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SPXPLOSION at Atomic Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannNoah Van ScivereventsEd PiskorDaniel ClowesCharles Burns 5 Aug 2014 11:20 AM
Spxplosion
The word is out! The night before the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD (aka SPX), Atomic Books is hosting their annual party. This year will have a stellar cast of characters doing readings from their comics and signing. On September 12th from 5-6pm, enjoy the THE Charles Burns signing his third installment of his current series called Sugar Skull. From 7-9pm, your ears will be thrilled by the sights and sounds of Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2), Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Noah Van Sciver (with his AdHouse book Youth Is Wasted), Emily Flake, Josh Bayer and Tom Neely plus MORE. 
 
We can't wait, so save some fliff (money) to spend on great comics by amazing cartoonists and buy a beer at the Daniel Clowes' inspired Eightbar while you're at it. (Photo by Kaitlin Newman). 
Eightbar
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-662-4444








Weekly OCD 8.05.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under OCDLucy KnisleyinterviewsGlenn BrayEleanor DavisDrew FriedmanCCICarol SwainAn Age of License 5 Aug 2014 11:00 AM

This week's summery, sun-warmed collection of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Gast by Carol SwainReview: Gast by Carol Swain

"Woven through the pages, impressing lightly on Helen’s still child-like mind, are issues such as transgenderism and isolation, appearance and identity, the harsh truths surrounding the commercialisation of nature and the issue of suicide among struggling farmers." – Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier

 

How To Be Happy by Eleanor DavisReview: How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"Davis notes in the book's opening pages that 'this is not a book about how to be happy,' and I agree. How to Be Happy is a book that shows people living with despair, grief, and unhappiness. It is a book about how people fail and sometimes succeed in calming the harsh storm inside ourselves." – Sequential State

Interview: Scout Books profiles Eleanor Davis: "Initially I think I tried to water down my stuff too much, which was a mistake. Now I try to be as much of my own voice as I can get away with. The art directors tell me when it’s too much. What I’ve found is that if I enjoy myself making a piece, people will respond to it. If I’m bored making a piece folks won’t like looking at it either."

 

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew FriedmanReview: Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman

"Friedman is known for adroitly capturing gesture, mood, and psychological nuance in vivid portraits somehow combining elements of caricature and realism…Each of his portraits feels so alive, it is like being welcomed into each artist’s private world." – Steven Heller, The Atlantic

 

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

"I knew that [Glenn Bray] was the first person to seek out and collect the work of the great Donald Duck comic book artist writer Carl Barks back in the 1960s, that he published some small books about grotesque-artist Basil Wolverton, and that he was the champion of forgotten genius Stanislav Szukalski…He was probably the first real comic book art collector, buying original work in an era when everyone else considered it to be worthless." – Mark Frauenfelder, Wink

 

  • Plug: Lucy Knisley's An Age of License made Publishers Weekly's list of Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2014!
  • Commentary: Comic Book Resources recaps Fantagraphics' SDCC Panel, "Fantagraphics Forward": "Groth said that what sets Fantagraphics apart from other comics publishers is the fact that 'almost everything we publish is written and drawn by the same person,' an approach which has contributed to defining the Fantagraphics aesthetic."
Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon Hanselmannpreviewsnew releasesMegahex 5 Aug 2014 9:30 AM

"Simon Hanselmann is the real deal, for sure. He captures that stoner stay-at-home life so accurately that I actually find his comics really depressing and thank God I don't ever have to hang out with anybody like that ever again." – Daniel Clowes

"Megahex is basically about a bunch of people (and "people") watching TV and getting wasted and fighting and fucking and pranking each other. Oh, and depression. What's not to love?!" – Peter Bagge

Megahex
by Simon Hanselmann

122-page full color 6” x 8.75” hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-743-7

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/megahex

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago (Softcover) - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wilfred SantiagopreviewsComing Attractions21 4 Aug 2014 3:30 PM

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago - Cover

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago - Inside Page

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago is coming out soon in a new paperback edition, and this first glimpse of the printer's advance copy is promising indeed! Detailing the tragically short life of Puerto-Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente—the first Latino player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame—21 takes us deep into Puerto-Rican culture and history, as well as the entrenched racial tensions of mid-20th-century America.

Our hardcover edition's 18-page excerpt (6.6 MB) is available to read, and the paperback edition is available for pre-order now!

