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Now in Stock: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon Hanselmannnew releasesMegahex 13 Aug 2014 11:30 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

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Megahex
by Simon Hanselmann

212-page full color 6" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-743-7

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Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann's Girl Mountain Tumblr. This is the first collection of Hanselmann's work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the "classic" Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 13 Aug 2014 7:00 AM

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-772-7

Ships in: September 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Linus and his wait for the Great Pumpkin have been a pop culture touchstone for nearly 50 years thanks to the animated television special ("I got a rock"), and it all started in the classic Peanuts strips from 1959-1962 collected in this affordable, fun-sized gift book. Linus's belief and proselytizing that on Halloween, the Great Pumpkin rises from the pumpkin patch and travels the world bringing presents to good little girls and boys are laughed at by Charlie Brown, derided by his sister Lucy, met with skepticism by baby Sally, and even causes "denominational squabbling" over who's better, the Great Pumpkin or Santa Claus. Year after year, Linus faces his persecution and inevitable disappointment with either blind faith or Quixotic perseverance. Charles M. Schulz's homage to the power of idealism and belief makes these some of the most beloved comic strips of all time.

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Athens, GA: How to be Happy Book Release Party
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under eventsEleanor Davis 12 Aug 2014 3:22 PM

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Friday, August 15th

If you're in Athens, GA (or feel like taking a vacation) come celebrate an artist of immeasurable talent with the book release party for the acclaimed work, How to be Happy! From 4-6 pm on Friday the 15th, at Bizarro-Wuxtry Comics, Toys, & Records.

Whimsical, sensitive, and earthly real, cartoonist, Eleanor Davis achieves a level of quiet poignancy throughout this collection of comics and short stories that leaves the reader wondering, "how did she know?".

Pick up one of the most important books of the year, and head over to Bizarro-Wuxtry to say "Hi!" and other pleasantries.

Weekly OCD 8.12.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under UNLOVABLERoberta GregoryOCDNijigahara HolographMegan Kelsomary fleenerLucy KnisleyLane MilburnKim ThompsonJoe OrlandoJessica AbelJacques TardiInio AsanoGabrielle BellEsther Pearl WatsonEllen ForneyEleanor DavisDrew FriedmanCarol TylerAl Jaffee 12 Aug 2014 8:30 AM

This week's summery, sun-warmed collection of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Unloveable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl WatsonReview: Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson

"Though Watson illustrates Tammy’s life in excruciating, embarrassing detail to often-hilarious effect, her clear affection and empathy for her subject shines through. She universalizes Tammy’s experiences, taking us back to relive our own tortured, giddy, deadly serious, horny, boring, and horribly self-conscious teenage years." – Robert Kirby, The Comics Journal

 

Twelve Gems by Lane MilburnReview: Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn

"This is exactly what summer blockbusters should be, only Milburn’s is a singular vision. He exploits clichés by embracing them, and he busily captures hyperspace hilarity, while the black and white pages never feel overwhelmed by the dark backdrops or Milburn’s detailed designs." – Alex Carr, Broken Frontier

 

It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques TardiReview: It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi

"Tardi is unremitting in his focus on the small, human details of the catastrophe—not just the look of uniforms and weaponry, but the way one soldier advances in an awkward, stiff-armed posture, 'protecting my belly with the butt of the rifle,' and the way another makes sculptures and rings from discarded shells, to sell to his comrades." – Gabriel Winslow-Yost, The New York Review of Books

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor DavisReview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"Many of Davis’ stories here explore the way people live with each other and try to find themselves in the modern world. They are funny, surprising, touching, and insightful. Some have a sci-fi slant to them, some are fantasy, and some are just about real people." – Rich Barrett, Mental Floss

 

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein, et alReview: Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein, et al.

"The title story might be the best known in the entire EC comics oeuvre… EC tales often sported morals reinforcing decency and forward-thinking that were decades ahead of their time. 'Judgment Day' is one such story, an O. Henry type of tale about an Earthling astronaut who visits a robot-inhabited planet that is strictly divided along color lines…When the twist ending comes, it carries a surprise even today; sadly, this reflects as much on our own time as the era in which the story was produced." – David Maine, Spectrum Culture

 

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew FriedmanReview: Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman

"I was amazed to find that many of these people were born in the late 1800s and that most of them have military service as part of their illustrious resumes. These weren’t hoity-toity art students born with silver spoons in their mouths; these were hard-working American mutts that, against nearly impossible odds – using only their imaginations, a lot of blood, sweat and tears (and apparently a huge amount of cigarette smoke) – managed to craft a uniquely American artistic medium that would influence countless generations to come." – Bob Leeper, Nerdvana

 

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio AsanoReview: Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano

"The story unfolds asynchronously, creating a sense of mystery. Why does the kids’ teacher, Miss Sakaki, have bandages on her face? Why is the class bully so affected by what happened to Arié? Why is the new kid at school, Amahiko, willing to jump out of his classroom’s window? And why are there glowing butterflies everywhere?" – Unshelved

