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The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMarguerite Van CookJames RombergerComing Attractions 6 Oct 2014 12:00 PM

In the opening pages of The Late Child and Other Animals, a new biographical memoir out from acclaimed artists and powerhouse duo Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger, Van Cook's mother Hetty navigates the ruins of Portsmouth, where Nazi bombings have destroyed buildings and started fires. Meanwhile, her husband Fred—with whom she has decided to adopt a child—is stationed somewhere in North Africa.

You can read and download the full 17-page (10.2 MB) excerpt here. We'll have more previews soon, but in the meantime, our presale is up and ready to take your orders.

The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger - Cover

Wanna See Something Scary?
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Thomas OttSimon HanselmannRichard SalaJoe KubertGary PanterFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEC ComicsDaniel ClowesConor StechschulteChris WrightCharles BurnsCarl BarksBill SchellyBen CatmullAl Columbia 6 Oct 2014 11:52 AM

With Halloween approaching, it's a good time to consider some spooky favorites from Fantagraphics Books.

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The formative work of Charles Burns in Big Baby foreshadows the brilliance that would follow. Alluring stories like "Curse of the Molemen," "Blood Club," and "Teen Plague" remain creepy and compelling while exploring themes of adolescent angst. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes is a similarly insightful examination of the otherworldly imaginations of its youthful protagonists. It remains among the greatest graphic novels - and film adaptations - of all time.

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Al Columbia's Pim & Francie is at first blush a collection of meticulously rendered drawings, but a closer examination reveals a seductive narrative involving a cute cartoon couple caught in a world of horrific nightmares.

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Ghost of the Grotto by comics genius Carl Barks is a playful adventure set in an exotic island locale, sure to appeal to kids and adults alike. See also The Old Castle's Secret for more fowl frights.

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A misanthropic witch wrestles with real world issues in Simon Hanselmann's Megahex and surreal horror unfolds in The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte as two butchers are afflicted with a mysterious case of amnesia. Meat these amazing artists this Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore.

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More terrifying tales can be found in Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, Gary Panter's Jimbo in Purgatory, the EC Comics Library from midcentury America's masters of macabre, Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archive Vol. 1 edited by Bill SchellyBlacklung by Chris WrightR.I.P by Thomas Ott, and everything by Richard Sala.

SAN FRAN: Hanselmann, DeForge and Kyle at Mission Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmanneventsEd Luce 6 Oct 2014 11:50 AM
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The boys are rolling into Mission Comics and Art right as everyone is waking up from APE! Simon Hanselmann is casting spells right and left with his bong magic in Megahex, while Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are taking readers on epic, strange journeys in their books, Lose #6 and Distance Mover respectively. It all starts on Tuesday, October 7th at 5pm!
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Also joining the illustrious line-up is everyone's favorite, Ed Luce, of Wuvable Oaf! His Fantagraphics' collected edition is coming out next March but he has a ton of single issues and fun comics like the Music Mini (choose from one of four crazy covers) to read and rock out to!
Luce Mini Comics 
Mission Comics
3520 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110






Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesJoe Sacco 3 Oct 2014 4:30 PM

"[Sacco’s comics are] a vital pure comix experience." – Time

"Joe Sacco is a genius. Easily one of the most important journalists, writers and cartoonists alive, every stroke of his assured and humblingly mature pen captures what the camera simply cannot. Through his reserved yet compassionate use of words and pictures, he allows us to occupy the horrifying inner and outer boundaries of human cruelty and desperation — yet all, I believe, with the aim of returning to what it means to be a civilized, sympathetic and possibly even forgiving soul." – Chris Ware

"There’s nobody else anywhere near Sacco’s level doing journalistic comics in English." – Douglas Wolk

Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser
by Joe Sacco

100-page black & white 6.625” x 10.5” softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-748-2

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/bumf1

OAKLAND: Surprise double stop from Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannMegahexevents 3 Oct 2014 3:11 PM
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Monday, October 6th, we have a last minute addition to the Cute Boy Alert tour and we know you'll love this rocking 2-stopper in Oakland, California, for the new releases Megahex (Fantagraphics), Lose #6 (Koyama Press) and Distance Mover (Koyama Press)
 
FIRST, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are heading to the Naming Gallery (335 15th Street, Oakland, California 94612). If you like live music, projectors and *sweat*, know that the doors at 5 pm. Feautring the musical talents of DJ Tender Lloyd, Ted the Block, Creep Highway, and girlmountain. The Cute Boy Alert guys: Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will also have a gallery show and book signing. 

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Then you can hustle butt over to Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609) for live music and drinks from 8pm-10:30pm (doors at 7pm). The tunes will be blasting from Creep Highway, girlmoutnain, Candy Boyz and more special guests TBA. Then at 10:30-midnight, everyone chill the hell out because the guys are gonna sign some comics! Have fun, this party is gonna be bigger than the McRibs groupie parties.

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Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 3 Oct 2014 11:30 AM

This 11-page, 2.4 MB downloadable excerpt of the next volume in our EC Comics Library series—Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman—takes us into a cold December night in 1805, where the Russian and French armies are preparing for battle near Austerlitz. The ensuing battle comes alive under Evans' deft pen, with the French troops led by Emperor Napoleon I to a decisive, cunning victory.

Aces High will be coming to a store near you this November, and you can always pre-order the book to have it delivered right to your doorstep.

Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, et al - Cover

LOS ANGELES: Secret Headquarters invaded by Cute Boy Alert
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon Hanselmannevents 3 Oct 2014 11:03 AM
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Continueing to ride the high and wave of pleasured comics readers every where, seen laughing or observing their comics through slit eyes, Cute Boy Alert is about slide into Secret Headquarters with the sole intent of rocking your pages. We've probably bored you with their tour details, LA, until you slammed your fists on the table screaming "GET TO ME!" Your time is now! Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Michael DeForge (Lose #6) and Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) are signing copies of their newest comics in your favorite comic store on Sunday, October 5th at 5pm. Come for the signings, stay for the fun!Secret Headquarters  
Secret Headquarters
3817 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323.666.2228
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Now in Stock: SuperTrash by Jacques Boyreau
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJacques Boyreau 3 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

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

SuperTrash by Jacques Boyreau - Cover

SuperTrash
by Jacques Boyreau

220-page full color 8" x 8" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-738-3

See Previews / Order Now

SuperTrash is the awaited, mutagenic sequel to Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters (2002, Chronicle), the book that became a prophecy of the lasting influence of grindhouse and a model describing the shared evolution between art and trash. Now, original Trash author and curator Jacques Boyreau returns to the gonzo archives of 20th century design in pursuit of more bionic art-agony and trash-ecstasy. Serving together a mix of traditional movie signage and transgressive shout-outs, SuperTrash collages a trail of freakish delights and intellectual spin-kicks that track the co-dependencies of art and trash through sly, uncompromising essays about new wave hookers, bad gods, hermaphro chic, and, of course, Lee Marvin. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book. Interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is Surrealism for the 21st century.

New Comics Day 10.1.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneNew Comics DayEd PiskorDash ShawCharles M Schulz 2 Oct 2014 4:06 PM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
The Lonesome Go
The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

296-page black & white/color 8" x 10.75" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3
 
"[Tim Lane] is part of the tradition of American authors, like Nelson Algren, John Fante and Raymond Carver, able to carve out small slices of down-and-out despair with sensitivity, perception and pathos, and, quite often, a touch of sinister, damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't humor." –Harris Smith, comiXology
 
"Visually, Lane seems to channel parts of Dan Clowes, Charles Burns and various American Splendor contributors. Lane's stories are admittedly dark, but also keenly aware that there is something inherently nostalgic about traveling America, alone or with complete strangers. The result is a book that is, like a road trip, as freeing as it can be unsettling." –Seth Peagler, Heroes Online
Doctors   
Doctors
by Dash Shaw

96-page full color 6" x 8" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-803-8

"[Doctors] reaffirms my faith in the importance of stories. Dash Shaw captures the complexity and contradictions of being alive, and places that alongside an incredible portrait of the art of survival, which we all practice with varying degrees of success." - Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics
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Broken Frontier's Frederik Hautain enjoys "how little genre boundaries mean to a restless experimenter like Shaw." 
Hip Hop Family Tree  
Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Box Set
by Ed Piskor

248-page full color 9.125" x 13.25" softcover • $59.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-791-8 

"Piskor reconceives hip-hop's formative years as a vast collective awakening, a shift in consciousness, as if - as in the New York Dolls' "Frankenstein" or George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards novels - something happened over Manhattan, spreading mutant powers across the city and the world like a benign pandemic." –Alex Pappademas, Grantland

"A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there's a special secret ‘zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous. Ed's art is clear, full of personality, and utterly meticulous in how it is presented."  –Alex de Campi, 13th Dimension
 
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
Snoopy's Thanksgiving
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white with spot color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-778-9

"Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book." - The Comics Reporter 
SuperTrash  
SuperTrash
by Jacques Boyreau

220-page full color 8" x 8" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-738-3

"[Editor Jacques Boyreau] has a knack for picking images; much like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and hardcore porn, Boyreau knows it when he sees it. And luckily, he shares it, this time from the visual-presentation experts of Fantagraphics Books - a match made in poster-art heaven." - Bookgasm

"Makes Antonin Artaud look like a picture of mental health." - Dr. K. Malcolm Richards, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Derrida Reframed: A Guide for the Visual Arts Student

































Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHans RickheitComing Attractions 2 Oct 2014 1:30 PM

Two young lookalike girls named Cochlea and Eustachia, whose exact relationship to each other remains unclear, wake up and survey their surroundings, spying on another mysterious, wheelchair-bound mole-ish character as he moves throughout this strange Victorian house.

Enjoy our 10-page, 5.3 MB excerpt here, and find out more abou Hans Rickheit's new, darkly humorous book here, where you can also grab it on pre-sale. Cochlea & Eustachia is due to hit bookstores in November, and we'll have more previews coming soon.

Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit - Cover