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Russian bookstores pull ‘Maus’ amid ‘Nazi propaganda’ crackdown

mausMoscow bookstores have quickly but quietly removed the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus out of fear the swastika on the cover will violate a four-month-old law banning “Nazi propaganda.”

Agence France-Presse reports the move comes as Russian authorities seek to purge the capital of swastikas and other Nazi insignias ahead of May 9, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over German forces in World War II. Raids have already been conducted on toy and antique shops, and bookstore owners are anticipating similar actions.

Of course, Art Spiegelman’s celebrated Maus, released in Russia in 2013, isn’t “Nazi propaganda”; it’s pointedly anti-fascist, telling a story about the horrors of Nazism. However, bookstore owners appear to be erring on the side of caution, figuring the large swastika on the cover is enough to make the title — and retailers — a target.

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Fantagraphics teases new Dan Clowes graphic novel

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If you thought teaser images and announcements of announcements were strictly the domain of superhero publishers, think again.

Fantagraphics Books raised the subject of Daniel Clowes’ next graphic novel with a teaser image posted on its Twitter page:

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Hells Angel veteran writes biker tale ‘Lucifer’s Sword MC’

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In comics it’s hard sometimes to get authenticity — where are you going to find a real superhero with superpowers? — but a recent release in the burgeoning biker genre has done that.

Lucifer’s Sword MC: Life and Death in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club is a graphic novel written by Phil Cross, a 46-year veteran of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Published by Motorbooks, which specializes in books about the biker lifestyle, Lucifer’s Sword MC rides on the success of FX’s Sons of Anarchy (both in television and the BOOM! Studios’ licensed comic), but offers a more raw, and less glitzy, look at the “one percenters.”

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Congressman John Lewis and ‘March’ hit ‘The Daily Show’

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In what Top Shelf Productions describes as possibly “the first — and the last — time Jon Stewart ever features a graphic novel,” Congressman John Lewis appeared last night on The Daily Show, where he discussed meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” and his memoir of the civil rights movement March.

“People must understand,” Lewis said, “and that’s why we did [these] two books here, March Book One and Book Two, to tell the story, so our young people — our children and their children — will understand what happened and never forget it.”

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Officials question how ‘Palomar’ ended up in high school library

palomarFollowing a complaint from a parent, officials at a New Mexico school district are investigating how a copy of Gilbert Hernandez’s Palomar became part of a high school library’s collection.

Catreena Lopez told KOAT Albuquerque she was disturbed by the “pornographic” images she found in the graphic novel, which her 14-year-old son reportedly checked out Wednesday from the Rio Rancho High School library, thinking it might be manga.

Flipping through the 500-page Fantagraphics hardcover, which collects all of Hernandez’s inarguably mature-themed “Heartbreak Soup” stories from Love & Rockets, Lopez flagged 30 illustrations she considered to be pornographic.

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IDW to collect Alex Toth’s ‘Bravo for Adventure’ for first time

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IDW Publishing will collect Bravo for Adventure, a rarely seen story legendary artist Alex Toth, as part of its Library of American Comics.

Out of print for three decades, the original 48-page story about “knock-about pilot and reluctant swashbuckler” Jesse Bravo was created for a French publisher, but a planned graphic novel was never released. It was later serialized in Warren Publishing’s comics magazine The Rook before reappearing again, with additional Jesse Bravo short stories, at a couple of other publishers. Toth never completed his full story.

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Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá unveil ‘Two Brothers’

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Brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá have finally pulled back the curtain on the follow-up to their award-winning Daytripper collaboration: Two Brothers, due in October from Dark Horse.

An adaptation of the novel The Brothers by Brazilian author Milton Hatoum, the graphic novel centers on a strained family relationship.

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YALSA announces 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

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The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced its 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens, a list of 79 titles that range from biography and humor to science fiction and superheroes.

The finalists were selected by a committee from among 108 official nominations recommended for readers ages 12 to 18. From those 79 titles, 10 were singled out as exemplifying “the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences.” They are:

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First Second to release Andy Hirsch’s all-ages Western ‘Varmints’

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First Second Books has announced it will publish Varmints, an all-ages graphic novel by Dallas-based Andy Hirsch, whose credits include The Royal Historian of Oz and BOOM! Studios’ Garfield, Peanuts and Adventure Time.

ROBOT 6 also has a first look at the Western, which began in 2011 as a self-published digital comic, and a brief Q&A with Hirsch.

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Drawn & Quarterly announces Adrian Tomine’s ‘Killing and Dying’

tomine-killing and dyingDrawn & Quarterly has announced the October release of Killing and Dying, the newest collection of Adrian Tomine’s long-running  Optic Nerve series. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cartoonist’s acclaimed comic.

