Are you of delicate, easily offended, politically correct sensibilities? Look away, my friend, look away. Coming in October, Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics collects classic National Lampoon strips by Charles Rodrigues in a classy-looking hardcover that belies the degeneracy within. A man cavorts with a corpse; a private eye conducts business from within an iron lung; a child ruins minds and causes havoc with her ugliness; conjoined twins put a new twist on self-loathing; and other weirdos get weird.
Meet the titular characters (if you can call a cadaver a "character") in our free downloadable exerpt and pre-order the book right here.
There's a pretty good chance you've already checked out Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree in serialized form at Boing Boing, but here's the first bunch of pages as they appear in the first print collection, which is debuting at SPX this coming weekend and should be in stores in October! Step back to the mid-1970s in the Bronx as DJ Kool Herc gives birth to an art form, meet the early players on the scene, witness the first rivalries, feel the block-rocking beats... and pre-order first-printing copies for yourself and all your homies!
These items are on their way for a late October-early November release — if you pre-order the box set, we'll send you Volume 1 right now, and you'll get Volume 2 with the slipcase when they're available, all at no extra cost and cheaper than both individual volumes! What a deal!
Maria M. Book 1 is the sensational story of a woman who runs from a shady past in Latin America, only to fall in with American gangsters and a new world of drugs, violence and sleaze.
It is also a retelling of the classic Love and Rockets story "Poison River," adapted as a b-movie starring the protagonist's own daughter, Fritz (and presented in comics format, in two parts, with Book 2 due in 2015).
This new original graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez takes his metafictional "Fritz B-Movie" concept to a bold new level, and can also be enjoyed out of context on its own merits. We'll have more previews for you between now and its scheduled release in November.
Marvel Comics would probably prefer that their origins go unremembered, but comics historians Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo are here to rain on that parade with their new book The Secret History of Marvel Comics, which traces Marvel's roots in the sordid, exploitative pulp publishing empire of Martin Goodman. You'll also be treated to a bounty of rare, never-before-reprinted artwork by such comics legends as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus top-tier pulp artists, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, and L.F. Bjorklund.
This essential exposé on early comics history is due in late October/early November; we'll have more sneak peeks for you as always, and you can pre-order your copy right here.
We're pleased to present this 18-page preview of Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 by Janet Hamlin. Hamlin's drawings are the only complete visual journalistic record of the military tribunal hearings of suspected terrorists at GTMO, and this historic book is the first place they're gathered all together. In this excerpt you'll be able to browse the Table of Contents; read Hamlin's background on her assignment, getting to the base, and her process; and see her sketches of the GTMO compound and her first tribunals.
This fascinating volume is due to hit shelves in October and can be pre-ordered here.
Ditkophiles rejoice! A fourth heaping helping of Steve Ditko's classic suspense and horror work from the 1950s is on its way to give you the creeps right around Halloween. Impossible Tales collects another 200-plus pages of tales from This Magazine Is Haunted, Tales of the Mysterious Traveler, Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, Out of This World, Strange Suspense Stories and more, impeccably compiled by Ditko doyen Blake Bell and given our painstaking restoration treatment. Ditko's mastery of the comics page is in full effect here, with a real burst of creativity and innovation that marks this work as one of his peaks. Pre-order your copy here and stand by for more sneak peeks!
We have some great news for Peanuts fans! First off, we're now offering Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 for pre-order, kicking off our new series of full-color complete Sunday Peanuts collections! Get in your order now and you'll be among the first people in the world to receive the book in November!
Second, our overseas customers have long been disappointed that we've been unable to offer Peanuts books for sale outside North America. Effective immediately, we can now also sell them to retail customers in Japan, China, India, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland & Iceland)! Banzai! Skål! G'day! And to the rest of our European fans: we're working on it.
Author Monte Schulz vigorously smudges the lines between fact, pulp fiction and literary fiction in Naughty, his first novel after completing his Jazz Age trilogy. Sexy, sociopathic Ida Krueger draws her husband Joe into an escalating web of deception and death. A fictionalized account of a real-life series of crimes and subsequent sensational murder trial that electrified California in the mid-20th century, told in Schulz's exquisitely wrought prose, Naughty is literary noir as you like it.
Get sucked in by our 36-page excerpt, which you can read and download for free, and once you're hooked, pre-order the book or find it on shelves in October.
The approach of Fall always means one thing around here (at least for another couple of years), and that's the imminent arrival of the latest volume of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. The ol' blockhead graces the cover of the 20th installment of the long-running series, covering the years 1989-1990. Schulz continues to stretch his wings and experiment with the new variable format of his daily strips, and the jokes are just as warm and funny as ever, and increasingly reflective. Enigmatic author Lemony Snicket provides the introduction.
Our 17-page excerpt (for reading and downloading) includes strips for the entire month of January 1989 (along with some of the lovely incidental pages designed by Seth as always). This volume, and the box set of Volumes 19 and 20, are expected in October, and can be pre-ordered right now.