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Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics & Goofy Games of George Carlson - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGeorge Carlson 12 Dec 2013 4:10 PM

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson
by George Carlson; edited by Daniel Yezbick

320-page color/black & white 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-508-2

Ships in: January 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Perfect Nonsense tells the complete story behind one of the most innovative and under-rated Golden Age artists, classic children's illustrators, and nonsense poets in American history. For more than 50 years, George Carlson created thousands of distinctive and dynamic cartoons, comics, riddles, and games that thrilled both children and adults with their fanciful spirit and nonsensical humor. There has never been a career retrospective of this startling cartoonist and illustrator — until now!

Carlson's inspired cartoons — ranging from the intellectual to the surreal — place him at home with not only acknowledged masters of American humor like George Herriman, S. J. Perelman, Milt Gross, Bill Holman, and Jack Kent, but also globally celebrated absurdists like Beckett, Pirandello, and his life-long inspiration, Lewis Carroll.

Carlson also made his mark as an accomplished designer of more serious themes including magazine covers, political cartoons, advertisements, locomotive and naval illustration, and, most famously, the original book jacket for the first edition of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. Now, after more than 15 years of searching, compiling, and conjuring, the incredible depth of George Carlson's artistry and ingenuity finally gets the comprehensive treatment it has so long deserved with copious full color examples of material both exquisite and obscure. Alongside plentiful cartoons, individual drawings, and comics (including Carlson's "ghost" work on Gene Byrnes' Reg'lar Fellers), this edition offers a meticulously researched critical introduction, rare examples of original art and unpublished projects, and a biographical timeline of Carlson's first three decades as a commercial artist drawing on recently unearthed artifacts from the Carlson family estate.

Perfect Nonsense focuses on Carlson's prolific work as a gag cartoonist, children's illustrator, commercial designer, and art instructor from 1907 to just before World War II. Decades before his celebrated Jingle Jangle Comics, Carlson forever altered the nature of children's publishing during his tenure as chief artist and designer for the pioneering children's pulp, John Martin's Book. Carlson turned the magazine itself into a toy, filled with seasonal games, holiday cut-outs, curious crosswords, graphic exercises, puzzles, riddles, rebuses, and more.

As Carlson himself once observed, his early works brim with a unique spirit of happiness and fun. We have not only captured the very best of that spirit in this collection, but also the many secrets behind its legacy. Loaded with wonder and wit, the creations of George L. Carlson will inspire cartoon and comics aficionados, teachers of children's media, scholars of American humor, and anyone interested in the ever-evolving landscapes of image and language.

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Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 11 Dec 2013 12:06 PM

"Johnny Ryan has rewritten 'Bad Luck Blackie' with no kittens." – Gary Panter

"Cheers Johnny! Thanks for the knife to the cock!" – Guy Davis

"For those who find filthy, blotchy tactile ink clots, überviolence, or body horror even remotely appealing, you need to buy this and its predecessors immediately." – Slate

"There's no point in trying to explain Prison Pit. You can only experience it to understand it. Start buy buying all of them at once if you haven't yet... It wears its intentional stupidness and violence on its sleeve while also showing off Johnny Ryan's sophisticated sense of composition and black and white ink prettiness." - Nick Gazin, VICE

"Hey are you doing any more scary guys made out of tar ripping each other's dicks off? You know why I like those? Because you don't have to read all them stupid words and stuff. Right? Haa ha, hey Johnny wanna come over and play? Ha Ha!" – Tony Millionaire

"The Prison Pit series has produced some of the best gay erotic comics in recent memory... without consciously setting out to do so. It could easily be subtitled 'A Complex Cycle of Penetration and Regeneration.' Johnny pumps this hyper-masculine orgy of violence and sex so far beyond bursting, it can't help but tip over to the queer side. It is a prison, after all." – Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf)

"The continuing adventures of Johnny Ryan’s most violent fantasies run amuck, [Prison Pit] is rapidly becoming the comic that I look forward to the way a fat kid looks forward to syrup-encrusted cake. There’s no getting around the hoary old cliche — 'these aren’t for everybody' — so God help you if you can’t figure out a way to enjoy these books." - Tucker Stone, Flavorwire

"Prison Pit is the black metal of comics.... If it doesn't make you sick, you shouldn't be allowed to walk among the public in the first place. If it doesn't make you giddy for the next one, you don't deserve comics." - David Harper, Multiversity Comics

