June 1st, 2006 | comics talk
Newly published comics and graphic novels ship once a week to specialty comics stores and better bookstores, in the English speaking-world. It’s usually Wednesday in North America and Thursday here in the UK and elsewhere. Due to the US and UK having holidays on Monday, comics only shipped in Canada on Wednesday this week. I grabbed the list of what’s shipping, and there’s a few things worth drawing your attention to. In the US, you can apparently find your local comics store by dialling 1-800-comic-book. Online, you can use http://www.the-master-list.com/, for US, Canadian and international locations.
FELL #4 2nd Prtg $1.99. Yeah. So don’t let your local comics pusher tell you it’s just too hard to get copies of FELL. Image Comics.
Five Fists Of Science GN $12.99 – this comes with my Highest Possible Recommendation. I have read it and it is wonderful. The book is full colour, but here’s a black-and-white preview.
Night Trippers GN $16.99 – beautiful-looking book that appears to be about the Beatles, a teddy-boy serial killer, and sharp teeth. Website. Image Comics.
Stagger Lee GN $17.99 – this is, as the title says, a graphic novel about the legend of Stagger Lee. I never got a chance to do more than skim the preview I was sent, due to lack of time, which I regret: it’s a fascinating ride between documentary and fiction, a word of education and ambition. Massive preview here. Image Comics.
Apocalypse Nerd #3 $2.99 – apparently, this is Peter Bagge’s new series. I had no idea it even existed. Way to go, Dark Horse PR team. Some details here. Dark Horse Comics.
Skyscrapers Of The Midwest #3 $5.00 – this is one odd fucking book. See for yourself – wonderful preview material here. AdHouse Books.
Artesia Besieged #1 $3.95 – I’ve never, ever been able to find any of Mark Smylie’s ARTESIA books available for purchase. Which might not bode well for you, if you decide to search this out. But these books look so richly beautiful, shining darkly like the best European comics art, that I try again, every damn time. Take a look for yourself — big preview here. Archaia Studio Press
BLACKGAS #3 – just go and buy it, you little bastards. Avatar Press
Hotel California GN $14.99 – this prison comic from Korea just looks kind of odd. It’s a Netcomics release, which means you can also purchase a copy to download.
Never Made To Last: Stories Of Suburban Folklore GN $10.00 – I’m guessing this is collecting the material detailed on this website, which I’ve only just discovered. I like the short comic here. Worth taking a look at if you see it on a shelf, I think. Ourobor Books
Middleman Vol 2 #4 $2.95 – this book, by LOST writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, is always good for a laugh. Viper Comics.