The next volume of our New York Times best-selling series collecting Hal Foster's magnificent comic strip, Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 is due in late June/early July and brings more stories of mystery, adventure, treachery, romance, and humor in the Arthurian age, with Foster's breathtaking artwork immaculately reproduced from original engraver's proofs as always.
In our downloadable preview, Val becomes a literal iconoclast to bring Christianity to a pagan village! But then he falls in the mud, indirectly causes a deadly forest fire, and sulks until his wife beats some sense into him. Their young son Prince Arn embarks on a perilous quest with his trusty companion Sir Gawain, and they encounter Sir Gawain. Then things get serious and Val and Aleta prepare to depart on separate missions of their own.
For a limited time, if you pre-order this volume, you can add Volume 10 (due in Fall) to your order at a 20% discount — do it today!
"Esther's consistently original, hilarious and heart-felt work evokes the travails of puberty with painful accuracy. After perusing Unlovable Vol. 3 we immediately broke out in zits and had clumsy beginner sex." – Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
"Tammy's enchanting smile and dazzling eyes are a gift of grace from Esther Watson." – Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time
"Unlovable is the great teen comic tragedy of our time!" – Matt Groening
"A modest masterpiece, affecting and funny." – Booklist
“GOOD!!!” – Lynda Barry
“Unlovable is why we all want to forget about our high school years, but we just can't help but reliving parts again to feel the pain.” – Eric Nakamura, GIANT ROBOT Co-Founder
"I love Unlovable. Take that, book title. ... It’ll remind you of how stupid you were and also of suburban sadness and realizing that your high school crush will probably never love you back." – Nick Gazin, Vice
"Like a Wimpy Kid older sister but more poignant and painful, this features jagged, unpretty art capturing the diarist’s inner chaos. For Lynda Barry fans craving a new read and professionals seeking an unvarnished glimpse of female adolescence.” – Library Journal's "Graphic Novels for Women’s History Month"
Fantagraphics Books Digitally Debuts Peter Bagge's Hate & Dame Darcy's Meat Cake On ComiXology Today
Two classic series now available digitally for the first time ever on comiXology
First issue of Hate and Meat Cake FREE for limited time!
April 9, 2014 - Seattle, WA / New York, NY - Fantagraphics Books, publishers of the world's greatest cartoonists and comiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, today digitally debuted two fan-favorite comic series: Peter Bagge's Hate and Dame Darcy's Meat Cake. The first 10 issues of Peter Bagge's Hate and the first 7 issues of Dame Darcy's Meat Cake are available now across comiXology's entire platform including iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 & the Web at www.comiXology.com.
To celebrate these great additions to the comiXology platform both Hate #1 and Meat Cake #1 are available completely free for a limited time only!
"Now the entire world will be reading my old Hate comics, everywhere, every day, at all times," said Peter Bagge, creator of Hate. "How exciting!"
"Having Meat Cake on comiXology is a dream come true for me," said Dame Darcy, creator of Meat Cake. "It is so amazing these issues can be available to anyone."
"Debuting Hate and Meat Cake digitally on comiXology marks a new era for these historic Fantagraphics titles," said Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "Although the trade paperbacks collecting these works are perennial classics, this marks the first time that the single issues of these generation-defining classics have been widely available in well over a decade. Now with comiXology's help, readers around the world will be able to experience them anew and discover just what makes these books so timelessly great."
"We're thrilled to be able to bring Peter Bagge and Dame Darcy's outstanding comics series to a new generation of comic fans!" said comiXology's VP of Communications & Marketing Chip Mosher. "We know there are plenty of Hate and Meat Cake fans that are dying to read these stories again and we're sure even more fans will be made when comics fans experience these comics through our cinematic Guided View reading technology."
Peter Bagge's Hate was first published in 1990 and with a critically acclaimed 30-issue run it was one of the best-selling alternative comics of the 1990's. Hate chronicles the life of Buddy Bradley, a Generation X malcontent and his adventures through life in grunge-era Seattle and subsequently with his dysfunctional family in New Jersey. Peter Bagge and Fantagraphics Books plan to release Buddy Buys A Dump, a follow up to Bagge's Hate #1-30, in June of 2014.
Dame Darcy's Meat Cake has been in publication since 1993 with each issue delving into Darcy's unique neo-Victorian world. Each of Darcy's Meat Cake stories range from horrifying to hilarious and even romantic with a cast of characters like Effluvia the Mermaid, the roguish roué Wax Wolf, Igpay the Pig-Latin pig and many more!
With over 45,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology's immense catalog and unique Guided View reading experience is available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and on www.comixology .com - making it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
If you've been collecting our definitive Love and Rockets Library softcover collections, make some room on the Gilbert Hernandez side of the shelf for Luba and Her Family, due in 2 1/2-3 months from now. This volume gathers material from the pages of Gilbert's solo comics post-L&R Vol. 1 as well as from the Measles anthology, presenting the narrative in a way never it's never been collected before. After the catastrophe in Palomar, Luba settles in to her new home in America and gets reacquainted with her sisters Fritz and Petra, with an extensive supporting cast of family, friends, and lovers.
Luba's niece Venus is the star of our downloadable excerpt from the beginning of the book, encountering the supernatural "blooter baby" and getting busted by her parents for possession of (gasp!) a dirty comic book! You can also check out the Table of Contents to see just which stories are included, so you can be fully informed before you place your pre-order.
Cushlamochree, our advance copies of Barnaby Vol. 2 are here! It's two full years of Crockett Johnson's charming and witty daily strip, with the requisite scholarly bonus materials in the front and back. Looks great, huh? Daniel Clowes is designing this series of 5 hardcovers for us with a spare look that echoes the original paperback collections and perfectly suits Johnson's clear-line drawing style. Also, we mightn't've mentioned previously, this volume boasts a foreword by the great Jules Feiffer!
Copies should be available about 2 months from now — you can pre-order yours and read a free excerpt we just posted last week right here.
What we have here in our upcoming book Cork High and Bottle Deep is a whole bunch of hilarious and surreal gag cartoons about booze — the acquisition thereof, the consumption thereof, the effects thereof — from the mid-20th century by the prolific and popular Virgil Partch, known by his signature "Vip." You don't see many businessmen in fedoras or bartenders wearing bow ties these days, but intoxication is a timeless topic and these panels will still have you falling off your barstool decades after their creation.
You can read about 18 of them in our downloadable excerpt, which includes sections of Vip's themed series on hangovers and "Dr. Freud's Cocktail Party" (in color!). The book should be available toward the end of June so make some space on your shelf next to your Mad Men DVDs and pre-order today.
At four volumes and counting, our Steve Ditko Archives series continues collecting the early work by this prolific comics legend, and now we go back to the beginning for a new paperback edition of the sold-out first volume, Strange Suspense. This is the earliest, pre-Code stuff, which means that it's the grisliest and most horrifying, just like you like it!
Our downloadable excerpt includes the Table of Contents and two complete short stories: "Library of Horror" ("Good heavens! I've trespassed into the beyond -- and there's no escape!") and "Die Laughing!" ("I-I'm clearing out! This joke of Chandler's is too grisly for my taste!"), plus one of Ditko's eye-popping covers. Pre-order your copy today for delivery in June.
It's a great pleasure to reveal the final cover artwork for one of our most anticipated books of 2014. How to Be Happy collects short comics by Eleanor Davis and it will floor you with its beauty and depth. You've seen some of this work in Best American Comics, Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach (if you're tuned in to the hip print outlets) and on the web (if you're tuned in to Tumblr), and now it's collected in one gorgeous book, due out this Summer.
Pre-sale is on now, and more previews are in the pipeline. For now, we thought you might like a look at the jaw-dropping wraparound cover art unfettered by text and stuff. Click to embiggen:
Portland is priviledged to host the next installment of the national Illustration Conference, ICON, and on Saturday, July 12th, they welcome special guest, visual journalist Janet Hamlin!
"Author and illustrator Janet Hamlin has been where very few journalists or artists have dared to tread. Ms. Hamlin has had a front seat to history as the only courtroom artist to sketch the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her drawings and accompanying text provide rare insight to the military court and are the only visuals the world is allowed to see."
Registration to the conference is required to attend. No tickets for individual main stage sessions will be sold. A "Day Rate" ticket will be announced later depending on availability. ICON8: The Illustration Conference will be held across Portland from July 9-12, 2014.
COMICS IN A MOVIE ALERT! FINDING NEIGHBORS is coming to a film festival near you, as soon as this weekend and it's about a cartoonist. There is some Fantagraphics fun sprinkled in here and there so keep your eyes peeled for the Fanta-Look-and-Find. FINDING NEIGHBORS is showing this weekend at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando and the Boston LGBT Film Festival as well as Dallas and California later this month so check their site for more details.
FINDING NEIGHBORS is a comedic drama about Sam Tucker (Oscar® nominee Michael O'Keefe, The Great Santini), a successful stay-at-home graphic novelist, who has hit a mid-life and creative crisis. Six months late on the deadline of his latest novel, Sam has already created turmoil with his publisher after his last book was a disaster. When his therapist wife Mary (Catherine Dent, TV's The Shield) starts to suspect Sam of having an affair with Sherrie (Julie Mond), his provocative and willing next-door neighbor, she's surprised to find out he's actually spending all of his time with a man. Jeff (Blake Bashoff), his gay fellow "housewife" neighbor, is a fan of Sam's published works. As his friendship with Jeff grows and he begins to recapture his creative fire, Sam finds he may be losing the one thing he never doubted: his marriage. Also featuring Sean Patrick Thomas as Jeff's partner, Paul.
A touching film about friendship and confidence, FINDING NEIGHBORS is writer/director Ron Judkins's first feature since his acclaimed The Hi-Line from 1999.
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