A quick one this week because the shop is getting unbelievably busy and we’ve got Quality Street to eat. Eat the chocolates and save us doing the job ourselves. You can have the green triangles or even the purple ones. That’s how full of Quality Street we are. You can have the good ones.
New additions to the signed books bundle include (from last week’s signings): Hope Larson’s A Wrinkle in Time and Warren Pleece’s The Great Unwashed. Then Eddie Campbell popped in on Friday afternoon and signed a tower of From Hell, Alec, The Lovely Horrible Stuff, a couple of copies of The Playwright, The Fate of the Artist, The Black Diamond Detective Agency, and After the Snooter. Yesterday Glyn Dillon signed a mountain of The Nao of Brown. Up and at them.
Latest Gosh! bookplate edition is Will Morris’ debut book from Blank Slate, The Silver Darlings. You’ll remember Morris from Nelson and his excellent window painting. Details through here.
Quick run-down of the shelf highlights: there’s an Adventure Time softcover collection that we’ll placed slightly above child-height (you’re welcome), and an Adventure Time one-shot collecting all the covers topped off with a new one by Paul Pope. There’s Rick Remender’s Fear Agent Library Volume 1 (480 pages long!), and Volume 2 of Jason Pearson’s Body Bags collects The Hard Way and One Shot in a trade paperback. Darwyn Cooke’s Parker The Hunter is out in paperback and Cooke turns again (along with Kyle Baker, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Lapham and more) in the hardcover collection of the latest Rocketeer Adventures anthology. Comics Alliance reckon it’s the best-looking anthology this month and put up lots of pictures to prove it.
Shako is the first ever collection of a very early days 2000 AD story by John Wagner and Ramon Sola about a man-eating polar bear — preview at CbR where they (of course) refer to bear necessities. Space 1999 Aftershock and Awe is the classic 70s sci-fi show “updated for a modern audience” whatever that means (preview) and the complete Star Trek newspaper strips from 1979 – 1981 are collected in a big hardcover. Chances are even if you’re a massive Star Trek nerd you won’t have seen them. They’re a bit rare.
In comics there’s Moore and Reppion’s Sherlock Holmes: Liverpool Demon #1 (of 5), and Criminal Macabre: Final Night — 30 Days of Night #1 the four-part series where Steve Niles gets to crossover two of his own comics. Christopher Mitten’s on art duties (previewed here). To Hell You Ride #1 (of 5) is a new horror series about a skin-melty plague, previewed here. Alternatively, you can have David Lapham’s Caligula: Heart of Rome #1 (of 6) which I assume is about tiny kittens and fluffy rabbits or something.
From Image comes another one from Ales Kot (Wild Children) called Change #1 (of 4) which is about a struggling screenwriter and opens with a quote by Sylvia Plath. Make of that what you will. Interview with Kot at CbR.
Lastly, some important Christmas Hours stuff. All comics deliveries fall on their usual Wednesday. The handful of stuff that comes out on Boxing Day will be on sale from us on the 27th because we’ll be too busy sitting at home in our jim jams. Here are our opening times:
Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd — 10:30am to 8pm. Late closing for the pre-Christmas week.
Christmas Eve — 10:30am to 4pm.
Christmas Day/Boxing Day – CLOSED
(Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th — 10:30am to 6pm. Business as usual.)
New Year’s Eve – 10:30am to 3pm.
New Year’s Day – CLOSED