"Simon found he had a knack for tangled melodrama set in very specific milieus, while Kirby drew ordinary men and women with the same sweaty fervor that he lent to monsters and costumed do-gooders....All of which means that the Michel Gagné-edited collection Young Romance... isn’t just a book of some minor historical interest; it’s a genuinely entertaining and artful set of comics, and in some ways more readable than Simon and Kirby's adventure stories." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Simon and Kirby tried to bring as much excitement to primarily psychological and interpersonal goings-on as to punching and flying.” – Paste
"...[T]hese comics are among the best in their genre without a doubt." – Eddie Campbell, The Comics Journal
"...[Young Romance] is a real treat, an inexpensive way to read a nice sampling of some Kirby comics that any Kirby fanatic has to be curious about. Michel Gagné did a great job assembling a fun cross-section of stories... Rating: ★★★★★" – Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"Young Romance underscores Simon and Kirby’s keen storytelling skills. Adhering to a mostly six-panel grid, the duo manage to produce work that is visually arresting and dramatic... For Kirby fans and those who just love to explore comics from generations past, it’s a rather essential read." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6
Summer vacation comes in May — at least it does for indefatigable teen loser Tammy Pierce, who's back for more hilarious humiliation and adorkable adventure in Unlovable Vol. 3 by Esther Pearl Watson!
In our downloadable preview, it's 1989, school's out, and it's time for movie rentals (Beaches or Terminator?), hanging out with friends (or not), trips to the mall, pining for last year's crush, getting lectured by Mom to get a job, giving makeovers, and busting a move at the old folks' home!
"Inio Asano is one of the best new manga creators, hands down." – Shaenon Garrity, About.com
"Inio Asano is one of the great emerging voices in manga… [Nijigahara Holograph] is guaranteed to be one of the books of the year, and should help cement Asano's reputation." – ComicsAlliance
"Asano is so young, and [his] ability to talk about human nature, and the distress of becoming an adult is equally painful and beautiful. [He] is in my opinion one of the best and more moving storytellers working nowadays." – Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly)
Lane Milburn's awesome, eye-popping, and hilarious space opera epic Twelve Gems, originally scheduled for July, is in the can early, which means we can share some previews that much sooner!
In our downloadable excerpt, our heroes Dogstar (the esteemed mechanic), Venus (the beautiful warrior), and Furz (the cruel bounty hunter) accept the summons of Dr. Z, who gives them their ship, the P-Quad, and their mission: find the legendary Twelve Gems (well, eleven of them; he has the first one already) and unravel their mystery. Our trio blasts off for adventure and faces off with a crew of scavenger droids! Pre-order the book now and read the rest of their galactic quest in May.
Even as butterflies ominously proliferate in town, the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. When the body of Arié Kimura's mother is found by this tunnel's entrance, next to apparently human traces, the legend seems to be confirmed. Is the end of the world coming? In order to appease the wrath of the beast, the children decide to offer it a sacrifice: The unfortunate Arié, whom they believe to be the cause of the curse, is shoved into a well that leads to the Nijigahara tunnel — an act that in turns pushes Komatsuzaki, the budding thug who has carried a torch for Arié for a while already, entirely over the edge.
But this is only the beginning of the complex, challenging, obliquely told Nijigahara Holograph, which takes place in two separate timelines and involves the suicidal Suzuki; Higure, his stalkerish would-be girlfriend; their teacher Miss Sakaki, whose heavily bandaged face remains a mystery; and many more — brothers, sisters, parents, co-workers, teachers, aggressors and victims who are all inextricably linked to one another and all will eventually — ten years later — have to live with what they’ve done or suffered through.
Asano, whose Solanin was nominated for the 2009 Eisner and Harvey comics awards (and which was made into a feature film in 2010), delves into disturbing territory with this Lynchian horror story, told in his unnervingly crisp and detailed panels.
Hate fans have been clamoring for a collection of Peter Bagge's post-millennial Buddy & Lisa stories for years, and now it's finally almost here! We've gathered up all the Bradleyverse material from the Hate Annuals, gave 'em a little spitshine, and Pete's drawn 20 all-new pages to wrap up the current storyline, all collected in full color in Buddy Buys a Dump, out in April!
In our downloadable preview, Buddy's about to get lured into another one of his pal & business partner Jay's cockamamie money-making schemes, and Lisa prays for a little divine intervention. Then, Lisa & Babs are off for a "ladies only" weekend, leaving Buddy in charge of the kids... what could possibly go wrong? If you guessed "plenty," give yourself a pat on the back, and then head here to pre-order.
Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey is one of the great all-ages comics properties of the new millennium, spawning plush dolls, TV appearances, lunch boxes, Zippo lighters and more. Now, for the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire's acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007, originally published by Dark Horse Comics) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella "Uncle Gabby" (2004) and the full-color illustrated storybook, "The Glass Doorknob" (2002), ready to be devoured by a new generation of young readers.
The precocious sock monkey Uncle Gabby and his innocent pal Mr. Crow are the heroes of this funny, unsettling and endearing collection. Follow them as they try to find a home for a shrunken head, play matchmakers between the bat in the doll's house and the mouse in the basement, unlock the mysteries of a glass doorknob, hunt salamanders, try to get to heaven, and much more.
The book also includes the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel, "The Inches Incident." Inches the doll was the cutest in the whole house and loved by everyone. Then one day... Inches turned EVIL! What will Mr. Crow and Uncle Gabby do? Beloved by adults and children, Sock Monkey harkens back to a time when comics actually were for kids.
In our downloadable excerpt, Buz reluctantly skips out on his vacation and heads to the West Indies to help his old Navy buddy Thirsty out of a jam — which turns out to be an acute case of cold feet over impending marriage. Thirsty sends Buz to let his bride-to-be down easy, but it turns out his real plans are more devious, and things get complicated. On top of all that, a hurricane blows through and a slick character washes up with designs on Thirsty's now-disenchanted belle. Plus, a few full-color Sunday strips starring Buz's pal Rosco Sweeney! Will Thirsty get the girl? And what about Buz's girl Christy back home? Pre-order the book now and find out when you get your copy in March!
Our downloadable excerpt includes all of the strips from January, 1991 (plus a couple more for good measure). Snoopy fixates on cookies and works as a construction flagger; Lucy looks for serenity and questions Linus's fundamental beliefs; Peppermint Patty and Marcie confuse athletics and academics; snowflakes are vied for; Snoopy and Woodstock debate the merits of their species; and lots more gags & laughs from the gang. And that's just one month out of 23 in this volume! For the rest, pre-order now.