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Archive >> January 2008

Valenti on Blackbeard
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under classics 15 Jan 2008 12:59 PM
Our own Kristy Valenti has written a great profile of comic strip historian/archivist Bill Blackbeard (contributor to many of our classic strip reprint books, not the least of which is Krazy & Ignatz), part one of which can be read at the Comixology website.
New Website Feature of the Day: Navigating FLOG!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 15 Jan 2008 12:30 PM

If you're reading this, you know about FLOG! The Fantagraphics Blog. Here in its new incarnation, we have some new ways to navigate and find the things you want to read about.

In the right column you'll see links to the five most recent FLOG posts and links to monthly FLOG archives.

If you want to read all posts by a particular FLOG writer, simply click their name whenever it appears as a by-line link. FLOG posts are also grouped by subject using tags, so if you're reading a FLOG post about, for instance, Joe Sacco, and you want to see all posts about Joe, simply click on the "Joe Sacco" tag where it says "Filed under". You can also click on the "tags" link at the top of the white section of the page to see the "Tag Cloud," a big list of every tag used on FLOG.

One of the main drawbacks of the old version of FLOG was that posts were not archived individually, making it inelegant to share "permalinks" to individual FLOG posts. With this new incarnation, it's easy: each post has its own page, and the title of each post is the permalink!

At the top of the main middle section of the page, you'll see a row of links. "FLOG!" will take you back to the main FLOG page. The "tags" link will take you to a page with the "cloud" of all tags. Clicking "search" will take you (surprise!) to the FLOG search page, where you can look for FLOG posts by keyword, author, or tag. And you can subscribe to FLOG via RSS using the "feed" link. Here's where it gets a little tricky, because the "feed" link is different depending on what FLOG category you're looking at.

If you're looking at FLOG posts by tag, the "feed" link will subscribe you only to FLOG posts with that particular tag. So, if you want a special feed for FLOG posts tagged with "Robert Crumb," click the "Robert Crumb" tag and then use the "feed" link at the top of that page. Likewise, if you want a special feed for any particular FLOG author, simply click their by-line link and use the "feed" link at the top of that page. We've also highlighted a few of the most useful feed links on our RSS Feeds page. 

I hope this info has been helpful! Stay tuned for the next installment of New Website Feature of the Day.

GRAND OPENING
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsmeta 11 Jan 2008 3:45 PM

After a longer time in the making than I care to think about, we are extremely pleased to bring you the debut of the new Fantagraphics.com website!

Settle in and have a look around. You'll notice lots of new features, which we will be introducing you to here on Flog day by day with a feature handily titled "New Website Feature of the Day." You can follow these posts via the "meta" tag (Flog tags will be the subject of a future installment).

We'll start with a two-fer. The first thing you're going to want to do is register -- registered users get access to all kinds of exclusive benefits, including members-only special offers, online comics from our most popular cartoonists, previews of upcoming titles from your favorite artists, Flog commenting privileges, and stuff we haven't even thought of yet. Once you register and log in, links to these features will appear under the "My Account" menu item. Membership is free and spam-free, so sign up today!

Second: see that tab at the top of the page that says "Open Specials Panel"? Give it a click. That banner that slides its way down is telling you the truth:

FREE STANDARD SHIPPING TO THE U.S. ON ALL ONLINE ORDERS (and 50% OFF Air Mail to the rest of the world) THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2008!

Just select the "FREE Standard" or USPS "50% OFF" shipping option when you go through our shopping cart. We'll be running periodic specials like this, so keep checking that Specials Panel from time to time. (And don't forget to click "Close Specials Panel" when you're done looking at it.)

See you again soon with another New Website Feature of the Day!

Flogcast: coming soon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe SaccoGene Deitchflogcast 11 Jan 2008 10:14 AM

Our FLOG! podcast feature, Flogcast, will be launching soon — stay tuned! This feature will bring you exclusive audio interviews (both new and from the archives) as well as other sounds of Fantagraphics.

Can't wait? No problem — we have some audio features ready for your listening and downloading pleasure right now: an interview with Joe Sacco and the Terr'ble Thompson musical.

Drinky Crow Show debuts...
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairetelevisionMaakies 9 Jan 2008 7:17 PM
...in January 2009, according to an [adult swim] promo I just saw during a DVR'ed episode of Metalocalypse.

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Now in stock: Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace Box Set 1955-1958
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDennis the Menace 9 Jan 2008 1:31 PM
Dennis the Menace

Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace Box Set 1955-1958
By Hank Ketcham

A swell custom-designed case containing the third and fourth volumes of Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace with strips from the years 1955 through 1958. (Sorry, case is not peanut butter or root beer resistant.)

