"M.K. Brown turns the orderly world we think we all live in upside-down, shakes up our perceptions of normality — then hands everything back to us profoundly altered in some way only our subconscious mind truly understands." – Bill Griffith, from his introduction
"What you are holding is a work of a rare talent. M.K. Brown is the Irene Dunne (do Google) of the print world. Hard core fans can, at last, rejoice; first time readers will witness true comic enchantment. So come along children, let us follow and see where this divine woman takes us this time." – Brian McConnachie
"M.K. Brown is a uniquely innovative artist. Her work is on a level that no other cartoonist even remotely approaches." – Sam Gross
248-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $35.00 ISBN: 978-1-60699-708-6
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Women: what do they want? They might want to float into the sky while hosting a brunch party. They might want a couple of handsome cops to come over and get rid of a snake problem. They might seek a doctor's treatment for "wise-ass disease" or fantasize about revenge and forgiveness at the dentist's office. They might want to sing the White Girl Blues and dance the White Girl Twist.
And what about men? Mr. Science just wants to carry out his pointless experiments. "Earl D. Porker, Social Worker" converses with household items and forgets the cat food. One fellow's head is a basket of laundry.
One of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades, M.K. Brown has accumulated a body of work long savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected — until now. Stranger Than Life is the first retrospective collection of Brown's cartoons and comic strips from the National Lampoon from 1972-1981, as well as such other magazines as Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and Playboy; and her comics from underground publications like Arcade, Wimmin's Comics, Young Lust, and Twisted Sisters.
In these pages: Read instructions for the use of glue, making a pair of pants, home auto repair, coping with chainsaw massacres, and jackknifing your big rig. Travel the globe to witness the giant bananas of Maui, strange sightings in Guatemala, camel races, and a "Saga of the Frozen North." Learn about love 'round the world, among eccentric suburbanites, and in a "Condensed Gothic" romance. Meet Virginia Spears Ngodátu, who (with a bit of a name change) would go on to star in "Dr. Janice N!Godatu," Brown's series of animated shorts that appeared on The Tracy Ullman Show alongside the first incarnation of The Simpsons. Aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers and other weirdos feature in Brown's side-splitting single-panel gag strips.
Brown's cartoons combine a penchant for the absurd with the gimlet observational eye of Roz Chast. Brown satirizes suburban anxiety and ennui by turning it upside-down and sideways, and her slightly grotesque yet lovable characters are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel-tone watercolors.
Our acclaimed and beloved Carl Barks Library series continues with Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn. It's more adventure and laughs in Duckburg and beyond, all with our impeccable production and presentation, and supplemented with the usual expert commentary (including, in this volume, an intro by superstar "Wimpy Kid" creator Jeff Kinney).
In our downloadable excerpt, Uncle Scrooge summons an unusually agreeable Donald and the nephews to send them off on a mission, but Donald's attitude makes a 180 when he finds out it's to retrieve the titular fabled beast! Meanwhile, sneaky Gladstone Gander wants in on the action. Crosses and double-crosses ensue, and the trouble isn't over once they find their objective. Want the rest of the story (and a whole bunch more)? Pre-order now!
The printer sent us this handmade sample of our 4-volume EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1 (which contains Corpse on the Imjin, Came the Dawn, 50 Girls 50 and 'Tain't the Meat... It's the Humanity!) for our inspection. We caught one design error (first person to spot it gets a no-prize), which we fixed, and now the boxes are getting printed up, the sets will be assembled & shrinkwrapped, and the whole shebang will hit shelves in April. Pretty darn handsome, huh? It's a good deal, too, saving you over $20 versus buying the volumes separately and sans box. (Sorry, we're not going to be able to offer empty slipcases.) Hey, why not pre-order one for yourself or a favorite person?
Reinforce your coffee table and stock up on Visine: you'll need to prepare yourself for our massive, mind-blowing tome The Blighted Eye: Original Comic Art from the Glenn Bray Collection, coming in March. Starting with an intro to Glenn and the collection — and it's a colorful story — the book then goes on to display hundreds of works of art by just about every important comics creator or artist working in the cartoon idiom, ever. The bottom photo shows the breadth of work collected in this book: through alphabetical proximity, outré underground visionary Rory Hayes shares a spread with Russ Heath's classic realist war comics. This is An Important Book, folks, one that any serious comics lover cannot go without. Pre-order your copy and see more previews right here.
