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Click here to order GOD'S BOSOM
by Jack Jackson
Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 1560971711
From Booklist:
Much of the work of 1960s underground comics veteran Jackson, who signs his strips "Jaxon," has depicted the early history of his beloved home state, Texas. The lurid title story here tells of the gory deaths of 300 Spanish shipwreck victims at the hands of savage, cannibalistic Indians. Other historical tales depict conflicts between natives and missionaries, the invention of the Colt revolver, and the development of the Camino Real--the King's Highway that traverses the state. Rounding out the volume are an encounter with two characters from Jackson's underground days, Oat Willie and God Nose; an on-the-scene history of the underground comics publisher, Rip Off Press; and brief anti-Yankee strips and other chauvinistic propaganda that originally appeared in Austin area publications. This rather motley assortment lacks the cohesion of Jackson's earlier Spaniards and Indians tale, Secret of San Saba (1989), and Jackson's scratchy but straightforward graphic style lacks the sophistication of the best of today's alternative comix artists. But what Jackson lacks in finesse, he makes up for in gusto.
--Gordon Flagg
Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved
Click to order LOST CAUSE
John Wesley Hardin, The Taylor-Sutton Feud, and Reconstruction Texas
by Jack Jackson
Paperback: 168 pages
Kitchen Sink Press
ISBN: 0878166181
Frank Miller & Lynn Varley
by Frank Miller 
& Lynn Varley
Hardcover: 88 pages
Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 1569714029
"300 is simply extraordinary storytelling--a genius at the height of his powers, expanding the medium while bringing dry history to teeming life."
--Comics Buyer's Guide
300 was named "favorite comics series of the year" by The Washington Times
A story of defiance against tyranny and valor against impossible odds--Frank Miller's 300 The armies of Persia--a vast horde greater than any the world has ever known--are poised to crush Greece, an island of reason and freedom in a sea of madness and tyranny. Standing between Greece and this tidal wave of destruction is a tiny detachment of but three hundred warriors. But these warriors are more than men--they are Spartans!

Frank Miller's epic retelling of history's supreme moment of battlefield valor is a glorious hardcover volume--each oversize page encompasses what was originally a double-page spread, greatly enhancing the graphic and narrative power of this immortal tale of heroic sacrifice. Story and art by living comics legend Frank Miller, painted by Lynn Varley.

Click here to order 300 by Frank Miller About the Author
Frank Miller is among the world's most popular comics creators. His work on the original series Sin City has garnered numerous awards, including two Harvey awards for Best Graphic Album of Original Work (1998) and Best Continuing Series (1996), and the series has earned Miller six Eisner Awards, including those for Best Writer/Artist, Best Graphic Novel Reprint, Best Cartoonist, Best Cover Artist, Best Limited Series, and Best Short Story. Similarly, books in his Martha Washington series have won Eisners for Best Finite Series, Best Coloring, and Best Penciller/Inker.
by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell
Paperback: 572 pages
ISBN: 0958578346
The mad, shaggy genius of the comics world dips deeply into the well of history and pulls up a cup filled with blood in From Hell. Alan Moore did a couple of Ph.D.'s worth of research into the Whitechapel murders for this copiously annotated collection of the independently published series. The web of facts, opinion, hearsay, and imaginative invention draws the reader in from the first page. Eddie Campbell's scratchy ink drawings evoke a dark and dirty Victorian London and help to humanize characters that have been caricatured into obscurity for decades. Moore, having decided that the evidence best fits the theory of a Masonic conspiracy to cover up a scandal involving Victoria's grandson, goes to work telling the story with relish from the point of view of the victims, the chief inspector, and the killer--the Queen's physician. His characterization is just as vibrant as Campbell's; even the minor characters feel fully real. Looking more deeply than most, the author finds in the "great work" of the Ripper a ritual magic working intended to give birth to the 20th century in all its horrid glory. Maps, characters, and settings are all as accurate as possible, and while the reader might not ultimately agree with Moore and Campbell's thesis, From Hell is still a great work of literature.
--Rob Lightner
by Joe Sacco
Introduction by Edward Said
Paperback: 288 pages
Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 156097432X
Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus
[Sacco's] obviously got the calling. His stuff is obviously well wrought, with dizzying pages and good rhythm.

The Journal of Palestinian Studies
Palestine deserves a place among the very best of documentary.

Nasseer H. Azuri, Professor of Political Science, The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Sacco's Palestine brilliantly and poignantly captures the essence of life under a repressive and prolonged occupation.

The Comics Journal #166, Frank Stack, February 1994
I may as well get right to the point. Buy and read Joe Sacco's...Palestine. 

