This Week’s Press Highlights

“With an acrid storytelling voice and a clean, spare drawing style, Mr. Clowes used Eightball… to skewer pop culture, spin surrealistic horrors and sympathetically portray youth adrift.”
Read more about The Complete Eightball by Daniel Clowes at The New York Times  “Fantagraphics Books has just announced Patience, the first all-new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes in more than half a decade. It’s the biggest and most ambitious book of a storied career.”  Read more at Fused UK  
“I don’t think there has been a fictional character with a better name than Needledick the Bug-Fucker, nor a character who revealed so many multitudes within a single page.” Read more at The Millions   “Ed Piskor’s stylish, funny, assiduously researched history of hip-hop is hugely engaging and enlightening.” – Glen Weldon Here more at NPR   “Tardi has a much deserved reputation not only as a master of the pen, but also as a meticulous researcher, I’m confident that Manchette would praise Tardi’s Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell as the outstanding book it is.”
Read more at Pop Matters
“This story of a burly ex-wrestler/kitten fancier has been one of my absolute favorite comics — an affectingly offbeat gay rom-com that captures the universal sadness and silliness of loneliness and love, and mixes heartbreak and humor in exactly the right proportions.”
Read more about Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce at The Comics Alliance
“Esther Pearl Watson is a remarkable artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and visual storyteller. Her ongoing popular Unlovable comic strip… is memorable, artful, and highly original… never fails to delight and surprise.”
Read more at American Illustration and American Photography 
“Dark, bleak and crushingly depressing, Black River will make you reflective of society and what it means to be alive.”Read more at AiPT!
“Some of the best comics ever printed…masterfully told and very, very funny.”
Read more about Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Vol. 6: The Pixilated Parrot by Carl Barks at The Comics Alliance
“This is storytelling and character work done so well you’ll wonder if they are in fact alive and possibly right next door.”
Read more about The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez at AiPT!
Unshelved calls Hip Hop Family Tree a “rapid-fire telling of the early days of rap and hip hop culture… There’s a lot to learn even if you think you’ve heard it all.”
Read more at Unshelved Praise for Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly
“Thoroughly researched…devoted fans will welcome this exhaustive study.” Read the full review in the print edition of the Library Journal review May 15 issue.

Dorfler by Jeremy Baum – Excerpt

An 8-page downloadable excerpt of the upcoming release Dörfler is now available for your reading pleasure. Get a glimpse of the dreamy art and dystopian landscapes. Stay tuned for more pre-sale information.     

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 – Photoset Preview

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9″ x 12″ hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-786-4

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/invitationtoopenness

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 – Video/Photo …

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
curated by Pat Thomas and Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9″ x 12″ hardcover • $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-786-4

Ships in: March 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Throughout Les McCann’s incredible jazz career, he took hundreds of photos — at clubs, studios, and festivals around the world — and unwittingly documented a side of the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980 that includes a very young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, Errol Garner, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, and other seminal African-Americans, such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Muhammed Ali, and Stokely Carmichael to name but a few. These photos are characterized by their intimacy, and the cross-section of names listed is merely the tip of the iceberg. The book features candid commentary by McCann himself and is curated by Pat Thomas (Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) and maverick music producer Alan Abrahams (Pure Prairie League, Joan Baez, Stanley Turrentine, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal).

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Now in Stock: Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales

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

Willard Mullin’s Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales
by Willard Mullin and Ernest Thayer

52-page two-color 6.25″ x 6.25″ hardcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-814-4

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In 1953, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the World Series, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin created images illustrating one of America’s best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer’s “Casey at the Bat.” These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The first set was issued on April 15, 1954, at the very first home game for the modern day Baltimore Orioles.

The illustrations by Mullin were for years thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition of “Casey at the Bat.” This edition will include additional Mullin material like the “Fan’s Alphabet” from 1953 and the poems “Iron Horse Lou” and “O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn” from 1947. With a preface by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both “Casey” and Mullin’s images by noted baseball historian Tim Wiles, this edition of “Casey” is the most authentic ever produced. A keepsake for the ages.

