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BlutchTotal Jazz (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Very vivid jazz comics from French cartoonist Blutch – all of which originally appeared in the overseas Jazzman magazine – and work really well here together! Blutch's work is different than most jazz cartoons you'll ever see – as he really puts things out there – either hitting the reader with a real love of jazz musicians, or with an emotive response to the music itself. Some strips are just "thanks" to an artist or show – while others deliver biting commentary on the state of jazz – often with a hand that's a bit heavier than you might see in an American publication, and we mean that in the best way possible – at least in the best examples here. Some are wordless, while others almost have a sense of dialogue that seems inspired by the vintage work of Jules Feiffer in the Village Voice. A few strips are maybe a bit culturally awkward, but those are more than made up for by others that are right on the money – and the book features 85 pages of comics, plus a bit of text too. Book

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Bernard KrigsteinMessage In A Bottle – Comic Book Stories By Bernard Krigstein ... Book
Fantagraphics, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 35.00
Stunning work from one of the greatest artists to ever hit the comic book page – the mighty Bernard Krigstein, an artist who was decades ahead of his time – and had a huge influence on other artists for decades to come! The book was published in conjunction with the huge Fantagraphics art book on Krigstein's work – and it provides full stories throughout, all in vivid color – and all as jaw-droppingly beautiful today as they were when first published back in mid-century! The book features a few of Krigstein's famous stories for EC Comics, but also includes lots more for other publishers – a wealth of material that was never reprinted over the years. The book features dozens of stories, and is 258 pages, softcover, and full color throughout. Book

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Bill MauldinWillie & Joe – The WWII Years ... Book
Fantagraphics, Early 40s. New Copy ... $11.99 39.99
Some of the most impressive comics to ever come out of WWII – not the kind of Nazi-busting action that was handled by the superheroes in the early 40s, nor some of the pinup or joke-heavy material that came from artists back at home – and instead the surprisingly gripping work of Bill Mauldin, who often managed to pack more realism and sadness into a single cartoon than most of the war correspondents of the time! The work here begins with pre-war material by Mauldin – comics and illustrations that maybe show the lighter side of army life – but by 1943 and 1944, the full hardship of the conflict really shows in the panels – as the main characters, while trying to joke, are also being surprisingly frank about the rigors of combat and life overseas. These aren't guys who are dodging bullets or taking out the enemy – they're human beings trying to survive without decent food or clothing, or any of the simple comforts of home. The volume is an amazing tribute to Mauldin's talents – which have never gotten such a perfect showcase – and at almost 700 pages, the book covers a heck of a lot of ground – with page after page of oversize reproductions of Bill's black and white cartoons. Mauldin won the Pulitzer Prize for this material – and for good reason, too! Book

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Virgil PartchCork High & Bottle Deep (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 19.99
Booze and cartoons – has there ever been a better combination? Certainly not in the years of the cocktail napkin – where each new drink you'd order at a bar would come with a four-fold of visual entertainment – of the sort that Virgil Partch gives us in this excellent collection! We're not sure if these images were ever used on cocktail napkins, but they definitely recall the heyday of the genre in the 60s and 70s – as Partch's images portray the alcoholic scene at its best – with gags set in bars, a rundown of various hangover types, and even a full-color section that looks at the psychological makeup of different styles of drunks! The hardcover book is square – just like a cocktail napkin – and contains dozens of vintage images from Virgil's career. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #10 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
One of the coolest comix you'll ever hope to buy – a stunning history of the early days of hip hop – told in comic book form, in a way that makes each key individual as important as a super hero! The first half of the book looks at 1983 – an important hip hop year in all its glory – with references to Style Wars, the young Rick Rubin, Bill Stephney, and even the birth of KRS-One on the streets! 1984 has just a hint of the birth of Def Jam – and the issue also features a bonus separate comic, titled Gladiator, with art by Emei Burell. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #9 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
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 #10 features the comic book bio of the early days the Beastie Boys, the behind-the-scenes biz of pre-Def Jam Russell Simmons, the early electro era of Tuff City Records, rap contest winners The Disco Three who would go on the be known, for better AND for worse as The Fat Boys, Kool Moe Dee and The Treacherous Three and much more! Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #6 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
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 Monthly #2 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
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 #1 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
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 #12 (with bonus flexi-disc) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Run-DMC are bursting out of the cover this time around – in an issue that looks at the early days of Def Jam, the rise of LL Cool J, the Roxanne song cycle, and even the young KRS-1 – as well as the big explosion of new hip hop in 1985! As always, the format is fantastic – an old school comic-style presentation of hip hop history – with a bonus flexi-disc single by Jorun Bombay! Book
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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #8 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... 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 #8 looks at the dawn Run DMC era – straight from the streets of Hollis, Queens – plus comic book take on the story behind "Beat Bop" with Rammellzee & Jean-Michel Basquiat, Herbie Hancock's "Rockit", Rick Rubin and the young Beastie Boys, World Class Wreckin Cru and more! Book

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✨✧ Steve DitkoStrange Suspense – The Steve Ditko Archives Vol 1 ... Book
Fantagraphics, Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The earliest work of comic legend Steve Ditko – compiled here in a book that features a wealth of material that you'll never see otherwise! Ditko's best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man in the 60s – but the work here is from a decade before, and features amazing sci-fi and horror stories by the young Steve – already a hell of an artist at this point in his career, with an incredible eye for shapes, colors, and unusual images! There's a nicely unbridled feel to some of this work – especially the material from the pre-code years of comics – and the whole thing is a wonderful tribute to Ditko's early genius. 238 pages, full color, softcover. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree – 1970s to 1981 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Pat ThomasDid It – From Yippie To Yuppie – Jerry Rubin An American Revolutionary (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly beautiful book on the famous 60s radical Jerry Rubin – one that's not only the first-ever look at the man's life, politics, and influence – but one that's also presented in a lavishly visual style that really conveys the crossroads of art and ideas of which Rubin was a key part! The book is even better than Pat Thomas' previous book, Listen Whitey – and has the same heavily visual feel as that one – as words from Rubin and his contemporaries are mixed with larger historical information, an incredible amount of cultural sidebars – and hundreds of fantastic images from the 60s onwards. Rubin's known as one of the founding fathers of the yippies – the Youth International Party, which gave political focus to the freedoms of hippies, and was a key part of the protests in Chicago in 1968. But the man's also had a much larger, even more colorful life – and this book really gets at all of that, and then some – one of those rare cases where you pick up a book on someone, and actually find yourself far more illuminated than before – both in terms of the subject, and their larger cultural role. 253 very vivid pages, hardcover, and done in the best Fantagraphics style. Book

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #11 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The history of hip hop – as anthologized in one of the coolest comic series of the new millennium! Hip Hop Family Tree #11's cover hero is a fuzzy young Rick Rubin – not the latter day music industry Zen Master Rick Rubin we know today, but the hungry, young Beastie Boys producer era – and it also chronicles some early adventures of Doug E Fresh & MC Ricky D, The Fat Boys, the Graffiti Rock show, Whodini, a Hip Hop Family Tree pin-up portrait of Ol' Dirty Bastard and much more! Book
 
 
 



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