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First Look: 50 Girls 50 and 'Tain't the Meat...
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jack DavisEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 13 Feb 2013 2:31 PM

50 Girls 50 and 'Tain't the Meat...

Why looky what we have here, it's advance copies of the next two books in our EC Comics Library series! 

50 Girls 50

50 Girls 50 pages

50 Girls 50 and Other Stories collects Al Williamson's complete Weird Science & Weird Fantasy science fiction tales, with 3 written by Ray Bradbury, plus work by Frazetta, Krenkel, Torres, and more, backed up by expert EC essayists. Chock full of rocketships, weird aliens, time travel, bizarre planets, dinosaurs, and trademark EC twist endings, it's the classic, fan-fave stuff! Check out the table of contents and read 3 complete stories in our 22-page excerpt available here, where you can also pre-order your copy.

'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity!

'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity! pages

Good Lord! Choke! 'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity! and Other Stories collects the complete Jack Davis-illustrated, Al Feldstein-written Tales from the Crypt stories in one convenient, gore-drenched package bursting with your favorite monsters, grisly comeuppance, and severed body parts! The quintessential American horror comic drawn by its quintessential artist, backed by our usual scholarly bonus features. Sink your teeth into a 26-page excerpt with the table of contents and 3 complete stories, and pre-order your copy, right here.

And hey, we've arranged it so that you can save over 11 bucks when you order both volumes together! Isn't that nice? 

Cover Uncovered: Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the PinheadComing AttractionsBill Griffith 11 Feb 2013 2:03 PM

Zippy: The Dingburg Diaries by Bill Griffith

Surely we're having fun by now! It's our 11th (!) collection of Bill Griffith's Zippy the PinheadThe Dingburg Diaries, wrapping up production and going to the printer for release in May or so. With two and a half years' worth of daily and color Sunday strips under chapter headings like "Beatniks, Bowling, Laundry & Food," "Mr. The Toad," "Little Zippy," "Art, Music & Comics," "Zerbina & Other Relationships," and "God," you know it's got the good stuff you want. Plus the back cover is maybe one of the greatest Zippy drawings ever. Pour yourself a tall glass of taco sauce and take a gander at 21 pages' worth of strips right here.

Fantagraphics Spring-Summer 2013 Releases Now Online
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming Attractions 6 Feb 2013 1:56 PM

Fantagraphics Books Spring - Summer 2013 Catalog

We've just finished adding all of the books from our Spring-Summer 2013 catalog to the Upcoming Arrivals section of our website! The catalog itself is still posted here and available as a PDF download, but we already have some updates and corrections to book details, cover art, release dates, etc. so be sure to refer to our website listings for the most up-to-date information.

We've already announced a few books from our Fall 2013 - Winter 2014 season and we'll be plunging into adding the rest of the titles from that catalog over the coming weeks, so the impatient and/or hyper-vigilant among you will want to check back often for some previously unrevealed surprises!

First Look: The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert & Pierre Bartier
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Guy PeellaertComing Attractions 5 Feb 2013 1:00 PM

The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert & Pierre Bartier

Jodelle pages

Jodelle pages

Our advance copies of The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert & Pierre Bartier were delivered late last week and we couldn't be happier with our definitive English edition of this pop art classic! After much painstaking work this book is finally on its way to stores for an April shelf date. Containing the original comic, newly translated, restored and recolored in super-saturated, eye-popping tones, plus an extensive section — we can't even call it a "bonus" section because it stands on equal footing — on Peellaert's life and work of the period, it's a combination graphic novel and art book/monograph in one. Peellaert's fans ranged from Federico Fellini to Jim Steranko, and one look at this wild, eye-popping, sexy, satirical farce will tell you why. We can't wait to show you more; for now, take a 20-page sneak peek (evenly divided between the two sections) and pre-order your copy right here.

Finder's Fee for Bill Everett Archives Help!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBlake BellBill Everett 4 Feb 2013 2:14 PM

Heroic Tales

Release of Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 has been delayed because editor Blake Bell is still searching for two stories to complete the book: 

Silver Streak Comics #1 (Dec '39) - text story with two illustrations by Everett
Target Comics v1 #8 (Sep '40) - Chameleon 6-page story

Blake (and us) are offering a free copy of the book and credit in the acknowledgments to anyone who can direct us to someone who has an unslabbed copy of either of these comics. (The owners of the comics will also get comp copies and acknowledgement.) See Blake's blog for more info.

Cover Uncovered: Green Eggs and Maakies by Tony Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireMaakiesComing Attractions 1 Feb 2013 2:10 PM

Green Eggs and Maakies by Tony Millionaire

Designer Jacob Covey is putting the final touches on our newest Tony Millionaire strip collection Green Eggs and Maakies and it's off to the printer any moment now for release in May. Look at this gorgeous cover! Look at it! We like it on a boat. We like it with a goat.

As usual, this volume contains two years of Drinky Crow, Uncle Gabby, and more Maakies madness in a widescreen hardcover. If you're not already familiar with America's Funniest Comic Strip (so says I), we'll have previews for you soon, or you can catch up on Tony's website. And go ahead and pre-order a copy why don't you?

First Look: The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 (Vol. 19) by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 1 Feb 2013 1:05 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 (Vol. 19) by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 (Vol. 19) by Charles M. Schulz

Hot on the heels of our exciting Peanuts Every Sunday announcement, we present this sneak peek at an advance copy of The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 by Charles M. Schulz, the upcoming 19th volume in the series! I've laughed out loud multiple times with just the merest glance at the contents so far, so put that in your supper dish and, uh, smoke it. And you won't want to miss the foreword by another giant of the comics page, Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau. The book should be hitting shelves in April, and we'll certainly have more detailed previews for you between now and then. Right now, you can dig into a PDF excerpt including all the January, 1987 strips right here.

Cover Uncovered: Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 31 Jan 2013 3:25 PM

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks

We love our last-minute tinkering! We switched out one of the panels on the cover artwork of Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks, to give us that extra spookitude we were looking for, so it looks a little different from the first version we showed you. There's some creepy doings a(webbed)foot at the ancestral Clan McDuck castle of Dismal Downs! This new, improved version got the thumbs-up from our pals at Disney and it's off at the printer for release in June. We should have some previews put together for you in the near future; you can get an early jump on pre-order right now.

Peanuts Every Sunday: full color comics by Schulz
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under pressPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 31 Jan 2013 12:56 PM

Peanuts panel

When Dorothy first finds herself in Oz, the whole world refocuses and shifts from black and white to full color. The time has come for Peanuts to turn a page into the same spectrum! Coming in the Fall of 2013, Fantagraphics will be releasing Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 in resplendent remastered colors. Each volume will contain four years of Sunday comics just the way Charles M. Schulz intended, in crisp full color released annually. You don't have to be a white witch to see the beauty in these comics.

Publisher Gary Groth stated, "We always felt that the best format for The Complete Peanuts was a black and white reprinting of every Peanuts strip ever drawn and that reprinting the Sunday strips in color would be too distracting. But, we always wanted to reprint just the Sunday Peanuts in full color at a size closer to what they were originally printed in in the newspapers — and so we are, gloriously re-colored using Charles Schulz's original palette." Created by Charles Schulz in 1950, Peanuts ran for 50 years until he retired on February 12th, 2000. He passed away that day with one final strip ready to print.

Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955

by Charles M Schulz

$49.99 Hardcover • 288 pages
Full color • 12.75" x 10"
ISBN: 978-1-60699-692-8 

Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955

Designed as a series of ten massive coffee-table quality books, each one containing a half-decade's worth of Sunday strips, Peanuts Every Sunday is a book to be enjoyed any day, not just Sundays. Recolored by Joanne Bagge, the striking colors of the Red Baron dashing across the sky to the soft blue hue of Linus' blanket to Woodstock's fuzzy yellow head all grace the pages of Peanuts Every Sunday. Enjoy the secret pleasure of seeing Charlie's original zigzag shirt in many colors before becoming its trademark yellow.

Peanuts panel b

Don't be a blockhead – get ready for for the majestic beauty of Charles M. Schulz in full color.

Peanuts full page

THE CAT ON A HOT THIN GROOVE: A Few Words From The Drawer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gene DeitchComing Attractions 30 Jan 2013 2:02 PM

And now a message from Gene Deitch

The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove (Softcover) by Gene Deitch

A new 2013 (cheaper) edition of the 2003 (expensive) book of my 1940s jazztoons is coming out in a more reasonably priced (and neatly printed) edition by Fantagraphics, who are determined to get you to buy it.  

Not only is this new edition cheaper, but is e – x – p – a – n – d – e - d with lots of rediscovered drawings, previously seen only by moldy old souls who played those black, breakable 10 inch 78RPM phonograph records, which required steel needles to follow wiggly shellac grooves, producing a hissing and clicking sound which nearly drowned out the weird music that was gestated in 19th century New Orleans whorehouses! *

Right now, Fantagraphics.com is offering you a chance to pre-order!

Here's your chance to make four people happy:

1. Gary Groth, the publisher of Fantagraphics Books.

2. Me, the aged retro hand-drawer of all the pictures.

3. You, the eager collector of the obscure... and

4. One or More Moochers, who will beg you to lend your copy to them!

(Get it directly from Fantagraphics, at no discernable discount.)

* “The CAT On a Hot Thin Groove” title thought up but my smart-ass son, Kim