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Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 11 Dec 2013 12:06 PM

"Johnny Ryan has rewritten 'Bad Luck Blackie' with no kittens." – Gary Panter

"Cheers Johnny! Thanks for the knife to the cock!" – Guy Davis

"For those who find filthy, blotchy tactile ink clots, überviolence, or body horror even remotely appealing, you need to buy this and its predecessors immediately." – Slate

"There's no point in trying to explain Prison Pit. You can only experience it to understand it. Start buy buying all of them at once if you haven't yet... It wears its intentional stupidness and violence on its sleeve while also showing off Johnny Ryan's sophisticated sense of composition and black and white ink prettiness." - Nick Gazin, VICE

"Hey are you doing any more scary guys made out of tar ripping each other's dicks off? You know why I like those? Because you don't have to read all them stupid words and stuff. Right? Haa ha, hey Johnny wanna come over and play? Ha Ha!" – Tony Millionaire

"The Prison Pit series has produced some of the best gay erotic comics in recent memory... without consciously setting out to do so. It could easily be subtitled 'A Complex Cycle of Penetration and Regeneration.' Johnny pumps this hyper-masculine orgy of violence and sex so far beyond bursting, it can't help but tip over to the queer side. It is a prison, after all." – Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf)

"The continuing adventures of Johnny Ryan’s most violent fantasies run amuck, [Prison Pit] is rapidly becoming the comic that I look forward to the way a fat kid looks forward to syrup-encrusted cake. There’s no getting around the hoary old cliche — 'these aren’t for everybody' — so God help you if you can’t figure out a way to enjoy these books." - Tucker Stone, Flavorwire

"Prison Pit is the black metal of comics.... If it doesn't make you sick, you shouldn't be allowed to walk among the public in the first place. If it doesn't make you giddy for the next one, you don't deserve comics." - David Harper, Multiversity Comics

"Like Yokoyama's manga, it's all surface cause & effect & somehow full of weird associations & meanings. It resonates deep." – Sammy Harkham

Prison Pit Book 5
by Johnny Ryan

124-page black & white 6.5" x 8.5" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-700-0

Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/prisonpit5

Prison Pit Book 5 by Johnny Ryan - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 10 Dec 2013 6:00 PM

Prison Pit Book 5
by Johnny Ryan

124-page black & white 6.5" x 8.5" softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-700-0

Ships in: December 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Prison Pit is Johnny (Angry Youth Comix) Ryan's ongoing taboo-busting sci-fi-prison-planet-body-mutation-splatterfest epic extravaganza, beloved by everyone from the legendary Gary Panter ("GLOREGEFULL!") to Booklist ("Not to be missed").

In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit.

The author promises: "Every single testicle in the world will explode with rage when Prison Pit 5 is unleashed."

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Prison Pit Book 5 cover photo

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tony MillionairepreviewsComing Attractions 10 Dec 2013 12:26 PM

At last, all of Tony Millionaire's "Sock Monkey" stories (to date) are collected between two covers — and what covers they are, thanks to designer Jacob Covey — in one omnibus compendium. Sock Monkey Treasury swings into stores in February.

Our downloadable excerpt comprises one complete story and then some. In "Heaven," Uncle Gabby makes a celestial discovery and enlists Mr. Crow to help him investigate. Will their expedition lead to paradise or folly? Plus, a chunk of the full-color "Uncle Gabby" story to marvel at, and the Table of Contents for your information.

Why not go ahead and pre-order your copy right now? 

Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal FosterComing Attractions 9 Dec 2013 1:22 PM

Our newest volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant opens mid-castle siege, and amid the clangor of battle, young love inspires a bold deed... but will one innocent act of bravery be enough to bring about peace between bitter enemies? Then Val and his band meet some barbarians and some monks, and Val runs into some trouble in the foothills of the Alps. Read all about it in our downloadable  excerpt, which presents the first dozen full-page Sunday strips in this volume, which is due to hit shelves next month.

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

Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 9 Dec 2013 11:36 AM

“While most manga about cross-dressing involve lots of shrieking and embarrassment, Wandering Son takes a quieter, more introspective approach.... It’s a very sweet manga with realistic characters — no dead parents or crazy teachers, just ordinary, loving families and supportive friends. This manga is a beautifully produced, hardcover book, and... it’s worth every penny.” — Brigid Alverson, MTV.com

Wandering Son is meticulously accurate in its details, but universal in its emotions. Gay or not, readers shouldn’t find it too difficult to identify with kids who feel like their bodies and their friends are equally culpable in the worst kind of betrayal, preventing them from realizing the potential they see in themselves.” — Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-707-9

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/wanderingson6

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Wandering Son Vol. 7 (coming Summer 2014) or Vols. 7 & 8 (coming Winter 2014/2015) to your pre-order for just $19.99 each, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product page to make your selection.

