As seen in the pages of Previews, these are the books and comics slated for release by Fantagraphics Books in February, 2010. Please note that all details, including cover art, prices, specs, contents, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.
by Cathy Malkasian
240 pgs, 2 Color, 8 x 10, Hardcover, $22.99
Do ideas of war and enemies hold people together? Is a culture of conflict too seductive not to be irresistible?
These are the questions 2008 Eisner Award Winner Cathy Malkasian explores in her second graphic
novel Temperance, a fully realized, multi-layered world, inhabited by vivid characters and master craftsmanship.
After a brutal injury in battle, Lester has no memory of his prior life. For the next thirty years his wife
does everything to keep him from remembering —and re-constructing— a society, Blessedbowl, that elevates
him as a hero. Blessedbowl is a cultural convergence of lies, memories, stories, and beliefs. Its people
thrive on ideas of persecution, exceptionality, and enemies, convinced that war is lurking just outside their
walls. Malkasian creates a densely textured social context, masterfully conveying the idiosyncratic physical
domain with its spiraling structures and quasi-medieval architecture along with intimate yet plastic portraits
of her characters in a rich, tonal pencil line. Temperance is a galvanizing work of empathy and violence
by one of today’s most thoughtful and accomplished cartoonists. Be there!
THE SEARCH FOR SMILIN' ED
by Kim Deitch
144 pgs, B&W, 6.75 x 9.75, Softcover, $16.99
The Search for Smilin’ Ed is the latest of Kim Deitch’s
graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into
the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular
culture. Launched on his latest investigation by a remark
from his brother about a shared childhood favorite
(“Y’know, I heard that when Smilin’ Ed died... his body
was NEVER found!”), Deitch begins to uncover some
truly amazing things about the kiddie-show host and his
malevolent sidekick, Froggy the Gremlin. Meanwhile,
Deitch’s muse and nemesis Waldo the Cat abandons
Deitch to hang out with some demon buddies, and soon
both Waldo and Deitch are closing in on the mysteries
of Smilin’ Ed and Froggy. Bonus! Deitch has also created
a brand new story starring Waldo in his 21st century
post-Alias The Cat state of domestic bliss, stumbling across
an army of (French-) talking beavers. Of course, there’s a
story behind that...
SAND & FURY: A SCREAM QUEEN ADVENTURE
by Ho Che Anderson
144 pgs, 2 Color, 7 x 9, Softcover, $16.99
A story of blood, of sex, of death — of sound and retribution.
It opens as a girl by the side of a desert road accepts
a ride from a stranger. How could she know that behind
that wheel sits the angel of death? Of course, even the
angel of death once had a life. During that life, death was
a successful business woman, with a great career and an
even greater future. It’s true she could be a little cavalier
with her innate gifts; she had, after all, broken the heart of
everyone who had ever loved her. And then, one day — the
monster entered the woman’s life and changed everything
forever. Drawn in a stark, chiseled, expressionistic line
that evokes modern attitudes and classic terror of the
unknown and unknowable.
CAPTAIN EASY, SOLDIER OF FORTUNE: The Complete Sunday
Newspaper Strips Vol. 1
by Roy Crane
10.5 x 14.75, HC, 144 pages, FC, $39.99
Roy Crane is a GIANT among cartoonists and Fantagraphics
is embarking upon an ambitious reprinting of
his best work within Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune. Dig in and bask in the radiance
of these FULL COLOR, prismatic Sunday strips! Discover
with each page a buried treasure of adventure
and chicanery replete with Crane’s mastery of comics
storytelling. Citing Crane’s influence on comics, the artist Gil Kane once said, “Superman
was Captain Easy; Batman was Captain Easy.” BEWARE! Beautiful women!
Pirates! Sunken ships! And fun! fun! FUN! are barely contained within this beautiful
package brought to you by Fantagraphics, the torchbearer of quality when it comes to
classic comic strip reprints.
BLAZING COMBAT S/C
by Archie Goodwin and The Best Damn Cartoonists of the 20th Century
200 pgs, B&W, 8 x 10, Softcover, $19.99
The legendary anti-war comic now in paperback! Written
by Archie Goodwin and drawn by such luminaries as
Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth,
Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene
Colon. Following in the tradition of Harvey Kurtzman’s
Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, Goodwin’s
stories reflected the human realities and personal costs of
war rather than exploiting the clichés of the traditional
men’s adventure genre. They are among the best about war
HIGH SOFT LISP
by Gilbert Hernandez
144 pgs, B&W, 6.5 x 9.75, Softcover, $16.99
Rosalba “Fritz” Martinez, bombshell, former punkette,
former psychiatrist, “Z” movie star — in supremely sexy
and constantly surprising in this BRUTAL graphic novel
masterpiece (what do you expect, it’s GILBERT HERNANDEZ!).
“Five six. Hundred twenty-eight pounds.
Forty-three twenty-two thirty-six. High soft lisp. Genius
level I.Q.” That’s how motivational speaker Mark Herrera
sums up Fritz. And Herrera should know, being only one
of many compassionately misguided chumps to fall under
Fritz’s “lithping” spell. With over a dozen brand new
pages, Gilbert Hernandez has fleshed out his initial suite
of Fritz stories, thus creating a comprehensive volume
that further explores the rich world of Love and Rockets!
by Jaime Hernandez
240 pgs, B&W, 7.5 x 9.25, Softcover, $18.99
A collection in the style of Maggie The Mechanic. Penny
Century collects the well loved comic book series of the
same title and select stories featuring Penny from Love
and Rockets, as well as the long out of print graphic novel
Whoa Nellie! The Penny material features... Penny! The
hottest super heroine of Earth and beyond! Whoa Nellie
is hands down the best female wrestling comic of ALL
TIME. From the master cartoonist Jaime Hernandez!
BEST AMERICAN COMICS CRITICISM
edited by Ben Schwartz
280 pgs, B&W, 7 x 9, Softcover, $19.99
Conventional wisdom states that cartooning and graphic
novels exist in a golden age of creativity, popularity, and
critical acceptance. But why? Today, the signal is stronger
than ever, but so is the noise. New York Times, Vanity
Fair, and Bookforum critic Ben Schwartz assembles the
greatest lineup of comics critics the world has yet seen
to testify on behalf of this increasingly vital medium.
This volume includes Daniel Clowes, Jonathan Lethem,
Chris Ware, Jonathan Franzen, Frank Miller, Will Eisner,
John Updike, Donald Phelps and more! This collection
functions as a valuable guide for fans, retailers, civilians,
and maladjusted children, tracing the current comics
renaissance from its beginnings and creative growth to
the cutting edge of today’s artists. Killer!
Click here to download a print-quality PDF of our 2-page spread from the December 2009 issue of Previews, with listings for February 2010. (6 MB)