Friday, October 08, 2010

Indie Comics for December 2010

Here are the books shipping in December from :01 First Second, Drawn and Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Last Gasp, Picturebox, Slave Labor Graphics and Top Shelf Productions.

For books shipping in November, go here.

:01 FIRST SECOND

ROBOT DREAMS GN
(W/A) Sara Varon.
Back in Print, an Oprah's Reading List For Kids Selection! When the dog gets lonely, he builds himself a friend from a mail-order robot kit. Soon the two are happily sharing movies, popcorn, and peaceful evenings - until a summer's day swim leaves the robot rusted and immobile. In Robot Dreams, the dog's desperate search for new friends and the robot's dreams of his lost friend the dog, becomes a moving story of friendship, loneliness, and forgiveness.


Also available:
ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING ACTIVITY BOOK
ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING SC
PRIME BABY TP
UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN GN

DRAWN AND QUARTERLY

A SINGLE MATCH HC
(W/A) Oji Suzuki.
In this collection of hauntingly elliptical short stories, Oji Suzuki explores memory, relationships and loss with a loose narrative style, filling each tale with a sense of unfulfilled longing. He plumbs the dissolute depths of human psychology, literally bathing his characters in expansive shadows that paradoxically reveal as much as they obscure. Though he touches on many of the same themes as his contemporaries in the field of post-war alternative manga, Suzuki's ever-shifting narrative approach and dashes of surrealist humor distinguish his work from his peers. Mature readers.


BIG QUESTIONS #15
(W/A) Anders Nilsen.
The epic existentialist fable concludes. The pilot follows two swans underground, crows laugh and insult one another, and the dead walk. Anders Nilsen has spent much of the past decade working on this 600-page Ignatz-nominated series. Mature readers.






BIGFOOT HC
(W/A) Pascal Girard.
Jimmy is a teenager in a crummy little town. He's got a lousy best friend, a porn habit, and an uncle whose miserable existence is the embodiment of life stalled in its tracks. He's also got a tender soul, a pure-hearted crush, and the makings of a budding artist. A horrible YouTube video of Jimmy dancing in his living room becomes viral and makes every sweet and hopeful thing about Jimmy seem utterly pathetic. Everyone from fellow classmates to the clerk at the corner store has seen the video, and Jimmy finds himself a celebrity in his town, just for the wrong reasons. Mature readers.


Also available:
BOX MAN HC
RED SNOW HC

FANTAGRAPHICS

BLECKY YUCKERELLA GN VOL 04 $$$$ YOU A-HOLE
THE FOURTH AND FINAL COLLECTION OF RYAN'S RIOTOUS COMIC STRIP
The stupidest, ugliest, stubbliest girl in grade number two is back and so are the zits, boogers, guts, tumors, and turds in this fourth and final collection of riotously hilarious, eye-poppingly offensive four-panel gag strips. Co-starring the usual cast of Blecky's weirdo friends and enemies, plus jelly clones, morbidly obese Jesus, the Blumpkins, slug nuts, aliens, talking belches, the beloved New Character Parade and oh so much more. Over 100 pages of ridiculous absurdity, over-the-top gross-outs, and scathing satire as only Johnny Ryan can deliver. 'Blecky Yuckerella is Ryan's broad-stroke conflation of Nancy and Little Orphan Annie transmogrified into a nightmare so creatively scatological you can't help but laugh.' - The Boston Globe 'This guy is literally the funniest cartoonist living in the world today. These sick vignettes about his anti-heroine Blecky Yuckerella deserve to go down in history alongside Peanuts and Garfield.' - Vice 'Ryan is the king of inappropriate gross-out comics, and doesn't let social taboos, politically correct boundaries, or even good taste stand in the way of his art.' - Wizard JOHNNY RYAN lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife Jenny.


DRAWING POWER SC
A UNIQUE MIX OF COMICS, POP CULTURE AND AMERICANA
The season's first book from Fantagraphics' new imprint Marschall Books is Drawing Power, a lively collection of mass market print advertising from the 1890s to the recent past, starring both cartoonists and cartoon characters. While critics debate whether comics is high art or low art, the fact is that the comic strip was born as a commercial medium and was nurtured by competition, commerce, and advertising. Drawing Power will be the first book-length examination (and celebration) of the nexus of art and cartoons. It will focus on the commercial roots of newspaper strips; the cross-promotions of artists, their characters, and retail products; and of the superb artwork that cartoonists invested in their lucrative freelance work in advertising. Drawing Power is cultural history, chronicling a time in popular culture when cartoonists were celebrities and their strips and characters competed with the movies for the attention of a mass audience. The book will examine cartoonists as public personalities, and their advertising efforts from the first heartbeat of the comic strip as an art form. Here are surprising and familiar examples of products, accounts, memorable ad campaigns, and examples of widely known catch-phrases. Examples of individual cartoon ads through the years include: o Yellow Kid advertising o Buster Brown Shoe campaigns o Dr Seuss' 'Flit' cartoons and his longtime career hyping motor oil o WWII ads o Pepsi and Pete by Rube Goldberg o The best-looking comic strip ads ever: Milton Caniff and Noel Sickles (under pen names!) depicting characters' personal crises relieved by a coffee substitute o Little Orphan Annie's famous Ovaltine campaign, and Mickey Mouse as pitch-man o Peanuts shilling Falcons and B.C. shilling Dr. Pepper o Dagwood selling atomic energy o and virtually every super-hero trafficking in the mortal realm to shill every product imaginable.


FREEWAY GN
story Mark Kalesniko art Mark Kalesniko cover Mark Kalesniko.
Alex is an animator and he's angry. Stuck in a traffic jam on his way to his job at 'Mickey Walt' Studios, Alex rages, reminisces, fantasizes and hallucinates about his early days as a starry-eyed animator landing his dream job, through the increasingly depressing political battles and creative compromises. Loaded with insider information on two generations of animators, Freeway is another ambitious step forward for a major cartooning talent.


HIDDEN HC
A NEW TALE OF TERROR FROM COMICS' MASTER OF SUSPENSE -HIS FIRST COLOR BOOK FROM FANTAGRAPHICS
Eight desperate people are stranded at a snowbound diner. Their phones can only pick brief and perplexing bits of conversation. The radio is filled with static - although occasional, broken-up bits of news are heard - reports of some sort of global catastrophe... A ninth person arrives, hiking to the diner from his stranded car, where he had been listening to his car radio. He informs the others that, yes, from what he was been able to make out, something alarming seems to have happened, a catastrophe on a global scale… Oh, and one more bit of local news he happened to pick up, he says: The previous night an inmate escaped from a nearby hospital for the criminally insane, after killing his doctor and several bystanders. The police warn that he is very, very dangerous... What perhaps sounds like the description of an old weird tale or an episode of The Twilight Zone is actually just the beginning of the new suspenseful, brain-twisting graphic novel from the author of Delphine, The Chuckling Whatsit, and Cat Burglar Black. In The Hidden, as the isolated characters become increasingly unraveled, one character tells of a dream he recently had. Then each of the others tells a dream, a personal anecdote or a story they've heard, ranging from the bizarre to the absurd to the truly horrific. Each will be presented as its own chapter. Then there are the games - a selection of (fully illustrated) card games and board games found in the diner. Are these merely children's games - or something more sinister?


POPEYE HC VOL 05 WHAS A JEEP
POPEYE MEETS HIS PAPPY! PLUS SWEE'PEA AND THE JEEP!
Remember last volume's cliffhanger? The penultimate installment of this acclaimed reprinting of E.C. Segar's masterpiece begins with 'Popeye's Ark: Part Two,' the tale of Popeye's eventful reign over Spinachovia - a bleak island populated only by men and lacking all 'femininity' - even as Olive Oyl controls the country of Olivia (not to mention the men of Spinachovia). Then in 'War Clouds,' the two monarchies come tumbling down in a furious battle as Spinachovia is attacked by the tyrannical land-hungry King of Brutia, King Zlobbo! This volume's star is Eugene the Jeep, the rare, friendly, leopard-spotted, and magically-endowed little creature. And Segar makes a great addition to the cast in 'The Search for Popeye's Poppa,' when the ever-cantankerous Poopdeck Pappy is tracked and finally, hilariously found; the title of the follow-up story, 'Civilizing Poppa,' speaks for itself, as it tells the classic tale of man taming beast as Popeye guides a stubborn Pappy through table manners. And as in every volume, this year-and-a-half's worth of full-color Sunday strips are as dazzlingly reproduced as ever. The adventures of Popeye, Olive, Wimpy, Swee'Pea and the gang on the top are complemented with the riotously funny bonus strip 'Sappo,' including a somewhat self-referential storyline where the titular character becomes a cartoonist and teaches the craft to his friend, Professor Wotasnozzle.


STIGMATA HC
STUNNINGLY ILLUSTRATED METAPHYSICAL THRILLER BY EUROPEAN TITAN
He lives day to day and hand to mouth, this shambling lug of a man, wrestling with his demons, picking up work where he can, and drinking himself into oblivion. Until one days his palms begin to bleed… These newfound stigmata lose him his job, and he ends up as part of a traveling carnival, where he even finds love. But his past catches up with him -violently so. Has he lost his last chance at redemption? This stunning graphic novel, executed in a mad, expressionistic swirl of black lines, is the result of a unique collaboration between the preeminent Italian cartoonist/graphist Lorenzo Mattotti (RAW, The New Yorker, and the graphic novels Fires and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and the award-winning Italian screenwriter Claudio Piersanti. LORENZO MATTOTTI lives in Paris, France; his most recent work is The Raven, a collaboration with Lou Reed re-imagining the works of Edgar Allan Poe. CLAUDIO PIERSANTI lives in Italy.


UNLOVABLE COMPLETE COLLECTION HC BOX SET
THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF A MODERN CLASSIC!
Loosely based on a teenager's diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, Unlovable is the remarkable story of Tammy Pierce, as filtered through the pen of Los Angeles artist Esther Pearl Watson. This boxed set collects the complete, acclaimed two-volume saga of Tammy's sophomore year of high school in 1989. Tammy has built a devoted following over the last several years in the pages of BUST magazine, where Unlovable continues to be serialized on the magazine's back page, and this beautifully produced, slipcased collection features all 832 pages of her sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and always hilarious exploits. Her hopes, dreams, agonies and defeats are brought to vivid, comedic life by Watson's lovingly grotesque drawings, filled with all the eighties essentials - too much mascara, leg warmers with heels and huge hair, etc. - as well as timeless teen concerns like acne, dandruff, and the opposite sex (or same sex, in some cases). Unlovable addresses the mysteries of adolescence through Tammy's naievete; girls and women in particular will find much that resonates, but men will also relate to Unlovable's universal humor and wide cast of characters. Tammy's life isn't pretty, but it is endlessly charming and hilarious. This complete edition will be handsomely packaged in an irresistibly sparkly box that would make Tammy proud.


Also available:
BLECKY YUCKERELLA GN VOL 01
BLECKY YUCKERELLA GN VOL 02 BACK IN BLECK
BLECKY YUCKERELLA GN VOL 03 COMICS FOR IDIOTS
CHUCKLING WHATSIT TP
PECULIA & THE GROON GROVE VAMPIRES GN
POPEYE HC VOL 01 I YAM WHAT I YAM
POPEYE HC VOL 02 WELL BLOW ME DOWN
POPEYE HC VOL 03 LETS YOU AND HIM FIGHT
POPEYE HC VOL 04 PLUNDER ISLAND

LAST GASP

BEST EROTIC COMICS 2010 SC
The acclaimed adult comics anthology series enters its third year! From the poignantly sweet to the enticingly strange, with work by Robert Crumb, Ellen Forney, Molly Crabapple, Joe 'Superman' Shuster, and more, Vol. 3: Sweet Meat, Strange Spice offers a cornucopia to tickle the libido and the mind, with the sexiest, smartest, nastiest, most breathtakingly beautiful work in today's erotic comics -- plus some original unpublished work and a handful of vintage Hall of Fame pieces. Adult.

