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Gay Manga Finds a New Home at Fantagraphics Books
Written by Jacq Cohen | Filed under mangaComing AttractionsChip Kidd 2 Jan 2014 10:24 AM

MASSIVE cover
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MASSIVE: GAY EROTIC MANGA AND THE MEN WHO MAKE IT
Release — October 2014
Format — Softcover, 272 pages
Edited & Translated by: Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins
Designed by: Chip Kidd

UNPRECENDENTED INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF GAY MANGA

Featuring works by Jiraiya, Tagame, Ebisubashi, Ichikawa +more.
Designed by Chip Kidd.

Fantagraphics Books is thrilled to welcome the team behind The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame (PictureBox) to the family. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It due out October 2014. This is the most recent entry in Fantagraphics’ queer comics lineup, which also features the anthology No Straight Lines, the graphic novels 7 Miles a Second and Bread & Wine, and manga by Moto Hagio and Shimura Takako.

The Massive anthology showcases Japan’s most talented and influential gay manga artists, including Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, Kazuhide Ichikawa, Gai Mizuki, Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, and Kumada Poohsuke. In Massive, many of these artists’ works are featured in English for the first time; this collection offers an intimate, in-depth look at a criminally overlooked component of Japanese queer culture. In addition to comics and illustrations, Massive features photographs of the artists and their workspaces; cultural and historical context; and interviews with the creators about what it’s like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.

Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins, and designed by Chip Kidd, this unprecedented survey of manga "made by gay men for gay men" is an essential addition to the queer comics canon; it will introduce the genre often referred to as "bara" (a misnomer for gay manga that has taken on new meanings online) to a new, international audience.

Massive was originally scheduled as a PictureBox Spring 2014 release until its publisher, Dan Nadel, announced that he is ceasing operations. Although we’re sad to see PictureBox shutter its doors, everyone involved is delighted to give Massive a new home. "I'm thrilled that Massive, an essential guide to the world of gay manga, is going to see print next year. Anne Ishii, Graham Kolbeins, and Chip Kidd are the best guides imaginable to this fascinating work and the men who make it," says Nadel.

For more information on the production team behind Massive and its artists, please visit gaymanga.tumblr.com and fantagraphics.com/massive.





Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Matt ThornmangaInio AsanoComing Attractions 30 Dec 2013 6:48 PM

Nijigahara Holograph cover photo

Nijigahara Holograph pages

Inio Asano's Solanin was one of the most acclaimed manga to reach our shores in the previous decade (and a feature film back home in Japan), and anticipation is high for our English edition of Asano's Nijigahara Holograph (translated by Matt Thorn). Our advance copies arrived last week and Jen and Kristy got into a tug-of-war over who got the first one. There should be an adequate quantity of copies of this complex, gripping psychological/supernatural thriller to go around in February, but why risk it? Pre-order your copy now.

Nijigahara Holograph tug-o-war

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsmangaInio AsanoComing Attractions 11 Dec 2013 5:36 PM

We're pleased to present the enigmatic prologue to Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano as a free, downloadable preview. After a flash of disparate images (butterflies, twin babies, a notebook, a tunnel, a headless animal, a falling or floating body), the scene opens in a hospital as a young man attends to his ailing father, then meets a mysterious old man outside who seems to know him. A couple of quick scene shifts — a man in a lonely apartment, a couple having sex, a man interviewing a woman — and we flash back to a sad but curious schoolgirl, a found corpse, a schoolyard confrontation, a spooky vision, and a heart-stopping incident. How do they all tie together? Why don't you pre-order the book and find out when it comes out in February?

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano

Spring-Summer 2014 Pre-Order Parade Part 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionaireTim LaneShimura TakakoPeter BaggePeanutsOlivier SchrauwenmangaJoe SaccoDaniel ClowesConor StechschulteComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 9 Dec 2013 6:44 PM

Our elves have been busy and 10 more of our Spring-Summer 2014 titles are now newly ready for pre-ordering action. More will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process) so continue to stay tuned...

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! cover

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page two-color 5.5" x 5.5" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3

Buddy Buys a Dump

Buddy Buys a Dump
by Peter Bagge

144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-745-1

The Amateurs

The Amateurs
by Conor Stechschulte

72-page black & white (with spot color) 6" x 9" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-734-5

Arsene Schrauwen prelim cover

Arsene Schrauwen
by Olivier Schrauwen

250-page full-color 8" x 10" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-730-7

Sock Monkey prelim cover

Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods
by Tony Millionaire and Matt Danner

80-page two-color 6" x 9" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-746-8

The Complete Peanuts 1 SC

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) — Paperback Edition
by Charles M. Schulz

360-page black & white (with spot color) 8.25" x 6.5" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-763-5

Wandering Son 7 prelim cover

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

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

Limited-Time Special Offer: Add Volume 8 to your pre-order for just $19.99 using the option menu on the product page

Bumf 1 prelim cover

Bumf 1: I Buggered the Kaiser
by Joe Sacco

64-page black & white 6.625" x 10.5" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-748-2

The Complete Eightball 1-18 prelim cover

The Complete Eightball 1-18
by Daniel Clowes

454-page full-color 7" x 10.625" two-volume hardcover boxed set • $94.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-757-4

The Lonesome Go prelim cover

The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

220-page black & white/color 7" x 9.5" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3



















Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 9 Dec 2013 12:36 PM

“While most manga about cross-dressing involve lots of shrieking and embarrassment, Wandering Son takes a quieter, more introspective approach.... 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 a beautifully produced, hardcover book, and... it’s worth every penny.” — Brigid Alverson, MTV.com

Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. Gay or not, readers shouldn’t find it too difficult to identify with kids who feel like their bodies and their friends are equally culpable in the worst kind of betrayal, preventing them from realizing the potential they see in themselves.” — Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-707-9

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/wanderingson6

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Wandering Son Vol. 7 (coming Summer 2014) or Vols. 7 & 8 (coming Winter 2014/2015) to your pre-order for just $19.99 each, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product page to make your selection.

Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoShimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 6 Dec 2013 3:16 PM

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-707-9

Ships in: December 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Wandering Son Vol. 7 (coming Summer 2014) or Vols. 7 & 8 (coming Winter 2014/2015) to your pre-order for just $19.99 each, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product page to make your selection.

Shimura Takako's sensitive and charming series about two middle schoolers wrestling with their gender identities continues, with more role-reversal play fun this time around.

The success of their performance of The Rose of Versailles in the fifth grade — in which the boys played the women and the girls played the men — inspires our protagonists to put on another gender-bending play for the junior-high school festival. This time they do a riff on Romeo and Juliet, with generous helpings of fantasy and mystery. Nitori-kun and Chiba-san write the script together, but Chiba-san has an agenda: She wants to play Romeo, with Nitori-kun in the role of Juliet. But Nitori-kun wants Takatsuki-san to play Romeo...

With her usual prickliness, Chiba-san forces Nitori-kun to confront a question he's been avoiding. Are his feelings for Takatsuki-san those of a boy for a girl, a girl for a girl, or a girl for a boy? But you know what they say of the best laid plans of mice and men: The cast is to be decided by fate, with names drawn randomly.

Meanwhile, Maho plans a trip to the beach with her boyfriend, but her parents send Nitori-kun along as an unwilling chaperone. Faced with unwanted changes to their growing bodies, Takatsuki-san discovers the wonders of "breast binders," and Nitori-kun explores the limits of his ability to "pass."

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Wandering Son 6 cover photo

Kickstarter: Art Spiegelman and a $250k stretch goal
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Shimura TakakoMoto HagioMatt ThornmangaKickstarterInio Asano 2 Dec 2013 5:14 AM
Thank you so much! We hit $200,000 yesterday and since then more great cartoonists have donated to the cause. The Kickstarter campaign will end Thursday morning at 10am, PST.

If the Fantagraphics Kickstarter hits a total of $250,000 we will increase our line of literary and experimental manga translation. We have been printing the fantastic Shimura Takako's Wandering Son series since 2011 (translated by Matt Thorn), a perennial title on the ALA Rainbow List for teen reading, in addition to Moto Hagio, who is widely considered the most beloved shōjo manga artist of all time. Hagio's The Heart of Thomas created a new genre of manga while the collected stories in A Drunken Dream  show off her masterful storytelling. This February we are proud to be publishing Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph, a mysterious and brooding tale, also available for pre-order on the Kickstarter. We want to translate even more per season, bringing English readers only the finest of manga to grace their bookshelves.

nijigahara holograph 

If you visit the main page of the Kickstarter, you'll also see that Art Spiegelman has donated several (11 total) different prints, all signed by the cartoonist himself. Here is one such beauty listed as SPIEGELMAN 10: a wrap around cover from a Boris Vian book, Vercoquin and the Plankton. Circa 1982 ($80)

Art Spiegelman 

SPIEGELMAN #11:  Vian 8 "A Snake for Everyone (librettos, songs and scenes), signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1985 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #9: Vian 6 I Wouldn't Want to Croak and Other Poems, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1985 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #8: Vian 5 Dead Men All Have the Same Skin signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1980 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #7: Vian 4 "The Commissar and the Green Panther, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1984  ($80)

SPIEGELMAN #6: Vian 3. Hundred Sonnets, wrap around cover from a Boris Vian volume, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1989 ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #5: "Vian 2" proof for Vian's collected short stories volume1, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1986  7 3/4 x 11" ($80) 

SPIEGELMAN #4: "Mood Indigo" wrap around cover from a Boris Vian volumes, published in Germany, signed by Spiegelman. Circa 1986 ($80)

SPIEGELMAN #3: Printers proofs of wrap-around cover to Paul Auster's New York Trilogy novels signed by Spiegelman, size approximately 18 3/4" x  9 1/4" 2006. ($100)

SPIEGELMAN #2: Artist proofs 2 color print, circa 1994. Size approximately 18 1/2" x 21" ($150) 

SPIEGELMAN #1: Signed AP offset print from the 2010 Sollies Ville comics festival, size 19 3/4"x27 1/2" ($250) 3 available

 


We continue to thank you for your generosity and hope to see just a little more in these last few days of the Kickstarter.

Spring-Summer 2014, part 15: Growing Old, Growing Up
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakomangaKickstarterJoyce FarmerComing Attractions 27 Nov 2013 6:13 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Special Exits prelim cover

Special Exits — Paperback Edition
by Joyce Farmer

208-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-760-4

The acclaimed, award-winning graphic novel, in a new softcover edition. 

In the vein of Alison Bechdel or Harvey Pekar, Joyce Farmer's memoir chronicles the decline of the author's parents' health, their relationship with one another and with their daughter, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. Set in southern Los Angeles (which makes for a terrifying sequence as blind Rachel and ailing Lars are trapped in their home without power during the 1992 Rodney King riots), Farmer details the slow, inexorable decline in Lars's and Rachel's health, and perfectly captures the timbre of the exchanges between a long-married couple: the affectionate bickering; their gallows humor; their querulousness as their bodies break down.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $35 or more, pre-order this book signed by Joyce Farmer while supplies last!

Wandering Son 7 prelim cover

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

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

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?

For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this book while supplies last!



Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakomangaComing Attractions 4 Nov 2013 12:19 PM

Wandering Son Vol. 6 cover photo

Wandering Son Vol. 6 pages photo

It seems like the last volume just came out, and already we have advance copies of Shimura Takako's Wandering Son Vol. 6 to show off to you. The series is starting to take up a nice chunk of shelf space! The emotional complexity continues to deepen for our gender-questioning junior high heroes and their quirky cast of friends, rivals, crushes, mentors, teachers, and families.

Meanwhile, Vol. 5 inspired Terry Hong to write on the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Bookdragon blog: "Sweet and gentle, with just enough angst and worry over changing bodies and emotional alliances. Creator Shimura Takako continues to share an enlightening journey toward maturity in a fluid new world that defies easy labels."

Impatient for it to hit bookstore shelves around New Year's? Pre-order now and you can be among the first to read it — we usually get our stock first!

Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakopreviewsmangaComing Attractions 30 Oct 2013 5:27 PM

A gender-swapped class production of Romeo and Juliet... what could possibly be more fraught for a couple of gender-questioning junior high schoolers? Maybe shopping for underwear for their changing bodies? That's the territory Shimura Takako sends her heroes Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san into in the new volume of Wandering Son, with their idiosyncratic cast of friends, rivals, mentors, teachers and families adding to the drama, embarrassment and laughs.

In our free downloadable excerpt of the complete first chapter, see what the kids are up to on the first half of their summer vacation. The book should be out right around Christmas or New Year's, and you can pre-order your copy right here.

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako