Invader Zim and Jhonen Vasquez are back from Oni Press

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Jhonen Vasquez is a comics superstar, with a huge fan base for his dark gothic creations, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, which ran as a comics from Slave Labor, and Invader Zim, a cartoon on Nickelodeon. His profile has been pretty quiet of late, but that should change quickly with Invader Zim coming back in comics form from Oni in July. The comic will be written and drawn by Vasquez and published in conjunction with Nickelodeon.

The new series has been heavily teased on social media and was announced today at ComcisPRO.

The new series will follow Invader Zim and his robot sidekick GIR as they try to fit in on Earth while planning to conquer the world. The cartoon debuted in 2001 and while it was a cult favorite, didn’t get huge numbers. However now with more personal animation statements having huge success, it can be seen as something WAYYYY ahead of its time.

“I’m always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head,” said show creator Jhonen Vasquez in a statement. “I try to imagine the world for all those people who don’t know what Zim’s been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place.”

This is pretty awesome news all around.

Oni Reveals 2014 plans with Bunn, Fialkov, Fawkes and many more

Oni just released a preview of their 2014 output and it’s an eclectic mix for sure with books by familiar faces such as Ray Fawkes and Cullen Bunn, but some new people as well. (Can you guess which one is our favorite? Hint; Meow meow meow meow.) Here’s what to look for in the graphic novel line-up for summer 2014 and beyond.

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THE LIFE AFTER
July 2014
In an infinite city fueled by despair, there is one man capable of breaking free.The Life After tells the story of Jude, a unique man who will fight good, evil, and bureaucracy to escape purgatory and save humanity. Kicking off in July after a special preview issue at WonderCon in April, this dazzling, unique, new ongoing series comes from the deft hands of writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Gabo and features covers by The Manhattan Projects’ Nick Pitarra!
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Rohac ankles Oni for Homestuck’s What Pumpkin Studios

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Rising industry star George Rohac, who has been Oni’s Director of Business Development, and founder of Benign Kingdom, is moving on to become Director of Business Development for What Pumpkin Studios, the merchandise end of fantastically popular webcomic Homestuck. Rohac was recently instrumental in running the $2.4 million Kickstarter for a Homestuck game, so you can see where he’d be handy to have around.

Homestuck creator Andrew Hussie has taken some time off from the webcomic MS Paint Adventures to work on the game and animation, so Rohac will be busy.

Rohac joined Oni in 2010, and was instrumental in helping them through Scott Pilgrim Mania and many other successes, including publishing Penny Arcade and Double Fine Action Comics. “George is going to be extremely missed. His ideas and work ethic helped further progress Oni Press as one the best independent publishers in the industry,” said president and publisher Joe Nozemack in a statement.

Oni Press Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones added, “We have had many successes because of George and for that we are grateful. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to hearing more about his endeavors.”

Last Call Volume 2 is coming out in two weeks

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Long delayed, the second volume of Vasilis Lolos’s LAST CALL will come out February 13th from Oni Press. It’s the story of two friends who are trapped on a devilish train and the mysteries that ensue. Lolos hasn’t had nearly enough work out lately; it’s good to see his stylish art once more.

Although the book has been long finished, one last setback delayed it again:

For those wondering, this book has been finished for quite some time now and delivered to the printer right on schedule. The reason for the delay from the original release date was due to a destructive fire at the printer. It has taken weeks, but it looks like they are getting back up to capacity and we couldn’t be happier. We are glad no one was seriously injured.


For those who are just jumping on board, here’s information on Volume 1.

NYCC 12: Color Scott Pilgrim V2 will be available in three editions

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If you haven’t seen the new color, hardcover versions of SCOTT PILGRIM, we’ll let you in on the secret: They’re GAWJUS.

Volume 2, Lucas Lee, goes on sale at NYCC in the editions outlined below. Knives Chau is on the cover of the regular edition, while Lucas Lee is on the cover of the EVIL EDITION. There’s also a $100 limited edition that comes with tones of swag.

Is it possible to want to have TWO complete sets of SCOTT PILGRIM?

On October 11th, Bryan Lee O’Malley and Oni Press will release the EVIL EDITION and COLLECTOR’S EDITION versions of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD VOLUME 2.

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Both editions will be available only from Oni Press, debuting at their booth (#1221) at New York Comic-Con 2012. After the convention, they will then be available for order only at OniPress.com on November 7th, 2012.

The SCOTT PILGRIM V2 EVIL EDITION will feature Lucas Lee. The evil edition will be on sale for $40 US.

Like V1, the limited-to-1000 COLLECTOR’S EDITION provides fans a deluxe package with a ton of exclusive goodies. 

So what comes in SCOTT PILGRIM V2 COLLECTOR’S EDITION?

– EVIL EDITION Book (Lucas Lee Cover) 
– A numbered book plate signed by Bryan Lee O’Malley
– Five art prints, measuring 9×12, including both versions of the cover
– Ten vinyl stickers featuring some of O’Malley’s favorite panels from the book
– Two scout-style embroidered badges featuring Knives and Lucas Lee
– A crew pass and lanyard from the set of Lucas Lee’s movie, “You Just Don’t Exist”
– A code for the digital edition of SCOTT PILGRIM VOLUME 2 COLOR EDITION from ComiXology

This strictly limited package is $100 US.

The REGULAR RETAIL EDITION of the book is $24.99 and will feature Knives Chau on the cover. This item will go on sale November 7th at local comics shops, bookstores, ComiXology, and OniPress.com. 

Oni ups Rohac

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Oni’s former Operations Director George Rohac has been promoted to Director of Business Development, the company announced today. Rohac will relocate to the East Coast in order to pursue working with various Oni partners. Rohac joined the company in 2009. [Read more…]

Interview: Regular Show creator JG Quintel on indie comics and cartoons

JG Quintel, creator of Cartoon Network's Regular Show at Comic Con 2011 (Image via Wikipedia)

The following interview with  JG Quintel, the creator of Cartoon Network’s Regular Show, took place outside an East Hollywood Bar earlier this year.  The interview was conducted as research for a Publisher’s Weekly article on the tremendous amount of independent comics talent working on Cartoon Network Shows like Regular Show. Animator/Cartoonist Benton Connor was hanging out with us for the duration of the chat and managed to squeeze a couple of choice sound bites and some additional levity into the conversation.

Shannon O’Leary: Calvin Wong a storyboarder and writer on Regular Show and Hellen Jo a storyboard revisionist on the show both claim you found their respective mini-comics at the Sparkplug Comic Books table at San Diego Comic Con in 2009. Sparkplug isn’t exactly a mainstream comics publisher or distributor, what brought you to their table that year?

JG Quintel: At the time I was gearing up for the (Regular) show. I was looking for new people and knew I wanted to look at independent comics because the style matched closer. A lot of mainstream comics, like Spiderman or whatever, don’t really fit what we’re looking for.

SO: How does it not fit? How does indie fit more?

JG Quintel and Benton Connor (Image via Calvin Wong's Tumblr)

JG: A lot of independent comics (are) written and drawn by the same person. It’s not done in a company kind of aspect where one person writes, one person draws, and one person inks. I wanted to find people who were the total package because we’re not a script based show. We’re a storyboard driven show – where the board artists write the dialogue and draw the drawings. Usually with comics you can tell right away what kind of sense of humor (someone) has. Are they funny? Can they draw? Do they understand perspective? You can tell a lot by a little mini-comic. And then if you see a couple of their comics, you can see (if they) are able to do different styles or if they stick to the same thing. So I was thumbing through all the Sparkplug stuff because that table had a lot of stuff that really made me laugh. And (I found) Calvin Wong’s stuff and thought it was really cool. I can’t remember the name of the comic but it had a little bird playing like guitar on it…

Ramble On by Calvin Wong (Image via calwong.org)

BC: Ramble On.

JG: Ramble On, that’s it. It felt really up the alley of Regular Show. I contacted him and asked him if he wanted to take a (storyboard) test to see if he would even like it. I gave him some links to the show, so he checked it out, took the test, and (it) was funny. He was able to draw the characters relatively well and he was able to get the style right. The tone felt in the ballpark. So (then) he (started as) a revisionist and we got to train him up. You gotta realize that comics don’t have the same rules as animation. Like, (with comics) you can break the 180 line, you can move around and you can show whatever you want and it makes sense. But with TV there’s some concrete rules we have to follow. So we trained him on all those things and that was all just the drawing side of it.

SO: So how come you didn’t just go to Cal Arts where you went (to school) and find, like, storyboard monkeys then?

JG: I do! I go to the open shows at Cal Arts they have (at the) end of the year that show students’ work. The open shows is actually eight hours straight of student animation so that’s a great place to find people. We sit there and score the films and then we’ll contact anybody that we think could fit the style. It’s the same deal – you’re watching a film that’s essentially a mini-comic but animated, so they actually understand animation and you’re seeing their story sense and you can tell like, oh, that would fit the show, we should give them a test and see if they’re into it. So we ask them and sometimes they say no, sometimes they say yes, but that’s how we find our people. (We’re) going to film festivals, the showcases at schools and comic-cons (because that’s) where there’s people who are doing this because they love it. You have to find people who are into this stuff because it’s a ton of work and if they don’t like it, they’re not going to be able to do it.

Hellen Jo's Jin and Jan #1 (Image via Sparkplug Comic Books)

SO: So what drew you to Hellen Jo’s work?

JG: The next year at Sparkplug I saw one of her comics and bought it. Then I found out later that her and Calvin knew each other. But she was still in school and she didn’t really want to (take a test) at first, but she finally came out and we just (recently) promoted her to Board Artist!

SO: Yeah. That’s great. And she’s teamed up with Sarah Oleyksek?

Sarah Oleyksek's Ivy (Image via Oni Press)

JG: Yeah, Sarah was the same deal. I was at New York Comic Con (2011) to do a panel, and after that I just walked the floor and went straight to the independent booths. (Sarah) was there. I bought her comic, Ivy, and read it on the plane back. I called her and was like, do you wanna take a test? And she was like, YES! She took it, it was in the ballpark so we were like, do you wanna come out and be a storyboard artist? And now she is!

SO: So how did things go down with Toby Jones?

JG: That was hilarious. We were looking for board artists and I was getting frustrated with looking through tons of tests. We just weren’t finding anybody and so I just tweeted: looking for board artists. And Toby tweeted back and facebooked me a big long email about why he’d like to take a test for the show and added links to his work and so we sent him a test.

SO: I really like his comics.

Regular Show Storyboarder, Toby Jones, with copies of his self-published Memory Foam mini-comics

JG: It was hilarious. His dialogue is so funny. It totally worked out but that was from a random tweet – that generated finding a person.

SO: Hey, if it started a revolution in Iran, why shouldn’t it find you a storyboarder in Burbank?

JG: Yeah, I know! But he had to be paying attention at that exact time or it wouldn’t have worked out!

Minty Lewis' PS Comics (Image via Secret Acres)

SO: Another interesting thing that worked out is how Minty Lewis, an award-winning cartoonist (2007 Ignatz Winner for Best New Talent) started as a storyboarder for the show and now voices one of the recurring characters, Eileen the Mole, for the show. How did that come about?

JG: I read blogs and search for drawings. You can find a lot of talent by looking (at) someone you like, then you see links (to) their friends and usually (they) have similar sensibilities. You just follow the trail. (Although) I think Calvin had given me one of Minty’s comics. I looked at more of her stuff online and her writing was really funny – so funny that we (had to) see if she want(ed) to try it. So she came out and did a couple boards, and Minty’s voice, just her natural voice, was so perfect for that character! She (wrote) one of the very early episodes with Eileen in it and she had some really funny jokes in the way she pitched it. (It was) just the way her voice sounded – she (had) to be that character! We even tried an actor, but it just wasn’t playing funny. (So) we were like, OK, let’s see if Minty wants to do it. She said yes and it really worked out. It’s a great character and (Minty’s voice) totally fits that character’s personality. We like to pick actors that just talk. Like we don’t want them putting on crazy cartoon-y voices. We just want people who are just doing their normal voice like you talk to everybody (with). That’s why it’s Regular Show – it’s just regular people talking to each other.

Eileen the Mole (Image via Cartoon Network)

SO: That kind of collaboration with people wearing multiple hats seems to be typical not just of your show but of many of the other current Cartoon Network shows as well. For example you wrote the 2010 Adventure Time episode, Ocean of Fear, what do you get as an artist out of working in that kind of collaborative environment? Was it difficult to jump between the worlds of Regular Show and Adventure Time?

JG: Pen and I worked on (The Marvelous Misadventures of) Flapjack together, along with Benton (points to Benton Connor). So I ask(ed), hey do you need any freelance help? What’s cool about working at a studio is that if you’re in a lull between projects and you’re gonna be without anything to do for a month or two – you know (people). (Pen) was like, yeah sure. So I did the board with Cole Sanchez – we just did one rotation together and it was really fun to get to work with (Pen’s) characters. I really like his stuff. What’s cool about working at a studio (is that) enough of us know each other (so) we can hop from show to show if there’s time and space. (Then) people can keep work(ing) until they get to their next project.

SO: It sounds like you and Pen pretty much came up together at Cal Arts and then honed your skills together, along with Benton, on another Cartoon Network show, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. And now that you’re the creators of two of Cartoon Network’s flagship shows, you keep getting nominated for the same awards; the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Format and Animated Program, and, more recently, the 2011 British Film and Television Awards.

JG: That was fun. We got to go out there.

SO: Oh, did you and Pen go together?

JG: No, Pen didn’t actually go but (I) hung out and went to the ceremony. It was really fun. I got to meet the guys who work on (The Amazing World of) Gumball, (who) were all really cool. Yeah, it’s funny, every year level (at Cal Arts) has a couple of people who wanna do funny stuff and we all kinda gravitate towards one another and get to know each other. Thurop Van Orman was ahead of Pen by one year, and he made Flapjack and (had) helped to get me into Cartoon Network on a show called Camp Lazlo that he was boarding on. When he got Flapjack, he brought me up as Creative Director, (then) Benton got hired, and Pen was working on (it). (So) many people were working on Flapjack! When (it) started coming to an end, they split that show almost down the middle.

SO: They farmed your asses out.

JG: Well, we split up to the other shows – we had the Adventure Time side and the Regular Show side and now they had two shows. It was cool to see. Pen (went) to school right after Thurop and I was right after Pen, we were all next to each other year level wise. We were all going through it, seeing each other’s work, and hearing about what it’s like in the industry, and finally getting pulled in and actually getting some shows. Just getting to work with your friends is crazy fun! That we actually get to do this – to make cartoons that make us laugh and (then) actually see it on TV – it’s really, really fun.

SO: Did you meet any British celebrities?

JG: I did. I got to take a picture with Warwick Davis.

Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun (Image via LA Times' Hero Complex)

SO: I don’t know who that is.

JG: Didn’t you ever see Willow?!

SO: No.

BC: Oh no!

JG: Nooooooooo!

BC: Leprechaun! He’s in all the Leprechaun movies! He’s the leprechaun!

SO: Oh! (Laughs) Oh jeez. Yeah, I’ve seen one of the Leprechaun movies. Wow, that’s pretty great.

JG: But really getting to hang out with all the Gumball guys was the most fun. They showed us all around London. It was fun.

Still from Quintel's 2 in the AM PM (Image via Regular Show Wiki)

SO: So Regular Show in it’s original incarnation was your student film, 2 in the AM PM, but that short is anything but kid friendly. How did your original idea go from a drug tripped-out, swear riddled short to a kid friendly show?

JG: Excellent question.

SO: I loved it, by the way. I like seeing those characters swearing and taking drugs.

JG: Thanks. It was fun to make. I was in school finishing up my degree but I also had a job at Cartoon Network working on Flapjack and before that I was working on Camp Lazlo. I was writing for the first time at a company and seeing what it’s like to have to change the stuff that you make based on what your superiors want out of it. That’s part of the process, and totally cool, but I realized that school was my last chance to do whatever I wanted so I (took) advantage of it. I was like, I’ve already got a job, so who cares? I’m gonna make this thing about drugs and two dudes working at a gas station! It (started as) part of this game called 48-hour films where we’d spend a weekend making films. We’d put words in a hat, (pull one word) out at midnight on Friday, (then) rush back, and try to come up with a film in two days (based on that word). (Mine) was candy, so that night I came up with that idea of those two guys in the gas station, (where) one guy slips the other guy drugs in a piece of candy. (That) ended up (being) my film. I was like, this is perfect! I can have it (be) how people talk, which I’ll never get away with again. So I might as well do it now! But then it ended up working out because I found a couple characters that I ended up wanting to re-use and it didn’t need the language to be funny. I was at Cartoon Network, probably a year or two after 2 in the AM PM was finished, and they did a shorts program called the Cartoonstitute (and) were looking for new things that (were) a little bit more adult. They were like, we wanna go TV PG. I wanted to pitch something and they asked me if I had anything. I went back and started thinking, “I really want to use those characters from my short films because they were so fun.” I took them and the character from my other short film, put them together and added a couple other characters and it all just snowballed from there into a show I’d want to make and they picked it up which was really crazy!

SO: I’ve read in other interviews that the British TV shows The Office and The IT Crowd were inspirations for you. Were they specifically inspirations for Regular Show? Because Regular Show does seem to capture that same kind of workplace ennui.

JG: My roommate all four years through Cal Arts was from Hong Kong (and) British. He introduced me to all these British shows that I had never even heard of. But I really liked the tone of it – all of it was really dry and flat, it wasn’t all like, wacky (makes jazz hands). I thought it was really funny and I was like, I wanna make a cartoon like that, where it’s just real and more downplayed for the humor. I was watching shows like League of Gentlemen, Little Britain, The IT Crowd and Mighty Boosh – that was a big one – that was very influential. My sensibilities started to switch after watching them and that’s why the show feels how it feels. I kind of like that British sensibility.

SO: A lot of animation shows use technologies like Cintiq, but Regular Show is far more low fi. Calvin Wong describes “the tools of the trade as being pencils, pens, white out and occasionally light boxes and electric erasers.” Those are pretty standard old school tools for making comics. Why do you choose to use a less high tech approach for Regular Show?

JG: When I got into the business that’s what it was – paper and traditional animation. So that’s what we got trained up on. We used post-its and when the Cintiq started coming in, we were still on shows that were using paper and (when) Regular Show got picked up, I was (just) more comfortable with paper. I like the feel of it, it’s more organic and I like seeing the slight variations in expressions you get from it being drawn by different board artists. You can see who drew what in the final product. I mean, ultimately, it all gets translated in Korea but the Cintiq is like a tool. I like paper and they do the same thing but I just don’t like looking at a computer all day.

SO: So have you ever made mini comics yourself or do you make them now?

JG: I haven’t but I want to.

Panels from Benton Connor's self-published mini-comic, Wrong Car

SO: Benton just made a really cool mini-comic.

JG: That was the one where you go in the car?

SO: It’s pretty f’in’ funny.

JG: And you go in the wrong car.

BC: It’s called Wrong Car.

JG: I love it.

SO: Yeah, I really enjoyed that comic.

JG: I actually, really enjoy printmaking. I wanna do linoleum prints. I did one actually for work as a holiday gift

BC: It’s really awesome.

JG: I made 60 of them to give out to everyone who works on the show. It’s Mordacai and Rigby in Santa suits and it says, “Happy Hollidays.” It’s like three colors, it took all weekend to do. I did them and emailed a picture of one to my wife and I was like check it out – I did it! I finished them all! She was like, awesome, what’s the joke with the spelling? Hollidays is spelled incorrectly!

JG Quintel's dubiously spelled Xmas lithograph print featuring Mordecai and Rigby of Regular Show (via JG Quintel's Instagram)

BC: Art school degree right there.

JG: (Laughs) I gave ‘em out anyways and I just included the story of how I messed ‘em up and everybody thought it was cool.

SO: So who are your favorite cartoonists working today and what are your favorite comics of all time?

JG: Well, to be perfectly honestly, I don’t really read comics. I like independent comics because they’re short and sweet.

SO: Those are comics!

JG: Well, then I like Calvin’s stuff. I like Hellen’s stuff. I like Benton’s stuff – the one that you did. Uh… Minty’s stuff is really funny.

SO: She’s great. Have you seen her husband’s stuff? Damien Jay’s?

JG: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah – I have! His stuff is really cool too! Actually, out of mainstream comics, one of my favorite comics of all time, like I couldn’t put it down, was Watchmen.

SO: OMG! Me too.

JG: That is actually really awesome. And I was disappointed with the movie. I was like, why did you change the ending? Why would you do that!!??

SO: I’m totally disappointed that DC is actually going through with the Before Watchmen prequels.

JG: I didn’t even know about that.

SO: They just showed the covers for them. It gave me a sad face. It’s such a beautiful self-contained story.

JG: Yeah, totally.

BC: More money.

SO: Mo’ money.

JG: Mo’ money, mo’ problems.

SO: Well, OK thank you so much for taking time to answer my questions, lastly I have one weird niggling fan trivia type of question for you: Benton, the perpetually antagonistic gumball machine groundskeeper of the park where Rigby and Mordecai work has an eerily similar name to Benton Connor, who’s been standing right here the whole time and is a writer and storyboarder for Regular Show who also worked with you on Misadventures of Flapjack. How, if at all, are Benton and Benson similar IRL?

Regular Show's Benson: Grumpy Park Manager with a gumball machine for a head

JG: OK, here’s the real story: we definitely mix up Benton and Benson’s names all the time. And we call Benton, Benson on accident constantly, and I feel bad about it.

SO (to Benton): Do you feel bad about it?

BC: To be honest, I’ve been called a lot worse.

JG: Everybody does it!

BC: Everyone does it and I’m used to it by now. I knew the trouble I was getting into. I was like, ARGH, you know you’re going to get called this! You know you are!

JG: BUT! It is not based on Benton! But at the same time it is funny that the names are so similar that people constantly mix them up.

BC: How’d you come up with it?

JG: Well, in the Lolliland short, his limo driver’s name was Benson. And I was like, oh, I wanna keep that name. I kept thinking of Mr. Belvedere when I was drawing him. I was like, ahhh.. this guy that’s a gumball machine, his name should be Benson. And then it just was!

BC: And then I showed up.

JG: (Laughs) and I was like, gotta hire that guy.

Benton Connor: Regular Show storyboarder and writer who in is in no way based on gumball machine head-having Benson

BC: So we can make fun of him a little more.

JG: Hilarity will ensue!

BC: To be honest, I’ve been called a lot of different names in my life, just because of those three letters – with the Ben and the “ton,” I’ve been called like Brenton, Brandon – all kinds of weird names.

JG: Brandonious?

BC: Yeah. Maybe.

SO: Bentopolis?

BC: That was a nickname, actually.

SO: So no basis, but now confusion?

JG: Yeah, definitely confusion.

SO: Is there anything else you’d like to say?

JG: I don’t even know! It’s so much easier when there’s a question attached.

SO: Well, I don’t really have any more questions so thanks a lot!

JG: Yeah!

Free Comic Book Day 2012: Reviews!

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Once again, I collected (almost) all of the Free Comic Book Day offerings, and offer my reviews on what’s good, what’s great, and what should have been better!

Titles are arranged alphabetically by publisher, and the images and summaries come from the offical FCBD website.  My comments are in purple.

What did you grab?  What did you enjoy?

Kid Friendly Titles

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ANTARCTICS ZOMBIE KID

STK460385 ImagePublisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS
(W/A) David Hutchinson, Fred Perry (CA) David Hutchinson
(W/A) David Hutchinson, Fred Perry
(CA) David Hutchinson
All 6th-grader Bill Stokes wants is to get through middle school unnoticed so he can go on to become a big-time pro video-gamer.  Then his mom comes home from her medical research volunteer job with a zombie virus.  Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park!  How’s he supposed to realize his dream when his life has become a festering, rotting, undead nightmare?
I read the first four pages… it doesn’t appeal to me.  It’s kind of interesting…his mother is a zombie, he’s sort of a zombie (he’s still got his human reasoning).  But this is just another variant in the “kid’s diary” genre, with spot illustrations, which are pretty good for a zombie kid!
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MOUSE GUARD LABYRINTH & MORE HC

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Publisher: ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W/A) Jeremy Bastian & Various (CA) David Peterson
(W) Jeremy Bastian, Nate Cosby, Royden Lepp, Jim McCann, Ted Naifeh, David Petersen (A) Jeremy Bastian, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Godbey, Janet Lee, Royden Lepp and David Petersen
(C) David Petersen

This Free Comic Book Day, Archaia offers readers the chance to experience history in the making with a FREE, gorgeous, 48-page, 6″ x 9″ full-color original anthology hardcover featuring all-new material! David Petersen returns with an all-new Mouse Guard tale that’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings! Lose yourself once again in Jim Henson’s amazing world of Labyrinth, featuring a fantastical story from Eisner Award-nominee Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) and Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock). Get a new perspective on Jet Jones in Royden Lepp’s critically acclaimed Rust, with a short story seen through the eyes of younger brother Oswald Taylor. Jeremy Bastian’s acclaimed Cursed Pirate Girl hits the high seas in this whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers. Nate Cosby (Pigs) and Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) present Cow Boy, a comedy/western that tells the tale of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. And Jim McCann and Janet Lee follow up their Eisner Award-winning Return of the Dapper Men with an all-new short story that leads into the upcoming sequel, Time of the Dapper Men. Witness the origin of a new, major character! And…the return of 41?!

Yup… it’s a hardcover!  And… the stories inside are quite good!    48 pages, six stories!  Top of the pile, grab it while supplies last!

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG

STK459223 ImagePublisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Ben Bates, Terry Austin (CA) Tracy Yardley
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(A) Ben Bates, Terry Austin
“…Two Steps Back: SPECIAL EDITION” Genesis may be over, but that doesn’t mean Sonic has saved the day! The Death Egg II still menaces New Mobotropolis, and Dr. Eggman has one more sinister trick up his sleeve. It’s a desperate race against time as Sonic and Sally try to prevent another world catastrophe, and the ending will leave you speechless.
It looks like DC wasn’t the only franchise which had a reality reboot recently!  It seems to have happened here, (via a shiny, candy-colored button) but at least the heroes know it happened.  Sonic battles robot duplicates, and Sally saves the day! But wait ’til you see the cliffhanger!  There’s some extra material in the back of the issue, giving background on Sonic’s allies.
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MEGA MAN

STK459222 ImagePublisher: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Ian Flynn (A/CA) Patrick Spaz Spaziante
(W) Ian Flynn
(A) Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante
“Let the Games Begin!” Part One: Don’t miss the first classic issue of the hit new MEGA MAN comic series! The future looks bright when brilliant and benevolent Dr. Light unveils his latest creations: the Robot Masters! But when the nefarious Dr. Wily steals them for his own sinister purposes, there is no one left to stop him. No one – except Mega Man!
Plus bonus features and a preview of the all-new series: The New Crusaders!

This is the origin issue of Mega Man, as his creator is backstabbed by his evil business partner!  It’s a bit like Astro Boy, with the same cartoony art style.

Lego cleverly placed a Hero Factory ad on the back of both Archie FCBD issues.  It might be a carryover from the regular newsstand issues, since the ad mentions a game guide inside the issue, which doesn’t exist.
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BONGO FREE-FOR-ALL / SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE

STK460618 ImagePublisher: BONGO COMICS
(W/A) Matt Groening & Various
(W/A) Matt Groening & Various
Bongo offers the best in humor comics with a proud tale from the boasting barflies of Moe’s Tavern, as they recount their  close encounter with marauding beasts as members of the Springfield Bear Patrol. And Sergio Aragonés joins the fun with a story from his own past of how he made his first peso as an underground and underage artist. Then, flip over the book for two of the swimmingest SpongeBob sagas from the series’ hard-to-find earliest issues. In “Squidward and the Golden Clarinet,” SpongeBob reads an issue of Mermaid Man to a less-than-welcoming Squidward. But this story has a musical hook even Squidward can’t resist. Plus: a page of gags that go off the deep end by indie artiste James Kochalka.
Another MUST HAVE comic!  The Simpsons story is enjoyable, SpongeBob is awesome due to the Ramona Fradon art on Mermaid Man, but the greatest story is Sergio Aragonés telling how he became a professional cartoonist in grade school!  (Action figures were involved.)
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PEANUTS ADVENTURE TIME FLIPBOOK

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Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT
(W/A/CA) Charles M. Schulz & Various
(W) Charles Schulz, Vicki Scott, Ryan North
(A) Charles Schulz, Ron Zorman,Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
(C) Charles Schulz, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Two stories of two boys and their dogs — on one side, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, along with the entire Peanuts gang, come to Free Comic Book Day! On the other side — boy Finn and his dog Jake, along with the entire cast of the hot new Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, adventure in the Land of Ooo for Free Comic Book Day! Get your full KABOOM! dose of “Good Griefs” and “Algebraics” all in one book!

