Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. Especially when Nicole invites her troubled mother, Angela, to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again. Joe reacts to this development by further retreating into alcohol. He thinks he loves Nicole but resents her at the same time. They probably wouldn’t still be with each other if she hadn’t become pregnant. Joe wants out. He’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly. And he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his critically acclaimed debut graphic novel biography of Abraham Lincoln (The Hypo), yet upon closer reflection, it continues Van Sciver’s interest in pathos and the human condition.
Our tenth volume finds our band of heroes making their way back to the Kingdom of Thule by way of Constantinople and Eastern Russia. Soon they are attacked by a tribe of barbarians who kidnap Aleta for the great Dragada Khan who wants to make her one of his wives. After nearly being killed in battle, Valiant returns to his homeland only to find the threat of hunger hovers over Thule. As Val explores new ways of feeding the kingdom's growing populace, raiders threaten the lives of his family and friends. The volume ends with Val's return to Camelot, a tournament of champions, and the threat of new treachery in Cornwall. This volume also includes an introduction by legendary comics artist Timothy Truman, and a special gallery containing more of Hal Foster's incredible Mountie paintings annotated by comics historian Brian M. Kane.
Today it was revealed that our 'Silver Member' Free Comic Book Day contribution is a sweet flip book: Hip Hop Family Tree Three-In-One featuring Cosplayers by Ed Piskor, Dash Shaw and friends, you'll get 56 pages of full-color all-action.
Featuring Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series and Dash Shaw's Cosplayers! Piskor's half features excerpts from the first two HHFT volumes, the forthcoming Vol. 3, as well as the Rob Liefeld/Spike Lee commercial adaptation exclusive to the Hip Hop Family Tree Box Set. Plus pinups by R Crumb, Scottie Young, Jim Rugg, Jenny Goldstick, Ben Marra, and plenty of other surprises! Shaw's side delivers an all-new, 20-page issue of his thoughtful and funny exploration of human endeavor and social interaction as seen through the lives of two cosplayers, who take a trip to the comic book store! Enjoy the works of two of the great contemporary graphic novelists of their generation! With an exclusive, annotated wraparound cover by Piskor!
Baseball fans, rejoice! We have the final cover design for our upcoming book, Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales, which collects Mullin's illustrations accompanying baseball-themed poetry by Ernest Thayer. The original images for Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" were thought to be lost for years, until they reemerged at an auction in 2002.
With material including the poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn" and an introduction by Yogi Berra, Casey at the Bat makes for a great addition to any baseball fan's bookshelf. We expect a March release for this book, though you can pre-order it in advance, of course!
The celebration of our momentous Complete Zap Comix continues with two events this week. On Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 PM, editor J. Michael Catron will give an entertaining "History of Zap Comix" slide presentation at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.
This Saturday, December 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, the bookstore hosts A Tribute to S. Clay Wilson with Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread, and Jim Blanchard. Underground comix authority Rosenkranz will screen a short film and sign copies of The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson: Pirates in the Heartland and related titles. Dennis Dread will present Entartete Kunts, a provocative collection of "degenerate" contemporary cartoonists and illustrators including Wilson and acclaimed Seattle artist (and former Fantagraphics art director) Jim Blanchard. The book includes an introduction by Rosenkranz.
Take advantage of our Subversive Santa Sale offering $5 off any purchase of $25 or more through December 31. Simply print out this image or present it at the bookstore counter on your mobile device. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110.
"I can count on one hand the number of comic artists whose work is as strong… maybe on two or three fingers… It’s a laff riot, what can I tell ya?" – R. Crumb
"Peter Bagge is the funniest cartoonist in existence… The situations Peter creates for his characters are gripping, hilarious and bitingly honest. His drawing style is completely original and would be funny on its own, even without his great stories." – John Kricfalusi
Wallace Wood fans love his sleek, preternaturally lush art, but they especially love the wonderment of his spectacular science fiction. This highly anticipated mouth-watering collection features over two dozen stories brimming with Wood’s meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork—all save the one Wood wrote himself on the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. And with titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey," how can you go wrong? This is EC science fiction at its finest. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
The 1950s were also a launching pad for some of the greatest comic book artists in history, many of whom worked for EC—including Wallace Wood, whose hypnotically detailed, lushly expressive brushwork brought to life menacing thugs, ominous cityscapes, and small-town America, as well as Everymen grappling with profound moral issues—not to mention some of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful women ever to sashay across a comic book page.
Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars features extensive essays and notes on these classic stories by EC experts—but the real "meat" of the matter (sometimes literally, in the grislier stories) is supplied by these often lurid, sometimes downright over-the-top, but always compelling and superbly crafted, classic comic-book masterpieces.
This is the first of two volumes reprinting copious amounts of comics stories and recounting the career of cartoonist Basil Wolverton. Based on his correspondence and journals, the biographical portion of the books follows Wolverton from childhood to adult day-to-day life as freelance cartoonist, itinerant handyman, persistent contest enterer, and local pastor of the Radio Church of God. Wolverton lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest, unique among the first generation of comic book pioneers. In the precious period before the industry calcified into a commercial institution, Wolverton was free to work under the radar to explore in detail his weird tales of the future. All of Wolverton's non-humorous comic book stories will be presented in full, along with prime examples of his humorous comics and dozens of pages of unpublished art, including editorial drawings, advertisements, caricatures, pulp illustrations, rejected comic book covers, and unsold features.
Here is our finalized cover design, which—we think you'll agree—lets Crane's work speak for itself. Now, rest easy, mate, this book is already up for presale and is on course for a February release date.
The official list of nominees for Angoulême Festival Awards was announced (on Turkey Day) and Julio's Dayby Gilbert Hernandezgraces the top of that list. The translated graphic novel Julio is available from French comics publisher, Atrabile, or you can get the boring ol' English version from Fantagraphics. Check out the books in person this upcoming January 29th-February 1st at Festival d'Angoulême. Congrats to Gilbert!