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Two young mice suspect their new neighbor has stolen their garden pail in this Toon Book graphic novel. (Ages: 4+).
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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.
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The Left Bank Gang

By Jason

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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.
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After a delay of nearly two years, the series collecting Frank O. King's (1883-1969) long-running comic strip Gasoline Alley returns with this superb illustration-reproduction installment. The centerpiece is a suspenseful sequence in which a wealthy European aristocrat kidnaps Skeezix - tthe foundling left on Walt Wallet's doorstep six years earlier - claiming to be the chld's natural father - culminating in a courtroom custody battle. But even more compelling is the homespun charm of the episodes that gently portray the everyday domestic life of Walt; his second wife Phyllis; and their enduring youngster. Supplemented by dozens of King's personal photographs, new biographical notes, and appendix. 400p.
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Harvey Kurtzman had a Midas touch for talent - discovering Robert Crumb, giving Gloria Steinem her first job in publishing - but was himself an astonishingly talented and influential artist, writer, editor, & satirist. the creator of MAD and Playboy's 'Little Annie Fanny' was called, 'One of the most important figures in post-WWII America' by the New York Times. The first and only authorized celebration of this 'Master of American Comics' is the definitive book. It includes hundreds of never-before-seen illustrations, paintings, pencil sketches, newly discovered lost E.C. Comics layouts, color compositions, vintage photos, and more! 256p.
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The Drowned and the Saved

By Primo Levi

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By the end of his life, Primo Levi had become increasingly convinced that the lessons of the Holocaust were destined to be lost as it took a place among the routine atrocities of history. This book is a dark meditation on the meaning of the Nazi extermination after the passing of forty years. 203p.
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Spiegelman's sinister and wild b&w drawings give charged new life to Joseph March's poem fable of dark Prohibition-era morality. A lost classic from 1928, 'It's the book that made me want to be a writer.' -- William Burroughs. 119p. Pap.
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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.
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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

By Winsor McCay

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A reprinting of the first edition of Rarebit Fiend, a book so rare today that only two or three copies are known to exists. Zit is one of the most successful feats in comic strip history, with not only McCay’s remarkable draughtsmanship, but a freedom from the taboos that would later exist, an incredible anticipation of techniques that did not appear again for decades – bird’s-eye views, strange perspectives, and, of course, McCay’s wonderful imagination. The dreams are important for capturing the period, but they are also permanent creations that say much about rarebit dreams today. Sixty cartoon sequences; original title page and notes are reprinted unaltered from the 1905 edition. B&W illustrations. 62p.
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Exit Wounds

By Rutu Modan

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Masterpiece Comics

By R. Sikoryak

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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.
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Published on the occasion of the exhibition @Morgan Library, NYC, Nov.30.2006-Mar.4.20 07. Though best known for his barbed and brilliant art for The New Yorker, Saul Steinberg (1914-1999) did much more. He executed public murals, designed fabrics & stage sets, was an inventive collagist and printmaker, and turned his magic touch to the fields of painting, sculpture, advertising, and even wartime propaganda. This is the first retrospective of his total oeuvre. Previously unseen sketches, documents, & printed matter illustrate the essay, career chronology, & entries for 120 objects featured in this considerable publication. Illus., 170 color/135 b&w. 272p.
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