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Upcoming furry comics for August 2014 (Previews and Marvel Previews)

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Furry comics that made the top 100 best-seller’s list for April 2014 include:

See also: July 2014

Action Lab Entertainment

Hero Cats #1
Written by Kyle Puttkammer, art by Marcus Williams
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Avengers and Justice League move over! The cutest heroes on the planet have arrived! Meet the Hero Cats of Stellar City in this spectacular first issue. Not your ordinary house cats, they’re a tactical action-packed covert team dealing with extraordinary threats to humanity in ways that will amaze. Available with a regular cover and a limited fold-out cover.”
crossie’s note: The fold-out cover is priced at $4.99.

Amp! Comics for Kids

Phoebe and Her Unicorn
Trade Paperback
224 pages, full color, US $9.99
“It all started when Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this lead to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Mairgold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection? Indeed they can, and that’s how Phoebe and Her Unicorn unfolds. Through hilarious adventures where Phoebe gets to bask in Marigold’s ‘awesomeness,’ the friends also come to acknowledge that they had been lonely before they met and truly appreciate the bond they now share.”
crossie’s note: From the creator of Ozy and Millie.

Antarctic Press

Gold Digger #215
Writing and art by Fred Perry
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“With Ace a captive of Dark Bird’s secret mechanized airport police force, Penny has to find a way to free her newlywed husband from the air traffic control fortress. But the hidden tunnels beneath the airport military complex reveal the secrets to Dark Bird’s new, invincible aircraft: the remnants of an ancient civilization who flew in the skies of ‘Arcadia’!”

Gold Digger Swimsuit #22
Writing and art by Fred Perry
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The sultry sirens (and sexy sirs) of the GD-verse don their summertime best to enjoy the season – swimming, camping, playing beach sports or just hanging out at the mall. Fred Perry’s fantastic fans flaunt their finest featurettes and pin-ups for your entertainment … and theirs!”

Archie Comic Publications

Archie #659
Writing by Alex Segura, art by Rich Koslowski and Tito Pena
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“A Riverdale Zoo filed trip goes bonkers when Sabrina’s magical cat Salem is taken hostage by some of the captive animals set on a jailbreak! One magic spell later and Archie and his friends discover they’ve taken animal form, and Salem’s zoo captors are now human high school students on the run! Can the gang escape the zoo, save Salem and capture the human impostors before they’re stuck in their animal bodies forever? Find out in ‘It’s Zoo To You’! Also available with a Zoo-pendous variant cover by Mike Norton!”

Sonic the Hedgeho #264
Writing by Ian Flynn, art by Terry Austin and Patric Spaz Spaziante
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“A-wooooooooo! The wait is over! Prepare yourself for the terrifying debut of Sonic the Werehog! ‘Control’ part one: Sonic, Amy and Sally venture deep into the rainforest in search of a Chaos Emerald. What they find are Mighty, Ray – and serious trouble! Will Egg Boss Thunderbolt push Sonic to the breaking point? Then, in ‘A Nice Day to Start Again,’ Bunnie and Antoine experience the effects of the Shattered World Crisis in a very personal way! Featuring new cover art from Patrick ‘Spaz’ Spaziante and an ‘Unleashed’ SEGA variant!”

Sonic Universe #67
Writing by Ian Fly, art by Jim Antash and Tracy Yardley
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Brand new story arc! The events of ‘Shadow Fall’ and ‘Chaos Caper’ have clashed to collision in the epic new tale, ‘Total Eclipse,’ part one! The third chapter in the Dark Trilogy begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse. But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality! Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over hot to protect the world! Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts our heroes! It’s the first-ever SU trilogy and you’ll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from Tracy Yardley and a special ‘Pixel Cutscene’ variant from Ryan Jampole!”

Big Dog Ink

Legends of Oz: Tik Tok and the Kalidah #3
Written by Keith Thomas, art by Renato Rei and Nei Ruffino
24 pages, full color, US $3.50
“Celebrating the 100th anniversary of L. Frank Baum’s book Tik Tok of Oz! Tik Tok and Kali come to the end of their journey, hoping their sacrifice will one day save Oz.”

