The show-and-tell continues!
In this post, new titles from Dark Horse, Image, and IDW!
So, here’s what caught my eye. Please comment below, and please feel free to mention titles I may have marginalized or overlooked. My tastes are eclectic, but there’s stuff which doesn’t interest me, or doesn’t evoke much of a response. I respect everyone who manages to publish something, but with some 400 graphic novel titles a month, I have to be selective.
CAVEAT: As I discovered while doing the publisher posts, that some titles have been canceled or postponed. The titles below, the information is subject to change. Some may already be out and on sale, some may be vaporous. All descriptions are from the publishers.
Oh, and the advisory: I am employed as a bookseller. Nothing I say here or anywhere else online has any connection to my employer. I know my employer can take umbrage at any association people may make between my private and professional activities, so I’m careful to let ninja cows be.
Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Jim Rugg
Author Bio: Courtney Taylor-Taylor is the lead-singer and songwriter of the hugely popular Portland, Oregon band The Dandy Warhols. The band has released six albums to date and have had huge critical and commercial successes on both sides of the Atlantic. One Model Nation is Taylor’s first original graphic novel.
Jim Rugg is the co-writer and artist of the critically acclaimed Street Angel series. He has also contributed inks to DC/Vertigo’s American Virgin.
Summary: In 1977, four young men were the voice of their generation.
In 1978, they disappeared.
This is the epic journey of art noise band One Model Nation, the final dark days of the Baader-Meinoff Gang, and the band’s mysterious disappearance only months later.
This original graphic novel comes from the mind of Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor, with art by indie super star Jim Rugg, and features a host of bonus extras; sketches, director’s commentary, deleted scenes and more!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain, Eric Powell
The classic novel by celebrated American author Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, tells of a teenage misfit accompanied by an escaping slave, Jim, as the two float down the Mississippi River by raft. As their journey unfolds, Huck and Jim encounter adventure, danger, and a deftly scribed cast of characters that are by turns both menacing and hilarious. This special edition is illustrated by comics industry star Eric Powell (The Goon, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters), and presents the material as Twain intended.
J.M. DeMatteis, Glenn Barr
The complete critically acclaimed saga is re-collected in hardcover for this collection of J.M. DeMatteis and Glenn Barr’s Brooklyn Dreams. Celebrated by fans and critics alike, and long out of print, don’t miss this chance to own a book that many say will change your life.
Mark Twain’s Tales of Mystery
Mark Twain, Menton3
ISBN 13: 978-1-61377-124-2
Trade Cloth, $16.99
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).
Doug Murray, Frank Cho, Axel Medellin
ISBN 13: 978-1-60706-469-5
Trade Paper, $14.99
OLD SCHOOL SCI-FI EXPLORES THE WORLDS OF TOMORROW!
This complete edition of FRANK CHO (X-Men: Schism), DOUG MURRAY (The ‘Nam) & 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
Erik Burnham, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Mike Raicht, Scott Tipton, David Messina, Gary Erskine, Kyle Hotz, Casey Maloney, Nick Roche, Giovanni Timpano, David Tipton, Ashley Wood
ISBN 13: 978-1-61377-106-8
Trade Cloth, $34.99
IDW’s first-ever mega event is collected in this hard cover collection as something goes horribly awry in the IDW universe: a dimensions-spanning zombie outbreak of epic proportions, which threatens to tear many of IDW’s biggest realities asunder! The infestation spreads through the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, STAR TREK, and GHOSTBUSTERS universes. Zombie apocalypse looms and the remaining members of CVO are running out of options…
Crawl to Me
ISBN 13: 978-1-61377-118-1
Trade Paper, $17.99
Wire Hangers creator/hard-rock musician, Alan Robert, is back for blood with this all-new horror tale, Crawl to Me. The story centers on Ryan, as he struggles to protect his family from what appears to be an evil entity living within their basement’s crawl space.
It is only after a series of violent events occur, that Ryan realizes he must set aside all he believes to be true in order to face his shocking and inevitable reality. This intense thriller will keep you guessing every step of the way.
