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Fantagraphics Announces Six New Golden Age Collections Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Thursday, 29 October 2009

Four Color Fear cover


Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that it has struck a deal with comics historian and editor Greg Sadowski to produce six new collections of classic comic book material for the Seattle publisher. Sadowski is a Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated editor who has previously overseen the publication of the acclaimed collections SUPERMEN: THE FIRST WAVE OF COMIC BOOK HEROES 1936-1941, as well as B. KRIGSTEIN and B. KRIGSTEIN COMICS. He is a former staff editor and designer for Fantagraphics Books and currently works freelance from his home on San Juan Island in Washington State's Puget Sound.

"Greg has written one of the landmark cartoonist biographies (and only the first half yet!) with B. Krigstein, and the collections of comics from the '40s and '50s that he's edited for us — B. Krigstein Comics and Supermen!, to date — have been meticulously assembled, with an eye toward selection, flow, and accompanying historical text. We're pleased that he's got such an ambitious agenda ahead," says Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth, who acquired the books.

The books will be released one per season, beginning with FOUR COLOR FEAR: FORGOTTEN HORROR COMICS OF THE 1950s in June 2010 and produced in collaboration with comics historian John Benson (SQUA TRONT). The second book, due in Fall 2010, will be a collection of legendary artist Alex Toth's work for Standard Comics in the 1950s. The remaining books will be release in subsequent seasons, with exact schedules to be announced. The full list of books follows below.

FOUR COLOR FEAR: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s
This full-color 304-page edition collects the finest horror comics of the pre-code era (1950-54). EC is the company that most fans associate with horror, but to the average reader there remain unseen a tremendous volume of genuinely disturbing, compulsive, and imaginative stories from publishers such as Ajax-Farrell, Atlas, Charlton, Fawcett, Quality, Standard and many more. Four Color Fear collects the best, and includes 40 full-sized covers. Featured are comic book legends such as Jack Cole, Steve Ditko, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Basil Wolverton, Wally Wood, L.B. Cole, Matt Fox and many others. "In these types of compilations, I try to provide a service to the reader who has neither the time, inclination, nor bank account to purchase and sift through hundreds of golden age comic books to glean off that precious 10% — the most distinctive and worthwhile examples from a particular genre," says Sadowski.

SETTING THE STANDARD: Alex Toth at Standard Comics 1952-54
"It's hard to overstate the influence of Alex Toth on the art of comic books," says Sadowski. "Toth was from that first generation who grew up reading comic books, and he came to the medium armed with enough discipline, talent, and sheer love and respect for the medium to create a technique free of condescension, artifice, or shortcuts. His work at Standard first established him as the 'comic book artist's artist.'" Learning his craft at Eastern and DC, Alex Toth arrived at Standard Comics in late 1951 with a fully formed, graphically impeccable technique perfectly suited to the comic book medium - honest, uncompromising, and free of condescension and artifice. Includes a biographical sketch and an essay on Toth's approach to comic book storytelling, based heavily on his interviews and written correspondence.

THE ROAD TO PLASTIC MAN: The Golden Age Comics of Jack Cole 1937-41
"From his earliest days in comics, Jack Cole was one intense artist / writer. It just took him a few years to fully incorporate humor into his work, so this book tracks his artistic evolution leading up to Plastic Man," says Sadowski. Jack Cole's irreverent yet artistically first-rate approach to comic book art was a refreshing departure for a young industry that tended to take itself a bit too seriously. His work influenced many of his contemporaries, most notably Will Eisner, whose Spirit gradually assumed Cole's intoxicating mixture of fun and high drama. The book begins with early "big foot" work for Centaur's Funny Pages, then gives way to raucous adventure and crime stories before honing in on the nefarious Claw, the boy inventor Dickie Dean, and proto-superheroes the Comet, Daredevil, and Silver Streak.

AWAY FROM HOME: EC Artists at Other Companies
The key ingredient in what made EC the most celebrated comic book company of all time was its remarkable stable of artists: Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, George Evans, Will Elder, Al Feldstein, Jack Kamen, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Graham Ingels, Joe Orlando, John Severin, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood, and Al Williamson, as well as that of part-timers Frank Frazetta, Roy G. Krenkel, Alex Toth, and Angelo Torres. "This book collects the best non-EC art by the EC stable of artists, in other words, the cream of the 1950s crop. A lot of these guys were pals and they often collaborated, so there will be a healthy sampling of these fraternal efforts," says Sadowski.

CREEPING DEATH FROM NEPTUNE: Basil Wolverton's Sci-Fi and Horror Comics 1938-55
"Many of Wolverton's comics have been reprinted in a number of formats, but for years I've been waiting for a full-color compilation of his serious golden age work. Finally I decided to do it myself. Like the Cole book, this one is a no-brainer," says Sadowski. Given the media coverage of his recent retrospective at New York's Barbara Gladstone Gallery, it's high time for a full-color anthology of Basil Wolverton's serious comic book work. This edition covers all bases, from his early features, Space Patrol and Meteor Martin, into Spacehawk ("Lone Wolf of the Void"), and ending with the skewed master's gloriously repugnant horror comics.

