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Now in stock: Baobab #3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesIgortIgnatz Series 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Baobab #3 by Igort

Baobab #3
By Igort

Baobab #3 returns to the structure of the first issue, split between two ongoing and (seemingly) unrelated stories set a century ago. In the first part of the book, young Hiroshi’s ailing grandmother tells him that she will die soon, and that his future will be in his nation’s capital: Tokyo. It’s the beginning of his new life for Hiroshi, and the end of his childhood. Then we return to the continuing story of two young, struggling South American cartoonists. Celestino is still living in his native Parador where, on the eve of World War I, a right-wing military dictatorship is growing in power and viciousness, even destroying the printing presses of the paper for whom he works. Even in this darkness, some light emerges: Celestino receives his first few fan letters from readers, and embarks on a romance with his publisher’s daughter. Meanwhile, his expatriate friend and colleague Pilade regales him with tales from the exciting world of American syndicated cartoonists, and together the two dream about this new artform whose birth they are witnessing, and may very well be contributing to...

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket • $7.95
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Strange and Stranger excerpt at WizardUniverse
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoBlake Bell 20 Aug 2008 1:28 PM
WizardUniverse.com has an exclusive excerpt from Blake Bell's book about Steve Ditko. Go, read; come back and buy.
Harvey Kurtzman's daughter lives in H.P. Lovecraft's old apartment and it's haunted
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Harvey Kurtzman 20 Aug 2008 11:25 AM
So sez the New York Post! Holy crap, what a story. (Link provided by Eric.)
Public Service Announcement
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under miscellany 20 Aug 2008 10:49 AM
In the past 3 weeks, 3 Fantagraphics staffers (yours truly included) have had their computers (work or personal) die on them -- one of us twice! We strongly encourage you to get preventative maintenance done and back up your data -- there's some kind of bad technological mojo out there, and an extra hard drive is way cheaper and less of a bummer than data recovery, as we have been learning the hard way.
New Comics Day 8/20/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 19 Aug 2008 12:51 PM

For those of you heading to your local comics shop tomorrow, you'll find a whole boatload of new Fantagraphics releases on the shelves:

Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane
Mome Vol. 12 by various artists
Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes
Delphine #3 by Richard Sala
Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione
Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman

Happy shopping (if you haven't already ordered them directly from us)! Speaking of ordering directly from us, we'll be having our own New Comics Day tomorrow with another boatload of brand-new titles in stock and ready to order... stay tuned!




Esther Pearl Watson: Beauty U.S.A.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Esther Pearl Watson 18 Aug 2008 10:13 PM

Esther Pearl Watson - Beauty Road Trip Day One

Esther Pearl Watson, not the type to sit around twiddling her thumbs while we get her Unlovable book ready for the world, told us about her new multimedia art project when we saw her at Comic-Con, and now it's underway: she and fellow artist Martha Rich are road-tripping across the U.S.A. to interview people about their ideas of beauty, a process they're documenting on their new blog. (Hat tip to the USA Today for the links.)

We're also dying to see Esther's Unlovable video starring Leslie Hall as Tammy Pierce. I mean, come on!

Now in stock: The Comics Journal #292
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalSimon Deitchnew releasesKim DeitchGene Deitch 18 Aug 2008 5:47 PM

The Comics Journal #292 - cover by Kim Deitch

The Comics Journal #292
Edited by Michael Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Gary Groth interviews father and son cartoonists Gene and Kim Deitch. Academy-award-winning Gene Deitch, whose wide-ranging career has spanned 60+ years, talks about doing illustrations for The Record Changer, directing cartoons such as Munro and Krazy Kat, and creating his comic strip Terr’ble Thompson. Underground comics pioneer Kim Deitch, touches on his father’s influence, reminisces about the New York-based scene and outlines the evolution of Waldo the Cat. Plus: The innovative Grant Morrison fills us in on his X-Men run, All Star Superman, the ambitious Seven Soldiers “maxiseries” how he became one of the architects of the current DC Comics universe. Our comics gallery presents an historical essay and highlights from the turn-of-the-19th-century work of Puck cartoonist F. M. Howarth.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Now in stock: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Softcover Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 18 Aug 2008 5:46 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 by Robert Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Softcover Printing)
By Robert Crumb

Finally back in print after a prolonged absence, The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14: The Early '80s and Weirdo Magazine continues the multi-volume series comprising the complete works of the legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, one of America's most original, trenchant, and uncompromising artists. This volume features the beginning of a seminal period of both Crumb's life and comics history with the first eight issues of Weirdo magazine, edited and anchored by Crumb, including the legendary strips, “Uncle Bob’s Mid-Life Crisis” and “I Remember the Sixties.” Also included are collaborations with Harvey Pekar from the pages of American Splendor, rare music-related art, Crumb's final contributions to Winds of Change magazine, and much more.

128-page b&w/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
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Jaime Hernandez interview at The Daily Cross Hatch (part 2)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandez 18 Aug 2008 1:55 PM

The conclusion of Brian Heater's two-part talk with Jaime Hernandez about Love and Rockets: New Stories touches on fantasy, reality, and putting Maggie through the wringer.

Lotta interviews out there today, huh?

Jason interview at Panels and Pixels
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jason 18 Aug 2008 1:21 PM
Chris Mautner talks to Jason about Pocket Full of Rain, Low Moon, and much more... Jason dropping a tease about a future monster-based story is worth the price of admission alone.