Tuesday, 14 August 2018

(Un)Collected Letters:Dave Sim Part 4?!? J/K: Ger Art!!!

Hi, Everyboy!

More Dave Sim Letters:
8 February 1988
Dear Penthouse:
I NEVER thought your letters were real, until this one time at the San Diego Comic Book Convention, when I got invited back to the room of a girl dressed as Princess Leia in the Slave Girl outfit. When we got there, there were two more girls dressed as Red Sonja, and Wonder Woman. There was also a bathtub full of tapioca pudding, and a man in a Ronald McDonald outfit holding a six pack of Coors and a large pepperoni pizza.
Leia said that it was time for "the Trial," and I should strip and stand in the middle of the floor...

Dave never wrote in to Penthouse...it was Playboy.


Jeff Seiler sent in:

Hi, Matt!  I just got a package today from Ger.  It was the five Cerebus books I left with him when we were in Columbus.  Each book sketched and signed.  Would you like to post the pix at AMOC?
Hey, a post I don't have to write is I post I don't have to write...

So here they are:
Click to make jumbo huge *wink* *wink*

Click to make enormous *nudge* *nudge*

Click to make...I've run out of double entendres...

Click to make bigger, like a PENIS! (Nope, doesn't work. Sorry...)
Click to make, Jesus! This is the FIFTH one, you should know what clicking does by this one! Bigger! BIGGER!!!

Jeff also sent this e-mail from Ger:
Matt, here it is. 
From: Ger Hard <RedactedUntilIKnowGerWantsHisE-MailOutThere@LessHeadaches4Matt.Seriously>
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2018 11:10:13 AM
To: Jeff Seiler
Subject: Re: Comix
Hi Jeff,

Yes, that was quite the packing job, wasn't it?
I had to protect your precious babies.

Glad you like the drawings. 
(These go a little beyond 'sketches' as I was able to take my time with them.)
I tried to follow your suggestions but you had said that I could do my own thing as well.
I really liked your idea of the doing the Preney Print logo in 'Going Home'
but danged if I could find reference for it anywhere.

I was thinking $200 plus the $25 for shipping.
I'm sorry they took so long but I'm glad I brought them home.
You got MUCH better drawings that way.

Do you want me to send a PayPal invoice or would you rather send a check?

We'll see how the dogs turn out and then talk about price, okay?

I have not seen the Hunchback prints. 
I have not heard a word from them since I sent the (extremely high resolution) files.
So, it's official: Dark Hall Mansion sucks.
(I will add them to my ever growing list of "Things That Suck".)

Shel said, "...'Shel-meister'?..." 
and sends all her best to the "Jeffer-rama-lama-ding-dong".

Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness?
    -Artemus Ward
On Thursday, August 2, 2018, 12:50:23 a.m. EDT, Jeff Seiler <seilerjeff@hotmail.com> (Yeah, pretty sure Jeff don't care- Matt) wrote:

Hi, Ger!  I got your big whomping package today.  It took me ten minutes to open it.  WOW!!!  Those sketches are fantastic!  I'm going to ask Matt to post them on AMOC.

How much do you want for them?  I was thinking like $150 ($30 per) but I could go to $250.  (Neal Adams charges $25 for a sig, so if you want more just let me know.)

And, we still have to talk price on the doggies commission...

Okay, best to you and the Shel-meister,


P.S.:  I know it's not your fault, but I was very, very disappointed with the resolution on the hunchback prints from Dark Mansion.  If they don't up their game, I won't be buying any more.
Okay, don't know what THAT accomplishes,

The views/opinions of the above quoted material are solely that of those quoted in said material.
Neither A Moment of Cerebus, in general, or Matt Dow, in specific, are responsible for the content therein.

Alright, now that my ass is covered, I'm out!

Next Time: "The name's Hobbs, Ben Hobbs. Licensed to Photoshop an Aardvark."

Monday, 13 August 2018

(Un)Collected Letters: Dave Sim? Part Three! (I can't believe this is a new feature...)

Hi, Everybody!

Friend to the blog, and Superman's frenemy, David Birdsong strikes again:
Batman 231, May 1971

Not only did David send in the letters page from Batman #231, so did Cerebus Fangirl Margaret Liss!

David also sent in:
Batman 235, September 1971

And Margaret sent in a picture of Dave Sim signing a copy.

And David also ALSO sent in:
December 1973

 And just because, here's Dave's letters from parts one and two:

Next Time: More letters?!? Shit Dave, when you gonna discover girls? Damn son...

Sunday, 12 August 2018

TL:DR: The Genesis Question part fifteen

Hi, Everybody!

5 May 14

Hi Troy and Mia!

Sincere apologies that you're getting two of these at once.  I'm afraid that Kickstarter and THE STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND ate my week last week.

The citation of Ephesians 3:9, independent of context, seems peculiar to me since it seems to me to be a small part of an extended mediation of the nature of the Christ that continues from early in chapter 2 and through chapter 3.  Even a Reader's Digest distillation turns out to be pretty lengthy.  This definitely seems to me to be the beginning of the theological core of Christianity which originates with Paul

2:4 - the ____ (however God) rich being in mercy, through the much love of Him which He loved us, [5] and being us dead in the falls beside he made alive with to the Christ -- to undeserved kindness you are having been saved --

Paul, it seems to me, is explaining at greater length what is actually intended by the term "grace" or "undeserved kindness".  That it originates in God's love -- agape -- for His creations -- which includes us -- a love of great immensity.  And then contrasts that to who we are and where we are: "in the falls" plural (as contrasted with the notion of there having been a single Fall on the part of Adam).  Everything to the point of the advent of the Christ was a series of falls and now life is being bestowed through the Christ.  I don't, theologically, agree with that.  It seems to me to be a point of origin for anti-Semitism -- without Christ the Jews and all mankind up to the advent of the Christ remain fallen -- but that, it seems to me, is one of those "we'll find out on Judgement Day" things. 

But clearly, even if Paul is misinterpreting God's act in Christ -- that is, even if it's only partly true -- it constitutes an immense expression of God's undeserved kindness towards Christianity and future Christian generations.

[6] and he raised up together and he seated together in the heavenly in Christ Jesus, [7] in order that he might show within in the ages the coming upon the surpassing riches of the undeserved kindness of him in kindness upon us in Christ Jesus."

This is, theologically, contradictory of a core Muslim teaching -- Thou Shalt Not Join Gods With God -- and I would infer is Paul freelancing on the subject.  It depends on what is meant by "in the heavenly".  It seems to partake far more of the Synoptic Jesus teaching, which originates with David's Psalms, of being in the Heavenly Throne with God.  All of us together, which would, it seems to me (trying to maintain as balanced a perspective as I think necessary as to the nature of human beings)  make for a very crowded and degraded Throne.  A recipe for contention rather than redemption and appealing to power-mad instincts that God would share His Authority with us.  I may be unique in this, but I don't really see myself as having anything to add to God's Authority in any context. 

Paul, by contrast, seems to have no hesitation about that as he moves into the third chapter:

"if in fact you heard the house administration of the undeserved kindness of the God of the having been given to me into you [3] that according to revelation was made known to me the mystery, according as I wrote before in little, [4] toward which you are able reading to see mentally the comprehension of me in the mystery of the Christ

I mean, it's a delicate balancing act at best.  "To see mentally the comprehension of me in the mystery of the Christ".  I can see the need for it, excessive and blasphemous as I see it being, in the "raising up" of the entire context.  It needed to be internalized by Christians that they were all IN the mystery of the Christ.  They were all, in effect, Jesus and Jesus was God, therefore, ipso facto, all Christians are, de facto, God Himself.  I suspect, if it hadn't been done that way, it would have been impossible to erect the foundation:  a large body of heretical Jews. And Paul at least seems hesitant about it, seeming to fear imparting the full weight of his revelation "according as I wrote before in little".

And there's a great accuracy to it, as well (in my own frames of reference): the adherence to the YHWH -- which had been in effect since "then did men begin to call upon the name of the YHWH" -- needed to be both supplanted and reinforced by worship of God. 

How do you supplant and reinforce something at the same time? 

Well, as I see it, God did that by making use of the best of the YHWHistic texts -- the occasional redemptive assertions in the Torah lost amid the incoherent vengeance-minded ravings of the YHWH -- and making those the foundation of Christianity.  For most Christians there's only a handful of references in the Law and the Prophets of which they're even vaguely aware and only those that seem to point toward the advent of the Christ.  It allowed for Jewish heresy -- a schism in the Judaic faith -- along a natural fault line:  adherence to good and adherence to evil. 

It wasn't pure -- over the course of centuries, Christianity became naturally thuggish and dictatorial.  Human beings will get that way when they see themselves sharing authority with God over the entire world, sitting in His Throne with Him and passing their own judgements on others:  particularly when they come from barbaric backgrounds -- "the goyim" encompasses a vast swath of pagan humanity after the fall of Rome to the Goths and the Vandals  -- and when their primary grounding in monotheistic theology is hatred of Jews as "Christ killers". 

No, it wasn't pure but it was effective.  It was God "entering in upon His work", having stood back and allowed the YHWH full sway over humanity for literally thousands of years.  There is always, with God, a spectrum of options upon which we are allowed to exercise our free will.  You can adhere to the Synoptic Jesus and Paul and see yourself as being seated at the right hand of God in His throne and passing judgement over everyone who doesn't share your theological "certainties" or you can adhere to the Johannine Jesus and John with his ideology of hierarchies of metaphorical context, explained at considerable length (chapters 13 to 17 of John's Gospel, the Passion narrative, are exclusively concerned with "you are here" teachings:  how the Johannine Jesus relates to the father, how the father relates to God and how the followers of the Johannine Jesus relate to both -- basically "how to be a son of God 101"). 

It's not difficult (at least it doesn't seem difficult to me) to see how Synoptic Jesus Christianity went off the rails:

[5] which to different generations not it was made known to the sons of the men as now it was revealed to the holy apostles of him and to prophets in spirit

I can't say that I doubt that it was "given to" Paul to believe this, but I do think it was specifically intended as a temptation, not only for Paul himself but for succeeding generations of Christians to see themselves as "holy apostles of [H]im" and "prophets in spirit".  Of course to Jews and Muslims (and me, I must add) this is just weirdly, dangerously and frighteningly self-aggrandizing: raising yourself up mentally WAY above any justifiable human level.  And, it's worth pointing out, I think, that it's a temptation whose detrimental effects had begun to subside along about the time of the Reformation, having peaked with the sale of Papal Indulgences, "Get out of Hell Free" cards -- the last station on the "holy apostles of [H]im and to prophets in spirit" co-dictators with God in His Throne railroad.

Paul himself epitomizes the dichotomy with a far more proportionate assertion following directly on the heels of his self-declaration as being one of "the holy apostles to [H]im and to prophets in spirit" 

[6] to be the nations joint heirs and joint body and joint partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the good news, of which I became servant according to the free gift of the undeserved kindness of the God of the having been given to me according to the operation within of the power of Him

This still allows of blasphemous misconstruction but to a far lesser extent. Of course, that depends on what you think the "promise in Christ Jesus through the good news" is:  i.e. being given the power and the authority by God to wreak vengeance on people who don't share your ideology? Paul doesn't say, alluding only to "the operation within":  the mechanism by which God has worked INSIDE of Paul and what Paul infers is God's intention.   

Paul, it seems to me, is still sorting this out for himself.  He appears to feel a full spectrum of  reactions that he attempts to put into words and then feels strongly that he needs to qualify.  A nearly endless process in search of accuracy.

[8] to me the less than the least of all holy ____s was given the undeserved kindness this -- to the nations to declare as good news the not to be traced out riches of the Christ"

That is, he's aware that -- as a prominent former enemy of the Christian revelation -- he was the "less than the least of all holy ___s" in meriting "the operation within" but also seems to understand that this is very much God's point:  "the operation within" can be made accessible to anyone BEGINNING with Paul and that -- at that point -- his human capacity falls short of being able explain further.  WHY was Paul selected?  That, for Paul, falls under the category of the "not to be traced out riches of the Christ".  He knows what happened to him, he knows what it is compelling him to do, but, further than that, he's unable to provide a roadmap.  The riches ARE there, is what he seems to me to be saying.  Receiving a portion of those riches constitutes an "undeserved kindness"  on the part of God whoever you are and whatever "not to be traced out riches" you get and how you get them or don't get them.  It's not matter of, "Okay, first you have to hit the road to Damascus.  And it needs to be a specific road. And when you get to this point in that road, BOOM, 'not to be traced out riches' are yours."

But this is GOOD NEWS is what he appears to be saying.  As mysterious as it is and as much as he can't give you a treasure map, the "not to be traced out riches" are there and they're not just available to Jews, they're equally available to the goyim -- all of the goyim.

Then we come to Mr. Ross' citation: 

Ephesians 3:9 - "and to bring to light what the house administration of the mystery of the ____ having been hidden away from the ages in the God the ___ the all ____s having created"

It's a sprawling statement by which Paul appears to try to sum up everything that he has said in the previous two chapters.  That the purpose of his own Damascene miracle was "to bring to light"…what?  "…what the house administration of the mystery of the…"

(he's already running off the rails in trying to describe it, but he is at least conveying that there is an administration behind it, a house administration.  It's a mystery, but it isn't an incoherent mystery, it's very organized and purposeful: it isn't even possible to analyze what he's saying except fragmentally as I'm trying to do here, that's how mysterious and "beyond words" what he's describing is.)

"the mystery of the ___"  and here he relies on the versatility of the Koine Greek definite article which implies a noun while not supplying it.  He can't provide the noun, but he can suggest an aspect of its nature: "having been hidden away from the ages in the God"  That is, it was not only a mystery but it was hidden away not only from men, generally, but from the ages themselves IN God until there came the time for its revealing. 

But then words appear to fail Paul again.  "having been hidden away from the ages in the God the ___"  Again, there is the necessary reliance on the versatility of the Koine Greek definite article implying a noun that is not supplied. And followed by the same again, only this time in plural form.  There is this thing that was hidden away from the ages in the God that the all (indefinite plural noun) "having created".

It seems this is as specific as he can get.  He knows what happened. He knows what he saw. He knows what he experienced and he knows that it instantly converted him from an enemy of Christianity to one of its greatest proponents.  The point he misses, I think, is that these are the "not to be traced out riches" of the Christ and what he's attempting to do is to trace them out. 

It's only when he abandons trying to explain the nature of the origin point of his revelation and instead discusses what it will cause to happen that he recovers his sense:  

[10] in order that it might be made known now to the governments and to the authorities in the heavenly through the ecclesia the much diversified wisdom of the God

"the governments and to the authorities in the heavenly" is an interesting phrase, suggesting angelic hierarchies (which may or may not be accurate and, again, seems to smack of self-aggrandizement -- that Paul, or men generally, would have the ability to make known anything to the angelic hierarchies they didn't already know) (assuming they exist).  "the much diversified wisdom of the God" is an equally interesting phrase in tandem with it, suggesting as it does that there is much that God knows and is contained in His wisdom which is hidden to all other beings, "governments" and "authorities" until the time of His revealing. 

"through the ecclesia" -- that is, that the purpose of the Christian church will be to reveal these home truths to "the governments and to the authorities in the heavenly" certainly points in the direction of the Papal excesses of the Middle Ages  but is arguably accurate in the general ecclesiastical sense:  without the Christian church, God's "diversified wisdom" would certainly have been revealed as being less "diversified".  

[11] according to purpose of the ages which he made in the Christ Jesus the Lord of us [12] in whom we are having the outspokenness and leading toward in confidence through the faith of him."

This seems problematic to me in self-evident ways:  "the Lord" being the traditional euphemistic expression of the concept of the YHWH and traditionally deemed to be interchangeable with the name of God.  "in whom we are having the outspokenness":  you have to be careful of what you are being outspoken about.  Making a man into the new YHWH and then noising that abroad seems to me to be no great improvement on the status quo.  But, at the same time, how else to keep the YHWH "on board" with the new revelation unless it seems like a recipe for a "pure YHWH" win? 

"in confidence" can become over-confidence, as I think it did in this case.  Faith IN him (Christ Jesus) begin a different thing from the faith OF him. 

Just because you pronounce yourselves to be his followers, doesn't mean that he has faith in you.

Back next week with Hebrews 1:1-14.


Next Time: More letters from Dave! 

Saturday, 11 August 2018

September/October Previews stuff

Hi, Everybody!

Travis Pelkie returns with his regular [Ha!-Matt] monthly selection for Cerebus fans of comics and books featured in the latest Diamond Previews catalog. Travis is co-founder of the Atomic Junk Shop, a site about comics and other fun pop culture. To see your comics featured here or at the Atomic Junk Shop feel free to send an email to Travis at: atomicjunkshoptravis [at] outlook [dot] com.

Diamond Preview Picks: September 2018

Aw jeez, not another "Aardvark Pride" parade...

(W) Dave Sim, Benjamin Hobbs, Sandeep Atwal (A) Dave Sim, Gustave Dore (CA) Benjamin Hobbs
Dead Cerebus balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; Shock Surprise Ending!; Dead Cerebus Writes His Memoirs; Dead Cerebus Out-Trumps Trump; Betty the Aardvark-Molesting-Nursing-Assistant Bird; Pretzel-Pecker Salt;  The Legion of Cerebus-Balloon-Handlers;  Ben-Cooper-Cerebus-Halloween-Costume Cerebus;  GAG ME WAYTMI Un-beddable Vark;  Unbeddable Vark's Big, Big Rubber; Legion of Cerebus Balloon-Handlers' Massacre; Myths and Legends 101; Snake or Duck a l'Orange for dinner; politically-correct pronouns for Cerberus' three heads;  Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics; Fidel Castro in Hell?; Preliminary Infernal Roadways Disaster Report; Appealing to God; Why you should never call the Whore of Babylon a whore; Donald Trump gets a bikini wax.

Travis sez: You know this one.  Great cover gag.

(W) Terry Moore (A/CA) Terry Moore
Katchoo and Francine's happy family is in danger when a Parker Girl threatens to expose Katchoo's shady past before congress, then goes into hiding. The chase is on as Katchoo begins an international hunt for her elusive pred-ator in a race against time!

Travis sez: The first trade of the new series of Terry Moore's classic characters.  The first issue was pretty good.

(W) Rick Veitch (A/CA) Rick Veitch
The classic revisionist superhero saga that predates Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns and presented a shocking worldview that almost predicted today's political climate! Rick Veitch's groundbreaking series has been called the last word on superheroes. It is a world-spanning, continent-crushing, over-the-top adventure story that brings the United States and Russia to the brink of annihilation... from both nuclear warheads and crazed superheroes-run-amok!

Advance solicited for November release!
Completely remastered with new scans and updated color-all overseen by Veitch himself.
Introduction by Alan Moore!

Travis sez: The Veitchmonster tells an apocalyptic superhero story, newly recolored and collected from IDW.
(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Eddie Campbell
Experience FROM HELL as never seen before: fully restored and in color for the first time!

Five unsolved murders. Two of the greatest creators in the history of comics. One sprawling conspiracy, one metropolis on the brink of the 20th century, and one bloody-minded Ripper ushering London into the modern age of terror. The award-winning bestseller FROM HELL, often ranked among the greatest graphic novels of all time, takes on haunting new dimensions in FROM HELL: The Master Edition, enhanced with impressionistic hues by Eddie Campbell himself.

Travis sez: Eddie Campbell restores and colors the classic graphic novel.  Perhaps this time he'll remember the head of that one guy near the end, as told of in the From Hell dialogue between Dave and Alan Moore.

(W) Lee Allred, Michael Allred (A) Rich Tommaso (A/CA) Michael Allred
IDW Publishing proudly presents the rebirth of one the most iconic comic-strip heroes of all time, Dick Tracy! The All-American detective just made the biggest collar of his career, and it only cost him his job! But now the honest cop has packed his bags for "the city by the lake," and its criminals better watch out! Reimagined for the 21st century through a retro lens by the superstar team of Michael Allred, Lee Allred, Rich Tommaso and Laura Allred, Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive is a lock to be the pop-art event of 2018! 
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

Bizarre villains! Crooked cops! Gunfights galore!
Cover art and co-written by Eisner Award-winning superstar Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie, Silver Surfer, Batman '66)!
Illustrated by Rich Tommaso (Spy Seal, Dry County) with Michael Allred inks!

Travis sez: The great Mike Allred (friend of glamourpuss) co-writes and inks and does some covers for this update of the classic Chester Gould character.

(W) Margaret Atwood (A/CA) Ken Steacy
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale, comes this historical fiction graphic novel tracing the Golden Age of comic books. 

Oursonette, a fictional Nazi-fighting superheroine, is created at the peak of World War II by comic book creator Al Zurakowski who dreams of making it big in the early world of comics publishing. 

A story that follows the early days of comics in Toronto, a brutal war that greatly strains Al personally and professionally, and how the rise of post-war American comics puts an end to his dreams.

Travis sez: Historical fiction about Golden Age Canadian comics, by Margaret Atwood and Ken Steacy.  It's bound to be interesting!

(W) Julie Doucet (A/CA) Julie Doucet
Julie Doucet's comic book series Dirty Plotte is one of the most iconic to have ever been created, a visionary work both for the medium and for storytelling. Her stories are candid, funny, and intimate, plumbing the depths of the female psyche while charting the fragility of the men around her. Her artwork is dense and confident, never wavering in the wit and humour of its owner. Dirty Plotte: The Complete Julie Doucet collects the entire comic book series, including the acclaimed My New York Diary, rare comics and previously unpublished material, in a deluxe two volume box set.

Travis sez: A collection of Julie Doucet's comics from the '80s and '90s.  A version of her character made a memorable cameo in Latter Days.

(W) Batton Lash (A/CA) Batton Lash
The first new Supernatural Law graphic novel in 5 years! The law firm of Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre has a unique practice: defending monsters and the supernaturally afflicted! In this full-color original graphic novel, Alanna Wolff and Jeff Byrd take on a case in which a ghost is literally "grandfathered in" to a home inheritance: Grandpa has died but his ghost won't leave the house, much to the chagrin of his son and daughter-in-law. Meanwhile at the law offices, that landlord wants Wolff & Byrd to leave because their clients are disturbing the other tenants.

Travis sez: A brand new GN of the delightful Batton Lash comic about lawyers for supernatural creatures.  Fun stuff!

(W) Michael Cherkas, Larry Hancock
The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics returns! The series will begin with two books reprinting the original volumes, followed by the never before collected third album and concluding with an all-new fourth book of this epic series of conspiracy and paranoia. Set against the background of a nightmarish 1950s crawling with communist spies, corrupt FBI agents, McCarthyites, Stalinists, cold warriors, flying saucers, mysterious government organizations, The Silent Invasion weaves a byzantine tale of mystery and deceit as a bewildered investigative reporter Matt Sinkage pursues the truth behind an apparent alien invasion of earth that points to involvement at the highest levels of American government officials.

Travis sez: Sweet.  The stylish story of UFOs and conspiracies in the 1950s, originally released through Renegade Press, is being collected and eventually concluded with this GN series.  It's a great comic if you haven't read it.

(W) Keiji Nakazawa (A/CA) Keiji Nakazawa
Barefoot Gen is the powerful, tragic, and autobiographical story of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, seen through the eyes of the artist as a young boy growing up in Japan. The honest portrayal of emotions and experiences speaks to children and adults everywhere. Featuring a sleek new cover design, this landmark ten-part series returns to print in this 45th anniversary year of the series' debut. 

Travis sez: A new printing of the classic autobiographical manga about the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, in time for the 45th anniversary of the release of the comic.

(W) Tom Peyer, Grant Morrison (A) Greg Scott, Chris Giarrusso, Rick Geary, Shannon Wheeler (CA) Richard Williams
Chronic malcontent David Weathers dies and goes to Heaven-where everything is terrible, and everybody hates a complainer. A savage satire by writer Tom Peyer (HourmanBatman '66) with art by Greg Scott (Black HoodX-Files). And! The socially awkward science-adventurers known as Hashtag: Danger kill a dinosaur! Backup story by Tom Peyer, art by Chris Giarrusso (G-ManMini-Marvels). And And! A cartoon by Shannon Wheeler, and an all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison: "Festive Funtimes At The New World's Fair," illustrated by Rick Geary! Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD).

(W) Tom Peyer, Paul Constant, Grant Morrison (A) Juan Castro, Shannon Wheeler (A/CA) Jamal Igle
AHOY Comics launches with a biting superhero satire! On one world, Dragonflyman and his sidekick Stinger enjoy a life of adventure. On another Earth, the Dragonfly hunts criminal parasites like a lethal exterminator. But what happens when these two heroes change places? By Tom Peyer (Captain KidHourman) and Jamal Igle (BlackSupergirl)! And, a "Golden Age" Stinger solo story, by Paul Constant and Frank Cammuso! Plus: An all-new text story by comics legend Grant Morrison: "'Hud' Hornet's Holiday In Hell," illustrated by Rob Steen! All this plus a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler!

Travis sez: New small publisher Ahoy debuts with these two books written by Tom Peyer, one about a man trying to escape a disappointing heaven, and the other about a Silver Age superhero who trades places with his modern counterpart.  Also, there are cartoons by Shannon Wheeler in there too.

(W) Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, More (A) Barry Windsor-Smith, Gil Kane, John Buscema
The greatest saga in sword-and-sorcery history begins - the saga of Conan! Born on a battlefield in the frozen lands of Cimmeria, Conan fights his way through the untamed Hyborian kingdoms, sparing no man, woman or wizard his wrath. His adventures will become legend. He will become king. Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith brought Robert E. Howard's iconic creation to four-color life with work that set new standards for comic book storytelling. Marvel is honored to present each story, each cover and each letters page - all painstakingly restored to match the majesty of the original editions. In these early exploits, Conan ventures from his homeland for the first time, honing his skills as a thief, mercenary, pirate and above all, warrior!
Collecting CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1970) #1-26 and material from SAVAGE TALES (1971) #1 and #4, CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #4 and CONAN CLASSIC #1-11.

Travis sez: Conan is going back to Marvel after years at Dark Horse, and here is a collection of the original Marvel comics, featuring Barry Windsor-Smith art that influenced the early Cerebus issues.  Approach with caution, though, as I'm not sure which coloring they're using for this one.

