After we received our first batch of advance copies of Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Vol. 1, we noticed that the flexi-bound softcovers planned for the series weren't well-suited to the landscape format of the book, so we had the printer re-bind the entire run in hardcover (without requiring an increase in cover price). We just got our first copies of the hardcover and we're much happier with how it came out.
Fortunately Daniel Clowes's beautifully minimalist cover design didn't require any alteration, and of course the book still comprehensively collects the first two years (1942-1943) of Johnson's beloved strip. Our revised release date is late May, and you can still sample 20 pages, and pre-order your copy, right here.
In 1984, 17-year-old Ulli and her friend Edi spent several eventful months on a trip from Vienna to Sicily. By turns exhilarating and harrowing, their journey is told with uncanny recall, lucid observation, and emotional honesty. Lust's cartooning is evocative, detailed, and punctuated with expressionistic outbursts.
"Ulli Lust really nails my favorite part of storytelling. Bumming cigarettes, learning how to hitchhike - the small details that create great character." – Jaime Hernandez
The 464-page book will debut at MoCCA Fest next week, and we'll also have copies — and Ulli herself! — at TCAF in May! It should be on shelves in stores about 2 months from now. You can get it a bit sooner by pre-ordering direct from us, and in the meantime you can take a test drive with our 30-page excerpt.
We're greatly honored to follow up two-time National Book Award nominee Stephen Dixon's amazing short story collection What Is All This? with his brand new novel, His Wife Leaves Him. Design maestro Jacob Covey has put the finishing touches on the beautifully minimalist jacket and the book is off to the printer for release this Summer. Here are some learned opinions which may sway you:
"Stephen Dixon is one of the great secret masters — too secret. I return again and again to his stories for writerly inspiration, moral support and comic relief at moments of personal misery, and, several times, in a spirit of outright plagiaristic necessity: borrowing a jumpstart from a few lines of Dixon has been a real problem-solver in my own short fiction. Please read him, you." – Jonathan Lethem
"Startling candor, humor, and concern; every utterance promptly qualified; rigorous narrative economy combined with near-manic obsessiveness. Embrace [Dixon] and you will be held by a princely storyteller." – John Barth
"There is no better chronicler of our antic and anxious age than Stephen Dixon." – Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)
"Mr. Dixon wields a stubbornly plain-spoken style; he loves all sorts of tricky narrative effects. And he loves even more the tribulations of the fantasizing mind, ticklish in their comedy, alarming in their immediacy." – The New York Times
We have a generous 38-page excerpt you can read, and you can pre-order the book right here.
Readers have been patiently awaiting a new book from Graham Chaffee for nearly two decades, and that patience is about to be rewarded in just a couple of months. His first book in 18 years, Good Dog is a modest masterpiece of comics storytelling. How high is anticipation for the book? Well, Erik Henriksen of Wired already named it one of "The Best Comic Books of 2013," saying:
"The world does not have nearly enough graphic novels told from the perspective of adorable dogs. Let alone graphic novels that have a good chance of making you feel delighted on one page, then maybe like you might cry a little bit on the next page. Good Dog does those things, and also, did I mention it's told from the perspective of an adorable dog? Seriously, the dog is so great! I would adopt him in a second and we would do everything together."
Sounds wonderful, right? It is! Meet Ivan the dog and see his first misadventure in our 12-page teaser excerpt, and pre-order the book right here.
Mullin's cartoons were read by millions of sports fans and earned him a name-drop by Charles M. Schulz in a Peanuts strip, so popular were they. Whether you remember them fondly from their appearances in the papers, you're a new generation of sports fan discovering them for the first time, or you just like masterful, dynamic cartooning and illustration, this is a book you'll be proud to have on your shelf (or coffee table, to show off Jacob Covey's striking — no pun intended — cover design). Get your spring training with a 26-page excerpt (note that it's taken from an early proof so some text may change but the images are final) and pre-order button right here.
Some views of The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove, collecting Oscar-winning animator Gene Deitch's jazz cartoons and illustrations from The Record Changer magazine from 1945-1951 with the artist's commentary. This new softcover edition will be out in April.
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We're pleased to unveil the final cover art for the eagerly anticipated Hernandez Bros. art book Love and Rockets: The Covers, off to the printer now! The black art on the cover will be printed on a transparent acetate overlay. Devilishly clever designer Jacob Covey explains: "It's essentially identical to how these old covers were proofed — with a hand-colored background and a black line art overlay. The case will be printed with a reproduction of the color art from a 1994 proof we had at the office. Only with the jacket in place will the art and title appear. Cool? Cool." Cool!
The book will include the front and back cover art by Gilbert, Jaime and Mario (without logos, prices or other distractions) from all 50 issues of the original series and the 15 original trade collections, plus some scans of original art and other surprises, all meticulously restored from the best available source material (remember folks, this stuff predates digital) and faithfully recolored.
Fans have been clamoring for a book like this for years, and now it's finally almost here! Pre-order today!
Wandering Son fans, we know you've been jumping up and down in anticipation of the new volume of Shimura Takako's bittersweet, beautifully told saga of two gender-questioning teens and their friends & family. Well, this is either wonderful news or agonizing torture for you: we got our advance copies of Volume 4, which means it should be on shelves in June (and available from us a bit sooner)!
As the kids get older and deeper into the throes of adolescence, the more complex their lives get and the deeper the drama gets! We've posted the entire first chapter for you to read for free, and you can pre-order your copy right here.
(You can also save some money and be guaranteed to receive the next 3 volumes as soon as they're available with our post-paid, 20%-discounted 3-volume subscription!)
Cathy Malkasian's debut graphic novel Percy Gloom netted her the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award at the 2008 Eisner Awards. Now we're pleased to present the sequel, Wake Up, Percy Gloom! In it, our diminutive, bulb-headed hero seemingly pulls a Rip Van Winkle. Awakening in an unfamiliar land, he embarks on a quest to find his mother; fantastical happenings ensue. Whether you were beguiled by the first book or you're meeting Percy for the first time, you'll be sure to find his gorgeously-illustrated new adventure full of delight, wonder, humor and pathos. The book's at the printer for release later in Spring. We have a 17-page teaser for you, and you can pre-order a copy right here.