Our list of some of the best Fantagraphics books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.
1. Prince Valiant Vols. 4-6 Gift Box Set (2018)
Among the many King Arthur inspired adventures in these volumes, Val journeys back to the land of his birth, meets his bride-to-be, and travels to Canada, where his son is born!…
2. Dementia 21 (2018)
Yukie Sakai is a sprightly young home health aide eager to help her elderly clients. But what seems like a straightforward job quickly turns into a series of increasingly surreal and bizarre adventures that put Yukie’s wits to the test! Cartoonist Kago, who is well known for combining a more traditional manga style with hyper realistic illustration technique, an experimental visual storytelling approach, and outrageously sexual and scatological subject matter, has single-handedly created his own genre: “fashionable paranoia.”…
3. Now #7: The New Comics Anthology (NOW) (2019)
The 2018 Eisner Award-nominated anthology series continues with another entirely self-contained collection of short comics genius! This acclaimed comics anthology series continues with selections from Tommi Parrish, Kurt Ankeny, Chris Wright, Sergio Garcia and Javier Olivares. Full-color illustrations throughout….
This issue of the award-winning magazine features an interview with Megahex cartoonist Simon Hanselmann and focuses on economics. In this issue of the award-winning magazine, Tasmanian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann discusses how his webcomic ― starring a witch, a cat, and an owl ― became an internationally acclaimed, best-selling phenomenon. Thematically, #304 highlights labor and economics ― the past and the future of organizing a comics union, work-for-hire contracts, and how comic conventions can better serve creators ― with the Journal’s hallmark candor….
5. Dementia 21 Vol. 2 (2020)
Devilishly funny, absurdist manga short stories about a sprightly home aide caring for a series of eccentric patients. In Vol. 2, Yukie boldly decides to join the resistance ― against a squadron of maniacal diapers hell-bent on taking over the world! A shorthanded hospital hires zombies to care for its patients, but … what exactly do they eat? When an old man creates a machine that causes out-of-body experiences, what could possibly go wrong? And why are children getting rocket launchers in their stockings? Three words: Santa has dementia! Black & white illustrations throughout….
6. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (2017)
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge….
7. How I Tried to Be a Good Person (2019)
This graphic memoir is about obsession, gender conflict, and self-liberation, told with an honesty few cartoonists are capable of. Lust’s follow-up to her first internationally lauded graphic memoir, How I Tried to Be a Good Person, picks up directly where its predecessor left off. Revealing and powerful, Lust recounts her life as a young, enthusiastic anarchist making her way in Vienna in the 1990s – and of her love for two men: the “perfect companion” Georg, an actor twenty years her elder, and the “perfect lover,” Kimata, a Nigerian man-about-town. As her relationships with the two…
8. Phantoms In The Attic (2019)
A limited-edition collection of drawings, watercolor paintings, and short comics. Richard Sala has been creating fiendishly clever comics for over twenty years and Fantagraphics Underground is proud to present this special limited-edition collection of drawings, watercolor paintings, and short comics, hand-picked by the master of mystery and macabre himself, documenting the more shadowy corners of popular culture. Full-color illustrations throughout….
9. Uncle Scrooge: Treasure Above The Clouds (2019)
In “Treasure Above the Clouds,” Scrooge battles playboy plutocrat John D. Rockerduck for ownership of an awesome Incan treasure! Then, it’s Valentine’s Day in Duckburg, and Scrooge faces a firestorm from two dastardly dates–Klondike goldminer Glittering Goldie and brassy business-gal Brigitta MacBridge! And in “Money is the Root of Upheaval!,” a duck tale by (co-creator of Superman), Scrooge McDuck travels through time to find riches in ancient Egypt, only to wind up stranded in a dystopian future!Collects IDW’s Uncle Scrooge issues #35-37….
10. Alienation (2019)
Fossil fuels have become fossilized. Wildlife has been civilized to extinction. Corporations have colonized our lives. Elizabeth and Carlos are bored. Drawn in hazy gray pencil and printed in blue pantone ink, this book is about Elizabeth, an exotic dancer in cyberspace, and Carlos, who was just fired from the last human-staffed oil rig, attempting to keep their romance alive. When they realize that their bodies are full of artificial organs and they live almost entirely online, they begin to question what being human actually means. Do our ancestral, or even…
11. Kramers Ergot 10 (Kramers Ergot) (2019)
The latest installment of the most significant comics anthology of the 21st century includes comics by R. Crumb, as well as many other masters of the form. The preeminent art comics anthology returns with the first new volume since 2016! This new, oversized volume is certain to turn heads, with some of the very best cartoonists in the world contributing new pieces, including none other than R. Crumb (The Book of Genesis)! Also included: Rick Altergott, Marc Bell, Blutch, Ivan Brunetti, David Collier, Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, CF, Aisha Franz, Espen Friberg, Anna Haifisch, Simon Hanselmann, Bendik Kaltenborn, Aline…
Palestine Collection by Sacco, Joe. Published by Fantagraphics Books,2001, Binding: Paperback…
13. The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 Gift Box Set (2014)
The best-selling, award-winning, critically acclaimed series that sparked a renaissance for fans of classic comic strips upon its debut in 2004 is now coming in softcover box sets! This first volume, covering the first two-and-a-quarter years of the strip, features hundreds of strips rarely reprinted before this series. Three major cast membersâ€”Schroeder, Lucy, and Linusâ€”initially show up as infants and only â€œgrowâ€ into their final â€œmatureâ€ selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy makes his debut as a puppy! Also: Garrison Keillorâ€™s introduction,…
The authors use a single three-panel Nancy strip to explain how the medium of comics works. Everything that you need to know about reading, making, and understanding comics can be found in a single Nancy strip by Ernie Bushmiller from August 8, 1959. Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden’s groundbreaking work How to Read Nancy ingeniously isolates the separate building blocks of the language of comics through the deconstruction of a single strip. No other book on comics has taken such a simple yet methodical approach to laying bare how the comics medium really…
15. The Carl Barks Library of Burros, Hounds, Bears, Pigs, and Bunnies: The Art of Carl Barks, The Complete MGM Masters (and other non-Disney stories) (2019)
This book reprints, for the first time in one compact volume, all 36 of the non-Disney stories written and/or drawn by Carl Barks for Western Publishing and published under the Dell Comics label. Every story that Carl Barks wrote or drew featuring Disney characters during his career as a comic book creator has been reprinted, often many times, in comic books and albums, and books. The Disney work is the most important of Barks’ work, but he also wrote and/or drew these 36 other comic book stories featuring non-Disney characters between 1943 and 1953. These have been less-well served in reprinting and are much…
Best Fantagraphics Books That Will Hook You
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Author(s): Alexander Theroux
Publisher: Fantagraphics, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
How to read Nancy. The elements of comics in three easy panels
Author(s): Karasik, Paul and Newgarden, Mark
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2017, Size: 246 Mb, Download: pdf
The Gaze of Drifting Skies: A Treasury of Bird’s Eye Cartoon Views
Author(s): Jonathan Barli, Various Artists
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2016, Size: 48 Mb, Download: pdf
Author(s): Alexander Theroux
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
Pretty in Ink: Women Cartoonists 1896–2013
Author(s): Trina Robbins
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2013, Size: 237 Mb, Download: pdf
Isle of 100,000 Graves
Author(s): Fabien Vehlmann, Jason
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2011, Size: 14 Mb, Download: djvu
The Pin-Up Art of Bill Ward
Author(s): Bill Ward, Alex Chun, Jacob Covey
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2011, Size: 59 Mb, Download: azw3
Drawing Power: A Compendium of Cartoon Advertising
Author(s): Rick Marschall, Warren Bernard
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2011, Size: 34 Mb, Download: pdf
The Pin-Up Art of Humorama
Author(s): Alex Chun, Jacob Covey
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2011, Size: 56 Mb, Download: pdf
Werewolves of Montpellier
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books, Year: 2010, Size: 10 Mb, Download: djvu
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