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Graphic Novel Friday: Happy New Year with Comics, Beer, and the End of Days

So long, 2011, and hello, Apocalypse. Much has been made of our collective demise in the coming twelve months of 2012 (John Cusack starred in a film adaptation, after all), but nothing has been crafted quite like the combined creative and delicious efforts of publisher Fantagraphics, Elysian Brewing Company, and artist Charles Burns. Together, the three forces are ringing in the new year with the “Twelve Beers of the Apocalypse,” celebrating the Mayan calendar’s predictions with thematically grim beers, brewed especially for the occasion and released every month in 2012. Elysian’s bottles will feature Burns’ artwork from his seminal Black Hole (one of our Best Comics of the Decade) in the limited runs of each handcrafted treat. Elysian_1

On the 21st of each month, Elysian will toast the release of that month’s beer at their Seattle locations and Fantagraphics’ storefront in Georgetown. “These limited brews will be available in bottles and draft and at select bars and bottle shops,” Fantagraphics announced, so order ahead—because once they are gone, folks, they are gone.

In January, the end time festivities begin with "Nibiru" (see label at left, click to enlarge), a “Belgian-style Tripel, flavored with an infusion of yerba mate,” followed by "Rapture" in February and "Fallout" in March. Each brew promises decadent flavors and collector appeal.

Fantagraphics published three of Burns’ earlier collections, El Borbah, Big Baby, and Skin Deep—all three in magazine-sized format and full of unsettling stories riddled with anxiety and doom (but every bit must-reads). Black Hole and Burns' latest, X’ed Out, came from Pantheon—the latter was also one of our picks for Best Comics and Graphic Novels in 2010—and present disaffected youths with problems far exceeding their respective suburban abodes. The kids are not all right.

A trifecta of this magnitude only forms once a Ragnorak, and comics and beer aficionados will have much to salute whether or not everything we hold dear collapses in 2012. For more on the individuals releases, ingredients, and brew plans, visit Fantagraphics' FLOG! blog.  

Happy New Year!

--Alex

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