The Peanuts material has been seen before, in Issue #0.  The Adventure Time stories, which I was not familiar with, are enjoyable.  If you’re a fan, you’ll probably like them even more!

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ROCKHEAD & ZINC ALLOY 2-FOR-NONE

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Publisher: CAPSTONE PUBLISHING
(W) Scott Nickel, Donald Lemke (A) C.S. Jennings, Doug Holgate (CA) Doug Holgate
(W) Scott Nickel, Donald Lemke
(A) C.S. Jennings, Douglas Holgate
Two awesome adventures for the price of…NONE! Yep, that’s right, folks. Meet the world’s newest superheroes in this limited-edition, super spectacular FREE-VIEW! First, who’s mightier than marble? Who’s greater than granite? Who’s smarter than, uh, a rock…? It’s Chip Stone, aka The Incredible Rockhead, always ready to bash a few bullies!
Then, hitch a ride with young Zack Allen as he takes his Zinc Alloy super-suit for a wild and wacky test-drive. A comic this jam-packed with heroics and hilarity is – well, priceless (i.e. totally free)!

These aren’t really educational (although with the short previews, it could be shown elsewhere). They are fun… one kid can turn his head into rock, the other is a kid genius who has built a mecha robot. Of course, things don’t go like they should…

Capstone also publishes beginning reader books in the DC Super Pets line. So they included a one-page clip-out mini-poster of ALL the Super Pets (including some I didn’t recognize, like Flexy Frog) and the other heroes! If you didn’t pick up this book, it serves you right! You missed an awesome group shot, all done in the Tiny Titans style! (Zan! Jana! Swamp Thing (he’s smiling)! Apache Chief! Bizarro Krypto! Starro! The Phantom Zone Trio! Super Mouse?! Detective Chimp! Aw yeah!

(Capstone, DC… please print a large size poster for schools, libraries, and fans!  And maybe offer some downloads, like trading cards!)

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DC NATION SUPERMAN FAMILY FLIP BOOK

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Publisher: DC
(W) Art Baltazar & Various (A) Dario Brizuela, Christopher Jones
(W) Art Baltazar, Franco, Various
(A) Dario Brizuela, Art Baltazar, Various
This super sampler is the place to check out Green Lantern Adventures and Young Justice, two sensational new comic series from the DC Kids line based on Warner Bros. Animation’s popular Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, featured on the upcoming DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network in 2012. The sampler includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will enjoy. Plus, get a sneak-peek at the brand-new Superman Family Adventures monthly series from the Tiny Titans creative team!

The Superman Family Adventures preview is the same as the one currently printed in the DC Nation titles.  The Green Lantern and Young Justice stories appear to be original, with the YJ story being a teaser to issue #16.
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MOOMIN COLOR SPECIAL

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Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
(W/A/CA) Tove Jansson
(W/A/CA) Tove Jansson
Drawn & Quarterly offers a second FCBD title for the first time this year and it will feature one of our most beloved and popular characters, MOOMIN! The Moomin Color Special will offer a sneak peak at the brand new Moomin books, in color for the first time, that D+Q will publish in Fall 2012. The Moomin characters were created by Tove Jansson and have developed a dedicated fan base of both children and adults for over six decades. The comics presented here were originally published in b/w and have now been re-colored by Drawn & Quarterly, with careful consideration of Tove’s palette. This will be the perfect All Ages comic book, ideal for developing a new readership of kids in the 6 to 12 age set. As a special bonus, this FCBD will also feature a 2nd preview of a new D+Q book, Anna & Froga, by Anouk Ricard.

Anna & Froga is a cute comic strip… a bit primitive in style, but with fun storytelling.  Moomin, well, tropical seeds germinate in the middle of a drought, creating a jungle!

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BARNABY

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Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W/A/CA) Crockett Johnson
(W/A) Crockett Johnson
Before Harold and the Purple Crayon there was Barnaby. Created by Crockett Johnson Barnaby ran in newspapers for over ten years (1942-52). Its subtle ironies and playful allusions won many passionate readers as they followed the adventures of 5-year-old Barnaby Baxter and his cigar-chomping fairy godfather Jackeen J. O’Malley.

Finally!  A sneak preview to the first of five annual volumes!  The strips suffer from the enlarged panels (four to a page), but this serves as a nice introduction to the strip.  Recommended by Dorothy Parker and Milton Caniff.

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WALT DISNEYS DONALD DUCK FAMILY COMICS

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Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W/A/CA) Carl Barks
(W/A) Carl Barks
Three amazingly adventurous, thrillingly stupendous, wonderfully wonderous comics by one of the greatest cartoonists of all time! Carl Barks! CARL BARKS! The biggest name in cartoons, second to only Walt Disney! Find out what happens to Donald, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge, Gyro Gearloose, and Huey, Duey in these extremely entertaining and wonderfully told FULL COLOR comics!

One Uncle Scrooge ten-pager, one Donald Duck ten-pager, a five-page Uncle Scrooge story (“Somethin’ Fishy Here”) that shows just how industrious he can be, and eight one-page gags.  No index numbers on the stories.
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MY FAVORITE MARTIAN SPECIAL EDITION

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Publisher: HERMES PRESS
(A) Dan Spiegle (CA) Photo
(A) Dan Spiegle
Uncle Martin (our favorite Martian) is a stow away on a rocket to Mars! Art by Silver Age great Dan Spiegle; supplementary artwork by Mike Arens; photographs from the original 1963-66 TV show.

Uncle Martin finally returns to Mars!  One story, plus some one-page gags and production photos.  The reproduction is a bit poor, perhaps the first volume will correct this.  The landlady’s daughter? (niece?  What happened to Mr. Brown?) features in this story, even though she only appeared in three episodes of the series (was this an attempt to make the comic more appealing to kids?)

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SPIDER-MAN SEASON ONE

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Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Neil Edwards (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
(W) Cullen Bunn
(A) Neil Edwards
(CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
It’s the Year of the Spider with Spidey’s 50th anniversary, the debut of the blockbuster film Amazing Spider-Man, and the all new original Spider-Man Season One Graphic Novel! Do not miss out. Get the first chapter of the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man: Season One graphic novel from Cullen Bunn and Neil Edwards!

This was the first “Season One” story I read, and it’s pretty normal… it’s comics, it’s a new origin, and it hits the bullet points you expect in a Spider-Man story.  Peter Parker is a bit cooler (he gets off a great zinger at Flash Thompson) but still has the typical teenager problems in high school.

The Human Torch is mentioned as a celebrity, so these Season One books might tie together.  Which is a bad idea, since these books are meant to be accessible to the non-fan, and having a shared universe complicates accessibility.  It also complicates publishing, since these are most likely annual volumes, original graphic novels, and it’s hard to do crossovers or events with such lengthy pre-production schedules.

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SMURFS & DISNEY FAIRIES FEAT TINKER BELL

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Publisher: NBM
(W/A) Various (CA) Peyo, Various
(W/A) Various
For years people have been asking for more comics for children, especially young girls. Well, Papercutz, for over seven years has been producing great graphic novels for all ages. This special flip-comic book highlights kid-friendly, world famous characters such as Tinker Bell and Smurfette, as well as new titles from Papercutz such as Dance Class featuring dance students and best friends, Julie, Lucy, and Alia, and Ernest & Rebecca, which features a six and a half year old Rebecca and her best friend, Ernest, who is a germ.

Curses!  One of two titles I wasn’t able to get this year!  I’ve seen the regular books previewed here, and they’re all fun, all ages stories!

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YO GABBA GABBA FREE COMIC BOOK TIME

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Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Jamie S. Rich & Various (A) Mike Allred & Various (CA) Parker Jacobs

(W) Jamie S. Rich & Various
(A) Mike Allred & Various
(CA) Parker Jacobs
From the hit Nickelodeon show! Come join your Gabba Land pals Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex and, of course, DJ Lance Rock, for a series of fun-filled adventures! Plus, an awesome Super-Martian-Robot-Girl tale, too!

Another MUST HAVE!  Mike Allred draws the first Yo Gabba Gabba story, and Super Robot Martian Girl appears in a story by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer!  The second YGG story has some cool coloring Rico Renzi!

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TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB

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Publisher: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
(W/A) Andy Runton & Various (CA) Chris Eliopoulos

(W/A) Andy Runton & Various
(CA) Chris Eliopoulos
Top Shelf is proud to join the 2012 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY celebration with not one, but six all-ages tales. In this FCBD edition, we present adventures from our kid-favorite titles: Owly by Andy Runton, Johnny Boo by James Kochalka, Korgi by Christian Slade,Okie Dokie Donuts by Chris Eliopoulos, Pirate Penguin Vs Ninja Chicken by Ray Friesen, and Upside Down by Jess Smart Smiley. Perfect for everyone in the family. With a great cover by Ray Friesen this time around to boot!

A nice sampler of stories.  Nothing knocked my socks off (aside from the Korgi robot), but the stories are fun.

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VOLTRON FORCE SHELTER FROM THE STORM

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Publisher: VIZ LLC
(W) Brian Smith (A/CA) Jacob Chabot

(W) Brian Smith
(A/CA) Jacob Chabot
After a mysterious disappearance, the mighty Voltron is back! Now the original Voltron pilots – Pidge, Hunk, Lance, Allura and Commander Keith – are training three new cadets: Daniel, Larmina and Vince. Each cadet brings something special to the team, and as they train, the depths of their gifts are revealed. And with King Lotor and his villainous minion Maahox out to destroy Voltron once and for all, the day that these new cadets must step up may be sooner than expected!

I was never a fan (Voltron never reached the Midlands), but this is a fun story, as young cadets learn the lesson of teamwork.  The big threat from Lotor?  Buy the graphic novel and find out!

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ANIMAL PLANET WORLD MOST DANGEROUS ANIMALS

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Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC
(W) Joe Brusha (A) Various (CA) TBD

(W) Joe Brusha
(A) Various
(CA)  TBD
This Free Comic Book Day edition of Silver Dragon Books’ first Animal Planet graphic novel gives a sneak peak at terrifying encounters between man and beast, illustrating what happens when humans interact with the World’s Most Dangerous Animals!

An educational comic, with some true (?) stories about bears and alligators, and why they’re dangerous!  There’s also a six-page preview for Jurassic Strike Force 5 #1.

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General audience

ARCANA PRESENTS INTRINSIC #1

STK460321 ImagePublisher: ARCANA STUDIO
(W) Sean O’Reilly, Casey Jones (A/CA) Various
(W) Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Casey Jones
(A) Various
Horrors from different worlds have assembled to bring about a global threat known only as The End. A Philosopher has recognized the signs in time to gather his own forces for Good – including an ordinary, powerless young woman. Only together can they avert disaster on a biblical scale. Every last one of them… is Intrinsic.
‘Intrinsic’ is a company crossover event bringing together characters from hundres of titles beneath Arcana’s library. It is an event of unprecedented ambition, unlike anything that has been before.

The synopsis above says it all.  Lackluster art, lettering, and story make me not want to read further.

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WORLDS OF ASPEN

STK460021 ImagePublisher: ASPEN MLT INC
(W/A/CA) Various
(W/A) Various
Aspen’s Newest Hit Series Debuts Right Here!!
A special compilation issue showcasing several brand new Aspen properties for 2012, featuring an all-new original 8 page story by Scott Lobdell and Oliver Nome, debuting the brand new series HOMECOMING, along with previews and story outtakes from several of Aspen¹s hottest and newest titles – including David Schwartz’s Idolized, the return of Fathom: Kiani, the deadly new seriesExecutive Assistant: Assassins and long time favorites, FathomSoulfireShrugged, and Lady Mechanika! Plus, don’t miss out on your first look at this summer’s big Soulfire event, The Search For The Light, and a whole lot more!

Homecoming has a nice premise (UFO abductee returns to save the Earth from invasion, enlists high school students to help), and Idolized mixes superheroes with reality television competitions.  The rest… well, I know they’re meant to showcase various properties, but one-page profiles look like advertisements, and I flipped right past them to get to the next story.  Oh, and this is one of those things they tell people in portfolio revues: splash pages are not story pages.  Give me a few pages of story, show don’t tell.

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BURT WARD BOY WONDER

STK459845 ImagePublisher: BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS
(W) Jeffrey Renaud (A/CA) Ramon Salas
(W) Jeffrey Renaud
(A) Ramon Salas
(C/A) Ramon Salas
For the creators of the hit Misadventures of Adam West series, comes the out of this world spin-off featuring everyone’s favorite Boy Wonder, Burt Ward.  After playing Robin in the Batman TV show, Burt still needs to be a hero and along with a couple of friends saves the world again and again!

This story is based on Burt Ward’s animal charity, Gentle Giants, which rescues abandoned dogs around the world.  This story has him chasing his dogs which are chasing a stranger through a dimensional portal.  The art is unfinished, which doesn’t help Bluewater’s reputation.  The flip book is “Wrath of the Titans Classic”, which seems to be an easy-to-read picture book, with text on one side, comics panels on the other.  Or maybe they script reproduced since they didn’t have time to letter the art?  Either way, the text describes what’s happening in each panel, which is another rookie mistake in comics.  If this is the actual book, I wouldn’t buy it.  There are better beginning reader books out there.

