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BOOM! Studios in April 2014


Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Artists: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artists: A: Jeff Stokely B: Ming Doyle (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert have given us such BOOM! Studios favorites as KILL AUDIO and KEY OF Z. Their latest book takes the superhero trope of “the neverending battle” and turns it into a completely different beast.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: TRANSLUCID is the superhero story you’ve wanted but never thought you’d see. It explores the thin line between heroes and villains, and the space between childhood hope and loss.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Horse has been the arch-enemy of The Navigator for years. But The Horse feels The Navigator’s moral compass slipping, and even a villain can’t let that happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator’s past that he’s buried deep in his subconscious and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what propels someone to make a selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would take the mantle of a superhero.

Translucid A
TRANSLUCID #1 Cover A by Jeff Stokely

Translucid B
TRANSLUCID #1 Cover B by Ming Doyle


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artists: A. Chris Visions B. Ron Wimberly (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM! Studios, crime is in our blood. From our comic-turned-feature film 2 GUNS to our critically acclaimed series HIT, we’ve always had a passion for all things noir. DEAD LETTERS is the next step in our exploration of the genre.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Creators Christopher Sebela (GHOST, HIGH CRIMES) and newcomer Chris Visions are two fresh voices that are about to take the industry by storm. Don’t miss out on a wholly unique take on crime fiction.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Waking up in a fleabag motel with bandaged arms and a revolver on his desk, Sam doesn’t remember a thing – not how he got here, where here is, or who he is. But the armed men knocking on his door do and Sam will have to use every trick from his forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart his way through a hardboiled wonderland of gang wars, femme fatales and big secrets.

Dead Letters A
DEAD LETTERS #1 Cover A by Chris Visions

Dead Letters B
DEAD LETTERS #1 Cover B by Ron Wimberly


Imprint: KaBOOM!
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Kunkel
Artist: Mike Kunkel
Cover Artists: A. Mike Kunkel B. Humberto Ramos (Incentive) C. George Pérez (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Tyler and Herobear are back in an all-new original adventure! We’ve been waiting to see these two back in action and we’re looking forward to see what shenanigans these two get up to in SAVING TIME, the first new Herobear series in ten years.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Whether you’re already a fan of this dynamic duo, or new to HEROBEAR AND THE KID, nobody does the magic of childhood quite like Mike Kunkel.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Henry, the family’s magical butler, is missing!! It’s up to Tyler and Herobear to figure out what happened to their friend…only they might learn a lot more about Henry than they initially thought…and be forced to get help from an unsuspected source.

Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time A

Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time B
HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 Cover B by Humberto Ramos

Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time C


Imprint: KaBOOM!
Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistdat
Artist: Becky Dreistdat
Cover Artists: Becky Dreistdat B. Lorena Gomez (Incentive) C. Audra Furuichi (Incentive)

Cake is a sweet little kitten gettin’ into magical mischief with her best friend…little adventurer Fionna! A very special, horizontally formatted issue by dynamite creators Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson (“Baby Kitten Teeth”) bring you the cutest thing imaginable…Baby Fionna and Cake!

AT 2014 Annual #1 A
ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover A by Becky Dreistdat

AT 2014 Annual #1 B
ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover B by Lorena Gomez

AT 2014 Annual #1 C
ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover C by Audra Furuichi


Imprint: KaBOOM!
Retail Price: $4.99
Author: Scott Nickel
Artists: Gary Barker and George Lane III
Cover Artist: Gary Barker

A mission in outer space leads Pet Force to encounter versions of the team from across the galaxy, while their oldest foes prepare a special welcome for them once they return to Planet Dorkon…

Garfield Petforce Special #1
GARFIELD: PET FORCE 2014 SPECIAL #1 Cover by Gary Barker


Retail Price: $3.99
Imprint: BOOM! Box
Authors: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artists: A. Noelle Stevenson B. Madéleine Flores (Incentive) C. Lauren Zukauskas (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons…what’s not to love?!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” meets “Gravity Falls” and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.­

Lumberjanes #1 A
LUMBERJANES #1 Cover A by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes #1 B
LUMBERJANES #1 Cover B by Madéleine Flores

Lumberjanes #1 C
LUMBERJANES #1 Cover C by Lauren Zukauskas


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jason Starr
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

Beth thought she had nowhere to turn—until a mysterious man who calls himself Marcus seemingly comes to her aid. Now, as they move through Indiana, Marcus not only claims to know why the NDE victims turn to violence, but also information about Beth’s family. Can he be trusted, or are his hands as bloody as Beth’s?

