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By Joe Zabel

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Thunder Down Under!

Bacchus, copyright 2000 by Eddie Campbell; courtesy of Guido Weisshahn. While every season sees a new crop of comics superstars being hyped to the heavens, comics legend Eddie Campbell (FROM HELL, BACCHUS, ALEC) has been quietly laboring on his monthly anthology book, EDDIE CAMPBELL'S BACCHUS-- he's now on issue 55. With stateside assistance by Top Shelf Publishing's Chris Staros, Campbell's one of the most persistent and distinguished of the new breed of self-publisher.

Each issue of BACCHUS is a small gem. New stories (currently about Alec, his auto-biographical alter-ego) are combined with reprints of long-unavailable strips, some going back to the early '70s. Campbell also sticks in some personal commentary, a letters page, and some work by fellow Australian cartoonists.

Campbell's comics always take a low-key approach to storytelling. The story's all there, but the characters are usually too cool and laid back to just hand it to you on a platter. You've got to dig a little bit.

And sometimes, I dunno-- like the latest issue, where Campbell/Alec arrives at the airport, and his daughter asks him, 'Why are you carrying a brick?' No answer, no explanation. I just happen to know that the brick is the IGNATZ award given Campbell at the Bethesda SPX/Expo show, but what are other readers going to make of the scene?

You just have to admire somebody ballzy enough to put something like that in a story!


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  Sabre's Edge

ANDI #1 & 2
Mark Stelmach's experimental horror saga 
(planned as a trilogy) is about an 
angst-ridden stuffed doll with one 
button-eye missing.  Very different,
sometimes exciting!

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  A Silent comics

ARSENIC LULLABY #11
Harvey Award nominated dark humor anthology!
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  AAA Pop Comics

ATOMICS #9
Mike Allred!

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  Aardvark Vanaheim

CEREBUS #258
Dave Sim!

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  Abstract Studio

STRANGERS IN PARADISE VOL III #35
Terry Moore!

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  Active Synapse

CLAN APIS TP
Collects the acclaimed series.  This graphic 
novel about the life cycle of a honey bee 
named Nyuki is not only educational,
it's funny, moving, and mind expanding!  

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  Adept Books

SCHOOL GIRLS:  SHELLY'S STORY #2
Leland Myrick and Mark Dos Santos's high 
school comedy about a hapless outcast!

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  AFC Studio

BEGINNING OF THE END #4
Robert Scott and Albert Silva Jr. SF
conspiracy thriller!

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  AIT/Planetlar

CHANNEL ZERO TP
Collecting Brian Wood's near-future satire of 
television as propaganda machine!

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  AKF Comics

LINT MCCREE MYSTERIES #1
Nate Piekos and Kevin Medeiros about a retired
superhero who takes work as a private 
investigator!

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  Alternative Comics

TRUE SWAMP:  UNDERWOODS & OVERTIME
Jon Lewis brings a unique sensibility to
his strange and absurd fables.  He projects a
sense of conviction in the off-kilter natural
laws of these imagined universes that sets 
him apart from all the rest!  

SUNBURN
Harvey-nominated James Kolchalka employes a 
realistic style in this philosophical 
end-of-the-world drama!

Also by Kochalka--
CARROT BOY THE BEAUTIFUL:  COMIC BOOK & CD
Vegetable rock opera! 
 
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  Amaze Ink/Slave Labor


SUGAR KAT #1
Ian Carney and Woodrow Phoenix's new comedy 
series about sisters with opposite 
personalities who team to run a supernatural
detective agency!
--Also by Carney and Phoenix, SUGAR BUZZ #3, 
with first appearance of Sugar Kat!

BLACK HEART BILLY #3
Kieron Dwyer & Rick Remender's dark comedy
continues!

DORK #8
MILK AND CHEESE creator Evan Dorkin returns 
with more scathing satire, including reprints
of strips from MURDER CAN BE FUN and WIZARD 
MAGAZINE!

DOCTOR GRAVE #3
Ed Vis!

GLOOM COOKIE #6
Serena Valentino & Ted Naifeh!

LIFE OF A FETUS #5
Andy Ristaino!

RARE CREATE #4
Kelly Seda!

