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Archive >> July 2013

The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim FloraIrwin ChusidComing Attractions 25 Jul 2013 1:36 PM

Floraphiles, music lovers, and midcentury design aficionados, rejoice! The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora is nearly here, compiling every known Flora album cover for the first time, plus loads of other music-related illustrations and other, previously unseen artwork. Once again, editors Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon and designer Laura Lindgren have put together an exemplary package showcasing Flora's distinctive and influential visuals in a snazzy coffee-table book. Check out this 21-page sampling here or download the PDF, and look for the book in about 4-6 weeks.

The End of the Fucking World Book Launch in Brooklyn!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsChuck Forsman 25 Jul 2013 12:30 PM

The End of the Fucking World kicks off in Brooklyn at Bergen Street Comics, and sorry, but I will never get tired of saying that title. 

Meet perspiring artist Charles Forsman on Wednesday, August 7th as we celebrate the release of his debut graphic novel, a stunning tale of James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience that takes a more nihilistic turn that threatens both of their futures.  It's sure to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013, and you can be one of the very first to get your sweaty hands on it!

Plus, original pages from the book will be on display (and on sale!) for the rest of the summer! Be there at 8:00 PM to meet the man (he's really not as sweaty as he drew himself), have some drinks, view the artwork, and get yourself this masterful new novel.

Bergen Street Comics is located at 470 Bergen Street in Brooklyn.

The End of the Fucking World (TEOTFW) by Charles Forsman - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesChuck Forsman 25 Jul 2013 12:21 PM

"The most beautiful piece of Americana made in years. Every page Forsman draws is a minimalist masterpiece. Huge and heartbreaking. A modern triumph disguised as an episode of Peanuts." – Matt Seneca

"The awkwardness, the urgency, the sense of discovery, the sense of revulsion — it’s all true, even if you’ve never stuck your own hand in a garbage disposal." – Sean T. Collins

"Great stuff." – Frank Santoro

"[TEOTFW] exemplifies what exactly it is I love about comics. It’s lo-fi yet stylistic, subtle yet visceral – a version of Bonnie and Clyde bled through the lens of Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park." – Spandexless

"This is a crime comic disguised as a slacker-road-trip comic, and Forsman delivers its methodical hum eight pages at a time with an astounding precision." – Comic Book Resources

"[TEOTFW] pulls you in like no other comic this year. Stunning in its simplicity and brave in its subject matter." – MTV.com

The End of the Fucking World (TEOTFW)
by Charles Forsman

176-page black & white 5" x 6.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-667-6

Due to arrive in about 2-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/teotfw

Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-1950 by Hal Foster - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal FosterComing Attractions 24 Jul 2013 7:45 PM

Folks who picked up our special Prince Valiant comic on Free Comic Book Day this year already got a preview of one of the storylines in the upcoming Prince Valiant Vol. 7 by Hal Foster, reconfigured and edited to fit the format. Now here's an unexpurgated excerpt with a dozen full-page strips from the book, which hits shelves next month! View the preview in the embedded reader here (full-screen viewing recommended) or get the PDF directly, and pre-order the book here.

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Thursday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJustin HallJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGene DeitcheventsEric ReynoldsCCIBarnaby 24 Jul 2013 6:05 PM

Paul Hornschemeier and Phil Nel 

Thursday rocked! Wooo-boy, no joke. Paul Hornschemeier and Philip Nel sign their books above. We were part of the Peanuts Scavenger Hunt and the let us use this bitchin' Woodstock stamp! Frantic moms and desperate children were all over the booth getting stamps and figuring out the quickest way to the next booth.

Peanuts stamp 

Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds checks out Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, a book he finally gets to see in person.

Eric and Ben's book 

Eric Reynolds and Phil Nel, editors of the complete Barnaby by Crockett Johnson.

Love and Rockets' Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez 

Natalia, Gilbert and Jaime 

From Arrested Development, Alia Shawkat was ooohhing and ahhhing over The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert. 

The Adventures of Jodelle 

Shawkat is a big Fanta-fan she even showed me her Dan Clowes tattoo! (her long-suffering and patient brother in the background)

Shawkat's Clowes Tattoo 

Gene Deitch and Justin Hall signed their copies of Nudnik Revealed and No Straight Lines respectively. Deitch reminded Hall that a permanent pen works best for signing (in comparison, Hall is the baby in the situation)

Deitch and Hall 

This young guy was at his first comic con and so happy to meet Gene Deitch!

Gene and fan 

This awesome fan came by the booth THREE TIMES on Thursday before deciding she needed Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust!

Today girl

The boys of Comic Bulletin hold up their favorite new releases from Fantagraphics: Danny Djeljosevic, Rafael Gaitan and Morgan Davis. 

