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The Collected Toppi Volume One: The Enchanted World

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Presenting the first in a seven-volume library of works by master illustrator Sergio Toppi. The self-taught artist is widely considered one of the world’s greatest visionaries in the art of sequential storytelling, with his evocative, detail-oriented pen-and-ink style tearing down the boundaries of what before him was considered or accepted to be “comics.” His work has influenced generations of contemporary masters who sing his praises, including Frank Miller, Walt Simonson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Denys Cowan, Ashley Wood, and many, many more. This first volume, The Enchanted World, contains eleven tales of…read more

Undertaker V1: The Gold Eater

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Undertaker Jonas Crow is charged with transporting the coffin of an ex-miner become millionaire back to the mining vein that made his fortune. The funeral should have been a calm affair, but there’s an unexpected turn of events: on the eve of his death, Joe Cusco swallowed all his gold, so as to carry it with him for all eternity. Unfortunately, the secret was leaked, provoking the fury of all the miners of Anoki City. They can’t just leave such a fortune to be buried while they’re sweating their souls…read more

Tyler Cross V.2: Angola

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Our hero’s luck turns against him. What seemed like a risk-free gig that should have got him some easy cash turns into a fast-track to Hell for Tyler Cross. A hell called “Angola,” the biggest high-security prison in the United States, surrounded by swamps and crushed by the sweltering Louisiana sunshine. And then just to put the cherry on the cake, the Scarfo clan has put a price on his head, and there are a whole load of Sicilians among Tyler’s fellow inmates… If Tyler ever manages to get out…read more

Tyler Cross V.1: Black Rock

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It’s 1950, and Tyler Cross has just robbed 17 kilos of pure heroin from the Mafia. He has 20 dollars in his pocket, a Colt in his belt, and he’s on foot, alone, in deepest darkest Texas. He’s heading for Black Rock, a down-and-out southern town under the thumb of a petrol magnate and his sons. We can safely say that the hillbillies of Black Rock won’t be forgetting this gangster’s visit any time soon… A hard and fast 1950s gangster tale by Nury and Brüno. Europe Comics, October 11,…read more

Once Upon A Time In Africa

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No one thought he’d ever dare to return. In this African country where the dictatorship has banned all forms of cultural expression, the storyteller named Once-Upon-A-Time has already had a brush with death. For refusing to stop performing his puppet shows, he lost both his hands, severed at the wrist with the slash of a machete. Now he’s back, ready to begin performing again, and ready to take on the powers that be… Europe Comics, June 21, 2017 Written by Zidrou Art by Raphaël Beuchot 104 Pages $10.99 Read Online: Izneo, Amazon The…read more

Thorgal: The Three Elders of Aran

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In these new adventures, Aaricia is crowned Queen, and Thorgal will have to face many difficult tests to track down his beauty. Then they spend some happy days together in the countryside… Their first child is announced. But, alas, everything is turned upside down into horror by the jealousy of Shaniah, a teenager turned away by Thorgal. Prisoner on board the Black Galley, Thorgal becomes a plaything in the hands of Veronar, a degenerate tyrant… This two-volume book includes “The Black Galley”. Cinebook, March 2007 Writer Jean Van Hamme, Artist Grzegorz Rosiński…read more

The Complete Little Orphan Annie Volume Four: 1932-1933

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“Daddy” Warbucks takes a new wife, Annie’s in the clutches of the Sisters of Suppression, and the spunkiest kid in America is destined for adventures in Cosmic City. Containing every daily and Sunday strip from January, 1932 through July, 1933, with the dailies printed directly from Harold Gary’s original artwork. Library Of American Comics, December 2009 276 pages, 11″ x 8.5″ ISBN 978-1-60010-445-9 $49.99 USD Order online: Amazon Volume four brings a “mother” to Annie and another road trip. Plus more insight into Warbucks’ inner circle. Gray takes an interesting approach to…read more

The Collected Toppi Volume Two: North America

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Presenting the second in a seven-volume library of works by master illustrator Sergio Toppi. The second volume, North America, contains eleven tales of folklore set in historical periods within the early United States, Canada, and Alaska, all presented in English for the first time, with a foreword by celebrated artist and author David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil, Jessica Jones). Stories included in this volume: – The Admiral at Rest – A Visit to John Colter – Katana – Answer my Question – Once in a Lifetime – The Will to Live…read more

The Importance Of Panel Layout

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Panel layout is one of those features, or more accurately functions, of a comic that goes completely unnoticed unless it breaks out of the established boundaries. The other function that slips by is lettering but that’s a topic for another day. Before plunging any further the question should be asked if panel layout should receive attention or recognition. As readers, we’re focused on the story that appears within the panels: dialogue and art. The panel provides the boundary of that moment, and the story is made up of however panels…read more

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