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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: Vapor by Max
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesMax 30 Oct 2014 8:30 AM

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

Vapor by Max - Cover

Vapor
by Max

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

See Previews / Order Now

Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to an ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba.

In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

Vapor by Max - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesMax 27 Oct 2014 1:21 PM

Praise for Bardín the Superrealist:

"Spanish cartoonist Max uses some of the most cherished pieces of high art as the catalyst for his character Bardin’s funny and thoroughly humane adventures… Max takes what can be impenetrable and uses some fine cartooning to make it accessible and enjoyable." – Publishers Weekly

"If you glimpse traces of Magritte, Goya, and Zap Comix in Max’s exuberant panels, then you're really enjoying yourself." – Booklist

"Wild, illogical, surreal, and utterly charming… sometimes read like a mad cross between Peanuts, Jimmy Corrigan, Salvador Dalí, and the Rarebit Fiend, but beautifully executed in Max’s underground/ligne claire style… an important new body of work from a major cartoonist." – Indy Magazine

"Max skillfully portrays dream logic in the language of comics… What makes this a great comic is its light touch and comic timing." – Sequart

"I think this is the closest you can get to a natural high while only reading a book (although a glass of wine helped)… one of the very few really surrealist comics around." – Wim Lockefeer

Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3

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/vapor

Vapor by Max - Photo/Video Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMaxComing Attractions 24 Oct 2014 9:50 AM

Vapor
by Max

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

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

Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to an ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba.

In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

View Video & Photo Slideshow in New Window



Vapor by Max - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under MaxComing Attractions 17 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

Vapor by Max - Cover

Vapor by Max - Inside Page

Max's new graphic novel, Vapor, is absolutely gorgeous. From the mesmerizing cover designed by our in-house superstar, Tony Ong, to the beautifully laid out panels and artwork, to the evolving journey of the philosophical protagonist, Nick, this book is just plain impossible to put down!

We are so pleased to bring more of this Spanish cartoonist's work to an English audience, with impeccable translation done by Carol Gnojewski. Do yourself a favor and pre-order it now!

Vapor by Max - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMaxComing Attractions 12 Sep 2014 2:00 PM

In this 10-page, 1.5 MB excerpt of Vapor, Nicodemu—er, nicodem—er, nick—has escaped to the desert, seeking "Solitude, Silence, Privation, Quiet." Instead, he is interrupted after several days of ascetic-level hermitage by the no-nonsense cat mosh, who brings our protagonist crashing back down to reality.

Vapor, by award-winning cartoonist Max, will be out in November. No need to meditate on this—head on over and pre-order your copy today!

Vapor by Max - Cover

Vapor by Max - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under MaxComing Attractions 15 Aug 2014 5:30 PM

Vapor by Max - Cover

Our talented designers have done it again! This gorgeous design you see here will grace the cover of a new book by award-winning Spanish cartoonist, Max.

Vapor stars a disgruntled, ascetic-seeking character named Nick, who escapes to the desert for some solitude and spiritual balance. Instead, he finds himself mesmerized and seduced by the procession of the Queen of Saba.

The book is slated to be out by the end of the year. We'll have lots more previews and info in the next few weeks and months, and presale for the book is up now!

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 5/12-5/18
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Maxevents 15 May 2014 4:34 PM
arcane anni show
 
Friday, May 16th
  • Seattle, WA: Join Fantagraphic's own Jen Vaughn, and a score of other local talents (Ulises Farinas, Simon Roy, Damon Gentry, + more) for the first part of a weeklong celebration of the 10 year anniversary for Arcane Comics! Festivities begin at 7 pm PST. (More details )

 appleseed show

Saturday, May 17

  • Fort Wayne, IN: Featured special guests at the Appleseed Comicon happening this weekend are the masters Peter Bagge  (Buddy Buys a Dump), and Ed Piskor  (NYT Bestseller, Hip-Hop Family Tree)! They'll be signing, and Piskor will be on a panel about Comics and Hip Hop. Convention begins at 10 am, and runs through Sunday. (More details
  • Columbus, OH: The acclaimed exhibit Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes continues its travels across the country with a stay at the Wexner Center for the Arts, opening Saturday, May 17th! And Dan himself will be there to kick off the show, in conversation with comics scholar Hillary Chute, starting at 7:00 PM in the Mershon Auditorium!(More details
  • Seattle, WA: Continuing their second day of comics extravaganza, Arcane comics brings us their 10th Anniversary Super Indy Comics Bash! New Fanta employee, Marc Palm, as well as featured former finterns like Tom Van Deusen and Ben Horak will be signing books. This 21+ event begins at 7 pm. (More details)

