It's a Peanuts-filled day at the Fantagraphics office! We've got an exquisite slipcase box set for you from our Complete Peanuts hardcover collection. Volumes 21 and 22 are wrapped in a lovely, navy blue slipcase that will sit quite nicely alongside the rest of your Peanuts collection.
We're in our homestretch. There are just three volumes remaining of this comprehensive, chronological series collecting every single Peanuts strip that the famed and beloved Charles M. Schulz has penned. Volumes 21 and 22 span the years from 1991 through 1994, with introductions by Tom Tomorrow and Jake Tanner. For all of you Peanuts fans who have been faithfully collecting these books, we look forward to finishing this journey with you.
And then revisiting it all once more with the paperback editions!
As mentioned last week, we've got the first boxed set of The Complete Peanuts Vols. 1-2, paperback edition, coming out in October along with the release of volume 2. These paperback volumes have been redesigned inside and out, including the slipcase cover for this first boxed set. It's like discovering Charles M. Schulz's work all over again!
In this 10-page, 1.5 MB excerpt of Vapor, Nicodemu—er, nicodem—er, nick—has escaped to the desert, seeking "Solitude, Silence, Privation, Quiet." Instead, he is interrupted after several days of ascetic-level hermitage by the no-nonsense cat mosh, who brings our protagonist crashing back down to reality.
SuperTrash is the awaited, mutagenic sequel to Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters (2002, Chronicle), the book that became a prophecy of the lasting influence of grindhouse and a model describing the shared evolution between art and trash. Now, original Trash author and curator Jacques Boyreau returns to the gonzo archives of 20th century design in pursuit of more bionic art-agony and trash-ecstasy. Serving together a mix of traditional movie signage and transgressive shout-outs, SuperTrash collages a trail of freakish delights and intellectual spin-kicks that track the co-dependencies of art and trash through sly, uncompromising essays about new wave hookers, bad gods, hermaphro chic, and, of course, Lee Marvin. Part psychedelic psychotronic, part poster book, part album cover book, part paperback pulp book. Interdisciplinary, quantal, and polyglottal, SuperTrash is Surrealism for the 21st century.
The year is 1947. Arsène Schrauwen has just boarded a boat to the Belgian Congo, to help his cousin there build a utopia in the wilderness. This is the story of critically acclaimed artist Olivier Schrauwen's grandfather, which Schrauwen first self-published in three issues in 2012.
Now, Fantagraphics has collected the stories together in Schrauwen's first full-length graphic novel, Arsène Schrauwen, and we're so pleased to reveal the final cover art for his book. Stay tuned for more previews and sneak peeks soon! In the meantime, the presale is live for Arsène Schrauwen on our site.
The second softcover volume of The Complete Peanuts, covering the years 1953 to 1954 of Charles M. Schulz's timeless comic strips, has landed on our desks for us to fondl—er, for us to review. This is the volume where Pigpen and his perpetual dust cloud join the cast—and where baby Linus acquires his iconic security blanket!
For the new paperback printing of cartoonist Drew Weing's debut nautical graphic novel, Set To Sea, we've completely redesigned the cover, which we're pleased to unveil today! The upward perspective of the ship's mast against a deep blue, star-studded sky create a delightful sense of anticipation and expectation that helps set the mood for this book that is equal parts quietly poetic and swashbuckling adventure.
Stay tuned for more previews and sneak peeks, which we'll post to the Flog and on our website, where you can also go ahead and pre-order your book. We expect Set To Sea to sail into stores by late October.
That is, unless you're going to SPX, in which case you should look for that deep navy blue cover at the Fantagraphics table!
In the titular story that inspired the famous boulder scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Uncle Scrooge goes on a gold-hungry quest in search of the mythical Seven Cities of Cibola, fabled to have roads paved with gold. For more info, to pre-order a copy, and to read a nice big excerpt, make your way over to our book listing page.
Gracing the cover for our newest volume of The Complete Peanuts is a rather morose-looking Peppermint Patty. This is volume 22 of our definitive collection of Charles M. Schulz's timeless work, with an introduction by CNN anchor and longtime Peanuts fan, Jake Tapper.
President Richard Nixon discovers a plethora of top-secret, otherworldly government facilities, with the primary focus being torture, homeland security, and riding giant wolves while naked except for a hood.
We're basically horrified by the advance copies of Bumf Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser we've received at the Fantagraphics office. There are literal piles of naked, writhing bodies. There is unapologetically crass humor. No one is spared.
It is, in short, a most excellent book, fresh from critically-acclaimed comics journalist Joe Sacco. There is not much else to say. You're just going to have to read and assess this book for yourself.