I've got stories about writing, some surprises, more on me vs. Shakespeare, and also another installment of True Stories from Benito's LCS, wherein I educate a child on the real dangers of gorillas.
In the meantime, I wanted to talk about comics. I hope that's okay.
First up, I've been meaning to mention some comics I bought and read in the past couple of weeks, but I just haven't had the time.
The first book I submit for your approval is The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert, from First Second Books, who are really making a name for themselves lately, especially with the much lauded American Born Chinese.
Sfar and Guibert are well known, I understand, in Europe for their collaborations, but with the roles reversed as writer and artist. So this book was apparently an interesting experiment, and it comes out just dandy. I recommend reading the excerpt at the link to see if it's your thing, or read the review at the Invincible Super-Blog, which is very often pretty much the same as getting an opinion from me.
The other book I really wanted to mention was Brandon Graham's King City, which is one of those books I feel should be destroying hip comic readers the way Scott Pilgrim and Sharknife did, but the buzz isn't quite as huge from what I can see. Maybe I'm wrong?
Anyway, for those who didn't click the link, here's the synopsis:
"Joe is a young man with no home, no purpose, and almost no friends...though he does have a very special cat. With a simple injection, Joe's cat can be anything: a weapon, a tool, or even a cuddly companion. But what--if anything--can transform Joe? Whatever it is, it can probably be found in King City, an outrageous semi-futuristic city full of spy gangs, alien porn, and reasonably priced diners."
Reviews worth reading here and here.
I hope you guys will seriously consider giving these books a look.
Also of note: I have since been reading two Marvel Visionaries volumes--Roger Stern's Spider-Man and Walt Simonson's Fantastic Four. Both of which are really quite good, underrated runs. However, the problem with each of them is knowing that the material that comes AFTER what's collected therein is even better. When will we get volume 2s of each of these, Marvel? WHEN?
Now the real reason I brought you here today.
Earlier tonight, I finished up my final run through the new Previews and gave my order to my LCS. This is the order of trades and GNs that I want ordered for me in addition to my regular comics subscriptions. Normally I order something like four to five books a month.
This month, however...
Well, let's just take a look.
1. The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories HC
Look, guys, obviously I don't have to tell you how good Perry Bible Fellowship is, so seeing it get a print edition is too tempting to pass up. Thanks, Dark Horse.
2. SHOWCASE PRESENTS: WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1
If you don't know the joys of Bob Kanigher, you don't know the joys of comics. I love the Showcase editions, and this one is hard to turn down.
3. Good as Lily GN
Part of my ongoing attempt to be way more into the Minx line than should probably be legal. But this one's by Derek Kirk Kim, and has a great premise:
"Grace Kwon is about to meet three of her closest friends — the only problem is that they're her past and future selves.
What if your biggest competition was…yourself? Following a strange mishap on her 18th birthday, Grace Kwon is confronted with herself at three different periods in her life. The timing couldn't be worse as Grace and her friends desperately try to save a crumbling school play. Will her other selves wreak havoc on her present life or illuminate her uncertain future?"
4. SCALPED VOL. 1: INDIAN COUNTRY
I swear all I hear every day is like, "Meh meh Benito meh meh we love Jason Aaron meh meh he's so much better than you'll ever be meh meh we love him meh meh meh." Still waiting on The Other Side TP to come in, but in the meantime, I'll order this for ten bucks.
5. Black Cherry GN
New TenNapel. Need I say more? Oh, maybe I do? Okay.
"Down-on-his-luck Mafioso, Eddie Paretti is so desperate for cash he’s agreed to steal a dead body from his own mob boss! Things only get worse when he discovers the body isn’t human!
With few options and fewer people he can trust, Eddie calls on the man who raised him, Father McHugh. The priest tells Eddie that the body was stolen from his monastery by the Mafia. Father McHugh is accompanied by a beautiful woman Eddie swears looks just like a stripper he once fell in love with named Black Cherry.
