Sunday, April 30, 2006

Monkey Covers

Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover.

A monkey on a moped? Cool! (And alliterative!) It's from the cover of Knights of the Dinner Table #90.

Click on the image for a larger version.

Don't forget, Free Comic Book Month 2 starts tomorrow, so get your entry in soon!

Friday, April 28, 2006

May is Free Comic Book Month 2 at YACB!

Last year's Free Comic Book Month was a smash success, so I'm doing it again this year!

May 6 is Free Comic Book Day, but here at YACB one day isn't good enough. We'll be giving away free comics every day of May!

That's right, free comics! Each day of May I'll pick someone to receive a free comic, taken from my personal collection: duplicates, things I have in trades, and other stuff. My goal is to match up people with a comic that they haven't read but that they may like. My tastes are wide and varied, so chances are I've got a comic for you.

And by free I mean free. Really. No cost, no shipping & handling, all free.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

By email, send me the following:

* Your name
* Your postal address
* Titles of five comics that you like
* Please include 'FCBM' in the subject line

That's it! For every day of May I'll choose at least one entry and try to match up that person with a comic, then I'll mail the comic to him or her. It's easy, and it's free!

Last year I gave away over 100 comics to 50 different people; I hope to meet or exceed that number this year.

Of course, there are a few restrictions:

* You must be 18 or older
* You must live in the United States
* You may enter at any point during May, but only one entry per person.

And a little bit of fine print:

* Persons receiving comics are chosen by me, based on whether I feel I can provide a comic to you
* I'll try my best, but there's no guarantee you'll actually like the comic I send
* All winners will be announced here on Yet Another Comics Blog
* At least one winner will be selected each day, but it may take me a few days to get to the post office, so please be patient
* I will not use your address to spam you, nor sell or give your information to others

The Goon 25¢ EditionBut wait, there's more!

Each person who has a free comic chosen for him/her will also receive a copy of either The Goon 25¢ Edition, or the Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic/Rebellion Flip Book.

That's right, two free comics! How could you ask for anything more?

So what are you waiting for? Send in your entry today!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

New This Week: April 26, 2006

Based on the NCRL list for this week's comics shipping from Diamond, here are a few things to look for at the local comic shop tomorrow:

The Pick of the Week is Fantagraphics' The Complete Peanuts, vol. 5: 1959-1960. Lucy's first Psychiatric Booth! The first Great Pumpkin! The first appearance of Sally! It's all here.

Peanuts may not be in all stores this week; so if it's not in yours, you may want to give a look at Brian Fies's Mom's Cancer; I haven't read it yet, but I've only heard good things.

In other comics:

Alias have the third issue of Lullaby.

Amaze Ink/Slave Labor have the final issue of Paris (#4) and the first issue of Tron. Yes, Tron. I loved that movie when I was 12. You know you want it, fanboy.

Archie have a new issue of Sabrina (#75).

Boom! Studios join the new-dialogue-in-old-comics bandwagon with the What Were They Thinking?! Some People Never Learn one-shot.

Dark Horse bring the funny with Star Wars Tag & Bink Episode 1 Revenge of the Clone Menace; they also have a new Usagi Yojimbo (#93).

DC have a new 100 Bullets collection (vol. 9: Strychnine Lives); the final issue of Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein (#4); the Villains United Infinite Crisis Special; the debut of Checkmate; and new issues of American Way (#3), Batman (#652), Blue Beetle (#2), Catwoman (#54), Hawkgirl (#51), Lucifer (#73), and Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (#17).

Image have new issues of Gødland (#10), and Invincible (#31).

Marvel have new issues of Astonishing X-Men (#14), Runaways (#15), and X-Factor (#6).

Oni have the penultimate issue of Polly and the Pirates (#5).

Superverse finally debut their hyped-up-the-wazoo Zoom Suit.

TokyoPop debut Chuck Austin's Boys of Summer; c'mon, admit it, you're dying to see it...

That oughta do it for this week; enjoy your new comics!

