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Oni Press Announces Not Drunk Enough, a Graphic Novel Series by Tessa Stone

Oni Press welcomes you to your new favorite horror comedy graphic novel series, Not Drunk Enough by Tessa Stone.

Not Drunk Enough, Book One, originally published as a webcomic, is the first in a trilogy of graphic novels about a repairman who stumbles into a terrible place at the worst possible time. A quick repair at a huge corporate lab during a late night shift should not have sent Logan into a hellish landscape fraught with monsters, but it looks like Lady Luck decided to give him the middle finger. Logan would like to give one back.

In the first volume, Logan is a repairman in the wrong place at the wrong time—which is a creepy corporate lab in the middle of the goddamn night. After fighting off a freaky creature, he joins forces with three other poor souls trapped inside the building. Who are they? What are they doing here? What the hell is going on? And will any of them get out alive?

Not Drunk Enough, Book One will be available in comic book shops and ComiXology on July 5, 2017, and in bookstores on July 18, 2017. Not Drunk Enough, Book One will solicit in the May PREVIEWS catalog, in comic book shops March 1.
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Titan to Publish The Death of Stalin, the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming Armando Iannucci Movie!

Titan Comics are excited to announce The Death of Stalin in Fall 2017; the original graphic novel that inspired the upcoming Armando Iannucci movie!

The Death of Stalin will bring Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s graphic novel to a brand-new audience in 2017! The Death of Stalin inspired the upcoming Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.

The Death of Stalin is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, two days that encapsulated all the insanity, the perversity and the inhumanity of totalitarianism.

Coming to printed editions for the first time, The Death of Stalin hits comic stores and bookstores in Fall 2017.

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Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact Lands a Dark Horse OGN Release

Dark Horse welcomes the first original graphic novel from up-and-coming Portland creators Matt Mair Lowery and Cassie Anderson. Their unique sci-fi adventure Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact is slated for release on September 6, 2017.

This full-color trade paperback for young adults stars Cleo, a relatable, endearing young heroine.

In the wake of an alien invasion—and her father’s death—a young girl must leave behind the life she knows to fight for the future of Earth. Aided by a shape-shifting rebel alien posing as her father, Cleo packs extra snacks for the road as they travel in search of both family and foe. Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact follows the unlikely pair as they bond, fight back, and ponder what it means to be human. The power of choice, courage, and unity are examined.

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Top Shelf Announces Home Time: Under the River by Campbell Whyte in June

It’s the last summer before high school, and these six friends are ready for a vacation of sleepovers, video games, and romance. But after tumbling into a river, they emerge in a wild world stranger than any RPG! Australian cartoonist Campbell Whyte makes his jaw-dropping debut with a kaleidoscopic saga  — each chapter drawn in a different visual style — and a love letter to the fantasy worlds of the 80s and 90s, all bound together with whimsy and heart.

Home Time: Under the River is a 228-page graphic novel that will retail for $24.99 and be released in June. Top Shelf has released a seven-page preview which you can check out here.

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Euro Thursday: The Killer Volume 5: Fight or Flight

killer_v5_hc_coverGet inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

For four volumes writer Matz and artist Luc Jacamon have taken us into the world of Frank aka Killer, a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass. The noir series involves everything you’d want from the subject and genre including solid action sequences, loose morals, sex, violence, and political intrigue. This fifth volume brings to a close a series that has presented a fascinating outlook on the world from a completely non-American centric viewpoint. With that, it has challenged, intrigued, and created what’s probably a much more realistic worldview.

And that worldview continues here as Killer wraps up his adventure, but how will he go out? That’s the question I had as I read every page hoping for the best and expecting the worst. Instead of the flash and action, we get an epilogue in many ways. It’s a subdued entry in what generally has been a fast paced series. Much of this entry is from Killer’s perspective as he thinks through what he thinks of the world, settling down, history, and society, and his role in it all. It’s a comic that has our anti-hero taking stock of his life and figuring out what’s next.

This work is dense forcing you to parse each section of dialogue and contemplate what’s being said. But, it’s not as simple as a couple of words. Those matched with Jacamon’s art creates a combination where deeper meaning is as much as what’s being shown as what’s being said. It’s a combination that’s unmatched in comics today and they’ve pulled it off for five volumes.

But even without its synergy with the words, the art is utterly beautiful to look at in a style that’s unrivaled. Lush beaches, beautiful oceans, vibrant jungles, the art and the coloring is jaw dropping and worth the price of admission alone. Like the story itself, the art is sexy and cool creating a world you want to live in now matter how wrong things may be.

I expected a shootout finale with bodies piling up and our protagonist maybe not making it through, and instead, we are given a finale that’s an introspective search as to one’s role in the world. Even with those final pages I found myself still debating the deeper meaning of the series and what it was trying to said and what it has said, and more importantly how I agree or disagree with it. Matz and Jacamon have capped off an impressive run with an ending that delivers and then some. A perfect end cap for one of the most entertaining series in comics.

Story: Matz Art: Luc Jacamon
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Drawn & Quarterly Reveals Their Fall 2017 Catalog!

A poignant personal account of life in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq (Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim); a novella about race and racism (The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry) that is as revolutionary now as when it first appeared in 1988; a new collection of Tom Gauld’s signature Guardian strips once again showcasing his inventive and humourous take on all things literary and pop culture (Baking with Kafka); perfectly paced gems about life, family, memory, and more by Leslie Stein (Present); stripped-down autobiography from a mini-comics legend (From Lone Mountain by John Porcellino); and a giant-size comics treasury of Donald Trump quotes from the 2016 election, as illustrated in classic comics by R. Sikoryak (The Unquotable Trump).

Plus, for younger readers there’s a board book by Leanne Shapton (Toys Talking), a compendium of Anouk Ricard’s beloved kids comic (Anna & Froga: Completely Bubu), and two entries in our Moomin (Tove Jansson) and Kitaro (Shigeru Mizuki) series that will now be fall titles, Moomin and the Brigands and Kitaro’s Strange Adventures.

September

POPPIES OF IRAQ

Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim

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In stores September 5, 2017! $21.95 USD / $24.95 CAD / 6.5″ x 9.5″ / 120 pages / 4-color / hardcover / 9781770462939

GOLIATH (PB)

Tom Gauld

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In stores September 7, 2017! $16.95 USD / $19.95 CAD / 6″ x 8.5″ / 96 pages / 2-color / paperback / 9781770462991

THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME

Lynda Barry

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In stores September 12, 2017! $16.95 USD / $19.95 CAD / 5.5″ x 7″ / 144 pages / B&W / hardcover / 9781770462618

PRESENT

Leslie Stein

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In stores September 19, 2017! $19.95 USD / $21.95 CAD / 6″ X 7.75″ / 160 pages / 4-color / hardcover / 9781770462946

ANNA AND FROGA: COMPLETELY BUBU

Anouk Ricard

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In stores September 26, 2017! $19.95 USD / $21.95 CAD / 6″ x 8″ / 208 pages / 4-color / paperback / 9781770462922

FROM LONE MOUNTAIN

John Porcellino

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In stores September 26, 2017! $24.95 USD / $27.95 CAD / 6″ x 9″ / 240 pages / B&W / paperback / 9781770462953

October

TOYS TALKING

Leanne Shapton

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In stores Oct 10, 2017! $12.95 USD / $14.95 CAD / 6.7″ X 6.7″ / 48 pages / 4-color / 9781770462984

BAKING WITH KAFKA

Tom Gauld

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In stores October 24, 2017! $19.95 USD / $21.95 CAD / 8″ x 5.9″ / 160 pages / 4-color / hardcover / 9781770462960

KITARO’S STRANGE ADVENTURES

Shigeru Mizuki

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In stores October 31, 2017! $12.95 USD / $14.95 CAD / 5″ x 7.5″ / 192 pages / B&W / trade paperback / 9781770462861

November

MOOMIN AND THE BRIGANDS

Tove Jansson

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In stores November 4, 2017! $9.95 USD / $12.50 CAD / 8.5″ x 6″ / 40 pages / 4-color / trade paperback / 9781770462854

THE UNQUOTABLE TRUMP

R. Sikoryak

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In stores November 7, 2017! $12.95 USD / $14.95 CAD / 10″ X 14″ / 48 pages / 4-color / trade paperback / 9781770463042

Preview: The Killer Vol. 5 HC

The Killer Vol. 5 HC

Publisher: Archaia
Writer: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon
Price: $24.99

Archaia presents the fifth and final installment of Matz and Luc Jacamon’s Eisner Award-nominated The Killer, a hard-boiled, noir series following a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass.

Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

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Review: Godkiller Deluxe Edition Book 1

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Fallen gods, sex magic, and quantum physics technowizards collide in Pizzolo and Wieszczyk’s beloved modern classic about a boy wandering the wasteland in search of a new heart for his dying sister.

Writer Matt Pizzolo has managed to create this brilliant, strange, and perverse story that gives us a world that’s extremely grim. Godkiller brings aspects of both fantasy, horror, and sci-fi to the story, excellently mixing all of the genres into one working world. While the plot seems almost classical in nature, the chosen setting and complex story aspects make it stand apart I’m curious to see how the story continues in Godkiller: Tomorrow’s Ashes.

The art in this book by Ben Templesmith and Anna Wieszczyk is a mixture of action, sexual perversion, and violence. The combination creates an atmosphere that keeps things dark at all times. Yet, despite the darkness, it manages to show the sorrow, and desperation of the main character, Tommy has as he searches for a replacement heart for his dying sister.

Story: Matt Pizzolo Art: Ben Templesmith, Anna Wieszczyk
Story: 9.5 Art:9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Papercutz’s Super Genius to Publish David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ High Moon

Timed to February’s full moon, Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint has announced that it will publish the definitive edition of High Moon, the acclaimed graphic novel series by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis. Originally published by DC’s Zuda Comics imprint in 2007 and the Winner of the Harvey Award for Best Online Series, High Moon is a unique western and horror genre mash-up about the investigations of a mysterious bounty hunter, one whose own dark secret emerges every full moon.

Super Genius will publish High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks this October, followed by volume 2 in May of 2018. For their release of High Moon, Super Genius will remaster the existing art for Volumes One and Two, before concluding the story with all new material in Volume Three. All three graphic novels will feature new covers by artist and co-creator Steve Ellis, the storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad:The Cost of Doing Business and The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning games, and the co-creator of The Only Living Boy graphic novel series, also written and co-created by Gallaher and published by Papercutz.

In High Moon, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

The Super Genius editions will be larger than the previous Zuda Comics print edition and will present the landscape formatted series in a removable slipcase that allows it to be racked vertically, maximizing its visibility for retailers and consumers.

All three volumes of High Moon will be published in hardcover at $24.99 and simultaneously in paperback at $14.99. High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks will be available in bookstores and comic book stores across the United States and Canada on October 17th, 2017.

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Street Angel, the Deadliest Girl Alive, Comes to Image Comics

Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez, of webcomic fame, will grace/deface a full-color hardcover graphic novel for the first time this April, from the Eisner Award-winning creative team of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca.

Sanchez is a kung fu master on a skateboard and a homeless orphan failing seventh grade.

In Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special, Jesse takes the Ninja Kid to school! Her fists are the facts and his face is the report card! Meanwhile, Saturday night’s the big dance and Jesse doesn’t want to go! Is love in the air? No. No, it’s not.

Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special HC (Diamond code: FEB170714, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0287-7) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, April 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 13th.

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