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Back in stock: a bunch of books
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Thomas OttThe Comics Journalnew releasesJasonHal FosterDave Cooper 6 Nov 2008 2:27 PM

Thanks to some inventory reshuffling we now have several formerly out-of-stock books back in our warehouse and available to order! Quantities are very limited — in some cases, literally a handful — so get your order in quick before they're gone again! The list:

The Comic Strip Art of Lyonel Feininger
The Comics Journal #290 (with the Schulz and Peanuts roundtable, this one sold out fast the first time)
Crumple by Dave Cooper
Greetings from Hellville by Thomas Ott
Prince Valiant Vol. 11: Intrigues at Camelot (1946-1947) by Hal Foster
Prince Valiant Vol. 41: King of Atheldag (1971-1972) by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy
Prince Valiant Vol. 50: Vikings on the Isle of Man by Hal Foster & John Cullen Murphy (undamaged copies)
Tell Me Something by Jason






Preview video/slideshow: Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadvideopreviewsnew releasesBill Griffith 5 Nov 2008 3:03 PM

If you follow us on Flickr, you saw this preview of the upcoming new Zippy the Pinhead book Welcome to Dingburg pop up a few days ago. If you don't... here it is! Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window. (And don't forget to join us and Bill Griffith at the book launch party/exhibit opening at our bookstore on Saturday night!)

New Comics Day 11/5/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 5 Nov 2008 11:55 AM
No new Fantagraphics releases are scheduled to arrive in comic shops this week. If anything ships next week, we'll let you know right here on Flog...
Now in stock: Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesjohn kerschbaum 4 Nov 2008 1:30 PM

Petey & Pussy by John Kerschbaum

Petey & Pussy
By John Kerschbaum

LOONEY TUNES MEETS LUIS BUÑUEL IN THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL DEBUT

Petey and Pussy, John Kerschbaum’s new graphic novel, reads very much like a Loony Tunes cartoon — if all of the anthropomorphic animals were kvetching, balding, foul-mouthed misanthropes. Each character is articulate (and, in fact, can speak directly to humans, well enough to order a beer) but still recognizably have the traits associated with their respective species: Pete, the dog, is happy-go-lucky; Pussy, the cat, is self-centered; and Bernie, the bird, is high-strung and constantly a-twitter. Together, they are the pets of a sweet old lady whose obliviousness to the lunacy unfolding around her is second only to her own hygienic repugnance. The Sisyphean struggles of the characters is brought to the fore — the cat is compelled to try and catch the mouse, the bird struggles to escape his cage — as the trio engage in slapstick adventures that are simultaneously given an edge and made hilarious by a twisted combination of mundane realism and insouciant gross-out humor.

Kerschbaum cheerfully includes all the blood and guts that are left out of the cartoons, and lovingly renders his motley crew in a densely textured urban setting. And like the animated cartoons it echoes in an oddly surreal way, when the mayhem dies down, the characters come to the realization that their identities’ are defined by the way they relate to the others, and that one’s opponent might be one’s truest friend when both face a true threat.

128-page black & white 6" x 9" hardcover • $19.99
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Now in stock: The Lagoon by Lilli Carré
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLilli Carré 4 Nov 2008 1:30 PM

The Lagoon by Lilli Carré

The Lagoon
By Lilli Carré

A family is seduced by a mysterious creature's siren song that can be heard emanating from the lagoon after dark in talented young cartoonist Lilli Carré’s first long-form work, and how each member reacts to the song in The Lagoon is the crux of the story. For the wise — or pixilated — Grandpa, the song reminds him that, in the time he has left, he must pause to respect, appreciate, and fear nature. The song hints at something that Zoey, the daughter, is too young to fully grasp. And the song lures the sexually frustrated mother, and eventually, her husband, into danger... Carré experimented with nib pens and brushes while drawing this black-and-white graphic novel, giving the art a different feel from her previous, Eisner-and-Harvey-Award-nominated story, Tales of Woodsman Pete. The Lagoon was influenced by the films Creature from the Black Lagoon and Night of the Hunter, but reads more like the gothic, family narratives of Flannery O’Connor or Carson McCullers. Rhythms — Grandpa’s taps, the ticking of a metronome — are punctuated by silences that pace this “sound”-driven story. Older teen and adult readers are invited to imagine the enigmatic creature’s haunting, ever-shifting tune as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into windows at night.

80-page black & white 7 3/8" x 9 3/8" hardcover • $14.99
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Now in stock: Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ted Stearnnew releases 4 Nov 2008 1:29 PM

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville
By Ted Stearn

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville tells the hilariously bizarre adventures of Pluck, an irritable and featherless rooster, and his best pal, the awkwardly unsocialized but lovable teddy bear known as Fuzz. These two usually inseparable and co-dependent misfits find themselves suddenly separated and alone. Pluck vows to establish his place in the world's pecking order by becoming a champion gladiator, while the more demure Fuzz finds himself a POW in a stuffed animal collection, only to escape and befriend a mercurial ferryman who recruits him for an impossible task. These absurdities pile on and eventually converge in a fatal collision course that reunites our heroes.

Fuzz & Pluck is an odd, and unusually original graphic novel, a "funny animal" comic that is surprisingly human. Rich with pathos, wit, farce, existentialism and drama, often cruel, always funny, this superficially ridiculous struggle for survival is an Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups that reaches absurdly delightful heights. As Simpsons creator Matt Groening says, "This epic tale of a hapless li'l bear and his defeathered friend is why I love comics. All hail the peculiar Fuzz & Pluck and their creator, Ted Stearn!"

Ted Stearn is longtime storyboard artist for animation. Fuzz & Pluck is the author's most personal work, showcasing his vivid imagination and meticulous draughtsmanship.

240-page black & white 7" x 9" hardcover • $24.99
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Preview video/slideshow: Rocky Vol. 2 by Martin Kellerman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMartin Kellerman 3 Nov 2008 5:35 PM

By now surely you're following our Monday-Friday installments of Martin Kellerman's Rocky, with strips from Rocky Vol. 2: Strictly Business presented in English for the first time anywhere (the book is due next month). Now, get your first look at the book itself! Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #294
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releasesJason 30 Oct 2008 4:02 PM

Here's your first glimpse at the feature interviews with Norwegian graphic novelist Jason and Lio cartoonist Mark Tartulli, the special portfolio of cartoonists' holiday cards, the comics section of Barney Google strips, and more that can be found in the upcoming Comics Journal #294. Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.

A Peanuts Halloween
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 30 Oct 2008 2:37 PM

A Peanuts Halloween

Available tomorrow exclusively at participating comic shops: A Peanuts Halloween, a special 12-page comic produced as a free Halloween trick-or-treat giveaway! This little pamphlet reproduces Great Pumpkin-themed Peanuts strips from the last two volumes of The Complete Peanuts and is notable for being the first time Fantagraphics has presented Sunday Peanuts strips in color! Your local comic shop is the only place to get this nifty little item - be sure to call ahead and confirm availability.

Preview video/slideshow: Comics Are for Idiots! by Johnny Ryan
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 29 Oct 2008 2:57 PM

The stupidest, ugliest, stubbliest girl in grade number two returns in the third collection of Johnny Ryan's Blecky Yuckerella: Comics Are for Idiots!  Click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, and/or to open it in a new window.