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Archive >> April 2008

Members Preview: The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas Ottpreviewsnew releasesmeta 30 Apr 2008 3:34 PM

The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 by Thomas Ott

This week's free preview is a downloadable 20-page excerpt from The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8, the upcoming book from Swiss horror master Thomas Ott -- his first full-length graphic novel. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.

(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)
Theme sketchbook update
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom Kaczynskiart 30 Apr 2008 8:33 AM

The Yoda theme sketchbook I started last year at SDCC (riding Jacob's Ninja Turtle coattails) got 14 great new entries at Stumptown this past weekend. Here's Tom Kaczynski's contribution (completed graciously in the closing minutes on Saturday):

Yoda sketchbook page 68 - Tom Kaczynski

And Scott C's:

Yoda sketchbook page 61 - Scott Campbell

To see all the new ones, hit here.

Slate on Bill Mauldin
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeBill Mauldin 29 Apr 2008 1:23 PM
In your second of two links lifted from today's ¡Journalista!, Slate has a slideshow feature on Willie & Joe cartoonist Bill Mauldin.
Debbie Drechsler interview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Debbie Drechsler 29 Apr 2008 1:20 PM
In your first of two links lifted from today's ¡Journalista!, pop culture blogger Tim O'Shea talks to Debbie Drechsler about Daddy's Girl.
Now available: Mome Vol. 1-10 Mega-Bundle
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMome 28 Apr 2008 4:25 PM

Mome Vol. 1-10 Mega-Bundle

Mome Vol. 1-10 Mega-Bundle
By various artists; edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds

If you're interested in what's "happening" and "now" in comics, there's one place to turn: Mome, our quarterly anthology of the best in contemporary, cutting-edge cartooning. With so many volumes in print, it can be difficult to know where to start... so we've made it easy for you by offering Volumes 1-10 in one convenient package at nearly 1/3 OFF the combined cover prices! Don't miss out on this incredible deal.

Collectively, these 10 volumes of Mome present work from over two dozen of comics' finest talents, including its brightest young stars, as well as a few seasoned veterans (in approximate order of appearance): John Pham, Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, Jeffrey Brown, David Heatley, Andrice Arp, Kurt Wolfgang, Gabrielle Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Martin Cendreda, Sophie Crumb, David B., R. Kikuo Johnson, Zak Sally, Robert Goodin, Lewis Trondheim, Al Columbia, Eleanor Davis, Tom Kaczynski, Ray Fenwick, Joe Kimball, Émile Bravo, Mike Scheer, Jim Woodring, Dash Shaw and John Hankiewicz. And to cap it all off, each volume features an in-depth interview with one of the contributors, conducted by Gary Groth. Whew!

Ten color/b&w 7" x 9" softcovers, approx. 1,200 pages total • $99.99
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Now available: The Complete Love and Rockets Library Vol. 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 28 Apr 2008 4:24 PM

The Complete Love and Rockets Library Vol. 1 by Los Bros. Hernandez

The Complete Love and Rockets Library Vol. 1
By Los Bros. Hernandez

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, Love and Rockets was finally released in its most accessible form yet: As a series of compact, thick, affordable, mass-market volumes that present the whole story, originally serialized in Love and Rockets Vol. 1 from 1982 to 1996, in perfect chronological order. Now that the series is complete, we are pleased to offer all seven volumes — nearly 2,000 pages of incredible comics — for a special package price.

Seven black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcovers, 1,944 pages total • $84.99
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Now in stock: Amor Y Cohetes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 28 Apr 2008 2:29 PM

Amor Y Cohetes - A Love and Rockets Book by Los Bros. Hernandez

Amor Y Cohetes - A Love and Rockets Book
By Los Bros. Hernandez

To a very great extent, Love and Rockets is synonymous with Hoppers’ Maggie & Hopey and Palomar’s Luba & Carmen & Heraclio & Tonantzin... but there was always more to L&R than that. Amor Y Cohetes finally collects together in one convenient package all the non-Maggie and non-Palomar stories by all three Hernandez Brothers from that classic first, 50-issue Love and Rockets series — a dizzying array of styles and approaches that re-confirms these groundbreaking cartoonists’ place in the history of comics.

