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Preview: Tonoharu: Part Three

Tonoharu: Part Three

Lars Martinson (w & a & c)

The long awaited final volume of the critically acclaimed Tonoharu series rejoins Dan Wells several months into his tenure as an English teacher in the Japanese village of Tonoharu. As personal stresses push Dan to the breaking point, he decides to take an extended cross-country vacation to let off steam. His time away grants him a fresh perspective on his troubles, but upon his return to Tonoharu, Dan discovers that dramatic change has occurred in his absence. Will this upheaval render his new found epiphany moot? With hundreds of beautiful, detailed illustrations that evoke 19th century line engravings, Tonoharu provides a nuanced portrayal of the joys and frustrations of living abroad.

HC • PC • $24.95 • 208 pages • 5.5” x 8.25” • ISBN: 978-0-98010-231-4


Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3 TP

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3 TP

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Brian Froud, Matthew Dow Smith
Artists: Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John
Cover Artist: Brian Froud
Price: $14.99Now in softcover.

Now in softcover. Brian Froud, legendary conceptual designer of the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film The Dark Crystal, returns to the world he helped create in this stunning conclusion of the official prequel to the original movie. The world of Thra is shattered. As the aftermath of the Great Conjunction wreaks havoc upon the Gelfling tribes, the Geflings may have no choice but to rely upon the one race offering aid: the Skeksis. This volume features behind-the-scenes photos and concept sketches from the Jim Henson Company Archives documenting how creature and puppet designs that never made it into the film were adapted and brought to life on the page.


Preview: Garfield’s Big, Fat, Hairy Adventure OGN TP

Garfield’s Big, Fat, Hairy Adventure OGN TP

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier, Liz Prince
Artists: Dave Alvarez, Antonio Alfaro, Liz Prince
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $9.99

The Fat Cat stars in KaBOOM!’s first-ever Garfield original graphic novel!

When Jon reveals plans to bring Odie to a talent show audition, Garfield decides he can’t let Odie get all the spotlight. But when his actions cause Odie to run away, it’s up to Garfield to bring Odie back home.

Also includes a short story written and illustrated by Liz Prince (Tomboy, Alone Forever).


Oni Announces The Damned and Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us. Check out Previews.

Oni Press has released an extended advanced preview of two upcoming graphic novels: The Damned: Three Days Dead from the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated creative team of The Sixth Gun, and Our Cats Are More FamousThan Us: A Johnny Wander Collection from the creators of the critically-acclaimed Lucky Penny!


(W) Cullen Bunn
(A/CA) Brian Hurtt
(C) Bill Crabtree
Diamond Code: NOV161703
Final Order Cutoff: 2/13/2017
On Sale: 3/8/2017
Genre: Horror, Crime
Age Range: 16 and up
Price: $9.99
152 Pages

During prohibition, gangsters grew rich on our vices, and rivalries between criminal organizations resulted in open war. But unknown to the masses, a more sinister power controlled the crime cartels, using greed, gluttony, lust and other sins to fuel a more lucrative trade: mortal souls. Enter Eddie, a mortal who lost his soul long ago. Caught in the middle of competing demonic families, any other human would’ve gotten the ax long ago. But Eddie’s got a special talent that keeps him on his feet. One man’s curse is another man’s gift.

This trade paperback kicks-off the start of the new ongoing series, with The Damned #1 in comic shops in May 2017!



(W) Ananth Hirsh
(A/C/CA) Yuko Ota
Diamond Code: NOV161717
Final Order Cutoff: 3/6/2017
On Sale: 3/29/2017
Genre: Humor, Autobiography
Age Range: 13 and up
Price: $39.99
416 Pages

In 2008, Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota launched the auto-bio webcomic Johnny Wander. Eight years, four cats, and three moves are chronicled in this gorgeous hardcover omnibus, which includes a foreword by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Ghosts). Hirsh and Ota’s charming reverie about new adulthood will appeal to fans of Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim), and Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars: Jedi Academy)—along with anyone who’s just winging it.


Dark Horse is Adapting American Gods into Comics and Graphic Novels

Dark Horse has announced the adaptation of American Gods into comic book form. Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman. This is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more. Starz will also premiere an American Gods TV show in spring 2017, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

Dark Horse tapped P. Craig Russell —who, having worked on Coraline and The Graveyard Book, is no stranger to adapting Neil Gaiman’s work— to adapt and co-write the comic series, while Scott Hampton lends his illustrative skills to the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown create the hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack and Dave McKean provide variant covers for the first issue. The American Gods comic series will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more.

