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New Comics Day 9/4/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 3 Sep 2008 12:55 PM

Hey, remember that mammoth quantity of new books we dropped here on the website a couple of weeks ago? A bunch of them should be landing on your local comic shop tomorrow (not today, due to the holiday):

Deitch's Pictorama by Kim, Seth and Simon Deitch
Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers
The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring
Baobab #3 by Igort

Plus new printings of:

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 11 by Robert Crumb
Krazy & Ignatz 1925-1926 by George Herriman

Impress the clerks with your savvy by checking out our descriptions and previews at the links above before heading out to your shop of choice. Happy hunting!



Now in stock: Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 (plus 1935-1936 New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesKrazy Kat 27 Aug 2008 12:46 PM

Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 by George Herriman

Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944
By George Herriman

Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944: "He Nods in Quiescent Siesta" covers the last two years of Herriman’s masterpiece. With this volume, Fantagraphics and its precursor Eclipse have reprinted the entire 29-year run of the Krazy Kat Sundays! Like Charles Schulz, George Herriman was a cartoonist to the very end. Aside from collecting the last masterful year and a half of Krazy Kat, this new volume offers a retrospective look at Herriman’s life at the drawing table, offering many never before seen samples of his original art (which the cartoonist often lovingly hand-colored for friends). Gathered from many scattered collections, these pages testify to Herriman’s invererate passion for drawing. Rounding out the volume are scores of Krazy Kat daily strips also from Herriman’s last years, further testament to the cartoonists vitality. Series editor and veteran comics historian, Bill Blackbeard, also provides a concluding, wide-ranging essay on the life and art of Herriman. More than a simple reprint collection, Krazy and Ignatz 1943-1944 portrays the full range of a cartoonist who remained an artist all his life.

120-page full-color 9" x 12" softcover • $19.99
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Krazy and Ignatz 1935-1936 by George Herriman

Krazy and Ignatz 1935-1936 (New Printing)
By George Herriman

The heretofore black-and-white Sunday Krazy Kat returned in full spectacular color in June 1935, collected here from then through 1936, with a flood of rare color extras and a revelatory essay by Jeet Heer.

120-page full-color 9" x 12" softcover • $19.95
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New Comics Day 8/27/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 27 Aug 2008 11:49 AM

After the wallet-busting deluge last week, you might be relieved to know that we have exactly nothing arriving in comics shops today. (We just didn't want to have to go up against Barb Wire Omnibus Vol. 1.)

We do have a couple of new books in stock today for direct orders, though... sit tight...

Preview video/slideshow: Ghost World: Special Edition
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesDaniel Clowes 26 Aug 2008 11:18 AM

Wondering what's so Special about Ghost World: Special Edition by Dan Clowes? Watch this video/photo slideshow teaser and find out! (Hint: snazzy hardcover format, complete graphic novel and film screenplay, extensive extras including new annotations and rare/never-seen artwork...) Click here if the slideshow doesn't appear above. (And don't miss our pre-order poster giveaway contest!)

Preview video/slideshow: Sublife Vol. 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohn Pham 25 Aug 2008 4:06 PM

Today we're pleased to bring you this multimedia teaser of Sublife Vol. 1, the first installment in a serialized one-man anthology by John Pham. Be sure to check out the photos for the super-spiffy printing details, like the silver metallic spine. Click here if the slideshow doesn't appear above.

Now in stock: Town of Mirrors
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Pollardnew releases 25 Aug 2008 10:42 AM

Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard

Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard
By Robert Pollard

Robert Pollard is the Dayton, Ohio singer-songwriter, who was the leader and creative force behind the legendary indie rock group Guided by Voices, one of the most influential bands of its generation (SPIN magazine recently named Pollard one of “The Top 50 Rock & Roll Front Men of All-Time”). After the dissolution of Guided by Voices in 2004, Robert Pollard launched his official solo career with the release of From a Compound Eye in 2006.

In addition to being a prolific songwriter/recording artist, Pollard is a gifted and prolific visual artist, working mostly in the medium of collage (not surprising, given his interest in sound collage as a recording artist). His work has been exhibited at Michael Imperioli’s Studio Dante in New York and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. He has created the covers to almost every Guided By Voices record and countless other Pollard-related releases. Town of Mirrors collects the very best of Pollard’s visual art and lyrics/poetry.

Featuring over 175 of Pollard’s favorite collages, hand-picked by the artist, as well as over a dozen new collages produced exclusively for this collection, Town of Mirrors is the first comprehensive collection of Pollard’s visual art ever released. Pollard’s collages are the visual equivalent of his poetic and imagistic lyrics, surreal and reminiscent of the collages of artists ranging from Jack Kirby to Winston Smith.

144-page full-color 10" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
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Preview video/slideshow: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 22 Aug 2008 11:42 AM

Here's another multimedia preview of a recent release: the new printing of The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14: The Early '80s & Weirdo Magazine. (Actually, shhh, the video and photos are of a copy of the previous edition... see if you can catch me covering up the old cover price with my thumb!) Click here if it doesn't appear above.

We've got some teasers of upcoming releases that we'll be unleashing next week, so watch this space...

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #292
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 22 Aug 2008 11:41 AM

Enjoy this look at the new issue of The Comics Journal, featuring the definitive mega-interview with the Deitch clan. Tip: For a closer look with legible text (in other words, to actually read the preview), click through here to the photoset, select an image, click "All Sizes" at the top of the photo, and then click "Original." Click here for the slideshow if it doesn't appear above.

The Comics Journal #292 - cover by Kim Deitch

Preview video/slideshow: The Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJim Woodring 21 Aug 2008 6:28 PM

We've got a new way to bring you previews and teasers: Flickr just launched this embeddable combination video/photo slideshow thingy. It's pretty sweet, especially when you make it full-screen by clicking the icon at bottom right. Here's The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring; click here if the slideshow won't display above, or just to see a larger version.

The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring - front cover

Now in stock: The Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJim Woodring 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

The Portable Frank
By Jim Woodring

A Visionary work of comic art for all-ages! Readers who haven’t discovered Jim Woodring’s Frank stories have a colossal treat waiting for them in this all-ages gem collecting the character’s greatest adventures.

Frank is a unique, visionary comic, exquisitely drawn and so fully realized that adults and children alike find themselves drawn deeply into Woodring’s hallucinatory mindscape. The stories, almost entirely wordless, are told with brilliant, candy colors that people of all ages find alluring. The stories themselves unravel like a good puzzle, rewarding re-reading, providing an experience as immersive as that first love affair, that first samadhi, or that first breath. Simply put, the world of Frank must be experienced to be understood.

Frank is an 11-year-old generic anthropomorph who lives in a force-laden landscape called the Unifactor. He is curious but not smart, naïve but not noble, and his most outstanding character trait is his ineducability. Along with Pupshaw, Frank’s semi-subservient housedog-like godling, the two traipse across their surreal landscape, occasionally encountering Manhog, the bloated bladder of sin with a heart of radiance who exists to thwart their prosperity. And then there’s the platonic Jerry Chickens, and the lachrymose Lucky, as well as Frank’s Real Pa and Faux Pa, each a part of one of the great cartoon achievements of the 20th century.

For all its mystery, the world of Frank is a simple, delightful, mesmerizing example of world-building at its most fanciful, surely to delight parents and children alike.

200-page black & white 6.25" x 8.75" softcover • $16.99
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