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Thursday, November 25, 2010

November releases

A round-up of this month's releases relating to or reprinting British comics and cartoons, along with some selected original graphic novels and related items. Some titles announced for recent release but which have yet to be appear can be found in the Upcoming Releases column, whilst a list of releases for the year to date can be found in the Recent Releases column, below. A fully illustrated and annotated version of the listing of releases for 2010 can be found here.


100 Months by John Hicklenton.
Cutting Edge ISBN 978-0956544520, 11 November 2010, 200pp, £19.99. Cover by John Hicklenton
Johnny Hicklenton was one of Britain's leading comic book artists, who took his own life in March 2010 with the assistance of Dignitas in Zurich. 100 Months is an apocalyptic parable of environmental devastation written and drawn in fore knowledge of his own impending death. An intense, hallucinatory story with overtones of Dostoevsky's 'Legend of the Grand Inquisitor' and artwork of breathtaking intensity, it is the crowning achievement of a brilliant career, a true graphic novel that engages ultimate themes of life, death and salvation. Controversial, haunting and tortured in all senses, it will inevitably fuel debate around the issues of taking one's own life. Includes a foreword by Pat Mills.
500 Manga Villains & Heroes by Yishan Li.
Ilex ISBN 978-1905814947, 1 November 2010, 528pp, £14.99.
Manga is now well established as one of the worlds most popular genres of illustrated books. Many millions of readers, all over the world, thrill to the exploits of heroic boys and girls, monstrous villains, brave warriors, robots, monsters and aliens. Many of these readers are inspired to create their own Manga art and stories, using one of the many available digital arts programs. 500 Manga Villains and Heroes is the third title in Ilexs successful 500 series for digital manga artists. The CD contains custom-drawn layered files which can be used by leading graphics programs: the characters can be used by amateurs and professionals alike to populate their stories. The book acts as a visual catalogue, offering colouring suggestions and advice on integrating the figures into your work. With royalty-free art from one of professional mangas most exciting names, this is sure to be an essential resource for todays mangaka.
Charley's War: The Great Mutiny by Pat Mills & Joe Colquhoun.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1848567412, 9 November 2010, 112pp, £14.99.
In September 1917, Charley is caught up in the mutiny by troops against harsh treatment at Etaples and faces divided loyalties as the rebellion gathers pace. Eventually, back on the front line, he faces death once more as a stretcher bearer. Rich in the detailed minutiae of the terror-punctuated existence of a Tommy, this seventh volume of Charley's War features a brand new introduction and directors commentary by Pat Mills, plus exclusive bonus content examining the Mutiny that inspired the acclaimed and controversial BBC TV series The Monocled Mutineer.

The Complete Al's Baby by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1906735494, November 2010, 240pp, £17.99. Cover by Carlos Ezquerra
The mobsters govern the city of Chi-Town and the toughest of the tough is Al Bestardi, also known as Al the Beast. Al gets an offer he can't refuse and the hardest hitman in town has to get pregnant. Machine guns mix with morning sickness in a classic comedy sci-fi tale from the pages of 2000 AD!
Meltdown Man by Alan Hebden & Massimo Belardinelli.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1907519291, 11 November 2010.
Whilst on a mission in the Persian Gulf, SAS Sergeant Nick Stone is blasted by a nuclear explosion into the future, where the last remaining humans, such as the predatory Leeshar, rule over the eugenically-modified animal castes known as 'Yujees'. Accompanied by catgirl Liana, bullman T-Bone and the vicious cobra King Seth, Stone has discovered that this bizarre world is his own - the continent he roams being South America, its poles mysteriously inverted.
The Rupert Companion by Ian Robinson.
Egmont Books ISBN  978-1405253307, 1 November 2010.
A complete history of Rupert Bear, this beautifully presented book is the fascinating story of how one little bear became a national treasure. It begins with Rupert's first appearance in "The Express" newspaper and charts his journey to the present day, paying particular attention to the writers and artists who have brought him to life over the years. In his ninetieth year, Rupert Bear is still one of the most popular characters in literature, beloved by generations of children. This book gives a unique insight into the secrets of his success.

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