Preview: The original Alien by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson

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Pop quiz: What was the first graphic novel to make the New York Times’ bestseller list?

Most people would guess MAUS, and although we don’t know exactly what book holds that honor, MAUS was predated by ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson. First released in 1979 as a graphic “Album”, it was an unusually serious (for its time) movie adaptation with the usual stellar work by the great team of Goodwin and Simonson, who also collaborated on MANHUNTER. The book sold so well it did make the NY Times bestseller list at the time.
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B&N offers huge sale on DC trade paperbacks

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Looking to fill in some holes in your DC graphic novel collection?

Barnes & Noble may have what you’re looking for.

They’re offering a huge sale on over 2000 titles, with a buy-two-get-one-free offer. The sale runs in both stores and online and can be seen here.

WATCHMEN, FABLES, New 52…this is the place to get caught up!

Coming Attractions: Winter 2013: Macmillan, and Friends

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Macmillan is one of the “Big Six” book publishers.  In addition to their own imprints, such as First Second, they also distribute a variety of other publishers, such as Seven Seas, Drawn + Quarterly, and Papercutz.

What follows are books scheduled for the first third of 2013.  All information [aside from my bracketed comments] comes from the publishers’ catalog. [Read more…]

More details of Bryan Lee O’Malley Seconds revealed…perhaps a little early.

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Aside from releasing the above print for Comic-Con, Bryan Lee O’Malley has remained very tight-lipped about his upcoming graphic novel, SECONDS, to be published by Random House in 2013. With his post-Scott Pilgrim profile just growing and growing, the book is sure to be the object of much attention. Thus it was surprising that an interview at the Random House Canada site was posted yesterday with many details on the book. And in fact the interview has since been taken down. But not before every website in town picked up on the details: [Read more…]

Column: My son and Batman

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[Although there have been many developments in the story of the Dark Knight shooter, we’re only going to update when things are more definite. In the meantime, long absent Beat columnist Rich Johnson is back with a story about his son, Batman and what today meant.]

by Rich Johnson

I haven’t written a post for The Beat in quite some time; I have been working, writing and trying to start up some new businesses – but more on that another time. I am writing because of what happened in Colorado and because today is my son’s birthday. And for those of you I don’t know – I am a former DC Comics employee.

My son has been looking forward to both his birthday and The Dark Knight Rises. In fact he has invited a few of his friends to go with him tonight to see the film. As I write this he is playing Batman: Arkham City, and when I got home last night he was watching The Dark Knight. I also noticed a stack of Batman graphic novels stacked on the dining room table.

This is a kid who I would occasionally bring into work at the DC offices. He would walk the halls as my co-workers would heap comics, books, games and toys on him. He walked around knowing his father was a life-long fan of comics and Batman. When he was five or six he would tell his friends and their parents that his Dad “worked for Batman”. One smart ass father replied, “Yeah? What’s his name, Alfred?”

One of the lessons he learned by reading and watching  Batman is that he never should use a gun or kill someone. Pretty important lesson for a child.

The talking heads on the news have begun to spin their usual garbage after this type of incident. One woman on CNN this morning said she is sure that the killer was “sitting in his room alone playing video games, first person shooters, killing people and planning this.” Mind you, this was said before the police made any statements about what was in his apartment. I heard of another talking head referring to the fans of Batman as a “cult”. If indeed it is a cult, then I have been a proud life-long member. Any “cult” that teaches that the way of killing and guns is wrong is fine by me. In fact the cult’s “leader”  has dedicated his life to preventing incidents like this from happening.

But back to my son. Has been immersed in this culture from almost the time he was born and I can’t imagine having a better son. He is thoughtful, decent, caring, and a whole bunch of other adjectives I could add here, but I don’t want to embarrass him.

It troubles me that so called “experts” immediately look to games, comics and movies as the inspiration for senseless acts of violence. Charles Manson said that the Bible and the music of The Beatles spoke to him and were the reasons he killed. When you have something inside of you that makes you walk into a crowded movie theatre with the sole intention of killing people, the simple fact is simply that there is something wrong with that person. Something is in his brain, his DNA, his soul that tells him that violence is the answer to whatever is troubling him.

As for me I am going to give pause and be thankful that both my son and daughter are good people and have learned some of their values from Batman. I’m also going to be thinking about the victims and their families of this horrific event. Tonight I will celebrate my son’s birthday with pizza, cake, gifts and a trip to see The Dark Rises with him and friends. Peace.

Sales Charts: Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers: June 2012

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Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these lists…

It’s the middle of the month, the middle of the week, and there’s nothing in the general Zeitgeist or newscycle driving comic book and graphic novel sales.  So that makes it a good time to take a look and see what’s selling at BarnesAndNoble.com.

What do I look at?  Any title in the Top 1000 titles overall.  A title in the Top 100 should be considered a bestseller, as B&N merges all books into one big list, just like USA Today.

This list was snapshot at about 7:15 PM, Thursday, June 14. I have no inside knowledge about what sells on this list, or how it is calculated.  The number rankings come from the distinct pages for each title, while the list is what appears when you click the B&N link above.  All of the data below, except for my commentary, comes from their website.  Click on the cover, title, or author for more information (including illustrators)!

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#15

by Jeffrey Brown

List Price $14.95

[The Walking Dead Compendium (listed below) hit #5 the week after the season finale back in March.  It would have been #1, but The Hunger Games had just opened to a record box office so all three books were hot, and 50 Shades of Grey was also trending in the media (even hotter, so I’ve heard).  So #15 might be the next highest ranking ever for a graphic novel.  Even if it isn’t, it’s still an amazing rank, given that the book has been out since April.  It’s currently #33 over at Amazon.  Some of the sales could be from Father’s Day promotions.  Even so, getting this book is way cooler than any tie!  (Although there are some nice Star Wars ties available!)]

# 133

The Walking Dead, Volume 16The Walking Dead, Volume 16 (6/19/2012)

by Robert Kirkman

List Price $14.99

[The latest collection, collecting issues #91-96.]

# 368

Persepolis: The Story of a ChildhoodPersepolis: The Story of a Childhood (6/1/2004)

by Marjane Satrapi

List Price $13.95

Also Available As:

Hardcover

See All Formats & Editions

[Summer reading lists?  This title usually appears at the beginning of college semesters, along with Maus.  But Spiegelman’s best selling title is at #18,258.]

#416

by Robert Kirkman

List Price $59.99

[The first 48 issues in one big paperback!  I wonder if DC will do something like this four years from now, like a Showcase Deluxe volume?]

# 701

Soul Eater, Volume 1 (10/27/2009)

by Atsushi Ohkubo

List Price $11.99

[A charming story about a girl, her scythe, and a dream.]
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#799

by Katsuya Terada

List Price $16.99

[Full color, best described as “what if Heavy Metal did Manga?”  A different sort of “flying monkey”…]
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And what of comic strips?  Well, a general search didn’t find any in the Top 1000, but Big Nate is selling, so I checked those.  Now, these aren’t the hybrid cartoon diaries which are so popular; these are the actual comic strips, enlarged and presented on the page as a two-by-two grid.  They’re actually quite enjoyable… and sell well enough that Andrews McMeel, the syndicate, has started a line of cartoon collections aimed at kids, selling for $9.99 a book!

A link on those book lead to the kids’ section, and I found two Avatar: Airbender books which are also selling well!

Here are the four titles which chart in the Top 1000:

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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 2Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 2 (6/12/2012)

by Bryan Gurihiru

List Price $10.99

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# 472

by Lincoln Peirce

List Price $9.99

Also Available As:

Hardcover

See All Formats & Editions

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#548

Big Nate Fun Blaster: Cheezy Doodles, Crazy Comix, and Loads of Laughs! (7/3/2012)

by Lincoln Peirce

List Price $10.99

Pre-Order Now

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#691

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 (2/7/2012)

by Bryan Gurihiru

List Price $10.99

Book Expo America 2012: MY Three-Day Vacation in Bookland

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Book Expo America 2012 just concluded here in New York, and once again it’s been an interesting trade show.  Some stuff was normal, some was new, and overall, I felt it was a good show.  My thoughts and discoveries follow.

One interesting, if under-reported, improvement was the “Power Reader” program.  On Thursday, the last day of the show, when most attendees are winding down, BEA invited “power readers” to attend.  Twelve local independent bookstores and the New York Public Library invited their best customers to pay $45 to attend the show on Thursday.  What did they get?  I quote:

  • Discover new and upcoming books before they hit the stands
  • See and meet your favorite authors
  • Talk to publisher about favorite books and authors
  • Mix and Mingle with other book lovers and share your passion for reading
  • Get autographs and advanced reads of unique books (quantities limited)
  • Get tons of giveaways from exhibitors.  [62 different promos]
  • Swag Bag Get a FREE POWER READER SWAG BAG at registration, filled with goodies like:
    • An advance copy (before books even hit shelves!) of an upcoming title from one of today’s hottest authors, including Debbie Macomber’s Inn at Rose Harbor, Dean Koontz’s Odd Apocalypse, and Karin Slaughter’s Criminal
    • A special edition copy of Justin Cronin’s bestselling sensation The Passage
    • A sampling of recipes from beloved QVC host David Venable’s first cookbook, In the Kitchen with David®
    • A Janet Evanovich magnet
    • A Debbie Macomber keychain
    • A sneak peek guide with the early scoop on forthcoming releases from bestselling authors

When BEA moved to the middle of the week (Monday-Thursday, instead of Wednesday-Sunday), I thought that BEA would be planning a weekend “Book-Con” for the general public.  After all, Reed runs BEA, and they’ve got experience running New York Comic Con at the same location. They could arrange booths so that a wall could be set up to reduce the size of the show (or they could fill booths vacated by trade exhibitors with retail exhibitors the next day).  The possibility of a huge weekend crowd (if 100,000 attend NYCC, how many romance, mystery, and science fiction fans would attend a book show, especially to discover new titles and meet authors (just like Comic-Con!)?) might reinvigorate the show, encouraging lapsed publishers to return to the show (or risk ending up on a waiting list, like at San Diego).

Would it be hard for publishers to shift from trade to retail?  Not really.  Most of the mainstream publishers sell books at the American Library Association shows.  Every comics publisher knows how to sell and market books to fans.  Smaller pubs could either rent credit card terminals from the show, or just add a credit card reader to a cellphone.  Other book shows around the world allow the public to attend during the show, and this would bring excitement back to the show.  (I love BEA, but there hasn’t been any mainstream publicity from the show for years.)

Since exhibitors tend to start packing up at 2 PM, I wonder what sort of reaction these Power Readers will have to the money they spent.  I also wonder how many attended.  (That will give a good idea on how many would attend if it were a public event.)

I attend using my day job in retailing, but it’s all on my dime.  It’s a chance for me to see all the cool stuff, chat with publishers, and grab some free stuff.  When I worked in a bookstore, I made a point of searching for new product, grabbing catalogs, and distributing cards from our events manager for titles I thought would be good for the store.  I even trolled the shipping room, grabbing free books for my fellow employees.

Now, since I’m at the home office, I don’t do that.  I do talk with publishers I have work relationships with, and I like to scan the books to match to the abstract data which streams through my terminal.  But mostly, it’s an opportunity to just chat with publishers I like, to discover cool stuff, and to brainstorm a few marketing ideas that pop into my head while I’m chatting.  A few know me well enough to invite me to sit down and chat, so that’s nice.  A few even ply me with review copies, which is even nicer!

So what was cool?

Well, a caveat for the lectors:  I actively look for new titles as a bibliophile.  I’ve got access to publisher catalogs, and book publishers actively announce books six months in advance of publication.  So there are few surprises, aside from seeing the actual book and flipping the pages.

Abrams is evil.  They publish so many amazing books, do it so well, that it’s hard to resist.  I was given a preview of The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song.  According to the book’s thesis, the Carters were the first country music stars, and had a profound impact on country, bluegrass, southern gospel, rock, and the folk revival of the 1960s!

Over at their Amulet children’s imprint, the big event was Jeff Kinney signing the Wimpy Kid calendar and handing out free chocolate bars!  I picked up a bar on Thursday, and it was quite tasty!  In that same display were two new graphic novels: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy.  They seem to be history books, not fictionalized, so worth a look!  $12.95 for 128 pages in hardcover.

What else?

From NBM: Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution by Stan Mack.  This might be a revision of his previous book on the American Revolution, but he’s an alternative cartoonist who deserves discovery.  NBM also has a new book from the Louvre series (which continues to be popular in France, with new titles being added), an actual right-to-left full-color manga!

Other books:

So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?: The Ultimate Guide on How to Break Into Comics! by Philip Amara

Three books from Rizzoli:

Bunny Yeager’s Darkroom: Pin-up Photography’s Golden Era by Petra Mason

Beatles in Comic Strips by Enzo Gentile, Fabio Schiavo

Neoludica Art and Videogames 1966-2011 by Luca Traini, Debora Ferrari

Lerner is importing Monkey King graphic novels from JR*Comics!  They were handing out action figures on Tuesday!  Of course, Lerner’s Graphic Universe imprint has been producing a wide variety of amazing graphic novels aimed at the young reader market!  They are even doing multi-path comics!

Okay, this one has been out a while, but it was so beautiful, and new to me, I had to share!  The Cult of LEGO by John Baichtal, Joe Meno!  (DK also had their LEGO books on display, along with many other pop culture titles.)

Here’s something that’s interesting… back in the 1980s, Time/Life books used to advertise book series on television.  (The Old West was the one I remember.)  Of course, I always wondered why a big magazine publisher didn’t have a more prominent book publishing company, and why didn’t they do a series based on Looney Tunes or DC Comics?  Later, DC would license books to Watson-Gupthill.  Well, Time Warner Entertainment/Oxmoor House had a booth next to their distributor, Hachette (which acquired Time/Warner’s Little, Brown publishing division years ago).  Well, given the new synergy strategy dictated by Diane Nelson, it looks like Time/Warner is pulling their licensed titles in-house.  An example: Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity.  I didn’t notice any new DC art books at the show, so their relationship with Dorling Kindersley might continue.  The MAD book is credited to “DC Editors”, as MAD is part of DC Comics.  DC is in the midst of their 75th anniversary celebration (Superman is next, in 2013), but not much has been announced since the massive Taschen tome.

Andrews McMeel is the publishing division of Andrews McMeel Universal, which also runs the Universal Press Syndicate.  They’ve been publishing comic strip collections since 1975, and they dominate the category.  So, what’s interesting this year?  After seven years and 600,000 copies sold of the hardcover, The Complete Calvin & Hobbes is finally being released in paperback, as a slipcased set of four volumes, retailing for $100.  But more interesting is the new line of comic strip collections aimed at middle grade readers, AMP! Comics for Kids.  Spurred by the success of Lincoln Peirce’s “Big Nate” diary books from HarperCollins, Andrews McMeel produced comic strip collections of the strip.  These $9.99 paperbacks sold well enough, encouraging a specialized imprint.  In addition to Big Nate, there will be an initial volume of Foxtrot and Lio.

For the geeks out there, both of sports and data, here’s some infographic porn.  (Yes, it’s safe for work.  Although it might affect your productivity.)

And finally…  it’s not comics, but it is highly anticipated:

September 27, from Little, Brown.  No word on how many copies are being printed.

Coming Attractions: Book Expo America: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012!

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Once a year, booksellers, librarians, and assorted biblios assemble at Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America.  2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the graphic novel pavilion at BEA, and while many graphic novel publishers are absent, there are many more  “mainstream” publishers offering an amazing multitude of titles, genres, subjects, and audiences!

This year, John Hogan of Graphic Novel Reporter hosts The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012! panel, where a team of five diverse individuals recommend a variety of graphic novels due to be published in 2012!  Last year’s selections got lots of press and accolades, and quite a few of the titles below seem to be just as interesting and intriguing!

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Abelard

by Renaud Dillies and Regis Hautiere

NBM

On sale November 1

Color, hardcover, 128 pages

$19.99

9781561637010

Fiction

Teens and up

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Are You My Mother?

by Alison Bechdel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

On sale now

9780618982509

Hardcover, 304 pages

Memoir

Adults

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The Beginning of the American Fall: A Comics Journalist Inside the

Occupy Wall Street Movement

by Stephanie McMillan

Seven Stories Press

On sale October 16

Paperback, color

$16.95

9781609804527

Nonfiction, journalism

Adults__________________________________________________________________________

Blacksad: A Silent Hell

by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Dark Horse

Dark Horse

On sale July 18

Hardcover, 96 pages

9781595829313

Fiction

Adults

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Blue

by Pat Grant

Top Shelf

On sale now

Three-color, hardcover, 96 pages

$14.95

978-1603091534

Socially conscious fantasy

Teens and up

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Building Stories

by Chris Ware

Pantheon

On sale October 2

Color, mixed media, various pages

$50

978-0375424335

Fiction

Adults

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Cardboard

by Doug Tennapel

Graphix/Scholastic

On sale August 1

Full color,  288 pages

Hardcover $24.99
9780545418720

Paperback $12.99
9780545418737

Hardcover – $24.99


Adventure, fantasy

5th-9th grade, middle readers

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Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

by Mary and Bryan Talbot

Dark Horse

On sale now

Color, hardcover, 96 pages

$14.99

978-1595828507

Nonfiction, memoir

Teens and up

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Drama

by Raina Telgemeier

Scholastic

On sale September 1
color, 240 pages

Hardcover  $23.99
9780545326988

Paperback  $10.99
9780545326995

School story, drama
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Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures

by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr

Abrams ComicArts

On sale September 1

Black and white, trade paper, 304 pages

$19.95

978-0810988392

Nonfiction

Teens and up

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Everything We Miss

by Luke Pearson

NoBrow Press

On sale June 12

Color, hardcover, 38 pages

$18

978-1907704178

Fiction

Older teens and up__________________________________________________________________________

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics

by Geronimo Stilton

Papercutz

On sale now

Hardcover, color, 56 pages

$9.99

9781597073196

Children’s, history, adventure

Ages 7-11

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The Graphic Canon, Volume 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons

edited by Russ Kick

Seven Stories Press

On sale now

Color/BW, paperback, 512 pages

$34.95

978-1609803766

Literary adaptation

Teens and up

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Little White Duck

by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Marténez

Lerner Graphic Universe
On sale October 28
Hardcover, color, 108 pages

$29.27
978-0-7613-6587-7
Memoir, history
Ages 9-13, but should be interesting to adults as well

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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir

by Ellen Forney

Gotham Books

On sale November 6

Black and white, hardcover, 256 pages

$20

978-1-592-40732-3

Nonfiction, memoir

Adults

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My Friend Dahmer

by Derf Backderf

Abrams ComicArts

On sale now

Black and white, paperback, 224 pages

$17.95

978-1419702174

Memoir, journalism

Teens and up

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Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

by Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman

Hill and Wang

On sale July 10

Hardcover, black and white

$24.95

9780809094820

Memoir, history

Adults

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Saga

by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Image Comics

On sale fall 2012

Trade paperback, color

$ 9.99

978-1-60706-601-9

Fiction

Adults

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Sailor Twain

by Mark Siegel

First Second

On sale October 2

Hardcover, black and white

$24.99

9781596436367

Historical fiction, mythology

Adults

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Sakuran: Blossoms Wild

by Moyoco Anno

Vertical, Inc.
On sale July 17
Paperback, black and white with color pages, 308 pages

$16.95
978-1935654452
Manga, historical, adult
Ages 16+

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Saucer Country

by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly

Vertigo

On sale November 27

Paperback, color, 144 pages

$14.99

978-1401235499

Science fiction, politics

Adults

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The Secret of the Stone Frog

by David Nytra

Toon Books

On sale September 11

Black and white, hardcover, 80 pages

$14.95

978-1935179184

Fantasy

All ages (recommended for 8 and up)

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Tune: Vanishing Point

by Derek Kirk Kim

First Second

On sale November 13

Black and white, paperback

$16.99

978-1596435162

Fantasy

Teens and up

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The Underwater Welder

by Jeff Lemire

Top Shelf

On sale July 1

Paperback, 224 pages

9781603090742

$19.95

Fiction

Adults

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

On sale October 2

Hardcover, tri-tone

$19.95

9780374386153

Fantasy

5th-10th grades, and all nostalgic adults__________________________________________________________________________

The Year of the Beasts

by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell

Roaring Brook

On sale now

Hardcover, black and white

$16.99

9781596436862

Hybrid fiction, alternating comics and prose

Young adults

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Honorable Mentions

Alice in the Country of Hearts

by QuinRose

Yen Press

On sale now

Paperback, black and white, 368 pages

$18.99

978-0-316-21269-4

Manga, romance, fantasy

Teens

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American Elf, Book 4: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka, January 1, 2008–December 31, 2011

by James Kochalka

Top Shelf Productions

On sale August 27

Paperback, black and white, 384 pages

$24.95

978-1603092654

Slice of life, humor

Adults

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Angelman: Fallen Angel

by Nicholas Mahler

Fantagraphics

On sale June 11

Hardcover, 96 pages

$18.99

9781606995341

Fiction

Adults

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The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Abrams ComicArts

On sale now

Color, hardcover, 224 pages

$40.00

978-1419702082

Reference, nonfiction

Mature teens and up

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Batman: Death by Design

by Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor

DC Comics

On sale now

Three-color, hardcover, 112 pages

$24.99

978-1401234539

Superheroes, fiction

Teens and up

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Batman: Earth One

by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

DC Comics

On sale July 10

Hardcover, 144 pages

$22.99

9781401232085

Superheroes, fiction

Teens and up

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The Best of Enemies: A History of U.S. and Middle East Relations, Part One: 1783–1953

by Jean Pierre Filiu and David B.

SelfMadeHero
Publication

On sale now

Black and white, hardcover, 120 pages

$24.95

978-1906838454

History

Teens and up

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The Coldest City

by Anthony Johnston and Sam Hart

Oni Press

On sale now

Hardcover, black and white, 176 pages

$19.99

978-1934964538

Spy thriller

Adults

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Crogan’s Loyalty

by Chris Schweizer

Oni Press

On sale now

Hardcover, black and white, 150 pages

$14.99

978-1934964408

History, children’s

All ages

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Gloriana

by Kevin Huizenga

Drawn & Quarterly

On sale June 19

B&W, hardcover, 96 pages

$19.95

978-1770460614

Fiction

Adults

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The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln

by Noah van Sciver

Fantagraphics

On sale October 5

Back and white, hardcover, 192 pages

$24.99

978-1606996195

Historical fiction

Teens and up

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Jiu Jiu

by Touya Tobina

Viz

On sale July 3

Paperback, black and white, 200 pages

$9.99

978-1421542744

Shoujo manga, romance, adventure, comedy

Older teens and up

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Kiki de Montparnasse

by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet

Self Made Hero

On sale now

Black and white, paperback with flaps, 400p

$24.95

978-1906838256

Biography

Adults

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The Lovely Horrible Stuff

by Eddie Campbell

Top Shelf

On sale July 10

Color, trade paper, 96 pages

$14.95

978-1603091527

Nonfiction

Teens and up

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Maya Makes a Mess

by Rutu Modan

Toon Books

On sale August 14

Color, hardcover, 32 pages

$12.95

978-1935179177

Fiction

Ages 4 and up


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Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics

by Margreet de Heer

NBM

On sale September 1

Color, hardcover, 120 pages

$16.99

978-1561636983

Nonfiction, philosophy

Teens and up

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Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score

by Darwyn Cooke

IDW

On sale July 3

Hardcover, 160 pages

$24.99

9781613772089

Fiction

Adults__________________________________________________________________________

Sumo

by Thien Pham

First Second

On sale December 11

Three-color, paperback, 112 pages

$14.99

978-1596435810

Fiction

Teens and up

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Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

by Ulli Lust

Fantagraphics

On sale November 7

Black and white, trade paper, 400 pages

$35

978-1606995570

Memoir

Teens and up

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Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Hill and Wang

On sale now

Hardcover, 160 pages

$22.00

9780809094684

Nonfiction

Adults

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A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse

by Frank Viva

Toon Books/Candlewick

On sale September 1

Hardcover, color

$12.95

9781935179191

Kids

Ages 4-6

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WIZZYWIG

by Ed Piskor

Top Shelf Productions

On sale July 1

Hardcover, color

$19.95

9781603090971

Cyberpunk

Adults

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Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Macmillan!!

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Earlier this week, you may have heard the dogs barking in your neighborhood.  Perhaps all of the car alarms went off simultaneously.  Perhaps you were listening to the radio, and a strange squeeling noise was heard.  Perhaps a bit of dust was dislodged from the ceiling tiles over your cubicle, creating a small rain of particles.

That was me.

Generally, my squeels of joy are at the lower, Stimpson J. Cat, level.  Sometimes, I might bounce up and down in my chair if I see something really cool.  This week, I saw something so utterly cool and unexpected that my squeel went hypersonic.

Now, regular readers know I’ve seen a lot of cool stuff in my 40+ years on this planet.  I love seeking out the strange and cool and unusual, and love sharing it with others.  So, what, pray tell, could be so amazingly awesome to cause an uninhibited and automatic reflex that shakes window panes?

Let me enumerate them.

  1. There’s a Pipi Longstocking book I haven’t read.
  2. It’s been out of print for thirty years.
  3. It’s a collection of Pippi Longstocking comics.
  4. The comics were drawn by the same artist who illustrated the prose novels.
  5. It’s a full-color hardcover from Drawn+Quarterly.

Pippi Longstocking has been translated into 64 languages.  Astrid Lindgren is one of those superheroes of literature, and pretty awesome!

  • The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award pays out about $750,000 dollars (SEK 5,000,000) annualy to notable children’s writers, illustrators, and promoters of children’s literature.
  • She was the second recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
  • She will appear on the soon-to-be-redesigned 20 Kroner banknote.
  • She has her own amusement park, based on her books.
  • In 1978, the Russians named a minor asteriod after her.  When announced, she is said to have declared “From now on you can address me [as] Asteroid Lindgren”.
  • The first Swedish microsatellite was named for her, and the scientific instruments were named after her characters.

Here’s the info from the Macmillan catalog:

Pippi Moves In

Astrid Lindgren, Ingrid Vang Nyman
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$14.95
56 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460997, 1770460993
Author Bio: Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) was the creator of one of Sweden’s most iconic fictional characters, Pippi Longstocking. The Pippi books have been translated into more than sixty languages.
Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916–1959) was a noted children’s book illustrator who worked on more than thirty books, including the original illustrations for the Pippi series.
Summary:Pippi Moves In marks the first time that the legendary Pippi Longstocking comics by the famed children’s author and creator Astrid Lindgren and Danish illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman will be published outside of Scandinavia in thirty years, as well as their first ever publication in English. The outspoken strong-girl with the carrot-colored pigtails and the mismatched socks has enthralled generations of children the world over with her fabulous exploits at Villa Villekulla, where she lives with her horse and monkey. Countless translations of the chapter books are available in more than sixty languages. Pippi is Sweden’s best-known children’s export, making it all the more remarkable that D+Q has discovered what will be a three-volume series.
The comics are re-imaginings of the classic chapter book stories and were originally published in the Swedish magazine Humpty Dumpty in 1957–1959, a decade after the original books. The comics spotlight both Lindgren’s brilliant writing and Vang Nyman’s bold bright colors that seem presciently and eerily modern. The original illustrator for the chapter books, Vang Nyman was an avant-garde champion of the importance of children’s literature who insisted that art in children’s books needed to meet the same aesthetic standards as art in any other medium. Sadly Vang Nyman never achieved international success, and tragically committed suicide in 1959 due to mental health issues, while Lindgren went on to become one of the world’s best-loved writers with more than 145 million books sold worldwide.
Similar to D+Q’s 2005 unearthing of the Tove Jansson’s Moomin comic strip, which has more than 100,000 units in print, these mid-century classics are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by the world’s legions of Pippi fans, both young and old.

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So, what else is interesting from Macmillan this Fall?  Well, they publish a lot of books in a variety of fields, and distribute other publishers as well.  So, I scanned through the 900+ titles and pulled all the graphic novels, comics, and manga listed, as well as a few other books which might appeal to your inner geek.  I set  Papercutz aside, and will give them their own spotlight soon.  In the meantime, enjoy these books.  They should be available for pre-order from your favorite retailer, or, if you can’t afford it, ask your friendly neighborhood librarian to acquire a copy for the collection!

As always, my secret identity is that of a bookseller, so everything I post here has no connection with my benevolent corporate overlords.   Also, everything you see below is from the publisher, and all information is subject to change.  My opinions are noted [like this].  But for the most part, I’ll let the catalog copy speak for itself.

Please let us know what catches your eye!  Maybe the Beatrix will run some previews here in the coming months!

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Sumo

Thien Pham
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 14 to 19
$14.99/$16.99 Can.
112 pages
Full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596435810, 159643581X
Author Bio: THIEN PHAM is a comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up. Sumo is his first solo work.
Summary: Scott is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale–and a new chapter in Scott’s life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training “stable,” Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself…a center that had seemed lost for good.
Thien Pham, the acclaimed illustrator of Gene Luen Yang’s Level Up, returns as the writer and artist of a unique new graphic novel.Highly poetic and structured to echo the slow build and sudden clash of a sumo match, Pham’s Sumo is an unusual and beautiful book. It’s nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about…sumo wrestling.

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Bad Kitty for President

Nick Bruel
On Sale Date: August 21, 2012, Ship Date: August 2, 2012
Ages 7 to 10
$6.99/$7.99 Can.
160 pages
b/w illustrations throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Animals
9781250010162, 1250010160
Author Bio: NICK BRUEL is the New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of, among other books, Bad KittyPoor PuppyBad Kitty Gets a BathBad Kitty vs Uncle Murray, and Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in Tarrytown, New York. Visit him at nickbruel.com.
Summary: It’s time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Club! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.
Excerpt from Bad Kitty for President
UNCLE MURRAY’S FUN FACTS
What Are Primaries?
Okey-dokey! Questions about politics! Now THIS is something I know about. Let me just put on my special election day hat!
So, what is a primary, Uncle Murray?
Well, in a primary you vote for a candidate to become a nominee.
Huh?
It’s easy. See, most elections have at least two political groups that want to be in charge, and these groups are called parties. But before you have an election, each group has to nominate someone they want to represent them, so they hold a primary. How do you pick the right nominee? You hold a primary.
Great. So how do we hold a primary?
Well, first you gotta pick your delegates.
The what?
Delegates. Delegates are the people who represent your party’s nominee. So, first you pick your delegates, and then you vote for your nominee, and then the person who gets the most votes gets the most delegates who will then represent him or her at the convention.
Convention?
Oh, yeah! Those are fun. That’s where all the delegates get together and choose their nominee for the election.
So, in other words, a nominee is chosen at a convention by a bunch of delegates who go there to represent the candidate chosen as a primary…
Or caucus!
Caucus?!!
Caucuses are awesome! Instead of primaries, some states have caucuses, which are like big meetings in which a bunchg of people try to convince each other of who would be the best nominee by standing on tables and waving flags and shouting a lot.
AAAAARGH!
Yeah, like that.
That was just way, way, WAY too confusing.
Since you all look about as bewildered as I do, kitties, let’s try something else.

