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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?

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchComing Attractions 14 Apr 2014 5:58 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 11:26 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 3:37 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 1:46 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 12:46 PM

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

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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.) 






Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by John Severin - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderJohn SeverinHarvey KurtzmanEC ComicsComing Attractions 10 Apr 2014 5:28 PM

Bomb Run cover photo

Bomb Run pages photo

Mankind's long history of armed conflict has inspired some of the greatest creative work in every art form. Case in point: the inspired and justly revered war stories published by EC Comics. Some of the finest of that material came from the typewriter of Harvey Kurtzman, the pencil of John Severin, and (often) the pen and brush of Will Elder — comics legends all, and a dream team of creators if there ever was one. Bomb Run and Other Stories collects all of this work, gathered in a single volume for the first time, under the cover you see above, in glorious black and white.

The appearance of advance copies on our desks means that the book is about 2 months from hitting shelves; reserve your copy by pre-ordering today!

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Ed. by Charles M. Schulz - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 10 Apr 2014 3:59 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) - Paperback Ed.
by Charles M. Schulz

298-page black & white 8.25" x 6.5" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-763-5

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

The bestselling, award-winning, critically acclaimed series that sparked a renaissance for fans of classic comic strips upon its debut in 2004 is now in softcover! This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip, features hundreds of strips rarely reprinted before this series. Three major cast members — Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus — initially show up as infants and only “grow” into their final “mature” selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy! The Complete Peanuts offers a unique chance to see a master of the art form refine his skills and solidify his universe, day by day. This volume is rounded out with Garrison Keillor’s introduction and a biographical essay by David Michaelis (Schulz and Peanuts).

PEANUTS ® & © Peanuts Worldwide

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDisneyCarl Barks 10 Apr 2014 1:10 PM

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

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 8)
by Carl Barks

224-page full-color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-741-3

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There's a unicorn out there and Uncle Scrooge wants it! So Donald and the boys embark on a perilous quest to an exotic land of mystery and danger. (But if you catch a unicorn, what, exactly, do you do with it?)

Next, how could a simple letter to Santa set off not only a riotous moneybag fight between Donald and Scrooge but a cacophonous battle between dueling steam shovels, too?

Then, Donald takes on an impossible assignment to sell — well, something — to the natives of the North.

The ever-clever Carl Barks surprises and delights with mythical mayhem, frigid fun, and feathered foibles on every page!

Introduction by Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Carl Barks, one of the most brilliant cartoonists of the 20th century, entertained millions around the world with his timeless tales of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge. Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn continues Fantagraphics' acclaimed color series that exquisitely re-presents all of Barks's classic Duck stories to a new generation.

© Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Cosplayers by Dash Shaw - Now in Stock, Video Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesDash Shaw 9 Apr 2014 6:25 PM

In comic shops today and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

Cosplayers by Dash Shaw

Cosplayers
by Dash Shaw

32-page full-color comic book • $5.00

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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.


Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal FosterComing Attractions 9 Apr 2014 5:08 PM

The next volume of our New York Times best-selling series collecting Hal Foster's magnificent comic strip, Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 is due in late June/early July and brings more stories of mystery, adventure, treachery, romance, and humor in the Arthurian age, with Foster's breathtaking artwork immaculately reproduced from original engraver's proofs as always.

In our downloadable preview, Val becomes a literal iconoclast to bring Christianity to a pagan village! But then he falls in the mud, indirectly causes a deadly forest fire, and sulks until his wife beats some sense into him. Their young son Prince Arn embarks on a perilous quest with his trusty companion Sir Gawain, and they encounter Sir Gawain. Then things get serious and Val and Aleta prepare to depart on separate missions of their own.

For a limited time, if you pre-order this volume, you can add Volume 10 (due in Fall) to your order at a 20% discount — do it today!

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster