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Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Thursday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJustin HallJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGene DeitcheventsEric ReynoldsCCIBarnaby 24 Jul 2013 6:05 PM

Paul Hornschemeier and Phil Nel 

Thursday rocked! Wooo-boy, no joke. Paul Hornschemeier and Philip Nel sign their books above. We were part of the Peanuts Scavenger Hunt and the let us use this bitchin' Woodstock stamp! Frantic moms and desperate children were all over the booth getting stamps and figuring out the quickest way to the next booth.

Peanuts stamp 

Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds checks out Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, a book he finally gets to see in person.

Eric and Ben's book 

Eric Reynolds and Phil Nel, editors of the complete Barnaby by Crockett Johnson.

Love and Rockets' Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez 

Natalia, Gilbert and Jaime 

From Arrested Development, Alia Shawkat was ooohhing and ahhhing over The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert. 

The Adventures of Jodelle 

Shawkat is a big Fanta-fan she even showed me her Dan Clowes tattoo! (her long-suffering and patient brother in the background)

Shawkat's Clowes Tattoo 

Gene Deitch and Justin Hall signed their copies of Nudnik Revealed and No Straight Lines respectively. Deitch reminded Hall that a permanent pen works best for signing (in comparison, Hall is the baby in the situation)

Deitch and Hall 

This young guy was at his first comic con and so happy to meet Gene Deitch!

Gene and fan 

This awesome fan came by the booth THREE TIMES on Thursday before deciding she needed Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust!

Today girl

The boys of Comic Bulletin hold up their favorite new releases from Fantagraphics: Danny Djeljosevic, Rafael Gaitan and Morgan Davis. 

CB boys 

PR Director Jacq Cohen and I had our evening panel with Chip Mosher from comiXology and JK Parkin from Comic Book Resources. The first few people who answered questions got flights of vodka (there's a free tip).

PR and indie marketing panel 

Passed by the comiXology booth and they had a little Fantagraphics sign a-glowing.

comiXology 

Out and about at the CBLDF party, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald and Henry Barajas.

Heidi and Henry 

That's all for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our Twitter feed! 

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

Linda Medley draws some Love and Rockets
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsLinda MedleyGilbert Hernandezfan artart 23 Jul 2013 12:25 PM

Linda Medley on Palomar

Linda Medley, cartoonist of the Castle Waiting series, sent in this fan art she made back in 1987 of Gilbert Hernandez's Tonantzin. Here she is in as drawn by Beto:

Gilbert's Palomar

Featured in part of The Children of Palomar book coming to a store near you, she's a fiery character of the Love and Rockets family and you're sure to fall in love with her too.

The Children of Palomar

The Love and Rockets Companion - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMario HernandezMarc SobelLove and RocketsKristy ValentiJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 17 Jul 2013 8:28 PM

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

368-page black & white/color 7.5" x 9.25" jacketed softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-579-2

See More Previews / Order Now

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting) contains three incredibly in-depth and candid interviews with creators Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez: one conducted by writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline); one conducted some six years into the comic’s run by longtime L&R publisher Gary Groth; and one conducted by the book’s author, spanning Gilbert’s, Jaime’s and Mario’s careers, and looking to the future of the ongoing series, with a follow-up conversation with Groth. This book has foldout family trees for both Gilbert’s Palomar and Jaime’s Locas storylines; unpublished art; a character glossary (which is handy, considering that Gilbert alone has created 50+ characters!); highlights from the original series’ anarchic letters columns; timelines; and the most wide-ranging Hernandez Brothers bibliography ever compiled, including album and DVD covers, posters 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. For longtime fans, it clears up confusion that even those devoted to the groundbreaking alternative comic over its 30-year run can experience, given the sheer amount of material and sophisticated storytelling techniques (such as flashbacks, flash forwards, elliptical narrative and magical realism).

The Love and Rockets Companion

The Love and Rockets Companion - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMario HernandezMarc SobelLove and RocketsKristy ValentiJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 16 Jul 2013 7:11 PM

"It’s an impressively thick tribute to L&R, featuring three lengthy interviews with the cartoonists, a complete list of characters in both Jaime’s Locas series and Gilbert’s Palomar saga, a timeline of the stories, an issue checklist and even a selection of highlights from the letter columns. In short, it’s the perfect scrapbook to some of the best comics ever made." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

368-page black & white/color 7.5" x 9.25" jacketed softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-579-2

Available Now! http://www.fantagraphics.com/lrcompanion

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.
 
New Comics Day 7.10.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezLeslie SteinKim DeitchJasonJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 10 Jul 2013 10:38 AM

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. 

Lost Cat

Lost Cat
by Jason; translated by Kim Thompson

160-page two-color 6" x 8.75" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-642-3

"A commentary on longing and isolation with a twist that should seem out of place yet somehow works perfectly, Lost Cat isn't just my favorite comic of 2013 so far, but it's now my favorite work by one of the greatest cartoonist working in comics today." –Joe Hughes, Comics Alliance

Katherine Whaley

The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley
by Kim Deitch

176-page black & white 11.25" x 7.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-631-7

"It's as handsome a book as he's made." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

"a tall tale from the great Kim Deitch, working again in the landscape format…to lash together early cinema, excellent animals and the Voice of Jesus Christ into a very characteristic…whole" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2
by Leslie Stein

144- page black & white 8" x 11.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-672-0

"Stein is a very intriguing cartoonist given over to work that's specifically and idiosyncratically taken with elements of human character and relationships. There's a great deal that's visually appealing about her chosen style, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

"What Leslie does with her work is special. She seems largely influenced by newspaper comics, but her stories are subtle." –Nick Gazin, VICE

"Leslie Stein, one of the most widely-admired young artists you’ll find today." –Joe McCulloch

Love and Rockets Companion

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

368-page black & white/color 7.5" x 9.25" jacketed softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-579-2

"wedding the expected checklists, character bios and continuity timelines (plus a best-of section from the letters page) with a suite of long interviews with the Brothers Hernandez, conducted by editor Sobel, publisher Gary Groth and celebrity fan Neil Gaiman…A lot of quality down here." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal 







The Love and Rockets Companion - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMario HernandezMarc SobelLove and RocketsKristy ValentiJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 9 Jul 2013 6:51 PM

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

The Love and Rockets Companion

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

368-page black & white/color 7.5" x 9.25" jacketed softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-579-2

See Previews / Order Now

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting) contains three incredibly in-depth and candid interviews with creators Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez: one conducted by writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline); one conducted some six years into the comic’s run by longtime L&R publisher Gary Groth; and one conducted by the book’s author, spanning Gilbert’s, Jaime’s and Mario’s careers, and looking to the future of the ongoing series, with a follow-up conversation with Groth. This book has foldout family trees for both Gilbert’s Palomar and Jaime’s Locas storylines; unpublished art; a character glossary (which is handy, considering that Gilbert alone has created 50+ characters!); highlights from the original series’ anarchic letters columns; timelines; and the most wide-ranging Hernandez Brothers bibliography ever compiled, including album and DVD covers, posters 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. For longtime fans, it clears up confusion that even those devoted to the groundbreaking alternative comic over its 30-year run can experience, given the sheer amount of material and sophisticated storytelling techniques (such as flashbacks, flash forwards, elliptical narrative and magical realism).

Love and Rockets LOCAS Digital Bundle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezdigital comicscomiXology 1 Jul 2013 2:59 PM
Fantagraphics and comiXology are now offering a five book digital bundle to save you money. The entire collected "Locas" saga (to date) by Jaime Hernandez stars Maggie, Hopey, their friends, families, rivals and lovers in 5 digital volumes, offered here at a special package price!
 
Maggie the Mechanic includes the earliest, punkiest stories with a heavy science-fiction bend. Meanwhile The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. centers on one of Jaime's peaks, "The Death of Speedy," and various love triangles. In third volume, Perla La Loca Jaime drops a narrative bomb on Hopey, a murderous hooker AND an amorous lady wrestler appear; and Maggie gets married? The fourth volume is all about Penny Century and returns to the wrestling ring for some real fun followed by the fifth volume (but not final) Esperanza in which an older and wiser Maggie faces down her demons, Hopey transitions from tending bar to tending schoolkids, and Ray tussles with the volatile bombshell Vivian.
 
The Locas Library bundle is a perfect gift item for a long-time fan or a new reader. A bajilliondy hours of reading for $60.99!
 
"One of the most talented artists our polyglot culture has produced." - The New York Times Book Review
 
"Jaime Hernandez is taking a lifetime to create The Great American Graphic Novel, and if you're lucky, you'll outlive him. That way, you get to see how it ends." - R.C. Baker, The Village Voice 
 
Daily OCD 6.18.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Walt KellyWally WoodUlli LustShimura TakakoPeter BaggeNoah Van SciverNico VassilakisLove and RocketsLorenzo MattottiLeslie SteinLast VispoKim DeitchJohnny RyanJim WoodringJacques TardiJack DavisFloyd GottfredsonEC ComicsDisneyDash ShawDaily OCDCrockett JohnsonCrag HillCarl BarksAnders NilsenAl WilliamsonAl Feldstein 18 Jun 2013 12:17 PM

The last thing you'll read before the San Diego PR Storm 2013:

Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life 

• Review: The AV Club looks at Ulli Lust's Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. Noel Murray writes, "Today Is The Last Day Of The Rest Of Your Life takes the form of a post-apocalyptic horror story, wherein the heroine ekes out a meager existence by day and then fights off monsters by night.…Lust takes readers inside her experiences, letting them feel how high hopes can devolve into raw survival."

• Review: Ulli Lust's Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is reviewed in the New York Times by Douglas Wolk. "the book ripples with exuberance:… Lust’s pen-and-ink work (augmented by the pale green tint of European paperbacks) depicts the stretched and crimped features of the people from whom she bummed change, the architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica and the chaos of a Clash concert with equally manic panache, and her line is as seemingly unkempt but as deliberately molded as her younger self’s punk-rock shock of hair."

• Plug: Whitney Matheson on USA Today's Pop Candy thinks Ulli Lust's new book, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, is right for you. "This epic memoir from the Austrian cartoonist (now translated into English) tells the story of her crazy travels through Italy as a true punk-rock girl in the '80s."

Donal d Duck: The Old Castle's Secret

• Review: Booklist Online spends the day with Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks. "The applause-worthy effort… Oodles of shorter pieces provide more evidence yet that this series is an essential addition to any serious (or just plain fun) comics collection" writes Ian Chipman.

• Review: The New York Journal of Books reads Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret by Carl Barks. "There is no tantrum like a Donald Duck tantrum…Every single page of this new collection of classic Donald Duck stories is filled with silliness and slapstick and adventure…Try not smiling at Carl Barks’ work. It’s impossible," says Mark Squirek.

Peter Bagge's Other Stuff 

• Interview: Zak Sally on The Comics Journal interviews on Peter Bagge and The Beat follows up. Bagge states, "I like the way [a pamphlet or floppy comic] feel. To me it's an ideal format, the traditional comic book format. It's the perfect amount of material to read in one sitting." 

• Commentary: The Beat and Hannah Means-Shannon discuss the humor panel from HeroesCon 2013 featuring Peter Bagge (there promoting his new book, Other Stuff). When asked advice from a younger cartoonist Bagge replied, “If you’re goal is to be a starving artist, it’s an easy road ahead." 

Prison Pit 

• Review: Dead Canary Comics look at Prison Pit series by Johnny Ryan. "It's so extremely excessive in its hilarity it draws stifled belly laughs from your gut on packed trains as parents and politicians glance witheringly at images of monsters shitting themselves, ghouls eviscerating ghouls... in an age when we've got more X Men titles than people on the planet it's refreshing to just have a comic book that's all about entertainment!"

• Plug: Speaking of Johnny Ryan, show off how you don't fucking mess around with PRISON PIT patch! Only $5 (plus shipping). 

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2  New School

• Review: Brian Heater of BoingBoing looks at Leslie Stein's Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2."It’s a sort of childlike forgiveness of life’s darker corners, which carries on into grown up stories…Stein's is a welcomingly unique take on the well-trod world of autobiographical comics, and once you've excepted her rhythms as your own, it can be a hard world to step away from." 

• Review (audio): NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour enjoy Dash Shaw's New School. Glen Weldon states, "Instead of a tidy narrative, [New School] is about art, about the art that's in the book itself…There's stuff going on at other levels, the intuitive, the leve of the unconscious, the subconscious I guess you could say.…This book is just fascinating."

Goddamn This War!  The End

• Review: Booklist Online reviews Goddamn This War by Jacques Tardi and Jean-Pierre Verney. "six years of hopelessly indistinguishable trenches, explosions, corpses, mud, and maggots, all of it depicted via three panoramic panels per page rendered in smoky grays and foggy blues—with blood accents… The pages are strewn with images of dead bodies and midexplosion terrors, but the unforgettable centerpiece is two wordless pages of disfigured postwar faces"

• Review: About.com looks at Anders Nilsen's The End. Jeff Alford writes "these pages come from such a raw emotional place that they'll reverberate like an echo from a well....It's a message we've heard before, but its majestic delivery and the difficult path that led to this revelation make The End all the more exceptional."