KRAMPUS THE DEVIL OF CHRISTMAS HC
(W) Monte Beauchamp (A) Various.
Now in available in Hardcover! In the early Christmas traditions of Europe, the 'Krampus' was St. Nicholas' dark servant - a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long slithering tongue gave misbehavers the creeps! This new and improved edition includes an introduction, a historical survey of the character, and over 180 lavish pre-World War 1 Krampus postcard images.




MARION PECK ANIMAL SUMMER LOVE HC
(W/A) Various.
One of the leading ladies of pop surrealism, Marion Peck populates her dreamlike paintings with strange, cute creatures. Themes of hope, despair, mystery, nostalgia, love and death recur throughout Peck's work alongside motifs of dreams, big-eyed animals, natural landscapes, doe-eyed children, royalty and peasantry. Peck looks beyond the subconscious, reminding us that the waking world is never quite as it seems.


PICTUREBOX

MY NEW NEW YORK DIARY HC
(W) Julie Doucet, Michel Gondry (A) Julie Doucet.
In 2008, the famed director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) proposed to legendary cartoonist Julie Doucet that they make a film together. Little did Gondry and Doucet know that the process itself would be the film, and they'd soon be starring in a 'reality' comic and film of their own devising. My New New York Diary contains all of Doucet's drawings for the film, as well as the DVD containing the film itself. Both the film and Doucet's graphic novella are being released only in this deluxe, hardcover volume which does full justice to the richness and warmth of Doucet and Gondry's collaboration.


Also available:
AMERICAN SH*T FOR BRAINS POSTER

SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS

ROYAL HISTORIAN OF OZ #3
(W) Tommy Kovac (A) Andy Hirsch.
Zik alerts Jasper to Frank's disappearance, but can't communicate it clearly enough to explain. An exasperated Zik (unable to communicate the kidnapping) leads Jasper to a ransom note.








Also available:
HAUNTED MANSION HC VOL 01 WELCOME FOOLISH MORTAL
SKELEBUNNIES GN
STITCH GN
TRON TP VOL 01 GHOST IN THE MACHINE

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS

BB WOLF & 3 LPS HC LTD MUSIC ED
(W) J.D. Arnold (A) Rich Koslowski.
This limited edition of B.B. Wolf & The 3 LP's comes with a special CD of Blues songs recorded specifically to accompany the graphic novel. Set in the Mississippi Delta of the 1920s, this is a classic story of racial injustice, murder, revenge, and music, all told through the clever re-telling of a timeless fairy tale. B.B.'s life seemed simple. But his simple life comes crashing down when the LPs decide to take his land by any means possible. When all is lost, B.B. lashes out, setting into motion acts of revenge that only a big bad wolf could unleash.


PLAYWRIGHT HC
(W) Eddie Campbell (A) Daren White.
The Playwright enjoys a quiet moment in the local park. Once he saw a pigeon defecate onto a businessman's shoulder; it struck him as absurd that such an event is considered lucky. Similarly, the Playwright derived an almost perverse sense of relief upon receiving news that an old friend has developed prostate cancer. The Playwright: a dark comedy about the sex life of a celibate middle-aged man. Mature readers.


THE KING GN
(W/A) Rich Koslowski.
The King is an offbeat tale of one very enigmatic Elvis impersonator that's taking the Vegas strip and the world by storm! His performances are mesmerizing, and many fans begin to believe that he really is Elvis. Through thought-provoking interviews and investigative reporting, a journalist makes it his personal mission to find out who 'The King' really is.




WORLD WAR 3 ILLUSTRATED #41
(E) Sandy Jiminez.
Consider the 'Food Chain,'our place in it and our relationship and experiences with/within it, both literally and metaphorically. Big fish eat little fish; rich men eat organic; poor men eat McDonald's. Everybody eats, but how do we stop from being eaten? This issue unearths some of the answers and asks the big questions. Featuring work by Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Sabrina Jones, Jennifer Camper, Rebecca Migdal, Mac McGill, Sandy Jimenez, and many others. Mature readers.


Also available:
KORGI GN VOL 01 SPROUTING WINGS
OWLY GN VOL 01 WAY HOME
SPIRAL-BOUND GN

All of these items are available through Discount Comic Book Service (DCBS) or for pre-order from your local comic shop.

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