FANTAGRAPHICS April 2017 Solicitations

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ZANARDI
by Andrea Pazienza
$29.99 / HC / 256 pgs / PC / 7.75 x 10.5
Andrea Pazienza was part of a group of Italian cartoonists who pioneered an approach to comics comparable to Moebius in France and Robert Crumb in the U.S. Zanardi portrays teenagers coping with family problems, school, sex, and drugs-—all universal tales in many Western countries. Pazienza has never been translated and published in English until now. Fantagraphics is proud to introduce American readers to this blazingly honest cartoonist of international stature.

 

WHAT PARFISAL SAW
by Ron Regé, Jr.
$14.99 / SC / 80 pgs / FC / 7 x 9
What Parsifal Saw collects much of Ron Regé, Jr’s work since the 2012 release of his acclaimed opus, The Cartoon Utopia. Regé’s interest in esoterica and spirituality is highlighted by “Cosmogenesis,” his adaptation of the writings of 19th century occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Regé’s work continues to explore a cosmic consciousness, psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.

 

THE CARTOON UTOPIA New Soft Cover Edition!
by Ron Regé, Jr.
$24.99 / SC / 144 pgs / BW / 10 x 12
The Cartoon Utopia is a unique work of comic art that is part sci-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry, and part social manifesto. Originally published in hardcover in 2012, The Cartoon Utopia has become to western spirituality and healing what Ram Dass’s Be Here Now has been to generations of readers curious about Eastern mysticism: A wonderfully accessible entrée to a subject many are curious about but don’t know where to start.

 

ALL TIME COMICS: BULLWHIP #1
by Josh Bayer (story); Ben Marra (pencils); Al Milgrom (inks); Das Pastoras (cover) + Gilbert Hernandez + Tony Millionaire (cover)
$3.99 / Comic / 28 pgs / FC / 6.625 x 10.187
Behold Bullwhip: the mysterious crimefighter sworn to keep Metro City’s streets safe from villainy and violence! Writer Josh Bayer, acclaimed artist Ben Marra (TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T.), and Firestorm co-creator Al Milgrom team up for the startling story “Web of Oblivion!”, which pits our hero against The Misogynist, Raingod, and the Time Vampire. Don’t miss the most unexpected, fanta*tastic superhero comics of the year – and be sure to collect the stunning variant covers by legendary artists Gilbert Hernandez and Tony Millionaire!

 

PURGATORY
by Casanova Frankenstein
$12.00 / SC / 80 pgs / BW / 4 x 6
For the committed outsider, adolescence can be a nightmare of constructing elaborate strategies in order to avoid the narrow paths society has paved for us. Purgatory by Casanova Frankenstein may at first appear to be a classic case of avoidance – but this is not a story about dysfunctional coping techniques. It’s the triumphant tale of an individual who doggedly refuses to be atomized into the mass.

 

DID IT! FROM YIPPIE TO YUPPIE: JERRY RUBIN, AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
by Pat Thomas
$49.99 / HC / 264 pgs / FC / 11 x 12
Did It! is the first ever biography of the infamous Jerry Rubin, co-founder of the Yippies. Filled with over 300 rare photos, documents, letters, and diary entries, including hilarious interactions with Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Timothy Leary, and John Lennon amongst others. Did It! sheds new light on the politically tumultuous ’60s and ’70s as well chronicling the life and death of one of its most colorful participants in a graphically striking oversized volume.

 

LIKE A VELVET GLOVE CAST IN IRON
by Daniel Clowes
$24.99 / SC / 200 pgs / BW / 7.75 x 11.25
An accidental viewing of a snuff film plunges Clay Loudermilk into a mystery involving cult-inspired killings. His subsequent path is both a terrifying journey into madness and a jaw-dropping tour-de-force of visual imagination. In the wake of 2016’s smash hit Patience, Fantagraphics is proud to release this new edition featuring a wrap-around painted cover by the artist.

 

LOST CAT
By Jason
$24.99 / HC / 160 / BW / 5.5 x 8
Unavailable since 2014, Fantagraphics is proud to re-present Lost Cat in a newly designed edition. In this reprint of Jason’s first long-form graphic novel, a detective meets a woman who has a lost cat, and, in true noir fashion, nothing is as it seems.

 

I KILLED ADOLF HITLER
By Jason
$16.99 / HC / 48 pgs  / FC / 7 x 10
Unavailable since 2014, I Killed Adolf Hitler is back in print in a newly designed edition! In this graphic novel, a hitman travels back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in 1939... but things go spectacularly wrong.

 

BEYOND PALOMAR
by Gilbert Hernandez
$18.99 SEP073627
Collects two groundbreaking works: “Poison River” traces the backstory of Luba, from child to teenage mob bride to her escape to Palomar; “Love and Rockets X” is a wide-ranging, Altman-esque story set in early-1990s L.A.

 

NIJIGAHARA HOLOGRAPH
by Inio Asano
$29.99 DEC131161
A complex, unnerving, obliquely told horror story that begins with a plague of butterflies and the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in a tunnel behind a school, and unfolds on two separate storylines.

 

SACRED HEART
by Liz Suburbia
$24.99 JUL151376
In this award-winning debut graphic novel collecting Liz Suburbia’s popular webcomic, the parents have left the teenagers to fend for themselves in a town where a terrible tragedy is coming for them all.


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DING DONG CIRCUS
By Sasaki Maki
$26.99 / SC / 256 pgs / Blue & white / 5.9 x 8
Ding Dong Circus collects the best of Sasaki Maki’s work from alt-manga super magazine Garo. Drawn between 1967 and 1974, the fifteen stories follow Sasaki’s exploration of collage methods in comics storytelling. Weaving through references to the Beatles, the Vietnam War, and Andy Warhol, Ding Dong Circus demonstrates that Sasaki was not only a manga pioneer, but also an essential figure in Japanese Pop Art and the critical avant-garde art scene of the 1960s.

 

MUTINY BAY
By Antoine Cossé
$22.50 / SC / 192 pgs / FC / 6.7 x 9.5
Antoine Cossé’s most substantial work to date is a fascinating drama of mutiny and madness among the 16th century Spanish fleet. Portuguese Captain Magellan is convinced of the existence of a South American strait that will expedite trade with the Indonesian Spice Islands. Months later, in a deserted and inhospitable land, mutiny brews, two men are marooned and the world explodes in a riot of hallucinatory color.

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