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Dark Horse Wants to Help You With Mark Perez’s How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything

Dark Horse has announced it’s branching into the self-help book market with How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything by Mark Perez. Scott Shaw lends his Emmy Award–winning illustration skills to the Hollywood screenwriter’s debut illustrated prose book, a humorous how-to for burgeoning criminals.

The satirical novel follows the adventures of one of the most notorious con men in the United States. Jonathan Dough (an alias, of course) relates to Perez stories from his turbulent upbringing and entertaining adulthood. In addition to the personal tales, Dough also shows how to commit crimes and pull off successful cons. The result is an in-depth and fascinating explanation of the glorious world of grift, the science behind scams, and most importantly, how to be a successful criminal.

How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything goes on sale March 8, 2017.

How to Win at Life by Cheating at Everything

Dark Horse is Releasing Will Save the Galaxy for Food in Early 2017

Dark Horse has announced the publication of Will Save the Galaxy for Food, written by Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw and illustrated by E. M. Gist.

Will Save the Galaxy for Food is a satirical sci-fi adventure that follows a down-on-his-luck galactic pilot struggling for survival. Space pirates, deadly yet adorable creatures, and a missing fortune make this galactic adventure an experience for the ages!

Will Save the Galaxy for Food goes on sale on February 1, 2017.

Will Save the Galaxy for Food

Preview: Tumor


(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A) Noel Tuazon
(CA) Renee Dimalla
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Noir, Mystery
PRICE: $19.99

Private investigator Frank Armstrong barely scrapes by in the Los Angeles underbelly until “the big one” hits his desk. Locate and retrieve the daughter of a drug kingpin, and he can finally afford more than the one-dollar meatloaf. Unfortunately, the job offer arrives just as the symptoms of his fatal, late-stage brain tumor intensify. Frank must find the target and keep her safe while time collapses, family turns into foe, and the specter of his murdered wife resurfaces in the eyes of a mobster’s daughter.

Eisner, Harvey, and Emmy nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov joins Harvey and Eisner nominated artist Noel Tuazon in their second thrilling collaboration about the bittersweet joy of lost love and the sharp pain of redemption.


Review: Tumor

Tumor CoverNoir is in as far as genres and to find something unique is a pretty special thing. Tumor written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and art by Noel Tuazon is the story of Frank Armstrong who finds out he has an inoperable brain tumor that’s killing him. In his final days, with his body, senses, and mind failing him, he’s going to do the one thing that he’s never been able to do before—save the girl.

Originally published by Archaia, the graphic novel is back courtesy of a re-release from Oni Press. That has me excited and fantastic as it’s a graphic novel that holds up with the writing and art being as top-notch today as it was when it was released six years ago. What’s amazing is looking at this work, as well as their other collaboration recently re-released Elk’s Run, and seeing that it should be no shock at the quality both are putting out today whether it’s Fialkov’s The Bunker, Jeff Steinberg, or Tuazon’s Foster.

The brilliance of this graphic novel is the blending of what’s going on with Frank’s past. The tumor has affected his perception of time and as the series progresses the shifting of time and events grows stronger, playing with even how the reader is perceiving the comic. It ranks up there with the great mind benders as well as the best noir/crime comics.  On top of an amazing story by Fialkov is the fantastic art by Tuazon which enhances the spiral that Fialkov plots out in his story.

Tumor holds up after all of these years and continues to be a must-read. Whether or not you enjoy noir/crime stories, this tale is fantastic and heartbreaking.  Make sure to put it on your summer reading list as it’s the sort of mind trip of a graphic novel that’s fun to curl up with and devour while laying by a pool or beach.

Story: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art: Noel Tuazon
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

March Takes the Top Three Spots on New York Times Bestseller List

March: Book Three has been selling out all over and the demand is so high the printing facility for it ran out of paper! It should be no surprise then that the biographical trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell has taken the top three spots on The New York Times paperback graphic novel bestseller list.

March: Book Three debuted in the top spot followed by March: Book One which has spent an entire year on the list. March: Book Two was third and has been on the list for 13 weeks.

Congrats to everyone!


Review: Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 2

Teen Titans Earth One Vol 2 CoverAfter months on the run from the twisted project that created them, Cyborg, Terra, Beast Boy and Garth are near their breaking point, barely surviving on what they can steal, squatting in the ruins of an abandoned subdivision. But as they reach their lowest ebb, their creator, Dr. Niles Caulder, is ready to make his move…and they’re about to learn that they weren’t the only kids to go through Caulder’s twisted process! There are more children with powers out there, and unlike our heroes, they were raised for only one purpose—to be the living weapons Caulder wants ALL his Titans to be!

Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 2 has that volume 2 for a reason as the comic is a direct continuation from the first and if you haven’t read it, you’ll probably have no idea what’s going on in here.

Written by Jeff Lemire, out of all of the “Earth One” graphic novels, this one feels the most like a second chapter continuing the story as opposed to two separate graphic novels you can enjoy on their own.

The story has Cyborg, Terra, Beast Boy and Garth on the run and being pursued by the police and Caulder. And to get his weapons back Caluder releases his “Titans” consisting of Wonder Girl, Kole, and Impulse. It’s a cool twist and all together is a solid opponent for our heroes. Also along for the ride is Slade Wilson and Jericho with a side story of their own.

The fun of these graphic novels has been seeing twists on characters we know and anticipating what might be coming. A reference to the Doom Patrol gets you to take notice wondering what this version might be like, it’s fun that way.

