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Here are the September titles from what could be considered “mainstream” publishers and distributors.

Check here for previous Coming Attractions (is that an oxymoron?)

Everything’s subject to change, check your local listings, void where prohibited, and all that jazz.

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978 0 224 09139 8 200x289 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book Trade

The Vicar Woman

by Emma Rendel
September 2012, Ship Date: September 1, 2012
9780224091398, 0224091395
$24.95
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
Random House UK
176 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS
Title Summary

A lonely vicar investigates the dark secrets of one remote island community in a strange and haunting graphic novel

A female vicar arrives on a small island to take up a new post. It is a strange opportunity: the parish is brand new, and set up by the community itself, who have built themselves a church modeled on St. Peter’s Basilica. The vicar is surprised and delighted by the enthusiastic welcome she receives. The church is full day after day, and the parishioners compete for her attention. Not many are interested in discussing spiritual matters however, and as she gets to know them, the vicar becomes aware of a split in the community: a terrible secret that is not spoken of, but which plagues the island, pitting neighbor against neighbor. She hears whispers of a missing young girl whose parents died in a mysterious blaze, of secret abortions, and of a fearsome ghost. What the villagers most want is absolution, but can the Vicar Woman provide it for them? This strange and discomforting story is rendered in extraordinarily intricate and atmospheric artwork.

Contributors
Emma Rendel is an illustrator and graphic designer and the author of Pentti and Deathgirl.


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Vignettes of Ystov

by William Goldsmith
September 2012, Ship Date: September 1, 2012
9780224090360, 0224090364
$24.95
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
Random House UK
64 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Title Summary

A poetic and poignant graphic novel, where the washed-out and lonely urban landscape of the fictional city of Ystov provides the setting for a series of remarkable stories

Welcome to Ystov, a bleak but whimsical city. Readers are invited to zoom in and out, through panoramas of industry and market squares, to witness the varied lives of its curious inhabitants-lives of absurdities, restraints, and small triumphs. Meet the poet Eugene Tusk, stumbling upon the old haunts of the Strombold Collective, his defunct poetry society. Or the property agent Yosef Kavar-clearing the apartment of a recently deceased janitor, and discovering a homemade museum dedicated to a lifetime’s collection of dustpan detritus. What about this pair of scientists-fed up with astrophysics and out to disprove coincidences as a phenomenon? And here are two men meeting to discuss the fate of an old schoolfriend, piecing together their memories of him, searching for clues that might have led to his sudden arrest for “nose-crimes.” Beautifully drawn, and written with a Chekhovian clarity and concision, this series of miniature masterpieces marks the arrival of one of the most inventive new talents in comics.

Contributors
William Goldsmith is a writer and illustrator.


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The Clockwork Sky, Volume One

by Madeleine Rosca
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012
9780765329165, 0765329166
$10.99/$12.50 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga
Tor Books
160 pages
black and white throughout
Title Summary
From the award-winning creator of Hollow Fields comes the start of an all new, steampunk adventure trilogy! London, 1895: Riots in the streets! Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky!Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive.Together, the impulsive Sally and the naive Sky crash headlong into a mystery involving rogue automatons prowling the sewers, children disappearing without a trace, and a dark secret so big it could overturn all of London. But the biggest mystery of all is why Sky is the first robot who can dream….
Contributors

MADELEINE ROSCA debuted as a manga creator in 2007 with her three-volume series Hollow Fields, which won an award from Japan’s foreign ministry for best international manga and was nominated for best graphic novel in the Aurealis Awards for Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Rosca was nominated for a best new talent award by Friends of Lulu. She lives and works in Hobart, Tasmania, with her husband and cat.


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The Hole of Tank Girl

by Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012
9780857687449, 0857687441
$99.99/$114.00 Can.
Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Titan Books
384 pages
Title Summary
Bringing together all the classic Hewlett and Martin Tank Girl comics for the first time in this fantastic slipcased edition with additional material including original art, unseen Hewlett pages, a “lost” Tank Girl story, and a brand new Tank Girlcover by artist Jamie Hewlett.The core Tank Girl works have been lovingly restored for this major collection, spanning the entire Jamie Hewlett era of Tank Girl. With Booga and the rest of the crew in tow, Tank Girl delights in the sort of marvellous mayhem that made us adore her the moment she stomped into our lives with her sexy boots and sassy mouth.
Contributors
Artist Jamie Hewlett and writer Alan C. Martin created Tank Girl in 1988 for British music and comics magazine Deadline, generating a vibrant body of work which became a series of top-selling graphic novels. Hewlett went on to mastermind – with Blur’s Damon Albarn – the multi-million selling virtual pop group Gorillaz, before teaming up with Albarn again to create a musical stage version of Monkey. Named Designer of the Year in 2006, Hewlett’s latest project is the BBC TV show Phoo Action, while Martin has returned to Tank Girl with a series of comic books and his debut prose novel.


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The Crackle of the Frost

by Lorenzo Mattotti, Jorge Zentner, Kim Thompson
September 19, 2012
9781606995433, 160699543X
$19.99
Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
Fantagraphics
120 pages
Title Summary
Full-color graphic novel of love and loss from the co-creator of Stigmata and The Raven.
When confronted with his girlfriend’s request that they have a child together, Samuel fled that relationship. But now, a year later, when he receives a letter from Alice announcing she is expecting a baby, old emotions flare up and he embarks on a long journey to see Alice again — to re-open, or perhaps close forever, that important chapter of his life. The Crackle of the Frostis the story of what he sees, hears, experiences, and learns during that journey.Last year, Fantagraphics presented the extraordinary Stigmata, a stunning display of Mattotti’s whirling, emotional, black and white linework put in the service of a devastating story — as well as his painted illustrations for Lou Reed’s The Raven. The Crackle of the Frost ups the visual ante even on those masterpieces, combining the narrative drive of the former with the lush color illustrations of the latter to create a graphic-novel masterpiece with panel after panel of sumptuous full-color paintings, as if Edward Hopper had suddenly decided to jump into comics.
Contributors
Jorge Zentner has written many graphic novels, including the Pampa series illustrated by Carlos Nine. This is his first graphic novel to be translated into English. Lorenzo Mattotti is a highly sought-after illustrator ( with frequent appearances in and on The New Yorker) and acclaimed graphic novelist. He lives in Paris, France; his work includes The Raven, a collaboration with Lou Reed re-imagining the works of Edgar Allan Poe. He s also working on a major new graphic novel.

9781770460829 200x280 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeAya: Life in Yop City

by Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie, Helge Dascher
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012
9781770460829, 1770460829
$24.95
Paperback / softback / Trade paperback (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
Drawn and Quarterly
384 pages
Title Summary
Aya is an irresistible comedy, a couple of love stories and a tale for becoming African. It’s essential reading.” —Joann Sfar, cartoonist of The Rabbi’s Cat

Ivory Coast, 1978. It’s a golden time, and the nation, too—an oasis of affluence and stability in West Africa—seems fueled by something wondrous. Aya is loosely based upon Marguerite Abouet’s youth in Yop City. It is the story of the studious and clear-sighted nineteen-year-old Aya, her easygoing friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It’s a wryly funny, breezy account of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City.

Clément Oubrerie’s warm colors and energetic, playful line connect expressively with Marguerite Abouet’s vibrant writing. This reworked edition offers readers the chance to immerse themselves in Abouet’s Yop City, bringing together the first three volumes of the series in Book One. Drawn & Quarterly will release volumes four through six of the original French series (as yet unpublished in English) in Book Two. Aya is the winner of the Best First Album award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, the Children’s Africana Book Award, and the Glyph Award; was nominated for the Quill Award, the YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels list, and the Eisner Award; and was included on “best of” lists from The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

Contributors
The writer Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971 and now lives outside of Paris. The artist Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty children’s books.

