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First Look: The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 (Vol. 19) by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 1 Feb 2013 1:05 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 (Vol. 19) by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 (Vol. 19) by Charles M. Schulz

Hot on the heels of our exciting Peanuts Every Sunday announcement, we present this sneak peek at an advance copy of The Complete Peanuts 1987-1988 by Charles M. Schulz, the upcoming 19th volume in the series! I've laughed out loud multiple times with just the merest glance at the contents so far, so put that in your supper dish and, uh, smoke it. And you won't want to miss the foreword by another giant of the comics page, Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau. The book should be hitting shelves in April, and we'll certainly have more detailed previews for you between now and then. Right now, you can dig into a PDF excerpt including all the January, 1987 strips right here.

Cover Uncovered: Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 31 Jan 2013 3:25 PM

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

We love our last-minute tinkering! We switched out one of the panels on the cover artwork of Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks, to give us that extra spookitude we were looking for, so it looks a little different from the first version we showed you. There's some creepy doings a(webbed)foot at the ancestral Clan McDuck castle of Dismal Downs! This new, improved version got the thumbs-up from our pals at Disney and it's off at the printer for release in June. We should have some previews put together for you in the near future; you can get an early jump on pre-order right now.

Peanuts Every Sunday: full color comics by Schulz
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under pressPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 31 Jan 2013 12:56 PM

Peanuts panel

When Dorothy first finds herself in Oz, the whole world refocuses and shifts from black and white to full color. The time has come for Peanuts to turn a page into the same spectrum! Coming in the Fall of 2013, Fantagraphics will be releasing Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 in resplendent remastered colors. Each volume will contain four years of Sunday comics just the way Charles M. Schulz intended, in crisp full color released annually. You don't have to be a white witch to see the beauty in these comics.

Publisher Gary Groth stated, "We always felt that the best format for The Complete Peanuts was a black and white reprinting of every Peanuts strip ever drawn and that reprinting the Sunday strips in color would be too distracting. But, we always wanted to reprint just the Sunday Peanuts in full color at a size closer to what they were originally printed in in the newspapers — and so we are, gloriously re-colored using Charles Schulz's original palette." Created by Charles Schulz in 1950, Peanuts ran for 50 years until he retired on February 12th, 2000. He passed away that day with one final strip ready to print.

Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955

by Charles M Schulz

$49.99 Hardcover • 288 pages
Full color • 12.75" x 10"
ISBN: 978-1-60699-692-8 

Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955

Designed as a series of ten massive coffee-table quality books, each one containing a half-decade's worth of Sunday strips, Peanuts Every Sunday is a book to be enjoyed any day, not just Sundays. Recolored by Joanne Bagge, the striking colors of the Red Baron dashing across the sky to the soft blue hue of Linus' blanket to Woodstock's fuzzy yellow head all grace the pages of Peanuts Every Sunday. Enjoy the secret pleasure of seeing Charlie's original zigzag shirt in many colors before becoming its trademark yellow.

Peanuts panel b

Don't be a blockhead – get ready for for the majestic beauty of Charles M. Schulz in full color.

Peanuts full page

THE CAT ON A HOT THIN GROOVE: A Few Words From The Drawer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gene DeitchComing Attractions 30 Jan 2013 2:02 PM

And now a message from Gene Deitch

The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove (Softcover) by Gene Deitch

A new 2013 (cheaper) edition of the 2003 (expensive) book of my 1940s jazztoons is coming out in a more reasonably priced (and neatly printed) edition by Fantagraphics, who are determined to get you to buy it.  

Not only is this new edition cheaper, but is e – x – p – a – n – d – e - d with lots of rediscovered drawings, previously seen only by moldy old souls who played those black, breakable 10 inch 78RPM phonograph records, which required steel needles to follow wiggly shellac grooves, producing a hissing and clicking sound which nearly drowned out the weird music that was gestated in 19th century New Orleans whorehouses! *

Right now, Fantagraphics.com is offering you a chance to pre-order!

