaning than either the author or his daughter can imagine. In “Marié, Ten Years Later” (1977), two estranged friends learn too late how their actions had destroyed the balance of a perfect triad of intimacy. In “A Drunken Dream” (1980), two scientists—one a hermaphrodite, the other a tribal priest—meet on a space station orbiting Io; but they have met before and are destined to meet again. In “Iguana Girl” (1991), a girl who appears to her mother and herself to be a hideous anthropoid iguana struggles to overcome her mother’s rejection and find happiness ... but her mother has a secret. Learn for yourself why the creator of There Were Eleven! (adapted into an anime) and A, A’ has influenced the careers of countless other creators, both within and outside the manga industry, and continues to garner international critical praise and appeal to readers across ages and generations. MOTO HAGIO was born in 1949 and lives in Japan. She is widely considered the most beloved shōjo manga artist of all time.
Bent by Dave Cooper; introduction by Guillermo Del Toro $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E ART / Individual Artist • CQ: 20 80 pages, full color 10 ¼” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-378-1
• First new book in five years from one of Fantagraphics most popular authors • Author website: www.davegraphics.com • Age Range: 15+
A FINE ART COLLECTION FROM A MASTER CARTOONIST Fine artist Dave Cooper offers us a window into the wobbly dollhouse that is his mind’s eye. The work in Bent gathers a diverse mix of imagery that is also strangely focussed in its single-mindedness. This work has found a devoted and passionate following with visitors to Cooper’s solo gallery shows in Los Angeles and New York in recent years. Cooper continues to obsess and fixate over his bizarre procession of milky figures as they crawl and wriggle into hidden meadows, jungles and cities. Everything in this world seems to be undulating and overripe—the multi-coloured Jell-O vegetation, the billowing clouds, and the twitching, agitated women, whether thin like sinewy rubber, or fat and bursting with doughy flesh. The characters in Cooper’s work have been likened to a dog chasing its tail. Or maybe it’s as though they’re like someone on drugs who can stare at their own hand for 20 minutes; either way, these girls are hypnotized by wriggling around on the ground, twisting in on themselves, walking on their hands, squeezing and chewing one another. It may sound hellish, but to the demons, hell must seem like heaven. So maybe Cooper’s landscapes are more like a weird kind of utopia where all those insane facial expressions and physical contortions are more an experession of elation or giddiness. This monograph collects Cooper’s finest, most revealing paintings, ink drawings, pencil sketches, and photographs from the past five years, many of which enjoy homes in the collections of influential collectors and some of Hollywood’s elite. Among this esteemed crowd is the great auteur, Oscar-nominated Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, the upcoming Hobbit movies), who provides an enthusiastic introduction for Bent.
DAVE COOPER lives in Ottawa, Canada.
“Whenever Dave Cooper publishes a new book, I would be surprised if 90 percent of the other artists working in the comics field aren’t embarrassed and intimidated by his imagination, originality, and drawing ability.” — Geoff Darrow
Overbite Introduction by David Cross $16.95 Hardcover • Territory: E ART / Individual Artist • CQ: 34 48 pages, full-color, 10” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-550-2 Underbelly $22.95 Hardcover • Territory: E ART / Individual Artist • CQ: 22 48 pages, full-color, 10” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-615-8
by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez $14.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 104 pages, black and white, 7 ½” x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-379-8
Love and Rockets: New Stories #3
• Over 12,000 copies sold of the first volume • Promotion / debut at the 2010 Comic-Con International • Spring 2010 release of Abrams Jaime Hernandez art book • Dedicated Facebook and Flickr pages • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15+
ALL-NEW STORIES FEATURING JAIME’S MAGGIE AND RAY, PLUS GILBERT’S FRITZ AND THE “SAD GIRL” After Jaime’s two-part super-hero epic from Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 and #2, we return to the enthralling minutiae of the “Locas” cast’s lives for the first time in three years. In the main story Ray finally gets his date with Maggie: The couple goes to an art opening and to dinner, they discuss the crazy world of dreams, and Maggie asks Ray for a huge favor. Also in this volume, “Brown Town, Blue Sun,” a new installment in Jaime’s beloved “little kids” flashback series: A ten-year-old Maggie and her family move away from Hoppers to a desert ghost town… And on the Gilbert side of the ledger, “Scarlet by Starlight” is a story starring Fritz (of High Soft Lisp fame) that (in contrast to #2’s silent masterpiece “Hypnotwist”) consists entirely of a 14-page dialogue scene. “Killer/Sad Girl/Star” picks up the “Sad Girl” character from LRNS #2, and how no one in her family takes her budding film career seriously.
JAIME HERNANDEZ lives in Pasadena, CA. GILBERT HERNANDEZ lives in Las Vegas, NV. ALSO AVAILABLE:
Love & Rockets: New Stories #1 $14.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 104 pages, black-and-white, 7 ½” x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-56097-951-7
Love & Rockets: New Stories #2 $14.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ:48 104 pages, black-and-white, 7 ½” x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-168-8
Fire & Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner & The Birth of Marvel Comics By Blake Bell $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 14 216 pages, full-color, 9” x 12” (RELIST) • ISBN 978-1-60699-166-4
A BIOGRAPHY AND “BEST OF” COLLECTION SHOWCASING THE MAN WHO CO-CREATED MARVEL COMICS 70 years ago, a new publishing company named Marvel Comics stuck its toe into the first waters of the comic book industry. Before they became a pop culture powerhouse publishing famous superheroes like Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man, Marvel’s first ever comic book featured a daring new anti-hero named the Sub-Mariner, created by legendary artist Bill Everett. 70 years later, Everett’s watery creation continues to be one of the pinnacles of the Marvel Universe of superheroes, as attested to by its recent option as a major motion picture. Bill Everett invented comics’ first anti-hero in 1939; an angry half-breed (half-man, half sea-creature) that terrorized mankind until uniting with the Allied Forces to conquer fascism’s march across Europe during World War II. But the reasons to celebrate Bill Everett’s monumental career in comics books don’t stop with his water-based hero. Everett was a master of many comic genres, and was one of the pre-eminent horror comic-book artists in the 1950s (before government and societal pressures led the comics industry to censor itself with the imposition of the Comics Code Authority), producing work of such quality and stature that he ranked alongside the artists who produced similar material for the justifiably lauded EC Comics. Bill Everett: Fire and Water is the latest book from Blake Bell, author of the acclaimed Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, and is being produced in cooperation with the Everett family. It will feature the definitive biography of the man and his career, and how his personality informed his signature character, before his untimely passing at the age of 55 in 1973. The main focus, however, will be the stunning display of artwork that few artists can match in breadth and quality. From the superhero and horror genre, to the mid-west, romance, crime, and suspense, Bill Everett was a master of the medium — all on display in this coffee table art book that is destined to ensure Everett’s place at the table of premier comic book virtuosos.
BILL EVERETT was born in Cambridge, MA in 1917 and died in 1973. He was a descendant of the poet William Blake. BLAKE BELL lives in Toronto, Canada with his son.
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• From the acclaimed author/editor of two essential Steve Ditko collections, Strange & Stranger and Strange Suspense • Age Range: 12+ • Digital ARC
Unexplored Worlds: edited by Blake Bell $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes • CQ: 22 224 pages, full color, 7 ¼” x 9 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-380-4
The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2
• First Volume, Strange Suspense, sold out initial print run • From the legendary co-creator of Spider-Man • Age Range: 12+
MORE GREAT CRIME, HORROR AND SCI-FI WORK BY ONE OF COMICS’ GREATEST STYLISTS As the original artist and co-creator who brought the Amazing Spider-Man to life in 1962, and established the look of Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk as we know them today, artist Steve Ditko’s talents varied far beyond the realm of the superhero genre. Tales of unexplored worlds, of spine-chilling suspense, mystery, and horror dripped hauntingly from the pen of Steve Ditko over halfa-decade before he would bring to the world famous wall-crawler to life. Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2 continues the showcase of the artist’s 1950s work that began with editor Blake Bell’s 2009 best-selling Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1, both following up on Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, Bell’s 2008 critically-acclaimed retrospective of Ditko’s career. For the first time, spectacular full-color reprints of stories are on display from the peak period of his career as an artist. After a bout of illness forced Ditko to disappear from comics in 1955, the artist came back with a vengeance, marking 1956 as his first stint at Marvel Comics with his Spider-Man co-creator, Stan Lee. And in 1957, Ditko renewed his association with Charlton Comics, a partnership that would see Ditko produce almost 500 pages of completed artwork in that year alone. The leap in the quality of the legendary artist’s work during this period is stunning. A few scant years into his career and Ditko was already the most unique artist in comic-book history and one of its most prolific. The book also features editor Bell’s insightful introduction, providing historical background and speaking to Ditko’s influence and his unique craft.
“Fantastic... Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented.” — Dave Gibbons
BLAKE BELL lives in Toronto, Canada with his son. STEVE DITKO continues to create comics in his studio in New York City.
Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 $ 39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General • CQ: 12 240 pages, full-color, 7 ¼” x 9 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-289-0 Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko $ 39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General • CQ: 14 216 pages, full-color, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-56097-921-0
by Joyce Farmer
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$26.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Memoir • CQ: 24 208 pages, black and white, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-381-1
• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 12+
A MAJOR, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC MEMOIR IN THE VEIN OF FUN HOME Joyce Farmer’s memoir chronicles the decline of the author’s parents’ health, their relationship with one another and with their their daughter, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. Elderly parents Lara and Rachel, who have enjoyed a long and loving married life together, are rendered in fine, confident pen lines. Set in southern Los Angeles (which makes for a terrifying sequence as blind Rachel and ailing Lars are trapped in their home without power during the 1992 Rodney King riots), backgrounds and props are lovingly detailed: these objects serve as memory triggers for Lars and Rachel, even as they eventually overwhelm them and their home, which the couple is loathe to leave. Special Exits is laid out in an eightpanel grid, which creates a leisurely storytelling pace that not only helps to convey the slow, inexorable decline in Lars’ and Rachel’s health, but perfectly captures the timbre of the exchanges between a long-married couple: the affectionate bickering; their gallows humor; their querulousness as their bodies break down. Though Lars and Rachel are the protagonists of Special Exits, Farmer makes her voice known through creative visual metaphors and in her indictment of the careless treatment of the elderly in nursing homes. Special Exits gracefully deals with the hard reality of caring for aging loved ones: those who are or who have been in similar situations might find comfort in it, and those who haven’t will find much to admire in the bravery and good humor of Lars and Rachel. Joyce Farmer, best known for co-creating the Tits ’n Clits comics anthology in the 1970s, a feminist response to the rampant misogyny in underground comix, spent 11 years crafting Special Exits, a graphic memoir in the vein of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home or Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, and Frank Stack’s Our Cancer Year, about caring for her dying father and stepmother.
Joyce Farmer lives in Laguna Beach, CA.
“One of the best long-narrative comics I’ve ever read, right up there with Gen of Hiroshima and Maus. It had a powerful affect on me... towards the end I actually found myself moved to tears.” — R. Crumb
POGO: THE COMPLETE COMIC STRIPS VOLUME 1: By Walt Kelly
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$35.00 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / COMIC STRIPS • CQ:18 360 pages, black-and-white, 11” x 9” (RELIST) • ISBN: 978-1-56097-869-5
“THROUGH THE WILD BLUE WONDER”
• Our most demanded reprint strip since Peanuts • Named the 20th century’s third-best comic strip by The Comics Journal • Age Range: All ages
A MASTERPIECE OF SATIRICAL COMICS FINALLY GETS ITS DUE Walt Kelly started his career at age 13 in Connecticut as a cartoonist and reporter for the Bridgeport Post. In 1935, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Walt Disney Studio, where he worked on classic animated films, including Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia. Rather than take sides in a bitter labor strike, he moved back east in 1941 and began drawing comic books. It was during this time that Kelly created Pogo Possum. The character first appeared in Animal Comics as a secondary player in the “Albert the Alligator” feature. It didn’t take long until “Pogo” became the comic’s leading character. After the WWII, Kelly became artistic director at the New York Star, where he turned Pogo into a daily strip. By late 1949, Pogo appeared in hundreds of newspapers. Until his death in 1973, Kelly produced a feature that has become widely cherished among casual readers and aficionados alike. Kelly blended nonsense language, poetry, and political and social satire to make Pogo an essential contribution to American “intellectual” comics. As the strip progressed, it became a hilarious platform for Kelly’s scathing political views in which he skewered national bogeymen like J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, and Richard Nixon. Walt Kelly started when newspaper strips shied away from politics — Pogo was ahead of its time and ahead of later strips (such as Doonesbury and The Boondocks) that tackled political issues. Our first (of 12) volume reprints approximately the first two years of Pogo — dailies and (for the first time) full-color Sundays. This first volume also introduces such enduring supporting characters as Porkypine, Churchy LaFemme, Beauregard Bugleboy, Seminole Sam, Howland Owl, and many others. And for Christmas, 1949, Kelly started his tradition of regaling his readers with his infamously and gloriously mangled Christmas carols. Special features in this sumptuous premiere volume (the first of 12), which is produced with the full cooperation of Kelly’s heirs, include an extensive biographical introduction by Kelly biographer Steve Thompson, a section explaining some of the more obscure current references, and more.
WALT KELLY was born in 1913 and passed away in 1973.
“If Walt Kelly had written ‘regular’ books, he might be recognized today as one of the finest satirists of the 20th Century. As a wizard of wordplay he might well be mentioned, if not in the same breath with Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, then in the very next.” — Chicago Sun-Times
"...plot twists aplenty, including a murder or two, as well as a parade of mysterious characters and double-crosses... In crisp drawings with just the right combination of caricature and architectural precision, Tardi wonderfully captures turnof-the-century Paris." â€”Publishers Weekly
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec VOLUME 1: by Jacques Tardi $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 22 96 pages, full color, 8 ½” x 11 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-382-8
Pterror Over Paris / The Eiffel Tower Demon
• Released to coincide with big-budget movie adaptation directed by Luc Besson • A French classic, now available in English • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 12+
CLASSIC COMEDY-THRILLER BY ONE OF FRANCE’S GREATEST RELEASED TO COINCIDE WITH FILM VERSION! Both a rip-roaring adventure series set in pre-World War I Paris and a parody of same, Adèle Blanc-Sec has been enchanting, thrilling, and puzzling readers worldwide through four decades. With various American attempts to publish Adèle having dribbled into nothing decades ago, Fantagraphics Books, fresh from its triumphs with Tardi’s West Coast Blues and You Are There, launches a spectacular, newly retranslated, hardcover series that intends to collect every one of its nine (soon ten) volumes. In this premiere installment, Adèle becomes involved in an interlocking series of mysteries that involve a revived pterodactyl, a frightful on-stage murder, a looming execution by guillotine, and a demon from the depths of hell — plus of course moronic gendarmes, loyal (or perhaps traitorous?) henchmen, and a climax atop the Eiffel Tower. The Adèle Blanc-Sec series is currently being adapted into a series of films by the renowned action director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element), bringing this quirky, very French series to a new worldwide audience.
