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

Barnaby Vol. 2 by Crockett Johnson - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsCrockett JohnsonComing Attractions 3 Apr 2014 10:50 AM

Gosh! The second volume of our acclaimed series collecting Crockett Johnson's beloved strip Barnaby is fluttering its way here on pink Fairy Godfather wings, with two years of strips from 1944-1945, insightful bonus essays, and a handsome hardcover package designed by Daniel Clowes

Our downloadable excerpt has all the strips from January, 1944, plus the Table of Contents and a bit of incidental stuff. When Barnaby's dad installs a gym in the basement, Mr. O'Malley starts training Gus the Ghost to take on Launcelot McSnoyd the leprechaun in a pugilistic contest, and when Gus, out jogging, stumbles into a flooded brook, plans for the great O'Malley Dam project get underway, sort of. Enjoy the strips, be on the lookout for more previews, and pre-order the book for delivery in a couple of months or so.

Barnaby Vol. 2 by Crockett Johnson

The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesConor Stechschulte 2 Apr 2014 2:57 PM

The Amateurs
by Conor Stechschulte

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

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

A local medical expert and sheriff are summoned to investigate a strange sighting that sets the stage for Conor Stechschulte's debut graphic novella: a severed human head that still seems to be talking. We flash back to a pair of butchers who arrive at work one morning to find not only that there is no meat in their shop but also that they have forgotten completely how to do their job. As customers arrive, they are too fearful for their livelihood to admit their dilemma, leading to increasingly disastrous events. But what has caused their strange amnesia? This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book establishes Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.

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The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 2 Apr 2014 10:52 AM

"Symphonic, tragic, revelatory, exciting and devastating as only great art can be, The Love Bunglers is one of the best comics ever made." – The Austin-American Statesman

"The kind of rich, intricate stories — packed with sharp observations about human desire and self-justification — that only an author with 30 years of experience with these characters could write. [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

"Even in a long career of masterpieces, Jaime's story about missed opportunities for happiness is a revelation." – Publishers Weekly

"It goes without saying that The Love Bunglers completely knocked me out... Concise, moving, and incredibly bold, it's like a cartooning master class." – Adrian Tomine

The Love Bunglers
by Jaime Hernandez

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

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/thelovebunglers

Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Lane MilburnComing Attractions 31 Mar 2014 4:00 PM

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I came in to work to find Twelve Gems on my desk this morning. No, not actual precious jewels, but something almost as valuable: an advance copy of Lane Milburn's glorious, hilarious sci-fi comedy epic! Three mercenaries hired by an enigmatic scientist traverse the galaxy in search of a dozen legendary stones with mysterious powers. Fast spaceships, exotic worlds, grody aliens, cosmic mysteries, and blazing action blend with sly satire and all-out laughs, zapping your eyeballs with Milburn's dense, detailed, rough-hewn artwork, printed in midnight blue on white.

We're ahead of schedule with this book and it's not scheduled to be in stores until July, but we'll have limited copies for sale on the festival and convention circuit this Spring and Summer, and of course you can pre-order your copy right now.

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 31 Mar 2014 10:26 AM

An unsung cartooning master, Floyd Gottfredson produced the newspaper-strip adventures of Disney's flagship character in near-anonymity for decades, and our series finally gives him the spotlight he deserves. The newest volume, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot, finds our intrepid rodent hero getting into and out of dangerous scrapes on the open seas, in the urban underworld, on a remote tropical island (or is it?), and in his own back yard.

Our downloadable excerpt includes 8 weeks of the "Mighty Whale Hunter" continuity, wherein Mickey's thirst for adventure leads him and Goofy into hot water and hijinks on the high seas, plus the Table of Contents and a few introductory pages. We expect the book to be available in June; pre-order now to reserve your copy.

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson

Cosplayers by Dash Shaw - First Look/Preview Photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Dash ShawComing Attractions 28 Mar 2014 12:25 PM

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Cosplayers pages photo

Cosplayers
by Dash Shaw

32-page full-color comic book • $5.00

Ships on: April 16, 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now  

Annie and Verti are two teen cosplayers with too much time on their hands. Annie wants to act, and Verti wants to be a photographer/filmmaker. Together, they embark on making a film starring themselves and featuring an unsuspecting cast of extras they record via hidden camera. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 27 Mar 2014 3:29 PM

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

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

Peanuts enters its final decade, and The Complete Peanuts enters its homestretch, with material that is perhaps the most overlooked of Schulz’s career and soon to be reconsidered by scholars with this volume. Schulz’s cartooning has never looked more confident, and his sense of humor never more unrestrained. This is the 21st volume (of 25) of the perennial, bestselling series that collects every single one of the 18,000-plus Peanuts strips created by Charles M. Schulz, from its debut in 1950 to the end in 2000.

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witzend - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodComing Attractions 27 Mar 2014 11:38 AM

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At last we can reveal the slipcase artwork for our two-volume complete collection of witzend, coming this Summer. Occupying the fertile but seldom-trod ground between the undergrounds and the "overground" mainstream (sometimes called "groundlevel comics"), witzend was created in 1966 by Wallace Wood and ran for 13 issues over nearly two decades, providing a forum for unfettered expression by creators used to toiling under commercial restrictions — in other words, a place for Wood and his friends to let their freak flags fly. And oh, what a list of friends he had. We'll get into that later... in the meantime, see how many of them you can identify in this dazzling design! (Presale is pending — there's a Gordian Knot we're still untangling.)

witzend

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeter Baggenew releases 27 Mar 2014 10:56 AM

"I love Hate, particularly the increasingly oddball Buddy Bradley stories.... Every comics fan should have the vast majority of whatever Peter Bagge has in print..." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

"...Bagge’s vivid caricatures animate the most routine of actions, effectively suggesting how cozily, in this life, the mundane cohabits with the outrageous." – Rich Kreiner, The Comics Journal

"...Bagge truly pulls out all the stops in depicting extreme familial weirdness. His dialogue is as sharp as ever, his line is quite lively and his uncanny ability to depict the creeping weirdness of suburbia is even more disturbing than in the initial run of New Jersey stories in Hate." – Rob Clough, High-Low

"Peter Bagge is the funniest cartoonist in existence." – John Kricfalusi

"It's a laff riot, what can I tell ya?" – R. Crumb

"Folk hero Buddy Bradley defined and transcended grunge-era slackerdom." – Playboy

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

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/buddybuysadump

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 26 Mar 2014 2:41 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson

We got the green light from our esteemed colleagues over at Disney to start the presses running on the next volume of Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse strips! Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot is at the printer getting ready for its debut in June. As usual, it'll be stuffed full with two years of crisply-reproduced daily strips starring Mickey and his menagerie of pals and foes in their thrilling, funny, and masterfully-told adventures, along with loads of bonus essays and related artwork. Reserve your copy now!