 

Oh Panoptica Ficcio! Max Exhibit in Barcelona!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Maxeventsart shows 26 Feb 2014 11:13 AM

In 2012, a retrospective exhibition of Max's work, titled Panóptica, traveled through Europe with stops in Valencia, Madrid, Mexico City, and several cities in Brazil! (You can see some photos from those stops on the FLOG here and here.)

On Tuesday, March 11th, the Arts Santa Monica Museum in Barcelona opens a new exhibit from Max, continuing where his retrospective show left off: Oh Panòptica Ficció!

The exhibit will be accompanied by a comics workshop on March 20th-22nd, and a concert by Pascal Comelade + Bel Canto Orquestra on March 20th with Max drawing along.  The exhibit itself will run through Sunday, April 13th.

And don't forget, we'll be releasing Vapor this year! Max once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

Spring-Summer 2014, part 20: The Thrizzling Conclusion - Plus Vapor & Fog in Fall
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanMaxKickstarterJacques TardiComing Attractions 4 Dec 2013 11:47 AM

Over the last 4 weeks we've been spotlighting the books in our upcoming Spring-Summer 2014 season, which are being made possible by the generous support of people like you who have backed our Kickstarter campaign. Now we've reached the final title in the catalog, and as a bonus we're revealing two titles for our Fall-Winter 2014 season! These books were already scheduled for previous seasons but were left in limbo after Kim Thompson's illness and passing earlier this year. We can now confirm that they are coming next year, thanks to everyone who helped us reach our first Kickstarter stretch goal!

(Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 (Paperback Edition)
by Michael Kupperman

160-page full-color 7.25" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-764-2

The smash hit humor comic, now finally available in paperback! What are tales designed to thrizzle? Tales designed to thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls. They are about Jesus's half-brother, the Mysterious Avenger, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, Private Eye Johnny Silhouette, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn't Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps (and their logical inverse, sex holes), the hot boy band Boybank, soccer joust, Underpants-On-His-Head Man, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, Mark Twain, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the '30s.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed and with a sketch by Ed Piskor while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive Ed Piskor hip hop t-shirt! (Or increase your pledge to $90 or more and tell us you want both!)

For Fall 2014: 

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge prelim cover

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge: A Nestor Burma Mystery
by Tardi , adapted from the novel by Léo Malet

120-page black & white 7.5" x 10.5" hardcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-705-5 

Paris, 1950s. Nestor Burma's past comes knocking when Bélita, a young gypsy woman, leads him to the Salpêtrière hospital where he discovers the recently deceased Abel Benoît, an old buddy from his anarchist days. While Burma has chosen to move onto the (more or less) straight and narrow as a private eye, his friend had stayed on the other side of the law as a counterfeiter and worse, until his own past caught up with him, lethally. So now it’s up to Burma to avenge his friend, keep the girl safe, and hopefully unravel a mystery whose roots run far and deep back into the past...

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge is the first of four major graphic novels adapted by Tardi from the legendary French crime writer Léo Malet's original "Nestor Burma" novels — each set in Paris, and each taking place in, and defined by, a different arrondissement. Tardi's stylish use of mechanical gray tones provides the book with a lovely period feel, and the very specific autobiographical elements of the original novel (Malet himself frequented the anarchist/vegan hostel that serves as the backdrop for the flashback sequences of Burma's youth) combined with Tardi's usual obsessive visual research give it a uniquely personal, authentic quality.

Created in the 1980s, Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge was an historic attempt on Tardi's part to inject a level of literary heft and ambition into the comics field, which back then was still struggling for legitimacy. The result is a cracking good detective yarn and a milestone in comics history.

Vapor prelim cover

Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3 

Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to an ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba.

In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.





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