Hello! This is our last pre-Christmas blog post in which we say DON’T PANIC and remind you that we have gift vouchers in store if you still need them. Give us a call or an email so we can have them waiting for you. Mostly we have been selling them to (imminently favourite) grandmas, but they are for everybody. Or at least they’re for everybody whose bookshelves you do not have sneaky access to.
Important thing: our Christmas hours are as follows –
From now until Sunday 23rd December — 10:30am to 8pm. (8pm! We are upsetting our own dinner schedules for your shopping convenience.)
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
Stuff you can see on the shelves this week include, very quickly, The Best of Punch Cartoons in Colour, a big box set that includes both volumes of Pogo so far, and Savage Pencil’s Trip or Squeek’s Big Amplifier. It collects ten years worth of strips that originally appeared in The Wire, then Sounds, then, well, he can tell you all about it back at The Wire. The Quietus has some strips online. Foreword by Gary Panter!
Interesting European stuff has been arriving: there’s Guido Crepax’s Valentina and the Magic Lantern which is a bit rude (Matt Seneca wrote a big piece on Crepax over at Comics Alliance, great pictures too), and a volume of the late Sergio Toppi’s stories inspired by Arabian Nights that have been translated from French. There’s a preview of the new hardcover edition through here, in which Toppi drew a very excellent owl.
Also! Jodorowsky’s Before The Incal comes out this week in a regular hardcover for £33.99 instead of the hugely pricey limited edition of yore. It’s also easier to get home which is something Humanoids don’t think about when they’re laying out their deluxe editions in their bus-free utopia.
If you’re a fan of stuff like Fletcher Hanks’ You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation! then pay attention because we’ve got some more weirdness for you. Basil Wolverton’s Spacehawk has never been collected before and I don’t know why because this stuff looks amazing. Look at this preview. This softcover collects “every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942” and features more bizarre and repulsive alien dudes than you will ever need.
Dames in the Atomic Age is a homage to B-movies and pulp magazines by a guy called Christopher Ryder (who I’ve never read before, it’s his debut) and a host of artists: Marc Sandroni, Mike Vosberg, Paul Little, Tony Fleecs, Brandon “Ragnar” Johnson, Andy Suriano, Chris Moreno, Tone Rodriguez, Mark Dos Santos, Brad Rader, and Rahsan Ekedal. Preview here. Big ants!
Thien Pham (Level Up) is back with another book called Sumo, reviewed here. And there’s a new edition of Anders Nilsen’s (Big Questions) Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow which is not the cheeriest of Christmas reads but if you’re in the mood for a broken heart then I’m not stopping you. Preview at Drawn & Quarterly.
Comics! Rotten Apple is a one-shot collecting Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene’s stuff from Dark Horse Presents. If you missed it when it was coming out, here’s a preview. Black Beetle: Night Shift #0 collects Francesco Francavilla’s DHP stuff, previewed here, and Django Unchained #1 (of 5) is a comicbook adaptation of the screenplay to Quentin Tarantino’s new movie. Since it’s straight from the screenplay rather than the film there may we be stuff in here that didn’t make it into the final cut. Here’s a preview of R.M. Guera’s (Scalped) artwork. Finally, there’s B. Clay Moore and ranter-on-the-internet Tony Harris’ JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #1 (of 6), previewed here.
Next week’s comics are out on Thursday the 27th of December. There’s not many.
Last bit: I keep meaning to mention the Mindless Ones comics podcast (of which we are sponsers) and fail to do it pretty much every week so far. Here’s their website. Go listen to their old episodes when everyone’s watching Morecambe and Wise and you’re all alone on the internet.
Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls.