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Dash Shaw’s ‘New School’ Delivers Bewildering Color & Complex Emotions [Review]

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Since his quirky, moving, and massive Bottomless Belly Button made every person in the world's best books of 2008 list, cartoonist Dash Shaw has turned his attention to shorter forms and new media. The long-running webcomic Bodyworld, the short story collection The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD, and the IFC animated shorts of the same name have all been marked successes, but many readers, myself included, wondered how long it would be before Shaw cycled back around to a new original graphic novel.

New School, the artist’s first long-form OGN in five years, is now available from Fantagraphics Books, and it answers our wonder with its own. A hardbound, 340-page story of brotherhood, prophecy, and theme parks,  New School is surreal, emotional, and delirious with color.

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Comic Book Readers And Professionals Remember Kim Thompson

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When Fantagraphics co-publisher Kim Thompson passed away earlier this week, the comics industry lost one of its leading advocates, greatest editors, and most important voices. Thompson edited and developed talent such as Chris Ware, Dan Clowes and Stan Sakai. Further, he worked tirelessly to edit, translate and publish the work of many extraordinary European cartoonists -- including Jason, Jacques Tardi, Guy Peelaert and more --whose creations the American audience likely never would have seen. Much of Thompson's output had a profound effect on of comics' current creators. As such, when word of his passing came out, there was a huge outpouring of love and admiration from editors, creators, and fans alike who owe so much to Thompson, a man whose efforts influenced so many.

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Fantagraphics Co-Publisher And Industry Legend Kim Thompson Passes Away

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Kim Thompson, Co-Publisher of Fantagraphics and one of the most important editors in the comics industry over the last 30 years, passed away this morning due to complications from lung cancer. He was 56 years old. Over a career that spanned more than three decades, Thompson edited talent such as Chris Ware, Peter Bagge, Stan Sakai and Joe Sacco, and introduced the work of many legendary European cartoonists to the North American audience.

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Eisner Awards 2013: ‘Building Stories’ & ‘Fatale’ Sweep Nominations, ComicsAlliance Gets A Nod

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The nominees for the 2013 Eisner Awards were announced this afternoon, and it is a varied and impressive list. In terms of publishers, Fantagraphics leads the pack with a robust 24 nominations, followed by Image Comics with 17 (and one shared) and IDW with eight (also with one shared.) Close behind i

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Fantagraphics To Release Book Of Guantanamo Courtroom Sketches

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One of the many lasting legacies from the 9-11 terrorists attacks will be the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists in the U.S. Military base in Guantanamo, Cuba. It is a moment in this country's history that will undoubtedly be discussed for decades to come, as we all recall these prisoners -- detained outside of the United States and not afforded due process under our judicial system -- and debate the moral issues behind their confinement

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Fantagraphics Co-Publisher Kim Thompson Diagnosed With Cancer

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Late yesterday afternoon Fantagraphics released a statement on behalf of co-publisher Kim Thompson, revealing that the longtime editor has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, and will be taking a leave of absence from his post. You can read the full statement

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Link Ink: ‘Superman: Unbound’ Box Art, Cardboard Iron Men And Glow-In-The-Dark Hellboy

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Animation: Warner Bros. Animation has released new images and official box art for Superman: Unbound, which arrives on home video and digital formats on May 7.

Movies: There's a new still of Hugh Jackman on The Wolverine

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Link Ink: New ‘The Walking Dead’ TV In February, A Fantagraphics Sale And An ‘Iron Man 3′ Toy Tease

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TV: AMC teases the February 10 return of The Walking Dead with some new zombie-fighting footage.

Sales: Until January 5, you can get 20 percent off of your entire purchase at the Fantagraphics online store with the code

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Link Ink: CG Hong Kong Phooey And Marvin The Martian, Plastic Charizard And Stamped Doctors

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Animation: Director Alex Zamm has posted footage from a canned Marvin the Martian CG/live action short, along with a Hong Kong Phooey CG demo on his Vimeo site.

Upcoming: Fantagraphics has posted an online preview of the upcoming Messages in a Bottle, which will collect the best comics by

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Rediscovering Comics’ Queer History: An Interview with ‘No Straight Lines’ Editor Justin Hall

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Earlier this year Fantagraphics published an extraordinary collection of LGBT comics from the past four decades. No Straight Lines brings together comics from the early days of the alternative and underground press, stories from the era of the AIDS crisis, contemporary webcomics dealing with identity and gender issues and much more in one volume. The result is

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