- Posted by Johanna on August 13, 2006 at 10:04 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
Project: Romantic (AUG06 2903, $19.95) is the latest in AdHouse’s series of outstanding anthologies, after Superior and Telstar. Of course, this one is themed around “love and love stuff”. Creators include (with links to previews) Big Time Attic, Joshua Cotter, Mike Laughead, Hope Larson, and Joel Priddy. There’s also a 500-copy limited edition hardcover available for order.
Slave Labor collects webcomic Agnes Quill (AUG06 2936, $10.95), written by Dave Roman (Quicken Forbidden), about a teenage detective in a ghost-ridden city. Sounds like it’ll be great for fans of Nancy Drew or Case Closed.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that Rob Walton is collecting Ragmop (Big Bang, AUG06 3113, $29.95) in a thick (460 pages) single-volume book. If you like humor, conspiracy, great animation-influenced art, political satire, women’s issues, or time-traveling dinosaurs… or if you just like terrific comics… buy this. I’m very very excited to see it finally completed.
Well, now, that’s interesting. Tom Devlin wound down his respected art-comic publisher Highwater Books a few years back. The stock wound up with online store Bodega Distribution, who is now publishing (or at least distributing) new comics by Brian Ralph and Tom Devlin, among others.
One of those Bodega titles appears right above the solicitation for Bohemian Press’ Tails. Both are labeled as “for fans of independent comics”, which struck me as an odd phrase. “Fans” these days seems to me a more relevant term for superhero comics or manga — are there still such things when it comes to the ever-expanding field of non-genre comics? I know it’s quibbling, but “readers” seems to be a much better word. But then, we are talking about those dedicated enough or forced to read through Previews, so maybe that’s obsessive enough to qualify.
Two books from Century Comics are reoffered this month. I have both, so I can say with confidence — do not buy them. The content is great, but the reproduction quality isn’t good enough to spend money on. (Honestly, the publisher should be ashamed to release books that look like this at those prices.) One of the titles doesn’t have any black in it. There are areas that are supposed to be black, but the best it ever gets is dark grey. Terrible quality, which is a huge shame, because both stories are good reads.
There are very few series I want to follow in serialized stapled form any more, but Action Philosophers is one of them. The latest issue, It’s All Greek to You (Evil Twin Comics, AUG06 3286, $2.95), has the typical three stories, this time covering Aristotle, the Pre-Socratics, and Epictetus the Stoic.
I don’t know very much about Dr. ID: Psychologist of the Supernatural (Indie Ink, AUG06 3403, $2.95), but when a friend showed me an early preview copy a few months ago, I liked it enough to want to read more. It’s a 32-page one-shot with seven short stories, set “in the self-obsessed 70s” by Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri. Coincidentally, the Action Philosophers writer recommends it.
I’ve been asking for more josei, manga targeted at adult women, but now that Tokyopop is listing new titles as “appealing to fans of Tramps Like Us“, one of my favorites, I don’t trust them. Mostly because everything they recommend sounds like it’s about broken, emotionally disturbed women. Ick.
I also don’t like the way Tokyopop has quit providing any description for its many volume twos. I may have overlooked a title when the first book was offered, so I don’t understand why Tokyopop wouldn’t want a second chance at my attention, if only to describe the series premise. I am glad to see new volumes of two mysteries from them, though. I’m looking forward to more Kindaichi Case Files and Kat and Mouse.
Unshelved, the library webcomic, has a new collection available, Book Club (AUG06 3894, $17.95).
Dark Horse is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with a book called, unsurprisingly, Dark Horse Comics: The First Twenty Years. It’s over 400 pages for $24.95. Problem is, I don’t know what it is. A prose book? Story reprints? History? Fiction? Non-fiction?
It says that it will have writing by Frank Miller and Paul Chadwick and art by Mike Mignola, Arthur Adams, and more, but are those pinups? Memories? Stories? New or reprint? All the ad copy says is “we take a look back at the writers, artists, and characters who have made Dark Horse the international publishing presence it’s become, and a look ahead at the up-and-coming talents who will influence generations to come. … A one-of-a-kind collection featuring the industry’s top writers and artists…. Coffee table book.” (I eliminated the text that was even more puffy and content-free.)
It’s not due until December, so maybe Dark Horse itself doesn’t know what’s going to be in it yet. I’m not inclined to commit my money to something so nebulous, so Dark Horse should hope that some store near me gets in a shelf copy or two, and that I’m still curious in four months.
This month, DC is promoting its latest “stunt casting” — Richard Donner, director of the original Superman movie, will be co-writing Action Comics #844 with Geoff Johns. To draw attention to this project, they’ve used one of their Previews cover slots… where they are running a dirt brown, murky mess of a cover by Adam Kubert. It wasn’t until writing up this entry that I realized, after seeing it half-a-dozen times, that it’s a shot of Superman from his eye sockets to mid-chest, with the chin in deep shadow. I thought it was some kind of Batman homage, with the Dark Knight’s silhouette.
No wonder all the superhero comic wannabe creators are turning out dark, muddy crap — they’re just echoing what the big guys slop out.