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The Bill Everett Archives on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicscomiXologyBlake BellBill Everett 25 Sep 2013 12:46 PM

Heroic Tales

Fantagraphics and comiXology bring you more of the comics of yesterday with the technology of today. The 1939 creation of the Sub-Mariner for the first issue of Marvel Comics assures Bill Everett a place in history. Co-creating Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, for Marvel Comics in 1964 gave Everett a link to one of the most popular superheroes of the past 50 years. Edited and compiled by best-selling author and comic-book historian Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko), The Bill Everett Archives is a stunning series and a historical treasure. The series follows the format of Bell's Steve Ditko Archives series; never-before-reprinted, beautifully restored, full-color stories from one of comic books' greatest visionaries and most accomplished artists. 

The first collection, Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 1 (only $24.99 for 242 pages!) is available to read digitally and now so is Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2 for $26.99! Head over to comiXology TODAY and download some classics.

"Forgotten sci-fi and superhero creations, as well as forays into westerns, historical retellings, and crime comics, populate this loaded volume, which reads like it fell straight out of some four-color twilight zone." - Publishers Weekly 

Amazing Mysteries

The End of the Fucking World on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicscomiXologyChuck Forsman 12 Sep 2013 3:10 PM

Teotfw on comiXology
Fantagraphics and comiXology give you one of hottest books of 2013, the soon to be sold out The End of the Fucking World  by Charles Forsman. The story follows James and Alyssa, two teenagers living a seemingly typical teen experience as they face the fear of coming adulthood. Forsman tells their story through each character's perspective, jumping between points of view with each chapter. But quickly, this somewhat familiar teenage experience takes a more nihilistic turn as James's character exhibits a rapidly forming sociopathy that threatens both of their futures. He harbors violent fantasies and begins to act on them, while Alyssa remains as willfully ignorant for as long as she can, blinded by young love.

Forsman's story highlights the disdain, fear and existential search that many teenagers fear, but through a road trip drama that owes as much to Badlands as The Catcher in the Rye. Forsman's inviting, Charles Schulz-influenced style lends a deadpan quality that underscores the narrative's tension. The End of the Fucking World is certain to be one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013.

Only $14.99 for the full series, 158 pages of pure genius! Issue 16 of the original series is also up for a 2013 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Minicomic this weekend!

TEOTFW 

Scrublands on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Joe Dalydigital comicscomiXology 30 Aug 2013 9:35 AM
Scrublands
Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the debut collection of Joe DalySCRUBLANDS, the first book the company has published by a South African cartoonist. Daly's cartoons, offbeat, hallucinatory, and often hilarious, seems descendant from the substance-induced work of Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Victor Moscoso, and S. Clay Wilson, filtered through the artist's own unique vision and sense of the absurd. Stories alternate between full-color and black-and-white, and range from representational Jim Jarmusch-like scenarios to wild visual excursions, albeit linear ones.
 
Grab this 127 page book for only $8.99 via comiXology and get whisked away into some fine comics reading.  
Gilbert Hernandez and Jason return to comiXology with new comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under JasonGilbert Hernandezdigital comicscomiXology 21 Aug 2013 1:00 PM

Children of Palomar on Ipad

This digital drop Wednesday brings you two comics from two masters, Gilbert Hernandez and Jason. With a same day and date release as the print version, The Children of Palomar is Gilbert Hernandez's much-anticipated return to the small Central American town of Palomar. Originally released as a three-issue magazine series titled New Tales of Old Palomar in the acclaimed international "Ignatz" format, these stories are finally collected into one handsome book. All of these stories deal with the classic characters of Palomar (and stand alone from the series) such as sweet Pipo, her sharp-tongue sister Carmen, sheriff Chelo, and the gang of boys who help start it all: studious Heraclio, tall and fey Israel, disfigured but goodnatured Vicente, and girl-crazy Jesús and Satch.

"As Hernandez matures, he's expanding his style of storytelling into something close to the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Harumi Murakami and other creators of haunted landscapes where reality becomes a question of perception rather than a set of objective facts." - San Francisco Chronicle

Lost Cat

The new graphic novel, Lost Cat, by Jason is both a playful take on the classic detective story. A detective happens to find a lost cat and finds that he and the woman to whom he returns it have a lot in common. They agree to meet again... but she's disappeared. Isolation and memory intertwine in the longest story by Jason to date. 

