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.
San Diego, CA 7/20/2013 — Fantagraphics is excited to announce the acquisition of the first book by acclaimed Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, to be released in the summer of 2014. Megahex will be a deluxe hardcover featuring over 200 pages of Hanselmann's beloved Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics, including over 70 never before seen pages. Hanselmann's Tumblr site Girl Mountain has already propelled Megg, Mogg, Owl & Co. to Internet infamy, and Megahex will be the solid collection those fans have long been waiting for.
Megg (a green-skinned witch), Mogg (a black cat), and Owl (an anthropomorphic owl) are a trio of ne'er-do-well roommates cohabiting in a suburban flophouse. Megg and Mogg spend most of their time smoking pot and having sex, while Owl works various office jobs and usually comes home to find himself as the butt of every joke. Behind the crass poop jokes and stoner humor are the depressed and misanthropic lives of these characters. They all possess tragedies that weigh on their shoulders, keeping them from escaping the nihilistic pit into which they've fallen. Equally funny and melancholic, Hanselmann is able to evoke empathy for his characters, making it easy for readers to fall in love with this disdainful bunch. Part Tennessee Williams, part Peter Bagge, Megahex will make people laugh, cry, and then take a shower.
"This is literally a teenage dream," explains Hanselmann, "Fantagraphics has been my favorite / the best comics publisher since forever. I've had a Fantagraphics poster hanging over my bed since I was fourteen. My brain is doing confused celebratory cartwheels."
"Simon has the deadly combination of talent and work ethic," says Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "He has a sneaky awareness of the language of comics and a pitch perfect sense of dialogue and humor. He is almost too good to be true. The first Megg & Mogg strips I read were so effortlessly funny and fully realized that I almost couldn't believe he wasn't a pseudonym for someone more established."
Megahex is set to release in June 2014 from Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
We know you've really been wondering what the interior of Love and Rockets: The Covers looks like... how it's laid out, what the recoloring looks like, what it includes. This PDF excerpt should answer your questions, particularly the Editor's Note:
It's a spectacular and dee-luxe production and we want to be sure we're getting everything just right at the printer, so we're taking a little extra time with it and it's now scheduled for September release. Here's a sample of the clear overlay that wraps around the front cover:
It's our great pleasure to add another member of the fabulous Friedman family to our roster. Kipp Friedman's forthcoming memoir Barracuda in the Attic boasts this loving portrait by Kipp's big brother Drew (with hand-lettering by our own Jacob Covey), a foreword by father Bruce Jay and an afterword by brother Josh. In the book's pages you'll find true tales of the colorful clan's hijinks from New York to Hollywood and beyond, hobnobbing with the literati, mobsters, and at least one Marx brother.
We're taking pre-orders now; look for the book to hit shelves in early Fall, and if you know us you know we have more previews and sneak peeks on the way.
Danny Bland's debut novel In Case We Die hits shelves in September. The book and jacket were designed by our guru Jacob Covey. Dig those silver & day-glo inks. Some of Danny's music-scene compadres have already read the book and had this to say about it:
"Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women; a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock'n'roll tragedy." – John Doe (X)
"Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness." – Dave Alvin (Blasters)
"In Case We Die is a poetic and elegant journey ... straight to the gutter." – Wayne Kramer (MC5)
"A great piece of work — full of filth and heart." - Steve Earle
"A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss." – Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
"I am a believer in what Bland has to say. He writes with eloquence, candor, darkness, and humor....the good stuff!" – Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
We'll be making a few sample chapters available for you to read soon. And hey, if you pre-order the book from us, when the book is released you'll receive a code for a FREE download of the audiobook from Local 638 Records, with chapters read by a mind-blowing all-star lineup of music and cultural luminaries, including some of the folks above. Stay tuned for more details about this exclusive offer — all pre-orders are eligible, so there's no reason to put it off!
Listen up, lit lovers. Two-time National Book Award nominee and multiple literary prize recipient Stephen Dixon's brand new novel, His Wife Leaves Him, is due in about 2 months and we have advance copies to show off to you.
With no chapter breaks and very few paragraph breaks (not even for dialogue) to interrupt the flow of words on the page, you're getting maybe 500 pages worth of words in the space of just over 400 pages. What a value for your book-buying dollar! Of course, none of that would matter if the words didn't coalesce into such a complex, ambitious, tender, funny story of pain and joy, memory and forgetting.
Curious? We've made the first 38 pages available to read, and you can pre-order your copy, right here.
Frank & Fran are back for more frolic & fear in Jim Woodring's follow-up sequel/prequel to the acclaimed Congress of the Animals, due in late September. Jim calls Fran "one of the most messed-up things I've ever done," and if you know Jim's work, you know that's saying something. You'll be delighted, appalled, and amazed by the wordless proceedings and find yourself taking multiple journeys through the pages in order to unravel the mysteries therein.
Where to start with a story that has no beginning and no end? We offer a 10-page excerpt and a button to pre-order your copy right here.
Well, baseball and softball season in the city leagues of Seattle started recently and we couldn't help but draw a little inspiration from the man who helped elevate baseball to its on-high status, Willard Mullin. The Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 collects for the first time Mullin's best drawings devoted to baseball — depictions of players like Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra and the story of Mullin creating the Brooklyn Bum, the bedraggled mascot of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Whether you're in the dugout...
Out ready to turn a play in the infield...
Or catching fly balls in the outfield... (see me, I'm that little green and pink-banged blob on the right)
…this hardcover book is full of great baseball gags and political comics from a time when the nation needed something to keep up their moral. Our team, Scared Hitless, even decided to get uniforms to match the beautiful book jacket (or did Jacob Covey design it to match us?).