JACQUES TARDI is considered the leading European cartoonist of his generation. He lives in Paris with his wife, the singer Dominique Grange, with their cats. and is currently completing a new Jean-Patrick Manchette adaptation. RECENT TITLES:
West Coast Blues written by Jean-Ptrick Manchette $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: X 80 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 10 ½” • CQ: 28 ISBN 978-1-60699-295-1
It Was the War of the Trenches $26.99 Hardcover • Territory: E 120 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ¾”x 10 ½” • CQ: 24 ISBN 978-1-60699-353-8,
You Are There written by Jean-Claude Forest $26.99 Hardcover • Territory: E 196 pages, Black-and-white, 8 ¼”x 10 ¾” • CQ: 14 ISBN 978-1-60699-294-4
Prison Pit Book Two by Johnny Ryan $12.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 36 120 pages, black-and-white, 6” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-383-5
• Author website: www.johnnyr.com • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 18+
THE MOST SURPRISING — AND SHOCKING — CRITICAL SMASH OF 2009! 2009’s Prison Pit was an unadulterated smash hit upon its release at the 2009 Comic-Con International, and the balls-to-the-wall series returns this summer with more action and mayhem like only Johnny Ryan can deliver—again starring CF, the shirtless outer space barbarian antihero who remains damned to the Prison Pit (a vast wasteland beneath the crust of a barren planet, populated by the worst of the worst, where violence is the only law and evil creatures roam free). In this second volume, CF tries to get revenge against the evil behemoth that took his arm, and then winds up playing an unwilling participant in an elaborate escape attempt from the Pit. Prison Pit blends Ryan’s fascination with WWE wrestling, grindhouse cinema, first person action video games, Gary Panter’s “Jimbo” comics, and Kentaro Miura’s “Berserk” Manga into a brutal and often hilarious showcase of violence like no other comic book ever created.
“Perhaps the best and also craziest comic Johnny Ryan has made yet. I hope he does 1,000 pages of this.” — Jeffrey Brown “For splatter-movie fans and anyone trying to grok the splatter-movie ethos, not to be missed.” — Booklist “This thing is great and an essential read. It is important. Buy buy buy.” — VICE
JOHNNY RYAN lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife and two cats. “I wish to add my voice to the chorus of those who really, really like Johnny Ryan’s left-hand turn into violent fantasy with the promise of more to come. I hope there are ten more.” — Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter “This week I started reading Prison Pit Vol. 1 and ... I ... it ... um ... the thing is ... it’s .... wow.” — Chris Mautner, Robot 6 “Prison Pit is the best comic Johnny Ryan has ever drawn. It’s rich, clever, energetic, funny — I don’t think I’ve purely in-my-guts enjoyed another comic so much in 2009... You’ve gotta see it to believe it.” — Joe McCullough, Jog — The Blog “Probably too awesome for a lot of people to handle.” — Mania
Prison Pit Book One $12.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 36 120 pages, black-and-white, 6” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-297-5
by Alexander Theroux $14.99 Hardcover • Territory: E BIOGRAPHY / Artists • CQ: 36 80 pages, black and white, 6” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-384-2 Previous edition: ISBN 978-1-56097-385-0
The Strange Case of Edward Gorey
• First-ever hardcover edition of a long out-of-print classic • An essential text for Edward Gorey fans and scholars • Age Range: 15+
AN INTIMATE, REVEALING LOOK INTO THE LIFE AND ART OF AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL NOW IN HARDCOVER Drawing on exclusive interviews conducted with the artist shortly before his passing in 2000, National Book Award-nominee Alexander Theroux combines artistic analysis, personal reminiscence (the two were friends and neighbors for over 25 years), and an intimate familiarity with Gorey’s œuvre to create the most revealing and intimate portrait yet of the beloved but reclusive and enigmatic artist. Originally released in paperback in 2000 but out-of-print for most of the last decade, this re-release is an essential book for all Gorey fans and scholars.
“An addictively readable book, stuffed with scandalous morsels of gossip, piquant table talk (Gorey and Theroux were friends), the author’s staircase wit, and his sharply perceptive insights into the mind and art of the incalcuable, eccentric Gorey. A poisoned bon-bon of a book. To be read aloud to a friend, in bed, with a glass of absinthe on the night table.” — Mark Dery
ALEXANDER THEROUX is the author of four highly regarded novels — Three Wogs, Darconville’s Cat, An Adultery and Laura Warholic — as well as several books of essays, fables and poetry. He lives in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, with his wife, the artist Sarah Son. ALSO AVAILABLE:
Laura Warholic $29.95 Hardcover • Territory: E FICTION / Literary • CQ: 8824 pages, 6” x 9” ISBN 978-1-56097-798-8 The Enigma of Al Capp $ 6.95 Paperback Original Territory: E BIOGRAPHY / Artists • CQ: 48 64 pages, black-and-white, 6” x 9” ISBN 978-1-56097-340-9
“The Strange Case of Edward Gorey revels in Gorey’s intelligence, wit, and marvelous eccentricities.” — Alex Beam, The Boston Globe “This is a loving memoir of a singular artist, written by a best friend, one of the most talented novelists in America.” — The Gay & Lesbian Review
Forlorn Funnies Volume 1 by Paul Hornschemeier $8.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 48 pages, full color, 7 ½” x 10” ISBN: 978-1-60699-385-9
• A new annual solo anthology in the vein of Love & Rockets: New Stories, from the acclaimed author of The Three Paradoxes • Digital ARC (PDF) • Author website: www.forlornfunnies.com • Age Range: 15+
AN ANTHOLOGY OF ALL-NEW WORK FROM THE ACCLAIMED CREATOR OF THE THREE PARADOXES Forlorn Funnies Volume 1 wrangles the new and disparate inhabitants of one skull: that of acclaimed cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier, author of the graphic novels Mother, Come Home and The Three Paradoxes. The centerpiece of the issue is Act One of “Obvious Amenities,” the story of Edward Molson, salesman. After the untimely osprey-induced death of a coworker, Molson is thrust into a cross-country speaking engagement, a chance to revisit youthful diversions, and a potential extra-marital love affair. But for now, he has to walk his wife’s dog. Again. Vol. 1 also includes: “Huge Suit and The Sea,” featuring the deity/fate/deus ex machina Huge Suit prodding and poking at the destiny of a relentlessly smiley boatman; a short prose story, “Whither Mountain Man,” following a nameless protagonist on his search for a mythological beast sighted in the hills of an early 1900’s Montana; Chapter 1 of “The Epistemics,” which follows a team of military specialists and scientists in their role in the colonization of the planet Themis IV. Science fiction to surrealism, period pieces to the modern quotidian. These stories, in concert with shorter experiments and gags, all squeeze themselves between the covers of this first volume of Forlorn Funnies, an ongoing collection of stories by one of our most skilful and prolific cartoonists that promises to be unpredictable and enthralling. “An ascending star... [Hornschemeier] leaps into an elite group of current cartoonists — including Kyle Baker and Chris Ware — whose versatility and verve push the art form into exciting new territory... Hornschemeier doesn’t simply push the panel edges of the comics medium; he designs entirely off the page, encouraging other creators to join him over the horizon.” — Chicago Tribune “Paul avoids the hammering sentimentality and labored connect-all-the-dots obviousness of too much contemporary work, in any media.” — Jonathan Lethem
PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER lives in Chicago, IL, with his fiancée, Emily. ALSO AVAILABLE:
The Three Paradoxes $16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 40 80 pages, full-color. 6 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-653-0
All and Sundry $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 12 208 pages, full-color. 7 ½” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-285-2
Mother, Come Home $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ:26 128 pages, full-color. 7” x 9 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-973-9
Let Us Be Perfectly Clear $19.95 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 36 136 pages, full-color. 7” x 8.5” ISBN 978-1-56097-752-0
by Richard Sala $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 40 120 pages, full color, 8” x 8” ISBN 978-1-60699-386-6
• An original, full-color graphic novel from a contemporary master • Digital ARC (PDF) • Author website: www.richardsala.com • Age range: 15+
A NEW TALE OF TERROR FROM COMICS’ MASTER OF SUSPENSE —HIS FIRST COLOR BOOK FROM FANTAGRAPHICS Eight desperate people are stranded at a snowbound diner. Their phones can only pick brief and perplexing bits of conversation. The radio is filled with static — although occasional, broken-up bits of news are heard — reports of some sort of global catastrophe... A ninth person arrives, hiking to the diner from his stranded car, where he had been listening to his car radio. He informs the others that, yes, from what he was been able to make out, something alarming seems to have happened, a catastrophe on a global scale… Oh, and one more bit of local news he happened to pick up, he says: The previous night an inmate escaped from a nearby hospital for the criminally insane, after killing his doctor and several bystanders. The police warn that he is very, very dangerous... What perhaps sounds like the description of an old weird tale or an episode of The Twilight Zone is actually just the beginning of the new suspenseful, brain-twisting graphic novel from the author of Delphine, The Chuckling Whatsit, and Cat Burglar Black. In The Hidden, as the isolated characters become increasingly unraveled, one character tells of a dream he recently had. Then each of the others tells a dream, a personal anecdote or a story they’ve heard, ranging from the bizarre to the absurd to the truly horrific. Each will be presented as its own chapter. Then there are the games — a selection of (fully illustrated) card games and board games found in the diner. Are these merely children’s games — or something more sinister? “’Gothic humor’ sounds like an oxymoron. That’s probably why so few comics creators — Charles Addams, Edward Gorey — have pulled it off. You can now add Richard Sala to that short list.” – Details “At a time when many alternative comics seem to be impulsively created page by page, Sala’s epic, tightly woven narrative is especially commendable.” — The Onion
RICHARD SALA lives in Berkeley, CA. ALSO AVAILABLE:
Mad Night $18.95 Paperback Original Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 20 232 pages, black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-681-3
Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires $ 9.95 Paperback Original Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 80 pages, black-and-white, 6” x 8” ISBN 978-1-56097-646-2
Peculia $12.95 Paperback Original Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 50 96 pages, black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-495-6
The Chuckling Whatsit $16.95 Paperback Original Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 30 200 pages, black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-281-5
ALSO AVAILABLE (each volume is a 9” x 12” $19.95 120P PAPERBACK, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED):
KRAZY & IGNATZ SUNDAYS IN BLACK-AND-WHITE: 1916-1918, ISBN 978-1-60699-316-3 (160 pp., $24.99) 1919-1921, ISBN 978-1-60699-364-4 (176 pp., $24.99) 1925-1926, ISBN 978-1-56097-386-7 1927-1928, ISBN 978-1-56097-507-6 1929-1930, ISBN 978-1-56097-529-8 1931-1932, ISBN 978-1-56097-594-6 1933-1934, ISBN 978-1-56097-620-2
KRAZY & IGNATZ SUNDAYS IN COLOR: 1935-1936, ISBN 978-1-56097-690-5 1937-1938, ISBN 978-1-56097-734-6 1939-1940, ISBN 978-1-56097-789-6 1941-1942, ISBN 978-1-56097-887-9 1943-1944, ISBN 978-1-56097-932-6
The Kat Who Walked In Beauty, ISBN 978-1-56097-854-1, $29.95 Hardcover, 114 pages, black-and-white, 15” x 11”
by George Herriman
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$75.00 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 8 160 pages, full color, 12” x 18” ISBN 978-1-60699-387-3
Krazy & Ignatz: The Sketchbook Strips 1910-1913
• Never-before-printed versions of hundreds of strips! • Deluxe, oversized format • Age Range: All Ages
A STUNNING DISCOVERY OF ORIGINAL HERRIMAN CARTOONING ART As comic strip scholars well know, George Herriman’s Krazy Kat strip made its debut as a pint-sized supplementary strip running below the Family Upstairs strip before emancipating itself to its own, long-running strip. What scholars are not aware of, however, is that as part of his work process, Herriman used to draw a complete, essentially finished version of each installment of the “Family Upstairs” Krazy Kat in a sketchbook before carefully redrawing it as part of the daily Family Upstairs. Which means that there exist “original” versions of hundred upon hundreds of Krazy Kat strips that have literally never been published anywhere... until now. The owner of this priceless artifact would like to share the contents of it with the rest of the world, and has chosen Fantagraphics for this project. This perfect facsimile edition (so exact that an unscrupulous con man could conceivably try to resell a copy to a gullible Herriman fan as the real thing) will also include a supplementary booklet containing an essay on Herriman, and a large sampling of the final, published Krazy Kat strips, allowing readers to compare and contrast with the original sketchbook version. (Note: Fantagraphics plans to eventually release a complete collection of the Family Upstairs/Krazy Kat strips as part of its “Komplete Herriman” series.)
GEORGE HERRIMAN (1880-1944) was born in New Orleans and lived most of his life in Los Angeles, CA. He is considered by many to be the greatest strip cartoonist of all time.
“One could argue the claim, confidently, persuasively, and with an all-but-inexhaustible store of ever-fresh evidence, that George Herriman was one of the very great artists, in any medium, of the 20th century.” — Michael Chabon “Krazy Kat is something way better than the greatest strip; it’s a milestone of 20th century visionary art... George Herriman was one of those godsent popular artists like Chaplin, Armstrong, Hitchcock and Dylan whose low art makes mincemeat of the high. Geez, this stuff is wonderful.” — Tom DeHaven
THE Sanctuary by Nate Neal; introduction by Dave Sim $22.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 18 200 pages, black and white, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-388-0
• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15+ • Author website with book trailer: natenealfreelance.blogspot.com
AN ORIGINAL, WORDLESS GRAPHIC NOVEL DEBUT In Nate Neal’s first full length graphic novel, the author explores the primal mysteries and sordid inner workings of a Paleolithic cave-dwelling tribe, creating an original “silent” reading experience by using symbols instead of words. When a mysterious nomad girl is offered up as an item of trade, she seeks refuge by forming a tenacious friendship with the local cave-painter turned outcast. Together they set out on a dangerous mission to bring truth to their corrupt tribe with the help of their new discovery (via some psychotropic mushrooms): drawings that tell a story. Subsequently, they become enmeshed in the violent power struggles and sensual intrigues between the alpha males and alpha females. In Sanctuary, art, inspiration, and communication is in conflict with tradition and law, and the novel dramatizes the moral imperative of man facing the truth even at the cost of his, and society’s, lives. Featuring its own delicately crafted Paleolithic language, The Sanctuary breaks new ground by bringing complex ideas to the page with primal immediacy and sophistication through Neal’s adroit use of pantomime storytelling that provide many layers of symbolism and meaning. This is a darkly comic journey through a prehistoric re-imagining of art and comics.
