This October 17-19th Fantagraphics cofounder and editor Mike Catron will be appearing at the San Diego Comics Fest. Like a comics library come to life, Catron has talks on L.B. Cole, Siegel and Shuster, and ZAP in anticipation of a few of our new books coming out.
Happy Birthday, Jerry and Joe! Friday, October 17th 6-6:50PM Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were born exactly one century ago. (Joe on July 10, 1914 and Jerry on October 17, 1914). These two lifelong friends created the most iconic superhero of the 20th century and jumpstarted the comic book business. Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron presents a look at their lives, their struggles, their triumphs, and their tragedy - a tale of mythic proportions writ large on the American landscape. Located at GARDEN ONE. ZAP Comix with Fantagraphics Editor and Co-Founder, Mike Catron. Saturday, October 18th 2-2:50PM Now it can be told -- the true story of Zap Comix, the seminal underground comic book. See rare photos and artwork of and by Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and Paul Mavrides. Be the first to see a preview of the final issue of Zap, which is included in the upcoming 5-volume collection of the complete Zap Comix from Fantagraphics Books. Presented by Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron. (Some material rated R.) Located at GARDEN TWO Black Light: The Weird World of L.B. Cole. Sunday, October 19th 3-3:50PM Leonard B. Cole's eye-popping proto-psychedelic comic book covers exploded off the newsstands of the 1940s and 1950s. Join Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron for a surreal experience as we consider a color-saturated cornucopia of Cole's cleverest creations - from horror to action to romance to science fiction to funny animals. Located at the CRESCENT. Prepare to be wowed.
Our next Don Rosa Library book is here, filled with more richly dense and action-packed stories featuring our favorite duck family! It's easy to lose oneself in the page after page of Don Rosa's stories and artwork, and we may in fact have been slightly delayed in putting up these photos, such was the draw of reading each and every tale. And—what's this?—the first box set collecting volumes 1 and 2 of the Don Rosa Library is at our office as well?
Dubbed by The New York Times as the "Michelangelo of Mad Magazine," Basil Wolverton sold his first nationally published work at the age of 16. Wolverton's work has been published by Marvel, DC, Mad, and a variety of other publications, and in 1991 he was posthumously inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.
We are excited to reveal the cover design for the first of two volumes recounting the life of this varied and unique cartoonist: Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1. The book will collect all of Wolverton's non-humorous comic stories and a substantial selection of his humorous comics, alongside dozens of pages of unpublished artwork, unsold features, and never-before-seen correspondence, including rejection letters! The book is available for pre-order now with an estimated December 2014 delivery.
Even the most devoted Peanuts fan will be surprised by revisiting Schulz's last decade of work. Schulz's cartooning has never been more expressive, and his sense of humor never more unencumbered by formula or tradition. In one sequence, the gang waits… and waits… for a school bus that never comes. Another shockingly showcases Charlie Brown hitting a game-winning home run—off Roy Hobbs's great-granddaughter? Then, Linus lobbies the White House to nominate Snoopy for a Supreme Court seat (it would go to Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Woodstock discovers his long-lost grandfather's diary, detailing a hard life in captivity (birdcage). Snoopy lands in the hospital with pneumonia, and all three of his brothers—Andy, Spike, and Olaf—come pay their respects. This is the 22nd volume (of 25) of the best-selling series collecting every single one of the 18,000-plus strips created by Schulz from 1950-2000.
Our second paperback volume of the acclaimed Complete Peanuts series finds Schulz continuing to establish his tender and comic universe. It begins with Peanuts' third full year and a cast of eight: Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, Violet, Schroeder, Lucy, baby Linus, and Snoopy. By the end of 1954, Pigpen and his dust cloud join the crowd. Linus emerges as one of the most complex and endearing characters in the strip, and acquires his security blanket! Charlie Brown is becoming his best-known self, the lovable loser, but he hasn’t yet abandoned his brasher, prankish behavior from our first volume. And, Lucy has grown up and forcefully elbowed her way to the center of the action. For readers unfamiliar with the early years of the strip, Snoopy's appearances here may come as the biggest surprise: he behaves, for the most part, like a dog!
A boxed set of the first and second volumes of the paperback edition of The Complete Peanuts. Shipping shrinkwrapped, with volumes 1950-1952 and 1953-1954 packed in a sturdy custom box designed especially for this set, it's the perfect gift book item.
Our final cover art for this wondrous book highlights Cole's style, described by the editor as "a brilliant spectacle of primary colors sizzling against intense black backgrounds." The book is slated for a December release and is available for pre-order now!
Author Joe Sacco promises that, in the vein of underground comix like ZAP or Weirdo, "Bumf will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do." Though Sacco is world-famous for his serious, journalistic books like Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza, Bumf promises to echo back to his earlier days as a satirist and underground cartoonist. Bumf is a project that Sacco has been working on in between larger projects like Footnotes in Gaza, indulging his love of satire and cartooning. Often puerile, disgusting, and beyond redemption, Sacco apologizes in advance, saying he couldn't help himself. "They expect better things from me. They’ll never put me on a stamp now."
Uncle Scrooge takes Donald and the nephews on a perilous trek in search of the fabled seven cities of gold! This is the Scrooge story famous for providing Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with inspiration for parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Speaking of gold and movies, James Bond fans might recognize in “The Mysterious Stone Ray” a gimmick that was later used in Goldfinger — Uncle Scrooge’s pores fill with gold dust from his money bin. It makes him ill so he goes on vacation, which turns into a rescue mission for a sailor stranded on an island with some very mysterious baddies. Also, Scrooge decides to run for Treasurer of Duckburg, but it seems the only way to get votes is to spend a lot of money. (Sound familiar?) And you know what Uncle Scrooge thinks of that! Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laugh-out-loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance.