You'll be able to pick up your FREE copy of this special comic exclusively at participating comic shops on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Lots of shops have sales on FCBD so it'll be a great time to pick up available volumes in our Prince Valiant series!
Are you ready to get Groove-y? Our new, redesigned, remastered paperback edition of the great Gene Deitch's The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove is just a couple months away and we have advance copies in house to show off. Collecting Deitch's jazz illustrations and cartoons from The Record Changer magazine 1945-1951 in an oversized coffee table book, it's a jazz fiend's, vinyl collector's, midcentury illustration lover's, retro-phile's dream! Right now you can groove on an 18-page excerpt and pre-order a copy (at 30% off through March 18 as part of our Art & Illustration sale!) right here.
We've just uploaded a 16-page excerpt (comprising the entire first chapter) of Goddamn This War! by Jacques Tardi & Jean-Pierre Verney for your perusal. This section of Tardi's second WWI masterwork covers 1914, the first year of the war, told from the somewhat jaundiced (though not completely despairing yet) point of view of a French infantry soldier, illustrated in Tardi's loose-yet-precise pen and striking watercolors. View the preview in the embedded reader here or get the PDF directly. We've just approved the printer's proofs which means the book should be hitting shelves in June or so — you can get it a little sooner if you pre-order direct from us.
In a couple of months we have a new reprint of The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 5: Happy Hippy Comix coming your way, and we got an advance sample copy to show off to you. As you might surmise from the title, this volume has some of Crumb's most transgressive and drug-influenced stuff, with Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, and Angelfood McSpade all taking star turns, among other kooky characters, in material from Zap, Snatch and elsewhere. Plus Janis Joplin! It's wild, man! The original edition brought in a 1991 Harvey Award for Best Domestic Reprint Project and Booklist had this to say:
"Fantagraphics' Crumb project advances into wilder, woolier, scarier, more fantastic, and lewder and still lewder territory in [Volume 5]... This is definitely X-rated material — make that triple-X! — but it's brilliant, scabrously hilarious, absolutely basic to understanding the 1960s American counterculture, and authentically mind-blowing."
In other words, don't miss it! We'll have a bunch more preview snapshots for you soon; in the meantime, hop on the early pre-order train right here.
Reason to rejoice: the new, expanded and complete Castle Waiting Vol. 2: Definitive Edition by Linda Medley is almost here, and we've got advance copies in the office to prove it. Compiling the 15 issues that came out 2006-2009 and the 3 new issues that came out last year, this new edition finally tells the whole story. (Editor Kim Thompson explains how and why this new edition came to be.) Unexpected visitors, a secret passageway, ladies' undergarments, compelling character backstories, mysteries, laughter, tears, bowling action, a ghost... this story has it all! We won't keep you waiting long for more extensive previews; in the meantime, read a 20-page excerpt and pre-order a copy right here. (And order it together with Vol. 1 for super savings!)
The next issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories is still about 6 months away from hitting shelves. Too early to get hyped up for? Never, says we! And excitement reaches a fever pitch whenever Gilbert Hernandez sends in his original pages for scanning. More Killer in Palomar... Poison River revisited... oboy! I snuck the stack out of safekeeping in our art department for a quick snapshot.
The Comics Reporter let the monkey out of the bag: in November 2013 we'll be publishing Sock Monkey Treasury: A "Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" Collection! This big fat hardcover collects all the Dark Horse Sock Monkey comics, the Uncle Gabby graphic novella, The Glass Doorknob storybook, and The Inches Incident graphic novel. These comics have been hailed as modern all-ages classics and we're delighted to bring them to you in a single, sure-to-be-gorgeous tome.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
"Like Joe Strummer, like Prince Buster and more grandly, John Wayne, Mark Twain and Lewis Carroll, some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello
"Tony Millionaire is making misanthropy feel good again." – Andy Richter
"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires." – Conan O'Brien
"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers
Hey gang, we just got advance copies of Peter Bagge's Other Stuff! This handy volume collects Pete's collaborations (with Clowes, Crumb, Tomine, the Hernandezes, Alan Moore, etc.) from the back pages of Hate, stories from Hate Annual, and other odds 'n' ends. It's a must-have for Baggeliebers (huh?) and all lovers of hilarious satire.
Lucky attendees at Emerald City Comicon this weekend will have first crack at buying copies (and getting 'em signed and personalized by Pete himself) — everybody else will have to wait a couple months before it hits shelves. But you can get a taste with our 20-page excerpt, readable right here.
In 2010 it was our distinct privilege to bring you the English edition of Jacques Tardi's World War I tale It Was the War of the Trenches, widely acknowledged by readers, critics, and award committees as a comics masterpiece. In just 3 months or so we'll be following that up with Tardi's second WWI masterwork, Goddamn This War!
Tracing the "progress" of the war year by year, from the perspective of an unnamed soldier, Goddamn unflinchingly chronicles the horror, boredom, frustration and despair of war for its ground-level participants as they grind through the gears of history. Providing further historical context is an extensive text section written by Tardi's reserach partner, the historian Jean-Pierre Verney.
Production on the book is wrapping and it's off to the printer for release in about 3 months, and this is your first look at the final cover design. We're taking pre-orders right now (as well as for a specially discounted set of Goddamn and Trenches together).
Our first book, The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora (2004), featured Flora's known album covers. (No complete discography existed.) Since that book's publication, more vintage covers have been found, as well as the artist's rough drafts and rejected designs. The Mischievous Art... went through two editions, but is now out of print, highly sought and available only at high prices through rare-book sellers. So we decided to compile a complete collection of Flora record covers (including recent discoveries) and unpublished sketches in one volume, augmented by music images not included in previous volumes. The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora will be the definitive anthology of the maestro's visual compositions, reflecting jazz, classical, and Latin music. Regarding his jam-packed canvases Flora once said he "couldn't stand a static space." There's nothing static about the images in The High Fidelity Art: they wail, dance, bounce, and swing from the chandeliers. They hit notes that shatter glass. This is art to which you can tap your toes and snap your fingers. Flora had a knack for grooving with a paintbrush.
The book will feature a 1998 interview with Flora which I conducted at his home on Bell Island, in Rowayton CT, just a few months before he passed away from stomach cancer. The interview has not been previously published.
The book is scheduled to reach market in June 2013. Barbara Economon and I will provide the contents, and Laura Lindgren will expertly design it-the same team as the first three Flora anthologies.