NATE NEAL was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is the co-founder of the short-lived comics anthology Hoax. He’s drawn commercial strips for Nickelodeon Magazine (Truckhead), Mad Magazine’s kids magazine (Spy vs. Spy Jr. and The Adventures of Willy Nilly), and a half-dozen stories for Fantagraphics’ art comics anthology Mome.
By Jason $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 272 pages, black-and-white and some partial color, 6 ¼” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-414-6
What I Did
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• Age Range: 15+ • Collecting three classic, out-of-print GNs into one affordable collection • Multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning author
THREE CLASSIC JASON VOLUMES IN ONE OMNIBUS! A matching volume to 2009’s Almost Silent, What I Did collects three of Jason’s acclaimed 1990s graphic novels into a handsome, definitive omnibus format. “Hey, Wait...,” the first of Jason’s books to be translated to English, tells the story of two childhood friends. A dreadful event midway through the story changes their lives forever, and the melancholy. Sparsely told as a series of brief vignettes, “Sshhhh!” is one of Jason’s virtuoso silent performances, the cradle-to-grave life of one of his bird-headed characters. And the one Jason fans have been waiting for is the long-out-of-print “The Iron Wagon,” an ingenious, atypically (for Jason) talky murder mystery set in early-20th-century Norway, adapted from a classic Norwegian novel by Stein Riverton—albeit starring Jason’s patented blank-eyed animal-headed characters and told in moody two-color panels. “When I read Jason for the first time, I was just as excited and devastated as the first time I read the poems of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Jason’s work is poetry.” — Sherman Alexie “One of the medium’s finest storytellers.” — Publishers Weekly Jason hails from Oslo, Norway and resides in the south of France.
ALSO AVAILABLE (hardcover):
Almost Silent $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 292 pages, Two-color with black-and-white, 6 ¼” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-315-6 Low Moon $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 30 216 pages, full-color, 5 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-155-8 ALSO AVAILABLE (softcover):
The Living and the Dead $ 9.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 90 48 pages, black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-794-0,
I Killed Adolf Hitler $12.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 48 pages, full-color, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-828-2
Why Are You Doing This? $12.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 48 pages, full-color, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-655-4
The Last Musketeer $12.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 48 pages, full-color, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-889-3 Werewolves of Montpellier $12.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 48 pages, full-color, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-359-0 The Left Bank Gang $12.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 48 pages, full-color, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-742-1
By Stan Sakai $100.00 Two-volume slipcase hardcover set • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 2 1200 pages, black-and-white with 50 pages in color, 7” x 10 ¼“ (RELIST) • ISBN 978-1-60699-154-1
Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition
• Age Range: All Ages • Author website: www.usagiyojimbo.com • Never to be reprinted • Usagi popularity is at an all-time high with the character’s 25th Anniversary in 2009
A DELUXE, COMPREHENSIVE REISSUE ON THE RABBIT RONIN’S 25th ANNIVERSARY Created in 1984 as a supporting character for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo has vaulted to the very forefront of iconic modern comics characters and is a perennial favorite amongst young boys and adult fans. Usagi Yojimbo chronicles the action-packed wanderings of a masterless samurai (a “ronin”) in feudal Japan — as told with funny-animals. (If PIXAR and the late Akira Kurosawa were to collaborate on a movie, it might very well look like this.) For the first ten years of his career, the battling bunny was published by Fantagraphics Books. In honor of his 25th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the seven first Usagi books. With over 1000 pages of story, this is the complete, definitive, early Usagi. This Special Edition will also be brimming with extra material, including a complete full-color gallery of the more than 50 Usagi covers from that period (never-before-collected); preparatory sketches, including Sakai’s original first draft of the “Samurai” story; two “non-canon” Usagi stories by Sakai co-starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (with whom Usagi also shared screen time in the TMNT TV series); and a feature-length, career-spanning interview with Sakai.
STAN SAKAI lives in Pasadena.
“Usaji Yojimbo is one of the most original, innovative and well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.” — Stan Lee “Usagi represents a unique fusion of East and West, combining traditional samurai virtues with the flamboyance of Kurosawa’s heroes and the understated authority of a Hollywood frontier marshal.” — The Los Angeles Times “Teenagers will easily succumb to Sakai’s clever brand of visual humor.” — Booklist 25
“C. Tyler’s You’ll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man... is an impressive and beautiful history of the era; Tyler creates a panorama of images that sweep across the page as she documents her father’s childhood, her parent’s engagement, and her own young life. Her pen, ink, and color transform her creative panels (at times evoking a scrapbook) into vibrant memories intertwined by her restless imagination.” — Politics and Prose, “Favorite Graphic Literature of the Year” “Tyler is a cartoonist who was trained as a painter first, and her memoir of learning about the World War II experiences that permanently changed her father leads with its indelible, majestically composed images. Compassionate but unsparing, this first of a projected three-book series tells one soldier’s story in the context of his generation’s silence.” — The Best Graphic Novels of 2009, The Barnes & Noble Review
“[C.] Tyler’s fluid, expressive linework, complemented by subtly overlaid watercolors, gives ideal visual expression to a narrative that’s at once sensitive and hardnosed. This initial volume of a planned trilogy is Tyler’s first book-length effort, but decades of drawing mostly autobiographical stories have honed her skills, enabling her to produce a work that ranks in quality with the graphic memoirs of Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).” —Booklist (Starred Review) “If you want to find out what happened to Willie and Joe after they got home from World War II, You’ll Never Know is the perfect place to start. C. Tyler’s graphic novel, passionately conceived and brilliantly drawn, extends the range of Bill Mauldin to cover the aftershock of the Last Good War on the warriors who fought it and the collateral damage to their families. Not since Catch-22 has anyone probed the secret heart of the Greatest Generation with this kind of raw, icon busting courage.” — Tom Mathews (Our Fathers’ War: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation)
You’ll Never Know Book 2: By C. Tyler $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction • CQ: 16 104 pages, full color, 12” x 10 ¼“ ISBN 978-1-60699-418-4
• Tyler will be a guest at the 2010 Comic-Con International, where Book 2 will premiere • The first volume of You’ll Never Know was one of the most acclaimed GNs of 2009, landing on many “Best of” lists. • Digital ARC (PDF) • Author website: www.bloomerland.com • Age Range: 15+
C. TYLER DELVES DEEPER INTO HER FAMILY HISTORY IN THIS EMOTIONAL SEQUEL The first volume of You’ll Never Know showed Carol’s initial, sometimes difficult attempts at grappling with her father Chuck’s traumatic World War II experiences by bringing them to light. As Book 2 begins, she is startled to discover that Chuck’s decision to suddenly, after 60 years, open up to her on the subject has motivations that go far beyond his desire to reveal his past — putting even more pressure on an already explosive relationship. In any event, Carol finally begins to delve into, and re-tell, Chuck’s horrific wartime experiences in Italy (which are worse than even she had imagined). But back in the present, the cycle of family dysfunction continues as Carol’s own daughter runs into her own trouble, leading Carol into further exploration of her family’s buried traumas and sorrows — with an expanded reprinting of the out-of-print “The Hannah Story,” Tyler’s superb chronicle of the short life and accidental death of her older sister, a heart-rending story (named one of the “100 Best Comics of the 20th Century” in a Comics Journal survey) that in turn sheds light on her parents’ subsequent lives and patterns of behavior. Everything is connected, and the past is never just the past...
C. TYLER lives and works in Cincinnati, OH.
You’ ll Never Know Book 1: “A Good and Decent Man” $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction • CQ: 16 104 pages, full- color, 12” x 10 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-144-2
“It’s impossible not to compare You’ll Never Know with Art Spiegelman’s Maus, the first great graphic novel about what happened to a cartoonist’s father during World War II. Tyler’s book is a vivid, affecting, eccentrically stylish frame built around a terrible silence.” — The New York Times Book Review
Zippy: ding dong daddy by Bill Griffith $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 24 204 pages, black and white and full color, 8 ½” x 8 ½”” ISBN 978-1-60699-389-7
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• Read by millions daily in over 200 newspapers • Author website: zippythepinhead.com • Age range: All ages • A pop culture icon
DINGBURG STORIES, PLUS GOD AND JOAN RIVERS IN AN EXTRA-LONG ZIPPY COLLECTION In Zippy’s latest collection of daily and color strips (with additional pages!), the tour of “Dingburg” continues; we drop in on dozens of Dingburgers and observe them in their natural habitat. The city “inhabited entirely by pinheads” can be seen as a metaphor for the world we live in today — or not. In any event, we watch as Zippy and his fellow Dingburg residents hunt and bag “Speedy Alka Seltzer,” hear voices in their refrigerators, become addicted to Riboflavin, enjoy fondling newsprint, believe that “wahoo bark” attracts the opposite sex, and worship Joan Rivers. There’s also the extended series in which Zippy has a long (and donut-based) conversation with God and another in which we meet a pinhead poet who bears a striking resemblance to Charles Bukowski. Are we having fun yet?
“In two decades, Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead has been transformed from a one-shot gag into the idiot savant of our whirling consumer culture... Griffy’s tirades against advertising, truckers’ caps, and Bruce Springsteen are hilarious, but he’d be just another elitist snotball without Zippy’s cut-and-paste giddiness. Together they’re irresistible: the good cop/bad cop of surrealist social criticism... Zippy’s not the biggest fool this country has — we elect those — but he is our best.” — Entertainment Weekly “No other strip challenges the reader in such a smart way.” — Time Magazine
BILL GRIFFITH lives in Connecticut with his wife, the artist Diane Noomin.
Zippy: From Here To Absurdity $19.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 32 128 pages, black-and-white with color, 8 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-56097-618-9 Zippy: Connect the Polka Dots $18.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 30 160 pages, black-and-white with color, 8 ½” x 9” ISBN 978-1-56097-777-3
Zippy: Walk a Mile In My Muu-Muu $18.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 30 160 pages, black-and-white with color, 8 ½” x 9” ISBN 978-1-56097-877-0 Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg $18.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 30 160 pages, black-and-white with color, 8 ½” x 9” ISBN 978-1-56097-963-0
King of the Flies Volume 2: by Mezzo and Pirus $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 64 pages, full color, 9” x 12 ½” ISBN: 978-1-60699-390-3
The Origin the World
• Digital ARC (PDF) • Original Graphic Novel • Nominated for “Best Script” at the 2006 Angoulême comics festival • Age range: 18+
THE MIDDLE INSTALLMENT OF THE SUBURBAN CREEPFEST Readers have had to wait nine months for the second chapter in Mezzo and Pirus’s creepily sexy suburban soap opera — a French Twin Peaks graphic novel as written by Stephen King and drawn by Charles Burns — but here at last is the second installment. (The concluding third volume will appear in 2011.) Eric the fly-head-wearing teenager is back (as well as his hapless mother and her “fiancé”), as are not-quite-ingénue Marie, the worldly Sal, Denis the drug dealer and his now one-handed father, and of course the loopy retro bowling thug Ringo... plus several new cast members, including one who died at the very beginning of the first volume and has now returned to roam the earth. Once again, the story is told through a series of seemingly unrelated short stories which eventually become intricately braided into one sprawling tale of a community haunted by obsession, rage, regret and despair — in sum, a graphic novel for the 21st century.
Pascal (MEZZO) Mesenburg and Michel PIRUS both live in France, where they are completing the third volume of King of the Flies.
King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 64 pages, full-color, 9” x 12 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-320-0
by Roy Crane; introduction by Paul Pope $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 10 144 pages, full color, 10 ½” x 14 ¾” ISBN: 978-1-60699-391-0
Captain Easy: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 2
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• In the grand tradition of Fantagraphics’ Peanuts, Prince Valiant, Popeye and other classic strip reprints • Age Range: All Ages
HIGH ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS This second of four volumes reprints in full color the rare Captain Easy Sunday pages from the 1930s. Roy Crane’s Soldier of Fortune, Captain Easy, fights for gold in the frozen north, is mistaken for a bandit, protects a formula for artificial diamonds, is stranded on a desert island, visits the tiny Balkan country of Kleptomania, and faces a firing squad. Captain Easy hobnobs with millionaires and bums and beautiful girls (of course), and winds up in the middle of a full scale war. In short, it’s another rousing series of adventure and humor encapsulating the gallantry, derring-do, and rough-and-tumble innocence of a bygone era and a bygone genre, written and drawn with panache, and practically painted in a vibrant spectrum of colors that you have to see to believe. Long before the first superhero, Roy Crane’s courageous, indomitable, and cliff-ganging rough guy served as the template for characters that later defined comic books, and set the aesthetic standards for the newspaper strip. Crane’s mastery is why Peanuts creator Charles Schulz said of him (circa 1989): “A treasure. There is still no one around who draws any better.” “Crane to this day is an influence. He was the true comic artist. I love the way he did characters in action, running around, jumping.” — Jules Feiffer “Today I still admire the work of Roy Crane.” — Basil Wolverton “Roy Crane could do anything. Roy Crane did adventure with a beautiful combination of cartooning and storytelling. Every panel was an entertaining panel with something to look at.” — John Severin
ROYSTON CAMPBELL CRANE (1901-1977) created the iconic comic strip characters Wash Tubbs, Captain Easy and Buz Sawyer. His work continues to inspire cartoonists today. RECENT TITLE:
Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune (Vol. 1) $ 39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 10 144 pages, full-color, 10 ½” x 14 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-161-9
VOL. 21: NOVEMBER
VOL. 22: MARCH
By various; edited by Eric Reynolds Winter 2011 (Vol. 21), ISBN 978-1-60699-394-1 Spring 2011 (Vol. 22), ISBN 978-1-60699-395-8 $14.99 Paperback Original published 4x per year • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Anthologies • CQ: 30 120 pages, full-color, 7” x 9” • Multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominee for “Best Anthology” • Featuring an all-star lineup of comics talent • AGE RANGE: 15 +
COMICDOM’S PREMIER ANTHOLOGY OF COMICS LIT Mome (mõm), n. Archaic, a fool; blockhead. The influence of Fantagraphics’ flagship quarterly anthology of new comic art and storytelling continues to grow. Celebrating it’s fifth anniversary in 2010, the series has published over 2,000 pages of comics in its half-decade of existence, becoming a staple for those eager to discover what’s new in the world of literary comics. Mome showcases the best new talent of this decade’s ascendant cartoon generation, alongside work from some of North America and Europe’s most respected creators. Recent contributors of short stories to Mome include: Gilbert Hernandez, Dave Cooper, Ivan Brun, Josh Simmons, Lilli Carré, Nicolas Mahler, Laura Park, Olivier Schrauwen, Tom Kaczynski, Dash Shaw, Ray Fenwick, Andrice Arp, Eleanor Davis, Nathan Neal, Conor O’Keefe, Derek Van Gieson, Jon Vermilyea, Frank Santoro, Ben Jones, Rick Froberg, Kamagurka & Seele, Robert Goodin, Sara Edward-Corbett and many more.
