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Now in stock: Abstract Comics: The Anthology
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesAbstract Comics 5 Aug 2009 11:25 AM

Abstract Comics: The Anthology by various artists; edited by Andrei Molotiu

Abstract Comics: The Anthology
By various artists; edited by Andrei Molotiu

Abstract comics? Don’t all comics tell stories? How can a comic be abstract? Well, as it happens, beginning with the experiments of Saul Steinberg, through some of the more psychedelic creations of R. Crumb and Victor Moscoso, and with increasing frequency in recent years, cartoonists and other artists have played with the possibility of comics whose panels contain little to no representational imagery, and which tell no stories other than those that result from the transformation and interaction of shapes across the layout of a comic page. Reduced to the most basic elements of comics — the panel grid, brushstrokes, and sometimes colors — abstract comics highlight the formal mechanisms that underlie all comics, such as the graphic dynamism that leads the eye (and the mind) from panel to panel or the aesthetically rich interplay between sequentiality and page layout.

Abstract Comics, edited by Andrei Molotiu, an art historian as well as one of the best-known contemporary abstract-comic creators, is the first collection devoted to this budding genre. It gathers the best abstract comics so far created, including early experiments in the form by cartoonists primarily known for other types of comics, such as Gary Panter, Patrick McDonnell, or Lewis Trondheim, and pieces by little-known pioneers such as Benoit Joly, Bill Boichel and Jeff Zenick, as well as by recent creators who have devoted a good part of their output to perfecting the form, such as Ibn al Rabin, Billy Mavreas, Mark Staff Brandl, and many others. It also features first attempts, commissioned specifically for this anthology, by well-known cartoonists such as James Kochalka, J.R. Williams and Warren Craghead. Comprehensive in scope, Abstract Comics gathers work not only from North America, but also from France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, showing the rise in popularity of the genre to be a true international phenomenon. In the process, the anthology highlights the wide variety of approaches taken to the combination of abstraction and sequential art — approaches resulting in work that is not only graphically bold, but also often proves to be surprisingly humorous or emotionally disturbing.

232-page full-color 8.5" x 11" hardcover • $39.99
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Love and Rockets: New Stories #2 by the Hernandez Bros: Preview, Pre-Order, Plus
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpaperspreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 4 Aug 2009 10:04 AM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #2 by the Hernandez Brothers

The wait is over! Love and Rockets: New Stories #2, which debuted to a sell-out response at Comic-Con, is now available for pre-order. The second issue of L&R's new annual 100-page format features the conclusion of "Ti-Girls Adventures" by Jaime and two brand new stories, "Hypnotwist" and "Sad Girl," by Gilbert. You can download a 10-page PDF sneak peek, featuring 5 pages from each brother, at our product page, which also has all the other info you need to know about the book. Pre-order now for late-August delivery; it will be in stores in September (subject to change).

PLUS! We've reformatted Gilbert's striking cover image into a desktop & mobile wallpaper for your FREE enjoyment -- choose your size below!


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Now in stock: The Comics Journal #299
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalNoah Van Scivernew releasesMark NewgardenBob Levin 31 Jul 2009 11:16 AM

The Comics Journal #299 edited by Mike Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

The Comics Journal #299
Edited by Mike Dean & Kristy Valenti; Gary Groth, executive editor

The Pirates and the Mouse author Bob Levin tracks down the El Dorado of comics, a lost collection of unpublished strips by 190 of the world’s most important cartoonists, including Will Eisner, Vaughn Bodé, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Art Spiegelman, Arnold Roth, Bill Griffith, Ralph Steadman, Don Martin, Gahan Wilson, Jeff Jones, Guido Crepax — even William Burroughs, Tom Wolfe and Frank Zappa! The comics were assembled in the 1970s by Michel Choquette (creator with Neal Adams of National Lampoon’s Son o’ God comics) for a book called Someday Funnies, which never saw print. Levin and Choquette reveal for the first time the whole catastrophic story of what might have been the comics anthology of the century.

Also in this issue: Sean T. Collins interviews Skyscrapers of the Midwest’s Josh Cotter; Noah Van Sciver's cartoon interview with King Cat's John Porcellino; our classic comics section features Myron Waldman’s Eve, with an introduction by Mark Newgarden; our usual smattering of insightful and incisive columns; reviews of Kramers Ergot 7, The Times of Botchan, Chaykin, Clowes, Tezuka and many more!

208-page color/b&w 7.5" x 9.5" squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99
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New Comics Day 7/22/09
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Willie and JoeSergio PonchioneRichard SalaPaul Karasiknew releasesNew Comics DayFrom Wonderland with LoveFletcher HanksBill Mauldin 20 Jul 2009 3:38 PM

You can drop big bucks on Fantagraphics this week even if you're not in San Diego to peruse our Comic-Con booth! On this week's shipping list to arrive in comic shops Wednesday:

Delphine No. 4 by Richard Sala

Delphine #4 by Richard Sala - the chilling conclusion!

Grotesque No. 3 by Sergio Ponchione

Grotesque #3 by Sergio Ponchione - the cult-fave neo-surreal tale continues!

From Wonderland with Love

From Wonderland with Love: Danish Comics in the Third Millennium - a bold new anthology! Hey, we've got a downloadable preview to show you now!

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years by Bill Mauldin - re-released with a new lower price!

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

You Shall Die by Your Own Evil Creation! by Fletcher Hanks - the second and final volume of Hanks's Golden Age insanity!

As ever, dig our previews at the links above, contact your local shop to confirm availability, and buy buy buy.

Ignatz Update/Previews!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Zak SallySergio PonchioneRichard Salapreviewsnew releasesMatt BroersmaMartiMarco CoronaLorenzo MattottiLeila MarzocchiKevin HuizengaIgortIgnatz SeriesGipiGilbert HernandezGabriella GiandelliDavid B 20 Jul 2009 11:57 AM
It's been a while, but the international "Ignatz" series is finally percolating again.

As you know, the final issue of Delphine by Richard Sala, #4, and Sergio Ponchione's third issue of Grotesque, have just been released (and will be proudly displayed at this week's Comic-Con). Also just released is a new, second printing of Lorenzo Mattotti's stunning Chimera #1, which has been out of print for many months; if you didn't catch it the first time around, now's your chance.

Delphine No. 4 by Richard Sala

Grotesque No. 3 by Sergio Ponchione

This coming week Kevin Huizenga will be delivering the hotly-anticipated Ganges #3, featuring insomnia and cops. Expect this one to be released just in time to premiere at SPX in late September, and then show up in stores in late October/early November. Here is a preview!

Ganges No. 3 by Kevin Huizenga

Ganges No. 3 page by Kevin Huizenga
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Next up, likely to be released toward the end of the year, is a double whammy of Niger #3 by Leila Marzocchi (check out the cover of this wild ecological fable), and the fourth and concluding installment of Ponchione's Grotesque (with another standalone story). Then Spring 2010 will, if everything goes well, see the release of the fourth issue of Igort's cartoonist-graphic-novel-a-clef Baobab; the fourth (and concluding) issue of Gabriella Giandelli's hard-to-pronounce magical apartment building story Interiorae; and the third issue of Zak Sally's otherworldly picaresque Sammy the Mouse.

Niger No. 3 by Leila Marzocchi

Interiorae No. 4 wraparound cover by Gabriella Giandelli

Interiorae No. 4 by Gabriella Giandelli

Missing in action at this point, alas, are new issues of the Gipi series Wish You Were Here and Marti 's Calvario Hills, as both cartoonists are focusing on other work at this time, but we're keeping our fingers crossed there will be a new issue of David B.'s Babel sometime in 2010.

Of course, if you've missed picking up any of these issues in the past (including the already concluded three-issue series New Tales of Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez, Reflections by Marco Corona, and Insomnia by Matt Broersma), remember, any comic you haven't read yet is a new comic...

Locas II by Jaime Hernandez: Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 20 Jul 2009 10:05 AM

Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray by Jaime Hernandez

Locas II: Maggie, Hopey & Ray is the second omnibus hardcover collection of "Locas" stories by Jaime Hernandez, compiling roughly a decade's worth of masterful comics from the pages of Penny Century and Love and Rockets Vol. II under one set of covers. You can pre-order the book now for delivery later this month; it will also be debuting at Comic-Con in San Diego this week (with Jaime in attendance) and it should hit stores some time next month (dates subject to change).

Click here to see more details on the book and for a link to download a 20-page excerpt including the entire first chapter. You can also check out an exclusive 6-page preview at ICv2.com starting today.

Locas II by Jaime Hernandez - preview panels

First looks: All and Sundry, This Side of Jordan
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul Hornschemeiernew releasesMonte SchulzAl Columbia 17 Jul 2009 12:29 PM

All and Sundry by Paul Hornschemeier

This Side of Jordan by Monte Schulz

Look, it's my desk, with advance copies of two brand new books on it: All and Sundry: Uncollected Work 2004-2009 by Paul Hornschemeier (you can pre-order it from us and check out a preview here) and This Side of Jordan by Monte Schulz (with cover art by Al Columbia; no pre-order yet, but lots more info about the book here). Both will be debuting at Comic-Con next week with the authors in attendance!

Now in stock: Skin Deep (New Softcover Edition) by Charles Burns
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesCharles Burns 16 Jul 2009 2:31 PM

Skin Deep (New Softcover Edition) by Charles Burns

Skin Deep (New Softcover Edition)
By Charles Burns

Now back in print in a new, affordable 2009 softcover edition!

