Hey remember when we figured out how to post the solicitations? We figured out how to do it again and here’s the December books from Fantagraphics, including Sala, Herriman, Medley, Hernandez, etc etc etc.

Nsmail54-1THE GRAVE ROBBER’S DAUGHTER by Richard Sala
96-page B&W 6â€? x 8â€? paperback • $9.95; more in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-773-6 • ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-773-5
The Grave Robber’s Daughter is another fast-paced, delirious ride from the author of the critically acclaimed The Chuckling Whatsit (“A masterpiece!â€? – Rue Morgue Magazine) and marks the return of Judy Drood, Girl Detective, last seen thwarting the murderous plans of a group of demented college professors in Sala’s 2005 epic mystery-thriller Mad Night. In this original graphic novel, when the carnival comes to town, parents in the town of Obidiah’s Glenn began to get sick, followed by the teachers, doctors and the sheriff’s department. The children of Obidiah’s Glenn become suddenly wild, roaming about at night with crazed looks in their eyes. Sixteen-year-old Paisley Curtain realizes she had to do something to stop what she saw happening — but there wasn’t anyone left in town who seemed to be able to help. So she sends a letter to someone she hoped might listen, someone who would know what to do — a friend of her late sister’s from college, a self-styled “girl detectiveâ€? with a questionable reputation named Judy Drood. Her only hope is that Judy will arrive in time to save her town – and to prevent her from ending up as yet another exhibit in the dark carnival’s Hall of Embalmed Abominations! The Grave Robber’s Daughter is filled with Sala’s unique blend of horror and whimsy that will please his many fans and new readers alike.

Nsmail55-1nEuROTIC by John Cuneo
96-page full-color 6â€? x 8 5/8â€? hardcover • $19.95; more in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-788-4 • ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-788-9
Like Emily Dickinson, master illustrator John Cuneo has spent years generating a huge oeuvre of work that has never been published anywhere. Unlike Ms. Dickinson, however, Cuneo’s consists of stacks and stacks of weird, perverse, erotic, hilarious, and disgusting images delineated in his sketchbooks. But make no mistake ­ these full-color sketchbook drawings are as lushly finished as his prize-winning illustration work for such magazines as Esquire (where he illustrates the sex column), Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Entertainment Weekly, and The Atlantic. nEuROTIC is a sharply designed little full-color hardcover that collects the very best of Cuneo’s humorous erotica.

Nsmail56-1THE PIN-UP ART OF BILL WARD by Alex Chun & Jacob Covey
256-page two-color, 5 3/4â€? x 7 3/4â€? paperback • $19.95; more in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-787-6 • ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-787-2
The Pin-Up Art of Bill Ward continues Fantagraphics’ dedication to showcasing the best of the classic pin-up artists. Culling through thousands of images, editor Alex Chun has selected the best of Ward’s Conte crayon pin-ups, including many of his infamous telephone girls, many of which have not seen print in almost half a century. In those countless cheap and long forgotten men’s humor magazines, Ward’s voluptuous “girlyâ€? drawings shared the pages with photos of Bettie Page and Mamie Van Doren, and pin-up cartoons by the likes of Archie’s Dan DeCarlo and Playboy magazine’s Jack Cole.Thumbing through those digests, it quickly becomes evident that Ward was Humorama’s dominant pin-up cartoon artist. His mastery of the Conte crayon allowed him to produce unparalleled textures, including the wonderful sheen on satiny curve-hugging dresses and on black thigh-high stockings that became Ward trademarks. The Pin-Up Art of Bill Ward is presented in the same accessible sotfcover format as The Pin-Up Art of Dan DeCarlo and The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel.

by George Herriman, designed by Chris Ware
120-page full-color 9â€? x 12â€? paperback • $19.95; more in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-789-2 • ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-789-6
George Herriman integrated full, spectacular color into Krazy Kat in June, 1935. The gorgeous evolution continues in our third color volume, which includes the Sunday strips from all of 1939 and 1940. The color format opens the floodgates for a massive amount of spectacular, rare color art from series editor Bill Blackbeard and designer Chris Ware’s files. Included are an unpublished Herriman painting from the 1920s and other surprises. Most of these strips in this volume have not seen print since originally running in Hearst newspapers over 70 years ago.

Nsmail58-1LOVE & ROCKETS VOL. II #18 by Los Bros Hernandez
32-page B&W cardstock covers • $4.50; $7.20 in Canada • MATURE READERS • Ronald’s
The brothers that Time magazine called the next great storytelling innovators of this century are back with another captivating issue of Love & Rockets. In the last installment of Gilbert’s “Dumb Solitaireâ€? (the Mark Hererra saga), Mark makes a last ditch attempt to resurrect his career as a hip motivational speaker by hoping to re-marry his 4th ex-wife, Fritz (the now has-been B-movie star). Will she say yes? Or will she prefer to stay in her second marriage to Scott the Hog? In the second to last chapter of “Julio’s Day,â€? Young Julio Juan lives out his gay dreams the way old Julio could never live out his own. One Jaime’s side: Ray spends the day with the abominable Frogmouth and (along with you, dear reader) learns a few new things about her cockeyed life in “Tampas Pero No Trampanâ€? ­ guest starring Angel of Tarzana. ¡Viva!

Nsmail59-1CASTLE WAITING VOL. II #4 by Linda Medley
24-page B&W comic • $3.95; $4.75 in Canada • All Ages
With the first printing of the first Castle Waiting collection selling out almost instantaneously, the second volume of the series continues the humorous, solid storytelling Linda Medley is known for. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that’s not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil — but about being a hero in your own home. Chapter four concludes as Henry’s brothers Dane and Tolly make a surprising discovery about Pindar, and finally reveal the reason for their journey to the castle. Medley’s sharp pen and even sharper storytelling create a delightfully adventurous universe.

Nsmail60-1SANCTUARY #2 (of 6) by Nate Neal
40-page B&W comic • $3.95; $4.75 in Canada • MATURE READERS
Nate Neal (Hoax) crafts another bizarre exploration of Paleolithic life. When a mysterious nomad girl is offered up as an item of trade by her own tribe, she seeks refuge by forming a tenacious friendship with the local cave painter turned outcast. The revelation of the girl’s secret talent climaxes in a dazzling display of visual acrobatics and prehistoric pyrotechnics. Winner of the 2006 Xeric Grant, this provocative issue reads as a stand alone story, yet ties into the ongoing plotline, galvanizing new and continuing readers alike. Featuring a unique Paleolithic language and spellbinding drawings, The Sanctuary invites you straight into the heart of a disturbing and primal odyssey.

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