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.
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;
"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans... These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn't treat readers as naive or ignorant." - Los Angeles Times
"Fantagraphics' current series of handsome hardcovers makes familiar material fresh by focusing on individual artists... it's never been easier to appreciate the contributions of these iconic inkslingers." - Chicago Tribune
240-page full-color 6.75" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99 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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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
"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
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.
• 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)
• 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)