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Preview: The Black Hood #4


Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: David Mack
Variant Cover: Howard Chaykin with Jesus Aburto
Variant Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz
On Sale Date: 5/27
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

NEW ONGOING SERIES FROM DARK CIRCLE! “Bullet’s Kiss, Part 4” The Connection’s lieutenants have discovered the identity of the new Black Hood. And now Greg Hettinger has only 24 hours to unmask their boss—the man who set Greg up!  As the badly-injured Black Hood struggles to piece together the puzzle, he’s forced to put his faith in a woman who could end up saving him… or sending him straight to the slammer!


Preview: The CBLDF Presents: Elephantmen: Shots #1

The CBLDF Presents: Elephantmen: Shots #1

Story By: Richard Starkings
Art By: Dougie Braithwaite
Art By: Ian Churchill
Art By: Boo Cook
Art By: Shaky Kane
Art By: Moritat
Art By: Tim Sale
Art By: Dave Sim
Cover By: J Scott Campbell
Variant Cover By: Tim Sale
Variant Cover By: Boo Cook
Price: $5.99
Diamond ID: MAR150521
Published: May 27, 2015

Led by TIM SALE’S 9 page WHEN THE NIGHT COMES story, this special collects all the ELEPHANTMEN strips from HERO COMICS, LIBERTY COMICS and THE THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY. Features the hard to find JUDGE DREDD, STRONTIUM DOG and MARINE MAN crossovers and beautiful covers by J SCOTT CAMPBELL and TIM SALE! All proceeds go to the CBLDF!


Preview: King: Prince Valiant #2

King: Prince Valiant #2

Nate Cosby (w)
Ron Salas (a)
Chip Zdarsky (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Chip Zdarsky “Virgin” Art retailer incentive cover
Wilfredo Torres Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Wilfredo Torres B/W Art retailer incentive cover

UTTER DEFEAT! The stubborn and fearless PRINCE VALIANT dares to face the GREATEST FOE, who has never been (and never will be) defeated…and Val loses. Then, and only then, does Valiant begin to understand the epic quest he is about to undertake. Gird you loins for
transcendent adventure by NATE COSBY (Cow Boy) and RON SALAS!


Preview: Capture Creatures #4

Capture Creatures #4

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Becky Dreistadt

New creatures are popping up all over! Tamzen and company have their hands full as they try to unravel the secrets of their new friends, but the threat facing the creatures is only growing larger! With new, more powerful evolutions to deal with, the kids will either find the strength they need…or find themselves in over their heads.


Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree to Drop Monthly

Hip Hop Family Tree #1Hip Hop Family Tree is making its debut as a monthly comic book with new covers, splash pages, and a “director’s commentary.” The series by Ed Piskor traces the creator’s motivations, processes, and research involved in making this masterpiece-plus other surprises! The first two volumes wound up on numerous “best of” lists with each of their releases.

Hip Hop Family Tree is the first monthly comic in Fantagraphics‘ 39-year history. The first issue traces the very beginning of hip-hop: it spotlights the breakdancers, graffiti artists, DJs, and MCs who formed hip-hop culture in the tenement rec rooms of the south Bronx in the 1970s. Readers will discover who invented the term “Hip-Hop,” and cultural pioneers like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa will make appearances…every month!

Hip Hop Family Tree is the history of hip-hop as told through comics. Piskor can’t stop, won’t stop until the entire story is told. Painstakingly researched, Ed Piskor is delivering the most thorough account of the who, what, where, and when of the most infamous music genre the world has ever seen.

Hip Hop Family Tree FCBDThis collectible re-release will be available exclusively through Diamond Comics Distributors and on the remastered Fantagraphics website.

The change in release was sparked partially by the Free Comic Book Day release, which became sought after. While Fantagraphics has strong sales through the book trade, this will strengthen their outreach with the direct comic shop reader.

The series will also mark another first for Fantagraphics: exclusive variant cover editions by Piskor produced for retail partners ordering 1000 copies. This will include the Eh! Variant edition, featuring a Slick Rick cover that will be available exclusively from Gotham Central Comics and Collectibles in Mississauga, Ontario.

Likewise, the Third Eye variant, featuring Eazy E on the cover, will be available for purchase this summer at Third Eye Comics locations and online. Piskor will be making an appearance at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland to sign the variant at a date in August t.b.a.

Each variant cover by Piskor riffs on the beloved Marvel 25th Anniversary cover promotion from 1986 and spotlights a different figure from the history of Hip Hop. Fantagraphics and Piskor will also be producing a convention exclusive variant available only from Fantagraphics or Piskor himself.

Hip Hop Family Tree #1 will be solicited in the Previews for items shipping in August. August will also see the release of Hip Hop Family Tree Book 3: 1983-1984, the latest volume of the best-selling book series, which spotlights The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, The Fat Boys, and many more.

Retailers interested in partnering on their own exclusive variant should contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics Books.

Kids Comics Blog Tour Q&A with Colleen AF Venable

KidsComicQuestions TourBannerCelebrate kids comics with Q&As with fantastic children’s cartoonists for Children’s Book Week! We’re helping out as great authors talk about their own creative work and the graphic novel industry throughout April and May. Comics for kids are reaching a time of unprecedented acceptance in the American literary scene, and it’s now true that there are comics for everyone. A tour of Q&As have been set up and we’re proud to participate. You can find the full list here.

CAFV-author-photo-laughToday you can find an interview with Colleen AF Venable by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (Dragons Beware!).

Rafael Rosado/Jorge Aguirre: Hello, old friend, Colleen! Thanks so much for answering our questions.  We should tell everyone first that you designed the cover for Giants Beware and Dragons Beware back when you worked at First Second Books.  You also gave me (Jorge) lots of tips on lettering a comic book, which I had never done before (sorry for all the mistakes and thanks for fixing them).  And most important, you came up with the title of the first book.  Our title was lame. Yours, “Giants Beware” was much better.  So, thanks for that too!

Colleen AF Venable: Aw thanks! It was easy to be inspired by such a fantastic book. I am a HUGE Claudette (and Valiant and Marie and Gaston and River King and the River King’s Mustache…on man I could go on) fan.

RR/JA: Back in August, First Second  blogged about you, “Look in coming seasons for her Kiss Number Eight, a stellar teen project like nothing we’ve ever done before.”  Can you spill any beans on that project?

CV: If given a burrito near the original art pages, it’s very likely I’d spill beans all over them. That’s probably why Leela Wagner (the amazing artist drawing Kiss #8) hasn’t invited me over for Tex-Mex night.

Oh wait! You mean the PROVERBIAL beans.

It’s a coming-of-age story about a girl dealing with a big family secret, a secret of her own, and a whole lotta not-so-secret-because-no-teen-can-keep-it-secret angst. It’s also a comedy about being awkward, minor league baseball, cheese fries, sitting through band bands, and that feeling when you are a teen and you say “this is me!” only to, ten minutes later, say “No wait THIS is me!” and then 30 seconds after that scream “NO! SCRATCH THOSE FIRST TWO. THIS is me!” Leela’s art for is STUNNING and she really gets the whole feeling of uncertainty we’re all plagued with in those crazy hormonal times.

RR/JA: You’re a very visual person – at least we get that impression from all the wonderful covers you’ve designed, but you don’t draw your own books. So when you work with artists on your books how do you approach your scripting? Is it a detailed outline or a script? Thumbnails?

CV: If there’s one thing I love more than Tex-Mex nights (come-on, Leela!) it’s collaboration. I love seeing interpretations of my words—seeing jokes that were half working suddenly be AMAZING with a few simple visual choices, seeing what my characters look like in someone else’s eyes… My scripts tend to be very long and go panel by panel with long descriptions of visual elements and important things to include—since all of my books tend to be mysteries of one sort or another and often the clues are in the art—followed by the lines of dialogue. I don’t thumbnail for the artists, but I try to give a general sense of rhyme and timing and make sure there are quiet moments, beats where we can silently hear the characters grow. I came from a land of playwriting, so I love dialogue and have to keep myself from going on constant banter benders, because it’s those silent panels where the reader really connects with the characters. You breathe in at the same moment. For a moment you are them.

Did I mention I’m wordy?

