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Young Romance 2 by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 27 Jan 2014 1:03 PM

Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics
by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

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

From tears to soda fountains, from mobsters to pretty ingénues in freshly pressed dresses, the stories of love and betrayal herein will prompt you to grab a tissue box or swoon in delight. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's sensational romance comics continue in this sequel to 2012's acclaimed Young Romance. This volume covers 1947 through 1949 and includes stories about women from all walks of life — from French widows to released prisoners. Simon and Kirby invented the romance comics genre and explored all the flirtations, dalliances, and passions of the young men and women who populated their stories. Get swept away by the sheer delirium that these pages induced so long ago. These comics have been meticulously restored in order to produce one of the most striking and faithful reproductions of 1940s comics ever published. Edited by acclaimed animator and cartoonist Michel Gagné.

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Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJoe OrlandoEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 24 Jan 2014 4:37 PM

Get ready for another dose of rocketships, robots, and bug-eyed monsters from the pages of EC Comics, illustrated by the able hand of Joe Orlando (who would go on to become editor in chief of a little outfit called DC Comics). Judgment Day and Other Stories continues our acclaimed EC Comics Library series of artist-focused volumes with more of that Cold War-era sci-fi we all love so much, including more Ray Bradbury adaptations and the "Adam Link" stories that were later adapted for The Outer Limits.

In our downloadable preview, peruse the Table of Contents and read 3 complete stories, including the groundbreaking anti-racism title tale, the space-faring suspense shocker "Keyed Up!" and the Plutonian temporal anomaly of "Time for a Change!" The book lands in May; pre-order your copy right here.

Judgment Day and Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library)

Young Romance 2 by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMichel GagneJoe SimonJack Kirby 24 Jan 2014 1:17 PM

"Simon found he had a knack for tangled melodrama set in very specific milieus, while Kirby drew ordinary men and women with the same sweaty fervor that he lent to monsters and costumed do-gooders....All of which means that the Michel Gagné-edited collection Young Romance... isn’t just a book of some minor historical interest; it’s a genuinely entertaining and artful set of comics, and in some ways more readable than Simon and Kirby's adventure stories." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying.” – Paste

"...[T]hese comics are among the best in their genre without a doubt." – Eddie Campbell, The Comics Journal

"...[Young Romance] is a real treat, an inexpensive way to read a nice sampling of some Kirby comics that any Kirby fanatic has to be curious about. Michel Gagné did a great job assembling a fun cross-section of stories... Rating: ★★★★★" – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

"Young Romance underscores Simon and Kirby’s keen storytelling skills. Adhering to a mostly six-panel grid, the duo manage to produce work that is visually arresting and dramatic... For Kirby fans and those who just love to explore comics from generations past, it’s a rather essential read." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6

Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics
by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

Due to arrive in about 6-8 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/youngromance2

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 23 Jan 2014 4:35 PM

Summer vacation comes in May — at least it does for indefatigable teen loser Tammy Pierce, who's back for more hilarious humiliation and adorkable adventure in Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson!

In our downloadable preview, it's 1989, school's out, and it's time for movie rentals (Beaches or Terminator?), hanging out with friends (or not), trips to the mall, pining for last year's crush, getting lectured by Mom to get a job, giving makeovers, and busting a move at the old folks' home!

Based on an actual teenager's diary found in a gas station rest room, Unlovable brilliantly mines comedy from the everyday life of its awkward and oblivious heroine. Get in on the fun by pre-ordering today, and if you're late to the party, pick up all 3 volumes for a nice discount!

Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMatt ThornmangaInio Asano 23 Jan 2014 11:55 AM

"Inio Asano is one of the best new manga creators, hands down." – Shaenon Garrity, About.com

"Inio Asano is one of the great emerging voices in manga… [Nijigahara Holograph] is guaranteed to be one of the books of the year, and should help cement Asano's reputation." – ComicsAlliance

"Asano is so young, and [his] ability to talk about human nature, and the distress of becoming an adult is equally painful and beautiful. [He] is in my opinion one of the best and more moving storytellers working nowadays." – Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly)

Nijigahara Holograph (虹ヶ原ホログラフ)
by Inio Asano
translated by Matt Thorn

296-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

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/nijigaharaholograph


Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLane MilburnComing Attractions 22 Jan 2014 2:00 PM

Lane Milburn's awesome, eye-popping, and hilarious space opera epic Twelve Gems, originally scheduled for July, is in the can early, which means we can share some previews that much sooner!

