Coming Attractions: Fall-Winter 2012: Fantagraphics, W.W. Norton, and Related Publishers

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Eisner!  Swarte!  Hernandez!  Lou Reed!  Schulz!  Kelly!  Kubert!  Tardi!  Gottfredson!  Van Sciver!  Ryan!  Woodring!  Barks!  Sendak!  Bushmiller!  Everett!  Frazetta!  Davis!  Medley!  The Crumbs!  Wilson!  Krigstein!  Deitch!  Millionaire!  Bagge! Lots of great stuff from Fantagraphics, and from their distributor, W. W. Norton!

Dave Sim’s October surprise — UPDATED!!!

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Update! A new response fro Kim Thompson! Scroll down for the amazing response! All of this hoo hah seems to have died down so maybe it is not time to resurrect it, but for those who want a capsule recap, here’s the deal with Dave Sim and Fantagraphics. I have probably missed a point or […]

Fantagraphics announces more Barks and Craig and Feldstein EC reprints

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It came as a reward in the Dave Sim epic thread. Just in case you didn’t get to the end, as announced by Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, here are some upcoming books in their Carl Barks and EC reprint series: The next Barks book will be titled “The Old Castle’s Secret” and will contain the […]

Dandelion Seeds: The Return of Halloween Comics!

___________________________________________________________________________ A few months ago, I brainstormed about how Halloween mini-comics being offered by Diamond could be used in a variety of ways to promote comics and have some fun!   (Read that again… there are event suggestions and a timeline there, which I’ve paralleled below, but did not exactly duplicate.) During C2E2, Diamond announced that […]

Webcomic alert: Noah Van Sciver's week

Noah Van Sciver just wrapped up a week of diaries at TCJ . it’s a pretty quotidian thing, one panel to an activity from drunkenness to reading a comic. Good stuff.

In case we haven’t hammered you over the head with it enough, Van Sciver’s upcoming book THE HYPO, an extremely well researched look at Abraham Lincoln’s early days as a depressed young lawyer, will be one of the buzz books of the fall.

SDCC 12: Fantagraphics finally goes digital with Love and Rockets

The last holdout has come in, and it’s one of the biggest and best. After years of staying aloof from the digital world, Fantagraphics has announced they are going with ComiXology to release digital versions of the Love and Rockets back catalog, as revealed today on the Love and Rockets panel. We caught up with Fanta’s associate publisher Eric Reynolds to get the who how what and why of bringing some of the greatest cartoonsits in the world to the digital platform:

SDCC 12: Love and Rockets' 30th Anniversary

Truly a milestone. And it comes with a new book, t-shirts and more. God Science is probably the best superhero book debuting at the show.

Fantagraphics to publish Chuck Forsman

One of the most watched cartoonists to graduate from CCS, Chuck Forsman’s work has been mostly available only in small mini-comics editions. But that’s changing, as Fantagraphics will reissue THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD in book form and then publish a NEW graphic novel, CELEBRATED SUMMER, in 2013. Exciting!

Coming Attractions: Book Expo America: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012!

Once a year, booksellers, librarians, and assorted biblios assemble at Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America. 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the graphic novel pavilion at BEA, and while many graphic novel publishers are absent, there are many more “mainstream” publishers offering an amazing multitude of titles, genres, subjects, and audiences!

This year, John Hogan of Graphic Novel Reporter hosts The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012! panel, where a team of five diverse individuals recommend a variety of graphic novels due to be published in 2012! Last year’s selections got lots of press and accolades, and quite a few of the titles below seem to be just as interesting and intriguing!

I KILLED ADOLF HITLER film gets Finnish director

According to Screen Daily, the movie adaptation of Jason’s I KILLED ADOLF HITLER now has director Timo Vuorensola attached. The Finnish helmer is best known for IRON SKY, which is about a secret moonbase full of Nazis who escaped WWII but are back to wreak havoc.

Free Comic Book Day 2012: Reviews!

I read (almost) every Free Comic Book Day title, and let you know what’s the best!

Working for the Man: MoCCA 2012

BY JEN VAUGHNFantagraphics Books isn’t necessarily THE MAN of the comics world but since I’ve only ever self-published my own comics, MoCCA 2012 was my first two days on the job as a staff member of the independent comics publisher. There are more than a few differences between the two experiences. Read on!

If you like the twilight world of old tv, this is for you: Drew Friedman on Joe Franklin

You have to be a certain age and have grown up in NYC to really get this, but Drew Friedman and brother Josh Alan Friedman have created an online magazine all about the single comic strip “The Joe Franklin Story.” The strip appears in the new edition of ANY SIMILARITY TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD, Friedman’s seminal collection of strips about the eerie twilight world of syndicated TV before cable, a world of goniffs and mensches and dames, where Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine were married and Rondo Hattan roamed the woods outside.

The Eisner Awards have another chance to get it right re "The Love Bunglers."

There is always some shock when the Eisner Award nominees for the year are announced. This thing got included, that thing was left off. It’s natural. In recent years the judges have seemingly gone the way of recognizing more things in more categories and spreading around the wealth then singling out a few books/creators for TITANIC-level encomiums. Even the PR for this year’s nominees praised the list’s diversity—and 26 different publishers were mentioned, 15 with one nomination each.

But as always, there was one omission that seemed to stun a lot of people, us included.

Coming Attractions: March 2012, Part Two

. Here are a selection of books due out this month. All of the information presented below [aside from my aside/snide comments] are from publisher or distributor websites. ALL information is subject to change, and something which might ship this month to a comics shop might show up months later in regular bookstores.  So, if […]

Revealed: The cover for the final Popeye volume

Fantagraphics has released the cover for Popeye Vol. 6, the final volume of their handsome reprint series of E.C. Segar’s immortal Thimble Theater strips. We’re eager to get this if only to finish selling out POPEYE on the back of the books. Great design, great strip—one of those “must haves” for every well-stocked comics library for sure.