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Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty

Nick Bruel
On Sale Date: May 22, 2012, Ship Date: May 3, 2012
Ages 4 to 8
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
40 pages
Full color throughout
Hardback / Picture book
9781596438446, 1596438444
Author Bio: Nick Bruel is the New York Times Bestselling author of Boing! and Bad Kitty, whim Kirkus called “perhaps the hammiest, most expressive feline ever captured in watercolors,” received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and will be reprinted in a “special bite edition” this season.  His Who is Melvin Bubble? is also a Junior Library Guild and Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection, and his Bob and Otto is due out Spring, 2007.  He lives with his wife Carina in Tarrytown, NY.

Summary: Poor, poor puppy. All he wants is to play with his pal Kitty, but she doesn’t seem in the least bit interested. So all he has to play with are…

1 Airplane
2 Balls
3 Cars
4 Dolls . . . (and 22 OTHER toys).
When he’s done, he’s so tired he has to take a nap. That’s when he dreams of playing with Kitty. They play…
Apple bobbing in Antarctica
Baseball in Brazil
Checkers in Canada
Dodgeball in Denmark . . . (and 22 OTHER games).
Fans of Nick Bruel’s hugely successful BAD KITTY are sure to enjoy this equally zany book about her best friend and favorite playmate (or IS he)? Who else but Nick would combine a counting game, a whirlwind geography course, and a screamingly funny story…all in 40 pages.

[These would be considered “hybrid” comics, and they are hilarious!]

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The Odyssey

Seymour Chwast
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$20.00/$21.00 Can.
128 pages
2/c interior
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781608194865, 1608194868
Author Bio: Seymour Chwast is a graduate of the Cooper Union, where he studied illustration and graphic design. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. In 1985 the name was changed to the Pushpin Group; Chwast is the studio’s director. Chwast has illustrated more than thirty books for children and has created two previous graphic adaptations of classic works: Dante’s Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. He lives in New York City. Visit Dante’s Divine Comedy HC www.pushpininc.com.
Summary: Seymour Chwast, an icon of the graphic design world, has delighted audiences with his adaptations of The Divine Comedy and The Canterbury Tales. Now he turns to Homer’s Odyssey, one of the best-known stories in history. The tale is one that begs for visual interpretation, filled with mythic characters we all know well: the Cyclops, the Lotus-Eaters, the cannibal Laestrygonians, the Sirens, the monster Scylla (beside the whirlpool Charybdis), Poseidon, Athena, and Zeus. Featuring a bold black, white, and blue interior design throughout, and imbued with Chwast’s own sly humor, The Odyssey brings us a dazzling new vision of one of the epic journeys.

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A Halloween Treat

Edward Gorey
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$12.00/$12.99 Can.
48 pages
B&W & Color
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781608196166, 160819616X
Author Bio: Edward St. John Gorey (1925–2000), a truly prodigious and original artist, gave to the world more than one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb TiniesThe Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; and a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.
Summary: In A Halloween Treat, kids and cats go trick-or-treating and gather loot that might be tricks—or perhaps the best treat imaginable: their very own monsters. This short vignette, published in book form for the first time, will be an undiscovered delight for Gorey fanatics. But that’s only half the fun: Turn the book over to read from the other direction, and you’ll delve into a collection of Gorey’s charmingly ghastly ghosts, curated from his extensive oeuvre. A Halloween Treat is the perfect thing to give to your favorite trick-or-treater, or to curl up with yourself on a chilling Halloween night.

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Saint Melissa the Mottled

Edward Gorey
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$12.00/$12.99 Can.
48 pages
B&W
Hardback / With dust jacket
Fiction / Horror
9781608198856, 1608198855
Author Bio: Edward St. John Gorey (1925–2000), a truly prodigious and original artist, gave to the world more than one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb TiniesThe Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; and a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey’s masterful pen-and-ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.
Summary:Saint Melissa was canonized not for her performance of healing miracles and martyrdom, but despite (or because of?) her Miracles of Destruction—rough-and-tumble hijinks and dabbles in the supernatural. Instead of the skills proper young ladies studied, Saint Melissa was adept at the bringing on of migraines, the refinement of lust, and the involutions of penmanship and calligrams. And as Gorey wrote, “letters she wrote are still to be delivered, traps she set are still to be sprung, pronouncements she devised are still to be promulgated, objects she hid are still to be found.”

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New York Drawings

Adrian Tomine
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$24.95
136 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460874, 177046087X
Author Bio: Adrian Tomine is the author of Scenes from an Impending Marriage,ShortcomingsSummer BlondeSleepwalk32 Stories, and the comic book series Optic Nerve.

Summary: Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.
Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.
New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.

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The Freddie Stories

Lynda Barry
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$19.95
72 pages
Black-and-White and Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460904, 177046090X

Author Bio: Lynda Barry was born in Wisconsin in 1956, and later studied at Evergreen State College. She has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and found they are very much alike.

Summary: The Freddie Stories traces a year in the life of Freddie, the youngest member of the dysfunctional Mullen family. These four-panel entries—each representing an episode in the life of Freddie—bring to life adolescence, pimples and all. No matter what happens, it all seems to go wrong for Freddie—he’s set up as an arsonist, mercilessly teased in school, and bossed around by classmates. With consummate skill, Lynda Barry writes about the cruelty of children at this most vulnerable age when the friends they make and the paths they choose can forever change their lives. In The Freddie Stories every word of dialogue, every piece of narration, and every dark line evokes adolescent angst. These short, moving stories are collected from Barry’s beloved Ernie Pook’s Comeek, which was serialized across North America for two decades. Re-packaged here with a brand-new introduction from Lynda Barry, The Freddie Stories is an adult tale about just how hard it is to be a teenager, and it’s classic Barry work—poignant, insightful, and true.

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Moominvalley Turns Jungle

Tove Jansson
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$8.95
48 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460973, 1770460977

Author Bio: Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki, Finland, and is the Hans Christian Andersen Award–winning author, cartoonist, painter, and creator of the Moomintrolls. The Moomins are loved around the world, have been on television, and can be found in their own museum and theme park in Finland.

Summary: A crate filled with tropical seeds washes ashore, and when Moominmamma plants the seeds, a lush rainforest erupts in Moominvalley. When Stinky liberates some exotic animals from the zoo, chaos ensues, and the Moomins are forced to prove once and for all whether or not they’re related to hippopotamuses.

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Moomin’s Winter Follies

Tove Jansson
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$8.95
48 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Nonfiction / Comics & Graphic Novels
9781770460980, 1770460985
Author Bio: Tove Jansson (1914–2001) was born in Helsinki, Finland, and is the Hans Christian Andersen Award–winning author, cartoonist, painter, and creator of the Moomintrolls. The Moomins are loved around the world, have been on television, and can be found in their own museum and theme park in Finland.
Summary: Moomin wakes up one morning to find the pond frozen over, and rather than hibernate, the family decides to brave the winter weather. At first, their wintry adventure seems to be going swimmingly, until Mr. Brisk of the Great Outdoors Club takes over and forces everyone to embrace the winter sports, whether they want to or not.

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The Wayside

Julie Morstad
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
$24.95
120 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460898, 1770460896
Author Bio: Julie Morstad is an award-winning illustrator and artist living in Vancouver with her husband and three kids. She received her BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004 and is a sessional faculty member at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Summary: Julie Morstad has long excelled at illustration, often working in tandem with children’s writers, but in The Wayside, the storytelling potential of her fantastical pictures is fully realized. Within these pages Morstad’s worlds unite, maintaining their ethereal, almost fairy-tale beauty and yet also offering a loose overarching synthesis through thematic and visual commonalities.

The work found herein combines the delicate line of Edward Gorey with the color palette of Marcel Dzama, and emerges as something utterly unique, a combination of the two with the spirit of Virginia Woolf. Dramatic, poetic, heavy with symbolism, Morstad’s drawings speak for themselves, exploring femininity, identity, and personal mythologies that interested her in her first Drawn & Quarterly book, Milk Teeth.

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Susceptible

Geneviève Castrée
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$19.95
80 pages
Black-and-White Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460881, 1770460888
Author Bio: Geneviève Castrée was born in Quebec. She has been drawing since the age of two. Castrée lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, where she makes visual art, and records and plays music under the name “Ô PAON.”

Summary: Geneviève Castrée has long been beloved for her mini-comics, comics, visual art, and music. There is a unique quality to all of her artistic endeavors—quiet, serene, depressing. Castrée’s keen eye for detail and her fearless ability to probe the depths of her troubled past make Susceptible a stirring portrait of an artist coming into her own.

Susceptible is the story of Goglu (Geneviève), a daydreamer growing up in Quebec in the ’80s and ’90s with a single mother. From a skillful artist comes a moving, beautiful story about families, loss, and growing up. Whether she’s discussing nature versus nurture or the story of her birth, Castrée imbues her storytelling with a quiet power and a confidence in the strength of imagery.

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Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow

Anders Nilsen
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
$19.95
96 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781770460911, 1770460918
Author Bio: Anders Nilsen was born in New Hampshire and now lives in Chicago. He has a BFA in painting and illustration from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Big Questionsand Dogs and Water.
Summary:In this collection of letters, drawings, and photos, Anders Nilsen chronicles a six-year relationship and the illness that brought it to an end.
Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow is an eloquent appreciation of the time the author shared with his fiancée, Cheryl Weaver. The story is told using artifacts of the couple’s life together, including early love notes, simple and poetic postcards, tales of their travels in written and comics form, journal entries, and drawings done in the hospital in her final days. It concludes with a beautifully rendered account of Weaver’s memorial that Glen David Gold, writing in the Los Angeles Times, called “16 panels of beauty and grace.” Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow is a deeply personal romance, and a universal reminder of our mortality and the significance of the relationships we build.
Originally published as a limited edition in 2006, this collection includes a new afterword written by Nilsen.

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Aya: Love in Yop City

Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$24.95
384 pages
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460928, 1770460926
Author Bio: The writer Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971 and now lives outside of Paris.
The artist Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty children’s books.
Summary: Aya: Love in Yop City comprises the final three chapters of the Aya story, episodes never before seen in English. Aya is a lighthearted story about life in the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the country’s history.
While the stories found in Aya: Love in Yop City maintain their familiar tone, quick pace, and joyfulness, we see Aya and her friends beginning to make serious decisions about their future. When a professor tries to take advantage of Aya, her plans to become a doctor are seriously shaken, and she vows to take revenge on the lecherous man. With a little help from the tight-knit community of Yopougon though, Aya comes through these trials stronger than ever.
This second volume of the complete Aya includes unique appendices—recipes, guides to understanding Ivorian slang, street sketches, and concluding remarks from Marguerite Abouet explaining history and social milieu. Inspired by Abouet’s childhood, the series has received praise for offering relief from the disaster-struck focus of most stories set in Africa. Aya is the winner of the Best First Album Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival; was nominated for the YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels list; and was included on “best of” lists from The Washington PostBooklistPublishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

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Cave~In

Brian Ralph
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
$17.95
96 pages
Two-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460942, 1770460942
Author Bio: Brian Ralph is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a professor of sequential art at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Summary: A rat darts across the opening pages, into a hole, and down a long tunnel, stopping under a hammock. A mole man stretches and wakes up, leading the rat and the reader deeper into the tunnel. What follows is a series of dreamlike sequences, each stranger than the last. Brian Ralph, author of the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller and YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens Daybreak, was a founding member of the influential Providence, Rhode Island, Fort Thunder art collective, which was renowned for the way its members’ work intermingled lowbrow and highbrow art forms—drawing inspiration from comics, video and roleplaying games, and contemporary art. Fort Thunder created the alternative adventure comic and the comic book as artist’s book. Cave~In was seen as the first example of this new approach.
In this wordless classic, special emphasis is placed on the power of gesture. Minimalism allows Ralph to be playful with form—Cave~In’s use of color and crosshatching speaks much more clearly to narrative shifts than is possible in a more conventional text, and the use of different panel shapes and sizes transform the rhythm and pacing of the story. Cave~In is an allages adventure story, jam-packed with monsters, bats, and all manner of unimaginable underground mystery.

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Nipper 1967-1968

Doug Wright
On Sale Date: August 21, 2012, Ship Date: August 2, 2012
$16.95
112 pages
Two-Color Illustrations Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781770460935, 1770460934
Author Bio:Doug Wright (1917–1983) was a Canadian cartoonist, whose weekly comic strip,Doug Wright’s Family, a.k.a. Nipper, ran for more than thirty-five years in magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States.
Summary:Doug Wright’s masterful newspaper strip returns to suburban life in the late 1960s, where not even the countercultural tumult of the times could ruin domestic bliss or distract from sibling rivalry.
Things are still fun, innocent, and wholesome in the suburbs: there’s road hockey in the streets, boys have their friends over for sleepovers, and kids play freely on their own outside, with little or no parental supervision. The pantomime strip does reference contemporary life, however, with the entire Wright family making an excursion to downtown Montreal for the 1967 World’s Fair. As always, Wright’s stellar draftsmanship, fond eye for detail, and brilliant sense of comic timing shines throughout this volume of the Nipper series.

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Raiders! : The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Alan Eisenstock
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$25.99/$29.99 Can.
304 pages
Hardback / With dust jacket
Performing Arts / Film & Video
9781250001474, 1250001471

Author Bio: ALAN EISENSTOCK is the author of ten books, including In Stitches, with Dr. Anthony Youn, Cancer on $5 a Day with Robert Schimmel, The Kindergarten Wars,Ten on Sunday and Sports Talk. ERIC ZALA and CHRIS STROMPOLOS are at it again, working together on a new independent film project. Chris lives in L.A. and Eric lives in Mississippi.

Summary: In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark?  I’m playing Indiana Jones.”
And they did it.  Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt.
They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a fifteen-year-old as Indy’s love interest, rounded up seven thousand snakes (sort of), built the Ark, the Idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys’ faces off.
It took eight years.
Along the way, Chris had his first kiss (on camera), they nearly burned down the house and incinerated Eric, lived through parents getting divorced and remarried, and watched their friendship disintegrate.
Raiders! is the incredible true story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, how they realized their impossible dream of remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how their friendship survived all challenges, from the building of a six-foot round fiberglass boulder to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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The Clockwork Sky, Volume One

Madeleine Rosca
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
$10.99/$12.50 Can.
160 pages
black and white throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9780765329165, 0765329166
Author Bio: MADELEINE ROSCA debuted as a manga creator in 2007 with her three-volume series Hollow Fields, which won an award from Japan’s foreign ministry for best international manga and was nominated for best graphic novel in the Aurealis Awards for Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Rosca was nominated for a best new talent award by Friends of Lulu. She lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania, with her husband and cat. www.clockworkhands.com
Summary: London, 1895: Riots in the streets!Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky!
Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive.
Together, the impulsive Sally and the naive Sky crash headlong into a mystery involving rogue automatons prowling the sewers, children disappearing without a trace, and a dark secret so big it could overturn all of London. But the biggest mystery of all is why Sky is the first robot who can dream….

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Only Superhuman

Christopher Bennett
On Sale Date: October 16, 2012, Ship Date: September 27, 2012
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
352 pages
Hardback / With dust jacket
Fiction / Science Fiction
9.25in H | 6.13in W | 1.19in T
235mm H | 156mm W | 30mm T
9780765332295, 0765332299

Author Bio: CHRISTOPHER L. BENNETT has had multiple works of short fiction published inAnalog Science Fiction and Fact as well as the online magazines DayBreak andAlternative Coordinates, and has written critically acclaimed novels based on Star TrekSpider-Man, and X-Men, all of them with a hard science slant. Only Superhumanis his first original novel. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

home.fuse.net/ChristopherLBennett

Summary: 2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. It’s a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system.

Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she’s joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas. Emerald wants to put her special abilities to good use, but what do you do when you can’t tell the heroes from the villains?

Only Superhuman is a rollicking hard-sf adventure set in a complex and fascinating future.

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Dracula Everlasting Vol. 2

Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Rhea Silvan
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
Black and White throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934950, 1935934953

Author Bio: Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir are a husband and wife writing team who have worked in television on HBO’s Arli$$ and Disney’s Kim Possible. As veteran comic book writers, they have written such series as New Mutants and New X-Men, and numerous manga and graphic novels. They live in Southern California.


Rhea Silvan is a manga artist whose works include InVisibleWinter Demon volume 4, and contributions to Watson Guptill’s “How To Draw” series.
Summary: In this all new shoujo manga series, Seven Seas is pleased to present a contemporary spin on the world’s most famous vampire, Dracula. Amazing Agent Luna writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir team up with artist Rhea Silvan to deliver a beautifully illustrated ongoing vampire series that expands on the Dracula mythos like never before.
Nicholas Harker discovered he is heir to the legacy of an ancestor he never knew he had: Dracula. Under his progenitor’s evil influence, Nichalas has begun, with a vast fortune at his disposal, to rebuild Castle Dracula in the outskirts of Boston, leaving behind a wake of corpses.
While the love of Jill Hawthorne seems to be the only thing that weakens Dracula’s hold over Nicholas, Mason Renfield realizes he must remove her from the picture, in order to usher in the full reemergence of his dark lord. But Jill’s new friend, the fierywiccan Cate, has plans of her own—to destroy Nicholas and avenge her mother’s death.

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Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 13

Nozomu Tamaki
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867027, 1937867021

Author Bio: Nozomu Tamaki, is the writer/artist of Dance in the Vampire Bund and the artist ofAngel Para Bellum.

Summary: Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a special district off the coast of Japan that is a haven for vampires from all over the world.

With Akira, her lycanthrope boyfriend/bodyguard by her side, Mina struggles to keep her rivals and enemies at bay while they seek to sabotage her plans at every turn.

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Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 1

Morinaga Milk
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$17.99/$19.99 Can.
496 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934899, 1935934899

Author Bio: Morinaga Milk is a much-lauded yuri manga artist whose works have been published in Comic High, Comic Yuri Hime and other manga magazines in Japan.

Summary: When it comes to grades, bookish high school student Mariko Kumakura is at the top of her class. Socially, however, she is shy and lonely, typically eating lunch by herself. Enter the charismatic and beautiful Akko Oohashi, whose goal is to befriend Mariko and burst her out of her introverted shell.

In the process of transforming Plain Jane Mariko into one of the cutest, most popular girls in school, deep feelings begin to emerge that suggest something deeper than friendship. Will these feelings destroy the budding relationship between Mariko and Akko, or will it turn into something else?

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Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade Vol. 2

Jetae Yoo
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934974, 193593497X

Author Bio: Jetae Yoo is a Korean artist who previously worked on The Breaker and is now the author and artist of Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade.

Summary: For fans of Hellsing and Berserk comes an all new ultra-violent supernatural manga series about history’s most famous slasher, with a twist.

Throughout history, a secret organization has lurked in the shadows. All that stands between their demonic machinations and the safety of Victorian London is… Jack the Ripper and his savage Hell Blade.
In the ongoing battle between between demons and demonslayer, the famed Sherlock Holmes lends Jack his help, while genuis scientist Nikola Tesla, and the superhuman Mr. Hyde join the fray.
With bold and graphic artwork in the vein of the classic vampire hunter manga series Hellsing, Jack the Ripper: Hellblade is a shocking and fascinating reimagining of the world’s most famous serial killer.

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Venus Versus Virus Omnibus 3

Atsushi Suzumi
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$15.99/$18.50 Can.
384 pages
Black and White throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934288, 1935934287

Author Bio: Atsushi Suzumi is the author of Haridama Magic Cram School. She lives in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Summary: When Sumire Takahana joined Venus Vanguard to hunt monsters known as “Viruses,” she never knew it would come to this. The ultimate battle between the crew of Venus Vanguard and their deadly Enemy is now at full tilt. The lives of Sumire and Lucia hang in the balance—not to mention the very fate of the world!

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Witch Hunter Vol. 3-4

Jung-Man Cho
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
320 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934981, 1935934988

Author Bio: Cho Jung-Man, the author/artist of Witch Hunter, lives in Korea.

Summary: Witch Hunter is an all new shonen fantasy manga series in the vein of Soul Eater and Full Metal Alchemist, presented in two-volumes-in-one omnibus format. Seven Seas will release the entire action-packed series across six low-priced omnibus editions.
In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.
Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches. And yet, he cannot bring himself to fully hate the very witches he is tasked to destroy.

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Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz Vol. 3

QuinRose, Mamenosuke Fujimaru
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$13.99/$15.99 Can.
192 pages
black and white with color pinups
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934936, 1935934937

Author Bio: QuinRose is a Japanese game developer who created the Alice franchise of video games, which spun-off into novels, manga, and an anime feature film.

Mamenosuke Fujimaru is a Japanese manga artist best known for his work on Alice in the Country of Clover.
Summary: Alice in the Country of Clover: Chesire Cat Waltz continues the adventures of Alice as she goes deeper into Wonderland, and focuses on her relationship with the Cheshire Cat.
His name is Boris, and despite his human form and piercings and tattoos, he is not your typical punk teenager. For he is the Cheshire Cat, complete with cat ears and a tail, and a penchant for riddles. Boris is in madly love with Alice, and Alice is vulnerable and lonely. But will she fall for the Cheshire Cat?

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Angel Para Bellum Vol. 2

Nozomu Tamaki
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934967, 1935934961

Author Bio: Nozomu Tamaki, the writer/artist of Dance in the Vampire Bund, lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Summary: A war between heaven and hell is brewing and only a young man named Mitsuru holds the key to prevent it. Yet Mitsuru is unaware of his secret birthright and his role in the battle between angels and demons. All he knows is that his family is dead and Kyrie, the kindly woman who cared for him in his time of mourning, is not what she seems. Now, with demon attackers seeking to destroy him at every turn, his only protection are two beautiful gun-wielding angels who kick ass like nobody’s business.

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Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, vol. 1

Yomi Hirasaka
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
192 pages
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867126, 1937867129
Author Bio:Yomi Hirasaka is an author of light novels whose best known work, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, has been adapted into two hit manga series and an anime.
Itachi is a Japanese manga artist who is best known for Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

Summary:Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blonde hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozorai, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies.
Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?

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Young Miss Holmes Casebook 3-4

Kaoru Shintani
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$16.99/$19.99 Can.
384 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934943, 1935934945

Author Bio: Kaoru Shintani is an award-winning Japanese manga artist/author whose best-known works include Area-88 and Cleopatra DC.

Summary: Christie Holmes is a prodigy. At ten years old, she’s as familiar with the sciences and classics as any older student at Cambridge or Oxford. And her facility with logic is reminiscent of her uncle, the eminent Sherlock Holmes himself. So, what’s a brilliant young girl to do when her parents are away in India, leaving her behind in the care of maids and servants? Solve mysteries, of course. [Oh, that reminds me, there’s a new Ottoline book I haven’t read yet.]

Along with her giant hound Nelson, Christie’s implacable curiosity leads her from one dangerous adventure to another, often joining forces with Uncle Sherlock and Doctor Watson on their famed investigations. Christie may look pint-sized, but her clever mind is never to be underestimated!
Christie’s cases in this book include:
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
The Memories of Nora
The Five Orange Pips
Red-Headed League

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A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 6

Kazuma Kamachi, Motoi Fuyukawa
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867034, 193786703X

Author Bio: Kazuma Kamachi is a Japanese writer of light novels and manga. He is best known for A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun.

Motoi Fuyukawa is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator best known for A Certain Scientific Railgun.

Summary: Welcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students. The majority of students are enrolled in the city’s “Power Curriculum Program,” where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status.

Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friend Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home, and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn’t!

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Amazing Agent Luna Vol. 8

Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Shiei
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934196, 1935934198

Author Bio: NUNZIO DEFILIPPIS & CHRISTINA WEIR are a husband and wife writing team who have worked in television on HBO’s Arli$$ and Disney’s Kim Possible. Veteran comic book writers, they have written such series as New Mutants and New X-Men,and numerous manga and graphic novels. Their pirate manga adventure, Destiny’s Hand, has been nominated for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens List, 2011. They live in Southern California. www.weirdefilippis.com

SHIEI is the artist for Aoi House and Avalon: the Warlock Diaries. She is the most prolific Original English Language manga artist in the US, having illustrated thirteen full-length manga so far. Shiei resides in Southern California. nekoshiei.deviantart.com
Summary: Luna’s control agent, Jennifer Kajiwara, is given an ultimatum by her superiors in the Agency. If Luna fails in her newest mission, Project Luna be terminated—literally.
As Luna delves deeper into the shadowy organization known as Knightfall, she will discover who her true friends are…but will she be seduced by the “dark side”?

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Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus 1

Nozomu Tamaki
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$19.99/$22.99 Can.
624 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867041, 1937867048

Author Bio: Nozomu Tamaki, is the writer/artist of Dance in the Vampire Bund and the artist ofAngel Para Bellum.

Summary: This omnibus edition contains the first three volumes of the hit manga series Dance in the Vampire Bund.
After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that will become the future haven for vampires from all over the world!
Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes. With her loyal werewolf bodyguard, Akira, at her side, will the princess of vampires survive long enough to see her dream realized?

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Mayo Chiki! Vol. 1 (2nd Edition)

Hajime Asano, Niito
On Sale Date: December 11, 2012, Ship Date: November 20, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867058, 1937867056

Author Bio: Hajime Asano is an author of light novels whose best known work, Mayo Chiki!, has been adapted into a hit manga series and an anime.

Niito is a Japanese manga artist who is best known for Mayo Chiki!

Summary: First Kashimashi, then Toradora!now Mayo Chiki!

Kinjiro Sakamachi is a “normal” seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occassional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control…until now.
A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro’s world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl!? What’s worse, the principal’s cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out, and makes it her life’s work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia.
Is Kanade simply sadistic or does she really want to help Kinjiro overcome his fears? It makes no difference to poor Kinjiro, because his life has just become a living hell.

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Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 2

Morinaga Milk
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
$17.99/$19.99 Can.
496 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867096, 1937867099

Author Bio: Morinaga Milk is a much-lauded yuri manga artist whose works have been published in Comic High, Comic Yuri Hime and other manga magazines in Japan.

Summary: Super-cute and popular high school girl Akko Oohashi has transformed her new friend Mariko in more ways than one. Not only has she inducted Mariko into a circle of new friends and helped her overcome her shyness and sense of isolation, but both girls have awakened feelings they never knew they had.

In the course of their evolving relationship, Akko and Mariko have struggled against every emotional hurdle one would expect from a burgeoning romance between high school girls. One big question remains: are they ready to face the world as a couple?

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Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 6

Yu Aida
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$17.99/$19.99 Can.
352 pages
b&w throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867072, 1937867072

Author Bio: Yu Aida is best known as the writer and artist of Gunslinger Girl, and resides in Tokyo, Japan.

Summary: The Gunslinger Girl saga comes to a heart-pounding conclusion as the scattered factions of the Five Republics movement have united together under the leadership of the terrorist Dante. Utilizing a cache of stolen cruise missles, the Padanian terrorists unleash a series of devistating attacks across the Italian Peninsula and seize control of the New Turin Nuclear Plant. Their demands are simple: shut down the Social Welfare Agency or die.

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I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother!! Vol. 3-4

Kusano Kouichi
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
384 pages
B&W throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934998, 1935934996

Author Bio: Kusano Kouichi, is the author/artist of I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother!!

Summary: The hilarity continues as Takanashi Nao’s massive crush on her adoptive older brother Shuusuke grows. But her best friend Iroha will not be overshadowed, as she desperately competes for Shuusuke’s affection in an ever-escalating battle.

Meanwhile, class president Mayuka has introduced a secret weapon that Shuusuke can’t possibly resist. As Nao and Iroha strive to outdo Mayuka, frisky Shuusuke struggles to keep his cool—and more importantly, his sanity.

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Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade Vol. 3

Jetae Yoo
On Sale Date: January 8, 2013, Ship Date: December 19, 2012
Ages 16 to 21
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
B&W Throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781937867065, 1937867064

Author Bio: Jetae Yoo is a Korean artist who previously worked on The Breaker and is now the author and artist of Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade.

Summary: Jack the Ripper is not what he seems—but the truth may be more terrible than anyone imagined.

With bold and graphic artwork in the vein of the classic vampire hunter manga series Hellsing, Jack the Ripper: Hellblade is a shocking and fascinating reimagining of the world’s most famous serial killer.

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Toradora! Vol. 5

Yuyuko Takemiya, Zekkyo
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
Ages 13 to 18
$11.99/$13.99 Can.
192 pages
b&w througout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781935934790, 1935934791

Author Bio: Yuyuko Takemiya is a Japanese writer of light novels. She is the author ofWatashitachi no Tamura-Kun.

Zekkyo is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator whose works include Druid-San, Welcome and Jyutten!

Summary: Ryuji Takasu thought that his ill-fated luck had turned around now that he was in Junior High sitting next to the girl of his dreams, Minori Kushieda. Ryuji was wrong; for after unwittingly crossing the most feared and fearsome girl in school, Taiga Aisaku, everything went off the deep end!

It’s taken time, but Ryuji and Taiga have slowly found some common ground and can at least tolerate each other (just a little). The problem is, Fate just doesn’t seem to throw Ryuji a bone. Everyone in Ryuji’s class is now convinced that he and Taiga are datingeven Minori! And to make matters even more embarassing, Minori has given Ryuji and Taiga her blessings. How’s Ryuji ever going to win Minori’s heart now?!
A must-have for fans of over-the-top high school comedies like School Rumble and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
The Toradora! franchise began as a long-running light novel series and spawned a popular manga, as well as a visual novel for the PSP. Its much-loved, off-the-wall characters have made cameo appearances in Japanese video games. A 25-episode Toradora! anime series ran on Japanese TV in 2009 and has been released to much acclaim in a deluxe DVD boxset in North America by anime newcomer NIS America.

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Villain School: Hero in Disguise

Stephanie S. Sanders
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 8 to 12
$6.99/$7.99 Can.
240 pages
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore
9781599909066, 1599909065
$15.99/$17.00 Can.
240 pages
Hardback / With dust jacket
Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore
9781599909073, 1599909073
Author Bio: STEPHANIE S. SANDERS lives in Iowa with her two mischievous girls and her deceptively sweet husband. When not plotting against her own characters, Stephanie is likely to be found reading dangerous books or eating indecent amounts of chocolate. She is also the author of Villain School: Good Curses Evil. www.stephsanders.com
Summary: At Master Dreadthorn’s School for Wayward Villains, young villains must learn to be bad. Rune Drexler, Big Bad Wolf Jr., and Jezebel Dracula are feeling pretty good (or bad!) about their evildoer skills. But that was before two new students joined the ranks: Princess Ileana and mad-scientist-in-training, Dodge VonDoe. The new kids have big secrets. One of them is actually a student at Dr. Do-Good’s School for Superior Superheroes and he or she is here to take down Master Dreadthorn. Can Rune and Co. protect their school from the superheroes?Everything you know about good and evil is turned upside down in this delightful series where the “bad guys” wind up saving the world . . . reluctantly.

