Fantagraphics in 2021

Another year is coming to an end and what a year it has been! Shipping delays, paper shortages, blocked canals, a long-lasting global pandemic, the list goes on. But Fantagraphics, dear reader, persevered and delivered a full year of fantastic graphic novels! The highlight of 2021 was the release of Monsters by the legendary Barry Windsor-Smith. Nearly 40 years in the making, Monsters exceeded everyone’s expectations and was heralded by NPR as “a harrowing tale that…explore wide-ranging questions about the nature of humanity and the scope of individual responsibility.” Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit was the first graphic novel to make…

Fantagraphics Acquires Publishing Rights to Keeping Two by Jordan Crane

SEATTLE, WA—August 27, 2021: Fantagraphics is proud to announce the acquisition of the worldwide publishing rights to Keeping Two by the acclaimed cartoonist, printmaker, and designer Jordan Crane, with a publication date of March 20, 2022. Over twenty years in the making, Keeping Two follows a young couple still relatively new at building what they hope will be a lifetime together, over the course of a day. Through a series of events, they are forced to individually confront loss, grief, fear, and insecurity in ways that will either strengthen their bond or tear it apart. Touching, raw, and beautifully illustrated, Crane has crafted a…

Beloved Cartoonist Jason Mixes Fact and Fiction in His Latest Graphic Novel GOOD NIGHT, HEM Starring Ernest Hemingway

Fantagraphics Will Publish The Three Interconnecting Short Stories This Fall SEATTLE, WA (August 26) Three interconnecting short stories starring Ernest Hemingway comprise the latest graphic novel by the beloved Norwegian cartoonist, Jason, out this fall from Fantagraphics. Mixing fact and fiction, Jason has imaginatively recreated one of America’s greatest and most controversial writers of the 20th century in the playful and thoughtful GOOD NIGHT, HEM. Paris, 1925. Our story begins when Hemingway meets Athos, the last Musketeer, who, together with several more friends of Hemingway, travel to Spain’s Pamplona for the fiesta. Festivities and complications ensue. Paris, 1944. The second…

Award-Winning Cartoonist Bastian Vivès’ THE BUTCHERY is a Poetic Exploration of a Romance Gone Awry

Out This August from Fantagraphics (August 19) This August, Fantagraphics will publish THE BUTCHERY, a poetic graphic novel by award-winning French cartoonist Bastien Vivès which explores the emotional bloodbath of a romance gone awry. A young man and woman fall for each other, and all is sweetness and light. But when their relationship crumbles, they each must endure the ensuing emotional fallout. Starting from this ostensibly simple premise, Bastien Vivès crafts an affecting narrative about the mercurial and tempestuous nature of romance and why we pursue it anyway. THE BUTCHERY is composed of the little moments that make and break…

Simon Hanselmann’s Hilarious Eisner Award-Winning Pandemic Webcomic CRISIS ZONE To Be Published by Fantagraphics in August

The Unabridged and Uncensored Publication Includes 500 Additional Panels and Extensive “Director’s Commentary” from Hanselmann (August 4, 2021) In March 2020, as the planet began to enter lockdown, acclaimed cartoonist Simon Hanselmann decided that what the world needed most was free, easily accessible entertainment — so he set out to make the greatest webcomic ever created! The result is also certain to be one of the most acclaimed and eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2021: CRISIS ZONE, coming from Fantagraphics this August. Set in the colorful NSFW world of the bestselling Megg, Mogg and Owl series, CRISIS ZONE was born…

Fantagraphics to Collect Legendary Underground Comix THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS Ahead of Their New Animated Series

The Freak Brothers Find a New Home at Fantagraphics Ahead of The Animated Series Starring Woody Harrelson, Pete Davidson, John Goodman, and Tiffany Haddish SEATTLE, WA, (August 2, 2021) The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers are the most iconic and enduring underground comix characters ever created, having sold over 45 million comics in 16 languages. Fantagraphics is proud to announce that it is collecting all their drug-addled adventures in a new series of four volumes under the series title The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Follies with the first volume being The Idiots Abroad and Other Follies. The Freak Brothers will also find a new…

Fantagraphics to Publish Queen of the Ring: Wrestling Drawings by Jaime Hernandez (1980–2020)

Featuring 125 Never-Before-Seen Illustrations of Pin-ups, Action Shots, and Fake Wrestling Magazine Covers SEATTLE, WA (July 29, 2021) For the past four decades, Jaime Hernandez has been creating some of the most beloved graphic novels of all time. He’s been honored as a member of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, and he’s received the prestigious PEN Award, an L.A. Times Book Prize, and numerous Harvey, Ignatz, and Eisner Awards. But what does the lifelong Angeleno do to relax? He draws ― and, for more than forty years, he has been drawing and privately amassing a body of work that…

Ed Piskor’s Red Room Comics to be Published by Fantagraphics

Murder on the dark web, for fun and profit! A shared universe of sci-fi horror debuts In May with an oversized 64-page first issue. Eisner Award-winning, indie cartoonist Ed Piskor is releasing Red Room, an ambitious, new sci-fi horror comic with Fantagraphics. Best known for documenting the history of hip hop with the best-selling Hip Hop Family Tree graphic novels and for distilling more than 8,000 pages of Marvel Comics continuity into the seamless masterpiece X-Men Grand Design, Red Room represents a significant milestone for the cartoonist: the creation of his first creator-owned, shared universe. Red Room will debut from Fantagraphics in May with an oversized 64-page…

Fantagraphics To Publish Monsters by Legendary Cartoonist Barry Windsor-Smith

Fantagraphics is excited to announce the world-wide publishing rights to Barry Windsor-Smith’s graphic novel, Monsters! Monsters is the legendary project Windsor-Smith has been working on for over 35 years. A 360-page tour de force of visual storytelling, Monsters’ vast narrative canvas is part familial drama, part espionage thriller, part metaphysical journey — in sum, an intimate portrait of individuals and an epic political odyssey spanning two generations of American history. Trauma, fate, conscience, and redemption are a few of the themes that intersect in Windsor-Smith’s Monsters. When he walks into a military recruitment office, Bobby Bailey has no idea that he is…

Fantagraphics To Publish Exciting Debut: Stone Fruit by Lee Lai

MARCH 23, 2020—SEATTLE, WA—Fantagraphics is excited to announce the 2021 publication of Stone Fruit by debut cartoonist Lee Lai . Lee Lai is one of the most exciting new voices to break into the comics medium. At the age of 27, Lai has created one of the most sophisticated graphic novel debuts in recent memory. Stone  Fruit is an ode to the love and connection shared between sisters. Bron and Ray are a queer couple who enjoy their role as the fun weirdo aunties for Ray’s niece Nessie. Their bi-weekly playdates are little oases of wildness, joy, and ease in daily…