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By Leroy Douresseaux
Apr 22, 2006 - 13:46



by Roger & Andrew Langridge
160-page B&W softcover • $16.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-796-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-796-4
In the late 1980s, long before his work on the Eisner and Harvey-nominated Fred the Clown, Roger Langridge worked with his brother Andrew on a comic called Art d'Ecco. At the core of Art d'Ecco is the dysfunctional relationship between Art and his idiot sidekick (and embryonic Fred the Clown prototype), the Gump. They are in fact a classic double-act, Art's offhanded sadism and the Gump's cheerful obliviousness bringing to mind Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, or even Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie. Added to the mix is the surreal and manic presence of Art's negative twin, Art Nouveau, dragging an air of bewildering unpredictability in his wake.

The stories casually use issues such as censorship, religious fundamentalism and even Marxist theories of capitalism as a skeleton around which to build a relentless series of verbal and visual gags, laced liberally with postmodernist winks and nudges. The overall effect is something like a rollercoaster ride with an Oxford Don after a particularly good cocktail party. Also in this volume is a selection of newly produced material, marking Andrew Langridge's first new comics work in over a decade, and some rarely-seen early stories never before published in the USA.


FRED THE CLOWN by Roger Langridge (2nd PRINTING!)
192-page 6” x 8 1/4” B&W graphic novel • $16.95; Higher in Canada • ISBN 1-56097-610-1
The signature creation of New Zealand cartoonist Roger Langridge, Fred the Clown, is the thinking man’s idiot. Fred the Clown’s misadventures are a curious balance of bleakness and joyful absurdism; the universe may dump on Fred from a great height, but he never gives up. Underlying it all is Langridge’s own meticulous brush style. Widely acclaimed as an absurd work of genius, Fred the Clown, sold out of its first print run almost immediately. We are happy to offer a second printing for all to enjoy.


BEASTS! edited by Jacob Covey
200-page full-color 8” x 8” Hardcover • $28.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-768-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-768-1
Beasts is a classic mythological menagerie, comprised only of creatures that were thought at one time to actually exist, depicted by about a hundred of the most acclaimed artists and cartoonists coming from the most avant-garde ambits of the art world. The Beasts project has fired the imaginations of luminaries such as Craig Thompson, Souther Salazar, Jeff Soto, Glenn Barr, Dave Cooper, Tim Biskup, Seonna Hong, Jeremy Fish and Jay Ryan, who will present never-before-seen art completely original to this book, superbly laid out in breathtaking, full-color two-page spreads.

Beasts collects many of the best visual artists from the worlds of comics, skateboarding, rock graphics, science-fiction, children's books, commercial and fine art. The book is conceived and designed by Jacob Covey, lead art director for Fantagraphics (Dennis the Menace, Billy Hazelnuts, Hanging Out With the Dream King, etc.) and a well-regarded designer and artist in his own right in the Northwest rock and arts community. Other contributors include: Anders Nilsen, Art Chantry, Brian Chippendale, Brian Ralph, Bwana Spoons, Colleen Coover, Jason Miles, Jesse LeDoux, Johnny Ryan, Jordan Crane, Keith Shore, Kevin Scalzo, Marc Bell, Martin Cendreda, Mat Brinkman, R. Kikuo Johnson, Richard Sala, Sammy Harkham, Stan Sakai, S. Britt, Steven Weissman, Ted Jouflas, Tom Gauld and many more


124-page color and B&W 12” x 12” softcover • $19.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-755-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-755-1
The seventh volume in this distinguished series focuses entirely on one of comics’ most esteemed and influential creators: artist, writer and, editor Harvey Kurtzman, whose complete Comics Journal interviews are collected in this oversized, lavishly illustrated full-color edition. Every stage of Kurtzman’s landmark career is represented, beginning with his entry into comics via superhero stories for Ace from 1943-46 (Mr. Risk, Lash Lightning), World War II-era Army cartoons, early humor work for Timely and Toby Press (Rusty, Pig Tales, Genius, and Hey Look!), his first collaborations with John Severin and Will Elder at Prize Comics Western, and, of course, his groundbreaking period at EC as editor of Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat and Mad. Kurtzman’s undeservedly lesser known post-Mad career at Trump, Humbug, and Help! is also given its due and examined in depth.

What makes this volume particularly noteworthy is the obscurities unearthed from Kurtzman’s solo freelance career from Children’s Digest, Pageant, U.S. Crime, Varsity and Why most of which haven’t been seen since their original publication. All of which illustrate the most informative and compelling interviews with Kurtzman ever published.


