Al Feldstein is best known as the main writer/editor of the EC comics line during the first half of the 1950s — and then the editor of Mad Magazine for the first three decades of its existence.
But what many don’t know or remember is that Feldstein was also an accomplished and distinctive cartoonist, whose comics (which he both wrote and drew, a relative rarity in those days) adorned the pages of many of those selfsame EC comics. His powerfully composed, meticulously inked pages, often featuring grotesque creatures or scenes of ghastly destruction (and some of the greatest stiffly handsome/beautiful specimens of 1950s humanity ever put to paper), were a vital part of the allure of these classic comics.
Feldstein's contributions to the first year and a half of EC’s two SF titles, Weird Science and Weird Fantasy — comprising 16 classic O. Henry-style shock-ending stories with such evocative, vintage title as "'Things' From Outer Space." "The Flying Saucer Invasion," "Spawn of Venus," "Destruction of the Earth," and "Am I Man or Machine?" — are collected in their integrity in this volume, along with a handful of bonus stories drawn by a few of Feldstein's oft-overlooked collaborators, including Graham Ingels, George Roussos, George Olesen, Max Elkan and Sid Check. This volume also boasts a new interview with Feldstein about his years at EC, focusing in particular in his work on these science fiction titles that were the company’s pride and joy (and were killed a few years later by the Comics Code).
We're Friedman fans through and through: we've published several books by Drew, including work in collaboration with his brother Josh, and we're great admirers of their dad Bruce Jay. Now we finally bring the youngest sibling, Kipp, into the fold with Barracuda in the Attic, a memoir of growing up in a family of, and surrounded by, literati, artists, and pop-culture titans, not to mention other colorful characters. Anecdotes ahoy!
We've baited our hook with the complete first chapter for you to read and download for free! The book lands on shelves next month and you can pre-order right here.
It's back-to-school time for Nitori-kun and Takatsuki-san and they are both in awe of their new classmate. She's pretty, cool, daring, and OK, maybe a little unstable. You'll meet her and reunite with the rest of the gang in the first chapter of Shimura Takako's Wandering Son Vol. 5, which you can read for free and download! This new volume will be arriving in just a few weeks — if you haven't already pre-ordered or taken advantage of our discounted 3-volume subscription, do it now to be among the first to read it!
Hey, dummies! Some of you didn't listen the first time around, so Peter Bagge is back with the answers again in a new, expanded hardcover edition of 2009's sold-out, Eisner-nominated Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me and Other Astute Observations. Pete brings his sharp wit and curmudgeonly perspective to such topics as "Stupid War," "Stupid Sex," "Stupid Arts," "Stupid Business," "Stupid Boondoggles," "Stupid Tragedy," "Stupid Politics," "Stupid Country," and "Stupid Biography," gathered mostly from the pages of Reason magazine. This new hardback includes everything in the previous softcover, plus 20 new pages of material!
Look for the book to grace shelves next month! Get a taste of that Bagge wisdom with our free 15-page excerpt (also downloadable), and put in your pre-order right here.
Editor Blake Bell has collected more rousing vintage stories from one of the all-time greats, who already set himself apart with this early Golden Age work: Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner and co-creator of Daredevil! In Heroic Tales: The Bill Everett Archives Vol. 2, you'll thrill to the exploits of Amazing Man, Skyrocket Steele and Hydroman; gasp at Everett's chilling horror shockers; and delight at his rare humor and romance work! All with Bell's insightful introductory essays.
We've excerpted 3 full Skyrocket Steele stories, along with the Table of Contents and more, for you to read and download. The book will be out next month; pre-order here, and take advantage of our discounted gift set with Vols. 1 and 2 here!
A must for animation fans, reproducing carefully preserved art and artifacts from Gene Deitch's archives with lively commentary about the production of his Oscar-nominated series of animated shorts!
"Best known as the creator of 'Tom Terrific' from Captain Kangaroo, Deitch is also an Oscar-winning director with more than a thousand cartoon films to his credit." – Los Angeles Times
"Deitch achieves what only the greatest cartoonist can — a deep spiritual resonance with minimal representation." – New York Press
"I was particularly impressed with Nudnik because it combined so well, a style of drawing and a style of animation…[Nudnik] should get the Oscar because I believe the picture deserves it." – Chuck Jones
Inspired by a real-life incident — getting his tie caught in a moving Moviola editing machine — Gene Deitch, cartoonist, animator, memoirist, renaissance man, created Nudnik, his Everyman character, a cross between Candide and Godot.
The star of 12 Paramount-produced animated shorts that ran in theatres as an opening to the main movie in 1964 and 1965, Nudnik was one of Deitch's most creatively personal and commercially successful creations in a long career of innovative and successful work, including the award-winning animated versions of Jules Feiffer’s Munro and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.
Nudnik is the well-intentioned, kind, cheerful, but bumbling naïf, inspired by and reflecting such archetypal characters as Jackie Gleason's Poor Soul, Charlie Chaplin's Tramp, and Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown. He never gets a break, can't do anything right, but somehow muddles through, dignity more or less intact.
Nudnik Revealed! finally collects all of Deitch's original drawings, sketches, model sheets, storyboards, and color "set-ups" that he drew during the Nudnik production season of '64-'65, all reproduced from original art, showcasing his lively pencil line and his slick, authoritative pen and ink work. Deitch, a born storyteller and one of the great raconteurs of comics and animation, accompanies the copious examples of art with a running commentary — by turns, funny, spirited, and chock full of historical insights.
“Flora was one of those rare beasts: a killer illustrator/designer who could trigger powerful brain-invasive joy with thought-provoking art and unexpected design.” — Gary Panter
“There was one Flora cover in the record cabinet when I was growing up, and I was almost afraid to play it — maybe because the art came from a mad party in the Twilight Zone, or because nothing in the grooves could possibly have the energy and crazy glee of the cover. These manic little masterpieces belong framed on the wall in the Flora wing of a modern art museum.” — James Lileks
“Jim Flora is the missing link between graphic art and typography. No artist is better at juggling forms and the spaces between. He created an idiosyncratic artistic language, and he spoke a variety of artistic dialects as well.” — Joost Swarte
“I grew up in a household with these records. This book beautifully presents Flora’s album illustrations as stand-alone works of art. Flora’s designs speak directly to the excitement of music.” — Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo)
“Flora’s art is as fresh, appealing, and entertaining as when he was producing it — seemingly by the tons. His work shouts that the Cubists left off too soon. In the 1950s and ’60s, magazines and LP sleeves were splashed with his stylized designs, color, and playful figures. If tattoos were as popular then as now, people would’ve been covered from pate to toes with Flora.” — Arnold Roth
Since the 2004 publication of The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora, the once-forgotten illustrator has gained recognition as one of the foremost pioneers of a raucous, cartoonish style of commercial art that defines the Mid-Century aesthetic. Two follow-up volumes, The Curiously Sinister Art... (2007) and The Sweetly Diabolic Art... (2009), captured Flora's largely unseen fine art works, spotlighting a variety of themes such as architecture, cats and dogs, science, cars, trains — and the occasional swerve toward gratuitous violence.
But one of Flora's sustaining loves was music. His 1940s Columbia and 1950s RCA Victor record covers, in which legendary musicians were routinely afflicted with mutant skin tints and bonus limbs, are considered classics of outlandish post-Cubist caricature. During this period Flora also produced an enormous amount of promotional ephemera, including new release monthlies, trade booklets, ads, and point-of-sale novelties.
The now out-of-print Mischievous Art featured Flora’s known album covers. (No complete discography existed.) Since that book’s publication, more covers have been found, as well as rough drafts and unused designs. So Flora co-archivists/authors Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon have compiled a complete collection of Flora covers (including recent discoveries) and unpublished sketches in one volume, augmented by music images not included in previous volumes. The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora is the definitive anthology of the maestro's visual compositions, reflecting jazz, classical, and Latin music.
Regarding his jam-packed canvases Flora once said he "couldn't stand a static space." There’s nothing static about the images in The High Fidelity Art: they wail, dance, bounce, and swing from the chandeliers. Flora had a knack for grooving with a paintbrush, making art to which you can tap your toes and snap your fingers.
"Anyone with a love for fantasy art can only marvel at [Foster's] ability to capture both the gritty down-to-earth feeling of the times as well as those sweeping moments that kindle our sense of wonder.... These books are wonderful — rich and comprehensive..." – Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
“A witch named Horrit once prophesied that Val would never know contentment, but fans of the strip will find it here.” – Vanity Fair
“Prince Valiant opens up a world that I wanted to stay in — a wide-eyed early 20th century approach to fantasy with a now-vanished sincerity and wholesomeness. It’s an all too rare pleasure in comics.” – Dan Nadel, Comics Comics
“Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster’s Sunday-only comic strip.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Fantagraphics' Prince Valiant reprints are handsome packages, indeed. ...Hal Foster's art virtually leaps off the page, alive with detail and vigor." – John Petty, Comics Buyer's Guide
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