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Now in stock: Luba by Gilbert Hernandez (and Collectors Edition announcement!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 23 Apr 2009 2:54 PM

Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

Luba
By Gilbert Hernandez

Here at last, the long-awaited sequel to Palomar.

Now older but perhaps not so very much wiser, the hammer-wielding matriarch Luba has relocated to the United States of America, where she continues to contend not only, as an immigrant, with a brand new and not always welcoming culture but also her tempestuous extended family — her eccentric sisters Fritz and Petra, her nurturing but often disapproving cousin Ofelia, her many children ranging from the fully grown (Guadalupe and Doralis) to the latest brood sired by her husband Khamo (Casimira, Socorro, Joselito, and Conchita) — many of them in turn each with her own network of family members, lovers, and friends (including a number of other escapees from Palomar).

These “America” stories — over 100 of them, ranging from quick one-page blackout sketches to bona fide graphic novellas — were originally published in a number of different comics and reprinted in a trilogy of oversized paperbacks. Luba finally collects in one compact, affordable hardcover the entirety of these tales, showcasing Gilbert Hernandez’s wicked wit, great compassion, and uncanny understanding of how human beings love, squabble, and ultimately find a way to make it through this life. Tales of sex, violence and rock and roll rub elbows with stories of love, sensitivity, and understanding — and thanks to the miraculous alchemy of Hernandez’s peerless storytelling, what emerges is a coherent, exciting, funny portrait of one of the richest group of fictional characters ever to spring from a cartoonist’s mind.

600-page black & white 7" x 10.25" hardcover • $39.99
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NOTE: Stay tuned for the future announcement of the Collectors Edition of Luba, signed by Gilbert Hernandez, with a special binding, and strictly limited to 30 copies, which will most likely be a convention exclusive starting this summer!

Now in stock: Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBob Fingerman 23 Apr 2009 2:40 PM

Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman

Connective Tissue
By Bob Fingerman

Video store clerk Darla Vogel is fed up — fed up with her job, fed up with her wake-and-bake roommate, fed up with everything. But when one of the customers at Kwok's Video offers her some of his meat-flavored candies, Darla takes a plunge down the rabbit hole into a surreal world of throbbing, veinous buildings, compulsory public nudity, weird creatures, and more. If William Burroughs, Lewis Carroll, H.P. Lovecraft, and Harvey Kurtzman ever collaborated, the result might resemble Bob Fingerman's bold confection of words and pictures — the copiously illustrated prose novel Connective Tissue.

134-page duotone 7.25" x 8.25" hardcover, available with FREE signed bookplate • $22.99
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Daily links: 4/23/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalreviewsMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsJaime HernandezFletcher Hanks 23 Apr 2009 1:21 PM

• Review: "The publication of I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets by Fantagraphics is a perfect example of publishers saving comics from obscurity. Hanks’ figures are blocky, the anatomy can be clumsy, and the writing is simplistic, yet on each page there is at least one panel that takes your breath away with its energy and power... There are terrifying images amidst his clunky compositions and strange leering grimaces in the faces of the heroes and villains alike. On top of all these aesthetic challenges and rewards, they are great stories, ...lively with a passionate definition of right and wrong, which gives them an infectious dynamism and excitement." - Christian Zabriskie, The Graphic Novel Reporter

• Review: "The line-up is mind-boggling..." - Rob Clough, in a 2002 review of the comics section in The Comics Journal Special Edition Vol. 2 (currently 50% off!) which originally ran in Savant

• Plug: Portland OR radio personality Daria from 105.1 The Buzz has selected Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez as her Graphic Novel Pick of the Week

• Plug: "Released at last! America's finest comic book: Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5" - retailer Mike Sterling, spotlighting this week's new comics

• Plug: Fluxtumblr spotlights a joke from Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5

• Interviews: Someone identified only as Telebob sends along this compilation of video interview footage with original undergrounder Jack Jackson, which we are happy to share

• Shout-out: Hey Tucker Stone, let us buy you a drink (at the 9:32 mark)

• This just in: Jean Schulz is awesome

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 9
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPirus and MezzoLove and RocketsHo Che AndersonGilbert Hernandez 23 Apr 2009 7:48 AM

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All last week and this week we're bringing you a sneak peek at our Fall 2009 - Winter 2010 schedule of releases! Today's excerpt from our latest book distributor's catalog includes Norman Pettingill: Backwoods Humorist, the outsider cartoonist's first retrospective; King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave by Pirus and Mezzo; Scream Queen: Sand and Fury by Ho Che Anderson; and The High Soft Lisp, a new Love and Rockets collection from Gilbert Hernandez. (Note that all the info in this catalog is subject to change along the way to the books' release, including release dates, prices, cover art, book specs, etc.) Click here to download the PDF!

Daily links: 4/22/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staffreviewsNell BrinkleyMichael Kupperman 22 Apr 2009 1:27 PM

• Review: "A sweet bouquet of [Nell Brinkley's] images have been collected by Trina Robbins and Fantagraphics in The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940... [T]hese full-page cartoons provide a glimpse of the color and spectacle that newspapers trafficked in before publishers decided we were worth no more than our dwindling supply of classified ads." - Steve Duin, The Oregonian

• Preview: "I can't imagine in a week this light on substantial comics offerings that you couldn't find a place in your backpack or on your car seat for the latest issue of Michael Kupperman's great series [Tales Designed to Thrizzle]." - Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter, spotlighting the week's new comics

• Staff: Seattle Weekly has word on a couple of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery doyen (and Seattle rock scene mainstay) Larry Reid's interesting extracurricular activities

New Comics Day 4/22/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayMichael Kupperman 22 Apr 2009 12:03 PM
Scheduled to be in comic shops today: Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 by Michael Kupperman! Hit that link for our usual panoply of info and previews. If you know this title, you know you want it, so hustle on down to your local shop on your little Mama Cass legs (call first to confirm availability)!
Miles does Ditko
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Ditkostaff 22 Apr 2009 11:46 AM

On the Covered blog, our own Jason T. Miles takes a crack at a 1990s Steve Ditko monster comic. Click through for the whole thing:

Ditko covered by Miles

After Watchmen, What's Next?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Peter BaggeJoe SaccoJim WoodringJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDaniel Clowes 22 Apr 2009 11:08 AM

Public confusion surrounding the overwhelming critical regard that the WATCHMEN graphic novel continues to be held in amongst those who haven't read the book but paid good money to see the feature film is rampant. "Wait, are comics for kids, or aren't they?" many have asked. Now that these people have seen WATCHMEN the movie, how do they erase it from memory and avoid wantonly dismissing the entire medium from which it sprung? We're here to help. Point them in the right direction with Fantagraphics Books' new "AFTER WATCHMEN, CLEANSE YOUR PALATE" program.. Please visit our homepage for more information on these fine "essentials" from Fantagraphics Books, perfect for anyone who sees WATCHMEN on film and can't believe that comics are worth taking seriously.

Peek at Uptight pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJordan Crane 22 Apr 2009 10:59 AM

Jordan Crane announced yesterday that he's just put Uptight #3 to bed. Here's a peek at a couple of pages to wet your whistle; if you missed it when we posted the astonishing cover art, go here now.

Uptight No. 3 by Jordan Crane - sample page

Uptight No. 3 by Jordan Crane - sample page

Fall 09 - Winter 10 Preview Part 8
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsKremosJasonHotwireEsther Pearl Watson 22 Apr 2009 7:48 AM

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All last week and this week we're bringing you a sneak peek at our Fall 2009 - Winter 2010 schedule of releases! Today's excerpt from our latest book distributor's catalog includes the 3rd volume of Glenn Head's Hotwire Comics anthology; Almost Silent, a hardcover compilation of some of Jason's out-of-print work; Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson; and the midcentury Italian cheesecake of Bella Donna: The Pin-Up Girls of Kremos. (Note that all the info in this catalog is subject to change along the way to the books' release, including release dates, prices, cover art, book specs, etc.) Click here to download the PDF!