The July Previews catalog is sitting on my desk, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.
These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in September. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards), T/S (tee shirt) and * (to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
Besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) please send me an email and I will email you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
The theme this month is Gift Ideas so if you happen to be one of those people who plan ahead you could order something for everyone on your Christmas list now, receive it in September and have everything wrapped before Thanksgiving allowing you to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season without dealing with the humbug aspect of trying to shop during the frenzy of ‘door buster’ sales, Black Friday’s and Cyber Monday’s.
The catalog also features lots of horror comics and items to help celebrate Halloween including the bundles of comics that YOU can give to the trick-or-treaters in lieu of candy. You know that I’ll be giving out comics to the kids and I buy bundles of these Halloween themed mini comics which cost three dollars for a bundle of twenty and there are also single comics priced between twenty five and thirty seven cents each. These are my prices but I’m happy to sell you these at my cost if you’d like to give them out as an alternative to candy, or if you educators would like to give them out in the classroom. There are more than twenty different titles offered so let me know what you’d like and how many and I will order them for you so that you will have them by the second week of October. You can see this years’ selections here: http://www.diamondcomics.com/Home/1/1/3/597?articleID=150064
As I mentioned I’ll be giving out comics for Halloween (and I love to see the costumes) so this years’ HCF2014 (Halloween Comic Fest) will be on Saturday, the twenty fifth of October. I’ll be posting more details as the day approaches so if you’re not checking the web site (www.CharliesComics.com) or following the regular posts on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlies-Comic-Books/164505996894263), please do!
DARK HORSE: Many of you know that Disney has facilitated the transfer of the license for George Lucas’ Star Wars from Dark Horse to Marvel with the change to take place on the first of the new year. I suspect that’s why the only related product offered this month is the STAR WARS: DARK TIMES GALLERY EDITION HC which collects the whole five issue series’ artwork by Doug Wheatley in the original size, in black and white along with the script by Randy Stradley, two hundred and fifty pages, 9″ X 13 1/4″ for a hundred dollars. A number of years ago Dark Horse got permission to connect two of their licensed properties when they crossed over the Aliens with the Predators which eventually inspired the films. Well, lets see if lightning will strike twice as their upcoming *ALIENS: FIRES AND STONE #1 OF 4 by Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds ties into *PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE #1 OF 4 by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra connecting both films. There is also an untold Aliens tale featured in *DARK HORSE PRESENTS 2014 #2 by Roberson with art by Paul Lee. The *SERENITY: LEAVES ON THE WIND HC will look nice on your bookshelf alongside the three previous hard cover editions. The *TOMB RAIDER TP VOL. 01: SEASON OF THE WITCH collects Gail Simone’s first story featuring the intrepid video game adventurer with Nicolás Daniel Selma’s artwork. The *MIND MGMT VOL. 04 HC: THE MAGICIAN collects issues nineteen through twenty four plus extras of Matt Kindt’s unique series which has been optioned for the big screen by Ridley Scott. The *NEW YORK FOUR TP collects Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s coming of age tale for the first time. After a far too long hiatus Matt Wagner returns to his seminal character in *GRENDEL VS THE SHADOW #1 OF 3; as Matt has been chronicling the adventures of the night avenger over at Dynamite this tale set in the nineteen thirties should be a perfect fit. Screenwriter Tony (Eraser) Puryear writes CONCRETE PARK: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. #1 OF 5 with actress wife Erika Alexander, Tony providing the artwork as well, their second series featuring this cast with the first series available in a soft cover collected edition. *AVATAR-THE LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL. 09: RIFT PART 3 needs no description; these great adventures sell themselves. The GRANDVILLE: NOEL HC is the fourth steampunk adventure which creator/writer/artist Bryan Talbot describes as ‘Jules Verne and Sherlock Holmes directed by Quentin Tarrantino – with animals’. Anything that Joss Whedon does in film eventually makes its’ way into a Dark Horse comic and this month is offered the WHEDON THREE WAY ONE SHOT collecting Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Ten #1, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 and Angel & Faith: Season Ten #1 all for one dollar. Steve Niles’ reprobate supernatural detective returns in CRIMNAL MACABRE: THIRD CHILD #1 OF 4 with art by Christopher Mitten.