"Jason is one of the few artists (or writers) who can make existential aches seem droll, but it makes the smiles being provoked feel as honest as the ones we get when standing across from someone who makes the world feel a little less lonely." -David Barry, The National Post 

Dungeon Quest Book One ISSUE 1 is out at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Joe Dalydigital comicscomiXology 7 Aug 2013 4:22 PM
We're mixing things up today and giving you the Joe Daly experience is issued form! Previously only available in graphic novel longform, in this first issue of Daly's popular 'Dungeon Quest' Millennium Boy decided to grab his hobo stick, his bandanna, and his Swiss Army knife, bid his mom goodbye, and head off on a quest. Joined by his best friend Steve (weapon: baseball bat; clothing: wife beater, cargo pants and sandals), the two sort out a few of the details their adventure.
 
Not for the faint of heart, this story is action-packed like the Dungeons and Dragons campaign of your dreams full of fights, friendship and occasionally a little weed.  $1.99 gets you 33 pages of majesty and enough yukks to last until next month's issue!
DQ1 panel 

"Loaded with hipster irony, profanity and long digressive conversations, it's a loving tribute to half-repudiated childhood pleasures. ... At times, Dungeon Quest captures the anything-goes wanderlust of Calvin & Hobbes -- if Calvin's fantasies were real, set in rundown Los Angeles neighborhoods and loaded with swearing." -- Jason Thompson, The Comics Journal

MB 

The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book available at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Joe Dalydigital comicscomiXology 31 Jul 2013 11:07 AM

The Red Monkey/Double Happiness on ipad

Fantagraphics and comiXology introduce a new cartoonist to the digital comics realm: South African Joe Daly! If mystery and comedy are what you crave, you'll want to download The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book by Joe Daly. Set in sun-drenched Cape Town, South Africa, this book features two full-length stories, "The Leaking Cello Case" and "John Wesley Harding," rife with mystery, suspense, action, adventure, conspiracy theories, cool cars and excellent weed. Daly brings a refreshingly original -- and utterly hilarious -- voice to the comics medium, a dry, deadpan wit anchored in everyday reality combined with unnervingly deranged plots, rendered with a hyper-detailed, half-realistic and half-cartoony Tintin-style crispness.

For $16.99, you get 118 pages of color comics by a new master of the medium. Get your Daly fix today!

Daly panels

"Working... in a comic realist mode reminiscent of, say, the old TV series The Rockford Files (Daly's Cape Town looks a lot like shorefront Southern California), Daly couldn't be any more entertaining. His visual-narrative skills are impeccable, his ear for naturally funny dialogue nothing short of astounding." - Ray Olson, Booklist

"[The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book] is basically Hergé by way of The Big Lebowski with a little bit of Repo Man thrown in for good measure.... very funny..." -- Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Digital Only: Ho Che Anderson's Miles From Home at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ho Che Andersondigital comicscomiXology 12 Jul 2013 12:51 PM

Miles From Home

Fantagraphics and comiXology bring to you a DIGITAL-ONLY  release from the creator of the critically-acclaimed KING, Ho Che Anderson. Miles From Home is a family drama that unfolds as Maureen moves out of her father's home while her older sister serves prison time. Family duty and honor all come into play as the two sisters paths move further and further apart. Their father's heart aches for his family to reconcile. Can Maureen make it on her own? Ho Che Anderson's art evolves throughout the story as Maureen sees herself and who she can become without the many forces pulling her in different directions.

This new beautiful (and mature) comic is available only via comiXology for $4.99! Grab it today and consider yourself lucky for things like electricity, family and the almighty contrast of black and white.

The Three Paradoxes on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Paul Hornschemeierdigital comicscomiXology 3 Jul 2013 1:10 PM
Three Paradoxes
Happy to bring you some great comics reading for your long weekend, Fantagraphics and comiXology present Paul Hornschemeier's The Three Paradoxes to download. The story begins with a story inside the story: the cartoon character Paul Hornschemeier is trying to finish a story called "Paul and the Magic Pencil." An intricate, complex autobiographical comic blending multiple threads of reality and fantasy, each drawn in a different style, coming together as one story questioning change, progress, and worth in the author's life.
 
For $12.99 this carefully woven tale can be yours to unravel again and again and again at comiXology.
 
