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Bringing you the latest on what Fantagraphics is publishing, with excerpts, video previews, and more.

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDon RosaDisneyComing Attractions 30 Sep 2014 4:15 PM

In the first adventure that Don Rosa takes us on in Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful, titled "The Crocodile Collector," Uncle Scrooge enlists Donald Duck and the intrepid trio, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, on a quest to find the fabled sacred crocodiles of Emperor Nero.

This goose—er—crocodile chase takes the ducks from the bustling capitol city of Cairo, Egypt to the fetid, bug-infested swamps north of Lake Victoria, Africa. To quote Donald Duck: "Oh, my aching duckfeathers!"

Give the 20-page excerpt a gander here, and check out the book page for more info and for pre-sale ordering.

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful by Don Rosa - Cover 

Now in Stock: Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - New Reprint!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Nijigahara HolographMatt ThornInio Asano 30 Sep 2014 12:00 PM

New reprint! Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Nijigahara Holograph

296-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

See Previews / Order Now

Even as butterflies ominously proliferate in town, the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. When the body of Arié Kimura's mother is found by this tunnel's entrance, next to apparently human traces, the legend seems to be confirmed. Is the end of the world coming? In order to appease the wrath of the beast, the children decide to offer it a sacrifice: The unfortunate Arié, whom they believe to be the cause of the curse, is shoved into a well that leads to the Nijigahara tunnel — an act that in turns pushes Komatsuzaki, the budding thug who has carried a torch for Arié for a while already, entirely over the edge.

But this is only the beginning of the complex, challenging, obliquely told Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Suzuki; Higure, his stalkerish would-be girlfriend; their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more — brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another and all will eventually — ten years later — have to live with what they’ve done or suffered through.

Asano, whose Solanin was nominated for the 2009 Eisner and Harvey comics awards (and which was made into a feature film in 2010), delves into disturbing territory with this Lynchian horror story, told in his unnervingly crisp and detailed panels.


Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony MillionairepreviewsMatt DannerComing Attractions 30 Sep 2014 11:00 AM

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Cover

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Inside Page

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Inside Page

To see and hold a physical copy of Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner's upcoming Sock Monkey book, Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods is to harken back to a childhood spent surrounded by stacks of hardbound, lovingly-put together storybooks filled with lushly drawn black and white ink etchings.

Here is our first look at this beautiful hardcover, a fresh advance copy sent from the printer. The large print interspersed with beautiful, detailed black and white illustrations will capture the imaginations of kids, making this a solid page-turner as well as a fun book to read aloud this fall! You can pre-order the book now for a late October delivery.

Now in Stock: Snoopy's Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 30 Sep 2014 10:15 AM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Snoopy's Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

Snoopy's Thanksgiving
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white with spot color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-778-9

See Previews / Order Now

Sometimes getting together with friends and family for Thanksgiving isn't all that it's cracked up to be, as Snoopy learns when his brother Spike invites him to spend Thanksgiving in the desert, and things don't quite work out as planned. At least it's a change of pace for Snoopy, who spends most Thanksgivings with the ol' supper dish (and one lonely one at the malt shoppe as Joe Cool). It's also a tense time of year to be a bird who’s afraid of being mistaken for a turkey and roasted, and Woodstock copes with his anxieties in various ways, including by donning a disguise with Snoopy's help. Meanwhile, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Franklin all get sick over their Thanksgiving vacation. Snoopy's Thanksgiving is the perfect gift book for anyone whose idea of the holiday is more Charlie Brown than Norman Rockwell.

Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsOlivier SchrauwenComing Attractions 29 Sep 2014 4:00 PM

Arsène Schrauwen is boarding a boat and sailing across the wide ocean to land in the Belgian Congo, where he is to meet his cousin and help him create a utopia in the jungle wilderness there. In these first few pages of Olivier Schrauwen's surreal biography of his grandfather, Arsène helps rid a fellow passenger of a flying fish that has somehow landed in her quarters, meets a chatty older man with ceaseless advice about life in the colony, and, finally, prepares to disembark by donning new clothes and waiting, hand poised on the door handle of his room, for the entire two hours it takes the boat to reach its port.

