Sunday, September 26, 2010
LONE PINE GN
(W/A) Jed McGowan.
A distraught man retreats to the woods with a simple question on his mind: why did his last relationship end? He's soon deep in a world of cryptic messages, shadowy figures, guns and philosophical crisis. A page-turning mystery told with exciting formal invention, Lone Pine is Jed McGowan's debut graphic novel and a 2010 Xeric winner.
BIG IF COMICS
(W/A) Jim Rugg, Joe Infumari, Sara Edward Corbett, Hans Rickheit, Various.
Featuring some of the brightest talents in alternative comics in a big, colorful broadsheet newspaper right out of the Golden Age of Sunday Comics - every page of pood #2, is loaded with imaginative cartooning, rich story-telling, and hilarious escapades! Every one of pood's 16 enormous pages is a big, beautiful work of art!
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY HC #20
(W/A/C) Chris Ware.
The landmark 20th volume of the seminal comic book series! Jordan Wellington Lint, 51, is Chief Executive Officer of Lint Financial Products, a company he began serving in 1985 as assistant and advisor before working his way up its corporate ladder to record-setting innovation in the fields of finance and high-yield investment. In his seven years as the head of Lint, Jordan has grown the company from a business lender and real estate speculator to a leading provider of network financial infrastructure services, all the while positioning Lint as a model of corporate integrity and high-yield, low-risk product. Lint's vision has made him one of the most influential and widely sought-after leaders in the complex Omaha securities industry, and his fresh approach to an understanding of local problems, leadership and determination have enabled Lint to grow, outdistance and outpace its competitors. Lint graduated from UNL in 1981 with a BA in Business and briefly studied music and recording in Los Angeles before returning to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where he has continued his life journey ever since. In his ongoing role as Chief Executive Officer and his dual roles as public servant and father, Lint continues to put his creative leadership and vision to work in a variety of challenging settings. He is married and is the father of two boys.
DENYS WORTMANS NEW YORK TP
(W/A) Denys Wortman (E) James Sturm, Brandon Elston.
A rescued archive of vintage New York from a forgotten master! After cartoonist, educator and editor James Sturm discovered the vintage book, Mopey Dick and the Duke, he set off to find more about the author, the deceased and unknown cartoonist Denys Wortman. Sturm immediately took note of the masterful drawings - casual, confident, and brimming with personality - and wondered how this cartoonist escaped his radar. After some online sleuthing, Sturm connected with Wortman's son, Denys Wortman VIII, who relayed that an archive of over 5,000 illustrations was literally sitting in his shed in dire need of rescuing. For over 35 years, the illustrations had been fighting such elements as hungry rodents, rusty paperclips and even a blizzard. Wortman VIIII also had drawers full of his father's correspondences including letters and holiday cards from William Steig and Walt Disney. Original artwork by artists and personal friends including Peggy Bacon, Milt Gross, Isabel Bishop, and Reginald Marsh were also saved. Considering that Wortman's luminary peers held him in the highest regard coupled with his artistic prowess, makes his absence from both fine art and comics history puzzling. So, Sturm and Brandon Elston set out to create a beautiful tribute to the forgotten master. Denys Wortman's New York is not only a tribute to Wortman, but it is a tribute to New York, the city that sparked Wortman's voracious creative output. From coal cellars to rooftops; from opera houses to boarding houses; Wortman recorded the sailors, dish-washers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hobos, society matrons, young mothers, secretaries, and students who collectively make New York the city it is.
ACME NOVELTY DATEBOOK HC VOL 02
ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY HC #19
ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY VOL 18.5 PX PORTFOLIO
CAPTAIN EASY HC VOL 02 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
In Captain Easy Vol. 2: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips, Roy Crane's Soldier of Fortune, Captain Easy, fights for gold in the frozen north, is mistaken for a bandit, protects a formula for artificial diamonds, is stranded on a desert island, visits the tiny Balkan country of Kleptomania, and faces a firing squad. Captain Easy hobnobs with millionaires and bums and beautiful girls (of course), and winds up in the middle of a full-scale war. In short, it's another rousing series of adventure and humor encapsulating the gallantry, derring-do, and rough-and-tumble innocence of a bygone era and a bygone genre, written and drawn with panache, and practically painted in a vibrant spectrum of colors that you have to see to believe.
