Hidden Gems Sale spotlight: Chris Polkki


Every day in July we're spotlighting books from our month-long Hidden Gems Sale, wherein we're featuring some of our under-the-radar backlist titles and encouraging you to try them by offering them at a nice discount of 25% off!

The subject of today's spotlight, editor Chris Polkki, put together two fantastic anthologies for us in the first half of this decade, one focusing on international artists and one featuring some of comics' newest superstars.

Bête Noire edited by Chris Polkki

Bête Noire

The alternative comics movement has gone worldwide with a vengeance, with cauldrons of activity in a number of countries. With Bête Noire, Polkki set himself the daunting task of corralling all these exciting movements into one fantastically dynamic English-language anthology, with 88 pages of new or previously untranslated comics from two dozen top-notch cartoonists acclaimed for their work in such cutting-edge magazines or cooperatives as Kramers Ergot, Cornélius, Le Dernier Cri, and L'Association. The exciting Bête Noire roster features MS Bastian (Switzerland); Fé + Witko, Frédéric Coché, Ludovic Debeurme, Lucie Durbiano, Quentin Faucompré, Morgan Navarro, and Caroline Sury (France); Adam Dant (UK); Anke Feuchtenberger (Germany); Ichiba Daisuke, Junko Mizuno, Suzy Amakane, Takeshi Nemoto, and Yuichi Yokoyama (Japan); Ben Jones (USA); Reijo Karkkainen (Finland); Peter Köhler (Sweden); Olaf Ladousse (Spain); Helge Reumann (Switzerland); Fabio Viscogliosi (Italy) and the legendary Quebecois madman Henriette Valium (Canada). There is also a color section featuring Kevin Scalzo, creator of the endearingly gross Sugar Booger! David Heatley provides the wraparound cover.

88-page b&w/color 7" x 8.5" comic book
regularly $9.95 • ON SALE $7.46
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Blood Orange edited by Chris Polkki

Blood Orange #1-4

The four issues of Blood Orange showcase the comic art of Rick Altergott, Lauren Weinstein, Kevin Huizenga, Ron Regé, Jr., Gary Baseman, Archer Prewitt, Rebecca Dart, Chris Wright, Jeffrey Brown, Matti Hagelberg, Fabio Viscogliosi, Renee French, Anders Nilsen, Ben Jones, Brian Ralph, Lark Pien, Tobias Tak and Ted May, with covers by Steven Weissman, Olivier Douzou, and Lark Pien. In addition, issue #3 features European cartoonists Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury, Ulf K., Alex Baladi, Nicolas Mahler, Olaf Ladousse, and Fabio Zimbres. In a distinctive, beautifully designed format, Blood Orange captures the pulse of alt-comics.

48-page black & white comic books
regularly $5.95 each • ON SALE $4.46 each
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