It's a great pleasure to reveal the final cover artwork for one of our most anticipated books of 2014. How to Be Happy collects short comics by Eleanor Davis and it will floor you with its beauty and depth. You've seen some of this work in Best American Comics, Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach (if you're tuned in to the hip print outlets) and on the web (if you're tuned in to Tumblr), and now it's collected in one gorgeous book, due out this Summer.
Pre-sale is on now, and more previews are in the pipeline. For now, we thought you might like a look at the jaw-dropping wraparound cover art unfettered by text and stuff. Click to embiggen:
Gosh! The second volume of our acclaimed series collecting Crockett Johnson's beloved strip Barnaby is fluttering its way here on pink Fairy Godfather wings, with two years of strips from 1944-1945, insightful bonus essays, and a handsome hardcover package designed by Daniel Clowes.
Our downloadable excerpt has all the strips from January, 1944, plus the Table of Contents and a bit of incidental stuff. When Barnaby's dad installs a gym in the basement, Mr. O'Malley starts training Gus the Ghost to take on Launcelot McSnoyd the leprechaun in a pugilistic contest, and when Gus, out jogging, stumbles into a flooded brook, plans for the great O'Malley Dam project get underway, sort of. Enjoy the strips, be on the lookout for more previews, and pre-order the book for delivery in a couple of months or so.
I came in to work to find Twelve Gems on my desk this morning. No, not actual precious jewels, but something almost as valuable: an advance copy of Lane Milburn's glorious, hilarious sci-fi comedy epic! Three mercenaries hired by an enigmatic scientist traverse the galaxy in search of a dozen legendary stones with mysterious powers. Fast spaceships, exotic worlds, grody aliens, cosmic mysteries, and blazing action blend with sly satire and all-out laughs, zapping your eyeballs with Milburn's dense, detailed, rough-hewn artwork, printed in midnight blue on white.
We're ahead of schedule with this book and it's not scheduled to be in stores until July, but we'll have limited copies for sale on the festival and convention circuit this Spring and Summer, and of course you can pre-order your copy right now.
An unsung cartooning master, Floyd Gottfredson produced the newspaper-strip adventures of Disney's flagship character in near-anonymity for decades, and our series finally gives him the spotlight he deserves. The newest volume, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot, finds our intrepid rodent hero getting into and out of dangerous scrapes on the open seas, in the urban underworld, on a remote tropical island (or is it?), and in his own back yard.
Our downloadable excerpt includes 8 weeks of the "Mighty Whale Hunter" continuity, wherein Mickey's thirst for adventure leads him and Goofy into hot water and hijinks on the high seas, plus the Table of Contents and a few introductory pages. We expect the book to be available in June; pre-order now to reserve your copy.
Annie and Verti are two teen cosplayers with too much time on their hands. Annie wants to act, and Verti wants to be a photographer/filmmaker. Together, they embark on making a film starring themselves and featuring an unsuspecting cast of extras they record via hidden camera. What could possibly go wrong? A one-shot dose of humor and melancholy from the creator of New School, BodyWorld, and Bottomless Belly Button.
At last we can reveal the slipcase artwork for our two-volume complete collection of witzend, coming this Summer. Occupying the fertile but seldom-trod ground between the undergrounds and the "overground" mainstream (sometimes called "groundlevel comics"), witzend was created in 1966 by Wallace Wood and ran for 13 issues over nearly two decades, providing a forum for unfettered expression by creators used to toiling under commercial restrictions — in other words, a place for Wood and his friends to let their freak flags fly. And oh, what a list of friends he had. We'll get into that later... in the meantime, see how many of them you can identify in this dazzling design! (Presale is pending — there's a Gordian Knot we're still untangling.)
We got the green light from our esteemed colleagues over at Disney to start the presses running on the next volume of Floyd GottfredsonMickey Mouse strips! Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot is at the printer getting ready for its debut in June. As usual, it'll be stuffed full with two years of crisply-reproduced daily strips starring Mickey and his menagerie of pals and foes in their thrilling, funny, and masterfully-told adventures, along with loads of bonus essays and related artwork. Reserve your copy now!
We got our advance shipment of Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One and it is looking gooood. This Ed Piskor joint drops on Free Comic Book Day, May 3, 2014, exclusively at participating comic shops worldwide. This sampler of material from the first two volumes includes some exclusive guest pinups by Alexis Ziritt, Toby Cypress, Natalie Andrewson, Jasen Lex, and Johnny Negron, plus some other special touches and surprises courtesy of Jim Rugg. All at the cost to you the consumer of zip, zero, zilch, nada.
Ed himself will be on hand to launch the comic at a certain "beguiling" comic shop in Canada on FCBD... stay tuned for details.
Well folks, we jumped the gun just a bit last week so this is a do-over with corrected art:
At last, the long-awaited next Gilbert Hernandez volume in the comprehensive Love and Rockets Library paperback series is nearly here! Luba and Her Family is at the printer now for release in July. This is the first book in this format to collect Gilbert's work past the original 50-issue L&R series. (We'll reveal the full Table of Contents and provide more previews in the not-too-distant future.)
This book is also the debut of the new addition to our Art Department, Keeli McCarthy, who designed the cover based on the look established by Jacob Covey. Welcome, Keeli!