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Penny Century by Jaime Hernandez - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesLove and RocketsJaime Hernandez 2 Feb 2010 7:09 AM

Penny Century: A Love and Rockets Book by Jaime Hernandez

Penny Century: A Love and Rockets Book (Love and Rockets Library Part 5)
By Jaime Hernandez

240-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-342-2

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

Picking up right after Perla La Loca, the third volume of the definitive “Maggie” series repackaging, this compilation of stories from Jaime Hernandez’s solo comic Penny Century and his subsequent return to Love and Rockets (Volume II) charts the further lives of his beloved “Locas.”

But first... wrestling! Penny Century starts off with a blast with “Whoa, Nellie!,” a unique graphic novelette in which Maggie, who has settled in with her pro-wrestler aunt for a while, experiences that wild and woolly world first-hand.

Then it’s back to chills and spills with the old cast of Hopey, Ray Dominguez, and Izzy Ortiz — including Maggie’s romantic dream fantasia “The Race” and the definitive Ray story, “Everybody Loves Me, Baby.”

Penny Century also features two major “flashback” stories: “Bay of Threes” finally reveals the full back story behind Beatriz “Penny Century” Garcia, Maggie’s long-time, bleached-blonde bombshell friend (who gives this volume its name and can be seen as a super-villainess in the first two issues of Love and Rockets: New Stories), while “Home School” is one of Hernandez’s popular looks at his characters’ lives from when they were little kids, drawn in an adorable simplified Dennis the Menace type style. This volume also includes the Maggie & Hopey Color Fun one-shot, reproduced here in glorious black and white.

Unsure how to build your Love and Rockets collection? See our handy guide on How to Read Love and Rockets.

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Sneak Peek: Robert Goodin in future Mome
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert GoodinpreviewsMomeComing Attractions 28 Jan 2010 10:54 PM

The Spiritual Crisis of Carl Jung by Robert Goodin, from Mome

Robert Goodin gives us a lovely two-page glimpse of "The Spiritual Crisis of Carl Jung," a 24-page story to appear in Mome Vol. 19 or 20, later this year.

Sand & Fury: A Scream Queen Adventure by Ho Che Anderson - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesHo Che Anderson 25 Jan 2010 7:13 AM

Sand & Fury: A Scream Queen Adventure by Ho Che Anderson

Sand & Fury: A Scream Queen Adventure
By Ho Che Anderson

144-page two-color 7.5" x 9" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-321-7

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

Sand & Fury is a story of blood, of sex, of death — of sound and retribution. It opens as a girl by the side of a desert road accepts a ride from a stranger. How could she know that behind that wheel sits the angel of death?

Of course, even the angel of death once had a life. During that life, death was a successful business woman, with a great career and an even greater future. It’s true she could be a little cavalier with her innate gifts; she had, after all, broken the heart of everyone who had ever loved her.

And then, one day, the monster entered the woman’s life and changed everything forever.

Inspired by the work of filmmakers like David Lynch and Dario Argento and cartoonists like Richard Sala and Charles Burns, a spiritual cousin to Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and The Tenant, Sand & Fury is at once an homage to those classic horror sources and a contemporary romantic thriller, drawn in a stark, chiseled, expressionistic line that evokes modern attitudes and classic terror at the unknown and unknowable.

Download an EXCLUSIVE PDF excerpt containing the first 10 pages of the story (1.9 MB).

"In Sand & Fury, Ho Che Anderson has done what I would have previously regarded as impossible. He’s found the illegitimate child of Faulkner and Lovecraft buried alive in a paranoiac’s terrified vision of the desert of the American Southwest... in a grave uncovered by the shriek of his own degenerate perversion of a banshee, for fuck’s sake." – Howard Chaykin

"Anderson’s blocky figures and Expressionistic use of caricature are augmented by processed period photography, an approach that calls to mind the minimalist abstractions of Frank Miller. The characters are frequently depicted in high-contrast shadow, wherein features become flattened and skin colour is often difficult to determine. The resulting aesthetic is striking and symbolic." — The Guardian

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King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave by Mezzo & Pirus - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPirus and Mezzonew releases 25 Jan 2010 7:13 AM

King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave by Mezzo & Pirus

King of the Flies Vol. 1: Hallorave
By Mezzo & Pirus

64-page full-color 9" x 12.5" hardcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-320-0

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

Set in a suburb that is both nowhere and everywhere, King of the Flies is a glorious bastard, combining the intricacy and subtlety of the best European graphic novels with a hyperdetailed, controlled noir style derived from the finest American cartoonists.

