What’s in Store: Comic Book Day

This Saturday, May 6 marks the 15th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day. Or, as we at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery like to call it, Comic Book Day. We’ll offer complimentary copies of Fantagraphics Books’ World’s Greatest Cartoonists collection featuring new work by Noah Van Sciver, Simon Hanselmann, Jason, Ed Piskor, Liz Suburbia, Matt Furie, Anya Davidson, Dash Shaw, Richard Sala, Emil Ferris and more! We couldn’t help but notice over the years that calling this Free Comic Book Day seems to discourage patrons from purchasing any products. This situation has been accentuated coming on the heels of successful celebrations…

Digital Hip Hop and More Backlist Titles

All good things must come to an end and today marks the digital release of the final monthly issue of Hip Hop Family Tree. Ed Piskor’s monthly examination into hip hop music is coming to an end today, but not going out without a bang. Issue #12 features a collaboration between Rick Rubin and LL Cool J, the arrest of KRS-One, and Run DMC heading out on tour. Find this milestone issue on comiXology. A few more books from our backlist have also found their way on comiXology, and they include: Beasts and Priests by Jim Blanchard Jack Davis: Drawing…

New Digital Releases from Piskor and Stein

Today we are proud to present new digital releases from two young artists on the cutting edge of comics — Ed Piskor and Leslie Stein. Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 4 continues Piskor’s award-winning, best-selling history of hip hop music. This new book charts the rise of Dr. Dre and Def Jam Records and introduces new branches of the “tree”: Will Smith, Salt-n-Peppa, Rakim, and Biz Markie. Find this book on comiXology and Google Play. Also from Piskor is the 11th issue of the monthly Hip Hop Family Tree series! Famed producer and DJ Rick Rubin graces the cover and…

Digital Comics by Piskor and Kelso

We’re unloading the new issue of Hip Hop Family Tree and a few Megan Kelso graphic novels digitally just for you this week! In issue #10 of Ed Piskor’s award-winning series Hip Hop Family Tree, the endlessly quoted graffiti documentary Style Wars gets lovingly dissected. Also, did you know Public Enemy were first the Spectrum City DJs? That Flavor Flav can play a dozen musical instruments? Power on your tablets and learn about all these earth-shattering discoveries only through comiXology.           Megan Kelso has been a DIY cartoonist and publisher since the early ’90s, equally mastering…

Digital Goodness

We’ve got such a diverse array of digital releases today, there’s guaranteed to be something for everybody to connect with. Or, if you’re like us, you love them all! Plug those tablets in because here they are . . . Issue #9 of Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree marks a new era in rap music as Beastie Boys assemble, Run DMC become superstars, and the Fat Boys make a name for themselves. Your favorite rapper’s favorite rappers are all covered in this bold installment of the award-winning, best-selling series. Find it at comiXology. Also, from the Fantagraphics vaults comes…

Check out THESE digital releases!

From an Italian innovator to an American stylistic treasure to modern musical history, today’s digital releases couldn’t be more different, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Italy’s Guido Crepax is one of the most acclaimed and innovative cartoonists of all-time and in the ’60s and ’70s, he created and chronicled the adventures of Valentina. Along with Valentina tales, legitimizing the erotic genre in comics at that time, Crepax’s unique take on the works of Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley are also included in The Complete Crepax: Dracula, Frankenstein, and Other Horror Stories. These stories, many never before published…

Today’s Massive Bulk of Digital Books

Is your personal reading device plugged in? Good, because it’s going to need all the juice to handle our digital offerings this week! First up is our next grisly gathering of EC stories by Reed Crandall. The High Cost of Dying and Other Stories captures Crandall’s fine line detail and collects stories such as “The Silent Towns,” a Ray Bradbury story about the last man and woman on Mars; “Carrion Death,” a stark horror story about man struggling through the desert with a corpse handcuffed to his wrist; and “Sweetie-Pie,” about a ghoul who sets up roadside hazards to procure…

Hip Hop Family Tree #6 and Blubber #2 Go Digital

It’s all hip hop and humanoids on your digital reading devices this week with new releases from two Fantagraphics favorites.   First up is the sixth issue of Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Famiy Tree monthly comic. This edition features the first hip hop movie, Wild Style, as Piskor breaks the film down and shows exactly how it fits into the wider pop culture landscape. Highlighting the people, places, and events that made Wild Style a cult classic, Hip Hop Family Tree #6 can be yours through comiXology.         Today also marks the second volume of Gilbert Hernandez’s…

Cheech Wizard and Hip Hop Digitally

Cheech Wizard and hip hop have always made a perfect pair, so it’s fitting that they are the subjects of today’s digital releases. Once upon a time at two-thirty in the afternoon, on the enchanted island of York, lived a Wizard… a mild-mannered, lovable Wizard who wore a big hat to mask his true identity. But who is under the hat? Who is Cheech Wizard? Vaughn Bode created Cheech in 1956 and the character remained a constant companion for the rest of Bode’s life, surfacing in his college papers, underground comix, the National Lampoon, and in the world of graffiti…

New Digital Releases from Piskor and Sala

Nobody else in comics is able to express the past so kinetically as Ed Piskor or the macabre so masterfully as Richard Sala. They are both here this week with new digital debuts! Ed Piskor’s monthly Hip Hop Family Tree continues with issue #4 this week. The installment climaxes with the legendary rap battle confrontation between Kool Moe Dee and Busy Bee Starski, but also features Grandmaster Flash and the growing influence of Sugar Hill Records. Oh, and Blondie plays “Rapture” on something new called MTV too. Read Hip Hop Family Tree #4 on your own personal reading device through…