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THE HYPERNATURALS

STK460400 ImagePublisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT
(W) Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (A) TBD
This Free Comic Book Day… A universe trembles.
It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that’s only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They’re a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it’s up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals – and their novice recruits – to save the galaxy from complete destruction.
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind Annihilation and The Legion, launch an all-new original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier. Experience the special preview issue of The Hypernaturals this May and pick up the #1 issue this July!

The Singularity has come.  Every five years, a new superteam is announced to protect far-flung humanity.  It’s the centennial, and the latest iteration has gone missing while facing the latest threat.  Retired members (there’s a 15-year service limit) are contacted to help solve the mystery.  It’s an interesting concept,  possibly best read as a collection.

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STAR WARS SERENITY

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Publisher: DARK HORSE
(W) Zack Whedon (A) Fábio Moon, Christian Dalla Vecchia (CA) Adam Hughes, Daniel Dos Santos

(W) Zack Whedon
(A) Fábio Moon, Christian Dalla Vecchia
(C/A) Adam Hughes, Daniel Dos Santos
Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with a shady customer goes bad. When the client gets designs on theMillennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat! “Mal” Reynolds, captain of the outlaw vessel Serenity, is no stranger to jobs gone wrong. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on an amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew for help! Two great space epics in one issue!

Two similar science fiction captains star in two similar stories.  This issue also contains the first part of “Alabaster: Shelter” by Kiernan and Lieber.
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BUFFY THE GUILD

STK459375 ImagePublisher: DARK HORSE
(W) Andrew Chambliss, Felicia Day (A) Jonathan Case, Dexter Vines (CA) Georges Jeanty & Various
(W) Andrew Chambliss, Felicia Day
(A) Georges Jeanty, Jonathan Case, Dexter Vines
Buffy has never needed a vacation so badly as she does now – with the world overrun with zompires and other fallout from Season 8. Luckily, Spike has got the perfect solution: a “spacecation”!
Having lost their regular real-life meeting place, the Guildies are having a little trouble finding a new location they can all agree on. A little in-game battle becomes the deciding factor, and the circle follows the decree of the winner: the beach?!

Oooh…. this is a fun Buffy story!  All I can say is that Buffy is owned by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, and “crosses over” with a corporate cousin!

I’m not familiar with “The Guild”, but this story, where the gamers must first duel to determine a meeting place, and then meet in person at said place, has made me a fan.  Is there a comic?  A graphic novel?  No information in the comic.

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DC COMICS THE NEW 52 SPECIAL ED

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Publisher: DC
(W) Geoff Johns (A) Jim Lee & Various (CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams
(W/A) Various
Get an exclusive look at what’s happening at DC in 2012 – Featuring art by legendary illustrator Jim Lee and other top talents, DC Comics – The New 52 FCBD Edition will include a new story by New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns.There will also be preview material from DC Comics – The New 52 “Second Wave” titles, including Batman IncorporatedDial H,Earth 2G.I. CombatThe Ravagers and Worlds’ Finest.

But that’s not all; there are still more surprises to come. Stay tuned to for details!

Hooboy, are the fans gonna creem when they read this!  Three origins told!  The Rock of Eternity and what may be the seven letters of Shazam!  Some colored rooms, an alternate universe? and a four-page centerfold that teases what may be the first event in the New DC 52.
The other half showcases the Second Wave of titles:  The War That Time Forgot, Batman Incorporated, Dial H, Earth 2, World’s Finest, The Ravagers, and G.I. Combat.  The first and last titles mentioned get one page, the others get two.
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OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE

STK459326 ImagePublisher: GEMSTONE PUBLISHING
(W) Robert M. Overstreet, J. C. Vaughn
(W) Robert M. Overstreet, J.C. Vaughn, Various
The Walking Dead
Tales From The CryptTomb of DraculaSwamp Thing. Horror stories have been giving comic book fans the creeps for decades, yet they often fail to get their due. What defines horror? What’s new in the genre? Now the team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide takes an insightful look at the worlds of horror in this new special. Great articles, interviews, and market snapshots focus on what makes reading and collecting horror comics so cool. Cover by Zombie-Proof artist Vincent Spencer.

A sampler of horror comics articles from various Overstreet sources.  A good primer for fans of that genre.
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INFERNAL DEVICES CLOCKWORK ANGEL

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Publisher: HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
(W) Cassandra Clare (A) HyeKyung Baek (CA) Hye-Kyung Baek
(W) Cassandra Clare
(A) HyeKyung Baek
A prequel to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, the #1 New York Times-bestselling The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing…

Yup… that’s what the comic is about.  It’s a manga adaptation of bestselling author Cassandra Clare’s “Infernal Devices” series.  Well done… hard to tell it’s not from Japan.
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TRANSFORMERS #80.5

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Publisher: IDEA & DESIGN WORKS LLC
(W) Simon Furman (A/CA) Andrew Wildman

(W) Simon Furman
(A/CA) Andrew Wildman
The wait is over – after a 20-year hiatus, IDW proudly returns to the original Transformers comic book universe, picking up right where 1991’s Transformers #80 left off! Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Kup, Hot Rod and all your favorite Generation One Transformerscharacters charge into the future as fan-favorite writer Simon Furman and legendary Transformers artist Andrew Wildman presentTransformers #80.5! Reflecting back on the dizzying highs and the terrifying lows of the original run of Transformers comics, Optimus Prime watches over a Cybertron that hasn’t faced Megatron for decades. But that peace shudders to an end, as we dive headlong into July’s Transformers #81!

Because the Fans demanded it! Thousand of Transformers fans signed petitions urging us to make this book – and IDW listened!

Created by the same writer, penciler, and inker of Transformer #80 in 1991!

Bonus features make clear IDW’s current Transformers line of comics, as well as our extensive reprint program!

I didn’t read the series back in the 1980s, and this issue doesn’t really recap the story which will be continued twenty years later.  The recap bounces around the timeline, making it hard to figure out what’s going on.  Maybe I should just read the Wikipedia article…

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IMAGE 20

STK460687 ImagePublisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W/A) Various
Image Comics presents its 20th anniversary anthology with six, all-new original stories promoting upcoming Image Comics titles! Look for “Revival” by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton, G-Man by Chris Giarrusso and additional stories to be announced later.
From the PR:
IMAGE 20 is jam-packed full of exciting stories from new, upcoming comics and returning favorites. Titles include G-MAN from Chris Giarrusso, Robert Kirkman’s GUARDING THE GLOBE from Phil Hester and Todd Nauck, Mike Allred’s IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS from Jamie S. Rich and Mike Norton, CRIME AND TERROR by Steve Niles and Scott Morse, NEAR DEATH by Jay Faerber and Simone Guglielmini, and REVIVAL from Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.

G-Man sets up an interesting tale with some dark undertones.  Guarding the Globe… doesn’t make me want to read more, but I’m sure it’s a good story.  Crime and Terror by Niles and Morse is my fave from this issue (Scott Morse gets an automatic recommendation from me)!  Revival, Atomics, Near Death… didn’t grab me, but might be better as a graphic novel.

The “Experience Creativity” ad campaign is amazing!

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DINOSAURS VERSUS ALIENS

STK460358 ImagePublisher: LIQUID COMICS LLC
(W) Grant Morrison, Barry Sonnenfeld (A/CA) Mukesh Singh
(W) Grant Morrison, Barry Sonnenfeld
(A/CA) Mukesh Singh
From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black) and superstar graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison (BatmanThe Invisibles), comes Dinosaurs Versus Aliens! When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, our planet’s only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts… which are much more intelligent than we ever imagined! Featuring artwork from acclaimed artist, Mukesh Singh (Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper).

Manifest Destiny, with dinosaurs as Native Americans, and aliens as Europeans.  Beautiful dinosaur artwork, interesting premise, written by Grant Morrison!  This will be an original graphic novel!
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GRAPHIC ELVIS PREVIEW

STK460359 ImagePublisher: LIQUID COMICS LLC
(W) Stan Lee, Various (A) John Cassaday & Various (CA) Mukesh Singh
(W) Stan Lee, Various
(A) John Cassaday, Various
(CA) Mukesh Singh
This FCBD Preview of the Graphic Elvis collector’s book features selected stories and excerpts from the deluxe hardcover edition! An illustrated homage to Elvis’ lifelong appreciation of comic books, Graphic Elvis also commemorates the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 2012. In the same way comic books inspired Elvis, this book allowed today’s premiere comic book creators to find inspiration from Elvis’ treasured archives at Graceland, creating a unique visual experience for his millions of fans.

A limited edition (2500 copies) hardcover.  Some interesting photos and pin-ups, and a somewhat strange “Elvis at the Pearly Gates” story written by Stan Lee.
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AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON POINT ONE

STK460557 ImagePublisher: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
(W) Brian Michael Bendis
(A/CA) Bryan Hitch
Start reading with this POINT ONE issue. Prepare for the upcoming high-stakes Avengers event with a battle between the Avengers and the Intelligencia, the return of SWORD, and the disappearance of Spider-Woman!

The cover at left says “#12.1″, while mine says “#0.1″.  It’s the “Age of Ultron” prologue.  Which Ultron?  I guess we’ll find out soon…
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BAD MEDICINE #1

STK459883 ImagePublisher: ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Nunzio DeFillipis, Christina Weir (A/CA) Christopher Mitten
(W) Nunzio DeFillipis, Christina Weir
(A/CA) Christopher Mitten
Pulled out of exile from a dark corner of the world, renowned-surgeon-turned-fringe-medicine-eccentric Dr. Randal Horne must return to New York City to investigate a tragic research lab accident that’s left one man dead… and inexplicably headless. With the help of a distrusting NYPD detective, Horne must diagnose whether this strange case was truly a random act of misfortune, or the first calculated move by an invisible, psychotic murderer.

X-Files meets CSI?  Interesting, but not my cuppa.

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ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS

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(W) Brian Clevinger (A/CA) Scott Wagner
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Unanimously heralded by fans, creators, retailers and critics as the perfect first comic to give to a non-comic-reader, Atomic Robo is back to delight all audiences with the ultimate equation.Atomic Robo + Dr. Dinosaur = Team Up

Dr. Dinosaur is the villain, but he’s needed to solve a problem at CERN.  There’s also a preview to Neozoic, which is sort of a medieval fantasy with dinosaurs?  Then there’s Bonnie Lass, the daughter of a famous pirate.
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FINDING GOSSAMYR STUFF OF LEGEND

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(A/CA) Sarah Ellerton, Charles Paul Wilson
When a brilliant young boy named Denny solves the most perplexing puzzle in the history of mankind, he and his caretaker sister, Jenna, are transported to the fantastic land of Gossamyr, where math is magic and the boy’s unique condition gives him incredible power. Finding Gossamyr is written by game designer/writer David A. Rodriguez and beautifully illustrated by talented newcomer Sarah Ellerton. Also in this issue: a special preview of The Stuff of Legend Volume 4!

That synopsis listed above?  It’s not in this book.  This is a prologue.  There is a bit of a tease with Gossamyr, but mostly it’s a lot of talking.  Stuff of Legend offers a brief recap with some nice art.  I don’t know what the story is, but some major comics creators recommend it.
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ANTI

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Legendary producer Gale Anne Hurd (TerminatorAliensThe Walking Dead) teams with 12-Gauge Comics to present the tale of Zachary, a faithless man forced to confront the reality that he’s the savior of the world. Chased by demons that have infiltrated earth disguised as humans, while grudgingly protected by demon-hunter Jordan, the journey for knowledge, survival and more begins here! Plus: The Ride returns from writer Nathan Edmondson, teasing the all-new series!

That synopsis… that isn’t shown in the preview.  So no further interest.  The Ride… nice art, serviceable story, but I have no idea what the series is about.

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2000 AD JUDGE DREDD SPEC

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The UK’s leading SF anthology comic, 2000AD, is back for its second year as a sponsor of FCBD, bringing you a fresh batch of Thrill-Powered strips from the biggest and best creators in the industry: Ichabod Azrael by Rob Williams & Dom Reardon; Zombo: The Day the Zombo Died by Al Ewing & Henry Flint; a classic Ro-Busters tale by Alan Moore and Steve Dillon, and a superhero-themed ‘Future Shock’ tale, Whatever Happened to the Green Pedestrian Palm? by Chris Weston! All this, plus an all-new Judge Dredd tale from John Wagner and a surprise guest artist!

Aw heck… the other title I couldn’t find.  Dunno what sort of contract Alan Moore has with 2000 AD, but his work for them is always enjoyable.  Looking up the “Pedestrian Palm” story, it looks like it would be a MUST HAVE for comics fans.  Did anyone get this issue?  Anyone have an extra they’d like send my way?
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VALIANT PREVIEW

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(CA) Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic
The Valiant Universe returns! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Harbinger! Some of the best-selling heroes of all time are back in a groundbreaking new beginning helmed by an all-star roster of comic book superstars and visionaries. Journey through the heart of the Valiant Universe with brand new stories, character redesigns, and an exclusive first look into Valiant’s bold first year. This freepreview – featuring content you won’t find anywhere else – hits the stands just as Valiant’s best-selling titles return to stores worldwide.

The origin of X-O Manowar is shown, taking place during the Roman Empire.  I love the David Aja variant cover for #1!  Harbinger… no idea who the character is, or why I should buy issue #1 when it comes out.  Script pages and interviews fill up the rest of the book.  I’ll give Archer & Armstrong a glance when it comes out.

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WITCHBLADE UNBALANCED PIECES

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(W) Tim Seeley (A) Diego Bernard (CA) John Tyler Christopher
(W) Tim Seeley
(A) Diego Bernard, Fred Benes
(CA) John Tyler Christopher
With a brand new creative team and a fresh new direction, now is the time for new and lapsed readers to try out Witchblade! Since the events of Artifacts, Sara Pezzini’s entire life has been altered in immeasurable ways. Not the least of which is she’s living in a new city and has a new career, but one thing remains constant – the Witchblade. A mysterious, ancient Artifact which often takes the form of a powerful gauntlet and serves a magnet for all things supernatural. In this Free Comic Book Day edition, fans will get a look at the first complete story, “Unbalanced Pieces,” by the new creative team Tim Seeley (Hack/SlashBloodstryke) and Diego Bernard (The Man With No Name). This issue serves as a perfect introduction so readers can either pick up the new trade collection or dive into Witchblade #156!

Another universal “rebirth”, via the Artifacts epic.  The Darkness sums it all up in five pages, and then there’s a Witchblade story where we meet some interesting weirdness.

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JURASSIC STRIKEFORCE 5

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(W) Joe Brusha (A) J.L. Giles-Rivera (CA) Mike Capprotti
(W) Joe Brusha
(A) J.L. Giles-Rivera
(CA) Mike Capprotti
Kept on ice for millions of years, the Earth’s first team of heroes is back to protect the planet from the threat of the evil alien overlord Zalex and his band of mutated DinoSoldiers! In this Free Comic Book Day edition Jurassic StrikeForce 5’s leader, Rex, tests his skills in a training session that gets out of control and that threatens to make the hero extinct!

A ten-page preview, of a comic and toy line owned by Zenescope.  No explanation of who or what the story is, so no interest from me.

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Mature Readers

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(W/A/CA) Howard Cruse
(W) Howard Cruse
(A) Howard Cruse
(C) Howard Cruse
In conjunction with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, BOOM! Town presents “The Censored Howard Cruse”! Get a special sneak-peek at this summer’s upcoming “The Other Sides of Howard Cruse” graphic novel. He’s known for his gay comix, but that’s not all that’s been on his mind! From his Underground days up through present day, Howard wrote on a slew of topics, including freedom of speech, civil rights, drugs, and interesting uses for toothpaste. Get a taste of his impressive catalog of works, just with a few tastefully-placed black boxes. You’ll have to get the OGN for the uncensored version!

Yup… little black boxes all over the place, and still very enjoyable.

There’s a text page from the CBLDF.  If you enjoy this book, give a donation.  Considering the trouble another Free Comic Book Day comic caused a few years ago, everyone should help keep the ideas as free as the comics.
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LADY DEATH THE BEGINNING (NET) (MR)

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Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC
(W) Brian Pulido, Mike Wolfer (A) Marcelo Mueller (CA) Jason Eden
(W) Brian Pulido & Mike Wolfer
(A) Marcelo Mueller
Join us in welcoming Lady Death’s 20th anniversary year with this special Free Comic Book Day edition!  Her travels have taken her down many different roads but she has always remained a mysterious and powerful goddess.  Now new readers can step into her story seamlessly with this 40 page introductory issue that launches the Avatar storyline of Lady Death’s current ongoing tale.  Collected here are the contents of Lady Death Premiere and issue #0, which makes up the first chapter in the Lady Death Vol 1 TP and introduces fans to a Lady Death who has to face her greatest challenge yet – regaining her powers taken by the mysterious villainess Death Queen!
Mature Reader?  Let me take a closer look at the art with my loupe…  nope… no nudity, just blood and guts.  The story’s okay.  The cleavage and cheesecake is toned down, no brokeback poses.  The War Goddess preview, on the other hand, not only has a BB pose, but an oddly placed nipple (and what would be the skimpiest butt floss in comics, if it wasn’t covered by leather pants).
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Scott Pilgrim is back in full-color hardcover reprint

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All of you Scott Pilgrim fans, here’s a whole new edition to purchase and display with pride—a reprint of the one that started it all, SCOTT PILGRIM’S PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE, in full color by Nathan Fairbairn, in a deluxe 6×9 hardcover. AND a new cover! The news was announced at tonight’s spotlight on creator Bryan Lee O’Malley at ECCC.

And here’s a preview! Details at the end.

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This August, Oni Press and Bryan Lee O’Malley will be bringing the uber-popular Scott Pilgrim series back to store shelves, but this time as an ultra-swank, 6 X 9, full-color hardcover edition. Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 reprints the Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life for the first time in full color. The digital coloring is by the Shuster Award-nominated artist Nathan Fairbairn, the colorist for Batman Incorporated and Swamp Thing, and the whole thing is capped with a new cover from O’Malley.

“Everybody loves Bryan’s black-and-white artwork,” series editor James Lucas Jones explained, “but after seeing the few color stories he did with Scott and the gang, it was hard to avoid imagining a ‘what if?’ scenario. Now those wild dreams have come true. And to have one of the best colorists in the industry at the helm, that just seals the deal.”

“It’s been eight years since the first Scott Pilgrim book was published,” Oni marketing director Cory  Casoni added. “Since then, the series has seen over twenty first reprints of the original format, with over a million copies of the first volumes sold. Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 takes the familiar story from the original Scott Pilgrim series and gives it a new look. Plus it includes previously unpublished extras and bonus materials making this mighty tome one that’s required reading for Scottaholics everywhere!”

Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 will be the first of six hardcover reprints to be published bi-annually.  Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 2 is currently scheduled for an October 2012 release.

Each volume will be sized at 6” x 9”, making it bigger than the original versions, as well. “We’re upgrading the presentation in every way,” Jones said. “The traditional black-and-white versions will be there for those who still prefer that option, but now everyone can have a choice. One, the other, or both!”

Scheduled for a August 8th, 2012 publication date, Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1 will retail for $24.99.

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Emerald City What's What

ECCC kicks off today in Seattle and while we can’t be there in person (alas, longing for those Puget oysters), we have a few folks walking the floor and sending back reports. This is a full service con with 140 panels and a great guest line-up including Robert Kirkman, Marc Silvestri, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Kurtz, Kelly Sue DeConnick and more.

Here’s what’s what, exclusives and so on:

BOOM STUDIOS

BOOTH #502 and #402

BOOM! GUESTS INCLUDE:

ADVENTURE TIME Creator: Pen Ward
ADVENTURE TIME  Writer: Ryan North
ADVENTURE TIME  Artist: Shelli Paroline
ADVENTURE TIME  Artist: Braden Lamb
 ADVENTURE TIME  Artist: Jen Bennett
&
PEANUTS Writer: Shane Houghton
PEANUTS Artist: Matt Whitlock
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HIGHER EARTH & FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES’ Sam Humphries
PLANET OF THE APES’  Daryl Gregory
VALEN THE OUTCAST’s Michael Alan Nelson
I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER’s Shannon Wheeler


BE SURE TO GET 
ALL OF BOOM!’S ECCC EXCLUSIVE
VARIANTS!

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SCHEDULED SIGNINGS & PANELS
BOOM! Studios Booth #502

BOOM! Studios All Day Signing

Michael Alan Nelson, Writer (Valen the Outcast, 28 Days Later)

Sam Humphries, Writer (Fanboys v.s. Zombies)

Daryl Gregory, Writer (Planet of the Apes)

Shannon Wheeler, Cartoonist (I Thought You’d Be Funnier)

 
KaBOOM! All Day Signing Booth #402

Matt Whitlock, Artist (PEANUTS)

Shane Houghton, Writer (PEANUTS)

Ryan North, Writer (ADVENTURE TIME)
 
 
KaBOOM! All Day Sketching 

Shelli Paroline, Artist (Adventure Time)

Braden Lamb, Artist (Adventure Time)

Jenn Bennett , Artist (Adventure Time)

BOOM! and KABOOM! Panels and Signing Schedule


Friday 3/30/12

2:00PM : Emerald City Comic Con opens, KaBOOM! booth begins giving out lottery tickets for Saturday’s Pendleton Ward ADVENTURE TIME signing.

3:00PM-4:00PM : Chris Roberson, Writer (ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST)


Saturday 3/31/12

10:00AM : Mitch Gerads signing, Artist (PLANET OF THE APES) BOOTH #502

11:00AM : Lottery ticket cut-off for Saturday’s Pendleton Ward ADVENTURE TIME signing.

12:00PM : The winning fifty fans’ lottery ticket numbers posted at the KaBOOM! booth (#402) for Pendleton Ward ADVENTURE TIME signing.

1:00PM-2:00PM : ADEVNTURE TIME Panel – Room 4C3-4

2:30PM-3:30PM : ADVENTURE TIME Signing With Pendelton Ward Booth #402
NOTE: Lottery tickets will be given out when the show opens Friday all the way to 11:00AM Saturday morning (or until we run out); 50 random fans will be chosen for this event from the lottery and their numbers posted at the KaBOOM! booth at noon on Saturday.

3:30PM : KaBOOM! booth begins giving out lottery tickets for Sunday’s Pendleton Ward ADVENTURE TIME signing.

6:00PM : BOOM! Studios Panel – Room 4C3-4


Sunday 4/1/12

10:00AM : Emerald City Comic Con opens, KaBOOM! booth begins giving out lottery tickets for Saturday’s Pendleton Ward ADVENTURE TIME signing.

11:00AM : Lottery ticket cut-off for Sunday’s Pendleton Ward ADVENTURE TIME signing.

11:30AM : Fifty fans’ lottery ticket numbers posted at the KaBOOM! booth (#402) for Sunday’s Pendleton Ward ADVENTURE TIME signing.
NOTE: Lottery tickets will be given out after Saturday’s signing all the way to 11:00AM Sunday morning (or until we run out); 50 random fans will be chosen for this event from the lottery and their numbers posted at the KaBOOM! booth at noon on Saturday.

12:00PM-1:00PM : ADVENTURE TIME signing with Pendleton Ward and Chris Samnee – Booth #402

1:00PM-2:00PM : Editing Comics the BOOM! Studios way Panel – Room 201

3:00PM : Mitch Gerads signing, Artist (Planet of the Apes) – Booth #502

3:00PM-4:00PM : PEANUTS Comic panel – Room 3AB

4:00PM-5:00PM : Breaking into Comics panel – Room 4C1-2

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COMIXOLOGY

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Once again, comiXology will be giving away free digital copies of the complete first WALKING DEAD trade. Just stop by and get a code for a down load. Also,

In addition to the must-have The Walking Dead Vol. 1 giveaway, comiXology will be providing a hands on demonstrations of it’s Comics by comiXology digital comics platform at their booth all weekend long. Comic fans should not miss their chance to get a look at the all new 3.1 iOS upgrade that includes the CMX-HD digital comics format for the new iPad and features new sharing capabilities.
All ECCC ’12 attendees are invited to attend the special “ComiXology Open Discussion Panel” where comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger will answer questions from the audience on “Everything Digital” with no topic off limits. The “ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital Panel” will be on Saturday, March 31st from 2:00pm- 3:00pm in Room 3.

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DARK HORSE

Panels!

Friday • March 30th
 ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian Wood
  Room: 211
Time: 3:00 – 4:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, join creator Brian Wood as he talks about his work on Conan, DMZ, Northlanders and many others.
 Falling Skies Screening and Q&A
  Room: 4C1-2
Time: 3:00 – 4:00
TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies makes its debut appearance at Emerald City Comicon this year. Watch a never-before-seen clip from the season 2 premiere episode and hear from the show’s actors and producers about the new season. Falling Skies, basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, is set to return this June to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle (ER) stars as Tom Mason, a former college professor and father of three, who has become an unlikely leader for the 2nd Massachusetts civilian resistance group. The series chronicles the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.
 
Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse  
Room: 4C1-2
Time: 5:00 – 6:00
Join us for an exclusive behind-the-panels look at the dynamic artwork of Dark Horses Joss Whedon titles, from pencils to inks to colors to print. Dark Horses public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, will lead a discussion with artists Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer),Phil Noto (Angel & Faith, Dollhouse), Chris Samnee (Serenity), and inker Andy Owens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for an inside look at the artists processes. We’ll be showcasing a variety of art from past and future issues of these best-loved titles, including exclusive reveals and first looks!
 
ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d’Errico
  Room: 211
Time: 6:00 – 7:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, Camilla d’Errico talks about how she made her dreams reality by giving up on the 9 to 5 grind and becoming a full time artist.
 

EXPANDING THE EXPERIENCE: VIDEO GAMES TO COMICS AND BACK AGAIN  Room: TCC 102 Time: 6:00 – 7:00
When Dark Horse partnered with BioWare to expand the Mass Effect story line into comics, video-game tie-in comics were finally legitimized. Now, Dark Horse is widely recognized as the leading publisher of video-game comics, with launches throughout 2012 digitally and in print. Join us for an hour long preview of what’s to come this year, with exclusive news and announcements on current and upcoming projects with BioWare, Valve, and Activision!

Saturday • March 31st
ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick Remender
 Room: 211
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour Uncanny X-Force writer Rick Remender joins us. Rick is also the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature.
 
Dark Horse Comics: Powered By Creators 
Room: 4C1-2
Time: 4:00 – 5:00
Just over twenty-five years ago, Dark Horse stepped into the comics-publishing arena with a different agenda. While the publisher has gained much notoriety for its popular licensed titles, like Buffy and Star Wars, one mission remains the same: to give comics top creators a venue for showcasing their work and retaining their ownership of it. Join Dark Horse’s public relations director, Jeremy Atkins, along with a cast of premier talent, for news on all of Dark Horse’s 2012 publishing launches and new Dark Horse Presents stories. Guests include Steve Niles(Criminal Macabre), Steve Lieber (Alabaster), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Adam Warren (Empowered), Paul Tobin (Falling Skies), and Brian Wood (The Massive), and a few surprise drop-ins!
 
Sunday • April 1st
ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles 
Room: 211
Time: 12:00 – 1:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators. This hour, modern master of horror, Steve Niles, talks about what it takes to craft a good horror story, working with artists like Sam Kieth and Ben Templesmith and how his creation of 30 Days of Night changed the face of horror comics.
 Axe Cop
 Room: 3AB
Time: 1:00 – 2:00
Ethan and Malachai Nicolle, creators of Axe Cop, will do a live Q&A, show images and videos of new Axe Cop material, etc. Always a fun and highly interactive panel.
Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre?
Room: 3AB
Time: 12:00 – 1:00
From Mage, Sandman and Bone to Fables, Castle Waiting, Hellboy and more, mythic fiction has been a fascinating — and growing — presence in comics. What is mythic fiction? Why is it so popular? And could it really become the next big thing in the comics field? Join moderator Kurt Busiek (Arrowsmith), Matt Wagner (Mage), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham (Fables) and Chris Roberson (Memorial) for a lively discussion about mythic fiction in comics, from its roots to it future.