SasspantsRR/JA: Your Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye series seems like a character and world ripe for an animated series.  Any chance Sasspants will get her own show?  Is animation something you’re interested in?

CV: Neal Porter, the legendary picture book editor, once told me I did “the least annoying hamster voice he’s ever heard.” It was high praise. I’ve always been obsessed with cartoons and go crazy anytime I get a chance to hear behind the scenes things about voice actors. I now have an entire gauntlet of voices I do when I do school visits, all the while imagining how great it would sound if someone like Rob Paulsen or Tara Strong were voicing them. If Guinea Pig was ever made into a show I’d like lose my mind with excitement and be found weeks later running down the street and still screaming with glee.

I’d love that on a personal level (cough understatement cough) but on a humanity level I think Sasspants would be such an amazing role model. She’s smart, tough, loyal, a bit flawed like all of us, and totally 100% bad-ass. She’s like MacGuyer with slightly less mullet! She doesn’t wear a giant bow, or heels, or have three huge eyelashes. Her gender doesn’t define her. I wish there were more shows with characters like Sasspants.

RR/JA: Like us and like many other writers and cartoonists, you have a day job. How do you balance your day job with your nights and weekend job?

CV: There’s this thing I’ve heard of. It’s called “sleep.” I’m not sure if it’s real, but it sounds pretty cool. I’m gonna try it some day!

msMarvelIt’s a hard balancing act, and I’m still working to get better at it but the thing that’s been helping me most lately is having a firm calendar. On Tuesday nights I write. On Fridays during lunch break I write. On Saturdays and Sundays I play waaaaay too much Dance Central and then fall down, sweaty and tired, STILL unable to get that one impossible Usher song right…and then remember oh yeah! I’m supposed to write!!! I usually aim for three days a week and put giant red marks on my calendar when I do, so I can look back and see if I’ve been slacking OR if I should buy myself a giant tub of icecream because I am kicking red-colored-in-days butt.

RR/JA: What’s on your nightstand?

CV: Right now? A whole big pile of tissues. HAPPY SPRING, FELLOW ALLERGY SUFFERERS! Luckily I have a big nightstand, so next to the giant pile of my nose DNA (anyone wants to clone me, you know where to look) there’s currently a copy of the new Ms. Marvel trade (so good!), Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales The Donner Dinner Party (best book on cannibalism for kids ever!!!), and the latest fantastic Holly Black novel The Darkest Part of the Forest. Not a day goes by that there isn’t a giant pile of books on my bedstand and two books in my purse. I love reading all sorts of genres, and going anywhere without a book feels so wrong, even going to sleep.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What are folks excited about this week?

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – Everyone at Everyone Else’s Throats Over Wally Wood Daredevil Credit – I was going to do a story on this…. but this one covers it well.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Bleeding Cool – Curb Stomp #4

Comic Vine – Fresh Romance #1

The Outhousers – Indestructible: Stingray #1

Comic Vine – Material #1

CBR – Usagi Yojimbo #145

Preview: Red Sonja #16

Red Sonja #16

Gail Simone (w)
Walter Geovani (a)
Jenny Frison, Cat Staggs (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Jenny Frison B&W Art retailer incentive cover
Cat Staggs B&W Art retailer incentive cover

From the acclaimed creative team of Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni, the final chapter in the epic “Forgiving of Monsters” saga finds the She-Devil with a Sword besieged from every side. A parasitic infestation, an intensely personal grudge, an imperiled Astronomer, and an entire kingdom on the verge of homicidal fury have all led to a showdown so bloody and explosive, it surely lives up to — or even exceeds — the Red Sonja series’ reputation of swords-and-sorcery excellence!


Preview: Deadly Class #13

Deadly Class #13

Story By: Rick Remender
Art By: Wes Craig
Cover By: Wes Craig
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150560
Published: May 27, 2015

It’s back to school for Marcus after barely surviving a cartel kill-squad. But he’s about to discover that even hardened teenage assassins aren’t immune to the ravages of broken hearts and breakup notes.


Preview: Adventure Time #40

Adventure Time #40

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Author: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling

It’s a special interactive, one-shot issue! Magic Man plans to use the reader to help beat Finn and Jake, but can our heroes turn the tables?


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