Blending crime thriller with TENNAPEL’s utterly breath-taking brushwork, BLACK CHERRY is delicious."
6. AGE OF BRONZE, VOL. 3: BETRAYAL TP
One of my favorite series ever finally gets another trade out. The book is so wonderful, I'm sad it takes so long to come out.
7. Punks the Summer Comics Special
Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain. It's...a thing, man. Preview.
8. The Girl from HOPPERS: Locas vol 2 tp
9. Human Diastrophism: Palomar vol 2 tp
More Love and Rockets. Got book one of each, obviously I need book two.
10. I Killed Adolf Hilter GN
I physically can't not get a new book by Jason, especially with a premise like this:
"A contract killer goes back in time to kill Hitler...and fails spectacularly.
For his latest graphic novel (the third in color, the ninth to be published by Fantagraphics) Jason posits a strange, violent world in which contract killers can be hired to rub out pests, be they dysfunctional relatives, abusive co-workers, loud neighbors, or just annoyances in general--and as you might imagine, their services are in heavy demand.
One such killer is given the unique job of traveling back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in 1939...but things go wrong, Hitler overpowers the would-be assassin and sends himself to the present, leaving the killer stranded in the past.
The killer eventually finds his way back into the present by simply waiting the decades out as he ages, and teams up with his now much-younger girlfriend to track down the missing fascist dictator...at which point the book veers further into Jason territory, as the cartoonist's minimalist, wickedly dry sense of humor slows down the story to a crawl: for long patches absolutely nothing happens, but nobody can make nothing happening as riotously entertaining as Jason does...and finally, when the reader isn't paying attention, he brings it together with a shocking, perfectly logical and yet completely unexpected climax which also solves a mystery from the very beginning of the book the reader had forgotten about.
As always, "I Killed Adolf Hitler" is rendered in Jason's crisp deadpan neo-clear-line style, once again augmented by lovely, understated coloring."
11. Sharknife2: Double Z
Seriously, you guys. More Sharknife. Finally.
12. Courtney Crumrin and the Fire Thief's Tale
Yeah, dude! I love Ted Naifeh, and I LOVE Courtney Crumrin! I'm so glad we're getting more after all this time (though Polly and the Pirates and Death Jr. are also totally sweet.)
13. Narcoleptic Sunday GN
Okay, Jeremy Haun, you can draw; can you write? We're going to find out!
"Jack Larch can sleep anywhere. Buses, police stations, strip clubs…. In fact, being a narcoleptic, he can’t help but sleep. But Jack’s condition doesn’t make him a murderer. Or does it? After a one-night stand with the girl of his dreams, he wakes to find her dead and himself a suspect in her murder. Following a series of anonymous clues, Jack fights for his life as he gets closer to the secret surrounding her mysterious death."
14. Multiple Warheadz #1
Remember me talking about Brandon Graham's King City way up top there? Well, it's one of those books that's good enough to merit me picking up anything else by that creator. And apparently this one is werewolf porn or something? Sold to an American!
15. Apocalipstix vol 1 GN
Why, yes, Cameron Stewart, I do love your art. Yes, I will totally buy a book by you that appears to be a post-apocalyptic Josie and the Pussycats.
"Mandy, Megumi, & Dot were on track to be one of the greatest rock bands in the history of mankind and then… Armageddon happened. Well, with a name like “The Apocalipstix” you know these girls aren’t going to let a Doomsday get in the way of their world tour! The trio are heading for whatever clubs and bars are left standing and no pirate, mutant, or environmental collapse is going to get in the way of their next gig!"
Look at that, you guys! That is FIFTEEN trades, graphic novels, and prestige format books this month. It got crazy to the point that I had to say no on a couple of things I might otherwise have ordered, like a new GT Labs book and TWO great looking hardcovers by Jack Kirby, including a Devil Dinosaur omnibus! Can you imagine? A month so packed with goodness that I had to turn down a Devil Dinosaur omnibus? THIS IS MADNESS.
Wow, I put way too much work into that post. I hope you read it, jerkstores.