Written by Jason Miles
Thursday, 10 September 2009
As seen in the pages of Previews, these are the books and comics slated for release by Fantagraphics Books in December, 2009. Please note that all details, including cover art, prices, specs, contents, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.
KING: THE SPECIAL EDITION
by Ho Che Anderson
6.625 x 9.75, HC, 288 pages, Full Color, $34.99
Ho Che Anderson spent over 10 years researching, writing, and drawing King, a monumental
graphic biography that liberates Martin Luther King Jr. from the saintly, one-dimensional, hagiographic
image so relevant in pop culture. Here is King – father, husband, politician, deal broker,
idealist, pragmatist, inspiration to millions – brought to vivid, flesh-and-blood life. Out of print
since 2006, King is our most-requested reprint. In recognition of the advances made in American
social equality that has made it possible to elect America’s first black President, and in time to
celebrate Martin Luther King Day (January 26, 2010), Fantagraphics Books is publishing King:
The Special Edition, a newly designed volume that includes the original 240 page graphic biography,
as well as nearly a hundred additional pages of “extras,” including: “Black Dogs,” a 14 page
prelude to King, a dialogue between a young black couple expecting a child, living in LA in the
aftermath of the Rodney King upheaval; excerpts from the diary and notebook the author kept
when researching and writing King, with interstitial notes written specifically for this volume;
preparatory sketches, discarded images and pages, an interview with the author, and excerpts
from the draft of the script; an epilogue titled “Assassin,” written and drawn for this new edition,
in which Anderson explores the question of whether James Earl Ray actually shot King.
NEWAVE! THE UNDERGROUND MINI COMIX OF THE 1980'S
by various artists; edited by Michael Dowers
5 x 7, HC, 892 pages, Color/B&W, $24.99
A GIGANTIC collection of the best SMALL press cartoonists to emerge in the 1970s after the first
generation of underground cartoonists (such as R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton and Art Spiegelman)
paved the way. These cartoonists, inspired by the freewheeling creative energy of the underground
comix movement, began drawing and printing their own comix. The most popular
format was an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, folded twice, and printed at a local, pre-Kinkos print
shop; because of the small size, they were dubbed “mini comix.” Just a few of the BIG talents
included herein: Dan Clowes! Rick Geary! Mary Fleener! XNO! Jim
Blanchard! Sam Henderson! J.R. Williams! Steve Willis! Doug Allen! Gary Leib! Mack White! and
many! many! many! MORE! Inspired by the creative freedom of their underground predecessors
and unrestrained by commercial boundaries or editorial edicts, their work was particulary
innovative and experimental. Here you will find a group of artists who could not get any attention
from the mainstream, who were driven by the inner need to express themselves. This group was
a pioneering force that still leaves a wake and an imprint on the alternative comix scene today.
HANK KETCHAM'S COMPLETE DENNIS THE MENACE 1961-1962
by Hank Ketcham
5.5 x 6.25, HC, 672 pages, B&W, $24.99
Dennis vaults into the 1960s with his anarchic spirit still intact. As always, this book is a
series of unrelated panel gags (with the exception of one week-long story involving Dennis’
mild-mannered Grandpa), but what gags! Ack! Cough! cough! Hank Ketcham is legendary for
being one of the most exquisitely skilled cartoonists of all time, and each and every panel is a
small masterpiece of design and draftsmanship. This volume of The Menace features Dennis’
long-suffering parents, the Wilsons, his dog Ruff, his best pal Joey, his nemesis Margaret, and a
seemingly endless parade of babysitters, as well as hapless shopowners, policemen and teachers,
and family friends, all of whom come to realize that it’s Dennis’ world... they just live in it!
HANK KETCHAM'S COMPLETE DENNIS THE MENACE 1959-1962 BOX SET
by Hank Ketcham
5.5 x 6.25, HC, 1,344 pages, B&W, $39.99
A swell custom-designed case containing the fifth and sixth volumes of Hank Ketcham’s
Complete Dennis the Menace from the year 1959 through 1962. (Sorry, case
is not peanut butter or root beer resistant.)
