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Sonia Lei's Blog
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Bringing you the latest on what Fantagraphics is publishing, with excerpts, video previews, and more.

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsGraham KolbeinsComing AttractionsAnne Ishii 29 Oct 2014 4:45 PM

Massive is an appropriate title for this anthology of Japanese gay manga artists, in more than one sense. Besides the larger-than-your-average-bear body types, the book highlights some of the biggest talent in the gay manga scene today. Names like Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, and Seizoh Ebisubashi have chapters devoted to their lives, philosophies, and works, and we've got an appropriately sized 30-page excerpt to give you a taste of what you can look forward to in December!

After full-page, full-color photo portraits of each artist opposite their illustration style, we've got nine pages of the first featured artist, Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎), including four pages from his manga, "Do You Remember South Island P.O.W. Camp?"

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Cover

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge & Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vols. 1-2 Boxset - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesDon RosaDisney 29 Oct 2014 1:30 PM

"…[I]t looks great, and the new volumes of the Rosa library should prove perfect companion volumes for those in the Barks library, particularly for readers who find their appetites for these types of duck tales whetted by the Barks books. …Rosa’s Duck comics? They’re great ones." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal

"…Rosa is so sincere in his desire to revive Barks’s style of adventure and humor it shows in every panel, every detail of his work. He’s taking this seriously, folks, and its all there. …Good stuff, sez I." – Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research

"I love [Don Rosa’s] body of work. I’ve bought it multiple times. I’ll be happily buying it again when Fantagraphics reprints it this fall. Love, love, love." – Augie de Blieck Jr., Comic Book Resources

"Rosa’s comics may be the best comics ever done in the voice of another creator. They’re very funny, satisfying yarns, and this presentation—particularly the color—is super-handsome. This would have been my favorite book ever at eight years old, and I’m fond of it now." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vols. 1-2 Gift Box Set
by Don Rosa

424-page full color 8.5” x 11” hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-781-9

Due to arrive in 1-2 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger version; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/rosabox1




Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl Feldstein 29 Oct 2014 1:10 PM

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – The Los Angeles Times

"…I am not only appreciative…but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Aces High
by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-784-0

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy now:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/aceshigh

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vols. 5-6 Box Set - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 29 Oct 2014 1:00 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vols. 5-6 Box Set
by Floyd Gottfredson

576-page b&w with some color 10.75" x 9" x 2.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-783-3

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

Two more volumes of Mickey's thrilling adventures from the 1930s, packaged in a beautiful and sturdy slipcase and priced cheaper than the individual volumes! A perfect gift and/or collector's item.

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Now in Stock - Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDon RosaDisney 29 Oct 2014 11:30 AM

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

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 2) - Cover

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 2)
by Don Rosa

126-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-780-2

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"Jumpin' jacksnipes!" Duckburg's richest tycoon is on the hunt for legendary square eggs — and he's bringing Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie along! It’s our second complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by internationally celebrated fan favorite Don Rosa — following in the footsteps of Disney legend Carl Barks with his own distinctive style! Famed for his prizewinning Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Rosa wrote and drew two decades' worth of ripping Duck yarns and is among the world's most beloved modern cartoonists. Star stories in our second Rosa book include "Return to Plain Awful," Rosa’s sequel to Barks' "Lost in the Andes." Then, in "His Majesty McDuck," Scrooge beats the IRS by seceding from the Union... only to have his new country colonized by the Beagle Boys! Plus more! Presented with a rich archive of Rosa's cover art and behind-the-scenes factoids, these Duckburg epics are getting a definitive, comprehensive North American edition for the very first time — at a bargain price worthy of Scrooge himself!

