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 The series includes the earliest, heretofore unpublished comic strips, as well as his underground comix, dramatic and autobiographical strips, and his classic cartoon creations Fritz the Cat and Mr.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
Camp X-Ray in the U.S. military base in Guantanamo, Cuba, opened in January, 2002 in the wake of the 9-11 attacks to house alleged terrorists — off the American mainland, unaccountable to the U.S. judiciary — in "indefinite detention." Newer and more permanent prisons were later built miles away, and continue to house terrorist suspects today.
The United States government does not allow photographs of the military trials at Guantanamo, but beginning in 2006, Janet Hamlin went to Guantanamo as a courtroom sketch artist to serve as a visual witness to the courtroom proceedings and provide worldwide media with artwork drawn during them. She has been the only sketch artist covering these trials from 2006 to the present time.
Sketching Guantanamo is both a collection of her most potent and revealing sketches drawn during this period, as well a chronicle of her experience at Guantanamo.
Before entering the viewing booth behind multi-paneled soundproof glass in the back of the court, Hamlin is daily subjected to thorough searches, wanding, and metal detecting in three separate checkpoints. The U.S. government and even detainees can demand that certain details be "smudged" or even changed. When one detainee who had just pled guilty demanded that sketches of him not be released, Hamlin staged a four-hour sit-in until the authorities relented.
Hamlin's drawings and her accompanying text provide rare insight into the military courts of Guantanamo. The trials are considered notorious and historic, among the most carefully censored trials in recent U.S. history, and sketches are the only visuals the world is allowed to see.
Sketching Guantanamo features nearly 150 drawings, as well as photographs of the surrounding facilities that enhance the artist's illustrations and her running commentary. It also includes a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award winner Carol Rosenberg, a member of a reporting team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize.
Love and Rockets enters its fourth decade with this installment of its acclaimed graphic novel-format iteration, featuring both old friends and new faces, and some genuine surprises...
The cover shows Gilbert's new star Killer in a pose and milieu that will bring back memories for long-time fans — imitating the hammer-wielding Luba in her adopted Palomar. That’s because Killer has discovered that her great-grandmother Maria (Luba's mother) starred in a late 1950s crime movie, and begins to delve into the details of her family's twisted history. Complicating things is the fact that Luba's half-sister Fritz played Maria in an amped-up bio-pic version of her life, creating a postmodern alternate version of the classic "Poison River" which originally told Maria's story (in a tie-in release, see the graphic novel version of this movie, Maria M. Book One)! In the other half of the book, Jaime continues to explore his intriguing new character Tonta: In "Fuck Summer," Tonta is talked into joining the summer swim team but can't figure out why the brand new swim coach knows her — so, with help from friends, she sets out to find the answer. Meanwhile, something far more sinister is brewing behind the scenes...
"Yes, there are cannibals, racially insensitive caricatures, cripples (let’s not dress it up with the politically correct terminology), bodily functions, etc. But the glue are the almost Beckettian scripts. or at least Ionescoesque. Rodrigues played with form often…. These are conceptual, writerly, formalist masterpieces.
"I refuse to analyze why, because nothing sucks the joy of out humor more than analyzing it. It’s like explaining a joke, and humor, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. That said, Charles Rodrigues created a whole lotta unbeautiful beauty and for that i am eternally grateful."
Fantagraphics is proud to announce the release of the first volume of another great, under-appreciated, quintessentially American cartoonist.
"Black as sin and decay and perversion" is how National Lampoon editor Tony Hendra described the work of Charles Rodrigues. By all accounts, this small, politically conservative, devout Catholic, was a good-natured dumpling of a man. But inside lurked an untapped vein of savage wit that only the National Lampoon saw fit to unleash. Given carte blanche by its young editors, Rodrigues produced a 20-year tsunami of hilarious self-contained comic strips, themed gag spreads, and serials that boggled the mind and challenged all sense of decency and propriety.
In this first-ever collection of his comics, readers are treated to the misadventures of conjoined twins The Aesop Brothers; Sam deGroot, a private detective in an iron lung (whose life actually gets worse when he is sprung from his enclosure); Deirdre Callahan, a girl so hideous that to look upon her causes madness and suicide; and the heartwarming (in relative terms) titular tale of Ray and Joe, the saga of a man and his dead best friend. Also included are his brilliant "biographies" of Marilyn Monroe, Abbie Hoffman, Eugene O'Neill, and others.
Rodrigues rendered his cast of grotesqueries and naïfs in a ragged, unpretty line within dense panels and pages, that perfectly reflects his uniquely bizarre, riotous and repellent world.
Charles Rodrigues may be gone and, if not forgotten, insufficiently remembered, and this collection will rectify at least one of those tragedies.
Jesse Reklaw, whose long-running strip Slow Wave has been an alternative comics mainstay for many years, emerges with his longest work to date, Couch Tag, a years-in-the-making memoir composed of themed vignettes which together form a revelatory self-portrait. Like life, the book is both harrowing and humorous, dealing with uncomfortable subject matter (death, sexual trauma, drugs, mental illness) in an accessible way.
My cameraphone snaps didn't come out so hot, but fear not, better-looking sneak peeks are on their way, and the book is available for pre-order now for estimated delivery in late November or early December.
If you like smart, creative people, Paul Hornschemeier's portrait collection Artists Authors Thinkers Directors is for you — it's chock full of 'em (and by one of 'em). Paul's been filling up his Daily Forlorn sketch blog with their portraits in a variety of styles (pointillist, cubist, blind continuous line, tiny, etc.), and now we're bringing them to you in a collectable little hardcover.
Our downloadable excerpt gives you a few samples from each of the 4 sections (guess what they are), plus Paul's intro and a page of his end notes for the full flavor of the book. It should be available 3-4 weeks before the big gifty holiday, so pre-order now for plenty of wrapping time.
In these 22 downloadable pages you'll see the Table of Contents (spoiler alert: feature-length interviews with Will Elder, Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Frank Frazetta, Joe Kubert, Harvey Kurtzman, George Evans, Al Jaffee, and John Severin) and read Ted White's introduction and the first third or so of the Will Elder interview, which covers his pre-EC career, with illustrations in color and black & white.
Easy & Tubbs are back for one last collection of colorful Sunday strips by Roy Crane in our series of oversized hardcovers cleverly designed to resemble a giant travel journal. Adventure and slapstick, fisticuffs and foolishness, cute women and ugly men, exotic settings and funny sound effects, and yes, there's tigers — Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 4 has it all and it's all pure fun.
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