Today is the centennial of the birth of William S. Burroughs, and as part of the official "Burroughs @ 100" celebration we're offering limited-time savings on our momentous art book and memoir by artist Malcolm McNeill detailing his troubled collaboration with Burroughs — 25% off each volume, or 1/3 off when you order them together! Author James Reich recently talked to McNeill about Burroughs at the International Times, so go give that a read once you've taken advantage of these deals:
In 1970, William S. Burroughs and artist Malcolm McNeill began a small collaborative project on a comic entitled The Unspeakable Mr. Hart, which appeared in the first four issues of Cyclops, England’s first comics magazine for an adult readership. Soon after, Burroughs and McNeill agreed to collaborate on a book-length meditation on time, power, control, and corruption that evoked the Mayan codices and specifically, the Mayan god of death, Ah Pook. Ah Pook Is Here was to include their character Mr. Hart, but stray from the conventional comics form to explore different juxtapositions of images and words.
Ah Pook was never finished in its intended form. In a 1979 prose collection that included only the words from the collaboration, Ah Pook is Here and Other Texts (Calder, 1979), Burroughs explains in the preface that they envisioned the work to be “one that falls into neither the category of the conventional illustrated book nor that of a comix publication.” Rather, the work was to include “about a hundred pages of artwork with text (thirty in full-color) and about fifty pages of text alone.” The book was conceived as a single painting in which text and images were combined in whatever form seemed appropriate to the narrative. It was conceived as 120 continuous pages that would "fold out." Such a book was, at the time, unprecedented, and no publisher was willing to take a chance and publish a “graphic novel.”
However, Malcolm McNeill created nearly a hundred paintings, illustrations, and sketches for the book, and these, finally, are seeing the light of day in The Lost Art of Ah Pook. (Burroughs’ text will not be included.) McNeill himself is an exemplary craftsman and visionary painter whose images have languished for over 30 years, unseen. Even in a context divorced from the words, they represent a stunning precursor to the graphic novel form to come.
Sara J. Van Ness contributes an historical essay chronicling the long history of Burroughs’ and McNeill’s work together, including its incomplete publishing history with Rolling Stone’s Straight Arrow Press, the excerpt that ran in Rush magazine, and the text that was published without pictures.
Observed While Falling is an account of the personal and creative interaction that defined the collaboration between the writer William S. Burroughs and the artist Malcolm McNeill on the graphic novel Ah Pook Is Here. The memoir chronicles the events that surrounded it, the reasons it was abandoned and the unusual circumstances that brought it back to life. McNeill describes his growing friendship with Burroughs and how their personal relationship affected their creative partnership. The book is written with insight and humor, and is liberally sprinkled with the kind of outré anecdotes one would expect working with a writer as original and eccentric as Burroughs. It confirms Burroughs’ and McNeill’s prescience, the place of Ah Pook in relation to the contemporary graphic novel, and its anticipation of the events surrounding 2012. The book offers new insights into Burroughs’ working methods as well as how the two explored the possibilities of words and images working together to form the ambitious literary hybrid that they didn’t know, at the time, was a harbinger of the 21st century “graphic novel.” McNeill expounds on the lessons of that experience to bring Ah Pook into present time. In light of current events, Ah Pook is unquestionably Here now.
Observed While Falling presents a unique view of the creative process that will be of interest to artists, writers and general readers alike. A perspective evoked by a literary experiment that has endured for forty years and still continues to “happen.”
Take the lampshade off your head, chug some coconut water, and straighten your tie and/or stockings: 2014 is here and we're pleased to announce the return of our New Year's Hangover Sale! All this week, take 20% OFF everything on our website (including our already-discounted clearance items and gift sets) Thursday, January 2 through Thursday, January 9, 2014! Just use the coupon code HANGOVER when you check out and you'll receive 20% off everything in your order. (If you prefer to shop by phone, just mention this offer when you call — 1-800-657-1100 or 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday.) 20/20 Club members get a double-shot discount of 36%, so join up if you haven't already. Shop shop shop!
(Please note: Some items are not eligible for additional discounts. Due to inventory counting, year-end bookkeeping activities, and unexpected understaffing, orders placed with standard shipping may require 2-3 additional business days on top of the standard 1-2 for processing. See here for more shipping info.)
Hou have 12 more hours to take advantage on great savings! Get caught up and spread the love of comics with beautiful gifts for all your friends and family!
The sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific time. Don't miss out! Order online or by phone (1-800-657-1100; 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9AM-6PM Pacific time); this sale does not apply at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.
• And some other stuff too — see the whole selection here! (Note that some items are excluded due to short supply, and availability of items can change without notice.)
Now's your best chance to get caught up and spread the love of comics with beautiful gifts for all your friends and family!
The sale runs all day Monday, December 2, and ends at midnight Pacific time. Don't miss out! Order online or by phone (1-800-657-1100; 206-524-1967 outside the U.S., 9AM-6PM Pacific time); this sale does not apply at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.
When we process your order, we will send an email to the recipient of the gift certificate with a unique coupon code that they can redeem on their online order here at Fantagraphics.com. (Be sure to provide us their email address.) Note that some items may be exempt from purchase with gift certificates. Value of each certificate will equal your actual purchase price. When shopping online, only one gift certificate coupon code can be used per order and it must be used entirely in a single purchase. Gift certificates do not have an expiration date and will not lose value, but terms and conditions are subject to change at any time.
Alternately, if your recipient lives in the Seattle area, we'll be happy to mail a paper certificate that your recipient can redeem at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Just indicate your preference when checking out.
Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the debut of a 20th century masterpiece: George Herriman's enduring Krazy Kat strip (though she'd been around as a character for a couple of years prior). We're celebrating by offering all of our available softcover Krazy & Ignatz Sunday strip collections for 20% off for the next 100 hours! That means the sale ends at 6 PM PST on Friday, October 18.
Our copies of Danny Bland's debut novel In Case We Die have arrived but we're not sending orders out quite yet. The reason? Danny's going to drop by soon and sign a whole mess of them! That's right, the first 80 or so people to order the book will have their copy signed by the author! (Sorry, no personalizations, despite the photo.) Orders will begin shipping on or about next Wednesday, August 21.
AND, we're extending our free audiobook download offer! Order the book by Monday, August 26 and on Tuesday, August 27 you'll receive an email from Local 638 Records with a code you can use to download the complete, unabridged audiobook (read by a brain-melting lineup of musicians, comedians and thespians) for FREE! Sample a few excerpts and see the full lineup here. This is an exclusive offer for Fantagraphics direct customers!
Oh shit, guys. Simon Hanselmann is having a sale on original art, comic covers and his infamous Truth Zone comics. Simon states, "I am currently offering (scamming people with) the originals of truth zone episodes 1-69. they are $120 in Australian dollars..." Not to be the bearer of bad news but since his Tumblr posts went up, pages are starting to go so don't think you can just go out and have a pint first and expect that page you want to still be there (you know, the one of the Crittys, where Simon drew you and bagged on Nick Gazin at the same time).
Hanselmann's book with Fantagraphics, MEGAHEX, was announced at SDCC and is coming out summer of 2014. So jump on these pages while the getting is rather inexpensive and then you can nod at the original art every day you walk by it, chuckling to yourself AND your good fortune for reading the Flog on a Friday. Damn, you're a smart person. More on Hanselmann's Tumblr, Girl Mountain. Get a page and then get a pint.
For those of us sitting out Comic-Con this year (boo hoo), it means missing out on some special deals on the convention showroom floor. Well, us stay-at-homes should get to have a little fun too!
Now until Comic-Con ends on Sunday, July 21, an assortment of our already-discounted gift sets of sequential or related books are marked down EVEN MORE, at least an extra 10% off and up to 1/3 off! And after the sale, some of these sets won't be offered anymore, so this may be your LAST CHANCE to get them at a discount! Your choices (while supplies last) include:
Instead of spending your hard-earned money on ephemeral spark-shooting gewgaws, why not celebrate our nation's liberation from overseas oppression by investing in quality collections of classic entertainment that stands the test of time? Now through July 8, 2013 we're offering a swell assortment of titles at up to 40% off list price! Get great vintage work from some of The World's Greatest Cartoonists like Roy Crane, Jack Davis, Dan DeCarlo, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, Hal Foster, Floyd Gottfredson, Fletcher Hanks, George Herriman, Crockett Johnson, Walt Kelly, Bill Mauldin, E.C. Segar, Gahan Wilson, Basil Wolverton and many more, all at a spiffy discount. Act now!