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New Comics Day 12.3.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert CrumbRick GriffinNew Comics DayNancyMaxMarguerite Van CookLilli CarréLB ColeJames RombergerHans RickheitGilbert SheltonGary GrothErnie BushmillerAnne Ishii 2 Dec 2014 4:27 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.  
 
Massive  
Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It 
edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins

280-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-785-7 

"The level of drawing in these erotic fantasies is extremely high, sometimes rivaling the work of the iconic Western porno artist Tom of Finland...The content of the stories in Massive is completely unlike the feathery romanticism of yaoi manga and anime. Rough, even sadistic sex takes the place of wistful longing." -Charles Solomon, IndieWire 
 
"Definitely the premiere manga release this week." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal

The Late Child and Otra 

180-page full color 8" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-789-5

"The Late Child is a rich and intelligent work, one of the lushest and most giving graphic novels in recent memory." -Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin  
 
"Marguerite's partner on these books as well as in life, Romberger, leaves his ink drawings open enough for her watercolors to capture various types of natural light during the day…It is a significantly gentler and more pastoral book, traditionally beautiful. Calling 7 Miles a Second "beautiful" would lead to smirking inwardly while waiting to be challenged; the book carries ugliness inside itself as part of its very being. While that book's language pushed forward with velocity and free association, this one places each considered thought into a caption to ring out poetically."–Brian Nicholson, Bookslut   
Zap Collection 
The Complete Zap Comix
by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson

920-page black & white with color 9.75" x 13.25" x 7" hardcover • $500.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-787-1

"While the early issues stand as rowdy documents of the 1960s counterculture, Zap was also more. In reinventing the comic book, it set off legal battles and conversations over censorship, brought attention to cartoonists as artists, and set an example for generations of alternative comics creators like Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and the Hernandez Brothers." –Dana Jennings, The NY Times
 
"The Zapatistas were a sort of 'supergroup'-the dharma warriors of comics. Inkslingers. Revolutionaries. The best of the best. Their only yardsticks for comparison were each other and that sort of fraternal competition raised the bar and kept their art constantly evolving and their social satire razor sharp." –Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds
 
Zap Interviews 
The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews 
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth 

264-page color/black & white 10" x 12"softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-788-8

Cochlea & Eustachia 
Cochlea & Eustachia 
by Hans Rickheit 

80-page full color 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-801-4 

"…Hans Rickheit, a truly unique purveyor of the lovely and sinister." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
 
"looks to be equal parts mysterious body horror and Rickheit's typically uneasy blending of the sinister and the comforting." –Jason Giampaoli, Comics Bulletin

"The frighteningly hilarious world of Rickheit's is a deranged cabinet of curiosities... It would all be too oppressive if Rickheit's sense of humor weren't so addictive..." –Publishers Weekly

Vapor
Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3 

"Spanish cartoonist Max's graphic novel is ambiguous but powerful, leaving readers to wonder whether Nick is going crazy or finding enlightenment-or perhaps they're the same thing." –Cat Auer, Playboy (This Winter's Best Books)
 
"Max's latest graphic novel translated by Fantagraphics purifies and condenses his cartooning and thinking. Vapor charts the struggles and strange encounters of Nicodemos, a long-haired, long-nosed monk, who has quit the ‘gigantic muddle' of the world to seek transcendence in a desert through self-deprivations." –Paul Gravett  
 
Nancy Loves Sluggo
Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951
by Ernie Bushmiller

336-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 8.5" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-777-2
 
"The Nancy books are beautiful, and that work is such that it will be pulled from shelves and re-examined years after other collections, ostensibly more exciting this very minute, have worked their way to the sales box." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
 
"Have you ever taken the time to read and devour Ernie Bushmiller's masterpiece Nancy. Deceptibly simple and oddly corny, it is surprisingly funny and a virtual textbook on comic storytelling." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online

Black Light 
Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole 
Introduction by Bill Schelly 

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

"Black Light vows to burn out your eyes…" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
 
"His covers are really noir: spirals, figures falling down through space, big spider webs, just great... The colors are all totally primary: just bright red, blue, almost no subtle colors... they really work." - R. Crumb 
 
Heads or Tails
Heads or Tails (reprint)
by Lilli Carré

200-page full-color 7" x 9" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-597-6
 
"...[A] significant artist and engaging storyteller." - Robert Kirby, The Comics Journal
 
"Carré's work, fittingly titled Heads or Tails, probes choice, ambivalence and fate; in her stories, there's a flip side to everything, rendered in full and brilliant colour." -Laura Kane, The Toronto Star 
Now in Stock - Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesLB ColeBill Schelly 1 Dec 2014 11:00 AM

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

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Cover

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
Introduction by Bill Schelly

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

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L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors" — brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds — and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesLB ColeBill Schelly 12 Nov 2014 11:10 AM

"His covers are really noir: spirals, figures falling down through space, big spider webs, just great… The colors are all totally primary: just bright red, blue, almost no subtle colors… they really work." – R. Crumb

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
biography by Bill Schelly

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/blacklight

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLB ColeComing AttractionsBill Schelly 10 Nov 2014 11:05 AM

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
biography by Bill Schelly

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

Ships in: December 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors"—brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds—and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.

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Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under LB ColeComing AttractionsBill Schelly 30 Oct 2014 3:45 PM

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Cover

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Inside Page

Today is a good day. That is because we've received advance copies of Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole at Fantagraphics HQ, and it is truly a beauty to behold. Oversized and filled with L.B. Cole's larger-than-life, eye-catchingly bold colorscapes, this book offers the largest collection of Cole covers as well as an in-depth biography written by comic book historian Bill Schelly.

Black Light is due out this December, and you can pre-order it now through our website! Trust us, you'll want this book in your collection, comics fans.

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLB ColeComing Attractions 28 Oct 2014 6:35 PM

Enter the brilliantly luminscent, high-contrast world of L.B. Cole! Our 19-page excerpt of Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole includes the introduction and first eight pages of Cole's biography, written by Bill Schelly and studded throughout with photographs, illustrations, and cover art.

Check out the gorgeous artwork in our full downloadable excerpt, then head over to our book page for more info and to pre-order a copy of this magnificent, oversized art book!

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Cover

Editor Mike Catron at San Diego Comics Fest
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under ZapLB Coleevents 13 Oct 2014 6:36 PM
SDCF

This October 17-19th Fantagraphics cofounder and editor Mike Catron will be appearing at the San Diego Comics Fest. Like a comics library come to life, Catron has talks on L.B. Cole, Siegel and Shuster, and ZAP in anticipation of a few of our new books coming out. 

Happy Birthday, Jerry and Joe! Friday, October 17th 6-6:50PM
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were born exactly one century ago. (Joe on July 10, 1914 and Jerry on October 17, 1914). These two lifelong friends created the most iconic superhero of the 20th century and jumpstarted the comic book business. Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron presents a look at their lives, their struggles, their triumphs, and their tragedy - a tale of mythic proportions writ large on the American landscape. Located at GARDEN ONE.
Zap Comix
ZAP Comix with Fantagraphics Editor and Co-Founder, Mike Catron. Saturday, October 18th 2-2:50PM
Now it can be told -- the true story of Zap Comix, the seminal underground comic book. See rare photos and artwork of and by Robert Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and Paul Mavrides. Be the first to see a preview of the final issue of Zap, which is included in the upcoming 5-volume collection of the complete Zap Comix from Fantagraphics Books. Presented by Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron. (Some material rated R.) Located at GARDEN TWO
Black Light
Black Light: The Weird World of L.B. Cole.  Sunday, October 19th 3-3:50PM Leonard B. Cole's eye-popping proto-psychedelic comic book covers exploded off the newsstands of the 1940s and 1950s. Join Fantagraphics editor Mike Catron for a surreal experience as we consider a color-saturated cornucopia of Cole's cleverest creations - from horror to action to romance to science fiction to funny animals. Located at the CRESCENT. Prepare to be wowed.





Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under LB ColeComing Attractions 10 Oct 2014 3:45 PM

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Cover

During the Golden Age of Comics, Leonard "Len" Brandt Cole earned fame for his proto-psychedelic comic book covers. We've collected Cole's work from throughout his prolific career in Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole—a lush, oversized full color art book that includes an exclusive biography by Bill Schelly and proofs of never-before-seen unpublished covers.

Our final cover art for this wondrous book highlights Cole's style, described by the editor as "a brilliant spectacle of primary colors sizzling against intense black backgrounds." The book is slated for a December release and is available for pre-order now!

Spring-Summer 2014, part 19: Black Light, Film Noir
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mark FertigLB ColeKickstarterComing AttractionsBill Schelly 3 Dec 2013 6:26 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Black Light prelim cover

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
by L.B. Cole; introduction by Bill Schelly

272-page full-color 9.25" x 13.25" flexibound softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8 

L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors" — brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds — and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.

Film Noir 101 prelim cover

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

120-page full-color 10.75" x 14.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-759-8 

Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book signed by author Mark Fertig while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $75 or more, get one of two film noir poster prints: The Blue Dahlia or Murder, My Sweet! (Or increase your pledge to the sum of all the rewards you want and tell us your choices!)