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Now in stock: Abandoned Cars
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim Lanenew releases 31 Jul 2008 1:21 PM

Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars
By Tim Lane

Abandoned Cars is Tim Lane’s first collection of graphic short stories, noir-ish narratives that are united by their exploration of the great American mythological drama by way of the desperate and haunted characters that populate its pages. Lane’s characters exist on the margins of society—alienated, floating in the void between hope and despair, confused but introspective. Some of them are experiencing the aftermath of an existential car crash—those surreal moments after a car accident, when time slows down and you’re trying to determine what just happened and how badly you’re hurt. Others have gone off the deep end, or were never anywhere but the deep end. Some are ridiculous, others dignified in their efforts to struggle to make sense of, and cope with, the absurdities, outrages, ghosts, and poisons in their lives.

The writing is straightforward, the stories mainstream but told in a pulpy idiom with an existential edge, often in the first person, reminiscent of David Goodis’s or Jim Thompson’s prose or of films like Pick-Up on South Street or Out of the Past. Visually, Lane’s drawing is in a realistic mode, reminiscent of Charles Burns, that heightens the tension in stories that veer between naturalism on the one hand and the comical, nightmarish, and hallucinatory on the other. Here, American culture is a thrift store and the characters are thrift store junkies living among the clutter. It’s an America depicted as a subdued and haunted Coney Island, made up of lost characters—boozing, brawling, haplessly shooting themselves in the face, and hopping freight trains in search of Elvis.

Abandoned Cars is an impressive debut of a major young American cartoonist.

168-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $22.99
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Sneak peek video & photos: Town of Mirrors
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Pollardpreviewsnew releases 21 Jul 2008 3:35 PM

It's finale time for our string of video and photo teasers of upcoming releases begun last week. Presenting Town of Mirrors: The Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard, the coffee-table art book featuring the visual work of the Guided by Voices frontman and indie rock icon. Watch the video above, and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

Sneak peek video & photos: Abandoned Cars
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim Lanepreviewsnew releases 18 Jul 2008 10:27 AM

Our week of video and photo teasers of upcoming releases continues to continue with Abandoned Cars, the debut collection from the young and scarily talented Tim Lane (whom you can meet at Comic-Con!). Watch the video above, and take a closer look in our photo gallery. Finale on Monday!

Sneak peek video & photos: Mome Vol. 12
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMome 17 Jul 2008 11:32 AM

Our week of video and photo teasers of upcoming releases continues with Mome Vol. 12, the next installment of our quarterly-ish cutting-edge comics anthology. Watch the video above, and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008 - cover by Olivier Schrauwen

Members Preview: Ignatz Series Summer 2008
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Sergio PonchioneRichard Salapreviewsnew releasesmetaIgortIgnatz Series 17 Jul 2008 10:23 AM

Delphine #3 by Richard Sala

This week's free preview is actually 3 previews! We're bringing you 4-to-5-page excerpts from three upcoming installments in our Ignatz Series: Baobab #3, Delphine #3 (pictured above), and Grotesque #2. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.

(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)

Sneak peek video & photos: Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichael Kupperman 16 Jul 2008 2:17 PM

We're continuing to tease you this week with video and photo previews of our upcoming releases. This time, it's Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4, the latest issue in the hilarious hit series from Michael Kupperman. Watch the video above, and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

Sneak peek video & photos: Delphine #3 & Grotesque #2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoSergio PonchioneRichard Salapreviewsnew releasesIgnatz Series 15 Jul 2008 11:02 AM

We'll be revealing video and photo previews of a half-dozen of our upcoming releases over the next few days. First up, the next two entries in our Ignatz Series: Delphine #3 by Richard Sala and Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione. Spine-tinglers both! Watch the videos above and take a closer look in our two photo galleries: Delphine, Grotesque.

Every last piece has now been collected.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under new releasesBeasts 14 Jul 2008 1:35 PM

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Members Preview: Where Demented Wented
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Rory Hayespreviewsnew releases 10 Jul 2008 1:13 PM

Where Demented Wented by Rory Hayes

Hey, haven't done one of these in a while... presenting this week's free preview, a downloadable 19-page excerpt from Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comix of Rory Hayes, a first-ever collection of work from the notorious Underground primitive. These previews are exclusive to registered Fantagraphics.com users, so sign up and/or sign in to view.

(As a reminder, 20/20 Club members receive these previews two weeks before we post them on the website, just one of many great reasons to join up...)

Now in stock: Our Gang Vol. 3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt Kellynew releasesclassics 10 Jul 2008 10:17 AM

Our Gang Vol. 3 by Walt Kelly

Our Gang Vol. 3
By Walt Kelly

Walt Kelly created dozens of Our Gang stories by the end of its 59-issue run in 1949, the year he quit comic books to switch careers a final time — as syndicated artist/writer on the immortal newspaper strip, Pogo.

In Our Gang’s third volume, Kelly begins to hit his stride by relying more on original ideas than following trite MGM scripts which had lacked in charm since the departure of producer Hal Roach in 1938. Keeping alive the wit that had been absent from the film series, this volume contains eight adventures of the mainstay offbeat personas as well as other whimsical characters, from mad scientists to eccentric animals. Suitable for adults and children alike, the work has been lovingly restored from the original comic books, giving Kelly’s art a renewed four-color splendor. With an all-new cover by Jeff Smith (Bone).

96-page full-color 7" x 10" softcover • $14.99
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