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[UPDATE] Here are a selection of books due out this month. All of the information presented below [aside from my aside/snide comics] are from publisher or distributor websites.

ALL information is subject to change, and something which might ship this month to a comics shop might show up months later in regular bookstores.  So, if you see something here which has been out for a while, that’s why.  Just consider it a reminder, in case you didn’t notice it the first time.

Unless it’s something amazing (like omnibus volumes), I tend to ignore ongoing books series.  You either know about the series, or unlikely to pick it up if there are numerous volumes on the shelves. Yes, I know it’s almost April.  But many publishers announce their new titles via “Out This Week” posts, so that’s why I wait.  (And some don’t even do that!)

I do work for a bookseller, so everything posted here has nothing to do with my day job.

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19602 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]The Compleat Terminal City

Visionary designer and comics creator Dean Motter (Mister X, Electropolis, Batman: Nine Lives) returns with the purest expression to date of his patented retro futurism! Terminal City is a place where transistor-tube robots rub elbows with old-time gangsters, where bright, shiny technologies cast deep noir shadows.Teaming Motter with celebrated artist Michael Lark (Daredevil, Gotham Central), this massive collection reprints the original series, along with its sequel, Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti!

* All fourteen issues of the classic series, collected for the first time!

* Eisner-and Harvey Award-nominated series!

“This is one of the best marriages of story and art I’ve seen in years and an absolute delight to read.” -Alex Ross, artist of Marvels and Kingdom Come

Writer: Dean Motter
Artist: Michael Lark
Cover Artist: Mark Chiarello
Genre: Classic
Publication Date: March 21, 2012
Format: FC, 368 pages, 6″ x 9″
Price: $24.99
Age range: 14
EAN:9 78159 58287 7 4

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16145 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Crime Does Not Pay Archives Volume 1

Uncut and uncensored, the infamous precode Crime Does Not Pay comics are finally collected into a series of archival hardcovers! With brutal, realistic tales focusing on vile criminals, Crime Does Not Pay was one of the most popular comics of the 1940s. The series was a favorite target of Dr. Fredric Wertham and other censors and is partially responsible for the creation of the stifling Comics Code Authority. Now revered and mythic, this collection of the first four hard-to-find Crime Does Not Pay comics features a fine roster of Golden Age creators and a new introduction by Matt Fraction (Iron Man, Casanova)!
Writer: Various
Artist: Various
Genre: Crime, Classic
Publication Date: March 28, 2012
Format: FC, 272 pages, HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″
Price: $49.99
Age range: 14
ISBN-10: 1-59582-289-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-289-5
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18468 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Afrika

The masterpiece by Belgian comics creator Hermann is available in English for the first time! A misanthropic European expatriate, Dario Ferrer, acts as guardian of a Tanzanian wildlife preserve. Accompanied by Charlotte, a naive European journalist, Ferrer discovers a village under fire from mysterious agents of the foreign-backed government. Ferrer and Charlotte must fight not only to protect the preserve, but to expose government corruption–and survive to see another day.

* From award-winning creator and international bestseller Hermann!

* Gorgeous watercolor art and a fast-paced, violent story!

Writer: Hermann
Artist: Hermann
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publication Date: March 14, 2012
Format: FC, 64 pages, HC, 8″ x 11″
Price: $15.99
Age range: 18
ISBN-10: 1-59582-844-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-844-6
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18939 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Gary Gianni’s Monstermen and Other Scary Stories

In a world plagued by zombie cowboys, squid pirates, abominable snowmen, mustachioed skulls, movie phantoms, and fat, flying demons, only millionaire film director Lawrence St. George and his associate, Benedict of the venerable guild of Corpus Monstrum, have the capabilities and the wit to bring these horrors down.

* Finally collected in its entirety! Features stories by Robert E. Howard, William Hope Hodgson, and more!

* Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay).

