We’ve now got a full complement of staff having lost them briefly to Angouleme over the weekend. Big congrats to Glyn Dillon for bagging the Jury Prize for The Nao of Brown and to Jon McNaught for picking up the Prix Révélation for Dockwood. The FPI Blog gives it a proper write-up so head over there and save me stealing it.
This week we announced a new bookplate edition for a book that arrives tomorrow but whose signed and numbered bookplates have only just left Ian Culbard’s kitchen table and are now somewhere in the postal system. They’ll be with us in the next couple of days. I’m talking about The New Deadwardians trade paperback collection of course and all the details (including mail order costs) are here.
On the new release shelf you can find Brian Ralph’s zombie apocalypse Daybreak in paperback — it joins the handful of Cave-In hardcovers we got last week (more on those here if you missed it). Michael Kupperman’s second Tales Designed to Thrizzle hardcover has also landed and this is the PDF preview you will want to judge it by.
Here’s something you won’t have seen in a while: the LGBT classic 7 Miles a Second by David Wojnarowicz. It’s an autobiographical story written in the last years of his life before he died of AIDS in 1992. This new oversized edition shows the pages by James Romberger (The Bronx Kill) and Marguerite Van Cook in a far better version than they were originally published as in the mid-90s. Publishers Weekly reviewed it here and there’s a preview video here.
Some handmade books have found their way into our shop this week all the way from India: they range from Indian versions of biblical tales, biographical stories, weird illustrations of fish all screenprinted and hand-stitched together. They’re nice-looking things and each is a numbered limited edition so if they strike your fancy you’d best pick them up ASAP. They sound like exactly the kind of thing that we have once and can never find again. Here’s the publisher’s website.
The Poster Art of Disney Parks HC prints decades worth of the posters that get stuck up around the entrances to rides Disneyland. Given how many hours people have to stare at these things before they see the front of the queue a lot of thought went into their design in order to build a false sense of hope and somehow squash the despair built by hunger and heat and screaming kids in a confined area. I imagine. I mean, it looks nice from the preview.
Zed: A Cosmic Tale is a book about a cute alien by a guy called Michel Gagne who has done the rounds of the animation houses and has no doubt made you cry at some point (case in point: The Iron Giant). So while it looks like a kid’s comic you know it’s probably going to be something bigger than that. “It looks cute and sweet,” said The Beat in their review. ”Indeed, it is cute and sweet for about 15 pages before the swearing, decapitations and mutilations start.” It originally came out in parts over eleven years but everything’s been completely remastered for this edition and Brad Bird’s gone and written the intro.
In trade paperback we’ve got Superman For Tomorrow which collects the whole mid-2000s story by Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee and not much else.
Issue #1s this week include Snapshot #1 (of 4) by Andy Diggle and Jock which may sound familiar if you picked up the March issue of Judge Dredd Megazine last year. This is that only in a four-part series from Image (preview here). Fairy Quest #1 (of 2) by Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos was originally a convention giveaway and then it was a hardcover funded by Kickstarter and now, as you can see, it’s a two-parter from Boom. All the same stuff though. Here’s a preview.
Garth Ennis’ Red Team #1 is part of Dynamite’s new crime line, previewed here. There’s also Fearless Defenders #1 by The Sixth Gun’s Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney on the new shelf, previewed here, and Avengers Assemble Annual #1 by Christos N. Gage and Tomm Coker, previewed here.
Dia De Los Muertos is a three-part oversized comic revolving around the Mexican Day of the Dead, drawn by the same guy every issue (Riley Rossmo) but written by three different writers. Rossmo talks about the experiment here and there’s a big preview at Comicbook Resources.
And lastly, given it’s February and I saw a block of cheddar shaped like a loveheart yesterday it’s high time there was a slightly awkward Valentine’s Day Special. Young Romance New 52 Valentine’s Day Special boasts such tales as “Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel” and “Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day” and essentially what you’re reading here is a bunch of slash fiction about people who are already in their underpants.