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al. (EC Comics Library) - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJack KamenEC ComicsComing AttractionsAl Feldstein 6 Dec 2013 4:01 PM

A new volume in our EC Comics Library series beams your way next month: Zero Hour and Other Stories, drawn by Jack Kamen and mostly scripted by Al Feldstein, with 22 pulpy sci-fi & suspense shockers full of Cold War paranoia, barely-suppressed sexual urges, desperation, alien invaders, bioengineering gone wrong, mass extinctions, lovelorn automatons, and man's folly in the face of technology he can't fully understand or control.

In our downloadable excerpt you'll find the haunting title story, adapted from a story by Ray Bradbury, sandwiched between the ultimate self-loathing tale "The Parallel" and the teleportational "Hot-Rod!"

Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein et al.

Wandering Son Vol. 6 by Shimura Takako - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoShimura Takakopreviewsnew releasesmanga 6 Dec 2013 2:16 PM

Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko / 放浪息子) Vol. 6
by Shimura Takako

220-page black & white (with some color) 7" x 9.5" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-707-9

Ships in: December 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Wandering Son Vol. 7 (coming Summer 2014) or Vols. 7 & 8 (coming Winter 2014/2015) to your pre-order for just $19.99 each, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product page to make your selection.

Shimura Takako's sensitive and charming series about two middle schoolers wrestling with their gender identities continues, with more role-reversal play fun this time around.

The success of their performance of The Rose of Versailles in the fifth grade — in which the boys played the women and the girls played the men — inspires our protagonists to put on another gender-bending play for the junior-high school festival. This time they do a riff on Romeo and Juliet, with generous helpings of fantasy and mystery. Nitori-kun and Chiba-san write the script together, but Chiba-san has an agenda: She wants to play Romeo, with Nitori-kun in the role of Juliet. But Nitori-kun wants Takatsuki-san to play Romeo...

With her usual prickliness, Chiba-san forces Nitori-kun to confront a question he's been avoiding. Are his feelings for Takatsuki-san those of a boy for a girl, a girl for a girl, or a girl for a boy? But you know what they say of the best laid plans of mice and men: The cast is to be decided by fate, with names drawn randomly.

Meanwhile, Maho plans a trip to the beach with her boyfriend, but her parents send Nitori-kun along as an unwilling chaperone. Faced with unwanted changes to their growing bodies, Takatsuki-san discovers the wonders of "breast binders," and Nitori-kun explores the limits of his ability to "pass."

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Wandering Son 6 cover photo

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesCharles Forsman 3 Dec 2013 1:30 PM

"Isolated and longing to connect, Chuck Forsman's Wolf reminds me of other great characters like Charlie Brown and Holden Caulfield. Celebrated Summer is a primal scream drawn in a casual, hypnotic monotone. Few comics are this soulful. Few cartoonists can make work this assured." – James Sturm

"I love the spare elegance of Chuck’s storytelling style. I also love, in this book in particular, his relaxed approach to examining the lives of his characters." – Chester Brown

"…Forsman is one of the strongest and most vital young cartoonists currently putting pen to paper — not to mention one of the most fully, uniquely realized." – The A.V. Club

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/celebratedsummer

Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesCharles Forsman 2 Dec 2013 12:44 PM

Celebrated Summer
by Charles Forsman

68-page 7.75" x 10.25" black & white flexibound softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-685-0

Ships in: December 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

This original graphic novella is a funny and moving story of escalating humor and tension between two disaffected teens, Mike and Wolf, who take a spontaneous summer road trip after dropping acid. As the stark black and white of Forsman's cartooning indicates, however, this is not a psychedelic, Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby kind of trip. Instead of the escapism they crave from their fragile home lives, the LSD only heightens their sense of ennui, exacerbates their fears about the world they're about to enter as adults, and creates doubts about everything they think they know.

Though it's not entirely what they bargained for, will Mike and Wolf look back on their adventure as part of the "celebrated summer" of their never-to-be-recaptured youth, or a carelessly wasted part of the best years of their lives? Or both?

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Celebrated Summer cover photo

Couch Tag by Jesse Reklaw - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesJesse Reklaw 27 Nov 2013 12:46 PM

“Touching...” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] family’s evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious.” — Houston Chronicle

“Unforgettable after the first page, sad and lonely, cute and innocent.” — NewCity Chicago

“Sad... but kind of funny too. I thought I came off OK in it.” — The Author’s Mother

“I liked your comic, even though you made up all those lies about me.” — The Author’s Father

Couch Tag
by Jesse Reklaw

176-page monochrome/color 6.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-676-8

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/couchtag