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George CarlsonPerfect Nonsense – The Chaotic Comics & Goofy Games Of George Carlson (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy hardcover ... $15.99 49.99
Really beautiful work from early 20th Century illustrator George Carlson – an artist whose style effortlessly moved between comics and cartoons, and more serious material as well! The book's design – with a large cutout image on the front – is a good hint of the playful package within – a mass of Carlson's work from advertisements, children's books, sheet music, and a wealth of other sources – including a fair bit of graphic puzzles, of the sort that the artist really did well. There's also a large section of Carlon's comic book work – very nutty features like Jingle Jangle Tales or The Pie-Face Prince – both of which have an almost Dr Seuss style of illustration, and mad narratives to match. The book is very large, hardcover, 315 pages, and has lots of color throughout. Book

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Gene DeitchCat On A Hot Thin Groove – 78rpm Artwork From Record Changer Magazine (softcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 35.00
An amazing collection of 40s and 50s jazz drawings by Gene Deitch – the complete anthology of his work for legendary jazz magazine Record Changer! Gene was an amazing artist and cartoonist, whose work helped solidify the legacies of some of the most famous cartoon characters in the American pop culture canon – from Popeye, to Tom & Jerry and beyond – but we're especially in love with his jazz-centric Record Changer era! Gene adored jazz and his love for it really shows! Cat On A Hot Thin Groove includes all of his magazine covers, cartoon panels and other bits from Record Changer – versatile work that ranges from fun, cartoon-y panels of "Jazz Cat" characters, to more elaborate and abstract illustrations. Wonderful, vital stuff – and it's very nicely anthologized here by Fantagraphics! Coffee-table scale paperback – 160+ pages of prime Deitch jazzy drawings with text accompaniment. Book

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Paul HornschemeierAll & Sundry – Uncollected Work 2004 to 2009 (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2009. New Copy ... $5.99 29.99
A great collection of under-published and unpublished material from cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier – and a volume that's got us really appreciating his art more than ever! The range of images here is wonderful – from comics that have almost a Chris Ware sort of graphic presentation of the narrative – to illustrations and other shorter pieces that pop out with the intensity of Daniel Clowes or Peter Bagge – all references we would never throw around lightly, and which really seem to apply here – as Hornschemeier's one of the lesser-recognized contemporaries of those bigger names, but one who really deserves greater notice. The book even features a few text pieces by Paul, with his own illustrations – and the whole thing's way more than a sketchbook or loose batch of second-tier pieces – and instead brings together material that really stands strongly next to some of his larger book projects. The presentation is wonderful – as graphically strong as the images – and the book is 207 pages, full color, hardcover. Book

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MartiCabbie Vol 1 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2011. New Copy ... $4.99 19.99
Genius work from Spanish cartoonist Marti – the first run of his legendary Cabbie – a kind of surreal combination between Dick Tracy and Taxi Driver! The images are in a stark, bold, black and white mode that's like Chester Gould at his most pointed – but the subject matter is even more bizarre, as The Cabbie lives in a seedy urban torment between greed and lust and Catholic guilt! Marti's work was first presented in the US during the initial run of Raw Magazine – but this beautiful volume offers up 80 oversized pages as a singular narrative, in a very well done-package. Book

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Les McCannInvitation To Openness – The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960 to 1980 (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $19.99 39.99
An incredible lost side of the many talents of the great Les McCann – the ultra-hip pianist, singer, and jazz composer who we've loved for years! This book showcases McCann's lesser-known skills as a photographer – a subtle shutterbug who would often take pictures in the same spaces he was performing – gaining backstage access to other musicians, and also shooting them in performance as well – all with a sensitivity that goes far beyond the usual music journalist photographs! The candid shots are especially wonderful – and capture various musical legends in ways we've never seen before – often a bit tuned-down, and much more down to earth than you might expect. The heavy book features a wealth of subjects – including Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins, Tina Turner, Ben Webster, Grover Washington Jr, Donald Byrd, Muhammad Ali, Average White Band, James Coburn, John Coltrane, Bill Cosby, Paul Desmond, Angie Dickenson, Eugene McDaniels, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Pops Staples, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Jesse Jackson, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Redd Foxx, Duke Ellington, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, and dozens more. 200 pages, hardcover, oversized, and filled with black and white images! Book

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Guy Peellaert & Pierre BartierAdventures Of Jodelle (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 45.00
Groundbreaking comic work from Guy Peellaert – almost as much of a pop art masterpiece as it is an early example of the graphic novel! Peellaert's style here is wonderfully vivid – maybe in a space between Peter Max and Yellow Submarine – or if Roy Lichtenstein actually sat down and put together a full comic by himself – but one that's full of trippy, sexy images – all coming together like some sort of technicolor, high fashion acid trip! This oversized volume features brilliant images from the original book, with a new translation – over 60 pages of art – plus more than 80s pages of new material too – including lots of images from Peellaert's other incredible projects of the time, plus photos, theater productions, and loads of other mind-bending pictures that feel a bit like Italian fashion of the 60s running full-steam into a drug-fueled aesthetic. 159 pages, hardcover, full cover – and a very big book! Book
(Please Note – The dust jackets on these copies are slightly shop worn.)

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 3 – 1983-1984 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
A mighty nice third volume of this excellent series – one that's getting better and better with each new book, and a lot more focused too! This time around, Ed Piskor hones in on the key hip hop years of 1983 and 1984 – a time when New York acts were breaking big nationally, local labels were shaking hands with majors, and hip hop itself suddenly reached far past the streets and clubs into the suburbs and subdivisions! Piskor's approach is great – comic-style in an oversized book that's like some old Marvel Giant-Size edition from the 70s – with newsprint pages in lurid color, telling the tale of Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Rick Rubin, LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, and other giants who emerged during these years – with a graphic sensibility that even blows away the previous volumes. 110 pages, full color, and oversized! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Vols 1 & 2 (gift box with bonus comic) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $43.99 59.99
A stunning package for a wonderful collection – volumes one and two of Hip Hop Family Tree – both great volumes that tell the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scene in the South Bronx, Harlem, and Queens with colorful comic-style images. The book is surprisingly respectful, and really does a great job of juggling all the personalities and historical details – while still also finding a way to make the music come to life on the page, especially the live events that strongly helped to create hip hop in the years before it was recorded. The special package features both oversized, full-color books with exclusive new cover art – in a super-cool slipcover – and a bonus comic book that teams up Spike Lee, Rob Liefeld, and Eazy E! Book

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Frank StackFoolbert Funnies – Histories & Other Fictions ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $4.99 22.49
The first-ever full collection of work from underground comix pioneer Frank Stack – an artist who arguably created the first ever underground comic, and whose work appeared in a variety of publications over the years – from National Lampoon, to some of Harvey Pekar's most compelling stories! Stack has a style that's cartoony, but surprisingly pointed – more Jules Feiffer, than the goony style of some of his underground contemporaries – and very well-suited to the subject matter he chooses to portray especially some of his more political material. The large book features work from Blab, Drawn & Quarterly, National Lampoon, Mineshaft, Weirdo, and Ripoff Press – and the book is black and white, 224 pages, softcover. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #4 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #4 covers the beginning of emcee battle culture – Busy Bee vs Kool Moe Dee, Fantastic Five vs Cold Crush Bros and much more! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #5 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #5 covers the days of the "culture vultures" like Malcolm McClaren, and features Ice T, Rammellzee and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Iggy Pop, Jazzy Jay, Rock Steady Crew, Fab Five Freddy and more. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #6 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #6 is The Wild Style Issue – one of favorites in the entire series – a comic book documentary style look at hip hop's first feature film! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree – 1970s to 1981 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful little book – one that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scene in the South Bronx, Harlem, and Queens with colorful comic-style images. The book is surprisingly respectful, and really does a great job of juggling all the personalities and historical details – while still also finding a way to make the music come to life on the page, especially the live events that strongly helped to create hip hop in the years before it was recorded. The oversized book is 112 pages, on full color pages with a real comic book feel – and there's even a small discography at the back! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 2 – 1981 to 1983 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The fantastic second volume of the Hip Hop Family Tree – a beautiful graphic telling of the growth of hip hop on the New York scene – done in the style of some oversized Marvel Comics special edition from the 70s! The presentation is wonderful – and surprisingly really does the history justice – giving a visual flair to the kinds of information we've learned from Jeff Chang and others, with a similar way of linking things together so that the individual stories become part of a larger cultural development! The paper stock is great – pre-aged, like some vintage comic – but the cover is nice and strong, and really gives the book some heft – a mighty sweet oversized edition, with 112 full color pages! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #1 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #1 features the adventures of DJ Kool Herc, with appearances by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and more! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #2 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #2 features the story of "Rapper's Delight", and also stars Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Melle Mel, Keith Cowboy, Kid Creole, Mr. Ness & Rahiem. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #3 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #3 has a funky fresh graffiti trivia question cover – where you can pick the mugshot you think created the first rap gold record. Slick Rick? Debbie Harry? Rammellzee? Tupac? Kurtis Blow? Inside are frames featuring Soul Train, Enjoy Records, Funky Four Plus One, the Sugar Hill scene and more. Book

