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Weekly OCD 10.31.2014
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoTony MillionaireSpain RodriguezSimon HanselmannS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinreviewsPeanutsOCDMegahexMatt DannerDrew WeingDrew FriedmanCharles M Schulz 31 Oct 2014 3:30 PM

This week's hauntingly spooktacular collection of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

The Complete Zap ComixReview: The Complete Zap Comix

"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 Lonesome Go by Tim LaneReview: The Lonesome Go by Tim Lane

"Lane’s fluency in portraiture, page layout, lettering, and storytelling is on display, as deep contextual details are crammed into tight panels and captions." – Dominic Umile, Hyperallergic

 

Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew WeingReview: Set to Sea [Softcover Ed.] by Drew Weing

"A true graphic odyssey which any lover of a dream-life must see, this eternally fresh yet solid entertainment is a genuine 'must read'." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

 

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew FriedmanCommentary: Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman

"The portraits are a genuine insight and reflection of the person and their contribution. Special kudos to Drew for his careful research so that the bios are accurate and help to add to the ongoing study of how it all began in comics." – Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, The Beat

 

Megahex by Simon HanselmannInterview: Megahex by Simon Hanselmann

"He doesn't just draw the funny or sexy moments -- he lets the characters and the readers enjoy and laugh, but then he shows the fallout from some of the characters' actions, depicting them as them scared and desperate, pathetic and troubled. Hanselmann's skill at depicting this range of emotions and exploring those consequences is what makes his work so fascinating and so worth rereading." – Alex Dueben, Comic Book Resources

 

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Tony Millionaire and Matt DannerReview: Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner

"Like the very best children’s classics, this is a book that isn’t afraid to confront dark matters and actively embraces fear and sadness amidst the wonders in an effort to craft a better story.

Compelling, beguiling and visually intoxicating, this latest Sock Monkey yarn judiciously leavens discovery with anxiety, heartbreak with gleeful imaginative innocence and terror with bold triumph." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

 

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful by Don RosaPlug: Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful by Don Rosa

"Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses – only matches – the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge stories." – Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics

Plug: "Any time a Carl Barks or Don Rosa book of Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics is released, I get all excited. Because they’re great! I’m not kidding! Also good for jaded fans too cool for kids’ comics." – Dan Greenfield, 13th Dimension

 

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. SchulzReview: Waiting for the Great Pumpkin by Charles M. Schulz

"This adorable little collection of strips is the perfect prize for your costume contest. Growing up, you may have gotten to know the Great Pumpkin mainly through the evergreen TV special — but the original strips collected here are both brainier and more emotionally complex than the show." – Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

 

New Comics Day 10.29.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Walt KellyTony MillionaireNew Comics DayJoe SaccoDrew WeingDon RosaDisneyCharles M SchulzCarl Barks 29 Oct 2014 12:47 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. WARNING: Do not atttempt to carry all of these titles at once. You are only human. 
Sock Monkey  
Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire

80-page black & white 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8 

"Compelling, beguiling and visually intoxicating, this latest Sock Monkey yarn judiciously leavens discovery with anxiety, heartbreak with gleeful imaginative innocence and terror with bold triumph…Win's Christmas Gift Recommendation: a new classic to add to the "Every Kid Must Read" list... 10/10" –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
 
"It's really good. I thought that giant Sock Monkey collection was criminally under-discussed when it came out. Those are lovely, lovely comics. The characters work in this form, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
Set to Sea
Set To Sea [Softcover Ed.]
by Drew Weing

144-page black & white with color 5" x 6.25" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-771-0 

"Now that sublime and out-of-print yarn is back as a deliciously handy, pocket-sized softcover reissue that will - if there's any justice - finally make [Weing] a household name amongst lovers of tall tales and comic treasures." –Win Wiacek, Now Read This!
 
