Comic-Con Wrap-Up: Comics Debuts

I know it’s hard to believe with all the big flashy Hollywood things, but Comic-Con actually had stuff about comic books! There were a number of exciting debuts this year. Scroll through and see if something catches your eye. If so, read the blurb I’ve put together from the publisher’s write-ups, and if you’re intrigued, click the links to find out more.

Any Empire by Nate Powell

Any Empire by Nate Powell

Any Empire by Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) recalls aimless summers of Nancy Drew and G.I. Joe, treehouses and army surplus stores… but when fantasy starts to bleed into reality, whose mission will be accomplished? [Interview]

Big Questions by Anders Nilsen

Big Questions by Anders Nilsen

Big Questions by Anders Nilsen: A haunting postmodern fable, this beautiful and minimalist story is the culmination of ten years and over 600 pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe.

Daybreak by Brian Ralph

Daybreak by Brian Ralph

Daybreak by Brian Ralph is an unconventional zombie story. Drawing inspiration from zombies, horror movies, television, and first-person shooter video games, Daybreak departs from zombie genre in both content and format, achieving a living-dead masterwork of literary proportions. [Interview]

The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes

The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes

The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes: Classic staples of the superhero genre – origin, costume, ray-gun. sidekick, fight scene – are reconfigured into a story that is anything but morally simplistic. With subtle comedy, deft mastery and an obvious affection for the bold Pop Art exuberance of comic book design, Daniel Clowes delivers a contemporary meditation on the darkness of the human psyche.

Freakshow by David Server, Jackson Lanzing and Joe Suitor

Freakshow by David Server, Jackson Lanzing and Joe Suitor

Freakshow by writers David Server and Jackson Lanzing, and artist Joe Suitor: When five refugee survivors develop monstrous mutations from a devastating chemical explosion that leaves their city in ruins, they band together to seek revenge against the clandestine government quarantine that has seized control in the aftermath. But are they monsters…or heroes?

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Gil Jordan, Private Detective: Murder By High Tide by M. Tillieux

Gil Jordan, Private Detective: Murder By High Tide by M. Tillieux

Gil Jordan, Private Detective: Murder By High Tide by M. Tillieux: A never-before-translated classic from the Golden Age of Franco-Belgian comics, finally brought to American readers. A pair of wise-cracking, fast-paced detective stories considered masterpieces in Europe.

Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton

Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton

Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton: From the immensely popular and funny web-comic of the same name, Hark! A Vagrant! takes readers on a romp through history and literature — with dignity for few and cookies for all — with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all filtered through a contemporary lens that displays a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds.

The Hidden by Richard Sala

The Hidden by Richard Sala

The Hidden by Richard Sala: After a mysterious worldwide catastrophe, a group of survivors come together at the only intact structure for miles around — an abandoned trading post/rest stop. There they attempt to sort out what has happened: Has the world really come to an end? To pass the time they tell stories, relate dreams. But one of the members of the group has a secret. And that secret is destined to bring doom to them all.

The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti and Mike Huddleston

The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti and Mike Huddleston

The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti (The Surrogates) and Mike Huddleston: A political thriller that asks, in an era when technology can either doom or save us, is it possible for personal privacy and national security to coexist?

Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod: Fists fly, limbs are lost and blood vessels burst in this tale of furious rivals, supernatural masters, walking corpses, and above all, raging kung fu!

Kinky & Cosy by Nix

Kinky & Cosy by Nix

Kinky & Cosy by Nix: Meet the most dangerous twin girls in the universe! Their record of wrong doings, on purpose or not, will raise your hair on end. A darkly subversive collection of cynical comics gags that is sweeping Europe. Nothing is sacred for these two lil’ monsters! South Park meets Monty Python.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century #2 - 1969 by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century #2 - 1969 by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century #2 – 1969 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill: The literary mash-up by comics master Alan Moore explores the swinging ’60s. A thoroughly modern Mina Murray and her dwindling league of comrades attempt to navigate the perilous rapids of London’s hippy and criminal subculture, as well as the twilight world of its occultists.

