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The Littlest Pirate King by David B. - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesDavid B 26 Oct 2010 7:48 AM

The Littlest Pirate King by David B.

The Littlest Pirate King
by David B.

48-page full-color 8.5" x 11.25" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-403-0

Ships in: November 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

For decades they have roamed the seas, this shipload of undead pirates. They are desperate to die, but every time they try to dash their ship to splinters and end their miserable existence, a malevolent God scoops them out of danger. And so they have no choice but to continue to sail the seas, looting and killing.

Until one day, having exterminated yet another ship of the living, they come across a little pink baby. Adopting him as their mascot and dubbing him their "Littlest King," they continue their journeys. But eventually the King begins to grow up...

Adapted by David B., the acclaimed creator of Epileptic, from a short story by Pierre Mac Orlan (which was published decades before the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, thank you very much), The Littlest Pirate King is David B.'s first full-color graphic novel to be released in English, and his vivid palette combines with his stunningly elegant graphics to create a magical yarn that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 5-page PDF excerpt (1.6 MB).

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Bonus Savings: Order The Littlest Pirate King together with Toys in the Basement by Stéphane Blanquet and save 20%! That's two new all-ages graphic albums by modern-day French masters at a great discounted price.

Toys in the Basement by Stéphane Blanquet - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoStephane Blanquetpreviewsnew releases 26 Oct 2010 7:48 AM

Toys in the Basement by Stéphane Blanquet

Toys in the Basement
by Stéphane Blanquet

32-page full-color 8.5" x 11.25" hardcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-402-3

Ships in: November 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now
http://www.fantagraphics.com/toysinthebasement

With appearances in such anthologies as Zero Zero, Blab! and Kramer's Ergot, Stéphane Blanquet has been delighting and terrifying American readers with his superslick, ultradetailed creepiness.

So it makes perfect sense that his first graphic novel to be published in the U.S. would be... a children's book? Yes indeed.

Our hero, attending a Halloween party in an embarrassing pink bunny costume (he wanted to be a pirate) stumbles across a secret underground society of damaged, forgotten, and pissed-off toys in the basement of his friend's house — including the terrifying Amelia, a towering sentient assemblage of broken toy parts out for revenge!

Imagine Toy Story as reimagined by David Lynch and Charles Burns and you'll have a good idea of what this story is like. And yes, it is for kids!

Click here to see 3 preview pages!

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The Littlest Pirate King by David B. + Toys in the Basement by Stéphane Blanquet

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Ray Fenwick previews Mascots
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Ray FenwickpreviewsComing Attractions 25 Oct 2010 2:01 PM

Mascots - Ray Fenwick

Ray Fenwick presents a selection of 13 pages from his forthcoming book Mascots (coming in December) at his newly-redesigned website. Ray's follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Hall of Best Knowledge is comprised of text and images painted on found book covers.

Ray Fenwick - from Mascots

(Oops, sorry about the broken link! Fixed now.)

The last lost preview: Giraffes in My Hair
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsCarol Swain 12 Oct 2010 9:02 AM

We had a handful of our trademark video & photo previews from Summer 2009 that we regrettably never had a chance to upload at the time; we've been adding them one by one over the last couple of months and the final one is now up, for Giraffes in My Hair: A Rock 'n' Roll Life by Bruce Paley and Carol Swain. (The hot pink design elements and rock 'n' roll subject matter pair well with this morning's Destroy All Movies!!! preview, no?) It's embedded above and at slightly higher resolution on the book's product page; for best viewing, view full screen or click here to open it in a new window. Whew! Feels good to finally be caught up.

Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPortable Grindhousenew releasesDestroy All Movies 12 Oct 2010 8:11 AM

Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film

Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film
Zack Carlson & Bryan Connolly, editors; Foreword by Richard Hell

556-page 8.5" x 10.75" flexi-bound softcover; two-color, with 48 pages of full color • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-363-7

Ships in: November 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The most dazzlingly insane film reference book of all time, Destroy All Movies!!! is an informative, hilarious, and impossibly complete guide to every goddamn appearance of a punk (or new waver!) to hit the screen in the 20th Century. This wildly comprehensive eyeball-slammer features A-to-Z coverage of over 1100 feature films from around the world, as well as dozens of exclusive interviews with the creators and cast of essential titles such as Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead, The Decline of Western Civilization and Valley Girl. Everyone from Richard Hell to Penelope Spheeris to Ian MacKaye contributes his or her uncensored reminiscences from the front lines of a revolution. Other interviewees include Alex Cox, Nick Zedd, Lech Kowalski, Mary Woronov and Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris. Also examined are hundreds of prime examples of straight-to-VHS slasher trash, Brooklyn junkie masterpieces, Filipino breakdancing fairytales, no-budget post-apocalyptic epics, and movies that shouldn’t even have been released, many of which have never been written about online or in print!

In the late ’70s, Punk Rock and its followers ambushed the world with nuclear force. It was an unprecedented phenomenon that infested radios, print, and culture as a whole. Of all its shell-shocked witnesses, the least prepared was Hollywood, who viewed the movement as a walking epidemic of self-abusive, garbage-eating, candy-colored manimals ripe for marketable stereotyping. The results were hilarious, as lowbrow cinema was forever altered in the shadows of 20-inch mohawks and steel-spiked wardrobes. Meanwhile, punk participants like Spheeris and Alex Cox managed to document the emerging outbreak in a more humanistic light, creating enduring visions of a new breed of youth through blazing music documentaries and innovative narrative assaults.

Destroy All Movies!!! nails down both ends of the spectrum with superhuman research, vicious precision, and electrically charged stills and images, and is the first and final definitive armchair roadmap to punk and new wave on celluloid. Five years in the making, this pulse-bursting monument to lowbrow cultural obsession is a must for all film fanatics, music maniacs, anti-fashion mutants, ’80s nostalgists, sleazoids, cop-killers, and spazzmatics!

Download Zack Carlson's Introduction (840 KB PDF) and an EXCLUSIVE 24-page excerpt (9.7 MB PDF).

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Destroy All Movies!!! + Portable Grindhouse Gift Set

Bonus Savings: Order Destroy All Movies!!! together with Portable Grindhouse: The Lost Art of the VHS Box for $43.99 — 20% off the combined cover prices! It's the ultimate gift set for the trash cinema lover!

Little Maakies on the Prairie by Tony Millionaire - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTony Millionairepreviewsnew releasesMaakies 11 Oct 2010 8:20 AM

Little Maakies on the Prairie by Tony Millionaire

Little Maakies on the Prairie
by Tony Millionaire

120-page black & white 12" x 5" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-392-7

Ships in: November 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Collecting 2 years of strips 2007-2009. More booze-soaked buffoonery, lyrical passages, violence, sentimentality, and poop jokes with Drinky Crow & Uncle Gabby. Lowbrow yuks and elegant cartooning from comics' true drunken master.

"Tony Millionaire’s Maakies does not appear on the comics pages of daily newspapers, but lurks darkly instead in our nation’s alternative weeklies...

"Uncle Gabby, a monkey, and Drinky Crow, an alcoholic crow, are characters of pure, ginned-up id, engaging in high jinks that range from the boobish to the bizarre: making 'booze cream' from the milk of drunken cows in one panel, going to prison to have time to read Swinburne in the next. The humor is often so lowbrow as to be subterranean. If Gasoline Alley is preoccupied with life's slow unfolding, Maakies is fascinated by its swift, violent ends. It is difficult to count the times Gabby or Crow have been mutilated, shot in the head, eaten, burned in hell.

"And yet Millionaire, raised by an art-teacher by the sea, can draw the living spit out of a ship or a giant squid. It is just as likely that Maakies will feature one character vomiting into another’s mouth as it will a wordless, befuddling, beautiful parade of intricately rendered church spires and tall buildings. It sways this way between the very low and the very high; the only applicable adverb here is drunkenly, for as the name might suggest, there is a lot of boozing in Drinky Crow's life. This may offend (or may be the least of the offenses), but I would bet if you counted Crow's tipples against the number of highballs the Lockhorns had consumed, it'd come out even. And in his surrealist impulse and draftsman’s brio, Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat."

— John Hodgman, The New York Times

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Dave Cooper's Bent gets Wired
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDave Cooper 30 Sep 2010 4:15 PM

from Dave Cooper's Bent

At Wired.com Scott Thill presents a gallery of 8 images from Dave Cooper's Bent and writes "Canadian artist Dave Cooper's latest comic book collection, Bent, is stuffed to the breaking point with surreal, sexual grotesques and caricatures. Which is probably why Hollywood's own resident king of magical horror Guillermo Del Toro wrote the book's glowing introduction (and, like some of the city's other creative talents, snapped up Cooper's work for his own personal collection). [...] Bent, out Oct. 27 from indie comics powerhouse Fantagraphics, collates Cooper's nightmarish nudes and bizarro dreamscapes from recent solo gallery shows in New York and Los Angeles, just in time for Halloween."

Society of Publication Designers praises & previews Drew Friedman's Too Soon?
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewspreviewsDrew Friedman 30 Sep 2010 2:07 PM

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At Grids, the official blog of the Society of Publication Designers, Robert Newman presents a selection of images from Drew Friedman's new book and says "Over the past 15 years, Drew Friedman has been one of the most popular and prolific illustrators in the magazine world. [...] Now Friedman has a brilliant new collection of his magazine work, Too Soon?: Famous/Infamous Faces 1995-2010, published by Fantagraphics Books. It's hardcover, 200+ pages, packed with hundreds of  comics and caricatures and even more laughs. And it's graced with a wonderful introductory essay by Friedman that is a great history of both his illustration career and magazine illustration in general over the past 15 years."

Adele Blanc-Sec preview at Publishers Weekly
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJacques Tardi 28 Sep 2010 12:39 PM

from The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Vol. 1

Publishers Weekly presents a 10-page sneak preview of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Vol. 1 by Jacques Tardi with the first 10 pages of part 1,"Pterror over Paris"!

Moto Hagio/A Drunken Dream gallery at About.com: Manga
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMoto Hagiomanga 28 Sep 2010 11:48 AM

Moto Hagio

At About.com: Manga, Deb Aoki presents a gallery of photos of Moto Hagio taken at Comic-Con in San Diego, 12 preview pages from A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, and covers of some of Hagio's other books.

Iguana Girl - A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio


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