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Spring-Summer 2014, part 1: a pair of Peanuts
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsKickstarterComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 6 Nov 2013 12:58 PM

Since we're asking you to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter (and you're coming through in spades so far!), we thought we'd spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! cover

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page two-color 5.5" x 5.5" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3 

Charlie Brown may not be the best pitcher, batter, or team manager, but his love for the game is boundless, no matter how many home runs he gives up, how many games he loses, how many errors his team makes, or how many times the game is rained out. Presented in the same format as Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking, this delightful gift book features three complete baseball stories starring good ol’ Charlie Brown and his frustrating (and frustrated) teammates Lucy, Linus, Pigpen, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang. Whether it’s at home or on the road, on the mound or off the field, Charlie Brown gives it his all in these funny, touching testaments to his indefatigable spirit. 

"Schulz was truly one of the game’s great ambassadors." – Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 prelim cover

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21)  
by Charles M. Schulz
foreword by Tom Tomorrow

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

Peanuts enters its final decade, and The Complete Peanuts enters its homestretch, with material that is perhaps the most overlooked of Schulz’s career and soon to be reconsidered by scholars with this volume. Schulz’s cartooning has never looked more confident, and his sense of humor never more unrestrained. This is the 21st volume (of 25) of the perennial, bestselling series that collects every single one of the 18,000-plus Peanuts strips created by Charles M. Schulz, from its debut in 1950 to the end in 2000.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $30 or more, pre-order this volume signed by foreword author Tom Tomorrow!




We don't want to sell out, so we need YOU to buy in
Written by Gary Groth | Filed under Coming Attractions 5 Nov 2013 11:00 AM

Fantagraphics Books Launches a Kickstarter Campaign to Help Fund Spring-Summer 2014 Comics Publishing Season

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS IS ASKING FOR READERS' SUPPORT THROUGH KICKSTARTER. HELP FINANCE OUR SPRING-SUMMER SEASON, AND BE A PART OF THE COMPANY THAT HAS PUBLISHED MORE OF THE BEST CARTOONISTS IN THE HISTORY OF COMICS THAN ANY OTHER PUBLISHER.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fantagraphicsbooks/fantagraphics-2014-spring-season-39-graphic-novels

Fantagraphics Books is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help finance our Spring-Summer 2014 season of books. Earlier this Fantagraphics Co-Publisher Kim Thompson was diagnosed with cancer and died four months later, on June 19, 2013. Because Kim was such an active part of our company, his death has had repercussions — both emotionally and financially. Kim edited our European graphic novel line and, as a result of his illness, 13 of the books scheduled for the Spring and Summer of 2013 had to be cancelled or postponed. This represents the loss of one-third of the entire season. We have suffered a severe shortfall that will impede our ability to produce next season's books. That's why we're asking our faithful readers and new converts alike to help us recoup — and help finance our 2014 Spring-Summer books through Kickstarter. We are offering a varied list of premium options, from signed copies of the books from that season to a target-shooting trip with Fantagraphics' Publisher Gary Groth.

OUR NEXT SEASON: APRIL-AUGUST 2014

Fantagraphics' Spring-Summer season is comprised of 39 books by a stellar line-up of cartoonists. There are a number of books from names familiar to longtime comics readers — Peter Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, Drew Friedman, Michael Kupperman, Jim Woodring, Don Rosa, Tony Millionaire, and The Hernandez Brothers. Not to mention any number of other names that could anchor a comics Hall of Fame: Charles Schulz, Steve Ditko, Simon & Kirby, Hal Foster, Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson, L.B. Cole, Jacques Tardi, John Severin, S. Clay Wilson, Wally Wood, and more. We also have one of our strongest seasons of original graphic novels ever, including new books from Olivier Schrauwen, Simon Hanselmann, Esther Pearl Watson, Conor Stechschulte, Carol Swain, Lane Milburn, Eleanor Davis, and Ed Piskor.

From The Complete witzend to The Complete Eightball, Buddy Bradley to Megg & Mogg, and Don Rosa's Ducks to S. Clay Wilson's pirates, plus new Peanuts, Donald Duck, EC Comics and Love and Rockets books, our 2014 lineup truly features The World's Greatest Cartoonists.

And that's merely one publishing season of five months; we publish a virtual pantheon of cartoonists every season. 

OUR MISSION

Fantagraphics Books has been waving the banner of cartooning for almost 40 years, and we have always believed in the artistic potential of comics — in the medium's power and subtlety; its vast capaciousness and intimate smallness; its ability to transport us to different worlds or express the human heart in conflict with itself; its ability to vivify political and historical events or reveal intimate autobiographical truths; its hilariously vulgar humor, or its moving urban dramas. We strive to find the best and brightest comics from new cartoonists and from the classic archives.

THE PERENNIAL STRUGGLE

Ours is and always has been an intrinsically difficult commercial enterprise, and we have survived due to a combination of great taste, sheer will, good luck, and reasonable business acumen. Still, it has never been easy. Fantagraphics has always been a guerilla publisher — lean and mean. In order to do what we do, we have always kept our overhead low and our lifestyle modest. We publish about 100 books a year with a staff of less then 20 — a level of efficiency unheard of in corporate publishing. We pride ourselves on taking risks, publishing work based on merit, and a commitment to serious artistic standards.

Fantagraphics has never existed comfortably within the traditional capitalist model — ruthlessly competitive, obsessed with growth, and the endless accumulation of surplus money. Our artistic values have always tempered our profitability. Fantagraphics has managed to scrape by, but we realized that with the advent of crowd funding, we are in a position to make an end-run around the most brutish strictures of the marketplace and appeal directly to our readers through Kickstarter. We are asking the public to help us continue this quixotic enterprise. At the end of the day, we cannot rely on anyone but our readers.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fantagraphicsbooks/fantagraphics-2014-spring-season-39-graphic-novels

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Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny RyanComing Attractions 4 Nov 2013 4:16 PM

Prison Pit cover photo

Prison Pit Book 5 pages photo

These glimpses of an advance copy of Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan show a couple of the foes our antihero Cannibal Fuckface has to deal with: on the cover, one of the Holocaust Brothers and their death machines, unleashed by the Prison Boss to deal with C.F., and in the pages, the deadly Slitt, out for revenge. (This time, it's personal.) Can C.F. withstand the onslaught? Can the onslaught withstand C.F.? All this plus Abortion Bucket and the mystery of the Caligulon ("insert me into your urethra") in 124 gut-churning pages.

Look for the book to drop like a hacked-off limb in about 8 weeks, and secure yourself one of the first copies by pre-ordering now.

Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakomangaComing Attractions 4 Nov 2013 12:19 PM

Wandering Son Vol. 6 cover photo

Wandering Son Vol. 6 pages photo

It seems like the last volume just came out, and already we have advance copies of Shimura Takako's Wandering Son Vol. 6 to show off to you. The series is starting to take up a nice chunk of shelf space! The emotional complexity continues to deepen for our gender-questioning junior high heroes and their quirky cast of friends, rivals, crushes, mentors, teachers, and families.

Meanwhile, Vol. 5 inspired Terry Hong to write on the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Bookdragon blog: "Sweet and gentle, with just enough angst and worry over changing bodies and emotional alliances. Creator Shimura Takako continues to share an enlightening journey toward maturity in a fluid new world that defies easy labels."

Impatient for it to hit bookstore shelves around New Year's? Pre-order now and you can be among the first to read it — we usually get our stock first!

Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJohnny RyanComing Attractions 31 Oct 2013 4:00 PM

The various plot points and mysteries that Johnny Ryan has been sprinkling between disembowelings, pummelings, severed limbs, freakouts, transmogrifications, defecation, and messed-up genitals over the first four installments of his hit series Prison Pit begin to come together in Book 5.

In our downloadable excerpt, meet the asshole Prison Boss and his dumbshit minions, who witness what they think is the destruction of Cannibal Fuckface. But their premature celebration is interrupted with some bad news.

This book should arrive in time to grab the scythe away from the withered fingers of 2013 and hack baby 2014 into flying gobbets of meat. Pre-order (and get the exclusive "Cool Shit from the Pit" mini-comic) here

Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan

Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakopreviewsmangaComing Attractions 30 Oct 2013 5:27 PM

A gender-swapped class production of Romeo and Juliet... what could possibly be more fraught for a couple of gender-questioning junior high schoolers? Maybe shopping for underwear for their changing bodies? That's the territory Shimura Takako sends her heroes Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san into in the new volume of Wandering Son, with their idiosyncratic cast of friends, rivals, mentors, teachers and families adding to the drama, embarrassment and laughs.

In our free downloadable excerpt of the complete first chapter, see what the kids are up to on the first half of their summer vacation. The book should be out right around Christmas or New Year's, and you can pre-order your copy right here.

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGraham IngelsEC ComicsComing Attractions 21 Oct 2013 12:10 PM

Hee, hee! Here comes the Old Witch with a foul feast of fetid features cooked up in her cruddy cauldron! Over two dozen terrifying tales from the putrescent pen of the gourmand of gore, "Ghastly" Graham Ingels, are collected in the tomb — er, tome — we call Sucker Bait and Other Stories! It's the next vile volume in our EC Comics Library series and it's due just as the end of the year plunges you into the pit of despair.

In our execrable excerpt you'll learn what atrocities await you in the Table of Contents and read a torturous trio of nauseating novelettes: the title story, "The Rover Boys!" and "Funereal Disease!"

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library)

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsChuck Forsman 14 Oct 2013 12:48 PM

Meet Mike and Wolf. Mike's the skinny one; Wolf narrates. Having just finished high school, they're each taking two tabs of acid and then they're hitting the trail to get away from their humdrum lives. So begins Celebrated SummerCharles Forsman's graphic novella following up his acclaimed debut book TEOTFW, in this downloadable 6-page excerpt.

The book is due to hit shelves in a couple of months; pre-order direct from us now and you'll also receive a bonus mini-comic, a prequel of sorts focused on Wolf, as a free bonus.

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsChuck Forsman 11 Oct 2013 1:11 PM

Celebrated Summer cover photo

Celebrated Summer pages photo

Hot on the heels of the smash success of Charles Forsman's debut graphic novel TEOTFW comes Celebrated Summer, completed earlier but coming out a few months later (due in December) in a slim but sturdy softcover. Here's your first peek at the finished product!

Mike and Wolf, straight out of high school, drop acid and hit the road, hang out at the boardwalk, and have a few weird experiences as we get to know Wolf's inner life. This story has inspired praise from a couple of guys you might have heard of:

"Isolated and longing to connect, Chuck Forsman's Wolf reminds me of other great characters like Charlie Brown and Holden Caulfield. Celebrated Summer is a primal scream drawn in a casual, hypnotic monotone. Few comics are this soulful. Few cartoonists can make work this assured." – James Sturm

"I love the spare elegance of Chuck’s storytelling style. I also love, in this book in particular, his relaxed approach to examining the lives of his characters." – Chester Brown

Pre-order this book now to secure your copy of an exclusive, to-be-revealed FBI•MINI comic by Chuck as a free bonus!

Couch Tag by Jesse Reklaw - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJesse ReklawComing Attractions 10 Oct 2013 6:17 PM

Veteran cartoonist Jesse Reklaw's new graphic memoir Couch Tag forms a portrait of the artist's offbeat and sometimes troubled life through thematically grouped vignettes.

In this 25-page downloadable excerpt, you'll meet a few of the "13 Cats of My Childhood," see some of the "Toys I Loved" at play, read the beginning of "The Fred Robinson Story" (where the titular "couch tag" comes in), witness games of War and Go Fish from "The Stacked Deck," and get "Lessoned" in life alphabetically.

This 176-page hardcover is due in about 6-8 weeks and you can pre-order your very own copy right here.

Couch Tag by Jesse Reklaw