"Like Yokoyama's manga, it's all surface cause & effect & somehow full of weird associations & meanings. It resonates deep." – Sammy Harkham

Prison Pit Book 5
by Johnny Ryan

124-page black & white 6.5" x 8.5" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-700-0

Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/prisonpit5

Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 10 Dec 2013 6:00 PM

Prison Pit Book 5
by Johnny Ryan

124-page black & white 6.5" x 8.5" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-700-0

Ships in: December 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Prison Pit is Johnny (Angry Youth Comix) Ryan's ongoing taboo-busting sci-fi-prison-planet-body-mutation-splatterfest epic extravaganza, beloved by everyone from the legendary Gary Panter ("GLOREGEFULL!") to Booklist ("Not to be missed").

In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit.

The author promises: "Every single testicle in the world will explode with rage when Prison Pit 5 is unleashed."

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Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 9 Dec 2013 11:36 AM

“While most manga about cross-dressing involve lots of shrieking and embarrassment, Wandering Son takes a quieter, more introspective approach.... It’s a very sweet manga with realistic characters — no dead parents or crazy teachers, just ordinary, loving families and supportive friends. This manga is a beautifully produced, hardcover book, and... it’s worth every penny.” — Brigid Alverson, MTV.com

Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. Gay or not, readers shouldn’t find it too difficult to identify with kids who feel like their bodies and their friends are equally culpable in the worst kind of betrayal, preventing them from realizing the potential they see in themselves.” — Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-707-9

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/wanderingson6

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Wandering Son Vol. 7 (coming Summer 2014) or Vols. 7 & 8 (coming Winter 2014/2015) to your pre-order for just $19.99 each, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product page to make your selection.

Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoShimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 6 Dec 2013 2:16 PM

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-707-9

Ships in: December 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Wandering Son Vol. 7 (coming Summer 2014) or Vols. 7 & 8 (coming Winter 2014/2015) to your pre-order for just $19.99 each, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product page to make your selection.

Shimura Takako's sensitive and charming series about two middle schoolers wrestling with their gender identities continues, with more role-reversal play fun this time around.

The success of their performance of The Rose of Versailles in the fifth grade — in which the boys played the women and the girls played the men — inspires our protagonists to put on another gender-bending play for the junior-high school festival. This time they do a riff on Romeo and Juliet, with generous helpings of fantasy and mystery. Nitori-kun and Chiba-san write the script together, but Chiba-san has an agenda: She wants to play Romeo, with Nitori-kun in the role of Juliet. But Nitori-kun wants Takatsuki-san to play Romeo...

With her usual prickliness, Chiba-san forces Nitori-kun to confront a question he's been avoiding. Are his feelings for Takatsuki-san those of a boy for a girl, a girl for a girl, or a girl for a boy? But you know what they say of the best laid plans of mice and men: The cast is to be decided by fate, with names drawn randomly.

Meanwhile, Maho plans a trip to the beach with her boyfriend, but her parents send Nitori-kun along as an unwilling chaperone. Faced with unwanted changes to their growing bodies, Takatsuki-san discovers the wonders of "breast binders," and Nitori-kun explores the limits of his ability to "pass."

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Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesCharles Forsman 4 Dec 2013 4:04 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

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This original graphic novella is a funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension between two disaffected teens, Mike and Wolf, who take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. As the stark black and white of Forsman's cartooning indicates, however, this is not a psychedelic, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby kind of trip. Instead of the escapism they crave from their fragile home lives, the LSD only heightens their sense of ennui, exacerbates their fears about the world they're about to enter as adults, and creates doubts about everything they think they know.

Though it's not entirely what they bargained for, will Mike and Wolf look back on their adventure as part of the "celebrated summer" of their never-to-be-recaptured youth, or a carelessly wasted part of the best years of their lives? Or both?

