|Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing - First Look|
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In these first nine pages of Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner's upcomig Sock Monkey book, Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods, Uncle Gabby appears to be dreaming about how he came to be a sock monkey living in the house of Ann-Louise. In a shifting dreamscape perspective, he gooes from a monkey with a toothache, to a fallen monkey's tooth next to an orchid, to a freshly-sewn sock monkey with a hidden monkey's tooth embedded in its breast pocket, beginning to flicker to life.
You can download and read the whole 9-page, 1 MB excerpt here, and check out our book listing page for more previews and to pre-order your copy! Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods comes out in October.
I first crossed paths with Charles Burns in the mid-70s, when we both attended a small college in rural Washington State. I later learned that Burns wasn't entirely comfortable in an art school attended by eccentric Charles Manson enthusiasts and Symbionese Liberation Army sympathizers. By contrast, I had finally found my people. Burns soon departed for the greener pastures of The Evergreen State College, where he joined talented young artists Lynda Barry and Matt Groening.
Upon graduating in 1978, I opened the experimental Rosco Louie gallery in the tony Pioneer Square section of Seattle. I was privileged to give both Lynda Barry and Charles Burns their first gallery shows. Burns later served as soundman at Rosco Louie for a performance by San Francisco band Pink Section, which included his then-girlfriend, fashion designer Carol Detwieler. He in turn designed the cover for the 1982 Sub Pop 7 cassette compilation, which included my wife's band, Little Bears From Bangkok. At the same time we were both frequent contributors to Seattle music monthly, The Rocket.
As Burns migrated to the East Coast, we both continued our association with Sub Pop. In 1988, Burns illustrated the stunning cover to the momentous Sub Pop 200 LP. Shortly thereafter, I promoted a Tad, Mudhoney, and Nirvana show at my alternative space, the Center on Contemporary Art, which found Kurt sporting a Burns tee shirt. (As seen in Charles Peterson's photo above.) On a subsequent Seattle visit in 1993, I accompanied Burns to a secret Tad and Nirvana show at a small downtown venue, where he was received as a rock star himself.
Throughout my tenure at Fantagraphics Books, I've continued to encounter Charles Burns, a pleasure that will repeat itself this evening when Burns appears at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to present his new graphic novel, Sugar Skull. Please join me in welcoming this immensely influential artist back to his hometown.
A year following their collaboration on the critically acclaimed biography 7 Miles A Second, Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger are back with The Late Child and Other Animals. This autobiographical work follows the story of Van Cook's mother, Hetty, through World War II, the loss of her husband, the adoption of her first daughter, and then the birth of Marguerite as a bastard child.
We are so pleased to unveil the final cover design for this personal, coming-of-age memoir. Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming previews, and we've got the book ready for pre-order here.
Praise for It Was the War of the Trenches
"'The war to end all wars' has become a magisterial comic book to end all comic books. I seldom give blurbs, but this book is an essential classic. Among all of Jacques Tardi's towering achievements as a comics artist, nothing looms larger than this devastating crater of a work. It’s a compulsively readable wail of Existential despair, a kaleidoscope of war’s dehumanizing brutality and of Everyman’s suffering, as well as a deadpan masterpiece of the darkest black humor. The richly composed and obsessively researched drawings — perfectly poised between cartoon and illustration — march to the relentless beats of Tardi’s three horizontal panels per page to dig a hole deep inside your brain. This is one Hell of a book." – Art Spiegelman
"Tardi's depiction of the First World War is so impassioned and visceral that it can be compared to the work of the artists who actually served in the trenches." – Joe Sacco
"French master Tardi gives an infantry-level view of World War I's meat-grinder carnage in grim vignettes that primarily keep tight, telling focus on the stories of individual soldiers. …[It Was the War of the Trenches] deserves a place on the top shelf of graphic lit.” – Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dipatch
Praise for Goddamn This War!
"As brutal and horrific as the Great War itself, this book rivals All Quiet on the Western Front when it comes to the insane idiocy of the conflict." – Max Brooks
Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War!
260-page black & white/color 8.25” x 10.75” hardcover • $39.99
Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:
Drew Weing's graphic novel debut Set to Sea, which follows the adventures of a poet who ends up seabound aboard a pirate ship, is a mere month away from its upcoming paperback release. We've got a 12-page, 1.1 MB excerpt you can download and read while you wait. Want to pre-order your copy now? Step right this way!
As we prepare for the release of our newest Carl Barks book, The Seven Cities of Gold, we're excited to also have the boxset of volumes 7 and 8, Lost in the Andes and Trail of the Unicorn, coming out in October as well. Here is the advance copy we've received to ogle: a beautiful slipcase cover holding two books full of duck adventures is the perfect way to cheer up a grey, drizzly Seattle day.
Excerpts for each book are available at their respective listing pages, and we'll have an unboxing video preview to whet your appetite for this box set—a perfect gift for any Carl Barks fan. Until then, check out the box set page, where you can pre-order your copy for an October delivery.
Have you heard? Art Spiegelman is coming to Seattle, and he's bringing an entourage! Along with musical accompaniment by jazz composer Phillip Johnston and his sextet, Spiegelman will be presenting his new work, "Shaping Thought!" as well as images and stories that have influenced him, at the Moore Theatre on Sunday, October 12th as part of his WORDLESS! tour. This is not a show you'll want to miss. To that end, Fantagraphics has partnered with The Seattle Theatre Group to give away two tickets to one lucky fan.
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Saturday, September 27
We've been using the Latin alphabet since roughly 700 B.C., but as a language, and an art form, it's continuously evolving. Niko Vassilakis has been astutly aware of it's possibilies as an aural, oral, and ocular medium, and seeks to combine all those senses familiar with words and the alphabet into a visual display of poetry.
Vassilakis compiled and edited the book The Last Visual Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (or, Vispo), and is continuing his work with a new show titled, ALPHABETO DIGITALES, opening on September 27 with a reception!
Join us at 100% Cafe in the Bronx from 6-8 pm, where these original works will be on display, and for sale, until October 25th!
EC Comics fans, rest easy! Here is the cover art for the next book in our highly regarded EC Comics Library series, Aces High. In this eleventh volume, we highlight cartoonist George Evans and his spectacular aviation-themed artwork, along with plenty of his crime and horror stories, written by himself, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Feldstein, et al.
Brooklyn Book Fest 2014
Join us at the Brooklyn Book Fest, September 21, 2014, in Brooklyn, NY. Click here for details!
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