Charles Burns is the creator of the landmark horror graphic novel Black Hole (in development as a major motion picture directed by David Fincher as of this writing). Skin Deep is the third (following El Borbah and Big Baby) of a series of three volumes reprinting his acclaimed oeuvre up to Black Hole. Skin Deep includes Burns's popular character Dog Boy (a red-blooded all-American boy with the transplanted heart of a dog) and the classic strip "Dog Days," in which a hash-slinging vixen wags her tail at our fearful hero. The book also collects "Burn Again," which features a strange fella named Bliss Blister, claiming to bring the Word of God, but some fear he brings something evil and profane. In "A Marriage Made in Hell," a young wife's flesh tingled with passion, but the sight of her made her husband's skin crawl. Was the love-knot she tied really a hangman's noose? These tales of doomed romance set a tone for the rest of Skin Deep. In addition to the comics, Skin Deep includes several pages of new illustrations reprinted from Burns's sketchbooks as well as covers and other pieces from foreign editions of Burns's work.

Skin Deep bookplate - Charles Burns

Act now and get a signed bookplate as a FREE premium! The bookplate has been uniquely designed for this book, and each bookplate is printed on acid-free cardstock and hand-signed by the author. (Click here for more books available with signed bookplates.) See product listing for more details.

96-page black & white 9" x 12" softcover • $16.99
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Now in stock: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 9 (New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 16 Jul 2009 2:19 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 9 (New Printing) by Robert Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 9 (New Printing)
By Robert Crumb

Now back in print in a new softcover edition!

Robert Crumb's long day's journey into the '70s continues with this volume of classic material from 1972 and 1973. The sunny psychedelic era is a fading memory for the counterculture, and Crumb's work of that period reflects a darker, more introspective artist at work. This volume includes Crumb's first collaboration with Harvey Pekar — a long partnership that would help turn Pekar into an alternative comics star. This politically incorrect volume spotlights some of Crumb's most outrageous strips, including the complete contents of XYZ Comics, plus selections from Zap #6, Tales from the Leather Nun, San Francisco, and others. This volume also includes the ultra-rare drawings from the 1972 cookbook Eat It written by Crumb's ex-wife (20 pages' worth — a bonanza for Crumb lovers), rare and unpublished album cover art, and (in full color) Crumb's funny spoof of fellow undergrounder Jay Lynch's Nard 'n' Pat. All this, plus an all-new cover and introduction by the ol' Pooperoo himself — is it any wonder this is one of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling collections of classic comics ever released?

144-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
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Now in stock: The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974, 1971-1974 Box Set / Slipcase
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 14 Jul 2009 5:00 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 (Vol. 12) by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 (Vol. 12)
By Charles M. Schulz

TENNIS, ANYONE? BILLIE JEAN KING SERVES UP AN INTRODUCTION... AND WE CELEBRATE WOODSTOCK!

The 12th volume of Peanuts features a number of tennis strips and several extended sequences involving Peppermint Patty’s friend Marcie (including a riotous, rarely seen sequence in which Marcie’s costume-making and hairstyling skills utterly spoil a skating competition for PP), so it seems only right that this volume’s introduction should be served up by Schulz’s longtime friend, tennis champion Billie Jean King.

This volume also picks up on a few loose threads from the previous year, as the mysterious “Poochie” shows up in the flesh; Linus and Lucy’s new kid brother “Rerun” makes his first appearance, is almost immediately drafted onto the baseball team (where, thanks to his tiny strike zone, he wins a game), and embarks on his first terrifying journey on the back of his mom’s bike; and, in one of Peanuts’ oddest recurring storylines, the schoolhouse Sally used to talk to starts talking, or at least thinking, back at her!

The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 also includes one of the all-time classic Peanuts sequences, in which Charlie Brown’s baseball-oriented hallucinations finally manifest themselves in a baseball-shaped rash on his head. Forced to conceal the embarrassing discoloration with a bag worn over his head, Charlie Brown goes to camp as “Mister Sack” and discovers that, shorn of his identity, he’s suddenly well liked and successful.

NOTE: BECAUSE OF OUR CONTRACT WITH THE LICENSOR THESE ITEMS CANNOT BE SOLD OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA. IF YOU RESIDE ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THE U.S. OR CANADA PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO ORDER THEM FROM OUR WEBSITE; YOUR ORDER WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $28.99
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The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974 Box Set by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974 Box Set

A boxed set of the eleventh and twelfth volumes of The Complete Peanuts, designed by the award-winning graphic novelist, Seth. Shipping shrinkwrapped, with volumes 1971-1972 and 1973-1974 packed in a sturdy custom box designed especially for this set, it's the perfect gift book item. (For more information on the contents of each volume, see the individual product listings linked above.)

two 344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcovers in a custom slipcase • $49.99
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The Complete Peanuts 1971-1974 Slipcase

Even if you purchased the fifth pair of volumes of The Complete Peanuts (1971-1972 and 1973-1974) separately rather than in the two-volume set, you can still have this handsome, durable two-volume slipcase designed by Complete Peanuts series designer Seth. This item is exclusively available directly from Fantagraphics. (Books not included.)

8.75" x 7.125" x 3" slipcase • $4.99
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