Sate your wanderlust with a brick of slam-bang action, boisterous humor, dangerous villains, even more dangerous women, and the promised treasure in this collection of Roy Crane's classic Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy. Following our Eisner Award-nominated series of Roy Crane's Captain Easy Sunday strip collections, we have selected the very best of the indispensable daily comic strip adventures of Easy and Tubbs. Featuring Wash running a dinky railroad in a comic-opera version of Eastern Europe, the gripping narrative of Easy waging total war against The Phantom King, battles with pirates in the South Seas, and the harrowing story of Easy and Wash as prisoners on the infamous Devil's Island. Roy Crane mixes imagination, romance, and thrills in a masterful storytelling style that entices you over the next mountain, across the next ocean, toward the next horizon—and always to the next thrill-packed adventure!
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. Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks
228-page full color 7" x 10" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-790-1
"Like Hicksville, it's about comic book artists and the allure of comic books. And also like Hicksville, it, too, is worthy of an award." –Marc Frauenfelder, BoingBoing
"Do yourself a favor and pick this book up now, instead of a month from now when it's the graphic novel everyone is talking about." –Dan Greenfield, 13th Dimension
200-page full color 5.75" x 7.5" hardcover • $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-711-6
"...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
"Wilfred Santiago was a protégé of Ho Che Anderson (remember him?) and as such is a proponent of the sort of honest, experimental and energetic kind of storytelling that can only come from life on the fringes of both real life and the comics world. Santiago's artwork is driven and manic with odd color choices, which are all about externalizing the inner life of his characters." –Bart Croonenborghs, Broken Frontiers
Today's January Book-A-Day Sale features the beautiful work of Italian cartoonist Igort. This second issue of Baobab tells the story of two aspiring cartoonists who vow to create amazing works of fantasy and magic, even talking a retired local newspaper publisher into reviving his paper just for them. But just as he sees his big break and gets ready to launch what will eventually become his signature character, "Morvo," Celestine falls terribly ill, and even his doting sister's help can't get him back on track...
In the Baobab series, Igort traces an alternate history of the very beginnings of the comic strip artform, with subtle nods toward such masters as Winsor McCay and George Herriman (upon whom the Creole Celestine is clearly based). No aficionado of comics' earliest days can miss this! Part of the Ignatz series.
Today's Book-A-Day sale title comes from Montreal, where two Canadian artists Marc Tessier and Alexandre Lafleur collaborated on this debut graphic novel telling four striking stories. "The Sleeping Heart," "The Theatre of Cruelty," "The Lovers," and "To Chandra from Surya" filter autobiographical fragments through the dream world, plumbing the depths of the psyche, mining the mythology of our collective unconscious. Written and drawn over a five-year period, each tale in The Theatre of Cruelty is a rollercoaster ride through hell and heaven, fueled by a quest to capture the truth through the power of imagination.
Time to sync your watches at 3....2.....1....set! The newest EC Comics Library book, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories, is now available at comiXology for when you're jet-setting around the stars. Wallace (Wally) Wood fans love his sleek, preternaturally lush art, but they especially love the wonderment of his spectacular science fiction. This highly anticipated mouth-watering collection features over two dozen stories brimming with Wood's meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork-all save the one Wood wrote himself on the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. And with titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey," how can you go wrong? This is EC science fiction at its finest. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.
So set your ship on auto-pilot (as long as you're not in a meteor field) or tell your captain you'll be planet-side for a little while longer to enjoy all 240 pages of fun for only $22.99.
"Wood's work seemed like snapshots of a lush and vibrant reality where even madmen, monsters and mayhem possessed a stately grace. There might be pandemonium but, oddly, the panic never seemed to reach the eyes of Wood's regal heroes." - Geoff Boucher, The Los Angeles Times
"Legendary artist [Wally] Wood mastered every comic-book genre - humor (he was one of Mad's first artists), horror, superheroes, war - but is best known for the 1950s science-fiction stories he drew for EC Comics, in which, one commentator noted, he 'began drawing things into panels that no human being seemed capable of before.' His heroic spacemen, intricate rocket ships, and frightening aliens embodied classic space opera, and his influence remains visible in the work of many leading comics artists today." - Gordon Flagg, Booklist
In this, our twenty-third volume of the highly praised, award-winning series collecting The Complete Peanuts, we've got a sweet introduction by RiffTrax writers Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason and, for the first time ever, a few pages of riffed Peanuts strips following the introduction! We'll have those previews up soon, but in the meantime, you can pre-order your copy of The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Vol. 23) now!
The scent of freshly printed advance books is second only to coffee in its ability to perk us up and get our heartrate going! This morning, we've got a first glimpse at Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales. Check out that beautiful cloth binding, the lush colors popping off each page, and the simple design allowing Mullin's illustrations to shine.
In honor of her travelogues An Age of License and the newly pressedDisplacement, Lucy Knisley is having a signing at her hometown bookstore: Oblong Books and Music. In the pretty-yet-gritty Displacement, Lucy takes her two 90 year-old grandparents out on a cruise. It explores ageism, mortality and life-long love in gorgeous watercolors, all bookended in a small WWII biography from Lucy's grandfather's journals. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.
Oblong Books has been around for 35 sweet years run by the Hermans family and is sure to please. See you there! (Photo Credit: Kitty Sheehan)
Today's January Book-A-Day is a three-fer! Shimura Takako's beloved manga series, Wandering Son, has been hailed as a sophisticated work of storytelling, in which a group of fifth grade characters must navigate their budding puberty, and some of them find themselves dealing with the additional complications of gender dysphoria.
Today's Book-A-Day title comes to us from Italy, and it is described thusly:
"A high-rise apartment building in an unnamed European city. Its inhabitants come and go, meet each other, talk, dream, regret, hope... in short, live. A ghostly, shape-shifting anthropomorphic white rabbit roams from apartment to apartment, surveying and keeping track of all this humanity... and at the end of every night, he floats down to the basement where he delivers his report to the 'great dark one.'"
Yes, it's Gabriella Giandelli's Interiorae, praised both in her native Italy and in the U.S, in Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey. And, for today only, you can purchase this moody graphic novel for 40% off its retail price!