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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

The Heart of Thomas is officially a Great Graphic Novel for Teens
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Moto HagioMatt Thornawards 31 Jan 2014 12:40 PM

The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio

More good news out of the ALA Midwinter meeting: The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio (translated by Matt Thorn) has been named to the YALSA (Young Adult Library Service Association) "Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2014" list! Their one-line summary: "An enigmatic suicide note sets off a chain of drama at a German boarding school." Support your local library and check out a copy of this bewitching, mysterious, and emotional story (or, you know, buy one for yourself).

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 31 Jan 2014 11:19 AM

"Schulz was truly one of the game’s great ambassadors." – Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey

"Seeing [Schulz's] work isolated and expanded only reinforces the sheer timelessness and brilliance inherent; Schulz was a master of mood and line in equal measure..." – Paste

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure — an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." – Bill Clinton

"The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated." – Umberto Eco

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white (with spot color) 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3

Due to arrive in about 5-7 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/batterupcharliebrown

Meet Julia Gfrörer at Fantagraphics Books this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Julia GfrörerFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 31 Jan 2014 12:16 AM

Julia Gfrörer poster

Join us this Saturday, February 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery as rising star Julia Gfrörer signs her sensational new book Black Is the Color. The story of a castaway sailor’s attraction to a sinister mermaid examines the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. (The perfect Valentine’s gift, right?)

Saturday is also one of your last opportunities to see the enchanting Ron Regé, Jr. exhibition The Cartoon Utopia. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown industrial arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Julia GfrörerBlack Is the Color

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 30 Jan 2014 2:58 PM

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white (with spot color) 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3

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

Charlie Brown may not be the best pitcher, batter, or team manager, but his love for the game is boundless, no matter how many home runs he gives up, how many games he loses, how many errors his team makes, or how many times the game is rained out. This delightful gift book features three complete baseball stories starring good ol’ Charlie Brown and his frustrating (and frustrated) teammates Lucy, Linus, Pigpen, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang. Whether it’s at home or on the road, on the mound or off the field, Charlie Brown gives it his all in these funny, touching testaments to his indefatigable spirit.

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Batter Up, Charlie Brown! cover photo

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jack KirbyDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 30 Jan 2014 12:42 PM

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman

In Drew's own words:

"This is the cover to my upcoming book HEROES of THE COMICS, designed by the great Jesse Marinoff Reyes. The book comes out in early July and officially debuts at the San Diego Comic Con."

We got a great response to the preliminary cover we showed with Drew's portrait of Siegel & Shuster, but we went with the King, and for good reason, as you can see. Don't worry, Jerry & Joe are still inside the book, along with dozens and dozens more of the titans and pioneers of American comics, all gorgeously and expressively rendered, and accompanied by loving and informative essays by Drew. No comics lover's coffee table will be complete without this beautiful, oversized hardcover.

Be among the first to get a copy by pre-ordering today!

Cosplayers & Doctors: two new comics by Dash Shaw
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDash ShawComing Attractions 30 Jan 2014 11:53 AM

Cosplayers by Dash Shaw

In the new Previews catalog at your local comic shop you'll find our solicitation for a new 32-page one-shot comic book by Dash Shaw. Cosplayers is a sweet & sour, sad & funny story that follows the adventures of Annie and Verti as they shoot homemade movies for YouTube, guerilla-style, and face some unexpected consequences. Read the first three pages of the story below, ask for it at your local comic shop, and look for it on the racks in April! (We'll be taking orders, too.)

Cosplayers pg 1

Cosplayers pg 2

Cosplayers pg 3

And yesterday, Dash broke this news on his blog

Doctors comes out this October from Fantagraphics Books. It's 96 pages, 6 X 8", full color.

Here's the catalog copy Fanta wrote:

"This new graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button, BodyWorld, New School) is his most taut book to date. Dr. Cho is the creator of the Charon, a device that allows his staff to enter a dead patient's afterlife by taking the form of a memory in the patient's consciousness, and bring he or she back to life with one catch: the experience is traumatic and the process kills them again soon thereafter. But for some bereaved, the opportunity is priceless. So when Bell is killed in a random accident, her daughter hires Dr. Cho's team to bring her back. But what if Bell didn't want to come back? The dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want, or feel they deserve, in their minds before everything fades to black. Isn't that better than the reality, and no less meaningful than life itself? Part science-fiction thriller, part family drama, part morality play for the 21st Century, and quite possibly Shaw's best book to date."

Welp, there you go. Two new comics from Dash to look forward to this year!

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderS Clay WilsonRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releasesJaime HernandezGlenn BrayGary PanterDaniel ClowesChris WareCarl BarksBasil Wolverton 30 Jan 2014 11:27 AM

"Glenn's fabulous collection and the stories that go with it is the kinda stuff you can't make up." – Jaime Hernandez

"The Bray Collection is a national treasure, a Fort Knox of astounding pop-culture holdings compiled with uncanny prescience and a singular, infallible eye for both the unassailably great and the otherwise overlooked. Bray and Zwalve have assembled a sum that is possibly greater even than its magnificent parts, and to experience the body of work in its entirety — finding connections, noting omissions, succumbing to the perfection of the vision — is to understand the visual world in a whole new way." – Daniel Clowes

"Glenn Bray is the Great Curator of brilliant, overlooked pop culture, and this wild book is an eye-popping art treasure for us all." – Matt Groening

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection
by various artists

410-page full-color 10.5" x 12" hardcover • $100.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-695-9

See many more photos!

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/blightedeye