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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?

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. 

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Esther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 19 Feb 2014 12:14 PM

Unlovable Vol. 3 cover photo

Unlovable Vol. 3 pages photo

Nothing brightens up the day like a little day-glo chartreuse, glittery orange, and the gap-toothed smile of Tammy Pierce! Fresh out of the box, here's an advance copy of Unlovable Vol. 3, the new upcoming installment in Esther Pearl Watson's hilarious and heartbreaking saga of a teen on the bottom of her high school pecking order and her misguided attempts to fabulize her humdrum small-town existence. In this volume, it's summer break, which means fun in the sun (sunburn), boys (disastrous crushes), cheerleader tryouts (egad), and... hold up, wait... oh no... summer school!

Vol. 3 joins its predecessors on the shelves in May; we have an excerpt for you to read and a pre-order button for you to click right here. You can also get all 3 volumes, with the first 2 in a jammin' slipcase, for a nice thrifty discount!

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road by Stan Sakai - Seventh Printing, First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan SakaiComing Attractions 18 Feb 2014 4:24 PM

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 cover photo

Usagi Yojimbo Book 3 pages photo

The first softcover edition of Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road came out in 1989. Now, 25 years later, the 7th printing is soon to hit shelves. This is an essential volume of Stan Sakai's rabbit ronin saga, featuring the debut of Usagi's lizard pal Spot, the return of the Blind Swordspig, the introduction of the terrifying Jei (seen above), a hat-tip to Groo co-starring the mercenary Gen, deepening feudal intrigue featuring Tomoe and the Neko Ninja, and the first Ninja Turtle crossover story!

We're taking pre-orders now for this brand-new printing which hits shelves in April.

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeComing Attractions 18 Feb 2014 12:53 PM

Buddy Buys a Dump cover photo

Buddy Buys a Dump pages photo

All right all you Baggers and Baggettes, cast your gaze upon an advance copy of Buddy Buys a Dump, the long-awaited new collection in the saga of Buddy Bradley and his familial unit from the pages of Hate. Watch Buddy adjust to fatherhood, undergo some cosmetic changes, start a new business venture, cope with some skeletons in the closet, and return to Seattle to meet Lisa's parents for the first time. Lisa gets her own spotlight, joining a band and having a racy misadventure. And the story is wrapped up with an all-new chapter that could only be titled "Fuck It"! All from the pen of the inimitable Peter Bagge, in full color thanks to the missus, Joanne.

The book will be hitting shelves in a couple months or so; you can read a free excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.