Friday, September 19, 2008

Brian Wilson live performance--in the back of a cab!

This is totally cool.

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Read a rare, Joe Kubert-illustrated Sinbad tale.

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Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day (aye, arr, it's today, matey) over at the Golden Age Comic Book Stories.

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See more pirates at Pappy's.

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Newsarama has details on Dark Horse Comics' plan to revive Creepy mag.

Alan Moore: The Watchmen sucks

Apparently (and not surprisingly, given the way he's felt about past movies based on his works) "Watchmen" author Alan Moore isn't pleased about the having a film based on the graphic novel. From The Los Angeles Times:

"I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying...It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The 'Watchmen' film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can't we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change."

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

New and upcoming pop culture books

Here are some upcoming titles of possible interest to Pop Culture Safari readers:

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The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

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Telling Stories: The Classic Comic Art of Frank Frazetta
Fantasy art's most popular painter was also one of the most popular comic book illustrators during the industry’s golden age. Telling Stories: The Classic Comic Art of Frank Frazetta celebrates the rare and largely forgotten stories created five decades ago by this iconic artist. These jungle adventures, true-life tales of heroism, and dreamy love stories not only exhibit the skill of a master craftsman but also provide tantalizing glimpses of where the young artist’s career would ultimately take him.

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Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative By Will Eisner
Based on Will Eisner's legendary course at New York's School of Visual Arts, this guide has inspired generations of artists, students, teachers, and fans. Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative teaches how to control a story effectively using a broad array of techniques. With examples from Eisner's own catalog and such masters as H. Foster, R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, and George Herriman, this book distills the art of graphic storytelling into principles that every comic artist, writer, and filmmaker should know. 2-color art and text.

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Scorchy Smith And The Art Of Noel Sickles
Noel Sickles drew comics for three brief years, yet his groundbreaking work on the 1930s aviation adventure series Scorchy Smith is a milestone in the history of newspaper comic strips. Over the past 70 years, however, readers have seen only occasional excerpts of this seminal work. Now, IDW's Library of American Comics presents Scorchy Smith and The Art of Noel Sickles, a comprehensive, oversized volume that collects, for the first time, every Sickles Scorchy strip, from December 1933 through November 1936.

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Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.
They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. They’re also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They’re organic, ironic, and do not own TVs.
You know who they are: They’re white people. And they’re here, and you’re gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here’s a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being.

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The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

An unprecedented blend of science and art, Daniel Levitin's debut, This Is Your Brain on Music, delighted readers with an exuberant guide to the neural impulses behind those songs that make our heart swell. Now he showcases his daring theory of "six songs," illuminating how the brain evolved to play and listen to music in six fundamental forms—for knowledge, friendship, religion, joy, comfort, and love. Preserving the emotional history of our lives and of our species, from its very beginning music was also allied to dance, as the structure of the brain confirms; developing this neurological observation, Levitin shows how music and dance enabled the social bonding and friendship necessary for human culture and society to evolve.

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1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners the joy, the mystery, the revelation, the sheer fun of great music.

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Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice
Marcia Brady, eldest daughter on television's The Brady Bunch, had it all—style, looks, boys, brains, and talent. No wonder her younger sister Jan was jealous! For countless adolescents across America who came of age in the early 1970s, Marcia was the ideal American teenager. Girls wanted to be her. Boys wanted to date her. But what viewers didn't know about the always-sunny, perfect Marcia was that offscreen, her real-life counterpart, Maureen McCormick, the young actress who portrayed her, was living a very different—and not-so-wonderful—life. Now, for the very first time, Maureen tells the shocking and inspirational true story of the beloved teen generations have invited into their living rooms—and the woman she became.

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Star Trek The Collectibles

This book provides a wide-range of Star Trek treasures you can appreciate whether you’re a devoted Trekkie or a novice collector of this epic American science fiction franchise. In the pages of this spectacular guide you’ll discover more than 1,500 color photos – including memorabilia direct from Paramount Studios’ warehouses. In addition, you’ll enjoy chapters covering more than 40 years of Star Trek action figures, lunch boxes, games, pins, posters, uniforms, original scripts and countless other items, all with identifying details and current market values.

Visit the Unofficial DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia!

The Unofficial DC Comics Fortress of Memorabilia is a showplace for vintage DC Comics memorabilia. See it here!

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And don't forget about the Mighty Marvelmania Museum!

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Famed Motown producer Norm Whitfield, who brought the Temptations a harder-edged, psychedelic sound on late 60s hits like "Ball of Confusion" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," has passed away, Billboard reports.

"Norman Whitfield was one of the most prolific songwriters and record producers of our time," Temptations principal Smokey Robinson says in a statement. "He will live forever through his great music."

