How are you celebrating World UFO Day today? Rewatching The X-files? Wearing your favorite tin hat? Gazing at the sky?
Why not pick up a sci-fi title or two as well? We've got some delectable tales, new and old, that explore humankind's fascination with space and aliens. From the kid-friendly to the delightfully perverse, we have plenty of recommendations to help you celebrate this (actual) holiday!
New Release Somewhere in the outer cosmos, beyond reckoning or observation, the mysterious Dr. Z has enlisted three space heroes, Furz, Venus, and Dogstar, to search the galaxy for the fabled Twelve Gems of Power. Wall-to-wall humor and action!
The charming all-ages stories from Measles (plus a new story done just for this book!) starring Luba’s smart, gutsy and imaginative niece, collected for the first time in a super-affordable little hardcover.
Spacehawk had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. Every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942.
At the turn of the 20th century, a young woman meets a mysterious eccentric who wants her to star in a film about some remarkable religious artefacts he claims to possess. He is accompanied by a strangely intelligent dog…
Sixteen solo Feldstein sci-fi classics from Weird Science & Weird Fantasy (plus a few collaborations). Things from outer space, flying saucers, robots and the end of the world! Plus a new interview with Feldstein.
This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
Praise for Cosplayers 1: "This comic looks to both examine and excise our notions of otaku, nerds, geeks, and the like. Cosplayers will strike a chord with anyone who turns to reading as an escape, be they lit-nerd, comic geek, messageboard troll, or a little mixture of all of the above." - HTML Giant
"It's a clever idea, and Shaw brings surprising insight to the very short stories. He uses different panel configurations and color palettes to break each story up into scenes, as if they were movies themselves, and his deft linework makes it all look easy." -Bridgid Alverson, Robot 6
Ed Piskor's vivid retelling of the history of hip hop continues with the second volume of Hip Hop Family Tree, covering the years from 1981 through 1983. From the lovingly crafted cover to the impeccable storytelling and artwork, this book is a delight to hold in our hands.
Volume 2 takes us through such hits as Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock" and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," and introduces music powerhouses like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Ice T, and early Public Enemy.
"Part biography, part retrospective, part collected chronicles of a comic legend, this is a huge undertaking that pays off in every way you could expect, and a million ways you couldn't." – The Daily Planet
"It's a stunning body of work that brings together loosely personal and wholly fictional stories about joy, anguish, fear and loneliness - emotions all motivated by that essential quest to be the best you can be." – James Cartwright, It's Nice That
"This book contains many more examples of the sorts of stories that made him so rightly famous, including a couple of epic globe-trotting adventures, plenty of swiftly swelling domestic comedies, and two Christmas comics, which Barks seems to have specialized in." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal
"After last issue's splashy stories, this issue is a bit more low-key with regard to Killer and her story, preferring to lay some narrative pipe and give the characters a bit of room to breathe and interact." –Rob Clough, High-Low
Seattle photographer Lance Mercer has captured some truly gorgeous photos throughout the years of musicians from all walks of life. From the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 90's to Beck, from The President of the Unites States to the chapter breaks in grunge-rock memoir by Danny Bland, In Case We Die, drama and action and life ooze from shots. Recently, our friend Lance was diagnosed with lymphoma. The doctors caught it early, he's been through chemo treatment but as with most freelancers, the medical bills are rather weighty. Lance's family created a GoFundMe account to help cover the bills, that are still totalling up. Check out his story over at the site and send a few dollars his way. 'Cuz fuck cancer.
Lance's bio from the website:
"Chances are you probably know Lance. Sometimes it seems like everyone does. He was born and raised in Seattle and began photographing the local music scene at the age of 13. Earning a reputation with his energetic and honest photographs, Lance got involved in some of the most legendary musical movements Seattle had to offer, including working as the official photographer for Pearl Jam in the 1990's. His work can be found in some of your favorite albums, in museums and galleries around the country, and in any music publication you can think of. In the 2000s he took some time off from photography to travel the world with his own band, Seattle punk spectacular The Briefs. And in recent years he has spent time engrossed in a wide array of projects from curating installations for Nordstrom to traveling to Nepal and documenting the grass roots Sherpa cultural identity for their 2012 Spring catalog ‘Sherpa Adventure Gear'.
