Wednesday, 19 February 2020

BAD ISLAND by Stanley Donwood


Recalling how Earth looks like a marble from space, Bad Island (Hamish Hamilton) begins with a ball divided into three parts, recognisable as sea, earth and sky. Over eighty images, artist Stanley Donwood chronicles the evolution of a world, from the swirling lines of sea, the rising of land and the eventual formation of life. The stark monochromatic art resembling lino-cut prints are simple and emotive capturing the violence and harshness of nature, leading to the destruction mankind brings upon itself and the world. The book is called Bad Island for a reason; it feels like a restless dark spiral, punctuated with periods of equilibrium and symbiosis. On closer inspection, we find the presence of black shadow forms with tiny white eyes which are present in the early stages and in the end of days. Do they represent dark spirits, or the original sin that will always be the root of our undoing? Or maybe they are a reminder that all things will come to an end carrying us towards the cycle which returns the world to the state it was initially found in.

Having produced all the artwork for Radiohead’s albums, Stanley Donwood is adept at producing unsettling images and this book feels like an expression of frustration mankind’s natural instincts to destroy. While animals and birds feature, humans do not except for their buildings, bombs, war planes and industrial smoke filling the skies. There are however, two illustrations which feature the back of a naked bald-headed man as if he is spying on events, once on village huts, but also earlier due the Jurassic era. Is the Donwood inserting himself into proceedings as the chronicler?


Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg

Desolate moorlands have such a strong association with the works of Bronte sisters so it’s fitting that Glass Town (Jonathan Cape), a biography of sorts, should begin with Charlotte Bronte out alone amongst them. Charlotte is approached by a gentleman she appears to know who wants her to talk about her past, and so begins her recollections of childhood when she and her siblings – Branwell, Emily and Anne – created a fictional world; The Glass Town Confederacy. It soon becomes apparent that the man she is talking to is actually a character from this long-neglected world, and so we are introduced to a major theme of the book, about how the attention and affection put into creating a fictional world can impede on reality. Charlotte Bronte recalls how she succumbed to what she called “scribblemania” and began to lose sight of what was important around her and the characters from the world began to bleed into her real life. For her, the fairy tale-like world they created is actually something to be cautious of and avoided.


There are three narratives at work in the story: the present, involving the conversation between the older Charlotte Bronte and the character she created; the past, showing the Bronte siblings creating the world and the affect it has on their relationships with each other; also the fictional world of Glass Town, which focuses on a compelling tug-of-love story between five characters which manages to escalate to the point of war. This is the area where author-illustrator Isabel Greenberg had to employ some creative licence, not because there is so little that exists from the Bronte siblings work on Green Town, but because there is so much. Greenberg has spoken of (in an interview with The Guardian here) "Tolkien levels" to the quality and scale of world-building, which she had to shape into something a little more straightforward for the purpose the book. 


The artwork is charming and evocative – rough, child-like drawings in pencil and charcoal, in what Greenberg has referred to as a scratchy finish. The small hands and feet draw attention to heads and therefore expressions, and the overall affect makes them look like cardboard characters in a Victorian toy theatre; as if they were actually all part of a fiction created by children. The backgrounds have the impression of wood cut prints and the colouring contrasts the brightness of the fictional world with a more monochromatic depiction of reality.  


Incidentally, Jonathan Cape have done a great job with the production of the book; an appropriately sized hardcover with a red ribbon page marker and gold embossed lettering for the title to accompany the bold cover illustration. 


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Pass Me By: Gone Fishin'


On first glance, Pass Me By Book One: Gone Fishin’ (Renegade Arts Entertainment) appears to be a quietly affecting account of an old guy in a small northern Canadian town coming to terms with the early stages of dementia. Ed goes fishing with his lifelong friend – which we know through flashbacks and their shared recollections – hangs out in diners, talks about his daughter, struggles with shopping and remembering where he parked his car, and almost gets into a fight in a bar when he becomes confused during a game of pool.