Yet Another Music Moment

Dave's Car Mix, April 2006

1 Human (Class Mix) - The Pretenders
2 Nth Degree - Morningwood
3 Hockey Monkey - James Kochalka Superstar
4 4ever - The Veronicas
5 Washed Out - The Eames Era
6 Portions for Foxes - Rilo Kiley
7 Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
8 Through Your Eyes - Lunik
9 Satyam Shivam Sundaram - Thievery Corporation & Gunjan
10 Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
11 Stars Above Us (DJ Jeff Barringer Lite Mix) - Saint Etienne
12 Unbeauty - Rachael Sage
13 Better - Plumb
14 Warm Sand - Tina Dico
15 Conceived - Beth Orton
16 The Charging Sky - Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
17 I Wanna Die - Miranda Lambert
18 Bad Things - Jace Everett
19 Getaway Car - The Jenkins
20 Leave the Pieces - The Wreckers
21 Conservative, Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males - Todd Snider
22 Love Smiles - The Billy Nayer Show

If anything catches your fancy, I've turned this into an iMix.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Dave's Dozen: Collections/GNs

Concluding my look through the April Previews (for items supposedly shipping in June or July), here are a dozen collections and graphic novels that I feel are worth your attention:

B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame
(Dark Horse, $17.95, p. 32)

It may be sacrilidge, but I enjoy the latest batch of B.P.R.D. stories more than the regular Hellboy comic. If you missed this when it came out in floppies, you'll definitely want to pick up the collection.

(DC/Vertigo, $19.99, p. 115)

Vertigo continues its assault on the indy comics scene by bringing Gilbert Hernandez's new OGN into the Warner fold. It's billed as a surrealistic romance/drama in the mold of David Lynch.

The Drowners
(Image, $14.99, p. 148)

The very good noirish mini from Nabiel Kanan gets a collection.

Oz: The Manga Pocket Manga
(Antarctic, $14.95, p. 229)

All nine issues of David Hutchison's critically acclaimed adaptation of The Wizard of Oz get the handy pocket manga collection.

Flight Volume 3
(Ballantine, $24.95, p. 245)

The acclaimed anthology series jumps ship to major publisher Ballantine, with over 350 massive full-color pages from a mixture of established creators and fresh young turks.

Little White Mouse Omnibus Edition
(Cafe Digital, $24.95, p. 252)

If you've never real Paul Sizer's delightful sci-fi tale, you owe it to yourself to pick up this massive (over 400 pages!) omnibus edition.

Action Philosophers volume 1: Giant-Sized Thing
(Evil Twin, $6.95, p. 290)

The first three issues of the funny and good for your brain bio-series are collected in one affordable volume. No excuses now!

Wet Moon volume 2: Unseen Feet
(Oni, $14.95, p. 318)

I haven't read volume 1 yet (it's relisted this month), but I enjoyed Ross Campbell's The Abandoned so much that I'm willing to dive right in to this.

Fool's Gold volume 1
(TokyoPop, $9.99, p. 331)

I'm sold on this just based on the strength of Amy Hadley's cover illustration. And if she can deliver on the premise--a support group for girls who are drawn to jerky boyfriends--so much the better!

Grease Monkey
(Tor Books, $27.95, p. 352)

Tim Eldred's comics is about a gorilla, in the future, who fixes spaceships. There's your high concept right there! Another massive collection (over 350 pages); I haven't read all of it before (some may be previously unpublished?) but what I've read has been loads of fun.

Hikaru No Go volume 7
(Viz, $7.95, p. 356)

I'm falling too far behind on this manga, but I'm sure that when I get to it this latest volume will be just as good as the previous volumes. It's good proof that just about any subject can make for an interesting comic if done right.

She-Hulk, vol. 3: Time Trials
(Marvel, $14.99, p. M97)

I've been waiting for the trade on this for what seems like forever. The bizarre legal issues of the Marvel universe come to the page in this enjoyable series from Dan Slott.

Sorry this was so late--hopefully you still have time to let your FLCS know that you want one or more of these fine books. I'll be back next month! (Earlier this month I had my picks for mainstream and indy comics.)

YACB Bulletins

ITEM! Over at Pretty, Fizzy Paradise, Kalinara tells how she would fix Nightwing and make it readable again.

ITEM! Pulitzer winner Mike Luckovich is interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air.

ITEM! Not comics: Hopefully none of you reading this will ever need it, but the book Stalking: A Handbook for Victims is now available for free online in PDF. It was written in 1999, so it doesn't really cover cyberstalking (there's a new edition planned for sometime this year...) but nevertheless there looks to be some good information.

ITEM! We're now just one week away from the second annual YACB Free Comic Book Month. Look for the official announcement and full details on Friday...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Monkey Covers

Aquaman Annual #5Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover.

Aquaman? No, Aquaape! It's the JLApe cover of 1999's Aquaman Annual #5 by Arthur Adams.

(Standard disclaimer about apes not really being monkeys applies.)

Image courtesy of the GCD. Click on the image for a larger version.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Spidey Saves Your Teeth from the Green Goblin

I was going to write up a post about how my simple trip to the dentist for a cleaning yesterday turned into 3-hour ordeal, but it ended up sounding too whiny.

So instead, here's the cover to an AIM toothpaste giveaway comic starring Spider-Man!


Happy Blogiversary to Photon Torpedoes, which celebrated its 1st blogiversary yesterday; and to Comics Worth Reading, where Johanna is celebrating her 2nd blogiversary today (although she's been commenting about comics online in various venues for a lot longer). Here's to many years to come from these two always interesting blogs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Superman 2600

Reading about the upcoming Superman Returns PS2 game, I'm reminded of a much earlier attempt to bring the Man of Steel to home console gaming.

Anyone remember the old Superman game for the Atari 2600?

It must have been one of the worst comic book video games ever--and I played it for hours on end because, y'know, it was Superman.

The game opened with a couple of Lex Luthor's goons blowing up a bridge in Metropolis. As Superman, you had to reassemble the bridge and capture Lex and the goons and return them to jail, then change back into Clark Kent and file your story at the Daily Planet. The game was timed, so the object was to complete the mission in the shortest amound of time. There was just that one mission, so it got awful repetitive very fast. I remember that there was a particular cheat--the details of which I can't recall--that allowed me to finish the game in less that one minute. So, not a lot of replay value.

Though check out the great screen shots--it's the adventures of flying pixel man!

More details about the game at Atari Age.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

New This Week: April 19, 2006

Big Max #1Based on the NCRL list for this week's comics shipping from Diamond, here are a few things to look for at the local comic shop tomorrow:

The Pick of the Week is MR Comics' Big Max #1. It's a creator-owned title by Dan Slott. And it has monkeys! Should be good.

In other comics:

Antarctic have a new issue of Ninja High School (#137).

Ape Entertainment have the debut of Horrorwood.

Dark Horse have a new issue of The Goon (#17).

DC have two digest collections of Justcie League Unlimited (vols. 2 & 3); the debut of Bite Club: Vampire Crime Unit; an Ex Machina Special (with Chris Sprouse on art); and new issues of Birds of Prey (#93), Hellblazer (#219), JLA Classified (#20), JSA Classified (#11), Manhunter (#21), and Testament (#5).

Disney have a colelction of Art Balthazar's Gorilla Gorilla.

IDW have the final issue of Angel: Old Friends (#5)

Kyle Baker Publishing have a hardcover collection of Kyle Baker's The Bakers: Do These Toys Belong Somewhere?

Marvel ahev your Power Pack goodness, with a digest collection of X-Men & Power Pack and the debut issue of Avengers & Power Pack. They also have new issues of The Book of Lost Souls (#6), Captain America (#17), Daredevil (#84), Nextwave (#4), Squadron Supreme (#2), and X-Statix Presents Dead Girl (#4).

Newcomics debut several manwha titles all at once...

Oni have trade collections of volumes 2 & 3 of Queen & Country Declassified.

TokyoPop have several tankōbon, including the fourth volume of Dead End.

Viper have a trade collection of Random Encounter.