“D+Q first published Adrian Tomine’s comics in 1995 and in the ensuing two decades it’s been a real privilege to see how he has continued to evolve as an artist, a writer, and overall as a cartoonist,” publisher Chris Oliveros said in a statement. “Killing and Dying just might be my favorite book by Adrian. We’ve come to expect from him an eloquent visual sensibility and insightful, complex storytelling, but there’s something else going on here: these stories are darkly funny, and they’re tinged with a very particular acerbic wit that we haven’t seen all too often before this.”

In an interview with The New Yorker, Tomine reflects on the evolution of Optic Nerve — he began self-publishing the comic at age 16 — and why he’s stuck with the “pamphlet” format.

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Kate Beaton’s ‘Step Aside, Pops’ officially announced

step aside popsAlthough the book was teased in Drawn & Quarterly’s Free Comic Book Day listing, the publisher has now officially announced the September release of Kate Beaton’s Step Aside, Pops, the follow-up to her bestselling 2011 collection Hark! A Vagrant.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 160-page book will combine new material with strips from Beaton’s wildly popular webcomic, including her “Broadside Ballads” series. The cartoonist talks briefly with the newspaper about Hark! A Vagrant, its historical and literary influences, and how she settles upon topics.

“Kate’s wit is sharper than ever in Step Aside, Pops,” acquiring editor Tom Devlin said in a statement. “She’s found the perfect way to explore her love of history, while effortlessly deflating the pompous, self-righteous figures of authority we were taught to respect in school. Her restlessness has made her drawings even funnier.”

Beaton, who’s been producing her webcomic since 2007, has won four Harvey Awards for her work. The 2011 collection of Hark! A Vagrant spent five months on The New York Times graphic books bestsellers list.

Step Aside, Pops will be previewed along with Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy in Drawn & Quarterly’s FCBD offering.

Ambitious ‘Borb’ explores the ‘slapstick vagabond archetype’

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Jason Little launched his ambitious webcomic Borb earlier this year, telling the story of a homeless man through a series of four-panel comic strips — an homage to Great Depression-era newspaper strips like Little Orphan Annie and Gasoline Alley. In April, Uncivilized Books will release a 96-page collection of the strips.

Courtesy of Uncivilized Books, ROBOT 6 is pleased to present a preview of Borb. Check out the preview and some additional information from the publisher below.

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Preview | Ginette Lapalme’s cutely subversive ‘Confetti’

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Later this year, Koyama Press will publish Confetti, a collection of the comics, paintings, sculptures and more from Toronto-based artist Ginette Lapalme. According to the publisher, “Lapalme uses cartoons and junk culture as raw material to make ‘cute’ subversive and ‘pretty’ punk.”

Check out the preview below, and look for the collection in May. Our thanks to Koyama for all the previews it provided for our anniversary celebration.

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The mystery deepens in David B.’s ‘Incidents in the Night Book 2′

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Following 2013’s well-received Incidents in the Night Book 1 from David B., Uncivilized Books will release Book 2 in April.

The first volume, which was both an Eisner nominee and an LA Times Book Prize finalist, involved the author’s search for a 19th-century journal, Incidents in the Night, which gave details on a plot to return Napoleon to power (and subsequently try to take over the world). The journey involved an immortal publisher hiding in a book and the angel of death, and ended on a cliffhanger. Book 2 collides with another David B. work, Epileptic, as the author’s dead brother, Jean-Christophe, picks up the search for David B. into this conspiracy-ridden, occult-driven world.

Courtesy of Uncivilized Books, we’re pleased to present a preview of what will likely be another “best of the year” list-topper from the acclaimed French artist, as translated by novelist Brian Evenson. The book is available for preorder on the publisher’s website, where it can also be purchased as a set with Book 1. Check out the preview, along with information on the book from the publisher, below.

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Preview | Cunningham’s ‘Age of Selfishness,’ Derf’s ‘Trashed’

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As a part of our sixth anniversary, Abrams ComicArts has provided ROBOT 6 with previews of two more books from its 2015 lineup — The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis by Darryl Cunningham and Trashed by Derf Backderf.

Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham’s latest work of graphic-nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand’s biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the United States and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today’s politics and policies.

Announced almost a year ago, Trashed started in 2002 as a comic from SLG Publishing and was revived in 2010 by Backderf as a webcomic. It’s a memoir of the year he spent as a garbageman in his rural hometown, with added fictional characters and situations. As he explained on his website, “It didn’t really happen but, trust me, it’s all too real.”

Check out the previews below. Our thanks to Abrams.

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