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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

EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 2 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsJohnny CraigJack KamenGraham IngelsEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 9 Feb 2015 12:15 PM

BOOKINFO - Cover

BOOKINFO - Inside Page

Our next volume of slipcased EC Comics books is coming soon to a bookstore near you! Due out in April, the EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 2 will collect Fall Guy for Murder, Child of Tomorrow, Zero Hour, and Sucker Bait. Featuring Johnny Craig's crime and horror stories, "Ghastly" Graham Ingels' horror, Al Feldstein's solo science fiction stories, and Jack Kamen's science fiction gems, this boxed set will delight any comics collector.

Pre-order this boxed set now, and we'll have more previews to whet your appetite in the next few weeks.

 

Willard Mullin's Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Willard Mullinpreviewsnew releases 9 Feb 2015 11:20 AM

Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales
with Ernest Thayer; introduction by Yogi Berra

52-page two-color 6.25” x 6.25” hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-814-4

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/caseyatthebat

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLes McCannComing AttractionsAlan Abrahams 6 Feb 2015 1:00 PM

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Cover

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Inside Page

Speaking of large, handsome, coffeetable art books, our advance copies of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 have arrived!

Oh, you weren't discussing beautifully bound, large format photography books that class up your living room? Well, this first look at Invitation to Openness just might turn your conversation around. This collection of McCann's personal photography highlighting the world of jazz is elegantly packaged and designed by our own Jacob Covey. Due out in March, the book is ready for your pre-order now!

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsAlexander Theroux 5 Feb 2015 11:45 AM

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Cover

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux - Inside Page

We got in our morning workout with the advance arrival of Alexander Theroux's newest and by far heftiest book, Collected Poems. At 672 pages, this is a book to take in small doses, like spare sips of a fine wine. With a huge variety in form and length, this compilation of Theroux's poetry has a diverse palate and promises to be a major literary event of 2015.

Collected Poems is slated to arrive in April. Our video and photoset previews are not far behind, and the book is available for pre-order.

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPat ThomasLes McCannComing AttractionsAlan Abrahams 3 Feb 2015 1:00 PM

Jazz erupted onto the American music landscape in the 1900s, evolving rapidly and spreading internationally like wildfire. Les McCann, an American soul jazz musician whose first major album Swiss Movement was a huge Billboard pop chart success, always had a 35mm camera close at hand to capture candids of dozens of jazz artists, both on stage and off. This never-before-seen treasure trove of images provides a unique insider's perspective into the world of jazz and is collected here in Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980.

Curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams, Invitation to Openness includes a foreword by A. Scott Galloway, an interview with McCann, and plenty of additional commentary, footnotes, and captions besides. We've included the full foreword, the first two pages of Thomas' interview, and a half dozen examples of McCann's photography in our 19-page downloadable excerpt.

Read the full excerpt here (perhaps with Swiss Movement playing in the background?), then head on over to the book page to pre-order this beautiful, oversized coffeetable art book. Invitation to Openness is due out by March, so look for more previews in the coming weeks!

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 - Cover