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

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Jacques TardiComing Attractions 17 Oct 2014 2:10 PM

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Cover

Jacques Tardi is back with another action-packed, neo-noir graphic novel adaptation of a Jean-Patrick Manchette novel. In Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell, a rich industrialist attempts to fake the kidnapping of his nephew and blame it on the nanny he's recently hired straight out of a psychiatric asylum.

Of course, the plan goes horribly, horribly awry. We've got the final cover design for you to ogle over until the book's debut in January.

Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 17 Oct 2014 12:00 PM

Aces High
by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman

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

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

George Evans was a master of the aviation war story. This collection includes all of his highly-acclaimed stories for Aces High, EC's famous air war title. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother’s Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever." Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.

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Pogo Vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Walt KellypreviewsComing Attractions 17 Oct 2014 11:10 AM

A little belatedly, here is our hefty 34-page excerpt of the upcoming third volume of Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Strips: "Evidence to the Contrary". While Simple J. Malarkey has not yet made his appearance in these pages, he is lurking just around the corner. With the arrival of the Hon. Mole MacCarony, self-proclaimed sanitary expert and birdwatcher, grows increasingly more suspicious and militant, the stage is set for Mr. Malarkey's imminent entry.

Pogo Vol. 3 is available for pre-order and is gonna be out soon, so make sure you don't miss this release!

Pogo Vol. 3: Evidence to the Contrary by Walt Kelly - Cover 

Vapor by Max - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under MaxComing Attractions 17 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

Vapor by Max - Cover

Vapor by Max - Inside Page

Max's new graphic novel, Vapor, is absolutely gorgeous. From the mesmerizing cover designed by our in-house superstar, Tony Ong, to the beautifully laid out panels and artwork, to the evolving journey of the philosophical protagonist, Nick, this book is just plain impossible to put down!

We are so pleased to bring more of this Spanish cartoonist's work to an English audience, with impeccable translation done by Carol Gnojewski. Do yourself a favor and pre-order it now!

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Box Set (Vols. 21-22) by Charles M. Schulz - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 16 Oct 2014 4:00 PM

"Fantagraphics has won numerous awards for this series and they deserve them all for creating such a wonderful archive of this American treasure. This series is a must have for any Peanuts fan and can be enjoyed by the whole family. I wouldn’t miss a volume.” – The Christian Science Monitor

"The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz's enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could've hoped." – "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club

"Highly recommended to any Peanuts fan." – Salon

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Gift Box Set (Vols. 21-22)
by Charles M. Schulz

688-page black & white 8.75" x 7.125" x 3" hardcover • $59.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-774-1

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 here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/peanuts21-22

Weekly OCD 10.16.2014
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon HanselmannPeanutsOCDDisneyChris WrightCharles M SchulzCarl Barks 16 Oct 2014 2:05 PM

This week's cinnamon-spice-and-everything-nice latte of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Interview: Blacklung by Chris Wright

"I see Blacklung almost, as an expressionist play. I didn’t want these guys to seem like real people. At the same time there IS a human face behind every mask… Unless you put a mask on a dog, then it’s a dog face behind the mask." – Right Ear Left

 

Snoopy's Thanksgiving by Charles M. SchulzReview: Snoopy's Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz

"Now here’s something to be thankful for—the fourth in Fantagraphics’ growing line of seasonal-themed gift books collecting classic Peanuts material. Snoopy’s Thanksgiving, as the title indicates, is concerned with next month’s big holiday." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal

 

Megahex by Simon HanselmannReview: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

"…not only do I find Megg, Mogg, Owl et al bloody funny at times in that first half, as the book wore on I found myself becoming more and more absorbed and fascinated by the darkness, the progression of the comedy into misery and despair, handled really well by Hanselmann." – Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet

Review:

"Featuring old-school underground comix, but with the style and serial nature of even older-school Sunday newspaper comics strips, Megahex is the sort of comic that could only gestate on the Internet, and only find final, full expression in book form from a publisher like Fantagraphics." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Las Vegas Weekly

 

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl BarksReview: Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl Barks

"Fantagraphics has been lovingly reprinting Banks' classic Uncle Scrooge comics into beautifully designed and recolored hardcover collections. This 14th volume of reprints, Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold, begins with the classic story "The Seven Cities of Cibola," which is notable for inspiring the giant, rolling boulder scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark." – Rich Barrett, Mental Floss

A Valentine for Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 16 Oct 2014 11:10 AM

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

The cover says it all, really.

Charlie Brown's ever-hopeful vigil by the mailbox for that valentine from the little red-haired girl every February is a familiar story for any longtime Peanuts reader. In our latest stocking stuffer Peanuts gift book, A Valentine for Charlie Brown, we've collected Mr. Schulz's strips around that pinkest, most candy-coated of holidays. This book is slated to come out by the end of the year, giving you plenty of time to gift this book to that special "Sweet Baboo" in your life!

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago by Floyd Gottfredson - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 15 Oct 2014 1:15 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago by Floyd Gottfredson - Cover

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 6: Lost in Lands of Long Ago by Floyd Gottfredson - Inside Page

Mickey Mouse is in the house! The advance copies of volume 6 in our Eisner award-winning Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse series is here: Lost in Lands of Long Ago. Whether it's time traveling to the era of dinosaurs or solving ghostly mysteries, these collected tales from 1940-1942 are sure to entertain and delight readers of all ages.

More previews are forthcoming, but in the meantime, you can place your pre-order now for a timely November delivery! And, if you're in the gift-giving mood, our next box set collecting Mickey Mouse volumes five and six will be coming out in November as well.

The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMarguerite Van CookJames RombergerComing Attractions 15 Oct 2014 11:30 AM

The Late Child and Other Animals
by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger

180-page color 8" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-789-5

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

Hetty survives the bombing of Portsmouth by the Nazis in World War II, only to learn that her soldier husband — with whom she was in the process of adopting a young daughter — has been killed on the way back home from North Africa. She must then complete the adoption alone. A decade later, she gives birth to a bastard daughter, Marguerite. Now Hetty must go before a tribunal to prove that she is a fit mother — or possibly lose both her children. From there, The Late Child and Other Animals tells the story of little Marguerite's childhood in the recovering British naval port and the rural beauty of the Isle of Wight and in Normandy, France. The journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.

The Late Child and Other Animals is an original graphic novel, a generational autobiography written by legendary punk diva and award-winning poet Marguerite Van Cook, adapted by artist James Romberger, the creator of the Eisner-nominated Post York. The team of Romberger and Van Cook is also responsible for the adaptation and art of 7 Miles a Second, their critically acclaimed graphic memoir collaboration with the late multimedia artist and AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz.

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Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1 - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsGreg SadowskiComing AttractionsBasil Wolverton 15 Oct 2014 10:45 AM

We know you've been waiting a long time for this book, Fanta fans, so let's get right into it. Here is our 19-page, 10.7 MB excerpt of Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1, which starts off with not one, not two, but three rejection letters! The next dozen pages recount Wolverton's early life, interspersed with scans of the young artist's copy book drawings and photos of Wolverton from as early as 1910.

Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1 is available for pre-order and is slated for a December 2014 release. Yes, it's finally happening!

Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1 - Cover

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