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For March, 2000

COMICS' GREATEST WAR CORRESPONDENT

Cover of Safe Area Gorazde copyright 2000 by Joe Sacco. Clearly the most notable release solicited this month is Joe Sacco's SAFE AREA GORAZDE from Fantagraphics Books. Following up on his award-winning series PALESTINE, Sacco spent four months in Bosnia in 1995 and 1996, and returned to share his insights on life during wartime.

Why focus on the Serbian enclave of Gorazde? In an interview for Diamond's Previews, Sacco said, 'I sort of went for the hell of it, just because a press pass entitled me to get on a convoy, to see something new. But I fell in love with the place and the people, and I was captivated by their story. I was pulled in.'

Sacco continues, 'Gorazde was a microcosm of the break-up of Yugoslavia. Serbs and Muslims had lived alongside each other for a long time, nationalist leaders stoked their fears, and the communities went to war. By telling Gorazde's story and the story of individual people there, it's possible to show the disintegration of the goodwill that existed between neighbors and the drift towards total war between them.'

As Fantagraphics rightly boasts, Sacco is not only one of comics' most notable artists; he is also one of America's most distinguished journalists.


DIRECT SALES COMICS
  A Silent Comics

ARSENIC LULLABY #9

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  AAA Pop Comics

ATOMICS #5
Mike Allred!

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  Aardvark Vanaheim

CEREBUS #254
Dave Sim!

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  Abstract Studio

STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL III #32
Terry Moore!

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  Active Synapse

CLAN APIS TP
Jay Hosler's imaginative adventure doubles
as an authoritative documentary of the natural
life-cycle of honey bees!  Fun, craftmanlike, and 
mind-expanding, this series has attracted 
widespread attention.  Now pick up the entire
series in an attractive trade paperback format
with extra pages!

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  Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics

I FEEL SICK ABOUT A GIRL #2
Jhonen Vasquez!

STITCH #4
Tommy Kovac!

THE WAITING PLACE VOL II #4
Realistic high-school drama by McKeever, Norton, 
&Yurkovich!

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  Antarctic Press

WESTSIDE #2
Western action by Dean Hsieh!

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  Arrow Comics Group

LAND OF OZ #10
Action with Dorothy and the gang by Bishop,
Bryan, and Mesner-Loebs!

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  Black Daze

BALLAD OF UTOPIA #3
Barry Buchanan and Mike Hoffman continue
their outstanding, offbeat western series!

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  Black Swan Press

BLOODTHIRSTY PIRATE TALES #8
Richard Becker!

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  Caliber Entertainment

ANCIENT WARRIORS #1
Historical comics anthology about Attila,
Genghis Khan, and other fan favorites!

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  Cartoon Books

CASTLE WAITING VOL. 1: LUCKY ROAD TP
Linda Medley's gentle fantasy series is
is a joyful exercise in subtle humor and
rich imagery!  This collection of the
earlier issues kicks off the series move
to Jeff Smith's company!

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  Claypool Comics

ELVIRA #85

SOULSEARCHERS #42

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  Drawn & Quarterly

LOUIS RIEL #4
Chester Brown's historical Canadian drama!

PALOOKA-VILLE #14
Seth!

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  Eddie Campbell Comics

EDDIE CAMPBELL'S COLLECTED BACHUS VOL. 6:
1001 NIGHTS OF BACCHUS
An anthology of stories by the celebrated 
and versatile author/artist!

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  Epoch Publications

EPOCH #1
Anthology comic by various artists!

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  Fantagraphics Books

RADIO: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE
Intriguing documentary comic by Jessica
Abel with Ira Glass, about the production
of the radio show THIS AMERICAN LIFE;
A project underwritten by National Public
Radio!

MAAKIES
Collecting Tony Millionaire's weekly 
comic strip!

SAFE AREA GORAZDE
A 240-page look at the war in the former
Yugoslavia, this is Joe Sacco's follow-up 
to his award-winning PALESTINE!  Not to
be missed!!!

Also being solicited are these past Sacco
triumphs:
PALESTINE BOOK ONE: A NATION OCCUPIED
PALESTIME BOOK TWO: IN THE GAZA STRIP
WAR JUNKIE

MIRROR, WINDOW: AN ARTBABE COLLECTION
Collecting Jessica Abel's Artbabe series!

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  Humanoids Publishing

BLACK ORDER BRIGADE HC
Pierre Christin & Enki Bilal's Spanish 
historical fiction!

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  I Box Publishing

THIEVES AND KINGS #32
Mark Oakley's wildly imaginative series
continues!  

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  INSIGHT STUDIOS

Liberty Meadows #10

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  Lightspeed Press

FINDER #17
Carla Speed McNeil's innovative and 
thought-provoking SF series continues!
Not to be missed!

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  Oni Press

GEISHA ONE-SHOT
Andi Watson!

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  Palliard Press

LEONARD & LARRY VOL 3:  EXCERPTS FROM
THE RING CYCLE IN ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Collecting more adventures of 
Tim Barela's gay duo!

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  Radio Comix

FURRLOUGH #89
Anthropomorphic anthology!

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  Shanda Fantasy Arts

SHANDA THE PANDA #28
Curtis, McNeil, & various!

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  Sirius Entertainment

DARKLIGHT PRELUDE #2
Teri Sue Wood!

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  Top Shelf Productions

BUGHOUSE GN
Collecting Steve Lafler's 'insect
noir' series!

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  Viz Communications

SECRET COMICS JAPAN
Anthology of underground Japanese comics
from the '80s and '90s!  Sounds promising!

PULP VOL 4 #6
Manga-noir anthology, with Toyokazu 
Matsunaga's gleefully-violent BAKUNE YOUNG 
series being a standout!
  
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  Non-independent Comics Published by Huge
  Bloated Monoliths of Anti-Human Savagery

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES VOL 1 (DC)
Will Eisner's series reprinted in 
full color!

THE BIG BOOK OF THE '70'S (DC)
Another one of those 'Big Book' 
anthologies!

WAHOO MORRIS #2 (Image)
Craig A. Taillefer's occult Rock and Roll 
saga continues!

NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel)
Following up on last month's collection of
Barry Smith's Conan, this reprint of
Jim Steranko's groundbreaking series will
be of great interest to comics historians.
More than any other superhero artist,
Steranko shattered the linear storytelling
tradition!