The Locust Moon Top 40: November 2013

40. DELUSIONAL

This art & sequential bits & bobs book from Farel Dalrymple & AdHouse made our Top 40 back when it was announced. Now that we’ve finally gotten our copies to pore over, we want to put it on ALL the Top 40s.
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39. The Fantagraphics Kickstarter

Because we all need our continued supply of Uncle Scrooge.

38. BOARDWALK EMPIRE

The hopeless glory of season 4 ended with no winners, only losers. Pretty appropriate for a show set in Atlantic City.

37. DISAPPEARANCE DIARY

Hideo Azuma’s autobiographical chronicle of a cartoonist dropping off the map and going on the lam from relationships, responsibilities, and sobriety is a fascinating and oddly adorable illustration of the kind of personality with which some of us can identify a little too much.
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36. Calvin & Hobbes Dancing

We’d usually say that Bill Watterson’s opus is hallowed ground upon which fan art must not tread, but this animation of Calvin & Hobbes dancing is delightful, touching, and utterly true to its origins.

35. This Mountain Man

I hope to one day also stand in court and declare, “I AM THE NATURAL MAN.”

34. THE ART OF RUBE GOLDBERG

This book about Rube Goldberg is also an ACTUAL FUNCTIONING PAPERCRAFT RUBE GOLDBERG MACHINE! How cool is that?
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33. ANINGAAQ

This heart-wrenching short film by Jonás Cuarón spins off of his father’s GRAVITY, lending one of its scenes a powerful new depth.

32. MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOL. 3

Weird science, only getting weirder.
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31. FACES IN EVERY DAY OBJECTS

Horrified peppers, flesh-hungry zippers, and nefarious boxes planning something sinister.
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30. BANDETTE

Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin’s rip-roaring, joyfully lawless all-ages adventure stars one of the most infectiously mischievous characters to ever to grace the comics page.
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29. HAJIME NO IPPO: RISING

Arguably the best sports manga ever has finally returned to animation for its anxiously awaited third season.
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28. THE BEST OF COMIX BOOK

A vivid snapshot of a weirdly hybridized moment — Stan Lee wanted Marvel Comics to move underground, and Denis Kitchen answered the call.
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27. Artists Authors Thinkers Directors

Paul Hornschemeier simply draws the hundred artists who’ve influenced him most, and the results are surprisingly illuminating, revealing, and sometimes funny.
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26. THE KEVIN CANNON PRE-TURKEY EXTRAVAGANZA

Locust Moon has now been Cannonized.
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25. ROOM 237

In this spell-bindingly odd documentary, Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING becomes an enigmatic Rosetta stone for dozens of highly personal obsessions.

24. XENO KAIJU

Pat Aulisio’s unadulterated monster romp, rampaging across an over-sized newspaper.
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23. B+F

Greg Benton’s giant, beautiful, often frightening book can barely keep up with the odyssey of a girl and her dog tumbling through increasingly imaginative and dangerous fates.
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22. RICK AND MORTY

Dan Harmon’s overactive imagination and general disdain for (or rather, disappointment in) human society shine, unencumbered by things like “reality” or “budget” in his and Justin Roiland’s new animated show.

21. AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE

Archie is a cliche. Zombies are played out. But this is one of the best damned books on the shelf. Ideas are nothing. Execution is all.
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20. MAKE GOOD ART

Neil Gaiman’s rousing commencement speech is now available as a snazzy little blue book designed by the one and only Chip Kidd.
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19. PRETTY DEADLY

This lyrical and gorgeous western series from Emma Rios and Kelly Sue Deconnick sings in a voice all its own.

18. PRETTY IN INK

Trina Robbins’ beautifully designed, well-researched history of women in comics gives voice to some great cartoonists that time (and men) forgot.
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17. Online Store

Locust Moon’s books are now available online! Quarter Moon, 36 Lessons, Time Machine — it doesn’t matter. Every package is sealed with a kiss.
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16. BLACK SCIENCE

Matteo Scalero’s wildly electrified artwork animates Rick Remender’s viciously dark and desperate story of the price of obsession. A thrill ride, a cautionary tale, and an explosively enjoyable comic book.
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15. WILBUR, WHERE ART THOU? Starring Hooker-Hoof Hannah, Horse Whore for Hire

The newest darkly comic, hard-truth strip-in-progress from Rob Woods.

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14. ANDRE THE GIANT Cover

First Second unveils the bad-ass cover to the wrestling bio by local rabble-rouser Box Brown. This book is going to be as big as its subject — pre-order while you can.
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13. COMIC INK Art Show at Locust Moon

Jenai Chin curated this mash-up of comics and tattoos, and our walls were grateful.
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12. SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN

This out-of-nowhere debut from Aaron Conley is an explosion of wild, adventurous cartooning and storytelling. One of the most original creations of 2013.
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11. HEYDAY COMICS

The bizarre primeval poetry of Daniel Elisii will leave you baffled and enthralled.
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10. CAB

Gabe Fowler is the last man standing on the remains of BCGF, and his wonderfully curated show ably fills its predecessor’s big shoes.
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9. CHRIS CASINO’S BREAKFAST EXTRAVAGANZAS

The Sugarbear has been keeping us well-fed with his breakfast heroics. He is one with the griddle, and our bellies appreciate it.

8. MA

Matt Huynh’s moving portrait of poverty, overpopulation and renewal among Vietnamese refugees in Malaysia is now available at Locust Moon.
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7. THE FOX

Haspiel gets his Toth on, and a grateful nation rejoices.
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6. TIPPY AND THE NIGHT PARADE

Lilli Carre’s upcoming Toon Books publication is one of the loveliest, most poetic and elegantly simple children’s books we’ve ever read.
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5. THE GREAT COW RACE: BONE ARTIST’S EDITION

The master Jeff Smith’s work in glorious black, white, and blueline. There is no cleaner or more confident brush in comics.
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4. COMICS ON THE DARK SIDE

In which Philly’s greatest cartoonist is written up in Philly’s best newspaper.
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3. HEATHEN

You have to keep an eye on Jeremy Baum’s work — you always get the sense that when you look away it might start to move.
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2. HIP HOP FAMILY TREE

Ed Piskor can’t stop, won’t stop. A perfect melding of a cartoonist’s dual obsessions with hip hop and the comics page.
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1. Thanksgiving

We’re thankful for a lot this year, including but not limited to: the endless legacy of Winsor McCay, the sustained awesomeness of our cats Inky & Rooster, and the unflagging support of you folks, our customers, readers and friends.

Also: leftovers.

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