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And now here's Lynda Carter on Sarah Palin:

PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE: Okay, last question. I'm sure you've seen all the comparisons in the media and among Republicans of Sarah Palin to Wonder Woman. How do you feel about that?

LYNDA CARTER: "Don’t get me started. She’s the anti-Wonder Woman. She’s judgmental and dictatorial, telling people how they’ve got to live their lives. And a superior religious self-righteousness ... that’s just not what Wonder Woman is about.

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Via PCL LinkDump: A documentary on Jamaican ska music.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Beatles Love DVD due out Oct. 21

"All Together Now," a documentary about the Cirque du Soleil's Beatles-based "Love" show will be out on DVD Oct. 21, Apple Corps has announced.

The DVD will be available in US stores exclusively at Best Buy and at The LOVE Boutique at the Mirage in Las Vegas. In addition, Apple Corps Ltd./Cirque du Soleil will partner with The Bigger Picture, to bring the feature-length documentary ‘All Together Now’ to digital cinema audiences across the U.S. beginning on October 20th.

The documentary details the story behind the unique partnership between The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil that resulted in the creation and 2006 launch of LOVE, the stage production still playing to packed houses at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and the experimental Beatles soundscape album of the same name which garnered two Grammy Awards for producers Sir George and Giles Martin. The film is dedicated to the memory of Neil Aspinall, former CEO of Apple Corps and an Executive Producer of the DVD.

In addition to their roles within the main film, Sir George and Giles, along with engineer Paul Hicks, also feature in a bonus feature titled “Changing The Music” which reveals in fascinating depth how the music was created and the challenges they faced. They explain how they sourced some of the individual instruments and effects and how they were encouraged to experiment.


You can see a trailer for the film here.

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Check out a vintage, Steve Ditko-illustrated horror tale.

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See the origin of Dr. 13: Ghost Breaker!

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Who can resist a Major Matt Mason picture post?

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Tom Baker returns as Doctor Who

...in a New Zealand TV commerical.

J.K. Rowling guest spot on Doctor Who nixed by Tennant

"Doctor Who" producers hoped to have "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling as a guest on one of the show's Christmas specials, but the plan was vetoed by "Who" star David Tennant, according to an exchange published in a new behind-the-scenes book by "Who" producer Russell T. Davies.

Davies wanted someone who could top Kylie Minogue's appearance on the show last Christmas.

He came up with a plot where Rowling's imagination came alive and the Doctor had to battle through a snow-covered world of wizards and witches.

Davies added: "David doesn't like the JK idea.

"He thinks it sounds like a spoof, so we've paused slightly, wondering whether to win him round or just abandon something that he's not going to be happy with.

"We've got to keep him happy. He keeps us happy."

Davies had earlier asked JK to write an episode of the BBC show. But she "politely declined".


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Marvel to launch Web-only Iron Man and Hulk titles

Marvel is taking a new tack with its digital comics initiatives, and has announced that it will be offering Web-only comics through its subscription-based Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited service. The comics will be produced “under the guidance of Marvel Studios.”

The first two series will be tied into Marvel Studios’ theatrical (and soon) DVD releases from 2008—Iron Man and Incredible Hulk. Each will launch roughly two weeks before the corresponding DVD release: Iron Man on September 17th (DVD release September 30th), and Incredible Hulk on October 8th (DVD release October 21st).


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New writer to continue Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

This seems like a bad idea...

Douglas Adams's increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy is to be extended to six titles, after Adams's widow Jane Belson sanctioned a project which will see children's author Eoin Colfer taking up the story.

And Another Thing… by Colfer, whose involvement with the project was personally requested by Belson, will be published next October by Penguin. No information has yet emerged about the plot of the novel but Hitchhiker fans will be hoping for a resurrection of much-loved characters Arthur Dent, Trillian and Ford Prefect, who were all apparently blown to smithereens at the end of the fifth novel, Mostly Harmless.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Comics shipping Sept. 17, 2008

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Marvel Comics December 2008 solicitations

Marvel has announced it's upcoming goodies for December 2008.

