Coming up in the month of May, Fantagraphics are bringing us three new works, and hopefully the rain has finally stopped for them up in the Pacific Northwest. If not, your next shipment will come by boat. They have the very exciting return of Jason, with his new book On the Camino, a third volume of Patrick Rosenkranz’s Belgian Lace From Hell: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson and last, but not least, the return of All-Time Comics with Atlas #1, by Josh Bayer and Ben Marra, flexing their congress-challenging muscles.
Here’s more information about each of those books:
On the Camino, by Jason
The Camino de Santiago is a 500 mile, historic pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. It is walked by thousands every year, both Christians and non-believers. To mark his 50th birthday, the brilliant Norwegian cartoonist Jason decided that walking the length of the Camino was what he needed to do. On the Camino is Jason’s memoir of that trek — 32 days and 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port to Finisterre, observing with the eye of an artist, chronicling both the good (people, conversations) and the bad (blisters, bedbugs). Full of quiet incidents, odd encounters, small triumphs, and the occasional setback, On the Camino is the latest graphic novel by a master cartoonist.
Upcoming Events with Jason:
May 13-14: Special Guest at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Belgian Lace From Hell: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol 3, by Patrick Rosenkranz
In this third and final volume showcasing underground comix’s most daring cartoonist, S. Clay Wilson surpasses all his previous accomplishments with new levels of unbridled audacity, exploring with a fine-honed finesse the clandestine cravings of both man and monster. Fifty years of artistic determination and transcendent vision carried him along an upward spiral that had yet to peak. Age did not mellow, nor time dull, his fantastical apparitions of demons, madness, and dazzling displays of malevolence. This book includes all his work from Zap Comix #12 through #15, stories published in the horror anthology Taboo, the three appearances of his outrageous race-bending character Meadows from Weirdo, illustrations for Grimm and Andersen fairy tales, as well as book jackets and album covers. It also includes an even score of remarkably rendered paintings, both unpublished and virtually unseen, that he created between the 2006 publication of The Art of S. Clay Wilson and The Night the Lights Went Out in 2008, when Wilson’s career careened to an end.
All-Time Comics: Atlas #1, by Josh Bayer & Benjamin Marra
The American public is being manipulated. The media is powerless. The Congressman is corrupt. Can Atlas save us? Or will be be defeated….by his own deepest fears? Writer Josh Bayer and acclaimed artist Ben Marra (TERROR ASSAULTER: O.M.W.O.T.) present the darkest, the most political, the most relevant and the most fanta*stic ALL TIME COMICS adventure yet. Read it now, before Congress says you can’t!