We're running a Groupon offer for $40 worth of comics and graphic novels for $20 in several test markets across the U.S. this month. Today's offer is running in Springfield, MO, and there was one in Huntsville, AL yesterday. If you're outside Springfield, or you missed yesterday's offer, never fear! Anyone from anywhere [UPDATE: in the U.S. and Canada] can buy any city's offer. And look for offers in Spokane WA, Albuquerque NM, and Westchester County NY over the next couple of weeks.
Note: If you purchase one of these offers, please allow up to 48 hours for your redemption code to be valid for your online purchase.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators are saying about our release this week, check out our previews at the link, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
168-page black & white 6.25" x 9.25" hardcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-384-2
"Finally, your book-on-comics for the week – a newly expanded hardcover edition of Alexander Theroux’s 2000 profile of the famed author and illustrator." – Joe McCulloch, Comics Comics
"Fantagraphics have expanded and updated The Strange Case of Edward Gorey, a book that originally came out around the time of his death in 2000. Written by novelist Alexander Theroux, it’s a book about Gorey’s work as well as the enigmatic bearded man himself: Theroux knew him personally for over thirty years so it’s pitched as both a loving and an analytical portrait of the artist." – The Gosh! Comics Blog
"Alexander Thoreaux’s examination of one of the most influential American artists to ever put pen to paper is a lovely-looking, $20, 170-page hardcover." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama
Our own Eric Reynolds sketched up Muno, Plex, Brobee, Toodee & Foofa as a coloring page for his adorable daughter Clem and posted it on his Flickr page so you can download a high-res version and print it out for your kids too (Eric notes you might want to white out the word bubble first). Fun!
At his blog Hans Rickheit reveals the cover artwork for his short story collection Folly: The Consequences of Indiscretion, coming in early 2012 from Fantagraphics. Click through for a larger image of the wraparound.
• Review: "Like WWI itself, it's difficult to summarize It Was the War of the Trenches — each moment and story is precise and poignant and devastating, and they add up to far more than the sum of their parts, but they add up as a mosaic does, with each shard forming a point of color that only makes sense from a distant perspective. [...] Tardi is one of the giants of world comics, and this is one of his strongest works, a rare combination of ability, ambition, and subject. ...It Was the War of the Trenches is immediate and moving and deeply involving from page to page, showing once again the power that comics has to both illuminate dark corners of the world and to turn them into a compelling narrative accessible to nearly everyone." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
• Feature: At The SF Site: Nexus Graphica, Rick Klaw dubs Jacques Tardi "the Martin Scorsese of European comics" and runs down his reactions to all of our recent English reprints of Tardi's work: "Before my discovery of the French artist Jacques Tardi, how did I enjoy comics?"
• Interview (Audio): Guests Jean Schulz, Nat Gertler (The Peanuts Collection) and Kevin Fagan (Drabble) discuss the legacy of Charles M. Schulz on yesterday's episode of Southern California Public Radio's AirTalk (via Spurge)
"Cartoon Polymaths," an exhibit featuring Richard McGuire, Saul Steinberg, Paper Rad, Mariscal, Tony Sarg and Winsor McCay opening at Parsons The New School this week looks like a must-see for NYC comics fans. Kevin Huizenga did a two-page comic for the program, the above panel from which Kevin posted on his The Balloonist blog.
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