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Mome Vol. 17: Winter 2010 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMome 2 Dec 2009 3:05 PM

Mome Vol. 17: Winter 2010 - cover by Paul Hornschemeier

Now available for preview and pre-order: the 17th volume of our quarterly anthology Mome, featuring the conclusion of Paul Hornschemeier's "Life with Mr. Dangerous," a sci-fi tale written by Tom Kaczynski and drawn by Dash Shaw, and new stories and artwork from Olivier Schrauwen, Derek Van Gieson, Renee French, Ted Stearn, Kurt Wolfgang, Laura Park, Rick Froberg, Sara Edward-Corbett and T. Edward Bak. Download an exclusive 11-page PDF excerpt containing a page from each contributor right here. This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship in about two weeks and in stores roughly the same time (subject to change).

View a photo & video slideshow preview of the book embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended).

Now in stock: Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesGahan Wilson 30 Nov 2009 6:41 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons by Gahan Wilson

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons
By Gahan Wilson

OVER ONE THOUSAND CARTOONS SPANNING 50 YEARS OF A LEGENDARY CAREER

Fifty-one, to be exact, but let’s not quibble. Gahan Wilson is among the most popular, widely-read, and beloved cartoonists in the history of the medium, whose career spans the 2nd half of the 20th century, and all of the 21st. His work has been seen by millions — no, hundreds of millions — in the pages of Playboy, The New Yorker, Punch, The National Lampoon, and many other magazines; there is no telling, really, how many readers he has corrupted or comforted. He is revered for his playfully sinister take on childhood, adulthood, men, women, and monsters. His brand of humor makes you laugh until you cry. And it’s about time that a collection of his cartoons was published that did justice to his vast body of work.

When Gahan Wilson walked into Hugh Hefner’s office in 1957, he sat down as Hefner was on the phone, gently rejecting a submission to his new gentlemen’s magazine: “I think it’s very well-written and I liked it very much,” Hefner reportedly said, “but it’s anti-sin. And I’m afraid we’re pro-sin.” Wilson knew, at that moment, that he had found a kindred spirit and a potential home for his cartoons. And indeed he had; Wilson appeared in every issue of Playboy from the December 1957 issue to today. It has been one of the most fruitful, successful, and long-lived relationships between a contributor and a magazine, ever.

Gahan Wilson: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons features not only every cartoon Wilson drew for Playboy, but all his prose fiction that has appeared in that magazine as well, from his first story in the June, 1962 issue, “Horror Trio,” to such classics as “Dracula Country” (September 1978). It also includes the text-and-art features he drew for Playboy, such as his look at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, his take on our country’s “pathology of violence,” and his appreciation of “transplant surgery.”

Wilson’s notoriously black sense of comedy is on display throughout the book, leaving no sacred cow unturned (an image curiously absent in the book), ridiculing everything from state sponsored executions to the sober precincts of the nouveau rich, from teenage dating to police line-ups, with scalding and hilarious satirical jabs. Although Wilson is known as an artist who relishes the creepy side of modern life, this three-volume set truly demonstrates the depth and breadth of his range — from illustrating private angst we never knew we had (when you eat a steak, just whom are you eating?) to the ironic and deadpan take on horrifying public issues (ecological disaster, nuclear destruction anyone?).

Gahan Wilson has been peeling back the troubling layers of modern life with his incongruously playful and unnerving cartoons, assailing our deepest fears and our most inane follies. This three-volume set is a testament to one of the funniest — and wickedly disturbing — cartoonists alive.

PREVIEWS! Download an EXCLUSIVE 25-page PDF excerpt containing all of Wilson's strips from 1958-1959, including a series of strips spoofing Sherlock Holmes (8 MB). Read Neil Gaiman's Introduction right here. And read designer Jacob Covey's production notes, with copious photos, on Flog! The Fantagraphics Blog.

