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Category >> Coming Attractions

Support The Cartoon Utopia by Ron Regé Jr., coming in 2012
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ron Regé Jrgood deedsComing Attractions 14 Sep 2011 7:18 PM

The Cartoon Utopia - Ron Regé Jr.

If you could color me excited I'd look a lot like the image above: the great Ron Regé Jr. is finishing up his new book The Cartoon Utopia, which (fanfare) we are publishing (tentatively planned for a late-2012 release, schedule TBD), and is looking for a little financial help to enable him to really buckle down on it. Slide him some cash and he will reward you with a drawing or somethin'.

Moto Hagio's The Heart of Thomas coming in Summer/Fall 2012
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Moto HagioMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 14 Sep 2011 6:03 PM

from Heart of Thomas - Moto Hagio
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Word has slipped out and is spreading around the Twittersphere like wildfire, so we thought we'd make it official: following our wildly successful edition of A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio, we will be publishing Hagio-sensei's The Heart of Thomas (Thomas no Shinzō /トーマの心臓 ), edited and translated by Matt Thorn, next year. The book is planned to be a $35.00, 8" x 10" 480-page hardcover, black and white with 16 pages of duotone (as seen above), and is currently scheduled for August 2012, subject to change.

We'll be posting more information about this book and our complete Spring/Summer 2012 lineup in the near future — stay tuned!

[Note: This post has been updated to add the missing "The" to the title.]

Bookmark: el blog de Max
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MaxComing Attractions 13 Sep 2011 2:14 PM

El Hombre Duerme, El Fantasma No

The great Spanish cartoonist Max contacted us to let us know he has a new blog, El Hombre Duerme, el Fantasma No, where he's posting his illustrations and designs as well as updates on his upcoming graphic novel Vapor, which we will be publishing in Spring 2012. There's a pretty decent amount of stuff up already, so check it out and we'll be keeping an eye on future updates!

Vapor - Max

Things to See: more of Jason's Athos in America sketches & notes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 13 Sep 2011 12:11 AM

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As we pointed out a week or 2 ago, Jason has been posting some rough sketches and handwritten dialogue, along with brief comments on background and storytelling technique, for each of the stories in his upcoming book Athos in America on his Cats Without Dogs blog. Here's the complete set: "So Long, Mary Ann," "The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf," "Tom Waits on the Moon," "A Cat from Heaven," "The Smiling Horse" and the title story "Athos in America."

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