Writer: Gary Gianni
Artist: Gary Gianni
Genre: Horror, Classic
Publication Date: March 07, 2012
Format: b&w, 168 pages, HC, 8 3/8″ x 11″
Price: $24.99
Age range: 16
ISBN-10: 1-59582-829-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-829-3

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18720 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Empowered Deluxe Edition Hardcover

The steamy cape-and-tights comedy so outrageous that the bonds of regular graphic novels could not hold the laughs within, Empowered has expanded into a tome so massive that even the superpowered can barely lift it! Empowered Deluxe Edition Volume 1 collects between its rock-hard covers all the material from the first three Empowered volumes, plus several metric tons (okay, like forty pages) of top-secret, never-before-seen extras (except by Adam Warren, a few close friends, and some ninja), including the very first Empowered stories, sketches, logo variants, Adam’s story notes, and more, more, more! That’s seven hundred pages, chief, and printed on way nice paper, too! Only you deserve so much!

* Hardcover edition, limited to one printing!

* Adam Warren is the first-and best-creator of original english-language (OEL) manga.

“One of the most laugh-out-loud-funny works I’ve read in years.”
-Rob Vollmar, Comics Worth Reading

Writer: Adam Warren
Artist: Adam Warren
Genre: Humor, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: February 29, 2012
Format: b&w, 712 pages, HC, 6 1/2″ x 9″
Price: $59.99
Age range: 16
ISBN-10: 1-59582-864-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-864-4

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cut the rope 200x296 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]CUT THE ROPE: SPECIAL DELIVERY

Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Writer: Matt Anderson
Artist: Ricardo Garcia, Antonio Alfaro
Size: 104 pages
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Publication Date: 3/20/2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-937676-04-9
Price: $9.99 (CAN: $12.50, £7.50)

Based on the bestselling iOS Game Application and in print for the first time! Sometimes opportunity knocks…but in thirteen-year-old Evan Coulton’s case, opportunity ding-dong ditches him and leaves a plain and uninteresting box on his doorstep — with contents that are anything but plain and uninteresting! Before Evan knows it, his kitchen (and his life) have been upturned by an adorable, small, green creature with an endless appetite for sweets, and a knack for getting into serious trouble…which is a problem for Evan, because up until now, tying his shoes was all the trouble he could handle!

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spontaneous 195x300 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]SPONTANEOUS

Publisher: Oni Press
Writer: Joe Harris
Artist: Brett Weldele
Size: 6.5 x 10, 144 pages
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Publication Date: 3/6/2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-934964-74-3
Price: $24.99 (CAN: $31.99, £18.99)

Phenomenon, conspiracy or delusion? “Kelvin” Melvin Reyes was only three years old when Spontaneous Human Combustion took his father from him. He’s since devoted his life to exploring the mystery behind the phenomenon, searching for a pattern and predictors that he might save others from that same fiery fate.  But the closer he gets to his goal, the further things lead down a well of secrets, horrors and terrible truths.  Is SHC real? And, if so, can it be stopped?

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cleveland lg 200x262 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]CLEVELAND

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Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Writer: Harvey Pekar
Artist: Joseph Remnant
Size: 9.25 x 7.25, 128 pages
Format: Hardcover,
Black and White
Publication Date: 3/13/2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-60309-091-9
Price: $21.99 (CAN: $27.50, £16.50)

“One of the very greatest works by that unique and irreplaceable American voice, the truly splendorous Harvey Pekar… graced by the impeccable and poignant artistry of Joseph Remnant.” – From the introduction by Alan Moore

“A must for graphic-novel, Americana, and localism buffs alike.” Booklist (starred review)

‎”Often insightful, and unafraid to show himself in an extremely uncomplimentary light, Pekar illustrates 70 years of recent history as seen through the eyes of one gloomy but talented pessimist… Remnant brings this very personal history to vibrant life with his own flair for the charm of the ordinary. Cleveland will stand as a must-have volume in Pekar’s body of work.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) pioneered autobiographical comics, mining the mundane for magic since 1976 in his critically acclaimed series American Splendor.

Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland is sadly one of his last, but happily one of his most definitive graphic novels. It presents key moments and characters from the city’s history, intertwined with Harvey’s own ups and downs, as relayed to us by Our Man and meticulously researched and rendered by artist Joseph Remnant. At once a history of Cleveland and a portrait of Harvey, it’s a tribute to the ordinary greatness of both.

“America’s poet-comic-laureate of curmudgeonhood is sorely missed, but thankfully, this posthumous book, like Hamlet’s father, is here to remind us of the great man, the great Pekar.” – Jonathan Ames, author and creator of HBO’s Bored to Death

With an introduction by Alan Moore!

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chip 200x285 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]CHIP POCKET MANGA VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-0-9831823-6-8
Price: $14.95 ($18.75 CAN)
Publisher: Antarctic Press
Writer: Richard Moore
Artist: Richard Moore
Size: 5 x 8
Page Count: 128
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: All Ages

• Fan favorite Richard Moore (Boneyard, Far West, Fire and Brimstone) presents a ticklish take on the macabre with this new, all-ages story.
• Dark forces stalk the night, ancient menaces strike terror into the hearts of men everywhere…but not on a statue-selling farm in upstate New York. There, a 4-inch gargoyle named Chip is determined to prove to all the other statues there that he can be scary, too!  With the aid of his fairy friend Ash, he sets out to find just the right setting to inspire him and bring out his true potential for wreaking terror…if he can work up the nerve to go there!

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casper 194x300 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]CASPER’S SCARE SCHOOL TP

ISBN-13: 978-1-937676-03-2
Price: $14.99 ($18.99 CAN)
Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Writer: Paul Morrissey, Various
Artist: Sabrina Alberghetti, Amy Mebberson
Page Count: 104
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: All Ages

Ship Date: 3/21/2012

• Casper The Friendly Ghost makes his return to comics at last, and he’s bringing his Scare School with him! This direct market, limited edition trade paperback collects the entire, hit Casper’s Scare School mini-series from Ape Entertainment! Stories include “Halloween Is For The Dogs,” “Scare Fair,” “Food Fight Fright,” and “Cross-Realm Rivalry,” and features a special variant cover gallery and much more!

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ambiguous 200x278 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]AMBIGUOUS RELATIONSHIP (YAOI MANGA)

ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-253-6
Price: $12.95 ($14.50 CAN)
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
Imprint: June
Writer: Masara Minase
Artist: Masara Minase
Page Count: 200
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)

• Satoru is used to being alone. Ever since high school, he has lived his life without anyone else. Then one rainy night he encounters a stranded stranger. Taking him in, he unexpectedly finds that being alone is not what he wants at all, and that what he wants may just be within his grasp. But does Reiji feel the same way? And will Reiji’s family accept it when they discover where he is?
• A selection of angsty romance stories by master mangaka Masara Minase, published in English for the very first time!

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battlefields 195x300 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]GARTH ENNIS’ COMPLETE BATTLEFIELDS VOLUME 1 TP

ISBN-13: 978-1-60690-255-4
Price: $24.99 ($31.99 CAN)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Russ Braun, Carlos Ezquerra, Peter Snejbjerg
Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 248
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Ship Date: 3/21/2012

• This massive, 248-page tradepaperback collects the first three Battlefields story arcs. Nine issues in all!
• Collects The Night Witches, Dear Billy, and Tankies, complete with bonus material such as sketches and commentary from Ennis, along with a cover gallery by series cover artists John Cassaday and Garry Leach!

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tails 191x300 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Ethan Young’s Tails Book One

ISBN-13: 978-1-61345-015-4
Price: $12.99 ($13.70 CAN)
Publisher: Hermes Press
Imprint: Hermes Press
Writer: Ethan Young
Artist: Ethan Young
Size: 7.5 x 10
Page Count: 128
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Frequency: Semi-Annual
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy
Ship Date: 3/21/2012

• Quirky, funny, and surreal, Tails follows the semi-autobiographical exploits of hapless and hopeless hipster cartoonist Ethan Young. Ethan uses his comic book creation, Crusader Cat, to steal away from the real world…and things get interesting when his escapist work starts to talk back to him! Poignant, funny, and daring, Tails is an unflinching portrait of a believable character as he starts to fall into the abyss of an unbelievable world, with the results ranging from hilarious to heart-breaking.
• Published as a black and white hardcover, Tails: Book 1 by Comeback Kings artist Ethan Young is the first of a three-volume series recommended for mature readers.

