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Monday, September 05, 2005

Stuff of Interest - November 2005

The Kirby-centric version of this list is here.



PLANET BRONX PRODUCTIONS

TALES OF THE CLOSET VOLUME 1: ONE-TWO-THREE TP
by Ivan Velez
Once upon a time, in a high school in Queens, eight kids with nothing in common but a fear of their own identities unite against all odds and become friends. Winner of the 2004 Xeric Award, the classic series returns bigger and better than ever. Join Mary, Kyle, Shorty, Ben, Scotland, Tony, Jenny and Ramona as they brace together against a world that doesn’t understand.
SC, 6x9, 104pgs, B&W SRP: $8.50


Have I told you enough yet how strongly I recommend you buy this? As mentioned before, available now from the publisher directly, but order if from your local comic shop if you think that'll get them to order a few for the shelf.


FANTAGRAPHICS

HE DONE HER WRONG HC
by Milt Gross
First published in 1930, the famously wordless He Done Her Wrong is Milt Gross' graphic masterpiece, the result of his prior collaboration with Charlie Chaplin on the 1928 silent-era film classic The Circus. The story follows the convoluted misadventures of a naïve frontiersman with superhuman strength exploited by a larcenous robber baron who eventually double crosses our hero and steals his girl. He Done Her Wrong is a classic comics work, legendary among aficionados, and arguably the 20th century's first graphic novel. Fantagraphics Books is proud to put this back into print in a facsimile edition, unabridged, with newly designed covers.
HC, 6x9, 256pgs, B&W SRP: $16.95


I've read this in a previous edition, and it's a very good, easy to read silent classic, well worth picking up.



DYNAMIC FORCES

DF GEORGE PÉREZ, STORYTELLER: THE FIRST 30 YEARS HC
by Christopher Lawrence
For the first time ever, the definitive retrospective of George Pérez’s 30 year career! From the early days at Marvel and work on such titles as the Fantastic Four and Avengers, to DC landmark titles including the New Teen Titans and Crisis, plus “independent” work for T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, along with his own creations — Sachs and Violens, Crimson Plague and his work at CrossGen, this book covers it all... and more! Over 200 pages in full-color highlighting the magnificent career of artistic egend George Pérez! Featuring an all new cover by Pérez, as well as an extensive and exhaustive career-spanning interview with Pérez conducted in his home by Lawrence.
REGULAR—HC, 9x12, 200pgs, FC SRP: $29.99
SIGNED—HC, 9x12, 200pgs, FC SRP: $49.99


It's a bit overblown for a guy who's still very recent and still working, but I do like Pérez's artwork, and if I ever see a used copy of this in the $10 range (or they release a paperback in that range) I might pick it up.


CLAYPOOL COMICS

SOULSEARCHERS #75
by Peter David, Anne-Maria Cool, & Al Milgrom
At last, the birth of Laughton Cantrip's new heir should cause all the world to tremble. The Soulsearchers aren't quaking, though; they're prepared to do whatever it takes to the child's becoming the demon avatar, in "A Spanking-New Hope!"
32pgs, B&W SRP: $2.50


I read and enjoyed this book for the longest time, but sort of drifted away in the last few years. I'm impressed that David and Howell and company have made it up to #75, and might track down some recent issues to see what's going on.



CHECKER BOOK PUBLISHING GROUP

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL: THE EARLY WORKS VOLUME 2 HC
by Theodor Seuss Geisel
Before writing his first children's book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, published in 1937, Geisel worked as a political cartoonist, an advertising illustrator, and a documentary filmmaker. Checker collects some of the rarer, never before published cartoons created by Geisel. Volume 2 includes magazine and book illustrations, advertising illustrations, and other rare pieces.
HC, 200pgs, B&W SRP: $22.95


The temptation to write my comments in doggerel for this...

Nice cover, I'll probably pick up at least one volume of this series at some point. I always love early work from artists whose later work is so much a part of the fabric of pop culture.


AMAZE INK/SLAVE LABOR GRAPHIC

PATTY CAKE & FRIENDS VOLUME 2 #15
by Scott Roberts
Patty-Cake wraps up her tenth year in publication by getting trapped in a cellar with Irving. Then Jose and Keith get real smart and discuss the origins of words and stuff.
7x10, 48pgs, B&W MSRP: $4.95


Have I mentioned in the past few weeks how much I like Roberts' work? One of my favourite modern creators.



AIRWAVE COMICS

JETTA RATE ONE SHOT
by Dan DeCarlo
This tribute book to Dan Decarlo reprints the very hard to find classic 50’s stories of Jetta, teenage sweetheart of the 21st century. Now you can cherish the innocence of this golden age era as the original three issues have been completely restored. Jetta is the typical teenage girl with school and boy problems... in a century populated by space ships, anti-grav belts, and jetmobiles. This book also contains an all new eight page adventure of Jetta by Chris Yambar and Richard Maurizio. Bill Morrison provides a stunning painted cover based on the original Jetta #6. Part of the proceeds from this tribute book will go to Dan’s widow Josie.
7x10, 64pgs, B&W SRP: $9.95



Don't know anything about this series other than what I read and see here, but it looks cute enough, and DeCarlo's another of those artists whose later work is ingrained in pop culture.


DARK HORSE

USAGI YOJIMBO #89
STAN SAKAI (W/A)
On sale November 30, b&w, 24pg, $2.99
Internationally acclaimed storyteller and all-around nice guy Stan Sakai brings you the conclusion of his seven-part samurai adventure, “The Treasure of the Mother of Mountains”! This story arc has seen rabbit ronin Usagi Yojimbo and Geishu bodyguard Tomoe Ame captured and forced into slavery—and then leading a bloody slave revolt! A character is now trapped inside the illegal mine, and key players are injured and haunted. Who escaped from the mountain, and who didn’t survive? Find out who’s still alive and who wishes they were dead, this month in Usagi Yojimbo!


It's USAGI, that's enough. Sakai does good conclusions to epics.


DARK HORSE

MICHAEL CHABON PRESENTS THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE ESCAPIST #8
BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (W), HARVEY PEKAR (W), JEFF PARKER (W/A), ANDI WATSON (W/A), PHILIP BOND (A), DEAN HASPIEL (A), EDUARDO BARRETO (A), and BRIAN BOLLAND (Cover)
On sale November 9, FC, 80pg, 7" x 10", $8.95
From off the streets of Cleveland comes fan-favorite writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) and critically acclaimed artists Philip Bond (Vinarama, Vertigo Pop) and Eduardo Barreto (Mr. Machine Gunl) to kick off the anthology’s first multi-part story! Meet Maxwell Roth and Case Weaver, latter-day versions of Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay, as they set out to make the Master of Elusion a sensation once again in “The Escapists”!
Next, on his way home from an extended stay at a Cleveland hospital, our man Harvey Pekar encounters…The Escapist?! The team-up you thought you’d never see, illustrated by Dean Haspiel (The Quitter). Also in this issue, award-winning creator Andi Watson (Skeleton Key, Geisha) and Eisner Award nominated Jeff Parker (The Interman)!
With cover art by Brian Bolland, you won’t want to miss this eclectic eighth installment of the multiple award-winning quarterly anthology!


Not going to pick it up, but kudos for the "Pekar meets the Escapist" concept.


DARK HORSE

LITTLE LULU: LULU’S UMBRELLA SERVICE TPB
JOHN STANLEY (W/A) and IRVING TRIPP (A)
On sale December 14, SC, 200pg, b&w, 6" x 9", $9.95
Bursting with laughs, filled with silly humor and hilarious insight, and drawn to perfection by one of comics’ most acclaimed teams of artists, Little Lulu’s comic book adventures are a classic treat for readers of all ages. Tag along with our sassy heroine, Lulu Moppet, as she smartly navigates through the kooky and complex world of clubhouse bullies, unsuspecting adults, naughty puppy dogs, snowball fights, and haunted houses. Whether she’s helping her mother with chores, stealing her best friend Tubby’s pants (just to get even, of course!), or minding the maniacal neighbor tot Alvin, Lulu’s page-turning antics will leave you giggling madly and eager to read more!


A great series of reprints, with some of the flaws of the early volumes fixed in the more recent releases.



Also, DC reprints some early JONAH HEX stories in their new Essential format, which should just be worth the price to me. Image promises to finally release their "10th Anniversary" book, of interest to me only for the Larry Marder introduction, so I'll probably try to borrow it for that at some point. Also from Image, Colleen Doran releases the fourth A DISTANT SOIL book, which I'll pick up eventually.

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