Highlights of comics from Previews catalogue shipping in July...
Comic Art Magazine #8 - It's been a long wait, but here it is: a new issue of Comic Art, double-sized! It's now an annual magazine, which is too bad, but it should be worth the wait each time. This issue comes with a booklet "40 Cartoon Booklets of Interest," illustrated by Seth.
Kramer's Ergot (volume 6) HC - The new volume of the groundbreaking anthology provides us with art by Ron Rege, John Porcellino, and many other forward-thinkers of the medium bent on pushing the boundaries of comics into new territory.
Dabel Brothers Productions:
Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1 - Personally, I think Hamilton's overrated. Her Anita Blake is dubbed an "R-rated Buffy," but it's really a lot less sophisticated and ooh, she can cuss if she wants. I'm sure a lot of people are excited about this, but I've tried her and it's nothing I'm interested in. This first run of comics illustrates Hamilton's first book in the Anita Blake chronicles, Guilty Pleasures.
The Escapist #1 - I don't know much about The Escapist, but this new title is written by Brian K. Vaughan and has a great Frank Miller cover (and it's only a buck for the first issue).
Little Lulu Color Special TP - The best of the comedic Little Lulu is now being offered in color in this 200+ page paperback.
Scary Book (volume 3) - I've heard some disappointing things about the first volume of Kazuo Umezo's horror book, but this volume sounds cool and if the cover's any indication, it looks like this one could have some genuine scares.
I highlighted DC's solicitations separately.
Castle Waiting (volume II) #1 - The fantasy series returns! The first issue will be oversized because it collects the last two issue of the series that began this new storyline. And hey, this is a great time to jump on board, what with the Castle Waiting collected edition coming out beforehand.
Comics Journal #277 - It's The Comics Journal's 30th Annivesary issue, so of course, it's an oversized issue, complete with a good long look at the medium and where it's headed.
Niger #1 - The newest addition to the Ignatz line, Leila Marzocchi's Niger is an ecological tale told all in woodcuts.
Road To Hell #1 - A new horror mini-series whose title, I think, says it all. From Martin Schenk, Todd Lincoln and Diogenese Neves. Dubbed IDW's "Next horror classic." We'll see.
30 Days of Night: Three Tales TP - Collects the recent trilogy 30 Days of Night: Dead Space, as well as the 2005 30 Days of Night Annual and "Picking Up the Pieces" a story by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith from Tales of Terror.
Godland (volume 2): Another Sunny Delight - The second trade of the popular Joe Casey series is collected!
Also highlighted separately...
Wasteland #1 - A double-sized debut issue that takes place 100 years after an apocalyptic event called "The Big Wet."
Polly & the Pirates (volume 1) TP - From Ted Naifeh, the man behind Courtney Crumrin, we get a tale of Polly Pringle, who may or may not be the Pirate Queen's daughter in this crazy pirate adventure. This collects the awesome six issue mini-series.
This is a new publisher. I don't have anything to say about the titles offered, but go ahead and check out their site and see if they have anything to offer that may be of interest.
Drifting Classroom (volume 1) TP - A new title offered as part of Viz's "Signature Graphic Novel" line, this manga follows the events surrounding an elementary school classroom that disappeared in the wake of an earthquake.