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

DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood by Sergio Ponchione — Coming this July!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodSteve DitkoSergio PonchioneJack KirbyComing Attractions 16 Apr 2014 3:51 PM

DKW by Sergio Ponchione

Shortly after completing the serialization of Sergio Ponchione's surreal masterpiece Grotesque, we came across portions of his project DKW: Ditko Kirby Wood on his blog, and we immediately knew we had to bring this phenomenal work to American readers. A loving tribute to Steve, Jack, and Wally, DKW tells their stories with astounding, eye-popping, trippy visuals that transport you inside the imaginations of these three master comics-makers.

We're pleased to present DKW as a one-shot comic book coming to comic shops this July! Look for it in the May issue of Previews, out in two weeks, and demand it from your local retailer.

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoComing AttractionsBlake Bell 16 Apr 2014 12:44 PM

Strange Suspense cover photo

Strange Suspense pages photo

As great as the new cover for the forthcoming paperback edition of Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 looks on screen, it looks even better in person as we ogle the advance copies fresh out of the box today. And, of course, the guts are still phenomenal, collecting Ditko's earliest pre-Code horror and suspense work, expertly restored in full lurid color, and compiled by acclaimed Ditko biographer Blake Bell.

If you missed out on the hardcover edition of this volume, be sure to snap up this version right away — you can reserve your copy, and read an excerpt with 3 full stories, right here!

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEd PiskorComing Attractions 16 Apr 2014 11:07 AM

The potent combination of Ed Piskor's deft cartooning skills and deep obsession for endlessly rich true-life subject matter has rocketed Hip Hop Family Tree off the shelves and onto the New York Times best-seller and 2014 Eisner Award nomination lists. (The fresh packaging and all-around general coolness don't hurt either.) Get ready for another dose of knowledge this summer, when Vol. 2: 1981-1983 drops.

Episodes in our downloadable preview: beatboxing pioneer Doug E. Fresh is introduced; the story of Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde's hit "Genius Rap"; a famous pro baseball star threatens Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five backstage; the origin of the hip hop staple "Apache" riff; how party records inspired Too Short; the roots of the Rick Rubin/Beastie Boys connection; another popular riff makes a hit for T Ski Valley; Ice-T makes a smashing debut; "Beyond Words," the seminal graffiti-based art show curated by Fab Five Freddy; and punk impresario Malcolm McLaren's introduction to hip hop.

Don't sleep; reserve your copy today!

Hip Hop Family Tree 2 by Ed Piskor

witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodSteve DitkoComing Attractions 16 Apr 2014 10:16 AM

witzend slipcase photo

witzend box set photo

witzend pages photo

witzend pages photo

Like a monolith, the formidable witzend box set rises from the corner of my desk. With two hardcover volumes in a slipcase collecting the complete run of Wallace Wood & company's landmark anthology series, featuring incredible artwork and scintillating stories from a murderers' row of creators, it's a monumental package, a must-have for the comics cognoscenti, and a guaranteed toe-crusher if you drop it on your foot.

This bastion of freedom of expression and independence from commercial and editorial restraint should be on shelves before Independence Day and available through our mail-order a bit sooner. If you haven't already, browse our enormous preview and reserve your copy, right here, today!

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEleanor DavisComing Attractions 15 Apr 2014 10:07 AM

Eleanor Davis won the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2009 Eisners, and her illustration work won her a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators last year, further cementing her status as a major young creator. Now, we present How to Be Happy, the eagerly awaited collection of Davis's comics going back to 2007, coming this Summer.

Our downloadable preview includes portions of the stunning painted stories "In Our Eden" and Best American Comics selection "Nita Goes Home," plus a couple of Davis's looser but no less impactful sketchbook strips. Everyone will be talking about How to Be Happy when it comes out in July or early August; make sure you're part of the conversation by pre-ordering your copy today.