That oughta do ya for this week. Enjoy your new comics!

Monday, April 17, 2006

YACB Bulletins

ITEM! Mike Wieringo on why Spidey's classic costume works. (no direct link, so go to entry #216, for April 17).

ITEM! Mike Sterling on FCBD tips for comic store owners.

ITEM! Neil Cohn on Why Superheroes are not Mythology.

ITEM! Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog. (via Sara)

ITEM! Just two weeks until we kick off Free Comic Book Month here at YACB; can you feel the excitement?!

New Library Comics: Week of April 10, 2006

Here are the comics we got in for our library collection last week:

Comics as philosophy /Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2005.

Flight /Orange, CA : Image Comics, c2004- vols. 1-2

Hergé, 1907-1983. Cigars of the pharaoh /Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1975.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Destination moon /Boston : Little, Brown, c1976.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Explorers on the moon /Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown and Co., c1976.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Flight 714 /Boston : Little, Brown, [1975], c1968.

Hergé, 1907-1983. King Ottokar's sceptre /Boston : Little, Brown, c1974.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Prisoners of the sun /Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown and Co., c1975.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Red Rackham's treasure /Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1974.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The Black Island /Boston : Little, Brown, [1975], c1966.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The blue lotus /Boston : Little, Brown, c1984.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The broken ear /Boston : Little, Brown, c1978.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The Calculus affair /Boston : Little, Brown, c1976.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The Castafiore emerald /Boston : Little, Brown, c1975.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The crab with the golden claws /Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1974.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The Red Sea sharks /Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown and Company, c1976.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The secret of the unicorn /Boston : Little, Brown and Company, c1974.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The seven crystal balls /Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown and Co., c1975.

Hergé, 1907-1983. The shooting star /Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown and Company, c1978.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Tintin and the picaros /Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c1978.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Tintin in America /Boston : Little, Brown, c1979.

Hergé, 1907-1983. Tintin in Tibet /Boston : Little, Brown, [1975], c1962.

Killoffer. Six hundred and seventy-six apparitions of Killoffer /London : Typocrat Press, c2005.

Micheluzzi, Attilio. Avventura in Manciuria /Milano : Edizioni l'Isola Trovata, c1985.

Napier, Susan Jolliffe. Anime from Akira to Howl's moving castle : experiencing contemporary Japanese animation /New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Runton, Andy. Flying lessons /Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf, 2005.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Monkey Covers

Superboy #53Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover.

In honor of his recent passing, here's good ol' Kon-El getting his butt handed to him by an ape of the future on the cover of Superboy #53 by artists Tom Grummett & Karl Kesel.

(Standard disclaimer about apes not really being monkeys applies.)

Image courtesy of the GCD. Click on the image for a larger version.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Super Egg

My friend Nancy makes Pysanky--traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs--and this year she made me a really cool Superman Egg:

Super Egg

Thanks Nancy!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Borders Manga Sale

Now through May 1, Borders is having a manga sale: buy 3, get 1 free.

(Borders isn't paying me or anything, I just thought some would like to know...)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Dave's Dozen: Indy Comics

Continuing my look through the April Previews (for comics supposedly shipping in June), here are a dozen indy comics that I feel are worth your attention:

Strangers in Paradise #83
(Abstract, $2.95, p. 212)

The final story arc in Terry Moore's long-running soap opera begins. Worlds will Live! Worlds will die! And nothing will ever be the same! Okay, not really. You've either been in this for the long haul, or not.

Midnight Sun #1
(Slave Labor, $2.95, p. 224)

Ben Towle has the story of a 1928 airship expedition mysteriously lost at the North Pole. An newspaper reporter goes in search of them. What could possibly go wrong?

Ursa Minors #1
(Slave Labor, $2.95, p. 224)

Slackers get super-powered high-tech bear suits! (Stephen Colbert would not be happy...)

DragoPro #0
(Antarctic, $3.50, p. 228)

Rob Espinosa teams up with Joe Dunn for his latest fantasy comic. Pygmy orcs!

