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Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 by Los Bros Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 19 Dec 2014 10:00 AM

Praise for the Series:

"In the 30 years they’ve been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters… This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery." – Publishers Weekly

"Los Bros. are plain-spoken and sympathetic, finding pathos in even the grimiest character." – Sam Thielman, Newsday

"There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can’t do what Jaime Hernandez does — or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A" – The A.V. Club

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Los Bros Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.25" x 10.5" softcover
$14.99 | 978-1-60699-770-3

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/lrnewstories7

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsNoah Van Sciver 18 Dec 2014 8:00 AM

Saint Cole
by Noah Van Sciver

116-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-817-5

Ships in: February 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Saint Cole depicts four days in the life of a twenty-eight-year-old suburbanite named Joe who feels trapped working overtime at a pizza restaurant to support his girlfriend, Nicole, and their infant child. Especially when Nicole invites her troubled mother, Angela, to move into their two-bedroom apartment until she lands on her feet again. Joe reacts to this development by further retreating into alcohol. He thinks he loves Nicole but resents her at the same time. They probably wouldn’t still be with each other if she hadn’t become pregnant. Joe wants out. He’s angry. He’s in a position to act rashly. And he does. This sophomore graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver may seem like a left turn from his critically acclaimed debut graphic novel biography of Abraham Lincoln (The Hypo), yet upon closer reflection, it continues Van Sciver’s interest in pathos and the human condition.

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Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956 by Hal Foster - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal Foster 17 Dec 2014 2:00 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 10: 1955-1956
by Hal Foster

112-page full color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-800-7

Ships in: January 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Our tenth volume finds our band of heroes making their way back to the Kingdom of Thule by way of Constantinople and Eastern Russia. Soon they are attacked by a tribe of barbarians who kidnap Aleta for the great Dragada Khan who wants to make her one of his wives. After nearly being killed in battle, Valiant returns to his homeland only to find the threat of hunger hovers over Thule. As Val explores new ways of feeding the kingdom's growing populace, raiders threaten the lives of his family and friends. The volume ends with Val's return to Camelot, a tournament of champions, and the threat of new treachery in Cornwall. This volume also includes an introduction by legendary comics artist Timothy Truman, and a special gallery containing more of Hal Foster's incredible Mountie paintings annotated by comics historian Brian M. Kane.

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Sweatshop by Peter Bagge - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Stephen DeStefanopreviewsPeter Baggenew releasesJohnny RyanJim Blanchard 17 Dec 2014 10:15 AM

"I can count on one hand the number of comic artists whose work is as strong… maybe on two or three fingers… It’s a laff riot, what can I tell ya?" – R. Crumb

"Peter Bagge is the funniest cartoonist in existence… The situations Peter creates for his characters are gripping, hilarious and bitingly honest. His drawing style is completely original and would be funny on its own, even without his great stories." – John Kricfalusi

Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge, with Stephen DeStefano, Bill Wray, Stephanie Gladden, Jim Blanchard, and Johnny Ryan

152-page full color 6.75” x 10.25” softcover
$19.99 | 978-1-60699-812-0

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/sweatshop

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsGuy Colwell 12 Dec 2014 12:45 PM

Inner City Romance
by Guy Colwell

200-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover
$24.99 | 978-1-60699-813-7

Ships in: February 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance tread new territory for underground comix, filled with stories about prison, black culture, ghetto life, the sex trade, and radical activism. It portrayed the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. Readers wondered who Colwell was, whether he was black or white, and how he knew so much about prison. Two years at McNeil Island federal prison for draft refusal provided a personal education for him, as well as his involvement with the San Francisco Good Times underground newspaper, where he became a close observer of the White Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and anti-war demonstrations. Inner City Romance details Colwell's life on the mean streets. Every issue of Inner City Romance is included in this collection, as well as many of the highly detailed paintings he created at the same time. Colwell recounts in an accompanying text piece, his personal journey to artistic maturity forged by radicalism and frustration.

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Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsNoah Van SciverComing Attractions 11 Dec 2014 11:35 AM

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - Cover

Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver - Inside Page

Here at Fantagraphics headquarters, we're managing to keep our feet dry, plus we've got just-arrived advances of Saint Cole to look forward to! This brand new graphic novel by Noah Van Sciver, author of The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, stars a painfully flawed protagonist whose drinking becomes steadily more debilitating with each (rain-soaked) day.

Saint Cole is on course for a February delivery date. You can read an 8-page excerpt and pre-order your copy here.

Sweatshop by Peter Bagge - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeter Bagge 9 Dec 2014 1:00 PM

Sweatshop
by Peter Bagge

152-page full color 6.75" x 10.25" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-812-0

Ships in: February 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Mel Bowling is the unhappy, out-of-touch creator of a very bad daily comic strip called Freddy Ferret (a cross between Dilbert and Garfield). He spends most of his time listening to Rush Limbaugh and coming up with horrible catchphrases to merchandise, while his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants grind out all the hard work. Sweatshop is a hilarious situational comedy from acclaimed author Peter Bagge (Buddy Does Seattle, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story) that ingeniously incorporates the visual styles of cartoonist guest stars like Stephen DeStefano (Popeye) and Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit) to give voice to Bowling's colorful cast of misfit, aspiring cartoonists (plus a cameo by Neil Gaiman!), all attempting to make it big like their boss, but on their own terms. Originally published as a six-issue series by DC Comics in 2003 that was never collected, this is one of the best and most undervalued works of one of the key voices of his generation.

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Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesJacques Tardi 9 Dec 2014 10:10 AM

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell
by Jacques Tardi; adapted from the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and translated by Doug Headline

104-page black & white 7.5" x 10.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-620-1

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/runlikecrazy

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJohnny RyanComing Attractions 8 Dec 2014 3:05 PM

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Cover

Any fan of cartoonist Johnny Ryan's work knows how understated and reserved he is. The truly refined nature of his comics deserves an equally classy cover design, and we think that our talented designer Keeli has outdone herself in creating a cover worthy of such stature. 

Angry Youth Comix collects all fourteen issues of Ryan's series-of-the-same-name, as well as all the covers and letters pages, into one 424-page volume of absurdist, taboo-tackling humor! Although it's not out until February 2015, you can place your pre-order now.

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsGuy ColwellComing Attractions 8 Dec 2014 11:50 AM

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Cover

Inner City Romance by Guy Colwell - Inside Page

Our volume of Guy Colwell's collected work has arrived in our office! Interspersed with commentary by Patrick Rosenkranz and filled with stories of radical activism, inner city life, racial tension, and—as one of our office staff noted—"a whole lot of fucking," Inner City Romance will likely make you uncomfortable while keeping you mesmerized page after page.

In addition to every issue of Colwell's Inner City Romance series, this volume has a personal essay by the author, many contextual essays by Rosenkranz to introduce each issue, and full color examples of the paintings Colwell produced in the same era.

You won't want to miss adding this book to your underground comix collection, so make sure to grab it while it's on pre-sale!

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