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Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2: preview at Techland, slideshow/giveaway at Wired
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steve DitkopreviewscontestsBlake Bell 6 Dec 2010 6:39 PM

Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2

Two big features on Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2 today: Techland has a preview sampling of 12 "gorgeous, freaky pages," while Wired offers a slideshow of images with commentary from the book by editor Blake Bell and giveaway for a free copy of the book!

 

Preview Jason's Isle of 100,000 Graves (in French)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJasonComing Attractions 6 Dec 2010 2:17 PM

L'Île aux 100000 Morts - Jason

Impatient and/or francophone Jason fans can read the first 10 pages of his next album L'Île aux 100000 Morts (Isle of 100,000 Graves) at the website of his French publisher Glénat. We'll have the English edition out in Spring 2011.

King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World by Mezzo & Pirus - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPirus and Mezzonew releases 19 Nov 2010 8:08 AM

King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World by Mezzo & Pirus

King of the Flies Vol. 2: The Origin of the World
by Mezzo & Pirus

64-page full-color 9" x 12.5" hardcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-390-3

Ships in: January 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave was named one of Amazon's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2010. Now, here is the second installment in Mezzo and Pirus’s creepily sexy suburban soap opera — a French Twin Peaks graphic novel as written by Stephen King and drawn by Charles Burns.

Eric the fly-head-wearing teenager is back (as well as his hapless mother and her “fiancé”), as are not-quite-ingénue Marie, the worldly Sal, Denis the drug dealer and his now one-handed father, and of course the loopy retro bowling thug Ringo... plus several new cast members, including one who died at the very beginning of the first volume and has now returned to roam the earth.

Once again, the story is told through a series of seemingly unrelated short stories which eventually become intricately braided into one sprawling tale of a community haunted by obsession, rage, regret and despair — in sum, a graphic novel for the 21st century.

King of the Flies is designed as a trilogy of albums, which will combine to form a single graphic novel of stunning intricacy and intensity. (The concluding chapter will appear in late 2011/early 2012.)

Download an EXCLUSIVE 7-page PDF excerpt containing the entire first chapter (2.3 MB).

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Bonus Savings: Order King of the Flies Vols. 1 & 2 together for 20% off!

FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4 by Johnny Ryan - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJohnny Ryan 18 Nov 2010 7:01 AM

FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4 by Johnny Ryan

FUC_ __U, _SS __LE: Blecky Yuckerella Vol. 4
by Johnny Ryan

104-page black & white 5.5" x 7.25" softcover • $11.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-415-3

Ships in: January 2011 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

"'Fucussle'?! What's that mean?"

"No, it's Fuck You, Asshole! by Johnny Ryan."

Thus begins the fourth and final collection of comic strips starring the stupidest, ugliest, stubbliest girl in grade number two. Blecky and her "pals" are back and so are the fountains of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids (not to mention profanity) in these riotously hilarious, eye-poppingly offensive four-panel gag strips. Co-starring the usual cast of Blecky's weirdo friends and enemies, plus douching robots, the Christmas barbarian, the world's most bad-ass Easter basket, the Spamfs, 69-11, sexy murder hunks, ass worship, glory holes, the Pizzazooka, Dizzy the herpes-sniffing dog, Sir Oreo Monocle and oh so much more. Over 100 pages of ridiculous absurdity, over-the-top grossouts, and scathing satire that could only come from the mind and pen of Johnny Ryan.

“A four-panel, newspaper gag strip.” — Columbus Alive

“It’s a collection of alt-paper strips that I believe also appear online.” — The Comics Reporter

“Johnny Ryan’s weekly strip... is... humor.” — Wizard

“This is a strip collection about a character...” — Heidi MacDonald

Download an EXCLUSIVE 10-page PDF excerpt (201 KB).

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Bonus Savings: Order all 4 Blecky Yuckerella books — the complete Blecky — together for 25% off... that's 4 for the price of 3! Click here to order.

Mascots by Ray Fenwick - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRay Fenwickpreviewsnew releases 17 Nov 2010 7:39 AM

Mascots by Ray Fenwick

Mascots
by Ray Fenwick

136-page full-color 5.25" x 7.75" hardcover • $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-400-9

Ships in: December 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The second book from Ray Fenwick, author of 2008’s acclaimed Hall of Best Knowledge. In Mascots, a collection of impressionistic stories combine to create a wildly absurd — yet vaguely familiar — parallel world. Like Fenwick’s previous work, the acclaimed Hall of Best Knowledge (one of Booklist’s “Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2008”), Mascots is driven by lettering and language, part art and part comics, this time taking the form of bright, full color paintings on found book covers. These paintings can be experienced individually, each on their own terms, but together they reveal a surreal world that captures the mood of our times with manic energy.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (1.4 MB) and see more previews at Ray Fenwick's website.

