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Picks of the Week: January 22, 2014

Book of the Week

QU33R HC, including work by Amanda Verwey, Annie Murphy, Carrie McNinch, Christine Smith, Diane DiMassa, Edie Fake, Jennifer Camper, Kris Dresen, L. Nichols, Marian Runk, MariNaomi, and Nicole Georges

Edited by Ignatz-Award-nominated editor Robert Kirby, QU33R is an all-new 33-contributor anthology featuring a cross-generational lineup up of LGBTQ cartoonists. Where No Straight Lines set down our history, QU33R shines a light on the future. QU33R features over 240 pages of new comics from a cross-generational lineup of award-winning LGBTQ cartoonists including Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse, Diane DiMassa, Edie Fake, Nicole Georges, Ed Luce, and more.

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Singles of the Week

ElfQuest: Final Quest #1, co-written and art by Wendy Pini

The Wolfriders’ chief, Cutter, knows that change is coming. His tribe’s proximity to the Palace of the High Ones, a mysterious and magical oasis, makes this inevitable. As Cutter’s daughter Ember, chief of her own tribe, shares her father’s efforts to preserve the old ways amongst their kin, the human tyrant, Angrif Djun, ascends the mountain her clan call home and rocks the foundation of their peaceful existence.

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Hacktivist #1, co-written by Alyssa Milano

WHY WE LOVE IT: From the creative mind of Alyssa Milano, with artist Marcus To (Huntress, Red Robin), and writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, Hacktivist is a fastpaced cyberthriller about friendship and freedom in a time war.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Fantastic characters and stunning action set pieces, beautifully illustrated by Marcus To (Cyborg 009, Red Robin) and Eisnernominated colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand).

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the cofounders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest, whitehat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe.

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My Little Pony: Friends Forever #1, written by Alex de Campi, art by Carla Speed McNeil, colors by Jenn Manley Lee

Introducing a brand new ongoing series! Dedicated to exploring the magic that arises from the friendship of two different ponies, prepare for anything in this fun-filled team-team up comic! Our first pony pairing features none other than Applejack and Pinkie Pie! When the two enter a baking contest, you can bet the culinary hijinks are going to get messy!

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Collection of the Week

Basil and Victoria: London Guttersnipes HC, art by Édith Grattery

London, 1887. While the British Empire is at its peak and influences the majority of the world, the majority of the population of London lives amid poverty and crime. Basil and Victoria are part of the thousands of orphans who survive by selling rats and whose only home is the docks. Helped by Cromwell, their faithful watchdog, the trio will wander from the streets of Whitechapel to lands far and wide, meet famous historical and literary figures along the way, and all the while bicker lovingly. Edith and the legendary Yann have created a magnificent and funny social fable in pure Dickensian tradition.

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Market Monday
Dark Horse Presents #18 includes stories by Carla Speed McNeil and Caitlín R. Kiernan,

Captain Midnight strikes! The masked avenger flies into the twenty-first century courtesy of writer Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics, Voodoo) and artist Victor Ibáñez (Rat Catcher). The thrills begin again at the stroke of midnight! Also, the critically acclaimed Alabaster by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Steve Lieber continues in the pages of DHP! A new creator-owned comic from Ulises Farinas! Post-apocalyptic Pokémon! Resident Alien returns to the pages of DHP! An all-star lineup!

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Market Monday

Dark Horse Presents #18 includes stories by Carla Speed McNeil and Caitlín R. Kiernan,

Captain Midnight strikes! The masked avenger flies into the twenty-first century courtesy of writer Joshua Williamson (Xenoholics, Voodoo) and artist Victor Ibáñez (Rat Catcher). The thrills begin again at the stroke of midnight! Also, the critically acclaimed Alabaster by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Steve Lieber continues in the pages of DHP! A new creator-owned comic from Ulises Farinas! Post-apocalyptic Pokémon! Resident Alien returns to the pages of DHP! An all-star lineup!

~Preview~

Market Tuesday
Dark Horse Presents #17, includes work by Carla Speed McNeil

This issue features the return of Colin Lorimer’s UXB and Michael T. Gilbert’s Mr. Monster! Plus, another Edgar Allan Poe story adapted by Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Richard Corben and a new short written by Michael Avon Oeming and illustrated by Victor Santos! The DHP conclusion to Tony Puryear’s Concrete Park and John Layman and Sam Kieth’s Aliens: Inhuman Condition! Crime noir, horror, fantasy, science fiction-this anthology has it all!  

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Market Tuesday

Dark Horse Presents #17, includes work by Carla Speed McNeil

This issue features the return of Colin Lorimer’s UXB and Michael T. Gilbert’s Mr. Monster! Plus, another Edgar Allan Poe story adapted by Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Richard Corben and a new short written by Michael Avon Oeming and illustrated by Victor Santos! The DHP conclusion to Tony Puryear’s Concrete Park and John Layman and Sam Kieth’s Aliens: Inhuman Condition! Crime noir, horror, fantasy, science fiction-this anthology has it all!  

