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Pogo - Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips by Walt Kelly - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Walt Kellyvideopreviewsnew releases 2 Nov 2011 3:30 AM

Pogo - Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: Through the Wild Blue Wonder by Walt Kelly

Pogo - Vol. 1 of the Complete Syndicated Comic Strips: "Through the Wild Blue Wonder"
by Walt Kelly

308-page black & white/color 11.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-869-5

Ships in: November 2011 (subject to change) – Pre-Order Now

Walt Kelly started his career at age 13 in Connecticut as a cartoonist and reporter for the Bridgeport Post. In 1935, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the Walt Disney Studio, where he worked on classic animated films, including Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia. Rather than take sides in a bitter labor strike, he moved back east in 1941 and began drawing comic books.

It was during this time that Kelly created Pogo Possum. The character first appeared in Animal Comics as a secondary player in the “Albert the Alligator” feature. It didn’t take long until Pogo became the comic’s leading character. After WWII, Kelly became artistic director at the New York Star, where he turned Pogo into a daily strip. By late 1949, Pogo appeared in hundreds of newspapers. Until his death in 1973, Kelly produced a feature that has become widely cherished among casual readers and aficionados alike.

Kelly blended nonsense language, poetry, and political and social satire to make Pogo an essential contribution to American “intellectual” comics. As the strip progressed, it became a hilarious platform for Kelly’s scathing political views in which he skewered national bogeymen like J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, and Richard Nixon.

Walt Kelly started when newspaper strips shied away from politics — Pogo was ahead of its time and ahead of later strips (such as Doonesbury and The Boondocks) that tackled political issues. Our first (of 12) volume reprints approximately the first two years of Pogo — dailies and (for the first time) full-color Sundays.

This first volume also introduces such enduring supporting characters as Porkypine, Churchy LaFemme, Beauregard Bugleboy, Seminole Sam, Howland Owl, and many others. And for Christmas, 1949, Kelly started his tradition of regaling his readers with his infamously and gloriously mangled Christmas carols.

Special features in this sumptuous premiere volume, which is produced with the full cooperation of Kelly’s heirs, include a biographical introduction by Kelly biographer Steve Thompson, an extensive section by comics historian R.C. Harvey explaining some of the more obscure current references of the time, a foreword by legendary columnist Jimmy Breslin, and more.

Download and read a 29-page PDF excerpt (7.7 MB) including the Editors' Notes and Table of Contents; 16 pages of daily strips; and 4 Sunday strips.

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Trio of Paul Nelson features at Rock's Backpages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul NelsonKevin Avery 1 Nov 2011 2:49 PM

Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery

Rock's Backpages ("the online library of rock writing") offers up two excerpts from Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery — a portion of Avery's biography of Nelson and Nelson's 1975 Village Voice review of Neil Young's Zuma — plus an interview with Nelson by Steven Ward that originally ran at rockcritics.com in 2000. All are free to read at the subscription-based site, though an email address is required to access the articles.

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 2 sneak peek at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisney 24 Oct 2011 3:40 PM

from Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 2: Trapped on Treasure Island

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Vol. 2: Trapped on Treasure Island by Floyd Gottfredson debuts in comic shops this week (looks like the Vol. 1-2 slipcase set will be arriving separately later) and PREVIEWSworld has a sneak peek with 2 pages of strips and 3 pages from the supplemental materials!

The Frank Book by Jim Woodring sneak peek at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim Woodring 24 Oct 2011 3:17 PM

from The Frank Book by Jim Woodring

The hardcover reprint and new softcover edition of Jim Woodring's The Frank Book are headed to comic shops this week (and the hardcover print run is already sold out from the distributor — and from us — so grab it if you see it!), and PREVIEWSworld presents a 7-page sneak peek from the book!

Oil and Water by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoSteve DuinShannon WheelerpreviewsOil and Waternew releases 20 Oct 2011 3:01 AM

Oil and Water by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler

Oil and Water
by Steve Duin and Shannon Wheeler

144-page black & white 7.75" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-492-4

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

When ten Oregonians travel to the Gulf Coast in August 2010 to plumb the devastation wrought by the Deepwater Horizon spill, they discover that “Oil and Water” is just the first of the insoluble contradictions. Between the tarred sands of Grand Isle and the fouled waters of the Louisiana bayou, they come to find out that Gulf Coast residents are economically dependent upon the very industry that is wreaking havoc on their environment. In the shadow of the greatest ecological disaster of our time, they are forced to reassess their roles as witness, critic and environmental steward.

In this 144-page graphic novel — written by Steve Duin, a columnist for The Oregonian, and illustrated by Eisner-winning New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler — readers will tour the shark-pocked beach at Grand Isle with the local head of Homeland Security; step aboard the crabbing boat of a 20-year-old Mississippian who works 16-hour days and spends his nights dreaming of M.I.T.; enter the “Hot Zone” where volunteers work desperately to save brown pelicans drenched in British petroleum; and hear shrimpers, Vietnamese and good ol’ boys alike, describe what happens to their livelihood when 200 million gallons of oil flood the scene. The readers’ perspective on what hope and what mission remains along a ravaged coastline, and one awash in both seafood and oil, will be changed as irrevocably as that of these ten Oregonians.

Download and read a 19-page PDF excerpt (4.7 MB).

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Advance Praise for Oil and Water:

"Duin and Wheeler offer a penetrating perspective on what many considered to be the worst environmental disaster in United States history. With a resolutely unsentimental voice, they capture many of the complex and deep tragedies of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon event in post-Katrina coastal Louisiana. Through accessible images and writing, they portray the spirit of real people in real places imperiled by a disaster of global proportions. As a documentary of visiting, engaging and learning from these communities, their work illustrates how Louisiana and its people are defining the legacy (writ large) of energy and the environment in contemporary society." – Dr. Michael J. Blum, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University

"Reporter Steve Duin and cartoonist Shannon Wheeler visited Louisiana to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, and their legwork shows. By contrasting the perspectives of out-of-state do-gooders and hard-bitten locals, Duin and Wheeler tell a nuanced story that goes a long way to evoking what the catastrophe means to those who still live with it." – Joe Sacco

"Oil and Water is smart, informative and completely engaging. We experience the disaster through the eyes of Duin and Wheeler's richly developed, beautifully illustrated characters and the result is a stunning graphic novel not to be missed." – Jeff Lemire

Estonia: A Ramble Through the Periphery by Alexander Theroux - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesAlexander Theroux 19 Oct 2011 2:43 AM

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Estonia: A Ramble Through the Periphery
by Alexander Theroux

352-page 6" x 9" hardcover with color illustrations • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-465-8

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

Any journey with Alexander Theroux is an education. Possessed of a razor-sharp and hyperliterate mind, he stands beside Thomas Pynchon as one of the sharpest cultural commentators of our time. So when he decided to accompany his wife — the artist Sarah Son-Theroux — on her Fulbright Scholarship to Estonia, it occasioned this penetrating examination of a country that, for many, seems alien and distanced from the modern world.

For Theroux, the country and its people become a puzzle. His fascination with their language, manners, and legacy of occupation and subordination lead him to a revelatory examination of Estonia’s peculiar place in European history. All the while, his trademark acrobatic allusions, quotations, and digressions — which take us from Hamlet through Jean Cocteau to Married… with Children — render his travels as much internal and psychical as they are external and physical. Through these obsessive references to Western culture, we come to appreciate how insular the country has become, yet also marvel at its fierce individuality and preternatural beauty — such is the skill of Theroux’s gaze.

This travelogue of his nine months abroad also brims with anecdotes of Theroux’s encounters with Estonian people and — in some of its most bitterly comedic episodes — his fellow Americans whom he at times feels more alienated from than the frosty, humorless Europeans.

Estonia: A Ramble Through the Periphery is as biting and satirical as it is witty and urbane; as curious and lyrical as it is brash and irreverent. It marks a new highlight in an already stellar career and a book that continues Fantagraphics’ exceptional line of prose works.

Download and read a 37-page PDF excerpt (176 KB) with the Table of Contents and first 6 chapters.

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Feast your eyes on Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJack Davis 18 Oct 2011 4:35 PM

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Speaking of gorgeous art books that we just got advance copies of... Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture – A Career Retrospective arrived at the office today. Page after page after page of mouthwatering eye candy from one of the undisputed giants of illustration, all wrapped up in Tony Ong's eye-catching carnival-esque design. Just showing one spread like this does not do the book justice AT ALL, so be on the lookout for our upcoming previews!

One percent of Tony Millionaire's 500 Portraits
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony Millionairepreviews 18 Oct 2011 4:25 PM

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire - cover

500 Portraits by Tony Millionaire

We got our advance copies of Tony Millionaire's 500 Portraits at the office yesterday and man oh man, what a gorgeous little book. Designed by our Art Director Emeritus Jacob Covey and smartly edited by Jacob and Eric Reynolds (Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Ian MacKaye, Louis Armstrong and Léon Theremin in one spread? Genius), this is going to be the must-have gift book for the holidays. Stay tuned for more and better previews!

The Cabbie Vol. 1 sneak peek at PREVIEWSworld
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMarti 12 Oct 2011 3:14 PM

from The Cabbie Vol. 1 by Martí

Head over to the PREVIEWSworld site for a 5-page preview of The Cabbie Vol. 1 by Martí, which (as we just mentioned) arrives in comic shops today!

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 2 + Vols. 1 & 2 Box Set by Floyd Gottfredson - Previews/Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisney 12 Oct 2011 4:34 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship to our mail-order customers:

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 2: Trapped on Treasure Island by Floyd Gottfredson

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 2: Trapped on Treasure Island
by Floyd Gottfredson

312-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-495-5

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“Oh, for gosh sakes!” Floyd Gottfredson’s classic 1930s Mickey Mouse is back for another round of thrills, chills, and epic quests — taking him from the depths of teeming jungles to the halls of spooky Blaggard Castle. Mickey’s classic Disney bad guys are here, too, with arch-enemy Pegleg Pete joined for this book by the mysterious “Bill Shakespeare” and hypnosis-happy Professors Ecks, Doublex, and Triplex!

Floyd Gottfredson, artist of Mickey Mouse from 1930-1975, made it the most popular cartoon-based comic of its time. Unafraid to tackle social satire and grown-up action-adventure, Gottfredson produced a Mouse for all ages — truly popular in a way that Mickey’s blander 1950s image could never be.

In this book you’ll relive Mickey’s fight with pirates on desolate Treasure Island; his quest with Goofy to catch ruthless counterfeiters; and his battles to save windy Horace Horsecollar from mad scientists, a robbery frame- up — and himself!

Lovingly restored from Disney’s original negatives and proof sheets, “Mickey Mouse: Trapped on Treasure Island” also includes more than 50 pages of fascinating supplementary features. You’ll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and vivid commentary by a full team of seasoned Disney scholars.

Walt Disney often said that his studio’s success “all started with a mouse” — and today Mickey is among the world’s most recognizable icons in the world. Now it’s time to rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon: Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse.

Download and read a 19-page PDF excerpt (3.1 MB) which includes the full Table of Contents, David Gerstein's first chapter introduction, and 15 pages of strips!

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Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1 + 2 Box Set
by Floyd Gottfredson

slipcased set of two black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcovers • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-496-2

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The first two volumes of Mickey's thrilling adventures from the early 1930s, packaged in a beautiful and sturdy slipcase and priced cheaper than the individual volumes! A perfect gift and/or collector's item.

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