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCharles Forsman 3 Dec 2013 1:30 PM

"Isolated and longing to connect, Chuck Forsman's Wolf reminds me of other great characters like Charlie Brown and Holden Caulfield. Celebrated Summer is a primal scream drawn in a casual, hypnotic monotone. Few comics are this soulful. Few cartoonists can make work this assured." – James Sturm

"I love the spare elegance of Chuck’s storytelling style. I also love, in this book in particular, his relaxed approach to examining the lives of his characters." – Chester Brown

"…Forsman is one of the strongest and most vital young cartoonists currently putting pen to paper — not to mention one of the most fully, uniquely realized." – The A.V. Club

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/celebratedsummer

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCharles Forsman 2 Dec 2013 12:44 PM

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

Ships in: December 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

This original graphic novella is a funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension between two disaffected teens, Mike and Wolf, who take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. As the stark black and white of Forsman's cartooning indicates, however, this is not a psychedelic, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby kind of trip. Instead of the escapism they crave from their fragile home lives, the LSD only heightens their sense of ennui, exacerbates their fears about the world they're about to enter as adults, and creates doubts about everything they think they know.

Though it's not entirely what they bargained for, will Mike and Wolf look back on their adventure as part of the "celebrated summer" of their never-to-be-recaptured youth, or a carelessly wasted part of the best years of their lives? Or both?

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Cyber Monday Sale - It's Happening! 30% Off 2013 Releases!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releases 2 Dec 2013 11:56 AM

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It's on! All day today, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, most of our regularly-priced, currently-available and pre-orderable 2013 releases are marked down 30%! That's a fantastic deal on close to 90 items — see the whole selection here! (Note that some items are excluded due to short supply, and availability of items can change without notice.)

Hou have 12 more hours to take advantage on great savings! Get caught up and spread the love of comics with beautiful gifts for all your friends and family!

The sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific time. Don't miss out! Order online or by phone (1-800-657-1100; 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9AM-6PM Pacific time); this sale does not apply at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

(P.S. You can still pre-order some of our 2014 releases, many of them signed, on our Kickstarter campaign!)

Cyber Monday Sale - 30% Off 2013 Releases!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releases 29 Nov 2013 2:13 PM

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Get ready — it's almost time for our fifth annual Cyber Monday sale! All day Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, most of our regularly-priced, currently-available and pre-orderable 2013 releases are marked down 30%! That's a fantastic deal on close to 90 items, including:

• Beautiful collections of classic comics material starring beloved characters like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Barnaby, Captain Easy, Prince Valiant, and the Peanuts gang

• Five new volumes in our EC Comics Library series, featuring Davis, Williamson, Feldstein, Craig, and Ingels, plus a book of interviews with EC artists

• More deluxe collections of vintage comics material by Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, and Bernard Krigstein

• Comics history and criticism from Trina Robbins, Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo, Ken Parille & co. on Dan Clowes, Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti on L&R, and The Comics Journal crew

• Books by emerging artists and cutting-edge faves like Dash Shaw, Tom Kaczynski, Julia Gfrörer, Chuck Forsman, Jesse Reklaw, Leslie Stein, Anders Nilsen, Hans Rickheit, Ulli Lust, Cathy Malkasian, and various minicomics creators

• The Alternative Comics Canon: brand new stories, collections and reprints by all-time greats Peter Bagge, Linda Medley, Jim Woodring, Jacques Tardi, Graham Chaffee, Tony Millionaire, Jack Jackson, Gilbert Hernandez, both Hernandez Brothers, Jason, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Kim Deitch, Robert Crumb (6 reprinted volumes!), Moto Hagio, and Bill Griffith

• Landmarks of queer comics 7 Miles a Second and Bread & Wine, plus beloved LGBT-themed manga Wandering Son and a new paperback of our award-winning anthology of queer comics

• Obscurities and cult classics by Gahan Wilson, Charles Rodrigues, and Guy Peellaert

• Art books from Paul Hornschemeier, Gene Deitch, Ben Catmull, Jim Flora, and Willard Mullin

• Prose from Kipp Friedman, Stephen Dixon, Danny Bland (with a renewed free audiobook offer!), Monte Schulz, and Alexander Theroux

• And some other stuff too — see the whole selection here! (Note that some items are excluded due to short supply, and availability of items can change without notice.)

Now's your best chance to get caught up and spread the love of comics with beautiful gifts for all your friends and family!

The sale runs all day Monday, December 2, and ends at midnight Pacific time. Don't miss out! Order online or by phone (1-800-657-1100; 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9AM-6PM Pacific time); this sale does not apply at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

(P.S. You can still pre-order some of our 2014 releases, many of them signed, on our Kickstarter campaign!)