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!
Alka Seltzer and Angina Pectoris have all the luck — bad, that is. They've been ejected into the street because their apartment was put to sleep, Angina had to abort their child (the result of a malfunctioning Safe-Sex bodysuit) — how could it get worse? When a friendly stranger offers them his apartment, things seem to be looking up... but then Angina gets a call from the Netherworld. It's her aborted fetus: he's drunk and he's pissed off. So begins Pixy, which Neil Gaiman calls "the best comic I've read this year" — a 65-page journey into a nightmare world unlike any you've ever seen before. The rest of the book follows Alka's attempts to infiltrate the Kingdom of the Dead (where time runs backwards and is sold by the pint to time-addicts), in order to track down the malevolent Pixy and kill him for good. Shedding bodies and identities with some regularity (Pixy himself blows one to smithereens), Alka finds his own sense of reality eroding further and further during his sojourn down under — and it doesn't help at all when Pixy, now his best friend, accompanies him back up to the Land of the Living, where the gun-happy undead sprite wreaks unspeakable havoc. Pixy is the first major work by Swedish cartoonist Max Andersson, and it combines the freewheeling-yet-obsessive graphic and narrative weirdness of such contemporary North American cartoonists as Chester Brown, Julie Doucet, Kaz and Charles Burns with a bizarre yet coherent story that mixes coal black humor, barbed satire, wild surrealism, and stark horror in a totally new way — a feast for the (preferably deranged) mind and the (preferably diseased) eye.
72-page black & white 9" x 12" softcover regularly $11.95 • ON SALE $8.96 Order Now
The 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia. A grenade shell from a Sarajevo souvenir shop. A refrigerator with the frozen mummy of Tito... These serve as the starting point for a journey further and further down the collective unconscious of the Balkans, where the borders between dream and reality are erased and redrawn until they form a tale as exciting as it is fantastic, a tale which could be about our times and a war-torn Europe but just as well might be a deep dive into the psyches of its authors or a discussion about the essence of drawing. Bosnian Flat Dog is the result of a unique collaboration between two of Sweden's most internationally renowned cartoonists, Death and Candy and Pixy creator Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson. Each of them contributed to every single drawing to the extent that they no longer can tell themselves exactly who did what. This has lead to the emergence of an independent artistic entity which is neither of the two, but something else, at once familiar and unknown and perhaps a little bit scary.
112-page black & white 10" x 7.5" softcover regularly $13.95 • ON SALE $10.46 Order Now
For one reason or another, every once in a while one of our books will slip under the radar and go under-appreciated, or maybe it made an initial splash but has since faded from the general consciousness. For the month of July, 2008, we're highlighting some of these "hidden gems" from our back catalog and encouraging you to discover some great but obscure books by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!Click here for the full selection. (Sale ends at 11:59 PM Pacific time, July 31, 2008.)
We'll also be spotlighting these books with a daily feature here on Flog, starting right here and right now! Leading off the top of the alphabet: Canadian artist Ho Che Anderson, best known for King, his acclaimed comics biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and also creator of these lesser-known gems:
In this collection of original, previously unpublished stories, Anderson looks to the streets of his own modern-day Black Toronto for this group of gritty urban tales of explosive human relationships. Meet Toronto's sexiest bank robbers in "Young Hoods in Love." Join Edith in her desperate search for her son's father in "Johnny Angel." Experience the gut-wrenching surprise ending of "The Twilight of Our Years." See the unforgettable meeting of "Molly and Madeleine." And in the volume's closer, watch Cookie balance three relationships and two careers in "Doe." Funny, profane, and authoritatively real, Young Hoods in Love thrusts Ho Che Anderson into the first rank of contemporary comics creators.
80-page black & white 7" x 11" softcover regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46 Order Now
A woman driving alone through the desert picks up a younger woman whose car has broken down on the side of the road. Later at the younger woman's job, the two ladies chat, revealing bits and pieces of their lives. After this meeting, the older woman leaves for an appointment with a man. She arrives at his apartment where he's having sex with a woman. The woman confronts him. Turns out she's the living dead, come to bring the man to the other side. Scream Queen marks the first book by Anderson since his landmark graphic novel, King. Scream Queen represents a marked departure from King, being a much shorter work of genre fiction, but employing a similar graphic sensibility and mastery of form to chilling effect.
(Trivia note: pages from Scream Queen decorate the room of the depressed son in the film Little Miss Sunshine.)
