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Heads Up: A selection of new books coming soon from Fantagraphics!

Every once in a while, I like to use the Amazon “Advanced Search” to find out what I have to look forward to in the coming months from my favourite publishers. Sometimes the information published in the Amazon catalogue is not precisely accurate. Sometimes a book will be credited to the wrong publisher. Often the books are listed without descriptions or cover images. Often the publication date that is listed turns out to be wildly optimistic. I think you get the picture. Anyway, today I was looking for forthcoming books available for pre-order from venerable comics publisher, Fantagraphics, and I just thought I’d share with you some of the titles that caught my eye. I don’t know if I will be willing or able to purchase all of these books if and when they finally are released, but they are all titles that I, and perhaps you, will definitely want to consider. So, without further ado, here’s my very tentative shopping list:

[NO IMAGE — that’s not an error; that’s my way of letting you know that there’s no image yet in the Amazon catalogue.]

Problematic: Selected Sketchbook Drawings 2004-2011 [Hardcover]
Jim Woodring (Author)

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995945

[NO DESCRIPTION — but it doesn’t matter; for me, it’s a must have!]


The Love and Rockets Reader: From Hoppers to Palomar [Paperback]
Marc Sobel (Author), Los Bros Hernandez (Illustrator)

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995921

[NO DESCRIPTION — I want to know what this is before I pre-order, but they’ve got my attention.]


The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)< [Paperback]
Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Marc Sobel (Editor), Kristy Valenti (Editor)

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (September 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995792

[NO DESCRIPTION — again, I want to know what’s in this!]

DAL TOKYO [Hardcover]
Gary Panter (Author, Artist)

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1 edition (Jun 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560978864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560978862

Product Description

“Dal Tokyo was a monthly comic strip, drawn in Panter’s groundbreaking “ratty line,” about a future Mars that is terra-formed by Texan and Japanese workers. In 1983 the L.A. Reader published the first 63 strips. A few years later, the Japanese reggae magazine Riddim picked up the strip, and Panter continued the saga of Dal Tokyo in installments for over a decade.”

About the Author

“GARY PANTER (Brooklyn, New York) is the author of Jimbo in Purgatory and Jimbo’s Inferno.”

[There’s some of Panter’s work that I like and some that I don’t. Dal Tokyo, however, is one that I will definitely consider purchasing. I won’t pre-order, though.]


Love and Rockets: The Covers [Hardcover]
Los Bros Hernandez (Author)

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (November 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995983

[NO DESCRIPTION — but an easy decision: a must have!]


Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures [Hardcover]
Joe Kubert (Author), Bill Schelly (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (September 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995815

[NO DESCRIPTION — but very tempting nonetheless!]


Messages in a Bottle: Comic Book Stories by B. Krigstein [Paperback]
B. (Bernard) Krigstein (Author), Greg Sadowski (Editor)

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (March 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995808

[NO DESCRIPTION — doesn’t matter, I want it!]


Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics [Hardcover]
Gahan Wilson (Author)

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (February 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606996126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996126

[NO DESCRIPTION — Do I need another collection of Wilson cartoons? Nope. Do I want another one? Yep. Will I be able to afford one? Time will tell.]


“‘Taint the Meat…It’s the Humanity!” and Other Stories [Hardcover]
Jack Davis (Author), Al Feldstein (Author), Gary Groth (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995785

[NO DESCRIPTION — but probably part of Fantagraphics’ new EC Comics Library, and therefore a must have!]

“50 Girls 50” and Other Stories [Hardcover]
Frank Frazetta (Author), Al Williamson (Author), Gary Groth (Editor)

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995778

[NO DESCRIPTION — again, if it’s part of the new EC Comics Library from Fantagraphics, it’s a must have!]

Notice that I haven’t linked to any of the books listed above at Amazon or any other bookseller. That’s deliberate on my part. I’m not trying to make money by enticing you to buy things via RCN. My sole interest is to promote the kind of books that I enjoy so that those books will sell more copies and (maybe) publishers will keep producing the kind of books that I enjoy.

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Look Here, Read: Gahan Wilson plays dice with the universe!

From Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, volume 5, number 3 (August 1985), here’s the cover with art by Gahan Wilson along with an amusing fumetti-style collaboration between Gahan Wilson and photographer Arthur Paxton; in the original printing, the photographs ran, in sequence, with each on a separate page:

If you are a fan of Gahan Wilson, you will definitely want to have the magnificent three-volume, slipcased set, Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons, from Fantagraphics Books — recently re-released at a new, lower price! — in your collection.


Comic Book Resources > 50 Years of Gahan Wilson [interview] by Chris Mautner

The Daily Cross Hatch > Interview: Gahan Wilson Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt.3, Pt. 4

Fantagraphics FLOG! Blog > The Infinite Kim Thompson — inspired by Marvel comics editor Mark Guenwald, “One Day, While Sitting at a Nexus…” is a grainy black-and-white photo-comic written by and starring Fantagraphics co-publisher, Kim Thompson, with photographs by John E. Thompson.

Fantagraphics FLOG! Blog > New Comics Day/Now Available: cheaper Ghost World & Gahan Wilson

Fantagraphics FLOG! Blog > Nuts by Gahan Wilson – Previews, Pre-Order

Fantagraphics FLOG! Blog > Gahan Wilson: Fifty Years of Playboy Cartoons BLAD

Ragged Claws Network > Heads Up: NUTS by Gahan Wilson

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Heads Up: NUTS by Gahan Wilson

More good news for comics fans. In reply to a post by blogger Tom Crippen featuring a couple of “Nuts” comics over at the Comics Journal site, TCJ and Fantagraphics employee, Kristi Valenti, let slip the following big news for Gahan Wilson fans, and I quote, “FYI, Fanta will be reprinting these. Should be out by SDCC 2011.” For those of you who don’t already know, Gahan Wilson’s “Nuts” first appeared as a regular feature in National Lampoon in the 1970s, along with “Idyl” by Jeffrey Jones, “Trots and Bonnie” by Shary Flenniken, and several other strips that deserved to be collected and brought back into print. Yes, a “Nuts” collection was published back in 1979 by Richard Marek Publishers; however, since that book has been out of print for almost thirty years, and since Fantagraphics has had a big success with their three-volume boxed set of “50 years of Playboy Cartoons” by Gahan Wilson, perhaps the time is ripe for a more general readership to discover, or re-discover, the greatness that is Gahan. One can only hope!