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Rip M.D. preview at ICv2
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under RIP MDpreviews 8 Sep 2010 10:16 AM

from Rip M.D. - Mitch Schauer/Mike Vosburg

Head over to ICv2 to check out an exclusive 5-page excerpt from Rip M.D., the all-ages graphic novel written and drawn by Mitch Schauer, inked by Michael Vosburg and produced by the creative forces at Lincoln Butterfield, coming later this month from Fantagraphics.

Lucky in Love - exclusive preview at Techland
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanopreviews 2 Sep 2010 12:06 PM

from Lucky in Love Book 1 - Stephen DeStefano

TIME.com's Techland brings you an exclusive 7-page preview of Lucky in Love Book 1: A Poor Man's History by George Chieffet & Stephen DeStefano, on sale now here and at finer comic shops nationwide!

Skin Deep by Charles Burns - the lost preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsCharles Burns 2 Sep 2010 10:32 AM

I shot a photo & video preview of the 2009 first softcover edition of Charles Burns's Skin Deep last summer, but never had time to upload it, and it slipped through the cracks for many months — until now! You get to ogle this amazing book and I finally get to cross it off my to-do list. Click here if the embedded player isn't visible below or to enlarge it in a new window (recommended).

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes: 17th Softcover Edition - Preview & Sale!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videosales specialspreviewsDaniel Clowes 2 Sep 2010 9:31 AM

Ghost World just recently went into its 17th softcover printing, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to create one of our world-famous video & photo preview slideshows for our most famous graphic novel and — why not? — offer it for 17% off for a limited time!

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Ghost World
by Daniel Clowes

17th Softcover Edition, 2010
80-page duotone 7" x 10" softcover • $11.95 $9.92 for a limited time
ISBN: 978-1-56097-427-7

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Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel. Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author's name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation, and Ghost World is his magnum opus. Adapted into a major motion picture directed by Terry Zwigoff (director of the acclaimed documentary Crumb), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. This graphic novel is a must for any self-respecting comics fan's library.

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Zippy: Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg by Bill Griffith - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Zippy the Pinheadvideopreviewsnew releasesBill Griffith 1 Sep 2010 8:06 AM

Zippy: Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg by Bill Griffith

Zippy: Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg
by Bill Griffith

216-page black & white/color 8.5" x 8.5" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-389-7

Ships in: September 2010 (subject to change) – Pre-Order Now

In Zippy’s latest collection of daily and color strips (with additional pages!), the tour of “Dingburg” continues; we drop in on dozens of Dingburgers and observe them in their natural habitat. The city “inhabited entirely by pinheads” can be seen as a metaphor for the world we live in today — or not.

In any event, we watch as Zippy the Pinhead and his fellow Dingburg residents hunt and bag “Speedy Alka Seltzer,” hear voices in their refrigerators, become addicted to Riboflavin, enjoy fondling newsprint, believe that “wahoo bark” attracts the opposite sex, and worship Joan Rivers.

There’s also the extended series in which Zippy has a long (and donut-based) conversation with God and another in which we meet a pinhead poet who bears a striking resemblance to Charles Bukowski. Are we having fun yet?

Download an EXCLUSIVE 18-page PDF excerpt (3.3 MB). The “Pindex” for this book, showing real locations, etc. may be found online at: zippythepinhead.com/pages/aarealday.html

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Zippy: Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg + Welcome to Dingburg by Bill Griffith

Bonus Savings: Order Ding Dong Daddy from Dingburg together with the previous Zippy volume Welcome to Dingburg and save 20% off the combined cover prices!

The Sanctuary by Nate Neal - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesNate Neal 31 Aug 2010 8:33 AM

The Sanctuary by Nate Neal

The Sanctuary
by Nate Neal

208-page black & white 8" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-388-0

Ships in: September 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

In Nate Neal's first full-length graphic novel, the author explores the primal mysteries and sordid inner workings of a Paleolithic cave-dwelling tribe, creating an original "silent" reading experience by using symbols instead of words.

When a mysterious nomad girl is offered up as an item of trade, she seeks refuge by forming a tenacious friendship with the local cave-painter turned outcast. Together they set out on a dangerous mission to bring truth to their corrupt tribe with the help of their new discovery (via some psychotropic mushrooms): drawings that tell a story. Subsequently, they become enmeshed in the violent power struggles and sensual intrigues between the alpha males and alpha females.

In The Sanctuary, art, inspiration, and communication is in conflict with tradition and law, and then ovel dramatizes the moral imperative of man facing the truth even at the cost of his, and society's, lives.

Featuring its own delicately crafted Paleolithic language, The Sanctuary breaks new ground by bringing complex ideas to the page with primal immediacy and sophistication through Neal's adroit use of pantomime storytelling that provide many layers of symbolism and meaning. This is a darkly comic journey through a prehistoric re-imagining of art and comics.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 15-page PDF excerpt (1.5 MB). See more previews and exclusive bonus material at Nate Neal's The Sanctuary blog.

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Congress of the Animals sneak peek from Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim WoodringComing Attractions 30 Aug 2010 2:43 PM

 Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring - page 36

Jim Woodring posts on his blog:

"Page 36 of the forthcoming CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS; lamisters Frank and Quacky tour the terminal play zone."

That guy's name is Quacky? Awesome! The book's due next Spring.

Rip M.D. by Mitch Schauer & Michael Vosburg et al. - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRIP MDpreviewsnew releases 30 Aug 2010 8:07 AM

Rip M.D. by Mitch Schauer, Michael Vosburg et al.

Rip M.D.
by Mitch Schauer & Michael Vosburg et al.

