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Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con - The Debuts
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under witzendWally WoodWallace WoodShimura TakakoSergio PonchioneS Clay Wilsonnew releasesLucy KnisleyLove and RocketsLane MilburnJohn SeverinJoe OrlandoJim WoodringGilbert HernandezFloyd GottfredsonEleanor DavisEd PiskorEC ComicsDrew FriedmanDon RosaDisneyDash ShawCrockett JohnsonCCIBarnabyAl Feldstein 14 Jul 2014 3:37 PM

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This is your official warning to bring your heavy duty bags and library book carts because here are our San Diego Comic Con graphic novel and comic debuts. Need a workout? Well, you're gonna get it by grasping our beautiful tomes to your chest as you happily leave, arms full from a fun time at Fantagraphics, booth #1718! 

How to be Happy

 How to Be Happy is Eleanor Davis's first collection of graphic/literary short stories collecting the best stories she's drawn for Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well in her own self-published comics. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax. In stores August, $24.99

An Age of License

 An Age of License is Lucy Knisley's (French MilkRelish) comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) tour of Europe and Scandinavia. Featuring her hallmark mouth-watering drawings and descriptions of food, Knisley's experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries — about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life — that many young adults will relate to. It's is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan. In Stores August, $19.99



Son of the SunWalt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Sun (The Don Rosa Library Vol. 1) by Don Rosa - The Richest Duck in the World is back — and so are noisy nephew Donald, wunderkinder Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and rascally richnik Flintheart Glomgold! We’re proud to present our first complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by contemporary fan favorite Don Rosa, who drew a whopping two decades’ worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns! It's at a price even Scrooge would consider a bargain! In stores September, $29.99. 

heroresHeroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman - Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits and essays lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman. Heroes includes the full spectrum of American comics pioneers and legends of the ‘30s to the ‘50s: publishers, editors, and artists like Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, Bill Gaines, and more. It’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!" In stores August, $34.99 

 

Hip Hop Family Tree 2

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 by Ed PiskorBook 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop makes its big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. While many performers use flamboyant personas to stand out from the audience, a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy, with cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)!

In stores August, $27.99.

Box setHip Hop Family Tree Box Set by Ed PiskorTo celebrate the critical success of the first two volumes of Piskor's unprecedented history of Hip Hop, we are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. Also included is the box set exclusive 24-page comic Hip Hop Family Tree #300, Piskor’s elegant reflection on the ‘90s confluence of hip hop and comics, told in a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to that era’s Image comics. In stores November, $59.99. 


 

JIMJim by Jim WoodringJim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work — comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings all centered around Woodring's cartoon alter ego. This fictional doppelganger has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are commonplace. Collected here for the first time, Jim is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry. In stores late July, $29.99. 

 

Luba and her Family

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 4): Luba and Her Family by Gilbert HernandezBeto's characters bid "Farewell, My Palomar" as they exit the Eden of the Central American town in Volume 10 of the Love and Rockets Library. When an earthquake levels Palomar, ever-resourceful Luba and her clan are on the move once again. In the U.S., the lives of Maria's daughters — mayor and matriarch Luba, body-builder Petra, and therapist/film star Fritz — and their families become more and more intertwined. In stores now, $18.99.

Cosplayers 2Cosplayers 2 by Dash ShawThe "Cosplayers" chronicle continues as Annie and Verti attend the 3-day anime convention "Tezukon." entering the competition as Princess Mononoke and the Devil May Cry Lady. During the convention they face off against a Street Fighter 2 Cammy, encounter two otaku boys who are obsessed with their youtube videos, and meet a manga scholar named Ben Baxter, who sleeps in a dumpster outside of the hotel and receives visions of the ending of Tezuka's unfinished "Phoenix" saga. "Cosplayers 2" is a sweet, funny, melancholic ode to the anime convention experience!

In stores now, $5.00. 

 

BarnabyBarnaby Vol. 2 by Crockett Johnson; edited by Eric Reynolds and Philip Nel - The long-lost comic strip masterpiece by Crockett Johnson, legendary children’s book author (Harold and the Purple Crayon), designed by graphic novelist and Barnaby superfan Daniel Clowes. Vol. 2 collects the years 1944-1945 of the series, as five-year-old Barnaby Baxter and his cigar-chomping, bumbling con-artist Fairy Godfather J.J. O’Malley encounter leprechauns, gnomes, ghosts, ermine hunters, soap salesmen, and more! In stores now, $39.99.

Bomb Run

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) by John SeverinCombining the taut emotional and psychological insights of Stephen Crane with the gritty verisimilitude of eyewitness reportage, Harvey Kurtzman and John Severin, with inker and friend Will Elder, produced 34 war stories in just under three years. Emotionally draining and dramatically eloquent, this book collects epic settings: the Roman empire; the Revolutionary War; the American-Indian Wars; the Alamo; the Civil War; World War I (in trenches and in air); World War II ; and the Korean War. In stores now, $29.99.

DKWDKW: Ditko Kirby Wood by Sergio PonchioneAn exquisite tribute to three of the most acclaimed comic book artists of all time: Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby and Wallace Wood! Acclaimed Italian cartoonist Sergio Ponchione pays tribute to this "holy trinity" in this wildly imaginative one-shot comic, split into three chapters, with each chapter drawn in a pitch-perfect homage to one of his idols.

In stores now, $4.99.

 

 



Wandering Son 7 Wandering Son 7 by Shimura Takako - Takako's groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved Wandering Son continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students in our 7th volume. Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world - unless Anna-chan can help. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club, leading to friction with Takatsuki-san. 

In stores August, $24.99. 


 

Judgment Day

 Judgment Day and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library) illustrated by Joe OrlandoJudgment Day collects 23 of Joe Orlando’s best sci-fi comics, including Al Feldstein adaptations with classic O. Henry-style endings. With its blunt anti-racism message, the title story is one of EC’s most famous: after publisher Bill Gaines and Feldstein having fought the Comics Code to keep the story’s last panel (and thus its whole point) intact, “Judgment Day” became the last story in the last comic book EC published. Also included are outstanding Ray Bradbury adaptations and EC’s “Adam Link,” which was later adapted for The Outer Limits TV show featuring Leonard Nimoy. In stores now, $23.99.

Pirates in the Heartland Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 by S. Clay Wilson; edited by Patrick Rosenkranz - The first of a three-volume biography and retrospective, Pirates is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists. Combining first person accounts from his peers with S. Clay Wilson’s own words, this book stands as a revealing portrait of a rebel who hid his shyness behind brash behavior and bluster.Pirates in the Heartland shows us an artist who truly lived his dreams and his nightmares. In stores now, $34.99.

 

Twelve Gems

Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn - The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. They meet many strange and storied characters on their journey, but none so strange or sinister as their dear benefactor himself. With a heavy dose of humor and wall-to-wall action, this sci-fi epic is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year.

In stores now, $19.99


Mickey Mouse Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd GottfredsonOur latest book finds Mickey battling "Mighty Whalehunter" Pegleg Pete on the high seas, meeting a powerful genie, and taking on Disney’s greatest villain — the vile Phantom Blot! Lovingly restored from Disney's original proof sheets, this volume also includes more than 30 pages of extras: including rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a most-wanted list of Disney scholars. In stores July, $34.99

witzend witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - When the formulaic constraints, censorious nature, and onerous lack of creators' rights in mainstream comics got to be too much for the brilliant cartoonist Wallace Wood in 1966, he struck out on his own with the self-published witzend. It became a haven for Wood and his fellow professional cartoonist friends where they could produce the kind of personal work that they wanted to do, without regard to commercial demands — and with friends like Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, Ralph Reese, Archie Goodwin, Angelo Torres, Steve Ditko, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Art Spiegelman, Don Martin, Vaughn Bodé, Jim Steranko, Jeff Jones, Howard Chaykin, Trina Robbins, Bernie Wrightson, and literally dozens more, it was bound to be a great ride! Now, Fantagraphics presents the complete run of witzend in this beautiful slipcased two-volume set with a special introduction by Bill Pearson and a history by Patrick Rosenkranz. In stores now, $125.00

Barnaby Vol. 2 Errata
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under errataCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 27 Jun 2014 12:11 PM
Barnaby 
Barnaby, the comic strip that welled up from the infamous inkpot of Crockett Johnson, who also greated Harold and the Purple Crayon, is chock fulla World War 2 information and allusions. Being a newspaper strip intended for children though, it's not a barrier to reading the comic.  "You don't need to get all of Crockett Johnson's allusions to enjoy his classic strip, Barnaby. But I'm the sort of person who wants to know these things," writes Philip Nel, co-editor of the Barnaby series and Johnson's biographer. For those who like a little inside baseball, Nel has posted a few corrections that readers have sent in already for Barnaby  Vol. 2. Cushlamachree! We always knew you guys were a well-read lot and appreciate it when you step up to the mic. Happy Reading!
Barnaby mic 
Errata: Barnaby Vol. 1, page 243
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under errataCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 6 Jan 2014 12:17 PM

Barnaby Vol. 1 page 243

Dept. of errata: Due to a production error, the September 30, 1943 strip was mistakenly printed with a repeated panel in Barnaby Vol. 1. Click here or on the image above to view and download a printable PDF of the corrected page. Please accept our apologies and regrets.

Barnaby in The Believer
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under pressBarnaby 4 Nov 2013 1:13 PM

Barnaby BELIEVER

The latest issue of The Believer, published by McSweeney's, has a very sweet drawing of Barnaby on the cover! You can grab a copy of it at your nearest bookstore or from the McSweeney's website yourself! Vol. II, Issue #9 features a fun cover by J. Otto Seibold and stories on Indiana's efforts to renew urban areas, the SoCal feminist art scene and more.

Barnaby and Believer

Wondering about Barnaby by Crockett Johnson, edited by Philip Nel and Eric Reynolds? You have come to the exact right place!  Volume one of the little tyke running around and keeping his fairy godfather out of trouble during World War II came out earlier this year and volume two is in the works.

Barnaby

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Thursday
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul HornschemeierLove and RocketsJustin HallJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezGene DeitcheventsEric ReynoldsCCIBarnaby 24 Jul 2013 6:05 PM

Paul Hornschemeier and Phil Nel 

Thursday rocked! Wooo-boy, no joke. Paul Hornschemeier and Philip Nel sign their books above. We were part of the Peanuts Scavenger Hunt and the let us use this bitchin' Woodstock stamp! Frantic moms and desperate children were all over the booth getting stamps and figuring out the quickest way to the next booth.

Peanuts stamp 

Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds checks out Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins, a book he finally gets to see in person.

Eric and Ben's book 

Eric Reynolds and Phil Nel, editors of the complete Barnaby by Crockett Johnson.

Love and Rockets' Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez 

Natalia, Gilbert and Jaime 

From Arrested Development, Alia Shawkat was ooohhing and ahhhing over The Adventures of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert. 

The Adventures of Jodelle 

Shawkat is a big Fanta-fan she even showed me her Dan Clowes tattoo! (her long-suffering and patient brother in the background)

Shawkat's Clowes Tattoo 

Gene Deitch and Justin Hall signed their copies of Nudnik Revealed and No Straight Lines respectively. Deitch reminded Hall that a permanent pen works best for signing (in comparison, Hall is the baby in the situation)

Deitch and Hall 

This young guy was at his first comic con and so happy to meet Gene Deitch!

Gene and fan 

This awesome fan came by the booth THREE TIMES on Thursday before deciding she needed Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust!

Today girl

The boys of Comic Bulletin hold up their favorite new releases from Fantagraphics: Danny Djeljosevic, Rafael Gaitan and Morgan Davis. 

