Are you taking a break from conspicuous consumption following the traditional holiday purchase-palooza? If so, you are doing it wrong. That's because Fantagraphics comics is offering a 20% discount on everything in its catalog for the next couple of days. EVERYTHING. That's 20% off everyLove and Rockets collection, 20% off Johnny Ryan's newest Prison Pit book, 20% off the publisher's fantastic hardbound collections of Walt Kelly's genre-defining Pogo strips. At the risk of belaboring the point, there are things you simply need in a well-rounded comic book collection here, and for the next few days, they are all significantly cheaper. Keep reading for some of our picks of things you may want to add to our collection of classy comics while they're on the cheap side. If this seems like a shameless plug, it totally is, but it's a shameless plug for one of my favorite publishers, and one that is doing more to preserve the too-often overlooked history of the medium than anyone else today. I apologize for nothing.
"I should note that the subsequent panel, not pictured, reveals that Alfred is not actually showing Bruce how to bounce the ol' pogo stick, but instead is playing the "World's Smallest Violin"... I ask you, is this how you would draw the act? Is that how you would draw the person on the receiving end?... This is craziest comic I've come across in years. Please, someone smarter than me, review this series." - Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics, noting a particular page in Batman: Odyssey #4. (Click for bigger image.) Related.