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  • A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel

    By Tom Phillips

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780500285510
    • Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
    • Published: April 2005
    In the mid-1960s, inspired by William Burroughs's 'cut-up' writing technique, artist Tom Phillips bought an obscure Victorian novel - W.H. Mallock's 1892 novel, 'A Human Document,' and commenced to cutting and pasting the extant text, treating the pages with gouache and ink, isolating the words that interested him while scoring out unwanted words or painting over them. The result was 'A Humument,' and the first version appeared in 1970. This fourth edition incorporates revisions and reworkings - over a hundred pages are replaced by new versions. 368 color illustrations. 384p.
  • Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips

    By Roy Crane

    Our Price: $24.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781606991619
    • Publisher: Fantagraphic Books
    • Published: March 2010
    With Wash Tubbs, Roy Crane created the American adventure comic strip. But his greatest creation was the CAPTAIN EASY Sunday page. Commencing with this volume, Fantagraphics is reprinting the complete run of Roy Crane's CAPTAIN EASY in four volumes. In this first installment, Captain Easy visits a lost city, battles pirates, dons a diving suit in search of sunken treasure. And everywhere he goes, he finds beautiful women, or beautiful women find him. All of the pages in this book, with one exception, are from color scans of Sunday pages printed in newspapers. The one exception is the strip for October 6, 1935, where no color newspaper page could be found. That page has been hand colored in-house from a scan of a page in a newspaper that ran the strip in black and white. Color illus. 132p.
  • City of Glass

    By Paul Auster

    Our Price: $7.95 - $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312423605
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: August 2004
    First published in 1985, 'City of Glass' stands as the first installment of Paul Auster's New York Trilogy. Here, it has been brilliantly transformed into a graphic novel that loses none of the nuance of the original. It even gains in effect, due to the collaborative imaginative effort that brings it successfully to this format: 'Machine-like, fitful, alternating between slow and rapid gestures, rigid and yet expressive, as if the operation were out of control, strict, not quite corresponding to the will that lay behind it.' Black-and-white illustration throughout. 144p.
  • Denys Wortman's New York: Portrait of the City in the 1930s and 1940s

    By Denys Wortman

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781770460133
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: November 2010
    Presented as a panorama of a single day in New York City, this collection of drawings by Denys Wortman goes a long way in 'rescuing' the cartoonist's work from oblivion. The result of some online sleuthing by James Sturm led to a connection with Wortman's son, who relayed that an archive of more than five thousand illustrations was literally sitting in his shed. For over thirty-five years, they'd been fighting the elements, i.e., rodents, rusty paperclips, and even a blizzard! Here, from coal cellars to roof tops, and opera houses to boarding houses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dishwashers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hobos, society mastrons, young mothoers, secretaries, and students who collectively made the city what it was and is today. Index of Dates of Drawings. B&W illustrations throughout. 288p.
  • Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

    By Winsor McCay

    Our Price: $4.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486213477
    • Publisher: Dover publications
    • Published: June 1973
    A reprinting of the first edition of the pioneering comic book provides insight into the history of the cartoon and the character of turn-of-the-century America
  • Exit Wounds

    By Rutu Modan

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299838
    • Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
    • Published: December 2008
    A debut tour de force from Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan, winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel. 'Her characters' body language and facial expressions, rendered in the gestural 'clear line' style of Herge's Tintin books, are so precisely observed, they practically tell the story by themselves'. The present work is a graphic novel set amid the chaos and despari of the Middle East that somehow, even in that contested place, achieves a kind of radiant calm. It's a love story. But it's a love story that emerges in a region so beset by the agonies of war that simple human affection might seem beside the point. In Modanis hands, it is not. Color illus. 183p.
  • Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips, 1956-1966

    By Jules Feiffer

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781560978350
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
    • Published: May 2008
    Begun in 1956, and published in The Village Voice, Jules Feiffer's weekly comic strip was one of the first to tackle 'sensitive' topics such as sexuality, religion, race and class, in an open and witty fashion. This first volume of four collects the Pulitzer and Academy-Award-winning artist's strips in a landscape hardcover format.
  • Footnotes in Gaza

    By Joe Sacco

    Our Price: $29.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780805092776
    • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
    • Published: October 2010
    Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle East conflict. Buried deep in the archives is one bloody incident, in 1956, that left 111 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli soldiers. In a quest to get to the heart of what happened, Joe Sacco immerses himself in the daily life of Rafah and the neighboring town of Khan Younis, uncovering Gaza past and present. As in Palestine and Safe Area Goradze, his unique visual journalism renders a contested landscape in brilliant, meticulous detail. Spanning fifty years, moving fluidly between one war and the next, Sacco's most ambitious work to date transforms a critical conflict into an intimate and immediate experience. Illustrations throughout. 432p.
  • George Grosz: An Autobiography

    By George Grosz

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520213272
    • Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
    • Published: April 1998
    This acclaimed autobiography by one of the twentieth century's greatest satirical artists is as much a graphic portrait of Germany in chaos after the Treaty of Versailles as it is a memoir of a remarkable artist's development. Grosz's account of a world gone mad is as acute and provocative as the art that depicts it, and this translation of a work long out of print restores the spontaneity, humor, and energy of the author's German text. It also includes a chapter on Grosz's experience in the Soviet Union--omitted from the original English-language edition--as well as more writings about his twenty-year self-imposed exile in America, and a fable written in English.
  • I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!

    By Fletcher Hanks

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781560978398
    • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
    • Published: June 2007
    Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the Inkwell, whose legacy is a hailstorm of tales of brutal retribution. Hawks worked for only a few years in the earliest days of the comic book industry (1939-1941). Because he worked in a gutter medium for second-rate publishers in third-rate characters, his work has largely been forgotten. But among aficionados - and Paul Karasik is right at the front of the line - he is legendary. This book collects fifteen of Hanks's stories (perpetrated in the spirit of a deranged, nightmarish vigor) in one volume, hinged to an afterword that illuminates aspects of his immensely sad, yet salvaged-by-creativity life. Color illus. 120p.
  • Ice Haven

    By Daniel Clowes

    Our Price: $6.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375714696
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: January 2011
    Originally published in a somewhat different form as part of Daniel Clowes's occasional comic book Eightball, this piece finds Clowes moving beyond the withering satire of his earlier works to a more nuanced style. Readers will wince even as they feel sympathy for the self-deluded characters who reside in Ice Haven. This group of oddballs plays out their stories against the mysterious disappearance of a little boy named David Goldberg, whose possible murder recalls the Leopold and Loeb case. Clowes unfolds the multi-faceted story as a series of brief comics, some drawn in a wildly cartoony style, others in his well-known 20th-centeury style. Color illus. 88p.
  • It Was the War of the Trenches

    By Jacques Tardi

    Our Price: $24.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781606993538
    • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
    • Published: April 2010
    A dark examination of World War I delves into the human cost of the war and the insanity of war by focusing on the doughboys on their day-to-day missions rather than the causes of the war, the politics, the strategies or the battles.
  • Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: 'Love In a Kestle or Love In a Hut': Covering the Full-Page Comic Strips, 1916-1918

    By George Herriman

    Our Price: $24.99
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781606993163
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHIC BOOKS
    • Published: February 2010
    This volume presents the first three years' Sundays of George Herriman's masterpiece, featuring his immortal triangle of 'kat,' 'mice,' and 'pupp'. In addition to these newly restored stripsthe book includes intriguing biographical material about Herriman by series editor Bill Blackbeard and a portfolio of never-before-reprinted pre-Krazy Kat Herriman strips including some early sightings of Pre-Krazy Kat (felines) - plus some special surprises. Color/b&w illus.
  • Lint #20, The Acme Novelty Library

    By Chris Ware

    Our Price: $21.55
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781770460201
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: October 2010
    In keeping with his goal of issuing a volume of his occasionally lauded ACME series once every new autumn, volume 20 finds cartoonist Chris Ware continuing his "Rusty Brown" graphic novel experiment.
  • Market Day

    By James Sturm

    Our Price: $13.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299975
    • Publisher: DRAWN AND QUARTERLY
    • Published: March 2010
    A rug maker ponders his future after the store owner who used to buy his handmade rugs retires, the new owner replaces the store's items with cheaper merchandise, and he must sell his rugs at a lower price in an emporium.

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