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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Penny Van Horn
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 28 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, Penny Van Horn, cut her teeth in the Weirdo and Twisted Sister anthologies.

Recipe for Disaster by Penny Van Horn

Recipe for Disaster

"The secret was revealed to me by Carl Jung, and was further illuminated by Sigmund Freud, Herman Hesse, Patti Smith, David Bowie, and Sylvia Plath. Laugh if you must at this cast of characters, but at this ripe intersection in my life, their combination became my personal recipe for disaster..." So begins Van Horn's amazing graphic novella, a collection of short stories and vignettes, mostly autobiographical, part mystical exploration, depicting incidents from the author's life, as well as those of her friends, neighbors and relatives. The title story is an intense autobiographical account of her nervous breakdown which is alternately riotous and terrifying. Van Horn uses her trademark painstaking scratchboard style for every page, giving the book a shockingly intense visual look.

88-page black & white 8" x 11" softcover
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Henriette Valium
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 27 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight is on the artist known as Henriette Valium, who is also known as Montreal's "godfather of punk comics."

Primitive Cretin by Henriette Valium

Primitive Cretin

Disgusting! Awesome! Baffling! Astounding! Hilarious! These are just a few of the adjectives that describe the hypnotically weird stories and artwork of Quebec cartoonist Henriette Valium, seen previously in several issues (and on one memorable cover) of Zero Zero. Amazingly, this is the first mass-market solo Valium comic ever, so we pulled out all the stops with an Acme Novelty Library-sized deluxe package that showcases Valium's mind-bogglingly detailed pages. Primitive Cretin will have fans of Dave Cooper, Glenn Head, and Kim Deitch, among others, clamoring for more!

48-page black & white 8.5" x 13" comic book
regularly $8.95 • ON SALE $6.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Carol Tyler
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsCarol Tyler 26 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight is on Carol Tyler, an acclaimed cartoonist whose work has garnered praise from Studs Terkel and Robert Crumb as well as a 2006 Eisner Award nomination.

The Job Thing by Carol Tyler

The Job Thing

Ever have a job you really hated, wanted to kill your boss, or prayed for that winning lottery ticket to deliver you from the drudgery of yet another day at the salt mines? If so, then you'll love this collection of ten stories all about slaving at the bottom of the employment food chain. Stories include "Fool of the Arts" (horrendous experiences working at a museum), "Book Beat" (you'd think working at a book store would be an ideal job, wouldn't you?), "Job Abuse" (in which Carol survives a framing shop job where she's stabbed through the foot by another employee) — as well as "Detour of Duty" (being introduced to jobs at a tender age) and much more. The Job Thing also includes memories of spectacularly awful jobs suffered by several famous cartoonists in leaner times. This book is a bracing introduction to Tyler's funny and often scathing voice.

72-page black & white 8" x 11" softcover
regularly $7.95 • ON SALE $5.96
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Late Bloomer by Carol Tyler

Late Bloomer

This book presents the biggest, richest and most delightful collection of Tyler's work to date featuring many new and previously unpublished works. In "Migrant Mother," Tyler tells the grueling story of a cross-country trip with the flu and her terrible-twos toddler using her trademark combination of rueful humor and empathy. The full-color "Just A Bad Seed" is a meditation on a problem child who might not be such a problem after all, while "The Return of Mrs. Kite" chronicles a family crisis — how her widowed grandmother fell in with a beau of questionable character. "Gone" (also in full color) is a stirring meditation on all kinds of loss, and "Why I'm A-gin' Southern Men" is a classic rant that dissects that particular breed of male — or at least a certain subspecies of "ex"es — with pitiless wit. Other stories include "Sweet Miss Lee" (a reminiscence of an immigrant roommate and her fate), "There's Something Wrong with a Perfect Lawn" (a tale of suburban obsessiveness), "Little Crosshatch Mind" (where artistic impulses come from), and "Uncovered Property" (discovering the power of sexuality at an early age). Tyler works equally well in delicately crisp black-and-white penstrokes and lushly watercolored paintings (this book features over 30 pages of her stunning full-color work). All told, the three-dozen stories here cement Tyler's reputation as a cartoonist to be reckoned with.

136-page b&w/color 8" x 10" hardcover
regularly $28.95 • ON SALE $21.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Rich Tommaso
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 25 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight features the first major work from Rich Tommaso, a talented cartoonist and former Fantagraphics staffer.