THE COMIC BOOK FRANKENSTEIN: The Monster According to Dick Briefer
"Dick Briefer had been involved in comic books since its earliest days. He was one of the first to work at Will Eisner and Jerry Iger's comic book studio in the mid-1930s. Like Eisner, Cole, and Wolverton, Briefer was responsible for the complete package: writing, layouts, pencils and inks, and often the lettering. He did his best work on FRANKENSTEIN, and this compilation should restore his status as one of the form's major pioneers," says Sadowski. Briefer's Frankenstein made its debut in 1940 in Prize Comics. He continually ramped up the monster's humorous aspect, which in turn increased its popularity, and Frankenstein was rewarded with its own title in 1945. Then, with the horror craze in full swing in 1951, Briefer responded by reverting the character back to its frightening origins. This book will travel through Briefer's complete Frankenstein series and shed light on one of comic books' most gifted creators.

Fantagraphics Books (www.fantagraphics.com) has been the world’s leading publisher of comics and graphic novels since 1976. To obtain more information on any of these titles or to obtain sample artwork, contact Jacq Cohen, Director of Publicity, Fantagraphics Books: 206.524.1967 x216 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it For information on all subsidiary rights, contact Gary Groth, President & Co-Publisher, Fantagraphics Books: 206.524.1967 x 217 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 September 2010 )
The Comics Journal's Cup Runneth Over Print
Written by Jacq Cohen   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The Comics Journal No. 300

The Comics Journal is about to take two major steps forward in its evolution. First, after 33 years and several incarnations, TCJ is answering the peoples’ prayers and upping the Web content on tcj.com. Next, the print publication will be consolidated around two expanded semi-annual editions, each customized to fit its content.

The new, full-service tcj.com will deliver everything readers love — in-depth interviews, smart columns, sharp criticism, real journalism — on a daily basis. And not only will readers get the traditional Comics Journal content faster, but they will also be able to access features beyond the reach of print magazines: videos, slide shows, audio files, original-art galleries and an army of both new and established Journal-caliber bloggers filtering the comics world through their unique perspectives. In short, it is the dawning of a Comics Journal that knows no bounds.

Focusing on what print does best, the Comics Journal magazine will be more beautiful than ever, an elegant combination of interviews, articles, and objet d'art. Uniquely sized and formatted, evocatively visual and tactile, each issue will be an event. Readers will get their first look at the direction The Comics Journal will be moving in with issue #300.

Coming in November 2009: issue 300 of The Comics Journal and a comprehensive new website!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 October 2009 )
Al Columbia brings Pim & Francie to Seattle Nov. 7, 2009 Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates Al Columbia's astonishing new graphic novel PIM & FRANCIE on Saturday, November 7.

October 27, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Al Columbia is widely regarded among his peers as one of the most accomplished and influential artists working in comics today. On the occasion of the publication of PIM & FRANCIE, his most ambitious work to date, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is hosting a rare public appearance by the cartoonist on Saturday, November 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

PIM & FRANCIE represents a breathtaking vision of contemporary American art. Collecting over a decade's worth of artifacts, excavations, comic strips, animation stills, storybook covers, and much more, this broken jigsaw puzzle of a book tells the story of title characters Pim and Francie, a pair of childlike imps whose irresponsible antics get them into horrific, fantastic trouble. Their loosely defined relationship only contributes to the existential fear that lingers underneath the various perils they are subjected to. Columbia's brilliant, fairytale-like backdrops hint at further layers of reality lurking under every gingerbread house or behind every sunny afternoon. Never have such colorful, imaginative vistas instilled such an atmosphere of dread, and with such a wicked sense of humor.

Columbia's work has been previously published by Fantagraphics Books in two issues of Biologic Show, as well as anthologies Zero Zero, Blab!, and most recently MOME. He currently resides in Connecticut.

The reception will feature an exhibition of recent work by Al Columbia from the collection of Scott Eder. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at the corner of Airport Way S. in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Please join us on Saturday, November 7 to welcome this exceptional artist to Seattle.

Listing Information


Art exhibition and book signing

Saturday, November 7, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Exhibition continues through December 9, 2009
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Seattle, WA
206.658.0110 www.fantagraphics.com
Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM

Download the press release: Microsoft Word (41 KB)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 October 2009 )
Previews: Fantagraphics Releases for January 2010 Print
Written by Jason Miles   
Monday, 05 October 2009

As seen in the pages of Previews, these are the books and comics slated for release by Fantagraphics Books in January, 2010. Please note that all details, including cover art, prices, specs, contents, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.



by Pirus & Mezzo
64 pgs, Full Color, 9 x 12.5, Hardcover, $18.99
ISBN 978-1-60699-320-0

Set in a suburb that is both nowhere and everywhere, King of the Flies is a glorious bastard, combining the intricacy and subtlety of the best European graphic novels with a hyperdetailed, controlled noir style derived from the finest American cartoonists. King of the Flies first appears to be a series of unrelated short stories, each starring and narrated by a different protagonist, but it soon becomes clear that these seemingly disparate episodes weave together to form a single complex narrative, with events that are only glimpsed — revisited from different perspectives — revolving around a ne’er-do-well teenager at war with his stepfather and, apparently, the whole world. King of the Flies is designed as a trilogy of books, which will combine to form a single, stunning graphic novel!

MOME VOL. 17 - WINTER 2010

MOME VOL. 17 - WINTER 2010

by various artists; edited by Gary Groth & Eric Reynolds
120 pgs, Full Color, 7 x 9, Softcover, $14.99
ISBN 978-1-60699-302-6

The acclaimed anthology continues with the concluding chapter of Paul Hornschemeier’s third graphic novel “Life with Mr. Dangerous,” which has been running in MOME since the first issue! Meanwhile, Bottomless Belly Button scribe Dash Shaw and MOME regular Tom Kaczynski collaborate on a mind-bending science- fiction story, “Resolution,” where “reality” exists as a virtual world and people live thru their avatars. Olivier Schrauwen delivers the surrealistic gem “Chromo Congo”; Derek Van Gieson offers a horrific WWII story, “Devil Doll”; Renee French’s “Almost Sound” returns, as does Ted Stearn’s “The Moolah Tree” starring Fuzz & Pluck; plus new work from Kurt Wolfgang, Laura Park, Rick Froberg, and T. Edward Bak.



by Jason
292 pgs, B&W, 6.25 x 8.5, Hardcover, $24.99
ISBN 978-1-60699-315-6

Almost Silent collects four original Jason graphic novels — three of them out of print for several years — into one compact and classy hardcover omnibus. “You Can’t Get There From Here,” the longest story of the book, tells the tale of a love triangle involving Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s Monster, and The Monster’s Bride! “Tell Me Something” is a brisk, near-totally-silent graphic novelette about love lost and found again, told with a tricky and tactful mixture of forward and back-flashing narrative. “Meow, Baby” is a collection of Jason’s smart short stories and gut bustin’ gags. “The Living and the Dead” is a hilariously deadpan and gory take on the traditional Romero-style zombie thriller. Almost Silent is a perfect starting point for a new reader as well as a handsome and handy, inexpensive collection for the committed Jason fan.



by various artists; edited by Glenn Head
136 pgs, Color and B&W, 9 x 12, Softcover, $22.99
ISBN 978-1-60699-288-3

The Harvey- and Eisner-nominated anthology of action! thrills! chills! and transgression! is back with a third volume of anything goes, gut-wrenching viscerality that you can tune in and rest your overheated brain on after a long hard day. Get down and daffy with these mad cartoon luminaries as they lick your eyeballs with their pulpy, pulse-pounding inky throwdowns! Glenn Head, Rick Altergott, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Mats?!, Mary Fleener, David Sandlin, J. Bradley Johnson, Carol Swain, Doug Allen, Stéphane Blanquet, Sam Henderson, Max Andersson, Danny Hellman, Jayr Pulga, Mack White and more! Looking for laffs? A psychic jolt? Look no further... HOTWIRE!



by Esther Pearl Watson
408 pgs, Two Color, 5.75 x 5.75, Hardcover, $22.99
ISBN 978-1-60699-314-9

Loosely based on a teenager’s diary from the 1980s found in a gas station bathroom, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce, as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles super-artist Esther Pearl Watson. This second and concluding volume picks up where the first volume left off and finishes Tammy’s tragicomic sophomore year of high school in 1985. This beautifully produced, dayglo-orange and sparkly pink hardcover presents over 400 pages of her sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and always hilarious exploits. Unlovable is about the rawness of trying to figure out who you are in a very public and humiliating way. Unlovable addresses these mysteries of adolescence through Tammy’s naiveté; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable’s universal humor and wide cast of characters.

Click here to download a print-quality PDF of our 2-page spread from the November 2009 issue of Previews, with listings for January 2010. (4.4 MB)
Last Updated ( Friday, 22 January 2010 )
Johnny Ryan Comes to Seattle Oct. 10! Print
Written by Eric Reynolds   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Johnny Ryan at Fantagraphics Bookstore Oct. 10, 2009


September 30, 2009 - SEATTLE, WA. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery loudly presents transgressive cartoonist Johnny Ryan on Saturday, October 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Ryan will sign books and present an exhibition of his original comix, colorful silkscreen prints, and sculpted figures.

This event marks the launch of Ryan's original graphic novel Prison Pit combining his love for WWE wrestling, Gary Panter's "Jimbo" comics, and Kentaro Miura's "Berserk" Manga into a brutal showcase of violence, survival and revenge. The prolific Los Angeles-based cartoonist is best known for his outrageous 14-issue Angry Youth Comix series published by Fantagraphics Books. Ryan also pens the weekly comic strip Blecky Yuckerella, which has been collected in three volumes including the recently released Comics Are for Idiots.

Please join us to welcome this wildly entertaining and talented cartoonist on Saturday, October 10 for 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 creative arts community.


Johnny Ryan
Art show and book signing
Saturday, October 10, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Exhibition continues through November 4, 2009

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

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