A BRIEF NOTE ON THIS WEEK’S DELIVERY SINCE WE KNOW YOU DON’T READ FURTHER THAN THIS FIRST LINE (NO REALLY, IT’S FINE, REALLY): because of the bank holiday the comics are arriving a day later (for us) which means they’re turning up on Wednesday, the same day they’re due on the shelf. No buffer zone Tuesday of unpacking and bagging. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook where we’ll announce their arrival, otherwise just aim for the afternoon (or even Thursday).
Thanks to everybody who came, saw and conquered the Free Comic Book Day chaos. If you chose to stay at home in your Luke Skywalker outfit instead then you will have missed out on free comics and window painting. Still, those paintings are up on the windows and will remain so for a bit. Come see Laurence Campbell’s Judge Dredd, Gary Northfield’s Rupert the Bear and a whole crowd more, including whatever it is that Stephen Collins is currently painting in preparation for Friday night’s upcoming launch party for The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil.
If you’re still on the lookout for comics for your wee ones there’s a new book by David Almond illustrated by Dave McKean that might just be it. There’s an interview with Almond here where he talks writing for adults versus writing for children. “With children you can dodge a whole range of categorisations. For me, writing for young people has given me a kind of freedom to write in all kinds of forms that to some adult publishers and adult readers would just seem weird, whereas children just accept them.” Same sort of thing Sendak and Gaiman say. Mouse Bird Snake Wolf is about a half-made world by lazy gods and Kirkus love it.
New on the blog since you last looked: we’re also launching Gary Northfield’s Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs at the end of the month, and in June we’re doing the same for Robbie Morrison and Jim Murray’s Drowntown. You’re invited to both. So are your friends. We ain’t fussy.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to have signed books then you’ll be chuffed to know that Paul Collicutt popped in over the weekend to sign copies of Murder Mile. There’s a review at the Guardian if you have no idea what I’m talking about, and another at the FPI Blog with preview pictures too.
In this week’s delivery there’s body horror and plastic surgery nightmares in the the trade-paperback collection of the completely weird early ’90s series, Freaks’ Amour, based on the Tom DeHaven novel. Nuclear blast survivors are out to raise money for plastic surgery and they’re doing it by any means necessary, travelling sex shows and all. This collection also comes with an intro by Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing) and all the covers by by Mike Mignola, Charles Burns, and James O’Barr, plus an original prose sequel by DeHaven, and Gary Panter’s adaptation. Here’s a preview. Mark Ryden’s The Gay ’90s is not the ’90s of Freaks’ Amour but the ones a hundred years before that. You can see pictures of his OLD TYME ART SHOW here.
There’s hardboiled crime fiction in Mumbai Confidential Volume 1: Good Cop, Bad Cop reviewed at Criminal Element. And yet more bad eggs in Red Handed: The Fine Art Of Strange Crimes, a whole new book by Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT). Publishers Weekly say it’s “nothing short of exceptional” and First Second have a preview.
We Can Fix It by rude comics drawer Jess Fink (Chester 5000) is a time travel memoir in which she goes back to try and stop her past self being an idiot. IF ONLY THIS WERE POSSIBLE. The FPI Blog has a preview. There’s a brief interview here. Looks funny.
Collections: John Arcudi and Jonathan Case’s The Creep is in hardcover this week (here’s an interview if you’ve not been following), and Chip Kidd’s Batman: Death By Design is out in softcover. Brian Michael Bendis’ Peter Parker/Miles Morales crossover Spider-Men is out in trade paperback, as is Steed and Mrs Peel Volume 1: Very Civil Armageddon, and Thunderbolts Volume 1: No Quarter.
Issues #1s: 12 Reasons To Die #1 “by Ghostface Killah” (not Krazee-Eyes Killah as I just typed because I am an idiot who confuses Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes with real life) is reviewed at Ain’t It Cool News thoroughly enough that you do not need more from me, Grimm #1 is basically a comic of the TV show (previewed here), and Chin Music #1 is the new Image thing from Steve Niles and Tony Harris set in prohibition-era Chicago. Preview at Comicbook Resources.
That’s about it.
Remember: Comics on Wednesday. But late on Wednesday. Don’t blame me, I didn’t even get a bank holiday. I was here in the basement with the comics.