Mezzo and Pirus, previously best known in Europe for a series of cynical, brutal gangster stories, have abandoned their guns and gals for this cycle of suburban stories, but in King of the Flies the violence has just (for the most part) been interiorized.

King of the Flies first appears to be a series of unrelated short stories, each starring (and narrated by) a different protagonist, but it soon becomes obvious that these seemingly disparate episodes weave together to form a single complex narrative, with events that are only glimpsed (or even referred to) revisited from different perspectives — revolving around Eric, a ne’er-do-well, drug-taking teenager at war with his stepfather and, apparently, the whole world. (He is the titular King.)

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. (Vol. 2, “The Origin of the World,” will be released by Fantagraphics in Fall/Winter 2010.)

Download an EXCLUSIVE 7-page PDF excerpt containing the entire first chapter (3.1 MB).

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More Forlorn Funnies teasers from Paul Hornschemeier
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPaul HornschemeierComing Attractions 20 Jan 2010 1:03 PM

Huge Suit panel by Paul Hornschemeier from Forlorn Funnies Vol. 1

Paul Hornschemeier has posted a handful of panels from Forlorn Funnies Vol. 1, coming in November, over at his blog. Urine pants ahoy.

Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesEsther Pearl Watson 15 Jan 2010 7:39 AM

Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson

Now available for preview and pre-order: Unlovable Vol. 2 by Esther Pearl Watson, the second and concluding installment in the hilarious saga of hapless high school underdog Tammy Pierce and her seemingly never-ending series of humiliations and heartbreaks. Watson nails the story's 1980s middle-America milieu with affection and devastating accuracy. Download an exclusive 20-page PDF excerpt right here (3 MB). This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship in roughly 4-5 weeks and in stores roughly the same time (subject to change).

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Previews previews It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJacques TardiComing Attractions 13 Jan 2010 1:02 PM

It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi

The Previews website is featuring 8 interior pages from It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi, available at comic shops, bookstores and of course right here on our website this Spring.

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsNewavenew releases 12 Jan 2010 7:50 AM

Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

Now available for preview and pre-order: Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s. This chunky little hardcover weighs in at nearly 900 pages of the best small press cartoonists to emerge in the 1970s, documenting the explosive, unrestrained output of underground comix' DIY second generation with comix galore as well as several informative interviews. Click here to read the full Table of Contents, and here to read the Introduction by editor Michael Dowers. Download an exclusive 36-page PDF excerpt with samples from throughout the book right here (2 MB). This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship in early February and in stores roughly the same time (subject to change).

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King: The Special Edition by Ho Che Anderson - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesHo Che Anderson 8 Jan 2010 7:06 AM

King: The Special Edition by Ho Che Anderson

Now available for preview and pre-order: King - A Comics Biography: The Special Edition by Ho Che Anderson. This bold, vivid, and widely-acclaimed recounting of the life of Martin Luther King is back in print in a new, redesigned hardcover edition with the added materials and features you've come to expect from our Special Edition releases. Download an exclusive 18-page PDF excerpt depicting events from 1960-61 right here (7 MB). This book is scheduled to be in stock and ready to ship later this month and in stores roughly the same time (subject to change).

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Kim Deitch talks Smilin' Ed
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsKim DeitchComing Attractions 5 Jan 2010 3:55 PM

The Search for Smilin' Ed! by Kim Deitch

Newsarama's Michael Lorah talks to Kim Deitch about his newest book, The Search for Smilin' Ed, coming this Spring: "I am definitely expanding (and redrawing a little here and there). I am adding 15 new pages at the end and there will be plenty of other new art visuals as well. The most ambitious new thing will be a double fold out of The Kim Deitch Universe. This will be a gigantic panoramic picture featuring one hundred of my characters past and present." There's a 3-page preview, too!