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EC's Sucker Bait and Other Stories on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham Ingelsdigital comicscomiXologyAl Feldstein 5 Feb 2014 6:20 PM

Sucker Bait, suckers

Fantagraphics and comiXology continue to bring you the thrills and chills via techonological frills with Sucker Bait and Other Stories illustrated by the amazing Graham Ingels (written by Al Feldstein). 25 classic horror stories involving swamps, maniacs, and dismemberment by the artist so good at gruesome, grisly depictions of the endless corruption of flesh and nature he earned the nickname "Ghastly."

And as with our other EC comics, you can also try out a few stories for just 99 cents! That's not EVEN a dollar like the picture states below (but let's get real, pennies are worthless -- unless you've got NINETY-NINE!). Try out one of three stories drawn by Ghastly Ingels:

• PIPE DOWN!
• Hook, Line and Stinker!
• An Off-Color Heir

And then get the whole kit and grave-caboodle once you realize you LOVE the team-up of Al Feldstein and Graham Ingels. 

99 cent

Burroughs @ 100 - save on Ah Pook books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under William S Burroughssales specialsMalcolm McNeill 5 Feb 2014 12:43 AM

Today is the centennial of the birth of William S. Burroughs, and as part of the official "Burroughs @ 100" celebration we're offering limited-time savings on our momentous art book and memoir by artist Malcolm McNeill detailing his troubled collaboration with Burroughs — 25% off each volume, or 1/3 off when you order them together! Author James Reich recently talked to McNeill about Burroughs at the International Times, so go give that a read once you've taken advantage of these deals:

The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here: Images from the Graphic Novel by Malcolm McNeill

The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here: Images from the Graphic Novel
by Malcolm McNeill

168-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60699-445-0

25% OFF for a limited time!

In 1970, William S. Burroughs and artist Malcolm McNeill began a small collaborative project on a comic entitled The Unspeakable Mr. Hart, which appeared in the first four issues of Cyclops, England’s first comics magazine for an adult readership. Soon after, Burroughs and McNeill agreed to collaborate on a book-length meditation on time, power, control, and corruption that evoked the Mayan codices and specifically, the Mayan god of death, Ah Pook. Ah Pook Is Here was to include their character Mr. Hart, but stray from the conventional comics form to explore different juxtapositions of images and words.

Ah Pook was never finished in its intended form. In a 1979 prose collection that included only the words from the collaboration, Ah Pook is Here and Other Texts (Calder, 1979), Burroughs explains in the preface that they envisioned the work to be “one that falls into neither the category of the conventional illustrated book nor that of a comix publication.” Rather, the work was to include “about a hundred pages of artwork with text (thirty in full-color) and about fifty pages of text alone.” The book was conceived as a single painting in which text and images were combined in whatever form seemed appropriate to the narrative. It was conceived as 120 continuous pages that would "fold out." Such a book was, at the time, unprecedented, and no publisher was willing to take a chance and publish a “graphic novel.”

However, Malcolm McNeill created nearly a hundred paintings, illustrations, and sketches for the book, and these, finally, are seeing the light of day in The Lost Art of Ah Pook. (Burroughs’ text will not be included.) McNeill himself is an exemplary craftsman and visionary painter whose images have languished for over 30 years, unseen. Even in a context divorced from the words, they represent a stunning precursor to the graphic novel form to come.

Sara J. Van Ness contributes an historical essay chronicling the long history of Burroughs’ and McNeill’s work together, including its incomplete publishing history with Rolling Stone’s Straight Arrow Press, the excerpt that ran in Rush magazine, and the text that was published without pictures.

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Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook, and Me
by Malcolm McNeill

192-page full-color 6.75" x 10.25" hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60699-561-7

25% OFF for a limited time! 

Observed While Falling is an account of the personal and creative interaction that defined the collaboration between the writer William S. Burroughs and the artist Malcolm McNeill on the graphic novel Ah Pook Is Here. The memoir chronicles the events that surrounded it, the reasons it was abandoned and the unusual circumstances that brought it back to life. McNeill describes his growing friendship with Burroughs and how their personal relationship affected their creative partnership. The book is written with insight and humor, and is liberally sprinkled with the kind of outré anecdotes one would expect working with a writer as original and eccentric as Burroughs. It confirms Burroughs’ and McNeill’s prescience, the place of Ah Pook in relation to the contemporary graphic novel, and its anticipation of the events surrounding 2012. The book offers new insights into Burroughs’ working methods as well as how the two explored the possibilities of words and images working together to form the ambitious literary hybrid that they didn’t know, at the time, was a harbinger of the 21st century “graphic novel.” McNeill expounds on the lessons of that experience to bring Ah Pook into present time. In light of current events, Ah Pook is unquestionably Here now.

Observed While Falling presents a unique view of the creative process that will be of interest to artists, writers and general readers alike. A perspective evoked by a literary experiment that has endured for forty years and still continues to “happen.”

The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here & Observed While Falling

Exclusive Savings: Order both volumes together and save 1/3 off the combined cover price for a limited time!



Famed Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Jeremy Spencer at Fantagraphics Bookstore/Georgetown Records!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 4 Feb 2014 3:18 PM

Visitors to the Gregory Benton signing on Saturday, February 22 are in for an unforgettable evening as Fantagraphics Bookstore and Georgetown Records host an in-store performance by celebrated blues musician Jeremy Spencer. An original member of Fleetwood Mac, Spencer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He played on the band's timeless early hits like "Black Magic Woman," "Albatross," "Oh Well," and countless others. He frequently fronted Fleetwood Mac, channeling legends like Elmore James and Elvis during their raucous live shows. Check out vintage Jeremy Spencer in Paris on New Year's Eve 1968.

Spencer will play songs from his recent International Record Store Day release Bend in the Road and the forthcoming Coventry Blue LP in advance of his show at the Columbia City Theater the following day. He's also an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist, as seen in his portraits of former band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, and fellow blues guitarist Eric Clapton below. Spencer's original artwork will be on display for the occasion. Don't miss this amazing evening of art, comix, and music.

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Listen LA! Pat Thomas Brings the Sights and Sounds of Black Power!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Pat Thomasevents 4 Feb 2014 3:13 PM

Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

On Saturday, February 15th, noted author Pat Thomas will engage in a lively discussion of the soundtrack that accompanies the Black Power movement with his award-winning book, Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975!

Join him at the appropriately-named Revolution Books in Los Angeles at 3:00 PM!

He'll be joined by special guest Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music (Chicago Review Press). Together, they'll examine the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s, as these books explore the relationship of soul music to the Black Power movement from the vantage point of the musicians and black revolutionaries themselves.

Revolution Books is located at 5726 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles.
New Comics Day 2.5.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJack KamenGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 4 Feb 2014 2:54 PM

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.

Sucker Bait 

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8 

"Even sixty years on Ingels grisly pages still hold the power to shock and delight in equal measure. Not for the faint of heart, but anyone feeling brave is dared to look inside." -Shaun, Gosh! London 

Zero Hour 

Zero Hour and Other Stories  (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

"[see] illustrator Jack Kamen use his clean but lush style to twist readers expectations in a series of dark and gripping sci-fi comics." –Shaun, Gosh! London



The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 - Box Art
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Williamson 4 Feb 2014 1:42 PM

EC Slipcase Vol. 1 box art

EC Slipcase Vol. 1 box art

Here's a clearer view of the box art for The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1, coming in April, featuring the artwork of Jack DavisHarvey KurtzmanAl Williamson, and Wallace Wood on the outside and their respective EC Comics Library volumes inside. Nice, right? That's gold ink on there, as befitting the quality of the material inside and the luster of our unique and impeccable presentation.

For those of you who plan on replacing your standalone copies of each book with the box set (since we're not able to offer empty boxes), might we suggest "paying it forward" by donating your duplicate books to a good cause such as your local library, or passing them along as gifts? Share the EC love!

