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Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Ed PiskorComing Attractions 1 Jul 2014 2:00 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor - Cover

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor - Inside Page

Ed Piskor's vivid retelling of the history of hip hop continues with the second volume of Hip Hop Family Tree, covering the years from 1981 through 1983. From the lovingly crafted cover to the impeccable storytelling and artwork, this book is a delight to hold in our hands.

Volume 2 takes us through such hits as Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," and introduces music powerhouses like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Ice T, and early Public Enemy.

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol 2: 1981-1983 is due out in August. Give our 15-page excerpt a read, and pre-order your copy here!

Weekly OCD 7.01.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Ulli LustS Clay WilsonPaul HornschemeierPatrick RosenkranzOCDLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorDash ShawConor Stechschulte 1 Jul 2014 1:00 PM

The latest fluffy love-concoction of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 edited by Patrick Rosenkranz - CoverReview: Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

"Part biography, part retrospective, part collected chronicles of a comic legend, this is a huge undertaking that pays off in every way you could expect, and a million ways you couldn't." – The Daily Planet

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - CoverInterview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"It's a stunning body of work that brings together loosely personal and wholly fictional stories about joy, anguish, fear and loneliness - emotions all motivated by that essential quest to be the best you can be." – James Cartwright, It's Nice That

 

The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - CoverReview: The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte

"Stechschulte's narrative is one of shifting gears and perceptions, moving between the clutter of immediacy and the fog of recollection." – John Seven, The Comics Journal

 

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - CoverReview: Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks

"This book contains many more examples of the sorts of stories that made him so rightly famous, including a couple of epic globe-trotting adventures, plenty of swiftly swelling domestic comedies, and two Christmas comics, which Barks seems to have specialized in." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal

 

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 by the Hernandez BrothersReview: Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 by the Hernandez Brothers

"After last issue's splashy stories, this issue is a bit more low-key with regard to Killer and her story, preferring to lay some narrative pipe and give the characters a bit of room to breathe and interact." –Rob Clough, High-Low

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed Piskor - CoverToday is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust, translated by Kim Thompson - Cover

New School by Dash Shaw - Cover

 

Seattle Photographer to kick cancer's ass
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under artistsart 30 Jun 2014 2:45 PM

Lance
Seattle photographer Lance Mercer has captured some truly gorgeous photos throughout the years of musicians from all walks of life. From the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 90's to Beck, from The President of the Unites States to the chapter breaks in grunge-rock memoir by Danny BlandIn Case We Die, drama and action and life ooze from shots. Recently, our friend Lance was diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctors caught it early, he's been through chemo treatment but as with most freelancers, the medical bills are rather weighty. Lance's family created a GoFundMe account to help cover the bills, that are still totalling up. Check out his story over at the site and send a few dollars his way. 'Cuz fuck cancer.

by Lance Mercer 

Lance's bio from the website: 

"Chances are you probably know Lance. Sometimes it seems like everyone does. He was born and raised in Seattle and began photographing the local music scene at the age of 13. Earning a reputation with his energetic and honest photographs, Lance got involved in some of the most legendary musical movements Seattle had to offer, including working as the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 1990's. His work can be found in some of your favorite albums, in museums and galleries around the country, and in any music publication you can think of. In the 2000s he took some time off from photography to travel the world with his own band, Seattle punk spectacular The Briefs. And in recent years he has spent time engrossed in a wide array of projects from curating installations for Nordstrom to traveling to Nepal and documenting the grass roots Sherpa cultural identity for their 2012 Spring catalog ‘Sherpa Adventure Gear'.

Pearl Jame 1991
(Pearl Jam, 1991) 

Lance has been in recovery for over 10 years and one of his greatest passions in life is extending the hand of service to help others in need. He has worked cloesly with the MusiCares foundation to assist other artists struggling with addiction. He's helped countless individuals on the road to recovery and he is always there. Whether its to offer a place to stay, a ride, an ear to listen, or advice. Now its time for us to be there for him."

Patti Smith 
(Patti Smith!)


Now in Stock! Twelve Gems and Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Prince Valiantnew releasesLane MilburnHal Foster 30 Jun 2014 2:30 PM

Shipping now from our mail-order department:

Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn

Twelve Gems
by Lane Milburn

248-page monochrome 5.75" x 8.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-751-2

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This comedic, sci-fi space epic stars three heroes enlisted to travel the galaxy in search of twelve magical gems. Their benefactor — an eccentric and reclusive scientist named Dr. Z — doesn’t actually know what the twelve gems do once obtained, but myths, theories, and rumors abound throughout the galaxy. The three heroes — with some reluctance — choose to undertake the mysterious task and regard it as a sort of paid vacation and an escape from their shady pasts. Graphic novelist Lane Milburn delivers a dense, action-packed follow-up to his Xeric Award-winning debut, Death Trap.

"Space-opera action as you like it!" – Sean Collins, Robot 6

Prince Valiant Vol.09: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
by Hal Foster

120-page full color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2

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In our ninth volume of the breathtakingly drawn, furiously plotted Sunday comic strip inspired by the King Arthur legends, Prince Valiant quashes a druid's sly attempt to turn a village from the Christian god. A call for peace in Ireland is fightin' words — until Val dethrones a hot-headed king. A mysterious message from Merlin must be decoded to save King Arthur. And, as this volume concludes, Val and Gawain embark on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem while Queen Aleta returns to the Misty Isles, where treacherous nobles seek her throne — and her death.

"Prince Valiant is captivating and countercultural... Fantagraphics has been reissuing the original Prince Valiant strips in hardbound editions—exquisitely drawn tales, stories that celebrate chivalry, adventure, bravery...and gentlemanly romance." — Mark Judge, The Catholic Register



Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDisneyCarl Barks 30 Jun 2014 1:10 PM

It's one harebrained adventure after another when Donald Duck and his incorrigible nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie are at the helm. While aboard a kelp-harvesting boat in the West Indies, the entrepreneurially-minded ducks find themselves in the middle of a centuries-long mystery: a kidnapping every fifty years by a ghost in armor. This time, the ghost is after one of Donald's nephews!

This and other short stories are collected in the first of our new line of half-height, kid-sized Donald Duck books. Ghost of the Grotto is slated for an October 2014 release. Check out our downloadable 18-page excerpt (2.7 MB) and pre-order your copy here.

The Ghost of the Grotto, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck - Cover

BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Joe Sacco 30 Jun 2014 11:00 AM

BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Cover

Joe Sacco — renowned cartoonist and journalist of such works as Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde — has a new book due out in November 2014: the unapologetic, no-holds-barred, often puerile, and utterly satirical BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser. Here we present to you the finalized cover art, an initial taste of what's to come.

Intrigued? We've got more sneak peeks to come - for now, check out the book page where BUMF Vol. 1 is available for pre-order!

Zak Sally's SchoolHaus / A4 Kickstarter
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Zak Sallyart 27 Jun 2014 4:00 PM

SchoolHaus
Cartoonist from Sammy the Mouse, Le Mano Press and one of the Autoptic Festival organizer, Zak Sally is currently running a Kickstarter to create an interdisplinary experiment in art education! With all the heavy-wallet-hitting schools like SCAD, SVA and CCS (which I love, don't get me wrong), seeing education programs like SAW, Frank Santoro's low-residency Comics Workbook program and now SchoolHaus are very encouraging for the highly-ambitious, hard-working people without a lot of extra dough. When the choice is eat dinner or new bristol? Sometimes that's a tough choice.

ArtHaus 

Along with Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus, Zak Sally aims to create an educational system derived from what the students want to learn instead of hitting goals to earn a degree. Money made from the campaign will go towards many student's tuition. Minneapolis is already the home of many amazing book-friendly places like MCAD itself, Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, stores like Big Brain or Magers & Quinn; Ibarra and Sally's work in printing and education is definitely something the locals can sink their teeth into. Check out the Kickstarter and throw a few bucks their way, they have all sorts of beautiful rewards from screenprinted aprons to object books like the one below.

Object book 

Barnaby Vol. 2 Errata
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under errataCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 27 Jun 2014 12:11 PM
Barnaby 
Barnaby, the comic strip that welled up from the infamous inkpot of Crockett Johnson, who also greated Harold and the Purple Crayon, is chock fulla World War 2 information and allusions. Being a newspaper strip intended for children though, it's not a barrier to reading the comic.  "You don't need to get all of Crockett Johnson's allusions to enjoy his classic strip, Barnaby. But I'm the sort of person who wants to know these things," writes Philip Nel, co-editor of the Barnaby series and Johnson's biographer. For those who like a little inside baseball, Nel has posted a few corrections that readers have sent in already for Barnaby  Vol. 2. Cushlamachree! We always knew you guys were a well-read lot and appreciate it when you step up to the mic. Happy Reading!
Barnaby mic 
Agua Castello owes Charles Burns
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Charles Burns 27 Jun 2014 11:09 AM

Images not on the bottles courtesy Charles Burns and The Believer magazine. Actually, images on the bottle are also courtesy Charles Burns and The Believer. Fancy that.

On behalf of Charles Burns, The Believer and Fantagraphics Books, we say: Fuck you, Agua Castello of Portugal, and the shitty idea-bankrupt ad agency you hired.

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Fantagraphics Celebrates Pride with Weekend Book Sale
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wuvable OafWandering SonShimura TakakoSamuel R Delanysales specialsMoto HagioMia WolffMarguerite Van CookLove and RocketsJustin HallJames RombergerJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezEd LuceDavid WojnarowiczColleen Coover 27 Jun 2014 10:00 AM

Fantagraphics is celebrating Pride Weekend with a Book Sale!

Earlier this week, we posted a list of books with LGBTQ themes in honor of Pride Weekend.

Now through Sunday, June 29th, we're offering a sale on those very same books, with both discounts and bundled deals (and, in the case of Wuvable Oaf [edit: and MASSIVE!], beginning pre-orders)! Extend your Pride celebration into next month by picking up a new summer read, completing your Wandering Son collection, or finding the perfect gift for the near, dear, and queer friends in your life.


Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

The life of a man, the span of a century. There is hope and joy, there is bullying and grief, there is war, there is love, there is heartbreak. A standalone masterpiece of elliptical, emotional storytelling from the pages of Love and Rockets, finally completed and collected.

$19.99 $14.99 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

 

Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez

Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez

Maggie the Mechanic collects the earliest, punkiest, most heavily sci-fi stories of Maggie and her circle of friends, including best friend and sometimes lover Hopey, bombshell Penny Century, and Maggie's weird mentor Izzy.

$18.99 $14.24 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

No Straight Lines edited by Justin HallNo Straight Lines (Softcover) edited by Justin Hall

The first definitive collection of the world's greatest LGBT comics. These smart, funny, and profound works provide an uncensored window into four decades of queer culture.

$35.00 $26.25 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

 

Small Favors Vol.1 by Colleen CooverSmall Favors Vol. 1 by Colleen Coover

Featuring comicdom's most treasured girl-lovin' girls, this 128-page softcover collects the first four issues of the surprise hit erotic comic of 2001, plus a bunch of bonus art and previously-unseen strips!

$16.95 $12.71 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

 

 

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio

The Heart of Thomas + A Drunken Dream by Moto Hagio

A collection of 10 short stories spanning four decades and a shōjo masterpiece, both in English for the first time by one of Japan’s most influential and critically lauded comics innovators.

$64.98 $48.74 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

Wandering Son Vols 4-6 by Shimura TakakoWandering Son Vols. 4-6 by Shimura Takako

Love is in the air. In junior high, the simple friendships of childhood develop into the complex, tense relationships of adolescence — and it's even more complicated when coping with the knotty issue of gender identification.

$69.97 $55.98 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

7 Miles a Second and Bread & Wine

7 Miles a Second + Bread & Wine Memoir Set

Two vastly different comic memoirs, both emotionally charged and compelling in their own ways. Now together in one discounted bundle!

$34.98 $27.98 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

 

 

 


Wuvable Oaf by Ed LuceWuvable Oaf by Ed Luce [Pre-Order]

Oaf is a large, scary-looking ex-wrestler living in San Francisco with a posse of adorable kitties. He is on a quest to find love in the big city and has set his sights on Eiffel, the lead singer of the grindcore band Ejaculoid. Expected to ship in early spring 2015!

$29.99 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

Massive:Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - CoverMassive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It [Pre-Order]

Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. Expected to ship later this fall!

$35.00 • Add to Cart • More Info & Previews

 

Fantagraphics is celebrating Pride Weekend with a Book Sale