9781781080320 200x277 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeJudge Dredd: Cry of the Werewolf

by Alan Grant, John Wagner, Gordon Rennie
On Sale Date: September 18, 2012
9781781080320, 1781080321
$17.99/$21.00 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
2000 AD
128 pages
Title Summary
Dredd versus Werewolves.Mega-City One – a vast urban nightmare built upon the post-apocalyptic ashes of North America’s east coast. Beneath her lies the ‘Undercity’ – ruined remains of what was once known as New York City. Now it is a deadly environment where only the most ruthless creatures can hope to survive. One such creature – a flesh-eating werewolf, has managed to find its’ way out into Mega-City One, so Judge Dredd must go down into the Undercity to investigate, ensuring that no others can make their way to the surface. Plus three other Dredd-verse werewolf stories.
Contributors

John Wagner is, to many fans, the very heart of 2000 AD. Involved from the earliest days of the “Galaxy’s Greatest Comic”, he co-created Judge Dredd, as well as a host of other series, including the critically-acclaimed Button Man. Incredibly prolific throughout his career, and writing under a diversity of pen names — often in concert with Alan Grant, with whom he devised and developed 2000 AD’s sister comic, the Judge Dredd Megazine — Wagner has worked extensively beyond 2000 AD, originating, writing many American standards, including Batman, The Punisher, Lobo and Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett. His graphic novel A History of Violence was made into a hit film.

With over 300 2000 AD stories to his name Alan Grant’s prolific creative record speaks for itself. Grant is well-known to Batman fans following a lengthy run on various incarnations of the title. More recently he has adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novels Kidnapped and his television work includes scripts for the BBC.

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Alien – The Illustrated Story

by Archie Goodwin, Walt Simonson
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012
9781781161296, 1781161291
$14.95/$17.95 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
Titan Books

978 1 78116 595 9 200x268 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeAlien – The Illustrated Story (Facsimile Cover Regular Edition)

by Archie Goodwin, Walt Simonson
On Sale Date: September 25, 2012
9781781165959, 1781165955
$14.95/$17.95 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
Titan Books
Title Summary
Vacant. Two space helmets resting on chairs. Electronic hum. Lights on the helmets begin to signal one another. Moments of silence. A yellow light goes on. Electronic hum. A green light goes on in front of one helmet. Electronic pulsing sounds. A red light goes on in front of the other helmet. An electronic conversation ensues. Reaches a cresendo. Then silence.And when the silence is broken…the crew of the Nostromo must grapple with a terrifying life force they cannot leash, nor even comprehend – the Alien!The stunning color graphic novel of Ridley Scott’s legendary sci-fi thriller!
Contributors
Archie Goodwin was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. He is best known for his Warren and Marvel Comics work. For Warren he was chief writer and editor of landmark horror anthology titles Creepy and Eerie, and for Marvel he set up the creator-owned Epic Comics as well as adapting Star Wars into both comics and newspaper strips.Walt Simonson is one of the most highly regarded comics creators around, having written, penciled or inked Batman, Michael Moorcock’s Elric, Fantastic Four, The Hulk and Superman, to name but a few!

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  • ISBN: 9781781161302
  • Dimensions: 430 x 329 mm [17 x 13 in]
  • Hardback: 96pp
  • Publication date: 26 October 2012
  • Illustration detail: B/w comic strip, with colour annotations
  • It collects Alien: The Illustrated Story b/w comic strip, scanned from from the artist’s original art boards, plus an in-depth interview with Simonson, the original script pages, colour tryouts and sketches.

9781906838553 200x287 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeA Chinese Life

by Philippe Ôtié, Li Kunwu
September 2012
9781906838553, 1906838550
$27.50/$31.50 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction
Harry N. Abrams
704 pages
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Title Summary

A Chinese Life is an astonishing graphic novel set against the backdrop of the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. This distinctively drawn work chronicles the rise and reign of Chairman Mao Zedong, and his sweeping, often cataclysmic vision for the most populated country on the planet.

Though the storyline is epic, the storytelling is intimate, reflecting the real life of the book’s artist. Li Kunwu spent more than 30 years as a state artist for the Communist Party. He saw firsthand what was happening to his family, his neighbors, and his homeland during this extraordinary time. Working with Philippe Ôtié, the artist has created a memoir of self and state, a rich, very human account of a major historical moment with contemporary consequences. Mao said, “The masses are the real heroes,” but A Chinese Life shows those masses as real people.

Contributors

Li Kunwu has had more than 30 of his comics published in the three decades he’s worked as a state artist. He lives in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Philippe Ôtié is a French diplomat who lives in Wuhan, China.


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Amazing Agent Jennifer Omnibus Collection

by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Kriss Sison
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012
9781935934820, 1935934821
$15.99/$18.50 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga
Seven Seas
320 pages
b&w throughout
Title Summary
320 page omnibus spin-off straight from the pages of Amazing Agent Luna

Seven Seas is pleased to present Amazing Agent Jennifer, a two-volume spin-off of its most popular original manga series, Amazing Agent Luna. Written by Luna writing team Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, Amazing Agent Jennifer features interior artwork by Kriss Sison (Bakugan Battle Brawlers: The Evo Tournament), with covers by Luna artist Shiei.

Before Luna’s hard-as-nails boss known simply as “Control” ever became a control agent, Jennifer Kajiwara was once a rookie herself. From Jennifer’s freshman year in the Agency as a late teen, through her struggles with her parents and her grueling training, to her first dangerous mission as a field agent (and first big romance!), being a young secret agent is never easy.

Jennifer must learn the hard way how to play the deadly spy games that make her such a competent control agent years hence, as she becomes embroiled in a secret war full of intrigue, betrayal and deadly consequences. This is the first volume of a two-volume spin-off that will tie directly into events in future volumes of Amazing Agent Luna.

Contributors
Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir are a husband and wife writing team who have worked in television on HBO’s Arli$$ and Disney’s Kim Possible. As veteran comic book writers, they have written such series as New Mutants and New X-Men, and numerous manga and graphic novels. They live in Southern California.

Kriss Sison is the artist for Last Hope and Bakugan Battle Brawlers: The Evo Tournament. Kriss lives in the Philippines.

9781560978862 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book Trade

Dal Tokyo

by Gary Panter
September 19, 2012
9781560978862, 1560978864
$35.00
Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Literary
Fantagraphics
212 pages
Title Summary
Panter’s long-running punk/sci-fi strip finally collected in one giant volume.
Gary Panter began imagining Dal Tokyo, a future Mars that is terraformed by Texan and Japanese workers, as far back as 1972, appropriating a friend’s idea about “cultural and temporal collision” (The “Dal” is short for Dallas).

Why Texan and Japanese? Panter says, “Because they are trapped in Texas, Texans are self-mythologizing. Because I was trapped in Texas at the time, I needed to believe that the broken tractor out back was a car of the future. Japanese, I’ll say, because of the exotic far-awayness of Japan from Texas, and because of the Japanese monster movies and woodblock prints that reached out to me in Texas. Japanese monster movies are part of the fabric of Texas.”

In 1983, Panter finally got a chance to fully explore this world, and share it with an audience, when the L.A. Reader published the first 63 strips. A few years later, the Japanese reggae magazine Riddim picked up the strip, and Panter continued the saga of Dal Tokyo in monthly installments for over a decade.

But none of these conceptual descriptions will prepare the reader for the confounding visual and verbal richness of Dal Tokyo, as Panter’s famous “ratty line” collides and colludes with near-Joycean wordplay, veering from more or less intelligible jokes to dizzying non-sequiturs to surreal eruptions that can engulf the entire panel in scribbles. One doesn’t read Dal Tokyo; one is absorbed into it and spit out the other side.

Contributors
Gary Panter was born in Texas in 1950 and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, the designer Helene Silverman. He is a three-time Emmy Award-winner for his work as the production designer of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

978 1 61262 237 8 200x300 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeGenshiken: Second Season 1

by Shimoku Kio
On Sale Date: September 4, 2012
9781612622378, 1612622372
$10.99/$11.99 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Manga
Kodansha Comics
208 pages
Title Summary
BACK TO SCHOOLA new academic year means new members for the lovably misfit Genshiken: The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture! Club president Chika Ogiue now has to manage a fresh-faced trio of yaoi fans (one of whom dabbles in cross-dressing), a surly American transfer student with a penchant for obscure anime quotes, and her own rising career as a professional manga artist. Can she actually find time to draw her own vanity project for Comic-Fest?This volume of Genshiken: Second Season includes special extras after the story!Series Overview: Welcome to the world of the Genshiken, home of the true otaku – the Japanese term for ubergeek. This is the story of a group of friends who are all members of the most hardcore anime and manga fan club in all of Tokyo – and the boys and girls who love them.

