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Spring-Summer 2014, part 20: The Thrizzling Conclusion - Plus Vapor & Fog in Fall
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael KuppermanMaxKickstarterJacques TardiComing Attractions 4 Dec 2013 10:47 AM

Over the last 4 weeks we've been spotlighting the books in our upcoming Spring-Summer 2014 season, which are being made possible by the generous support of people like you who have backed our Kickstarter campaign. Now we've reached the final title in the catalog, and as a bonus we're revealing two titles for our Fall-Winter 2014 season! These books were already scheduled for previous seasons but were left in limbo after Kim Thompson's illness and passing earlier this year. We can now confirm that they are coming next year, thanks to everyone who helped us reach our first Kickstarter stretch goal!

(Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1

Tales Designed to Thrizzle Vol. 1 (Paperback Edition)
by Michael Kupperman

160-page full-color 7.25" x 10" softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-764-2

The smash hit humor comic, now finally available in paperback! What are tales designed to thrizzle? Tales designed to thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls. They are about Jesus's half-brother, the Mysterious Avenger, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, Private Eye Johnny Silhouette, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn't Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps (and their logical inverse, sex holes), the hot boy band Boybank, soccer joust, Underpants-On-His-Head Man, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, Mark Twain, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the '30s.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed and with a sketch by Ed Piskor while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive Ed Piskor hip hop t-shirt! (Or increase your pledge to $90 or more and tell us you want both!)

For Fall 2014: 

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge prelim cover

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge: A Nestor Burma Mystery
by Tardi , adapted from the novel by Léo Malet

120-page black & white 7.5" x 10.5" hardcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-705-5 

Paris, 1950s. Nestor Burma's past comes knocking when Bélita, a young gypsy woman, leads him to the Salpêtrière hospital where he discovers the recently deceased Abel Benoît, an old buddy from his anarchist days. While Burma has chosen to move onto the (more or less) straight and narrow as a private eye, his friend had stayed on the other side of the law as a counterfeiter and worse, until his own past caught up with him, lethally. So now it’s up to Burma to avenge his friend, keep the girl safe, and hopefully unravel a mystery whose roots run far and deep back into the past...

Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge is the first of four major graphic novels adapted by Tardi from the legendary French crime writer Léo Malet's original "Nestor Burma" novels — each set in Paris, and each taking place in, and defined by, a different arrondissement. Tardi's stylish use of mechanical gray tones provides the book with a lovely period feel, and the very specific autobiographical elements of the original novel (Malet himself frequented the anarchist/vegan hostel that serves as the backdrop for the flashback sequences of Burma's youth) combined with Tardi's usual obsessive visual research give it a uniquely personal, authentic quality.

Created in the 1980s, Fog Over Tolbiac Bridge was an historic attempt on Tardi's part to inject a level of literary heft and ambition into the comics field, which back then was still struggling for legitimacy. The result is a cracking good detective yarn and a milestone in comics history.

Vapor prelim cover

Vapor
by Max

120-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-460-3 

Disgusted and appalled with the today’s noisy and noisome world in which all is spectacle and surface sensation, Nick flees into the solitude of the desert. But even as he manages to recover some sort of spiritual balance thanks to an ascetic regimen of fasting and meditation, Nick is seduced by the most spectacular and mesmerizing spectacle of all time: The procession of the Queen of Saba.

In Vapor, the award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (best known for his 2006 book Bardín the Superrealist) once again engages in delightful philosophical mind games, starring another wildly stylized and endearing protagonist — this time deploying a striking, crisp black and white graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.