The Locust Moon Top 40: August 2013

40.  Simon Stålenhag’s Sci-fi Suburbia

A Sweden turned inside out by science, yet still recognizably, nostalgically human.
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39. MARK SHULTZ’S XENOZOIC TALES ARTIST’S EDITION

Dinosaurs, dino-sized. Thanks yet again, IDW.
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38. LEGO Delorean

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads! Because LEGO cars are not street legal.
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37. Patton Oswalt trolling Twitter

“Eat the poor, disabled and hopeless. It’s the only way we can insure our future.”
I think he’s really onto something.

36. THE ANIMAL MAN OMNIBUS

Grant Morrison’s mind-bending genre-smasher is finally as heavy as it ought to be.
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35. Real-life Patlabor

Because one real-life giant robot was not enough for Japan. Thank god.
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34. Suggestions for Street Harassment

Hey HollabackPHILLY, let’s get on this:

holla(and so on)

33. Adventure Time LEGO Opening

Truly, this was the month of pure LEGO bliss.

32. Breaking Bad’s Final Season

Once something’s broken you can’t break it anymore. When this show is gone all our hearts will break bad.

31. THE DON ROSA LIBRARY VOL. 1, UNCLE SCROOGE & DONALD DUCK: “THE SON OF THE SUN” 

Fantagraphics is collecting the complete works of the modern-day duck-maestro, and in the process healing a wound in the soul of the universe. We may have to wait a year to see it, but we’re already ready.
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30. Jim Rugg’s walk cycles

Jim not only talks the talk, he walks the walk.
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29. MARCH BOOK ONE

John Lewis’ first-hand account of the March on Washington is told through Nate Powell’s gorgeously warm, humane illustration. Touching and inspiring in equal measure.
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28. INFINITY

Hickman is, as usual, cooking up something BIG. For once a Marvel event feels like it counts.

27. Rocket Raccoon in action
ROCKET RACCOON
Cigar. Machine gun. Devil-may-care attitude. Yep, he’s our favorite raccoon.

26. Kirby’s MIGHTY THOR OMNIBUS VOL 2

By Odin’s beard!
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25. ANOTHER SELF PORTRAIT

The newest entry in the Bootleg Series promises to reveal a fertile period once smothered in overproduction.

24. Matt Huynh

This cartoonist & illustrator’s heavy calligraphic lines tell stories with their own dreamy rhythm.
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23. Morrison’s KILLING JOKE theory

We’ve looked at the original script, and this was apparently not Moore’s intention. It’s a brilliant observation all the same.

22. The thought of a SIN CITY comic by Rafael Grampa…

…having seen this…grampasincity

21. Museum of Bad Art

Because bad art needs love too.6C8717970-tdy-130823-bad-art-02.blocks_desktop_small

20. Month of new KING OF THE UNKNOWN

Better believe granny gon get got.KOTU

19. THE OUTLIERS

This comic book debut by illustrator Erik T. Johnson maps the mysterious backwoods of human fear, with this tale of a mute boy’s relationship with a strange and frightening creature.outliers11

18. Japanese Dinosaur Attack

DO NOT WATCH THIS if you have stuff to do and can’t spend the rest of the afternoon laughing.

17. SANDMAN OMNIBUS

A beautiful, hardbound edition of the King James Sandman. There should be one of these in a drawer in every hotel room.Sandman_Omni-1-FPO_CV_fr80fzzd79_

16. Scrooge McDuck’s Number One Dime

Chris loves his favorite birthday present as much as Scrooge loves his first dime.chrisandscrooge

15. STEVE DITKO’S MONSTERS

This is not KONG. This is DITKO.konga5

14. TRILLIUM

Some kind of unholy hybrid of Slaughterhouse-Five and The Time Traveler’s Wife, united by an incredibly clever formal gimmick. As usual, Jeff Lemire finds a new way to tell an old story.trillium-1

13. Our QUARTER MOON Kickstarter

We’ve started kicking. Now we’re hoping for some kickbacks.

12. Kickstarter outtakes video

We were talked out of using this for the project video. Genius is never understood in its own time.

11. THE CHILDREN OF PALOMAR

Gilbert comes home to Palomar, bearing gifts.palomar

10. Grim Wilkins

The world of Grim Wilkins is one of beautiful, bleeding inks that run like a river.mirenda_03

9. Danny Hellman’s JOY IS A JEWEL

Just read it. It’s like the Gift of the Magi. If the Magi were a Lovecraftian Antichrist, and the gift were Armageddon.

8. Raul GonzalezLittleNemo_LocustMoon_RaulGonzalez_panel

This cartoonist and fine artist from Boston came out of nowhere to deliver one of the best Nemos so far. Check out his gorgeous, funny and heartfelt work HERE.

7. A Hard Boiled Heart

We’re pretty sure that Dave Proch’s QUARTER MOON story is going to launch a whole new genre: get ready for Crustacean Noir.dave_1toptier

6. Wrapping Rob Woods’ 36 LESSONS IN SELF-DESTRUCTION

Rob’s book is at the printer. The lessons are complete. Now the tests begin.054

5. Kirby4Heroes

Pay tribute to the King.official K4H logo

4. Skuds McKinley’s RUMBLE MOON Kickstarter

If the moon is a-rumblin’, don’t sit there fumblin’. Support one of Philly’s best emerging cartoonists.
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3. Glimpses of NEMO

In which we survey Slumberland with a distant spyglass, courtesy of David Peterson, Charles Fetherolf, Mike Sgier and S.M. Vidaurri

2. LMCF Special Guest JIM STERANKO

The man with the million dollar hair will be our special guest at the LOCUST MOON COMICS FESTIVAL, signing books, telling tales, and generally being the man we all wish we were.AWARD

1. SOCIETY IS NIX

The early 20th century was the comic-strip wild west: there were no laws, and gold was everywhere. This gorgeous new edition from the always-inspiring Sunday Press highlights one of the most fertile and enthralling substrata of American art.159032_s0

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