CASTLE WAITING HC VOL 02
With its second volume, Linda Medley's witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting. Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies' underpants, the identity of Pindar's father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the 'manly arts,' and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume. The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain's earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more.
KING OF FLIES HC VOL 02
Readers have had to wait nine months for the second chapter in Mezzo and Pirus's creepily sexy suburban soap opera - but here at last is the second installment. (The concluding third volume will appear in 2011.) Eric the fly-head-wearing teenager is back (as well as his hapless mother and her 'fiance'), as are not-quite-ingenue Marie, the worldly Sal, Denis the drug dealer and his now one-handed father, and of course the loopy retro bowling thug Ringo... plus several new cast members, including one who died at the very beginning of the first volume and has now returned to roam the earth. Once again, the story is told through a series of seemingly unrelated short stories which eventually become intricately braided into one sprawling tale of a community haunted by obsession,rage, regret and despair - in sum, a graphic novel for the 21st century.
KRAZY AND IGNATZ HC SKETCHBOOK 1910-1913
As comic strip scholars well know, George Herriman's Krazy Kat strip made its debut as a pint-sized supplementary strip running below the Family Upstairs strip before emancipating itself to its own, long-running strip. What scholars are not aware of, however, is that as part of his work process, Herriman used to draw a complete, essentially finished version of each installment of the 'Family Upstairs' Krazy Kat in a sketchbook before carefully redrawing it as part of the daily Family Upstairs. Which means that there exist 'original' versions of hundred upon hundreds of Krazy Kat strips that have literally never been published anywhere... until now. This will also include a supplementary booklet containing an essay on Herriman, and a large sampling of the final, published Krazy Kat strips, allowing readers to compare and contrast with the original sketchbook version.
Mascots is a collection of vignettes and brief impressionistic scenes that concentrate on moments, characters, settings and ideas. Many of these vignettes are independent; a cast of characters who wander throughout the book intrude upon others. Despite seemingly disparate parts, themes recur over and over in Mascots, and when taken together as a whole form a world that is strange, sad, funny and familiar. Formally, the book is made up of small, brightly colored drawings and paintings done on found book covers. Mascots is driven by lettering and type, part art and part comics. Mascots are exaggerated, ridiculous representatives, giving form to the abstract. They don't give this form in a subtle way; they're surreal magnifications, explosions of the thing they represent. The recurring characters in Mascots are like this, but so are the vignettes themselves. Each scene pushes past normal, exaggerating in order to highlight. In the world of Mascots, failure is everywhere. There is failure to connect, failure to communicate and failure to find meaning, but despite that, there are moments of hope, transcendence and even happy endings.
TWILIGHT O/T A-HOLES GN
Tim Kreider's first cartoon collection, The Pain-When Will It End? was one of the few bastions of sanity throughout the awful aberration in American history known as the Bush Administration. The end of his second volume of political cartoons, Why Do They Kill Me?, saw its author in despair over the 2004 election. In this new volume, Twilight of the Assholes, as reality gets ever bleaker, Kreider's humor becomes increasingly apocalyptic, deranged, and hilarious. He juxtaposes the Biblical Christ with His blonde, flag-draped, machine-gun-toting American incarnation in 'Jesus vs. Jeezus,' proposes a third political party that represents Americans' real values in 'The Sex Party,' draws the dead Saddam Hussein as a mischievous invisible imp still causing trouble, and envisions the officials of the Bush administration getting their comeuppance in the grisly fashion of Dick Tracy villains. And he finds two cartoons' worth of 'Reasons to Look Forward to the Next Terrorist Attack.' Also included is his infamous entry into Iran's Holocaust cartoon contest, 'Silver Linings of the Holocaust.' Kreider mocks not only the evil and hapless Bush, but the fecklessness of progressives, the imbecile bigotry of radical Islam, and, most of all, the dumb bovine complacency of the American voter. Twilight of the Assholes is an hysterical chronicle of the end of the Era of Darkness, and, believe it or not, a heartening document of one man's loss and tentative restoration of faith in democracy.
USAGI YOJIMBO SPECIAL EDITION HC
by Stan Sakai 7 x 10.25, HC, 1200 pages, Partial Color, $100.00.
Created in 1984, Stan Sakai's USAGI YOJIMBO (2008 Eisner Nominee for Best Continuing Series) has vaulted to the forefront of iconic modern comics characters and is a perennial, favorite. Stuffed with engaging supporting characters, villains, and even a romantic interest or two, USAGI YOJIMBO chronicles the action-packed wanderings of a masterless samurai in feudal Japan. For the first ten years of his career, the battling bunny was published by Fantagraphics. In honor of his 25th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the first seven USAGI YOJIMBO books! With over 1000 pages of story and brimming with extra's (full color cover gallery! behind the scenes art! career-spanning interview! and more!), this is the complete! definitive! early USAGI YOJIMBO!
(DCBS has a special deal on this one. Half off!)
BEST AMERICAN COMICS CRITICISM SC
CAPTAIN EASY HC VOL 01 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE
CASTLE WAITING HC VOL 01
HALL OF BEST KNOWLEDGE SC
KAT WHO WALKED IN BEAUTY PANORAMIC DAILIES OF 1920 HC
KING OF FLIES HC VOL 01
SEARCH FOR SMILIN ED GN
WHY DO THEY KILL ME TP
H DAY HC
(W/A) Renee French.
In H Day, Renee French explores, through metaphor and in pictures, her struggles with migraine headaches, marshaling troops of insects, beasts and humanoids to envision the processes that result in such hideous sensations. A sweeping, often tense narrative of invasion, repulsion and liberation, H Day can be read both as an oblique autobiography and as a suspenseful fantasy story.
AMERICAN SH*T FOR BRAINS POSTER
SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS
(W/A) Gerry Alanguilan Elmer opens a window into a world where chickens have suddenly acquired the intelligence and consciousness of humans, where they can now consider themselves a race no different than browns, black, or whites. Recognizing themselves to be sentient, the inexplicably evolved chickens push to attain rights for themselves as the newest members of the human race.
NIGHTMARES & FAIRY TALES ANNABELLES STORY #1
(W) Serena Valentino (A) FSc.
Nightmares & Fairy Tales returns for a four issue series featuring the original creative team of Serena Valentino and FSc. Gwen and Annabelle venture off to find Morgan, a young woman who has been locked away in an asylum for many years for murders she did not commit. Soon, they find themselves in an abandoned town haunted by its own bloody past!
(DCBS has a special deal on this one. Half off!)
SPACE RAOUL GN VOL 01
(W/A) Jamie Smart Part adventurer, part explorer, part space captain, and all-around chap, Raoul is the upholder of all that is good in the universe! Serialized in the pages of The Dandy, Space Raoul is the reddest space hero of all time. With his trusty green lump of a sidekick, Quibble, Space Raoulinevitably makes matters far worse before they get better. And if they don't get better, he can always run away!
BEAR TP VOL 01 IMMORTAL
GLOOMCOOKIE TP VOL 01
GLOOMCOOKIE TP VOL 02
GLOOMCOOKIE TP VOL 03
GLOOMCOOKIE TP VOL 04
GLOOMCOOKIE TP VOL 05
UBU BUBU TP VOL 01 FILTH
TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 01 BEST LITTLE GHOST IN THE WORLD
(W/A) James Kochalka.
Johnny Boo is the best little ghost in the whole world because he's got Boo Power. This means that he can go 'Boo!' really loudly. His pet ghost, named Squiggle, has Squiggle Power, which means that he can fly and do really fast loop-the-loops. Together they have the world's greatest ghost adventures!
TONOHARU GN PART 2
(W/A) Lars Martinson.
As the months go by, Dan Wells settles into his life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu. Isolated from those around him by language and cultural barriers, he leads a solitary existence, until the day an unrequited crush extends him a dinner invitation. Dan's quiet life will expand in unexpected directions. But will this be beneficial - or detrimental?
JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 02 TWINKLE POWER
JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 03 HAPPY APPLES
TONOHARU GN PART 1
These can all be ordered through DCBS or your local comic shop.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I feel I may be a little late on the POOD bandwagon here. I order my comics through DCBS and they ship them after the last comic day of the month. This means that I usually will receive my comics around the first Tuesday of the following month.
So I got my very own copy of Big If Comics' POOD #1 (two copies, actually) and after about a week of reading (I could only digest two pages at a time) I am now ready to share with you my thoughts, fears and hopes. Or I could just tell you what I thought of POOD.
To get this thing started, let's recap what we already knew about POOD. Here's the solicitation from the PREVIEWS:
POOD #1 (MR)
(W/A) Various Pood is a larger, broadsheet-style comics anthology in the manner of DC Comics' Wednesday Comics, featuring 16 of today's most exciting alternative comics creators. Celebrating the variety and style of Sunday comics sections of the pre-World War II-era, each creator has a full page to display their dynamic talents in strips of comedy, adventure, parody, and science fiction.
What arrived in my box from DCBS was exactly what was described. It came out larger than WEDNESDAY COMICS and that was a pleasant surprise. Each creator had a full page to him or herself and a wide variety of ideas and genres were found within. One thing was for certain, though... It was definitely indie.
Now before we go much further into this review let's view the video ad that Big If Comics put out to promote POOD...
Pretty exciting, huh?
Well... Now that you're in the POOD zone, let's begin the review.
Here's the rundown of the strips in the first issue:
(Links to individual cartoonist's sites or blogs where available)
Sara Edward-Corbett - "Babyslithers"
Kevin Mutch - "Super Love People"
Fintan Taite - "The Ring"
Tobias Tak - "Don't Forget to Remember"
Lance Hanson - "Tenderfoot"
Henrick Rehr - "Nevertheless Alive"
Adam McGovern & Paolo Leandri - "Cloverleaf"
Mark Sunshine - "Work Projection Administration"
Bishakh Som - "Sunita"
Andres Vera Martinez - "Leanor"
Chris Capuozzo - "Giraffe Trapping Music"
Hans Rickheit - "Cochlea and Eustachia"
Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca - "USApe"
Connor Willumsen - "Fiddle Song"
Geoff Grogan - "Cafe Oopzoo"
Joe Infurnari - "Rammy and Soupy"
I was impressed by the whole package. POOD is a great collection of strips showcasing a wide variety of styles.
One of the key pieces that stood out for me was Tobias Tak's "Don't Forget to Remember" which had me tempted to cut my precious POOD up to put the page on my wall. I had bought a second copy of the comic to let friends read but it may end up as bedroom art...
The art of Hans Rickheit's "Cochlea and Eustachia" was very solid and reminded me of Richard Corben. The story, itself, has a steampunk theme and is a very inviting preview of things to come.
The third strip that got my attention was "Cloverleaf" by Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri. It's a tale that reminds us of what we lose when small towns are swallowed up to make room for the expanding bigger cities and the roads that connect them. What grabbed me first was the art that brought to mind Mike Allred's older stuff. I've read that others have compared it to Jack Kirby but for me it was Allred.
All of the features in POOD are worth reading and those are just the ones that stood out above the rest to me.
Connor Willumsen's "Fiddle Song" (which can be viewed here) is a great example of how some of the artists utilized their workspace. However, there were quite a few, like Fintan Taite and Sara Edward-Corbett, that stuck to the traditional panel layouts. I was actually glad that they didn't all go for the poster effect as I think that would've lessened the impact of the ones that did.
The only problem I had with POOD #1 had nothing to do with the content. Rather, it was a technical issue.
"Nevertheless Alive" seems to have died in production as I couldn't figure out what it was. Was it just art? Was there a story to it? What are all the designs representing? I couldn't decipher it.
Then on "Work Projection Administration" I just got frustrated as there WAS a story. And the art was good, too. Unfortunately, the first half of the strip appears to have been done originally as comic pages and were shrunk down to fit in the feature. This led to a lot of the words being hard to read and although the story was interesting enough I had to skip over half of it.
Hopefully, that won't be a problem with the second issue as I'm sure they're still fine-tuning the format. I'm really looking forward to #2 which I hear is slated for a November release.
I give POOD #1 4 out of 5 Stars.
Go read it.