It’s a pretty neat and easily contained week comics-wise, but we’ve thrown two events into the works to make it as chaotic as we’ve become accustomed to: THIS FRIDAY we’ve got Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) and Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time) at the signing desk next to glasses of fizzy water and piles of Sharpie pens, and on SATURDAY we’ve got Warren Pleece coming in to sign copies of The Great Unwashed. If you can’t make it on the day I can sort you out with a signed copy. All you’ve got to do is send me an email to email@example.com and ask nicely.
On the shelves this week in no particular order:
The first four issues of Gosh! favourite Roger Langridge’s Muppets are available in one chunk called The Muppets: Four Seasons trade paperback. Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston’s Butcher Baker: Righteous Maker is out in hardcover and Casey talks about it here. The collection features all eight issues plus a bunch of extra stuff.
There’s a huge hardcover thing called Anomaly whose blurb features such words as “teeming surface”, “world colonies”, “orbiting space stations” and “save humanity”. It’s written by Brian Haberlin (co-creator of Witchblade) and he talks futuristic space stations here.
Then there’s Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology which features 70 creators on its credits page — many of whom you’ll recognise, some of whom will be no more to you than “some dude”. It’s talked about over at The Washington Post with preview pictures too. Krishna: A Journey Within took four years of Abhishek Singh’s life to make and is full of paintings like these. And if you want to learn how to caricature your girlfriend’s face and cause a massive falling-out just before Christmas, pick up a copy of MAD Art of Caricature: Serious Guide to Funny Faces by Tom Richmond.
That’s upstairs. Here’s downstairs:
Mike Mignola writes and draws his first Hellboy story since Conqueror Worm over ten years ago. It’s an ongoing series and they’ve already got several issues in the can. Here’s what Mignola said about Hellboy in Hell #1:
“It’s definitely not pits of fire and the devils with pitchforks. It’s definitely not that. I’ve read a lot of different Hell stuff, and so the basic structure of my Hell is the [John] Milton Hell. I use his city Pandemonium as the capital city of Hell. I’ve got a specific kind of geography for Hell. But the main characteristic for my Hell is that it’s made up of everything that I want to draw… Everything is a distorted version. I don’t trip over things like, “How the hell do you draw a Buddist temple?” I can just make up my version of that. It’s very liberating to me as an artist because the one thing that I did stumble over with certain things was the reality. Now I’m in this fantasy location, and a lot of stories that have been save on the shelf are being dusted off because it will be more fun to do them in this setting.” Preview through here.
Also from the Dark Horse camp is Evan Dorkin’s Milk & Cheese stuff from Dark Horse Presents, collected in the House of Fun One-Shot this week. Preview here.
Hickman is one of the very impressed early readers of new Image series Blackacre #1 by Duffy Boudreau and Wendell Cavalcanti. Boudreau talks about it with iFanboy and sums the series up this way: “For now I can tell you that the story opens in 2114, and the U.S. has undergone a massive transformation, basically slipped into this new dark age where bandits, warlords, and fanatics rule and ordinary folks struggle to survive one day at a time. Except, of course, for those who live inside the walled city-state of BlackAcre, which is experiencing a time of great prosperity.” Preview here. The other new Image thing is I Love Trouble #1 by Kel Symons and Mark A. Robinson (preview).
The Legend of Luthor Strode #1 (of 6) is the sequel to the last series by Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore. It’s set five years after the first one (preview) and Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti helm a four-parter called Human Bomb (art by Jerry Ordway). Interview at CbR.
Fury Max #7 arrives on the shelves on the same week as Fury Max TP Vol 1 My War Gone By which collects the first six issues so you can have both and be well up to date.
Lastly, Mr Toast Comics #3 by Dan Goodsell and Todd Webb looks like James Kochalka drew it. Pick it up if you like things that look like James Kochalka things.
My thumb and I remind you that all of the shop’s signed books are up on the blog here with prices and pictures and whatnot. Everyone likes a scribbled on book.