FU Press (i’e Fantagraphics Underground) is an imprint for more “edgy” material from the publisher. And they’ve just released a few new books from artist Derek Van Gieson, underground legend Guy Colwell and experimental cartoonist Zak Sally. And here they are:
Derek Van Gieson’s Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter is part fine-art book, part travelogue documenting the author’s turbulent and fruitful period of time spent in New York City. Through drawings, paintings, photography, and short fiction, Van Gieson delivers an intense experience wrought with heartbreak, joy, destruction, perseverance, and whimsy. Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter echoes influences of seminal artists like George Grosz and Richard Brautigan through its unique ability to entertain and engross. Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter is sure to serve as an art object, conversation piece, and a well-worn carry-on for years to come.
“One of the things that attracts me to Derek Van Gieson’s work is his ability to evoke a sense of timelessness, while at the same time, a healthy dose of the Shock of the New.”
— Bill Sienkiewicz, Elektra: Assassin
Customers also have their pick of three cover options:
Bonus Offer: The multi-talented Derek Van Gieson is excited to offer a free download code for the compilation album Daydreaming from his shoegaze band Murder Shoes to the first 50 people who buy this book!
Street Scenes by Guy ColwellGuy Colwell, the underground cartoonist who created Inner City Romance, has been constructing social realist pen and ink drawings for nearly half a century. Street Scenes collects his most moving drawings focusing on both the vile decay and inspirational vibrancy of city life in a series of 36 stand-alone plates. Each portfolio is signed and numbered.
Recidivist Vol. IV by Zak SallyFrom the Artist: “You might like it, you might hate it; either is ok with me, but one thing is for absolutely certain: this is a very odd little object, and an object that can’t accurately be described as a zine, a book, a commercially produced item, or even a comic. It’s all those things, I guess, but also it’s not. To me, it feels like no one else would make something like this, the way I made it. It doesn’t look like it’s trying to be something else, because it isn’t. Most of the time, the form of “the thing” is just to contain the content, or the ideas inside. With thisRecidivist, the form IS the content, and vice versa; they are not separate.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.