"Very few words are needed in Weing's debut graphic novel [Set to Sea] to tell the story of a poet wanna-be who is kidnapped by pirates and learns the ways of the sea through hard labor and even tougher battles. The cross-hatch styling is reminiscent of old engravings and perfectly suits the subject matter. Each page features just one frame, full of detail and atmosphere. With hints of The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Popeye and Treasure Island, Weing has created a modern classic in the pirate genre." –School Library Journal   
Palestine  
Palestine
by Joe Sacco, introduction by Edward Said
 
288-page black & white 7" x 10 3/4" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 9-781-56097-4321
 
"Sacco is a pioneer." –Journal of Palestinian Studies 
 
" . . Sacco has a feel for displaced persons in general." –Shawn Conner, The Snipe News 
 
Return to Plain Awful  
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Return to Plain Awful (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 2)
by Don Rosa

216-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-780-2 

"You're gonna want to pick that up this week, or write yourself a note to do so in the near future, as it's a pretty great collection..." –J Caleb. Mozzocco, Every Day is Like Wednesday
 
"You must think I'm a broken record by now. Any time a Carl Barks or Don Rosa book of Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics is released, I get all excited. Because they're great! I'm not kidding! Also good for jaded fans too cool for kids' comics." –Tim Finn, Hub Comics (via 13th Dimension)
Rosa boxset  
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vols. 1 & 2 Gift Box Set
by Don Rosa 

424-page full color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-781-9  
 
"Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses - only matches - the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge stories. These are desert island comics - if I had to take only one box of comics with me somewhere, a couple of these volumes would be coming with." –Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics  
 
"…it's a rare, rare accomplishment what Rosa did with these great Carl Barks characters and comics." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
  
Pogo Volume 3
Pogo - The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 3: "Evidence to the Contrary"
by Walt Kelly

368-page black & white with color 11.25" x 9.25" hard/soft/cover • $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-694-2 

 "...[T]here's simply no denying Kelly's mastery: he evokes full characters with nothing but a few choice words, and the sprightliness of his visual style is all fun here, laying the groundwork for what would become profoundly subversive later. The included essays, as is usually the case for Fantagraphics reissues, absolutely nail the context and import of the strip, too. I just don't think you can say you love comics and not have this around." –David Berry, National Post

"The biggest revelation of reading the first two years of Pogo is how polished and funny the strip was right from the start, and also how nearly every Pogo panel is a delight unto itself. Kelly didn't necessarily build to big punchlines; he'd slip funny sight gags and memorable lines everywhere there was room. ...[T]here's a classic Pogo moment on just about every page of this book." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Peanuts 22  
The Complete Peanuts 1993-1994 (Vol. 22)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-773-4 

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

"The Complete Peanuts confronts us afresh with what a brilliant, truly modern and totally weird idea it was to create a comic strip about a chronically depressed child..." –TIME Magazine

 
Peanuts Every Sunday  
Peanuts Every Sunday 1956-1960 (Vol. 2)
by Charles M. Schulz 

288-page full color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-794-9 

"The daily black-and-white comics were great but the full-color Sunday strips gave Schulz a big, beautiful canvas to let his expert pacing and amazing linework breathe in a rainbow of color...it's really the entire mix of characters ...and their mix of adult prickliness and childlike naiveté that made Charles Schulz's iconic comics strips so timeless." - Evan Narcisse, Kotaku
 
Peanuts Volume 2
The Complete Peanuts 1953-1954 (Vol. 2 Softcover)
by Charles M. Schulz 

320-page black & white with spot color 8.25" x 6.25" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-792-5 
 
"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
Peanuts 
The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 Gift Box Set (Vols. 1-2 Softcover)
by Charles M. Schulz 

680-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 6.75" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-793-2 
 
Barks Duck Set
Walt Disney's Donald Duck Box Set: Lost in the Andes & Trail of the Unicorn (Carl Barks Library Vols. 7-8)
by Carl Barks

472-page full color 7.75" x 10.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-796-3
 
"I will not rest until everyone is reading these reasonably priced and beautifully designed and edited volumes of Carl Barks' Disney Duck masterpieces… every one of them are great." –Andy Mansell, Heroes Online  
 
"Even now, Barks' stories are clever and funny, as he leads the ducks into impossible situations and then gives them unexpected ways out. And they're poignant in their own way, too.... What's impressive about Fantagraphics' Lost in the Andes is that it encourages both a fannish and an intellectual approach to the material." - Noel Murray, The A.V. Club 
 
Now in Stock - Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony Millionairenew releasesMatt Danner 22 Oct 2014 9:50 AM

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

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Cover

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire

80-page black & white 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8

See Previews / Order Now

The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby, his innocent pal Mr. Crow, and their tiny doll-friend, Inches, are the heroes of this funny, unsettling, and all-new Sock Monkey storybook. Convinced that their human, Ann-Louise, has been kidnapped by a vicious monster dubbed the Amarok, our heroes bravely venture into the Haunted Woods to rescue her. The epic quest that follows takes them by sea, land, and air through many fantastic lands and introduces a cast of fanciful characters and creatures including the Trumbernick (the pixie shaman of the forest), a giant sea monster, the Guardsmen of Bear Town, and a flock of flying harpies. Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey hearkens back to all-ages fantasy-adventure such as The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland.

