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Flog posts by Fantagraphics' consumer marketing/web editor/hand model guy. Say, buy some books why don't you?
Archive >> January 2008

Now in stock: Krazy & Ignatz 1941-1942
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesKrazy Kat 21 Jan 2008 2:34 PM

Krazy & Ignatz 1941-1942: "A Ragout of Raspberries"
By George Herriman

George Herriman integrated full, spectacular color into Krazy Kat in June, 1935. The gorgeous evolution continues in our fourth color volume, which includes the Sunday strips from all of 1941 and 1942. The color format opens the floodgates for a massive amount of spectacular, rare color art from series editor Bill Blackbeard and designer Chris Ware's files. Most of these strips in this volume have not seen print since originally running in Hearst newspapers over 60 years ago.

For this volume, critic Jeet Heer contributes an essay about the history and precedents of Herriman's unique use of language, exploring his characters' loquacious lexicography.

120-page 9" x 12" full-color softcover $19.95
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Now in stock: Hotwire Comics Vol. 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesHotwireGlenn Head 21 Jan 2008 2:26 PM

Hotwire Comics Vol. 2
Various artists; edited by Glenn Head

The cartoon anthology that puts the kicks back in comics strikes again. Climb on board the Hotwire express for another electrifying joyride — from the sublime to the ridiculous, and all parts in between.

Hotwire Vol. 2 includes some of the strongest narrative comics around. Tim Lane's epic autobiographical strip, "Spirit," portrays the grittiness, desperation, and terror that accompanied him as he went on the bum, riding the rails. "Niacin" by Mary Fleener is the sordid but hilarious story of a hallucinatory date with a drug dealer. Mack White brilliantly deconstructs the western myth of the OK Corral gunfight in "Showdown at Hustler's Ridge." Series editor Glenn Head's "Oozing Dread!" tells the Twilight Zone-ish tale of Wilhelm Reich, madcap genius-inventor of the orgone box. "Communicable Disease" by Carol Swain shows the descent of a young Scottish lass into impoverished hell. Dutch artist Tobias Tak delivers a fantastical retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with his comic "The Ten Inch Giant."

If you want comic art that knocks your socks off, you'll find plenty, from the likes of David Sandlin, Jonathon Rosen, Stephane Blanquet, Craig Yoe, Christian Northeast, and Mike Wartella. There are also hot new strips by David Lasky, Rick Altergott, Lauren Weinstein, Matti Hagelberg, Danny Hellman, Bob Sikoryak, Michael Kupperman, Chadwick Whitehead and others.

Hotwire delivers in the humor department as well. There are laugh-a-minute gag pages by Ivan Brunetti, Johnny Ryan, Doug Allen, Gary Lieb and Sam Henderson. Plus talened Hotwire newcomers Lorna Miller and Karl Wills delight in showing just how cute and cuddly childhood really is.

All this and an absolute killer cover by Tim Lane... hardboiled doesn't get much tougher than this!

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Clowes + Gondry
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under hooray for HollywoodDaniel Clowes 20 Jan 2008 5:14 PM
The latest "Daniel Clowes is working on a movie" story involves Clowes writing the screenplay for an animated film directed by Michel Gondry based on a story and artwork by Gondry's son Paul. More here and here.
ˇFortunato!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gilbert Hernandez 18 Jan 2008 8:13 PM

Odd John by Olaf Stapledon

Beto-esque image found on Mike Sterling's Progressive Ruin.

New Website Feature of the Day: Scavenger Hunt Contest!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsmeta 17 Jan 2008 12:16 PM
Presenting: a chance to win prizes! A way to familiarize yourself with the new Fantagraphics.com website! A fun time-waster! Everyone who's registered on Fantagraphics.com (do it here) has a chance to earn a 20%-off coupon good toward any online order by correctly answering ten Fantagraphics-related trivia questions (all of the answers can be found on Fantagraphics.com), and one randomly-chosen winner will receive a coupon for a whopping 50% off! Contest ends February 15, 2008. For the list of questions and complete rules, make sure you're logged in and then click here (or click "My Account" and select "Win 20% Off!" from our navigation menu at any time). Good luck!
Dennis sings
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dennis the Menaceaudio 16 Jan 2008 12:59 PM

Dennis the Menace

Our pal Craig Yoe has some vintage Dennis the Menace audio up on his Arflovers blog (courtesy of DJ David B.). Makes a great companion to the Terr'ble Thompson Musical!

Miss Lasko-Gross interview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Miss Lasko-Gross 16 Jan 2008 12:47 PM
Escape from "Special" artist Miss Lasko-Gross takes part in an informal group interview at Occasional Superheroine.
Visions of Rebel Visions
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rebel VisionsFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 16 Jan 2008 11:46 AM

"Rebel Visions" exhibit, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Check out our Flickr photoset of the "Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution" exhibit up now at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery!

New Website Feature of the Day: FLOG! Comments
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 16 Jan 2008 10:18 AM

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At this point we don't have any hard and fast rules about acceptable commenting etiquette, but we do reserve the right to remove comments at our own discretion and block any egregious repeat offenders. Comments of a commercial nature promoting artists and products not affiliated with Fantagraphics will, for the most part, not be tolerated and be treated as spam. That said, we're all pals here, so let's play nice!

Mister Wonderful, Part 16
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsMister WonderfulDaniel Clowes 15 Jan 2008 1:11 PM

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