Hey, dummies! Some of you didn't listen the first time around, so Peter Bagge is back with the answers again in a new, expanded hardcover edition of 2009's sold-out, Eisner-nominated Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations. Pete brings his sharp wit and curmudgeonly perspective to such topics as "Stupid War," "Stupid Sex," "Stupid Arts," "Stupid Business," "Stupid Boondoggles," "Stupid Tragedy," "Stupid Politics," "Stupid Country," and "Stupid Biography," gathered mostly from the pages of Reason magazine. This new hardback includes everything in the previous softcover, plus 20 new pages of material!
Look for the book to grace shelves next month! Get a taste of that Bagge wisdom with our free 15-page excerpt (also downloadable), and put in your pre-order right here.
Editor Blake Bell has collected more rousing vintage stories from one of the all-time greats, who already set himself apart with this early Golden Age work: Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner and co-creator of Daredevil! In Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2, you'll thrill to the exploits of Amazing Man, Skyrocket Steele and Hydroman; gasp at Everett's chilling horror shockers; and delight at his rare humor and romance work! All with Bell's insightful introductory essays.
We've excerpted 3 full Skyrocket Steele stories, along with the Table of Contents and more, for you to read and download. The book will be out next month; pre-order here, and take advantage of our discounted gift set with Vols. 1 and 2 here!
Aw yeah! We got our advance copies of Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree in the house and it looks dope! OK, I feel like a dope using old hip hop slang. But c'mon, check it! I should've put something next to it for scale because this book is BIG — 9" x 13" big.
Piskor chronicles the rise of hip hop with the obsessiveness of a crate-digger, and this first volume takes it back to the beginning on the streets of the Bronx. He's got cartooning chops to spare and he's packaged the book to resemble a late-1970s Marvel comic for extra fun.
Certain books have a gravity just by their presence, and things are just a bit more weighty around the office since we got our advance copies of Janet Hamlin's Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013. Hamlin's artwork is the only official visual record of the legal hearings of suspected terrorists, including those accused of being responsible for the attacks on 9/11, taking place at the offshore military installation that houses the world's most controversial prison. These drawings are history, and this is the first time they have been published together, along with commentary and background from Hamlin and others.
Designed by Jacob Covey and covered in prison-jumpsuit orange, this important and essential book is due out in October and can be pre-ordered here.
Here's your first sneak peek at a printed copy of the new annual issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories! 50 pages of new Gilbert! 50 pages of new Jaime! What else do you need to know?? "When can I see more?" Okay, read a 10-page excerpt here, and be on the lookout for more previews. "When can I get it?" Pre-order your copy at the same place and be among the first to read it in late September or so; pick up a copy and get it signed by Jaime at Autoptic in Minneapolis; or wait until October when it's in stores — the choice is yours! "What happens in it?" That would be telling! But there's more Killer, more Palomar, more Tonta, more Frogmouth, more Fritz film fantasy... and wrasslin'!
Naughty, the new novel by Monte Schulz, is a fictionalization of a sordid and sensational true crime story. Combining the best aspects of pulp noir and literary fiction, Schulz weaves a vivid and compelling tale of sociopathy, seduction, deceit and murder, and the ensuing courtroom drama, all dressed in authentic Eisenhower-era detail. The lurid jacket paintings are by artist Debbie Faas. The book is due on shelves in October; see here for more info and stay tuned for more previews between now and then!
Our other EC Comics Library volume due out later this month, Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories, is another auteur turn, featuring Johnny Craig's writing and artwork (for the most part; Al Feldstein scripted a couple). Crime, suspense and horror were Craig's forté, as these 23 delightfully fiendish tales attest, and Craig was responsible for some of EC's most shocking and notorious images.
This is the first of four projected volumes to showcase, for the first time, the full chronological run of Craig's EC stories from Crime SuspenStories, Vault of Horror, and elsewhere, with our trademark bonus features and top-notch production values. See out the full Table of Contents and 3 complete stories in our free excerpt (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.
One of two new volumes in our New York Times best-selling EC Comics Library series coming later this month, Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories finds prolific EC scripter (and longtime MAD editor) Al Feldstein behind both the typewriter and the drawing board for 16 tales of spine-tingling sci-fi suspense, plus 7 more stories drawn by other EC short-timers and stalwarts. The influence of Feldstein's writing and brushwork can be seen in the work of contemporary cartoonists like Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, and Gilbert Hernandez, who provides an intro ot this volume. Our usual historical features are joined by a new interview with Feldstein. Another indispensible entry in the series! Check out the full Table of Contents and 3 complete stories in our free excerpt (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.
One of 2009's most visionary graphic novels, The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit, is coming back into print in paperback in just a few weeks. Hailed by critics and adored by fans, it's a surreal, visually sumptuous collision of body horror, steampunk fantasy and dream logic that would make Sigmund Freud's head spin. If you like gorgeously discomfiting comics, this is the book for you. Read most of the first chapter (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.
In just a few weeks Gene Deitch's Nudnik Revealed! will hit shelves and animation fans will not want to miss it. Deitch, a living legend in the animation field, created a series of theatrical shorts in the mid-1960s starring a prototypical lovable-loser type, Nudnik. The series lasted one "season" of 12 episodes and garnered an Oscar nomination. Now, for the first time, Deitch has delved into his archives and gathered all of the artwork he produced for the cartoons into this oversized coffee-table art book, along with his own entertaining commentary. We were thrilled to have Gene himself on hand to debut the book at Comic-Con last month; if you didn't get a copy there, here's a peek at some of the contents (embedded below or downloadable), and you can pre-order here.
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