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Article: Previews August 2012
Posted: June 14, 2012
The summer is hotting up with first-rate new releases on the near horizon. Major new, or newly translated, graphic novels are drawing closer from Zeina Abirached, Gabrielle Bell, Jeff Lemire, Rutu Modan, David Prudhomme, Rich Tommaso and Steven Weissman. On the strip front, offerings span from Peanuts-precursor and simply one of the most poetic evocations of childhood in all of comics, Percy Crosby’s Skippy, through to the biting satire on the music world in Savage Pencil’s Trip or Squeek from The Wire magazine. There’s manga old and new in Tezuka’s Barbara gem and new Anglo-Japanese collaboration Ketsueki. Add to that two different takes on childhood in China, Little Death visiting from Austria, and a quartet of strong new British entries from Blank Slate, firing on four cylinders and not a blank among them. Rumpy-pumpy never goes out of fashion, so one prequel worth your attention is Howard Chaykin’s return to his celebration of sleaze and kinkiness in Black Kiss 2. It’s a comeback with some reason to exist, compared to the dreary rehashes I am saving you from, idea-starved, loveless products of the bored-rooms of America’s comatose copyright-hungry corporations. Avoid, avoid these rehashes please, and instead boldly step into some of these more life-enhancing titles out in two months, more or less. Wonders await you… Read the rest of my new Article here…
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