Starting with today's Book-A-Day sale title, we'll be starting a new theme: "Inside Your Locker." For the next seven days, delve deep inside Fantagraphics' locker for some sensual, decadent books to brighten your day and stimulate the senses.
Dave McKean dipped his (vastly talented) artistic toe into erotic waters with his graphic novel, Celluloid, a 2011 Fantagraphics release about a woman's discovery of a film projector in an apartment, and the mysterious doorway it opens when the film burns out.
As the artist says: "There are so many comics about violence. I'm not entertained or amused by violence, and I’d rather not have it in my life. Sex, on the other hand, is something the vast majority of us enjoy, yet it rarely seems to be the subject of comics. Pornography is usually bland, repetitive and ugly, and, at most, 'does the job.' I always wanted to make a book that is pornographic, but is also, I hope, beautiful, and mysterious, and engages the mind."
Bringing to bear the astonishing range of illustrative and storytelling skills that have served him so well on his collaborations with Neil Gaiman and his own solo projects, Dave McKean forges into new territory with this unique work of erotica.
Today's January Book-A-Day Sale brings us back to beloved Norwegian cartoonist Jason's work. This time, we're offering the unique graphic novel The Left Bank Gang for 45% off!
Starring four literary giants—F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce—The Left Bank Gang is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of these four characters as not only typical Jason anthropomorphics, but...graphic novelists! Yes, in Jason's warped world, cartooning is the dominant form of fiction, and not only do these four work literary giants work in the comics medium but they get together to discuss pen vs. brush, chat about the latest graphic novels from Dostoevsky ("I can't tell any of his characters apart!") to Faulkner ("Hasn't he heard of white space? His panels are too crowded!"), and bemoan their erratic careers.
Today's January Book-A-Day Sale features the beautiful work of Italian cartoonist Igort. This second issue of Baobab tells the story of two aspiring cartoonists who vow to create amazing works of fantasy and magic, even talking a retired local newspaper publisher into reviving his paper just for them. But just as he sees his big break and gets ready to launch what will eventually become his signature character, "Morvo," Celestine falls terribly ill, and even his doting sister's help can't get him back on track...
In the Baobab series, Igort traces an alternate history of the very beginnings of the comic strip artform, with subtle nods toward such masters as Winsor McCay and George Herriman (upon whom the Creole Celestine is clearly based). No aficionado of comics' earliest days can miss this! Part of the Ignatz series.
Today's Book-A-Day sale title comes from Montreal, where two Canadian artists Marc Tessier and Alexandre Lafleur collaborated on this debut graphic novel telling four striking stories. "The Sleeping Heart," "The Theatre of Cruelty," "The Lovers," and "To Chandra from Surya" filter autobiographical fragments through the dream world, plumbing the depths of the psyche, mining the mythology of our collective unconscious. Written and drawn over a five-year period, each tale in The Theatre of Cruelty is a rollercoaster ride through hell and heaven, fueled by a quest to capture the truth through the power of imagination.
Today's January Book-A-Day is a three-fer! Shimura Takako's beloved manga series, Wandering Son, has been hailed as a sophisticated work of storytelling, in which a group of fifth grade characters must navigate their budding puberty, and some of them find themselves dealing with the additional complications of gender dysphoria.
Today's Book-A-Day title comes to us from Italy, and it is described thusly:
"A high-rise apartment building in an unnamed European city. Its inhabitants come and go, meet each other, talk, dream, regret, hope... in short, live. A ghostly, shape-shifting anthropomorphic white rabbit roams from apartment to apartment, surveying and keeping track of all this humanity... and at the end of every night, he floats down to the basement where he delivers his report to the 'great dark one.'"
Yes, it's Gabriella Giandelli's Interiorae, praised both in her native Italy and in the U.S, in Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey. And, for today only, you can purchase this moody graphic novel for 40% off its retail price!
Today's January Book-A-Day title was named the "Best Funny Comic of 2012" by Paul Gravett.
Nicolas Mahler's Angelman turns the superhero trope directly on its head. The titular character is created by Korporate Comics in a flash of money-grubbing cynicism appalling even by their standards. However, Angelman’s powers (which include empathy and the ability to be a good listener) prove less than adequate to deal with the sinister threat of the insane plastic-surgeon villain Gender Bender — or with the fickleness of fashion, the rapacious super-heroine Lady Dentata, the increasingly desperate re-boot attempts by Korporate Comics, his oddly twin-like wife, a disastrously bad movie adaptation that single-handedly brings the vogue for super-hero movies to a screeching halt… all delineated in Mahler’s trademarked ultra-minimalism (albeit this time in spectacular color), and with his drier-than-dry wit.
For today only, Angelman is available from our mail-order department at 35% off!
Our eighth January Book-A-Day Sale title also heralds our new theme of the week—"Across the Pond"—featuring seven Fantagraphics editions of non-U.S. titles. We're starting off with acclaimed Norwegian cartoonist Jason's The Last Musketeer.
The premise: the by-now centuries old musketeer Athos has been reduced to a suavely dressed but useless near-panhandler trading on his now almost extinct fame. All this changes when one day the Martians attack Earth. Suddenly there is a need for swashes to be buckled, and Athos leaps back into the fray with a vengeance.
You can purchase The Last Musketeer today for a whopping 45% off! Grab your copy of this iconic, award-winning cartoonist's work while supplies last!
Today, our January Book-A-Day Sale features a bittersweet, melancholy book by Jordan Crane—his first self-published graphic novel. The Last Lonely Saturday is a largely wordless, two-color book telling the story of an older man on the day he visits his departed wife's gravesite.
In this evocative, romantic novella, told in a beautiful red and yellow palette, Crane's economical images waste not a line, and his narrative flows effortlessly from panel to panel in this heartwarming story of love and love lost.
Today's January Book of the Day is by acclaimed Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti and Argentine comic writer Jorge Zentner. In The Crackle of the Frost, Mattotti's whirling, vivid, and emotionally charged images tell the story of Samuel, who fled his relationship with Alice after she expressed her desire to bear his child.
A year later, he receives a letter from Alice announcing that she is pregnant, spurring him to visit her—to re-open, or perhaps close forever, that important chapter of his life