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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ #1 (of 8)
Written by ERIC SHANOWER
Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Variant Cover by ERIC SHANOWER
Villian Variant by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
The premiere American fantasy adventure gets the Merry Marvel treatment! Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) teams up with fan-favorite artist Skottie Young (New X-Men) to bring L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic to life! When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a Wicked Witch, liberates a living Scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress...but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home?
32 PGS./All Ages ...$3.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AVENGERS VOL. 8 HC
Written by ROY THOMAS
Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA, JOHN BUSCEMA & FRANK GIACOIA
Cover by JOHN BUSCEMA
Avengers assemble! The MARVEL MASTERWORKS are bringing you yet another collection from the heyday of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. You know it’s trouble when Kang the Conqueror drops in from the 41st century, but this time he pits our heroes against Hyperion, Nighthawk, Dr. Spectrum and the Whizzer — the Squadron Sinister — in a cosmic chess match! And as if one menace wasn’t enough, then from across time the Avengers must also face the combined combat skill of the Captain America, Sub-Mariner and Human Torch of 1941! Next, it’s a focus on the King of Wakanda, the Black Panther, as he infiltrates the supremacist Sons of the Serpent. But when he’s captured, will the Serpents use T’Challa to incite a war that will tear the nation apart? Then it’s the return of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, but with them in two comes a barbarian as only Big John Buscema can draw them, Akron the Magnificent! And before you close these pages you’ll find out how to rent an Avenger when they become heroes for hire, see the return of the Man-Ape and the Lethal Legion, and enjoy guest-stars galore with the Black Knight, Nick
Fury, Captain Marvel and Black Widow! Collecting AVENGERS #69-79.
240 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES VOL. 2 HC
Written by STAN LEE & VARIOUS
Penciled by BILL EVERETT, GENE COLAN, JOE SINNOTT, BERNIE KRIGSTEIN, JOE MANEELY, JERRY ROBINSON, JIM MOONEY, GEORGE TUSKA, PAUL REINMAN, HARRY ANDERSON, TONY DIPRETA, ED WINIARKSI, SAM KWESKIN, DICK BRIEFER & VARIOUS
Cover by HARRY ANDERSON
Join the Marvel Masterworks as we take another dip into the well of pre-Code madness from the era when comics were no-holds-barred and horror was king! You’ll be treated to dozens of tales from the dark side by such luminaries as Bill Everett, Gene Colan, Bernie Krigstein, Jerry Robinson and many, many more as they dig up the deepest, darkest tales of suspense and terror found anywhere this side of a mortuary. The Farmer takes a life, but what price will he pay when the chickens come home to roost? Is O’Malley’s friend really the kind of guy you want to hang out with? Find out what makes even a monster afraid, and discover the sure-fire solution to father-in-law trouble! The 1950s were a time of gruesome stories and great art, and Stan Lee’s Atlas had it all. What more can we say? The devil made us do it!
Reserve that copy today! Collecting STRANGE TALES #11-20.
272 PGS./All Ages ...$59.99

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MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 8 HC
Written by STAN LEE
Penciled by JACK KIRBY
Cover by JACK KIRBY
It’s time to take another trip up the Rainbow Bridge to fair Asgard with the greatest team comics has ever known, Stan “The Man” and Jack “King” Kirby! Their Thor epics are the peak of cosmic action and mythic adventure, and these ten adventures will show you yet again just why. It all begins as the Mighty Thor takes a journey across time into an apocalyptic atomic future where man is now mutate, but there’s no rest upon his return because then it’s the god vs. god when Thor does battles with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld! And battles aren’t the only thing you can bet on. Queen Karnilla pines for the noble Balder the Brave, while the amazing being known as “Him” (and known to Marvelites as Adam Warlock) takes the Lady Sif to be his perfect mate! Methinks that date may end in fisticuffs. Then it’s a battle through Loki to find, and learn the amazing origin of, the one-and-only Galactus! It’s a cosmic revelation as can only be brought to you by the King of Comics! But that ain’t all! There’s a knuckle-smashing showdown with the Thermal Man, the return of the Wrecker and a heart-wrenching astral adventure featuring Thor’s former
ladylove, Jane Foster. Collecting THOR #163-172.
224 PGS./All Ages ...$54.99

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Has Fred Hembeck unearthed the secret origin of J. Jonah Jameson?!!!

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NPR remembers Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, who passed away yesterday.

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From the late 1950s: Cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman documents his visit to a taping of "The Perry Como Show."

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Mike Sterling remembers those nifty Marvel Comics collector's medallions. I'm wearing one right now... Just kidding.

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Long Island shark fisherman Frank Mundus, inspiration for Captain Quint in "Jaws," has died.

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"Doctor Who" producer Russell T. Davies has authored a book detailing his time on the show.

1846075718 Doctor Wh0: A Writer's Tale
Author: Russell T. Davies, Benjamin Cook; Buy New: $29.67

Fear(s) of the Dark stills

This upcoming animated anthology features contributions from various cartoonists/animators, including Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Jerry Kramsky, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire, Michel Pirus, Romain Slocombe. More info from the film's official site.

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1977 Who concert, plus first Tommy performance, set for DVD

A 1977 performance by the Who at Gaumont State Theatre in North London will be out on DVD and CD in November.

The DVD also will include the band's first live performance of their rock opera "Tommy," from the London Coliseum in 1969.

Here's the track listing:

Disc One:

Kilburn (1977)

'I Can't Explain'
'Substitute'
'Baba O'Riley'
'My Wife/Going Mobile'
'Behind Blue Eyes'
'Dreaming From The Waist'
'Pinball Wizard'
'I'm Free'
'Tommy's Holiday Camp'
'Summertime Blues'
'Shakin' All Over'
'My Generation'
'Join Together'
'Who Are You?'
'Won't Get Fooled Again'

London Coliseum (1969)

'Heaven And Hell'
'I Can't Explain'
'Fortune Teller'
'Tattoo'
'Young Man Blues'
'A Quick One While He's Away'
'Happy Jack'
'I'm A Boy'
'I'm Free'
'Tommy's Holiday Camp'
'See Me Feel Me'
'Summertime Blues'
'Shakin' All Over'
'My Generation'

Disc Two:

'A Quick One While He's Away'
'Overture'
'It's A Boy '
'1921'
'Amazing Journey'
'Christmas'
'Acid Queen'
'Pinball Wizard'
'Do You Think It's Alright'
'Fiddle About'
'Tommy Can You Hear Me?'
'There's A Doctor'
'Go To The Mirror'
'Smash The Mirror'
'Miracle Cure'
'Sally Simpson'
'Tommy's Holiday Camp'
'I'm Free'
'We're Not Gonna Take It'

B001DWNUF6 The Who At Kilburn
Buy New: $18.99

Deal alert: Superhero DVDs

Amazon is offering more than 50 percent off selected superhero DVDs as part of its Big DVD Sale. Included titles include animated DC Universe shows such as Batman, Superman, Justice League and more.

Comic book cover deja view

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Monday, September 15, 2008

DC Comics December 2008 solicitations

DC Comics has announced it's upcoming releases for December 2008. Here's what looks good to me:

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BATMAN: THE STRANGE DEATHS OF BATMAN TP

Written by Gardner Fox, Gerry Conway and others
Art by John Calnan, Carmine Infantino, Jim Aparo, Curt Swan, Rich Buckler and others
Cover by Jim Aparo
Collecting classic tales featuring the seeming death of The Dark Knight, as originally published in DETECTIVE COMICS #347, WORLD'S FINEST #184 and 269, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #115, BATMAN #291-294, BATMAN CHRONICLES #8 and NIGHTWING #52.
Advance-solicited; on sale January 21 * 160 pg, FC, $19.99 US

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DC COMICS CLASSICS LIBRARY: THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES - THE LIFE AND DEATH OF FERRO LAD HC

Written by Jim Shooter
Art by Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff & George Klein
Cover by Curt Swan & George Klein
Collecting ADVENTURE COMICS #346, 347, 352, 353 and 357! The Legion battles both the Fatal Five and the Sun Eater - and only the ultimate sacrifice can save Ferro Lad's friends!
Advance-solicited; on sale February 18 * 128 pg, FC , $39.99 US

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SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL. 3 TP

Written by Jack Oleck, Steve Skeates, Sheldon Mayer, Michael Fleisher and others
Cover by Bernie Wrightson
Art by Alex Nino, Ruben Yandoc, Nestor Redondo,
Gerry Talaoc and others
DC Comics serves up another helping of horror in this amazing collection featuring tales from HOUSE OF MYSTERY #212-226! It's classic, bone-chilling intensity from the DC vaults!
Advance-solicited; on sale January 28 * 520 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING BOOK ONE HC
Written by Alan Moore
Art by Stephen Bissette, Dan Day and John Totleben
Cover by Stephen Bissett and John Totleben
Writer Alan Moore's seminal horror series is now published in hardcover for the very first time -- including the never-before-reprinted SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #20, in which Moore wraps up the previous storyline and sets the stage for the groundbreaking tales that were to come. Collecting SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #20-27, this first volume features the stories that put Moore on the comics map in the 1980s thanks to his unique narrative style and deconstructive storytelling. Created by a freak accident, Swamp Thing believed he was once scientist Alec Holland -- but when he discoveres his true nature, it shatters his universe and sends him on a path of discovery and adventure.
Featuring the art of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, this groundbreaking work features mind-blowing, genre-defying stories starring the rich, complex character that Neil Gaiman called "The No. 1 New Classic Monster" in Entertainment Weekly.
Advance solicited; on sale February 11 * 208 pg, FC $24.99 US * MATURE READERS