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Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 13 Nov 2014 4:40 PM

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Inside Page

We're seeing a lot of red in the office today. A stack of Love and Rockets (Luba & Palomar Book 5): Ofelia advances are on our desks, and our productivity is at a temporary stall as we fawn over the latest from the Eisner award-winning mind of Gilbert Hernandez.

Be sure to grab your pre-order of this new Love and Rockets book for an on-schedule January delivery, and start off the new year right!

LA: Ed Piskor at Meltdown Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 13 Nov 2014 3:45 PM
Ed Piskor
Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you'll find Boing Boing founder's Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more. 
Piskor  Mark Frauenfelder
Get excited and maybe even practice your dance moves with some Hip Hop Family Tree vol. 2 era-appropriate dance moves!
 
7522 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Displacement by Lucy Knisley - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Lucy KnisleyComing Attractions 13 Nov 2014 2:00 PM

Displacement by Lucy Knisley - Cover

Displacement by Lucy Knisley - Inside Page

Here is our first look at an advance copy of Displacement, the new travelogue out from best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley. This sweet, introspective softcover volume has our author on a cruise ship with her elderly grandparents. Between struggling with her care-taking duties and feelings of isolation, Knisley reads excerpts from her grandfather's war memoir and reflects on mortality and human frailty.

Displacement will hit bookstores in the new year, but we're ready and waiting for your pre-orders now!

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDylan Horrocks 13 Nov 2014 1:15 PM

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen
by Dylan Horrocks

228-page color 7" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-790-1

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

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998's Hicksville (new edition, VUP 2010).

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.

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Fran: A discussion with Jim Woodring at Penn State
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 13 Nov 2014 12:40 PM
Fran
In less than a week you could be glued to your seat listening to Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize winner Jim Woodring give a talk on Fran at The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. On Wednesday, November 19th, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at Penn State from 4-5:30pm, Woodring will be speaking about his intricate story-telling and world-buildling that cuminated in this surreal and cyclical story of Fran and earning the Lynd Ward Prize. Congratulations, Jim!
 
This event is free to the public thanks to these sponsors: University Libraries, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the Dorothy Foher Huck Chair, Library Learning Services and the English Department.
 
For more information or if you have questions about physical access provided or need to make arrangements for special accomodations at the site, contact Caroline Wermuth at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 814.863.5472.
Fran  
 
Now in Stock: Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl Feldstein 13 Nov 2014 12:15 PM

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

Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman - Cover

Aces High
by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-784-0

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George Evans was a master of the aviation war story. This collection includes all of his highly-acclaimed stories for Aces High, EC's famous air war title. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother’s Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever." Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.

Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wally WoodWallace Woodpreviewsnew releasesEC ComicsAl Feldstein 13 Nov 2014 12:00 PM

"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

Spawn of Mars and Other Stories
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-805-2

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/spawnofmars

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 13 Nov 2014 11:30 AM

In Gilbert Hernandez's latest Love and Rockets book, Ofelia, Luba, her sisters, and their children are about settled into their new lives and homes in California. In the first 13 pages of our downloadable excerpt, the kids discuss Socorro's amazing ability to remember things, and then Luba tells her that she will skip another grade next year at school.

Ofelia is slated to come out in January and is ready for your pre-orders now! We know you've been hankering for some new Love and Rockets, so secure your copy soon—and why not check out Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 while you're at it?

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover

Drew Friedman's Book Soup Interview
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 13 Nov 2014 10:18 AM
Drew Friedman
photo by Greg Preston
A five question interview with cartoonist Drew Friedman was featured on the Book Soup blog in anticipation of his signing and conversation with artist William Stout this Friday, November 14th at Book Soup in 8818 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. People often ask Drew why he draws people and specifically these cartoonists at later stages in their life and he responded: "I like to draw people older or very old because you get to see their lives etched into their faces. Every line, wrinkle and liver spot tells the story of their life. Drawing younger faces is finally boring for me. It's too bland and uninteresting, although I do admire a beautiful face. I like Ava Gardner's quote when she was asked late in life why she didn't get a facelift: 'Honey, I earned every line.' "
Eisner Friedman
Detail of the Will Eisner portrait by Friedman
For more answers (especially to the question, do you LIKE your subjects), check out the Book Soup blog and be sure to stop by Book Soup this Friday for one hell of a time!
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Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Michael DowersEsther Pearl Watson 12 Nov 2014 4:10 PM

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 edited by Michael Dowers

It's a brick of a book, and we're stoked to show it off! Presenting our first look at Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers, with cover designed by the award-winning Esther Pearl Watson. Packed cover to cover with 848 pages of mini comics from over 50 artists, Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2 completes our two-volume set providing a historical survey of some of the best that DIY, self-published comics has to offer!

This chunky book is due out in December, and it's ready and rarin' for your pre-order now!