Now that our Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, we're starting to offer our Spring-Summer 2014 books as plain old regular pre-orders. Our first batch is listed below, and more will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process). We've also set up a few discounted gift sets to help you save some bucks while building your collection. Be among the first to reserve your copies — hit those links to learn more about each title and start building your shopping cart!
This original graphic novella is a funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension between two disaffected teens, Mike and Wolf, who take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. As the stark black and white of Forsman's cartooning indicates, however, this is not a psychedelic, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby kind of trip. Instead of the escapism they crave from their fragile home lives, the LSD only heightens their sense of ennui, exacerbates their fears about the world they're about to enter as adults, and creates doubts about everything they think they know.
Though it's not entirely what they bargained for, will Mike and Wolf look back on their adventure as part of the "celebrated summer" of their never-to-be-recaptured youth, or a carelessly wasted part of the best years of their lives? Or both?
Over the last 4 weeks we've been spotlighting the books in our upcoming Spring-Summer 2014 season, which are being made possible by the generous support of people like you who have backed our Kickstarter campaign. Now we've reached the final title in the catalog, and as a bonus we're revealing two titles for our Fall-Winter 2014 season! These books were already scheduled for previous seasons but were left in limbo after Kim Thompson's illness and passing earlier this year. We can now confirm that they are coming next year, thanks to everyone who helped us reach our first Kickstarter stretch goal!
(Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)
160-page full-color 7.25" x 10" softcover • $22.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-764-2
The smash hit humor comic, now finally available in paperback! What are tales designed to thrizzle? Tales designed to thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls. They are about Jesus's half-brother, the Mysterious Avenger, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, Private Eye Johnny Silhouette, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn't Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps (and their logical inverse, sex holes), the hot boy band Boybank, soccer joust, Underpants-On-His-Head Man, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, Mark Twain, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the '30s.
120-page black & white 7.5" x 10.5" hardcover • $18.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-705-5
Paris, 1950s. Nestor Burma's past comes knocking when Bélita, a young gypsy woman, leads him to the Salpêtrière hospital where he discovers the recently deceased Abel Benoît, an old buddy from his anarchist days. While Burma has chosen to move onto the (more or less) straight and narrow as a private eye, his friend had stayed on the other side of the law as a counterfeiter and worse, until his own past caught up with him, lethally. So now it’s up to Burma to avenge his friend, keep the girl safe, and hopefully unravel a mystery whose roots run far and deep back into the past...
Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge is the first of four major graphic novels adapted by Tardi from the legendary French crime writer Léo Malet's original "Nestor Burma" novels — each set in Paris, and each taking place in, and defined by, a different arrondissement. Tardi's stylish use of mechanical gray tones provides the book with a lovely period feel, and the very specific autobiographical elements of the original novel (Malet himself frequented the anarchist/vegan hostel that serves as the backdrop for the flashback sequences of Burma's youth) combined with Tardi's usual obsessive visual research give it a uniquely personal, authentic quality.
Created in the 1980s, Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge was an historic attempt on Tardi's part to inject a level of literary heft and ambition into the comics field, which back then was still struggling for legitimacy. The result is a cracking good detective yarn and a milestone in comics history.
120-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3
Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to an ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba.
In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.
• Brooklyn, NY: Well, will it? You better stop by the Scott Eder Gallery for the opening reception of the Kim Deitch exhibit to find out! 6-9 PM, with signings, AND the exclusive debut of this beautiful t-shirt below (barring any unforeseen events). (more info)
• Seattle, WA: What do comics and geology have in common? Find out when the one-and-only Ellen Forney wraps up her residency at Town Hall with the event Spinning True Stories, with Scholar-in-Residence David Montgomery! (more info)
Saturday, December 7th
• Seattle, WA: Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for a reading and signing of Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989. Photographs from the triumphant tour will be on display with sales proceeds to benefit the Vera Project. Photographer Charles Peterson will guest DJ and several prominent musicians of the era will attend. (more info)
• Olympia, WA: Meanwhile, Jim Woodring will take over Olympia with a signing at Danger Room, and a live drawing demonstration at the downtown library! (more info)
L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors" — brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds — and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.
120-page full-color 10.75" x 14.25" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-759-8
Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.
Our digital comics partner-in-crime, comiXology, has given us the gift of digital comics for the Kickstarter campaign! Any backer who spends over $10 on our Kickstarter will receive a download code for Richard Sala's newest comic, VIOLENZIA, and a coupon for 50% off any Fantagraphics title available on comiXology. New to digital comics? Don't be afraid. Violenzia's path of destruction is strictly virtual, we assure you, although when viewed through comiXology's high-def technology, it might be hard to believe.
There are still plenty of book to pre-order and some older ones that have been signed have just being added! Everything from Jaime Hernandez's The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. to Charles Burns' SKIN DEEP to BENT by Dave Cooper! Check it out!
Joe Sacco's But I Like It, Cathy Malkasian's Temperance, Steven Weissman's Chocolate Cheeks, Dash Shaw's Bottomless Belly Button, the list goes on and on! Grab a book now to secure your digital copy of Violenzia and 50% coupon today!
"Isolated and longing to connect, Chuck Forsman's Wolf reminds me of other great characters like Charlie Brown and Holden Caulfield. Celebrated Summer is a primal scream drawn in a casual, hypnotic monotone. Few comics are this soulful. Few cartoonists can make work this assured." – James Sturm
"I love the spare elegance of Chuck’s storytelling style. I also love, in this book in particular, his relaxed approach to examining the lives of his characters." – Chester Brown
"…Forsman is one of the strongest and most vital young cartoonists currently putting pen to paper — not to mention one of the most fully, uniquely realized." – The A.V. Club
Don't miss a minute of the action at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this holiday season. We kick off the fun on Saturday, December 7 with an extraordinary event featuring Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt. His new book, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989 documents a pivotal period in late 20th century pop culture. In an improbable effort to attract international attention to the fledgling label, Sub Pop sent Nirvana, Mudhoney, and TAD to Europe. Pavitt chronicled the triumphant tour with candid observations and captivating images. Members of all three bands will attend this monumental party. Georgetown Records will have recently reissued vinyl from the featured groups and the bookstore will stock merchandise from last summer's Sub Pop Silver Jubilee. See you all this Saturday at 6:00.
Celebrate seven years of Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, December 14 with "cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix" featuring Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be on hand to sign recent publications. This festive holiday gala coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Listen for wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound featuring our own Lynn Emmert.
On Saturday, December 28 join us as we host a reception and book signing with Janet Hamlin. Her fascinating book, Sketching Guantanamo, captures the conditions faced by detainees in the makeshift island prison. As a courtroom sketch artist, Hamlin was among a handful of journalists to bear witness to the military tribunals of accused terrorists and "enemy combatants." Neither sentimental nor didactic, Hamlin's evocative drawings provide a revealing look at this enigmatic episode of American jurisprudence. We can't wait to meet her.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle's historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Zip on over to the Monte Cristo Bookshop for a signing and discussion with noneother than Bill Griffith!
On Saturday, December 14th, you can hear a talk from this legend of underground cartooning, and get your Zippy's signed! If you haven't gotten one yet, this would be a great time to get a copy of Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries, which comprises a full two and a half years' worth of dailies and full-color Sundays!
The fun will start at 7:00 PM! Monte Cristo Bookshop is located at 38 Green Street in New London, Connecticut.
220-page black & white/color 7" x 9.5" softcover • $24.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3
Tim Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering — both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You'll witness a young man's dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern "Hoovervilles"; and experience the life and death of an undocumented immigrant bookstore doorman, former boxer, and expert hustler.
Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. The performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume covers hits like Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” and the movie Wildstyle, and introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy. Cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)!
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