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New Comics Day 10.29.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Walt KellyTony MillionaireNew Comics DayJoe SaccoDrew WeingDon RosaDisneyCharles M SchulzCarl Barks 29 Oct 2014 12:47 PM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability. WARNING: Do not atttempt to carry all of these titles at once. You are only human. 
Sock Monkey  
Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire

80-page black & white 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8 

"Compelling, beguiling and visually intoxicating, this latest Sock Monkey yarn judiciously leavens discovery with anxiety, heartbreak with gleeful imaginative innocence and terror with bold triumph…Win's Christmas Gift Recommendation: a new classic to add to the "Every Kid Must Read" list... 10/10" –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
 
"It's really good. I thought that giant Sock Monkey collection was criminally under-discussed when it came out. Those are lovely, lovely comics. The characters work in this form, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
Set to Sea
Set To Sea [Softcover Ed.]
by Drew Weing

144-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-771-0 

"Now that sublime and out-of-print yarn is back as a deliciously handy, pocket-sized softcover reissue that will - if there's any justice - finally make [Weing] a household name amongst lovers of tall tales and comic treasures." –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
 
"Very few words are needed in Weing's debut graphic novel [Set to Sea] to tell the story of a poet wanna-be who is kidnapped by pirates and learns the ways of the sea through hard labor and even tougher battles. The cross-hatch styling is reminiscent of old engravings and perfectly suits the subject matter. Each page features just one frame, full of detail and atmosphere. With hints of The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Popeye and Treasure Island, Weing has created a modern classic in the pirate genre." –School Library Journal   
Palestine  
Palestine
by Joe Sacco, introduction by Edward Said
 
288-page black & white 7" x 10 3/4" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 9-781-56097-4321
 
"Sacco is a pioneer." –Journal of Palestinian Studies 
 
" . . Sacco has a feel for displaced persons in general." –Shawn Conner, The Snipe News 
 
Return to Plain Awful  
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 2)
by Don Rosa

216-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-780-2 

"You're gonna want to pick that up this week, or write yourself a note to do so in the near future, as it's a pretty great collection..." –J Caleb. Mozzocco, Every Day is Like Wednesday
 
"You must think I'm a broken record by now. Any time a Carl Barks or Don Rosa book of Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics is released, I get all excited. Because they're great! I'm not kidding! Also good for jaded fans too cool for kids' comics." –Tim Finn, Hub Comics (via 13th Dimension)
Rosa boxset  
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vols. 1 & 2 Gift Box Set
by Don Rosa 

424-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-781-9  
 
"Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses - only matches - the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge stories. These are desert island comics - if I had to take only one box of comics with me somewhere, a couple of these volumes would be coming with." –Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics  
 
"…it's a rare, rare accomplishment what Rosa did with these great Carl Barks characters and comics." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
  
Pogo Volume 3
Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: "Evidence to the Contrary"
by Walt Kelly

368-page black & white with color 11.25" x 9.25" hard/soft/cover • $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-694-2 

 "...[T]here's simply no denying Kelly's mastery: he evokes full characters with nothing but a few choice words, and the sprightliness of his visual style is all fun here, laying the groundwork for what would become profoundly subversive later. The included essays, as is usually the case for Fantagraphics reissues, absolutely nail the context and import of the strip, too. I just don't think you can say you love comics and not have this around." –David Berry, National Post

"The biggest revelation of reading the first two years of Pogo is how polished and funny the strip was right from the start, and also how nearly every Pogo panel is a delight unto itself. Kelly didn't necessarily build to big punchlines; he'd slip funny sight gags and memorable lines everywhere there was room. ...[T]here's a classic Pogo moment on just about every page of this book." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Peanuts 22  
The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-773-4 

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

"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 Magazine

 
Peanuts Every Sunday  
Peanuts Every Sunday 1956-1960 (Vol. 2)
by Charles M. Schulz 

288-page full color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-794-9 

"The daily black-and-white comics were great but the full-color Sunday strips gave Schulz a big, beautiful canvas to let his expert pacing and amazing linework breathe in a rainbow of color...it's really the entire mix of characters ...and their mix of adult prickliness and childlike naiveté that made Charles Schulz's iconic comics strips so timeless." - Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
 
