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The Pin-Up Art of Humorama sneak peek at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsAlex Chun 21 Aug 2011 11:19 AM

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Editor Alex Chun and designer Jacob Covey's new collection of vintage girlie cartoons The Pin-Up Art of Humorama wiggles its way into comic shops on Wednesday and PREVIEWSworld offers up a head-turning 5-page sneak peek!

The Man Who Grew His Beard by Olivier Schrauwen - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsOlivier Schrauwennew releases 18 Aug 2011 1:07 AM

The Man Who Grew His Beard by Olivier Schrauwen

The Man Who Grew His Beard
by Olivier Schrauwen

112-page full-color 8.5" x 10.25" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-446-7

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

The Man Who Grew His Beard is Belgian cartoonist Olivier Schrauwen’s first American book after having staked a reputation over the last decade as one of Europe’s most talented storytellers. It collects seven short stories, each a head-spinning display of craft and storytelling that mixes early twentieth-century comics influences like Winsor McCay with a thoroughly contemporary voice that provokes and entertains with subversively surreal humor and subtle criticism of twentieth-century tropes and images. The stories themselves, though each stands alone, are intertwined thematically, offering peeks into the minds of semi-autistic, achingly isolated men and their feverish inner worlds and how they interact and contrast with their real environment. Though Schrauwen taps "surrealist" or "absurdist" impulses in his work, you will not read a more careful and precise collection of stories this year.

The stories included are: “Hair Types,” a hilarious piece that on the surface explores the pseudoscientific classification of personality as a function of hair but becomes something more akin to a fable about self-fulfilling prophecy; “Chromo Congo,” a silent story about two men on safari who meet a corpulent and obnoxious hunter; as well as “The Task,” “The Man Who Grew His Beard,” “The Lock,” “The Cave,” and “The Imaginist.”

Though this is Schrauwen’s first U.S. edition of comics, he has wowed American fans with his appearances in the anthology MOME over the last few years, and one of his MOME stories was one of three comics selected for the 2009 edition of Dave Eggers's influential Best American Nonrequired Reading.

“I don’t know much about Olivier Schrauwen, [but I] know that he’s some sort of postmodern comics genius.” — Eisner Award-winning comics critic Tom Spurgeon

Download and read an 11-page PDF excerpt (2.6 MB) with the complete story "The Assignment."

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Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by the Hernandez Brothers - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 17 Aug 2011 5:28 AM

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by the Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4
by the Hernandez Brothers

104-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-490-0

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

After nearly 30 years, Love and Rockets just keeps getting better, and this issue of the annual 3rd incarnation finds the Brothers Hernandez at the peak of their storytelling powers.

Jaime Hernandez's emotionally powerful stories in the last issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories ("The Love Bunglers" and "Browntown") were among the most critically-acclaimed comics of the year. In this new issue, Jaime ups the ante even more. The final chapters of "The Love Bunglers" continue tracking Maggie's romantic travails in the here and now, with an escalating series of entanglements and a shocking event which sends things hurtling to a stunning conclusion over the breathtaking and heartrending final ten pages. Nestled in the midst of this is the masterful "Return for Me," a sequel of sorts to "Browntown" in which teenage Maggie returns to Hoppers and a new life.

Meanwhile, on the Gilbert side, things lead off with the 35-page cover story "King Vampire": Two lovable teens, Cecil and Trini, want to join a local vampire club, but real vampires show up and things get deadly serious. Cecil loves it but Trini has her doubts about going all the way. It's another starring role for budding starlet "Killer" — and one of those vampires looks an awful lot like a certain Z-movie actress from Gilbert's post-Palomar world… Then High Soft Lisp's Fritz returns in "And Then Reality Kicks In," a 15-page walk-and-talk in which Fritz reunites with an old beau. This complex and layered dialogue may be Gilbert's finest piece of writing yet.

Plus an all-star all-cartoonists letters column!

Download and read a 10-page PDF excerpt (672 KB) with 5 pages from each brother.

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Love and Rockets: New Stories #1-4

Exclusive Savings: Order Love and Rockets: New Stories issues in pairs (issues 1 + 2 or 3 + 4), or all 4 together, and save 25% off the combined cover prices! Click here to order.

Ganges #4 by Kevin Huizenga - Previews
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesKevin HuizengaIgnatz Series 16 Aug 2011 2:54 AM

Ganges #4 by Kevin Huizenga

Ganges #4
by Kevin Huizenga

32-page two-color 8.5" x 11" comic book, with jacket • $7.95
Part of the Ignatz Series

Ships in: August 2011 (subject to change) — This item will be available for order simultaneous to its release in comic shops.

Can you make an exciting comic out of insomnia? Kevin Huizenga rises to the challenge as he depicts his alter ego Glenn Ganges wrestling with sleeplessness, trying to trick it by reading a particularly abstruse book, obsessively breaking his past, present and future life down to ever more hallucinatory, complex grids, and wandering around his darkened house trying not to wake up his wife. Also: Loose cat action!

Take a sneak peek at the first 3 pages.

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The Art of Joe Kubert (edited by Bill Schelly) - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJoe KubertBill Schelly 15 Aug 2011 3:22 AM

The Art of Joe Kubert

The Art of Joe Kubert
edited by Bill Schelly

232-page full-color 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-487-0

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

Joe Kubert is one of the great comic book artists. His career literally traverses the history of comics, beginning in 1938 when he became a professional at age 12, to today as one of the greatest draftsmen working in the field. Kubert is known and respected as much for his sinewy, passionate drawing as he is for his consummate storytelling skills. Over his 70-year career in comics, he has worked as an artist, an editor, a publisher, an entrepreneur, and a cartooning auteur. The Art of Joe Kubert is a deluxe, full-color coffee table book that honors this legendary creator with beautifully reproduced artwork from every phase of his career as well as critical commentary by the book’s editor, comics historian and Kubert biographer Bill Schelly.

Schelly’s text parallels the visual evolution of the artist’s work, tracing his life and career from his early days drawing Hawkman in the Golden Age, to his creation of Tor, his involvement in creating 3-D comics in the 1950s, his tour de force stints on DC’s war comics — Sgt. Rock, The Unknown Soldier and the groundbreaking Enemy Ace — in the 1960s, to illustrating the adventures of Tarzan in the 1970s. And before finding a creative safe haven at DC Comics in the ’50s, Kubert drew for many smaller and more obscure companies, including Holyoke, Quality, Fiction House, Harvey, St. John, and others — all of which are represented, including a 50-page section of comic-book stories in the horror, crime, and SF genres from the pre-Comics Code era, reprinted in full color for the first time.

Although Kubert is known for his contributions to pop culture icons such as Tarzan and Sgt. Rock, he has also invested his creative energy in more personal projects over the last 20 years, including journalistic and historical graphic novels such as his Eisner Award-winning Fax from Sarajevo and Yossel: April 19, 1943, all of which are illustrated along with Schelly’s insightful analysis that places these later, more mature works in the context of Kubert’s career.

Download and read a 20-page PDF excerpt (5.1 MB).

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The Art of Joe Kubert + Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

Exclusive Savings: Order The Art of Joe Kubert together with Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert and save 20% off the combined cover prices! Click here to order.

The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 sneak peek at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsCharles M Schulz 11 Aug 2011 4:31 PM

from The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 (and the 1979-1982 box set) is scheduled to hit comic shops next week and PREVIEWSworld presents a 5-page preview with strips from February-April 1981!

The Hidden by Richard Sala - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRichard Salapreviewsnew releases 11 Aug 2011 1:37 AM

The Hidden by Richard Sala

The Hidden
by Richard Sala

136-page full-color 8.25" x 8.25" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-386-6

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

Is this the end of the world? How did it happen? Why did it happen? There is one man who knows...

Take a walk with the dazed survivors of a mysterious worldwide catastrophe. They are bound for a place, somewhere in the desert, where a terrible truth awaits them.

Richard Sala's books are "deliriously entertaining" (Rue Morgue Magazine), "cinematic and cheerfully over-the-top" (The New York Times Book Review), containing "brilliantly atmospheric art, full of shadows and spikes." (Booklist)

"To read a Richard Sala comic is an experience both jarring and fun. Good for a rainy day or a stormy night." – Publishers Weekly

Download and read a 12-page PDF excerpt (3.1 MB), and preview 13 pages at the official The Hidden website.

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Setting the Standard sneak peeks & Donald Duck feature at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsGreg SadowskiDisneyCarl BarksAlex Toth 10 Aug 2011 2:43 PM

My Stolen Kisses - Alex Toth - from Setting the Standard

The PREVIEWSworld website presents an assortment of 7 pages from Setting the Standard: Comics by Alex Toth 1952-1954, which is scheduled to hit comic shops next week! The preview shows a nice mix of Toth's horror, war and romance work.

Elsewhere on their site PREVIEWSworld also shares our promotional "BLAD" brochure for Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes, previously seen here on our website.

Read Lynn Johnston's foreword to The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsCharles M Schulz 8 Aug 2011 1:28 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 (Vol. 16) by Charles M. Schulz

Lynn Johnston has generously placed her entire foreword to the new volume of The Complete Peanuts (1981-1982) online for everyone to read at her For Better or For Worse website (online headquarters for her beloved long-running newspaper strip). Read, enjoy, pass along and (of course) order the book here.

The Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 (Vol. 16) by Charles M. Schulz - Introduction by Lynn Johnston

Even More Old Jewish Comedians by Drew Friedman - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesDrew Friedman 8 Aug 2011 2:54 AM

Even More Old Jewish Comedians by Drew Friedman

Even More Old Jewish Comedians
by Drew Friedman

36-page full-color 10" x 10" hardcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-489-4

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

Master caricaturist/portraitist Drew Friedman’s spectacular visual tribute to, well, old Jewish comedians returns with a third and concluding installment that throws its net a bit wider to include a few women (Olive Oyl voice Mae Questel, Ed Sullivan show regular Jean Carroll, and The Rise of the Goldbergs creator Gertrude Goldberg); a handful of more contemporary figures (Richard Belzer, whose Law & Order: SVU gig has eclipsed his stand-up comedy, and Welcome Back, Kotter’s Gabe Kaplan); and pop-culture legends (Prof. Irwin Corey, legendary Warner Bros. voice artist Mel Blanc), plus among others Marty Ingels, Fyvush Finkel, Gary Morton, Sam Levenson, Bobby Remsen, Max Patkin, Marvin Kaplan, Norm Crosby, Sammy Shore, Joey Adams, Lou Jacobi, and Sid James. It’s a heaping pastrami sandwich of gloriously liver-spotted, wrinkled personalities, that will appeal to anyone who likes old people, Jews, or comedians.

Even More Old Jewish Comedians, which features a cover of comedian Stewie Stone, is augmented with an introduction from not-quite-old-yet Jewish comedian and Comedy Central roasts regular Jeffrey Ross.

"You'd have to be absolutely mushugina to pass this book up." – Juxtapoz

"This is a beautiful tribute to all the men & women who have made life a joy. If Job had a copy and had known these people, he would never had written that terrible book." — Jerry Stiller

"I grew up adoring old Jewish comedians and through Drew Friedman's renditions, I now appreciate and love them more than ever. God bless these books!" – Joe Franklin

“Drew Friedman is better than Picasso.” — Howard Stern

“I’m proud to be in the old Jew book!” — Jerry Lewis

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Old Jewish Comedians: A Visual Encyclopedia More Old Jewish Comedians Even More Old Jewish Comedians [Pre-Order]

Exclusive Savings: Order all 3 Old Jewish Comedians books together — the Complete Old Jewish Comedians Collection — and save 20% off the combined cover prices! Click here to order.