Here’s what we’ve got planned for June comics stores release.
The biggest news we’ve had in a while: New York Times bestseller Jim Benton in a collection of feisty cartoons!
Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
Cartoons by Jim Benton
Bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton of It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary fame has also been posting whimsical, dry humored, at times nasty, cartoons on Reddit. They have become one of the site’s most popular items. At last, here is a collection all in one place! From wry observation of the absurdities of life to acerbic comment, to poetic musings, from cats and dogs to humans, from one size to another, one style to another, this compendium will amaze as to the breadth of Benton’s inexhaustible talent for humor.
“Consistently brilliant, always hilarious, Jim Benton is one of the best cartoonists on the web right now.” -Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com
“If Jim Benton had written this blurb, it would have been more shorter, smarter, and would have contained a salient observation on human nature.” -Zach Weinersmith, Cartoonist, SMBC-comics.com
“If laughter is the best medicine, then your insurance company should reimburse you for the cost of this book. ” -Jerry Zucker, Director, Writer, Producer
More rants from apparently important people!
6×9, 96pp. full color trade pb. with flaps, $13.99 ISBN 9781561638468
AND NEW FROM EUROTICA:
Peanut Butter and Molly Fredrickson continues with her sex explorations, Precinct 69 (formerly District 69) has more torrid sex, Barbarian Chicks and maybe a surprise!
8 1/2 x11, full color, $6.99
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Here’s what being solicited for in comics stores this month.
In our Louvre collection, which now hits the half dozen mark, two bits of news. One is superstar fantasy artist Enki Bilal is the next featured author and the other is we bring back Glacial Period in full size as a handsome hardcover. Now that things have evolved in graphic novel publishing to the point where such a format works, we’re taking advantage!
The Louvre Collection: Phantoms of the Louvre
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation. They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model … Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life. Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013. 9×11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413
New bigger hardcover edition of the out of print paperback:
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels, each a vision of this great museum by a different artist. De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.
“De Crecy is one of the brightest talents in French comics, not only because of the breadth of his whacked-out imagination and his penchant for absurd humour, but also for the detail of his beautifully coloured panels.” -The Guardian
“Mischievous humor. A great find.” -Library Journal
“A clever upending of the resilient myth that masterworks of art preserve the history and spirit of their era; the meaning of art, De Crecy suggests, belongs to the people who experience it.” -Washington Post
8 ½ x11 , 80pp., color hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 9781561638550
See the other books in the Louvre collection:
Here’s what’s being solicited for April release in comics stores now.
From ComicsLit, the team behind the highly acclaimed The Broadcast is back with:
An Alaskan Crime Drama
Eric Hobbs, Noel Tuazon
Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play KING LEAR, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.
6×9, 208pp., B&W trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 9781561637294
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NEW from EUROTICA:
Barbarian Chicks & Demons, vol.6
These warrior women know how to lead their cocky enemy on for just enough sex before gaining the upper hand. Whether it’s posing as a virginal initiate to a religious sect gone very rogue, giving in to pagan rites of the most lecherous kind or giving lessons to a virginal egghead, the action is heavy and the climax assured! The humorful beautifully painted stories of erotic barbariennes continues breathlessly.
8 ½ x11, 48pp, full color, trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781561638734
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Here’s what we’ve got planned for March that’s presently being solicited for in comics stores.
Jesse LONERGAN of Flower & Fade and Joe & Azat is back with:
It’s the end of the school year in 1998. Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic’s Closing Time is on top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year. A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros. He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.
6×9, 176pp., B&W trade pb. $13.99,
AND TED RALL’S SILK ROAD TO RUIN long out of print is back, now in paperback!
SILK ROAD TO RUIN
Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East
2nd Edition, updated with an additional chapter
Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil… Combines articles with comics chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…
“A rollicking, subversive and satirical portrait of the region that is part travelogue, part graphic novel. It’s fresh and edgy and neatly captures the reality of travel in the region.”
-Lonely Planet Guide for Central Asia
“As a ticking package, the visual and verbal delivery is irreplaceable. This is wrenching stuff. I admire the hell out of the way Rall walks the walk.”
-Rich Kreiner, Comics Journal
6×9, 304pp., B&W trade pb, $19.99, ISBN 9781561638857
AND NEW FROM EUROTICA
Naughty Peanut Butter, retro kink diva Magenta Noir, Barbarian Chicks and Demons, stop and screw police practices in District 69, we’ve got it for all tastes!
Quarterly magazine, full color, $6.99
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Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for at your comics store now to come out in February:
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, the complete hardcover set 1-5
P. Craig Russell
All clothbound jacketed volumes adapting Oscar Wilde’s compelling tales are assembled here with close to 200 pages of exquisite comics, including such classics as The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and The Rose. Specially priced.
8 ½ x 11, full color clothbound set of 5 volumes, 192 pp.,
ISBN 9781561638901, $79.99
The star of the show: a humor collection by bestselling author Jim Benton!
That’s right, the funny man behind It’s Happy Bunny has been contributing very popular cartoons/comics pages to Reddit and here’s a collection of those. It’s a dazzling display of different styles and very offbeat humor. He’s also the bestselling offbeat author of Franny K. Stein and Dear Dumb Diary, but THIS collection ain’t for kids (they’d get upset). Some great quotes in anticipation of this book:
“Consistently brilliant, always hilarious, Jim Benton is one of the best cartoonists on the web right now.”– Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com
“When you realize that the pathetic cry “I’M BENT” is hidden in Jim Benton’s very name on the cover you’ll know you’re in for a wild ride! And when you read this hilarious book YOU’LL be bent–bent over with laughter!”–Craig Yoe, Cartoonist, Author, Comic Historian
“If laughter is the best medicine, then your insurance company should reimburse you for the cost of this book. ”- -Jerry Zucker, Director, Writer, Producer
Also of note:
BILAL does the next LOUVRE book!
The bestselling author (every book of his sells over 100,000 in France) has a very unusual concept around the Louvre pieces. All the paintings in this book were exhibited at the Louvre earlier this year. And, for the anecdote, this marks a return to our roots: the second book we ever published, back in 1978 was The Call of the Stars by Enki Bilal…
Jesse (Flower & Fade, Joe &Azat) Lonergan brings out his best work yet:
And Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon (The Broadcast) have their next thriller:
MAGENTA, Noir Fatale marks a new turn for the imprint with a retro cool story of kink, old fashioned bondage and burlesque inspiration. Like burlesque, it’s a great fun tease, ‘tastefully trashy’. If you’ve been reading our Sizzle magazine, you know what we’re talking about.
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month. Put in your advance order for this January shipping collection!
The Complete Peanut Butter, set of vols. 1-7
Diary of Molly Fredrickson
Catch the buzz on one of the hottest college girls in erotic comics and get the complete journal of Molly’s extreme naughtiness all in beautifully painted color from graduating high school on up! 336 pages of sexual abandon at a special price.
8 1/2 x 11, 336 pages, full color set of 7 trade pbs, $75, normally $84!
See more in Eurotica, click on ‘Coming Up’ at the top.
Other than that, stores this month are taking orders for 2 of our greatest books this year:
Your chance to order through your favorite comics store now.
Here’s what being solicited for in comics stores now, to come from us:
The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Vol. 3: The Birthday of the Infanta
P. Craig Russell
First time in paperback! One of comic art’s most respected and pioneering artists, well known for his opera adaptations and beautiful fantasy work, P. Craig Russell is in the process of adapting Oscar Wilde’s famous fairy tales in a series of landmark volumes.
A hideous dwarf is captured in the woods and brought in to the court of the beautiful royal infanta for her amusement. He is full of good humor and tricks and becomes quite popular but remains quite unaware of his looks. She has him perform in front of her friends for her birthday. He is very touched and quite proud to receive such attention, until he sees himself in the mirror and realizes their entertainment may be at his expense.
8 ½ x11, 32 pp., full color, trade pb., $8.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-775-1
Of course this is still available in a clothbound version as well, just now back to press.
NEW FROM EUROTICA:
With this sixtieth issue, Sizzle celebrates its 15th anniversary! Cornnell Clarke presents his next episode of Peanut Butter! The intrigue of Magenta Noir, the bondage queen investigating the abductions of models continues. Plus more District 69, It Could Happen to You and Barbarian Chicks.
Quarterly magazine, full color, $6.99
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SPX was a great success, Saturday being especially busy. Even as the hall’s size was increased a lot, we ended up doing as well as last year where many others at the show felt their business was a bit down. Margreet de Heer was very well received on her new book Science, A Discovery in Comics. Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman also signed their recent release Persia Blues.