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Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition - exclusive preview at Comics Alliance
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Usagi YojimboStan Sakaipreviews 16 Nov 2010 2:35 PM

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See a nice juicy 10-page excerpt from Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition by Stan Sakai at Comics Alliance, whose David Brothers writes "Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition... is a release worth paying attention to. It often flies under the radar, but Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo has been one of the most consistently well-written and well-drawn comics over the past twenty-five years. Sakai has created a long-running series that doesn't need jumping on points or events to tell good stories. He simply creates classic tales, month-in, month-out."

Techland previews Adele Blanc-Sec Vol. 1
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJacques Tardi 15 Nov 2010 11:50 AM

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TIME's Techland blog features an exclusive 9-page preview of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec today. Check out the excerpt from "Pterror over Paris"!

Lucky in Love Veterans Day preview at The Beat
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Stephen DeStefanopreviews 11 Nov 2010 1:16 PM

from Lucky in Love Book 1 - art by Stephen DeStefano

At The Beat, Heidi MacDonald says "On the occasion of Veterans Day, what better book to preview than the extraordinary Lucky in Love by George Chieffet and Stephen DeStefano." Agreed! Check out an exclusive 7-page excerpt of the book over there.

Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition by Stan Sakai - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoUsagi YojimboStan Sakaipreviewsnew releases 10 Nov 2010 8:15 AM

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Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition
by Stan Sakai

1160-page black & white/color 2-volume hardcover 7.5" x 11" x 3" slipcased set • $100.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-154-1

Ships in: December 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Created in 1984 as a supporting character for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo has vaulted to the very forefront of iconic modern comics characters and is a perennial favorite amongst young boys and adult fans. Usagi Yojimbo chronicles the action-packed wanderings of a masterless samurai (a “ronin”) in feudal Japan — as told with funny-animals. (If PIXAR and the late Akira Kurosawa were to collaborate on a movie, it might very well look like this.)

For the first ten years of his career, the battling bunny was published by Fantagraphics Books. In honor of his 25th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the seven first Usagi books. With over 1000 pages of story, this is the complete, definitive, early Usagi. This Special Edition will also be brimming with extra material, including a complete full-color gallery of the more than 50 Usagi covers from that period (never-before-collected); preparatory sketches, including Sakai’s original first draft of the “Samurai” story; two “non-canon” Usagi stories by Sakai co-starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (with whom Usagi also shared screen time in the TMNT TV series); the rare behind-the-scenes "How I Draw Usagi Yojimbo" strip; Introductions by Stan Sakai and Stan Lee; and a feature-length, career-spanning interview with Sakai.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 31-page PDF excerpt (2.9 MB) containing the first 3 parts of the origin flashback story "Samurai"!

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Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2 - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoSteve Ditkopreviewsnew releasesBlake Bell 9 Nov 2010 7:23 AM

Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2

Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 2
by Steve Ditko; edited by Blake Bell

240-page full-color 7.25" x 10" hardcover • $39.99
ISNB: 978-1-60699-380-4

Ships in: December 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

This is where Steve Ditko became Steve Ditko.

1954 and 1955 were tough years for the fledgling cartoonist: A life-threatening bout with tuberculosis sidelined him for almost a year, and his main client, Charlton Comics, suffered a devastating flood that forced it to shut its doors temporarily. Yet Ditko's enforced time off and subsequent need to seek out new clients (most particularly Marvel Comics, for whom he would go on to create Spider-Man), as well as his stubborn devotion to his craft, brought about an astonishing series of quantum leaps in his work — as displayed in this volume (following the best-selling Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1) of more than 200 pages' worth of never-before-collected horror and science-fiction stories from the early career of a comics great. Introduction by series editor Blake Bell.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 18-page PDF excerpt (8.5 MB) containing three thrilling tales!

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Strange Suspense + Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives Vols. 1 + 2

Bonus Savings: Order both volumes of The Steve Ditko Archives (Strange Suspense & Unexplored Worlds) together and save 20%!