Fantagraphics has a batch of new books for November, from a batch of comic cook creators that are pretty much more diverse than anything else out there. Well, they are Fantagraphics…
EC horror comics are famous for their gleefully ghoulish stories and their outrageous twist endings – served up with a sly wink to the reader and a generous dose of dreadful puns.
No artist captured that mood better and made his readers shudder more than “Ghastly” Graham Ingels. Ingels set the standard for fiendishly delightful depictions of dripping slime, dismembered limbs, and shambling corpses. This volume features Ingels’s earliest EC crime and horror work, from the pages of such titles as Tales From the Crypt, Haunt of Fear, Crime SuspenStories, and War Against Crime.
Highlights in this volume include Ingels’s very first EC story, two Ingels adaptations of stories by Edgar Allan Poe (including a clever twist on “The Cask of Amontillado” that you won’t see coming), and EC’s first adaptation of a Ray Bradbury story.
As with every book in the Fantagraphics EC line, Doctor Of Horror And Other Stories superbly showcases these classic comic book masterpieces and enhances the reader’s experience with commentary and historical and biographical detail from EC experts.
For the first time ever, a tale from the Persian Book of Kings springs to life in this stunning and ingenious pop-up book. Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King retells the myth of the misguided Prince Zahhak who murders his father to usurp the throne. Cursed with monstrous snakes that grow out of his shoulders, he rules for one thousand years before being defeated. This fantastic tale literally pops off the page and will delight readers young and old with every turn of the page.
ATTENTION ALL MUTANTS! Your prayers have been answered! Come hither and witness the unholy union of professional sickos, !! Sit back and digest the obsessively detailed, psychedelically twisted, and elegantly repulsive comics that comprise the corpus known as MEAT WARP!
Clover – the “pretty” vampire of the title – is a Bardot-esque blonde who dreams of the (now dead) girl she once was four years ago before becoming a fanged bloodsucker. She is being kept prisoner by her brother, Marcel, who fears Clover will be hunted by the outside world (and who may have other, more selfish motivations as well). Clover’s curiosity, however, will not be suppressed: impetuous, sensual, strong-willed, and fearless, she plans her escape. The resultant havoc would make Dario Argento proud.
My Pretty Vampire is a sexy, sophisticated horror romp that heralds author Katie Skelly as a powerful voice in comics. Her inherently sexy work wears its colorful Pop sensibility and keen fashion sense on its sleeve; that her strong visual style and sex-positive attitude is in the service of such strong female characters and emotionally rich work makes for a wonderfully moody, progressive, and engaging read.
Sydney seems like a normal, rudderless 15-year-old freshman. She hangs out underneath the bleachers, listens to music in her friend’s car, and gets into arguments with her annoying little brother – but she also has a few secrets she’s only shared in her diary. Like how she’s in love with her best friend Dina, the bizarre death of her war veteran father, and those painful telekinetic powers that keep popping up at the most inopportune times.
After his first two critically heralded graphic novels, Celebrated Summer and The End of the Fucking World (recently adapted into a TV show on the UK’s Channel 4 and soon to be streaming stateside on Netflix), Forsman once again expertly channels the teenage ethos in a style that evokes classic comic strips while telling a powerful story about the intense, and sometimes violent, tug of war between trauma and control. I Am Not Okay with This collects all of Forsman’s self-published minicomic series into one volume. It comments naturally on familial strain, sexual confusion, and PTSD in his usual straightfaced-but-humorous style, and firmly stakes his place among the world’s best young cartoonists.
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