|The Kurdles and Angry Youth on comiXology|
|Written by RJ Casey | Filed under Robert Goodin, Johnny Ryan, comiXology||15 Apr 2015 10:38 AM|
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Whether you are closer to infant or infantile, we've got you covered this week at comiXology!
First up is the release of Robert Goodin's The Kurdles.
In the spirit of Hergé's Tintin or Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge, The Kurdles is a comic for both parents and children spiced with a teaspoon of strange. Sally is a teddy bear who gets separated from her owner while on a drive in the country. Desperate to find her way home, she stumbles upon Kurdleton, a place in the midst of a peculiar crises; the inhabitants' forest home has grown hair, eyes, and a mouth! Can the creatures work with their new friend to keep Kurdleton from growing legs and running away? Goodin, an animation industry veteran (American Dad, Rugrats), delivers a timeless classic in his debut graphic novel. Capture the imagination on your own personal reading device for only $17.99!
Shifting from "all age" to "all rage", we are also proud to present Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comix.
Johnny Ryan's utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium's absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when comics are growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Now, for the first time, all fourteen issues of Ryan's career-defining series Angry Youth Comix (2000-2008) are collected in one place. Get your screen-scrolling (or nose-picking) finger ready because you can have the comics, the covers, and even the contentious letters pages, all for $26.99 at comiXology.
We're going deeper underground this week on comiXology with the release of Frank Stack's Foolbert Funnies: Histories and Other Fictions.
"Cult" cartoonist Frank Stack is best known as the artist behind Harvey Pekar's award-winning graphic novel My Cancer Year (his art was featured in the movie American Splendor!), and as the creator of one of the first underground comic books The Adventures of Jesus. Foolbert Funnies collects his comics—inspired by Stack's pop culture-filled childhood and travails as a fine arts professor—that ran in National Lampoon and other publications. In this book, you will find adventuress Dirty Diana; nostalgic time traveler Frank Crankcase; commonsensical Dr. Feelgood; politician Paddy Booshwah; "Southern Fried Homicide"; and a host of Amazons, artists, and pulp heroes all depicted in Stack's scratchy, hatchy "crowquill" style. Foolbert Funnies is a tribute to a Texan who's been quietly creating observational iconoclastic art for more than 40 years and now you can have it all on your own personal reading device for only $18.99 through comiXology.
"Frank Stack is one of those artists whose work I gobble up eagerly whenever I find it. For me he's one of the best cartoonists of this or any other period." — Robert Crumb
Krazy & Ignatz is a love story, focusing on the relationship of its three main characters. Krazy Kat adores Ignatz Mouse. Ignatz Mouse just tolerates Krazy Kat, except for recurrent onsets of targeting tumescence, which found expression in the fast delivery of bricks to Krazy’s cranium. Offisa Pup loves Krazy and seeks to protect “her” (Herriman always maintained that Krazy was genderless), mostly by throwing Ignatz in jail. Each of the characters was ignorant of the other’s true motivations.
28 years of one of the greatest works the comics medium has ever seen, and now it can snuggly fit into your digital reading device. The timeless love triangle, remarkable page layouts, awesome alliteration, and all the flying bricks you can handle can be yours with each collection at $15.99. To pass on that offer, you’d have to be…well, you know.
“The surreal high jinks of Krazy, Ignatz Mouse, Offisa Pup (and enough bricks to build a small city) are as entrancing today as when George Herriman wrote and drew them.” — The New York Times
Today also brings the end of two stalwart Fantagraphics series.
Meat Cake #17 concludes Dame Darcy’s fairy-filled, neo-goth fables. God is revealed, hyperdrama is had, and Darcy (Fantagraphics’ resident music and doll-making reality TV star) has never packed more fantastic art on the page. This book is filled with heavenly beings and punk rock romance by one of comics’ true originals. Only a wispy one dollar and ninety-nine cents.
“I used to go to the comic shop every week just to buy one-person anthologies like this one. Dame Darcy’s… one of a kind, and I’ve never regretted buying a single issue of her book.” — The Comics Reporter
Peter Bagge ends on high note, as usual, with Hate #20. The whole Bradley clan is together and that can only mean two things: chaos for them and humor for us. This seminal series finishes off with appearances by Butch, Babs, and a bitchin’ monster truck! Just as funny now as it was in the ’90s, you can take all the dysfunction home with you for just $1.99.
“Probably the best underground comic of the ’90s” — New Musical Express
Don’t forget the new issue of Dungeon Quest! Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three by Joe Daly, issue #10 continues to follow our heroes: Millennium Boy, Steve, Lash, and Nerdgirl. The adventure never ends, as they must survive perilous cliffs, wild beasts, and hallucinogenic visions on their daring rescue mission. Find out what happens next on this award-winning journey for $1.99.
“Daly’s parody of the trek adventure — the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon’s Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to scads of video games — is a kind of slackers’ SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as ingenuously absurd… [and] magnetically amusing.” — Ray Olson, Booklist
Just in time for spring training comes Casey at the Bat and Other Diamond Tales by Willard Mullin, now available digitally through comiXology. In 1953, legendary cartoonist Willard Mullin illustrated one of America's best-loved poems: Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat." These images were then put on a series of drinking glasses that were given away as premiums at various major and minor league ballparks across America. The illustrations by Mullin were thought to have been lost, but were found at an auction in 2002. They have been meticulously reproduced to create this stunning edition. The book includes additional Mullin material like the "Fan's Alphabet," poems "Iron Horse Lou" and "O Brooklyn, My Brooklyn," and also features a foreword by Yogi Berra and an essay on the history of both "Casey" and Mullin's images by baseball historian Tim Wiles. At 52 pages long and only $6.99, make sure to read this splendid volume on your own digital reading device for a real home-field advantage. “For whatever reason, sports cartoons, which once were a staple of so many newspapers across the country, have become a lost art. But at least now, the greatest of all sports cartoonists, Willard Mullin, has been brought back to life for a whole new generation of fans to appreciate.” – Bill Madden, NY Daily News
This week from comiXology you can now enjoy the finest graphic novels: Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade by Wilfred Santiago (21). A thrilling, kinetic bio-epic about Michael "Air" Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time and most influential athlete in history, from the creator of the acclaimed and best-selling 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. This tour de force explores Jordan's public successes and private struggles, with the depth of Santiago's passion for his subject shining through on every full-color page. Feel the sweat as you swipe for only $18.99!
"From a scuffle with Patrick Ewing in the book's opening pages to the titanic feat of multiple NBA Championships, this book breaths with potent comic book electricity, phrasing court pivots and jump-shots with the same bombast as celestial superhero brawls." –Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine
In addition, you can also read Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks (Hicksville). Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn't drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and - of course - cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy. This fantasy can be yours for the touch of a digital button.
"This is a complicated, rich story about confronting the sometimes-lurid or nakedly obvious wish-fulfillment aspects of comic books, but it's also about the ways Sam's distress with the world can't be satisfied by other people's ideas of paradise." –Tasha Robinson, NPR
Wednesday is not only New Comics Day in the stores but also new comics day online and on your favorite digital reading device. comiXology has a swank-and-huge list of titles that came out today! Love & Rockets: New Stories #7 finds Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez writing and drawing at the top of their game. In Jaime's stories, Maggie and Hopey take a road trip to visit a 'sick friend' while Ray visits some old sick friends of his own. Gilbert offers a suite of stories, including a sweeping epic of derring-do in which Fritz as Morgan Le Fey teams up with Aladdin; a WWII sci-fi thriller and 'Daughters and Mothers and Daughters,' in which flashbacks to Luba's mother Maria reveal how old secrets affect their family today. is $17.99 at comiXology and is also available on the Sequential app.
Peter Bagge's Sweatshop is an intense situational comedy about a newspaper strip "sweatshop" of aspiring cartoonists who are attempting to make it big like their boss, Mel Bowling, but on their own terms. Featuring art also by Johnny Ryan, Jim Blanchard, Stephen Destefano, Stephanie Gladden and Matt Ray; Sweatshop is a must have for the Fantagraphics' fan and anyone who has had a terrible boss. Sweatshop is also available on the Sequential app. In addition you can get Hate 18, now out digitally.
