|Market speculators take note|
|Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Dash Shaw||10 Mar 2008 9:50 AM|
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VARIANT COVER ALERT!
This June, we're publishing Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, a 720-page bombshell of a graphic novel. In a cunning gambit to milk the market for all it's worth, Dash and art director Jacob Covey have come up with a masterstroke of economic manipulation: The Bottomless Belly Button will be published with two different covers! The Bottomless Belly Button tells the story of the Loony family. After 40-some years of marriage, Maggie and David Loony shock their children with their announcement of a planned divorce. The announcement sparks a week-long Loony family reunion at Maggie and David's creepy (and possibly haunted) beach house, with each family member stumbling blindly around one another, often ignoring their surroundings and consumed by their own conflicts.
The two covers of Bottomless will feature Maggie (Mom) and David (Dad) Loony. There will be exactly 50% made of the mom and 50% made of the dad (in a gorgeous white and black pantone on Kraft cover stock). Now, Jacob and Dash will tell you that this whole idea is conceptually great because the story is all about the splitting up of the family through the mom and dad's divorce, blah blah blah, but let's make no mistake, this is speculative publishing at its most mercenary. COLLECT THEM ALL!
Look what arrived at our offices yesterday: advance copies of The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968. It's due in stores in late April; we should have it available to order here on the website a couple of weeks before that. Stay tuned!
You sure are, Snoopy, you sure are.
The latest specimen in our ongoing series of Mome interview web reprints is Andrice Arp, in a discussion with Gary Groth conducted in May 2006 and originally printed in Mome Vol. 5; read it in its entirety right here. Previously: Paul Hornschemeier, Gabrielle Bell, Kurt Wolfgang and Jonathan Bennett. Next up: Tim Hensley.
Tony Millionaire is the latest guest on Jesse Thorn's The Sound of Young America podcast. Not to be missed. It'll also air Sunday at 6 on WNYC, Friday at 9 on WHYY, for those of you whom that means something. Tony talks about his new book, The Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees, and much more, including the forthcoming Drinky Crow Show on Adult Swim.
This week's free preview is a downloadable 20-page sampler from Comic Arf, the newest volume of editor Craig Yoe's century-spanning Arf anthology series. (Above: R. Crumb vs. Milt Gross!) These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.
(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)