THE COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS VOLUME 12: "WE'RE LIVIN' IN THE LAP O' LUXURY!"
by R. Crumb
8.5 x 11, SC, 136 pages, B&W/Color, $19.99
Back in print after a several-year absence, the
12th volume of The Complete Crumb spotlights
Crumb’s first collaborations with national
treasure Harvey Pekar, which appeared in the
legendary American Splendor. This collection also includes a skeptical
report-in-comics on an aerospace symposium (commissioned by CoEvolution
Quarterly, it comes off like one of Michael Moore’s cocky documentary
films), Crumb’s encounter with an interviewer from High Times magazine,
an evocative period piece featuring 1930s jazz musicians, another
of Crumb’s collaborative “jams” with Aline Kominsky, and everything else
that’s established R. Crumb as the master catoonist of his time! Makes
a great gift and doubles as an evocative educational tool, teaching our
youth what it means to be American (from the guy that moved to France)!
by Jordan Crane
24-page B&W Comic Book, $2.75
This holiday season the esteemed cartoonist Jordan
Crane stuffs your stocking with Uptight #4. Picking
up where Uptight #3 left off, the
master of moods, Mister Crane, ends “Vicissitude”
and dives into the next chapter of his new, atmospheric,
But wait there’s more! “Keeping Two” returns! The
melancholic-pop medley for the ages is delivered
by Master Crane, as only the cartoonist crooner can
do! Wrap it all up with a stunning, to-be-framed, full
color cover and you have your self a fine, refined,
and defined read for the season! Remember, Uptight
#4, for when the mood strikes right, you know
where to go... for the standard!
by Steven Weissman
7.5 x 7.5, SC, 120 pages, Full Color, $16.99
Hilarious, frightening, mysterious,
adorable, and utterly bleak, Chocolate
Cheeks has arrived to disgust and
delight comic book readers of all ages.
“Sweet” Chubby Cheeks and the
Pullapart Boy (a 21st Century child of
Frankenstein’s monster) are driving each other key-razy! Forced together
by their dating parents, these two bitter enemies have alienated — or
otherwise disposed of — most of their social circle, leaving them with
plenty of quality time for each other. They go camping, start a business,
form a band, join a team, try to make some new friends and engage
in a “holy war.” Things go from worse to worst, though, when the two
boys find a cat — or is it a bird??? — one hot, summer day. Blending such
influences as Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Universal Monsters, Hal Roach’s
The Little Rascals and the noir stylings of Jim Thompson — Steven
Weissman has created a unique, personal world replete with superior
content and major drawing chops to that of the typical, humdrum
comic book fare. His work is a treasure to our industry. Think Archie with
fangs... or Little Lulu with blood and guts and existential dread. BOO!
