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Now in stock: Beasts! Book 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBeasts 28 Nov 2008 2:52 PM

Beasts! Book 2

Beasts! Book 2
By various artists; edited and designed by Jacob Covey

In the spirit of 2007’s acclaimed Beasts!, editor/designer Jacob Covey has assembled an entirely new line-up of over 90 artists who did not appear in the first Beasts! volume. Like the first book, the deluxe collection includes a Who’s Who of the contemporary art world, collectively crafting a menagerie of mythological creatures, monsters, beasts and things that go bump in the night, superbly laid out in breathtaking two-page spreads per beast. Featuring all-new work by over 90 artists including Blex Bolex, Brian Chippendale, Craig Thompson, Dan Zettwoch, Dash Shaw, David B., Eleanor Davis, Ellen Forney, Femke Hiemstra, Gene Deitch, Jaime Hernandez, Travis Louie, Thomas Allen, Jon Vermilyea, Kim Deitch, Lilli Carré, Mark Todd, Olivier Schrauwen, Paul Hornschemeier, Peter Bagge, Ray Fenwick, Stephan Blanquet, Taylor McKimens, Tom Neely, Tomer Hanuka, Yuko Shimizu and dozens more.

216-page full-color 8" x 8" hardcover • $34.99
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Now in stock: Misery Loves Comedy (2nd Ed.) by Ivan Brunetti
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesIvan Brunetti 28 Nov 2008 2:51 PM

Misery Loves Comedy (2nd Ed.) by Ivan Brunetti

Misery Loves Comedy (2nd Ed.)
By Ivan Brunetti

A psychiatric case study masquerading as a fancy-pants graphic novel, Misery Loves Comedy collects Ivan Brunetti's early issues (no pun intended)... wait, let's rephrase that. Misery Loves Comedy collects the first three issues of the legendary comic book series Schizo in their entirety, as well as a host of miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam from various anthologies, c. 1992-2005. Readers will find the author's unwitting self-caricature as a paranoid, deluded young man intriguingly repugnant and often chuckle-inducing. Besides Brunetti's trademark nihilism, self-loathing, relentless depression, and inchoate, spittle-soaked misanthropy, these earlier comics offer a dollop of scatology and blasphemy for that extra puerile, lowbrow tang. These are comics for those who enjoy witnessing one man's sanity in its final death rattle, swinging its tail from anhedonia to schadenfreude and back again. Also: lots and lots of filthy jokes.

While supplies last, you can choose to order the new Second Edition, with a dark red clothbound cover, or the First Edition, bound in dark green cloth.

172-page b&w/color 7" x 10" hardcover • $24.95
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Now in stock: Mome Vol. 13 - Winter 2009
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim HensleyThomas Ottpreviewsnew releasesNate NealMomeKurt WolfgangJosh SimmonsDash Shaw 28 Nov 2008 2:51 PM

Mome Vol. 13 - Winter 2009

Mome Vol. 13 - Winter 2009
By various artists; edited by Gary Groth & Eric Reynolds

The latest issue of the 2008 Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz Award-nominee features the first chapter (of three) of an all-new graphic novel by superstar Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton! Thomas Ott (The Number), Josh Simmons (House), David Greenberger (Duplex Planet) and rising minicomics star Laura Park all make their MOME debuts. Bottomless Belly Button creator Dash Shaw delivers an all-new story, "Satellite CMYK", and creates this issue's covers. Also featured: Tim Hensley, Kurt Wolfgang, Nate Neal, Sara Edward-Corbett and Derek Van Gieson.

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104-page b&w/color 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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Now in stock: Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadnew releasesBill Griffith 28 Nov 2008 2:50 PM

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg
By Bill Griffith

This new Zippy collection is an unexpected departure from previous editions: most of the strips in this volume chronicle the strange history, people and social mores of Zippy’s hometown, “Dingburg,” the only city in the U.S. inhabited entirely by pinheads — well, aside from Washington, D.C., and certain sections of Newark.