~Preview~

Market Monday
Finder: Talisman HC by Carla Speed McNeil

Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Finder: Talisman is the story of a book - the book beloved by misfits and castaways, once glimpsed and forever longed for - and of Marcie, the kid who never gives up her search for magic and meaning. Now, the fan-favorite story is collected in a new, oversized hardcover edition and a limited-edition hardcover signed by creator Carla Speed McNeil! Finder: Talisman is a much-sought-after fan favorite and a great point of entrance into the world of Finder. First time in hardcover!

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Market Monday

Finder: Talisman HC by Carla Speed McNeil

Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Finder: Talisman is the story of a book - the book beloved by misfits and castaways, once glimpsed and forever longed for - and of Marcie, the kid who never gives up her search for magic and meaning. Now, the fan-favorite story is collected in a new, oversized hardcover edition and a limited-edition hardcover signed by creator Carla Speed McNeil! Finder: Talisman is a much-sought-after fan favorite and a great point of entrance into the world of Finder. First time in hardcover!

~Preview~

ETA: TW for trans*phobic violence on the cover image. I apologize profusely for not catching that earlier.
Market Monday
Dark Horse Presents #16, includes story by Carla Speed McNeil

True-crime writer Phil Stanford tells a gritty tale from Portland’s underbelly as he kicks off City of Roses with artist Patric Reynolds—a new era for the Crime Does Not Pay name! Plus, Richard Corben adapts a spine-tingling story by Edgar Allan Poe! A creator-owned comics celebration! The return of Crime Does Not Pay.

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ETA: TW for trans*phobic violence on the cover image. I apologize profusely for not catching that earlier.

Market Monday

Dark Horse Presents #16, includes story by Carla Speed McNeil

True-crime writer Phil Stanford tells a gritty tale from Portland’s underbelly as he kicks off City of Roses with artist Patric Reynolds—a new era for the Crime Does Not Pay name! Plus, Richard Corben adapts a spine-tingling story by Edgar Allan Poe! A creator-owned comics celebration! The return of Crime Does Not Pay.

~Preview~

Market Monday
Dark Horse Presents #15, includes work by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Carla Speed McNeil

Arvid Nelson’s critically acclaimed Rex Mundi returns with artist Juan Ferreyra, and Neal Adams kicks off a new chapter of Blood in another jam-packed issue of DHP! Plus, Mike Baron and Steve Rude continue delivering new Nexus material!
A creator-owned comics celebration with Bo Hampton’s Riven, Cosby and Shaner’s Buddy Cops, Oeming’s The Wild Rover, McNeil’s Finder, and Tony Puryear’s Concrete Park!
New installments of Layman’s Aliens and DeConnick’s Ghost reboot!

~Preview~

Market Monday

Dark Horse Presents #15, includes work by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Carla Speed McNeil

Arvid Nelson’s critically acclaimed Rex Mundi returns with artist Juan Ferreyra, and Neal Adams kicks off a new chapter of Blood in another jam-packed issue of DHP! Plus, Mike Baron and Steve Rude continue delivering new Nexus material!

A creator-owned comics celebration with Bo Hampton’s Riven, Cosby and Shaner’s Buddy Cops, Oeming’s The Wild Rover, McNeil’s Finder, and Tony Puryear’s Concrete Park!

New installments of Layman’s Aliens and DeConnick’s Ghost reboot!

~Preview~

Market Monday
Dark Horse Presents #14, includes stories by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Carla Speed McNeil

The best-selling anthology just upped the ante! This 104-page flipbook boasts a special Nexus back cover alongside new installments of Aliens, Ghost, and Mister X, and the debut of Michael Avon Oeming’s The Wild Rover!

Market Monday

Dark Horse Presents #14, includes stories by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Carla Speed McNeil

The best-selling anthology just upped the ante! This 104-page flipbook boasts a special Nexus back cover alongside new installments of Aliens, Ghost, and Mister X, and the debut of Michael Avon Oeming’s The Wild Rover!

Market Monday
Dark Horse Presents #13, includes stories by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Carla Speed McNeil

Dark Horse’s woman in white returns with a whole new twist as Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto reboot Ghost-a new incarnation of Elisa Cameron revived in the pages of Dark Horse Presents! John Layman writes Aliens! 80 pages-no ads!

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Market Monday

Dark Horse Presents #13, includes stories by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Carla Speed McNeil

Dark Horse’s woman in white returns with a whole new twist as Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto reboot Ghost-a new incarnation of Elisa Cameron revived in the pages of Dark Horse Presents! John Layman writes Aliens! 80 pages-no ads!