Click here to download a print-quality PDF of our 2-page spread from the October 2009 issue of Previews, with listings for December 2009. (4.8 MB)
Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 January 2010 )
Written by Eric Reynolds
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
MONTE SCHULZ TOURS WEST COAST IN SEPT.-OCT. TO PROMOTE THE RELEASE OF THE NEW NOVEL, THIS SIDE OF JORDAN
This September, Fantagraphics Books will publish This Side of Jordan, a novel by Monte Schulz. To support the release, the author will tour thirteen cities on the West Coast in September and October:
Fri., Sept. 25, 8PM • Southern California Writers Conf., Irvine, CA
Mon., Sept. 28, 7PM • Chaucer's Books, Santa Barbara, CA
Wed., Sept. 30, 7PM • Mysterious Galaxy Books, San Diego, CA
Thurs., Oct. 1, 6PM • Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Beach, CA
Sat., Oct. 3, 5PM • Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA
Sun., Oct. 11, 11AM • Wordstock Festival, Portland, OR
Tues., Oct. 13, 7PM • Third Place Books, Seattle (Lake Forest Park), WA
Wed., Oct. 14, 7:30PM • Tsunami Books, Eugene, OR
Tues., Oct. 20, 7PM • Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, CA
Wed., Oct. 21, 7PM • Copperfield's Books, Santa Rosa, CA
Thurs., Oct. 22, 7PM • Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
Sat., Oct. 24, 2PM • The Bookseller, Grass Valley, CA
Wed., Oct. 28, 7PM • Time Tested Books, Sacramento, CA
"Monte Schulz's novel This Side of Jordan shows that Like Father Like Son -both superb!" - RAY BRADBURY
"Schulz proves himself to be a handy wordsmith in this literarily ambitious novel of pre-Depression America. Hand this straight-faced and multifaceted almost-satire to fans of the southern gothic tradition, all the way from Flannery O'Connor to John Kennedy Toole." - BOOKLIST, Sept. 2009
"I just finished reading a review copy, and I think this is a truly great American novel. Certainly I have not read anything by a modern American (white male) that I have so thoroughly enjoyed in my 13+ years at Tsunami Books. I won't go into the tale; suffice to say those who read this book will bear witness to the beginnings of a great new (American) voice that upholds the power of innocence in a long, dark era." - SCOTT LANDFIELD, TSUNAMI BOOKS
ABOUT THIS SIDE OF JORDAN:
In the idyllic last American summer before the great stock market crash of '29, nineteen year-old farm boy Alvin Pendergast somehow decides he can escape a fatal relapse of tuberculosis by accepting the offer of a job across the Mississippi River from a slick-talking stranger who seems everything poor Alvin is not: smart, sharply-dressed, well-acquainted, and without a worry in the world. But beneath appearances Chester Burke is also a gangster and a sociopathic killer. On their traveling road through the small towns of the Midwest, Alvin quickly discovers how ignorant he is of life beyond the farm.
Fortunately, he finds another companion for this harrowing journey, a curious and clever dwarf whose own pathetic life has offered little resistance to fate, until the circumstances of Chester's cruel itinerary forces both him and Alvin to seek another path, if they hope to survive.
This Side Of Jordan is a story of another America, eighty years distant yet familiar, too, a vibrant and scandalous tapestry of eccentric characters from a nation embroiled in criminal liquor traffic, thrilled by Jazz Age fads and frolic, drunk amid the glittering showgrounds of a booming circus whose flag-topped tents are about to come down. Through mayhem and merriment, past the violence and hypocrisy of Prohibition, along miles of dirt roads and busy Main Streets, we see in this wonderfully evocative narrative a simple yearning for love and hope. This Side Of Jordan is about the distance we travel in America to find our rightful place.
This Side of Jordan is Monte Schulz's second novel. His first, Down by the River, was published by Viking in 1991. Library Journal raved that it compared to Stand by Me and Twin Peaks, and seemed "ready-made for Hollywood." He spent ten years writing Crossing Eden, from which This Side of Jordan is drawn as the first of three interconnected novels; the second and third, Fields of Eden and The Big Town, will be published in 2010 and 2011.
Monte Schulz received his M.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He lives in Northern California. He is the eldest son of Charles M. Schulz (PEANUTS).
THIS SIDE OF JORDAN
By Monte Schulz
$22.99 Hardcover • 320 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: September 23, 2009
Download the press release: Microsoft Word (1000 KB), PDF (1418 KB)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 August 2009 )
Written by Eric Reynolds
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates publication of Eroyn Franklin's ambitious graphic novel Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory.
August 12, 2009 - Seattle, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery continues its summer celebration of Seattle cartoonists with a signing and book launch party for Eroyn Franklin's new graphic novel Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory on Saturday, August 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Produced with the support of the Xeric Foundation and Allied Arts, this 216 page book consists of striking hand cut images, with an individually die-cut silkscreen cover in a numbered edition of 1,000 copies.
Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory is a revealing examination of the artist's transition from adolescence to adulthood. Franklin's impressionistic narrative complements the austere hand cut imagery in her exquisitely crafted autobiography. Original pages from Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory are included in the bookstore's current exhibition "Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists."
Franklin was awarded a prestigious Xeric grant in 2008 to assist with production of this project. Past recipients of funding from the Xeric Foundation, which supports publishing efforts of emerging cartoonists, include notable Seattle artists Ellen Forney, Megan Kelso and David Lasky, who are also featured in the exhibition "Comics Savants."
Please join us on Saturday, August 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as Fantagraphics Books continues its commitment to promoting the work of promising regional cartoonists with a party honoring Franklin's impressive achievement. The artists will sign copies of the newly minted graphic novel as well as her equally superb handcrafted mini comic The Here.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. Open daily 11:30 until 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Eroyn Franklin book signing
Saturday, August 22, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 August 2009 )
Written by Eric Reynolds
Tuesday, 04 August 2009
As announced at last week's Comic-Con International, Fantagraphics Books - the leading publisher of classic strip reprints including The Complete Peanuts, Popeye, Krazy & Ignatz, Prince Valiant, Captain Easy, Dennis the Menace, Zippy the Pinhead and others - has acquired the rights from United Media to publish Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller, beginning in Spring 2010.
According to Co-Publisher Gary Groth, who inked the deal, Fantagraphics has contracted to publish the first 24 years of Nancy dailies, beginning in 1938 (when Nancy took over the strip from its former star, Fritzi Ritz) through 1961. "If the demand is there," Groth noted, "we will of course want to continue into the 1960s and beyond, if for no other reason than to run all those great 'hippie' Nancy episodes. But we'll cross that bridge in 2016 when we finish publishing the books we've contracted for."
"I was a late Nancy convert," admits Co-Publisher Kim Thompson, who will be editing the series. "It wasn't until Denis Kitchen published his Nancy collections in 1989 and 1990, after people like Bill Griffith and Scott McCloud had been touting it for years, that I finally 'got' it. It's one of the all-time greats -- way ahead of its time in its own goofy way. Ever since then it's been at the back of my mind to do a more extensive reprinting, and our ongoing successes with classic reprint series these past five years told me the time is now ripe."
Each volume of dailies will contain four years per volume and be designed by Fantagraphics Art Director Jacob Covey. Cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) will provide the introduction to the first volume. Each volume will be 8" x 8" in flexibound format and retail for $29.99. Information regarding collections of Nancy Sunday strips will be announced at a later date.
"I envision Nancy being influenced by pop art and constructivist design in a way that will complement the geometric style of the strip and also give a nod to Mark Newgarden's deconstruction of Nancy's forms," says Covey, whose designs on books like Popeye, Willie & Joe and Beasts! have garnered numerous awards. "In a word: ‘POP.' Like Popeye, I want it to seem fun so kids can connect with it but so smart adults can look at it more deeply. But where Popeye has a Victorian nod, this will be modernist."
Fantagraphics will begin with the "second" volume, 1942-1945. According to Thompson, "While we have access to great, nearly complete runs for most of the 1940s dailies, it looks like it will be far more trouble to collect the 1938 and 1939 material. So we'll be putting out a call to Nancy fans, both over the internet and in the first book itself, until we eventually secure the missing strips to double back and release the best possible 1938-1941 volume."
The character of Nancy, a precocious eight-year-old girl, first appeared in the strip Fritzi Ritz. After Larry Whittington began Fritzi Ritz in 1922, it was taken over by Bushmiller three years later. In 1933, Bushmiller introduced Fritzi's niece, Nancy. Soon she dominated the strip, retitled Nancy in 1938. At its peak in the 1970s, Nancy ran in more than 880 newspapers.
In addition to being one of the great comic strips of the 20th Century, Nancy is a bonafide pop culture icon, having captured the imagination of such artists as Andy Warhol, Joe Brainard, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Mark Newgarden, and many others.
In Spring 2010, Fantagraphics will also publish a revised and expanded book edition of cartoonists Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik's seminal 1988 essay, "How to Read Nancy." In addition to explicating the brilliance of Bushmiller's cartooning, it also has become a landmark educational essay about visual storytelling through the analysis of Bushmiller's work.
To quote from How to Read Nancy: "To say that Nancy is a simple gag strip about a simple-minded snot-nosed kid is to miss the point completely. Nancy only appears to be simple at a casual glance. Like architect Mies Van Der Rohe, the simplicity is a carefully designed function of a complex amalgam of formal rules laid out by the designer. To look at Bushmiller as an architect is entirely appropriate, for Nancy is, in a sense, a blue print for a comic strip. Walls, floors, rocks, trees, ice-cream cones, motion lines, midgets and principals are carefully positioned with no need for further embellishment. And they are laid out with one purpose in mind - to get the gag across. Minimalist? Formalist? Structuralist? Cartoonist!"
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 August 2009 )
Written by Eric Reynolds
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
"COMICS SAVANTS" EXHIBITION OPENING AUGUST 8 -- FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY CELEBRATES SEATTLE ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS
July 29, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Since relocating to Seattle from Southern California 20 years ago, Fantagraphics Books has remained committed to nurturing and promoting the diverse practitioners of alternative comics in the Northwest. The country's most successful purveyor of challenging comics routinely employs local cartoonists and publishes the work of regional artists which has contributed to Seattle's international reputation as the unrivaled center of alternative comics. To celebrate this association, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents "Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" opening Saturday, August 8.
This exhibition will feature over a dozen emerging and established artists, including many of the most accomplished cartoonists in the alternative movement. Among them: Peter Bagge, who coined the term "alternative comics" in 1990 and as the highly-regarded creator of the phenomenal Hate comic book series attracted dozens of young cartoonists to the city during the 90s decade; Seattle native Charles Burns, whose teen years are fictionalized in his amazing graphic novel Black Hole, soon to be a motion picture directed by David Fincher; Visionary artist Jim Woodring, one of only a handful of cartoonists to be embraced by the fine art world, having been awarded the United States Artist Fellowship in 2007 and a 2009 Art Trust Washington State Artists Fellowship, who will exhibit work from his forthcoming graphic novel Weathercraft; Ellen Forney, whose collaboration with local author Sherman Alexie won the prestigious 2008 National Book Award; David Lasky, who will exhibit pages from his collaboration with Seattle writer Chris Esty "The Last Testament" from Hotwire #2; Second wave Seattle alternative cartoonist Megan Kelso; emerging artist Eroyn Franklin, who will exhibit hand cut pages from her Xeric award winning graphic novel Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory; current and former Fantagraphics Books staffers Jim Blanchard, Roberta Gregory, Patrick Moriarity; Ted Jouflas; Jason T. Miles and Eric Reynolds.
In addition to the display of original artworks, an eclectic array of comics and graphic novels by exhibiting artists will be available. Many featured artists will attend the opening reception of Saturday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring exciting visual and performing arts presentations in close proximity throughout the historic artists' enclave.
COMICS SAVANTS: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists
Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Charles Burns, Ellen Forney, Roberta Gregory, Ted Jouflas, Megan Kelso, David Lasky, Jason T. Miles, Patrick Moriarity, Eric Reynolds, Jim Woodring, and introducing Eroyn Franklin.
Opening reception Saturday, August 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition continues through September 9, 2009
Join us on Saturday, August 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for the publication party of Eroyn Franklin's Xeric award wining comic Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM
Click here to download the press release in Microsoft Word format (42 KB)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 July 2009 )
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