Well, I only had two Avatar titles which caught my eye, so I’ll try and find more from their website. If you wish to browse by month, click here.
First, there’s a new book from Alan Moore!
I bought the signed edition, but have not yet opened it yet, but figured: signed + Alan Moore = why the heck not? (An edition of 200, plus it’s only $75.) The hardcover costs only $28 for 176 pages, while the paperback (seen at left) costs $20.
Now, even if I read the book, I would probably not be able to describe it, so here’s the text from Avatar:
Comic book legend Alan Moore (WATCHMEN) and brilliant artist Jacen Burrows deliver a chilling tale of Lovecraftian horror! Brears and Lamper, two young and cocky FBI agents, investigate a fresh series of ritual murders somehow tied to the final undercover assignment of Aldo Sax –the once golden boy of the Bureau, now a convicted killer and inmate of a maximum security prison. From their interrogation of Sax (where he spoke exclusively in inhuman tongues) to a related drug raid on a seedy rock club rife with arcane symbols and otherworldly lyrics, they suspect that they are on the trail of something awful… but nothing can prepare them for the creeping insanity and unspeakable terrors they will face in the small harbor town of Innsmouth. NEONOMICON collects Alan Moore’s comic book series for the first time in its entirety – including his original graphic novel, THE COURTYARD, which chronicled Aldo Sax’s tragic encounter with the (somewhat) mortal agents of the Old Ones! Available in softcover and hardcover formats, with illustrated covers by Jacen Burrows (CROSSED).
Yeah, they had me at “Lovecraftian”…
From the sparking-mad mind of Warren Ellis, the creator of TRANSMETROPOLITAN and PLANETARY, comes an electrical romance of a pirate utopia thwarted! In the London of 1830, newly-minted copper Charlie Gravel keeps seeing things he’s not supposed to: a crooked Bow Street Runner with a flintlock revolver, high-flying vessels that are not supposed to fly, and the violent Scientific Phantasmagoria popularly known as Spring-Heeled Jack. With the coming of Captain Swing and his Electrical Pirates, history shall never be the same! This crackling new graphic novel is illustrated by Raulo Caceres in a stunning woodcut style, capturing the classic literary feel from days of yore. Available in softcover and hardcover formats, with illustrated covers by Raulo Caceres.
So, what else is Avatar offering this season?
Warren Ellis’ and Ken Meyer’s Atmospherics in two hardcover editions. There’s a limited edition of 1000 hardcover copies which comes with a Meyer sketch for $25 [sic… it’s a 48-page book.] The regular hardcover sells for $8. [Not a bad price… compare to juvenile picture books. Just don’t let your child read it!]
The product description?
Warren Ellis and painter Ken Meyer unleash a totally re-mastered and fully-painted color version of this terrifying alien tale! She’s in a hospital. Except it may be a police station. She’s been traumatized. Or she’s been arrested. She’s the only living witness of a cattle-mutilation style attack on humans. Or she’s a multiple killer who has a psychotic reaction to heroin use. Who may not survive discovering who she really is? This graphic novel also features a gallery of stunning paintings Ken Meyer produced for the series, a special section focusing on how Ken creates his work, and an introduction by Warren Ellis!
And, something really strange… a DVD! Written and directed by Garth Ennis!
Comic book superstar Garth Ennis debuts his first-ever horror movie, STITCHED, on DVD! A terrifying short film written and directed by Ennis himself, STITCHED follows three survivors of an American helicopter crash as they struggle across the Taliban-controlled mountains of Afghanistan. Injured and lacking food, water, and medicine, they discover something far worse than enemy fighters among the sun-bleached rocks: an ancient supernatural power, murderous, and unstoppable! Packed with behind-the-scenes footage, this DVD includes a revealing “Making Of” documentary with cast and crew, GARTH ENNIS: CROSS COUNTRY – an hour-long career retrospective interview with Garth Ennis, production stills from the Arizona set, and hints about the new ongoing STITCHED comic book series, written by Ennis and spinning out of the horrors of the film.
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