Fantagraphics Releases For November 2008

by Jeff

Recent Fantagraphics Releases and Upcoming Arrivals as of November 2008.

RECENT FANTAGRAPHICS RELEASES

The Comics Journal #293

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200-page b&w/color 7.5″ x 9.5″ squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99 USD

Bob Levin gets drunk with Zap cartoonist S. Clay Wilson; Alex Robinson: from Journal hatchet job to critical acclaim; reviews of Ware, Hergé, Huizenga, Spiegelman, Hernandez and more; plus Joe Matt and the CCS Class of 2008.

Man of Rock: A Biography of Joe Kubert

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By Bill Schelly

220-page 6″ x 9″ black & white softcover • $19.99 USD

This full-bodied biography provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the career of one of the most distinctive, dynamic artists in the history of comics.

American Presidents

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By David Levine

128-page 8.5″ x 10″ black & white softcover • $19.99 USD

The best of five decades of portraits of American Presidents and their administrations, by perhaps the most influential caricaturist of the late twentieth century, gathered in a comprehensive and visually dynamic book.

Popeye Vol. 3: “Let’s You And Him Fight!”

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By E.C. Segar

168-page 10.5″ x 14.75″ b&w/color hardcover • $29.99 USD

Our third volume collecting the entirety of Segar’s original Popeye (Thimble Theatre) covers 1932-1934 and includes the never-republished extra-large strips set at the Chicago World’s Fair and an insightful scholarly essay.

Hey, Wait… (New Printing)

By Jason

64-page 7″ x 10″ black & white softcover • $12.95 USD

This superbly evocative story by the award-winning Norwegian cartoonist is a tale of childhood friendship and tragedy, and the terrible lingering aftereffects thereof. Gilbert Hernandez calls this one of the best graphic novels ever. Now back in print.

The Left Bank Gang (New Printing)

By Jason

48-page 7″ x 10″ full-color softcover • $12.95 USD

Set in 1920s Paris, this is a deliciously inventive re-imagining of the great literary figures of the period (Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Pound, and Joyce) as graphic novelists… and perpetrators of a thrilling, double-crossing heist! Now back in print.

Sshhhh! (New Printing)

By Jason

120-page 7″ x 10″ black & white softcover • $16.99 USD

A sharp suite of short tales, ranging from funny to terrifying to surreal to touching, all told entirely in pantomime. Jason’s clean, deadpan art style hides a wealth of emotion and human complexity, leavened with a wicked wit. Now back in print.

Fuzz & Pluck: Splitsville

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By Ted Stearn

280-page 7″ x 9″ black & white hardcover • $24.99 USD

The hilariously bizarre further adventures of an irritable plucked rooster and an awkward but lovable bear take them on separate paths to the gladiatorial ring and a Quixotic task, with an unlikely climactic convergence.

The Lagoon

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By Lilli Carré

80-page 7 3/8″ x 9 3/8″ black & white hardcover • $14.99 USD

A family is seduced by a siren song emanating from the lagoon after dark as it reverberates through weedy waters, eventually escaping the lagoon to creep into their windows at night, in this haunting, lyrical graphic novel debut.

Petey & Pussy

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By John Kerschbaum

128-page 6″ x 9″ black & white hardcover • $21.95 USD

This graphic novel debut reads very much like a Loony Tunes cartoon — if all of the anthropomorphic animals were kvetching, balding, foul-mouthed misanthropes. A twisted combination of mundane realism and gross-out slapstick.

UPCOMING ARRIVALS COMING SOON

Comics Are for Idiots: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 3

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By Johnny Ryan

104-page b&w/color 6.5″ x 8.5″ softcover • $11.99 USD

America’s stupidest second-grader returns for a third collection of gag strips, as seen in Vice magazine and elsewhere. Join Blecky Yuckerella and her supporting cast of absurdist goofballs for another gust of gross-out guffaws.

Rocky Vol. 2: Strictly Business

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By Martin Kellerman

112-page 9″ x 9″ black & white softcover • $14.95 USD

Fritz the Cat meets Jane Austen!?! Basically, it’s the pottymouthed animal-headed Seinfeld-esque comic strip from Sweden we’ve all come to love. Won’t you join us for more?

The Comics Journal #294

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200-page 7.5″ x 9.5″ b&w/color squarebound softcover magazine • $11.99 USD

Norwegian comics superstar Jason on surrealism and death; Mark Tartulli on the tough world of the funny papers and the Lio movie; Christmas cards from a lineup of comics superstars; and the early years of Billy DeBeck’s Barney Google.

Zippy: Welcome to Dingburg

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By Bill Griffith

160-page 8.5″ x 9″ b&w/color softcover • $18.99 USD

Take a tour and meet the residents of Zippy’s hometown, “Dingburg,” the only city in the U.S. inhabited entirely by pinheads — well, aside from Washington, D.C., and certain sections of Newark.

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