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Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road by Stan Sakai - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaipreviewsComing Attractions 28 Feb 2014 5:28 PM

Another teaser from our new reprint of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road for you: a downloadable excerpt with 19 pages from the book, including most of the first story, "The Tower." When Usagi comes to the aid of a hungry tokagé (the little dinosaur-like lizards that populate the Usagiverse), they both find themselves in peril at the hands — and cleaver — of an angry cook. The exciting conclusion, and six other stories (helpfully listed in the included Table of Contents), await you in this timeless classic, which you can pre-order now for shipment in April.

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road by Stan Sakai

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezComing Attractions 28 Feb 2014 1:30 PM

The Love Bunglers cover photo

The Love Bunglers pages photo

We all get pretty excited when the first advance copies of a new book arrive at the office, but the gasps were extra-audible this morning as we all beheld for the first time The Best Graphic Novel of 2014. OK, we're a little giddy and that may be a presumptuous designation, but given all the accolades these stories received when they were serialized in Love and Rockets, maybe not. The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez is coming in a couple of months and it has that scene that made you cry, that scene that made you gasp, those scenes that made you laugh, that scene that made your heart skip a beat, and that other scene that made you cry, all between magnificently designed hard covers.

You Need This Book. I'm on the verge of shaking you all by the shoulders, the excitement is getting to me so much. Deep breaths. Please proceed calmly to pre-order a copy and be one of the first to have it in your mitts, and read a 14-page excerpt for free, all right here.

Trina Robbins Presents Pretty In Ink in Pittsburgh!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Trina Robbinsevents 28 Feb 2014 10:13 AM

Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

If you were at San Diego Comic-Con last year, you may have had a chance to see the Wonder Women: On Paper and Off exhibit. And if not, it's now heading to the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh!

The collection of our "herstorian," Trina Robbins, this exhibit explores the role of women as artists and in the workplace of the comics industry, and the way the way women have been portrayed in the art form of comics. 

And on Thursday, March 20th, Trina will present her latest book Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, a compendium of accomplishments of a century of women cartoonists. (Plus, a few days later, you can see Trina at PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo!)

PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo

The ToonSeum is located in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District at 945 Liberty Avenue.

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road by Stan Sakai - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan Sakaipreviewsnew releases 26 Feb 2014 4:30 PM

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road
by Stan Sakai

152-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-009-5

7th printing! Ships in April 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Perhaps the best samurai rabbit story ever told, Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 collects full-length Usagi stories from issues #7 through #12 of the original Fantagraphics series, including "The Tower" (which introduces Usagi's travelling companion Spot the Wonder Lizard), "Return of the Blind Swordspig," "A Mother's Love," "Blade of the Gods," "The Shogun's Gift," and the hilarious Groo tribute "The Tea Cup," co-starring the amoral mercenary rhino Gen. ("Gen does what Gen does best!") PLUS, the little-seen Usagi team-up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew," written and drawn by Sakai. A must-have for adventure lovers of all ages!

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Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 cover photo

New Digital Comics: The Sincerest Form of Parody & Zero Hour
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under John BensonJack KamenEC Comicsdigital comicscomiXologyAl Feldstein 26 Feb 2014 3:04 PM
Sincerest Form of Parody
Finally, you can stop hitting yourself in the face in bed reading these large tomes! Fantagraphics and comiXology have released The Sincerest Form of Parody available for you to read digitally! Edited by John Benson, this collection includes the best and funniest material from the bandwagon-jumping MAD imitators, with work by Jack Davis, Will Elder, Dick Ayers, Bill Everett, Jack Kirby and many more, plus expert commentary. Casual comics readers are probably familiar with the later satirical magazines that continued to be published in the '60s and '70s, such as Cracked and Sick, but the comics collected in this volume were imitations of the MAD comic book, not the magazine, and virtually unknown among all but the most die-hard collectors. For the first time digitally, Fantagraphics is collecting the best of these comics in an unprecedented collection for only $18.99.
 
"Some of these pieces can stand up to the best of Mad (or at least match the magazine's average), but even the stories that are clunky and unfunny are fascinating for the way they rip off Mad shamelessly, including all the asides and mini-gags that Will Elder once labeled Mad's 'chicken fat.' It's a testament to how quickly the innovative and subversive can become mainstream." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 
 
Also check out Zero Hour and Other Stories illustrated by Jack Kamen
Zero Hour and Other Stories  
With his wholesome approach, Kamen stood out amongst the grand-guignol grunge, gritty realism, or futuristic dazzle of his fellow EC cartoonists - but his brilliant editor/writer Al Feldstein found a way to exploit the surface innocence of his style with seemingly nice stories of romance gone horribly wrong, or future fantasies with an unexpectedly brutal twist. And nowhere did Kamen's clean-but-lush graphics work better than in the stories he created for EC's science-fiction comics. There are EVEN a few Ray Bradbury adaptations in this book, for only $22.99
 
Along with the full Zero Hour, we're offering three complete stories: Off DaySuprise Package and The Tripeach available for only 99 cents on comiXology! Go ahead and test drive Jack Kamen, we promise you won't be disappointed.  
Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CraneComing Attractions 26 Feb 2014 12:57 PM

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3 cover photo

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3 pages photo

Let's all stand up and salute the first advance copies of Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons, the latest hardcover collection of classic strips by the great Roy Crane. Action! Romance! Comedy! Exotic locations! Horrendous villains! Valiant heroes! Bad weather! Nuptials for Buz and his plucky partner, Christy! This strip has it all and oh, how pretty it all looks in crisp black & white dailies and a few choice color Sundays in the back.

This book blows onto shelves in a couple of months; you can pre-order a copy and read an excerpt here, and buy a discounted set of all 3 volumes here!

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairenew releases 26 Feb 2014 12:07 PM

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

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire

Sock Monkey Treasury: A "Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" Collection
by Tony Millionaire

336-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-696-6

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A sock monkey named Uncle Gabby and his button-eyed friend, Mr. Crow, live with their human friend, Ann-Louise, and all of her other toys in a lovely and peaceful Victorian home. Yet Gabby's curiosity and guile — routinely foiled by his innocence — lead him and Mr. Crow into outrageous (and outrageously funny) tales of misguided derring-do, occasionally nightmarish fantasies, and unrequited love. Tony Millionaire's vivid and brilliant Sock Monkey stories evoke the dark, surrealist wit of Roald Dahl, while echoing the classic illustrative styles of E.H. Shepard's Winnie the Pooh or Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann and Andy. It's a recipe for a timeless classic to be enjoyed by generations.

This handsome storybook collects over 300 pages of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey and Mr. Crow adventures including:

• The only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, The Inches Incident
• The full-color storybook classic, "The Glass Doorknob"
• The full-color graphic novella, "Uncle Gabby"
• Eight other essential stories: "Heaven," "Borneo," "Dollhouse," "The Trumbernick," "The Hunters," "A Baby Bird," "The Oceanic Society," and "Heartbreak."




Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJohn Liney 26 Feb 2014 11:59 AM

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

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney

Henry Speaks for Himself
by John Liney (Henry created by Carl Anderson)
Edited by David Tosh

160-page full-color 7.6" x 10.45" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-733-8

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In the newspaper strip Henry, the eponymous character never spoke, but in the comic book stories, Henry had a lot to say — conspiring with his pals "Trader" Horne, Julius, or Otis, making up with his sweetie Henrietta, or pulling a fast one on Officer Yakko. Editor David Tosh selected some of his favorite stories to include in this volume, including "Henry Thinks Out Loud," told in voice-over narration, "Rhyme Without Reason," told entirely in verse, and "A Slice of Ham" (co-starring Cark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin).

Written and drawn by John Liney between 1946 and 1961, these stories prove Henry to be a combination of Dennis the Menace and Little Lulu, getting into and out of jams, in these marvelously antic, off-kilter, and occasionally downright surreal stories. Perfect for young and old alike.


Will Eisner Week: Paul Hornschemeier & Denis Kitchen
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierevents 26 Feb 2014 11:37 AM
Will Eisner week 
At the invitation of Stephen Weiner, director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, MA, the Million Year Picnic comic shop will participate in Will Eisner Week as the Boston metro-area representative of the event. To honor Eisner's birthday, there will be a Q&A session between Paul Hornschemeier (creator of Artists, Authors, Thinkers, DirectorsMother, Come Home; The Three Paradoxes; the New York Times Best Seller Life with Mr. Dangerous, as well as the short story collections Let Us Be Perfectly Clear and All and Sundry) and Denis Kitchen (a cartoonist in the "underground comix" movement, he founded Kitchen Sink Press (1969-99) as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), and co-authored three scholarly works on comics creators) on the anniversary of Will Eisner's Birthday, Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 7pm at the Cambridge Public Library.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge
Massachusetts 02138

Followed by a signing at The Million Year Picnic

Artists Authors Thinkers Directors  

Oh Panoptica Ficcio! Max Exhibit in Barcelona!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Maxeventsart shows 26 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

In 2012, a retrospective exhibition of Max's work, titled Panóptica, traveled through Europe with stops in Valencia, Madrid, Mexico City, and several cities in Brazil! (You can see some photos from those stops on the FLOG here and here.)

On Tuesday, March 11th, the Arts Santa Monica Museum in Barcelona opens a new exhibit from Max, continuing where his retrospective show left off: Oh Panòptica Ficció!

The exhibit will be accompanied by a comics workshop on March 20th-22nd, and a concert by Pascal Comelade + Bel Canto Orquestra on March 20th with Max drawing along.  The exhibit itself will run through Sunday, April 13th.

And don't forget, we'll be releasing Vapor this year! Max 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.

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