Before we talk comics, let’s talk parties. We’ve got TWO events this week that you are very invited to: on Friday we’re launching five new Blank Slate books with one big party (details here) and on Saturday we’ve got two cartoonists from Adventure Time lined up to sit at a table for an afternoon and draw stuff with your kids. Details on Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline’s Adventure Time drawing day through here. Incidentally, Paroline’s work is in this week’s Adventure Time TP Volume 3. AND we have loads of Adventure Time-y merch and toys for the day in addition to the people who drew them. We spoil you.
Speaking of making your own art, have you entered the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition? It’s open to writers and artists 12 and above. You have until the 7th of October. Get your pens out. Details this way.
ALSO: We are in the final three days of ex-Gosh! staff member Kevin Ward’s Kickstarter — a record/comic book package that looks proper amazing. You’ll have seen Kevin’s work in The Static Revolter that he did with fellow Gosh! favourite Hurk (together they are The Fancy Butcher). Go chuck some money at his new project The Fur Trap which he describes thusly: “In retrospect, The Fur Trap was most likely inspired by the Kids in the Hall, John Waters films, a read-along record-storybook of Snow White that Kevin’s sister had as a child, and the landscapes of the Ottawa Valley- a place he still visits in his dreams (oh and almost every Christmas – hi family!)” Details this way.
And lastly, this weekend is the Edinburgh Book Festival and they’ve got a bunch of comics people involved including Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, Neil Gaiman and LOADS more. Proper good line-up. Here’s a list of events their events.
And you’re back in the room.
Biggest comic of the week is a new Vertigo eight-parter from Sweet Tooth/Essex Country dude Jeff Lemire. It’s historical adventure/sci-fi/weird love story all in one. Here’s what Lemire says:
“It came from a couple of places; as a kid I really loved sci-fi and I read a lot of classic sci-fi like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke and things like that — Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 was probably my favorite movie when I was younger. I saw that for the first time and it had a pretty profound influence on me artistically. So sci-fi is something I always wanted to tackle. Sweet Tooth was a multi-year project and I was talking to Mark [Doyle], my editor at Vertigo about what I might want to do next. It was a couple of [ideas] that he kind of called me on as similar to things I had done in the past, and maybe it would be a good idea to do something totally different. Doing sci-fi and it being a romance would just be completely different from “Sweet Tooth” or “Essex County” or my other creator-owned stuff. I really wanted it to be super fresh and to write something I hadn’t done before. On top of that I had these unconnected ideas about a story about an explorer from the ’20s who had been in the first World War and somehow those two things got mashed together into this story.”
And anyone who gets J. Michael Straczynski’s Ten Grand will automatically get his brand new thing, Sidekick #1. It’s about a teenager called Flyboy who continues with his crimefighting career after his mentor’s death even though it’s a bit rubbish. Says Straczynski: “Sidekick is designed to turn the usual superhero tropes upside down,” said writer Straczynski. “Flyboy’s gradual disintegration into madness and crime is fueled by his desperate need for approval. His downward spiral slowly drives him to the dark side of the law, where he begins an affair with the villainous Moonglow Twins, who one night whisper something to him about the fate of his mentor that he could never have imagined possible. That secret may be the key to Flyboy’s redemption, or his damnation, giving him something to live for… and maybe, just maybe, something to kill for.” He goes on more at Image.
Lots of books and collections out this week so here’s a run-down:
The complete Alan Moore’s Fashion Beast is out in hardcover and soft, and Will Eisner’s retelling of a Dickens classic gets a 10th Anniversary hardcover from Dark Horse (it’s Fagin the Jew, obviously, and it’s previewed here). No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics is out in softcover (interview with the editor Justin Hall at CbR) and Colin Barr’s Compulsory Freedom Collective is out in trade paperback, as is Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising Volume 3, Thor by Walter Simonson Volume 1, Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth Volume 1, Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 2 and Osamu Tezuka’s sequel to Princess Knight, Twin Knight Volume 1.
Elsewhere on the shelves, French author Joseph Joffo’s holocaust memoir A Bag of Marbles has been turned into a comic by Kris and Vincent Bailly and cartoonist Peter Wartman’s debut book Over the Wall is out. It’s science-fictiony and reviewed/previewed here by someone who likes it very much.
Like gangsters? Like Jack Kirby? In the early 1970s Jack Kirby did a comic about gangsters called In the Days of the Mob featuring 1930s gangsters like everyone Jimmy Cagney played. So if you like Jack Kirby and gangsters and you don’t want a copy of the collected In the Days of the Mob hardcover out this week I just don’t know what’s wrong with you.
Other classic comics dudes are summed up in Feldstein: The MAD Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein HC (it’s about Al Feldstein) and Joe Kubert: A Tribute to the Creator and Mentor SC (it’s about Joe Kubert and has people like Andy and Adam Kubert talking about Joe Kubert) (Kubert).
And finally, are you a fan of the Thrilling Adventure Hour? The stage show of old-timey radio entertainment that’s readily available as a podcast also? Yes? Then you’ll be wanting the Thrilling Adventure Hour anthology hardcover. It’s like that but comics. Interview and preview pages thisaway.
That’s all folks, said the rabbit.