Sunday, August 05, 2012

Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - 3 August 2012

Big Planet Comics

August 3, 2012

New signings bonanza and more!

Thanks to everyone who came out to meet Matt Dembicki and Evan Keeling for their new graphic novel, XOC: The Journey of a Great White last weekend! We had a great turnout, and Matt and Evan were nice enough to sign copies of XOC for us, so we have some left at all our stores if you couldn't make it. We also have a limited amount of the signed print Matt did exclusively for us at our Vienna store.

We've got some great new signings we are proud to announce! Raina Telgemeier, creator of the New York Times #1 bestselling graphic novel Smile will be appearing with her new graphic novel Drama at our Vienna and College Park stores, and Ben Hatke, creator of the great Zita the Spacegirl will be appearing there too with his new sequel, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl! The times and store locations are listed in our Events column on the right, we will have more info as their signings grow closer.

Speaking of stores, we have a new online mini-store now! Missed out on a print from a signing? Want to get the first issue of the new kids comics The Phoenix, available only from us anywhere outside of the British Isles? Check out the new Big Planet Comics online store for our exclusives!

Nick from our Vienna store also wrote up a handy guide to catching up with the last few years of X-Men storylines. Feel left behind with the backstory to Avengers vs. X-Men? Trying to make heads or tails of all the X-Men books? Here's our handy Catching Up With the X-Men guide!

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- the Big Planet Comics kids


UPCOMING - August 18 - Michael Rex Signing Fangbone!: The Birthday Party of Dread

Michael Rex, creator of Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian, will be appearing at both our Vienna and College Park stores on Saturday, August 18, for his new all-ages book Fangbone! 3: The Birthday Party of Dread! Michael Rex is a New York Times best-selling illustrator for his many excellent kids books, including Goodnight Goon, Furious George Goes Bananas, Runaway Mummy, and of course the first two excellent Fangbone books, Fangbone! 1: Third Grade Barbarian and Fangbone! 2: The Egg of Misery!

426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

Hawkeye #1

by Matt Fraction and David Aja

The team behind The Immortal Iron Fist is back! In this, Clint Barton finally gets his ongoing comic, and a great tale of a day in his hectic life, as he tries to recover from terrible injuries and help his neighbors not get evicted by a sleazy landlord. Great art by Aja makes this one of the best Marvel launches in a long time!

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1

by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajić

In this alternate history, Deadpool finally snaps! And starts taking out the entire Marvel Universe, starting with a lot of supervillains, and moving on to some beloved superheroes! Insane violence and dark, dark laughs in this really fun Deadpool miniseries!

Debris #1 (of 4)

by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo

In a dark future, a young warrior named Maya must attempt to find a new source of water for the last of humanity. Too bad the world is full of monstrous Colossals that will kill any human they see! Action-packed, with great and brightly colored art by Rossmo.

Action Comics 1: Superman and the Men of Steel HC

by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales
Grant Morrison returns to Superman, and returns Superman to his earliest days when he first arrives in Metropolis, in this New 52 relaunch!

Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch

by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson

The animal investigators of the supernatural are back! This single issues collects 3 short stories as the dogs and cats of Burden Hill try to dodge their owners long enough to fight and stop the sinister forces that plague their community, from a mysterious flock of sheep, a goblin trying to eat chickens, and a tale of a super dog warlock of the middle ages!

Harvest #1

by A. J. Lieberman and Colin Lorimer

A disgraced surgeon gets mixed up in a scheme to harvest poor people's organs for rich clients, but might be suffering from hallucinations as well! Great art by Lorimer and a cool color scheme set up this dark thriller.

Punisher 1 SC

by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto
The new Punisher series under Greg Rucka's direction is finally in softcover! Taking the view of the detectives dealing with the Punisher, we see him from the outside, all while a new criminal gang ends up hitting a Marine wedding and leaving bodies across the city. Great new thrilling take on Punisher!

Think Tank #1

by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal
A genius working for the Pentagon's science division begins to have doubts about his job making weapons. Too bad he's a big jerk and constantly challenges authority, this isn't going to end well! Even if he does invent an app for reading minds!
Absalom Ghosts of London SC
Avengers: The Trial of Yellowjacket SC
Blade of the Immortal Vol 25 SC
Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah SC
Classic GI Joe Vol 15 SC
Girl Genius vol 11 Hammerless Bell SC
Hitman Vol 7 Closing Time SC
House of Mystery Vol 8 Desolation SC
Mind Mgmt #3        
Mind the Gap #3             
Monster Dinosaur HC
Our Valued Customers Conversations From Comic Book SC
Peter Parker Spider-Man #156.1
Savage: The Guvnor SC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Colllection vol 3 HC

Big Planet Comics Podcast #54
"The Dark Podcast"
Kevin, Nick and Jared talk about the new Batman movie for 20 minutes and review a bunch of new comics! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1 by Cullen Bunn and Dalibor Talajić
The First X-Men #1 by Christos Gage/Neal Adams and Neal Adams
Harvest #1 by A. J. Lieberman and Colin Lorimer
Hawkeye #1 by Matt Fraction and David Aja
Think Tank #1 by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal

Send us questions to or leave a voicemail at 1-703-539-CAST! (1-703-539-2278)

8/18 - Michael Rex
Signing Fangbone!
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Signing Fangbone!
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

9/8-9 - Baltimore convention
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

9/15-16 - SPX convention
The area's coolest convention!
Marriott Bethesda North
5701 Marinelli Rd.
North Bethesda, MD 20852

9/22 - Raina Telgemeier
Signing Drama
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Signing Drama
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

11/3 - Ben Hatke
Signing Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Signing Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

New Next Week 8/8

(Let us know if you want any of these!)
Adventure Time Marceline Scream Queens #2
American Vampire Lord of Nightmares #3 (of 5)
Anti #1
Archer & Armstrong (New) #1
Art & Making of Paranorman HC
Artifacts #20
Astonishing X-Men Vol 8 Children of Brood SC
Atomic Robo Flying She Devils of the Pacific #2 (of 5)
Atomic Robo Real Science Adv #5
Avengers Assemble #6
Batgirl #12
Batman #12
Batman and Robin #12
Batman Arkham Unhinged #5
Before Watchmen Ozymandias #2 (of 6)
Bernie Wrightson Muck Monster Artist Ed Portfolio
Betty & Veronica Double Digest #204
Bird & Squirrel Vol 1 On the Run GN
Bleach Vol 44 SC
Bleach Vol 45 SC
Bloodstrike #29
Blue Estate #12
Bomb Queen Vol 7 End of Hope SC
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Freefall #12
Captain America #16
Captain America and Iron Man #635
Cardboard GN
Comic Book Lettering the Comicraft Way SC
Conan the Barbarian #7
Creator Owned Heroes #3
Creep #0
Dancer #4
Daredevil Annual #1
Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe #2 (of 4)
Deathstroke #12
Deathstroke Vol 1 Legacy SC
Defenders Marvel Masterworks Vol 3 HC
Demon Knights #12
District Comics Unconventional Hist Washington DC
Doctor Atlantis Vol 1 GN
Draw #23
Executive Assistant Assassins #2
Eyes of the Cat HC
Fairest #6
Fanboys Vs Zombies #5
Fantastic Four #609
Flash Chronicles Vol 3 SC
Frankenstein Agent of Shade #12
Gambit #1
Game for Swallows to Die to Leave to Return GN
GI Joe A Real American Hero #181
GI Joe Cobra Command Vol 3 Aftermath SC
Godzilla Half Century War #1 (of 5)
Gold Digger #140
Grendel Omnibus Vol 1 Hunter Rose SC
Grifter #12
Hoax Hunters #2
Incredible Hulk #12
It Girl & The Atomics #1
Jim Butcher Dresden Files Fool Moon #7
Kevin Keller #4
Legion Lost #12
Lenore Volume 2 #6
Little White Duck Childhood in China GN
Little Wolf GN
Lou Vol 3 Down in the Dumps SC
Marvel Universe Avengers Earths Heroes #5
Massive #3
Mega Man #16
Mighty Thor #18 Burns
Moonstones Modern Myths Thor Thunder Christ #1
Mouse Guard Black Axe #5 (of 6)
Nathan Hales Hazardous Tales Vol 1 SC
Neal Adams Thrill Kill Artist Ed Portfolio
Negima Vol 35 SC
Nevsky Hero of the People HC
New Avengers #29 AVX
Night Force #6 (of 7)
The Phoenix #13
Punk Rock Jesus #2 (of 6)
Rasl Vol 4 Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla SC
Ravagers #4
Red Sonja Atlantis Rises #1
Resurrection Man #12
Revival #1 2nd Ptg
Right State HC
Sailor Moon Vol 6 SC
Scarlet Spider #8
Scooby Doo Where Are You #24
Scott Pilgrim Color Vol 1 (of 6) HC
Sensationsal Spider-Man #33.1
Shadows Treasure HC
Slam Dunk Vol 23 SC
Sonic Super Special Magazine #4
Space Punisher #2 (of 4)
Spider-Men #4 (of 5)
Spongebob Comics #11
Star Trek TNG Doctor Who Assimilation #1 3rd Ptg
Star Wars Knight Errant Escape #3 (of 5)
Star Wars Lost Tribe of the Sith Spiral #1 (of 5)
Steve Canyon Vol 2 1949-1950 HC
Strain #7 (of 12)
Suicide Squad #12
Superboy #12
Taxes Tea Party & Those Revolting Rebels HC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Vol 1 SC
Thunda #1
TMNT Color Classics Micro Series Raphael One Shot
Transformers Robots in Disguise #8
Venom #22
Voltron Year One #4
Warriors of Mars #4
Wasteland #39
Will Eisner's Contract With God Trilogy HC New Ptg
Wolverine #311
Worlds Finest SC
X-Factor Vol 14 Super Unnatural SC
X-Men Legacy #271
Yu Gi Oh Gx Vol 09 (of 9) SC
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Summer in the 'burbs



