My pocket needed the rest.

*Oh, coming up on the final week of the second year of this site. Better not face the future...


Detective Comics #821 (first issue of writer Paul Dini's run, but it's really the J.H. Williams III show, luckily)

Pussey! (new edition of Dan Clowes' wonderful satire, still good as ever)

Some lightning reviews of Solo #11, The All New Atom #1, and A Nightmare on Elm Street Fearbook #1

Plus the TCM television documentary Edge of Outside

No! We press forward!

*Yes! The results of Chris Tamarri’s Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. interactive coloring thingy are in, and they are very colorful indeed (one page is lavished with the attentions of 63 out of 64 crayons in the box)! Featuring substantial explanations for each page’s choices of hue, inspired by a word or short phrase sent in by readers - I make an appearance, appropriately enough in regards to a page featuring a man vomiting. Chris has a nice sense of color too, so this is very much worth reading on every level.

*Mercifully, mercifully light...


Get a Life: You've delighted to some of the stories, as seen in Drawn & Quarterly's eponymous house anthology, but now Philippe Dupuy's and Charles Berberian's Mr. Jean series (much acclaimed and brisk-selling in its native France) is ready for a big English-language roll-out, this tome being the $19.95, 144-page initial installment, collecting works from the '80s. The selections North America has gotten so far have been sparkling, sophisticated, intelligent slice-of-life comedies, following the titular fellow through life and friendships. He ages as the series goes on, though here he's approaching 30, an author and music collector wondering where his life is going as he bums around Paris. Preview here. It will be good.

Maybe Later: And D&Q is so excited about it, they're also releasing a translation of this autobiographical project, $16.95 for 120 pages. Mr. Jean is unique in that the two creators serve as both co-writers and co-artists, making it a 'total' collaboration; this book splits things up, half of it by Dupuy working solo, and half from Berberian on his own. Preview. Both books were previewed back in D&Q's Free Comic Book Day release, and the stuff from here looked just as entertaining as the Mr. Jean work proper.

The Left Bank Gang: The new 48-page release from Jason, out from Fantagraphics. This one focuses on world literary icons of the early 20th century, reimagined as comics artists, running around in 1920's Paris and getting caught up in a curious criminal affair. Preview here. In lovely full-color.

Shatter: Oh, this should be nice. It’s not that AiT/Planet Lar has never looked backward to snap up preexisting series for compilation, but now they’re going way back to the ‘80s, and the landmark First Comics title Shatter, which was actually a 1985 one-shot special, a series of back-up stories in Jon Sable: Freelance, and a 1985-88 14-issue ongoing series. This 156-page book ($14.95) collects the early material, the art for which was famously created on a Macintosh by Mike Saenz, using a mouse and MacPaint 1.0. It was the world’s first all-digital comic in terms of base art, though First added traditional coloring atop Saenz’s printouts; this volume presents the work in glorious b&w, all the better to appreciate its unique approach. I think it still looks pretty lovely, and you can see for yourself in this 31-page preview, which presents one complete story. Writer Peter B. Gillis would stay with the series for the duration, though Saenz would jump ship following issue #2 of the ongoing, taking his special look with him; now you all can relive those future noir days of crazed corporations and rotting settlements, with text pieces by writer Gillis, and original editor Mike Gold, plus historical information from television producer Rick Austin.

Shaolin Cowboy #6: Aces! More from writer/artist Geof Darrow, and that’s really all I need to know. This issue, the Cowboy is paddling through the belly of a gigantic lizard that has a mighty metropolis (and the Cowboy’s talkative Ass) on its back. Things will happen in some manner, unless they don’t.

Wasteland #1: New ongoing series from Oni, from writer Antony Johnston and artist Chris Mitten. Double-sized for your $2.99, and a fairly typical post-apocalypse thing. I reviewed it here.

Yuggoth Creatures #3 (of 3): Also written by Johnston, this is the very much delayed 40-page final installment of Avatar’s Lovecraft-inspired house artist showcase - for the record, issue #1 was released in August of 2004, less than one month after this site began operation. Another six slices of short monster comics (well, five and a framing sequence), featuring Jacen Burrows, Juan Jose Ryp, Mike Wolfer, Sebastian Fiumara, and others.

52 #10 of 52: This issue features a ferocious new twist in History of the DCU, as we’re provided with a recap of the feature’s own earlier chapters, and Donna discovers that she’ll now have to fight her way out of an endless spiral of synopses. And even worse, the talking orb’s only weakness is... hearty laughter!!

The Escapists #1 (of 6): The next step in Dark Horse’s continuing relationship with Michael Chabon and the universe forged in his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, this time not a collection of stories set within the fiction-inside-fiction world of the Escapist himself, but miniseries placed within the ‘real’ world of the book, following a young Escapist fan and his desire to revive the property for the modern day. The preview suggests a good deal of comics industry stuff to be included, which might prove entertaining, though writer Brian K. Vaughan has yet to impress me from my admittedly limited exposure to his work (a few scattered shorter pieces and the eight or so issues of Ex Machina I read before dropping it). Art by Philip Bond and Eduardo Barreto, and the first issue’s only $1.