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July 14, 2012


Comics Comics Comics: Three Comics To Consider Buying Today At San Diego Comic Con

The Comics Reporter will be doing a few stand-alone articles about material available for sale at Comic-Con International. You should definitely consider buying anything profiled that way. I thought there might also be room for a recommendations-in-brief piece each day of the big show about stuff that's out and if not brand-new, then at least something I haven't seen yet.

I don't mean these posts to be taken as a shot against all the other great stuff out there. I'm sure I'll be buying some of that material, too. It's just that San Diego Con has always been a comics show for me and for this site. There's some great stuff out there for your consideration. Let's spotlight a few.

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1. Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire
I'm going to do all Top Shelf books today because a) I'm running late, b) I'm going to run late tomorrow, too, if I try to exclude things from these lists and craft a more broadly-based, political one, c) they're an advertiser and I'll emotional thinking about my advertisers for the last year in particular of rough going here at CR, d) this is the one that Chris Staros picked as something he wanted me to look at. Jeff Lemire is the kind of comics-maker about whom editors, publishers and publicists will start waxing rhapsodic for no particular reason.

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2. American Elf Vol. 4, James Kochalka
It's not what it used to be at San Diego when Rory Root was a presence and you could go to the Comic Relief area and pick up pretty much all the Eisner-winning works, you wanted, plus tons of other material from Eisner winners. You can still do a little bit of that. James Kochalka won an Eisner last night for one of his kids' books, but his main body of work the last several years is the American Elf webcomics, of which this is the latest volume.

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3. Blindspot #2, Joseph Remnant
Hey, it's a comic book! Hey, it's a comic book by a new talent! Hey, it's a comic book by that guy whose art on the Cleveland book probably just made that -- and not the few books before or after -- our goodbye to Harvey Pekar!

If you're at Comic-Con and a comics buyer, I hope you'll think of checking out one of the above works. If you're at Comic-Con to see the Supernatural panel and to attend the Masquerade -- and god bless you -- maybe you could try a comic book as a way of paying tribute to the roots of the show you're enjoying. For everyone else, I hope some of these are books you might enjoy in the near future. Three more suggestions tomorrow.
 
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July 13, 2012


Comics Comics Comics: Three Comics To Consider Buying Today At San Diego Comic Con

The Comics Reporter will be doing a few stand-alone articles about material available for sale at Comic-Con International. You should definitely consider buying anything profiled that way. I thought there might also be room for a recommendations-in-brief piece each day of the big show about stuff that's out and if not brand-new, then at least something I haven't seen yet.

I don't mean these posts to be taken as a shot against all the other great stuff out there. I'm sure I'll be buying some of that material, too. It's just that San Diego Con has always been a comics show for me and for this site. There's some great stuff out there for your consideration. Let's spotlight a few.

image1. Freak Brothers Omnibus, Gilbert Shelton
It was my great fortune to meet and talk to Gilbert Shelton yesterday at a CBLDF drawing panel. This is the book he mentioned when I asked him about any signings anywhere. He claims not to have a North American publisher at the moment, with Rip Off finally fading into the sunset. I can't imagine a better purchase, though, both for the value involved in this presentation, the fact that Shelton is even at this show, and to mark 2012 in one's memory. If you could get it signed, that seems like it would be a wonderful thing, too. A pantheon-level cartoonist. Shelton appears today at Last Gasp from 2:00 to 3:30 PM; that's #1616.

2. Dal Tokyo, Gary Panter
I know, I know, it's sort of boring to pick a prestige Fantagraphics title like this one, and it's not like Gary is here or anything. Still, it's hard for me imagine a better, more important comic making its debut at this show and I'm trying to get over the notion of only recommending comics that catch some sort of big-time marketing hook or novelty current as opposed to just being awesome comics. This is the kind of book that has peers, not betters. Fantagraphics is at 1718.

3. Narbonic Perfect Collection, Shaenon Garrity
I want to make a point of selecting a couple of books you can pick up at a couple of comics charities. I'd love for you to buy anything at one of these places that intrigues you, of course. I'll do the CBLDF's obvious offering tomorrow, but today I thought you might want to pick something up at the Cartoon Art Museum booth that isn't one of their 18 billion fun drawings. If you buy Shaenon Garrity's best-known comics work there, you'll be getting something I completely missed despite it coming out last year, you'll be getting something that was kickstarted, and you'll be making CAM point man Andrew Farago happy. I think this is also something you can target for purchase over at the Trickster site, although while I know Garrity has been over at the not-a-charity indie-comics promoting location I'm not exactly sure if this is something she's selling there. CAM is located at booth 1930. Trickster is up on J street, right before 8th.

If you're at Comic-Con and a comics buyer, I hope you'll think of checking out one of the above works. If you're at Comic-Con to see the Supernatural panel and to attend the Masquerade -- and god bless you -- maybe you could try a comic book as a way of paying tribute to the roots of the show you're enjoying. For everyone else, I hope some of these are books you might enjoy in the near future. Three more suggestions tomorrow.
 
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July 12, 2012


Comics Comics Comics: Three Comics To Consider Buying Today At San Diego Comic Con

The Comics Reporter will be doing a few stand-alone articles about material available for sale at Comic-Con International. You should definitely consider buying anything profiled that way. I thought there might also be room for a recommendations-in-brief piece each day of the big show about stuff that's out and if not brand-new, then at least something I haven't seen yet.

I don't mean these posts to be taken as a shot against all the other great stuff out there. I'm sure I'll be buying some of that material, too. It's just that San Diego Con has always been a comics show for me and for this site. There's some great stuff out there for your consideration. Let's spotlight a few.

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1. The new Rick Geary book is out, and it's another installment in his series on major murders from the last two centuries: Lovers' Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery. These are super-solid, stand-alone books from an honored comics-maker, and a perfect con pick-up. The publisher is NBM; they're at #1528. Geary is actually signing at that booth today from 10:30 to noon and again from 4:00 PM to 5:30.

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2. Sarah Becan, a mainstay of the Chicago small-press scene, has her collected Shuteye for sale at Comic-Con. She is splitting time between the table M-04 and DD-07.

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3. Rich Tommaso's The Cavalier Mr. Thompson is a kickstarted book being represented at the convention by Fantagraphics. There aren't a ton of copies on hand, so I wanted to say something early in the weekend rather than late. It's one of the works that the generation-two alt-cartoonist serialized on-line. I heard three different people on the floor waxing rhapsodic about Tommaso's natural-born cartooning sensibilities. Fantagraphics can be found at 1718.

If you're at Comic-Con and a comics buyer, I hope you'll think of checking out one of the above works. If you're at Comic-Con to see the Supernatural panel and to attend the Masquerade -- and god bless you -- maybe you could try a comic book as a way of paying tribute to the roots of the show you're enjoying. For everyone else, I hope some of these are books you might enjoy in the near future. Three more suggestions tomorrow.
 
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July 11, 2012


Comics Comics Comics: Three Comics To Consider Buying Today At San Diego Comic Con

The Comics Reporter will be doing a few stand-alone articles about material available for sale at Comic-Con International. You should definitely consider buying anything profiled that way. I thought there might also be room for a recommendations-in-brief piece each day of the big show about stuff that's out and if not brand-new, then at least something I haven't seen yet.

I don't mean these posts to be taken as a shot against all the other great stuff out there. I'm sure I'll be buying some of that material, too. It's just that San Diego Con has always been a comics show for me and for this site. There's some great stuff out there for your consideration. Let's spotlight a few.

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1. The fifth volume of Love and Rockets: New Stories is newly available as Los Bros Hernandez celebrate their 30th year as Comic-Con and comics industry institutions. This can be had at the Fantagraphics table, which is #1718. Taking the new L&R and going back to your hotel room and devouring it cover to cover is one of my favorite things about the last few years of the show. God bless the Hernandez Brothers.

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2. The new Parker book from Darwyn Cooke is out. I'm a big fan of Cooke and of this series. IDW publishes the series, and Cooke will be signing copies tonight in the kick-off role for IDW's entire con weekend. IDW was considering not having con weekends at one point, so to see them putting a book like this front and center is a great thing. Their table number is 2643.

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3. Two cartoon-driven calendars from Kate Beaton are out, and Ms. Beaton is in attendance at the show. She's apparently not attending a lot of shows this year, so that's a great thing. I would walk briskly -- don't run, because being a security person isn't a great gig and those folks need no extra grief, but definitely walk with deliberate speed -- to the D+Q table (that's 1629) sometime soon after the Preview Night doors open and pick one up before they're all gone. I can't imagine these not selling out.

If you're at Comic-Con and a comics buyer, I hope you'll think of checking out one of the above works. If you're at Comic-Con to see the Supernatural panel and to attend the Masquerade -- and god bless you -- maybe you could try a comic book as a way of paying tribute to the roots of the show you're enjoying. For everyone else, I hope some of these are books you might enjoy in the near future. Three more suggestions tomorrow.
 
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