This ice cream truck was parked for a couple of days in Arlington, VA. I think the grafitti-influenced paintings are pretty eye-catching.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Aug 5: Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con

Capicons Comic Book and Pop Culture Con
Greg LaRocque
(Web of Spider-Man, The Flash, Avengers)

Matt Dembicki
(Xoc, Trickster, Magic Bullet)

Bob Downs, Former Marvel/DC inker and cover artist!

Bill McKay, "Zombies vs Cheerleaders"!

Tim Dzon, Former Marvel Inker and cover artist!

Dan Nokes, 21st Centiry Sandshark Studios!

Andrew Cohen
(Magic Bullet, Howzit Funnies)

...and Pete Tapang!!!!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012
10 am - 3 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Dept.
2148 Gallows Rd,
Dunn Loring, Virginia
Admission $3 - Kids FREE!

Friday, August 03, 2012

New issue of International Journal of Comic Art out now

International Journal of Comic Art

Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2012


Comic Strips:

An International Symposium

edited by

John A. Lent

Until Death Do Them Apart:

Gender Relations in the Brazilian Comic Strip "Radicci"

Ediliane de Oliveira Boff



Funny Papers, Unfunny Wars:

A Comparison of Three Armed Conflicts

as Depicted in "Doonesbury"

Michael Freund



Sanmao and Tokai:

Popular Street Urchins of Asian Comic Strips

John A. Lent



Lessons Learned: Milton Caniff's "Dickie Dare"

Sean P. Connors



Schulz, "Peanuts," and Metafiction

Roy T Cook



Stories of an Invisible War:

Comics and the Peruvian "Internal Conflict" (1980-2000)

Pedro Pérez del Solar



Graphic Tales of Cancer

Michael Rhode and JTH Connor


Ancient Egyptian Parodic Ostraca and "Comics"

Jennifer Babcock



The Picture Story Principle

Dietrich Grünewald



"A Groovy, Different Kind of Lay":

Sex, Disability, and Amputee Love

José  Alaniz



Tibetan Mysticism and

the Development of Golden Age Superheroes

Peter Sandmark



Expanding Female Manga Market:

Shungiku Uchida and the Emergence

of the Autobiographical Essay

Kotaro Nakagaki



Strength and the Supernatural:

Navigating Liminal Zones in

the Herakles Tradition and Alan Moore's Tom Strong

Hannah Means-Shannon




John A. Lent



Saseo Ono in His Nichiyo Hochi Days

Kosei Ono



Recalling Ah Da

Xu Chang (Charles)

Translated by Xu Ying


Memory of the Past

Wang Yiqian

Translated by Xu Ying



Recalling My Father Bit by Bit in His Daily Life

Sheng Dalong

Translated by Xu Ying



Recalling My Father -- Zhan Tong

Zhan Yong

Translated by Xu Ying



Farewell to My Father

He Ting

Translated by Xu Ying


The Man Without Fear, a Time of Fear:

A Review of Countercultural Themes

in the First 100 Issues of Daredevil

Bill Schulte



"What Can We Ever Have to Fear From a Blind Man?!!" or Spoiled (Secret) Identities: Disability, Daredevil and Passing

Jose Alaniz



Journalistic Comic Art of Pakistan:

Coverage of the Kerry Lugar Bill 2009

Amna Ashraf and Naveed Iqbal Chaudhry



The Comic Book in Brazil:

The Consolidation of a Publishing Format

Roberto Elísio dos Santos and

Waldomiro Vergueiro



Comics in the Life of the Young Adult Reader:

Understanding the Experience

of Reading Comics in Contemporary Society

Lucia Cedeira Serantes



Tomáš Kucerovský Interview

Jose Alaniz



Lost in Translation --

The Translations of

Wilhelm Busch's Illustrated Stories in Brazil

Gerson Luís Pomari



"I Love the Mayhem More Than the Love:

Homosocial Masculinity in Sgt. Fury and

His Howling Commandos

Justin Raymond



An Auteur Theory: Pro and Con


The Auteur Theory of Comics

Arlen Schumer



Jack Kirby Makes an Auteur Detour

Barry Pearl



Quan Yingsheng and

the Blending of Traditional Chinese Painting

with Comic Books

John A. Lent and Xu Ying



Myth and the Superhero:

Personal Choice in Batman, Arkham Asylum:

A Serious House on Serious Earth

Leslie J. Anderson



A Puppet´s Life

Kawamoto Kihachiro

Translated by Hiroko Takada Amick and Linda C. Ehrlich



The Battles of Herbie, Willie and Joe:

The Depiction of the Allied Soldier in World War II

through Comic Illustration

Cord Scott



"A Man Has Risen":

Hard Bodies, Reaganism, and The Dark Knight Returns

Richard Iadonisi



An Interview with

Malaysia's Political Cartoonist Zunar

Lim Cheng Tju



The Printed Word

John A. Lent



A Review Essay

La composition de la bande dessinée.

Renaud Chavanne (PLG: Montrouge 2010)

Review and interview by Pedro Moura


Book Reviews

Murray Lee Eiland

Simon Wigzell

Pascal Lefèvre

John A. Lent



Exhibition and Media Reviews

Edited by Michael Rhode

Nick Thorkelson

Michael Dittman

José Alaniz

Nicolas Pilla



He Wei (1934-2012)

John A. Lent and Xu Ying





Comic Riffs interviews Jeff Kinney

'DIARY OF A WIMPY KID': Superstar series creator Jeff Kinney on the challenges of his latest film, 'Dog Days'

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 3 2012

and here's the paper's review -

Good, clean -- if fleeting -- fun
By Sean O'Connell
Washington Post August 3, 2012,1212364/critic-review.html

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

'District Comics' signing Aug. 19 in Arlington

From editor Matt Dembicki:

One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., will hold the official launch signing of District Comics: An Unconventional History on Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 3-5 pm. About 25 contributors (writers and artists) will be there.

(artist Kevin Rechin and I did a story on the Civil War's Army Medical Museum, and we'll be there).

Rafer Roberts exhibit opens this Friday (7-9pm)

The Post on syndication editor changes

COMICS SYNDICATES: As Universal editor changes titles, Trudeau, Watterson, Johnston, Thompson and Tatulli salute an influential figure
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog August 1 2012