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Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 15 Jan 2014 1:42 PM

Our acclaimed and beloved Carl Barks Library series continues with Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn. It's more adventure and laughs in Duckburg and beyond, all with our impeccable production and presentation, and supplemented with the usual expert commentary (including, in this volume, an intro by superstar "Wimpy Kid" creator Jeff Kinney).

In our downloadable excerpt, Uncle Scrooge summons an unusually agreeable Donald and the nephews to send them off on a mission, but Donald's attitude makes a 180 when he finds out it's to retrieve the titular fabled beast! Meanwhile, sneaky Gladstone Gander wants in on the action. Crosses and double-crosses ensue, and the trouble isn't over once they find their objective. Want the rest of the story (and a whole bunch more)? Pre-order now!

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGlenn BrayComing Attractions 8 Jan 2014 12:02 PM

Are you ready for our biggest (by weight and total page acreage if not by height and width) single-volume book ever? Are you ready to have your brain drop-kicked through the goal posts of comic art nirvana by hundreds and hundreds of amazing, rare, and amazingly rare images by a who's-who of comic artists? Are you ready for... The Blighted Eye? Well get ready, because über-collector extraordinaire Glenn Bray is about to share his legendary collection of original artwork with you in a massive, deluxe art book that belongs on the coffee table of everyone who calls themselves aficionados of comic art.

In our downloadable preview you'll get a portion of the introductory interview with Bray and a generous alphabetical sample of artwork from Charles Addams through Jack Cole. The book is expected in March; you can secure your copy with an early pre-order.

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 7 Jan 2014 5:22 PM

Charlie Brown's tribulations on the pitcher's mound, in the batter's box, and in the dugout are the stuff of myth (Sisyphus, to be precise). For all fans of America's Pastime, we've collected three of Charles M. Schulz's classic Peanuts baseball storylines into one spiffy little gift book, Batter Up, Charlie Brown!

In our downloadable excerpt, Chuck's role as team manager leads to frustration as his players vex him with their idiosyncratic habits. The book should be out about midway through Spring Training — pre-order now for delivery by opening day!

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Sneak Peek Pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsJaime HernandezComing Attractions 6 Jan 2014 1:47 PM

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

The Love Bunglers page 

The Love Bunglers page

The Love Bunglers page

2013 was declared by many (especially us) as the Year of Gilbert Hernandez, and this spring the spotlight swings back onto his brother Jaime as we present The Love Bunglers, the collected edition of Jaime's universally-hosanna'd work from issues 3 and 4 of Love and Rockets: New Stories. Maggie's past, present, and future collide in devastating fashion and the emotional arc of 3 decades of storytelling comes to a climax and denouement that will leave you stunned and blubbering. (There's also apparently a lot of plaid.) And jeez, check out that striking cover design by Jacob Covey. Stay tuned for more about this absolute can't-miss book.

Young Romance 2 by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMichel GagneJoe SimonJack KirbyComing Attractions 2 Jan 2014 6:49 PM

Once readers got a taste of the romance comics by genre originators (and comics legends) Joe Simon & Jack Kirby in our 2011 volume Young Romance, the clamoring for more began immediately (and the Eisner Award nomination soon followed). We weren't sure if another volume were possible, since that book was a years-in-the-making labor of love by editor Michel Gagné, who is busy with an award-winning animation and game design career. Lo and behold, serendipity came out of the woodwork and now, coming in March, we can bring you Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics.

In our downloadable preview you can browse the Table of Contents, read the first full story ("I Was a Pick-Up"), and learn about the color restoration process for this volume, which takes a different approach than the first volume, thanks to the efforts of restoration artist Chris Fama. Pre-order your copy now, and if you missed the first one, get them together at a nice discount.

Young Romance 2 cover

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJohn LineyComing Attractions 30 Dec 2013 2:01 PM

Here it is, our first preview of one of our Spring-Summer 2014 books that our supporters so generously backed on Kickstarter. Come February (we actually cranked this one out a little early!), with the release of Henry Speaks for Himself, Henry will join Barnaby and Charlie Brown in our roster of funny-looking bald-headed kids. These charming classic comics by John Liney, based on the popular comic strip created by Carl Anderson, have never been collected before, and our book, edited by David Tosh, gathers the best stories.

In our downloadable excerpt, containing one complete story, Henry has a most unusual day of work and play, none of which works out according to plan, as marbles, a shoe-shine box, a kite, a goldfish, and an overripe Limburger cheese present plenty of opportunities for hilarious disaster.

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney

Stranger Than Life by M.K. Brown - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMK BrownComing Attractions 26 Dec 2013 3:16 PM

Those quirky comics from the heyday of the National Lampoon. Those brilliantly skewed New Yorker and Playboy cartoons. Those hilarious strips in underground mags like Wimmin's Comix and Arcade. The animated shorts that weren't The Simpsons on The Tracey Ullman Show. Perhaps you've encountered the work of M.K. Brown somewhere (lucky you) or perhaps you've never seen it before. Either way, you're in for a treat, as we've gathered these obscure gems into the first ever retrospective volume of her hilarious work, Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013, due out in February. It's what we do!

Get a taste of Brown's brilliance with our downloadable excerpt, featuring Billie Jean King, countertops, pants, aliens, upholstery, snakes, glue, monitor lizards, and some introductory words from Brown herself.

Stranger Than Life by M.K. Brown

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al (EC Comics Library) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Dec 2013 3:41 PM

"Kamen's art is deceptive in its seeming sweetness. It positioned him perfectly to go over the line into perversity, the hapless reader having no warning.... I look at him as being a seed of a style we'd later associate with David Lynch." – John Linton Roberson

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/zerohour

Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (The EC Comics Library) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Dec 2013 2:52 PM

"No one could draw a rotted, walking corpse like Graham Ingels." – Donald Vaughan, (Florida) Sun-Sentinel

"I love Ingels …" – George A. Romero

"All of these books are essential purchases for comics fans… These are the books that best show off how EC took genre stories seriously, striving to create comics that didn’t treat readers as naive or ignorant." – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

"...I am not only appreciative...but also very impressed. [The books] are spectacular packages of their featured artist and their stories." – Al Feldstein

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8

Due to arrive in about 3-5 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/suckerbait

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen (EC Comics Library) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJack KamenEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Dec 2013 3:22 PM

Zero Hour and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Jack Kamen; written by Al Feldstein et al.

170-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-704-8

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

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Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
Price: $57.98 $46.38

With his wholesome approach, Jack Kamen stood out amongst the grand-guignol grunge, gritty realism, or futuristic dazzle of his fellow EC cartoonists — but his brilliant editor/writer Al Feldstein found a way to exploit the surface innocence of his style with seemingly nice stories of romance gone horribly wrong, or future fantasies with an unexpectedly brutal twist. And nowhere did Kamen'’s clean-but-lush graphics work better than in the stories he created for EC's science-fiction comics.

The title story, "Zero Hour" (one of three in this book adapted from works by Ray Bradbury), set in a Spielbergian suburban idyll, is particularly well served by Kamen's surface innocence; "A Lesson in Anatomy" works similar magic, with its Mayberry-esque setting veering into alien-invasion terror.

EC Comics LogoIf there was any devil in Kamen, it came out in his loving depiction of the female face and form, and you could see why his hapless heroes were often fatally entranced with them — as in "Punishment Without Crime" (Bradbury again), "He Who Waits!" (a scientist finds an extreme way of rejoining his eight-inch-tall inamorata), and "Miscalculation!" (the lucky recipient of a package from the future literally brews his own harem); even the supercomputer in "Only Human!" proves vulnerable to a beautiful woman's charms.

Zero Hour and Other Stories contains 22 classic EC yarns — plus the usual all-new biographical, historical, and critical essays that have made Fantagraphics' EC Library series the ultimate version of these classics.

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Zero Hour cover photo