Art Spiegelman's Picks


  • Benny and Penny In the Big No-No!

    By Toon Books

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780979923890
    • Publisher: RAW JUNIOR
    • Published: April 2009
    Two young mice suspect their new neighbor has stolen their garden pail in this Toon Book graphic novel. (Ages: 4+).
  • 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.
  • Explainers: The Complete Village Voice Strips, 1956-1966

    By Jules Feiffer

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781560978350
    • 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: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520213272
    • 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.
  • It Was the War of the Trenches

    By Jacques Tardi

    Our Price: $15.00
    • 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
    • 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.
  • Krazy & Ignatz 1919-1921: A Kind, Benevolent and Amiable Brick

    By George Herriman

    Our Price: $24.99
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781606993644
    • Published: August 2010
    This volume features another three years' worth of Sunday strips - over 150 little masterpieces, featuring the greatest comnic-stip lovre triangle of all time: 'kat,' 'mice' and 'pupp.' Each page is a hilarious, poetic masterpiece crackling with verbal wit and graphic brilliance. B&W cartoons and other illustrations. 176p.
  • Lint #20, The Acme Novelty Library

    By Chris Ware

    Our Price: $14.50 - $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.
  • Masterpiece Comics

    By R. Sikoryak

    Our Price: $12.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299845
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: September 2009
    This slim but densely sly volume collects twenty years of R. Sikoryak's classic lit/classic comics mashups. Blondie and Dagwood act out Genesis in 'Blonde Eve'; Garfield tempts Jon into a deal with the devil in 'Mephistofield'; and Batman turns into Raskol for a reworking of 'Crime and Punishment.' These retellings linger on the philosophical underpinnings of such tales. Color illus. 65p.
  • Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book

    By Lynda Barry

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781897299647
    • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
    • Published: October 2010
    A series of portraits by the creator of What It Is follows a myopic monkey through her everyday routines of preparing food, waiting for the bus, hogging the remote and associating with her imaginary friend.
  • Popeye Volume 4: 'Plunder Island'

    By E.C. Segar

    Our Price: $29.99
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781606991695
    • Published: August 2009
    With this fourth volume of the series, Segar's Poeye reaches one of its highest peaks in 'Plunder Island,' the glorious, epic-length Sunday-continuity adventure that ran for eight months and pitted the intrepid sailorman against the malevolent Sea Hag and her terrifyiing, grotesque sidekick the goon - helped, and sometimes hindered by, the easily corruptible J. Wellington Wimpy. Presented here for the first time in its complete, full-color, uncut glory! Meanwhile, the 'dailies' section rocks! Illus., color/b&w. 168p.