Despite the snow coming down sideways and everyone outside looking like something out of The Thing we have not closed our doors like all those kids-on-my-bus-this-morning’s schools. Because learning can wait but comics can’t. Or something. Right?
If your socks and five jumpers are failing to warm you even remotely then perhaps the announcement of our very first event of 2013 will at least take your mind off the impending foot amputation. Although Will Morris’ The Silver Darlings came out about a month ago we’re throwing it a belated launch party (plus signing, plus exhibition) because nobody likes to have a birthday on Christmas Day. It’s on the 15th of February, from 7pm to 9pm, there will be booze and art and The City Shanty Band will be lending the evening a briny air.
From out of the boxes this week comes:
MAD Artist’s Edition: it’s the 60th anniversary of MAD and they’re going right back to the beginning to mark the occasion. The MAD Artist’s Edition collects 20 stories and a dozen classic covers from when MAD was a comic, not a magazine (there were 18 issues before it changed format and each of them is represented in the massive 15 x 22 inch hardcover by a story or a cover or both). If you like Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood, Bill Elder, Jack Davis and Basil Wolverton you will want to buy this even if it means you spend the next week eating beans on toast for tea.
Also in the hefty hardcover box is Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane HC which collects some classic stories drawn by Kane. These guys have it at the top of the ‘hardcovers to watch out for’ list and tell you exactly what’s in it.
Babble is a debut book from Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle, two veterans of the UK small press and fanzines. It’s one of those twenty-something-year-old-girl-in-a-dead-end-job-with-no-prospects-or-idea stories that stretches out into something else. Coyle said: “I’d read the original short and it felt very like something Nigel Kneale would dream up for Quatermass; this invasion by something shapeless and ephemeral that’s almost just an idea.” The two talk about it with Comicbook Resources and there’s already a review up on Bleeding Cool.
Calling Dr Laura: A Graphic Memoir is probably one to pick up if you’re a fan of the likes of Fun Home — it’s billed as “part coming-of-age, part coming-out” and is full of family secrets s we’re in the same ballpark here. There’s a review and preview here.
More memoir-y stuff although much closer to home (if home is the place where they make Vimto) is Adam Cadwell’s (Blood Blokes) The Everyday. Four years worth of work — that’s 200 diary strips — in one hardcover. Having finished in 2010 it’s about time they came out in a book so well done on finally getting around to it, Cadwell. (Adam once posted me some Vimto Chews all the way from Manchester because I have a thing for Vimto Chews. You should buy his book. I’m not saying this strictly because of bribery but should you wish to bribe me Vimto Chews are basically the way to go.)
In trade paperback there’s Transformers Regeneration One TP which picks up where the old Marvel series left off and that’s pretty much it. It’s a small week.
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers #1 is landing this Wednesday. If you’re a Phonogram fan and wouldn’t usually pick up a spandex underpants kind of comic, Gillen is here to help you decide: “It’s a lot like Phonogram if we had likable characters and plots. So it’s not really much like Phonogram at all if you think about it.” No, wait, come back: they have lots more things to tell you about it. They go on about it for hours.
Uncanny X-Force #1 is another Marvel NOW thing, written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Ron Garney. There’s a preview at CbR.
The tagline for new four-part series Deadpool Killustrated #1 by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) is ‘Butchering stories from literature’s finest authors’ and the first issue is Moby Dick and Melville so if you want to see Deadpool as some kind of Ahab, click here.
And finally, Dennis Hopeless and Mike Norton give you the first of four issues of The Answer this week. It’s about an insomniac librarian and some masked vigilante called The Answer! with an exclamation point not only at the end of his name but right on his face, too. iFanboy have a preview.
That’s about it. No delays because of snow or anything. Everything’s business as usual.