220-page full-color 8 1/2” x 11” Hardcover • $39.95; more in Canada • ISBN 1-56097-727-2
For over 45 years, Eldon Dedini has been one of Playboy’s most recognizable full-page gag cartoonists. With a masterful watercolor technique that burlesques a broad range of subjects from East and West Coast urban and suburban adult-hipster to classical Japanese erotic prints Dedini’s most personal cartoons rely on mythology and legend, evoking a bucolic sexually liberated paradise that leaves its reader lingering over the imagery long after the gag registers. The Art of Playboy’s Eldon Dedini is the first retrospective collection of his work and gathers in one volume the most sophisticated, elegant and funny gag panels of the past six decades.


HWY. 115 by Matthias Lehmann
240 pages, black-and-white, 6 1/2” x 8 3/4” Hardcover • $19.95; more in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-733-7 ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-733-9
A road movie featuring two detectives, René and Agatha, on the tracks of Robert Illot, aka “The Heimlich Killer,” a serial killer whose modus operandi is to suffocate his victim with various objects (including chickens and lightbulbs) along the highways and byways of France. As they get closer and closer to catching up with him, seeking out and interrogating men and women from his past life at the insane asylum, he always stays one step ahead and the row of corpses grows longer and longer… In this lengthy original graphic novel by Matthias Lehmann (his first, released to great acclaim in his native France earlier this year), dreams and flashbacks converge with the ongoing narrative, done in Lehmann’s hypnotically intense and insanely labor-intensive woodcut style to form a dark and disquieting vision of humanity.


LUBA: THREE DAUGHTERS by Gilbert Hernandez
136-page B&W 7 1/2” x 11” paperback • $16.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-769-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-769-8
Luba: Three Daughters is the final book in Gilbert Hernandez’s post-Palomar trilogy (following Luba In America and Luba: The Book of Ofelia), a body of work comparable in comics only to Hernandez’s own Palomar in terms of scope and ambition. It continues the story of matriarch Luba and her extended family’s travails in the United States after her Central American hometown is destroyed at the end of the Palomar. Luba: Three Daughters focuses on Luba and her two sisters, Fritz and Petra, as Hernandez continues to use his characters to explore the complex relationships that form between family and how the experiences and actions of one generation influence the next.

Hernandez is renowned for his female characters. Hernandez intersperses his main narrative with “The Kid Stuff Kids,” a series of lighthearted and playful one-pagers starring the young children of the three sisters, richly juxtaposed against the complex family drama at work in Three Daughters. Hernandez’s mix of Latino soap opera, magic realist touches and rich naturalism in the service of stories that speak to the changes that come with age and experience are unparalleled in comics, and feature the most vivid, memorable and honestly depicted characters in comics.


MOVING ON: How One Damned Thing Led to Another By Ed Sorel
180-page color and B&W 8” x 10” hardcover • $24.95; more in Canada • ISBN 1-56097-749-3
For the first time in a career that has spanned half a century, one of America’s favorite satiric artists has gathered his favorite magazine covers, theater posters, illustrations, and caricatures into a single volume. Sorel has caricatured pundits and politicians in the pages of The Nation, Ramparts, Time, Time, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, amused readers of the New Yorker with over forty-five covers and dozens of pictorial essays, and has written and illustrated several prize-winning children’s books. His political targets have ranged from J. Edgar Hoover to Cardinal Spellman to the Amercian presidency.

The best from all of these undertakings are in Moving On, together with biographical material that includes amusing anecdotes about Milton Glaser, Clay Felker, Tina Brown, Graydon Carter, George Lois, Victor Navasky, and other figures in publishing. Moving On will be of particular interest to students planning to become cartoonists or illustrators. Sorel tells of his own experiences in trying to get his ideas published, and shows the process by which does his drawings — from the first rough idea to the finished illustration many sketches later. Many of the pictures in this book will be part of a Sorel retrospective exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York in 2007.


by Lyonel Feininger; Edited by Bill Blackbeard
56-page full-color paperback • 10 1/4" x 13" • $16.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-820-1•
ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-820-6
Out of print for a decade, this new edition (with newly designed covers) of The Comic Strip Art of Lyonel Feininger features one of the ten cartooning greats featured in the historic "Masters of American Comics" show produced by the Los Angeles Hammer Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art and currently traveling across the country. It is the only complete collection of the legendary work of one of the medium's all-time greatest artists.

Known worldwide for his accomplishments as a painter, Feininger began his career as a cartoonist, producing — all too briefly — two beautifully ambitious comic strips for the Chicago Sunday Tribune in 1906: The Kin-Der-Kids and Wee Willie Winkie's World, both of which remain high points in the history of strip cartooning. The Kin-Der-Kids is a rollicking comic opera of the ludicrous exploits of a group of young adventurers as they set off around the world in their bathtub with the oppressive Auntie Jim-Jam in hot pursuit. Wee Willie Winkie's World is a Little Nemo-esque visual tour-de-force of a little boy's charming fantasy world. Long considered an equal of Winsor McCay and George Herriman, Feininger's place in strip history is cemented with this beautiful, full-color, oversized collection, edited and featuring an introduction by historian Bill Blackbeard (Krazy & Ignatz).


INTERIORAE vol. 2 by Gabriella Giandelli [IGNATZ]
32-page B&W saddle stitched 8 1/2” x 11", with jacket • $7.95; $12.75 in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-821-x ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-821-3
There’s few days left until Christmas. The characters from the apartment complex introduced in the first issue continue to casually cross and meet, as the ghostly rabbit follows and observes them, reporting back to his shadowy master in the basement. Chiara goes to work and Marco spies on her with his binoculars. Nico plays at home, while his mother, Giulia, chats and smokes with her friends. Lorenzo steals his mother’s earrings to buy some dope and get high. The children of the ghost family play in the garden. Meanwhile Angela, the old woman, is excited at her new project: She sends Irina to the library to pick up some book about hallucinatory mushrooms and pejote. She repeatedly phones her nephew, a research worker living and working in the USA. She’s has plans involving the rabbit and his master. Is it possible to somehow guide the hallucinations?...


DELPHINE #1. by Richard Sala [IGNATZ]
32-page B&W saddle stitched 8 1/2” x 11", with jacket • $7.95; $12.75 in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-822-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-822-0
A mysterious traveler gets off the train in a small village surrounded by a thick sinister forest. He is searching for Delphine who vanished with only a scrawled out address on a scrap of paper as a trace. In his newest mystery Richard Sala takes the tale of Snow White and stands it on its head retelling it from Prince Charming’s perspective (the unnamed traveler). This twisted tale includes all the elements of terror from the original fairy tale with none of the insipid saccharine coating of the Disney animated adaptation. Be sure not to miss the first volume of what promises to be Sala’s best work.


NEW TALES OF OLD PALOMAR #1 by Gilbert Hernandez [IGNATZ]
32-page B&W saddle stitched 8 1/2” x 11", with jacket • $7.95; $12.75 in Canada
ISBN-10: 1-56097-823-6 ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-823-7
New Tales of Old Palomar returns us to where the first Heartbreak Soup story left off. All three issues will deal with the classic characters of Palomar like Pipo, her sister Carmen, sheriff Chelo, and the gang of boys who help start it all: studious Heraclio, tall and fey Israel, disfigured but good natured Vicente, and always horny Jesus and Satch. In book one, “Children of Palomar,” there are mysterious thieves stealing food from wherever they can grab it the quickest, then they're off like lightning. Sheriff Chelo and some citizens do their best to solve this mystery, but nobody seems to be able to catch these bandits in action until Pipo puts her soccer-trained legs to work and goes after them herself. We are reintroduced to the classic style of the Palomar stories where everybody in town helps one another. That is, except for a person or two that decide to ignore that tradition.



LOVE & ROCKETS VOL. II #17 by Los Bros Hernandez
32-page B&W cardstock covers • $4.50; $7.20 in Canada • MATURE READERS • Ronald’s
Another outstanding issue of one of the most celebrated comics series ever! This time around, Jaime provides the concluding chapter of “Day by Day with Hopey,” titled "Monday Ain't Just One Day": it's the first day of school for Hopey and the kids. Will she flunk like a skunk or soar to new heights? Be there or you'll be tardy and the principal will tan your hide. Gilbert in turn continues his prolific tradition with three stories: cult film star Fritz faces her father over a question of child abuse; Fritz's motivational speaker ex-husband Mark Herrera is invited to a mysterious exclusive club which may resurrect his fallen career; and in “Julio's Day,” young Julio Juan discovers life in his new home isn't what you'd call comforting. We're counting down to issue 20 which will conclude the “Julio's Day” saga. Viva Los Bros!


200-page (48 pages in full color, 152 b&w) squarebound • $9.95; more in Canada
UPC 7-25274-74114-5-6
The Journal interviews two prominent DC writers: First, Dirk Deppey sounds out the Eisner-award-winning indy writer/artist Bill Willingham, whose Fables series has been embraced by both critics and fans! Then, in the second part of an interview too enormous to fit in one issue, Mike Catron gets the inside gossip on Silver Age DC from the prolific Bob Haney, creator of the Teen Titans and Metamorpho! Plus! Rare 1940s comics by "Little Brown Jug" animator Orestes Calpini. Plus! Preeminent comics critic and historian Jeet Heer on the cartooning sensibilities of 20th-century renaissance man Guy Davenport.

THE FREEBOOTERS by Barry Windsor-Smith (reoffer)
184 pages, full-color, 9” x 12” hardcover • $29.95; more in Canada • ISBN 1-56097-662-4
The Freebooters is a lively, character-driven graphic narrative set in a fantastic, ancient milieu that superficially bears resemblance to a world that will be familiar to longtime Windsor-Smith fans who remember his work on another famous warrior. This volume collects the entirety of Windsor-Smith’s “The Freebooters” stories from the acclaimed BWS: Storyteller comic book series from the early 1990s, including a full-length chapter from the unpublished tenth issue, plus more than 50 pages of new story. A ripping good yarn!

96-page hardcover • $18.95; more in Canada • ISBN 1-56097-540-7 • MATURE READERS
This collection of Jaime’s famed “Maggie” stories contains the strangest left-turn in Maggie’s life she’s getting divorced. What? You didn’t even know she was married? Neither did anyone else.

ZOOT SUITE by Roger and Andrew Langridge (REOFFER)
96-page B&W paperback • $9.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-295-5
The famous mathematical principle known as Zeno’s Paradox (no two objects can ever come in contact with one another because the space between the two can be infinitely halved) is brilliantly illustrated by Roger and Andrew Langridge. Plus a perpetually-postponed performance of “Waiting for Godot” and more intellectually stimulating hijinks and hi-brow guffaws.

“A BLAB! Storybook” Edited & Designed by Monte Beauchamp (REOFFER)
32-page full-color 10” x 10” hardcover • $14.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-702-7
A visually stunning reinterpretation of the fairy tale classic! Originally written in 1845 by German physician Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894), 'Der Struwwelpeter' reads like a fairy tale breaking loose from a doomed rollercoaster, crashing through a rusty calliope, and finally splashing into the miasmic ooze of Hell -but somehow still managing to float.

64-page B&W /color 7 3/4" x 7 3/4" paperback • $9.95; more in Canada • ISBN-10: 1-56097-703-5
Beasts and Priests collects for the first time more than ten years' worth of pointillist portraiture of the world's most legendary scene-makers as rendered by HATE collaborator and Glam Warp creator Jim Blanchard. Portrait subjects include: Duke Ellington, Redd Foxx, Frances Farmer, Patti Page, Shane MacGowan, Lemmy Kilmister, Ron Jeremy, Marcel Proust, Frank Sinatra, Nell Carter, Dean Martin and so many, many more.

SHEEP OF FOOLS: A BLAB! Storybook by Sue Coe & Judith Brody (REOFFER)
32 pages, full-color, 10” x 10” hardcover • $14.95; more in Canada • ISBN 10: 1-56097-660-8
Sheep Of Fools describes the desperate and cruel economic phenomenon of “live transport” (sheep being transported across oceans to be slaughtered), illustrated by Sue Coe’s powerful images. Coe’s true ‘yarn’ harkens back to the beginning of the Wool Mart through which the British refined their Parliamentary system, its rules, and dispersal of power. Hailed by PETA, Coe is regarded as one of the best and most scathing political artists of her time, and Sheep of Fools is a perfect example of why.



CAPT. HARDON by Dan Collins
128 page FULL-COLOR graphic album • $16.95; $25.45 in Canada • Rated XXX
ISBN-10: 1-56097-824-4 ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-824-4
Hey! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! What’s that he’s got in his pants? It’s Capt. Hardon! Straight from Hustler magazine comes creator Dan Collins’ Kirbyesque full-color masterpiece. When mild mannered Miles Long, dedicated gynecologist, is exposed to a radioactive pussy fart, he becomes Capt. Hardon, champion of the sexually repressed. Battling the guilt mongers who rob us of our identities and bend our libidos to their will. He fights for Truth, Justice, and a little pussy when he can get it. A hilarious sexual parody done in the vintage art style of comics king, Jack Kirby. Look out world! Capt. Hardon is here! Did we say it is in full-color?

TEENS AT PLAY: Like Mother, Like Daughter by Rebecca
48 page graphic album • $9.95; $14.95 • Rated XXX
ISBN-10: 1-56097-825-2 ISBN-13: 978-1-56097-825-1
Teens at Play are back in their very own graphic album. Suburban housewife Rebecca serves up another heaping helping of luscious pencil drawings in only the way she can do it. This time around the teens are being influenced by mom in their lust for the perfect orgasm. Teens in love, teens in lust, and teens in distress. Sometimes mom is shocked at the teens behavior and other time mom is a part of the action. Hot moms and hot teens hard at it and all packaged in a beautiful volume of exquisite drawings from Rebecca.

24 page black & white comic book • $3.95; $5.95 in Canada • Rated XXX
Back for another issue of Wes Crum’s smash hit comic book. With a title like this how could it not be? More anal sex stories with those handsome evil one-track-mind green guys from Uranus, who just want to get their long green shafts up the rear ends of beautiful, sexy earth women. These girls may not like it at first but once they try green, they become a juiced-up sex-machine. If you’re looking for sexy, zany outer space lust, Wes Crum is the best.

REAR ENTRY # 13 by Dezi X
24 page black & white comic book • $3.95; $5.95 in Canada • Rated XXX
Lucy Luvbottom is here! A new anal sex star has arrived. In this issue: while shopping in the grocery store Lucy begins to compare her own ass to the nice firm melons in the produce section and so does the grocery store clerk as he helps himself to the NEW produce in the market. Also, Lucy takes primping in the mirror to new heights when she just has to stop for a minute and admire her beautifully smooth sweet ass. More back door action than you could ever want.


Two 24-page B&W comic books • $6.00; $8.40 in Canada • Rated XXX
From the pages of Blowjob and Rear Entry come this fine piece of erotica by weird phenomenon illustrator, Wes Crum. Savage aliens from Uranus want just one thing from meek earthlings lots of anal sex! The first two issues of this crazy sci-fi series at a SPECIAL PACK PRICE!

Almost sold out! This is your last chance to pick these mangerotic volumes! Ever! Each volume binds, under a sharp new cover, a run of classic MangErotica titles best of all, they’re priced so that these books cost LESS than the original run (it’s like getting two of the six issues for free!). Gotta get ‘em all!

140-page graphic album • $12.95; $19.45 in Canada • Rated XXX
Everybody knows that in the fairy kingdom licking the nectar from a fairie’s pussy will make any animal, no matter how sick, healthy again. In this volume Pamila and Pfil are called to a house in the woods by the mice who live there to save an old dying cat. The prescription? Lots of sweet fairy nectar needs to be made to make enough to heal a cat. This graphic album binds issues 7, 8, 9, 10, &12 of the original series, with the original color covers, into one volume.

SEX PHILES VOL. 2 (MEGAMANGA #7) by Benkyo Tamaoki (reoffer)
256 page graphic album • $15.95; $23.95 in Canada • Rated XXX
Each volume will bind, under a sharp new cover, a run of classic MangErotica titles and best of all, they’re priced so that these books cost LESS than the original run (it’s like getting two of the six issues for free!). Here we are offering Volume 2 of Sex Philes, from the pen of Benkyo Tamaoki (voted one of Japan’s top ten erotic comics artists).

THE BEST OF SEXHIBITION (MEGAMANGA #16) by Gari Suehiro (reoffer)
196page graphic album • $16.95; $25.45 in Canada • ISBN 1-56097-638-1 • Rated XXX
Issues #1, 2, and 4-8 of the original comic book series are bound into one volume to bring five full-length stories of lust, passion and sexual domination. Dominant fathers, sexual arts training, tennis and more all in one volume!

WINGDING ORGY (MEGMANGA #20) by Toshiki Yui (reoffer)
204 page graphic album • $19.95; $29.95 in Canada • Rated XXX • ISBN 1-56097-677-2
All five issues of the Wingding Orgy book series bound into one volume. When Keisuke wants to have sex with his girlfriend, he fantasizes so hard that a beautiful succubus appears in mid-air and forces Kesuke into sex. Things get even weirder when the succubus splits into two one good, one evil and gives Keisuke a hot sex “going over” the likes nobody has ever seen.

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