Hallo. Hayley here again, having clawed my way out of the plague pit.
While I was away the Gosh! sale started. There’s a table full of stuff we have to keep tidying because people think it’s Primark up in here just because we’re selling piles of stuff for allegedly insane prices. If you’ve not seen it yet you can expect the following things and let’s be truthful here:
i. good things with the covers falling off (because the glue ain’t glue-y)
ii. good things with the spines all concertina’d almost as if we dropped them (we did)
iii. good things that we liked so much we ordered a million copies of only to discover that liking these particular things is not a shared experience
iv. a handful of not very good things we just want out the door as fast as your legs can take them.
Come and get them. All of them. The good, the bad, the broken. We want them to go away so we can fit more books in this joint. Don’t forget to look at the new stuff, obviously. These dudes are joining us on Wednesday:
The Black Incal HC (previewed here) is another of those huge bus-unfriendly Eyes of the Cat-style books from Humanoids. It’s the first volume of Jodorowsky and Moebius’ (now collected) The Incal dressed up all fancy and massive — you might already have it in a different format is what I’m getting at. It’s £59.99 for 48 pages but only 999 of these books exist so buy now or weep over drunken eBay bids later. Moebius’ art turns up again on the shelves in the latest volume of XIII, incidentally (which is much, much cheaper).
Gil Kane’s The Amazing Spider-Man Artist’s Edition is no regular best-of hardcover collection. It’s the size of the original artwork, each page scanned in colour directly from the black ink art so you can see every pencil mark or note-to-self that exists on the original page. It includes Amazing Spider-Man #96-102, #121 — featuring the infamous LSD storyline, the introduction of Morbius, and The Night Gwen Stacy Died. It’s another pricey one your co-passenger on the bus will not like. Also, Dan Slott follows up Amazing Spider-Man #700 with his new ongoing series, Superior Spider-Man #1. It starts this week. Preview this way.
Richard Sala is amazing so I’m sure you all want to hear about the new hardcover collection of his four-issue Ignatz series Delphine from Fantagraphics. Yes? Good. It’s a fairy-tale inspired thing that’s sort of Snow White-y and because it’s Sala it’s creepy and dark and brill. Here’s a PDF preview for you, disbeliever.
Also from Fantagraphics comes Castle Waiting Volume 1 (which clocks in at a whopping 456 pages and is previewed here) and Weird Horrors & Daring Adventures: The Joe Kubert Archives Volume 1 which collects, in hardcover, 33 of the weirdest stuff Kubert ever did in his pre-DC Comics, pre-Comics Code freelance period — mostly crime and horror. Here’s 22 pages on your screen, no pounds spent.
Fantagraphics have more good manga for you in the form of The Heart of Thomas by the Eisner Award-nominated Moto Hagio (A Drunken Dream). This one’s a love story set in a German all-boys boarding school. Suicide! School! Cheery. PDF preview.
The latest from Yoe! Books is Comics About Cartoonists, the mostly aptly named book this week. You get to read comics about cartoonists by the likes of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Jack Cole, Dick Briefer, Winsor McCay, Chester Gould, Sheldon Mayer, Milton Caniff, Basil Wolverton, Siegel and Shuster, Will Eisner, Segar, Kurtzman and more. The Beat says, “If the words ‘Dick Briefer’ make you moist as a snackcake, this is for you” and I pull a face of abject horror. “Moist”.
Alex Toth’s Zorro — The Complete Dell Comics Adventures is a 200+ page hardcover from Hermes Press which comes with a load of extra material too. One Previews employee is glad to have it all in one book finally despite the already-spent years trawling through backissue bins at conventions to fill the gaps in his collection: Go read his review.
Also collected is Bryan Talbot and Mark Stafford’s four-issue miniseries Cherubs! previewed here, and Gosh! favourite Roger Langridge’s Popeye gets its first trade paperback collection. Here’s Langridge talking about the series almost exactly a year ago before we had ever seen it. Preview pictures through there too.
It’s been noted, astutely, by People On The Internet that Brian Wood is doing lots of comics at the moment, which is good news if you like Brian Wood. He’s as prolific as Jude Law circa 2001. This week you can find him between two sets of covers: the first being Conan Volume 13 — Queen of the Black Coast which collects issues #1 to #6 of the Conan the Barbarian series (preview here). The other thing is Star Wars #1 – the new ongoing, uh, Star Wars series. Says Wood over at Newsarama:
“As a child of the 70’s and 80’s, this is my Star Wars, not the prequels or Clone Wars, or much of the Expanded Universe. I mean, I’ve seen all those and read a few dozen of the novels, but when you talk about what’s my Star Wars, what I have the emotional attachment to, its the first film, the one from 1977, that I saw as a five year old. This is why I pitched the story I pitched, and why, in addition to the core cast, we have characters like Wedge and Mon Mothma. I know those characters.”
Matt Fraction’s Defenders Volume 2 is out in trade paperback, collecting issues #7 to #12 of the series — so you’ll be getting some Jamie McKelvie in there, Phonogram fans. Gillen and McKelvie’s Young Avengers is launching late this month so feel free to stick it on your standing orders now. More on it when it arrives.
Lots of Batman books on the shelves tomorrow: Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely et al’s Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn gets its own Absolute edition this week. It collects Morrison’s entire run on the series, as does Batman Incorporated TP which collects Morrison’s entire run on that series — all eight issues plus Leviathan Strikes. Batman: Through the Looking Glass by Bruce Jones and Sam “I wish his name was spelled properly — Word Spellchecker” Kieth is now in trade paperback.
If you fancy starting off your new year with a series about the end of the world then The End Times of Bram & Ben #1 (of 4) by James Asmus (Thief of Thieves) and Jim Festante might be up your street. It’s a sort of comedy Armageddon buddy film. If you think it sounds a bit Good Omens then go read their interview where they mostly talk about Neil Gaiman. Preview pages there too.
Speaking of Gaiman, Chu’s Day has landed. It’s a children’s book (illustrated by Adam Rex) about what happens when a baby panda sneezes. Like this. Y’know, for kids.
And finally, over at The Comics Journal Tucker Stone lists (what he thinks are) the best 19 comics of 2012. Some weird choices (well, one outright wrong one) but, y’know, Tucker can do what he wants. It’s his column. Go see if you’ve missed anything.