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Compiled April, 2000 by Joe Zabel ---- Publishers Guide
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For April, 2000

OPENING NEW DOORS IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF COMICS!

Covers, Understanding Comics copyright 2000 by Scott McCloud. Scott McCloud made comics history with UNDERSTANDING COMICS, the first book to present a theory of the artform that fully embraced all aspects, styles, and possibilities of the medium.

Among its many accomplishments was that the book itself was one of the most ambitious uses of the comics form as a means to convey and teach factual information and abstract ideas (matched only by Larry Gonick's wonderful CARTOON HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE.)

His new book, REINVENTING COMICS is presented in a style parallel to the original book (including the presence of McCloud himself as the narrator) and takes off from its solid beginnings to explore the changing landscape of the comics artform and marketplace.

Part one of the new book explores comics as art, literature, and commerce. Part two delves into the new challenges and opportunities for comics in the digital age, including computer-generated images and the growth of the internet.

McCloud has established himself as one of the most innovative and progressive thinkers about the comics medium, and this new book is enthusiastically anticipated!

Published by DC Comics.


DIRECT SALES COMICS
  AAA Pop Comics

ATOMICS #6
Mike Allred!

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  Aardvark Vanaheim

CEREBUS #255
Dave Sim!

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  Amaze Ink/Slave Labor

SKELETON KEY VOL. 5: ROOTS
Collecting the most recent 4 issues of
Andi Watson's popular series!

SLEEPING DRAGONS #1
Kevin Mason and Alex Szewczuk's farcical 
fantasy about villagers who anger a dragon.

BLACK HEART BILLY #2
Sexy romp with a comix-reading anti-hero!
Dwyer, Remender, & Jaten!

DOCTOR GRAVE #2
Ed Vis!

GLOOM COOKIE #5
Serena, Valentino & Ted Naifeh!

RARE CREATURES #3
Kelly Seda's unusual tale about a girl's
growing involvement with a hidden 
underworld!

DEFINITION GN
Ariel Schrag's 10th grade recollections!

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  Antarctic Press

BOX OFFICE POISON #19
Alex Robinson's true-to-life urban comedy
continues!

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  Arrow Comics

SPANK THE MONKEY ON THE COMIC MARKET #1
Beginning 3-issue rant on the state of
the industry by Randy Zimmerman's out-
spoken simian!

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  Black Cat Comics

REX HELLWIG #2
Burch, McKenny & Shanahan!

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  Black Daze

BALLAD OF UTOPIA #4
Barry Buchanan and Mike Hoffman's 
outstanding, offbeat western series
continues!

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  Bold Faced Comics

ELVIS MUST DIE #2
Neil R. King!

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  Buffalo Nickel Comics

FREAKERS #1
Three teens face off against an ancient
evil in this lively comedy series by 
Bill Jankowski and Tim Tobolski!

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  Caliber Entertainment

BORDERMAN #1
Intriguing new series about guardians of
the borders between universes!

SNOW QUEEN GN
Hans Christian Anderson's tale, adapted
by Mitchell Perkins and George Broderick!

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  Cartoon Books

BONE #38
Jeff Smith's saga begins its third and 
final act!  With variant covers by Smith,
Alex Ross, and an extremely crappy one
by Frank Miller!

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  Claypool Comics

DEADBEATS #42
Richard Howell & Ricardo Villagran!

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  Colburn Comics

SAMURAI GOARD #2
Kirk Abrigo!

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  Cup O' Tea Studios

XENO'S ARROW #9
'Escape' concludes the first story-arc
of this series about alien zookeepers!

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  Dancing Elephant Press

JACK STAFF #3
Paul Grist!

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  Drawn & Quarterly

DRAWN & QUARTERLY VOL 3 #1
Editor Chris Oliveros is reviving D&Q's 
flagship title in what promises to be the 
grandest anthology of the year!  Nearly 200 
pages, with a Gasoline Alley tribute cover by
Chris Ware and a 55-page full-color 
Monsieur Jean story by Dupuy and Berberian!

OPTIC NERVE #7
Adrian Tomine's series of low-key, realistic dramas continues!
featured comics, above!

