Best Fantagraphics Comics & Graphic Novels Books

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1. Monsters

Author: by Barry Windsor-Smith
380 pages

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35 years in the making, the most anticipated graphic novel in recent comics history!The year is 1964. Bobby Bailey doesn’t realize he is about to fulfill his tragic destiny when he walks into a US Army recruitment office to join up.

Close-mouthed, damaged, innocent, trying to forget a past and looking for a future, it turns out that Bailey is the perfect candidate for a secret U.S. Government experimental program, an unholy continuation of a genetics program that was discovered in Nazi Germany nearly 20 years earlier in the waning days of World War II.

Bailey’s only ally and protector, Sergeant McFarland, intervenes, which sets off a chain of cascading events that spin out of everyone’s control. As the titular monsters of the title multiply, becoming real and metaphorical, literal and ironic, the story reaches its emotional and moral reckoning.

Monsters is the legendary project Barry Windsor-Smith has been working on for over 35 years. A 380-page tour de force of visual storytelling, Monsters’ narrative canvas is both vast and deep: part familial drama, part political thriller, part metaphysical journey, it is an intimate portrait of individuals struggling to reclaim their lives and an epic political odyssey across two generations of American history.

2. Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge "Island in the Sky": The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 24

Author: by Carl Barks
216 pages

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In this collection of internationally acclaimed Duck comics, Uncle Scrooge has adventures in outer space and on the high seas! When Uncle Scrooge decides to seek out a safe new place to store his money, he sets his sights on an asteroid.

But the asteroid he chooses holds a secret that he wasn’t counting on! Then, the Beagle Boys construct an unstoppable mechanical behemoth to crack open Scrooge’s Money Bin and steal all his cash in “The Paul Bunyan Machine.” And, in “All at Sea,” Scrooge, Donald, and the nephews set sail on a windjammer to collect $10 million in gold – but there be pirates on the high seas!

Plus: the oddball inventions of the ever-eccentric Gyro Gearloose! Each page of these collections is meticulously restored and newly colored, with insightful story notes by an international panel of Barks experts. Full-color illustrations throughout.

3. The Complete Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Vols. 1-2 Boxed Set (The Don Rosa Library)

Author: by Don Rosa
496 pages

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In this debut, which takes the form of a fictional graphic diary, a 10-year-old girl tries to solve a murder. 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.

Full-color illustrations throughout.

5. Pogo The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Box Set: Volume 5 & 6: Out Of This World At Home and Clean as a Weasel (Walt Kelly's Pogo)

Author: by Walt Kelly
688 pages

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Presents the years 1957-1960 of the politically progressive, influential newspaper strip. This is the first time Pogo has been complete and in chronological order anywherewith all 208 Sunday strips from these four years presented in lush full color for since their original appearance in Sunday newspaper sections.

In Volume 5, the Okefenokee gang try to dig a canal to compete with the Suez. In Volume 6, Albert Alligator and Beauregard Bugleboy fend off a man-from-Mars. Black & white and color illustrations throughout

6. Prince Valiant Vol. 23: 1981-1982

Author: by Hal Foster
124 pages

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In this volume of the classic Arthurian newspaper strip, there’s death, birth, curses, quests, plots, magic and war. Renowned painter and graphic novelist George Pratt (Batman, Sandman) introduces the volume. In these full-page, gorgeously illustrated newspaper strips, Prince Valiant journeys from the upper regions of the Alps to the bowels of the Earth on an allegorical quest for humility involving the mysterious Wanderer, a curse on the kingdom, monstrous imps, and a mystical casket.

York, Lincoln, Colchester, and Londinium are sacked as Mordred leads an invasion across Britain, culminating in the siege of Camelot. Aleta’s pregnancy promises to bring a new child into the family, but the newly crowned Emperor Justinian plots to have the infant stolen at birth.

Arn begins a dangerous courtship of the huntress maiden Maeve and embarks on quests to obtain the Sacred Ring of India and to find his lost newborn brother. Full-color illustrations throughout.

7. Immortal Hulk Omnibus Volume 3, The

Author: by Ewing

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THE EISNER-AWARD NOMINATED SERIES CONTINUES!He’s cuddly.He’s lovable. He’s down with the kids. And he’s available for your corporate retreat. Yes, there was another Hulk once – the one who made all those nasty threats about ending the world.But who needs him?

The Living Hulk is here – you might know him as Xemnu. And he’s going to save us all, or your money back! But who will triumph when Xemnu battles Robert Bruce Banner, the strangest man of all time?! Plus: As events grow ever stranger, the Thoughtful Man arrives – and his dreadful thoughts are vast and dark enough to swallow even the Devil.

And when the war with the Minotaur finally ends, a grateful humanity will know who saved them all. Can there be a happy ending for the Immortal Hulk? Collecting Immortal Hulk #31-40, Immortal Hulk #0, Immortal She-Hulk #1

8. Chartwell Manor

Author: by Glenn Head
244 pages

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Veteran alternative cartoonist Glenn Head’s harrowing graphic memoir is about years of sexual and emotional abuse suffered at a boarding school during his adolescence, and the resultant trauma that took him almost 50 years to process before being able to tell his story publicly.