The story is fine if you’ve read the first volume. If you haven’t, you’ll likely be lost and not enjoy this volume as much. It’s absolutely the second chapter to the story. Lemire does solid work though when it comes to the interactions between Cyborg, Terra, Beast Boy and Garth and Garth especially stands out.

The art by Andrew T MacDonald is solid and I really like the character design and style of the story overall. Wonder Girl, Kole, and Impulse all look like a cohesive unit and the style is kind of cool. There’s some solid work in how the panels are used and the action is really solid.

The graphic novel is entertaining and the two volumes together are absolutely a fun read. On its own, things get a bit murkier. If you’ve read the first volume, definitely grab this one, but if you haven’t yet, it’s best to start there.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Andrew T MacDonald
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

It’s Alive at IDW Publishing

it's aliveIt’s Alive! Like a bolt of lighting, It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that a new publishing deal has struck and IDW Publishing is excited to present the most electrifying new imprint of the year, It’s Alive!

IDW’s newest publishing partner, Drew Ford, brings with him first-rate taste and years of experience putting together dozens of graphic novel and comic book reprint collections for Dover Publications. He left his post there to launch his own imprint It’s Alive! with plans to continue his mission of saving the history of comics, one collection at a time. That goal has led Ford to acquire reprint rights to several exciting graphic novels.

Red RangeThat goal has led Ford to acquire reprint rights to several exciting graphic novel and comic book projects, and has now signed with IDW to solicit and distribute the titles produced by his new imprint, making those collections much more accessible to a larger audience. Ford has utilized Kickstarter in order to fully fund the restoration that each of these new collections deserves, with the campaign for Red Range by Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman being a recent success having raised nearly $20,000. This will be the first title published under the new imprint followed by Trina Robbins’ Dope.

It’s Alive! joins other notable imprint partners that have come to define IDW’s diverse award-winning content including Top Shelf Publications, Yoe! Books, and the Library of American Comics. It’s Alive! Plans to publish 5-6 titles in 2017 with each title raising its money for publication via Kickstarter.

ICYMI: Rep. John Lewis Talks March and More on The Daily Show

Congressman John Lewis was on The Daily Show earlier this week to talk about the third volume of his graphic novel biographic March. The Congressman talked about the graphic novel, Black Lives Matter and more with host Trevor Noah. Check out the various video clips below.

Announcing Ellen Forney’s follow-up book: Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life

Fantagraphics has announced the acquisition of Ellen Forney’s forthcoming graphic novel/self-help book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life. This companion book to her best selling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (Avery, 2012) marks Forney’s return to the publisher where she began her career over 15 years ago. Due out in 2018, Forney’s new book is a combination memoir and self-help manual, a survival guide of tips, tricks and tools by one of Seattle’s most celebrated cartoonists.

With Marbles, Forney helped destigmatize mood disorders with her candid presentation of her struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passion and creativity. This is the jumping off point for her new book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life. Personal stories and solid advice from Forney on how to overcome the hassle of meds, recognize red flags, and other tools from her own experience of 14 years of stability – all in comics form.

Ellen Forney’s comics are both accessible and intensely personal. Her graphic novels Monkey Food, I Love Led Zeppelin (both Eisner-nominated) and Lust: Kinky Online Personal Ads, all from Fantagraphics Books, helped earn Forney the coveted The Stranger Genius Award in Literature in 2012.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life invites readers into Ellen’s home, head, and Peanuts pill box.

Rock Steady Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life 1 Rock Steady Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life 2

Dash Shaw’s Directorial Debut Premiers in September

Graphic novelist Dash Shaw‘s directorial debut has been accepted by both the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and New York Film Festival (NYFF) as part of their 2016 schedules. Shaw’s feature film directorial debut, My Entire High School is Sinking Into the Sea, stars Jason Schwartzman (who plays the “Dash Shaw” character), Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, and Susan Sarandon. The animated feature, adapted from a short story originally published in Fantagraphics’ MOME anthology and later collected in Shaw’s book, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century, will make its world premiere at TIFF in September and U.S. premiere at NYFF in Oct.

As the New York Film Festival describes the film:

No matter your age, part of you never outgrows high school, for better or worse. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea showcases Shaw’s subjective and dreamlike sense of narrative; his empathy for outsiders and their desire to connect; and his rich, expressive drawing style. Packed with action but seen from the inside out, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea is about friends overcoming their differences and having each other’s backs in times of crisis, and its marvelously complex characters are voiced by an all-star cast.

Shaw is best known for his graphic novels Bottomless Belly Button, New School, and Doctors (which is currently in development as a live action feature with David Goyer for Twentieth Century Fox), Shaw’s first feature film will premiere the same month as Shaw’s latest graphic novel, Cosplayers. This November will also see the release of an all-new Cosplayers one-shot comic book, A Cosplayers Christmas. Artfully celebrating both fandom culture’s obvious theatricality and uniquely D.I.Y. beauty, as well as its often awkward conflation of fantasy and reality, Cosplayers explores these delicate psychological balancing acts via a series of interconnected short stories surrounding two talented young women (Annie and Verti; the latter is also a character in My Entire High School…, voiced by Maya Rudolph) who combine their love of cosplaying with their love of social media and film in order to deepen their relationship with the popular culture they celebrate. Cosplayers depicts their stories in an affectionately funny way, celebrating how much more inclusive and humanistic fandom can be than most of the stories and characters it is built upon.

To support his film and new books, Shaw will be making several public appearances in the Fall, including a conversation with critic Dan Nadel at New York’s Strand Bookstore on August 31st at 7 p.m., and an event at Toronto’s The Beguiling during TIFF (details T.B.A.).

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea

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