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Michael Dowers, EditorNewave – The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 1980s/2010. New Copy ... $6.99 24.99
Underground comix ruled the 60s, and indie presses sprung up in the 70s, but the real revolution in the 80s came from home-made mini comics – often printed at copy shops, and folded into these great little self-distributed publications with no rules at all! The mini comics revolution led to a surprisingly great new wave of creativity – images and words that were often tied to the punk underground of the time, and which had a very different aesthetic than the hippie styles that held sway in the 60s and 70s. This massive volume reproduces loads of the best moments of that generation, in the same size in which they were circulated – with almost 900 pages of black and white comix, and work by a huge amount of artists who include Jeff Gaither, Daniel Clowes, JR Williams, Tom Christopher, Meher Dada, Par Holman, Jim Siergey, Rick Geary, Artie Romero, Al Greenier, Brad Foster, Michael Roden, Bob X, Steve Willis, and many others. 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A great collection of under-published and unpublished material from cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier – and a volume that's got us really appreciating his art more than ever!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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Malcolm McNeillObserved While Falling – Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook & Me (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99 29.99
A strange account of the author's friendship and creative process with the late William S Burroughs – with whom he collaborated on a possible graphic novel of Burroughs' story Ah Pook Is Here – and a book that definitely comes across with the same kind of dynamic, experimental tone as Burroughs' writing! The book is less of a personal story or autobiography than it is a melding of fact and fiction, history and hope, all with a strange dreamlike quality at times – that atmosphere that one would find in William S Burroughs' fiction in the 70s, the time when he was most engaged with Malcolm McNeill. The story of their project together is included, but takes various shapes throughout – and the book also features a wealth of compelling images at the back from the never-produced novel. 192 pages, hardcover, with black and white images. Book

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Gary PanterDal Tokyo (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 35.00
Seminal early work from Gary Panter – a complete run of his Dal Tokyo comic strip from the LA underground scene – all served up in a special-sized book that follows the horizontal format of the comic! The strip starts in the early 80s – with Panter at his most jagged, most punky – but strips move on through the 90s into the present century – and really illustrated the slow shift in Gary's style towards finer line, and maybe a bit less abstract presentation. Yet this shift is gradual, too – and the book almost stands more as a spotlight on one special side of the artist's aesthetic, and the one that brought him to the widest audience as well. Strips originally appeared in the LA Reader and Riddim magazine – and the heavy, hardcover book features great paper quality, and 200 strips in total. Book

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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 2 – 1981 to 1983 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
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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Lorenzo Mattotti & Jorge ZentnerCrackle Of The Frost (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99 19.99
A beautiful graphic novel from the brush of Lorenzo Mattotti – an artist we first fell in love with for his groundbreaking Fires book back in the 80s, still very much at the top of his game here! The text is penned by Jorge Zentner, and the book marks the first English translation of any of his work – but to us, the real draw is Mattotti – whose images sit like these beautiful little color paintings, two to a page – balanced with the text to draw the lovely, personal story forward with care and class that are unsurpassed in publications of this nature. The book is 118 pages, full color, and hardcover. 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 ... Temporarily 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

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✨✧ Guy Peellaert & Pierre BartierAdventures Of Jodelle (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Frank StackFoolbert Funnies – Histories & Other Fictions ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Ernie BushmillerNancy Is Happy ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime strips from the legendary Ernie Bushmiller a heck of a lot of material from the Nancy comic of the early 40s – and a masterpiece in modern art throughout! To most of us growing up in the postwar years, Nancy was kind of a ubiquitous gag cartoon – but over the years, we've really come to appreciate it for its style, design, and often eerie and oddball wit – qualities that have been championed by contemporary comics giants like Dan Clowes, Scott McCloud, and Ivan Brunetti (the last of whom even auditionioned for a chance to draw the strip!) The book is beautiful – with three full years of Nancy daily strips from the years 1943, 1944, and 1945 – squarebound in a very stylish way, with 33 pages, and an introduction by Daniel Clowes! Book

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✨✧ George CarlsonPerfect Nonsense – The Chaotic Comics & Goofy Games Of George Carlson (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy hardcover ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Roy CraneBuz Sawyer 2 – Sultry's Tiger (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Gorgeous work from the great Roy Crane – one of the best comic strip penmen of the 40s, and an artist we'd rank right up there with Milton Caniff and Noel Sickles for ability to convey action and emotion! The material here comes from some immediate postwar years, but still resonates with some of the WWII themes that got the strip started – and as before, Crane does a wonderful job of balancing action and comedy, pretty women and thugs – all while keeping the story moving forward. Book features a number of color Sunday pages, where they fit into the continuity of the daily black and white strips – and the volume is 210 pages, hardcover. Book

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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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✨✧ Alexander TherouxGrammar Of Rock – Art & Artlessness In 20th Century Pop Lyrics (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The colorful language of pop lyrics is appraised by noted-satirist, National Book Award nominee, and critic Alexander Theroux – who appraises the lyrics and language of pop, rock, jazz, folk, blues, show tunes and more – pretty much taking in the full breadth the American songbook of the 20th century! It's a smart look at a pretty crazy world – taking in the English language rule book busting language of myriad popular song styles and stylists. Hardcover, 345 pages. 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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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Vols 1 & 2 (gift box with bonus comic) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gene DeitchNudnik Revealed! – The History Of America's Lost Loveable Loser (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Never-published artwork from Gene Deitch – the cartoonist behind some wonderful jazz and record illustrations in the 50s – and the offbeat Nudnik cartoons in the 60s! The full-color book brings together sketches, plans film stills, and more images from the Nudnik cartoons – as well as three complete episodes, presented on storyboards with handrwritten notes – all as a great companion to the other books of Deitch's artwork that we've loved from Fantagraphics! Given the lack of paper documentation of the cartoons, this one may be the most essential from an historical standpoint – and the book is hardcover, 128 pages, and with a nicely-horizontal design. Book

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✨✧ Steven WeissmanMean ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2007. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from Steven Weissman – rare material that predates the great Yikes volumes on Fantagraphics – some of it self-published by Weissman, some of it unpublished too! The book is a great counterpart to the oddball Yikes series – and features a similar array of characters, like Kid Medusa, Big Bloody, X Ray Spence, and The Pullapart Boy – set in weird stories that are almost an underground take on Peanuts or Archie. The material is surprisingly charming – offbeat, but in the best way possible – and, if anything, Weissman's freaks and monsters present childhood struggles and anxieties with maybe even more accuracy than some of his famous predecessors. 120 pages, softcover, with images in color and black and white. Book
 
 
 



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