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Archive >> May 2013

Cover Uncovered: Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gahan WilsonComing Attractions 14 May 2013 12:49 PM

Gahan Wilson's Sunday Comics

Oh, what a treat! We couldn't be happier that the great Gahan Wilson did this all-new illustration for the cover of our upcoming collection of Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics, his 1974-1976 funny-pages feature. Yep, it's another great but short-lived comic strip by one of cartooning's best, fished from the deep waters of obscurity and given the loving Fantagraphics treatment! These darkly delightful, subversively satirical strips have been carefully spiffed up and will be presented in a "widescreen" hardcover format hitting shelves in July. More sneak peeks are on the way, and you can pre-order now.

Glimpses of the new Love and Rockets, Daniel Clowes and Kim Deitch books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsKim DeitchJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDaniel ClowesComing Attractions 13 May 2013 1:58 PM

The Love and Rockets Companion; The Daniel Clowes Reader; The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley

The FedEx man made us very happy this morning, bringing advance copies of The Love and Rockets CompanionThe Daniel Clowes Reader, and Kim Deitch's The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley. We'll have more to show & tell you soon!

Hateball Tour 20th anniversary memories
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeFantagraphics historyDaniel Clowes 13 May 2013 12:52 PM

Hateball poster

Peter Bagge 1993

Daniel Clowes 1993

Holy smokes, has it really been 20 years since the "Hateball" tour with Peter Bagge & Dan Clowes? Our old pal Devlin Thompson of Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens, GA shares memories and photos of their stop there.

Cover Uncovered: Lost Cat by Jason
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under JasonComing Attractions 10 May 2013 2:40 PM

Lost Cat by Jason

Jason's new graphic novel Lost Cat will be found in stores in a couple of months. It's his longest and most complex work to date. The cat gets found on page 5, but there's plenty more mystery and surprises on the following 145 pages, and don't be surprised if you tear up at the end. This is primo Jason, folks.

For months Jason has been posting teasers from the book, which we've been sharing on our Tumblr blog. We'll have more previews coming your way soon — but why wait to put in your pre-order?

Photoset: Green Eggs and Maakies by Tony Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairepreviewsnew releasesMaakies 10 May 2013 1:10 PM

"Graphically elegant, done in a style reminiscent of early comics masters like Winsor McCay and Johnny Gruelle (who drew Raggedy Ann); the content, on the other hand, comes bubbling up from a part of the imagination that polite cartoonists lock away." – Charles McGrath, The New York Times

"So glad you and your family like Father Ted. You've already thanked me with the entertainment you've given me over the years. In fact, the show might not have been quite the same if I hadn't discovered Maakies all those years ago." – Graham Linehan

Green Eggs and Maakies 
by Tony Millionaire

120-page black & white 12.25” x 4.75” hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-618-8

Due to arrive in about 6-8 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/greeneggsandmaakies

First Look: Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 by Leslie Stein
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLeslie SteinComing Attractions 10 May 2013 12:13 PM

EOTMC2

EOTMC2 pages

Behold these glimpses of an early advance copy of the bigger, even better second volume of Leslie Stein's Eye of the Majestic Creature. The continuing story of our hero Larrybear fleshes out her backstory and gives her a potential new love interest. Depth of character and keenness of observation elevate these warm, offbeat stories far above your average slacker comedy and create a world you'll want to hang out in. Imagine if Buddy Bradley were a gentle, artsy, laid-back girl instead of a grouchy, cynical, rage-prone guy. Add a dash of magical realism and psychedelia. Spin around in circles a few times. You're getting the feel.

We expect the book to be available toward the end of next month. You can read a 15-page excerpt and pre-order a copy here; we also have a nice discount offer on Volumes 1 and 2 together so you can get the whole story at once.

