Comic & art book releases 11-12 May 2009

Walking Dead Compendium

Walking Dead Conpendium (amazon.com)

Introducing the first eight volumes of this fan-favorite series collected into one massive paperback collection! Collects The Walking Dead #1-48.

The Best of Simon and Kirby
The Best of Simon and Kirby (amazon.com)

A collection of complete comic book stories from the legendary team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, covering every genre in which they made their mark.

From the very beginning in the late 1930s, Simon and Kirby produced the finest stories around, creating dramatic new super heroes (Captain America, Blue Bolt, Fighting American, The Fly), western action (Boy’s Ranch), gruesome horror (Black Magic), explosive detective fiction (Justice Traps the Guilty), and the very first romance comics (Young Romance). They were the dream team.

  • The only edition authorised by both Joe Simon and the estate of Jack Kirby
  • Hand-picked by Joe Simon himself, with introductory material by him
  • The images are fully restored to their original vibrancy by Harry Mendryk and presented in an impressive, collectible package
  • Contains more than two-dozen tales, presented in their entirety, including stories from Simon and Kirby’s time at DC and Marvel
  • Includes some of the most famous S&K creations, including Captain America, Fighting American, The Fly, Boy’s Ranch, Bullseye, and Stuntman
  • The beginning of a planned collection of the entire Simon and Kirby Library
  • With illustrated essays by Mark Evanier, author of Kirby: King of Comics

Absolute Superman: For Tomorrow
Absolute Superman: For Tomorrow (amazon.com)

The complete 12-part saga from SUPERMAN #'s 204-215 written by Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) with sensational art by comics' hottest artist Jim Lee (BATMAN: HUSH, ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, Uncanny X-Men) collected together for the first time in the oversized Absolute format!

A cataclysmic event has struck the Earth. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected -- not even Superman! But after a year, Superman is left with many questions. For a hero who tries to have all the answers, it's torture. And, just as the action heats up and the stakes are raised, one huge question emerges: Just how far is Superman willing to go "For Tomorrow?"

This Absolute edition includes an all-new cover by Lee, a Jim Lee Sketchbook, and other bonus features.

Gig Posters Volume 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century
Gig Posters Volume 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century (amazon.com)

Since 2001 Gigposters.com has been the Internet's first and best resource for rock-show poster art; their massive online database showcases more than 90 000 posters from 7 000 different designers including all of today's top poster studios. Gig Posters Volume I highlights the 700+ best examples in their collection including 101 perforated and ready-to-hang posters for bands such as Radiohead Wilco the Decemberists the Shins Arcade Fire Sleater-Kinney and more. Among the many designers contributing to this collection are Rob Jones (of White Stripes fame) The Decoder Ring (house artists for Modest Mouse) Patent Pending Tara McPherson and more. Packaged in an oversized 11-by-14-inch paperback Gig Posters Volume I is a spectacular compilation of rock show art (and one hell of a cheap way to decorate a dorm room or apartment).

Alchemy of Animation
The Alchemy of Animation now has a Bargain-Price option at 60% discount on amazon.com. The book is an introductory guide to how animation films are made. Check out my book review.

These books should be appearing soon in comic shops near you. I encourage readers to support their local comic retailers whenever possible. Visiting comic shops is cool.

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