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Now in stock: You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks (with Free Bonus!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Paul Karasiknew releasesFletcher Hanks 9 Jul 2009 3:35 PM

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!
By Fletcher Hanks; edited & introduction by Paul Karasik

Fletcher Hanks was the first great comic book auteur. That is, he wrote, penciled, inked, and lettered all of his own stories. He completed an astonishing 48 stories in three years from 1939-1941. As a one-man-cartooning-band, his work packs the wallop of a unique and unified artistic vision. He was a true comics visionary. In the earliest days of the comic book, before censorship, it was “anything goes!” — and in the tales of Fletcher Hanks, anything went!

The superhero Stardust gazes down at evil-doers from space and doles out ice cold slabs of poetic justice with his wizardry. A villain out to kidnap all the heads of state gets turned into a giant head, himself… no body, just a head! The jungle protectress, Fantomah, looks like Jean Harlow in a skin-tight black negligee. But when she sees an evil scientist drugging gorillas to become slaves, her head transforms into a flaming skull and she tosses the villain to the gorillas who proceed to graphically tear the guy limb from ragged limb.

Although the early comic books were meant for the kiddies, today’s mature readers are stunned by their pop surrealism and outright violent mayhem. The first volume of Fletcher Hanks stories, I Shall Destroy All Civilized Planets! (in multiple printings) was an Eisner Award-winning smash hit and a staple on “Best of the Year” lists.

Comics fans were thrilled to come upon a cartoonist of this caliber whom they had never heard of before. Non-comics fans who read about the book in The Believer and other journals were stunned to discover an Outsider Artist in comic book form. Edited by cartoonist Paul Karasik (who also provides an insightful introduction), this second volume, You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation!, collects all of the rest of Hanks's comic book work. That’s right... ALL! The 31 tales in this book (more than TWICE as many as in the first), when combined with the first volume, comprise The Complete Fletcher Hanks!

Order this book from us and get an exclusive FREE bonus: Color Me or Die!!, a black-and-white Fletcher Hanks mini-comic with a cover illustration by Charles Burns (pictured here with the dashing Mr. Karasik)! You will receive one of three randomly selected cover colors: yellow, orange, or hot pink. This offer is only available direct from Fantagraphics!

224-page full-color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $24.99
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Now in stock: Delphine #4 by Richard Sala (Ignatz Series)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard Salanew releasesIgnatz Series 8 Jul 2009 4:44 PM

Delphine #4 by Richard Sala

Delphine #4
By Richard Sala

It's here! The horrifying final chapter of the critically acclaimed macabre mini-series by Richard Sala, the gleefully demented creator of Peculia and The Chuckling Whatsit. Lauded by Rue Morgue magazine, among others, Delphine follows a traveler searching for his lost love and encountering a number of frightening obstacles along the way. These include witches, werewolves, bloody murder and a pack of sinister dwarfs (did we mention that this is a twisted re-imagining of "Snow White"?). Despite all this, the traveler persists, staggering onward towards a hair-raising climax and an inevitable confrontation with unspeakable evil!

32-page duotone 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket (part of the Ignatz Series) • $7.95
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Now in stock: Grotesque #3 by Sergio Ponchione (Ignatz Series)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Sergio Ponchionenew releasesIgnatz Series 8 Jul 2009 4:43 PM

Grotesque #3 by Sergio Ponchione

Grotesque #3
By Sergio Ponchione

In the second half of the two-part "Cryptic City" epic, Professor Hackensack continues his battle against the Wicked Barons alongside Inspector Doppiofaccio, the mysterious Lady Puzzle, and an unexpected ally from beyond the grave — with the enigmatic Mr. O'Blique on the sidelines. This amazingly inventive work of surreal fantasy from one of Italy's hottest new talents is proving to be a sleeper hit!

32-page duotone 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket (part of the Ignatz Series) • $7.95
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Back in stock: Chimera #1 (New Printing) by Lorenzo Mattotti (Ignatz Series)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesLorenzo MattottiIgnatz Series 8 Jul 2009 4:43 PM

Chimera #1 by Lorenzo Mattotti

Chimera #1
By Lorenzo Mattotti

Long a superstar in his native Italy, Lorenzo Mattotti has made sporadic incursions into the U.S. via appearances in RAW magazine, the classic Fires graphic novel, and the more recent, 2003 Eisner-winning Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adaptation from NBM. (Not to mention regular gigs in The New Yorker.) All of these previous works have showcased his full-color painter style, but Chimera, with its intricate, hyper-expressive swirls of crisp line work, shows that Mattotti's genius is bound by no single technique. A wordless fantasia of birth, death, gods, monsters, and humans, Chimera is the most astonishing visual narrative you'll see all year.

32-page black & white 8.5" x 11" saddle-stitched softcover with jacket (part of the Ignatz Series) • $7.95
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Now in stock: Mome Vol. 15 - Summer 2009, plus new bargain multi-packs
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMome 7 Jul 2009 4:15 PM

Mome Vol. 15 - Summer 2009 by various artists

Mome Vol. 15 - Summer 2009
By various artists

MOME 15 spotlights the first, 20-page chapter of T. Edward Bak's (Best American Comics 2008) new graphic novel, "WILD MAN - The Strange Journey - and Fantastic Accounts - of the Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, From Bavaria to Bolshaya Zemlya and (Beyond)", as well as the final chapter (3 of 3) of legendary Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers creator Gilbert Shelton's first graphic novel in 20 years, "Last Gig In Shnagrlig." Also featured: the final installment of Tim Henlsey's hilarious "Wally Gropius," and new work by Dash Shaw, Andrice Arp (who also provides the cover), Sara Edward-Corbett, Conor O'Keefe, Noah Van Sciver, Robert Goodin, and Paul Hornschemeier. Finally, the icing on the cake of this issue is a 16-page full-color minicomic by Spanish legend Max (Bardín the Superrealist), bound into each issue!

112-page color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover • $14.99
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We're pleased to offer the following bargain multi-packs. Buy Mome in bundles and save 1/3 off the cover price! 5-packs of Vols. 6-10 and 11-15 are $49.99 each; Vols. 6-15 are $99.99 and come with a FREE bonus Vol. 1!

Mome Vol. 6-10 5-Pack

Mome Vol. 6-10 Five-Pack
By various artists

5 color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover volumes • $49.99
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Mome Vol. 11-15 5-Pack

Mome Vol. 11-15 Five-Pack
By various artists

5 color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover volumes • $49.99
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Mome Vol. 6-15 Mega-Bundle (with Bonus Vol. 1)

Mome Vol. 6-15 Mega-Bundle (With Bonus Vol. 1)
By various artists

11 color/b&w 7" x 9" softcover volumes • $99.99
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Exclusive Fletcher Hanks preview at ICv2.com
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul Karasiknew releasesFletcher Hanks 6 Jul 2009 10:07 AM

Stardust the Super Wizard - Fletcher Hanks

ICv2.com has an exclusive 6-page excerpt from the new Fletcher Hanks book You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!, featuring an entire story starring everybody's favorite omnipotent vengeance-seeker... no, not God, silly: Stardust the Super Wizard! This is in addition to our 13-page excerpt which is available for download from this page. Feast your eyes on Fletcher's feverish fantasias!

Delphine #4 & Grotesque #3: Ignatz Series pre-order, previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Sergio PonchioneRichard Salapreviewsnew releasesIgnatz Series 2 Jul 2009 4:53 PM

Delphine #4 by Richard Sala

The final issue of macabre master (and birthday boy!) Richard Sala's modern-day reimagining of the Snow White story told from the "Prince Charming" point of view, Delphine #4 brings our hero into an inevitable confrontation with unspeakable evil!

Grotesque #3 by Sergio Ponchione

Italian artist Sergio Ponchione's series is becoming a cult hit in the U.S., and he returns with the eagerly-awaited Grotesque #3, containing the second half of the wildly surrealistic "Cryptic City" epic.

