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Category >> Coming Attractions

Sneak peek/restoration notes for Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's 1940s-50s Romance Comics
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michel GagneJoe SimonJack KirbyComing Attractions 2 Sep 2011 6:36 PM

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Michel Gagne, editor of our forthcoming 2012 book Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's 1940s-50s Romance Comics, has posted some samples of his restoration work and some fascinating backround information on the long gestation of this labor of love on the Collected Editions Discussion Forums hosted by MarvelMasterworks.com. For more, see the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center blog.

Things to See: Jason's Athos in America sketch teases
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 1 Sep 2011 6:01 PM

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At his Cats Without Dogs blog, Jason is posting rough sketches and brief notes on each of the stories in his upcoming book Athos in America. Above, "So Long, Mary Ann," followed by "The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf," with more to come. There's something else great on his blog that we're saving for later. (You've seen it already if you follow our Tumblr.)

What's in the September Diamond Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireMichael KuppermanKrazy KatJohnny GruelleJasonJacques TardiGeorge HerrimanDiamondComing AttractionsBlake BellBill Everett 31 Aug 2011 3:06 AM

Shipping November 2011 from Fantagraphics Books

The new Diamond Previews catalog is out today and in it you'll find our usual 2-page spread with our releases scheduled to arrive in your local comic shop in November 2011 (give or take — some release dates may have changed since the issue went to press). We're pleased to offer additional and updated information about these upcoming releases here on our website, to help shops and customers alike make more informed ordering decisions.

Our Spotlight item this issue is the gorgeous oversized collection Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann's Sprightly Cousin - The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpiece of Johnny Gruelle. Classic strip collectors will also be happy to see our final Krazy Kat Sundays softcover Krazy & Ignatz 1922-1924: At Last My Drim of Love Has Come True and — finally! — the big "Vol. 1" hardcover, Krazy & Ignatz: The Complete Sunday Strips 1916-1924. Plus the Tony Millionaire art book 500 Portraits, Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1, Jason's new short story collection Athos in America, and the long-awaited 7th issue of Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle!

See them all here!

Things to See: Jason's Athos in America back cover illustration
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 29 Aug 2011 4:27 PM

Athos in America - back cover - Jason

Jason shares his artwork for the back cover of his upcoming story collection Athos in America and it makes a fine counterpoint to the front cover.

First Look: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jack DavisComing Attractions 26 Aug 2011 5:00 PM

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture – A Career Retrospective

Another reveal of an amazing art book today! Art Director Tony Ong just turned in this fabulous cover design for Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture – A Career Retrospective, coming out during the holidays. Hope you've got some extra shelf space in your bookcase because you'll want to display this (and the other one we revealed today, Tony Millionaire's 500 Portraits) face-out! Click the image for a larger version so you can bask in all that amazing detail.

First Look: Tony Millionaire's 500 Portraits
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireComing Attractions 26 Aug 2011 3:04 PM

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

...or rather, Jacob Covey's lovely cover design thereof. The area on the left will be faux cloth, while the right side will be uncoated paper — much like our Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse books. 500 Portraits should be available in about 3 months, give or take a couple weeks.

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

Things to See: Jason's Athos in America cover illustration
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 25 Aug 2011 3:50 PM

Athos in America - cover illustration - Jason

Jason has revealed the beautiful cover illustration for his next forthcoming book, Athos in America. At his blog he includes the initial thumbnail sketch, which I recall falling in love with when he first posted it a little while back. Title treatment and coloring are TK. The book will be in the same clothbound hardcover format as Low Moon.

Pogo update from Mark Evanier
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt KellyComing Attractions 22 Aug 2011 1:44 PM

Pogo Vol. 1 by Walt Kelly

Our good friend Mark Evanier, who's been providing invaluable editorial assistance on our forthcoming Walt Kelly Pogo collections, has posted a very informative must-read update on his blog. Long story short: Volume 1 has gone to the printer and is going to be awesome. But read Mark's entire post for many more details and a much more eloquent description of the book!

(And since we know you'll ask: no, these books will not be released in slipcased pairs à la The Complete Peanuts. They're big enough on their own!)

The Smiling Horse Is Coming!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under JasonComing Attractions 19 Aug 2011 3:41 PM

from Athos in America by Jason

Colorist Hubert is working away on the next Jason book, Athos in America, a Low Moon-style hardcover of all-new short stories scheduled for release around the end of the year. Meanwhile, I'm revving up my translatin' jets. Here's a sneak peek at a particularly intriguing (we think) page from one of the stories, still virtually wet from Hubert's virtual brushes.

Joe Sacco on Oil and Water
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DuinShannon WheelerOil and WaterJoe SaccoComing Attractions 19 Aug 2011 3:05 PM

Oil and Water by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler

When the preeminent master of the comics journalism form praises your book of comics reportage, that's gotta feel pretty good. Oil and Water is coming later this year and we're thrilled to have received this advance praise from the great Joe Sacco:

"Reporter Steve Duin and cartoonist Shannon Wheeler visited Louisiana to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, and their legwork shows. By contrasting the perspectives of out-of-state do-gooders and hard-bitten locals, Duin and Wheeler tell a nuanced story that goes a long way to evoking what the catastrophe means to those who still live with it."