The Returning #2
THE RETURNING #2 Cover by Frazer Irving


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Ransom Getty
Cover Artists: A. Jay Shaw B. Symbol (signed by Max Bemis) (Incentive)

The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. But how far will people go to take a stand for what they believe in?

Evil Empire #2 A
EVIL EMPIRE #2 Cover A by Jay Shaw

Evil Empire_B
EVIL EMPIRE #2 Cover B Symbol


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
Artist: Nick Robles
Cover Artist: Hugh Syme

From RUSH visionary Neil Peart and best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, this is the world of CLOCKWORK ANGELS brought to life! Owen Hardy never thought he would make it to Crown City, home of the Clockwork Angels. But now that he’s here, his life is turning for the worse. That’s when The Anarchist steps in!
Clockwork Angels #2
CLOCKWORK ANGELS #2 Cover by Hugh Syme


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric M. Esquivel
Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artist: Alexis Ziritt

Loki’s rise to the fame has angered the gods! Not just the Norse gods—pantheon after pantheon is after this little trickster. Humanity has elevated Loki to a god—a god of rock and roll! With that much belief invested in him, even a god armada had better watch out!

Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #3
LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #3 Cover by Alexis Ziritt


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

Things are finally coming together for Detective Charlie Northern. With the aid of Vatican Lawyer Lucille Pellicci, Northern’s investigation has picked up the pace and the answers are coming together. Little does Northern know that the closer he gets to the truth, the more desperate others will be to keep their secrets buried.

Revelations #4
REVELATIONS #4 Cover by Humberto Ramos

CURSE #4 (OF 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel
Artists: Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer
Cover Artists: A. Riley Rossmo B. Colin Lorimer (Incentive)

Laney Griffin has shouldered more heartbreak than most. With his son’s life and his own criminal innocence hanging in the balance, Laney must take drastic measures to stay one step ahead. But as the captive werewolf emerges with the full moon and Sheriff Nora Hughes’ forces close in, the hope for survival looks slim—for father and son.

Curse #4 A
CURSE #4 Cover A by Riley Rossmo

Curse #4 B
CURSE #4 Cover B by Colin Lorimer


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Steven Grant
Artist: Jose Holder
Cover Artist: Lorena Carvalho

The deceived become the deceivers, as Lincoln and Nicky team up with Patrice to entrap the corrupt intelligence agencies plaguing Europe. But when our con men are forced to choose between giving up their cover identities or dying in style, can Lincoln and Nicky return to life as normal American civilians Mark Linton and Scott Dunn?
Deceivers #5
DECEIVERS #5 Cover by Lorena Carvalho


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Now awake, aware, and furious about what’s been done to him, the murderous super-villain known as Requiem wants answers. There are huge gaps in his memories—he doesn’t understand how he comes to be in this world he doesn’t know, in this life that isn’t his. But he does know there’s no one he won’t hurt or kill to get information. Not even Leo Winters’ family.

Suicide Risk #12
SUICIDE RISK #12 Cover by Stephanie Hans


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Garry Brown

In this new story arc set after the events of season three, Gemma and Tara must keep the peace on the homefront as Jax, Clay, and the others serve their time in prison. The town of Charming is more dangerous than ever with the SONS OF ANARCHY behind bars!

Sons of Anarchy #8
SONS OF ANARCHY #8 Cover by Garry Brown


Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
Artist: Haemi Jang
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

The finale of Clive Barker’s original series is upon us! All the pain and suffering Tristan and Elspeth have gone through has led them to Providence, where they are reunited with Julian…but that’s not the only family reunion taking place, as Wick finally faces his jailers. Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang bring this epic to a shocking conclusion!

Next Testament #12


Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
Authors: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Artist: Wook Jin Clark
Cover Artists: A: Colleen Coover B: Courtney Bernard C: Rebekka Dunlap (Incentive) D: Marguerite Sauvage (Incentive)

Everything is messed up and it’s only getting messier! Finn and Jake find themselves in the middle of a war with no way out. They have to face the battle head on…but what about the FLANKS?! Things are backwards and it looks like it’s just going get more twisted as our heroes try to finish the adventure they started.

AT Flip Side #4 A
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #4 Cover A by Colleen Coover

AT Flip Side #4 B
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #4 Cover B by Courtney Bernard

AT Flip Side #4 C
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #4 Cover C by Rebekka Dunlap

AT Flip Side #4 D
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #4 Cover D by Marguerite Sauvage


Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Mad Rupert
Cover Artists: A: Mychal Amann B: Laura Knetzger C: Aaron Conley (Incentive) D: Theresa Zysk (Incentive)

It’s the final issue and things are crashing down! Will Skips and Ted be able to figure out how to get out of this never-ending cycle of park torture? They might have finally gotten a handle on Mordecai and Rigby but the problem is going to end up being a lot more complicated than that…

Regular Show: Skips #6 A
REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS #6 Cover A by Mychal Amann

Regular Show: Skips #6 B
REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS #6 Cover B by Laura Knetzger

Regular Show: Skips #6 C
REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS #6 Cover C by Aaron Conley

Regular Show: Skips #6 D

REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS #6 Cover D by Theresa Zysk


Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch and Miranda Yeo
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

While Garfield and Odie get into some seasonal shenanigans, Liz decides to spend a lovely Spring day with Arlene and meets a fairy princess. Guest artist Miranda Yeo joins the fun as we bring you two more all-new tales of the Fat Cat!

Garfield #24
GARFIELD 324 Cover by Andy Hirsch


Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
Author: Breehn Burns
Artist: Mike Holmes
Cover Artists: A: Kyle Fewell B: Kelly & Nichole Matthews C: Jason Adams (Incentive) D: Emily Partridge (Incentive)

Things are finally winding down for our heroes. The Bravest Warriors can finally take a breather…or can they? Could it be that they are in an illusion that just wants them to relax before it breaks and reigns terror on them? What if there is a memory donk nearby and they just can’t remember the mortal peril they are actually in?

Bravest Warriors #19 A
BRAVEST WARRIORS #19 Cover A by Kyle Fewell

Bravest Warriors #19 B
BRAVEST WARRIORS #19 Cover B by Kelly & Nichole Matthews

Bravest Warriors #19 C
BRAVEST WARRIORS #19 Cover C by Jason Adams

Bravest Warriors #19 D
BRAVEST WARRIORS #19 Cover D by Emily Partridge


Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
Author: Ryan North
Artist: Jim Rugg
Cover Artists: A: Brittney Williams B: Sabrina Scott C: Tom Hunter (Incentive) D: Chrystin Garland (Incentive)

This special arc with guest artist Jim Rugg continues!! Finn and Jake might have finally met their match, but what will happen with it turns out that the match isn’t a match at all? Things are getting crazy in the land of Ooo and it looks like our heroes might need someone to save them this time around.

AT #27 A
ADVENTURE TIME #27 Cover A by Brittney Williams

AT #27 B
ADVENTURE TIME #27 Cover B by Sabrina Scott

AT #27 A
ADVENTURE TIME #27 Cover C by Tom Hunter

AT #27 D
ADVENTURE TIME #27 Cover D by Chrystin Garland


Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Charles Schulz and Various
Artists: Charles Schulz and Various
Cover Artist: Charles Schulz

Snoopy loves Woodstock, but sometimes his storytelling can get a little rusty. He tends to fall asleep mid-sentence and laugh endlessly at his own jokes. “Tasty Is a Virtue” and many more adventures can be found in this month’s issue of PEANUTS.

