Now imagine this incredible anthology only costs $6.95!
Ok, now imagine that when you purchase this incredible collection at the unheard-of $6.95, you are simultaneously contributing to a noble cause?
It's no dream! The EXPO 2000 ANTHOLOGY is published by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, in conjunction with the SPX: Expo independent comics convention held in Bethesda in September. It succeeds magnificently at its two goals-- to expose the greater public to a wide variety of quality indy talents, and to raise money for the CBLDF.
The CBLDF raises money to aid comics professionals in the legal defense of their first amendment rights. By doing so, they protect the rights of us all!
Buy this book, folks!
The intent of this column is to encourage comics fans to preorder indy titles from their local retailer. In fact, we reference the latest issue of Diamond's catalog PREVIEWS and post the page the day after PREVIEWS hits the shops.
Most comics shops will accept it if you print this page, circle the comics you want, and hand it to them-- just remember to get it in before the preorder deadline (June 10th this month.)
The comics listed here are Joe Zabel's selections of the best independent comics. Excluded are superhero comics, established kids' comics like ARCHIE, bloody horror and exploitation comics. There are many fantasy and manga titles that no doubt have a lot to offer, but are too numerous to list-- we'd rather focus on the offbeat.
Other online preview services include Todd Verbeek's PREVIEWS PICKS, at www.RZero.com/books/previews.html and Johanna Draper Carlson's list at www.comicsworthreading.com. We encourage other online comics enthusiasts to make their own lists-- it's fun, and it's a worthy cause!
______________________________________________ Abscess Press THE COMICS INTERPRETER #5 Robert Young's comics review digestzine really hits its stride with two killer interviews-- one is with David Choe, the defiant young talent who created the acclaimed graphic novel SLOW JAMS; the other with Ted Rall, a syndicated cartoonist whose attack on Art Spiegelman in the Village Voice has made by far the most controversial artist in comics today. The 100-page book is also crammed with reviews, including an unorthodox multiple-personalities take on the Justice League of America by Gene Phillips! TCI 5820 N. Murray Ave. D-12 Hanahan, SC 29406 Creednail@aol.com hometown.aol.com/creednail/index.html ______________________________________________ Robert Ullman FROM THE CURVE #6 Slick, autobiographical stories by rising talent Robert Ullman, including a pointed commentary on the dating scene. Robert Ullman 1710 Park Ave. Richmond, VA 23220 Fromcurve@yahoo.com
______________________________________________ AAA Pop Comics ATOMICS #8 Mike Allred! ______________________________________________ Aardvark Vanaheim CEREBUS #257 Dave Sim! ______________________________________________ Abstract Studio STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL III #34 Terry Moore! ______________________________________________ Adhesive Comics TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN #10 Shannon Wheeler! ______________________________________________ AFC Studio BEGINNING OF THE END #3 Robert Scott and Albert Silva Jr. SF conspiracy thriller! ______________________________________________ AIT/Planetlar ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE: SPACE 1959 TP Larry Young and Charlie Adlard's space retro-thriller! ______________________________________________ Alternative Comics PEANUTBUTTER & JEREMY All-ages comedy from Harvey-nominated James Kolchalka! ______________________________________________ Amaze Ink/Slave Labor COMIC BOOK HEAVEN VOL. 2 #3 Scott Saavedra's tribute to weird old comics! LOVE IN TIGHTS #6 Humorous anthology edited by J. Torres & B. Clay Moore! MIGRAINE BOY #1 Greg Fiering's MTV character & popular alt. newspaper strip premieres as a quarterly series! ODDJOB #5 Ian & Tyson Smith! SUGAR BUZZ #7 Ian Carney and Woodrow Phoenix's anthology of ironic humorous tales! WAITING PLACE VOL. 2 #5 McKeever, Norton, &Yurkovich's dramatic true-to-life saga continues! ______________________________________________ Antarctic Press BOX OFFICE POISON #20 Alex Robinson's big-apple situation comedy reaches its memorable conclusion this issue! KAMIKAZE: 1946 #1 WWII historical comic by Ted Namura! ______________________________________________ Anti-Ballistic Pixelations GREMLIN TROUBLE VOL. 2 TP Collecting issues #7-12 of E.T. & Elizabeth Bryan's funny fairy series! ______________________________________________ Big Hairy Ape Comics STRANGE PIRATE TALES #1 Anthology of funny pirate stories by Steve Mannion! ______________________________________________ Bold Face Comics ELVIS MUST DIE #3 Neil R. King rye tribute to the beloved balladeer! ______________________________________________ Buffalo Nickel Comics FREAKERS #2 Bill Jankowski's comedy about teens vs. monsters! ______________________________________________ Cartoon Books BONE #39 Jeff Smith! ______________________________________________ Claypool Comics ELVIRA #88 Frank Strom, Tod Smith, Bruce Patterson! ______________________________________________ Comic Book Legal Defense Fund EXPO 2000 ANTHOLOGY The best buy in comics is also the best cause in cartooning! See featured comics above! ______________________________________________ Comics Library International JAMIE COSLEY'S BIG, HONKIN' BUGNUT All-ages fun in this anthology starring Jamie Cosley! ______________________________________________ CPM Manga WEATHER WOMAN #1 A funny and erotic satire of a Japanese TV station by Tetsu Adachi! ______________________________________________ Crazyfish/MJ-12 COLLOSUS Mark Andrews, a storyboard artist for THE IRON GIANT, presents this fantasy about medieval battle! ______________________________________________ Cup O' Tea Studios XENO'S ARROW #10 This issue sets the stage for the next story arc of this series, after last issue's climax where the characters escaped from a galactic zoo. Good jumping-on point for this acclaimed series! ______________________________________________ Dork Storm Press DORK TOWER #9 Collecting John Kovalic's strips for COMIC SHOP NEWS... and-- DORK TOWER #10 John Kovalic! NODWICK #4 Aaron William's chivalric comedy! ______________________________________________ Drawn & Quarterly LOUIS RIEL #5 Historical biography by Chester Brown! SURVIVING SASKATOON David Collier's true-life account of a man who spent 25 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder! ______________________________________________ Eddie Campbell Comics EDDIE CAMPBELL'S BACCHUS #54 Eddie Campbell! ______________________________________________ El Capitan Books MURDER ME DEAD #1 STRAY BULLETS creator David Lapham begins an 8-part graphic novel in his noirish, violent style of crime drama! ______________________________________________ Epoch MASCOT Rick Lundeen's odd story about a ballpark after dark, where the team mascots battle it out! ______________________________________________ Exhibit "A" Press SONOFAWITCH & OTHER TALES OF SUPERNATURAL LAW TP Collecting Batton Lash's wacky legal satire, WOLFF & BYRD, COUSELORS OF THE MACABRE #18-20! ______________________________________________ False Idol Studios THE 7 GUYS OF JUSTICE #1 Superhero satire by Brian Jones and Joshua C. Rowe! ______________________________________________ Fanboy Comics SPELLBOUND: THE MAGIC OF LOVE #1 Tomoko Taniguchi's tale of a teenage witch! SIDEKICKS #3 J. Torres & Takeshi Miyazawa's tale of superpowered teens! ______________________________________________ Fantagraphic Books CRUMPLE Collecting ZERO ZERO stories by Dave Cooper! A CHILD'S LIFE & OTHER STORIES-- NEW EDITION Phoebe Gloeckner! EVIL EYE #6 Richard Sala's creepy series continues! JIMMY CORRIGAN: THE WORLD'S SMARTEST KID Hard-cover reprint of stories from ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY by Chris Ware! DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL Phoebe Gloeckner's illustrated novel based on her schoolgirl diary! JUNIOR #3 Peter Bagge material reprinted! MONKEY JANK Bob Fingerman's post-atomic holocaust romp! QUEENS BLVD. Andrew Zaben's darkly humorous tale of the day in the life of a small-time bookie. THE WORLD OF EDWARD GOREY Alexander Theroux's monograph on the life and work of this unique and distinguished cartooning talent. EIGHTBALL #19-21 pack This pack contains the three issues that serialized Dan Clowes graphic novel DAVID BORING. Don't wait for the trade paperback-- this is the BEST way to experience Clowes' outstanding saga! UNDERWORLD VOL. 1 TP Long out-of-print collection of Kaz's alternative syndicated strips! ______________________________________________ Felix Comics FELIX SUMMER SPLASH Anthology of Felix the Cat stories! ______________________________________________ Fine Art Comics STREET SMELL PACK Includes the first 3 issues of Australian Bruce Mutard's anthology comic! ______________________________________________ Gettosake Comics SAY WHAT?! #2 Maurice Love's comedy series continues! ______________________________________________ Horse Press THB 6: MEK-POWER #2 Paul Pope! ______________________________________________ I Box Publishing THIEVES AND KINGS #33 Mark Oakley's complex but often light-hearted fantasy series continues! The trade paperbacks vol. 1 thru 3 are also available! ______________________________________________ Ikan Comics THE PRINCE #1 A cop pursues a serial killer who preys on other serial killers in this series by Green, Andreotte, and Audette! ______________________________________________ Insight Studios Group LIBERTY MEADOWS #13 Frank Cho! ______________________________________________ Ironcat