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FIFTY FREAKIN’ YEARS with The FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS

Gilbert Shelton

64 pages paperback with flaps 265 x 185 mm | ISBN 9780861662616

Yes!! It is 50 years since the world’s best-loved and best-known underground comic characters first appeared in The Rag in Austin Texas. Now published in 16 languages and with global sales of over 40 million copies. This souvenir extravaganza contains brand new strips including:

Phineas Becomes a Suicide Bomber, Franklin Got His Gun and Fat Freddy Gets Religion

Gilbert Shelton has written

a 6,000 word autobiography/history/anecdote-filled account of those Fifty years

Also a gallery of Freak Brothers parody strips by celebrated underground cartoonists from around the World, illustrations, posters, album covers, merchandise and lots and lots and lots more.

 

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THE BEST OF WONDER WART-HOG

Gilbert Shelton

Best of Wonder Wart-Hog | ISBN 9780861661855

LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S A BLIRD! IT’S A PANE! IT’S A PIRD! IT’S A BLANE! IT’S A PLIRD! IT’S A BANE! ACTUALLY TO BE PRECISE IT SEEMS TO BE SOME SORT OF FLYING, ANTHROPOMORPHIC phacochoerus aethiopicus, wearing a skin-tight red and green costume…….

Gilbert Shelton is the creator of the multi-million selling Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat comics. Wonder Wart-Hog was his earliest creation, dating from 1962 and still appearing in Zap Comix to this day. Possibly his favourite character, Wonder Wart-Hog has appeared over the years in publications varying from Bacchanal, Help and Drag Cartoons, to underground comics such as H-Bomb Funnies, Feds ’n’ Heads and Rip Off Comix as well as in several long comic stories of his own, including The Nurds of November and Battle of the Titans. Over the years there have been T-shirts, patches, badges, postcards and there is even a Wonder Wart-Hog motocross team!! Wonder Wart-Hog, is an 8 foot tall 800 pound humanoid warthog. In his everyday life he is mild-mannered and slightly built reporter Philbert Desanex whom the Hog of Steel becomes by squeezing himself into a 5 foot 7 inch Philbert suit, or at least that seems to be the case most of the time. At others they are two separate entities with Wonder Wart-Hog from time to time commenting on Desanex’s life from his stomach. Whatever the case may be, when the need is called for Wonder Wart-Hog either bursts out of Philbert blowing him to bits (he puts the bits back together later) or crawls out of Philbert’s mouth, “Wow I feel great, It’s like I’ve lost 800 pounds!”  The Hog of Steel then applies his universal solution to all of life’s problems… extreme violence.  

http://boingboing.net/2014/03/05/the-best-of-wonder-wart-hog.html#more-290696

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FAT FREDDY’S COMICS & STORIES No. 1 by Gilbert Shelton

Gilbet Shelton and others

32 pages comic 255 x 175mm | ISBN 9780861660117

A collection of classic comic genre stories, Horror, SF, Barbarian, Romance and War starring Fat Freddy all cleverly linked by writer Gilbert Shelton and drawn by underground luminaries including Spain, Jack Jackson. S. Clay Wilson, Ted Richards and Shelton himself. Also featuring Fat Freddy’s Cat.

 

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PHILBERT DESANEX’ 100,000th DREAM by Gilbert Shelton

Gilbert Shelton

48 pages comic 250 x 180mm | ISBN 9780861660599

Philbert Desanex (alter-ego of Shelton’s favourite character Wonder Warthog) is the anti-hero of this prophetic adventure, arrested and imprisoned in many countries for bureaucratic convenience, until suddenly he gets Charisma! Autogyros, the Panama Canal, pirates, communism and consumerism are all part of Philbert’s 20th century nightmare.

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NOT QUITE DEAD No. 4 by Gilbert Shelton & Pic

Gilbert Shelton & Pic

32 pages comic 255 x 175mm | ISBN 9780861661374

Gilbert Shelton, (The fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Cat, Wonder Wart-Hog) invented new characters in the 1990s, Not Quite Dead, the world’s oldest and least successful Rock ‘n’ Roll band. If you add their combined ages they are almost 600 years old and have never even made a demo disk. They’re a band for all purposes: club gigs, concerts, dances, birthday parties, biker picnics, bar mitzvahs, parades and funerals. They can play just about any style you might request, be it top forty, pop, variety, honkytonk, rock, blues, boogie, soul, disco, motown, doowop, hip-hop, techno, hardcore, heavy metal, rap, reggae, skiffle, ska, salsa, tex-mex, cajun, zydeco, rockabilly, psychobilly, psychedelic, acid, grunge, funk, trash or noise, They can even do a polka if you pay them enough. The comics consist of long strips and single page stories.

Shelton’s usual wonderful grasp of satire and humour is ably assisted with the artwork by French cartoonist Pic.

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NOT QUITE DEAD No. 3 by Gilbert Shelton & Pic

Gilbert Shelton & Pic

32 pages comic 255 x 175mm | ISBN 9780861661275

 

Gilbert Shelton, (The fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Cat, Wonder Wart-Hog) invented new characters in the 1990s, Not Quite Dead, the world’s oldest and least successful Rock ‘n’ Roll band. If you add their combined ages they are almost 600 years old and have never even made a demo disk. They’re a band for all purposes: club gigs, concerts, dances, birthday parties, biker picnics, bar mitzvahs, parades and funerals. They can play just about any style you might request, be it top forty, pop, variety, honkytonk, rock, blues, boogie, soul, disco, motown, doowop, hip-hop, techno, hardcore, heavy metal, rap, reggae, skiffle, ska, salsa, tex-mex, cajun, zydeco, rockabilly, psychobilly, psychedelic, acid, grunge, funk, trash or noise, They can even do a polka if you pay them enough. The comics consist of long strips and single page stories.

 

Shelton’s usual wonderful grasp of satire and humour is ably assisted with the artwork by French cartoonist Pic.


 

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NOT QUITE DEAD No. 2 by Gilbert Shelton & Pic

Gilbert Shelton & Pic

32 pages comic 255 x 175mm | ISBN 9780861661138

 

Gilbert Shelton, (The fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Cat, Wonder Wart-Hog) invented new characters in the 1990s, Not Quite Dead, the world’s oldest and least successful Rock ‘n’ Roll band. If you add their combined ages they are almost 600 years old and have never even made a demo disk. They’re a band for all purposes: club gigs, concerts, dances, birthday parties, biker picnics, bar mitzvahs, parades and funerals. They can play just about any style you might request, be it top forty, pop, variety, honky tonk, rock, blues, boogie, soul, disco, motown, doowop, hiphop, techno, hardcore, heavy metal, rap, reggae, skiffle, ska, salsa, tex-mex, cajun, zydeco, rockabilly, psychobilly, psychedelic, acid, grunge, funk, trash or noise, Thye can even do a polka if you pay them enough. The comics consist of long strips and single page stories.

 

Shelton’s usual wonderful grasp of satire and humour is ably assisted with the artwork by French cartoonist Pic.


 

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NOT QUITE DEAD No. 5 by Gilbert Shelton & Pic

Gilbert Shelton & Pic

32 pages comic 255 x 172mm | ISBN 9780861661527

 

The first issue to be all in colour! Gilbert Shelton, (The fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Fat Freddy’s Cat, Wonder Wart-Hog) invented new characters in the 1990s, Not Quite Dead, the world’s oldest and least successful Rock ‘n’ Roll band. If you add their combined ages they are almost 600 years old and have never even made a demo disk. They’re a band for all purposes: club gigs, concerts, dances, birthday parties, biker picnics, bar mitzvahs, parades and funerals. They can play just about any style you might request, be it top forty, pop, variety, honky tonk, rock, blues, boogie, soul, disco, motown, doowop, hiphop, techno, hardcore, heavy metal, rap, reggae, skiffle, ska, salsa, tex-mex, cajun, zydeco, rockabilly, psychobilly, psychedelic, acid, grunge, funk, trash or noise, Thye can even do a polka if you pay them enough. The comics consist of long strips and single page stories.

 

Shelton’s usual wonderful grasp of satire and humour is ably assisted with the artwork by French cartoonist Pic.


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NOT QUITE DEAD No. 6 by Gilbert Shelton & Pic

Gilbert Shelton & Pic

48 pages paperback with flaps 265 x 185mm | ISBN 978086166164

Last Gig in Shnagrlig (an anagram of Shangri-La).

A splendid satire on fundamental religion and Western Imperialism, starring a Cadillac, paper bags and the world’s least successful rock band. It’s every band’s dream: an international concert tour! A chance to spearhead Freedom, Democracy and the American Way of Life among the benighted peoples of the world, through the medium of massively amplified Rock ‘n’ Roll music! How was Not Quite Dead able to get such an opportunity? You might say it was pure luck, although not necessarily of the good sort… The Secret Spy Service wants to send a cultural delegation to foment disruption in the poorest country in the world and allow the US government to send in the military to restore peace.

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THE FAT FREDDY’S CAT OMNIBUS by Gilbert Shelton

Gilbert Shelton

368 pages paperback with flaps 255 x 180mm | ISBN 9780861661619

THE FUNNIEST CAT IN COMICS IN ONE BIG BOOK  368 Pages of strips and illustrations

Fat Freddy’s Cat began life as a footnote strip to the Freak Brothers and later appeared in many comics of his own. He is often to be found sleeping on the unfortunate Fat Freddy’s head.  His constant battles with the never ending army of roaches out for world domination drive him to distraction, as does Fat Freddy’s never-ending failure to feed him or empty his kitty litter box.  As a result of this, his main hobbies seem to be shredding Fat Freddy’s water bed and any other items he can sink his claws into, and finding places to leave surprise poop packages for Freddy to discover. This cat has variously gone travelling to Mexico, saved the world from alien invasion, and worked as a government agent in Washington trying to save the world from the “hee hee hee” drug.  He has 3 nephews of unknown origin. He tends to regard the Freak Brothers with a fair bit of contempt, but despite the odd separation he always seems to hook back up with his inept roomies.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/21/fat-freddy-cat-omnibus-review

http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-fat-freddys-cat-omnibus/

 


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THE FREAK BROTHERS OMNIBUS by Gilbert Shelton

Gilbert Shelton

624 Pages Paperback with flaps 25 x 180mm | ISBN 9780861661596

At 624 pages, 200 in colour, this is the definitive collection of The Freak Brothers 

The definitive underground comic strips. Published in 15 languages and with worldwide sales of over 40 million copies along with countless items of merchandise. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers are timeless clowns; it’s the traditional, simple, basic forms of humour at the heart of these tripped-out cartoons – from slapstick to silly punchlines and Shelton’s mastery of satire– which have kept them fresh and mirthful for 40 years.

“Gilbert Shelton is as near as comics have come to producing a natural comedic genius of the same stature as a Chaplin or a Tati. With the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers he created a hilarious and unlikely sibling trio as timeless as in their appeal as the Marx brothers, able to somehow endure well beyond their natural era while keeping all of its ridiculous idiosyncrasies intact. Recognition.. for Shelton’s mastery of slapstick, his practiced comic storytelling and timing, his remarkable skill as a draughtsman .. is long overdue. He is truly one of the greatest and most sublimely funny talents that the comic medium has to offer, and his work will undoubtedly delight and convulse people of  future generations, for whom the black-light poster glow and Nepalese temple-ball fug of the sixties will no longer be even a distant memory. Timeless brilliance”.  Alan Moore, comics writer.

GILBERT SHELTON

Born in Dallas in 1940, Gilbert Shelton’s unlikely first venture into the world of comic art was doing strips for Boy Scout publications when he was in the Explorer Scouts at school. At university in Austin, Texas he became editor of the official student magazine, The Texas Ranger, for $100 an issue. This was to prove Shelton’s last ‘real job’. For in 1968, after contributing to various underground comix with his earliest character, Wonder Warthog, and designing posters for rock concerts, Shelton created The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.

In 1969 Shelton and some friends from Texas moved to San Francisco to set up Rip Off Press from where Freak Brothers strips were soon syndicated, borrowed  ( or stolen!) by a host of American underground newspapers and magazines. The first collection was published in 1971 ands has since been joined by thirteen further Freak Brothers adventures. Fat Freddy’s Cat, the feline world’s number one cat, started out as a footnote strip to the Freak Brothers but has led an independent – and very successful – life since 1975.

In 1993 Shelton introduced new characters, Not Quite Dead, the world’s least successful Rock Band who have since appeared in a series of comics of their own.

Now over 40 years later and unlike many cults from the sixties which have since faded away, The Freak Brothers are still going from strength to strength and acquiring new fans all the time. They are published in 14 languages and worldwide sales are now over 30 million copies plus millions of items of merchandise, T-shirts, postcards, badges, posters and more.

Shelton currently lives in Paris with his wife and three cats.

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