The Life-Partner of Frankenstein by Batton Lash

The Life-Partner of Frankenstein by Batton Lash

The Life-Partner of Frankenstein: A Supernatural Law Book by Batton Lash: A descendent of the original Victor von Frankenstein has created his own monster. When the monster yearns for a mate, he creates Freda. The couple wants to marry but the county clerk denies their application for a marriage license—and has Freda arrested for public health violations! Enter: attorneys Alanna Wolff & Jeff Byrd, lawyers to the macabre!

Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi, based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi, based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi, based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette: French master Tardi returns to the world of guns, crime, betrayal and bloodshed with this stunning, grisly, and remarkably faithful interpretation of Manchette’s last completed crime thriller.

Little Nothings: My Shadow in the Distance by Lewis Trondheim

Little Nothings: My Shadow in the Distance by Lewis Trondheim

Little Nothings: My Shadow in the Distance by Lewis Trondheim: Offering an uncanny sense of observation related to personal experience, this collection from one of today’s most influential comic artists is all about dealing with the trappings of daily life.

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti by Rick Geary

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti by Rick Geary

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti by Rick Geary: The latest installation in Geary’s fantastic “Treasury of XXth Century Murder” series, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti covers one of the most controversial murder trials in American history with Geary’s award-winning eye for objective detail. [Interview]

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by The Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by The Hernandez Brothers

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by The Hernandez Brothers. The legendary indie comics series continues with a sequel to one of the best stories from the “Loca” mythology.

Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman

Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman

Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman uses a mix of illustrated writing and comics to tell the previously unknown adventures of the celebrated author’s life after his death (he survived thanks to a wizard’s spell, duh).

Mome Vol. 22, edited by Eric Reynolds

MOME vol. 22, edited by Eric Reynolds

MOME vol. 22, edited by Eric Reynolds: After 6 years and over 2500 pages of comics, MOME heads into the sunset with an all-star, jam-packed farewell bonanza. The final installment of this most esteemed comics anthology.

Okie Dokie Donuts: Open for Business! by Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos

Okie Dokie Donuts: Open for Business! by Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos

Okie Dokie Donuts: Open for Business! by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos: Okie Dokie Donuts is the best little donut shop in town! But running a donut shop isn’t easy! Trouble is always poking holes in Big Mama’s fun. The first book in a new all-ages series.

One Soul by Ray Fawkes

One Soul by Ray Fawkes

One Soul by Ray Fawkes: A unique and poetic narrative, One Soul takes the experiences of 18 individuals and weaves them into the spiritual journey of a lifetime. Gracefully flowing from character to character, moment to moment, Fawkes has crafted a stunning mosaic that takes advantage of the medium of sequential art in a way few creators dare.

Petrograd by Philip Gelatt and Tyler Crook

Petrograd by Philip Gelatt and Tyler Crook

Petrograd by Philip Gelatt and Tyler Crook: During the height of the first World War, a reluctant British spy stationed in the heart of the Russian empire is handed the most difficult assignment of his career: orchestrate the death of the mad monk Gregorii Rasputin.

Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken: Troublems with Frenemies by Ray Friesen

Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken: Troublems with Frenemies by Ray Friesen

Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken: Troublems with Frenemies by Ray Friesen: They are the bestest of friends and also the worstest of enemies all at the same time (just like in real life! Only more cartoony of course.) The first book in a new all-ages series.

Prison Pit Book 3 by Johnny Ryan

Prison Pit Book 3 by Johnny Ryan

Prison Pit Book 3 by Johnny Ryan: Prison Pit blends Angry Youth Comix creator Johnny Ryan’s fascination with WWE wrestling, grindhouse cinema, first person action video games, Gary Panter’s “Jimbo” comics, and Kentaro Miura’s “Berserk” Manga into a brutal and often hilarious showcase of violence like no other comic book ever created.

RandomVeus by Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz

RandomVeus Vol. 1 by Jeffrey "Chamba" Cruz

RandomVeus Vol. 1 by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz: The first original graphic novel by Udon Entertainment, which has mostly focused on licensed comics based on video games like Street Fighter and Mega Man. This zany inter-dimensional adventure has an animated feel to it that should grab young eyeballs pretty quickly. [Interview]

The Raven by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti, based on work by Edgar Allen Poe

The Raven by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti, based on work by Edgar Allen Poe

The Raven by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti: An ambitious combination of Edgar Allen Poe’s poems and stories, Lou Reed’s reinterpretations and enigmatic visualizations by legendary Italian illustrator and cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti.

Sybil-Anne vs. Ratticus by R. Macherot

Sybil-Anne vs. Ratticus by R. Macherot

Sybil-Anne vs. Ratticus by R. Macherot: Widely regarded as one of the great classics of the Franco-Belgian all-ages comics, this fun comedy tells the story of Sibyl-Anne and her fiancé Boomer. They live in blissful peace in the French countryside until the evil rat Ratticus, evicted from his previous residence, sets his eye on the quiet acre that the couple share with their friends.

Ties: A Chronicle of Letters and Scotch by Emily McGuiness

Ties: A Chronicle of Letters and Scotch by Emily McGuiness

Ties: A Chronicle of Letters and Scotch by Emily McGuiness: Ties is the full length, black and white graphic novel about what would happen if you had parents by mail.

Torn by Andrew Constant, Nicola Scott and Joh James

Torn by Andrew Constant, Nicola Scott and Joh James

Torn by Andrew Constant, Nicola Scott and Joh James: Torn is a twist on werewolf mythology. It tells the story of how a wolf struggles when he is infected with the strongest virus the world has ever known: Humanity. [Interview]

Willie & Joe: Back Home by Bill Mauldin

Willie & Joe: Back Home by Bill Mauldin

Willie & Joe: Back Home by Bill Mauldin: In the summer of 1945, a tide of battered soldiers began flowing back to the United States from around the globe. Mauldin brilliantly chronicles the struggles and disillusionments of these early postwar years and, in doing so, tells his own extraordinary story of his journey home to a wife he barely knew and a son he had only seen in pictures.

A Zoo in Winter by Jiro Taniguchi

A Zoo in Winter by Jiro Taniguchi

A Zoo in Winter by Jiro Taniguchi: For the first time ever, multi-award winning Taniguchi recalls his beginnings in manga and his youth spent in Tokyo in the 60’s. It is a magnificent account of his apprenticeship where all the finesse and elegance of the creator are united to illustrate those first emotions of adulthood.

About Corey Blake

Corey Blake does things on the Internet, and sometimes even in real life. As a comic book pundit, advocate and educator, he regularly contributes to the Comic Book Resources blog Robot 6. He also advises for the award-winning documentary and comics advocacy movement Dig Comics, and is a member of the Part-Time Fanboy podcast. He ran the web-magazine The Comics Observer, which provides a variety of perspectives on the comic book art form and industry. As a comedic performer/actor, Corey is a founding member of the improv comedy group The You Convention, a house team at The Improv Space, and the independent improv troupe T.M.A. (The Meaningless Acronyms). Every year he performs a variety of characters as part of the popular Halloween show Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey at the botanical gardens of The Huntington Library. He was a member of The Magic Meathands, which performed fully improvised shows for all kinds of audiences, including homeless shelters and other community outreach centers. He also has a history with writing and performing sketch comedy, notably with the Los Angeles branch of The 3rd Floor and as a founding member of Foe Pa. Corey has been seen in online web-series such as The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour (Best Web Comedy-Episodic, Clicker.com), The Starmind Record (Best Direction and Editing, LA Web Series), Poopdog Entertainment’s Mayer for Mayor (Funny or Die featured video), and Chatroom of Solitude on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel. His on-camera performances have also included short films Tough Love (Official Selection, Festival de Cannes’ Short Film Corner) and Hattie Needs Rehab (Excellence in Performance, Extreme Filmmaker 48 Hour Film Festival), the feature film Chasing Happiness, and the pilot for the children’s show “Imagination Station”. Corey Blake also has experience behind the camera. He has written comedy sketches, and directed and produced videos for the Magic Meathands Originals sketch web-series, as well as sketches for Foe Pa and The 3rd Floor: LA. He co-wrote and co-produced the feature length musical comedy Mission: Improbable. Additionally, he helped produce the award-winning documentary Dig Comics (Best Documentary, Comic-Con Int’l: Independent Film Festival; Official Selection, Festival de Cannes’ Short Film Corner) and a demo trailer for the charitable organization Voices From Chornobyl. He’s also crazy about kitties, which means the internet is a very happy place for him. See http://www.coreyblake.com for more.

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