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by Kim Deitch $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 18 176 pages, Black-and-white, 11” x 7 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-631-7

MONTH APRIL

THE AMAZING, Enlightening And Absolutely TRUE ADVENTURES OF KATHERINE WHALEY

• A major graphic novel from a first-rank talent • East Coast author appearances • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

KIM DEITCH’S FIRST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FEATURES A TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY HEROINE This is a story about a girl, born at the beginning of the 20th century. She grows up in a small river town in upstate New York. One day the mysterious Charles Varnay, an eccentric who dresses in the style of an 18th century dandy, comes to town, his sole companion a remarkably intelligent dog named Rousseau. Varnay wants to star Katherine in a movie serial he plans to make, called The Goddess of Enlightenment. Katherine is rather put off when she discovers that he expects her to appear nude in this film. But even more strange is the film’s subject matter: It has to do with 12 metal cylinders that Varnay claims are actual recordings of the voice of Jesus Christ which, he says, contain an urgent message that the modern world needs to hear! Varnay also claims that his dog, Rousseau, is the product of experiments he has been making in advanced selective breeding. He’s eager to continue these experiments with human subjects; Katherine realizes that he’s expecting her to be a part of this, and it worries her... The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley is a full-length graphic novel created in a striking “widescreen” landscape format that allows Deitch to give full rein to his astonishing graphics. KIM DEITCH lives in New York, NY, with his wife, the artist Pamela Butler. His books include The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Deitch’s Pictorama (in collaboration with his brothers), Shadowland, Alias the Cat, and The Search for Smilin’ Ed! ALSO AVAILABLE:

Deitch’s Pictorama $18.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-952-4 The Search for Smilin’ Ed! $16.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-324-8

“Kim Deitch is easily one of the greatest cartoonists in the world, and in the history of the medium.” – Chris Ware “Maybe even more than fellow first-wave underground comics creator Crumb, Deitch has maintained his quality. Marvelous stuff.” – Booklist “The fun of [The Search for Smilin’ Ed!] is the way it constantly darts back and forth across the line between genuine show-business lore (a favorite Deitch theme) and delirious whole-cloth invention. There are stories within stories, unreliable explainers, secret passageways that lead from one part of the tale to another.” – Publishers Weekly

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BREAD & WINE by Samuel R. Delany and Mia Wolff; introduction by Alan Moore $14.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 34 72 pages, Black-and-white, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-632-4

A UNIQUE LOVE STORY FROM A SCIENCE FICTION GREAT The runaway critical and commercial success of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home has paved the way for the re-issue of Bread & Wine. Written by black, gay science-fiction writer, professor, and theorist Samuel R. Delany, and drawn by artist/martial arts instructor Mia Wolff, Bread & Wine is a graphic autobiography that flashes back to the unlikely story of how Delany befriended Dennis, and how they became an enduring couple—Delany, a professor at Philadelphia’s Temple University, Dennis, an intelligent man living on the streets. For casual readers and fans, Bread & Wine is a moving, sexually charged love story, with visuals informed by Wolff’s professional physical pursuits. Her blackand-white, pen-and-ink work not only expressionistically represents the characters’ “body language” and the bustling New York setting, but is also filled with impish art references and visual puns. The scholarly potential for the book, based on the poem “Bread and Wine” by the German lyric poet Friedrich Holderlin, not only encompasses queer, African-American, and graphic novel studies, but also exploration in the literary and paraliterary academic fields. This edition includes an introduction by Watchmen writer Alan Moore, commentary by the book’s protagonists, Zelazny and Dennis, and a new interview with Delany and Wolff. SAMUEL RAY DELANY, Jr., also known as “Chip,” is an American writer and Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee (in 2002), and a recipient of four Nebula awards and two Hugo awards over the course of his career. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he is Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program. MIA WOLFF obtained her BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in 1973 and ran away to the circus in 1976. She lives in New York City. “Samuel R. Delany is one of the finest living American writers. In this revealing autobiographical love story, told in collaboration with fine artist Mia Wolff, Delany’s brilliance shines.” – Neil Gaiman “Wildly eccentric artwork, a storyline that’d make Capote blush... Bread & Wine is smoking-gun proof that comics can go anywhere — and do anything.” – Frank Miller “Told simply and methodically like Delany’s 1996 memoir, The Motion of Light in Water, the story is subdued yet acutely emotional. It reaches across the boundaries of race and class — as well as across hilariously opposed standards of personal hygiene — to capture two people in the process of building a life together.” – Publishers Weekly

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• An original graphic novel from a Science Fiction legend • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 18 +


CASTLE WAITING VOLUME 2 by Linda Medley $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Fantasy • CQ: 20 456 pages, Black-and-white, 5 ¾” x 8 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-633-1 Previous edition: ISBN 978-1-60699-405-4

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DEFINITIVE EDITION

• The definitive edition of the second volume of this YA classic • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 11+

THE SECOND VOLUME OF THIS CLASSIC FANTASY, NOW IN AN EXTENDED AND IMPROVED VERSION With its long-awaited second volume, Linda Medley’s witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting. Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies’ underpants, the identity of her baby son Pindar’s father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the “manly arts,” and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume. The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain’s earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more. Originally released in a slightly shorter version when the series ceased publication, this new edition includes over 60 pages’ worth of brand new additional story and epilogue, and the entire book has been re-lettered in a livelier, more inviting style for an even more engaging reading experience.

LINDA MEDLEY lives in Portland, OR, where she is currently working on new issues of the Castle Waiting comic book series. “The charming blend of original and well-known fairy tale characters into one slightly dysfunctional castle household only gets better as it progresses.” – School Library Journal

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Castle Waiting Vol. 1 $29.95 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-56097-747-6

“The black-and-white drawings are precisely crafted, with small, endearing touches that render each character entirely unique. The dialogue is clever and filled with subtle grace notes of drollness and humor. The set will be especially appealing to readers of all ages who enjoy seeing and reading traditional fairy tale tropes teased and played with, all with a sense of goodhumored fun.” – Nancy Pearl, NPR: Books

Castle Waiting Vol. 1 $24.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-602-7

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Also Available VOLS. 1–8: $28.95 EACH VOLS. 9 & UP: $28.99 EACH 1950–1952 (Charlie Brown cover; Introduction by Garrison Keillor) ISBN 978-1-56097-589-2

1969–1970 (Snoopy cover; Intro by Mo Willems) ISBN 978-1-56097-827-5

1953–1954 (Lucy cover; Introduction by Walter Cronkite) ISBN 978-1-56097-614-1

1971–1972 (Sally cover; Intro by Kristin Chenoweth) ISBN 978-1-60699-145-9

1955–1956 (Pig-Pen cover; Introduction by Matt Groening) ISBN 978-1-56097-647-9

1973–1974 (Woodstock cover; Intro by Billie Jean King) ISBN 978-1-60699-286-9

1957–1958 (Snoopy cover; Introduction by Jonathan Franzen)ISBN 978-1-56097-670-7

1975–1976 (Frieda cover; Intro by Robert Smigel) ISBN 978-1-60699-345-3

1959–1960 (Patty cover; Introduction by Whoopi Goldberg) ISBN 978-1-56097-671-4

1977–1978 (Peppermint Patty cover; Intro by Alec Baldwin) ISBN 978-1-60699-375-0

1961–1962 (Schroeder cover; Introduction by Diana Krall) ISBN 978-1-56097-672-1

1979–1980 (Charlie Brown cover; Intro by Al Roker) ISBN 978-1-60699-438-2

1963–1964 (Linus cover; Introduction by Bill Melendez) ISBN 978-1-56097-723-0

1982–1982 (Linus cover; Intro by Lynn Johnston) ISBN 978-1-60699-471-9

1965–1966 (Charlie Brown cover; Introduction by Hal Hartley) ISBN 978-1-56097-724-7

1983–1984 (Franklin cover; Intro by Leonard Maltin) ISBN 978-1-60699-523-5

1967–1968 (Violet cover; Introduction by John Waters) ISBN 978-1-56097-826-8

1985–1986 (Spike cover, intro by Patton Oswalt) ISBN 978-1-60699-572-3

Box Sets SETS 1–4: $49.95 EACH SETS 5–9: $49.99 EACH 1950–1954 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-56097-632-5

1971–1974 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-60699-287-6

1955–1958 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-56097-687-5

1975–1978 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-60699-376-7

1959–1962 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-56097-774-2

1979–1982 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-60699-472-6

1963–1966 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-56097-868-8

1983–1986 Gift Box Set (pictured) ISBN 978-1-60699-573-0

1967–1970 Gift Box Set ISBN 978-1-56097-948-7


THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1987-1988

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$28.99 Hardcover • Territory: X HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 18 344 pages, Black-and-white, 8 ½” x 7” ISBN 978-1-60699-634-8

APRIL

by Charles M. Schulz

• Amongst the top ten most familiar media properties in the world • Seven-time Eisner / Harvey Award recipient • Over a half-million copies sold in the series • The series that launched a comic strip renaissance • Author promo at snoopy.com and schulzmuseum.org • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

MORE LITTLE-SEEN 1980s PEANUTS STRIPS FEATURE SALLY, SPIKE, RERUN AND “LYDIA.” So what do we have for Peanuts fans this time around? An ill-considered attempt at flirting sends Charlie Brown to the school doctor... Linus’s ongoing romance with the too-young “Lydia” of the many names continues... Snoopy is joined in the trenches by his brother Spike... Sally engages in a career as a playwright by penning the school Christmas play but mixes up Gabriel and Geronimo... A hockey mishap sends Snoopy to the doctor for knee surgery, in a (clearly autobiographical) sequence that lasts only until everyone figures out that dogs don’t have knees... Linus and Lucy’s kid brother Rerun begins to take on the greater role that will lead to him being one of the dominant characters in the 1990s... and Snoopy, inevitably, writes a “kiss and tell” book. As we reach the 19th (!) book in this epochal, best-selling series collecting arguably the greatest comic strip of all time and head toward the end of the 1980s, Charles Schulz is still as inventive, hilarious, and touching as ever... and this volume even features a surprise format change, as the daily strip switches from its trademark four-square-panels format to a more flexible one-to-four-variable-panels format which, along with Schulz’s increased use of gray tones, give this volume a striking, distinctive look.

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.

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THE END APRIL

by Anders Nilsen $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 32 80 pages, Two-color with 16pp. full-color, 8 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-635-5

• Nilsen’s previous book was a New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and included on Amazon, Publishers Weekly and NPR’s Best-of-2011 lists • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

A STUNNING GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS FROM THE CREATOR OF Big Questions Assembled from work done in Anders Nilsen’s sketchbooks over the course of the year following the death of his fiancée in 2005, The End is a collection of short strips about loss, paralysis, waiting, and transformation. It is a concept album in different styles, a meditation on paying attention, an abstracted autobiography and a travelogue, reflecting the progress of his struggle to reconcile the great upheaval of a death, and finding a new life on the other side. The book blends Nilsen’s disparate styles, from the iconic simplicity and collaged drawings of his Monologues for the Coming Plague to the finely rendered Dogs and Water and Big Questions. Originally released in magazine form in 2007, The End has been updated and expanded to more than twice its original length, including a 16-page full-color section.

ANDERS NILSEN was born in New Hampshire and now lives in Chicago. He has a BFA in painting and illustration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. “The End is a staggering, bracing read… It’s the best kind of autobiography, eschewing any sentimental elements and managing to completely free itself of the narrative template that’s often overlaid on anecdotal autobiography as a way of making it easier to follow.” – Rob Clough, Sequart “Anders Nilsen must be a genius.”

– Giant Robot

“Nilsen is an exquisite draftsman with incredible patience for textures.”

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– Glen David Gold


GOOD DOG $16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 30 80 pages, Black-and-white, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-636-2

APRIL

by Graham Chaffee

• The first new graphic novel in 20 years from a longtime critical favorite • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

AN ALTERNATIVE COMICS MASTER RETURNS WITH AN ENGAGING STORY STARRING DOGS Good Dog marks the welcome return of alternative cartoonist Graham Chaffee, who, after his successful 2003 collection of short stories, The Most Important Thing and Other Stories, took a detour to devote himself to the art of tattooing, before charging back with his new, beautifully conceived graphic novel. Ivan, who is plagued by terrible nightmares about chickens and rabbits, is a good dog—if only someone would notice. Readers accompany the stray as he navigates dog society, weathers pack politics, and surveys caninehuman interactions. Good Dog’s story and pen-and-ink art are deceptively simple, but Chaffee uses the approachability of the subject matter as a device to explore topics such as independence, security, assimilation, loyalty, and violence. Preteen-and-up dog fanciers, especially, will warm to the well-meaning Ivan and his exploits with a motley assortment of Scotties, Bulldogs, and mutts. Chaffee combines illustrative gravitas with cartooning verve and creates a richly textured, dog’s-eye view of the world. The story is a rousing Jack London-esque adventure as well as a moral parable.

GRAHAM CHAFFEE is a professional tattoo artist and cartoonist living in Los Angeles, CA.