 
ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren in Conversation
  Room: 211
Time: 1:00 – 2:00
The Emerald City Comicon Spotlight Series is designed to give you an intimate look into the minds of some of comics greatest creators.Brandon Graham and Adam Warren join you this hour for a conversation talking about finer points of their work. Their western takes on manga have delighted readers locally and abroad. Expect a vivid and lively discussion. 

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ONI

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Join comic industry darling Oni Press at this years Emerald City Comicon, featuring the con premier of THE AVALON CHRONICLES, SHARKNIFE ZZ, and THE SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER. Be sure to stop by Oni Press Booth #802 and say ‘hi’ to: Brian Churrila, Christina Weir & Nunzio DeFilippis, Joshua Williamson & Vinny Navarrete, Brenday Hay, Lars Brown, Jarrett Williams, and special guest Bryan Lee O’Malley!

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On Friday night at 7pm in Room 2AB, check out the all late night talk show turned comicon panel: The Not So Late Late Show with Oni Press. Hosted by Oni Press marketing director, Cory Casoni, the shows guests include: Scott Pilgrim creators Bryan Lee O’Malley, the team behind Tiny Kitten Teeth Becky and Frank, with Joelle Jones giving lessons in fake baking, and musical guest Delta!Bravo.

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And don’t miss Saturday afternoon’s panel at 3pm in Room 3AB, Oni Press: Revolutionizing Comics, where we’ll run through the upcoming books for 2012 and beyond with creators Corey “The Reyyy” Lewis, Brian Churilla, and writing team Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. It’s guaranteed by our totally biased staff to be the second best time you’ve ever had at a panel, right behind the Not So Late Late Show with Oni Press ;)
Signing Schedule & Panel info Below:

Friday
3:00 – 3:45
Brian Churilla
Josh & Vinny
Jarrett Williams
4:00 – 4:45
Bryan Lee O’Malley
5:00 – 5:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Lars Brown
6:00 – 6:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Brendan Hay
7:00 – 7:45
Saturday
11:00 – 11:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Lars Brown
Josh & Vinny
12:00 – 12:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Brendan Hay
1:00 – 1:45
Bryan Lee O’Malley
2:00 – 2:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
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4:00 – 4:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Brendan Hay
5:00 – 5:45
Bryan Lee O’Malley
6:00 – 6:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Jarrett Williams

Sunday
11:00 – 11:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Jarrett Williams
12:00 – 12:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Lars Brown
1:00 – 1:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Lars Brown
2:00 – 2:45
Brian Churilla
Nunzio & Christina
Josh & Vinny
Lars Brown
3:00 – 3:45
Bryan Lee O’Malley
4:00 – 4:45
Brian Churilla
Josh & Vinny
Jarrett Williams 

Panel Info
The Not So Late Late Show with Oni Press
Room: 2AB
Time: Friday, 7:00 – 8:00
Join Oni Press’ marketing guru Cory Casoni for an exciting new adventure in comicon programming: a live comic book talk show! It’s just like the gabfests you see on TV, but with people talking about nerdy stuff you actually love! Cory’s guests at this inaugural event include Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley and the creative team behind Tiny Kitten Teeth, Becky and Frank. Featuring fake baking with House of Night artist Joëlle Jones, special musical guestDelta!Bravo, and a whole lot of comedy… some of it intentional.

Oni Press: Revolutionizing Comics
Room: 3AB
Time: Saturday 3:00 – 4:00
There’s a revolution going on over at Oni Press and you can get in on the action. Stop by and get the scoop on all the awesome new projects coming down the pipeline from comics’ leading independent publisher. Participate in the industry’s only interactive panel with the creators themselves: Brian Churilla (The Secret History of D.B. Cooper), Corey “The Reyyyy” Lewis (Sharknife), Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir (Avalon Chronicles, Bad Medicine). Hear the latest news, see sneak previews, chat with your favorite creators, and grab yourself some free comics!

Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]

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[UPDATE] Here are a selection of books due out this month. All of the information presented below [aside from my aside/snide comics] are from publisher or distributor websites.

ALL information is subject to change, and something which might ship this month to a comics shop might show up months later in regular bookstores.  So, if you see something here which has been out for a while, that’s why.  Just consider it a reminder, in case you didn’t notice it the first time.

Unless it’s something amazing (like omnibus volumes), I tend to ignore ongoing books series.  You either know about the series, or unlikely to pick it up if there are numerous volumes on the shelves. Yes, I know it’s almost April.  But many publishers announce their new titles via “Out This Week” posts, so that’s why I wait.  (And some don’t even do that!)

I do work for a bookseller, so everything posted here has nothing to do with my day job.

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The Compleat Terminal City

Visionary designer and comics creator Dean Motter (Mister X, Electropolis, Batman: Nine Lives) returns with the purest expression to date of his patented retro futurism! Terminal City is a place where transistor-tube robots rub elbows with old-time gangsters, where bright, shiny technologies cast deep noir shadows.Teaming Motter with celebrated artist Michael Lark (Daredevil, Gotham Central), this massive collection reprints the original series, along with its sequel, Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti!

* All fourteen issues of the classic series, collected for the first time!

* Eisner-and Harvey Award-nominated series!

“This is one of the best marriages of story and art I’ve seen in years and an absolute delight to read.” -Alex Ross, artist of Marvels and Kingdom Come

Writer: Dean Motter
Artist: Michael Lark
Cover Artist: Mark Chiarello
Genre: Classic
Publication Date: March 21, 2012
Format: FC, 368 pages, 6″ x 9″
Price: $24.99
Age range: 14
EAN:9 78159 58287 7 4

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Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 1

Uncut and uncensored, the infamous precode Crime Does Not Pay comics are finally collected into a series of archival hardcovers! With brutal, realistic tales focusing on vile criminals, Crime Does Not Pay was one of the most popular comics of the 1940s. The series was a favorite target of Dr. Fredric Wertham and other censors and is partially responsible for the creation of the stifling Comics Code Authority. Now revered and mythic, this collection of the first four hard-to-find Crime Does Not Pay comics features a fine roster of Golden Age creators and a new introduction by Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Casanova)!
Writer: Various
Artist: Various
Genre: Crime, Classic
Publication Date: March 28, 2012
Format: FC, 272 pages, HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Price: $49.99
Age range: 14
ISBN-10: 1-59582-289-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-289-5
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Afrika

The masterpiece by Belgian comics creator Hermann is available in English for the first time! A misanthropic European expatriate, Dario Ferrer, acts as guardian of a Tanzanian wildlife preserve. Accompanied by Charlotte, a naive European journalist, Ferrer discovers a village under fire from mysterious agents of the foreign-backed government. Ferrer and Charlotte must fight not only to protect the preserve, but to expose government corruption–and survive to see another day.

* From award-winning creator and international bestseller Hermann!

* Gorgeous watercolor art and a fast-paced, violent story!

Writer: Hermann
Artist: Hermann
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publication Date: March 14, 2012
Format: FC, 64 pages, HC, 8″ x 11″
Price: $15.99
Age range: 18
ISBN-10: 1-59582-844-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-844-6
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Gary Gianni’s Monstermen and Other Scary Stories

In a world plagued by zombie cowboys, squid pirates, abominable snowmen, mustachioed skulls, movie phantoms, and fat, flying demons, only millionaire film director Lawrence St. George and his associate, Benedict of the venerable guild of Corpus Monstrum, have the capabilities and the wit to bring these horrors down.

* Finally collected in its entirety! Features stories by Robert E. Howard, William Hope Hodgson, and more!

* Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay).

Writer: Gary Gianni
Artist: Gary Gianni
Genre: Horror, Classic
Publication Date: March 07, 2012
Format: b&w, 168 pages, HC, 8 3/8″ x 11″
Price: $24.99
Age range: 16
ISBN-10: 1-59582-829-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-829-3

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Empowered Deluxe Edition Hardcover

The steamy cape-and-tights comedy so outrageous that the bonds of regular graphic novels could not hold the laughs within, Empowered has expanded into a tome so massive that even the superpowered can barely lift it! Empowered Deluxe Edition Volume 1 collects between its rock-hard covers all the material from the first three Empowered volumes, plus several metric tons (okay, like forty pages) of top-secret, never-before-seen extras (except by Adam Warren, a few close friends, and some ninja), including the very first Empowered stories, sketches, logo variants, Adam’s story notes, and more, more, more! That’s seven hundred pages, chief, and printed on way nice paper, too! Only you deserve so much!

* Hardcover edition, limited to one printing!

* Adam Warren is the first-and best-creator of original english-language (OEL) manga.

“One of the most laugh-out-loud-funny works I’ve read in years.”
-Rob Vollmar, Comics Worth Reading

Writer: Adam Warren
Artist: Adam Warren
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: February 29, 2012
Format: b&w, 712 pages, HC, 6 1/2″ x 9″
Price: $59.99
Age range: 16
ISBN-10: 1-59582-864-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-864-4

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CUT THE ROPE: SPECIAL DELIVERY

Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Writer: Matt Anderson
Artist: Ricardo Garcia, Antonio Alfaro
Size: 104 pages
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Publication Date: 3/20/2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-937676-04-9
Price: $9.99 (CAN: $12.50, £7.50)

Based on the bestselling iOS Game Application and in print for the first time! Sometimes opportunity knocks…but in thirteen-year-old Evan Coulton’s case, opportunity ding-dong ditches him and leaves a plain and uninteresting box on his doorstep — with contents that are anything but plain and uninteresting! Before Evan knows it, his kitchen (and his life) have been upturned by an adorable, small, green creature with an endless appetite for sweets, and a knack for getting into serious trouble…which is a problem for Evan, because up until now, tying his shoes was all the trouble he could handle!

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SPONTANEOUS

Publisher: Oni Press
Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Brett Weldele
Size: 6.5 x 10, 144 pages
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Publication Date: 3/6/2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-934964-74-3
Price: $24.99 (CAN: $31.99, £18.99)

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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CLEVELAND

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Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Writer: Harvey Pekar
Artist: Joseph Remnant
Size: 9.25 x 7.25, 128 pages
Format: Hardcover,
Black and White
Publication Date: 3/13/2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60309-091-9
Price: $21.99 (CAN: $27.50, £16.50)

“One of the very greatest works by that unique and irreplaceable American voice, the truly splendorous Harvey Pekar… graced by the impeccable and poignant artistry of Joseph Remnant.” – From the introduction by Alan Moore

“A must for graphic-novel, Americana, and localism buffs alike.” Booklist (starred review)

‎”Often insightful, and unafraid to show himself in an extremely uncomplimentary light, Pekar illustrates 70 years of recent history as seen through the eyes of one gloomy but talented pessimist… Remnant brings this very personal history to vibrant life with his own flair for the charm of the ordinary. Cleveland will stand as a must-have volume in Pekar’s body of work.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) pioneered autobiographical comics, mining the mundane for magic since 1976 in his critically acclaimed series American Splendor.

Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland is sadly one of his last, but happily one of his most definitive graphic novels. It presents key moments and characters from the city’s history, intertwined with Harvey’s own ups and downs, as relayed to us by Our Man and meticulously researched and rendered by artist Joseph Remnant. At once a history of Cleveland and a portrait of Harvey, it’s a tribute to the ordinary greatness of both.

“America’s poet-comic-laureate of curmudgeonhood is sorely missed, but thankfully, this posthumous book, like Hamlet’s father, is here to remind us of the great man, the great Pekar.” – Jonathan Ames, author and creator of HBO’s Bored to Death

With an introduction by Alan Moore!

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CHIP POCKET MANGA VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-0-9831823-6-8
Price: $14.95 ($18.75 CAN)
Publisher: Antarctic Press
Writer: Richard Moore
Artist: Richard Moore
Size: 5 x 8
Page Count: 128
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: All Ages

• Fan favorite Richard Moore (Boneyard, Far West, Fire and Brimstone) presents a ticklish take on the macabre with this new, all-ages story.
• Dark forces stalk the night, ancient menaces strike terror into the hearts of men everywhere…but not on a statue-selling farm in upstate New York. There, a 4-inch gargoyle named Chip is determined to prove to all the other statues there that he can be scary, too!  With the aid of his fairy friend Ash, he sets out to find just the right setting to inspire him and bring out his true potential for wreaking terror…if he can work up the nerve to go there!

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CASPER’S SCARE SCHOOL TP

ISBN-13: 978-1-937676-03-2
Price: $14.99 ($18.99 CAN)
Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Writer: Paul Morrissey, Various
Artist: Sabrina Alberghetti, Amy Mebberson
Page Count: 104
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: All Ages

Ship Date: 3/21/2012

• Casper The Friendly Ghost makes his return to comics at last, and he’s bringing his Scare School with him! This direct market, limited edition trade paperback collects the entire, hit Casper’s Scare School mini-series from Ape Entertainment! Stories include “Halloween Is For The Dogs,” “Scare Fair,” “Food Fight Fright,” and “Cross-Realm Rivalry,” and features a special variant cover gallery and much more!

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AMBIGUOUS RELATIONSHIP (YAOI MANGA)

ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-253-6
Price: $12.95 ($14.50 CAN)
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
Imprint: June
Writer: Masara Minase
Artist: Masara Minase
Page Count: 200
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)

• Satoru is used to being alone. Ever since high school, he has lived his life without anyone else. Then one rainy night he encounters a stranded stranger. Taking him in, he unexpectedly finds that being alone is not what he wants at all, and that what he wants may just be within his grasp. But does Reiji feel the same way? And will Reiji’s family accept it when they discover where he is?
• A selection of angsty romance stories by master mangaka Masara Minase, published in English for the very first time!

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GARTH ENNIS’ COMPLETE BATTLEFIELDS VOLUME 1 TP

ISBN-13: 978-1-60690-255-4
Price: $24.99 ($31.99 CAN)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Russ Braun, Carlos Ezquerra, Peter Snejbjerg
Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 248
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Ship Date: 3/21/2012

• This massive, 248-page tradepaperback collects the first three Battlefields story arcs. Nine issues in all!
• Collects The Night Witches, Dear Billy, and Tankies, complete with bonus material such as sketches and commentary from Ennis, along with a cover gallery by series cover artists John Cassaday and Garry Leach!

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Ethan Young’s Tails Book One

ISBN-13: 978-1-61345-015-4
Price: $12.99 ($13.70 CAN)
Publisher: Hermes Press
Imprint: Hermes Press
Writer: Ethan Young
Artist: Ethan Young
Size: 7.5 x 10
Page Count: 128
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Frequency: Semi-Annual
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy
Ship Date: 3/21/2012

• Quirky, funny, and surreal, Tails follows the semi-autobiographical exploits of hapless and hopeless hipster cartoonist Ethan Young. Ethan uses his comic book creation, Crusader Cat, to steal away from the real world…and things get interesting when his escapist work starts to talk back to him! Poignant, funny, and daring, Tails is an unflinching portrait of a believable character as he starts to fall into the abyss of an unbelievable world, with the results ranging from hilarious to heart-breaking.
• Published as a black and white hardcover, Tails: Book 1 by Comeback Kings artist Ethan Young is the first of a three-volume series recommended for mature readers.

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THE PHANTOM: THE COMPLETE SUNDAYS VOLUME 1 (1939-1943)

ISBN-13: 978-1-61345-012-3
Price: $60.00 ($62.35 CAN)
Publisher: Hermes Press
Imprint: Hermes Press
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Ray Moore
Size: 12 x 9.5
Page Count: 224
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Action/Adventure
Ship Date: 3/14/2012

• The long-anticipated reprint of the entire run of Lee Falk’s full-color Phantom Sundays, with art by Ray Moore begins! Fans of “The Ghost Who Walks” have waited years for a complete series of hardcover volumes featuring the complete Phantom Sundays — and this is the first book in the series. As with Hermes Press’ complete reprint of The Phantom dailies, this book contains every strip, digitally reconstructed to perfection. Presented in Volume 1 are the first eight storylines of the strips which encompass the first continuity: “The League of Lost Men” (May 28-October 15, 1939) to “Castle in the Clouds” (October 18, 1942-April 18, 1943). In addition to the strips, this volume contains documentary material and a detailed essay.

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ART OF MOLLY CRABAPPLE VOLUME 1: WEEK IN HELL

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-154-9
Price: $9.99 ($12.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Artist: Molly Crabapple
Size: 8.5 x 11
Page Count: 48
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Art, Coffee Table,
Popular Culture
Ship Date: 3/13/2012

• In September 2011 artist and firebrand, Molly Crabapple, locked herself in a hotel room, covered the walls in paper, and filled 270 square feet of wall with art. The project, called “Molly Crabapple’s Week in Hell,” is a wild ride through the imagination of an artist stretching herself to the limits of her endurance. Gorgeous photographs by Steve Prue show Ms. Crabapple’s sheer talent, audacity, and ambition at work. From the first stroke of pen upon paper to the glorious 360-degree view of a room full of art, this book chronicles the trials and joys of the Week in Hell, including visits from some of New York City’s artistic luminaries, absinthe parties, live models, and musical accompaniment. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which garnered 745 backers who watched the whole week unfold in live webcasts with the artist, following Molly Crabapple into the madness of art.

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FRAZETTA — FUNNY STUFF

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-167-9
Price: $49.99 ($62.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Imprint: Yoe Books
Writer: Frank Frazetta
Artist: Frank Frazetta
Size: 8.5 x 12
Page Count: 256
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Art/Popular Culture
Ship Date: 3/20/2012

• Frank Frazetta! He’s been rightfully called “The Grand Master of Fantasy Art”! But, it’s little known that Frazetta also conquered other worlds in the Golden Age of Comics, as shown in his Donald Duck-ish funny animal and hilarious hillbilly comic book stories. Even those aware of this wonderful Frazetta art don’t know the extent — this book is a whopping 256, large-format pages! Did we mention ferocious, terrifying wolves and swampland creatures in the plethora of animal stories illustrations as only Frazetta could draw them? There’s also lions and tigers and bears — oh my! — before Frazetta’s famous paintings captured the same subjects. But wait, there’s more! You’ll see the roots of the Frazetta Girl in the sexy Kathy teenage girl adventures and the hot Daisy Mae-look-alike, Clarabelle, in the hillbilly hi-jinks stories of her beau, Looey Lazybones (Holy Li’l Abner!).
• The introduction is by famed cartoon director Ralph Bakshi, who closely worked with Frazetta when they co-produced the animated feature film, Fire and Ice. Bakshi shares rare insights, anecdotes, photos, and Frazetta drawings, and created a special painting of Frazetta and himself as funny animals for this beautiful hardcover, full-color coffee table book!  Frazetta — Funny Stuff is edited and designed by Eisner award-winner Craig Yoe.

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GHOSTBUSTERS VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-157-0
Price: $17.99 ($22.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening, Tristan Jones
Size: 6.5 x 10.25
Page Count: 104
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Movie/TV-Related
Ship Date: 3/20/2012

• 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 apocaplypse, or just a little indigestion?

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MONSTROUS COLLECTION OF STEVE NILES AND BERNIE WRIGHTSON

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-017-7
Price: $50.00 ($62.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Bernie Wrightson
Size: 9 x 13.5
Page Count: 176
Format: Hardcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Horror

• From the creator of 30 Days of Night comes a collection so terrifying, so huge, so gritty and raw that it had to be called MONSTROUS! Collecting the collaborations between two living horror legends — Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson — thiMs onstrous Collection includes three complete tales: Dead She Said, The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre, each a piece of the dark, dangerous universe Niles has created in the shadows of the world we think we know. Enjoy them here, collected together and in oversized, black-and-white form for the first time.

[Available only at the IDW store?]

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Star Trek Vol. 1STAR TREK VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-150-1
Price: $17.99 ($22.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Steve Molnar, Tim
Bradstreet
Size: 6.5 x 10.25
Page Count: 104
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Movie/TV-Related
Ship Date: 3/13/2012

• The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new story that picks up where the
blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine
the stories from the original series in the alternate timeline created by the film, along with
new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from Star Trek
writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to the much-anticipated
movie sequel premiering in 2012!

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Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow and the Little King

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ISBN: 1-61377-148-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-148-8
Price: $49.99 (CAN: $62.50,
£37.99)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Imprint: Library of American Comics
Writer: Otto Soglow
Artist: Otto Soglow
Size: 9.25 x 7.5
Page Count: 432
Format: Hardcover, Partial Color
Recommended Age: All Ages
Genre: Comic Strip Collections

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.

Soglow began experimenting with eliminating lines that weren’t necessary while at The New Yorker, where he created The Little King in 1931. Lured by William Randolph Hearst, Soglow moved to the Sunday comic’s section with The Ambassador until his contract with The New Yorker ended in 1934. The Ambassador led the way–in more ways than one–for the King, who remained a Sunday funnies mainstay until Soglow’s death in 1975.

Much of the humor in The Little King is aimed at puncturing pomposity, and Soglow accomplishes it with drawings that are, as Brunetti points out, tightly composed, exquisitely timed, carefully structured pieces of machinery.

Otto Soglow’s process of streamlining is at the root of why his cartoons have a timeless sophistication and elegance, and continue to entice new readers and cartoonists. It’s high time for such a fitting tribute to this cartoon monarch.

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Michael WM Kaluta Sketchbook Series Vol 1Michael WM. Kaluta: Sketchbook Series, Vol. 1

ISBN: 1-61377-136-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-136-5
Price: $9.99 (CAN: $12.50, £7.50)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Artist: Michael Wm. Kaluta
Size: 8.5 x 11
Page Count: 48
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Art, Coffee Table, Popular Culture

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.

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WomanthologyWomanthology: Heroic

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ISBN: 1-61377-147-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-147-1
Price: $50.00 (CAN: $62.50,
£37.99)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Ann Nocenti, Anya Martin, Barbara Kesel, Kimberly Komatsu, Gail Simone, Trina Robbins, Samantha Newark Artist: Camilla D’ Errico, Renae DeLiz, Ming Doyle, Colleen Doran, Fiona Staples, Stephanie Buscema
Size: 9 x 13
Page Count: 300
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Anthology

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.

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Mark Twain's Tales of MysteryMark Twain’s Tales of Mystery

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ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-124-2
Price: $16.99 ($21.25 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mark Twain
Artist: Menton Matthews III
Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 220
Format: Hardcover, Partial Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Literature

Sherlock Holmes in America? Mark Twain a character in his own stories? Can it be true? True indeed, dear reader, as Mark Twain makes his mark on the mystery genre with this collection of short stories by the grand master himself. Including “A Double Barreled Detective Story,” “Tom Sawyer, Detective,” “A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage,” and “The Stolen White Elephant,” delight as Twain breaks convention and bends cherished characters to tell stories that are wholly his own. Illustrations provided by Menton3 (The Lovecraft Library, Classics Multilated, Monocyte).

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50 GIRLS 50: SHAKEDOWN VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-469-5
Price: $14.99 ($18.75 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Doug Murray, Frank Cho
Artist: Axel Medellin
Page Count: 120
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Ship Date: 11/15/2011

• Old-School Sci-Fi Explores the Worlds of Tomorrow! This complete edition of Frank Cho (X-Men: Schism), Doug Murray (The ‘Nam), and Axel Medellin’s (Elephantmen) contains all four issues of their space-faring epic featuring the galaxy-lost ESS Savannah’s search for home! If that’s not enough, it’s also packed with bonus pieces written by Murray further exploring the worlds of 50 Girls 50 and a gallery of art by both Medellin and Cho.
• Collects 50 Girls 50 #1-4.

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King City

By: Brandon Graham

Price: $19.99

ISBN: 9781607065104
On Sale: March 07, 2012
AT LAST!
The long-awaited collection of the complete KING CITY series is here, full of full on comic book games, puzzles and wordplay!
Joe is a catmaster, trained to use his cat as any tool or weapon. His best friend Pete falls in love with an alien he’s forced to sell into green slavery, while his ex Anna watches her Xombie War veteran boyfriend turn into the drug he’s addicted to. King City, an underbelly of a town Run by spy gangs and dark dark magic with mystery down every alleyway.

Collects KING CITY #1-12

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Queen Crab

Story by: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Artiz Eiguren
Cover By: Sas Christian
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 9781607065050
On Sale: March 14, 2012
In the tradition of David Lynch and Stephen King comes the story of a young woman dealing with the insanity of the world around her. Meet Ginger, a twenty-something office girl that lives her life one boring day at a time until on her wedding night, her new husband tries to kill her…and it goes horribly wrong. This special hardcover graphic novel is a story of revenge, lust, violence and insanity brought to you by JIMMY PALMIOTTI (Jonah Hex, Painkiller Jane) and featuring the art of ARTIZ EIGUREN, as well as a cover by award winning illustrator SAS CHRISTIAN, and also featuring pin-ups by AMANDA CONNER and more!
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ELEPHANTMEN VOLUME 0

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-468-8
Price: $34.99 ($43.75 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Richard Starkings
Artist: Various
Page Count: 312
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)

• Collecting the sold out War Toys trade paperback — now in full-color for the first time — and the sequel, Enemy Species, this highly anticipated Elephantmen Volume 0 is packed with extras, including Moritat and Boo Cook sketchbooks and unseen work by Ladronn, Marian Churchland, Marley Zarcone, and a new prologue by Axel Medellin.
• Collects Elephantmen: War Toys Volume 1: No Surrender, Elephantmen: Yvette One-Shot, and Elephantmen #34-35.

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COMPLETE INVINCIBLE LIBRARY VOLUME 3

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-421-3
Price: $125.00 ($156.50 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Various
Page Count: 768
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult

• Collecting the Invincible Ultimate Collection Volumes 5-6 into one massive, slipcased tome! That’s almost 700-pages of pure Invincible goodness! This is a can’t-miss for any Invincible fan and a perfect addition to any reinforced, sturdy bookshelf.

[Also available: S&N EDITION LIMITED TO 150 COPIES $175.00]

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Cover Girls

Art By: Guillem March
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 9781607064916
On Sale:March 28, 2012

This volume collects some of the best covers and other artwork from rising star GUILLEM MARCH (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, CATWOMAN). More than one hundred full-color images featuring the sexiest girls from his stunning work for Eros Magazine or Playboy Spain, never seen in U.S., plus much unpublished art.

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GIRLS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-466-4
Price: $49.99 ($62.50 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Joshua Luna
Artist: Jonathan Luna
Page Count: 608
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)

• This edition collects the complete run of GIRLS by The Luna Brothers (The Sword, ULTRA). Experience the epic horror series about a small town that is invaded by beautiful, murderous, egg-laying clones!
• Collects GIRLS #1-24.

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TOXIC VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-44-0
Price: $39.99 ($44.99 CAN)
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Writer: Various
Artist: Hyung-Tae Kim, Hichi, Adrian Smith, Sylverster Song, Vincent Durait
Size: 8.75 x 11
Page Count: 192
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Frequency: Semi-Annual
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Art/Coffee Table Book
Ship Date: 3/28/2012

• In TOXIC, Korea’s top illustrators are joined by several prolific fantasy painters in this all-new anthology series! This gorgeous volume features original comic stories, pin-up art and paintings, concept work, and artist interviews. If you enjoy the APPLE anthology series, you’ll love TOXIC!
• TOXIC is the spiritual successor to the APPLE anthology series, created by the same Korean studio, and featuring several of the same artists.
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New logo alert: Oni Press

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Two is a trend! Oni Press has just announced a new logo replacing the Dave Gibbons-designed original. The new logo was designed by Oni Press art director Keith A. Wood and will first appear on THE SECRET HISTORY OF D.B. COOPER, which comes out in March.

It’s all part of a branding overhaul, director of marketing Cory Casoni told Publishers Weekly. And just the start of a bunch of announcements and new releases.

Oni’s original logo (and name) come from the Japanese oni, a kind of demon popular in folklore .

So far this logo doesn’t spin or dance. But it is quite striking.

Courtney Crumrin in color for the first time

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While you may be in full-on holiday panic mode, there’s always spring…and Halloween. Next spring’s Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things, Special Edition will see the sardonic young monster-hunter in color for the first time. Ted Naifeh’s all-ages gothic waif is one of the first — and the best — of this sub-genre of comics, and it looks great in color by Warren Wucinich.

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Ten years ago Oni Press brought fans the magical world of Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things. The series quickly became a favorite amongst fans, enticing new readers to comics while giving existing comic book aficionados something new and fresh to get excited about. Spending a decade amongst the goblins and ghouls is a tall order for any girl, but one that Courtney is more than equipped to handle. To celebrate her 10th anniversary, Oni Press will be reprinting Naifeh’s perennial series as special edition prestige hardcovers.  And, for the first time in Courtney’s history, fans will get to see their favorite spell slinger in full color! 

Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things, Special Edition will be on store shelves April, 2012. Volume 1 kickstarts a full reprint program with new colored special edition hardcovers of all the original Courtney Crumrin books to follow. Naifeh has returned to his beloved series to remaster the material, working closely with colorist Warren Wucinich (Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge, Jam!) to create a spooky palette that accentuates what everyone loved about the original black-and-white art while providing a completely different way of seeing Naifeh’s fully realized world.

“Readers love Courtney Crumrin for how vividly Ted renders the magical world he has dreamed up,” said Oni Press editor Jill Beaton. “The original versions were wonderful and Ted is one of those cartoonists who really understands how to use black ink on a white page. Despite the level of detail, he avoided over-rendering his drawings, meaning that the work is still open and has room to breathe. It also means there is space for color. Warren is highlighting what is already there, filling in an extra dimension that previously was left to the reader.”

In addition to the color treatment, Oni Press’ art director, Keith Wood, is pulling out all the stops to make the Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things, Special Edition truly special. “In talking with Ted about what we wanted to do with the hardcover,” Wood said, “he told me that it should look like a book you’d find on Uncle Aloysius’ bookshelf, something Courtney might stumble on when snooping around his office. It’s going to be a cool object as well as a good read.”

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished with Courtney Crumrin,” concluded Ted Naifeh. “It’s been ten wonderful, creative years, and I’m happy to have done it at Oni Press. The fans have shown us tremendous support, and I hope they will enjoy the chance to relive these adventures with a brand-new hue.”

Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things, Special Edition features a special silver ink, embossed cover, and an old-fashioned ribbon bookmark placed in the sewn spine. The 136-page, 6” x 9”, graphic novel will retail for $19.99 and debuts April 2012.

Coming Attractions: Fall 2011: Oni Press

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Lots of great titles from Oni Press (that’s usually a given), some for readers of all ages!  (That is, it appeals to both children and adults!)

Murderous Toons, chimpanzees with machine guns, an unusual food allergy, and the Purple Crayon meets Death Note!  Plus many continuing series (not previewed here) such as Salt Water Taffy!

All descriptions come from Oni.  Many titles have previews available, so click on the title!

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Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge

• Welcome to Toonie Terrace, home of the fun-loving Toonies and their jealous, bitter rivals, the Meanies. For all their shenanigans, no Meanie has ever murdered a Toonie… until now!  After thousands of painful failed attempts, Rascal Raccoon has finally killed his arch-nemesis, the charming and adorable Jumpin’ Jackalope. Rascal is overjoyed, but there’s one problem: what does he do now? With nothing left to obsess over, Rascal’s life falls apart. Fortunately, he soon finds a new target for his anger: the animator who created him!

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Power Lunch, Book 1: First Course

• Joey is a sickly looking kid who’s been raised to believe that he’s allergic to pretty much everything with a hue. His mother has him on a strict diet that avoids a huge list of food — anything that isn’t white is off the table — literally. Why the restrictive diet? Well, it turns out every food gives Joey a different super power! Lunch time just got a whole lot crazier!

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Sketch Monsters, Book 1: Escape of the Scribbles

• Eight-year-old Mandy isn’t what you’d call an emotional child. Whether at her own surprise birthday party, scoring the winning goal, or being stung by a bee, Mandy doesn’t show her feelings. Instead she draws them as MONSTERS in her sketchbook! But one day her emotions run wild and those monsters escape! Mandy’s only help catching them is an eccentric monster named Happster, who causes more problems than he solves. Can Mandy catch all the sketch monsters and return them to her sketchbook before they destroy her
town?

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NYCC news rewind: Oni to reissue Courtney Crumrin

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This story by Brigid Alverson on kids comics news at NYCC 11 is chock-a-block full of newsy bits, but we’ll just spotlight the Oni news here:

Oni Press announced that it will be republishing Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin graphic novels in a new, full-color edition to celebrate the publisher’s 15th anniversary. The series will start with Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things in April. Their panel also featured two new children’s graphic novels that are due out in the next two weeks: Power Lunch, by J. Torres and Dean Trippe, and Sketch Monsters, by Vinny Navarette and Josh Williamson. Power Lunch is about a boy who gains superpowers from the foods he eats—carrots enable him to see through walls, for instance—while Sketch Monsters is about a girl whose doodles about her moods come to life and run amok.


Much more from Archie, 1821, Marvel, and so on in the link.

Coming Attractions: April 2011

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The following is a selection of new comics titles due to be published in April 2011.   This list is not comprehensive, just what I’ve discovered browsing the Internet.  Below, you’ll find selected titles which caught my interest.  If you would like to browse forthcoming graphic novels and related books at your leisure, click here. These are not necessarily titles I will purchase, but which I will definitely look at once they arrive at my local comics shop or bookstore.

If you click that link above, you’ll see all the graphic novels at BN.com, sorted by date.  Lots of  graphic novels (and related books) scheduled from May to December.  Of course, there will be even more titles added and announced in time for the Holidays!  (You might want to use your tax return to buy some bookshelves.)

Please be advised that publication dates are not set in stone, titles may change, and covers may be altered. Also, your local comics shop might receive copies before your local neighborhood website or library.  I consider my tastes to be rather eclectic. If you feel I’ve neglected or slighted a title, publisher, or creator, please feel free to mention it in the comments below. Yes, you may promote your own work, but please include the ISBN for easy searching (and shopping!)

Disclaimer: I am employed by Barnes & Noble. This and any other posts by me at this site have no official connection to B&N.   As always, feel free to send us your PR. Even better, send us some free books!

Salt Water Taffy: Caldera’s Revenge! Part 1
by Matthew Loux

  • $ 5.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Oni Press
  • Format: Paperback, 72pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781934964620
  • ISBN: 193496462X

Patrick in A Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Other Stories
by Geoffrey Hayes

  • $ 12.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Format: Hardcover, 32pp
  • Lexile: 0050L
  • ISBN-13: 9781935179092
  • ISBN: 1935179098

Pepper Penwell and the Land Creature of Monster Lake
by Steph Cherrywell

  • $ 14.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing
  • Format: Paperback, 200pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781593622053
  • ISBN: 1593622058

Scratch 9, Volume1: Pet Project
by Rob M Worley,Jason T Kruse

  • $ 9.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Ape Entertainment
  • Format: Paperback, 100pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781936340538
  • ISBN: 1936340534

Manga Bible, Volume 8: Trips, Ships, and the Ultimate Vision: Acts, Part 2- Revelation
by Young Shin Lee, Brett Burner, J. S. Earls, Jung Sun Hwang

  • $ 6.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Format: Paperback, 224pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780310712947
  • ISBN: 0310712947

Archie Archives, Volume 1
by Various

  • $ 49.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Format: Hardcover, 208pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781595827166
  • ISBN: 1595827161

Archie’s Mad House
by Dan DeCarlo, Sam Schwartz, Wally Wood

  • $ 34.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Hardcover, 204pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600107900
  • ISBN: 1600107907

Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus
by Walter Simonson

  • $ 125.00
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
  • Format: Hardcover, 1192pp
  • ISBN-13:9780785146339
  • ISBN: 0785146334

Superstar: As Seen on TV
by Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen

  • $ 14.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Hardcover, 80pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600108891
  • ISBN: 160010889X

Sensational She-Hulk by John Byrne, Volume 1
by John Byrne

  • $ 24.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
  • Format: Paperback, 200pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780785153061
  • ISBN: 0785153063

Wonder Woman: The Story of the Amazon Princess
by Ralph Cosentino

  • $ 16.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Hardcover , 40pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780670062560
  • ISBN: 0670062561

Astro City: Shining Stars
by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson (Illustrator)

  • $ 24.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Hardcover, 208pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401229849
  • ISBN: 1401229840

Our Army At War
by Various

  • $ 14.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Paperback, 128pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401230159
  • ISBN: 1401230156

Darkie’s Mob: The Secret War of Joe Darkie
by John Wagner, Michael Western

  • $ 22.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Format: Hardcover, 112pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781848564428
  • ISBN: 1848564422

Zombies vs Robots Adventure
by Menton Mathews III, Chris Ryall, Ashley Wood, Paul McCaffrey, Gabriel Hernandez

  • $ 17.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Paperback, 104pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600108693
  • ISBN: 1600108695

Bat Boy: The Weekly World News Comic Strips by Peter Bagge
by Peter Bagge

  • $ 17.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Hardcover , 104pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600108969
  • ISBN: 1600108962

Poseurs
by Rick Mays, Deborah Vankin

  • $ 16.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Format: Paperback, 152pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781607063582
  • ISBN: 1607063581

Phoenix Without Ashes
by Harlan Ellison, Alan Robinson, John K. Snyder III

  • $ 21.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Hardcover, 21pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600108006
  • ISBN: 1600108008

The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song
by Frank Young, David Lasky

  • $ 24.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011 [postponed?  No title information at Abram’ website]
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Format: Hardcover, 192pp [including a CD?]
  • ISBN-13: 9780810988361
  • ISBN: 0810988364

The Elvis Presley Experience
by Aaron Sowd, Jay Allen Sanford

  • $ 17.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Bluewater Productions, Incorporated
  • Format: Paperback, 148pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781450700214
  • ISBN: 1450700217

Starstruck
by Michael Wm. Kaluta, Elaine Lee

  • $ 49.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Hardcover, 360pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600108723
  • SBN: 1600108725
  • Edition Description: Deluxe Edition

Reunion
by Girard

  • $ 19.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Format: Paperback, 152pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781770460379
  • ISBN: 1770460373

Strange Science Fantasy
by Scott Morse, Paul Pope

  • $ 24.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Paperback, 196pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600108884
  • ISBN: 1600108881

The Complete Wendel
by Howard Cruse, Alison Bechdel

  • $ 24.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Format: Paperback, 288pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780789322166
  • ISBN: 0789322161

Mister Wonderful: A Love Story
by Daniel Clowes

  • $ 19.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover, 80pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780307378132
  • ISBN: 0307378136

Frank Frazetta Archives, Volume 1: White Indian
by Frank Frazetta

  • $ 49.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Format: Hardcover, 200pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781595825971
  • ISBN: 1595825975

R.I.P.: Best of 1985-2004
by Thomas Ott

  • $ 28.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Format: Hardcover, 144pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781606994177
  • ISBN: 1606994174

An Elegy for Amelia Johnson
by Andrew Rostan,Dave Valeza, Kate Kasenow, Stephen Christy

  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: Archaia Studios Press
  • Format: Hardcover, 128pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781932386837
  • ISBN: 1932386831

The Downsized
by Matt Howarth

  • Pub. Date: March 2011 [Originally scheduled for April, published early]
  • Publisher: AdHouse Books
  • Format: Paperback, 80pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781935233091
  • ISBN: 1935233092

Big Questions
by Nilsen

  • $ 69.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Format: Hardcover, 658pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781770460447
  • ISBN: 1770460446
  • Edition Description: Limited Edition Signed and Numbered
  • $ 44.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Format: Paperback, 658pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781770460478
  • ISBN: 1770460470
[The Drawn & Quarterly website lists both as Out Of Print.  The paperback will probably be reprinted.  The Limited Edition…?]

Best of Dick Tracy, Volume 1
by Chester Gould

  • $ 19.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Format: Paperback, 128pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781600106712
  • ISBN: 1600106714

Aaron & Ahmed
by James Romberger, Jay Cantor

  • $ 24.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Hardcover, 144pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401211868
  • ISBN: 1401211860

Metal Hurlant Volume 1
by Humanoids, Incorporated

  • $ 29.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Humanoids, Inc.
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9781594650260
  • ISBN: 1594650268

Huntington, West Virginia “On the Fly”
by Harvey Pekar

  • $ 19.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback, 176pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780345499417
  • ISBN: 0345499417
  • Edition Description: Original

Texas Tales Illustrated, 1A: The Revolution
by Mike Kearby, Mack White

  • $ 6.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Format: Paperback, 32pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780875654393
  • ISBN: 0875654398
  • Edition Description: First Edition, Special edition

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente
by Wilfred Santiago

  • $ 22.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Format: Hardcover, 200pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781560978923
  • ISBN: 1560978929
  • Edition Description: Original

Seeds
by Ross Mackintosh, Benjamin Shahrabani, Eddie Deighton, Jon Sloan, Brian Fies

  • $ 10.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Com.x, Limited
  • Format: Paperback, 80pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780983223801
  • ISBN: 0983223807

The Comics: The Complete Collection
by Brian Walker

  • $ 40.00
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
  • Format: Hardcover, 672pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780810995956
  • ISBN: 0810995956

The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art
by Jerry Robinson,Walt Kelly, Winsor McCay, Milton Caniff, Hal Foster

  • $ 39.99
  • Pub. Date: March 2011 [Another April title released early.]
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics  [Preview!]
  • Format: Hardcover, 400pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781595826572
  • ISBN: 1595826572

Howard Chaykin: Conversations
by Brannon Costello

Marvelous Myths: Marvel Superheroes and Everyday Faith
by Russell Dalton

  • $ 19.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Chalice Press
  • Format: Paperback, 160pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780827223387
  • ISBN: 0827223382

Varitan’s Illustrated Greek Myths
by Yonah Ignacio Varitan

  • $ 34.95
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Orphiflamme Press
  • Format: Hardcover, 120pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780982881200
  • ISBN: 0982881207

War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film
by Marc Dipaolo

  • $ 45.00
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Format: Paperback, 342pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780786447183
  • ISBN: 0786447184

After the Golden Age
by Carrie Vaughn

  • $ 24.99
  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Format: Hardcover, 304pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780765325556
  • ISBN: 0765325551
  • Edition Description: First Edition