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New Releases for November 19: Rogue's Life, Wonder Women

A Rogue’s Life: R. Clay Crawford, Prison Escapee, Union Army Officer, Pretend Millionaire, Phony Physician and the Most Respected Man in Macon, Georgia by Lewis A. Lawson

This book reveals the life of R. Clay Crawford, his dreams, his schemes, his successes and his failures, as he launched himself into many of the most turbulent episodes of 19th century United States history. Like everyone, he was born with a family history, not just genetic but also cultural determinants; this book reveals the influences on his behavior inherited from his father and his grandfathers. He likewise passed on to his children a model, not just genetic but cultural. Even so, Clay Crawford’s story is not just a family affair. He was a “self-made man” living in an age when such was thought to be a national asset—and thus stands out as a warning that the worship of the “self-made man” may produce more rogues than Rockefellers.

 

 

The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times by Joseph J. Darowski

Created in 1941 by the psychologist William Marston, Wonder Woman would go on to have one of the longest continuous run of published comic book adventures in the history of the industry. More than 70 years after her debut, Wonder Woman remains a popular culture icon. Throughout the intervening years many comic book creators have had a hand in guiding her story, resulting in different interpretations of the Amazon Princess. But the changes in tone, theme or subject matter in Wonder Woman’s fictional adventures are the result not only of new creators. Wars, the feminist movement, politics and evolving social opinions and concerns can be seen influencing the stories found in Wonder Woman’s comic books.

 

 

 

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CATALOG: Popular Culture Holiday 2013

Folks, the first couple of Pinterest search options are called: “Popular” and “Everything.”  Overwhelming?  We think so, too.  So here’s our latest popular culture catalog that covers both.  You can thank us later with an order.

Speaking of orders, on the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out for 20% off your entire order.  Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time) and ask for your holiday discount.

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Holiday Sale!

Happy holidays….happy holidays…while the merry bells keep ringing, enjoy 20% off your purchases through December 31st.  McFarland’s customer service elves stand at the ready to help, so get shopping!

On the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out.  Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time).

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CONFERENCE: Frankfurt Book Fair

   The Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 has concluded, and we’ve been receiving a few photographs from happy readers.  Here, Ulrich K. Baues (senior editor at Western Mail and Country Mag) spots a copy of Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. by Michael R. Pitts in the Eurospan stand.

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Bram Stoker Awards Weekend

The Horror Writers Association announced the winners of the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards, handing out 15 statuettes to those writers responsible for creating superior works of horror last year.   Among the members receiving recognition were Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton and Greg Chapman for superior achievement in a graphic novel for Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times.

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New Releases for June 11: Graphic Novels, Trojan War, Saw movie, Timothy Matlack

Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art by Carrye Kay Syma

The Trojan War: Literature and Legends from the Bronze Age to the Present, 2d ed by Diane P. Thompson

To See the Saw Movies: Essays on Torture Porn and Post–9/11 Horror by James Aston

Timothy Matlack, Scribe of the Declaration of Independence by Chris Coelho

 

 

 

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New Releases for May 22: Great Zombies, Edgar Allan Poe

Great Zombies in History by Joe Sergi

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to be eaten!

There is a secret history to be told of the undead. See how Samurai, Vikings, Spartans and even Teddy Roosevelt dealt with the zombie horde. Witness the last stand in the Zombie War of 1812, discover what really happened to the lost colony of Roanoke Island, and learn the real reason Russia lost the space race.

 

 

 
The Monetary Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe: Banking, Currency and Politics in the Writings by Heinz Tschachler

In this first-of-its-kind treatment, Heinz Tschachler offers an account of Edgar Allan Poe’s relation to the world of banking and money in antebellum America. He contends that Poe gave the full force of his censure to the acrimonious debates about America’s money, Andrew Jackson’s bank war, the panic of 1837 and the ensuing depression, and the nation’s inability to furnish a “sound and uniform currency.” Poe’s attitude is overt in his early satires, more subdued in “The Gold-Bug,” and almost an undercurrent in writings that enter into and historicize the discovery of gold in California.

 

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DC-Area McFarland Authors at International Day of the Book

Several Washington, DC, McFarland authors are participating in the International Day of the Book.  The festival will be held April 21 in historic old town Kensington, Maryland.

Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland.  Her books include: You and Your Doctor: A Guide to a Healing Relationship, with Physicians’ InsightsOverweight: A Handbook for Teens and ParentsEating Disorders: A Handbook for Teens, Families and Teachers  and Pregnant! What Can I Do?: A Guide for Teenagers.

 

 

 

Brett L. Abrams is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.  His books include: Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington, D.C. and Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream.

 

 

 

Joe Sergi is a senior litigation counsel in a US government agency, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law.  He writes regularly about the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  He is the editor of the graphic novel anthology Great Zombies in History and the author of the forthcoming Comic Book Law.

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GRAPHIC NOVEL: Advance Praise for Dracula's Army

Advance praise for the soon to be released Dracula’s Army: The Dead Travel Fast by Andy Fish.

“A great read and a visual feast for the eyes!”—Jon B. Cooke, Comic Book Artist Magazine

“Andy Fish has demonstrated that he is one of the real upcoming stars of the graphic novel horror genre with his adaption of the classic Bram Stoker tale.”—Jennifer Cromwell

“Andy Fish walks a delicate line in his reworking of Dracula, updating the setting by several decades and melding some filmic properties into it, while still retaining the flavor of the original novel and — more importantly — the actual story contained. With a writing style that accentuates the creepily macabre, and a visual presentation that makes the most of atmosphere for chills — as well as offering a ballsy depiction of Mina Murray, via Louise Brooks and her killer bob — the first part of Fish’s adaptation ups the expectation for further chapters.” — John Seven, Worcester Magazine.

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GRAPHIC NOVEL: Great Zombies in History

In anticipation of the publication of Great Zombies in History, McFarland thought it would be interesting to get a little insight on creating the artwork in a graphic novel from one of the contributing artists, DaFu Yu.

Here is a preliminary sketch from the story “Immortal Resistance” written by Rob Anderson, as well as the finished drawing:

 DaFu describes how he gets from A to B: “My process starts with the script. As I am reading through it I make stick figures of each panel. Then I translate them into thumbnails for the writer, Rob Anderson. Once Rob approves the thumbnails I start on the actual page.

I work on 11”x17” Bristol board. I pencil with a Staedtler leader holder. I like 2H lead, is just light enough to see what you are drawing and it doesn’t smudge much so is easy to clean up. Then I finish off the page by inking with various Sakura Micron pens.”  Here is a photo of the artist at work:

More information about Great Zombies in History can be found in the McFarland online catalog.

To browse all McFarland graphic novels, both nonfiction and fiction, go to www.mcfarlandgraphicnovels.com. For authors or artists interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are also offered at www.mcfarlandgraphicnovels.com.

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Five Feminist Fables, Award-Winning Artist Maureen Burdock

German-born artist Maureen Burdock, whose work has consistently addressed social issues, has gained the attention of The Lamp Project.  Burdock is also a graphic novelist, and The Lamp Project has posted a preview of her upcoming The F Word Project: Five Feminist Fables, a graphic anthology to be published by McFarland in Fall 2014.

When asked why she turned to this particular medium, Burdock replied that she wanted to “make work that is accessible to a broad public and can be disseminated in venues including-but also beyond-galleries and museums.”  The Lamp Project says Burdock’s work is a “compelling alternative” to the visual tropes that come to mind when one thinks of comics.  Read the entire article here:

http://thelampproject.net/2013/aszymanek/drawing-powerful-women-graphic-novelist-maureen-burdock/

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AWARD WINNER: Comic Books and the Cold War

The Popular Culture/American Culture Association has announced Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946–1962: Essays on Graphic Treatment of Communism, the Code and Social Concerns as the winner of the Ray and Pat Browne Award for the Best Edited Collection in Popular and American Culture.  The collection was edited by Chris York and Rafiel York.  Congrats to all!

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Great Zombies in History

McFarland has some sweet treats to offer this Halloween week.

