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Tilting #230 is live: BookScan 2013

Brian Hibbs

Yay, the longest thing I write every year.

Man, I didn’t AT ALL have the time to write this one, either.

Go read it, then let me know what you think……

-B

“That Was MY Bikini. That Drug Was Meant For ME!” COMICS! Sometimes You Can Go West But Life Is Not So Peaceful There!

John Kane

Yes! She’s back the lassie with the classy chassis; the gal whose gams are deadlier than a gat! Put your hands together for miss Honeeeey Weeeeest!…Honey West. You know…Honey West. Looking at me like I’m just making farting noises with my mouth isn’t helping. Okay, let me hit the streets, break some heads and see if I can get the real skinny on this crazy dame…
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Arriving 2/19/14

Brian Hibbs

Another week of comics appears! Though due to inclement weather conditions shipments for the whole of the west coast will be delayed twenty four hours but still shelved on Wednesday, so if you are an early morning comic buyer, maybe wait till the afternoon.

Now the fun stuff! With the debut of the first collection of Ales Kot and friend’s ZERO, along side some of our other favorites, like ALEX + ADA, and new comer UNDERTOW, this is a week you should not shy away from. Find the rest of the comics you can look forward to this week after the cut!

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“…Is This A Giant Sponge I See before Me?” COMICS! Sometimes There’s Plenty of Effing And Jeffing In Them!

John Kane

So I read a comic featuring a 1980′s Brit Comics Icon who is still going strong in the 21st Century. Oh yeah, and Tank Girl’s in it. Ho de ho de ho! Sigh.

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“Always Prepared. Always Ready.” BOOKS! Sometimes You Get What You’re Given And Just Make Do

John Kane

Okay, let’s stop pointing fingers, dry our eyes and just accept it’s a BONUS SKIP WEEK! (Bonus Booo!). Caught me on the hop a bit, I’ll admit. Unfortunately I haven’t anything in my head about comics but there are a couple of books I’ve been thinking about. Why not, eh? You never know your luck in a raffle. So, it’ll be a bit rough and ready this time out (yeah; no change there then) but I’ll probably find my flow after a couple of dozen words. Anyway, this…

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All Wait, No What? The Skip Week’s Skip Week

Jeff Lester

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Unrelated to this post — I just included it because it makes me happy every time I see it.

Hey, everyone:  Jeff here with a very big apology for everyone.  Last week, as per our schedule, Graeme and I talked comics for two hours.

Unfortunately, the person who was responsible for recording us did not manage to push the little button that *records* our conversations.  (That person will go unnamed…but only because it was me.  If it’d been Graeme, I would’ve given him up in a heartbeat.)

I thought about giving you a rough version of the show notes anyway, based on what I remembered (and I would’ve tried to be oh-so-clever and called them “show nots”) but I feel like that wouldn’t have been especially helpful.   So I decided to just leave it be.

On the up side, we usually get an extra-great essay from John Kane on our skip weeks, so maybe this will trick him into writing something else for the site this week?  And maybe when Graeme and I speak next week, not only will I hit record but I’ll try and mix it on the fly and get it super-early.

Anyhoo, our deepest apologies (by which I mean my deepest apologies, but once again I’m trying to drag Graeme into this even though he is entirely blameless) and thank you for your considerable patience!

Arriving 2/12/14

Brian Hibbs

It is another week of comics, I am sure you know you weren’t going to get off so easy as to not have new comics for a week! No! The big book this week is easily the third volume of PROPHET and a little thing called THE WALKING DEAD also comes out again this week. “Surely, there are more than two books this week,” you ask, and I respond, “of course!” Click that link below and you will see all the new comics for yourself!

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“Working Together In The Name Of The Common Good…” COMICS! Sometimes Creators Don’t Get To Pick Their Fans! (Ever, Actually. Now I think About It.)

John Kane

It’s a Skip Week! (Booo!) So let’s see what falls out of my head (Yay!). Checking the Savage Critic’s mail bag I see several of you may have contacted me expressing intense distress that I have yet to tell you how 2013 panned out for Howard Victor Chaykin.  It was definitely several or none. It’s so hard to remember these things. So, hedging my bets I’ll tell you anyway…

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Arriving 2/5/2014

Brian Hibbs

February is starting slow with a week on the smaller side. Some standouts are the final collection of LOCKE & KEY and G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s MS. MARVEL.  Some other excellent choices lie just behind the cut, if you would like to explore deeper.

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“At Least A Soldier’s Enemies Are FLESH & BLOOD!”COMICS! Sometimes War Is Even Worse Than Hell!

John Kane

This time out it’s a tale of Vampires in World War Two. COMICS! The gift that never stops giving!

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“Thor Has His Doubts About This One..” COMICS! Sometimes It’s Gruff In The Age of Mjolinir!

John Kane

Here’s some words about a comic with Thor in. Do with them what thou wilt.

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James Robinson signing @ Outpost 2/26, 5-7 PM

Brian Hibbs

The first signing for Comic Outpost is a super-doozy: Industry legend James Robinson (who, fun fact, had his first GN release with LONDON’S DARK the same year I opened my first store) will be appearing to support FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (on day of release), as well as ALL-NEW INVADERS and his Image comic THE SAVIORS.  I couldn’t be more excited.

Comic Outpost is located at 2381 Ocean Ave in San Francisco.  There is buckets of free parking north of the store, and we literally have a stop of the K line streetcar right in front of the shop; we’re all of 8 stops on the underground from downtown, it is a short and easy hop.

(And thank you Jeff Lester for reminding me I didn’t post that here. Facebook is just too easy to fall back upon  — especially with two stores and sometimes-14 hour workdays and 7 days a week since 12/16 — I need to get a flow that works better, damnit!)

The new issue of THE SAVIORS came out today!

 

-B

 

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Wait, What? Ep. 144: The “Ass” in “Assemble”

Jeff Lester

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Fuck yes, Shaolin Cowboy.

Hey, so it’s another installment of Wait, What?, and I think maybe this fortnightly thing is going to work out?  (Provided you don’t abandon us in droves or something…)  Whereas our last installment was two hours and us whingeing on about the news, this one is two hours and is us whingeing about comics we’ve read.  Brilliant!

After the jump, Jeff makes some brilliantly incorrect statements about Shaolin Cowboy in service of a perfectly good theory, Graeme fills us in on the most successfully monetized fanfic since 50 Shades of Grey, and we do that thing about the first twenty-five issues of Avengers that would finally allow an old man like me to type ‘smh’ except I have no idea how to pluralize that. (Plus, guest appearances by two of the more important writers in the science fiction and fantasy genres.)  In short: show notes!

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Arriving 1/29/14

Brian Hibbs

Not the biggest week, about what one would expect from a fifth week, but the books hitting the streets are some the best that come out every month. There is some BLACK SCIENCE #3 , SAVIORS #2 and the always hotly anticipated SAGA, catch that before it goes into it’s regular hibernation. Those are books for all different  sci-fi tastes, but if you are looking something else it is likely represented just below the clicky click!

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Hey, internet? Help me research?

Brian Hibbs

So I just got the 2013 BookScan data, but for me the biggest hole is ALWAYS “stuff that didn’t get categorized correctly” — supposed to be coded as “comics”, but, instead, it is listed as something else.  This happens the most frequently with “Memoir” books — I have to manually request things like Maus and Persepolis every year, because they’re not natively on the “Comics” list.

Usually, I spend a few days combing through the previous year’s invoices, hoping to spot something obvious, but this year, with the second store, I barely have time to write the BookScan column at all, let alone being fussy about trying to find those 1-2 books that are worth reporting on, but got missed.

SO: below the cut is a list of titles released in 2013 that BookScan has listed NOT COUNTING any books from Boom, Dark Horse, DC, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Kodansha, Marvel, Valiant, Viz, and Yen (essentially because those 11 pubs never seem to get miscoded, and it cuts the length of the list by about half!) — see if you can think of a 2013 release that you don’t see on this list, THAT MIGHT ALSO be one of the Top 1000 best-selling GNs through bookstores — figure about 2500 or so copies might be the right cut off.

I understand that there are some 1400 items below the cut, and the real likelihood of the crowdsourcing on this is likely to be low, but I figured it was a worth a shot.  What do you have for me, Internet?

 

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A thought about “Free” Comic Book Day

Brian Hibbs

The first Saturday in May is coming soon, and with it Free Comic Book Day.

I Love Free Comic Book Day. Adore it.  It’s the happiest day of the year, as far as I am concerned. But one thing it very much isn’t is “free” for the retailer.

I count fifty-seven FCBD comics for 2014. If your retailer were to let you have one copy of each release, her cost would be $16.83. That doesn’t count the shipping, either. Figure about another $2.85 to get those comics into the store. The total, then? $19.68.

It’s just something to bear in mind when you rush down to FCBD — Just three comics for you can be over a dollar (depending on which books you pick) for your retailer.  And while most of us are happy to do the outreach (I am!), you should take a little pity on your local store when you make your selections, and don’t take things just because they are “free”, but because you actually want them!

-B

 

 

Arriving 1/22/14

Brian Hibbs

This feels like a normal week of comics but there are a few books that make it feel like more than any other week. ZERO #5 hits this week and we could not be more excited for that, plus Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s DEADLY CLASS #1 makes its debut and we are elated.  Those are our picks for the week, what are yours? Click the click below and discover all the comic books that will excite you this week!

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Two-Sentence(-ish) Reviews by Abhay (Who has That Cold That’s Going Around)

Abhay Khosla

VELVET #2. I thought the first issue was incredibly generic, but I was a minority opinion enough there that I tried the second and third issues anyways. Boy, sometimes I am incredibly NOT wrong!  

VELVET #3. Still, it’s a spy comic, so it’s in my wheelhouse– I could see myself inertia-getting more of these, even if it’s not very interesting or entertaining yet, just boy-howdy generic. While I’m not sold at all on Steve Epting (I’m not really into the whole Alex Raymond school of comics), Elizabeth Bretweiser always makes whoever she’s working with look good, better than they are– she’s been critical on any comic I’ve ever seen her on, at least.

SEX CRIMINALS #4. They ran out of things that are funny about sex, I guess, because now the main character is using her Sex Superpowers to avenge date rape…? The comic works in getting you to care about this relationship between the lady and the creepy guy (he’s a creep, right? we’re all on the same page there?), so it works as a story, if not the whole jokes/laughing/mirth thing that I usually look for in a comedy (p.s. …comedy…?).

ASTRO CITY #7. I like the move on this one, a character whose powers come from public support having to deal with a public relations crisis…? Kind-of emphasizes what makes the book work: more than one story with that premise would be insufferable, but seeing one story with that premise sounds like a decent time.

ASTRO CITY #8. Less into this one: I’m sure there are readers who want to see Samaritan fight the Confessor, or Astro City’s version of SHIELD in action, so this one’s for them, I guess. Felt like a stepping-stone issue: more of a middle-of-the-road superhero comic, but necessary to lay out the stakes of the public relations crisis in the background, I suppose.

FIVE GHOSTS #7. Never read one of these– impulse buy; some guy who’s friends with ghosts has to go on a pirate adventure involving magic stones or saving a lady or something. I thought it was interesting how much the art seems influenced by Erik Larsen; I like Larsen, but… it just seems like an odd choice, considering all the choices a young fella has in that regard anymore.

PROPHET #42. Another Die Hard comic– not as epic as that last one, just a story about Die Hard having an adventure (one I’m not entirely sure I understood– at least the “Vision” part of it). Ron Wimberly’s pages are fun to look at– I especially liked the weaponized sound effects.

SAGA #17.  Even though I can see how Vaughan’s built himself get out of jail free cards into the story (which I figure he’ll use for at least one of the book’s three big moments), I found this issue pretty involving. I can see how Saga’s schticky-dialogue and overall preciousness can be turn-offs, but occasionally, it’s a mean little book– those are the bits I’m reading for, at least.

X-MEN #16. I tune in once in a blue moon into Bendis working these X-books since he seems to have taken to them, but the last impulse buy I had in this direction was this horrifying thing involving Bendis’s idea of what a “girl’s night out” is like (i.e. ladies going shopping)(p.s. the shopping got interrupted by crossover hooey)(p.p.s. because of course it did). This issue’s a fun one again though, or at least, seems to me something about Bendis and Bachalo doing Magneto comics gets those guys right into the zone or at least me in a more appreciative headspace than I am with shopping-comics (except Bachalo colors himself, and he’s copy-pasting cloud photos into his own comics, which I truly wish I didn’t know was  happening).

PRETTY DEADLY #3. I don’t know if finding out what’s at stake is something I’d ordinarily recommend you should want to save for a third issue– that second one was rough going for me at least, but now that some stakes are laid out (good stakes, I think– emotional stakes), I finally get to be interested to see what happens next for a story reason instead of just “wanting to see the creative team do them some weird shit,” which is what fueled me before, exclusive-like. Plus, I understood this issue the first time I read it, so I felt pretty happy of myself.

ZERO #4. I liked the bit where the cars went into the tunnel– if I’ve seen that before, I can’t remember where (or it’s somewhere class, like Akira or Golgo 13). I wasn’t hot for #3– the whole kickstarter for terrorism bit, the bit where a terrorist doesn’t like that kids die from terrorism (?), the teleportation bit, too many busy bits, too many distractions (even if Velvet could use some of that energy)– so I preferred this one’s “talking then killing” structure, that this one just kept it simple and did the thing.

Tilting at Windmills #229 is up!

Brian Hibbs

This is how you know I am beyond overworked right now — I totally forgot to link to the new column on CBR.

My opening thoughts on running two stores.

(GOD, I AM SO TIRED AND OVERWORKED, it isn’t even funny!!!!)

Read it, love it, comment here, if you like

-B

“G’wan And STARE At Me. I KNOW I’m Not Pretty!” COMICS! Sometimes They’re So Fine They Blow My Mind! (Hey, Mickey!)

John Kane

In which I carved out a bit of free time at the weekend and chose to spend it with you worshipping at the altar of Mike McMahon. Just like any sane person would.

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“As You Love Me.” COMICS! Sometimes It’s London Calling!

John Kane

Let’s start off 2014 with a panel that fair throbs with magnificence:

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That there being Dog vs. Moose by Alex Nino from Alex Nino & Neil Kleid’s adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of The Wild. Kids, use your nascent psychic powers to guess what I’m on about this time!

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