Fantagraphics Books has posted their releases for early 2012 and a link to their catalog to see for yourself, but here are some very tasty highlights:

• Highly anticipated and much-demanded projects like Significant Objects, Sexytime, Barnaby, Gary Panter’s Dal Tokyo, the Mort Meskin collection Out of the Shadows, Malcolm McNeill’s Ah Pook art book and accompanying memoir of working with William S. Burroughs, our first two EC Comics collections, Basil Wolverton’s Spacehawk, and George Herriman’s Stumble Inn

• New collections from Josh Simmons, Gilbert Hernandez (Venus!), Jaime Hernandez (the Ti-Girls!), and Tom Kaczynski

• European greats like Nicolas Mahler, Jacques Tardi, Gabriella Giandelli, cover star Guy Peellaert (with the previously-announced The Adventures of Jodelle), Lorenzo Mattotti, Ulli Lust, and the Kolor Klimax Nordic comics anthology

• More translated manga masterpieces from Shimura Takako (more Wandering Son) and Moto Hagio (the previously-announced The Heart of Thomas)

• New volumes of The Complete Peanuts, Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Captain Easy, The Carl Barks Library (Unca Scrooge!), Joe Daly’s Dungeon Quest and Carol Tyler’s You’ll Never Know

• Works of comics history and scholarship from Fredrik Strömberg and Blake Bell

• Softcover editions of our acclaimed fiction tomes from Stephen Dixon and Alexander Theroux

• New editions of classics like Drew Friedman’s Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental, The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 1 (expanded with never-before-published art!), and Crumb’s Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me


  1. I’m not sure if I’m most looking forward to more Wandering Son, or to Naked Cartoonists. Since they neglect to ask me to contribute, I’ll have to find a blank page in the latter to add my own. :)

  2. The Secret History of the Marvel Universe: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman’s Empire

    Are the E.C. collections continuations of the Gemstone volumes, or “Best Of” collections?

    Corpse on the Imjin and Other Stories

    Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott

    Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

    Creeping Death from Neptune: Horror and Science Fiction Comics by Basil Wolverton

    Jack Jackson’s American History: Los Tejanos and Lost Cause

    And Nancy gets pushed back once again, from July 2010 to January 2012. Will it break the record set for Pogo (May 2009-December 2011)?

    The Fall Fanta Preview is up next.

  3. The Barnaby collection has been in the works since…2005? Maybe earlier? I heard Dan Clowes attached as the designer a long time ago, even before Jeff Smith was attached as the Pogo designer. Either way, I’m thrilled this one’s finally going to see print.

  4. I don’t think you can really say that the Barnaby reprint has been in the works since 2005. The project was proposed years ago w/Clowes’ involvement but FBI couldn’t get the rights at the time. If you’re talking about actual book production and subsequent delays as with Pogo, I dunno if I’d count contract negotiations into that time frame. Just saying.

  5. Some great historical material being collected here, but isn’t anyone sad that the number of slots for new US comics artists has dropped to virtually zero. For me Fanta were always about finding and presenting material from the newest and most exciting cartoonists now with MOME gone that seems very lacking on their list. I understand it probably makes much more commercial sense this way but it seems a loss to those who love new material. Guess we have to scour the small press now.

  6. Fanta has brand new books from Noah Van Sciver and Chuck Forsman coming out late in 2012. They just published a new comic from Leslie Stein. So they’re still doing it, it’s just hard to notice sometimes because of the flood of reprints and eurocomics they’re putting out.

  7. Whoah. English translated “New York Mon Amour”. Glad I hesitated ordering the French edition.

    Having recently read Tardi’s “Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot”, I’m definitely picking this up.