- Posted by Johanna on January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
I’m a bit overwhelmed with what’s come in this week, since I wasn’t expecting so much. That’s one reason that I’m a day late posting this.
Abrams sent over two of their fascinating historical examinations of comics. The first, The Someday Funnies, is an oversized coffee table book that captures a lost project, an immense collection of strips from the 70s about the 60s with an oddly wide-ranging list of contributors. KC will tell you all about it later, but first impressions are that it’s intimidating in its size. I was comforted, though, by seeing work by Walt Simonson included. I don’t always get the appeal of some of the classic underground artists, but Walt is always good.
The Abrams book I’ll be tackling is Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s. It’s just the kind of collection I like, a context-based overview of a previously little-known area of comic history in a handsome, easy-to-read package. In this case, it’s comic books commissioned by the government, usually for educational or propaganda purposes.
Archaia sent a stack of their recent publications. Although they make everything available to reviewers in PDF format at the time of release, they also follow up with the actual print books, a very smart thing to do. It’s easy to ignore a digital file, especially if the first few pages don’t grab you, but looking at a print book, you can flip ahead and give the work another chance. (So by sending followup copies, they get two chances for coverage.) Plus, Archaia’s books are always substantial and well-made, so they’re pleasures to hold and page through.
I’ve already recommended Fraggle Rock Classics, but this package also brought the first volume of The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths; the fantasy saga Spera, in which two princesses and a fire-dog set out on a fantasy quest; and the Edward Gorey-esque picturebook Billy Fog and the Gift of Trouble Sight.
The latest TwoMorrows book is Modern Masters Volume 27: Ron Garney. The interviewer and co-writer, Jorge Khoury, calls Garney “Marvel’s best comic book artist”, so if you’d like to know more about him, known for work on Captain America and Wolverine, among others, this is the book for you. (Although I imagine if that’s the case, you already know about and have preordered this volume.)
Coming in April is Unterzakhn, a historical graphic novel by Leela Corman (whose Subway Series I remember fondly) about life on the Lower East Side as an immigrant in 1909. A flip-through makes it look intriguing, especially since it explores the limited options available to little girls, twin sisters in this case.