Upcoming furry comics for September 2009 (Previews only)
Owing to bankruptcy of Comics Now!, I've missed a couple of months, but it's back to the furry trenches for July. Next month I try to be timelier.
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DARK HORSE COMICS (http://www.darkhorse.com)
JUL090015 Beasts of Burden #1 (of 4) 32pg, color, $2.99
by Evan Dorkin (W) and Jill Thompson (P)
'When supernatural occurrences sweep the community of Burden Hill, it's up to a heroic gang of cats and dogs to keep residents safe from harm.
A bizarre disturbance leads these four-legged neighbors on a wild-goose chase into the depths of the nearby forest, where loyalties are tested and lives come to an abrupt end.
Award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) first introduced these heroic characters in the anthologies The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, Witchcraft, the Dead, and Monsters, for which they won coveted Eisner Awards for Best Short Story and Best Painter.' Sounds good to me; I like both creators' work.
JUL090054 Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai hc, 6"x9", 64pg, color $14.95
by Stan Sakai
'Yokai are the monsters, demons, and spirits of Japanese folklore, such as the shape-changing kitsune, the obakeneko demon cats, and the evil oni ogres.' Usagi has to take 'em all on with the help of Sasuke the Demon Queller, in a 25th-anniversary special.
JUL090055 Usagi Yojimbo #123 24pg, b&w $3.50
by Stan Sakai
'Before wandering the country as a masterless samurai, Usagi served Lord Mifune. But Mifune was killed in battle against the forces of the Dark Lord, Hikiji, leaving Usagi a ronin.
Years later, Usagi meets some old comrades from his days as Mifune's retainer. The bereaved warriors have long been trying to avenge their lord by killing Hikiji, but over the years their numbers have dwindled [from 47?]. Now they have the perfect opportunity, and Usagi is pivotal to their plans.'
Beanworld Book 3: Remember Here When You Are There! hc, 6"x9", 186pg, b&w
by Larry Marder
'Fifteen years in the making, Remember Here When You Are There! completes the "Springtime" cycle of stories, in which the perfect harmony of the Beanworld is interrupted for the first time.
Larry Marder's Beanworld is a most peculiar comic book experience, inspired by equal parts Jack Kirby, Native American mythology, Marcel Duchamp, and Robert Crumb. Now, Marder returns to his sui generis creation with the first in a series of original Beanworld graphic novels!
Chock full of characters new and old, this volume sees the Pod'l'pool Cuties learn to fly; Beanish efforts to write a love song; and the long-anticipated return of Heyoka and the Big Fish to the Beanworld!' Recommended, though I'm waiting for the paperback.
DC COMICS (http://www.dccomics.com/)
JUL090257 Looney Tunes #178 32pg, color $2.50
'Daffy takes it to the extreme! The Looney Tunes gang dominates the modeling scene in "Project No-Way." Plus, other classic reprints.' More reprints. Is this thing dying?
JUL090258 Scooby-Doo #148 32pg, color $2.50
by smaller heaps
'Sumo mats are dangerous enough without the terrifying taunts of Tengu! Plus, Scooby and the gang head to prison to catch their latest villain.'
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IMAGE COMICS (http://www.imagecomics.com/)
JUL090357 Tiffany's Epiphany hc, 32pg, color $12.99
by Kristen Koerner Simon and Jim Valentino
'The animals in the forest are being bullied! Jack the Rabbit decides to confront the culprit, only to find out the bully is a SKUNK named Tiffany! A lighthearted and humorous tale that shows how wrong it is to be a bully, as well as how lonely being a bully can be.' The summary doesn't impress me but I *love* the title.
JUL090393 Elephantmen #21 32pg, color $3.50
by Richard Starkings and Marian Churchland
One more resolicitation.
JUL090401 Mice Templar: Destiny #3 32 pg, color $2.99
by Michael Avon Oeming & Bryan J. Glass & Victor Santos
'Karic and Cassius enter the splendor and terror of the Bright Realm, the day world which night-dwelling creatures cannot enter save by random accident, or through utilizing ancient Templar secrets. Is there a price to be paid for bypassing the Guardians of the Worlds?' And so on.
AMAZE INK/SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS
JUL090645 The Rockpool Files 5.5"x8.5", 64pg, b&w $6.95
by Glenn Dakin and Phil Elliott
'Question: If you want to take the Force of Gravity to court, who do you call? Mr. Crusht Acean, of course. When frozen blue men clutching giant sea-shells turn up outside a secret research station who's the first person you contact? Who else but Mr. Crusht Acean. Who's the only person who can solve a crime before it has been committed? Do we really need to answer that? Mr. Crusht Acean works for the foremost Inter-Galactic Detective Agency and he's coming your way!' This month also brings *Pinocchio Vampire Slayer*, but I'll spare you. Cover image: http://www.slgcomic.com/zoomify.asp?catalogid=1263&img=assets/images/cov...
ANTARCTIC PRESS (http://www.antarctic-press.com/)
JUL090653 Gold Digger Annual #15 48 pg, color $4.50
'Pro and amateur fans alike present their own takes on their favorite GD characters.' Meh.
JUL090654 Gold Digger Halloween Special 2009 32pg, b&w $2.99
by Fred Perry & various
'Fred Perry and your other favorite A.P. artists spin spectral stories of Halloween hijinks by the Gold Digger cast.'
JUL090655 Gold Digger Swimsuit: End of Summer Special 2009 48pg, b&w $4.50
More fan art.
JUL090656 Gold Digger: Tiffany & Charlotte--Second Semester #3 (of 4) 32pg, b&w $3.99
by Fred Perry and J.L. Anderson
'Tiffany's science fair project goes horribly wrong.'
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (http://www.archiecomics.com/)
JUL090688 Sonic the Hedgehog #204 32pg, color $2.50
by Ian Flynn and Steven Butler
'It's Sonic vs. Monkey Khan yet again!'
JUL090689 Sonic the Hedgehog #205 32pg, color $2.50
by Ian Flynn and Steven Butler
'Bunnie is back, but worse for wear with her wounds being tended in the hospital. Luckily, her friends are by her side, but not for long as Eggman attacks in his Egg-Tortoise walker!'
JUL090690 Sonic Universe #8 32pg, color $2.50
by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley
'Our look at Mobius: 30 Years Later wraps up in this titanic issue!' High time!!!!
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BOOM! STUDIOS (http://www.boom-studios.net/)
JUL090743 Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #699 24pg, color $2.99
by Riccardo Secchi and Stefano Turconi
The Disney comics have moved again. 'Ever wondered what would happen when all the superheroes of the Disney comics universe star in an epic clash against all the super villains with the fate of the world at stake? Join The Duck Avenger, Super Goofy, and the man himself Mickey Mouse for an all-new team of heroes, an all-new era in Disney publishing!' All-new, all-crappy.
JUL090745 Mickey Mouse & Friends #296 24pg, color $2.99
by Stefano Ambrosio and Lorenzo Pastrovicchio
After generic superheroes, what next but crap fantasy? 'Student of the great wizard Grandalf, Mickey Mouse hails from the humble village of Miceland. Allying himself with Donald Duck and his pet dragon named Fafnir, and team mate Goofy, Mickey's come to the great tournament to get his revenge on Peg Leg Pete, who has stolen the Rain Crystal from Miceland!' Oh, it just gets better and better....
JUL090765 The Muppet Show: the Treasure of Peg-leg Wilson #3 (of 4) 24pg, color $2.99
by Roger Langridge
'Roger Langridge's celebrated run on The Muppet Show continues!' Miles from his best work, but still, it's Roger Langridge.
JUL090766 Mr. Stuffins sc, 6"x9", 88pg, color $12.99
by Andrew Cosby & Johanna Stokes and Axel Medellin
A scientist, fearful of weaponization of his AI, hides it in a mechanical toy bear. 'An unsuspecting family buys the toy bear and a little boy discovers a new best friend -- a cute, cuddly toy bear who's got all the moves of James Bond!' Awww.
Also this month: Muppet Peter Pan #2 and The World of Cars: Radiator Springs #3, whereof I must be silent.
IDW PUBLISHING (http://www.idwpublishing.com)
JUL090962 Digger and Friends #2 (of 4) 32pg, color $3.99
by Jack Brigio and Diego Jourdan
No, this isn't Ursula Vernon's superb webcomic, of which the fourth collection recently came out. 'The all-ages adventures of NASCAR mascot Digger and his friends continue here!' Blech.
MIRAGE STUDIOS (http://www.ninjaturtles.com/)
JUL090990 Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #62 32pg, b&w $3.25
by Ryan Brown, Dan Berger, and Fernando Leon Gonzalez
'Michelangelo's Utrom friend, Klag, asks the good-natured ninja to take care of his pet bunny while he's away. Unfortunately for Raphael and Mikey, Klag was unaware that the rabbit was a test subject for mutagenetic studies -- and once the little critter gets agitated, things go from bad to worse!' Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!
JUL090991 Donatello: the Brain Thief 32pg, b&w $3.25
(W/A) Jim Lawson
'After defeating the Baxter Stockman Robot [in TMNT 2.9], and unknown to his brothers, Donatello takes the robot's remains and sequesters them in a secret room hidden in the sewers.' How curious.