Peanuts Volume 2
The Complete Peanuts 1953-1954 (Vol. 2 Softcover)
by Charles M. Schulz 

320-page black & white with spot color 8.25" x 6.25" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-792-5 
 
"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
Peanuts 
The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 Gift Box Set (Vols. 1-2 Softcover)
by Charles M. Schulz 

680-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 6.75" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-793-2 
 
Barks Duck Set
Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn (Carl Barks Library Vols. 7-8)
by Carl Barks

472-page full color 7.75" x 10.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-796-3
 
"I will not rest until everyone is reading these reasonably priced and beautifully designed and edited volumes of Carl Barks' Disney Duck masterpieces… every one of them are great." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online  
 
"Even now, Barks' stories are clever and funny, as he leads the ducks into impossible situations and then gives them unexpected ways out. And they're poignant in their own way, too.... What's impressive about Fantagraphics' Lost in the Andes is that it encourages both a fannish and an intellectual approach to the material." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 
 
Barks and Hanselmann: Still NY Times Best Sellers
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Simon HanselmannDisneyCarl Barksawards 24 Oct 2014 3:20 PM
Seven Cities  Megahex
Congratulations are in order (again)! Carl Barks is on the NY Times Best Sellers list at #2 for his new collection Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge "The Seven Cities of Gold". The NY Times poses the question, "Will Uncle Scrooge and his nephews survive a trip to the lost city of gold?" We certainly hope so! But you'll have to read it to find out. 
 
Meanwhile, Simon Hanselmann's Megahex is still on the list, two weeks in a row, making it one 'hot fortnight' for the people at the funny papers. So the lesson? 2014 loves anthropomorphic characters, be they child-appropriate or not. Pick up a copy of these two great to hold, even better to read graphic novels today!
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Weekly OCD 10.16.2014
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon HanselmannPeanutsOCDDisneyChris WrightCharles M SchulzCarl Barks 16 Oct 2014 2:05 PM

This week's cinnamon-spice-and-everything-nice latte of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Interview: Blacklung by Chris Wright

"I see Blacklung almost, as an expressionist play. I didn’t want these guys to seem like real people. At the same time there IS a human face behind every mask… Unless you put a mask on a dog, then it’s a dog face behind the mask." – Right Ear Left

 

Snoopy's Thanksgiving by Charles M. SchulzReview: Snoopy's Thanksgiving by Charles M. Schulz

"Now here’s something to be thankful for—the fourth in Fantagraphics’ growing line of seasonal-themed gift books collecting classic Peanuts material. Snoopy’s Thanksgiving, as the title indicates, is concerned with next month’s big holiday." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal

 

Megahex by Simon HanselmannReview: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

"…not only do I find Megg, Mogg, Owl et al bloody funny at times in that first half, as the book wore on I found myself becoming more and more absorbed and fascinated by the darkness, the progression of the comedy into misery and despair, handled really well by Hanselmann." – Richard Bruton, Forbidden Planet

Review:

"Featuring old-school underground comix, but with the style and serial nature of even older-school Sunday newspaper comics strips, Megahex is the sort of comic that could only gestate on the Internet, and only find final, full expression in book form from a publisher like Fantagraphics." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Las Vegas Weekly

 

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl BarksReview: Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl Barks

"Fantagraphics has been lovingly reprinting Banks' classic Uncle Scrooge comics into beautifully designed and recolored hardcover collections. This 14th volume of reprints, Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold, begins with the classic story "The Seven Cities of Cibola," which is notable for inspiring the giant, rolling boulder scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark." – Rich Barrett, Mental Floss

New Comics Day 10.15.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Richard SalaNew Comics DayJacques TardiDisneyCarl Barks 16 Oct 2014 11:33 AM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
 
Bumf  
Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser
by Joe Sacco

100-page black & white 6.625" x 10.5" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-748-2 
 
"the artist is heading back to his underground roots, citing the influence of ZAP and Weirdo and promising an exuberant, satirical and confrontational read…It'll be interesting to see how well the established audience for Sacco's journo-comix respond to this change of tone." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
 
Carl Barks 
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 14)
by Carl Barks

