Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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From: Fantom Comics <FantomHQ@fantomcomics.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 7:52 PM
Subject: Subculture for the Cultured - Last Call for March 2012 Reservations

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Wednesday 3/21 Deadline for March Reservations
We're going straight to newsletter this month, while the SubcultureForTheCultured.com site gets its final tune-up before the official launch. And we're focusing on Graphic Novels only , so without further delay, please peruse the best non-superhero fare arriving in your comic shop beginning in May 2012...

House of Night HC - It's "vampire finishing school", adapted for comics by the mother half of the mother/daughter writing team of P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. Artwork is by Joëlle Jones. Collects issues #1-#5 of the series.  Follow Zoey, and her group of devoted friends, as they turn to The Fledgling Handbook, a historical vampyre tome, in hopes of better understanding their big, new world of vampyrism.  [12.99]
Caligula Vol. 1 HC or Caligula Vol. 1 TP- Writer David Lapham (Crossed Vol. 2: Family Values, Stray Bullets), joins talented painter German Nobile in a descent into the darkest corners of Rome's history.  Available in three editions:  as a TPB [19.99] or Hardcover [27.99] with covers by artist Jacen Burrows, and also a Signed Hardcover signed by writer David Lapham and limited to just 1000 copies!
Comic Book History of Comics - The Evil Twin Comics genius team of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey (Action Philosophers) collect their six-issue "Comic Book Comics" series into a single trade paperback. For the first time ever, the inspiring, infuriating, and utterly insane story of comics, graphic novels, and manga is presented in comic book form! [21.99]
Joe Hill's The Cape HC - Critically acclaimed and Eisner-nominated. Written by Jason Ciaramella, and based on the short story by Joe Hill (Locke & Key). Artwork by Zach Howard | Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away... but what if one day that dream were to come true?  Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. The Cape explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric - a confused and broken man - takes to the skies... and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him. [24.99]
Orchid Vol. 1 TP - (W) Tom Morello (A) Scott Hepburn | Set in a future world generations after the seas rose and genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves.  Orchid is the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her. [17.99]
Xenoholics Vol. 1 TP (MR) - (W) Joshua Williamson (A) Seth Damoose (CA) Seth Damoose, Dan Duncan | The critically acclaimed series is collected in trade paperback! Are you addicted to aliens? Late night encounters? Abductions? Probes? Then become a member of Xenoholics Anonymous! Members of a support group that claim to be victims of alien abductions try to solve the mysterious disappearance of the Doctor who led their group but find themselves involved in a larger conspiracy. X-files and Fire in the Sky meet Chew in this exploration of the xenoholic subculture.   Collects XENOHOLICS #1-5 [14.99]
Locke & Key Vol. 4: Keys To the Kingdom TP - (W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez | Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Locke & Key unwinds into its fourth volume in 'Keys To The Kingdom.' With more keys making themselves known, and the depths of the Locke's family's mysteries ever expanding, Dodge's desperation to end his shadowy quest drives the habitants of Keyhouse ever closer to a revealing conclusion. [19.99]
Blacksad Silent Hell HC - (W) Juan Díaz Canales (A/CA) Juanjo Guarnido | Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder! Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides! [19.99]
God and Science: Return of the Ti Girls HC - (W/A/CA) Jaime Hernandez | Jaime Hernandez's God And Science manages to be both a rollickingly creative superhero joyride that ranges to the other side of the universe and a genuinely dramatic fable about madness, grief, and motherhood. It has now been expanded from its original 100 pages to include 30 new pages including four new full-color faux Ti-Girls covers, several expansions of scenes and an epilogue. [19.99]
Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days HC Deluxe Edition - (W) Neil Gaiman, Matt Wagner (A) Dave McKean & Various (CA) Dave McKean | The classic collection of Vertigo tales from New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman is collected in hardcover for the first time! Providing tantalizing glimpses into the fantastical worlds he would create and nurture, NEIL GAIMAN'S MIDNIGHT DAYS collects some of the accomplished author's earliest work. These tales star the Golden Age Sandman, Morpheus, Swamp Thing and John Constantine, from SWAMP THING ANNUAL #5, SANDMAN MIDNIGHT THEATRE, HELLBLAZER #27, WELCOME BACK TO THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY #1 and more! [24.99]

The Lovely Horrible Stuff HC - (W/A/CA) Eddie Campbell | Money makes the world go round, as they say... but how, exactly? Award-winning graphic novelist Eddie Campbell (From Hell, Alec) presents a fascinating journey into the wilderness of personal finance. With his trademark blend of research, anecdote, autobiography, and fantasy, Campbell explores how money underwrites human relationships, flowing all around us like the air we breathe - or the water we drown in. The result is a whimsical graphic essay, deeply grounded in Eddie's personal experiences with 'the lovely horrible stuff,' ranging from the imaginary wealth of Ponzi schemes and television pilots to the all-too-tangible stone currency of the Micronesian island of Yap. [14.95]
Baby's In Black HC - (W/A/CA) Arne Bellstorf | Meet The Beatles... right at the beginning of their careers. This high-energy graphic novel provides an intimate peek into the early years of the world's greatest rock band. The 'fifth Beatle,' Stuart Sutcliffe, falls in love with the beautiful Astrid Kirchherr when she recruits the Beatles for a sensational (and famous) photography session during their time in Hamburg. When the band returns to Liverpool, Sutcliffe stays in Hamburg and becomes engaged to Kirchherr. A year later, his career as a modern artist is cut short when he dies unexpectedly. The book ends as it begins, with Astrid, alone and adrift; but with a note of hope: her life is incomparably richer and more directed thanks to her friendship with the Beatles and her love affair with Sutcliffe. [24.99]
Best of Enemies: History of US & Middle East Relations Vol. 1: 1783-1953 HC - (W) Jean-Pierre Filiu (A/CA) David B. | David B. and Filiu draw striking parallels between ancient and contemporary political history in this look at the US-Middle East conflict. The reader is transported to the pirate-choked Mediterranean sea, where Christians and Muslims continue the Crusades, only this time on water. As the centuries pass, the traditional victims of the Muslim pirates - the British, French, and Spanish - all become empire-building powers whose sights lie beyond the Mediterranean. [24.95]
Dal Tokyo HC - (W/A/CA) Gary Panter | Collected into one giant volume for the first time, Fantagraphics proudly presents Gary Panter's sci-fi/punk mash-up masterpiece Dal Tokyo. Panter imagines a Mars where Japanese and Texan culture have collided and the result is a dizzying and absorbing mix of more or less intelligible jokes, non-sequiturs and surreal eruptions that can engulf the entire panel in scribbles. Most of these strips were only published in Japan and are being published in the US for the first time! [35.00]
Mastering Comics - (W) Jessica Abel (A/CA) Matt Madden | The companion text to the First Second 2008 publication, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures! Want to be a cartoonist?  Mastering Comics will show you how - with step-by-step lessons (accompanied by exercises, tips, and illustrated examples from the work of great cartoonists) providing instruction in writing, developing your own style, book production, and the publication process. [34.99]
Sharaz De HC - (W/A/CA) Sergio Toppi | A set of tales inspired by the Arabian Nights by European comics master Sergio Toppi, exploring a barbaric society where the supernatural is the only remedy to injustice, as Sharaz-de, captive to a cruel and despotic king, must each night spin tales to entertain her master and save her head from the executioner. Tales filled with evil spirits, treasures, risk, and danger, but with ever at their center the passions of gods and men. Translated from the original French publication. [29.95]
The Influencing Machine - (W) Brooke Gladstone (A/CA) Josh Neufeld | Nearly 1 million weekly listeners trust NPR's Brooke Gladstone to guide them through the distortions and complexities of the modern media. This is a visionary and opinionated work of graphic nonfiction on the media and it discontent. [16.95]
Trinity Graphic History of First Atomic Bomb - (W) Michael Gallagher (A/CA) Jonathan Fetter-Vorm | In Trinity, illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm tells the history of the race to build - and the decision to drop - the first atomic bomb, and the ethical debates that followed. He begins with early research in Europe, which accelerated rapidly as World War II approached. The action shifts to Los Alamos, and Fetter-Vorm showcases the strong personalities of the physicists under the supervision of 'Manhattan Project' leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer. When the first bomb finally went off at a test site code-named 'Trinity', the world was irreversibly thrust into a new and far more dangerous age. Richly illustrated and deeply researched, Trinity is dramatic, informative, and thought-provoking. [22.00]
Xoc Journey of A Great White HC - (W/A/CA) Matt Dembicki | Xoc explores the ocean's wonders through the eyes of a great white as it treks from the Farallon Islands off the coast of California to the warm waters of Hawaii some 2,300 miles away. Along its journey, the 17-foot shark encounters natural prey and predators - from skittish seals to brazen orcas-as well as man-made impediments that threaten not only the giant fish, but the balance of ocean's ecology. [19.99]


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