The London Film and Comic Con held it’s inaugural awards ceremony for the True Believer Awards over the weekend. The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo received an award for the Best Comics Related Book Category 
 
Exposing the seamy underside of Martin Goodman’s publishing empire, this never-before-told history of Goodman’s pulps and scandal sheets and the Marvel artists who worked for them is chock full of unseen art. Blake Bell is also the editor for our sumptuous Steve Ditko Archives. Congrats!

"[This] material…exploded the idea of autobiographical or journalistic comics… What Woodring did better than anyone was promote the idea that the subconscious, the imaginary, and the dreamtime state were perfectly valid terrains for autobiographical exploration… Plus, it’s great comedy." –Joe McCulloch

"I don’t really have adequate language to describe it." –Alan Moore

"Woodring is a cartoonist of frightening power…" –ComicsAlliance

Jim
by Jim Woodring

224-page black & white/color 7.75” x 11” hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-752-9

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/jim

This is your official warning to bring your heavy duty bags and library book carts. Need a workout? Well, you’re gonna get it by grasping our beautiful tomes to your chest as you happily leave our San Diego Comic Con tables, Fantagraphics booth #1718, arms full of new comics! Check out our full list of graphic novel and comic book debuts at the FLOG! 

This is your official warning to bring your heavy duty bags and library book carts. Need a workout? Well, you’re gonna get it by grasping our beautiful tomes to your chest as you happily leave our San Diego Comic Con tables, Fantagraphics booth #1718, arms full of new comics! Check out our full list of graphic novel and comic book debuts at the FLOG

Joe Sacco has long been known and praised for his work in comics journalism, with such titles as Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer garnering widespread acclaim in The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Now, Sacco is returning to his satirist and underground cartoonist roots with the upcoming title BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser.
This in-your-face, no-holds-barred book is expected out later this fall. Feast your eyes on our downloadable 17-page excerpt (4.9 MB) here. And get ahead of the game — pre-order your copy now!

Joe Sacco has long been known and praised for his work in comics journalism, with such titles as Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer garnering widespread acclaim in The New York Times, TIME magazine, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. Now, Sacco is returning to his satirist and underground cartoonist roots with the upcoming title BUMF Vol. 1: I Buggered the Kaiser.

This in-your-face, no-holds-barred book is expected out later this fall. Feast your eyes on our downloadable 17-page excerpt (4.9 MB) here. And get ahead of the game — pre-order your copy now!

Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

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184-page full color 9” x 12” hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry’s birth in the ’30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham… it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls “America’s greatest living portrait artist!”

Praise for Carol Swain:

"Carol Swain trained as a painter, and her comics are distinguished by an accomplished, atmospheric tonal style that delicately shades her carefully observed, heavily stylized characters and landscapes. Her panels feature striking compositions within a strict grid that enables startling transitions, keeping the reader off balance." –Publishers Weekly

"Carol Swain is one of the most unique and compelling styles in comics." –TIME

"Swain’s charcoal artwork is perfect…" –Roger Sabin, The Guardian

Gast
by Carol Swain

176-page black & white 7.5” x 10” softcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-755-0

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/gast

Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson's book signing and art exhibit at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this afternoon was a rousing success. Many books were signed and scribbled in, many hot dogs eaten, and lots of happy faces all around on this hot, steamy Seattle Sunday. Big thanks to everyone who turned out and to our intrepid manager/curator Larry Reid for hosting and cooking the dogs!

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

112-page full color 9” x 13” softcover • $27.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-756-7

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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. 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. This volume covers hits like Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” and the movie Wildstyle, and introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy. Cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)! Featuring an introduction by Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn.