Here are our selections for the most exciting books coming to comic shops this week...
Sundays With Walt and Skeezix Volume 1 HC (Sunday Press Books) - I'll just repeat what I said when I saw the solicitations in Previews catalogue: Here it is, folks. If I were inclined to select a book of the month, this would have to be the one. Hell, I’d say this is probably going to be a very strong contender for book of the year. This 16 X 21 inch (read: BIG) hardcover collects a selection of the gorgeous, groundbreaking Gasoline Alley Sunday pages by Frank King. I love, love, love the fact that the book looks as though it’s been designed to fit perfectly with the complete Gasoline Alley dailies archival project Drawn and Quarterly is putting out. Like that extraordinary series of books, this volume is designed by Chris Ware and features an introduction by Jeet Heer. Peter Maresca, the man who brought us the acclaimed Little Nemo book last year, serves as editor. Really, there’s no reason to believe that this book won’t be absolutely phenomenal. At 95 dollars, it is expensive, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I will own this. ESSENTIAL.
And speaking of the Drawn and Quarterly dailies, Walt and Skeezix (Volume 3): 1925-1926 also comes out this week!
Town Boy SC - The sequel to the critically-heralded international hit Kampung Boy that topped several best-of lists last year, is now being released by First Second Books. Lat’s story of a boy growing up in a Malaysian town finds him a teen in this latest offering, and is sure to garner quite a bit of love from the blogosphere and readers alike.