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Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Roy CranepreviewsComing Attractions 21 Jan 2014 11:24 AM

Buz is back for another volume of romance and adventure! Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons collects two more years of Roy Crane's masterful strip, from 1947-1948.

In our downloadable excerpt, Buz reluctantly skips out on his vacation and heads to the West Indies to help his old Navy buddy Thirsty out of a jam — which turns out to be an acute case of cold feet over impending marriage. Thirsty sends Buz to let his bride-to-be down easy, but it turns out his real plans are more devious, and things get complicated. On top of all that, a hurricane blows through and a slick character washes up with designs on Thirsty's now-disenchanted belle. Plus, a few full-color Sunday strips starring Buz's pal Rosco Sweeney! Will Thirsty get the girl? And what about Buz's girl Christy back home? Pre-order the book now and find out when you get your copy in March!

Buz Sawyer Vol. 3: Typhoons and Honeymoons by Roy Crane

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 20 Jan 2014 2:24 PM

This time each year we look forward to yet another odd-numbered volume of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. SchulzThe Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 takes us into the strip's final decade, with Schulz adding more surprising twists and flights of fancy to his repertoire of classic themes.

Our downloadable excerpt includes all of the strips from January, 1991 (plus a couple more for good measure). Snoopy fixates on cookies and works as a construction flagger; Lucy looks for serenity and questions Linus's fundamental beliefs; Peppermint Patty and Marcie confuse athletics and academics; snowflakes are vied for; Snoopy and Woodstock debate the merits of their species; and lots more gags & laughs from the gang. And that's just one month out of 23 in this volume! For the rest, pre-order now.

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohn Liney 20 Jan 2014 11:50 AM

"First of all, the veil of anonymity is being pulled away and John Liney is finally getting some recognition. And best of all, you are about to have the opportunity to enjoy some of the fine work of this overlooked comic book creator." – Kim Deitch, from his foreword

"We hope you enjoy our efforts to bring this long-unseen material to the public and that the name of John Liney will finally find its rightful place among the great names in the business, alongside Barks, Stanley, Kelly, Carlson, Wolverton, and others." – editor David Tosh, from his introduction

Henry Speaks for Himself
by John Liney (Henry created by Carl Anderson)
Edited by David Tosh

160-page full-color 7.6" x 10.45" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-733-8

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/henryspeaksforhimself


The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsJaime HernandezComing Attractions 17 Jan 2014 4:49 PM

The decades-spanning, on-again-off-again relationship between Maggie Chascarillo and Ray Dominguez reaches its emotional apotheosis in The Love Bunglers. After receiving rapturous, near-universal acclaim during their serialized run 2010-2011, Jaime Hernandez's stories from Love and Rockets: New Stories #3-4 are collected in this single hardcover volume, bigger and better than ever.

In our downloadable excerpt, Maggie is the subject of scrutiny from three men across the street, one of whom has a special interest in her. Later, the hint of a triangle forms as Maggie misses and makes connections with Reno and Ray as she describes her dreams and takes in an art show. How are they all going to mess it up? Get the whole story in April when the book hits shelves; get it first by pre-ordering now.

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

Henry Speaks for Himself by John Liney - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohn Liney 17 Jan 2014 2:40 PM

Henry Speaks for Himself
by John Liney (Henry created by Carl Anderson)
Edited by David Tosh

160-page full-color 7.6" x 10.45" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-733-8

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

What is it about odd-looking comic strip characters that catch the public's attention? Carl Anderson's classic comic strip character Henry was certainly not your average-looking youngster, with knobby knees, a pencil neck, and a bulbous, bald head, but for years, he entertained millions of readers worldwide with his pantomime pranks. He was also the subject of a long-running comic book series, with one significant difference from the newspaper strip — in the comic books, Henry spoke! Written and drawn by John Liney, who also handled art chores on the daily Henry strip, these stories were done in a Tintin-esque clean-line art style that made them attractive to the younger set, but with writing clever enough to cause the adults to chuckle while reading to their children. These 1940s-'50s stories have never before been reprinted, and this collection provides a long-overdue look at a forgotten "kid's comic" masterpiece.

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Stranger Than Life by M.K. Brown - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMK Brown 16 Jan 2014 11:54 AM

"M.K. Brown turns the orderly world we think we all live in upside-down, shakes up our perceptions of normality — then hands everything back to us profoundly altered in some way only our subconscious mind truly understands." – Bill Griffith, from his introduction

"What you are holding is a work of a rare talent. M.K. Brown is the Irene Dunne (do Google) of the print world. Hard core fans can, at last, rejoice; first time readers will witness true comic enchantment. So come along children, let us follow and see where this divine woman takes us this time." – Brian McConnachie

"M.K. Brown is a uniquely innovative artist. Her work is on a level that no other cartoonist even remotely approaches." – Sam Gross

Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013 
by M.K. Brown

248-page black & white/color 8.5” x 11” softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-708-6

Due to arrive in about 5-7 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/strangerthanlife

Stranger Than Life by M.K. Brown - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMK Brown 15 Jan 2014 4:14 PM

Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013
by M.K. Brown

248-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-708-6

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

Women: what do they want? They might want to float into the sky while hosting a brunch party. They might want a couple of handsome cops to come over and get rid of a snake problem. They might seek a doctor's treatment for "wise-ass disease" or fantasize about revenge and forgiveness at the dentist's office. They might want to sing the White Girl Blues and dance the White Girl Twist.

And what about men? Mr. Science just wants to carry out his pointless experiments. "Earl D. Porker, Social Worker" converses with household items and forgets the cat food. One fellow's head is a basket of laundry.

One of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades, M.K. Brown has accumulated a body of work long savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected — until now. Stranger Than Life is the first retrospective collection of Brown's cartoons and comic strips from the National Lampoon from 1972-1981, as well as such other magazines as Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy; and her comics from underground publications like Arcade, Wimmin's Comics, Young Lust, and Twisted Sisters.

In these pages: Read instructions for the use of glue, making a pair of pants, home auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. Travel the globe to witness the giant bananas of Maui, strange sightings in Guatemala, camel races, and a "Saga of the Frozen North." Learn about love 'round the world, among eccentric suburbanites, and in a "Condensed Gothic" romance. Meet Virginia Spears Ngodátu, who (with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in "Dr. Janice N!Godatu," Brown's series of animated shorts that appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show alongside the first incarnation of The Simpsons. Aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers and other weirdos feature in Brown's side-splitting single-panel gag strips.

Brown's cartoons combine a penchant for the absurd with the gimlet observational eye of Roz Chast. Brown satirizes suburban anxiety and ennui by turning it upside-down and sideways, and her slightly grotesque yet lovable characters are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel-tone watercolors.

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Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 15 Jan 2014 12:42 PM

Our acclaimed and beloved Carl Barks Library series continues with Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn. It's more adventure and laughs in Duckburg and beyond, all with our impeccable production and presentation, and supplemented with the usual expert commentary (including, in this volume, an intro by superstar "Wimpy Kid" creator Jeff Kinney).

In our downloadable excerpt, Uncle Scrooge summons an unusually agreeable Donald and the nephews to send them off on a mission, but Donald's attitude makes a 180 when he finds out it's to retrieve the titular fabled beast! Meanwhile, sneaky Gladstone Gander wants in on the action. Crosses and double-crosses ensue, and the trouble isn't over once they find their objective. Want the rest of the story (and a whole bunch more)? Pre-order now!

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGlenn BrayComing Attractions 8 Jan 2014 11:02 AM

Are you ready for our biggest (by weight and total page acreage if not by height and width) single-volume book ever? Are you ready to have your brain drop-kicked through the goal posts of comic art nirvana by hundreds and hundreds of amazing, rare, and amazingly rare images by a who's-who of comic artists? Are you ready for... The Blighted Eye? Well get ready, because über-collector extraordinaire Glenn Bray is about to share his legendary collection of original artwork with you in a massive, deluxe art book that belongs on the coffee table of everyone who calls themselves aficionados of comic art.

In our downloadable preview you'll get a portion of the introductory interview with Bray and a generous alphabetical sample of artwork from Charles Addams through Jack Cole. The book is expected in March; you can secure your copy with an early pre-order.

The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 7 Jan 2014 4:22 PM

Charlie Brown's tribulations on the pitcher's mound, in the batter's box, and in the dugout are the stuff of myth (Sisyphus, to be precise). For all fans of America's Pastime, we've collected three of Charles M. Schulz's classic Peanuts baseball storylines into one spiffy little gift book, Batter Up, Charlie Brown!

In our downloadable excerpt, Chuck's role as team manager leads to frustration as his players vex him with their idiosyncratic habits. The book should be out about midway through Spring Training — pre-order now for delivery by opening day!

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz