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IN STOCK: The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry

barryFrom publisher Drawn & Quarterly:

The Freddie Stories traces a year in the life of Freddie, the youngest member of the dysfunctional Mullen family. These four-panel entries–each representing an episode in the life of Freddie–bring to life adolescence, pimples and all. No matter what happens, it all seems to go wrong for Freddie–he’s set up as an arsonist, mercilessly teased in school, and bossed around by classmates. With consummate skill, Lynda Barry writes about the cruelty of children at this most vulnerable age when the friends they make and the paths they choose can forever change their lives. In The Freddie Stories every word of dialogue, every piece of narration, and every dark line evokes adolescent angst. 

These short, moving stories are collected from Barry’s beloved Ernie Pook’s Comeek, which was serialized across North America for two decades. Re-packaged here with a brand-new introduction from Lynda Barry, The Freddie Stories is an adult tale about just how hard it is to be a teenager–a classic Barry work alongside her cult masterpiece novel Cruddy–poignant, insightful, and true.

Wow! How can you say ‘No’ to any of that?! The Freddie Stories is $19.95, and we’d love for you to come get one!

IN STOCK: Daisy Kutter by Kazu Kibuishi

kibuishiKazu Kibuishi, (Amulet, Flight) has just completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign to print a whole bunch more copies of the sci-fi western Daisy Kutter. From the Kickstarter description:

Daisy Kutter is a retired bank robber and legendary gunfighter who has decided to open a dry goods store in the small town of Middleton. The sheriff, her ex-boyfriend Tom McKay, tries to recruit her to join him on the other side of the law, but she isn’t quite ready to move on.

When Daisy loses everything she owns in a high-stakes poker tournament, she is offered a job from the stranger who cleans her out at the table.  He wants to hire her to rob his train.  What’s the catch?  He believes his vaunted robotic security system will stop Daisy in her tracks, and he wants to prove it. If she succeeds in robbing the train, she can keep the gold and have her life back…

This new printing is: 6″ x 9″, 192 pages, softcover w/ matte finish, 4-color printing throughout (even though the story is in black and white), full color extra materials, including the full color short story “Phantoms” and the original mini-series covers.  This will be the nicest version of Daisy Kutter on the shelf. Perfect for teens!

IN STOCK: Sullivan’s Sluggers

stokoeNew from writer Mark Andrew Smith (The Amazing Joy Buzzards, Aqua Leung) and artist James Stokoe (Wonton Soup, Orc Stain) and straight from Kickstarter comes the baseball horror Sullivan’s Sluggers!

From the Amazon product description:

Long past their former glory, the minor league Sluggers get an invitation to play a baseball game in a cursed small town. After the 7th inning stretch, the sun goes down, and the dysfunctional teammates find themselves fighting for their lives against a town of flesh-eating monsters! Now, it’s up to coach Casey Sullivan to put down the booze, step up to the proverbial plate, and help his team escape from being the next dish in the town’s terrifying feeding frenzy!

This 200 page, hardcover graphic novel comes with a set of trading cards and a print by Stokoe, all packaged inside a very handsome slipcase – well worth $50!

IN STOCK: The Bird King by Shaun Tan

tanThe Bird King: an artist’s notebook is a collection of various doodles, preliminary designs, sketchbook pages, and drawings from the life of Shaun Tan. Known for beautiful books like The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Bird King offers readers a look into Tan’s creative process.

128 pages long, $19.99, and in a format that emulates his actual sketchbooks, The Bird King includes annotations on the practice of drawing and explanatory notes for each image.

IN STOCK: DISTANCE MOVER 7, HOT DOG BEACH 2, and CHROMAZOID 1 & 2

chromacoverFans of all things cool should take note of new comics that just arrived in the store:

DISTANCE MOVER #7: “If you missed issues #1-6, #7 is the best place to start,” says creator Patrick Kyle, “In this new story arc Mr. Earth and Mendel set off to explore new civilizations, but are quickly thrust into a new adventure when the Distance Mover plans its own course.” For those of you who miss out on the fantastic subscription deal, don’t worry – Copies are available at The Beguiling for $5.

HOT DOG BEACH #2:  “Mop and Fuzz are on the job, half drunk and hungover, everyone’s trying to get to Hot Dog Beach but nobody knows what’ll happen when they get there, they just wish they’d get paid soon, or at least get something to eat…” Holy cow! This book is rad! The second issue of Lale Westvind’s Ignatz Award Winning series can be yours for only $6.

CHROMAZOID #1 & 2: Speaking of Lale Westvind, her Kickstarted anthology Chromazoid #1, as well as the follow-up issue, are choc-a-bloc full of comics from exciting artists like Lyra Hill, Robert Calzone, Austin English , Sakura Maku , Otto Splotch , Jazmyne Araya, and many more. Both issues come with a mixtape and mix-CD (respectively) full of original songs connected to the comics! Chromazoid #1 is $20! Chromazoid #2 is $20!

These are the hippest things right now on the market/in the store. Get them now so that later you can tell your friends “Pff, yeah. I read those months ago. Where have you been?”