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New Comics Day 10/22/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 22 Oct 2008 4:24 PM
It's a Fantagraphics-less week for new stuff arriving in comics shops. Hey, don't be sad... you can still buy some of our older stuff that you don't have yet, right?
Now in stock: Popeye Vol. 3 by E.C. Segar
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Popeyenew releases 21 Oct 2008 2:04 PM

Popeye Vol. 3 by E.C. Segar

Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!"
By E.C. Segar

Our third volume (of six) of the acclaimed hit series collecting the entirety of E.C. Segar's original Popeye (a.k.a. Thimble Theatre) comic strips features work from 1932 to 1934. In addition to the daily and Sunday strips, this volume will present a true collector’s item: Segar’s never-reprinted two-week “World’s Fair” continuity. In 1933, in addition to the normal daily and Sunday continuities, Segar produced a special, two-week sequence of extra-large strips (two to three tiers each) in which Wimpy and Popeye travel to Chicago to take in the World’s Fair. Olive Oyl is left behind on account of “she ain’t wide-minded,” but Olive has other ideas and follows Popeye to make sure he isn’t flirting with any pretty girls. This sequence has never been republished since its original publication 75 years ago.

Stories in this volume include "The Eighth Sea," a nautical thriller-diller starring, in his only appearance in the actual Segar Popeye strip, Bluto (plus the shape-shfiting detective Merlock Jones); "Long Live the King" and "Popeye King of Popilania"; "Star Reporter," in which Popeye juggles his career as a newspaperman and a recent adoptive Dad to the one and only Swee'pea. Plus over a year's worth of great full color Sunday strips, many of them focusing on everyone's favorite glutton Wimpy!

This volume also contains the conclusion of Donald Phelps’s incisive and articulate critical essay on Segar’s work “Real People, Real Theatre.”

E.C. Segar blended complex narratives, slapstick traditions, brilliant characterization, and an inimitable cartooning style to create the most exciting and profound humor of his era, rivaling the great film comics of his era, such as Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. Discover this American treasure in this handsomely designed series perfect for all ages.

168-page b&w/color 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover • $29.99
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Now in stock: American Presidents by David Levine
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDavid Levine 15 Oct 2008 3:06 PM

American Presidents by David Levine

American Presidents
By David Levine

For more than a half century, David Levine has taken on the most powerful men of the free world with only his pen and a bottle of India ink. That pen has proved to be mightier than the sword as Levine skewered, illuminated, satirized and condemned every president of the 20th century, as well as the most significant presidents from colonial times and the Civil War era. His drawing of Lyndon Johnson revealing a scar in the shape of Vietnam is considered one of the most recognized (and most copied) of the Vietnam era. His devastating wit and delicately cross-hatched drawing have exposed the venality of the Nixon administration, the phoniness of the Reagan years, the duplicity of the Clinton era, and the evil of the Bush cabal. Nine administrations have come and gone during Levine's tenure, and with a new one on the horizon, the artist remains, unbowed, unfazed, and unrelenting.

Now for the first time, the best of Levine's five decades of portraits of American Presidents and their administrations are gathered in a comprehensive and visually dynamic book. From John Adams to George Bush; from John Quincy Adams to George W. Bush; from the Great Emancipator to the Great Society, Levine has captured them all, including present day candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.

David Levine is internationally renowned for his incisive caricatures of world figures in literature, politics, and the arts. For 45 years his work appeared in every issue of the New York Review of Books, and his drawings have been reproduced in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, Playboy, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Nation, and many other publications. Levine is perhaps the most influential caricaturist of the late twentieth century.

128-page black & white 8.5" x 10" softcover • $19.99
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Now in stock: Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJoe KubertBill Schelly 15 Oct 2008 3:06 PM

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert by Bill Schelly

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert
By Bill Schelly

Joe Kubert’s extraordinary career spans the history of the comic book in America: he began drawing comics in 1938, just as Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, and continues to be one of the most vital cartoonists working today, writing and drawing both mainstream comic book characters as well as, more recently, graphic novels of his own conception.

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most distinctive, dynamic artists in the history of comics. Bill Schelly’s insightful book covers all facets of Kubert’s creative life: artist, writer, innovator, entrepreneur, and educator. It abounds in heretofore unknown details about Kubert’s life and work, and is rich in colorful anecdotes drawn from numerous interviews the author conducted with Kubert’s colleagues, family and friends. Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert is a full-bodied biography intended to be read and enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of American popular culture.

220-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
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Now in stock: Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason - with preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJason 15 Oct 2008 3:05 PM

Sshhhh! (New Printing) by Jason

Sshhhh! (New Printing)
By Jason

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning author comes this sharp suite of short tales, ranging from the funny to the terrifying to the surreal to the touching, all told entirely in pantomime. Like Chris Ware, Jason's clean, deadpan style (featuring animal-headed characters with mask-like faces) hides a wealth of emotion and human complexity, leavened with a wicked wit. Jason's work has also drawn comparisons to Art Spiegelman for the similar ways both artists utilize anthropomorphic stylizations to reach deeper, more general truths, and to create elegantly minimalist panels whose emotional depth-charge comes as an even greater shock. His dark wit and supremely bold use of "jump-cuts" from one scene to the next are endlessly surprising and exhilarating. This new 2008 reprint features a brand new cover design.

120-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $16.99
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New Comics Day 10/15/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 15 Oct 2008 7:39 AM

Only one new release from us arriving in comic shops this week:

The Comics Journal #293

Before you make the trip, preview the contents of this issue at the link above — we've got multimedia and excerpts.

Preview video/slideshow: The Comics Journal #293
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThe Comics Journalpreviewsnew releases 13 Oct 2008 3:56 PM

Available now on our website and coming possibly next week to comic shops, The Comics Journal #293 features interviews with S. Clay Wilson and Alex Robinson plus a whole bargeload more. Get yourself a visual sneak peek right here (click this link if the embedded slideshow doesn't appear above, or if you just want a bigger version) and check out some teaser excerpts on TCJ.com.

I'm probably jinxing this just by typing it, but I'm hoping to bring you a new preview slideshow every day this week. Can I do it? Stay tuned.

New Comics Day 10/8/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics Day 8 Oct 2008 7:39 AM
It's a bye week for us as far as new titles arriving at comic shops, though you will find the Brunetti-edited, Clowes-covered An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories Vol. 2.
Now in stock: The Comics Journal #293
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesBob Levin 6 Oct 2008 3:24 PM

The Comics Journal #293 - S. Clay Wilson

The Comics Journal #293
Edited by Mike Dean and Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, Executive Editor

The Journal's Bob Levin interviews Zap artist S. Clay Wilson, best known for his panoramas of sex and violence involving lesbian bikers, zombie pirates and a Checkered Demon. Alex Robinson, the Harvey-and-Eisner-winning cartoonist, will discuss his graphic novels Box Office Poison, Tricked and Too Cool to Be Forgotten. Our reviews section tackles Ware, Hergé, Huizenga, Spiegelman, Hernandez and more. Plus a cartoon chat with Joe Matt and a special back-to-school section featuring a gallery of undiscovered potential comics masterpieces by the 2008 graduating class of the Center for Cartoon Studies.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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Preview video/slideshow: Popeye Vol. 3
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPopeyenew releases 6 Oct 2008 7:32 AM

Would you gladly pay us Tuesday for an action-packed advance look at Popeye Vol. 3: "Let's You and Him Fight!" today? Well here you go... on the house (cheese extra). Click here if the slideshow doesn't appear above.