Coming Up: Books Due in January 2010

There are some interesting books in the latest Previews catalog I wanted to bring to your attention. In most cases, these graphic novels will be available in January 2010 or later. Orders are due at your local comic shop by Saturday.

Showcase Presents Secrets of Sinister House cover
Showcase Presents
Secrets of Sinister House
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Blacksad (NOV09 0041, Dark Horse, $29.99) is like Philip Marlowe with furries. I really enjoyed the first two books when they were put out by the now-defunct ibooks five years ago. This hardcover reprints those with a new, never-before-translated third.Showcase Presents Secrets of Sinister House (NOV09 0181, DC Comics, $17.99) is a black-and-white cheap paper collection of DC’s gothic romance title. And I’m glad to see this available at a budget price, since romance comic back issues go for too much for my budget. This should be a fun wallow. Remember, the series was first titled “The Sinister House of Secret Love”, which just cries out for appreciation.
Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. cover
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Hicksville cover
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Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities. (NOV09 0577, Abrams/Amulet Books, $15.95) Jason Shiga’s comics are amazing explorations of mathematics and formalism. I’ve seen a minicomic version of this, and it’s great fun to play with. I find his work brain-expanding in unexpected ways. Definitely one to experiment with.Hicksville (NOV09 0750, Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95) is one of the books on my Comic Classics list, my take on a comic canon consisting of graphic novels everyone should be familiar with. This is a life-changing read. Bless D&Q for bringing it back into print, even if they’ve put in a “new 16-page drawn introduction by Dylan Horrocks” to annoy those who own the previous version.
Little Nothings: Uneasy Happiness

Little Nothings: Uneasy Happiness (NOV09 0881, NBM, $14.95) is the third in the series of Lewis Trondheim’s journal comics. Read book samples at the NBM blog. Funny, well-observed, excellently cartooned stuff.

6 Responses to “Coming Up: Books Due in January 2010”

  1. Comics A.M. | The comics Internet in two minutes | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment Says:

    […] Comics | Johanna Draper Carlson highlights some of the graphic novels due in stores in January, including the first volume of Dark Horse's translation of Blacksad. [Comics Worth Reading] […]

  2. Lyle Says:

    I’m glad to hear about a Sinister House of Secret Love collection. What I’ve seen of the series has held up, but back issues are very hard to find and, thus, very expensive.

    I’m still puzzled Vertigo never tried to do something similar, take one of the old horror franchises and use the Vertigo characters to create DC’s version of Dark Shadows. It just seemed like an obvious idea to attempt to revisit the romance genre that way instead of the cynical heartthrobs.

  3. Chad Says:

    … a “new 16-page drawn introduction by Dylan Horrocks” to annoy those who own the previous version.

    ARRRRGGGGHHH! But thanks for the heads-up.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Chad: I know! It’s almost enough to make one want to find an online copy, just to see the new material.

    Lyle: I think you have to respect romance as a genre in order to do something like that, and romance ranks even lower than comics on the status pecking order. :)

  5. Mike Kowalczyk Says:

    Blacksad is still one of the most outstanding books I’ve read. Eisner said it was “Brilliant art and an unsual display of anthropomorphic realism.”. And, really, who are we to disagree with Eisner?

  6. Rob McMonigal Says:

    I will strongly recommend both Hicksville (which I think I read before I was doing reviews) and also Blacksad.




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