(Pearl Jam, 1991)
Lance has been in recovery for over 10 years and one of his greatest passions in life is extending the hand of service to help others in need. He has worked cloesly with the MusiCares foundation to assist other artists struggling with addiction. He's helped countless individuals on the road to recovery and he is always there. Whether its to offer a place to stay, a ride, an ear to listen, or advice. Now its time for us to be there for him."
This comedic, sci-fi space epic stars three heroes enlisted to travel the galaxy in search of twelve magical gems. Their benefactor — an eccentric and reclusive scientist named Dr. Z — doesn’t actually know what the twelve gems do once obtained, but myths, theories, and rumors abound throughout the galaxy. The three heroes — with some reluctance — choose to undertake the mysterious task and regard it as a sort of paid vacation and an escape from their shady pasts. Graphic novelist Lane Milburn delivers a dense, action-packed follow-up to his Xeric Award-winning debut, Death Trap.
"Space-opera action as you like it!" – Sean Collins, Robot 6
In our ninth volume of the breathtakingly drawn, furiously plotted Sunday comic strip inspired by the King Arthur legends, Prince Valiant quashes a druid's sly attempt to turn a village from the Christian god. A call for peace in Ireland is fightin' words — until Val dethrones a hot-headed king. A mysterious message from Merlin must be decoded to save King Arthur. And, as this volume concludes, Val and Gawain embark on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem while Queen Aleta returns to the Misty Isles, where treacherous nobles seek her throne — and her death.
"Prince Valiant is captivating and countercultural... Fantagraphics has been reissuing the original Prince Valiant strips in hardbound editions—exquisitely drawn tales, stories that celebrate chivalry, adventure, bravery...and gentlemanly romance." — Mark Judge, The Catholic Register
It's one harebrained adventure after another when Donald Duck and his incorrigible nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie are at the helm. While aboard a kelp-harvesting boat in the West Indies, the entrepreneurially-minded ducks find themselves in the middle of a centuries-long mystery: a kidnapping every fifty years by a ghost in armor. This time, the ghost is after one of Donald's nephews!
Cartoonist from Sammy the Mouse, Le Mano Press and one of the Autoptic Festival organizer,Zak Sally is currently running a Kickstarter to create an interdisplinary experiment in art education! With all the heavy-wallet-hitting schools like SCAD, SVA and CCS (which I love, don't get me wrong), seeing education programs like SAW, Frank Santoro's low-residency Comics Workbook program and now SchoolHaus are very encouraging for the highly-ambitious, hard-working people without a lot of extra dough. When the choice is eat dinner or new bristol? Sometimes that's a tough choice.
Along with Dan Ibarra of Aesthetic Apparatus, Zak Sally aims to create an educational system derived from what the students want to learn instead of hitting goals to earn a degree. Money made from the campaign will go towards many student's tuition. Minneapolis is already the home of many amazing book-friendly places like MCAD itself, Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, stores like Big Brain or Magers & Quinn; Ibarra and Sally's work in printing and education is definitely something the locals can sink their teeth into. Check out the Kickstarter and throw a few bucks their way, they have all sorts of beautiful rewards from screenprinted aprons to object books like the one below.
Barnaby, the comic strip that welled up from the infamous inkpot of Crockett Johnson, who also greated Harold and the Purple Crayon, is chock fulla World War 2 information and allusions. Being a newspaper strip intended for children though, it's not a barrier to reading the comic. "You don't need to get all of Crockett Johnson's allusions to enjoy his classic strip, Barnaby. But I'm the sort of person who wants to know these things," writes Philip Nel, co-editor of the Barnaby series and Johnson's biographer. For those who like a little inside baseball, Nel has posted a few corrections that readers have sent in already for Barnaby Vol. 2.Cushlamachree! We always knew you guys were a well-read lot and appreciate it when you step up to the mic. Happy Reading!