56-page black & white 10" x 10" softcover regularly $12.95 • ON SALE $9.71 Order Now
We are pleased to announce that the FREE signed bookplates that we offered along with selected books in our last Ultimate Catalog are now available to customers on our website! Bookplates are available with over 50 of our most popular titles, from cartoonists like Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, Kim Deitch, the Brothers Hernandez, Tony Millionaire, Joe Sacco, Jim Woodring and many more! Click here for the complete selection!
The bookplates are uniquely designed for each book (that's the plate for The Frank Book above), and each bookplate is printed on acid-free cardstock and hand-signed by the author. Note that you must select the option to include the signature plate before adding the item to your shopping cart.
NOTE: Signature plates are VERY limited in quantity and available only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. If the bookplate option displays for a particular book, signature plates are still available for that book as of the previous business day; however, in the event that we run out, signature plates will not be backordered. Bookplates are NOT available separately from their respective books.
Attention MySpace friends, Facebook fans, Flickr contacts, Twitter followers etc! This week is your last chance to save 20%-25% off all your online purchases at Fantagraphics.com as part of our 2nd Annual Fantagraphics Online Friends Appreciation Sale, which ends Saturday May 31. Click here for all the details!
Tell Dad "thanks" for not chucking your comics collection, or "sorry" for emulating Dennis the Menace, by giving him the gift of comics for Father's Day. Whether your Dad's a member of the Greatest Generation, a product of the Underground era, or just likes sexy pin-up cartoons (and what Dad doesn't), we've got the perfect gift. From now through Father's Day (June 15, 2008), save 15% on a selection of great Dad-centric gift items.
Attention MySpace friends, Facebook fans, Flickr contacts, Twitter followers etc! It's your second annual opportunity to save 20% off all your online purchases at Fantagraphics.com for the entire month of May -- and this time we're giving you a chance to save 25% by participating in some fun interactivity!
Here's how it works:
MySpace: We have posted a 20%-off coupon code in a post in our MySpace blog that only our friends can see! For extra savings, leave a comment on our profile with one of the following: a picture with your favorite Fantagraphics book or comic, a list of what you intend to buy with your coupon, or some fan art; we'll send you a coupon code for 25% off!
Facebook: Fans of our Facebook page, check your updates for your 20%-off coupon code! We'll send a new update every week so that new fans who sign up in May get the code too. For extra savings, take a photo (or video!) with your favorite Fantagraphics book or comic, upload it to your profile and post it on our page; draw on our page with the Graffiti app; or just leave a message on our Wall telling us what you intend to buy with your coupon -- we'll send you a coupon code for 25% off!
Flickr: We've posted a 20%-off coupon code in an image in our Flickr photostream which is only visible to our contacts. For extra savings, take a picture or video with your favorite Fantagraphics book or comic or create some fan art, upload it to your photostream, tag it with "Fantagraphics" and add it to our Fantagraphics group pool; we'll send you a coupon code for 25% off!
Twitter: If you're following our Twitter feed, check your direct messages for your 20%-off coupon code. For extra savings, post a public reply to us (include "@fantagraphics" in your post) that includes a link to an item on our website that you plan to buy with your discount (or any other page of interest on our website); we'll send you a direct message with your coupon code for 25% off!
Goodreads: We're still working out how to contact our friends on this site with the 20%-off coupon code, but don't worry, you'll know when we do. For extra savings, just post a review or comment on any book that we publish or on our profile; we'll send you a coupon code for 25% off!
Get creative! If you can think of other ways to show and spread your Fantagraphics love on any of these sites, you don't necessarily have to do exactly what we say to be rewarded with a 25%-off coupon -- just make sure that we notice whatever it is that you do!
Coupon codes are distributed at Fantagraphics' discretion. All coupon codes can be used as many times as you like for any online order through May 31, 2008, but it's limit one coupon per order. Yes, you can add us as a friend/contact/etc. during the month of May and still be eligible, but we cannot guarantee delivery of coupon codes after May 28, 2008, so don't dilly-dally!
Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2008 Eisner Awards. We're celebrating our 11 nominations (plus a few for some of our favorite artists) by putting all of our nominated titles on sale for 20% off through May 15, 2008! The full list of nominations is below; click here to browse all of the sale items.
By popular demand, we are extending our massive blowout Spring Cleaning Sale at our storefront through Wednesday, April 16! There are still some choice goodies to be had, so if you couldn't make it over the weekend, you still have a few more days to get in on the fun.
Man of the hour Martin Bland, right, with Jason Miles:
Below, Dutch artist Femke Hiemstra with Roq La Rue gallery owner Kirsten Anderson. We will be publishing Hiemstra's work in the Beasts 2 anthology (Jacob Flogged her piece back in January) and in her own solo book, Rock Candy. Her work is currently on exhibit at Roq La Rue, through May 3rd: