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Maria M. Book 1 by Gilbert Hernandez - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 13 Sep 2013 1:54 PM

Consensus is that 2013 is the Year of Gilbert Hernandez, and his roll continues with a brand-new original graphic novel, Maria M. Book 1, the latest in his "Fritz B-Movie" series. These books are stand-alone stories that spin off from his long-running continuity, so they can be enjoyed by new readers and longtime fans alike. This newest volume is of especial interest to old-school Love and Rockets aficionados, seeing as how it's a retelling of the classic "Poison River" story (which can be found in Beyond Palomar) as adapted into a b-movie (told in comic form). And the star of the picture just happens to be portraying her own mother. Somebody call a psychologist... oh wait, she used to be one!

Presenting a special reel of preview footage — er, that is, a 13-page excerpt — for you to view and download. This book should arrive in stores in November (with Book 2 due in 2015); get a jump on the action by pre-ordering right here.

Maria M. Book 1 by Gilbert Hernandez

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas Treasury/Christmas on Bear Mountain by Carl Barks - First Looks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under DisneyComing AttractionsCarl Barks 12 Sep 2013 4:34 PM

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain

Christmas on Bear Mountain pages

Here's your first advance peek at the fifth release in our Carl Barks Library series! Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain is another 240 pages of some of the best comics ever made, along with the usual supplemental story notes from the experts. This volume includes a special highlight among all the globe-trotting adventures and hilarious slapstick: the first appearance of Uncle Scrooge! And wait until you see the giant octopus.

Donald Duck Christmas Treasury

We've also teamed up this volume with another Christmas-titled volume, A Christmas for Shacktown, for a special slipcased holiday gift set! Walt Disney's Donald Duck Christmas Treasury is the perfect present for readers of all ages, and it's cheaper than the separate volumes!

We know most people don't want to think about the holidays just yet, but think about it: if you pre-order now (instead of waiting until they come out in November) that's one less thing you'll have to worry about later! 

The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell & Dr. Michael J. Vassallo - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMichael J VassalloComing AttractionsBlake Bell 10 Sep 2013 6:37 PM

Ready for a detailed account of an often misrepresented slice of American publishing history and a revelatory examination of comics-industry lore that faces controversial topics head-on? Our downloadable sneak peek of Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo's new book The Secret History of Marvel Comics lets you read the Table of Contents, the authors' Introduction (in which they gut the 3 most common myths about Marvel), and the full first chapter ("The Way It Began," tracing the early life and career of Martin Goodman), illustrated with plentiful pulp covers by J.W. Scott and others. 

This insightful tome arrives in or around late October and is available for pre-order right here.

The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell & Dr. Michael J. Vassallo

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewsComing AttractionsBlake Bell 10 Sep 2013 3:17 PM

We continue our comprehensive collections of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko's 1950s work in this new 4th volume of The Steve Ditko Archives from editor Blake BellImpossible Tales finds Ditko ensconced at Charlton Comics and doing some of his best work for their horror and suspense titles. See for yourself in our downloadable excerpt, which contains the book's Table of Contents and three complete stories! Pre-order the book here for expected delivery in late October.

Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4

Ray and Joe by Charles Rodrigues - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsComing AttractionsCharles Rodrigues 9 Sep 2013 2:40 PM

Are you of delicate, easily offended, politically correct sensibilities? Look away, my friend, look away. Coming in October, Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics collects classic National Lampoon strips by Charles Rodrigues in a classy-looking hardcover that belies the degeneracy within. A man cavorts with a corpse; a private eye conducts business from within an iron lung; a child ruins minds and causes havoc with her ugliness; conjoined twins put a new twist on self-loathing; and other weirdos get weird. 

Meet the titular characters (if you can call a cadaver a "character") in our free downloadable exerpt and pre-order the book right here.