Ursa Minor #6
Written by Tom Hutchison, art by Ian Snyder and Nei Ruffino
28 pages, full color, US $3.50, rated mature themes
“April tries to bring Naomi out of her cycle of destruction. Because if she finds a way to die, the vampires win!”

Bohemian Press

A Piggy’s Tale #3
Written by Tod Emko, art by Ethan Young
24 pages, full color, US $2.99
“Piggy and his friends are in more danger than they could possibly imagine! Dr. Huntington has released his deadly hybrid creation, Faydra, with the intent of capturing Piggy and steeling his powers. Can our 3-legged Super-Pup overcome this latest threat?”

Boom! Studios

Fairy Quest: Outcasts #1
Written by Paul Jenkins, art by Humberto Ramos
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Why we love it: Fairy Quest is the passion project of Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos, the team behind Revelations and a legendary run on Spectacular Spider-Man. They have put their heart, love and creative wonder into this groundbreaking series, and we’re excited to explore more of the world of Fablewood! Why you’ll love it: We all grew up reading fairy tales. We all love fairy tales! But if you enjoy your fairy tales with a twist like Fables, Fairest or Once Upon a Time, Fairy Quest is the perfect series for you. Plus, Paul and Humberto have already made the fans their co-publishers with a successful Kickstarter. What it’s about: The adventures of Red and Woof have only just begun. In Fablewood, all of the stories that have ever been told live side by side. But it is an evil place, overseen by the awful Mister Grimm and his cadre of Think Police. Red and Woof want to escape to a world where their friendship isn’t prohibited, but nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead in Dark Forest.”

Dark Horse

Abe Sapien #15
Written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, art by Juan Ferreyra and Sebastian Fiumara
32 pages, full color, US $3.50, on sale Aug 13
“Before the Black Flame, Hell on Earth and the death of Roger, Abe faces a creature that threatens to drain the soul from anyone it comes in contact with. The B.P.R.D. have fought for mankind for years – and it’s their own humanity that’s at stake this time.”

Emily and the strangers: Breaking the Record #3 (of 3)
Writing by Rob Reger and Mariah Huehner, art by Cat Farris and Buzz Parker
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, on sale Aug 27
“The people responsible for the stray cat population explosion have been revealed, but can Emily and the Strangers stop the plot and find homes for these cats? And will they be able to put aside their differences and record an out-of-this-world album, all while playing detective on the kitty case? It’s gonna come down to the wire in the rocking conclusion to Breaking the Record!”

Eye of Newt #3 (of 4)
Writing and art by Michael Hague
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, on sale Aug 20
“The imaginative genius of Michael Hague weaves an unforgettable myth of sorcerers and dragons! As the wizard’s apprentice Newt continues his trek through the Netherworld, he fnds magical clues to solve the mystery that is his fate!”

Usagi Youjimbo: Senso #1 (of 6)
Writing and art by Stan Sakai, art by Tom Luth
24 pages, black and white, US $3.99, on sale Aug 6
“Twenty years in his future, Miyamoto Usagi fights as a general for Lord Noriyuki against the treacherous Lork Hikiji. In the fury of the final battle, a metal rocket crashes to earth – and inside is an enemy that neither side could have ever imagined! Witness the final fates of your favorite Usagi characters, in this all-new samurai epic with a startling science fiction twist!”
crossie’s note: Sakai hinted at this mini-series in the May 2013 issue.

Usagi Yojimbo Saga Volume 1
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Stan Sakai
632 pages, partial color, US $24.99, on sale Oct 22
“Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Stan Sakai’s beloved rabbit ronin, Dark Horse proudly presents Miyamoto Usagi’s epic trek along the warrior’s path in a new series of deluxe compilations, beginning with over 600 pages of Usagi’s essential adventures. Collects Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 2 #1-#16 and Vol. #1-#6!”
crossie’s note: Also available in a limited hardcover of 900 signed copies for $79.99.

Blacksad: Amarillo
Hardcover
Written by Juan Diaz Canales, art by Juanjo Guarnido
72 pages, full color, US $17.99, on sale Oct 8
“Hard-boiled feline detective John Blacksad is back in the latest tour de force from the multiple-award winning duo of writer Juan Diaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido! Taking a much-needed break after the events of A Silent Hell, Blacksade lands a side job driving a rich Texan’s prized yello Cadillac Eldorado across 1950s America, hitting the back roads from New Orleans to Tulsa. But before long, the car is stolen and Blacksad finds himself mixed up in another murder, with roughneck bikers, a shifty lawyer, one down-and-ourt Beat generation writer and some sinister circus folk! When John Blacksad goes on the road, trouble is dead ahead!”
crossie’s note: I usually don’t list stuff with on sale dates outside of the month advertised, but this month, this and a few others were important enough to list anyway.

Danger Zone

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land: Save X-Mas #1
Writing and art by Dean Rankine
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated mature themes
Itty Bitty Bunnies creator and cartoonist extraordinaire Dean Rankine lives down under, where Christmas is celebrated in the summer, so it makes perfect sense for his depraved creation to go on a holiday adventure now stateside. It also makes sense to the Bunnies to cook up a big batch of meth to help fund their Yuletide activities! Also available in a ‘Tickle Me Tyrone gift’ variant cover.”
crossie’s note: The variant cover is priced at $4.99.

Southern Dog #1
Written by Jeremy Holt, art by Alex Diotto and Riley Rossmo
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated mature themes
“When awkward high school teen Jasper Dixon conceals an injury sustained during a hunting excursion with his family, his infected wolf bite combined with the hormonal changes of puberty triggers a disturbing physical transformation. Now he’s forced to confront his Deep South upbringing and monsters far worse than what he’s become! Featuring covers by Image Comics artists; a regular cover by Drumheller’s Riley Rossmo and a limited edition werewolf variant by Enormous’ Mehdi Cheggour!”
crossie’s note: The variant cover is priced at $4.99

Bo Plushy Gangsta: Kingdom of Bo
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Pavel Balabanov
128 pages, full color, US $14.99, rated mature themes
“Are the legends of Bo, the ‘teddy bear’ gangsta, true? And, did we just say teddy bear gangsta?! You’re about to find out – when the sould Gardia City’s toughest gangsta gets imbued in a plushy bear by a voodoo priestess. It’s Scarface meets Ted in this over-the-top video game style upran epic. Collects Bo Plushy Gangsta #1-4.”

DC

Batman Eternal #19
Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley, art by Emanuel Simeoni and Alex Garner
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated T, on sale Aug 13
“Jason Bard and Batman are forced to help Killer Croc when his followers are attacked by demonic monsters from The Black Maze!”

Looney Tunes #220
Writing and art by Scott Gross, art by Walter Carzon and Horacio Ottolini
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated E, on sale Aug 6
“From swiping shampoo from hotels to sneaking into movies, no crime will escape Daffy Duck – as officer Duck Quackahan! Follow Daffy and his rookie partner Porky Pig as they turn the town inside out trying to catch the notorious Yosemite Sam and his gang.”

The Multiversity #1
Written by Grant Morrison, art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
48 pages, full color, US $4.99, rated T, on sale Aug 20
“The biggest adventure in DC’s history is here! Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today’s most talent artis and a cast of unforgettable characters from 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse! Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU! Comprising six complete adventures – each set in a different parallel universe – plus a two-part framing story and a comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, The Multiversity is more than just a multi-part comic-book series. It’s a cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the frontline in the Battle for All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry! In issue #1, penciled by superstar artist Ivan Reis (Aquaman, Justice League), President Superman of Earth-23 uncovers a threat to all Reality so apocalyptic it will take a team of incredible heroes from across the Multiverse to face it – including Captain Carrot, like you’ve never seen him before! But even with a multitude of alternate worlds to choose from, where every variation is possible, can anyone hope to prevail against the onslaught of ultimate evil and undying hatred – in the unstoppable form of a one-time cosmic defender with unimaginable powers?! Join us, if you dare, for the beginning of The Multiversity!”
crossie’s note: Holy crap, are we done with this solicit yet?

Teen Titans #2
Written by Will Pfeifer, art by Kenneth Rocafort
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated T, on sale Aug 30
“Now the new hotness on social media, the Titans try to control their own images as a new threat continues to grow around the team. Meanwhile, S.T.A.R. Labs takes an interest in DC’s teen heroes.”

