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Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGeorge CarlsonComing Attractions 22 Nov 2013 2:20 PM

Embedded here and in downloadable form is a substantial smattering of pages from our upcoming book Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson. The most amazing early 20th century illustrator, comics artist, and creator of absurd whimsy you've probably never heard of, Carlson is finally getting his due in this beautiful and hefty volume. Our excerpt includes portions from throughout the book to give you a sampling of his gorgeous and delightful work for various media. One look and you're certain to fall in love! Pre-order now for projected delivery in mid-to-late January.

Perfect Nonsense by George Carlson

Spring-Summer 2014, part 12: You Know, for Kids
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairePeanutsKickstarterComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 21 Nov 2013 7:03 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to 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.)

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Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
by Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner

80-page two-color 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8 

The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby, his innocent pal Mr. Crow, and their tiny doll-friend, Inches, are the heroes of this funny, unsettling, and all-new Sock Monkey storybook. Convinced that their human, Ann-Louise, has been kidnapped by a vicious monster dubbed the Amarok, our heroes bravely venture into the Haunted Woods to rescue her. The epic quest that follows takes them by sea, land, and air through many fantastic lands and introduces a cast of fanciful characters and creatures including the Trumbernick (the pixie shaman of the forest), a giant sea monster, the Guardsmen of Bear Town, and a flock of flying harpies. Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey hearkens back to all-ages fantasy-adventure such as The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $25 or more, pre-order this book signed by Tony Millionaire while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $50 or more, Tony will also draw a sketch in your book! Or, for a pledge of $150 or more, get an exclusive signed Tony Millionaire print! (Or increase your pledge to the sum of all the rewards you want!)

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The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) — Paperback Edition
by Charles M. Schulz

360-page black & white (with spot color) 8.25" x 6.5" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-763-5 

The bestselling, award-winning, critically acclaimed series that sparked a renaissance for fans of classic comic strips upon its debut in 2004 is now in softcover! This first volume, covering the first two and a quarter years of the strip, features hundreds of strips rarely reprinted before this series. Three major cast members — Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus — initially show up as infants and only “grow” into their final “mature” selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy! The Complete Peanuts offers a unique chance to see a master of the art form refine his skills and solidify his universe, day by day. This volume is rounded out with Garrison Keillor’s introduction, a biographical essay by David Michaelis (Schulz and Peanuts) and an in-depth interview with Schulz conducted in 1987 by Gary Groth and Rick Marschall.

We have four different Peanuts rewards, including a print and signed books, for Kickstarter backers at the $20 level and higher while supplies last!



Spring-Summer 2014, part 11: Myths & Legends, Pirates & Heroes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzKickstarterDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 20 Nov 2013 6:15 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to 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.)

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Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1
by S. Clay Wilson; edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

224-page color/black & white 7.5" x 11" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-747-5 

This is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists: the taboo busting, eyeball blistering S. Clay Wilson. This first volume contains all of his underground comic stories from ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade magazine as well as the many adventures of the Checkered Demon, Star-Eyed Stella, and Captain Pissgums, and even his earliest collaborations with William Burroughs. Also: selections from his teenaged and college years, both in comics and painting form. First person accounts from his peers, as well as Wilson’s own words, offer a revealing portrait of the artist who hid his shyness behind brash behavior and bluster. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by S. Clay Wilson and Patrick Rosenkranz while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print signed by Wilson! (Or increase your pledge for one or the other to $250 and get both!)

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Heroes of the Comic Books: 75 Portraits of the Pioneering Legends of American Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

160-page full-color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"

(Note that the final cover art will feature Drew's portrait of Jack Kirby, rather than Siegel & Shuster as shown here.)

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by Drew Friedman while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print of Friedman's portrait of Steve Ditko, signed by Friedman! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive t-shirt with art by Drew! (Or increase your pledge to the appropriate sum for multiple rewards!) 



Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 20 Nov 2013 1:32 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 8 cover photo

Prince Valiant Vol. 8 pages photo

Tally ho, adventure lovers, another volume of Hal Foster's masterpiece is coming your way in a couple of months, as heralded by the appearance of advance copies of Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 in our hallowed halls. A theological thread runs through this volume with storylines about the coming of Christianity to Val's Nordic homeland (see Val getting a lesson on the Norse pantheon with a pre-Lee/Kirby Thor on the cover) along with all the usual derring-do, epic battles, domestic comedy, and dramatic life changes. Pre-order now for your express ticket to comics Valhalla!

Spring-Summer 2014, part 10: International Innovators
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Simon HanselmannOlivier SchrauwenKickstarterComing Attractions 19 Nov 2013 5:52 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to 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.)

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Arsene Schrauwen
by Olivier Schrauwen

250-page full-color 8" x 10" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-730-7 

In 1947, the author's grandfather, Arsene, traveled across the ocean to a mysterious, dangerous jungle colony at the behest of his cousin. Together they would build something deemed impossible: a utopia of modernity, in the wilderness — but not before Arsene falls in love with his cousin's wife, Marieke. Whether delirious from love or a fever-inducing jungle virus, Arsene's loosening grip on reality is mirrored by the reader's uncertainty of what is imagined or real by Arsene. This first full-length graphic novel from the critically-acclaimed Olivier Schrauwen is an engrossing, sometimes funny, slightly surreal and often beautiful narrative.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by Olivier Schrauwen while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive Risograph print by Ollie! (Or increase your pledge for one or the other to $90 and get both!)

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Megahex
by Simon Hanselmann

200-page full-color 6" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-743-7 

Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann's Girl Mountain Tumblr. This is the first collection of Hanselmann's work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the "classic" Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book signed by Simon Hanselmann while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive t-shirt with art by Simon (image TK)! Or, for a pledge of $75 or more, get Simon's mix tape! Or, be the lucky individual who gets an all-new original painting of anything you want (almost) by Simon for a $750 pledge! (Or, increase your pledge to the sum of two or more items for total Hanselmannia!)



Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Graham IngelsEC ComicsComing Attractions 19 Nov 2013 3:27 PM

Sucker Bait cover photo

Sucker Bait pages photo

Are you ready to get Ghastly? Our next EC Comics Library volume Sucker Bait and Other Stories, featuring the nauseatingly expressive artwork of Graham Ingels, is a couple of months from haunting your shelves, as evidenced by the acrid arrival of advance copies in our cobwebbed lair. The Old Witch serves up a cauldron-ful of grue and rue in over two dozen classic creepfests, reprinted in glorious, gory-ous black and white. Peek through your fingers at 3 full stories and pre-order your copy right here.

Spring-Summer 2014, part 9: Ducks! Rosa! Barks!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under KickstarterDon RosaDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 18 Nov 2013 7:34 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to 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.)

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Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 1)
by Don Rosa

208-page full-color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-742-0 

“Great howling crashwagons!” The Richest Duck in the World is back — and so are noisy nephew Donald, wunderkinder Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and rascally richnik Flintheart Glomgold! Because you asked for it, we’re proud to present our first complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by contemporary fan favorite Don Rosa — following in the footsteps of Disney legend Carl Barks with an exciting, lovingly detailed visual style all his own! Rosa, among the world’s most beloved modern cartoonists, launched his Barksian career in 1987. Famed for his prizewinning “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck,” Rosa wrote and drew a whopping two decades’ worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns! Presented with sparkling color and “extras,” these Duckburg epics are getting a definitive, comprehensive North American edition for the very first time — at a price even Scrooge would consider a bargain!

(Note: specifications for this book have changed from the catalog!) 

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by Don Rosa while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $500 or more, Don will do a full-color head sketch of the character of your choice!

