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Photoset: The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove by Gene Deitch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGene DeitchComing Attractions 26 Mar 2013 2:00 PM

Some views of The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove, collecting Oscar-winning animator Gene Deitch's jazz cartoons and illustrations from The Record Changer magazine from 1945-1951 with the artist's commentary. This new softcover edition will be out in April.

Click the images for bigger versions and see more in our Flickr set.

Cover Uncovered: Love and Rockets: The Covers
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 21 Mar 2013 1:23 PM

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Whoa! Did you see that? Click here to see it again if you missed it! 

We're pleased to unveil the final cover art for the eagerly anticipated Hernandez Bros. art book Love and Rockets: The Covers, off to the printer now! The black art on the cover will be printed on a transparent acetate overlay. Devilishly clever designer Jacob Covey explains: "It's essentially identical to how these old covers were proofed — with a hand-colored background and a black line art overlay. The case will be printed with a reproduction of the color art from a 1994 proof we had at the office. Only with the jacket in place will the art and title appear. Cool? Cool." Cool!

The book will include the front and back cover art by Gilbert, Jaime and Mario (without logos, prices or other distractions) from all 50 issues of the original series and the 15 original trade collections, plus some scans of original art and other surprises, all meticulously restored from the best available source material (remember folks, this stuff predates digital) and faithfully recolored.

Fans have been clamoring for a book like this for years, and now it's finally almost here! Pre-order today!

First Look & Excerpt: Wandering Son Vol. 4 by Shimura Takako
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 19 Mar 2013 1:10 PM

Wandering Son Vol. 4

Wandering Son Vol. 4 pages

Wandering Son fans, we know you've been jumping up and down in anticipation of the new volume of Shimura Takako's bittersweet, beautifully told saga of two gender-questioning teens and their friends & family. Well, this is either wonderful news or agonizing torture for you: we got our advance copies of Volume 4, which means it should be on shelves in June (and available from us a bit sooner)!

As the kids get older and deeper into the throes of adolescence, the more complex their lives get and the deeper the drama gets! We've posted the entire first chapter for you to read for free, and you can pre-order your copy right here.

(You can also save some money and be guaranteed to receive the next 3 volumes as soon as they're available with our post-paid, 20%-discounted 3-volume subscription!)

Cover Uncovered & 17-Page Excerpt: Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsCathy Malkasian 18 Mar 2013 6:50 PM

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian

Cathy Malkasian's debut graphic novel Percy Gloom netted her the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award at the 2008 Eisner Awards. Now we're pleased to present the sequel, Wake Up, Percy Gloom! In it, our diminutive, bulb-headed hero seemingly pulls a Rip Van Winkle. Awakening in an unfamiliar land, he embarks on a quest to find his mother; fantastical happenings ensue. Whether you were beguiled by the first book or you're meeting Percy for the first time, you'll be sure to find his gorgeously-illustrated new adventure full of delight, wonder, humor and pathos. The book's at the printer for release later in Spring. We have a 17-page teaser for you, and you can pre-order a copy right here.

First Look: Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 18 Mar 2013 3:05 PM

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Donald Duck pages

Donald, the nephews, and Unca Scrooge are back for more laughs and adventures featuring cattle rustlers, jewel smugglers, deep sea diving, stampeding elephants, a rocket race, golf, and a g-g-g-ghost! Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret is the 4th book (and Vol. 6 chronologically) of our Complete Carl Barks Disney Library series, and it's coming your way in June! Here's a peek at an advance copy.

If you've picked up other volumes in the series so far, you know why fans and critics have been raving about these books. Why, both The A.V. Club and Paste named the first book the best reissue/archival collection of 2011!

Read a 22-page excerpt from the title story, and pre-order your copy right here.

First Look: Prince Valiant: Free Comic Book Day Special Edition
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal FosterComing Attractions 15 Mar 2013 5:25 PM

Prince Valiant FCBD comic

We're galloping up on Free Comic Book Day and we just got advance copies of our special FCBD comic featuring Hal Foster's Prince Valiant! This swell 32-pager contains 2 sequences of Foster's strip from 1950, reformatted and edited for the comic book format. (You'll be able to find the original strips in all their glory in Prince Valiant Vol. 7, coming this Summer!) Check out a PDF preview of the first 7 pages, courtesy the fine FCBD folks.

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!

First Look: The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove (Softcover Ed.) by Gene Deitch
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGene DeitchComing Attractions 15 Mar 2013 2:35 PM

The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove cover

The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove pages

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.

Goddamn This War! by Jacques Tardi & Jean-Pierre Verney - 16-page excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJacques TardiComing Attractions 15 Mar 2013 12:38 PM

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.

First Look: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 5 reprint
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbComing Attractions 12 Mar 2013 5:34 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 5

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 5 pages

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.

First Look: Castle Waiting Vol. 2: Definitive Edition by Linda Medley
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Linda MedleyComing Attractions 6 Mar 2013 12:53 PM

Castle Waiting Vol. 2: Definitive Edition by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting Vol. 2 pages

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!)