Now in Stock - Pogo Vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Walt Kellynew releases 29 Oct 2014 10:00 AM

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

Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3:

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

368-page black & white with color 11.25" x 9.25" hard/soft/cover • $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-694-2

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It’s in this volume (featuring another two years' worth of Pogo strips) that we meet one of Walt Kelly's boldest political caricatures. Folks across America had little trouble equating the insidious wildcat Simple J. Malarkey with the ascendant anti-Communist senator, Joseph McCarthy. The subject was sensitive enough that by the following year a Providence, Rhode Island newspaper threatened to drop the strip if Malarkey's face were to appear in it again. Kelly’s response? He had Malarkey appear again but put a bag over the character's head for his next appearance. Ergo, his face did not appear. (Typical of Kelly's layers of verbal wit, the character Malarkey was hiding from was a "Rhode Island Red" hen, referencing both the source of his need to conceal Malarkey and the underlying political controversy.) The entirety of these sequences can be found in this book.

But the Malarkey storyline is only a tiny portion of those rich, eventful two years, which include such classic sequences as con-man Seminole Sam's attempts to corner the market on water (which Porkypine's Uncle Baldwin tries to one-up by cornering the market on dirt); a return engagement of Pup Dog and Houn'dog's blank-eyed Little Orphan Annie parody "Li'l Arf and Nonny"; Churchy La Femme going in drag to deliver a love poem he wrote, Cyrano style, on Deacon Mushrat’s behalf to Sis Boombah (the aforementioned hen); P.T. Bridgeport's return to the swamp in search of new talent; and of course two rousing choruses of "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie."

In addition to presenting all of 1953 and 1954's daily strips complete and in order for the first time anywhere (many of them once again scanned from original syndicate proofs, for their crispest and most detailed appearance ever), Pogo Volume 3: "Evidence to the Contrary" also contains all 104 Sunday strips from these two years, presented in lush full color for the first time since their original appearance in Sunday sections 60 years ago — plus the usual in-depth "Swamp Talk" historical annotations by R.C. Harvey, spectacular samples of Kelly's work scanned from original art, and a whole lot more!

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Dylan HorrocksComing Attractions 29 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Cover

The next long-awaited graphic novel by artist Dylan Horrocks, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, sports this lovely cover design, and we're proud to show it off for you now. Starring its titular protagonist, a cartoonist who hasn't drawn in years, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy, as Sam is thrown headlong into a fantastic journey after discovering a mysterious old comic book.

You can read up more about this eagerly anticipated book over on our book page, as well as place your pre-order. We expect the book to be out in late December, but make sure to watch this space and our Flog for updates!

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLB ColeComing Attractions 28 Oct 2014 6:35 PM

Enter the brilliantly luminscent, high-contrast world of L.B. Cole! Our 19-page excerpt of Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole includes the introduction and first eight pages of Cole's biography, written by Bill Schelly and studded throughout with photographs, illustrations, and cover art.

Check out the gorgeous artwork in our full downloadable excerpt, then head over to our book page for more info and to pre-order a copy of this magnificent, oversized art book!

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Cover

A Valentine for Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 28 Oct 2014 4:45 PM

A Valentine for Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

A Valentine for Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz - Inside Page

Oh, that Charlie Brown. What a sigh!

A Valentine for Charlie Brown is here, a bright pink square contrasted against Seattle's current fall gloom. Our next holiday-themed Peanuts gift book collects Charles M. Schulz's strips detailing our ever-optimistic round-headed hero, waiting so patiently for the valentine that he just knows will show up at his mailbox. Then, there's Sally Brown's continued pursuit of her reluctant "Sweet Baboo," Linus. This book makes for a great gift, whether or not you celebrate February 14th, and you can pre-order it now for a December delivery!

The Don Rosa Library Vols. 1-2 Boxset - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDon RosaDisneyComing Attractions 28 Oct 2014 1:43 PM

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vols. 1 & 2 Gift Box Set
by Don Rosa

424-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-781-9

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

To commemorate the first time Don Rosa's legendary and internationally acclaimed Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories have been comprehensively reprinted in America, we have produced a stunning two-volume boxed set collecting the first two books in the 10-volume series. These two volumes contain over 30 of Rosa's ingeniously plotted, meticulously rendered, and kinetically vital Duck stories — from "A Matter of Gravity," in which Magica deSpell turns Uncle Scrooge’s world upside down and sideways, to "Return to Plain Awful," Rosa's sequel to Carl Barks's "Lost in the Andes." Both books are available in a customized, full-color slipcase at a bargain price.

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