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Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 8)
by Carl Barks

216-page full-color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-741-3 

It’s off to Shangri-Lala for Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, on a perilous expedition to bring back a rare unicorn for Uncle Scrooge! But it’s not as easy as it sounds, with a mysterious stowaway, intrigue, and double-crosses in this land of many secrets. But once you do catch a unicorn, what, exactly, do you do with him? Then, in a trio of frigid challenges — “Luck of the North,” “Land of the Totem Poles,” and “Serum to Codfish Cove” — the Ducks must face the perils of the north. Each story has been meticulously restored and re-colored. Insightful story notes by an international panel of Barks experts. Introduction by Jeff Kinney, bestselling author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Edited by Gary Groth.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book while supplies last!



Spring-Summer 2014, part 8: Classic & Cutting-Edge Horror
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkoKickstarterConor StechschulteComing AttractionsBlake Bell 15 Nov 2013 5:43 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to 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.)

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The Amateurs
by Conor Stechschulte

72-page black & white (with spot color) 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5 

A local medical expert and sheriff are summoned to investigate a strange sighting that sets the stage for Conor Stechschulte's debut graphic novella: a severed human head that still seems to be talking. We flash back to a pair of butchers who arrive at work one morning to find not only that there is no meat in their shop but also that they have forgotten completely how to do their job. As customers arrive, they are too fearful for their livelihood to admit their dilemma, leading to increasingly disastrous events. But what has caused their strange amnesia? This often hilarious, enigmatic, and uncomfortable book will establish Stechschulte as an exciting new talent.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $25 or more, pre-order this book signed by Conor Stechschulte while supplies last! Also available: a limited edition silkscreen print for a pledge of $50 or more.

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Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Softcover Ed.)
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 6.75" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

 

Before Spider-Man and Dr. Strange, the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring all manners of horrors at his drawing table. In his first two years in the industry (1953 and 1954), Ditko drew tales of macabre suspense that were not yet hobbled by the imminent Comics Code Authority (adopted in Oct. 1954). These stories featured graphic bloodshed, dismemberment, and blood-curdling acid baths as the ugly end to the lives of the dark and twisted inhabitants of Steve Ditko's imagination. Strange Suspense features spectacular full-color reprints of every story from those first two years of his career. Edited by Ditko expert Blake Bell. Now in paperback!

For a Kickstarter pledge $200 or more, get a signed, limited edition print featuring a portrait of Steve Ditko from Drew Friedman's upcoming book Heroes of the Comic Books!



Spring-Summer 2014, part 7: Esther & Eleanor
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under KickstarterEsther Pearl WatsonEleanor DavisComing Attractions 14 Nov 2013 6:18 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to 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.)

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Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

Summer vacation is here and Tammy Pierce is back with more sometimes ordinary, often humiliating, occasionally poignant, and usually hilarious exploits! Her hopes, dreams, agonies, and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials — too much mascara, leg warmers with heels, and huge hair, etc. — as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of high school through Tammy's naivete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable's universal humor and loser cast of characters. Tammy's life isn’t pretty, but it is endlessly endearing and hilarious.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book signed by Esther Pearl Watson while supplies last!

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How to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis

144-page full-color/b&w 7.5" x 9.875" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6 

Eleanor Davis's How to Be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $35 or more, pre-order this book signed by Eleanor Davis while supplies last! Also available: exclusive t-shirt and (coming soon) prints!

(Fun fact: Esther and Eleanor are both Society of Illustrators medal winners!) 



Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under George CarlsonComing Attractionsarbitrary cuteness 14 Nov 2013 4:23 PM

Perfect Nonsense

Perfect Nonsense

Perfect Nonsense pages

Perfect Nonsense pages

Do you like beautiful books? Do you like gorgeous illustration? Do you like fun, inventive comics? Then you will love Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson, coming in January. Collecting Carlson's mostly youth-oriented work from the first half of the 20th century, Perfect Nonsense is brimming with clever whimsy and swoon-worthy artwork in a package so lovely we all crowded around designer Tony Ong and his pup Otis (out of frame) to congratulate him on a job well done when the first advance copies arrived.

Tony

And the die-cut cover! Heeeeere's Wanda! 

Wanda