CB boys 

PR Director Jacq Cohen and I had our evening panel with Chip Mosher from comiXology and JK Parkin from Comic Book Resources. The first few people who answered questions got flights of vodka (there's a free tip).

PR and indie marketing panel 

Passed by the comiXology booth and they had a little Fantagraphics sign a-glowing.

comiXology 

Out and about at the CBLDF party, The Beat's Heidi MacDonald and Henry Barajas.

Heidi and Henry 

That's all for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our Twitter feed! 

Fantagraphics at San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Set Up ACCOMPLISHED
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tony MillionaireJacques TardieventsCCIBarnaby 17 Jul 2013 2:00 PM

Fantagraphics Table 

We are READY AND RARIN' to go at San Diego Comic Con! Plenty of new books to score early on in the show. No signings tonight but puh-lenty the rest of the weekend. Fantagraphics is located at
booth #1718. Above Jacq inspects a book.

Goddamn this War

Unpacked a delicious box of new
Jacques Tardi books called Goddamn This War, a stand-alone book that goes well with It Was The War of the Trenches

Maakies 

San Diego Comic Con guest
Tony Millionaire's new Maakies book, Green Eggs and Maakies, looks perfect! We have plenty more book debuts here.

Books and Jen

OH MY YES, look at these stacks of books! Our 
signing schedules and panel schedules are located here. Below, a fan and exhibitor tries to buy a copy of Barnaby  early. No one can resist the call of Crockett Johnson.

Barnaby 

That's all for now but there's lots more to come! Keep it tuned here and especially to our
Twitter feed! 









Cushlamochree, we're digitally reading Barnaby
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicsCrockett JohnsoncomiXologyBarnaby 19 Jun 2013 1:18 PM

Barnaby 1 

Fantagraphics and comiXology bring you a delight for children and adults of all ages, Barnaby by Crockett Johnson. Barnaby revolved around a precocious five-year-old named Barnaby Baxter and his fairly godfather Jackeen J. O'Malley. Yet O'Malley, a cigar-chomping, bumbling con-artist and fast-talker, was not your typical protector. His grasp of magic was usually specious at best, limited to occasional flashes, often aided and abetted by his fellow members in The Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes, and Little Men's Chowder & Marching Society. Hilarity and confusion often ensue all couched within the setting of World War II. Edited by Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds and Philip Nel, this beloved comic strip is finally given the Fantagraphics treatment.

Barnaby's deft balance of fantasy, political commentary, sophisticated wit, and elegantly spare images expanded our sense of what comic strips can do. With subtlety and economy, Barnaby proved that comics need not condescend to readers. Its small but influential readership took that message to heart.

So get this first volume that collects 1942-1943 of the newspaper strip for only $29.99 via comiXology! (Strip reformatted below so you can read it on our FLOG)

Barnaby Panel 

"I think, and I'm trying to talk calmly, that Barnaby and his friends and oppressors are the most important additions to American arts and letters in Lord knows how many years." –Dorothy Parker 

 "Johnson combined low-impact serialized adventure with some gentle comedy based around the ways that adults and kids diverge in their perspectives. The result is a compulsively readable strip with a winningly off-kilter point-of-view-and a cultural treasure that's been long-overdue for this kind of prestige archival project... " –Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

New Comics Day 6.19.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under New Comics DayCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 18 Jun 2013 3:53 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. 
Barnaby Vol. 1 
Edited by Eric Reynolds & Philip Nel; Introduction by Chris Ware; art direction by Daniel Clowes  

320-page black & white (with some color) 11"x 6.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-522-8 

"Johnson combined low-impact serialized adventure with some gentle comedy based around the ways that adults and kids diverge in their perspectives. The result is a compulsively readable strip with a winningly off-kilter point-of-view-and a cultural treasure that's been long-overdue for this kind of prestige archival project... " –Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

