Here it is, a fresh advance copy of Fran, Jim Woodring's new prequel/sequel to the acclaimed Congress of the Animals. Return again to the Unifactor, where the laws of nature diverge from what we know and mysteries and paradoxes abound. Such as: who, and what, is Fran, and what does her introduction in Congress mean for Frank — and the Unifactor? Find out in these pages. And, of course, prepare to have your eyeballs dazzled by Jim's breathtakingly rich, immersive artwork — some of his best ever.
So we missed the deadline to give the new issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories its traditional Comic-Con debut in San Diego. Instead we're planning on it to debut at the Autoptic festival in Minneapolis, with Jaime there to sign copies. And we can at least give you this glimpse at the final cover art (don't let the setting and the hammer fool you; it's not Luba, but her granddaughter "Killer") and tease you with 10 pages of the contents — 5 from Jaime and 5 from Gilbert. Gilbert's "Killer" begins to delve into her family's twisted history, in Palomar and beyond. It's a tangled skein that ties in to Gilbert's next "Fritz B-Movie" graphic novel, Maria M. Book 1. And on Jaime's side it's more mystery and hijinks with hapless high-schooler Tonta and her weird new friend "the Gorgon," both introduced last issue. The rest will be revealed when the book hits shelves in October — pre-order now and you can be among the first to read it!
Floraphiles, music lovers, and midcentury design aficionados, rejoice! The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora is nearly here, compiling every known Flora album cover for the first time, plus loads of other music-related illustrations and other, previously unseen artwork. Once again, editors Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon and designer Laura Lindgren have put together an exemplary package showcasing Flora's distinctive and influential visuals in a snazzy coffee-table book. Check out this 21-page sampling here or download the PDF, and look for the book in about 4-6 weeks.
Folks who picked up our special Prince Valiant comic on Free Comic Book Day this year already got a preview of one of the storylines in the upcoming Prince Valiant Vol. 7 by Hal Foster, reconfigured and edited to fit the format. Now here's an unexpurgated excerpt with a dozen full-page strips from the book, which hits shelves next month! View the preview in the embedded reader here (full-screen viewing recommended) or get the PDF directly, and pre-order the book here.
We're kinda busy. All of these books are slated to come out in a 4- to 6-week period from August to mid-September! (Plus a few others we've already shown you.) We're going to take the less-is-more, show-don't-tell approach with this update; each photo links to the product details page where you can learn more and pre-order each title. And of course we'll have more pretty preview pics coming soon. Get your wallets ready!
Catching up on the remainder of our publishing announcements that went out via The Comics Reporter during Comic-Con. Get more details at the respective CR links:
Reported here, something completely different from Joe Sacco: Coming next year, BUMF will be a collection of all-new short humorous fiction in the vein of his satirical story in The Comics Journal #302 (or, for you old-schoolers, his comic series Yahoo).
Last but not least, we're pleased to be bringing Jim Woodring's seminal classic The Book of Jim back into print next year in a new, expanded edition collecting more of Woodring's early work than the original trade paperback.
San Diego, CA 7/20/2013 — Fantagraphics is excited to announce the acquisition of the first book by acclaimed Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, to be released in the summer of 2014. Megahex will be a deluxe hardcover featuring over 200 pages of Hanselmann's beloved Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics, including over 70 never before seen pages. Hanselmann's Tumblr site Girl Mountain has already propelled Megg, Mogg, Owl & Co. to Internet infamy, and Megahex will be the solid collection those fans have long been waiting for.
Megg (a green-skinned witch), Mogg (a black cat), and Owl (an anthropomorphic owl) are a trio of ne'er-do-well roommates cohabiting in a suburban flophouse. Megg and Mogg spend most of their time smoking pot and having sex, while Owl works various office jobs and usually comes home to find himself as the butt of every joke. Behind the crass poop jokes and stoner humor are the depressed and misanthropic lives of these characters. They all possess tragedies that weigh on their shoulders, keeping them from escaping the nihilistic pit into which they've fallen. Equally funny and melancholic, Hanselmann is able to evoke empathy for his characters, making it easy for readers to fall in love with this disdainful bunch. Part Tennessee Williams, part Peter Bagge, Megahex will make people laugh, cry, and then take a shower.
"This is literally a teenage dream," explains Hanselmann, "Fantagraphics has been my favorite / the best comics publisher since forever. I've had a Fantagraphics poster hanging over my bed since I was fourteen. My brain is doing confused celebratory cartwheels."
"Simon has the deadly combination of talent and work ethic," says Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds. "He has a sneaky awareness of the language of comics and a pitch perfect sense of dialogue and humor. He is almost too good to be true. The first Megg & Mogg strips I read were so effortlessly funny and fully realized that I almost couldn't believe he wasn't a pseudonym for someone more established."
Megahex is set to release in June 2014 from Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
We know you've really been wondering what the interior of Love and Rockets: The Covers looks like... how it's laid out, what the recoloring looks like, what it includes. This PDF excerpt should answer your questions, particularly the Editor's Note:
It's a spectacular and dee-luxe production and we want to be sure we're getting everything just right at the printer, so we're taking a little extra time with it and it's now scheduled for September release. Here's a sample of the clear overlay that wraps around the front cover: