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Indypreviews

For August, 1999

Goodbye Chunky Rice

Cover, Goodbye Chunky Rice, copyright 1999 by Craig ThompsonTopshelf Comix has some very enthusiastic endorsements behind its upcoming title, including Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, and Jeff Smith.

From the press release:

"Craig Thompson has drawn us a generous gift: a book which explores the ways people love, hurt and struggle to heal themselves and each other. Sure, "Chunky Rice" is a superb piece of cartooning!

"In a single bound, Thompson has joined the front rank of American cartoonists. But more importantly, it is profoundly humane, heartbreakingly moving and utterly utterly loveable. Even if he never draws another line, this book has earned him a place in my personal top ten. But if, as I hope, this proves to be the first in a long line of Craig Thompson masterpieces, the world of comics will be a more beautiful place. " DYLAN HORROCKS, Creator of HICKSVILLE and PICKLE

With these kinds of endorsements, how can you go wrong!? GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE, the stunning graphic novel debut from Craig Thompson, is quite simply, an absolutely essential tome for every graphic novel reader. This book will dazzle your senses with its Seussian cast of characters and lush cartoony brushwork.

A quiet picture novella of a small turtle, Chunky Rice, leaving his home and his mouse friend, Dandel. His is the classic journey to find one's self, and the deeper meaning of life. This graphic novel is a beauty and is perfect for all audiences.

SCREAMING EAGLE

The late Mike Roy's final comics work is a stunning epic of innovative graphic storytelling. In nearly-wordless sequences running 292 pages, Roy portrays the mystic transformation of a Native American boy into an avenging eagle which wrecks vengeance upon murderous settlers! Especially impressive is one sequence that seems to ascend into a universe of mythic symbols and shapes; very evocative of the hero's spiritual evolution!

Comic book industry giant and Native American history buff Roy completed the book before his death in 1996. Roy, who helped found a museum for Native American and Eskimo art, and draw the acclaimed Native American lore Sunday strip 'Akwas,' produced 'Screaming Eagle' with writer Scott Deschaine and grey tone artist Kimi Weart.

The book is published in a sturdy and impressive hardbound volume, for only $19.95!

NEW Robert Crumb!

Not much to say about the underground comics master that hasn't been said before. Last Gasp is publishing Mystic Funnies #2, with Flakey Foont, Mr. Natural, and all the compulsive abnormality you've grown to love from comics' most beloved expatriate!

Eichhorn is One Tough Nut!

Westhampton House is reprinting some of the best of Dennis Eichhorn's autobiographical comic REAL STUFF. With art by J.R. Williams, Joe Sacco, Chester Brown, Jason Lutes and Seth, CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS is shaping up to be one hellacious collection!

Eichhorn is the Tough Guy among comics self-chroniclers (although his mentor Harvey Pekar has also been known to throw his fists around...) A comic of his might feature fist fights or shooting up-- but there was always a little bit of Elvis in every issue.

Joey Chips' Wedding Bliss

Followers of Joe Chiappetta's outstanding experimental autobiographical comic SILLY DADDY will recall his disclosure of having broken up with his girlfriend Denise, nicknamed 'Troubles.' As Joe revealed, their religeous differences drove them apart.

In SILLY DADDY #20, Denise informs us of a surprising turnabout to this situation-- '2 months after we broke up, Joe (Chips) started studying the Bible & then going to church. A month after that, we were dating again, & 6 months after that...' Says Joe, 'We got married!'

Although a skeptic about religeon, I'm happy and hopeful for Joe. His work has always portrayed his yearning for emotional fulfillment, and he has often attempted to codify principles for an orderly and fulfilling life. He may have what W. Somerset Maugham called a 'talent' for belief.

But what of his talent for art? Issue 20 is overrun with passages of scripture replacing most of Joe's own philosophical musings. Has he chosen a religeous community that tolerates individual expression, or one that mistakens it for the 'sin' of pride?

Joe Chiappetta
2209 Northgate Ave.
N. Riverside, IL 60546
sillydaddy@wraithspace.com

Original Art from FINDER

Carla Speed McNeil's FINDER series is one of the most outstanding comics currently being published. To help finance the trade paperback reprint of the first 14 issues (the graphic novel SIN EATER), McNeil is staging a sale of original artwork and back issues. Indypreviews doesn't ordinarily publicize original art sales, but for Carla we'll happily make an exception!

$55 per page-- ORIGINAL ARTWORK from the award-winning science fiction series FINDER, issues 1-7. Covers are more, incidental art is less.

$15.95 each-- PREORDER trade paperback #1! For all those who missed it-- ships in September, but order now and you get it signed and hot off the presses!

$5 minimum-- Scratch-n-dents. Want to try the series and don't care if the books aren't 'mint'? $1 each, $5 minimum for slightly bent, banged or scuffed back issues. Still quite readable, but their archival days are behind them. Most issues available.

SUBSCRIPTIONS! A) 'Pack' sub-- every six months, you get three new issues, a new 'footnote' booklet full of comments and artwork, and a newsletter. $18 for two packs.-or-B) Standard sub-- each issue ships to you as it comes out. $21 for six issues.

speed@lightspeedpress.com
Lightspeed Press
P.O. Box 448
Annapolis Junction, MD
20701
fax: 410-757-7330


CONNECT SALES COMICS

 Joe Chiappetta

SILLY DADDY #20
See featured comics above!

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 Lightspeed Press

Original art and other stuff from FINDER, the
outstanding new series by Carla Speed McNeil!  See featured comics above!

DIRECT SALES COMICS
 Aardvark-Vanaheim

CEREBUS #247
Dave Sim.

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 Abiogenisis Press

STRANGEHAVEN #12
Gary Spender Millidge!

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 ACG

STRAIGHT UP TO SEE THE SKY
Historical fiction about the leather 
stocking period is right up Tim Truman's alley!

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 Aero Comics

LOST ONES #1
Ken Penders SF adventure series looks slick
and offbeat!

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 AIT/Planetlar

THE MAKING OF ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE
128 page TP chronicles the creation of the
hard-science comics series.

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 Alternative Comics

SUNBURN
James Kochalka shifts to a realistic style
for a philosophical space adventure!

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 Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics

ACTION GIRL COMICS #19
Sarah Dyer and contributors celebrate female
cartoonist anthology's 5th anniversary!

CAFFEINE #10
Jim Hill!

THE GRUESOME ALPHABET
Showcases German talent Lillian Mousli!

LIFE OF A FETUS #2
Andy Ristaino!

LITTLE GLOOMY #1
Landry Walker & Eric Jones!

POTENTIAL UNIT SIX: ECOLOGY
Wraps up Ariel Schrag's junior high 
reminiscences!
 
PATTY CAKE SPECIAL #1
Scott Roberts' rambunctious youngster!

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 Arrow Comics Group

LAND OF OZ #7
Gary Bishop & Bill Bryan.

SPANK THE MONKEY SKIP MONTH SPECIAL #1
Randy Zimmerman!

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 Avatar

DREAMWALKER-- AUTUMN LEAVES #2
Jenny Gregory's enchanting empath!

MARSHALL: GODLING OF WAR #2
Brian Clopper'S comic fantasy adventure!

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 Awakening Comics

AWAKENING COMICS MILLENIUM BUG FEVER
Steve Peters' parable of technology 
in the year 999!

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 Best Destiny

ETERNALLY YOURS: ILLUSTRATED STORIES OF 
ETERNAL ROMANCE
Collected Eternal Romance by 
Janet Hetherington 

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 Big Bagy Comics

HERO ON A STICK #4
Lee Beardall's stylish cartoon series!

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 Black Bear Press

MAD MONSTER PARTY #4
Swanigan, Van Wormer, @ Nichols

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 Caliber Comics

RED DIARIES: CONSPIRACY OF SECRETS TP
Conspiracy tale featuring JFK, Marilyn Monroe!
Reed, Jones, Campbell, and others.

SHERLOCK HOLMES READER #4
Anthology about the Great Detective!

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 Cartoon Books

STUPID, STUPID RAT TAILS: THE ADVENTURES
OF BIG JOHNSON BONE, FRONTIER HERO #2

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 Corsair

DORK TOWER #6 'GOTH DROPS'
John Kovalic's fandom tales!

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 Cowtown Productions

POP CULTURE & 2 MINUTE NOODLES #3
Dillon Naylor slacker comedy includes
party sequence illo'ed in 1st person
perspective! 

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 Cup O' Tea Productions

XENO'S ARROW #5
Acclaimed SF series about alien zookeepers!

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 Dancing Elephant Press

KANE #26
Paul Grist's stylish crime series!

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 Day One Comics

ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS #5
Steve Conley's retro-SF adventurers
face off against a long lost space
monkey!  Dave Dorman cover!

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 Dee Vee Press

DEE VEE #13
Offbeat experimental anthology 
from Australia!

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 Drawn & Quarterly

MY NEW YORK DIARY TP
Julie Doucet's big apple adventures

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 Discovery Comics

SCREAMING EAGLE HC
Very impressive Native American allegory!
See featured comics above! 

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  Eddie Campbell Comics

EDDIE CAMPBELL'S BACCUS #48

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 Exhibit A Press

Mavis #1 and Mavis #2
Another chance to get Batton Lash's
chronicles of the World's Greatest 
Secretary!

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 Fantagraphics

BIG BABY HC
Charles Burns collection!

MONKEY FOOD: THE COMPLETE SEVEN IN '75
COLLECTION BY ELLEN FORNEY
Semi-autobiographical tales about growing
up in the '70s!

NAUGHTY BITS #30
Roberta Gregory!

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 Helikon Comics  

GALAXION #11
Tara Tallan's high-quality SF saga!

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 I*BOX Publishing

Thieves and Kings #29
Mark Oakley's enchanting fantasy!

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 Insight Studios Group

LIBERTY MEADOWS #3
Collecting Frank Cho's exquisite daily 
strips!

JIMGRIM AND THE DEVIL AT LUDD hc
Classic pulp novel lavishly illustrated!

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 Kenzer & Company

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #36
Gamer's comedy series.

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 Last Gasp

MYSTIC FUNNIES #2
Robert Crumb!

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 Lightspeed Press

MYSTERY DATE #2
Carla Speed McNeil's mini-epic about alien
sex continues!  This is not your typical
SF comic-- McNeil is one of the most exciting
artist/writers in comics today!  Don't miss
this!!!
Click here to view last month's review of Mystery Date #1!
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 Mad Dog Comics   

ZOMBIE HITMEN #3
Crill, Kleeberger, McGovern

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 Millenium Publishing

ROGUE SATELLITE COMICS/ USUAL SUSPECTS
Chris Relily & Kevin Atlinson; lotsa
comic weirdness!

BATHROOM GIRLS #3
Yvonne Mojica story about girl band!

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 Monkeysuit Press

MONKEYSUIT VOLUME #1
Wacky anthology with Ben Edlund (The Tick).

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 MU Press

Hader And Colonel
Donna Barr's intriguing graphic novel about
witchcraft and beastly transformations!

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 Oni Press

WHITEOUT MELT #2
Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber with more of the
new Carrie Stetko murder mystery!

JENNY FINN #4
Mike Mignola & Troy Nixey

GRRL SCOUTS #4
Jim Mahfood!

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 Paratroop

ULTIMATE MELONPOOL TP
Steve Troop's collection of 20 years of
Melonpool!

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 Peregrine Arts & Entertainment

FORTY WINKS: FABLED PIRATE QUEEN OF SOUTH
CHINA SEA #2

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 Radio Comix

MANGAPHILE #2
Manga anthology!

FURLOUGH #82
Anthropomorphic anthology!

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 Red Giant Productions

CONDOMMAN #1
Daniel Benitez's Long-running Mexican 
sex satire debutes in the states!

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 Sandberg Publishing

Jupiter #3
Jason Sandberg's 23rd century fantasy!

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 Sea Quence Graphics

CROZONIA #1
Jim Su & Dan Merisanu's underwater SF epic!

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 Shanda Fantasy Arts

KATMANDU #18
Curtis, Howard, Mulder & Fender

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 Siverline

THE SCARY BOOK
Comedy about spellbound book, by Williams,
Willhite, Schaefer

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 Sirius Entertainment

SCARY GODMOTHER: THE MYSTERY DATE HC
Jill Thompson's full-color Halloween romp!

POISON ELVES #50
Drew Hayes

AKIKO #36
Mark Crilley!

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 Straightjacket Studios

STRAIGHTJACKET STUDIO PRESENTS #0, #1
Butch Adams & Billy Martinez!

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 Thinktank Comics

HYSTERIA #5
Mike Hawthorne with zombie/witchdoctor party!

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 Three Finger Prints Publishing

GEEKSVILLE #2
Rick Koslowski & Gary Sassaman!

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 Top Shelf Productions

GOODBYE CHUNKY RICE
Craig Thompson's innovative graphic novel 
has been praised by Alan Moore, Eddie 
Campbell, and Jeff Smith!  See featured
comics above!    

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 VIZ Communications

FRESH PULP
Collection of the best from PULP

PULP vol 3 #11
Adult manga

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 Westhampton House

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS tp
Dennis Eichhorn's nefarious autobiographical
adventures!  See featured comics!

SPOUTNIK #2
Bilingual French/English anthology with cover
by Seth!

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 NON-INDEPENDENT COMICS PUBLISHED BY HUGE 
 CORPORATIONS

THE HORROR OF COLLIER COUNTY (Dark Horse)
Rich Tommaso's paranoid satire of Southern
Florida's retirement communities!

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN TP (Dark Horse)
Shannon Wheeler

ABC Comics (DC)
Alan Moore's Promethea, Tom Strong, Top Ten,
and Tommorrow Stories all have new issues
this month! 

Zorro:  Matanzas (Image)
The masked rider in what looks to be a 
visually-stunning package by watercolorist
Sam Parsons.  Story by Don McGregor!  

COSMIC RAY #3 (Image)
Stephen Blue retro SF!

HULK VS. THING (Marvel)
Marvel's editorial page reminds us not to be
intimidated by 'Taste Bullies' who make fun 
of our moronic obsessions.  And when it comes
to moronic, nobody does it better than Marvel!

MISOGYNISTIC LOW POINT OF THE MONTH!!

J. Scott Campbell's 'Girls of Gen13' signed 
lithograph features three scantily clad women
from the series kneeling in bed with their arms
bound behind their backs and frightened looks 
on their faces. Says the Previews copy, 'They
may be action heroes, but every super team has 
its moments of weakness.  And right now, it 
seems that the girls of Gen13 could use a little 
help getting untied... or perhaps undressed?  
Fairchild, Rainmaker, and Freefall have been 
captured by the insidious Baby Love, and from 
the look of it he doesn't have torture in mind.'   
$49.95 from Wizard Magazine!