Clover Honey by Richard Tommaso

Clover Honey

Clover Honey is the story of Abigail, an aspiring hitwoman out to prove her value to the family. She braves the wilds of Newark, exorbitant parking rates, traffic jams, and bad hair days to track down Trevor, her former mentor, who is on the lam with a big briefcase of mob dough. It reads like a collaboration between Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino, with its quirky humor, contemporary characters, and unflinching violence. A feast for readers looking for intelligent genre fiction in comics, Clover Honey is a gangster story that concentrates on character. Tommaso designed the look of the page with a combination of bold, fluid brush strokes and stark white highlights against solid gray background; the book is virtually two colors throughout.

120-page black & white 6" x 9" softcover
regularly $12.95 • ON SALE $9.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Carol Swain
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsCarol Swain 24 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, British cartoonist Carol Swain, has been acclaimed by Alan Moore and called "the Raymond Carver of British comics" by Time Out, yet somehow still remains something of a secret.

Foodboy by Carol Swain

Foodboy

Foodboy is about loss and hope, friendship, faith, and bonds that are tested when the paths of two boyhood friends diverge. Gareth and Ross live in a small Welsh village; when Ross ends up alienated from society and living in a near-feral state after an encounter with a visiting troupe of Evangelists, it falls to Gareth to try to help him. Foodboy is drawn in Swain's trademark style of exquisite panel compositions.

80-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Invasion of the Mind Sappers by Carol Swain

Invasion of the Mind Sappers

A disquieting meditation on teenage fantasies in the tradition of Heavenly Creatures and The Miracle, Swain's first full-length graphic novel tells the story of Dai, Helen, and Ivan, three friends who believe that the earthquake that rocked their hometown was caused by — yes — a crashlanding UFO, survived only by their temporary headmaster. Are they right, or is the truth even stranger? Swain's brutally honest depiction of small-town life and her powerfully forthright graphic style create a bruising, harrowing masterwork.

80-page black & white 7" x 10" softcover
regularly $8.95 • ON SALE $6.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Wilfred Santiago
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred Santiagosales specials 23 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, Wilfred Santiago, is poised to make a major splash in 2009 with 21, his comics biography of baseball legend Roberto Clemente.

In My Darkest Hour by Wilfred Santiago

In My Darkest Hour

The Age of Anxiety has never been better depicted in comics form than in In My Darkest Hour, a modernist, mainstream graphic novel that explores the inner life of its protagonist, Omar Guerrero, a 28 year-old Latin American transient, who confronts his pervasive feelings of inadequacy, anger, guilt, and escalating alienation. The first full-length graphic novel from Pop Life collaborator Wilfred Santiago, in a lovely two-color format.

128-page two-color  7" x 9" softcover
regularly $14.95 • ON SALE $11.21
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Chris Polkki
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specials 22 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, editor Chris Polkki, put together two fantastic anthologies for us in the first half of this decade, one focusing on international artists and one featuring some of comics' newest superstars.

Bête Noire edited by Chris Polkki

Bête Noire

The alternative comics movement has gone worldwide with a vengeance, with cauldrons of activity in a number of countries. With Bête Noire, Polkki set himself the daunting task of corralling all these exciting movements into one fantastically dynamic English-language anthology, with 88 pages of new or previously untranslated comics from two dozen top-notch cartoonists acclaimed for their work in such cutting-edge magazines or cooperatives as Kramers Ergot, Cornélius, Le Dernier Cri, and L'Association. The exciting Bête Noire roster features MS Bastian (Switzerland); Fé + Witko, Frédéric Coché, Ludovic Debeurme, Lucie Durbiano, Quentin Faucompré, Morgan Navarro, and Caroline Sury (France); Adam Dant (UK); Anke Feuchtenberger (Germany); Ichiba Daisuke, Junko Mizuno, Suzy Amakane, Takeshi Nemoto, and Yuichi Yokoyama (Japan); Ben Jones (USA); Reijo Karkkainen (Finland); Peter Köhler (Sweden); Olaf Ladousse (Spain); Helge Reumann (Switzerland); Fabio Viscogliosi (Italy) and the legendary Quebecois madman Henriette Valium (Canada). There is also a color section featuring Kevin Scalzo, creator of the endearingly gross Sugar Booger! David Heatley provides the wraparound cover.

88-page b&w/color 7" x 8.5" comic book
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Blood Orange edited by Chris Polkki

Blood Orange #1-4

The four issues of Blood Orange showcase the comic art of Rick Altergott, Lauren Weinstein, Kevin Huizenga, Ron Regé, Jr., Gary Baseman, Archer Prewitt, Rebecca Dart, Chris Wright, Jeffrey Brown, Matti Hagelberg, Fabio Viscogliosi, Renee French, Anders Nilsen, Ben Jones, Brian Ralph, Lark Pien, Tobias Tak and Ted May, with covers by Steven Weissman, Olivier Douzou, and Lark Pien. In addition, issue #3 features European cartoonists Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury, Ulf K., Alex Baladi, Nicolas Mahler, Olaf Ladousse, and Fabio Zimbres. In a distinctive, beautifully designed format, Blood Orange captures the pulse of alt-comics.