Interested in reading several decades of the best interviews, criticism and commentary about comics and graphic novels available in the English language, but don't want to store hundreds of magazines? Or are you missing some out-of-print, impossible-to-find back issues from your collection? For just $30, get a 1-year subscription to The Comics Journal Archive at TCJ.com. Previously only available to subscribers of the print magazine, this all-access pass lets you read TCJ back issues online in their entirety (including all the articles, columns, illustrations, sketchbooks, comics sections, "Blood & Thunder" letter columns... even the ads) to your heart's content for one year. "Lose days or weeks or months binge-reading Gary’s old editorials and News Watch columns about people you've never heard from again (these are two of my most favorite activities in the world)," says TCJ.com co-editor Dan Nadel.
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The Comics Journal is a magazine that covers the comics medium from an arts-first perspective, and is one of the nation's most respected single-arts magazines, providing its readers with an eclectic mix of industry news, commentary, professional interviews, classic comics sections and reviews of current work on a regular basis. Due to its reputation as the American magazine with an interest in comics as an art form, the Journal has subscribers worldwide, and in this country serves as an important window into the world of comics for several general arts and news magazines. Despite a tough-love relationship with the rest of the North American comics industry, due in no small part to its investigative news stories and uncompromising review section, the Journal has won several industry awards, most notably the Utne Reader, Eisner and Harvey trophies.
Prison Pit is Johnny (Angry Youth Comix) Ryan's ongoing taboo-busting sci-fi-prison-planet-body-mutation-splatterfest epic extravaganza, beloved by everyone from the legendary Gary Panter ("GLOREGEFULL!") to Booklist ("Not to be missed").
In the latest installment, our hero Cannibal Fuckface still isn't dead, so the Prison Boss plays what may be his last card: The Holocaust Brothers. But before CF battles the Ho-Bros he's got to destroy his arch-enemy, the seemingly indestructible Slitt, who happens to be the only one who knows how to get the hell out of the Prison Pit.
The author promises: "Every single testicle in the world will explode with rage when Prison Pit 5 is unleashed."
SPECIAL OFFER: Add Wandering Son Vol. 7 (coming Summer 2014) or Vols. 7 & 8 (coming Winter 2014/2015) to your order for just $19.99 each, a savings of at least $5 off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product page to make your selection.
Shimura Takako’s sensitive and charming series about two middle-schoolers wrestling with their gender identities continues.
In Volume 6 of Wandering Son, our protagonists are riffing on the play Romeo and Juliet for the school festival. Nitori-kun, the boy who wants to be a girl, and Chiba-san, the girl who has a crush on him, co-wrote the script (in Vol. 5), but Chiba-san has an agenda. She wants to play Romeo, with Nitori-kun in the role of Juliet. But Nitori-kun wants Takatsuki-san, the girl who wants to be a boy, to play Romeo. But you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men... casting is to be decided by fate, with names drawn randomly.
Big sis Maho plans a trip to the beach with her boyfriend, but her parents send Nitori-kun along as an unwilling chaperone. Faced with unwanted changes to their growing bodies, Takatsuki-san discovers the wonders of “breast binders,” while Nitori-kun considers bras.
Currently warming up on deck, Batter Up, Charlie Brown! is almost ready to step into the batter's box. This spiffy little gift book is corked with over 50 classic Charles M. Schulz Peanuts strips on the subject of baseball, documenting Charlie Brown's anxieties, defeats, and eternal hopes in spite of the failings of himself and his teammates.
Don't be a goat and miss this catch; get out your Neet's Foot Oil and pre-order now!
Tony Millionaire's modern all-ages masterpiece finally gets the comprehensive deluxe collection it deserves in Sock Monkey Treasury, coming in March. All of the gorgeous, hilarious, and heartbreaking adventures (to date) of Mr. Crow, Uncle Gabby, and their other animate friends, both toy and animal, are gathered in this pretty, pretty hardcover designed by Jacob Covey. Pre-order now; then take all your old Sock Monkey trades and storybooks, put them in the attic or hand them off to your nieces and nephews, and make a place of pride on your bookshelf for this definitive volume.
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