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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

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 4 (1940-1943) by Roy Crane - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CranepreviewsComing AttractionsCaptain Easy 9 Oct 2013 12:27 PM

The fourth and final volume of Roy Crane's Captain Easy Sunday strips is on the way for release in late November/early December, and we're pleased to present this downloadable teaser excerpt for your reading pleasure.

In these 10 strips, our heroes Easy and his best chum Wash Tubbs are reunited with their old friend Lulu Belle, take off for Guatemala on a bum job lead, and fall in with some shady characters led by the baddest bandit in all of Central America... who happens to be a "saucy and cute" girl, of course! "You betcher pink panties there's gunner be trouble!"

Pre-order your copy today, or get the whole 4-volume series at a swell discount!

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 4 (1940-1943) by Roy Crane

Couch Tag by Jesse Reklaw - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jesse ReklawComing Attractions 3 Oct 2013 5:18 PM

Couch Tag cover photo

Couch Tag pages photo

Jesse Reklaw, whose long-running strip Slow Wave has been an alternative comics mainstay for many years, emerges with his longest work to date, Couch Tag, a years-in-the-making memoir composed of themed vignettes which together form a revelatory self-portrait. Like life, the book is both harrowing and humorous, dealing with uncomfortable subject matter (death, sexual trauma, drugs, mental illness) in an accessible way.

My cameraphone snaps didn't come out so hot, but fear not, better-looking sneak peeks are on their way, and the book is available for pre-order now for estimated delivery in late November or early December. 

Artists Authors Thinkers Directors by Paul Hornschemeier - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul HornschemeierComing Attractions 3 Oct 2013 4:27 PM

If you like smart, creative people, Paul Hornschemeier's portrait collection Artists Authors Thinkers Directors is for you — it's chock full of 'em (and by one of 'em). Paul's been filling up his Daily Forlorn sketch blog with their portraits in a variety of styles (pointillist, cubist, blind continuous line, tiny, etc.), and now we're bringing them to you in a collectable little hardcover.

Our downloadable excerpt gives you a few samples from each of the 4 sections (guess what they are), plus Paul's intro and a page of his end notes for the full flavor of the book. It should be available 3-4 weeks before the big gifty holiday, so pre-order now for plenty of wrapping time.

Artists Authors Thinkers Directors by Paul Hornschemeier

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderThe Comics JournalpreviewsEC ComicsComing Attractions 3 Oct 2013 12:00 PM

Coming in November, a new volume in our in-depth TCJ Library series, The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists (Part 1)! In these pages you'll get the inside scoop on one of the most revered and influential comics publishers of all time, EC Comics, straight from the horses' mouths, plus insight on their careers before and after.

In these 22 downloadable pages you'll see the Table of Contents (spoiler alert: feature-length interviews with Will Elder, Bill Gaines, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Frank Frazetta, Joe KubertHarvey Kurtzman, George Evans, Al Jaffee, and John Severin) and read Ted White's introduction and the first third or so of the Will Elder interview, which covers his pre-EC career, with illustrations in color and black & white.

Don't miss out on this must-have volume — pre-order today.

The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 4 (1941-1943) by Roy Crane - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CraneComing AttractionsCaptain Easy 2 Oct 2013 6:06 PM

Captain Easy Vol. 4 cover photo

Captain Easy Vol. 4 pages photo

Easy & Tubbs are back for one last collection of colorful Sunday strips by Roy Crane in our series of oversized hardcovers cleverly designed to resemble a giant travel journal. Adventure and slapstick, fisticuffs and foolishness, cute women and ugly men, exotic settings and funny sound effects, and yes, there's tigers — Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune Vol. 4 has it all and it's all pure fun.

Our advance copies are still fresh off the delivery truck, and the main shipment should be arriving around Black Friday, so get ready to bludgeon the other shoppers to get your copy — lickety-whop! — or avoid that mishegas altogether and pre-order right now. (You can also get the complete 4-volume set at a nice discount.)

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Trina RobbinspreviewsComing Attractions 1 Oct 2013 1:53 PM

Not resting on the laurels of her 2013 Eisner Hall of Fame induction, Trina Robbins has taken her epochal history of women in comics and completely revised and updated it into a new volume, Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, scheduled to hit stores this November.

Here we bring you a downloadable excerpt of Chapter 1, "The Queens of Cute," which introduces you to the creators of American icons the Kewpies (also the creator of the first known comic strip by an American woman), the Campbell Kids, and other cherubic characters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Later chapters take you through the Jazz Age, comics' Golden Age, the heyday of the underground, and up to the present day.

Don't miss this enlightening, entertaining, and essential volume — pre-order today!

Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins

Black Is the Color by Julia Gfrörer - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Julia GfrörerComing Attractions 1 Oct 2013 12:30 PM

Black Is the Color cover photo

Black Is the Color pages photo

Julia Gfrörer's Black Is the Color is sure to be one of the most talked-about graphic novel debuts of the season, having already garnered raves in its serialized webcomic form. With spare storytelling, dry, dark humor, and detailed, spidery ink lines, this swoon-worthy tale of sailors and mermaids, love and death lingers in the mind long after the last page is read.

Black Is the Color will be ready to join our other recent acclaimed sea-faring debuts Blacklung and Set to Sea on your bookshelves in about 2 months; an excerpt and pre-order details can be found right here.

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 2: Robin Hood Rides Again by Floyd Gottfredson excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 30 Sep 2013 3:03 PM

The second and final volume of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays by the great Floyd Gottfredson, remastered in sparkling color and loaded with unmissable bonus features, will be debuting in just a few weeks.

In our downloadable preview you'll read the Table of Contents, a chapter introduction, and a sequence of strips wherein that no-good Mortimer Mouse tries to steal Minnie from Mickey by hook or by crook, and later, Mickey, Donald and Goofy do a little DIY home improvement... what could possibly go wrong? Will hilarity ensue? (Spoiler: Yes.)

Don't forget, if you pre-order the two-volume Mickey Mouse Color Sundays box set now, we'll ship you Volume 1 right away, and Volume 2 and the slipcase will follow as soon as they're available! (And of course you can still get each volume separately.)

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 2: Robin Hood Rides Again