DC: As the titles in this months’ catalog ship in September you may recall that every year DC does a special event this month, last year being the fifty two 3-D villain comics and the year before were the fifty two ‘zero’ origin issues. This year will have the forty one 3-D tie ins to the ‘New 52: Future’s End’ event and, to ensure that there are no shortages this time we placed orders for these issues back in the May catalog (so hopefully you ordered the ones you wanted then). Other than those forty one titles DC will ship the four weekly issues of *BATMAN ETERNAL as well as the four weekly issues of *NEW 52: FUTURE’S END (which, incidentally sets the stage for yet another upcoming weekly series, ‘World’s End’). Titles outside of the regular universe that will ship in September include Grant Morrison’s *THE MULTIVERSITY-THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES: CONQUEROR’S OF THE COUNTER-WORLD #1 with art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story, *SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9 OF 9 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee, the SUPERMAN BY GEOFF JOHNS AND JOHN ROMITA, JR: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 and *TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE HC, VOL. 1 written by Jeff Lemire with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson. Continuing the celebration of seventy five years of Batman, the *BATMAN ESSENTIALS: BATMAN AND SON SPECIAL EDITON #1 reprints the first chapter of Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert’s story where Batman meets his son, Damian (and sparks fly when Damian is introduced to Robin) for one dollar. Deluxe collected editions this month include BATMAN SUPERMAN HC VOL. 02: ENDGAME, TEEN TITANS: A CELEBRATION OF FIFTY YEARS HC, BATMAN-DETECTIVE COMICS HC VOL. 05: GOTHTOPIA, BATMAN & ROBIN HC VOL. 05: THE BIG BURN, BATMAN NOIR: THE LONG HALLOWEEN HC and AQUAMAN HC VOL. 05: SEA OF STORMS while soft cover editions include *ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL. 05: MAN OUT OF TIME, *BATMAN TP VOL. 04: ZERO YEAR-SECRET CITY, EARTH TWO TP VOL. 03: BATTLE CRY, *GREEN ARROW TP VOL. 05: OUTSIDERS WAR, GREEN LANTERN TP VOL. 04: DARK DAYS, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 TP VOL. 01: YESTERDAY, SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL. 05 WALLED IN, TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA TP VOL. 02, *WONDER WOMAN TP VOL. 04: WAR and *GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP: BOOK ONE. DC’s creator owned and mature readers imprint VERTIGO will still ship their regular titles and they’re also launching *NAMES #1 OF 8 written by Peter Milligan with art by Leandro Fernandez, a tale of evil subterfuge and revenge in the world of big money, described as ‘the Wolf of Wall Street meets Kill Bill‘. *DREAM STATE: THE COLLECTED DREAMING COVERS HC has all of those Dave McKean art pieces plus a new story by Neil Gaiman that features an appearance by the Sandman and *DUST COVERS: THE COLLECTED SANDMAN VOCERS HC-NEW EDITION also has an exclusive Sandman story and commentary by Neil. The new editions of Azzarello and Risso’s masterpiece begin with *100 BULLETS: BOOK ONE TP collecting the first nineteen issues, issues twenty one through twenty six are collected in *FAIREST VOL. 04: OF MICE AND MEN TP, the first six issues of the second series is collected as *THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 10 TP: WAR STORIES and the whole wonderful underwater suspense adventure by Scott Snyder and Sean Phillips is offered in *THE WAKE HC. DC’s toy line from DC DIRECT offers new figures from the Batman: Animated Series with the ROBIN AF and THE JOKER AF and from the New Batman Adventures THE MAN-BAT AF and the POISON IVY AF are offered, all come with accessories and between twelve and twenty two points of articulation. There is a BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS 4-PACK featuring BATMAN, THE JOKER, BLACK MASK and DEATHSTROKE and the DARK KNIGHT RETURNS 4-PACK based on Frank Miller’s art with BATMAN, SUPERMAN, THE JOKER and ROBIN (Carrie Kelly) for sixty dollars for each four pack. Also a new line of figures begins with the BATMAN and SUPERMAN WOOD FIGURES, quirky designs, each with three alternate heads for thirteen dollars each. I’ve told you about the ‘gallery editions’ or the ‘artist editions’ where the original art is photographed and printed in the original size with all of the blemishes, erasures, corrections, etc. still visible. DC in conjunction with Graphitti Designs begins their line with BATMAN: KELLEY JONES GALLERY EDITION HC, 250 pages collecting nine issues, 12″ X 17″ for a hundred and twenty five dollars.
IDW: While G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #206 is offered, a new series begins with *G.I. JOE #1 and it will be written by Karen (Halo, Gears of War, Star Wars: Republic Commando) Traviss with art by Steve Kurth; in this fiftieth anniversary of the brand, Cobra is now an international peace keeping force, Scarlett commands the team and the politics of war have changed significantly. The X-FILES CLASSICS: SEASON ONE VOL. 01 HC collects this material for the first time. ROT & RUIN #1 OF 5 is the first of five stories that tie directly into the V-Wars novels written by multiple Bram Stoker Award Winner Jonathan Maberry with art by Tony Vargas. Donald E. Westlake wrote a series of crime noir novels under the name Richard Stark and artist Darwyn Cooke has been adapting one per year to graphic novel format. In conjunction with the success of these IDW is now reprinting the original novels in hard cover for the first time, featuring spot illustrations by Cooke; the second is offered this month with *PARKER: THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE HC. The third of five one shots tying into the ‘Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War’ limited series features FOSTER’S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, the MY LITTLE PONY ANNUAL 2014 is offered and next month IDW will be launching a new ongoing ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ comic as well as a ‘Skylander’ one.
IMAGE: Four new ongoing series this month beginning with *ROCHE LIMIT #1, the first of a sci-fi/noir trilogy by Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra described as 2001: A Space Odyssey mash up with Bladerunner. *COPPERHEAD #1 is a 24th century western by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski taking place on a backwater mining planet complete with a family of alien hillbillies. *GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #1 is a return to the farcical series written and illustrated by Ryan Browne about arrogant super people funded by NASA with a mission to stop a bunch of farmers from firing themselves into space using rocket powered silos. *ODDLY NORMAL #1 is the story of the ten year old half-witch of the same name trying to solve the mystery of her parents’ disappearance, written and illustrated by Otis Frampton. *’68: HOMEFRONT #1 OF 4 has the zombies returning home from Vietnam and maybe Harbinger, PA is not quite ready for their return. *LAZARUS #11 begins a new story arc as does *DEADLY CLASS #7, *ROCKET GIRL #6 and A VOICE IN THE DARK: GET YOUR GUN #1 OF 5. Collected editions include: *AMERICA’S GOT POWERS TP by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch, *CARBON GREY VOL. 03: MOTHERS OF THE REVOLUTION TP completing the series, *EAST OF WEST VOL. 03: THERE IS NO US by Hickman and Dragotta, EGOS TP VOL. 01: QUINTESSENCE for ten bucks, *FATALE TP VOL. 05: CURSE THE DEMON completing the series by Brubaker and Phillips, THE FIELD TP, GREAT PACIFIC TP VOL. 03: BIG GAME HUNTER, *MANHATTAN PROJECTS HC VOL. 01 with the first ten issues, MERCENARY SEA TP VOL. 01 for ten bucks, *MORNING GLORIES TP VOL. 08, *REVIVAL TP VOL. 04: ESCAPE TO WISCONSIN, *SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL. 01: HERE WAS A MAN for ten bucks, UNDERTOW TP VOL. 01: BOATMAN’S CALL and the *WALKING DEAD HC VOL. 10 collecting issues 109 through 120.
MARVEL: The cross over that follows ‘Original Sin’ is coming; it will be called ‘Axis’ and AXIS #1 is offered as well as a bunch of tie-ins under the ‘March to Axis’ heading including UNCANNY AVENGERS #24, MAGNETO #9 and #10, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #6 and CAPTAIN AMERICA #24. Although information on this story is currently ‘classified’ it appears that the villain will be the Red Skull (enhanced by the brain of the presently deceased Charles Xavier) who has been taking mutants to ‘re-education camps’. EDGE OF SPIDEY-VERSE #1, #2 and #3 of 5 are offered, a series featuring every Spider-Man (Spider-Woman, Spider-Girl, Spider-Ham, etc.) ever from every alternate universe and this series will cross into SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32 and #33, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 and #8 and SPIDER-MAN 2099 #5. Jonathan Hickman’s NEW AVENGERS #24 and AVENGERS #35 are both double sized issues priced at five bucks and bearing the heading ‘in eight months…time runs out’ but otherwise I have no information other than ‘classified’ although I’d hope that it refers to some kind of resolution of the time travel paradoxes involving Kang and the galactic cataclysm they’ve been causing. *AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #10 will be the final issue of the series. *GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #19 will be a tie in to the ‘Original Sin’ story. INHUMAN #6 is by Charles Soule with art by Ryan Stegman and, with the royal family captive the NuHumans must step up to the plate. In the FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1 Sue goes to Latveria to get Valeria even if she has to battle Doctor Doom, but where does Val’s loyalty lie? ELEKTRA #6 begins the second arc by W. Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo. MOON KNIGHT #7 welcomes the new creative team of Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood as there is a city wide blackout. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #25 will be double sized with three stories, all by Jason Aaron with artists Milo Manara, Simon Bisley and R.M. Guera. DAREDEVIL #8 begins a new arc from Mark Waid and Chris Samnee while SAVAGE HULK #4 ends the story written and illustrated by Alan Davis. The HULK ANNUAL #1 is written by Monty (Death Sentence) Nero with art by Luke Ross and others and involves the Green Goliath’s surprising reaction to the death of a close friend. In *MS MARVEL #8 Kamala meets Lockjaw; along with ‘Hawkeye’, ‘Silver Surfer’ and ‘She-Hulk’ this is one of Marvel’s best titles currently running in my humble opinion. *NEW WARRIORS #9 finishes one arc while #10 begins a new one written by Chris Yost with art by Marcus To, this series has been a good balance of angst and humor and Yost continues to grow as a writer, giving solid voices and personalities to this diverse group of B-listers. GEORGE ROMERO’S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO #1 OF 5 continues the zombie/vampire battle in Manhattan. *STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE-THE PRISONER #1 and #2 OF 5 add yet another chapter to the epic that Stephen began writing at the age of seventeen; adapted by Peter David and Robin Furth the art will be by Piotr Kowalski and the story is set in Brooklyn in the nineteen sixties. Apparently once a year isn’t enough so Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti write and Salva Espin illustrates the DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1 and HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL #0 OF 4 is by regular scribe Gerry Duggan with art by Matteo Lolli. (Does that mean the final issue will be issue three or is it really a five part series?) More time traveling and dimension hopping in *ALL NEW X-MEN #32 as Miles Morales joins the team, written by Brian Michael Bendis with the art of Mahmud Asrar. Quentin Quire celebrates his birthday in WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #9 but the headmaster isn’t pleased with Hydra agents as the bouncers. Wolverine versus the Wild West in *SAVAGE WOLVERINE #23 written by New York Times best selling novelist David Morrell. Marvel’s creator owned imprint ICON is bringing Brian Bendis’ *POWERS VOL. 01: WHO KILLED RETRO GIRL? TP and *POWERS VOL. 02: ROLE PLAY TP back into print as December will see the ‘Powers’ series as the first ever television show available through the Sony Playstation Network. In deluxe collected editions are the ORIGINAL SIN COMPANION HC with all of the tie-ins, 856 pages for a hundred and twenty five dollars, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE TRIAL OF CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS HC, 994 pages for a hundred bucks, *MIRACLEMAN BOOK TWO: THE RED KING SYNDROME PREMIERE HC, IRON MAN VOL. 05: RINGS OF THE MANDARIN PREMIERE HC, DEADPOOL & CABLE OMNIBUS HC, 1272 pages for a hundred and twenty five bucks and the X-MEN: INFERNO PROLOGUE HC, 824 pages for a hundred and twenty five. Some of the new soft cover collections this month include the *MOON KNIGHT EPIC COLLECTION: BAD MOON RISING TP, five hundred pages of his first adventures for forty bucks, *THOR EPIC COLLECTION: THE GOD OF THUNDER TP, same as the above volume, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 01: THE PARKER LUCK TP with the first six issues of the new series, HULK VOL. 01: BANNER DOA TP with the first four issues plus the annual of this years’ series, *MOON KNIGHT VOL. 01: FROM THE DEAD TP collecting Warren Ellis’ six issue run, CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 01: HIGHER, FASTER, MORE TP with one through six, *GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 02: ANGELA TP with issues four through ten, X-MEN VOL. 03: BLOODLINE TP with issues thirteen through seventeen of the all female team by Brian Wood and DEATHLOK THE DEMOLISHER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, 368 pages for forty bucks.
INDEPENDENTS: Above are what’s often referred to as the ‘Big Five’ publishers; here’s what the ‘small press’ has to offer that’s new and notable this month. New publisher AAZURN offers NUMBER ONE #1 by Gary Beatty and Aaron Warner, a story of a comic fan who becomes a comic retailer featuring lots of comic history, the one shot bears the blurb: ‘Comic shop owner; it’s not a job-it’s a calling‘. AMIGO COMICS launches ROMAN RITUAL #1 OF 4 written by El Torres with art by Jaime Martinez, a story of murder, demonic possession and exorcism in the Vatican. ANTARCTIC has two more steampunk one shots: DR. FRANKENSTEAM’S MONSTER and STEAMPUNK HALLOWEEN, both in black and white. After the unexpected but much deserved success for ARCHIE COMICS‘ zombie’s in Riverdale series the same author, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writes *THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA #1 suggested for older teens. *AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #7 begins their second story arc, ‘Betty: R.I.P.’. ASYLUM PRESS offers a new one shot by Steve Mannion, *FEARLESS DAWN: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, his stories and artwork are one of my favorite guilty pleasures (and the back up story he illustrated in the latest ‘Painkiller Jane’ comic was the best story I’ve yet to read of that character). BLACK MASK has a new series titled *PIROUETTE #1 written by Mark L. Miller with art by Carlos Granda telling of an adopted child escaping her duplicitous clown parents, a tale of running away from the circus. BONGO has their annual Halloween special THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #20, an all zombie issue (including a Zombienado) and *SPONGEBOB COMICS #36 features a transformation of the cast into superhero realism as rendered by Jerry Ordway and a Mr. Krabs story by Tony Millionaire. BOOM! STUDIOS has a new bi-monthly series created, written and illustrated by industry legend George Pérez set on a future, largely decimated Earth where most of the population has emigrated to other planets while most of the planet is now populated by immigrants and Earthlings are a minority. To escape imminent execution nine female heroes hid themselves throughout Earth’s history but have returned to battle a threat long thought dead in *GEORGE PÉREZ’ SIRENS #1 OF 6. James Tynion IV’s *THE WOODS #5 begins a new arc while the first is collected in *THE WOODS TP VOL. 01 for ten bucks. *WILD’S END #1 OF 6 is written by Dan Abnett with art by I. N. J. Culbard and is kind of an anthropomorphic version of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds featuring a nineteen thirties alien invasion in rural England. *CLOAKS #1 OF 4 is the story of a street magician/thief playing a dangerous game as the Robin Hood of Wall Street, written by Caleb Monroe with art by Mariano Navarro. One of the ever increasing imprints at BOOM is ARCHAIA PRESS and they’re offering *JIM HENSON’S STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 OF 4, this one written and illustrated by S. M. Vidaurri, basically original fairy tales inspired by Henson’s works, seeming as ageless and classic as anything from Aesop or the Brothers Grimm. *BUTTERFLY #1 OF 4 is a spy adventure written by Arash Amel and Marguerite Bennett with art by Antonio Fuso dealing with the solitude and deceit inherent in covert ops further compounded by family connections. Their alternative imprint, BOOM! BOX offers TEEN DOG #1 OF 8 written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence; it’s an anthropomorphic high school experience described as ‘John Hughes meets ’90s Nickelodeon cartoons’. The all age KaBOOM! imprint has the REGULAR SHOW VOL. 01: HYDRATION OGN, the first original graphic novel for the series (although ‘Adventure Time’ has had three so far). DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT debuts *EX-CON #1 written by crime writer Duane Swierczynski with art by Keith Burns, set in California in the eighties the title character isn’t sure if he’s now the con man or the mark. This is one of the companies new, lower priced series’ priced at two ninety nine. Joseph Michael Linsner writes and draws his character’s first ever crossover in DAWN/VAMPIRELLA #1 OF 6 and Joe Harris writes a new ongoing series titled *ALICE COOPER #1 featuring the star in his secret role as ‘The Lord of Nightmares’. And speaking of Alice, twenty years ago he collaborated with author Neil Gaiman and artist Michael Zulli to produce a comic series long out of print; now available in hard cover, remastered and now fully colored as *NEIL GAIMAN’S THE LAST TEMPTATION 20TH ANNIVERSARY HC, 150 pages for forty bucks or the autographed edition for seventy five. PURGATORI #1 further expands the Chaos Universe’s presence at Dynamite, RED SONJA: THE BLACK TOWER #1 OF 4 is written by Frank Tieri with art by Cezar Razek and covers by Amanda Conner, while THE BIONIC WOMAN: SEASON FOUR #1 is written by Brandon Jerwa with art by David T. Cabrera. New company DARRYL MAKES COMICS offers DMC GN #1 written by Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels along with Ron Wimberly and Damion Scott with art by Shawn Crystal, Felipe Smith, Jeff Stokely and Khoi Pham under a cover by Sal Buscema; this is a hundred page book of stories taking place in the eighties NYC where rather than pursuing a career in music DMC teams up with a reporter and a gang of graffiti artists to battle vigilantes, super heroes and villains and protect New York’s marginalized citizens. DRAWN & QUARTERLY has a new original graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets fame, the *BUMPERHEAD HC again chronicling the younger generation’s coming of age stories as in his ‘Marble Season’ stories. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers the *WAITING FOR THE GREAT PUMPKIN HC by Charles M. Schulz collecting the classic Peanuts strips from 1959 to 1962 that inspired the animated television special, sixty four pages in hard cover for ten bucks. :01 FIRST SECOND has more Paul Pope with *BATTLING BOY: THE RISE OF AURORA WEST GN #1 OF 2. A prequel to the ‘Battling Boy’ book this is a hundred and sixty pages in black and white for ten bucks. From the same company comes *THE WRENCHIES GN, a young adult tale created, written and illustrated by Farel Dalrymple, another creator that I follow closely, this is a partially colored three hundred page book for twenty bucks. (Take a look for yourself here: http://fareldalrymple.com/the-wrenchies-are-here-this-september-2014/) Jeffrey Morris (who apparently calls himself FutureDude) has a comic co-written by Ira Livingston IV with art by Dennis Calero titled BRAINSTORM #1 OF 6 from new publisher FUTURE DUDE that tells of weather control experiments gone awry and a scientists’ efforts to stop the havoc he’s created. HARPER COLLINS concludes the graphic novel adaptation with *NEIL GAIMAN’S THE GRAVEYARD BOOK VOL. 02 HC with art by P. Craig Russell as well as David Lafuente, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan and Galen Showman. The HERO INITIATIVE is a non-profit group that helps out comic creators in times of financial and medical need and one of the ways they do this is with their ‘100 Project’ where they get creators to donate variant covers; their latest offering is THE UNCANNY X-MEN 100 PROJECT TP, a hundred and four variant covers for ‘X-MEN #12’ with all proceeds to benefit their organization. KODANSHA launches a new manga series about a homeless god trying to raise money to build the temple of worship he believes he deserves: NORAGAMI: STRAY GOD VOL. 1, currently streaming on FUNimation.com; the reviews have been positive and the art is beautifully drawn. I’m unfamiliar with KOYAMA PRESS but they have the *BABY BJORNATRAND TP written and illustrated by Renee French, a very talented and detailed artist who writes and illustrated the occasional graphic novel when not providing anatomical illustrations for medical text books. Her work is decidedly twisted and influenced by her interest in surgery and medicine. LEGENDARY COMICS offers *ANNIHILATOR #1 OF 6 written by Grant Morrison with art by Frazer Irving, a story of a failing Hollywood screen writer involved in a team up with his own fictional character, Max Nomax, in a race to stop the universe from imploding and maybe rescuing his career from obscurity in the process. They also offer A *TOWN CALLED DRAGON #1 OF 5 written by Judd Winick with art by Geoff Shaw, about a tourist town with a surprise: the world’s last dragon egg hatches. NORTHWEST PRESS offers DASH #1, a noir crime story in Los Angeles in the forties by Dave Ebersole. ONI PRESS has *STUMPTOWN #1, now an ongoing series written by New York Times best selling crime novelist Greg Rucka with art by Justin (Fuse) Greenwood, a fan favorite private eye series following the success of the two previous limited series. *PRINCESS UGG VOL. 01 TP collects the first arc of Ted (Courtney Crumrin) Naifeh’s new young adult fantasy series with strong writing and art to compliment the strong female lead character. PANTHEON BOOKS releases *CHARLES BURNS’ SUGAR SKILL GN, the concluding volume of the epic trilogy that began with ‘X-ed Out’ on 2010 followed by ‘The Hive’ in 2012. Burns’ does a lot of work in the advertising field (like the ‘Jolt Cola’ billboards and the ‘Altoids’ magazine ads) but his comic work creates a unique and creepy mood that lends itself well to the weird horror tales he favors. Also offered is the first original graphic novel by Michael Cho; the *SHOPLIFTER HC, the story of a woman who is unhappy with her life’s direction but finds that shoplifting makes her feel alive again. REBELLION solicits the *ALL STAR FUTURE SHOCKS TP collecting self contained short stories from the pages of 2000 A.D. featuring writers such as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Alan Davis, Brian Bolland, etc. SELF MADE HERO offers H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH GN; adapted by artist I. N. J. Culbard this is the fifth collection of comic adaptations of Lovecraft’s work so far. Last month I told you about the two new ongoing series that promise fifteen issues per year: ‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor’ and ‘Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor’; this month TITAN COMICS offers DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #1 written by Robbie Morrison with Dave Taylor’s art. Although Jeffrey Brown has garnered a lot of attention with his successful young reader ‘Star Wars’ books (Darth Vader and Son, Jedi Academy), at TOP SHELF he continues his regular zaniness with *INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS: TWO POINT SOMETHING GN. Outside of DC’s relaunch of the ‘New 52’ three years ago I’ve never seen a company build their universe so slowly and carefully as has VALIANT COMICS and this month they start the *DEATH DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 OF 5 written by Jen Van Meter with Roberto De La Torre’s artwork and with their recent new titles they’ve also offered a ‘Plus Edition’ that costs one dollar more and features more than fifteen pages of exclusive material unavailable elsewhere. ZENESCOPE begins another undead tale with HOLLYWOOD ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE #1 OF 2 and of course they have the GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2014 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and when I reach this publisher you know that I’m at the end of the comic section for this month.
Quite a few contenders this month, mostly from the small press, although I’m excited about the ‘Grendel vs. the Shadaw’ three part from Dark Horse and the ‘Ex-Con’ series at Boom! Studios looks good plus ‘The Wrenchies’, ‘A Town Called Dragon’, Grant Morrison’s ‘Annihilator’ and ‘Shoplifter’ all seem like they’ll be great but for July’s Pick of the Month I have to go with something that I KNOW will be top notch so I’ll have to go with the new, ongoing Rucka series from Oni Press, STUMPTOWN #1.
Look through the catalog when you stop by; there’s SO much cool stuff in there and, of course I can’t mention everything or my newsletter would be over five hundred pages like the catalog, instead of just eight pages (and even these eight pages are a heck of a lot to digest; I suspect most of you just look at your favorite publishers). Saturday, the third of August will be an all day benefit for Casa De Los Niños with lots of artists providing free sketches, a raffle for graphic novels and action figures and a silent auction with original art, rare and autographed books and more!
As always, thank you all for your orders, your support and, mostly your friendship. Thank you for trusting me to help keep your collections complete and for sharing your hobby, your reading interests, your anecdotes and family stories. It’s an honor. Talk to you soon.