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New Comics Day 12.31.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayCharles Forsman 31 Dec 2013 5:07 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.

Celebrated Summer

Celebrated Summer *  
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

"With an art style that combines the animated simplicity of Charles M. Schulz and the detailed linework of Chester Brown, Forsman establishes himself as one of the most promising alternative-comic creators." -Oliver Sava, The A. V. Club

"Completed before Forsman began work on TEOTFW, this promises to be an intriguing tale of youth banging up against the world of adulthood." -Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier

*Due to some East Coast storms, Celebrated Summer was shipped to most comic book stores a few weeks ago but NOW it is officially listed on the Diamond Previews list so buy, buy, buy. 

New Comics Day 12.18.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayCharles M SchulzCharles Forsman 18 Dec 2013 1:16 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. 

Celebrated Summer  

Celebrated Summer  
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

"With an art style that combines the animated simplicity of Charles M. Schulz and the detailed linework of Chester Brown, Forsman establishes himself as one of the most promising alternative-comic creators." –Oliver Sava, The A. V. Club

"Completed before Forsman began work on TEOTFW, this promises to be an intriguing tale of youth banging up against the world of adulthood." –Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier  

Peanuts 5  

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 5  1959-1960 (New printing)
by Charles Schulz

344-page 8.5" x 6.5"  hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-671-4

"Now that Schulz's classic is finally getting its bibliographic just desserts, consider replacing those tattered old Peanuts paperbacks with this definitive series." - Booklist

"This reissue project is a triumph for the cornucopian wonders of the wealthy west over the forces of cultural dissolution." - The American Spectator




New Comics Day 12.4.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Roy CraneNew Comics DayJulia GfrörerJesse ReklawEC ComicsCaptain Easy 6 Dec 2013 11:12 AM

This week's comic shop shipment included 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.

Black is the Color  

Black is the Color 
by Julia Gfrörer

72-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-717-8

"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." –Sammy Harkham 

"Gfrörer's most moving comic to date, Black Is the Color eroticizes suffering not to glamorize it, but to endure it. We're adrift; what other choice do we have?" –Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal

"This is Julia Gfrorer's fine-looking work, very idiosyncratically told in a way that makes you love cartoonists that take those opportunities and run with them." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

Couch Tag  

Couch Tag  
by Jesse Reklaw

176-page monochrome/color 6.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-676-8

"[A] family's evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious." –Houston Chronicle 

"…it's another work in a very strong year for Reklaw that included the short he did for Robyn Chapman. An autobiographical tale that gets increasingly unhinged, Reklaw's work also reminded me of some of the emotionally infused alt-manga I read this year: a really unique comics-reading experience." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

There's a lot of energy hidden, pent up, in Reklaw's older normal "square" cartooning style, and it's starting to bust out and become unpredictable, more like he is in person." –Kevin Huizenga

The EC Artists  

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 8: The EC Artists
edited by Michael Dean

240-page black & white/color 10" x 12" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-608-9

A lot of those folks were very thoughtful artists, and this TCJ generated book can take you into what many of them were thinking." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

Captain Easy 4

Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol. 4 (1941-1943) 
by Roy Crane

144-page full-color 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-698-0

"It's easy to toss around the word 'genius,' especially when it comes to comics. We all have our favorites and we all like to think ours are the great ones. But one look at Roy Crane's work and anyone can see that he definitely was worthy of the 'genius' tag." - Tom Mason, Comix 411  

"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn't even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." –The A.V. Club 







New Comics Day 11.20.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Trina RobbinsNew Comics DayKristy Valenti 21 Nov 2013 12:37 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.

180-page color/black & white 9" x 12" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-669-0

"Robbins is pretty well known for doing these 'Women in comics' type books over the years. But this larger-sized format, with bright colors really makes this much more than a simple updating of a years old exercise." –Benn Ray, Atomic Books  
 
"Finally, all hail Trina Robbins." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter  

New Comics Day 11.13.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayEd PiskorCharles M Schulz 13 Nov 2013 12:48 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.

Hip Hop Family Tree
Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) 
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-690-4

"They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn't steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of '77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his 'Hip Hop Family Tree,' comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a 'who-begat-whom' with a b-boy twist." - Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com 

"His classic indie comic composition and narrative ease make the strip readable, informative (who knew Rammelzee went tagging with Basquiat?), and respectful to the art forms and artists it covers." -J.P. McNamara, Demencha 

Peanuts Every Sunday  
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 (Vol. 1) 
by Charles M. Schulz

224-page full-color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-692-8 

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure - an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." –Bill Clinton 

"...features color versions of the first several years of Sunday for that all-time, pantheon-level comic strip. I want [it] and you should, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter





New Comics Day 11.6.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Virgil PartchNew Comics DayGilbert Hernandez 7 Nov 2013 10:28 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. 

Maria M.

Maria M. Book 1
by Gilbert Hernandez

140-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-719-2

"I liked this one the best of the pulp-stories that feature the movies made by his character Fritz in the Palomar/Post-Palomar universe he depicts in Love And Rockets... An amazing year for Hernandez." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

VIP  
Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch 
by Jonathan Barli

208-page full-color 10.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-664-5

"a career long retrospective of a comic genius that is long overdue." -Andy Mansell, Heroes Online  

"A nice new treatment of the VIP work has been long overdue..." -Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

 




New Comics Day 10.30.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Steve DitkoRobert CrumbNew Comics DayBlake Bell 30 Oct 2013 11:50 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.

