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Floating World Comics announces a Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Comics Biography of All Time release party

Floating World Comics is hosting a release party with Portland creator, Ryan Alexander-Tanner for the 4th and latest chapter of this ongoing comics biography, Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Comics Biography of All Time.

Every scene in the book is deeply rooted in fact and researched from dozens of sources but also relies on creative dramatization to provide an evocative retelling of events. Chapter 4 depicts the months leading up to the heavyweight title bout between Sonny Liston and Cassius Clay (these events occur before Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali). As Cassius engages in psychological warfare against the reigning champion, he also deepens his relationship with Malcolm X and ultimately must choose between his religious beliefs and a shot at the title.

WHO: Ryan Alexander-Tanner
WHAT: Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Comics Biography of All Time Chapter Four release party
WHEN: Saturday June 10, 5-7pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 1223 Lloyd Center

Ryan Alexander-Tanner has been creating comics and illustrations in Portland for over 20 years. He’s best known for illustrating the logo for Dave’s Killer Bread. He is the co-author (with Bill Ayers) and illustrator of To Teach: The Journey, in Comics for Columbia University’s Teachers College Press. He’s created nonfiction comics for The Nib, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, The Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury, to name a few. He is also a professor in the Comics Studies department at PSU. https://www.ohyesverynice.com/

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest Comics Biography of All Time Chapter Four Release Party

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Expanse: The Dragon Tooth #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Abolition of Work (Floating World Comics) – Bob Black’s essay from 1985 gets a graphic adaptation.

All Eight Eyes #1 (Dark Horse) Jaws meets Arachnophobia in a new vision of creature-feature terror.

Avengers Assemble Omega #1 (Marvel) – It’s the finale to the epic Avengers storyline!

The Boxer Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – Though the story is about boxing, there’s so much focus on psychology and the characters, boxing is secondary. Watch our review.

Cult of That Wilkin Boy (Archie Comics) – Archie has been putting out some great horror comics and we’re excited to see what this musician gone wrong tale brings.

Darkwing Duck #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – We’re big fans of the series which picks up on the classic and beloved animated series.

The Expanse: The Dragon Tooth #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Fans of The Expanse won’t want to miss this series which fills in gaps of the television series.

Harrower #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The horror series has been fantastic with a nice mix of modern slasher classics and a modern sensibility and style.

The Mighty Barbarians #1 (Ablaze) – It’s classic fantasy with a modern sensibility about it. Check out our review!

Soko #1 (Sumerian Comics) – A routine traffic stop for two Serbian beat cops quickly descends into corruption and betrayal as a dark trail of evidence leads to the discovery of unimaginable depravity. Sounds like the out of control cop story we enjoy.

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #1 (DC Comics) – The Superman family memeber gets the spotlight in this series as Connor heads out on his own.

Terrorwar #1 (Image Comics) – Blue City was the last livable place on Earth. Now it’s crawling with Terrors-creatures that transform into their victims’ worst fears. Humanity’s last hope? Muhammad Cho and his overworked, underpaid crew of freelance Terrorfighters.

Rich Tommaso’s Black Phoenix Vol. 1: Something Has Gone Terribly Wrong is coming in February 2023

Black Phoenix is, at its core, a contemporary comics magazine featuring original characters and stories of various comics genres—all dreamed up by its sole author, Rich Tommaso. Don’t be fooled by the pseudonyms inside—he changes names as often as drawing styles. But, the magazine is also like a walk through comics history itself. Each volume of these golden age, pulp styled digest anthologies is headed up by a long-form comics adventure which is backed up by a bunch of short-form comics—all in the same genre or flavor.

This Crime Noir themed volume includes the following thrilling tales:
Killer In My Sleep, The Mysterious Case, Retired Gun, X-Ray Spectre, Galoot!, The Face Of Evil, Petite Fatale, Sam Hill, Coco Et Belle, Bullethead

136 pages, 7″ x 9″, full color
February 2023


Preview: 20202020

A series of daily watercolor and ink drawings from 2020 by award winning illustrator Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War, Mind MGMT). Each of the over 366 illustrations was created using all traditional materials with no digital manipulation. Different themes in the book include a robot Tod alphabet, a complete tarot deck and a variety of fictional and nonfictional characters.

(W/A) Farel Dalrymple
80 pages
7″ x 10″
ISBN 978-1942801269


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Frank Miller's Ronin Book Two #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Ancient Enemies #1 (Frank Miller Presents) – Earth becomes the final battlefield for a centuries old war between two alien races.

Boat Life (Floating World Comics)Boat Life stars novelist Tsuda Kenta, a lightly veiled stand-in for the artist, Tsuge Tadao, himself, as he pursues a life of reprieve and reverie on a small, makeshift house boat on a river outside of Tokyo.

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #5 (IDW Publishing) – The series has been amazing and such a unique concept of a heist set in a forest fire. The art has been at times jaw dropping.

DC vs. Vampires #11 (DC Comics) – We’ll keep repeating it but the series has blown past our expectations and kept us at the edge of our seat.

Eight Billion Genies #6 (Image Comics) – The series has been amazing being able to fit in so many concepts and ideas and make it all work. But, it’s the characters in the crazy world that’s the real draw.

Fear of a Red Planet #1 (AfterShock) – The sheriff on Mars must deal with the murder of someone everyone hates.

Frank Miller’s Ronin Book Two #1 (Frank Miller Presents) – It’s been a long time since we read the original but Miller returning to comics the way he is and launching this has us intrigued.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300 (IDW Publishing) – A final special oversized issue as G.I. Joe ends its time at IDW. Hopefully, this isn’t the end of Larry Hama’s writing for the series no matter where it winds up.

Kamen Rider: Zero One #1 (Titan Comics) – We’re not too familiar with Kamen Rider but we’re excited to check this out. The covers and art look awesome!

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new apocalyptic series but it’s a trilogy with each issue featuring 30 pages of story that spans a lifetime. An interesting concept from writer Jason Aaron and rotating group of artists.

Parker Girls #3 (Abstract Studio) – The series has been a lot of fun mixing action and humor, exactly what we’d expect from creator Terry Moor.

Star Wars: Revelations #1 (Marvel) – The issue teases what’s to come for Marvel’s Star Wars line of comics!

Steve McArdle’s C.R.O.W.B.A.R. 9 is back from the ’90s

The earth is under siege by an alien force from the unknown. Panic and fear is being fueled by the media. C.R.O.W.BAR 9 has been assembled to investigate a wave of disappearances around the globe. Our only hope lies in these 9 young people with stunning powers and the guts to use them. This 80 page Giant from Power Comics collects all 3 issues (including the previously unpublished #3) from the ’90’s.

C.R.O.W.BAR 9 80 Page Giant by Steve McArdle is out January 18, 2023.

C.R.O.W.BAR 9 80 Page Giant

New York Ninja Super Special by Chuck Forsman

Vinegar Syndrome‘s cult hit New York Ninja returns in a magazine-sized Super Special by Ignatz award winner Charles Forsman.

New York City, 1984 – Crime is at an all time high. John aka the New York Ninja scours the streets night after night, searching for his wife’s killer. Meanwhile, the villainous Rattail’s new radioactive powers make him deadlier than ever.

New York Ninja Super Special #1 is in shops November 30 from Floating World Comics.

Kris Kool, the Pop-Psychedelic Graphic Novel by French Comics Master Caza

Kris Kool has known the sumptuous vertigo of diving among dying asteroids…

… got into a fight in almost all the inns in the universe…
… and he loved beautiful and dangerous women!
This time he accepted a job that perhaps he shouldn’t have…
… and now he is shipwrecked on an planet unknown to him…
… Will he be able to find his way back?

Find out by reading Kris Kool: the first pop-psychedelic graphic novel by the French SF comics master Caza, in a completely restored and recolored version, in English, 50 years after its first and only original French edition.

Passenger Press and Floating World present the long-awaited – and completely remastered – English edition of Kris Kool, sporting new and sparkling colors and an equally new modern graphic design.

This limited edition contains an EXTRA section with never before seen materials (test pages, color proofs as well as the b/w pages).

The release features 96 color pages printed on uncoated paper and a soft touch cover with paperback sewn binding. Limited to 450 copies, it retails for $40.

Also available in an Exclusive Edition that includes an 8″ x 11″ print on uncoated paper signed by Caza, limited to 150 copies – $60

Floating World teams up with Power Comics to launch a New Imprint

Vendetta: Holy Vindicator

Power Comics has announced a partnership with independent publisher Floating World Comics to curate a new line of reissues featuring its favorite and most important discoveries including Ken Landgraf and Bob Huszar‘s street vigilante epic New York City Outlaws, and a collection of Steve McArdle‘s singular thrash-metal outlaw-verse Red Bullet Comics.

Announcing the debut publication from Floating World / Power Comics…


Just when we thought we’d seen every supreme extreme in the superhero megaverse… we unearthed the decades-old, skin-flayingly singular work of Steve McArdle and his Red Bullet Comics imprint. From the start, McArdle was a maestro of blood and mayhem, an overlooked ’90s creative genius wrapped in black leather and raw ambition.

In his undisputed masterpiece Vendetta: Holy Vindicator, skulls, spikes, motorbikes, chains, more chains, and Satan collide at thrash-metal speed in what may be the most intenselyconfident entry to the self-published comics canon… ever.

Collects Vendetta: Holy Vindicator #1-4 and Artillery #1

Lunar Distribution announces deal with Floating World, Silver Sprocket and Uncivilized

Lunar Distribution

Lunar Distribution has announced a distribution deal with Floating World Comics, Silver Sprocket, and Uncivilized Books to bring their books to the direct market and other retailers.

The three independent publishers will offer retailers a 50% discount, starting with their December releases as well as October and November titles on FOC.

Lunar Distribution launched in April 2020 signing DC as its initial customer ending the publisher’s exclusive deal with Diamond. Since then, the distributor has added AHOY Comics, Scout Comics, Z2 Comics, and more to its list of publishers who use the platform.

Floating World Comics is an independent publisher of international, avant-garde, and genre comics and graphic novels. Our publications are an exciting extension of our bookstore in Portland, OR, which has been operating at the heart of contemporary comics for over fifteen years. With a focus on a unique, curated selection of the most outstanding comics from around the world, we bring new voices to the forefront. As we have seen time and again, the mainstream often springs from underground.

Silver Sprocket is a radical indie comics publisher, shop, and gallery based in San Francisco specializing in comics that are socially conscious and fun, with numerous Eisner and Ignatz awards under their belts.

Uncivilized Books is a boutique comics publishing house based in Minneapolis, MN. Uncivilized Books champions cartoonists unafraid to grapple with big ideas. Their books are funny, smart, dense, and satisfying. We envision a future full of cartoon philosophers, comic-book poets, graphic novelists, and doodler scientists.

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