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  Antarctic Press

WORLD WAR II: 1946 ANNUAL 2000
Alternate history anthology!

WESTSIDE #3
Dean Hsieh's Western series in a dramatic
conclusion!	
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  Anti-Ballistic Pixelations

GREMLIN TROUBLE #24
E.T. & Elizabeth Bryan's funny fairy series!

SAIKO & LAVENDER BOOK #2
Diana Sprinkle & Mike Vega's anthropomorphic
tale of supernatural shopkeepers!

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  Arrow Comics

SPANK THE MONKEY ON THE COMIC MARKET #2
Randy Zimmerman's acerbic chimp with more woes
of the comics market!

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 Big Hairy Ape Comics

STRANGE FAIRY TALES #1
Steve Mannion and Andy Marinkovich with a pair 
of warped retellings of classic fairy tales!

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  Black Daze Publishing

MIKE HOFFMAN'S TIGRESS #1
Hoffman's Frazetta homages may be derivative,
but are performed with extraordinary skill
and passion.  This fantasy tale sounds like a
reincarnation of EC's most outrageious 
plotlines!

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  Blind Wolf Comics

WEIRDSVILLE #10
Franco & the Flying Mazzotta Bros!

PATRICK THE WOLF BOY #1
Art Baltazar and Franco's All-ages comedy 
about a grade-school werewolf!

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  Bold Face Comics

ELVIS MUST DIE:  LONG LIVE THE KING BABY TP
Collecting Neil R. King rye tribute to the beloved 
balladeer!

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  Caliber Entertainment

ANCIENT WARRIORS #2
Historical anthology about the greatest 
warriors of history!

RED DIARIES TP
Collecting the series by Reed, Jones, and 
Campbell about a JFK/Marilyn Monroe conspiracy
theory!

SHERLOCK HOLMES READER #5
Mystery comics anthology! 
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  Cartoon Books

ROSE #1
Jeff Smith teams with Charles Vess for a dragon
tale!

LINDA MEDLEY'S CASTLE WAITING VOL 2 #2
Medley's charming award-winning fantasy series
continues!

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  Claypool Comics

ELVIRA #89

SOULSEARCHERS #44

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  Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS
Anthology of true-life brushes with disaster!

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  Coppervale Press

ESSENTIAL STARCHILD BOOK 1
96-page collection of James Owen's fantasy
series!

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  CPM Manga

WEATHER WOMAN #2
Tetsu Adachi TV satire continues!

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  Crazyfish/MJ-12

SUBSTANCE AFFECT VOLUME 2 #1
Anthology with Scott Morse, Andi Watson, and 
others!

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  Dancing Elephant Press

JACK STAFF #4
Paul Grist'sgrim fantasy continues!

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  Dee Vee Press

DEE VEE #5-14 TEN-PACK
Bargain pack of ten issues of this innovative
anthology, including Eddie Campbell work!

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  Dork Storm Press

DORK TOWER #11 "WORLD OF DORKNESS"

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  Drawn & Quarterly


PAUL IN THE COUNTRY
New talent Michel Rabagliati with comedy about
childhood rememberances!  His style's 
reminiscent of PALOOKAVILLE'S Seth!

SOF' BOY #3
and SOF' BOY ECONO-COMBO
Archer Prewitt Casper-esque character has
won praise from Chris Ware and Dan Clowes! 

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  Eddie Campbell Comics

EDDIE CAMPBELL'S BACCHUS #55
Consistently interesting anthology by one of 
comicdoms truely great artists, Eddie Campbell!
See featured comics, above!

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  El Capitan Books

STRAY BULLETS #22
David Lapham!

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  Eye Press

TOPSY TURVY
Collecting Peter Kuper's newspaper strips!

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  False Idol Studios

THE 7 GUYS OF JUSTICE #2
Superhero satire by Brian Jones and Joshua C. 
Rowe!

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  Fanboy Comics

SPELLBOUND: THE MAGIC OF LOVE #2
Tomoko Taniguchi's tale of a teenage witch!

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  Fantagraphic Books

BLAB VOL. 11
Long-running cutting-edge anthology, with Spain
Rodrigues, Drew Friedman, Lloyd Dangle, many 
more!

