Here we are again picking out the most promising releases of the week, in stores today!
The ACME Novelty Datebook: Vol. 2, 1995-2002 - I remember thinking when the first volume of this series of Chris Ware’s selected sketchbook collections came out that it was the most beautifully designed book I had ever seen, what with it’s retro red felt spine with gilt lettering and ribbon to mark one’s place. Now, while still beautiful, it doesn’t stand out so much, as many of the comics publishers have embraced such ornate, deluxe packaging. There are a lot of ribbons adorning our bookshelves these days. Anyway, it’s the insides of this book that you’ll want to pay the most attention to. The first volume was one of Ware’s finest books of any type, even though it was “merely” a collection of partly finished comics, journals, and drawings from the artist’s sketchbook rather than a graphic novel. If you’ve not seen one of these Datebooks, you owe it to yourself to at least give this or the previous volume a flip through, even if you’re not a big fan of Ware’s comics generally. If volume 2 is half as good as it’s predecessor, we’ve got a serious contender for book of the year dropping this Wednesday.
Archaia Studios Press debuts - Debut issues of a few new mini-series from Archaia Studios Press come out today. The Engineer from Brian Churilla and Jeremy Shepherd looks like about the most mainstream/superhero book they've ever done, while Rebekah Brem's Misericordia, and Hybrid Bastards! by Tom Pinchuk and Kate Glasheen look like some of the strangest.