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Preview The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi at Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJacques Tardi 18 Mar 2011 12:45 PM

from The Arctic Marauder by Jacques Tardi

Head to Diamond Comics Distributors' Previews website for an 8-page excerpt from Jacques Tardi's The Arctic Marauder (embedded in one of those nifty Issuu flip-through thingies — full-screen viewing is recommended).

Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLeslie Stein 11 Mar 2011 7:16 AM

Eye of the Majestic Creature by Leslie Stein

Eye of the Majestic Creature
by Leslie Stein

128-page black & white 7.5" x 11" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-413-9

Ships in: April 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Eye of the Majestic Creature is a collection of semi-autobiographical and fantasy-based comics that combine dry humor, psychedelia, and emotion to show the viewpoint of one person’s world internally and externally. The story follows a young girl, Larrybear, and her talking acoustic guitar Marshmallow on their adventures through the countryside, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. While Larrybear struggles to connect with strangers, her friends, and her family to various degrees of success, her growing population of anthropomorphic friends have adventures of their own.

Larrybear is in a constant struggle between the desire to connect with those around her and to be left to her own devices. You get a glimpse of her past life when she visits her home town of Chicago, trying to relate to old friends who have not matured since high school, as well as her family (which includes her Hippopotamus father and his harem of ex-wives, two brothers, and Salsa-dancing mom). In the present, she moves to New York to find work for a time, resulting in many hilarious and drunken adventures with her new coworkers at a cell phone decorating shop, and her old friend Boris, who shares with her his P.G. Wodehouse books, as well as his “Incredible Hulk” weed. Drawn in shades of gray using the near-deceased practice of stippling, Stein’s imagery draws you into her world for a complete and engrossing experience.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (1.9 MB).

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Praise for Leslie Stein:

“Leslie Stein’s comics inhabit a charming and semi-autobiographical (in the most ‘semi’ sense of the word) yet surreal, insular world where her best friend and closest confidant is an acoustic guitar. What’s not to relate to?” — Peter Bagge

“Early in the 20th Century, a beautiful cartoonist, Marcel Duchamp, pretended to be a marginally attractive woman and spent considerable time watching dust accumulate. Early in the 21st Century a beautiful cartoonist, Leslie Stein, pretended to be a funky dweeb and spent considerable time counting sand. Catch my drift?” — Gary Panter

“Visual inventiveness combined with a high level of wit.” — Michael Kupperman


Daily OCD Extra: Wandering Son preview/review at CBR
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoreviewspreviewsmangaDaily OCD 10 Mar 2011 11:27 AM

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At Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources, as part of their "Month of LGBT Comics" feature, Brian Cronin presents a sampling of 10 pages from Shimura Takako's Wandering Son Vol. 1 and reviews the book:

"It is astonishing how well Shimura brings things to a slow boil, until the story is bubbling with emotion. You really feel the pain that Shuichi is going through as he deals with the fact that he is, well, you know, a she. There is a real sensitivity to this work that I found extremely appealing. Shimura really captures the awkwardness of it all... The whole book is adorable. This is a great, all ages take on a very difficult to express subject. Shimura’s art has so much life to it and expresses so much emotion that it is just amazing to read."

Publishers Weekly previews 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiagopreviews21 8 Mar 2011 12:58 PM

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PW offers up a generous 11-page excerpt from Wilfred Santiago's upcoming graphic biography 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, flashing back from the playing field to Clemente's Puerto Rico childhood.

Four Color Fear (2nd Printing) - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesFour Color Fear 24 Feb 2011 6:15 AM

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2nd Printing)

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s (2nd Printing)
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: April 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

After the first printing, released in Fall 2010, sold out in a matter of months, we went back to press with a brand-new cover design for the 2nd printing!

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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Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition by Joe Sacco - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videosigned bookplatespreviewsnew releasesJoe Sacco 23 Feb 2011 6:29 AM

Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition by Joe Sacco

Safe Area Gorazde: The Special Edition
by Joe Sacco

272-page black & white 7.75" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-396-5

Ships in: April 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

First released in 2000, Safe Area Gorazde confirmed Sacco as one of the pre-eminent journalists of his time, and earned him a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship. Now for its 10th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing an expanded hardcover edition which, much like 2007’s Palestine: The Special Edition, supplements the original work with page after page of special features, listed below.

In the wake of his acclaimed Palestine, Joe Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995-1996, immersing himself in the human side of life during wartime, researching stories rarely found in conventional news coverage. The book focuses on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde, which was besieged by Bosnian Serbs during the war; Sacco spent four weeks in Gorazde, entering before the Muslims trapped inside had access to the outside world, electricity or running water.

Features of this special deluxe edition include:

• A lengthy illustrated essay by Joe Sacco on how the project came together.

• A side-by-side comparison of Sacco's reference photos and the final comics panels drawn from them.

• A "Where Are they Now?" update on Gorazde's most colorful characters.

• A long interview with Sacco on Safe Area Gorazde from The Comics Journal.

• Plus of course the complete Safe Area Gorazde including Christopher Hitchens's introduction from the first edition.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 21-page PDF excerpt (5.6 MB).

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Praise for the original edition:

2001 Eisner Award WINNER: Best Graphic Album - New

"Of the myriad of books that have appeared about Bosnia, few have told the truth more bravely than Sacco's. He is an immense talent." – The New York Times Book Review

"Harrowing and bleakly humorous, Sacco's account of life during the Balkan conflict is a timeless portrait of ordinary people caught in desperate circumstances. It's also a work of genius in an unlikely genre: journalism in comic book form." – Utne Reader

"Sacco's detailed, personal reporting captures his subject matter more convincingly than photographs or Christiane Amanpour." – Time

"Graphic in every sense of the term, Sacco’s account of everyday life in a city under siege puts one of the twentieth century’s least understood catastrophes in perspective; it’s the best argument around for comics as a journalistic medium." – GQ

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Free Bonus: This book is available with an exclusive signed bookplate (pictured above) at no extra charge! See product description for details.





Love from the Shadows by Gilbert Hernandez - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGilbert Hernandez 15 Feb 2011 6:33 AM

Love from the Shadows by Gilbert Hernandez

Love from the Shadows
by Gilbert Hernandez

120-page black & white 5.75" x 8.5" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-406-1

Ships in: March 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The third in Gilbert Hernandez’s line of original hardcovers featuring Love and Rockets’ “Fritz” in her guise as a Z-movie actress (the first two were Chance in Hell and The Troublemakers) is a trippy thriller that stars Fritz in no fewer than three roles.

A beautiful waitress (Fritz, of course) and her hospital nurse brother (also Fritz) visit their estranged father, a once successful but now retired writer (amazingly enough, also Fritz), in order to find out the true reason why their mother committed suicide. When dad’s health fails, the siblings are then more concerned with the money he might leave them.

The story weaves in and out of reality and hallucination and possibly back in forth in time, and to complicate things further, the sister is sexually obsessed with a mysterious man throughout the tale — or is it her brother (at one point posing as his sister so that he might gain his and her inheritance) that is so hot and bothered by this mystery stud? And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a venture into ghost territory, with frauds bilking the gullible and Fritz’s character(s) right in the middle.

To complete the pulp gestalt, the book's cover illustration is a painting by Pulp Fiction artist Steven Martinez (he painted the portrait of Marsellus Wallace's wife Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman] that hangs in their house and which Vincent Vega [John Travolta] scrutinizes while he waits for Mia).

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (483 KB).

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Chance in Hell [with FREE Signed Bookplate] The Troublemakers [with FREE Signed Bookplate] Love from the Shadows [Pre-Order]

Exclusive Savings: Order all 3 "Fritz B-Movie" titles together and save 20% off the combined cover prices!

R.I.P.: Best of 1985-2004 by Thomas Ott - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoThomas Ottpreviewsnew releases 10 Feb 2011 6:53 AM

R.I.P.: Best of 1985-2004 by Thomas Ott

R.I.P.: Best of 1985-2004
by Thomas Ott

192-page black & white 6.25" x 10" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-417-7

Ships in: March 2011 (subject to change) —Pre-Order Now

This omnibus collection of Thomas Ott’s short shock-ending horror stories — imagine E.C. Comics done with no words, and executed in an impossibly lush black-and-white scratchboard style — collects a dozen stories originally published in three (now out of print) thin European style “graphic albums” (Tales of Error, Greetings from Hellville and Dead End) during the 1980s and 1990s, plus 8 previously uncollected tales, including "The Breakdown" from Fantagraphics' Mome anthology and Ott's collaboration with French great David B., "La Fiancée du Lapin." The book also features an afterword by rocker Martin Eric Ain, a.k.a. Martin Erich Stricker (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost).

Presented in the same deluxe format as the now sold-out Cinema Panopticum and The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8, R.I.P. offers up twenty twisted tales of murder, suicide, oppression, terror, mutilation, crime, marital strife, and nuclear annihilation.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 19-page PDF excerpt (3.7 MB).

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The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 + R.I.P.: Best of 1985-2004 by Thomas Ott

Exclusive Savings: Order R.I.P. together with The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 and save 20% off the combined cover price!

The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 (Vol. 15) by Charles M. Schulz - Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 3 Feb 2011 6:19 AM

The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 (Vol. 15) by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 (Vol. 15)
by Charles M. Schulz

Introduction by Al Roker; designed by Seth

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-438-2

Ships in: March 2011 (subject to change)
This item will be available for order on its release date. Stay tuned for updates.

Charles Schulz enters his fourth decade as the greatest cartoonist of his generation, and Peanuts remains as fresh and lively as it ever was.

(How do we know it’s 1980? Well, for one thing Peppermint Patty gets herself those Bo-Derek-in-“10” cornrows — Peanuts’ timelessness occasionally shows a crack!)

That said, The Complete Peanuts 1979-1980 includes a number of classic storylines, including the month-long sequence in which an ill Charlie Brown is hospitalized (including a particularly spooky moment when he wonders if he’s died and nobody’s told him yet), and an especially eventful trek with Snoopy, Woodstock, and the scout troop (now including a little girl bird, Harriet). And Snoopy is still trying on identities left and right, including the “world-famous surveyor,” the “world-famous census taker,” and Blackjack Snoopy, the riverboat gambler.

In other extended stories, Snoopy launches an ill-fated airline (with Lucy as the agent, Linus as the luggage handler, and Marcie as what it was still OK then to call the stewardess)… Peppermint Patty responds to being leaked upon by a ceiling by hiring a lawyer (unfortunately, she again picks Snoopy)… plus one of the great, forgotten romances of Peanuts that will startle even long-time Peanuts connoisseurs: Peppermint Patty and…“Pig-Pen”?!

Download an EXCLUSIVE 15-page PDF excerpt (651 KB) containing all the strips from January, 1979!

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Daily OCD: 1/27/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairereviewspreviewsJasonJacques TardiDaily OCD 27 Jan 2011 3:11 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Vol. 1: Pterror Over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon [Pre-Order]

Review: "[The Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec] is Tardi riffing on the sensational and wordy mysteries of the era just removed from the Victorian period. [...] So it's intentionally silly and comically austere. [...] This, for me, is all about the art, the cartooning, and the post-Victorian subject matter. While the stories are somewhat light, with intentionally flat dialogue, it's all a wonder to behold. A fantastic looking book to tuck next to my Tintins." – Paul Montgomery, iFanboy

Review: "...I bring to you my second choice for best of 2010: Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason. [...] A lot of Jason books tend to do this to me: I’ll be in the middle of some ridiculous story about werewolves, or time traveling to kill Hitler, and in the middle of it I get dragged out and remember a stupid or wonderful moment in my own life.  Which is kind of wonderful writing, in my opinion." – Jay Bodnar, Wednesday's Child

Little Maakies on the Prairie [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Interview: Comic Book Resources' Alex Dueben talks to Tony Millionaire: "That's why I called it 'Maakies.' I was thinking about calling it 'Drinky Crow,' but I thought, well, I'm drinking a lot right now, but what if I'm not drinking in five years? Then what? Of course, I still am. But if you just call it a nonsense name, like Schultz calling his strip 'Peanuts,' it can be about anything and you can go anywhere with it. If you call your strip 'Dick Tracy,' you'd better have the detective in it."

The Arctic Marauder

Preview: The Beat shares our preview of Jacques Tardi's The Arctic Marauder, saying "wow!" and "It looks truly neat-o."