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Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal FosterComing Attractions 9 Apr 2014 4:08 PM

The next volume of our New York Times best-selling series collecting Hal Foster's magnificent comic strip, Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 is due in late June/early July and brings more stories of mystery, adventure, treachery, romance, and humor in the Arthurian age, with Foster's breathtaking artwork immaculately reproduced from original engraver's proofs as always.

In our downloadable preview, Val becomes a literal iconoclast to bring Christianity to a pagan village! But then he falls in the mud, indirectly causes a deadly forest fire, and sulks until his wife beats some sense into him. Their young son Prince Arn embarks on a perilous quest with his trusty companion Sir Gawain, and they encounter Sir Gawain. Then things get serious and Val and Aleta prepare to depart on separate missions of their own.

For a limited time, if you pre-order this volume, you can add Volume 10 (due in Fall) to your order at a 20% discount — do it today!

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 19 Mar 2014 5:02 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 by Hal Foster

Another gorgeous volume of Hal Foster's magnum opus is off to the printer! Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954 collects two more years of quests, danger, sorcery, family milestones, treachery, and comic relief from one of the greatest illustrators to ever grace the comics page. It almost goes without saying, but a reminder can't hurt: these volumes are scanned from original engraver's proofs, meaning that the strip has never looked better and making this the ultimate Prince Valiant series.

This volume is expected to be available in early July; look for more sneak peeks between now and then, and pre-orders are being taken now!

New Comics Day 1.29.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Prince ValiantNew Comics DayHal Foster 28 Jan 2014 11:27 AM
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability. 
Prince Valiant Vol. 8  
Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster
120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0
 
"Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster's Sunday-only comic strip.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) 

"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful - the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order - in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." - Joe Keatinge

 




Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince Valiantnew releasesHal Foster 27 Jan 2014 6:30 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952
by Hal Foster

120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0

See Previews / Order Now

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Prince Valiant Vol. 9 (coming Spring 2014) or Vols. 9 & 10 (coming Fall 2014) to your order for just $27.99 each, a savings of 20% off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product details page to subscribe.

This eighth sumptuous volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant concludes "The Missionaries," the epic adventure that follows Val and several of his fellow knights to Rome on a quest for teachers who could bring Christianity to Thule. In the rousing climax of the story, Prince Geoffrey faces a dramatic, life-changing experience. After a brief stay in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly hijinks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince Valiantpreviewsnew releasesHal Foster 19 Dec 2013 2:22 PM

"One of the greatest comic strips of all time and a peak in visual splendor and breathtaking adventure, the story of Prince Valiant's 30-plus year odyssey is getting a marvelous presentation in Fantagraphics' series of books…" – The Huffington Post

“Medieval swordplay and adventure have never been as glorious as in Foster’s Sunday-only comic strip. This edition has been reproduced from pristine printer’s proofs to give the gorgeous artwork its crispest version ever.... Prince Valiant is one of the best-drawn comics ever, and this new edition does ample justice to its achievement.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"If you've never read Prince Valiant at all, I highly implore you to give it a shot with Fantagraphics' current hardcover reprints. They're huge, beautiful — the best these strips have looked since their original publication, if not exceeding them. They're world-spanning adventure comics of the highest order — in a pantheon of titles ranging from Corto Maltese to Kamandi to Tintin." – Joe Keatinge

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952
by Hal Foster

120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0

Due to arrive in about 4-6 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/princevaliant8

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoPrince Valiantpreviewsnew releasesHal Foster 18 Dec 2013 1:52 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952
by Hal Foster

120-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-699-0

Ships in: January 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

SPECIAL OFFER: Add Prince Valiant Vol. 9 (coming Spring 2014) or Vols. 9 & 10 (coming Fall 2014) to your pre-order for just $27.99 each, a savings of 20% off the cover price! Use the option menu on the product details page to subscribe.

Our continuing reprinting of Hal Foster's sumptuous epic — still scanned directly from Foster's personal collection of syndicate proofs, providing the most spectacular iteration of this material since its original publication in Sunday newspaper supplements 60 years ago — enters the 1950s with this new volume.

The entire first third consists of the second half of the 15-month-long (!) Roman epic "The Missionaries," which includes a dramatic, life-changing experience for Prince Geoffrey (aka "Arf") at its climax. After a brief stay back in Camelot (where the irrepressible Val and his friend Gawain indulge in some not-very-knightly pranks that end up costing them dearly), the two, accompanied by Arf, are summoned back to Thule, where Aleta presents Val with new twin daughters!

Foster also reintroduces such favorite characters as the piratical Boltar and the Indian princess Tillicum (now an unlikely romantic couple), and the year concludes with the beginning of "Valhalla" (another installment in the ongoing story of the problematic Christianization of the Vikings) — which includes one of Foster's most dramatic and gorgeous splash panels (used here on the cover).

And as a back-up, Prince Valiant Volume 8 includes an article by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane on Foster's near-forgotten "Mounties" ad campaign paintings from the 1930s, along with a number of gorgeous reproductions.

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Prince Valiant Vol. 8 cover photo

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantpreviewsHal FosterComing Attractions 9 Dec 2013 1:22 PM

Our newest volume of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant opens mid-castle siege, and amid the clangor of battle, young love inspires a bold deed... but will one innocent act of bravery be enough to bring about peace between bitter enemies? Then Val and his band meet some barbarians and some monks, and Val runs into some trouble in the foothills of the Alps. Read all about it in our downloadable  excerpt, which presents the first dozen full-page Sunday strips in this volume, which is due to hit shelves next month.

Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster

Spring-Summer 2014 Pre-Order Parade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantPeanutsMickey MouseMichel GagneLove and RocketsJoe SimonJack KirbyHal FosterGilbert HernandezFloyd GottfredsonEsther Pearl WatsonEd PiskorDisneyComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 5 Dec 2013 4:13 PM

Now that our Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, we're starting to offer our Spring-Summer 2014 books as plain old regular pre-orders. Our first batch is listed below, and more will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process). We've also set up a few discounted gift sets to help you save some bucks while building your collection. Be among the first to reserve your copies — hit those links to learn more about each title and start building your shopping cart!

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21)  
by Charles M. Schulz
foreword by Tom Tomorrow

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

Prince Valiant Vol. 9 prelim cover

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
by Hal Foster

112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 prelim cover

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

Young Romance 2 cover

Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Years
by Joe SimonJack Kirby; edited by Michel Gagné

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

Young Romance + Young Romance 2 Gift Set (20% off!) 

Unlovable Vol. 3

Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

Unlovable Vols. 1-3 Gift Set — includes Vols. 1-2 Box Set + Vol. 3 (20% off!) 

Luba and Her Family prelim cover

Luba and Her Family (The Love and Rockets Library)
by Gilbert Hernandez

312-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-753-6

Love and Rockets Library: The Palomar & Luba Collection — includes Heartbreak Soup, Human Diastrophism, Beyond Palomar, and Luba and Her Family (25% off!)

Hip Hop Family Tree 2 cover

Hip Hop Family Tree Book 2
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-756-7














Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 by Hal Foster - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantHal FosterComing Attractions 20 Nov 2013 12:32 PM

Prince Valiant Vol. 8 cover photo

Prince Valiant Vol. 8 pages photo

Tally ho, adventure lovers, another volume of Hal Foster's masterpiece is coming your way in a couple of months, as heralded by the appearance of advance copies of Prince Valiant Vol. 8: 1951-1952 in our hallowed halls. A theological thread runs through this volume with storylines about the coming of Christianity to Val's Nordic homeland (see Val getting a lesson on the Norse pantheon with a pre-Lee/Kirby Thor on the cover) along with all the usual derring-do, epic battles, domestic comedy, and dramatic life changes. Pre-order now for your express ticket to comics Valhalla!

Spring-Summer 2014, part 5: The Prince and the Mouse
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantMickey MouseKickstarterHal FosterFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 12 Nov 2013 4:01 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Prince Valiant Vol. 9 prelim cover

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
by Hal Foster

112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2

In our ninth volume, Arn tries his hand at being a warrior, Merlin is bewitched by Nimue, and Tillicum and Boltar have a son named Hatha — the first inter-racial baby "born" in comics. Most of the second half of this volume follows Gawain and Val’s pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem and Queen Aleta's return to the Misty Isles, where treacherous nobles seek her throne... and her death. Also featuring a look at Prince Valiant's 1954 escapades on both the large and small screens by Foster scholar Brian M. Kane. As with all the previous volumes in this highly acclaimed series, these pages are reproduced for the first time from Foster's personal set of color engraver's proofs, the most impeccably produced Prince Valiant series ever produced.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this volume signed by Brian M. Kane while supplies last!

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 prelim cover

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

Disney’s greatest villain steals the spotlight! The vile Phantom Blot — dressed head-to-foot in his ghostly black cloak — is turning Mouseton upside down and leaving a trail of danger and destruction behind! Can Mickey thwart his plans? Our latest book also finds Mickey battling "Mighty Whalehunter" Pegleg Pete on the high seas and meeting a powerful genie! Lovingly restored from Disney's original proof sheets, this volume also includes more than 30 pages of extras! You'll enjoy rare behind-the-scenes art, vintage publicity material, and fascinating commentary by a most-wanted list of Disney scholars. Walt Disney often said that his studio's success "all started with a Mouse" — now it’s time to rediscover the wild, unforgettable personality behind the icon: Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse. Edited by Disney historian David Gerstein and Gary Groth.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $40 or more, pre-order this volume while supplies last and support our season!



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