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The Unknown Anti-War Comics, Out this January

The world is now marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, “The War to End All Wars” that brought the cry, “Never Again!” Nearly four decades later, Never Again was a rare two-issue anti-war comic book with a host – a WWI doughboy referred to as The Unknown Soldier – who told gripping war stories with a strong anti-war stance.

The comics from Never Again and other arcane historical comic book sources are carefully restored and showcased in an important new book, The Unknown Anti-War Comics. An action-oriented medium, comics have long used wars – real and fictional – as narrative fodder, often with a strong message attached. Buried in the comics published during the Cold War were powerful combat, fantasy, and sci-fi stories that strongly condemned war and nuclear weapons, boldly calling for peace.

The Unknown Anti-War Comics features the art of Steve Ditko and leads off with two noteworthy introductions. The first introduction is a comic story created especially for the collection by Nate Powell, artist of the National Book Award-Winning March books about Civil Rights leader John Lewis. The second introduction is by Noel Paul Stookey, activist and singer/songwriter of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame.

The 224-page book’s artful advocacy of peace is as important as ever in a world still embroiled in war.

The Unknown Anti-War Comics is edited by Craig Yoe, multiple Eisner Award winner, Mobius winner, and recipient of the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Now available for pre-order via online booksellers and comic book specialty retailers, The Unknown Anti-War Comics is slated for release in January.

The Jekyll Island Chronicles Helps Raise Money to Complete the National WWI Memorial

With its second volume landing in bookstores everywhere this week, The Jekyll Island Chronicles is an award-winning series of alternate-history graphic novels, featuring an unlikely band of World War I veterans who continue to serve their country by battling an anarchist cabal in a post-war era of invention.

On the centennial of the end of that war, the creators and publishers of the series have prepared a very special way for readers to join in honoring the heroes of “The Great War.”

Through the end of 2018, a portion of every purchase of The Jekyll Island Chronicles, whether in print or digital, will go toward helping complete the National WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.

Review: Mandela and the General

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero and first leader of the new South Africa, is an international symbol of the power of a popular movement to fight structural racism. But his fight for democracy almost spiraled into an all-out race war. Knowing he couldn’t avert a bloodbath on his own, he reached out to General Constand Viljoen, the former chief of apartheid South Africa’s military.

This graphic novel chronicles the struggle of transition of South African from the apartheid state to the democracy of today and the men who avoided war to do so.

With today’s reality this graphic novel by John Carlin and Oriol Malet is more interesting now than ever.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: F*ck Off Squad

There is something surreal and beautiful about stories which examine just one day. One of the most memorable series is the “Before” film trilogy which star Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The films start with a chance meeting and find these two people over different times of their lives getting to know and catch up with each other over a course of a day. The first film encompassed the beauty of young love. The second film examines how one becomes more cynical about love and relationships. The third film examines the flaws that the concept of love encompasses and the very institution of marriage in all its complexities.

Not all stories that revolve around one are about love and just like life, it should not be alone. Sometimes a good story can be just about three friends having one great day. In Dave Baker and Nicole Goux’s F*ck Off Squad, we get one such fine day.

We meet Jimmy, Megan, and Clark, three friends who could not be more different but bond over their love of skateboarding and the many challenges of being a teenager. We follow this tri of friends as Megan as she heartbreakingly falls for the lead singer of her band, Teenage Switchblade, begins to dissipate, while Clark tries to get Jimmy to talk about her breakup with her girlfriend, a relationship she hoped was going somewhere. We also find Clark catching feelings for a girl on his high school basketball team, Saanvi, as his attraction to her reaches a fever pitch.  Meanwhile, Jimmy has secretly been seeing her ex-girlfriend, Kate, keeping it a secret from her friends, trying to avoid the judgment from her friends. By book’s end, we find out more about Clark’s home life, Jimmy does what is best for her, and they all realize that relationships suck.

Overall, it’s one of the best slice of life comic books I have read in a very long time. It will make you fall in love with each of the characters and you’ll become engrossed in their beautifully flawed world. The story by Dave Baker is relatable, funny, and heartbreaking. The art by Goux is stimulating and vibrantly drawn. Altogether, this duo proves that sometimes your friends is all the family you need.

Story: Dave Baker Art: Nicole Goux
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Form of a Question OGN HC

Form of a Question OGN HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Andrew Rostan
Artist:
Pencils:
Kate Kasenow
    Inks: Jenna Ayoub
Colorist: Laura Langston with Ilaria Catalani
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover Artist: Kate Kasenow
Price: $17.99

Andrew Rostan is excellent at remembering facts and recalling the memories he associates with those facts—memories of deaths in the family and extraordinary people. At the age of twenty-two and suddenly a contestant on the very game show he associates with the happiest moments in his life, Rostan’s about to realize that existence is like JEOPARDY! and  that all the answers are staring you in the face if only you ask the right questions.

Form of a Question is a moving memoir from writer Andrew Rostan (An Elegy for Amelia Johnson), along with artists Kate Kasenow (All Saint’s Day) and Jenna Ayoub (Adventure Time Comics), that revisits one of the most formative moments in his life and reveals how a chance opportunity to appear on a game show taught him much more about living than he knew he needed.

Preview: Wet Moon, Book 7 Morning Cold

Wet Moon, Book 7 Morning Cold

(W/A/C/CA) Sophie Campbell
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Drama/Romance— Price: $19.99— Page Count: 160

Trilby is finally out of the hospital, but she feels anything but ready to face daily life again. Even though Myrtle is in prison and Trilby is safe, everything is different and nothing feels right. Cleo, Mara, Audrey, and Martin struggle to support Trilby, but will it ever be enough? Things don’t seem like they’ll ever be the same again, and everyone must pick up the pieces and figure out where their lives are going. Don’t miss the final volume of the critically acclaimed series!

Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir is an Original Graphic Novel from Margaux Motin and BOOM! Studios in June 2019

BOOM! Studios has announced Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir, an original graphic novel meditation on being a single mother in the modern world from cartoonist Margaux Motin. Life is full of little earthquakes. When the dust settles, how do you rebuild?

Plate Tectonics, arriving in stores June 2019, follows Margaux through one of the most transformative periods of her life as she navigates her own heartbreak and subsequent hope with unabashed wit and charm.

At age thirty-five, Margaux’s life is full of upheaval and unexpected twists and turns. She’s divorced, raising a child on her own, and trying to get back on her feet in today’s fast-paced world. When romance eventually returns it takes on the most unexpected shape . . . in that of her best friend! Could things possibly get more complicated?!

Rob Rogers’ Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey Out from IDW: PDX this December

IDW Publishing has announced Enemy of the People: A Cartoonist’s Journey by Rob Rogers. The title will be released through the IDW: PDX imprint.

After 25 years as the award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rogers was fired for drawing cartoons critical of the President. The story of Rogers’ public termination, picked up by the press and shared on social media, captured the public’s imagination. This book chronicles his final weeks at the paper, including an unprecedented six cartoons in a row that were spiked by his publisher.

Rogers’ work has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA Today, Newsweek and The Week, among many others. His awards include the 1995 National Headliner Award, the 2000 and 2013 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 2015 Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation. In 1999 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Sometimes controversial yet always thought-provoking, Rogers’ work speaks truth to power and challenges conceptions and biases concerning society’s most polarizing issues… as every great political cartoonist must.

This 184-page collection features highlights of Rogers’ political cartoons over the last three years, his coverage of past presidents, a tutorial on creating editorial cartoons and two long-form comics. The book also includes brief essays contributed by notable cartoonists and journalists championing the First Amendment and lauding the craft of editorial cartooning. Along with Rogers, several fellow cartoonists, including Pulitzer Prize winners Joel Pett and Ann Telnaes, have provided quotes and context. Jake Tapper, anchor of “The Lead” and “State of the Union” on CNN, as well as a political cartoonist in his own right, provided the Foreword.

Review: Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer, the cult movie and television show comes to comics! Head again to Camp Firewood in this original graphic novel by Christopher Hastings, Noah Hayes, Rebecca Nalty, and Jim Campbell.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on November 20. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

 

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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Humanoids Releases a Trailer and Excerpt for Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life Ahead of Her Birthday on November 9

Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Marie Kiesler on November 9, 1914. To her fans, Hedy Lamarr was a star of the silver screen; to those who knew her, she was a genius. She fashioned designs to revolutionize the planes built by Howard Hughes. In the dead of night, she tinkered with her blueprints and experiments. And when World War II began, Hedy left her superstar persona behind and claimed the patent for a strange device. One that manipulated sound, created an unbreakable code and confounded the Nazi regime, giving the allies the advantage they needed to claim victory. Scientists called it “Spread Spectrum” technology. The military called it a “secret communication system.” Today, we call it a “cell phone,” “Wi-Fi” and a little thing called the “Internet.”

This week, timed to Hedy Lamarr’s birthday, the acclaimed graphic novel publisher Humanoids is publishing the biography Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life by writer William Roy and artist Sylvain Dorange.  

Humanoids has released an excerpt and a trailer to celebrate the book’s publication.

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