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Fantagraphics Feels the Wuv with Ed Luce
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under Ed LuceComing Attractions 9 May 2014 12:00 PM

Wuvable Oaf

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of Ed Luce’s indie comic sensation Wuvable Oaf, to be released March 2015. Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.

Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.

“The first indie comics I ever bought were published by Fantagraphics, including Love and Rockets, Eightball and Usagi Yojimbo,” explains cartoonist Ed Luce. “Much of Wuvable Oaf's DNA was directly influenced by Fantagraphics publications. In putting this collection together, it's like they’ve stepped forward to claim paternity. I couldn't be more excited to find myself in the company of such wonderful work.”

Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds says he’s "eager to take Ed Luce’s infectious voice and inviting visual style to a bigger stage, because I believe he’s only scratched the surface of his potential audience for the Oaf, who is one of the most singular characters to emerge from the corners of ‘alternative comics’ in several years.”

Ed Luce (pronounced “loose,” like the opposite of tight) has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series. Since 2008 he’s been traveling to conventions and comics festivals all over the U.S. Wuvable Oaf has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. Luce lives in San Francisco with his partner and collaborator, Mark, and their kitty, Luna. He can regularly be found either under a pile of drawing paper or at a local comics festival.

WUVABLE OAF
By Ed Luce
March 2015 • $29.99
Hardcover • ISBN 978-1-60699-816-8
264 pages, black & white with 16 pages color

Wuvable Oaf

Ed Luce

Wuvable Oaf



Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mark FertigComing Attractions 8 May 2014 5:29 PM

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s

Coming in August, Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s is what it says in the title and more. After a foreword by director William Friedkin and author Mark Fertig's introduction, this oversized coffee-table book presents pristinely restored vintage poster art in lush full color -- magnificent examples of mid-century design and illustration -- followed by Fertig's commentary on all 101 films. The whole show features cinematography -- art direction, that is -- by the estimable Jacob Covey. We'll have some interior sneak peeks for you in a week or two, and the book is up for pre-sale now, sweetheart.

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Eleanor DavisComing Attractions 8 May 2014 4:20 PM

How to Be Happy cover photo

How to Be Happy pages photo

Joy! The first advance copies of How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis are in the office and they look bee-yoo-tee-ful!

From a family drama set in a lushly colored science fictional milieu to a sketchy, playful ode to superhuman strength and masculinity, from fables to slices of real life, Davis's stories are as deeply human and emotionally resonant as they are stylistically diverse. Richly deserved acclaim for Davis's work has come from awards committees (the Eisners & Society of Illustrators), critics (Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, etc.), editors & art directors (Best American Comics, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and so on), and, of course, readers who have been moved by her stories and artwork. Read some snippets, and pre-order your copy for July delivery, right here.

We Need Your Nancys
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Ernie BushmillerComing Attractions 8 May 2014 3:53 PM

As work progresses on our long-awaited third volume of Ernie Bushmiller's NANCY (titled NANCY LOVES SLUGGO, and collecting the years 1949 through 1951), we belatedly realize that we are missing a half-dozen strips needed for this volume.

So we are sending out the plea to NANCY collectors: If you have clippings for any of the following NANCY dailies, we would love to hear from you. (For that matter, we are also including dates for two strips that were omitted from our previous volume, which we will run in Vol. 3 if they can be found).

(Note: We know it's possible to find scans of these strips online. We are looking for original print sources: newspaper clippings, or, even better, proof sheets, or, best of all, original art.)

Contact editor Eric Reynolds at reynolds at fantagraphics dot com  -- and be sure to pass on this plea to anyone else you think might have contacts, message boards, what have you. NANCY fans unite!

Here are the dates we are looking for:

1-26-46
8-25-48

5-5-49

3-7-50
5-17-50

4-17-51
4-27-51
11-12-51

Nancy Loves Sluggo prelim cover



Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 8 May 2014 11:40 AM

Ghost of the Grotto by Carl Barks

Ghost of the Grotto Starring Walt Disney's Donald Duck kicks off our new line of books designed to introduce the brilliant and wildly entertaining Disney comics work of the great Carl Barks to a younger generation. While parents have been sharing their Complete Carl Barks Disney Library hardcovers with their kids, we thought it would be nice for the kids to have books made just for them! These affordable softcovers present the greatest adventures of Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie in a kid-friendly landscape format which accommodates small hands without shrinking the artwork.

We got the thumbs-up from Disney on the cover artwork, and presses will roll this Summer to bring you the book in the Fall. More previews are on the way and pre-sale is on now!

Behind the Eightball: art needed
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Daniel ClowesComing Attractionsbehind the scene 5 May 2014 5:42 PM

Eightball 7 cover original art

We're deep in production on The Complete Eightball box set and there's a piece of the puzzle missing: We want to reproduce this cover, to Eightball #7, scanned from the original, but we can't track down the owner of the piece. (This low-res scan was found online, but was uploaded over 10 years ago and the source is MIA.) Any and all tips are appreciated — see the danielclowes.com blog for all the details

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzComing Attractions 30 Apr 2014 3:58 PM

Pirates in the Heartland cover photo

Pirates in the Heartland pages photo

Pirates in the Heartland pages photo

A lovely book filled with depraved, degenerate art and the colorful story of the man who made it, Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 is due out in about 2 months, and we've got our advance copies to begin showing off. Above, one of the only borderline-SFW comics spreads we can show you from the book, and the beginning of a middle chapter of this volume's part of the biography by underground comix historian Patrick Rosenkranz, who also compiled the comics. This book is An Event and we're excited to get it out into the world! You can check out some excerpts and reserve your copy right here.

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonpreviewsPatrick RosenkranzComing Attractions 29 Apr 2014 11:24 AM

How did a nervous, creative kid from a normal family in Nebraska grow up to make some of the most outrageous, transgressive, Id-ful comics ever put to paper? You'll find the answer — and the comics — in Pirates in the Heartland, the first book in our 3-volume biography and retrospective of S. Clay Wilson by Patrick Rosenkranz. Wilson, of course, is a member of the Zap Comix collective and creator of the Checkered Demon; Rosenkranz is one of the preeminent authorities on underground comix and the author of the definitive history of the genre, Rebel Visions. Their mighty powers combine in this essential series that takes an unflinching look at the man and his work.

In our downloadable excerpt, read about Wilson's childhood in the heartland, see some of his youthful artwork, and read some of his earliest underground comix stories with, yes, pirates. Expected availability is in about 8 weeks, give or take;pre-sale is on now!

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1

Luba and Her Family by Gilbert Hernandez - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 25 Apr 2014 2:30 PM

Luba and Her Family cover photo

Luba and Her Family pages photo

It's a happy day for the Love and Rockets fans in the office (i.e. all of us): advance copies of Luba and Her Family are in the house! This is the latest Gilbert Hernandez volume in the Love and Rockets Library softcover omnibus series and the first to collect Gilbert's work from the post-Volume 1 era. Whether you're the kind of completist who needs all the books, or the kind who just wants to read all the stories in the proper narrative order, or a new reader who wants to jump on with a good, more recent starting point, you need this book. Jump on our pre-sale and take a gander at some of the contents (including the table thereof) right here.

And oh yeah, we've got a reprint of the second Jaime book on the way at the same time:

The Girl from HOPPERS cover photo

The Girl from HOPPERS pages photo

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 24 Apr 2014 1:50 PM

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako

We didn't really change the cover art for Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako from the preliminary mockup before we sent it to press, but let's make it official anyway. Don't Takatsuki-san and Nitori-kun look adorable in their winter outfits? The book will be out in the dog days of summer, so this snowy scene will help you think cool thoughts. Zits, a ski trip, drama club, and just plain drama are in store for our gender-questioning teen heroes in this seventh installment of the beloved series.

As always, be on the lookout for future previews, put in your pre-order, and don't forget, for a limited time you can subscribe to Vols. 7 & 8 at a discount when you order Vol. 6!