Noah Van Sciver’s 2015 graphic novella, Fante Bukowski, about a hack writer with delusions of grandeur (no, it’s not a biography of Rich Johnston), was nominated for the Eisner in 2016. In February, the sequel, inventively titled Fante Bukowski Two, will hit comic shops.
FANTE BUKOWSKI TWO
by Noah Van Sciver
$14.99 / SC / 184 pgs / FC / 4.25 x 6.7
The hilarious struggle continues as aspiring literary genius Fante Bukowski bumbles his way to literary fame and fortune, forever searching for that golden idea that will give him the success he yearns for and his father’s respect once and for all. But, there’s just one problem: Fante Bukowski has no talent for writing. Noah Van Sciver’s 2015’s runaway hit Fante Bukowski garnered him a 2016 Eisner nomination for “Best Writer/Artist,” one of the major awards in the comics industry.
Here’s some more hipster treasures due out from Fantagraphics in Feburary:
ALL TIME COMICS: CRIME DESTROYER #1
by Josh Bayer, Herb Trimpe and Ben Marra
$4.99 / 36 pgs / FC / 6.625 x 10.187
All Time Comics: Crime Destroyer issue 1 is a 36 page oversized spectacular featuring the wonderful writing of Josh Bayer, the irresistible inks of Ben Marra and the last art by legendary artist Herb Trimpe, who co-created Wolverine. Upcoming issues feature art by Rick Buckler Jr., Ben Marra, Al Milgrom, Noah Van Sciver, and more. Issue #1 will feature two distinct covers, one by Jim Rugg and the other by Johnny Ryan. Upcoming issues feature art by Rick Buckler Jr., Ben Marra, Al Milgrom, Noah Van Sciver, and more.
TO LAUGH THAT WE MAY NOT WEEP?
Edited by Glenn Bray and Frank Young; Essays by Art Spiegelman and others
$49.99/HC/320pgs/BWwith48pages color / 10.5 x 12
A sweeping and timely career retrospective of one of the most incendiary political cartoonists in the rst half of the 20th century. To Laugh That We May Not Weep reprints over 800 of Art Young’s timeless and devastating cartoons and illustrations, many reproduced from original artwork, to create a fresh portrait of this towering gure of cartooning and politics. With essays by Art Spiegelman, Justin Green and others along with a biographical overview of Young’s life, To Laugh That We May Not Weep is a long awaited tribute to one of the great lost cartoonists whose work is as relevant, and necessary, in the 21st century as it was in its own time.
JOHN STANLEY: GIVING LIFE TO LITTLE LULU
by Bill Schelly
$39.99 / HC / 160 pgs / Prose / 10 x 13
John Stanley’s work in Marge’s Little Lulu from 1945 to 1959 ensured Lulu immortality as an iconic, protofeminist gure in American popular culture. John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu is both a deluxe, full-color coffee table book lled with beautifully reproduced artwork from Little Lulu and his own comic book creations, such as Melvin Monster and Thirteen (Going on Eighteen) and rare drawings and cartoons, as well as never-before-seen photographs and a biographical portrait of the artist.
by Cathy Malkasian
$29.99 / HC / 256 pgs / PC / 11.5 x 9.6
Cathy Malkasian’s Eartha is an expansive tale of pastoral life, city corruption, greed, and addictions, and reverberates with questions plaguing us today, such as the alienating effects of hyper-connectivity and the self-destructive obsession with novelty. Malkasian’s rigorous draftsmanship, stunning landscapes and sophisticated storytelling are all on display in Eartha, making this the author’s lushest and most impressive graphic novel yet.
by Tommi Musturi
$24.99 / HC / 160 pgs / FC / 8 x 8
Simply Samuel is a silent meditation on life and being alive. Breathtakingly colorful and visually inventive, the book unfolds as a puzzle of short stories and moment-capturing images that deal with themes of individuality and loneliness, pondering our daily actions and the choices and values behind them, all evidenced by Samuel’s peculiar actions. Musturi’s precise storytelling and controlled psychedelia will surprise the reader over and over again.
by Sammy Harkham $8.00 / SC / 48 pgs / Two-color / 8.5 x 11
America’s most beloved alternative comic book series returns with another “Blood of the Virgin” story tracking the debauched and haunted of Hollywood ’s lower caste in the early 1970s. Sprinkle some short strips, hilarious letters and asides, and you have a bonafide comic book experience on your hands.
by Kevin Huizenga
$8.00 / 32 pages / Two-color / 8.5 x 11
The Eisner and Harvey nominated and Ignatz winning series is back again. In this mindblowing issue Glenn Ganges’ long battle with insomnia comes to a complicated close. Glenn and his wife Wendy also learn productivity tips from a TED talk in “The 2 Minute Mind”. Every page is a jam-packed jewel retina display of cartooning power. One of the comic book highlights of the year.
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GARDENS OF GLASS
$22.50 / SC / 144 pgs / BW / 7.5 x 10.5
Gardens of Glass is a retrospective collection of comics by Lando, bringing together the best of his short works produced over the last five years for Decadence Comics. Blending Ballardian contemplation of the near future with the aesthetics of early European sci-fi comics, Lando’s meticulous fine pen line describes the deserted world that follows the Anthropocene epoch, where warfare, class division and ecological collapse dominate the landscape.
by Stathis Tsemberlidis
$19.99 / SC / 110 pgs / BW / 7.5 x 10.5
Bringing together the very best of his short works produced over the last five years, Stathis Tsemberlidis’ Picnoleptic Inertia combines Cronenbergian metamorphosis, Lovecraftian fungi and radical politics. Tsemberlidis’s silent world is one of transformative mysticism and violent revolution. His frenetic, staccato pen line beautifully describes a destructive present unfolding amid the ruins of the past.