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The Comics Journal Library Volume 8: The EC Artists - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Will ElderThe Comics JournalJohnny CraigJohn SeverinJoe KubertHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl JaffeeAl Feldstein 25 Sep 2013 2:32 PM

TCJ Library 8: The EC Artists cover

TCJ Library 8 pages

TCJ Library 8 pages

From the editorial offices of The Comics Journal comes the latest TCJ Library edition, The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists (Part 1)! This hefty oversized book, edited by TCJ co-editor Michael Dean, includes feature-length interviews with Will Elder, Bill Gaines, Al FeldsteinJohnny Craig, Frank Frazetta, Joe KubertHarvey Kurtzman, George Evans, Al Jaffee, and John Severin — some from the pages of TCJ, some from other sources, some expanded from previous appearances, and some published here for the first time! Together they form the first part (yes, there will be a Part 2) of a wide-ranging oral history of the greatest mainstream comic book publisher, amply illustrated in black & white and color. The perfect companion to our EC Comics Library series and a must for any EC fan or student of comics history!

Stand by for more sneak peeks, and reserve your copy by pre-ordering now for delivery in November (subject to change).

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohnny CraigEC Comics 22 Aug 2013 3:21 PM

"Johnny Craig is probably my all-time favorite cartoonist. I love everything about his work, from the scripts to the storytelling, to the flawless ink lines. The true under-rated genius of EC Comics." – Ed Brubaker (Criminal, Fatale, Incognito, Gotham Central, Scene of the Crime)

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"It's fitting that Fantagraphics -- long-time champion of the rights and importance of comics creators, and re-issuer important historical comics -- would arrange a publishing line this way. Even though it may not be surprising, it's still a commendable decision. It's also an important development in further establishing comics as art and literature worthy of serious consideration and study.… It presents work by EC’s most important artists, drawing the work from across all EC titles." – Sam Costello, Full-Stop

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/fallguyformurder

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohnny CraigEC Comics 21 Aug 2013 7:35 PM

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

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Surrounded by the ornate, retro, proto-splatter horror graphics of Jack Davis and Graham Ingels and the slick, futuristic sci-fi stylings of Wally Wood and Al Williamson, EC Comics superstar Johnny Craig stood out in the 1950s with his elegant, crisp, contemporary graphic style. And nowhere did this style work more beautifully than in the dozens of superb crime and horror comics he wrote and drew for EC, mostly for the two comics he also edited, Crime SuspenStories and The Vault of Horror. (Craig was the only EC artist to habitually write his own material for the entire length of EC's run.)

EC Comics LogoFeaturing murderous husbands and wives, executioners, thieving surgeons, vengeful sword-swallowers, time bombs, private dicks, vampires, werewolves, and ghouls, the 23 stories in this book comprise a perfect encapsulation of the very best and darkest kind of noir and horror writing, stunningly executed (in more than one sense of the word) by one of the great cartoonists of his (or any) era. And all in seven or eight pages per story!

Fall Guy For Murder and Other Stories is once again, as are the other EC Comics Library releases, supplemented with several fascinating essays and informative historical notes on the stories.

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Fall Guy for Murder

New Comics Day 8.21.2013
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayJohnny CraigHal FosterGilbert HernandezGahan WilsonEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Aug 2013 11:50 PM

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. 

The Children of Palomar

The Children of Palomar
by Gilbert Hernandez

108-page black & white 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-625-6

"It's an engaging collection of vignettes full of magical realism and compelling characters...evoke[s] comparisons to the short fiction of Jorge Luis Borges or, in the case of the science fiction-styled entries, Ray Bradbury." -Publishers Weekly  

Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics

 

Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics
by Gahan Wilson

176-page full-color 12" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-612-6

"Fantagraphics has reprinted the full run of Gahan Wilson's Sunday Comics with their customary attention to detail and gorgeous reproduction... These comics crack me up, especially the weeks that are seemingly endless variations on different themes." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin  