Peanuts #17
PEANUTS #17 Cover by Charles Schulz


Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Cover Artists: A. John Keogh B. Emily Carroll (Incentive)

The ship is torn by a battle of head vs. heart. Now that they have the all-mighty power of The Midas Touch at their hands, do they have what it takes to use it on the Federation’s home planet? Lives are at stake and friendships are challenged in issue #5 of THE MIDAS FLESH!

The Midas Flesh #5 A
THE MIDAS FLESH #5 Cover A by John Keogh

The Midas Flesh #5 B
THE MIDAS FLESH #5 Cover B by Emily Carroll


Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly
Artists: Marcus To and Ian Herring
Cover Artist: Marcus To

Reeling from tragedy, Ed has to orchestrate the most elaborate and far-reaching hack so far in order to right the wrongs he has brought to Sirine’s doorstep in Tunisia. However, if his message is to reach the entire world under the eagle eye of Agent Ori and the CIA, he will need the help of an old friend. In this gripping conclusion to Alyssa Milano’s four-part series, will Nate and Ed come together in order to save each other and change the world?

Hacktivist #4
HACKTIVIST #4 Cover by Marcus To


Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Alex Ross

Still recovering from the terrible cataclysm that rocked the planet, Doctor Zaius tries to maintain the fragile coalition of apes, chimps and orangutans, in an effort to ensure that the rebuilding of Ape City continues apace. But cleanup is turning out to be just as dangerous as the calamity itself. Ape must not harm ape, but soon there may be no choice… Collecting issues 9-12 of the critically acclaimed series from Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN) and Gabriel Hardman (HULK) along with SONS OF ANARCHY artist Damian Couceiro, this volume concludes the PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM saga!

POTA: Cataclysm Vol. 3 TP


Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Yasmin Liang
Cover Artist: Joseph Michael Linsner

After a series of stinging defeats, John Cartney has reached out for help in his battle against John Steed and Emma Peel, teaming up with the Cybernauts, robots designed to replace humanity. Our super-spies face their biggest challenge yet as their two fiercest foes join forces!

Steed and Mrs. Peel Vol. 3 TP
STEED AND MRS. PEEL VOL. 3 TP Cover by Joseph Michael Linsner


Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Camilla d’Errico
Artist: Camilla d’Errico
Cover Artist: Camilla d’Errico

A fresh wound of the heart is torn open by the unmasking of Kuro’s deadly deception with Ni. His lessons in human emotion push Tanpopo to the limits of her resolve. Is this part of his plan as her otherworldly guide or has he underestimated Tanpopo’s dogged independence? Camilla d’Errico’s mythic and mystical take on literature is told through the unfolding narrative of Tanpopo—a mysterious girl guided by Kuro; the devil in disguise. Following from TANPOPO Vol. 1 Hardcover, the second hardcover edition continues Tanpopo’s journey into human emotion through the works of Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and a foray into the 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS.

TANPOPO VOL. 2 HC Cover by Camilla d’Errico


Retail Price: $19.99
Authors: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
Artists: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
Cover Artist: Logan Faerber

Comic creators from around the world unite to celebrate all things ADVENTURE TIME in this collection of incredibly original mini-adventures. Starring all of your favorite characters from Finn and Jake to Hot Dog Princess and Peppermint Butler, SUGARY SHORTS Volume One is a syrupy salute to the Land of Ooo that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

AT: Sugary Shorts Vol. 1 TP


Retail Price: $14.99
Author: KC Green
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artist: Chris Houghton

It’s a comic that is anything but regular! Benson just wants to have a quiet concert in the park…too bad Muscle Man has other plans! Will Mordecai and Rigby be able to stop the moshing before it gets out of control? Don’t miss these brand new adventures, written by cartoonist KC Green (GUNSHOW) and drawn by Allison Strejlau!

Regular Show Vol. 1 TP
REGULAR SHOW VOL. 1 TP Cover by Chris Houghton


Retail Price: $19.99
Authors: A.C.H. Smith and Jim Henson
Artist: Brian Froud
Cover Artist: Brian Froud

WHY WE LOVE IT: Finally back in print and for the first time in hardcover, the novelization of LABYRINTH written by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. This is the first in a series of prose novels from the Jim Henson Archives presented by Archaia.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This beautiful hardcover features unpublished goblin illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with 50 never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for LABYRINTH.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The story of the classic Jim Henson film LABYRINTH, wonderfully adapted for prose by author and playwright A.C.H. Smith.

