From tears to soda fountains, from mobsters to pretty ingénues in freshly pressed dresses, the stories of love and betrayal herein will prompt you to grab a tissue box or swoon in delight. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's sensational romance comics continue in this sequel to 2012's acclaimed Young Romance. This volume covers 1947 through 1949 and includes stories about women from all walks of life — from French widows to released prisoners. Simon and Kirby invented the romance comics genre and explored all the flirtations, dalliances, and passions of the young men and women who populated their stories. Get swept away by the sheer delirium that these pages induced so long ago. These comics have been meticulously restored in order to produce one of the most striking and faithful reproductions of 1940s comics ever published. Edited by acclaimed animator and cartoonist Michel Gagné.
"Simon found he had a knack for tangled melodrama set in very specific milieus, while Kirby drew ordinary men and women with the same sweaty fervor that he lent to monsters and costumed do-gooders....All of which means that the Michel Gagné-edited collection Young Romance... isn’t just a book of some minor historical interest; it’s a genuinely entertaining and artful set of comics, and in some ways more readable than Simon and Kirby's adventure stories." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying.” – Paste
"...[T]hese comics are among the best in their genre without a doubt." – Eddie Campbell, The Comics Journal
"...[Young Romance] is a real treat, an inexpensive way to read a nice sampling of some Kirby comics that any Kirby fanatic has to be curious about. Michel Gagné did a great job assembling a fun cross-section of stories... Rating: ★★★★★" – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"Young Romance underscores Simon and Kirby’s keen storytelling skills. Adhering to a mostly six-panel grid, the duo manage to produce work that is visually arresting and dramatic... For Kirby fans and those who just love to explore comics from generations past, it’s a rather essential read." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6
Spring is the time for new love, and like the first crocus poking through the snow, our advance copies of Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics, the sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated first volume, have arrived to portend the book's March release. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (whom everyone knows from their superpower-driven work) not only invented the romance comics genre, they mastered it right out of the gate, as shown in these compelling, dramatic, dynamically-illustrated tales from 1947-1949. And they've never looked better: all the sighs, swoons, kisses, heartbreak, and tears are lovingly restored in reconstructed color. Read an excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.
Once readers got a taste of the romance comics by genre originators (and comics legends) Joe Simon & Jack Kirby in our 2011 volume Young Romance, the clamoring for more began immediately (and the Eisner Award nomination soon followed). We weren't sure if another volume were possible, since that book was a years-in-the-making labor of love by editor Michel Gagné, who is busy with an award-winning animation and game design career. Lo and behold, serendipity came out of the woodwork and now, coming in March, we can bring you Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics.
In our downloadable preview you can browse the Table of Contents, read the first full story ("I Was a Pick-Up"), and learn about the color restoration process for this volume, which takes a different approach than the first volume, thanks to the efforts of restoration artist Chris Fama. Pre-order your copy now, and if you missed the first one, get them together at a nice discount.
Now that our Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, we're starting to offer our Spring-Summer 2014 books as plain old regular pre-orders. Our first batch is listed below, and more will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process). We've also set up a few discounted gift sets to help you save some bucks while building your collection. Be among the first to reserve your copies — hit those links to learn more about each title and start building your shopping cart!
Finally! Fantagraphics and comiXology get busy and produce this happily-ever-maybe-never volume of romance comics called Young Romanceby Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Exciting, innovative, and beautifully drawn romance stories by two towering titans of the field (and originators of the genre).In such best-selling titles as Young Love and Real Western Romances, Simon and Kirby delighted a generation of girls and women (and probably a fair number of boys and men as well) with hundreds of charming and endlessly inventive stories of love and heartbreak. This never-before reprinted material painstakingly restored in full color and edited by Michel Gange. So get out your handkerchiefs and enjoy the trials, tribulations, tragedies and triumphs of Suzi, Marjorie, Annaliese, Toni, Kathy, Sari... and 15 other star-crossed young lovers from half a century ago.
Seperated into three glorious volumes each priced at $7.99, you'll like the protagonists love and LOVE their problems. Each volume is about 86-90 pages long of full-color beautifully restored classic comics.
"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying." -Hillary Brown, Paste Magazine
"Most of the 21 stories in this great new book collection [Young Romance] haven't been compiled before, and if you're not familiar with them, you're in for thrill after melodramatic thrill. My favorite: 'Norma, Queen of the Hot Dogs.'" - Michael Galucci, Cleveland Scene
We love all of our books but are especially happy for the creators of the Eisner-nominated books. You can vote until June 12 online. If you haven't read all of them, check 'em out individually or via our list!
Still no sure which to read? Heidi MacDonald, Cal Reid and company discuss the nominations on the Publishers Weekly podcast. Meanwhile, Chris Sims, Matt D. Wilson and more of War Rocket Ajax discuss the nominations, although I'm not sure how long the podcast will be up at this link.
Some of the nominations gather in our mail room. See you in JULY!
Thank you to everyone who visited Fantagraphics at the Emerald City ComicCon earlier this month! It was good times! Our local legend and store empresario Larry Reid manned the booth all weekend long, fueled by coffee and his lifelong love of comics.
And here's the lovely Ellen Forney with our also-lovely booth volunteers Bella and Lilian. We can't keep her memoir Marbles in stock!
Whoops! Gary caught the paparazzi (me) in the act! Moving along...
We swung by the Prism booth where No Straight Lines-contributor Ed Luce was all smiles! We were happy to see some signed copies of Life's A Bitch from Roberta Gregory, and the new second edition cover of Henry & Glenn Forever& Ever #1 by Mome-veteran Jim Rugg.
Speaking of Mome-veterans, it's always a good day when T. Edward Bak is in the house. Look how hard he's working at the Floating World booth! Why, this photo is not staged AT ALL!
There were tons of other awesome people we saw, but Mike got distracted by the 25 cent bins, and I got too busy stalking Gillian Anderson. You can check out more photos from ECCC on our Flickr and Instagram accounts.
If you saw a book that you're kicking yourself for not picking up at the con, it's most likely still available at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's Georgetown district. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: (206) 658-0110.
See you next year at Emerald City ComicCon! (Scully...! Call me!)
We've got our exclusive limited-edition Peter Bagge t-shirt in stock, featuring our anti-superhero, Buddy Bradley! Get yours while supplies last, along with a debut copy of Peter Bagge's Other Stuff, not due in stores until May!
Buy the book, and the tee is yours for only $10! Or just get the tee for $15!
In fact, all our t-shirts are on sale for a mere $15, including our highly-sought-after Love & Rockets t-shirts!
So, be sure to come see us at Booth 510! We're right by the superhero stuff... no, literally...
Fantagraphics is in the North Lobby this year for a change, near the photo ops area, and across from our friend, local artist Augie Pagan (Booth 506).