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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Miscellaneous

This batch features a retrospective on the career of Clive Barker, a poetic exploration of the travels of imperial expedition naturalist G.W. Steller, some form of historical fiction/poem/album/whatever from Heavy Metal, and adaptation of Jostein Gaarder's Sophie's World, and a giant 2200 page slipcase boxset for Love & Rockets.



(W) Phil & Sarah Stokes

In the mid-1980s, Stephen King inducted a young English novelist into the world of great genre writers, and since then, this genius creator has only continued to expand his field of activity. Created by his two most loyal collaborators, Phil and Sarah Stokes, Clive Barker's Dark Worlds is the first book to shed light on the massive scope of Barker's creative work. With the help of Barker himself, this book contains exclusive insight from those who have worked with him creatively and professionally, alongside analyses of his works and comments over four decades from industry contemporaries and friends such as Ramsey Campbell, Quentin Tarantino, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Peter Straub, Armistead Maupin, J.G. Ballard, Wes Craven, and many more.


Why this caught my eye:

Looks like a nice book to compliment the release of the new Hulu Hellraiser series, and $50 isn't a bad price for a chunky 352 hard cover.



(W) T. Edward Bak (A/CA) T. Edward Bak

This visionary tone poem explores the nature and indigenous ecological traditions that influenced imperial expedition naturalist G.W. Steller who, at the moment of his death in 1746, recalls his discoveries and travel throughout Siberia and the North Pacific.


Why this caught my eye:

I like Bak's style, and you can check out preview pages and order directly from the publisher here.



(W) Patrick Norbert (A) Tanino Liberatore

At the end of the 1970s, a discovery changed the face of the world: the almost complete skeleton of a specimen of Australopithecus, the oldest common ancestor of mankind, was unearthed in the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia. But who was this woman named "Lucy" after the Beatles song? In this comic book with a romantic breath, remarkable for its scientific veracity, we follow the timid footsteps of our ancestor in his awakening to consciousness. A journey made of dangers and discoveries, rocked by the starry night where all the mystery of the world is hidden.

Poetically narrated by Patrick Norbert, carried by the breathtaking ultra-realism of Tanino Liberatore (RanXerox, Heavy Metal Magazine) and produced under the supervision of Yves Coppens (author of a very beautiful afterword) Lucy is an album for dreaming and reflecting on ourselves. A wonderful album to go back to the sources of our history. Contains a special sketchbook section by artist Tanino Liberatore.


Why this caught my eye:

The first solicit I found was even more vague than the one I posted here. One listing had it as historical fiction, another as poetry, and this solicit drops the word 'album' twice, so this is definitely going into miscellaneous for me. What caught my eye was Tanino Liberatore on art. I wasn't aware he was still producing many comics, although this looks to have been originally released in 2007.



(W) Jostein Gaarder, Vincent Zabus (A) Nicoby

The bestselling philosophy book is reimagined for the first time as a graphic novel. One day, young Sophie finds a letter addressed to her that contains only one question: "Who are you?" Then there's another one asking, "Where does the world come from?" The sender of these letters remains a mystery, but the questions intrigue Sophie. This is the beginning of a strange correspondence that will lead the young girl on a coming-of-age quest to meet major figures of philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Hegel, Sartre, etc.). This comic book adaptation of Jostein Gaarder's original novel breathes new life into a cult classic.


Why this caught my eye:

I could probably have dropped this off into all-ages as it would be a great book for libraries and schools to stock, but it feels more like it fits into philosophy so it's landing here. Also, SelfMadeHero does good work so I would expect this to be a solid adaptation.



(W) Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Mario Hernandez (A) Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Mario Hernandez (CA) TBD

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Fantagraphics’ flagship series, this prestigious box set presents bound facsimiles of the original fifty issues of the Love and Rockets comics magazines.

Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez are now recognized as two of the greatest cartoonists in the history of the medium ― award-winning, world-renowned, critically acclaimed. But in 1982 when the first issue of Love and Rockets came out, they (occasionally working with their brother, Mario) were two young, struggling, unknown cartoonists who were bucking the dominant comic book trend of costumed characters and adolescent content with intimate, complex, humane, novelistic stories told in comics form. Love and Rockets has appeared in a variety of formats over the years and continues to this day, but the original 50-issue run represents a milestone in comics history. Fantagraphics is celebrating and honoring the 40th anniversary of Love and Rockets and the debut of the Hernandez's' first published comics with a gigantic eight-volume slipcase reprinting each issue in a facsimile edition.

Their organic body of work is available in a series of scrupulously and logically organized graphic novels, but here Fantagraphics honors the original quarterly format by presenting the comics as they appeared between 1982 and 1996, recreating not only the reading experience of tens of thousands of fans, but of a particularly fecund period in comics history when a new generation of cartoonists was exploding the idea of what comics could be. Painstakingly recreated in issue-by-issue facsimile, this boxed set includes every cover, comics page, and letter column (even advertising!) in seven hardcover volumes. An eighth volume densely collates selected essays, reviews, and profiles that appeared in the popular (and unpopular) press between 1982 and 1996, along with over 100 pages of additional, rarely-seen comics from the period by all three Brothers, plus dozens of book and magazine covers ― a virtual history of the growth of Love and Rockets and the simultaneous rise of the literary comics movement of which they were exemplars and trailblazers.


Why this caught my eye:

I mean if you've got $400 to spare, you could spend it on worse packages. And I judge a lot of my books based on their extra use as a blunt weapon to bludgeon people with, so this sucker clocking in at 9.5W x 11.5H x 9D and 27.4 lbs definitely passes my standards.


That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some all-ages/YA on the next round!

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