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Introducing our Vintage Comics section
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 8 Feb 2011 2:53 PM

We've made a perhaps-overdue update to our online shop, creating a new category called "Vintage Comics" for our collections of early comic book stories. This should make them easier to find all together than in the overarching "Classic" category, which includes newspaper strips, illustration books and other stuff.

What it is:

"Fantagraphics is pleased to present collections of the finest comic book art and artists from the pioneering days of comic books in the middle decades of the 20th Century (and scholarly writing thereon). These lovingly-restored, beautifully-designed tomes present the best and most noteworthy work from the era, in genres ranging from superheroes to horror to crime to romance to humor. These books will hone your appreciation of the exciting and groundbreaking stories and artwork from the early days of comic books — not to mention providing a lot of fun reading!"

The link to the section has a permanent home in our "Browse Shop" menu tab, under the "Interests & Topics" heading (formerly "Interests"). You may notice we made a few other tweaks to that menu as well, mainly shuffling some items around into a (hopefully) more logical configuration. Hope you like it!

Shipping notice: inventory time
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 19 Jan 2011 11:43 AM
FYI: Our warehouse is doing inventory today and tomorrow. This shouldn't disrupt our normal shipping operations too much, although rush orders placed during this time will be delayed slightly, so please keep that in mind when placing an order. Thanks!
Browse our new Memoir & Autobiography section
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 28 Dec 2010 1:05 PM

Inspired by our recent graphic memoir triumphs You'll Never Know and Special Exits, and prompted by a reader request or two, we've gathered our memoir and autobiographical titles into their own section on our website. (The link can also be found under "Interests" in our "Browse Shop" menu.) Note that these are comics whose main content is autobiographical in nature; you can still find autobiographical strips and stories in other titles found elsewhere. It's also possible we've missed one or two titles, so if you notice any omissions, please let us know.

Our memoir & autobio books are from a diverse group of voices in a variety of styles. Sometimes the names are changed and details dramatized, but these stories based on true life will enthrall, amuse, shock, inspire and/or move you.

2010 Critics' Picks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaBest of 2010 3 Dec 2010 2:29 PM


It's that time of year, and as with past years for your browsing and shopping reference we have created a handy page of 2010 Critics' Picks, listing books that are being selected by critics, fellow artists, readers and other comics professionals as the Best of 2010. (See also the 2008 and 2009 lists — these lists can also be found under "Award Winners" in our "Browse Shop" navigation tab.) This page will continue expanding as the year winds down and more lists appear. And of course we're noting the critics' selections here in our "Daily OCD" posts on Flog — they're all categorized under the "Best of 2010" tag.

If you're a critic, blogger, pundit and/or enthusiast who's putting together your own Best of 2010 list and need to be reminded which of your favorite Fantagraphics releases were released this year, by all means use our complete and up-to-date 2010 Releases section as your guide. (Note that this list includes multipacks which may contain previous years' releases.)

Things to See: Ray Fenwick book patterns
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRay Fenwickmeta 3 Nov 2010 1:30 PM

Pattern Covers - Series 1

Here's a cool thing that Ray Fenwick has done: pattern designs for a series of books from Houghton Mifflin in which two of an author's works are bound together as one volume. See them individually on Ray's Flickr.

[A brief meta note: I'm trying a different approach to "Things to See," spotlighting certain things with individual posts, rounding up regularly-featured items in omnibus posts as before, and possibly moving some links to the "Weekend Webcomics" posts. Feedback is welcome.]

Possible shipping delays
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under meta 7 Sep 2010 12:27 PM

A heads-up to all of our mail-order customers: We are currently in the process of packing up our fabled warehouse and relocating our shipping operations to a new facility. Orders are still going out but our shipping staff is a bit overtaxed with the move, so for the next 2 months or so, orders may take longer than usual to arrive — around the high end of the estimated shipping times listed on our shipping information page — with the exception of rush orders, which continue to be processed normally. We'll keep you updated on any other developments which might impact our customers.

The upshot of all of this is that our mail-order operation will be more efficient than ever once we are settled into our new facility. We appreciate your patience and your business!

(Any press people looking for the scoop on the changes to our facilities, please contact Eric Reynolds.)

Weekend Webcomics: 8/27/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanMichael Kuppermanmeta 27 Aug 2010 4:45 PM

We missed last week's update, through nobody's fault but my own. Sorry about that!

This week we are changing our approach somewhat. Steven Weissman's Barack Hussein Obama continues as usual but instead of a one-panel teaser we're bringing you the full strip — you'll still need to click through to see it at its original size, though. Plus, starting this week we're bringing you a variety of previously unpublished, unseen or out-of-print strips and stories from some of your favorite Fantagraphics artists! On with the show:

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman (view at original size):

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman


"How Much Do You Know About Your Mutual Fund Manager?" (with introduction) by Michael Kupperman (view larger)

"I'm including the rough as well as the finish because the rough has more charm... This was originally a page I pitched to a business magazine — rhymes with diplingers — on their request. The art director seemed quite shaken by it. "This is just, I don't know, really disturbing," he informed me, his voice shaky with emotion. "We're all a little freaked out." They rejected both it and the more benign, fluffy substitute I proposed — too frightened.

"At that time The New Yorker was regularly shaking me down for comics, and I passed this along to them and, to my amazement, they accepted it for the back page. (This was 2003, before the cartoon caption contest took over). The following thirty or so revisions went smoothly, it was going in, and then — we invaded Iraq. The New Yorker featured an elegaic poem written for the occasion instead, something about how lusty Mars doth trumpet forth, etc. They quickly forgot this page, and it was never printed."

How Much Do You Know About Your Mutual Fund Manager? - Michael Kupperman

How Much Do You Know About Your Mutual Fund Manager? - Michael Kupperman

Weekend Webcomics: 8/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissmanmeta 6 Aug 2010 11:10 AM

Our roster of online strips has dwindled to one for the time being...

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

This week's Barack Hussein Obama strip seems to spring right from the wildest fantasies of a paranoid right-wing talk radio nutjob... but no, it's just Steven Weissman.
Weekend Webcomics: 7/30/10 - double strips and the LAST Blecky Yuckerella
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaJohnny Ryan 30 Jul 2010 5:38 PM

The good news: you get two of each strip this week (they're doubled up on the page) since we missed last week's update due to Comic-Con! The bad news: see below...

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

This week's is the FINAL Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan EVER! Not a joke! Not an imaginary story! (Actually it's literally both, but we're not kidding about it being the last one.)

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

...and the first of this week's Barack Hussein Obama strips by Steven Weissman could've taken place at San Diego last week, while the second is a diplomatic disaster.
Weekend Webcomics: 7/16/10 (posted 7/18)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven WeissmanmetaJohnny Ryan 18 Jul 2010 10:00 PM

It's still the weekend, right?

Blecky Yuckerella by Johnny Ryan

Another volley in the battle of the sexes in this week's Blecky Yuckerella strip by Johnny Ryan...

Barack Hussein Obama by Steven Weissman

...and the PotUS bonds with our allies in this week's Barack Hussein Obama strip by Steven Weissman.