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Moonshadow Gets a Deluxe Hardcover in Summer 2019

Known as America’s first fully painted graphic novel, the poetic, philosophical, and groundbreaking Moonshadow gets a deluxe hardcover treatment available Summer 2019. This definitive edition with over 500 pages includes a new introduction by creator J.M. DeMatteis, as well as a bonus section featuring early concept work. 

Moonshadow tells the story of a romantic, unreliable narrator who leads us through his interplanetary coming-of-age story, as an older Moonshadow recounts his strange birth in outer space, his escape from a deep-space zoo, and his struggles to survive in a war-torn universe. 

Featuring gorgeous watercolor artwork by Eisner Award Winner and Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth, this influential “fairy tale for adults” includes the Farewell Moonshadow illustrated novella that gives fans a look at Moon’s life after his tumultuous, space-faring teens and misadventures with the miscreant Ira. Digitally restored and including all original cover work, this volume also includes illustrations by Kent Williams and Eisner Award Winner George Pratt and lettering by Kevin Nowlan.

This beautiful classic returns to comic shops June 12, 2019, arrives in bookstores on June 25, 2019.

Moonshadow

Over the Garden Wall Gets a New Graphic Novel in October 2019

BOOM! Studios has announced Over the Garden Wall: Circus Friends, a brand new original graphic novel set in the world inspired by the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series,Over The Garden Wall

Writer Jonathan Case and artist John Golden follow Greg, Wirt, and Beatrice deeper into The Unknown on their search for a path home and instead stumble upon a distraught Strongman and Clown who have run away from their circus. But when they follow the two disgraced performers back, Greg and Wirt lose Beatrice to the greedy Ringmaster who’s found his newest act: a talking bird! The boys will have to team up with the reluctant circus acts to save Beatrice and escape the clutches of the biggest show in the Unknown.  

Over the Garden Wall: Circus Friends comes to shelves October 2019.

Over the Garden Wall: Circus Friends

Review: Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem's Legendary Theater

Growing up n New York, its is not lost on me the mythical status that the city has on the world. As my time in the military showed me, no matter what country you are in everyone has heard of New York City. I would smile with glee while my friends would usually roll their eyes in hate and envy. I remembered growing up and seeing tourists from every part of the country and every part of the world come to see our majestic skyscrapers and the glory of the Statue of Liberty. Then there are the landmarks which inhabits the city’s greatest gift, its people.

I still have fond memories of going to Mets games with my cousins at the old Shea Stadium and how we used to catch the 7 train all over Queens. Then there are the iconic spots like Madison Square Garden, which Michael Jordan called “his favorite place to play.” Which brings me to one would consider the mecca of music in New York, the legendary Apollo Theater. In Ted Fox and James Otis Smith’s Showtime At The Apollo, they bring this iconic hall to life in this larger-than-life history.

We meet the author as he begins his research, as the theater gets closed in 1976, he unearths its history in a bunch of boxes that were about to be thrown away. As we see how Harlem became the place where most people made their bones, as Jazz took its roots in this part of city and Comedians made their names in clubs throughout , but they knew they really made it, if they could make the audiences laugh at the Apollo. As we also meet the Schiffmans, the family that owned and ran the theater, and how they made the theater the one place every black entertainer wanted to be. We also meet one of the icons that made the theater the place it is, Sandman Sims, as he was part of creating the Amateur Night, something that would be replicated in similar places. As Ted Fox, takes us on a journey, decade by decade, of how the time and culture shaped the theater and how its appealed to the masses every single time. By book’s end, we see that through the trials and tribulations, changes of ownership, world events and the people who were the theater’s patrons, that the Apollo persevered.

Overall, the graphic novel is engaging and gives readers a deep dive not only into the Apollo’s history but also Harlem’s. The story by Fox is fascinating, and significant. The art by Smith is breathtaking. Altogether, an excellent history of one of the world’s utmost auditoriums, one that everyone should visit at least once.

Story: Ted Fox Art: James Otis Smith
Story: 10 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Nuclear Winter OGN Vol. 2 SC

Nuclear Winter OGN Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Cab
Artist: Cab
Cover Artist: Cab
Price: $9.99

Return to the eternal winter of a post-nuclear Montreal with Flavie, who really just wants to stay in, drink coffee and steer clear of any drama.

As winter reaches its peak, Flavie is once again forced to leave her comfortable daily life to help her friend Marco in a quest for cough syrup.

She’ll soon find out that a gang of teenagers on motorized snow bikes has been stealing not only the cough syrup but other medicines that Montreal desperately needs.

Nuclear Winter OGN Vol. 2 SC

Colleen Doran Will Adapt Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples

Neil Gaiman’s chilling retelling of the Snow White fairytale, Snow, Glass, Apples has been gloriously adapted by Colleen Doran, who previously adapted Gaiman’s award-winning short story Troll Bridge.

Terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel the creature and save her kingdom, a not-so-evil queen desperately tries to stop a “happily” ever after that was never supposed to be. Stopping ever after, however, is no small task…

Snow, Glass, Apples goes on sale August 7, 2019.

Snow, Glass, Apples

Your First Look at an Epic Journey into the Unknown and a New World

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at New World, a new original graphic novel debuting in stores August 2019 from visionary Brazilian cartoonist David Jesus Vignolli, creator of the acclaimed A Girl in The Himalayas

Myth intertwines with history in this fantastical adventure that takes off as the New World collides with the old. The arrival of Europeans on the shores of South America sparks a fateful journey of discovery and daring for a native warrior seeking revenge against those who invaded her land, an African musician fighting for freedom against those who enslaved him, and a Portuguese sailor in search of redemption. 

New World is a timely story about the ways our differences unite us in our darkest hours, intertwining the cultures of Vignolli’s personal heritage to explore a legend that mixes vibrant blends of fantasy and history together to explore a world unlike any other. 

Print copies of New World will be available for sale on August 21, 2019 at local comic book shops and on sale August 27, 2019 at bookstores.

New World

Review: Journey for Justice: The Larry Itliong Story

Journey for Justice: The Larry Itliong Story

When it comes to labor organizers that come to mind, most people usually think of names like Jimmy Hoffa. Ashe is one of the more well-known names, but on the West Coast, most people would refer to Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the NFWA (National Farm Workers Association). These names I would primarily get to know through their portrayals onscreen.

Jack Nicholson would portray Jimmy Hoffa in Hoffa, which showcased the veteran diverse talents for playing unique characters while adding his own flavor. Then there was mas Michael Pena’s reserved yet penetrating portrayal of Chavez in Cesar Chavez. I enjoyed the movie, I even smiled a bit when I realized the movie included the Filipino farm workers who had fought for equal rights, but I was quickly disappointed when I realized they were mere background characters and not much else was seen from them the rest of the movie. These men and women to this day don’t get the credit, they deserve for their part in the labor movement.

In the latest offering from Bridge Delta Publishing, they tell the life story of a man they call “one of the fathers of the West Coast labor movement”, in Journey For Justice: The Life Of Larry Itliong.

We meet Larry, or his given name, Modesto Dulay Itliong, who was born in the Philippines on the island of San Nicholas, where he grew up and went to school until sixth grade, because the area was so poor that it did not even have a high school. His neighbor would write the young Larry, where he told him of the promise America would give, of better education and equal opportunity, ideas that were also reinforced at school, during which time he Philippines was still an American territory. As he dreamed of being an “abogado”, a lawyer who would help people and American education would open that door for him. When he arrived in America, he came to Seattle, Washington, here he met other Filipinos and swiftly found out that if you have brown skin, no matter your experience or schooling, the only jobs you can get would be service jobs like farm workers. He would go on to work several different jobs, but the job where he kept on coming back to, was as a farm worker. This is where he learned of the disparity of pay between white workers and migrant workers. Which gave him an education on labor law, including the right to form a union and just how much money migrant workers were making for these farms. Unfortunately, this was also when the Great Depression rendered many people without jobs and money, which caused many Americans to blame Filipinos and other immigrants for dire states which lead to two laws aimed at Filipinos, one which barred Filipinos from entering America and the other sending Filipinos back to P.I. without ever being able to come back to America ever again. Larry would stay and organize labor strikes up and down the West Coast with AWOC (Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee), and eventually brought Cesar Chavez and the rest of the NFWA into their first labor strike in California, realizing their strength in solidarity between Filipino and Mexican farm workers, a major detail that was missing from the movie. In a year’s time, the two unions became one, now being called UFW (United Farm Workers) and would go on to carry out a five-year long strike against grape farmers. Their efforts worked, bringing the 30 different farms to the table to negotiate a deal with UFW, to pay fair wages and improved working conditions. He would eventually fall out with the leadership at the UFW, who he felt did not do enough for Filipino workers and would resign. This did not stop him from fighting for Filipino Americans, as he would travel all over the country and speaking wherever he was asked to, until he was diagnosed and died from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Overall, it’s a harrowing life story that shows the fragility of the promise that America gives dreamers around the world and the stark realities they face once they come here. The story by Dr. Dawn Bohulano-Mabulon and Gayle Romasanta is well researched, relevant, and heartfelt. The art by Andre Sibayan is lush and vibrant. Altogether, a story that is definitively American and one that stays with you long after reading it.