DAVID BORING HC
Collecting Dan Clowes stunning graphic novel
from EIGHTBALL!

LUBA #5
Gilbert Hernandez continues with his favorite
LOVE AND ROCKETS character!

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  Heritage Collection

BLOCKADE
Wayne Vansant's Civil War saga focuses on
navel battles!

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  Horse Press

THB 6: MEK-POWER #3
Paul Pope!

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  Humanoids Publishing

THE METABARONS #8
Alexandro Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez!

THE HOLLOW GROUNDS NOGEGON HC
Luc Schuiten and Francois Schuiten!

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  Insight Studios Group

LIBERTY MEADOWS #14
Frank Cho!  

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  Ironcat Comics

FUTABA-KUN CHANGE VOL. 5 #2

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  Kenzer & Company

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #47
----and-----
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE 
HACKMASTERS #3
War-gamer satire!

AVELON #12
Vega, Loyd, Baronat, & Prado!

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  Laska Comix

KAKTUS #2
Gerhard Schlegel & Elke Reinhart's weird 
comedy about a potted cactus as space
traveler!  Mostly silent, with some English
and German! 
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  Lightspeed Press

FINDER #19
Carla Speed McNeil promises a good 
old-fashioned story-within-a-story this time 
as her fascinating SF saga continues!
Kook Lee!

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  McMann & Tate Comics

MCMANN & TATE'S WACK PACK
Bargain pack of 4 humor anthologies!

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  Mad American Productions

VIOLENT LIFESTYLE #1
Daniel Way & JP Dupros Xeric-grant tale of
hard life on the streets! 

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  Metaphrog

LOUIS:  RED LETTER DAY
Artist Metaphrog presents a full-color all-ages adventure!

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  Millenium Publishing

BATHROOM GIRLS #4

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  NBM

AFTERLIFE IN GOTHLAND #1
Goth satire by Shea Anton Pensa!

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  New England Comics

TICK'S BIG HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2000
Griffith, Crate & Toyoshima!

IN COUNTRY VIETNAM #1
--and--
WAFFEN-SS #1 
Ron Ledwell's historical comics!

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  Oni Press

ALISON DARE, LITTLE MISS ADVENTURES
J Torres and Jason Bone's all-ages tale of an 
archeologist's daughter's misadventures!

BREAKFAST AFTER NOON #3
Andi Watson's tale of the trauma of 
unemployment continues! 

BREAKFAST AFTER NOON #2
Andi Watson's series about love and unemploy-
ment continues! 

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  Radio Comics

EUREKA #3
M. Moore, B. Sutton, & Howell with retro-SF
anthropomorphic thrills! 

FURRLOUGH #93
Anthropomorphic anthologies!

UNIVERSE SO BIG #3
Brandon Graham's SF mystery concludes!

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  Shanda Fantasy Arts

EXTINCTIONERS VOLUME 2 #7
Shawntae Howard & various-- anthropomorphic 
fantasy!

NEW HORIZONS #9
Anthropomorphic anthology!

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  Sharkbait Press

PETE THE P.O.'D POSTAL WORKER:  SECOND CLIP
Discount pack of #6-10 of this humor series!

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  Sirius Entertainment

AKIKO #41
Mark Crilley!

POISON ELVES #61
Satirical issue by the Fillbach Brothers!

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  Top Shelf Productions

HEY MISTER:  EYE ON THE PRIZE
Pete Sickman-Garner is one of the best and
most imaginative of the new generation of
underground cartoonists!  Tabboo-twisting for
the brainy set!

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  Viz Communications

PULP VOL 4 #10
Manga-noir anthology!

BAKUNE YOUNG TP
Toyokazu Matsunaga's over-the-top satirical
ultra-violence has got to be seen to be
believed!  

EAGLE VOL. 8: THE DEBATE
Kaiji Kawaguchi's Complex political saga about 
a Japanese/American candidate for president! 

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  Non-independent Behemoth Publishers Before 
  Which We Mere Mortals May Only Tremble!

USAGI YOJIMBO #41 (Dark Horse)
Stan Sakai's beloved samurai rabbit's 
adventures continue!

ASTOUNDING SPACE THRILLS #3 (Image)
Steve Conley and Marty Baumann with hip 
retro-space thrills!