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Category >> Coming Attractions

The Unstoppable Lewis Trondheim
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under videoLewis TrondheimComing Attractions 14 Jan 2011 11:23 AM

French and Belgian publishers have taken to promoting their new books with nifty semi-animated "trailers." Here is the trailer for Lewis Trondheim's new series, RALPH AZHAM, coming this March from Dupuis.

I post this to distract you from the fact that I'm a bit behind schedule on finishing the translation for Lewis's APPROXIMATE CONTINUUM COMICS. It's embarrassing that Lewis draws new comics faster than we can translate his old ones.

The Late, Great Fantagraphics
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Walt KellyTS SullivantTim KreiderThe Comics JournalShimura TakakoRoy CraneRick MarschallRichard SalaPopeyePirus and MezzoPaul HornschemeierMonte SchulzMomeMark KalesnikomangaKrazy KatJoost SwarteJoe SaccoGilbert HernandezGeorge HerrimanErnie BushmillerEdward GoreyEC SegarComing AttractionsCaptain EasyAlexander Theroux 5 Jan 2011 1:23 PM

Pogo Vol. 1 by Walt Kelly
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Yeah, we're great, and our books are late. Why, what did you think the headline meant?

Anyway, a new year is upon and it's time to 'fess up about all the late Fantagraphics titles you were expecting to have by now, and don't, because we suck. Specific apologia and weaseling have been added to some titles, others we just pass under mortified silence. 2011 will be better!

The following are printed, on their way to us across the Pacific Ocean, and expected to be available in January or February 2011:
FREEWAY by Mark Kalesniko (usually original graphic novels are late because the author was overly optimistic about how long it would take to write and draw it, but this time it was entirely our fault.)
KING OF THE FLIES VOLUME 2: THE ORIGIN ON THE WORLD by Mezzo and Pirus (and in case you're wondering, Volume 3 is scheduled for September 2012 at this point)
KRAZY AND IGNATZ: 1919-1921 by George Herriman
THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER by Monte Schulz (again, entirely our fault and neither the author's nor cover artist Cathy Malkasian 's, both of whom are champs and pros.)
MOME #21 edited by Eric Reynolds
POPEYE VOLUME 5: "WHAT'S A JEEP?" by E.C. Segar
ROY CRANE'S BUZ SAWYER VOL. 1: THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC
THE STRANGE CASE OF EDWARD GOREY (NEW EXPANDED HARDCOVER EDITION) by Alexander Theroux
TWILIGHT OF THE ASSHOLES by Tim Kreider

The following are at the printer and are expected to be available in March or April 2011:
THE COMICS JOURNAL #301
LOVE FROM THE SHADOWS by Gilbert Hernandez
SAFE AREA GORAZDE: THE SPECIAL EDITION by Joe Sacco

The following are expected to ship sometime during the Spring of 2011:
CAPTAIN EASY: THE COMPLETE SUNDAY STRIPS VOLUME 2 by Roy Crane (we had a hard time collecting a few of the last strips on this one-but we're almost there now)
DRAWING POWER edited by Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard
WANDERING SON BOOK ONE by Shimura Takako

The following have been rescheduled:
THE ANTIC CARTOON ART OF T.S. SULLIANT will be reformatted, rethought, re-solicited, and released in early 2012
FORLORN FUNNIES VOLUME 1 by Paul Hornschemeier will be released in the Summer of 2011
THE HIDDEN by Richard Sala will be re-solicited and released in July 2011
HOW TO READ NANCY will be re-solicited and released in 2012 in a vastly expanded version from what we first expected
IS THAT ALL THERE IS? (né MODERN SWARTE, originally announced for 2007) in late Fall 2011: Yes, Joost has turned in all the files and publishers in three countries are synchronizing their watches!
NANCY IS HAPPY will be released in late 2011: It turns out that there was more production work than we anticipated to make the book as perfect as humanly possible.)
POGO VOLUME 1 will be released in the Fall of 2011 - yes, seriously, for real this time

Is That All There Is? by Joost Swarte























Things to See: Ganges #4 teaser from Kevin Huizenga
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeKevin HuizengaIgnatz SeriesComing Attractions 3 Jan 2011 9:19 PM

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Kevin Huizenga posts a sneak peek at some panels from the forthcoming Ganges #4 (judging from the image filename, anyway). Still no sleep for Glenn!

First Look: Nuts by Gahan Wilson
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gahan WilsonComing Attractions 3 Jan 2011 9:31 AM

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Teaser time! Just last week Gahan Wilson sent us the new original art for the cover of our forthcoming definitive collection of his National Lampoon strip Nuts (it's looking like a 2012 release) — here's a scan courtesy of our production wiz Paul Baresh. This one's high on my personal list of projects I'm looking forward to!

Surely you saw our big news yesterday
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Gary GrothDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 3 Jan 2011 5:49 AM

...about a certain beloved cartoonist and his work drawing the beloved adventures of a certain beloved family of cartoon ducks, but if not, head over to Robot 6 for the exclusive scoop and interview with Gary Groth! We've been sitting on this news for a while and we couldn't be more excited. Our official announcement is in the pipeline and coming soon.

Things to See: Another page from Jason's Athos in America
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 30 Dec 2010 4:52 PM

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Pre-coloring, as presented on Jason's Cats Without Dogs blog. From the 4th story in Athos in America, a short story collection à la Low Moon due in late 2011. Jason has embraced the brush again.

Our Spring/Summer 2011 catalog!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Coming Attractions 23 Dec 2010 10:30 AM

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Here's a little holiday weekend reading to get you excited for the upcoming year! This week we mailed out copies of our Spring/Summer 2011 distributors catalog (designed and produced for buyers and sellers in the book trade) to members of the press. We aren't able to print enough to send them to all our customers and fans as well, but here's the next best thing: a 7.4 MB PDF download! It's 48 pages packed full of information and preview art from dozens of upcoming releases.

Please be advised that the information in this catalog is preliminary and still subject to change, including but not limited to book titles, prices, cover art, contents, specs, and especially release dates. For instance, Ah Pook Is Here is already rescheduled from July to Fall 2011. (Also, we're already aware of all the typos.) With that caveat in mind, please enjoy and discuss!

Original pages from Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJim WoodringComing Attractions 22 Dec 2010 12:24 PM

Jim Woodring original art for Congress of the Animals

As seen in our art department on November 19, 2010 — as mentioned, a banner day for originals here. View bigger here, and see here for a previous batch of original pages from the book. Congress of the Animals, the new "Frank" graphic novel from Jim Woodring, is due in Spring 2011.

Original pages from Love from the Shadows by Gilbert Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 22 Dec 2010 12:15 PM

Gilbert Hernandez original art for Love from the Shadows

As seen on my desk on November 19, 2010, which was a good day for original art here — stay tuned for the next post. View bigger here. Love from the Shadows, the new "Fritz filmography" graphic novel from Gilbert Hernandez, is due in early Spring 2011.

Vote for Bill Everett Archives cover art, win the book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under contestsComing AttractionsBlake BellBill Everett 20 Dec 2010 10:29 AM

Amazing Man - Bill Everett

Blake Bell wants your input in choosing the artwork to feature on the cover of The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 — see the 10 candidates on Blake's blog and then cast your vote on his Bill Everett facebook page. One randomly selected voter who selects the image that eventually goes on the book will win a free copy of the book when it's published! My vote is pictured above, though obviously I recuse myself from the contest.