[A few people have asked, so: comics are not delayed because of crazy storms in the US. They’re here as usual.]
Hello, this is Campbell back for a special Halloween edition of the Gosh! Blog. It’s exactly the same as any of the other ones we’ve ever done except I typed it near some pumpkins. Well, they’re out in the street and they’re basically always there, but you get the idea. I’ll wear more black and look more dead than usual or something. Uh, here, have some EC comics:
Wally Wood’s Came the Dawn collects 26 EC stories drawn by the great Wally Wood and mostly written by Al Felstein. There’s stuff from Tales From the Crypt and Haunt of Fear with names like The Living Corpse, Terror Ride, Man From the Grave and Horror in the Freak Tent so clearly it is most seasonal and excellent and worthy of top billing. Here’s a PDF preview.
Harvey Kurtzman’s Corpse on the Imjin! is another EC hardcover collection. This one collects the dozen stories that MAD-creator Kurtzman wrote and drew himself, along with all 23 full-colour covers and short stories drawn by some other dudes like Alex Toth, Gene Colan, Joe Kubert, John Severin. It’s nice-looking but it’s Kurtzman, so you don’t need me to say that. Here’s a preview.
Speaking of Kubert, Joe Kubert Presents #1 is the first of a six-issue anthology series in which he got to do whatever he liked. He said back in April: “I’ve been given the privilege to design the kind of comic book that I would enjoy reading and one in which I’d like to participate. This is it. I’ll be doing Hawkman, Spit, The Redeemer, Sgt. Rock and The Biker. In addition, the book features the wonderful talents of Sam Glanzman and Brian Buniak. I had a blast doing it. I hope it blows you away.” Here’s a preview.
Kubert is also one of a long list of stellar creators in Vertigo’s new 80-page one-shot anthology, Ghosts, which has all sorts of Halloweeny stuff including a story by English writer Toby Litt in which he gets to resurrect Neil Gaiman‘s Dead Boy Detectives. Mark Buckingham‘s drawing the dead boys for the first time since Vertigo’s Children’s Crusade almost twenty years ago, and he’s pretty chuffed about it too. Geoff Johns, Paul Pope, Cecil Castellucci, Mary H.K. Choi, Al Ewing, Neil Kleid, Phil Jimenez, Jeff Lemire, John McCrea and Amy Reeder Hadley are all in it too. Here’s a sneak peak of Gilbert Hernandez‘s story, and here’s Paul Pope‘s.
One last anthology comic: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012 #5 features stuff by Howard Chaykin, Andy Diggle, Warren Ellis, Kieron Gillen, Brandon Graham, David Hine, Joe Keatinge, Robert Kirkman, Terry Moore, James Robinson, Jonathan Ross, Charlie Adlard, Mike Allred and lots more people on a big long list that you can read here. Incidentally, Allred’s Madman turns up in Tick #101: Tick Meets Madman although he doesn’t draw it. Benito Cereno talks about it at CbR.
Walter Simonson and Archie Goodwin‘s 1979 Alien comic is out in a big fancy Original Art Edition this week: it’s an oversized hardcover in which they’ve scanned straight from the original pages in in Simonson‘s studio and bulked it up with an interview, original script pages, colour try-outs and sketches so you get your £54.99’s worth. It’s huge.
Next to it on the new shelf looking similarly un-tube-friendly will be (deep breath) The Metabarons – Limited Edition Oversized Deluxe Hardcover With Slipcase Ultimate Collection by Alexandro Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez. This is the four trade paperbacks in one hefty 544 page hardcover. The usual Humanoids warning is applicable to this one too: 999 copies in existence so if you can’t make your mind up about wanting it now, Humanoids will soon help you decide by making it totally unavailable. It’s their M.O. Preview over at their website.
Humanoids also send us Through the Walls, a hardcover that would be full of regular droll slice-of-French-life stuff were it not for the fact that the characters can also walk through walls. Preview at Comicbook Resources.
Ron Regé, Jr. is one of the few current cartoonists that Chris Ware actually likes and this week you can have him in the form of Cartoon Utopia. I have no idea what it’s about and its author isn’t helping by saying things like it “focuses on ideas that I’ve become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools.” Fantagraphics try to help him out by saying it’s “part sci-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry, and part social manifesto”. Oh, just buy it. Here’s a preview.
Also from Fantagraphics is Lilli Carre’s (The Lagoon) Heads or Tails, collecting all of her short stories from the past 5 years (preview at her website) and Last Vispo Anthology is ten years worth of vispo (that’s a portmanteau for those playing along at home – visual poetry – you learn summat every day.) Preview.
Remember Renaud Dillies’ Bubbles & Gondola? He’s back with another one called Abelard in which a tiny chicken wants to George Bailey the moon for his girl. I think. Here are some preview pages. Similarly magicky, August Moon is a debut book from Diana Thung about a mystery in a town called Calico and some giant rabbits. Preview at Publishers Weekly.
Also on the shelves: Alan Martin and Mike McMahon’s Tank Girl: Carioca is out in hardcover, then there’s It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown, being a brand new non-Schultz Peanuts, previewed here. David Chelsea tells you to get your ruler out in Perspective For Comic Book Artists, and Robert Kirkman gives you a whole new Walking Dead story in his second novel, Road to Woodbury.
It’s the end of the year and the annuals are arriving in their droves. If you’re reading Action Comics, Batgirl, Justice League Dark, or Swamp Thing prepare to hand over £3.65 for an extra big issue.
In the Marvel camp: AvX welcomes another comic to the line with A+X #1 (preview), and Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force Volume 1 is out in hardcover. Bendis’ Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16.1 is a good jumping-on point for newbies (preview).
Nick Spencer starts a new ongoing series about a serial killer with Bedlam #1 (and talks about it here), and the new horror series that has been promised for the last two years is actually going to land: Steve Niles and Glenn Fabry’s Lot 13 #1 (of 5). Looks bleak and bloody. Preview here.
Joshua Hale Fialkov and Frazer Irving give you Skeletor’s origin story in a new Master of the Universe one-shot, and Bill Morrison, Dean Haspiel, Fred Hembeck and Ian Boothby kick off the Christmas specials with the Mars Attacks Holidays One-Shot.
Latest event on the Gosh! Events calendar is a three-in-one launch party co-hosted by our pals at Nobrow. Expect books and appearances by Luke Pearson, Jon McNaught and Kyle Platts. Details here.
Finally, if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman you have one day left to download a free scary short story from Audible (you don’t need an Audible account, you just need an email address). It’s about ten minutes long and it’s called Click-Clack the Rattlebag. Details over on his blog.