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.
The landmark 20th volume of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is charging up on us like Snoopy going after Linus's blanket, and we have the advance copies to prove it! You got Chuck there on the cover (designed, as always, by Seth), and who better to introduce the series of unfortunate events that tends to befall the gang than mysterious author Lemony Snicket? Each volume collects a full two years of strips, daily and Sunday, in crisp black & white with a handy and entertaining Index and a brief bio of Schulz in the back. This will also be available in a box set with Vol. 19 -- the printer hasn't sent our sample copies of that yet but we'll show it to you when we get them. Pre-order now for delivery to you in October (subject to change) and check back here soon for more sneak peeks.
Lookit this cute li'l guy! Treasury of Mini Comics Volume 1 collects a wild-n-wooly assortment of mini comics from the past 4 decades or so in the Newave tradition, with faves and rarities from the '70s through the '10s from a roster too big to list here. You got your Ron Regé, Jr. there on the cover (and inside) and the spread shows some mid-'90s action by Jim Blanchard & Chris Cilla. It's all lovingly assembled by editor Michael Dowers along with creator interviews spanning the history of the art form. 848 pages! It'll be out around late September or so — keep 'em peeled for more sneak peeks.
Here it is, a fresh advance copy of Fran, Jim Woodring's new prequel/sequel to the acclaimed Congress of the Animals. Return again to the Unifactor, where the laws of nature diverge from what we know and mysteries and paradoxes abound. Such as: who, and what, is Fran, and what does her introduction in Congress mean for Frank — and the Unifactor? Find out in these pages. And, of course, prepare to have your eyeballs dazzled by Jim's breathtakingly rich, immersive artwork — some of his best ever.
So we missed the deadline to give the new issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories its traditional Comic-Con debut in San Diego. Instead we're planning on it to debut at the Autoptic festival in Minneapolis, with Jaime there to sign copies. And we can at least give you this glimpse at the final cover art (don't let the setting and the hammer fool you; it's not Luba, but her granddaughter "Killer") and tease you with 10 pages of the contents — 5 from Jaime and 5 from Gilbert. Gilbert's "Killer" begins to delve into her family's twisted history, in Palomar and beyond. It's a tangled skein that ties in to Gilbert's next "Fritz B-Movie" graphic novel, Maria M. Book 1. And on Jaime's side it's more mystery and hijinks with hapless high-schooler Tonta and her weird new friend "the Gorgon," both introduced last issue. The rest will be revealed when the book hits shelves in October — pre-order now and you can be among the first to read it!
Floraphiles, music lovers, and midcentury design aficionados, rejoice! The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora is nearly here, compiling every known Flora album cover for the first time, plus loads of other music-related illustrations and other, previously unseen artwork. Once again, editors Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon and designer Laura Lindgren have put together an exemplary package showcasing Flora's distinctive and influential visuals in a snazzy coffee-table book. Check out this 21-page sampling here or download the PDF, and look for the book in about 4-6 weeks.
Folks who picked up our special Prince Valiant comic on Free Comic Book Day this year already got a preview of one of the storylines in the upcoming Prince Valiant Vol. 7 by Hal Foster, reconfigured and edited to fit the format. Now here's an unexpurgated excerpt with a dozen full-page strips from the book, which hits shelves next month! View the preview in the embedded reader here (full-screen viewing recommended) or get the PDF directly, and pre-order the book here.
We're kinda busy. All of these books are slated to come out in a 4- to 6-week period from August to mid-September! (Plus a few others we've already shown you.) We're going to take the less-is-more, show-don't-tell approach with this update; each photo links to the product details page where you can learn more and pre-order each title. And of course we'll have more pretty preview pics coming soon. Get your wallets ready!
Catching up on the remainder of our publishing announcements that went out via The Comics Reporter during Comic-Con. Get more details at the respective CR links:
Reported here, something completely different from Joe Sacco: Coming next year, BUMF will be a collection of all-new short humorous fiction in the vein of his satirical story in The Comics Journal #302 (or, for you old-schoolers, his comic series Yahoo).
Last but not least, we're pleased to be bringing Jim Woodring's seminal classic The Book of Jim back into print next year in a new, expanded edition collecting more of Woodring's early work than the original trade paperback.