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First Look: Delphine by Richard Sala
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard SalaComing Attractions 31 Oct 2012 2:59 PM

Delphine by Richard Sala

Delphine by Richard Sala

What timing! What better day than Halloween to be able to give you your first glimpse of Richard Sala's Delphine? This fairy tale-inspired creepfest turns the story of Snow White on its head, following "Prince Charming" on his search for the titular character, which rapidly descends into a nightmarish journey of creeping dread and outright terror! This awfully pretty hardcover collects all 4 issues of the acclaimed Ignatz comic with full-color chapter break artwork, and should be slithering its way into the world in January. Savor an 11-page excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.

First Look: Beta Testing the Apocalypse by Tom Kaczynski
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tom KaczynskiComing Attractions 25 Oct 2012 1:05 PM

Beta Testing the Apocalypse by Tom Kaczynski

Beta Testing the Apocalypse by Tom Kaczynski

If you weren't one of the lucky few who got the opportunity to paw over a preview copy of Tom Kaczynski's Beta Testing the Apocalypse at last Saturday's Fantagraphics Bookstore event, here's your first glimpse of the finished book, which will be arriving in stores in January (and our mail-order warehouse a bit sooner). Printed in various duotone shades throughout and bound in the snazzy Flexibound softcover format we've been so fond of lately, this super-smart package of super-smart comics will be one of the first must-haves of 2013 for discerning and intelligent comics readers. Further previews are forthcoming; you can pre-order a copy and read a free 10-page excerpt right now, right here.

Happy Birthday, Al Feldstein!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny CraigEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 24 Oct 2012 1:22 PM

Child of Tomorrow! and Other Stories by Al Feldstein
(final cover art may vary)

The great Al Feldstein celebrates his 87th birthday today, so what better day to reveal the first all-Feldstein volume in our EC Comics Library series? It gives us great pleasure to be presenting Child of Tomorrow! and Other Stories, coming in Summer 2013, collecting sci-fi stories written and drawn by Feldstein from the pages of Weird Science and Weird Fantasy. Of course, you can experience Feldstein's prolific EC writing in the Wallace Wood-illustrated Came the Dawn and Other Stories and many forthcoming volumes in the EC Comics Library series!

Oh, and in Spring of next year, look for Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories, collecting Johnny Craig's Crime SuspenStories tales!

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig
(final cover art may vary)

Fantagraphics to Release Two New Dash Shaw Books
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Dash ShawComing Attractions 24 Oct 2012 9:40 AM

New School by Dash Shaw

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS ANNOUNCES NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL AND COMIC BOOK FROM DASH SHAW

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that it has acquired the new graphic novel, NEW SCHOOL, from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw, who previously created the graphic novels BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON (Fantagraphics, 2008) and BODYWORLD (Pantheon, 2010). 

To be published in April 2013, NEW SCHOOL is an all-new, 340 page work of fiction that was loosely inspired by Shaw's experience as a teenaged foreign exchange student. "New School is my most personal book. It's all true (sort of). I dramatized and changed things to make everything closer to how it felt. The book took years of difficult work to make. Now I can't wait to hold it in my hands!" says Shaw.

"Dash is one of the most intellectually curious and fearless cartoonists I've ever known," says Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "He created one of the past decade's most acclaimed graphic novels -- BOTTOMLESS BELLY BUTTON -- and pushed himself to experiment with the form even further in the books BODYWORLD and THE UNCLOTHED MAN IN THE 35TH CENTURY A.D. NEW SCHOOL feels something like the apotheosis of all three of those books. It's a major work by a cartoonist in full control of his still-flowering potential."

Panel from New School

NEW SCHOOL stars a likeably earnest if naive young man, Danny, who was raised on '90s pop culture like Jurassic Park and X-Men. Danny's story starts when his brother Luke fails to return from a trip to a remote island where he was hired to teach English to the employees of a new amusement park called ClockWorld. Built by wealthy industrialists but staffed by island natives, ClockWorld is an ambitious theme park that recreates historical events from throughout history.

Danny is given the charge of bringing his brother home, and is initially overwhelmed by his new and exotic surroundings. His initial infatuation quickly shifts to disillusionment, and his sense of "being different" grows to alienation, especially after he discovers that Luke has made a new life, new family, and even a new personality for himself on ClockWorld. How Danny and Luke's relationship resolves is the heart of NEW SCHOOL. NEW SCHOOL is at once funny and deadly serious, naturalistic and fantastic, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new.

Shaw adds, "I love Gary and Eric and Jason and the people at Fantagraphics. New School is extremely important to me and I know they'll do a stellar job with it."

3 New Stories

Additionally, Fantagraphics will also publish in April an all-new comic book by Shaw titled 3 NEW STORIES. This stand-alone work will feature three all-new, full-color short stories that explore varied dystopian societies. From a Sherlock Holmes-style investigator who must complete his high school degree to filmed "voluntary" nudity to prison camps full of jaded children, Shaw pens each story with his signature style and unique spin, all in 32 pages.

Currently Shaw is working on a feature-length animation called "Shell Game", complete with his complex live-painting style and poetic sensibilities. He recently directed an animated music video for Sigur Rós, which is now available to watch online.

