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Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, revealed!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael DowersEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 28 Jan 2014 5:51 PM

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2

Editor Michael Dowers reveals:

"Here is a sneak peek at the cover for Treasury of Mini Comics Volume 2. Cover by Esther Pearl Watson...book is scheduled for a January 2015 release...not that far away...just around the corner..."

Have you picked up Volume 1 yet?

Insect Bath #1 - Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jason T MilesComing Attractions 28 Jan 2014 4:11 PM

Insect Bath no. 1

Insect Bath #1
by various artists; edited by Jason T. Miles
published by Profanity Hill; distributed by Fantagraphics

34-page black & white comic book • $3.99

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

Out of the nihilist inkwell and printed in poison! Meet the finest in new cosmic horror! Face melters from: Max Clotfelter (Henry & Glenn Forever), Alex Delaney (Rapt in Fear), Eamon Espey (Wormdye and Songs of the Abyss), Noel Freibert (Weird Magazine), Sammy Harkham (The Simpsons' Tree House of Horror, Kramers Ergot and Everything Together), Juliacks (Swell and Rock That Never Sleeps), Jason T. Miles (Love Wins), Scott Roller (Rapt in Fear), Matthew Thurber (1-800 Mice and Infomaniacs), and Zach Hazard Vaupen. Cover by Alex Degan (Area CC, Mighty Star and Soft Xray/Mindhunters). Published by Profanity Hill!

See previews & sneak peeks at the Insect Bath blog.

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 28 Jan 2014 12:30 PM

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Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al.

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

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Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
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Jack Kamen's deceptively wholesome approach to comics storytelling was never put to better use than in the science fiction shockers Al Feldstein wrote for him at EC Comics. Together, the two conspired to exploit Kamen's clean-yet-lush graphics with fantasies of the future that take a startlingly brutal twist and high tech romances that veer suddenly, awfully out of control.

The suburban Spielbergian idyll of the title tale, "Zero Hour" (one of three here adapted from stories by Ray Bradbury), is particularly well served by Kamen's slick surface innocence. Kamen performs similar magic in "A Lesson in Anatomy," with Mayberry-perfect notes that conceal an interstellar threat.

But the devil in Kamen comes out when he pours on the sex appeal. Cheating wives and jealous mistresses alike drive Kamen's hapless heroes to extremes, sometimes fatally, as in "Punishment Without Crime" (Bradbury again) and "Hot-Rod" (a fast woman and an even faster car make for a dangerous combination). Even the supercomputer in "Only Human!" falls victim to a beautiful woman's charms.

Discover for yourself why Jack Kamen, perhaps the most underrated artist during the heyday of EC Comics, is undergoing a long overdue rediscovery and earning fresh appreciation from a new generation of readers.

Zero Hour and Other Stories contains 22 classic EC yarns — plus the usual all-new biographical, historical, and critical essays that have made Fantagraphics' EC Library series the ultimate version of these classics.

© William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 28 Jan 2014 12:25 PM

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Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library)

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8

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BARGAIN COMBO:
Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
Price: $57.98 $46.38

Before Halloween and Freddy Krueger and Night of the Living Dead, there were EC horror Comics. And before John Carpenter and Wes Craven and George Romero, there was Graham Ingels.

"Ghastly" Ingels's fine-line depictions of the corruption of flesh and nature made him the premier artist for stories involving gruesome dismemberments, maniacal homicides, and oozing terrors. And if it took place in a fetid, gurgling swamp, so much the better!

In fact, EC fans voted "Horror We? How's Bayou?" as the company's "best horror artwork."

More than just disturbing images, though, there is a fascinating poetry to Ingels's drawing, perhaps best exemplified by "There Was an Old Woman," one of two Ray Bradbury adaptations you'll find in this collection.

And if you think romance can't blossom in a horror story, just take a look at "A Little Stranger," a sweet story of marital bliss — between a dead vampire and a dead werewolf!

Even today's masters of movie splatterfests and undead horrors could take a shock lesson or two from the undisputed master of horror comics. Brace yourself, look inside, and you'll see why.

© William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince Valiantnew releasesHal Foster 27 Jan 2014 6:30 PM

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Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952
by Hal Foster

120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0

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SPECIAL OFFER: Add Prince Valiant Vol. 9 (coming Spring 2014) or Vols. 9 & 10 (coming Fall 2014) to your order for just $27.99 each, a savings of 20% off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product details page to subscribe.

This eighth sumptuous volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant concludes "The Missionaries," the epic adventure that follows Val and several of his fellow knights to Rome on a quest for teachers who could bring Christianity to Thule. In the rousing climax of the story, Prince Geoffrey faces a dramatic, life-changing experience. After a brief stay in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly hijinks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!

Young Romance 2 by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 27 Jan 2014 1:03 PM

Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics
by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

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

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.

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Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJoe OrlandoEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 24 Jan 2014 4:37 PM

Get ready for another dose of rocketships, robots, and bug-eyed monsters from the pages of EC Comics, illustrated by the able hand of Joe Orlando (who would go on to become editor in chief of a little outfit called DC Comics). Judgment Day and Other Stories continues our acclaimed EC Comics Library series of artist-focused volumes with more of that Cold War-era sci-fi we all love so much, including more Ray Bradbury adaptations and the "Adam Link" stories that were later adapted for The Outer Limits.

In our downloadable preview, peruse the Table of Contents and read 3 complete stories, including the groundbreaking anti-racism title tale, the space-faring suspense shocker "Keyed Up!" and the Plutonian temporal anomaly of "Time for a Change!" The book lands in May; pre-order your copy right here.

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library)

Young Romance 2 by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 24 Jan 2014 1:17 PM

"Simon found he had a knack for tangled melodrama set in very specific milieus, while Kirby drew ordinary men and women with the same sweaty fervor that he lent to monsters and costumed do-gooders....All of which means that the Michel Gagné-edited collection Young Romance... isn’t just a book of some minor historical interest; it’s a genuinely entertaining and artful set of comics, and in some ways more readable than Simon and Kirby's adventure stories." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying.” – Paste

"...[T]hese comics are among the best in their genre without a doubt." – Eddie Campbell, The Comics Journal

"...[Young Romance] is a real treat, an inexpensive way to read a nice sampling of some Kirby comics that any Kirby fanatic has to be curious about. Michel Gagné did a great job assembling a fun cross-section of stories... Rating: ★★★★★" – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

"Young Romance underscores Simon and Kirby’s keen storytelling skills. Adhering to a mostly six-panel grid, the duo manage to produce work that is visually arresting and dramatic... For Kirby fans and those who just love to explore comics from generations past, it’s a rather essential read." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics
by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

Due to arrive in about 6-8 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/youngromance2

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 23 Jan 2014 4:35 PM

Summer vacation comes in May — at least it does for indefatigable teen loser Tammy Pierce, who's back for more hilarious humiliation and adorkable adventure in Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson!

In our downloadable preview, it's 1989, school's out, and it's time for movie rentals (Beaches or Terminator?), hanging out with friends (or not), trips to the mall, pining for last year's crush, getting lectured by Mom to get a job, giving makeovers, and busting a move at the old folks' home!

Based on an actual teenager's diary found in a gas station rest room, Unlovable brilliantly mines comedy from the everyday life of its awkward and oblivious heroine. Get in on the fun by pre-ordering today, and if you're late to the party, pick up all 3 volumes for a nice discount!

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson

Cannon by Wallace Wood - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodComing Attractions 23 Jan 2014 12:59 PM

Cannon cover photo

Cannon pages photo

Sex and violence! Wallace Wood brought the world the ultimate in exploitation fare with his strip Cannon, which was drawn for an audience of military men and crammed to the gills with action of both the hard-hitting and soft-core varieties. Now we bring you the definitive, authoritative collection in this hefty hardcover, out in March. Covert operative John Cannon puts the hurt on the baddies and finds himself surrounded by femmes fatales and damsels in distress whose clothes come off at the slightest provocation. Read an excerpt and pre-order your copy right here — if you're man enough!


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