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A complete set of the mischievous and funny Dennis the Menace comics

Hank Ketchum’s Complete Dennis the Menace
by Hank Ketcham
Fantagraphics
2005, 624 pages, 6.3 x 5.9 x 2 inches
$12 Buy a copy on Amazon

I love Hank Ketcham’s art. Sure, his gag panels are funny, and parents will recognize their own kids in Dennis’ antics, but it’s Ketcham’s line work, spotting, composition, selection of details, and character expression that make him one of the greats. Look at how Ketcham uses white space and solid blocks of black to direct your attention. Sometimes the background is cluttered. Other times Ketcham dispenses with a background entirely. Dennis’ shadow sometime precedes him like a mischievous spirit. Grumpy old neighbor George Wilson is often drawn in a cramped uncomfortable position (to indicate his dislike of Dennis invading his personal space). My favorite contemporary cartoonists, such as Daniel Clowes and Jaime Hernandez, freely admit that they learned a great deal from the stylistic techniques invented by Ketcham. – Mark Frauenfelder

Also:

Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace Vol 2 | Vol 3 | Vol 4 | Vol 5 | Vol 5

July 1, 2014

Twelve Gems
by Lane Milburn

http://www.fantagraphics.com/twelvegems

248-page monochrome 5.75” x 8.5” softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-751-2

This sci-fi epic takes place somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation. The mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power: the hulking alien-brawn Furz; the beautiful and deadly sabre-wielding Venus; and the soft-spoken canine technician, Dogstar. They meet many strange and storied characters on their journey, but none so strange or sinister as their dear benefactor himself. With a heavy dose of humor and wall-to-wall action, this is one of the most action-packed and funny books of the year.

"It’s ’80s-indie black-and-white space-opera action as you like it!" – Robot 6