Ray and Joe: The Story of a Man and His Dead Friend and Other Classic Comics by Charles Rodrigues

Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) by Ed Piskor - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsEd PiskorComing Attractions 9 Sep 2013 12:39 PM

There's a pretty good chance you've already checked out Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree in serialized form at Boing Boing, but here's the first bunch of pages as they appear in the first print collection, which is debuting at SPX this coming weekend and should be in stores in October! Step back to the mid-1970s in the Bronx as DJ Kool Herc gives birth to an art form, meet the early players on the scene, witness the first rivalries, feel the block-rocking beats... and pre-order first-printing copies for yourself and all your homies!

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 by Ed Piskor

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 2 + Box Set by Floyd Gottfredson - first looks
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Mickey MouseFloyd GottfredsonDisneyComing Attractions 6 Sep 2013 1:10 PM

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 2 cover

Mickey pages

Mickey Color Sundays box

Oh boy! Join Mickey and his pals (and foes) for his most colorful adventures from the pen of the great Floyd Gottfredson in Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays Vol. 2: Robin Hood Rides Again and the slipcased set of Volumes 1-2! Packed with carefully restored strips in crisp remastered color and overflowing with extra features, including Gottfredson's later non-Mickey strips for Disney (starring the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians and more!) along with the usual historical essays and rare artwork, it's a peerless package of Mouse-y mirth and mischief!

These items are on their way for a late October-early November release — if you pre-order the box set, we'll send you Volume 1 right now, and you'll get Volume 2 with the slipcase when they're available, all at no extra cost and cheaper than both individual volumes! What a deal!

Maria M. Book 1 by Gilbert Hernandez - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Love and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 5 Sep 2013 5:49 PM

Maria M. cover

Maria M. pages

Maria M. Book 1 is the sensational story of a woman who runs from a shady past in Latin America, only to fall in with American gangsters and a new world of drugs, violence and sleaze.

It is also a retelling of the classic Love and Rockets story "Poison River," adapted as a b-movie starring the protagonist's own daughter, Fritz (and presented in comics format, in two parts, with Book 2 due in 2015).

It is also part of a larger narrative tapestry which has been unfolding for years and continues in the upcoming Love and Rockets: New Stories #6.

This new original graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez takes his metafictional "Fritz B-Movie" concept to a bold new level, and can also be enjoyed out of context on its own merits. We'll have more previews for you between now and its scheduled release in November.

The Secret History of Marvel Comics by Blake Bell & Dr. Michael J. Vassallo - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Michael J VassalloComing AttractionsBlake Bell 4 Sep 2013 3:49 PM

The Secret History of Marvel Comics cover

The Secret History of Marvel Comics pages

The Secret History of Marvel Comics pages

Marvel Comics would probably prefer that their origins go unremembered, but comics historians Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo are here to rain on that parade with their new book The Secret History of Marvel Comics, which traces Marvel's roots in the sordid, exploitative pulp publishing empire of Martin Goodman. You'll also be treated to a bounty of rare, never-before-reprinted artwork by such comics legends as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Alex Schomburg, Bill Everett, Al Jaffee, and Dan DeCarlo, plus top-tier pulp artists, including Norman Saunders, John Walter Scott, Hans Wesso, and L.F. Bjorklund.

This essential exposé on early comics history is due in late October/early November; we'll have more sneak peeks for you as always, and you can pre-order your copy right here

Sketching Guantanamo by Janet Hamlin - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJanet HamlinComing Attractions 3 Sep 2013 1:24 PM

We're pleased to present this 18-page preview of Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 by Janet Hamlin. Hamlin's drawings are the only complete visual journalistic record of the military tribunal hearings of suspected terrorists at GTMO, and this historic book is the first place they're gathered all together. In this excerpt you'll be able to browse the Table of Contents; read Hamlin's background on her assignment, getting to the base, and her process; and see her sketches of the GTMO compound and her first tribunals.

This fascinating volume is due to hit shelves in October and can be pre-ordered here

Sketching Guantanamo: Court Sketches of the Military Tribunals, 2006-2013 by Janet Hamlin