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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: $15.00
    • 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.
  • Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

    By Winsor McCay

    Our Price: $11.95
    • 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: $19.95
    • 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.
  • George Grosz: An Autobiography

    By George Grosz

    Our Price: $17.00
    • 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: $20.00
    • 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.
  • Masterpiece Comics

    By R. Sikoryak

    Our Price: $12.00 - $19.95
    • 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.
  • Passionella: And Other Stories

    By Jules Feiffer

    Our Price: $12.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781560970972
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
    • Published: July 2006
    (The Collected Works, Volume IV). This volume collects Feiffer's finest extended graphic narratives of the late '50s and early '60s. Its centerpiece, 'Passionella,' a retelling of Cinderella set in modern Hollywood, concerns a chimney sweep whose fairy godmother transforms her into the 'mysterious exotic bewitching temptress' - and movie star - Passionella. B&W illustrations throughout. 180p.
  • Stigmata

    By Lorenzo Mattotti

    Our Price: $19.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781606994092
    • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
    • Published: February 2011
    Lengendary cartoonist Lorenzo Mattoitti (Fires, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) applies his virtuosic pen to novelist and screenwriter Claudio Piersanti's gripping fable of good, evil, sacrifice and ultimate redemption. B&W illus. 190p.
  • The Arrival

    By Shaun Tan

    Our Price: $11.00 - $21.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780439895293
    • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
    • Published: January 2006
    Although saddened at having to leave the family he loves, the immigrant is certain that moving to the new land is the right thing to do and so ventures off to a strange land to begin a life that will hopefully reap the rewards he seeks through his sacrifice, hard work, and determination.
  • The Cardboard Valise

    By Ben Katchor

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780375421143
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: March 2011
    From the author of The Jew of New York; Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Beauty Supply District; and several works of musical theater in collaboration with the composer Mark Mulcahy. In this winsomely , haunting graphic novel, an overstuffed suitcase becomes a ripe, comic metaphor for modern life. Set in a world tilted about 45 degrees away from reality, Katchor's story follows a number of characters through their quirky obsessions, each of which highlights a uniquely curious take on modernity. A hunt in the 'Saccharine Mountains' turns a BLT into a tongue-in-cheek metaphor ('the lettuce symbolizes the cost of living'), while the citizens of 'Outer Canthus' each undergo a symbolic funeral at the age of 47 (the dead do not live for very long), after which they are 'allowed to shed the burden of responsibility.' In the slurry of sketchy and gray-tongued surrealism, the titular valise stands out with a certain haunting magic: a cheap and disposable thing that contains multiples. Once its contents are unleashed upon the world, - who know what could happen! Cutout valise handles make this a definite carry-with, one-of-a-kind experience. Illustrated throughout. 128p.
  • The Disappearance of Childhood

    By Neil Postman

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679751663
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: August 1994
    From the vogue for nubile models to the explosion in the juvenile crime rate, this modern classic of social history and media traces the precipitous decline of childhood in America today - and the corresponding threat to the notion of adulthood. Neil Postman, author of Technopoly, suggests that chldhood is a relatively recent invention, which came into being as the new medium of print imposed divisions between children and adults. But now these divisions are eroding under the barrage of television, which turns the adult secrets of sex and violence into popular entertainment and pitches both news and advertising at the intellectual level of ten-year-olds. Originally published in 1982. Notes, Bibliography, Index. 177p.
  • The Left Bank Gang

    By Jason

    Our Price: $12.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781560977421
    • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHIC BOOKS
    • Published: July 2005
    An illustrated alternate-world tale in which graphic novels are a dominant form of fiction traces the careers of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, who meet in a Parisian bar to discuss the particulars of their work, the achievements of graphic giants Dostoevsky and Faulkner, and the recommendations of such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein. Original.
  • The New York Trilogy: City of Glass; Ghosts; The Locked Room

    By Paul Auster

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039839
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: March 2006
    Three novels form Paul Auster's acclaimed trilogy: City of Glass - As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written; Ghosts - Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. From a window of a rented room on Orange Street, Blue stalks his subject, who is staring out of his window; The Locked Room -Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and a cache of extraordinary novels, plays, and poems. What happened? DON'T MISS IT! 308P.

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