Upcoming furry comics for February 2009 (Previews only)
No page numbers this month, just placeholders; none on my order form, and I am not going in search of another, being a couple of weeks late already. But there is a *lot* of great stuff this month. Three items I recommend, my average being under .5.
DARK HORSE COMICS (http://www.darkhorse.com)
DEC080045 Usagi Yojimbo #118 24pg, b&w $3.50
by Stan Sakai
Kitsune really really shouldn't have stolen that jewel from the wizard Hatakeyama. Part two.
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DEC080179 Looney Tunes #171 32pg, color $2.50
by various and others
Pepe teaches Taz to sweep the monster of his (that's Taz's) dreams off her feat
DEC080180 Scooby-Doo #141 32pg, color $2.50
by fewer than usual
A companion to the movie *Scooby-Doo and the Shadow Goblins*.
IMAGE COMICS (http://www.imagecomics.com/)
DEC082259 Elephantmen #21 32pg, color $3.50
by Richard Starkings and Boo Cook
'Ebony prepares to spend a quiet day at home...but a MAPPO sleeper cell has other plans for him.'
AMAZE INK/SLAVE LABOR (http://www.slgpublishing.com/)
DEC083716 Skelebunnies: the Complete Collection tp 120pg, b&w $10.95
by Tommy Kovac
'Join these living-dead abominations in a playful, episodic romp through the forest. You'll meet their adorable servants, the Woobies, who come in three distinct varieties: Devil Woobies, Bat Woobies, and Mushroom Woobies. You'll also meet the Skellies' faithful flying zombie steed, the dainty Pretty-Pretty Pony Macabre (she has some seriously bad luck!). And of course there's the Skelebunnies' most bipolar and boy-crazy frenemy, Satan. Along the way you'll encounter the rather judgmental Baby Dwarf Bears, the savage Baba Yaga, the aptly-named Buttwing, and a host of other characters and stories. Are the Skelebunnies mean-spirited? Sometimes. Does it all make sense? Not really. What's the point? To giggle, my friends, to giggle!'
I really like Tommy Kovac's weird stories, like *Stitch* (where the Skelebunnies first appeared as a second feature), and especially *Autumn*, which I really really wish he'd finish. Since I already have more than half of this material from the comics of 2000-2003, I'm not going to get it sight unseen. But if it's new to you and you like the weirdness of other Slave Laborers--say, Jamie Smart's *Ubu Bubu* and Jhonen Vasquez's *Johnny the Homicidal Maniac*--I recommend it.
ANTARCTIC PRESS (http://www.antarctic-press.com/)
DEC083735 Gold Digger #104 32pg, color $2.99
by Fred Perry
'Gina's excavation of Tua'la reveals the core of the buried city; a mysterious facility constructed before the appearance of Earth's first civilization of evolved dinosaurs!' But there are things there that don't like trespassers.
DEC083736 Gold Digger: Maidens of Twilight #2 (of 4) 32pg, color $3.50
by Fred Perry & Robby Bevard, & J.L. Anderson
Bounty-hunting Grim Reapers, perverted rhyming undead, and stuff.
DEC083737 Gold Digger Tech Manual #2 32pg, color $3.95
by Fred Perry with Doug Dlin
A guide to the part of GD that interests me least.
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (http://www.archiecomics.com/)
DEC083764 Sonic Universe #1 32pg, color $2.50
by Ian Flynn & Tracy Yardley
'Because you demanded it - a thrilling new sonic series that raises the stakes and expands the comic book world of Sonic! This is the comic the fans have waited for - an ever-expanding, all-encompassing series revolving around Sonic's many friends and foes whose continuity aligns with the regular monthly Sonic comic. Along the way, we'll deliver some of the popular supporting cast from the many Sonic video games, including many who have never appeared in the comics before! The first issue of Sonic Universe debuts with a story that's out of this world - literally - as Shadow and Metal Sonic continue their series-spanning fight and wind up in a whole new dimension! And things are bound to heat up when Blaze the Cat and a Chaos Emerald enter the mix! Don't miss the explosive beginning of this universe-spanning series!' Woo hoo.
DEC083765 Sonic the Hedgehog #197 32pg, color $2.25
by Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardley & Matt Herms
'[T]he countdown to issue #200 continues!'
DEC083766 Sonic the Hedgehog Archives Volume 10 tp 112pg, 5x7 ½", color $7.95
DEC084020 Sizzle #41 mag, 64pg, b&w $5.95
Nonfurry porn 'and if the Gods of intelligent eroticism are on our side: some more Omaha the Cat Dancer!'
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS (http://www.fantagraphics.com/)
DEC084026 Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury hc, 12"x15", 272pg, b&w $29.99
by Tony Millionaire
'[Tony Millionaire's Maakies] is currently in production as an animated series for the Cartoon Network's popular Adult Swim, to be titled The Drinky Crow Show and debuting in late-2008. Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury collects the second five years of Millionaire's popular strip (The first five years were collected in 2005's Premillennial Maakies).'
GEMSTONE PUBLISHING (http://www.gemstonepub.com/)
DEC084039 Uncle Scrooge #387 sc, 7"x10", 64pg, color $7.99
Four stories, including one of the Carl Barkses I remember best, "City of Golden Roofs". Uncle Scrooge proposes a contest to show Donald he earned his wealth, each selling randomly selected cargos in steaming-hot Indochina. Donald gets tape decks, and Scrooge--enormous airplane hangar heaters.
DEC084040 Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #702 sc, 7"x10", 80pg, color $9.99
by about 25% more various
MIRAGE STUDIOS (http://www.ninjaturtles.com/)
DEC084165 Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #55 200pg, 5"x7", b&w $10.99
by Dan Berger & Jim Lawson
54 pages in #53? Bah, try 200! 'This issue hearkens back to the early days of the Turtles' training and takes a look at what the mighty mutants were up to on those days when they weren't battling nefarious ninjas, abominable aliens, or ghastly gang members.'
DEC084175 Dungeon Zenith Volume 3: Back in Style sc, 6"x9", 96pg, color $12.95
by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim & Boulet
'Taking a pause from the Monstres sub-series, Zenith returns! This time with the art of Boulet but still written by the Sfar/Trondheim duo! Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon. In the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper, but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely. In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him "the mask of death." Only one problem -- if he laughs, he becomes himself again!' Recommended. The first two DZ volumes are offered again.
RADIO COMIX (http://www.radiocomix.com/)
SOFAWOLF PRESS (http://www.sofawolf.com/)
DEC084235 Digger vol. 2 sc, 7"x10", 128pg, b&w $18.95
by Ursula Vernon
'The continuing adventures of Digger, a wombat in a strange land where statues talk, slugs tell prophecies, and soldiers inexplicably want to kill her, when all she really wants to do is go home.' Highest recommendation! The latest strip is always available at http://www.graphicsmash.com/comics/digger.php, as are the first 285 strips; take a look and see why you need this book.