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STORM P.: A CENTURY OF LAUGHTER

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$39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 12 240 pages, Black-and-white with some color, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-637-9

April

Edited by Steffen Rayburn-Maarup and Kim Thompson

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

A COFFEE-TABLE CELEBRATION OF THE GREATEST DANISH CARTOONIST WHO EVER LIVED From the publication of his first cartoon exactly one hundred years ago to his death in 1949, Robert Storm Petersen was not just the most popular cartoonist in Denmark, but one of the country’s most beloved artists and public figures, period: the original “Unmelancholy Dane.” The hugely prolific Petersen, who signed his work Storm P., created tens of thousands of cartoons, comic strips, illustrations, advertisements, paintings, and short stories—all sharing a sunny but sometimes rueful outlook, with a persistently sharp eye for life’s absurdities. But Storm P. was best known for his hilarious single cartoons, which often returned to a small circle of themes: Philosophical but work-shy hoboes with extravagant names, jovial or sinister but always absent-minded professors, impossible Rube Goldberg-esque inventions, henpecked or delinquent husbands and their irritated wives... as well as amused commentaries on the news stories or trends of the day. Storm P.’s work is utterly unknown in the U.S., but the release of this spectacular coffee-table book, on the 100th anniversary of his earliest published cartoons, will soon rectify this. With hundreds upon hundreds of Storm P.’s most hilarious and visually dazzling cartoons and comic strips shot directly from original art courtesy of Copenhagen’s Storm P. Museum, as well as an extensive, generously illustrated biographical introduction highlighting this artist’s rich creative life (including his involvement in vaudeville and film, and his career as a painter), Storm P.: A Century of Laughter will introduce American readers to one of the great unknown cartooning geniuses of the 20th century.

ROBERT STORM PETERSEN (September 19, 1882 – March 6, 1949), Denmark’s most famous and beloved cartoonist, was born and lived his whole life in Copenhagen, which now houses an entire museum devoted to his art. He also worked as a vaudeville and film actor, set designer, writer, animator, and illustrator.

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WAKE UP, PERCY GLOOM $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 18 200 pages, Two-color, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-638-6

April

by Cathy Malkasian

• The long-awaited sequel to 2007’s award-winning and critically acclaimed Percy Gloom • An original, all-new graphic novel from an acclaimed creator • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

A BRAND NEW FULL-LENGTH PERCY GLOOM ADVENTURE Cartoonist and animator Cathy Malkasian follows up her 2007 graphic novel Percy Gloom (a minor classic) with the further adventures of the small, immortal man with a light-up head. In Wake Up, Percy Gloom, kindhearted Percy awakens from (what he thinks is) a 200-year nap and finds himself in a strange new land. As Percy goes on a quest to locate his mother, he encounters many inspired inventions and bizarre, and sometimes dangerous, characters and situations, such as singing goats and furniture parades. Through it all he pines for his longlost love and soul mate, Miss Margaret—but his love may not be as doomed as he thinks. Malkasian’s lush and detailed pencil drawings, surreal humor, absurdist characters and stunning visual storytelling ensure that fans of the first graphic novel will find the sequel just as fantastical, touching, and hilarious; new readers will discover a gorgeously rendered world of luminous landscapes, gentle humor, and a cast composed variously of wise, naïve, and flawed characters in a wide-ranging story that stands on its own. CATHY MALKASIAN is an animation director and cartoonist living in Clovis, CA. Her credits include Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys film (for which she received a British Academy Award nomination), and most recently, over 20 episodes of Curious George for PBS since 2008.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

Percy Gloom $18.95 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-56097-845-9 Temperance $22.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-323-1

“Percy Gloom has all the charm of something like Howl’s Moving Castle or Yellow Submarine, and Percy and his friends are drawn in a lovely, old-timey way that made me smile on every page. This is a big, solid, handsome hardcover.” – Cory Doctorow “Cathy Malkasian’s Percy Gloom shines a light on a hidden world, using language and ideas that are daringly naked and vulnerable, evoking something real, rare, and relevant. Such exquisite drawing, in the service of such rich ideas, sustained for such a long, lovely dance! The world looked differently to me after I’d finished reading it.” – Jim Woodring

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Edited by Hal Brock and Michael Powers

April

WILLARD MULLIN’S GOLDEN AGE OF BASEBALL Drawings 1934-1972

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$29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E SPORTS / Baseball • CQ: 14 200 pages, Black-and-white and color, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-639-3 • Off the book page features • Major review attention • Perfect for Dads and baseball fans • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

THE FIRST-EVER RETROSPECTIVE OF THE DEAN OF AMERICAN SPORTS CARTOONING In Fantagraphics’ ceaseless effort to rediscover every world-class cartoonist in the history of the medium, we turn your attention to a neglected part of the art form—sports cartooning—and to its greatest practitioner—Willard Mullin. The years 1930-1970 were the Golden Age of both American sports and American comic strips, when giants strode their respective fields—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Hank Aaron in one, George (Krazy Kat) Herriman, Milton (Steve Canyon) Caniff, Walt (Pogo) Kelly in the other—and Mullin was there, straddling both fields, recording every major player and event in the mid-20th-century history of baseball. Mullin was to baseball players what Bill Mauldin was to soldiers: advocate and critic, investing them with personality, humanity, dignity, and poignancy; Mauldin had Willie & Joe and Mullin had the Brooklyn Bum, his affectionate 1939 character representing the bedraggled figure of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 collects for the first time Mullin’s best drawings devoted to baseball—depictions of players like Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, and Sandy Koufax, legendary managers like Casey Stengel and George Steinbrenner, and events like Lou Gehrig’s emotional retirement speech on July 4, 1939, for which Mullin not only drew a portrait but composed a poem (which he often incorporated into his cartoons). Mullin’s fluid line and delicate but vigorous brushwork are shown to beautiful effect, with many drawings reproduced from original art. See why millions of baseball fans from the ’30s to the ’70s looked forward to Mullin’s cartoons in their daily paper. Mullins was voted “Sports Cartoonist of the Century” upon his retirement by his peers, and his legacy has been summed up by New Yorker cartoonist Bob Staake, who wrote, “Mullin defined the modern sports cartoon by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary—part news account, part personal observation, his cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural, and artistic value.” WILLARD MULLIN (September 14, 1902 – December 20, 1978) was an American sports cartoonist most famous for his creation of the “Brooklyn Bum,” the personification of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. He was widely published: He cartooned daily for Scripps-Howard’s New York World-Telegram and Sun for decades and was often published in Scripps-Howard’s twenty papers, as well as in The Sporting News.

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IMPossible Tales APRIL

The STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES VOL. 4 by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Superheroes • CQ: 18 256 pages, Full-color, 7 ¼” x 10 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-640-9 • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 11 +

MORE GREAT 1950s SHOCKERS FROM THE CO-CREATOR OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! Five years before Steve Ditko began work on his now legendary co-creations for Marvel Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, he was producing some of his best work in near anonymity for Charlton Comics. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime—stories that have never seen a proper reprinting until now, thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims all delineated in Ditko’s wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style. This fourth volume ranks as the best in the Archives series to date thanks in large part to the inspiration Ditko took from comics derived from the classic host-narrated radio shows, which gave an extra oomph to his creepy yarns. Moreover, comics such as This Magazine is Haunted and Tales of The Mysterious Traveler bore witness to a veritable explosion in Ditko’s ingenuity in terms of manipulating the traditional comic-book page layout. This new level of excellence also manifested itself in his work on other books, such Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, Out of This World, Strange Suspense Stories, and Unusual Tales, all of which are amply represented in this volume.

BLAKE BELL lives in Toronto, Canada with his family. STEVE DITKO continues to create comics in his studio in New York City. Also AvailaBle:

Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol.3 $ 39.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-498-6

Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2 $ 39.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-380-4

Stranger & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko $ 39.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-56097-921-0

“This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career.” – Entertainment Weekly “Even though he’d only been working in comics for a couple of years when he drew these 1956 tales, they already display Ditko’s distinctively cockeyed style and his characteristically powerful compositions. [...] As Bell remarks in his insightful introduction, what makes Ditko’s early work notable is ‘the dichotomy between what he was given and what he was able to accomplish.’” – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

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ZIPPY: THE DINGBURG DIARIES April

by Bill Griffith $29.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 18 224 pages, Black-and-white with some color, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-641-6

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

AN EXTRA-BOUNTIFUL HELPING OF ZIPPY STRIPS Comprising a full two and a half years’ worth of dailies and full-color Sundays, The Dingburg Diaries is the third Zippy book featuring tales of “Dingburg, the City Inhabited Entirely by Pinheads”—Zippy’s home town. There’s even a long series of “Historical Dingburg” strips, chronicling the pinhead population through the years, from 1840, when Dingburg’s “Town Fool” accidentally invented disco, to 1958 when Dingburg Beatniks flourished in the town’s Bohemian neighborhood. Like, Yowl, man. God also has his own chapter (and verse). In the guise of a clip art “authority figure,” he dispenses unwanted advice and conditional love upon the citizens of Dingburg. His tendency to cross-dress reaches new heights when he appears in a performance of “Swine Lake,” wearing a tutu.

Sacrilegious, yet sensitive. There are large chunks of Mr. The Toad, Zerbina, Little Zippy and the rest of Griffith’s cast of characters throughout this expanded collection. Published in a larger 8” by 10” format, The Dingburg Diaries also features a big color section, showcasing Griffith’s inventive palette. There are parodies of the paintings of Edward Hopper and Film Noir, and “Griffy’s Top Ten List On Comics and Their Creation” a semi-serious mini-tutorial on everything (well, ten things) he’s learned in over forty years at the drawing board.

“Contemporary readers of Bill Griffith’s comic strip, Zippy the Pinhead, know with certainty that the illustrator is one of the most accomplished draftsmen working in comics today, his talents on a par with those of Robert Crumb. His art—nuanced shading; economical linework; evocative textures; fidelity to dress, gesture, expression, architecture, automotive design, and the thousand and one other accoutrements of modern life—is an unfailing daily marvel, especially considering the speed and regularity at which the strip is produced.” – Paul Di Filippo, Barnes & Noble Review

BILL GRIFFITH lives in Connecticut with his wife, the artist Diane Noomin.

Also Available:

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found 1969-2003 $ 35.00 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-482-5

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg $19.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-963-0 Zippy: Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg $19.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-389-7

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by Johnny Craig; edited by Gary Groth $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 16 160 pages, Black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-658-4

APRIL

FALL GUY FOR MURDER And Other Stories

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• Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15+

JOHNNY CRAIG RAISES CAIN IN A COLLECTION OF PITILESSLY NOIR THRILLERS Surrounded by the ornate, retro, proto-splatter horror graphics of Jack Davis and Graham Ingels and the slick, futuristic sci-fi stylings of Wally Wood and Al Williamson, EC Comics superstar Johnny Craig stood out with his elegant, crisp, contemporary graphic style. And nowhere did this style work more beautifully than in the dozens of superb crime comics he wrote and drew for EC, mostly in Crime SuspenStories (for which he handled the cover and lead-story duties for most of its run). Featuring escaped convicts, murderous husbands and wives, blackmailing maids, scheming nurses, executioners, time bombs, private dicks, and the occasional hatchet killer, the 22 stories in this book—all written and drawn by Craig—comprise a perfect encapsulation of the very best kind of noir writing, stunningly executed (in more than one sense of the word!) by one of the great cartoonists of his (or any) era. And all in eight pages per story! Fall Guy For Murder and Other Stories is the first collection to showcase the chronological run of Craig’s Crime SuspenStories tales in one criminally convenient package, supplemented with several fascinating essays and informative historical notes on the stories.

JOHN “JOHNNY” THOMAS ALEXIS CRAIG (born in 1925 in Pleasantville, New York) drew one of the most infamous covers in comic book history: the “severed head” Crime SuspenStories that was spotlighted at the Kefauver comics hearings. He passed away in 2001. ALSO AVAILABLE:

Came the Dawn and Other Stories By Wallace Wood, Al Feldstein, et al. $28.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-546-4

‘Tain’t the Meat, It’s the Humanity and Other Stories By Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, et al. $28.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-578-5

Corpse on the Imjin! and Other Stories By Harvey Kurtzman et al. $284.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-545-7

50 Girls 50! and Other Stories By Al Williamson, Al Feldstein, et al. $28.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-577-8

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KING: THE SPECIAL EDITION APRIL

by Ho Che Anderson $25.00 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 12 288 pages, Full-color, 7 1/2” x 10 3/4” ISBN 978-1-60699-310-1

new value price! • Age range: 15 +

A SPECIAL EDITION OF A FANTAGRAPHICS CLASSIC, NOW AT A SPECIAL PRICE Ho Che Anderson’s biography of America’s great civil rights advocate Martin Luther King is both a monumental recreation of his tumultuous public life (and death) and an intimate portrait of the man as politician, friend, lover, husband, and father. With the triumphant ascendancy of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States, Martin Luther King’s advocacy for racial equality and the dignity of all men stands as one of the greatest and most successful achievements toward social justice in the 20th century. This Special Edition of King includes the original 240 page graphic novel as well many unique and original additions, including an essay by the author on the making of the book, preliminary sketches, pages of the typescript, visual breakdowns, “deleted scenes,” and a prelude about race relations in contemporary America entitled Black Dogs.

HO CHE ANDERSON lives in Toronto, ON.

“Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece, this award-winning biography invokes King’s flaws, tragedies, and triumphs.”

– Library Journal

“[Anderson’s] effort will convince skeptics of the value of comics as a medium; King is a milestone of biographical comics.”