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Now in stock: Acme Novelty Library #18 & Acme Novelty Datebook Vol. 2 by Chris Ware
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesChris Ware 9 Jan 2008 1:20 PM


Acme Novelty Library #18
By Chris Ware

In keeping with his athletic goal of issuing a volume of his occasionally lauded ACME series once every new autumn, volume 18 finds cartoonist Chris Ware abandoning the engaging serialization of his "Rusty Brown" and instead focusing upon his ongoing and more experimentally grim narrative , "Building Stories."

Collecting pages unseen except in obscure alternative weekly periodicals and sophisticated expensive coffee table magazines, The ACME Novelty Library #18 re-introduces the characters which New York Times readers found "dry" and "deeply depressing" when one chapter of the work (not included here) was presented in its pages during 2005 and 2006. Set in a Chicago apartment building more or less in the year 2000, the stories move from the straightforward to the mnemonically complex, invading character's memories and personal ambitions with a text point size likely unreadable to human beings over the age of 45. Reformatted to accommodate this different material, readers will be pleased by the volume's vertical shape and tasteful design, which, unlike Ware's earlier volumes, should discreetly blend into any stack or shelf of real books.

56-page full-color 8" x 10.75" hardcover $18.95
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Acme Novelty Datebook Vol. 2
By Chris Ware

Straggling behind the mild 2003 success of cartoonist Chris Ware's first facsimile collection of his miscellaneous sketches, notes, and adolescent fantasies arrives this second volume, updating weary readers with the last ten years of Ware's clichéd and outmoded insights.

Working directly in pen and ink, watercolor, and white-out whenever he makes a mistake, Ware has cannily edited out all legally sensitive and personally incriminating material from his private journals, carefully recomposing each page to simulate the appearance of an ordered mind and established aesthetic directive. All phone numbers, references to ex-girlfriends, "false starts," and embarrassing experiments with unfamiliar drawing media have been generously excised to present the reader with the most pleasant and colorful sketchbook reading experience available. Included are Ware's frustrated doodles for his book covers, angry personal assaults on friends, half-finished comic strips, lengthy and tiresome fulminations of personal disappointments both social and sexual, as well as his now-beloved drawings of the generally miserable inhabitants of the city of Chicago. All in all, a necessary volume for fans of fine art, water-based media, and personal diatribe. Hardcover, attractively designed, and easy to resell.

208-page 7" x 9.5" full-color hardcover $39.95
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Now in stock: Insomnia #3 by Matt Broersma
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMatt BroersmaIgnatz Series 9 Jan 2008 1:12 PM


Insomnia #3
By Matt Broersma

In the conclusion to Matt Broersma's noir triptych... Miles Anderson lives in a safe, predictable world defined by his job as an L.A. television producer, his affairs with girls from the office and the shopping trips of his beautiful wife, Elena. Then, one evening, Elena disappears. Is she off on another trip? With a man? In mortal danger? As the days pass, and the suspense mounts, Miles Anderson's search for answers leads him instead deeper and deeper into an abyss of mystery, until at last he's forced to confront the unthinkable...

Part of the Ignatz Series.

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket $7.95
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Now in stock: The Last Musketeer by Jason
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJason 9 Jan 2008 1:02 PM


The Last Musketeer
By Jason

After his existential thriller (Why Are You Doing This?), his Parisian famous-writers crime caper (The Left Bank Gang), and his time-travel story (I Killed Adolf Hitler), Jason's fourth full-color album may feature his loopiest premise yet. Set in the present time, The Last Musketeer stars the by-now centuries old musketeer Athos, who has been reduced to a suavely dressed but useless near-panhandler trading on his now almost extinct fame. All this changes when one day the Martians attack Earth. Suddenly there is a need for swashes to be buckled, and Athos leaps back into the fray with a vengeance. The Last Musketeer is a vintage sci-fi adventure with a unique twist from an internationally acclaimed cartoonist.

48-page 7" x 10" full-color softcover $12.95
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Now in stock: MOME Winter/Spring 2008 (Vol. 10)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMomeJim WoodringAl Columbia 9 Jan 2008 12:50 PM
Mome 10

MOME Winter/Spring 2008 (Vol. 10)
By various artists; edited by Gary Groth & Eric Reynolds

Critically acclaimed for its compilation of dynamic young cartoonists, this volume of Mome showcases the vibrant newbies and a few of the more established artistes. Mome Vol. 10 features the 20 page conclusion to the Jim Woodring graphic novella, "The Lute String." This story, previously published only in Japan, features Woodring's signature characters — Frank, Pupshaw, and Pushpaw — in a universe-bending saga that finds the trio in a very unexpected world of flying, shrieking demons and bulbous-faced monsters. Also featuring the work of Tom Kaczynski (and an interview with him with Gary Groth), Robert Goodin, Dash Shaw, Ray Fenwick, John Hankiewicz, Sophie Crumb, Tim Hensley, and Jonathan Bennett, plus a surprise Mome debut from Jeremy Eaton. The reclusive Al Columbia emerges once again, this time providing the cover.

120-page 7" x 9" b&w/color softcover $14.95
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