40. SECRET AVENGERS
Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Doop be damned — this may be the most fun book that Marvel is putting out. Come for the comedy, stay for the wild sci-fi ideas and propulsively energetic storytelling.
39. Alan Moore Interview on Robert Anton Wilson
Robert Anton Wilson has had an outsized impact on comics sci-fi as one of the prime influences of two of its major writers: Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Now, as bonus content for the COSMIC TRIGGER theatrical Kickstarter, you can hear comics favorite curmudgeon spend an hour kvelling about the importance of Wilson’s particular brand of visionary oddball sci-fi.
Charles Soule & Javier Pulido continue making us smile with their latest issue of She-Hulk, taking the jolly green she-giant over to San Francisco to see Daredevil — making for an obviously perfect crossover. The two super-lawyers wonder why they never went up against each other back in NYC, and so do we…
37. THE AMATEURS
Conor Stechschulte’s graphic novel debut is a strange little incantation, a quietly funny nightmare in black & white — the sort of book that lingers in the back corners of your mind.
36. KIRBY NEW GODS ARTIST’S EDITION
The unadulterated tiger-force, delivered straight from the tiger-source.
This is what it looks like when Walt Disney and Salvador Dali sort of collaborate. Sure makes you wonder what could have come of a deeper partnership.
Another delicious fruit of the Kickstarter era. Never before would a work as personal and idiosyncratic as Alec Longstreth’s BASEWOOD have seen publication in such a beautifully produced oversized edition, a handsomely made book containing a flawlessly cartooned story of loss, survival and connection.
38. GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
OK, so none of us have actually gotten around to seeing it yet. But we’re so happy to have more Wes Anderson in the world that we’re listing it anyway.
37. MONSTERS & TITANS – the BATTLING BOY art book
Finally, we can see BATTLING BOY artwork the way it deserves to be seen: BIG.
36. This Terrifying Short Film
Watch if you’re sick of sleeping, and would prefer never to do it again.
35. New Wu Tang Album
They are pressing one single copy of their new double album, which will be sold to the highest bidder. Something tells me we won’t end up finding this one for $3 in the bargain bin of the Princeton Record Exchange, like we did with 36 Chambers in 1997.
Proudly announcing three new contributors to LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM…
STEPHEN R. BISSETTE
Legendary creator Steve Bissette is rightfully adored for kicking off Alan Moore’s groundbreaking SWAMP THING run and creating S.R. BISSETTE’S TYRANT®, the same fascinatingly realized tyrannosaurus rex who’ll be starring in his own monstrous strip for DREAM ANOTHER DREAM.
A top-notch cartoonist who turned our heads back in the ONI DOUBLE FEATURE, Troy continued to wow us in books like JENNY FINN and BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM with Mike Mignola. Lately he’s been spending a lot of time directing films like DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, but luckily he’s decided to make room for Nemo…
We met this guy last fall at the Society of Illustrators, where he showed us his soon-to-be-published graphic novel, INSTRUMENTAL. Dave appears equally enamored with making music as he is with making comics…and if he’s half as good at playing that trumpet as he is at laying down a page of comics…well…life just wouldn’t be terribly fair for the rest of us.
Curious to see what Dave’s bringing to the NEMO table? We’ve got a peek for you right here.
– Andrew Carl
We’re keeping this list of Nemo names updated with most of the contributors we have publicly announced – so check it out if you’re wondering who else has signed up! And our first revealed pages from the book can be found here.
deadly class #2 : a strong issue that cements my hopes for this series. we get into the whole school aspect of things, and it’s a lot of fun meeting the various cliques. wes craig kills every aspect of the art–design, character, layout.
hawkeye #15 : it feels like things are coming to a head for clint and his building. any time david aja drops in to draw an issue it elevates an already good book. this run is going to be an evergreen.
batman/superman #9 : JAE LEE.
elephantmen #54 : a killer cliffhanger for one of the very best serial reads there is.
black science #4 : after a couple of issues that, while still excellent, felt like they were racing to keep up with the explosive debut issue, this feels like it’s leading us out of the fire and into the frying pan.
sock monkey treasury : a gorgeous new collection of one of the more idiosyncratic cartoonist’s most accessible work.
wolverine and the x-men #42 : jason aaron, nick bradshaw, chris bachalo and company wrap up their run on what has been one of the most fun books of the last few years. and they do it in style, with a touching, chuckling read that feels just right.
miracleman #3 : you can argue with the way marvel has rolled this out, but you can’t argue with the material. this issue leads us into the truly masterful work alan moore does the rest of the way.