– Publishers Weekly

“King goes beyond history to examine life’s complications, particularly pertaining to racial relations. King the character becomes the personification of these complications... Rare and vital, Ho Che Anderson’s King adds a significant contribution to the depth of artistry and subject matter in the world of graphic literature.” – Time.com

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Safe Area Gorazde Special Edition APRIl

by Joe Sacco; introduction by Christopher Hitchens $25.00 Hardcover • Territory: E HISTORY • CQ: 16 272 pages, Black-and-white with some color, 7 ½” x 10” ISBN: 978-1-60699-396-5

new value price! • One of the most acclaimed books and bestsellers in Fantagraphics’ history gets the Special Edition treatment • From the creator of Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza • Age Range: 15 +

JOE SACCO’S BEST-SELLING FOLLOW-UP TO PALESTINE NOW AVAILABLE IN A SPECIAL EDITION, AT A SPECIAL PRICE In the wake of his acclaimed Palestine, Joe Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995-1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories rarely found in conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde, which was besieged by Bosnian Serbs during the war; Sacco spent four weeks in Gorazde, entering before the Muslims trapped inside had access to the outside world, electricity or running water. Released in 2000, Safe Area Gorazde confirmed Sacco as one of the preeminent journalists of his time, and earned him a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. Now for its 10th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing an expanded hardcover edition which, much like 2007’s Palestine: The Special Edition, supplements the original work with page after page of related drawings, on-site sketches, photographs, and transcripts from Sacco’s notes.

“Harrowing and bleakly humorous, Sacco’s account of life during the Balkan conflict is a timeless portrait of ordinary people caught in desperate circumstances. It’s also a work of genius in an unlikely genre: journalism in comic book form.” – Utne Reader “Sacco’s detailed, personal reporting captures his subject matter more convincingly than photographs or Christiane Amanpour.” “[Demonstrates] how brilliantly comics can serve as reportage.”

– Time

– The New York Times

JOE SACCO lives in Portland, OR.

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Palestine $24.95 Paperback ISBN 978-1-56097-432-1 Safe Area Gorazde $19.95 Paperback ISBN 978-1-56097-470-3 Notes from a Defeatist $19.95 Paperback ISBN 978-1-56097-510-6 But I Like It $24.95 Hardcover (with CD) ISBN 978-1-56097-729-2

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Creeping Death From Neptune: Horror and APRIl

Science Fiction Comics by Basil Wolverton

by Basil Wolverton; edited by Greg Sadowski $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror • CQ: 16 288 pages, Full-color, 7 ½” x 10 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-505-1 • Age Range: ALL AGES

The time has come for a robust volume of Wolverton’s comics taken from their original printed source—the comic books themselves. A pioneer from the first generation of comic book artists, Wolverton arrived just as publishers began embracing original material, turning away from the newspaper-strip reprints that had been sustaining the industry since its inception. Centaur Publications’ art director Lloyd Jacquet gave Wolverton his big break in comics in 1938, accepting “Meteor Martin” for Amazing Man Comics and “Space Patrol” for Amazing Mystery Funnies. Jacquet soon established an independent comics packager, Funnies, Inc., for which he asked Wolverton to invent a new science-fiction character. The artist came up with the iconic “Spacehawk,” who made thirty appearances in Target Comics. Prime examples of Wolverton’s iconic space hero will be featured in Creeping Death from Neptune. Fed up with the publisher’s constant meddling with “Spacehawk,” Wolverton dropped his creation in 1942 and concentrated on humorous features for the rest of the decade. His short-lived return to serious subjects in 1951 resulted in some of the most intense horror and science-fiction stories of the pre-code era, including the classics “Brain Bats of Venus,” “Escape to Death,” and “Robot Woman,” all of which appear in this volume. Created with the full cooperation of the Wolverton estate, Creeping Death from Neptune will also examine, for the first time, the artist’s personal ledgers and diaries, shedding new light on his working methods and his day-to-day life as a freelance comic book artist. The digital restoration of the printed art will be performed with subtlety and restraint, mainly to correct registration and printing errors, with every effort made to retain the flavor of the original comic books.

BASIL WOLVERTON (born in 1909 in Central Point, Oregon) passed away in 1978 and was elected to the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1991. GREG SADOWSKI is a writer, editor, and designer, living in Washington State.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Wolverton Bible $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-56097-964-7 The Culture Corner $22.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-308-8

“Operating in the territory of Rube Goldberg, Wolverton’s convoluted plans for achieving his ludicrous goals rely less on mousetrap-like technical gewgaws than the artist’s signature grotesques, which are laugh-out-loud joy. While a must-have for Wolverton completists, even newcomers will find the humor readily accessible.” – Publishers Weekly “Wolverton’s daffy drawings and giddy text are as fancifully barmy as his advice is patently impractical.” – Booklist

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LOST CAT MAY

by Jason; translated by Kim Thompson $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 160 pages, Two-color, 5 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-642-3

NOT FINAL COVER

• Jason’s most ambitious graphic novel to date • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

JASON RETURNS WITH A UNIQUELY QUIRKY FULL-LENGTH DETECTIVE STORY A detective is walking down the street. It is raining. He sees a “Lost Cat” poster. A minute later he sees the cat from the photo. He picks it up and goes back to the poster. He calls the number. A woman answers. He turns up at her place and gives her the cat. She invites him in from the rain for a cup of coffee. They talk and find out they have a lot in common: both are divorced and living alone. Some days later he invites her out for a dinner. She accepts. He shows up at the agreed time. She doesn’t. He calls her home and knocks on her door. No answer. He asks the neighbors. They haven’t seen her. She has disappeared. He makes some phone calls and investigates, but can’t find her. He gets a new client and has to start working on a new case. In his head he continues their conversation... Lost Cat, the new graphic novel by Jason (after years of “graphic novellas” of less than 50 pages, arguably his first genuine graphic NOVEL) is both a playful take on the classic detective story, and a story about how difficult it is to find a sister spirit, someone you feel a real connection to—and what do you do if you lose that person? CéLiNE, DO YOU REMEMBER ME? I WAS iN THE BOOKSTORE.

Do you remember charlotte?

Where’s mom? is she mad at me?

JASON hails from Oslo, Norway and resides in the south of France. Also Available:

Athos in America $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-478-8 Isle of 100,000 Graves $14.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-442-9

I Killed Adolf Hitler $12.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-828-2

The Left Bank Gang $12.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-742-1

Almost Silent $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-315-6

The Last Musketeer $12.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-889-3

Why Are You Doing This? $12.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-655-4

Low Moon $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-155-8

Werewolves of Montpellier $12.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-359-0

The Living and the Dead $ 9.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-794-0

What I Did. $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-414-6

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“...[F]eisty art-comics publisher Fantagraphics, for its new multivolume hardcover series devoted to Gottfredson’s rarely seen comic-strip work, has gone back to the beginning, lavishing upon the cartoonist’s marvelously fluid, thrillingly kinetic serial adventures the same loving attention the company has brought to its benchmark Complete Peanuts library.” – Steve Smith, Time Out New York

“Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: Race To Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson will be warmly received by comics aficionados but should also intrigue Disney animation buffs who aren’t necessarily plugged into comic strip history. Editors David Gerstein and Gary Groth have not only scoured the planet for the best surviving artwork... they’ve provided background essays (by a raft of experts), vintage press materials and artwork to put it into the context of Walt Disney’s burgeoning career, and Mickey Mouse’s budding stardom.... I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers.” – Leonard Maltin

“Fantagraphics Books, which has previously done such an amazing job of collecting other classic comic strips like Prince Valiant and Peanuts, once again hits it out of the park with this collection.... From the beautifully reproduced strips to the densely packed ancillary features, this must be the book that editors David Gerstein and Fantagraphics’ co-founder Gary Groth wanted for years for their own libraries. Their enthusiasm shows in the wonderfully designed package. This book is highly recommended for any Disney fan and fans of America’s rich comic strip history.” – The Christian Science Monitor


Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse color sundays vol. 1: “Call of the Wild” MAY

By Floyd Gottfredson; edited by David Gerstein with Gary Groth $29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 14 280 pages, Full-color, 10 ½” x 8 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-643-0 © 2012 disney enterprises, inc.

• Great gift idea • Amongst the top five most familiar properties in the world • Dedicated book page at: facebook.com/waltdisneysmickeymouse • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

our first full-color mickey mouse collection We’re jumping from black and white to classic color—as Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse series makes its 1932-35 Sunday strip debut! Bright hues highlight our hero as he enjoys four years’ worth of wild weekend epics... taking him from Uncle Mortimer’s Wild West ranch to the icy peak of frigid Mount Fishflake! And in this volume, Mickey is joined by a famous co-star: Donald Duck! Floyd Gottfredson, artist of the Sunday Mickey Mouse from 1932-38, created the most famous Mickey tales ever told in print. These Sunday specials—many never before reprinted—also feature the work of later Donald Duck master Al Taliaferro. Collectively, they form a collection that fans have been seeking for a lifetime! Highlights include “Mickey’s Nephews,” introducing Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, and “Dr. Oofgay’s Secret Serum,” which turns Horace Horsecollar into a brainwashed wild mustang! Classic gag stories round out the book, offering manic Mouse mischief at a fever pitch. Restored from Disney’s art sources and enhanced with a meticulous recreation of the strips’ original color, Call of the Wild also brings you more than 30 pages of chromatic supplementary features! You’ll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a prismatic pack of Disney scholars. NOTE: Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: Call of the Wild contains cartoon violence and historically dated content presented in context.

Hired as a short-term replacement on the fledgling Mickey Mouse daily strip in 1930, floyd gottfredson (May 5, 1905 – July 22, 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. GARY GROTH is the co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books. ALSO AVAILABLE:

Vol. 1: “Race to Death Valley” $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-441-2

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vols. 3 & 4 Collector’s Box Set $49.99 Hardcovers ISBN 978-1-60699-576-1

Vol. 2: “Trapped on Treasure Island” $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-495-5 Vol. 3: “High Noon at Inferno Gulch” $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-531-0 Vol. 4: “House of the Seven Haunts!” $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-575-4 Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vols. 1 & 2 Collector’s Box Set $49.99 Hardcovers ISBN 978-1-60699-496-2

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NEW SCHOOL $35.00 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 18 340 pages, Full-color, 8 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-644-7

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by Dash Shaw

• An all-new, original graphic novel from the author of Bottomless Belly Button • Major review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

STUNNING NEW FULL-COLOR GRAPHIC NOVEL In this brand new graphic novel from the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, Dash Shaw dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment. A sense of “being different” grows to alienation, until he angrily blames this once-enchanting land for his feelings of isolation. All of this is told through the fantastical eyes of young Danny, a boy growing up in the ’90s fed on dramatic adventure stories like Jurassic Park and X-Men. Danny’s older brother, Luke, travels to a remote island to teach English to the employees of ClockWorld, an ambitious new amusement park that recreates historical events. When Luke doesn’t return after two years, Danny travels to ClockWorld to convince Luke to return to America. But Luke has made a new life, new family, and even a new personality for himself on ClockWorld, rendering him almost unrecognizable to his own brother. Danny comes of age as he explores the island, ClockWorld, and fights to bring his brother home. New School is unlike anything in the history of the comics medium: at once funny and deadly serious, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new. DASH SHAW lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently writing and directing an animated feature film, The Ruined Cast. ALSO AVAILABLE:

Bottomless Belly Button $29.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-915-9 The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-307-1

“Kaleidoscopic... Shaw has a deft touch... Like the very best illustrated fiction, Shaw’s work moves between pathos and humor, between the fantastic and the familiar.” – The Christian Science Monitor “Dash Shaw creates eclectic, inventive, and technically sophisticated comics that often work along the same principles Ezra Pound expounded for poetry: place two seemingly unlike things together, and readers will create a relationship between them.” – Publishers Weekly

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PRINCE VALIANT VOL. 7: 1949-1950 MAY

by Hal Foster; introduction by Thomas Yeates $35.00 Hardcover • Territory: E COMIC STRIPS / Humor • CQ: 14 112 pages, Full-color, 10 ¼” x 14” ISBN 978-1-60699-645-4

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

CASTLE ILLWYNDE, THE PICTS, THE MISSIONARIES, AND TOO MANY RED-HAIRED GIRLS You might think that birth of Prince Valiant’s son Arn at the end of the previous volume would have slowed down Val’s adventuring, but you would be wrong. After the baby has been christened, Valiant and Gawain are dispatched to investigate reports of black magic in Wales, ending up in pitched battle at the aptly-named Castle Illwynde. Then it’s off to Scotland to battle the Picts, and then home yet again for Val to visit his growing boy. Valiant now enters the 1950s: The Thule winter is hard and bleak, and a prince who has designs on Aleta must be dealt with. Then it’s another epiclength story, “The Missionaries,” in which Val and several of his fellow knights and crew travel to Rome on a quest for teachers who might bring Christianity to Thule. The story also features an escape through the Alps, far too many redheaded girls, and a tragic, life-changing event for the young squire Geoffrey (a.k.a. “Arf ”). And Foster charmingly ends the book with “The Prince Arn Story,” a three-week sequence narrated by the toddler. Prince Valiant Volume 7, once again shot from stunningly crisp and colorful original printer’s proofs from Foster’s original collection, will also feature the usual wealth of supplements, including another brace of rarely-seen Foster art, and an introduction by the recently-anointed artist of the ongoing Prince Valiant strip, Thomas Yeates. HAROLD (“Hal”) RUDOLF FOSTER was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1892 and passed away in his adopted home of Chicago in 1982. “One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breathtaking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant’s 30+ year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics’ series of books... The strip is violent, sexy, serious, droll and above all eyecatching.... It’s a worthy presentation for one of the most important and entertaining works in comic strip history.” —The Huffington Post

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ALSO AVAILABLE:

Vol. 1: 1937–1938 $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-141-1

Vol. 4: 1943–1944 $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-455-9

Vol. 2: 1939–1940 $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-348-4

Vol. 5: 1945–1946 $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-484-9

Vol. 3: 1941–1942 $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-407-8

Vol. 6: 1947–1948 $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-588-4 The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion $39.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-306-4 The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion $24.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-305-7


by Hans Rickheit

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tHE Squirrel Machine Now IN PAPERBACK! $19.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 22 192 pages, Black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-646-1 Previous edition: ISBN 978-1-60699-301-9 • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

THE SOFTCOVER PRINTING OF HANS RICKHEIT’S HIT PREMIERE GRAPHIC NOVEL What is The Squirrel Machine? • An immutably strange and haunting narrative that transcends known logics and presumptive dream-barriers; • A distillation of subconscious beauty and inspired madness; • A dangerous object for the incautious; • A revelation for the undernourished crypto-seeker; • The virgin caress of unconsummated apocalypse; • The unspeakable thing that you always knew. It’s also the longest and most ambitious graphic novel by legendary obscurantist cartoonist Hans Rickheit, 200 pages of exquisitely rendered pictorial narrative. Meticulous, strange, and hauntingly beautiful, this enigmatic work will ensure the inquisitive reader a spleenful of cerebral serenity that will take exposure to vast quantities of mediocrity to dispel. Set in a fictional 19th Century New England town, the narrative initially details the relationship and maturation of Edmund and William Torpor. But the two brothers quickly elicit the scorn and recrimination of an unamused public when they reveal their musical creations built from strange technologies and scavenged animal carcasses. Driven to seek a concealment for their aberrant activities, they make a startling discovery. Perhaps they will divine the mystery of the squirrel machine...