Story: Dr. Dawn Bohulano-Mabulon and Gayle Romasanta
Art: Andre Sibayan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Supers Book One

SUPERS (Book One)

Frédéric Maupomé (w) • Dawid (a & c)

“Tell me again about Mom?” “You know I don’t remember much.” “That’s okay. You’ll have to make it up, then.”

Mat, Lili, and Benji aren’t from around here. Abandoned on planet Earth, hiding far from their home, they can’t even use their powers in public, for fear of being discovered. Starting at a new school is hard enough already…

Supers won the first ever Youth Award from ACBD (the French Association of Comics Critics) thanks to its rich blend of family tension, super-thrills, and classroom drama, all presented in gorgeous full-color artwork. Now it’s your turn to meet these awesome immigrants. Welcome to the family!

TPB • FC • $14.99 • 112 pages • 6-1/2” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-439-9

SUPERS (Book One)

The Cosmoknights are Here to Take on the Patriarchy

Top Shelf Productions will publish the solo debut graphic novel by acclaimed cartoonist Hannah Templer. Written, drawn, and colored by Templer, Cosmoknights is a thrilling galactic adventure set in a world where mech-suited warriors duel over the daughters of the aristocracy, and a fledgling resistance of lady knights aim to bring down the system from within.

Templer will serialize Cosmoknights beginning in March 2019 (International Women’s Month), leading to its print publication in Fall 2019.

Cosmoknights

New Life Explores an Unexpected Pregnancy and We Have an Exclusive Look

The unexpected news that you’ll be a father is both exciting and nerve wracking. A little over a year ago, I found out the news myself and in August I welcomed by daughter, Natalie, to this world (you might have seen her reviews). Approaching 40, I’ve been nervous and happy at the same time. I’m excited that I get to raise what I’m sure will be an awesome person, and one that already is. Nervous in that I’m approaching 40 (less than three months! woo hoo!) and it feels a bit on the later end for this experience.

Though I’m not middle aged like the main character in the upcoming graphic novel New Life, the story is intriguing to me. The the character is about a decade older than I was when I got the news, and I’m excited to read it and see what similar experiences, and thoughts, it might.

New Life by writer Xavier Bétaucourt and artist Yannick Marchat is an emotional story of a middle aged man who falls in love and discovers that he is quite unexpectedly and quite definitely going to be father (again).

Being published by Humanoids‘ imprint Drawn Life, New Life comes to shelves January 22.

Here’s the full solicit text… 

With his son grown and his marriage dissolving, Xavier, a 48-year old writer, finds himself deep in the heart of a mid-life crisis. Setting out on his own, he finds emotional freedom and true independence. When he meets Leah, a young and vibrant artist, he rediscovers the beauty of unexpected love. Together they set out to lead a life of spontaneity and youthful adventure. When Leah becomes pregnant, Xavier quickly realizes that his life has indeed started over, just not in the way he expected. Overwhelmed with anxiety, Xavier questions his choices. Can he father a child at this stage of life? Can he and Leah hold onto their passion? He’s back at square one.

Check out this exclusive preview of the upcoming graphic novel out next week!

New Life
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