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Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels (EC Comics Library) - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGraham IngelsEC ComicsAl Feldstein 20 Dec 2013 2:21 PM

Sucker Bait and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)
Illustrated by Graham Ingels; written by Al Feldstein et al.

216-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-689-8

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

BARGAIN COMBO:
Sucker Bait + Zero Hour Gift Set
Price: $57.98 $46.38

Even sixty years after their original release, in a post-Saw-and-Hostel era of explicit horror, EC Comics superstar Graham "Ghastly" Ingels's grisly pages retain the power to shock.

His loving depictions of the endless corruption of flesh and nature made him the go-to guy for stories involving swamps, maniacs, and dismemberment — and all three combined to best effect in one of the standouts of this collection of his stories: "Horror We? How’s Bayou?" — considered the single most spectacularly drawn of all of EC’s horror stories, with a climax that would give body-horror king David Cronenberg nightmares.

EC Comics LogoIngels specialized in depicting the unimaginable. If you ever wondered what the vengeful, decaying corpse of an elephant stomping a woman to death would look like, it's in here ("Squash...Anyone?"). Or living rats sewn into the bodies of a tyrannical king and queen ("A Grim Fairy Tale")... or the results of injecting a "poison-pen" letter writer with literal poison and reducing him to, in the words of Al Feldstein's script, a "foul-smelling, oozing pool of putrescence" ("Notes to You!"). One of the two Ray Bradbury adaptations in the book, "There Was an Old Woman" (about a deceased crone who simply refuses to stay dead) provides the closest thing to a note of sweetness that you'll find here — perhaps with the exception of the genuinely romantic "A Little Stranger!" and its loving marriage between a dead vampire and a dead werewolf.

Sucker Bait and Other Stories features 25 classic stories from Tales from the Crypt, Shock SuspenStories, Vault of Horror, and Ingels and his "Old Witch" character's special showcase Haunt of Fear — plus the usual fascinating historical, critical, and biographical material.

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Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince Valiantpreviewsnew releasesHal Foster 19 Dec 2013 2:22 PM

"One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breathtaking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant's 30-plus year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics' series of books…" – The Huffington Post

“Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster’s Sunday-only comic strip. This edition has been reproduced from pristine printer’s proofs to give the gorgeous artwork its crispest version ever.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful — the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order — in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." – Joe Keatinge

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952
by Hal Foster

120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/princevaliant8

Cannon by Wallace Wood - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wallace WoodpreviewsComing Attractions 19 Dec 2013 11:37 AM

BRRRT! CRACK! SPANG! RATAT! BRADAP! POW! SPLAT! WHUMP! BOOM! BADABALAM! VIP VIP VIP! KRUMF! BA-ROOM! These are the sounds of our downloadable 27-page excerpt of Wallace Wood's Cannon, and PLOP will be the sound of your jaw hitting the floor. Bullets fly, explosions blow stuff up, and a chiseled, square-jawed, killing-machine hero puts the hurt on the baddies in the name of the U.S. of A. Plus over half the pages also feature at least one panel of naked or partly-naked women. Just sayin'. It's Grade A unapologetic exploitation fare by one of comics' all-time greats, finally in a complete and definitive edition. Pre-order your copy now for February release!

Cannon by Wallace Wood

Buddy Buys a Dump by Peter Bagge - Sneak Peek Pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeter BaggeComing Attractions 18 Dec 2013 2:47 PM

Buddy Buys a Dump page

Buddy Buys a Dump page

Buddy Buys a Dump page

These pages may look familiar to loyal readers of Peter Bagge's Hate Annual comic book, or maybe you haven't been keeping up with the latest tales of Buddy & Lisa's domestic "bliss." Either way, you'll be glad to know that those stories (most from out-of-print issues) are finally being compiled, along with a new 20-page concluding chapter, in the evocatively titled Buddy Buys a Dump. It'll be the first new Buddy Bradley collection to hit shelves in seven years when it's released in April, and you can pre-order it now!

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Buddy Buys a Dump
by Peter Bagge

144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-745-1

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPrince Valiantpreviewsnew releasesHal Foster 18 Dec 2013 1:52 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952
by Hal Foster

120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0

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

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Prince Valiant Vol. 9 (coming Spring 2014) or Vols. 9 & 10 (coming Fall 2014) to your pre-order for just $27.99 each, a savings of 20% off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product details page to subscribe.

Our continuing reprinting of Hal Foster's sumptuous epic — still scanned directly from Foster's personal collection of syndicate proofs, providing the most spectacular iteration of this material since its original publication in Sunday newspaper supplements 60 years ago — enters the 1950s with this new volume.

The entire first third consists of the second half of the 15-month-long (!) Roman epic "The Missionaries," which includes a dramatic, life-changing experience for Prince Geoffrey (aka "Arf") at its climax. After a brief stay back in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly pranks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!

Foster also reintroduces such favorite characters as the piratical Boltar and the Indian princess Tillicum (now an unlikely romantic couple), and the year concludes with the beginning of "Valhalla" (another installment in the ongoing story of the problematic Christianization of the Vikings) — which includes one of Foster's most dramatic and gorgeous splash panels (used here on the cover).

And as a back-up, Prince Valiant Volume 8 includes an article by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane on Foster's near-forgotten "Mounties" ad campaign paintings from the 1930s, along with a number of gorgeous reproductions.

