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Compiled January, 2000 by Joe Zabel ---- Publishers Guide
Top Secret Comics ---- Comic Shop Locator: (888)266-4226 Astounding Space Thrills copyright 2000 by Steve Conley!

Indypreviews

For February, 2000

Astounding Artist Thrills!

This is a big month for Steve Conley, co-owner of COMICON.COM and creator of the wacky transdimensional retro-SF series ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS. Originally a self-published series, it has been picked up by Image Comics for a full-color run!

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.


CONNECT SALES COMICS

Sorry, none this month!

DIRECT SALES COMICS
  A Fine Line

OUT OF THE EAST
A new and self-contained Desert Peach episode
by Donna Barr!

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  AAA Pop Comics

ATOMICS #4
Mike Allred!

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  Aardvark Vanaheim

CEREBUS #253
Dave Sim!

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  Abismo Press

PABLO'S INFERNO #3
Well-executed horror fest with unusual Mexican
imagery by Rhode Montijo!

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  Abstract Studio

TERRY MOORE'S... PARADISE, TOO!
Collecting Terry Moore's early strips.

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  Adhesive Comics

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN #9
Shannon Wheeler's satirical series starts
a new story arc!

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  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!
 
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  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!

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  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 

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  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

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  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!
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  Best Destiny

ETERNALLY YOURS ILLUSTRATED STORIES OF ETERNAL
ROMANCE TP
Janet Heatherton's macabre romance satire series!

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  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!
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  Bold Faced Comics

ELVIS MUST DIE #1
But not without a fight!  Neil R. King!

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  Cup O' Tea Studios

XENO'S ARROW #8
The cult favorite SF series continues!

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  Dancing Elephant Press

JACK STAFF #2
Paul Grist's atmospheric new series continues!

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  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!

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  Eddie Campbell Comics

BACCHUS #52
More autobiographical Alex stories, guest-starring  
Neil Gaiman!

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  Exhibit A Press

SUPERNATURAL LAW #26
Batton Lash's Wolff and Byrd defend an mad doctor!

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  Fantagraphics Books

JUNIOR #1
Reprinting pre-HATE Peter Bagge material!

ZIPPY ANNUAL
Collecting Bill Griffith's daily strips!

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  Henchman Publishing

NODWICK #2
Aaron Williams!

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  Humanoids Publishing

ON CLOUD 99 #1
Bernard Yslaire's intriguing series about
inexplicable photographs, historical tragedies,
and angels!

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  Insight Studios

LIBERTY MEADOWS #9
Frank Cho.

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  Kenzer & Company

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #42

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  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!

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 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!

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  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!

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  New England Comics

TICK'S BIG MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL #1
Clay Griffith!

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  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!

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  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!

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  Sandberg Publishing

JUPITER #9
Jason Sandberg's eccentric superhero satire
is attracting a lot of attention!

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  Sharkbait Press

PETE THE P.O.'D POSTAL WORKER #11
Marcus P. Meleton Jr. and Pete Garcia!

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  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!

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  Studio Foglio

WHAT'S NEW #3: THE MAGIC YEARS
Phil Foglio's collected war gaming strips!

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  Viz Communications

PULP VOL. 4 #5
Manga noir!

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  Yi Imagination Studios

FLOAT #5
The elegant mystical adventure fantasy 
continues!  Chen, Luke, Headd, & Williamson!

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  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.