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Market Monday: Picks of the Week, February 5th, 2014

Book of the Week

Alone Forever GN by Liz Prince

Liz Prince, author of the world’s cutest relationship comic, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, returns with a new comic about being - gasp! - single. At last bringing her popular webcomic to printed form, Alone Forever explores the joys of flying solo, free to focus on what really matters: comics, punk rock, and cute boys with beards. Drawn in Liz Prince’s ultra-charming style, filled with self-deprecation and cats, there’s something for everyone to relate to in this celebration of self-reliance in the age of OkCupid.

Singles of the Week

Batman: Joker’s Daughter one-shot, written by Marguerite Bennett, art by Meghan Hetrick-Murante, colors by Michelle Madsen

Who is The Joker’s Daughter? What horrors lurk in the mind of this deranged lunatic, and why is there more to her than meets the eye? More than just a crazy person who stumbled upon The Joker’s face, more than just a woman with a mission, The Joker’s Daughter sees herself as a woman on the path of greed, dominance and lordship over the Gotham Underground. This special issue tells a sordid tale in the life of one of DC’s most popular new villains!

~Preview~

Ms. Marvel #1, written by G. Willow Wilson, cover by Sara Pichelli

The legend has returned! Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City—until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!

~Preview~

Loki: Agent of Asgard #1, cover by Jenny Frison

Old God - New Trickster! Kid Loki’s all grown up - and the God of Mischief is stronger, smarter, sexier and just plain sneakier than ever before. As Asgardia’s one-man secret service, he’s ready to lie, cheat, steal, bluff and snog his way through the twistiest, turniest and most treacherous missions the All-Mother can throw at him… starting with a heart-stopping heist on Avengers Tower - and the death of Thor! And that’s just the beginning! Would we lie to you? This is LOKI, true believer - we’re lying to you RIGHT NOW!

~Preview~

Collection of the Week

My Little Pony Tales vol. 2 TP, includes work by Georgia Ball, Katie Cook, Amy Mebberson, and Agnes Garbowska

Four individual tales highlighting some of the Ponies’ favorite friends - the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Princess Celestia, Spike, and Princess Luna!

Next Week’s Featured Event
Ladies’ Night at Strange Adventures in Halifax
After hours on Leap Day, Strange Adventures will be hosting an exclusive, ladies only event featuring cupcakes, discounts, trivia, and prizes!
Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys, The War at Ellsmere) and Jordyn Bochon (Spera) will be on hand for signings, and Tumblr’s own comic star Kate Leth will be there working her usual retail gig (but I’m sure she’ll be happy to sign her Locke & Key appearances and other merch!)
On Facebook, 119 ladies have already RSVP’d, how can you miss such a party?  At the very least, go to piss off this guy.  And bring your comics-curious friends!
Other Events
Tuesday, February 28
Newcastle, UK: Mary and Bryan Talbot will be discussing Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes at the Lit & Phil, 6:30pm GMT
Lowell MA: Reception for “A Picture’s Worth: Contemporary Graphic Novel Artists” with Liz Prince & Veronica Fish at UMass Lowell, 3-5pm EST 
Friday, March 2
Roanoke VA: Danielle Corsetto will be giving a talk at Roanoke Library about cartooning and being a professional web cartoonist, 6pm-8pm EST.
Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4
Austin, TX: The 8th annual Staple! Independent Media Expo is at Marchesa Hall and Theater. In attendance will be Liz Prince, MariNaomi, and Monica Gallagher.
Saturday, March 3
NYC: Jennifer Cruté will be signing her book Jennifer’s Journal: The Life of a SubUrban Girl (and throwing a party with wine, champagne, and hors d’oeurves!) at the House of Art Gallery in Brooklyn, 6-10pm EST
Sunday, March 4
Portland OR: Writer Sarah Mirk and some participating artists will be presenting their new Oregon History Comics at the release party at Powell’s Books, 7:30-9:30pm PST

Next Week’s Featured Event

Ladies’ Night at Strange Adventures in Halifax

After hours on Leap Day, Strange Adventures will be hosting an exclusive, ladies only event featuring cupcakes, discounts, trivia, and prizes!

Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys, The War at Ellsmere) and Jordyn Bochon (Spera) will be on hand for signings, and Tumblr’s own comic star Kate Leth will be there working her usual retail gig (but I’m sure she’ll be happy to sign her Locke & Key appearances and other merch!)

On Facebook, 119 ladies have already RSVP’d, how can you miss such a party?  At the very least, go to piss off this guy.  And bring your comics-curious friends!

Other Events

Tuesday, February 28

Friday, March 2

Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4

Saturday, March 3

Sunday, March 4

Interview Round-Up!

I decided about two weeks ago to post all interviews in one round-up post a week rather than individual links or quotes— and then I got too busy to remember to do it.  But here it is at last!

There are heroes who sit there and calculate a plan. You probably have friends who do it, people who make lists and figure out what their move is going to be and wrestle over the ethics and morals of stuff and have ten-year plans and twenty-year plans. He doesn’t have any of that. Whenever I am wondering what he’d do in a scene, he’s an arrow: he shoots from the hip. He just is constantly trusting his inner compass. Sometimes there will be misfires, but at least he fires. I don’t see him ever having a story where he’s thought fifty steps ahead like a chess player.

Geek: What’s next for you?

RY: Well, I’m working on a new book about a space cop superhero. It’s basically a funny, light take of comics like Green Lantern or the Nova Corps. Also, I’m finishing up finals and have to study for a Bio test next week. For dinner, I’m going to have chicken and rice. Too bad there are no more ice cream sandwiches…

The characters are in their early twenties, a time when you start out taking yourself so damn seriously, you think you understand the world, and there are a dozen different choices to make while growing up. The parallel journeys of Dee and Bunny Boy involve different methods of figuring yourself out, be it hack-and-slash throwing yourself at parties and love, or delicate and internal self-discovery. If you connect back to the center, you tend to find that person you were as a kid, all your childhood interests and weirdness, was just hanging out underneath all the other emotions. And then you need to re-embrace them again. Running from them gets you nowhere!…

The most unhappy people I know are people who won’t spend time to get lost in their passion, or people who are trying to hard to make something happen that isn’t genuine.

And of course, the interview that everyone should read:

Women make 80% of the retail purchases in America. EIGHTY PERCENT. And that means that more often than not, if a kid is shopping, it’s with mom. So if the comic industry wants to have a future and hook readers young, they need to target both women and children. If a woman is reading comics, she’ll be more likely to let her kid read comics. And if a kid is raised in a house where one or both parents read comics, I think we all already know that he or she will be more likely to read comics. Kids who never know comics exist are going to have a hard time finding them when they’re at an age that most superhero comics are geared towards. And even better in all of this is the fact that if mom reads comics, she’ll have no problem with her daughters reading comics, which increases the future female readership of comics as well as just the future male readership of comics. There’s no loss here for the comics industry. It just takes foresight.

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