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony Millionairepreviewsnew releasesMatt Danner 10 Oct 2014 2:30 PM

"Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey disturbs me for all the right reasons." – Time

"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers

"Tony Millionaire is one of our true genii" – John Hodgman

"…evokes the anything-goes child-logic found in darker fairy tales and the Oz stories with a pinch of Lewis Carroll thrown in for the sheer bizarreness of it all." – Publishers Weekly

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire

80-page black & white 6” x 9” hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8

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/sockmonkeydeepwoods

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony MillionairepreviewsMatt DannerComing Attractions 7 Oct 2014 12:45 PM

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire

80-page color 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8

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

The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby, his innocent pal Mr. Crow, and their tiny doll-friend, Inches, are the heroes of this funny, unsettling, and all-new Sock Monkey storybook. Convinced that their human, Ann-Louise, has been kidnapped by a vicious monster dubbed the Amarok, our heroes bravely venture into the Haunted Woods to rescue her. The epic quest that follows takes them by sea, land, and air through many fantastic lands and introduces a cast of fanciful characters and creatures including the Trumbernick (the pixie shaman of the forest), a giant sea monster, the Guardsmen of Bear Town, and a flock of flying harpies. Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey hearkens back to all-ages fantasy-adventure such as The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland.

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Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony MillionairepreviewsMatt DannerComing Attractions 30 Sep 2014 11:00 AM

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Cover

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Inside Page

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Inside Page

To see and hold a physical copy of Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner's upcoming Sock Monkey book, Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods is to harken back to a childhood spent surrounded by stacks of hardbound, lovingly-put together storybooks filled with lushly drawn black and white ink etchings.

Here is our first look at this beautiful hardcover, a fresh advance copy sent from the printer. The large print interspersed with beautiful, detailed black and white illustrations will capture the imaginations of kids, making this a solid page-turner as well as a fun book to read aloud this fall! You can pre-order the book now for a late October delivery.

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Matt Danner and Tony Millionaire - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony MillionairepreviewsMatt DannerComing Attractions 19 Sep 2014 12:30 PM

In these first nine pages of Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner's upcoming Sock Monkey book, Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods, Uncle Gabby appears to be dreaming about how he came to be a sock monkey living in the house of Ann-Louise. In a shifting dreamscape perspective, he gooes from a monkey with a toothache, to a fallen monkey's tooth next to an orchid, to a freshly-sewn sock monkey with a hidden monkey's tooth embedded in its breast pocket, beginning to flicker to life.

You can download and read the whole 9-page, 1 MB excerpt here, and check out our book listing page for more previews and to pre-order your copy! Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods comes out in October.

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner - Cover

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Tony MillionaireMatt DannerComing Attractions 8 Sep 2014 3:15 PM

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods by Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner - Cover

We are quite pleased to unveil the cover art for the next Sock Monkey book out from the inimitable Tony Millionaire, this time in collaboration with Los Angeles-based animation director Matt Danner: Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods. This 80-page illustrated children's book combines images and prose to tell new tales of Uncle Gabby the Sock Monkey and his plush friend, Mr. Crow.

We'll have additional previews soon, and the book is available for pre-order now!

