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Compiled June, 1999 by Joe Zabel ---- Publishers Guide
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Indypreviews

From December 1998 thru April 1999, Indypreviews was a monthly news website in and of itself. It was a lot to manage, and when part of my internet access was cut off, I suspended its publication.

In returning Indypreviews to the web, I've simplified its design-- it will be one page combining the lists and the features; and the email subscription service is going away. It may also be shorter in length, but will still focus on the best independent comics being solicited each month. And it will continue to feature both the comic shop locator number and a link to an online retailer who accepts advance orders (Top Secret Comics and Collectibles).

By combining it with Amazing Montage Magazine, I hope to see some cross-traffic flow. Also, it's nice to be able to hotlink between new solicitations and previously-reviewed comics and interviewed artists.

I think it's gonna be kinda cool.


CONNECT SALES COMICS

(Non-distributed new releases listed here-- none for this month!)


DIRECT SALES COMICS
 AARDVARK VANAHEIM

Cerebus #245
Dave Sim


 ABOUT COMICS

Factor Bagged Set
Five issue set of Eisner-nominated anthology
featuring art by Carla Speed McNeil, Joe
Staton, and Matt Feazell; stories by 
Nat Gertler.


 ABSTRACT STUDIOS

Strangers in Paradise Vol. III #26
Terry Moore 


 AMAZE INK/SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS

Ratman 2000
Super Hero satire by Mike Carlin 
& Joe Calchi 

Sugar Buzz #7
Ian Carney & Woodrow Phoenix

Sparks #2
Lawrence Marvit's tale about a 'perfect
man' a young woman builds from auto parts.

Life is a Fetus #1
Dark satire by Andy Ristaino.

Wyrd: The Reluctant Warrior
Jim Starlin working for Slave Labor?
Hmm... he did some good stuff in the '70s, 
maybe...


 ANTARCTICA PRESS

Box Office Poison #15
Alex Robinson's engaging comedy/drama.
Alex Robinson, he da man! Click here to preorder above from Top Secret Comics and Collectibles.

 
 ARROW COMICS GROUP

Puss in Boots #1
The original fable, adapted by Bill Bryan!

Land of Oz #6
Gary Bishop & Bill Bryan bring us Dorothy 
and her pals.

Spank the Monkey #3
Satire about an opinionated monkey-- this 
issue the topic is television!  Randy 
Zimmerman.

War of the Worlds: The Memphis Front #4
Zimmerman & Richard Gulick.


 BASEMENT COMICS

Cavewoman Pangaean Sea #1
Budd Root's new series about the pert
prehistoric princess.


 THE BEANWORLD PRESS INC.

Larry Marger's Beanworld, Book Four
Why isn't this in the Image section?


 BIG BABY COMICS

Hero on a Stick #2
'Psychos, Superheros, and Scriptwriters'?


 BLACK BEAR PRESS

Mad Monster Party #2
Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and more
in cartoon hijinks by Swanigan & company.


 CALIBER COMICS

Cold Boom
Jon Proctor's fantasy with serious overtones 
recalling the holocaust and Nazi Germany.

Genghis Khan
Historical comic by Gary Reed, Steve Bialik,
and Wayne Reid.

Also:
 Legend of Camelot
 The Land #2
 Lifequest #6


 CHANTING MONKS STUDIOS

Mayhem Magazine #1
Anthology of mystery, suspense, and thrills,
apparently with an emphasis on horror.


 CHEEKY PRESS

Astrothrill:  Desert Planet Disk
Full-color comic with CD by a group 
called Astrothrill.  Craig Clark.

Nemesister #1
Writer Laura Behary and artist Craig Clark
with detective story in tradition of Andrew
Vachss!


 CPM MANGA

Frontier Line #1
Yoshihasa Tagami's SF tale about 
interplanetary war!

Also--
 Many other Manga titles!


 CRYPTIC PRESS

Quicken Forbidden #8
John Green & Dave Roman


 CUP O' TEA STUDIOS

Xeno's Arrow #4
Greg Beettam and Stepehn Geigen-Miller's SF
series has been getting lots of good press;
check it out!
Click here to preorder above from Top Secret Comics and Collectibles.


 DRAWN & QUARTERLY

D&Q Quarterly 2000 calendar
14-month calendar by indy stars like Chester
Brown, Joe Matt, the whole D&Q gang!

Berlin #7
The last chapter of part 1 of this superb
realistic historical series about the city
just prior to the rise of the Nazis. Jason 
Lutes.


 EDDIE CAMPBELL COMICS

Bacchus #46


 ERIC THERIAULT PRESS

Veena #3
Eric Theriault.


 FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Art School Superstars
Anthology of comics by art students!
Run!!

Champs
Steve Weissman 'Tykes' characters in new
adventures.

Measles #4
All-ages anthology edited by Gilbert Hernandez!
His Venus stories are worth the price of the
book alone!!

OPUS
Barry Windsor-Smith art book.

Penny Century #6
Jaime Hernandez-- I'm there!

Pop Life #3
Ho Che Anderson & Wilfred Santiago

Weasel #1
Dave Cooper's new book, including pt. 1 of a
5-part realistic saga about painter's obsession
with his model.  Stunning full-color ad for this
one-- Cooper's a strange stylist!
Click here to preorder above from Top Secret Comics and Collectibles.


 FOSTER DOG PRESS

Fragile Honeymoon
Drama about an engagement party that stirs 
memories, by Olivia Kate Schanzer.


 FROG LTD.

A Child's Life
Phoebe Cloeckner


 FUNNY VALENTINE PRESS

Empty Love Stories #2
Steve Darnall, Greg Hyland, Mike Allred and
others in romance satires.


 GUN DOG COMICS

Gunner #6
Eric Yonge.

 
 INSIGHT STUDIOS GROUP

Liberty Meadows #2
Collecting Frank Cho's daily strip.


 KENZER & COMPANY

Knights of the Dinner Table #34

Also--  vols 2 and 3 collect
previous KDT epics.  


 LIGHTSPEED PRESS
Finder TP Vol 1 Issues 1-7 ofCarla Speed McNeil's outstanding series collected at last!! See 3/99 article on Finder: Go there!
Click here to preorder from Top Secret Comics and Collectibles.

 MIXX ENTERTAINMENT

Harlen Beat Pocket Mixx GN Vol 2
Hero trains for street-hoops tournament.


 NBM

Drabble: Drabblations
Collecting Kevin Fagan's newspaper strip.


Corto Maltese set
Issues 3 thru 7 of Hugo Pratt's legendary
series, for only $2.99!!  


 NEW ENGLAND COMICS

Y*2*K The Comic
Cashing in on millenium mania with full-color
comic!


 OLLIE OLLIE OXEN FREE PRESS

Collected Innocent Bystander Vol. 1


 ONI PRESS

The Blair Witch Project
Based on the intriguing pseudo-documentary
film recently praised on Siskel&Ebert.


 PEREGRIN ENTERTAINMENT

Forty Winks: The Fabled Pirate Queen of the
South China Sea
New Forty Winks series by Vincent Sneed & Billy Martinez.


 PIG RUN PRESS

Scorched Birth #1
Anthology of 'traumatic tales of growing up!'


 RADIO COMICS

Mangaphile #1
Manga fan magazine.

Furrlough #80
Anthropomorphic anthology!


 REPORTER

Reporter
Thriller about a cub reporter tangling with
armoured car robbers, stylishly illustrated
by Xeric Grant winner Dylan Williams!


 RIP OFF PRESS

Not Quite Dead #4
Gilbert Shelton!


 ROBOT PUBLISHING

Howdy Pardner Comic Adventures #1
Andrew Brandou's singing cowboy in
all-ages adventure!


 SANDBERG PUBLISHING

Jupiter #1
Weird anthology by Xeric Grant Winner 
Jason Sandberg.


 SCHISM COMICS

Bru-hed's Guide to Gettin' Girls Now! 
Vol 2
Pascal & Sonnett


 SHANDA FANTASY ARTS

Fantastic Furry Stories
Anthropomorphic pulp fiction!


 SIRUIS ENTERTAINMENT

Akiko #35
Mark Crilley


 SLAB-O-CONCRETE

Excreta
Denmark's Ole Comoll Chishtensen 
milks humor from bodily fluids in 
this over-the-top anthology.

Teaching Through Trauma
Leanne Franson's bi-dyke hero culls
life-lessons from heartbreak.

Also--
 Franson's collection Assume Nothing


 SMALL PRESS EXPO

SPX 99: The Comic
Commemorating this year's SPX convention with
a 184 page anthology for only $5!!  Hey, 
everybody, buy this book because I'M IN IT!!!
:)
Click here to preorder from Top Secret Comics and Collectibles.


 SYNDICATE PUBLISHING

Mojo Mechanics #2
Tait & Matt's space hippo repairman.


 THINKTANK COMICS

Hysteria #3
Michael Hawthorne.


 THREE FINGER PRINTS PUBLISHING

Geeksville #1
Rick Koslowski's The 3 Geeks and Gary
Sassaman's Innocent Bystander in one
comic!


 TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS

Hey Mister: Behind the Green Door
More scathing mirth from Pete 
Sickman-Garner!  

Top Shelf has a fab new website:
http://www.topshelfcomix.com

 VIZ COMMUNICATIONS

Black and White #1
Described as 'surreal, alternative manga 
influenced by European comics,' this noirish
of orphans in a corrupt town sounds promising!
Taiyo Matsumoto.

Also--  Many other Manga titles, including
the noirish anthology Pulp Vol. 3 #9!!
Click here to preorder from Top Secret Comics and Collectibles.

 NON-INDEPENDENT COMICS PUBLISHED BY HUGE 
 CORPORATIONS

Yeah! (DC)
Peter Bagge and Gilbert Hernandez rip off
Josie and the Pussycats!  Have our heroes
finally sold out?!?

Tommorrow Stories #1 (DC, er... I mean 
America's Best Comics)
Alan Moore debutes four different series
in one comic, with art by Rick Veitch,
Alex Ross, others.

Heavy Liquid #1 (DC)
Paul Pope's surreal detective series about
a drug that's also an art form-- just say
Noh?  Printed in 2-color format!

Cosmic Ray #2 (Image)
Stephen Blue's retro-SF!   
Click here to preorder from Top Secret Comics and Collectibles.