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Archive >> March 2008

Now in stock: The Clouds Above (Softcover Ed.) by Jordan Crane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJordan Crane 13 Mar 2008 5:39 PM

The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane

The Clouds Above (Softcover Ed.)
By Jordan Crane

Jordan Crane's all-ages classic is in paperback for the first time! This gorgeously packaged (yet affordable) children's fantasy has become an instant classic since its original hardcover release in 2005, becoming a perennial bestseller for Fantagraphics in three hardcover printings. This paperback edition — a first — includes five new pages not included previously!

On their way through the city to school, Simon and his cat Jack keep taking shortcuts that lead them through fantasy worlds of wooden monsters and insatiable appetites, just for starters. Will they make back home safely? This is undoubtedly one of the more handsome and unique packages in recent memory, with a brilliant graphic novel inside that justifies its elegant format. The Clouds Above calls to mind everything from Where the Wild Things Are to The Wizard of Oz to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with its depiction of a fantastic world that lurks just around the corner from reality and that only children believe exists.

224-page full-color 6" x 6" softcover $16.99
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Kirby draws Charlie Brown
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanuts 13 Mar 2008 1:33 PM

Jack Kirby draws Charlie Brown

Via the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive blog. Doom's metal tongue is a nice touch. 

Cathy Malkasian's Drool Busters
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Cathy Malkasian 12 Mar 2008 9:48 PM

Cathy Malkasian's Drool Busters

All of the cool babies will be wearing Drool Buster bibs, created by Percy Gloom cartoonist Cathy Malkasian, for sale in her new Etsy shop. (Via The Wood Paneled Basement, the blog of Mome cartoonist Robert Goodin.)

Members Preview (& new Wallpapers): The Clouds Above
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpaperspreviewsmetaJordan Crane 12 Mar 2008 5:20 PM

The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane - desktop wallpaper

The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane - desktop wallpaper

This week's free preview is a downloadable 20-page excerpt from The Clouds Above, the all-ages classic from Jordan Crane which is being released in a new softcover edition this spring. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view. As a free bonus for everyone, the two images above, taken from the interior of the all-new cover flaps, are available for download as desktop wallpapers!

(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website... usually, except the past couple of weeks when we accidentally switched them around!)

Explainers Explained
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsmetaJules Feiffer 11 Mar 2008 2:22 PM

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

We've put the entirety of Gary Groth's introduction to Explainers, the forthcoming collection of Jules Feiffer's Village Voice strips (due in June), here on the website for your reading pleasure. The feature includes a sideshow preview of 11 strips selected by Groth as standouts from the collection. Read it now!

Explainers by Jules Feiffer

New poll: tell us what you think!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 10 Mar 2008 4:41 PM

Aw, shucks! The top response (with 37.1% of 170 votes) to our poll question "What was the primary reason you registered on Fantagraphics.com?" was "Just because I love you." See the full results here. Thanks for the outpouring of affection.

Starting today there's a brand new poll which you can find at the bottom of the right column here on FLOG and on various other pages of our site (including the homepage): Which part of our product listings do you find most useful or persuasive? The results will help us make the website an even better shopping experience, so vote today!

Now Available: The Comics Journal Online-Only Subscriptions (with FREE preview!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 10 Mar 2008 2:05 PM

We made brief mention of this a few posts back, but here's the full announcement: 

By popular demand — by which we mean “endless nagging from people on the TCJ.com message board” — The Comics Journal is pleased to announce that online-only subscriptions are now available, at over half off the print-subscription price. Choose from five-issue and ten-issue subscriptions to the subscriber section of the TCJ website, where you can not only read the current issue over the Internet, but every issue from TCJ #278 to present as well! Details at the links.

The Comics Journal #288 free online prevew

But wait, there’s more! We realize that you might want a look at what you’re purchasing, so for one week only, we’ve decided to make the online version of current issue, TCJ #288, free in its entirety for your reading pleasure. The whole thing’s there, from the best-of-2007 section to the comics section, and there’s no need to register — just click here and start reading! Offer ends Sunday evening, March 16, at which time the issue goes back behind the subscriber firewall.

Enjoy!

Comics jamming with Deitch, Woodring and Friends
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim DeitchJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 10 Mar 2008 12:35 PM

It was a lively scene down at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday evening for our special Friends of the Nib Comics Jam with special guest of honor Kim Deitch and emcee Jim Woodring. We've got lotsa more photos right here at this link.

A happenin' crowd: 

Friends of the Nib Comics Jam, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08

 Kim signs books:

Friends of the Nib Comics Jam, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08

 Presenting a world premiere preview slideshow of Deitch's Pictorama:

Kim Deitch presents "Deitch's Pictorama," Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08

 "Dial M for Monster"!

Kim Deitch presents "Dial M for Monster," Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 03/08/08 

Chocolate Cheeks for 3/7/08 (on 3/10/08)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 10 Mar 2008 10:31 AM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

This installment of Steven Weissman's "Chocolate Cheeks" comes to you slightly tardy and in glorious black and white! In this week's strip: the perils of fame. (Remember, you must be registered and logged in to read.)

Hey look, the new Peanuts book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releases 7 Mar 2008 11:18 AM

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 by Charles M. Schulz

Look what arrived at our offices yesterday: advance copies of The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968. It's due in stores in late April; we should have it available to order here on the website a couple of weeks before that. Stay tuned!

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 by Charles M. Schulz

You sure are, Snoopy, you sure are. 


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