"Fantagraphics deserves a Nobel Prize in Literature for their efforts to reprint complete runs of classic American comic strips... There is rarely an attempt at more than 2-dimensions but that flatness provides a late art deco elegance to [Barnaby]....This strip is fun, funny, I'm so glad its back and Fantagraphics is giving it their usual top-notch presentation," –Kevin Lauderdale, It Has Come To My Attention

Daily OCD 5.30.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tom KaczynskiPeter BaggeMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsJohn BensonJaime HernandezGuy PeellaertGreg SadowskiGraham ChaffeeGilbert HernandezFloyd GottfredsonEric ReynoldsDisneyDash ShawCrockett JohnsonCathy MalkasianCarl BarksBarnaby 30 May 2013 5:23 PM

The fastest hot-to-trot release of online Commentaries & Diversions:

Good Dog

• Review: Good Dog has it this week. Graham Chaffee's return to comics gets a starred review from Publishers Weekly. "Chaffees’s art is both lyrical and dramatic when it needs to be, mixing Craig Thompson and Gilbert Hernandez. As with White Fang and Black Beauty, Chaffee goes inside the psychology of animals without over sentimentalizing and shows why the human/pet relationship is so precious for both sides."

Wake Up, Percy Gloom

• Review: Diamond Scoop is all over Wake Up, Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian. "Malkasian fills the story with multiple levels, never once making any of them obvious. Her experience as an animator shines through as her pencil and panel construction holds an incredible sense of movement inside a graphic novel format.…More than a fable, Percy Gloom is part of story telling myth that can be traced back to campfires around a cave. This is an inspiring work that speaks to all levels of our existence."

Bagge's Other Stuff

• Review: Bob Temuka of the Tearoom of Despair checks out Peter Bagge's Other Stuff. "This book is excellent… the looser Bagge's stuff gets, the better. Other Stuff is funnier than [Everybody Is Stupid Except For Me], even if there is that same sociological satire, because it has Bagge people wigging the fuck out, and nuthin' is funnier than that.."

3 New Stories  New School

• Review: Shawn Starr of The Chemical Box reviews 3 New Stories by Dash Shaw. "3 New Stories is a comic which explores the juxtaposition and superimposition of images within the structure of text/drawing based comics (a.k.a. traditional comics) as a means of underlining the thematic nature of it's stories.…Shaw codes the pages of '3 New Stories' with layers of visual subtext that work as an interesting color palette and also through their existence as “images”, create additional layers of meaning to each page and the narrative as a whole."

• Review: Bill Boichel from Copacetic Comics enjoys New School by Dash Shaw. "This purposeful leveling of the high/low, fine/popular distinction in the arts has a specific aim in reinforcing the "message" encoded within the narrative. The basics of the story we are given in New School are about as old school as you can get, centering on two brothers, each sent by their father on a quest to a faraway land. The brothers, Daniel and Luke, are each given names with strong biblical associations. The latter, however, additionally references the modern mythology of Star Wars. This dual reference serves as a key opening the door to New School's narrative strategy."

Mickey Mouse Color Sundays

• Review: IndieWire has a suggestion for you in regards to Micky Mouse Color Sundays by Floyd Gottfredson (edited by Groth and David Gerstein). Jerry Beck writes, "Leave it to Gerstein, with co-editor Gary Groth and the team at Fantagraphics, to reprint these rare strips with the greatest of care. The reproduction of the line art is superb, the coloring is vivid and faithful to the original newspaper printings … stop what you are doing and order this book today. 280 pages of absolute joy."

Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret

• Review: KC Carlson of Comics Worth Reading read and weeps (from laughter) in the latest Carl Barks collection, Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret. "I read it as a child. Yet I remember clearly every detail about it. Such is the power of Carl Barks’ work. His storytelling is designed to appeal to youngsters as well as folk who are as old as Scrooge.…I laughed so hard that I had to put the book down for a couple of minutes. Sharp-eyed readers should also pay attention to other jokes hidden in what Donald is reading in other stories throughout the book."

