A month of Previews: Elmer #1, part 1

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I’m going to cheat here a little by breaking up the first chapter of ELMER, by Gerry Alanguilan, which is collected this month by Slave Labor. Originally published in the Philippines as a mini-comic, it’s many things: a bizarre SF social satire in the style of George Orwell or (as one reader suggested to me) Poul Anderson’s Brain Wave — and also Adam Hines’ recent Rex the Wonder Dog, which has some of the same themes treated very differently. It’s also a beautiful example of the Filipino komiks school, all lush penwork and atmosphere. it’s also just a good read.

Because it’s the whole first chapter I’m going to break it up over two days. Tune in tomorrow for the second part.

A month of Previews: Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer Volume 2: The Great Puppet Theater

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Continuing our preview month, here’s a 16-page preview from Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer Volume 2: The Great Puppet Theater, the sequel to the best-selling Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer by Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins. In this installment, our wooden vampire hunter meets other like him in a story inspired by the great Italian puppet theaters seen to this day in Sicily. The Great Puppet Theater is published by SLG and is on sale this month.

There’s more info on the book at pinocchiovampireslayer.com, on the Facebook page or on Twitter @p_vampireslayer.

SD10: SLG #1815

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SLG has posted their con schedule at their blog, which includes an epic signing list of Jhonen Vasquez, Drew Rausch, Van Jensen, Dusty Higgins, Gene Luen Yang, Greg Wiesman, Aaron Alexovitch AND MANY MORE. Full details here.

Preview: STREET ANGEL trailer

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Did you know there is an award-=winning short film based on Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s awesome STREET ANGEL comic? Short version: what if Hit Girl was Kick-Ass? The film will be screened on Thursday at this year’s Comic-Con, as part of the indie film festival. The film already won Best International Film, Best Director and Best Actress at the Phoenix Comic-Con and was made in Australia.

A cat that cooks ramen, and a boy and his gorilla

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TweetA couple of publishing announcements that caught our eye the other day. • Tokyopop will publish Kenji Sonishi’s NekoRamen. a manga about a cat who cooks ramen. SOLD. Via Johanna, who has a rundown of the busy marketing campaign, which includes weekly online comics. • Slave Labor has announced CAPTAIN LONG EARS, the debut graphic […]

Gene Luen Yang collection at SLG

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TweetSLG has released details of a collection of early stories by National Book Award-nominee Gene Luen Yang, ANIMAL CRACKERS. The past few years have been a whirlwind of success for American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang, and now SLG Publishing is collecting his earliest published comics works, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the […]

PINOCCHIO, VAMPIRE SLAYER contest — Lie to win

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Tweet PINOCCHIO, VAMPIRE SLAYER by Van Jensen and Dustin Higgins is coming out this fall from Slave Labor, and the creators are promoting it with a most imaginative contest: Hyphothetical question time. What if you were a magically sentient wooden puppet? And what if whenever you told a lie, your magically sentient wooden nose would […]

SD09: SLG — #1815

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TweetHere’s the details on SLG’s con activities, via Jennifer de Guzman. First signings: Aaron Alexovich (Serenity Rose) Kerry Callen (Halo and Sprocket) Derek Hunter (Pirate Club) Aleister Gilgrim (The Cemeterians) Karl Christian Krumpholz (Byron) Kenny Keil (Tales to Suffice) Tommy Kovac (Wonderland) Ethan and Isaiah Nicolle (Chumble Spuzz) — Eisner Award nominee! Drew Rausch (Haunted […]

WARLORD OF IO: a symbol for our times

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Tweet Everyone is justifiably linking to this post at The Comics Reporter as a passionate response to the ongoing winnowing at Diamond that is removing books like James Turner’s WARLORD OF IO from its catalog and why this is bad for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. Unfortunately, what should be the jewel in the crown […]

SLG: sale and lesson

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TweetSLG is having a tax time sale, according to Twitter (THAT AGAIN!): Tax time sale at www.slgcomic.com. 30% off everything in the store. Use coupon code taxtime09. Sale ends Friday April 17th. Hurry up and git over there! Meanwhile, SLG head Dan Vado, who always speaks his mind, explains that ordering from retailers is still […]

SLG revs up CAPTAIN BLOOD

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Tweet Who wants to buckle a swash? SLG has announced a serialized adaptation of Rafael Sabatini’s classic novel of sea-faring adventure Captain Blood, to be written by Matthew Shepherd and drawn by Mike Shoykhet. A trailer and preview are available here. Peter Blood had always been a driven man. He was a soldier, a sailor, […]

SLG’s Boutiki opens this Friday

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Tweet SLG (that’s Slave Labor Graphics) is jumping on the publisher-goes-retail bandwagon (D&Q, FBI, PictureBox) and opening a store in beautiful downtown San Jose. The grand opening is Friday and it’s part of South First Fridays in San Jose, a big block party-type thingy, we guess. You know about the Boutiki Grand Opening, right? We’re […]

SDCC 08: SLG

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TweetIt’s never too soon! SLG annoucnes its Comic-Con plans: But, in any case, our booth will be our real home base. It’s where we will spend 11 hours a day, relentlessly offering the public comics, graphic novels, T-shirts, posters, and toys. Many artists will also be there, to sign books and exchange pleasantries. Here they […]

Jennifer de Guzman’s “Life in Comics”

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TweetDo you miss Jennifer de Guzman‘s always well-observed and trenchant column at now-definct Comics World News? SO DO WE! Luckily we were able to do something about it, and de Guzman’s NEW column “Life in Comics” will run the first monday of every Month in PW Comics Week henceforth. In her first column she discusses […]

To Do 12/19 – Toronto: Chmakova and Hicks

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Ben Towle's Midnight Sun

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TweetSLG announces a new graphic novel about a North Pole mystery– an increasingly popular subject for comics it seems –by Ben Towle. The first chapter is available as a free download. In May 1928, the Italian airship the Italia embarked on an ambitious and dangerous expedition to the North Pole. A celebratory radio communiqué from […]