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.
"They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn't steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of '77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his 'Hip Hop Family Tree,' comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a 'who-begat-whom' with a b-boy twist." - Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com
"His classic indie comic composition and narrative ease make the strip readable, informative (who knew Rammelzee went tagging with Basquiat?), and respectful to the art forms and artists it covers." -J.P. McNamara, Demencha
We had to again express our thanks when at about 6am PST on Tuesday, we hit $150,000 on our Kickstarter campaign for our 2014 Spring-Summer Season. We are thankful for your support, passing on the word to your friends and taking up that coveted shelf space over the years. Making our goal within a week was an unexpected surprise.
Since we have so many books still available for pre-order and some great 'warehouse finds' like the Dave Stevens' King Kong poster, a special Richard Sala premium (announcing soon....) and more, we have decided on our (first?!) stretch goal.
If we hit 200,000 we plan to: hire translators to help produce books that were previously scheduled and create an infrastructure to continue Kim Thompson's legacy of publishing the best bande dessinee.
So check those premiums out, we're updating all the time, adding extra signed books and scouring the recesses of our punk house-cum-office for cool things that can touch your alternative and indie comics lovin' heart.
112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $34.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2
In our ninth volume, Arn tries his hand at being a warrior, Merlin is bewitched by Nimue, and Tillicum and Boltar have a son named Hatha — the first inter-racial baby "born" in comics. Most of the second half of this volume follows Gawain and Val’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem and Queen Aleta's return to the Misty Isles, where treacherous nobles seek her throne... and her death. Also featuring a look at Prince Valiant's 1954 escapades on both the large and small screens by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane. As with all the previous volumes in this highly acclaimed series, these pages are reproduced for the first time from Foster's personal set of color engraver's proofs, the most impeccably produced Prince Valiant series ever produced.
288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9
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.
Don't forget! Tomorrow night at 6pm in Furman Hall on the NYU School of Law campus there is the (Un)covering Guantanamo Panel with Janet Hamlin.
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the ACLU are delighted to bring together a panel of speakers with unparalleled experience depicting and reporting on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the military commission trials taking place there.
This distinguished group of journalists will address the challenges and opportunities of covering the most important terrorism trials of our time at an off-shore military base, discuss long-standing allegations of censorship and excessive secrecy, and consider the extent to which the United States government has succeeded (or not) in managing the public image of Guantanamo and the military commissions. They will also discuss the fates and stories of the detainees they have covered.
Join them at Furman Hall [ 245 Sullivan Street ] on the 9th Floor in the Lester Pollack Room. A valid ID and RSVP is required for admission to this event. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at
This event will be followed by a brief reception.
You simply can't have a panel about "brave women" in comics without having our own Trina Robbins in the mix!
So, join them on Wednesday, November 13th from 10:00 AM to Noon for the panel "Brave Women in Comix Then & Now: San Francisco Comix Scene from 1970 to Today." As you no doubt know, that city was the epicenter for "American Underground Comixs" in the '60s and '70s, breaking ground for new genres in comixs for women, gays, Latinos, and other diverse groups. This is sure to be a rare intellectual and art event that will bring forth unknown and inspirational dialogue from a feminine and historical perspective.
Along with Trina, the spirited round table discussion will also include Maureen Burdock of Laydeez Do Comix, Heather Plunkett from the Cartoon Art Museum, Isis Rodriguez of My Life as a Comic Stripper, and fellow pioneer Mary Wings from San Francisco's underground comix scene, who just happens to be in our award-winning anthology No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics!
200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1
From tears to soda fountains, from mobsters to pretty ingénues in freshly pressed dresses, the stories of love and betrayal herein will prompt you to grab a tissue box or swoon in delight. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's sensational romance comics continue in this sequel to 2012's acclaimed Young Romance. This volume covers 1947 through 1949 and includes stories about women from all walks of life — from French widows to released prisoners. Simon and Kirby invented the romance comics genre and explored all the flirtations, dalliances, and passions of the young men and women who populated their stories. Get swept away by the sheer delirium that these pages induced so long ago. These comics have been meticulously restored in order to produce one of the most striking and faithful reproductions of 1940s comics ever published. Edited by acclaimed animator and cartoonist Michel Gagné.
200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1
What is it about odd-looking comic strip characters that catch the public's attention? Carl Anderson's classic comic strip character Henry was certainly not your average-looking youngster, with knobby knees, a pencil neck, and a bulbous, bald head, but for years, he entertained millions of readers worldwide with his pantomime pranks. He was also the subject of a long-running comic book series, with one significant difference from the newspaper strip — in the comic books, Henry spoke! Written and drawn by John Liney, who also handled art chores on the daily Henry strip, these stories were done in a Tintin-esque clean-line art style that made them attractive to the younger set, but with writing clever enough to cause the adults to chuckle while reading to their children. These 1940s-'50s stories have never before been reprinted, and this collection provides a long-overdue look at a forgotten "kid's comic" masterpiece.
Dear friends, as you know we are running a Kickstarter campaign through the month of November (ending December 5th) and have been absolutely swept away by your show of support for Fantagraphics. We are so very grateful that you believe in excellent comics and graphic novels. We are, as you might have seen via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram or our Flog, updating many of the premiums with more copies of signed books So much so that we arm-wrestled all the cartoonists (and won, you guys should never challenge Gary) and have added MORE signed books to our list of premiums.
We have added more of the following signed books: Sock Monkey, BUMF, Peanuts Vol. 20, The Love Bunglers, Luba and Her Family, Buddy Buys a Dump, How To Be Happy, Megahex, Hip Hop Family Tree, witzend collection, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun,sketchedSock Monkeys too.
(not final cover)
Now cartoonist Graham Chaffee has offered one of the most undeniably-fucking-rad-ass premiums that has yet to be picked up. A $500 tattoo from Chaffee himself, owner of the Purple Panther Tattoo in Hollywood, CA. Obviously, someone heading out there soon or a local should snap this up and here's a few examples of Chaffee's excellent work. I'm getting a few tats this February from the man himself so you'll have to let me know how his chair-side manner is (po-lite!).
We've also created a RETAILER exclusive. Three sets of the FBI Mini Comics Library for the cost of one normally (on the Kickstarter). All you need do is present your retailer number during the survey we send out at the end of campaign. 34 beautiful saddle-stapled comics started as a pet project by Kim Thompson himself, you get a little Jaime Hernandez, Graham Chaffee, Ulli Lust, Nicholas Mahler and much more.
A few clarifications are also in order: the employee-drawn portraits are just that, they are drawn by our staffers, not Fantagraphics' cartoonists. Now, we have some mighty talented hands on board though so unless you specifically want a stick figure with boobs, you'll get something pretty damn charming. Same for the Custom Chucks - employees will be designing and painting on Converse sneakers just for you! The Gary Panter custom chucks are hello, yes done by Gary Panter.
We are looking into digital rewards!
Check out the FAQ at the very bottom of the Kickstarter to purchase more than one premium. (it's easy, promise!) Feel free to message us via the Kickstarter with your Kickstarter-related questions.
184-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-727-7
Joe Orlando was a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and this collects 23 of his best sci-fi stories. All of them, most scripted by Al Feldstein, serve up classic O. Henry-style endings, such as “I, Robot,” and “Fallen Idol.” The title story is one of EC’s most famous, with its blunt anti-racism message. When it was printed during the era of the Comics Code, publisher Bill Gaines and Feldstein had to fight to keep the story’s final panel “reveal” (and thus its whole point) intact. It was a pyrrhic victory, however, as “Judgment Day” became the last story in the last comic book EC published. This volume also features two of Orlando’s outstanding adaptations of classic Ray Bradbury science-fiction stories: “The Long Year” and “Outcast of the Stars.” Also included are all of EC’s “Adam Link” adaptations, a series which was later adapted for The Outer Limits TV show featuring Leonard Nimoy.
four black & white hardcover volumes in a 7.5" x 10.5" boxed set, 832 pages • $94.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-728-4
A boxed set of our first four books in our acclaimed EC Comics Library, which collects the best comics of the 1950s from the greatest mass market comic book publisher in history. Featured are: Corpse on the Imjin! by Harvey Kurtzman, et al.; Came the Dawn by Wallace “Wally” Wood, Al Feldstein, et al.; 50 Girls 50 by Al Williamson, Al Feldstein, et al.; and 'Tain’t the Meat... It’s the Humanity! by Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, et al. A great gift for Father’s Day or for the genre fiction fan in your life!
"EC Comics' output of crime, horror, and war comics have been reprinted and collected multiple times, but never like in Fantagraphics' new 'EC Comics Library,' which repackages some of the most influential comics ever published in writer/artist-driven volumes, printed in black and white.” – The A.V. Club
"The EC Comics Library collections display the grace of cartooning." – The Chicago Tribune
"Fantagraphics has been inventing unique ways to publish [this] treasure trove of '40s and '50s crime, horror and war comics." – The Toronto Star
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