You can download the entire 14-page 10 MB excerpt right here, and you can find more info and pre-order the book here for delivery by late November.

Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen - Cover

Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew WeingComing Attractions 29 Sep 2014 3:00 PM

Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing - Cover

Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing - Inside Page

Arrrrrrr, ye scallywags. Our office copies of the softcover Set to Sea have washed ashore, and we are thrilled to show them off! For those of you who weren't at SPX to see these in person, here is our first look. In one densely rendered panel: a deep, dark sky with its smattering of stars. In the next, a beautifully detailed closeup of the poet's book, showing the detail of his cracked, sea-worn fingernails.

We're expecting the book out on time for an October delivery, so go ahead—you can pre-order your copy here.

Peanuts Every Sunday 1956-1960 (Vol. 2) by Charles M. Schulz - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 29 Sep 2014 12:00 PM

Peanuts Every Sunday 1956-1960 (Vol. 2) by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

Peanuts Every Sunday 1956-1960 (Vol. 2) by Charles M. Schulz - Inside Page

Peanuts Every Sunday 1956-1960 (Vol. 2) by Charles M. Schulz - Inside Page

It's a Peanuts-filled day here at the Fantagraphics office—though, truth be told, Peanuts is never far from our minds, especially as we near the end of The Complete Peanuts series. Luckily, we have the second volume of Peanuts Every Sunday—collecting the full-panel, full-color Sunday strips from 1956-1960—to pre-occupy us!

This hefty volume will make its way into stores—and onto your bookshelves—in October, so don't delay in pre-ordering your copy now!

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) Box Set [Softcover Ed.] by Charles M. Schulz - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 25 Sep 2014 3:10 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) [Softcover Ed.] by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) [Softcover Ed.] by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) [Softcover Ed.] by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) [Softcover Ed.] by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) [Softcover Ed.] by Charles M. Schulz

If you're worried what you'll do once we've published all 25 volumes of The Complete Peanuts, fret not! Here is the first softcover boxset of volumes 1-2, covering the years 1950-1954, all repackaged in a completely new design!

Whether it's for yourself, as a gift to another Peanuts fan, or for the upbringing of a future generation of Peanuts lovers, The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1-2) Softcover Edition is a treat for all ages. These bright, bold, and eye-catching covers are sure to lure younger kids into this timeless classic comic strip series, ensuring that the characters brought to life by Charles M. Schulz continue to live on for many more years to come.

The box set comes out at the same time as our second volume and is available for pre-order now!

Weekly OCD 9.24.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Trina RobbinsOCDEleanor DavisEd Piskor 24 Sep 2014 5:45 PM

This week's pumpkin-spiced, autumn-colored scrapbook of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina RobbinsCommentary: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins

Lisa Hix over at Collectors Weekly sat down with Trina Robbins to talk about women in comics:

"Robbins knows something about the glass ceiling for women cartoonists because she first hit it herself in the early 1970s, when she tried to join the male-dominated 'underground comix' movement based in San Francisco. After the men cartoonists shut her out, Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women's-lib comic books."

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor DavisInterview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"I like doing short stories because I am in turn impulsive and compulsive, and neither of those things are conducive to long projects. Comics, also, are very suited to short stories because of the incredible amount of information that can be delicately conveyed through them." – Zack Smith, Newsarama

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed PiskorCommentary: Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

"Like many kids who like to draw, Piskor was weaned on superhero comics. Before reaching his teens, he became enamored with the work of independent comics artists and authors, including the Cleveland Heights-based Pekar and his longtime artistic collaborator, R. Crumb." – Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh Magazine

 

Pogo Vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Walt KellypreviewsComing Attractions 24 Sep 2014 3:15 PM

Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly - Cover

It has been a long time coming, but it is our deep pleasure to be able to reveal to you the cover art for Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: "Evidence to the Contrary". While there are often delays that push back release dates, our production on this book was slowed by the sudden and unexpected passing of our co-editor and co-publisher, Kim Thompson, in June 2013.

There is a sense of bittersweet closure as we finalize this book and ready it for publication. The book should hit bookshelves in mid-December and is available for pre-order now. As ever, collections of these strips would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of devoted Pogo fans. Thank you.

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