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By Joe Zabel

Print this page, circle the comics you want, and give it to your retailer by the 2nd week of August!

Black Leather Lingerie!

August Previews cover copyright 2000 by Diamond Comics A complaint worth repeating about the contemporary comics market is that the constant barrage of sexist imagery drives away women and serious-minded readers. This month's distributor catalog seems particularly strident in its sexploitational tactics, with a large-bosomed clown heroine on the front cover, and a half-naked Gigeresque femme on the back cover. Both covers are skillful illustrations with many aspects that comics fans will appreciate, but when the layman looks at them, they're only going to see two things, if you know what I mean!

I'm no prude, and I appreciate the work of cartoonists like Jaime Hernandez and Robert Crumb who are straightforward and sincere in portraying eroticism (and I can say the same about dedicated 'good girl' artists like Budd Root as well.) But in too many current titles, the large breasts and hooker wardrobes are add-ons cynically calculated to boost sales.

"PIMPIN'" shouts the slogan of one medium-small press's advertisement this month, "IT'S ALL GOOD, BABY." Beneath this it shows a manga-style nymphet in a skin-tight space suit. This particular company puts out a number of kid-friendly adventure series and one well-thought-of realistic adult comic. It saddens me to see even them stooping to such desperate tactics just to make a buck. Chastity copyright 2000 by Chaos Comics

I realize that times are tough in the comics business, but I urge publishers with integrity to stay the course and keep trying to expand our readership, instead of appealing to the lowest common denominator.

I much prefer NMB's ad slogan this month: they show the phrase 'eye candy' crossed out, and substitute beneath it 'BRAIN FOOD.'


CONNECT SALES COMICS
Order these comics from the publisher:
  Top Shelf Productions

MONKEY VS. ROBOT
This allegory about nature striking back 
against technology is James Kochalka's 
most coherent and well-conceived work.  
Nearly wordless, and astonishing in its 
simplicity, it's a perfect demonstration 
of the compelling, radical theories of 
comics art Kochalka expounded in THE 
HORRIBLE TRUTH ABOUT COMICS.  Kudos to 
Top Shelf Productions and production 
assistant Brett Warnock as well for 
another beautifully-printed volume!

Top Shelf Productions
P. O. Box 1282
Marietta, GA
30061-1282
www.topshelfcomix.com

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  Sick Mind Press

SHEBA VOL. 1
Collecting Walter S. Crane's weird and 
beautifully illustrated saga about a mummified 
cat who bounces around with her little body 
wrapped in bandages (she has a spiritual 
incarnation with the body of a bird.)  Sheba's 
adventures among the former gods of ancient
Egypt are funny and unpredictable.  Fans of 
CEREBUS and Eddie Campbell's BACCHUS should 
check out this book!

Sick Mind Press
PO Box 400602
N. Cambridge, MA 02140
www.shebacomic.com

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  Daddy-O Press

AXEL AND ALEX BOOK TWO:  MONSTERS AMONG US
This collection of Terry Flippo's minicomics
tales of a boy and his robot companion is a 
terrific example of the creative excitement 
at the fringes of the small press.  Corny but 
fun, and very meticulously illustrated.

Terry Flippo
205 Breezewood Ct.
Mt. Airy, MD 21771

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  Jam Up Comics

HARDLY THE HOG
Jamie and Alex Coward present a droll 
funny-animal tale in an unusual art style 
(the wrap-around full-color covers are 
especially impressive!)

Jam Up Comics
P. O. Box 1466,
Sheffield, England S3 9YA
hardly@dial.pipex.com

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  South Jersey Rebellion Productions

JERSEY DEVIL
Tony DiGerolamo's spooky serio-comic epic 
is about the Garden State legend's contemporary
incarnation.  DiGerolamo's also been busy 
with THE TRAVELERS for Kenzer & Company.

South Jersey Rebillion Productions
PO Box 439
Stratford, NJ 08084
www.netcom.com/~thefix/sjrp.html
DIRECT SALES COMICS
Pre-order these comics from the distributor through your local retailer:
  A Silent comics

ARSENIC LULLABY VOL. 1 TP
Collecting the Harvey Award nominated dark humor
anthology!
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  AAA Pop Comics

ATOMICS #10
Mike Allred!

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  Aardvark Vanaheim

CEREBUS #259
Dave Sim!

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  Abstract Studio

STRANGERS IN PARADISE BOOK 3 PART 2 HC
Terry Moore!

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  Abnormal Fun Comics

ANOMALIES #1
Sam Gaffin's super-hero tale is illustrated 
with photographs that've been digitally enhanced 
to thrust the models into battles to save the 
universe! 
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  AIT/Planetlar

ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE: ONE SHOT, ONE BEER #1
Larry Young and Charlie Adlard return with
another 72-page graphic novel in the acclaimed
hard-SF series about life on the moon!

