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Photoset: Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 23 Apr 2013 12:34 PM

Barnaby Vol. 1 
by Crockett Johnson

Edited by Eric Reynolds & Philip Nel; Introduction by Chris Ware; art direction by Daniel Clowes

320-page black & white (with some color) 11" x 6.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-522-8

The beloved comic strip is finally given the Fantagraphics treatment. Barnaby’s deft balance of fantasy, political commentary, sophisticated wit, and elegantly spare images expanded our sense of what comic strips can do.

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/barnaby1

Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 22 Apr 2013 10:53 AM

Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson

Barnaby Vol. 1
by Crockett Johnson

Edited by Eric Reynolds & Philip Nel; Introduction by Chris Ware; art direction by Daniel Clowes

320-page black & white (with some color) 11" x 6.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-522-8

Ships in: May 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Before authoring one of the most beloved children’s book series of all time — Harold and the Purple Crayon — cartoonist Crockett Johnson created the comic strip Barnaby for over ten years (1942 to 1952). Its subtle ironies and playful allusions never won a broad following, but the adventures of 5-year-old Barnaby Baxter and his fairy godfather Jackeen J. O’Malley was and is a critical favorite.

Fantagraphics introduces the wonders of Barnaby to a new generation of children and parents alike. Co-edited by Johnson biographer Philip Nel (Dr. Seuss: American Icon) and Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds, with art direction by graphic novelist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World), this five-volume Barnaby series will collect the entirety of the original newspaper strips from 1942-1952. The first volume collects all the strips from 1942 and 1943.

Barnaby revolved around a precocious five-year-old named Barnaby Baxter and his fairly godfather Jackeen J. O’Malley. Yet O’Malley, a cigar-chomping, bumbling con-artist and fast-talker, was not your typical protector. His grasp of magic was usually specious at best, limited to occasional flashes, often aided and abetted by his fellow members in The Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes, and Little Men’s Chowder & Marching Society.

Barnaby’s deft balance of fantasy, political commentary, sophisticated wit, and elegantly spare images expanded our sense of what comic strips can do. With subtlety and economy, Barnaby proved that comics need not condescend to readers. Its small but influential readership took that message to heart.

"I think, and I’m trying to talk calmly, that Barnaby and his friends and oppressors are the most important additions to American arts and letters in Lord knows how many years." – Dorothy Parker

"One of the best comic strips of the 20th Century and one of the most beloved older strips for a generation of devoted adult comics fans, Barnaby had become in the last decade and a half the great unsigned strip collection." – The Comics Reporter

20-page excerpt (download 496 KB PDF):

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First Look, Again: Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Crockett JohnsonComing AttractionsBarnaby 8 Apr 2013 11:38 AM

Barnaby Vol. 1

Barnaby Vol. 1 pages

After we received our first batch of advance copies of Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Vol. 1, we noticed that the flexi-bound softcovers planned for the series weren't well-suited to the landscape format of the book, so we had the printer re-bind the entire run in hardcover (without requiring an increase in cover price). We just got our first copies of the hardcover and we're much happier with how it came out.

Fortunately Daniel Clowes's beautifully minimalist cover design didn't require any alteration, and of course the book still comprehensively collects the first two years (1942-1943) of Johnson's beloved strip. Our revised release date is late May, and you can still sample 20 pages, and pre-order your copy, right here.

Fantagraphics at MoCCA 2013 in NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Samuel R DelanyMia WolffMarguerite Van CookLeslie SteinKim DeitchJames RombergerGuy PeellaerteventsEC ComicsDash ShawBill GriffithBarnaby 1 Apr 2013 10:00 AM

MoCCA 2013

Fantagraphics is excited to be attending the 2013 MoCCA Arts Festival on Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City!

We've got so many beautiful debuts in store for you -- in very limited quantities, so make our table your first stop:

3 New Stories by Dash Shaw

New School by Dash Shaw (UPDATE: A slight delay at the printer means this will miss the festival. Sorry!)

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith

Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson; edited by Eric Reynolds and Philip Nel

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch

50 Girls 50 and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) illustrated by Al Williamson et al.; written by Al Feldstein et al.

'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity! and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) illustrated by Jack Davis; written by Al Feldstein

The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert & Pierre Bartier

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

Bread & Wine by Samuel R. Delany and Mia Wolff (UPDATE: A slight delay at the printer means this will miss the festival. Sorry!)


And get those beauties signed by your favorite artists!

SATURDAY
Bill Griffith                              11:30-12:30 PM
Dash Shaw                               12:30-2:00 PM
James Romberger                   3:30-5:00 PM
Kim Deitch                              2:00-3:30 PM
Leslie Stein                              12:30-2:00 PM
Marguerite Van Cook              3:30-5:00 PM

SUNDAY
Bill Griffith                              1:30-3:00 PM
Dash Shaw                               3:00-4:30 PM
James Romberger                  12:00-1:30 PM
Kim Deitch                              1:30-3:00 PM
Leslie Stein                               3:00-4:30 PM
Marguerite Van Cook              12:00-1:30 PM

You can also join Bill Griffith for a panel on Saturday:

Saturday, April 6th // 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Guest of Honor Bill Griffith in conversation with Paul Di Filippo [in the Programming Room in the Lower Level]


Where will all these wonderful books and artists be, you might be wondering? Why, tables B64, B65, C80, C81 -- right in front as you walk through the main entrance! (See a bigger version of this map here.) Our PR/Marketing duo of Jacq & Jen will be happy to see you at MoCCA!

















First Look: Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Crockett JohnsonComing AttractionsBarnaby 30 Jan 2013 11:50 AM

Barnaby Vol. 1

Barnaby Vol. 1

We're so excited about the arrival of advance copies of Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Vol. 1, we all busted out our cameraphones for these snapshots! Eric Instagrammed this one: 

Barnaby Vol. 1

This one's by Jen, of Jacq's desk:

Barnaby Vol. 1 stacks

Good gravy this book's a beaut! Boasting art direction by the one and only Daniel Clowes and comprehensively collecting the first two years (1942-1943) of Johnson's beloved strip between flexi-bound covers, it's one of the last items to cross off the list of "uncollected great American comic strips." And it's finally almost here! You'll be able to get your hands on a copy in late March or early April; for now you can sample 20 pages, and pre-order your copy, right here.

Move Along...
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Crockett JohnsonBarnaby 18 Jan 2013 1:17 PM

... nothing to see here! Just a few hundred Barnaby clippings to scan for our second volume. Bless you, Jon Barli

 

Crockett Johnson's BARNABY: 1st Look
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Editors NotesCrockett JohnsonComing AttractionsChris WareBarnaby 31 Dec 2012 10:33 AM

Earlier this month we wrapped up what has been my favorite project I've ever worked on. I've been pretty lucky to work on some amazing books by many of my favorite cartoonists, but this... this is something else. This is Crockett Johnson's BARNABY . This has been my #1 dream project for well over a decade, and it's now real.

Which is all to say, I'm genuinely thrilled to be the first one to present this sneak peek at Vol. 1.

If you're unfamiliar with BARNABY, let me allow Chris Ware to set the stage. This is from his introduction to Vol. 1:

"I never thought I'd see this day, but the book you hold is, well... the last great comic strip. Yes, there are dozens of other strips worth rereading, but none are this Great; this is great like Beethoven, or Steinbeck, or Picasso. This is so great it lives in its own timeless bubble of oddness and truth..." — Chris Ware

BARNABY is the long-lost comic strip masterpiece by Crockett Johnson, legendary children's book author (Harold and the Purple Crayon) and illustrator (Ruth Krauss' The Carrot Seed). 

Featuring the misadventures of five-year-old Barnaby Baxter and his cigar-chomping, bumbling con-artist of a Fairy Godfather, J.J. O'Malley, BARNABY deftly balanced fantasy, humor, politics and elegant cartooning in a strip that captured the imaginations of kids and intelligent adults alike, including Dorothy Parker, Charles Schulz, W.C. Fields, Gardner Rea and Milton Caniff. We will be collecting in five volumes the entire, original ten-year run from 1942-1952.  

