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.
280-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $35.00 ISBN: 978-1-60699-785-7
"The level of drawing in these erotic fantasies is extremely high, sometimes rivaling the work of the iconic Western porno artist Tom of Finland...The content of the stories in Massive is completely unlike the feathery romanticism of yaoi manga and anime. Rough, even sadistic sex takes the place of wistful longing." -Charles Solomon, IndieWire
180-page full color 8" x 10" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-789-5
"The Late Child is a rich and intelligent work, one of the lushest and most giving graphic novels in recent memory." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"Marguerite's partner on these books as well as in life, Romberger, leaves his ink drawings open enough for her watercolors to capture various types of natural light during the day…It is a significantly gentler and more pastoral book, traditionally beautiful. Calling 7 Miles a Second "beautiful" would lead to smirking inwardly while waiting to be challenged; the book carries ugliness inside itself as part of its very being. While that book's language pushed forward with velocity and free association, this one places each considered thought into a caption to ring out poetically."–Brian Nicholson, Bookslut
920-page black & white with color 9.75" x 13.25" x 7" hardcover • $500.00 ISBN: 978-1-60699-787-1
"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
"The Zapatistas were a sort of 'supergroup'-the dharma warriors of comics. Inkslingers. Revolutionaries. The best of the best. Their only yardsticks for comparison were each other and that sort of fraternal competition raised the bar and kept their art constantly evolving and their social satire razor sharp." –Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds
120-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3
"Spanish cartoonist Max's graphic novel is ambiguous but powerful, leaving readers to wonder whether Nick is going crazy or finding enlightenment-or perhaps they're the same thing." –Cat Auer, Playboy (This Winter's Best Books)
"Max's latest graphic novel translated by Fantagraphics purifies and condenses his cartooning and thinking. Vapor charts the struggles and strange encounters of Nicodemos, a long-haired, long-nosed monk, who has quit the ‘gigantic muddle' of the world to seek transcendence in a desert through self-deprivations." –Paul Gravett
336-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 8.5" softcover • $39.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-777-2
"The Nancy books are beautiful, and that work is such that it will be pulled from shelves and re-examined years after other collections, ostensibly more exciting this very minute, have worked their way to the sales box." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
"Have you ever taken the time to read and devour Ernie Bushmiller's masterpiece Nancy. Deceptibly simple and oddly corny, it is surprisingly funny and a virtual textbook on comic storytelling." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online
272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8
"Black Light vows to burn out your eyes…" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
"His covers are really noir: spirals, figures falling down through space, big spider webs, just great... The colors are all totally primary: just bright red, blue, almost no subtle colors... they really work." - R. Crumb
200-page full-color 7" x 9" softcover • $22.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-597-6
"...[A] significant artist and engaging storyteller." - Robert Kirby, The Comics Journal
"Carré's work, fittingly titled Heads or Tails, probes choice, ambivalence and fate; in her stories, there's a flip side to everything, rendered in full and brilliant colour." -Laura Kane, The Toronto Star
This Tuesday afternoon, we've got our heads burrowed in our advance copies of Love and Rockets: New Stories #7. From the magical adventures of Aladdin to a Maggie and Hopey reunion, this is a hundred sweet pages packed with Beto and Jaime goodness.
Noah Van Sciver is back with an all-new graphic novel—Saint Cole—and we've got an 8-page downloadable excerpt for you to read today! By page 2 we are treated to an immediate foreshadowing of the storyline, followed by an introduction of the main character, Joe—a 28-year-old pizza server trying desperately to make ends meet to support his girlfriend and their unplanned infant child.
The indomitable Charles M. Schulz, aka Sparky, hits home the week after Thanksgiving by having our new Thanksgiving-themed books on the NY Times Best Sellers list. In this humourous collection, Woodstock goes through a variety of masks and outfits to disguise the fact that he is a bird during this poultry-fied food holiday. As for Snoopy, he decides it's time to visit some kin and enjoy a nice holiday with his brother, Spike, or so he thought...Snoopy's Thanksgiving is one of our many Peanuts gift books that fit small hands, big hearts and don't hurt your wallet.
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 the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.
"Cult" cartoonist Frank Stack is best known as the artist behind Harvey Pekar's award-winning graphic novel, My Cancer Year (his art was featured in the American Splendor film), and as the creator of the first underground comic book, The Adventures of Jesus. Foolbert Funnies collects comics—inspired by Stack's pop culture-filled childhood and travails as a fine arts professor—that ran in National Lampoon and other publications. (For decades, Stack's work was published under the pseudonym "Foolbert Sturgeon" to protect his career.) In Foolbert Funnies, you will find adventuress Dirty Diana; nostalgic time traveler Frank Crankcase; commonsensical Dr. Feelgood; politician Paddy Booshwah; "Southern Fried Homicide"; and a host of Amazons, artists, and pulp heroes, all depicted in Stack's scratchy, hatchy "crowquill" style. This "best of the rest" is a tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years.
From the time it first appeared in 1968 - peddled from a baby carriage on the streets of San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district - R. Crumb's perversely perceptive observations in Zap altered the course of American counterculture. The Zap Comix collective came to include eight creative misfits, as Crumb was joined by Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, and Paul Mavrides. Over the course of three and-a-half decades they produced 16 issues on an intermittent schedule. The Complete Zap Comix Anthology will include all prior issues plus the previously unpublished #17 and a fascinating oral history of Zap by underground comix scholar Patrick Rosenkranz. A special, limited edition of the anthology will include a portfolio of signed prints from the pages of Zap. The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will feature prints, posters, drawings and related ephemera from these master cartoonists.
Robert Williams emerged on the American art scene in 1965 as a designer for notorious hot rod celebrity Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. In addition to his later work on Zap and other underground comix, Williams has enjoyed a successful career as a fine artist. His work was featured in MoCA's landmark "Helter Skelter" exhibition in 1992 and the travelling "Kustom Kulture" show, which appeared at Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art in 1994. His paintings have since been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Fantagraphics Books has published three volumes of Williams work including Malicious Resplendence, Hysteria in Remission, and Conceptual Realism. Williams will sign copies of these and other books at the reception on December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, which marks the 8th anniversary of Fantagraphics Bookstore. This event also coincides with the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack.
On Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 PM, Fantagraphics Books co-hosts the Seattle premiere of Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill. This wildly entertaining documentary, directed by Mary Reese and Nancye Ferguson, chronicles the career of this incredibly influential artist. Williams will introduce the movie and answer questions following the screening.
On Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 PM, editor J. Michael Catron will give a slide presentation on the history of Zap Comix and its lasting cultural implications. The festivities will conclude on Saturday, December 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with a Tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread and Jim Blanchard. Rosenkranz will sign copies of The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson: Pirates in the Heartland. Dennis Dread will present Entartete Kunts, a collection of contemporary cartoonists and illustrators influenced by the Wilson's work, including Seattle artist Jim Blanchard.
The Zap Comix exhibition continues through January 8, 2015. 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.
Robert Williams presents the COMPLETE ZAP COMIX ANTHOLOGY Exhibition and book signing Saturday, December 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore's 8th anniversary party!
Sunday, December 14, 4:00 PM. Screening of Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin' documentary at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue.
Thursday, December 18, 7:00 PM. Editor J. Michael Catron presents the History of ZAP Comix slide talk at Fantagraphics Bookstore.
Saturday, December 20, 4:00 to 6:00 PM. A Tribute to S. Clay Wilson with Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread, and Jim Blanchard.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street Seattle, WA 98108 | 206.658.0110 Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.
Our half-height kids books celebrating Carl Barks' iconic duck family is back with a new collection of rip roaring adventures. This time, Donald Duck finds himself donning a sheriff's badge in order to ferret out the mysterious misbranding of cattle in Bullet Valley. And, as ever, Donald's intrepid and clever nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie are at his side, ready to help him when plans invariably go awry.
The beautiful, bold cover design has been finished, and we're proud to show it off for you today! Sheriff of Bullet Valley is slated to be released Spring 2015, so keep your eyeballs peeled for more updates and previews in the upcoming months. Of course, you can also pre-order the book straight away, give yourself a little something to look forward to come March!
During Ed Piskor's West Coast tour he hit up Meltdown Comics on sassy afternoon for a signing and while he was there, Boing Boing cofounder Mark Frauenfelder sat down to interview the cartoonist of Hip Hop Family Tree. Piskor's comic strip has been serialized on Boing Boing for the past two and half years and this was the first time he had met Mark.
Sit back or sit up and draw to this nice 45 minute interview covering Piskor's backstory, drawing style and the research behind Hip Hop Family Tree. "I consider myself more than a cartoonist but also an archeologist on this project or more like a curator." –Ed Piskor
Ed's busy plugging away, finishing up the design elements for Volume 3 and continueing to draw strips for Boing Boing aka future volume 4!
The seventh annual volume of Love and Rockest: New Stories begins with a six-page excerpt of Gilbert Hernandez's "Killer in Palomar", where the titular protagonist ruminates aloud with her friend, Theo, on the killings that happened as a result of a man seeing her in a movie. Then, we skip over to three pages of Jaime Hernandez's Maggie and Ray, discussing Maggie's upcoming reunion trip with Hopey.