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Now in Stock - The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapThe Comics JournalPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesinterviewsGary GrothBob Levin 1 Dec 2014 12:00 PM

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The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth

264-page color/black & white 10" x 12"softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-788-8

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Here in one place are the definitive Comics Journal interviews with the cartoonists behind Zap Comix. Featuring: Supreme underground artist Robert Crumb on how acid unleashed a flood of Zap characters from his unconscious; Marxist brawler Spain Rodriguez on how he made the transition from the Road Vultures biker gang to the exclusive Zap cartoonists' club; Yale alumnus Victor Moscoso and Christian surfer Rick Griffin on how their poster-art psychedelia formed the backdrop of the 1960s San Francisco music scene; Savage Id-choreographer S. Clay Wilson on how his dreams insist on being drawn; Painter and Juxtapoz-founder Robert Williams on how Zap #4 led to 150 news-dealer arrests; Fabulous, Furry, Freaky Gilbert Shelton on the importance of research; Church of the Subgenius founder Paul Mavrides on getting a contact high during the notorious Zap jam sessions; and much more. In these definitive interviews, the Zap contributors open up about how they came to create a seminal, living work of art.

Now in Stock - Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesLB ColeBill Schelly 1 Dec 2014 11:00 AM

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Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
Introduction by Bill Schelly

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

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L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors" — brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds — and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.

Now in Stock: Cochlea & Eustachia by Hans Rickheit
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesHans Rickheit 20 Nov 2014 11:20 AM

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Cochlea & Eustachia
by Hans Rickheit

80-page full color 8" x 10" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-801-4

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Cochlea & Eustachia appear to be twin human girls, but this has yet to be confirmed. Their actions seem to be motivated less by curiosity than boredom and an inclination towards purposeless destruction. Any connate objective remains to be determined. They never stray apart from each other, out of an unspoken proclivity. Perhaps they keep together because they resemble each other; a mixture of vanity and comfort is the foundation of their constant companionship. They seem to consider any creature with dissimilar features as inept or untrustworthy. They are suspected of giving hypnotic suggestions to cats. They do not seem particularly malicious, just meddlesome. This new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed Squirrel Machine is lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect.

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichael DowersEsther Pearl Watson 19 Nov 2014 10:15 AM

"Mini comics are like the wild west of the comics world—in this lo-fi, DIY format—it’s anything—and everything—goes." – Benn Ray, Atomic Books

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with some color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6

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/treasuryofminicomics2

Now in Stock: The Complete Zap Comix
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesGilbert Shelton 18 Nov 2014 1:00 PM

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The Complete Zap Comix
by R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Paul Mavrides, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Robert Williams, and S. Clay Wilson

920-page black & white with color 9.75" x 13.25" x 7" hardcover • $500.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-787-1

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There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue of Zap in 1968. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best, the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln. All of them were extremists of one sort or another, from biker-gang member Rodriguez to Christian surfer Griffin, but somehow they produced a decades-long collaboration: a mind-blowing anthology of abstract hallucination, throat-slashing social satire, and shocking sexual excess, that made possible the ongoing wave of alternative cartoonists like Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and Charles Burns. The Complete Zap Comix collects every issue of Zap — every cover and every story, and even the Zam mini comic jam among the Zap artists — in a multi-volume, slipcased hardcover set. It will also include the 17th unpublished issue with work by Crumb, Moscoco, Wilson, Rodriguez, Shelton, Mavrides, and Williams. Plus, an introduction by founder R. Crumb and an oral history of Zap by Patrick Rosenkranz, and other exclusive bonus features and items TBA. Zap is the most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever published.

Now in Stock: The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesMarguerite Van CookJames Romberger 18 Nov 2014 12:30 PM

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The Late Child and Other Animals
by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger

180-page full color 8" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-789-5

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Hetty survives the bombing of Portsmouth by the Nazis in World War II, only to learn that her soldier husband — with whom she was in the process of adopting a young daughter — has been killed on the way back home from North Africa. She must then complete the adoption alone. A decade later, she gives birth to a bastard daughter, Marguerite. Now Hetty must go before a tribunal to prove that she is a fit mother — or possibly lose both her children. From there, The Late Child and Other Animals tells the story of little Marguerite's childhood in the recovering British naval port and the rural beauty of the Isle of Wight and in Normandy, France. The journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter are linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense.

The Late Child and Other Animals is an original graphic novel, a generational autobiography written by legendary punk diva and award-winning poet Marguerite Van Cook, adapted by artist James Romberger, the creator of the Eisner-nominated Post York. The team of Romberger and Van Cook is also responsible for the adaptation and art of 7 Miles a Second, their critically acclaimed graphic memoir collaboration with the late multimedia artist and AIDS activist, David Wojnarowicz.

Now in Stock - Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951 by Ernie Bushmiller
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesNancyErnie Bushmiller 18 Nov 2014 11:30 AM

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Nancy Loves Sluggo: Complete Dailies 1949-1951
by Ernie Bushmiller

336-page black & white with spot color 8.5" x 8.5" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-777-2

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Many connoisseurs — including Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Scott McCloud (creator of the "Five-Card Nancy" card game), Joe Brainard, and Andy Warhol — have recognized that Bushmiller's often-corny Nancy approached its own kind of zen-like cartoon perfection. In its own way, it turned out Nancy was in fact the most iconic comic strip of all; The American Heritage Dictionary actually uses a Nancy strip to illustrate its entry on "comic strip." Fantagraphics' beloved Nancy series finally packages Nancy with the reverence it deserves. Our third volume contains another full three years of daily Nancy strips, from an era many regard as Bushmiller's finest.

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesDylan Horrocks 18 Nov 2014 10:20 AM

"Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is a tour de force. There's something very pure about Dylan Horrocks' comics. That’s perhaps an odd word to describe this book which is so much about desire. But Horrocks' line and his imagination both seem to flow freely and directly from some primal source. If you've ever wished that Hergé had written comics for grown-ups—gorgeously drawn and playful adventures that explore the serious anxieties of midlife—your wish has come true, and then some." – Alison Bechdel

"This book is necessary for anyone paralyzed even a bit by the creative/spiritual confusion of the digital age. Horrocks explores the role and responsibility of storytelling, juggling genres, fiddling with the mechanics of the comics form, and reclaiming the sense of magic that once reigned the medium—a playfulness contagious for the reader. Like his Hicksville, a must have in every library." – Craig Thompson (Blankets)

"Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is a coming-of-age story for the fantasies of our past and a joyful bear hug for the storytellers of our future. An effortless, magical read from front to back." – Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics)

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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Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesFrank Stack 14 Nov 2014 11:50 AM

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions
by Frank Stack

224-page black & white 7.75" x 10" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-808-3

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Now in Stock: Aces High by George Evans, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesHarvey KurtzmanGeorge EvansEC ComicsAl Feldstein 13 Nov 2014 12:15 PM

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Aces High
by George Evans, Al Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-784-0

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George Evans was a master of the aviation war story. This collection includes all of his highly-acclaimed stories for Aces High, EC's famous air war title. As a bonus, we present a rarity: Evans's never-before-reprinted 3-D story of World War I ace Frank Luke (in regular, easy-on-the-eyes 2-D). This volume also includes numerous Evans crime and shock stories, including "As Ye Sow...," "...My Brother’s Keeper," and "Cadillac Fever." Other war stories, many done in collaboration with Harvey Kurtzman, include "Napoleon!" and "Flaming Coffins" (which Evans wrote, about the inherent perils of WW I aircraft). Like all books in the Fantagraphics EC line, Aces High features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.