Coming Up: Graphic Novels Due August 2010

Scary Godmother cover
Scary Godmother
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The genius painted storybooks of the Scary Godmother series — Scary Godmother, The Revenge of Jimmy, The Mystery Date, and The Boo Flu — are due back in print from Dark Horse (JUN10 0051). Excellent priced at $25 for the four stories, plus additional design material, the book is perfectly scheduled for October 20.

I’m not mentioning DC this month (except here, in self-contradictory fashion) because I’m not interested in reading violent and depressive superheroes, video game adaptations (WildStorm), or crime comics about serial killers (Vertigo). I understand the strategy of sticking to what you know best during tough economic times, but a lack of variety means a lack of interest from me and other non-traditional readers. That’s brought home by seeing CMX titles listed that will never be released. Sad.

Polly and Her Pals cover
Polly and Her Pals
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Sometimes, when it comes to classic comic strips, I have a hard time getting past the reputation and engaging with the work directly. Polly and Her Pals (IDW, JUN10 0383, $75) is an exception to that problem. This oversized hardcover reprints the Sunday pages from 1925-1927 of a comic about a young flapper and her pa. It’s astoundingly involving cartooning, unusual and funny.

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The Sisters’ Luck
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The Sisters’ Luck (SLG, JUN10 0720, $12.95) sounds fascinating, but I’ve never heard of the author, Shari Chankhamma, before. Thank goodness she has a website, although there’s very little mention of the book on it. But I can see her art, which I like. The premise involves twins. One gains good luck, while the other spews bad, which they don’t learn until they separate for college. After that, the bad luck one wants to get back together; while the good one doesn’t. It’s a fascinating metaphor for siblings’ lives growing apart and the forces that can affect a family. It would be nice if the publisher put up some kind of preview, though.

If you’re eagerly anticipating the Scott Pilgrim movie and the conclusion to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novel series, why not try his earlier work, Lost at Sea (Oni Press, JUN10 1082, $11.95)? It’s a quieter, more meditative look at young people trying to figure out what they want from life. I like it a lot.

7 Responses to “Coming Up: Graphic Novels Due August 2010”

  1. Joan Says:

    This isn’t directly about these GNs (yay, available Scary Godmother!), but they reminded me- a while ago, you reviewed several volumes of one of those ginormous reprinted archives of classic soap opera comics. This particular one was about an actress, and was mostly concerned with her backstage adventures. With crime, possibly? I can’t remember. I also can’t remember the title, and I can’t seem to find it in your archives, though it’s likely I’ve looked right at it. Does this ring a bell at all? Could you please point me in the right direction?

  2. Johanna Says:

    I’m guessing you’re thinking of Mary Perkins on Stage.

  3. Joan Says:

    Yes! That’s the one. Thank you so much!

  4. Johanna Says:

    Glad I could help!

  5. bicyclefish Says:

    Shari Chankhamma is the artist and collaborator on The Clarence Principle

  6. shari Says:

    Hi Johanna!
    I’m glad you are interested in The sisters’ Luck. I put together a quick preview site with first 8 pages;

    Hope you enjoy it!

  7. Johanna Says:

    Oh, neat! Turns out I’d already seen your art previously, and thank you for sharing the preview!




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