Posts Tagged ‘Fantagraphics’


Fantagraphics: The Complete Carl Barks!

January 3, 2011

It has been an exciting end of the year for this Duck fan and having just heard the news that in 2011 Fantagraphics will begin publishing the legendary Carl Barks’ complete Donald Duck library, I obviously had little choice but to share it here (this, in addition to the great news that Fantagraphics will be publishing Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse material beginning this March). I’ve been collecting Barks’ stories for years but it will be years still before I come anywhere close to completing my Barks collection so knowing that I’ll be able to pick them up in affordable, attractive volumes from Fantagraphics is the best Disney-related news I’ve heard in quite some time.

More from Fantagraphic’s Gary Groth in his interview about the initiative with Robot 6:

For those who aren’t familiar with the name, the Barks library has been one of the great missing links in a time that many have dubbed the “golden age of reprints.”  Acclaimed around the globe for his rich storytelling and characterization, as well as excellent craftsmanship, Barks has long been regarded as one of the great cartoonists of the 20th century, equal to luminaries like Charles Schulz, Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman. He’s been one of the few major American cartoonists whose work has, up till now, not been collected in a comprehensive, manner respectful of his talent (at least not in North America), however, so this announcement comes as extremely good news for any who read and love good comics, let alone are familiar with Barks’ work.

Fantagraphics is always looking for ways to help spread the word and I’m happy to help where my little corner of the web is concerned. Please enjoy the full interview at the site for more about the price point, release schedule, format, stories etc.

Check back here for more in the coming weeks, and keep an eye peeled at stores for the first volume this fall!


What’s Next for Usagi…

September 22, 2010

It appears that the rest of the year will be a busy one for Usagi Yojimbo as well as his creator, Stan Sakai.

First up, in October we’ll finally see the release of Fantagraphics 2-volume hardcover limited edition release Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition. As noted, it is a limited edition run so don’t hesitate too much about your decision to own it, because I don’t reckon it will last long. Following that we’ve got the “Taiko” (Japanese drums) storyline, “Toad Oil,” a one-shot story featuring the Lord of the Owls and more.

Additional commentary on these storylines and an upcoming exhibition featuring Stan can be found in CBR’s recent interview:

Following the Lord of Owls story in January, there will be a two-part arc called ‘The Red Scorpion,’ in which ‘Usagi goes against a gang who are terrorizing the entire area.’ Sakai also noted that #141 will be the 200th issue of ‘Usagi Yojimbo,’ taking into account its runs at Fantagraphics and Mirage as well as several specials.

Next year, Sakai will be the subject of an exhibition at Los Angeles’ Japanese American National Museum. ‘ 2011 will be the Year of the Rabbit, and they want to do a retrospective of my work on ‘Usagi,’ Sakai said. ‘In conjunction with that, they’re doing a little documentary about me. They started filming at San Diego con, so they got interviews with Sergio Aragones, Scott Shaw!, Mark Evanier, Stan Lee and a whole bunch of others. It’s kind of neat. You get to hear your eulogy even before you’re dead!’

You can read the rest of the interview here. Gotta love the Fall! Family, Food, Football…and Usagi!