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.

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

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!

New Comics Day 4.1.15

This week’s comic shop shipment is slated to include the following titles. Read on the see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear). Check out the book previews in the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

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 

“In just 30 pages, at the rate of an average of eight bullets each, Carl Barks gave a lesson in how to tell a compact and highly entertaining story, with the rapidity of Western and spontaneity of irony. The Sheriff of Bullet Valley contains the humble simplicity of its genius.” – Joaquin Toran 

 

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

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

“His photographs helpp illuminate perhaps the most influential generation in our lifetime, from 1960-1980. Les Was there to document in photos an commentary the cultural, historical, and musical changes  both in the US and in Africa…It is more than evident in reading Pat Thomas’ interview with Les in the book that Les in an intensely curious, provocative renaissance artist both musically and with his photographs and painting. Few photo books cover such a wide range of interests ranging from politics to sports, even including photos of “regular folk” whose expression and activity interest him.” – Jeff Krow

 

 

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot By Carl Barks- First Look

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 9) - Cover

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 9) - Inside Page

Take a first look at The Pixilated Parrot , the latest volume of Carl Barks’ clever cartoons. When Donald gives Uncle Scrooge a parrot for his birthday, hijinks quickly ensue as the feathered troublemaker escapes—with the combination to Scrooge’s vault! Donald and his nephews set out to recover the bird—an adventure that will take them on a most unexpected journey to the far reaches of the globe. This handsome volume also contains one of Barks’ finest stories—Vacation Time (it has its own Wikipedia entry )—about a wilderness outing gone awry.

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “The Pixilated Parrot ” (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol.9) will hit shelves in May but is available for pre-order now. This book will be a perfect backseat companion for family road trips this summer— though we hope your travels will involve less mischief!