HANS RICKHEIT was born in 1973, grew up in New England, and currently resides in Philadelphia. He is the author of the graphic novels Chloe and Folly and has appeared in various anthologies, including Paper Rodeo, Hoax, and Kramers Ergot.

ALso Available:

Folly $18.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-509-9

“[The Squirrel Machine is ]very dreamlike, rather Hieronymus Boschian, only wryly Freudian — a disquieting, disgusting, entrancing reading experience.” – Ray Olson, Booklist “[Folly] is a deranged cabinet of curiosities, full of biomechanical tanks, writhing organic matter, amorphous monsters birthing adorable kittens, men and women in animal masks, and countless tubes, gas masks, sex toys, and pseudo-Victorian apocalyptic landscapes. It would all be too oppressive if Rickheit’s sense of humor weren’t so addictive.... a narrative mosaic that pairs sumptuous, horrific imagery against a strange but lighthearted sense of humor.” – Publishers Weekly

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May

EVERYBODY IS STUPID EXCEPT FOR ME EXPANDED HARDCOVER EDITION by Peter Bagge $24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 14 144 pages, Full-color, 7 ¾” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-656-0 Previous edition: ISBN 978-1-60699-158-9 • Review attention • The first edition was an instant sell out • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

PETER BAGGE’S HILARIOUSLY BARBED VISUAL ESSAYS, NOW WITH EXTRA SATIRICAL VENOM Fans of Peter Bagge’s generation-defining, satirical fiction may not realize this, but the cartoonist doubles as an opinionated cuss, and has been contributing provocative (but still hilarious) comic-strip opinion pieces to Reason magazine for the last several years...collected in this volume. Although a libertarian by inclination, Bagge is hardly dogmatic, and many of the pieces undermine traditional party lines in favor of a personal, rational and informed take on hot-button issues that will force partisan Democrats and Republicans alike to rethink them. And of course, Bagge’s well-researched comic strip “essays” crackle with the same energy and wit that propelled him into the collective Gen X consciousness with his comic book series Hate. Favorite topics include the erosion of our civil liberties (whether the post-9/11 Bush administration’s gradual erosion of the Bill of Rights, the insanity of the war on drugs, or nanny-state meddling), ongoing boondoggles of the American public (for professional sports stadiums or ineffective public transportation systems), the Iraq war, so-called art and socalled entertainment, the homeless, politicians both in general and in particular (including the 2008 presidential race and a revelatory one-on-one with Republican not-so-hopeful Ron Paul), and whether citizens should be allowed to own bazookas. Each piece features the voluble Bagge himself front and center as the puzzled, indignant, or deeply conflicted everyman-on-the-street trying to make sense of this 21st Century. And of course, every panel is delineated in Bagge’s glorious, laugh-out-loud stretchy 4-color cartoon style, making even his disquisitions on some very serious topics go down as smoothly as Buddy Bradley’s latest escapade. BONUS: This new edition of the sold-out Everybody Is Stupid features an extra 20 pages of never-before-collected comics, including an epic biography of eccentric libertarian (and Ayn Rand contemporary) Isabel Mary Paterson. PETER BAGGE lives in Seattle, WA.

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Buddy Does Seattle $19.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-623-3 Buddy Does Jersey $16.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-837-4

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Yeah! By Peter Bagge & Gilbert Hernandez $19.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-412-2 Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff $19.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-622-5


by Jean-Claude Forest and Jacques Tardi; translated by Kim Thompson; introduction by Dr. Bart Beaty

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You Are There NOW IN PAPERBACK!

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$19.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 192 pages, Black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-648-5 Previous edition: ISBN 978-1-60699-294-4 • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

CLASSIC EURO-COMICS GRAPHIC NOVEL, NOW IN A COMPACT NEW SOFTCOVER EDITION One of the earliest full-length, standalone graphic novels to be published in Europe, You Are There is an unexpected collaboration between the darkly cynical Jacques Tardi and the playful fantasist Jean-Claude Forest (of Barbarella fame). You Are There is set on a small island off the coast of France, where unscrupulous landowners have succeeded in overtaking the land from the last heir of a previously wealthy family. His domain now reduced to the walls that border the patches of land he used to own, the half-mad fellow prowls the walls all day, eking out a living by collecting tolls at each gate. His seemingly hopeless struggle to recover his birthright becomes complicated as the government sees a way of using his plight for the sake of political expediency, and the romantic intervention of the daughter of one of the landowners (who has her own sordid history with the politician) engenders further difficulties. Set in Tardi’s preferred early 20th century milieu, You Are There is drawn in his crisp 1980s neo-“clear line” style, gorgeously detailed, with impossibly deep slabs of black. This new paperback edition features a long introduction by Dr. Bart Beaty, situating You Are There in the context both of the history of French comics and Tardi’s and Forest’s oeuvre.

JEAN-CLAUDE FOREST’s career in comics stretches far beyond Barbarella, the 1962 sci-fi romp that ushered in the era of adult comics first in France, then worldwide—and helped inspire a young JACQUES TARDI to draw adult comics. He died in 1998 at the age of 58. With over 30 graphic novels under his belt, Tardi is considered the leading European cartoonist of the generation that came of age in the 1970s. He lives in Paris with his wife, the singer Dominique Grange, and their cats. also available:

Goddamn this War! $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-582-2 It Was the War of the Trenches $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-353-8 Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot $18.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-448-1 New York Mon Amour $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-524-2 West Coast Blues $18.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-295-1 Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell $18.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-620-1

“When this cynical, surreal satire appeared in France in the late 1970s, it was seen as a landmark in the development of the bande dessinée; three decades later, it stands to play a similarly valuable role by introducing American readers to one of Europe’s greatest cartoonists.” – Booklist “Equal parts Beckett and Kafka, [You Are There] explores the conflict between greedy speculators and the last heir of an aristocratic family whose land has been reduced to a series of precarious walls and towers. Tardi’s intricate, gorgeous art gets better and better until the book’s spectacular ending. It’s an absolute must-read for anyone interested in how European comics got to where they are today.” – The Onion A.V. Club

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May

THE complete crumb COMICS vol. 5:

THE complete crumb COMICS vol. 8:

“Happy Hippy Comix”

“The Death of Fritz the Cat ”

ISBN 978-0-930193-92-8

ISBN 978-1-56097-076-7

Each volume by R. Crumb; introduction by Marty Pahls $19.99 Paperback • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 28 144 pages, Black-and-white with 16pp. full-color, 8 ½" x 11" • Digital ARCs • One of our most popular series in history • The most comprehensive Crumb collection in print • Age range: 18 +

TWO CRITICAL CRUMB CLASSICS, BACK IN PRINT! Continuing our ongoing commitment to keep this perennial, canonic series in print, we represent two of most often-demanded volumes in The Complete Crumb Comics. Vol. 5: “Happy Hippy Comix” spotlights the period from late-1967 through 1969, including the second issue of ZAP Comix, the introduction of Angelfood McSpade, Mr. Natural, a long Fritz story, an alternate version of the Cheap Thrills album cover, and more! Vol. 8: “Starring Fritz the Cat” features one of Crumb’s most notorious comics, “The Death of Fritz the Cat,” as well as “Whiteman Meets Bigfoot,” the complete Big Ass #2 and Mr. Natural #2, wild jams and loads of photos! This volume covers the years 1971-1972. R. CRUMB lives in the South of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. ALSO AVAILABLE:

Vol. 1: The Early Years of Bitter Struggle $24.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-558-7

Vol. 15: Featuring Mode O’Day and Her Pals $19.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-56097-413-0

Vol. 2: Some More Years of Bitter Struggle $19.99 Paperback ISBN 978-0-93019-362-1

The Book of Mr. Natural $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-352-1

Vol. 3: Starring Fritz the Cat $19.99 Paperback ISBN 978-0-93019-375-1

The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-480-1

Vol. 12: We’re Livin’ in the “Lap o’ Luxury”! $19.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-56097-264-8

Your Vigor For Life Appalls Me: The R. Crumb Letters 1958-1977 $19.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-560-0

Vol. 13: The Season of the Snoid $19.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-56097-296-9

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by Jacques Tardi; translated by Kim Thompson

JUNE

THE ASTONISHING EXPLOITS OF LUCIEN BRINDAVOINE $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 26 72 pages, Full-color, 8 ¾” x 11 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-649-2 • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

TARDI’S FIRST SOLO GRAPHIC NOVEL, AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME For his first solo graphic album, serialized in Pilote magazine in 1973, Jacques Tardi created a reluctant protagonist evolving in a steampunkish pre-WorldWar-One milieu of wild inventions and crazy scientists... no, not Adèle BlancSec. (She would follow three years later.) Lucien Brindavoine, professional layabout and occasional photographer, is drawn into a wild adventure that takes him to Istanbul, where he ends up in “Iron City,” in the middle of a titanic struggle for the financial empire headed by the crippled Otto Lindenberg, populated by such eccentric characters as the heroic Oswald Carpleasure, the menacing aeroplane pilot Olga Vogelsang, and Lindenberg’s dwarfish handyman Klotz. Brindavoine is drawn in a looser style than Tardi fans are used to, featuring huge, illustrative panels and a rich but limited color palette that makes this one of the most visually distinctive books in Tardi’s career. The book is rounded off with “Flowers in Their Rifles,” a far less light-hearted short story of Brindavoine as a soldier fighting in World War One, intended as the first chapter of a saga that was cut short by Tardi’s split with the publisher. Tardi would later explore World War One far more fully in It Was the War of the Trenches and other books—and as with The Arctic Marauder, he would integrate Brindavoine into the Adèle Blanc-Sec continuity. (Much of the third Adèle collection coming from Fantagraphics in 2014 focuses on the now crippled Brindavoine’s miserable post-war existence, until he stumbles across Adèle, who we left sleeping in her chemical bath at the end of Volume Two.) The Astonishing Advenures of Lucien Brindavoine is the 11th release in Fantagraphics’ ongoing effort to bring the work of Tardi, the greatest living European cartoonist, to English-speaking audiences. JACQUES TARDI lives in Paris, where he is, as always, working on his next graphic novel; his It Was the War of the Trenches won two Eisner Awards in 2011.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec Volume 1 $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-382-8 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec Volume 2 $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-493-1 The Arctic Marauder $16.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-435-1

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MONTH JUNE

FRAN by Jim Woodring $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 26 120 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ¼” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-661-4

• An all-new, original graphic novel from an acknowledged master • Review attention • Woodring’s last two books were LA Times book prize finalists • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 11 +

THE SEQUEL TO FRANK AND THE CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS FEATURES EVEN MORE STUNNING VISUALS For the past 20 years or so, Jim Woodring’s beloved trilobular chuckbuster Frank has enjoyed one mindbending catastrophe after another in the treacherous embrace of The Unifactor, the land into which he was born and from which escape seemed neither desirable nor likely. And then, abruptly, in 2011’s acclaimed Congress of the Animals (the second Woodring orginal graphic novel, following Weathercraft) Frank did leave the Unifactor for uncharted lands beyond—where, after a string of trials, he acquired a soulmate named Fran. This development raised far more questions than it answered. Would Frank become placid and domesticated? Would he be jilted? Would he turn out to be a dreadful cad? Would he become a downtrodden and exhausted paterfamilias staring vacantly into the dimming fire of life as obnoxious grandchildren pulled his peglike ears and stole his porridge? The answers to these fruitless speculations and many more are delivered in a devastatingly unpredictable fashion in Fran, which is in effect part two of Congress of the Animals. Fans of Frank, connoisseurs of bizarre romance, and spelunkers in the radiant depths of graphic metaphysical psychodrama will want to add this singular cartoon adventure story to their lifetime reading list. “When most people try to employ dream logic in their work they fail miserably but Jim [Woodring] is great at it. The closest thing to a peer he might have is David Lynch but even that’s a stretch. Jim Woodring is the only Jim Woodring and no one has done what he does except for him.” – Nicholas Gazin, Vice