Book Description
Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present, for the first time, a single-volume collection of this 288-page landmark of journalism and the artform of comics. Interest in Sacoo has never been higher than with the release of his critically acclaimed book, Safe Area Gorazde.

Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical nonfiction by Sacco, who has often been called the first comic book journalist.

Sacco's insightful reportage takes place at the front lines, where busy marketplaces are spoiled by shootings and tear gas, soldiers beat civilians with reckless abandon, and roadblocks go up before reporters can leave. Sacco interviewed and encountered prisoners, refugees, protesters, wounded children, farmers who had lost their land, and families who had been torn apart by the Palestinian conflict.

In 1996, the Before Columbus Foundation awarded Palestine the seventeenth annual American Book Award, stating that the author should be recognized for his "outstanding contribution to American literature," while his publisher, Fantagraphics, is "to be honored for their commitment to quality and their willingness to take risks that accompany publishing outstanding books and authors that may not prove 'cost-effective' in the short run."

This new edition of Palestine also features a new introduction from renowned author, critic, and historian Edward Said, author of Peace and Its Discontents and The Question of Palestine and one of the world's most respected authorities on the Middle Eastern conflict.

About the Author
Joe Sacco lives in Queens, New York. In April, he received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship to work on his next project.

Art Spiegelman
A Survivor's Tale;
My Father Bleeds History;
Here My Troubles Began
by Art Spiegelman
Fred Jordon (Editor)
Hardcover: 340 pages
Pantheon Books
ISBN: 0679406417
A son struggles to come to terms with the horrific story of his parents and their experiences during the Holocaust and in postwar America, in an omnibus edition of Spiegelman's two-part, Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller. 25,000 first printing.
From Kirkus Reviews
Together with the much-acclaimed first volume of Spiegelman's Maus (1987--not reviewed), this unusual Holocaust tale will forever alter the way serious readers think of graphic narratives (i.e., comic books). For his unforgettable combination of words and pictures, Spiegelman draws from high and low culture, and blends autobiography with the story of his father's survival of the concentration camps. In funny-book fashion, the all-too-real characters here have the heads of animals--the Jews are mice, the Nazis are rats, and the Poles are pigs--a stark Orwellian metaphor for dehumanized relations during WW II. Much of Spiegelman's narrative concerns his own struggle to coax his difficult father into remembering a past he'd rather forget. What emerges in father Vladek's tale is a study in survival; he makes it through by luck, randomness, and cleverness. Physically strong, he bluffs his way through the camps as a tinsmith and a shoemaker, and also exploits his ability with languages. Every day in Auschwitz, and later in Dachau, demands new bribes and masterly bartering. All of this helps explain Vladek's art of survival in the present: his cheap, miserly behavior; his disappointment over Spiegelman's marriage to a non-Jew; his constant criticism of his own second wife and his son; and even his inexcusable racism. Haunted by the brother who died in the camps, Spiegelman (born in postwar Sweden) also mourns his mother, who survived only to commit suicide in the late 60's. Within the time span of the writing of Maus (1978-91), Vladek died, and Spiegelman now must sort out his complex feelings as he reflects on the success of the first volume--a success built on the tragedy of the Holocaust. With all his doubts, Spiegelman pushes on, realizing that his book deserves a place in the ongoing struggle between memory and forgetting. Full of hard-earned humor and pathos, Maus (I and II) takes your breath away with its stunning visual style, reminding us that while we can never forget the Holocaust, we may need new ways to remember.
--Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. 
"Maus is a book that cannot be put down, truly, even to sleep. When two of the mice speak of love, you are moved, when they suffer, you weep. Slowly through this little tale comprised of suffering, humor and life's daily trials, you are captivated by the language of an old Eastern European family, and drawn into the gentle and mesmerizing rhythm, and when you finish Maus, you are unhappy to have left that magical world."
--Umberto Eco
Art Spiegelman
MAUS Boxed Set:
A Survivor's Tale
My Father Bleeds History
Here My Troubles Began
by Art Spiegelman
Paperback Boxed edition
Pantheon Books
ISBN: 0679748407
"All too infrequently, a book comes along that's as daring as it is acclaimed. Art Spiegelman's Maus is just such book."
-- Esquire
About the Author
Art Spiegelman is co-founder/editor of Raw, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics His work has been published in the New York Times Playboy, the Village Voice, and many other periodicals, and his drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad. Honors he has received for Maus include a Guggenheim fellowship, and nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Mr. Spiegelman lives in New York City with his wife, Francoise Mouly, and their daughter, Nadja.
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