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Revealed: The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsKim DeitchComing Attractions 16 Apr 2013 4:11 PM

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley

Kim Deitch's first full-length all-original graphic novel in all of his hardworking, prolific, and heralded career is a big, widescreen book with a big, widescreen title! The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley is a winding tale featuring a rich eccentric, a too-smart dog, silent movies, strange religious artifacts, and the daring young woman who experienced it all, told in the "picto-fiction" format of illustrated text interwoven with comics which Kim began experimenting with in Deitch's Pictorama.

The book's at the printer now and should arrive on our shores in July. Read the Prologue and Chapter 1 for free right now, and pre-order your copy right here.

First Look & Excerpt: Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadComing AttractionsBill Griffith 15 Apr 2013 1:36 PM

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries pages

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries pages

Our latest Zippy the Pinhead collection is a hum-Dingburger! While lucky MoCCA Fest attendees were the first to be able to get their hands on Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries (and get it signed by Bill Griffith), for most of the world this is the first good gander at the 11th com-pin-dium, coming in June. It's a big, fat 232 pages of absurdity, non-sequiturs and satire, with 2 1/2 years of daily strips and full-color Sundays. Griffy's still firing on all cylinders and the strip is as great as ever — maybe better! — as these critics have attested regarding other recent Zippy volumes:

"Contemporary readers of Bill Griffith’s comic strip, Zippy the Pinhead, know with certainty that the illustrator is one of the most accomplished draftsmen working in comics today, his talents on a par with those of Robert Crumb. His art — nuanced shading; economical linework; evocative textures; fidelity to dress, gesture, expression, architecture, automotive design, and the thousand and one other accoutrements of modern life — is an unfailing daily marvel, especially considering the speed and regularity at which the strip is produced.” – Paul Di Filippo, Barnes & Noble Review

"If you're already a fan, you'll love this new collection. If you're not afraid to dip into Zippy's unique style of humor, philosophy and social critique, this book may make you a fan." – S.C. Ringgenberg, Heavy Metal

"I am so thankful for these collections... they're so good I wonder if Griffith isn't in the middle of one of those late-period renaissances that sometimes grip strip cartoonists, where everything kind of comes together in a considered fashion that's somehow more vital than the dozen or so years of comics that precede it." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

So put on your muu-muu, slip into your blobby white shoes (bowling-alley approved, apparently) and continue exploring Zippy's hometown of Dingburg, the city entirely populated by Pinheads!  We have a 21-page excerpt, and we're taking pre-orders right here.

Cover Uncovered & Excerpt: Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 by Leslie Stein
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLeslie SteinComing Attractions 12 Apr 2013 2:53 PM

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 by Leslie Stein

Is Larrybear comics' new Manic Pixie Dream Girl? Nah, she's far too mellow. You'll fall in love with her all over again in the second volume of Leslie Stein's Eye of the Majestic Creature, at the printer now for availability in late June. This installment finds her having further adventures in the city and being courted by a flower-faced fella, and takes some looks back at her childhood and adolescence. And of course her walking, talking menagerie of musical instruments is along for the ride again.

Critics called Vol. 1 "a treat," "cute and sad and familiar," "phenomenal," "irresistible," "a triumph," "such a pleasure" and "a joy from cover to cover." And we think Vol. 2 is even better! Point your majestic peepers at our 15-page excerpt, and pre-order this book right here.

Cover Uncovered & Excerpt: Bread & Wine by Samuel R. Delany & Mia Wolff
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Samuel R DelanypreviewsMia WolffComing Attractions 11 Apr 2013 2:00 PM

Bread & Wine by Samuel R. Delany & Mia Wolff

Fantagraphics is proud to present one of the most unusual and moving true love stories ever told. Famed science fiction author Samuel R. Delany recounts his unconventional courtship and blooming relationship with his partner Dennis, a love born on the streets of New York City, illustrated with unflinching detail and fluid, dynamic expressionism by artist Mia Wolff. Originally published in 1999 and out of print for years, Bread & Wine now comes to you in late June in a new hardcover edition with an introduction by Alan Moore and a new interview postscript with the creators and subjects of the book.

As the debate over same-sex marriage continues, this book transcends the politics and proves that love can be found and flourish under the most unexpected circumstances. Preview a 6-page excerpt, and pre-order a copy right here.

First Look: Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsCathy Malkasian 10 Apr 2013 12:59 PM

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! pages

Cathy Malkasian is back with Wake Up, Percy Gloom!, the sequel to her award-winning 2007 graphic novel Percy Gloom, which charmed and beguiled readers of all stripes (with the equally amazing Temperance in between). Don't just take our word for it; listen to two of comics' greatest world-builders and creators of lovable iconic characters:

"Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom shines a light on a hidden world, using language and ideas that are daringly naked and vulnerable, evoking something real, rare, and relevant. Such exquisite drawing, in the service of such rich ideas, sustained for such a long, lovely dance! The world looked differently to me after I'd finished reading it." – Jim Woodring

"I love this book! Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom swirls with echoes of cartoon landscapes from the past and present. You can almost hear Percy Gloom's meek, docile little voice. Her writing is so full of wit and charm that we, like the title character, walk dutifully to the edge and fall in. And like Percy, we are rewarded equally with night terrors and secret treasures." – Jeff Smith

This all-new story, due out in the second half of May, expands Percy's world with new sights, new mysteries, new delights, and new dangers. On our pre-order page we have a 17-page excerpt for you to read and a fun animated "commercial" created by the artist, and we have more previews to come. And for the full Percy package you can buy both books together for a nice discount!

First Look & Excerpt: The End by Anders Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsAnders Nilsen 9 Apr 2013 1:51 PM

The End by Anders Nilsen

The End by Anders Nilsen - pages

Anders Nilsen is a unique and fearless cartoonist: on one hand, he's an innovative and boundary-expanding experimenter with the comics form; on the other, his emotional and philosophical explorations of being human are deeply felt and enormously powerful. No work of his better exemplifies these qualities than The End. Produced in the aftermath of a devastating personal loss several years ago, The End is a wrenching, sometimes abstract, sometimes angry, sometimes bitterly funny meditation on grief, loss, mortality, and hope.

For this new hardcover edition, due out late next month, the original 32-page comic from 2007 has been expanded to 80 pages, including new full-color work. Read an 11-page excerpt, and pre-order a copy right here.

Special The Complete Peanuts box set offer!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 8 Apr 2013 7:01 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1987-1990

The rules have changed! We can now offer upcoming volumes of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz for presale, which means we can extend this special offer:

Pre-order The Complete Peanuts 1987-1990 Gift Box Set now and we will send you Volume 19 (1987-1988) right away, and Volume 20 (1989-1990) with the slipcase when they are available in Fall 2013! (Sorry, our contract with Peanuts prevents us from selling to customers outside the U.S. and Canada.)

Not only do you get to read each volume as they come out, you get them at the box set price (cheaper!) and the deal even saves you a few bucks on shipping. Yup, it's just like our special offer on the Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set!

Order now, and if you've already bought Volume 19 direct from us, contact us about upgrading your purchase to take advantage of this offer — we'll apply your purchase price to the box set price!

Excerpt: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 8 Apr 2013 5:53 PM

Speaking of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson, we've just posted a big 21-page excerpt with the Table of Contents, a few introductory pages and 16 weeks' worth of colorful strips! If the embedded viewer above isn't visible to you wherever you're reading this, head to this page — and don't forget to take advantage of our special box set offer!

Special Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays offer!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releasesMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 8 Apr 2013 2:22 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set
(not final cover)

Customers in the U.S. and Canada can now pre-order Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Volume 1, coming this Summer, and Volume 2 and the Vols. 1-2 Gift Box Set, which will be out in the Fall. (Sorry, our contract with Disney prevents us from selling to customers outside the U.S. and Canada.) We have a special offer for fans who want the slipcased set but don't want to wait to start reading Volume 1!

Pre-order the Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set and we will send you Volume 1 as soon as it's released in Summer 2013, and Volume 2 with the slipcase when they are available in Fall 2013!

Wowee! Not only do you get each volume as it's released, you get them at the box set price (cheaper!) and the deal even saves you a few bucks on shipping. Pretty swell, huh? 

First Look, Again: Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Crockett JohnsonComing AttractionsBarnaby 8 Apr 2013 12:38 PM

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.


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