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Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 2) [U.S./CANADA ONLY]
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 2) [U.S./CANADA ONLY]
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Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: "Evidence to the Contrary"
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Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
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Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.]
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Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951 by Ernie Bushmiller - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsNancyErnie BushmillerComing Attractions 24 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951 by Ernie Bushmiller - Cover

Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951 by Ernie Bushmiller

Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951 by Ernie Bushmiller

We have to show off the office copy of Nancy Loves Sluggo that landed on our desk this week. Just check out that beautiful spine! This third volume of Ernie Bushmiller's popular daily comic strip collects his work from 1949-1951, an era many regard as Bushmiller's finest.

We're looking at a late November release for Nancy Loves Sluggo, so it's time for you to put in your pre-order if you haven't already. This would make a great gift for the classic comic strip aficionados in your life!

Vapor by Max - Photo/Video Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMaxComing Attractions 24 Oct 2014 9:50 AM

Vapor
by Max

120-page color 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3

Ships in: December 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to an ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba.

In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

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Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful - Photo/Video Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDon RosaDisneyComing Attractions 24 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 2)
by Don Rosa

216-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-780-2

Ships in: October 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

"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!

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Pogo Vol. 3: "Evidence to the Contrary" by Walt Kelly - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Walt Kellynew releases 23 Oct 2014 4:35 PM

"…[An] essential purchase for any collection that values comic-strip reprints … [T]he inventive wordplay, idiosyncratic swamp patter, and goofy slapstick are all in full effect right from the start, as is the broad cast of loony critters that would eventually number upwards of 500 distinct characters. Due to run 12 volumes, this collection completes the holy trifecta, along with Charles Schulz’ Peanuts and George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, of comic strips whose influence cannot be overstated." – Ian Chipman, Booklist

"…[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 book is lovingly made and the strips presented with care and pleasure. But is it any good? Oh yes. It’s funny and charming, bursting with witty wordplay and vivid characters you love immediately…. In short, read Pogo and you can immediately see it slide into the pop cultural matrix and how it drew upon the work that came earlier, moved forward the art form of comic strips and influenced artists after it for generations to come. But most of all you’ll laugh…" – Michael Giltz, The Huffington Post

Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: “Evidence to the Contrary”
by Walt Kelly

356-page black & white/color 11.25” x 9.25” hardcover • $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-694-2

Due to arrive in 1-2 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/pogo3

Weekly OCD 10.23.2014
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon HanselmannOCDLucy KnisleyCarol Swain 23 Oct 2014 3:20 PM

This week's triumphant trio of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Gast by Carol SwainReview: Gast by Carol Swain

"Like the similarly peripatetic cartoonist Ben Katchor, she draws from, and at, unusual angles, beckoning the eye to travel across the story-world’s space to unusual nooks and crannies, dirty floors and empty skies." – Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal

 

Megahex by Simon HanselmannReview: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

"It would be easy to dismiss Megahex as another stoner comic. But there’s so much lurking beneath the seemingly superficial surfaces – questions about friendship, loyalty, love, drug addiction, sexual identity, and hopelessness." – Gareth Branwyn, BoingBoing

 

An Age of License by Lucy KnisleyReview: An Age of License by Lucy Knisley

"Knisley has a great eye for what makes travel fun: what’s different, what's delicious, cool museums, cute kitties, history, even the strange inconveniences." – Unshelved

 

Now in Stock: The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Box Set (Vols. 21-22) by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 23 Oct 2014 1:30 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 (Vols. 21-22) Gift Box Set by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Gift Box Set
by Charles M. Schulz

688-page black & white 8.75" x 7.125" x 3" hardcover • $59.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-774-1

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A boxed set of the twenty-first and twenty-second volumes of The Complete Peanuts, designed by the award-winning graphic novelist, Seth. Shipping shrinkwrapped, with volumes 1991-1992 and 1993-1994 packed in a sturdy custom box designed especially for this set, it's the perfect gift book item.

Now in Stock: The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 23 Oct 2014 12:45 PM

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The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22) by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-773-4

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Even the most devoted Peanuts fan will be surprised by revisiting Schulz's last decade of work. Schulz's cartooning has never been more expressive, and his sense of humor never more unencumbered by formula or tradition. In one sequence, the gang waits... and waits... for a school bus that never comes. Another shockingly showcases Charlie Brown hitting a game-winning home run — off Roy Hobbs's great-granddaughter? Then, Linus lobbies the White House to nominate Snoopy for a Supreme Court seat (it would go to Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Woodstock discovers his long-lost grandfather's diary, detailing a hard life in captivity (birdcage). Snoopy lands in the hospital with pneumonia, and all three of his brothers — Andy, Spike, and Olaf — come pay their respects. This is the 22nd volume (of 25) of the bestselling series collecting every single one of the 18,000-plus strips created by Schulz from 1950-2000.

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoThe Comics JournalS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinPatrick RosenkranzGilbert SheltonGary GrothComing AttractionsBob Levin 23 Oct 2014 12:00 PM

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Cover

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Inside Page

Our next Comics Journal Library book, Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews is in our hot little hands, and it is a thing of beauty. Densely packed with interviews, categorized by artist, and filled with illustrations, photos, and ZAP cover art, Zap The Interviews is the perfect companion to The Complete Zap Comix, though it also stands equally well alone. Either way, this is a must-have for any underground comix fan.

Due out in December, Zap The Interviews is available for pre-order now!

Blown Cover
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 23 Oct 2014 11:40 AM

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 29 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as we celebrate the publication of Sub Pop USA from Brooklyn publisher Bazillion Points. Longtime Seattle residents remember the humble beginnings of the legendary record label as a fanzine, cassette compilation, and broadsheet column by visionary indie music impresario Bruce Pavitt. His early efforts soon brought national attention to bands like Big Black, Sonic Youth, and the Wipers, while laying the foundation for an international pop culture phenomenon that gave us music by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and more. This collection of the first 8 years of Sub Pop includes art by Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, and Charles Peterson, with forewords from Fantagraphics curator and former Sub Pop contributor Larry Reid and K Records founder and Beat Happening front man Calvin Johnson, who will play music at the book launch event. Make plans now to spend the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Fantagraphics bookstore. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Now in Stock: Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDrew Weing 23 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Set To Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing - Cover

Set To Sea [Softcover Ed.]
by Drew Weing

144-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-771-0

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The central character of Set to Sea is a big lug and an aspiring poet who runs up tabs at the local bars by day and haunts the docks by night, writing paeans to the seafaring life. When he gets shanghaied aboard a clipper bound for Hong Kong, he finds the sailor's life a bit rougher than his romantic nautical fantasies, but he learns to live — and love — a Conradian life on the sea, all the while writing poetry about pirates, bad food, unceremonious funerals, foreign ports, and unexpected epiphanies. By the end of his life, he's found satisfaction in living a life of adventure and finding a receptive and appreciative readership. What more could one ask for? Set to Sea is part rollicking adventure, part maritime ballad told in visual rhyme. Every page is a single panel, every panel is a stunning illustration, every illustration a part of a larger whole that tells a story in the deft language of cartooning.