"A former student of the genius artist-seer-cartoonist Gary Panter, Dash, it's fair to say, is something of a genius as well." — Chris Ware

"Dash Shaw is an utterly brilliant young cartoonist who has, in a few short years, advanced from the academic experiments of his earlier work... into a formalist genius whose skills encompass both a natural gift for color and a feel for subtle, indirect characterization." – Bill Howard, Only the Cinema

"Kaleidoscopic... Shaw has a deft touch... Like the very best illustrated fiction, Shaw's work moves between pathos and humor, between the fantastic and the familiar." – The Christian Science Monitor

New School Panel

First Look: Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Vol. 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Joe KubertComing AttractionsBill Schelly 19 Oct 2012 12:05 PM

Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Vol. 1

Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Vol. 1

While we're still mourning the passing of the great Joe Kubert, it's now our distinct pleasure to take you back to the early days of his incredible career with Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Vol. 1, compiling 33 of the best of his pre-Code freelance stories for the first time. Edited by the preeminent Kubert expert Bill Schelly (acclaimed author of the Kubert bio Man of Rock and The Art of Joe Kubert), and produced and restored to the usual Fantagraphics standard, it's an essential volume for the serious comics library and a heck of a lot of fun to boot. Pre-orders for the book will ship in about 2 months and it should be on the shelves shortly after that. Extensive previews are on the way; in the meantime enjoy a free 22-page excerpt, with the Table of Contents and 3 complete stories (plus a glorious cover repro), right here.

Cover Uncovered: The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert & Pierre Bartier
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Guy PeellaertComing Attractions 19 Oct 2012 11:47 AM

The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert & Pierre Bartier

A lot of painstaking work is about to come to fruition as we're preparing to send our new edition of the cult classic The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert & Pierre Bartier off to the printer. From Kim Thompson's new English translation to the meticulous recreation of the eye-popping colors to the 80 pages of new supplemental material, with the entire package overseen by Peellaert's son Orson, we've gone all-out to bring you the definitive edition of this psychedelic, satirical, and sexy Pop Art masterpiece. We're pleased to bring you this first look at the finalized cover design; the book itself should be hitting shelves in February.

First Look: Jack Jackson's American History: Los Tejanos & Lost Cause
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jack JacksonComing Attractions 19 Oct 2012 11:29 AM

Jack Jackson's American History: Los Tejanos & Lost Cause

Jack Jackson's American History: Los Tejanos & Lost Cause

Here is a book that we are very proud to be presenting this December: Jack Jackson's American History: Los Tejanos & Lost Cause, combining two of Jackson's historical graphic novels from the 1980s into a new, lovingly-produced hardcover volume (the first in a series of three). Together they comprise a masterful and unflinching look at Texas during its decades-long pre-Civil War conflict with Mexico and its struggles during the Reconstruction. Combining historical verisimilitude with crisp, muscular artwork, Jackson's uncompromising work is unparallelled in his milieu, and we are pleased to present his great works in a format befitting their stature. More copious previews are in the works; for now you can read 26 pages, with excerpts from both stories, right here.

First Look: Castle Waiting Vol. 1 (Softcover Edition) by Linda Medley
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Linda MedleyComing Attractions 18 Oct 2012 6:13 PM

Castle Waiting Vol. 1 (Softcover Edition) by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting Vol. 1 (Softcover Edition) by Linda Medley

At last, Volume 1 of Linda Medley's beloved Castle Waiting is coming out in an omnibus softcover edition following multiple printings of the hardcover collection. If you've never read this wonderful series before, this fat, affordable paperback will be the perfect place to start! Here's a quick peek at one of the advance copies we received a few days ago — you can read the entire first chapter for free right here, and we'll be posting more detailed previews in the near future. We'll have copies available in about a month and it should hit shelves shortly after that.

Cover Uncovered: The Grammar of Rock by Alexander Theroux
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsAlexander Theroux 18 Oct 2012 5:00 PM

The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics by Alexander Theroux

If you like erudite and sharp-witted cultural criticism you'll want to get your hands on this forthcoming collection of essays by Alexander Theroux, titled The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics, when it's released in January. Covering a century of pop music from Ira Gershwin to Ghostface Killah, Theroux deconstructs and evaluates the very nature of the pop song. We're just putting on the finishing touches and packing it off to the printer and, by gum, it's 160 pages longer than when we first announced it. And why yes, that is a vintage Robert Crumb drawing on the front cover.

Max's Vapor blog
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MaxComing Attractions 11 Oct 2012 11:53 PM

Vapor - Max

Vapor, the long-awaited new graphic novel by Spanish master of surrealist comics Max, comes out next week in his home country from our fine colleagues at La Cúpula (in Spanish and Catalan editions, shown above), and our English-language edition is now rescheduled for June of next year. To celebrate (and promote) the book's arrival, Max has started a new blog exploring the creative process of the book, posting developmental artwork, inspirations, and other behind-the-scenes info. It's all in Spanish but Google Translate does a pretty fair job with it if you're not multilingual.