Hold up: what are your plans for tomorrow night? If you’re thinking about sitting at home watching a box-set of Columbo, listen to me: you can do that anytime. But you can only attend the launch party of Tom Gauld’s You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack tomorrow night. That’s your only option. After that, the party is literally over. 7.30 to 9pm, come get your book signed by Tom and gaze lovingly at the thing he painted on the window if you feel like it. All details this way.
On the blog this week in case you missed it: on May the 4th we’re doing that Free Comic Book Day thing again where we stick a bunch of cartoonists and kids at a table and give them paper and pencils. Are they YOUR kids? Are YOU the cartoonist? Find out now in our handy blog post. Also! The very excellent Guardian cartoonist Stephen Collins has gone and finished his book and we are throwing him and it a launch party. Here are pictures of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil plus the exclusive bookplate that 200 copies from Gosh! will come with. You’re welcome to get your pre-orders in now.
On the shelf this week you’ll find a new book by the great children’s illustrator Tomi Ungerer (Crictor, The Three Robbers) called Fog Island — book trailer this way. Also for younger readers is the Charles de Lint’s Cats of Tanglewood Forest illustrated by Charles Vess (Hachette have an except) and Monsters And Legends from Nobrow’s Flying Eye Books, Davide Cali and Garbiella Giandelli who tell you about mermaids, unicorns, the kraken and more. The Flying Eye books are coming thick and fast and they’re all lovely looking. Check out the preview here.
From Drawn & Quarterly comes Gilbert Hernandez’s Marble Season, a book about kids growing up in the ’60s “and how pop culture informs their interests, like comic books, movies, TV and sports,” says the man himself. “The different kids are rarely on the same page with their interests: the jock kids dismiss the comic book kids and vice versa, etc. The ‘60s setting is where it’s semi-autobiographical, I guess.” He talks more about it with LA Weekly.
Picturebox have just published the great French cartoonist Blutch’s book So Long Silver Screen and the thing is designed by David Mazzucchelli so you know it’s going to look nice. I won’t say anymore because Craig Thompson interviewed him for Boing Boing and you’re going to read that instead. Choice quote: “The solitary practice of art is an advanced form of onanism.”
Jerusalem is not the Guy Delisle book from last year, nor is it the Alan Moore novel-in-progress, but a whole new book that has come from out of nowhere to confuse our shelves and computer systems. Says the writer Boaz Yakin: “I actually wrote Jerusalem as a screenplay, sometime around 1993 or ’94 [He directed the movie Remember the Titans so he probably would do that, yes. - Ed.]. I grew up in New York City, to two Israeli parents, and the stories that my father told me about his childhood in British Mandate Palestine were my original inspiration for the project. He also wrote a screenplay on the subject himself, which dealt mainly with childhood themes, and I used sections of that work for some of the scenes between the two young best friends in this story. But for my part, knowing my father’s brothers and his sister well, and having an inkling as to how resonant all of their experiences were during this time period (and beyond it), I decided to expand the story and make it a broader family story — an intimate epic, if such a thing is possible.” More on that and how he got Nick Bertozzi to draw his story, at Comicbook Resources.
Do you remember a thing from a few years back called 365 Samurai and a Few Bowls of Rice? It looked like this. This week J.P. Kalonji is revisiting the same world with Ningen’s Nightmares in which someone is trying to resurrect a demon-samurai. Dark Horse have a preview and Kalonji talks about it on some guy’s podcast.
Elsewhere on the shelves there’s Legends of the Blues, a hundred or so portraits by the great illustrator William Stout (including the likes of Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, and Muddy Waters). And there’s Who is AC?, a new book from Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja, previewed at The Beat, Animation Sketchbooks by Laura Heit (they’re not pictures by Laura Heit, they’re pictures by all sorts, see?) and the life of Rembrandt is all laid out in a book by Typex, reviewed at the Guardian.
In trade paperback there’s Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves’ Interworld (there are sequels in the post so they’re getting this one back out in the world first), X-Men Longshot (new printing), Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm TP, and Uncanny Avengers: Volume 1 Red Shadow which is not in paperback at all but hardcover and dangled awkwardly off the end of this paragraph.
Comics! There’s Rogues #1 by El Torres and Juan José Ryp, and Joe Hill’s Terrifyingly Tragic Treasury One-Shot which collects a bunch of other one-shots: Kodiak, Freddie Wertham Goes to Hell, the original The Cape and the award-winning Locke & Key short, Open the Moon – a good catch-up for new Hill fans. But the biggest release this week has to be Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy #1. Millar is at Comic Book Movie already discussing the movie version, and Frank Quitely drawings are over here.
This ain’t out yet but we like Brendan McCarthy so here’s a teaser for something arriving in a few months:
And finally: do you like superheroes? Do you also like running? Then put your underpants on the outside and go do this for charity.