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The Comics Journal cuts back to twice-yearly (and other Fantagraphics news)

Illustration for article titled emThe Comics Journal /emcuts back to twice-yearly (and other Fantagraphics news)

Still more comics tidbits, non-superhero department:

-The vanguard alt-comics publisher Fantagraphics has announced that its flagship news/reviews magazine The Comics Journal will now be published only twice a year, though those two editions will be "uniquely sized and formatted, evocatively visual and tactile," and feature themed content, similar to the special "library" editions TCJ has released in recent years. To supplement the magazine, Fantagraphics will be upping the content on the Journal's website, tcj.com, adding more material from the magazine's archives, more up-to-the-minute news, and sections of audio, video, and original art. (Here's hoping the site's keepers improve the RSS feed as part of the revamp.)

-Fantagraphics has also announced a seven-book partnership with comics historian Greg Sadowski, renowned for his analytically minded classic comics anthologies Supermen: The First Wave Of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941 and B. Krigstein Comics. Sadowski's first collection in the new deal will be Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics Of The 1950s (pictured above), due next June. In subsequent quarters, look for the Sadowski-edited Setting The Standard: Alex Toth At Standard Comics 1952-54, The Road To Plastic Man: The Golden Age Comics Of Jack Cole 1937-41, Away From Home: EC Artists At Other Companies, Creeping Death From Neptune: Basil Wolverton's Sci-Fi And Horror Comics 1938-55, and The Comic Book Frankenstein: The Monster According To Dick Briefer. Much there for comics fans to look forward to.

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