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It's Prince Valiant for Free Comic Book Day!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 13 Dec 2012 6:26 PM

Hal Foster's Prince Valiant - FCBD

Classic adventures await you on the first Saturday in May, a.k.a. one of the funnest days of the year! We are pleased to present Hal Foster's Prince Valiant for Free Comic Book Day on May 4, 2013.

This full-color comic collects two Prince Valiant stories from Hal Foster's 1950 peak: "Home Again," in which Val, Aleta, and newborn baby Prince Arn enjoy an eventful ocean journey back to Thule; and “The Challenge,” in which another knight's unwelcome advances on Aleta result in a classic duel with Valiant!

Paul Hornschemeier portrait book next year
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul HornschemeierComing Attractions 13 Dec 2012 4:58 PM

Artists Authors Thinkers Directors - Paul Hornschemeier

We're in the midst of assembling our Fall 2013-Winter 2014 season, and while there's still lots of stuff we're keeping under our collective hat for now (we've barely just revealed our Spring-Summer 2013 season, for pete's sake), some other stuff has been leaking out here and there... like this forthcoming book from Paul Hornschemeier, Artists Authors Thinkers Directors, collecting his sketchbook portraits from his Daily Forlorn blog. Pictures of smart people for smart people! Did excitement for this book cause yesterday's catastrophic Tumblr outage? We may never know.

First Look: The Comics Journal #302
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalmaurice fucking sendakKim ThompsonJacques TardiGary GrothComing Attractions 10 Dec 2012 6:04 PM

The Comics Journal #302

Behold, the new issue of The Comics Journal, an edition so awesome we made it a flip-book with TWO cover features: Gary Groth's newsmaking interview with the late Maurice Sendak on one side, and Kim Thompson's interview with Jacques Tardi on the other side. (To clarify, there aren't two separate covers; every copy has both covers and which one's the "front" depends on which way you turn it.) And there's a whooole lotta stuff in between. Look for excerpts to be posted on TCJ.com as the release date nears (early February being our current best guess). TCJ sets the agenda for intelligent comics conversation, so pre-order your copy today and don't get left behind.

FEEL IT!

Graham Chaffee blogs Good Dog
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Graham ChaffeeComing Attractions 6 Dec 2012 3:20 PM

Good Dog page 92 sketch

News of our upcoming Graham Chaffee book Good Dog has been warmly received by everyone who's been waiting for Chaffee's return to comics. For months now Graham has posting process art for the entire book on his blog, from rough character drawings to script notes to layouts done in his sketchbook. It so happens he just posted the last page (so spoiler warnings apply) so now's the time to dive on in!

Good Dog by Graham Chaffee
(final cover art may vary)

Presenting our Spring-Summer 2013 Catalog
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming Attractions 3 Dec 2012 2:21 PM

Fantagraphics Books Spring - Summer 2013 Catalog

We're pleased to bring you the rundown on our Spring-Summer 2013 season of upcoming releases by presenting the catalog prepared for our book-market distributor, W.W. Norton. Scroll through it in an embedded reader on this page, and download a better-quality 26.8MB PDF version here. As you read, please keep in mind that most of these books are still in development and all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates (especially release dates) are preliminary and subject to change.

With about 3 dozen new books and a fat handful of reprints and new editions of previous books, there's a lot to look forward to, including:

• Brand new and/or newly-translated graphic novels by Kim Deitch, Graham Chaffee, Cathy MalkasianJasonDash ShawJim Woodring, Lars Fiske & Steffen Kverneland, MaxShimura Takako, Manuele Fior, Charles Forsman, and Leslie Stein

• New editions and reprints of material by Samuel R. Delany & Mia Wolff, Linda MedleyAnders NilsenHans RickheitPeter BaggeJacques Tardi, and Robert Crumb

• New volumes in our ongoing comic strip reprint series, including PeanutsZippyMickey Mouse (color Sundays!) and Prince Valiant

• Newly-translated classic European comics and cartoons by Storm P., Jacques TardiMartí, Hergé, and R. Macherot  

• New collections of vintage cartooning and illustration by Willard Mullin, Jim FloraGene Deitch, Virgil "VIP" Partch, George Carlson, and Charles Rodrigues

• New collections of vintage comic book material by Steve Ditko, Johnny Craig (EC), Basil WolvertonCarl Barks, and Al Feldstein (EC)

• Plus an anthology of 4 decades of mini comics, a prose memoir by Kipp Friedman, and a revised, updated and rewritten history of women cartoonists by Trina Robbins

Check our Upcoming Arrivals page for updates as books from this catalog are added to our website. Information about our distributors can be found here, and more resources for press and retailers can be found here

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We need a hero for Bill Everett's Heroic Tales!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsBlake BellBill Everett 3 Dec 2012 1:34 PM

Heroic Tales

Work on Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 is nearing completion but we have two missing pieces of the puzzle and editor Blake Bell is putting out the call to all Golden Age collectors! We're looking for the following two stories: 

Silver Streak Comics #20 (Apr '42) - Rex Reed 8-page story
Target Comics v1 #8 (Sep '40) - Chameleon 6-page story

If you have copies of either of these comics, click here to find out how to contact Blake and what the next steps will be after that. Contributors will get a free copy of the book and credit in the acknowledgments!

First Look: The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics by Alexander Theroux
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbComing AttractionsAlexander Theroux 28 Nov 2012 1:46 PM

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January will bring another of our occasional non-comics books, a unique work of cultural and music criticism from the prolific mind of Alexander Theroux: The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics is a scathing and hilarious examination of stupid rhymes, dud lines, silly titles, and multifarious other aspects of popular recordings of the past century (with examples of quality included for contrast), from ABBA to Zappa. On the jacket, more fine work by designer Emory Liu (featuring a vintage Robert Crumb drawing) — and wait until you see the endpapers. Get a taste with a free 20-page excerpt, and pre-order a copy, right here.

Delphine by Richard Sala - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard SalaComing Attractions 27 Nov 2012 6:11 PM

Delphine by Richard Sala

Delphine
by Richard Sala

128-page two-color (with some full color) 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-590-7

Ships in: December 2012 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

A mysterious traveler gets off the train in a small village surrounded by a thick sinister forest. He is searching for Delphine, who vanished with only a scrawled-out address on a scrap of paper as a trace.

Richard Sala takes the tale of Snow White and stands it on its head, retelling it from Prince Charming's perspective (the unnamed traveler) in a contemporary setting. This twisted tale includes all the elements of terror from the original fairy tale, with none of the insipid saccharine coating of the Disney animated adaptation: Yes, there will be blood.

Originally serialized as part of the acclaimed international "Ignatz" series, Delphine is executed in a rich and ominous duotone that shows off Sala's virtuosity — punctuated with stunning full-color chapter breaks.

11-page excerpt (download 9.5 MB PDF):

Video & Photo Slideshow Preview (view in new window):



Cover Uncovered: Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 27 Nov 2012 1:25 PM

Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

We're putting the final touches on Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez in preparation for sending it to the printer, so we can now reveal the lovely final designs for the front and back covers. Book designer Emory Liu is really making his mark, don't you think?

This astonishing graphic novel, finally collected from the pages of Love and Rockets Vol. II, encompasses a century-spanning life in 100 pages. Don't just take our word for it; have a squint at those lovely blurbs from Brian Evenson and Junot Díaz, below. If all goes well we should be looking at a March release for this book, and we're already taking pre-orders.

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First Look: Prince Valiant Vol. 6: 1947-1948 by Hal Foster
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 20 Nov 2012 1:44 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 6: 1947-1948 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 6: 1947-1948 by Hal Foster

Let's face it, if you're reading our new hardcover collections of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant, you know that every volume is a must-have, but our latest, Vol. 6, is a particular can't-miss. In it, Val and his new bride Aleta travel the New World (beating Columbus, and even Leif Ericson, by centuries) from Newfoundland to Niagara Falls and are joined by a bouncing baby Prince — that's right, it's the birth of Arn! This volume also features some of our most spectacular bonus features ever, including a double-sized fold-out of a strip hand-colored by Foster. You can get it in January (and we'll have more extensive previews by then); pre-order is open now and you can read a 12-strip excerpt, all right here.