Labyrinth: The Novelization HC


Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Chad Kultgen
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

WHY WE LOVE IT: From New York Times bestselling author Chad Kultgen (THE AVERAGE AMERICAN MALE; MEN, WOMEN, & CHILDREN) and artist Piotr Kowalski (MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK, SEX) comes a sci-fi epic that is truly one of a kind.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Perfect for fans of the gritty realism of the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” coupled with the sense of exploration and teamwork found in classic “Star Trek.”

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: We poisoned our planet. Sucked it dry of natural resources. Killed one another in the name of gods that never existed, and survived despite it all. Now, at the very edges of the fabric of space-time, the universe itself is starting to decay. Three warring races–the Human Empire, the organic Duron, and the cybernetic Luminids–must band together to stop their mutual destruction, and the future of the galaxy rests on Captain Rhodes and the crew of the H.E. Woden.

Darklight OGN HC
DARKLIGHT OGN HC Cover by Frazer Irving


Imprint: KaBOOM!
Retail Price: $49.99
Authors: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
Artists: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
Cover Artist: Dustin Nguyen

Previously only available at New York Comic Con, this special edition features a wraparound cover by Dustin Nguyen.


AT: Sugary Shorts HC NYCC


Retail Price: $9.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Mariano Navarro
Cover Artist: Tonci Zonjic

Previously only available at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con, this special edition features a cover by Tonci Zonjic.

Protocol: Orphans #1 LBCC


Imprint: Archaia
Retail Price: $19.95
Author: Rachel Hope Allison
Artist: Rachel Hope Allison
Cover Artist: Rachel Hope Allison

Artist and storyteller Rachel Hope Allison’s debut graphic novel about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch brings to life the plight of our oceans in a moving fable of beauty, loneliness, and hope. Offered again this month in celebration of Earth Day.

I'm Not a Plastic Bag OGN HC
I’M NOT A PLASTIC BAG OGN HC Cover by Rachel Hope Allison

Review – The Dark Crystal Vol. 1: Creation Myths, I’m Not a Plastic Bag and Where’s My Shoggoth?

The Dark Crystal Vol. 1: Creation Myths

The Dark Crystal is a movie I remember from my childhood, a movie that scared the crap out of me. But, other than the fact I was a bit terrified of the film and it’s amazing visuals, that’s about it. This graphic novel delves into the origin of this world devised by Jim Henson.

Part one of a three-part graphic novel prequel series delving into the origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelflings, the world of Thra and the Dark Crystal itself. Spanning a time period from thousands of years ago to right up to the start of the original Jim Henson film, this graphic novel epic will tell the definitive origin of the Dark Crystal, under the supervision of The Jim Henson Company and The Dark Crystal concept designer Brian Froud.

The first volume is the “origin” story, taking us into the history of this world, something I don’t remember being covered in depth in the movie. It brought back little bit after little bit and got me to want to check out the film again.  The graphic novel is an absolute buy and read for fans of the movie and world.

It’s also a solid entry point for parents wanting to get their kids interested or something for them to check out after they see it for the first time. There was a nice jolt of nostalgia for me and this is just another great example of the excellent partnership between Archaia and The Jim Henson Company.

Story: Brian Holguin and Brian Froud Art: Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John and Brian Froud Cover: Brian Froud

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

I’m Not a Plastic Bag

Based on the real-life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas, I’m Not a Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness, beauty and humankind’s connection to our planet. Produced in conjunction with American Forests© and the Global ReLeaf© programs, Archaia will plant two trees for each tree used in the manufacturing of this book. Presented in partnership with JeffCorwinConnect, a global, ecological, educational and entertainment multimedia company launched by Jeff Corwin, the popular wildlife expert and nature conservationist.

This silent graphic novel looks at the ecological disaster in the making. Rachel Hope Allison’s story and art shed a light on something we all should be taking a greater look at. This is an awareness campaign in book form, it also helps a good cause.

