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Archive >> May 2014

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mark FertigComing Attractions 8 May 2014 5:29 PM

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s

Coming in August, Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s is what it says in the title and more. After a foreword by director William Friedkin and author Mark Fertig's introduction, this oversized coffee-table book presents pristinely restored vintage poster art in lush full color -- magnificent examples of mid-century design and illustration -- followed by Fertig's commentary on all 101 films. The whole show features cinematography -- art direction, that is -- by the estimable Jacob Covey. We'll have some interior sneak peeks for you in a week or two, and the book is up for pre-sale now, sweetheart.

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Eleanor DavisComing Attractions 8 May 2014 4:20 PM

How to Be Happy cover photo

How to Be Happy pages photo

Joy! The first advance copies of How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis are in the office and they look bee-yoo-tee-ful!

From a family drama set in a lushly colored science fictional milieu to a sketchy, playful ode to superhuman strength and masculinity, from fables to slices of real life, Davis's stories are as deeply human and emotionally resonant as they are stylistically diverse. Richly deserved acclaim for Davis's work has come from awards committees (the Eisners & Society of Illustrators), critics (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, etc.), editors & art directors (Best American Comics, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and so on), and, of course, readers who have been moved by her stories and artwork. Read some snippets, and pre-order your copy for July delivery, right here.

We Need Your Nancys
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ernie BushmillerComing Attractions 8 May 2014 3:53 PM

As work progresses on our long-awaited third volume of Ernie Bushmiller's NANCY (titled NANCY LOVES SLUGGO, and collecting the years 1949 through 1951), we belatedly realize that we are missing a half-dozen strips needed for this volume.

So we are sending out the plea to NANCY collectors: If you have clippings for any of the following NANCY dailies, we would love to hear from you. (For that matter, we are also including dates for two strips that were omitted from our previous volume, which we will run in Vol. 3 if they can be found).

(Note: We know it's possible to find scans of these strips online. We are looking for original print sources: newspaper clippings, or, even better, proof sheets, or, best of all, original art.)

Contact editor Eric Reynolds at reynolds at fantagraphics dot com  -- and be sure to pass on this plea to anyone else you think might have contacts, message boards, what have you. NANCY fans unite!

Here are the dates we are looking for:

1-26-46
8-25-48

5-5-49

3-7-50
5-17-50

4-17-51
4-27-51
11-12-51

Nancy Loves Sluggo prelim cover



Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 8 May 2014 11:40 AM

Ghost of the Grotto by Carl Barks

Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck kicks off our new line of books designed to introduce the brilliant and wildly entertaining Disney comics work of the great Carl Barks to a younger generation. While parents have been sharing their Complete Carl Barks Disney Library hardcovers with their kids, we thought it would be nice for the kids to have books made just for them! These affordable softcovers present the greatest adventures of Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie in a kid-friendly landscape format which accommodates small hands without shrinking the artwork.

We got the thumbs-up from Disney on the cover artwork, and presses will roll this Summer to bring you the book in the Fall. More previews are on the way and pre-sale is on now!

Peter Bagge Party at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 10!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockPeter BaggeFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsart shows 8 May 2014 1:38 AM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery Presents Peter Bagge

Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday at 6:00 PM to celebrate the publication of Peter Bagge’s new book with a show of original drawings, book signing and live music. The evening also marks the 10th anniversary of our retail partner Georgetown Records.

Peter Bagge’s Hate has chronicled the misadventures of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable losers since the formative period of the grunge era. Buddy Buys a Dump contains the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion, many of them on display for the occasion.

Visitors to the bookstore are invariably greeted with a delightfully esoteric soundtrack courtesy of Georgetown Records. Over the course of the last decade, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the region’s premier purveyors of vintage vinyl specializing in punk, prog, goth, garage, psychedelic, international, and other rare recordings. Come celebrate their 10th anniversary with Peter Bagge and live music by Kelli Frances Corrado and The Hinges.

These events coincide with the festive Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Dungeon Quest Book 3 begins on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Joe Dalydigital comicscomiXology 7 May 2014 3:50 PM

Dungeon Quest 3
Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three by Joe Daly, we join Millenium Boy, Millenium Boy, Steve, Nerd Girl and Lash Penis mid-digital-adventure. Dungeon Quest Book Three Issue 1 is available starting today at comiXology! Having penetrated the core of Fireburg Forest, our heroes find themselves in the pale limestone glow of the temple of Bromedes at the foot of the master himself...BROMEDES! The gang will learn a lesson when they enter a planetarium. $1.99 for all this F.U.N.

"Daly's parody of the trek adventure - the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon's Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games - is a kind of slackers' SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd... [and] magnetically amusing." - Ray Olson, Booklist 

New Comics Day 5.7.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayCharles M Schulz 7 May 2014 2:35 PM
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.

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure - an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." - Bill Clinton

"The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz's enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could've hoped." - "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club

Let it also be known that THIS book is the first appearance of Snoopy's chubby brother, Olaf, who is just as popular as Snoopy is in Japan. Check out our visit to Peanuts to see OLAF-MANIA.

Complete Peanuts sc 1
The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) - Paperback Ed.
by Charles M. Schulz

298-page black & white 8.25" x 6.5" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-763-5

"Charles Schulz was an innovative genius of American comics and also the marathon man, drawing strip after strip, writing the storyboards for the TV specials, creating a fantasy world that connected kids as well as adults, and all based on powerful iconic characters who express deep feelings of loneliness and resentment and despair." - Garrison Keillor, from his introduction 

"We get to see Schulz figuring out what he wanted to do with this strip and how he wanted these characters to look and interact. Some of the kids, like Linus, Schroeder, and Lucy, start out as infants before Schulz decides to make them the same age as everybody else." –Rich Barrett, Mental Floss





This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/5-5/11
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Trina RobbinsPeter BaggeJanet HamlineventsEd Piskorart shows 7 May 2014 12:06 PM

Hamlin Event

Wednesday, May 7th

  • Providence, RI: Rhode Island School of Design will host Janet Hamlin, as she presents a lecture on her book Sketching Guantanamo, and her experience at the military tribunal of Guantanamo Bay as the official courtroom artist. Begins at 4:30 pm. Open to the public! (More details)

Trina TCAF event

Thursday, May 8th

 

Friday, May 9th

  • Toronto, Canada: World Balloon Academy, presented by TCAF, is featuring a whole series of events during the convention, including one by Trina Robbins on Women Cartoonists. Check out this presentation at 4:15 pm, and many others all weekend long! (More details

tcaf 2014 flyer

Saturday, May 10th

  • Toronto, Canada: Fantagraphics and its heroines, The Jen Vaughn and Jacq (Attack) Cohen, will be at the Toronto Comics and Art Festival all weekend! Click here for more details about our signing schedule, artist spotlights and presentations, and debut books!
  • Seattle, WA: The Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery will be hosting alternative comics guru, Peter Bagge, for the gallery opening of his new book, Buddy Buys a Dump. Join us at 6 pm for special music, original art, and a book signing. The art exhibition will continue through July 9th. (More details)

Piskor and Robbins

Sunday, May 11th


Barnaby Vol. 2 by Crockett Johnson - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCrockett Johnson 7 May 2014 11:34 AM

"There's no way Jack Kerouac, along with every other self-consciously cool person in New York, wasn't reading this. O'Malley turns into Neal Cassady, the guy who's not quite human, who never shuts up, who drives you crazy, and who can make anything happen, just like that." – Griel Marcus, The Believer

"…[Barnaby] radiates human warmth and whimsy... The artist's brilliantly-written characters... keep their feet planted in the all-too-real world of 1940s America while flying off on pink wings into one of the greatest fantasy strips ever made." – Art Spiegelman

“Yes, there are dozens of other strips worth rereading, but none are this Great; this is great like Beethoven, or Steinbeck, or Picasso. This is so great it lives in its own timeless bubble of oddness and truth...” – Chris Ware

"I think, and I’m trying to talk calmly, that Barnaby and his friends and oppressors are the most important additions to American arts and letters in Lord knows how many years." – Dorothy Parker

Barnaby Vol. 2
by Crockett Johnson

376-page black & white/color 11" x 6.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-709-3

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/barnaby2

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse V. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson - Video/Photo Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisney 6 May 2014 4:39 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

Ships in: June 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Disney’s greatest villain steals the spotlight! The vile Phantom Blot — dressed head-to-foot in his ghostly black cloak — is turning Mouseton upside down and leaving a trail of danger and destruction behind! Can Mickey thwart his plans? Our latest book also finds Mickey battling "Mighty Whalehunter" Pegleg Pete on the high seas and meeting a powerful genie! Lovingly restored from Disney's original proof sheets, this volume also includes more than 30 pages of extras! You'll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a most-wanted list of Disney scholars. Walt Disney often said that his studio's success "all started with a Mouse" — now it’s time to rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon: Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse. Edited by Disney historian David Gerstein and Gary Groth.

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Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 cover photo

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