Take a tour of Dingburg’s “Beatnik District,” experience the festive holiday season of “Nordisk,” meet Dingburg’s resident Cubist, watch as citizens capture Donald Trump’s wig in a raid on an Atlantic City casino, and find out (at last) exactly why Zippy and his fellow Dingburgers speak in non sequiturs (it’s the water).

Reader response to this new Dingburg “story thread” has been loud and approving, with many asking for directions to the fabled enclave, somewhere “17 miles west of Baltimore.” Detailed maps will be provided on the new book’s endpapers.

Dingburg’s own favorite comic strips are also on display. Marvel at the baffling success of “Fletcher & Tanya” and the Dingburg kids’ favorite online comic, “Unibrow Versus The Universe.”

Also in this isue: the revealing “Little Zippy” series, in which Zippy’s magical and very weird childhood is laid bare.

And, finally, Zippy and J. Edgar Hoover (remember him?) cavort in tutus and play with loaded guns. Welcome to Dingburg!

160-page b&w/color 8.5" x 9" softcover with wraparound foldout cover • $18.99
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Now in stock: Castle Waiting Vol. II #13 by Linda Medley
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLinda Medley 26 Nov 2008 2:56 PM

Castle Waiting Vol. II #13 by Linda Medley

Castle Waiting Vol. II #13
By Linda Medley

The bowling action from last issue reaches its rollicking conclusion! Will the unorthodox bowling technique that Chess learned from Tolly enable him to scare up a victory for his team? Post-game, will Jayne finally succeed in drawing the mysterious Dr. Fell out of his shell? And is Beaky still wearing that dress? Answers to these questions, and tantalizing hints at future mysteries yet to be revealed (where did that magic trunk come from, anyway?), in this issue of Linda Medley's hit series.

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24-page black & white 6.75" x 10.25" comic book • $3.95
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Preview video/slideshow: Misery Loves Comedy (2nd Ed.) by Ivan Brunetti
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesIvan Brunetti 26 Nov 2008 12:10 PM

The second printing of Ivan Brunetti's Misery Loves Comedy will be available soon and sports a new color for the clothbound cover. (This is the only change between the two editions.) As of right now the first edition, with the dark green cover, is still available; when the new edition arrives we will be offering a choice of editions while our supply of the first edition lasts.

With that out of the way: Enjoy the preview. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

New Comics Day 11/26/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesNew Comics DayMartin KellermanJohnny RyanEros Comix 25 Nov 2008 1:16 PM

We're unleashing a torrent of raunchy comic strips and erudite comics scholarship on comic shops across the U.S. this week, with the following titles scheduled to arrive:

Comics Are for Idiots!: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 3 by Johnny Ryan
Rocky Vol. 2: Strictly Business by Martin Kellerman
The Tijuana Bibles Vol. 9
The Comics Journal #294

As always, we've got more information and previews at the links above for your perusal.

(And if I might be allowed a non-Fantagraphics recommendation this week: Kevin Huizenga's Fight or Run #1 from Picturebox CORRECTION Buenaventura [dammit, sorry Alvin]. If you liked the opening sequence of Ganges #2, get this.)


Preview video/slideshow: Beasts! Books 1 & 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesBeasts 24 Nov 2008 3:06 PM

Double whammy! Presenting your first looks at the all-new Beasts! Book 2 and the new softcover edition of Beasts! Book 1 in their physical manifestations. Boy, is there ever anticipation for these books. If the embedded slideshows don't appear above, and/or to open them in a new window (recommended for more detail), click here for Book 1 and here for Book 2.

Boody.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesBoody Rogers 24 Nov 2008 12:22 PM

Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers

Cover design by Jacob Covey. Lettering by Eric Reynolds. Coming next year.

New Comics Day 11/19/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted Stearnnew releasesNew Comics DayLinda MedleyLilli Carréjohn kerschbaum 19 Nov 2008 1:12 PM

After a couple of quiet weeks we're back with a vengeance at your local comics shop this week with the following titles scheduled to arrive:

Castle Waiting Vol. II #13 by Linda Medley
Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn
The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum 

As usual, check the links for more info and previews. (Note that the new Castle Waiting is in stores before we have it in stock ourselves.)