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Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 23 Jul 2014 8:00 AM

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

184-page full color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

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

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the '50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it's a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America's greatest living portrait artist!"

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Weekly OCD 7.22.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Will ElderS Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzOCDMoto HagioLane MilburnJohn SeverinJaime HernandezHarvey KurtzmanGilbert HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorEC Comics 22 Jul 2014 1:00 PM

This week's pre-Comic-Con warmup of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

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

"This collection of short stories about people desperately trying to suppress or embrace or just somehow deal with all the difficult emotions careening around in their brain just underscores what those who have seen Davis’ work in scattered anthologies already suspected: that she is a tremendous talent, and one of the smartest voices working in comics today." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

 

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 edited by Patrick Rosenkranz - CoverReview: Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

"Ultimately, Wilson is a perfect representative of the dark side of the '60s. His work crackles with the viciousness that was the flip side of flower power. If he has any message to convey, it's that the world is falling apart: that (to quote Yeats by way of Joan Didion) 'the center cannot hold.'" – Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

 

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)Review: Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman, et al.

"What's striking about these 34 stories, written by Harvey Kutzman and illustrated with bold, deft confidence by Severin, is their range of tone. Sure, there are the expected heroics of American soldiers fighting in the relatively contemporary war zones of WWII and Korea; there are strong-jawed sergeants, good-natured grunts and daredevil flying aces. But there is also plenty of cowardice, irony, shame and sheer wastefulness–elements that must surely be part of any large-scale conflict, yet are often excised from their comic-book portrayals." – David Maine, Spectrum Culture

 

The Heart of Thomas by Moto HagioReview: The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio et al.

"The Heart of Thomas works in several different themes, many revolving around the concept of love. It asks the questions, what does it mean to love or be loved? What will we do to be loved or to help the one we love? Is it okay to accept another’s love? While asking all these questions, Hagio doesn’t put any conditions on them… The feelings are portrayed so genuinely that gender becomes meaningless, and just seeing the characters happy are all that's important in the end." – Lori Henderson, School Library Journal

 

Jim by Jim Woodring - Photo/Video Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesJim WoodringComing Attractions 18 Jul 2014 2:00 PM

Jim
by Jim Woodring

224-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

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

Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring's bestselling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring's cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are common- place. Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work — comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings, with a new introduction and afterword by the man himself. Abounding in metaphors if you choose to see them and naked self-disclosure if you don't, this volume of comics, prose, and images — collected here for the first time — is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.

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Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMark FertigComing Attractions 18 Jul 2014 11:20 AM

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Cover

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Inside Page

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Inside Page

We blame the arrival of this book at our office for the sudden urge to don sunglasses, pull out our trench coats, and light a cigar. Mark Fertig's lushly oversized coffee table art book, Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s, is here!

Listen, we know you're no square. Get your kicks with our downloadable preview, then call dibs on the book when it comes out in August. You dig?

Julio's Day: Last Call!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Gilbert Hernandez 17 Jul 2014 4:30 PM

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover 

For anyone who is still waiting to pull the trigger on Gilbert Hernandez's standalone masterpiece, Julio's Day: delay no longer! This book is now sold out, except for the fewer than 30 copies in our warehouse. Almost half of that number are signed by the man himself, so treat yourself and buy this book now, while supplies last!

 

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

The life of a man, the span of a century. There is hope and joy, there is bullying and grief, there is war, there is love, there is heartbreak. A standalone masterpiece of elliptical, emotional storytelling from the pages of Love and Rockets, finally completed and collected.

$19.99 • Add to CartMore Info & Previews

 

2014 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Graphic Album — Reprint

Named to the The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Graphic Novel of the Year: 2013 Shortlist

An ALA GLBT Round Table 2014 Over the Rainbow List — Graphic Narrative selection

One of The Globe and Mail's five Best Comics of 2013

One of NPR's Best Books of 2013

Ranked #8 on The A.V. Club's Best Graphic Novels and Art Comics of 2013

Honorable Mention on the Publishers Weekly Comics World 2013 Critics' Poll

One of The Montreal Gazette's top graphic novels of 2013

One of The Advocate's five Best LGBT Graphic Novels of 2013

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon HanselmannpreviewsMegahexComing Attractions 17 Jul 2014 2:00 PM

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Cover

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Inside Page

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Inside Page

Get ready to kick back, relax, and light up a joint with us as we…Um, we—what were we doing?

Oh yes! Office copies of Simon Hanselmann's eagerly awaited debut collection, Megahex, have hit our desks, and we are ecstatic to finally see this beloved webcomic in printed form, beautifully bound in hardcover. Whether you're a first time reader or longtime fan of Hanselmann's Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics, make sure to check out our downloadable preview to cool your cravings. The book is available for presale and is expected to hit stores in a month or so!

Weekly OCD 7.15.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wally WoodSergio PonchioneOCDMichael J VassalloLos Bros HernandezLane MilburnEleanor DavisCharles BurnsBlake Bellawards 15 Jul 2014 11:30 AM

This week's pink cotton candy goodness of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

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

"A mix of evocative, geometric watercolors and fluid pen-and-ink cartoons, How to Be Happy tells stories of sad people, lonely people, strong people, confident people, all trying to find a tiny bit of happiness in life…Davis’ clever and sometimes jaw-droppingly beautiful artwork makes those stories feel real." – Dan Kois, Slate Book Review

"The use of Adam and Eve’s human bodies to communicate to one another, to seek the bliss that’s coming, to lift that weight, is the image Davis wants us to leave with. No moral, no punchline, no muted epiphany — discarded along with all the other distractions, they leave only Edenic bliss behind." – Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal

 

Twelve Gems by Lane MilburnReview: Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn et al.

"A valuable gem to add to any collection focusing on independent comics and alternative storytelling with its avant-garde narrative voice, classical art style, and brilliantly paced sense of adventure" – Alger C. Newberry III, Library Journal

 

DKW by Sergio PonchioneReview: DKW by Sergio Ponchione

"It's a lovely piece of work, and a nice introduction to these important cartoonists. You will probably like and appreciate this comic more than I did." – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

 

Witzend by Wallace Wood et al.Review: Witzend by Wallace Wood et al.

"Wood (1927-1981) conceived of witzend as a haven where he and his peers could publish personal work and burst the chains of mainstream comics. Though 'personal,' it must be said, often meant drawing generously endowed women flaunting bared breasts." – Dana Jennings, The New York Times

"It felt like a fan publication, but was produced by professionals. It appeared at the dawn of underground comix, but featured standard genre material, including a (great) Wood jungle hero named "Animan." And, most significantly, it had a philosophy that proved problematic, though intriguing." – Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune

 

The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's EmpireCommentary: The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo won Favorite Comics-Related Book at the 2014 True Believers Comic Awards, handed out at this year's London Film and Comic Con.

 

BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJoe SaccoComing Attractions 14 Jul 2014 12:00 PM

Joe Sacco has long been known and praised for his work in comics journalism, with such titles as Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer garnering widespread acclaim in The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Now, Sacco is returning to his satirist and underground cartoonist roots with the upcoming title BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser.

This in-your-face, no-holds-barred book is expected out later this fall. Feast your eyes on our downloadable 17-page excerpt (4.9 MB) here. And get ahead of the game — pre-order your copy now!

BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser by Joe Sacco - Cover

Now in stock: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesEleanor Davis 10 Jul 2014 1:00 PM

Oh happy day! Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

How to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis

152-page color/b&w 7.75" x 10.125" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6

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Write a story. A story about yourself. A story about your life.

Now, believe it.

This is Eleanor Davis's first collection of observational, graphic short stories.

Tinged with science fiction and fantasy, these stories are grounded in contemporary life: middle management goes searching for Eden; two sisters, inside environmental suits, say goodbye to their father; people try to fill inner voids with babies and yoga and gluten-free bread.

Davis has been honored by the Eisner Awards, and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

How to Be Happy shows she is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation. 

One of Paste's 10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2014

"Nita Goes Home" (originally published in Mome) selected for The Best American Comics 2013

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDaniel ClowesComing Attractions 10 Jul 2014 12:30 PM

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes - Cover

Here in all its unfettered glory: the final slipcase cover art for Daniel Clowes' highly anticipated The Complete Eightball 1-18! This mouthwatering, two-volume hardcover slipcase will include over 450 pages of vintage Clowes artwork, some never before reprinted, AND brand new artwork that Clowes created specifically for this set!

The Complete Eightball will be out later this fall. Keep your eyeballs peeled for more news and previews in the following weeks. But really, you want to make sure you have your copy safely pre-ordered, right?

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