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #3
Writing and art by Art Baltazar, written by Franco
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated E, on sale Aug 6
“The Tiny Titans seek the help of Billy Batson to see if they can build their new treehouse on magical Mount Olympus! But what happens to the Tiny Titans when they say Billy’s magic word? Check out the latest issue in this Eisner Award-winning series to find out! SHAZAM!”

Drawn & Quarterly

Moomin on the Riviera
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Tove Jansson
48 pages, full color, US $9.95
“As springtime dawns in Moominvalley and the first northern crocus opens, Moominpappa and Snorkmaiden, glamorized by the prospects of movie stars and gambling, insist the whole family take a trip down to the Riviera. Reluctantly Moomin and Moominmamma agree to go along, and the Moomins set off on a grand adventure, complete with butlers, luxury shops, indoor swimming pools and duels at dawn. With their innocent curiosity about everything, the Moomins prove the perfect foil for the cynical, world-weary residents of the Riviera.”

Graphix

Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Kazu Kibuishi
256 pages, full color, US $12.99
“Kazu Kabuishi’s bestselling series continues! Emily, Navin and their friends continue to battle the Elf King in hopes of destroying him forever, but one of his most loyal followers, Max, isn’t making it easy for them. The crew journeys to Lucien, a city that’s been ravaged by the war. Emily has more enemies there than she realizes – and it’ll take everything she’s got to get herself and her friends out of the city alive.”

Hermes Press

Sctatch9: Cat of Nine Worlds #3
Written by Rob M. Worley, art by Joshua Buchanan and Jay P. Fosgitt
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Scratch’s surprise encounter with a past aspect takes a grim turn as he faces losing one of his nine lives again. Then he’s thrust into an overly-dramatic 19th century struggle between the mysterious cat hero ‘The Mauve Bravadeer’ and the so-called ‘Phantom of East London Theater.’ And will Penelope make aBFF in the evil cat Strick? (Not likely.) All this and cover art by Bodie Troll creator Jay Fosgitt!”

Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics Volume 2
Hardcover
320 pages, full color, US $60
“Following on the heels of Hermes Press’ reprint of Walt Kelly’s Pogo stories from Animal Comics in Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics Volume One, this volume reprints the complete Albert the alligator and Pogo Possum from Four Color Comics #105 and #148 and issues #1-4 of Pogo Possum. Now fans of Pogo can see it all from the beginning with Hermes Press’ reprint of the complete Dell Comics Pogo.

IDW

Angry Birds Comics #3
Written by Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin, art by Cerrado Mastantuono and Cesar Ferioli
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“A stick, a rubber band, some birds, a few pigs … what else do a pair of Eisner-nominated writers need to make comics fun again? YOU! Join us as we catapult into the third issue of Angry Birds Comics featuring brand new, fun-filled stories for kids of every age!”

Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #3 (of 6)
Written by Louise Simonson, art by Derek Charm
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Our heroes are trapped, but not for long! The League of Extraordinary Villains has underestedmated Samurai Jack, Ben 10, the Powerpuff Girls and Dexter (oh, and Ed, Edd and Eddy!), and now they’re teaming up to get to the bottom of the League’s devious plan …”

Littlest Pet Shop #4 (of 5)
Written by Georgia Ball, art by Nico Pena and Antonio Campo
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Blythe leaves the pets to watch over the shop while she takes Zoe to an audition for the starring role in a new television show, but when a mysterious package arrives at the Littlest Pet Shop the pets can’t resist opening it! What they find inside is a box full of trouble with no intentions of being put back! Plus, Blythe endures the embarrassment of attending a rock concert with *gasp* her dad!”

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #8
Written by Katie Cook, art by Andy Price and Amy Mebberson
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“It’s road trip time with Applejack and Rarity! When the two friends discover they are headed to the same destination, they naturally decide to ride together. A seemingly easy trip turns disastrous when calamity upon calamity interrupts their journey! Will Applejack and Rarity’s friendship – or sanity – survive the trip?”

