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Now in Stock: Sweatshop by Peter Bagge
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Stephen DeStefanoPeter Baggenew releasesJohnny RyanJim Blanchard 26 Jan 2015 2:20 PM

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Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge

152-page full color 6.75" x 10.25" softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-812-0

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Mel Bowling is the unhappy, out-of-touch creator of a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield). He spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work. Sweatshop is a hilarious situational comedy from acclaimed author Peter Bagge (Buddy Does Seattle, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story) that ingeniously incorporates the visual styles of cartoonist guest stars like Stephen DeStefano (Popeye) and Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit) to give voice to Bowling's colorful cast of misfit, aspiring cartoonists (plus a cameo by Neil Gaiman!), all attempting to make it big like their boss, but on their own terms. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 that was never collected, this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation.

Now in Stock: Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJacques Tardi 20 Jan 2015 12:10 PM

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Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
by Jacques Tardi

104-page black & white 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-620-1

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After the teeth-rattling one-two punch of West Coast Blues and Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, Jacques Tardi makes a third appointment with ace crime writer Jean-Patrick Manchette for his wildest adaptation yet.

Peter Hartog, a rich industrialist, hires a troubled young woman, Julie, straight out of the psychiatric asylum to which she has been consigned for several years, to work as a nanny for his bratty kid Peter. But Hartog's seemingly altruistic impulse to help rehabilitate a troubled soul hides a darker motive: He plans to stage a fake kidnapping of his son, and use Julie as a scapegoat.

Unfortunately for Hartog, Julie proves infinitely more tough and resourceful than he expected, the kidnapping goes horribly, bloodily wrong, and now Julie and Peter are on the run, pursued both by the police and by Hartog's goons, led by the aging but fantastically dangerous contract killer Thompson — one of Manchette's most unforgettable creations, a golem of Terminator-like tenacity who is barely slowed down by physical punishment that would instantly kill a lesser man (he does not end the book with the same amount of eyes and feet as he started).

As with the other Tardi/Manchette books, Run Like Crazy... is full of moments of pitch-black humor, and a strong current of socio-political satire runs beneath its bleak surface. It's a ride to hell, but a devilishly fun one.

Now in Stock: Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesLucy Knisley 19 Jan 2015 10:00 AM

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Displacement
by Lucy Knisley

168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6

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New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

Now in Stock - Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wilfred Santiagonew releases 15 Jan 2015 12:30 PM

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Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade
by Wilfred Santiago

200-page full color 5.75" x 7.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-711-6

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A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history, from the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page.

Jordan became a national celebrity at the age of 19, scoring the winning jump shot in the final seconds of the 1982 NCAA Championship, earning him the moniker "Air." He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, a team with a decade-long history of dreadful performances. By 1991, Jordan disproved doubters when he finally led the Bulls to their first NBA championship over Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers.

In 1992, Michael Jordan joined the Dream Team, an assembly of 12 legendary NBA players who steamrolled everyone at the Barcelona Olympics and brought the gold back home. Despite taking a season off to try his hand at professional baseball, Jordan still led the Bulls to three consecutive NBA Championships twice.

Despite his success, his life in the limelight and his private life were not without controversies or calamities, and no amount of success or money could shield him from it. But everyone wanted to be like Mike, and Santiago comes closer than anyone to putting you on the parquet floor of the Chicago's United Center in your very own pair of Air Jordans.

Now in Stock: Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesDylan Horrocks 15 Jan 2015 11:20 AM

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Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen
by Dylan Horrocks

228-page full color 7" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-790-1

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Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998's Hicksville (new edition, VUP 2010).

Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn't drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and—of course—cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956 by Hal Foster - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Prince Valiantpreviewsnew releasesHal Foster 7 Jan 2015 4:06 PM

Praise for the series:

"That Foster was the most virtuosic comics artist of his time, there is some merit to the claim." – Steven Heller, The New York Times

"Hal Foster was an illustrator in the grand tradition of Arthur Rackham and Howard Pyle… Every panel packs a one-two punch." – Vanity Fair

"Foster’s meticulously detailed, painstakingly researched, vividly realistic, and often breathtaking illustration made him one of the most revered artists in the comic field." – Library Journal

"One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breath-taking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant’s 30+ year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics’ series of books." – The Huffington Post

Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956
by Hal Foster

112-page full color 10.25” x 14” hardcover
$35.00 | 978-1-60699-800-7

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/princevaliant10

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsNoah Van Scivernew releases 6 Jan 2015 9:50 AM

Saint Cole
by Noah Van Sciver

116-page black & white 7.5” x 9.25” softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-817-5

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/saintcole

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesGuy Colwell 5 Jan 2015 10:20 AM

Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

200-page black & white 8” x 10” softcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-813-7

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/innercityromance

Now in Stock: A Valentine for Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 24 Dec 2014 2:25 PM

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A Valentine for Charlie Brown
by Charles M. Schulz

72-page two color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-804-5

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Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang have made an indelible mark on so many treasured American holidays and traditions, from Charlie Brown’s infamous Christmas tree to Linus’s obsession with the Great Pumpkin. And who can forget the most romantic – and occasionally loneliest – of all holidays? From Charlie Brown opening an empty mailbox every February 14th, to Sally Brown whispering sweet somethings to her "sweet baboo" Linus, A Valentine for Charlie Brown is the perfect gift to remind that special someone in your life just what love is all about, for better and for worse!

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Los Bros Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 19 Dec 2014 10:00 AM

Praise for the Series:

"In the 30 years they’ve been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters… This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery." – Publishers Weekly

"Los Bros. are plain-spoken and sympathetic, finding pathos in even the grimiest character." – Sam Thielman, Newsday

"There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can’t do what Jaime Hernandez does — or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Los Bros Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover
$14.99 | 978-1-60699-770-3

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/lrnewstories7

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