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Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako -Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 28 Jul 2014 8:00 AM

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 7
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5

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

Shimura Takako’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved Wandering Son continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students in our 7th volume. Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn’t congratulate Chiba-san — she’d be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?

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ComiXology Celebrates 45 Years of Comic-Con with 45 Cent Sale
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezcomiXology 25 Jul 2014 12:15 PM

ComiXology is celebrating 45 years of Comic-Con International this week by discounting a different graphic novel or collection every day! Today, you can get Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 for just 45¢! Sale goes until 11:59 EST.

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by The Hernandez Brothers - Cover 

The 4th Annual Not-at-Comic-Con Sale!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsCCI 24 Jul 2014 3:30 AM

4th Annual Not-at-Comic-Con Sale - code FANTACON714

The internet is abuzz with Comic-Con tweets, status updates, instagram photos, and #SDCC hashtags, which means it must be time for our 4th Annual Not-at-Comic-Con Sale!

Lusting after Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2, Lucy Knisley's travel memoir An Age of License, Jim Woodring's Jim, or the other new releases debuting at our booth? Been meaning to pick up that next volume for your Love & Rockets collection? Looking for a gift to cheer up your comics-loving friend who is bemoaning not being in San Diego?

Starting today and for the duration of Comic-Con—until midnight PST on Sunday, July 27—we are offering a 20% discount off everything on our website! Just use coupon code FANTACON714 upon checkout. Go ahead, peruse our mail-order offerings from the comfort of your couch—no lines to wait in or overcrowded hallways to navigate here!

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 23 Jul 2014 8:00 AM

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

184-page full color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

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

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the '50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it's a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America's greatest living portrait artist!"

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Weekly OCD 7.22.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Will ElderS Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzOCDMoto HagioLane MilburnJohn SeverinJaime HernandezHarvey KurtzmanGilbert HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorEC Comics 22 Jul 2014 1:00 PM

This week's pre-Comic-Con warmup of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

How to Be Happy by Eleanor DavisReview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"This collection of short stories about people desperately trying to suppress or embrace or just somehow deal with all the difficult emotions careening around in their brain just underscores what those who have seen Davis’ work in scattered anthologies already suspected: that she is a tremendous talent, and one of the smartest voices working in comics today." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

 

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

"Ultimately, Wilson is a perfect representative of the dark side of the '60s. His work crackles with the viciousness that was the flip side of flower power. If he has any message to convey, it's that the world is falling apart: that (to quote Yeats by way of Joan Didion) 'the center cannot hold.'" – Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

 

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)Review: Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman, et al.

"What's striking about these 34 stories, written by Harvey Kutzman and illustrated with bold, deft confidence by Severin, is their range of tone. Sure, there are the expected heroics of American soldiers fighting in the relatively contemporary war zones of WWII and Korea; there are strong-jawed sergeants, good-natured grunts and daredevil flying aces. But there is also plenty of cowardice, irony, shame and sheer wastefulness–elements that must surely be part of any large-scale conflict, yet are often excised from their comic-book portrayals." – David Maine, Spectrum Culture

 

The Heart of Thomas by Moto HagioReview: The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio et al.

"The Heart of Thomas works in several different themes, many revolving around the concept of love. It asks the questions, what does it mean to love or be loved? What will we do to be loved or to help the one we love? Is it okay to accept another’s love? While asking all these questions, Hagio doesn’t put any conditions on them… The feelings are portrayed so genuinely that gender becomes meaningless, and just seeing the characters happy are all that's important in the end." – Lori Henderson, School Library Journal

 

The Francies
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Al Columbia 21 Jul 2014 3:10 PM
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Just watch this. It's called "Nightmare," by The Francies. Written and Directed by Al Columbia. What else do you really need to know? Al has plenty of well-deserved fans for his visual art, but he's a helluva musician and filmmaker, too.

Jim by Jim Woodring - Photo/Video Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesJim WoodringComing Attractions 18 Jul 2014 2:00 PM

Jim
by Jim Woodring

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

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

Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring's bestselling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring's cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are common- place. Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work — comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings, with a new introduction and afterword by the man himself. Abounding in metaphors if you choose to see them and naked self-disclosure if you don't, this volume of comics, prose, and images — collected here for the first time — is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.

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Jim by Jim Woodring - Cover

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMark FertigComing Attractions 18 Jul 2014 11:20 AM

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Cover

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Inside Page

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Inside Page

We blame the arrival of this book at our office for the sudden urge to don sunglasses, pull out our trench coats, and light a cigar. Mark Fertig's lushly oversized coffee table art book, Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s, is here!

Listen, we know you're no square. Get your kicks with our downloadable preview, then call dibs on the book when it comes out in August. You dig?

Fantagraphics Bookstore at the Anacortes Unknown Music Series!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsAnders Nilsen 17 Jul 2014 9:30 PM

It's that time of year again: the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is taking the show on the road to beautiful Anacortes, WA for the 4th Annual Anacortes Unknown Music Series, co-organized by Northwest comic artist Geneviève Castrée.

On Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th, we'll be on-site during the festival's Small Press Book Fair, carrying a handful of our titles alongside some of the self-published mini-comix and zines that we carry at the store.

Anders Nilsen signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, July 30, 2011

And this year, The Unknown welcomes special guest Anders Nilsen! Anders will be making a couple of special appearances. Join him on Friday evening, July 18th at Watermark Book Company [ 612 Commercial Ave ] from 4:00 to 5:00 PM, for a free signing.

And then on Saturday and Sunday, Anders will be tabling alongside Fantagraphics at the festival's Small Press Book Fair at The Unknown itself [ 1202 7th Street, upstairs ] from Noon to 4:00 PM.

So, come by, say hi, bring cash, and get some great comics! 3-Day passes are SOLD OUT (which sadly means, you're outta luck to see Anders' dinner-time presentation), but tickets will be sold at all other shows.

Julio's Day: Last Call!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Gilbert Hernandez 17 Jul 2014 4:30 PM

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover 

For anyone who is still waiting to pull the trigger on Gilbert Hernandez's standalone masterpiece, Julio's Day: delay no longer! This book is now sold out, except for the fewer than 30 copies in our warehouse. Almost half of that number are signed by the man himself, so treat yourself and buy this book now, while supplies last!

 

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 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

2014 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Graphic Album — Reprint

Named to the The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year: 2013 Shortlist

An ALA GLBT Round Table 2014 Over the Rainbow List — Graphic Narrative selection

One of The Globe and Mail's five Best Comics of 2013

One of NPR's Best Books of 2013

Ranked #8 on The A.V. Club's Best Graphic Novels and Art Comics of 2013

Honorable Mention on the Publishers Weekly Comics World 2013 Critics' Poll

One of The Montreal Gazette's top graphic novels of 2013

One of The Advocate's five Best LGBT Graphic Novels of 2013