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Six by 6 | Six comics to look foward to in 2014

Seconds

Seconds

Death, taxes and new comics. Those are just a few things we can expect in the New Year (not YOUR death necessarily, just death in general). Anyway, lots of comics will be published this year. Here are six I’m really looking forward to and that I think you should be excited about as well. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments.

1. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Random House). A bit of an obvious choice perhaps. Still, whether you loved Scott Pilgrim or hated it to tiny, tiny pieces, there’s little doubt that O’Malley’s big follow-up to his uber-successful and much ballyhooed series is going to draw a lot of attention from all corners of comics fandom. There’s a lot of people curious about this book, about which little is known other than it takes place in a restaurant. Count me among them.

2. Arsene Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen (Fantagraphics). Is Olivier Schrauwen one of the most amazing, inventive and original cartoonists to come along in decades? Well, duh. If you’ve read The Man Who Grew His Beard, My Boy or perhaps the initial chapter of this (I’m assuming) invented tale of the author’s grandfather, you know how creative and fearless he can be. This might well be the book I’m most looking forward to this year.

3. Pascin by Joann Sfar (Uncivilized Books). First Incidents in the Night and now this. Uncivilized Books is quickly becoming the go-to place for solid alt-Euro graphic novels. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen any of Joann Sfar’s works translated on these shores too, so I’m anxious to see this biography of Jewish modernist painterJulius Mordecai Pincas, which I unless I’m greatly mistaken (and I always could be) is highly regarded across the Atlantic. In short, more Sfar is always a good thing. Now when are we getting the second volume of Klezmer?

4. Insufficent Direction by Moyoco Anno (Vertical). There’s not nearly enough josei manga being published in English these days, so more Anno (Sakuran, Happy Mania), especially considering what a major talent Anno is. She’s delving into autobiography here, with a look at her marriage to Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno. Hopefully numerous curtains will be pulled back in Anno’s ever-graceful and yet unflinching manner.

The Leaning Girl

The Leaning Girl

5. The Leaning Girl by Francois Schuiten and Benoit Peeters (Alaxis Press). One of the best discoveries I made last year was the Obscure Cities series by Schuiten and Peeters. Sadly, most of the books in the series (that have been translated in English) can be either expensive or tough to come by. The good news is that the newly formed Alaxis Press, with help from a Kickstarter campaign, will be releasing several books in the series this year, starting with The Leaning Girl. 

6. Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer (Liveright). Feiffer is one of the greats, no arguments allowed. I mean, this is the guy that made Tantrum AND Sick, Sick, Sick AND wrote Little Murders and so many other great comics and stories. So any time you get a new work from him it’s worth your time and attention. And it sounds like Feiffer is taking a left turn into some decidedly noir territory, which is doubly intriguing. And hey, Neil Gaiman loves it, so how bad can it be?

Other books to keep an eye out for: Popeye: The Classic Newspaper Comics by Bobby London; The Cabbie Vol. 2 by Marti; The Complete Eightball by Daniel Clowes; The Complete Witzend; Bumperhead and Grip: the Strange World of Men, both by Gilbert Hernandez; Walt Before Skeezix by Frank King; Ant Colony by Michael DeForge; How the World Was by Emmanuel Gilbert; Forming Vol. 2 by Jesse Moynihan; Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast; Sugar Skull by Charles Burns; Renee by Ludovic Debeurme; How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis; The Complete Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

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why are these sorts of lists always Graphic Novels, and never actual individual issue comic books?

“why are these sorts of lists always Graphic Novels, and never actual individual issue comic books?”

I’m most looking forward to All-New Ghost Rider #8, or possibly Nightwing #35.

Chris, that’s great news about Schuiten and Peeters. I’ve only managed to track down one of those NBM volumes, myself. I’m probably most looking forward to the next volumes of some reprint series — Annie, Pogo, Barnaby (that first volume!), the Barks library…

Literally none of these sound interesting, or you just did a really poor job describing the books, Chris.

I’ll be looking forward to Jason Arron’s Southern Bastards, Ed Brubakers’ The Fade Out, Grant Morrison’s Unknown, Scott Snyder’s Wytches, Darren Aronofsky’s Noe, Garth Ennis’s new Punisher Max mini and others

In 2014 I’m looking forward to (in no particular order):

Metabarons: Castaka
After the Incal/Final Incal
newly collected editions of Miracleman
newly collected editions of Zenith
more Uncle Scrooge/Donald Duck collected books

I’m also interested in the Schuiten books. Is it too late to get in on them?

“I’m also interested in the Schuiten books. Is it too late to get in on them?”

The one volume I’ve read of Cities was, per wikipedia, #9, and it was perfectly comprehensible. In general, story seems secondary to the series; it’s more of a Calvino kind of thing

@Jones, I meant as far as buying them from this new publisher. If I didn’t commit to one on Kickstarter, have I missed out?

Chris: My understanding is that, yes, copies will be available for sale. In fact, it looks like you can pre-order on their web site.

“newly collected editions of Miracleman
newly collected editions of Zenith
more Uncle Scrooge/Donald Duck collected books”

All of these plus more volumes of the Asterix Omnibus, Prince Valiant collections, the Burne Hogarth Tarzan collections from Dark Horse and Titan, Jack Katz’s First Kingdom hardcovers, a new collection of James Stokoe’s Wonton Soup, new Flash Gordon and Dr. Spektor series from Dynamite, a nice omnibus of Roger Stern’s Spider-Man comics and a whole host of interesting looking titles coming from Image Comics.

It’s going to be a good year to be a comics fan…

@Chris, Thanks for the tip. I’ll look into ordering those Schuiten books. They are a tad expensive (not compared to the old, out of print ones, but compared to new softcover European books), but I like the looks of them.

@Andrew, It sounds as though we have very similar tastes. I forgot to mention Prince Valiant, but that’s a treat whenever a new volume comes out (Volume 8 should be arriving in the mail tomorrow). I’m also getting Asterix and First Kingdom, as well as more manga (like Dark Horse’s Lone Wolf & Cub omnibuses) than ever before. Also, I don’t think I mention this enough, but “Thorgal” in English from Cinebooks is awesome whenever it comes out. From older comics being collected, to editions from around the world in English for maybe the first time, it’s definitely a great time for comics.

Looking forward to LEANING GIRL.

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