Before your eyes start skipping words and wandering towards the pictures: AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. Because of this week’s Bank Holiday Monday our delivery of new comics will be arriving at some point on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. They’ll also be going on sale on Wednesday, but because we have no idea what time the nice man in the truck is going to swing by it would probably be a good idea to keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, or even phone ahead to see if the stuff has arrived yet. If you’re worried you’re going to miss stuff, just think: you could be one of those smug worry-free dudes with a standing order. All you’ve got to do is send us (me, this one right here) an email. Details here.
Also, don’t forget to come see our Paolo Parisi exhibition. If you turn up too early that’s what we’ll point your sad face towards. He all popped in and signed a pile of Coltrane and done amazing black inky sketches in the front of each copy.
Here’s a couple of things that are already on the shelves because they arrived in boxes that no DC or Marvel comic ever stepped foot in:
The Night Riders is Matt Furie‘s debut picturebook from McSweeney’s children’s imprint (for whom he previously designed a weird T-shirt). This book is also weird in a completely different way, as anyone who’s read his Boy’s Club comic or contributions to Kramers Ergot will probably expect. It’s about a nocturnal frog and rat who eat lettuce and bugs and then go on a dirtbike adventure towards the sunrise. Says Furie over at The Beat:
“I was referencing art by my heroes M.C. Escher and Bruegel for ideas for background elements and also consciously limiting the colors to fit the nighttime mood of the story. There are some similarities to Boys Club, like some gross moments of eating bugs and sticking out tongues and eye-bulging, but much different in terms of texture, color and detail. Boys Club is streamlined and simple- more similar to art in a coloring book. I wanted this kids book to be more complex.”
Bruegal used as reference for a kids’ book? Fecalface (yep) has a preview.
The Lonely Matador is another strange children’s book, although this one’s been around for long enough to win the MacMillan Children’s Book Prize and various other comic festival ones too. It’s “half semi-autobiographical, half homage to famous bull fighter Juan Belmonte” and despite being made by Jay Wright of Nottingham it’s published in Poland, which makes it harder to come by than most other books in the shop. We’ve got a handful of copies. Flamingo Magazine have lots of preview pages.
Tomi Ungerer has been producing strange kids books since the ’50s and they’re big favourites here at Gosh!: Crictor, The Three Robbers, Moon Man, et al. Now No Kiss For Mother from 1973 is back in print after 30 years. It’s about a terribly behaved young cat (a “wee nyaff” as he’d be called in our house) whose doting mother still insists on smothering him in kisses anyway, until he does something so awful even she can’t bear him. Over the last few years reviews of old editions have been popping up on the web, like this one by a dad who says it’s hilarious in a feline Donnie Darko way, and this one by a mum who dreads the day her affections will be similarly spurned. That second one has loads of scans of the amazing pencil drawings including Piper Paw’s slingshot smashing the panel border.
There’s even mention of a strange little Hitler cat (or “Kitler”, if you are from the internet) which brings me to my next point:
Osamu Tezuka‘s Message to Adolf HC Volume 1. You might recognise it as the formerly titled Adolf: A Tale of the Twentieth Century from a previous Viz edition. The story is set in 1936 during the Berlin Olympics and centres on three young guys called Adolf: one a Jew living in Japan, another of both Japanese and German descent, and the third is Adolf Hitler. In a related but unnecessary aside: Message to Adolf features a cover by Peter Mendelsund. Every time I like a cover and go and find out who did it, it always ends up being Peter Mendelsund. The guy is amazing. He recently took part in a project to create a bunch of new covers for Nabokov‘s Lolita because for some reason dozens of graphic designers over the decades have done terrible things to that book. Mendelsund absolutely won that thing hands down. lo. lee. ta.
Comics diarist Gabrielle Bell (L.A. Diary, Lucky) has a new hardcover book out called The Voyeurs. It’s an autobiographical comic detailing a five-year chunk of her life in which she travels to Tokyo, Paris, France and all of the States, and just stays home in Brooklyn. She talks about it with Publishers Weekly (and later did a comic about it), and the Paris Review had this to say: “Bell makes social awkwardness verging on phobia look cool, or at least perfectly rational, and even at her most despondent, her pen notices what’s going on outside the window or in a friend’s facial expression—and as often as not, it’s funny and endearing, even beautiful. For an artist who skewers her own fecklesness and self-pity, Bell spends a lot of time secretly celebrating the world.” Preview at Uncivilized Books. Her website is always worth a look. These comics pages – one, two – are particularly funny.
Last week we put a call out for all of Robert Crumb‘s old Weirdo comics. It looks like we’ve found some now so you can call your mum down from the loft. Also, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, The History of Underground Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition is one of this week’s new arrivals.
A bunch of trade paperbacks are due in on Wednesday: Riven collects the Dark Horse Presents story about the werewolf girl by Bo Hampton (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) and Robert Tinnell (The Wicked West). They talk about the book and their collaboration at Comic Monsters along with a preview for any non-DHP folk. There’s also the first volume of Kurtis Weibe and Tyler Jenkins‘ rejigged Peter Pan story Peter Panzerfaust, as well as Journey Into Mystery Volume 1: Fear Itself by Kieron Gillen (Phonogram), Ultimate Comics Ultimates By Jonathan Hickman TP Volume 1, and the first Rex Mundi Omnibus from Dark Horse.
As for comics:
In BPRD Hell On Earth: Return of the Master #1 by John Arcudi and Tyler Crook a rogue scientist is assembling a paranormal cult in the highlands of Scotland. Preview at CbR. It’s the first of five parts. Locke & Key: Grindhouse is a one-shot by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez and focuses on some of the Keyhouse’s earlier custodians and gives you a guide to the Keyhouse itself. Mark Waid is picking up an old Grant Morrison/Ian Gibson series and relaunching Steed & Mrs Peel as an ongoing series. #0 is out this week and is based on the episode A Touch of Brimstone set in The Hellfire Club. While that’s really all you need to know and Bleeding Cool have no further information on it: they do have a picture of Diana Rigg. I’ll link to it because there’s a picture of Diana Rigg.
And finally, Avenging Spider-Man #11 is a special 50th anniversary (of Spider-Man) story, written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Steve Dillon. Preview at CbR.
I think that covers everything.