AST has also become widely known as a full-color online comic with ground-breaking technical features, including the ability for webmasters to pick up daily installments for their sites. This cutting edge feature has helped the series reach an audience that numbers in the millions!
The Image run confronts Conley with a daunting low-tech challenge-- how to draw in a big enough retail order to make the book profitable. There are no hyperlinks in print-- the beautiful AST ad is buried on p. 110 of a 408-page catalog, in the Image section which many indy fans skip altogether.
It's about time Diamond started integrating their ordering system with the online environment. That's where artists like Conley are winning new audiences day after day.
Sorry, none this month!
A Fine Line OUT OF THE EAST A new and self-contained Desert Peach episode by Donna Barr! ______________________________________________ AAA Pop Comics ATOMICS #4 Mike Allred! ______________________________________________ Aardvark Vanaheim CEREBUS #253 Dave Sim! ______________________________________________ Abismo Press PABLO'S INFERNO #3 Well-executed horror fest with unusual Mexican imagery by Rhode Montijo! ______________________________________________ Abstract Studio TERRY MOORE'S... PARADISE, TOO! Collecting Terry Moore's early strips. ______________________________________________ Adhesive Comics TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN #9 Shannon Wheeler's satirical series starts a new story arc! ______________________________________________ AIT/Planetlar ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE TP TWO-PACK Young, Smith, and Adlard's acclaimed retro-SF series; pack includes THE MAKING OF ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE and ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE: LIVE FROM THE MOON! ______________________________________________ Alexander Gallery R. CRUMB RETROSPECTIVE DELUX HC Despite a rather cryptic description in the Diamond catalog (including no price?) this is a noteworthy item. Crumb is Crumb! ______________________________________________ Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics CHARM SCHOOL #1 Elizabeth Watasin's teen witch encounters a nasty faerie! SPOOKGIRL #2 Mike Macropoulos! LENORE #8 Roman Dirge! LIFE OF A FETUS #4 Andy Ristaino! LITTLE GLOOMY #3 Landry Walker & Eric Jomes ______________________________________________ Antarctic Press BOX OFFICE POISON #18 A big story arc finale at a comics convention is promised in this issue of Alex Robinson's OOUUUTTTSSSTTTAAANNNDDDDIIINNGGG series!!! FAR WEST VOL. 2 #2 Richard Moore LUFTWAFFE: 1946 #18 ______________________________________________ Aporia Press UNDER A SLOWLY SPINNING SUN So impressed was I by this little comic that I devoted an issue of A. M. Magazine to artist Marcel Guldemond, and rated it one of the year's 10 best! A spellbinding look at a few moments from a young student's life.Go to A. M. Magazine!
______________________________________________ Best Destiny ETERNALLY YOURS ILLUSTRATED STORIES OF ETERNAL ROMANCE TP Janet Heatherton's macabre romance satire series! ______________________________________________ Black Daze Publishing BALLAD OF UTOPIA #2 Barry Buchanan and Mike Hoffman's delightfully twisted western series continues!See review of issue 1 in A. M. Magazine!
______________________________________________ Bold Faced Comics ELVIS MUST DIE #1 But not without a fight! Neil R. King! ______________________________________________ Cup O' Tea Studios XENO'S ARROW #8 The cult favorite SF series continues! ______________________________________________ Dancing Elephant Press JACK STAFF #2 Paul Grist's atmospheric new series continues! ______________________________________________ Drawn and Quarterly BERLIN #7 The long-awaited continuation of this outstanding series by Jason Lutes finally is here! Revel in the cutting-edge historical narrative complemented by a sophisticated realistic illustration style! ______________________________________________ Eddie Campbell Comics BACCHUS #52 More autobiographical Alex stories, guest-starring Neil Gaiman! ______________________________________________ Exhibit A Press SUPERNATURAL LAW #26 Batton Lash's Wolff and Byrd defend an mad doctor! ______________________________________________ Fantagraphics Books JUNIOR #1 Reprinting pre-HATE Peter Bagge material! ZIPPY ANNUAL Collecting Bill Griffith's daily strips! ______________________________________________ Henchman Publishing NODWICK #2 Aaron Williams! ______________________________________________ Humanoids Publishing ON CLOUD 99 #1 Bernard Yslaire's intriguing series about inexplicable photographs, historical tragedies, and angels! ______________________________________________ Insight Studios LIBERTY MEADOWS #9 Frank Cho. ______________________________________________ Kenzer & Company KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #42 ______________________________________________ Lethargic Comics International LETHARGIC LAD DO IT YOURSELF TP Now here's an idea! Greg Hyland's nifty discount pack of Lethargic Lad #6-11 is packaged as a DIY TP with a cardstock full-color cover insert! All you need is some glue! Seriously, I recently checked out Hyland's wacky superhero satire, and it's as funny as ever! ______________________________________________ Lightspeed Press MYSTERY DATE COMPANION A discount pack including the two issues of Mystery Date and a 24-page ashcan of Mystery Date reprints from the anthology MYTHOGRAPHY! Carla Speed McNeil is a rare and valuable talent in comics, and her work should not be missed! ______________________________________________ NBM CONFESSIONS OF A CEREAL EATER #1 Autobiographical humor by Rob Matsch illustrated by Scott Hampton and various artists from the Savannah College of Art & Design! ______________________________________________ New England Comics TICK'S BIG MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL #1 Clay Griffith! ______________________________________________ Oni Press, Inc. THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY WEEN 2.0 #3 Judd Winick! THE BLAIR WITCH CHRONICLES #2 Researchers discover that the whole Blair Witch legend was just a hoax cooked up by a film company! FORTUNE & GLORY #3 Brian Michael Bendis concludes his Hollywood adventures! ______________________________________________ Red Ink LAST LONELY SATURDAY A widower's mourning letters lead to a strange twist in this short graphic novel by rising indy star Jordan Crane! ______________________________________________ Sandberg Publishing JUPITER #9 Jason Sandberg's eccentric superhero satire is attracting a lot of attention! ______________________________________________ Sharkbait Press PETE THE P.O.'D POSTAL WORKER #11 Marcus P. Meleton Jr. and Pete Garcia! ______________________________________________ Sirius Entertainment DARKLIGHT: PRELUDE #1 Much-anticipated return of WANDERING STAR creator Teri Sue Wood in a mystical series set in the present day! SCARY GODMOTHER: WILD ABOUT HARRY #3 Jill Thompson! AKIKO #39 Mark Crilley! ______________________________________________ Studio Foglio WHAT'S NEW #3: THE MAGIC YEARS Phil Foglio's collected war gaming strips! ______________________________________________ Viz Communications PULP VOL. 4 #5 Manga noir! ______________________________________________ Yi Imagination Studios FLOAT #5 The elegant mystical adventure fantasy continues! Chen, Luke, Headd, & Williamson! ______________________________________________ Non-independent Comics Published by Huge Bloated Monoliths of Anti-Human Savagery DR. ROBOT (Dark Horse) Reprinting Bernie Mireault's SF comedy series! ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS (Image) Indy megahit superstar Steve Conley brings his groundbreaking retro-SF series to Image in full color! THE ESSENTIAL CONAN (Marvel) Roy Thomas and Barry Smith's early Conan comics brought a fresh approach to fantasy adventure with innovative storytelling and art nouveau riffs. Very influential on subsequent comics, these tales probably don't hold up very well (especially printed in black and white) but at 528 pages for $14.95 it might make a good trip down memory lane. At that page count I can't help but wonder if they're throwing in some of the dull John Buchema art as well.