FANTAGRAPHICS June 2017 Solicitations

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A NEW LOW
by Johnny Ryan; Introduction by Jesse Pearson
$19.99 / SC / 128 pgs / FC / 7.25 x 10.5
A New Low collects some of the most transgressively hilarious and politically incorrect comics to ever grace a glossy, national magazine (Vice). Johnny Ryan skewers G.G. Allin, Caddyshack, Bill Cosby, E.T., Everybody Loves Raymond, Ireland, Italy, Kenny G, Kid Rock, D.H. Lawrence, Ted Nugent, Russians, Small Wonder, The Shield, Spain, Two and a Half Men, Vice magazine, Wall Street, and many more. In an age when comics are aspiring to more mature literary heights, Ryan builds on the tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century, and A New Low collects almost 100 full-color examples.

 

RIPPLE: A PREDILECTION FOR TINA
by Dave Cooper; Introduction by David Cronenberg
$24.99 / HC / 120 pgs / PC / 9.5 x 10.5
Originally published in 2004, Dave Cooper’s Ripple is one of the great graphic novels of the 21st century. Martin is a floundering painter who hires a model, Tina, to pose for a series of paintings he dubs “The Eroticism of Homeliness.” Their relationship evolves from a tenuous working relationship to a confused sexual entanglement. Martin’s initial repulsion slowly turns to attraction, causing him to re-evaluate his notions of beauty and sexuality. Tina’s motives are slowly turned upside-down as well, leading toward the book’s explosive ending. Sad, funny, and often uncomfortable, Ripple is rendered with kinetic realism.

 

WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE AND DONALD DUCK THE DON ROSA LIBRARY VOL 7: “THE TREASURE OF THE TEN AVATARS”
by Don Rosa
$29.99 / HC / 192 pgs / FC / 8.5 x 11
It’s Fantagraphics’ seventh complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by Don Rosa! Scrooge McDuck discovers the City of Shambhala and battles the crooked Rajah of Ollieynstan for Indian treasure.  Also included are “Attack of the Hideous Space Varmints” and “A Little Something Special.” Presented with a treasure trove of Rosa’s cover art and behind the- scenes factoids at a bargain price worthy of Scrooge himself!

 

ALL TIME COMICS: BLIND JUSTICE #1
Josh Bayer (story and pencils); Rick Buckler Jr. (pencils); Al Milgrom (inks); Victor Martinez (cover)
$3.99 / Comic / 28 pgs / FC / 6.625 x 10.187
“I am no one. I come from nowhere-—and disappear into nothing.” By day, he is a patient in a trauma center. But at night, when he is needed, he rises. For he is Blind Justice, the Man Who Walks Through Bullets!  Artist Rick Buckler Jr. makes his All Time Comics debut, together with writer/artist Josh Bayer and inker  Al Milgrom, for a pulse shattering thriller. Justice can’t die!

 

VAGUE TALES
by Eric Haven
$16.99 / HC / 68 pgs / FC / 6 x 9
While experiencing a succession of bewildering parallel universes, a solitary figure has telepathic encounters with a demonic aviatrix, a wandering crystalline being, a flaming sword-wielding warrior, and a mysterious sorceress, all within the confines of his own apartment. Having contributed short comic stories for years to publications such as The Believer and Kramers Ergot,  Vague Tales is the debut graphic novel from Eisner Award nominated cartoonist Eric Haven (UR). Haven’s work is dark, absurdist, and deadpan, reflecting the apocalyptic undercurrent of modern times.

 

LIKE A VELVET GLOVE Cast In Iron
by Daniel Clowes
$24.99 / SC / 200 pgs / BW / 7.75x 11.25
In the wake of the 2016 smash hit Patience, and on the eve of the release of Fox Searchlight’s film adaptation of Wilson, Fantagraphics is proud to release this new edition of Like a Velvet Glove featuring a new wraparound cover by the artist. Originally published in 1993, it was instantly heralded as a classic. The story of Clay Loudermilk stumbling into the screening of a snuff film that then embroils him in a series of cult-inspired killings is both a terrifying journey into madness and a tour-de-force of visual imagination.

 

THE EC ARTISTS LIBRARY SLIPCASE 3 (VOLUMES 9-12)
by Joe Orlando, John Severin, George Evans, and Wallace Wood
$99.99 / HC Box Set / 904 pgs / BW / 7.5 x 10.5
A boxed set of four books in our acclaimed EC Artists’ Library, which collects the best comics of the 1950s from the greatest mass market comic book publisher in history. Featured are: Judgment Day And Other Stories by Joe Orlando, Aces High by George Evans, Bomb Run And Other Stories  by John Severin and Will Elder, and Spawn of Mars And Other Stories  by Wallace Wood.

 

PRINCE VALIANT VOL. 15: 1965–1966
by Hal Foster
$34.99 / HC / 112 pgs / FC / 10.25 x 14
Traveling the North Atlantic Ocean leads Prince Arn and his crew to the New World. Arn’s Vikings team up with the Algonquins, leading to the discovery of the St. Lawrence seaway. Meanwhile, Mordrid plots his revenge, Aleta suffers a case of mistaken identity and Prince Valiant goes on a mission to find a missing heir. This volume also includes a feature on Bob Fujitani’s Prince Valiant stories in the Dell comic books, and a gallery of Valiant covers from books and comics.

 

FUKITOR
by Jason Karns
$30.00 / SC / 144 pgs / FC / 9.5 x 6.25
Jason Karns’ Fukitor is an attack of a different kind: reprinted from the artist’s self-published zine, the book is a 144 page compilation of full color comics that reside uneasily between a straight and satirical response to the violence, xenophobia, and sexual and racial stereotypes found in pop culture.


BUDDY DOES SEATTLE
By Peter Bagge
$19.99 NOV111001
These legendary stories from Hate #1-15 are a defining icon of 1990s culture, as well as Generation X in general. Bagge’s riotous tales are more hilarious now than ever.


PALESTINE
By Joe Sacco
$24.99 JUL141235
A landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, this is a major work of political and historical nonfiction.


WUVABLE OAF VOL 1
By Ed Luce
$29.99 JAN151448
This is the first-ever collection of the acclaimed self-published comic book series; it’s about a big, hairy, gay ex-wrestler’s search for love in the big city, set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s queer and music scenes.


WE TOLD YOU SO: Comics as Art
By Tom Spurgeon with Michael Dean
$49.99 JUN161494
This is an oral history of Fantagraphics, the iconoclastic independent comic book publisher who reshaped the medium so that cartoonists such as Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, and many more could thrive.

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