Today's January Book-A-Day title was named the "Best Funny Comic of 2012" by Paul Gravett.
Nicolas Mahler's Angelman turns the superhero trope directly on its head. The titular character is created by Korporate Comics in a flash of money-grubbing cynicism appalling even by their standards. However, Angelman’s powers (which include empathy and the ability to be a good listener) prove less than adequate to deal with the sinister threat of the insane plastic-surgeon villain Gender Bender — or with the fickleness of fashion, the rapacious super-heroine Lady Dentata, the increasingly desperate re-boot attempts by Korporate Comics, his oddly twin-like wife, a disastrously bad movie adaptation that single-handedly brings the vogue for super-hero movies to a screeching halt… all delineated in Mahler’s trademarked ultra-minimalism (albeit this time in spectacular color), and with his drier-than-dry wit.
For today only, Angelman is available from our mail-order department at 35% off!
The crew behind MASSIVE continues it's trip down the coast (no joke there). Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges:welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is a survey introduction to a diverse and important group of men responsible for some of the most emblematic gay manga drawn for fellow gay readers.
Giovanni's Roomof Philadelphia invites you to visit this world for a night on Tuesday, January 20th when the editors and designers behind the anthology are celebrating the book's release. Join Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins and Chip Kidd when the fun and book signing starts at 6pm. Whether you are previously a gay manga fan or just looking to dip your toe into the pool, Massive has something for everyone as the book also provides a rich background to each of the artists (from Gengorah Tagame to Kazuhide Ichikawa to Inu Yoshi) and a brief history of gay erotic arts and illustration. From cartoony, emotional comics to sweaty, technical comics....you'll not be left in a 'blue-book' state.
Giovanni's Room 345 South 12th Street 215.923.2960
Our thoughts are with the families of the cartoonists and their colleagues senselessly killed in Paris. We trust that in the end, the pen will prove mightier than the sword. By coincidence, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is hosting an appearance by French cartoonist collective Le Cagibi this Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Under the circumstances, this event takes on special significance.
The visiting artists, from Lille, France, will conduct a free workshop on their inventive techniques and present their handcrafted publications. They encourage people to bring tee shirts to be silkscreened on site with their designs. The evening will also include an exhibition of Golden Age comic book covers by L. B. Cole with a slide talk by editor J. Michael Catron.
Please join us for this intriguing international cultural exchange on Saturday. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes from downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110.
Our eighth January Book-A-Day Sale title also heralds our new theme of the week—"Across the Pond"—featuring seven Fantagraphics editions of non-U.S. titles. We're starting off with acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist Jason's The Last Musketeer.
The premise: the by-now centuries old musketeer Athos has been reduced to a suavely dressed but useless near-panhandler trading on his now almost extinct fame. All this changes when one day the Martians attack Earth. Suddenly there is a need for swashes to be buckled, and Athos leaps back into the fray with a vengeance.
You can purchase The Last Musketeer today for a whopping 45% off! Grab your copy of this iconic, award-winning cartoonist's work while supplies last!
"That Foster was the most virtuosic comics artist of his time, there is some merit to the claim." – Steven Heller, The New York Times
"Hal Foster was an illustrator in the grand tradition of Arthur Rackham and Howard Pyle… Every panel packs a one-two punch." – Vanity Fair
"Foster’s meticulously detailed, painstakingly researched, vividly realistic, and often breathtaking illustration made him one of the most revered artists in the comic field." – Library Journal
"One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breath-taking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant’s 30+ year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics’ series of books." – The Huffington Post
The party you've been waiting your whole lifetime is here! On Thursday, January 22nd join Victor Moscoso, Robert Williams and Paul Mavrides at City Lights in San Francisco. They'll be in discussion with Gary Groth and Ron Turner (of Last Gasp) about The Complete Zap Comix.These legends start talking at 7pm on the dot, be there five minutes early if you need a smoke break. This nearly sold-out collection will be yours for the buying, theirs for the signing and for your family to argue about who will carry it home.
In 1968, when underground comics were just strating to emerge, Robert Crumb's released his classic solo first issue of Zap. By the second issue, he had assembled a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. Together they created a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap - every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists - in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams.
"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." -Dana Jennings, The NY Times
You'll want to sit down for this one, EC Comics fans (the better to flail all four limbs in fervent joy). We know you've been asking about our next boxed set of EC Comics... And here it is! We are proud to show off the slipcase design for our next 4-volume bundle, which will collect Fall Guy for Murder, Child of Tomorrow, Zero Hour, and Sucker Bait into one beautifully packaged box set.
Baseball fans, rejoice! Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales is shaping up to be an easy catch. With 27 pages alternating poetry by Ernest Thayer and illustrations by Mullin, plus a couple dozen more pages of extra material, including poetry, illustrations, and essays, this little book packs a good-sized punch for any baseball lover!
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
224-page black & white 7.75" x 10" softcover • $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-808-3
"Foolbert Funnies is a definitive collection of comic art by one of the quirkiest and most intriguing artists to emerge from undergrounds. As a former college art professor, Frank Stack brought a unique approach to his art, blazing his own trail. And what could be more appropriate for an underground comics cartoonist than that?" –Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-805-2
"…the reason I'm almost guaranteed to eventually pick this up: shelf porn. I'd probably buy 'Wally Wood sci-fi reprints' as a digest, but this is going to eventually look so damn good on the oversized shelf. It's the smuggest reason to buy anything ever, but I don't care." –Jim Dandendeau, Topless Robot
Today, our January Book-A-Day Sale features a bittersweet, melancholy book by Jordan Crane—his first self-published graphic novel. The Last Lonely Saturday is a largely wordless, two-color book telling the story of an older man on the day he visits his departed wife's gravesite.
In this evocative, romantic novella, told in a beautiful red and yellow palette, Crane's economical images waste not a line, and his narrative flows effortlessly from panel to panel in this heartwarming story of love and love lost.