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942-page full-color 8" x 10" three-volume hardcover set with slipcase • $125.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-298-2
Bonus signed silkscreen print included with the first 50 orders!
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Limited Collectors Edition with signed letterpress print and box set of facsimile holiday cards • $175.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-334-7
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Now in stock: Popeye Vol. 4: Plunder Island by E.C. Segar
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Popeyenew releasesEC Segar 30 Nov 2009 5:37 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

Popeye Vol. 4: Plunder Island by E.C. Segar

Popeye Vol. 4: "Plunder Island"
By E.C. Segar

With this fourth volume of our beloved series, Segar’s Popeye reaches one of its highest peaks in “Plunder Island,” the glorious, epic-length Sunday-continuity adventure that ran for eight months and pitted the intrepid sailorman against the malevolent Sea Hag and her terrifying, grotesque sidekick the Goon — helped, and sometimes hindered by, the easily corruptible J. Wellington Wimpy. “Plunder Island” is presented here for the first time in its complete, full-color, uncut glory!

Meanwhile, in the “dailies” section of Popeye Volume 4, Popeye visits “Poodleburg” and gets involved in a quest for both “Romance and Riches.” Other stories include “Unifruit” (featuring the return of King Blozo), the western epic “Black Valley” (with the unforgettable sight of Popeye in drag), “The Pool of Youth” (featuring the return of the Sea Hag... and her sister!); and the beginning of the extended six-month-long yarn “Popeye’s Ark”!

Comics historian Richard Marschall rounds off this volume with a long article on Segar’s storytelling skills and narrative strategies, focusing in particular on the “Plunder Island” sequence. Rediscover an American treasure in this handsomely designed series to be enjoyed by comic fans of all ages.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 15-page PDF excerpt (6.4 MB) with 5 pages of Sundays and 10 pages of dailies!

168-page color/b&w 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-169-5
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30% OFF 2009 releases TODAY ONLY!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsnew releases 29 Nov 2009 11:00 PM

We've got Cyber Monday fever! Today only (Monday, Nov. 30, 2009), all of our currently-available and pre-orderable 2009 releases (with a few exceptions) are marked down 30%! That's a fantastic deal on over 75 items, including but not limited to: deluxe box sets like Humbug and Gahan Wilson; gorgeous, oversized, impressive-under-the-tree volumes of classic newspaper strips Popeye, Prince Valiant, and The Brinkley Girls; no less than 4 books from the Hernandez brothers (including the big Luba and Locas II omnibuses); new & reprinted stuff from mainstays Peter Bagge, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, R. Crumb, Tony Millionaire, Richard Sala, C. Tyler and Robert Williams; classics from Boody Rogers, Steve Ditko, Fletcher Hanks, Basil Wolverton, and the various artists of Blazing Combat and Supermen; two by the great Jacques Tardi; new comics from cutting-edge faves Al Columbia, Jordan Crane, Paul Hornschemeier, Kevin Huizenga, Jason, Miss Lasko-Gross, Michael Kupperman, Anders Nilsen, John Pham, Johnny Ryan, Dash Shaw, and Esther Pearl Watson; amazing art books like Portable Grindhouse and Rock Candy; Monte Schulz's novel This Side of Jordan; fully half a dozen issues of The Comics Journal; even some of our already-crazy-cheap Mome multi-packs — and much much more! Holy smokes, what a year it's been... and now's your best chance to get caught up and spread the love of comics with beautiful gifts for all your friends and family!

(Sale begins RIGHT NOW — midnight, Monday Nov. 30 — and ends exactly 24 hours later. Don't delay!)

UPDATED to clarify: This sale is NOT taking place at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery — online or phone orders only!

