The stories Al Feldstein wrote and drew for EC Comics's science fiction titles captured precisely the popular science fiction zeitgeist of mid-20th century America.
Feldstein applied a flat-out pulp sensibility to his treatment of such themes as atomic war ("Child of Tomorrow"), defense against nuclear weapons ("The Last City"), the arms race ("Destruction of the Earth!"), the cruel perils of space travel ("Space-Warp!"), and (of course!), horrifying alien monsters ("Spawn of Venus," "Seeds of Jupiter," "It Was the Monster from the Fourth Dimension").
But he also explored notions of personal identity ("Am I Man or Machine?"), and had a little fun with time travel ("Made of the Future," "The Origin of the Species") and mass hysteria ("Panic!") along the way.
Feldstein's full-throttle scripts and powerfully composed, meticulously inked artwork come at you with a raw, blunt force — a quirky directness which is a vital part of the allure of these classic tales, presented together here for the first time.
Also, in a candid new interview done especially for this book, Feldstein speaks out about his science fiction days.
As a bonus, you'll find even more Feldstein stories drawn by a few of his oft-overlooked collaborators.
So strap into your spacesuit, power up your time machine, and take a look inside...
Critically-acclaimed author Junot Díaz has finally revealed the deluxe edition to his book This Is How You Lose Her and you're just gonna love who added some rockin' illustrations! From his site:
"A must-have collector's edition of Junot Díaz's bestseller and National Book Award finalist, a stunningly designed and illustrated slipcase edition of This Is How You Lose Her, which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award. Jaime Hernandez-deemed 'one of the twentieth century's most significant comic creators' for the 'Love and Rockets' series he co-created and other work-has produced full-page, original illustrations for this edition, one for each story, that perfectly capture the love-haunted spirit of the book and the string of gorgeous, smart, gutsy women whom irresistible, irrepressible Yunior loves and loses."
It's been awhile since I've been a bookseller but I'd definitely have some fun with the displays since Stephen Dixon's His Wife Leaves Him is coming out the same season....
August 12, 2013 – Seattle, WA. Please join us on Saturday, August 24, as Fantagraphics Bookstore welcomes Brandon Graham. The cartoonist behind popular projects like Prophet, Multiple Warheads, and King City returns to his former Seattle home to sign copies of his new book Walrus from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
A product of West Seattle now living in Vancouver, B. C., Graham was recently acclaimed by Publishers Weekly as “…one of the most inventive action cartoonists working.” As a member of the Meathaus group, his influence on contemporary popular culture extends beyond comix. Walrus, from adventurous PictureBox press, is an eclectic collection of illustrations, short strips, and sketches that provide a revealing look into the artist’s creative process.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s lively Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Brandon Graham book signing Saturday, August 24, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle 206.658.0110 | www.fantagraphics.com
Shortly after his baby son Arn is christened, Prince Valiant, along with Sir Gawain, is sent to investigate reports of black magic in wales, where the two find themselves in a pitched battle at Castle Illwynde. After a brief stint home to enjoy his young son, Val and his crew travel to Rome on a quest for teachers who could bring Christianity to Thule. The story climaxes in an escape through the Alps!
“Foster’s meticulously detailed, painstakingly researched, vividly realistic, and often breathtaking illustration made him one of the most revered artists in the comic field.” – Library Journal
Stephen Dixon’s His Wife Leaves Him is an intimate exploration of the interior life of a husband who has lost his wife.
Martin thinks about his life with his wife Gwen. Reminders of their shared past, some painful, some hilarious, others blissful and sensual, appear and reappear in the present. Stories made from memories merge with dreams of an impossible future they’ll never get to share. Story by story he recounts for himself, good and bad, moments of grace, occasions for disappointments, promises, arguments, anger, resentments, and generosity. From these moments are their lives made. In His Wife Leaves Him, Stephen Dixon has succeeded in vocalizing the process and rhythms of remembrance.
For a few too-short years between 1972 and 1974, lucky newspaper readers were treated to something special in their Sunday funnies section: a weekly color strip by one of America’s greatest cartoonists — Gahan Wilson.
Each installment of Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics presents a cluster of single-panel gags. Some Sundays are a freewheeling mélange of board meetings, monsters, and cavemen, while others riff on a topic or subject (cats, luggage, magicians, wallpaper). The last gag most weeks is part of a recurring series, either the sometimes eerily prophetic “Future Funnies” or the lovably sinister “The Creep.” With a continuous procession of adorably grotesque freaks, geeks, and weirdos in improbably surreal scenarios, delineated in his signature saggy-baggy style, Wilson brought the same off-kilter perspective of his famous Playboy, New Yorker, and National Lampoon cartoons to a more family-friendly venue, without losing his subversive, satirical edge.
Fantagraphics is proud to rescue yet another great 20th-century funny-pages rarity from yellowing newsprint and present its entire run in this single volume, lovingly restored and with a brief historical commentary.
Order this or any other Love and Rockets book and receive this FBI•MINI comic shown here as a FREE bonus! Click here for details. Limit one per customer while supplies last.
Mysteries are unfolding just outside the isolated Latin American hamlet of Palomar which will forever change the lives of its residents. Two wild children who live huddling in a small beach cave streak through town as barely visible blurs, stealing food. Hopeful men dynamite a boulder to tap a precious water supply. While exploring a desolate, lightning-wracked plain gashed by a yawning chasm, a group of boys is abducted by an encampment of strange visitors with the power to induce visions of death. Taking the form of a shadowy baby who only appears to childless women, a giant statue comes to life and haunts the village. And a fateful, cataclysmic confrontation takes place on a shoreline cliff.
Gilbert Hernandez returns to his seminal "Heartbreak Soup" milieu from the earliest issues of Love and Rockets in four interconnected, decade-spanning stories that comprise this graphic novel set in the legendary town of Palomar, where the supernatural is as commonplace as -- and sometimes indistinguishable from -- ordinary reality.
LOCAL 638 RECORDS AND FANTAGRAPHICS TEAM UP TO PRESENT DANNY BLAND'S NOVEL IN CASE WE DIE; AUDIOBOOK READ BY AIMEE MANN, DUFF McKAGAN, MARC MARON, MIKE McCREADY, MARK ARM, MARK LANEGAN, MORE!BLAND ANNOUNCES BOOK TOUR!<-p>
Fantagraphics Books and Local 638 Records are proud to announce the September 2013 release of In Case We Die, the first novel by Danny Bland, in hardcover and audiobook. Bland, a 25-year veteran of Seattle’s music scene (The Dwarves, Cat Butt, Best Kissers In the World) brings his own experience to the depiction of a harrowing tour through Seattle's darkest underground. Both love story and horror story, In Case We Die is a semi-autobiographical and visceral story of crime, addiction, redemption and revenge.
In Case We Die‘s audiobook is read by an incredible team of legendary artists,
musicians, actors and comedians, all of whom have lent their support and donated their talent and time. Readers include Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Steve Earle, Aimee Mann, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Marc Maron (WTF With Marc Maron) and many others . A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, a stellar non-profit that assists musicians and music business workers to obtain medical care and human services.
The audiobook is over seven hours in length.
Available digitally and also CD format (1 disc - mp3 for car stereos).
BOOK TOUR – more dates TBA
* surprise guests from the audiobook will read with Danny in select cities
August 31 – Bumbershoot – “Fantagraphics Follies” – Seattle, WA
September 9 – Powell’s Books – Portland, OR
September 11 – Booksmith – San Francisco, CA
September 14 – Book Soup – Los Angeles, CA with Dave Alvin, Wayne Kramer, Lew Temple
September 18 – Changing Hands – Tempe, AZ
September 21 – The Regulator – Durham, NC
September 24 – Atomic Books – Baltimore, MD
September 25 – The Random Tea Room – Philadelphia, PA
September 26 – Manitobas – NYC – 7pm
September 30 – Barnes & Noble – Peabody, MA with Damien Echols
October 1 – Bookcourt – Brooklyn, NY 7pm
October 2 – Quimby’s – Chicago, IL
October 14 – Elliott Bay Books – Seattle, WA
“Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women; a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock’n'roll tragedy.” – John Doe (X)
“Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness.” – Dave Alvin (Blasters)
“In Case We Die is a poetic and elegant journey … straight to the gutter.” – Wayne Kramer (MC5)
“A great piece of work — full of filth and heart.” – Steve Earle
“A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss.” – Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
“I am a believer in what Bland has to say. He writes with eloquence, candor, darkness, and humor….the good stuff!” – Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N’ Roses)
Danny Bland is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever known. Beneath a crusty, punk rock exterior lies one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever seen. This book? It’s the literary version of Danny Bland.” – Damien Echols (West Memphis Three)
Kupperman has teamed up with online shop TopatoCo to release a new series of poster prints and that great tee shown above! That Snake 'n' Bacon print demands to be framed in your kitchen! Imagine Mark Twain's murder in your study!
Prints measure about 11" X 16", and are printed on high quality matte paper. Go get yourself some, before I buy it all for meeeee!!!
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