  

Speaking of BARNABY superfans, our books are being designed by Daniel Clowes, which would sound more inspired if he weren't really the only man ever considered for the job. Dan is the person who first introduced me to the work of Johnson over 15 years ago, and I know this series means as much to him as anyone. I couldn't be happier with his designs. You've seen Dan's final cover for Vol. 1 above. Here's Dan's initial thumbnail rough from his sketchboook earlier this year; as you can see, he pretty much nailed it on the first take:

Here's a similar peek at one of Dan's initial "storyboards" for the book, this time for the opening spread of Jeet Heer's introductory essay:

... and here's the final, more-or-less identical final version, executed by our own esteemed Tony Ong and Clowes:

Dan makes things easy. 

Here's a teaser of the entire jacket:

  

I can't end this post without mentioning my series co-editor, Philip Nel. Phil knows more about Crockett Johnson than anyone. Period. If you like Barnaby, please read Nel's definitive bio: Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature from the University Press of Mississippi.

In addition to his invaluable help behind-the-scenes, Phil has provided two indispensible resources for our first volume: a comprehensive biographical essay on Johnson focusing on the creation of Barnaby, as well as "The Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes, and Little Men's Chowder and Marching Society: A Handy Pocket Guide," a stunningly comprehensive glossary to everything referenced in BARNABY. He'll even explicate formulas like this: 

Anyway, there's much more to be had in this first volume, but I'm honestly reluctant to tip our hand too much. I can't wait for people to see this book. Featuring the first two calendar years of the strip, 1942-1943, you're in for a dense, rewarding treat. Look for it in stores by late-March or early-April (we'll update you as we go). 

And once you finish Vol. 1, look for Vol. 2* in Spring 2014:

* This one's just a mockup and by no means final.  

Daily OCD 9/27/12
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tim LaneSupermenPirus and MezzoNoah Van SciverLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLorenzo MattottiJohn BensonJoe DalyJaime HernandezGreg SadowskiGilbert SheltonDaniel ClowesDaily OCDCrockett JohnsonChris WareBarnaby 27 Sep 2012 10:06 PM

The saltiest sounds of the ocean's Online Commentaries & Diversions: 

Love and Rockets: New Stories #5  Ghost World

• Interview: Dubbing them "The Four Horseman of AltComix" Sean T. Collins interviews Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Chris Ware and Dan Clowes all in one go on Rolling Stone. What a beautiful meetup of minds. Ware says, "Well, there are better cartoonists now than there ever have been. I firmly believe that. There's some amazing work being done." While Gilbert laments the change in alt comics, "That's what was missing from alternative comics after us: The art got less and less good."

• Interview (video): George O'Connor with co-host Natalie Kim recap SPX on InkedTV, including an interview with Gilbert Hernandez, and George shows off his Love and Rockets shirt.

• Plug: Dan Clowes is interviewed on what inspires him by the NY Times : "I didn’t really listen to the Kinks growing up at all — I was just vaguely aware of them, like everybody else — so when I was in my mid-20s I bought a couple of their records, just on a whim, and got sort of obsessed with them." 

The Crackle of the Frost

• Review: Comics Alliance reviews Lorenzo Mattotti's newest collaboration The Crackle of the Frost with Jorge Zentner. Sarah Horrocks points out,". . . what you're looking at in The Crackle of the Frost is a largely amazing new Mattotti release for North American audiences, with fantastic art that has to be seen to be believed. It is a work that is better than most of what you can get on the stands on any given Wednesday. But it's also a book that is hurt by how achingly close it gets to its own perfection."

Dungeon Quest Book Three

• Review: InkedTV reviews Joe Daly's Dungeon Quest Volumes 1-3 on their new video reviews featuring Natalie Kim and George O'Connor. "You will never find a book or a series of books that is so genetalia-obssessed as this book." Take a gander at our back catalog and you might find more.

Barnaby Vol. 1

• Plug: The Comics Journal lets Philip Nel tell a bit of the tale before the legend of Crockett Johnson, from his biography on the man called Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss. Fans have their eyes on the horizon for Johnson's Barnaby, edited by Nel and Eric Reynolds. Nel writes, "But before Barnaby, there was Crockett Johnson. And before Crockett Johnson, there was David Johnson Leisk."

 Supermen!

• Plug: The Casual Optimist looks at the most memorable covers of the last four years and Jacob Covey's primo designed Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes is included. 

