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DUNGEON QUEST BOOK TWO april

by Joe Daly $12.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 24 136 pages, black-and-white, 6" x 8 ¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-436-8

• Winner, Prix special du Jury (Jury Prize), 2010 Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

WHAT IF CHEECH & CHONG LIVED IN AN RPG? In 2010’s Dungeon Quest Book One, Millennium Boy decided to grab his hobo stick, his bandana, and his Swiss Army knife, bid his mom goodbye, and head off on a quest for adventure. Joined by his best friend Steve (weapon: baseball bat; clothing: wife beater, cargo pants and sandals), the muscle-bound Lash Penis, and the silent but deadly Nerdgirl, he began a mystical quest to find the missing parts of the Atlantean Resonator Guitar. In this second book, our heroes continue their quest by wandering through the primeval gloom of Fireburg Forest in search of the prophet and poet Bromedes, who can unlock the mysteries of Atlantis for them. Along the way, they encounter giant spiders, river trolls, and copious amounts of killer weed. Joe Daly’s delightfully unique stoner/philosopher dialogue and distinctive character designs, coupled with hilarious overthe-top Role Playing Game action (complete with periodic updates for each character’s status in ten criteria, including “dexterity,” “intelligence,” and “money”), propel Daly’s story into heretofore unachieved action-comedy heights.

JOE DALY was born in London and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

“What an oddly delightful little book [Dungeon Quest] is, a mash-up of Dungeons & Dragons-type adventuring and stoner attitude ... Based on the strengths of this introductory volume... I’m willing to go where the adventure leads.”— Chris Mautner, Robot 6 “Above all else, Daly is funny, and never pursues cheap laughs. His line mixes clear-line simplicity with occasional psychedelic weirdness; bending the borders of reality is a trademark of his narratives. When Daly lays down a genre story over this template, the resulting stories are enjoyable on several levels.” — Rob Clough, The Comics Journal “Daly’s parody of the trek adventure — the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon’s Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games — is a kind of slackers’ SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd... [and] magnetically amusing.” — ­ Ray Olson, Booklist

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21: the story of roberto clemente april

by Wilfred Santiago $22.99 Hardcover • Territtory: E COMICS & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction • CQ: 24 200 pages, two-color, 5 ¾" x 7 ½" (RELIST) • ISBN 978-1-56097-892-3

• ARC • Targeted promotion to Baseball Writers of America • Author appearances in Chicago and elsewhere t.b.a. • Crossover appeal to baseball fans • Web promo and book trailer at 21comix.com • AGE RANGE: 12–14 +

A GRAPHIC NOVEL BIOGRAPHY OF A BASEBALL LEGEND AND LATIN AMERICAN HERO The biographical 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente is a human drama of courage, faith and dignity, inspired by the life of baseball star Roberto Clemente. No other baseball player dominated the 1960s like Roberto Clemente and no other Latin American player achieved his numbers. Born in 1924 in Puerto Rico, Clemente excelled in track and field and loved baseball. By the age of 17 he was playing in the PR Winter league. Spotted by the big-league scouts because of his hitting, fielding, and throwing abilities, he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954. A fierce competitor, within two seasons he was hitting above .300 consistently. He played like a man possessed, fielding superbly, unleashing his rifle arm, and hitting in clutch situations. Despite his aesthetic brilliance, he faced prejudice throughout his career and was given his due only after his unexpected and tragic death in a 1972 plane crash. Although baseball was his obsession, Clemente never lost sight of his dreams and his greater responsibilities outside the game. This sense of urgency is what came to define him beyond that of a grand athlete. His eventual success and accompanying celebrity gave him the opportunity to engage his conscience in public life. He died when his plane went down in the Caribbean Sea on a relief mission to earthquake-torn Nicaragua that he personally directed. 21 chronicles Clemente’s life from his early days growing up in rural Puerto Rico, the highlights of his career (including the 1960s World Series where he helped the Pirates win its first victory in 33 years, and his 3000th hit in 1972 during the last official at-bat of his life) as well as his private life and public mission off the field. After his death, Major League Baseball declared September 18 to be “Roberto Clemente Day,” and in 1999, Pittsburgh’s Sixth Street Bridge was renamed the Roberto Clemente Bridge in honor of the greatest Latino ballplayer in history. Wilfred Santiago captures the grit of Clemente’s rise from his impoverished Puerto Rican childhood, to the majesty of his performance on the field, to his fundamental decency as a human being in a drawing style that combines realistic attention to detail and expressive cartooning.

Wilfred Santiago was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He now lives in Chicago. View the 21 trailer at 21comix.com.

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“Merely calling Jim Woodring’s comics surreal is selling them short. …Woodring’s vivid draftsmanship and narrative linearity operate just as easily as parable, gospel, and even slapstick. …Weathercraft… pushes his iconography and storytelling into new areas of grotesquerie and revelation, all without his characters uttering a word.” — Jason Heller, The A.V. Club

“[Weathercraft is a] book that sticks with you like a virus, Woodring's newest collection of tales of vague morality and definite oddity keeps intact his status as one of comics most eccentric auteurs. ...Woodring's wordless story is a looping and circumstantial affair, concerned more with fantastically rendered backgrounds — his starkly layered landscapes play like minimalist woodcuts of the deepest unconscious — than matters of plot and story. There is a creeping message of sorts, about the wages of greed and what happens to curious cats, but it's mired in a universe of deeply strange beauty and not always easy to divine.” ­— Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) “It’s all even stranger than [the] description makes it sound, but Woodring manages to make it all somehow convincing and compelling. There’s a consistent internal logic at work, and his cartoony-but-detailed drawing style, loaded with surreal imagery (think Walt Disney meets Carlos Castaneda) is the ideal vehicle to convey this hauntingly peculiar tale. And if it doesn’t all make perfect — or even imperfect — sense, its mysteries and subtleties reward repeat readings. Over the past two decades Woodring has created a dense and distinctive universe, and Weathercraft is perhaps its most rewarding portrayal yet.” — Booklist

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congress of THE animals april

by Jim Woodring $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 26 104 pages, black-and-white, 7 ¼" x 9 ¾" ISBN 978-1-60699-437-5

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• Digital ARC • West Coast author appearances t.b.a. • Author website: jimwoodring.com • AGE RANGE: 9–11 +

the first full-length “frank” graphic novel! Readers of the “Frank” stories know that The Unifactor is in control of everything that happens to the characters that abide there, and that however extreme the experiences they undergo may be, in the end nothing really changes. That goes treble for Frank himself, who is kept in a state of total ineducability by the unseen forces of that haunted realm. And so the question arises: what would happen if Frank were to leave The Unifactor? That question is answered in Congress of the Animals, Jim Woodring's muchanticipated second full-length graphic novel, and first starring his signature character Frank. In this gripping saga an act of casual rudeness sets into motion a chain of events which propels Frank into a world where he is on his own at last; and like so many who leave home, Frank finds himself contending with realities of which he had no previous inkling. In Congress of the Animals we are treated to the pitiful spectacle of Frank losing his house, taking a factory job, falling in with bad company, fleeing the results of sabotage, escaping the Unifactor in an amusement park ride, surviving a catastrophe at sea, traveling across hostile terrain toward a massive temple seemingly built in his image, being treated roughly by gut-faced men and intervening in an age-old battle in a meadow slathered in black and yellow blood. And when he finally knocks on opportunity's door he finds... he finds... Suffice to say he finds what most of us would like to find. Can he bring it back with him? Will the Unifactor accept him as he has become? Are his sins forgiven? Is love real? Is this the end of Frank as we know him? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ into bookstores in April, 2011. JIM WOODRING lives in Seattle, WA, where he was recently awarded the 2010 Stranger Genius Award for literature for his recent graphic novel, Weathercraft. It was the first wordless novel to receive the award.

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taking punk to the masses:

from nowhere to nevermind and beyond APRIL

a visual history of experience music project’s permanent collection

by Jacob McMurray; foreword by Krist Novoselic $29.99 Paperback Original w/DVD insert • Territory: E MUSIC / History & Criticism • CQ: 16 248 pages, full-color, 7 ½" x 9" ISBN 978-1-60699-433-7

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• Cross-promotion with Experience Music Project (empsfm.org) • Great gift idea • AGE RANGE: 15 + • Includes a DVD featuring exclusive video interviews culled from EMP’s massive oral history collection

A VISUAL AND ORAL HISTORY OF THE “SEATTLE SOUND” Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind and Beyond visually documents the explosion of Grunge, the Seattle Sound, within the context of the underground punk subculture that was developing throughout the U.S. in the late 1970s and 1980s. The book serves as a companion and contextual backdrop to the Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibition, which opens at Seattle’s Experience Music Project in 2011. This decade-and-a-half musical journey will be represented entirely through the lens of EMP’s oral history and permanent object collection, an invaluable and rich cultural archive of over 800 interviews and 140,000 objects — instruments, costumes, posters, records and other ephemera dedicated to the pursuit of rock ’n’ roll. Taking Punk to the Masses focuses on 100 key objects from EMP’s permanent collection that illustrate the evolution of punk rock from underground subculture to the mainstream embrace (and subsequent underground rejection) of Grunge. These objects are put into context by the stories of those who lived it, culling from EMP’s vast archive of oral histories with such Northwest icons as Mudhoney’s Mark Arm, cartoonist Peter Bagge, design legend Art Chantry, Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson, Sub Pop founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, the Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, photographer Charles Petersen, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and dozens of others. From the Northwest’s earliest punk bands like The Wipers, to proto-grunge bands of the 1980s like Green River, Melvins and Malfunkshun, through the heady 1990s when bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Mudhoney rose to the national stage and popularized alternative music, Taking Punk to the Masses is the first definitive history of one of America’s most vibrant music scenes, as told by the participants who helped make it so, and through the artifacts that survive. Over the past 15 years, Experience Music Project has amassed over 800 filmed oral history interviews with musicians, producers, club owners, fans, and others associated with every genre of music. These interviews, along with the museum’s massive artifact collection, form the basis for every exhibition. The exhibition Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses includes footage from over 100 interviews. A selection of those interviews are included in a DVD, exclusive to the Taking Punk to the Masses book.

JACOB McMURRAY is the Senior Curator of Seattle’s Experience Music Project.

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“Fantagraphics has won numerous awards for this series and they deserve them all for creating such a wonderful archive of this American treasure. This series is a must have for any Peanuts fan and can be enjoyed by the whole family. I wouldn’t miss a volume.” — Rich Clabaugh, The Christian Science Monitor Named one of the top 10 “Comics Archives and Anthologies of the Decade” (2000-2009) by Omnivoracious (Amazon.com) “Peanuts always had a bite to it; Schulz’s favorite source of comedy was the anxieties and humiliations of childhood. Still, some of these strips are unnervingly bitter even for him, as when Marcie destroys Snoopy’s doghouse in a rage, then screams at Peppermint Patty that she needs to 'face up to reality.' It provokes laughter, of course, but shocked laughter: you can tell these kids aren’t going to grow up happy.” — Douglas Wolk, New York Times Sunday Book Review

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The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 april

by Charles M. Schulz

© peanuts worldwide, inc.

$28.99 Hardcover • Territory: X HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 18 344 pages, black-and-white, 8 ¾" x 6 ¾" ISBN 978-1-60699-438-2

• Amongst the top ten most familiar media properties in the world • Great gift idea • Digital ARC • Seven-time Eisner / Harvey Award recipient • Over 750,000 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

IT’S 1980, CHARLIE BROWN… AND PEPPERMINT PATTY IS WEARING CORN-ROWS! PLUS A STRANGE ROMANCE... Charles Schulz enters his fourth decade as the greatest cartoonist of his generation, and Peanuts remains as fresh and lively as it ever was. (How do we know it’s 1980? Well, for one thing Peppermint Patty gets herself those Bo-Derek-in-“10” cornrows — Peanuts’ timelessness occasionally shows a crack!) That said, The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 includes a number of classic storylines, including the month-long sequence in which an ill Charlie Brown is hospitalized (including a particularly spooky moment when he wonders if he’s died and nobody’s told him yet), and an especially eventful trek with Snoopy, Woodstock, and the scout troop (now including a little girl bird, Harriet). And Snoopy is still trying on identities left and right, including the “world-famous surveyor,” the “world-famous census taker,” and Blackjack Snoopy, the riverboat gambler. In other extended stories, Snoopy launches an ill-fated airline (with Lucy as the agent, Linus as the luggage handler, and Marcie as what it was still OK then to call the stewardess)… Peppermint Patty responds to being leaked upon by a ceiling by hiring a lawyer (unfortunately, she again picks Snoopy)… plus one of the great, forgotten romances of Peanuts that will startle even long-time Peanuts connoisseurs: Peppermint Patty and…“Pig-Pen”?! 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.

“Republishing Peanuts in one gorgeous volume after another is really the first time we can truly take a step back, appreciate Schulz's work as a whole and ultimately wrap our arms around the accomplishment of Charles Schulz. Sometimes, happiness is a warm book.” — The Huffington Post

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WILLIE & JOE: THE WWII YEARS april

by Bill Mauldin; edited by Todd DePastino $39.99 Paperback • Territory: E HISTORY / Military / WWII • CQ: 8 704 pages, black-and-white with some color, 7" x 9" ISBN 978-1-60699-439-9 (Previous hardcover edition: ISBN 978-1-56097-838-1)

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• A crucial collection of military and WWII history • Great gift idea • Perfect for dads, veterans, and history buffs • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: ALL AGES

THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, NOW IN PAPERBACK During WW II, the closest most Americans ever came to combat was through the cartoons of Bill Mauldin, the most beloved enlisted man in the U.S. Army. This new paperback edition of the 2008 two-volume, deluxe hardcover set brings together Mauldin’s complete works from 1940 through the end of the war under one cover. This collection of over 600 cartoons, most never before reprinted, is more than the record of a great artist: it is an essential chronicle of America’s citizen-soldiers from peace through war to victory. Bill Mauldin knew war because he was in it. He had created his characters, Willie and Joe, at age 18, before Pearl Harbor, while training with the 45th Infantry Division and cartooning part-time for the camp newspaper. His brilliant send-ups of officers were pure infantry, and the men loved it. Mauldin’s cartoons and captions recreated on paper the fully realized world of the American combat soldier. Willie & Joe is edited by Todd DePastino, Mauldin’s official biographer. Willie & Joe contains an introduction and running commentary by DePastino, providing context for the drawings, pertinent biographical details of Mauldin’s life, and occasional background on specific cartoons (such as the ones that made Patton howl).

Born in 1921, BILL MAULDIN squeezed several lifetimes into his 81 years. In addition to cartooning, he acted in Hollywood movies, ran for Congress, piloted airplanes, wrote several books and hundreds of articles, and won two Pulitzer Prizes, the first for his wartime cartoons. He died on January 22, 2003. TODD DePASTINO is the author of Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America (2003). He also edited and introduced a lost classic, The Road by Jack London (2006). His biography of Mauldin, titled Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front, was published by W.W. Norton in fall 2007. He teaches history and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Mauldin’s characters were bluntly honest: War was dirty, absurd, bitter hard work.” — Todd Leopold, CNN

“This compilation of his cartoons helps bring Mauldin’s talent and his life at the front lines both to historians and a new generation.” — ARMY Magazine

“These gritty, existential cartoons — everything Mauldin published during the war that still exists is compiled her — are the real deal and then some.” — Laurel Maury, NPR.org

“Bill Mauldin was my first artist hero, and Willie & Joe: The WWII Years reminds me why.” — Steven Heller, The New York Times Book Review

“The cartoonist’s humanistic brush paints a sober picture of war that a news camera can never achieve. These GIs resonate with real pathos; each cartoon, however jocular, emanates weariness and resignation.” — Print Magazine

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WILLIE & JOE: BACK HOME april

by Bill Mauldin; edited by Todd DePastino $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HISTORY / Military / WWII • CQ: 14 288 pages, black-and-white, 8" x 10" (RELIST) • ISBN 978-1-60699-351-4

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• The sequel to 2008’s best-selling Willie & Joe: The WWII Years • Great gift idea • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 9–11 +

WWII’S MOST FAMOUS SOLDIERS RETURN FROM THE FRONTLINES In the summer of 1945, a great tide of battered soldiers began flowing back to the United States from around the globe. Though victorious, these exhausted men were nevertheless too grief-stricken over the loss of comrades, too guiltridden that they had survived, and too numbed by trauma to share in the country’s euphoria. Most never saw a ticker-tape parade, or stole a Times Square kiss. All they wanted was to settle back into quiet workaday lives without fear. How tragic that the forces unleashed by World War II made this simple wish impossible. Willie & Joe: Back Home brilliantly chronicles the struggles and disillusionments of these early postwar years and, in doing so, tells Bill Mauldin’s own extraordinary story of his journey home to a wife he barely knew and a son he had only seen in pictures. The drawings capture the texture and feel, the warp and woof, of this confusing time: the ubiquitous hats and cigarettes, the domestic rubs, the rising fear of another war, and new conflicts over Civil Rights, civil liberties, and free speech. This second volume of Fantagraphics’ series reprinting Mauldin’s greatest work identifies and restores the dozens of cartoons censored by Mauldin’s syndicate for their attacks on racial segregation and McCarthy-style “witch hunts.” Mauldin pleaded with his syndicate to let him out of his contract so that he could return to the simple quiet life so desired by Willie & Joe. The syndicate refused, so Mauldin did battle, as always, through pen and ink.

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the arctic marauder april

by Jacques Tardi $16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 26 64 pages, black-and-white, 8 ½" x 11 ½" ISBN 978-1-60699-435-1

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SPECTACULAR FAUX-WOODCUT VISTAS MAKE TARDI’S GROUNDBREAKING “ICEPUNK” STORY A RETRO CLASSIC In its ongoing quest to showcase the wide range of Jacques Tardi’s bibliography, Fantagraphics reaches all the way back to one of his earliest, and most distinctive graphic novels: A satirical, Jules Vernes-esque “retro-sci-fi” yarn executed on scratchboard in a stunningly detailed faux-woodcut style perfectly chosen to render the Edwardian-era mechanical marvels on display. Created in 1972, The Arctic Marauder is a downright prescient example of proto-“steampunk” science fiction — or perhaps more accurately, and to coin a spinoff genre, “icepunk.” In 1899, “L’Anjou,” a ship navigating the Arctic Ocean from Murmansk, Russia, to Le Havre, France comes across a stunning sight: A ghostly, abandoned vessel perched high atop an iceberg. But exploring this strange apparition is the last thing the sailors will ever do, as their own ship is soon dispatched to Davy Jones’ locker via a mysterious explosion. Enter Jérôme Plumier, whose search for his missing uncle, the inventor Louis-Ferdinand Chapoutier, brings him into contact with the sinister, frigid forces behind this — and soon he too is headed towards the North Pole, where he will content with mad scientists, monsters of the deep, and futuristic submarines and flying machines. Told with brio in hilarious slabs of vintage purple prose, The Arctic Marauder works both as ripping good adventure story and parody of same, and, predating as it does the later and not dissimilar Adèle Blanc-Sec series, is a keystone in Tardi’s oeuvre in his fantastical mode.

Jacques Tardi lives and work in Paris, France. He is currently hard at work on his next graphic novel, his fourth adaptation of a Jean-Patrick Manchette crime thriller.

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THE complete crumb COMICS vol. 13:

THE complete crumb COMICS vol. 15:

“featuring mode o’day and her pals” by R. Crumb; introduction by Peter Bagge

$19.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 28 120 pages, black-and-white (with 26 pages color), 8 ½" x 11" ISBN 978-1-56097-296-9

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“the season of the snoid” by R. Crumb; introduction by Maxon Crumb

• Digital ARC • One of our best-selling series in history • The definitive series of one of the field’s most beloved creators • AGE RANGE: 18+

TWO PERENNIAL CLASSICS, BACK IN PRINT! Back in print after a several year absence and with R. Crumb’s popularity higher than ever in the wake of the bestselling R. Crumb’s Genesis, these two volumes of The Complete Crumb Comics showcase several key years in Crumb’s career. Vol. 13 showcases the late 1970s, when Crumb’s character the Snoid first appeared. That Crumb creation is a devilish imp, all id and no conscience, that some say is an alter ego of Crumb. Other highlights here include early collaborations with the late Harvey Pekar and a color section of covers Crumb drew for records by old-time blues and jazz musicians that beautifully convey his nostalgia for America’s musical past. It also includes one of Crumb’s most acclaimed works, “A Short History of America,” whose 12 panels chart the nation’s progress — or deterioration — from unspoiled pastoral landscape to a strip mall wasteland. Crumb’s brother Maxon, whom viewers of the documentary film Crumb will remember as an impecunious yogi who sleeps on a bed of nails, contributes an idiosyncratic introduction offering a unique perspective on Robert’s early years. Vol. 15 explores the years 1983 through 1985, best represented by Crumb’s contributions to the magazine he edited and founded, Weirdo, including the first Mode O’Day strips and such Crumb classics as “Psychopathia Sexualis” and “Where Has It Gone, All the Beautiful Music of Our Grandparents?” Also featured are collaborations with Harvey Pekar (from American Splendor) and Charles Bukowski, rare music-related art, the illustrations from Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, strips from Zap Comix, bold experiments with brushwork, and much more, wrapped under an introduction from Crumb protégé Peter Bagge.

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“Great lover, scholar, soldier, sailor, singer, toreador, tycoon, jockey, prizefighter, automobile racer, aviator, farmer. Mickey Mouse lives in a world in which space, time, and the law of physics are nil. He can reach inside of a bull’s mouth, pull out his teeth and use them as castanets. He can lead a band or play violin solos; his ingenuity is limitless; he never fails.” —Time Magazine (1931) “We’ve already seen the gorgeous treatment that Fantagraphics has given to books like Peanuts... so there’s no doubt that Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse will get the same. Kudos to them for bringing the work of a legendary artist back to today’s readers in a way that will honor his memory and contributions to the medium.” — David Wolkin, Comics Alliance, The New York Times

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WALT DISNEY’S MICKEY MOUSE VOLUME 1: “RACE TO DEATH VALLEY” may

by Floyd Gottfredson edited by David Gerstein & Gary Groth

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$29.99 Hardcover • Territory: X HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 18 260 pages, black-and-white, 10 ½" x 8 ½" ISBN 978-1-60699-441-2 • Digital ARC • Produced in full cooperation with The Walt Disney Company • Great gift idea • Amongst the top five most familiar media properties in the world • Fantagraphics’ most anticipated release since the first volume of The Complete Peanuts, which has sold over 150,000 copies • AGE RANGE: ALL AGES

one of the most eagerly-anticipated projects in comics Today everyone knows Mickey Mouse as the cheerful ambassador of all things Disney. But back in the 1930s, Mickey gained fame as a rough-and-tumble, two-fisted epic hero — an adventurous scrapper matching wits with mobsters, kidnappers, spies, and even (gulp!) city slickers! And Mickey’s greatest feats of derring-do took place in his daily comic strip, written and drawn by one of the greatest cartoonists of the 20th century — Floyd Gottfredson. For its first quarter-century, Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse was a rip-roaring serial: the most popular cartoon-based comic of its time, a trendsetting adventure continuity aimed at both kids and grown-ups, and the foundation on which all later Disney comics grew — including the adventures of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge by Gottfredson’s Disney colleague Carl Barks. Glimpses of Floyd Gottfredson’s masterpiece have been reprinted over the years, most famously in Bill Blackbeard’s classic Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics. But the whole strip has never been comprehensively collected in English — until now! Fantagraphics Books is proud to bring this classic Disney creation to a 21st century audience in its entirety, starting from the strip’s 1930 launch. Relive Mickey’s race to a gold mine with Pegleg Pete hot on his heels; Mickey’s life on the lam after being framed for bank robbery; even Mickey’s ringside battle with a hulking heavyweight champ! The premiere volume features a dozen different adventures starring Mickey, his gal Minnie and her Uncle Mortimer, his pals Horace Horsecollar and Butch, the villainous Pegleg Pete, and the mysterious and shrouded Fox. Gottfredson’s vibrant visual storytelling has never been more beautifully reproduced; we promise the best reprinting the strip has ever seen, with each daily lovingly restored from Disney’s original negatives and proof sheets. “Death Valley” also includes more than 50 pages of fascinating supplementary features, including rare behind-the-scenes art and vintage publicity material from the first two years of the strip. Critics, scholars, seasoned Disney archivists, and fellow cartoonists provide commentary and historical essays on the strip’s creation and execution. Walt Disney often said that his studio’s success “all started with a Mouse” — Walt himself wrote the Mickey Mouse strip before turning it over to the able hands of Gottfredson — and today Mickey is among the world’s most recognizable icons. Now it’s time to rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon: Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse.

Hired as a short-term replacement on the fledgling Mickey Mouse daily strip in 1930, floyd gottfredson (1905–1986) went on to draw the feature for the next 45 years. David Gerstein is a comic book writer/editor and animation historian specializing in the Disney Standard Characters. His books include Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse and Walt Disney Treasures—Disney Comics: 70 Years of Innovation. GARY GROTH is the co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books.

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the raven may

by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E POETRY / American • CQ: 24 188 pages, full-color, 9" x 9" ISBN 978-1-60699-444-3

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• Author websites: loureed.com and mattotti.com • From two icons of their fields • Great gift idea • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

A COLLISION OF TWO MASTERS BECOMES A THREESOME: LOU REED, EDGAR ALLAN POE, AND LORENZO MATTOTTI In 2001 legendary rock and roller Lou Reed immersed himself in the world of one of his spiritual forefathers, Edgar Allan Poe, to produce one of his most challenging and original works: POEtry, a cycle of songs directed by the legendary theater director Robert Wilson, in which Reed’s poetically streetwise sensibility merged with Poe’s dark chronicles of terror and despair —  combining Poe’s prose and work set to music, Reed songs inspired by Poe, and even two classic Reed tunes whose insertion into this context gave them a new resonance. This suite of songs was released on 2003 on CD as The Raven (Reed’s most recent solo studio album to date). This spectacular volume adds a third dark, unique vision to the mix: The brilliant Italian cartoonist and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti (RAW Magazine, The New Yorker), whose vivid, abstracted and enigmatic paintings perfectly complement Reed and Poe’s haunting words.

LOU REED’s (b. 1942) most recent releases include Romanticism, a collection of photographs, and Lou Reed’s Berlin, the Julian Schnabel-filmed record of a multi-media performance of Reed’s iconic 1973 album. LORENZO MATTOTTI (b. 1954), whose graphic novel Stigmata is on Fantagraphics’ Fall 2010 schedule, is working on a major new graphic novel. EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809-1849) wrote tales of the macabre, and invented or contributed to inventing the detective and science fiction genres.

also available:

Stigmata Written by Claudio Piersanti $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E 192 pages, Black-and-white, 6”x 9” • CQ: 36 ISBN 978-1-60699-409-2

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isle of 100,000 graves may

by Jason and Fabien Vehlmann $14.99 Hardcover • Territory: E comics & graphic novels / Literary • CQ: 30 56 pages, full-color, 7 ¼" x 10 ¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-442-9

Isle of

100,000 graves by Jason

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• The new graphic novel from one of the field’s most beloved creators • Author blog: catswithoutdogs.blogspot.com • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 12–14 +

A TREASURE MAP LEADS TO AN ISLAND WITH A TERRIBLE SECRET IN JASON’S NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL Five years ago, little Gwenny’s father found, inside a bottle, a map with instructions on how to reach the mysterious Isle of 100,000 Graves and its legendary treasures — and then he vanished. Now Gwenny, having stumbled across another bottle-shipped map, enlists the dubious help of a shipful of pirates, sets out to find the island, and her long-lost dad. Little does she realize that the Isle comes by its ominous name honestly, as the location of a secret school for executioners and torturers, where apple-cheeked youngsters are taught the finer points of extracting information from prisoners… and then putting an end to their lives in a wide variety of gruesome ways. And they’ve reached the point in their studies where theory should ideally give way to practice, so an influx of uninvited visitors comes as a blessing to the faculty. And yes, this story is a comedy. Albeit a dark one. For the first time in his career, Jason has enlisted a writer: Fabien Vehlmann. (Vehlmann has written a number of graphic novels for the French and American markets, including an installment of the legendary Spirou series and the three-volume Green Manor continuity, of which two volumes have been released in English.) Vehlmann has managed to interiorize Jason’s deadpan style and wit perfectly, creating a uniquely smooth and successful collaboration. Jason lives and works in Montpellier, France, far from his native Norway. Isle of 100,000 Graves is his 11th original graphic novel (and his 17th book) released by Fantagraphics Books. Fabien Vehlmann’s 7 Psychopaths, illustrated by Sean Phillips (Criminal, Incognito), will be released by BOOM! Studios in English in late 2010; Vehlmann lives in Paris, France.

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Almost Silent $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 292 pages, Black-and-white/some color, 6 ¼” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-315-6

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,

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

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

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

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

What I Did. $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 272 pages, Black-and-white/some color, 6 ¼” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-414-6

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

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

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celluloid june

by Dave McKean $35.00 Hardcover • Territory: X COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Erotica • CQ: 20 232 pages, full-color, 6 ¾" x 9" ISBN 978-1-60699-440-5

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• The second solo graphic novel (following the acclaimed Cages) from a legend of the field and frequent Neil Gaiman collaborator (Coraline, Signal to Noise) • Author website: davemckean.com • Author appearances at 2011 Comic-Con International and elsewhere t.b.a. • Digital ARC (PDF) • AGE RANGE: 18 +

EROTICA FOR THE MIND AND EYE BY A COMICS GIANT A woman arrives at an apartment, but her partner can’t get away from work. She is disappointed and settles in for a night alone, but finds a film projector with a reel of film loaded. The film is scratched and blurry, but she can make out a couple making love. When the film burns out, a door is revealed which leads to a misty town square... and a series of fantastical sexual encounters. But the plot doesn’t really matter. Celluloid is a rare instance (especially among Anglo-Saxons) of a top-flight cartoonist working within erotic — even pornographic, to embrace the word ­— parameters, with the intent of creating a genuine work of art. As the artist says: “There are so many comics about violence. I’m not entertained or amused by violence, and I’d rather not have it in my life. Sex, on the other hand, is something the vast majority of us enjoy, yet it rarely seems to be the subject of comics. Pornography is usually bland, repetitive and ugly, and, at most, ‘does the job’. I always wanted to make a book that is pornographic, but is also, I hope, beautiful, and mysterious, and engages the mind.” Bringing to bear the astonishing range of illustrative and storytelling skills that have served him so well on his collaborations with Neil Gaiman and such solo projects as the (recently re-released) epic graphic novel Cages, Dave McKean forges into new territory with this unique work of erotica. Dave McKean is an illustrator of books and comics, and a maker of films. His graphic novel Cages was recently re-released by Dark Horse Comics. He lives in Kent, England, with a wife, many fish, some millipedes and two children.

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mail order geniuses june

edited by Rick Marschall & Warren Bernard $28.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History and Criticism • CQ: 16 224 pages, black-and-white with 48 pp. color, 7 ½" x 9 ⅜" ISBN 978-1-60699-453-5

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• Featuring a who’s who of cartooning legends • Great gift idea • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 9–11 +

SPOTLIGHTING THE LEGENDARY CARTOONISTS’ COURSES This glorious history-and-compilation from Marschall Books is long overdue — filling a hole in the chronicle of America’s cartoon and comics heritage. For generations, there was hardly a major cartoonist or animator in American who had not been a youthful “student” of the many mail-order cartooning “schools” and correspondence courses. At one time these institutions provided rites of passage for aspiring cartoonists, illustrators, and animators. Instant discovery of, and cultivation of, talent invariably was promised by these schools and books… as was success (“Cartoonists Make Big Money!!!”). Thousands of youngsters, over several decades, dutifully bought their tools, set up their bedroom or basement “studios,” and laboriously copied the lessons about perspective, anatomy, shading, wrinkles, folds, action, animals, the human form (ah, the human form)… even those little shadows under characters’ shoes. Many students mailed their drawings in and anxiously awaited corrections by the masters themselves (or reasonable facsimiles of celebrity cartoonists). Mail-Order Geniuses surveys the legendary correspondence courses of the Landon School, the Federal School, W L Evans, ZIM, Clare Briggs, Billy DeBeck, Russell Patterson, Jefferson Machamer, Charles Kuhn, Bill Nolan, Joe Musial, Art Instruction Institute, Famous Cartoonists, and others. The book will reproduce the lessons — in truth, many of these courses were excellent teaching tools — including tips, sketches, wisdom, and drawing-board photos of the great cartoonists of their time. Some lesson books will be reprinted in facsimile. The book will also document the many success stories and accomplished students who “graduated” from the American institutions of another day — Roy Crane and Milton Caniff were Landon School students; the W L Evans School touted a letter from the satisfied, but barely published, student Chester Gould; Charles Schulz’s work as a student so impressed what is now the Art Instruction Institute that they hired him as an instructor of students’ work. This “class reunion” is more than good history, good art, and good fun: it is a vital piece of cartooning history, never documented until this landmark volume. Warren Bernard has lectured on cartoon history at the Library of Congress, as well as the editor of the DVD included with Herblock:The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist. He has contributed material from his collection to over a dozen books about comic history and is the Executive Director of the Small Press Expo. See page 31 for RICK MARSCHALL’s biography. also available:

Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising $28.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E 128 pages, Black-and-white and color, 9 ½”x 13” • CQ: 20 ISBN 978-1-60699-399-6

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take a joke june

by Johnny Ryan $18.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Humor • CQ: 28 128 pages, black-and-white with some color, 7" x 10" ISBN 978-1-60699-464-1

• Author appearances on West Coast and elsewhere t.b.a. • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 18 +

COMICS THAT MAKE SOUTH PARK LOOK LIKE TELETUBBIES Johnny Ryan’s transgressive masterpiece Prison Pit has been the talk of altcomics circles for the past year since its debut in the summer of 2009. But before Prison Pit, Ryan garnered a considerable following via his one-man humor anthology (which doubled as a one-man War Against Political Correctness), Angry Youth Comix. Take a Joke collects many of the best stories from this inimitable series as well as many strips created for the wildly-popular Vice magazine, to which Ryan has contributed for years. Unlike Ryan’s previous collections, which focussed on very short stories, Take a Joke spotlights several of the artist’s longest humor pieces to date, notably: “Graveyard Goofs,” in which Ryan’s hapless antiheroes Sinus O’Gynus and Loady McGee exhume the corpse of the recently-deceased Santa Claus as part of a Top Secret experiment, fantasize an orgy with a collection of anthropomorphic condiment bottles (resulting in an unwanted pregnancy), and end up in Hell; “Boobs Pooter’s Jokepocalypse,” starring a coprophiliac version of Godzilla who destroys the world with hilarious jokes and crazy pranks; and “The World’s Funniest Joke,” a 24-page masterpiece that makes The Aristocrats look like a Nora Ephron film. All this plus Cheeburge Chase, Omletta DuPont, and “The Day The New Yorker Came to Town”!

JOHNNY RYAN was born in Boston, MA and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

“If VICE had to summarize all its beliefs into one gigantic comic book, it would be Angry Youth Comix. It’s poignant and crude and the funniest thing we’ve ever seen.” – VICE Magazine “Ryan brings his mixture of scatology, sex, and billingsgate to an acme of noxious hilarity.” – Booklist “There aren’t many artists in any field who can match Ryan for sheer surreal creativity. His longer strips suggest a filthy hybrid of the Marx Bros. and Monty Python... Ryan’s work is smart, crammed with ideas, and so funny it will melt your retinas.” – Chicago Reader

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Johnny Ryan’s XXX Scumbag Party, $18.95 Paperback • Territory: E 176 pages, Black-and-white with color, 7” x 10” • CQ: 44 ISBN 978-1-56097-867-1, What’re You Lookin’ At?!, $16.95 Paperback • Territory: E 176 pages, Black-and-white with color, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-56097-621-9

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queen of the black black june

by Megan Kelso $19.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 160 pages, black-and-white, 7" x 9 ¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-459-7

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Previous edition: ISBN 978-0-966536-30-0

Meg a n Kel so

• Author appearances on West Coast and elsewhere t.b.a. • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

THE EARLIEST STORIES BY “GIRLHERO” MEGAN KELSO Before her comics were serialized in the New York Times Sunday Magazine (“Watergate Sue,” 2007) or released by Fantagraphics Books (Artichoke Tales, 2010), Megan Kelso was a classic DIY cartoonist/publisher, who crafted and self-published her popular minicomic Girlhero from 1991 to 1996. Queen of the Black Black, which collects these early Girlhero strips (as well as a few from other sources) and was originally published in a limited edition 12 years ago (now long out of print), provides an engrossing chronicle of an ambitious young cartoonist carefully developing her own unique style and approach. In this volume, Kelso scrutinizes bicycle messengers, venereal diseases, infidelity, unwanted pregnancies, temporary work assignments, family reunions, and classroom daydreams in subtle and unexpected manners, setting herself technical challenges such as depicting music in comics (the virtuoso “The Daddy Mask,” with its sensuous gray swirls of sound on the page), integrating lettering into artwork in creative ways, and generally working her way toward what would become her mature style. The title story, “Queen of the Black Black,” rendered in lush gray tones, explores the fraught relationship between the ageing, demanding queen of a fairy-tale realm and a hornblower whom she takes under her wing. There is even a vintage “Artichoke Tale,” predating Kelso recently released graphic novel by a decade and a half. (“I am planning to do a whole book of artichoke tales in the future,” she wrote presciently in her original story notes.) Queen of the Black Black shows the first flowering (or sprouting) of a major cartooning talent, and its return to print (fully redesigned by the author) is welcome news for the many readers delighted by Kelso’s subsequent graphic novels.

“Megan Kelso’s [comics] are smart, smart, smart. [Her artwork] is stately and deliberate, but also conveys a sense of ugency.” —Ms. Magazine MEGAN KELSO lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and daughter.

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The Squirrel Mother $16.95 Paperback • Territory: E 136 pages, Full-color, 6 ½” x 8 ½” • CQ: 48 ISBN 978-1-56097-746-9 Artichoke Tales $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E 176 pages, One-color, 6 ½” x 8” • CQ: 32 ISBN 978-1-60699-344-6

“Kelso’s work radiates a warmth, poetry, sympathy, and simultaneously earthy and otherworldly essence that few comics creators have brought to the table with such quiet confidence and grace. The closest comic in recent memory to match Artichoke Tales, both in breadth and depth, is Jeff Smith’s Bone. [Grade] A” — The A.V. Club “Rather than a narrative arc, with ascensions and declines, Artichoke [Tales] feels like a series of expansions. The characters and their world grow to envelop the reader in a singular, charming way.” — Paul Constant, The Stranger

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MONTH june

murder by high tide by M. Tillieux $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Crime & Mystery • CQ: 26 96 pages, full-color, 8 ½" x 11" ISBN 978-1-60699-451-1

A DUO OF DETECTIVE COMEDY-THRILLERS FROM THE HOWARD HAWKS OF COMICS

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• A Franco-Belgian classic never before published in English • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 9–11 +

Another never-before-translated classic from the Golden Age of Franco-Belgian comics, finally brought to American readers. Imagine the beautifully crisp images of Hergé (Tintin) put in service of a series of wise-cracking, fast-paced detective stories — punctuated with scenes of spectacular vehicular mayhem (including in this volume a dockside pursuit via car and bulldozer) — and you’ll see why 50 years later Gil Jordan is still considered a masterpiece in Europe. Gil Jordan is a nattily-dressed but tough-as-nails private eye, seconded by his trusty ex-burglar assistant Crackerjack and his eccentric friend Inspector Crouton (as well as the invaluable Miss Midge). Fantagraphics’ first Gil Jordan book combines two of Gil’s finest yarns in one splendid hardcover. In “Murder by High Tide,” Gil and his associates are hired to investigate the suspicious disappearance (death?) of an antiques dealer, while in “Leap of Faith” they get involved in trying to protect an attorney from Joe the Needle, a mysteriously escaped convict with apparent superhuman powers who has sworn vengeance.

Born in 1921, Maurice Tillieux, best known for the 16-volume Gil Jordan series, was also a prolific writer for other artists, responsible for a number of episodes of Tif et Tondu (drawn by Will) and Jess Long (drawn by Piroton). Famous among other things for his spectacular depictions of car chases and crashes, Tillieux died in an automobile accident in 1978.

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sibyl-anne VS. RATTICUS

I thought you were a feminist. sibyl-anne…

$16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literay • CQ: 34 64 pages, full-color, 8 ½" x 11" ISBN 978-1-60699-452-8

june

by R. Macherot

wait a minute, that's a man's hat, Mr. Floosemaker!

• A Post-Tintin Franco-Belgian all-ages classic • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: ALL AGES

A BUCOLIC PARADISE BECOMES THE SITE OF A FIERCE STRUGGLE WHEN AN ARMY OF RATS INVADES Sibyl-Anne and her fiancé Boomer live in blissful peace in the French countryside until the evil rat Ratticus, evicted from his previous residence, sets his eye on the quiet acre that the couple share with their friends (a porcupine, a crow, and a rabbit). After a hilariously unsuccessful attempt to infiltrate the quiet little community in drag (which leaves a member of the cast smitten, Some Like It Hotstyle), the devious Ratticus engineers the takeover of a neighboring rat colony and builds it into an army that sweeps Sibyl-Anne and her friends off their homestead and onto an island. Battles by land, by sea, and even by air ensue, until finally the wicked are defeated and peace is restored. Macherot’s charming mouse’s-eye views of bucolic idyll and his fast-paced, witty storytelling turn this book into something like a Pixar version of The Wind in the Willows. Part of Fantagraphics’ program of bringing American readers the best of post-Tintin Franco-Belgian all-ages comics, Macherot’s “Sibylline” series (as it is called in French) is widely regarded as one of the great classics of the field, and is slated for re-release in French in 2011 as part of a “Complete Sibylline” project. This is the very first instance of Macherot’s work being translated into English.

During a career that stretched from the 1950s to the 1980s, working for both Tintin and Spirou magazines, Raymond Macherot (1924-2008) created the series Chlorophylle, Clifton, Chaminou, and Sibylline (Sibyl-Anne).

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june

MOME VOL. 23 (SUMMER 2011) by various; edited by Eric Reynolds $14.99 Paperback Original published 4x per year • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Anthologies • CQ: 30 120 pages, full-color, 7" x 9" ISBN 978-1-60699-468-9 • 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 The influence of Fantagraphics’ flagship quarterly anthology of new comic art and storytelling continues to grow. Celebrating it’s 20th volume and fifth anniversary in 2010, the series has published over 2,000 pages of comics in its halfdecade 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, Jeremy Tinder, Aidan Koch, Sergio Ponchione, Steven Weissman, Jesse Moynihan, DJ Bryant, T. Edward Bak, Nathan Neal, Conor O’Keefe, Derek Van Gieson, Jon Vermilyea, Frank Santoro, Ben Jones, Robert Goodin, Sara Edward-Corbett and many more. “The premier journal of innovative comic art currently being published.” — Librarything.com

“Mome helps me stay on top of the coolest cartoonists in the industry.” — Whitney Matheson, USA Today Pop Candy

“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

“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.

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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

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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

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the cabbie: book one july

by Martí; introduction by Art Spiegelman $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 64 pages, black-and-white, 9" x 12" ISBN 978-1-60699-450-4

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• Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

TAKE CHESTER GOULD’S DICK TRACY, ADD STEROIDS, TELEPORT IT TO SPAIN… AND YOU HAVE “THE CABBIE”! Sergio Leone’s retooling of classic westerns for his “spaghetti westerns”… Stieg Larsson’s striking take on the serial killer/mystery thriller in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo… And for that matter ABBA’s fiendishly catchy appropriation of American pop music. Sometimes it takes Europeans to make gold of tuckered-out American tropes. Add to those instances of inspired global cross-pollination the Spanish cartoonist Martí’s eye-popping The Cabbie, which spins off Martin Scorsese’s sordid urban-justice drama Taxi Driver with a graphic style that unapologetically appropriates and even refines the brutal slabs of black, squashed perspectives, and grotesque approach to human physiognomy (and its ability to withstand punishment) that define Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy. And as Art Spiegelman (who was the first to publish Martí’s work in English, in RAW magazine) notes in his introduction, while “Gould’s graphic black and white precision and his diagrammatic clarity live on in Martí’s work,” he points out that “more interestingly, perhaps, so does Gould’s depravity.” Indeed, if anything, The Cabbie is even more savage than the legendarily brutal Dick Tracy, with its pimps, whores, petty thieves, corrupt businessmen, all swirling around the ingenuously violent “Cabbie” whose self-administered “upstanding citizen” status entitles him — in his view — to even more shocking acts of violence — especially on his quest for the stolen coffin of his father, which he’s told includes his entire inheritance!

Born in 1955, Martí has been published in the anthologies RAW, Drawn and Quarterly, and Pictopia; an issue of his solo comic Calvario Hills, which appeared under the “Ignatz” imprint from Fantagraphics in 2007, revived the Cabbie for a new adventure.

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“Over the years of our collaboration, Malcolm McNeill produced more than a hundred pages of artwork. However, owing partly to he expense of full color reproduction, and because the book falls into neither the category of the conventional illustrated book nor that of a comix publication there have been some difficulties with the arrangements for the complete work... The book is in fact unique.” —William S. Burroughs, April, 1978

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AH POOK IS HERE / OBSERVED WHILE FALLING july

by William S. Burroughs and Malcolm McNeill $75.00 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 10 Two books in a hinged slipcase 120 pages + 300 pages, full-color and black-and-white, 10" x 13" ISBN 978-1-60699-445-0

NOT FINAL COVER

• Great gift idea • An unpublished masterpiece — perhaps the last —from one of the 20th Century’s most towering literary figures • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

A LOST MASTERPIECE FROM THE AUTHOR OF NAKED LUNCH This two-volume set prints, for the first time, a lost graphic novel written by the innovative Beat writer William S. Burroughs. The first book, Ah Pook Is Here, first appeared in 1970 under the title The Unspeakable Mr. Hart as a monthly comic series written by Burroughs and drawn by the British illustrator and painter Malcolm McNeill in the English magazine Cyclops. When the publication folded, Burroughs and McNeill decided to develop the project into a full-length, Word/ Image novel (the term ‘graphic novel’ had yet to be coined). The book was conceived as a single painting in which text and images were combined in whatever form seemed appropriate to the narrative. It was conceived as 120 continuous pages that would ‘fold out.’ Such a book was unprecedented, and no publisher was willing to take a chance and publish a ‘graphic novel.’ Burroughs and McNeill finally abandoned the project after working on it for 7 years. Fantagraphics Books is proud to bring this literary collaboration between one of America’s most distinctive writers and his exemplary hand-chosen artist to light. Ah Pook Is Here explores the refraction of ancient cultures on our contemporary one and the top-down control of social norms. John Stanley Hart is the “Ugly American,” a billionaire newspaper tycoon and the ”Instrument of Control.” He attempts to create a Media Control Machine using the images of Fear and Death. By increasing Control, however, he devalues time and invokes an implacable enemy: Ah Pook, the Mayan Death God. Young mutant heroes using the same Mayan formulae travel through time bringing biologic plagues from the remote past to destroy Hart and the Judeo/Christian temporal reality he represents. Ah Pook is a mind-boggling tour de force, dramatizing outré theories with a science fiction patina. The second book in the set is Observed While Falling, written by Malcolm McNeill, an account of the personal and creative interaction that defined the collaboration between the writer and the artist, the events surrounding it, and the reasons for its ultimate demise. McNeill describes his growing friendship with Burroughs and how their personal relationship affected their creative partnership. The book is written with insight and humor, and liberally sprinkled with the kind of the hilarious anecdotes one would expect working with a writer as original and eccentric as William S. Burroughs. It confirms the prescience of Ah Pook Is Here with respect to the contemporary graphic novel; Burroughs’ exploration of the artistic potential of combining words and images was a revelation to the artist. The book offers new insights into Burroughs’ working methods as well as how the two explored the possibilities of words and images working together to form the ambitious literary hybrid that they didn’t know, at the time, was a harbinger of the 21st century the “graphic novel.” WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS (Feb. 5, 1914 – Aug. 2, 1997) was a novelist, poet, essayist, painter, spoken word performer and Beat Generation icon. His words continue to affect popular culture and literature. MALCOLM McNEILL has worked as an illustrator, painter, and sculptor. He was involved in television production for fifteen years, first as a designer, then as a director of music videos, commercials, and short films. He won numerous awards in this field including an Emmy for his first network project — the opening title sequence to Saturday Night Live in 1984.

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estonia: july

a ramble through the periphery by Alexander Theroux $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues • CQ: 20 288 pages, prose, 6" x 9" ISBN 978-1-60699-465-8 NOT FINAL COVER

• An all-new travelogue from a National Book Award nominee • Digital ARC (PDF) • AGE RANGE: 15 +

“SEEING ESTONIA — DISROBING HER — WAS MY FOCUS” Any journey with Alexander Theroux is an education. Possessed of a razor-sharp and hyperliterate mind, he stands beside Thomas Pynchon as one of the sharpest cultural commentators of our time. So when he decided to accompany his wife — the artist Sarah Son-Theroux — on her Fulbright Scholarship to Estonia, it occasioned this penetrating examination of a country that, for many, seems alien and distanced from the modern world. For Theroux, the country and its people become a puzzle. His fascination with their language, manners, and legacy of occupation and subordination lead him to a revelatory examination of Estonia’s peculiar place in European history. All the while, his trademark acrobatic allusions, quotations, and digressions — which take us from Hamlet through Jean Cocteau to Married… with Children — render his travels as much internal and psychical as they are external and physical. Through these obsessive references to Western culture, we come to appreciate how insular the country has become, yet also marvel at its fierce individuality and preternatural beauty — such is the skill of Theroux’s gaze. This travelogue of his nine months abroad also brims with anecdotes of Theroux’s encounters with Estonian people and — in some of its most bitterly comedic episodes — his fellow Americans whom he at times feels more alienated from than the frosty, humorless Europeans. Estonia: A Ramble Through the Periphery is as biting and satirical as it is witty and urbane; as curious and lyrical as it is brash and irreverent. It marks a new highlight in an already stellar career and a book that continues Fantagraphics’ exceptional line of prose works.

Alexander Theroux is an award-winning novelist, poet and teacher whose previous prose works for Fantagraphics include Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual and the two artist monographs The Strange Case of Edward Gorey and The Enigma of Al Capp. His novel Darconville’s Cat was chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the 99 greatest post-war novels. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife Sarah-Son Theroux.

“[Laura Warholic] is brilliantly written.” – Norman Mailer “[Laura Warholic is] a work that screams 'literary event.' Theroux takes up a signature theme, thwarted love. Undeniably funny and compelling, linguistically and intellectually dazzling, as well as offensive and outrageously prolix, Theroux's spiky catchall satire of the myriad ills of contemporary culture and the divide between idealized love and unbridled lust grinds and thrashes its way to an obliterating conclusion.” – Booklist

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also available:

The Strange Case of Edward Gorey $14.99 Hardcover • Territory: E 80 pages, Black-and-white, 6”x 9” • CQ: 36 ISBN 978-1-60699-384-2 Laura Warholic $29.95 Hardcover • Territory: E 878 pages, Black-and-white, 6” x 9” • CQ: 8 ISBN 978-1-56097-798-8

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krazy kat in song and dance july

by George Herriman; edited by Rick Marschall

NOT FINAL COVER

$35.00 Hinged Slipcase and DVD • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 12 96 pages, full-color, 8 ½" x 10 ½" ISBN 978-1-60699-443-6

• Great gift idea • Ingenious two-volumes-in-one hinged design, with DVD • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: ALL AGES

A MUSICAL KAT KOLLEKTIBLE! Musical motifs and lyrical movement in Krazy Kat are as characteristic as the brick and changing landscapes in this greatest of all comic strips, and this landmark Marschall Books project will complete the circle for Kat fanciers. This book-and-disk set will explore with the multi-media lives of the kat who walks — and dances — among us. A birthday part for Krazy and all his (or is it her?) fans: An unprecedented treatment of the legendary Krazy Kat jazz ballet and rare animated cartoons. Another aspect of George Herriman’s genius! a 1OOth biRthdAy ParTy This unique package is a collection of other-media manifestations of Krazy Kat. Its centerpiece is the rare, landmark “jazz pantomime” surreal ballet from 1921. Regarded as a landmark in American musical history, the avant-garde score has seldom been performed since its debut in Town Hall in New York City’s theater district. Contents include a full history of Herriman’s career-long interest in the other popular arts, and his creative involvement with this jazz ballet written by preeminent comic strip historian Rick Marschall. Unpublished color drawings, sketches for the ballet’s character and costume design, and artwork for the score will be featured in a distinctive booklet that is one component of this set. The noted composer John Alden Carpenter will be profiled through his avant-garde score, personal notes, and contemporary reviews. As a bonus, this set will also examine and present dozens of vintage Krazy Kat animated cartoons from throughout the years, especially from the ’teens, when Herriman’s oversight was promoted. The format of the “book” is an ingeniously designed hinged slipcase that folds out to present two lovely booklets on one side and a DVD on the other containing Krazy Kat animated cartoons and the musical accompanying the ballet. 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. 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. 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

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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, $29.95 Hardcover • Territory: E 114 pages, Black-and-white, 15” x 11” • CQ: 8 ISBN 978-1-56097-854-1

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“The Playboy cartoons collected [in Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons] demonstrate above all Wilson's phenomenal range in subject, style, and inspiration. ... The menace in domestic relations, the evil that kids are capable of, the outright nastiness that man inflicts on man: it's all here, drawn in Wilson's inimitable comic style. ... And Fantagraphics has also served Wilson well. This collection is a wonder of book design, with die-cut boards, marvelous color reproduction, and a fantastic slipcase. The clear plastic panel on one side reveals the laminated back board of the books, each one a different headshot photo of Wilson himself, his face smashed against the plastic, a prisoner in his own collection. It's a perfect expression of all the inspired madness within.” — Thomas DePietro, The Barnes & Noble Review

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nuts july

by Gahan Wilson $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 20 144 pages, black-and-white with some color, 8" x 8" ISBN 978-1-60699-454-2

NOT FINAL COVER

• A proto-graphic novel classic from the pages of the National Lampoon • Great gift idea • Northeast author appearances • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

REMEMBER HOW BAFFLING, TERRIFYING, AND SAD CHILDHOOD REALLY WAS? NOW YOU CAN LAUGH AT IT. In this thematically and narratively linked series of one-page stories originally published in the National Lampoon’s “Funny Pages” section throughout the 1970s, the master of the macabre eschewed his usual ghouls, vampires, and end-of-the-world scenarios for a wry, pointed look at growing up normal in the real, yet endlessly weird world. Watch as our stoic, hunting-cap-wearing protagonist (known only as “The Kid”) copes with illness, disappointment, strange old relatives, the disappointment of Christmas, life-threatening escapades, death, school, the awfulness of camp, and much more — all delineated in Wilson’s roly-poly, sensual, delicately hatched line. “Nuts” was (partly) collected in a now long out-of-print volume back in 1979. This new hardcover edition reprints every single “Nuts” story from the Lampoon (rescuing over two dozen pages from oblivion) and reinstitutes the color in the “Christmas” and “Halloween” episodes, and for that matter the 3-D in the 3-D episode (“I wish to God I’d never seen all this space.”) If you don’t remember what it was like being a child, this book will bring it all back… for good or for ill!

In his ninth decade as a human being and his sixth as a master cartoonist, Gahan Wilson (born dead in 1930) continues to produce cartoons for a variety of magazines including Playboy and The New Yorker.

also available:

Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons Introductions by Neil Gaiman and Hugh Hefner $125.00 Three-volume slipcased hardcover set • Territory: E 942 pages, Color and black-and-white, 8”x 10” • CQ: 4 ISBN 978-1-60699-298-2

“Since 1957, Wilson’s work has provided a grim counterpoint to the skin and pleasure-seeking of Playboy. Twisting pop-culture icons to dark-witted ends, Wilson places his characters in a world of terror and understatement. ... [T]he incidental commentary here about human selfishness and shortsightedness squeezed between the B-movie monsters and little green men feels timeless, as does the remarkably high level of quality Wilson has maintained over the years. ...[Grade] A” — The A.V. Club

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Prince Valiant Vol. 4: 1943-1944 july

by Hal Foster $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 13 112 pages, full-color, 10 ½" x 14 ¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-455-9

• One of the most successful strip reprint series in Fantagraphics’ history • Great gift idea • First volume already in second printing • AGE RANGE: ALL AGES

HAUNTED BY HIS LONG-LOST LOVE, PRINCE VALIANT JOURNEYS BACK TO THE LAND OF HIS BIRTH As this fourth volume begins, Prince Valiant, haunted by Aleta, seeks Merlin’s wise counsel. This brief episode segues into one of Hal Foster’s patented epics, “The Long Voyage to Thule,” which ran for seven straight months and featured Valiant’s return to his birthplace and reunion with his father. Of course, Foster’s astonishingly detailed and evocative depictions of Val’s homeland contribute greatly to this sprawling epic. After a series of shorter adventures including “The Seductress,” “The Call of the Sea,” and “The Jealous Cripple,” Val finally decides he can stand it no more and sets out to find his long-lost love. Long-time fans know that his quest will eventually be successful, but Foster throws so many obstacles in the way of true love that the saga “The Winning of Aleta” would end up stretching a full year and a half, well into the next volume. With its stunning art reproduced directly from pristine printer’s proofs, Fantagraphics has introduced a new generation to Foster’s masterpiece, while providing long-time fans with the ultimate, definitive version of the strip. “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 bestdrawn 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

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Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942 $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 13 112 pages, full-color, 10 ¼” x 14” ISBN 978-1-60699-407-8

The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion By Brian M. Kane $24.99 Paperback Original Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism 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

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wandering son: book two july

by Shimura Takako $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga • CQ: 24 200 pages, black-and-white, 7" x 9¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-456-6

NOT FINAL COVER

• Fantagraphics’ second Manga entry following the acclaimed Drunken Dream by Moto Hagio • From one of Japan’s most popular LGBT creators • Released in authentic “right to left” manga style • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

OUR HEROES ENTER THE SIXTH GRADE IN VOLUME TWO OF THIS LEGENDARY SERIES In the second volume of Shimura Takako's superb coming-of-age story, our transgendered protagonists, Shuichi and Yoshino, have entered the sixth grade. Shuichi spends a precious gift of cash from his grandmother on a special present for himself, a purchase that triggers a chain of events in which his sister Maho learns his secret, and Shuichi inadvertently steals the heart of a boy Maho in interested in. The “woman” who showed so much interest in Yoshino (when she was wearing a boy’s school uniform) in volume one reappears with “her” boyfriend, and becomes a mentor and friend to the two children. And the kids go on a class trip that is a rite of passage Shuichi would rather pass up. Shuichi is called a “faggot” by another boy, and the dramatic nature in which Saori comes to Shuichi’s defense leads the two to discover a shared fondness for Anne of Green Gables. But despite his propensity to cry (a propensity noted repeatedly by his more outgoing sister), Shuichi finds strength and courage he didn’t know he had. A sophisticated work translated with sophistication by veteran translator and comics scholar Matt Thorn.

SHIMURA TAKAKO lives in Tokyo, Japan.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

Wandering Son: Book One $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

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august

like a sniper lining up his shot by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Patrick Manchette $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: X COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Crime & Mystery • CQ: 28 104 pages, black-and-white, 7 ¾" x 10 ¾" ISBN 978-1-60699-448-1

• Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

THE TARDI/MANCHETTE TEAM OF WEST COAST BLUES REUNITES FOR ANOTHER BRUTAL NEO-NOIR CLASSIC Like many of the greatest noir thrillers, Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot begins with a classic, even clichéd set-up: Martin Terrier, the hired killer, needs just one more big job so that he can turn in his guns, return to his native village to find and marry his childhood sweetheart, and retire. But nothing goes as expected, his “last job” turns out to be a set-up that results in a bloody shoot-out from which Terrier barely escapes with his life, and soon he’s on the run from not only the authorities and his treacherous ex-bosses but also the members of a crime syndicate still seeking revenge for an earlier hit on one of theirs. (We won’t even mention what they do to his cat.) With Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, Tardi, at the top of his form, once again puts his lushly efficient neo-clear-line style in the service of Manchette’s gleefully brisk prose for a spectacularly dark, violent and fast-paced crime thriller that will delight fans of their previous collaboration, West Coast Blues. (NOTE: Manchette’s original 1981 novel, La Position du tireur couché, was released in English under the title The Prone Gunman by City Lights in 2001.)

Jacques Tardi lives and work in Paris, France. He is currently hard at work on his next graphic novel, his fourth adaptation of a Jean-Patrick Manchette crime thriller. JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE (1942-1995) was a French crime novelist, essayist, and translator. “Tardi brings a rough and gritty reality and an existential strangeness that makes his crime stories different than anyone else’s. I’ll read anything he draws.” – Ed Brubaker “To put it simply, this shit kicks ass.” – Howard Chaykin “For unadorned genre material, nothing this year beats West Coast Blues, French wunderkind Jacques Tardi's excellent, unflinching adaptation of a brutal hardboiled crime novel by Jean-Patrick Marchette.” – Steven Grant, Comic Book Resources

also available:

West Coast Blues written by Jean-Ptrick Manchette $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: X 80 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ¾”x 10 ¾” • CQ: 28 ISBN 978-1-60699-295-1

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esperanza: a love and rockets book august

by Jaime Hernandez $18.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 26 248 pages, black-and-white, 7 ½" x 9 ¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-449-8

NOT FINAL COVER

• Volume 9 of the Complete Love & Rockets, the most acclaimed indie comic book series of all time • Over two million Love & Rockets comics and books sold • West Coast author appearances including Comic-Con 2011 • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

MAGGIE DEALS WITH THE PAST AND HOPEY MOVES INTO THE FUTURE IN THE LATEST COMPLETE L&R BOOK As Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez continue to delight readers new and old with the continuing adventures of their characters in the annual Love and Rockets: New Stories (Volume 3 released Sept. 2010), Fantagraphics continues to collect their earlier stories in these fat, handy, and inexpensive collections. In this batch of “Locas” stories by Jaime Hernandez from the pages of Love and Rockets Volume II (picking up where 2010’s Penny Century collection left off), an older and wiser Maggie faces down her old demons and the “Ghost of Hoppers” in a full-length graphic novel (which also introduces one of Jaime’s greatest recent characters, Vivian the “Frogmouth,” the near-psychotic bombshell). Meanwhile, the ever-feisty but maturing Hopey (her Spanish birth name giving this collection its title) transitions from tending bar to teaching kindergarten (while still juggling a complex love life), and the final quarter of the book shows Maggie’s lovable ex Ray Dominguez being dragged into the aftermath of a grisly murder thanks to his falling for the “Frogmouth.”

“Jaime Hernandez’s comics often provoke bursts of laughter — not necessarily because they’re outright comedic, although they sometimes are, but because they’re so ingeniously constructed.” — The New York Times Book Review JAIME HERNANDEZ is a lifelong Los Angelean, where he continues to chronicle Maggie’s life in the pages of Love and Rockets: New Stories. Previous volumes of the complete love and rockets:

Maggie the Mechanic ISBN 978-1-56097-784-1, $14.95 Paperback • Territory: E 272 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 9 ¼” • CQ: 24

Human Diastrophism ISBN 978-1-56097-848-0 $14.95 Paperback • Territory: E 288 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½” x 9 ¼” • CQ: 26

Amor Y Cohetes ISBN 978-1-56097-926-5, $16.99 Paperback • Territory: E 280 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 9 ¼” • CQ: 26

Heartbreak Soup ISBN 978-1-56097-783-4, $14.95 Paperback • Territory: E 288 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 9 ¼” • CQ: 22

The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. ISBN 978-1-56097-851-0, $14.95 Paperback • Territory: E 272 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 9 ¼” • CQ: 22

Penny Century ISBN 978-1-60699-342-2, $18.99 Paperback • Territory: E 240 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 9 ¼” • CQ: 26

Perla La Loca ISBN 978-1-56097-883-1, $16.95 Paperback • Territory: E 288 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 9 ¼” • CQ: 22

Beyond Palomar ISBN 978-1-56097-882-4, $16.95 Paperback • Territory: E 256 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½”x 9 ¼” • CQ: 26

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JACK DAVIS: DRAWING AMERICAN POP CULTURE A Career Retrospective by Jack Davis $49.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Anthology • CQ: 14 192 pages, full-color, 10" x 13" ISBN 978-1-60699-447-4

NOT FINAL COVER

• Great gift idea • A must-have collection for MAD magazine collectors • Featuring several fold-outs • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF A NATIONAL ARTISTIC TREASURE Jack Davis arrived on the illustration scene in the euphoric post-war America of the late 1940s when consumer society was booming and the work force identified with commercial images that reflected this underlying sense of confidence and American bravado. Advertising agencies were looking for new ways to tap a rich and expanding market, and there was a vast array of media that needed illustrations. Davis’ animated and exuberant images possessed a sense of spontaneous energy that proved to have universal appeal in every medium he worked in. Beginning with his masterful pen and ink cartooning at EC Comics, he quickly forged a reputation as one of the most versatile artists in comics, drawing humor, horror, and war stories. In Harvey Kurtzman’s MAD, especially, Davis made a mark as a master of caricature, composition, and wild, anarchic crowd scenes, practically vibrating with energy. After stints at MAD, Trump, and Humbug — three humor magazines that defined the satirical zeitgeist of the ’50s — Davis went on to become the most successful commercial illustrator of his generation, illustrating movie posters, magazine articles, magazine fiction, LP jackets, and more. Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture is a gigantic, unparalleled career-spanning retrospective, between whose hard covers resides the greatest collection — in terms of both quantity and quality — of Jack Davis’ work ever assembled! It includes work from every stage of his long and varied career, such as: excerpts of satirical drawings from his college humor ’zine, The Bull Sheet; examples of his comics work from EC, MAD, Humbug, Trump, and obscure work he did for other companies in the 1950s such as Dell; movie posters including It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Bad News Bears, Woody Allen’s Bananas, The Party, and others; LP jacket art for such musicians and bands as Hans Conreid and the Creature Orchestra’s Monster Rally, Spike Jones and Ben Cooler; cartoons and illustrations from Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Time, TV Guide, Esquire, and many others; unpublished illustrations and drawings Davis did as self-promotional pieces, proposed comic strips that never sold (such as his Civil War epic “Beaureagard”), finished drawings for unrealized magazine projects — and even illustrations unearthed in the Davis archives that the artist himself can’t identify! Much of the material will be scanned directly from original art, showing the painterly brush strokes and black and white pen work with far greater fidelity than any previous reproduction ever has. Many paintings and illustrations are accompanied by preliminary drawings that demonstrate the evolution of Davis’ drawing process.

One of America’s most beloved and best known illustrators, JACK DAVIS was born in December 2, 1924 in Atlanta, Georgia, and still makes his home in the area.

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the man who grew his beard august

by Olivier Schrauwen $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 32 112 pages, full-color, 8 ½" x 10 ¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-446-7

NOT FINAL COVER

• Appearances in New York and the SPX festival in Bethsda, MD, sponsored by the Flemish Literary Council • Digital ARC • Author blog at ollieschrauwen.blogspot.com • AGE RANGE: 15 +

THE FIRST U.S. COLLECTION FROM A BUDDING INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR The Man Who Grew His Beard is Belgian cartoonist Olivier Schrauwen’s first American book, having staked a reputation over the last decade as one of Europe’s most talented storytellers. It collects seven short stories, each a headspinning display of craft and storytelling that mixes early twentieth-century comics influences like Winsor McCay with a thoroughly contemporary voice that provokes and entertains with subversively surreal humor and subtle criticism of twentieth-century tropes and images. The stories themselves, though each stands alone, are intertwined thematically, offering peeks into the minds of semi-autistic, achingly isolated men and their feverish inner worlds and how they interact and contrast with their real environment. Though Schrauwen taps ‘surrealist’ or ‘absurdist’ impulses in his work, you will not read a more careful and precise collection of stories this year. The stories included are: “Hair Types,” a hilarious piece that on the surface explores the pseudoscientific classification of personality as a function of hair but becomes something more akin to a fable about self-fulfilling prophecy; “Chromo Congo,” a silent story about two men on safari who meet a corpulent and obnoxious hunter; as well as “The Task,” “The Man Who Grew His Beard,” “The Lock,” “The Cave,” and “The Imaginist.” Though this is Schrauwen’s first U.S. edition of comics, he has wowed American fans with his appearances in the anthology MOME over the last few years, and one of his MOME stories was one of three comics selected for the 2009 edition of Dave Eggers’ influential Best American Nonrequired Reading.

OLIVIER SCHRAUWEN was born in Belgium in 1977 and studied animation at the Academy of Art in Gent, and comics at the Saint Luc in Brussels. He currently lives in Berlin.

“I don’t know much about Olivier Schrauwen, [but I] know that he’s some sort of postmodern comics genius.” — Eisner Award-winning comics critic Tom Spurgeon 41 NORTON-spring-2011.indd 41

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CRUISIN’ WITH THE HOUND: august

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRED TOOTÉ

by Spain Rodriguez $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 30 120 pages, black-and-white, 7 ½" x 10 ¼" ISBN 978-1-60699-461-0

NOT FINAL COVER

• West Coast author appearances t.b.a. • Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 18 +

AN UNDERGROUND ICON TAKES A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE They were all there, the pimps, the fags, the whores, the curious, the alcoholic, the weird of the late ’50s... blues lovers, Canadian bikers, thrill seekers, junkies, insomniacs, hepcats...” So begins “Down at the Kitty Kat,” one of the 20-plus neverbefore-collected memoirs and yarns by Spain Rodriguez, one of the original gang of Zap Comix provocateurs. Although he’s best known for his two-fisted tales of the chopper-riding Trashman, Spain’s blunt graphic style and uncompromising gift for caricature, rendered in eye-punishing slabs of black and white, work equally well for more subtle fare — such as these memoirs of his misspent youth. Cruisin’ With the Hound ranges from Spain’s days as an innocent young churchgoer to his time as a member of the Road Vultures motorcycle gang, with stops along the way for his discoveries of science fiction and other, more adult pursuits (“The Birth of Porn”) — as well as the “The Education of an Underground Cartoonist,” describing his journey from a pimply Captain Marvel-reading scribbler to his arrival as a professional artist. But the heart of this collection is a cycle of stories (originally published in the acclaimed Blab! magazine) set during Spain’s teenage days in the 1950s, often featuring the doomed, dot-eyed Fred Tooté, a wild, flaky character in whose company some of his wildest escapades occurred. Raunchy, hilarious, and often violent as hell, Cruisin’ With the Hound is an unsentimentally nostalgic trip to half a century ago — the antiHappy Days, set to a true rock ’n’ roll beat. SPAIN RODRIGUEZ (born 1940 in Buffalo, New York), was one of the original Zap cartoonists. The creator of such memorable characters as Trashman and Big Bitch, he has also cultivated a life-long taste for radical politics, as evidenced by his most recent full-length work: a graphic biography of Che Guevara (Verso, 2009). ALSO AVAILABLE:

“Spain is one of the true giants of the comics medium. He is a singular artist; his work is unmistakable.” — Joe Sacco

Nightmare Alley Based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham $14.95 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 40 136 pages, full-color, 10 ¼” x 6 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-511-3

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the armed garden and other stories august

by David B. $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 112 pages, two-color, 7 ½" x 10 ¾" ISBN 978-1-60699-462-7

• Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

A TRIPTYCH OF MYTHICAL HISTORIES FROM THE 8TH AND 15TH CENTURIES, BY THE CREATOR OF EPILEPTIC David B., the creator of the acclaimed Epileptic, gives full rein to his fascination with history, magic and gods, not to mention grand battles, in this literate, witty, and absorbing collection of stories — all based on historical fact, or at least historical legend, and delineated in a striking stylized two-color format. “The Veiled Prophet”: During the 8th century (the time of Harun al-Rashid, the Caliph of 1001 Nights fame), Hakim al-Muqanna, the lowly Persian fabric dyer, is assaulted and enveloped by a piece of white cloth come from the sky. When a bystander recognizes in the folds of the cloth the visage of Abu-Muslim, defender of the oppressed, al-Muqanna becomes a prophet and great leader — and within a year his followers have defeated seven armies sent to stop him! “The Armed Garden,” set in the 15th century, tells the story of the bloody quest for a Paradise on Earth. Rohan, a humble Prague blacksmith, is visited by Adam and Even who urge him lead his followers, soon dubbed “Adamites,” on this mission. They soon must contend, bloodily, with the rival Paradise-seekers the “Taborites,” led by John Zizka. “The Drum Who Fell in Love,” a sequel of sorts, begins with Zizka’s death: His people have him skinned and his skin stripped onto a drum, and the drum, speaking in Zizka’s voice, leads the Taborites into battle anew. But the touch of a beautiful girl softens Zizka’s spirit, and the unlikely couple begin a journey together… DAVID B. splits his time between France and Italy.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Littlest Pirate King Written by 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

“David B. is clearly one of the best storytellers in the medium of comics.” — Joe Sacco “David B. works a real kind of deeply human magic on the page.” — Jason Lutes

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august

vapor by Max $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 32 120 pages, black-and-white, 7" x 9 ¾" ISBN 978-1-60699-460-3

• Digital ARC • AGE RANGE: 15 +

A NEW BATCH OF SURREAL PHILOSOPHICAL COMICS FROM THE CREATOR OF BARDÍN THE SUPERREALIST Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba. In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia. Hm… Good time to do a little clean-up…

Whew! Oooh! Aah!

OVER HERE! OVER HERE!

Scrub off some of the grime.

This is nice!

I feel like a new man!

MAX lives on the island of Mallorca, Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea. “Spanish cartoonist Max uses some of the most cherished pieces of high art as the catalyst for his character Bardin’s funny and thoroughly humane adventures… Max takes what can be impenetrable and uses some fine cartooning to make it accessible and enjoyable.” — Publishers Weekly “If you glimpse traces of Magritte, Goya, and Zap Comix in Max’s exuberant panels, then you’re really enjoying yourself.” — Booklist

ALSO AVAILABLE:

Bardín the Superrealist $14.95 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 20 80 pages, full-color, 7” x 9 ½” ISBN 978-1-56097-759-0

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Contemporary Comics and Graphic Novels

A DRUNKEN DREAM AND OTHER STORIES By Moto Hagio $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / General • CQ: 20 288 pages, black and white (with 32 pp. color), 7 1/4” x 9 3/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-377-4 A collection of 10 short stories spanning four decades by one of Japan’s most influential and critically lauded Manga innovators, including “Autumn Journey,” “Marié, Ten Years Later,” “A Drunken Dream” and “Iguana Girl.”

LOVE & ROCKETS: NEW STORIES #3 By Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez $14.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 44 104 pages, black-and-white, 7 1/2” x 9 1/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-379-8 Jaime returns to his “Locas” world with one of his most powerful suites of stories ever, focusing on Maggie and her siblings. And Gilbert brings us a furry Fritz lookalike and budding film star “Killer”.

LUCKY IN LOVE BOOK ONE: A POOR MAN’S HISTORY By George Chieffet & Stephen DeStefano $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 26 120 pages, monochrome, 6 1/2” x 8 1/2” ISBN 978-1-60699-354-5 A masterfully cartooned, light-footed coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of World War II and told with unusual visual pizazz and feisty humor, but still with a serious side.

RIP, M.D. By Mitch Schauer & Mike Vosburg $12.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 32 88 pages, full-color, 7 1/2” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-369-9 A creepy, fun-filled all-ages adventure introducing Ripley Plimpt, an 11-yearold boy whose life turns upside-down when he inadvertently saves the “unlife” of a vampire and sets up stakes as a monster doctor!

SPECIAL EXITS By Joyce Farmer $26.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 208 pages, black-and-white, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-381-1 A graphic memoir memoir chronicling 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 fragility of the most taxing time of their lives.

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recent titles through november 2010

THE SANCTUARY By Nate Neal; Introduction by Dave Sim $22.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 18 208 pages, black-and-white, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-388-0 A darkly comic journey through a prehistoric re-imagining of art and comics. An outcast Paleolithic cave painter and a mysterious nomad girl join together to bring truth to their corrupt tribe via a new medium: drawings that tell a story.

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW BOOK 2: COLLATERAL DAMAGE By C. Tyler $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction • CQ: 16 104 pages, full-color, 12” x 10 1/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-418-4 An intimate, engrossing story of war, love, loss, family, and memory. The second part of Tyler’s graphic memoir delves deeper into her father’s horrific wartime experiences in Italy and her current cycle of family dysfunction.

BILLY HAZELNUTS & THE CRAZY BIRD By Tony Millionaire $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 104 pages, black-and-white, 6 1/5” x 9” ISBN 978-1-56097-917-3 The long-awaited sequel to the Eisner-winning graphic novel! The cantankerous little golem’s second adventure is a crazy potion of all-ages fun, humor, thrills and chills in the inimitable Millionaire style.

KING OF THE FLIES Vol. 1: HALLORAVE By Mezzo & Pirus $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS: Literary • CQ: 24 64 pages, full-color, 9” x 12 1/2” ISBN 978-1-60699-320-0 A glorious bastard, combining the intricacy and subtlety of the best European comics with a hyperdetailed, controlled noir style derived from the finest American cartoonists into interrelated tales of (mostly) interiorized violence.

MEAT CAKE By Dame Darcy (with Alan Moore); Foreword by Margaret Cho $22.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 240 pages, black-and-white, 7” x 10 1/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-346-0 Collecting the best stories from the first decade of the neo-Victorian horror/ humor/romance comic Meat Cake, alternating between one-off (often cruelly tragic) fairy tales & ongoing romps starring her eclectic cast of characters.

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RECENT TITLES

SET TO SEA By Drew Weing $16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 144 pages, black-and-white, 5 1/4” x 6 1/2” ISBN 978-1-60699=368-2 A nautical debut graphic novel from a major talent. A big lug and aspiring poet gets shanghaied aboard a clipper bound for Hong Kong and learns to live — and love — life on the sea. Part rollicking adventure, part maritime ballad.

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

classic comics, comic strips and comic book history

FIRE & WATER: BILL EVERETT, THE SUB-MARINER, AND THE BIRTH OF MARVEL COMICS By Blake Bell $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS: History & Criticism • CQ: 14 192 pages, full-color, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-166-4

Do ideas of war and enemies hold a people together? Is a culture of conflict too seductive not to be irresistible? A galvanizing work of empathy and violence by one of today’s most thoughtful and accomplished cartoonists.

From the superhero and horror genre, to romance, crime, and suspense, Bill Everett was a master of the medium — all on display in this biography and art book that ensures Everett’s place at the table of premier comic book virtuosos, and doubles as a history of the early days of Marvel Comics.

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 3/4” x 5 3/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-397-2

FOUR COLOR FEAR: FORGOTTEN HORROR COMICS OF THE 1950s Edited by Greg Sadowski $29.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 16 320 pages, full-color, 7 1/4” x 10 1/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-343-9

From the pages of Bust magazine, the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of ‘80s teen underdog Tammy Pierce: big hair, boogers, boys and other high school pitfalls.

WALLY GROPIUS By Tim Hensley $18.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 18 64 pages, full-color, 10” x 12 1/2” ISBN 978-1-60699-355-2 Filtered through Hensley’s witty dada sensibility, what at first appears to be a pastiche of 1960s teenage humor comics turns out to be an acute (and hilarious) satire of power, celebrityhood, and modern culture.

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 1/2” ISBN 978-1-60699-383-5 The balls-to-the-wall series returns with more action and mayhem. Our antihero tries to get revenge against the evil behemoth that took his arm, and then winds up playing an unwilling role in an escape attempt from the Pit.

