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Archive >> September 2008

Fresh stock: Kafka by Crumb & Mairowitz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 11 Sep 2008 1:26 PM

Kafka by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz

We've got a new printing of this perennial favorite book in stock now. Read more info and order here; click here for a preview look.

Humbug update
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Humbug 11 Sep 2008 10:10 AM
Prompted by a recent customer query, here's a quick status update on our Humbug collection: it's still a bit delayed due to our painstaking production process, and is now looking like a late December/early January release. I've eavesdropped on many production discussions and I can tell you that there is incredible attention to detail going into this project. (If you missed it earlier, you can get a glimpse at the process right here.) It will absolutely be worth the wait!
Powerhouse
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Drew Friedmanart 10 Sep 2008 10:24 PM

Raymond Scott portrait by Drew Friedman

Raymond Scott + Irwin Chusid/Barbara Economon + Drew Friedman = magic synergy that you can buy. (Via WFMU.)

FREE signed Ghost World bookplates!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesnew releasesDaniel Clowescontests 10 Sep 2008 1:14 PM

Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes - bookplate

Good news for people who pre-order Ghost World: Special Edition! Not only are you entered in our drawing for the limited-edition Ghost World exhibit silkscreen print, but the first 50 people to order the book (including everyone who's already ordered) will receive a FREE exclusive bookplate (shown above) signed by Daniel Clowes! This means they're already over half gone, and the book is due to arrive from the printer imminently, so the poster contest will be over soon... get your order in NOW!

New Comics Day 9/10/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 9 Sep 2008 1:48 PM

Here's what you'll find from Fantagraphics on the "new arrivals" racks at your friendly neighborhood comic shop tomorrow (subject to last-minute change):

Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944: He Nods in Quiescent Siesta
Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard
Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville
#5 by Ted Stearn (reoffered)
Interiorae #3 by Gabriella Giandelli

I've also seen these listed by unofficial sources; who knows?

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Printing)
Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally

Be an informed customer by checking out our descriptions and previews at the links above, and happy shopping!



Preview video/slideshow: more Krazy & Ignatz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesKrazy Kat 9 Sep 2008 1:34 PM

Following yesterday's look at the newest volumes in our Krazy & Ignatz series of Krazy Kat reprint volumes, here's a look at an upcoming reprint: The Complete Sunday Strips 1925-1934, the giant hardcover compiling the 5 volumes covering the strip's second decade, in a second limited edition. Click here if the slideshow doesn't appear above.

Mmm, Delicious
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 8 Sep 2008 4:57 PM
As if we don't already have enough social networks to keep track of, we're now on the "social bookmarking" site Delicious! We've been bringing you our weekly "Blogosphere Roundup" link posts for a while, and we thought it might be nice if the links could be searchable and organized with tags so you can find related links (for instance, all the reviews of a certain book, or links pertaining to a particular artist). We'll still bring you our roundup posts every week, but now you can follow along in real time on our Delicious page or with the RSS feed.
New FREE signed bookplates now available!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under signed bookplatesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezKim DeitchBlake Bell 8 Sep 2008 2:03 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers - bookplate

We've added several new books to our roster of titles which are available with FREE signed bookplates as a bonus when you order directly from us! They include:

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell (signed by Bell, not by Ditko... are you crazy?)
Deitch's Pictorama by Kim, Seth and Simon Deitch (shown below - signed by Kim only)
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers (shown above - signed by both Gilbert and Jaime!)
The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Perla La Loca by Jaime Hernandez
Beyond Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
Amor Y Cohetes by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez (signed by all 3!)

Deitch's Pictorama - bookplate

Some conditions apply; click here for more details and the complete list of books available with this FREE premium!





Preview videos/slideshows: Krazy & Ignatz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesKrazy Kat 8 Sep 2008 1:06 PM

Here's a slightly belated look at the two ultimate entries (until we go back and reprint the early Eclipse volumes) in our Krazy & Ignatz series of Krazy Kat reprint volumes: 1943-1944 (top) and The Complete Sunday Strips 1935-1944, the giant hardcover compiling the last 5 volumes (bottom). Watch these video/photo slideshow teasers for exciting fold-out action, glinting gold foil stamping, and more. Click here and here if the slideshows don't appear above.

Blogosphere roundup for 9/5/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviews 5 Sep 2008 4:51 PM

Here's what the Internet says about our books this (relatively quiet) week:

Kevin Church sandwiches a thumbs-up for Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars amongst some other reviews; Alan David Doane calls the book "thrilling";

Blog Flumer Ken Parille says it best: "In anticipation of the forthcoming release of Daniel Clowes's Ghost World: Special Edition, I take a close look at the comic's closing line of dialogue"

Mano de Papel notes our publications in general (in Spanish)

Jog notes our New Comics Day releases and, while complimentary toward the books, doesn't care for our slideshow previews

• Whatever real life person's opinions Lydia represents in The Rack recommends Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 this week; it's also Blog@Newsarama's pick of the week

PLAYBACK:stl has mixed feelings about Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes

What else?

CNN.com profiles Willie & Joe creator Bill Mauldin

Spooky sketchbook drawings by Matthias Lehmann

A USA Today article reprinted in The Detroit Free Press quotes Strange and Stranger author Blake Bell in this article on the Siegel-Shuster legacy

Jim Blanchard remembers a legendary prank

Poor Bob Levin

• Holy cramoly, a treasure trove of rare early Hernandez Brothers stories and illos (via The Beat)

• The Babeland blog presents a three part interview with Ellen Forney

Newsarama talks to Roger Langridge

3:AM Magazine profiles Peter Bagge

Flickr user mikecargill has a couple of really nice shots of our warehouse


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