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchComing Attractions 14 Apr 2014 4:58 PM

Cork High and Bottle Deep cover photo

Cork High and Bottle Deep pages photo

It's nearly time to raise a glass and tie one on with our classy-looking, fun-sized hardcover gift book Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch. Vip's booze cartoons are hilarious even if you're not three sheets to the wind. Our research department has not yet read the book while in their cups — we need to beef up our safety equipment first — but we now have our advance copies ready for the lab.

OK, before I pull a muscle on this metaphor, check out our excerpt and pre-order your copy of the book (for delivery in a bit over two months) right here.

witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodVaughn BodeSteve DitkopreviewsJohn BensonHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsAlex TothAl Williamson 14 Apr 2014 10:26 AM

There's so much incredible stuff to show you in our two-volume complete hardcover collection of witzend, our downloadable preview runs to a ridiculous 87 pages (and 45 MB), with a smattering of pages and the cover art from each issue, the Tables of Contents, and a bit more.

In rough order of appearance: Wallace Wood, Al Williamson, Jack Gaughan, Gray Morrow, Harvey Kurtzman, Warren Sattler, Reed Crandall, Don Martin, Steve Ditko, Art Spiegelman, Richard Bassford, Roger Brand, Frank Frazetta, Grass Green, Vaughn Bodé, James Frankfort, Steranko, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, John Benson, Sorrel Garika, Ed Paschke, Bernie Wrightson, Alphonse Mucha, Bill Pearson, Ralph Reese, Nicola Cuti, William Stillwell, John Adkins Richardson, W.C. Fields, Dick Giordano, Alex Toth, Howard Chaykin, Mike Zeck, Joe Staton, George Bush, Dennis Janke, Al Sirois, Bhob Stewart, John Norton, Willy Pogany, Zolne Rowich, Brad Foster, Steve Stiles, and others. And that's just the preview!

Even a perfunctory glance at a small portion of these pages will be enough to convince you that this book is a must-have. Fortunately, you can pre-order your own copy right now!

witzend

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 11 Apr 2014 2:37 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 cover photo

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot pages photo

Remember, use your inky powers for good, like Mickey Mouse cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson, not for evil, like the Phantom Blot, the marquee villain in Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5. (Then again, Gottfredson's ink brought the Blot to life, so perhaps there was some wickedness in his well...) After a detour into color Sunday strips, we're back to the black & white dailies in our Eisner Award-winning series. Disney's big-eared silver-screen star graces the silvery cover and tumbles through adventure after adventure in the crisply-reproduced pages.

Advance copies in house means the book's about 2 months away from release; more previews are forthcoming, and you can pre-order your copy and read a free excerpt right here.

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed Piskor - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ed PiskorComing Attractions 11 Apr 2014 12:46 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree 2 by Ed Piskor

You may have seen this image floating around the internet for a little while, but let's make it official: it's the cover art for the second volume of Ed Piskor's New York Times best selling series Hip Hop Family Tree! Afrika Bambaataa... in... spaaaaaaace!

Remember how fast the first printing of Vol. 1 sold out? And then how fast the second printing sold out? Yeah, we're bumping up the print run for this volume, but you'll still want to reserve your copy today to ensure you're not left empty-handed when they hit shelves come July.

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace Woodnew releasesJack DavisHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 11 Apr 2014 11:46 AM

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

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1

The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1
by Harvey KurtzmanWallace WoodJack DavisAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein et al.

832-page four-volume hardcover 7.5" x 10.5" x 4" slipcased box set • $94.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-728-4

See Previews / Order Now  

The Fantagraphics EC Artists' Library Volumes 1-4:

• EC Comics — the most acclaimed and most vilified publisher of all time.
• Superb art by the greatest talents in comics history.
• A special collector's set at a special collector's price.

4 Multiple Award-Winning Artists — All 1st Printings — Over 800 Pages — Special Features — Special Price

Harvey Kurtzman: The agony of war!
Wallace Wood: Shock and suspense!
Al Williamson: Incredible science fiction!
Jack Davis: Evil, horror, and retribution!

(Please note: empty slipcases are not available.) 






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