Green Eggs and Maakies by Tony Millionaire - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTony Millionairepreviewsnew releasesMaakies 9 May 2013 11:52 AM

Green Eggs and Maakies by Tony Millionaire

Green Eggs and Maakies
by Tony Millionaire

120-page black & white 12.25" x 4.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-618-8

Ships in: June 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

We do like Tony Millionaire's Maakies, yes we do.

For almost two decades, Tony Millionaire's Maakies has been one of the best and most popular weekly comic strips in America, running in over a dozen of the largest U.S. weekly newspapers including The Village Voice, L.A Weekly, Chicago Reader, and Seattle's The Stranger. (It was also a short-lived Adult Swim animated series, The Drinky Crow Show, in 2008.)

As written and drawn by renaissance lush-cum-degenerate Millionaire, Maakies features the comical adventures of a drunken crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor (with plenty of bodily fluids and grievous bodily harm) and a breathtakingly beautiful line that harkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. Green Eggs and Maakies is our eighth collection and features yet another two years' worth of Maakies in a beautiful, deluxe, landscape hardcover format that complements the strip’s elegant and classical style.

"In his surrealist impulse and draftsman’s brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat." — John Hodgman, The New York Times

"Tricking brains and blowing minds has been Millionaire's modus operandi for years, which is why his existential antihero Drinky Crow spends a good amount of time trying to destroy his own." – Wired

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Covers Uncovered: Child of Tomorrow! and Fall Guy for Murder (The EC Comics Library)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny CraigEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 7 May 2013 2:54 PM

Our next two books in The EC Comics Library series are queued up for the printer and they are both solo volumes: 

Child of Tomorrow! and Other Stories by Al Feldstein

Child of Tomorrow! and Other Stories collects science fiction stories written and drawn by Al Feldstein, who also scripted stories for numerous other EC artists. Feldstein's own crisp, thick-lined drawing style will definitely be of interest to Charles Burns and Dan Clowes fans. And of course it's packed with all the UFOs, BEMs, robots, rockets, and Cold War-fueled apocalyptic scenarios you could hope for. (And wait until you see the eye-popping day-glo orange on the cover in person!)

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig

Johnny Craig was responsible for some of EC's most infamous images (severed head, anyone?) and was the only EC artist to habitually write his own stories. Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories collects crime and horror work by Craig — 23 grim, gorgeous, graphic tales featuring murderous spouses, executioners, thieving surgeons, vengeful sword-swallowers, time bombs, private dicks, vampires, werewolves, and ghouls.

Both of these must-have volumes (aren't they all?) will be arriving in late July/early August — more sneak peeks are on the way, and you can pre-order them (separately, or together for a discount) right now.

First Look: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 7 May 2013 12:33 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson

Mickey Sundays Vol. 1 pages

Our Eisner-winning series goes chromatic! The first of two volumes collecting the great Floyd Gottfredson's 1932-1938 run on the Sunday Mickey Mouse comic strip, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild is truly a spectacular package. The linework is so crisp, the authentically-recreated color so dazzling (and surprising... yellow Donald Duck??), you'd be forgiven for thinking these strips are from 80 days ago, not 80 years! And of course you also get all the informative supplemental features these volumes are known for. Get more details, read a 21-page excerpt, and pre-order this volume right here.

And have we got a sweet offer for collectors who want the eventual 2-volume box set but are eager to start reading the first volume: pre-order the box set now and we'll send you this volume as soon as it's released, with the second volume and slipcase when they're available in the Fall — all for the regular box set price, which is cheaper than buying the volumes separately! Keen-o!

Photoset: Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadpreviewsnew releasesBill Griffith 6 May 2013 1:18 PM

“Bill Griffith has helped to redefine the [comics] medium for an entire generation. Zippy has traditionally held a strong appeal for free thinkers and life’s improvisers, and attracts discerning readers of all stripes.” – Sequential Highway

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries 
by Bill Griffith

232-page black & white/color 8” x 10” softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-641-6

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/dingburgdiaries


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