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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Slipcased Collector’s Edition)

Madeleine L’Engle
On Sale Date: October 30, 2012, Ship Date: October 11, 2012
Ages 10 to 15
$100.00/$110.00 Can.
1008 pages
Full-color frontispiece
Hardback / With dust jacket
Juvenile Fiction / Classics
9780374375966, 0374375968

Author Bio: Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the author of many acclaimed books for children and adults, including novels, collections of essays, plays, and poetry. Among her children’s books she was perhaps best known for A Wrinkle in Time, which won the Newbery Medal. She was also the author of several books featuring the Austin family, including the Newbery Honor book A Ring of Endless Light.

Summary: After Meg and Charles Wallace Murry and Calvin O’Keefe defeated evil and saved the universe in the Newbery Medal-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time, their adventures didn’t end. The other books in the Wrinkle in Time Quintet take readers to the deep past and distant future, to the far reaches of the galaxy and the inner workings of the human heart. A beautiful hardcover gift edition, complete with gilded pages and a slipcase, brings together the stories of A Wrinkle in TimeA Wind in the DoorA Swiftly Tilting PlanetMany Waters, and An Acceptable Time for true fans of this iconic series.

[Okay… I’ll put off buying a new copy of the hardcover.  I hope they include a gallery of the illustrations.  Ellen Raskin [Westing Game] designed the original cover, and the Dillons [multiple Caldecott Medals] redesigned it in 1979.]

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Madeleine L’Engle, Hope Larson
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 10 to 15
$19.99/$21.95 Can.
392 pages
two color througout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9780374386153, 0374386153

Author Bio: Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the author of many acclaimed books for children. www.madeleinelengle.com

Hope Larson is the author of Salamander Dream, Gray Horses, Chiggers, andMercury. She won a 2007 Eisner Award. She lives in Los Angeles, California. www.hopelarson.com.
Summary: The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs–Who, Whatsit, and Which–the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.  Now, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.

[First there was Pippi Longstocking, then Meg Murry.  Strong, young, cabable heroines!  From 65 and 50 years ago!  DC?  Marvel?  This is how it’s done.]

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Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

Ben Hatke
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012, Ship Date: August 15, 2012
Ages 8 to 12
$12.99/$14.99 Can.
224 pages
full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596434479, 1596434473
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$18.99/$21.99 Can.
224 pages
full color throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781596438064, 1596438061

Author Bio: Ben Hatke’s first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer.  In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows.

Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.  His work can be seen online at www.benhatke.com

Summary: Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure. Zita is determined to find her way home to earth, following the events of the first book. But things are never simple, and certainly never easy, in space.

Zita’s exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergallactic megastar! But she’s about to find out that fame doesn’t come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your public persona, and you’ve got a robot doppelganger wreaking havoc . . . while wearing your face?
Still, if anyone can find their way through this intractible mess of mistaken identity and alien invaders, it’s the indomitable Zita.

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Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012, Ship Date: August 29, 2012
Ages 4 to 8
$9.99/$10.99 Can.
64 pages
Full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure
9781596437302, 1596437308

Author Bio: James Sturm is the cofounder and director of The Center for Cartoon Studies. On the Adventures in Cartooning series, he is joined by Alexis Frederick Frost and A. L. Arnold, both graduates of CCS.

Summary: Christmas is coming! The Magic Cartooning Elf and his friend the Knight join forces to make a Christmas comic for Santa to give to all the boys and girls in the world. As with previous installments in the Adventures in Cartooning series, Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special is a zany adventure story seamlessly integrated with nuggets of practical cartooning tips: how to write, illustrate, print, and distribute comics! It’s a terrific holiday gift, and after reading it, kids will be inspired to make more gifts…with comics!

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Broxo

Zack Giallongo
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
Ages 10 to 14
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
240 pages
full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596435513, 1596435518

Author Bio: Zack Giallongo was born and raised in Massachusetts, although one half of his family lives in Indiana. Between New England and the Midwest, he’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. He currently lives with two cats and enjoys playing the banjo. He also likes cheese, bowling, and writing in the third person.Broxo is his first graphic novel.

Summary: In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake.

Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo’s lost tribe. Can the two young warriors together defeat the living dead?
With accessible and beautiful art, killer fight scenes, and a story that mixes humor, romance, and classic high fantasy, Broxo is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Sailor Twain : Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson

Mark Siegel
On Sale Date: October 2, 2012, Ship Date: September 13, 2012
$24.99/$28.99 Can.
400 pages
b/w illustrations throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
9781596436367, 1596436360

Author Bio: Mark Siegel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in France. He is the editorial director of First Second and an accomplished writer and illustrator. He is the illustrator of To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel, a Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book, written by his wife, Siena Cherson Siegel; and author and illustrator of the picture book Moving House, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Summary: One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular–and notoriously reclusive–author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, SAILOR TWAIN is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.
[Can’t wait?  Read the webcomic!]

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Tune, Book 1: Vanishing Point

Derek Kirk Kim
On Sale Date: November 13, 2012, Ship Date: October 25, 2012
$16.99/$18.99 Can.
176 pages
b/w illustrations throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
9781596435162, 159643516X

Author Bio: Derek Kirk Kim is the award-winning author of Same DifferenceThe Eternal Smile(with Gene Luen Yang), and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm). He has also contributed to numerous anthologies including Flight (Vol. 1), Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, and Bizarro World. His web-TV series, Mythomania, loosely based onTune, is currently in its first season.

He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Summary: Simon’s life is going nowhere, fast. He left art school with his career all worked out ahead of time, but …to say it didn’t work out is the understatement of the century. Unemployed and living with his overbearing parents, Simon struggles to keep sight of the lofty goals that once drove him. But it’s hard, even when he reconnects with his old art school crush, Yumi.

Things look better, briefly, with Yumi back in the picture and an actual job offer on the table. But then Simon takes the job offer–to work at a zoo–and finds himself in an alternate dimension. The zoo? Is run by aliens. The exhibit? Is him.
Derek Kirk Kim is back with an offbeat, poignant new project. The first volume of a series, Tune is a science fiction comedy, but it’s also a smart and affectionate examination of human nature.
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Castle: How It Works

David Macaulay, Sheila Keenan
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012, Ship Date: August 29, 2012
Ages 7 to 8
$15.99/$18.50 Can.
32 pages
Full color throughout
Hardback / With dust jacket
Juvenile Fiction / Readers
9781596437449, 1596437448
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$3.99/$4.99 Can.
32 pages
Full color throughout
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Juvenile Fiction / Readers
9781596437661, 1596437669

Author Bio: David Macaulay received his bachelor of architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design. In January 1973, Macaulay went to France to work on the first of his twenty-five books, Cathedral. He then constructed a colonial Roman town (City, 1974), erected monuments to the Pharaohs (Pyramid, 1975), dissected the maze of subterranean systems below and essential to every major city (Underground, 1976), built a medieval fortress (Castle, 1977), and dismantled the Empire State Building (Unbuilding, 1980). Macaulay is perhaps best known for The Way Things Work (1988). It was followed by Black and White (1990) for which he won the 1991 Caldecott Medal. A revised edition of The Way Things Work was published in 1998 followed by Building Big, Mosque, and most recently, The Way We Work (2008).

Summary: Every part of a castle has a function. Walls keep the enemy out. Towers protect the lord and the soldiers. With his unique blend of informative text adn illustration, master explainer David Macaulay takes readers on a tour of a Medieval Castle–from the moat and portcullis to the great hall and the dungeon. See how a castle works as an enemy army tries to storm the walls.

[An amazing illustrator, and, yes, cartoonist.  Go read “Black and White”.]

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Coming Attractions: February 2012: Part Three

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Here it is, the stunning conclusion of new titles shipping in February!

Since this is Oscars weekend, I’ve included some award winners below!  Hugo!  Edgar!  Carnegie!  Stoker!  Even Shamus!  (No, not that one!)

Lots of adaptations!  One is a comic based on a movie based on a prose novel!

If I overlooked something, let me know in the comments!

Titles have links embedded!

Pictures and texts are from the publishers.  Many websites also have previews available!

And now, my boilerplate:

So, here’s what caught my eye.  Please comment below, and please feel free to mention titles I may have marginalized or overlooked.  My tastes are eclectic, but there’s stuff which doesn’t interest me, or doesn’t evoke much of a response.  I respect everyone who manages to publish something, but with some 400 graphic novel titles a month, I have to be selective.

CAVEAT:  As I discovered while doing the publisher posts, that some titles have been canceled or postponed.  The titles below, the information is subject to change.  Some may already be out and on sale, some may be vaporous.  Covers and text are supplied by the publishers.

I am employed as a bookseller.  Nothing I say here or anywhere else online has any connection to my employer.  I know my employer can take umbrage at any association people may make between my private and professional activities, so I’m careful to let sleeping despots lie.

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Silent Partner

Jonathan Kellerman, Ande Parks, Michael Gaydos
$23.00
9780440423638

Author Bio: JONATHAN KELLERMAN is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than two dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children, as well as the lavishly illustrated volume, With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.

ANDE PARKS is the critically acclaimed author of the graphic novels Union Station and Capote in Kansas. He lives in Kansas with his wife and children.

MICHAEL GAYDOS has illustrated major comic book series for Marvel and DC and collaborated with superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis on the Alias series.

Summary: Jonathan Kellerman is already the master of the psychological thriller and has conquered the bestseller lists, with more than 40 million copies of his novels in print. Now Kellerman is set to win over new fans—and give his longtime readers something special—with this graphic novel adaptation of his bestselling novel Silent Partner. With stylish, black-and-white, noir-inspired art from award-winning artist Michael Gaydos, the Silent Partner graphic novel will bring new life to this classic Alex Delaware story. In Silent Partner, Alex investigates the murder of his ex-lover, a mysterious, alluring woman with a troubled past. His investigation will take him to the seamy side of Hollywood and its glamorous ultrarich…to the dark and twisted corridors of the mind.
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A Devil and Her Love Song, Volume 1

Miyoshi Tomori
$9.99
9781421541648

Author Bio: Miyoshi Tomori made her debut as a manga creator in 2001, and her previous titles include Hatsukare (First Boyfriend), Tongari Root (Square Root), and Brass Love!! Her current series, A Devil and Her Love Song, is running in Margaret magazine.

Summary: Meet Maria Kawai–she’s gorgeous and whip-smart, a girl who seems to have it all. But when she unleashes her sharp tongue, it’s no wonder some consider her to be the very devil! Maria’s difficult ways even get her kicked out of an elite school, but this particular fall may actually turn out to be her saving grace…

Maria’s frank nature gains her more enemies at her new school, but her angelic singing voice inadvertently catches the attention of Yusuke Kanda and Shin Meguro. Can these boys mend her hardened heart, or will they just end up getting scorched?
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Girl Genius Omnibus, Volume One : Agatha Awakens

Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
$34.99
9780765331328

Author Bio: PHIL and KAJA FOGLIO are the cocreators of the Hugo Award–winning and Eagle and Eisner Award–nominated webcomic Girl Genius. Phil Foglio illustrated Robert Asprin’s MythAdventures series, and Kaja Foglio contributed art for Magic: the Gathering. Kaja and Phil were married in 1993. They have a son and a daughter, and live in Seattle.www.studiofoglio.com

Summary: The Industrial Revolution has become all-out war as mad scientists, gifted with the Spark, unleash their insane inventions on an unprepared Europe. For centuries, the Heterodyne family of inventors kept the peace, but the last Heterodyne disappeared twenty years ago, leaving their ally Baron Wulfenbach to maintain order with his fleet of airships and army of Jaeger Monsters.

At Transylvania Polygnostic University, Agatha Clay dreams of being a scientist, though her trouble concentrating dooms her to be a lowly minion. When Agatha shows signs of having the Spark, she grabs the attention of the Baron—and the Baron’s handsome young son, Gilgamesh.

Swept up to the Airship City, Agatha finds herself surrounded by the greatest minds of her generation, as well as palace intrigue, dashing heroes, and an imperial cat. Agatha may be the most brilliant mind of her generation and the key to control of the continent, but first, she has to survive.
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Atmospherics Color Edition

Ellis, Warren
$7.99
9781592911455

Summary: You may have seen Warren Ellis’ ATMOSPHERICS before, but never like this!Available at fine comic book shops everywhere, the ATMOSPHERICS Color Edition graphic novel presents Ellis’ psychological thriller in fully painted color, wholly remastered by artist Ken Meyer, Jr.

An event of unparalleled horror happened in the town called Helen, and the only survivor is Bridget Rhinehart. When the entire populace was ripped apart, turned inside out in the style of cattle mutilations, how could one woman live survive? Unless… Bridget herself was somehow responsible. Is she who she claims to be, an escapee of an alien attack? Or is she dangerous, a mass murderer of innocent people and FBI agents? And do her interrogators want the truth, or a scapegoat to pin the massacre on?

We’ve happily provided a preview of the ATMOSPHERICS Color Edition graphic novel below, but we also encourage you to familiarize yourself with Ken Meyer, Jr., the highly skilled artist whose full-color painting gave new life to this science fiction / horror classic.
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The Secret World of Arrietty (Film Comic), Volume 1

Yonebayashi, Hiromasa, Keiko Niwa
$16.99
9781421541167

The Secret World of Arrietty (Film Comic), Volume 2

Yonebayashi, Hiromasa, Keiko Niwa
$16.99
9781421541174

Author Bio: Born in 1973 in Ishikawa-ken, Japan, Hiromasa Yonebayashi studied Commercial Design at the Kanazawa College of Art. In 13 Yonebayashi joined Studio Ghibli and worked as an “in-between” animator on Princess Mononoke (1997) and My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999), and as Key Animator for Spirited Away (2001), “The GHIBLIES Episode 2″ (2002), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), and Ponyo (2008). He was also the Assistant Supervising Animator for Tales from Earthsea (2006).Yonebayashi has also worked on short films for the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka. He was the Director of Animation for the “Mei and the Baby Cat Bus” (2002), the Supervising Animator for “Imaginary Flying Machines” (2002), and also storyboarded and directed “Evolution” (2008), a short film documenting the “Films Go Round” exhibit.

Yonebayashi makes his debut as the director of a feature-length animated film with Studio Ghibli’s latest production, Arrietty.

Summary: Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for A.Arrietty isn’t your ordinary fourteen-year-old girl–she small enough to make her home under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” what she and her family needs from the giants in whose shadows they live. A young boy named Sho befriends Arrietty, but when adults discover the Borrowers, Arrittey and Sho must work together to save her family. Based on the classic novel by Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Arrietty is a delight for all ages.
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Jinchalo

Matthew Forsythe
$17.95
9781770460676

Author Bio: Matt Forsythe works and lives in Montreal. His illustration work has appeared in numerous magazines, including The Walrus and The Wall Street Journal.

Summary: Jinchalo is Korean for “Really?” and that question (formulated variously as “What is and what isn’t?” “What is real?” and “What is imagined?”) is at the heart of this book. A companion to Matthew Forsythe’s vastly successful Ojingogo, Jinchalo stars the same little girl as its heroine. When the mischievous shape-shifter Jinchalo hatches from a mysterious egg, he starts our heroine adventuring anew. Magical troubles drag the pair out of the safety of her home, through the small village where she resides, up, up, and away. In the course of their flight, they visit a robot garden, follow a vine into the clouds, and leave the village far behind.

These comics are firmly rooted in Korean folktales and stylistic conventions, with a playful, joyous drawn line. Jinchalo welcomes readers back into Forsythe’s Miyazaki-tinged dreamscape where spotted octopi fly and bears give piggyback rides, where hummingbirds are larger than people and a sad furry monster wearing a bowler hat lurks around every corner. Forsythe uses page space innovatively in this wordless, panel-less book, and his storytelling is compelling for all ages, both simple and intricately detailed.
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Is That All There Is?

Joost Swarte, Chris Ware
$35.00
9781606995105

Author Bio: Joost Swarte lives in the Netherlands and online at joostswarte.com.

Summary: By appropriating and subverting Tintin creator Hergé’s classic “clear line” style, Joost Swarte revitalized European alternative comics in the 1970s with a series of satirical, musically elegant, supremely beautifully drawn short stories — often featuring his innocent, magnificently-quiffed Jopo de Pojo, or his orotund scientist character, Anton Makassar.

Under Swarte’s own exacting supervision, Is That All There Is? will collect virtually all of his alternative comics work from 1972 to date, including the RAW magazine stories that brought him fame among American comics aficionados in the 1980s. Especially great pains will be taken to match Swarte’s superb coloring, which includes stories executed in watercolor, comics printed in retro duotones, fiendishly clever use of Zip-a-Tone screens, and much more. (There’s even a story about how to color comics art using those screens, with Makassar as the teacher.)
Other noteworthy stories include Swarte’s take on an episode from Hergé’s early days, a Fats Domino story, a tribute to the legendary “Upside-Downs” strip, and a story titled simply “Modern Art.”
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At the Mountains of Madness (Illustrated Classics)

H.P. Lovecraft, Ian N. J. Culbard
$14.95
9781402780424

Author Bio: In 2006, Ian N. J. Culbard surpassed thousands of other writers and had his work published in Dark Horse Comics’ New Recruits anthology. He has since appeared in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Judge Dredd Magazine, and 2000 AD. Culbard is an acclaimed animation director. This is the third full-length graphic novel for which he has created the art, having previously collaborated on The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Hound of the Baskervilles with Ian Edginton.

Summary: I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why.

H.P. Lovecraft’s terrifying horror story gets an illustrated interpretation by one of today’s finest graphic novel artists. Geologist William Dyer–the narrator of this novella–is desperate to stop a research team planning a journey to Antarctica. He himself led a disastrous mission there, only to discover evidence of blood-chilling evil from beyond Earth. Will the new expedition continue its plans? And what will happen if they go?

Once again, as he did in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Hound of the Baskervilles, Ian N. J. Culbard has created an unforgettably powerful retelling of a classic tale.
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Amazing Mysteries : The Bill Everett Archives, Volume 1

Blake Bell, Bill Everett
$39.99
9781606994887

Author Bio: Bill Everett, the creator of the Sub-Mariner and the co-creator of Daredevil, died in 1973.

Blake Bell is the author of Strange & Stranger (a retrospective of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko), Fire & Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner, and the Birth of Marvel Comics; Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives; I Have to Live With This Guy!, and Strange Suspense and Unexplored Worlds (two volumes in The Steve Ditko Archives). He lives in Toronto, Ontario with his son.

Summary: The 1939 creation of the Sub-Mariner for the first issue of Marvel Comics assures Bill Everett a place in history. Co-creating Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, for Marvel Comics in 1964 gave Everett a link to one of the most popular superheroes of the past 50 years. And producing over 400 additional pages of superhero-related work in the very early days of the Golden Age of Comics (1938-42) makes Bill Everett a legend.

This book collects over 200 pages of this never-before-reprinted work from titles such as Amazing Mystery Funnies (1938), Amazing-Man Comics (1939), Target Comics (1940), Heroic Comics (1940), and Blue Bolt Comics (1940). These titles feature an endless array of great vintage Everett characters such as Amazing-Man, Hydroman, Skyrocket Steele, Sub-Zero, The Chameleon, and many more, all produced by Everett shop Funnies, Inc. for such clients as Centaur, Novelty Press, and Eastern Color, and all displaying Everett brilliant cartooning and energetic storytelling.

Edited and compiled by best-selling author and comic-book historian Blake Bell (Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko), Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives is a stunning companion to Bell 2010 critically acclaimed Everett biography and art book, Fire and Water: Bill Everett, The Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics. This volume follows the format of Bell Steve Ditko Archives series; never-before-reprinted, beautifully restored, full-color stories from one of comic books- greatest visionaries and most accomplished artists. Also includes an introduction by Bell that delves even deeper into Everett life, fiery personality, and the history of the era. The resultant package enhances Everett place in history as one of the first and best comic-book creators of all time.
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Bye Bye Babylon: Beirut, 1975–1979

Lamia Ziade, Olivia Snaije
$24.95
9781566568777

Author Bio: Born in Lebanon, Lamia Ziadé is an internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator. She has worked as a fabric designer for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Issey Miyake, had a number of solo exhibitions in Paris, Munich, Los Angeles, and Shanghai, and has published several books for adults and children, including L’utilisation Maximum de la Douceur (written by Vincent Ravalec, Seuil 2001), Rayon Beauté (Le Rouergue, 1998), and Souliax (written by Olivier Douzou, Le Rouergue, 1999). She is a regular contributor to the French magazines Vogue and Jalouse among others. She lives in Paris.

Summary: Tragedy and innocence coexist in this delicate reconstruction of the author’s childhood during Lebanon’s civil warIn 1975 I was seven years old, and loved the Bazooka bubble-gums my mother would buy for Walid and me in Spinney’s supermarket… Beirut in the 1970s is a paradise. Wealthy families ride escalators and fill shopping carts with imported food and luxury products from Paris and New York. Lamia Ziadé, seven years old, dreams of banana splits, American candy, flying on Pan Am Airways and visiting the local cinema. Considered by the elite the “Paris, Las Vegas or Monaco of the Middle East,” Beirut was in reality a powder-keg, waiting for a spark. On April 13, 1975 Lamia and her family returned from lunch in the countryside to find a city in flames.

Looking back on the golden days before the war, and its immediate, devastating effects, Bye Bye Babylon positions an elegiac and shocking narrative next to a child’s perspective of the years 1975–79: of consumer icons next to burning buildings, scenes of violence and sparkling new weapons painted in vivid Technicolor—war as pop.

It is both a lament for a home transformed by a destructive madness, and an inventory of the concrete objects of her childhood: the objects, details and fragments of memory which combine to capture the impossible reality of war. Part artist’s sketchbook, part travel notebook and part family album, Bye Bye Babylon is a unique graphic memoir, and an important visual record of a terrible war.
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Elric: The Balance Lost, Volume 1

Moorcock, Michael
$14.99
9781608860487

Summary: Fifty years ago, Michael Moorcock introduced readers to Elric of Melibone, the last prince of a doomed city kept alive though the unholy sorcery of his runesword Stormbringer. Elric now returns to comics in Elric: The Balance Lost written by Chris Roberson and with an afterword by Neil Gaiman. Elric: The Balance Lost follows the anti-hero Elric as he teams up with two more incarnations of the Eternal Champion – Corum and Dorian Hawkmoon – as they restore the universal balance.
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The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat

R. Crumb
$19.99
9781606994801

Author Bio: Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

Summary: Created by an adolescent R. Crumb in the late 1950s, Fritz the Cat rose to fame — along with his creator — during the underground comix revolution of the 1960s, and remains Crumb’s most well-known character and an internationally recognized icon of 1960s culture.Fritz is a feline, freewheeling chiseler who allowed Crumb to express some of his most acidic commentary on American culture. Tragicomedy, farce and satire all rolled into one, The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat chronicles the very best of Fritz’s adventures from his early days as an idealistic college student to his ultimate fate as a jaded, burned-out superstar, including Crumb’s infamous send-off of the character in the wake of Ralph Bakshi’s animated feature film, an experience and project that completely dissatisfied Crumb.

Finally collected in a single volume, these Fritz stories are a funny, insightful, authentic record of a tumultuous period in American life, with humor and compassion by the most well-respected cartoonist of all time.
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Kevin Keller

Dan Parent
$19.99
9781879794931

Author Bio: Dan Parent (born 1964 in St. Albans, Vermont) is an American comic book artist and writer best known for his work for Archie Comics. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Parent began working for Archie immediately after graduation. His writing of the Love Showdown series from 1994 received widespread attention. Parent has also illustrated Felix the Cat, Barbie, Disney Adventures, and a wide variety of other titles.

Summary: This is Archie’s first direct-to-hardcover collection of new stories, featuring the popular Kevin Keller, Archie’s first gay character. His first comic book appearance sold out immediately and marked the first time Archie has gone back to print on a comic book title—his stories continue to receive a steady stream of positive press and we expect this deluxe affordable hardcover edition to do well in both mainstream and specialty markets.

The secret is “out” and Kevin Keller is here, starring in his very own deluxe oversize hardcover graphic novel!
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Coming Attractions: February 2012: Marvel Publishes Justice League Zombies, DC Publishes Captain America and the Silver Surfer!

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The monthly review continues, this time with DC and Marvel titles!

What’s big?  Well, Marvel is pushing their John Carter titles to promote the movie (including reprinting a Bronze Age storyline which takes place between the third and fourth paragraphs of chapter 27 of Burroughs’ novel A Princess of Mars!)

Then there’s a few Avengers titles to tie in with the summer movie, a retelling of the Fantastic Four, and a new person in the Spidey suit (in a series which is a reboot of a reboot of the ongoing Spider-Man series).  There’s also an X-Men series written by the director of the upcoming Avengers movie.  And, for some reason, two Daredevil collections.  If you’ve ever wondered what the Justice League would be like as zombies, Marvel delivers.  (Wait, didn’t DC already do that with Blackest Night?)

DC reprints their classic crossover stories with Marvel (don’t ask which versions, or where it fits in the canon… just read and enjoy.)  There’s also a collection of secret origins from the Silver Age (DC version 2.0, we’re now in DC 4.0), and a nice Showcase collection of pre-Vertigo horror comics!

Titles have links embedded, where I could find them.

And now, my boilerplate:

So, here’s what caught my eye.  Please comment below, and please feel free to mention titles I may have marginalized or overlooked.  My tastes are eclectic, but there’s stuff which doesn’t interest me, or doesn’t evoke much of a response.  I respect everyone who manages to publish something, but with some 400 graphic novel titles a month, I have to be selective.

CAVEAT:  As I discovered while doing the publisher posts, that some titles have been canceled or postponed.  The titles below, the information is subject to change.  Some may already be out and on sale, some may be vaporous.  Covers and text are supplied by the publishers.

I am employed as a bookseller.  Nothing I say here or anywhere else online has any connection to my employer.  I know my employer can take umbrage at any association people may make between my private and professional activities, so I’m careful to let sleeping Axolotl lie.

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DC/Marvel Crossover Omnibus, Volume 1

[No page on the DC website.  The cover shown was used on the previous “volume two” collection.]

Various
$49.99
9781401232306, 1401232302

Summary: The two greatest comic book publishing companies, DC Comics and Marvel Comics, get together in this hardcover omnibus and let their finest heroes face off against each other as well as their greatest villains.

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John Carter : World of Mars

Peter David, Luke Ross
$14.99
9780785160410, 0785160418

Summary: Captain John Carter finds himself on a strange new world where he must fight for his very life — and for the heart of a princess! Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary novels come to life in this action-packed, all-new, re-envisioned adventure! Meet the Tharks, terrible warrior race of Mars! See Woola, the scariest guard dog you’ll ever lay eyes upon! Gasp as John Carter battles the great white apes of Barsoom! And hold your breath as he first lays eyes upon the woman who will change his life forever: the proud and beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium!

COLLECTING: JOHN CARTER: A PRINCESS OF MARS #1-5.

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Marvel Zombies Supreme

Frank Marafino, Fernando Blanco
$16.99
9780785151685, 0785151680

Summary: The Squadron Supreme: heroes from another dimension, stranded on our Earth and sworn to protect it. Now, this super-powered team hungers for human flesh as a result of the mad science of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.! When Jill Harper’s military special-ops team receives a distress call from a P.E.G.A.S.U.S. facility in lockdown, they get a lot more than they bargained for! Researchers at Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. cloned the members of the Squadron Supreme for medical science, but their creations are monstrously imperfect and need to consume human flesh to survive. Now, Harper and her team must find a way to stop these hyper-powerful zombie clones before they escape and begin feeding on the population — and their only hope lies in a long-dead former Avenger returned to life!

COLLECTING: MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME 1-5

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Red Skull: Incarnate

Mirko Colak, Greg Pak
$15.99
9780785152071, 0785152075

Summary: Witness the chilling creation of Marvel’s greatest monster, and liberty’s greatest enemy. As Berlin descends into chaos and ruin, sinister forces are on the rise…and the men who will form the Nazi Party ascent to power. Against this tragic backdrop of history, a boy comes of age: Johann Schmidt. Orphan, thug, urchin–Johann has nothing–and how far he would go for power will change the world. Greg Pak, the writer of X-MEN: MAGNETO-TESTAMENT, and breakout artist Mirko Colak (SECRET WARRIORS) bring to life the twisted birth of the Red Skull.

COLLECTING:RED SKULL 1-5

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Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon & John Cassaday Ultimate Collection, Book 1

Joss Whedon, John Cassaday
$29.99
9780785161943, 0785161945

Summary: Expectations were high when Joss Whedon was announced as the writer of the new ASTONISHING X-MEN series. With Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Whedon had created one of the most popular TV shows of the 1990s; now, teamed with superstar artist John Cassaday, he was taking on the best-selling X-Men. Their storyline took inspiration from the classic sagas of the ’70s and ’80s, while forging ahead with a thoroughly modern take on the mutant team. From the opening pages of a Sentinel attack to the unexpected return of a beloved X-Man, Whedon and Cassaday kept fans breathlessly awaiting each new chapter of their epic story. Now, the complete saga — acclaimed as “Series of the Year”‌ by Wizard magazine and a “Must Have Gift”‌ by TV Guide — is collected across two softcover volumes.

COLLECTING: Astonishing X-Men 1-12

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Daredevil By Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection – Book 1

Michael Lark, Ed Brubaker, David Aja
$29.99
9780785163343, 0785163344

Summary: The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends.

COLLECTING: DAREDEVIL (1998) 82-93

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The Avengers Omnibus, Volume 1

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
$99.99
9780785158462, 0785158464

Summary: The Avengers, comics’ greatest super team, burst onto the scene in 1963 at the forefront of revolutionary Marvel Age of Comics. Iron Man, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp joined together to face the menace of Loki — and set off on a streak of tales that nearly 50 years later still sets the trend for super-hero epics. From Captain America’s return from the icy depths of the Atlantic to the first appearances of classic enemies like Kang the Conqueror to the game-changing introduction of a trio of former villains into their ranks — Avengers was a bona-fide comic-book blockbuster! And you’ll experience every story, every villain, even every letters page in this painstakingly restored Omnibus collection — written by Stan “The Man”‌ Lee, and illustrated by Jack Kirby and Don Heck. It’s a must-have for every Marvel fan’s collections — so reserve your copy today, True Believer!

COLLECTING: AVENGERS (1963) 1-30

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Daredevil By Mark Waid, Volume 1

Paolo Manuel Rivera, Mark Waid, Marcos Martin
$19.99
9780785152378, 0785152377

Summary: THE DEVIL IS REBORN. RENEWED. RESURRECTED. With new enemies, new friends and that same old “grinnin’ in the face of hell”‌ attitude, the Man Without Fear is back in action and leading with his face! Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Irredeemable, RUSE) joins neo-legendary artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin for a new spin on Daredevil that will leave you gasping for air. Having turned his world upside during the past several years, Matt Murdock realizes justice may not be blind to his past and villains may not be the only ones looking for answers. Bring it on! If Matt Murdock could see what he was doing, he’d be terrified.

COLLECTING: DAREDEVIL (2011) 1-6

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DC Universe: Secret Origins

$39.99
9781401234034, 1401234038

Summary: The classic Silver Age titles are collected in hardcover for the first time, including SECRET ORIGINS #1, MORE SECRET ORIGINS #1, EVEN MORE SECRET ORIGINS #1 and WEIRD SECRET ORIGINS #1! Don’t miss the origins of Wonder Woman, the Superman/Batman team, The Challengers of the Unknown, Martian Manhunter, the Justice League of America, Aquaman, The Flash, The Atom, Bizarro and more!

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Showcase Presents Ghosts

[Contributors can be found here.]
$19.99
9781401233174, 1401233171

Summary: From the 1970s comes this value-priced collection of classic ghost stories, featuring stories like:
• “Ghost in the Iron Coffin”
• “The Tattooed Terror”
• “Death Held the Lantern High”
• “The Dark Goddess of Doom”
• “The Haunted Hero of Saint Helena”
• “The Screaming Skulls”

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Batman: Gates of Gotham

Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Trevor Mccarthy
$14.99
9781401233419, 1401233414

Author Bio: Scott Snyder has been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook and other journals. He most recently has co-written AMERICAN VAMPIRE for Vertigo/DC Comics, along with horror-master Stephen King, BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS and SWAMP THING.

Summary: Batman stands today as one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture, and along with the Batcave and the Batmobile, Gotham City itself stands as one of the most identifiable aspects of Batman lore. This trade explores not only the history of the city but its dark secrets and deadly denizens as well, giving readers a whole scale look at world of Batman.Writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE) teams with Kyle Higgins to pen the story, which features various members of the Batman family uniting to solve a mystery that travels through multiple eras of Gotham City.

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John Carter: A Princess of Mars

Roger Langridge, Filipe Andrade
$14.99
9780785160427, 0785160426

Summary: Captain John Carter finds himself on a strange new world where he must fi ght for his very life – and for the heart of a princess! Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary novels come to life in this action-packed, all-new re-envisioned adventure! Meet the Tharks, terrible warrior race of Mars! See Woola, the scariest guard dog you’ll ever lay eyes upon! Gasp as John Carter battles the great white apes of Barsoom! And hold your breath as he first lays eyes upon the woman who will change his life forever – the proud and beautiful Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium!

COLLECTING: JOHN CARTER OF MARS: A PRINCESS OF MARS 1-5

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John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus

Marv Wolfman, Gil Kane, Walter Simonson, Peter Gil…
$99.99
9780785159902, 0785159908
Summary: Marvel’s top talents of the 1970s take on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ savage swordsman of Barsoom! John Carter, a hunted soldier on the Western frontier, is transported to an alien world filled with six-armed aliens, sinister super-science and the love of his life, the incomparable Dejah Thoris! A must-have science-fiction epic in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
COLLECTING: JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS #1-28 and ANNUAL #1-3.
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Captain America by Ed Brubaker, Volume 1

Steve McNiven, Ed Brubaker
$19.99
9780785157083, 0785157085
Summary: Best-selling Cap writer Ed Brubaker and superstar artist Steve McNiven bring you the next huge chapter in Steve Rogers’ life, and it’s a perfect jumping-on point for fans of the Cap movie! A funeral for a fallen friend turns into a race against time as the original Captain America makes his explosive return! Find out the secrets of the mission that went wrong in WWII, and why old friends are now old enemies! It’s all-out Cap action and history the way you like it,in a cage match for your comic-reading pleasure.
COLLECTING: Captain America (2011) 1-5
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Fantastic Four: Season One

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, David Marquez
$24.99
9780785156413, 0785156410
Summary: In Manhattan’s most famous skyscraper, the Baxter Building, scientific genius Reed Richards hatches a plan that will change the lives of those he loves most — and the very course of human history — in a way no one could have ever imagined. Revisit the story that irrevocably altered comics and pop culture in this all-new graphic novel, modernizing the journey of Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm as they travel to the stars — and return with fantastic, devastating results! Plus: Witness the FF’s cataclysmic first battles with the Mole Man, Dr. Doom and Prince Namor, the mysterious Sub-Mariner, in a way you’ve never seen before. You only think you know the story! Also features FANTASTIC FOUR #570 by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham.
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Marvel Firsts : The 1970s, Volume 1

$29.99
9780785163800, 0785163808

Summary: When the swingin’ seventies arrived, Marvel was there to welcome it with a host of new characters and titles! Assembled in one volume for the very first time are the fabulous first issues of dozens of Marvel’s finest offerings from the seventies, including the likes of Dracula, Man-Thing, Luke Cage, and Tigra, not to mention such solo breakouts as the Black Widow and the Beast. Westerns, war, sci-fi, super heroes, monsters and mutants!

COLLECTING: AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1, #11 and #18; SAVAGE TALES (1971) #1; MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #1-2 and #5; MARVEL FEATURE (1971) #1; MARVEL PREMIERE #1: TOMB OF DRACULA #1; HERO FOR HIRE #1; COMBAT KELLY & THE DEADLY DOZEN #1; OUTLAW KID (1970) #10; GUNHAWKS #1; THE CAT #1: SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL (1972) #1; and MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN #1.

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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man By Brian Michael Bendis, Volume 1

Sara Pichelli, Brian Michael Bendis
$24.99
9780785157120, 0785157123

Summary: The year’s most-talked about story! Miles Morales IS the new Spider-Man! What’s the secret behind his powers, and how will he master them? What new and familiar enemies will rise to challenge this all-new Spider-Man? And will Miles live up to Peter Parker’s legacy? Also includes ULTIMATE COMICS FALLOUT #4, featuring the very first appearance of Miles Morales!

COLLECTING: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) 1-6

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Ender’s Shadow: Ultimate Collection

Sebastian Fiumara, Mike Carey
$29.99
9780785163381, 0785163387
Summary: Adapting sci-fi legend Orson Scott Card’s classic novel! The alien Formics twice attacked the human race. We barely won. Now, the International Fleet is drafting brilliant kids to train them to command our forces in the next war. And from the teeming legions of unwanted children, Sister Carlotta has plucked a promising candidate: Bean, with a staggering brilliance as unexplainable as his mysterious origins. But just as the prodigiously talented Bean’s mentor, Ender Wiggin, is shipped off to Command School, Bean is thrust into an existential crisis: the discovery of a long-lost brother and the return of his worst enemy. Worse, it’s a crisis engineered by the very leaders depending on his graduation to Command School!
COLLECTING: ENDER’S GAME: BATTLE SCHOOL 1-5, ENDER’S GAME: COMMAND SCHOOL 1-5
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The Twelve, Volume 1

J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Weston
$16.99
9780785123248, 0785123245
Summary: Yesterday’s Men of Tomorrow – today! The Phantom Reporter. Electro. The Black Widow. The Laughing Mask. The Blue Blade. Dynamic Man. Master Mind Excello. Mister E. The Fiery Mask. The Witness. Rockman. Captain Wonder. Laying dormant for sixty years, they awaken in a tormented world that needs them more than ever. But has the world grown beyond their brand of old-fashioned heroism? Writer J. Michael Stracyzynski (TV’s Babylon 5, THOR) and artist Chris Weston (The Invisibles, FANTASTIC FOUR: THE FIRST FAMILY) present the first half of this post-modernist tale of sacrifice, betrayal and human nature.
COLLECTING: THE TWELVE 1-6
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Superman: The Black Ring, Volume 1

Paul Cornel, Pete Woods
$14.99
9781401230340, 1401230342

Author Bio: Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama as well as Dr. Who fiction and as the creator of one of the Doctor’s spin-off companions. He has written for other television dramas including Robin Hood, Primeval, Casualty, Holby City and Coronation Street. His comics work includes Captain Britain and MI-13, Black Widow: Deadly Origin and Dark X-Men, as well as ACTION COMICS.

Summary: When Lex Luthor finally regained control of LexCorp, he thought he had everything he wanted. But in BLACKEST NIGHT, he briefly became an Orange Lantern and got a taste of true power. Now he’ll do anything – anything – to get that power back. Buckle in for a greatest hits tour of the DCU’s most wanted as Lex Luthor begins an epic quest for power, all brought to you by new ongoing writer Paul Cornell (Dr. Who, Captain Britain and MI-13) and artist Pete Woods (WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON), with covers by David Finch (BRIGHTEST DAY, Ultimatum)!
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Wonder Woman : Amazon. Hero. Icon.

Bob Greenberger, George Perez
$14.98 [hardcover!]
9780789324160, 0789324164
[Issued in 2010 as a $35.00 hardcover.]
Author Bio: Robert Greenberger is a writer and editor from New York City. A lifelong fan of comic books and science fiction, he began his career with Fangoria before becoming Associate Editor for Starlog. While at Starlog he created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips, and Greenberger joined DC Comics in 1984 and worked on various DC Comics’ projects including Who’s Who, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Star Trek, Suicide Squad, Warlord, Doom Patrol, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files among many others. Currently, Greenberger writes for such clients as Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, scifi.com, DC Comics, and Marvel.
Summary: Wonder Woman is a comprehensive look at the first and most important female super hero of DC Comics, from the Golden Age to the present day. Wonder Woman is the most popular female super hero of all time and a cultural icon. During her existence, she has served in the army, renounced her powers at the height of the feminist movement, and helped launch Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine. She has been—and continues to be—a trailblazing role model to girls and women and an integral part of the cultural zeitgeist. Loosely chronological, Wonder Woman explores idiosyncratic creator William Moulton Marston’s interest in ideas of a “new woman” for the twentieth century; costume and character story changes over the decades; the influence on all other female comic book characters since her inception; and how Wonder Woman is still powerful and relevant in today’s comic book renaissance. The book contains more than 250 Wonder Woman illustrations, including covers, interior comic art, and sketch treatments, beginning with her inception in the early 1940s to present-day treatments of the character. Celebrated artists include Alex Ross, Jim Lee, George Perez, and Brian Bolland, to name only a few. The book will also feature rare covers and pin-up posters created for past special-edition comic books. Wonder Woman is certain to appeal to fanboys and fangirls, collectors, and newcomers to the comic book genre alike.
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Xombi

John Rozrum, Irving Frasier
$14.99
9781401233464, 1401233465
Author Bio: John Rozum is an American writer of comic books who is best known for his work for Milestone Comics (where he wrote Xombi and Kobalt); he has also worked for Topps Comics (where he wrote comic-book adaptations of The X-Files) and Marvel Comics. In 2009, NBC announced that they were beginning an adaptation of Rozum’s Vertigo Comics series, Midnight, Mass.He has also written several children’s books.
Frazer Irving is a British comic book artist known for the 2000 AD series Necronauts. Since breaking into the American market he has worked on a number of superhero titles, including BATMAN & ROBIN: BATMAN MUST DIE, SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY and BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE all written by Grant Morrison.
Summary: Writer John Rozum and artist Frazer Irving (BATMAN AND ROBIN) team up to deliver the finest in contemporary urban horror – with a super hero twist in this sensational graphic novel! XOMBI centers around David Kim, a medical researcher who was attacked in his laboratory by strange creatures and left for dead. His supernaturally induced mortal injuries were repaired by nanomachines injected into his body. The combination of science and the supernatural has had two consequences. 1) He cannot die. Ever. He can self-heal any wound, any disease, never has to brush his teeth, diet, worry about aging, or use a toilet. The nanomachines in his body process everything and keep him in peak physical condition. This condition brought on BY artificial means is what makes him a xombi. 2) He has now become a magnet for supernatural phenomenon. All manner of really strange stuff occurs with him somehow winding up in the center of it.

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Ultimate Comics Hawkeye by Jonathan Hickman

Rafa Sandoval, Jonathan Hickman
$19.99
9780785162278, 0785162275
Summary: Hawkeye’s back in a bad way. Armed and dangerous, Clint Barton is tasked with his most perilous mission yet. And what he discovers will reverberate across the entire Ultimate Universe when finds himself in the middle of an international arms race. But on the brink of obtaining a serum that will change the course of mutant history, has the eagle-eyed hero aimed too high to succeed?
COLLECTING: Ultimate Hawkeye 1-4
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Beat Exclusive: Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom Extended Preview

By Todd Allen

You may have noticed the Warlord of Mars, Fall of Barsoom tpb was in stores today.  Maybe you’d like to read the first issue and see if you like it?

Coming Attractions: Mid-Winter 2012 Library Edition

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Last weekend, I attended the Mid-Winter conference of the American Library Association held in Dallas, Texas.  It’s not as hectic as their annual conference held in the summertime, but it still has a large number of vendors selling to what is the largest gathering of librarians in the United States.

Since the audience is made primarily of librarians, most of the exhibitors are selling to that market.  Library furniture, electronic databases, textbooks… it’s a very different market than that seen at BookExpo America, which is primarily a trade show for booksellers.  The vibe is also very different.  Instead of the doom and gloom of the bottom line, librarians are on the front lines of literacy, actively teaching people to read, advocating titles of interest, and passionately sharing their joy with others!

Yes, I’m a librarian (B.S.Ed. Library Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1994).  I do use my degree during my day job, and I actively seduce the innocent evangelize for comics, both to new readers, and unsuspecting librarians.  I attend the ALA conferences not for professional development (I’m not paid to be a librarian, and my employer doesn’t reimburse my travel expenses), but to network with like-minded people, and to discover lots of cool titles.  Many of the major publishers do not exhibit publicly at BEA, instead hiding their latest and greatest behind closeted showrooms available only by appointment.  (Big Six publishers: your stuff isn’t that great.)

So Friday night, there’s a special preview night, where various exhibitors offer special events at their booths, and a “happy hour” of free food and non-alcoholic drink is offered at the back of the exhibition floor.  (Another reason I prefer ALA over BEA!)  While I was not too hungry, I still meandered back to see what was offered.  But then I got sidetracked… at the very back of the floor was DLSG at Image Access, a vendor selling digital scanners for libraries.  I started talking to one of the sales representatives, Joseph, who was a recent librarian graduate as well as a comics fan!  He demonstrated their basic model, a scanner similar to a photocopier, except there’s a touchscreen for menus and image editing, and the output is via email or USB port (like my smartphone).  $3000, and if that was in my library, the line would wrap around the block!  After that quick demo, I began to brainstorm, especially after seeing their top-of-the-line archive scanners (The Opus 3, which has a bed large enough for newspapers and A1 sheets (roughly 23 x 33 inches).  “Ah ha!  This would be great for comics artists! Especially those with art which predates digitization!” 600 dpi scanning!  OCR character recognition!  (I tested a computer-lettered page of Nick Fury… it made two mistakes.)  Multiple formats!  I had so many questions and ideas, I spent the entire two hours of the preview at their booth, and didn’t even get a chance to get a drink!

Saturday morning, that’s when I began my meandering of the exhibition floor.  I finished Saturday evening, and then spent Sunday taking a more leisurely path, discovering titles I overlooked the first time.