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The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - Sneak Peek Pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 17 Dec 2013 3:02 PM

Peanuts

Peanuts

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Here's 10 days of Peanuts strips from 1991-1992, which are to be included in our next volume of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, due out in April. Not content to rest on his laurels, Schulz kept evolving and experimenting, keeping the strip fresh and funny after four full decades.

What the heck, here's 3 more from our catalog, to make a lucky 13:

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Peanuts

Peanuts

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 prelim cover

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

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0


Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - sneak peek pages
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 16 Dec 2013 1:57 PM

Peanuts

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No one fails quite like Charlie Brown and nobody captured the agony of defeat — and the persistence to try again — quite like Charles Schulz. Here's just a taste of what's to come in Batter Up, Charlie Brown!, our cute little gift book of baseball-themed Peanuts strips coming in April. (Final images & specs may vary.)

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! cover

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page two-color 5.5" x 5.5" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3 

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesGeorge Carlson 13 Dec 2013 4:35 PM

"…Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson is a perfect gift for a fan of illustration and golden age comics and humor and absurdism…. This is a lovingly researched retrospective of all of Carlson's work. For all comics scholars this is a MUST HAVE." – Heidi MacDonald, The Beat

"…George Carlson [was] an under-appreciated, largely overlooked cartoonist, illustrator, game designer, and graphic artist extraordinaire who will finally get his due with the forthcoming release of Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson…. The spirit of George Carlson’s playful, surreal world can be seen in everything from Pee-wee’s Playhouse to 24-hour comics." – Paul Tumey, The Comics Journal

"...a genyoowine sensibility." – Art Spiegelman

"…[A] master. Carlson… was an old-timer, …drawing funny pictures many years before comic books were invented.... I love nonsense or I probably wouldn't be a comic book fan, where about 90% of everything is nonsense in one way or another. But George Carlson took nonsense to another level…" – Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine

"…[An] incredible artist… Samuel Beckett in a clever plastic disguise." – Harlan Ellison

"Genius" – Mykal Banta, Big Blog of Kids' Comics

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson
by George Carlson; edited by Daniel Yezbick

320-page color/black & white 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-508-2

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/perfectnonsense

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics & Goofy Games of George Carlson - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesGeorge Carlson 12 Dec 2013 4:10 PM

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson
by George Carlson; edited by Daniel Yezbick

320-page color/black & white 9.25" x 12.25" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-508-2

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

Perfect Nonsense tells the complete story behind one of the most innovative and under-rated Golden Age artists, classic children's illustrators, and nonsense poets in American history. For more than 50 years, George Carlson created thousands of distinctive and dynamic cartoons, comics, riddles, and games that thrilled both children and adults with their fanciful spirit and nonsensical humor. There has never been a career retrospective of this startling cartoonist and illustrator — until now!

Carlson's inspired cartoons — ranging from the intellectual to the surreal — place him at home with not only acknowledged masters of American humor like George Herriman, S. J. Perelman, Milt Gross, Bill Holman, and Jack Kent, but also globally celebrated absurdists like Beckett, Pirandello, and his life-long inspiration, Lewis Carroll.

Carlson also made his mark as an accomplished designer of more serious themes including magazine covers, political cartoons, advertisements, locomotive and naval illustration, and, most famously, the original book jacket for the first edition of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. Now, after more than 15 years of searching, compiling, and conjuring, the incredible depth of George Carlson's artistry and ingenuity finally gets the comprehensive treatment it has so long deserved with copious full color examples of material both exquisite and obscure. Alongside plentiful cartoons, individual drawings, and comics (including Carlson's "ghost" work on Gene Byrnes' Reg'lar Fellers), this edition offers a meticulously researched critical introduction, rare examples of original art and unpublished projects, and a biographical timeline of Carlson's first three decades as a commercial artist drawing on recently unearthed artifacts from the Carlson family estate.

Perfect Nonsense focuses on Carlson's prolific work as a gag cartoonist, children's illustrator, commercial designer, and art instructor from 1907 to just before World War II. Decades before his celebrated Jingle Jangle Comics, Carlson forever altered the nature of children's publishing during his tenure as chief artist and designer for the pioneering children's pulp, John Martin's Book. Carlson turned the magazine itself into a toy, filled with seasonal games, holiday cut-outs, curious crosswords, graphic exercises, puzzles, riddles, rebuses, and more.

As Carlson himself once observed, his early works brim with a unique spirit of happiness and fun. We have not only captured the very best of that spirit in this collection, but also the many secrets behind its legacy. Loaded with wonder and wit, the creations of George L. Carlson will inspire cartoon and comics aficionados, teachers of children's media, scholars of American humor, and anyone interested in the ever-evolving landscapes of image and language.

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Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsmangaInio AsanoComing Attractions 11 Dec 2013 4:36 PM

We're pleased to present the enigmatic prologue to Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano as a free, downloadable preview. After a flash of disparate images (butterflies, twin babies, a notebook, a tunnel, a headless animal, a falling or floating body), the scene opens in a hospital as a young man attends to his ailing father, then meets a mysterious old man outside who seems to know him. A couple of quick scene shifts — a man in a lonely apartment, a couple having sex, a man interviewing a woman — and we flash back to a sad but curious schoolgirl, a found corpse, a schoolyard confrontation, a spooky vision, and a heart-stopping incident. How do they all tie together? Why don't you pre-order the book and find out when it comes out in February?

Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano