Saturday, December 29, 2012

Recent Releases: September-December 2012

The Art of Judge Dredd: 35 Years of Zarjaz Covers by Keith Richardson.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080443, 13 September 2012, 272pp, £34.99. [£24.20 from Amazon]
For over 35 years, 2000 AD - 'the Galaxy's Greatest Comic' - has dominated the British comics' industry, delivering stories and characters that have etched their way into the cultural psyche. This highly-collectable book celebrates 2000 AD and Judge Dredd's joint 35th anniversary with a compilation of the most stunning and innovative Judge Dredd-related covers, illustrated by some of the greatest talents in the industry.
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The Best of Punch Cartoons in Colour, ed. Helen Walasek. Prion ISBN 978-1853758560, 13 September 2012, 368pp, £25.00. [£17.50 from Amazon]
The Best of Punch Cartoons in Colour is a superb new book. This, the biggest collection of colour cartoons ever released from the original humour magazine that first published in 1841, is packed with beautiful artwork by some of the finest artists of the past two centuries. The page size is huge, showing the cartoon art and colour off in the best possible manner. And at 400 pages, this book is an essential purchase for any fan of cartoons, visual humour, or of the legendary Punch magazine. Punch was published in America after WWII, and subscriptions from the "other" side of the Atlantic remained steady until 1992, when the magazine closed.
__Helen Walasek, of Punch Cartoon Library, is the former curator of the Punch collection and editor of The Best of Punch Cartoons and Punch Goes to War.
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The Comic Strip Companion. The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964-1979 by Paul Scoones.
Telos Publishing ISBN 978-1845830700, 30 September 2012, 608pp, £16.99 [£16.14 from Amazon]
First launched in the pages of TV Comic in November 1964, the comic strip version of Doctor Who is just one year younger than the television series on which it is based. This is its story.
__This volume chronicles the first 15 years of the Doctor Who comic strip from its origin in TV Comic to just before the ongoing strip was launched as a regular feature in Doctor Who Weekly in 1979. During this time more than 200 comic strips stories were published in the pages of TV Comic, Countdown, TV Action, TV Century 21, The Dr Who Annual and the Dalek books.
__Every strip is covered in depth, including plot details, continuity, points of interest and analysis. For the first time, details about the creation and development of the adventures are documented, alongside comments from some of the original writers and artists.
__Follow the exploits of the Doctor in his first four incarnations alongside John, Gillian, Jamie, Sarah and Leela as he battles Daleks, Cybermen, Quarks, Kleptons, Trods, Sarracoids and the Ugrakks!
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The Complete Rainbow Orchid by Garen Ewing.
Egmont Books ISBN 978-1405263856, 3 September 2012, 144pp, £14.99 [£10.49 from Amazon]
The complete adventure, now available in one volume! Follow adventurer Julius Chancer and his friends as they attempt to stop the villainous Urkaz Grope getting his hands on the mysterious Rainbow Orchid! The Rainbow Orchid is an ambitious blend of classic storytelling, and cinematic artwork, in which adventure, historical drama and legend are seamlessly intertwined.
__"A British Tintin... readers will be well entertained" (The Independent) "The storyline is intricate and engrossing...Joyous" (The Financial Times)"
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Giles The Collection 2013 by Carl Giles.
Hamlyn ISBN 978-0600624554, 3 September 2012, 160pp, £7.99. [£4.79 from Amazon]
Enjoy the 20th century's greatest cartoonist's work once more with this superb collection of some of Giles' wittiest cartoons. His cartoons parodied every aspect of British life and have delighted Daily Express readers for over four decades. This brand new compilation includes 150 cartoons that focus on each family member and are packed with fun details and the clever characterizations that made Giles a household name.
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The Hole of Tank Girl by Andew Martin, Jamie Hewlett, et al.
Titan Books ISBN 978-0857687449, 28 September 2012, 352pp, £75.00.[£48.75 from Amazon]
Bringing together all the classic Hewlett and Martin Tank Girl comics for the first time in this fantastic slipcased edition with additional materials including original art, unseen Hewlett pages, a “lost” original Tank Girl story, and the first new Hewlett Tank Girl artwork created in over 15 years. The core Tank Girl works have been lovingly restored for this major collection, spanning the whole era of classic Tank Girl. With Booga and the rest of the crew in tow, Tank Girl delights in the sort of marvellous mayhem that made us adore her the moment she stomped into our lives with her sexy boots and sassy mouth.
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Judge Dredd: The Dark Judges by John Wagner & Brian Bolland.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080450, 13 September 2012, 160pp, £6.99. [£5.24 from Amazon]
An all-time-classic in a small paperback format. Judge Dredd's ultimate nemesis has arrived. His name is Judge Death, and in his eyes, all life is a crime! the super-fiend from Deadworld proves to be an implacable enemy, and Judge Dredd must work with Psi Judge anderson to save Mega-City one from a city-wide death penalty. Fearsome characters that have mainatained their popularity throughout the years thanks to the fantastic designs of Brian Bolland, the Dark Judges are determined to end all life in Mega-City one once and for all!
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Modesty Blaise: Lady in the Dark by Peter O'Donnell & Enric Badia Romero.
Titan Books ISBN 978-0857686930, 14 September 2012, 104pp, £11.99. [£8.39 from Amazon]
Features the classic stories The Girl From The Future, The Big Mole and Lady In The Dark written by popular British crime writer Peter ODonnell and beautifully illustrated by Enric Badia Romero! Time-travel, a message in a bottle and the return of Salamander Four all mark trouble for Modesty and Willie. With story introductions taking readers behind the scenes of each story.
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The Best of Alex 2012 by Charles Peattie & Russell Taylor.
Prion ISBN 978-1853758591, 11 October 2012, 88pp, £9.99. [£7.37 from Amazon]
2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the "Alex" cartoon strip, which began mocking the financial world back in the yuppie years, when bankers were held in public contempt for being greedy, arrogant and immoral. A quarter of a century later they still are; which leaves us satirists wondering what on earth was the point?
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The Best of Alf Tupper, The Tough of the Tracks, ed. Morris Heggie.
Prion ISBN 978-1853758614, 11 October 2012, 144pp, £12.99. [£9.09 from Amazon]
The Tough of the Track was The Victor's most popular hero, having instilled the competitive spirit into millions of British lads for over 50 years. A welder who worked under railway arches, Alf Tupper survived on a diet of fish and chips. He was always the underdog, running against posh toffs who devised underhand ways of keeping him off the winner's rostrum. Although Alf often looked beaten, he nearly always came through in the final few strides, exclaiming "I've run him!" as he breasted the winning tape in a photo-finish. Published in the year the Olympic Games returns to Britain, this nostalgic anthology will not only be the perfect gift for the millions of men whose love of sport was kindled in their youth by Alf Tupper, but will also enthrall and inspire a new generation of boys to go and win against all the odds.
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Charley's War: Death From Above (Vol. 9) by Pat Mills & Joe Colquhoun.
Titan Books ISBN 978-0857683007, 26 October 2012, 120pp, £14.99. [£10.49 from Amazon]
In this explosive new ninth volume of never-before-collected comic strip, including for the first time reproductions of original artwork from artist Joe Colquhoun's archive, things are looking up for Charley after he meets the love of his life. But their wedding is destroyed by the roar of destructive Zeppelin Bombers from Berlin!
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Dante's Inferno by Hunt Emerson & Kevin Jackson.
Knockabout ISBN 978-0861661695, 10 October 2012, 88pp, £11.99. [£8.39 from Amazon]
Hunt Emerson, the dazzlingly talented cartoonist, tackles the biggest literary name of them all: Dante. Emerson's Inferno delights on many levels: as an ingenious translation of classic verse; an effortlessly readable introduction to a complex poem; a delicious crib for anxious Dante students; and as a warm tribute from the master of one art form to the grand master of another. Hunt's cartoon is followed by Kevin Jackson's essay on Dante. Wildly clever and witty, but essentially reverent, it is a wonderful treat for anyone who already loves Dante.
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The James Bond Omnibus 004 by Jim Lawrence & Yaroslav Horak.
Titan Books ISBN 978-0857685896, 12 October 2012, 288pp, £14.99. [£12.74 from Amazon]
The daring James Bond is back in a definitive bumper edition collecting the second period of Jim Lawrence's celebrated run in comic strip form! Includes nine of Bond's most thrilling and dangerous missions: "Trouble Spot", "Isle of Condor's", "The League of Vampires", "Die With My Boots On", "The Girl Machine", "Beware of Butterflies", "The Nevsky Nude", "The Phoenix Project" and "The Black Ruby Caper".
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Matt: The Best of 2012 by Matthew Pritchett.
Orion ISBN 978-1409121565, 25 October 2012, 80pp, £6.99. [£4.33 from Amazon]
From the Olympics to the Jubilee, transport troubles to the recession, Matt reviews the last 12 months in his own inimitable style.
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Mrs Weber's Omnibus by Posy Simmonds.
Jonathan Cape ISBN 978-0224096836, 25 October 2012, 488pp, £20.00.[£13.09 from Amazon]
In May 1977 Posy Simmonds, an unknown young illustrator, started drawing a weekly comic strip for the Guardian. It began as a silly parody of girls' adventure stories, making satirical comments about contemporary life. The strip soon focused on three 1950s school friends in their later middle-class and nearly middle-aged lives: Wendy Weber, a former nurse married to polytechnic sociology lecturer George with a large brood of children; Jo Heep, married to whisky salesman Edmund with two rebellious teenagers; and Trish Wright, married to philandering advertising executive Stanhope and with a young baby. The strip, which was latterly untitled and usually known just as 'Posy', ran until the late 1980s.
__Collected here for the first time are the complete strips. Although celebrated for pinpointing the concerns of Guardian readers in the 1980s and their constant struggle to remain true to the ideals of the 1960s, they are in fact remarkably undated. They show one of Britain's favourite cartoonists, celebrated for Literary Life and Tamara Drewe, maturing into genius.
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Nikolai Dante: Sympathy for the Devil by Robbie Morrison, Simon Fraser & John Burns.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080733, 11 October 2012, 224pp, £18.99. [£13.29 from Amazon]
For over fifteen years, Nikolai Dante – the swashbuckling ‘Hero of the Revolution’ – has been entertaining the readers of 2000 AD as he fought, thieved and loved his way through life in 27th-Century Russia. A long-running story of grand adventure which began in 1997 reaches its conclusion in 2012. one of 2000 AD’s most popular characters, Dante has become an iconic part of the British comics scene.
__In this final installment of his epic story, Dante must escape from captivity in order to lead the Revolutionary army in its fi nal battle against his tyrannical father, the psychotic Dimitri Romanov.
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Not Forgotten 2009-10 by Steve Holland.
Bear Alley Books ISBN 978-1907081668, 8 October 2012, 98pp, £12.99.
Not Forgotten 2009-10 records the passing of 35 comic strip and cartoon creators, some well-known, some forgotten, yet others better known for their work in other fields.
__The artists and writers whose careers are recorded in this volume include Alan Hemus, Tony Hart, Robert Peacock, Jose 'Pepe' Gonzalez, Jose Casanovas Sr., Ron 'Nobby' Clark, Malcolm Douglas, Bernet Toledano, John Donegan, Adrian Kermode, Giorgio Bellavitis, John Ryan, Francisco Hidalgo, Roy Raymonde, Carlos Roume, Ricardo Garijo, Terry Challis, Xavier Musquera, Francis 'Smilby' Wilford-Smith, Geoffrey Bond, Richard Hook, Ian Scott, Bill Ritchie, Virgilio Muzzi, John Hicklenton, Peter O'Donnell, Roy Mitchell, Victor de la Fuente, Ted Rawlings, Fernando Fernandez, E. C. Tubb, Jose Maria Jorge, Les Gibbard and Paddy Morris.
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Steven Appleby's Guide to Life. The Collected Loomus Cartoons by Steven Appleby.
Guardian Books ISBN 978-0852653777, 11 October 2012, 176pp, £14.99. [£10.49 from Amazon]
Steven Appleby's weekly 'Loomus' cartoon is one of the Guardian's most popular features.Together they form a quirky, original and hilariously perceptive guide to the unexpected twists and turns of everyday life.
__Have you ever wondered how to be a good house guest, been a victim of the curse of the evil spell check or wanted to learn the secrets of smell spotting? Here, you'll find all the answers to life's big questions.
__With original notes and roughs, new illustrations and musings, and an insight into the art of creating the perfect cartoon, Steven Appleby's Guide to Life is a must-have collector's item and a brilliant gift.
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Tank Girl: Carioca by Alan Martin & Mike McMahon.
Titan Books ISBN 978-0857687432, 26 October 2012, 136pp, £14.99. [£12.74 from Amazon]
Tank Girl returns again in a brand new graphic novel written by original co-creator Alan Martin with artwork by the amazing Mike McMahon ("Judge Dredd")! After our heroine is rudely snubbed on a TV game show, she plots the death of the vulgar host in question - unwittingly releasing the vengeance of his embittered wife and a gang of highly trained assassins as a result!
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One-Eyed Jack and the Death of Valiant by David McDonald
Hibernia (no ISBN), November 2012, 32pp, £3.99.
Hibernia is back with what will be a semi-regular look at the more obscure and forgotten gems of British comics called Comic Archive. our first book is One-Eyed Jack and the Death of Valiant. The book features interviews with John Wagner, John Cooper, Janet Shepheard, Kevin O'Neill and contributions from Kelvin Gosnell, Dave Hunt and more. Articles include the relationship between One-Eyed Jack and Judge Dredd; John Wagner's tenure as editor of Valiant and the new strips he introduced; the craft of Art Editors in relation to the look and logo design of Valiant, 2000AD and much more. The book is also available as a digital download.
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The Rainbow Orchid Supplement by Garen Ewing.
Garen Ewing, November 2012, 48pp, £5.00.
"The Rainbow Orchid Supplement is 48 pages and includes full annotations for the complete story, a cover sketchbook, three interviews (previously published online) and a few other extras including artwork, promotional items, abandoned story ideas and a research bibliography," says Garen Ewing. "I'm self publishing it and limiting the print-run to around 250 copies." The book does not repeat any of the extras from The Complete Rainbow Orchid
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Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth Vol.3 by Gerry Finley-Day, Steve Dillon, Chris Weston et al.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080689, 8 November 2012, 400pp, £17.99. [£13.02 from Amazon]
As the Norts and Southers wage war on the battle-torn world of Nu-Earth, the genetically-engineered soldier, Rogue trooper, continues to search for an antigen which will restore his bio-chipped comrades to life. If that wasn't enough to deal with, Rogue is also recruited to carry out a string of assassinations, in an attempt to end the war once and for all!
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December 2012

Grandville: Bete Noire by Bryan Talbot.
Jonathan Cape ISBN 978-0224096249, 6 December 2012, 104pp, £16.99. [£10.99 from Amazon]
The Badger is back! At Toad Hall, lair of multibillionaire. Baron Aristotle Krapaud, a cabal of industrialists and fat cats plot the violent overthrow of the French state by the intervention of horribly beweaponed automaton soldiers. Meanwhile, the brutal murder of a famous Parisian artist, mysteriously stabbed to death in his locked and guarded studio, is subject to the investigations of the tenacious Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard, placing him and his faithful adjunct, Detective Sergeant Roderick Ratzi, in pursuit of the mysterious masked assassin stalking the cut-throat commercial world of the Grandville art scene.
__Bete Noire signals the welcome return to anthropomorphic steampunk detective fiction of master storyteller and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot with the third stand-alone volume of the Eisner and Hugo Award nominated Grandville series. As the body count mounts and events spiral exponentially out of control, aided by his brilliant deductive abilities and innate ferocity, LeBrock battles against outrageous odds in this funny, high octane thriller, an adventure shot through with both high art and comic book references, a glorious illegitimate offspring of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming – with animals! Follow the Badger!
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Judge Dredd: The Garth Ennis Collection by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Dermot Power, Cliff Robinson, Colin MacNeil, John Burns & Greg Staples.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080672, 11 December 2012, 160pp, £12.49. [£11.36 from Amazon]
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Nemesis the Warlock Volume 2 by Pat Mills, Kevin O'Neill, Bryan Talbot, John Hicklenton & Tony Luke.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1907519789, 30 December 2012, 304pp, £16.99.
A reissue of the volume previously published in 2007 with a different ISBN.
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Shako by Pat Mills, John Wagner, Ramon Sola & Juan Arancio.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080696, 6 December 2012, 96pp, £10.99. [£8.47 on Amazon]
THE ONLY BEAR ON THE C.I.A. DEATH LIST! Shako the Eskimo word for the polar bear. It means simply... killer! When a US Air Force plane crashes within the arctic Circle, Shako the terror of the frozen wastes, is the first on the scene, getting his first taste of human flesh! Unfortunately for the CIA, the great white beast has also swallowed a top secret capsule which was being transported by the plane, and now they must track him down to retrieve it. This won't be an easy task, as Shako hates mankind. And what Shako hates, Shako destroys!
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