Manuele Fior and Andre Franquin are publishing comic collections through Fantagraphics this April. Plus, Carl Barks is putting out a collection of Donald Duck cartoons. More details below.
Also, apologies for the lack of images. The covers haven't come in yet.
BLACKBIRD DAYS HC (MR) (C: 0-1-2)
(W/A/CA) Manuele Fior
Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist Manuele Fior's Blackbird Days is a collection of ten short stories about a father who loses his son in a Berlin park, a teacher abandoning her students in Paris, a young woman's first impressions of Oslo, a couple vacationing in Italy after receiving bad news, a man's suffering during WWI, a painter visiting the baths on Ischia and a grandmother's tale of how she escaped war in Indochina. The book is rounded out with an autobiographical snapshot of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, and a finale in which two giant robots battle it out in the center of that city. Manuele Fior (5,000 KM Per Second, The Interview) has established himself as one of the unequivocally great graphic novelists working today. (STL071082) (C: 0-1-2)
HC, 7×10, 104pgs, FC SRP: $24.99
DIE LAUGHING HC FRANQUIN (MR) (C: 0-1-2)
(W/A/CA) Andre Franquin
Master French cartoonist André Franquin presents a collection of standalone strips highlighting the torments of human existence. Die Laughing takes aim at everyone and everything in this scathing critique of modern life, but is particularly ruthless toward animal abusers, the military industrial complex, and death penalty enthusiasts. Die Laughing is filled with visual gags and gag-inducing visuals that are sure to haunt you. (STL071083) (C: 0-1-2)
HC, 8×11, 72pgs, B&W SRP: $19.99
KRAMERS ERGOT GN VOL 10 (MR) (C: 0-1-2)
(W/A/CA) Sammy Harkham
The preeminent art comics anthology returns with the first new volume since 2016! Every new volume of Kramers is an event in the comics world, and this new, oversized volume is certain to turn heads, with 18 of the very best cartoonists in the world contributing new pieces, including R. Crumb, Anna Haifich, Noel Frieberg, Adam Buttrick, Archer Prewitt, Andy Burkholder, Lale Westvind, Will Sweeney, Dash Shaw, James Turek, Rick Altergott, CF, Aisha Franz, Kim Deitch, Ron Rege Jr., and John Pham, as well as a contribution from editor Sammy Harkham, as well! (STL071084) (C: 0-1-2)
SC, 120pgs, FC SRP: $29.99
WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK HC VOL 11 LOST PEG LEG MINE (C: 1-1-
(W) Carl Barks (A/CA) Carl Banks
Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of all-around cartooning brilliance. In our title story, Uncle Scrooge, Donald, and the nephews are on the trail of gold nuggets guarded by ghosts! Next, Huey, Dewey, and Louie try to figure out how to prevent a runaway train from crashing when no one will listen! Then Donald confronts a pair of escaped lions with a rubber sword. And after donning a virtual reality headset, Donald and the boys find themselves menaced by creatures on other worlds. Over 160 pages of story and art, each meticulously restored and newly colored. Insightful story notes by an international panel of Barks experts. (STL071087) (C: 1-1-2) NOTE: Available only in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada, Mexico, and the U.K.
HC, 192pgs, FC SRP: $29.99
NOW #3 (MR) (C: 0-1-2)
The third issue of Now showcases a cover by acclaimed cartoonist Al Columbia as well as more than 100 pages of all new comics fiction by a host of talent from around the globe, including: Anna Haifisch, Dash Shaw, Jesse Reklaw, Eleonor Davis, Marcello Quintanhila, Anne Simon, Ben Passmore, and James Romberger. Plus other surprises! Find out why Now is the most talked-about comics anthology in years. (STL074509) (C: 0-1-2)
SC, 120pgs, FC SRP: $9.99