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Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 10 Dec 2013 7:00 PM

Prison Pit Book 5
by Johnny Ryan

124-page black & white 6.5" x 8.5" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-700-0

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

Prison Pit is Johnny (Angry Youth Comix) Ryan's ongoing taboo-busting sci-fi-prison-planet-body-mutation-splatterfest epic extravaganza, beloved by everyone from the legendary Gary Panter ("GLOREGEFULL!") to Booklist ("Not to be missed").

In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit.

The author promises: "Every single testicle in the world will explode with rage when Prison Pit 5 is unleashed."

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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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Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesCharles Forsman 4 Dec 2013 5:04 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

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This original graphic novella is a funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension between two disaffected teens, Mike and Wolf, who take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. As the stark black and white of Forsman's cartooning indicates, however, this is not a psychedelic, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby kind of trip. Instead of the escapism they crave from their fragile home lives, the LSD only heightens their sense of ennui, exacerbates their fears about the world they're about to enter as adults, and creates doubts about everything they think they know.

Though it's not entirely what they bargained for, will Mike and Wolf look back on their adventure as part of the "celebrated summer" of their never-to-be-recaptured youth, or a carelessly wasted part of the best years of their lives? Or both?

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCharles Forsman 3 Dec 2013 2:30 PM

"Isolated and longing to connect, Chuck Forsman's Wolf reminds me of other great characters like Charlie Brown and Holden Caulfield. Celebrated Summer is a primal scream drawn in a casual, hypnotic monotone. Few comics are this soulful. Few cartoonists can make work this assured." – James Sturm

"I love the spare elegance of Chuck’s storytelling style. I also love, in this book in particular, his relaxed approach to examining the lives of his characters." – Chester Brown

"…Forsman is one of the strongest and most vital young cartoonists currently putting pen to paper — not to mention one of the most fully, uniquely realized." – The A.V. Club

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/celebratedsummer

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCharles Forsman 2 Dec 2013 1:44 PM

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

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

This original graphic novella is a funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension between two disaffected teens, Mike and Wolf, who take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. As the stark black and white of Forsman's cartooning indicates, however, this is not a psychedelic, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby kind of trip. Instead of the escapism they crave from their fragile home lives, the LSD only heightens their sense of ennui, exacerbates their fears about the world they're about to enter as adults, and creates doubts about everything they think they know.

Though it's not entirely what they bargained for, will Mike and Wolf look back on their adventure as part of the "celebrated summer" of their never-to-be-recaptured youth, or a carelessly wasted part of the best years of their lives? Or both?

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Cyber Monday Sale - It's Happening! 30% Off 2013 Releases!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releases 2 Dec 2013 12:56 PM

Cyber Monday Sale graphic

It's on! All day today, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, most of our regularly-priced, currently-available and pre-orderable 2013 releases are marked down 30%! That's a fantastic deal on close to 90 items — see the whole selection here! (Note that some items are excluded due to short supply, and availability of items can change without notice.)

Hou have 12 more hours to take advantage on great savings! Get caught up and spread the love of comics with beautiful gifts for all your friends and family!

The sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific time. Don't miss out! Order online or by phone (1-800-657-1100; 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9AM-6PM Pacific time); this sale does not apply at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

(P.S. You can still pre-order some of our 2014 releases, many of them signed, on our Kickstarter campaign!)

Cyber Monday Sale - 30% Off 2013 Releases!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releases 29 Nov 2013 3:13 PM

Cyber Monday Sale graphic

Get ready — it's almost time for our fifth annual Cyber Monday sale! All day Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, most of our regularly-priced, currently-available and pre-orderable 2013 releases are marked down 30%! That's a fantastic deal on close to 90 items, including:

• Beautiful collections of classic comics material starring beloved characters like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Barnaby, Captain Easy, Prince Valiant, and the Peanuts gang

• Five new volumes in our EC Comics Library series, featuring Davis, Williamson, Feldstein, Craig, and Ingels, plus a book of interviews with EC artists

• More deluxe collections of vintage comics material by Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, and Bernard Krigstein

• Comics history and criticism from Trina Robbins, Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Ken Parille & co. on Dan Clowes, Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti on L&R, and The Comics Journal crew

• Books by emerging artists and cutting-edge faves like Dash Shaw, Tom Kaczynski, Julia Gfrörer, Chuck Forsman, Jesse Reklaw, Leslie Stein, Anders Nilsen, Hans Rickheit, Ulli Lust, Cathy Malkasian, and various minicomics creators

• The Alternative Comics Canon: brand new stories, collections and reprints by all-time greats Peter Bagge, Linda Medley, Jim Woodring, Jacques Tardi, Graham Chaffee, Tony Millionaire, Jack Jackson, Gilbert Hernandez, both Hernandez Brothers, Jason, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Kim Deitch, Robert Crumb (6 reprinted volumes!), Moto Hagio, and Bill Griffith

• Landmarks of queer comics 7 Miles a Second and Bread & Wine, plus beloved LGBT-themed manga Wandering Son and a new paperback of our award-winning anthology of queer comics

• Obscurities and cult classics by Gahan Wilson, Charles Rodrigues, and Guy Peellaert

• Art books from Paul Hornschemeier, Gene Deitch, Ben Catmull, Jim Flora, and Willard Mullin

• Prose from Kipp Friedman, Stephen Dixon, Danny Bland (with a renewed free audiobook offer!), Monte Schulz, and Alexander Theroux

• And some other stuff too — see the whole selection here! (Note that some items are excluded due to short supply, and availability of items can change without notice.)

Now's your best chance to get caught up and spread the love of comics with beautiful gifts for all your friends and family!

The sale runs all day Monday, December 2, and ends at midnight Pacific time. Don't miss out! Order online or by phone (1-800-657-1100; 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9AM-6PM Pacific time); this sale does not apply at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

(P.S. You can still pre-order some of our 2014 releases, many of them signed, on our Kickstarter campaign!)

Gift Certificates Now Available!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releasesmeta 27 Nov 2013 1:59 PM

In Groth We Trust

Give the gift of Fantagraphics to the comics lovers in your life with gift certificates in a variety of denominations.

When we process your order, we will send an email to the recipient of the gift certificate with a unique coupon code that they can redeem on their online order here at Fantagraphics.com. (Be sure to provide us their email address.) Note that some items may be exempt from purchase with gift certificates. Value of each certificate will equal your actual purchase price. When shopping online, only one gift certificate coupon code can be used per order and it must be used entirely in a single purchase. Gift certificates do not have an expiration date and will not lose value, but terms and conditions are subject to change at any time.

Alternately, if your recipient lives in the Seattle area, we'll be happy to mail a paper certificate that your recipient can redeem at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Just indicate your preference when checking out.

Buy Now!  

Couch Tag by Jesse Reklaw - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJesse Reklaw 27 Nov 2013 1:46 PM

“Touching...” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] family’s evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious.” — Houston Chronicle

“Unforgettable after the first page, sad and lonely, cute and innocent.” — NewCity Chicago

“Sad... but kind of funny too. I thought I came off OK in it.” — The Author’s Mother

“I liked your comic, even though you made up all those lies about me.” — The Author’s Father

Couch Tag
by Jesse Reklaw

176-page monochrome/color 6.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-676-8

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/couchtag