Millionaire at Cincy, Rosa at Baltimore
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireeventsDon Rosa 5 Sep 2014 10:40 AM
Cincinnati Comic Con
This weekend is gonna be so busy for the cartoonists of Fantagraphics. Some are getting ready for Brooklyn Book Fest or SPX but at this moment Tony Millionaire is ready to have a helluva time over at Cincy ComiCon in Covington, Kentucky. Right across the state line! Cincy ComiCon is located at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center at One West RiverCenter Boulevard, Covington, KY. Friday from 3-7pm, Saturday from 10-7pm, and Sunday from 10am -5pm.
Millionaire Sock Monkey Treasury
And over at Baltimore Comic-Con that starts today. 
BCC logo 
Friday through Sunday, September 5-7th, Don Rosa will be holding court with his always impressive display of Ducks work at Baltimore Comic-Con. You can find Don at booth 2510, which is along the leftmost side of the convention hall. The con starts in a few hours so get ready! Friday from 1-7pm, Saturday from 10-7pm and Sunday from 10-5pm. Baltimore Convention Center is located at One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 (PRATT & HOWARD STREET ENTRANCE). And check out Rosa's newest reprint, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: "The Sun of the Son"  out is stores this week! 
Rosa Son of the Sun
Labor Day Sale: 40% Off Select Titles
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoTrina RobbinsTony MillionaireStephen Weissmansales specialsR Kikuo JohnsonPatrick RosenkranzMonte SchulzMiss Lasko-GrossMegan KelsoJordan CraneFredrik StrömbergEsther Pearl WatsonDaniel ClowesCrockett JohnsonChuck ForsmanCharles M SchulzCarol SwainBen Schwartz 28 Aug 2014 9:29 AM

2014 Labor Day Sale

As the leaves begin to turn shades of red and orange (or fall straight off and green depending on where you live), backpacks are dusted off in preparation for a new load of textbooks, and we move into fall, we figure you could use some cause for celebration. How about our Labor Day/Back-To-School Sale? We've got great titles of all-ages, young-adult, and non-fiction titles at a whopping 40% Off from Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st!

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman 21

For your wee ones, how about our gift-sized, baseball-themed Peanuts book, Batter Up, Charlie Brown? Or, for something a little cheekier, there's Steven Weissman's Chocolate Cheeks. For the baseball fans who want a bit more history mixed in, try 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Unlovable Unlovable 2 Caricature

School can be anything you make of it, especially you don't give a damn. For the guy or girl that knows everything, try Unlovable 1 and 2 by Esther Pearl Watson. She may only break wind and not hearts, but Tammy Pierce is unstoppable. For some short stories from all walks of life, ugly and less ugly, grab Daniel ClowesCaricature, often compared to to Nabokov for their complex naturalism and sense of humor.

Ghost World  Celebrated Summer Night Fisher
Is cutting class altogether a common memory for you? How about a classic Fantagraphics alternative comic, sure to win even the most jaded of hearts: Daniel ClowesGhost World (now in its 20th printing) is for you. Already have it? Try the male version of Ghost World, Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman, that came out in 2014. Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson also follows the teenage trail of growing up and growing apart.

Giraffes in my Hair Mess Everything The Squirrel Mother
Cutting class was too weak? You just dropped out all together? Damn, you might enjoy Giraffes in My Hair, a Jack Kerouac-style story lived by Bruce Paley and drawn by his partner, Carol Swain, all about the summer of '67. On the cusp of flunking out with a drug habit, A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross, is an intense and raw look at her own high-school experience. If you're looking for more personal and semi-autobiographical comic stories look no further than The Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso. It also contains stories about the idea of America and American history, such as a trilogy of short pieces about Alexander Hamilton.

Rebel Visions Pretty in Ink Daniel Clowes Reader
If history is your school-time jam, then grab a copy of Rebel Visions by Patrick Rosenkranz, a history of the alternative cartoonists. Want something even more focused?  A history of women cartoonist will suit you just fine in Pretty In Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins. Or the Daniel Clowes Reader, featuring most of Clowes' work and papers on the overriding motifs and themes.  

Black Images in the Comics  American
Consider some new books about comics as an assignment for a graded discussion. Black Images in the Comics by Fredrik Strömberg walks through comics, old and new, to enlighten the audience about the hideous caricatures racism produces so that we may never stray there again. Best American Comics Criticism compiled by Ben Schwartz features the best essays on comics from Chris Ware on Rodolphe Töpffer, Dan Clowes on Mad's Will Elder, The Daily Show's John Hodgman on Jack Kirby and more!

Clouds above Barnaby 1 Sock Monkey Treasury

For those who wish to rise above it all and forget that school ever existed, The Clouds Above is an all-ages full-color romp with a boy and his cat by Jordan Crane. Meanwhile, Barnaby by Crockett Johnson plays with some imaginary creatures including his fairy godfather. Or for something that feels a bit older, more Victorian The Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire is for you.

The Last Rose of Summer 
Finally a little prose by Monte Schulz, the novel The Last Rose of Summer. With the Great Depression looming, three strong-minded women related by marriage form an uneasy household in a Southern town.

So clean up on some comics to read while the kids are out at school or to distract you from the textbooks you SHOULD be reading. 









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