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Archive >> August 2009

Prison Pit: Book 1 by Johnny Ryan: Preview, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 10 Aug 2009 10:36 AM

Prison Pit: Book 1 by Johnny Ryan

Are you ready to enter the PRISON PIT? The first original graphic novel from master of the gross-out Johnny Ryan is an over-the-top orgy of escalating ultraviolence and perversity as intergalactic monster criminals battle for supremacy in a barren negative zone! This book is now available for pre-order in our online shop following its sell-out debut at Comic-Con last month. Dip your toe in the Pit by downloading our 12-page PDF preview. This book will be in stock and shipping in about 2-3 weeks, and in stores approximately 4 weeks later (subject to change).

West Coast Blues by Tardi & Manchette: Preview, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJacques Tardi 10 Aug 2009 10:19 AM

West Coast Blues by Jacques Tardi & Jean-Patrick Manchette

It begins! Our much-ballyhooed new series of Jacques Tardi translations launches with West Coast Blues, adapted by Tardi from the book by master crime novelist Jean-Patrick Manchette, now available for pre-order in our online shop following its hit debut at Comic-Con last month. An aimless family man is sucked into a spiral of violence involving an exiled war criminal and two hired assassins. Get a taste of this hard-boiled crime thriller with our 10-page PDF preview. This book will be in stock and shipping in about 2-3 weeks, and in stores approximately 4 weeks later (subject to change).

Daily OCD: 8/7/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsMichael KuppermanIvan BrunettiFantagraphics historyDash ShawAbstract Comics 7 Aug 2009 3:22 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

• Review: "[Abstract Comics: The Anthology] is designed beautifully... The content serves as a great introduction to a genre of comics that few people knew existed. [Editor Andrei] Molotiu takes somewhat of a scholarly approach to the content, placing the concept of abstract comics within art history in his introduction. He makes a good case... Overall, this is a cool concept and I was surprised by it. I think it’s definitely going to cause some debates about what comics are and are not, and that’s a good thing." - Eden Miller, Comicsgirl

• Review: "The status of [Ivan] Brunetti's... gag-cartoon collections... as trailblazers in the realm of going-way-too-far comic-book comedy is unquestioned... Brunetti's impeccable line looks like it'd be more at home in the pages of The New Yorker than Sleazy Slice, which I imagine is the point, but for me at least, this just neuters all but the most vicious jokes -- otherwise it's just a litany of beautifully drawn dick/poop/pedo jokes." - Sean T. Collins

• Interview: For Marvel.com, Sean T. Collins talks to Dash Shaw about his Dr. Strange story in the upcoming Marvel Strange Tales MAX. "The title is 'Dr. Strange Vs. Nightmare.' 'Nuff said!"

• Interview: "Michael Kupperman stopped by the Inkstuds to discuss all things Kuppermany. His new collection, Tales Designed to Thrizzle Volume One, is a great good times companion." - Robin McConnell, Inkstuds

• History: Kevin Nowlan and Jan Strnad talk to Shaun Manning of Comic Book Resources about the creation of "Grimwood's Daughter," their backup feature in our long-ago series Dalgoda (being newly collected by IDW -- someone want to send me a copy?)

Bushmiller + bathing beauty
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ernie Bushmiller 7 Aug 2009 3:06 PM

Bushmiller + bathing beauty

Via The Beat.

RIP John Hughes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Esther Pearl Watson 7 Aug 2009 2:52 PM

Pretty in Pink Unlovable print by Esther Pearl Watson

Photo preview: You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsFletcher Hanks 7 Aug 2009 11:30 AM

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks - front

Here's our final batch of overdue photo previews, at least for the time being: You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks. Watch the preview in the slideshow player embedded below; if it's not visible to you, or to see it full-screen (recommended), click here; if you don't like slideshows, browse here.

I went a little nuts snapping eye-catching panels, as you can see. There's just so many of them! I want to highlight two of my favorites below; the first one reminds me of Tim Lane, and the second for obvious reasons.

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks - detail

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks - detail

Friedman responds to Joker flap
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 7 Aug 2009 10:44 AM

Jokers

Drew Friedman, whose portrait of W. as The Joker has been in the news lately due to the ill-conceived (unless they are intended to be absurd) Obama-as-Joker posters currently papering L.A., has filed his official (and highly sensible) response to the flap on his blog; Vanity Fair, where Friedman's illo originally ran, also has coverage.

Dash Shaw on the Reel Good Show
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoDash Shaw 6 Aug 2009 5:27 PM

Aha! We teased this a little while ago and now it has appeared: Dash Shaw appears on Indy Mogul's "Reel Good Show" to discuss his upcoming animation project for IFC.com and accompanying book from Fantagraphics, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD (official info on the project here), with a couple of brief interludes of other stuff. Hijinks ensue! Here's the YouTube video link for those who don't see the embedded player above.

Now browse by year
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 6 Aug 2009 5:00 PM
Our New Releases page only includes our 20 newest books and comics, to make it easy for you to find the very latest from us. To help you browse a larger selection of recent releases, we've put together a page of all of 2008's releases and a page for all of this year's new and upcoming releases so far. These pages can be accessed via our navigation menu as well. We hope you find it useful -- if nothing else, it has helped us appreciate the sheer volume of stuff we've put out over the last couple of years!
Fenwick brings the Friction
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray Fenwick 6 Aug 2009 4:48 PM

We Are the Friction is a very rad-sounding short fiction/illustration book/exhibit project from Sing Statistics which features artwork from Ray Fenwick (above) and a mess of other great contributors. Photos from exhibit host Analogue Books in Edinburgh.


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