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1

Cannon by Wallace Wood - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace Woodpreviewsnew releases 4 Feb 2014 12:27 PM

"Pow! Zam! Comics aren't for kids anymore because of Cannon! Cannon is like a punch in the face with a cement-filled giant salami. Ugly description? Wait'll you see Cannon’s ugly mug! And the gals? Wood style, of course! What else do you need?" – Gilbert Hernandez

"I bow to no man in my appreciation for Cannon." – Daniel Gillespie Clowes

Cannon
by Wallace Wood

296-page black & white/color 11" x 7.5" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-702-4

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/cannon

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/3-2/10
Written by janice headley | Filed under Virgil PartchRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJoseph LambertFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Forsman 4 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

The Cartoon Utopia

Wednesday, February 5th

Seattle, WA: Seattle, this is your last chance to see our insanely beautiful exhibit of work from the legendary Ron Regé, Jr., including these exquisite fold-out drawings which are just 1000% more beautiul in person! Get thee to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery while you can! (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Thursday, February 6th

Portland, OR: And Portland, don't miss the opening reception for Julia Gfrörer's exhibit Play Dead at Floating World Comics, showcasing the original art to her exquisite book, Black is the Color! If you haven't picked this up yet, now is the time: she might even draw a gorgeous mermaid for you! (more info)

Paul Hornschemeier

New York City, NY: New York, you lucky city, don't miss a visit from the great Paul Hornschemeier as he discusses his latest collection, Artists Authors Thinkers Directors, at The Strand Bookstore, starting at 7:00 PM. (more info)

Charles Forsman and Joseph Lambert Signing in Belgium

Saturday, February 8th

Brussels, BE: Hot off an exciting weekend at Angoulême, Charles Forsman, Mome-veteran Joseph Lambert, and our pal Alec Longstreth will be signing at the Librairie Multi BD from 4:00 to 6:30 PM! (more info)

Seattle, WA: Don't miss the opening reception at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for our latest show of art and artifacts from the book Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, celebrating the legacy of this notorious cartoonist! (more info


Fuzz & Pluck 2 wins Angouleme Prize
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ted Stearnawards 3 Feb 2014 3:10 PM

Fuzz & Pluck 2

Ted Stearn, the cartooning mastermind behind Fuzz & Pluck 2 has won his own prize at Angouleme! On Saturday night this album published in French by Cornélius, brought home the award for best series. This second volume follows the bizarre further adventures of an irritable plucked rooster and an awkward but lovable bear take them on separate paths to the gladiatorial ring and a Quixotic task, with an unlikely climactic convergence. Grab a copy of the international award winning book today (from us if you want to read it in English)! 

"This epic tale of a hapless li'l bear and his defeathered friend is why I love comics. All hail the peculiar Fuzz & Pluck and their creator, Ted Stearn!" -Matt Groening 

Angouleme
 

 

Cannon by Wallace Wood - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace Woodvideopreviewsnew releases 3 Feb 2014 1:19 PM

Cannon
by Wallace Wood

296-page black & white/color 11" x 7.5" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-702-4

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

Your mission, should you choose to accept it... is CANNON by the legendary Wallace Wood (Mad, EC Comics, Daredevil)! CANNON appeared every week for two and a half years in Overseas Weekly, a newspaper distributed exclusively to U.S. Military bases around the world. Uncensored by commercial editorial restrictions, Wood pulled out all the stops — producing a thrilling and salacious Cold War spy serial run amok with brutal violence and titillating sex all in an effort to boost morale and support our troops!

Meet John Cannon, the perfect agent and America's exploitative answer to James Bond. Initially brainwashed by the terrifying, voluptuous, and always half naked Madame Toy to be "the perfect assassin" for the Red forces, Cannon was eventually rescued and brainwashed (again) by the CIA until he had no emotions whatsoever. Under the employ of our government’s Central Intelligence Agency, Cannon experiences action like no other agent! Undercover and under the covers, Cannon endures nude torture by beautiful women, explosive gunplay, naked catfights, bone-crunching plastic surgery, nudity, Hitler, nihilistic lovemaking, Weasel the spy, naked women, death from above, and more naked women! Take that, 007!

Together with the Wallace Wood Estate, and working from newly unearthed source material, Fantagraphics Books presents the biggest, baddest, best-looking collection of CANNON, ever!

Cannon cover photo