After dropping the first photos of Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch on you yesterday, we hustled to put together this 26-page excerpt for you to read and download. Peruse the Table of Contents, read the first 2 chapters, marvel at the wealth of photos, and ogle Vip's undulating line in copious examples of original artwork. This fabulous and impressive book comes out in November and is sure to have a Very Important Place on your shelf or coffee table!
We're about a month from the arrival of the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 2010's hit Newave!: Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1 gives you over 800 pages dedicated to collecting and showcasing nearly 6 decades of the best DIY comics in a compact, brick-like hardcover. A jam-packed book calls for a jam-packed preview and that's what we're giving you: 52 pages (including the Table of Contents) with samples from nearly every contributor! Give it a skim, download it, and pre-order the book here. (And if you don't have the essential Newave! yet, get both books in a set for 20% off!)
Vip, Vip, hooray! One of the weirdest and funniest cartoonists of the 20th century finally gets his due in VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch by Jonathan Barli. This weighty coffee-table tome celebrates the man and his art across over 200 oversized, lavishly illustrated pages. Partch revolutionized the single-panel gag cartoon as we know it by injecting a healthy dose of absurdity and adult subject matter — namely sex and booze — and became hugely successful along the way. And yet his life and work has never been comprehensively examined, until now! Archivist, editor, writer and designer Jonathan Barli has assembled an astonishing array of original art and artifacts and gathered them into a stunning package. Get a sneak peek here and look for it on shelves in November!
We're Friedman fans through and through: we've published several books by Drew, including work in collaboration with his brother Josh, and we're great admirers of their dad Bruce Jay. Now we finally bring the youngest sibling, Kipp, into the fold with Barracuda in the Attic, a memoir of growing up in a family of, and surrounded by, literati, artists, and pop-culture titans, not to mention other colorful characters. Anecdotes ahoy!
We've baited our hook with the complete first chapter for you to read and download for free! The book lands on shelves next month and you can pre-order right here.
Charles Rodrigues took morbid humor to new highs (or lows) in the pages of the National Lampoon and elsewhere, and Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend collects his comics for the first time. In addition to the titular serial about post-mortem pals, the "Other Classic Comics" referred to in the subtitle star conjoined twins The Aesop Brothers (seen above); Sam DeGroot, the private eye in an iron lung; the mind-shatteringly ugly Deirdre Callahan; and other saps and miscreants. If you equate "outrageous" and "offensive" with "delightful," these comics will poke you right in your joy sac.
This hardcover volume will befoul shelves starting in October — stay tuned for more looks and info!
It's back-to-school time for Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san and they are both in awe of their new classmate. She's pretty, cool, daring, and OK, maybe a little unstable. You'll meet her and reunite with the rest of the gang in the first chapter of Shimura Takako's Wandering Son Vol. 5, which you can read for free and download! This new volume will be arriving in just a few weeks — if you haven't already pre-ordered or taken advantage of our discounted 3-volume subscription, do it now to be among the first to read it!
Hey, dummies! Some of you didn't listen the first time around, so Peter Bagge is back with the answers again in a new, expanded hardcover edition of 2009's sold-out, Eisner-nominated Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations. Pete brings his sharp wit and curmudgeonly perspective to such topics as "Stupid War," "Stupid Sex," "Stupid Arts," "Stupid Business," "Stupid Boondoggles," "Stupid Tragedy," "Stupid Politics," "Stupid Country," and "Stupid Biography," gathered mostly from the pages of Reason magazine. This new hardback includes everything in the previous softcover, plus 20 new pages of material!
Look for the book to grace shelves next month! Get a taste of that Bagge wisdom with our free 15-page excerpt (also downloadable), and put in your pre-order right here.
Editor Blake Bell has collected more rousing vintage stories from one of the all-time greats, who already set himself apart with this early Golden Age work: Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner and co-creator of Daredevil! In Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2, you'll thrill to the exploits of Amazing Man, Skyrocket Steele and Hydroman; gasp at Everett's chilling horror shockers; and delight at his rare humor and romance work! All with Bell's insightful introductory essays.
We've excerpted 3 full Skyrocket Steele stories, along with the Table of Contents and more, for you to read and download. The book will be out next month; pre-order here, and take advantage of our discounted gift set with Vols. 1 and 2 here!
Aw yeah! We got our advance copies of Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree in the house and it looks dope! OK, I feel like a dope using old hip hop slang. But c'mon, check it! I should've put something next to it for scale because this book is BIG — 9" x 13" big.
Piskor chronicles the rise of hip hop with the obsessiveness of a crate-digger, and this first volume takes it back to the beginning on the streets of the Bronx. He's got cartooning chops to spare and he's packaged the book to resemble a late-1970s Marvel comic for extra fun.
Certain books have a gravity just by their presence, and things are just a bit more weighty around the office since we got our advance copies of Janet Hamlin's Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals 2006-2013. Hamlin's artwork is the only official visual record of the legal hearings of suspected terrorists, including those accused of being responsible for the attacks on 9/11, taking place at the offshore military installation that houses the world's most controversial prison. These drawings are history, and this is the first time they have been published together, along with commentary and background from Hamlin and others.
Designed by Jacob Covey and covered in prison-jumpsuit orange, this important and essential book is due out in October and can be pre-ordered here.