BLECKY YUCKERELLA BOOK 4: “FUC- --U, -SS--LE” By Johnny Ryan $11.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 48 104 pages, black-and-white, 6” x 81/2” ISBN 978-1-60699-415-3 The fourth and final collection of Ryan’s riotous comic strip about the stupidest, ugliest, smelliest girl in the second grade, as torn from the pages of VICE magazine.

The finest non-EC horror covers and stories of the pre-code era by artist perennials Jack Cole, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Jack Katz, Al Williamson, Basil Wolverton, and Wallace Wood, collected in a gruesome and affordable volume.

FROM SHADOW TO LIGHT: THE LIFE AND ART OF MORT MESKIN By Steven Brower (with Peter and Phillip Meskin) $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 12 220 pages, full-color, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-358-3 A coffee table art book, biography, and critique of one of the 20th century’s most influential and unjustly neglected Golden Age comic book artists.

THE ARTIST HIMSELF: A RAND HOLMES RETROSPECTIVE By Patrick Rosenkranz $39.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 16 328 pages, full-color, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-170-1 The whole truth about the life and work of Canada’s most revolutionary Underground Comix artist. This unique collection of art documents a lifetime of work by one of the most talented artists of his generation.

DING DONG DADDY FROM DINGBURG: A ZIPPY COLLECTION By Bill Griffith $18.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 24 204 pages, black and white (with 32 pages color), 8 1/5” x 8 1/5” ISBN 978-1-60699-389-7 Observe Dingburgers in their natural habitat as the tour of the city entirely inhabited by pinheads continues! Advertising mascots, Riboflavin, Joan Rivers, donuts and God all figure in this new collection of Zippy the Pinhead dailies and Sundays spanning 2008-2010.

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TOO SOON? FAMOUS/INFAMOUS FACES 19952010 By Drew Friedman; Introduction by Jimmy Kimmel $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E ART / Individual Artist • CQ: 18 204 pages, full-color, 8 1/4” x 10 1/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-357-6

The first American adventure strip, by a master of the medium. Captain Easy visits a lost city, battles pirates, dons a deep-sea diving suit to explore a sunken ruin in search of treasure, and everywhere he goes, he finds beautiful women.

A collection of the best, most strident and scathing of the last 15 years’ worth of Drew Friedman’s illustrations, caricatures and portraits lampooning the rich, the famous, the infamous, and the never-will-be-famous.

UNEXPLORED WORLDS: THE STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES Vol. 2 Edited by Blake Bell $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes • CQ: 22 224 pages, full-color, 7 1/4” x 9 1/2” ISBN 978-1-60699-380-4

BENT By Dave Cooper; Introduction by Guillermo Del Toro $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E ART / Individual Artist • CQ: 20 80 pages, full-color, 10 1/4” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-378-1

More great crime, horror, and sci-fi work from the 1950s by one of comics’ true legends and great stylists, and the co-creator of Spider-Man.

A bizarre procession of milky, twitching, agitated women wriggles through an undulating, overripe world in this collection of 5 years worth of paintings, drawings and photos from the celebrated artist.

THE COMICS JOURNAL #301 Edited by Gary Groth & Kristy Valenti $19.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 20 322 page magazine with 64-page comic book and 32-page sketchbook, shrinkrapped, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-291-3 A new format for the standard bearer of magazines about comics, featuring all-new interviews with R. Crumb and Joe Sacco, as well Al Jaffee and Michael Kupperman in conversation, and much more. This issue also includes two bonus volumes: a 64 page comic book featuring rare Gerald McBoingBoing comics from the 1950s by Gene Deitch, and a 32-page sketchbook featuring work by Tim Hensley, Stephen Dixon, and more!

art books BURLESQUE PARAPHERNALIA AND SIDEDEGREE SPECIALTIES AND COSTUMES: CATALOG No. 439 Edited by Charles Schneider $22.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Popular Culture • CQ: 24 240 pages, black-and-white (with 32 pp. color), 6 1/2” x 9 3/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-367-5 An amazing array of props and devices created specifically to be used in minor “hazing” of candidates in the side degrees of various fraternal organizations, as presented in the great 1930 catalog of DeMoulin Bros. & Company.

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CAPTAIN EASY, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE: THE COMPLETE SUNDAY NEWSPAPER STRIPS Vol. 1 (1933-1935) By Roy Crane $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 10 144 pages, full-color, 10 1/2” x 14 3/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-161-9

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DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PUNKS ON FILM Edited by Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly; Foreword by Richard Hell $35.00 Flexibound • Territory: E PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism • CQ: 8 556 pages, two-color (with 48 pp. fullcolor), 8 1/2” x 10 3/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-363-7 The most dazzlingly insane film reference book of all time — an informative, hilarious, and impossibly complete guide to every goddamn appearance of a punk (or new waver!) to hit the screen in the 20th Century.

WHAT IS ALL THIS? UNCOLLECTED STORIES By Stephen Dixon $28.99 Hardcover • Territory: E FICTION / Short Stories • CQ: 8 528 pages, 6 1/4” x 9 1/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-350-7 We are proud to present this incredible volume compiling 40 years of previously uncollected short stories from one of America’s most acclaimed authors. Dixon’s finely chiseled sentences cut to the quick of people’s lives.

NORMAN PETTINGILL: BACKWOODS HUMORIST By Gary Groth; Introduction by R. Crumb; Afterword by Johnny Ryan $39.99 Hardcover (Wood cover) • Territory: E ART / Folk & Outsider Art • CQ: 12 144 pages, full-color, 12” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-319-4 The first published retrospective of Pettingill’s work, with over a hundred of the artist’s best and rarely seen drawings. Combining his love of nature and backwoods culture with his wild sense of humor, he depicted an out-of-control hillbilly wonderland.

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INDEX

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente… 3 Ah Pook Is Here… 29 Almost Silent… 18 Amor Y Cohetes… 37 Arctic Marauder, The… 12 Armed Garden and Other Stories, The… 43 Artichoke Tales… 23 Artist Himself, The… 46 B., David… 43 Bagge, Peter… 13, 22 Bardín the Superrealist… 44 Bell, Blake… 46, 47 Bent… 47 Bernard, Warren… 21 Beyond Palomar… 37 Billy Hazelnuts… 45 Blecky Yuckerella… 46 Book of Mr. Natural, The… 13 Brower, Steven… 46 Burlesque Paraphernalia… 47 Burroughs, William S. … 29 Cabbie, The… 27 Captain Easy… 47 Carlson, Zack… 47 Celluloid… 19 Chieffet, George… 45 Cho, Margaret… 45 Comics Journal, The… 47 Complete Crumb Comics, The… 13 Complete Peanuts, The… 9 Congress of the Animals… 5 Connelly, Bryan… 47 Cooper, Dave… 47 Crane, Roy… 47 Cruisin’ With the Hound… 42 Crumb, Maxon… 13 Crumb, R. … 13, 47 Daly, Joe… 1 Darcy, Dame… 45 Davis, Jack… 39 Definitive Prince Valiant Companion, The… 34 Del Toro, Guillermo… 47 DePastino, Todd… 10, 11 DeStefano, Stephen… 45 Destroy All Movies!… 47 Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg… 46 Disney, Walt… 15 Ditko, Steve… 47 Dixon, Stephen… 47 Drawing Power… 21 Drunken Dream, A… 45 Dungeon Quest… 1 Esperanza… 37 Estonia… 30 Everett, Bill… 46 Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec, The… 12 Farmer, Joyce… 45 Fire & Water… 46 Forest, Jean-Claude… 12 Foster, Hal… 34 Four Color Fear… 46 Friedman, Drew… 47 From Shadow to Light… 46 Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons… 33

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Gaiman, Neil… 33 Gerstein, David… 15 Gil Jordan… 24 Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S., The… 37 Gottfredson, Floyd… 15 Gresham, William Lindsay… 42 Griffith, Bill… 46 Groth, Gary… 15, 47 Hagio, Moto… 45 Heartbreak Soup… 37 Hefner, Hugh… 33 Hell, Richard… 47 Hensley, Tim… 46 Hernandez, Gilbert… 37, 45 Hernandez, Jaime… 37, 45 Herriman, George… 31 Holmes, Rand… 46 Human Diastrophism… 37 I Killed Adolf Hitler… 18 Isle of 100,000 Graves… 18 It Was the War of the Trenches… 12 Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture… 39 Jason… 18 Johnny Ryan’s XXX Scumbag Party… 22 Kat Who Walked in Beauty, The… 31 Kelso, Megan… 23 Kimmel, Jimmy… 47 King of the Flies… 45 Krazy & Ignatz… 31 Krazy Kat in Song and Dance… 31 Last Musketeer, The… 18 Laura Warholic… 30 Left Bank Gang, The… 18 Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot… 36 Littlest Pirate King, The… 43 Living and the Dead, The… 18 Love & Rockets … 37, 45 Low Moon… 18 Lucky In Love… 45 Macherot, R.… 25 Maggie the Mechanic… 37 Mail Order Geniuses… 21 Malkasian, Cathy… 46 Man Who Grew His Beard, The… 41 Manchette, Jean-Patrick… 36 Marschall, Rick… 21, 31 Marti… 27 Mattotti, Lorenzo… 17 Mauldin, Bill… 10, 11 Max… 44 McKean, Dave… 19 McMurray, Jacob… 7 McNeill, Malcolm… 29 Meat Cake… 45 Meskin, Mort… 46 Mezzo… 45 Mickey Mouse… 15 Millionaire, Tony… 45 Mome… 26 Moore, Alan… 45 Neal, Nate… 45 Nightmare Alley… 42 Norman Pettingill: Backwoods Humorist… 47 Nuts… 33 Observed While Falling… 29 Orlan, Pierre Mac… 43 Penny Century… 37

Perla La Loca… 37 Pettingill, Norman… 47 Piersanti, Claudio… 17 Pirus… 45 Poe, Edgar Allen… 17 Portable Frank, The… 5 Prince Valiant… 34 Prison Pit… 46 Queen of the Black Black… 23 Raven, The… 17 Red Monkey Double Happiness Book, The… 1 Reed, Lou… 17 Reynolds, Eric… 26 RIP, M.D.… 45 Rodriguez, Spain… 42 Rosencranz, Patrick… 46 Ryan, Johnny… 22, 46, 47 Sadowski, Greg… 46 Sanctuary, The… 45 Santiago, Wilfred… 3 Schauer, Mitch… 45 Schneider, Charles… 47 Schrauwen, Olivier… 41 Schulz, Charles M.… 9 Scrublands… 1 Seeing Things… 5 Set To Sea… 46 Sibyl-Anne Vs. Ratticus… 25 Sim, Dave… 45 Spain… 42 Special Exits… 45 Spiegelman, Art… 27 Squirrel Mother, The… 23 Stigmata… 17 Strange Case of Edward Gorey, The… 30 Takako, Shimura… 35 Take a Joke… 22 Taking Punk to the Masses… 7 Tardi, Jacques… 12, 36 Temperance… 46 Theroux, Alexander… 30 Tillieux, M. … 24 Too Soon?… 47 Tyler, C.… 45 Unexplored Worlds… 47 Unlovable… 46 Valenti, Kristy… 47 Vapor… 44 Vehlmann, Fabien… 18 Vosburg, Mike… 45 Wally Gropius… 46 Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse… 15 Wandering Son… 35 Watson, Esther Pearl… 46 Weathercraft… 5 Weing, Drew… 46 Werewolves of Montpellier… 18 West Coast Blues… 36 What I Did.… 18 What Is All This? … 47 What’re You Lookin’ At?!… 22 Why Are You Doing This? … 18 Willie & Joe… 10, 11 Wilson, Gahan… 33 Woodring, Jim… 5 You Are There… 12 You’ll Never Know… 45 Zippy… 46

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