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Now in Stock: Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Noah Van Scivernew releases 26 Jan 2015 3:45 PM

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Saint Cole
by Noah Van Sciver

116-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-817-5

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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.

Now in Stock: Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesGuy Colwell 26 Jan 2015 3:15 PM

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Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

200-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-813-7

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Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance tread new territory for underground comix, filled with stories about prison, black culture, ghetto life, the sex trade, and radical activism. It portrayed the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. Readers wondered who Colwell was, whether he was black or white, and how he knew so much about prison. Two years at McNeil Island federal prison for draft refusal provided a personal education for him, as well as his involvement with the San Francisco Good Times underground newspaper, where he became a close observer of the White Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and anti-war demonstrations. Inner City Romance details Colwell's life on the mean streets. Every issue of Inner City Romance is included in this collection, as well as many of the highly detailed paintings he created at the same time. Colwell recounts in an accompanying text piece, his personal journey to artistic maturity forged by radicalism and frustration.

Now in Stock: Sweatshop by Peter Bagge
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoPeter Baggenew releasesJohnny RyanJim Blanchard 26 Jan 2015 2:20 PM

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Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge

152-page full color 6.75" x 10.25" softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-812-0

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Mel Bowling is the unhappy, out-of-touch creator of a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield). He spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work. Sweatshop is a hilarious situational comedy from acclaimed author Peter Bagge (Buddy Does Seattle, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story) that ingeniously incorporates the visual styles of cartoonist guest stars like Stephen DeStefano (Popeye) and Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit) to give voice to Bowling's colorful cast of misfit, aspiring cartoonists (plus a cameo by Neil Gaiman!), all attempting to make it big like their boss, but on their own terms. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 that was never collected, this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation.

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDisneyCarl Barks 26 Jan 2015 2:10 PM

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck
by Carl Barks

96-page full color 7.25" x 5.5" softcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-820-5

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

When a passel of extra-sneaky, extra-ornery high-tech cattle rustlers strikes the good citizens of Bullet Valley, Donald Duck bravely dons a badge to become the "Sheriff of Bullet Valley." Fortified by the know-how he's gained watching Hollywood Westerns, our ever-intrepid Duck sets out to solve the perplexing mystery of how Blacksnake McSquirt's brand keeps showing up on the cattle of the honest ranchers. Sheriff of Bullet Valley is the second entry in our new line of affordable kid-friendly Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure. Each story is complete with all the original artwork (no panels have been dropped or altered). Bonus: Donald's always-exasperating cousin Gladstone Gander returns in, um, "Gladstone Returns." All stories written and drawn by Disney legend Carl Barks!

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Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 26 Jan 2015 12:45 PM

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5, edited by Blake Bell - Cover

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5, edited by Blake Bell - Inside Page

It's a beautiful day to be taking in the bright, bold coloring and clean linework of comics giant Steve Ditko. We've received our advances of the fifth volume in The Steve Ditko Archives, lovingly edited by Blake Bell. Entitled Dripping with Fear, the book features over 200 full-color pages, essays, and extras highlighting the time period when Ditko began sharing a studio with famed fetish artist and art-school colleague Eric Stanton.

Dripping with Fear is due out in bookstores this coming March, and we've got lots of previews to share in the meantime! Pre-order your copy now.

In Solidarity
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under comics industryart 26 Jan 2015 10:00 AM

I wrote to cartoonists that Fantagraphics publishes, inviting them to do a drawing responding to the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office on January 7. The purpose is to show solidarity to our fallen comrades and to the scorched-earth tradition of cartoon satire. We would run whatever we received, uncensored. It seemed not only appropriate but imperative that Fantagraphics offer cartoonists a place to display such cartoons since we have published so much satire ourselves – from R. Crumb to Drew Friedman to Johnny Ryan to Jonah Kinigstein.

There is a debate simmering as to whether or not Hebdo was indeed an "equal opportunity offender," as the political cartoonist Ann Telnaes has said, a characterization disputed by, among others, Glenn Greenwald. This may go to the integrity of Hebdo as a magazine or it may not; satirists and the editors of satirical magazines are not necessarily obliged to follow quotas— but it is irrelevant to their fundamental right to express themselves without being murdered. I have seen no statistics that categorize their offensive cartoons, but claiming that they were more offensive to one group than another or insufficiently anti-semitic begs the question as to whether their rights should be protected only if they’re equal opportunity offenders; clearly, we at Fantagraphics believe their rights to free expression should be protected and defended irrespective of how personally repellant or lopsided their cumulative opinions may be.

France’s own anti-speech laws are onerous. Shortly after the Hebdo tragedy, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, “We must not confuse freedom of opinion with antisemitism, racism, and negationism.” Actually, exactly the opposite is true, and it’s a shameful hypocrisy to laud Hebdo on the one hand and utter a statement like this on the other. “Freedom of opinion” means freedom of opinion, not freedom of opinion I approve of.

