A very wet hello from someone who cycled to work and whose jeans will probably never be dry again. #PRAYFORHAYLEY
THIS WEEK is the launch party for our own Mike Medaglia’s new spiritual anthology comic, Wu Wei. Loads of contributors will be there on the night to sign your books if you want them to, and you can bag a copy for just £6. Mike’s even lined up someone to take a bunch of photos on the night so make sure you iron your shirt or whatever. Details this way.
Then next week we’ve got TWO events one after the other. There’s the five-in-one Blank Slate launch extravaganza for books by Joe Decie, Donya Todd (our poster artist), Jim Medway, Oliver East and Dan Berry. All details through here, and you’re welcome to order signed copies if you can’t make it on the night. Then on the Saturday we’ve got two Adventure Time artists to entertain your wee ones with an afternoon of drawing. It’ll be a fun one.
Long after its due date we FINALLY have copies of the Infinite Vacation Deluxe Hardcover looking all purple and overcooked like some kind of agoraphobic baby who refused to come out. The bookplates are in and will definitely not last long. Nick Spencer and Chris Ward. You like those guys. We like those guys. Buy their book.
The award-winning Rutu Modan (Exit Wounds) has a new book our through Drawn & Quarterly called The Property, a story of families and secrets. In her second book she takes the themes of Exit Wounds and delves deeper, going a bit Gabriel García Márquez and spanning generations. There’s a massive interview with her at The Comics Journal that is well worth your time, a Guardian review (graphic novel of the year?) and a PDF preview too.
Grant Morrison fans who currently have no money will be cursing that hairless dude right about now. Got a spare £55.99 and fancy spending it on 712 pages of Morrison’s Animal Man? The Animal Man Omnibus is for you. All 26 issues are here plus Secret Origins #39 in massive, toe-breaking hardcover.
Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve rivals Berlin in terms of gaps between issues, but like Berlin we’re always happy to see it arrive late to the party. Optic Nerve #13 features three new complete stories and will be one of the prettiest comics on the shelf and no mistake.
Also from Drawn & Quarterly (those guys are busy this week) comes Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki, best known (to us) for Onwards Towards Out Noble Deaths and his childhood memoir Nonnonba. Created in 1959, Kitaro is about a centuries-old boy with one eye and an antenna instead of hair. Comicbook Resources have a preview.
“We are married to our cars” begins the blurb for this book making it instantly pass by me and pretty much everybody in the comic book shop. I don’t know who the target audience is here given that most comics people can’t drive. ANYWAY, BUT SO: Why We Drive by cartoonist Andy Singer is a mixture of comics and prose and gives you a history of why we are so car-centric. The past, present and future of cars in America.
Cars and SPORTS. Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball Drawings 1934 – 1972 collects (for the first time) Mullin’s best drawings about baseball. All the guys are here, including Joe DiMaggio. Fun fact: “Joe DiMaggio” is one of the greatest things to get a Glaswegian to say. Fantagraphics have a preview. And there’s more stellar old stuff although a completely different kind in Superman Silver Age Newspaper Dailies Volume 1 1959 – 1961.
Two things by Mark Schultz on the shelves this week: the first is a new printing Xenozoic: the complete collection, the thing for which he is most well known (post-apocalyptic world, humans co-existing with dinosaurs and other prehistoric things, &c.). The other is Carbon Volume 1: the first in a series looking at his most recent work and preliminary drawings. Publisher Flesk talk art-wanky about it here. Similarly, Worlds of Sam Kieth HC Volume 1 is a whole load of entirely new pieces of Sam Kieth art.
Spectrum fans will want Spectrum: Fantastic Art Live Volume 2, essentially the catalogue to an exhibition. The book contains stuff by six special guests of the show: Peter de Seve, Tara McPherson, Charles Vess, Jon Foster, Terryl Whitlatch and Michael Whelan.
In trade paperback there’s Beware the Creeper, collecting the five-issue 2003 miniseries by Jason Hall and Cliff Chiang (there’s an old interview with the guys and some preview pages at CbR). Matt Kindt’s (Mind MGMT) book Super Spy gets a new printing and if you missed it the first time round you can catch up with this interview (Kindt also writes this week’s Adventures of Superman #3) . And Tony Cliff’s webcomic Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant is out in real life soft cover. See what you’re in for here.
Peter Hogan and Chris Sprouse are back on the Tom Strong wagon with Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1 (of 4), previewed here.
In the “oh this new Vertigo thing looks nice” category is Collider #1 which may look nice just because of its Nathan Fox cover but with Simon Oliver (of The Exterminators fame) writing and Robbi Rodriguez drawing it’s definitely worth a shot. Preview at CbR.
3 Guns #1 (of 6) by Steven Grant and Emilio Laiso is the sequel to 2 Guns which has just been turned into a movie starring Denzel Washington and Marky Mark Wahlberg. Grant talks about the new series with Comicbook Resources.
Captain Midnight #1 is written by Joshua Williamson (Masks and Mobsters,Voodoo, Uncharted) with art by Fernando Dagnino (Resurrection Man, Suicide Squad) and is part of Dark Horse’s new superheroes initiative. You can see a preview here.
Black Bolt: Something Inhuman This Way Comes is a reprint one-shot collecting stuff from the 60s and 70s by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Neal Adams and Mike Sekowsky. If you missed out on Batman Zero Year #1 you can grab the new and expanded-with-extra-bits-at-the-end Batman Zero Year Directors Cut #1 instead.
That’s about it.