A beautiful little book about god-awful occurrences, Conor Stechschulte's debut The Amateurs has arrived at the office in a bundle of advance copies. Two butchers in rural, pre-industrial America are afflicted with mysterious selective amnesia and an inexplicable dedication to their job; the results are absurd and disastrous, and the story is framed with hints of the supernatural. It would be a comedy of errors if it weren't all so horrifying.
This unsettling, kinetic, and breathtaking graphic novella arrives in stores in May; read an 8-page excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.
From tears to soda fountains, from mobsters to pretty ingénues in freshly pressed dresses, the stories of love and betrayal in Young Romance 2 will prompt you to grab a tissue box or swoon in delight. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's sensational romance comics continue in this sequel to Fantagraphics' critical hit, Young Romance. This volume includes stories about women from all walks of life — such as the French widow in "War Bride" or the recently released prisoner in "Unwanted." Simon and Kirby invented the romance comics genre and explored all the flirtations, dalliances, and passions of the young men and women who populated their stories. Mothers, lock up your daughters (and yourselves) before you both get swept away by the sheer delirium that these pages induced so long ago.
M.K. Brown is one of the funniest cartoonists of the last four decades — or ever, take your pick — and her body of work has long been savored by aficionados but never comprehensively collected — until now. Stranger Than Life is the first retrospective of Brown's cartoons and comics from their original appearances in the National Lampoon, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Playboy, and other magazines and underground comics.
M.K. Brown's comics stories satirize suburban anxiety and post-modern ennui by the sheer force of her gentle but piquant, off-kilter observations, along with her slightly pixilated but winsome characters, all of which are perfectly captured in her restless pen line and delicate jewel-tone watercolors.
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. "Another True-Life Pretty Face in the Field of Medicine" introduces 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. Plus, enjoy aliens, old people, pilgrims, mermen, monitor lizards, tiny floating muggers and other weirdos in Brown's side-splitting single-panel gag strips.
The Cold War heats up in an explosion of sex and violence! John Cannon, programmed to be the perfect assassin and working as a covert operative, is an all-American hero who makes James Bond look like a milquetoast. Undercover and under the covers, Cannon endures nude torture by beautiful women, explosive gunplay, naked catfights, bone-crunching plastic surgery, Hitler, nihilistic lovemaking, nuclear bombs, Weasel the spy, naked women, death from above, and more naked women! You can practically smell the gunpowder and testosterone as Cannon smashes the enemies of America and makes the world safe for democracy!
Comics legend Wallace Wood pulled out all the stops in these strips, produced as entertainment for our men in uniform. This volume also includes Cannon's two-fisted comic book adventures, penciled by the one and only Steve Ditko! Remastered from newly unearthed sources and including an introduction by Howard Chaykin, it's the biggest, baddest, best-looking collection of Cannon ever!
Yes yes, y'all! Acclaimed young cartoonist Ed Piskor (Wizzywig) schools you on the old school in this essential, explosively entertaining, encyclopedic cultural chronicle of an American art form that changed the world. Hip Hop Family Tree (originally serialized online at Boing Boing) takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios and radio stations where the scene started to boom, in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail.
The vivid personalities and magnetic performances of early stars like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, The Sugarhill Gang, and Funky 4+1 come to life, as do the no-less-charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and Rick Rubin. And graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy meets Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large.
Judgment Day approacheth! Our next EC Comics Library volume collects science fiction stories deftly illustrated by Joe Orlando (who went on to some renown one step up the alphabet at DC Comics) and scripted by the mighty Al Feldstein (sometimes from Ray Bradbury stories). Beyond the usual robots, spaceships, aliens, time travel, horrible death, and ironic reversals we all love so much, there are two items of particular historical note in this volume: the groundbreaking, taboo-busting title story, and EC's only serialized tales, the "Adam Link" adaptations.
Don't wait until our alien overlords return to judge us: read the former story, plus two others, and reserve your copy for delivery in May, right here.
Happiness is a new Peanuts book on my desk! Here's a just-delivered advance copy of The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 by Charles M. Schulz — Vol. 21 in the series. Marcie on the cover, two full years of daily and Sunday strips in crisp black and white inside, an introduction by Tom Tomorrow, and those thoughtful design touches by Seth that make these books so inviting... ahhh. Don't you just want to hug it?
If you missed it, we shared the first month of strips for free, and we're taking pre-orders for delivery in May — get all the info and take action right here.
Today in exciting plugs for our books by admirable famous people, hilarious comedian/author/Twitter superstar Rob Delaney joins the likes of Conan O'Brien, Elvis Costello, John Hodgman, and others in endorsing Tony Millionaire, and specifically his new book Sock Monkey Treasury:
Behold: the future! Our catalog for titles from September through the end of the year is out and details are leaking into the infosphere, so we're opening the floodgates and giving you the complete rundown.
All of these titles are now listed on our website — peruse our 2014 Releases category for all the listings with the most up-to-date information and pre-order links as they become available. Read/download a digital version of our print catalog for some additional info bits and sneak-peek artwork (keeping in mind that all product data and imagery is preliminary and subject to change).
The Blighted Eye is the most copious, the most diverse, and the most lavish compilation of original comic art ever published — all from the mind-boggling collection of Glenn Bray. Bray was an enthusiast of marginal or outsider American pop culture when he started to collect original comic art in 1965 — a time when very few people, including the artists themselves, truly valued the original art. Bray has, over the last nearly 50 years, amassed the most eclectic collection of original comic art in private hands. The Blighted Eye is not only the greatest collection of original art ever produced, but a testament to Bray's dogged and visionary commitment to preserving the work by the greatest artists working in an art form habitually sneered at by cultural gatekeepers throughout most of the 20th century.
The book features work by a pantheon of cartooning masters, including Charles Addams, Carl Barks, Charles Burns, Al Capp, Dan Clowes, Jack Cole, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Kim Deitch, Will Elder, Al Feldstein, Virgil Finlay, Drew Friedman, Chester Gould, Justin Green, Rick Griffin, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, George Grosz, V.T. Hamlin, Jaime Hernandez, George Herriman, Al Hirshfeld, Graham Ingels, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Gary Panter, Virgil Partch, Savage Pencil, Peter Pontiac, Charles Rodrigues, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Schulz, Gilbert Shelton, Joost Swarte, Stanislav Szukalski, Irving Tripp, Chris Ware, S. Clay Wilson, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood, Jim Woodring, Art Young, and — it should go without saying — many more.
With the increasing sophistication of comics over the last 20 and 30 years in the form of graphic novels, journalism, and memoirs, the cartoon form is finally taking its place alongside other popular narrative media — novels, films, theatre — as an art form to reckon with, widely reviewed and embraced by a discriminating reading public.
Simultaneous with this growing acceptance of comics as a literary form has been the recognition among museums and galleries that the artists' original drawings are art objects. Public exhibitions of original comics art has proliferated over the last decade with such shows as Masters of American Comics at LA's Hammer Museum and R. Crumb's Underground at Seattle's Frye Museum. Readers have been able to see this original art in museum catalogues and the occasional compilation of work digitally scanned directly from the original art. Although drawn for print, the hand-crafted original art — brush strokes and pen lines inked on paper — offers a beauty and an unique insight into the form, a different way of perceiving the artist's work.
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