Okay, another month has come around, so here are some interesting titles for the month of February! Not only is this Valentine’s Month on a leap year (run for the hills, guys!), but it’s a rare February which has five Wednesdays. Even rarer, that last Wednesday just happens to be Superman’s birthday (or at least it was, I have no idea about the current version), and it’s a skip week! So, if you find yourself with some extra cash that week, and nothing on the spinner rack catches your eye, try one of the titles below!
But first, the 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.
Oh, and the advisory: 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 frozen mammoth be.
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.
Javier Mariscal’s art perfectly captures the steamy, vibrant atmosphere of 1940s Havana and transports the reader back to a time filled with music and romance. Based on the true story of Grammy Award–winning Cuban pianist and bandleader Bebo Valdes, this graphic novel is adapted from the animated feature film Chico & Rita, directed by Trueba and Mariscal.About the author
Fernando Trueba is a multiaward-winning writer, director, and producer, with a career spanning more than three decades in film, television, documentaries, theater, and music. Javier Mariscal is an artist and designer working in multiple fields, including illustration, graphics, comic books, paintings, animation, interiors, product design, furniture, and web design. He has a long-standing association with the New Yorker.
In 1962, a KGB sleeper cell was placed in Cuba. Half a century later, the cell’s children are assigned to overthrow the American government. But why…and why now?
NATE COSBY (Jim Henson’s Storyteller), BEN McCOOL (CHOKER, MEMOIR) and BRENO TAMURA present an uncompromising vision of the Cold War and modern terrorism.
Collects PIGS #1-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-60010-859-4
Art of George Perez S&N Limited Edition
ISBN 13: 978-1-60010-860-0
Desperado and IDW are proud to present a retrospective volume devoted to the entire career of one of today’s most popular artists, George Perez. This book offers readers and fans a chance to witness his immense and sensational career from his early days at Marvel to his glory days at DC where he co-created the New Teen Titans, which rivaled the X-Men in popularity at the time, and revitalized Wonder Woman as both writer and artist. This volume covers his return to the Avengers, as well as his resurgence at CrossGen and his own independent projects. This tome also offers glimpses of previously never-before-seen material from his files and sketchbooks, private commissioned work, as well as beautifully reproduced images of his personal favorites with insights into his life and creative process. This book is a necessity for any George Perez fan, as well as for anyone who truly appreciates comic books in general.
George Perez was the 2006 Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Editor Joe Pruett has been nominated as a writer, designer and/or editor of eleven Eisner Awards, five Harvey Awards, one Eagle Award, and one Bram Stoker Award.
Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith
In a sleepy, secluded Alaska town called Barrow, the sun sets and doesn’t rise for over thirty consecutive days and nights. From the darkness, across the frozen wasteland, an evil will come that will bring the residents of Barrow to their knees. The only hope for the town is the Sheriff and Deputy, husband and wife who are torn between their own survival and saving the town they love.
Ghostbusters, Volume 1
by Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, Nick Runge
Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter, or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream… Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocalypse, or just a little indigestion? Bullet points: “If you’re a fan of the movies then this will definitely hit all the right buttons. The charm, humor and witty banter that made them such a treat is here in full effect.” – IGN “The story has a bounce swagger to it quite like the first movie. This is a new story that has the feel of the original, and it’s quite a wonderful tale.” – Comic Book Resources
Art of Amanda Conner
by Amanda Conner
ISBN 13: 978-1-60010-950-8
Desperado and IDW are proud to present this inaugural collection of one of comics’ brightest and most popular talents in the field today. Her art has been called charming, inviting, friendly, and accessible. A foundation of elegance, dynamic design, and personality can be found in every single panel of her work. Sought after by all the top writers in comics today – including Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, and Jimmy Palmiotti – Amanda Conner, with her amazing modern and tasteful take on the classic pin-up, has paved the way for countless female artists in a predominately male-oriented industry.
Annie Nocenti, Anya Martin, Barbara Kesel, Kimberly Komatsu, Gail Simone, Trina Robbins, Samantha Newark, and many more; Camille d’Errico, Renae DeLiz, Ming Doyle, Colleen Doran, Fiona Staples, Stephanie Buscema, and more
Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. All of the short stories will center around our theme for this volume; Heroic. There will also be features, such as Professional How-Tos, a Kids/Teens section showcasing their works and giving tips, as well as a section dedicated to some Iconic female comic creators of the past, such as Nell Brinkley, and much more. Profits of this book will go towards the Charities of GlobalGiving.org.
Over 200 creators! Including Gail Simone, Camilla D’Errico, Robin Furth, Trina Robbins, Colleen Doran, Fiona Staples, Ming Doyle, Renae De Liz, and many more!
A unique experience for unknown creators to work with established “names” and professionals, with sections on breaking into comics, making comics, and working in the industry from other creators.
The Kickstarter for this project made its funds in record time and far exceeded its goals. It became the most successful comics Kickstarter to date!
All proceeds go to GlobalGiving.org!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Volume 1: Change is Constant
by Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to comics in their first IDW adventure! The very core of the Turtles family is at stake as the new origin of TMNT is revealed! It’s a different world for the Turtles… The group is broken as Raphael wanders the streets of NYC in search of food and shelter. His brothers and Master Splinter are on the search, but so far all they can find is trouble–in the form of mutant alley cat Old Hob and his gang of criminals! Join Tom Waltz, Dan Duncan, and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for the start of a wild ride!
Collects issues 1 – 4 of the runaway smash hit series!
Mary M. Talbot, Bryan Talbot
Part personal history, part biography, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes contrasts two coming-of-age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by the atmospheric visual storytelling of award-winning graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot. Produced through an intense collaboration seldom seen between writers and artists, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes is smart, funny, and sad–an essential addition to the evolving genre of graphic memoir.
* Bryan Talbot is recognized worldwide as one of the true original voices in graphic fiction.
* Bryan Talbot’s Grandville Mon Amour was nominated for a 2011 Hugo Award.
Photo-Journal Guide to Comics, Volume 1 (A-K)
Ernst Gerber, Mary Gerber
PHOTO-JOURNAL GUIDE TO COMICS, VOLUME 2 (K-Z)
PHOTO-JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL, COMICS VOLUME 3 & 4 SET
PHOTO-JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS, VOLUME 3 (A-J)
PHOTO-JOURNAL GUIDE TO MARVEL COMICS, VOLUME 4 (K-Z)
Published in 1990, Ernst and Mary Gerber’s Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books is still one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive forays into the history and art of comic books. Featuring over 20,000 cover images across two oversized volumes, The Photo-Journals document comic books published during the Golden Age (1938-45) and into the dawn of the Silver Age (mid-1950s), reproducing each cover in full-color, photographed from the best possible copies of each issue available. In addition, each series listing features supplemental information noting publication year, creators, scarcity guide, and more. No comic collector’s reference library is complete without these massive, informative tomes.
John Woo, Garth Ennis, Ben Raab, Deric Hughes, Jeevan Kang, Edison George
Created by superstar action film director John Woo (Mission Impossible 2; Face-Off)!
Six hundred years ago — long before history’s great explorers stole the credit for their feats — mighty Chinese treasure fleets set sail to reach every continent. These voyages of discovery left behind an evil legacy and a plot by a powerful Chinese sorcerer to dominate the world. Now in modern-day Los Angeles, an ancient Chinese prophecy must be fulfilled and seven men with nothing in common but their destinies must face the Son of Hell to save the world!
Collecting issues #1-10; issues #1-5 written by Garth Ennis (Punisher, Preacher) with artwork by Jeevan J. Kang (Sadhu, Ramayan Reborn); issues #6 -10 written by Benjamin Raab & Deric Hughes (Warehouse 13) with artwork by Edison George (Beyond, Purgatory).
A Big Book for a Little King! A long-overdue examination of the unique pantomime cartoons of Otto Soglow, who entertained millions for more than fifty years and whose influence remains current in the works of Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Ivan Brunetti, and others, this compendium features hundreds of pages of Soglow’s most famous creation, The Little King — plus copious examples of his other work and a fascinating account by Jared Gardner of Soglow’s long career that ranged from the socialist magazines of the 1920s to his long association with The New Yorker, which continues to use Soglow’s art thirty-five years after his death.
Spies, explosions, voodoo magic, deadly beauties, high-caliber thrills, and high-octane destruction… action-adventure has a brand-new name, and it’s JACK AVARICE! The world of spies and intrigue is very much real and lies hidden just below the surface. But when a down-on-his-luck kid who dreams of a life like the movies meets the world’s greatest secret agent, he’ll discover the reality of spycraft is far deadlier and more explosive than any movie he could imagine — and he now has a starring role!
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, Andy Belanger
What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time. This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare.
All 12 issues, collected in one complete volume!
Peter S. Beagle, Peter B. Gillis, Renae DeLiz
Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power.
Adapted by Peter B. Gillis and lushly illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, this special, oversized edition features additional art galleries and loads of extras, expanding the universe of The Last Unicorn.
Michael Wm. Kaluta has been creating beautiful imagery for more than 40 years. Highlights of his career include what many consider to be the definitive version of The Shadow, the still in-progress Starstruck, and a myriad of stunning covers illustrated for nearly every comics publisher — as well as being part of the legendary STUDIO (along with Jeffery Catherine Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson). This sketchbook is the first in a series that will provide a glimpse into the inner workings of this great artist, from the very earliest creative spark to more finished concepts and nearly completed works. Each image has been scanned from Kaluta’s personal sketchbooks and archives, and is accompanied by commentary from the artist.
Joe Casey, Andy Suriano
From monsters crippled with pneumonia or demons suffering from incontinence, only one man claims to possess the skills and the training to cure what ails them… DOC BIZARRE, M.D.! He’ll make globe-hopping house calls for sick creepers, medically challenged myths, and ghouls at death’s door! It’s over-the-top, comedic horror from Joe Casey and Andy Suriano!
Tim Daniel, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the cast of The Walking Dead! The Survivor’s Guide is a handy checklist of all the characters who have appeared in the series thus far — alive or dead!
Joe Harris, Brett Weldele
Phenomenon, conspiracy, or delusion? “Kelvin” Melvin Reyes was only three years old when Spontaneous Human Combustion took his father from him. He’s since devoted his life to exploring the mystery behind the phenomenon, searching for a pattern and predictors that he might save others from that same fiery fate. But the closer he gets to his goal, the further things lead down a well of secrets, horrors, and terrible truths. Is SHC real? And, if so, can it be stopped?
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