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Flog posts by Fantagraphics' consumer marketing/web editor/hand model guy. Say, buy some books why don't you?
Archive >> March 2009

The Comics Journal #297: Preview & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesMort Walker 23 Mar 2009 10:48 AM

The Comics Journal #297

Now available for preview and pre-order: the 297th issue of The Comics Journal, featuring extensive interivews with Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois creator (and Sam's Strip writer) Mort Walker and French artist Emmanuel Guibert (Alan's War). Plus a gallery of art by pioneering caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson, reviews and many more features. Check out the full table of contents here and in the preview slideshow photo & video slideshow preview embedded below. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended).

Blazing Combat: Read the Introduction
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesBlazing Combat 20 Mar 2009 3:04 PM

Blazing Combat by Archie Goodwin & Various Artists

Comics scholar (and Fantagraphics co-founder) Michael Catron wrote a short but sweet introduction to our new forthcoming collection of Blazing Combat, and now you can read it here on our website in advance of the book's release.

Webcomics update for 3/20/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaMartin KellermanJohnny Ryan 20 Mar 2009 1:40 PM

Time for your weekly batch of new webcomics!

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

First up, some miraculous sandwiches in this week's Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan!

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

The tykes take action in this week's installment of Steven Weissman's in-progress pages from "Blue Jay," an epic 50-page story from Chocolate Cheeks, the next collection of the Yikes! gang's adventures.

Rocky by Martin Kellerman

Ah, sweet pillow talk. Plus Valentine's Day and the Ebola virus in our current 5-day chunk of Martin Kellerman's hilarious Swedish smash-hit Rocky, updated Monday-Friday!

Daily links: 3/20/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert GoodinOriginal ArtDash Shaw 20 Mar 2009 1:11 PM

• Profile: Spanish site Zona Negativa takes a close look at the young career of Dash Shaw (Google translation)

• Things to see (and buy): Robert Goodin has put a bunch of recent work up for sale at Comic Art Collective, with more to come over the weekend (via Rob's blog)

Humbug: New York Times Best Seller
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Humbug 20 Mar 2009 12:20 PM

Humbug

Humbug debuts at #6 on The New York Times "Graphic Books Best Seller List (Hardcover)" for the week ending March 14 (published today). The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972 (Vol. 11) falls from #5 to #10.

We are, of course, most pleased.

First look: From Wonderland with Love
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsFrom Wonderland with Love 20 Mar 2009 11:46 AM

From Wonderland with Love

The Metabunker scoops us with the details on From Wonderland with Love, an anthology of new Danish comics we're co-publishing with Aben Maler this summer.

Humbug & Dame Darcy pics & vids
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoHumbugFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDame Darcyart shows 20 Mar 2009 11:04 AM

Take a virtual tour through our phenomenal Humbug exhibit currently on view (through April 1) at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view greater detail in a new window.

Check out some scenes from last Saturday's lively signing and performance by Dame Darcy at the aforementioned Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Again, click here if the slideshow embedded below doesn't display, or to view it in a new window.

And below, catch a few of the bewitching musical numbers performed by Dame Darcy and her brother Matt at the evening's event. If the embedded player isn't visible, click here for the YouTube playlist.

A Mess of Everything: Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMiss Lasko-Gross 20 Mar 2009 10:32 AM

A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross

Now available for preview and pre-order: A Mess of Everything, the new sequel to Escape from "Special" by Miss Lasko-Gross. Follow Melissa through high school in this collection of intense, honest, funny semiautobiographical tales. This book is scheduled to be in stock in early April and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo & video slideshow preview embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended). And visit the product details page for a downloadable PDF excerpt of the first 21 pages!

ICv2 Preview-rama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul Hornschemeiernew releasesMiss Lasko-GrossHumbugEsther Pearl WatsonBasil Wolverton 20 Mar 2009 10:28 AM

We have a whole mess of exclusive short excerpts of new and upcoming books that have gone up on the ICv2.com site recently. They're intended for "industry pros" but there's no reason everyone can't check 'em out:

Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier (our product page)
Humbug by Harvey Kurtzman et al. (our product page)
Unlovable Vol. 1 by Esther Pearl Watson (our product page)
The Wolverton Bible by Basil Wolverton (our product page)
A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross (our product page)



Social networking notes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted Stearnmeta 19 Mar 2009 2:51 PM

Hey, we just re-kajiggered our MySpace profile to upgrade to their "Profile 2.0" format -- we might continue tweaking it a bit, but go ahead and check it on out if you're so inclined.

Also: we helped Ted Stearn set up an official page for Fuzz & Pluck on Facebook -- become a fan!


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