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Category >> Coming Attractions

First Look: Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming AttractionsCathy Malkasian 10 Apr 2013 12:59 PM

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! by Cathy Malkasian

Wake Up, Percy Gloom! pages

Cathy Malkasian is back with Wake Up, Percy Gloom!, the sequel to her award-winning 2007 graphic novel Percy Gloom, which charmed and beguiled readers of all stripes (with the equally amazing Temperance in between). Don't just take our word for it; listen to two of comics' greatest world-builders and creators of lovable iconic characters:

"Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom shines a light on a hidden world, using language and ideas that are daringly naked and vulnerable, evoking something real, rare, and relevant. Such exquisite drawing, in the service of such rich ideas, sustained for such a long, lovely dance! The world looked differently to me after I'd finished reading it." – Jim Woodring

"I love this book! Cathy Malkasian's Percy Gloom swirls with echoes of cartoon landscapes from the past and present. You can almost hear Percy Gloom's meek, docile little voice. Her writing is so full of wit and charm that we, like the title character, walk dutifully to the edge and fall in. And like Percy, we are rewarded equally with night terrors and secret treasures." – Jeff Smith

This all-new story, due out in the second half of May, expands Percy's world with new sights, new mysteries, new delights, and new dangers. On our pre-order page we have a 17-page excerpt for you to read and a fun animated "commercial" created by the artist, and we have more previews to come. And for the full Percy package you can buy both books together for a nice discount!

First Look & Excerpt: The End by Anders Nilsen
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsAnders Nilsen 9 Apr 2013 1:51 PM

The End by Anders Nilsen

The End by Anders Nilsen - pages

Anders Nilsen is a unique and fearless cartoonist: on one hand, he's an innovative and boundary-expanding experimenter with the comics form; on the other, his emotional and philosophical explorations of being human are deeply felt and enormously powerful. No work of his better exemplifies these qualities than The End. Produced in the aftermath of a devastating personal loss several years ago, The End is a wrenching, sometimes abstract, sometimes angry, sometimes bitterly funny meditation on grief, loss, mortality, and hope.

For this new hardcover edition, due out late next month, the original 32-page comic from 2007 has been expanded to 80 pages, including new full-color work. Read an 11-page excerpt, and pre-order a copy right here.

Special The Complete Peanuts box set offer!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 8 Apr 2013 7:01 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1987-1990

The rules have changed! We can now offer upcoming volumes of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz for presale, which means we can extend this special offer:

Pre-order The Complete Peanuts 1987-1990 Gift Box Set now and we will send you Volume 19 (1987-1988) right away, and Volume 20 (1989-1990) with the slipcase when they are available in Fall 2013! (Sorry, our contract with Peanuts prevents us from selling to customers outside the U.S. and Canada.)

Not only do you get to read each volume as they come out, you get them at the box set price (cheaper!) and the deal even saves you a few bucks on shipping. Yup, it's just like our special offer on the Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set!

Order now, and if you've already bought Volume 19 direct from us, contact us about upgrading your purchase to take advantage of this offer — we'll apply your purchase price to the box set price!

Excerpt: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 8 Apr 2013 5:53 PM

Speaking of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson, we've just posted a big 21-page excerpt with the Table of Contents, a few introductory pages and 16 weeks' worth of colorful strips! If the embedded viewer above isn't visible to you wherever you're reading this, head to this page — and don't forget to take advantage of our special box set offer!

Special Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays offer!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releasesMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 8 Apr 2013 2:22 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set
(not final cover)

Customers in the U.S. and Canada can now pre-order Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Volume 1, coming this Summer, and Volume 2 and the Vols. 1-2 Gift Box Set, which will be out in the Fall. (Sorry, our contract with Disney prevents us from selling to customers outside the U.S. and Canada.) We have a special offer for fans who want the slipcased set but don't want to wait to start reading Volume 1!

Pre-order the Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set and we will send you Volume 1 as soon as it's released in Summer 2013, and Volume 2 with the slipcase when they are available in Fall 2013!

Wowee! Not only do you get each volume as it's released, you get them at the box set price (cheaper!) and the deal even saves you a few bucks on shipping. Pretty swell, huh? 

First Look, Again: Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Crockett JohnsonComing AttractionsBarnaby 8 Apr 2013 12:38 PM

Barnaby Vol. 1

Barnaby Vol. 1 pages

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.

Cover Uncovered: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1 by Floyd Gottfredson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 3 Apr 2013 4:46 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson

Like Mickey & Donald, we're doing a dance of joy as the release of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 1: Call of the Wild by Floyd Gottfredson nears! The first of two volumes collecting Gottfredson's complete Mickey Mouse Sunday strips in full glorious remastered color (scrupulously recreated based on the original strips) has gone to the printer and will be on shelves in mid-summer, with the second volume and slipcased set arriving in time for the holidays. Stay tuned for previews and pre-ordering details!

First Look & Excerpt: Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ulli LustpreviewsComing Attractions 2 Apr 2013 1:57 PM

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust

Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust pages

We're proud to soon be releasing Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, a major work of comics autobiography by Austrian cartoonist Ulli Lust and winner of the 2011 Angoulême "Revelation" prize.

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.

Cover Uncovered & Excerpt: His Wife Leaves Him by Stephen Dixon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DixonpreviewsComing Attractions 28 Mar 2013 2:47 PM

His Wife Leaves Him by Stephen Dixon

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.

First Look & Excerpt: Good Dog by Graham Chaffee
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Graham ChaffeeComing Attractions 28 Mar 2013 12:56 PM

Good Dog

Good Dog pages

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.