Upcoming furry comics for May 2010 (Previews only)
This may be the biggest monthly pile of furry I've ever reported on. Can't say much of it grabs me, though. Have a look at Goats.
DARK HORSE COMICS (http://www.darkhorse.com)
MAR100021 Usagi Yojimbo vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul sc, 6"x9", 192pg, b&w $16.99
MAR100022 Usagi Yojimbo vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul hc, 6"x9", 192pg, b&w $59.99
by Stan Sakai
• 'Collecting "Sparrows," the dramatic return of the demon Jei, and "The Darkness and the Soul," Jei's long-awaited origin, plus the Usagi short from Free Comic Book Day 2009.' (UY ##103-109 plus FCD.)
• 'The hardcover with dust jacket includes a signed and numbered tip-in, limited to 350 copies.'
DC COMICS (http://www.dccomics.com/)
MAR100274 Looney Tunes #186 32pg, color $2.50
'Dawg's missing without his leash! It's up to Foghorn the C.S.I chicken to find him.'
MAR100275 Scooby-Doo #156 32pg, color $2.50
by Paul Kupperberg and Fabio Laguna
'The World Weekly News is a supermarket tabloid newspaper on the verge of cancellation. So they call the gang for help investigating a REAL story about an alien encounter! But could it all be a hoax?' Somehow this strikes me as the best idea for the series that I've ever seen. Not that I'm going to read it, mind you.
PAGES 162, 166
IMAGE COMICS (http://www.imagecomics.com/)
MAR100426 Elephantmen #27 32pg, color $3.50
by Richard Starkings and Moritat
'There are Crocs loose in an Industrial Slaughterhouse. Flask, Hide and Blackthorne have been assigned to bring them in. Like THAT is going to go well.'
MAR100434 The Mice Templar: Destiny #9 32pg, color $2.99
by Bryan J.L. Glass, Michael Avon Oeming, and Victor Santos
'The dramatic double-sized finale to "Destiny" defies expectation, and will change the world of the Templar forever.' One of eight comics this month that change things forever, if you include one flashback. More, really; I just searched for 'forever'.
PAGES 192, 193
ANTARCTIC PRESS (http://www.antarctic-press.com/)
MAR100683 The Art of Gold Digger: the Movie 64pg, color $14.95
by Fred Perry
'[The] new companion piece to Gold Digger: The Movie! This handsome album gives you detailed insight into the extensive process of creating the animation with interviews, scripts, inside info, stills, storyboards, background images and more! There's even material from the original, long-sold-out and sought-after Gold Digger OVA Album!'
MAR100684 Gold Digger #118 32pg, color $2.99
by Fred Perry
In a cavern two miles deep, Gina and two of her students discover a titanic prison cell holding the undying forms of four inhuman monstrosities. Gina learns that the prison's seal is about to burst, and once those living embodiments of ancient catastrophes are freed, the Earth will suffer irreparable damage! Fortunately, the strange armored suits that once belonged to a magical corps of "Earth Knights" still function! Gina and her students don the armor just as the seal is shattered, and an ancient, epic struggle is renewed!
32pgs, FC SRP: $2.99
MAR100685 Gold Digger: Gold Brick V sc, 640pg, color $49.95
by Fred Perry
Collects Gold Digger #51-75.
MAR100686-8 Gold Digger 2010 T-shirt L/XL/XXL $17.95/17.95/18.95
Gina and Brittany.
MAR100689 Gold Digger: the Movie DVD $29.95
by Fred Perry
My online version of Previews has no description for this but I presume it's just the 'Time Raft' OVA from the next item.
MAR100690 Gold Digger: the Movie Deluxe Edition DVD 2 DVDs $39.95
by Fred Perry
'Gold Digger fans, this is the DVD package for you! Get the full-length "Time Raft" OVA, commentary tracks, animated outtakes, stills and much more! A ton of A.P. animation trailers, a "motion comic" of Gold Digger #99, a digital edition of the Gold Digger Mangazine Color Special (the original comic story basis for the OVA)-enough extra goodies to require a whole other DVD! See the free trailer at www.antarctic-press.com!'
MAR100691 Gold Digger: the Time Raft Episode 3 OVA DVD $19.99
by Fred Perry
'The pulse-pounding, spellbinding conclusion to the "Time Raft" story!'
PAGEs 194, 196
ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC (http://www.archaia.com)
MAR100699 Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #1 (of 4) 8"x8", 24pg, color $3.95
by Jeremy Bastian, Alex Sheikman, Ted Naifeh, and David Petersen
'Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to tell tales, each trying to outdo the other. A competition, of sorts, begins. The rules: Every story must contain one truth, one lie, and have never been told in that tavern before.'
MAR100702 Fraggle Rock #2 (of 4) 8"x8", 32pg, color $3.95
by various others
Fraggle and Doozer stories.
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (http://www.archiecomics.com/)
MAR100715 Sonic the Hedgehog #213 32pg, color $2.50
by Ian Flynn and Steven Butler
Last month's catalog had #211. I don't know where #212 went. 'Sonic and Princess Sally head south to become honorary members of the new Wolf Pack Nation'.
MAR100716 Sonic Universe #16 32pg, color $2.50
by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley
And here #15 went astray. '[The] grand finale to the "Journey to the East" story arc'.
BOOM! STUDIOS (http://www.boom-studios.net/)
MAR100813 Mickey Mouse and the World to Come hc, 6"x9", 112pg, color $24.99
MAR100814 Mickey Mouse and the World to Come hc, 6"x9", 112pg, color $9.99
by Andrea "Casty" Castellan
'Suit up and fly in the sky as Mickey Mouse and Eega Beeva take an amazing journey through time. The Rhyming Man holds the entire world hostage. Little does he know that only Mickey Mouse knows how to defeat him.'
MAR100815 The Muppet Show #6 32pg, color $2.99
by Roger Langridge
It's by Langridge.
MAR100827 Walt Disney's Summer Classics sc, 7"x10", 112pg, color $24.99
by Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson, Walt Kelly, Daan Jippes, Romana Scarpa, etc.
Summer-themed stories with all kinds characters, even Bucky Bug.
Also Cars #6, Disney's Hero Squad #5, Disney's Hero Squad vol. 2, Donald Duck and Friends #354, Muppet King Arthur sc and hc, Muppet Snow White #2, Toy Story #6, Uncle Scrooge #391, Wall-E #6, Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #707, Wizards of Mickey #5, and Wizards of Mickey vol. 2.
PAGES 244, 246
DEL REY MANGA (http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/manga/index.pperl)
MAR100895 Goats: Showcase Showdown sc, 8"x8", 160pg, color $15.00
by Jonathan Rosenberg
'Goats is one of the world's longest-running webcomics, read by 1.5-million readers each month. Goats is a sci-fi parody epic, a Hitchhiker's Guide or Futurama for the Internet age. This is humor imagined on an epic scale, with a sprawling storyline that concerns two ordinary techies who are tasked with saving the universe from utter destruction -- and the demonic chickens, cyborg goldfish, omnisexual aliens, disgruntled hackers, Mayan death gods, and random celebrities they encounter along the way. This volume completes the Infinite Pendergast Cycle and reprints strips originally published between March 2007 to April 2008.' I'm surprised that I'd never heard of this comic before, since it's been around for 12 years and is the sort of weirdness I like (as in *Chumble Spuzz* and *Dead Duck*). I discovered it a few days ago when I picked up the first volume, *Infinite Typewriters*, from the library. Now I have to go back and get the second of three, *The Corndog Imperative*.
