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
Catmull's images are evocative, haunting masterpieces that never tread in graphic imagery, choosing instead to suggest horrors far more frightening than what they explicitly depict. With just the right touch of humor to balance the terror, Ghosts and Ruins is sure to please fans of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, and makes a perfect gift book for the ghost story fan in your house.
Ghosts and Ruins is available all day today at 30% off! Previews and photosets are available on our order page.
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.