San Diego Comic-Con 2015: The Debuts


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9781606998410Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

There’s an absence of authority in the town of Alexandria, and the teens are trying to keep their makeshift society together until their parents return. But students keep dying mysteriously, local band The Crotchmen rock the nights away, freshmen palm readers and seers have lines out the door, and Ben Schiller has had it up to HERE with her sister Empathy’s disappearing act. It’s a punk summer vacation that might not make it to fall.

In stores September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck:, “Treasure Under Glass”: The Don Rosa Library Vol. 3 by Don Rosa

When sharks and pirates block Scrooge McDuck from the mother of all treasure maps, only noisy nephew Donald can break the impasse . . . or can he? It’s Fantagraphics’ third complete, chronological book of Duck epics by Don Rosa—following in the footsteps of Disney legend Carl Barks with his own stunning, seaworthy style. Standout stories in this latest Scrooge and Donald volume include “Treasure Under Glass”: a tale of ships, scoundrels, and the world’s biggest diving bell. Then “War of the Wendigo” pits Scrooge and the Peeweegah Indians against a piggish profiteer—while in “Return to Xanadu,” a quest for Kublai Khan’s gold leads the Ducks back to Carl Barks’ lost world of . . . ah, but that would be telling!

In stores August 2015

 

 

 Mox Nox by Joan Cornellà

Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornellà’s viciously funny Mox Nox comic strips have struck such a nerve on social media that his Facebook page has garnered over one million fan followers. A quick glance indicates why. Each single page strip is a wordless, full-color, hand-painted marvel of the comic strip form. That Cornellà’s visually inviting artwork is in the service of his graphic sense of humor/horror only heightens the appeal. Mox Nox is populated almost exclusively by smiling psychopaths who invariably turn even the most mundane situation into a side-splittling and cringe-inducing farce. Cornellà’s humor mixes the absurdist comedy of Michael Kupperman with the transgressive, political incorrectness of Johnny Ryan. This is Cornellà’s long-awaited first book to be published in the U.S.

In stores August 2015

 

 

Bright-Eyed at Midnight by Leslie Stein

Beginning at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2014, and ending on January 1, 2015, Leslie Stein began drawing a comics page a night. Fueled by an urge toward visual and narrative experimentation and made possible by serendipitous bouts of insomnia, Stein has combined words and images in a series of comic strips, paintings, and collages that reflect her life.

Bright-Eyed at Midnight collects the best of the 365 pages she made in 2014. By turns funny, unsettling, charming, and improvisational, Stein explores her 1980s childhood, dreams, travel, artist’s block, drinking, recording and playing rock shows, and bar patrons, along with quiet moments of introspection and loneliness in the most exciting city in America. Drawn in pen and ink and vibrant watercolors, and written in a minimalist, poetic cadence, Bright-Eyed at Midnight is a thoughtful, meditative visual diary by an acclaimed cartoonist.

In stores August 2015

 

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3 by Ed Piskor

Ed Piskor’s acclaimed graphic novel series continues! Book 3 highlights Run DMC’s rise to fame and introduces unassailable acts like Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, and Doug E Fresh. The Beastie Boys become a rap group. Rick Rubin meets Russell Simmons to form Def Jam. The famous TV pilot to the dance show Graffiti Rock and the documentaries Style Wars andBreakin’ and Enterin’ are all highlighted in this volume spanning 1983-1984. Ed Piskor continues to deliver the goods in this comprehensive history of hip-hop.

In stores August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Dripping with Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 5 by Steve Ditko

Dripping With Fear: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume 5 features another 200-plus meticulously restored, full-color pages from Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko in his early prime, at the time working in near anonymity for Charlton Comics in the then-popular horror/suspense genre.

It was during this time that Ditko and his art-school colleague, the famed fetish artist Eric Stanton, began sharing a studio in Manhattan. The introduction by editor Blake Bell examines Ditko’s stylistic evolution and delves deep into his association with Stanton. Ditko’s secret collaborations with Stanton on his female bondage material remain a highly controversial topic, and Bell’s introduction highlights numerous examples that prove the allegedly shy and private Ditko contributed with wild abandon to these risqué tales of titillation.

In stores August 2015

 

 

Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes

Not Funny Ha-Ha is a bold, slightly wry graphic novel illustrating the lives of two young women from different cultural, family, and financial backgrounds who go through two different abortions (medical and surgical). It does not address the events leading up to the pregnancy, or even the decision-making before choosing abortion as an option. It simply shows what happens when a woman goes through it, no questions asked. It follows them through the process of choosing a clinic, reaching out to friends, partners, and/or family…and eventually the procedure(s) itself.

Despite the fact that so many women and girls have abortions every day, in every city, all around us, it can be a lonely experience. Not Funny Ha-Ha is a little bit technical, a little bit moving, and often funny, in a format uniquely suited to communicate. The book is meant to be a non-judgmental, comforting, even humorous look at what a woman can go through during an abortion. In stores July 2015

 

 

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If You Steal by Jason

The long-awaited new book from a fan favorite.

Jason’s latest collection indulges his light and playful side, consisting of eleven wildly off-kilter stories that mix incongruous elements of pop culture and a variety of genres, pastiches, and mash-ups in a delightful brick of elegant graphic storytelling.

Frida Kahlo is a hired killer. Santo, the Mexican wrestling film star, faces his ultimate challenge. The rise and fall of Chet Baker – told in six pages. Night of the Vampire Hunter. The last word on the JFK assassination conspiracies. A non-linear heist story that also somehow indulges images by Magritte. A big bug story based on 1950s black-and-white films. And what would an Morrison’s Moondance album look like if it were a horror comic? All as foretold by Nostradamus, of course. And all told by Jason, whose sly and elusive meanings are hidden beneath beguilingly deadpan style.

In stores September 2015