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The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Robert GoodinpreviewsComing Attractions 23 Feb 2015 12:40 PM

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.

The Kurdles is certain to become a fast favorite once it reaches bookstores in April, so make sure you pre-order your copy now!

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Cover

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDaniel Clowes 19 Feb 2015 10:35 AM

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

The Complete Eightball 1-18 by Daniel Clowes

It's a good thing these advance copies of The Complete Eightball comes 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 Eightball hits bookstores in May, but we fully anticipate that this box set will sell like hot cakes, so safer to pre-order now!

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsBill Schelly 18 Feb 2015 12:00 PM

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Cover

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Inside Page

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Back Cover

We hope this first look glimpse at our upcoming Kurtzman biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, gives you a good idea of its grandeur and behemoth-like stature. At 644 pages, this tome is filled cover to cover with Bill Schelly's careful research, interviews, and imagery connected with Kurtzman, providing without a doubt the most in-depth retrospective published of this iconic figure.

Look for Harvey Kurtzman in bookstores come April, or do one better and secure your copy via pre-order now.

The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Vol. 23) by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 17 Feb 2015 3:00 PM

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.

Check out this 19-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt, then head over to the  book page to grab your pre-order for a May delivery. We'll have more previews soon! 

The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996 (Vol. 23) by Charles M. Schulz - Cover

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videoSteve DitkopreviewsBlake Bell 17 Feb 2015 12:20 PM

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5
edited by Blake Bell

240-page color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-706-2

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

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.

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Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsHarvey KurtzmanComing AttractionsBill Schelly 16 Feb 2015 2:05 PM

The impact of MAD magazine on the landscape of American absurdism, satire and parody is undeniable. In Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America, this thoroughly researched biography takes us behind the scenes of the larger-than-life man who created MAD, contributed to EC Comics, and drew Playboy's Little Annie Fanny comic strips.

Here is a 27-page, 2.3 MB downloadable excerpt to give you a taste of the tome that awaits you inside, including Terry Gilliam's foreword and the first 14 pages of Bill Schelly's biography. Take a peek, then head over to our book page to pre-order your copy. This book hits shelves this April!

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly - Cover

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat Thomasnew releasesLes McCannAlan Abrahams 16 Feb 2015 11:05 AM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-786-4

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

Throughout Les McCann's incredible jazz career, he took hundreds of photos — at clubs, studios, and festivals around the world — and unwittingly documented a side of the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980 that includes a very young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, Errol Garner, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, and other seminal African-Americans, such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Muhammed Ali, and Stokely Carmichael to name but a few. These photos are characterized by their intimacy, and the cross-section of names listed is merely the tip of the iceberg. The book features candid commentary by McCann himself and is curated by Pat Thomas (Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) and maverick music producer Alan Abrahams (Pure Prairie League, Joan Baez, Stanley Turrentine, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal).

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Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat Thomasnew releasesLes McCannAlan Abrahams 13 Feb 2015 9:35 AM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9" x 12" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-786-4

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/invitationtoopenness

Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsJohnny Ryan 12 Feb 2015 3:00 PM

Angry Youth Comix
by Johnny Ryan

424-page color 7.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-811-3

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

Johnny Ryan's utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse.

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Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb by Roy Crane - Photoset
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Roy Cranepreviewsnew releasesCaptain Easy 10 Feb 2015 10:25 AM

Praise for Roy Crane:

"Freed from the tiny confines of the black-and-white daily strip, Crane brilliantly exploited the vastly larger canvas of the full newspaper page, wildly varying the sizes, shapes, and arrangement of the panels. His distinctive drawing style, an appealing blend of simplified realism and broad cartooniness, also set Easy apart. While not quite as large as the original newspaper broadsheets, this volume’s oversize pages fully convey the strip's formidable visual impact." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"Crane's art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane's dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art. [Grade:] A-." – The A.V. Club

"Though he was one of the genre's pioneers, Roy Crane's Captain Easy is arguably the most idiosyncratic of all the adventure strips. But it's this blend of loud slapstick, young-boys-styled adventure and blatant sex appeal that make Captain Easy such a winning, fun strip to read." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubb
by Roy Crane

320-page black & white 10.5" x 8.5" hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-809-0

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/hurricaneisle