88-page full-color 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-369-9

Ships in: September 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Rip M.D. is the debut graphic novel from The Angry Beavers creator Mitch Schauer, a creepy, fun-filled all-ages adventure introducing Ripley Plimpt, an eleven-year-old boy whose ordinary life is turned upside-down when he discovers that monsters are not only real, but are also in desperate need of his help to overcome their very real problems.

One foggy night, while searching for monsters in the cemetery behind his house, Ripley finds and rescues the tiniest of bats impaled on a thorn bush. What Ripley doesn’t realize is that he’s just saved the life, or “un-life,” of one of the world’s most dangerous night creatures — a vampire! Word spreads among all monsters of Rip’s heroic gallantry and kindness. Before long, legendary and mythical monsters from around the world are showing up on his doorstep proclaiming Rip as Rip M.D. — Monster Doctor!

Writing and illustrating the graphic novel, Emmy-Award winning and long time producer, writer and designer Schauer has teamed with comic book veteran Mike Vosburg who’s bringing his innovative, illustrative style to the artwork’s inking. Michael Lessa and Justin Yamaguchi are creating a whole new look for Rip M.D. with their beautiful color and special effects expertise.

Rip M.D. is the first collaboration between the independent animation studio Lincoln Butterfield, who’s producing the graphic novel, and Fantagraphics Books, who’s publishing it.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 8-page PDF excerpt (1.7 MB).

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Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohn BensonFour Color Fear 27 Aug 2010 8:24 AM

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s
by various artists; edited by John Benson and Greg Sadowski

320-page full-color 7.5" x 10.5" softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-343-9

Ships in: September 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Of the myriad genres comic books ventured into during its golden age, none was as controversial as or came at a greater cost than horror; the public outrage it incited almost destroyed the entire industry. Yet before the watchdog groups and Congress could intercede, horror books were flying off the newsstands. During its peak period (1951-54) over fifty titles appeared each month. Apparently there was something perversely irresistible about these graphic excursions into our dark side, and Four Color Fear collects the finest of these into a single robust and affordable volume.

EC is the comic book company most fans associate with horror; its complete line has been reprinted numerous times, and deservedly so. But to the average reader there remain unseen quite a batch of genuinely disturbing, compulsive, imaginative, at times even touching, horror stories presented from a variety of visions and perspectives, many of which at their best can stand toe to toe with EC.

All of the better horror companies are represented: Ace, Ajax-Farrell, American Comics Group, Avon, Comic Media, Fawcett, Fiction House, Gilmor, Harvey, Quality, Standard, St. John, Story, Superior, Trojan, Youthful and Ziff-Davis. Artist perennials Jack Cole, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Jack Katz, Al Williamson, Basil Wolverton, and Wallace Wood contribute both stories and covers, with many of the 32 full-sized covers created by specialists Bernard Baily, L.B. Cole, William Eckgren, and Matt Fox. (See below for a link to the full Table of Contents.)

Editors John Benson and Greg Sadowski have sifted through hundreds of rare books to cherry-pick the most compelling scripts and art, and they provide extensive background notes on the artists, writers, and companies involved in their creation. Digital restoration has been performed with subtlety and restraint, mainly to correct registration and printing errors, with every effort made to retain the flavor of the original comics, and to provide the reader the experience of finding in the attic a bound volume of the finest non-EC horror covers and stories of the pre-code era.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 26-page PDF excerpt (19.4 MB) featuring four complete stories: "The Corpse that Came to Dinner" by Reed Crandall & Mike Peppe; "The Maze Master" by Lou Cameron; "Swamp Monster" by Basil Wolverton; and "Discovery" by Manny Stallman & John Guinta. Also, click here to read the Introduction by John Benson and see the full Table of Contents with story titles and artist credits.

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You'll Never Know, Book 2: Collateral Damage by C. Tyler - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCarol Tyler 26 Aug 2010 8:14 AM

You'll Never Know, Book 2: Collateral Damage by C. Tyler

You'll Never Know, Book 2: Collateral Damage
by C. Tyler

104-page full-color 12" x 10.25" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-418-4

Ships in: September 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

This book is available with a signed bookplate as a FREE premium! The bookplate has been uniquely designed for this book, and each bookplate is printed on acid-free cardstock and hand-signed by the author. (Click here for more books available with signed bookplates.) Please select your preference above before adding the item to your shopping cart. Note: Signature plates are VERY limited in quantity and available only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

The first volume of You’ll Never Know showed Carol’s initial, sometimes difficult attempts at grappling with her father Chuck’s traumatic World War II experiences by bringing them to light. As Book 2 begins, she is startled to discover that Chuck’s decision to suddenly, after 60 years, open up to her on the subject has motivations that go far beyond his desire to reveal his past — putting even more pressure on an already explosive relationship. In any event, Carol finally begins to delve into, and re-tell, Chuck’s horrific wartime experiences in Italy (which are worse than even she had imagined).

But back in the present, the cycle of family dysfunction continues as Carol’s own daughter runs into her own trouble, leading Carol into further exploration of her family’s buried traumas and sorrows — with an expanded reprinting of the out-of-print “The Hannah Story,” Tyler’s superb chronicle of the short life and accidental death of her older sister, a heart-rending story (named one of the “100 Best Comics of the 20th Century” in a Comics Journal survey) that in turn sheds light on her parents’ subsequent lives and patterns of behavior. Everything is connected, and the past is never just the past...

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (6.7 MB).

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You'll Never Know Books 1 & 2 - C. Tyler

Bonus Savings: Order You'll Never Know, Books 1 & 2 together and save 20% off the combined cover price!