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #22
Written by Ted Anderson, art by Agnes Garbowska and Zander Cannon
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Has Trixie been framed for stealing a diamond, or is she up to her old tricks? It’s a classic whodunit set in the hustle and bustle of Manehattan! Don’t miss the conclusion to this madcap caper!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #37
Writing and art by Kevin Eastman, written by Tom Waltz, art by Cory Smith
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“From the start, two villains have dominated the Turtles’ lives; Shredder and Krang. Now, for the first time, they come face-to-face with each other in the present day! Will they be able to overcome their differences and join forces? It’s a very special stand-alone issue that guarantees some major surprises!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #14
Written by Landry Walker, art by Marcelo Ferreira and Dario Brizuela
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Donatello has created a new scent in the hopes of getting April’s attention. Unfortunately it’s got the attention of all the insects in New York City instead … including swarm of parasitic wasps! Will the Turtles be able to stop the insect hordes before everyone bugs out?”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #3 (of 4)
Written by Erik Burnham, art by Ben Bates, and David Petersen
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The turtles hit the high seas when they are dropped in the middle of a pirate battle! Little do they know that the true leader of the pirates is an enemy they are all too familiar with. Getting out of the time period alive will all depend on the quick wits of the Turtles’ captain … Michelangelo?!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, Vol. 8
Trade Paperback
Written by Dean Clarrain, art by Chris Allan and Steve Lavigne
124 pages, full color, US $19.99
“The all-ages action continues in this collection of TMNT Adventures as the team heads to Japan! Enjoy classic tales the three0part ‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Turning Japanese.’”

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Vol. 1
Hardcover
Written by Katie Cook, art by Andy Price
136 pages, full color, US $24.99
“The story that started the MLP comic book craze! Return to the first adventure in Ponyville in this special hardcover printing of the wildly-popular Friendship is Magic. Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Applejack have to work together to find out why some town inhabitants are acting very, very strange! Can the Mane Six save their home and restore order to Equestria?”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan, Workprint Edition
Hardcover
Writing and art by Mateus Santolouco, written by Erik Burnham
296 pages, partial color, US $49.99
“Experience the Turtles as never before! The complete Foot Clan mini-series has been laid out with each page of scrip on the left and the original scans of pen and ink artwork without word balloons presented on the right-hand side. Readers will be able to read the story and watch it brought to life before their eyes! This special collection also contains the complete TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan presented in the traditional, full color, final format, plus exclusive creator commentary.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Works, Vol. 3
Hardcover
Writing and art by Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman and Eric Talbot, art by Jim Lawson
276 pages, full color, US $49.99
“From the newly colorized Eastman & Laird original run made popular by Color Classics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issues #12, 14-15, 17 and 19-21 are collected here!”

Image

Elephantmen #60
Written by Richard Starkings, art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated M
“Our 60th issue celebrates the wedding of Obadiah Horn and Sahara.”

Mice Templar IV: Legend #13
Writing and art by Michael Avon Oeming, written by Bryan J.L. Glass, art by Victor Santos and Serena Guerra
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated T, on sale Aug 27
“Defiance. The fate of the Mole Goblins is revealed – and are they Karic’s greatest betrayal or one of his darkest tragedies? But while Templar forces regroup against the deadliest threat they’ve ever faced, Karic’s family and friends trapped within the walls of the capital city unleash youthful insurrection against the very heart of King Icarus’ stronghold!”

Savage Dragon #199
Writing and art by Erik Larsen
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated T+, on sale Aug 20
“Countdown to issue #200 reaches its penultimate issue! Malcolm Dragon tackles the deadly Demonoids! It’s an all-out underworld war as the Lava Lords, Ant-Menaces and Demonoids battle it out for world domination – and whoever wins – we lose!! The surface world is on fire and the son of the Savage Dragon is in over his head!”

Wayward #1
Written by Jim Zub, art by Steve Cummings , John Rauch and Ross A. Campbell
32 pages, full color, US $3.50, rated M, on sale Aug 27
Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation! Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late? Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack), Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) and John Rauch (Invincible) team up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the action and mystery of Hellboy. Don’t miss it!”

kaboom!

Adventure Time #31
Written by Ryan North, art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb and Kostas Kiriakakis
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The world of Ooo is a quiet place, where candy and creatures stick to themselves and nothing ever happens … it’s almost ACCEPTABLE until … it’s a twisted adventure starring Ooo’s most yellow Earl and there is pretty much nothing Finn and Jake can do about it. Featuring the reunion of the original creative team!”

Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy #2 (of 6)
Written by Kent Osborne, art by Mad Rupert and Aimee Fleck
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Root Beer Guy has his first class of Banana Guard recruits and it’s time to send them to boot camp. With the Head Banana Guard looking over his new class, what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, these Bananas are a little more than bruised by this new class and they’re not going to make iteasy. Will Gingerbread Muto, Tree Trunks, Gum Drop Lass, Peppermint Butler and Mr. Cupcake make it through?”

The Amazing World of Gumball #3
Written by Frank Gibson, art by Tyson Hesse and Missy Pena
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“It’s a game of truth or dare and Gumball is determined to win. He’s going to prove that he’s got the guts, and he definitely wants the glory and he’s completing all the dares without ever having to resort to a truth … hopefully no one breaks an arm!”

Bee and PuppyCat #4
Writing and art by Natasha Allegri
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“Bee and PuppyCat are running for their lives! Things are taking a drastic turn on this mission and Bee might be the only one who can save the day – if only she knew how to actually use a sword! PuppyCat has its hands full this time around. Hopefully, things aren’t as bad as they look.”

Garfield #28
Written by Mark Evanier, art by Andy Hirsch
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“The Fat Cat keeps on bringing the laughs through the summer! This month, a trip to the park for a barbecue leads the gang to meet a genie, and Garfield also gets caught up in a hilarious case of mistaken identity.”

Regular Show #14
Written by Minty Lewis, art by Allison Strejlau and Andy Hirsch
32 pages, full color, US $3.99
“It’s time to check out what happens at the coffee shop when Mordecai and Rigby are off on their own and Eileen is definitely up to something. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Mordecai and Rigby aren’t the only ones who get into crazy things during the day!”

Adventure Time Vol. 4 Mathematical Edition
Hardcover
Written by Ryan North, art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb and Hannah Nance Partlow
128 pages, full color, US $34.99
“Join best pals Jake the Dog, Finn the Human and … the ICE KING?! It’s a Dungeon Bro-Venture as this crazy trio jumps into a game of danger and feelings. Will the treasure at the end be worth all the crazy emotions, or have Finn and Jake finally found a quest they won’t be able to finish? Don’t miss these brand-new adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by dynamic art duo Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb in this deluxe hardcover edition.”

Marvel

Figment #3 (of 5)
Written by Jim Zub, art by by Filipe Andrade and John Tyler Christopher
32 pages, US $3.99, rated all ages
“Revealing the originis of one of Disney’s most imaginative characters! An all-new steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed first adventure of the inventor known as Dreamfinder and his famous dragon Figment! Our daring duo explores the realms of imagination, f inding friends and foes alike … while back on Earth, a clockwork army assembles under the command of the frightening force known only as The Singular! Acclaimed creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) give a Marvel spin to the mind-expanding attraction Journey Into Imagination!”

Guardians of the Galaxy #18
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Ed McGuinness
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T
Original Sin tie-in! You know you want to know how Star-Lord got back from the Cancerverse. And didn’t Nova go in there with him? Guess he’s not into the whole ‘no man left behind’ thing.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1
Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Frank Cho
40 pages, US $4.99, rated T
“Most days in space aren’t exactly what you’d call normal, but everything seemed to be status quo today. That is until a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier showed up out of nowhere … IN SPACE. Sometimes you have to go outside your jurisdiction to take care of business, but this might be stretching it a bit.”

Marvel Universe Ultimated Spider-Man #29
Written by Joe Caramagna
32 pages, US $2.99, rated all ages
“Loki puts a hex on Spidey, turning him into a pig! Enter: Peter Porker! Can Thor and our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Ham survive an Asguardian boar hunt?”

Nova #20
Written by Gerry Duggan, art by David Baldeon and Dave Williams
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T
Original Sin tie-in! Guest-starring Rocket Raccoon! The secrets of the Black Novas and Sam Alexander’s dad have been revealed. Sam’s world is torn apart, but can he come out of this stronger?”

Rocket Raccoon #2
Writing and art by Skottie Young
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T
“Framed. The most notorious Raccoon in the galaxy has been arrested and falsely accused of murder! The real killer? An impostor Procyon that seems to be one step ahead of Rocket at every turn. Now, it’s up to Rocket and a certain someone from Planet X to find the truth!”
crossie’s note: Featuring an alternative cover by Stan Sakai! Which hasn’t been revealed yet, though GIS did reveal this convention sketch.

Ultimate FF#6
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and art by Andre Araujo
32 pages, US $3.99, rated T+
“The Ultimate Universe’s worst night mare approaches. Jump into the future of the Ultimate Universe as the Doomsday Clock counts down. The end of the Future Foundation.”
crossie’s note: I have no idea what is going on on the cover. Galactus is a platypus.

Northwest Press

A Waste of Time #2
Writing and art by Rick Worley
36 pages, black and white, US $4.99, rated mature themes
“Worried about Rick’s prospects for a successful art career, his creations decide he needs some inspiration. They set out to find his favorite artist, the reclusive Bill Watterson, whether Watterson wants to be found or not.”

Papercutz

Ariol Volume 5: Bizzbilla Hits the Bullseye
Trade Paperback
Written by Emmanual Guibert, art by Marc Boutavant
124 pages, full color, $12.99
“All of Ariol’s friends know that he has a big crush on Petula, but no one seems to notice that Bizzbilla has her sights on Ariol, including Ariol! While she’s waited in the wings hoping Ariol will notice her, this sweet little fly has been cooking up a plan. Mister Cantharide, Bizzbilla’s dad, is an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is the eye doctor. Ariol wears glasses. And it seems he has an appointment coming up! Bizzbilla is all abuzz with impatience; will Ariol finally get the message? With charming artwork and hilarious vignettes, Ariol is the perfect series for anyone who started off life as a kid!”

Lego: Legends of Chima Volume 2: The Right Decision
Trade Paperback
Written by Yannick Grotholt, art by Comicon
56 pages, full color, $7.99
“The eight heroes travel through the Outlands, on their quest to find the Legend Beasts, when the Eagles’ Castle comes under attack from the Bats! Laval and his friends take on the bats, but Eagle warrior Equila crashes his Ultra Striker in a tree. Hanging precariously, the vehicle threatens to crash on the village of the skunks. Fellow Eagle Eris is faced with a dilemma: she can either use the Eagles remaining CHI orbs to fight the bats, or to save the skunk village. Which decision is the right one? Also featuring three more stories starring Laval, Cragger and the rest of the warriors of Chima! Available in softcover and hardcover editions.
crossie’s note: The hardcover edition is priced at $12.99.

Perfect Square

Hello Kitty: Just Imagine …
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Giovanni Castro, Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty and Jorge Moniongo
64 pages, black and white, US $7.99/CAN $9.99, rated A, on sale Aug 6
“Anything is possible if you just imagine … Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild – dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine the possibilities are endless! And don’t miss Sarah Goodreau’s flights of fancy!”

Pokémon Black and White, Vol. 17
Trade Paperback
Written by Hidenori Kusaka, art by Satoshi Yamamoto
88 pages, black and white, US $4.99/CAN $5.99, on sale Aug 6
“Black has achieved his dream of entering the Pokémon League! Now can he fulfill his dream of winning it …? Black’s friends Iris and Cheren are competing too! But Cheren is starting to change – and not in a good way … Meanwhile, what will happen when the shadow triad attack three legendary Pokémon …? Plus, meet Croagunk, Unfezant, Deino, Jellicent, Beheeyem, Keldeo and the other competitors in the Pokémon League!”

United Plankton Pictures

SpongeBob Comics #35
Writing and art by Dave Degrand
32 pages, full color, US $2.99
“First, in ‘Plankton’s Playtime,’ that tiny terror joins SpongeBob and Patrick for game night … and Plankton will wish he stayed at the Chum Bucket! Then in part 4 of the epic ‘Showdown at the Shady Shoals,’ it’s a lied-down, passed-out battle of the geriatric underwater superheroes; Mermaid Man and sea king Viro Reganto compete in the Old Fogeython winner-take-all – all the oatmeal! And in ‘Stupid Patrick,’ SpongeBob worries that Patrick’s new friends just like him because he’s so dumb! All this plus ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ by Maris Wicks and ‘SpongeFunnies’ by James Kochalka equals United Plankton’s usual mix of strange, soggy and silly!”

Valiant Entertainment

The Delinquents #1 (of 4)
Written by James Asmus and Fred Van Lente, art by Kano and Paolo Rivera
32 pages, full color, US $3.99, rated T+, on sale Aug 20
“Confrontation! Devastaton! Inebriation! (And the lost secret of the hobos too!) Oh dear god no, you’d better get out of the way … because here come the Delinquents! Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team. Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers. When a mysterious force collides these ill-suited and irresponsible ‘heroes’ together for a cross-country race through the darkest corners of American mythology, all hell is bound to break loose. Can two busted pairs become four of a kind in time to defeat the Hobo King, save the day, and make it back in home time for happy hour? Let’s hope so … ‘cause these guys make a really, really bad team. (And you don’t even want to know about the goat.)”

Vertical Inc.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 11
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Kanata Konami
160 pages, full color, US $13.95
Chi’s Sweet Home is recognized as one of the most popular cartoon properties in Japan today. Chi, this full color comic’s titular cat, is beloved by fans worldwide on the Internet and mass media. A tender fun adventure focusing the life of a newborn kitten and the young family that raises her.”

Vertigo

Fables #143
Written by Bill Willingham, art by Mark Buckingham and Nimit Malavia
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated mature readers, on sale Aug 20
“A fight is coming between Rose Red and Snow White, and everybody knows it – except maybe Rose Red and Snow White. The only trouble is, they’ve been pegged as highly magical creatures all of their lives, but the true measure of that magic is only now being revealed. When they do finally throw down with each other, will it be a personal duel, or all-out war involving thousands?”

Fairest #28
Written by Mark Buckingham, art by Russ Braun and Adam Hughes
32 pages, full color, US $2.99, rated mature readers, on sale Aug 6
“At the Farm, all the talking animals, birds and other non-humans discover that to get what they wish for will depend on the luck of the draw. And while a spider in Haven longs for the chance to be with his love, Reynard discovers that his attempts to woo a fairytale princess have earned him a one-way trip to a whole heap of trouble. The final arc of Fairest continues here!”

Zenescope Entertainment

Never Underestimate a Hermit Crab
Trade Paperback
Writing and art by Daniel Sean Kaye
48 pages, black and white, US $9.99
“When you look into a hermit crab tank, it can sometimes seem like a whole lot isn’t going on – but hermit crabs have secret lives you wouldn’t believe! Behind those shells, they are adventurous astronauts, dancing disco dynamos and simply love being stylish. Journey into the secret world of hermit crabs and take a look inside those shells – you can find a lot more than you’d imagine!”
crossie’s note: That’s another month gone. Both Doodles and Treesong ended with non-sequitur catchphrases, so I’m trying one on for size. Until next time, let the ponies hit the floor!

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Didn't know they made regular time comix, that's incredibly awesome! It's nice to know that Archie comix are still in publication.

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They are, kinda sadly, in my opinion, starting up a non-ironic zombie comic starring the Archie comics called Afterlife with Archie.

It reminds me of the spot on parody of Archie and friends in the horror comic Hack/Slash; the first time Cassandra Hack visits them, a killer who thinks he is trying to punish evil (but really just likes killing people) introduces the cast to alcohol. In the second arc involving the Archie town, an extra-dimensional being finds the town boring, and unleashes Lovecraftian monsters on the town. There is an incredibly sad moment at the end of the arc where the Archie expy realizes that these encounters have irrevocably changed him and the town. The art shifts from Archie parody to the regular series art in a surprisingly effective visual metaphor for innocence lost.

And now it's happening for real. Or as real as fiction gets, I suppose.

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Id still read it (not sure if I'd like it tho)

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Humor site Cracked explains Archie comics at the moment.

Interesting how the view on gay marriage has changed; as the article doesn't really point out, but kinda implies, Archie comics still aren't sure how they feel about Archie's heterosexuality or his straight marriage (it doesn't really count as it's one of those comic book alternate continuities to begin with, and the guy got killed off as soon as he settled down), but gay marriage is not only completely okay, but I'm pretty sure is also part of the official continuity (not that Archie, being a teenager older than two of mes combined has been very hard on continuity in his comics), and oh, yeah, alternate Archie died saving that marriage (which, would, ironically, destroy his own heterosexual marriage).

In other words, in the Archie universe, heterosexuality is punishable by death, but homosexuality is worth dying for.

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Formerly Wichita's only furry comic.