Massive is an appropriate title for this anthology of Japanese gay manga artists, in more than one sense. Besides the larger-than-your-average-bear body types, the book highlights some of the biggest talent in the gay manga scene today. Names like Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, and Seizoh Ebisubashi have chapters devoted to their lives, philosophies, and works, and we've got an appropriately sized 30-page excerpt to give you a taste of what you can look forward to in December!
After full-page, full-color photo portraits of each artist opposite their illustration style, we've got nine pages of the first featured artist, Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎), including four pages from his manga, "Do You Remember South Island P.O.W. Camp?"
From now until Friday at 11pm EST, comiXology has all our delicious, delightful, terrifying and tittillating EC Comics on sale. All ten titles currently in our store are only $10.99, that's over 50% off from the usual $22.99. From Wallace Wood to Al Williamson, Graham Ingels to Johnny Craig, Joe Orlando to Jack Davis, they are here with tales befitting the festivities and your worst nightmares.
BUT WAIT - behind you there's - gotcha, not a killer but more! There are also some other classics to spook, thrill and scare you. Four Color Fear, Steve Ditko and the Joe Kubert Archives are filled to the brim with ink-and-blood-soaked tales and on sale to boot. But just like the high of a sugar rush, they are only here for a little while so grab the sales now before you crash.
"…[I]t looks great, and the new volumes of the Rosa library should prove perfect companion volumes for those in the Barks library, particularly for readers who find their appetites for these types of duck tales whetted by the Barks books. …Rosa’s Duck comics? They’re great ones." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal
"…Rosa is so sincere in his desire to revive Barks’s style of adventure and humor it shows in every panel, every detail of his work. He’s taking this seriously, folks, and its all there. …Good stuff, sez I." – Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research
"I love [Don Rosa’s] body of work. I’ve bought it multiple times. I’ll be happily buying it again when Fantagraphics reprints it this fall. Love, love, love." – Augie de Blieck Jr., Comic Book Resources
"Rosa’s comics may be the best comics ever done in the voice of another creator. They’re very funny, satisfying yarns, and this presentation—particularly the color—is super-handsome. This would have been my favorite book ever at eight years old, and I’m fond of it now." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – The Los Angeles Times
"…I am not only appreciative…but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability. WARNING: Do not atttempt to carry all of these titles at once. You are only human.
80-page black & white 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8
"Compelling, beguiling and visually intoxicating, this latest Sock Monkey yarn judiciously leavens discovery with anxiety, heartbreak with gleeful imaginative innocence and terror with bold triumph…Win's Christmas Gift Recommendation: a new classic to add to the "Every Kid Must Read" list... 10/10" –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
"It's really good. I thought that giant Sock Monkey collection was criminally under-discussed when it came out. Those are lovely, lovely comics. The characters work in this form, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
144-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" softcover • $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-771-0
"Now that sublime and out-of-print yarn is back as a deliciously handy, pocket-sized softcover reissue that will - if there's any justice - finally make [Weing] a household name amongst lovers of tall tales and comic treasures." –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
"Very few words are needed in Weing's debut graphic novel [Set to Sea] to tell the story of a poet wanna-be who is kidnapped by pirates and learns the ways of the sea through hard labor and even tougher battles. The cross-hatch styling is reminiscent of old engravings and perfectly suits the subject matter. Each page features just one frame, full of detail and atmosphere. With hints of The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Popeye and Treasure Island, Weing has created a modern classic in the pirate genre." –School Library Journal
216-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-780-2
"You're gonna want to pick that up this week, or write yourself a note to do so in the near future, as it's a pretty great collection..." –J Caleb. Mozzocco, Every Day is Like Wednesday
"You must think I'm a broken record by now. Any time a Carl Barks or Don Rosa book of Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics is released, I get all excited. Because they're great! I'm not kidding! Also good for jaded fans too cool for kids' comics." –Tim Finn, Hub Comics (via 13th Dimension)
"Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses - only matches - the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge stories. These are desert island comics - if I had to take only one box of comics with me somewhere, a couple of these volumes would be coming with." –Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics
"…it's a rare, rare accomplishment what Rosa did with these great Carl Barks characters and comics." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
368-page black & white with color 11.25" x 9.25" hard/soft/cover • $45.00 ISBN: 978-1-60699-694-2
"...[T]here's simply no denying Kelly's mastery: he evokes full characters with nothing but a few choice words, and the sprightliness of his visual style is all fun here, laying the groundwork for what would become profoundly subversive later. The included essays, as is usually the case for Fantagraphics reissues, absolutely nail the context and import of the strip, too. I just don't think you can say you love comics and not have this around." –David Berry, National Post
"The biggest revelation of reading the first two years of Pogo is how polished and funny the strip was right from the start, and also how nearly every Pogo panel is a delight unto itself. Kelly didn't necessarily build to big punchlines; he'd slip funny sight gags and memorable lines everywhere there was room. ...[T]here's a classic Pogo moment on just about every page of this book." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
288-page full color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-794-9
"The daily black-and-white comics were great but the full-color Sunday strips gave Schulz a big, beautiful canvas to let his expert pacing and amazing linework breathe in a rainbow of color...it's really the entire mix of characters ...and their mix of adult prickliness and childlike naiveté that made Charles Schulz's iconic comics strips so timeless." - Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
472-page full color 7.75" x 10.5" hardcover • $49.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-796-3
"I will not rest until everyone is reading these reasonably priced and beautifully designed and edited volumes of Carl Barks' Disney Duck masterpieces… every one of them are great." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online
"Even now, Barks' stories are clever and funny, as he leads the ducks into impossible situations and then gives them unexpected ways out. And they're poignant in their own way, too.... What's impressive about Fantagraphics' Lost in the Andes is that it encourages both a fannish and an intellectual approach to the material." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
Seattle, WA: The spirit of Brandon Lee, our son of the sound, has flown home to the Northwest Film Forum this week as they present 3 nights of the best comic book film adaptation, The Crow. Presented in conjuction with the release SUPERTRASH by Jacques Boyreau, he will be presenting a special video introduction of The Crow, as well as a preview of SUPERTRASH. This is the film's 20th Anniversary, so you must go to the NWFF if you want to see Eric Draven live! (More Details)
Saturday, November 1st
St. Louis, MO: Meet the man behind the American mythological drama. Artist and thinker, Tim Lane, will be giving a presentation worthy of the history in his hometown. Lane's new sweeping drama, The Lonesome Go takes you across a vast landscape with dynamic characters and settings. To illustrate this further, Lane is inviting musicans and singers to record themselves and weave their personal sound into a tapestry of life. Event kicks off at 7 PM. (More Details)
"Jumpin' jacksnipes!" Duckburg's richest tycoon is on the hunt for legendary square eggs — and he's bringing Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie along! It’s our second complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by internationally celebrated fan favorite Don Rosa — following in the footsteps of Disney legend Carl Barks with his own distinctive style! Famed for his prizewinning Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Rosa wrote and drew two decades' worth of ripping Duck yarns and is among the world's most beloved modern cartoonists. Star stories in our second Rosa book include "Return to Plain Awful," Rosa’s sequel to Barks' "Lost in the Andes." Then, in "His Majesty McDuck," Scrooge beats the IRS by seceding from the Union... only to have his new country colonized by the Beagle Boys! Plus more! Presented with a rich archive of Rosa's cover art and behind-the-scenes factoids, these Duckburg epics are getting a definitive, comprehensive North American edition for the very first time — at a bargain price worthy of Scrooge himself!
It’s in this volume (featuring another two years' worth of Pogo strips) that we meet one of Walt Kelly's boldest political caricatures. Folks across America had little trouble equating the insidious wildcat Simple J. Malarkey with the ascendant anti-Communist senator, Joseph McCarthy. The subject was sensitive enough that by the following year a Providence, Rhode Island newspaper threatened to drop the strip if Malarkey's face were to appear in it again. Kelly’s response? He had Malarkey appear again but put a bag over the character's head for his next appearance. Ergo, his face did not appear. (Typical of Kelly's layers of verbal wit, the character Malarkey was hiding from was a "Rhode Island Red" hen, referencing both the source of his need to conceal Malarkey and the underlying political controversy.) The entirety of these sequences can be found in this book.
But the Malarkey storyline is only a tiny portion of those rich, eventful two years, which include such classic sequences as con-man Seminole Sam's attempts to corner the market on water (which Porkypine's Uncle Baldwin tries to one-up by cornering the market on dirt); a return engagement of Pup Dog and Houn'dog's blank-eyed Little Orphan Annie parody "Li'l Arf and Nonny"; Churchy La Femme going in drag to deliver a love poem he wrote, Cyrano style, on Deacon Mushrat’s behalf to Sis Boombah (the aforementioned hen); P.T. Bridgeport's return to the swamp in search of new talent; and of course two rousing choruses of "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie."
In addition to presenting all of 1953 and 1954's daily strips complete and in order for the first time anywhere (many of them once again scanned from original syndicate proofs, for their crispest and most detailed appearance ever), Pogo Volume 3: "Evidence to the Contrary" also contains all 104 Sunday strips from these two years, presented in lush full color for the first time since their original appearance in Sunday sections 60 years ago — plus the usual in-depth "Swamp Talk" historical annotations by R.C. Harvey, spectacular samples of Kelly's work scanned from original art, and a whole lot more!
Unless you happen to be in the inner circle of Fantagraphics you might not know that our publisher's son, Conrad Groth, spent the summer interning at MAD Magazine in NYC. In the latest issue of MAD, they wrote a little thank you to Conrad (on the left) and the other summer intern. He's working his way up, up, up! We're happy to have Conrad back on the West Coast though, with the knowledge he gained over the summer.
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