Comics FUTABA-KUN CHANGE VOL. 5 #2 ______________________________________________ Kenzer & Company KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #46 ----and----- KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE BUNDLE OF TROUBLE VOL. 7 ----and----- KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE TALES FROM THE VAULT VOL. 3 ----and----- KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE ILLUSTRATED #2 War-gamer satire! TONY DIGEROLAMO'S THE TRAVELERS #5 Tony DiGerolamo's startling saga about Knights who have in fact LEFT the dinner table! No, seriously, it's about a master thief! ______________________________________________ Komics, Inc. X-COP VOL. 1 GN Intriguing futuristic manga noir about cops battling cyber-killers! Yaseoulrok & Joe Kook Lee! ______________________________________________ Mighty Gremlin ELECTRIC GIRL #6 Michael Brennan's all-ages comedy about a girl with the ability to release a slight spark of electricity! ______________________________________________ Monkeysuit Press MONKEYSUIT VOL. 2: BRIDE OF MONKEYSUIT! Interesting-looking 144-page anthology of offbeat humor comics by Big-Apple animation pros! ______________________________________________ Moonstone MOONSTONE MONSTERS: MUMMIES #1 Anthology devoted to mummy thrillers! ______________________________________________ Mortco CYNICAL GIRL #1 Jennifer Heddle & William Morton's xeric-grant comedy about a confrontational feminist who kicks butt in a superhero costume! Sounds pretty cool, actually! ______________________________________________ NBM NO PASARAN VOL. 1 A new installment in Vittorio Giardino's 'Max Friedman' espionage series! HOUSE OF JAVA #2 Mark Murphy's slice-of-life anthology continues! ______________________________________________ New England Comics TICK'S BIG CRUISE SHIP VACATION SPECIAL #1 Marc Silvia, Curt Shoulz, Tak Toyoshima! NUCLEAR WAR! #1 Ron Ledwell's speculative drama depicts an H-bomb attack on the USA with a Russian and Chinese invasion afterwards. Ok, if you say so... WW2 STALINGRAD #1 Ron Ledwell's historical comic about WWII. ______________________________________________ Oni Press ROAD TRIP Judd Winick's Eisner-nominated family drama about a cross-country trip; reprinted from ONI DOUBLE FEATURE. WHITEOUT: MELT TP Collecting Greg Rucka's and Steve Lieber's stunning sequel to the arctic mystery thriller WHITEOUT! BREAKFAST AFTER NOON #2 Andi Watson's series about love and unemploy- ment continues! ______________________________________________ Peregrin Arts & Entertainment FORTY WINKS: MR. HORRIBLE #2 Conclusion of the fantasy tale about a 10-eyed monster, by Vincent Sneed and Levi Krause! ______________________________________________ Radio Comics FURRLOUGH #92 Anthropomorphic anthologies! ______________________________________________ Shanda Fantasy Arts IN THE ZONE Benefit anthology to aid in cartoonist Michael Scot-McMurry's battle with cancer; features Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Lynn Johnson (For Better or Worse), Dan De Carlo (Josie and the Pussycats), Donna Barr (Desert Peach), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison) and many more! NAUTILUS #6 Last issue of this limited series sports a surprise ending! SHANDA THE PANDA #29 This entry in the long-running anthropomorphic series is Carla Speed McNeil's last issue. GIANT SHANDA ANIMAL #5 Includes a parody of Walt Kelly's POGO! ______________________________________________ Shigabooks DOUBLE HAPPINESS Jason Shiga's xeric-grant graphic novel about an American-Chinese Bostonian who's amazed by (and suspecious of) his experiences in San Francisco's Chinatown! ______________________________________________ Sirius Entertainment SOLAR STELLA ONE-SHOT Jason Bone's satire about a sexy space explorer! OH MY GOTH: HUMANS SUCK #2 Voltaire's satire about goth extraterrestrials continues! POISON ELVES #60 Drew Hayes! ______________________________________________ Sunset Strips DETECTIVE CHRONICLES OF MAX FACCIONI #4 A tantalizing look at the P.I.'s past is promised as this hard-boiled detective series continues! ______________________________________________ Tokyopop.com HARLEM BEAT POCKET MIXX VOL 4 GN Tough urban drama about basketball players! ______________________________________________ Top Shelf Productions MONKEY VS. ROBOT GN James Kochalka's 160-page graphic novel about the struggle between technology and nature! ______________________________________________ Viz Communications SECRET COMICS JAPAN Anthology of '80s and '90s Underground comics from Japan! PULP VOL 4 #9 Manga-noir anthology! EAGLE BOOK 1 TP ---and--- EAGLE VOL. 7: PANDORA'S BOX Kaiji Kawaguchi's Complex political saga about a Japanese/American candidate for president! ______________________________________________ Warp Graphics ELFQUEST READER'S COLLECTION VOL. 9 Fantasy anthology in the Elfquest universe!