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Spring-Summer 2014, part 11: Myths & Legends, Pirates & Heroes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzKickstarterDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 20 Nov 2013 6:15 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

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Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1
by S. Clay Wilson; edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

224-page color/black & white 7.5" x 11" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-747-5 

This is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists: the taboo busting, eyeball blistering S. Clay Wilson. This first volume contains all of his underground comic stories from ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade magazine as well as the many adventures of the Checkered Demon, Star-Eyed Stella, and Captain Pissgums, and even his earliest collaborations with William Burroughs. Also: selections from his teenaged and college years, both in comics and painting form. First person accounts from his peers, as well as Wilson’s own words, offer a revealing portrait of the artist who hid his shyness behind brash behavior and bluster. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by S. Clay Wilson and Patrick Rosenkranz while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print signed by Wilson! (Or increase your pledge for one or the other to $250 and get both!)

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Heroes of the Comic Books: 75 Portraits of the Pioneering Legends of American Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

160-page full-color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"

(Note that the final cover art will feature Drew's portrait of Jack Kirby, rather than Siegel & Shuster as shown here.)

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by Drew Friedman while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print of Friedman's portrait of Steve Ditko, signed by Friedman! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive t-shirt with art by Drew! (Or increase your pledge to the appropriate sum for multiple rewards!)