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phantom sunday 200x149 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]THE PHANTOM: THE COMPLETE SUNDAYS VOLUME 1 (1939-1943)

ISBN-13: 978-1-61345-012-3
Price: $60.00 ($62.35 CAN)
Publisher: Hermes Press
Imprint: Hermes Press
Writer: Lee Falk
Artist: Ray Moore
Size: 12 x 9.5
Page Count: 224
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Action/Adventure
Ship Date: 3/14/2012

• The long-anticipated reprint of the entire run of Lee Falk’s full-color Phantom Sundays, with art by Ray Moore begins! Fans of “The Ghost Who Walks” have waited years for a complete series of hardcover volumes featuring the complete Phantom Sundays — and this is the first book in the series. As with Hermes Press’ complete reprint of The Phantom dailies, this book contains every strip, digitally reconstructed to perfection. Presented in Volume 1 are the first eight storylines of the strips which encompass the first continuity: “The League of Lost Men” (May 28-October 15, 1939) to “Castle in the Clouds” (October 18, 1942-April 18, 1943). In addition to the strips, this volume contains documentary material and a detailed essay.

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week in hell 200x258 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]ART OF MOLLY CRABAPPLE VOLUME 1: WEEK IN HELL

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-154-9
Price: $9.99 ($12.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Artist: Molly Crabapple
Size: 8.5 x 11
Page Count: 48
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Art, Coffee Table,
Popular Culture
Ship Date: 3/13/2012

• In September 2011 artist and firebrand, Molly Crabapple, locked herself in a hotel room, covered the walls in paper, and filled 270 square feet of wall with art. The project, called “Molly Crabapple’s Week in Hell,” is a wild ride through the imagination of an artist stretching herself to the limits of her endurance. Gorgeous photographs by Steve Prue show Ms. Crabapple’s sheer talent, audacity, and ambition at work. From the first stroke of pen upon paper to the glorious 360-degree view of a room full of art, this book chronicles the trials and joys of the Week in Hell, including visits from some of New York City’s artistic luminaries, absinthe parties, live models, and musical accompaniment. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which garnered 745 backers who watched the whole week unfold in live webcasts with the artist, following Molly Crabapple into the madness of art.

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frazetta funny 200x252 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]FRAZETTA — FUNNY STUFF

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-167-9
Price: $49.99 ($62.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Imprint: Yoe Books
Writer: Frank Frazetta
Artist: Frank Frazetta
Size: 8.5 x 12
Page Count: 256
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Art/Popular Culture
Ship Date: 3/20/2012

• Frank Frazetta! He’s been rightfully called “The Grand Master of Fantasy Art”! But, it’s little known that Frazetta also conquered other worlds in the Golden Age of Comics, as shown in his Donald Duck-ish funny animal and hilarious hillbilly comic book stories. Even those aware of this wonderful Frazetta art don’t know the extent — this book is a whopping 256, large-format pages! Did we mention ferocious, terrifying wolves and swampland creatures in the plethora of animal stories illustrations as only Frazetta could draw them? There’s also lions and tigers and bears — oh my! — before Frazetta’s famous paintings captured the same subjects. But wait, there’s more! You’ll see the roots of the Frazetta Girl in the sexy Kathy teenage girl adventures and the hot Daisy Mae-look-alike, Clarabelle, in the hillbilly hi-jinks stories of her beau, Looey Lazybones (Holy Li’l Abner!).
• The introduction is by famed cartoon director Ralph Bakshi, who closely worked with Frazetta when they co-produced the animated feature film, Fire and Ice. Bakshi shares rare insights, anecdotes, photos, and Frazetta drawings, and created a special painting of Frazetta and himself as funny animals for this beautiful hardcover, full-color coffee table book!  Frazetta — Funny Stuff is edited and designed by Eisner award-winner Craig Yoe.

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ghostbusters 196x300 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]GHOSTBUSTERS VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-157-0
Price: $17.99 ($22.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening, Tristan Jones
Size: 6.5 x 10.25
Page Count: 104
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Movie/TV-Related
Ship Date: 3/20/2012

• Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or any of your family ever seen a spook, specter, or ghost? If the answer is yes, call the professionals! Psychokinetic energy is on the rise again, business is booming for the boys, and Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream. Is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocaplypse, or just a little indigestion?

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monstrouscollection cover ri 192x300 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]MONSTROUS COLLECTION OF STEVE NILES AND BERNIE WRIGHTSON

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-017-7
Price: $50.00 ($62.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Bernie Wrightson
Size: 9 x 13.5
Page Count: 176
Format: Hardcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Horror

• From the creator of 30 Days of Night comes a collection so terrifying, so huge, so gritty and raw that it had to be called MONSTROUS! Collecting the collaborations between two living horror legends — Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson — thiMs onstrous Collection includes three complete tales: Dead She Said, The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre, each a piece of the dark, dangerous universe Niles has created in the shadows of the world we think we know. Enjoy them here, collected together and in oversized, black-and-white form for the first time.

[Available only at the IDW store?]

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StarTrek Volume1 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]STAR TREK VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-150-1
Price: $17.99 ($22.50 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mike Johnson
Artist: Steve Molnar, Tim
Bradstreet
Size: 6.5 x 10.25
Page Count: 104
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Movie/TV-Related
Ship Date: 3/13/2012

• The adventures of the Starship Enterprise continue in this new story that picks up where the
blockbuster 2009 film left off! Featuring the new cast of the film, these missions re-imagine
the stories from the original series in the alternate timeline created by the film, along with
new threats and characters never seen before! With creative collaboration from Star Trek
writer/producer Roberto Orci, this new series begins the countdown to the much-anticipated
movie sequel premiering in 2012!

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little king 200x162 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow and the Little King

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ISBN: 1-61377-148-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-148-8
Price: $49.99 (CAN: $62.50,
£37.99)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Imprint: Library of American Comics
Writer: Otto Soglow
Artist: Otto Soglow
Size: 9.25 x 7.5
Page Count: 432
Format: Hardcover, Partial Color
Recommended Age: All Ages
Genre: Comic Strip Collections

A BIG BOOK FOR A LITTLE KING! A long-overdue examination of the unique pantomime cartoons of Otto Soglow, who entertained millions for more than fifty years and whose influence remains current in the works of Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Ivan Brunetti, and others. This compendium features hundreds of pages of Soglow’s most famous creation, The Little King–plus copious examples of his other work and a fascinating account by Jared Gardner of Soglow’s long career that ranged from the socialist magazines of the 1920s to his long association with The New Yorker, which continues to use Soglow’s art thirty-five years after his death.

Soglow began experimenting with eliminating lines that weren’t necessary while at The New Yorker, where he created The Little King in 1931. Lured by William Randolph Hearst, Soglow moved to the Sunday comic’s section with The Ambassador until his contract with The New Yorker ended in 1934. The Ambassador led the way–in more ways than one–for the King, who remained a Sunday funnies mainstay until Soglow’s death in 1975.

Much of the humor in The Little King is aimed at puncturing pomposity, and Soglow accomplishes it with drawings that are, as Brunetti points out, tightly composed, exquisitely timed, carefully structured pieces of machinery.

Otto Soglow’s process of streamlining is at the root of why his cartoons have a timeless sophistication and elegance, and continue to entice new readers and cartoonists. It’s high time for such a fitting tribute to this cartoon monarch.

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MichaelKaluta Sketchbook Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Michael WM. Kaluta: Sketchbook Series, Vol. 1

ISBN: 1-61377-136-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-136-5
Price: $9.99 (CAN: $12.50, £7.50)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Artist: Michael Wm. Kaluta
Size: 8.5 x 11
Page Count: 48
Format: Softcover, Black & White
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Art, Coffee Table, Popular Culture

Michael Wm. Kaluta has been creating beautiful imagery for more than 40 years. Highlights of his career include what many consider to be the definitive version of The Shadow, the still in-progress Starstruck, and a myriad of stunning covers illustrated for nearly every comics publisher–as well as being part of the legendary STUDIO (along with Jeffery Catherine Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson). This sketchbook is the first in a series that will provide a glimpse into the inner workings of this great artist, from the very earliest creative spark to more finished concepts, and nearly completed works. Each image has been scanned from Kaluta’s personal sketchbooks and archives, and is accompanied by commentary from the artist.

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Womanthology Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Womanthology: Heroic

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ISBN: 1-61377-147-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-147-1
Price: $50.00 (CAN: $62.50,
£37.99)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Ann Nocenti, Anya Martin, Barbara Kesel, Kimberly Komatsu, Gail Simone, Trina Robbins, Samantha Newark Artist: Camilla D’ Errico, Renae DeLiz, Ming Doyle, Colleen Doran, Fiona Staples, Stephanie Buscema
Size: 9 x 13
Page Count: 300
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Anthology

Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. All of the short stories will center around our theme for this volume; Heroic. There will also be features, such as Professional How-Tos, a Kids/Teens section showcasing their works and giving tips, as well as a section dedicated to some Iconic female comic creators of the past, such as Nell Brinkley, and much more. Profits of this book will go towards the Charities of GlobalGiving.org.

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MarkTwains TalesofMystery Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]Mark Twain’s Tales of Mystery

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ISBN-13: 978-1-61377-124-2
Price: $16.99 ($21.25 CAN)
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Mark Twain
Artist: Menton Matthews III
Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 220
Format: Hardcover, Partial Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Literature

Sherlock Holmes in America? Mark Twain a character in his own stories? Can it be true? True indeed, dear reader, as Mark Twain makes his mark on the mystery genre with this collection of short stories by the grand master himself. Including “A Double Barreled Detective Story,” “Tom Sawyer, Detective,” “A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage,” and “The Stolen White Elephant,” delight as Twain breaks convention and bends cherished characters to tell stories that are wholly his own. Illustrations provided by Menton3 (The Lovecraft Library, Classics Multilated, Monocyte).

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50 GIRLS 50: SHAKEDOWN VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-469-5
Price: $14.99 ($18.75 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Doug Murray, Frank Cho
Artist: Axel Medellin
Page Count: 120
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Ship Date: 11/15/2011

• Old-School Sci-Fi Explores the Worlds of Tomorrow! This complete edition of Frank Cho (X-Men: Schism), Doug Murray (The ‘Nam), and Axel Medellin’s (Elephantmen) contains all four issues of their space-faring epic featuring the galaxy-lost ESS Savannah’s search for home! If that’s not enough, it’s also packed with bonus pieces written by Murray further exploring the worlds of 50 Girls 50 and a gallery of art by both Medellin and Cho.
• Collects 50 Girls 50 #1-4.

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King City

By: Brandon Graham

Price: $19.99

ISBN: 9781607065104
On Sale: March 07, 2012
AT LAST!
The long-awaited collection of the complete KING CITY series is here, full of full on comic book games, puzzles and wordplay!
Joe is a catmaster, trained to use his cat as any tool or weapon. His best friend Pete falls in love with an alien he’s forced to sell into green slavery, while his ex Anna watches her Xombie War veteran boyfriend turn into the drug he’s addicted to. King City, an underbelly of a town Run by spy gangs and dark dark magic with mystery down every alleyway.

Collects KING CITY #1-12

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Queen Crab

Story by: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Artiz Eiguren
Cover By: Sas Christian
Price: $12.99
ISBN: 9781607065050
On Sale: March 14, 2012
In the tradition of David Lynch and Stephen King comes the story of a young woman dealing with the insanity of the world around her. Meet Ginger, a twenty-something office girl that lives her life one boring day at a time until on her wedding night, her new husband tries to kill her…and it goes horribly wrong. This special hardcover graphic novel is a story of revenge, lust, violence and insanity brought to you by JIMMY PALMIOTTI (Jonah Hex, Painkiller Jane) and featuring the art of ARTIZ EIGUREN, as well as a cover by award winning illustrator SAS CHRISTIAN, and also featuring pin-ups by AMANDA CONNER and more!
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ELEPHANTMEN VOLUME 0

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-468-8
Price: $34.99 ($43.75 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Richard Starkings
Artist: Various
Page Count: 312
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)

• Collecting the sold out War Toys trade paperback — now in full-color for the first time — and the sequel, Enemy Species, this highly anticipated Elephantmen Volume 0 is packed with extras, including Moritat and Boo Cook sketchbooks and unseen work by Ladronn, Marian Churchland, Marley Zarcone, and a new prologue by Axel Medellin.
• Collects Elephantmen: War Toys Volume 1: No Surrender, Elephantmen: Yvette One-Shot, and Elephantmen #34-35.

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COMPLETE INVINCIBLE LIBRARY VOLUME 3

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-421-3
Price: $125.00 ($156.50 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Various
Page Count: 768
Format: Hardcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Young Adult

• Collecting the Invincible Ultimate Collection Volumes 5-6 into one massive, slipcased tome! That’s almost 700-pages of pure Invincible goodness! This is a can’t-miss for any Invincible fan and a perfect addition to any reinforced, sturdy bookshelf.

[Also available: S&N EDITION LIMITED TO 150 COPIES $175.00]

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Cover Girls

Art By: Guillem March
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 9781607064916
On Sale:March 28, 2012

This volume collects some of the best covers and other artwork from rising star GUILLEM MARCH (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS, CATWOMAN). More than one hundred full-color images featuring the sexiest girls from his stunning work for Eros Magazine or Playboy Spain, never seen in U.S., plus much unpublished art.

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IMG110904 m Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]GIRLS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

ISBN-13: 978-1-60706-466-4
Price: $49.99 ($62.50 CAN)
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Joshua Luna
Artist: Jonathan Luna
Page Count: 608
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)

• This edition collects the complete run of GIRLS by The Luna Brothers (The Sword, ULTRA). Experience the epic horror series about a small town that is invaded by beautiful, murderous, egg-laying clones!
• Collects GIRLS #1-24.

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ToxicVol1Cover 200x258 Coming Attractions: March 2012: Part One [updated with intro]TOXIC VOLUME 1

ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-44-0
Price: $39.99 ($44.99 CAN)
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Writer: Various
Artist: Hyung-Tae Kim, Hichi, Adrian Smith, Sylverster Song, Vincent Durait
Size: 8.75 x 11
Page Count: 192
Format: Softcover, Full Color
Frequency: Semi-Annual
Recommended Age: Mature
Readers (ages 16 and up)
Genre: Art/Coffee Table Book
Ship Date: 3/28/2012

• In TOXIC, Korea’s top illustrators are joined by several prolific fantasy painters in this all-new anthology series! This gorgeous volume features original comic stories, pin-up art and paintings, concept work, and artist interviews. If you enjoy the APPLE anthology series, you’ll love TOXIC!
• TOXIC is the spiritual successor to the APPLE anthology series, created by the same Korean studio, and featuring several of the same artists.
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Comments

  1. DanielT says:

    Little late for this to be “Coming Attractions.”

  2. John Warren says:

    Yes, I think these are “recently arrived” attractions…. ;-)

  3. The Monstrous Collection Of Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson shipped last November. While out of stock at Amazon Book Depository has it plus Diamond has copies available (JUL110389)so your local comic shop can order it.

  4. 1) Ah, space monkeys! My introduction wasn’t posted! In it, I mentioned that some items might have shipped months earlier to comics shops than bookstores. Also that some (many?) publishers do not announce books until the week of distribution.

    2) http://www.diamondbookdistributors.com/downloads/DBD_mar2012SalesKit.pdf

    Page 61.

    Also, publishers list publication dates, but I have no way of determining if that item has shipped. Some books are announced, then pushed back due to various circumstances. So if I see something listed in a catalog for a specific date, I take it at face value.

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