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Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman - Previews & Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesBob Fingerman 13 Apr 2009 2:53 PM

Connective Tissue by Bob Fingerman

Now available for preview and pre-order: Connective Tissue, the new boldly bizarre illustrated prose novel from Bob Fingerman. Some meat-flavored candy takes video store clerk Darla Vogel on a trip to a weird, throbbing, monstrous other world! This book is scheduled to be in stock this month and in stores approximately 4 weeks later.

View a photo & video slideshow preview embedded here. Click here if it is not visible, and/or to view it larger in a new window (recommended). And at our product info page, read the entire first chapter as a 15-page downloadable PDF!

Now in stock: Blazing Combat
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesBlazing Combat 9 Apr 2009 11:02 AM

Blazing Combat by Archie Goodwin

Blazing Combat
By Archie Goodwin & Various Artists

Written by Archie Goodwin and drawn by such luminaries as Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood, John Severin, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Russ Heath, Reed Crandall, and Gene Colan, Blazing Combat was originally published by independent comics publisher James Warren in 1965 and ’66. Following in the tradition of Harvey Kurtzman’s Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat, Goodwin’s stories reflected the human realities and personal costs of war rather than exploiting the clichés of the traditional men’s adventure genre. They were among the best comics stories about war ever published.

Blazing Combat ended after its fourth issue when military post exchanges refused to sell the title due to their perception that it was an anti-war comic. Their hostility was fueled by the depiction of the then-current Vietnam War, especially a story entitled “Landscape,” which follows the thoughts of a simple Vietnamese peasant rice-farmer who pays the ultimate price simply for living where he does — and which was considered anti-war agitprop by the more hawkish members of the business community.

Writer Archie Goodwin and the original publisher James Warren discuss the death of Blazing Combat and market censorship as well as the creative gestation of the series in exclusive interviews.

208-page black & white (with some color) 8" x 10" hardcover • $28.99
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Now in stock: Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 by Michael Kupperman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMichael Kupperman 9 Apr 2009 11:02 AM

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5 by Michael Kupperman

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #5
By Michael Kupperman

Thrizzle #5 is the Old People's issue, dedicated to the Greatiest Generations! Aliens give an innocent man sexy woman's legs, and Twain and Einstein have many, many adventures, including a journey through multiple dreamscapes, a superhero/private eye caper, and a meeting with an enraged badger. Plus noir arts & crafts, hobo fashions, the birth of the Monkees and other old-timey favorites.

32-page duotone 6.75" x 9.5" comic book • $4.50
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Luba preview at ICv2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsGilbert Hernandez 7 Apr 2009 9:40 AM

from Luba by Gilbert Hernandez

Go check out an exclusive 6-page excerpt featuring the ever-lovable Venus from our forthcoming Luba omnibus hardcover by Gilbert hernandez at ICv2!

Warehouse Find: The Complete Crumb Comics Slipcase
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 3 Apr 2009 1:40 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Slipcase

The Complete Crumb Comics Slipcase
By Robert Crumb

These handsome, sturdy clothbound slipcases are designed to hold 5 volumes of the softcover editions of The Complete Crumb Comics series. (Note: Hardcover volumes will not fit. Books not included.) They are stamped in gold with a Crumb logo and art on the front and spine. Thought to be out of stock for several years, a cache of these exclusive items was recently discovered hidden inside the Ark of the Covenant in our warehouse. Supplies are limited, and you'll want multiples for your whole collection, so order today! Don't let our melted faces be in vain.

clothbound 8.75" x 11.5" x 2.25" slipcase • $14.95
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Abstract Comics - the blog
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesAbstract Comics 3 Apr 2009 8:47 AM

Abstract Comics

Andrei Molotiu, editor of our forthcoming anthology Abstract Comics, the first book to trace the history and survey the contemporary landscape of abstract sequential art, has started a blog to showcase the book and other work by some of the book's contributors. Bookmark/subscribe at abstractcomics.blogspot.com. Above: Jacob Covey's cover design for the book (updated: now in 3D!).

Love and Rockets rules Free Comic Book Day
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 3 Apr 2009 7:56 AM

Love and Rockets: New Stories - Free Comic Book Day edition

If you thought you'd never see a new Love and Rockets comic book again: surprise! Our 2009 Free Comic Book Day offering is a preview of this summer's second annual issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories! Official description: "This preview edition includes a sizeable chapter of the second half of Jaime's amazing super-hero romp 'Ti-Girls Adventures,' as well as Gilbert Hernandez's typically unique 'Chest Fever,' both from the upcoming Love and Rockets: New Stories #2, plus selections from #1 and a new cover by Gilbert and Jaime!" Head to the FCBD website for an exclusive sneak preview download, and visit your participating local comics shop (call to confirm participation and availability)  on Saturday, May 2 to pick up your copy! (Yes, we will have them at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery; no, they will not be available online.)

(Also, confidential to Jacob Covey.)

Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesBasil Wolverton 2 Apr 2009 11:38 AM

Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner

The Dinosaur Gardens blog recently posted a full set of Basil Wolverton's "The Culture Corner" strips from Whiz Comics, 1945-1952. This seems like the right time to announce that we will be publishing these strips in book form later this year! Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner is currently scheduled for November 2009 and will be a 160-page full-color hardcover. In addition to showcasing our usual stellar restoration, design and production, our edition will also contain Wolverton's original pencil versions of each strip, which have been carefully preserved over the years, and demonstrate a looser, more spontaneous interpretation of the finished strips. Monte Wolverton will also provide an introduction to the book. Go ahead and enjoy those unrestored scans, and then come back here for updates and info about our edition as they become available.

Basil Wolverton's Culture Corner

Now in stock: A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMiss Lasko-Gross 31 Mar 2009 3:27 PM

A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross

A Mess of Everything
By Miss Lasko-Gross

A Mess of Everything is the second volume in Miss Lasko-Gross's semi-autobiographical trilogy, picking up where the first volume, Escape from "Special," left off: self-effacing non-conformist Melissa is now in high school, where the stakes are higher as she copes with an anxiety-induced drug habit and an anorexic best friend. Melissa finds herself negotiating the kinds of everyday problems facing young adults today — such as alienating her friends with her uncomfortable honesty and accidentally breaking her best guy friend's heart. Eventually, her woes cause her to nearly flunk out of school, and by the end of the book Melissa faces the choice that we all do at some point: to take the risk and pursue her dreams or settle for a safer, more secure routine.

The unsentimental truthfulness that is the hallmark of Lasko-Gross's work is coupled with a raw but increasingly refined visual vocabulary. A Mess of Everything is an intense, honest, and funny memoir that holds appeal for anyone who is navigating, or who has ever grappled with, these issues. She expresses the awkward naïveté and inexperience of a young girl with the keen insights of a mature artist.

232-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
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New Comics Day 4/1/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Supermennew releasesNew Comics DayIvan BrunettiBoody Rogers 31 Mar 2009 3:04 PM

As you might have guessed from today's Daily Links post, we have several new books scheduled to arrive in comics shops tomorrow:

Boody. The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers
Ho! The Morally Questionable Cartoons of Ivan Brunetti
Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941

Despite being mentioned by other sources, Paul Hornschemeier's Mother, Come Home is not on the official list, but you never know! Contact your local shop to confirm availability of these titles, and hit those links to see previews and gather more info. Happy shopping!