We’ve been busy on the blog the last few days so allow me to bring you up to date:
We’ve planned out your year Alan Moore-wise. He’s got no less than four new books in the post. Well, two of them may be new editions of old things, yes, but we’ve got a tentative release date for his new novel Jerusalem, and we’ve announced a new thing by Eddie Campbell and Moore: The From Hell Companion. It’s a big, amazing, illustrated thing and I have already read it in its unprinted form. You best be jealous. Here’s the link to that gorgeously inky painting of Gull and Marie Kelly. Just wait ’til you see full colour painting of the old men on the shore.
This Thursday we’re launching Steve Krakow‘s Galactic Zoo Dossier #9 here in the shop. Krakow will be here, all the way from Chicago, and you can even catch him playing music as Plastic Crimewave around town (at Rough Trade East and Kristina Records in Dalston). But! But. Thursday night is all about the comics, and we have him all to ourselves.
In the delivery this week is the new Parker book from Darwyn Cooke. The Score is all about the planning, execution and aftermath of Parker and his gang robbing an entire town. Here’s the teaser page Cooke russled up.
While I was looking for that page I stumbled on this blog run by a pulp fan (lower case “p”). In amongst reviews of books old and new he takes sentences from pulp novels and splits them out into tiny poems. Like this one from Ed McBain‘s Downpour, published 1956:
there was a surprised look
on his face
and David hit
the surprised look
Elsewhere on the shelves it seems to be a pretty Dark Horse heavy week and the biggest of the bunch is Creepy Presents: Richard Corben in hardcover. It collects all of Corben‘s legendary horror and sci-fic stories Creepy and Eerie for the first time with full colour restoration by José Villarrubia, along with his Edgar Allan Poe adaptations and a few other collaborations. If you only know Corben from his recent Hellboy work with Mignola then go back and see what he was up to in the 60s and 70s. Preview at Dark Horse. Word of the Nerd review it and they say it’s for you.
Speaking of Eerie, since the relaunch of Creepy is doing so well for them Dark Horse are digging up that other old anthology too. David Lapham is captaining this particular ship, with Creepy veteran Christopher Taylor and Rafa Garres on board. Preview over at Bloody Disgusting.
Also from Dark Horse is The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo’s classic adapted for comics by Tom Conrad – a Hellraiser and Savage Sword of Conan artist who hasn’t done a comic in over twenty years. Full colour artwork preview here.
Hellboy readers’ eyes are still probably lingering around these paragraphs which is just as well because Hellboy Library Volume 5 has arrived. It collects Darkness Calls and The Wild Hunt, plus the short story The Mole, and previously unseen sketches and designs. As you already know, the art in this one is by the very excellent Duncan Fegredo who we like very much. Preview here.
There’s finally another Blacksad book on the shelf after all these years. Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido‘s Silent Hell takes Blacksad to 1950s New Orleans in a story filled with drugs, voodoo and Mardi Gras. Preview at Dark Horse.
Carl Barks’ Donald Duck came out a while ago so it’s only right that they reprint his other excellent creation in another lovely hardcover: Scrooge McDuck. It’s all recoloured and restored in the way Fantagraphics do these things – managing to keep the old nostalgia thing while also making it crisp and new. Boing Boing are very excited about this one particularly, because if Mark Frauenfelder “were forced to get rid of all comic books and comic book anthologies except for the works of one artist, [he] would save Carl Barks and (tearfully) toss everything else.” Brave words. The rest of that review is here and should you fancy a lengthy PDF preview before you gingerly fork over your pennies Fantagraphics have you covered.
Jaime Hernandez‘s God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls is a hardcover collecting the stuff that was originally serialized in Love and Rockets: New Stories. But not only that: there’s an extra 30 new pages on top of the original 100 pages, thus making it a special director’s cut that you can’t get anywhere else. Sneaky. Preview at Fantagraphics.
Joe Daly’s Dungeon Quest Volume 3 is here, picking up the story from the second volume where… Actually, let me just come clean and say I haven’t read this series yet and have no idea what the following paragraph means.
“In 2011’s Dungeon Quest Book Two, we left our heroes, Millennium Boy, Steve, Lash and Nerdgirl, in the Temple of Bromedes as they began their initiation into the mysteries of Atlantis under the tutelage of the androgynous forest mystic, Bromedes. In this third book, our heroes complete their learning with Bromedes and are guided towards further quests in Rufford Park and beyond, to the Zuur Plateau. However, they are not yet clear of the hazards of Fireburg Forest. Resurfacing to the forest floor (after hitting the strongest weed in the universe, “Orangutan Daydream”), they must survive a perilous cliff path, discover moon shrines, battle wild Womraxes, endure knock-out gas, hypnagogic visions, nakedness and deprivation and, finally, embark on a desperate and courageous mission to rescue Nerdgirl from cruel Forest Bandits and retrieve their stolen equipment.”
