- Posted by Johanna on June 18, 2010 at 8:43 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
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.
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.
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.