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Now in stock: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesEleanor Davis 10 Jul 2014 1:00 PM

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How to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis

152-page color/b&w 7.75" x 10.125" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6

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Write a story. A story about yourself. A story about your life.

Now, believe it.

This is Eleanor Davis's first collection of observational, graphic short stories.

Tinged with science fiction and fantasy, these stories are grounded in contemporary life: middle management goes searching for Eden; two sisters, inside environmental suits, say goodbye to their father; people try to fill inner voids with babies and yoga and gluten-free bread.

Davis has been honored by the Eisner Awards, and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.

How to Be Happy shows she is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation. 

One of Paste's 10 Most Anticipated Comics of 2014

"Nita Goes Home" (originally published in Mome) selected for The Best American Comics 2013

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesEleanor Davis 9 Jul 2014 9:30 AM

How to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis

152-page color/b&w 7.75" x 10.125" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-740-6

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Eleanor Davis's How to Be Happy is the artist's first collection of graphic/literary short stories, and it’s about time. Davis is one of the finest cartoonists of her generation, and has been producing comics since the mid-2000s. Happy represents the best stories she's drawn for such connoisseurial venues as Mome, Nobrow, and Lucky Peach, as well as her own self-publishing and web efforts. Davis achieves a rare, subtle poignancy in her narratives that are at once compelling and elusive, pregnant with mystery and a deeply satisfying emotional resonance. Happy shows the full range of Davis's graphic skills — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink line work, and meticulously designed full-color painted panels — which are always in the service of a narrative that builds to a quietly devastating climax.

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Now in Stock: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisney 8 Jul 2014 6:00 PM

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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

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Disney's greatest villain steals the spotlight! The deadly Phantom Blot — a master thief clad in a ghostly black cloak — is turning Mouseton upside down in search of seemingly ordinary box cameras. But why? Mickey's determined to find out if it kills him... and it just might!

Floyd Gottfredson, artist of Mickey Mouse from 1930-1975 and creator of the Phantom Blot, produced the most exciting Mouse tales ever told in print! "[Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse] is not just a great Mickey Mouse comic, it's one of the best comics of all time." (Chris Sims, Comics Alliance)

And the Blot's epic mayhem is just the start! Our latest book also finds Mickey battling "Mighty Whale Hunter" Pegleg Pete on the high seas — and turning "Plumber's Helper" for a job with the infamous Joe Piper! Then "Miracle Master" Mickey meets a powerful genie... and tries to save his ancient homeland from modern-day disaster!

Lovingly restored from Disney's original negatives and proof sheets, Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot also includes more than 30 pages of dark, spooky extras! You'll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a most-wanted list of Disney scholars.

Mickey Mouse is among the world's most recognizable icons. But do you know the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon? Start reading... you might be wearing mouse ears before you're through.

© Disney Enterprises Inc.

Gast by Carol Swain - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCarol Swain 8 Jul 2014 5:00 PM

Gast
by Carol Swain

176-page black & white 7.5" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-755-0

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Helen is an amateur bird watcher and naturalist who lives in a rural community in Wales. When local farmer Bill tells Helen that a "rare bird" named Emrys killed himself at Cuddig farm, she decides to investigate. One of the dogs at the farm tells her, by way of explanation, that Emrys "had no feathers and couldn’t fly." She plucks an old cosmetic kit from a dumpster and discovers it belonged to Emrys. Inventorying the kit's contents, she finds a spent .12 gauge shotgun shell. Her attempt to learn more about Emrys turns into a journey of self-discovery and ultimately a hard-fought reconciliation with the world — as it is. Carol Swain's Gast is the rare kind of contemporary graphic novel that critics are conjuring when they exult over the promise of the art form — a philosophically mature vision, uniquely executed by an artist wholly in control of her craft. In Gast, Helen's inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences.

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Now in Stock: Special Exits (Paperback) by Joyce Farmer
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under new releasesJoyce Farmer 8 Jul 2014 2:00 PM

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Special Exits (Paperback) by Joyce Farmer

Special Exits (Paperback)
by Joyce Farmer

208-page black & white 7.25" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-760-4

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Caring for elderly parents in failing health is a challenge many of us will face, but which is seldom depicted in works of art. In this moving memoir, Joyce Farmer creates a vivid portrait of a family, their relationships with each other, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. Composed over a decade by this pioneering underground cartoonist, Special Exits offers a wealth of sharp observations and poignant detail in the final years fraught with challenges, humiliation, terrors, frustrations, and defeats of old age and death.

Now in paperback! 

"One of the best long- narrative comics I've ever read, right up there with Maus… I actually found myself moved to tears." — R. Crumb

"Farmer captures the tiniest, most mundane — and at times ugliest — details of caring for someone you love, and watching them pass from you. It's bracingly clear-eyed and unsentimental…" — Glen Weldon, NPR

"Thanks to the thoughtful writing and art of Joyce Farmer, [her parents'] lives and death will be a comfort to readers beginning to consider the end of their parents' lives — and their own." — Dan Kois, The Washington Post

"Special Exits avoids cheap pity and piousness by doing what any good art should: focusing on specifics…. Never shying away from the awkward indignities of aging, Special Exits illuminates two lives, as well as the author's." — Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

Now in Stock! Twelve Gems and Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Prince Valiantnew releasesLane MilburnHal Foster 30 Jun 2014 2:30 PM

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Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn

Twelve Gems
by Lane Milburn

248-page monochrome 5.75" x 8.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-751-2

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This comedic, sci-fi space epic stars three heroes enlisted to travel the galaxy in search of twelve magical gems. Their benefactor — an eccentric and reclusive scientist named Dr. Z — doesn’t actually know what the twelve gems do once obtained, but myths, theories, and rumors abound throughout the galaxy. The three heroes — with some reluctance — choose to undertake the mysterious task and regard it as a sort of paid vacation and an escape from their shady pasts. Graphic novelist Lane Milburn delivers a dense, action-packed follow-up to his Xeric Award-winning debut, Death Trap.

"Space-opera action as you like it!" – Sean Collins, Robot 6

Prince Valiant Vol.09: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
by Hal Foster

120-page full color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2

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In our ninth volume of the breathtakingly drawn, furiously plotted Sunday comic strip inspired by the King Arthur legends, Prince Valiant quashes a druid's sly attempt to turn a village from the Christian god. A call for peace in Ireland is fightin' words — until Val dethrones a hot-headed king. A mysterious message from Merlin must be decoded to save King Arthur. And, as this volume concludes, Val and Gawain embark on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem while Queen Aleta returns to the Misty Isles, where treacherous nobles seek her throne — and her death.

"Prince Valiant is captivating and countercultural... Fantagraphics has been reissuing the original Prince Valiant strips in hardbound editions—exquisitely drawn tales, stories that celebrate chivalry, adventure, bravery...and gentlemanly romance." — Mark Judge, The Catholic Register



Now in stock: Three New Juicy Titles
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesLove and RocketsJoe OrlandoGilbert HernandezEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Jun 2014 5:26 PM

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Judgment Day and Other Stories (EC Comics Library) - Cover

Judgment Day and Other Stories (EC Comics Library)
by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein, et al.

192-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-727-7

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Will Eisner Hall of Fame artist Joe Orlando drew EC's most (in)famous science fiction story, "Judgment Day," a blunt parable about racism that triggered a blow-up with the Comics Code Authority.

Orlando was a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and Judgment Day and Other Stories collects 23 of his best. All of them, most scripted by Al Feldstein, serve up clever, suspenseful O. Henry-style shock endings, including "In the Beginning…," "The Teacher from Mars," and "Fallen Idol."

Orlando and Feldstein also adapted Otto Binder's fabled Adam Link stories, starring an intelligent robot poignantly struggling to claim his humanity. (The robot/man later headlined TV's The Outer Limits with Leonard Nimoy." Adam Link was EC's only ongoing science fiction series — and it's all here in these pages!

To top it off, this volume features two of Orlando's outstanding adaptations of classic Ray Bradbury science fiction — "The Long Year" and "Outcast of the Stars."

Prepare yourself for an amazing journey to the stars!

Luba and Her Family (Love and Rockets Library) by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover

Luba and Her Family
by Gilbert Hernandez

228-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-753-6

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Gilbert Hernandez's sprawling family saga focuses on the United States, where newly immigrated Luba and her sisters, body-builder Petra and therapist/film star Fritz, find their families' and friends' lives becoming more and more intertwined. As the three sisters have "memories of sweet youth," the next generation finds the spotlight: Luba's adult daughter Doralís emcees the proceedings in her role as mischievous host of a children’s TV show, while Petra's little girl, Venus, has adventures with her aunt Fritz and her best friend Yoshio. At her mother's urging, Venus also writes missives to her fierce, one-armed cousin Casimira, who's back in Palomar. In these stories — never before collected together — Venus tells it like it is!

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol.1 - Cover

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1
by Patrick Rosenkranz

232-page black & white 8" x 11.25" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-747-5

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S. Clay Wilson's taboo-busting, eyeball-blistering comics changed the course of the medium. Best known for his Checkered Demon character and as one of the co-founders of the seminal Zap Comix anthology, Wilson cannonballed the collective — which includes legendary underground cartoonist R. Crumb — to even greater heights of artistic depravity. The first of three volumes, this documentary-style biography — told both in his own words and in firsthand accounts from his peers — and retrospective includes Wilson's childhood drawings, his early contributions to Zap, his collaborations with William S. Burroughs, and his work for Arcade. Preeminent underground comics scholar Patrick Rosenkranz (Rebel Visions) paints a revealing portrait of the Midwestern artist who hid his shyness behind an outré persona — and held a cutlass to the throat of the establishment.





Bomb Run and Other Stories (EC Comics Library) - Now in Stock
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Will Eldernew releasesJohn SeverinHarvey KurtzmanEC Comics 19 Jun 2014 2:42 PM

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Bomb Run and Other Stories (EC Comics Library)
by John Severin, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman

264-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-749-9

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John Severin draws war stories so starkly, stunningly realistic, you'll want to hug the ground to dodge the bullets whizzing around your head.

With Severin's eloquent artistry, Harvey Kurtzman's precisely paced scripts, and Will Elder's heroic attention to detail, these 32 taut, dramatically expressive tales of combat set a new standard for accuracy, emotional authenticity, and psychological impact.

Severin's astounding versatility takes you down into the trenches and high up in the air, across the Pacific and straight into a bloody D-Day attack. Look inside and witness the human cost of armed conflict from the Roman Empire to the American Revolution, from the Civil War to World War I, and from World War II to Korea.

"The minute you looked at his artwork you knew you were looking at a John Severin illustration; it could be no one else. Besides his inimitable style, there was a feeling of total authenticity to whatever he drew, whether it was a Western, a crime story, a superhero saga or a science fiction yarn." — Stan Lee

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." — Al Feldstein

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Now in Stock
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Steve Ditkonew releases 18 Jun 2014 5:06 PM

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Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback)
by Steve Ditko

240-page full color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

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Over 200 Pages of Pre-Spider-Man, Pre-Comics Code Horror Comics by Steve Ditko

"This book is chock-full of intense faces and monsters and colors. Strong blacks, horror comics, mean revenge, strange surgery…It's all horror comics from before Fredric Wertham illegalized good-time comic books." – Vice

"The tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations, and disintegrations. …Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." – Rue Morgue

"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." – Entertainment Weekly

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Now in Stock
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Virgil Partchnew releases 17 Jun 2014 2:10 PM

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Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch

Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white with color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

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The foamy formula of excess (C2H5OH + homo sapiens) has created a combustible concoction that has long fueled sleepless nights, great passions, artistic achievement, and regretful mornings, but never before has it produced such inspired hilarity. Collecting the top shelf of VIP’s drink-themed artwork including well-known favorites, this new book is sure to delight even the most rigid teetotaler (and perhaps cause them to reconsider). So batten down the hooch and prepare to cast off on the stormy seas of booze with your faithful captain, Virgil Partch!

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." — Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

"Hilarious, subtly subversive, and unique for his time, Virgil Partch was a 20th-century gag cartoonist whose 'pleasingly grotesque style' still delights people today…" — Andrea Tsurumi, The Rumpus