Fantagraphics Underground, a wing of Fantagraphics Books, has added two new titles to their line-up, featuring the work of Gerald Jablonski and John Cuneo, available in stores and on their website now. Fantagraphics Underground, or “FU” as it’s intentionally abbreviated, features uncensored work, a return to the “roots” of Fantagraphics, and focuses on the “innovative, quirky, idiosyncratic, oddball, experimental, or downright crazy” for publication.
Farmer Ned’s Comics Barn, a 100 page, full-color book by Gerald Jablonski, is a collection of his “psychedelically underground, absurdly avant-garde comics”, according to Fantagraphics. This book also includes a discussion with Gary Groth in interview with the artist. Fantagraphics compares Jablonski’s work to “auteurs” like John Cage, James Joyce, and even Andy Warhol. But you can have a look at this wild world for yourself.
Here’s a “Flipthrough” video of Farmer Ned’s Comics Barn:
John Cuneo’s 64 page, full-color book, Not Waving But Drawing, features the cartoons of an artist otherwise known for his Esquire illustrations and New Yorker covers. Bringing together Cuneo’s sketchbook pages, this book explores “sex and domestic life in his signature squiggly style”. Fantagraphics also describe Cuneo’s work here as “dark thoughts, lightly rendered”.
Here’s a “Flipthrough” video of Not Waving But Drawing: