Click the full post link below for a list of items in store this week.
Right, so: comics are back to Wednesdays as usual, the sun is out and it looks a bit springy and everything might seem regular except it looks like you’re going to have to cadge a backy to pick up your comics because London’s transport is going to be all weird thanks to a funeral. Comics are on time this week. Criswell predicts: you not so much. But! When you get here these lovely things will be waiting for you:
Marshal Law, the massive deluxe omnibus edition we’ve been yammering on about, has landed with a thud. It’s huge. We’ve got Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill coming in to sign them THIS SATURDAY between 2 and 4pm. If you’d like a copy reserved or can’t make the signing send us an email to email@example.com and we can sort you out with one.
(Also happening this Saturday is Record Store Day with a bunch of bands playing on Berwick Street. Details and band listings this way. Go say hi to our neighbours.)
The people who control the comics are still recovering from their extended Easter weekend so the new stuff is arriving a day later than they normally would. They go on sale TODAY but we have no buffer day in which we can stand around bagging and filing stuff. We’ll be frantically pulling stuff out of boxes and flinging them to-wards the standing order boxes. If you’d like to avoid the mayhem then delay your visit until the afternoon or maybe even tomorrow when everything will be neatly bagged in the manner to which you have become obliviously accustomed.
The biggest book on the shelf gets top billing simply because the person typing this is 6’1 and therefore genetically predisposed to being sizest. Will Eisner’s The Spirit has been given the Artist’s Edition treatment, meaning they’ve gone and photographed the original pages (in colour) and put them in a big life-size book — 15 by 22 inches, just big enough to annoy everyone on the tube. As for which Spirit stories they’ve selected, says the editor: “We’re concentrating on post-World War II stories. When Eisner came back from World War II, his work was different from his earlier stories. He had matured as an artist. When he came back to the strip in 1946, he be-came, I think, one of the foremost comic artists ever. His storytelling reached such heights, he really produced a nearly unparalleled body of work during this period.” More particulars this way.
So the comics are here a day late but you’re probably walking a little slower anyway because of vast numbers of Creme Eggs so it all works out in the end. Right? Right. Anyway. These are the things we are frantically pulling out of boxes today:
Julio’s Day is the Gilbert Hernandez story serialised (and until now uncompleted) in Love & Rockets Volume 2. It’s a standalone thing and tells the story of one guy (Julio) from his birth in 1900 to his death in 2000 so you get not only the history of one dude but the entire 20th century too. NPR has a great review and a chunk of pages for you to read.
Hi folks! Quick note to say this week’s comics will be out on THURSDAY (tomorrow) because of Easter. We’ll also be receiving the boxes and unpacking them that same day so ring ahead or delay your visit until the afternoon when the mayhem will have subsided. Somewhat.
Usual blog stuff to follow later today.
While you weren’t looking I announced a new bookplate edition that coincides with a launch party for the same book because sometimes we like to overdo it: Tom Gauld’s You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack – The Bookplate Edition has been the subject of basically every email request these past few days. If you’d like to make sure you get a copy you can pre-order it now. They are going fast.
AND we announced a signing with Ian Gibson to celebrate the imminent new edition of Halo Jones. Details here.