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Archive >> November 2007

Love and Rockets in depth
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros Hernandez 8 Nov 2007 11:43 AM
Spurge points out that "Shelf Life," Marc Sobel's in-depth, issue-by-issue examination of Love and Rockets Vol. 1 at Sequart, has entered its second half, with the latest installment featuring issue #26.



New Release: Mystic Funnies #2 (New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 7 Nov 2007 3:35 PM


Mystic Funnies #2 (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

NEW PRINTING! The second installment of Robert Crumb's latest series centers on an unfortunate everyman named "The Moron" in "Bad Karma," an epic quest for the answer to the question "What's it all mean??" Also starring "Fairy Godmother" and "Mr. Natural," who wants to talk to you about the power of the media, man.

32-page black & white comic $4.95

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Lookie: original Richard Sala art
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard SalapreviewsIgnatz Series 7 Nov 2007 9:38 AM

Original cover art for Delphine #3 by Richard Sala


One of the great privileges of working at Fantagraphics is the opportunity to see original artwork for upcoming releases. Case in point: this gorgeous painted cover by Richard Sala for Delphine #3 (release date TBD), which my crappy cameraphone did absolutely no favors to (and turned purple for some reason).
We're #3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsclassicsawards 6 Nov 2007 12:32 PM
We are pleased to point out that Amazon.com has ranked The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Box Set at #3 on their list of Best Books of 2007 - Top 10 Editors Picks: Graphic Novels.

I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't suggest that you buy it directly from us. Amazon has us beat on price but they can't match the love.

New Release: New Tales of Old Palomar #3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesIgnatz SeriesGilbert Hernandez 3 Nov 2007 7:23 AM


New Tales of Old Palomar #3
by Gilbert Hernandez

The third and last installment of New Tales of Old Palomar, in which Gilbert Hernandez returns to some of his best-loved characters, focuses on the gorgeous but troubled Tonantzín. Everybody in Palomar seems to take the supernatural with a grain of salt, but young Tonantzín is determined to uncover the mystery of the laughing baby that only appears to her, haunting her daily life. What is the baby's link to the giant stone idols that stand outside the small town...?

32-page black & white 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket $7.95 (Ignatz Series)

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New Release: Betsy and Me
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJack Coleclassics 2 Nov 2007 4:23 PM


Betsy and Me
by Jack Cole

Having mastered comic books and gag cartoons, in 1958, nearly two decades after he unveiled Plastic Man to the world, Jack Cole set his sights on the cartoonist's pot of gold — a syndicated newspaper strip. He hit the bull's-eye with Betsy and Me, a breezy domestic farce focusing on a middle-class urban couple and their smart-aleck genius son. Cole stripped his style down to its bare essentials, creating a strip that sparkles with economy, wit, and charm. What gave the strip its edge, however, was Cole's innovative storytelling, which utilized ironic tension between protagonist Chet Tibbit's words and actions to reveal him as fatuous and delusional. Betsy and Me was an instant success and newspapers were lining up to buy it. Then, with only two-and-a-half months' worth of strips completed, Cole purchased a .22 caliber pistol and ended his life. R.C. Harvey's insightful introduction serves as a biographical sketch and sheds light on the circumstances surrounding Cole's suicide.

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New Release: Perla La Loca: A Love and Rockets Book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime Hernandez 2 Nov 2007 4:23 PM


Perla La Loca: A Love and Rockets Book
by Jaime Hernandez

Perla begins with the "Wigwam Bam" story, arguably Jaime Hernandez's definitive statement on the post-punk culture. As Maggie, Hopey, and the rest of the Locas prowl Los Angeles, the East Coast, and parts in between trying to recapture the carefree spirit of those early days. "Wigwam Bam" brings us up to date on all the members of Jaime's extensive cast of characters and then drops a narrative bomb on Hopey (and us) in the very last pages. Split up from Hopey yet again, Maggie bounces back and forth between a one-laundromat town in Texas (the "Chester Square" that serves as the title of two of the strongest stories in the book), where she has to contend with both her own inner demons and a murderous hooker, and Camp Vicki, where she has to fend off her aunt Vicki's attempts to make her a professional wrestler and the unwanted advances of the amorous wrestling champ-to-be, Gina. As usual, Jaime spotlights a wide range of headstrong female characters. And what's this about Maggie getting married?

288-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover $16.95

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New Release: Beyond Palomar: A Love and Rockets Book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezGilbert Hernandez 2 Nov 2007 4:23 PM


Beyond Palomar: A Love and Rockets Book
by Gilbert Hernandez

Beyond Palomar collects two of Gilbert's groundbreaking works about the Central American hamlet of Palomar in one affordable book. "Poison River" is a dizzying period piece often hailed as one of Hernandez's masterpieces. It traces the pre-Palomar childhood of Luba, her teenage marriage to gangster Peter Rio, the secrets behind her mysterious mother, all the way up to her subsequent escape and arrival in Palomar. "Love and Rockets X," set in the early 1990s (in the waning years of Bush I's post-Reagan hangover, with Gulf War I in the background), takes us from plush Beverly Hills to the dangerous east side and introduces us to a dizzyingly diverse cast of characters, including a lowlife rock 'n' roll band, a "posse" of black youths, a ditzy Hollywood mom and her spoiled son, a gay activist filmmaker and his rebellious, half-Iraqi daughter, and a group of racist thugs whose violent attack on an older woman sets the plot in motion.

256-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover $16.95

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Classic Comic Strip savings at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in November!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsFantagraphics Bookstoreclassics 2 Nov 2007 1:06 PM


November is Classic Comic Strip Month!
20% Off Comic Strip Reprint Books


Fantagraphics Books is celebrating national Classic Comic Strip Month in November with a 20% discount on all strip reprint titles. Now is the time to explore the delightful works of timeless artists like Winsor McCay (Little Nemo in Slumberland), E.C. Segar (Popeye), Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace), George Herriman (Krazy Kat), and the incomparable Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts), among countless others.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle will feature these and other titles all month long at 20% off our already bargain prices. Look for similar promotions at your local shop and pick up a copy of the free "Comic Strip Masterpieces" tabloid.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) in Seattle's lively Georgetown arts district. We're open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110. Don't miss our spectacular "Unseen Peanuts" exhibition of rarely seen works by Charles M. Schulz opening Friday, November 23 continuing through December 31, 2007.








Sacco talk audio
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoJoe SaccoFantagraphics Bookstoreeventsaudio 2 Nov 2007 10:10 AM
Hear Joe Sacco's entire half-hour discussion of Palestine: The Special Edition and his other works at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last weekend by downloading this 20 MB MP3. (Pardon the low-fi quality; the tape recorder had a few glitches and speed issues, and I think some of the quieter moments might have been dropped, but I tried to correct what problems I could and de-chipmunk it as much as possible.) Photos and video clips can be seen on this page.

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