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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Drama

This batch features a woman's journey toward acceptance and healing, a new tale from I. N. J. Culbard, an insanely well priced new printing of Daniel Clowes' Eightball, a story of women opting out of motherhood and how they find their place in a world full of children and laws about their bodies, and a bad trip that leads through a journey of suffering and self-discovery.

 

WHEN EVERYTHING TURNED BLUE TP

(W) Alessandro Baronciani (A/CA) Alessandro Baronciani

Chiara lives her life afraid of many things, but most of all the fear of an undiagnosed illness. As she delves further and further down a rabbit hole of denial and disassociation, she will be forced to make a decision that will alter her life forever. Presented in English for the first time, Alessandro Baroncianis's When Everything Turned Blue is the intimate story of one woman's journey toward acceptance and healing. JUN220530

Why this caught my eye:

I remember seeing this pop up somewhere in my feeds a while back (it was initially released in Italy in 2020), so glad to see it translated by brought over by DH. I really like the look of Baronciani's artwork.

 

SALAMANDRE TP

(W) I. N. J. Culbard (A) I.N.J. Culbard (CA) I. N. J. Culbard


Salamandre is a sweeping, evocative graphic novel from award-winning artist and writer I.N.J. Culbard (The Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death, Everything, Brink, The New Deadwardians).


Kaspar Salamandre is a bereaved young artist who is sent to stay with his enigmatic grandfather in a land ruled under an oppressive regime, where there can be only one loved one: the Emperor. In this land where flowers are contraband, music is illegal, and art is created in hiding, Kaspar discovers a world of art revolutionaries, espionage and the secret police. His search for answers will bring him face to face with the meaning of sacrifice. But, will anything bring him closer to overcoming his loss?

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Why this caught my eye:

I loves me some Culbard, simple as that.

 

COMPLETE EIGHTBALL TP VOL 1 - 18

(W) Daniel Clowes


Collecting issues 1-18 of the iconic Daniel Clowes comics anthology Eightball; it contains the original installments of Ghost World, the short that the film Art School Confidential was based on, and much more, newly designed for paperback by the author.


The beloved comic book series Eightball made Daniel Clowes' name even before he gained fame as a bestselling graphic novelist (Ghost World, Patience, David Boring, Ice Haven) and screenwriter. From 1989 to 1997, he produced 18 issues of what is still widely considered one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. Now, Fantagraphics is collecting every single page of these long out-of-print issues in a paperback edition.


It includes more than 500 pages of vintage Clowes: seminal serialized graphic novels, strips, and rants, such as "Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron," "Ghost World," "Pussey," "I Hate You Deeply," "Sexual Frustration," "Ugly Girls," "Why I Hate Christians," "Message to the People of the Future," "Paranoid," "My Suicide," "Chicago," "Art School Confidential," "On Sports," "Zubrick and Pogeybait," "Hippypants and Peace-Bear," "Grip Glutz," "The Sensual Santa," "Feldman," and many more.


Features new covers by Clowes, and "Behind the Eightball": the author's annotations for each issue, heavily illustrated with art and photos from his archives.

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Why this caught my eye:

$50 is sort of a crazy price for this much content, so that alone is worth highlighting.

 

NO KIDDING TP

(W) Vero Cazot (A/CA) Madeleine Martin


Making babies is a big decision. There's Jean, the one who doesn't want any kids. And Lucy, the one who might want them one day. But is their mind set up for real or is it just society torturing them with guilt, playing tricks on them? This is No Kidding, a real book about real women making real choices with big chunks of humor in it! No Kidding is a journey into the heart, mind and soul of these women opting out of motherhood and how they find their place in a world full of children and laws about their bodies.

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Why this caught my eye:

Sounds like an engaging book, and I really like Martin's style. I had trouble finding her on social media, but you can check out some samples here and here.

 

ACID NUN GN

(W) Corinne Halbert (A) Corinne Halbert


A bad trip leads Annie, our earnest heroine, through a journey of suffering and self-discovery.


Caught within the confines of her own mind, Annie struggles against the doubled weight of trauma and despair. In order to crawl her way out, she must grapple with the cruelest parts of her psyche, and make peace with her inner child and suppressed past. Annie argues with her demons and punches her way toward the light, with a little help from her dedicated and loving friends. Halbert crafts an unflinching yet compassionate story about pain, rage, and the blessings we can give ourselves.

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Why this caught my eye:

At this point I should probably ask Silver Sprocket for a kickback for spotlighting them so much, shouldn't I? You can find more info and sample pages (and order directly) here.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some manga on the next round!

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