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✨✧ Johnny GruelleMr Twee Deedle – Raggedy Ann's Sprightly Cousin – The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces Of Johnny Gruelle (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stunning color Sunday pages from the early days of newspaper comics – and material that we'd rank right up there with better-known classics by talents like Windsor McCay, Frank King, and Lionel Feininger! Johnny Gruelle shares plenty with the genius of those greats – and his Mr Twee Deedle pages here have a graphic punch that rivals Little Nemo or the Gasoline Alley Sunday pages – not just rich use of color, but also a sense of composition that's very revolutionary – and which makes the oversize pages a real joy to behold! Added to the book is a lot of other unknown material from Gruelle too – including plenty of Bud Smith Sunday pages, which predate the main subject matter – and other rare cartoons and comics from the first decade or two of newspaper comics. The book is very lavish – as large as a full-size newspaper – with full-color replicas on beautiful heavy paper stock – 127 pages, hardcover. Book
(Please Note – These copies have fallen off one of our shelves and have dinged corners, still a great read!)

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✨✧ Jack DavisJack Davis – Drawing American Pop Culture – A Career Retrospective (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The genius of Jack Davis in a range of many styles – from comics, to record covers, movie posters, paperback jackets, magazine illustration, and more – even a very big section on work done for Time Magazine and TV Guide! Davis is probably one of the most recognizable artists from the glory days of Mad Magazine – but as the 60s approached, his talents exploded into a range of other fields – all featured here in full-color, oversized pages that are really wonderful! The book is almost poster-sized – and includes over 200 pages of vintage work by Davis, with even a small section of early work and unusual projects – followed by a biography of the artist by Gary Groth, illustrated with even more images. The book has end notes on every image – and it's definitely the full career retrospective promised in the title! Book

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✨✧ Steve DitkoDripping With Fear – The Steve Ditko Archives Vol 5 (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The continuing genius of Steve Ditko – served up here in a batch of obscure work for Charlton Comics at the end of the 50s – material that's hardly ever gotten any exposure outside of its initial release! Like the previous volume, the stories here are all shorter horror and sci fi pieces – work that's similar to some of the pre-hero material that Ditko would do at Marvel, but with a lot more freedom – freedom not just in his ability to lay out and design the pages, but also to work with a variety of scripts – which really makes for a freshness in the material! And sure, sometimes Charlton could throw Ditko a clunker of a script – but Steve always made magic on the page – that incredible sense of design and draftsmanship he would later bring to Spider-Man and Dr Strange, already pretty fully-formed at this point in his career! A beautifully-done volume – 226 pages, hardcover, and in full color. Book
 
 
 



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