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.
Fantagraphics Books is excited to announce the acquisition of two new comics travel memoirs by acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley. Fall 2014 brings An Age of License, which recounts Knisley's charming and romantic adventures across Europe on a quest to discover what is truly important in life, find love along the way. Displacement is a travelogue about taking her elderly grandparents on a cruise, and pondering the meaning of life, while trying to hold her family together. The deal was brokered by Holly Bemiss at The Susan Rabiner Literary Agency.
New York Times Best Selling cartoonist Knisley garnered fame from her two previous graphic novels Relish and French Milk. She is also well known for her ongoing web comic, Stop Paying Attention, the latest of which is "A Light That Never Goes Out." Knisley's greatest strength lays in her keen ability to tell her story to both young adult and mature readers.
"I'm really excited to finally be working with Fantagraphics, which I've admired for years," Knisley explains. "These books are an exploration of youth and freedom, versus responsibility and family, and I'm so glad Fantagraphics is the company to help me tell these stories."
Much like the HBO series Girls, Knisley speaks to a generation of young women who are fiercely independent and yearn for adventure. The Eat, Pray, Love for the "social media" generation, An Age of License is a series of illustrated snapshots of a life full of cute cats, fancy food, and exotic travel.
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.
Spring is the time for new love, and like the first crocus poking through the snow, our advance copies of Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Romance Comics, the sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated first volume, have arrived to portend the book's March release. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (whom everyone knows from their superpower-driven work) not only invented the romance comics genre, they mastered it right out of the gate, as shown in these compelling, dramatic, dynamically-illustrated tales from 1947-1949. And they've never looked better: all the sighs, swoons, kisses, heartbreak, and tears are lovingly restored in reconstructed color. Read an excerpt and pre-order your copy right here.
Are you ready for our biggest (by weight and total page acreage if not by height and width) single-volume book ever? Are you ready to have your brain drop-kicked through the goal posts of comic art nirvana by hundreds and hundreds of amazing, rare, and amazingly rare images by a who's-who of comic artists? Are you ready for... The Blighted Eye? Well get ready, because über-collector extraordinaire Glenn Bray is about to share his legendary collection of original artwork with you in a massive, deluxe art book that belongs on the coffee table of everyone who calls themselves aficionados of comic art.
In our downloadable preview you'll get a portion of the introductory interview with Bray and a generous alphabetical sample of artwork from Charles Addams through Jack Cole. The book is expected in March; you can secure your copy with an early pre-order.
Charlie Brown's tribulations on the pitcher's mound, in the batter's box, and in the dugout are the stuff of myth (Sisyphus, to be precise). For all fans of America's Pastime, we've collected three of Charles M. Schulz's classic Peanuts baseball storylines into one spiffy little gift book, Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
In our downloadable excerpt, Chuck's role as team manager leads to frustration as his players vex him with their idiosyncratic habits. The book should be out about midway through Spring Training — pre-order now for delivery by opening day!
Our first Spring 2014 book is ahead of schedule?? Shut up! No, you shut up! Henry has plenty to say as he makes the jump from his silent newspaper strip created by Carl Anderson to his talky full-color comic book adventures by John Liney in Henry Speaks for Himself, on our schedule for February release. Smart, funny, well-crafted, classic kids' comics, carefully restored and presented in a reader-friendly softcover... 'nuff said! See more previews and pre-order right here.
2013 was declared by many (especially us) as the Year of Gilbert Hernandez, and this spring the spotlight swings back onto his brother Jaime as we present The Love Bunglers, the collected edition of Jaime's universally-hosanna'd work from issues 3 and 4 of Love and Rockets: New Stories. Maggie's past, present, and future collide in devastating fashion and the emotional arc of 3 decades of storytelling comes to a climax and denouement that will leave you stunned and blubbering. (There's also apparently a lot of plaid.) And jeez, check out that striking cover design by Jacob Covey. Stay tuned for more about this absolute can't-miss book.
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