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Now in stock: Explainers by Jules Feiffer (2nd Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJules Feiffer 11 Feb 2009 9:56 AM

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips (1956-66) - 2nd Printing
By Jules Feiffer

(The first printing of Explainers was a rapid sellout! The second edition is, apart from a few typographical corrections and a new cover price, identical to the first.)

In 1956, a relatively unknown cartoonist by the name of Jules Feiffer started contributing a strip to the only alternative weekly published in the US, a small radical newspaper called The Village Voice. His strip tackled just about every issue, private and public, that affected the sentient American: relationships, sexuality, love, family, parents, children, psychoanalysis, neuroses, presidents, politicians, media, race, class, labor, religiion, foreign policy, war, and one or two other existential questions. It was the first time that the American public had been subjected to a weekly dose of comics that so uncompromisingly and wittily confronted individuals' private fears and society's public transgressions. Explainers is the first of four volumes collecting Feiffer's entire run of weekly strips from The Village Voice. This edition contains approximately 500 strips originally published between 1956 and 1966 in a brick-like landscape hardcover format.

568-page black & white 9.25" x 5.25" hardcover • $35.00

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The Great Al Jaffee
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under HumbugAl Jaffee 11 Feb 2009 8:04 AM

  

Chris Irving has a great profile of the legendary MAD and HUMBUG cartoonist Al Jaffee up at the Graphic NYC site.

Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier: Previews, Pre-Order, Plus
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersvideopreviewsPaul Hornschemeiernew releases 10 Feb 2009 3:51 PM

Now available for preview and pre-order: the new, first-ever hardcover edition of Paul Hornschemeier's acclaimed graphic novel debut Mother, Come Home. Praised by everyone from Will Eisner to Entertainment Weekly when it was first released, this book has been out of print for quite some time. Mother, Come Home is scheduled to be in stock in late February and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo and video slideshow preview above (click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window), and visit the product details page for a downloadable 14-page PDF excerpt and bonus desktop wallpaper downloads!

Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier - desktop wallpaper thumbnail

Ho! by Ivan Brunetti: Previews, Pre-Order, Plus
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersvideopreviewsnew releasesIvan Brunetti 10 Feb 2009 3:19 PM

Now available for preview and pre-order: Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti. Compiling the panels that put the "gag" in "gag strip" from past volumes Hee! and Haw!, plus a smattering of new material, Ho! is discreetly presented in an uninviting, funereal package of unglamorous black and white. Ho! is scheduled to be in stock in late February and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo and video slideshow preview above (click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window), and visit the product details page for a downloadable 10-page PDF excerpt and bonus desktop wallpaper downloads!

Ho! by Ivan Brunetti - desktop wallpaper thumbnail

New Comics Day 2/11/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLinda Medley 10 Feb 2009 1:30 PM

Scheduled to arrive at your local comic shop this week: Castle Waiting Vol. II #14 by Linda Medley. As previously noted, Castle Waiting comics arrive in comic shops before we have the issues available here on the website, so hit your area brick-n-mortar if you want the issue now! Here's a first look at the cover:

Castle Waiting Vol. II No. 14 by Linda Medley

(A small meta note: from now on we'll only be posting New Comics Day updates on weeks when we actually have new titles shipping to comic shops. No update means nothing new from us that week.)

Daily links: 2/10/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneLinda MedleyKevin HuizengaJohnny RyanHo Che AndersonEldon Dediniart showsAndrice Arp 10 Feb 2009 1:09 PM

• List: Rina Ayuyang posts her Best of the Year comics list, with Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga and Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane on it

• Review: Vice gets a 5 year old kid's verdict on Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix dolls

• Blurb: Precocious Curmudgeon looks at this week's new comics, recommends Castle Waiting Vol. II #14 by Linda Medley (which will be in stores before we have it for sale here)

• Interview: Optimum Wound gets all kinds of information out of Ho Che Anderson

• Things to see/interview: The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog posts a trove of Eldon Dedini's Playboy cartoons, along with a video interview clip

• Events: Here's a list of current and upcoming art shows where you can view work by Andrice Arp

Tammy Pierce Lives
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Esther Pearl Watson 10 Feb 2009 12:52 PM

Unlovable video shoot

From photographer Jennifer Juniper Stratford, behind the scenes at Esther Pearl Watson's Unlovable video shoot, starring Leslie Hall!

Fantagraphics Bookstore Valentine's Weekend Sale!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstore 10 Feb 2009 10:09 AM

Comix Are for Lovers: Valentine's Sale, Feb. 12-14

NOTHING SAYS LOVE LIKE COMIX!

Looking for a perfect Valentine’s gift for that special someone? Or just want to catch up on your reading during dreary winter weather? You’re in luck!

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle is mounting a special sale of lovely comix and graphic novels this Thursday through Saturday, February 12, 13 and 14. Hundreds of new and slightly damaged books are reduced from 20% to 50%.

While bargain hunting, you can view our delightful new exhibition, UNLOVABLE by Esther Pearl Watson, and check out new offerings by some of your favorite Fantagraphics artists. And don’t miss the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack this Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations at dozens of locations throughout the enchanting neighborhood – a romantic destination for Valentine’s Day revelry. For more information visit: www.georgetownartattack.com.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. See you all soon.

Preview video/slideshow: Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin by Stan Sakai
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoStan Sakaipreviewsnew releases 9 Feb 2009 4:27 PM

Coming soon in its 9th printing (and still available in its redesigned 8th printing), Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin is the introductory chapter of this timeless all-ages classic, and we're pleased to bring you this multimedia preview glimpse for the first time. Click here if the embedded slideshow above is not visible, and/or to open it larger in a new window.

Daily links: 2/9/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak SallyTom KaczynskireviewsMort WalkerLinda MedleyLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJim WoodringHumbugGilbert HernandezBeasts 9 Feb 2009 2:50 PM

• Review: J. Caleb Mozzocco offers "Nine not particularly insightful thoughts about Beasts! Book 2" (which are more insightful than advertised)

• Review: Ticket to Anywhere checks out Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

• Review: Weltklasse Serier reviews Ganges #2 by Kevin Huizenga in Swedish and says "this is a fantastic series. Read it. Now," according to the Google translation

• Review: I Love Rob Liefeld proffers a short review of Chance in Hell by Gilbert Hernandez, calls it a mind-reeling grand slam

• Blurb: Sandbox World anticipates Sam's Strip by Mort Walker & Jerry Dumas

• Blurb: Sacha Peet praises The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

• Blurb: Comix 411 hypes up our forthcoming Humbug collection and its downloadable preview

• Things to see: A tribute to Lux Interior by Zak Sally

• Things to see: More sketchbookery by Jim Woodring and Tom Kaczynski