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NYC: Massive at Kinokuniya Books Feb. 25th
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 23 Jan 2015 10:53 AM

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NYC - Spreading the message of big, burly, and cuddly gay erotic manga isn't an easy job, but someone has to do it. Continuing their holy pilgrimage to bring Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It to the world is editor Anne Ishii, known for her previous work on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga, and designer extraordinaire, Chip Kidd. For this stretch of their gospel, they're heading to one of the most wonderful bookstores in the world, Kinokuniya. If you've never been to one of their US or international locations, get ready to find everything from magazines, to art supplies, manga, stuffed animals, imported books, and dreams coming true. 

Such an iconic place is the perfect location for a night of massive fun on February 25th, at 6 PM. Bring your money to buy a fresh new copy, or haul in your already well worn and broken in one for a signing by the amazing team.

This book has proven to be a critical and fan favorite, as you intimately get to know some of the most iconic creators of the transformative gay erotic manga genre. Candid interviews, photographs, and of course their comics, make this anthology a must have for any fans of art, art history, or if you're just curious about what this world is all about. 

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Kinokuniya NYC

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January Book-A-Day Sale: Late Bloomer
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsCarol Tyler 23 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Late Bloomer by Carol Tyler - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale also starts off our new theme for the next seven days: "Women in Comics"!

Late Bloomer collects rich stories by Eisner award-winning artist Carol Tyler and is her second solo work. In "Migrant Mother," Tyler tells the grueling story of a cross-country trip with the flu and her terrible-twos toddler using her trademark combination of rueful humor and empathy. The full-color "Just A Bad Seed" is a meditation on a problem child who might not be such a problem after all, while "The Return of Mrs. Kite" chronicles a family crisis — how her widowed grandmother fell in with a beau of questionable character. "Gone" (also in full color) is a stirring meditation on all kinds of loss, and "Why I'm A-gin' Southern Men" is a classic rant that dissects that particular breed of male — or at least a certain subspecies of "ex"es — with pitiless wit. Other stories include "Sweet Miss Lee" (a reminiscence of an immigrant roommate and her fate), "There's Something Wrong with a Perfect Lawn" (a tale of suburban obsessiveness), "Little Crosshatch Mind" (where artistic impulses come from), and "Uncovered Property" (discovering the power of sexuality at an early age).

Tyler works equally well in delicately crisp black-and-white penstrokes and lushly watercolored paintings (this book features over 30 pages of her stunning full-color work). All told, the three-dozen stories here cement Tyler's reputation as a cartoonist to be reckoned with.

And, just for today, you'll get a whopping 45% off this must-have book!

January Book-A-Day Sale: Locas II
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 22 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray by Jaime Hernandez - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale features Eisner award-winning artist Jaime Hernandez in an omnibus collection of stories featuring his main characters, Maggie, Hopey, and Ray. Locas II picks up shortly after Maggie and Hopey’s long-awaited reunion at the end of the first Locas.

Even though her love life remains as chaotic as ever, Hopey takes her first few steps toward responsible adulthood with a real job (as a teacher), while a demoralized, divorced Maggie ends up as the manager of a fleabag apartment building where she continues to wrestle with the demons of her past — most prominently in the stunning centerpiece of the volume, the graphic-novel-length “Maggie” serial, with its stunning, hallucinatory dream finale.

Meanwhile, Ray still carries a major torch for Maggie, but falls in with the “Frogmouth,” the volatile bombshell whose ties to local thugs cause him no small amount of grief.

Of course, Maggie, Hopey, and Ray’s paths continue to intersect in Hernandez’s increasingly complex, intricate, and always vitally realized world.

For today only, pick up a copy of this book, called a "landmark in comics literature" by Publishers Weekly, for 40% off!

This Week in Fanta Events 1/22-1/26
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoRobert WilliamsNico VassilakisLast VispoGraham KolbeinsGary GrotheventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 21 Jan 2015 6:07 PM

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Thursday, January 22nd

San Francisco, CA - This blog post may as well be called 'This Thursday in Fanta Events' because your 4th favorite day of the week is stacked with events to tide you over until the weekend comes. Kick it off in San Francisco with the men of Zap Comix as we continue to celebrate the release of The Complete Zap Comix Collection, a physical and emotional undertaking that is beautiful to behold. Join Gary Groth and Ron Turner of Last Gasp as they moderate a dicussion with Zap cartoonists Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, and Robert Williams at City Lights Booksellers beginning at 7 pm. This very-nearly sold out book will be available for purchase and signage at City Lights (just don't try to carry it home in your NPR tote bag.) (More Details)  

New York, NY - Humans can be split into two ages; a time where we communicated with pictures, and a time where we communicated with words. The blending of these worlds comes in the form of visual poetry, a fully immersive brain exercise in the conveyance of emotions, ideas, and beauty. The Future is Here Again is an exhibit opening today at AC Institute in NYC, and it will feature dozens of works by noted visual poetry artists whose works had been previously collected in the books Coldfront and The Last Vispo. Niko Vasilakis, editor of The Last Vispo has currated this new exhibit with ACI director, Holly Crawford. To continue this night of magnetic mashups, the alternative chamber music string trio, Speed Bump will be providing mingling music. Festivities begin at 6 pm! (More Details

Washington, D.C. - Obama did a pretty good job delivering his State of the Union address this past week, but he had one glaring oversight, he forgot to talk about how the Massive team will be at Fantom Comics this Thursday from 7-9 pm! The biggest and sexiest gay manga anthology is coming to our nation's capitol to announce their new policy on having a good time, and dropping some knowledge about the men who make gay erotic manga. Addressing their adoring constituents are editors Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and designer extrodinare Chip Kidd. Pick up one of the hottest books of the season tonight, because it'll be on next years comic citizenship tests. (More Details)

January Book-A-Day Sale: Young Romance 1 and 2
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsJoe SimonJack Kirby 21 Jan 2015 4:00 AM

Young Romance 1 + 2 Gift Set by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - CoversToday's January Book-A-Day sale features a bundled package of our two definitive books on artists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's romance comics: Young Romance 1 and Young Romance 2.

Together, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created such classic two-fisted comic series as Captain America, Boys' Ranch, The Newsboy Legion, and The Boy Commandos. But few people realize that one of their greatest successes — from 1947, when they singlehandedly created the genre, to the end of the 1950s — was... romance comics!

In such best-selling titles as Young Love and Real Western Romances, Simon and Kirby delighted a generation of girls and women (and probably a fair number of boys and men as well) with hundreds of charming and endlessly inventive stories of love and heartbreak.

And, for today only, you can get this lovestruck bundle at 40% off!

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Willard Mullinvideopreviews 20 Jan 2015 4:20 PM

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales
by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer; introduction by Yogi Berra

52-page two-color 6.25" x 6.25" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-814-4

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

In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The first set was issued on April 15, 1954, at the very first home game for the modern day Baltimore Orioles.

The illustrations by Mullin were for years thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition of "Casey at the Bat." This edition will include additional Mullin material like the "Fan's Alphabet" from 1953 and the poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn" from 1947. With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of "Casey" is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages.

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New Comics Day 1.21.15
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayMichael DowersJacques Tardi 20 Jan 2015 4:14 PM
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.
Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
by Jacques Tardi; adapted from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and translated by Doug Headline

104-page black & white 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-620-1 

"As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one." –Jason Giampaoli, Comics Bulletin

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
various artists; edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6 

"Mini comics are like the wild west of the comics world - in this lo-fi, DIY formate - it's anything - and everything - goes." - Benn Ray, Atomic Books (praise for the first volume)















Now in Stock: Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJacques Tardi 20 Jan 2015 12:10 PM

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

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Cover

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
by Jacques Tardi

104-page black & white 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-620-1

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After the teeth-rattling one-two punch of West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, Jacques Tardi makes a third appointment with ace crime writer Jean-Patrick Manchette for his wildest adaptation yet.

Peter Hartog, a rich industrialist, hires a troubled young woman, Julie, straight out of the psychiatric asylum to which she has been consigned for several years, to work as a nanny for his bratty kid Peter. But Hartog's seemingly altruistic impulse to help rehabilitate a troubled soul hides a darker motive: He plans to stage a fake kidnapping of his son, and use Julie as a scapegoat.

Unfortunately for Hartog, Julie proves infinitely more tough and resourceful than he expected, the kidnapping goes horribly, bloodily wrong, and now Julie and Peter are on the run, pursued both by the police and by Hartog's goons, led by the aging but fantastically dangerous contract killer Thompson — one of Manchette's most unforgettable creations, a golem of Terminator-like tenacity who is barely slowed down by physical punishment that would instantly kill a lesser man (he does not end the book with the same amount of eyes and feet as he started).

As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one.

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJohnny Ryan 20 Jan 2015 11:30 AM

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Cover

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Inside Page

Behold! Advance copies of Johnny Ryan's latest collection, Angry Youth Comix, have graced our office. This is a book that, at first glance, would fit seamlessly amongst the great classics in literature in one's personal library—which just delights us to no end!

Our amazing designer Keeli has really outshone herself with this book, we think you'll agree. It's so damn beautiful it makes us wanna cuss! Angry Youth Comix is slated to invade a bookstore near you this March, so pre-order your copy now. Video and photoset previews will be coming up in the following weeks!

January Book-A-Day Sale: Film Noir 101
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under sales specialsMark Fertig 20 Jan 2015 3:00 AM

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s - CoverToday's Book-A-Day Sale features the best of the best: in film noir posters, that is! Film Noir collects the 101 posters of the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.

Today, get this beautiful oversized art book at 20% off!