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This Week in Fanta Events 1/22-1/26
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoRobert WilliamsNico VassilakisLast VispoGraham KolbeinsGary GrotheventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 21 Jan 2015 6:07 PM

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Thursday, January 22nd

San Francisco, CA - This blog post may as well be called 'This Thursday in Fanta Events' because your 4th favorite day of the week is stacked with events to tide you over until the weekend comes. Kick it off in San Francisco with the men of Zap Comix as we continue to celebrate the release of The Complete Zap Comix Collection, a physical and emotional undertaking that is beautiful to behold. Join Gary Groth and Ron Turner of Last Gasp as they moderate a dicussion with Zap cartoonists Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, and Robert Williams at City Lights Booksellers beginning at 7 pm. This very-nearly sold out book will be available for purchase and signage at City Lights (just don't try to carry it home in your NPR tote bag.) (More Details)  

New York, NY - Humans can be split into two ages; a time where we communicated with pictures, and a time where we communicated with words. The blending of these worlds comes in the form of visual poetry, a fully immersive brain exercise in the conveyance of emotions, ideas, and beauty. The Future is Here Again is an exhibit opening today at AC Institute in NYC, and it will feature dozens of works by noted visual poetry artists whose works had been previously collected in the books Coldfront and The Last Vispo. Niko Vasilakis, editor of The Last Vispo has currated this new exhibit with ACI director, Holly Crawford. To continue this night of magnetic mashups, the alternative chamber music string trio, Speed Bump will be providing mingling music. Festivities begin at 6 pm! (More Details

Washington, D.C. - Obama did a pretty good job delivering his State of the Union address this past week, but he had one glaring oversight, he forgot to talk about how the Massive team will be at Fantom Comics this Thursday from 7-9 pm! The biggest and sexiest gay manga anthology is coming to our nation's capitol to announce their new policy on having a good time, and dropping some knowledge about the men who make gay erotic manga. Addressing their adoring constituents are editors Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and designer extrodinare Chip Kidd. Pick up one of the hottest books of the season tonight, because it'll be on next years comic citizenship tests. (More Details)

January Book-A-Day Sale: Young Romance 1 and 2
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsJoe SimonJack Kirby 21 Jan 2015 4:00 AM

Young Romance 1 + 2 Gift Set by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - CoversToday's January Book-A-Day sale features a bundled package of our two definitive books on artists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's romance comics: Young Romance 1 and Young Romance 2.

Together, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created such classic two-fisted comic series as Captain America, Boys' Ranch, The Newsboy Legion, and The Boy Commandos. But few people realize that one of their greatest successes — from 1947, when they singlehandedly created the genre, to the end of the 1950s — was... romance comics!

In such best-selling titles as Young Love and Real Western Romances, Simon and Kirby delighted a generation of girls and women (and probably a fair number of boys and men as well) with hundreds of charming and endlessly inventive stories of love and heartbreak.

And, for today only, you can get this lovestruck bundle at 40% off!

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Willard Mullinvideopreviews 20 Jan 2015 4:20 PM

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales
by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer; introduction by Yogi Berra

52-page two-color 6.25" x 6.25" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-814-4

Ships in: March 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The first set was issued on April 15, 1954, at the very first home game for the modern day Baltimore Orioles.

The illustrations by Mullin were for years thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition of "Casey at the Bat." This edition will include additional Mullin material like the "Fan's Alphabet" from 1953 and the poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn" from 1947. With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of "Casey" is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages.

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New Comics Day 1.21.15
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayMichael DowersJacques Tardi 20 Jan 2015 4:14 PM
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.
Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
by Jacques Tardi; adapted from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and translated by Doug Headline

104-page black & white 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-620-1 

"As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one." –Jason Giampaoli, Comics Bulletin

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
various artists; edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6 

"Mini comics are like the wild west of the comics world - in this lo-fi, DIY formate - it's anything - and everything - goes." - Benn Ray, Atomic Books (praise for the first volume)















Now in Stock: Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJacques Tardi 20 Jan 2015 12:10 PM

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

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Cover

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
by Jacques Tardi

104-page black & white 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-620-1

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After the teeth-rattling one-two punch of West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, Jacques Tardi makes a third appointment with ace crime writer Jean-Patrick Manchette for his wildest adaptation yet.

Peter Hartog, a rich industrialist, hires a troubled young woman, Julie, straight out of the psychiatric asylum to which she has been consigned for several years, to work as a nanny for his bratty kid Peter. But Hartog's seemingly altruistic impulse to help rehabilitate a troubled soul hides a darker motive: He plans to stage a fake kidnapping of his son, and use Julie as a scapegoat.

Unfortunately for Hartog, Julie proves infinitely more tough and resourceful than he expected, the kidnapping goes horribly, bloodily wrong, and now Julie and Peter are on the run, pursued both by the police and by Hartog's goons, led by the aging but fantastically dangerous contract killer Thompson — one of Manchette's most unforgettable creations, a golem of Terminator-like tenacity who is barely slowed down by physical punishment that would instantly kill a lesser man (he does not end the book with the same amount of eyes and feet as he started).

As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one.

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJohnny Ryan 20 Jan 2015 11:30 AM

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Cover

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Inside Page

Behold! Advance copies of Johnny Ryan's latest collection, Angry Youth Comix, have graced our office. This is a book that, at first glance, would fit seamlessly amongst the great classics in literature in one's personal library—which just delights us to no end!

Our amazing designer Keeli has really outshone herself with this book, we think you'll agree. It's so damn beautiful it makes us wanna cuss! Angry Youth Comix is slated to invade a bookstore near you this March, so pre-order your copy now. Video and photoset previews will be coming up in the following weeks!

January Book-A-Day Sale: Film Noir 101
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsMark Fertig 20 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale features the best of the best: in film noir posters, that is! Film Noir collects the 101 posters of the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.

Today, get this beautiful oversized art book at 20% off!

LA: Les McCann and Pat Thomas at Book Soup
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Pat ThomasLes McCannevents 19 Jan 2015 1:31 PM

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Portraits shot at the right moment are like the fermata on a pitch perfect note. Master photographer and jazz pianist Les McCann was able to catch such moments from the greatest of jazz singers and musicians. YOU now have a chance to meet him! Author and historian Pat Thomas (Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) curated the new McCann retrospective: Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 and will be with McCann at the book release party at Book Soup on Saturday, March 28th. 5pm is when DJ Adam Dorn starts spinning the soulful tunes to images by McCann. Pat Thomas will host a roundtable with McCann and A. Scott Galloway, music journalist and introduction writer.  

The new book featuring his photographs comes out at the same time as rerelease of Les McCann's Invitation to Openness album from Omnivore Records. The Invitation To Openness album (originally from Atlantic Records) has "remained a landmark statement in free-form improvisation mixed with soulful grooves, featuring a 26-minute continuous track with expressive instrumentation from the likes of Yusef Lateef, Ralph McDonald, Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and Alphonse Mouzon." These beautiful photographs still resonate to this day, an un-diminished harmony of beautiful black and white.
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Invitation to Openness is coming soon from Fantagraphics, a refrain you'll read and hear often until, it's March release striking a chord within the hearts of photography fans and lovers of jazz. Be one of the first to enjoy a signed edition by picking up your copy from Book Soup on March 27th. 

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Book Soup
8828 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 




Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Coming AttractionsAlexander Theroux 19 Jan 2015 11:45 AM

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Cover

We are pleased to announce a collection of award-winning novelist and poet Alexander Theroux's poetic works, due to be published this upcoming April. Over 660 poems are included in Collected Poems, showcasing an astonishing variety of sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, dramatic monologues, and ruminations.

Here is the final cover design for Collected Poems, and you can pre-order your copy now for an April delivery. We'll have more previews of Theroux's literary work in this book soon, so keep your eyes peeled on our Flog and other social media!

Now in Stock: Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesLucy Knisley 19 Jan 2015 10:00 AM

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

Displacement by Lucy Knisley - Cover

Displacement
by Lucy Knisley

168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6

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New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.