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Archive >> July 2012

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Thursday sights
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Trina RobbinsstaffMalachi WardLove and RocketsJohn PhamJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGary GrothEsther Pearl WatsonCCI 13 Jul 2012 2:11 AM

A quick rundown of a few scenes in the Fantagraphics booth (#1718) at Comic-Con International Day 1:

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Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez make final adjustments for the first signing of the day.

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Line for the Hernandez signing about halfway through.

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Esther Pearl Watson and Trina Robbins draw in fans' sketchbooks while Kristy & Ian share a laugh in the background.

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Don Rosa regales Kristy & Janice.

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Comic-Con exclusive: Natalia's new mini-comic!

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T-shirts going fast!

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Hernandez family portrait: Carol, Natalia, Gilbert & Jaime. Most adorable family ever? (Special background guest: Eddie Campbell.)

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Malachi Ward chats with John Pham.

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Gary Groth (fresh from the airport) and smilin' Don Rosa.

More tomorrow!

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2012: This booth's a-rockin'…
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mario HernandezLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezeventsCCI 12 Jul 2012 3:26 AM

...so come on a-knockin'!

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Our Comic-Con International booth (#1718), all set up and ready for the doors to open. Bursting with books! We had a brisk Preview Night and stuff is already disappearing into the hands of eager fans. The new Love and Rockets t-shirts are going like hotcakes, to the surprise of no one!

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Mario & Gilbert Hernandez hung out for our first-ever Preview Night signing and much fun is being had by all.

Keeping it short for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our Twitter feed!

The 2nd Annual Can't-Make-It-to-Comic-Con Sale!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 12 Jul 2012 1:30 AM

Comic-Non

Every year, on the last day of Comic-Con, as our thoughts turn to the arduous task of packing up all of our leftover books for shipping back to our warehouse, desperation creeps in and the discounts start flying left and right. Last year we decided to spread this fun to our mail-order customers and this year we're doing it again! We are not only offering 20% OFF EVERYTHING on our website — use coupon code FANTACON12 at checkout — but a whopping 50% OFF ALL our biggest and heaviest books (see them all here — note that items are discounted 40%, which works out to 50% when the coupon discount is applied) during the convention, from Thursday, July 12 (that's today!) through Sunday, July 15 — and you won't even have to lug them around the convention center or cram them into your suitcase and throw out your back hefting them into the overhead bin (or risk your airline losing them)!

PLEASE NOTE: Since we are shorthanded at our HQ (uh, due to staff being, like, at Comic-Con), and due to the high expected volume of orders, we won't be able to process and ship orders until next week. Please keep this in mind when choosing your shipping option!

First Looks from SDCC: Love and Rockets, Buz Sawyer, The Cavalier Mr. Thompson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CraneRich TommasoLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing AttractionsCCI 11 Jul 2012 1:06 AM

Hello from San Diego, where we've unpacked the following never-before-seen debut books today (which will all be available to non-Comic-Con-goers in a couple of months at most):

Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez! Our esteemed colleague Heidi MacDonald of The Beat happened by as we were unpacking, saw our stacks of this new volume, and declared it "book of the show" already — you heard it here first!

Buz Sawyer Vol. 2: Sultry's Tiger by Roy Crane

Buz Sawyer Vol. 2: Sultry's Tiger by Roy Crane — The adventures don't slow down for our flyboy hero in the post-war years as he tangles with the titular femme fatale, tries to foil an insane ex-Nazi, goes in search of ancient Mayan treasure and gets kidnapped to Africa!

The Cavalier Mr. Thompson: A Sam Hill Novel by Rich Tommaso

The Cavalier Mr. Thompson: A Sam Hill Novel by Rich Tommaso — we're pleased to be distributing this Kickstarter-funded, self-published graphic novel, a nifty early-20th-century period piece starring a hotel dick and a grifter who turns Big Spring, Texas upside-down.

We're expecting delivery of more hot-off-the-press debuts in the morning; in the meantime, booth setup proceeds apace in preparation for Preview Night opening tomorrow. It's a good thing these tables are strong.

Comic-Con 2012 setup in progress

RIP, Ernest Borgnine
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedman 9 Jul 2012 2:58 PM

For Christsakes! We're all Ernest Borgnines!

Man of our dreams. (Panel from Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental by Drew & Josh Alan Friedman.)

