Next up in our January Book-A-Day sale is Jesse Reklaw's first long-form work, the tragicomic graphic memoir Couch Tag.
Presented as a series of comic novellas that together comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often hilarious memoir about childhood, family, death, mental illness, sex and drug use, the entire book is told through cleverly inviting conceits like cat histories and card games.
The graphic novel is told in five parts: In "Thirteen Cats" (featured in The Best American Comics), Reklaw discovers coping mechanisms that mimic his family pets; "Toys I Love" relates the author's pre-pubescent brushes with deviant sexual activity, and the way innocence converges with real sexual trauma; "The Fred Robinson Story" tells the story of Reklaw's period stalking perfect strangers; "The Stacked Deck," in which hereditary influences towards criminal behavior, drug use and depression are explored via card games the author played with his family; and "Lessoned," a family history of mental illness.
Newgarden's syndicated strip in such publications as L.A. Weekly and The New York Press encouraged a fervent following and exerted a fresh influence on the medium. Today they remain as vital and entertaining as when they first appeared. In addition to compiling his comics, this book is a full picture of the artist, his influences, and his many other careers.
And for today only, we're marking this book at 40% off! Grab your copy now, while we still have stock at our warehouse!
Anders Nilsen's The End is a collection of short strips about loss, death, paralysis, and transformation. It is a concept album in different styles, a meditation on paying attention, an abstracted autobiography and a travelogue, reflecting the progress of his struggle to reconcile the great upheaval of a death, and finding a new life on the other side.
For today only, The End is on sale at 20% off until 11:59 PST.
Tomorrow, January 2nd, we'll be highlighting Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti's The Raven! Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's famous poem of the same name, this book visualizes an extraordinary artistic collaboration between Lou Reed and the likes of David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, and Willem Dafoe, bringing song, verse, illustration, and narrative together into a singular publication.
The Raven will go on sale for 35% off starting at midnight on January 2nd!
It may be the end of 2014, but we're raring to go on January 1st with YARAS (Yet Another Ridiculously Awesome Sale!). For the entire month of January, we'll be highlighting a book a day with discounts galore and all kinds of extra tidbits and special deals. We don't even know what they'll all be yet! So don't let the post-holiday doldrums bog you down.
Books will draw on a loose theme each week, and tomorrow we start with... The End!
Both literally and figuratively, tomorrow will see the book The End, by Anders Nilsen, on sale all day at 20% off. Over the next six days we'll showcase books that, in one form or another, tackle An End—whether it be the end of an era, a life, or a relationship.
Keep your eyes peeled on our Flog and social media sites to keep apprised of the book of the day!
Each FantaBucks 2-for-1 Coupon costs just $55 and gets you a unique coupon code worth $110 toward your next purchase of $110 or more (not including shipping) here on Fantagraphics.com! That's like getting half off $110 worth of merchandise! You can buy as many coupons as you like, but you can only use one coupon per order and you must redeem each coupon entirely in a single purchase. You can also buy coupons as gifts — just tell us the recipients' email addresses at checkout. Beginning on Tuesday, December 30, we will email you your personalized coupon code(s).
Important note for 20/20 Club members: with your standard discount, you pay only $44, and so you will receive a coupon in the amount of $88, which, with your discount, is still good for that $110 worth of merchandise. (Paying attention in math class is paying off!)
Monday, December 29, 2014 is the last day to grab this amazing deal, so don't miss out!
Have you finally recovered from your tryptophan-induced coma this weekend? Better shake off that lethargy quick, 'cause today is the LAST day of our epic, four-day weekend web sale! The Black Cyber Business Weekend Sale ends at 11:59 PM PST, so there's still time to grab some books at a sweet 30% off for holiday gifting (with a few box sets still available for 40% off!).
This turkey-filled holiday season, we at Fantagraphics would like to treat all of our dedicated, loyal, and sometimes-rabid fans to a full weekend sale. None o' that one-day, trampling-your-nephew-on-the-way-to-your-computer nonsense.
Starting Friday, November 28th at 12:00am, we are putting almost all of our 2014 releases—including current pre-orders—up for sale at 30% off.
However, our special signed edition of The Complete Zap Comix, limited to 250 copies and containing giclée prints signed by five of the ZAP artists, will be discounted by 10%, this weekend only! Look a little deeper, and you'll even find a few gift box sets and bundled gift sets of books are marked at 40% off!
So enjoy your turkey this Thursday, relax and digest easily knowing you won't need to claw your way to any computers come Monday to reach our sale. We'll be here for you, all weekend long. We, however, cannot guarantee that all the books will be received in time for Xmas Celebrations.
Here's a recap of some of the beautiful books we published this year:
Wilfred Santiago hits it outta the park with 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, and we brought it back in softcover this year for an even more affordable format in which to enjoy Santiago's gorgeous artwork and storytelling.
More goodness coming in from abroad, including Vols. 6 and 7 of Shimura Takako's critically acclaimed Wandering Son, a deluxe boxset collecting Jacques Tardi's Goddamn This War! and It Was the War of the Trenches, Olivier Schrauwen's surreal biography Arsène Schrauwen, and Spanish cartoonist Max's Vapor, and Inio Asano's Nijigahara Holograph.
Get your tricks AND your treats this Halloween season with curated Fantagraphics titles during our weeklong Halloween sale! From Al Columbia to Richard Sala to our EC Comics horror collections, we've got a little something for everyone.
Check out the full list of books below, and snap one up while you can. Some of these are in very limited supply!
Beasts! Book 1 by various artists; edited by Jacob Covey
A classic mythological menagerie, comprised of creatures that were thought at one time to actually exist, depicted by about a hundred acclaimed artists and cartoonists. Now in softcover after 2 sold-out hardcover editions.
Beasts! Book 2 by various artists; edited by Jacob Covey
Like the first book, this deluxe collection includes a Who’s Who of the contemporary art world, collectively crafting a menagerie of mythological creatures, monsters, beasts and things that go bump in the night.
One of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years, a sweeping, magisterially conceived, visually startling tale of violence, amorality, fortitude, and redemption, one part Melville, one part Peckinpah.
Ott plunges into the darkness with five graphic horror stories in his hyper-detailed scratchboard style. Ott's plot twists will delight fans of classic horror; his artwork will haunt you long after you put the book down.
A fascinating, full-color compendium of extremely rare devil postcards spanning approximately 1898 through the 1950s, with over 150 full-color examples of these exquisite cards, culled from the finest postcard collections throughout the world.
King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave by Mezzo & Pirus
A glorious bastard, combining the intricacy and subtlety of the best European comics with a hyperdetailed, controlled noir style derived from the finest American cartoonists into interrelated tales of (mostly) interiorized violence.
King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World by Mezzo & Pirus
The second installment in this creepily sexy suburban soap opera — a sprawling and intricate tale of a community haunted by obsession, rage, regret and despair — in sum, a graphic novel for the 21st century.
A crew of undead pirates roams the seven seas, seeking release from their cursed existence. After one murderous conquest, they find a little pink baby who they adopt as their "King." A classic tale newly adapted by a French master.
Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires by Richard Sala
Night is coming and the local baby-sitters club needs an extra sitter. That strange new family in town is expecting four warm bodies... Peculia, that mysterious and clever young waif, returns in her first full-length story!
Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days by Al Columbia
This gorgeous grimoire is part alchemy, part art book, part storybook, part comic book, and part conceptual art, a broken jigsaw puzzle of a book starring two childlike imps whose irresponsible antics get them into horrific trouble.
An omnibus hardcover compiling 3 of Ott's previous albums along with 8 previously uncollected stories. Twenty twisted tales of murder, suicide, oppression, terror, mutilation, crime, marital strife, and nuclear annihilation.
Join Winkie on her most hellacious misadventure, a tale of debauchery, crime, neuroses, greed, lust, psychoses, vengeance, love, rage, mystery, comedy, and sorrow. Jouflas strikes a chord of unease with this simply scary story.
Woodring's drawings take his comics' otherworldly qualities to new levels of clarity and nuance, exploring hidden worlds, alternate realities and the inexplicable resonance of the unprecedented and irrational in lucid art.
Classic stories starring Dog Boy and Mister Blister, as well as several tales of doomed romance and creepy revulsion, plus a collection of sketchbook excerpts, covers and illustrations, in an affordable softcover edition!
