Every year at this time, as much of the world turns its attention to momentous events in the small West Bank town of Bethlehem two millennia ago, I ritually read Joe Sacco’s Palestine. Sacco’s comic book serial was among the first projects I was asked to promote when I was hired as Fantagraphics marketing and promotions director. At the time, even referring to the occupied territories as Palestine was considered by many to be provocative.
While the semantics of the discussion may have changed, the situation in Palestine has remained remarkably unchanged since Sacco visited the region and the first issue appeared two decades ago. In re-reading the Palestine collection each holiday season, I’m reminded how the promise of Peace on Earth remains elusive. And I renew my hope that a lasting peace will finally prevail in that troubled land.
Our elves have been busy and 10 more of our Spring-Summer 2014 titles are now newly ready for pre-ordering action. More will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process) so continue to stay tuned...
64-page black & white 6.625" x 10.5" softcover • $12.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-748-2
Author Joe Sacco promises that, in the vein of underground comix like ZAP or Weirdo, "Bumf will go where it needs to go, and do what it needs to do." Though Sacco is world-famous for his serious, journalistic books like Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza, Bumf promises to echo back to his earlier days as a satirist and underground cartoonist. Bumf is a project that Sacco has been working on in between larger projects like Footnotes in Gaza, indulging his love of satire and cartooning. Often puerile, disgusting, and beyond redemption, Sacco apologizes in advance, saying he couldn't help himself. "They expect better things from me. They’ll never put me on a stamp now."
454-page full-color 7" x 10.625" two-volume hardcover boxed set • $94.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-757-4
Before he rose to fame as the author of the bestselling graphic novels Ghost World, David Boring, Ice Haven, and The Death Ray, Daniel Clowes made his name from 1989 to 1997 by producing 18 issues of the beloved comic book series Eightball, which is still widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. Now, for the 25th Anniversary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is collecting these long out-of-print issues in a slipcased set of two hardcover volumes, reproducing each issue in facsimile form exactly as they were originally published. Included are over 450 pages of vintage Clowes, including such seminal serialized graphic novels/strips/rants as “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” “Ghost World,” “Pussey,” “I Hate You Deeply,” “Sexual Frustration,” “Ugly Girls,” “Why I Hate Christians,” “Message to the People of the Future,” “Paranoid,” “My Suicide,” “Chicago,” “Art School Confidential,” “On Sports,” “Zubrick and Pogeybait,” “Hippypants and Peace-Bear,” “Grip Glutz,” “The Sensual Santa,” “Feldman,” “Glue Destiny,” and so many more, including many never reprinted before now.
What's more, the slipcase will boast BRAND NEW ARTWORK created by Clowes especially for this set (rather than the artwork in our preliminary mockup shown here)!
We still have signed copies as Kickstarter rewards so grab one today!
• Pasadena, CA: The great Jaime Hernandez comes to The Crawford Family Forum for an evening of art, books, and conversation. KPCC FM "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson talks with Hernandez about his latest work, how it relates to Love and Rockets, and where his future's taking him. (more info)
• Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics artists Megan Kelso, Roberta Gregory, and David Lasky, along with fellow local artists Colleen Frakes and Stan Shaw will appear at the Seattle Public Library at 7:00 PM to discuss their artistic careers and their contributions to the Graphic Canon anthology! (more info)
Joe Sacco's latest book is The Great War, published by our distributor W.W. Norton. This BEAUTIFUL book is actually one large illustration 24 feet in length. Get your self this beautiful accordian folded book today and catch Sacco out on the town(s) to get it signed.
• Edinburgh, UK: The great Joe Sacco will be a special guest at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. On Tuesday night, he'll discuss his groud-breaking work Palestine, and hopefully give some hints to his upcoming Fantagraphics release, BUMF -- a collection of all-new short humorous fiction in the vein of his satirical story in The Comics Journal #302. (more info)
Wednesday, August 14th
• Edinburgh, UK: And tonight, Joe Sacco will take the stage again at the Edinburgh International Book Festival alongside fellow guest-of-honor Chris Ware. In a talk moderated by Teddy Jamieson, they'll discuss the brilliance in bringing together word and image on the page. (more info)
Join Joe on Tuesday, August 13th at 8:30 PM as he demonstrates the power of comic journalism to grasp at the truth. He'll discuss his groud-breaking work Palestine, and hopefully give some hints to his upcoming Fantagraphics release, BUMF -- a collection of all-new short humorous fiction in the vein of his satirical story in The Comics Journal #302.
Joe takes the stage again on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 PM alongside fellow guest-of-honor Chris Ware. In a talk moderated by Teddy Jamieson, they'll discuss the brilliance in bringing together word and image on the page.
Tickets are on sale now (here and here), so don't delay, get yours today before it's sold out!
Catching up on the remainder of our publishing announcements that went out via The Comics Reporter during Comic-Con. Get more details at the respective CR links:
Reported here, something completely different from Joe Sacco: Coming next year, BUMF will be a collection of all-new short humorous fiction in the vein of his satirical story in The Comics Journal #302 (or, for you old-schoolers, his comic series Yahoo).
Last but not least, we're pleased to be bringing Jim Woodring's seminal classic The Book of Jim back into print next year in a new, expanded edition collecting more of Woodring's early work than the original trade paperback.
Happy New Year's! Here's to a great year of books and the next year and the year after that. We salute you and thank you for your friendship and purchases. Some of you sent in photos reading books from this year (and a few past ones).