Bullets are flying in Bullet Valley! In other words, advance copies of our next Carl Barks book, Sheriff of Bullet Valley, have arrived at the Fantagraphics office, to much celebratory hollerin'. With such page-popping colors and wild wild west-style adventures, it's been impossible not to dig in.
In our next half-size, kid-friendly Donald Duck book, our feathered protagonist is determined to catch a gang of cattle rustlers that have been terrorizing the ranchers of Bullet Valley. Using his knowledge from watching Western movies, Donald sets out to catch the no-gooders red-handed.
Our nine-page downloadable excerpt sets the stage for the book's titular storyline, with Donald convincing the sheriff that he has what it takes to take down these baddies with a string of Western movie plotlines. The foreshadowing is complete when he orders his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, to stay behind at a hotel.
Will Donald's vast knowledge of Western movies truly help him capture these cattle rustlers? This and five other Barksian stories are included in Sheriff of Bullet Valley, so pre-order your copy now and get ready to share in the laughs and the adventures of Carl Barks' timeless duck tales with your young'uns once it releases in March!
Your favorite Duck artist is appearing at the local Seattle convention, ECCC just announced that Don Rosa will be appearing in person, in the flesh and definitely in the feather! Emerald City ComiCon runs from Friday, March 27th - Sunday March 29th and we have quite a burgeoning cartoonist line-up for you so far with Rosa, Knisley and Luce! More news and special guests here.
Our half-height kids books celebrating Carl Barks' iconic duck family is back with a new collection of rip roaring adventures. This time, Donald Duck finds himself donning a sheriff's badge in order to ferret out the mysterious misbranding of cattle in Bullet Valley. And, as ever, Donald's intrepid and clever nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie are at his side, ready to help him when plans invariably go awry.
The beautiful, bold cover design has been finished, and we're proud to show it off for you today! Sheriff of Bullet Valley is slated to be released Spring 2015, so keep your eyeballs peeled for more updates and previews in the upcoming months. Of course, you can also pre-order the book straight away, give yourself a little something to look forward to come March!
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
250-page color 8" x 10" hardcover • $34.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-730-7
"There is an element of old world fable, distinctly European, to Arsene Schrauwen, as well as the kind of modernist journeys portrayed in books like Kafka's Amerika, with their emphasis on the conflict between an individual's internal struggles and the absurdity of their surroundings, both subtle and sublime." –Harris Smith, comiXology
"It is often said that to reduce a work to comparisons with its forebears is to reveal less the critic's grasp of lineage than his poverty of analysis, but I've found estimations like ‘Roy Andersson remaking Fitzcarraldo as an X-rated children's comic' to be personally useful in conveying the unique tone of this Olivier Schrauwen original, reductive as it may be." –Joe McCulloch, TCJ
288-page black & white with color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $35.00 ISBN: 978-1-60699-782-6
"A revelation. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredson's charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags and briskly propel the plotlines." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"I have a feeling that this book, crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." –Leonard Maltin
576-page black & white with color 10.75" x 9" x 2.5" hardcover • $49.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-783-3
"[The Blot's design] simple but phenomenally effective, and actually manages to be haunting. Plus, there are multiple deathtraps in this story, and if there's one thing I like to see in my adventure comics, it's ridiculously complicated attempts to murder someone that are foiled at the last...And really, [the Blot] the perfect bit of imagery for this book: Fantastic, historically important comics that have been made far more difficult to read by a black mark on Gottfredson's record." –Chris Sims, Comics Alliance
"Great lover, scholar, soldier, sailor, singer, toreador, tycoon, jockey, prizefighter, automobile racer, aviator, farmer. Mickey Mouse lives in a world in which space, time, and the law of physics are nil. He can reach inside of a bull's mouth, pull out his teeth and use them as castanets. He can lead a band or play violin solos; his ingenuity is limitless; he never fails." - Time Magazine (1931)
N0. 2 on the Best Seller list was The Complete Peanuts 1991-1994 Gift Box Set by Charles M. Schulz. There's a reason this two-some is so popular; the books are full of surprises for the most ardent Peanuts fan and Schulz's humor is unrestrained and glorious. There is a charmingly odd story of when the school bus never comes, full-on Waiting for Godot. In addition, Charlie Brown finally FINALLY hits a home run but the entire story is worth the boxset.
At spot 3 is Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Libary Volumes 1 + 2 Gift Box Set including "Return to Plain Awful" and "Son of the Sun". Famed for his prizewinning "Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," Rosa wrote and drew a whopping two decades' worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns! Duckburg's richest tycoon is on the hunt for legendary square eggs - and he's bringing Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie along, in the sequel to "Lost in the Andes"!
The week these four books came out, we had about 54 pounds of graphic novels, comic strips and reprints come out so we still a bit shocked to have so many titles on the list (but not so shocked when you consider the awesome comics). Gary and Eric did some deadlifts just to see if they could guess the weight of the releases from Wednesday, October 22nd.
