Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It has landed on our desks! This is something we've quite been looking forward to (ahem) reviewing. Besides the gorgeous artwork, ranging from softcore to hide-the-children explicit, every chapter focuses on a single artist, showing photos of their workspaces, interviews, and essays on what it's like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.
More previews are coming your way next week, and don't forget to pre-order Massive for a December delivery. Who knows, this could be the perfect, ah, stocking stuffer for a friend.
Today is a good day. That is because we've received advance copies of Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole at Fantagraphics HQ, and it is truly a beauty to behold. Oversized and filled with L.B. Cole's larger-than-life, eye-catchingly bold colorscapes, this book offers the largest collection of Cole covers as well as an in-depth biography written by comic book historian Bill Schelly.
We are pleased to reveal the finalized cover art design for the second book in our two volume set—Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2. This hefty, densely packed volume is edited by Michael Dowers and features the artwork of over 50 artists in 848 pages of artwork, including the 8-page underground sex comic "Tijuana Bibles."
Many connoisseurs—including Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Scott McCloud (creator of the "Five-Card Nancy" card game), Joe Brainard, and Andy Warhol—have recognized that Bushmiller's often-corny Nancy approached its own kind of zen-like cartoon perfection. In its own way, it turned out Nancy was in fact the most iconic comic strip of all; The American Heritage Dictionary actually uses a Nancy strip to illustrate its entry on "comic strip." Fantagraphics' beloved Nancy series finally packages Nancy with the reverence it deserves. Our third volume contains another full three years of daily Nancy strips, from an era many regard as Bushmiller's finest.
Massive is an appropriate title for this anthology of Japanese gay manga artists, in more than one sense. Besides the larger-than-your-average-bear body types, the book highlights some of the biggest talent in the gay manga scene today. Names like Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, and Seizoh Ebisubashi have chapters devoted to their lives, philosophies, and works, and we've got an appropriately sized 30-page excerpt to give you a taste of what you can look forward to in December!
After full-page, full-color photo portraits of each artist opposite their illustration style, we've got nine pages of the first featured artist, Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎), including four pages from his manga, "Do You Remember South Island P.O.W. Camp?"
The next long-awaited graphic novel by artist Dylan Horrocks, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, sports this lovely cover design, and we're proud to show it off for you now. Starring its titular protagonist, a cartoonist who hasn't drawn in years, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy, as Sam is thrown headlong into a fantastic journey after discovering a mysterious old comic book.
Enter the brilliantly luminscent, high-contrast world of L.B. Cole! Our 19-page excerpt of Black Light: The World of L.B. Coleincludes the introduction and first eight pages of Cole's biography, written by Bill Schelly and studded throughout with photographs, illustrations, and cover art.
A Valentine for Charlie Brown is here, a bright pink square contrasted against Seattle's current fall gloom. Our next holiday-themed Peanuts gift book collects Charles M. Schulz's strips detailing our ever-optimistic round-headed hero, waiting so patiently for the valentine that he just knows will show up at his mailbox. Then, there's Sally Brown's continued pursuit of her reluctant "Sweet Baboo," Linus. This book makes for a great gift, whether or not you celebrate February 14th, and you can pre-order it now for a December delivery!
To commemorate the first time Don Rosa's legendary and internationally acclaimed Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories have been comprehensively reprinted in America, we have produced a stunning two-volume boxed set collecting the first two books in the 10-volume series. These two volumes contain over 30 of Rosa's ingeniously plotted, meticulously rendered, and kinetically vital Duck stories — from "A Matter of Gravity," in which Magica deSpell turns Uncle Scrooge’s world upside down and sideways, to "Return to Plain Awful," Rosa's sequel to Carl Barks's "Lost in the Andes." Both books are available in a customized, full-color slipcase at a bargain price.