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Black River by Josh Simmons - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJosh SimmonsComing Attractions 2 Mar 2015 12:25 PM

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover

Black River by Josh Simmons

Black River by Josh Simmons - Inside Page

Our printer copies of Black River have arrived, and the sun just disappeared behind a large, grey cloud. 

Coincidence?

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.

Black River hits bookstores this May. Fans of Simmons, horror, and post-apocalyptic stories, pre-order this book here.

Black River by Josh Simmons - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJosh SimmonsComing Attractions 25 Feb 2015 4:50 PM

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.

Read our 9-page, downloadable PDF excerpt here, then go pre-order your copy for a May delivery! And make sure to keep tabs on our Flog and social media for more previews and author appearances.

Black River by Josh Simmons - Cover

Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under videopreviewsHarvey KurtzmanBill Schelly 25 Feb 2015 11:50 AM

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

644-page 6" x 9" hardcover
$34.99 | 978-1-60699-761-1

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

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.

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The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Robert GoodinpreviewsComing Attractions 24 Feb 2015 12:15 PM

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Cover

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin - Inside Page

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.

You can pre-order The Kurdles now and expect it delivered to your doorstep by April!

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