Your shop will have a list of everything that is available AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS
Most cost between 25 and 45 cents per comic
Orders are due mid to late January
There are 57 titles and you WILL NOT want them all
Avatar/Lil Hellboy by Balthazar and Franco from Superman Family Adventures, and GENE YANG!
Kaboom Summer Blast (feat. Adventure Time, Hero Bear, Peanuts)
Spongebob Squarepants includes James Kochalka!
Scrooge; reprints of classic comics
Rocket Raccoon (Marvel is billing this as “all-ages, with a cover by the amazing Skottie Young… your mileage may vary.)
Graphix Spotlight: “The Dumbest Idea Ever” (The Amelia Rules creator tells the true story of his life as a teenage comic artist!)
Teen Titans — always fun!
Top Shelf Kids Club (promises an extended preview of the beautiful looking Maddy Kettle as well as a new story from the world of Monster on the Hill, one of our faves of 2013, plus more! — Maybe Owly?!)
Archaia (always do beautiful hardcover books, will have new Mouse Guard andRust stories plus Labyrinth!)
Special Shout-out: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Raising a Reader
Bongo Free-For-All (Simpsons)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Promises a new story by Brian Michael Bendis and the BRILLIANT Sara Pichelli!)
Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor
Les Miserables — as manga.
Street Fighter — these comics are gorgeous, should appeal to video game fans
Uber, from Avatar by Keiron Gillen — warning! Will be very violent and probably offensive.
Same with 2000 AD
Sherwood TX — has a Boondock Saints backup story?!
Shigeru Mizuki’s History of Japan
Bleeding Cool — News, feature on Spider Man 2 movie, intro to collecting and essential titles.
Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace — price guide
CBLDF’s Defend Comics!
How to run your event
REVIEW all the books first!
Seperate the kid, teen, and adult books
Set a limit on how many books each person can take and stick to it
Be available to talk about the books
Ask what their favorite comics are!
Good to pair with other events; including crafts, author visits, minicon and comics swap.
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Baltazar, Art (auth. and illus.) and Franco (auth. and illus.). Superman Family Adventures, vol. 1. DC Comics, 2013. 128p. 978-1401240509.
An incredibly lighthearted take on Superman and his compatriots Superboy, Supergirl, and Krypto the Superdog! With goofy plots, punny gags, and bright, clear art, this book is a perfect antidote to the unrelenting grimness of the recent “Man of Steel” movie. Appropriate for readers of all ages.
Whitley, Jeremy (auth.) and Emily Martin (illus.). Princeless. Action Lab Entertainment. 2012-present. 2 volumes, ongoing.
Princess Adrienne was locked in a tower to await a princely rescue. However, she grew tired of waiting and disinterested in being rescued so, with her guardian dragon Sparky at her side, Adrienne saves herself and vows to rescue her sisters from a similar fate and fight for their freedom. Along the way, she picks up some proper gear and a best friend in blacksmith Bedelia. This fantastic adventure turns comics and fantasy tropes on their sides while spotlighting female heroes and a predominantly African-American cast. This engaging all ages title is hard to find, but worth spending the extra time to seek out.
Book 1: Save Yourself. 2012. 116p. 978-1450798945.
Book 2: Get Over Yourself. 2013. 100p. 978-0985965242.
In gorgeous sepia-toned art, this series tells the story of a family and their struggling farm, the mysterious young man (who is actually a robot) who comes to stay with them, and the dangerous secrets that follow him. Lepp does a wonderful job creating a believable family dynamic, but it’s the action where this book really shines. It is impeccably paced, full of cool, steampunk-esque robot designs, and carefully utilizes digital blurring effects that give everything a sense of incredible speed. Readers of the first volume, Visitor in the Field (2011. 192p. 978-1936393275), will be clamoring for the second, Secrets of the Cell (2012. 200p. 978-1936393589) and the upcoming third.
Fraction, Matt (auth.) with David Aja (illus.) and various other illustrators. Hawkeye. Marvel Comics, 2013-present. 2 volumes, ongoing.
As a member of the Avengers, non-superpowered bow expert Hawkeye holds his own fighting alongside the likes of Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. When he’s off-duty, however, his life tends to be a bit more mundane… at least until he runs afoul of the Russian mob and puts the residents of his Brooklyn apartment building in harm’s way. Author Fraction’s dialogue crackles with funny asides and misunderstandings (people regularly mishear our hero’s name as “Hawkguy”) which serve to strip the overblown grandeur out of the superhero genre. And David Aja’s art is a revelation — flat and iconographic, miraculously balancing experimental layouts with blistering action. Easily the best (and most fun!) superhero book of the year.
Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon. 2013. 136p. 978-0785165620.
Vol. 2: Little Hits. 2013. 136p. 978-0785165637.
Hicks, Faith Eric. The Adventures of Superhero Girl. Dark Horse, 2013. 112p. 978-1616550844.
What’s a superhero to do with her powers in a low-crime city? Not even her near-invulnerability can save Superhero Girl from a mundane lifestyle, complete with laundry mishaps that shrink her cape! Hicks focuses her art in tight and colorful grids, leading to concise storytelling. Her deadpan sense of humor is evident throughout, and fans of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series will particularly enjoy this title.
Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. First Second, 2013. 176p. 978-1596438132.
Delilah Dirk is a force to be reckoned with: consider her the 19th-Century’s Indiana Jones, minus the academics but plus a flying boat. Selim is a mild-mannered Turkish lieutenant with a penchant for making a fantastic cup of tea. Together, they form an unlikely partnership that leads them on swashbuckling, globetrotting adventures. Cliff’s jewel-toned coloring enhances his vibrant art while infusing his storytelling with quiet moments and humorous touches. This is a refreshing comics for adults: not full of salacious content or foul language, but featuring grown-up characters with grown-up concerns. It’s also tons of fun!
Modan, Rutu. The Property. Drawn and Quarterly, 2013. 232p. 978-1770461154.
A young Israeli woman accompanies her grandmother to Poland to see about recovering a building the family owned before they had to flee the country during World War II. However, it turns out that grandmother has more personal reasons for making the trip. Through the story, author/illustrator Modan explores the different ways that the long shadow of the Holocaust hangs over several generations of Jews, and pokes gentle, knowing fun at Jewish life and culture. Romantic, moving, and surprising, this book deserves a spot on the shelf with other great comics about the legacy of war, such as Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. Very highly recommended.