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Now in stock: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by the Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
By Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 reboots the beloved ongoing "Love and Rockets" comic into a fat, all-new annual graphic novel length package.

Jaime launches the new format with a story that's unusual even for him... A full-on, pulse-pounding super-hero yarn! Maggie's longtime friend Penny Century has finally realized her longtime dream of acquiring super-powers, but at a terrible personal cost. Now she rampages through the galaxy, half mad with grief, and a motley group of super-heroes assembles to try to stop her -- led by Maggie's girlfriend Angel and her mysterious neighbor Alarma, and involving a number of characters longtime Love and Rockets fans will delight in recognizing.

The epic-length 50-page story (only the first half of the saga!) combines Jaime's razor sharp characterization and superlative art with wildly inventive, Kirby-style slam-bang super-hero action.

Then Gilbert Hernandez explodes with a similarly generous helping of his fantastically creative one-shot short stories: "Tamanny" (rookie cop vs. demonic drug users); "Papa" (a turn-of-the-century story involving a traveling businessman); "The New Adventures of Duke and Sammy" (super-powered Martin and Lewis impostors in outer space); "The Tender Room" (Into the Wild as re-imagined by Beto); "Chiro el Indio" (written by third brother Mario Hernandez); and "Never Say Never" (a kangaroo gets lucky in Las Vegas).

One hundred pages of Jaime, Gilbert and Mario Hernandez at the peak of their powers: this is a major graphic-novel event!

100-page black & white 6.625" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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Now in stock: Deitch's Pictorama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Simon Deitchnew releasesKim Deitch 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Deitch's Pictorama

Deitch's Pictorama
By Kim Deitch, Simon Deitch and Seth Deitch

Kim Deitch, creator of the acclaimed Fantagraphics collection Shadowland and the Pantheon graphic novels Alias the Cat and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, has recruited his siblings to produce a unique, all-new "picto-fiction" pocket book. Alternating between heavily illustrated near-comics stories and outright prose pieces, Deitch's Pictorama is a testament to the Deitch family's amazing yarn-spinning abilities!

The book leads off with Kim's lengthy picto-story "The Sunshine Girl," a typically Deitchean tall tale involving bottle cap collectors, drug dealers, family secrets, and the innocents who wind up in the middle of the hullaballoo. Then it's time for Seth's prose short story "Children of Aruf," about a man and his very unusual dog; "Unlikely Hours," a paranoid picto-story about a conspiracy of sentient rats written by Seth and illustrated by Kim; the prose novella "The Golem," once again written by Seth and decorated with a series of superb pencil illustrations by Simon; and finally Kim's autobiographical "The Cop on the Beat, the Man in the Moon and Me." This entire "Deitch treat" is wrapped up with an introduction by legendary Academy Award-winning animator, cartoonist and illustrator and proud papa Gene (Tom Terrific, Terr'ble Thompson, Tom and Jerry) Deitch.

240-page black & white 6" x 8" softcover • $18.99
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Now in stock: Sammy the Mouse #2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zak Sallynew releasesIgnatz Series 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Sammy the Mouse #2 by Zak Sally

Sammy the Mouse #2
By Zak Sally

In this issue, things ramp up, as Sammy still can't seem to find some peace and quiet in the comfort of his home (because a giant finger is poking him in the skull, among other things), and some new "friend" won't take "No" for an answer. An answer for what? Why, a PICNIC, of course. EVERYBODY loves a PICNIC, right? As if that weren't enough, Feekes keeps shooting off his drunk mouth (with dire consequences), there's more secret scary underwater business from Him, and where the hell is Puppy-boy, anyway? Also in this issue: a moustache.

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket • $7.95
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Now in stock: Interiorae #3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesIgnatz SeriesGabriella Giandelli 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Interiorae #3 by Gabriella Giandelli

Interiorae #3
By Gabriella Giandelli

Things are getting weirder in the apartment house in this, the third (of four) episode of Gabriella Giandelli's surreal tale. Two teens record a rock song, an ugly breakup takes place between a husband and a wife, the old lady resorts to increasingly desperate measures to find her inner peace, more and more people have begun to notice the white rabbit, much to his distress... and The Creature That Lives in the Basement and Feeds on Dreams is becoming frustrated because no one is dreaming.

