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Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wally WoodWallace Woodpreviewsnew releasesEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 11 Nov 2014 2:45 PM

Spawn of Mars and Other Stories
by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-805-2

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

Wallace Wood fans love his sleek, preternaturally lush art, but they especially love the wonderment of his spectacular science fiction. This highly anticipated mouth-watering collection features over two dozen stories brimming with Wood’s meticulously detailed, genre-defining brushwork—all save the one Wood wrote himself on the typewriter of EC editor Al Feldstein. And with titles like "Spawn of Mars," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "A Trip to a Star," "The Invaders," "The Secret of Saturn's Ring," and "The Two-Century Journey," how can you go wrong? This is EC science fiction at its finest. Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars and Other Stories features essays and notes by EC experts on these superbly crafted, classic comic book masterpieces.

The 1950s were also a launching pad for some of the greatest comic book artists in history, many of whom worked for EC—including Wallace Wood, whose hypnotically detailed, lushly expressive brushwork brought to life menacing thugs, ominous cityscapes, and small-town America, as well as Everymen grappling with profound moral issues—not to mention some of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful women ever to sashay across a comic book page.

Like every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Spawn of Mars features extensive essays and notes on these classic stories by EC experts — but the real "meat" of the matter (sometimes literally, in the grislier stories) is supplied by these often lurid, sometimes downright over-the-top, but always compelling and superbly crafted, classic comic-book masterpieces.

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Sweatshop by Peter Bagge - Cover Uncovered
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeter BaggeComing Attractions 10 Nov 2014 5:20 PM

Sweatshop by Peter Bagge - Cover

We are quite pleased to present to you the finalized cover design for our new book collecting cartoonist and 2014 Rockefeller Fellow Peter Bagge's Sweatshop. First published as a six-issue series in 2003, this comic detailing the life of an out-of-touch cartoonist and his "sweatshop" cast of studio assistants has never before been collected until now!

We'll have more juicy previews for you soon, but in the meantime, the book is available for pre-order and should be ready by February 2015!

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Excerpt
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsMichael DowersEsther Pearl WatsonComing Attractions 10 Nov 2014 1:45 PM

We've got a whopping 50 pages previewing our second volume of Treasury of Mini Comics, including the full table of contents, a four page introduction by editor Michael Dowers, and seven complete minicomics. Check 'em out in our 3.6 MB downloadable excerpt here, then get your pre-order in for the book's December debut!

Treasury of Mini Comics Vol. 2, edited by Michael Dowers - Cover

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsLB ColeComing AttractionsBill Schelly 10 Nov 2014 11:05 AM

Black Light: The World of L.B. Cole
biography by Bill Schelly

272-page full color 9.25" x 13.25" softcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-762-8

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

L.B. Cole created some of the most bizarre, proto-psychedelic, eye-popping comic book covers of all time, yet remarkably this is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole covers ever assembled, in an oversize format that showcases his attention to detail and his versatility in all the popular comic book genres of the day. Cole burst into comics during the glory years of the Golden Age of comics. He was famous for his bold covers, usually featuring "poster colors"—brilliant primaries often over black backgrounds—and an over-the-top sense of the bizarre mixed with whimsy. There's never been a comic book cover designer like L.B. Cole and there's never been a book like this one.

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Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wallace Wood and Al Feldstein - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Wally WoodWallace WoodpreviewsEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 7 Nov 2014 12:15 PM

Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wally Wood and Al Feldstein - Cover

Spawn of Mars and Other Stories by Wally Wood and Al Feldstein - Inside Page

On this gloriously sunny fall day, we are excited to offer a sneak peek of our advance printer copies of the next EC Comics Library volume—Spawn of Mars and Other Stories! We're having a hard time keeping our hands off this beautiful hardcover book, which highlights the great Wallace Wood's science-fiction themed stories.

Spawn of Mars will hit bookstores in December, which is coming up fast! So get yer pre-orders in now and make sure you've got room on your EC Comics Library shelf for this new title!

A Valentine for Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 7 Nov 2014 10:05 AM

"Schulz was truly one of the game's great ambassadors." – Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey

"Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book.” – The Comics Reporter

A Valentine for Charlie Brown
by Charles M. Schulz

72-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-804-5

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

http://fantagraphics.com/valentineforcharliebrown

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDylan HorrocksComing Attractions 6 Nov 2014 3:00 PM

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Cover

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Inside Page

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks - Inside Page

Here is a first look at an advance copy of another delicious CAB debut book: Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks. This book, which tells the story of a struggling cartoonist who comes in possession of a mysterious old comic book that injects him into a fantastical world, is a new, eagerly-awaited graphic novel from the creator of Hicksville. One only need look at these sneak peek images to see why we're eager for the book's release.

For those of you who can't make it to CAB (slackers), the least you could do is get your pre-order in now for December delivery.

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It - Video/Photo Slideshow
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsGraham KolbeinsComing AttractionsChip KiddAnne Ishii 6 Nov 2014 2:00 PM

Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It
edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins; introduction by Chip Kidd

280-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-785-7

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

Big, burly, lascivious, and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.

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The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews - Photoset Preview
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under ZapVictor MoscosoThe Comics JournalSpain RodriguezS Clay WilsonRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbRick GriffinpreviewsPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesGilbert SheltonGary Groth 6 Nov 2014 12:30 PM

The Comics Journal Library Vol. 9: Zap The Interviews
edited by Michael Dean and Gary Groth

264-page b&w/color 10” x 12” softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-788-8

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

http://www.fantagraphics.com/zapinterviews

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsFrank StackComing Attractions 5 Nov 2014 5:30 PM

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack - Cover

Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions by Frank Stack - Inside Page

Here at Fantagraphics Headquarters we've been busy busy bees. As CAB approaches, we have been prepping and packing pallets of new books for CAB attendees. Among the many exciting new books we've got for you is a fresh stack of... well, of Frank Stack's upcoming Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions!

This comprehensive collection of the professor who arguably created the first underground comic (The Adventures of Jesus) will grace the Fantagraphics table at CAB, and otherwise will arrive at bookstores this December. If you can't make it to CAB this weekend, you can still pre-order your copy now.