American Gods: Shadows #1 finds Shadow Moon released from jail only to discover his wife has died. Broken and uncertain about his future, Shadow Moon meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard. This fateful decision thrusts Shadow into a deadly supernatural world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point.

Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm, to be collected into three hardcover graphic novels. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017.


KaBOOM! to Debut Adventure Time: Islands Original Graphic Novel in November

KaBOOM! has announced Adventure Time: Islands, a new original graphic novel coming in November.

Written by show writer Ashly Burch and illustrated by Diigii Daguna, the Adventure Time: Islands original graphic novel stars Bunny Girl (a.k.a. Jo) and is set roughly a thousand years before the current Adventure Time timeline.

Launched in February 2012, KaBOOM!’s award-winning Adventure Time comics are based on the hit Cartoon Network original series. From the mind of series creator Pendleton Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants—and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. To date, KaBOOM! has published over 50 issues of the main Adventure Time comic series, eight original graphic novels, several spinoff limited series, and recently launched a new ongoing series called Adventure Time Comics.

Adventure Time: Islands will feature a cover illustrated by the artist team of Braden Lamb & Shelli Paroline, who were the original artists on KaBOOM!’s Adventure Time comics for the first 36 issues. It carries a retail price of $9.99 under Diamond Code SEP161396.


Return of the Dapper Men Comes to Top Shelf

return-of-the-dapper-menReturn of the Dapper Men, the Eisner-award-winning graphic novel by Jim McCann and Janet Lee, will be republished in a deluxe new edition in summer 2017 from its new home at Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.

The deal, announced yesterday at New York Comic Con, also includes the long-awaited expansion of the Dapper Men story into a trilogy. McCann and Lee reunite for an all-new sequel, Time of the Dapper Men, which will be released in summer 2018.

McCann gave a few hints about what comes next for the world of the Dapper Men: “We will see more whimsy, more choices to be made, more challenges to overcome, lessons to learn, and of course more new characters for Janet to draw in Time of the Dapper Men. I’d tell you about the final book, but let’s just say the ending of Time will have you guessing and gasping for more. And you’ll get it. Finally.”

You can read our review of the original release of Return of the Dapper men.

John Lennon’s New York Years Chronicled In Upcoming Graphic Novel

lennon-the-new-york-yearsThe year was 1975 and an ex-Beatle, at the height of his fame, chose New York City to raise his young family, setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. Just five years later, John Lennon was dead.

Lennon adapts award-winning author David Foenkinos‘ legendary novel to graphic album form, with striking black-and-white illustrations by French artist Horne. This piece of true biographical fiction recounts the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music’s – and popular culture’s – most influential voice, as captured by Eric Cobeyran’s moving graphic novel adaptation.

The graphic novel follows the extraordinary trajectory of the iconic singer/songwriter – from his difficult childhood, through Beatlemania, to his solo career. In his novel, Foenkinos imagined and transcribed the artist’s sessions on his therapist’s couch. Lennon reads like a classic autobiography, with the star as narrator.

Reserve a copy of Lennon for when it shelves across the universe in May 2017.

Preview: The Last One

The Last One

J.M. DeMatteis (w) • Dan Sweetman (a & c)

What if you couldn’t die? The sole survivor of an ancient race of immortals, the being called Myrwann has nothing but time. Throughout history, as nations rose and fell, as humans waged war, waged peace, wrote poetry and touched the stars, Myrwann lived outside them and beside them, sometimes as woman, sometimes as man. Now, old beyond imagining, tired beyond words, The Last One nurtures the failed and broken souls of New York City’s East Village–even as his own heart cries out for the release of death.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 208 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-685-0


Heavy Metal to Publish Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward’s The 49th Key

For nearly 40 years, Heavy Metal has been the leading anthology of science fiction and fantasy, breaking new talent, and providing a platform for legends in comics and genre to push the boundaries of visual storytelling. This tradition continues in The 49th Key, an original story from Erika Lewis and artist J.K. Woodward.

49th Key is based on the 16th century legend of Enochian magic, which tells of a secret language of angels. The first chapter in an expansive fantasy series tells of a rogue archeologist and a young autistic and mute boy on a treacherous journey through England to bring the boy home. The boy turns out to be the key to a gateway between our world and that of Enochia, a magical society that exists below the Earth’s surface, filled with fantasy creatures and highly advanced humans.

Erika Lewis and J.K. Woodward’s The 49th Key is a beautifully painted 120 page original graphic novel, which was initially serialized in Heavy Metal Magazine from 2015-2016. This special collection features 12 never-before-seen pages! Value-priced at just $9.99, the graphic novel will arrive on shelves on November 30.


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