 

  • Plug: Paul Gravett has a feature on French artist Jacques Tardi: "The exhibition and much of Tardi’s work reveals his strong anti-war feeling. It’s an obsession that goes back to his childhood, part of it spent in post-War Germany."
  • Commentary: MTV.com on social issues being discussed and dissected at Comic-Con. Trina Robbins "described the underground comics world being like a boys' club she wasn't invited into. So she and other women made their own comics. 'I produced the very first all-woman comic book in the world, in 1970,' she said. Her new book, 'Pretty in Ink,' is about women cartoonists, and only the latest book by this herstorian of women in comics."
  • Commentary: Several Fantagraphics artists are included in Buzzfeed's "23 Female Cartoonists On Drawing Their Bodies"
Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesEd Piskor 12 Aug 2014 8:00 AM

"The book is an absolute essential for any hip hop head to read and any comic book fan to gander over." – Mass Appeal

"…Presents the facts in a nostalgic, faded-ink and rubbery realism of ’70s Marvel Comics style, turning raps early innovators into larger than life heroes of history." – Spin Magazine

"These Stories are carefully researched and detailed along with great comic book style art…" – TheSource.com

"…Captures the personalities, imagery and milestones with a hilarity and efficiency that no other medium could." – Billboard Magazine

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983
by Ed Piskor

112-page full color 9” x 13” softcover • $27.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-756-7

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/hhft2

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 11 Aug 2014 4:00 PM

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." – Linus Van Pelt

"Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book.” – The Comics Reporter

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white/spot color 5.75” x 5.75” hardcover • $9.99

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/greatpumpkin

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 [Softcover Ed.] by Michael Kupperman - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under tales designed to thrizzlepreviewsMichael KuppermanComing Attractions 11 Aug 2014 8:00 AM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 [Softcover Ed.]
by Michael Kupperman

160-page color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-764-2

Ships in: August 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Fans and comedy cognoscenti alike, basking devotedly in the glow of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, have made it the smash hit humor comic of the decade. And now the first four issues of Michael Kupperman’s revered series are finally collected into one deluxe hardcover. Even better, Kupperman has taken the original two-color printing and made the entire book full color! These tales are more thrizzling than ever!

What are tales designed to thrizzle? Tales designed to thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls. They are about Jesus’ half-brother Pagus, the Mysterious Avenger, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, Private Eye Johnny Silhouette, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn’t Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps (and their logical inverse, sex holes), the hot boy band Boybank, soccer joust, Underpants-On-His-Head Man, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, Mark Twain, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the Thirties.

The stories in Tales Designed to Thrizzle made their debut in 2009 on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim program as Snake ’N’ Bacon. The show, a mix of live-action, puppetry and animation, stars David Rakoff (This American Life), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords), James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers), and Dan Bakkedahl (The Daily Show), and is produced by Kupperman, Robert Smigel (SNL, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), Scott Jacobson (The Daily Show) and Rich Bloomquist (The Daily Show).

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In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Richard SalapreviewsComing Attractions 11 Aug 2014 8:00 AM

The dastardly Super-Enigmatix revels in creating chaos and catastrophe across the globe, and no one knows why. Former Detective Natalie Charms and Former Inspector Jory—along with his grandson, George—are hot on the trail of the the shadowy menace, but the closer they get to him, the greater the destruction Super-Enigmatix sows.

This 19-page excerpt (10.2 MB) sets the stage for Richard Sala's latest book, In a Glass Grotesquely, with Natalie and Inspector Jory piecing together a web of seemingly-unrelated crimes that point to a single mastermind: Super-Enigmatix!

In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala - Cover

Now in Stock: Jim by Jim Woodring
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJim Woodring 8 Aug 2014 7:30 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Jim by Jim Woodring - Cover

Jim
by Jim Woodring

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

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Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring's bestselling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring's cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are common- place. Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work — comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings, with a new introduction and afterword by the man himself. Abounding in metaphors if you choose to see them and naked self-disclosure if you don't, this volume of comics, prose, and images — collected here for the first time — is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.

Gary Panter Exhibit and Reception Sept. 4th
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Things to seeGary Pantereventsart showsart 7 Aug 2014 1:25 PM

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(From Panter's 2013 Fredericks & Frasier exhibit) 

Thursday, September 4th 

Influential cartoonist, painter, and professor, Gary Panter, will be celebrating his newst work during an art exhibition at Fredericks & Frasier Gallery with an opening reception on September 4th, from 6-8 PM!

Surreal pop art, with a day-glo vibe. Or expressionistic sci-fi and punk cartoons. Maybe imaginative, and super saturated set designs. How about shoe illustrator? All of these things describe the award winning artist throughout his extensive and impressive career. Be a part of the brilliant madness with his third exhibition installment at the Chelsea gallery, that will open early on August 26th, and run through September 27th. Featuring original paintings and bead lists, which aesthetically sounds like the best thing ever. 

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Fredericks & Freiser Gallery 536 W 24th St NY, NY 10011