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The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesGlenn Bray 3 Mar 2014 12:27 PM

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

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection
by various artists

410-page full-color 10.5" x 12" hardcover • $100.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-695-9

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The Blighted Eye is the most copious, the most diverse, and the most lavish compilation of original comic art ever published — all from the mind-boggling collection of Glenn Bray. Bray was an enthusiast of marginal or outsider American pop culture when he started to collect original comic art in 1965 — a time when very few people, including the artists themselves, truly valued the original art. Bray has, over the last nearly 50 years, amassed the most eclectic collection of original comic art in private hands. The Blighted Eye is not only the greatest collection of original art ever produced, but a testament to Bray's dogged and visionary commitment to preserving the work by the greatest artists working in an art form habitually sneered at by cultural gatekeepers throughout most of the 20th century.

The book features work by a pantheon of cartooning masters, including Charles Addams, Carl Barks, Charles Burns, Al Capp, Dan Clowes, Jack Cole, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Kim Deitch, Will Elder, Al Feldstein, Virgil Finlay, Drew Friedman, Chester Gould, Justin Green, Rick Griffin, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, George Grosz, V.T. Hamlin, Jaime Hernandez, George Herriman, Al Hirshfeld, Graham Ingels, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Gary Panter, Virgil Partch, Savage Pencil, Peter Pontiac, Charles Rodrigues, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Schulz, Gilbert Shelton, Joost Swarte, Stanislav Szukalski, Irving Tripp, Chris Ware, S. Clay Wilson, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood, Jim Woodring, Art Young, and — it should go without saying — many more.

With the increasing sophistication of comics over the last 20 and 30 years in the form of graphic novels, journalism, and memoirs, the cartoon form is finally taking its place alongside other popular narrative media — novels, films, theatre — as an art form to reckon with, widely reviewed and embraced by a discriminating reading public.

Simultaneous with this growing acceptance of comics as a literary form has been the recognition among museums and galleries that the artists' original drawings are art objects. Public exhibitions of original comics art has proliferated over the last decade with such shows as Masters of American Comics at LA's Hammer Museum and R. Crumb's Underground at Seattle's Frye Museum. Readers have been able to see this original art in museum catalogues and the occasional compilation of work digitally scanned directly from the original art. Although drawn for print, the hand-crafted original art — brush strokes and pen lines inked on paper — offers a beauty and an unique insight into the form, a different way of perceiving the artist's work.

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMatt ThornmangaInio Asano 3 Mar 2014 12:24 PM

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

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano

Nijigahara Holograph (虹ヶ原ホログラフ)
by Inio Asano
translated by Matt Thorn

296-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

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Butterflies ominously proliferate as children whisper rumors of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school. To appease its wrath, they decide to offer it a sacrifice — a human one. But this is only the beginning of Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Amahiko; Kohta, the lovestruck bully; their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another. Ten years later, all will have to face what they've done or suffered through — and maybe the end of the world.

Nijigahara Holograph — complex, challenging, and elliptical — was named one of the most anticipated new manga at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Hailed as a voice of the current generation in Japan, Inio Asano, whose Solanin was nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards (and was made into a feature film), delves into David Lynchian territory with this psychological horror story.


Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road by Stan Sakai - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaipreviewsComing Attractions 28 Feb 2014 4:28 PM

Another teaser from our new reprint of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road for you: a downloadable excerpt with 19 pages from the book, including most of the first story, "The Tower." When Usagi comes to the aid of a hungry tokagé (the little dinosaur-like lizards that populate the Usagiverse), they both find themselves in peril at the hands — and cleaver — of an angry cook. The exciting conclusion, and six other stories (helpfully listed in the included Table of Contents), await you in this timeless classic, which you can pre-order now for shipment in April.

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road by Stan Sakai

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezComing Attractions 28 Feb 2014 12:30 PM

The Love Bunglers cover photo

The Love Bunglers pages photo

We all get pretty excited when the first advance copies of a new book arrive at the office, but the gasps were extra-audible this morning as we all beheld for the first time The Best Graphic Novel of 2014. OK, we're a little giddy and that may be a presumptuous designation, but given all the accolades these stories received when they were serialized in Love and Rockets, maybe not. The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez is coming in a couple of months and it has that scene that made you cry, that scene that made you gasp, those scenes that made you laugh, that scene that made your heart skip a beat, and that other scene that made you cry, all between magnificently designed hard covers.

You Need This Book. I'm on the verge of shaking you all by the shoulders, the excitement is getting to me so much. Deep breaths. Please proceed calmly to pre-order a copy and be one of the first to have it in your mitts, and read a 14-page excerpt for free, all right here.

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road by Stan Sakai - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan Sakaipreviewsnew releases 26 Feb 2014 3:30 PM

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road
by Stan Sakai

152-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-009-5

7th printing! Ships in April 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Perhaps the best samurai rabbit story ever told, Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 collects full-length Usagi stories from issues #7 through #12 of the original Fantagraphics series, including "The Tower" (which introduces Usagi's travelling companion Spot the Wonder Lizard), "Return of the Blind Swordspig," "A Mother's Love," "Blade of the Gods," "The Shogun's Gift," and the hilarious Groo tribute "The Tea Cup," co-starring the amoral mercenary rhino Gen. ("Gen does what Gen does best!") PLUS, the little-seen Usagi team-up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Turtle Soup and Rabbit Stew," written and drawn by Sakai. A must-have for adventure lovers of all ages!

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Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 cover photo

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CraneComing Attractions 26 Feb 2014 11:57 AM

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3 cover photo

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3 pages photo

Let's all stand up and salute the first advance copies of Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons, the latest hardcover collection of classic strips by the great Roy Crane. Action! Romance! Comedy! Exotic locations! Horrendous villains! Valiant heroes! Bad weather! Nuptials for Buz and his plucky partner, Christy! This strip has it all and oh, how pretty it all looks in crisp black & white dailies and a few choice color Sundays in the back.

This book blows onto shelves in a couple of months; you can pre-order a copy and read an excerpt here, and buy a discounted set of all 3 volumes here!

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairenew releases 26 Feb 2014 11:07 AM

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

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire

Sock Monkey Treasury: A "Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" Collection
by Tony Millionaire

336-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-696-6

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A sock monkey named Uncle Gabby and his button-eyed friend, Mr. Crow, live with their human friend, Ann-Louise, and all of her other toys in a lovely and peaceful Victorian home. Yet Gabby's curiosity and guile — routinely foiled by his innocence — lead him and Mr. Crow into outrageous (and outrageously funny) tales of misguided derring-do, occasionally nightmarish fantasies, and unrequited love. Tony Millionaire's vivid and brilliant Sock Monkey stories evoke the dark, surrealist wit of Roald Dahl, while echoing the classic illustrative styles of E.H. Shepard's Winnie the Pooh or Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann and Andy. It's a recipe for a timeless classic to be enjoyed by generations.

This handsome storybook collects over 300 pages of Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey and Mr. Crow adventures including:

• The only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, The Inches Incident
• The full-color storybook classic, "The Glass Doorknob"
• The full-color graphic novella, "Uncle Gabby"
• Eight other essential stories: "Heaven," "Borneo," "Dollhouse," "The Trumbernick," "The Hunters," "A Baby Bird," "The Oceanic Society," and "Heartbreak."




Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJohn Liney 26 Feb 2014 10:59 AM

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

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney

Henry Speaks for Himself
by John Liney (Henry created by Carl Anderson)
Edited by David Tosh

160-page full-color 7.6" x 10.45" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-733-8

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In the newspaper strip Henry, the eponymous character never spoke, but in the comic book stories, Henry had a lot to say — conspiring with his pals "Trader" Horne, Julius, or Otis, making up with his sweetie Henrietta, or pulling a fast one on Officer Yakko. Editor David Tosh selected some of his favorite stories to include in this volume, including "Henry Thinks Out Loud," told in voice-over narration, "Rhyme Without Reason," told entirely in verse, and "A Slice of Ham" (co-starring Cark Gable, Katherine Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin).

Written and drawn by John Liney between 1946 and 1961, these stories prove Henry to be a combination of Dennis the Menace and Little Lulu, getting into and out of jams, in these marvelously antic, off-kilter, and occasionally downright surreal stories. Perfect for young and old alike.


Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 25 Feb 2014 10:42 AM

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn cover photo

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn pages photo

Advance copies of Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn have arrived by special Duck delivery and it's another great-looking volume of The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library, inside and out. In this volume: Donald gets superpowers! A sinking Viking ship! Dueling steam shovels! A steam calliope! And of course the titular mythical beast, plus much more all-ages adventure and comedy from the mirthful mind and masterful pen of the great Carl Barks.

This book hits shelves in a couple of months; pre-order your copy and read a nice big excerpt for free right here.

What's Wrong with Comics (in 1983)?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim ThompsonFantagraphics history 21 Feb 2014 1:56 PM

Heavy Metal page

Kim Thompson had an answer for a feature in the March, 1983 issue of Heavy Metal which asked just that question. Our own Kristy Valenti came across it and provided this scan.

Kim letter

It's interesting to revisit statements like this now. In terms of what Kim called "pop comics" his last couple of lines are oddly apropos now that 30 years later one of the most successful comic titles is a zombie comic.