Both titles, part of our Ignatz Series of deluxe oversized comics, are now available for pre-order! They are scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship any day now and in stores approximately 4 weeks later (subject to change).

Don't miss the preview pages we've posted for each issue -- just click "View More Images" on each product detail page. Photo and video previews are still in the works -- watch this space.

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks: Pre-Order, Preview, Plus
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpaperspreviewsPaul Karasiknew releasesFletcher Hanks 2 Jul 2009 7:16 AM

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! More Comics of Fletcher Hanks

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation!, subtitled More Comics of Fletcher Hanks, is the follow-up to the surprise smash-hit volume I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! and concludes the publishing of the complete comics work of Golden Age visionary Fletcher Hanks. Edited and with an introduction by Hanks maven Paul Karasik, this volume is nearly twice as big as the last one! This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship any day now and in stores approximately 4 weeks later (subject to change).

On our product detail page we've got a free 13-page PDF preview with 2 complete stories starring Fantomah and Space Smith! Photo and video previews are still in the works -- watch this space. We've also adapted the striking cover image (designed by Jacob Covey) into a series of desktop wallpapers -- put a little Fantomah on your screen! Download the size matching your monitor resolution at the links below:


800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1152 x 864 | 1280 x 960 | 1280 x 800 | 1280 x 720 | iPhone

UPDATE! We've decided that (while supplies last) everyone who orders this book from us will get a FREE copy of our exclusive Color Me or Die!! Fletcher Hanks coloring book minicomic (with cover by Charles Burns), pictured below with the dashing Mr. Karasik!

http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/flog/mike/200905/hanks-event.jpg

Back in stock: Pictopia #3 (update: Sold Out!)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJacques TardiChris Ware 30 Jun 2009 4:58 PM

We just discovered 11 copies of this 1992 issue of Pictopia squirreled away in our warehouse. Edited by Gary Groth and Robert Boyd and thought to be out of print for years, this anthology brings you some gorgeous Chris Ware color work (including a spectacular wraparound cover), a taste of Jacques Tardi, and work by such notables as James Sturm, David Collier and Doug Allen! 72 pages of the best of the early 1990s, at an early 1990s price! Hurry and get yours before they're all gone again.

Pictopia #3 by various artists

Pictopia #3
By various artists

This issue sports a magnificent wraparound cover by Chris Ware, to go along with his full-color "Quimby the Mouse" story inside. The color section is rounded out by Dave Collier's "Apples" and Doug Allen's "Cranky the Drunk." Continuing this issue is the three-part private-eye serial by Jacques (West Coast Blues, You Are There) Tardi and Patrick Manchette, "Griffu," the hard-as-nails story of a none-too-bright detective who stumbles onto a case a little larger than he can handle. This is one P.I. who really takes his lumps! And as always, Pictopia is proud to present the work of talented newcomers and regulars alike, including: "Amarillo" by Scott Gilbert; "Chums" by George Parsons; "Cocaine" by Howard Rigberg; "Neither Science Nor Fiction" by Garrett Izumi; "Gunned Down in Motown" by Rick Metcalf & Kent Myers; "I Was a New York Bitch" by Eben Dodd; and "21st Century Schizoid Man" by Nemoto. An unbeatable package!

72-page black & white/color 8.5" x 10.75" softcover • $7.95
Update: SOLD OUT

New Comics Day 7/1/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics Journalnew releasesNew Comics DayMichael Kupperman 30 Jun 2009 1:31 PM

Scheduled to arrive in better comics shops across the land this week: The Comics Journal #298, featuring The Umbrella Academy's Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon, Perry Bible Fellowship's Nicholas Gurewitch, and much more:

The Comics Journal #298 - cover by Gabriel Bá & Fábio Moon

Also popping up on some unofficial lists: Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 by Michael Kupperman. It's not on the official distribution list, though, so no promises.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 by Michael Kupperman

As always, feast your eyes on our many previews and excerpts at the above links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability before busting open your piggy bank.