• Review: Comic Pusher looks at Anders Nilsen's The End. "This isn't a non-fictional description of grief written after the fact, this is grief, unfiltered and complete…The best sequences are where Nilsen breaks away from the heartbreaking emotional literalism and opens out into almost abstract expressions of the nature of grief."

Mickey Mouse Color Sundays  Lorenzo Mattotti

Review: Johanna Draper Carlson of Comics Worth Reading unpacks Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays by Floyd Gottfredson. "The lighter approach makes this book a better choice to share with your young ones. They should love the timeless highjinks of the mouse and his friends. And anyone can appreciate the skilled cartooning and astounding art, so well-done it almost seems to move on paper."

• Commentary: Heidi MacDonald of The Beat talks about Lorenzo Mattotti at BEA. "In Italy Mattotti is pretty much an all around art and design god, and he's known here for his New Yorker covers, and Fantagraphics has been putting out his recent work in Englias.

Wandering Son Vol. 4  Barnaby Vol. 1  Pogo Vol. 2

 • Review: Wandering Son Vol. 4 by Shimura Takako gets reviewed by Read Comic Books. "…what continues to make Wandering Son a fantastic read is the frankness it presents developmental sexual identity…Few comics will challenge you like Wandering Son. It covers a topic not widely written about or discussed, and does so in a tactful, warm, embracing manner," concludes Nick Rowe.

• Review: The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center gives Wandering Son Vol. 4 a whirl.  Terry Hong comments," ‘Fresh' is exactly the right word to describe this gentle gender-bender series…Creator Shimura Takako is a compassionate, empathetic storyteller without judgment or guile. Her young characters face their inescapable maturity as best as they can in a brave new world of ‘gender-fluid'."

• Review (audio): It Has Come to My Attention recorded a short 7-minute review of Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson. "Fantagraphics deserves a Nobel Prize in Literature for their efforts to reprint complete runs of classic American comic strips… There is rarely an attempt at more than 2-dimensions but that flatness provides a late art deco elegance to [Barnaby].…This strip is fun, funny, I'm so glad its back and Fantagraphics is giving it their usual top-notch presentation,"

• Review: Letterer Todd Klein looks at Pogo Vol. 2 Through the Wild Blue Yonder  by Walt Kelly. "…this strip is perhaps the opposite of 'Peanuts,' which went with a minimalist approach. 'Pogo' is maximalist! Both are great fun and often quite funny.…There’s really not a single thing to fault in this fine book"

EC Books Came the Dawn

• Review: Jack Davis' new collection 'Tain't the Meat reviewed on Sound on Sight. "It's entertaining in the juvenile delight it takes in grossing out readers. You also get to witness Davis' style as it improves with every story: his lines get sharper, there's more detail and contrast in the panels… It might also provide a good trip down memory lane for some, reminding them of late nights spent with smuggled comics contraband and a flashlight under the sheets. It's a good introduction as well to a genre that may today seem corny and hackneyed, but I'll be damned if it still ain't pretty creepy, bad puns an all," writes Chris Auman. 

• Review: Broad Street Review gazes upon 50 Girls 50 by Al Williamson with love. Bob Levin pens, "Williamson's art could infuse aliens and monsters, no matter how hideous, with sympathetic personalities that reinforced Feldstein's feelings about brotherhood and tolerance.…His delicate line, intricately constructed panels and gossamer-like space-station cities and landscapes are fully on display in this book."

• Review: Comics Bulletin on Came the Dawn by Wallace Wood.  "…the true delight and fascination of Came the Dawn will be seeing again Wood's sublime understanding, indeed his enrichment of, the comics language, from panel and page composition to the pacing, direction, of capturing and conveying of mood…Let's face it: No one draws an emaciated corpse - especially in zombie form - better than Wood," pens Eric Hoffman.

The Last Vispo    

• Review: The Last Vispo edited by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis is reviewed on Ler BD.

• Plug: The Love and Rockets Library  makes it onto Robot 6's latest edition of Shelf Porn ....with a kitty! Pictures and shelf ownership by Guido Cuadros.

• Commentary: MTV Geek talks about the awesomeness of CAKE and artists like Kim Deitch and Noah Van Sciver appearing to sign books. 

• Commentary: Aside from eating some suspect local food, Noah Van Sciver does great with The Hypo and his one-man anthology BLAMMO at Denver Comic Con on The Beat.

• Plug: Jim Woodring's first beer in the Oddland Series was included in the Best Labels of the week