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Displacement by Lucy Knisley - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLucy Knisley 20 Nov 2014 9:00 AM

Displacement
by Lucy Knisley

168-page full color 5.5" x 7.5" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-810-6

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

New York Times best-selling cartoonist Lucy Knisley paints a warts-and-all portrait of contemporary, twentysomething womanhood, like writer Lena Dunham (Girls). In the next installment of her graphic memoir series, Displacement, Knisley volunteers to watch over her ailing grandparents on a cruise. (The book's watercolors evoke the ocean that surrounds them.) In a book that is part graphic memoir, part travelogue, and part family history, Knisley not only tries to connect with her grandparents, but to reconcile their younger and older selves. She is aided in her quest by her grandfather's WWII memoir, which is excerpted. Readers will identify with Knisley's frustration, her fears, her compassion, and her attempts to come to terms with mortality, as she copes with the stress of travel complicated by her grandparents' frailty.

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Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wilfred Santiagopreviews 19 Nov 2014 12:45 PM

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade
by Wilfred Santiago

200-page full color 5.75" x 7.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-711-6

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

A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history, from the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page.

Jordan became a national celebrity at the age of 19, scoring the winning jump shot in the final seconds of the 1982 NCAA Championship, earning him the moniker "Air." He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, a team with a decade-long history of dreadful performances. By 1991, Jordan disproved doubters when he finally led the Bulls to their first NBA championship over Magic Johnson and the L.A. Lakers.

In 1992, Michael Jordan joined the Dream Team, an assembly of 12 legendary NBA players who steamrolled everyone at the Barcelona Olympics and brought the gold back home. Despite taking a season off to try his hand at professional baseball, Jordan still led the Bulls to three consecutive NBA Championships twice.

Despite his success, his life in the limelight and his private life were not without controversies or calamities, and no amount of success or money could shield him from it. But everyone wanted to be like Mike, and Santiago comes closer than anyone to putting you on the parquet floor of the Chicago's United Center in your very own pair of Air Jordans.

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Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJacques TardiComing Attractions 19 Nov 2014 11:20 AM

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Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Inside Page

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Inside Page 

Jacques Tardi fans: we know you've been waiting ever so patiently for us to import more Tardi books over from Europe. Freshly translated, beautifully designed, and packed with action, Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell is a gritty adaptation of French crime novelist Jean-Patrick Manchette's book, Ô Dingos! Ô Châteaux!

And now here it is. These advance copies, with their eye-catching, bright orange spot gloss titles popping out against the dense black and white artwork of Jacques Tardi, are instant can't-put-it-down page turners. We'll have more previews soon to appease your hungry eyes (but, in the meantime, you can always pre-order the book in advance of its January debut)!

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichael DowersEsther Pearl Watson 19 Nov 2014 10:15 AM

"Mini comics are like the wild west of the comics world—in this lo-fi, DIY format—it’s anything—and everything—goes." – Benn Ray, Atomic Books

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2
edited by Michael Dowers

848-page black & white with some color 5" x 6.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-807-6

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/treasuryofminicomics2

Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell by Jacques Tardi - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJacques TardiComing Attractions 18 Nov 2014 3:00 PM

Scene 1: The man named Thompson waits in the shadows for his target to enter his bedroom, then kills the man silently. The job finished, he leaves. The very next morning, he meets a new client for a new job.

Scene 2: A sleek black car pulls up to the entrance of the asylum. One Michael Hartog emerges from the car, there to pick up Julie Ballanger, his new nanny. During the drive to her new home, she is questioned by Mr. Hartog on what she knows of him.

Thus it begins in the latest crime novel adaptation out of Europe from Jacques Tardi, Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell. You can read the full 12-page, 1.8 MB excerpt right here, then we recommend you head over to the book page to grab your pre-order. Run Like Crazy ships in January!

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Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsnew releasesDylan Horrocks 18 Nov 2014 10:20 AM

"Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is a tour de force. There's something very pure about Dylan Horrocks' comics. That’s perhaps an odd word to describe this book which is so much about desire. But Horrocks' line and his imagination both seem to flow freely and directly from some primal source. If you've ever wished that Hergé had written comics for grown-ups—gorgeously drawn and playful adventures that explore the serious anxieties of midlife—your wish has come true, and then some." – Alison Bechdel

"This book is necessary for anyone paralyzed even a bit by the creative/spiritual confusion of the digital age. Horrocks explores the role and responsibility of storytelling, juggling genres, fiddling with the mechanics of the comics form, and reclaiming the sense of magic that once reigned the medium—a playfulness contagious for the reader. Like his Hicksville, a must have in every library." – Craig Thompson (Blankets)

"Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is a coming-of-age story for the fantasies of our past and a joyful bear hug for the storytellers of our future. An effortless, magical read from front to back." – Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics)

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen
by Dylan Horrocks

228-page full color 7" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-790-1

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/samzabel

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wilfred SantiagopreviewsComing Attractions 14 Nov 2014 12:30 PM

The year: 1991.

The place: Madison Square Garden.

50 seconds left on the clock. A young basketball player adorned with the number 23 shakes off the Knicks defense as he pounds towards the hoop, leaps into the air, and…

Slam. Dunk.

In this 16-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt of Wilfred Santiago's Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade, we are immediately immersed in the action through Santiago's wildly kinetic artwork. Read the whole thing right here, then head on over to the pre-order page and grab your copy for a December delivery!

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Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDylan Horrocks 13 Nov 2014 1:15 PM

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen
by Dylan Horrocks

228-page color 7" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-790-1

Ships in: December 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998's Hicksville (new edition, VUP 2010).

Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn't drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and—of course—cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

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Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wally WoodWallace Woodpreviewsnew releasesEC ComicsAl Feldstein 13 Nov 2014 12:00 PM

"Wood’s work seemed like snapshots of a lush and vibrant reality where even madmen, monsters and mayhem possessed a stately grace. There might be pandemonium but, oddly, the panic never seemed to reach the eyes of Wood’s regal heroes." – Geoff Boucher, The Los Angeles Times

"Legendary artist [Wally] Wood mastered every comic-book genre—humor (he was one of Mad's first artists), horror, superheroes, war—but is best known for the 1950s science-fiction stories he drew for EC Comics, in which, one commentator noted, he 'began drawing things into panels that no human being seemed capable of before.' His heroic spacemen, intricate rocket ships, and frightening aliens embodied classic space opera, and his influence remains visible in the work of many leading comics artists today." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

Spawn of Mars and Other Stories
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-805-2

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/spawnofmars

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 13 Nov 2014 11:30 AM

In Gilbert Hernandez's latest Love and Rockets book, Ofelia, Luba, her sisters, and their children are about settled into their new lives and homes in California. In the first 13 pages of our downloadable excerpt, the kids discuss Socorro's amazing ability to remember things, and then Luba tells her that she will skip another grade next year at school.

Ofelia is slated to come out in January and is ready for your pre-orders now! We know you've been hankering for some new Love and Rockets, so secure your copy soon—and why not check out Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 while you're at it?

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 5): Ofelia by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover

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