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July 20, 2013

Fantagraphics Announces Semi-Mysterious New Project From Award-Winning Cartoonist Joe Sacco: BUMF


By Tom Spurgeon

imageThe Comics Reporter has learned that journalist/cartoonist Joe Sacco has a new work planned with Fantagraphics Books. The book will break with the sometimes-somber, intellectually engaging journalism comics for which Sacco is best known, and feature fiction and work that is humorous in nature. Details of the book are set for discussion today at the Fantagraphics publishing panel at Comic-Con International. Their official description of BUMF.

BUMF will go where it wants to go and do what it wants to do. The first issue prays tribute to those brave men and women who buggered the Kaiser, to our leaders, and to Group Captain Joe Sacco, who led the first 1,000-plane raid on the Pashtuns.

Sacco published his groundbreaking Yahoo and Palestine series with the publisher; he later placed a short story in Zero Zero and has continued to do collections with the publisher. He earlier both edited and contributed to the humor magazine Centrifugal Bumblepuppy. Sacco was also at one time a Fantagraphics staffer. The two publications through which Sacco first established his reputation as a journalist working in the comics form also came from Fantagraphics: the collected Palestine, and Safe Area Gorazde. Sacco has worked with a variety of publishers in recent years, including Fantagraphics, Drawn and Quarterly, Nation and Metropolitan. A physically immense multiple-plate panorama called The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme is set for release from WW Norton later this year.

Eric Reynolds told CR, "I consider Joe not only one of the greatest cartoonists who ever lived, but one of my closest friends in this goofy business. So of course I'm thrilled to be doing a new book with him. I'm super excited to see him work in a different mode, too, focusing more on humor and fiction."

The work is planned for publication in 2014.


photos supplied by Jacq Cohen at Fantagraphics
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