MAR100903 Your Love Sickness [yaoi] sc, 6"x8", 200pg, b&w $12.95
(W/A) Hayate Kuku
'The Shrine Inari is protected by two divine-being foxes - Unka and Aura. Unka, a red fox, is the serious one and born into a lower social class. Aura, pure-bred white fox, is the reckless and irresponsible one. Can opposites attract? Would they play nice to each other? Unka, who is unable to express himself honestly, and Aura, who always goes all-out to get what he wants, really fall in love!?' First furry yaoi I recall seeing since (pint-sized human cats!) *Tomcats*.
DRAWN & QUARTERLY (http://www.drawnandquarterly.com)
MAR100916 Catland Empire sc, 7"x7", 184pg, color $29.95
(W/A) Keith Jones
'Catland Empire melds the sensibility of a Philip K. Dick novel with a Saturday morning cartoon. There will exist a future world where "human beings have become empty husks stripped of all memory when it comes to things like how to have fun and play games," or so says Mr. Space to his associate Mr. Time. The solution? Get the cats to teach humans how to have fun again. This is all the Cat People do with their lives. They are the fun and game masters. What follows is a tangled web of psychedelic science fiction blending anti-consumerist politics and intergalactic liaisons between cats and dogs -- bitter enemies kept secret from each other to avoid a planetary race war.' Sample pages at http://forum.superpouvoir.com/showthread.php?t=14371 leave me unimpressed.
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS (http://www.fantagraphicsbooks.com)
MAR100953 Interiorae #4 8"x11", 32pg, 2-color $7.95
by Gabriella Giandelli
'In the climactic final issue, a tormented Angela finally finds her way into "The Forest" and final peace. We could tell you what happens to the other denizens of the apartment building whose lives we've been following throughout this four-issue series, including struggling couple, the kids, the Creature That Lives in the Basement and Feeds on Dreams, and his envoy the White Rabbit, but wouldn't you rather find out for yourself? As always, stylishly delineated and delicately tinted in that striking Ignatz-style duotone by Gabriella Giandelli.' Back issues are offered again.
MAR100954 Niger #3 8"x11", 32pg, 2-color $7.95
by Leila Marzocchi
'Peculiar happenings in the Burnt Spruce Forest take away the spotlight from the rapidly-growing Dolly. Answering last issue's question "What are those crackling and rumblings sounds emanating from Wingman's nest?," a rock suddenly sprouts wings! A meeting is convened among the birds and the theory is advanced that fossilized egg suddenly sprung to life. Back at Cesare's nest where Dolly [the little maggot] lives, a monstrous intruder once again threatens to cut short her brief life…!' Last issue was two years ago, but both back issues are offered again.
MIRAGE STUDIOS (http://www.ninjaturtles.com/)
MAR101066 Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #70 32pg, b&w $3.25
by Jake Black and Jim Lawson
'Set during the Return to New York story line . . . [Raphael] must exterminate the Foot.'
MAR101088 Sizzle #46 mag, 64pg, b&w $5.95
Another bit of Omaha the Cat Dancer in with all the other porn.
MAR101152 Neko Ramen vol. 1 (of 3): Hey! Order Up! sc, 5"x7", 143pg, b&w $10.99
by Kenji Sonishi
'Taishou was a former kitten model, who ran away from home and had a hard life on the streets... until the day he was saved by a kind ramen shop owner who later served as his mentor. Now Taishou takes pride in his noodles... and is easily angered when customers are dissatisfied! So step aside, Soup Nazi -- there's a new cat in town!' Seems to have been quite popular in Japan.
YEN PRESS (http://yenpress.us/)
Manga include *Cat Paradise* vol. 4 ('Or should they pursue the Great Spirit cat into the realm of Futakago to save one of their own?') and *Laon* vol. 2 (Laon is a nine-tailed fox who's been a bit too mischievous in heaven' so he got de-tailed and sent to earth) but they seem borderline so I only mention them. Anyone think otherwise? There's also *One Fine Day* vol. 2; I included vol. 1 four months ago but it looks so charmingly juvey I think I'll skip it from now on.
Always carry a grapefruit, Treesong