So, here are some discoveries I made.  Some publishers I already knew about, others were titles I had seen online but not physically, and others were a complete surprise!

The biggest surprise?  World Book encyclopedias, publishing a series of educational graphic novels!  “Building Blocks of Science” is a set of ten 32-page books aimed at the Kindergarten to Fifth Grade audience.  Each volume features “highly original and humorous comic-style art to draw children into the material”.  Click on the link to view samples, curriculum correlations,videos, and PowerPoint slides!  It’s only available as a set, and only on their website, although your local library could probably order it.  (I also checked the encyclopedia for their entries on comics… good basic information.  Their online databases had more information, of course.)

A secondary publisher which I didn’t notice the first time around was Holiday House.  They publish a lot of picture books, but I didn’t notice any which seemed to be comics influenced.  I did notice a title with squirrels, titled “Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop“, a poem written by Alexina White (mother of Stanford, the famous architect) in 1871.  It was illustrated with photos taken in Central Park, and for me, squirrels are almost as fun as monkeys!  That began a conversation with a sales rep, and before I knew it, I was inundated with all sorts of picture books containing word balloons and looking like comics.  They do have an actual graphic novel, “Wuv Bunnies From Outer Space” (sent to save the Earth from the Funny Bunnies), which was pubwished in 2008.

Macmillan, of course, has First Second and FSG Novel Graphics, and featured them prominently.  (Most publishers use bookmarks to note award-winning titles.)  Across the aisle, though, were the picture books, and that’s where I noticed “Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth“.  It’s sort of hard not to notice… it’s thirteen inches long, and four inches high.  When you open the book, it reads vertically!  Jon Chad is based up in White River Junction, where he helps Dr. Leo Geo at the Fizzmont Institute of Rad Science.  (One critique… when I saw the cover, I thought it read “LEDGED”.  No big deal… the format made me pick it up!)

Their Henry Holt imprint featured “Take What You Can Carry“, a novel set in 1977 and 1941, while Roaring Brook Press served up “Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!” by K. A. Holt and featuring illustrations by Gahan Wilson!

Archie Comics was the only comics publisher at the show, hosting a publication party featuring the new “Jinx” graphic novel, and announcing their initiative to better serve libraries.  (Archie discovered that their graphic novels circulate EXTREMELY well in libraries, a fact they shared with librarians in the room.)  Swag bags were given out, and one lucky librarian won a piece of original artwork by Dan Parent!

Archie is distributed by Random House, which featured their own notable titles as well as graphic novels from their associated publishers, such as Candlewick, which has the Toon Books imprint.  Of note: “The Shark King” by R. Kikuo Johnson, author of “Night Fisher”.  There’s also “Chick and Chickie in Play All Day!” and “Zig and Wikki in The Cow

HarperCollins had two surprises:

  • a collection of “Planet Tad” columns from MAD Magazine (which, I think, predates “Wimpy Kid”)
  • The Cartoon Guide to Calculus, by Larry Gonick! [Click for a 54-page preview!] [Maybe I’ll learn something this time around, instead of being distracted by the tangential curves of the cheerleader across the aisle.]

Over at Penguin, they don’t do a lot of graphic novels, but they did have these two new editions additions to their Penguin Classics Graphic Deluxe Editions:

Jordan Crane produces a comic strip introduction on the front and back cover (love that rhino!), while Ivan Brunetti interprets Willy Wonka.

(The insides are the ORIGINAL illustrations from the first editions, in black-and-white.  If all you know are Quentin Blake or Lane Smith, you’re in for a treat!)

Penguin, I know you don’t publish many graphic novels, but would you PLEASE give Jordan Crane some money to adapt James and the Giant Peach into a graphic novel?  Once that becomes an international bestseller, then you can commission others to interpret the entire Dahl library (including Tales of the Unexpected!)

Mal and Chad: Food Fight! is a graphic novel, from Penguin’s Philomel imprint, the second in the series.T

Australian publisher Allen & Unwin featured the wordless “The Hero of Little Street“.

Abrams has lots of goodies (which I already knew about), but this was a pleasant surprise:

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, edited by Kazu Kibuishi.

And finally, Scholastic Graphix:

“Cardboard”, the latest from Doug TenNapel, and “Bird & Squirrel on the Run” a buddy road trip crossed with the physical comedy of “Tom & Jerry”.

Other cool stuff?

Alexander Stree Press is preparing another comics media index.  They already offer “Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels” (which includes full scans of the Comics Journal and many comics!)

Basher Science has a line of picture books where atomic elements and other science topics are turned into kawaii characters.  Adorable, and the layout is easy to read!  There’s a Basher Basics series as well!

Graphic Universe continues their great line of graphic novels, introducing “Tricky Journeys“, a series of multiple-story-path books featuring animal tricksters from legend.

Kids Can Press has another series of books, including a new Binky story!  The styles are as diverse as the subject matter, and it all looks great!

McFarland & Company, publishers of popular culture reference and criticism (“Monty Python, Shakespeare and English Renaissance Drama”) offers an actual non-fiction graphic novel, “Werewolves of Wisconsin and Other American Myths, Monsters and Ghosts“.

And it’s not comics, but plenty fun:

“Seriously, Just Go To Sleep“, the child-friendly edition of Go the F*** to Sleep.  It even features a cameo by Samuel L. Jackson!

Next up for librarians: The biennial Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia in March!  Then there’s an appearance at C2E2, and then in June, ALA Annual in Anaheim!  If Disneyland isn’t geeky enough, there will be a mini-comics con within the larger ALA conference!

Superman: Earth One – Volume Two Announced for 2012

By Todd Allen

After announcing Batman: Earth One, DC follows up by announcing the second volume of the JMS/Shane Davis Superman: Earth One graphic novel series.  The first volume of this Superman reboot sold VERY well and made a strong case for original graphic novels in the superhero genre.  (As opposed to Vertigo’s Sandman and Fables offerings.)  While the Batman volume appears to be set for July, no date seems to be released for Superman:Earth One.  Volume 1 was released in November 2010, so it would make sense if this were another late fall/holiday gift release.

While nobody’s come out and said it, it probably isn’t a bad idea to leave a little bit of space between the new 52 relaunch and the full-on reboots of the Earth One premise.  While the Direct Market will understand the differences, Superman: Earth One V. 1 did killer numbers outside the DM and the general audience for 52 advertising would probably be a little puzzled by simultaneous relaunches/reboots.

The villain for Volume 2?  The Parasite.

PR and sample art follow:

One of the most critically acclaimed original graphic novels of the last few years, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE will be getting a highly anticipated sequel in 2012. Considered by some to be “Superman for the TWILIGHT crowd,” the original was a standalone story which re-examined the early mythology of the classic character. SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE – VOLUME TWO continues the fresh take on the youthful struggles of Krypton’s superpowered survivor.

Featuring the return of the fan favorite creative team of J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE – VOLUME TWO features an even greater threat.

“The overwhelming success of volume one of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE – 37 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for graphic novels – meant we had to ensure that Volume Two was even better,” said Straczynski. “We couldn’t just rest on our laurels. (And does anyone actually rest on laurels? Are there gatherings of laurel-resters? If so, why haven’t I been invited? These are the questions that keep me up at night while the rest of the world dreams.) Thematically, if Volume One was about Clark figuring out where he belongs, then Volume Two is about Superman trying to figure out where he belongs in all this, even as the world does the same at their end. How far can he push his power before he becomes something other than what he intended to become? In the midst of all this Clark gets his first apartment, becoming entangled with a beautiful woman next door, Lois starts trying to figure out what it is about Clark that doesn’t add up, and a new and terrifyingly strong version of the Parasite is born from what was previously a serial killer…and now Superman has to confront someone who is not only as strong as he is, but can drain his power completely. In the aftermath of one of the massive battles that threatens to tear apart Metropolis, Clark for the first time feels what it’s like to be normal, to be mortal, to be vulnerable…to be us. In the end, Volume Two is about power: its use and abuse, and its place in the world, to be used for good or for evil.”

“Working on VOLUME TWO gave me a chance to re-create one of Superman’s villains, the Parasite,” said Davis. “In doing so, I decided to develop the character in stages as the fights progress throughout the book. There are three stages of evolution: going from frail to the strongest villain Superman has ever faced. EARTH ONE Parasite is one of the most complicated and disgustingly beautiful characters I have ever designed! I came at VOLUME TWO in more of a movie sense, choreographing the fight scenes differently from one another, adding a little more muscle to Superman this time around as he is a practicing superhero, while drawing the “Geek” Clark Kent, who loves a sweater! I always kept the old in mind while bringing in the new. SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE – VOLUME TWO is the book of 2012, so save those pennies!”

Iron Man 2.0 Vol. 1: Palmer Addley Is Dead – A Book With Multiple Plot Disorder

By Todd Allen

I happened across Iron Man 2.0 Vol. 1: Palmer Addley Is Dead at the library and thought I’d give it a go.  I’d given the monthly version a look, but it hadn’t held my attention.  Sometimes, a comic reads better as a book and I’ve enjoyed Nick Spencer’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Infinite Vacation.

Sure enough, this _did_ read better as a book.  James Rhodes, the War Machine gets outfitted with a new suit (the poor man keeps getting nuked) and ends up assigned to the Army under a cranky general who’d like nothing better than to break his spirit.  Stationed at a military base he attacked during Dark Reign, Rhodey is tasked to a unit of intelligence contractors who have a very odd problem.  Classified technology has been leaked from the government’s most secure facility.  There was no way out, yet it got out.  The researcher on this tech, Palmer Addley,  killed himself and every where the stolen tech appears, so does the phrase “Palmer Addley is dead.”  Rhodey, a search and destroy kind of guy, finds himself caught up in an espionage plot without a clear target to chase.  Yes, a fish out of water element that isn’t a punchline.

Reading this as floppies, I recall being a little bit bored with Iron Man 2.0.  Reading it as a book, I got a better sense of the world building and the creeping sense that something is very, very wrong with the information our heroes have been given.  I wouldn’t quite call this a “techno thriller,” but the parallel plot line of the intelligence contractors slowly running down who Palmer Addley was builds much better if you go through the first 4 issues in one sitting.

And then after 4 issues worth of story (this book is a preview and then issues 1-7), “Palmer Addley Is Dead” suddenly grinds to a halt and you have three issues worth of Fear Itself cross-over.  With guest heroes.  Um… what?

It’s very jarring to jump from a slow-burn espionage piece into Fear Itself.  If I were a casual reader and not familiar with Fear Itself, I would have been confused and jarred.  OK, I get that 4 issues is a little thin for a tpb these days, and the three issues of cross-over isn’t really enough pages to warrant reprinting with a spine.  From a reader’s perspective, they probably should’ve printed the cross-over in some other volume and waited until the “Palmer Addley” story was complete before printing it.  Slapping the Fear Itself sequence into the volume left a bad taste in my mouth.

Art-wise, this book is a little all over the map.  It starts out with a Barry Kitson/Kano tag team that looked a little rough to me.  Certainly, I didn’t recognize much Kitson in it.  Eventually, it switches over to Ariel Olivetti and improves greatly.

Can I recommend this as a book?  I’m not sure that I can.  By all means, check it out of the library and read the first half of it.  Spending $16.99 for 4 issues + the “Prelude”… that’s a little steep and I wouldn’t buy it for the Fear Itself material.  Would I get the next volume?  From the library?  Absolutely.  Paying for it?  I don’t know.  That bad taste is still in my mouth and now I have to ask what else is going to be in Vol. 2?  Is it the same story or is there more Event filler?

Then again, Iron Man 2.0 was cancelled with issue 12, the last issue mentioned in the solicitation for Vol. 2.  It’s hard to say anything about it at this point, though part of me thinks the artistic revolving door and swapping story arcs just as the initial arc was building up some momentum did the title a disservice.

Tales of the Batman: Gene Colan – The Difference Between an Art Book and a Graphic Novel

By Todd Allen

Back in August, DC released the “TALES OF BATMAN: GENE COLAN VOL. 1” hardcover book. This book reprints Batman #340, 343-345, 348-351 and Detective Comics #510, 512, 517, 528 and 529. As we see a trend towards naming collections of a title by the creator(s),we come across a little glitch.  When collecting the a run exclusively by artist, the story sometime suffers.

That’s not to say this book is mislabeled.  Batman by Gene Colan is exactly what it is.  The thing is, this is an art book.  The time period collected in the book, roughly late 1981 through 1983 is an interesting period in the history of DC.  Marv Wolfman and George Perez had already struck gold with New Teen Titans.  Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen started their collaboration on Legion of Super-Heroes.  Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo launched Batman and the Outsiders.  Things were starting to turn around a little.  Marvel creators were starting to come over.  Gerry Conway had been at DC for a while.  Roy Thomas had arrived and was doing things like All-Star Squadron and Arak (which never captured the Conan audience it was intended to).  Doug Moench would arrive at the end of this period.  And, of course Gene Colan.

Colan’s initial batch of work included some Batman, Wonder Woman, The Phantom Zone (a Superman mini-series with Steve Gerber) and Night Force (a horror series with Marv Wolfman that never captured their Tomb of Dracula audience).  This book is a collection of Colan’s Batman.  The thing is, it isn’t a linear collection.  Possibly some of the skipping around was due to the variety of books Colan worked on for DC.  Possibly some of it being his work coming out in blocks.

For the most part, this book collects the Gerry Conway era of Batman.  In that time frame, Conway wrote both Batman and Detective Comics.  The art chores were a little bit of a bullpen.  You had Don Newton, Gene Colan, some Irv Novick, Dan Jurgens, Dan Day, Curt Swan and so forth.  Don Newton was really the most constant and artists would swap between books.

Storywise, sometimes you’d have stories that stayed in Detective or Batman.  Sometimes they ran through both books.  Regardless, the plentiful subplots ran through both.

In many ways, Batman of this era was similar to how Spider-Man has been run in recent years.  And this makes picking up just the Gene Colan issues a strange thing to read.  The second story in the book is a Poison Ivy tale from Batman #344.  It wraps up a story that started in Batman #339 (a Conway story drawn by Novick) and had been running in the background for 4 issues in between.  Subplots jump around.  First there’s a mayoral election, which gets partially resolved in what’s reprinted.  Suddenly Commissioner Gordon is pushed out of office outside the scope of these stories.  There’s a subplot of the Human Target taking Bruce Wayne’s place as Deadshot stalks Wayne that is resolved in issues not reprinted.  The introductions of Harvey Bullock and Jason Todd are events that take place in between reprinted issues.  The final issue is the beginning of Doug Moench’s Thief of the Night and Nocturna cycle, which probably has enough material for a collection of it’s own.

It’s not as though you’re getting unresolved main plots.  You also get a 4-part Conway/Levitz collaboration reworking the Monk villain from the very early days of Detective Comics and involving voodoo and vampires.  You also get a lot of Gene Colan art under a variety of inkers like Alfredo Acala, Dick Giordano and Tony DeZuniga.  It has a slightly different flavor to it than the Tom Palmer inks Colan is so strongly associated with.

If you look at this as an art book, as a Gene Colan sampler, this book is exactly what you’re looking for and you’re likely to be pretty happy with it.  If you pick this up looking for a complete story, you’re likely to be scratching your head a little.  A story collection would be Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway with a lot of Don Netwon art added, among others.

Ironically, the upcoming Tales of the Batman: Don Newton looks to sidestep this reading order problem, opting for a self-contained earlier run from Detective (with some League of Assassins material that has some historical resonance, pending whether it exists post-New 52 reboot) and some Brave and the Bold Material.