He lives hand to mouth, this shambling lug of a man, wrestling with his demons and drinking himself into oblivion. Until one day his palms begin to bleed… A stunning, madly expressionistic graphic novel.
The Strange Case of Edward Gorey [Expanded Hardcover Edition] by Alexander Theroux
Expanded to twice the length of the original edition and completely redesigned, this intimate, revealing look into the life and art of an American original is an essential book for all Gorey fans and scholars.
Sucker Bait and Other Stories by Graham Ingels, Al Feldstein et al.
25 classic horror stories involving swamps, maniacs, and dismemberment by the artist so good at gruesome, grisly depictions of the endless corruption of flesh and nature he earned the nickname "Ghastly."
'Tain't the Meat… It's the Humanity! and Other Stories by Jack Davis & Al Feldstein
Good Lord! Choke! The complete Jack Davis-illustrated Tales from the Crypt stories collected in one convenient, gore-drenched package! The quintessential American horror comic drawn by its quintessential artist.
Reed's song cycle inspired by Edgar Allan Poe is in turn interpreted by Mattotti as a series of vivid, abstracted and enigmatic paintings that bring out all the terror and beauty of this centuries-spanning masterwork.
A creepy-cute all-ages tale about a couple of kids at a Halloween party who stumble into a secret underground society of damaged, forgotten, and pissed-off toys. Imagine Toy Story reimagined by David Lynch & Charles Burns!
Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Vol. 1
For the first time, 33 of the best stories from Kubert's early career, collected in one full-color volume, in a glorious variety of genres with a special emphasis on horror and crime. Meticulously restored, with historical notes.
A faux werewolf-cum-burglar runs afoul of a real society of werewolves who don't take kindly to the pretender. Lycanthropic thrills, romantic dilemmas, situation comedy, existential drama — in other words, pure Jason.
There's only a few more hours to get HALF OFF of our digital titles at comiXology. To celebrate fall AND the best cartoonists in comic-dom, comiXology is having a line-wide sale of Fantagraphics titles that ends tonight at 11:59 EST. That's 8:59 PM for you West Coasters. Just use the code COMIX at the checkout.
Or how about some of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting or classic EC comics for the upcoming Halloween season like Sucker Bait by Graham Ingels? You can also gift comiXology purchases to people so get some birthdays and holiday stuff outta the way now!
As the leaves begin to turn shades of red and orange (or fall straight off and green depending on where you live), backpacks are dusted off in preparation for a new load of textbooks, and we move into fall, we figure you could use some cause for celebration. How about our Labor Day/Back-To-School Sale? We've got great titles of all-ages, young-adult, and non-fiction titles at a whopping 40% Off from Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st!
School can be anything you make of it, especially you don't give a damn. For the guy or girl that knows everything, try Unlovable 1and 2by Esther Pearl Watson. She may only break wind and not hearts, but Tammy Pierce is unstoppable. For some short stories from all walks of life, ugly and less ugly, grab Daniel Clowes' Caricature, often compared to to Nabokov for their complex naturalism and sense of humor.
Is cutting class altogether a common memory for you? How about a classic Fantagraphics alternative comic, sure to win even the most jaded of hearts: Daniel Clowes' Ghost World (now in its 20th printing) is for you. Already have it? Try the male version of Ghost World, Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman, that came out in 2014. Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson also follows the teenage trail of growing up and growing apart.
Cutting class was too weak? You just dropped out all together? Damn, you might enjoy Giraffes in My Hair, a Jack Kerouac-style story lived by Bruce Paley and drawn by his partner,Carol Swain, all about the summer of '67. On the cusp of flunking out with a drug habit, A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross, is an intense and raw look at her own high-school experience. If you're looking for more personal and semi-autobiographical comic stories look no further than The Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso. It also contains stories about the idea of America and American history, such as a trilogy of short pieces about Alexander Hamilton.
Consider some new books about comics as an assignment for a graded discussion. Black Images in the Comics by Fredrik Strömberg walks through comics, old and new, to enlighten the audience about the hideous caricatures racism produces so that we may never stray there again. Best American Comics Criticism compiled by Ben Schwartz features the best essays on comics from Chris Ware on Rodolphe Töpffer, Dan Clowes on Mad's Will Elder, The Daily Show's John Hodgman on Jack Kirby and more!
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