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

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Los Bros Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 19 Dec 2014 10:00 AM

Praise for the Series:

"In the 30 years they’ve been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters… This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery." – Publishers Weekly

"Los Bros. are plain-spoken and sympathetic, finding pathos in even the grimiest character." – Sam Thielman, Newsday

"There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can’t do what Jaime Hernandez does — or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Los Bros Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover
$14.99 | 978-1-60699-770-3

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/lrnewstories7

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsNoah Van Sciver 18 Dec 2014 8:00 AM

Saint Cole
by Noah Van Sciver

116-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-817-5

Ships in: February 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. Especially when Nicole invites her troubled mother, Angela, to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again. Joe reacts to this development by further retreating into alcohol. He thinks he loves Nicole but resents her at the same time. They probably wouldn’t still be with each other if she hadn’t become pregnant. Joe wants out. He’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly. And he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his critically acclaimed debut graphic novel biography of Abraham Lincoln (The Hypo), yet upon closer reflection, it continues Van Sciver’s interest in pathos and the human condition.

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Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956 by Hal Foster - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal Foster 17 Dec 2014 2:00 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956
by Hal Foster

112-page full color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-800-7

Ships in: January 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Our tenth volume finds our band of heroes making their way back to the Kingdom of Thule by way of Constantinople and Eastern Russia. Soon they are attacked by a tribe of barbarians who kidnap Aleta for the great Dragada Khan who wants to make her one of his wives. After nearly being killed in battle, Valiant returns to his homeland only to find the threat of hunger hovers over Thule. As Val explores new ways of feeding the kingdom's growing populace, raiders threaten the lives of his family and friends. The volume ends with Val's return to Camelot, a tournament of champions, and the threat of new treachery in Cornwall. This volume also includes an introduction by legendary comics artist Timothy Truman, and a special gallery containing more of Hal Foster's incredible Mountie paintings annotated by comics historian Brian M. Kane.

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Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Willard MullinComing Attractions 17 Dec 2014 12:10 PM

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Cover

Baseball fans, rejoice! We have the final cover design for our upcoming book, Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales, which collects Mullin's illustrations accompanying baseball-themed poetry by Ernest Thayer. The original images for Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" were thought to be lost for years, until they reemerged at an auction in 2002.

With material including the poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn" and an introduction by Yogi Berra, Casey at the Bat makes for a great addition to any baseball fan's bookshelf. We expect a March release for this book, though you can pre-order it in advance, of course!

Sweatshop by Peter Bagge - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Stephen DeStefanopreviewsPeter Baggenew releasesJohnny RyanJim Blanchard 17 Dec 2014 10:15 AM

"I can count on one hand the number of comic artists whose work is as strong… maybe on two or three fingers… It’s a laff riot, what can I tell ya?" – R. Crumb

"Peter Bagge is the funniest cartoonist in existence… The situations Peter creates for his characters are gripping, hilarious and bitingly honest. His drawing style is completely original and would be funny on its own, even without his great stories." – John Kricfalusi

Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge, with Stephen DeStefano, Bill Wray, Stephanie Gladden, Jim Blanchard, and Johnny Ryan

152-page full color 6.75” x 10.25” softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-812-0

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/sweatshop

Now in Stock: Spawn of Mars and Other Stories (EC Comics Library) by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wally WoodWallace Woodnew releasesEC ComicsAl Feldstein 16 Dec 2014 9:10 AM

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

Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein - Cover

Spawn of Mars
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-805-2

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Wallace Wood fans love his sleek, preternaturally lush art, but they especially love the wonderment of his spectacular science fiction. This highly anticipated mouth-watering collection features over two dozen stories brimming with Wood’s meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork—all save the one Wood wrote himself on the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. And with titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey," how can you go wrong? This is EC science fiction at its finest. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.

The 1950s were also a launching pad for some of the greatest comic book artists in history, many of whom worked for EC—including Wallace Wood, whose hypnotically detailed, lushly expressive brushwork brought to life menacing thugs, ominous cityscapes, and small-town America, as well as Everymen grappling with profound moral issues—not to mention some of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful women ever to sashay across a comic book page.

Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars features extensive essays and notes on these classic stories by EC experts—but the real "meat" of the matter (sometimes literally, in the grislier stories) is supplied by these often lurid, sometimes downright over-the-top, but always compelling and superbly crafted, classic comic-book masterpieces.

Now in Stock - Creeping Death From Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesGreg SadowskiBasil Wolverton 15 Dec 2014 1:40 PM

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

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

Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton Vol. 1
edited by Greg Sadowski

304-page full color 8" x 10.5" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-505-1

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This is the first of two volumes reprinting copious amounts of comics stories and recounting the career of cartoonist Basil Wolverton. Based on his correspondence and journals, the biographical portion of the books follows Wolverton from childhood to adult day-to-day life as freelance cartoonist, itinerant handyman, persistent contest enterer, and local pastor of the Radio Church of God. Wolverton lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest, unique among the first generation of comic book pioneers. In the precious period before the industry calcified into a commercial institution, Wolverton was free to work under the radar to explore in detail his weird tales of the future. All of Wolverton's non-humorous comic book stories will be presented in full, along with prime examples of his humorous comics and dozens of pages of unpublished art, including editorial drawings, advertisements, caricatures, pulp illustrations, rejected comic book covers, and unsold features.

Hurricane Isle and Other Stories: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy CraneComing AttractionsCaptain Easy 15 Dec 2014 1:05 PM

Hurricane Isle and Other Stories: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Cover

Captain Easy fans, this is the book you've been waiting for! Following the success of our Eisner Award-nominated series collecting the Sunday Captain Easy strips, we are proud to present a brand new collection of the very best of the best of Roy Crane's beloved and influential adventure comic strip in Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs.

Here is our finalized cover design, which—we think you'll agree—lets Crane's work speak for itself. Now, rest easy, mate, this book is already up for presale and is on course for a February release date.

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsGuy Colwell 12 Dec 2014 12:45 PM

Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

200-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-813-7

Ships in: February 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance tread new territory for underground comix, filled with stories about prison, black culture, ghetto life, the sex trade, and radical activism. It portrayed the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. Readers wondered who Colwell was, whether he was black or white, and how he knew so much about prison. Two years at McNeil Island federal prison for draft refusal provided a personal education for him, as well as his involvement with the San Francisco Good Times underground newspaper, where he became a close observer of the White Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and anti-war demonstrations. Inner City Romance details Colwell's life on the mean streets. Every issue of Inner City Romance is included in this collection, as well as many of the highly detailed paintings he created at the same time. Colwell recounts in an accompanying text piece, his personal journey to artistic maturity forged by radicalism and frustration.

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Hanging Out with the Dream King - Limited Signed Hardcovers
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Neil Gaiman 12 Dec 2014 12:10 PM

Hanging Out with the Dream King edited by Joe McCabe, introduction by Neil Gaiman 

Our lovely, labyrinthine warehouse continues to offer up unexpected gifts now and again. Last night's Seattle windstorm must have shaken some boxes around, because today we discovered a shiny stack of signed, hardcover editions of Hanging Out with the Dream King! This Gaiman-authorized book collects the stories and interviews of over two dozen creators who've collaborated with award-winning author Neil Gaiman, creator of the critically acclaimed comic book series The Sandman. A must-have for any Gaiman fan, this book also helps support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, as part of all proceeds goes directly to the organization.

There is a limited quantity of these books signed by Gaiman, so grab a copy (or two) while you still can!

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