Fantagraphics releases for May have started rolling out, opening new worlds in comics to discover. Indie cartoonist Noah Van Sciver has released a sequel to his hilarious book Fante Bukowski with Fante Bukowski Two, following the life of the most pretentious writer ever trying to “break in” to the literary scene, Graham Chaffee has produced a hard-boiled noir style graphic novel about marital tension in To Have and To Hold, and Bill Schelly brings us an engaging look at the life of the man who created Little Lulu in John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu.
For an in-depth interview Comicon.com did with Van Sciver about Fante Bukowski Two, you can find that here.
Here’s a closer look at each title, currently available from Fantagraphics:
Fante Bukowski Two by Noah Van Sciver
$14.99 – 6″ x 9″ – 180 pages – Color – 978-1-68396-001-0
The hilarious struggle continues one year after the first book as we catch up with Fante Bukowski attempting to establish himself in a new city’s literary scene, self-publishing his first zine, and coming to terms with his feelings for an old friend. Noah Van Sciver’s newest graphic novella continues to plumb the depths of the life of the self-styled, aspiring young writer, Fante Bukowski, as he delusively bumbles his way to literary fame and fortune, one drink at a time. Living in a cheap hotel, consorting with the debased and downtrodden, searching for that golden idea that will rocket him to the success he yearns for as the great American novelist, and to get respect from his father once and for all. But, there’s just one problem: Fante Bukowski still has no talent for writing. This latest book from emerging talent Van Sciver is another unique character study that mines the author’s interest in pathos and the human condition. 2015’s Fante Bukowski garnered Van Sciver a 2016 Eisner nomination for “Best Writer/Artist,” one of the major awards in the comics industry.
Upcoming Events with Noah Van Sciver:
June 10-11: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE!)
To Have and To Hold by Graham Chaffe
$24.99 – 8.25″ x 10.25″ – 202 pages – B&W – 978-1-60699-988-2
Couched in the traditional trappings of a noir heist thriller, Graham Chaffee’s To Have and To Hold is a hard-boiled disquisition on the darker regions of married life and the American Dream. Set in October 1962, while the world holds its collective breath awaiting the possibly apocalyptic climax of the unfolding Cuban Missile Crisis, the banality of everyday life goes on, as Lonnie and Kate Ross confront their own domestic cold war. As Kate, frustrated and disillusioned, looks outside her marriage for satisfaction, Lonnie’s justifiable suspicions of his wife’s infidelity lead him down a deadly road of increasing paranoia and violence as he seeks to reclaim what he’s lost. Possession, jealousy, lust, and betrayal — the classic ingredients for a rocky marriage in an America on the verge of nuclear apocalypse. Masterfully paced and drawn in Chaffee’s fluid, inky brushstrokes, To Have and To Hold captures the pulpy, nocturnal atmosphere of classic noir.
Upcoming Events with Graham Chaffee
June 1st: Skylight Books with Sammy Harkham
John Stanley: Giving Life To Little Lulu by Bill Schelly
John Stanley was the cartooning genius who gave Little Lulu a life in comics that made her one of the best-loved characters of all time. His work in Marge’s Little Lulu from 1945 to 1959 ensured Lulu immortality as an iconic, protofeminist figure in American popular culture. John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu is both a deluxe, full-color coffee table book filled with beautifully reproduced artwork from Little Lulu and Stanley’s own comic book creations, such as Melvin Monster and Thirteen (Going on Eighteen) and rare drawings and cartoons, as well as never-before-seen photographs as well as a biographical portrait of the artist.
Bill Schelly’s accompanying biography tells Stanley’s life story for the first time, through interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues: his childhood in Harlem and the Bronx, his life with his strict Irish Catholic mother, his education at Parsons, his first job as an animator at Max Fleischer Studios (Popeye, Betty Boop, Superman), and his years working as a commercial artist, before finding his true métier in comic books during World War II. It goes behind the scenes as he created the Little Lulu comic book while dealing with the twin demons of clinical depression and alcoholism. Despite these struggles, John Stanley was one of America’s greatest storytellers, and he is amply celebrated in this handsome volume.
Check out these books and more available from Fantagraphics.