Action Philosophers #6: The People's Choice
(Evil Twin, $2.95, p. 290)

You voted, and these are your choices: Aquinas! Keirkegaard! Wittgenstein! Just like American Idol, but with philosophers!

Supermarket #4
(IDW, $3.99, p. 307)

I'll keep plugging it until y'all start buying it. This is Wood's strongest work yet, and the art by Kristian Donaldson is darn snazzy besides.

Leading Man #1
(Oni, $3.50, p. 318)

Actually I'll probably wait for the trade on this, but B. Clay Moore & Jeremy Haun's story of a Hollywood star slash international super spy looks right up my ally.

Amelia Rules! Super Summer Special
(Renaissance, $4.95, p. 321)

A double-sized summer special with the return of Jimmy Gownly's critically acclaimed all-ages comic. Lots of guest creators too.

Okay, you got me; that was only eight comics. Sorry, but there doesn't seem to be much happening in indy floppies this month. Don't worry; I'll have plenty of stuff to spend your money on when I hit the collections & graphic novels...

(A couple days ago I highlighted mainstream comics.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

New This Week: April 12, 2006

Based on the NCRL list for this week's comics shipping from Diamond, here are a few things to look for at the local comic shop tomorrow:

The Pick of the Week is Oni's collection of Andi Watson's Little Star mini-series. I didn't read the floppies, but Watson rarely disappoints so I'm looking forward to sitting down with the collection.

In other comics:

Abstract have the latest Strangers in Paradise (#81).

Airship have the fourth Girl Genius hardcover collection.

Antarctic have new issues of Gold Digger (#74) and Gold Digger Color Remix (#4).

Archie goes otaku in Archie #565.

Dark Horse have a new Hellboy collection (vol. 6: Strange Places) and the first issue of the new BPRD mini, Universal Machine. They also have the second Nexus Archives hardcover, for those of you with lots of money.

DC's latest Showcase Presents is Teen Titans vol. 1; and they have new issues of Desolation Jones (#6), DMZ (#6), Fables (#48), Firestorm (#24), and Superman (#651).

Evil Twin have Action Philosophers: Hate the French.

Fantagraphics have a collection of Eddie Campbell's Alex.

Image have Brian Wood's Tourist OGN, and a new issue of Noble Causes (#19).

Marvel have an oversize hardcover collection of Astonishing X-Men (for the 5 of you X-Men fans who haven't already bought the stories once or twice already); the TPB of the first Young Avangers collection; and new issues of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (#7), Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four (#11), and Ultimate Spider-Man (#93).

Sirius have two new Akiko pocket size collections, vols. 4 & 5.

Viz have new volumes of Banana Fish (vol. 13) & Crimson Hero (vol. 2).

Enjoy your new comics!

To Everything, There is a Season...

You all must know by now that Love Manga is gone, but stepping back in to fill the gaps somewhat is Pata at Irresponsible Pictures. Welcome back!

Me, I'm not going anywhere (sorry!) Besides, there's less than three weeks until we kick of the second annual Free Comic Book Month...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Dave's Dozen: Mainstream Comics

Each month I go through Previews to highlight twelve items worthy of attention in three categories: Mainstream Comics, Indy Comics, and Collections/GNs.

First up for the April Previews (comics supposedly available in June) are the following dozen mainstream comics picks:

Superman Returns: Krypton to Earth
Superman Returns: Ma Kent
Superman Returns: Lois Lane
Superman Returns: Lex Luthor

(DC, $3.99 ea., p. 67)

Ordinarily these comic book prequels are inconsequential, but with the team behind the movie involved with the stories, I image that, while not essential to the movie, these ought to be interesting.

Superman/Batman #27
(DC, $2.99, p. 69)

With new writer Mark Verheiden coming on board, perhaps this book will become readable. At least with guest art by Kevin Maguire it'll look great.

DCU: Brave New World
(DC, $1.00, p. 77)

Only Uncle Sam (Palmiotti, Gray & Acuña) & The Atom (Simone, Byrne & Scott) really interest me, but for a buck it'll be a good way to sample things.

