Recent Fantagraphics Releases and Upcoming Arrivals as of November 2008.
RECENT FANTAGRAPHICS RELEASES
The Comics Journal #293
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
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.
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!”
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)
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)
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)
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.