Upcoming furry comics for April 2011 (Previews only)
Quite a lot of material this month in addition to the usual; in particular, two impressive hardbacks from Fantagraphics and a new volume of Dungeon from NBM. Also the zombie glut is worse than ever, and an unusual number of manga series come to an end. Most were short-lived compared to Sgt. Frog's 21 volumes, but Hikaru no Go (non-anthro) ends at 23.
DARK HORSE COMICS (http://www.darkhorse.com)
FEB110038 Usagi Yojimbo #137 24pg, b&w $3.50
Usagi vs. the Red Scorpion Gang, round 2.
DC COMICS (http://www.dccomics.com/)
FEB110242 Looney Tunes #197 32pg, color $2.99
by Bill Matheny and David Santana
'Bugs Bunny is in the fight of his life . . . on a miniature golf course?!'
FEB110243 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #8 32pg, color $2.99
by Bob Greenberger and Scott Neely
'TV's famous Ghost Trackers invite Scooby and the gang to investigate a haunted house, but nothing goes right! Has something possessed the equipment?' Nah, that trick never works.
PAGES 166, 190, 194
IMAGE COMICS (http://www.imagecomics.com/)
FEB110379 Super Dinosaur #1 32pg, color $2.99
by Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard
'The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a ten year-old kid and his best friend, a nine-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex who loves to play video games.'
FEB110456 Elephantmen #31 44pg, color $3.99
by Richard Starkings, Axel Medellin, and various cover artists
'Someone is hunting down Elephantmen, one by one... Hip Flask is on the killer's trail.'
FEB110466 Mice Templar vol. 3 #5 32pg, color $2.99
FEB110467 ditto with another cover
by Bryan J.L. Glass & Michael Avon Oeming and the usual gang of idiots, no, wrong comic
JAN110613/-4 was 3.3, so where'd 3.4 go? 'True hope arises for the first time in a generation, as the legend of Karic spreads throughout the Dark Lands, forging unexpected alliances between once-sworn enemies.'
PAGE 218 (they forgot again that 'ANTARCTIC' comes before 'APE')
APE ENTERTAINMENT (http://apecmx.com/)
FEB110713 Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie Prequel sc, 52pg, color $5.95
by various writers and Dan Schoening
'Finding it difficult to balance his new role as Dragon Warrior with his responsibilities as a son, Po is relieved when his Dad gets some extra help at Dragon Warrior Noodles & Tofu. When Mr. Ping is taken hostage, can Po save him or will the restaurant soon be under new management?'
FEB110715 Penguins of Madagascar vol.2: Wonder from Down Under sc, 52pg, color $6.95
by David Server & Jackson Lanzing and Antonio Campo
Collects the final two issues of the miniseries.
ANTARCTIC PRESS (http://www.antarctic-press.com/)
FEB110716 Gold Digger #128 32pg, color $3.99 (note new price)
by Fred Perry
'Handsome, mysterious grad student V'ayt is beginning to have disturbing nightmares, visions of a terrifying dragon struggling to escape a cage...a cage only V'ayt can open!' Difficulties ensue.
ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC (http://www.archaia.com)
FEB110733 Fraggle Rock vol.2 hc, 136pg, color $19.95
Collects issues 1-3 of vol.2 of the pamphlets, though you couldn't tell it from the Previews description.
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS (http://www.archiecomics.com/)
FEB110751 Sonic the Hedgehog #224 32pg, color $2.99
by Ian Flynn + Ben Bates andTerryAustin
'Sonic is a knight of the wind as he faces off against the sinister Ixis Naugus!'
FEB110752 Sonic Universe #27 32pg, color $2.99
by Ian Flynn + Tracy Yardley and Jim Amash
Silver the Hedgehog vs. Enerjak.
BOOM! STUDIOS (http://www.boom-studios.net/)
Still no Langridge Muppets, just Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers #5, Darkwing Duck #11, Darkwing Duck vol.2: Crisis on Infinite Darkwings (tp, collects ##5-8), Donald Duck #365, Mickey Mouse & Friends #307, Mickey Mouse and the Orbiting Nightmare (tp), Mickey Mouse: the Atombrella and the Rhyming Man one-shot, Uncle Scrooge #402, Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #718, and Walt Disney's Comics & Stories Archives vol.1 (tp, collects the first issues of WDC&S).
FEB110888 The Wind in the Willows sc, 7"x10", 72pg, color $9.99
by Kenneth Grahame & Arjun Gaind and Sankha Banerjee
The Indian version of Classics Illustrated.
DMF COMICS INC (http://www.dmfcomics.com/)
FEB110897 Bear Nuts vol.2: The Book of Evil sc, 120pg, color $19.99
by Alison Acton
The second collection of the webcomic (http://www.bearnutscomic.com/) about a highly dysfunctional bunch of bears at the Discount Zoo: Lech, Evil, Nerd, Tanked, Crack et al., each with a Carebearish symbol on his belly. Well, Prozac copes fairly well. MATURE THEMES
FEB111040 Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse vol. 1: Race to Death Valley hc, 10.5"x8.5", 260p, b&w with 50+ pages in color $29.99
by Floyd Gottfredson with essays and stuff by others
'Today everyone knows Mickey Mouse as the cheerful ambassador of all things Disney. But back in the 1930s, Mickey gained fame as a rough-and-tumble, two-fisted epic hero whose greatest feats of derring-do took place in his daily comic strip, written and drawn by one of the greatest cartoonists of the 20th century -- Floyd Gottfredson.
Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse was a rip-roaring serial: the most popular cartoon-based comic of its time, a trendsetting adventure continuity aimed at both kids and grown-ups, and the foundation on which all later Disney comics grew. But the whole strip has never been comprehensively collected in English -- until now!
Fantagraphics Books is proud to bring this classic Disney creation to a 21st century audience in its entirety, starting from the strip's 1930 launch. The premiere volume features a dozen different adventures starring Mickey, his gal Minnie and her Uncle Mortimer, his pals Horace Horsecollar and Butch, the villainous Pegleg Pete, and the mysterious and shrouded Fox.'
FEB111042 Congress of the Animals hc, 7.25"x9.75", 104pg, b&w $19.99
by Jim Woodring
'In the same format as the acclaimed Weathercraft, Jim Woodring's second full-length original graphic novel thrusts Frank back into the spotlight, as the newly homeless anthropomorph is forced to leave The Unifactor. Spectacular visuals abound, including two-page spreads to die for.' My pick for top item in the catalog. Highly recommendedest.
FEB111104 Dungeon Monstres vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller GN
by Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim and J-E. Vermot-Desroches &Yoann sc, 6"x9", 96pg, color $14.99
'Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he's the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers.' Recommended like everything in the series. The decidedly grimmer vol. 3 is offered again.
FEB111157 Sgt. Frog vol. 21 sc, 5"x7", 192pg, b&w $10.99
by Mine Yoshizaki
'FINAL VOLUME! He phoned home...but the mothership is screening its calls.'
YEN PRESS (http://yenpress.us/)
FEB111221 Laon vol. 5 sc, 192pg, b&w $11.99
by YoungBin Kim and Hyun You
'When the police discover Laon naked and hungry in the street, how could they know that she is actually a nine-tailed fox? Or at least she would be if she hadn't lost her tails in a bet with Queen Mago. Now Laon is on a crusade to recover her missing appendages, if other spiritual forces don't find them first!'
And now a few non-comic items. I skip toys and statues as always, but books and games are fair game.
FEB111296 The Meowmorphosis sc, 6"x9", 320pg $12.95
by Franz Kafka and Cook Coleridge
'Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to support his parents and sister. His life goes strangely awry when he wakes up late for work and discovers that, inexplicably, he is now a man-sized baby kitten. His family freaks out: Yes, their son is OMG sooo cute, but what good is cute when there are bills to pay? And how can Gregor be so selfish as to devote all his attention to a scrap of ribbon?' Text, not comic.
FEB111858 Killer Bunnies and the Conquest of the Magic Carrot Blue Starter Deck $35.00
'Prepare yourself for an all-new Killer Bunnies adventure, with familiar fun for fans and new players alike! Find the Magic Carrot and claim ultimate glory over your opponents in Killer Bunnies and the Conquest of the Magic Carrot, the fun and crazy follow-up to the popular Killer Bunnies Quest card game. The Conquest Blue Starter Deck can be played on its own, but it is completely compatible with the KB Quest Blue Starter (and boosters). You'll be surprised by an entirely new array of wacky weapons, risky P-cards and wince-worthy Terrible Misfortunes! . . . For 2-8 players; contains 165 Large Cards, 36 Small Cards, 6 Twelve-sided Dice, 3 Six-sided Dice, 30 Vouchers and Instructions.'
FEB111859 Killer Bunnies Odyssey: Cool Psychic Penguin Animals Expansion $9.00
'In the Cool Psychic Penguin Decks, KB Odyssey players can now add from a pool of 30 new cards to construct their own decks. With the introduction of the penguins to the game, new powers are unlocked for any players choosing to add these to their arsenal. There is no need to follow any color order, so you can mix your favorite expansion cards into your own customized 60-card deck for new, unique play!