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✨✧ BlutchTotal Jazz (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Bill MauldinWillie & Joe – The WWII Years ... Book
Fantagraphics, Early 40s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 ... Out Of Stock
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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