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 the National Book Foundations “5 Under 35” list (link) and O The Oprah Magazine said that Stone Fruit will change the literary landscape in 2021.
The New York Times Book Review said that Crisis Zone by Simon Hanselmann is “the first great work of pandemic fiction” after Hanselmann won two Eisner Awards.
R. Kikuo Johnson came back to the comics medium with his masterpiece graphic novel No One Else which was praised by BOMB Magazine as “A meditative and melancholy story that’s nevertheless bristling with energy and dry humor — one that lingers long after the first read.”
And we released Poison Flowers and Pandemonium, the final book from the late great Richard Sala. Richard passed away in early 2020 and he will forever be missed by all of his friends, fans, and anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Please peruse this list below to see the full gambit of books Fantagraphics proudly presented in 2021.
Thanks and cheers to 2022!
– THE GRANDE ODALISQUE By Ruppert & Mulot and Bastien Vivés (link)
– HYPNOTWIST By Gilbert Hernandez (link)
– NOBODY LIKES YOU, GRETA GRUMP By Cathy Malkasian (link)
– CRASHPAD By Gary Panter (link)
– THE THUD By Mikael Ross (link)
– I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN By Mannie Murphy (link)
– RED ROCK BABY CANDY By Shira Spector (link)
– YOUNG SHADOW By Ben Sears (link)
– MONSTERS By Barry Windsor-Smith (link)
– BEATNIK BUENOS AIRES By Diego Arandojo and Facundo Percio (link)
– POISON FLOWERS & PANDEMONIUM By Richard Sala (link)
– STONE FRUIT By Lee Lai (link)
– CHARTWELL MANOR By Glenn Head (link)
– CRASH SITE By Nathan Cowdry (link)
– BLEEDING SKULL By Joseph A. Ziemba and Annie Choi and Zack Carlson (link)
– ANOTHER HISTORY OF ART By Anita Kunz (link)
– CELESTIA By Manuele Fior (link)
– DISNEY ADVENTURES VOL. 1: DARKWING DUCK: “JUST US JUSTICE DUCKS!” By Various Artists (link)
– IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE By Lizzy Stewart (link)
– QUEEN OF THE RING: WRESTLING DRAWINGS BY JAIME HERNANDEZ By Jaime Hernandez (link)
– THE PENGUIN CAFÉ AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD By Nurit Zarchi and Anat Warshavsky (link)
– WAKE UP, SLEEPYHEAD! By Levin Kipnis and Noam Weiner (link)
– FAREWELL, BRINDAVOINE By Jacques Tardi (link)
– CRISIS ZONE By Simon Hanselman (link)
– ALBERTO BRECCIA’S DRACULA By Alberto Breccia (link)
– THE BUTCHERY By Bastian Vivés (link)
– NOD AWAY 2 By Joshua Cotter (link)
– GOOD NIGHT, HEM By Jason (link)
– VISUAL CRIME By Jerry Moriarity (link)
– NIGHT FISHER (15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) by R. Kikuo Johnson (link)
– UNIMPRESSED By Miranda Tacchia (link)
– LURE By Lane Milburn (link)
– RED ROOM: THE ANTISOCIAL NETWORK By Ed Piskor (link)
– NO ONE ELSE By R. Kikuo Johnson (link)
– THE COMPLETE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE MCDUCK DELUXE EDITION By Don Rosa (link)
– POPEYE VOLUME 1: OLIVE OYL AND HER SWEETY By E.C. Segar (link)
– MAN IN FURS By Catherine Sauvat and Anne Simon (link)
– AFTERNOON AT MCBURGER’S By Ana Galvañ (link)
– OTHER LIVES By Peter Bagge (link)
– BABYLON By Tomi Ungerer (link)
– ON THE ONE HAND / ON THE OTHER HAND By R.O. Blechman (link)