Money hates you and wants to leave your home forever.

*But before we hit the gruesome details -


Heavy Metal 30th Anniversary Special


Foolkiller #1 (of 5)

column #12 (on the topic of the silent costumed hero serial Judex)

At The Savage Critics!

*Oh god save me, look what's due out next month - Little Sammy Sneeze in a lavish Sunday Press Books edition. Collecting the complete 1904-05 color run of Winsor McCay's one-joke strip about a little boy with nostrils from hell. It's a fairly good joke, though, and every episode's four-panel lead-up showcases McCay's skill at crafting dense, lively visuals from the stuff of his everyday surroundings.

The Sunday Press edition will be a 96-page, 11" x 16" landscape-format hardcover, to preserve the original print dimensions, and will even go the extra mile of simulating the color processes of the era by presenting bonus strips in era-authentic monochrome or two-color on the back of every full-color Sammy.

These extra strips will include the entirety of McCay's Hungry Henrietta -- seemingly a fellow one-gag strip with a female lead, but actually a lampoon of upper-class child rearing values -- as well as samples from non-McCay productions of the period, such as J.P. Benson's The Woozlebeasts and Gustave Verbeek's The Upside Downs of Little Lady Lovekins and Old Man Muffaroo (as Tom Spurgeon once remarked, "with that title, there's no possible way to discuss the work without the risk that someone will overhear, drop what they're doing, run over and start punching the shit out of you."). Many a small sample here.

Coming this November! Only $55! Order now, and get a free tissue box cover! I'd like money to drop out of the sky right now!

*And since we're on the topic -


The Comics Journal #286: The big feature this issue is a Posy Simmonds interview conducted by Paul Gravett, which you can sample here. Further sample a ton of her strips here. There's also a chat with Gail Simone, and selections from Otto Soglow's The Ambassador (here's part of Jared Gardner's intro). I think I have a tiny review of Gabriella Giandelli's Ingatz series Interiorae somewhere in there. Much more.


Yes, Diamond is releasing all of PictureBox's books from the last financial quarter on the same day.

Maggots: Brian Chippendale's transformative visual noise machine. When you think "Fort Thunder," this is probably the closest an actual book will get to what's in your head. Review here.

Powr Mastrs Vol. 1 (of 6): Chris Forgues' partial tour of a fantasy New China, and the many potentials for adventure within. Review here. Kevin Huizenga fan art here and here and here.

New Engineering: But sometimes what English-language readers really want is swooshing skits of things being built and guns being fired and people flying around, not a drop of human concern to be found. Yuichi Yokoyama may be your hero. Review here.

Storeyville: And finally, here's a deluxe $24.95 hardcover edition of Frank Santoro's 1995 newspaper-format comics debut. Introduction by man-mountain Chris Ware. Review here (not by me, but Derik Badman... what, you think all I do is review comics? I review anime too, gang).

Heavy Metal 30th Anniversary Special: Which is actually a new, slap-your-face edition of the ol' Kitchen Sink project Melting Pot. Review here. This is not from PictureBox, by the way.

The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories: I think this Dark Horse release debuted at SPX the other week, where the advance stock seemed to fly off its table; everyone lined up to kiss Nicholas Gurewitch's hands, and buy the first collection of his popular weekly strip, a 96-page, 8" x 8" hardcover, priced at $14.95. Forward by Jim Woodring. Aw, you're on the internet, so I don't think you need me to tell you anything further.

Southern Cross: But, as usual, there's also reprints of older stuff going around. Here's another of Drawn and Quarterly's facsimile editions of vintage picture books, this one a 1951 novel-in-pictures by Laurence Hyde, who created 118 wood engravings in protest of US nuclear tests in the Bikini Atoll. Here's a look. With new and period supplements, $24.95. Also from D&Q is Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book Two, featuring four more sweet and sour tales. I really liked Book 1.

MAD's Greatest Artists: The Completely MAD Don Martin: Man, the new Golden Age of reprints just won't stop. How about a $150, 1200-page, two-volume slipcased collection of every goddamned thing Don Martin did for the famed magazine (not counting the paperback original material)? And wait - Fantagraphics has Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace 1957-1958, and their annual Bill Griffith book, Zippy: Walk a Mile in My Muu-Muu. Fuck, why not The Complete Persepolis from Pantheon? You're going to die before you can read all this. There just isn't enough time! I'm sorry this crisis had to happen in the Jog - The Blog Monday evening shipping list post, but hard truths of prosperity have moved my hand.

(by the way, I haven't been able to find Anders Nilsen's Big Questions #10 on Diamond's list for this week, so it may not be available at your local shop!)

MW: Since the new comics all arrive on the 31st this year, you've probably been expecting a bunch of horror-type books to drift in from various publishers, whether by design or chance. If the sheriff hadn't already garnished my wages, I'd have been willing to put money on this new Vertical book being the best of them - it's another done-in-one Osamu Tezuka project, this time collecting a 1976-78 saga of chemical infection, serial murder, female impersonation, foreign militarism and high living with no morals into a 584-page, $24.95 hardcover. Preview here.

Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Strange Tales Vol. 1: And here's Marvel's holiday entry for the week, a $54.99 hardcover collection of pre-Code horror works from the first 10 issues of Strange Tales, featuring the artistic likes of John Romita, Gene Colan, Russ Heath and Bernie Krigstein, the lattermost soon of EC. Also from Marvel this week is a softcover edition of its first The Immortal Iron Fist collection. And the X-Men are doing something Eventy with X-Men: Messiah Complex, featuring Iron First co-writer Ed Brubaker at the helm with penciller Marc Silvestri.

Batman #670: Not to be outdone, DC has a Prelude segment for the new Bat-crossover, The Resurrection of Ra’s Al Ghul, seeing writer Grant Morrison team with new artist Tony Daniel, who looks to be carrying on the current DC house style of 'Wildstorm circa 1997.' I don't think anyone's eager to be 'Wildstorm circa 2007.' Oh, there's also some Halloween grab-bag thing called the DC Infinite Halloween Special, and Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #1 (of 5), writer Greg Rucka's follow-up to his Question material in 52.

Special Forces #1 (of 6): Being Kyle Baker's new Iraq war satire from Image. It looks nice.

Apocalypse Nerd #6 (of 6): Paul Revere! John Singleton Copley! The conclusion of some serial that began in early 2005! Peter Bagge is bringing it all home to you.