In the sweet follow up to An Age of License, in Lucy Knisley's Displacement recounts the experience of caring for her frail grandparents aboard a cruise ship, while reflecting on her own fears on mortality, her age, and her family's relationships and history. Meanwhile, Noah Van Sciver's latest graphic novel, Saint Cole, is a brutal look into in pathos and the human condition. It follows a dead-ender, Joe, over four days as his life goes from terrible to unraveling at every possible seam, from drinking on the job to a live-in girlfriend and crying baby at home. You can also find both of these titles on the Sequential app.
More serial comics please!
Serialized from the pages of Dungeon Quest Book Three #8 by Joe Daly, we join Millenium Boy, Millenium Boy, Steve, Nerd Girl and Lash Penis mid-adventure. A series of beasts called Womraxes attack the group, ripping off clothes right and left. (and only $1.99 per issue!).
In Dame Darcy's Meat Cake #15, Richard Dirt and Friend the Girl show you exactly how to pass the Zombie Survival Test before Dame Darcy takes a trip around the world gathering local lore like the Chupacabre of Texas and the Science Un-Fair. Plus, get your munch on with her finest raw food recipes! It's one of the best one hundred and ninety-nine penny dreadfuls you can get!
Bagge's HATE #18 has the Bradley home in Jersey is bursting at the seams with little birdies who tried out their wings, landed in a bloody heap on the ground, and limped back into the nest. The newest re-addition to the family unit: Butch. Buddy's errant little brother is discharged from the Navy, due in large part to his chronic alcoholism, and he heads straight for the nearest port - home sweet home. His constant belligerent presence makes life even more difficult for Buddy and Lisa, who are having a hard enough time of it as it is. Needless to say, things wind up coming to an ugly head between Buddy and Butch, and nothing is resolved as a result, since such is the nature of adult siblings. Now and forever, in full and glorious FantacolorTM from cover to cover!
Pour yourself another cup of coffee ('cause you'll be reading all night) and start clicking "ADD TO CART" at comiXology because we are having a Love and Rockets sale TODAY ONLY! The flagship title of Fantagraphics, now it it's 32 year, has enough poundage to break a bookcase or two thanks to the trusty and hard-working pens of Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez. Luckily, you can get all the books digitally at comiXology. The Library volumes that start with Jaime and Gilbert's universes from 1983 through 2008 are only $6.99! The Love and Rockets: New Stories collections featuring the newest comics are only $3.99! And even better, the sale is so you can catch up because Love and Rockets: New Stories #7 is hitting the stands, comic bookstore and the digital shelf on Wednesday!
Not sure where to begin or maybe you have some books you've already read? Check out our handy "How to Read Love and Rockets" guide since the they've been drawing longer than some of you have been a-live. The sale runs from today ONLY and ends at 11pm EST.
From today until Sunday, December 21st (11pm EST) comiXology and Fantagraphics are having a Leading Ladies Sale! Get HALF OFF on our graphic novels featuring ladies in the lead role or female cartoonists or, get this, BOTh. Get titles as new as Lucy Knisley's An Age of License or some deep cut classics like Dame Darcy's gothic Meat Cake (one of my favorites!). With 44 graphic novels and comics to choose from you're bound to find something to read or maybe pick out a gift for a friend!
Looking for something else? The currently out of print Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life is an internationally-acclaimed and awarded story of a punk traveling across the green borders of Europe, no cash in hand, no passport. Ulli Lust's tale is the female On the Road and sure to sate your thirst for travel even while on the road yourself (or at the family holiday gatherings already). Meanwhile Dash Shaw's Cosplayers series follows two girls as they cosplay real life and video-taping it from afar.
Terror, stress, aches and fears; all of these vibrate off the page in a Ditko comic from our most recent collection now available digitally on comiXology. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime - stories that have never seen a proper reprinting until now, thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims all delineated in Ditko's wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style. This fourth volume ranks as the best in the Steve Ditko Archives series to date thanks in large part to the inspiration Ditko took from comics derived from the classic host-narrated radio shows, which gave an extra oomph to his creepy yarns, edited by Blake Bell.
All 241 pages of the occult, creepy and fantastic can be yours at the tap of a button and a download on comiXology for only $24.99. Check out the previous three volumes as well.
"Fantastic... Raw and grotesque and beautifully drawn and presented." –Dave Gibbons
"This exhilarating collection of stories by the comic-book artist who co-created Spider-Man captures all the glorious chills and blood spills from the first two years of his career." –Entertainment Weekly