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The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 25 Mar 2014 4:16 PM

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1

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

"There are certain things about my family Mom always preferred to keep hush hush."

The suppression of family history is the initial thread that ties together The Love Bunglers, featuring Hernandez's longtime Love and Rockets heroine Maggie. Because these secrets can't be dealt with openly, their lingering effect is even more powerful. But Maggie's ability to navigate and find meaning in her life — despite losing her culture, her brother, her profession, and her friends — is what's made her a compelling character. After a lifetime of losses, Maggie finds, in the second half, her longtime off and on lover, Ray Dominguez. In taking us through lives, deaths, and near-fatalities, The Love Bunglers encapsulates Maggie's emotional history as it moves from resignation to memories of loss, to sudden violence (a theme in this story), and eventually to love and contentment. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Jaime Hernandez has been following his longtime character Maggie around for several decades, all of which has seemed to be building towards this book in particular.

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Nijigahara Holograph: New York Times Best Seller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Inio Asano 25 Mar 2014 2:04 PM

Nijigahara Holograph

Last week, our newest manga also made the NY Times Best Seller list for at #6 for Manga. Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano is the dark and rewarding tale for fans of suspense, horror and mysteries. We even had our Umpteenth Millionaire club create some discussion questions for you and your book club! Check it out today.

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: New York Times Best Seller
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskor 25 Mar 2014 1:35 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 just enjoyed its first week on the NY Times Best Seller's list for paperback graphic novels at #7. This book is practically sold out of its second printing, the third is on its way so better preorder Volume 2 now!

"The beginnings of hip-hop music and its surrounding culture are lovingly told with a 1970s Marvel Comics house style in this collection." –NY Times

Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One by Ed Piskor - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim RuggFCBDEd PiskorComing Attractions 25 Mar 2014 12:27 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One

We got our advance shipment of Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One and it is looking gooood. This Ed Piskor joint drops on Free Comic Book Day, May 3, 2014, exclusively at participating comic shops worldwide. This sampler of material from the first two volumes includes some exclusive guest pinups by Alexis Ziritt, Toby Cypress, Natalie Andrewson, Jasen Lex, and Johnny Negron, plus some other special touches and surprises courtesy of Jim Rugg. All at the cost to you the consumer of zip, zero, zilch, nada.

Ed himself will be on hand to launch the comic at a certain "beguiling" comic shop in Canada on FCBD... stay tuned for details.

OCD Extra: April's Book Reviews
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under MK BrownInio AsanoDaily OCD 24 Mar 2014 4:10 PM

Next month's issue of Booklist will include two reviews of a recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:

Stranger Than Life

Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics, 1970-2013
by MK Brown

"Brown's cartoons were a mainstay of National Lampoon during its salad days of the 1970s... Remarkably, this is the first comprehensive collection of her distinctively daffy work. Although the visual and conceptual non sequiturs of her singlepanel cartoons are clever and diverting, it's her comic strips where Brown's unique brilliance really shines...Brown's drawings, with their bulbous figures and ornate rendering, are every bit
as unmistakable and memorable as her humor.
"
–Gordon Flagg 

Nijigahara Holograph

Nijigahara Holograph
by Inio Asano

Starred Review: "Anger, hopelessness, and betrayal run rampant-echoed by the eerie, ominous clouds of butterflies swarming the town-and fuel heartless violence. Though there are many moving pieces, the fluid time line; tight, stark, and realistic artwork; and clues carefully revealed through deliberately worded dialogue and purposeful character design work in perfect harmony to prevent ambiguity or confusion. Critically acclaimed Asano deftly twists this disturbingly compelling story, managing to shock the reader at every turn. Its intricacies are even more rewarding on the second read."
–Eva Volin




Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover Re-Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 24 Mar 2014 4:01 PM

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

Well folks, we jumped the gun just a bit last week so this is a do-over with corrected art: 

At last, the long-awaited next Gilbert Hernandez volume in the comprehensive Love and Rockets Library paperback series is nearly here! Luba and Her Family is at the printer now for release in July. This is the first book in this format to collect Gilbert's work past the original 50-issue L&R series. (We'll reveal the full Table of Contents and provide more previews in the not-too-distant future.)

This book is also the debut of the new addition to our Art Department, Keeli McCarthy, who designed the cover based on the look established by Jacob Covey. Welcome, Keeli!

You don't have to wait to pre-order your copy; and for full immersion or gift-giving, you can get all 4 of Gilbert's L&R Library volumes for a tidy discount!

Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: A Matter of Some Gravity by Don Rosa - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsFCBDDon RosaDisneyComing Attractions 20 Mar 2014 3:37 PM

Gravitatus horizontus! Don Rosa Disney ducks for Free Comic Book Day!

Boston: Charles Forsman & Paul Hornschemeier at HUB Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeiereventsCharles Forsman 20 Mar 2014 1:40 PM

Hub Comics

Boy oh boy, all the boys are signing at Hub Comics next weekend. Join Paul Hornschemeier, Charles Forsman and NBM's Jesse Lonergan on March 29th for a comics signing from 2-6pm. You can pick up Paul's new Artist Authors Thinkers Directors, a self-portrait through one hundred portraits, this sketchbook features the creators who shaped his (and many others') artistic views. And don't forget Forsman's new graphic novella about two buds on a road trip, Celebrated Summer, ranked #1 on The A.V. Clubs Best Graphic Novels and Art Comics of 2013! 

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Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 20 Mar 2014 11:58 AM

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez

At last, the long-awaited next Gilbert Hernandez volume in the comprehensive Love and Rockets Library paperback series is nearly here! Luba and Her Family is at the printer now for release in July. This is the first book in this format to collect Gilbert's work past the original 50-issue L&R series. (We'll reveal the full Table of Contents and provide more previews in the not-too-distant future.)

This book is also the debut of the new addition to our Art Department, Keeli McCarthy, who designed the cover based on the look established by Jacob Covey, with her own fresh twist. Welcome, Keeli!

You don't have to wait to pre-order your copy; and for full immersion or gift-giving, you can get all 4 of Gilbert's L&R Library volumes for a tidy discount!

Eleanor Davis Google Doodle!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeEleanor Davis 20 Mar 2014 11:06 AM

Eleanor Davis Google Doodle

Google welcomes Spring today with a lovely and charming animated logo by the one and only Eleanor Davis! Go look (if you miss it, it'll be archived here), then come back here to pre-order Eleanor's book How to Be Happy.

Update: The Washington Post has the inside behind-the-scenes scoop!


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