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Comics As Art: We Told You So

Tom Spurgeon

Comics As Art: We Told You So from Tom Spurgeon and Jacob Covey tells of Fantagraphics Books' key role in helping build and shape an art movement around a discredited, ignored and fading expression of Americana the way insiders share the saga with one another other: in anecdotal form, in the words of the people who lived it and saw it happen.

 Comics historian and critic Tom Spurgeon (Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book) and designer Jacob Covey (The Complete Dennis the Menace) assemble an all-star cast of industry figures, critics, cartoonists, art objects, curios and groundbreaking publications to bring you a detailed account of Fantagraphics' first thirty years.

It's the story of fans who looked at the objects of their affection and demanded something more. It's a saga of scratched-together office spaces, mounting debts, public feuds, lawsuits, acrimony, office pranks and last-minute fundraisers. It's a description of how a fanzine becomes a magazine becomes a movement becomes a touchstone.

It's a detailed catalogue of the look of a cultural awakening. It's a story that includes appearances by Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Harlan Ellison, Jim Shooter, Stan Lee, Dan Clowes, Frank Miller, Peter Bagge, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Dave Sim, Steve Geppi, Todd McFarlane and every other major figure in the arts or business end of modern comics.

More than a corporate history or a fond look back, Comics As Art: We Told You So makes the warts and all case for Fantagraphics Books' position near the heart of the modern reclamation of the comics art form. Naturally we at FPI don’t need much persuading – we know Fantagraphics is a gem of a comics publisher and we not only have no problem with them banging their own drum, we’ll happily hold up the sheet music for them.

Fantagraphics, paperback, 192 pages, published March 2007

This book is at the centre of legal action at the moment and so we cannot advise of when it is likely to be released for certain - we have been told spring 2009 is a likely date but can't be more specific at this point. We will try to update this information when we hear more


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