*Strange how I never have the time I swear I'm leaving space for.


Hotwire Comics #2

Here is Greenwood Vol. 1 (of 9)

Very close to having a new column to upload. Very close.

*Very diverse -


Kids of Lower Utopia: Of Softdoor Scout Finnagain and Daffodil Dash Eleven (Vol. 6, No. 1): A 90-page, $21.00 release from artist Toc Fetch, he of photoreal visions and many kind words. I do believe it's been out for a good while outside of Diamond, and it's also online, as are all of Fetch's comics, it seems. Powered by a 2006 Xeric grant; unless I'm very wrong, Fetch is the only artist ever to recieve two of those (he previously won in March 2002 for The Tenacious Facts of Life of a Noman, Toc Fetch). I bet it's nice to hold in your hands.

Casanova Vol. 1: Luxuria: Matt Fraction's & Gabriel Bá's comic, finally available in softcover for the low price of $12.99. Everyone in the world has already spoken; the first 28 pages are online. No more thinking.

Amulet Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper: The 208-page color debut volume of Flight creator/editor Kazu Kibuishi's new ongoing fantasy series for Scholastic, promising to mix Miyazakian visual wonder with an '80s kids' fantasy movie type of narrative. A pair of young siblings must save Mom from a vast labyrinth in their new home's basement, with a little help from great-grandpa's titular deluxe item. Much preview, for those in want. Certainly the tip-top mainstream release of the week, at the color Bone price point of $9.99 (hardcover also available at $21.99).

Baghdad Journal: An Artist in Occupied Iraq: Drawn & Quarterly is publishing this, a 224-page hardcover collection of watercolor illustrations by painter Steve Mumford, the result of several trips to the title city in 2003 and 2004. Preview here. It'll probably look real nice at 12.5" x 10" for your $34.95.

Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang: Your oddball release of the week - a facsimile edition of the February 1922 issue of America’s Magazine of Wit, Humor, and Filosophy, a spicy digest of jokes, poems, commentary, and enough "racist, mysoginistic, anti-Semitic, and otherwise offensive material" that publisher About Comics has seen fit to give us due warning. Created and edited by Captain Billy Fawcett, which theoretically explains why the comics world is interested. Only $5.99 brings it home to your loved ones.

Narcopolis #1 (of 4): A publisher-creator pairing that seemed somehow fated - Jamie Delano writes a miniseries for Avatar. Jeremy Rock is the artist; he's done a few short pieces for Avatar, but I think this is his first extended work. It's the toe-tapping tale of a fellow named Gray Neighbor who one day gets the idea that he's supposed to be striking 'horrorist' blows against the mythic megalopolis of drugged apathy in which he lives, the sort of place where philosophy and religion double as a tasty state-run beverage line. This could get intolerable fairly quickly, but it's worth a look. Preview here.

Black Summer #5 (of 7): I guess the superheroes hit the military some more.

Madman Atomic Comics #6: Colorful people in odd adventures. This space quest is already kinda tiring. Pretty. Looks like this.

Batman #673: Oh, this is the one where Grant Morrison elaborates on those Batman bits of 52 that kind of drifted off to nowhere. Those itching for further All Star Superman mirroring will want to make note of April's Batman R.I.P. storyline...

El Diablo: I'm tempted to buy anything with Danijel Zezelj's art in it, and I'm sure that'll include this Vertigo collection of a 2001 Brian Azzarello-written western miniseries, even though Zezelj's b&w album work tends to be sharper than his art for miniseries like this. Doubtlessly that's because he's guiding his own hand in the former, although the use of color plays a role in sapping the impact too. His is a fine-tuned style, the particulars of which don't respond well to the typical restraints of DC or Marvel (although I did think José Villarrubia's work on Desolation Jones was complimentary). Still, watch me flip.

Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters #1: And not a moment too soon. Can it be long?

Tomorrow never knows.