Now in Stock/New Comics Day: Ganges #3 by Kevin Huizenga
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesNew Comics DayKevin Huizenga 24 Nov 2009 12:37 PM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship, AND scheduled to arrive in comic shops this week:

Ganges #3 by Kevin Huizenga

Ganges #3
By Kevin Huizenga

In the third issue of Kevin Huizenga's Eisner Award nominated comic, Glenn Ganges still can't fall asleep. In "Mind and Body" Glenn tries lying still, but his mind — The Wanderer — keeps thwarting his plans! In "Getting Things Done" he gives up trying to get to sleep and tries to get some things done... until the cops show up! All executed in Huizenga's strikingly crisp, lovely two-color "clear line" style, and presented in our deluxe oversized Ignatz format.

32-page duotone 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket • $7.95
(Part of the Ignatz Series)
ISBN: 978-1-60699-338-5
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PW previews Sublife Vol. 2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohn Pham 24 Nov 2009 11:28 AM

from Sublife Vol. 2 by John Pham

The Publishers Weekly website boasts an exclusive 9-page excerpt from John Pham's Sublife Vol. 2 — gaze into "Deep Space"!

The Complete Crumb Comics Vols. 7 & 12 (New Printings) - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 24 Nov 2009 7:44 AM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 7 by Robert Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 12 by Robert Crumb

Now available for preview and pre-order after a lengthy absence: two freshly reprinted volumes of The Complete Crumb Comics. Vol. 7: "Hot 'n' Heavy!" features several Mr. Natural tales and some of Crumb's wildest sex comix and much more; and Vol. 12: "We're Livin' in the Lap o' Luxury!" spotlights Crumb's American Splendor collaborations with Harvey Pekar (as seen in the movie) and other diverse works. These books are scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship early next month and in stores right around the same time (subject to change).

Our photo & video slideshow previews are lined up below, with a new preview of this past summer's reissue of Vol. 9 included for good measure! If they are not visible here, and/or to view them larger in a new window (recommended), click for Vol. 7, Vol. 9 and Vol. 12.

Fantagraphics Winter 2010 Catalog now available
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesComing Attractions 24 Nov 2009 6:34 AM

Fantagraphics Winter 2010 Catalog

Now arriving in mailboxes across the country, including possibly yours: our brand-new catalog, with 100 pages of the world's best comics and graphic novels, including sneak peeks at several of our early-2010 releases. If you'd like to receive one, just give us a call at 1-800-657-1100 (206-524-1967 outside the U.S.) and we'll send you one totally free of charge! For the impatient and/or environmentally-minded, we've also got a low-res PDF of the catalog that you can download right here (7.3 MB).

By the way, online shoppers, if you're looking for gift ideas, we've got 'em:

Quick Gift Ideas - A selection of great gift books for every interest
Gifts Under $20 - Affordable books that still make a big impact
Gift Sets & Special Editions - Deluxe boxed sets, value multipacks, and fancy-pants Special Editions
Gifts for Kids - A quick selection of kid-friendly titles
Novelties - Prints, cards and other miscellany



The Great Anti-War Cartoons - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCraig Yoe 22 Nov 2009 7:57 PM

The Great Anti-War Cartoons

Now available for preview and pre-order: The Great Anti-War Cartoons, edited by Craig Yoe. This book collects over 4 centuries of the best protest art, spanning the globe and the political spectrum. Images of outrage, irony, despair and hope prove that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Download an exclusive 10-page PDF excerpt containing the entire first chapter, "Planet War," right here. This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship sometime in the next week or two and in stores shortly after that (subject to change).

View a photo & video slideshow preview of the book embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended).

Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons - two sneak peeks!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesNeil GaimanmetaGahan Wilson 20 Nov 2009 8:04 AM

Gahan Wilson, 1961

As part of our ongoing excitement for our soon-to-arrive giant 3-volume set Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons, we're pleased to present two exclusive sneak peeks at the book!

First, read Neil Gaiman's delightful Introduction (found in the second book; Hef's is in the first one) on our website right here.

Next, download an exclusive 25-page PDF excerpt containing all of Wilson's strips from 1958-1959, including a series of strips spoofing Sherlock Holmes (8 MB). Enjoy!