“The premier journal of innovative comic art currently being published.” — Librarything.com “Mome may be the best contemporary survey of the current graphic scene… If you have peepers, you should take ‘em out and use ‘em.” — Thurston Moore & Byron Coley, ARTHUR Magazine “Mome helps me stay on top of the coolest cartoonists in the industry.” — Whitney Matheson, USA Today Pop Candy “For fresh talent in comics, you have to go to the anthologies and there’s none better at the moment than Mome.” — Roger Sabin, The Observer
ERIC REYNOLDS is the Associate Publisher of Fantagraphics Books. Same specs, Vols. 1-10, $14.95 ea.; Vols. 11-20, $14.99 ea
Mome Summer 2005 (Vol.1) ISBN 978-1-56097-650-9 Mome Fall 2005 (Vol.2) ISBN 978-1-56097-684-4 Mome Spring/Summer 2006 (Vol.4) ISBN 978-1-56097-726-1 Mome Fall 2006 (Vol.5) ISBN 978-1-56097-739-1
Mome Winter 2006 (Vol.6) ISBN 978-1-56097-781-0 Mome Spring 2007 (Vol.7) ISBN 978-1-56097-834-3 Mome Summer 2007 (Vol.8) ISBN 978-1-56097-847-3 Mome Fall 2 0 0 7 ( Vol.9 ) ISBN 978-1-56097-872-5 Mome Winter/Spring 2008 (Vol.10) ISBN 978-1-56097-873-2
Mome Summer 2008 (Vol.11) ISBN 978-1-56097-916-6 Mome Fall 2008 (Vol.12) ISBN 978-1-56097-930-2 Mome Winter 2009 (Vol. 13) ISBN 978-1-56097-957-9 Mome Spring 2009 (Vol. 14) ISBN 978-1-56097-958-6 Mome Summer 2009 (Vol. 15) ISBN 978-1-60699-152-7
Mome Fall 2009 (Vol. 16) ISBN 978-1-60699-153-4 Mome Winter 2010 (Vol. 17) ISBN 978-1-60699-302-6 Mome Spring 2010 (Vol. 18) ISBN 978-1-60699-303-3 Mome Summer 2010 (Vol. 19) ISBN 978-1-60699-349-1 Mome Fall 2010 (Vol. 20) ISBN 978-1-60699-365-1
By Joe Sacco $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction • CQ: 16 272 pages, black and white, 7 ½” x 10” ISBN: 978-1-60699-396-5
Safe Area Gorazde Special Edition
• One of the most acclaimed books and bestsellers in Fantagraphics’ history gets the Special Edition treatment • From the creator of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza • Age Range: 15+
JOE SACCO’S BEST-SELLING FOLLOW-UP TO PALESTINE NOW ALSO IN A DELUXE HARDCOVER SPECIAL EDITION In the wake of his acclaimed Palestine, Joe Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995-1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories rarely found in conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde, which was besieged by Bosnian Serbs during the war; Sacco spent four weeks in Gorazde, entering before the Muslims trapped inside had access to the outside world, electricity or running water. Released in 2000, Safe Area Gorazde confirmed Sacco as one of the preeminent journalists of his time, and earned him a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. Now for its 10th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing an expanded hardcover edition which, much like 2007’s Palestine: The Special Edition, supplements the original work with page after page of related drawings, on-site sketches, photographs, and transcripts from Sacco’s notes.
JOE SACCO lives in Portland, OR.
Palestine Introduction by Edward Said $24.95 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction • CQ: 24 288 pages, black-and-white, 8” x 11” ISBN 978-1-56097-432-1
“Harrowing and bleakly humorous, Sacco’s account of life during the Balkan conflict is a timeless portrait of ordinary people caught in desperate circumstances. It’s also a work of genius in an unlikely genre: journalism in comic book form.” — Utne Reader “Sacco’s detailed, personal reporting captures his subject matter more convincingly than photographs or Christiane Amanpour.” — Time “[Demonstrates] how brilliantly comics can serve as reportage.” — The New York Times
Unlovable: The Complete Collection By Esther Pearl Watson $39.99 Two Hardcover volumes in custom slipcase • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 18 832 pages, two-color, 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-397-2
• Author website: www.estherwatson.com • As seen in every issue of BUST magazine • Age Range: 15+
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF A MODERN CLASSIC! Loosely based on a teenager’s diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce, as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson. This boxed set collects the complete, acclaimed two-volume saga of Tammy’s sophomore year of high school in 1989. Tammy has built a devoted following over the last several years in the pages of BUST magazine, where Unlovable continues to be serialized on the magazine’s back page, and this beautifully produced, slipcased collection features all 832 pages of her sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and always hilarious exploits. Her hopes, dreams, agonies and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson’s lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels and huge hair, etc. — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of adolescence through Tammy’s naievete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable’s universal humor and wide cast of characters. Tammy’s life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious. This complete edition will be handsomely packaged in an irresistibly sparkly box that would make Tammy proud.
ESTHER PEARL WATSON lives in Sierra Madre, CA, with her husband, the artist Mark Todd, and their daughter, Lilly. Together they authored the influential D.I.Y. tome, Whatcha Mean, What’s A Zine?
“GOOD!!!” — Lynda Barry “From the moment I laid eyes on Unlovable, I knew immediately that I had to run it as a series in BUST. Tammy Pierce is such an endearing underdog, and her teen-loser ways keep me coming back. No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us.” — Laurie Henzel, BUST Magazine Creative Director “Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can’t help but reliving parts again to feel the pain.” — Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT “This book reminds me of my life. It’s like looking in a mirror and the mirror has stickers and tooth brush splashes on it.” — Leslie Hall
ALSO AVAILABLE AS SINGLE VOLUMES:
Unlovable Vol. 1 $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 416 pages, two-color, 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” ISBN 978-1-56097-955-5
Unlovable Vol. 2 $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 416 pages, two-color, 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-314-9
by Tim Kreider $28.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Political • CQ: 24 288 pages, black and white, 8” x 9 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-398-9
Twilight of the Assholes
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• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 18+
TIM KREIDER REFUSES TO LET THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION OFF EASY Tim Kreider’s first cartoon collection, The Pain—When Will It End? was one of the few bastions of sanity throughout the awful aberration in American history known as the Bush Administration. The end of his second volume of political cartoons, Why Do They Kill Me?, saw its author in despair over the 2004 election. In this new volume, Twilight of the Assholes, as reality gets ever bleaker, Kreider’s humor becomes increasingly apocalyptic, deranged, and hilarious. He juxtaposes the Biblical Christ with His blonde, flag-draped, machine-guntoting American incarnation in “Jesus vs. Jeezus,” proposes a third political party that represents Americans’ real values in “The Sex Party,” draws the dead Saddam Hussein as a mischievous invisible imp still causing trouble, and envisions the officials of the Bush administration getting their comeuppance in the grisly fashion of Dick Tracy villains. And he finds two cartoons’ worth of “Reasons to Look Forward to the Next Terrorist Attack.” Also included is his infamous entry into Iran’s Holocaust cartoon contest, “Silver Linings of the Holocaust.” Kreider mocks not only the evil and hapless Bush but the fecklessness of progressives, the imbecile bigotry of radical Islam, and, most of all, the dumb bovine complacency of the American voter. His art has become even more dense with gags and his writing (most recently featured in the New York Times) has never been more astute and devastating. Twilight of the Assholes is an hysterical chronicle of the end of the Era of Darkness, and, believe it or not, a heartening document of one man’s loss and tentative restoration of faith in democracy.
“Tim Kreider is the funniest man alive.” — Jenny Boylan, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders
TIM KREIDER was born and educated in Baltimore, MD and lives in an undisclosed location on the Chesapeake Bay.
Why Do They Kill Me? $14.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Political • CQ: 20 136 pages, black-and-white, 9” x 7 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-663-9
“[Tim Kreider] is to the satirical cartoon what Stanley Kubrick was to cinematic satire.” — Mark Crispin Miller, Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 “He is funny and crazy and brave enough to proclaim as truths the things the rest of us are too chickenshit to say out loud.” — Myla Goldberg, Bee Season “Kreider rules.” — David Foster Wallace “Kreider ’s stuff is not all political, but most of what he does packs outrage: at oppressors, bigots, overlords, fools. Not for the squeamish, unless they’re too passive and need a wake-up call.” — The New Haven Advocate
Edited By Rick Marschall & Warren Bernard
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$28.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History and Criticism • CQ: 20 128 pages, black and white and color, 9 ½” x 13” ISBN 978-1-60699-399-6
DRAWING POWER: A COMPENDIUM OF CARTOON ADVERTISING
• Age Range: All Ages
A UNIQUE MIX OF COMICS, POP CULTURE AND AMERICANA The season’s first book from Fantagraphics’ new imprint Marschall Books is Drawing Power, a lively collection of mass market print advertising from the 1890s to the recent past, starring both cartoonists and cartoon characters. While critics debate whether comics is high art or low art, the fact is that the comic strip was born as a commercial medium and was nurtured by competition, commerce, and advertising. Drawing Power will be the first book-length examination (and celebration) of the nexus of art and cartoons. It will focus on the commercial roots of newspaper strips; the cross-promotions of artists, their characters, and retail products; and of the superb artwork that cartoonists invested in their lucrative freelance work in advertising. Drawing Power is cultural history, chronicling a time in popular culture when cartoonists were celebrities and their strips and characters competed with the movies for the attention of a mass audience. The book will examine cartoonists as public personalities, and their advertising efforts from the first heartbeat of the comic strip as an art form. Here are surprising and familiar examples of products, accounts, memorable ad campaigns, and examples of widely known catch-phrases. Examples of individual cartoon ads through the years include: • Yellow Kid advertising • Buster Brown Shoe campaigns • Dr Seuss’ “Flit” cartoons and his longtime career hyping motor oil • WWII ads • Pepsi and Pete by Rube Goldberg • The best-looking comic strip ads ever: Milton Caniff and Noel Sickles (under pen names!) depicting characters’ personal crises relieved by a coffee substitute • Little Orphan Annie’s famous Ovaltine campaign, and Mickey Mouse as pitch-man • Peanuts shilling Falcons and B.C. shilling Dr. Pepper • Dagwood selling atomic energy • and virtually every super-hero trafficking in the mortal realm to shill every product imaginable A special section will showcase ads that featured cartoonists themselves as hucksters; can you believe The New Yorker’s urbane Peter Arno selling, not nightclub cocktails, but working-class beer? Walt (Pogo) Kelly selling cement?
RICK MARSCHALL, called by Bostonia Magazine “perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture,” has written or edited more than 60 books. He co-founded nemo: The Classic Comics Library and Hogan’s Alley magazines and is President of Rosebud Archives. He has taught comics history at the School of Visual Arts and Rutgers University. His biography of Johann Sebastian Bach will be published by Thomas Nelson in 2010. WARREN BERNARD has contributed to more than a dozen books on cartoons and comics, drawing upon his extensive collection. He has lectured on cartoons at the Library of Congress, where he assists in the cataloging of their holdings.
Toys in the Basement by Stéphane Blanquet $14.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 46 32 pages, full color, 8 ¼” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-402-3
CREEPY KIDS’ BOOK FROM FRENCH COMICS MASTER With appearances in such anthologies as Zero Zero, Blab! and Kramers Ergot, Stéphane Blanquet has been delighting and terrifying American readers with his superslick, ultradetailed creepiness. So it makes perfect sense that his first graphic novel to be published in the U.S. would be… a children’s book? Yes indeed. Our hero, attending a Halloween party in an embarrassing pink bunny costume (he wanted to he a pirate) stumbles across a secret society of damaged, forgotten, and pissed-off toys in the basement of his friend’s house—including the terrifying Amélie, not an adorable gamine played by Audrey Tautou but a towering sentient assemblage of broken toy parts out for revenge! Imagine Toy Story as reimagined by David Lynch and Charles Burns and you’ll have a good idea of what this story is like. And yes, it is for kids!
STEPHANE BLANQUET lives in France, where he works as a cartoonist, animator, sculptor, and painter.
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• Author website: www.blanquet.com • First solo graphic album by legendary French cartoonist • Age Range: All ages
by David B. and Pierre Mac Orlan $16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 38 48 pages, full color, 8 ¼” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-403-0
The Littlest Pirate King
• Digital ARC (PDF) • From the award-winning creator of Epileptic • Age Range: All ages
GHOST PIRATES ROAM THE SEVEN SEAS IN THIS CLASSIC CHILDREN’S TALE, NEWLY ADAPTED BY DAVID B. For decades they have roamed the seas, this shipload of undead pirates. They are desperate to die, but every time they try to dash their ship to splinters and end their miserable existence, a malevolent God scoops them out of danger. And so they have no choice but to continue to sail the seas, looting and killing. Until one day, having exterminated yet another ship of the living, they come across a pink little baby. Adopting him as their mascot and dubbing him their “Littlest King,” they continue their journeys. But eventually the King begins to grow up... Adapted by David B., the acclaimed creator of Epileptic, from a short story by Pierre Mac Orlan (which was published decades before the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, thank you very much), The Littlest King is DB’s first full-color graphic novel to be released in English, and his vivid palette combines with his stunningly elegant graphics to create a magical yarn that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
“David B. is clearly one of the best storytellers in the medium of comics.” — Joe Sacco
DAVID B. splits his time between France and Italy. The French novelist and songwriter PIERRE MAC ORLAN died in 1970.
Little Maakies on the Prairie By Tony Millionaire $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 26 112 pages, black-and-white, 12” x 4 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-392-7
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• Designed by Chip Kidd • Multiple Eisner Award-winner • One of America’s longest running and most beloved weekly comic strips • Author website: www.maakies.com • Age Range: 15+
THE LATEST TWO YEARS OF MAAKIES, COLLECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME! Drinky Crow may be the drunken star of the weekly comic strip Maakies, but more often than not, he plays straight man to the hapless ape, Uncle Gabby. Here is the newest collection of Tony Millionaire’s strip, featuring two years of strips collected for the first time. The suicide jokes may come less frequently than in earlier years, but the comedy and superb drawing style are at their peak, as is the volume of triple-X cartoon booze consumed. Maakies features the comical adventures of a drunken crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtaking line that harkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. Designed by publishing’s foremost graphic designer, Chip Kidd, Little Maakies on the Prairie features a beautiful, deluxe, landscape hardcover format that complements the strip’s elegant and classical style. “Graphically elegant, done in a style reminiscent of early comics masters like Winsor McCay and Johnny Gruelle (who drew Raggedy Ann); the content, on the other hand, comes bubbling up from a part of the imagination that polite cartoonists lock away.” — The New York Times “Millionaire is a great master of the old-time free-wheeling comic strip, and Maakies takes full advantage of every last bit of the medium. Transporting, irreverent and unique, all beautifully drawn.” — Publishers Weekly
TONY MILLIONAIRE lives in Pasadena, CA with this wife and two daughters. ALSO AVAILABLE:
Der Struwwelmaakies $19.95 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 40 96 pages, black-and-white, 12” x 4 ¾” ISBN 978-1-56097-654-7
The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees $19.95 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 26 120 pages, black-and-white, 12” x 4 ¾” ISBN 978-1-56097-893-0 Drinky Crow’s Maakies Treasury $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 20 272 pages, black-and-white, 12” x 4 ¾” ISBN 978-1-56097-975-3
by Gilbert Hernandez $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 40 120 pages, black and white, 5 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN: 978-1-60699-406-1
Love From the Shadows
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• An original graphic novel from one of the great cartoonists of his generation • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 18+
A NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL STARRING FRITZ, FRITZ, AND...FRITZ The third in Gilbert Hernandez’s line of original hardcovers featuring Love and Rockets’ “Fritz” in her guise as a Z-movie actress (the first two were Chance in Hell and The Troublemakers) is a trippy thriller that stars Fritz in no fewer than three roles. A beautiful waitress (Fritz, of course) and her hospital nurse brother (also Fritz) visit their estranged father, a once successful but now retired writer (amazingly enough, also Fritz), in order to find out the true reason why their mother committed suicide. When dad’s health fails, the siblings are then more concerned with the money he might leave them. The story weaves in and out of reality and hallucination and possibly back in forth in time, and to complicate things further, the sister is sexually obsessed with a mysterious man throughout the tale — or is it her brother (at one point posing as his sister so that he might gain his and her inheritance) that is so hot and bothered by this mystery stud? And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a venture into ghost territory, with frauds bilking the gullible and Fritz’s character(s) right in the middle. “I don’t think there’s ever been a greater cartooning talent in terms of what he brings the serial comic book form.” — The Comics Reporter “Gilbert Hernandez created some of the most memorable characters in popular fiction.” — Los Angeles Times “There’s no denying that Beto’s comics reflect one of the highest peaks the comics medium has yet achieved.” — The Onion A.V. Club
GILBERT HERNANDEZ lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife and daughter.
Chance In Hell $16.95 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 40 120 pages, black-and-white, 5 ½” x 7 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-833-6
The Troublemakers $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 40 128 pages, black-and-white, 5 ½” x 7 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-922-7
Mascots By Ray Fenwick $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 128 pages, full-color, 5” x 7 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-400-9
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• Age Range: 15+ • Digital ARC • Author website: coandco.ca/ray
THE SECOND BOOK FROM RAY FENWICK, AUTHOR OF 2008’S ACCLAIMED HALL OF BEST KNOWLEDGE Mascots is a collection of vignettes and brief impressionistic scenes that concentrate on moments, characters, settings and ideas. Many of these vignettes are independent, but some are intruded upon by a cast of characters who wander throughout the book. Despite seemingly disparate parts, themes recur over and over in Mascots, and when taken together as a whole form a world that is strange, sad, funny and familiar. Formally, the book is made up of small, brightly colored drawings and paintings done on found book covers. Like Fenwick’s previous work, the acclaimed Hall of Best Knowledge (one of Booklist’s “Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2008”), Mascots is driven by lettering and type, part art and part comics. Mascots are exaggerated, ridiculous representatives, giving form to the abstract. They don’t give this form in a subtle way; they’re surreal magnifications, explosions of the thing they represent. The recurring characters in Mascots are like this, but so are the vignettes themselves. Each scene pushes past normal, exaggerating in order to highlight. In the world of Mascots, failure is everywhere. There is failure to connect, failure to communicate and failure to find meaning, but despite that, there are moments of hope, transcendence and even happy endings.
“One of the leading progenitors of the hand scrawl, Ray Fenwick, is a designer and illustrator known for black-and-white samplers of wise and weird ‘ideas.’ These contemporary illuminated manuscripts are a new twist on the old art of lettering.” — Steven Heller, The New York Times Sunday Book Review
RAY FENWICK lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“Fenwick somehow manages to combine baroque ornamentality with crafty handiwork. It’s almost like controlled outsider art. And he’s so unfailingly funny.” — Marian Bantjes “In addition to a neat bit of ventriloquism, Fenwick shows off dazzling visual originality in his eye-spinning use of pattern and lettering... The lettering melds with its environment as surely as letters in an illuminated manuscript blend with their angels and acanthus leaves.” — Print
Hall of Best Knowledge $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 44 168 pages, black-and-white, 7” x 7” ISBN 978-1-56097-910-4
by Monte Schulz $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E FICTION / Literary • CQ: 24 304 pages, 6” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-401-6
The Last Rose of Summer
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• ARC • West Coast Author Tour • Author website: www.monteschulz.com • Age Range: 15+
THREE WOMEN STRUGGLE AS THE DEPRESSION DAWNS In the summer of 1929, three strong-willed women, related by marriage, gather under one roof: widowed matriarch Maude Hennesey, whose belief in old-fashioned ways is shared by the ladies of her club; her pretty, spoiled daughter Rachel; and daughter-in-law Marie, who’s been forced by her husband, Harry, to uproot their two small children and take up residence in his family’s East Texan home until economic circumstances improve. Monte Schulz, son of celebrated Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, examines not only the conflicts within the family, but the racial, gender and religious tensions of small-town Bellemont. As the summer wears on, Maude firmly lectures the unwelcome Marie on class distinctions, Rachel fights and flirts with her dashing pilot beau CW, and Marie reevaluates her marriage to salesman Harry during their separation, while fending off her employer Jimmy Delahaye’s slow seduction. Meanwhile, storms gather as a child’s unnatural death sends shock waves throughout the community, instilling a sense of dread in both the reader and Marie, who’s already lost her firstborn to tragedy. Things come to a head when a black war hero, Julius, is accused of murder: surprising truths about these three women are revealed. In the calm after the storm, each woman learns to live her life on her own terms. Schulz’ dynamic female characters, though accessible to a wide audience, have particular appeal for women. Schulz understands that readers find it refreshing when authors flesh out their protagonists by examining who they are through the prism of familial interactions, not just romantic relationships. Contemporary readers can identify with many of the issues that wife and parent Marie struggles with in The Last Rose of Summer, even though (and, perhaps, because) it concludes just as the Jazz Age is poised to shift into the Great Depression. MONTE SCHULZ lives in Nevada City, CA. ALSO AVAILABLE:
Praise for Schulz’s previous book, This Side of Jordan:
This Side of Jordan $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E FICTION / Literary • CQ: 20 320 pages, 6 ½” x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-296-8
“Monte Schulz’s novel This Side of Jordan shows that like father like son — both superb!” — Ray Bradbury “Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, a veritable time-machine that whirled me through time to the dirty back roads of the American midwest in the year before the Depression. Did I mention how good the writing is? The writing is excellent… This book is a masterpiece of setting and storytelling.” — Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing “ [T]hose who savor authentic details of a bygone era will be rapt by Schulz’s delightful displays of staccato, wise-guy diction (‘Say, hatchet face, what’s the dope?’) and his cascading sheets of period description that set the scenes. Hand this straight-faced and multifaceted almost-satire to fans of the Southern Gothic tradition, all the way from Flannery O’Connor to John Kennedy Toole.” – Ian Chipman, Booklist
Popeye Vol. 5: “Wha’s a Jeep?” by E.C. Segar $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 12 168 pages, black and white and color, 10 ½” x 14 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-404-7
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• One of the most recognizable media properties in comics and animation • Multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominee • Age Range: All ages
POPEYE MEETS HIS PAPPY! PLUS SWEE’PEA AND THE JEEP! Remember last volume’s cliffhanger? The penultimate installment of this acclaimed reprinting of E.C. Segar’s masterpiece begins with “Popeye’s Ark: Part Two,” the tale of Popeye’s eventful reign over Spinachovia — a bleak island populated only by men and lacking all “femininity” — even as Olive Oyl controls the country of Olivia (not to mention the men of Spinachovia). Then in “War Clouds,” the two monarchies come tumbling down in a furious battle as Spinachovia is attacked by the tyrannical land-hungry King of Brutia, King Zlobbo! This volume’s star is Eugene the Jeep, the rare, friendly, leopard-spotted, and magically-endowed little creature. And Segar makes a great addition to the cast in “The Search for Popeye’s Poppa,” when the ever-cantankerous Poopdeck Pappy is tracked and finally, hilariously found; the title of the follow-up story, “Civilizing Poppa,” speaks for itself, as it tells the classic tale of man taming beast as Popeye guides a stubborn Pappy through table manners. And as in every volume, this year-and-a-half ’s worth of full-color Sunday strips are as dazzlingly reproduced as ever. The adventures of Popeye, Olive, Wimpy, Swee’Pea and the gang on the top are complemented with the riotously funny bonus strip “Sappo,” including a somewhat self-referential storyline where the titular character becomes a cartoonist and teaches the craft to his friend, Professor Wotasnozzle.
“One of the great geniuses of the comic strip form, E.C. Segar created work that represents some of America’s finest art in its epic scale, colloquial language, daffy humor and themes of romance and commerce... Not to be missed.”— Time “I consider the Popeye run of E.C. Segar’s strip one of the towering achievements in comics. [The volumes] contain some of the greatest humor comics of all time… within a package so solid and lovely looking I would have purchased it had it housed seven years of Marvin.” — The Comics Reporter “The perfect comic strip.” — Charles M. Schulz
E.C. SEGAR is an inductee of the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame. He was born in Chester, IL in 1894 and passed away in his longtime home of Santa Monica, CA in 1938. ALSO AVAILABLE (same price and format as above):
Vol. 1: “I Yam What I Yam,” ISBN 978-1-56097-779-7 Vol. 2: “Well Blow Me Down,” ISBN 978-1-56097-874-9 Vol. 3: “Let’s You and Him Fight,” ISBN 978-1-56097-962-3 Vol. 4: “Plunder Island,” ISBN 978-1-60699-169-5
by Linda Medley $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 20 384 pages, black and white, 5 ¾” x 8” ISBN: 978-1-60699-405-4
Castle Waiting Volume 2
• Multiple Harvey and Eisner Award nominee • Vol. 1 named to YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All ages
THE LONG-AWAITED RETURN TO CASTLE WAITING With its long-awaited second volume, Linda Medley’s witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting. Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies’ underpants, the identity of Pindar’s father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the “manly arts,” and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume. The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain’s earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more.
“Castle Waiting creates a vibrant fantasy world not unlike The Lord of the Rings’ Middle-earth but with a focus on the lives of women. Gorgeously illustrated in black and white, fun to read and look at, Castle Waiting will enthrall fantasy readers of both genders.” — Time “Medley’s art is both exquisitely detailed and fantastically lighthearted. Though appropriate for all ages, this one-of-a-kind graphic novel is likely to appeal most to smart women in their 20s and older and to any man who believes in feminism and knows how to laugh.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“There’s a clear salute to the power of sisterhood in Castle Waiting’s stories of battered and exploited women banding together with kindly men to make a new world... The Castle Waiting castle draws people looking for a safe place to rest. The Castle Waiting book draws readers looking for much the same. Club rating: A-” — The Onion A.V. Club “Medley’s big book ranks with Jeff Smith’s Bone as a nearly-all-ages graphic-novel triumph.” — Booklist “Core Collection: Graphic Women”
Linda Medley lives in Portland, OR.
Castle Waiting Vol. 1 Introduction by Jane Yolen $29.95 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 20 456 pages, black-and-white, 5 ½” x 8” ISBN 978-1-56097-747-6
“ Medley’s storytelling... uses flashbacks and stories-withinstories in a manner that creates a rhythm that is both fun and gripping. Hard-edged lines with simple forms create black-andwhite artwork that melds nicely with the fairy-tale feel of the stories. This volume is accessible for younger readers but filled with enough layers and depth to satisfy those looking for a bit more sophistication.” — School Library Journal “A wryly funny fairy tale narrative that’s both women-centered and women-powered.” — NPR
NOTE: WANDERING SON’s panels and captions, like all manga, read RIGHT TO LEFT
I don’t wear dresses.
I think you’d look good in it. Really? What a waste
Well, then, you can wear it.
What are you talking about!?
