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Naughty by Monte Schulz - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Monte SchulzComing Attractions 7 Aug 2013 6:07 PM

Naughty

Naughty pages

Naughty, the new novel by Monte Schulz, is a fictionalization of a sordid and sensational true crime story. Combining the best aspects of pulp noir and literary fiction, Schulz weaves a vivid and compelling tale of sociopathy, seduction, deceit and murder, and the ensuing courtroom drama, all dressed in authentic Eisenhower-era detail. The lurid jacket paintings are by artist Debbie Faas. The book is due on shelves in October; see here for more info and stay tuned for more previews between now and then!

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Cover, Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJohnny CraigEC ComicsComing Attractions 7 Aug 2013 12:36 PM

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig

Our other EC Comics Library volume due out later this month, Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories, is another auteur turn, featuring Johnny Craig's writing and artwork (for the most part; Al Feldstein scripted a couple). Crime, suspense and horror were Craig's forté, as these 23 delightfully fiendish tales attest, and Craig was responsible for some of EC's most shocking and notorious images.

This is the first of four projected volumes to showcase, for the first time, the full chronological run of Craig's EC stories from Crime SuspenStories, Vault of Horror, and elsewhere, with our trademark bonus features and top-notch production values. See out the full Table of Contents and 3 complete stories in our free excerpt (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein - Cover, Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 7 Aug 2013 12:35 PM

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein

One of two new volumes in our New York Times best-selling EC Comics Library series coming later this month, Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories finds prolific EC scripter (and longtime MAD editor) Al Feldstein behind both the typewriter and the drawing board for 16 tales of spine-tingling sci-fi suspense, plus 7 more stories drawn by other EC short-timers and stalwarts. The influence of Feldstein's writing and brushwork can be seen in the work of contemporary cartoonists like Charles BurnsDan Clowes, and Gilbert Hernandez, who provides an intro ot this volume. Our usual historical features are joined by a new interview with Feldstein. Another indispensible entry in the series! Check out the full Table of Contents and 3 complete stories in our free excerpt (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.

The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsHans RickheitComing Attractions 6 Aug 2013 6:03 PM

One of 2009's most visionary graphic novels, The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit, is coming back into print in paperback in just a few weeks. Hailed by critics and adored by fans, it's a surreal, visually sumptuous collision of body horror, steampunk fantasy and dream logic that would make Sigmund Freud's head spin. If you like gorgeously discomfiting comics, this is the book for you. Read most of the first chapter (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.

The Squirrel Machine by Hans Rickheit

Nudnik Revealed! by Gene Deitch - Cover & Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGene DeitchComing Attractions 6 Aug 2013 3:24 PM

Nudnik Revealed! by Gene Deitch

In just a few weeks Gene Deitch's Nudnik Revealed! will hit shelves and animation fans will not want to miss it. Deitch, a living legend in the animation field, created a series of theatrical shorts in the mid-1960s starring a prototypical lovable-loser type, Nudnik. The series lasted one "season" of 12 episodes and garnered an Oscar nomination. Now, for the first time, Deitch has delved into his archives and gathered all of the artwork he produced for the cartoons into this oversized coffee-table art book, along with his own entertaining commentary. We were thrilled to have Gene himself on hand to debut the book at Comic-Con last month; if you didn't get a copy there, here's a peek at some of the contents (embedded below or downloadable), and you can pre-order here.

The Complete Peanuts 1989-1990 (Vol. 20) by Charles M. Schulz - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 6 Aug 2013 1:55 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1989-1990

The Complete Peanuts 1989-1990 pages

The landmark 20th volume of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is charging up on us like Snoopy going after Linus's blanket, and we have the advance copies to prove it! You got Chuck there on the cover (designed, as always, by Seth), and who better to introduce the series of unfortunate events that tends to befall the gang than mysterious author Lemony Snicket? Each volume collects a full two years of strips, daily and Sunday, in crisp black & white with a handy and entertaining Index and a brief bio of Schulz in the back. This will also be available in a box set with Vol. 19 -- the printer hasn't sent our sample copies of that yet but we'll show it to you when we get them. Pre-order now for delivery to you in October (subject to change) and check back here soon for more sneak peeks.

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1 - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ron Regé JrMichael DowersJim BlanchardComing Attractions 6 Aug 2013 12:58 PM

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1

TOMC Vol. 1 pages

Lookit this cute li'l guy! Treasury of Mini Comics Volume 1 collects a wild-n-wooly assortment of mini comics from the past 4 decades or so in the Newave tradition, with faves and rarities from the '70s through the '10s from a roster too big to list here. You got your Ron Regé, Jr. there on the cover (and inside) and the spread shows some mid-'90s action by Jim Blanchard & Chris Cilla. It's all lovingly assembled by editor Michael Dowers along with creator interviews spanning the history of the art form. 848 pages! It'll be out around late September or so — keep 'em peeled for more sneak peeks.

Fran by Jim Woodring - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringComing Attractions 5 Aug 2013 11:45 AM

Fran by Jim Woodring

Fran pages

Here it is, a fresh advance copy of FranJim Woodring's new prequel/sequel to the acclaimed Congress of the Animals. Return again to the Unifactor, where the laws of nature diverge from what we know and mysteries and paradoxes abound. Such as: who, and what, is Fran, and what does her introduction in Congress mean for Frank — and the Unifactor? Find out in these pages. And, of course, prepare to have your eyeballs dazzled by Jim's breathtakingly rich, immersive artwork — some of his best ever.

Read the start of the story here, where you can also pre-order your copy for delivery to you in late September or thereabouts. (You can also get the book with its counterpart volume for a nice discount.)

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6: Cover & Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 30 Jul 2013 2:48 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

So we missed the deadline to give the new issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories its traditional Comic-Con debut in San Diego. Instead we're planning on it to debut at the Autoptic festival in Minneapolis, with Jaime there to sign copies. And we can at least give you this glimpse at the final cover art (don't let the setting and the hammer fool you; it's not Luba, but her granddaughter "Killer") and tease you with 10 pages of the contents  — 5 from Jaime and 5 from Gilbert. Gilbert's "Killer" begins to delve into her family's twisted history, in Palomar and beyond. It's a tangled skein that ties in to Gilbert's next "Fritz B-Movie" graphic novel, Maria M. Book 1. And on Jaime's side it's more mystery and hijinks with hapless high-schooler Tonta and her weird new friend "the Gorgon," both introduced last issue. The rest will be revealed when the book hits shelves in October — pre-order now and you can be among the first to read it!

The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim FloraIrwin ChusidComing Attractions 25 Jul 2013 1:36 PM

Floraphiles, music lovers, and midcentury design aficionados, rejoice! The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora is nearly here, compiling every known Flora album cover for the first time, plus loads of other music-related illustrations and other, previously unseen artwork. Once again, editors Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon and designer Laura Lindgren have put together an exemplary package showcasing Flora's distinctive and influential visuals in a snazzy coffee-table book. Check out this 21-page sampling here or download the PDF, and look for the book in about 4-6 weeks.