(W) Stan Lee, Steve Ditko (A/CA) Steve Ditko
A vain man driven by greed and hubris, Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-renowned surgeon until the night a car accident crippled his hands. Broken and destitute, he journeyed to Tibet to seek a cure from a legendary healer. There he found not a man of medicine, but the venerable Ancient One - and the path to the mystic arts! From Doctor Strange's eerie Greenwich Village home, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created new dimensions and otherworldly terrors unlike anything seen before. These classic first stories remain as influential today as they were to 1960s counterculture. In this premiere volume, experience the debut of iconic characters including Baron Mordo, Eternity, Dormammu and the Mindless Ones - as well as Strange's faithful servant Wong and the mystic mistress Clea! Collecting material from STRANGE TALES (1951) #110-111 and #114-146 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2.

Travis sez: Pay tribute to the memory of Steve Ditko with this new version of the entire (I think) Ditko run of Doctor Strange.  I need more money so I can get things like this!

(W) Len Wein (A) Bernie Wrightson, Nestor Redondo (CA) Karl Kerschl
Swamp Thing's early adventures are collected in paperback with SWAMP THING: THE BRONZE AGE VOL. 1. Deep in the bayou of Louisiana, far from civilization's grasp, a shadowed creature seen only in fleeting glimpses roils the black waters...a twisted, vegetative mockery of a man...a Swamp Thing! These are the tales that introduced Alec and Linda Holland, Anton Arcane, Abigail Cable, the Patchwork Man, the Un-Men, plus an appearance by Batman! Collects THE HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 and SWAMP THING #1-13.

Travis sez: The early Swamp Thing stuff in a trade, featuring some sweet Bernie Wrightson art.

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Diamond Preview Picks: October 2018

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(W) Dave Sim, Benjamin Hobbs, Sandeep Atwal (A) Dave Sim, Gustave Dore (CA) Benjamin Hobbs
"Cash On Delivery Penis in Every Canadian Expresspost"; Super Cerebus hoaxes Satan; Cerebus appoints the Whore of Babylon Governor of the Bank of Canada; Electric cars a city-block long made of woven hemp powered by wind turbines on the roof; million-dollar banknotes; Francis suspects Super-Cerebus of being as "gay as the song the fairies sing"; "Foresworn & Sven Yeargan, Gol"; the computers are eating our pens; Count Ugolino and his sons and grandsons starve to death; "Bohemian Rhapsody" "on-hold" music; what it means when a Muslim calls you a "whore"; The 31 Gender Pronouns; "We're All Doomed"; The Whore of Babylon vs. Virgil;
Clinton Supporters of the Damned.

Travis sez: This guy again.  You should have already ordered this, you know!

Hey look! It's AMOC Special Friend Jimmy Gownley, That's why his book gets a full sized picture...

(W) Jimmy Gownley (A/CA) Jimmy Gownley
Meet Amelia Louise McBride. She's been forced to move out of Manhattan after her parents decided to get divorced, and is now living in a small town (who cares which one) with her mom and her aunt, Tanner. Not to mention the fact that she's dealing with being the new kid in school, many trips to the principal's office, first kisses, etc. But you know what? She's got her friends Reggie, Rhonda, and Pajamaman, and everything's going to be okay. Except, of course, when it isn't.

Travis sez: A new printing of our pal Jimmy Gownley's excellent Amelia Rules comic!

(A) Rocco Mastroserio, Bill Molno, Charles Nicholas, Steve Ditko, Dick Giordano, Paul Reinman, Tony Tallarico, Maurice Whitman, Howard Boughner
Courtesy of the Traveler's creator, Steve Ditko, this title beat pretty much everything else on the creaking metal comic book spinners. What it may have lacked in the comicbook equivalent of $100M FX budgets, the Mysterious Traveler made up for it with sheer class, style and out 'n out pizzazz and charm. A clear inspiration to the hugely popular Amazing Adult Fantasy, the Mysterious Traveler is surely the original "adult" comic and the one that's still, with these sumptuous hardcover four-color volumes, worth a deep read. Collects Tales of the Mysterious Traveler #1-5 (August 1956 to January 1957).

Travis sez: A collection of the Steve Ditko comic from the '50s.  The PS Artbooks line is pretty good from what I've seen.

(W) Andy Diggle (A/CA) Luca Casalanguida
Featuring a collection of issues from the original Marvel Comics series "The Savage Sword of Conan," with each page painstakingly re-mastered for this volume! Plus, legendary Red Sonja writer and former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Roy Thomas provides an introduction!

Travis sez: Stories of the inspiration for Red Sophia, by Frank Thorne et al.

(W) Howard Chaykin (A) Howard Chaykin (CA) Don Cameron
SERIES PREMIERE! HEY KIDS! COMICS! takes its cue from nearly a century of turbulence and triumph, despair and drama in the comic book racket. Artists and writers, con men and clowns, ganefs and gangsters, create the foundations of today's biggest entertainment business-or at least the tail that wags the dog. Some of it really happened, and the names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty... although in the end, everyone was guilty of something.

Travis sez: A new series from Howard Chaykin, telling tales out of school about the shenanigans behind the scenes involved in making comics.  Should be interesting.

(W) John Layman (A/CA) Nick Pittara
SERIES PREMIERE! Poor Ryan DeLuca didn't buy enough beer for his party, and while he was out on a beer run his idiot buddies busted out some mystical arcana and performed a summoning ceremony-a ceremony that summoned a giant monster from hell!
Join multiple Eisner-winning writer JOHN LAYMAN (CHEW) and Eisner-nominated artist NICK PITARRA (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS), along with soon-to-be-nominated-for-best-colorist MICHAEL GARLAND (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) for an eye-popping, face-melting, reality-defying, nonstop rush of pure adrenaline.

Travis sez: Cerebus superfan John Layman is back with his first creator owned comic after the end of Chew (I believe), with art by the great Nick Pitarra and colors by Michael Garland.  It's about a party that gets out of hand when a demon is summoned.  Whom amongst us, amirite?

(W) Jason Lutes (A/CA) Jason Lutes
During the past two decades, Jason Lutes has quietly created one of the masterworks of the graphic novel golden age. Serialized in twenty-two issues, collected in two volumes, with a third to be co-released at the time of this omnibus, Berlin has over 100,000 copies in print. An intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens, Berlin will be one of the high-water marks of the medium: rich in its researched historical detail; compassionate in its character studies; and as timely as ever in its depiction of a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism.

Travis sez: Jason Lutes has finally completed the long-running Berlin comic, which lasted almost as long as Cerebus did but only got 22 issues out of it.  Oops.  Anyway, it's very good from what I've read, a look at the period of the late 1920s/early 1930s Germany.

(W) Ken McDonald, Fred Schiller, Various (A) Mark Beachum, Herb Trimpe, Various (CA) Bob Wiacek
The armor is familiar, but the man inside isn't who you'd expect! He's Arno Stark, the cold and hard-hitting Iron Man of the future - and Tony Stark's descendant has quite a legacy to live up to. Catch all the futuristic action as Arno battles Spider-Man and Blizzard in a time-traveling adventure to stop a nuclear terrorist; faces Machine Man at the behest of Tony's old foe Sunset Bain; and clashes with the original Death's Head, industrial saboteur Marcus Wellington and the high-flying Commodore Q! Can Arno overcome his foes - and himself - to become the hero he's modeled himself after? Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #20, MACHINE MAN (1984) #1-4, DEATH'S HEAD #10, IRON MAN 2020 #1, ASTONISHING TALES: IRON MAN 2020 #1-6 and material from WHAT IF? (1989) #53. Rated T

Travis sez: I think that there is Barry Windsor-Smith art in this collection, but I'm not completely sure.

(W) Frank Miller, Chris Claremont, Dennis O'Neil, Various (A) Herb Trimpe (A/CA) Frank Miller
Frank Miller took the comics industry by storm, redefining iconic characters, obliterating creative boundaries and inspiring a generation of readers and creators. While most know Miller as the man who remade Daredevil and created Elektra, he contributed his talents to many Marvel titles - and this incomparable Omnibus brings those stories together in one complete collection! From Miller's first Marvel work to his extensive array of covers and rare pinups, this painstakingly restored collection is the Millerphile's be-all and end-all. Featuring Miller's iconoclastic takes on Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, the Thing, Doc Samson, Captain Marvel, Karma, Power Man and Iron Fist and more! Collecting PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (1976) #27-28; MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #51; MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1979) #8; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #14-15; MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL #4; WOLVERINE (1982) #1-4; MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #18 - and material from MARVEL PREVIEW #23; MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #100; POWER MAN AND IRON FIST (1978) #76; INCREDIBLE HULK ANNUAL #11; and OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (1983) #2-6, #8 and #10. Rated T +

Travis sez: Frank Miller on Marvel characters.  Of course it's cool.

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