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Market Monday: August 28th, 2013 New Releases

This week, I’m going to try and start a thing— to link creators Tumblrs if they have one. I’m thinking of doing this across the board on every post, but I also realize I may drive myself mad in the offing. At any rate, as usual links attached to titles go to some place to buy said book, links attached to creators’ names go to their Tumblr! (And send me the ones I missed!)

Book of the Week

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Science: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

Science: dull or hard to understand? Not if you read this book! The creators of the acclaimed Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics take on a new challenge, and explain the different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters. Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why? Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church? What happens when you have your DNA tested? All these questions and more are answered in a chronological journey from ancient times to modern Quantum Theory, with creators Margreet and Yiri as your witty guides.

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Singles of the Week: Horror Special (apparently)

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American Vampire Anthology one-shot, includes work by Becky Cloonan and Gail Simone

You are cordially invited to a party-to die for! This special features eight amazing stories set in the world of American Vampire, with “lost tales,” new characters and old favorites. Don’t miss these stories brought to you by series creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, as well as other awesome comics talent like Becky Cloonan (BATMAN), Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (DAYTRIPPER), Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH), Greg Rucka (The Punisher, BATWOMAN), Gail Simone (BATGIRL) and many more!

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Damsels: Giant Killer one-shot, co-written by Leah Moore, cover by Chrissie Zullo

Queen Jacquelyn of Villeneuve is a benevolent ruler, a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a woman with a monstrous score to settle. Set more than a century before the events of Damsels, this gigantic one-shot tells the tale of one woman’s quest for ultimate revenge. By sword, or by sorcery, all shall be slain.

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The Envy one-shot, written by Erica J. Heflin

Jealousy’s a monster in this one-shot, psychological thriller from Erica (Chronographer) Heflin. Young Danielle’s world is forever shattered by David’s beautiful and exotic new girlfriend. When men fall for her charms and Danielle’s BFF becomes ill, she begins to wonder if there is something evil - even monstrous - going on. A special Indie Comics Magazine Presents one-shot!

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Station to Station one-shot, co-written by Corinna Bechko

Something terrible has happened to the Bay Area. A pipeline explosion has totaled Treasure Island and destroyed the Bay Bridge. At least, that’s the official story… An interdimensional monster has been brought to San Francisco, and only the men responsible can fight it off, but can they resist its brainwashing? From the pages of Dark Horse Presents!

~Preview~ (video)

Collection of the Week

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Sword of Sorcery vol. 1: Amethyst TP, written by Christy Marx

In these tales from SWORD OF SORCERY #0-8, Amethyst, lost princess of Gemworld, is back-and she has powerful enemies hunting her! But what role will John Constantine play in her destiny? Plus, don’t miss tales of Beowulf and Stalker!

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More new releases under the cut!

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Market Monday: Week of June 12, 2013 New Releases

Book of the Week

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Wake Up, Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian

A BRAND NEW FULL-LENGTH PERCY GLOOM ADVENTURE. Cartoonist and animator Cathy Malkasian follows up her 2007 graphic novel Percy Gloom (a minor classic) with the further adventures of the small, immortal man with a light-up head. In Wake Up, Percy Gloom, kindhearted Percy awakens from (what he thinks is) a 200-year nap and finds himself in a strange new land. As Percy goes on a quest to locate his mother, he encounters many inspired inventions and bizarre, and sometimes dangerous, characters and situations, such as singing goats and furniture parades. Through it all he pines for his longlost love and soul mate, Miss Margaret-but his love may not be as doomed as he thinks.

Malkasian’s lush and detailed pencil drawings, surreal humor, absurdist characters and stunning visual storytelling ensure that fans of the first graphic novel will find the sequel just as fantastical, touching, and hilarious; new readers will discover a gorgeously rendered world of luminous landscapes, gentle humor, and a cast composed variously of wise, naïve, and flawed characters in a wide-ranging story that stands on its own.

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Firsts of the Week

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The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1, art by Becky Cloonan

Years ago, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries, costing them their lives, save for one-the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the Desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it’s left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI or else join the mindless ranks of Bat City!

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Domino Lady/Sherlock Holmes #1, written by Nancy Holder

Join New York Times-bestselling author Nancy Holder in this 2-part murder mystery set against the backdrop of ancient Egypt! Domino Lady and Sherlock Holmes team up to solve the riddle of the Sphinx. Okay, not really, but they do solve this riddle of passion, identity, and antiquity!

~Preview~

Collection of the Week

Evil Diva Vol.1, art by Cassandra Wedeking

Diva Beelze is an average suburban tween-age devil with uncontrollable urges to do good. Diva’s world grows more complicated when her mysterious guidance counselor grants her control over a powerful Magic Wand, which seems to have a mind of its own. Clearly, the best solution is to be a superhero

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More new releases under the cut!

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Preview: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon And Becky Cloonan, coming to a comic store near you soon… http://bit.ly/13SVCFp
Preview: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon And Becky Cloonan, coming to a comic store near you soon… http://bit.ly/13SVCFp
Market Monday
Young Romance Valentine’s Day Special, includes writing by Ann Nocenti and Cecil Castellucci, includes art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Becky Cloonan

Romance is in the air in this very special Special!
• Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel. • Barbara Gordon has always been too busy for romance, but could her role as Batgirl bring her back to the first guy she ever kissed? • Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul? • Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day. • From the pages of STORMWATCH, Apollo and Midnighter celebrate Valentine’s Day separately but with each other in mind. Who—or what—stands between them?• Dick Grayson and the daughter of Lucius Fox meet-cute!
Plus: Perforated Valentine’s Day cards featuring the stars of these stories!

~Preview~

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Young Romance Valentine’s Day Special, includes writing by Ann Nocenti and Cecil Castellucci, includes art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Becky Cloonan

Romance is in the air in this very special Special!

• Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel.
• Barbara Gordon has always been too busy for romance, but could her role as Batgirl bring her back to the first guy she ever kissed?
• Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul?
• Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day.
• From the pages of STORMWATCH, Apollo and Midnighter celebrate Valentine’s Day separately but with each other in mind. Who—or what—stands between them?
• Dick Grayson and the daughter of Lucius Fox meet-cute!

Plus: Perforated Valentine’s Day cards featuring the stars of these stories!

~Preview~

ProFile Friday

Becky Cloonan (born July 23, 1980) is an American comic book creator, known for work published by Vertigo, Dark Horse, Harper Collins and Marvel.

Cloonan was born in Pisa, Italy.

She created minicomics and was part of the Meathaus collective before collaborating with Brian Wood on Channel Zero: Jennie One in 2003. Since then, her profile (and workload) has steadily risen; her best-known work to date has been the twelve-issue comics series Demo (2004), also with Wood. Wizard named Demo its 2004 “Indie of the Year.” The series was also nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2005, for Best Limited Series and Best Single Issue (for #7, “One Shot, Don’t Miss”)

Cloonan’s first solo graphic novel, East Coast Rising Volume 1, was released by Tokyopop in 2006. East Coast Rising: Volume 1 marked Cloonan’s third Eisner Award nomination in 2007, this time for Best New Series. She also collaborated with writer Steven T. Seagle on the Vertigo Comics series American Virgin, which was cancelled with the 23rd issue.

She has collaborated with Brian Wood on several issues ofConan the Barbarian, with the inaugural “Queen of the Black Coast” story. In August 2012, she became the first woman to pencil an issue of Batman. She is also doing art for the six part upcoming series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoy being co-written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon.

She has also created artwork for the band Leftover Crack and hip-hop group CunninLynguists.

She currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with her fiance.

What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  While it lacks the costumes of Halloween, the presents of Christmas, and the revelry of New Year’s, my family’s Thanksgiving traditions have been the constant in my life that have meant the most to me every year.  When I first visited Japan, my travelling companion and I discussed the merits of living there. The one negative I came up with?  ”I’d miss Thanksgiving.”  When I lived in London for my junior year of college, I still made a full Thanksgiving dinner for my suitemates (though, due to my ignorance as to exactly how long it takes for a turkey to defrost, was made and eaten on Sunday, and by myself since my suitemates had lost interest in my peculiar American customs at that point).