Impossible Tales Vol 4

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-640-9

"I think [Ditko's] a foundational mainstream talent, and one of the interesting ones like Johnny Craig in that a lot of his influence is felt more directly in areas outside of conventional mainstream funnybooks. I could read him all day. And then the next day." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter 

"Ditko's distinctly off-kilter drawings and boldly potent composition" and the "meticulous restoration means that the stories look far better here than they did upon their original appearances." –Gordon Flagg, Booklist Online

The Complete Crumb Vol. 6

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6: On the Crest of a Wave (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

156-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-60699-683-6

"These are all must haves, and every positive vibe I emanated up the screen in the direction of Steve Ditko goes double for Mr. Crumb. This is pretty prime time material in terms of the material that made and kept him an icon in the 1970s, but then again, nearly all of these volumes has something. I admire Fantagraphics for their commitment to keep this material in print." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

 

The Complete Crumb 8

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat (New Printing) by Robert Crumb

144-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-56097-076-7

"The Complete Crumb series is especially useful in reminding us that Crumb has continued to evolve through the sixties. His more recent work is quieter and more literary... The most recent installment, collecting material originally published in Weirdo magazine, contains some of Crumb's best work." –The National Post  




New Comics Day 10.16.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert CrumbNew Comics DayJim WoodringJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezCarl Barks 15 Oct 2013 3:55 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.

Fran 
Fran
 

by Jim Woodring

104-page black & white 7.25" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-661-4

"a simultaneous prequel *and* sequel to Jim Woodring's excellent Congress of the Animals from 2011, a book which seemed to shatter the cyclical exploits of the artist's "Frank" universe so as to provide an ending of sorts, though surely you want to know more about that nice friend Frank shacked himself up with for the denouement" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal  

Love and Rockets
Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-679-9

"In the 30 years they've been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters... This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery." –Publishers Weekly

"There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can't do what Jaime Hernandez does - or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A" –The A.V. Club

Xmas on Bear Mountain
Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain

by Carl Barks

216-page color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-697-3

"One of comics revered masters gets a fresh new reprinting worthy of his work and accessible to kids.... This volume finds [Barks] at a creative peak, combining the bold adventuring of Tintin with the wisely cynical view of human weakness of John Stanley.... Despite the dark undertones, the comic expressions and dialogue is still laugh-out-loud funny. A wonderful project that should put Barks's name in front of new generations of admirers." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The Complete Crumb Vol. 17
The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: Cave Wimp (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

136-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-684-3

"The Complete Crumb series is especially useful in reminding us that Crumb has continued to evolve through the sixties. His more recent work is quieter and more literary... The most recent installment, collecting material originally published in Weirdo magazine, contains some of Crumb's best work." The National Post











New Comics Day 10.9.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayMichael DowersCharles RodriguesCharles M Schulz 8 Oct 2013 4:00 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.

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 1
by various artists; edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white/color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-657-7

"It's a rich resource for this strata of the industry... most of us would consider it a steal to get our hands on some of this material and all of the insight it contains, whether for use as a reference guide to handily keep on the shelf, or for adventurous consumers who desire a weighty sampler of the depth and breadth of what the world of self-published mini-comics has to offer. Grade A." -Justin Fogle, Poopsheet Foundation 

Ray and Joe

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics
by Charles Rodrigues
edited by Bob Fingerman  

184-page black & white (with some color) 8.25"x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-668-3

The Complete Peanuts

The Complete Peanuts 1989-1990 (Vol. 20)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-680-5

"The Complete Peanuts has framed Charles Schulz's enduring masterpiece about as well any lifelong fan could've hoped." - "The Best Comics of the '00s: The Archives", The A.V. Club 

19-20 box set
The Complete Peanuts 1987-1990 Gift Box Set (Vol. 19-20)
by Charles M Schulz

688-page black & white 8.5" x 7" x 3" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-681-2

 









New Comics Day 9.17.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeNew Comics DayDrew Friedman 17 Sep 2013 6:35 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.  
Everybody is Stupid Except for Me  
 
"Collecting 10 years' worth of cartoons originally done for Reason magazine, as well as a few odds and sods, [Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me] finds Bagge as sharp and irate as ever, and his art has improved while still being recognizably his own. Bagge is also, thankfully, still possessed of a great sense of humor, especially about himself-even the title reveals an element of self-mockery among all the self-righteousness." - The A.V. Club  
 
"While his focus may have changed, his work remains as delightful as it did in the alt-comix heyday. Stupid just confirms what many of us already knew: he's still one of the funniest cartoonists in America today." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6 
 
Barracuda in the Attic 
by Kipp Friedman, cover illustration by Drew Friedman
 
208-page black & white 6" x 8.5" hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-650-8
 
"A detail-rich account of an unfathomably awesome childhood in the epicenter of 1960s - 1970s New York culture, and further evidence of the magnificence of the Friedman genes." - Daniel Clowes

"I always wanted to know what it would be like to grow up with a famous dad. It sounds as awesome as i feared. I really enjoyed reading Kipp Friedman's stories and hating him for having dinner at Groucho Marx's house." - Joel Stein, Time magazine columnist