JIM WOODRING lives in Seattle, WA, where he was awarded the 2010 Stranger Genius Award for literature. ALSO AVAILABLE:

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Weathercraft $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-340-8

Problematic: Selected Sketchbook Drawings 2004-2011 $28.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-594-5

Congress of the Animals $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-340-8

The Portable Frank $16.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-56097-978-4

The Frank Book $ 34.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-500-6

Seeing Things $16.95 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-56097-808-4


THE CABBIE VOL. 2 $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 80 pages, Black-and-white, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-652-2

June

by Martí; translated by Katie LaBarbera

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

THE CABBIE RETURNS FOR MORE GRISLY NOIR ACTION Picking up where Vol. 1 left off, The Cabbie Vol. 2 begins with our hero, still traumatized by the violent events of the first volume that left many dead and his pregnant sister in a coma, seeking out the psychological help of Dr. Faustus— who submits him to his own controversial “circular dynamization” technique that is supposed to literally spin him back to health. But violence and sexual perversion soon rear their heads, as two business magnates and their sons lock horns in a sordid affair that involves pornography and blackmail (and a search for the Philosopher’s Stone). Moreover, the fact that The Cabbie’s first fare is promptly machinegunned to death in his cab by terrorists drives him into the recruiting arms of the “Guardian Angel Cab Company,” a paramilitary taxi company with a fleet of tank-like cabs. But soon our hero is being shot through the leg, tossed off a 34th-story ledge, and forced to swim through a sewer, while paranoia, madness, corruption, sexual degradation, and death by gunshot, greyhound evisceration and molten metal swirl around him—all told in Martí’s eerily perfect Chester Gould-derived style.

Born in 1955, MARTI 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. ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Cabbie Vol. 1 $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-450-4

“An intriguing throwback to the days of heroes with worldviews defined in terms as rigidly black and white as the panels they battled their way through, this visual and thematic love letter to (and simultaneous critique of) [Chester] Gould’s tropes is highly recommended for grownups with a taste for refreshingly lurid pulp fiction.” – Publishers Weekly

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“One of comics revered masters gets a fresh new reprinting worthy of his work and accessible to kids.... This volume finds [Barks] at a creative peak, combining the bold adventuring of Tintin with the wisely cynical view of human weakness of John Stanley.... Despite the dark undertones, the comic expressions and dialogue is still laugh-out-loud funny. A wonderful project that should put Barks’s name in front of new generations of admirers.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“The design and layout of the book is a handy comic-book size hardcover with bright, colorful reproductions of the comics. Besides the comics, there are articles on Barks and analysis on each story... For both newcomers to Barks’ work and diehard fans, this is a book that any comic book reader would love to find under the Christmas tree.” – Rich Clabaugh, The Christian Science Monitor


by Carl Barks; edited by Gary Groth

June

WALT DISNEY’S DONALD DUCK: “THE OLD CASTLE’S SECRET” $28.99 Hardcover • Territory: X HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 20 240 pages, Full-color, 7 ¼” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-653-9

© 2012 DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC

• One of the most beloved bodies of work in comics history • Completely restored for new generations • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages • Major review attention • The perfect gift book for Disney fans

DONALD AND HIS NEPHEWS FACE GHOSTS, WILD WEST VILLAINY, AND MUCH MORE IN NEW COLLECTION With this volume, “The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library” loops back to Barks’s earlier days, collecting the entirety of Barks’s (astounding) 1948 output. The title story, “The Old Castle’s Secret,” is notable not just for being the first full-length 32-page adventure instigated by Scrooge McDuck (in his secondever appearance), but for featuring some of Barks’s spookiest, lushest settings in old Clan McDuck castle of Dismal Downs. The other long story, “The Sheriff of Bullet Valley,” plunks Donald and the nephews in the Wild West, with Donald as an overconfident deputy having to deal with some high-tech rustlers. The book also includes the less-known “In Darkest Africa,” originally published in a giveaway and unreleased for decades. This volume also features an even 10 of Barks’s dynamic “Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories” 10-pagers, including “Wintertime Wager” (the first appearance of a not-yet-lucky-but-still-obnoxious Gladstone Gander); “Spoil the Rod” (in which the exquisitely named educational professor Pulpheart Clabberhead is brought in to help tame the nephews); “Rocket Race to the Moon” (a rare full-on adventure—interplanetary, no less—in the short form); “Gladstone Returns” and “Links Highjinks” (two more Gladstone yarns); and five more stories... plus a half-dozen hilarious one-page gags. Of course, once again all the stories have been shot from crisp originals, then re-colored (and printed) to match, for the first time since their original release over 60 years ago, the colorful yet soft hues of the originals—and of course the book is rounded off with essays about Barks, the Ducks, and these specific stories by Barks experts from all over the world.

CARL BARKS (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) spent most of his century-spanning life in Oregon. In 1987, he was one of the three inaugural inductees in the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (along with Eisner and Jack Kirby).

ALSO AVAILABLE:

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “A Christmas for Shacktown” $28.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-574-7

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: “Only a Poor Old Man” $28.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-535-8

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “Lost in the Andes” $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-474-0

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GODDAMMIT, LET’’’S DO A ROCKIN’’’ COFFEE TABLE BOOK ABOUT ol’’ OLAF!

SHARE THIS GREAT BUDDHA OF COMICS WITH THE WORLD!

THE POET AND THE CRITICS

THAT STRIP CAN BE THE MOTTO FOR OUR BOOK: WE'RE GONNA GO WHERE GULBRANSSON PISSED, SNIFF AROUND, ADD A COUPLE DROPS OF OUR OWN...

TEENY TINY GREEN SUNGLASSES

THANK GOD, THE BASEMENT HARBORS A ROW OF GULBRANSSON’S PEN-AND-INK MASTERPIECES.

THIS IS FRAU BIERBAUM, THE LADY OLAF DANCED WITH ‘TIL HE WAS SPEWING SWEAT! CHECK OUT THE INCREDIBLE INKING!

IT LOOKS LIKE HE COULD CRACK WALNUTS WITH THAT ASS...

HMM... HE MUST HAVE SET UP AN INGENIOUS SYSTEM OF MIRRORS TO BE ABLE TO SEE HIS BUTT AS HE WASs DRAWING IT...

MIRROR


OLAF G.: A LIFE IN PICTURES June

by Lars Fiske and Steffen Kverneland; translated by Kim Thompson $28.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 16 160 pages, Full-color, 8 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-654-6 • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

A BIOGRAPHICAL GRAPHIC-NOVEL THREE-WAY SHOWCASING A FORGOTTEN NORWEGIAN MASTER In the early years of the 20th century, the brilliant Norwegian cartoonist Olaf Gulbransson was headhunted by the legendary German magazine Simplicissimus. Thus began one of the great international collaborations, as Gulbransson moved to Bavaria for a decades-long stint as one of the greatest contributors to one of the greatest satirical magazines of all time. A century later, the Norwegian cartoonists Lars Fiske and Steffen Kverneland, enthralled by the genius of Gulbransson’s drawings, fascinated by his eccentric existence (a mostly gentle, nature-loving giant who could crack walnuts with his buttocks, and whose favored method of dress was an apron and nothing else), and dismayed by the degree to which he’d fallen into oblivion in his native Norway, set out to document his life and art with this hilarious, incisive, informative and ultimately touching work of comics journalism. Traveling to museums, historical locations, and Gulbransson’s own former haunts, speaking with relatives, fueled by beer, cigarettes and pork (we are in Germany, after all), dodging German soccer fans, Fiske and Kverneland bring to life a supremely colorful figure in the history of cartooning: Freely mixing Fiske’s eye-popping clear-line cubism with Kverneland’s virtuoso multi-media caricatures, punctuated by the occasional photograph and many stunning examples of Gulbransson’s own elegant, ultra-minimalist drawings, every page of Olaf G.: A Life in Pictures is a treat for the eyes and the brain. This is bad craziness! The butterfly of terror is beating my my chest like a drum! I wanna go home!

ME TOO! IT’S STOPPED BEIN’ FUN...

SCHERERHOF, 18 SEPTEMBER 1958.

WERE THEY TRYING TO HURT YOU?

thus:

SNIFF GULBRANSSON IS DEAD... SNORK ...SNIFF!

YOU TOSSED AND TURNED LAST NIGHT. WAS SOMETHING WRONG?

THE MEN IN BLACK WERE HERE TO TAKE ME.

YES.

OLAF GULBRANSSON DIED THAT EVENING.

ZWEI BIER BITTE. SNIFF... UND WÜRST FÜR MICH BITTE

LARS FISKE (b. 1966 in Oslo, Norway) lives with his wife, the artist Anna Fiske, in Oslo. Steffen Kverneland (b. 1963 in Haugesund, Norway) lives with his wife, Liv Braathen, in Oslo. The duo’s follow-up to Olaf G., Kanon, which features new artist biographies (multi-media artist Kurt Schwitters by Fiske, Edvard Munch by Kverneland), will release its fifth volume later in 2012.

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THE HIGH FIDELITY ART OF JIM FLORA $34.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E ART / MUSIC / JAZZ / Literary • CQ: 14 180 pages, Full-color, 11” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-655-3

June

by Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon

• Perfect for music lovers • Gift book appeal • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 11 +

FLORA’S COMPLETE RECORD-ALBUM AND RELATED ILLUSTRATIONS! Since the 2004 publication of The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora, the once-forgotten illustrator has gained recognition as one of the foremost pioneers of a raucous, cartoonish style of commercial art that defines the Mid-Century aesthetic. Two follow-up volumes, The Curiously Sinister Art… (2007) and The Sweetly Diabolic Art… (2009), captured Flora’s largely unseen fine art works, spotlighting a variety of themes such as architecture, cats and dogs, science, cars, trains—and the occasional swerve toward gratuitous violence. But one of Flora’s sustaining loves was music. His 1940s Columbia and 1950s RCA Victor record covers, in which legendary musicians were routinely afflicted with mutant skin tints and bonus limbs, are considered classics of outlandish postCubist caricature. During this period Flora also produced an enormous amount of promotional ephemera, including new release monthlies, trade booklets, ads, and point-of-sale novelties. The now out-of-print Mischievous Art featured Flora’s known album covers. (No complete discography existed.) Since that book’s publication, more covers have been found, as well as rough drafts and unused designs. So Flora co-archivists/authors Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon have compiled a complete collection of Flora covers (including recent discoveries) and unpublished sketches in one volume, augmented by music images not included in previous volumes. The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora is the definitive anthology of the maestro’s visual compositions, reflecting jazz, classical, and Latin music. Regarding his jam-packed canvases Flora once said he “couldn’t stand a static space.” There’s nothing static about the images in The High Fidelity Art: they wail, dance, bounce, and swing from the chandeliers. Flora had a knack for grooving with a paintbrush, making art to which you can tap your toes and snap your fingers. JAMES “JIM” FLORA was born in 1914 in Ohio and passed away in 1998. IRWIN CHUSID, based in Hoboken, NJ, is a popular WFMU radio personality and producer of landmark reissues of the music of Raymond Scott, Esquivel, The Shaggs, and the Langley Schools Music Project. BARBARA ECONOMON is a digital media specialist at The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN, and a former radio host for KFAI. ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Sweetly Diabolical Art of Jim Flora $ 34.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-159-6

“Jim Flora’s artwork is ultraviolet radiation in tempera and ink—it crackles with such energy, it practically sizzles ozone…This anthology celebrates a visionary whose work is steeped in vari-hued paradox…Yet, despite the raucous energy projected in these hyperactive mosaics, a typical Flora freak circus often projects harmony and balance—an ordered chaos.” – Boing Boing “For this generation of artists and illustrators, Jim Flora is sort of an unknown creative granddaddy. Flora’s designs are magically simple distillations of Cubism, Surrealism and cartoon madness, with playful figures and instruments floating in planes of color.” – The New York Times

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WANDERING SON VOLUME 5 june

by Shimura Takako; translated by Matt Thorn $22.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga • CQ: 24 200 pages, Black-and-white, 7 x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-647-8

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 11 +

HIGH DRAMA AT THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE CEREMONY! In the latest volume of the acclaimed series about transgendered kids exploring their unfolding identities, we’ve reached a big event; the junior high school entrance ceremony. The boys wear black uniforms with stand-up collars based on mid-19th century European military uniforms and the girls wear navy blazers, tan skirts, and red ribbon neckties. Enter our heroes; Nitori-kun is forced to wear a boy’s uniform while Takatsuki-san has to wear a girl’s! Yet one girl—Sarashia Chizuru— draws stares, whispers, and pointed fingers, because this long-haired beauty is wearing a boy’s uniform. Both Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san are awed by the girl’s courage, but Takatsuki-san is particularly vexed by their own faintheartedness. They envy more than a few other students who experience such liberty in wearing either uniform and ponder what it ultimately means about themselves. Envy and jealousy are prominent themes in Volume 5: Chiba-san is jealous of Takatsuki-san, for whom Nitori-kun still carries a tortch. Maho envies Anna-chan’s professionalism as a model. And Chii-chan’s loyal sidekick, Shiri Momoko, is intensely jealous of anyone in whom Chii-chan shows the slightest interest. And so our protagonists set off on the journey to adolescence….