48-page black & white comic books
regularly $5.95 each • ON SALE $4.46 each
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Mark Newgarden
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialsMark Newgarden 21 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight on cartoonist's cartoonist Mark Newgarden features one of the funniest, and certainly the fuzziest, books in our catalog.

We All Die Alone by Mark Newgarden

We All Die Alone

Acclaimed cartoonist Mark Newgarden debuted in the first issue of RAW magazine in 1980 and his work subsequently found its way into a variety of high and low profile media. He co-created the '80s pop culture fad "Garbage Pail Kids," wrote, drew, and syndicated a weekly humor feature in the '90s, and created a "Web Premiere Toon" for The Cartoon Network called "B. Happy." Newgarden is currently developing an unconventional Christmas special for The Cartoon Network. Newgarden's comics are hilarious, alarming, and masterful uses of the medium, alternating between old-time gags and avant-garde storytelling, often on the same page without missing a comedic beat. His 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. Those syndicated comics will make up the bulk of this book, the balance drawing on Newgarden's long form stories from various anthologies, including the much-lauded "Love's Savage Fury." In addition to compiling his comics, this book is a full picture of the artist, his influences, and his many other careers. An avid collector and historian of 20th century ephemera, Newgarden has achieved the rare distinction of both contributing to and furthering the mediums he collects: novelties, comics, and cartoons. Newgarden remains a great link to the past while moving ever further into the future. We All Die Alone is an uproariously funny and fascinating book that will appeal to comics readers, pop culture buffs, and any appreciator of the graphic arts. Designed by Dan Nadel (The Ganzfeld, The Wilco Book) and Helene Silverman (Jimbo in Purgatory).

224-page b&w/color  7.5" x 8.5" hardcover with flocked cover
regularly $28.95 • ON SALE $21.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Tori Miki
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tori Mikisales specials 20 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today we're featuring the American debut of one of Japan's most distinctive humorous voices, Tori Miki.

Anywhere But Here by Tori Miki

Anywhere But Here

Miki has won awards for his essays, screenplays and manga, including the prestigious Bunshun Manga Award. With four best-selling volumes released to date, the comic strip series Anywhere But Here is one of his greatest successes. Running weekly in Japan's TV Bros, a respected magazine of television and media criticism, Anywhere But Here is a wordless comic strip that could perhaps best be described as "Monty Python meets The Far Side meets Zen humor." Miki's unnamed lead character (modelled after himself) works as a bookstore owner but somehow finds himself entangled with aliens, alternate realities, and other mysterious disturbances in the space-time continuum. Like Gary Larson's The Far Side, Anywhere But Here can leave you scratching your head in bemusement almost as often as it makes you laugh, but we've selected the very best of his first two volumes for this special collection, printed in an elegant two-color edition.

96-page two-color 6.5" x 7.25" softcover
regularly $12.95 • ON SALE $9.71
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Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Otto Messmer
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under sales specialscomic stripsclassics 19 Jul 2008 11:00 PM

Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

Today's spotlight features a great collection of classic comics starring an all-time beloved cartoon character, as drawn by his original creator, Otto Messmer.

Nine Lives to Live: A Classic Felix Celebration by Otto Messmer

Nine Lives to Live: A Classic Felix Celebration

Best known as an animated cartoon character, Felix the Cat has also had a tremendously successful run in his own newspaper comic strip. Now, gathered here is a generous sampling of many of his most important and entertaining adventures. Felix was created in 1919 by Otto Messmer for the cartoon Feline Follies (first named Master Tom, he was given a new, lasting name when he headlined his third cartoon, Adventures of Felix) and it wasn't long until Felix became the most popular cartoon character of the silent era. Wildly popular in the U.S. and England for years, well over 150 cartoons have been documented as being produced in the original series (and perhaps many more of which we have no record). Hesitating to make the jump to sound, the cartoons began to experience distribution problems and a decline in popularity. The original series ended its run in 1931. Begun in 1923, the comic strip outlasted Felix's screen career. Although credited to Pat Sullivan (as was everything else regarding the cat), the strip was produced under the constantly inventive direction of Messmer who did most of the pencils and inks on the strip until 1954. The strip began fading in popularity in the late 30's, but comic books revived public interest in the 1940's. Seeing several ups and downs from the 50's on — a TV series, various comic book original and reprint series — Felix's popularity endures to this day.

144-page full-color 9" x 11" hardcover
regularly $39.95 • ON SALE $29.96
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