19 Ιουλ 2012



Πολύ μου άρεσε ο κατάλογος του Ιουλίου. Λεφτά όμως υπάρχουν;
Δεν υπάρχει πάντως καμία περίπτωση να αφήσω το Ragemoor και το Black Country να μου ξεφύγουν, ό,τι και να γίνει.

Με χαρά λοιπόν σας παραθέτω τις προτάσεις μου και γι'αυτό το μήνα:


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Ragemoor
Jan Strnad (story), Richard Corben (art)
Hardcover, Ασπρόμαυρο, 112 σελίδες, 7" x 10", $17.99
Εκδότης: Dark Horse
Σελίδα στο Previews: 61

Ragemoor! A living castle, nurtured on pagan blood, harborer to deadly monsters! A fortress possessed of its own will and ability to change itself, with the power to add and destroy rooms and to grow without the help of any human hand. Its servants aren’t human, its origins are Lovecraftian, and its keeper must fend off the castle walls from the terrible race of worm men! Collects the four-issue miniseries.

“Richard Corben and Jan Strnad are like the Jack Kirby and Stan Lee of post-EC monster comics, responsible for classics like The Last Voyage of Sindbad and Mutant World. To see the two of them back together and a project like this is just exciting as hell.”
- Mike Mignola



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Woodwork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981
Wally Wood (story/art)
Hardcover, 352 σελίδες, $59.99
Εκδότης: IDW
Σελίδα στο Previews: 179

Wally Wood is one of the most celebrated comic artists of all time. His legendary career runs from the glory days of EC Comics' extraordinary line of science fiction titles to the brilliantly subversive Mad Comics (and, later, Mad Magazine). He produced extraordinary illustrations for magazines like Galaxy after EC folded, and worked on the some of the most fondly remembered stories published by Marvel Comics in the mid 1960s. He also co-created the Thunder Agents and was a pioneer in self-publishing. This massive tome is the American edition of a museum catalogue that accompanied a gigantic career retrospective on display in De Palma, Spain in 2010, the largest such exhibit ever devoted to this incredible artist.



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Mattias Unfiltered
The sketchbook art of Mattias Adolfsson
Mattias Adolfsson (story/art)
Softcover, 128 σελίδες, $16.99
Εκδότης: Boom!
Σελίδα στο Previews: 269

For the first time in North America, brilliant Swedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson's incredibly lush sketchbook illustrations are collected in a facsimile Moleskine edition. Adolfsson, in between assignments for the New York Times, videogame design, children's books, and other major publications, spends his time filling untold Moleskines with intricate and beautifully detailed drawings of whatever strikes his fancy. From hot-rod spaceships to rocket-fueled fountain pens, from rococo robots to Richard-Scary-gone-berserk cityscapes, Adolfsson uses his imagination to create everything mad scientists the world-over have yet to begin dreaming up. Includes a special introduction from The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon.



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Heartless
Nina Bunjevac (story/art)
Hardcover, 128 σελίδες, $20
Εκδότης: Conundrum Press
Σελίδα στο Previews: 274

Bunjevac's stunning debut book of stories is a perfect blend of the American underground and the European diaspora. Featuring an introduction by Jay Lynch.

"Heartless is just amazing! I laughed out loud a lot. It is chock full of great stuff and I'm hard to please! Nina Bunjevac's art is a pleasure to look at. The writing is seriously demented, but in a totally brilliant, highly entertaining way. It is its own thing, imitating no one." — Kim Deitch.



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Abelard
Renaud Dillies (art), Regis Hautiere (story)
Hardcover, Έγχρωμο, 128 σελίδες, $19.99
Εκδότης: ΝΒΜ
Σελίδα στο Previews: 314

The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles and Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Epily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way… As opposed to dreamer Abelard, Gaston has his feet firmly planted on the ground. With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.



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Bubbles and Gondola
Renaud Dillies (art/story)
Hardcover, Έγχρωμο, 80 σελίδες, $16.99
Εκδότης: ΝΒΜ
Σελίδα στο Previews: 314

On a background of Django Reinhardt, this jewel of poetic fantasy is a fairy tale for all ages with spot on observations about life. Charlie is a mouse who’s trying to write but has a block. Writing is a solitary endeavor. A bird named Solitude comes to visit him to keep him company. We’re never sure he actually exists but in Charlie’s mind, yet he brings him out into the world, dares him to experience the unknown, unblocking his little existence… A drama about the blank page for Charlie who so wants to make the world more beautiful with his writing, we are transported into a tender and moving tale with a twinge of lyrical melancholy yet sweet, warm and ultimately elevating.



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Chris Ware: Building Stories
Chris Ware (art/story)
Hardcover/Box set, Έγχρωμο, 224 σελίδες, $50
Εκδότης: Pantheon Books
Σελίδα στο Previews: 316

Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, possibly married, who wonder if they can bear each other's company another minute; and the building's landlady, an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades. Taking advantage of the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology, Building Stories is a book with no deliberate beginning nor end, the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably for good reason.




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Black Country
Thomas Ott (art), Tab Murphy (original story)
Hardcover, Ασπρόμαυρο, 124 σελίδες, $24.99
Εκδότης: Raw Studios
Σελίδα στο Previews: 326

At the end of the road, the nightmare truly begins... In 2007, actor/filmmaker Thomas Jane went off to New Mexico to film his noir/suspense film, Dark Country, a twisted, psycho-noir about a couple forced to deal with a dead body en route from Vegas. The result was a mind bending, idiosyncratic, EC Comic-style ride into the noirish landscape of damnation. This is not merely an adaptation, but an original graphic novel in itself, with Tab Murphy's original short story immediately following the sequential art.
Also included is a 40 page bonus section packed with pre-visualization art, production photography, and marketing art and design.



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Uzumaki (vols 1-3)

Junji Ito (art/story)
Softcover, Ασπρόμαυρο, 200 σελίδες/τόμος, $9.99/τόμος
Εκδότης: Viz Media
Σελίδα στο Previews: 349


Kurozu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi's father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurozu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool of no return!

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Και ως συνήθως, μερικά εξώφυλλα που μου τράβηξαν την προσοχή, αλλά δεν έχω να πώ κάτι για το περιεχόμενο (επειδή είτε δεν το γνωρίζω, είτε δε μου αρέσει, είτε είναι ήδη αρκετά γνωστό και δε χρειάζονται περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες):

Revival #3, Jenny Frison, Image Comics, page 220
Blacklung HC, Chris Wright, Fantagraphics, page 302
Zombies Christmas Carol, M.W. Kaluta, Marvel, page M75




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Για όσους δεν το γνωρίζουν ήδη, η Diamond Comic Distributors είναι ο μεγαλύτερος προμηθευτής (χονδρέμπορας) των εξειδικευμένων καταστημάτων με κόμικς στα αγγλικά. Μέσα από τον κατάλογο Previews της εν λόγω εταιρείας, τα καταστήματα λιανικής έχουν τη δυνατότητα να προπαραγγείλουν προιόντα που θα κυκλοφορήσουν στην αγορά δύο μήνες αργότερα (σε ορισμένες περιπτώσεις μπορεί και παραπάνω). Ο κατάλογος έχει συνήθως γύρω στις 400 σελίδες και συνοδεύεται από έναν δεύτερο κατάλογο 100 σελίδων αποκλειστικά για τα προϊόντα της Marvel Comics.

Οποιοδήποτε ελληνικό κατάστημα με κόμικς κι αν επισκεφθείτε (δείτε τη λίστα στα δεξιά -> ), θα μπορέσετε είτε να αγοράσετε το συγκεκριμένο κατάλογο (5 ευρώ περίπου) είτε να τον ξεφυλλίσετε στο κατάστημα, και αν βρείτε κάτι που σας ενδιαφέρει να το παραγγείλετε.

Εάν δεν θέλετε να αγοράσετε τον κατάλογο μπορείτε να επισκεφτείτε το comicbreak.com και να τον κατεβάσετε σε μορφή PDF! Αν και νομίζω ότι είναι "πειρατικό" σκανάρισμα, δεν θεωρώ επιλήψιμη πράξη το "κατέβασμά" του, καθώς σε τελική ανάλυση τα χρήματά σας θα στηρίξουν τόσο τους καλλιτέχνες όσο και τις εκδοτικές εταιρείες εφόσον αγοράζετε τα κόμικς τους...

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