There’s no dramatic resolution to the story, because there doesn’t really seem to be a dramatic narrative drive to resolve. But there is more going on here. This is only book one in a planned five book series and the blurb on the back of the book describes it as a coming of age story about understanding queer identity; this, despite there being no mention of homosexuality in the story except for when Ed loses his temper with a Sheriff who has been waffling on, just at the moment when he makes a disparaging passing comment about a gay couple. There are also hints of something more within the panels: a lipstick falls out of Ed’s old biker jacket; there are marks on the wall of missing framed photos amongst the ones of his wife and daughter and fishing with his friend; and the kitchen table is littered with notes which look like messages of love.


Pass Me By has been brought about through Kickstarter funding. Illustrated by Kyle Simmers and co-written by Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen, the pace is slow and measured, focusing on detail, like the drawing on a cigarette and a character retelling a seemingly unimportant piece of gossip. The style is ever-so-slightly cartoony – the characters have little white circles for eyes – and nicely expressive, and coloured with different shades of two colours; pink and turquoise, with the pink acting a signifying colour, drawing attention to items and potential themes. 

A book that feels very much like its protagonist, surrounded with an air of mystery and depth.




The Girl From The Other Side volume 7

There's always that dilemma with reading a graphic novel, particularly if it's one that has less text; often they can be devoured in one long sitting, but does that dilute the experience? Should you savour that first reading by restricting your reading time with them? In the case of The Girl From The Other Side (Seven Seas Entertainment), the artwork demands closer inspection, whether you whizz through the story and return afterwards, or you take your time with each page.

A mixture of blocks of black, but also fine delicate line-work, there's something both timeless and ancient about artist Nagabe’s work – like Victorian photographs of a medieval fairy tale. The Outsiders in the story are cursed with the appearance of blackness that has twisted their shape to varying degrees so that they resemble skeletal goats, or deer as if they were slowly transforming into barren winter trees. The affect is not quite scary, but certainly unsettling.


There is a dream-like quality to both story and art. In this most recent volume, Shiva, the sought-after little girl who is in the care of an Outsider known as Teacher, runs from pursuers in a nightshirt looking like Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo. In the way that dreams veer between the enchanting and disturbing, crows watch events and speak to each other like the chorus in a play, but they have also sharpened their beaks to resemble teeth.


As is sometimes the case with translated work, the dialogue can be a little stilted (in one panel a soldier cries mid-battle; “The monster is unmistakably trying to kill me!”), but on the whole it adds to feeling of other-worldliness that lingers long after reading and invites a return to its pages. 


Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Year of the Rabbit

Maybe you have only the vaguest awareness of the events in Cambodia from 1975 when an uprising by the collective known as the Khmer Rouge seized power from the Government, if only for the name of its leader Pol Pot, a name that became infamous among ruthless dictators in history. Essentially, the regime set about evacuating all major cities and instigated a brutal version of Communism that resulted in the deaths of some two million of its own people, making it one of the worst mass killings of the 20th century.

Although Year of the Rabbit (Drawn & Quarterly) keeps the reader aware of the political context, the book is more concerned with the civilians-eye view of events, and the general populace were told very little about what was happening to them. Author and illustrator Tian Veasna was born three days after the Khmer Rogue took control. The book tells his father’s story as he desperately tries to look after his extended family while they are stripped of possessions and shipped out to work in rural villages which were nothing more than labour camps. He learns to lie about his previous life (the educated were ‘removed’ and never seen again) and walk a narrow tightrope of not offending the guards or infringing the strict laws of behaviour where even the most minor misdemeanour was punished with death. Children were separated from parents and taught to spy on them and people were kept on the verge of starvation, working on the land to grow food that they weren’t allowed to eat.
With delicate, loose line-work, Veasna captures a feeling of immediacy, as if the sketches are being drawn at the time, like a diary. The style also reflects the constant state of uncertainty the characters are living with - the book is filled with frightened eyes and sweaty, nervous expressions. There is little attempt to heighten tension with dramatic devices but there is no need to do so as it would only add melodrama to such a naturalistic style of storytelling. 

Year of the Rabbit is a perfect example of how the graphic novel can be an important way of telling such a horrific true story; an easily digestible format, which still manages to lose none of the power to appal or act as a testament to human resilience. 




The Runaway Princess

A new graphic novel imprint from a major publisher is something to be celebrated – comics and graphic novels certainly need the investment and promotion. The Runaway Princess marks the first release from Random House Graphic which will focus on books for kids and younger teens.

It’s worth pointing out that despite the title and the slightly fearful look of the central character on the cover of the book, the story and mood within its pages is entirely fun and offbeat – the princess is running towards adventure rather than away from something fearful. She soon meets a small group of boys who remain her friends throughout the book. The fairy-tale world is full of impossibilities (mermaids in bubbles, floating baths, little pumpkin people) and the three stories have an air of aimless whimsy told in child-like art like a far-flung offshoot from the Dungeon series by the great Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar. The colouring is almost neon in its vividness which heightens a sense of the alien to the familiar shapes of castles, giants and fish floating through the air.


Importantly, the characters are all charming. Princess Robin is eternally curious and good-natured – I particularly loved how, even when she is kidnapped, she helps her kidnappers write ransom notes and convinces them to put on a musical show for the people that turn up with the ransom so that they will feel that they have got value for money.
 
The format is quite short and chunky, which may be a challenge for little fingers, but there are some nice pages of interactivity such as mazes, spot-the-character-in-a-crowd, or even a request to the reader to close the book and shake it! 

There have been plenty of studies about the benefits of reading with with regards to social and cognitive development, whether thru traditional novels or sequential art. The key is in recognising the variety within the medium, from story genre to art style, which is why it's so important when a publisher like Random House enters the market because the more books on the market, the more chance people have of finding something that their kids will love. 

You can check out an interview with the creator Johan Troianowski on The Beat here.




Wednesday, 22 January 2020

The Wolf Of Baghdad


Carol Isaacs is a musician and illustrator who, under the name The Surreal McCoy, has contributed to The New Yorker, The Spectator and Private Eye. Although she was born and raised in England, her family originated from Iraq but fled during the pogrom in the 1940’s. In a few years almost the entire population of 150,000 Jews had either perished or fled the city of Baghdad. The Wolf Of Baghdad (Myriad) is a graphic memoir in which Isaacs, as the central character, dreams about life in the era. 

In the opening, musical notes drift through the London sky until we find the author in her living room looking troubled. She retrieves a box of photographs which then litter the page as the musical notes did – a lovely touch to convey a sense that they are having the same influence on her as the music does. 

The pages of wordless story then start to become punctuated with drawings of photos of faces accompanied by quotes about life in the old days. As the protagonist lays on the sofa and drifts off to sleep, she is led on journey back to Baghdad where she watches ghostly forms enjoy a life of peaceful integration and cultural cohesion. While the pages of sequential art are wordless, the pages of real-life quotes illuminate and compliment the images. Then, feeling as if it was down to nothing more than a random change in public opinion, we see the rise in Nazi propaganda and the attitude towards the Jewish community turns against them.



There is a lot to cover in the book – to convey the life before the pogrom so that the reader can appreciate the loss, but also keeping it brief to maintain the dreamlike quality – and Isaacs manages the pacing really well. The personal testaments ground the work amongst the figures of the past who, unnervingly are depicted as ghosts so that the spectre of death lingers throughout the book. The linework is simple with a naïve style that brings to mind Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis except warmer and less abstract. The artwork is also coloured nicely, starting with a greyscale in the opening pages and then, like the movie Wizard of Oz, becomes coloured as we discover the new world. As events turn for the worse, the pages around the panels become black and the images are washed in watery blues.

The title of the graphic novel comes from the belief amongst Baghdad Jews the wolf kept away spirits and demons – Isaacs does not overplay the sickening irony that it turned out to be real people that were capable of inflicting true horror.

Carol Isaacs has been touring with a live show of The Wolf of Baghdad involving a live band and projections from the book - details can be found on her blog.



Sunday, 10 December 2017

NEW COMICS & G/N'S for December 6th

New Comics Day - 13th December
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Dark Horse Comics

ALIENS DEAD ORBIT #4 (Its finally here)
DEPT H #21
EC ARCHIVES PANIC HC VOL 02
GIANTS #1
HARROW COUNTY #28
LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 05 PIRATES GHOST


GIANTS #1

DarkHorse Comics
(W) Carlos Valderrama (A/CA) Miguel Valderrama

A cataclysm of unknown origins unleashed a race of gigantic monsters whose presence has driven humanity underground.
There, two orphans discover that the most dangerous monster is ambition, which unchecked, will grow until it devours you!
An original vision from two powerful new talents!
The Valderrama Bros. first American work!


DC Comics
- New DC Rebirth U

ACTION COMICS #993
ASTRO CITY ORDINARY HEROES HC
ASTRO CITY REFLECTIONS TP
BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #17
BATMAN TP VOL 04 THE WAR OF JOKES & RIDDLES (REBIRTH)
BATMAN UNWRAPPED DEATH OF THE FAMILY HC
BUG THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #6
DC UNIVERSE BY JOHN BYRNE HC
DETECTIVE COMICS #970
FLASH #36
GOTHAM CITY GARAGE #5
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34
JSA BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 01
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #20
MISTER MIRACLE #5
NEW SUPER MAN #18
RAGMAN #3
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #17
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #20
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #88
SUICIDE SQUAD #31
SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 04 EARTHLINGS ON FIRE (REBIRTH)
SUPERGIRL #16
SUPERWOMAN #17
TITANS #18
TRINITY HC VOL 02 DEAD SPACE (REBIRTH)
TRINITY TP VOL 01 BETTER TOGETHER (REBIRTH)
WILDSTORM MICHAEL CRAY #3
WONDER WOMAN #36


IDW Comics

BACK TO THE FUTURE #25
JUDGE DREDD BLESSED EARTH TP VOL 01
KID LOBOTOMY #3
MY LITTLE PONY HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2017

Image Comics

BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE TP VOL 01
COYOTES #2
DESCENDER DLX ED HC VOL 01
KINGSMAN RED DIAMOND #4
MAESTROS #3
PORT OF EARTH #2
RETCON #4
ROYAL CITY #8
RUMBLE #1
SLOTS #3
WICKED & DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT)
YOUNGBLOOD #7



RUMBLE #1Image Comics
(W) John Arcudi (A/CA) David Rubin, Dave Stewart

"SOUL WITHOUT PITY," Part One
Rathraq is back! But who is he, exactly? Once an ancient warrior god, he was resurrected as a sword-wielding scarecrow. And now, Rathraq has transformed yet again-or has he? JOHN ARCUDI and new artist, superstar DAVID RUBÍN, give you the new face of Rathraq and a new direction for the series when the critically acclaimed RUMBLE returns!

WICKED & DIVINE CHRISTMAS ANNUAL #1 (ONE SHOT) Image Comics
(W)Kieron Gillen (A) Chynna Clugston Flores, Carla Speed McNeil, Rachael Stott, Emma Vieceli, Matt Wilson (A/CA) Kris Anka

JAMIE said "It's a shame we never saw any of the gods' early funtimes," and KIERON said "Yeah," and then they looked at each other, and then called all their talented friends to do a Christmas album of (mostly) fan service! Inanna and Baal getting it on! Lucifer and Sakhmet getting it on! Dionysus giving Baphomet a lift in a crappy car! And more! This one has it all.



Marvel Comics

ALL NEW WOLVERINE #28 LEG
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #792 LEG
BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #11 LEG
CABLE #152 LEG
DAREDEVIL #596 LEG
DARK AVENGERS BY BENDIS TP COMPLETE COLLECTION
DEFENDERS TP VOL 01 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290 LEG
FALCON #3 LEG
JEAN GREY #10 LEG
MMW FANTASTIC FOUR HC VOL 19
MS MARVEL TP VOL 08 MECCA
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 INTO TWILIGHT
PUNISHER #219 LEG
ROCKET TP VOL 01 BLUE RIVER SCORE
ROYALS #12 LEG
RUNAWAYS #4
SECRET WARRIORS #10 LEG
SHE-HULK #160 LEG
STAR WARS #40
TRUE BELIEVERS PHOENIX BIZARRE ADVENTURES
TRUE BELIEVERS PHOENIX CLASSIC
TRUE BELIEVERS PHOENIX RETURNS
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #27 LEG
WEAPON X #12 LEG
X-MEN BLUE #17 LEG
X-MEN PHOENIX ENDSONG TP NEW PTG

