Pondering Previews for August 2013 (Shipping in October and Later)

Diamond Previews orders are due to stores today. I’ve already talked about, based on advance review copies, these titles:

Here are some additional books that look promising.

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story cover Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 cover
Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955
by Peter Bagge by Charles Schulz
Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 US Fantagraphics, $49.99 US
AUG13 1263, due October 2 AUG13 1305, due October
Not only does this cover the life of an important woman in social history, it’s by Peter Bagge, who’s been doing interesting non-fiction comics lately. Graphic memoir is all the rage, and when you have a topic that includes sex, since Sanger was a birth control activist at a time when the subject was illegal, that makes it even better. Find out more about the founder of Planned Parenthood in this book. The Sunday strips have been included in the regular Peanuts reprint volumes, but here, they’re in color and a larger format. Whether four years of that is worth the price is up to you, but it should be a gorgeous book… and perhaps your shop is offering a discount.
Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain cover Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: Robin Hood Rides Again cover
Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: Robin Hood Rides Again
by Carl Barks by Floyd Gottfredson
Fantagraphics, $28.99 US Fantagraphics, $29.99 US
AUG13 1306, due October AUG13 1310, due October
The newest book in Fanta’s Donald Duck series is holiday-themed. That story is also the first appearance of Uncle Scrooge. Continuing the theme of classic color comic strip reprints, here’s the second volume of Mickey Mouse Sundays, back when he was an adventure/fantasy strip star. I never would have imagined, 20 years ago, that the best historical comic publisher would turn out to be Fantagraphics.
Walt Disney Donald Duck Christmas Gift Box Set  cover Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set cover
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Christmas Gift Box Set Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Gift Box Set
by Floyd Gottfredson by Carl Barks
Fantagraphics, $49.99 US Fantagraphics, $49.99 US
AUG13 1308, due October AUG13 1311, due October
If you haven’t gotten the earlier books in the series, you can get a discount over the separate cover prices plus an attractive slipcase box with either of these holiday sets.
Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action cover Vinland Saga Book 1 cover
Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action Vinland Saga Book 1
by James Strum, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost by Makoto Yukimura
First Second, $9.99 US Kodansha Comics, $19.99 US
AUG13 1329, due October 2 AUG13 1367, due October 16
It’s a good thing that this how-to series starring a goofy knight is now up to its fourth volume, since it’s a friendly way to encourage kids to create their own comics. This installment teaches about how visual elements suggest character traits through a tale of restoring the king to his throne in the face of an evil wizard and a crazy movie director. The story is full of imagination, including robots, animals, and a broccoli horse, plus lessons on body language and costuming. I liked Planetes, and this is the next series by the same author. I’m not sure the historical Norse action is quite for me, but I’m curious to give it a try. This is an upscale presentation, double-sized hardcover.
Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White cover Johnny Hiro: The Skills to Pay the Bills cover
Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White Johnny Hiro: The Skills to Pay the Bills
by Rick Geary by Fred Chao
NBM Publishing, $15.99 US Tor Books, $16.99 US
AUG13 1377, due October AUG13 1464, due October
Rick Geary’s “Treasury of 20th Century Murder” series continues. I’ve previously talked about how much I’m anticipating this book. Oooh, exciting! I really liked the first Johnny Hiro book, and I’m glad to see there’s going to be more! (Even better, the publisher’s website indicates this will be 2 of 3.) If you like the blend of real-world relationships and imaginative adventure found in series like Scott Pilgrim or Billy Dogma, check this out.
The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics cover Mastering Manga 2: Level Up with Mark Crilley cover
The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics Mastering Manga 2: Level Up with Mark Crilley
by Carl Potts by Mark Crilley
Watson-Guptill, $24.99 US Impact Books, $24.99 US
AUG13 1609, due October 8 AUG13 1611, due October
While previous DC how-to guides focused on individual aspects of the production line — writing, inking, and so on — this one promises to bring them together to “take full advantage of comics’ sequential visual storytelling possibilities” as well as giving readers a “behind-the-curtain look at the DC Comics creative process”. (I’m trying REALLY hard not to say something about step 1: write whatever your editor tells you.) It’ll be interesting to see how Carl Potts, writer and former Marvel editor, succeeds at presenting this information, and how it goes beyond the specific, focused skill volumes (which are also reoffered). More of Crilley’s (Akiko, Brody’s Ghost) lessons on making manga, following a successful volume from last year.

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