240-page full color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-795-6

"Before this point, most Uncle Scrooge stories played off of his greed and paranoia about safeguarding his wealth from the dastardly Beagle Boys, but this shift towards treasure hunting would be the way forward for the comics for decades, eventually inspiring the popular Duck Tales cartoon series in the 1980s." -Rich Barrett, Mental Floss

In a Glass Grotesquely
In a Glass Grotesquely
by Richard Sala

136-page full color 7" x 7" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-797-0 

"To read a Richard Sala comic is an experience both jarring and fun. Good for a rainy day or a stormy night." - Publisher's Weekly

WWII Tardi
Tardi's WWI: It Was the War of the Trenches/Goddamn This War!
by Jacques Tardi

260-page black & white with color 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-769-7 
 
"Tardi is unremitting in his focus on the small, human details of the catastrophe-not just the look of uniforms and weaponry, but the way one soldier advances in an awkward, stiff-armed posture, 'protecting my belly with the butt of the rifle,' and the way another makes sculptures and rings from discarded shells, to sell to his comrades." - Gabriel Winslow-Yost, The New York Review of Books 























Now in Stock: Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl Barks
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDisneyCarl Barks 10 Oct 2014 11:30 AM

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

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold by Carl Barks - Cover

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 14)
by Carl Barks

240-page full color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-795-6

See Previews / Order Now

Uncle Scrooge takes Donald and the nephews on a perilous trek in search of the fabled seven cities of gold! This is the Scrooge story famous for providing Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with inspiration for parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Speaking of gold and movies, James Bond fans might recognize in “The Mysterious Stone Ray” a gimmick that was later used in Goldfinger — Uncle Scrooge’s pores fill with gold dust from his money bin. It makes him ill so he goes on vacation, which turns into a rescue mission for a sailor stranded on an island with some very mysterious baddies. Also, Scrooge decides to run for Treasurer of Duckburg, but it seems the only way to get votes is to spend a lot of money. (Sound familiar?) And you know what Uncle Scrooge thinks of that! Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laugh-out-loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance.

Weekly OCD 10.08.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tim LaneSimon HanselmannS Clay WilsonOCDEd PiskorDisneyDash ShawCarol SwainCarl Barks 8 Oct 2014 5:00 PM

This week's kale and acai berry energy smoothie of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane - CoverReview: The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane

"At times harsh, but always humane, The Lonesome Go hits you like a smack in the face. It’s a graphic novel in the truest sense, meant to be read as much as viewed. It’s a rich, substantial work by an artist and writer who is using the medium of comics to its fullest potential." – Harris Smith,comiXology

Review: "Disfigured hobos lurch from panel to panel into fresh horrors. The vintage hairstyles of the ‘40s, nude bodies, a prescription-pill driven freak-out climaxing in much vomit: whatever he draws, Lane’s heavily shadowed style is always a marvel. The nighttime scenes – which are most of them – rise from seas of black ink." – Bryon Kerman,St. Louis Magazine

Review: "This new book is a continuation of the types of themes and characters Lane first explored there: drifters, hobos, Americana, automobilia, early rock and roll and more. The narratives pay homage to the Beats, Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits, among others." – Seth Peagler, Heroes Online

 

Doctors by Dash Shaw - CoverReview: Doctors by Dash Shaw

"This book is terse and powerful in a way that would make Emily Dickinson green with envy. Never saying more than he needs to, Shaw does a commendable job showing us the story in "Doctors."" – Sam LeBas, Multiversity Comics

Review: "…what fascinates the Two Guys the most is the very premise of Doctors. It's a narrative that raises some profound questions, and it's one that might even work well in other media, such as adapted for television." – Comics Alternative Podcast Episode #102

 

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - CoverInterview: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

"Every page is beautiful. Every joke is funny. Every character is a complete asshole. The book itself is a nice chunky hardcover with some good heft and a cover design that is made to resemble a DVD box set of a TV show." – Nick Gazin, VICE

 

Gast by Carol Swain - CoverReview: Gast by Carol Swain

"…the road less taken is what you expect from Swain, and with a bit of patience you got a great story." – Jason, cats without dogs

 

Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - CoverReview: Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks

"Fantagraphics has done such an excellent job with The Carl Barks Library that this is hardly the ideal format for adults to experience these very same stories, but it is a pretty ideal companion format: Cheaper, more portable and more convenient, it offers an excellent introduction to some of the great stories of one of the greatest cartoonists." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal

 

Now in Stock - Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl B
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDisneyCarl Barks 8 Oct 2014 1:45 PM

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

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Cover

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn (Carl Barks Library Vols. 7-8)
by Carl Barks

472-page full color 7.75" x 10.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-796-3

See Previews / Order Now

A double dose of Donald Duck! Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes and Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn make up this special boxed set of two of our most popular Donald Duck albums exquisitely re-presenting the Duck stories of Carl Barks, one of the most brilliant cartoonists of the 20th century. The title story of Lost in the Andes features the Ducks' memorable quest to South America in search of rare "square eggs" and Trail of the Unicorn's title tale is a trek to the Himalayas to find that fabled mythical creature. Handsomely presented in a stunningly beautiful and colorful box set at a special price that even Uncle Scrooge would approve.

Wanna See Something Scary?
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Thomas OttSimon HanselmannRichard SalaJoe KubertGary PanterFantagraphics BookstoreeventsEC ComicsDaniel ClowesConor StechschulteChris WrightCharles BurnsCarl BarksBill SchellyBen CatmullAl Columbia 6 Oct 2014 11:52 AM

With Halloween approaching, it's a good time to consider some spooky favorites from Fantagraphics Books.

 Big_Baby2  Ghost_World2

The formative work of Charles Burns in Big Baby foreshadows the brilliance that would follow. Alluring stories like "Curse of the Molemen," "Blood Club," and "Teen Plague" remain creepy and compelling while exploring themes of adolescent angst. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes is a similarly insightful examination of the otherworldly imaginations of its youthful protagonists. It remains among the greatest graphic novels - and film adaptations - of all time.

Pim_Francie2 

Al Columbia's Pim & Francie is at first blush a collection of meticulously rendered drawings, but a closer examination reveals a seductive narrative involving a cute cartoon couple caught in a world of horrific nightmares.

 Ghost_in_the_Grotto2

Ghost of the Grotto by comics genius Carl Barks is a playful adventure set in an exotic island locale, sure to appeal to kids and adults alike. See also The Old Castle's Secret for more fowl frights.

Megahex2   Amateurs2

A misanthropic witch wrestles with real world issues in Simon Hanselmann's Megahex and surreal horror unfolds in The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte as two butchers are afflicted with a mysterious case of amnesia. Meat these amazing artists this Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore.

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More terrifying tales can be found in Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, Gary Panter's Jimbo in Purgatory, the EC Comics Library from midcentury America's masters of macabre, Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archive Vol. 1 edited by Bill SchellyBlacklung by Chris WrightR.I.P by Thomas Ott, and everything by Richard Sala.

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 18 Sep 2014 3:00 PM

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Cover

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Inside Page

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Inside Page

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Inside Page

As we prepare for the release of our newest Carl Barks book, The Seven Cities of Gold, we're excited to also have the boxset of volumes 7 and 8, Lost in the Andes and Trail of the Unicorn, coming out in October as well. Here is the advance copy we've received to ogle: a beautiful slipcase cover holding two books full of duck adventures is the perfect way to cheer up a grey, drizzly Seattle day.

Excerpts for each book are available at their respective listing pages, and we'll have an unboxing video preview to whet your appetite for this box set—a perfect gift for any Carl Barks fan. Until then, check out the box set page, where you can pre-order your copy for an October delivery.

Now in Stock: The Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDisneyCarl Barks 15 Sep 2014 8:00 AM

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

The Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck - Cover

The Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck
by Carl Barks

96-page black & white with color 5.5" x 7.5" hard/soft/cover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-779-6

See Previews / Order Now

One of Donald Duck's most famous adventures leads off our new line of affordable kid-sized Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure in every 96-page edition. Each story is complete with all the original story and art (no panels have been dropped or altered). In "Donald Duck and the Ghost of the Grotto," Donald and his nephews try to harvest kelp at Skull-Eye Reef in the West Indies but are soon menaced by a ducknapping ghost in armor who is determined to carry out a centuries-old curse and a giant octopus who — well, what do you think giant octopuses do? Plus "Fireman Donald" and a second bonus story, all written and drawn by Disney Legend Carl Barks!

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