ON ACCOUNT OF THE BANK HOLIDAY this week’s comics are arriving tomorrow, the same day they’re due on the shelves. We don’t know what time they’re coming, it could be the afternoon. If you can delay your visit until Thursday then that’s probably ideal. However: we have Jaime Hernandez in tomorrow afternoon anyway so you can ask what the situation’s like then.
Oh, you forgot about our Jaime Hernandez signing? You thought it was ages away? TIME MOVES FAST NOW WE’RE OLD.
Jaime will be here to sign books for two hours and two hours only. Don’t miss it. Tomorrow. From 5pm.
(Also, to reiterate and because I’ve been getting phonecalls: we can’t take any requests for signed books this time round. There just won’t be time to do it and I personally am not up for chasing a Hernandez brother down the street shouting dedications he failed to dedicate. If we manage to get some signed stock before he’s taken away from us then we will shout very loudly about it here and on Twitter and on Facebook. Because they’re books signed by Jaime Hernandez. Who wouldn’t shout about that.)
Then on FRIDAY we’re launching Gary Northfield’s very excellent Teenytinysaurs, which is actually already out. All details are through here and the book is on the shelf.
Been a while since we saw some stuff from Blank Slate but blah blah something about buses: here’s two. The Suitcase by excellent illustrator and small press dude Dan Berry and it’s his debut book. It’s really lovely-looking and comes in the same hardcover format as Will Morris’ The Silver Darlings. As for the story: “It’s pretty much three urban legends tied together into a single story of dead animals and suburban mistrust,” he says. Old lady, dead dog and a suitcase. The rest of that interview is here and you can see a preview at Blank Slate who also have this book out on the shelves: Swear Down by Oliver East of Trains Are… Mint fame. The usual sort of Oliver East thing. You can see pages of it at his website.
Graham Chaffee has finished his first graphic novel in since the late ’90s (he’s been busy tattooing people since then), and it’s called Good Dog. There’s an interview with him here and Fantagraphics have a preview. The dog is less dead than (see previous paragraph).
Fans of C.F.’s Powr Mastrs can get more of his brand of absurdity in Mere, a new collection of his Twitter-distributed minicomics (along with unpublished art and photos) from PictureBox. Here’s a preview but this Babelfish translation of its synopsis is quite something: “Each zine offered a take on, and expansion upon, a classic comic strip scrap or marsh obsolete the relevant questions what is love not merely.”
British artist Al Davison’s got a new book out that’s sort of a how-to without actually being anything like a how-to. Here’s how he put it: “One morning in 1988 I woke up to find I’d gone blind. At the time I had no idea that it was temporary. I just knew that along with the blindness I was losing my visual memory, the ability to visualize my family’s faces, even simple shapes, and that the partial paralysis I’d had as a result of being born with Spina-Bifida had returned. I was blind for three months on two occasions that year. My reaction to my visual memory fading was to continue to draw, even though I had no idea if the pen contained ink or whether the paper was blank or not. When my sight returned I began to analyze the drawings I’d produced, and what I’d leaned about tapping into the unconscious, perception, dreams, and drawing. I have been teaching art based on that knowledge for over twenty years.” Now he’s put all of this down on paper. “I’ve ended up with part autobiography part ‘how to draw’ and part dream showcase.” Here’s the video he did to promote it on a crowdfunding thing:
Incidentally, eagle-eyed viewers might spot Davison’s cameo in the latest of Neil Gaiman’s Blackberry videos.
It seems weird that this hasn’t come out before. Alan Moore and Gene Ha’s Top Ten in an Absolute Edition, collecting Top Ten #1 – 12, Smax #1 – 5, a bit from America’s Best Comics Special #1 and Top 10: The Forty-Niners (but not the follow-up Top 10 series by Cannon and Ha).
Speaking of Moore, there’s a great early review of next month’s From Hell Companion. Should be here by the end of June. For some reason the Americans got it first. In the meantime you can look at these photos of it.
Batman Noir: Eduardo Risso deluxe hardcover collects a bunch of Batman stories by drawn by 100 Bullets artist Risso (Broken City included) and written by frequent collaborator and fellow 100 Bullets dude, Brian Azzarello. DC has the full listing of what’s in here.
Cat on a Hot Thin Groove, a collection of Gene Deitch’s jazz cartoons came out back in 2003 but that edition was expensive, is now long gone, and Fantagraphics have provided you with a brand new one. Says Deitch himself: “Not only is this new edition cheaper, but is e – x – p – a – n – d – e – d with lots of rediscovered drawings, previously seen only by moldy old souls who played those black, breakable 10 inch 78RPM phonograph records, which required steel needles to follow wiggly shellac grooves, producing a hissing and clicking sound which nearly drowned out the weird music that was gestated in 19th century New Orleans whorehouses!” This guy’s got some preview pictures.
Someone was asking me for food comics the other day. Was it you? Here’s another one I would have pointed at had it been out in time: In the Kitchen With Alain Passard by Christophe Blain, in English for the first time. This person has lovingly written a whole blog post devoted to it (and Lucy Knisley’s Relish) so just head that way.
Also on the shelves: Jeffrey Jones: The Definitive Reference in softcover, Joe Sacco’s Journalism in softcover, Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus TP Volume 1 (collecting volumes 1, 2 and a bit of 3), and Obituary Man by Philippe Girard about a man who gains superpowers from reading eulogies. Somehow.
In trade paperback there’s Punisher: Enter the War Zone by Greg Rucka, Superior Spider-Man TP Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness TP (plus Star Trek #21 is out this week, picking up right where the movie sequel left off) , and Brian K. Vaughan’s Doctor Strange: Oath (new printing) with art by Marcos Martin.
COMICS. Adventures of Superman #1 is the debut issue of an all-new series by such dudes as Jeff Parker, Justin Jordan, Chris Samnee, and Jeff Lemire. Scott Snyder (Batman/American Vampire) and Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus) launch a new Vertigo 10-parter with The Wake #1 (they talk about it here). Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s all-female X-Men #1 launches tomorrow (previewed here), Captain Universe: The Hero Who Could Be You is a one-shot reprinting some old Steve Ditko stuff, and horror fans have two things to chose from before eventually settling on both: Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1 (of 12) (there’s a thing in USA Today about it) and John Carpenter’s Asylum #1 (he talks about it here).
Hernandez, tomorrow, 5pm. Tie a string around your finger.