Danger Girl: The DANGER-SIZED Treasury Edition
J. Scott Campbell, Andy Hartnel, Alex Garner
Danger Girl was a smash hit when it was released in 1998 and helped solidify J. Scott Campbell as one of the premier artists working in comics-period. Now you can thrill to the exploits of Abbey Chase, Sydney Savage, Johnny Barracuda and all the rest, in this ultra-cool, super-sexy, Danger-Sized Edition of DANGER GIRL. Collecting the Danger Girl 8-page preview story that introduced Abbey Chase, the oversized first issue, and issue #2–You just can’t get more DANGER for your money!
FC Cardstock $9.99 64 pages 9.25″ x 14.25″
[No, this is not a book, but how often do you see a treasury-sized comic book?]
Annie Nocenti, Anya Martin, Barbara Kesel, Kimberly Komatsu, Gail Simone, Trina Robbins, Samantha Newark, and many more (w) Camille d’Errico, Renae DeLiz, Ming Doyle, Colleen Doran, Fiona Staples, Stephanie Buscema, and more!
Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. All of the short stories will center around our theme for this volume; Heroic. There will also be features, such as Professional How-Tos, a Kids/Teens section showcasing their works and giving tips, as well as a section dedicated to some Iconic female comic creators of the past, such as Nell Brinkley, and much more. Profits of this book will go towards the Charities of GlobalGiving.org.
Steve Canyon like you’ve never seen it before-reproduced directly from Milton Caniff’s personal set of syndicate proofs! For the first time: the definitive edition of the Steve Canyon newspaper strip by Milton Caniff featuring every Sunday in color and the daily strips in their original, uncropped versions.
Caniff quit Terry and the Pirates in 1946 to begin Steve Canyon and it became his biggest-selling work. Forever known as the Rembrandt of the Comic Strip, Caniff is at the absolute peak of his artistic prowess in these strips. Your passport is stamped for Adventure, Intrigue, and Danger on your expedition to exotic locales with your pilot, the one and only Steve Canyon! The Caniff women are also on display, as Steve Canyon Volume 1 features steely yet sexy “Copper” Calhoun; the beautiful schemer, Delta; that modern-day Mata Hari, Madame Lynx; Dr. Deen Wilderness, who is as capable as she is lovely; plus Captain Shark, Convoy, and the footloose Fancy.
Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney, with historical essays by Bruce Canwell, Steve Canyon is presented in a matching hardcover set to the Library of American Comics’s Eisner Award-winning Terry and the Pirates. Everyone who enjoyed Terry won’t want to miss this sequel in which the horizons are truly unlimited!
[No ISBN discovered. Click link above for IDW store.]
Originally only available from IDW during San Diego Comic-Con, we uncovered a small stash of Ashley Wood’s POPBOT BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK. This striking edition collects the long sold-out POPBOT volumes 1 to 8 in a huge 11″ x 14″ hardcover format, showcasing over 400 pages of Ashley Wood art. Ships with a slipcase. Strictly limited to stock on hand.
G.I. JOE: Renegades, Volume 1
Trade Paperback $7.99
G.I. JOE is the world’s best and last defense against the dark forces that haunt our planet. They are highly trained, highly skilled, highly effective, and highly motivated. In short, they are the best at what they do. But for the first time ever, in order to fight evil, our heroes have to become RENEGADES! Join DUKE, SCARLETT, ROADBLOCK, TUNNEL RAT, RIPCORD, and SNAKE EYES as they lead a lone charge against COBRA, becoming fugitives of justice in the process! High-octane action, unbelievable stories, and action-packed battles set this G.I. JOE tour de force on high ground! It’s G.I. JOE like you’ve never seen it before!
ISBN 13: 978-1-61377-108-2
Trade Paper, $24.99
A shot of ink, an ink gunshot, ink-made! Inkshot is a new anthology of ideas in small doses – three to five pages – small universes you can dive into and get lost in many different genres. Featuring never-before-seen stories by Danilo Beyruth [Necronaut], Jose Aguiar [Ernie Adams], Milton & Felipe Sobreiro [Cthulhu Tales], Bruno Stahl [Heavy Metal Magazine], Gabriel Goes [Samba Magazine], Pablo Mayer [The Next House], Davi Calil [MAD Magazine], Pablo Casado [Duo], Felipe Cunha [Jesus Hates Zombies], Hector Lima [The Major], and many others, Inkshot is a showcase of some of the best Brazilian comics of the new Century.
Art of Joe Jusko
ISBN 13: 978-1-61377-096-2
Trade Cloth, $49.99
For the first time ever, a volume devoted to one of the more popular fantasy/sci fi painters of the past 25 years. This book offers readers and fans a chance to witness his immense and phenomenal career from start to present, offering glimpses of previously never-before-seen material from his files and sketchbooks, his enormously popular comic work, covers and illustrations from his book publishing career, as well as beautifully reproduced images of his personal favorites and insights into his life and creative process. Brought to you by the publishing house responsible for THE ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND and THE ART OF P. CRAIG RUSSELL.
Boo Cook, David Hine
ISBN 13: 978-1-60706-468-8
Trade Cloth, $34.99
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, VOL. 0 is packed with extras, including MORITAT and BOO COOK sketchbooks and unseen work by LADR?NN, MARIAN CHURCHLAND, MARLEY ZARCONE and a new prologue by AXEL MEDELLIN!
Collects ELEPHANTMEN: WAR TOYS, VOL. 1: NO SURRENDER; ELEPHANTMEN: YVETTE ONE SHOT and ELEPHANTMEN #34-35
Firebreather Vs Dragon Prince (One-Shot)
Phil Hester, Ron Marz, Saumin Patel, Andy Kuhn
ISBN 13: 978-1-60706-332-2
Trade Paper, $7.99
Something monstrous is killing visitors at an isolated mountain lake, and only the combined might of Firebreather and Dragon Prince can hope to overcome it! But when the strange being’s plans for our young heroes are revealed, can their newfound friendship withstand its deadly siren call?
Features an all-new, 40-page story, plus reprints of the classic origins of Firebreather and Dragon Prince by their original creators.
King Aroo, Volume 2
ISBN 13: 978-1-60010-782-5
Trade Cloth, $39.99
The peaceable little kingdom of Myopia rocks with laughter in the second collection of Jack Kent’s King Aroo. Colorful visitors come and go while Professor Yorgle pontificates, faithful Yupyop frets, and Mr. Elephant forgets everything but his own name! Kindly King Aroo presides over all the outlandish slapstick and witty wordplay in over seven hundred daily and Sunday comic strips from 1953-1954, edited and designed by Eisner Award-winner Dean Mullaney. Bruce Canwell continues his groundbreaking biography of Jack Kent, featuring rare photos and never-before-seen artwork. This classic comic is a treat for readers of all ages.
Joe Casey, Chris Burnham
ISBN 13: 978-1-60706-477-0
Trade Cloth, $17.99
The Badass With A Badge returns in a glorious oversized hardcover! Brought to you JOE CASEY (BUTCHER BAKER) and CHRIS BURNHAM (Batman, Inc.) – now with ADDED PAGES of over-the-top sex and violence – experience OFFICER DOWNE as it was meant to be experienced! You’ve never felt “command presence” quite like this! This is the cop that’ll keep coming back for more… even from beyond the grave! Now with all-new bonus features!
ISBN 13: 978-1-60706-470-1
Trade Paper, $14.99
Doug Tennapel, Katherine Garner
ISBN 13: 978-1-60706-478-7
Trade Paper, $19.99
Earthworm Jim creator DOUG TENNAPEL is publishing his Webcomic RATFIST, a vigilante-in-tights that satirizes comics, politics, philosophy, and even TENNAPEL himself! Featuring a forward written by MST3K/RiffTraxx’s MICHAEL J. NELSON, and pinups by RYAN OTTLEY, SCOTT KURTZ, CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS and ETHAN NICOLLE!
Gaylord DuBois, Russ Manning, Jesse Marsh
ISBN 13: 978-1-59582-821-7
Trade Cloth, $49.99
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