Friday, March 11, 2005

Previews-o-Rama part 2: The Middle

It's time to go through the latest Previews to discover the good, the bad, and the strange:

Alernative Comics has Bishakh Som's Xeric-winning Angel One-Shot.

StrangeHaven #18, from Abiogenesis, concludes the third book of one of my favorite comics; I imagine that there will be a trade collection out soon.

The fourth issue of Following Cerebus is a Will Eisner tribute issue, with what I think is a SpiritRoach cover. (Aardvark-Vanaheim/Win-Mill)

I was sad to see Gisele Lagace and T. Campbell's Cool Cat Studio end, so I'm very happy to see that they have a new comic, Penny and Aggie, with new publisher Alias.

Matt Howarth's Bugtown comes to a close with issue #6 (Aeon).

It's Gold Digger month at Antarctic Press! Besides the regular series (#64) there's a fifth Pocket manga volume, a swimsuit issue an a spin-off OGN, Peebomanga. (Fred Perry does Ninja High School [#128] too!)

Amaze Ink/SLG has a new issue of Patty Cake & Friends (vol. 2 #14) and a collection of aaron a.'s Serenity Rose.

Avatar debuts comics based on old slasher flicks, with multiple covers, of course. I'll be saving my money.

Boom studios debuts, with a regular Hero Squared series, and a collection of Keith Giffen's Trencher.

Ape Entertainment has Go-Go Gorilla & The Jungle Crew. You know how I like the monkeys!

CPM Manga enters the manga chick-lit market with Pale Pink, about the trials of young women living in Tokyo.

Del Rey has a fifth volume of xxxHOLiC.

Walt & Skeenix vol. 1 is the first in what promises to be a complete collection of Frank King's Gasoline Alley, edited and designed by Chris Ware. (Drawn & Quarterly)

If you are even thinking of buying a pre-slabbed DF Ultimate Iron Man #1 - Signed Foil Alternate Cover, you should quick sign over power-of-attorney to a responsible adult, because you are obviously no longer capable of managing your own finances.

Fantagraphics has Three Paradoxes, an new OGN from Paul Hornschemeier.

iBooks has a new Magnus: Robot Fighter series, from Louise Simonson & Damien Hendricks.

Illusive Arts has the third issue of their Fumetti version of Oz, Dorothy.

NBM have apparently decided to go straight to OGN with a second Hardy Boys volume (there's a second Nancy Drew OGN too), but are debuting Zorro in comic form. Odd...

Pantheon have a new GN from Marjane Satrapi, Embroideries, a "gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women."

He may not be Buckaroo Banzai, but Erik Burnham tells the tale of Nick Landime vs. The World Crime League in a comic from Shooting Star Comics.

Sirius has two more pocket-sized editions of Mark Criley's Akiko.

Speakeasy brings us Ravenous, an OGN from Dawn Brown inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe.

Puffin Graphics have a manga-sized and -priced adaptation of Black Beauty, with art from original Power Pack artist June Brigman. Look for this to be a surprise hit in the bookstore market.

Ah TokyoPop: with all your product, is there anything of interest to me? Dead End, vol. 2 perhaps, though I haven't yet read vol. 1.

Vertical has a sixth hardcover volume of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha.

Okay, that wraps it up for another edition of Previews-o-Rama. See you next month!

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