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Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen


by Dylan Horrocks

Cartoonist Sam Zabel is stuck in a nightmare of creative block, with a job writing superhero comics that he hates. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and his world turns upside down.

Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606997901
SKU: 9781606997901 Categories: , Tags: , , , , Product ID: 27446


Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville. Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn?t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds.

Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and — of course — cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

228 pages, full color hardcover with color covers
Fantagraphics, 2014

Additional information

Weight 27 oz
Dimensions 10 × 7 × 0.5 in

Dylan Horrocks



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