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Now in stock: The Education of Hopey Glass by Jaime Hernandez
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 13 Mar 2008 5:03 PM

The Education of Hopey Glass: Love and Rockets Book 24 by Jaime Hernandez

The Education of Hopey Glass: Love and Rockets Book 24
By Jaime Hernandez

A stand-alone graphic novel from the "Locas" universe. It starts with a barely-glimpsed slaying ("Life Through Whispers") and ends with a funeral ("Male Torso Found in L.A. River"). Even though (or perhaps because) he's still carrying the torch for Maggie, Ray diligently pursues the dangerous and annoying "Frogmouth," aspiring actress and full-time train wreck, from seedy bars and back alleys through comic book conventions... all the way to the ultimate, and unexpected, consummation. Meanwhile, Hopey spends an eventful week during which she undergoes a couple of major life changes, both personal and professional... and for that matter cosmetic. New characters include Hopey's long-suffering on-the-side squeeze Grace; Maggie's new roommate, the sweet-natured jockette "Angel of Tarzana;" and the live-wire would-be gangsta Elmer — while such classic Love and Rockets characters as the hard-living Doyle, the aging but still-rocking Terry, and the mysterious super-heroine Alarma pop up in the margins... As does Maggie, well off stage but visible as Ray's resentful ex, Angel's roommate, and (forever and still) Hopey's best friend.

144-page black & white 7" x 10" hardcover $19.99
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Now in stock: Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDebbie Drechsler 13 Mar 2008 4:58 PM

Daddy's Girl by Debbie Drechsler

Daddy's Girl
By Debbie Drechsler

Fantagraphics Books is proud to re-release one of the most powerful and moving books in its distinguished publishing history: Debbie Drechsler's first collection of short comic stories, Daddy's Girl. Originally published in 1995 and distributed only to comic book specialty stores, Daddy's Girl was ahead of its time: Drechsler's account of her abuse at the hands of her father, told from the point of view of an adolescent, is one of the most searingly honest, empathetic, and profoundly disturbing uses of the comics medium in its history. Drechsler's meticulous brush lines gather into heavy textures that suggest the claustrophobic tension of the environment that threatens her pre-teen and adolescent female protagonists. Characters such as Lily, who can't escape her father's abuse, and Franny, a girl whose desire to be accepted leads her into dangerous territory, struggle not to be visually and emotionally overwhelmed. Central to this quasi-memoir is Lily's relationship to her father — a confused jumble of fear, trepidation, and love.

88-page b&w/color 8" x 7.5" hardcover $14.95
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Now in stock: The Clouds Above (Softcover Ed.) by Jordan Crane
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJordan Crane 13 Mar 2008 4:39 PM

The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane

The Clouds Above (Softcover Ed.)
By Jordan Crane

Jordan Crane's all-ages classic is in paperback for the first time! This gorgeously packaged (yet affordable) children's fantasy has become an instant classic since its original hardcover release in 2005, becoming a perennial bestseller for Fantagraphics in three hardcover printings. This paperback edition — a first — includes five new pages not included previously!

On their way through the city to school, Simon and his cat Jack keep taking shortcuts that lead them through fantasy worlds of wooden monsters and insatiable appetites, just for starters. Will they make back home safely? This is undoubtedly one of the more handsome and unique packages in recent memory, with a brilliant graphic novel inside that justifies its elegant format. The Clouds Above calls to mind everything from Where the Wild Things Are to The Wizard of Oz to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with its depiction of a fantastic world that lurks just around the corner from reality and that only children believe exists.

224-page full-color 6" x 6" softcover $16.99
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Now Available: The Comics Journal Online-Only Subscriptions (with FREE preview!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 10 Mar 2008 1:05 PM

We made brief mention of this a few posts back, but here's the full announcement: 

By popular demand — by which we mean “endless nagging from people on the TCJ.com message board” — The Comics Journal is pleased to announce that online-only subscriptions are now available, at over half off the print-subscription price. Choose from five-issue and ten-issue subscriptions to the subscriber section of the TCJ website, where you can not only read the current issue over the Internet, but every issue from TCJ #278 to present as well! Details at the links.

The Comics Journal #288 free online prevew

But wait, there’s more! We realize that you might want a look at what you’re purchasing, so for one week only, we’ve decided to make the online version of current issue, TCJ #288, free in its entirety for your reading pleasure. The whole thing’s there, from the best-of-2007 section to the comics section, and there’s no need to register — just click here and start reading! Offer ends Sunday evening, March 16, at which time the issue goes back behind the subscriber firewall.

Enjoy!

Hey look, the new Peanuts book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releases 7 Mar 2008 10:18 AM

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 by Charles M. Schulz

Look what arrived at our offices yesterday: advance copies of The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968. It's due in stores in late April; we should have it available to order here on the website a couple of weeks before that. Stay tuned!

The Complete Peanuts 1967-1968 by Charles M. Schulz

You sure are, Snoopy, you sure are. 