Secret Six #2
(DC, $2.99, p. 86)

I haven't seen an issue of this yet, but I'm putting my faith in Simone to give us a ripping good yarn. Plus, so far those covers by Karl Kerschl look fantastic!

Solo #11
(DC, $4.99, p. 87)

It's a shame that this series is ending, but beore it does we get a whole issue by Sergio Aragones! Will there be a Bat Lash story?

Casanova #1
(Image, $1.99, p. 136)

Matt Fraction & Gabriel Ba bring us international action in glorious 2-color. Hot damn! This has got to be my pick of the month.

Sabrina #77
(Archie, $2.25, p. 233)

Tania del Rio continues to bring us one of the best OEL manga titles out there; don't believe me? Johanna says so too! And you don't have to wait 6 months between installments like you do with some other publishers...

Eternals #1
(Marvel, $3.99, p. M33)

Neil Gaiman & John Romita, Jr. Who cares what it's about? (Which is a good thing, because the solicitation copy is darn near content free...)

Nextwave #6
(Marvel, $2.99, p. 56)

This comic will be staying far, far away from Civil War--right? I'd much rather have samurai robots than super-heroes angsting.

Look for the other two parts, Indy Comics & Collections/GNs, sometime soon.

New Library Comics: Week of April 3, 2006

Here are the comics we got in for our library collection last week:

Andelman, Bob. Will Eisner, a spirited life /Milwaukie : M Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2005.

Baker, Kyle. The Cowboy Wally show /New York : DC Comics, c2003.

Baker, Kyle. Undercover genie : the irreverent conjurings of an illustrative Aladdin /New York, NY : Vertigo Comics, c2003.

Braddock, Paige. Jane's world : vol. 4 /[Sebastopol, Calif.] : Girl Twirl Comics, 2005.

Gonick, Larry. The cartoon history of the universe /New York : Broadway Books, 2001- v.3

Henderson, Sam. Humor can be funny! /Gainesville, FL : Alternative Comics, 2005.

Mathieu, Marc-Antoine. Memoire morte /[Paris] : Delcourt, c2000.

Rickheit, Hans. Chloe /Cambridge, MA : Chrome Fetus Comics, c2002.

Tyler, Carol. The job thing /Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 1993.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Monkey Covers

Green Lantern #30Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover.

Wally West and Hal Jordan get their butts handed to them courtesy of Gorilla Grodd on the cover to 1992's Green Lantern #30 by artists Mark "Doc" Bright and Romeo Tanghal.

(Standard disclaimer about evil telepathic gorillas not really being monkeys applies.)

Image courtesy of the GCD. Click on the image for a larger version.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Ever Wanted to be a Super-Hero?

Man skydives with turbine engines strapped to his feet.

Grant Morrison may have been right...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

King of the Impossible

This one's for Mike:

Flash Gordon cover

(Yes, that's a photo of actor Sam J. Jones inserted into the otherwise loverly cover by Al Williamson.)

I'll try to get motivated to have some interior scans posted soon...

New This Week: April 5, 2006

Based on the NCRL list for this week's comics shipping from Diamond, here are a few things to look for at the local comic shop tomorrow:

The Pick of the Week is Superior Showcase #1 from Adhouse Books, a new anthology series that features indy comix creators taking a stab at super-heroes (much like their well received anthology GN Project Superior, but less thick). This first issue features work by Nick Bertozzi, Mike Dawson and Dean Trippe.

In other comics:

Aeon have the conclusion of Matt Howarth's Keif Llama: Xenotech (#6).

Airship have the fourth volume of Girl Genius.

Dark Horse debut Toru Yamazaki's manga horror title Octopus Girl.

DC have a collection of Howard Chaykin's Challengers of the Unknown mini; the third collection of Ex Machina; and new issues of Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis (#41), Detective Comics (#818), Ex Machina (#19), Jonah Hex (#6), JSA (#84), Planetary (#25), Swamp Thing (#26), Winter Men (#4), and Y, the Last Man (#44). They also have the penultimate issue of Infinite Crisis (#6), which I'm sure will explain everything.

