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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?

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture - Reduced Price!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releasesJack Davis 23 Apr 2014 3:53 PM

Now: cheaper! Not a sale, but a permanent price reduction! Was: $49.99; now: $29.99! If you don't already have this must-have book... have at it!

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture – A Career Retrospective

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture - A Career Retrospective
by Jack Davis

208-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-447-4

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A gigantic, unparalleled art book retrospective, in which lies the greatest collection — in terms of both quantity and quality — of Jack Davis's work ever assembled! Comprising comics, sketches, commercial illustrations, and paintings for comic books, comic strips, magazines, LP covers, movie posters, bubblegum cards, and much more! From dozens of sources including Playboy, MAD, EC Comics, Time, TV Guide, Marvel Comics, the USPS, and much more, including an essay by Gary Groth and appreciations of Davis's work by Sergio Aragonés, Peter Bagge, Coop, Drew Friedman, Al Jaffee, Bill Griffith, Joe Kubert, Tony Millionaire, William Stout, Jim Woodring, and others!

Gast by Carol Swain - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsCarol Swain 23 Apr 2014 3:15 PM

Gast by Carol Swain

Moody, atmospheric, finely observed, shot through with post-punk tension... Carol Swain's comics voice is singular, and has been lauded by Alan Moore, Time, The Guardian, Time Out, and Publishers Weekly. We're excited to be bringing out her first solo graphic novel in several years, Gast, this Summer. Part mystery, part character study, part magical-realist fable, told through her quietly bold, tactile pencil artwork, Gast is a book that only Swain could create.

Look for our usual preview rollout over the weeks and months to come until the book's release in July or so; in the meantime, you can get in on the pre-sale now.

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJoe OrlandoEC ComicsAl Feldstein 23 Apr 2014 10:15 AM

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn't treat readers as naive or ignorant." – Los Angeles Times

"Fantagraphics' current series of handsome hardcovers makes familiar material fresh by focusing on individual artists... it's never been easier to appreciate the contributions of these iconic inkslingers." – Chicago Tribune

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

"These collections show comics in a pure, unadulterated form. Before the Superhero frenzy, before '60s cynicism, and just before the Comics Code Authority started trimming all the gory and sexy fun from the pages with their seal of approval." – Under the Radar

Judgment Day and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
illustrated by Joe Orlando; written by Al Feldstein, Ray Bradbury et al.

192-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-727-7

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/judgmentday

© William M. Gaines Agent, Inc.

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesEsther Pearl Watson 22 Apr 2014 1:30 PM

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

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson

Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

412-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

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BARGAIN COMBO:
Unlovable Vols. 1-3 Gift Set
Price: $68.98 $55.18

Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc. — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of high school through Tammy's naivete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable's universal humor and loser cast of characters. Tammy's life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and hilarious.

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 22 Apr 2014 1:24 PM

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

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-729-1

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"There are certain things about my family Mom always preferred to keep hush hush."

The suppression of family history and the cumulative effects of these secrets are the initial threads that tie together this masterful graphic novel from Jaime Hernandez. Much like John Updike in his four Rabbit novels, Hernandez has been following his longtime heroine, Maggie Chascarillo, for several decades, all of which has seemed to build towards The Love Bunglers.

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy Cranenew releases 22 Apr 2014 1:16 PM

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

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons
by Roy Crane

232-page black & white/color 9.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-703-1

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A hurricane in the Caribbean! A typhoon in the South Seas! And a whirlwind of international intrigue as two-fisted Buz Sawyer is trapped behind the Iron Curtain! These are just some of the dangers that threaten to down our high-flying daredevil.

Then the biggest challenge of all — Buz gets married! But Christy isn't just some ordinary dame. She's brave, bold, and beautiful — just the kind of partner Buz needs.

Roy Crane brings it all masterfully to life in a series of pulse-pounding adventures starring unforgettable women, unrelenting assassins — and unstoppable bad weather.

Oh, and that "quiet" honeymoon trip to Africa? Turns out — well, you'll just have to look inside.

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter Baggenew releases 22 Apr 2014 1:06 PM

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

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge

Buddy Buys a Dump: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3
by Peter Bagge

144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-745-1

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Slacker antihero Buddy Bradley returns for the first time in this sequel to the acclaimed classics Buddy Does Seattle and Buddy Does Jersey. Now married with child and his thirties, Buddy is forced to settle down and support his family. What better way than to buy the local dump? Torn from the pages of the legendary Hate comic books, with an all-new conclusion to Buddy's familial saga!

The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesConor Stechschulte 22 Apr 2014 10:01 AM

"The Amateurs is great. Conor Stechschulte knocked it out of the park." – Sammy Harkham

"Stechschulte just has an uncanny knack for merging the humor of awkwardness with bloody, visceral violence." – Rob Clough

The Amateurs
by Conor Stechschulte

64-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5

Due to arrive in about 2-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/theamateurs

Help Wanted: Freelance scanning job in Baton Rouge
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Pat Thomas 21 Apr 2014 3:47 PM

Pat Thomas, the author of our critically acclaimed book Listen Whitey, is now working on Invitation to Openness, a book of previously unpublished jazz photos of the 1960s and '70s. We need a reasonably priced and experienced scanner to spend a few days in Baton Rouge, LA to scan about 300 black and white 8" x 10" photos and save them as print quality high-res TIFFs. A reasonable payment to be discussed. You need to have your own scanner, computer, etc. Please contact us with your bona fides if interested.

Invitation to Openness prelim cover

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - Photoset preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 21 Apr 2014 10:20 AM

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure — an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." – Bill Clinton

"The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz’s enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could’ve hoped." – "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives," The A.V. Club

"The Complete Peanuts confronts us afresh with what a brilliant, truly modern and totally weird idea it was to create a comic strip about a chronically depressed child..." – TIME

"Fantagraphics has won numerous awards for this series and they deserve them all for creating such a wonderful archive of this American treasure. This series is a must have for any Peanuts fan and can be enjoyed by the whole family. I wouldn't miss a volume." – The Christian Science Monitor

"Fantagraphics' heroic project (designed with subtle, quiet beauty by the caroonist called Seth) enables us to glimpse the moment when 'good ol' Charlie Brown' could say with frowning vehemence, 'The rest of this day can’t possibly hold any good for me!'... [Grade:] A” – Entertainment Weekly

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/peanuts21

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