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  Eddie Campbell Comics

FROM HELL TP
A new printing of this hard-to-find 
collection of Campbell and Alan Moore's 
critically-acclaimed graphic novel!

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  Exhibit 'A' Press

SUPERNATURAL LAW #27
Batton Lash is still coming on strong
with this great satire poking fun at
fantasy characters and lawyers at the 
same time!  Starring Wolff & Byrd,
Counselors of the Macabre!   

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  Fantagraphic Books

JUNIOR #2
Collecting rare and out-of-print stories
starring Peter Bagge's Junior character!

MEASLES #7
The all-ages anthology continues with
a new Venus story by Gilbert Hernandez!

WHOA NELLIE! TP
6 new pages in this collection of Jaime
Hernandez's series!

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  Henchman Publishing

NODWICK #3
Aaron Williams medieval farce continues!

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  Humanoids Publishing

THE BOOK OF JACK HC
A young man steals a mysterious book and
becomes turned into a werefolk in this
thriller by Denis Pierre Filippi &
Olivier Boiscommun!

THE FOURTH POWER HC
Space adventure by Juan Gimenez!

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  Insight Studios Group

LIBERTY MEADOWS #11
Frank Cho!

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  Kenzer & Company

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE ILLUSTRATED #1
Aaron Williams illustrates these war-gamer
scenarios brought to life!

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #44
War-gamer satire!

TONY DIGEROLAMO'S TRAVELERS #4
DiGerolamo & Dawson!

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  McMann & Tate Comics

LOVE-O-RAMA 2000
Romance satire anthology by Parent, 
Demulder, McRae, Miehm, and Golliher!

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  Monkeysuit Press

MONKEYSUIT VOL. 1
Ben Edlund, others in humor anthology!

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  Oni Press

THE BLAIR WITCH CHRONICLES #3
A struggling publisher over-exploits a hit
movie adaptation as this chilling series
continues!

BREAKFAST AFTER NOON #1
This new series by Skeleton Key creator
Andi Watson is billed as a romantic comedy! 

VOODOOM
Scott Morse and Jim Mahfood create a cross-
over story of their characters Littlegreyman
and the Zombie Kid!

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  Original Syndicate Press

EL GATO POWERPACK
Michael Aushenker's monster-tangling wrestler
in two stories!

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  Peregrine Arts & Entertainment

FORTY WINKS: MR. HORRIBLE #1
Vince Sneed & Levi Krause!

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  Radio Comics

FURRLOUGH #90
Anthropomorphic anthology!

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  Sandberg Publishing

JUPITER #10
Weird, innovative storytelling is the
real star of this fantasy series!

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  Sick Mind Press

SHEBA VOLUME 1 TP
Collecting the first 7 issues of Walter S.
Crane's dazzling, demented series chronicling
the adventures of a mummified cat in ancient
Egypt!

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  Sirius Entertainment

DARKLIGHT: PRELUDE #3
Concluding the prelude to Teri Sue Wood's
new fantasy novel!

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  Sleeping Giant Comics

THE S.H.O.P.
David Yurkovich off-kilter take on the
superhero genre!

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  Thecomic.com

COSMIC #1

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  Viz Communications

PULP VOL 4 #7
The manga-noir anthology, now with more
pages for the same price (184 p. for $5.95!)

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  Westhampton House

STRAPAZIN
English-language edition of Swiss comics
anthology featuring Julie Doucet, Thomas Ott,
David Mazzuchhelli, Renee French, and others!

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  Non-independent Comics Published by Huge
  Bloated Monoliths of Anti-Human Savagery

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM-- A MEMORY (Dark Horse)
New 80-page graphic novel by Will Eisner!

AMERICAN SPLENDOR: BEDTIME STORIES 
(Dark Horse)
New Harvey Pekar stories illustrated by
Frank Stack, Joe Sacco, Dean Haspiel,
David Collier, Spain, and Josh Neufeld!

SOCK MONKEY (Dark Horse)
Tony Millionaire!

REINVENTING COMICS (DC)
Scott McCloud's follow-up to his ground-
breaking UNDERSTANDING COMICS!!!!  See 
feature above.