Barnaby

• Interview (audio): Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds and co-editor, Philip Nel, talk Crockett Johnson, Barnaby and Ruth Kruss on Inkstuds with Robin McConnell.

Beta Testing the Apocalypse

• Review: Comics Grinder makes some new meat with Beta Testing the Apocalypse by Tom Kacynski. "Kaczynski’s humor is, at times, acerbic, with an attitude…Read as a whole, the author’s vision comes through as heart-felt, witty, and maybe even, perhaps, genuinely concerned…Architecture is seen as a possible solution to the many ills of one struggling nation," writes Henry Chamberlain.

The Adventures of Jodelle

• Review: The Austin Chronicle weighs The Adventure of Jodelle by Guy Peellaert. Shannon McCormick writes, "Christ, this thing is gorgeous…Like his American Pop Art idols and comrades, Peellaert’s work smashed distinctions between "high" and ‘low’ modes of art, drawing from the visual language of advertising, cinema, fashion, and youth culture, as well as classical and neo-classical sculpture and architecture."

Four Color Fear

• Review: Bob Temuka of the Tearoom of Despair checks out Four Color Fear edited by John Benson and Greg Sadowksi. "The flashes of genius amongst the gore in these comics can be breathtaking, and there is still plenty of creepy fun with the rest." While sold out in print (currently), you can still read this digitally via comiXology.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 2

• Plug: Excellent photos from Michael Kupperman's reading and signing for Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 2 with Lisa Hanawalt at the Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore.

Maggie the Mechanic

• Review: Stuff I Read This Week and the Darling Dork revisit Maggie the Mechanic by Jaime Hernandez. "A large part of the fun of Love and Rockets is seeing how the Herndandezes grew and developed as creators, with experimentation giving way to clarity of vision…You can look at these characters and still recognize them perfectly well, only sans several decades of growth…there’s still plenty of greatness to be found here."

• Interview (audio): Gilbert Hernandez talks about kids' comics, Love and Rockets, plus D&Q's Marble Season on The Dinner Party.

• Plug (video): Staffer Jen Vaughn speaks very briefly on working for Fantagraphics and comics at TCAF on Comics Bulletin (I apologize for speaking in 3rd person)

Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesCrockett JohnsonBarnaby 24 May 2013 12:27 PM

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

Barnaby Vol. 1 by Crockett Johnson

Barnaby Vol. 1
by Crockett Johnson

Edited by Eric Reynolds & Philip Nel; Introduction by Chris Ware; art direction by Daniel Clowes

320-page black & white (with some color) 11" x 6.75" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-522-8

See Previews / Order Now

Before authoring one of the most beloved children’s book series of all time — Harold and the Purple Crayon — cartoonist Crockett Johnson created the comic strip Barnaby for over ten years (1942 to 1952). Its subtle ironies and playful allusions never won a broad following, but the adventures of 5-year-old Barnaby Baxter and his fairy godfather Jackeen J. O’Malley was and is a critical favorite.

Fantagraphics introduces the wonders of Barnaby to a new generation of children and parents alike. Co-edited by Johnson biographer Philip Nel (Dr. Seuss: American Icon) and Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds, with art direction by graphic novelist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World), this five-volume Barnaby series will collect the entirety of the original newspaper strips from 1942-1952. The first volume collects all the strips from 1942 and 1943.

Barnaby revolved around a precocious five-year-old named Barnaby Baxter and his fairly godfather Jackeen J. O’Malley. Yet O’Malley, a cigar-chomping, bumbling con-artist and fast-talker, was not your typical protector. His grasp of magic was usually specious at best, limited to occasional flashes, often aided and abetted by his fellow members in The Elves, Leprechauns, Gnomes, and Little Men’s Chowder & Marching Society.

Barnaby’s deft balance of fantasy, political commentary, sophisticated wit, and elegantly spare images expanded our sense of what comic strips can do. With subtlety and economy, Barnaby proved that comics need not condescend to readers. Its small but influential readership took that message to heart.

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