Hello! It’s a relatively small week so no need to pull up a chair. We’ll be in and out fairly swiftly.
Erik T. Johnson’s Outliers #1 is of the crowd-funded comics variety and therefore one of those extremely lovingly designed types. For the very interested, “This is a 32 page, limited edition first issue comic book, offset printed on French Dur-O-Tone Newsprint paper in two colors. Cover letterpress printed with silver ink on Pop-Tone Hot Fudge paper. Dust Jacket printed 4-color on Dur-O-Tone Butcher paper.” So basically: it looks nice. Anyway, it’s about a mute 11-year-old boy’s secret friendship with a woodland giant and you can find reviews written by very excitable people here and here. Both have pictures. If you want one shout now.
There’s well-drawn American politics in March: Book 1 by Congressman John Lewis (one of the key figures in the civil rights movement) and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole). It tells the life story of Lewis himself from childhood to his early career, including his meeting with Martin Luthor King, Jr. etc. Comicbook Resources give it a rave review and Top Shelf have a preview.
Kevin Huizenga (Ganges) and Dan Zettwoch’s Amazing Facts and Beyond! is a collection of the weekly strip that ran in the St. Louis Riverfront Times for four years up until 2012. It’s full of facts from a guy full of facts called Leon Beyond, who you’ll recognise from every party you’ve ever been to. Billed as “meticulously un-researched and full of dubious knowledge” this is a postmodern successor to Ripley’s Believe it Or Not. Plus it’s really nice looking and Publishers Weekly are pretty into it.
More strip stuff: Playboy cartoonist Gahan Wilson did a syndicated strip in the mid-70s and I’ve only just found out about it. If you’re in a similar boat you should pick up Gahan Wilson: Sunday Comics from Fantagraphics which collects all of them. Comics Bulletin says it’s hilariously absurd have a bunch of pictures in their review. If that’s not enough you can have a massive PDF preview.
If you called your book “I dunno, what do you wanna do?” it best be about the Beatle vultures in The Jungle Book or I’ll be disappointed. This isn’t, but we’ll let it slide. Anna & Froga: I Dunno, What Do You Want To Do? is the brightly-coloured follow-up to last year’s Anna & Froga: Wanna Gumball? and you should put it in the hands of anyone kindergarten aged or older. Here’s a review.
Sacrifice HC is Sam Humphries’ (Our Love is Real) self-published six-part series collected in hardcover by Dark Horse. “What happens when a troubled youth is plucked from modern society and thrust though time and space on a psychedelic journey into the heart of the Aztec civilization—one of the greatest and most bloodthirsty times in human history?” I dunno, read the much-delayed and finally here book. Here’s a preview.
Collections this week include Chew TP Volume 7, Mike Barron and Steve Rude’s Nexus Omnibus TP Vol 3 (408 pages! Preview here), Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, and a fancy, oversized 10th anniversary edition of Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s Marvel 1602. Yup. Ten years.
In comics there’s Batman Beyond Universe following on from Batman Beyond Unlimited and if you got that previous one we’ll file this for you automatically. Likewise anyone getting Justice League will automatically get a copy of Justice League Dark #23 because it ties into the whole Trinity thing.
In stuff from the internet you might like: our Steve (multimedia impresario) gives you two things to look at. There’s a report from the monthly night Process (which you are welcome to come to on the first Wednesday of every month) that you can read/look at while also listening to the South London Hardcore podcast (feat. our Steve and some guy called Jack) at the same time. See? Multimedia. You need a screen AND speakers. Just FYI: that’s Steve in the photo with the huge grin on his face reading a comic at the till.