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Archive >> April 2013

First Look & Excerpt: New School by Dash Shaw
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dash ShawComing Attractions 30 Apr 2013 3:07 PM

New School by Dash Shaw

New School pages

Some lucky dozens of you have already got your hands on advance copies of Dash Shaw's incredible new graphic novel New School on his ongoing book tour... If you haven't had a chance to fondle a copy, here's a couple of photos to ogle for the time being.

A powerful combination of 1990s nostalgia, family drama, speculative fiction, and experimental visual techniques, flavored with wonder and deadpan humor, New School is unlike anything you've read before. Library Journal and Paste both named it one of their most-anticipated books of the year, with the latter saying "In a few short years, Dash Shaw has proven himself a restless artist, committed to pushing what comics can do and what his own talents can accomplish... it's nice to see him return with two works, no less." (The other one is 3 New Stories.) And it's a big honkin' book.

Portlandians can pick up the book and see Dash this Thursday, May 2, at Floating World Comics; Seattleites, come on down to Dash's signing at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, May 4; Torontonians, catch Dash at TCAF May 11-12! Everyone else, the book'll be out in June. More previews are forthcoming; read our free 18-page excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.

Cover Uncovered: Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-1950 by Hal Foster
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 30 Apr 2013 12:56 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-1950 by Hal Foster

The lucky seventh volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant is off to the printer for release in August and here's our final, fine-tuned cover art. From an investigation of black magic to a quest for Christian missionaries, from epic derring-do to lighthearted domestic comedy, this volume runs the gamut of what readers love Foster's dashingly-told, masterfully-drawn strip for.

This Saturday, May 4, head to your participating local comic shop for a FREE excerpt from this volume in our Prince Valiant: Free Comic Book Day Special Edition comic book! And we'll have more sneak peeks for you right here in the coming weeks. Of course, you don't have to wait until then to put in your pre-order.

Cover Uncovered: Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBen Catmull 29 Apr 2013 4:03 PM

Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

Ben Catmull's eerie new book is at the printer a little early for release in July or August (with a debut at Comic-Con in San Diego), bringing you some much-needed chills and goose pimples in the dog days of summer. The author introduces the book thusly:

"Welcome to Ghosts and Ruins, a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses, their strange histories, and the experiences of those brave enough to visit. It is highly recommended that you read this book alone late at night in the dark far away from civilization, preferably during a power outage."

Get ready to explore "The Buried House," "The Disgusting Garden," "The Secluded House," "The Lighthouse," the "Labyrinth of Junk," and "The Crawling House"; meet "Drowned Shelley" (that's her below), "The Woman Outside the Window," "The Sculptor," and the "Lonely Old Spinster"; and learn the secrets of  "Wandering Smoke," "The Order of the Shadowy Finger" (their HQ is on the cover), and  "Hair and Earwigs."

Stay tuned for more spine-tingling sneak peeks in the coming weeks! 

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Photoset: Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCathy Malkasian 29 Apr 2013 1:46 PM

“I fell madly in love with Cathy Malkasian’s beautiful Percy Gloom graphic novel a few years back, which was as beautiful as it was unexpected, so there is little to no way that I am not eagerly anticipating this follow-up. For those who like gorgeously-illustrated, melancholy and touching books: This is for you.” – Graeme McMillan, Robot 6

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! 
by Cathy Malkasian

192-page two-color 8.25” x 10.25” hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-638-6

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/wakeuppercygloom

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCathy Malkasian 26 Apr 2013 2:13 PM

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian

Wake Up, Percy Gloom!
by Cathy Malkasian

192-page two-color 8.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-638-6

Ships in: May 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

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Cathy Malkasian's second Percy Gloom graphic novel is another fable that the author brings to vivid life through her lush and detailed pencil renderings, surreal humor, absurdist characters, breathtaking landscapes, and luminous storytelling.

Kindhearted, Candide-esque Percy wakes up from a 200 year nap and finds himself in a strange new land. Searching for his mother, lamenting his long-lost love and soul-mate Miss Margaret, Percy meets bizarre, wise, naive, and sometimes dangerous characters, encounters inspired inventions, and forges friendships, discovering a few unexpected verities along the way.

Not to mention the singing goats and furniture parades.

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Cover Uncovered: Fran by Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringComing Attractions 26 Apr 2013 12:46 AM

Fran by Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring posted this on Facebook just a few hours ago and I couldn't wait until tomorrow to share it:

"Almost eighteen months after work was begun on it the completed FRAN is being placed in the loving hands of Fantagraphics tomorrow. Meet me at the intersection; I'll bring the ether."

See you tomorrow, Jim! 

Please welcome our new temp
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Graham Chaffeearbitrary cuteness 25 Apr 2013 2:54 PM

woof

He's fitting in okay but he's only shown a real interest in one of our books

Photoset: The End by Anders Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesAnders Nilsen 25 Apr 2013 1:25 PM

Assembled from work done in the author’s sketchbooks in the year following the death of his partner in 2005, The End is a collection of meditations on loss and a record of his struggle to reconcile her death. The book encompasses a variety of forms, from finely observed depictions of a newly transformed daily life, to mutating abstractions of internal turmoil, and imagined dialogues with the dead. The book carries the reader through a year of grief tinged by turns with humor, anger, absurdity, and grace.

The End
by Anders Nilsen

80-page two-color (with 16pp. full color) 7.25” x 10.5” hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-635-5

Ships in: May 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Covers & Excerpts: The Children of Palomar; The Love and Rockets Companion
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 25 Apr 2013 12:09 PM

It's a Love and Rockets two-fer! These books are in the can, ready for press, available for pre-order, and coming to you this Summer:

The Children of Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez

At last, all of Gilbert Hernandez's New Tales of Old Palomar are collected between two covers for your bookshelf, with a new name: The Children of Palomar. These stories flash back to the "Heartbreak Soup" days — and before! — and expand the Palomar mythology in new and surprising ways. When first released in comic form, this material was hailed by critics as some of Gilbert's best work ever, and the stories, while richly rewarding for longtime fans, stand on their own for new readers as well. (We've bundled it up with Gilbert's recent triumph Julio's Day in a nicely discounted set.) Get a sneak peek at 11 pages of story & art here.

The Love and Rockets Companion

Well, the Love and Rockets 30th anniversary books are missing the actual anniversary, but they are so worth the wait! The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)  is the ultimate guide to everything Palomar, Hoppers, and beyond, with 3 major interviews with the Hernandez brothers, character guides, unpublished artwork, timelines, a checklist, and even letter column highlights from the original series. Oh and by the way, the black title area on the cover is a removable sticker and the jacket folds out into a poster on one side and character family tree on the other! We've put together a 32-page preview with smatterings of pages from the major sections, which you can read and/or download here.

These two covers really show off the versatility of our lead designer Tony Ong, don't they? 

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDisneyCarl Barks 24 Apr 2013 4:34 PM

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

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 6)
by Carl Barks

232-page full-color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-653-9

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With this volume, "The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library" loops back to Barks's earlier days, collecting the entirety of Barks's (astounding) 1948 output.

The title story, "The Old Castle's Secret," is notable not just for being the first full-length 32-page adventure instigated by Scrooge McDuck (in his second-ever appearance), but for featuring some of Barks's spookiest, lushest settings in old Clan McDuck castle of Dismal Downs. The other long story, "The Sheriff of Bullet Valley," plunks Donald and the nephews in the Wild West, with Donald as an overconfident deputy having to deal with some high-tech rustlers. The book also includes the less-known "In Darkest Africa," originally published in a giveaway and unreleased for decades.

This volume also features an even 10 of Barks's dynamic "Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories" 10-pagers, including "Wintertime Wager" (the first appearance of a not-yet-lucky-but-still-obnoxious Gladstone Gander); "Spoil the Rod" (in which the exquisitely named educational professor Pulpheart Clabberhead is brought in to help tame the nephews); "Rocket Race to the Moon" (a rare full-on adventure — interplanetary, no less — in the short form); "Gladstone Returns" and "Links Highjinks" (two more Gladstone yarns); and five more stories... plus a half-dozen hilarious one-page gags.

Of course, once again all the stories have been shot from crisp originals, then re-colored (and printed) to match, for the first time since their original release over 60 years ago, the colorful yet soft hues of the originals — and of course the book is rounded off with essays about Barks, the Ducks, and these specific stories by Barks experts from all over the world.

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