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Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony MillionairepreviewsMatt DannerComing Attractions 19 Sep 2014 12:30 PM

In these first nine pages of Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner's upcomig Sock Monkey book, Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods, Uncle Gabby appears to be dreaming about how he came to be a sock monkey living in the house of Ann-Louise. In a shifting dreamscape perspective, he gooes from a monkey with a toothache, to a fallen monkey's tooth next to an orchid, to a freshly-sewn sock monkey with a hidden monkey's tooth embedded in its breast pocket, beginning to flicker to life.

You can download and read the whole 9-page, 1 MB excerpt here, and check out our book listing page for more previews and to pre-order your copy! Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods comes out in October.

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner - Cover

Me and Mr. Burns
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under staffrockFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Burns 19 Sep 2014 10:34 AM

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I first crossed paths with Charles Burns in the mid-70s, when we both attended a small college in rural Washington State. I later learned that Burns wasn't entirely comfortable in an art school attended by eccentric Charles Manson enthusiasts and Symbionese Liberation Army sympathizers. By contrast, I had finally found my people. Burns soon departed for the greener pastures of The Evergreen State College, where he joined talented young artists Lynda Barry and Matt Groening.

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Upon graduating in 1978, I opened the experimental Rosco Louie gallery in the tony Pioneer Square section of Seattle. I was privileged to give both Lynda Barry and Charles Burns their first gallery shows. Burns later served as soundman at Rosco Louie for a performance by San Francisco band Pink Section, which included his then-girlfriend, fashion designer Carol Detwieler. He in turn designed the cover for the 1982 Sub Pop 7 cassette compilation, which included my wife's band, Little Bears From Bangkok. At the same time we were both frequent contributors to Seattle music monthly, The Rocket.

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As Burns migrated to the East Coast, we both continued our association with Sub Pop. In 1988, Burns illustrated the stunning cover to the momentous Sub Pop 200 LP. Shortly thereafter, I promoted a Tad, Mudhoney, and Nirvana show at my alternative space, the Center on Contemporary Art, which found Kurt sporting a Burns tee shirt. (As seen in Charles Peterson's photo above.) On a subsequent Seattle visit in 1993, I accompanied Burns to a secret Tad and Nirvana show at a small downtown venue, where he was received as a rock star himself. 

Throughout my tenure at Fantagraphics Books, I've continued to encounter Charles Burns, a pleasure that will repeat itself this evening when Burns appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to present his new graphic novel, Sugar Skull. Please join me in welcoming this immensely influential artist back to his hometown.

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The Late Child and Other Animals by James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMarguerite Van CookJames RombergerComing Attractions 19 Sep 2014 8:30 AM

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

A year following their collaboration on the critically acclaimed biography 7 Miles A Second, Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger are back with The Late Child and Other Animals. This autobiographical work follows the story of Van Cook's mother, Hetty, through World War II, the loss of her husband, the adoption of her first daughter, and then the birth of Marguerite as a bastard child.

We are so pleased to unveil the final cover design for this personal, coming-of-age memoir. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming previews, and we've got the book ready for pre-order here.

Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War! - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesJacques Tardi 18 Sep 2014 6:00 PM

Praise for It Was the War of the Trenches

"'The war to end all wars' has become a magisterial comic book to end all comic books. I seldom give blurbs, but this book is an essential classic. Among all of Jacques Tardi's towering achievements as a comics artist, nothing looms larger than this devastating crater of a work. It’s a compulsively readable wail of Existential despair, a kaleidoscope of war’s dehumanizing brutality and of Everyman’s suffering, as well as a deadpan masterpiece of the darkest black humor. The richly composed and obsessively researched drawings — perfectly poised between cartoon and illustration — march to the relentless beats of Tardi’s three horizontal panels per page to dig a hole deep inside your brain. This is one Hell of a book." – Art Spiegelman

"Tardi's depiction of the First World War is so impassioned and visceral that it can be compared to the work of the artists who actually served in the trenches." – Joe Sacco

"French master Tardi gives an infantry-level view of World War I's meat-grinder carnage in grim vignettes that primarily keep tight, telling focus on the stories of individual soldiers. …[It Was the War of the Trenches] deserves a place on the top shelf of graphic lit.” – Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dipatch

Praise for Goddamn This War!

"As brutal and horrific as the Great War itself, this book rivals All Quiet on the Western Front when it comes to the insane idiocy of the conflict." – Max Brooks

Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War!
by Jacques Tardi, with Jean-Pierre Verney

260-page black & white/color 8.25” x 10.75” hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-769-7

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/tardiswwi

Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew WeingComing Attractions 18 Sep 2014 4:30 PM

Drew Weing's graphic novel debut Set to Sea, which follows the adventures of a poet who ends up seabound aboard a pirate ship, is a mere month away from its upcoming paperback release. We've got a 12-page, 1.1 MB excerpt you can download and read while you wait. Want to pre-order your copy now? Step right this way!

Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing - Cover

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 18 Sep 2014 3:00 PM

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Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Inside Page

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Inside Page

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Inside Page

As we prepare for the release of our newest Carl Barks book, The Seven Cities of Gold, we're excited to also have the boxset of volumes 7 and 8, Lost in the Andes and Trail of the Unicorn, coming out in October as well. Here is the advance copy we've received to ogle: a beautiful slipcase cover holding two books full of duck adventures is the perfect way to cheer up a grey, drizzly Seattle day.

Excerpts for each book are available at their respective listing pages, and we'll have an unboxing video preview to whet your appetite for this box set—a perfect gift for any Carl Barks fan. Until then, check out the box set page, where you can pre-order your copy for an October delivery.

Wordless! with Art Spiegelman - Ticket Giveaway
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under eventsartists 18 Sep 2014 1:30 PM

Art Spiegelman and Phillip Johnston WORDLESS! Tour - Poster

Have you heard? Art Spiegelman is coming to Seattle, and he's bringing an entourage! Along with musical accompaniment by jazz composer Phillip Johnston and his sextet, Spiegelman will be presenting his new work, "Shaping Thought!" as well as images and stories that have influenced him, at the Moore Theatre on Sunday, October 12th as part of his WORDLESS! tour. This is not a show you'll want to miss. To that end, Fantagraphics has partnered with The Seattle Theatre Group to give away two tickets to one lucky fan.

Here's how to enter: It's simple. Take a picture of yourself—or your favorite furry companion—with a copy of Maus in hand (any version, either volume). Send it in to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the Subject: "Wordless Contest" to receive one entry for the giveaway. One entry per e-mail address, please! The contest will run from Thursday, September 18 through 12 noon PST on Friday, October 3rd.

By entering this giveaway, you're agreeing to let us use your image submission on our website and social media networks.

Bronx, NY: ALPHABETO DIGITALES - Word Play
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Nico Vassilakiseventsart showsart 18 Sep 2014 12:36 PM

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Saturday, September 27

We've been using the Latin alphabet since roughly 700 B.C., but as a language, and an art form, it's continuously evolving. Niko Vassilakis has been astutly aware of it's possibilies as an aural, oral, and ocular medium, and seeks to combine all those senses familiar with words and the alphabet into a visual display of poetry.

Vassilakis compiled and edited the book The Last Visual Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (or, Vispo), and is continuing his work with a new show titled, ALPHABETO DIGITALES, opening on September 27 with a reception!

Join us at 100% Cafe in the Bronx from 6-8 pm, where these original works will be on display, and for sale, until October 25th!

Aces High by George Evans - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 18 Sep 2014 8:00 AM

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

EC Comics fans, rest easy! Here is the cover art for the next book in our highly regarded EC Comics Library series, Aces High. In this eleventh volume, we highlight cartoonist George Evans and his spectacular aviation-themed artwork, along with plenty of his crime and horror stories, written by himself, Harvey KurtzmanAl Feldstein, et al.

More previews of Evans' high flying tales of derring-do to come, but you can go ahead and pre-order your copy now.

In a Glass Grotesquely by Richard Sala - Photo/Video Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Richard SalapreviewsComing Attractions 17 Sep 2014 1:00 PM

In a Glass Grotesquely
by Richard Sala

136-page color 7" x 7" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-797-0

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

A suite of related short mysteries and thrills, all depicted in Sala's trademark colorful watercolor washes and sharp, detailed line-work. Rising from the crumbling pages of some forgotten (and nonexistent) pulp magazine comes the diabolical villain Super-Enigmatix. Following in the bloody footsteps of master criminals such as Fantomas, Fu Manchu, or Professor Moriarty, Super-Enigmatix is ruthless, cunning, and thoroughly evil. His only goal is to spread fear and cause chaos — but does he want to destroy civilization, or save it? Not even his loyal army of female commandos can guess his real motives, or his true identity. Will he fall at the hands of the unhinged music professor turned homicidal fiend who calls himself Phantasmiac? Or Quadrummando, the Undead Shaman? And who is the Cardinal?

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