I Box have a new issue of Thieves & Kings (#48).

Image have the debut of the second volume of Lions, Tigers & Bears.

Marvel have the second digest of Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four, which you should really consider picking up because writer Jeff Parker is turning out some fun done-in-one stories for this all-ages title. There are also new issues of The Book of Lost Souls (#6), Marvel Team-Up (#19), and The Punisher (#32).

Oni debut Chynna Clugston and Ian Shaughnessy's Strangetown.

TokyoPop have the U.K. edition of Rising Stars of Manga.

And that's about it. Compared to last week, it's relatively sane!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Take a Survey, Win Free GNs!

Pal Jim O., proprietor, publisher and head writer at GT Labs, is running a demographic survey in conjunction with a group of MBA students at the University of Michigan.

In exchange for taking the survey, you will (if you provide an email address) be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 books from GT Labs. (Don't worry, your email will be separated from your responses.)

The survey is at

New Library Comics: Week of March 27, 2006

Here are the comics we got in for our library collection last week:

Aragones, Sergio. Sergio Aragones actions speak. /Milwaukie, OR : Black Horse/Maverick, 2002.

Baker, Kyle. Kyle Baker : cartoonist. /New York : K. Baker, 2004.

Blegvad, Peter. The book of Leviathan /Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2001.

The Bush junta : cartoonists on the Mayberry Machiavelli and the abuse of power /Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books : Distributed in the USA by WW Norton, 2004.

Campbell, Eddie, 1955- Alec : how to be an artist /Paddington Q, Australia : Eddie Campbell Comics ; Marietta, GA : Available in the US from Chris Staros, Top Shelf Productions, 2001.

Capp, Al, 1909- Fearless Fosdick : the hole story /Princeton, Wis. : Kitchen Sink Press, c1992.

Chesneaux, Jean. comp. The people's comic book; Red women's detachment, Hot on the trail and other Chinese comics. /Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Press, 1973.

Eisner, Will. The best of the Spirit /New York : DC Comics, c2005.

Gonick, Larry. The cartoon guide to chemistry /New York : HarperResource, c2005.

Gonick, Larry. The cartoon guide to sex /New York : HarperPerennial, c1999.

Gonick, Larry. The cartoon guide to the environment /New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1996.

Hyde, Maggie, 1952- Introducing Jung /Cambridge : Icon Books ; [New York] : Totem Books ; Lanham, Md. : distributed to the trade by National Book Network, 1999.

Jacobs, Will. The comic book heroes : from the silver age to the present /New York : Crown Publishers, c1985.

Katchor, Ben. The Jew of New York /New York : Pantheon Books, 1998.

Langridge, Roger. Fantagraphics Books and Roger B. Langridge present Fred the clown. /Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2004.

Mack, David. Kabuki : circle of blood /Fullerton, CA : Image Comics, c1997.

The Mad archives. /New York : DC Comics, 2002- v. 1

March, Joseph Moncure. The wild party : the lost classic /New York : Pantheon Books, c1994.

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Morrison, Grant. The filth. /New York : DC Comics, c2004.

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Myrick, Leland. Bright elegy /Pasadena, Calif. : Adept Books, c2004.

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Savage, William W. Comic books and America, 1945-1954 /Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c1990.

Shanower, Eric. Age of bronze /Orange, CA : Image, c2001- v.1-2

Veitch, Rick. Rabid eye : the collected rare bit fiends /West Townshend, VT : King Hell Press, c1995.

Winick, Judd. The adventures of Barry Ween, boy genius /Portland, OR : ONI Press, 1999.

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Monkey Covers

Sunday is Monkey Covers day here at YACB. Because there's nothing better than a comic with a monkey on the cover.

Today we have the 1977 cover to 2000 A.D. #5, which features Judge Dredd taking on a giant cyborg gorilla. Giant Cyborg Gorilla. I love comic books!

(Standard disclaimer about giant cyborg gorillas not really being monkeys applies.)

Image courtesy of the GCD. Click on the image for a larger version.