It’s Comic Books Week
• The EC Collection – published by Fantagraphics
From the publisher:
From 1950 until 1955 (when they fell victim to the newly-created Comics Code), EC Comics revolutionized American comics with their provocative, literate, and visually stunning horror, crime, war, SF, and humour anthologies (including Tales from the Crypt and MAD).
Fantagraphics has re-packaged the EC Comics (with the exception of MAD, which is now owned by DC Comics/Time Warner) in a series of handsome hard covers devoted to specific artists and writers. While virtually all previous EC collections have been published by comic book title, Fantagraphics will collect the comics by artist, allowing fans to finally own single-volume tomes collecting the work of their favourite creators.
• If You Steal – by Jason
John Arne Sæterøy (born May 1965), better known by the pen name Jason, is a Norwegian cartoonist, known for his sparse drawing style and silent, anthropomorphic animal characters.
The new book has 11 short stories. It’s the usual Jason stuff with nothing that really springs out. Still a good read.
• Drawn and Quarterly – 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning
A 776 page compendium featuring work by the artists they have published inc. Chester Brown, James Sturm, Julie Doucet, Seth, Adrian Tomine, Joe Matt. Etc.
Drawn and Quarterly was set up by Chris Oliveros in 1990 and has recently has gone from strength to strength.
It also includes a history and biography of the company and lot s of reminiscences.