I’ve never seen you wear anything like that.
by Shimura Takako $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga • CQ: 24 192 pages, black and white (first 8 pages in color), 7” x 9 ¼” ISBN: 978-1-60699-416-0
Wandering Son: BOOK ONE
• Second book in Fantagraphics’ new Manga line, from one of Japan’s most prominent creators of LGBT manga • Released in authentic “right to left” manga style • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 12+
A SENSITIVE MASTERPRICE FROM JAPAN’S MOST PROMINENT CREATOR OF LGBT MANGA The fifth grade. The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy. Written and drawn by one of today’s most critically acclaimed creators of manga, Shimura portrays Shuishi and Yoshino’s very private journey with affection, sensitivity, gentle humor, and unmistakable flair and grace. Volume one introduces our two protagonists and the friends and family whose lives intersect with their own. Yoshino is rudely reminded of her sex by immature boys whose budding interest in girls takes clumsily cruel forms. Shuichi’s secret is discovered by Saori, a perceptive and eccentric classmate. And it is Saori who suggests that the fifth graders put on a production of The Rose of Versailles for the farewell ceremony for the sixth graders — with boys playing the roles of women, and girls playing the roles of men. Wandering Son is a sophisticated work of literary manga translated with rare skill and sensitivity by veteran translator and comics scholar Matt Thorn. SHIMURA TAKAKO lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Edited by Greg Sadowski
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$29.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 16 304 pages, full color, 7 ½” x 10 ½” ISBN: 978-1-60699-408-5
Setting the Standard: Alex Toth
• The biggest collection ever from one of the field’s greats • Age Range: All ages
A MASSIVE ANTHOLOGY COLLECTING ONE OF THE MEDIUM’S INDISPENSIBLE MASTERS Alex Toth’s influence on the art of comic books is incalculable. As his generation was the first to grow up with the new 10-cent full-color pamphlets, he came to the medium with a fresh eye, and enough talent and discipline to graphically strip it down its to its bare essentials. His efforts reached fruition at Standard Comics, creating an entire school of imitators and establishing Toth as the “comic book artist’s artist.” Setting the Standard collects this highly influential body of work in one substantial volume. Toth began his professional career at fifteen in 1945 for Heroic Comics, but quickly advanced to superhero work for DC. Responding to the endless criticism of editor Sheldon Mayer and production chief Sol Harrison, the young artist strove toward a technique free of “showoff surface tricks, clutter, and distracting picture elements.” Simply put, he learned “how to tell a story, to the exclusion of all else.” After falling out with DC in 1952, Toth moved west. He freelanced almost exclusively for Standard over the next two years, contributing classic work for its crime, horror, science fiction, and war titles. But perhaps most revelatory to the reader will be the romance collaborations with writer Kim Ammodt, Toth’s personal favorites. “I came to prefer them for the quieter, more credible, natural human equations they dealt with — emotions, subtleties of gesture, expression, attitude.” To explain his take on comics, Toth would quote such proverbs as “To add to truth distracts from it,” or “The beauty of the simple thing.” He employed these axioms “to make clear how universal this pursuit of truth, clarity, simplicity, economy, in all the arts and many other disciplines really is — and has been for 6,000 years.” These and other observations regarding the comic book form will be collected in an essay based on Toth’s published and unpublished letters and interviews. Every page of Setting the Standard is restored to bring Toth’s unsurpassed graphics and page designs into full clarity, making this an essential edition for anyone with an appreciation of the art of graphic storytelling.
ALEX TOTH was born in 1928 and died in 2006 in his home of Los Angeles, CA. GREG SADOWSKI is a writer, editor, and designer (B. Krigstein, Supermen!, Four Color Fear) living in Washington State.
Stigmata by Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 36 192 pages, black-and-white, 6” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-409-2
• Age Range: 15+ • Digital ARC (PDF) • First-ever English translation of a European classic
STUNNINGLY ILLUSTRATED METAPHYSICAL THRILLER BY EUROPEAN TITAN He lives day to day and hand to mouth, this shambling lug of a man, wrestling with his demons, picking up work where he can, and drinking himself into oblivion. Until one days his palms begin to bleed… These newfound stigmata lose him his job, and he ends up as part of a traveling carnival, where he even finds love. But his past catches up with him —violently so. Has he lost his last chance at redemption? This stunning graphic novel, executed in a mad, expressionistic swirl of black lines, is the result of a unique collaboration between the preeminent Italian cartoonist/graphist Lorenzo Mattotti (RAW, The New Yorker, and the graphic novels Fires and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and the award-winning Italian screenwriter Claudio Piersanti.
LORENZO MATTOTTI lives in Paris, France; his most recent work is The Raven, a collaboration with Lou Reed re-imagining the works of Edgar Allan Poe. CLAUDIO PIERSANTI lives in Italy.
By Johnny Ryan $11.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 48 104 pages, black-and-white, 6 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-415-3
Blecky Yuckerella Book 4: “Fuc- --u, -ss --le”
• As seen in the pages of VICE magazine • Author website: www.johnnyr.com • Age Range: 18+
THE FOURTH AND FINAL COLLECTION OF RYAN’S RIOTOUS COMIC STRIP The stupidest, ugliest, stubbliest girl in grade number two is back and so are the zits, boogers, guts, tumors, and turds in this fourth and final collection of riotously hilarious, eye-poppingly offensive four-panel gag strips. Co-starring the usual cast of Blecky’s weirdo friends and enemies, plus jelly clones, morbidly obese Jesus, the Blumpkins, slug nuts, aliens, talking belches, the beloved New Character Parade and oh so much more. Over 100 pages of ridiculous absurdity, over-the-top gross-outs, and scathing satire as only Johnny Ryan can deliver.
“Blecky Yuckerella is Ryan’s broad-stroke conflation of Nancy and Little Orphan Annie transmogrified into a nightmare so creatively scatological you can’t help but laugh.” — The Boston Globe “This guy is literally the funniest cartoonist living in the world today. These sick vignettes about his anti-heroine Blecky Yuckerella deserve to go down in history alongside Peanuts and Garfield.” — Vice “Ryan is the king of inappropriate gross-out comics, and doesn’t let social taboos, politically correct boundaries, or even good taste stand in the way of his art.” — Wizard
JOHNNY RYAN lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife Jenny.
Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 1 $11.95 Paperback Original Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips CQ: 48 104 pages, black-andwhite, 6 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-674-5
Back in Bleck (Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 2) $11.95 Paperback Original Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips CQ: 48 104 pages, black-andwhite, 6 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-790-2
Comics Are for Idiots (Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 3) $11.95 Paperback Original Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips CQ: 48 104 pages, black-andwhite, 6 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-974-6
Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942 by Hal Foster $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 13 112 pages, full color, 10 ¼” x 14” ISBN: 978-1-60699-407-8
• One of the most successful strip reprint series in Fantagraphics’ history • First volume already in second printing • Age Range: All Ages
VALIANT MEETS HIS BRIDE TO BE FACE TO FACE! With this volume, Foster reaches (by common critical consensus) the peak of his drawing and storytelling prowess – a peak at which he will remains for most of the run of this glorious strip. Almost the entirety of 1941’s strips feature a single ten-month epic entitled “Fights for the Singing Sword,” a globetrotting adventure fueled by Valiant’s obsessive search for his bride-to-be Aleta throughout Northern Africa, with stops in Jerusalem, the Arabic deserts, and, inevitably, a harem which Val must infiltrate. Then finally, in “The Misty Isles” Valiant meets Aleta face to face but upon learning that she has had his crew killed (deservedly so, actually, but still), he flees in anger, vowing never to see her again. “Homeward Bound,” Valiant continues his travels, with stops in Athens (where he meets the boisterous Viking Boltar, who will become his friend for life), North Africa, and Gaul (where Valiant liberates Gawain), before finally returning to Camelot. But his joyous return is short-lived as an alliance of Picts and Vikings threatens Britain’s security, and thus Valiant must journey forth with, as his ultimate destination, “The Roman Wall.” “A witch named Horrit once prophesied that Val would never know contentment, but fans of the strip will find it here.” — Vanity Fair “Sure I’d read Foster before, but I’d never found a way in. Fortunately, Fantagraphics recently released Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-38, and I was able to absorb the material in a wholly new way.... Prince Valiant opens up a world that I wanted to stay in — a wide-eyed early 20th century approach to fantasy with a now-vanished sincerity and wholesomeness. It’s an all too rare pleasure in comics.” — Dan Nadel “Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster’s Sunday-only comic strip. This edition has been reproduced from pristine printer’s proofs to give the gorgeous artwork its crispest version ever.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
HAROLD (“Hal”) RUDOLF FOSTER was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1892 and passed away in his adopted home of Chicago in 1982. ALSO AVAILABLE:
Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938 $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 13 120 pages, full-color, 10 ¼” x 14” ISBN 978-1-60699-141-1 Prince Valiant Vol. 2: 1939-1940 $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 13 112 pages, full-color, 10 ¼” x 14” ISBN 978-1-60699-348-4
The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion By Brian M. Kane $24.99 Paperback Original Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips CQ: 20 • 160 pages, blackand-white, 8 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-305-7 $ 39.99 Hardcover • CQ: 12 ISBN 978-1-60699-306-4
By Lewis Trondheim $18.99 Paperback original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 32 160 pages, black-and-white and color, 6 ¾” x 10 ¼” ISBN: 978-1-60699-410-8
Approximate Continuum Comics
• Age Range: 15+ • Digital ARC (PDF)
GROUNDBREAKING TRONDHEIM AUTOBIO GRAPHIC NOVEL FINALLY COLLECTED AND RELEASED IN ENGLISH One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels to come from France, Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics set the standard for the honest, often hilarious chronicling of a cartoonist’s life. Trondheim’s typically graceful, confident cartooning shows him wrestling with his own demons (sometimes, in dream sequences, literally) and an often malevolent world, while trying to maintain his rising career as one of Europe’s most beloved cartoonists. Approximate Continuum finally brings American readers the first portion of the “Trondheim autobio trilogy” that also comprises the Eisner nominated “At Loose Ends” meditation serialized in Mome (which will be released as a graphic novel in 2012) and the ongoing “Little Nothings” series of short slice-of-life stories (three to date from NBM Publishing). This volume contains the first three chapters serialized in the Nimrod comic book, the last three (never-beforetranslated) chapters, and a hilarious “rebuttal” section in which Trondheim’s family and cartoonist friends (including Epileptic creator David B. and Trondheim’s mom) dispute (or ruefully agree with) Trondheim’s depictions.
LEWIS TRONDHEIM (one of the co-founders of the comics collective L’Association) lives and works in Montpellier, France. He won the career-spanning Angoulême International Comics Festival Grand Prize in 2006.
“Trondheim, a 2006 Angouleme Festival Grand Prize winner, creates autobiographical sketches with a Seinfeld-ian mania for capturing the quotidian details of normal life, particularly its irritations.” —Publishers Weekiy
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$75.00 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 6 128 pages, full-color, 14” x 18” ISBN 978-1-60699-411-5
MR. TWEE DEEDLE: RAGGEDY ANN’S SPRIGHTLY COUSIN — THE FORGOTTEN FANTASY MASTERPIECES OF JOHNNY GRUELLE Edited By Rick Marschall; Introduction By Tony Millionaire
• Deluxe oversized format • Age Range: All ages
A SPECTACULAR RE-PRESENTATION OF A LOST CLASSIC The second Marschall Books collection this season is a magnificent collection of Mr. Twee Deedle, Johnny Gruelle’s masterpiece, unjustly forgotten by history and never before reprinted since its first appearance in America’s newspapers from 1911 to 1914. The title character in the Sunday color page, Mr. Twee Deedle, is a magical wood sprite who befriends the strip’s two human children, Dickie and Dolly. Gruelle depicted a charming, fantastical child’s world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish surrealism. The artwork is among the most stunning ever to grace an Amercian newspaper page, and Gruelle’s painterly color makes every page look like it was created on a canvas. Gruelle’s creation was the winning entry out of 1500 submissions to succeed Little Nemo, which the New York Herald was losing at the time to the rival Hearst papers. With such import, the Herald added a $2000 prize, a long contract, and arguably the most care devoted to the reproduction of any color newspaper comic strip before or since. Yet the wood sprite and his fanciful world have been strangely overlooked, partly because Gruelle created Raggedy Ann immediately after the strip’s run, eclipsing not only Mr. Twee Deedle but almost everything else the cartoonist ever did. Mr. Twee Deedle stands as a bizarre time-warp: at a time when most children’s literature and kids’ comic strips were somewhat violent or starkly moralistic (the Brothers Grimm; the Katzenjammer Kids; and even Little Nemo itself, which often depicted nightmares, fears, and dangers), Twee Deedle was sensitive and whimsical. Instead of stark moralizing, it presented gentle lessons. It reads today like a work for the 21st century… indeed for all times, all ages. Mr. Twee Deedle is edited and includes an introduction by comics historian Rick Marschall. The volume will present the first year of the forgotten masterpiece and selected episodes from later years, as well as special drawings, promotional material, and related artwork.
JOHNNY GRUELLE was an American artist, magazine cartoonist, and writer of children’s books, best known as the creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. He was born in 1880 and died in 1938..
Yeah! By Peter Bagge & Gilbert Hernandez $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 28 208 pages, black-and-white, 6 ¾” x 10 ¼ ISBN: 978-1-60699-412-2
• Age Range: All Ages • Digital ARC • West Coast author appearances • Author website: www.peterbagge.com • From two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation
THE CREATORS OF HATE AND LOVE AND ROCKETS TEAM UP FOR AN ALL-AGES ROCK’N’ROLL EXTRAVAGANZA! Move over, Josie & the Pussycats! At last, a girl-centered comic book that actually appeals to girls (and even their parents)! Co-created by comics living legends Peter Bagge (Hate) and Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Yeah! is a unique masterpiece of all-ages fun. Originally published as a nine-issue comic book series from 1999-2000 by DC’s Wildstorm imprint, this all-ages gem (approved by the Comics Code Authority, no less!) is collected here for the very first time. Krazy (vocals and guitars), Honey (drums) and WooWoo (keyboards) are the members of the pop band Yeah! They’ve achieved intergalactic superstardom on every planet but their own (Earth), where they live in anonymity and suffer indignities in their home of suburban New Jersey. The girls struggle with bad gigs (struggling to win $200 amateur-night contests despite playing to packed crowds of adoring fans on Uranus), aliens who have crushes on them, and rival boy band The Snobs. Separately, writer Peter Bagge and artist Gilbert Hernandez have well-deserved reputations as creators of some of comics’ most complex female characters, and in Yeah!, they have collaborated to produce a pop-culture, sci-fi, mainstream comic that finally offers a riotous alternative to the leaden, out-of-touch humor of Archie Comics.
“Unapologetically silly, Yeah! is every bit as fun as it sounds. Hernandez’s vivid, cartoony art is a pleasure, and Bagge packs the script with funny throwaway gags and over-the-top characters. Kids should dig it, and so should anyone looking for a comic with a sense of fun, which has become something of a scarce commodity in recent years.” — The Onion A.V. Club
PETER BAGGE lives in Seattle, WA. GILBERT HERNANDEZ lives in Las Vegas, NV. RECENT TITLES:
Everybody Is Stupid Except For Me By Peter Bagge $16.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction • CQ: 18 120 pages, full-color, 7 ¾” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-158-9
High Soft Lisp By Gilbert Hernandez $16.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 32 144 pages, black-and-white, 6 ½” x 9 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-318-7
R.I.P.: BEST OF 1985-2004 By Thomas Ott $28.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 28 144 pages, black-and-white, 6 ¼” x 10” ISBN: 978-1-60699-417-7
• Author website: thomasott.ch • Age Range: 15+
HORROR TALES OF THE DEEPEST, DARKEST BLACK This omnibus collection of Thomas Ott’s short shock-ending horror stories —imagine E.C. Comics done with no words, and executed in an impossibly lush black-and-white scratchboard style—collects material originally published in three (now out of print) thin European style “graphic albums” during the 1980s and 1990s, plus a few extras. Presented in the same deluxe format as the now sold-out Cinema Panopticum (for which a softcover release is planned for 2011) and The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8, R.I.P. offers up an even dozen tales of murder, suicide, oppression, terror, mutilation, crime, marital strife, and nuclear annihilation.
“These wordless noir morality plays are both meticulous and unnerving.” — The Times [London] “Comics don’t come much cooler than the heavily stylish, moody stories-with-atwist created by Thomas Ott.” — The Comics Reporter
THOMAS OTT lives in Zürich, Switzerland.
The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 $28.95 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror CQ: 28 104 pages, black-and-white, 6 ¼” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-875-6
“Swiss cartoonist Ott employs neither dialogue nor captions in his stories; words appear rarely, usually as chapter titles or signs in the background. Appropriately, Ott uses the early silent cinema as a motif... In keeping with the silent movie motif, Ott uses black, white and grays, enveloping his realistically drawn characters and settings in an expressionistic mood. The characters initially display understated emotions, and their situations seem familiar. Ott’s storytelling moves at a slow but steady pace, making his protagonists’ extreme reactions more believable when they, and the readers, are caught in Ott’s imaginatively conceived, masterfully executed traps.” — Publishers Weekly
Eye of the Majestic Creature
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$18.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 30 128 pages, black-and-white, 7 ½” x 11” ISBN: 978-1-60699-413-9
By Leslie Stein
• Debut book from an exciting new cartoonist • East Coast author appearances • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15+
a quirky and surprising graphic novel debut Eye of the Majestic Creature is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person’s world internally and externally. The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own. Larrybear is in a constant struggle between the desire to connect with those around her and to be left to her own devices. You get a glimpse of her past life when she visits her home town of Chicago, trying to relate to old friends who have not matured since high school, as well as her family (which includes her Hippopotamus father and his harem of exwives, two brothers, and Salsa-dancing mom). In the present, she moves to New York to find work for a time, resulting in many hilarious and drunken adventures with her new coworkers at a cell phone decorating shop, and her old friend Boris, who shares with her his P.G. Wodehouse books, as well as his “Incredible Hulk” weed. Drawn in shades of gray using the near-deceased practice of stippling, Stein’s imagery draws you into Stein’s world for a complete and engrossing experience.
LESLIE STEIN lives in Brooklyn, NY.
“Leslie Stein’s comics inhabit a charming and semi-autobiographical (in the most ‘semi’ sense of the word) yet surreal, insular world where her best friend and closest confidant is an acoustic guitar. What’s not to relate to?” — Peter Bagge “Early in the 20th Century, a beautiful cartoonist, Marcel Duchamp, pretended to be a marginally attractive woman and spent considerable time watching dust accumulate. Early in the 21st Century a beautiful cartoonist, Leslie Stein, pretended to be a funky dweeb and spent considerable time counting sand. Catch my drift?” — Gary Panter
“Eye of the Majestic Creature is a wonderful comic book, and really one of the best books that I’ve read [this year].” — Comic Book Resources “Stein combines misanthropy and the longing for human connection with an absurd, biting wit and plenty of self-effacement. She also combines a fluid line with a dense stippling style to create memorable image after memorable image. Stein’s on my short list of artists who deserve much wider recognition.” — Rob Clough, High-Low “Eye of the Majestic Creature is a total left-field-wtf-lol-rotf-gut-buster.” — Birdsong
“Visual inventiveness combined with a high level of wit.” — Michael Kupperman
The Pin-Up Art of Humorama Edited by Alex Chun $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E ART / Pop Culture • CQ: 30 200 pages, two-color, 6” x 8” (RELIST) • ISBN 978-1-56097-959-3
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• Featuring early work by comics legends Jack Cole, Bill Ward, Basil Wolverton, Dave Berg, and more • Age Range: 15+
THE BEST PIN-UPS FROM THE BEST PIN-UP PUBLISHER OF THE 1950s—INCLUDING COLE, WARD, AND DEcarlo During the 1950s, Abe Goodman—brother of Marvel Comics publisher Martin Goodman—was the largest buyer of cartoons in the world. Publishing out of New York City under the Humorama banner, Goodman churned out scores of cheap digest-sized magazines boasting inventive titles like Romp, Stare and Joker that featured hackneyed jokes, cheesecake photos and the publications’ bread and butter, single panel pin-up cartoons. These magazines were an unlikely proving ground for neophyte gag cartoonists as well as a welcomed alternative to the daily grind of comic book sweatshops. In the 1950s and 1960s, these digests featured the likes of Playboy’s Jack Cole, Archie’s Dan DeCarlo and glamour girl legend Bill Ward. In addition to these three pin-up cartooning luminaries, other notables who contributed included longtime illustrator Jefferson Machamer, Basil Wolverton, MAD’s Dave Berg (“The Lighter Side”), and future syndicated cartoonists George Crenshaw (Belvedere), Bill Hoest (The Lockhorns) and Brad Anderson (Marmaduke). Drawing from private collections of original art and thousands of Humorama digests, editor Alex Chun has once again selected the best of these long out-of-print images.
ALEX CHUN lives in Los Angeles, CA.
The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo $18.95 Paperback Original Territory: E ART / Pop Culture • CQ: 30 216 pages, two-color, 6” x 8” ISBN 978-1-56097-619-6
The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel $18.95 Paperback Original Territory: E ART / Pop Culture • CQ: 30 216 pages, two-color, 6” x 8” ISBN 978-1-56097-658-5
The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo Vol. 2 $18.95 Paperback Original Territory: E ART / Pop Culture • CQ: 30 216 pages, two-color, 6” x 8” ISBN 978-1-56097-879-4
The Glamor Girls of Don Flowers $19.95 Paperback Original Territory: E ART / Pop Culture • CQ: 32 296 pages, two-color, 6” x 8” ISBN 978-1-56097-713-1
RECENT CONTEMPORARY COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS THRU APRIL 2010 BLAZING COMBAT By Archie Goodwin et al. $19.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 20 224 pages, black-and-white, 8” x 10” ISBN: 978-1-60699-366-8
Abandoned Cars is Tim Lane’s first collection of graphic short stories, noir-ish narratives that are united by their exploration of the great American mythological drama by way of the desperate and haunted characters that populate its pages. The writing is straightforward, the stories mainstream but told in a pulpy idiom with an existential edge, often in the first person, reminiscent of David Goodis’s or Jim Thompson’s prose or of films like Pick-Up on South Street or Out of the Past. Visually, Lane’s drawing is in a realistic mode, reminiscent of Charles Burns, that heightens the tension in stories that veer between naturalism on the one hand and the comical, nightmarish, and hallucinatory on the other.
Written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by such luminaries as Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene Colan, Blazing Combat was originally published by independent comics publisher James Warren in 1965 and ’66. Following in the tradition of Harvey Kurtzman’s Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, Goodwin’s stories reflected the human realities and personal costs of war rather than exploiting the clichés of the traditional men’s adventure genre. They were among the best comics stories about war ever published.
WEATHERCRAFT By Jim Woodring $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 30 104 pages, black-and-white, 7 ½” x 9 ½” ISBN: 978-1-60699-340-8 Weathercraft is Woodring’s first full-length graphic novel, and features the same hypnotically gorgeous linework and mystical iconography his work is renowned for. Starring Manhog, Woodring’s pathetic, brutish everyman (or everyhog), who, after enduring 32 pages of almost incomprehensible suffering, embarks upon a transformative journey and attains enlightenment. He wants to go to celestial realms but instead altruistically returns to the Unifactor to undo a wrong he has inadvertently brought about: The transformation of the evil politician Whim into a mind-destroying plant-demon who distorts and enslaves Frank and his friends. The new and metaphysically expanded Manhog sets out for a final battle with Whim...
PENNY CENTURY: A LOVE AND ROCKETS BOOK By Jaime Hernandez $18.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 26 240 pages, black-and-white, 7 ½” x 9 ¼” ISBN: 978-1-60699-342-2 Our seventh and newest addition to the complete Love & Rockets trade paperback line, this volume picks up right after Perla La Loca, the third volume of the definitive “Maggie” series repackaging, featuring such classic story arcs as “Whoa, Nellie!,” “The Race,” and the definitive Ray story, “Everybody Loves Me, Baby.” Also: “Bay of Threes” and the awardwinning “Home School” (a flashback story featuring his characters’ lives from when they were little kids).
THE BOOK OF MISTER NATURAL By R. Crumb $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 24 112 pages, black-and-white, 8” x 10 ½” ISBN: 978-1-60699-352-1 This collection features over 120 pages of vintage Crumb comics starring the white-bearded, diminutive sage-cum-charlatan, ranging from charming, free-wheeling early ’70s stories to the disturbing, controversial ’90s stories (as seen in the Crumb film), including the entire 40-page “Mr. Natural and Devil Girl” epic. Crumb’s Mr. Natural is the most famous underground character of all, recognizable even to “civilians.” Don’t miss this opportunity to snatch up this jam-packed collection of comics from one of the all-time masters!
ABANDONED CARS By Tim Lane $18.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 30 168 pages, black-and-white, 7” x 9 ½” ISBN: 978-1-60699-341-5
CHOCOLATE CHEEKS By Steven Weissman $16.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General CQ: 30 120 pages, full-color, 7 ½” x 7 ½’ ISBN 978-1-56097-927-2 Hilarious, frightening, mysterious, adorable and utterly bleak, Chocolate Cheeks has arrived to disgust and delight comicbook readers of all ages. “Sweet” Chubby Cheeks and the Pullapart Boy (a 21st Century Frankenstein’s monster for kids) are driving each other crazy. Forced together by their dating parents, these two bitter enemies have alienated — or otherwise disposed of — most of their social circle, leaving them with plenty of quality time for each other. They go camping, start a business, form a band, join a team, try to make some new friends (including icky new characters Crustache and Lumpy Noodle) and engage in a “holy war.” Things go from worse to worst, though, when the two boys find a cat — or is it a bird? — one hot summer day in the harrowing 51-page story “Blue Jay.”
HOTWIRE #3 By various artists; Edited by Glenn Head $22.95 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Anthologies CQ: 38 136 pages, color and black-and-white, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-288-3 The Harvey and Eisner nominated anthology of action, thrills, chills and trangression is back, eschewing literary high-mindedness for a pure, gut-wrenching viscerality that you can tune in and rest your brain on after a long day. Featuring an allstar lineup of comix talent, including David Sandlin, Mary Fleener, Tim Lane, R. Sikoryak, Rick Altergott, Matti Hagelberg, Johnny Ryan, Mark Dean Veca, Mats?!, Max Andersson, Sam Henderson, Steve Cerio, Stephane Blanquet, Doug Allen, Michael Kupperman, Danny Hellman, Mack White, David Paleo, Chadwick Whitehead, Onsmith, Karl Wills and Jayr Pulga. Looking for laffs? A psychic jolt? A partner for your next trip? Look no further than… Hotwire!
SAND & FURY: A SCREAM QUEEN ADVENTURE By Ho Che Anderson $16.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 30 144 pages, two-color, 7 ½” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-321-7 Sand & Fury is a story of blood, of sex, of death — of sound and retribution. It opens as a girl by the side of a desert road accepts a ride from a stranger. How could she know that behind that wheel sits the angel of death? Of course, even the angel of death once had a life. During that life, death was a successful business woman, with a great career and an even greater future. It’s true she could be a little cavalier with her innate gifts; she had, after all, broken the heart of everyone who had ever loved her. And then, one day—the monster entered the woman’s life and changed everything
forever. Inspired by the work of filmmakers like David Lynch and Dario Argento, and a spiritual cousin to Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and The Tenant, Sand & Fury is at once an homage to those classic horror sources and a contemporary romantic thriller.
TEMPERANCE By Cathy Malkasian $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 16 240 pages, two-color, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-323-1 Do ideas of war and enemies hold a people together? Is a culture of conflict too seductive not to be irresistible? Malkasian creates, as she did in her critically acclaimed debut, Percy Gloom, a fully realized, multi-layered world, inhabited by vividly realized characters. After a brutal injury in battle, Lester has no memory of his prior life. For the next thirty years his wife does everything to keep him from remembering —and re-constructing— a society, Blessedbowl, that elevates him as a hero. Blessedbowl is a cultural convergence of lies, memories, stories, and beliefs. Its people thrive on ideas of persecution, exceptionality, and enemies, convinced that war lurks just outside their walls. They have come to depend on Lester, their greatest war hero, to lead the charge once the Final Battle begins. Temperance is a galvanizing work of empathy and violence by one of today’s the most thoughtful and accomplished cartoonists.
THE SEARCH FOR SMILIN’ ED By Kim Deitch $16.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 40 144 pages, black-and-white, 6 ¾” x 9 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-324-8 The Search for Smilin’ Ed is the latest of Kim Deitch’s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture, exploring the bizarre world of children’s TV shows. Launched on his latest investigation by a remark from his brother about a shared childhood favorite (“Y’know, I heard that when Smilin’ Ed died... his body was NEVER found!”), this stunning graphic novel ranges across the entire 20th century, replete with flashbacks and stories within stories. Featuring an essay by Deitch scholar Bill Kartalopoulos on the ins and outs of Deitch’s ever-evolving, ever-expanding world where fantasy, reality, and satire combine, clash, and are sometimes downright indistinguishable.
SUBLIFE #2 By John Pham $7.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 48 48 pages, full-color, 8 ¼” x 6 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-309-5 The acclaimed graphic novel anthology continues with Sublife, Volume 2. Creator John Pham enlarges the scope and expands the style of his series with an all-new collection of stories and strips. Filled to the brim with a dizzying variety of stories and styles, all of which surprisingly coalesce into a unified reading experience thanks to their shared themes and motifs, much like Chris Ware’s annual ACME Novelty Library. Dogs, missed connections, ad hoc family units, desert landscapes are all elements that pop up and recur among the different stories. It makes each volume of Sublife eminently readable on its own, and proves why Pham is among the most compelling new voices in comics today.
KING: THE SPECIAL EDITION By Ho Che Anderson $34.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 12 312 pages, full-color, 7 ½” x 11 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-310-1
Ho Che Anderson’s acclaimed biography of America’s great civil rights advocate Martin Luther King is both a monumental recreation of his tumultuous public life (and death) and an intimate
portrait of the man as politician, friend, lover, husband, and father, tracing his life from his childhood in Atlanta through his tragic assissination in 1968. This Special Edition of King includes the original 240 page graphic novel as well many unique and original additions, including an essay by the author on the making of the book, preliminary sketches, pages of the typescript, visual breakdowns, “deleted scenes,” and a prelude about race relations in contemporary America entitled Black Dogs. “[Anderson’s] effort will convince skeptics of the value of comics as a medium; King is a milestone of biographical comics.” – Publishers Weekly
RECENT CLASSIC COMICS AND STRIPS
NEWAVE! THE UNDERGROUND MINI-COMIX OF THE 1980s Edited by Michael Dowers $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary CQ: 24 892 pages, black-and-white, 5” x 6 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-313-2 Newave! is a gigantic collection of the best small press cartoonists to emerge after the first generation of 1960s underground cartoonists paved the way. These cartoonists, inspired by the freewheeling creative energy of the underground comix movement, began drawing and printing their own photocopied minicomix, inspired by the creative freedom of their underground predecessors. Newave! features over 800 pages of comics as well as a historical introduction by editor Michael Dowers and interviews with several of the more prominent artists featured, such as Brad Foster, Artie Romero, Steve Willis, Dennis Worden, Bob X, J.R. Williams, Roger May, Tom Hosier, George Erling, and Bob Vojtko.
GAHAN WILSON: 50 YEARS OF PLAYBOY CARTOONS By Gahan Wilson; Introductions by Hugh Hefner & Neil Gaiman $125.00 Three hardcovers with custom slipcase • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General CQ: 4 942 pages, full-color, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-298-2 Gahan Wilson is among the most popular, widely-read, and beloved cartoonists in the history of the medium, whose career spans the 2nd half of the 20th century through the present. Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons features not only every cartoon Wilson drew for Playboy, but all his prose fiction that has appeared in that magazine as well. This deluxe, three-volume set is a testament to one of the funniest — and wickedly disturbing — cartoonists alive. “Hefner knew great cartooning when he saw it, and the satirical undercurrent coursing through Wilson’s work amused him as much as Wilson’s eldritch comic irony, which is wilder than but otherwise of a piece, especially in quality, with that of Wilson’s greatest peer, Charles Addams.” – Booklist (Starred Review)
BASIL WOLVERTON’S CULTURE CORNER By Basil Wolverton; Introduction by Monte Wolverton $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General CQ: 20 160 pages, full-color, 9” x 6 ¾” ISBN 978-1-60699-308-8 Did you ever wonder how to stop brooding if your ears are protruding? Or how to snore without being a bore? How to sit on a tack? How to boot a fly off your snoot? The remedy is at hand: “Culture Corner,” a rare gem from legendary cartoonist Basil Wolverton, originally appearing every month in Fawcett’s Whiz Comics from 1945 to 1952. Each episode would tackle a different subject from the practical to the pixilated —”How to cross a busy street” to “How to tweak a beak.” Fantagraphics’ collection of the complete strips is the first time the little known feature has ever been reprinted! Revered by aficionados, it contains some of Wolverton’s most outrageous drawing and his trademarked lexicon of wacky wordplay.
The Rascals are back in another 100-plus vintage full-color pages of rollicking comedy and high adventure. Created in 1946 and 1947, these stories show Walt Kelly refining the style that would serve him so well for his later masterpiece — Pogo. Much of this fourth volume is taken up with an extended four-part cycle of stories –- almost a graphic novel, really! — in which Froggie and the Gang (including Julip the Goat) ship out with Professor Gravy on his showboat for an engagement downriver, which results (of course) in a series of action-packed adventures involving fisticuffs, gunfire, fireworks, and horse thieves. All this, plus a hotlycontested baseball game.
THE GREAT ANTI-WAR CARTOONS Edited by Craig Yoe; Introduction by Dr. Muhammad Yunus; Foreword by Sara W. Duke $24.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E 192 pages, black-and-white, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-150-3 For centuries, cartoonists have used their pens to fight a war against war, translating images of violent conflict into symbols of protest. Noted comics historian Craig Yoe brings the greatest of these artists together in one place, presenting the ultimate collection of anti-war cartoons. Featuring stunning artwork in a variety of media and forms from the hands of Francisco Goya to Art Young, from Robert Minor to Ron Cobb, and from Honoré Daumier to Robert Crumb, as well as page after page of provocative images from such titans as James Montgomery Flagg, C.D. Batchelor, Edmund Sullivan, Boardman Robinson, William Gropper, Maurice Becker, George Grosz, Gerald Scarfe, Bill Mauldin, Art Spiegelman and many more. The book also includes an Introduction by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus and a Foreword by Library of Congress curator Sara W. Duke.
THE CLASSIC PIN-UP ART OF JACK COLE Edited by Alex Chun $18.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General CQ: 30 104 pages, color and black-and-white, 7 ½” x 10 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-284-5 A collection of the rare ‘50s pinups that led to the artist’s final gig, as Playboy’s first star cartoonist. In the rarefied realm of classic cartoon pin-up art, nobody did it better than Jack Cole. With his quirky line drawings and sensual watercolors, Cole, under Hugh Hefner’s guiding hand, catapulted to stardom in the 1950s as Playboy’s marquee cartoonist, a position he held until his untimely death at the age of 43. Jack Cole has been justly celebrated as the creator of Plastic Man and an innovative comic book artist of the 1940s (especially in Art Spiegelman and Chip Kidd’s Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched To Their Limits).
RECENT ART PORTABLE GRINDHOUSE: The Lost Art of the VHS Box, Vol. 1 Edited by Jacques Boyreau $19.99 Paperback Original; Slipcased in VHS facsimile box • Territory: E ART / Film • CQ: 40 200 pages, full-color, 5 ½” x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-56097-969-2
the most louche, decadent, minimo-pervo artwork to ever grace a VHS box, featuring such movies as From Beyond, Penitentiary II, Beast of the Yellow Night, Cop Killers, Bay of Blood, Escape from Death Row, and Cocaine Wars. Readers will be agog at the plethora of supertrash movie titles, and then move on to rediscover the anarchic box designs. Throughout, editor and cultural historian Jacques Boyreau succinctly narrates the household-piercing story of VHS: “On par with the jukebox, disco, and neon, VHS reformatted the world’s productintake and boosted a libertarian aesthetic that conquered TV in the same way TV conquered comic books in the 1950s, and allowed us to hold movies in our hands.” Portable Grindhouse is published in a VHS “format,” slyly packaged inside a facsimile VHS box, and contains almost a hundred reproductions of VHS art with commentary.
OUR GANG Vol. 4 By Walt Kelly $14.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General CQ: 48 112 pages, full-color, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-322-4
“Portable Grindhouse honors the pulp video era that inspired Quentin Tarantino.” – Wired
CONCEPTUAL REALISM: IN THE SERVICE OF THE HYPOTHETICAL By Robert Williams; Introduction by Don Ed Hardy $24.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E ART / Individual Artist • CQ: 18 88 pages, full-color, 11 ½” x 13 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-299-9 Conceptual Realism is a catalog accompanying Robert Williams’ Fall 2009 solo exhibition of new work at New York City’s prestigious Tony Shafrazi Gallery; the show will continue on in 2010 to galleries in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and elsewhere. The book features approximately 25 new paintings, complete with essays on each piece by the artist, insights into the process behind each painting (including sketches, underpaintings, etc.), photos of sculptures in progress, and other surprises, including an introduction by painter, tattoo artist and international tattoo cultural advocate Don Ed Hardy. “With a new exhibition currently on view at Tony Shafrazi Gallery in Chelsea and his remarkable inclusion in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Robert Williams seems more than ever the most likely candidate to represent the ways that late decadent American culture will be remembered by history. ... This is a late career artist at the top of his game, a shamefully overdue entry into still meaningful discourse of what art can be when it refuses to play by the rules, a monster of the imagination whose time has finally come.” – artnet
RECENT COMICS HISTORY & CRITICISM THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS CRITICISM OF THE 21st CENTURY Edited by Ben Schwartz $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 20 280 pages, illustrated, 7” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-148-0 Best American Comics Writing is the first attempt to collate the best criticism to date of the graphic novel boom in a way that contextualizes and codifies one of the most important literary movements of the last 60 years. The volume includes Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in conversation with novelist Jonathan Lethem (Fortress of Solitude), Chris Ware, Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections), John Hodgman (The Daily Show, The Areas of My Expertise, The New York Times Book Review), David Hajdu (The 10-Cent Plague), Douglas Wolk (Publishers Weekly, author of the Eisner award-winning Reading Comics), Frank Miller (Sin City and The Spirit film director) in conversation with Will Eisner (The Spirit’s creator), Gerard Jones’ (Men of Tomorrow), Brian Doherty (author Radicals of Capitalism, This is Burning Man) and critics Ken Parille (Comic Art), Jeet Heer (The National Post), R.C. Harvey (biographer of Milton Caniff), and Donald Phelps (author of the landmark book of comics criticism, Reading the Funnies).
Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box is a feast for exploitation cognoscenti, reprinting some of
Abandoned Cars…61 All and Sundry…18 Almost Silent…23 Anderson, Ho Che…62 Approximate Continuum Comics…53 B., David…39 Bagge, Peter…56 Baldwin, Alec…3 Basil Wolverton’s Culture Corner…62 Bell, Blake…8, 9 Bent…6 Bernard, Warren…37 Best American Comics Criticism of the 21st Century, The…63 Blanquet, Stéphane…38 Blazing Combat…61 Blecky Yuckerella…51 Book of Mr. Natural, The…61 Boyreau, Jacques…63 Captain Easy…31 Castle Waiting…45 Chance In Hell…41 Chocolate Cheeks…61 Chuckling Whatsit, The…19 Chun, Alex…60, 64 Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole…63 Cole, Jack…63 Comics Journal, The…1 Complete Peanuts, The…3 Conceptual Realism…63 Cooper, Dave…6 Crane, Roy…31 Crumb, R.…1, 61 DeCarlo, Dan…60 Deitch, Kim…62 Del Toro, Guillermo…6 Ditko, Steve…9 Dowers, Michael…62 Drawing Power…37 Drunken Dream, A…5 Duke, Sara W.…63 Enigma of Al Capp, The…17 Everett, Bill…8 Everybody Is Stupid Except For Me…56 Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle BlancSec, The…15 Eye of the Majestic Creature…59 Farmer, Joyce…11 Fenwick, Ray…42 Fire & Water…8 Flowers, Don…60 Forest, Jean-Claude…15 Forlorn Funnies…18 Foster, Hal…52 Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons…62 Gaiman, Neil…62 Goodwin, Archie…61 Gorey, Edward…17 Great Anti-War Cartoons, The…63 Griffith, Bill…28 Groth, Gary…1 Gruelle, Johnny…55 Hagio, Moto…5 Hall of Best Knowledge…42 Hardy, Don Ed…63
Head, Glenn…61 Hefner, Hugh…62 Hernandez, Gilbert…7, 41, 56 Hernandez, Jaime…7, 61 Herriman, George…21 Hidden, The…19 High Soft Lisp…56 Hornschemeier, Paul…18 Hotwire…61 I Killed Adolf Hitler…23 It Was the War of the Trenches…15 Jason…23 Kane, Brian M.…52 Kelly, Walt…13, 63 Kidd, Chip…40 King…62 King of the Flies…29 Krazy & Ignatz…21 Kreider, Tim…35 Lane, Tim…61 Last Musketeer, The…23 Last Rose of Summer, The…43 Laura Warholic…17 Left Bank Gang, The…23 Let Us Be Perfectly Clear…18 Little Maakies on the Prairie…40 Littlest Pirate King, The…39 Living and the Dead, The…23 Love and Rockets…7, 61 Love From the Shadows…41 Low Moon…23 Maakies…40 Mad Night…19 Malkasian, Cathy…62 Manchette, Jean-Patrick…15 Marschall, Richard…37, 55 Mascots…42 Mattotti, Lorenzo…50 Medley, Linda…45 Mezzo…29 Millionaire, Tony…40, 55 Mome…32 Mother, Come Home…18 Mr. Twee Deedle…55 Neal, Nate…22 Newave!…62 Number, The…57 Orlan, Pierre Mac…39 Ott, Thomas…57 Our Gang…63 Overbite…6 Palestine…33 Peanuts…3 Peculia…19 Penny Century…61 Pham, John…62 Piersanti, Claudio…50 Pin-Up Art of Humorama, The…60 Pirus…29 Pogo…13 Pope, Paul…31 Popeye…44 Portable Grindhouse…63 Prince Valiant…52 Prison Pit…16
R.I.P.…57 Reynolds, Eric…32 Ryan, Johnny…16, 51 Sacco, Joe…33 Sadowski, Greg…49 Safe Area Gorazde…33 Sakai, Stan…25 Sala, Richard…19 Sanctuary, The…22 Sand & Fury…62 Schulz, Charles M.…3 Schulz, Monte…43 Schwartz, Ben…63 Search for Smilin’ Ed, The…62 Segar, E.C.…44 Setting the Standard…49 Sim, Dave…22 Smigel, Robert…3 Special Exits…11 Stein, Leslie…59 Stigmata…50 Strange & Stranger…9 Strange Case of Edward Gorey, The…17 Strange Suspense…9 Sublife…62 Takako, Shimura…47 Tardi, Jacques…15 Temperance…62 Theroux, Alexander…17 This Side of Jordan…43 Three Paradoxes, The…18 Toth, Alex…49 Toys in the Basement…38 Trondheim, Lewis…53 Troublemakers, The…41 Twilight of the Assholes…35 Tyler, C.…27 Underbelly…6 Unexplored Worlds…9 Unlovable…34 Usagi Yojimbo…25 Valenti, Kristy…1 Wandering Son…47 Watson, Esther Pearl…34 Weathercraft…61 Weissman, Steven…61 Wenzel, Bill…60 Werewolves of Montpellier…23 West Coast Blues…15 What I Did…23 Why Are You Doing This?…23 Why Do They Kill Me?…35 Williams, Robert…63 Wilson, Gahan…62 Wolverton, Basil…62 Woodring, Jim…61 Yeah!…56 Yoe, Craig…63 Yolen, Jane…45 You Are There…15 You’ll Never Know…27 Yunus, Muhammad…63 Zippy…28
Published on Sep 14, 2010
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