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Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesHans Rickheit 28 Oct 2014 1:20 PM

"The frighteningly hilarious world of Rickheit's is a deranged cabinet of curiosities… It would all be too oppressive if Rickheit's sense of humor weren’t so addictive…" – Publishers Weekly

"With a drawing style that resembles Jason Lutes and Charles Burns, and a storytelling style similar to Jim Woodring and Al Columbia, Rickheit excels in making nightmares lucid." – The A.V. Club

Cochlea & Eustachia
by Hans Rickheit

80-page full color 8” x 10” softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-801-4

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/cochleaandeustachia

ST. LOUIS: Tim Lane at Star Clipper
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim Laneevents 28 Oct 2014 12:16 PM
The Lonesome Go
Tim Lane, master of the intense and dense comics page is back at his hometown store for a book signing this Saturday, November 1st at 7pm. Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering - both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. Star Clipper in St. Louis is the place to be to meet the man behind the myth. 
 
Feel like singing in the great "Jackie's Blues" experiment? Every town Lane visits he invites musicians and singers to record themselves. Lane is documenting the folksy sounds of ordinary and extrodinary people even in the midst of the heady technological age and you could be a part of it.  
 
Hop a train, throw out a thumb on the highway or break into those new-to-you shoes to get to Star Clipper. 
The Lonesome Go  
Star Clipper
6392 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO


Cartoonists and their Museums
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownmiscJanet HamlinJacques Boyreau 28 Oct 2014 11:11 AM

MK CAM
We told you about some shows opening in the last few weeks and NOW we have some sweet photographic proof, c'mon, you believed us, right?! Above, M.K. Brown stands outside of the Cartoon Art Museum at Saa Francisco, CA. Her show runs from August 30th until February 15th, 2015. It collects comics and single panel gag cartoons featured in her collection Stranger Than Life (published by Fantagraphics!). 

Bill Griffiths of Zippy the Pinhead lists the things he looks for in an amazing cartoonist on the CAM site.
"- Chronicles the times we live in, but does so in a way that doesn't 'date.'
- Juxtaposition, juxtaposition, juxtaposition.
- Makes the personal universal, makes the universal personal."

...to name a few but they equal M.K. Brown!  

Gitmo1  

Meanwhile, on the serious side of things, Janet Hamlin's show Sketching Guantanamo is now open at the Univeristy of Richmond in Virginia for the next two months.

Gitmo2 

Much of the sketches from inside the court room in addition to paraphenalia and photos from the Gitmo base itself are on display. 

Gitmo3
For more on Janet's time there as the primary sketch artist, check out her book Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013, availabile at your local bookstore, library and our online store. 
Sketching Guantanamo
Meanwhile, Jacques Boyreau of Portable Grindhouse, Sexytime and now SuperTrash just had a month long installation at the PNCA in Portland. On a panel for the high-and-low-art show, Boyreau (second from the left) articulates how we are all creators and purveyors of trash art. The low brow or pop culture of today maybe the only thing that stands the test of time after many tomorrows.Supertrash 
Jacques will be appearing at Elliott Bay Books this Sunday at 3pm with a presentation about SuperTrash and signing copies of this assault on your senses. 

Supertrash

Supertrash Saw
Photos by Mario Galluci. 








OCD Extra: Starred Review for Doctors
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under OCDDash Shaw 28 Oct 2014 10:21 AM

This month's issue of Booklist will include review of a recent release by a Fantagraphics creator, excerpted below:
Doctors
Doctors  
by Dash Shaw

Starred review: "With his signature spare, thick line work on display, Shaw pursues his twin main interests-stressed families and sotto voce science fiction-in his most audacious color exercise since The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century (2010) and his most eventful book ever." –Ray Olson, Booklist


Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 28 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-782-6

Ships in: November 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Decades before Jurassic Park, Doc Dustibones brings Mickey to Cave-Man Island — a lost world where fossil monsters survive alive! From stampeding brontosaurs to saber-tooth tigers, all of Goofy's least favorite Stone Age scares are here... and Dustibones is building a blimp to carry them to America! What could possibly go wrong? Floyd Gottfredson produced a canon of legendary, rip-roaring tales starring Mickey as a daring, two-fisted hero — in a world-famous series of legendary adventures! Lost in Lands of Long Ago also includes several other stories and more than 30 pages of prehistoric extras! You’ll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a clan of Disney cave bears. Rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon: Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse. Edited by Disney historian David Gerstein and Gary Groth.