In our downloadable excerpt, our heroes Dogstar (the esteemed mechanic), Venus (the beautiful warrior), and Furz (the cruel bounty hunter) accept the summons of Dr. Z, who gives them their ship, the P-Quad, and their mission: find the legendary Twelve Gems (well, eleven of them; he has the first one already) and unravel their mystery. Our trio blasts off for adventure and faces off with a crew of scavenger droids! Pre-order the book now and read the rest of their galactic quest in May.

Twelve Gems by Lane Milburn

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMatt ThornmangaInio Asano 22 Jan 2014 1:24 PM

Nijigahara Holograph (虹ヶ原ホログラフ)
by Inio Asano
translated by Matt Thorn

296-page black & white 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-583-9

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

Even as butterflies ominously proliferate in town, the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. When the body of Arié Kimura's mother is found by this tunnel's entrance, next to apparently human traces, the legend seems to be confirmed. Is the end of the world coming? In order to appease the wrath of the beast, the children decide to offer it a sacrifice: The unfortunate Arié, whom they believe to be the cause of the curse, is shoved into a well that leads to the Nijigahara tunnel — an act that in turns pushes Komatsuzaki, the budding thug who has carried a torch for Arié for a while already, entirely over the edge.

But this is only the beginning of the complex, challenging, obliquely told Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Suzuki; Higure, his stalkerish would-be girlfriend; their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more — brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another and all will eventually — ten years later — have to live with what they’ve done or suffered through.

Asano, whose Solanin was nominated for the 2009 Eisner and Harvey comics awards (and which was made into a feature film in 2010), delves into disturbing territory with this Lynchian horror story, told in his unnervingly crisp and detailed panels.

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Nijigahara Holograph cover photo


Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairepreviewsnew releases 22 Jan 2014 11:27 AM

"I think Tony Millionaire can only do important things." – Dave Eggers

"Tony Millionaire is worth a thousand Tony Thousandaires." – Conan O'Brien

"Some aliases simply announce the true personality and imaginative potential of the bearer. Tony Millionaire is no exception..." – Elvis Costello

"Tony Millionaire is one of our true genii." – John Hodgman

"No one rides the edge between charming and demented quite like [Tony] Millionaire..." – Booklist

"...[Millionaire] evokes the anything-goes child-logic found in darker fairy tales and the Oz stories with a pinch of Lewis Carroll thrown in for the sheer bizarreness of it all." – Publishers Weekly

Sock Monkey Treasury: A "Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" Collection
by Tony Millionaire

336-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-696-6

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/sockmonkeytreasury

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeter BaggeComing Attractions 22 Jan 2014 11:01 AM

Hate fans have been clamoring for a collection of Peter Bagge's post-millennial Buddy & Lisa stories for years, and now it's finally almost here! We've gathered up all the Bradleyverse material from the Hate Annuals, gave 'em a little spitshine, and Pete's drawn 20 all-new pages to wrap up the current storyline, all collected in full color in Buddy Buys a Dump, out in April!

In our downloadable preview, Buddy's about to get lured into another one of his pal & business partner Jay's cockamamie money-making schemes, and Lisa prays for a little divine intervention. Then, Lisa & Babs are off for a "ladies only" weekend, leaving Buddy in charge of the kids... what could possibly go wrong? If you guessed "plenty," give yourself a pat on the back, and then head here to pre-order.

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTony Millionairepreviewsnew releases 21 Jan 2014 3:28 PM

Sock Monkey Treasury: A "Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey" Collection
by Tony Millionaire

336-page black & white/color 7.75" x 11.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-696-6

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

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.

The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.

The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.

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Sock Monkey Treasury cover photo