Now in Stock: Wandering Son Vol. 7, Heroes of the Comics, and Film Noir 101!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Shimura Takakonew releasesMark FertigmangaDrew Friedman 4 Aug 2014 9:00 AM

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

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - Cover

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 7
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5

See Previews / Order Now

Shimura Takako’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved Wandering Son continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students in our 7th volume. Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn’t congratulate Chiba-san — she’d be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman - Cover

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

184-page full color 9” x 12” hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

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Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s by Mark Fertig - Cover

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s
by Mark Fertig

144-page full color 10.75" x 14.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-759-8

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Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.





Jim by Jim Woodring - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJim Woodring 1 Aug 2014 4:00 PM

"[This] material…exploded the idea of autobiographical or journalistic comics… What Woodring did better than anyone was promote the idea that the subconscious, the imaginary, and the dreamtime state were perfectly valid terrains for autobiographical exploration… Plus, it’s great comedy." –Joe McCulloch

"I don’t really have adequate language to describe it." –Alan Moore

"Woodring is a cartoonist of frightening power…" –ComicsAlliance

Jim
by Jim Woodring

224-page black & white/color 7.75” x 11” hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/jim

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tim LaneComing Attractions 1 Aug 2014 12:00 PM

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - Cover

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - Inside Page

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - Cover

Train-hoppers, hitchhikers, drunken bar fights, clowns, amnesia, abandoned amusement parks—these are just a few examples of the myriad gritty and poignant imagery to be found between the covers of Tim Lane's new book, The Lonesome Go. This hefty, 296-page behemoth has landed on our desks, leaving us feeling both somewhat nostalgic for and perturbed by these stories, mythologies, and symbols, which shine a glaring light into the seedy underbelly of America.

Read our 22-page (12.9 MB) downloadable excerpt here, preferably with a steaming mug of cheap, truckstop diner coffee. The Lonesome Go should be out by October 2014, and we'll have more previews coming soon!

The Complete Zap Comix - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinGilbert SheltonComing Attractions 1 Aug 2014 9:00 AM

The Complete Zap Comix - 3D

The Complete Zap Comix - Cover

This deluxe, lovingly-designed slipcase is for The Complete Zap Comix, and we are incredibly excited to be able to show you this first glimpse of what the final product will look like. The comprehensive collection will include every single issue and cover of Zap produced, as well as the unpublished 17th issue and the mini comic jam Zam—a deservedly luxurious homage to the vanguard of underground comics artists of our time.

Keep your eyeballs peeled for more updates and previews in the coming weeks. We anticipate this set to be in stores by October. For now, the pre-sale is finally set up and ready to take your order!

Box, Tape, Stamp and Repeat: Kickstarter Update #14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Kickstarter 31 Jul 2014 3:09 PM
Panter Shoes
Finally! San Diego Comic-Con is over and we can get back to publishing great comics and sending you your rewards like the Gary Panter kicks and prints that just showed up today! We're spending the next week sending out the items we had to wait on like the signed Luba and Her Family, Unlovable 3 and Love Bunglers, plus more prints, more portraits. There are some signed prints we're still waiting on like Tony Millionaire and S. Clay Wilson for the book and print. We'll send them out as soon as we get them and keep you in the loop.

How to be Happy
A few of our new graphic novels debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and the response was overwhelming. How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis is devastatingly beautiful and out in stores (and in your mailboxes) now! We airfreighted a few copies of the books to the convention since the cartoonists were special guests but they will be in your hands as soon as they arrive in our warehouse.

And to close, a charming image from the Kim Thompson Memo Zine, printing within the week.
Kim Zine



Doctors by Dash Shaw - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Dash ShawComing Attractions 31 Jul 2014 2:30 PM

Doctors by Dash Shaw - Cover

Doctors by Dash Shaw - Inside Page

Doctors is in the house! That is, advance copies of the newest graphic novel out by Dash Shaw have arrived at our office. The premise: doctors have developed a medical device—dubbed the Charon—that can lift recently-dead patients out of their self-created afterlife and revive them. For those who can afford the expensive procedure, it can be an irresistible attempt to cheat death.

This tautly crafted story spans just 96 pages, and it is as much about the interpersonal relationships that develop between doctor and patient during this traumatic procedure as it is about exploring the concepts—and subsequent repercussions—of reviving the dead.

You can download and read our 10-page (14.8 MB) excerpt here, and we'll have more previews in the following weeks. Doctors is available on presale, with an expected arrival date of early October 2014.