The book leads off with Gilbert’s original 40-page sci-fi epic “BEM” from 1981’s very first issue of Love and Rockets, featuring a very different Luba and a much looser, Heavy Metal- and Marvel Comics-inspired way of storytelling.

Other stories include Jaime’s charming “Rocky and Fumble” series starring a planet-hopping girl and her robot; stunning one-shots such as Gilbert’s Frida Kahlo biography “Frida” and his shocking autobiographical fantasia “My Love Book”; Mario’s genre thrillers which take place “Somewhere in California”; Gilbert’s brutally dystopian “Errata Stigmata” stories; the playful “Hernandez Satyricon,” with Gilbert drawing Jaime’s characters, and “War Paint,” with Jaime trying out Palomar; Gilbert’s light-hearted “Music for Monsters” starring Bang and Inez; and even a fantastical “non-continuity” Maggie and Hopey story “Easter Hunt” by Jaime that didn’t fit into the other books.

Amor Y Cohetes, the seventh (and concluding, for now) volume in the new “Complete Love and Rockets” series of compact, affordable paperbacks, shows a very different side of Los Bros Hernandez.

280-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $16.99
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Now in stock: Mome Vol. 11 - Summer 2008
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiRay FenwickPaul Hornschemeiernew releasesNate NealMomeKurt WolfgangKillofferJohn HankiewiczEmile BravoEleanor DavisDash ShawConor OKeefeAndrice ArpAl Columbia 28 Apr 2008 2:27 PM

Mome Vol. 11 - Summer 2008

Mome Vol. 11 - Summer 2008
By various artists; edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds

Vol. 11 of our acclaimed anthology series welcomes Killoffer, the acclaimed French cartoonist whose work has previously only been seen in the acclaimed collection 176 Apparitions of Killoffer. Killoffer delivers a new 12-page comic as well as front and back covers. MOME also features returning regulars Al Columbia, Kurt Wolfgang, Ray Fenwick, Eleanor Davis, Dash Shaw, John Hankiewicz, Emile Bravo, Andrice Arp, Tom Kaczynski, and Paul Hornschemeier. Plus, newcomers Conor O'Keefe and Nate Neal, as well as an interview with Ray Fenwick by Gary Groth.

120-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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Flora's Incredible Flutist
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Floraart 28 Apr 2008 11:29 AM

The Incredible Flutist - Jim Flora

News from Jim Flora archivist Irwin Chusid:

The Incredible Flutist is an uncirculated 1953-54 record cover painting by Flora that was intended for a 7-inch RCA Victor EP. Jim Flora Art LLC is offering a limited edition fine art print.

According to a purchase order discovered in the Flora archives, the work was commissioned by RCA in late 1953, but there's no indication it was finished, accepted, or used on a commercially released EP. This painting has not previously been published or offered in any form. An alternate version appeared in the book The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora.

Only 20 numbered prints of this work have been produced. Following the sale of two launch prints, edition prints are available for sale at JimFlora.com.

Stumptown 2008 images
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTom KaczynskiJR WilliamsJim BlanchardeventsAndrice Arp 28 Apr 2008 11:03 AM

Fantagraphics was in full effect at the 2008 Stumptown Comics Fest. Your humble reporter was only there for Saturday of the two-day event, but had a smashing time (and went 200% over budget buying comics, art & t-shirts — yikes). Here's a brief video clip of our table:

Pals and table-mates J.R. Williams and Jim Blanchard:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

Andrice Arp signs issues of Mome at the Fantagraphics table:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

Georgene and Robert Goodin:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

Mome contributor Tom Kaczynski:

Stumptown Comics Fest, Portland OR, 04/26/08

For the full set of photos on Flickr, click here. Stay tuned for new sketchbook scans.

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