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Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It [New Printing Pre-Order]
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The Kurdles
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Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
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Black River by Josh Simmons - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJosh SimmonsComing Attractions 25 Feb 2015 4:50 PM

A bedraggled group of travelers finds an abandoned storehouse full of rations, fresh water, alcohol, and supplies. They celebrate, even as one of them uncovers a dead body in a dark corner.

Anyone who has read Josh Simmons' previous work can already guess that such celebration will be short-lived. In his latest full-length graphic novel, Black River, Simmons takes us to a post-apocalyptic world of desperation, survival of the most brutal, and chaos in the form of gangs, a drug called Gumdrop, and resource scarcity. In the midst of this, a group of nine travelers and their two dogs do their best to survive, hoping against hope to find safe haven.

Read our 9-page, downloadable PDF excerpt here, then go pre-order your copy for a May delivery! And make sure to keep tabs on our Flog and social media for more previews and author appearances.

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover

This Week in Fanta Events 2/25-2/28
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Jacques BoyreauGuy ColwellGraham KolbeinseventsChip KiddAnne Ishii 25 Feb 2015 3:08 PM

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Wednesday, February 25th

New York, NY - It's new comics day! Though Massive, a beast of a comics anthology, isn't exactly new, it's exactly perfect. Making it even more perfect is your chance to pick it up at Kinokuniya NYC and meet editor Anne Ishii and designer Chip Kidd! They'll be giving a presentation and following it up with a Q&A session plus signing. There's no shortage of knowledge on gay manga at this event, and you'll be able to wow your friends with the knowledge that'll seep into your brain when you read Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. Tonight's presentaion starts at 6 PM, it's FREE, and goodies will be given away to the first 20 people. Don't miss it! (More Details)

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Friday, February 27th

San Francisco, CA - But speaking of new comics, Inner City Romance is brand spanking new today, and even has that fresh baby smell. Underground cartoonist, Guy Colwell, will be in conversation with Bob Levin at Pegasus Bookstore, giving history and context to the groundbreaking series that was forged through heartfelt observation and real experiences of Colwell's life on the streets of San Fran, and in prison. The book collects Inner City Romance in it's entirety, along with a text piece of Colwell's life and artistic journey. Get the word from the source this Friday at 7 PM, with a signing to follow. (More Details

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Saturday, February 28th

Portland, OR - Time to get high and then get low with the curated mess of SuperTrash: Hermaphro Chic, Movie Fetish, 21st Century Anxiety by Jacques Boyreau. The book signing starts at 8 PM at Mother Foucault's Bookshop. Music and booze will acompany your romp through this psychotronic landscape of handpicked images that reflect base desire, culture, and iconography. In other words, things are going to get WEIRD. (More Details)

 

 

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsHarvey KurtzmanBill Schelly 25 Feb 2015 11:50 AM

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
by Bill Schelly

644-page 6" x 9" hardcover
$34.99 | 978-1-60699-761-1

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

Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly's heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these question for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and many others, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest humorists. His family life, an FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of MAD), all are revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, from Kurtzman's Brooklyn beginnings to his post-MAD years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and "Little Annie Fanny" in Playboy.

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New Comics Day 2.25.2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayGuy Colwell 24 Feb 2015 4:10 PM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. 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.
Inner City Romance
Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

200-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-813-7
 
"These gritty, sometimes hedonistic short stories about multiracial prison and low-income life spare no details of sex, drugs, or radical activism....Adults only; good for historical and social justice collections." –Martha Cornog, Library Journal 
 
BONUS?! Guy Colwell is appearing on FRIDAY at Pegasus Books with Bob Levin for a Q&A. San Francisco, we'll see you there! 







New Comics Day 2.25.2015
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayGuy Colwell 24 Feb 2015 4:10 PM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. 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.
Inner City Romance
Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

200-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-813-7
 
"These gritty, sometimes hedonistic short stories about multiracial prison and low-income life spare no details of sex, drugs, or radical activism....Adults only; good for historical and social justice collections." –Martha Cornog, Library Journal 
 
BONUS?! Guy Colwell is appearing on FRIDAY at Pegasus Books with Bob Levin for a Q&A. San Francisco, we'll see you there! 







The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Robert GoodinpreviewsComing Attractions 24 Feb 2015 12:15 PM

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Cover

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Inside Page

It's storytime at Fantagraphics headquarters: we've just received our advance copies of Robert Goodin's all-ages graphic novel, The Kurdles.

Between the stunning watercolors and laugh-out-loud dialogue between characters, The Kurdles has immediately captured our hearts—especially those of us with wee ones. We're confident that this quirky little tale of a lost teddy bear will become a fast favorite.

You can pre-order The Kurdles now and expect it delivered to your doorstep by April!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Hearts Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred Santiago 23 Feb 2015 1:52 PM
Kareem
Before appearing at the Seattle Public Library last Friday, basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was photographed at an elementary school last week hefting a nice stack of comics including basketball-friendly Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade and baseball-lovin' 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred SantiagoWest Seattle Blog covers more of the story of Kareem's writing career but rest assured, the man has great taste in comics. Pick up a copy of Michael Jordan for yourself today! (Photo by West Seattle Blog's Patrick Sand)
MJ

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Robert GoodinpreviewsComing Attractions 23 Feb 2015 12:40 PM

Who or what are Kurdles? Are they man or beast—or something else entirely?

As it happens, Kurdles are the denizens of Kurdleton, and Sally the bear runs into them as she tries to find her way home after being separated from her owner. So begins this 60-page all ages tale, and we have here a 9-page, downloadable excerpt for your viewing pleasure. At a generous 8.75" by 12", the oversized format of The Kurdles allows you and your little ones to be fully immersed in the lush watercolor world that Robert Goodin has created, not to mention all the individual details that one can discover through rereadings.

The Kurdles is certain to become a fast favorite once it reaches bookstores in April, so make sure you pre-order your copy now!

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Cover

New Dame Darcy Comics in Graphic Canon
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Dame Darcy 23 Feb 2015 12:01 PM
Mermaid
We're always looking for more reasons to scream Dame Darcy's names to the stars and she has new mermaid comic in the The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature: The World's Greatest Kids' Lit as Comics and Visuals (The Graphic Canon Series) edited by Russ Kick. In this anthology, all the greatest fairy tales are presented pre-censorship and pre-sanitization. Hence, Darcy's fine sensual work will shock and amaze. Pick up the latest volume for new DD! Check out her website too for more on-going work or Facebook where every Thursday you get a new Voyage of the Temptress comic, like below!


Digital comics: comiXology presents two new graphic novels
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoDylan Horrocksdigital comicscomiXology 19 Feb 2015 2:48 PM
Michael Jordan ipad
This week from comiXology you can now enjoy the finest graphic novels: Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago (21). A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history, from the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page. Feel the sweat as you swipe for only $18.99!
 
"From a scuffle with Patrick Ewing in the book's opening pages to the titanic feat of multiple NBA Championships, this book breaths with potent comic book electricity, phrasing court pivots and jump-shots with the same bombast as celestial superhero brawls." –Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine  
Sam Zabel
In addition, you can also read Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville). Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn't drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and - of course - cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy. This fantasy can be yours for the touch of a digital button

"This is a complicated, rich story about confronting the sometimes-lurid or nakedly obvious wish-fulfillment aspects of comic books, but it's also about the ways Sam's distress with the world can't be satisfied by other people's ideas of paradise." –Tasha Robinson, NPR