Titles shipping late from Last Week
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VENOM INC ALPHA #1 LEG (LATE )
CAPTAIN AMERICA #696 LEG (LATE )
INHUMANS ONCE FUTURE KINGS #5 (OF 5) (LATE )
SPIDER-MAN #235 LEG (LATE )
TRUE BELIEVERS ENTER THE PHOENIX (LATE )
TRUE BELIEVERS PHOENIX PRESENTS CYCLOPS & MARVEL GIRL (LATE )
X-MEN GOLD #17 LEG (LATE)
X-MEN CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC
X-MEN EPIC COLLECTION TP MUTANT GENESIS



Other Publishers

2000 AD PROG #2061
ADVENTURE TIME REGULAR SHOW #5
ANIMOSITY #11
ARCHIES #3
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #4
BRAVE CHEF BRIANNA TP
DIE KITTY DIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (ONE SHOT)
EXPANSION GN
FIGHTING AMERICAN #3
GRASS KINGS #10
GRAVETRANCERS #1
GRUMPY CAT GARFIELD HC
HACK SLASH VS VAMPIRELLA #3 (OF 5)
HALO RISE OF ATRIOX #4 (OF 5)
HEAVY METAL #288
JUDAS #1 (OF 4)
KIM AND KIM TP VOL 02 LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY JAIME GN VOL 06 ANGELS MAGP
MISFIT CITY TP VOL 01
MONSTRO MECHANICA #1
MOTOR GIRL TP VOL 02 NO MAN LEFT BEHIND
PSYCHOLOGY COMIC BOOK INTRODUCTION TP
RIVERS OF LONDON CRY FOX #2
ROBOTECH #5
SHEENA #4
SKIN & EARTH #6 (OF 6)
SLAM NEXT JAM #4
TERRY MOORE 25TH ANNIV SKETCHBOOK 8800 DAYS BLONDE
THERES NOTHING THERE TP VOL 01
UNDER (STATIX) #1 (OF 2)


Monday, 4 December 2017

New books! New Books!

Hello hello! The onslaught of new books continues. Check them out.


Land of the Lustrous Vol 3  - Haruko Ichikawa

A beautifully-drawn new action manga from Haruko Ichikawa, winner of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. The young gem Phosphorite can't seem to do anything right. Phos has nothing but a big mouth and guts. Cinnabar, a classmate, is a loner, shunned by the other gems because of the toxins emitted from their body. But when they get together, they will learn that they both have an essential role to play in the fight against the Lunarians, who are intent on coming to Earth to abduct the gem folk and destroy their world. 


The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors - Elizabeth Beier

Elizabeth Beier chronicles true-life romantic tales as she breaks up with a long-term boyfriend and navigates a brave new world: dating women. Beier tackles the complexities of sexuality and self image with a conversational and immediate art style and stories anyone who’s ever struggled with dating can relate to.


Skinned - Jeremy Holt, Tim Daniel

In a future obsessed with virtual reality and fantasy, two star-crossed lovers will do whatever it takes to bring down the OccupEye system and free cView City from its virtual prison.

iRIS is the perfect marriage of artificial intelligence and virtual reality, serving as the backbone for enhanced-reality contact lenses that provide users with an antidote to reality's many maladies. From pop culture–inspired fantasies to manifestations of their own imagination, users can see the world precisely as they wish. 


Citizens of cView City are fitted with a pair of these ubiquitous lenses at birth as a means of ensuring societal tranquility. But when Aldair—a teenage programming heiress—gets a glimpse of life with her own eyes, the world she once knew will never be the same again.



Frau Fast Volume 2 - Kore Yamazaki

More than a century after an eccentric scholar made an infamous deal with a devil, the story of Faust has passed into legend. However, the true Faust is not the stuffy, professorial man known in fairy tales, but a charismatic, bespectacled woman named Johanna Faust, who happens to still be alive. Searching for pieces of her long-lost demon, Johanna passes through a provincial town, where she saves a young boy named Marion from a criminal’s fate. In exchange, she asks a simple favor of Marion, but Marion soon finds himself intrigued by the peculiar Doctor Faust and joins her on her journey. Thus begins the strange and wonderful adventures of Frau Faust!

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Portugal - Cyril Pedrosa

From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer’s block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn’t seen since his childhood. Even though he is a foreigner there, so many elements of the country are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens and recounting early memoreis brought by back his distant yet welcoming family all prove reinvigorating—the breath of fresh air he so badly needed. Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This bestselling graphic novel has sold more than 100,000 copies in France and a has won many prizes, including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.


Sweetness & Lightning Vol 9 - Gido Amagakure

Teacher Kouhei is a single father who is terrible at cooking. His adorable little daughter Tsumugi barely remembers the cooking of her mother, who's passed away. But, then, the pair comes across a teenage girl eating rice balls and crying (in joy?) at the park. She takes Kouhei and Tsumugi to her mother's restaurant, where they taste their first home-cooked meal in ages. A tribute to the power of food to bind people together.


Bad Mask - John Chad

Readers will explore the world and the mystery of Bad Mask in a way rarely seen before. A boxed narrative consisting of newspapers, magazines, comic books, trading cards, digital files, and more, it will be up to the reader to follow Gaby on her mission of discovery, and get to the bottom of Bad Mask.

A young girl named Gaby has joined a superpowered terrorist organization called Bad Mask...eternally struggling against the world’s savior, a super-intelligent robot named Metal Metro. But what if Metal Metro isn’t all he seems to be? And what if Bad Mask isn’t what Gaby expects either?



Kigurumi Guadrians Vol 3  - Hoshino Lily

Lily Hoshino, the beloved artist behind Mawaru Penguindrum, offers her cute and twisted take on the magical girl genre. You probably never thought Sailor Moon needed more hot older guys in full-body mascot costumes, but Kigurumi Guardians will bring you around!


Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again - Cullen Bunn, Dalibor Talajic, Dave Johnson

Remember the time Deadpool went a little TOO crazy and killed the entire Marvel Universe? Well, this isn't that. This is a DIFFERENT time. Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajic (A.K.A. the creators behind DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) have reunited for ANOTHER tale of Deadpool taking out all of your faves in the most horrific ways possible! It's gonna hurt him more than it hurts you…and you're gonna love it!


Orion's Outcasts - Corbeyran, Julia Verlanger, Jorge Miguel 

Now, instead of Kolhen's warrior tattoo, the young man wears the mark of the rejected, the 'outcasts' as they are known on the planet Absalon. Determined to prove his innocence and to get revenge on those who framed him, Kolhen escapes captivity with the help of the fiery Tryana, another of society's pariahs. On his quest, Kolhen meets a mysterious woman with golden hair, who's armed with strange and powerful weaponry, and who claims to be an envoy from another planet: Earth.


Astra Lost In Space Vol 1 - Kenta Shinohara

Science fiction survival epic from the creator of Sket Dance! What starts as a pleasant class trip to a planet five light-years away from Earth becomes a nightmare survival trip back home from 5,000 light-years away. It’s the year 2063, and interstellar space travel has become the norm. Eight students from Caird High School and one child set out on a routine planet camp excursion. While there, the students are mysteriously transported 5,000 light-years away to the middle of nowhere! Will they ever make it back to Earth?!

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The Ghost Fleet: Deadhead Donny Cates, Daniel Warren Johnson

When you need to transport the world's most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don't call just any trucking service . . . you call THE GHOST FLEET. But when one of the world's most elite, combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a vast conspiracy that threatens not just him, but possibly the entire planet! It's badass, supernatural action on the open road in this new thriller from Donny Cates (Buzzkill) and Daniel Warren Johnson (Space Mullet). Collects issues #1 - #4 of the Dark Horse thriller series. 


Injection - Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

An archaeological dig in Cornwall has gone very wrong, very quickly. And Maria Kilbride has her hands full already, as the effects of the Injection begin to dig in. So Brigid Roth, her old comrade from the CCCU, gets hired to go to a stone circle in the middle of a moor, under a granite tor, to find out why a ritual murder might have torn a hole in the world. What is the Cold House?

Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight 2 by Rin Mikimoto
Kiss Me At The Stroke of Midnight Vol 2 - Rin Mikimoto

A sardonic rom-com manga, Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight is perfect for fans of shojo like My Little Monster and Kare Kano.
Hinana prizes her reputation as a serious high school student, too focused on getting into college to pay attention to boys. But she’s a secret fairytale romance freak, sneaking away from her studies to see A Roman Holiday and tucking pop idol magazines into her textbooks. When her celebrity crush comes to her school to film a TV episode, she has to pretend to be totally uninterested even as she desperately tries to get close to him. However, she’s not the only one who’s not what she appears… her dreamboat isn’t just a pretty face either!

Edge of Venomverse

Edge of Venomverse - Various

Collecting Edge Of Venomverse #1-5, Venomverse: War Stories #1.
Symbiotes are stirring all across the Web of Life and Destiny. Are they just hungry to find worthy hosts or has something more sinister got them riled?


Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker TP

Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker - Joe Casey, Mike Huddleston

THE SUPERHEROIC PERVERSION OF THE NEW CENTURY—NOW IN CONVENIENT SOFTCOVER FORMAT! Butcher Baker was the preeminent all-American superhero. Now he’s…getting laid. A lot. But one last mission could signal his return to glory, and now he’s back on the blacktop! It’s a balls-out, pimp-slappin', surreal super-epic from the twisted minds of CASEY and HUDDLESTON! LOADED WITH BACKMATTER MATERIAL! Collects BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER #1-8


Haikyu!! Vol 18 - Haruichi Furudate

Shoyo Hinata is out to prove that in volleyball you don't need to be tall to fly! Karasuno finally defeats their archnemesis Aoba Johsai and advances to the finals to face off against the perennial champions Shiratorizawa! The sheer power of super ace Ushijima has them on their heels, but Nishinoya’s determination gives Karasuno a glimmer of hope. Can Kurasano pull it together and put Shiratorizawa on the defensive?


I Am Not Okay With This - Charles Forsman

After his first two critically heralded graphic novels, Celebrated Summer and The End of the Fucking World (recently adapted into a TV show on the UK’s Channel 4 and soon to be streaming stateside on Netflix), Forsman once again expertly channels the teenage ethos in a style that evokes classic comic strips while telling a powerful story about the intense, and sometimes violent, tug of war between trauma and control. I Am Not Okay with This collects all of Forsman’s self-published minicomic series into one volume. It comments naturally on familial strain, sexual confusion, and PTSD in his usual straightfaced-but-humorous style, and firmly stakes his place among the world’s best young cartoonists.


Requiem of the Rose King Vol 7 - Aya Kanno

A gothic-tinged drama that gives a new gender-bent twist to Shakespeare's Richard III.
Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, believes he is cursed, damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Based on an early draft of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.




Insexts Vol. 2 - Marguerite Bennett, Ariela Kristantina

Collecting issues #8-13 of the series! The lovers have barely survived their battle with the Hag, and must now flee to Paris to heal, recover, and restore their love. But beneath the City of Light is a world of darkness, a world pulsing with witchcraft, seduction, and utter, obscene monstrosity... From the brilliant mind of Marguerite Bennett, the writer of the break-out hit Animosity, Bombshells and Batwoman, with artwork by AfterShock's own Ariela Kristantina! 


Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty - Megumi Morino

Satoshi's father has worked for the rich family in the house on the hill his entire life, so when the teenager needs a part-time job to put himself through school, looking after the mansion's gardens is a natural fit. Satoshi's ready to work hard, and he quickly endears himself to the staff. But there's one ironclad rule even he must obey: Don't go near the cottage behind the house. When he sees a beautiful, pale girl in one of the windows, Satoshi assumes she is being kept prisoner, and their secret meetings quickly turn romantic, but Satoshi has no idea just how terrible this Sleeping Beauty's curse really is...


The Woods Volume 8: The Final War - James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas

A Midwestern high school is transported into the middle of an Alien forest. This is the story of what happens next.

Every hundred years, the Black City has selected a remote population from Earth and transported them to the woods. These civilizations have not always lived in harmony...but now, they must either fight in unison to turn their weapons against the technology that brought them here in the first place, or meet total elimination in the face of Isaac’s unworldly power. Will this unification of factions be enough or are they all doomed?

Written by James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Memetic) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Gotham Academy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), The Woods: The Final War collects the critically acclaimed eighth arc of the best-selling series.


Welcome to the Ballroom 8 by Tomo Takeuchi
Welcome To The Ballroom Vol 8 - Tomo Takeuchi

Fujita has drifted through middle school aimlessly, unable to find friends or anything that can hold his attention. Then, one day, he's attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn't a karate master. Fujita's Mr. Miyagi is a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner classes, only to find his inspiration: an entrancing teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It's Fujita's first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance!

Cannibal, Vol. 2 TP
Cannibal Volume 2 - Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young

The second chapter of the Southern Gothic horror series! The town and Willow reel from the rash of cannibal attacks as the search for Jolene comes to a tragic conclusion for the Hansen family. Collects CANNIBAL #5-8 


Neo Parasyte M - Various

They look like us. They feed on us. They're parasites - alien creatures with one directive: take human form via a host and destroy the human race from within. First seen in Hiroshi Iwaaki's classic science fiction horror manga Parasyte, these terrifying creatures are revisited and reinvented in 12 brand-new stories drawn by some of today's greatest shonen and seinen manga artists. But no matter who they choose as their hosts - from militia men to the seemingly sweet elderly - one thing is for certain: no one is safe from the parasites...


Adrift - Gregory Mardon
Gregory Mardan pays a heartfelt homage to his grandfather, Adolphe Herault, who left his job as a butcher's boy in Northern France in the 1930s to enlist in the French Navy and went on countless globe-spanning adventures. A story full of tenderness, humor, and a hint of melancholy, told with keen insight and intimacy.


Seraph of the End Vol 13 - Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto

In a post-apocalyptic world of vampires vs. humans, Yuichiro brings vengeance upon his vampire overlords!
After trumpets of the apocalypse proclaim the fall of humanity, vampires arise from the shadows to rule the earth. Yuichiro wants just one thing—to get revenge by killing each and every vampire.

Ferid successfully coerces Shinoa Squad and Mika into joining him and Crowley on a field trip to Osaka. According to Ferid, the purpose of the trip is to see the truth behind the Calamity that ended the world—ground zero of the apocalypse. But not all is as it seems, as vampire nobles from across the world are also converging on Osaka.



The Green Hand and Other Stories - Nicole Claveloux

Nicole Claveloux's short stories--originally published in the late 1970s and never before collected in English--are among the most beautiful comics ever drawn: whimsical, intoxicating, with the freshness and splendor of dreams. In hallucinatory color or elegant black-and-white, she brings us into lands that are strange but oddly recognizable, filled with murderous grandmothers and lonely city dwellers, bad-tempered vegetables and walls that are surprisingly easy to fall through. In the title story, written with Edith Zha, a new houseplant becomes the first step in an epic journey of self-discovery and a witty fable of modern romance--complete with talking shrubbery, a wised-up genie, and one very depressed bird.
This new selection, designed and introduced by Daniel Clowes, presents the full achievement of an unforgettable, unjustly neglected master of French comics.
This NYRC edition is an oversized hardcover and features multiple extra-thick paper stocks, full color, and new English hand-lettering.


Waiting For Spring Vol 3 - Anashin

A sweet romantic story of a soft-spoken high school freshman and her quest to make friends, Waiting for Spring will delight fans of earnest, fun, and dramatic shojo like Kimi ni Todoke and Say I Love You. Mizuki is a shy girl about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys' basketball team weren't exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the cafe where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she's been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls.