Our printer copies of Black River have arrived, and the sun just disappeared behind a large, grey cloud.
Josh Simmons' newest long form work since his 2007 acclaimed graphic novel House is a post-apocalyptic tale that, at its core, embodies despair and the most basic, primal graspings of survival. Don't go looking for a happy ending here.
A bedraggled group of travelers finds an abandoned storehouse full of rations, fresh water, alcohol, and supplies. They celebrate, even as one of them uncovers a dead body in a dark corner.
Anyone who has read Josh Simmons' previous work can already guess that such celebration will be short-lived. In his latest full-length graphic novel, Black River, Simmons takes us to a post-apocalyptic world of desperation, survival of the most brutal, and chaos in the form of gangs, a drug called Gumdrop, and resource scarcity. In the midst of this, a group of nine travelers and their two dogs do their best to survive, hoping against hope to find safe haven.
Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman's groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly's heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these question for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman's colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and many others, and an examination of Kurtzman's personal archives, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century's greatest humorists. His family life, an FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of MAD), all are revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, from Kurtzman's Brooklyn beginnings to his post-MAD years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and "Little Annie Fanny" in Playboy.
It's storytime at Fantagraphics headquarters: we've just received our advance copies of Robert Goodin's all-ages graphic novel, The Kurdles.
Between the stunning watercolors and laugh-out-loud dialogue between characters, The Kurdles has immediately captured our hearts—especially those of us with wee ones. We're confident that this quirky little tale of a lost teddy bear will become a fast favorite.
Who or what are Kurdles? Are they man or beast—or something else entirely?
As it happens, Kurdles are the denizens of Kurdleton, and Sally the bear runs into them as she tries to find her way home after being separated from her owner. So begins this 60-page all ages tale, and we have here a 9-page, downloadable excerpt for your viewing pleasure. At a generous 8.75" by 12", the oversized format of The Kurdles allows you and your little ones to be fully immersed in the lush watercolor world that Robert Goodin has created, not to mention all the individual details that one can discover through rereadings.
It's a good thing these advance copies of The Complete Eightballcomes shrinkwrapped, else all our advance copies would be covered in drool by now! The long-awaited, painstakingly proofed, and completely perfected box set collecting all 18 issues of Daniel Clowes' influential Eightball comic series have arrived fresh from the printers. And it looks beautiful.
Two glossy hardcover volumes of roughly 280 pages each filled with extras, including brand new artwork by Clowes, are all wrapped up in a deluxe, sturdy slipcase cover with no detail spared! Look for our video and more photos soon. The Complete Eightballhits bookstores in May, but we fully anticipate that this box set will sell like hot cakes, so safer to pre-order now!
With an introduction by Rifftrax writers Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason, riffed comic strips, and two more treasured years of Peanuts shenanigans to revisit, The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Volume 23) brings us to the antepenultimate book in our ambitious series.
Dripping With Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 5 features another 200-plus meticulously restored, full-color pages from Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko in his early prime, at the time working in near anonymity for Charlton Comics in the then-popular horror/suspense genre.
Comics like Tales of The Mysterious Traveler and This Magazine Is Haunted saw an explosion in Ditko’s ingenuity, as he manipulated the traditional comic-book page layout with masterful results.
It was during this time that Ditko and his art-school colleague, the famed fetish artist Eric Stanton, began sharing a studio in Manhattan. The introduction by editor Blake Bell examines Ditko’s stylistic evolution and delves deep into his association with Stanton. Ditko’s secret collaborations with Stanton on his female bondage material remain a highly controversial topic, and Bell’s introduction highlights numerous examples that prove the allegedly shy and private Ditko contributed with wild abandon to these risqué tales of titillation.
This fifth volume stands as the best example yet of the Steve Ditko that would soon begin crafting such iconic classics as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange alongside Stan Lee at Marvel Comics.