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Flog posts by Fantagraphics' consumer marketing/web editor/hand model guy. Say, buy some books why don't you?

End of year clearance: 25% OFF + FREE SHIPPING!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 25 Dec 2008 10:56 PM

25OFF08 - use this code at checkout for 25% OFF YOUR ORDER! plus get FREE U.S. SHIPPING on orders $50 & up! thru 12/31/08 

From now through the end of the year, take 25% OFF EVERYTHING  on Fantagraphics.com by using the following coupon code at checkout:

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PLUS, select FREE STANDARD U.S. SHIPPING (UPS Ground or USPS Media Mail to P.O. boxes) on all orders of $50 and over!

It's our biggest and best sale ever and it only lasts through December 31, 2008!  The discount is applied only at checkout and you must use the coupon code when you order to get it, so spread the word and write yourself a sticky note so you don't forget!

Daily links: 12/24/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe Sacco 24 Dec 2008 12:27 PM

Only one today: 

Duncan Cumming looks at Joe Sacco's Palestine

New Comics Day 12/24/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 24 Dec 2008 12:16 PM
I thought I saw one source say that Beasts! Book 2 was going to arrive in comic shops this week, but it's not on the official list. Maybe give a call to your local shop -- you'll want to do that anyway, to confirm their holiday hours. Otherwise, nothing from us is scheduled to ship this week.
Daily links: 12/23/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsLilli CarréKevin HuizengaJoe KubertIvan BrunettiEllen ForneyDash ShawBlake BellBill Schelly 23 Dec 2008 3:53 PM

USA TODAY Pop Candy names Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw the top comic of 2008, with The Lagoon by Lilli Carré at #6

Rob Clough has a typically thoughtful review of The Lagoon

The Miami Herald casts a favorable eye on Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell and Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly

Tim O'Shea interviews Ivan Brunetti

The Daily Cross Hatch presents part 2 of their interview with Kevin Huizenga

A last-minute Christmas gift from Ellen Forney: free sexy-elf desktop wallpaper!

A Snowy Salute
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under staff 23 Dec 2008 1:03 PM
I just want to give a public salute to our intrepid Fantagraphics staffers who have been braving Seattle Snowpocalypse 2008 for the past week or so (nearly a foot of snowfall in parts of the city, where 2 inches is considered a blizzard, with more coming tomorrow), risking life and limb in hazardous driving conditions and enduring wretched public transportation hassles to keep our office running, our customer service phone line manned (1-800-657-1100, call in your order today), and our bookstore open and staffed, while the rest of us work from home in comfort and safety. Kudos to you, brave souls!
Fashion-forward Flora
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Florafashion 22 Dec 2008 4:43 PM

Jim Flora - robot design t-shirt from The Faded Line

I don't think we've pointed this out yet: The Faded Line Clothing Co. has some very attractively-designed shirts featuring Jim Flora artwork for men, women and youths (and a pretty good deal on our Jim Flora art books, too).

Klaymation Krazy Kat
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoKrazy Kat 22 Dec 2008 2:43 PM

Apparently this dates back to 2005, and I have no idea why it was produced, but this short stop-motion Krazy Kat film (YouTube link) by UK animation studio Banana Park is beautifully animated. Maybe we already Flogged it back in '05, but it's certainly worth another look. Found via Joakim Gunnarsson.

Daily links: 12/22/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoreviewsPopeyePeanutsPaul HornschemeierLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJoe ColemanJack ColeFletcher HanksDash ShawBlake BellBeasts 22 Dec 2008 2:22 PM

Parka Blogs talks about the Beasts! Print Show

Iconoctlán reviews Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham (Google translation)

MEGATONik looks at Popeye Vol. 2: "Well Blow Me Down!" by E.C. Segar

Comics & Graphic Novels features The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Box Set

Sean T. Collins examines The Mystery of Woolverine Woo-Bait by Joe Coleman

Newsarama noted Jack Cole's birthday last week by recommending some books of his work, including ours

Newsarama also previews You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!, our next collection of the comics of Fletcher Hanks (coming next year)

Les Lectures de Raymond examines the French edition of Paul Hornschemeier's The Three Paradoxes (Google translation)

• Look for mentions of Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw, Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers, Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko by Blake Bell, and a couple more of our books in The Comics Reporter's "Five for Friday: Remembering 2008" reader-response post

• Similarly, there's a lot of our titles (too many to list here) on The Daily Cross Hatch's "The Best Damned Comics of 2008 Chosen By The Artists"

Chicago 2008 via Hornschemeier and Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierAnders Nilsen 22 Dec 2008 1:33 PM

In Time Out Chicagothis illustrated story from Paul Hornschemeier (with some explication by Paul)...

Bearsly Windinski by Paul Hornschemeier

...and this sillier-than-usual illustration from Anders Nilsen (detail below):

Anders Nilsen illustration

Tom & Thompson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Fantagraphics history 22 Dec 2008 12:44 PM
This is a must-read and deserves its own post: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon talks with Fantagraphics Vice-President and Co-Publisher Kim Thompson about a range of topics relating to Fantagraphics past and future.

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