40. AURORA WEST
Yeah, there’s a bit of a wait. We’ll be standing in line over here.
39. DEADLY CLASS
Between BLACK SCIENCE and DEADLY CLASS, Rick Remember is on a roll, launching wild new mythologies at what looks like the speed of thought. His tantalizing story is perfectly matched by Wes Craig’s stellar art, and we can’t wait to see where this one takes us.
38. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN ELDERLY SUPERHERO
These richly detailed oil paintings detailing the adventures of a hero who we have dubbed GRANDPAMAN are surreally funny and a little bit heartbreaking.
With the manic, propulsive energy of a Gatsbian lawn party, this beautiful two-color bio details the graphic life of a fascinating woman whose story too often gets folded into her husband’s.
36. THE SAVIORS
James Robinson’s low-key sci-fi-stoner shaggy dog story is presented in J. Bone’s enviably crisp, energetic black & white.
saga #18 : lying cat. oh yes.
furious #1 : lots of twists & turns in this new take on superhero celebrity from bryan glass and victor santos of MICE TEMPLAR fame. looking forward to talking this up with bryan this friday night at the shop!
east of west #9 : SAGA and this book in the same week? yee haw.
miracleman #2 : you can argue about the format marvel’s chosen to roll this out, but there’s no argument about the alan moore material. seminal, game-changing comics that read as good today as they did 30 years ago.
black science #3 : we get into some back story and blood shed here. this book is going places.
marvel masterworks x-men vol #6 : neal adams delivers some powerhouse, dynamic work here.
unwritten vol #8 : the latest volume in this spellbinding series.
adventure time with fiona and cake : monster-fighting, queen-defeating wackiness.
prophet #42 : ron wimberly jumps in and delivers one of the best issues of the entire turned-on-its-head relaunch led by brandon graham & co.
afterlife with archie #3 : the most improbably awesome book of the year rolls on.
alex + ada #3 : the romance heats up!
miracleman #1 : one of the greatest and most influential superhero comics of all time is also one of the least read due to over 20 years worth of legal shenanigans. but starting here alan moore’s masterpiece rolls out monthly.
black dynamite #1 : ron wimberly double dips this week, here providing the kinetic pencils that fuel this blaxploitation-era romp.
amazing x-men #3 : bamf! more ed mcquinness goodness.
elephantmen #48 : the stakes are rising in richard starkings’ masterful scifi-noir of man and beasts. the best-produced book on the stands. every issue looks fabulous, no matter who draws it.
b.p.r.d. vampire #3 : mignola. ba. moon. stewart.
the wake #1 : scott snyder & sean murphy form a new age dream team on this one, and the book looks creepy and smart and like it’s got a story to tell. let’s see where we’re going.
x-men #1 : this new all-girl x-book has our customers excited across the board, from guys to gals and new & old readers alike.
absolute top ten : one of my favorite series ever gets the whistles & bells treatment. the hard-to-find SMAX series in included, along with all the alan moore written issues of the titular series. this book is jam packed with comics love, from an at the top of his game moore to the incredibly detailed, and funny, world that zander cannon & gene ha bring to glorious visual life. i was lucky enough back in the day to sit with zander cannon and see what the process was like putting these pages together. i tip my hat to him now, many moons later, as he was really the unsung hero of this masterpiece.
THE LOCUST MOON TOP 40
Counting down the hits this month
40. UNCANNY X-MEN #1
As dumb as AVENGERS VS. X-MEN may have been, the consequences have energized the X-universe. We love it for, among other things, this Cyclops propaganda poster.
Grant Morrison wraps up his tonally schizoid miniseries that draws equally from THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Disney movies, and a half-century of dumb comics about hit men.
38. Trying to find a title for the Locust Moon quarterly comics collection
37. Virtual Reality Helmets
Because, as James Bond reminds us, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH.
36. KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD
If comics be the food of love, play on. We’re excited for more adventures in the bardosphere.
35. This Cake
Celebrating the first year of the gloriously anachronistic RETROFIT COMICS with cake, booze and arguments.