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Comics A.M. | Weak April for graphic novels in bookstores

The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 2

The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 2

Graphic novels | April was a slow month for new graphic novel releases, so the BookScan Top 20 had plenty of room for some backlist titles. The Walking Dead dominated, of course, but the 10th volume of Sailor Moon was there for a second month and actually moved up a notch. And the first volume of Saga came in at No. 12, perhaps because people were curious as to what all the fuss is about. [ICv2]

Editorial cartoons | Nick Anderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, has responded to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s criticism of Jack Ohman’s cartoon with a cartoon of his own. [Comic Riffs]

Conventions | Jeff Smith, Brian Wood, Sean Murphy and Raina Telgemeier are the headline guests at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland on May 19. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

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Join a halfway house for monsters in ‘Monsther’


What do you do when you find out your father has transformed into a monster an now runs a halfway house for people like him? Join him, naturally!

That’s what cartoonist Kelly Yates suggests in his new digital comic series Monsther, distributed by Artist Alley Comics. In this recently launched series, young Eva Monst is just as clueless as you when she enters the world of monsters trying to reform themselves at her father’s recovery house. In the #0 issue, we see one of the monsters attempting to guide the reader, as if a monster yourself, from going lapsing back into your monstrous ways.

Yates is a notable cartoonist on the comics scene, doing a trio of work on DC’s heroes line before committing most of his work on IDW Publishing’s growing line of Doctor Who books. In 2009 Yates did his first creator-owned series, Amber Atoms, at Image.

You can try out Monsther with a free #0 issue online and then follow it up with the 99-cent first isssue.

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Indie creators to launch digital comics imprint at Heroes Con

Kill All Monsters

A group of comics creators have banned together under the name Artist Alley Comics and plan to launch several digital comics at Heroes Con in June.

The group includes our own Michael May and artist Jason Copland, who will relaunch their Kill All Monsters comic under the imprint. They join Rich Woodall (Johnny Raygun), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts, Impulse, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane), and Kelly Yates (Doctor Who, Amber Atoms), the three drivers of Artist Alley, along with Richard Case, Chris Kemple, Randy Green and Matt Talbot. They have a PDf sampler up of some of the titles, which looks like a fun mix of action-adventure, sci-fi and of course giant monsters. Watch for more details at the end of June.

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