Fantagraphics has just released their Fall 2022 catalogue, and the highlight of their fall lineup is the 40th anniversary boxed set of the Hernandez Brothers’ Love and Rockets.
While the series has been collected into trades before, this boxed set comprises facsimile editions of the first 50 individual comics, complete with covers, ads, and letters pages. The single issues take up seven volumes, and an eighth volume is filled with critical essays, including scholar Marc Sobel’s analysis of each of the 50 issues. The boxed set will go on sale in October with an MSRP of $400.
Here's a look at the rest of the Fall 2022 lineup, starting with original graphic novels:
Francis Rothbart! The Tale of a Fastidious Feral,
by Thomas Woodruff, draws on Renaissance paintings, animation art, and other inspirations to tell the story of the strange life and death of a feral child. The allegorical tale is told mostly in verse and through Woodruff’s paintings and drawings, which are rich in details and allusions. The 300-page, full-color hardcover will be released in September with an MSRP of $75.00.
Slash Them All,
by Antoine Maillard, is an homage to 1980s horror films that’s set in a beach community being terrorized by a serial killer. This is the French cartoonist’s first graphic novel. The 152-page, full-color hardcover is scheduled for September and will have an MSRP of $29.99.
Who Will Make the Pancakes: Five Stories,
by Megan Kelso, collects five tales loosely related by the theme of motherhood but going down very different paths, all illustrated in Kelso’s signature clear yet cartoony style. The 200-page hardcover will be published in October with an MSRP of $29.99. In December, Fantagraphics will reissue Kelso’s 2010 Artichoke Tales
in a new paperback edition with an MSRP of $22.99.
Men I Trust,
by Tommi Parrish, chronicles the deepening relationship between a single mom in her 30s and a rootless woman in her 20s; the 208-page, full-color hardcover will be released in November with an MSRP of $34.99. Parrish’s first graphic novel, The Lie and How We Told It,
won a Lambda Literary Award for best LGBTQ graphic novel in 2019.
by Jason, is a collection of short stories by the deadpan Norwegian cartoonist, scheduled for November; the 256-page hardcover will have an MSRP of $29.99.
The Reddest Rose: Romantic Love from the Ancient Greeks to Reality TV,
by Liv Stromquist, looks at the history of the force that makes the world go round from different perspectives in a series of humorous comics essays. The 184-page black and white paperback will go on sale in December with an MSRP of $24.99.
by Ho Che Anderson, brings to a close Anderson’s futuristic thriller about a chaotic attempt to destroy a facility containing a God machine. The 172-page paperback is scheduled for December release with an MSRP of $24.99.
Walt Disney Donald Duck: Donald’s Happiest Adventures,
by Lewis Trondheim and Nicolas Keramidas, is a brand-new story (presented as a lost story from the 1960s) in which Donald’s Uncle Scrooge dispatches him on a search for true happiness. The 48-page, full-color hardcover volume will be published in December with an MSRP of $16.99.
Fantagraphics’ archival collections have been nominated for several Eisner Awards (see “The 2022 Eisner Awards Nominees”), and they have a number of new volumes due out in late 2022, including:
- Home to Stay! The Complete Ray Bradbury EC Stories, a collection of every Bradbury story adapted by EC Comics, both authorized and unauthorized, in a 240-page, black and white hardcover volume due out in October with an MSRP of $75.00;
- Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: The Diamond Jubilee Collection, an oversized (10” x 13”), 384-page, full-color hardcover collection of Scrooge McDuck stories by his creator, Carl Barks, celebrating the character’s 75th anniversary; the book will be released in November with an MSRP of $100.00.
- Walt Disney Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: Bear Mountain Tales, by Carl Barks, Don Rosa, Daniel Branca, and Giorgio Cavazzano, a standalone collection of stories from the 75-year history of Scrooge McDuck; the 260-page, full-color hardcover is set for October release with an MSRP of $35.00;
- Walt Disney’s Donald Duck “Duck Luck”: The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 27, a 200-page hardcover slated for September release with an MSRP of $35.00;
- Disney Masters Collectors Box Sets, #7 (Vols. 13 & 14) and #8 (Vols. 15 & 16), slipcased collections of previously released volumes;
- The George Herriman Library: Krazy & Ignatz 1925-1927 a collection of George Herriman’s Sunday comics in a generously sized (11.4” x 13.8”), 228-page, black and white hardcover volume, set for December release, with an MSRP of $49.99;
- Popeye, Vol. 2: Wimpy & His Hamburgers, the second collection of E.C. Segar’s classic Sunday Popeye comics, this one putting the spotlight on the incorrigible Wimpy; the 104-page, full-color volume is due out in November with an MSRP of $24.99;
- Peanuts Every Sunday: 1996-2000, a 264-page, full-color hardcover collection of the last five years of Charles Schultz’s Sunday comics, set for November release with an MSRP of $49.99;
- Prince Valiant, Vol. 26: 1987-1988, the latest hardcover collection of Hal Foster’s long-running newspaper comic, reaches the strip’s 50th anniversary with the story of Prince Valiant’s son’s wedding. The 112-page, full-color hardcover will go on sale in December with an MSRP of $39.99.
Finally, Fantagraphics has some art and history books slated for the fall, including
See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture,
by Mathew Klickstein, is a full-color history of Comic-Con International, with forewords by Stan Sakai and Jeff Smith; the 480-page paperback will be released in September with an MSRP of $39.99.
Sun Ra: Art on Saturn: The Album Cover Art of Sun Ra’s Saturn Label
is a comprehensive collection edited by Irwin Chusid and Chris Reisman and published in a square-format, 240-page, full-color hardcover volume with an October release date and an MSRP of $75.00.
Maverix and Lunatix: Icons of Underground Comix
is Drew Friedman’s latest collection of carefully rendered caricatures of artists, this time focusing on the underground comix movement; the book includes 101 full-page portraits of Gilbert Shelton, Bill Griffith, Trina Robbins, and other creators, each accompanied by a short bio. The 216-page, full-color hardcover will be published in October with an MSRP of $34.99.
Ernie in Kovacsland: Writings, Drawings, and Photographs from Television’s Original Genius,
by Josh Mills, Ben Model, and Pat Thomas, chronicles the comedian’s life and work in words and pictures, including sketches, photos, excerpts from Kovacs’ scripts and other writings, and the drawings he did on live TV; the 192-page paperback will be published in November with an MSRP of $29.99.