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New Comics Day 6.18.14
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wally WoodWallace WoodVirgil PartchVaughn BodeSteve DitkoNew Comics DayBlake BellAl Williamson 17 Jun 2014 3:05 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.

witzend  witzend
by Wallace Wood and various artists

656-page black & white/color 9" x 12.5" x 2.75" two-volume slipcased hardcover set • $125.00 

ISBN: 978-1-60699-744-4 

"Boxed together in a deluxe two-volume set, here are the irascible voices of a medium far more outré than Hollywood blockbuster movies." –Carlo McCormick, Art News  

Bomb RunBomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
by John SeverinHarvey KurtzmanWill Elder et al.

264-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9

"With crisp inks on heavy stock paper, Fantagraphics' BOMB RUN is a pleasure to hold and leaf through."  –Spectrum Culturenbsp;

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Cork High and Bottle Deep Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." - Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin 

Strange Suspense  Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Softcover Ed.)
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ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

"...[T]he tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations and disintegrations. ...Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." –Pedro Cabezuelo, Rue Morgue

"Strange Suspense offers page after lurid four-color page of Ditko's weird monsters, rubber-faced crooks, and abstracted landscapes... The book is a white-knuckle trip through Ditko's fevered imagination. [Grade] A-" –The A.V. Club

 






Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Now in Stock
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Virgil Partchnew releases 17 Jun 2014 2:10 PM

Shipping now from our mail-order department:

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch

Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white with color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

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The foamy formula of excess (C2H5OH + homo sapiens) has created a combustible concoction that has long fueled sleepless nights, great passions, artistic achievement, and regretful mornings, but never before has it produced such inspired hilarity. Collecting the top shelf of VIP’s drink-themed artwork including well-known favorites, this new book is sure to delight even the most rigid teetotaler (and perhaps cause them to reconsider). So batten down the hooch and prepare to cast off on the stormy seas of booze with your faithful captain, Virgil Partch!

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." — Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

"Hilarious, subtly subversive, and unique for his time, Virgil Partch was a 20th-century gag cartoonist whose 'pleasingly grotesque style' still delights people today…" — Andrea Tsurumi, The Rumpus

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil Partchpreviewsnew releases 4 Jun 2014 10:58 AM

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." — Comics Bulletin

"Hilarious, subtly subversive, and unique for his time, Virgil Partch was a 20th-century gag cartoonist whose 'pleasingly grotesque style' still delights people today…" — The Rumpus

"Partch's madcap — often bawdy and even a little naughty — style was immediately recognizable and oft times laugh out loud funny." — Heroes Online

Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/corkhigh

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil Partchvideopreviewsnew releases 15 May 2014 3:54 PM

Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

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

Hot on the heels of last year’s Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch comes this brand new collection of intoxicated insanity! Virgil Partch, tutor to the tanked, scholar of the sloshed, professor to the plastered, and endowed with a scholarship from the School of Advanced Study of Alcoholic Endeavor, flung himself into months-long research of the most arduous kind in order to produce — for our collective betterment — this report on the hangover, and how one may acquire it.

At the height of his career, working in quiet obscurity, Partch pursued his goal quietly and selflessly, often confining himself for long hours without food or sleep in dim, ill-ventilated holes-in-the-walls, doggedly researching, testing, rejecting, seeking no reward but that elusive ideal mixture to satiate one’s palate and wet one’s whistle.

The foamy formula of excess (C2H5OH + homo sapiens) has created a combustible concoction that has long fueled sleepless nights, great passions, artistic achievement, and regretful mornings, but never before has it produced such inspired hilarity. Collecting the top shelf of Vip’s drink-themed artwork including well-known favorites, this new book is sure to delight even the most rigid teetotaler (and perhaps cause them to reconsider). So batten down the hooch and prepare to cast off on the stormy seas of booze with your faithful captain, Virgil Partch!

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Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchComing Attractions 14 Apr 2014 5:58 PM

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Cork High and Bottle Deep pages photo

It's nearly time to raise a glass and tie one on with our classy-looking, fun-sized hardcover gift book Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch. Vip's booze cartoons are hilarious even if you're not three sheets to the wind. Our research department has not yet read the book while in their cups — we need to beef up our safety equipment first — but we now have our advance copies ready for the lab.

OK, before I pull a muscle on this metaphor, check out our excerpt and pre-order your copy of the book (for delivery in a bit over two months) right here.

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchpreviewsComing Attractions 7 Apr 2014 10:58 AM

What we have here in our upcoming book Cork High and Bottle Deep is a whole bunch of hilarious and surreal gag cartoons about booze — the acquisition thereof, the consumption thereof, the effects thereof — from the mid-20th century by the prolific and popular Virgil Partch, known by his signature "Vip." You don't see many businessmen in fedoras or bartenders wearing bow ties these days, but intoxication is a timeless topic and these panels will still have you falling off your barstool decades after their creation.

You can read about 18 of them in our downloadable excerpt, which includes sections of Vip's themed series on hangovers and "Dr. Freud's Cocktail Party" (in color!). The book should be available toward the end of June so make some space on your shelf next to your Mad Men DVDs and pre-order today.

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil PartchComing Attractions 11 Mar 2014 6:11 PM

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch

Our recent book Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, massive as it is, still only skims the surface of Partch's work. With Cork High and Bottle Deep, coming this summer, we plunge a swizzle stick into the depths of one aspect of his prolific career: boozy cartoons! Nothing amplifies the human comedy more than liquorous libations, and nobody captured mankind's firewater-fueled foibles like Vip. We've bottled the bacchanal up in this classy, minimalist cover worthy of your top shelf. Put it on your tab now and we'll serve it up to you as soon as it's available.

OCD Extra - Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 & VIP
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Virgil PartchJonathan BarliEd PiskorDaily OCD 11 Feb 2014 8:43 AM

Next month's issue of Booklist will include reviews of two recent releases by Fantagraphics creators, excerpted below:

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 by Ed Piskor

"Hip-hop devotee Piskor was one of Harvey Pekar's last collaborators and here shows himself to be Pekar's true disciple as a chronicler of popular culture... Piskor's artwork seems equally indebted to the looks of golden-age DC superhero comics and Pekar's greatest collaborator, R. Crumb." -Ray Olson 

Vip  

VIP: The Mad World by Virgil Partch, edited by Jonathan Barli

"His drawings (under his famous "VIP" signature) stood out not just for their immediately recognizable, wildly peculiar look (once described as 'pleasantly grotesque') but also for their insouciant treatment of such matters as sex, booze, and death... Barli's well-researched biographical text will fascinate cartooning aficionados, but for most readers, the volume's appeal lies solely in the wealth of rare VIP work he's assembled, much of it printed from the original art." -Gordon Flagg 

The Mad World of Virgil Partch at Fantagraphics Bookstore this Saturday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Virgil PartchFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 7 Feb 2014 1:24 AM

Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Virgil Partch, one of mid-century America’s most influential humorists. Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch celebrates the legacy of this notorious cartoonist. A display of art and artifacts from the book opens Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Virgil Partch burst onto the pages of the nation’s magazines with his captivating cartoons virtually overnight. His irreverent observations inspired a new breed of post-war comedians and cartoonists. Known by his signature, “Vip,” his work adorned books, advertisements, album covers, beer cans, cocktail napkins, and other accoutrements of mid-century American culture. The show at Fantagraphics Bookstore will demonstrate the diverse range of Partch’s appealing aesthetic.

The opening this Saturday coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack, featuring colorful visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 22 when we host a signing by talented young cartoonist Gregory Benton followed by an in-store session with original Fleetwood Mac guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jeremy Spencer.

This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 2/3-2/10
Written by janice headley | Filed under Virgil PartchRon Regé JrPaul HornschemeierJulia GfrörerJoseph LambertFantagraphics BookstoreeventsCharles Forsman 4 Feb 2014 12:13 PM

The Cartoon Utopia

Wednesday, February 5th

Seattle, WA: Seattle, this is your last chance to see our insanely beautiful exhibit of work from the legendary Ron Regé, Jr., including these exquisite fold-out drawings which are just 1000% more beautiul in person! Get thee to the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery while you can! (more info)

Julia Gfrörer Play Dead

Thursday, February 6th

Portland, OR: And Portland, don't miss the opening reception for Julia Gfrörer's exhibit Play Dead at Floating World Comics, showcasing the original art to her exquisite book, Black is the Color! If you haven't picked this up yet, now is the time: she might even draw a gorgeous mermaid for you! (more info)

Paul Hornschemeier

New York City, NY: New York, you lucky city, don't miss a visit from the great Paul Hornschemeier as he discusses his latest collection, Artists Authors Thinkers Directors, at The Strand Bookstore, starting at 7:00 PM. (more info)

Charles Forsman and Joseph Lambert Signing in Belgium

Saturday, February 8th

Brussels, BE: Hot off an exciting weekend at Angoulême, Charles Forsman, Mome-veteran Joseph Lambert, and our pal Alec Longstreth will be signing at the Librairie Multi BD from 4:00 to 6:30 PM! (more info)

Seattle, WA: Don't miss the opening reception at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for our latest show of art and artifacts from the book Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch, celebrating the legacy of this notorious cartoonist! (more info


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