Here's your chance to make four people happy:

1. Gary Groth, the publisher of Fantagraphics Books.

2. Me, the aged retro hand-drawer of all the pictures.

3. You, the eager collector of the obscure... and

4. One or More Moochers, who will beg you to lend your copy to them!

(Get it directly from Fantagraphics, at no discernable discount.)

* “The CAT On a Hot Thin Groove” title thought up but my smart-ass son, Kim

First Look: Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Crockett JohnsonComing AttractionsBarnaby 30 Jan 2013 12:50 PM

Barnaby Vol. 1

Barnaby Vol. 1

We're so excited about the arrival of advance copies of Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Vol. 1, we all busted out our cameraphones for these snapshots! Eric Instagrammed this one: 

Barnaby Vol. 1

This one's by Jen, of Jacq's desk:

Barnaby Vol. 1 stacks

Good gravy this book's a beaut! Boasting art direction by the one and only Daniel Clowes and comprehensively collecting the first two years (1942-1943) of Johnson's beloved strip between flexi-bound covers, it's one of the last items to cross off the list of "uncollected great American comic strips." And it's finally almost here! You'll be able to get your hands on a copy in late March or early April; for now you can sample 20 pages, and pre-order your copy, right here.

Fantagraphics Books to Publish In Case We Die, a Novel by Danny Bland
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under pressDanny BlandComing Attractions 29 Jan 2013 12:33 PM
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS TO PUBLISH IN CASE WE DIE, A NOVEL BY DANNY BLAND

In Case We Die - Danny Bland (not final cover)

SEATTLE, WA 1/23/13 -- Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the forthcoming summer 2013 publication of In Case We Die, the first novel by longtime Seattle music figure Danny Bland, which follows a pair of addict outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock drug scene of '90s Seattle. The book will also be supported by a unique audiobook project from Seattle's Local638Records.

It wasn't the pounding headache or the all-too familiar taste of blood in my mouth that woke me that morning, but the stink of cat piss. They all have cats. Cats and bad tattoos and mops of dyed black hair that reek of cigarettes and watermelon Bubblicious. They all have ripped fishnets and dark red lips and Daddy issues.

Both love story and horror story, In Case We Die is a semi-autobiographical and visceral story of love, crime, addiction, redemption and revenge. Bland, a 25-year veteran musician (The Dwarves, Cat Butt, Best Kissers In the World) and road manager (Dave Alvin and the Blasters, The Supersuckers) and longtime Seattlite, brings his own experience to a harrowing tour through Seattle's darkest underground.

"When I first read a draft of In Case We Die, I did it purely as a favor to Rachel [Flotard, proprietor of Local638]," said Fantagraphics Associate Publisher and acquiring editor Eric Reynolds. "Rachel is hard to say no to. But I read it and loved it and actually tried to convince Danny to get an agent, and sell it to a big NY house who could land him a big movie deal. I actively discouraged him from thinking about Fantagraphics. But Danny told me all the reasons he thought that would be a bad idea, and I knew we were kindred spirits. He's shown great faith in us packaging the book he envisions and I'm proud to make that happen, because it's a book I'll be particularly proud of not just as a publisher, but as a Seattlite. It's a quintessentially Seattle novel."

Vulnerable to the high relief of heroin addiction, Bland's characters — Charlie Hyatt and Carrie Finch — are beloved, unapologetic protagonists whose epiphanies are as blinding as their weaknesses. Finch, 21, beautiful and dangerous, drowns out the voices in her head and the consequences of a misled life with electric guitar, booze and petulant misbehavior. Her single abiding faith takes the form of an unlikely savior — 60s psychedelic musician Roky Erikson. At the ripe old age of 28, Hyatt attempts to make sense of the cards he has been dealt; a miserable job, a drug habit he cannot afford and the wildly unstable woman he had chosen to love.

