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Upcoming Comics Spotlight

The focus on this installment will be on upcoming Autobiographical/Biographical/Non-Fiction!

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Ryan Dunlavey

The team behind IDW'S Comic Book History of Comic Books returns with a brand-new series! From Aardman to Zoetrope, Disney to Miyasaki, Hanna-Barbera to Pixar, and everything in between! The perfect companion piece to CBHoC, the Comic Book History of Animation focuses on the filmmakers and beloved characters of the past century and a half, and is essential for fans of the medium and 'toon newbies alike. SEP200521

Why this caught my eye:

All of the previous runs have been great and Van Lente is a font of knowledge who knows how to present it in an engaging way.



(W) Chris Ware, Ira Glass (A/CA) Chris Ware

Original book and package now available at a new low price! Chris Ware presents a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes autobiographical visual monograph, and opens a revealing window into the worlds he inhabits. This book serves as a personal chronicle of a contemporary iconic illustrator, and is a must-have for those interested in illustration, graphic novels, and pop culture.


Why this caught my eye:

It's worth pointing this out as I think the original release price was around the $50 mark so $29.98 is a pretty great deal considering the density of Ware's work.



(W) Elodie Durand (A/CA) Elodie Durand

A triumph of graphic memoir, Parenthesis narrates the author's experience with tumor-related epilepsy-losing herself, and finding herself again.

Julie is barely out of her teens when a tumor begins pressing on her brain, ushering in a new world of seizures, memory gaps, and loss of self. Suddenly, the sentence of her normal life has been interrupted by the opening of a parenthesis that may never close.

Based on the real experiences of cartoonist Élodie Durand, Parenthesis is a gripping testament of struggle, fragility, acceptance, and transformation which was deservedly awarded the Revelation Prize of the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Pull Quotes:

"In this graphic memoir, Élodie Durand tries to reconnect the threads of her memory... the resulting testimony is touching in all its simplicity... the sober and refined drawings accompany her story with a great deal of accuracy and sensitivity...  the inclusion of sketches made during Durand's convalescence adds even more strength and emotion to her black and white artistry." - BD Gest'  


Why this caught my eye:

This sounds like an astonishing memoir, and after looking at some of Durand's art on her Instagram and website I'm pretty engaged with her style and voice. I would love to see more stuff like this coming out of IDW.



(W) Isabella Rotman (A/CA) Isabella Rotman

"A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to giving and receiving consent in sex, relationships, and other physical contact.

How do you tell someone you want to do stuff with them? How do you ask if they want to do stuff with you? How do you know what stuff you want to do with each other? Enter: Sargeant Yes Means Yes from the Consent Cavalry, a beacon of clarity in a fuzzy minefield of questions. Sarge drops in on a diverse range of folks deciding whether to engage in sexual activity in this short and fun comic guide to communicating what you want, don't want, and how you want it!

With wit and charm, Sarge also includes tips on what affirmative consent looks like, advocating for what you want, and setting boundaries that honor your comfort and safety. The result is a positive resource illustrating how easy it really is to respect each other's bodies and desires."


Why this caught my eye:

Oni's Quick & Easy Guide series should be required stocking material for libraries and schools. Their consistent in their quality and invaluable teaching tools. If you are unfamiliar with the series, you should check out:



(W) Various (A) Various, Richie Pope

All power to the cartoonists! The Power issue of The Nib magazine electrifies satire, journalism, and politics with comics on issues ranging from the racial history of DNA tests to the scam of trickle-down economics. Artist Matt Bors interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther, four cartoonists share when they felt the least powerful, and we get a glimpse of a dystopian future ruled by Disney.


Why this caught my eye:

The Nib collections are always interesting anthologies where you can discover a lot of amazing indy creators and new voices. If you are unfamiliar with the Nib, you can check out a lot of their comics directly on their website.


That does it for this batch! Next up I'll focus on some manga!

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