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket • $7.95
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Now in stock: Baobab #3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesIgortIgnatz Series 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

Baobab #3 by Igort

Baobab #3
By Igort

Baobab #3 returns to the structure of the first issue, split between two ongoing and (seemingly) unrelated stories set a century ago. In the first part of the book, young Hiroshi’s ailing grandmother tells him that she will die soon, and that his future will be in his nation’s capital: Tokyo. It’s the beginning of his new life for Hiroshi, and the end of his childhood. Then we return to the continuing story of two young, struggling South American cartoonists. Celestino is still living in his native Parador where, on the eve of World War I, a right-wing military dictatorship is growing in power and viciousness, even destroying the printing presses of the paper for whom he works. Even in this darkness, some light emerges: Celestino receives his first few fan letters from readers, and embarks on a romance with his publisher’s daughter. Meanwhile, his expatriate friend and colleague Pilade regales him with tales from the exciting world of American syndicated cartoonists, and together the two dream about this new artform whose birth they are witnessing, and may very well be contributing to...

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket • $7.95
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New Comics Day 8/20/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 19 Aug 2008 12:51 PM

For those of you heading to your local comics shop tomorrow, you'll find a whole boatload of new Fantagraphics releases on the shelves:

Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane
Mome Vol. 12 by various artists
Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes
Delphine #3 by Richard Sala
Grotesque #2 by Sergio Ponchione
Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4 by Michael Kupperman

Happy shopping (if you haven't already ordered them directly from us)! Speaking of ordering directly from us, we'll be having our own New Comics Day tomorrow with another boatload of brand-new titles in stock and ready to order... stay tuned!




Now in stock: The Comics Journal #292
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalSimon Deitchnew releasesKim DeitchGene Deitch 18 Aug 2008 5:47 PM

The Comics Journal #292 - cover by Kim Deitch

The Comics Journal #292
Edited by Michael Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

Gary Groth interviews father and son cartoonists Gene and Kim Deitch. Academy-award-winning Gene Deitch, whose wide-ranging career has spanned 60+ years, talks about doing illustrations for The Record Changer, directing cartoons such as Munro and Krazy Kat, and creating his comic strip Terr’ble Thompson. Underground comics pioneer Kim Deitch, touches on his father’s influence, reminisces about the New York-based scene and outlines the evolution of Waldo the Cat. Plus: The innovative Grant Morrison fills us in on his X-Men run, All Star Superman, the ambitious Seven Soldiers “maxiseries” how he became one of the architects of the current DC Comics universe. Our comics gallery presents an historical essay and highlights from the turn-of-the-19th-century work of Puck cartoonist F. M. Howarth.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Now in stock: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Softcover Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 18 Aug 2008 5:46 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 by Robert Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14 (New Softcover Printing)
By Robert Crumb

Finally back in print after a prolonged absence, The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 14: The Early '80s and Weirdo Magazine continues the multi-volume series comprising the complete works of the legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, one of America's most original, trenchant, and uncompromising artists. This volume features the beginning of a seminal period of both Crumb's life and comics history with the first eight issues of Weirdo magazine, edited and anchored by Crumb, including the legendary strips, “Uncle Bob’s Mid-Life Crisis” and “I Remember the Sixties.” Also included are collaborations with Harvey Pekar from the pages of American Splendor, rare music-related art, Crumb's final contributions to Winds of Change magazine, and much more.

128-page b&w/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
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Sneak peek video & photos: Where Demented Wented
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRory Hayespreviewsnew releases 14 Aug 2008 2:54 PM

Is it still a "sneak peek" if the book is already available? If you haven't seen it yet, sure! Today we're bringing you a belated video and photo teaser of Where Demented Wented: The Art and Comics of Rory Hayes, the first-ever collection of work from the controversial underground/outsider cartoonist. Watch as I try to flip past the most blatantly NSFW material! View the video above (or click here if it doesn't show up), and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

Sneak peek video & photos: Love and Rockets: New Stories #1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 11 Aug 2008 11:53 AM

Our latest batch of daily video and photo teasers of upcoming releases wraps up with a bang today, with the Hernandez Brothers' all-new extravaganza Love and Rockets: New Stories #1, 100 pages of brand new stuff from brothers Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez. Watch the video above (or click here if it doesn't show up), and take a closer look in our photo gallery.

Love and Rockets: New Stories #1 by The Hernandez Brothers - cover by Jaime Hernandez