Fantagraphics has released its plans for book releases through August of 2005, and as might be expected, they include an eclectic mix of graphic novels, strip reprints, and historical retrospectives on comics and other graphic art forms.
April kicks off with the third volume in The Complete Peanuts series, covering 1955-1956, with an introduction by Matt Groening. Over 200,000 copies have already been sold of the first two volumes in the series.
Seeing Things is a 104-page hardcover collection of charcoal drawings by Jim Woodring (The Frank Book, Trosper), many of which were produced for a stage collaboration between Woodring and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. $22.95
The Magic Bottle is the first graphic novel by painter Camille Rose Garcia, presented in a faux-children's book format (32 pages, 10'x10' hardcover). This is the first Blab! Storybook, a series of graphic novels showcasing artists from Monte Beauchamp's Blab! anthology. $14.95.
Why Do They Kill Me is a collection of political cartoons by Tim Kreider, including the Girls of Hamas calendar, John Ashcroft imagining eating Donald Rumsfeld as their bunker crumbles around them, and much more. Ted Rall calls his work 'among the most viscerally anti-Bush work around.' A 136-page, b/w, 9' x 7-1/2' trade paperback at $14.95.
Blecky Yuckerella, by Johnny Ryan, is a collection of four-panel gag strips from the Portland Mercury, Vice magazine, and elsewhere. A 104-page, b/w, 6-1/2' x 8-1/2' trade paperback at $11.95.
Cinema Panopticum, by Thomas Ott, contains five new graphic horror novelettes in an 80-page, b/w, 6-1/4' x 10' hardcover at $13.95.
Scream Queen, by Ho Che Anderson, is a 56-page horror graphic novel in a b/w, 10' x 10' trade paperback at $12.95.
The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17 is the final volume in the series, with a new cover and intro by Crumb. 120 pages, including 16 in color, 8-1/2' x 11' trade paperback at $18.95.
Sex, Rock 'n' Roll & Optical Illusions is a career retrospective of Victor Moscoso, including his early San Francisco rock and roll posters, his underground comics work, and his solo comix work, in a 144-page, full-color, 9' x 12' shrinkwrapped hardcover at $29.95.
Der Struwwelmaakies, by Tony Millionaire, is a collection of weekly comic strips from over a dozel weekly newspapers. Designed by Chip Kidd. 96-page, b/w, 12' x 5' hardcover at $19.95.
The Three Paradoxes, by Paul Horschemeier, is a new graphic novel following up Mother, Come Home. $11.95 80-page full color 6-1/2' x 8-1/2' trade paperback with jacket.
Why Are You Doing This, by Jason, is a 48-page, full color 7' x 10' graphic novel at $12.95.
Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires, by Richard Sala, is an original graphic novel spun from the pages of his Evil Eye comic series. 80-page, b/w, 6' x 8' trade paperback at $9.95.
The Great Comics Illustrators: The Comics Journal Library Vol. 5. Edited by Tom Spurgeon, this volume covers Frank Frazetta, Burne Hograth, Mark Schultz, and Dave Stevens. 176-page with full color section, 12' x 12' trade paperback at $22.95.
Mome is a new quarterly anthology collecting stories with a regular roster of artists, including Andrice Arp, Gabrielle Bell, Marc Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Jeffrey Brown, Sophie Crumb, Sammy Harkham, David Heatley, Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, John Pahm, and Kurt Wolfgang. 136-page 7' x 9' color and b/w trade paperback at $14.95.
Life's a Bitch collects the best of Naughty Bits, by Roberta Gregory, in a 240-page b/w 6' x 9' trade paperback at $16.95.
The Pin-Up Art of Bill Wenzel is the fourth collection of his work, collecting his non-Playboy work. 220-pages, with color section, 5-3/4' x 7-3/4' trade paperback at $18.95.
We All Die Alone, by Mark Newgarden, is a career retrospective of this co-creator of the Garbage Pail Kids whose work also appeared in the first Raw Magazine. Includes both his comics a full picture of the artist. 192-page, color and b/w, 7-1/2' x 8-1/2' hardcover at $24.95.
Daydreams & Nightmares collects some of the rarest work by Winsor McCay in a 176-page, b/w, 12' x 9' trade paperback at $19.95.
The Freebooters collects work by Barry Windsor-Smith from his BWS: Storyteller series as well as previously unpublished material in a 160+-page, full-color 9' x 12' hardcover at $29.95.
Sheep of Fools, by Sue Coe and Judith Brody, is the second Blab! Storybook. 32-page 10' x 10' color hardcover at $14.95.