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ProFile Friday

Carla Speed McNeil (born in Hammond, Louisiana) is an American sci-fi writer, cartoonist, and illustrator of comics, best known for the science fiction comic book series Finder.

McNeil self-published Finder from 1996 until 2011, when she reached an agreement with Dark Horse Comics to serialize new material in Dark Horse Presents. In addition, Dark Horse released two Finder Libraries, collecting the first six story arcs. Finder has been available as a webcomic since 2005.

She has written and illustrated comics for anthologies including Dignifying Science, Girl Comics, and Smut Peddler. She worked as an illustrator on the Oni Press series Queen & Country in 2003 and supplied art for the Avatar Comics’ one-shot, Frank Ironwine in 2004. She also provided a two-page guest-illustrator spot for Transmetropolitan: Filth of the City. She was editor in chief and print manager of Saucy Goose Press, which produced the original Smut Peddler and other related projects. Her adaptation of D. J. MacHale’s first Pendragon book, The Merchant of Death, was released on May 20, 2008.

In 1997, at Comic-Con International, McNeil won the Lulu Awards’ Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent for her work on Finder and Shanda the Panda. McNeil also won the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent in 1998. McNeil was nominated for Lulu Award Lulu of the Year in 2001 and 2002, and for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist in 2001.

Finder won the Ignatz for Outstanding Series in 2004 and 2005. Her work has been nominated for Eisner Awards in several categories over the years (including “Best Writer/Artist” in 2002 and 2003), and winning “Best Webcomic” for Finder in 2009. In 2012, Finder: Voice won the LA Times Book Prize for Graphic Novel.

Market Monday
Dark Horse Presents #11, includes story by Carla Speed McNeil

Don’t miss the continuing exploits of cunning assassin Amala, Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder, Evan Dorkin’s House of Fun, and Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre.
This issue is also packed with the exciting premiere of Francesco Francavilla’s pulp-noir hero the Black Beetle, the return of John Arcudi’s The Creep, and a new story by Andrew Vachss with illustrations by Geof Darrow!
And in an exciting feature by Frank Barbiere and Luke Radl, meet the killers known as the White Suits, who have left their bloody fingerprints throughout modern history. When a young girl encounters one of the Suits during a mob deal gone wrong, she is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever … or end it!

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Market Monday

Dark Horse Presents #11, includes story by Carla Speed McNeil

Don’t miss the continuing exploits of cunning assassin Amala, Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder, Evan Dorkin’s House of Fun, and Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre.

This issue is also packed with the exciting premiere of Francesco Francavilla’s pulp-noir hero the Black Beetle, the return of John Arcudi’s The Creep, and a new story by Andrew Vachss with illustrations by Geof Darrow!

And in an exciting feature by Frank Barbiere and Luke Radl, meet the killers known as the White Suits, who have left their bloody fingerprints throughout modern history. When a young girl encounters one of the Suits during a mob deal gone wrong, she is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever … or end it!

~Preview~

Market Monday Bonus!
Chicks Dig Comics Celebration of Comic Books By Women 

In Chicks Dig Comics, editors Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis bring together essays by award-winning writers and artists who celebrate the comics medium and its creators, and who examine the characters and series that they love. Gail Simone and Carla Speed McNeil describe how they entered the comics industry. Colleen Doran reveals her superhero crush, while Jill Thompson confesses to being a comics junkie. Other contributors include Marjorie Liu, Rachel Edidin, Jill Pantozzi, Kelly Thompson, and SF/F authors Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, and Elizabeth Bear. Also featured: an introduction by Mark Waid and exclusive interviews with Amanda Conner, Louise Simonson, Greg Rucka, and Terry Moore.

Market Monday Bonus!

Chicks Dig Comics Celebration of Comic Books By Women

In Chicks Dig Comics, editors Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis bring together essays by award-winning writers and artists who celebrate the comics medium and its creators, and who examine the characters and series that they love. Gail Simone and Carla Speed McNeil describe how they entered the comics industry. Colleen Doran reveals her superhero crush, while Jill Thompson confesses to being a comics junkie. Other contributors include Marjorie Liu, Rachel Edidin, Jill Pantozzi, Kelly Thompson, and SF/F authors Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, and Elizabeth Bear. Also featured: an introduction by Mark Waid and exclusive interviews with Amanda Conner, Louise Simonson, Greg Rucka, and Terry Moore.

Market Monday
Dark Horse Presents #10, includes work by Carla Speed McNeil, variant cover by Fiona Staples

Evan Dorkin is unleashed in House of Fun, and Steve Niles weaves another web of paranormal intrigue in Criminal Macabre: They Fight by Night. Three brothers in a grim, postwar England of the future are given experimental suits that could make them the saviors of mankind—that is, if they can ever get past their obsessions with film, violent video games, and porn in Colin Lorimer’s UXB!
Brian Wood’s The Massive finishes up, Carla Speed McNeil begins an epic new arc of Finder: Third World, Al Gordon and Thomas Yeates’s centennial celebration of Tarzan concludes, and a new prose story by Andrew Vachss with illustrations by Geof Darrow!!

Market Monday

Dark Horse Presents #10, includes work by Carla Speed McNeil, variant cover by Fiona Staples

Evan Dorkin is unleashed in House of Fun, and Steve Niles weaves another web of paranormal intrigue in Criminal Macabre: They Fight by Night. Three brothers in a grim, postwar England of the future are given experimental suits that could make them the saviors of mankind—that is, if they can ever get past their obsessions with film, violent video games, and porn in Colin Lorimer’s UXB!

Brian Wood’s The Massive finishes up, Carla Speed McNeil begins an epic new arc of Finder: Third World, Al Gordon and Thomas Yeates’s centennial celebration of Tarzan concludes, and a new prose story by Andrew Vachss with illustrations by Geof Darrow!!

#WomensHistoryMonth Book Recs
Dignifying Science, written by Jim Ottaviani, art by Marie Severin, Carla Speed McNeil, Jen Sorensen, Stephanie Gladden, Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, Linda Medley, Lea Hernandez, and Anne Timmons

Dignifying Science is the second in a series of books done in comics form telling true stories about scientists. This book features famous women scientists including Marie Curie, mathematician Emmy Noether, physicist Lise Meitner, DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin, biologist Barbara McClintock, primatologist Birute Galdikas, and Hedy Lamarr. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr…her story will surprise you!
The stories offer a human context often missing when we learn about the discoveries attached to these scientists’ names. Readers, drawn in by the compelling anecdotes, will discover intriguing characters. End notes and references will lead them to further information on the scientists they’ve read about.

#WomensHistoryMonth Book Recs

Dignifying Science, written by Jim Ottaviani, art by Marie Severin, Carla Speed McNeil, Jen Sorensen, Stephanie Gladden, Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, Linda Medley, Lea Hernandez, and Anne Timmons

Dignifying Science is the second in a series of books done in comics form telling true stories about scientists. This book features famous women scientists including Marie Curie, mathematician Emmy Noether, physicist Lise Meitner, DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin, biologist Barbara McClintock, primatologist Birute Galdikas, and Hedy Lamarr. Yes, that Hedy Lamarr…her story will surprise you!

The stories offer a human context often missing when we learn about the discoveries attached to these scientists’ names. Readers, drawn in by the compelling anecdotes, will discover intriguing characters. End notes and references will lead them to further information on the scientists they’ve read about.

Faith Erin Hicks summarizes Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Voice.

Faith Erin Hicks summarizes Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Voice.

Newsy Bits
Archie and the gang are going to Occupy Riverdale, with a variant cover by Jill Thompson and interior art by Gisèle Lagacé.
Leah Moore and John Reppion will be writing their first 2000AD property, a Judge Dredd story entitled “Scouting for Bots”, will appear in Judge Dredd Megazine #322, on sale in the UK on March 28th and in North America on April 11th.“We are really excited to be finally working for the comic we have all grown up with (some of us more than others!). I remember my dad taking me to the 2000 AD office when I was small (maybe eight?) and meeting Tharg in the flesh! I said “Borag Thungg, O Mighty One”. He said “Borag Thungg, Earthlet Leah”. It was awesome. It’s nice to see that bit of early networking paid off over two decades later.”

Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Voice has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Graphic Novel category.
Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost has been shortlisted for the Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award.
Check out this collection of character designs from the works of Alex De Campi, including Valentine headshots by Cassandra James.  In other De Campi news, after a falling out with her original Ashes collaborator, a dozen other artists have pitched in to draw one chapter each, including Colleen Doran,

Newsy Bits

  • Archie and the gang are going to Occupy Riverdale, with a variant cover by Jill Thompson and interior art by Gisèle Lagacé.
  • Leah Moore and John Reppion will be writing their first 2000AD property, a Judge Dredd story entitled “Scouting for Bots”, will appear in Judge Dredd Megazine #322, on sale in the UK on March 28th and in North America on April 11th.
    “We are really excited to be finally working for the comic we have all grown up with (some of us more than others!). I remember my dad taking me to the 2000 AD office when I was small (maybe eight?) and meeting Tharg in the flesh! I said “Borag Thungg, O Mighty One”. He said “Borag Thungg, Earthlet Leah”. It was awesome. It’s nice to see that bit of early networking paid off over two decades later.”
  • Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder: Voice has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Graphic Novel category.
  • Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost has been shortlisted for the Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award.
  • Check out this collection of character designs from the works of Alex De Campi, including Valentine headshots by Cassandra James.  In other De Campi news, after a falling out with her original Ashes collaborator, a dozen other artists have pitched in to draw one chapter each, including Colleen Doran,
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