SHIMURA TAKAKO lives in Tokyo, Japan. ALSO AVAILABLE:

Wandering Son Volume One $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-416-0 Wandering Son Volume Two $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-456-6 Wandering Son Volume Three $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-533-4 Wandering Son Volume Four $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-605-8

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“A measured, sensible and sensitive series... Part of Wandering Son’s hook is a distanced view at discomfort with one’s own body. The manga is written to evoke the feeling of being ill at ease in one’s own skin, such that everyone who has went through puberty can sympathize with these characters, regardless of their own relationship with sexual identity issues. …As a result, Wandering Son proves to be deeply involving in an unconventional way.” – Ain’t It Cool News “…[Wandering Son] is absolutely fantastic and deserves every one of the awards it will doubtless win.” – Ted Anderson, The Hub (YALSA)


vapor $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

JUNE

by Max; translated by Kim Thompson

• 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. ALSO AVAILABLE:

Bardín the Superrealist $14.95 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-56097-759-0

“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

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TREASURY OF MINI COMICS VOLUME ONE $26.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 16 720 pages, Black-and-white with some color, 5” x 7” ISBN 978-1-60699-657-7

June

Edited by Michael Dowers

• Review attention • Featuring a Who’s Who of cartooning talent from the past quarter-century • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

600+ PAGES OF MINIS FROM DOZENS OF CARTOONISTS ARE FEATURED IN GIGANTIC COLLECTION Fantagraphics’ 2010 NEWAVE! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s was such an unexpected hit that it inspired this first of a two-volume set chronicling the art of the mini-comic from the late 1960s to present—The Treasury of Mini Comics. The Treasury of Mini Comics charts the evolution of the art of mini comics over four decades of deliberate cartoon rebellion. This volume will reproduce some of the best mini comics ever produced by some of the most creative DIY creators in the world (many of whom, of course, have gone on to become familiar names among contemporary comics connoisseurs): Ron Regé Jr., David Lee Ingersoll, Matt Feazell, Molly Kiely, Carrie McNinch, Fiona Smyth, Mark J. Palm, Peter Thompson, David Lasky, Jim Woodring, Colin Upton, Marc Bell, Nate Beatty, Ronald Russell Roach, Leonard Rifas, Justin Green, Gary Arlington, Brad Johnson, Eric Reynolds, Travis Millard, Tim Corrigan, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter, Mark Campos, Andy Singer, Lilli Loge, Noah Van Sciver, Chris Cilla, Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, Onsmith, Leela Corman, Steve Willis, Laura Wada, John Porcellino, Tom Hart, Jeffrey Brown, Roberta Gregory, Pat Moriarity, Edd Vick, David Heatley, and many more. In a do-it-yourself world, anything goes…boundaries are crossed, envelopes pushed, wounds opened. From the silliest fart or boob jokes to the most deeply felt “EMO” style poetry, mini comics creators have been uninhibited in their efforts to strive for something fresh, raw, and vital. The Treasury of Mini Comics will be just as groundbreaking as Newave! was disseminating this creative work to a wider and appreciative public.

MICHAEL DOWERS (b. 1950) is an editor, publisher and writer living in Washington State. ALSO AVAILABLE:

NEWAVE! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-313-2

“[C]elebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and youthful energy of the early days of self-publishing. ... Newave! is a valuable overview of an overlooked era.” – Boston Herald “[A] fascinating treasure trove of an anthology… the book serves as the history of a movement.” – Publishers Weekly “[G]orgeous, utterly essential… Newave! is not only an ideal package for such an anthology, it’s done an immeasurable service to the comics medium as a whole. Beyond that, it also just might realign your synapses… [Grade:] A.” – The Onion A.V. Club

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by Al Feldstein; edited by Gary Groth

JULY

CHILD OF TOMORROW! AND OTHER STORIES

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$24.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction • CQ: 20 160 pages, Black-and-white, 7” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-659-1 • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

SCIENCE FICTION COMICS FROM THE GLORY DAYS OF CLASSIC COMIC BOOKS Al Feldstein is best known as the main writer/editor of the EC comics line during the first half of the 1950s—and then the editor of Mad Magazine for the first three decades of its existence. But what many don’t know or remember is that Feldstein was also an accomplished and distinctive cartoonist, whose comics (which he both wrote and drew, a relative rarity in those days) adorned the pages of many of those selfsame EC comics. His powerfully composed, meticulously inked pages, often featuring grotesque creatures or scenes of ghastly destruction (and some of the greatest stiffly handsome/beautiful specimens of 1950s humanity ever put to paper), were a vital part of the allure of these classic comics. Feldstein’s contributions to the first year and a half of EC’s two SF titles, Weird Science and Weird Fantasy—comprising 16 classic O. Henry-style shock-ending stories with such evocative, vintage title as “’Things’ From Outer Space.” “The Flying Saucer Invasion,” “Spawn of Venus,” “Destruction of the Earth,” and “Am I Man or Machine?”—will be collected in their integrity in this volume, which will also boast a new interview with Feldstein about his years at EC, focusing in particular in his work on these science fiction titles that were the company’s pride and joy (and were killed a few years later by the Comics Code).

ALBERT B. FELDSTEIN (born 1925) is an American writer, editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics and, from 1956 to 1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine MAD. Since retiring from MAD, Feldstein has concentrated on American paintings of Western wildlife from his home in Jackson Hole, WY.

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NUDNIK REVealed!

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$29.99 Hardcover • Territory: E FICTION / Literary • CQ: 16 128 pages, Full-color, 12” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-651-5

MONTH JULY

by Gene Deitch

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1960s CARTOON STAR GETS HIS OWN BOOK! Inspired by a real-life incident—getting his tie caught in a moving Moviola editing machine—Gene Deitch, cartoonist, animator, memoirist, renaissance man, created Nudnik, his Everyman character, a cross between Candide and Godot. The star of 12 Paramount-produced animated shorts that ran in theatres as an opening to the main movie in 1964 and 1965, Nudnik was one of Deitch’s most creatively personal and commercially successful creations in a long career of innovative and successful work, including the award-winning animated versions of Jules Feiffer’s Munro and Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Nudnik is the well-intentioned, kind, cheerful, but bumbling naïf, inspired by and reflecting such archetypal characters as Jackie Gleason’s Poor Soul, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, and Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown. He never gets a break, can’t do anything right, but somehow muddles through, dignity more or less intact. Nudnik Revealed! finally collects all of Deitch’s original drawings, sketches, model sheets, storyboards, and color “set-ups” that he drew during the Nudnik production season of ’64-’65, all reproduced from original art, showcasing his lively pencil line and his slick, authoritative pen and ink work. Deitch, a born storyteller and one of the great raconteurs of comics and animation, accompanies the copious examples of art with a running commentary—by turns, funny, spirited, and chock full of historical insights.

Academy Award-winning animator GENE DEITCH defined the dominant animation style of the 1950s as the Creative Director of CBS/Terrytoons, where he created Tom Terrific and Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog for The Captain Kangaroo Show. He continues to direct from his longtime adopted home of Prague.

ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove $ 35.00 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-617-1

“’The Cat,’ a hardcore record collector and jazz purist based on Deitch himself… chases down rare platters, argues the superiority of traditional jazz to bebop, and otherwise airs his obsessions… Deitch’s breezy annotations bolster the cartoons’ evocation of the postwar jazz scene, and this oversize volume, containing all of the Cat and the covers as well as other drawings, is a hipster’s delight nonpareil.” – Booklist

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PEPPY and Virginny in Lapinoland by Hergé; translated by Kim Thompson $16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 36 56 pages, Full-color, 8 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-662-1

• A never-before-seen in English classic from one of the greatest cartoonists who ever lived • Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

A LONG-LOST CLASSIC FROM THE CREATOR OF TINTIN Hergé is known worldwide for his plucky, globetrotting, strikingly quiffed hero Tintin. But before the runaway success of this character, the struggling Belgian cartoonist created a number of shorter-lived and less well-known series and characters. By far the loopiest were 1934’s Peppy and Virginny (“Popol” and “Virginie” in the original), a couple of haberdashers who journeyed to the Wild West in search of new clientele, accompanied by their trusty horse Bluebell— where they ran into savage Indian tribes, evil bandits, and much more. They experienced only one adventure, but it was a doozy! The crisp, “clear line” drawing style of the earliest vintage Tintin albums combines with a freewheeling, farcical storyline and engaging funny-animal characters (the leads are bears, the Indians are rabbits with ears for feathers, and the main villain is a bulldog) and gorgeous Euro-album coloring to make this a genuine oddball classic of Franco-Belgian comics, and Fantagraphics is proud to present its first American release (and its first English-language release in two decades). With the Spielberg/Jackson Tintin adaptations and a steady flow of new books about Tintin and his creator (such as last year’s Adventures of Hergé graphic-novel biography), work by Hergé remains in high demand and this book shows a fascinatingly idiosyncratic facet of his career. And it’s a rollicking, hilarious, kid-friendly (if you can give the non-PC 1930s “Injuns” a pass) read to boot.

HERGÉ (Georges Remi) created the iconic Tintin in 1929, who went on to sell over 160 million copies worldwide. He died in 1983, but his work lives on, inspiring the Hergé museum (opened in 2009) in his native Belgium, a Steven Spielberg-directed motion-capture blockbuster in 2011, and a record-setting auction ($1.6 million for a single drawing) in 2012.

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SIBYL-ANNE AND THE HONEYBEES $16.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 34 64 pages, Full-color, 8 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-663-8

JULY

by R. Macherot; translated by Kim Thompson

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

THE PLUCKY MOUSE AND HER FRIENDS CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE WICKED RATS Sibyl-Anne and the Honeybees picks up right where its predecessor left off: With the plucky field mouse and her motley group of friends retrenched on the tiny island in the middle of the lake, surrounded by the marauding hordes of rats. Alas, tiring of the standoff and fearing an imminent attack by sea, the courageous but ill-advised Sergeant Verboten decides to play the hero and sneak off to attempt to destroy the rat flotilla. When he is captured and used as a hostage, tied to the main mast of a rat destroyer no less, it’s the beginning of a rat-and-mouse game, the tide of which turns only with the appearance of an unexpected, yellow-and-black-striped group of tiny allies whom our heroine has befriended... One of the great classics of Franco-Belgian comics from the pages of the legendary Spirou magazine, Raymond Macherot’s Sibyl-Anne is being released in English for the first time. Fifty years after its original release, its bucolic charms are as fresh as ever.

During a career that stretched from the 1950s to the 1980s, working for both Tintin and Spirou magazines, RAYMOND MACHEROT (March 30 1924 – September 26 2008) created the series Chlorophylle, Clifton, Chaminou, and Sibylline (Sibyl-Anne). ALSO AVAILABLE:

Sibyl-Anne Vs. Ratticus $16.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-452-8

“Macherot’s plotting is lively and unexpected... Thompson’s translation is colloquial and funny and, one can assume, smoothes out some of the original’s mid-century social attitudes.” – Publishers Weekly “Macherot’s animals are cute and full of character, from the porcupine sheriff to the cigar-smoking, shop-keeping bird. Visually they resemble Walt Kelly’s Pogo, with backgrounds that will look familiar to anybody who ever watched The Smurfs cartoon.... the adorable art, amiable characters, and a thrilling late-story air battle will keep you interested until the end. Best of all are the brief glimpses at domestic country mouse mundanity, like Sibyl-Anne’s love for baking pies and the aside where she and Boomer talk about how nice a certain table and its parasol are.” – Paste

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VIP: THE MAD WORLD OF VIRGIL PARTCH $39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 12 240 pages, pages, Black-and-white and full-color, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-664-5

July

by Virgil Partch; edited by Jonathan Barli

• Review attention • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

ULTRA-STYLISH CARTOONING MASTER FINALLY GETS HIS COFFEE-TABLE BOOK Only a few months after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor and the same year that Albert Camus offered the world his bleak vision of man’s existence by introducing his philosophical dictum of The Absurd, Virgil Partch burst onto the scene with his own twist on the phrase. Partch was a cartoonist who offered comic counterpoint to the grim headlines and a unique perspective on human nature in the pages of the nation’s most popular magazines. Known to millions by his jazzy signature, VIP, this comic genius ushered in a new era of the gag cartoon—zany, sometimes surreal, always hilarious—that inspired a generation of fellow cartoonists starting in the 1940s and ’50s. His madcap style of humor was reflected in the cutting-edge comedic sensibilities of Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Ernie Kovacs, Bob & Ray, Stan Freberg, and Jean Shepherd, and would position Partch as one of the most prolific “gag-men” of his day. VIP contributed to an astonishing array of magazines, wrote gags for other cartoonists, illustrated books, album covers, and advertisements, and adorned merchandise including, appropriately, cocktail glasses. VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch is the first time Partch’s life and career has been treated in full, collecting amazing artwork from the entire range of his inspired career and featuring his own writings. Reprinted from original art, primary-source publications, and collectors’ and family archives, VIP’s place in the world of cartooning and humor can finally be fully appreciated in this beautiful coffee-table volume. VIRGIL FRANKLIN PARTCH (October 17, 1916 – August 10, 1984) was one of the most prominent and prolific American magazine gag cartoonists of the 1940s and 1950s. His unusual style, surreal humor and familiar abbreviated signature (VIP) made his cartoons distinctive and eye-catching. Jonathan Barli is the art director of Rosebud Archives. He designed The Comics Journal 302 and writes about cartooning, most recently an historical essay about Dudley Fisher in Hogan’s Alley magazine.

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BARRACUDA IN THE ATTIC July

by Kipp Friedman; edited by Gary Groth $26.99 Hardcover • Territory: E MEMOIR • CQ: 26 220 pages, Black-and-white with photos and illustrations, 6” x 9” ISBN 978-1-60699-650-8

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF MEMOIR FROM THE LATEST MEMBER OF A COMEDIC DYNASTY Whether shooting pool with the mobster Crazy Joey Gallo, attending a dinner party hosted by an aged but remarkably spry Groucho Marx, or simply playing doctor with a classmate in the former estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kipp Friedman led a colorful childhood. The youngest son of celebrated writer and satirist Bruce Jay Friedman, Kipp looks back fondly on the amusing and sometimes confusing events and encounters that helped shape his early life in this moving tribute to growing up among a family of creative artists—swept up in the whirlwind of the New York arts scene of the 1960s and ’70s. Follow Kipp’s exploits as bystander and willing participant as he joins older brothers Josh (writer and musician) and Drew (renowned cartoonist and illustrator) as three musketeers on a youthful quest to discover the scariest low-budget horror movies along 42nd Street and Times Square. Delight in their search for classic comic books, monster magazines (and the occasional “nudie” magazine) at their beloved, dingy “Back-Issue Store” in midtown Manhattan. Encounter his family’s bizarre Cold War-like relationship with their new neighbors in an updated suburban Jewish version of the Hatfields vs. the McCoys. Witness their Marx Brothers-like antics while on an all-expenses-paid junket at the Beverly Hills Hotel courtesy of CBS. The stage shifts from New York City to the Caribbean to the suburbs of Long Island, and from the South of France to Broadway and Hollywood as Kipp retraces his family’s defining moments—with the backdrop of his father’s meteoric rise from editor of men’s adventure magazines to successful novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Through it all, Kipp paints a loving portrait of a childhood and family life that is both magical and yet familiar and real. Barracuda in the Attic is truly a family affair, written by Kipp, with a cover illustration by Drew Friedman, an introduction by paterfamilias Bruce Jay Friedman, and an afterword by Josh Friedman, and is copiously illustrated with photos of the family and their literati friends and hangers-on. KIPP FRIEDMAN (b. 1961) is a photographer and writer. He lives in Milwaukee, WI.

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Perfect Nonsense: the Chaotic Comics and by George Carlson; edited by Daniel Yezbick

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$39.99 Hardcover • Territory: E HUMOR / Comic Strips • CQ: 16 224 pages, Color and black-and-white, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-508-2

August

Goofy Games of George CarLson

• Age Range: ALL AGES

A CAREER-SPANNING CELEBRATION OF ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY’S MOST INNOVATIVE CARTOONISTS Perfect Nonsense tells the complete story behind one of the most innovative and under-rated Golden Age artists, classic children’s illustrators, and nonsense poets in American history. For more than 50 years, George Carlson created thousands of distinctive and dynamic cartoons, comics, riddles, and games that thrilled both children and adults with their fanciful spirit and nonsensical humor. There has never been a career retrospective of this startling cartoonist and illustrator—until now! Carlson’s inspired cartoons—ranging from the intellectual to the surreal —place him at home with not only acknowledged masters of American humor like George Herriman, S. J. Perelman, Milt Gross, Bill Holman, and Jack Kent, but also globally celebrated absurdists like Beckett, Pirandello, and his life-long inspiration, Lewis Carroll. Carlson also made his mark as an accomplished designer of more serious themes including magazine covers, political cartoons, advertisements, locomotive and naval illustration, and, most famously, the original book jacket for the first edition of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Now, after more than 15 years of searching, compiling, and conjuring, the incredible depth of George Carlson’s artistry and ingenuity finally gets the comprehensive treatment it has so long deserved with copious full color examples of material both exquisite and obscure. Alongside plentiful cartoons, individual drawings, and comics (including Carlson’s “ghost” work on Gene Byrnes’ Reg’lar Fellers), this edition offers a meticulously researched critical introduction, rare examples of original art and unpublished projects, and a biographical timeline of Carlson’s first three decades as a commercial artist drawing on recently unearthed artifacts from the Carlson family estate. Perfect Nonsense focuses on Carlson’s prolific work as a gag cartoonist, children’s illustrator, commercial designer, and art instructor from 1907 to just before World War II. Decades before his celebrated Jingle Jangle Comics, Carlson forever altered the nature of children’s publishing during his tenure as chief artist and designer for the pioneering children’s pulp, John Martin’s Book. Carlson turned the magazine itself into a toy, filled with seasonal games, holiday cut-outs, curious crosswords, graphic exercises, puzzles, riddles, rebuses, and more. As Carlson himself once observed, his early works brim with a unique spirit of happiness and fun. We have not only captured the very best of that spirit in this collection, but also the many secrets behind its legacy. Loaded with wonder and wit, the creations of George L. Carlson will inspire cartoon and comics aficionados, teachers of children’s media, scholars of American humor, and anyone interested in the ever-evolving landscapes of image and language.

GEORGE CARLSON was born in 1887 and died in 1962 in his hometown of Fairfield, CT.

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5,000 KILOMETERS PER SECOND

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$19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 144 pages, Full-color, 6 ½” x 9 ¼” ISBN 978-1-60699-666-9

August

by Manuele Fior; translated by Kim Thompson

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

THE DAYS BEFORE AND AFTER A ROMANCE—IN STUNNING WATERCOLOR Winner of the prestigious Grand Prize of the 2010 Angoulême Comics Festival, 5,000 Kilometers Per Second tells—or almost tells—the love story between Piero and Lucia, which begins with a casual glance exchanged by teenagers across the street through a window and ends with a last, desperate hook-up between two older, sadder one-time lovers. Executed in stunning watercolors and broken down into five chapters (set in Italy, Norway, Egypt, and Italy again), 5,000 Kilometers Per Second manages to refer to Piero and Lucia’s actual love story only obliquely, focusing instead on its first stirrings and then episodes in their life during which they are separated—a narrative twist that makes it even more poignant and heart-wrenching. 5,000 Kilometers Per Second is another delicate graphic-novel masterpiece from Europe.

MANUELE FIOR was born in Cesena, Italy in 1975. After earning a degree in architecture (Venice, 2000), he moved to Berlin, where he began a career as a cartoonist, illustrator (The New Yorker, Le Monde, Vanity Fair...), and architect. He lives in Paris.

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THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD $19.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 136 pages, Black-and-white, 5 ½” x 6 ½” ISBN 978-1-60699-667-6

AUGUST

by Charles Forsman

• Review attention • Debut graphic novel from a major new talent • Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

PREMIERE GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM “IGNATZ” AWARD WINNER TEotFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character’s perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James’s character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love. Forsman’s story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman’s inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative’s tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013. Forsman is arguably the most acclaimed talent to come out of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a school founded in 2004 by graphic novelist James Sturm and educator Michelle Ollie in White River Junction, VT. Forsman graduated in 2008 and is a two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil. The End of the Fucking World is his first graphic novel. “The awkwardness, the urgency, the sense of discovery, the sense of revulsion — it’s all true, even if you’ve never stuck your own hand in a garbage disposal.” – Sean T. Collins “Great stuff.”

– Frank Santoro

CHARLES FORSMAN was born in Pennsylvania in 1982. He lives in Hancock, MA.

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RAY & JOE: THE STORY OF A MAN AND HIS DEAD FRIEND

by Charles Rodrigues; edited by Bob Fingerman and Gary Groth

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$26.99 Hardcover • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 24 192 pages, Black-and-white, 8” x 10” ISBN 978-1-60699-668-3

AUGUSt

And Other Classic Comics

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: 15 +

GROSS-OUT HUMOR MASTER FINALLY ANTHOLOGIZED Fantagraphics is proud to announce the release of the first volume of another great, under-appreciated, quintessentially American cartoonist. “Black as sin and decay and perversion” is how National Lampoon editor Tony Hendra described the work of Charles Rodrigues. By all accounts, this small, politically conservative, devout Catholic, was a good-natured dumpling of a man. But inside lurked an untapped vein of savage wit that only the National Lampoon saw fit to unleash. Given carte blanche by its young editors, Rodrigues produced a 20-year tsunami of hilarious self-contained comic strips, themed gag spreads, and serials that boggled the mind and challenged all sense of decency and propriety. In this first-ever collection of his comics, readers are treated to the misadventures of conjoined twins The Aesop Brothers; Sam deGroot, a private detective in an iron lung (whose life actually gets worse when he is sprung from his enclosure); Deirdre Callahan, a girl so hideous that to look upon her causes madness and suicide; and the heartwarming (in relative terms) titular tale of Ray and Joe, the saga of a man and his dead best friend. Also included are his brilliant “biographies” of Marilyn Monroe, Abbie Hoffman, Eugene O’Neill, and others. Rodrigues rendered his cast of grotesqueries and naïfs in a ragged, unpretty line within dense panels and pages, that perfectly reflects his uniquely bizarre, riotous and repellent world. Charles Rodrigues may be gone and, if not forgotten, insufficiently remembered, and this collection will rectify at least one of those tragedies.

CHARLES RODRIGUES (September 29, 1926 – June 14, 2004) was the sick mind behind some of the most outrageous, inventive, and offensive cartoons ever to appear in mass circulation magazines, including Stereo Review, Playboy and (from its very first issue) the National Lampoon. He also created the syndicated strip Casey the Cop and the syndicated panel Charlie.

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Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins $29.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / History & Criticism • CQ: 16 200 pages, Color and black-and-white, 9” x 12” ISBN 978-1-60699-669-0 NOT FINAL COVER

• Digital ARC (PDF) • AGE RANGE: 11 +

THE ULTIMATE COFFE-TABLE-BOOK HISTORY OF WOMEN CARTOONISTS IN AMERICA With the 1896 publication of Rose O’Neill’s comic strip The Old Subscriber Calls, in Truth Magazine, American women entered the field of comics, and they never left it. But, you might not know that reading most of the comics histories out there. Trina Robbins has spent the last thirty years recording the accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists, and Pretty in Ink is her ultimate book, a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists, with more color illustrations than ever before, and with some startling new discoveries (such as a Native American woman cartoonist from the 1940s who was also a Corporal in the women’s army, and the revelation that a cartoonist included in all of Robbins’s previous histories was a man!) In the pages of Pretty in Ink you’ll find new photos and correspondence from cartoonists Ethel Hays and Edwina Dumm, and the true story of Golden Age comic book star Lily Renee, as intriguing as the comics she drew. Although the comics profession was dominated by men, there were far more women working in the profession throughout the 20th century than other histories indicate, and they have flourished in the 21st. Robbins not only documents the increasing relevance of women throughout the 20th century, with mainstream creators such as Ramona Fradon and Dale Messick and alternative cartoonists such as Lynda Barry, Carol Tyler, and Phoebe Gloeckner, but the latest generation of women cartoonists—Megan Kelso, Cathy Malkasian, Linda Medley, and Lilli Carré, among many others. Robbins is the preeminent historian of women comic artists; forget her previous histories: Pretty in Ink is her most comprehensive volume to date. Retired cartoonist and current comics historian TRINA ROBBINS has been writing graphic novels, comics, and books for over 30 years. She lives in a moldering 103 year-old house in San Francisco with her cats, shoes, and dust bunnies.

“One title I haven’t been able to put down is The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940, edited by Trina Robbins... I was blown away by what I discovered within these pages... The images are sexy, glamorous, colorful — Brinkley clearly appreciated and understood her subjects, and some of her work made me feel as if I were stepping right into the flapper era.” – USA Today “Brinkley was praised for her writing (it’s easy to see why: overblown, yet so satisfying; maybe the only word to describe it is ‘delicious’) but her drawings made her famous. Each one is an orgiastic, atmospheric feast for the eye... The Brinkley Girls is a tantalizing primer, and a perfect summer read.” – The New Yorker “Comics herstorian Robbins (The Great Women Superheroes) has produced a wonderful tribute to Brinkley, reprinting in full three serials and numerous shorter works with ample biographical background. With their swoon-worthy hair and wardrobes, the Brinkley Girls could kick off a whole new cosplay aesthetic.” – Library Journal

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ALSO AVAILABLE:

The Brinkley Girls $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-56097-970-8


Eye OF the Majestic CREATURE VOL. 2 $18.99 Paperback Original • Territory: E COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Literary • CQ: 48 148 pages, Black-and-white, 7 ½” x 11” ISBN 978-1-60699-672-0

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by Leslie Stein

• Digital ARC (PDF) • Age Range: All Ages

LARRYBEAR HAS MOVED TO THE CITY IN NEW VOLUME Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 is the second book collecting Leslie Stein’s loose, funny and charming autobiographical narratives that combine idiosyncratic fantasy and stark reality. Larrybear, our hero, has moved from the countryside to the city, where she finds work as a shop girl. Quotes from Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie are sprinkled throughout the story to add humor and poignancy. Stein then takes us back to a childhood in the ’80s filled with odd experiences including joining a rock band with older people, sitting in on her mother’s AA groups, and the mystery of the disappearing gumballs. Finally, a fun story in which Larrybear and her new friend, Poppin the Flower go on a strange trip to see his father. Let us not forget that Marshmallow, Ping-Ping and Mimolette, Larry’s walking and talking instruments, have adventures all their own. Stein’s gorgeous cartooning, highlighted by incredibly detailed stippling, and her dry sense of humor combine to make one of the most unique and immersive narrative experiences in comics.

LESLIE STEIN, aka larrybear, spends most of her time drawing comics, listening to old time radio shows and playing records in her home in Brooklyn, NY. ALSO AVAILABLE:

Eye of the Majestic Creature $18.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-413-9

“Early in the 20th Century, a beautiful cartoonist, Marcel Duchamp, pretended to be a marginally attractive woman and spent considerable time watching dust accumulate. Early in the 21st Century a beautiful cartoonist, Leslie Stein, pretended to be a funky dweeb and spent considerable time counting sand. Catch my drift?” – Gary Panter “Eye of the Majestic Creature is a wonderful comic book, and really one of the best books that I’ve read [this year].” – Comic Book Resources “Leslie Stein’s comics inhabit a charming and semi-autobiographical (in the most ‘semi’ sense of the word) yet surreal, insular world where her best friend and closest confidant is an acoustic guitar. What’s not to relate to?” – Peter Bagge, creator of Hate

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MORE 2012 RELEASES: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA By Steven Weissman $22.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-60699-623-2 What does it mean to live in America today? If you know there’s no right answer to that question, you’ll want to read this. It’s a book about you; about your country, your family, your president, as filtered thru the surreal, sometimes quixotic lens of Steven Weissman. BLACKLUNG By Chris Wright $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-587-7 One of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years, a sweeping, magisterially conceived, visually startling tale of violence, amorality, fortitude, and redemption, one part Melville, one part Peckinpah. CRUISIN’ WITH THE HOUND: The Life and Times of Fred Tooté By Spain Rodriguez $19.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-461-0 Memoirs of the artist’s misspent youth. Raunchy, hilarious, and often violent as hell, an unsentimentally nostalgic trip to half a century ago — the anti-Happy Days. DAL TOKYO By Gary Panter $35.00 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-886-2 The long-running punk/sci-fi strip finally collected in all its confounding visual and verbal richness in one giant volume. One doesn’t read Dal Tokyo; one is absorbed into it and spit out the other side. DUNGEON QUEST BOOK 3 By Joe Daly $19.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-544-0 Our heroes return for the most rousing and epic installment of adventures yet with a whole new level of bizarre comedy and ass-kicking action, featuring new abilities, new equipment, new perils, and new fantastic backdrops! GOD AND SCIENCE: RETURN OF THE TI-GIRLS By Jaime Hernandez $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-539-6 The rollicking superhero romp (which doubles as a genuinely dramatic fable about madness, grief, and motherhood) from Love and Rockets: New Stories is collected in a “director’s cut” hardcover with 30 new pages of story. INTERIORAE By Gabriella Giandelli $19.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-559-4 As the residents of a high-rise apartment building in an unnamed European city go about their lives, a ghostly, shape-shifting anthropomorphic white rabbit observes them and reports to the “great dark one” in the basement.

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JACK DAVIS: DRAWING AMERICAN POP CULTURE By Jack Davis $49.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-447-4 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! LOVE AND ROCKETS: NEW STORIES #5 By Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez $14.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-586-0 The 30th Anniversary issue! Gilbert brings his current character “Killer” into the Palomar milieu in a much-anticipated homecoming; Jaime delves deeper into the sordid world surrounding Vivian “the Frogmouth.” NO STRAIGHT LINES: FOUR DECADES OF QUEER COMICS Edited by Justin Hall Introduction by Lana Wachowski The first definitive collection of queer comics gathers the world’s greatest LGBT comics under one cover. These smart, funny, and profound works provide an uncensored window into the last four decades of queer culture. THE ADVENTURES OF VENUS By Gilbert Hernandez $9.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-540-2 The charming all-ages collection (plus a new story done just for this book) starring Luba’s smart, gutsy and imaginative niece, collected for the first time in a super-affordable little hardcover. THE CAVALIER MR. THOMPSON: A SAM HILL NOVEL By Rich Tommaso $16.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-610-2 Welcome To Big Spring, Texas and The Cavalier Hotel. The new hotel dick thought he had an easy patrol until a slick operator from Chicago named Ross Thompson came to town and turned everything upside down... THE CRACKLE OF THE FROST By Lorenzo Mattotti and Jorge Zentner $19.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-543-3 Samuel fled his relationship with Alice when she stated her desire to have a baby. A year later, with her expecting, he embarks on a long journey to see her again. A sumptuous graphic novel masterpiece. THE FURRY TRAP By Josh Simmons $24.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-536-5 A harrowing and genre-bending collection of modern horror short stories that could curl the toes of a corpse in a state of rigor mortis: “Night of the Jibblers,” “Cockbone,” “Demonwood,” “Mark of the Bat” and more.


BLACK IMAGES IN THE COMICS Edited by Fredrik Strömberg Introduction by Charles R. Johnson $19.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-562-4 An endlessly fascinating, illustrated journey through comics’ history of racial portrayals — both good and bad, tracing comics’ unenlightened past and somewhat better present. BUZ SAWYER VOL. 2: SULTRY’S TIGER By Roy Crane $35.00 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-499-3 The adventures don’t slow down for our flyboy hero in the post-war years as he tangles with the titular femme fatale, tries to foil an insane ex-Nazi, goes in search of ancient Mayan treasure and gets kidnapped to Africa! CAPTAIN EASY, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 3 (1938-1940) By Roy Crane $39.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-529-7 Easy and Wash Tubbs discover a legendary creature in “Temple of the Swinks,” widely considered the absolute peak of the series! Plus treasure hunts and encounters with pirates, wild animals, and wilder women! FLANNERY O’CONNOR: THE CARTOONS Edited by Kelly Gerald $22.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-479-5 Before she became a literary legend, she wanted to be a cartoonist. Her roughhewn technique combined with her acidic observations to form a visual precursor to her prose. This is the first book collecting this early visual work. JEWISH IMAGES IN THE COMICS Edited by Fredrik Strömberg $26.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-528-0 A showcase of more than 150 comic strips, comic books and graphic novels featuring Jewish characters and Jewish themes, placed in cultural and historical context, each with a short essay and representative illustration. MR. TWEE DEEDLE: RAGGEDY ANN’S SPRIGHTLY COUSIN The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle $75.00 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-411-5 This early-20th Century Sunday strip depicted a charming, fantastical child’s world, filled with light whimsy and outlandish surrealism. Presented in a stunning 14” x 18” format.

THE SINCEREST FORM OF PARODY: The Best 1950s MAD-Inspired Satirical Comics Edited by John Benson Introduction by Jay Lynch $24.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-511-2 The best and funniest material from the bandwagon-jumping MAD imitators, with work by Jack Davis, Will Elder, Bill Everett, Jack Kirby and many more, plus expert commentary. An unprecedented collection!

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OUT OF THE SHADOWS By Mort Meskin $26.99 Paperback Original ISBN 978-1-60699-532-7 The first collection of this unjustly overlooked Golden Age great gathers his best stories, showcasing his artistic mastery in every genre he worked in. THE LOST ART OF AH POOK IS HERE By Malcolm McNeill $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-445-0 A stunning oversized coffee table book collecting the visionary images from the legendary unpublished Ah Pook graphic novel created in collaboration with William S. Burroughs in the 1970s. OBSERVED WHILE FALLING: BILL BURROUGHS, AH POOK, AND ME By Malcom McNeill $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-561-7 The artist’s memoir on the making of Ah Pook Is Here in collaboration with William S. Burroughs. A unique view of the creative process and the personal and creative interaction behind an enduring literary experiment. SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS Edited by Joshua Glenn & Rob Walker $24.99 Flexibound Original ISBN 978-1-60699-525-9 100 of the best stories by a dazzling array of writers about actual ordinary objects which were auctioned to measure the stories’ effect on the objects’ value. A bold literary and economic experiment; now a book. WHAT IS ALL THIS? Uncollected Stories By Stephen Dixon $22.99 Paperback ISBN 978-1-60699-527-3 An 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. SEXYTIME: THE POST-PORN RISE OF THE PORNOISSEUR By Jacques Boyreau $29.99 Hardcover ISBN 978-1-60699-553-2 An oversized coffee table book celebrating the art of the 1970s porn movie poster, collecting over 100 of the most outrageously over-the-top examples of the era, pristinely remastered and accompanied by a brain-ripping narration.

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5,000 Kilometers Per Second 55

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Adventures of Venus, The 62 Amazing, Enlightening, and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, The 1 Anderson, Ho Che 18 Astonishing Exploits of Lucien Brindavoine, The 31

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B

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d

e

f

Bagge, Peter 28 Barack Hussein Obama 62 Barks, Carl 35 Barli, Jonathan 51 Barracuda in the Attic 52 Beaty, Bart 29 Bell, Blake 14 Benson, John 63 Black Images in the Comics 63 Blacklung 62 Boyreau, Jacques 63 Bread & Wine 2 Brock, Hal 13 Buz Sawyer Vol. 2: Sultry’s Tiger 63 Cabbie Vol. 2, The 33 Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 3 63 Carlson, George 53 Castle Waiting Vol. 2 3 Cavalier Mr. Thompson, The 62 Chaffee, Graham 7 Child of Tomorrow! and Other Stories 45 Chusid, Irwin 39 Complete Crumb Comics, The 30 Complete Peanuts, The 5 Crackle of the Frost, The 62 Craig, Johnny 17 Crane, Roy 63 Creeping Death from Neptune 20 Cruisin’ with the Hound 62 Crumb, R. 30

Furry Trap, The 62 g

h

62 Hall, Justin Hergé 48 Hernandez, Gilbert 62 Hernandez, Jaime 62 High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, The 39 Hitchens, Christopher 19 Hypo, The: The Melancholic Young Lincoln 63

i

Impossible Tales 14 Interiorae 62

j

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture Jason Jewish Images in the Comics

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories 17 Feldstein, Al 45 Fingerman, Bob 59 Fior, Manuele 55 Fiske, Lars 37 Flannery O’Connor: The Cartoons 63 Flora, Jim 39 Forest, Jean-Claude 29 Forsman, Charles 57 26 Foster, Hal Fran 32 Friedman, Kipp 52

62 21 63

k

King: The Special Edition 18 Kverneland, Steffen 37

l

LaBarbera, Katie 33 Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here, The 63 Lost Cat 21 Love and Rockets: New Stories 62 Lynch, Jay 63

m Macherot, R.

Malkasian, Cathy Martí Mattotti, Lorenzo Max Mc Neill, Malcolm Medley, Linda Meskin, Mort Moore, Alan Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann’s Sprightly Companion Mullin, Willard

Dal Tokyo 62 Daly, Joe 62 Davis, Jack 62 Deitch, Gene 47 Deitch, Kim 1 Delany, Samuel R. 2 Ditko, Steve 14 63 Dixon, Stephen Dowers, Michael 43 Dungeon Quest Book 3 62 39 Economon, Barbara End, The 6 End of the Fucking World, The 57 Everybody Is Stupid Except For Me 28 Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 61

63 Gerald, Kelly Gerstein, David 23 Giandelli, Gabriella 62 Glenn, Joshua 63 God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls 62 Good Dog 7 Gottfredson, Floyd 23 Griffith, Bill 15 Groth, Gary 17, 23, 35, 52, 59 63 Gruelle, Johnny Gulbransson, Olaf 37

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49 11 33 62 41 63 3 63 2

Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 60 Prince Valiant 26 R

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and his Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics 59 Rayburn-Maarup, Steffen 9 Rickheit, Hans 27 Robbins, Trina 60 Rodrigues, Charles 59

s

Sacco, Joe 19 Sadowski, Greg 20 Safe Area Gorazde: Special Edition 19 Schulz, Charles M. 5 Sexytime: The Post-Porn Rise of the Pornoisseur 63 Shaw, Dash 25 Sibyl-Anne and the Honeybees 49 Significant Objects 63 Simmons, Josh 62 Sincerest Form of Parody, The 63 Spain 62 Squirrel Machine,The 27 Stein, Leslie 61 Storm P.: A Century of Laughter 9 Strömberg, Fredrik 63

T

Takako, Shimura Tardi, Jacques Thompson, Kim

v

Vapor VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

o

O’Connor, Flannery 63 Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Al Pook, and Me 63 Olaf G.: A Life in Pictures 37 Out of the Shadows 63

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P., Storm 9 Pahls, Marty 30 Panter, Gary 62 Partch, Virgil 51 Peppy and Virginny in Lapinoland 48 Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson 53 Powers, Michael 13

41 51

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Wake Up, Percy Gloom 11 Walker, Rob 63 Walt Disney’s Donald Duck 35 Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1 23 Wandering Son Vol. 5 40 Weissman, Steven 62 What Is All This? 63 Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 13 Wolff, Mia 2 Wolverton, Basil 20 32 Woodring, Jim Wright, Chris 62

y

Yeates, Thomas Yezbick, Daniel You Are There

26 53 29

Z

Zentner, Jorge Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries

62 15

63 13

New School 25 Nilsen, Anders 6 No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics 62 Nudnik Revealed! 47

40 29, 31 9, 21, 29, 31, 37, 41, 48, 49, 55 Thorn, Matt 40 Tommaso, Rich 62 Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1 43


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