Coming Up: Graphic Novels Due in May 2010

Cavemen in Space (AdHouse, MAR10 0679, $14.95) is the newest graphic novel by Joey Weiser, whose The Ride Home I enjoyed. I’ll pick up his next work, plus the concept (as brilliantly captured in the title) reminds me of the long-ago Primitives comic I almost wrote for. Ah, memories.

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Cavemen in Space
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You can now order the Archie Americana Best of the Seventies Book 2 (MAR10 0708, $11.95) announced in January. Also note that the prices are being raised on Archie single issues from $2.50 to $2.99. So now the only comics regularly priced under $3 an issue are promotional specials, dollar samplers and the like.

Diamond strikes again! A full-page ad for the barely covered Tarot appears smack in the middle of the Boom! Kids section, right between various Walt Disney comic listings. Someone couldn’t adjust that layout by a page? I guess that lack of detail-checking also explains why no one said to Dynamite Entertainment, “I think there’s a typo in your ad line, or did you really mean to print ‘One will dies!’?”

The Legacy cover
The Legacy
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Speaking of Dynamite, they’re bringing Howard Chaykin’s sex comic Black Kiss (MAR10 0871, $24.99) back to print in a remastered hardcover. If you enjoy Chaykin’s work, and you’re over 18, you should read this, because it’s the ultimate expression of his usual quirks, the fishnets and domination and Hollywood setting and porn and blow jobs. Oh, and vampires, too. Read this and every other Chaykin comic will seem like a pale copy.

The Legacy (Dragonfish Comics, MAR10 0912, $10.95) is by two guys, Andrew McGinn and David Neitzke, I’ve never heard of, and the sample at their website isn’t long enough to really get a feel for the work, but I love the concept. A young man inherits his father’s beloved comic strip, the kind of inoffensive pablum that’s been left to run much beyond the time it had anything to say. He decides that the only way to get back to his own work is to get the strip cancelled by making it outrageously offensive. There’s a risk that there’s nothing to the book beyond the shock value humor, and it’s slim (96 pages) to work out all the potential of the concept, but if you have a few extra bucks and an interest in newspaper strip history and inheritance, you may want to check it out.

Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo cover
Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo
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Ah, the benefits of being a sister company. There are four catalog pages, plus an additional ad, telling us that the new Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (MAR10 0973 and following, $35 hardcover) is coming out. It’s due to release in July. The problem with this? Traditionally, the book comes out in April. That gives all the comic dealers time to find and analyze price changes and trends before summer convention season gets into gear. Now, in the middle of all that, they’re going to be asked to possibly reprice. That’s not a recipe for happy customers.

IDW honors the talented artist his home publisher ignores with Archie: The Best of Dan DeCarlo (MAR10 1052, $24.99). There aren’t many specifics on contents, number of stories, or high points — all we know is that this volume reprints stories from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. The most exciting part for me is the “Volume One” tag, providing hope for more. (Actually, this material is licensed from Archie, so I have hope that the new era of leadership is more open to accurate credits and historical recognition.) DeCarlo’s lines are beautiful and his grasp of behavior impressive.

This isn’t a graphic novel, but Oni Press has an intriguing comic debut this month. Frenemy of the State (MAR10 1102, $3.99) is a mash-up: what if a globe-trotting socialite was really a secret agent? It’s James Bond as a modern woman, co-written by Rashida Jones, Christina Weir, and Nunzio DeFlippis. The limited art samples, by unfamiliar-to-me Jeff Wamester, are attractive, as they’d need to be, but the comparisons to Buffy and Chuck sold me.

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Moving Pictures
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On the other hand, I wish I liked the art I’ve seen from JAM! Tales from the World of Roller Derby (MAR10 1103, $19.95) better, because I’d love to read more about this sport after seeing and enjoying Whip It. It’s written by actual participants, so reality! There’s a 17-page preview at that link, go check for yourself.

I wonder about people who write Previews copy. Do they realize that, once you’re in the back section, most of the people reading it know nothing about them, their company, or their comic? You have to write to educate people about why they’d want your comic, not simply spew out impenetrable sentences about your characters and their world. You’ve been living with them for years, but we have no idea who they are or why we should care that one is fighting another.

The Immonens collect their webcomic Moving Pictures as a book from Top Shelf (MAR10 1136, $14.95). Unfortunately, you can no longer read it online, since they took it down once they discovered it was being redistributed in a format they didn’t like. I understand that they’re the artists, it’s their work, and they can do what they want with it — but it seems to me counterproductive to react to copying by removing the original, thus ceding the field to the copier. It’s a free comic — wouldn’t you want the authorized edition to remain available as a superior alternative? Anyway, there’s a preview of the opening pages at the book’s link. The book’s about art stolen by Nazis and promises to be thought-provoking.

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