"Gottfredson drew Mickey with a nosy snout and the bright eyes of an adrenalin junkie. The mouse’s diminutive size inspired Gottfredson to have the character attempt daredevil races, leaping stunts, and develop a flurry-fisted fighting style… This beautiful [series] gives the Great Rodent his humanity." – Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
"…[I]t looks great, and the new volumes of the Rosa library should prove perfect companion volumes for those in the Barks library, particularly for readers who find their appetites for these types of duck tales whetted by the Barks books. …Rosa’s Duck comics? They’re great ones." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal
"…Rosa is so sincere in his desire to revive Barks’s style of adventure and humor it shows in every panel, every detail of his work. He’s taking this seriously, folks, and its all there. …Good stuff, sez I." – Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research
"I love [Don Rosa’s] body of work. I’ve bought it multiple times. I’ll be happily buying it again when Fantagraphics reprints it this fall. Love, love, love." – Augie de Blieck Jr., Comic Book Resources
"Rosa’s comics may be the best comics ever done in the voice of another creator. They’re very funny, satisfying yarns, and this presentation—particularly the color—is super-handsome. This would have been my favorite book ever at eight years old, and I’m fond of it now." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability. WARNING: Do not atttempt to carry all of these titles at once. You are only human.
80-page black & white 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8
"Compelling, beguiling and visually intoxicating, this latest Sock Monkey yarn judiciously leavens discovery with anxiety, heartbreak with gleeful imaginative innocence and terror with bold triumph…Win's Christmas Gift Recommendation: a new classic to add to the "Every Kid Must Read" list... 10/10" –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
"It's really good. I thought that giant Sock Monkey collection was criminally under-discussed when it came out. Those are lovely, lovely comics. The characters work in this form, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
144-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" softcover • $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-771-0
"Now that sublime and out-of-print yarn is back as a deliciously handy, pocket-sized softcover reissue that will - if there's any justice - finally make [Weing] a household name amongst lovers of tall tales and comic treasures." –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
"Very few words are needed in Weing's debut graphic novel [Set to Sea] to tell the story of a poet wanna-be who is kidnapped by pirates and learns the ways of the sea through hard labor and even tougher battles. The cross-hatch styling is reminiscent of old engravings and perfectly suits the subject matter. Each page features just one frame, full of detail and atmosphere. With hints of The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Popeye and Treasure Island, Weing has created a modern classic in the pirate genre." –School Library Journal
216-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-780-2
"You're gonna want to pick that up this week, or write yourself a note to do so in the near future, as it's a pretty great collection..." –J Caleb. Mozzocco, Every Day is Like Wednesday
"You must think I'm a broken record by now. Any time a Carl Barks or Don Rosa book of Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics is released, I get all excited. Because they're great! I'm not kidding! Also good for jaded fans too cool for kids' comics." –Tim Finn, Hub Comics (via 13th Dimension)
"Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses - only matches - the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge stories. These are desert island comics - if I had to take only one box of comics with me somewhere, a couple of these volumes would be coming with." –Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics
"…it's a rare, rare accomplishment what Rosa did with these great Carl Barks characters and comics." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
368-page black & white with color 11.25" x 9.25" hard/soft/cover • $45.00 ISBN: 978-1-60699-694-2
"...[T]here's simply no denying Kelly's mastery: he evokes full characters with nothing but a few choice words, and the sprightliness of his visual style is all fun here, laying the groundwork for what would become profoundly subversive later. The included essays, as is usually the case for Fantagraphics reissues, absolutely nail the context and import of the strip, too. I just don't think you can say you love comics and not have this around." –David Berry, National Post
"The biggest revelation of reading the first two years of Pogo is how polished and funny the strip was right from the start, and also how nearly every Pogo panel is a delight unto itself. Kelly didn't necessarily build to big punchlines; he'd slip funny sight gags and memorable lines everywhere there was room. ...[T]here's a classic Pogo moment on just about every page of this book." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
288-page full color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-794-9
"The daily black-and-white comics were great but the full-color Sunday strips gave Schulz a big, beautiful canvas to let his expert pacing and amazing linework breathe in a rainbow of color...it's really the entire mix of characters ...and their mix of adult prickliness and childlike naiveté that made Charles Schulz's iconic comics strips so timeless." - Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
472-page full color 7.75" x 10.5" hardcover • $49.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-796-3
"I will not rest until everyone is reading these reasonably priced and beautifully designed and edited volumes of Carl Barks' Disney Duck masterpieces… every one of them are great." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online
"Even now, Barks' stories are clever and funny, as he leads the ducks into impossible situations and then gives them unexpected ways out. And they're poignant in their own way, too.... What's impressive about Fantagraphics' Lost in the Andes is that it encourages both a fannish and an intellectual approach to the material." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club