There is only one answer to that question, and you'll find them both in this volume!
You can read Fran before you read Congress of the Animals, and it will blend gracefully into it and explain a lot of what you have previously read; or you can read Fran after you read Congress of the Animals as a continuation of that story, after which you may wish to read Congress of the Animals again. Of course you can read Fran without reading Congress of the Animals at all. But read Fran you must, because between these pages is a situation that every human heart must contemplate to be fully prepared for any contingency.
So do yourself a favor and take the plunge. You can't stay cooped up on the outside of the book forever!
In this volume, Peanuts celebrates its 40th birthday! Snoopy and Spike decline to compete in an ugly dog competition, entering their brother Olaf instead. Charlie Brown and Marcie spend quality time together at sleepaway camp, while Peppermint Patty simmers in summer school. Linus ramps up his Great Pumpkin proselytizing with the "Great Pumpkin Movement" — complete with literature to pass out door to door. Marcie begins to crack under the pressure of being a good student. Charlie Brown even gets the girl — but she thinks his name is Brownie Charles!
A boxed set of the nineteenth and twentieth volumes of The Complete Peanuts, designed by the award-winning graphic novelist, Seth. Shipping shrinkwrapped, with volumes 1987-1988 and 1989-1990 packed in a sturdy custom box designed especially for this set, it's the perfect gift book item. (For more information on the contents of each volume, see the individual product listings linked above.)
"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
"Charles Schulz was an American treasure — an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." – Bill Clinton
Good news! We are now able to offer Peanuts books to retail customers in an expanded list of Asian countries: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam all join Japan, China, India, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland & Iceland) in our roster of approved overseas Peanuts customers!
"So you probably wanna know something about the artistic development of Crumb during this period… Well, the early ’70s was a bleak period in general… The grim end of the fabulous ’60s and for Robert the big bringdown ‘hangover’ of his first brush with fame, plus dealing with his chaotic messed-up personal life. He was confused, distracted, bitter, and generally in a foul mood. He killed ‘Fritz the Cat’ after the Ralph Bakshi cartoon debacle. He also did a lot of weird visual experimentation, like all those cubist eyeballs ‘n’ stuff, and he wrote some classic long stories like ‘Whiteman Meets Bigfoot.’ I think he did his first long, truly autobiographical story — ‘The Confessions of R. Crumb’ — around this time. That whiny, self-deprecating attitude was encouraged and inspired by me and Terry Zwigoff (two totally self-loathing Jews). For those of you who hate that aspect of Crumb and prefer the more cosmic stuff, or the historical stuff, or the real sicko stuff… you can blame it on me! I encouraged that ‘white boy’ to kvetch on paper." – from the Introduction by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
* Other People's Publications, er... "Production"! ** Yeah, You Know Me.
It's not enough that Danny Bland's debut novel is amazing, no. Local 638 Records had to go and release an audio version of this semi-autobiographical wicked tale that takes "amazing" to a whole 'nother level!!!
Just take a look at this stellar roster of readers: Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Steve Earle, Aimee Mann, Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Marc Maron (WTF With Marc Maron)... and that's just to name a few! See the complete star-studded line-up and sample some passages at their Bandcamp page. Together, the audio book is over seven hours long! Hello, road trip accompaniment!
Plus, each incredible artist, actor, and musician who recorded a chapter DONATED their time and talents. If that's not a testament to the powerful prose of Bland, I don't know what is.
Believe it or not, it gets even better: a portion of all audiobook proceeds will go to MusiCares, a non-profit arm of the Grammy Foundation providing medical care and sobriety resources for musicians. (Once you read the book, you'll understand why!)
If somehow I still haven't convinced you, then stop by Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle on Saturday, October 12th to witness a riveting reading by Bland himself at 7:00 PM! Then come get your CD at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110. (Don't live in Seattle? Click on over to Local 638 Records for all your purchasing needs!)
Join us this Saturday, October 12 at Fantagraphics Bookstore for a big Jim Woodring event. The launch party for Jim's stunning new graphic novel Fran features an exhibition of oversized drawings done with his giant quill pen. The 7-foot instrument will also be on display. Musical entertainment will be provided by K recording artist Stephen Steinbrink.