The food is delicious, the family drawn in from far-flung places, the history is complicated and not always nice, and it’s a time to reflect on what’s good in my life.  And here’s what is:

Trina Robbins - The foremost comics “herstorian”, Trina has been a constant inspiration and mentor to me. Her love and dedication to women in comics is like her religion, and I am very grateful to the groundwork she’s laid when I decided pick up her torch. Very few people could have been as excited as I was when I discovered that Fran Hopper was still alive, and only Trina could surpass me. I look forward to her ultimate history of women in comics, Pretty in Ink, when it comes out next year.

The flourishing of female talent - This year has seen some of my favorite lesser-known talent become superstars.  Fiona Staples, whose art I’ve been loving since her turn on The Secret History of the Authority: Hawskmoor, is killing it month after month on Saga.  Almost nothing would stop me from buying the new Brian K. Vaughan series, but it gives me such hope for the future that even someone like him who could have his pick of superstar artists would rather look for a new voice, and a woman at that.  In addition, Kelly Sue DeConnick, whose writing I’ve loved since her first (Sif and Rescue) one-shots for Marvel back in 2010 has now taken up the challenge of writing not one, but two ongoing series, Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, which have been some of the most fun comics I’ve read in a long time. And she’s announced her first creator-owned series, Pretty Deadly, with another artist on my list, Emma Rios.  Rios’s star has risen over the past year due to her work on Spider-Man (including Spider Island tie-in Cloak and Dagger), Doctor Strange: Season One, and a few issues of Captain Marvel! And speaking of Spider-Man artists, let’s not forget the woman who has drawn both Peter Parker and Miles Morales!  Sara Pichelli gave first life to the new Ultimate Spider-Man, and then teamed him up with Peter Parker in the first 616/Ultimate universe crossover, Spider-Men!  Honorable mention must go to IDW Publishing for having such faith in the appeal of female creators that they brought Womanthology back for a new space-themed miniseries.

Sisters doing it for themselves - This is a blatant continuation of the above list. Kate Beaton continues to be wonderful and redefining comics on her own terms just by being herself.  Spike spear-headed the revival of female-friendly, sex-positive anthology Smut Peddler, not only paying the creators, but also getting it into her head to do a horror anthology next (She’s still taking pitches until November 30!).  Raina Telgemeier continues to create comics that appeal to the next generation of female readers (and creators!) with this year’s New York Times bestselling Drama.  And according to my mother, a teacher, Jennifer Holm (with her brother Matthew) are getting an even younger generation with Babymouse.  Amy Reeder rebounded from her dismissal from Batwoman with the charming one-shot Halloween Eve, and after chatting with her at NYCC, I am assured that we will see plenty of new work from her in the coming year. Becky Cloonan, of course, remains Becky Cloonan.

Art books celebrating women in comics - Amanda Conner got two— The Art of Amanda Conner and The DC Comics Sequential Art of Amanda Conner.  Marie Severin got The Mirthful Mistress of Comics. Ramona Fradon's was announced and revealed such heavy hitters as Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson among her admirers. And I look forward to the forthcoming Definitive Reference to the work of Jeffrey Catherine Jones; I hope we can get a DVD release of the documentary about her life.

Lana Wachowski - Thanks again for getting me into comics. Your speech when receiving the HRC Visibility Award made me laugh and cry, frequently in the same sentence.  Your courage to be yourself is admirable and inspiring.  Now where’s the rest of Doc Frankenstein?!

All of My Readers - All 13,595 of you!  You are all the best reason to get up in the morning. 

Non-comics things I’m grateful for include my almost-1-year-old niece (who is currently toddling around my parents’ kitchen as I type), my gainful employment, my new meds that don’t make me tired all the time, the fact that we’ve been spared a Romney presidency, my new "This Machine Kills Fascists" laptop sticker, and friends who push me to be the best me I can be.

I definitely like to encourage ladies to get into comics, and try to make my work accessible to girls as well. I taught at SVA [School of Visual Arts] for a little bit and my classes were over half girls and it was awesome. So that was really cool to see, and whenever a girl comes up to me like, “Oh, you know you’re my inspiration, blah blah blah,” it’s so sweet, and it does mean a lot because I had ladies I looked up to as well when I was first starting out.

Becky Cloonan

Cloonan was the first comics creator I ever met and even just as a teenage fan who shopped at a male-dominated comic shop that I was legit afraid of the first few months I shopped there, meeting her was a watershed experience in getting me hooked on comics (and the fact that the ~scary shop~ was the one that hosted her went a long way to making me feel more comfortable there!)

Market Monday
Swamp Thing Annual #1, art by Becky Cloonan

Years ago, Alec Holland met Anton Arcane…and the seeds of that encounter created the nightmare that is Rotworld! This extra-sized tale of monsters and madness examines one of the greatest rivalries in the DC Universe!

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Swamp Thing Annual #1, art by Becky Cloonan

Years ago, Alec Holland met Anton Arcane…and the seeds of that encounter created the nightmare that is Rotworld! This extra-sized tale of monsters and madness examines one of the greatest rivalries in the DC Universe!

~Preview~

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Fringe: Beyond The Fringe TPB, art by Becky Cloonan

A tale from Fringe star Joshua Jackson explores key events between seasons 3 and 4, Jhonen Vasquez and Becky Cloonan tell the story of Nina Sharp’s robotic arm, and five more tales from beyond the Fringe!

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Fringe: Beyond The Fringe TPB, art by Becky Cloonan

A tale from Fringe star Joshua Jackson explores key events between seasons 3 and 4, Jhonen Vasquez and Becky Cloonan tell the story of Nina Sharp’s robotic arm, and five more tales from beyond the Fringe!

A stand-alone issue starring the esoteric Harper Row, BATMAN #12 is written by Scott Snyder and features stunning guest art by Becky Cloonan, the first woman to ever illustrate the series.
On one level, kudos to DC Comics.  On another level, I’m not sure why they want to admit that it took this long.
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Conan the Barbarian #7, art by Becky Cloonan

Artist Becky Cloonan rejoins Brian Wood for a new story arc! Hearing of an impostor committing atrocities in his name, Conan returns to Cimmeria to confront the scoundrel. In the frozen North of Conan’s birth, it is now Bêlit who is out of her element!

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Conan the Barbarian #7, art by Becky Cloonan

Artist Becky Cloonan rejoins Brian Wood for a new story arc! Hearing of an impostor committing atrocities in his name, Conan returns to Cimmeria to confront the scoundrel. In the frozen North of Conan’s birth, it is now Bêlit who is out of her element!

~Preview~

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Batman #12, art by Becky Cloonan

It’s the epilogue to “The Court of Owls”! The next major storyline begins here!

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Market Monday

Batman #12, art by Becky Cloonan

It’s the epilogue to “The Court of Owls”! The next major storyline begins here!

~Preview~

Having more girls create is just going to create more stories for more people to enjoy. And not just for girls. What about the 50-plus crowd and senior citizens? Or really little kids? … That’s why it’s so important to have more women, more people in general, more people of color and people of all ages getting into comics, reading them and then creating them. This is a medium that deserves to be made and to be read and to be enjoyed and celebrated.
Becky Cloonan, in a nice little article from the LA Times Hero Complex blog about women in comics, with quotes from other creators like Jessica Abel, Bobbie Chase, Amanda Conner, Faith Erin Hicks, Lora Innes, Hope Larson, Heidi MacDonald,  Ann Nocenti, and Sarah Oleksyk.  Nothing groundbreaking, but a good summing up about the rising status of women in comics these days.

fyeahlilbit3point0 said: Did you hear about Becky Cloonan on Batman?

Heck yes I did, and I am totally excited about it.  Scott Snyder + Becky Cloonan = Comics Perfection

(Here are preview pages for those who missed it)

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