Budget for Good Books: Comics Out August 4

The weeks after the San Diego Comic-Con are fun for those of us who don’t travel to the opposite coast, because all the nifty books released there start trickling out into comic shop distribution. That makes holding to a budget all the more difficult, though. For instance, I’m highly anticipating seeing Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture (from Mark Batty Publisher), but at $45, that sure doesn’t fit within my $15 weekly budget.

Black Comix cover
Black Comix
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If you haven’t already tried Girl Genius Volume 1 (Airship Entertainment, $22.95), the reissue of the first volume is an excellent starting point. Aside from imaginative steampunk humor, the book shows just how successful webcomic-serialization-to-print can be.

Brain Camp (First Second, $16.99) didn’t work for me, but if you’re intrigued by the plot, I recommend checking out Faith Erin Hicks’ art.

Wait! Here’s something under $15 that’s worth reading! Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love (DC Comics, $14.99) was a fun romp, a caper with a fantasy bent.

Then there’s Viper’s reissue of The Middleman: The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse ($7.95), which wrapped up the sadly departed TV show I enjoyed so much. I did an interview last week with a Houston newspaper writing about TV and movie adaptations of comics, and when they asked me what comics I’d like to see on film, I couldn’t resist talking about how much I missed this creative, enjoyable show.

I know I haven’t mentioned any periodical comics, but I’m expecting a catchup box to arrive soon, and I’ll be swamped with those, so I’m not looking for any more right now. What looks good to you this week?

3 Responses to “Budget for Good Books: Comics Out August 4”

  1. James Schee Says:

    I think there’s only one Houston paper these days the Chronicle. I’ll have to see if I can see the piece you contributed to. The Middleman show got a shout out from the new ABC chief the other day in his introductory conference. (said he loved the show, but its wasn’t right for the ABC Family network, and that he still gets letters from the show’s fans)

  2. Johanna Says:

    They said they’d let me know when it ran, but it’s easy to overlook that, so I’d love to know if you see it. I’m glad to know there’s a lot of people who still miss that terrific show.

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