9781936393725 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeRise of the Zelphire: Of Bark and Sap

by Karim Friha
September 11, 2012
9781936393725, 1936393727
$19.95/$21.99 Can.
Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy
Archaia Entertainment
128 pages
Color illustrations throughout
Title Summary
In Algarante, the steampunk capital of the Republic of Béremhilt, traumatized children develop strange abilities. They are called the “Zelphires” and their history, in a century shaken by political and technological revolutions, combines the worlds of Charles Dickens and Tim Burton.
Contributors
Karim Friha was born in 1980 at Houses-Laffitte, from an Andalusian mother and an Algerian father. After studying art history, Friha discovered the joy of The Simpsons, Calvin and Hobbes, and superheroes. Soon, he started drawing and found a career as a magazine illustrator and animator. He lives in Paris.

9780240823782 200x260 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeComics for Film, Games, and Animation: Using Comics to Construct Your Transmedia Storyworld

by Tyler Weaver
September 29, 2012
9780240823782, 0240823788
$44.95
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Nonfiction
Focal Press
352 pages
Title Summary

Writers, directors, and producers- reach a wider audience by embracing comics to supplement your own ideas, and offer more options for audience engagement.

Comics are a key element in today’s convergence culture. From their use in video games, like Batman: Arkham City and the Halo series to their use in films like Star Trek and The Incredibles, comics have proven an invaluable method for creators to expand their storyworld and provide audiences with irresistible gateways into the story.

Tyler Weaver teaches you how to integrate comic storytelling into your own transmedia work by exploring their past, present, and future. He discusses the creation of the unique mythologies in comic stories and digs into the details of comic construction, from pacing to scripting to collaboration.

* Chapters on convergence and mythology building: Comics have endured because of their expansive and exciting mythologies. How can you apply that to your own work? * Interviews with key practitioners and artists in the field, bringing a personal look into how professionals do their work * The companion website features a blog with new projects and advancements in digital comics, expanded interviews, script templates, and listings of independent artists

  • Reach a wider audience by embracing comics to supplement your own ideas, and offer more options for audience engagement
  • Features chapters on convergence and mythology building. Comics have endured because of their expansive and exciting mythologies. How can you apply that to your own work?
  • Every section (writing, art, etc.) contains interviews with key practitioners and artists in the field, deepening the value of the material presented, and bringing a personal look into how creatives do their work
  • The companion website features video interviews, blog about new projects and advancements in digital comics, as well as updated and expanded interviews. Script templates will be made available. In addition, a listing of independent artists (websites/Twitter handles)

978 0 85768 154 6 200x181 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeFlash Gordon: On the Planet Mongo: The Complete Flash Gordon Library (Vol. 1)

by Alex Raymond
On Sale Date: September 25, 2012
9780857681546, 0857681540
$39.95/$46.00 Can.
Hardback
Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Titan Books [previously published by Checker Books]
192 pages
Title Summary

Beginning the complete library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time.

Volume One will spotlight the work of Alex Raymond, legendary for some of the finest storytelling of the 20th century. Raymond illustrated the Sunday strips until 1944; with his clear and much-imitated style forming the original aesthetic of the most popular and easily recognised science fiction hero for decades to come.

Introducing Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Dr. Hans Zarkov, and Ming the Merciless, this volume will catapult readers to the deadly planet Mongo.

These are the strips that influenced George Lucas to create Star Wars, and which illustrator Al Williamson said were “the reason I became an artist.”

Contributors
Alex Raymond is one of the most famous artists in the history of comic strips. He created Flash Gordon, Secret Agent X-9, Rip Kirby, and Jungle Jim. George Lucas has indicated that Flash Gordon was the inspiration for the Star Wars movies, and Raymond’s work has inspired decades of writers, artist, and filmmakers.

marvel studios 200x200 Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book TradeArt of Marvel Studios

by Marvel Comics
On Sale Date: September 19, 2012
9780785153375, 0785153373
$99.99/$112.99 Can.
Paperback / softback
Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
Marvel
912 pages
Title Summary

From comic-book legends to silver-screen super heroes! Marvel presents an insider’s look into the making of its cinematic universe – assembling three Avengers in one stylish slipcase. Featuring exclusive production artwork, behind-the-scenes photography, and in-depth cast-and-crew interviews, this four-book collection is a must-have for any fan of Mighty Marvel movies!

COLLECTING: Art of Marvel Studios: The Art of Captain America – The First Avenger, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor

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