No one asks for the childhood they get, and no child ever deserved to go to Chartwell Manor. For Glenn Head, his two years spent at the now-defunct Mendham, NJ, boarding school run by a serial sexual and emotional abuser of young boys in the early 1970s left emotional scars in ways that he continues to process.

This graphic memoir a book almost 50 years in the making tells the story of that experience, and then delves with even greater detail into the reverberations of that experience in adulthood, including addiction and other self-destructive behavior. Head tells his story with unsparing honesty, depicting himself as a deeply flawed human struggling to make sense of the childhood he was given.

9. Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life

Author: by Ellen Forney
200 pages

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In the follow up to her acclaimed Marbles, Forney writes and draws a guide for people with mood disorders. Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life is the eagerly awaited sequel/companion book to Forney’s 2012 best-selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me.

Whereas Marbles was a memoir about her bipolar disorder, Rock Steady turns the focus outward, offering a self-help guide of tips, tricks and tools by someone who has been through it all and come through stronger for it. Black & white illustrations throughout.

10. Megahex

Author: by Simon Hanselmann
200 pages

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This is a stoner-comedy webcomic collection; it’s about a witch, her cat and an owl. Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones.

This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann’s GirlMountain tumblr.

This is the first collection of Hanselmann’s work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of 2014, featuring all of the classic Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

Full color illustrations throughout

11. The Complete Peanuts 1950-2000 Comics & Stories

Author: by Charles M. Schulz
344 pages

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The final volume of this game-changing series collects Peanuts rarities and other Schulz-created ephemera, much of which has never before been reprinted. This book collects all of Schulz’s rare, non-strip Peanuts art: storybooks, comic book stories, single-panel gags, advertising art, book illustrations, photographseven a recipe!

With close to 1000 Peanuts images included, all created by Schulz himself, no true Peanuts library would be complete without this final volume. As a fitting end to The Complete Peanuts series, Jean Schulz, who was instrumental in putting this beloved series together, provides an emotional introduction to the volume.

Black & white illustrations throughout.

12. Ghost World

Author: by Daniel Clowes
80 pages

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1998 Ignatz Award Winner, Outstanding Graphic Novel: The inspiration for the feature film and one of the most acclaimed graphic novels ever. Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel.

Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author’s name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart.

Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation, and Ghost World is his magnum opus. Adapted into a major motion picture directed by Terry Zwigoff (director of the acclaimed documentary Crumb), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

This graphic novel is a must for any self-respecting comics fan’s library. Two-color comics throughout

13. Cons De Fee: The Erotic Art Of Wallace Wood

Author: by Wallace Wood
200 pages

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Fantagraphics has painstakingly assembled the most complete collection of Wood’s erotica. This book collects his early gag cartoons for men’s magazines; his wicked takes on Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz; and his slyly sexy fairy tales The Frog Prince,Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel plus his raunchy version of Snow White.

Wood, who garnered international fame as a premier parodist for Mad, also takes aim at comic-book and -strips icons in such stories as Prince Violate, Stuporman Meets Blunder Woman, Flasher Gordon, Starzan, and even his own character, Sally Forth. Wood’s cartoon commentaries on sex and society are included, such as The Sexual Revolution and Brave Nude World.

Other rarities include The Marquis de Sade Coloring Book, Dragonella, and the complete run of all of his covers for the infamous Screw magazine. Black & white illustrations with some color.

14. The Book of Mr. Natural

Author: by R. Crumb
112 pages

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A Crumb classic featuring his signature creation, available in hardcover for the first time! This collection features over 120 pages of vintage Crumb comics starring the white-bearded, diminutive sage-cum-charlatan, ranging from charming, free-wheeling early ’70s stories to the disturbing, controversial ’90s stories (as seen in the Crumb movie), including the entire 40-page Mr. Natural and Devil Girl epic.

Crumb’s Mr. Natural is probably the most famous underground character of all (topping even Fritz the Cat and the Freak Brothers), recognizable even to civilians. Don’t miss this opportunity to snatch up this jam-packed collection of comics from one of the all-time masters!

112 pages of black-and-white comics

15. Palestine

Author: by Joe Sacco
288 pages

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A landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, this is a major work of political and historical nonfiction.

Prior to Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995Joe Sacco’s breakthrough novel of graphic journalismthe acclaimed author was best known for Palestine, a two-volume graphic novel that won an American Book Award in 1996. Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present the first single-volume collection of this landmark of journalism and the art form of comics.

Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical nonfiction by Sacco, whose name has since become synonymous with this graphic form of New Journalism.

Like Safe Area Gorazde, Palestine has been favorably compared to Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus for its ability to brilliantly navigate such socially and politically sensitive subject matter within the confines of the comic book medium. Sacco has often been called the first comic book journalist, and he is certainly the best.