A new image will be posted to the Flog every day and archived on this post so that, eventually, every image we've received will be collected here:

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity - Jason

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

Charlie Hebdo - In Solidarity

January Book-A-Day Sale: Heads or Tails
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsLilli Carré 26 Jan 2015 2:00 AM

Heads or Tails by Lilli Carré - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale title is by award-winning cartoonist and animator Lilli CarréHeads or Tails packages some of Carré's best work over a five year period.

Carré’s elegant short stories read like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O’Connor or Carson McCullers, but told visually. Poetic rhythms — a coin flip, a circling ferris wheel — are punctuated by elements of melancholy fantasy pushed forward by character-driven, naturalistic dialogue. The stories in Heads or Tails display a virtuosic breadth of visual styles and color palettes, each in perfect service of the story, and range from experimental one-pagers to short masterpieces like "The Thing About Madeline" (featured in The Best American Comics 2008), to graphic novellas like "The Carnival" (featured in David Sedaris’ and Dave Eggers’ 2010 Best American Nonrequired Reading, originally published in MOME), to new work created for this book.

Heads or Tails can be yours today for 25% off!

January Book-A-Day Sale: Eye of the Majestic Creature
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsLeslie Stein 24 Jan 2015 10:05 AM

Eye of the Majestic Creature Gift Set by Leslie Stein - CoversToday's Book-A-Day title is a bundled gift set of fantastical, surreal work by artist and musician Leslie SteinEye of the Majestic Creature Vols 1 + 2 are semi-autobiographical books starring the girl Larrybear and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow as they travel and have adventures around the countryside.

Larrybear is in a constant struggle between the desire to connect with those around her and to be left to her own devices. You get a glimpse of her past life when she visits her home town of Chicago, trying to relate to old friends who have not matured since high school, as well as her family (which includes her Hippopotamus father and his harem of ex-wives, two brothers, and Salsa-dancing mom). In the present, she moves to New York to find work for a time, resulting in many hilarious and drunken adventures with her new coworkers at a cell phone decorating shop, and her old friend Boris, who shares with her his P.G. Wodehouse books, as well as his “Incredible Hulk” weed.

Stein's gorgeous cartooning, highlighted by incredibly detailed stippling, and her dry sense of humor combine to make one of the most unique and immersive narrative experiences in comics.

This unique gift set  is yours today at 40% off!

SAW Indiegogo Fundraiser - The Final Hours
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 23 Jan 2015 2:07 PM

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The Indiegogo event for this year's Sequential Arts Workshop has technically mets its goal, but that doesn't mean you still can't give part of your Friday pay to a cutting edge educator.  SAW's goal is not only to product well informed and highly skilled artists, but to bust the doors wide open on the high prices of an advanced degree. And you can help make their school possible with a tax-deductible donation to this non-profit!

Instruction, mentorship, and hand-on production experiences help create the next generation of working cartoonists build a community based on blending the importance of tradition and innovation. The '14-'15 year is well under way, but a little extra is needed to offset next year's costs of facilities, educators, and workshops. Speaking of workshops, this March SAW will be hosting a workshop with Aidan Koch from March 2-6, and cool kid, Ed Piskor from March 9-13Registration for these events can be found on SAW's website.

If you can't make it to Florida for either workshop, you can still feel like you were there by hitting up this Indiegogo event and selecting the Workshop Roundup reward! Other premiums include things like a Ron Rege poster, or a Julie Doucet print.

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A culturally and artistically important group like SAW is deserving of our well-wishes and some well-earned bucks. I just filed my taxes, so I know I'm looking for a way to give! 

Daniel Clowes at Linework NW
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDaniel Clowes 23 Jan 2015 1:21 PM
Linework 2015
You heard right! The Daniel Clowes will be appearing at Linework NW on April 19th, 2015 in Portland, OR as one of their special guests and signing his fantastic new collection, The Complete Eightball, at the Fantagraphics' table. 
Complete Eightball  
From the mouths of Linework NW: "Daniel Clowes is one of the great voices of contemporary American literature and a legendary artist and draftsman. His newest publication is The Complete Eightball 1-18 (Fantagraphics Books), a mammoth two-volume, 568-page collection of the author's groundbreaking personal comics anthology, a work that consistently raised the bar of comics art and literature over its impressive 17-year run. It was in these pages that many of Clowes' graphic novels were first serialized, including Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, David Boring, and Ghost World, which was adapted to film by Terry Zwigoff in 2001 with an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Clowes. Linework NW is extraordinarily honored to be hosting the official world premiere of The Complete Eightball 1-18 at our festival."   
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