Some books of interest appearing on the shelves of comic shops across the country this Wednesday...
Arf Museum softcover - An anthology from Fantagraphics (edited by Craig Yoe) examining where fine art and comics meet. Appearing in this volume are ten unpublished paintings of Richard Felton Outcaults's The Yellow Kid, as well as a look at Picasso's "secret comics past" among other things. Should be really interesting.
Embroideries softcover - Marjane Satrapi's sketchier follow-up to Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return will be available in softcover for the first time.
Nana (volume 3) TP - The third installment of what I consider to be the best manga out there, comes to comic stores in case you haven't been following it in Shojo Beat (or just want the trades in addition, like me).
Manifest Eternity #1 - From Wildstorm/DC, this new sci/fi series, about a century-spanning intergalactic war, will examine the battle between two advanced civilizations, as an empire of magic invades an empire of science. Scott Lobdell and Dustin Nguyen promise each issue will focus on a different group involved in the conflict (elite fighter pilots, dragon riders, etc.) to showcase every perspective involved in the war from opening shots to cataclysmic conclusion. Sounds ambitious, if anything.
DMZ (volume 1): On the Ground TP - I found this series from Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli a little stale. There are some interesting ideas behind the futuristic world and the war zone the journalist/protagonist finds himself in, but nothing to hold my interest after the first few issues.
Civil War: Front Lines #1 (of 10) - Annnndd....I guess one Civil War book just isn't enough.