Pre-Order update: more Spring '08 releases
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalTed StearnRebel Visionsnew releasesMomeLos Bros HernandezLinda MedleyJosh SimmonsDash Shaw 26 Feb 2008 12:17 PM

Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville #5 by Ted Stearn Jessica Farm Vol. 1 by Josh Simmons
The Comics Journal #289 Castle Waiting Vol. II #11 by Linda Medley

More of our Spring 2008 releases are now available for pre-order! Pictured above: the fifth and final issue of Ted Stearn's mini-series Fuzz & Pluck in Splitsville; the first installment of Josh Simmons's multi-decade epic Jessica Farm; The Comics Journal #289, featuring Robert Kirkman on Marvel Zombies and much more; and Castle Waiting Vol. II #11 by Linda Medley. Below: the new, revised, expanded version of Rebel Visions; Bottomless Belly Button, the massive new graphic novel by Dash Shaw (with dual covers); the final (for now) installment of our Love and Rockets Library series, Amor Y Cohetes, collecting all the non-"Locas" and non-"Palomar" stories from L&R Vol. 1; and Mome Vol. 11, with cover star Killoffer. Check our Upcoming Releases page for the full listing of titles that are available for pre-order.

Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution by Patrick Rosenkranz Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
Amor Y Cohetes: A Love and Rockets Book by Los Bros. Hernandez Mome Vol. 11 - cover by Killoffer

Call 1-800-657-1100 (or 206-524-1967 outside the U.S.) or click the links above to see full details on each title and add it to your shopping cart. New releases are usually shipped to our pre-order customers a week or two before they arrive in bookstores and comic shops, so beat the crowd and order today!

Now in stock: More Old Jewish Comedians by Drew Friedman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesDrew FriedmanBlab 6 Feb 2008 3:44 PM

More Old Jewish Comedians
By Drew Friedman

This comprehensive collection of portraiture of Jewish comedians is a sequel to 2006's wildly popular Old Jewish Comedians, which earned Friedman raves from Jerry Lewis, Howard Stern, The Believer, Entertainment Weekly and many more, and earned Friedman his own roast at New York's legendary Friar's Club. This all-new collection includes the famous (Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Soupy Sales, etc.), the not-so-famous (Jerry Stiller, Zeppo & Gummo Marx, Larry Storch, Zero Mostel, etc.) and the largely unknown (Molly Picon, Herbie Faye, Jan Milton, etc.). The Reuben Award-winning Friedman, one of the great caricaturists of his age, presents a thorough visual history of the 20th Century's greatest Borscht-Belt comedians through 28 full-page portraits; every crease, mustache hair, and liver spot looks utterly real. As Booklist put it (after the first OJC), "If only we were all funny enough to get Friedman to draw us!" A BLAB! Storybook.

36-page full-color 10" x 10" hardcover $16.99
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Now in stock: Shag: A to Z by Shag
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shagnew releasesBlab 6 Feb 2008 3:38 PM

Shag: A to Z
By Shag

Shag: A to Z presents, quite simply, 26 original paintings corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. Each painting is accompanied by a short verse extolling the pleasures of a hedonistic lifestyle and the virtues of overindulgence. Shag has spent the last decade creating a body of work based on his idiomatic aesthetic preferences, a world of mid 20th century modern architecture and design, populated by hedonists, supplicants, and indifferent women. A BLAB! Storybook.

32-page full-color 10" x 10" hardcover $14.95
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Now in stock: Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees by Tony Millionaire
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairenew releasesMaakies 6 Feb 2008 3:31 PM

Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees
By Tony Millionaire

Drinky Crow may be the drunken star of the weekly comic strip Maakies, but more often than not, he plays straight man to the hapless ape, Uncle Gabby. Here is the newest collection of Tony Millionaire's strip, never before published in book form. The suicide jokes may come less frequently than in earlier years, but the comedy and superb drawing style are at their peak, as is the volume of triple-X cartoon booze consumed.

Maakies features the comical adventures of a drunken crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtaking line that harkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. Designed by publishing's foremost graphic designer, Chip Kidd, Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees features over two years of strips in a beautiful, deluxe, landscape hardcover format that complements the strip's elegant and classical style.

120-page black & white 12" x 5" hardcover $19.95
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Now in stock: The Comics Journal #288
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releases 6 Feb 2008 3:24 PM

The Comics Journal #288

New format! New design! In this special "Year in Review" issue, the most critically-acclaimed cartoonists of the year talk about their work and suss out the BEST COMICS of 2007 from a crowd of contenders; a crowd that includes the likes of Bryan Talbot, Grant Morrison, Adrian Tomine, Brian K. Vaughan, John Porcellino, Nick Bertozzi, Paul Karasik, Naoki Urasawa, Chris Ware, Gilbert Hernandez, Elvis Studio and Tony Millionaire. Plus — à la the Cannes Film Festival — last year's top creators give us their picks for this year's best comics. Alison Bechdel's literary graphic memoir Fun Home carried top honors for 2006 among Journal contributors: Who will earn that distinction in 2007? This newly designed issue also presents strips from the glamorous, panther-skin-suited debutante Miss Fury — the first super heroine created by a female cartoonist, Tarpe Mills, back in 1941. Noted comics historian Trina Robbins will provide an introduction detailing the fascinating facts of Mills' life.

200-page b&w/color 7.5" x 9.5" softcover $11.95
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