Child of Tomorrow

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-659-1

"Feldstein's art has a delightful amount of expressiveness to it and a remarkable amount of subtle beauty - if a word like beauty can be applied to comics that feature strange blob aliens from outer space." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin 


Fall Guy for Murder

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

"Arguably the greatest comics ever created, EC's terrific stories and compelling artwork included Feldstein's Weird Science and Craig's Crime Suspenstories!" -Dan Greenfield, NY Post  

Prince Valiant 7

Prince Valiant Vol. 7: 1949-1950
by Hal Foster

120-page full color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-645-4

"Foster's meticulously detailed, painstakingly researched, vividly realistic, and often breathtaking illustration made him one of the most revered artists in the comic field." - Library Journal 












Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJohnny CraigEC Comics 14 Aug 2013 5:19 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by Johnny Craig

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-658-4

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Johnny Craig pulled off some of the most mind-bendingly clever shockers to appear under the EC Comics banner — such as the sexy perfect-crime story "When the Cat's Away...," the supremely ironic "The Execution!," and the impeccably paced slow-burn descent into madness of the Ray Bradbury adaptation "Touch and Go!"

EC Comics LogoBut Craig also applied his eerily crisp and elegantly designed artwork to EC's more outré horror comics, producing many of the finest examples of their trademark Grand Guignol revenge thrillers, including "A Stitch in Time!," "Split Personality!," and "Fed Up!" — as well as a handful of outright supernatural horror yarns such as "Two of a Kind!," "A Bloody Undertaking!," and "The Mausoleum!," featuring some of the most clean-cut (yet still terrifying) vampires, ghosts, ghouls, and zombies ever committed to paper.

Fantagraphics' first volume devoted to Craig's brilliant crime and horror spellbinders (including the fiendish twist-ending title story), Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories also delivers revealing and insightful historical and critical essays and biographies.

If you're a genuine devotee of comics or noir fiction, it would be a real crime not to steal a look inside! 

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig - Cover, Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJohnny CraigEC ComicsComing Attractions 7 Aug 2013 12:36 PM

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig

Our other EC Comics Library volume due out later this month, Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories, is another auteur turn, featuring Johnny Craig's writing and artwork (for the most part; Al Feldstein scripted a couple). Crime, suspense and horror were Craig's forté, as these 23 delightfully fiendish tales attest, and Craig was responsible for some of EC's most shocking and notorious images.

This is the first of four projected volumes to showcase, for the first time, the full chronological run of Craig's EC stories from Crime SuspenStories, Vault of Horror, and elsewhere, with our trademark bonus features and top-notch production values. See out the full Table of Contents and 3 complete stories in our free excerpt (also downloadable), and pre-order your copy right here.

First Look Catch-Up Cavalcade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoPrince ValiantPeter BaggeMario HernandezLove and RocketsKipp FriedmanJohnny CraigJim FloraJaime HernandezHans RickheitHal FosterGilbert HernandezGene DeitchEC ComicsComing AttractionsBlake BellBill EverettAl Feldstein 24 Jul 2013 1:13 PM

We're kinda busy. All of these books are slated to come out in a 4- to 6-week period from August to mid-September! (Plus a few others we've already shown you.) We're going to take the less-is-more, show-don't-tell approach with this update; each photo links to the product details page where you can learn more and pre-order each title. And of course we'll have more pretty preview pics coming soon. Get your wallets ready!

Prince Valiant Vol. 7

The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora

Nudnik Revealed!

The Squirrel Machine

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories

Heroic Tales

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me

Wandering Son Vol. 5

Barracuda in the Attic

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: The Debuts!
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Willard MullinSamuel R DelanyMickey MouseMia WolffMarc SobelLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLeslie SteinKristy ValentiKen ParilleJustin HallJohnny CraigJasonJaime HernandezJacques TardiGilbert HernandezGene DeitchFloyd GottfredsonEC ComicsDisneyDaniel ClowesChuck ForsmanCCICathy MalkasianBen CatmullAl Feldstein 10 Jul 2013 3:49 PM
San Diego Comic Con 
As usual we have an action-packed signing schedule for you at San Diego Comic Con. Keep your schedules open so you can stop by our magnificent table and get your signatures hot and fresh in your books at Booth #1718! 
 
Maakies is the comical adventures of a drunken crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtakingly beautiful line that harkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. More Drinky Crow, more Uncle Gabby, more beautifully rendered boozing, violence and other degeneracy in this, the eighth volume, collecting 2 years of strips 2009-2011.

Love and Rockets: The Covers
 • Love and Rockets Covers by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez A beautiful, oversized art book featuring over 120 iconic comic covers (front & back) from the first 3 decades of Love and Rockets, collected for the first time in full color. The perfect gift for L&R fan, this book presents them without trade dress (logos, marketing hype, etc.) when possible, allowing the original cover illustrations to communicate on their own. With a fancy clear plastic book jacket, you need to grab a copy, get it signed and return home a hero.
 
Nudnik Revealed!
 • Nudnik Revealed by Gene Deitch All of Deitch's animation artwork for the mid-1960s shorts starring bumbling everyman Nudnik (cross between Candide and Godot), one of his most creatively personal and commercially successful creations in a long career of innovative and successful work are showcased in this process book.
 
Cat on a Hot Thin Groove  • The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove by Gene Deitch The Oscar-winning animation director and jazz fan Gene Deitch worked from 1945-51 on Record Changer magazine, illustrating the cartoon feature "The Cat" as well as almost all the covers, collected in this previously sold-out yet stunning book, reprinted in soft cover.
 
Lost Cat  Lost Cat by Jason The new graphic novel by Jason is both a playful take on the classic detective story. A detective happens to find a lost cat and finds that he and the woman to whom he returns it have a lot in common. They agree to meet again... but she's disappeared. Isolation and memory intertwine in the longest story by Jason to date.
Lost Cat, the new graphic novel by Jason (after years of "graphic novellas" of less than 50 pages, arguably his first genuine graphic NOVEL) is both a playful take on the classic detective story, and a story about how difficult it is to find a sister spirit, someone you feel a real connection to — and what do you do if you lose that person? - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=2266&category_id=325&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=62#sthash.N7RSppQG.dpuf


Goddamn This War!  • Goddamn This War by Jacques Tard
& Jean-Pierre Verney
i & Jean-Pierre Verney (translated by Kim Thompson) Tardi's second WWI masterwork is told with a sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude, in masterful full color. Goddamn This War! shares with It Was the War of the Trenches its sustained sense of outrage, pitch-black gallows humor, and impeccably scrupulous historical exactitude.

 
Bread & Wine  Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York by Samuel 'Chip' Delany and Mia Wolff. A new edition of the groundbreaking memoir of (and by) award winning science fiction author Samuel R. Delany, and drawn by artist/martial arts instructor Mia Wolff. Bread & Wine flashes back to the unlikely story of how Delany befriended Dennis, and how they became an enduring couple - Delany, a professor at Philadelphia's Temple University, Dennis, an intelligent man living on the streets. Touching and honest, this moving, sexually charged love story resonates to this day.
moving, sexually charged love story,
 
Wake Up, Percy Gloom!
 • Wake Up, Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian Cathy Malkasian's second Percy Gloom graphic novel is another fable that the author brings to vivid life through her lush and detailed pencil renderings, surreal humor, absurdist characters, breathtaking landscapes, and luminous storytelling. The further adventures of the small, immortal man with a light-up head. Kindhearted Percy awakens from (what he thinks is) a 200-year nap and finds himself in a strange new land, embarking on a wide-ranging quest to find his mother. 
 
L&R Companion
 • Love and Rockets Companion by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti 
An indispensable guide to the Hernandez brothers' award-winning, world-renowned series. Interviews, family trees, timelines, unpublished art, letter-column highlights, bibliography and more. The obsessive-yet-accessible detail and high production values make it a must-have for comics collectors, scholars, libraries and old and new fans alike: for those new to the series, it will make jumping in seem less daunting.  
 
 
The Daniel Clowes Reader
 • The Daniel Clowes Reader: A Critical Edition of Ghost World and Other Stories, with Essays, Interviews, and Annotations edited by Ken Parille This landmark collection features ten of Clowes's most influential graphic narratives, along with interviews about his career and creative process, and twelve thought-provoking essays by contemporary scholars and critics. Aside from the celebrated Ghost World, it also includes stories - some reprinted for the first time - about boys coming of age, troubled superheroes, and the place of artists and critics in popular culture. Perfect for the college literature/graphic narrative classroom.
It also includes stories — some reprinted for the first time — about boys coming of age, troubled superheroes, and the place of artists and critics in popular culture. - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/the-daniel-clowes-reader-a-critical-edition-of-ghost-world-and-other-stories-with-essays-interviews-and-annotations-2.html#sthash.OWCDSGBn.dpuf
 
No Straight Lines
 • No Straight Lines (softcover) edited by Justin Hall Queer cartooning encompasses some of the best and most interesting comics of the last four decades, with creators tackling complex issues of identity and a changing society with intelligence, humor, and imagination. This book celebrates this vibrant artistic underground by gathering together a collection of excellent stories that can be enjoyed by all. With comics by Alison Bechdel, Trina Robbins, MariNaomi, Roberta Gregory, Mary Wings, Eric Orner, Edie Fake and more makes this book a one-of-a-kind collection plus an important text of both LGBTQ and comics history.
 
Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball
  • Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934-1972 by Willard Mullin; edited by Hal Bock and Michael Powers In Fantagraphics' ceaseless effort to rediscover every world-class cartoonist in the history of the medium, we turn your attention to a neglected part of the art form - sports cartooning - and to its greatest practitioner - Willard Mullin. You'll be able to see why millions of baseball fans from the '30s to the '70s looked forward to Mullin's cartoons in their daily paper in the first-ever retrospective of the dean of American sports cartooning.
 

Ghosts and Ruins  • Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull Who doesn't love a good ghost story? This gorgeous, coffee-table art book is a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses imagined by artist Ben Catmull, along with the stories and rumors of who haunts them, and why. Each spread features a different haunted house, lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of each scene.
 
Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2   • Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 by Leslie Stein This is the second book collecting Leslie Stein's loose, funny and charming autobiographical narratives that combine idiosyncratic fantasy and stark reality. Larrybear, our hero, has moved from the countryside to the city, where she finds work as a shop girl. Stein's gorgeous cartooning, highlighted by incredibly detailed stippling, and her dry sense of humor combine to make one of the most unique and immersive narrative experiences in comics.
   
The End of the Fucking World  • The End of the Fucking World by Charles Forsman In his debut graphic novel, Forsman follows James and Alyssa, two runaway teenagers. James exhibits a rapidly forming, violent sociopathy that threatens both of their futures, while Alyssa remains blinded by young love. Forsman's story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.
ollows James and Alyssa, two runaway teenagers. James exhibits a rapidly forming, violent sociopathy that threatens both of their futures, while Alyssa remains blinded by young love - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?keyword=end+of+the+fucking+world&Search=Search&Itemid=62&option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse#sthash.lg7Zy6j4.dpuf
ollows James and Alyssa, two runaway teenagers. James exhibits a rapidly forming, violent sociopathy that threatens both of their futures, while Alyssa remains blinded by young love - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?keyword=end+of+the+fucking+world&Search=Search&Itemid=62&option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse#sthash.lg7Zy6j4.dpuf
 
Mickey Mouse Color Sundays  • Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays by Floyd Gottfredson Four years' worth of wild weekend epics... taking our hero from Uncle Mortimer's Wild West ranch to the icy peak of frigid Mount Fishflake! And in this volume, Mickey is joined by a famous co-star: Donald Duck! enjoy rare Gottfredson drawings, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a prismatic pack of Disney scholars, including an appreciation of Gottfredson by celebrated alternative cartoonist Kevin Huizenga.

Fall Guy for Murder
 • Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig Superb crime and horror comics from Crime SuspenStories and The Vault of Horror, stunningly executed (in more than one sense of the word) by one of the great cartoonists of his (or any) era. Featuring murderous husbands and wives, executioners, thieving surgeons, vengeful sword-swallowers, time bombs, private dicks, vampires, werewolves, and ghouls, the 23 stories in this book comprise a perfect encapsulation of the very best and darkest kind of noir and horror comics. Not available in stores until August.
 
Child of Tomorrow   • Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories by Al Feldstein Al Feldstein is best known as the main writer/editor of the EC Comics and Mad Magazine but what many don't remember is that Feldstein was also an accomplished and distinctive cartoonist. His powerfully composed, meticulously inked pages, often featuring grotesque creatures or scenes of ghastly destruction, were a vital part of the allure of these classic comics. This collection features things from outer space, flying saucers, robots and the end of the world! Plus a new interview with Feldstein! Not available in stores until August.
 
Covers Uncovered: Child of Tomorrow! and Fall Guy for Murder (The EC Comics Library)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Johnny CraigEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 7 May 2013 2:54 PM

Our next two books in The EC Comics Library series are queued up for the printer and they are both solo volumes: 

Child of Tomorrow! and Other Stories by Al Feldstein

Child of Tomorrow! and Other Stories collects science fiction stories written and drawn by Al Feldstein, who also scripted stories for numerous other EC artists. Feldstein's own crisp, thick-lined drawing style will definitely be of interest to Charles Burns and Dan Clowes fans. And of course it's packed with all the UFOs, BEMs, robots, rockets, and Cold War-fueled apocalyptic scenarios you could hope for. (And wait until you see the eye-popping day-glo orange on the cover in person!)

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig

Johnny Craig was responsible for some of EC's most infamous images (severed head, anyone?) and was the only EC artist to habitually write his own stories. Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories collects crime and horror work by Craig — 23 grim, gorgeous, graphic tales featuring murderous spouses, executioners, thieving surgeons, vengeful sword-swallowers, time bombs, private dicks, vampires, werewolves, and ghouls.

Both of these must-have volumes (aren't they all?) will be arriving in late July/early August — more sneak peeks are on the way, and you can pre-order them (separately, or together for a discount) right now.

Daily OCD 3/27/13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Stephen DixonJohnny CraigGuy PeellaertGreg SadowskiDaily OCDB Krigstein 27 Mar 2013 6:45 PM

The coldest shrimp cocktail of Online Commentaries & Diversions:

Messages in a Bottle

• Interview: Alex Dueben of Comic Book Resources interviews editor Greg Sadowski about Messages in a Bottle: Comic Book Stories by B. Krigstein and about Basil Wolverton. "When I was putting together the first Krigstein books, Marie [Severin] was still actively working, so it made sense to hire her to do the coloring. Krigstein mentioned that she was his favorite colorist, so it was a decision I felt he would have approved of. I thought it would be a nice tribute to them both to encourage Marie to take her time and really give Krigstein's work the thought it deserved, and boy did she deliver," says Sadwoski.

The Adventures of Jodelle

• Plug: iFanboy writes on The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert. "Drawn in pop-art style, Jodelle was one of the early comic shots fired in sexual revolution of the 1960s; thoroughly modern and wholly…The story itself is still a hoot, but the essay – which places the story in its fascinating historical context – is what makes The Adventures of Jodelle a must-buy," states Josh Christie.

His Wife Leaves Him

• Interview: Mobile Reviews asks Stephen Dixon of the novel His Wife Leaves Him why does he write. Part of Dixon's great answer, "I never answer it or even try to. It can only hurt my writing. And if I didn’t write, what would I do?"

Fall Guy for Murder

• Plug: iFanboy plugs Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories by Johnny Craig. "The 23 stories in Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories are short, weird, and incredibly creative. Craig stand out as not only an excellent writer, but one of the best artists of his time," writes Josh Christie.

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