• Review of the Year: Brick Weekly holds forth on The Wolverton Bible: "If you think that God was the greatest contributor to the Bible then you are wrong. In fact, when compared to the creative feats of legendary cartoonist Basil Wolverton, God’s work seems trite and superficial at best. So, throw out all of your old Bibles because you don’t need them any more..." And it goes on from there...
• Reviews: The San Antonio Current says "The Wolverton Biblecollects everything [Basil Wolverton] did for the [Worldwide Church of God], presenting illustrations in chronological Biblical order — from Adam springing up from earth á la Spider-Man’s nemesis the Sandman all the way through the Old Testament and then hopping to the fantasy-friendly Book of Revelation, where eyeless corpses run rampant and jet planes tumble helplessly from the sky"; furthermore, "Humbugcould be a comics blockbuster... it fills gaps in some cartoonists’ CVs and entertains like hell while doing it."
• Reviews: Andrew Wheeler rounds up some recent books: of The Lagoon by Lilli Carré he says "Carré has an expressive style reminiscent of Richard Sala -- and her stories are in the same literary territory as Sala's as well, so the gloomy blacks and busy cross-hatching add to the ominous, overwhelming feeling... there's real spookiness in these pages -- and she's telling a story in ways (particularly trying to evoke sounds and scents through a comics page) that I've rarely seen"; and of Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons, Wheeler says "Josh Simmons might just be the Gutzon Borglum of comics. Simmons's... plan... is crazy, and I admire it for that."
Coming soon in its 9th printing (and still available in its redesigned 8th printing), Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin is the introductory chapter of this timeless all-ages classic, and we're pleased to bring you this multimedia preview glimpse for the first time. Click here if the embedded slideshow above is not visible, and/or to open it larger in a new window.
Mark your calendars: An exciting offering of diverse exhibitions, performances and signings are on tap in the coming months at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle. These and other lively events will keep the space jumpin' into the summer.
Esther Pearl Watson UNLOVABLE Opening reception and book signing Saturday, February 7, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Exhibition continues through March 4, 2009 (more event info)
HUMBUG Original art, artifacts and ephemera from Harvey Kurtzman's classic humor magazine. Public preview Saturday, March 7, 11:30 to 8:00 PM Exhibition continues through April Fools Day, 2009 (more about Humbug)
Dame Darcy Music performance and book signing Saturday, March 14, 6:00 to 9:00 PM (more about Dame Darcy)
Jaime Hernandez and Stan Sakai Original art by two masters of the medium. Opening reception and book signing Saturday, April 4, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Exhibition continues through May 6, 2009 (more about Jaime Hernandez and Stan Sakai)
Tony Millionaire DRINKY CROW Opening reception and book signing Saturday, May 9, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Exhibition continues through June 10, 2009 (more about Tony Millionaire)
JASON Opening reception and book signing Saturday, June 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Exhibition continues through July 8, 2009 (more about Jason)
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle's Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.
We've brought our previous website poll to a close. In answer to the question "Following Palestine and Ghost World, what should get the Special Edition treatment next?" the top response is "The Bradleys / Buddy Bradley saga" after an early lead for "Complete (non-Frank) Jim Woodring" and a long period of domination by "Complete Eightball." See the final results here. (UPDATE: apparently we've been the victims of ballot-stuffing -- see the comments for details.) So does your top choice have a chance of being made? Well, they've all been discussed at one point or another, but so far the only one to make it onto our schedule is Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition, debuting at Comic-Con this summer as a two-volume slipcased hardcover set with loads of extras -- our biggest Special Edition re-issue yet!
Our new poll asks "What never-reprinted Fantagraphics series would you most like to see collected?" Vote in the right-hand column here on Flog or on our home page. As far as I know, none of the choices have actually been discussed as a possibility, but who knows, if we get an overwhelming response...
Now in a new softcover printing with a newly-designed cover!
This fifth volume collects the epic-length "Blood Wings," in which Usagi battles a fearsome clan of ninja bats, while "Lone Goat and Kid" offers a cunning and affectionate parody of the famous "Lone Wolf and Cub" manga while doubling as one of Usagi's most dramatic and heartfelt adventures. "Frost and Fire" and "The Way of the Samurai" provide the psychological drama of this volume, which is rounded out by one of the most unique Usagi tales ever, "A Kite Story," which doubles as a fascinating look at the daily life and work of a 17th century Japanese kite maker, dramatically showcasing the thoroughness of Sakai's research and his skills as a storyteller. Featuring a foreword by the legendary Stan Lee!
For the month of March, we're helping you put some bunny in your basket for Easter and beyond by offering 20% off all Usagi Yojimbo titles!
Brimming with exciting swordfights, authentic locales and costumes, drama and humor, Stan Sakai's tales of a rabbit ronin (with a colorful cast of his allies and foes) is an all-ages classic that will get the kids in your life hooked on great comic storytelling. Stock up now for holidays, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs... and extra copies to keep for yourself.
(Sale ends 11:59 PM Pacific time, March 31, 2008.)