Sounds wild. The Comics Journal might help, right?
“The prehistoric idol on the front cover of Dungeon Quest Book One, the Mesopotamian-style frieze on the inside covers, and the idol’s dangling genitals tell a lot about the content of the book: this will be a story about ciphers, icons and penises.”
Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days is now in a deluxe hardcover edition for the first time. The trade paperback from 1999 was a collection of all his harder-to-find stuff: Hold Me (a Hellblazer story with Dave McKean), Brothers (a Swamp Thing story), Shaggy God Stories with art by Mike Mignola, and Sandman Mystery Theatre (that fully-painted Teddy Kristiansen book co-written by Gaiman and Matt Wagner) and a handful more. If you’re interested in early Gaiman, there’s a new blog up called Pre-Morpheus with scans of all sorts of pre-Sandman rarities scanned in and let loose on the internet.
Also in hardcover is John Buscema: Comics and Drawings – a fine art catalogue made for the most extensive exhibition of Buscema’s art in history. It’s 300 pages long. Incidentally, Comicbook Resources have uploaded his first printed comics work, from 1948, as part of a month-long pledge to dig up the first stories of now-famous artists.
Australian comics guy Bruce Mutard popped up on the Gosh! Blog not so long ago when the first of his Robert Wells Trilogy landed on our shores. This reviewer is a fan of the new book, The Silence, about the search for an elusive artist somewhere in Northern Queensland, the pointy bit at the top right of the map of Australia. I’m from Queensland and it’s a strange thing to see the landscapes and Queenslander dialogue in a comic. Aside from Eddie Campbell’s autobiographical stuff I can’t remember the last time a comic was set in that particular bit of the world. Nothing happens there except for melanoma and the occasional death under a tractor. Here’s a preview that says otherwise.
The Tale of Brin and Bent and Minno Marylebone is the latest hardcover graphic novel from Jonathan Cape, clearly named by someone who has not worked in a bookshop. It’s written by Ravi Thornton, illustrated by Andy Hixon, and I’ll let the writer explain what it’s about.
In trade paperback there’s Uncharted, based on the Playstation 3 videogame, and Guerillas Volume 2 by Brahm Revel which was Kickstarted into existence. While there’s no need to pledge anymore, you can see his Kickstarter video here. They’re always worth a watch because the guy who makes the thing has to justify the thing’s existence on the planet.
One-shots: Wild Children by Ales Kot is said to have a bit of a Warren Ellis‘ Shoot/Grant Morrison‘s Kill Your Boyfriend thing to it. He talks about it at Bleeding Cool, who also have preview pages of Riley Rossmo‘s art. And in The Enormous some big beasties battle each other. Interview over at CbR. For 75p you can get the first 22 pages of Christos Gage and Jorge Lucas‘ Sunset, their upcoming graphic novel. And then there’s a Chew one-shot called Secret Agent Poyo. Here’s your preview.
Issues #1s abound:
Punk Rock Jesus is a six-part miniseries by Joe the Barbarian‘s Sean Murphy. “The idea for Punk Rock Jesus started when I read something years ago about cloning. And I thought, “who would the first human clone be?” And knowing what many Americans are like, the answer came instantly: Jesus Christ. And with American Idol being the biggest hit on TV at the time, it was obvious that a Jesus clone would be the topic of a reality show.” Newsarama have the rest of that interview.
Bloody Disgusting review Hoax Hunters, a new ongoing series by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley with Axel Medellin.
John Shirley, co-writer of the screenplay for The Crow, is writing the first arc of a new Crow miniseries – a homage to James O’Barr that he’s not so keen on spoiling in this CbR interview. He does say it’s set in Japan, and you can expect “the hungry ghosts of Japanese tales” and other Japanese demons.
And Adventure Time: Marceline and The Scream Queens #1 by Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) is a thing that I know a lot of people are waiting for. This is your Adventure Time klaxon.
Jamie McKelvie (Phonogram) takes over on Defenders #8 (preview here), Transformers Regeneration One #81 picks up where Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman left off back in 1991 – the two are back to finish their story. Ultimate Comics X-Men #14 is part of the Divided We Fall line-wide event and this bit’s written by Brian Wood. They all talk about their plans over at Newsarama where there’s also a checklist of sorts. And Fantastic Four Annual #33 by Alan Davis kicks off a new story called Clandestine that continues in next month’s Daredevil Annual. Preview here.
And that’s about it. Oh, except for this brilliant new Tom Gauld strip.