Markley’s Fevered Brain: Even Though I Do Not Celebrate Christmas, I Still Have Suggestions For Gifts


The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories

The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories



Westfield’s Wayne Markley suggests some great Christmas gifts including IDW’s Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics, Fantagraphics’ Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips Vol. 2, and Archie’s The Art of Betty & Veronica.

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Roger’s Comic Ramblings: Popeye x 3


Popeye #3

Popeye #3



Westfield’s Roger Ash explores Popeye in comics, including Fantagraphics’ E.C. Segar’s Popeye and IDW’s Popeye and Classic Popeye.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: A Strip a Day Will Keep You Entertained


Pogo Vol. 1: Through The Wild Blue Wonder

Pogo Vol. 1: Through The Wild Blue Wonder



Westfield’s Wayne Markley looks at some recent comic strip collections including IDW’s Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim, Classic Comics Press’ Cisco Kid, and Fantagraphics’ Pogo.

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Video Recommendation: Fantagraphics’ Is That All There Is?


Is That All There Is? HC

Is That All There Is? HC



Westfield’s Roger Ash recommends Fantagraphics’ Is That All There Is?, a collection of work by Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte.

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Video Recommendation: Fantagraphics’ Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture


Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture

Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture



Westfield’s Roger Ash recommends that you purchase Fantagraphics’ Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Why I Miss the Beatles


The Beatles

The Beatles


Westfield’s Wayne Markley compares The Beatles to comics and draws some interesting conclusions.

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Interview: David Gerstein on Fantagraphics’ Disney’s Mickey Mouse


Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1

Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 1



Editor David Gerstein talks about Fantagraphics’ Disney’s Mickey Mouse which collects the work of the great Floyd Gottfredson in order.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: Fantagraphics – Comics’ Greatest Publisher?


Blazing Combat

by Wayne Markley

I think it is very hard to truly name the world’s greatest comic publisher since there have been so many different publishers over the years and all of the publishers have their own goals and intended markets. But one publisher that has been around for over 35 years now has published arguably one of the most diverse line of books ever and some of the greatest comics of all time. That publisher is a tiny publishing house in the Pacific Northwest called Fantagraphics Books. Fantagraphics was founded by Gary Groth and Mike Catron, with Kim Thompson joining them a year later. Over time, Mike Catron would leave the company and Gary and Kim would move to California and later Washington State. Over the years, they have published everyone from the Brothers Hernandez to Dan Clowes to Joe Sacco to Chris Ware to everyone in between. It would be impossible to discuss everything they have published over the years, but I am going to spotlight a handful of their books to show how diverse their publishing plan is and to offer some suggestions of some of the best books they publish so you can give them a try if you are tired of super-heroes 24/7.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: San Diego Comic Con Announcements, or Something to Look Forward To


Floyd Gottfredson art

by Wayne Markley

This year’s Comic Con 2010 in San Diego California just wrapped up and, as always, it was full of news and events. While most of the news is available on numerous comic book web sites, I thought this week I would take a moment to look at the announcements that were made about upcoming releases and discuss which ones I am looking forward to and why, and a few of which I am not looking forward to.

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Markley’s Fevered Brain: War, What is it Good For?


Blazing Combat SC

by Wayne Markley

Normally, in response to the question posed above, I would say absolutely nothing. But I would be wrong. Because Fantagraphics recently published the complete Blazing Combat in paperback, and it’s also available in hardcover. For those who may not be familiar with Blazing Combat, it was a magazine published by Warren Magazines back in 1965. It only lasted four issues, but it was four issues of the best comics you will ever read.

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