Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It has landed on our desks! This is something we've quite been looking forward to (ahem) reviewing. Besides the gorgeous artwork, ranging from softcore to hide-the-children explicit, every chapter focuses on a single artist, showing photos of their workspaces, interviews, and essays on what it's like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.
More previews are coming your way next week, and don't forget to pre-order Massive for a December delivery. Who knows, this could be the perfect, ah, stocking stuffer for a friend.
Today is a good day. That is because we've received advance copies of Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole at Fantagraphics HQ, and it is truly a beauty to behold. Oversized and filled with L.B. Cole's larger-than-life, eye-catchingly bold colorscapes, this book offers the largest collection of Cole covers as well as an in-depth biography written by comic book historian Bill Schelly.
We are pleased to reveal the finalized cover art design for the second book in our two volume set—Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2. This hefty, densely packed volume is edited by Michael Dowers and features the artwork of over 50 artists in 848 pages of artwork, including the 8-page underground sex comic "Tijuana Bibles."
Many connoisseurs—including Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Scott McCloud (creator of the "Five-Card Nancy" card game), Joe Brainard, and Andy Warhol—have recognized that Bushmiller's often-corny Nancy approached its own kind of zen-like cartoon perfection. In its own way, it turned out Nancy was in fact the most iconic comic strip of all; The American Heritage Dictionary actually uses a Nancy strip to illustrate its entry on "comic strip." Fantagraphics' beloved Nancy series finally packages Nancy with the reverence it deserves. Our third volume contains another full three years of daily Nancy strips, from an era many regard as Bushmiller's finest.
"Gottfredson drew Mickey with a nosy snout and the bright eyes of an adrenalin junkie. The mouse’s diminutive size inspired Gottfredson to have the character attempt daredevil races, leaping stunts, and develop a flurry-fisted fighting style… This beautiful [series] gives the Great Rodent his humanity." – Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to an ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba.
In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.
Massive is an appropriate title for this anthology of Japanese gay manga artists, in more than one sense. Besides the larger-than-your-average-bear body types, the book highlights some of the biggest talent in the gay manga scene today. Names like Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, and Seizoh Ebisubashi have chapters devoted to their lives, philosophies, and works, and we've got an appropriately sized 30-page excerpt to give you a taste of what you can look forward to in December!
After full-page, full-color photo portraits of each artist opposite their illustration style, we've got nine pages of the first featured artist, Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎), including four pages from his manga, "Do You Remember South Island P.O.W. Camp?"
From now until Friday at 11pm EST, comiXology has all our delicious, delightful, terrifying and tittillating EC Comics on sale. All ten titles currently in our store are only $10.99, that's over 50% off from the usual $22.99. From Wallace Wood to Al Williamson, Graham Ingels to Johnny Craig, Joe Orlando to Jack Davis, they are here with tales befitting the festivities and your worst nightmares.
BUT WAIT - behind you there's - gotcha, not a killer but more! There are also some other classics to spook, thrill and scare you. Four Color Fear, Steve Ditko and the Joe Kubert Archives are filled to the brim with ink-and-blood-soaked tales and on sale to boot. But just like the high of a sugar rush, they are only here for a little while so grab the sales now before you crash.
"…[I]t looks great, and the new volumes of the Rosa library should prove perfect companion volumes for those in the Barks library, particularly for readers who find their appetites for these types of duck tales whetted by the Barks books. …Rosa’s Duck comics? They’re great ones." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal
"…Rosa is so sincere in his desire to revive Barks’s style of adventure and humor it shows in every panel, every detail of his work. He’s taking this seriously, folks, and its all there. …Good stuff, sez I." – Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research
"I love [Don Rosa’s] body of work. I’ve bought it multiple times. I’ll be happily buying it again when Fantagraphics reprints it this fall. Love, love, love." – Augie de Blieck Jr., Comic Book Resources
"Rosa’s comics may be the best comics ever done in the voice of another creator. They’re very funny, satisfying yarns, and this presentation—particularly the color—is super-handsome. This would have been my favorite book ever at eight years old, and I’m fond of it now." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – The Los Angeles Times
"…I am not only appreciative…but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein
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