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Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinsComing AttractionsAnne Ishii 28 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It; edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins - Cover

Finally! Nine months after our announcement and catalog listing for Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It—an English-language anthology of renowned gay erotic manga artists—we have the finished cover art for your viewing pleasure! We couldn't be more excited to introduce this first-of-its-kind book, collecting photographs, essays, interviews, and illustrated work of nine of Japan's most renowned artists making work for the gay male audience. Edited by writer/translator Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, the book will take you deep (ahem) into an aspect of Japanese subculture that is still fairly unknown in the English-speaking world.

We'll be releasing more gay manga art goodness here and all over our social media networks in the next few days. Meanwhile, make sure to grab your pre-order copy of Massive here.

The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesMarguerite Van CookJames Romberger 27 Oct 2014 1:30 PM

"The Late Child and Other Animals shares the features that made Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger’s collaboration with David Wojnarowicz such a success: the lush color, the creative visual mapping of a psychic landscape. The hallmarks of this remarkable writer-artist team are intensified in this loose, often lovely, personal coming-of-age narrative, haunted by a dark undercurrent, that focuses on Van Cook and her mother." – Hillary Chute, author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists

"The stories in The Late Child and Other Animals are beautiful haunts, the stories that were never told and have returned, fully alive and tense with implication. The stories are the intersection of a national history and the exquisitely drawn inner life of the late child herself, Marguerite. The world Van Cook and Romberger recreate is unsafe, unfolding, and shot through with joy." – Amy Benson, author of The Sparkling-Eyed Boy

"Overwhelming, my first encounter with a graphic gathering of stories: I devoured them all in a huge gulp, from the detailed delights of fields and flowers to the fearsome tale of man and girl. Everything feels so very alive in these pages, words and colors and line!" – Mary Ann Caws, author of The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter, Surprised in Translation, and The Modern Art Cookbook

The Late Child and Other Animals
by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger

180-page full color 8” x 10” hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-789-5

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/latechild

Vapor by Max - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesMax 27 Oct 2014 1:21 PM

Praise for Bardín the Superrealist:

"Spanish cartoonist Max uses some of the most cherished pieces of high art as the catalyst for his character Bardin’s funny and thoroughly humane adventures… Max takes what can be impenetrable and uses some fine cartooning to make it accessible and enjoyable." – Publishers Weekly

"If you glimpse traces of Magritte, Goya, and Zap Comix in Max’s exuberant panels, then you're really enjoying yourself." – Booklist

"Wild, illogical, surreal, and utterly charming… sometimes read like a mad cross between Peanuts, Jimmy Corrigan, Salvador Dalí, and the Rarebit Fiend, but beautifully executed in Max’s underground/ligne claire style… an important new body of work from a major cartoonist." – Indy Magazine

"Max skillfully portrays dream logic in the language of comics… What makes this a great comic is its light touch and comic timing." – Sequart

"I think this is the closest you can get to a natural high while only reading a book (although a glass of wine helped)… one of the very few really surrealist comics around." – Wim Lockefeer

Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/vapor

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Frank StackComing Attractions 27 Oct 2014 11:50 AM

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack - Cover

What we've got here for you is the final cover art for Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions, a collection of work and tribute to underground cartoonist Frank Stack. Stack, who published his comics under the pseudonym Foolbert Sturgeon to avoid prosecution, created iconoclastic comics featuring such characters as Dirty Diana, Dr. Feelgood, and Paddy Booshwah.

Foolbert Funnies is available for pre-order now! We expect it to be on track for its December debut, and we'll have more previews coming up this week.

Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHans RickheitComing Attractions 27 Oct 2014 9:00 AM

Cochlea & Eustachia
by Hans Rickheit

80-page color 8" x 10" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-801-4

Ships in: December 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Cochlea & Eustachia appear to be twin human girls, but this has yet to be confirmed. Their actions seem to be motivated less by curiosity than boredom and an inclination towards purposeless destruction. Any connate objective remains to be determined. They never stray apart from each other, out of an unspoken proclivity. Perhaps they keep together because they resemble each other; a mixture of vanity and comfort is the foundation of their constant companionship. They seem to consider any creature with dissimilar features as inept or untrustworthy. They are suspected of giving hypnotic suggestions to cats. They do not seem particularly malicious, just meddlesome. This new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Squirrel Machine is lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect.

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