 
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  Amaze Ink/Slave Labor

ACTION GIRL COMICS #19
Edited by Sarah Dyer!

HIGHWAY 13 #1
Newcomer Les McClaine's series is about a teen
and his werewolf friend who mix it up with
hot-rodding ghosts!

LITTLE GLOOMY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Landry Walker and Eric Jones feature their
Goth gradeschooler in a holiday special!

SPOOK GIRL #4
Mike Macropoulos series promises old-fashioned 
thrills as title character Trixie visits a 
remote Pacific Island!

TOXIC PARADISE #2: ZOMBIE-O-RAMA!
On the heels of the two Presidential conventions, 
this docu-comic focuses on America's 2-party 
system... Just kidding!  It's yet another
goth comedy from Slave Labor!

WAITING PLACE VOLUME 2 #6 
Not a goth in sight in this ongoing true-to-life
comedy-drama by McKeever, Norton, and Yurkovich.
Come on, guys, get with the program!       

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  Ancient Studios

LEAGUE OF SUPER-GROOVY CRIMEFIGHTERS #1
Retro-70's superhero satire by Campbell, 
Massey, Taylor & Helleher is full-color and 
looks reasonably competent from the ad.

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  Antarctic Press

BOX OFFICE POISON #21
This final issue of Alex Robinson's great 
series is sure to be memorable, and includes
poster-page tributes by other indy artists
(including yours truly.)  

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 Asta Graphics

SALEM ST. JAMES: ILLUSIONS OF THE PAST #4
Adventure fantasy as our hero faces the
evil Pharaoh Rai Ai Ho!

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  Better Comics

COMPLEX CITY #1
Satire about a canine gumshoe-- looks promising!

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 Big Hairy Ape Comics

STRANGE BATTLE TALES #1
Steve Mannion wrote this anthology of 'whacked 
out war stories.'

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  Blind Wolf Comics

PATRICK THE WOLF BOY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Art Baltazar and Franco's grade-school werewolf
is featured in this special holiday volume!

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  Carbon-Based Comics

FAITH, A FABLE
Bill Knapp's acclaimed graphic novel about
a girl with extraordinary influence over others
features high drama, realistic characters, and
no easy solutions.  It's also an extraordinary
specimen of the illustrator's craft.
 
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  Cartoon Books

BOME #40
Jeff Smith!

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  Chanting Monkeys Studios

NIGHT TERRORS #1
Bernie WRightson and Bill Stout contribute to
this all-new horror anthology!
  
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  Claypool Comics

DEADBEATS #44

SOULSEARCHERS & COMPANY VOL. 2 TP

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  Comic Library International

COMIC LIBRARY INTERNATIONAL VOL. 5
152-page anthology includes the welcome return
of Robb Bihun's goofy crimefighter 'The Hoon.' 

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  Coppervale Press

ESSENTIAL STARCHILD BOOK 2
96-page collection of James Owen's fantasy
series!

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  Cydonia Press

MUSIC BOX #1
Intriguing tale by Donie Odulia about a gifted 
cellist's encounter with a deaf vagabond!
 
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  Dancing Elephant Press

KANE #29
Paul Grist!

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  Dork Storn Press

DORK COVENANT: THE COLLECTED DORK TOWER VOL. 1
Collect's John Kovalic's DORK TOWER 1-6.!

NODWICK #5
Aaron Williams!

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  Eddie Campbell Comics

EDDIE CAMPBELL'S BACCHUS #56
Keep 'em coming, Mr. Campbell!

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  El Capitan Books

MURDER ME DEAD #2
David Lapham!

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  Exhibit 'A' Press

SUPERNATURAL LAW #28
Batton Lash's courtroom caldron of wacky horror!

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  False Idol Studios

THE 7 GUYS OF JUSTICE #3
Superhero satire by Brian Jones and Joshua C. 
Rowe!

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  Fanboy Comics

SPELLBOUND: THE MAGIC OF LOVE #3
Concludes Tomoko Taniguchi's tale of a teenage 
witch!

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  Fantagraphic Books

FEAR OF COMICS
Collecting assorted Gilbert Hernandez stories 
from NEW LOVE and other anthologies!

LOCAS IN LOVE
Collecting Jaime Hernandez's PENNY CENTURY stories,
including the aclaimed Harvey Award winner 'Home School!'

MAIL ORDER BRIDE
Mark Kalesniko (a Disney animator whose credits 
include MULAN and THE LION KING) creates a 
complex tale of a Korean mail order bride and 
her neurotic Canadian purchaser in this 264-page 
graphic novel.

UNDERWORLD VOL. 4 TP: DUH
Collecting Kaz's syndicated strip UNDERWORLD.
Gilbert Hernandez continues with his favorite
LOVE AND ROCKETS character!

POP LIFE #5
More urban drama by Ho Che Anderson and Wilfred
Santiago.

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  G.T. Labs

"TALKING" ORANGUTANS IN BORNEO
From Jim Ottaviani (TWO-FISTED SCIENCE and 
DIGNIFYING SCIENCE) comes another true tale of 
heroic scientists.  This time we focus on
Dr. Gary Shapiro, who taught orangutans American
Sign Language in the wild!  Illustrated by
Anne Timmons!

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  Gettosake Comics

SAY WHAT?! #3
Maurice Love!

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  Horse Press

THB 6: MEK-POWER #4
Paul Pope!

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  Humanoids Publishing

THE METABARONS #9
Alexandro Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez!

DUSK VOLUME 1:  POOR TOM HC
Richard Marazano and Christian de Metter's 
chilling mystery set in Salem, Massachusetts!

THE TECHNOPRIESTS VOL. 2: NOHOPE PENITENTIARY
SCHOOL
Virtual reality thriller by Alexandro Jodorowsky
and Zoran Janjetov.

WHITE LAMA VOL. 4: THE FOURTH VOICE HC
Jodorowsky and George Bess!

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  I Box Publishing

THIEVES AND KINGS-- FOURTH PRINTING #1
Promotional printing of the beginning of Mark 
Oakley's intelligent fantasy saga-- price is 
$1.00!  


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  Insight Studios Group

LIBERTY MEADOWS #15
Frank Cho!  

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  Ironcat Comics

FUTABA-KUN CHANGE VOL. 5 #4
Trans-sexual manga adventure!

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  Kenzer & Company

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #48
----and-----
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE 
ILLUSTRATED #3
War-gamer satire!

TONY DIGEROLAMO'S TRAVELERS #6

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  Laughing Buddha Press

BUDGET STRIPS #1
Den Zelig & R. C. Guinan III bring us a droll
tale about supermarket brewski acquisition!

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  NBM

DIXIE ROAD VOLUME 1
Dufaux & Labiano's depression-era story about
a homeless woman and her daughter's struggle 
to survive.

CONFESSIONS OF A CEREAL EATER #3
Rob Maisch and Scott Hampton's collection of
contemporary humorous stories.  

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  New England Comics

THE PSEUDO-TICK #13
Silvia, Sandroni & Toyoshima! 

NUCLEAR WAR #2
--and--
WORLD WAR 2: STALINGRAD #2 
Ron Ledwell's historical comics!

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  Oni Press

JINGLE BELLE: NAUGHTY & NICE TP
Collecting the Christmas series by Paul Dini 
and Stephen DeStafano.

SOULWIND IV: THE WAY THINGS NEVER HAPPENED TP
Reprinting Scott Morse!

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  Radio Comics

FURRLOUGH #94
Anthropomorphic anthologies!

LOVE BITES! #1
True-to-life manga romantic tale by Daniel Fu!

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  Shanda Fantasy Arts

KATMANDU #22
Curtis, Howard, and various in anthropomorphic 
fantasy!

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  Sirius Entertainment

SCARY GODMOTHER VOL. 4:  THE BOO FLU HC
More exquisite full-color painted comics
by Jill Thompson!

DOLL PARTS
Macabre humor by Mike L. Taylor & Shawn Pacheco!

OH MY GOTH: HUMANS SUCK! #3
Voltaire!

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  Sleeping GIant Comics

HAUNTED SC
Stylishly talented artist David Yurkovich
with an anthology of classic horror tales, 
including 'The Monkey's Paw.'

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  Top Shelf Productions

SPEECHLESS: TALES FROM THE SYSTEM HC
Peter Kuper coffee table book!

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  Viz Communications

PULP VOL 4 #11
Manga-noir anthology!

BANANA FISH VOL 4 TP
Akimi Yoshida's acclaimed series about young 
American gangsters!  

EAGLE VOL. 9: PASSION
Kaiji Kawaguchi's Complex political saga about 
a Japanese/American candidate for president! 

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  WCG Comics

ROB HANES ADVENTURES #1
Randy Reynaldo's welcome return with more 
adventures of his globetrotting espionage hero!

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

USAGI YOJIMBO #42 (Dark Horse)
Stan Sakai's beloved samurai rabbit's 
adventures continue!

MADMAN COMICS: THE G-MEN FROM HELL #3 (Dark 
Horse)
Mike Allred!

MINOR MIRACLES (DC Comics)
Will Eisner!