In Case We Die will also exist as a remarkable audio book project to be released by Local638Records [ http://www.local638records.com ]. An exclusive roster of legendary artists, musicians, actors and friends have lent their support and donated their talent by reading and recording chapters of the book including Dave Alvin (Blasters, Knitters), Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers), Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, American Splendor), Blag Dahlia (Dwarves), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), John Doe (X, Knitters), Jacob Pitts (actor, Justified), Damien Echols (West Memphis Three), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Rob Delaney (comic, Twitter superstar), Lou Beach (author, artist), Steve Earle (singer, songwriter, actor), Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy), Amiee Mann (singer, songwriter, actress), Marc Maron (WTF podcast), John Sinclair (White Panther Party, MC5 manager), Lew Temple (The Devil's Rejects, The Walking Dead), Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and others t.b.a., with a portion of the proceeds benefitting MusicCares, a non-profit organization helping musicians and roadies gain sobriety and obtain medical care.

Two damaged people can balance a seesaw for a long time, even finding the illusion of safety; but when one gets off unannounced, the other will fall. As Finch finds sobriety, her sanity and her relationship with Hyatt falter until an inevitable event brings the two back together a decade later.

In Case We Die will premiere in Seattle this July with a number of local events t.b.a. promoting the release, with a wide release in August.

IN CASE WE DIE
A Novel by Danny Bland
Hardcover • Summer 2013
ISBN 978-1-60699-675-1
http://incasewedie.com
http://dannybland.com

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR IN CASE WE DIE:

"Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women; a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock'n'roll tragedy." – John Doe (X)

"Bland is a brutally funny and bravely honest writer. A perfect guide through the bloodshot streets and desperate bedrooms of the underground wilderness." – Dave Alvin (Blasters)

"In Case We Die is a poetic and elegant journey ... straight to the gutter." – Wayne Kramer (MC5)

"Beautiful, literary redemption." – Exene Cervenka (X)

"A great piece of work — full of filth and heart." - Steve Earle

"A suitably Peckinpah finale. Bravo. It has been like a traveling dream state and sometimes familiar look into the abyss." – Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)

"I am a believer in what Bland has to say. He writes with eloquence, candor, darkness, and humor....the good stuff!" – Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)

"In Case We Die is a riveting, funny and sometimes tragic story that I couldn't stop reading. It's a tale as beautiful as it is brutal. Addiction, love and music in the seedy underworld of rainy Seattle in the 1990's … the prose are so vivid I had to pinch myself to make sure i wasn't back there again. Danny is a modern Charles Bukowski." – Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)




Fantagraphics presents Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago in March 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred SantiagopressComing Attractions 28 Jan 2013 6:49 PM

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago (not final cover)
(not final cover)

15 seasons. 1,072 games. 41,011 minutes of basketball. Every kid, fan and often other players wished they could "Be Like Mike." The man who inspired a generation of children to lace up their high-tops will be depicted in a kinetic graphic novel fit for the greatest basketball player of all time. Wilfred Santiago, the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, depicts Jordan's public successes, private struggles and all the noise in between in his dynamic full-color graphic novel called Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade.

Eric Reynolds, Associate Publisher and known ball-hog, had this to say on the upcoming release in March of 2014: "Wilfred's dynamism makes Jordan as visually electric as a Kirby superhero comic, but Santiago also brings a good biographer or documentarian's passion for getting at the essence of his protagonist. I can't believe there aren't more American comics like this, but few cartoonists have the skill and feel for the subject of sports to pull it off as artfully and maturely as Wilfred."

While reading Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade you will smell the sweat, hear every squeak on the parquet floor and feel the "swish" on every nothing-but-net shot. Jordan went from being a teenage and college superstar to leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships. To quote Santiago, "Michael Jordan is a once in a lifetime phenomenon. Add the exhilarating game of basketball and you get one hell of a graphic novel." We couldn't agree more. Coming to your home court in spring of 2014.

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade
by Wilfred Santiago

March 2014

$24.99 Hardcover • 200 pages
Full color • 5.75" x 7.5"
ISBN: 978-1-60699-711-6 

(See ComicsAlliance for preview images and an exclusive interview with Wilfred Santiago!) 

Bull ad



Cover Uncovered: Peter Bagge's Other Stuff
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peter BaggeComing Attractions 23 Jan 2013 3:14 PM

Peter Bagge's Other Stuff

The book's at the printer, we're reviewing the proofs and it's officially official, so here's the cover art for Peter Bagge's Other Stuff, coming in April. Collecting Pete's collaborations (with Alan Moore, Dan Clowes, Adrian Tomine, R. Crumb, etc.) from the back pages of Hate, along with other short subjects from Hate Annual and elsewhere, it's your handy one-stop must-have volume of Bagge miscellanea. Soon you won't have to go rummaging through your longboxes and break the hermetic seal on your mylars to read classics like "Shamrock Squid" and "The Hasty Smear of My Smile" or revisit with Lovey, Murry Wilson or Chet & Bunny Leeway. What else is in it? Why, you can peruse the Table of Contents, read Pete's intro and sample a smattering of strips in a 20-page PDF preview viewable and downloadable right here.

Fantagraphics Uncovers Your Nightmares with New Works from Julia Gfrörer and Ben Catmull
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under pressJulia GfrörerComing AttractionsBen Catmull 22 Jan 2013 12:34 PM

Black Is the Color
(not final cover)

The living will forever be obsessed with death and those who have started on that grand adventure before them. This Fall, Fantagraphics presents two books to capture the imagination and haunt each and every night by the young and talented Julia Gfrörer and Ben Catmull.

Black is the Color

Black Is the Color
by Julia Gfrörer

September 2013

$9.99 Paperback • 72 pages
Black-and-white • 6" x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-60699-717-8

The push and pull, ebb and flow of the water calls out to all men. In this harrowing new graphic novella, Black Is the Color, Julia Gfrörer delicately hatches away this sailor-at-sea story until the reader drowns in imminent destruction. Gfrörer states, "Black Is the Color is my most ambitious single story comic to date, and I'm thrilled that Fantagraphics will be publishing it in a format that matches my vision for the work." Originally serialized at the Study Group web collective, Gfrörer's work is as seductive as the mermaids she draws beneath the waves.

Ghosts and Ruins
(final cover may vary)

Ghosts and Ruins
by Ben Catmull

September 2013

$19.99 Hardcover • 88 pages
Black-and-white • 10.25" x 8.50"
ISBN: 978-1-60699-678-2

Continuing his expanding Fantagraphics catalog, Ben Catmull's chilling compendium of long-forgotten and still-occupied haunted houses joins his 2006 critically-acclaimed Monster Parade. "For Ghosts and Ruins I wanted to take my obsessions with ghost stories, abandoned architecture, and forgotten history and illustrated them with images full of shadows, atmosphere, and texture. I'm looking forward to see how people react to a book that approaches the horror genre not with adrenaline fueled sadism or tongue in cheek goofiness but with haunting meloncholy and a little deadpan humor," Catmull summarizes. This coffee-table sized collection is the perfect gift for the future ghost in your life, and fans of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton are sure to enjoy these sweeping landscapes that echo of loss, dilapidation and dread.

Ghosts and Ruins picture

Coming September of 2013, make room on your bookshelf for Julia Gfrörer's Black is the Color and Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins.







Leslie Stein's Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 peeks out of the scanning drawer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtLeslie SteinComing Attractions 21 Jan 2013 3:17 PM

EOTMC2 originals

Yes, some artists do still send in their original artwork for scanning — case in point, Leslie Stein, who shipped us her lovely pages for Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2, all neatly organized in three portfolio binders which are safely ensconced in our flat files (nestled alongside those bundles of Barnaby clippings) awaiting their turn on the scanner. Looks like we're well on track for the book's scheduled release in August! Since critics (correctly) called Vol. 1 "a treat," "phenomenal," "great," "a joy from cover to cover," "irresistible," "a triumph," "such a pleasure" and "one of the best graphic novels of the year," it's safe to call this one "eagerly anticipated."

EOTMC2 originals

EOTMC2 originals