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Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 4 Jun 2014 5:27 PM

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Cover

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Plate 29

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High quality paper stock, full-page color plates, legendary comic creators — that's right, Drew Friedman's finely curated portraits of the comic book pioneers of our time, Heroes of the Comics, is hot off the printers! We are thrilled to give you this sneak peek before its August debut.

Inside, you'll find over 80 lovingly rendered portraits alongside a short essay that summarizes each person's life, work, and contribution to the world of comics. This homage to comic book history is not to be missed — pre-order yours today!

Cork High and Bottle Deep by Virgil Partch - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Virgil Partchpreviewsnew releases 4 Jun 2014 10:58 AM

"The dazzlingly demented Virgil Partch was seemingly born with a drink in one hand and a brush in the other." — Comics Bulletin

"Hilarious, subtly subversive, and unique for his time, Virgil Partch was a 20th-century gag cartoonist whose 'pleasingly grotesque style' still delights people today…" — The Rumpus

"Partch's madcap — often bawdy and even a little naughty — style was immediately recognizable and oft times laugh out loud funny." — Heroes Online

Cork High and Bottle Deep
by Virgil Partch

184-page black & white/color 6.75" x 6.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-716-1

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/corkhigh

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Simon HanselmannpreviewsMegahexComing Attractions 3 Jun 2014 5:00 PM

Meet Megg, Mogg, and Owl. Megg is a drug-addicted, depressed witch, and Mogg is her familiar — a cat who doesn't seem to respect her boundaries. Owl is an anthropomorphized owl. This first collection of Tasmanian-born Simon Hanselmann's online comic stars characters struggling with poverty, drug use, depression, sexuality, and their sometimes abusive relationships with each other. Megahex will feature three seasons of Megg and Mogg from the past five years, as well as over 70 pages of new material.

Our downloadable excerpt dives right into Megg, Mogg, and Owl getting high and getting in trouble. There is a party where Werewolf Jones shows off a party trick that results in an ambulance ride to the ER. Afterwards, the remaining party-goers have a "Horrible Feet Contest", which Werewolf Jones returns just in time to win.

Megahex will be out in August, but you can reserve your copy now!

Megahex by Simon Hanselmann - Cover

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 (Paperback) by Michael Kupperman - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under tales designed to thrizzlepreviewsMichael KuppermanComing Attractions 2 Jun 2014 2:29 PM

The surreal, absurd, and delightfully bizarre collection of work that is Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1, by the ineffable Michael Kupperman, comes out in paperback this Fall.

Our downloadable excerpt takes you through the first 10 pages, which includes an interrupted narrated story of Picasso by a Hamburger, the mysterious murder of Casanova, and an advertisement for a nut-derived bra of questionable integrity.

What else is there to say? Pre-order and reserve your copy today.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 by Michael Kupperman

Doctors by Dash Shaw - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDash ShawComing Attractions 27 May 2014 4:11 PM

Dash Shaw is having a prolific year, with no signs of slowing down. His newest graphic novel, Doctors, is due this Fall. As with his other sci-fi-tinged stories, Shaw uses futuristic technology to explore human issues — this time, the ethics and emotional impact of interrupted mortality.

In our downloadable preview, an older woman with a seemingly idyllic life finds romance with a younger man — but her daughter appears with an unbelievable claim that her life as she knows it is not what it seems.

Doctors will be on call (in stores) in September (and available at SPX) and you can reserve your copy today.

Doctors by Dash Shaw

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesBlake Bell 26 May 2014 11:34 AM

"Strange Suspense offers page after lurid four-color page of Ditko's weird monsters, rubber-faced crooks, and abstracted landscapes... The book is a white-knuckle trip through Ditko’s fevered imagination." – The A.V. Club

"This book is chock-full of intense faces and monsters and colors. Strong blacks, horror comics, mean revenge, strange surgery…It's all horror comics from before Fredric Wertham illegalized good-time comic books." – Vice

"The tales in this tome are sheer pre-Comics Code Authority horror, complete with stabbings, decapitations, mutilations, and disintegrations. …Ditko's talent jumps off the page and one of the benefits of reading the stories in chronological order is seeing his art evolve and improve." – Rue Morgue

"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." – Entertainment Weekly

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 - Paperback Edition
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/strangesuspense

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 22 May 2014 10:56 AM

You love comics, we love comics, and Drew Friedman has taken his love for the medium and given it tangible form in 83 beautiful, evocative, full-color portraits (plus some spot illustrations) of the pioneers of the art and business of comics, with some words about each, collected in an oversized coffee-table art book titled Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books, coming this August.

Our downloadable excerpt includes the Table of Contents, 2 pages from Friedman's Introduction, and 8 portraits (from funnybook progenitor and EC founder Max Gaines through Superman creators Siegel & Shuster) with their accompanying essays.

This book debuts at Comic-Con in San Diego; if you can't make it, you can still get one of the first copies by pre-ordering now!

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot by Floyd Gottfredson - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisney 21 May 2014 11:31 AM

"A revelation. As in his contemporaneous animated cartoons, this Mickey is a feisty, wisecracking daredevil... Gottfredson’s charmingly old-fashioned drawings accentuate the gags and briskly propel the plotlines." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

"I have a feeling that [these] book[s], crafted with such obvious care, will earn Gottfredson a new legion of admirers." – Leonard Maltin

"From the beautifully reproduced strips to the densely packed ancillary features, this must be the book that editors David Gerstein and Fantagraphics’ co-founder Gary Groth wanted for years for their own libraries. Their enthusiasm shows in the wonderfully designed package. This book is highly recommended for any Disney fan and fans of America's rich comic strip history." – Rich Clabaugh, Christian Science Monitor

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/mickey5

Film Noir 101 by Mark Fertig - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMark FertigComing Attractions 21 May 2014 11:26 AM

All right all you film fanciers, illustration enthusiasts, and design doyens, get ready to feast your eyes on Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s, the ultimate visual guide to the genre in a sumptuous oversized coffee table book!

In our downloadable excerpt, read author Mark Fertig's Introduction and then feast your eyes on posters #101-92, starring Joan Crawford, Lawrence Tierney, Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Joan Fontaine, and many more, followed by Fertig's insightful notes on each film.

Don't be a sap — pre-order today for delivery in August!

Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 (Paperback) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoSteve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesBlake Bell 20 May 2014 1:20 PM

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 - Paperback Edition
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7" x 9.75" softcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-739-0

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

Before the Amazing Spider-Man, before the mysterious Dr. Strange, before the black-and-white world of the Ayn Rand-inspired Mr. A, the legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko was conjuring all manners of horrors at his drawing table. In his first two years in the industry (1953 and 1954), Ditko drew tales of macabre suspense that were not yet hobbled by the imminent Comics Code Authority (adopted in Oct. 1954). These stories featured graphic bloodshed, dismemberment and blood-curdling acid baths as the ugly end to the lives of the dark and twisted inhabitants of Steve Ditko’s imagination.

Following up on Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko, Blake Bell’s 2008 best-selling critical retrospective of Ditko’s career, Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1 features, for the first time, spectacular full-color reprints of every story from those first two years of his career. Beginning with Ditko’s very first story to Ditko’s short stint in the Joe Simon/Jack Kirby studio, to Ditko’s eventual encampment at the Charlton Comics operation in 1954, readers will see the initial works of an artist already at a level of craftsmanship that exceeded most of his peers. The book also features editor Bell’s insightful introduction, providing historical background and speaking to Ditko's influence and his unique craft.

Now in paperback!

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