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Happy New Year and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly glance into one fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come from Jason in California, who shows us his sharply designed shelves of action figures and Wonder Woman stuff.
If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Robot 6, you can find complete details at the end of this post.
And now here’s Jason …
As ROBOT 6’s sixth-anniversary celebration winds down, our contributors look back at some of their favorite comics of 2014, from Ms. Marvel and The Multiversity to Sex Criminals and How to Be Happy.
Let us know what some of your favorites of 2014 were in the comments section.
Jason Little launched his ambitious webcomic Borb earlier this year, telling the story of a homeless man through a series of four-panel comic strips — an homage to Great Depression-era newspaper strips like Little Orphan Annie and Gasoline Alley. In April, Uncivilized Books will release a 96-page collection of the strips.
Courtesy of Uncivilized Books, ROBOT 6 is pleased to present a preview of Borb. Check out the preview and some additional information from the publisher below.
Courtesy of Koyama Press, we’re pleased to bring you a preview of Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater by A. Degen, part of the publisher’s spring lineup. Collecting the webcomic that appeared on the Study Group website, the mostly silent graphic novel puts a surreal spin on the superhero tale.
Check out a preview and additional details below, and look for it in April.
Later this year, Koyama Press will publish Confetti, a collection of the comics, paintings, sculptures and more from Toronto-based artist Ginette Lapalme. According to the publisher, “Lapalme uses cartoons and junk culture as raw material to make ‘cute’ subversive and ‘pretty’ punk.”
Check out the preview below, and look for the collection in May. Our thanks to Koyama for all the previews it provided for our anniversary celebration.
Best known for his award-winning “slice-of-life fantasy” webcomic Tails, Ethan Young turns from the semi-autobiographical to historical fiction for his next project. Nanjing: The Burning City, a graphic novel due out later this year from Dark Horse, tells the story of two Chinese soldiers during the night before the Nanjing Massacre.
This will be big for Young; not only will the year see the release of a graphic novel he’s been planning since college, but he and his wife are also expecting their first child. We spoke about the project, fatherhood and more.
As part of ROBOT 6’s sixth-anniversary celebration, we’re pleased to present an exclusive look at the covers for Stray #4, as well as a preview of Issue 3, currently in Previews.
Created by Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse, and published by Action Lab, Stray tells the story of the Rottweiler, the former teen sidekick to the Doberman. When his former mentor is killed, Rottweiler returns to the costumed life to try to solve the murder — but will he take up his mentor’s mantle, or follow his own path?
While Caleb Goellner and Buster Moody are staying busy with assorted comic projects — working together or separately on stories for Dark Horse Presents and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for example — they continue to collaborate on their creator-owned, pay-what-you-want comic Task Force Rad Squad.
The third issue isn’t due out until March, but for our big anniversary they’ve provided a sneak preview. In it, the Squad, a riff on the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, help their mentor kick his addiction to Space Potion in what they describe as a “very special issue.”
You’ll find a preview, along with some additional information on the comic, below. Task Force Rad Squad #3 comes out March 11 for whatever price you’d like to pay on Gumroad, where you can currently find the first two issues.
Dark Horse Presents went through a reboot last year, and as a special treat for ROBOT 6’s anniversary, editor Jim Gibbons shared sneak peeks at couple upcoming stories that’ll appear in the award-winning anthology (as well as one other fun surprise). Check them out below.
The first volume, which was both an Eisner nominee and an LA Times Book Prize finalist, involved the author’s search for a 19th-century journal, Incidents in the Night, which gave details on a plot to return Napoleon to power (and subsequently try to take over the world). The journey involved an immortal publisher hiding in a book and the angel of death, and ended on a cliffhanger. Book 2 collides with another David B. work, Epileptic, as the author’s dead brother, Jean-Christophe, picks up the search for David B. into this conspiracy-ridden, occult-driven world.
Courtesy of Uncivilized Books, we’re pleased to present a preview of what will likely be another “best of the year” list-topper from the acclaimed French artist, as translated by novelist Brian Evenson. The book is available for preorder on the publisher’s website, where it can also be purchased as a set with Book 1. Check out the preview, along with information on the book from the publisher, below.
As a part of our sixth anniversary, Abrams ComicArts has provided ROBOT 6 with previews of two more books from its 2015 lineup — The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis by Darryl Cunningham and Trashed by Derf Backderf.
Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham’s latest work of graphic-nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand’s biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the United States and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today’s politics and policies.
Announced almost a year ago, Trashed started in 2002 as a comic from SLG Publishing and was revived in 2010 by Backderf as a webcomic. It’s a memoir of the year he spent as a garbageman in his rural hometown, with added fictional characters and situations. As he explained on his website, “It didn’t really happen but, trust me, it’s all too real.”
Check out the previews below. Our thanks to Abrams.
Dustin Harbin has been a ROBOT 6 favorite for a while, so we’re pleased to share some pages from his upcoming Diary Comics collection. Due from Koyama Press in May, the collection features Harbin’s documentation of “the ups and downs and sideways of his life in comic form.”
Check out the preview below.
Courtesy of Abrams ComicArts, we’re pleased to present a preview of Just So Happens by Fumio Obata.
The graphic novel tells the story of a Japanese woman living in London who returns to Tokyo for the funeral of her father. While there, she finds herself immersed in the rituals of Japanese life and death — and confronting a decision she hadn’t expected to have to make.
Check out the preview below, and look for the book in stores on March 17.
Andrew MacLean is one of many artists I’ve enjoyed following over the past few years, from his self-published work on the two volumes of Head Lopper to his collaborations with writers like Jim Gibbons, Nolan T Jones and Jamie Gambell. This year he’ll be hitting comics in a big way with the release of ApocalyptiGirl, a graphic novel about a girl, a cat and an apocalypse.
Due out May 20 from Dark Horse (and listed in the current Previews), ApocalyptiGirl is both written and drawn by MacLean. I spoke with him about the book, as well as his plans for more Head Lopper.
“Imagine The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as pot-smoking punks.”
Courtesy of Koyama Press, we’re pleased to offer a look at Blobby Boys 2, the follow-up to Alex Schubert’s award-winning comic. Schubert’s bold, machine-precise images, tell the story of a band of “salacious and slimy Saturday Morning cast-offs,” and the wannabe keyboardist/fan who wants to join them.
Check out the preview and more information below. Blobby Boys 2 arrives in May.