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Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesJason 30 Oct 2008 4:02 PM

Here's your first glimpse at the feature interviews with Norwegian graphic novelist Jason and Lio cartoonist Mark Tartulli, the special portfolio of cartoonists' holiday cards, the comics section of Barney Google strips, and more that can be found in the upcoming Comics Journal #294. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

New Comics Day 10/29/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayJoe KubertJasonDavid LevineBill Schelly 28 Oct 2008 11:00 PM

Fantagraphics titles shipping to comics shops across the U.S.A. this week:

American Presidents by David Levine
Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
Sshhhh! by Jason (New Printing)

Also: other publishers have new stuff coming out from our pals Chris Ware, Gilbert Hernandez and Kevin Huizenga, so this is definitely a good week to hit the shops. As customary, we've got previews of our releases that you can check out at the links above to help maximize your shopping time.

Now in stock: new printings of Hey, Wait... & The Left Bank Gang by Jason
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJason 27 Oct 2008 3:48 PM

Hey, Wait... by Jason

Hey, Wait...
By Jason

This superbly evocative graphic novella by the award-winning Norwegian cartoonist Jason (his first appearance in the English language) starts off as a melancholy childhood memoir and then, with a shocking twist midway through, becomes the summary of lives lived, wasted, and lost. (Imagine a version of Stand by Me in which not all of the kids outrace the train.) Like Art Spiegelman did with Maus, Jason utilizes anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth charge comes as an even greater shock. His sparse dialogue, dark wit, and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next (sometimes spanning a number of years) make Hey, Wait... a surprising and engaging debut. Love and Rockets co-creator Gilbert Hernandez calls this one of the best graphic novels ever.

64-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $12.95
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The Left Bank Gang by Jason

The Left Bank Gang
By Jason

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce walk into a Parisian bar... no, it's not the beginning of a joke, but the premise of Jason's unique new graphic novel. Set in 1920s Paris, The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four literary figures as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but...graphic novelists! Yes, in Jason's warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four work literary giants work in the comics medium but they get together to discuss pen vs. brush, chat about the latest graphic novels from Dostoevsky ("I can't tell any of his characters apart!") to Faulkner ("Hasn't he heard of white space? His panels are too crowded!"), and bemoan their erratic careers. With guest appearances by Zelda Fitzgerald and Jean-Paul Sartre, and a few remarkable twists and turns along the way, and you've got one of the funniest and most playful graphic novels of the year. Like Jason's acclaimed Why Are You Doing This?, The Left Bank Gang is rendered in full spectacular color.

2007 Eisner Award Winner, Best U.S. Edition of International Material

48-page full-color 7" x 10" softcover • $12.95
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Now in stock: Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason - with preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJason 15 Oct 2008 3:05 PM

Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason

Sshhhh! (New Printing)
By Jason

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author comes this sharp suite of short tales, ranging from the funny to the terrifying to the surreal to the touching, all told entirely in pantomime. Like Chris Ware, Jason's clean, deadpan style (featuring animal-headed characters with mask-like faces) hides a wealth of emotion and human complexity, leavened with a wicked wit. Jason's work has also drawn comparisons to Art Spiegelman for the similar ways both artists utilize anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth-charge comes as an even greater shock. His dark wit and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next are endlessly surprising and exhilarating. This new 2008 reprint features a brand new cover design.

120-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $16.99
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New desktop/mobile wallpaper downloads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersMomemetaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJim WoodringJasonDaniel Clowes 24 Sep 2008 4:30 PM

We've got a brand-new selection of downloadable wallpapers featuring recent and upcoming Fantagraphics titles. Just click on the size that matches your monitor resolution and the image will open in a new window; if you're on a PC, right-click the image and select "Set As Background"; if you're on a Mac, control+click and select "Set As Desktop Background." (We don't know what the procedure is for iPhones, but if you have one, you probably do, right?) And for our complete selection of wallpapers, click right here!

NEW: Ghost World: Special Edition by Daniel Clowes

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NEW: Hey, Wait... by Jason

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NEW: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

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NEW: Mome Vol. 12 cover by Olivier Schrauwen

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NEW: The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

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NEW: Sshhhh! by Jason

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NEW: Sublife Vol. 1 by John Pham

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Jason: Low Moon Collected
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Jason 22 Sep 2008 10:49 AM

Coming next year, fans of Jason will be excited to hear that this book  collects several new stories besides the New York Times Magazine serial, "Low Moon."

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Upcoming book pre-order orgy!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalTed StearnPopeyenew releasesLilli CarréJoe KubertJasonDavid Levine 18 Sep 2008 3:43 PM

The following books are now available for pre-order! Click the cover images for more info about each book. And of course we'll be bringing you previews as the release dates get closer. All are expected to arrive between now and the end of October. For more, see our Upcoming Arrivals page.

The Comics Journal #293 - S. Clay Wilson

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
(Coincidentally, today is Joe Kubert's 82nd birthday!)

American Presidents by David Levine

Popeye Vol. 3 by E.C. Segar

The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn

And new editions of these out-of-print books by Jason:

Hey, Wait... by Jason

Sshhhh! by Jason

The Left Bank Gang by Jason

Jason interview at Panels and Pixels
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jason 18 Aug 2008 1:21 PM
Chris Mautner talks to Jason about Pocket Full of Rain, Low Moon, and much more... Jason dropping a tease about a future monster-based story is worth the price of admission alone.
Jason Lettering Outtakes.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Original ArtJason 10 Jul 2008 12:42 PM

More "Behind the Scenes": Part of the sheet of Jason lettering for the translations in "Pocket Full of Rain." There wasn't much to translate so Jason just wrote it all out on a single sheet of paper. A fun bit of ephemera that went along with this stray bit of text. 

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New Johnny Ryan wallpaper
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersmetaJohnny RyanJason 20 Jun 2008 2:19 PM

Put some Boobs (Pooter) on your computer screen! We've just added a new desktop wallpaper to our collection of free downloads, based on the cover to Angry Youth Comix #14:


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And hey, why not in avatar form, too? And why not another new avatar featuring a character from Jason's Pocket Full of Rain? Well here you go (and here's our avatar collection):