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Fantagraphics sent over their list of books debuting at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month, and boy is it packed tighter than my suitcase on vacation day. The publisher will have almost two dozen new books at the show, including the last Mome; new stuff from Michael Kupperman, the Hernandez Bros. and Johnny Ryan; tons of Eurocomics; a Lou Reed/Edgar Allan Poe joint; and more. Check them out:
Love & Rockets New Stories 4 by Los Bros Hernandez: Featuring new stories by Jaime and Gilbert, including new material featuring Maggie set in the present and during her teen years.
Mark Twain’s Autobiography by Michael Kupperman: Probably the one I’ve been looking forward to the most, Kupperman publishes Mark Twain’s “biography” since the day the author/humorist died through last year — including his affair with Marilyn Monroe and his time-traveling adventures with Einstein.
Prison Pit Vol. 3 by Johnny Ryan: More deranged, twisted ultraviolent fun from Ryan.
Mome 22, edited by Eric Reynolds: The double-sized last volume of Fantagraphics’ anthology, featuring comics by Kurt Wolfgang, Paul Hornschemeier, Gabrielle Bell, Tim Hensley, Anders Nilsen, Zak Sally, Tom Kaczynski, Andrice Arp, Eleanor Davis, Joe Kimball, Laura Park and many, many more.
The Raven by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti: Musician Lou Reed teams up with Stigmata creator Lorenzo Mattotti for “the definitive book version compiling the songs, verses and narratives that comprise POEtry/The Raven,” a musical and subsequent CD based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
The Art of Joe Kubert, edited by Bill Schelly: This is a coffee table book “that honors this legendary creator with beautifully reproduced artwork from every phase of his career as well as critical commentary by the book’s editor, comics historian and Kubert biographer Bill Schelly.”
Setting the Standard: Alex Toth, edited by Greg Sadowski: Collecting the influential artist’s work from his time at Standard Comics.
Esperanza by Jaime Hernanadez: The fifth volume of “Locas” stories, collecting the remainder of the stories from Love and Rockets Volume II, picking up where 2010’s Penny Century collection left off.
Like A Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi: Tardi “returns to the world of guns, crime, betrayal and bloodshed with this stunning, grisly, and remarkably faithful interpretation” of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s last completed crime thriller.
Murder By High Tide: Gil Jordan by M. Tillieux: A “never-before-translated classic from the Golden Age of Franco-Belgian comics,” this collects two stories featuring Detective Gil Jordan.
The Pin-Up Art of Humorama, edited by Alex Chun: A collection of single-panel pin-up cartoons and other material published under the Humorama banner in the 1950s in digest-sized magazines like Romp, Stare and Joker, by creators like Bill Ward, Jack Cole, Dan DeCarlo and more.
Drawing Power, edited by Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard: An oversized, full-color, 128-page book that looks at the history of cartoon advertising from the 1870s to the 1940s.
Sibyl-Anne vs. Ratticus by R. Macherot: A translation of Franco-Belgian all-ages comics, featuring mice fighting rats who want to take over their land. This is the first time it’s been translated into English.
The Armed Garden by David B.: A collection of stories of “history, magic and gods” by the creator of Epileptic.
Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 (Vol. 16) by Charles Schutz: A new volume of the popular and charming strip.
Even More Jewish Comedians by Drew Friedman: The third and final volume collecting Friedman’s caricatures of Jewish comedians.
The Hidden by Richard Sala: A post-apocalyptic story of a group of survivors who end up at an abandoned trading post, where they try to figure out if the world has really ended.
The Man Who Grew His Beard by Olivier Schrauwen: The first American collection of stories by the popular Belgian cartoonist, whose work has appeared in Mome.
Nuts by Gahan Wilson: A collection of one-page stories that ran in National Lampoon in the 1970s, these focus on a normal kid dealing with life rather than the vampires and other ghoulies you might expect from Wilson.
Fantagraphics also provide a list of creators who would be at the show:
Los Bros Hernandez (Jaime, Beto, and Mario)
Easter Pearl Watson