King of the Flies 1   King of the Flies 2

• Review: Broken Frontier covers King of the Flies by Mezzo and Pirus. "King Of The Flies by Mezzo & Pirus is one hell of a hardcore comic. It is noir on acid, dark and unrelenting. It is one of the most thorough examinations of the cimmerian darkness the human species can dwell on and it will hit you square in the chest." But what about Book 2? "King Of The Flies 2 : Origin Of The World is maybe even better than its original and though it bears the number 2 it can just as well be read on its own."

 The Hypo Four Color Fear

• Plug (roadtrip): John Porcellino details the roadtrip to SPX with The Hypo's Noah Van Sciver. They stop by another Fantagraphics artist's home, Tim Lane, and ohh-n-ahh over our twice-sold-out book, Four Color Fear.

Fantagraphics at the 2012 Small Press Expo!
Written by janice headley | Filed under William S BurroughsWally WoodSteven WeissmanRon Regé JrRich TommasoNoah Van SciverMickey MouseMark NewgardenMalcolm McNeillLove and RocketsLilli CarréLewis TrondheimKevin HuizengaJoost SwarteJohnny RyanHarvey KurtzmanGary GrothFloyd GottfredsoneventsEC ComicsDaniel ClowesChris WrightCarol TylerBasil WolvertonBarnaby 11 Sep 2012 11:21 AM

Small Press Expo 2012

Join Fantagraphics this weekend for the 2012 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland! On September 15th & 16th, we'll be filling the Marriott Betheseda Conference Center with some dazzling debuts, panels, and signings! Come meet your favorite artists and get your books signed:

Saturday, September 15th
11:30-1:00 PM     Lilli Carré // Noah Van Sciver
1:00 - 2:00 PM    Daniel Clowes // Phillip Nel
2:00 - 3:00 PM    Mark Newgarden
2:00 - 3:30 PM    Steven Weissman // Chris Wright
3:30 - 4:30 PM    Kevin Huizenga // Rich Tommaso
4:30 - 6:30 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez

Sunday, September 16th
12:00-1:00 PM    Lilli Carré // Steven Weissman
1:00 - 2:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez
2:00 - 3:00 PM    Phillip Nel // Rich Tommaso
3:00 - 4:00 PM    Chris Wright
3:30 - 4:30 PM    Noah Van Sciver
4:00 - 5:00 PM    Kevin Huizenga
5:00 - 6:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez

Fantagraphics will be located at tables W40-W44, as seen in the map excerpt below! For a larger version of the complete floor map, please click here.

It's mind-boggling how many debuts we're bringing -- and many of these books won't be in stores until October or November! Check out more details here.

Barack Hussein Obama [Sept. 2012]

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here: Images from the Graphic Novel by Malcolm McNeill
Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook, and Me by Malcolm McNeill
Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman 

Blacklung

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blacklung by Chris Wright
Came the Dawn and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) illustrated by Wallace Wood; written by Al Feldstein et al.; edited by Gary Groth 

The Cartoon Utopia
The Cartoon Utopia by Ron Rege, Jr. 
Corpse on the Imjin! and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by Harvey Kurtzman, et al.; edited by Gary Groth
Naked Cartoonists: Drawers Drawing Themselves Without Drawers by Various Artists; edited by Gary Groth

Heads or Tails
Heads or Tails by Lilli Carré 
The Hypo by Noah Van Sciver 
Is That All There Is? by Joost Swarte [softcover & hardcover 2nd edition debut] 
Love and Rockets: New Stories #5 by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

Prison Pit Book 4


Prison Pit: Book 4 by Johnny Ryan 
Ralph Azham Vol. 1: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love? by Lewis Trondheim 
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 4: House of the Seven Haunts by Floyd Gottfredson 
You'll Never Know Book 3: Soldier's Heart by C. Tyler 

And click here to see a schedule of programming featuring our fantastic Fantagraphics artists!

It's gonna be an incredible year! See you at SPX!




























Free Comic Book Day this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDisneyCrockett JohnsonCarl BarksBarnaby 2 May 2012 4:43 PM

Free Comic Book Day ad

Don’t miss Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 5. Fantagraphics is offering two stellar titles for comics enthusiasts of all ages: Donald Duck Family Comics by Carl Barks and Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby and Mr. O’Malley. The first 50 visitors to Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle will also receive a coveted copy of Unseen Peanuts from 2007. No matter where you live, get out and show some love to your local comics shops.

Fantagraphics FCBD 2012 comics