CB boys 

PR Director Jacq Cohen and I had our evening panel with Chip Mosher from comiXology and JK Parkin from Comic Book Resources. The first few people who answered questions got flights of vodka (there's a free tip).

PR and indie marketing panel 

Passed by the comiXology booth and they had a little Fantagraphics sign a-glowing.

comiXology 

Out and about at the CBLDF party, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald and Henry Barajas.

Heidi and Henry 

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

The End of the Fucking World (TEOTFW) by Charles Forsman - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesChuck Forsman 24 Jul 2013 3:50 PM

The End of the Fucking World (TEOTFW)
by Charles Forsman

176-page black & white 5" x 6.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-667-6

Shipping in 2-3 weeks (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The first 50 orders we receive for this book will come with a signed Risograph print exclusively for Fantagraphics customers! Please select your preference above before adding the item to your shopping cart.

TEotFW follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character's perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James's character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.

Forsman's story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman’s inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative's tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.

Forsman is arguably the most acclaimed talent to come out of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a school founded in 2004 by graphic novelist James Sturm and educator Michelle Ollie in White River Junction, VT. Forsman graduated in 2008 and is a two-time Ignatz Award-winner for his self-published minicomic, Snake Oil. The End of the Fucking World is his first graphic novel.

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TEOTFW

First Look Catch-Up Cavalcade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoPrince ValiantPeter BaggeMario HernandezLove and RocketsKipp FriedmanJohnny CraigJim FloraJaime HernandezHans RickheitHal FosterGilbert HernandezGene DeitchEC ComicsComing AttractionsBlake BellBill EverettAl Feldstein 24 Jul 2013 1:13 PM

We're kinda busy. All of these books are slated to come out in a 4- to 6-week period from August to mid-September! (Plus a few others we've already shown you.) We're going to take the less-is-more, show-don't-tell approach with this update; each photo links to the product details page where you can learn more and pre-order each title. And of course we'll have more pretty preview pics coming soon. Get your wallets ready!

Prince Valiant Vol. 7

The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora

Nudnik Revealed!

The Squirrel Machine

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories

Heroic Tales

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me

Wandering Son Vol. 5

Barracuda in the Attic

Tony Millionaire Gets Mathematical with Adventure Time in Los Angeles!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Tony Millionaireevents 24 Jul 2013 12:13 PM

Lumpy Space Princess by Tony Millionaire

Oh my glob, you guys! The great Tony Millionaire is one of the featured artists in the forthcoming release The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia: Inhabitants, Lore, Spells, and Ancient Crypt Warnings of the Land of Ooo Circa 19.56 B.G.E. - 501 A.G.E, out later this month from our friends at Abrams. (FYI: Renee French is another featured illustrator!) 

And on Saturday, August 3rd, the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles will be hosting an awesomely algebraic book launch party with Tony! More details will be announced soon, but be sure to mark your calendar now. 

The La Luz de Jesus Gallery is located at 4633 Hollywood Blvd.

Young Romance on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Michel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 24 Jul 2013 11:38 AM

Young Romance

Finally! Fantagraphics and comiXology get busy and produce this happily-ever-maybe-never volume of romance comics called Young Romance by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Exciting, innovative, and beautifully drawn romance stories by two towering titans of the field (and originators of the genre).In such best-selling titles as Young Love and Real Western Romances, Simon and Kirby delighted a generation of girls and women (and probably a fair number of boys and men as well) with hundreds of charming and endlessly inventive stories of love and heartbreak. This never-before reprinted material painstakingly restored in full color and edited by Michel Gange. So get out your handkerchiefs and enjoy the trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs of Suzi, Marjorie, Annaliese, Toni, Kathy, Sari... and 15 other star-crossed young lovers from half a century ago.

Seperated into three glorious volumes each priced at $7.99, you'll like the protagonists love and LOVE their problems. Each volume is about 86-90 pages long of full-color beautifully restored classic comics.

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 1

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 2

Young Romance: Simon & Kirby 1940-1950 - Part 1 Vol. 3

Young Romance panel 

"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying." -Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine

"Most of the 21 stories in this great new book collection [Young Romance] haven't been compiled before, and if you're not familiar with them, you're in for thrill after melodramatic thrill. My favorite: 'Norma, Queen of the Hot Dogs.'" - Michael Galucci, Cleveland Scene 

Shame panel

New Comics Day 7.24.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayKen ParilleDaniel Clowes 24 Jul 2013 10:58 AM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
The Daniel Clowes Reader

360-page color/black & white 6.25" x 9" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-589-1 

"This beautiful collection gives the critical treatment to 10 of Clowes' most important comics stories which it includes in their entirety, from Ghost World to 'Art School Confidential' to 'Blue Italian Shit.'" –Benn Ray, Atomic Books on Largehearted Boy
 
"I have enough confidence in Parille that this should be a model of its kind" –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter


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