Now in Stock – Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs

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

Hurricane Isle and Other Adventures: The Best of Captain Easy and Wash Tubbs
by Roy Crane; edited by Rick Norwood

320-page black & white 10.5″ x 8.5″ hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-809-0

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Sate your wanderlust with a brick of slam-bang action, boisterous humor, dangerous villains, even more dangerous women, and the promised treasure in this collection of Roy Crane’s classic Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy. Following our Eisner Award-nominated series of Roy Crane’s Captain Easy Sunday strip collections, we have selected the very best of the indispensable daily comic strip adventures of Easy and Tubbs. Featuring Wash running a dinky railroad in a comic-opera version of Eastern Europe, the gripping narrative of Easy waging total war against The Phantom King, battles with pirates in the South Seas, and the harrowing story of Easy and Wash as prisoners on the infamous Devil’s Island. Roy Crane mixes imagination, romance, and thrills in a masterful storytelling style that entices you over the next mountain, across the next ocean, toward the next horizon—and always to the next thrill-packed adventure!

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck by Carl Barks – Photoset Preview

Praise for Carl Barks:

“I consider [Carl Barks’s comics] to be the best form of storytelling I’ve read.” – Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

“A priceless part of our literary heritage.” – George Lucas

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck
by Carl Barks

96-page full color 7.25″ x 5.5″ softcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-820-5

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/bulletvalley

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux – Video/Photo Slideshow

Collected Poems
by Alexander Theroux

672-page color 6″ x 9″ x 2″ hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-802-1

Ships in: April 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The publication of Alexander Theroux’s Collected Poems, a gathering of more than 660 poems, an astonishing creative output, will be among the major literary events of the year. Here is a full cornucopia of sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, triolets, pure, satires, narratives, dramatic monologues, fanciful meditations, flytings and harangues, ruminations on death and lost love, and no end of lyrics both beautiful and fierce. Taken altogether they contrive to make up a record of the author’s deepest thoughts and reflect the dramatis personae of his life. Theroux captures in his work those rare, frail, but precious truths, inaccessible to the common run of men that would otherwise have vanished into nescience. Sardonic, astute, impertinent, tender, clever, warm-hearted, delphic, truculent, comic, defiantly aggressive, and often achingly personal, he shows an intensity of observation and invention.

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Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan – Photoset Preview

“More than worth its price in pure mirth. But there’s more! …This newest issue sees the artist’s signature series move further than ever into straight-up horror/exploitation territory, without losing a lot of ground in comedy. …Fascinating work.” – Jog The Blog

“A lot of people’s Top Ten Favorite-est Comics of the Year lists this year will involve comics about Israel or the exquisite sadness of being an Asian man who likes blondes, all that stuff; mine will involve cheeseburger-flavored semen…? I got dropped on my head a lot as a baby.” – Abhay Kholsa, The Savage Critics

“The new Angry Youth Comix is finally out and it may be the darkest cartoon we’ve ever seen and also the most hilarious… It also features one of the most honest depictions of the American family dynamic to appear in print, though we can see that aspect maybe getting lost for some readers amid the turd-vines and the synthetic ejaculates.” – Vice

Angry Youth Comix
by Johnny Ryan

424-page black & white w/color 7.25″ x 10.75″ hardcover
$49.99 | 978-1-60699-811-3

Due to arrive in 2 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/angryyouthcollection

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 – Photoset Preview

Praise for previous volumes in The Steve Ditko Archives:

“Even though he’d only been working in comics for a couple of years when he drew these 1956 tales, they already display Ditko’s distinctively cockeyed style and his characteristically powerful compositions. […] As Bell remarks in his insightful introduction, what makes Ditko’s early work notable is ‘the dichotomy between what he was given and what he was able to accomplish.'” – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

“[In] Fantagraphics’ second volume of Ditko’s portfolio… Ditko moves away from gore to short sci-fi tales, yet his grasp at relaying natural character depth and dramatic heft is evident. His zealous work as the exemplar artist for Charlton Comics showcases his ever-blossoming abilities at setting scenes in stark relief to multi-hued characters. […] This collection single-handedly erases memories of Ditko hacking Transformers coloring books during the ’80s. [Rating] 8/10” – Kyle Lemmon, Under the Radar

“Fantastic… Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented.” – Dave Gibbons

“It’s fascinating to see [Ditko’s] nascent style coalescing as he tackles a variety of material, already starting to work out the design genius that would mark much of his work, including – especially! – Dr. Strange and Spider-Man, for the next 20 years.” – Steven Grant, Comic Book Resources

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5
edited by Blake Bell

240-page full color 7.25″ x 10″ hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-706-2

Due to arrive in 2 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/drippingwithfear

Grave Business by Graham Ingels Excerpt

Attention boys and ghouls: you may now peruse a 36-page downloadable excerpt of Grave Business, illustrated by “Ghastly” Graham Ingels‘ comics, if you dare. Ingels delivers a shock to readers with his grisly depictions —leavened only by a sly wink to the reader and a generous dose of dreadful puns. Ingels’ brushwork oozes ominously across every panel, perfectly setting the mood for the shudder-inducing fates of such corrupt characters as the sadistic asylum director, the political candidate who murders his opponent, the ventriloquist with the homicidal “dummy,” the millionaire who persecutes an aged junkman, and the medieval duke who runs over a young boy with his carriage then taxes the peasants to pay for cleaning up his victim’s blood. Like every book in the Fantagraphics’ EC line, Grave Business and Other Stories superbly showcases these classic comic book masterpieces and enhances the reader’s experience with commentary and historical and biographical detail from EC experts. You can pre-order your copy now.  

New Comics Wednesday: Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America

 

This week’s comic shop shipment is slated to include Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly.   

644-page 6″ x 9″ Hardcover 

$34.99 | 978-1-60699-761-1 

Harvey Kurtzman created MAD, and MAD revolutionized humor in America. Kurtzman’s groundwork as the original editor, artist, and sole writer of MAD provided the foundation for one of the greatest publishing successes of the 20th century. But how did Kurtzman invent MAD, and why did he leave it shortly after it burst nova-like onto the American scene? Bill Schelly’s heavily researched biography finally and fully answers these question for the first time. Through fresh interviews with Kurtzman’s colleagues, friends and family, including Hugh Hefner, Al Feldstein, James Warren, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Gilbert Shelton, and many others, and an examination of Kurtzman’s personal archives, this book tells the true story of one of the 20th century’s greatest humorists. His family life, an FBI investigation during the McCarthy Era, his legal battles with William M. Gaines (publisher of MAD), all are revealed for the first time. Rich with anecdotes, from Kurtzman’s Brooklyn beginnings to his post-MAD years, when his ceaseless creativity produced more innovations: new magazines, a graphic novel, and “Little Annie Fanny” in Playboy.  

Contact your local shop to confirm availability. 

New Comics Wednesday: The Kurdles by Robert Goodin

 

The Kurdles by Robert Goodin

60-page full color 8.75″ x 12″ hardcover 

$24.99 | 978-1-60699-832-8 

 

In the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is an all-ages comic spiced up with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, home to a most peculiar group of characters in the midst of a crisis; their forest house has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! The creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away! Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel, introducing an unforgettable and charming cast of characters. Printed in an oversized format to showcase Goodin’s stunning, hand-painted artwork, The Kurdles will capture the imagination of both parents and children. 

In comic book shops now! Click here to find a store near you and confirm availability.

This Week’s Press Highlights

Fantagraphics Books and artists have been featured in Rolling Stone, Playboy, The Atlantic, Boing Boing and more this week. Check out some selections below.
“After reading Josh Simmons’ Black River I had to read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and watch Requiem for a Dream to cheer myself up.”Read More at Boing Boing
“Simmons renders his tale in a blunt, almost primitive visual style; the ink-drenched darkness mirrors the unrelenting blackness of his vision.”—Booklist, May 15, 2015 print magazine 
Praise for Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America
“Is revolutionized too strong? No way. Kurtzman was, in the words of Art Spiegelman, “a goddamn national treasure.”—Playboy, Book of the Month, May 2015 print edition
“The unsung genius of modern satire”—Rolling Stone magazine, May 7, 2015 print edition 
“Exhaustively researched.”Read more at The Atlantic

“The Kurdles is a story for all ages with plenty of fun, weirdness and childhood innocence that captivates your imagination and jolts you with some of that nostalgic wonderment that made childhood so grand.” Read more at AiPT!, Indie Comic Corner
“Goodin fills each panel with cinematic, hand-painted scenes that, while certainly for kids, are slightly eerie.”—Booklist, May 15, 2015 print magazine

“ANGRY YOUTH COMIX is an incredibly successful comic.”Read more at This Is Infamous

“The biggest stars in black music have been gathered together in this very handsomely designed and informative coffee table book… adept at vividly capturing musicians and political figures in revealing off the cuff moments”Review of Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980 in JAZZ WISE (UK) April 2015 print magazine 

“A triumphant comeback.” Review of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks in Knack Focus print magazine (Belgium) 

Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux – Photoset Preview

Collected Poems
by Alexander Theroux

672-page 6″ x 9″ x 2″ hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-802-1

Due to arrive in 2-4 weeks. Click on thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews, and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/collectedpoems

Now in Stock – Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980

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

Invitation to Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography of Les McCann 1960-1980
by Les McCann; edited by Pat Thomas & Alan Abrahams

200-page black & white 9″ x 12″ hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-786-4

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Throughout Les McCann’s incredible jazz career, he took hundreds of photos — at clubs, studios, and festivals around the world — and unwittingly documented a side of the vibrant cultural life of jazz and soul between 1960 and 1980 that includes a very young Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sammy Davis Jr., John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, B.B. King, Errol Garner, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, and other seminal African-Americans, such as Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Muhammed Ali, and Stokely Carmichael to name but a few. These photos are characterized by their intimacy, and the cross-section of names listed is merely the tip of the iceberg. The book features candid commentary by McCann himself and is curated by Pat Thomas (Listen, Whitey!: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975) and maverick music producer Alan Abrahams (Pure Prairie League, Joan Baez, Stanley Turrentine, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal).

Now in Stock: Angry Youth Comix by Johnny Ryan

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

Angry Youth Comix
by Johnny Ryan

424-page black & white with color 7.25″ x 10.75″ hardcover
$49.99 | 978-1-60699-811-3

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Johnny Ryan’s utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan’s career-defining comic book series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. All the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, in one toilet-ready brick shithouse.

Now in Stock: Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck by Carl Barks

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

Sheriff of Bullet Valley, Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck
by Carl Barks

96-page full color 7.25″ x 5.5″ softcover
$9.99 | 978-1-60699-820-5

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When a passel of extra-sneaky, extra-ornery high-tech cattle rustlers strikes the good citizens of Bullet Valley, Donald Duck bravely dons a badge to become the “Sheriff of Bullet Valley.” Fortified by the know-how he’s gained watching Hollywood Westerns, our ever-intrepid Duck sets out to solve the perplexing mystery of how Blacksnake McSquirt’s brand keeps showing up on the cattle of the honest ranchers. Sheriff of Bullet Valley is the second entry in our new line of affordable kid-friendly Donald Duck books: just-right half-height books packed with fun, laughs, and adventure. Each story is complete with all the original artwork (no panels have been dropped or altered). Bonus: Donald’s always-exasperating cousin Gladstone Gander returns in, um, “Gladstone Returns.” All stories written and drawn by Disney legend Carl Barks!

Now in Stock: EC Comics Slipcase Volume 2

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

EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 2
by Al Feldstein, Johnny Craig, Jack Kamen, & Graham Ingels

810-page black & white 7.5″ x 10.5″ hardcover
$99.99 | 978-1-60699-821-2

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Already have these four volumes? We’ve produced a limited quantity of just the slipcase cover, which you can purchase here.

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories Sucker Bait and Other Stories Zero Hour and Other Stories

Featuring: Johnny Craig’s complete crime and horror stories from Crime SuspenStories and The Vault of Horror, twenty-five legendary horror stories from “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, Al Feldstein’s solo science fiction from Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, and twenty-two EC science-fiction gems illustrated by Jack Kamen. Plus essays and notes by EC experts! A great gift for Father’s Day or for the genre-fiction fan in your life.

Now in Stock: Collected Poems by Alexander Theroux

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

Collected Poems
by Alexander Theroux

672-page 6″ x 9″ hardcover
$39.99 | 978-1-60699-802-1

See Previews / Order Now

The publication of Alexander Theroux’s Collected Poems, a gathering of more than 660 poems, an astonishing creative output, will be among the major literary events of the year. Here is a full cornucopia of sonnets, odes, ballads, free verse, triolets, pure, satires, narratives, dramatic monologues, fanciful meditations, flytings and harangues, ruminations on death and lost love, and no end of lyrics both beautiful and fierce. Taken altogether they contrive to make up a record of the author’s deepest thoughts and reflect the dramatis personae of his life. Theroux captures in his work those rare, frail, but precious truths, inaccessible to the common run of men that would otherwise have vanished into nescience. Sardonic, astute, impertinent, tender, clever, warm-hearted, delphic, truculent, comic, defiantly aggressive, and often achingly personal, he shows an intensity of observation and invention.