It’s a quick read, though you linger on each page thinking about what this book has to say about or impact on the environment and how that affects the world. If you’re into environmental issues, this is an absolute buy.

Story: Rachel Hope Allison Art: Rachel Hope Allison

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Where’s My Shoggoth?

Not quite a comic book, this illustrated prose book is one of my favorite reads of the year. Leaving me with a massive smile throughout and getting me to laugh, a lot.

A young boy wants to take his pet shoggoth for a walk—but oh, no! The shoggoth has escaped! Fearing for the safety of the poor thing, the boy sets out to find it, accompanied only by a small black cat. On the way they explore the rambling mansion and its grounds and encounter a number of creatures and demigods. Unfortunately, none are the shoggoth! Where, oh where, could his poor shoggoth be? Where’s My Shoggoth? is a mishmash of H.P. Lovecraft, Dr. Seuss and Roman Dirge’s The Monsters in my Tummy, with a little Winnie the Pooh thrown in. Featuring endpapers that double as a Chutes and Ladders-type game (tokens and die not included) and a cover that glows in the dark!

A story meant for children, it’s twisted, beyond twisted. At the same time, I can’t wait to have a kid to read this to. It’s cute, fun, funny and enjoyable for all. Hopefully it doesn’t cause nightmares in your children. For folks who like twisted tales and want something a bit different than the normal children’s books to read, this is a must buy.

Story: Ian Thomas Art: Adam Bolton

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview – I’m Not A Plastic Bag


Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 88 pages
Format: Hardcover with no dust jacket (paper over board), 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
On-Sale Date: April 25, 2012 in comic book shops
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-54-1
Country: U.S.

Written by Rachel Hope Allison
Illustrated by Rachel Hope Allison
Cover by Rachel Hope Allison
Foreword by Jeff Corwin

Based on the real-life occurrence of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of floating trash in a remote area of the Northern Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas, I’m Not a Plastic Bag tells a moving story about loneliness, beauty and humankind’s connection to our planet. Produced in conjunction with American Forests© and the Global ReLeaf© programs, Archaia will plant two trees for each tree used in the manufacturing of this book. Presented in partnership with JeffCorwinConnect, a global, ecological, educational and entertainment multimedia company launched by Jeff Corwin, the popular wildlife expert and nature conservationist.

E – EVERYONE (all ages, may contain minimal violence)

Pick of the Week – Play Ball

Baseball season has begun and it’s appropriate that Play Ball hits the shelves.  The graphic novel takes a spin and follows a young girl as she wants to play on a boys baseball team and the hurdles she must overcome to do so.  The graphic novel by Oni Press comes out after Women’s History Month, which it would have fit more appropriately.  Either way, the story is entertaining for teens, especially for teen girls and has a great story without overdoing the sap.  If you’re a baseball fan or want something you can have your children read, it’s a great pick-up.

  • Play Ball – see above
  • I’m Not a Plastic Bag – A silent graphic novel that focuses on The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • Popeye #1 – It’s Popeye!  How can I not be excited for this?
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise #4 – IDW’s Transformers series has been fantastic and each month I look forward to all three series.
  • Merciless Rise of Ming #1 – I’m a fan of Flash Gordon, so sign me up to see how Ming got to be the ruler he is.


Archaia and JeffCorwinConnect Announce ‘I’m Not a Plastic Bag’


of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Los Angeles, CA (February 23, 2012) – Spearheading a new green initiative in the graphic novel industry, Archaia Entertainment announced the upcoming release of Rachel Hope Allison’s I’M NOT A PLASTIC BAG, an original graphic novel published in association with JeffCorwinConnect Inc., a transmedia company co-founded by biologist and philanthropist Jeff Corwin, well-known as the Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of ABC’s Ocean Mysteries.

The spellbinding story, told entirely without words, follows the journey of a few pieces of discarded trash—a supermarket plastic bag, an old umbrella—all the way out to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where they join together into a tragic and destructive island of trash that searches for its place amidst the fragile beauty of nature. The tale is an artistic imagining of a very real phenomenon known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an accumulation of human consumer waste that floats in an area between Hawaii and the California coastline.