First, a sneak preview of the cover of a forthcoming graphic novel: Great Zombies in History.

Next, a Half-Price Halloween sale on four scary graphic novels:  Horrors, Werewolves of Wisconsin, Witchhunts, and the hot off the press Virgin Vampires.

And finally, a well-timed trick: our scariest graphic novel of all:  The Accidental Candidate, a cautionary tale of an election gone wrong.

Be afraid. Very, very afraid.

Graphic Novels by McFarland: McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Halloween Graphic Novel Sale: 50% Off

Through Halloween, get 50% off the list prices of four scary graphic novels: Horrors, Virgin Vampires, Werewolves of Wisconsin and Witch Hunts.  Enter the coupon code HALLOWEEN – the discount will be applied in the shopping cart.

Graphic Novels by McFarland: McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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New Releases for Oct 8: Shakespeare, Paintings, Vampires

Virgin Vampires: Or, Once Upon a Time in Transylvania by Douglas Brode

This blend of history and dark fantasy feasts upon vampire lore, reinventing the manner in which real-life monsters in middle-Eastern Europe were transformed into pop culture icons by 
two of Ireland’s great writers.

 

Shakespeare and the Problem Play: Complex Forms, Crossed Genres and Moral Quandaries by E.L. Risden

This book begins with those works most commonly appearing in studies of problem plays, The Merchant of Venice, Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure; moves to some comedic problem plays, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Twelfth Night; and then to tragic problem plays, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear. It concludes with some problems in the history and romance genres for the issues they raise in love, adventure, and governance: Henry IV, Part 1, Henry V, Cymbeline, The Tempest, and Love’s Labor’s Lost.

The Conservation and Restoration of Paintings: An Introduction by John Clifton

This is a comprehensive book to serve as a guide to the most fascinating aspects of the conservation and restoration of paintings.

 

 

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The Accidental Candidate on The Rachel Maddow Show

The Accidental Candidate is popping up unexpectedly–again.  On top of the praise offered by Slate scribe Dave Weigel, Rachel Maddow explains on her MSNBC show that she has a galley copy on her nightstand!  Here is the clip: (link temporarily removed).

About the book:

In 2010 a 32-year-old, socially awkward, unemployed African-American Army Veteran, who had been kicked out of the service and was living with his father in the South Carolina countryside while facing federal pornography changes, spent a significant portion of his life’s savings on the filing fee to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent tea party kingmaker Jim Demint. Alvin Greene didn’t campaign, didn’t even have a website and no one knew who he was. Until he won.

“Long-form journalism meets sequential art in this startling and informative investigation of South Carolina politics. This is an important story that deserves wide reader attention”—Booklist

“I really like Blue Delliquanti’s open art and friendly figures…her faces are key to making the cast seem like real people…this graphic novel is a fun way to relive this oddity of political history.”—Comics Worth Reading

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Advance Praise for "The Accidental Candidate: The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene"

Advance praise for The Accidental Candidate  from Slate writer Dave Weigel: “A funny, sad and compact story of American democracy and media at their worst.”

In 2010 a 32-year-old, socially awkward, unemployed African-American Army Veteran, who had been kicked out of the service and was living with his father in the South Carolina countryside while facing federal pornography changes, spent a significant portion of his life’s savings on the filing fee to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent tea party kingmaker Jim Demint. Alvin Greene didn’t campaign, didn’t even have a website and no one knew who he was. Until he won.

Graphic Novels by McFarland: McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Joe Orsak and Doug Brode at SCARE-A-CUSE

Here’s a photo of Joe Orsak and Doug Brode taken at SCARE-A-CUSE, where they were promoting their forthcoming graphic novel: Virgin Vampires: Or, Once Upon a Time in Transylvania.

 

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Sneak Preview of "The Accidental Candidate"

Here’s a sneak preview of one of our forthcoming fall graphic novel titles: The Accidental Candidate, which is a nonfiction cautionary tale on the dangers of an uninformed electorate. A timely pre-election release coincides nicely with the pre-Halloween season, as well: Trust us. This graphic novel is SCARY.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.
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New Releases for Sept 10 & 11

Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes: The Sociology of Modern American Motorcycling by William E. Thompson

Kamikaze Attacks of World War II: A Complete History of Japanese Suicide Strikes on American Ships, by Aircraft and Other Means by Robin L. Rielly

Chester Gould: A Daughter’s Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O’Connell

Cinema’s Sinister Psychiatrists: From Caligari to Hannibal by Sharon Packer, M.D.

The Gus Van Sant Touch: A Thematic Study—Drugstore Cowboy, Milkand Beyond by Justin Vicari

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 10: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes

Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes: The Sociology of Modern American Motorcycling by William E. Thompson

Kamikaze Attacks of World War II: A Complete History of Japanese Suicide Strikes on American Ships, by Aircraft and Other Means by Robin L. Rielly

Chester Gould: A Daughter’s Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O’Connell

Cinema’s Sinister Psychiatrists: From Caligari to Hannibal by Sharon Packer, M.D.

 

 

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Daily Deal: 50% off Yellow Rose of Texas

Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

Special Today: 50% off!

On July 23 get 50% off Yellow Rose of Texas when you enter the code ROSE.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Werewolves of Wisconsin

 Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

Special Today: 50% off!

On July 20-22 get 50% off Werewolves of Wisconsin when you enter the coupon code WEREWOLVES.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Daily Deal: 50% off Horrors

Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

Special Today: 50% off!

On July 19 get 50% off Horrors when you enter the coupon code HORRORS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives

 Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

On July 17th get 20% off Teaching Comics and Graphic Narratives when you enter the coupon code COMICS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Hardball Legends and Journeymen

 Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

On July 16th get 20% off Hardball Legends and Journeymen when you enter the coupon code LEGENDS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Daily Deal: 50% off Hutch

 Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

Special Today: 50% off!

On July 13th get 50% off Hutch when you enter the coupon code HUTCH.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Daily Deal: 50% off Witch Hunts

 Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

Special Today: 50% off!

On July 12 get 50% off Witch Hunts when you enter the coupon code BURN.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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McFarland Graphic Novels: Virgin Vampires

 McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

One of our newest graphic novels, Virgin Vampires, feasts upon vampire lore. The story follows Sheridan Le Fanu and Bram Stoker as they travel to Transylvania to confront Countess Elizabeth Bathory and then Dracula himself.  This work provides a highly erotic exploration of the vampire’s eternal allure.

 

www.mcfarlandpub.com/Virgin-Vampires

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McF Graphic Novels: Horrors

 McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

Another of McFarland’s graphic novels, Horrors, a series about some of the horror genre’s best authors and their own monsters.

 

www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4563-9

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Daily Deal: 20% off Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah

 Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

 

On July 9, get 20% off Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah when you enter the coupon code CEREBUS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Yellow Rose of Texas

 McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

 

One of our graphic novels, Yellow Rose of Texas, is told with attention to historical detail and tells the tale of an African-American woman that fought at the Alamo and helped win Texas its independence.

 

www.mcfarlandbooks.com/Yellow-Rose

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Werewolves of Wisconsin

Werewolves of Wisconsin and Other American Myths, Monsters and Ghosts by Andy Fish was recently reviewed in Critical Mass by Don D’Ammassa (the longtime Science Fiction Chronicle book review editor).  The stories “all seem vaguely familiar even if you haven’t encountered them before,” says D’Ammassa.

Author and illustrator Andy Fish has a dozen graphic novels to his credit dozen graphic novels, including Dracula: The Dead Travel Fast. He is currently a professor of Graphic Novel Studies at Emerson College in Boston.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Classics Illustrated

Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price.  Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

On June 21, get 20% off Classics Illustrated when you enter the coupon code CLASSICS.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Author and Artist Guidelines for Graphic Novels

Author and artist guidelines for graphic novels have been updated.  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. Both nonfiction and fiction manuscripts are being considered. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a graphic novel, please refer to our guidelines. For general questions, see McFarland’s author resource center. For questions not covered there, please contact Natalie Foreman.