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You've heard about this, right? Michael Dowers has put together what promises to be an amazing tribute to the newave era of mini-comics (with a particular focus on the '80s) and Fantagraphics Books is publishing it. This thing is over 700 pages! The cover was drawn by XNO and colored by Jim Blanchard.

Click here for a PDF sneak preview of Newave! as well as other upcoming Fantagraphics releases.

A bit of info from Fantagraphics:

NEWAVE! is a gigantic collection of the best small press cartoonists to emerge in the 1970s after the first generation of underground cartoonists (such as R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, and Art Spiegelman) paved the way. These cartoonists, inspired by the freewheeling creative energy of the underground commix movement, began drawing and printing their own comix. The most popular format was an 8 ½” x 11” sheet, folded twice, and printed at local, pre-Kinkos print shops on letter-size paper; because of the small size, they were dubbed “mini comix.” As they evolved many different artists, one by one, became interested in this do-it-yourself phenomenon. By the 1980’s they became known as Newave Comix, a term taken from England’s Newave rock ’n’ roll movement. An explosion of do-it-yourself artists emerged. Many talented artists went onto bigger and better things, others have disappeared into the fog never to be heard from again. Inspired by the creative freedom of their underground predecessors and unrestrained by commercial boundaries or editorial edicts, their work was particularly innovative and experimental. Here you will find a group of artists who could not get any attention from the mainstream, who were driven by the inner need to express themselves. This group was a pioneering force that still leaves a wake and an imprint on the alternative comix scene today

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Man this looks cool! Almost worth the exorbitant cost of postage to ship it out here to Japan! I was just a kid in the eighties so I woulda missed all this stuff.
Yeah, it's going to be pretty amazing!


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