Next up in The 2020 PopCult Gift Guide we have a website recommendation for a publisher that I’ve been supporting for more than forty years. Fantagraphics has published some of the greatest graphic novels and comics in history.
Just check out their own modest bio from their website…
For over 40 years, Fantagraphics has published the very best comics and graphic novels that the medium has to offer. Our mission is to celebrate great cartooning in all of its incarnations, from the form’s early luminaries to contemporary artists currently forging the future of visual storytelling. Not content to rest on our laurels and extensive roster of talented artists, we constantly seek out fresh voices from across the globe. Thus, we honor the rich history of comics while providing a platform for bold new stories, styles, and perspectives that push the boundaries of the medium. Fantagraphics remains peerless in our commitment to be the publisher of the world’s greatest cartoonists.
You will find classic comics strips like Pogo, Peanuts and Prince Valiant; Cutting edge graphic novels like Love & Rockets, Hate and Jim; Classic reprints of EC Comics work; newly-translated masterpieces by foreign cartoonists; scholarly tomes on the history of cartooning and much, much more. These are the people who publish the acclaimed and notorious The Comics Journal.
You’ll even find the new Tenacious D graphic novel that was so bad that I couldn’t bring myself to write a review for PopCult.
If you have a lover of graphic storytelling (that’s comic books, by the way), you can find everything from kid’s titles to very adult titles, classic comic strips to avante-garde art books, horror, crime, adventure, Disney, and everything in between.
Except for superheroes. Fantagraphics does not do a lot of superheroes.
If you can’t narrow down you choices, they even have gift cards. Just check out their website, already.