"Wilfred Santiago’s 21 is brilliant and beautiful, challenging and lyrical … which seems exactly right, as Roberto Clemente was all those things and more.” – Rob Neyer, ESPN.com

"A kaleidoscopic look at the life of the great Clemente. Santiago’s artwork is superb and the depth of his passion for the subject and incredible preparation comes through on every page." – Steven Goldman, author of Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel and editor of Baseball Prospectus

"I’ll admit, being a baseball player often feels like a comic book experience: the costumes, the origins, the battles for great victories and inspiration it conjures in our fellow man. This book captures the essence of one of our sport’s greatest heroes, and it does so in a way that engages the imaginations as much as it reveals the heart, ink, color, style, and character; I can think of no better way to share a tale of a true legend." – Dirk Hayhurst, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and author of The Bullpen Gospels

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente [Softcover Ed.]
by Wilfred Santiago

200-page duotone 6.25” x 8” softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-775-8

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/21sc

Nothing kills one’s mood for golf like news of one’s children being eaten alive. And by man-eating plants, no less! Keep your loved ones close; Super-Enigmatix is as cold and ruthless as he is cunning, and who knows where he may choose to strike next.

In a Glass Grotesquely collects selected picture stories by Richard Sala, and it is with deep trepidation that we take this first look.

And yet, once open, this book is nigh impossible to put down. Sala’s lush, watercolored panels are eye-catchingly beautiful, and his sharp, dark humor is delightfully sinister. We’ll have more previews in the next few weeks, before its anticipated November release, and our presale is up—if you dare.

Hometown hero, Ed Piskor, is coming back atcha with the release of Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 at 7pm on Saturday, September 23rd. At this release party at Copacetic Comics, you may need to bring the bucks but never the beats. 

Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. As meticulously documented in Piskor’s panels, the performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. So party people gather ‘round and count down to this sweet release party this Saturday!

This week’s comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability. 

Megahex 
by Simon Hanselmann 

Megahex is basically about a bunch of people (and “people”) watching TV and getting wasted and fighting and fucking and pranking each other. Oh, and depression. What’s not to love?!" - Peter Bagge

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2: 1981-1983 
by Ed Piskor 

…Presents the facts in a nostalgic, faded-ink and rubbery realism of ’70s Marvel Comics style, turning raps early innovators into larger than life heroes of history.” - Spin Magazine

Waiting for the Great Pumpkin 
by Charles M. Schulz  

Novelty Peanuts books are the best kind of novelty book.” - The Comics Reporter

"I consider [Carl Barks’ comics] to be the best form of storytelling I’ve read." – Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

"A priceless part of our literary heritage." – George Lucas

The Ghost of the Grotto, Starring Walt Disney’s Donald Duck
by Carl Barks

96-page full color 5.5” x 7.5” softcover • $12.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-779-6

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/ghostofthegrotto

Snoopy gliding gracefully across frozen ponds, Linus’ mad snowfort-building skillz, Charlie Brown’s unending kite problems, Lucy’s piano-leaning flirting tactics—these strips and more are in our 22-page, 8.3 MB excerpt of Vol. 2 of Peanuts Every Sunday. This collection of full color, full-page Sunday strips by Charles M. Schulz is sure to delight Peanuts fans new and old.
Look for the book to hit bookstores in October. Our presale is up for you to reserve your copy, and make sure to follow our Flog for continued updates and previews!

Snoopy gliding gracefully across frozen ponds, Linus’ mad snowfort-building skillz, Charlie Brown’s unending kite problems, Lucy’s piano-leaning flirting tactics—these strips and more are in our 22-page, 8.3 MB excerpt of Vol. 2 of Peanuts Every Sunday. This collection of full color, full-page Sunday strips by Charles M. Schulz is sure to delight Peanuts fans new and old.

Look for the book to hit bookstores in October. Our presale is up for you to reserve your copy, and make sure to follow our Flog for continued updates and previews!

We are pleased to present you with our finalized cover design for Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold!
In a story that inspired Steven Spielberg and George Lucas—both big fans of Carl Barks themselves—with iconic parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the titular “The Seven Cities of Gold” has Uncle Scrooge and his kin on the hunt for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, said to have streets paved with gold. This and other stories, notes, and cover art make up our newest volume of classic, carefully remastered work by the one and only Carl Barks.

We are pleased to present you with our finalized cover design for Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold!

In a story that inspired Steven Spielberg and George Lucas—both big fans of Carl Barks themselves—with iconic parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the titular “The Seven Cities of Gold” has Uncle Scrooge and his kin on the hunt for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola, said to have streets paved with gold. This and other stories, notes, and cover art make up our newest volume of classic, carefully remastered work by the one and only Carl Barks.

With this sleek, elegantly minimalistic slipcase design, Jacques Tardi's award-winning Goddamn This War! and It Was the War of the Trenches are beautifully encased in a matte, dark grey boxset that quietly reflects the books’ somber, heavy material.

We expect to see Tardi’s WWI boxset out in October. Until then, we’ll have more juicy previews and unboxing video in the coming weeks. And as per usual, our presale for the boxset is up and raring to go.

The Small Press Expo and Ignatz award nominating committee listed it’s list of nominees for this year’s awards. For those attending the show onSaturday and Sunday, September 13-14th please make sure to vote on Saturday! Whom should you vote for? Well, your favorite comics of course but here are some *cough cough* suggestions! 

Best Artist:
Outstanding Graphic Novel:
Anthologies:
Outstanding Comic:
(Issue #2 is out now!!!) 

This year’s nominees were picked by casting some runestones, encircling all the books with a blood circle and then chanted at by judges Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor. Congrats to our other Fanta cartoonists nominated for their other works like Simon Hanselmann and Noah Van Sciver. Both of the guys will be at SPX as well, Simon’s debuting Megahex so be sure to stop by the Fantagraphics’ booth. Just check for the glitter cannons.