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IDW Publishing will collect Bravo for Adventure, a rarely seen story legendary artist Alex Toth, as part of its Library of American Comics.
Out of print for three decades, the original 48-page story about “knock-about pilot and reluctant swashbuckler” Jesse Bravo was created for a French publisher, but a planned graphic novel was never released. It was later serialized in Warren Publishing’s comics magazine The Rook before reappearing again, with additional Jesse Bravo short stories, at a couple of other publishers. Toth never completed his full story.
Brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá have finally pulled back the curtain on the follow-up to their award-winning Daytripper collaboration: Two Brothers, due in October from Dark Horse.
An adaptation of the novel The Brothers by Brazilian author Milton Hatoum, the graphic novel centers on a strained family relationship.
The Young Adult Library Services Association has announced its 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens, a list of 79 titles that range from biography and humor to science fiction and superheroes.
The finalists were selected by a committee from among 108 official nominations recommended for readers ages 12 to 18. From those 79 titles, 10 were singled out as exemplifying “the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences.” They are:
First Second Books has announced it will publish Varmints, an all-ages graphic novel by Dallas-based Andy Hirsch, whose credits include The Royal Historian of Oz and BOOM! Studios’ Garfield, Peanuts and Adventure Time.
ROBOT 6 also has a first look at the Western, which began in 2011 as a self-published digital comic, and a brief Q&A with Hirsch.
Drawn & Quarterly has announced the October release of Killing and Dying, the newest collection of Adrian Tomine’s long-running Optic Nerve series. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cartoonist’s acclaimed comic.
“D+Q first published Adrian Tomine’s comics in 1995 and in the ensuing two decades it’s been a real privilege to see how he has continued to evolve as an artist, a writer, and overall as a cartoonist,” publisher Chris Oliveros said in a statement. “Killing and Dying just might be my favorite book by Adrian. We’ve come to expect from him an eloquent visual sensibility and insightful, complex storytelling, but there’s something else going on here: these stories are darkly funny, and they’re tinged with a very particular acerbic wit that we haven’t seen all too often before this.”
In an interview with The New Yorker, Tomine reflects on the evolution of Optic Nerve — he began self-publishing the comic at age 16 — and why he’s stuck with the “pamphlet” format.
Although the book was teased in Drawn & Quarterly’s Free Comic Book Day listing, the publisher has now officially announced the September release of Kate Beaton’s Step Aside, Pops, the follow-up to her bestselling 2011 collection Hark! A Vagrant.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the 160-page book will combine new material with strips from Beaton’s wildly popular webcomic, including her “Broadside Ballads” series. The cartoonist talks briefly with the newspaper about Hark! A Vagrant, its historical and literary influences, and how she settles upon topics.
“Kate’s wit is sharper than ever in Step Aside, Pops,” acquiring editor Tom Devlin said in a statement. “She’s found the perfect way to explore her love of history, while effortlessly deflating the pompous, self-righteous figures of authority we were taught to respect in school. Her restlessness has made her drawings even funnier.”
Beaton, who’s been producing her webcomic since 2007, has won four Harvey Awards for her work. The 2011 collection of Hark! A Vagrant spent five months on The New York Times graphic books bestsellers list.
Step Aside, Pops will be previewed along with Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy in Drawn & Quarterly’s FCBD offering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After revisiting Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell’s 2002 collaboration last year with a new edition of Murder Mysteries, Dark Horse plans to return to the material — and so much more — with a gallery edition designed to fully showcase the illustrator’s work.
Set for release in October, P. Craig Russell’s Murder Mysteries and Other Stories: Gallery Edition will feature high-quality scans of his original art, printed at art-board size.
As part of ROBOT 6’s sixth anniversary celebration, we’re pleased to present an exclusive look at Ghetto Klown, the graphic novel adaptation of John Leguizamo’s award-winning one-man Broadway show, from Abrams ComicArts.
Airing in 2014 as an HBO comedy special, Ghetto Klown takes audiences from the actor/comedian’s memories of his adolescence in Queens, New York, to his involvement in ’80s avant-garde theater to his motion-picture career, introducing some of the colorful characters he encountered along the way.
While basketball season will be over by the time the summer rolls around, fans jonesin’ for some hoops in July can check out Sam Bosma‘s Fantasy Sports, the Nobrow Press expanded edition of his self-published comic Fantasy Basketball.
Previously available directly from Bosma on Gumroad, the new edition expands the original award-winning comic into an oversized hardcover. Combining elements of sports manga, video games and old-fashioned tomb raiding, this new version is in full color, which makes Bosma’s beautiful drawings pop.
Check out a preview, as well as additional information on the book, below.
While Marvel and DC Comics have recently renewed their focus on superheroines with the likes of Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen and Wonder Woman and Batgirl, independent publishers and creators have been enjoying a bumper crop of superpowered women and girls — including Pix, created by a former Marvel editor turned cartoonist.
Gregg Schigiel has recently launched Pix: One Weirdest Weekend, a graphic novel about a fairy princess who has to deal with real-world issues like first dates. The cartoonist describes Pix as “what if Spider-Man were a Disney princess?” and mixes the classic superhero formula he learned from his time at Marvel with more modern storytelling gleaned from working at Nickelodeon and on SpongeBob Squarepants.