L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors"—brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds—and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.
Jet City Comic Show is this weekend in our dear neighbor to the south, Tacoma. Join us Saturday, November 8th from 10am-5pm as we dish out the goodies, from our newest graphic novels to some beautiful reproduced classics hot of the press. Special guest at the convention include Ed Piskor (B-02), Peter Bagge (B-01) and Megan Kelso (B-03), right across from our booth (705) in Artist Alley. You can find them at their tables at the show. Find these stars an more at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center (1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402).
Megan Kelso will be signing at the Fantagraphics table from 2-3pm so bring your copies of Squirrel Mother or Queen of the Black Black. Don't have one? Never fear, we'll have copies for sale at the Fantagraphics table.
Follow along as Olivier's grandfather traveled to a remote colony to help build a utopia in the wilderness, fell in love with his cousin's wife, and then into delirium - but is it love or jungle virus-induced fever, reality or imagination? You'll come undone by Olivier's first full-length graphic novel: part-biography, part-surrealscape, all fantastic. $34.99 Out in November 2014.
The acclaimed cartoonist returns to his underground roots, indulging his love of satire and cartooning in this free-wheeling one-man anthology that Sacco promises "will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do." $14.99 Out in stores now.
A travel memoir recounting the artist's experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, ageism in America and her family's relationships and history. $19.99 In stores February 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
A "best of the rest" tribute collecting Stack's work under his pseudonym, "Foolbert Sturgeon". Includes appearances by Dirty Diana, time traveler Frank Crankcase, Dr. Feelgood, and others. A tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational, iconoclastic art for more than forty years. $24.99 In stores December 2015 but pick up an advance copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
The Complete ZAP Comix by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson The most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever, finally collected. There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. We'll have one set for you to paw over. $500.00 In stores late December but pick up this ONE copy at Jet City.
The Great American Mythological Drama depicted by way of rich mixtures of myths and facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. $39.99 In stores now but pick up a copy at the Fantagraphics table at Jet City.
Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay comics. The first English-language anthology of its kind: a collection of manga from the most talented and influential artists in the gei komi genre. $35.99 In stores late December but pick up this a copy at Jet City.
Athens, GA - We are THRILLED to reprint the award winning graphic novel, Set to Sea, in gorgeous softcover released this month. We would be even more thrilled if you could join us and Drew Weing at Avid Bookshop for the launch party of a book that's on it's way to becoming a classic.
Set to Sea plays out in several veins, part seafaring adventure, part homage to the poetry of written word, human strength, and nature. Readers of all ages will find something that pulls them in, and leaves them inspired to find satisfaction in life amongst adversity.
Coming soon to Book Soup in Los Angeles, CA is the one, the onlyDrew Friedman! Self proclaimed as the 'guy who draws liver spots' will be in conversation on Friday, November 14th at 7pm with artist, William Stout and signing his latest book Heroes of the Comics, currently out in a comic bookstore, bookstore or our online store now.
Heroes of the Comics features over 80 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 of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women. 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, Werthem.
It's a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man BoingBoing.com call America's greatest living portrait artist! Come out to Book Soup next Friday for a night you'll never forget.
On this gloriously sunny fall day, we are excited to offer a sneak peek of our advance printer copies of the next EC Comics Library volume—Spawn of Mars and Other Stories! We're having a hard time keeping our hands off this beautiful hardcover book, which highlights the great Wallace Wood's science-fiction themed stories.
There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. All of them were extremists of one sort or another, from biker-gang member Rodriguez to Christian surfer Griffin, but somehow they produced a decades-long collaboration: a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap — every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists — in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. Plus, an introduction by founder R. Crumb and an oral history of Zap by Patrick Rosenkranz, and other exclusive bonus features and items TBA. Zap is the most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever published.
Comica continues rolling out the great cartoonists with Jacques Tardi. On Monday, November 10th, one hundred years after the outbreak of The Great War, Tardi makes his first ever public interview in Britain. He will be in conversation with Pat Mills, writer of Charley's War, the compelling saga of a young Cockney private enduring The First World War. An exceptional, unmissable encounter between two passionate anti-War comics creators. You can find these two in conversation at Foyles Bookshop, in The Auditorium, Level 6 (107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT) from 7-8:30pm. Tickets are on sale here at the Comica site.
Please note that Tardi will not be signing books at this event but the following night....
Meanwhile on 11th November, the anniversary of the First World War Armistice, Jacques Tardi, and his wife, the singer-songwriter Dominique Grange, will perform their work, Putain de guerre! (Goddamn This War!), a performance combining songs, readings and images in French & English, in the Ciné Lumière at the Institut Français in South Kensington from 7-8:30pm.
In a poignant evocation of the First World War, Grange will perform music from her own repertoire, as well as songs by unknown soldiers and pieces by Aragon and Ferré. Tardi will read caustic excerpts from Goddamn This War!, which he created in collaboration with the historian Jean-Pierre Verney, while his images, taken from the same work, will be shown on screen. They will be accompanied on stage by five musicians from the Accordzeam group. Followed by a book signing. Book your tickets at the Institut Français website.
The rest of us on this side of the pond will just have to be content to read the dark, beautiful new boxset, Tardi's WWI.
Here is a first look at an advance copy of another delicious CAB debut book: Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks. This book, which tells the story of a struggling cartoonist who comes in possession of a mysterious old comic book that injects him into a fantastical world, is a new, eagerly-awaited graphic novel from the creator of Hicksville. One only need look at these sneak peek images to see why we're eager for the book's release.
For those of you who can't make it to CAB (slackers), the least you could do is get your pre-order in now for December delivery.