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FANTAGRAPHICS BOOK O' BEASTS

"Laestrygonians" by Jordan Crane

If there's one thing that unites all of humanity, it's their love of strange and unusual creatures.  From the most ancient cave paintings and writings about dinosaurs, demons and devils, to the horrible Grendel in the earliest English literature, from the classic monsters of Universal Studios, to crazy Japanese spirits that come out of your TV and eat your soul, creatures of all sorts have provided scares more horrific than this grammatically tragic opening run-on sentence. 

Fantagraphics has assembled an all star assemblage of the most cutting edge artists ever assembled.  From retroCRUSH favorite Johnny Ryan, to notables including Jordan Crane, Stan Sakai, Esther Pearl Watson, and Steven Weissman, there's more mythological monster goodness within this tome to shake the ugliest of ugly sticks at.

"Wolpertinger" by Heiko Muller

This is going to be no ordinary book, mind you.  With pages edged with gold leaf, and a simulated antique cover, it looks to be a great tome that will both amaze your friends and pick at your brain on those cold drunken nights alone under your covers.


"Gaki" by Stan Sakai

Scheduled for release in January, I was thrilled by the preview copy I received, which is jam packed with limited edition print worthy artwork from beginning to end.  Each page is full of images that are shocking, humorous, raw, intricate, and just plain damn good!  Plus there's a write up for each explaining vital details of the horrible nasties within.  These are all creatures that people actually believed to have existed at one time.  And who are we to say for sure that they don't?

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com

PUB. DATE: JAN. 10, 2007
200 pp., color . ISBN 1-56097-768-X . $28.95 Hardcover


UPCOMING BEASTS! EVENT IN SEATTLE DECEMBER 2nd

Belle & Wissell Co. Grand Opening, Saturday, December 2 (5-8pm)
Presenting "BEASTS!", an experimental exhibition and book release event -- a collaboration between Born Magazine and Fantagraphics Books.

Belle & Wissell, Co.
6014 12th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
206 322 7908

 

 

 

 

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