Three Paradoxes
"Stunning... To breathe even a lungful of fresh air into the autobiographical comics genre is a challenge, but Hornschemeier succeeds. Although the mysterious pull of a place and its stories is never fully explained, the book is made stronger and more memorable by his elliptical approach." - The Guardian
 
"Hornschemeier wields that rare gift of layered subtlety. Be it an almost imperceptible change in facial expressions or the slow death of a flower, he says significant, moving things in a few panels that would take pages to convey in a novel." – School Library Journal - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/203-artists/403-paul-hornschemeier/fantagraphics/the-three-paradoxes-with-free-signed-bookplate.html#sthash.7r0selIo.dpuf
"Hornschemeier wields that rare gift of layered subtlety. Be it an almost imperceptible change in facial expressions or the slow death of a flower, he says significant, moving things in a few panels that would take pages to convey in a novel." – School Library Journal - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/203-artists/403-paul-hornschemeier/fantagraphics/the-three-paradoxes-with-free-signed-bookplate.html#sthash.7r0selIo.dpuf
"Hornschemeier wields that rare gift of layered subtlety. Be it an almost imperceptible change in facial expressions or the slow death of a flower, he says significant, moving things in a few panels that would take pages to convey in a novel." – School Library Journal - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/203-artists/403-paul-hornschemeier/fantagraphics/the-three-paradoxes-with-free-signed-bookplate.html#sthash.7r0selIo.dpuf
"Hornschemeier wields that rare gift of layered subtlety. Be it an almost imperceptible change in facial expressions or the slow death of a flower, he says significant, moving things in a few panels that would take pages to convey in a novel." - School Library Journal 
"Hornschemeier wields that rare gift of layered subtlety. Be it an almost imperceptible change in facial expressions or the slow death of a flower, he says significant, moving things in a few panels that would take pages to convey in a novel." – School Library Journal - See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/203-artists/403-paul-hornschemeier/fantagraphics/the-three-paradoxes-with-free-signed-bookplate.html#sthash.7r0selIo.dpuf
Three Pardoxes panels
 

Love and Rockets LOCAS Digital Bundle
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Love and RocketsJaime Hernandezdigital comicscomiXology 1 Jul 2013 2:59 PM
Fantagraphics and comiXology are now offering a five book digital bundle to save you money. The entire collected "Locas" saga (to date) by Jaime Hernandez stars Maggie, Hopey, their friends, families, rivals and lovers in 5 digital volumes, offered here at a special package price!
 
Maggie the Mechanic includes the earliest, punkiest stories with a heavy science-fiction bend. Meanwhile The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. centers on one of Jaime's peaks, "The Death of Speedy," and various love triangles. In third volume, Perla La Loca Jaime drops a narrative bomb on Hopey, a murderous hooker AND an amorous lady wrestler appear; and Maggie gets married? The fourth volume is all about Penny Century and returns to the wrestling ring for some real fun followed by the fifth volume (but not final) Esperanza in which an older and wiser Maggie faces down her demons, Hopey transitions from tending bar to tending schoolkids, and Ray tussles with the volatile bombshell Vivian.
 
The Locas Library bundle is a perfect gift item for a long-time fan or a new reader. A bajilliondy hours of reading for $60.99!
 
"One of the most talented artists our polyglot culture has produced." - The New York Times Book Review
 
"Jaime Hernandez is taking a lifetime to create The Great American Graphic Novel, and if you're lucky, you'll outlive him. That way, you get to see how it ends." - R.C. Baker, The Village Voice 
 
Eye of the Majestic Creature for your digital eyes at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Leslie Steindigital comicscomiXology 26 Jun 2013 5:12 PM

Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 1

To get everyone excited about Volume 2 coming out soon, Fantagraphics and comiXology released Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 1 to add to your digital comics library. Leslie Stein's book is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person's world internally and externally.

The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own. 

Enjoy this 122-page unique work for only $14.99 over at comiXology today. And start practicing on your own Marshmallow guitar for Volume 2!

EoMC

"Stein's cartooning is broad and trippy, and if she occasionally becomes intoxicated with her own gimlet-eyed sensibility, she's never afraid to turn that dark wit on herself. Eye of the Majestic Creature... is ultimately the tale of a young woman rejecting the things that shaped her and attempting to figure out what comes next for her. Thanks to Stein's loose, amiable approach, you'll want to know that, too." –Glen Weldon, NPR 

"Underground-influenced comics fall into certain patterns - idiosyncratic art, rambling tales of daily life, copious use of mood-altering substances - but [Leslie] Stein makes hers [Eye of the Majestic Creature] fresh with the addition of a talking guitar.... Stein's style is very readable, with sparse linework and a lead character that resembles a more tripped-out Little Orphan Annie, with huge blank buttons for eyes. Stein's settings and other characters show more detail, especially in the complex stippling, demonstrating her outward focus.... Her world is full, even if it's one that's a bit off-kilter..." –Publishers Weekly 

EoMC Marshmallow