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Indypreviews

For July, 1999

AMERICAN SPLENDOR: TERMINAL Cover art by Frank Stack from American Splendor: Terminal

I may be a little bit biased about this title (I cut my teeth in comics illustrating some of the early issues), and should, I guess, refrain from devoting an inordinate amount of attention to it. But Dark Horse is putting out a new issue of Harvey Pekar's little comic book, and I thought I should at least mention it.

Most devoted comics fans have at least heard of this quirky little series, the grand-daddy of all the autobiographical comics. They may even have seen Harvey insulting David Letterman on national TV. But too few have actually experienced the exhiliarating, unique experience of his cutting edge comix work.

Harvey's stories are unflinchingly realistic, and never pander to the audience. The man's 'got issues' as they say, and he makes no bones about discussing them in depth-- his aches and pains, his anxieties about retiring, his bleak sense of the meaninglessness of life. Harvey's a first-class intellect, but always addresses his themes in a direct, unpretentious, deceptively-simple style. Harvey's words make you think.

This latest issue is illustrated by a quartet of first-rate talents-- Joe Sacco (Palenstine), Frank Stack (Our Cancer Year), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma) and Gary Dumm (Mr. Grey). A preview of Dumm's story, complete with animation, is being presented on

Where's BONE headed?

In a PREVIEWS interview, BONE-creator Jeff Smith leaked the following scoops about his popular award-winning series:

* The regular series is on hiatus after the completion of Act II with issue #37. Smith plans to return the series with a new #1, apparently next year.

* Smith is illustrating a 3-part BONE prequel, STUPID, STUPID RAT TAILS, written by Tom Sniegoski (see listing below.)

* Smith is writing a prequel about Gran'ma Ben titled ROSE, painted by Charles Vess.

* Smith dismisses talk that he's leaving comics for film projects. Says Smith, 'My solemn promise to retailers and readers is to complete the BONE series.'

Will Eisner's Latest

NBM has announced the publication of THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, a new full-color graphic novel by the legendary Will Eisner.

One of the two most respected comics awards is named after him. His name has been uttered countless times on lists of the greatest cartoonists of all time.

But what is it about Will Eisner's work that has earned him this enormous industry-wide respect?

Eisner was one of the first to bring a consistently high sense of style to comics. He loved using visual devices like having the series title incorporated into the background, such as being on a ragged poster hanging on a wall; this sense of play and innovation reminded readers that there was an artist behind those pages, an artist with personality.

Eisner developed a camera-inspired cinematic technique of storytelling that is still influential today (for more on Eisner's cinematic technique, see Comics Theory and Comics Traditions in our 'theory' section.)

Eisner also developed a sophisticated expressive style that communicated character with expressions and body language. Eisner enjoyed inserting silent sequences (and had one entirely silent story) in the SPIRIT series to show off his virtuoso visual expressiveness.

Perhaps most important of all, Eisner was an avid reader who really understood fiction. The SPIRIT stories were succinct little dramas that had all the elements-- tragedy, romance, high thrills and sidesplitting comedy. There was an integrity to those stories that can be appreciated still forty years later.


CONNECT SALES COMICS

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


DIRECT SALES COMICS
 A Fine Line

STINZ PLAYTHINGS
Donna Barr.

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 A. Silent Comics

ARSENIC LULLABY SEPTEMBER 1999


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 Aardvark-Vanaheim

CEREBUS #246
Dave Sim.

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 Abismo

PABLO'S INFERNO #1
A young boy's adventures in the netherworld,
in the Xeric award series by Dan Champman
and Rhode Montijo.

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 Abstract Studios

STRANGERS IN PARADISE Vol. 3 #27
Terry Moore.

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 Acorn Comics

ORVILLE #3
Anthropmorphic adventure in 'Raiders of the
Lost Trunk' by Richard Tackett & Albert C. Pena.

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 Action Planet Comics

ACTION PLANET'S HOT TWISTED LOVE
Romance anthology with Mike Manley, Hilary Barta,
Bill Wray, others.

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 Adept Books

SWEET #5
Leland Myrick.

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  AIT Comics

ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE:  COOL ED'S #1
Ten year's after the 'Live From the Moon' saga
by Larry Young & Charles Adlard!

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 Amaze Ink/ Slave Labor

COMIC BOOK HEAVEN vol. 2 #1
Satirical look at the medium's history!

MONSTER IN MY TUMMY
Roman Dirge's funny/disturbing follow up to
LENORE!

ODDJOB #3
Ian & Tyson Smith's quirky pop-art adventures!

SMITH BROWN JONES SPECIAL CONVENTION MAYHEM
Fanboy satire.

STITCH #1
Chilling toy story about an amnesiac living doll.

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 Alchemy Texts

ARMAGEDDON PATROL:  THE SHOT
Superheroes in Vietnam!

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 Alternative Comics

SHELLMEN #1
Jon Lewis (True Swamp Tales) returns to the
philosophical talking animal genre!

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 Antarctic Press

ALLEY OOP QUARTERLY #1
New stories about the King of the Jungle Jive!

WORLD WAR II: 1946 #3
Historical comics series.

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 Arrow Comics

SPANK THE MONKEY #4
Randy Zimmerman.

WAR OF THE WORLDS: THE MEMPHIS FRONT #5
Zimmerman & Rich Gulick.

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 Avatar Press

DREAMWALKER-- AUTUMN LEAVES #1
New story arc in Jenni Gregory's outstanding
series!  
Cover of Dreamwalker-- Autumn Leaves #1 by Jenni Gregory! See DREAMWALKER REVIEW in this month's Amazing Montage Magazine!
MARSHAL GODLING OF WAR #1
When Ares the God of War is your dad, you've 
got yourself an overbearing father!  Satire
by outstanding cartoonist Brian Clopper!

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 Basement Comics

KLYDE #1
The ape from Budd Root's CAVEWOMAN in his own
book by Elf!

--also, CAVEWOMAN MISSING LINK TP 2nd Printing!

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 Big Baby comics

HERO ON A STICK #3
Lee Beardall's graphically striking satire.

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 Black Bear Press

MAD MONSTER PARTY #3
Swanigan, VanWormer, Nichols

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 Black Board Press

SPIRIT OF THE HIGHWAYMAN TP
David Hitchcock's Weird vigilante tale set
in 1739 England!

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 Blue Corn Comics

PEACE PARTY #2
Native Americans verses ruthless developers
on modern day reservation!   
See PEACE PARTY review in this month's Amazing Montage Magazine!
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 Cartoon Books

STUPID, STUPID RAT TAILS:  THE ADVENTURES
OF BIG JOHNSON BONE #1
Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski in BONE prequel!
See 'Where's Bone Headed?' above.

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 Chemical Brain Comics

MY LIFE WITH EDDIE VEDDER #3
Wild parties and rock and roll by Bones.

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 Club 408 Graphics

TIMESPELL #4
The saga of a timeless serial killer concludes
its first story arc.  Rich Henn & 
Russ Colchaniro.

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Colonia Press

COLONIA #3
A new issue of this wonderful historical
fantasy by Jeff Nicholson is eagerly anticipated!!
Click here to check out our previous Indypreviews review of this great series!

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 Diva

CENTRAL CITY #1
SF manga series set in intriguing post-apocalyse
world!  Saya Urabe.

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 Drawn and Quarterly

THE EXTENDED DREAM OF MR. D.
Trade paperback collection of acclaimed series.

LOUIS RIEL #2
Chester Brown

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 Eddie Campbell comics

EDDIE CAMPBELL'S BACCHUS #47

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 El Capitan

AMY RACECAR COLOR SPECIAL #2
Outer space adventures by STRAY BULLETS
creator David Lapham.

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 Exhibit A Press

SUPERNATURAL LAW #24
Batton Lash's acclaimed WOLFF & BYRD, COUNSELORS
OF THE MACABRE is changing its title, but the 
bizaar fun of the original series continues!

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 Fantagraphics Books

COMBUSTION
Newcomer Chris Lanier's expressionistic 
graphic novel, a meditation on war, is 
done in a fascinating woodcut technique!

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 Gun Dog Comics

GUMMER #7
Eric Yonge.

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 Highwater Books

LOST VALLEY:  A TRASHY TALE OF EXCESS
Entertaining, educational environmental
comic by indy superstar Megan Kelso and
Daniel Snyder!

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 Kenzer & Company

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #35
War-gamer satire!

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 Lethargic Comics International

LETHARGIC LAD #12
Greg Hyland's satirical hero has a COSTUME
CHANGE!!!!!

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 Lightspeed Press

FINDER FOOTNOTE PACK #5
No FINDER collection is complete without
Carla Speed McNeil's personal set of 
footnotes with fascinating miscellanea
about the strange imaginary city of Anvard!
See MYSTERY DATE review in this month's Amazing Montage Magazine!
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 Mighty Gremlin    

ELECTRIC GIRL #3
Michael Brennan's delightful all-ages series
about a teen with more than her share of spark!

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 Mprints Publishing, Inc.

ERNOR #2
Prehistoric anthropomorphic fantasy fun by
Vicky Morgan-Keith and Patrick A. Keith!

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 NBM

PRINCESS AND THE FROG
New full-color series by comics legend
Will Eisner!  See article above.

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 Oni Press

JENNY FINN #3
Weird mutation fantasy by Mike Mignola & 
Troy Nixey!

WHITEOUT:  MELT #1
Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber return with a
new series starring the unforgettable Deputy 
Marshal Carrie Stetko!  Considering the
great achievement of their first series WHITEOUT,
this new series should not be missed!
click here to read our review of WHITOUT in Amazing Montage Magazine!
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 Pan Entertainment

KNEWTS OF THE ROUND TABLE #7
Fitzgerald & Chamsuwan's atmospheric fantasy
continues!

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 Radio Comix

FURRLOUGH #81
Anthropomorphic anthology.   

WILDLIFERS BACK-TO-SCHOOL SPECIAL #1
Joe Rosales.

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 Sandberg Publishing

JUPITER #2
Jason Sandberg.

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 Scorpion Productions

DIABOLIK VOL 1 #3
CRUMBS FOR THE SCUM
Reprints of the exciting European series.

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 Shanda Fantasy Arts

SFA SPOTLIGHT #6 WOMEN IN FUR 1999
Women writers and artists of anthropomorphic
comics!

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 Sirius Entertainment

EMPTY ZONE #3
Weird futuristic noir by Jason Alexander!

EPISODE 1/8 THE FANDOM MENACE
Star Wars parody with Mark Crilley covers!

THE 7TH SYSTEM #5 
Roel's intriguing-sounding fantasy series.

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 6 Handed Press

FAANS #5
Fandom satire.

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 Slab-O-Concrete

BULLETINS FROM SERBIA HC
Comics documenting the conflict in Yugoslavia
by Aleksander Zograf.

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 Sunset Strips

DETECTIVE: CHRONICLES OF MAX FACCIONI #1
Gerard Goffaux's new mystery series!    

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 Terra Major

ROLAND: DAYS OF WRATH #3
Amaya, Moon, & Ba's Arthurian fantasy!

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 Thecomic.com

BEOWULF #2
Gareth Hinds!

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 Thinktank Comics

HYSTERIA #4
Mike Hawthorne's tale of a jaded psychopath!

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 Top Shelf Productions

NEW HAT STORIES: BANKS/EUBANKS
Hot indy star Tom Hart (MONICA'S STORY) creates
art which is stunningly simple and yet complex
in its implications!   
Cover of Banks/Eubanks, by Tom Hart, published by Top Shelf Comics (see below!)
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 Viz Communications

PULP VOLUME 3 #10
Manga noir anthology

BLACK & WHITE #2
Taiyo Matsumoto's crime series set in a small
Japanese village!

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 Westhampton House

NEIL GAIMAN'S GODS AND TULIPS
Gaiman's prophetic comparison of the comics
speculative boom to 17th century Tulipmania
has a cover by Michael Kaluta and the proceeds
go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

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 Wilson Place Comics  

WJHC #2
High school comedy by Fisher, Petersen 
& Dekraker!
 
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  NON-INDEPENDENT COMICS PUBLISHED BY HUGE 
 CORPORATIONS

AMERICAN SPLENDOR: TERMINAL (Dark Horse)
Harvey Pekar's classic series returns-- see 
article above.

MYSTERYMEN COMICS PRESENTS SCREWBALL! 
(Dark Horse)
Bob Burden!

HEART OF EMPIRE: THE LEGACY OF LUTHER
ARKWRIGHT #6 (Dark Horse)
Brian Talbot!

GON UNDERGROUND (DC)
Masashi Tanaka's delightful tales of a 
tiny dinosaur amidst present-day wildlife!

PROMETHIA #4, TOP TEN #3, TOMMORROW STORIES
#2 (America's Best Comics )
Alan Moore as a writer can do no wrong!

YEAH #2 (DC)
Peter Bagge and Gilbert Hernandez!