Visitors to this event will be among the first in the country to get copies of Fran, the anxiously anticipated follow-up to Jim’s visionary wordless tales Weathercraft and Congress of the Animals. The reception takes place Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack, featuring compelling visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26 when Fantagraphics Bookstore hosts a tasting party for Woodring’s new batch of Oddland beer from Georgetown-based Elysian Brewing. Odd attire encouraged.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Volume 8 of the collected works of underground comix legend Robert Crumb brings the series up to 1972. This was an era when fame and fortune were weighing heavily on Crumb, and his reactions to his celebrity produced some of his best and most fascinating strips! This volume includes several classic works, including the solo titles Home Grown (which includes the infamous 22-page sex story "Whiteman Meets Bigfoot"); Big Ass Comics #2 (which includes the controversial "Anal Antics" and "And Now a Word to All You Feminist Women" — not politically correct); Mr. Natural #2 (featuring the continuing adventures of one of Crumb's best-loved characters); and finally Crumb's scathing reaction to the Bakshi/Krantz Fritz the Cat movie and fame in general, People's Comics. This masterpiece includes "The Confessions of R. Crumb," "The R. Crumb $uck$e$$ Story," and "Fritz the Cat, 'Superstar'", wherein Fritz, now a burned-out, overstimulated, callous celebrity, gets his final, fatal comeuppance in the form of an ice pick (long before Fatal Attraction)! Add into the volume the usual slew of Crumb rarities — from The Whole Earth Catalog, Thrilling Murder, Bijou, Surfer Magazine, and Nostalgia Press — as well as another extensive color section, and an introduction by Crumb's missus, Aline Kominsky-Crumb — and you've got a collection that any Crumb fan must have. This volume contains material that sets the tone for the rest of Crumb's career — the retreat from the hurly-burly modern world, the ruralism, the nostalgia, the introspection... and let's not forget the wild weird Crumb sexuality! A must!
1993 Harvey Award Winner, Best Domestic Reprint Project
Fantagraphics and comiXology bring you the the next volume in the Frank series by Jim Woodring, Congress of the Animals! A chain of events propels Frank out of the Unifactor and into a world where he is on his own at last; and like so many who leave home, Frank finds himself contending with realities of which he had no previous inkling. In Congress of the Animals we are treated to the pitiful spectacle of Frank losing his house, taking a factory job, falling in with bad company, fleeing the results of sabotage, escaping the Unifactor in an amusement park ride…and so much more.
This winding 101-page tale can be yours for $15.99 to read digitally, anytime, anywhere --- that's right, even in the Unifactor --- thanks to comiXology.
Note: Seattle people, Woodring is a-signing this Saturday at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery. Read this before coming to grab a copy of his latest book, Fran!
In these 10 strips, our heroes Easy and his best chum Wash Tubbs are reunited with their old friend Lulu Belle, take off for Guatemala on a bum job lead, and fall in with some shady characters led by the baddest bandit in all of Central America... who happens to be a "saucy and cute" girl, of course! "You betcher pink panties there's gunner be trouble!"
THE HIGH-FIDELITY ART OF JIM FLORA arrived! This latest treasury of Jim's art is the closest to my heart, as it covers the exact material that led me to him in the mid 1940s-and which had an overpowering influence on my own graphic attempts. Everyone who followed my work in the Record Changer magazine, reproduced in the Fantagraphics book, THE CAT ON A HOT THIN GROOVE, knows that much of my stuff was flat-out Flora imitation-emulation, though I clearly knew all the while that Jim's endless graphic invention was inimitable.
Jim himself was in many ways a parallel of his iconic images, a sum of many parts, just as all the convoluted sassy segments strung-out in space joined into a dazzling whole. A genius of his order may have had every reason to be arrogant, distant, or cold-yet Jim was downright jolly, warm-hearted, caring and helpful. He never berated me for stealing his stuff, but rather encouraged me and worked with me. I tried to work more with him, but am grateful that I was at least able to produce animated versions of his FABULOUS FIREWORKS FAMILY at Terrytoons and LEOPOLD, THE SEE-THROUGH CRUMB-PICKER here in Prague. Best of all, I am proud that he became my close friend and regular correspondent. His final letter to me lingers in my heart. This new book of his further ensures that I will never forget him.
The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat continues the multi-volume series comprising the complete works of the legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, one of America's most original, trenchant, and uncompromising satirists. The series includes the earliest, heretofore unpublished comic strips, as well as his underground comix, dramatic and autobiographical strips, and his classic cartoon creations Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural. This volume features work from 1971 and 1972.
"So you probably wanna know something about the artistic development of Crumb during this period... Well, the early '70s was a bleak period in general... The grim end of the fabulous '60s and for Robert the big bringdown 'hangover' of his first brush with fame, plus dealing with his chaotic messed-up personal life. He was confused, distracted, bitter, and generally in a foul mood. He killed 'Fritz the Cat' after the Ralph Bakshi cartoon debacle. He also did a lot of weird visual experimentation, like all those cubist eyeballs 'n' stuff, and he wrote some classic long stories like 'Whiteman Meets Bigfoot.' I think he did his first long, truly autobiographical story -- 'The Confessions of R. Crumb' -- around this time. That whiny, self-deprecating attitude was encouraged and inspired by me and Terry Zwigoff (two totally self-loathing Jews). For those of you who hate that aspect of Crumb and prefer the more cosmic stuff, or the historical stuff, or the real sicko stuff... you can blame it on me! I encouraged that 'white boy' to kvetch on paper." – from the Introduction by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
1993 Harvey Award Winner, Best Domestic Reprint Project
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