First Look: Dal Tokyo by Gary Panter
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gary PanterComing Attractions 9 Jul 2012 10:32 AM

Dal Tokyo

Seeing is believing! After a loooooooooong wait we're extremely excited to finally be able to hold Gary Panter's Dal Tokyo in our hands as our advance copies were delivered late last week. This green monster (measuring over 16" wide) collects the long-running punk/sci-fi strip in all its confounding visual and verbal richness in one giant volume. We're looking forward to showing you more — stay tuned for our full set of previews. The book is scheduled to hit stores in September — if you buy it via our mail-order you can be among the first to get it if you pre-order now.

Squa Tront back issues back in stock!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJohn BensonEC Comics 6 Jul 2012 4:38 PM

Squa Tront #10

We rather inconveniently sold out of all of our back issues of Squa Tront: The EC Comics Magazine just before the brand new 13th issue came out, but we've just managed to get our hands on a limited supply of issues 10, 11 and 12! (And we mean limited: we have 2 copies of #12!) These are the last of 'em so get them while you still can!

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Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 3 (1938-1940) by Roy Crane - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRoy Cranepreviewsnew releasesCaptain Easy 6 Jul 2012 1:29 AM

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 3 (1938-1940) by Roy Crane

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 3 (1938-1940)
by Roy Crane

152-page full-color 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-529-7

Ships in: August 2012 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

SPECIAL OFFER:
Captain Easy Vols. 1 + 2
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“Crane’s work is sheer energy. It’s somewhere between Crane and E.C. Segar that (Carl Barks’ beloved) Donald Duck got forged; the kind of ruddy-cheeked adventurousness that underlies the content is certainly the same work that moves Donald and his nephews through their stories.” —Art Spiegelman

The third volume in Fantagraphics’ ongoing reprint of Roy Crane’s legendary comedy-action series features what many consider the absolute peak of the series: “Temple of the Swinks,” in which Wash and Easy discover an ancient temple with statues of an unknown animal called a swink... a real-life specimen of which shows up!

In other stories, Wash and Easy sail for Singapore aboard a dhow with a cargo of wild animals, crash land a plane on an island inhabited by (inevitably) pirates and (just as inevitably) beautiful women, and sail the South Seas in a schooner whose villainous captain plans to rob them. When they return to America, Wash Tubbs’ pet swink draws huge crowds and a reputation for being worth a million dollars. Then Wash and Easy travel to Peru to rescue an American lost in the jungle and, in the cover-featured story, Easy goes deep sea diving in search of a beautiful girl’s lost diamond.

10-page excerpt (download 23.7 MB PDF):

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First Look: The Hypo by Noah Van Sciver
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Noah Van SciverComing Attractions 5 Jul 2012 2:09 PM

The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln by Noah Van Sciver

Delivered fresh this morning: advance copies of Noah Van Sciver's debut graphic novel The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, a bracing and evocative account of the President-to-be's struggles with depression as a young man. Having garnered advance praise from both Chester Brown and Lincoln biographer Joshua Wolf Shenk, this is a major work by a prolific rising talent. Stay tuned for more previews and pre-order your copy today to make sure you're among the first to get the book when it's released in September.

New Comics Day/Now in Stock 7/4/12: Castle Waiting #17
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesNew Comics DayLinda Medley 3 Jul 2012 8:46 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title (contact your local shop to confirm availability and U.S. holiday hours), which is also now available and shipping from our mail-order department:

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Castle Waiting Vol. II #17
by Linda Medley

24-page black & white comic book • $3.95

Also available: 2-issue subscription to #17-18 • $5.50 postpaid

Linda Medley continues to gather loose ends and drop new hints in this new issue of the beloved series. Chess has a surprising revelation about the identity of baby Pinter's father — could it be tied in with the war? The Hammerlings Dayne & Tolly bid farewell to the castle, but not before leaving behind a surprise gift which Rackham discovers later (along with the strange gift Dr. Fell left in an earlier issue). Sister Peace has a tete-a-tete with the demon Leeds regarding religious artifacts — did you know demons collect them? Simon struggles with his reading lessons until Jain helps him have a breakthrough. And Jain faces off with the castle ghost!

Preview the first 3 pages (click each image to enlarge):

Castle Waiting Vol. II #17 - page 1

Castle Waiting Vol. II #17 - page 2

Castle Waiting Vol. II #17 - page 3


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