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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 

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

Wake Up, Percy Gloom at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicscomiXologyCathy Malkasian 12 Jun 2013 12:49 PM

Percy Gloom iPad

Today is a two-fer digital comics day at Fantagraphics and comiXology! Cathy Malkasian's beautiful Candidesque tales of Percy Gloom and just released Wake Up, Percy Gloom are now available to download. The perfect fable for someone on a journey, Percy Gloom unique gem of a story, humorous and bewitching at the same time. Its diminutive hero is as complex and unique as the fantastical world he inhabits.  Only $12.99 at comiXology for an 180-page adventure.

Meanwhile, in Wake Up, Percy Gloom we find our bulb-headed hero awaken from (what he thinks is) a 200-year nap and finds himself in a strange new land, embarking on a wide-ranging quest to find his mother. This new 116-page book from Malkasian is available both now both in stores and at comiXology to read digitally for $24.99.

Wake Up, Percy Gloom Panel 

"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." -Diamond Scoop

Percy Gloom on iPad 

Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ulli Lustdigital comicscomiXology 5 Jun 2013 10:36 AM

Today at comiXology

Ulli Lust's primal yet thoughtful graphic novel Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life about a 17 year old's trek through Europe, no money, no extra clothes is ready to read digitally on comiXology!

Back in 1984, a punked-out Ulli Lust set out for a wild hitchhiking trip across Italy, from Naples through Verona and Rome and ending up in Sicily. Twenty-five years later, this talented Austrian cartoonist has looked back at that tumultuous summer and delivered a long, dense, sensitive, and minutely observed autobiographical masterpiece.

Universally considered one of the very finest examples of the new breed of graphic novels coming from Europe, Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life won the 2011 Angoulême “Revelation” prize, and Fantagraphics is proud to bring it to English speaking readers. Get your copy today comiXology for $26.99.

Panel from Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

 "the book ripples with exuberance:… Lust’s pen-and-ink work (augmented by the pale green tint of European paperbacks) depicts the stretched and crimped features of the people from whom she bummed change, the architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica and the chaos of a Clash concert with equally manic panache, and her line is as seemingly unkempt but as deliberately molded as her younger self’s punk-rock shock of hair." –Douglas Wolk, The NY Times

Good Dog sits, rolls over and speaks at comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Graham Chaffeedigital comicscomiXology 29 May 2013 2:38 PM

Good Dog

Good Dog marks the welcome return of alternative cartoonist Graham Chaffee, one that comiXology has made available digitally the same day as the book is out in print! Ivan, who is plagued by terrible nightmares about chickens and rabbits, is a good dog — if only someone would notice. Chaffee combines illustrative gravitas with cartooning verve for a richly textured, dog’s-eye view of the world. Preteen-and-up dog fanciers, especially, will warm to the well-meaning Ivan and his exploits with a motley assortment of Scotties, Bulldogs, and mutts. Chaffee combines illustrative gravitas with cartooning verve and creates a richly textured, dog’s-eye view of the world. The story is a rousing Jack London-esque adventure as well as a moral parable. Available for only $12.99 on comiXology.

Good Dog

Also available is a free short mini-comic about Ivan's pal, Kirby!

Bad Dog

"Getting into the mind of a dog -- that's a real trick. I know, I've tried. Getting into the whole heart and soul of a dog is another whole feat. Graham Chaffee not only does it with aplomb (he draws GREAT dogs), he gets into the whole dog's life -- and so should you." -- Nick Abadzis 

Guffaw out loud with Peter Bagge's Other Stuff on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter Baggedigital comicscomiXology 22 May 2013 4:19 PM

Peter Bagge's Other Stuff

Fantagraphics and comiXology are happy to bring one of the pillars of alternative comics to the digital forefront. Peter Bagge's Other Stuff is perfect for a long-time reader of Hate or a new-comer. 

Other Stuff includes a series of Bagge-written stories drawn by other cartoonists, including "Life in these United States" with Daniel Clowes, "Shamrock Squid" with Adrian Tomine, and the one-two parody punch of "Caffy" (with art by R. Crumb) and "Dildobert" (with art by Prison Pit’s Johnny Ryan)... plus a highlight of the book, the hilarious, literate and intricate exposé of "Kool-Aid Man" written by Alan Moore and drawn by Bagge. (Other collaborators include the Hernandez Brothers and Danny Hellman.) Enjoy 146 pages of fun for only $14.99 on comiXology.

 

Peter Bagge's Other Stuff

"Other Stuff also brings together strips Bagge has written about rock icons, along with a few cartoon essays, and strips featuring his characters Lovey and The Leeways, who respectively represent hipster adventurism and dogged domesticity. It’s a full picture of who Bagge has been as an artist and humorist over the past 20 years, and as such is as valuable for newcomers as fans…" –Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

 

 

 

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicscomiXology 16 May 2013 4:40 PM

Newave!

Bringing you the absolute best in alternative comics, Fantagraphics and comiXology have released Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s for your digital reading delight. Edited by Michael Dowers, Newave! is a gigantic collection of the best small press cartoonists to emerge after the first generation of underground cartoonists (such as R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, and Art Spiegelman) paved the way. These cartoonists, inspired by the freewheeling creative energy of the underground comix movement, began drawing and printing their own comix seen here.

Newave

This gigantor collection has 856 pages of comics by your favorite artists of today and yesterday for only $19.99. Get Newave! on comiXology and settle in for the night, hell, make it the whole weekend!

Newave!

"...[A] fascinating treasure trove of an anthology... In addition to work by greats like Artie Romero, Rick Geary, and Mary Fleener, and 50 or so others, [Newave!] serves as the history of a movement." -- Publishers Weekly

"Back in the days of Factsheet Five, I used to order tons of minicomix. Most were mediocre, but a few were terrifically good and that made it worth the risk to send in the fifty cents or so that they cost. ... Fantagraphics just released a massively thick (900 pages!) anthology of minicomix called Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s, and it's a treat." – Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

Newave Sam Handerson

3 New Stories available at comiXology, same day as print
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under digital comicsDash ShawcomiXology 1 May 2013 12:05 PM

3 New Stories

Dash Shaw's newest comic, 3 New Stories, is available today for the first time both in print and digitally via comiXology! In this 32 page comic, Shaw creates three full-color short stories exploring varied dystopian societies, from a Sherlock Holmes-style investigator who must complete his high school degree to filmed "voluntary" nudity to prison camps full of jaded children.

Enjoy this full meal of comic on its own or consider it an appetizer for New School out next month. It's only $2.99 for a fun read.

Shaw on Holmes

"Dash Shaw is a modern comics master. He experiments with everything from structure to narrative to color. If you're unfamiliar with his work, he's sort of like Gary Panter illustrating a Chris Ware story, or, in this case, 3 stories of dystopian societies." -Benn Ray, Atomic Books