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Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinsComing AttractionsChip KiddAnne Ishii 31 Oct 2014 12:00 PM

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Cover

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Cover

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Inside Page

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It has landed on our desks! This is something we've quite been looking forward to (ahem) reviewing. Besides the gorgeous artwork, ranging from softcore to hide-the-children explicit, every chapter focuses on a single artist, showing photos of their workspaces, interviews, and essays on what it's like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.

More previews are coming your way next week, and don't forget to pre-order Massive for a December delivery. Who knows, this could be the perfect, ah, stocking stuffer for a friend.

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under mangaGraham KolbeinsComing AttractionsAnne Ishii 28 Oct 2014 8:00 AM

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It; edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins - Cover

Finally! Nine months after our announcement and catalog listing for Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It—an English-language anthology of renowned gay erotic manga artists—we have the finished cover art for your viewing pleasure! We couldn't be more excited to introduce this first-of-its-kind book, collecting photographs, essays, interviews, and illustrated work of nine of Japan's most renowned artists making work for the gay male audience. Edited by writer/translator Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, the book will take you deep (ahem) into an aspect of Japanese subculture that is still fairly unknown in the English-speaking world.

We'll be releasing more gay manga art goodness here and all over our social media networks in the next few days. Meanwhile, make sure to grab your pre-order copy of Massive here.

Now in Stock: Wandering Son Vol. 7, Heroes of the Comics, and Film Noir 101!
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Shimura Takakonew releasesMark FertigmangaDrew Friedman 4 Aug 2014 9:00 AM

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

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - Cover

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 7
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5

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Shimura 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. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn’t congratulate Chiba-san — she’d be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books by Drew Friedman - Cover

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

184-page full color 9” x 12” hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

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Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s by Mark Fertig - Cover

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s
by Mark Fertig

144-page full color 10.75" x 14.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-759-8

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Collecting 101 noir movie posters of, arguably, the greatest noir films ever made in the genre (including classics The Maltese Falcon, Laura, and Double Indemnity). Reproduced in a stunningly designed, oversized format that shows off the spectacular visual elan of Hollywood movie posters at their best, the book is not only a stunning showcase of film noir art, but also establishes the crucial films and identifies their key characteristics, with critical commentary on each film by editor and scholar Mark Fertig. This is an ideal handbook for noir rookies, a valuable resource for old-hats, and a visual feast for fans of film noir and American entertainment art.





Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura Takakonew releasesmanga 30 Jul 2014 12:15 PM

Shimura Takako's groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, and beloved series continues to explore gender identity among its cast of middle school students.

"It's a very sweet manga with realistic characters—no dead parents or crazy teachers, just ordinary, loving families and supportive friends. This manga is...worth every penny." – Brigid Alverson, MTV.com

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 7
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5

Due to arrive in about 1 week. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

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Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako -Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 28 Jul 2014 8:00 AM

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 7
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-750-5

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

Shimura 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. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn’t congratulate Chiba-san — she’d be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?

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Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wandering SonShimura TakakoMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 28 May 2014 5:00 PM

Wandering Son 7 - Cover

Wandering Son 7 - Inside Page

Volume 7 of Wandering Son by Shimura Takako is hot off the press, and we've got your first look here with our advance copies! Following right where Volume 6 left off, our intrepid cast of middle school students continues to explore, question, and navigate their gender identities amongst the usual trials and tribulations of adolescence. Gender-bending, ski trips, first signs of acne, and continuing self-discovery are all in store for our teen heroes.

Wandering Son Vol. 7 is expected to ship in August. Read an excerpt and pre-order your copy today!

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakopreviewsMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 15 May 2014 1:21 PM

In August we'll be bringing you Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako, and in the new volume of the beloved manga series about teens finding their place on the gender spectrum (and their friends, families, teachers and mentors), the story picks right up where Vol. 6 left off.

Our downloadable preview consists of the full first chapter, "How Mako Feels" — down in the dumps and having a crisis of confidence, is how! Poor kid got shook up by being in the spotlight as Juliet in the class play. The teachers are a little shaken up too, since the school principal was a bit put off by all the cross-dressing.

Don't forget, if you don't already have Vol. 6, you can subscribe to Vols. 7 & 8 along with it at a nice discount — offer ends soon! And if you do have Vol. 6, get in on the pre-sale for Vol. 7 now and you can still reserve Vol. 8 at a discount too!

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoMatt ThornmangaComing Attractions 24 Apr 2014 1:50 PM

Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako

We didn't really change the cover art for Wandering Son Vol. 7 by Shimura Takako from the preliminary mockup before we sent it to press, but let's make it official anyway. Don't Takatsuki-san and Nitori-kun look adorable in their winter outfits? The book will be out in the dog days of summer, so this snowy scene will help you think cool thoughts. Zits, a ski trip, drama club, and just plain drama are in store for our gender-questioning teen heroes in this seventh installment of the beloved series.

As always, be on the lookout for future previews, put in your pre-order, and don't forget, for a limited time you can subscribe to Vols. 7 & 8 at a discount when you order Vol. 6!

Umpteen Millionaire Club: Nijigahara Holograph
Written by Kristy Valenti | Filed under Umpteen Millionaire ClubmangaInio Asano 7 Mar 2014 6:53 PM

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano

[The Umpteen Millionaire Club is our series which puts forth book club discussion questions for Fantagraphics titles. The Comics Journal interns Keith Barbalato, Lucy Kiester, and Daniel Johnson put together this set of questions. As this is intended for those who have read the book and may contain spoilers, questions can be found behind the jump. - Ed.]

Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph cuts back and forth between two timelines, filling in details bit by bit: events ripple throughout a town and take their toll for years to come, resulting in violence and sexual guilt. A foreboding force circulates among a community following a woman's suicide. A group of students put a classmate, Arié, into a coma. As troubled new student Amahiko attempts to make friends at school, his life intertwines with the cycle of assault and death.

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Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMatt ThornmangaInio Asano 3 Mar 2014 1:24 PM

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

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano

Nijigahara Holograph (虹ヶ原ホログラフ)
by Inio Asano
translated by Matt Thorn

296-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

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Butterflies ominously proliferate as children whisper rumors of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school. To appease its wrath, they decide to offer it a sacrifice — a human one. But this is only the beginning of Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Amahiko; Kohta, the lovestruck bully; their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another. Ten years later, all will have to face what they've done or suffered through — and maybe the end of the world.

Nijigahara Holograph — complex, challenging, and elliptical — was named one of the most anticipated new manga at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Hailed as a voice of the current generation in Japan, Inio Asano, whose Solanin was nominated for Eisner and Harvey awards (and was made into a feature film), delves into David Lynchian territory with this psychological horror story.


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