“I found out about the Pacific Garbage Patch kind of randomly, just stumbling on an article about it,” said Allison, who, in her day job, works as a strategist for Big Duck, a firm that helps nonprofit organizations raise funds and awareness through smart communications. “Like a lot of people, just learning that something so big and dangerous existed out in the ocean was kind of a shock, and the image of all that debris, trapped in such a remote part of the ocean, really stuck with me. That said, even some of the most disturbing pictures of the Garbage Patch also had a kind of beauty to them, and it got me thinking that the island itself might be a sympathetic character, that this might even be a love story of sorts.”

To emphasize the real-life environmental issues of marine debris and ocean pollution that the Garbage Patch embodies, I’m Not a Plastic Bag also includes eight pages of educational material on topics such as threatened wildlife and things readers can do to decrease their footprint on the environment.

“If this story can inspire anyone else to put the power of their own imagination toward tackling the environmental challenges we face today, then I can’t imagine any higher honor,” said Allison.

Joining Allison in the quest to get people involved in the fight to save our ocean and waterways is Jeff Corwin, who, in addition to hosting Ocean Mysteries, is a regular science and environmental correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News and has had his wildlife and conservation work featured on The Today Show, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among many others.

“Despite the fact that U.S. citizens take up only 5% of the world population, we generate 40% of our planet’s trash!” wrote Corwin in the Foreword to the book. “The good news is that each one of us, no matter where you are from, or how old you are, has the power and the responsibility to keep our Earth clean. Rachel Allison’s incredible and almost ethereal story of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will not only engage and awaken your spirit, but will empower all of us to save our precious planet from falling prey to garbage and waste.” The partnership between Archaia and JeffCorwinConnect plans for I’m Not a Plastic Bag to be the first of many books to come. The two companies plan to collaborate on additional titles, across various environmental themes, to help raise education and awareness of the conservation challenges and wins of our planet while building a new generation of environment stewards amongst the youth

“Just as Archaia Entertainment endeavors to bring people together through books, JeffCorwinConnect seeks to connect people to the planet, its species and the ecosystems they live in, creating education and awareness about key issues facing our environment. Our companies’ mutual interest in education and enriching the social consciousness makes our relationship with JeffCorwinConnect an extremely exciting one,” said Archaia CEO PJ Bickett. “In joining forces with JCC, we look to create a line of books that raises awareness about many incredibly important issues concerning our environment and wildlife. We couldn’t ask for a better first step in this new initiative than Rachel’s beautiful story in I’m Not a Plastic Bag.”

Anurag Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of JeffCorwinConnect Inc. added, “Partnering on a venture like this gives us the tremendous opportunity to connect and grow our community of global citizens. With the growing acceptance and use of graphic novels in the education and the retail markets, we believe that we can highlight critical environmental issues through this exciting format.”

The book will also debut Archaia’s new printing initiative in conjunction with Global PSD. Through the efforts of American Forests® and the Global ReLeaf® Program, for each tree that is cut down for the printing of I’m Not a Plastic Bag, two trees will be planted.

I’m Not a Plastic Bag (8” x 10”, full color, hardcover, 88 pages, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-936393-54-1, Diamond Order Code JAN12 0824) will release in late March at bookstores and comic book stores…just in time for Earth Day on April 22nd!

About Archaia

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

About JeffCorwinConnect

JeffCorwinConnect Inc. (“JCC”) is a global eco-edutainment multimedia corporation that goes beyond geographical boundaries and as the voice of conservation connects the entire planet, its people, ecosystems and wildlife to one another. Jeff Corwin, chief visionary and co-founder says, “The fuel behind the mission of JeffCorwinConnect is to build a global community of people who care about the future of our planet and seek to better the world for themselves and their children. Anurag Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of JeffCorwinConnect Inc. adds, “Our mission is to provide a social experience around wildlife and conservation and build a global community through our programs, products and publications.”  Connect with JCC at www.facebook.com/jeffcorwinconnect and become a global citizen.