newsletter 12/1/14

I’m going to be honest. Every time I sit down to compose this introduction, my immediate instinct is to address all of you with an endearing nickname like “pulpers” or “fictioneers” or something else equally telling of my lack of imagination. I am open to suggestions!

Oh man, those Darwyn Cooke variants! DC is releasing a bunch of variants with artwork by Darwyn Cooke this month. 3D is cool. Lenticular is alright. But give me a bunch of warp-around Cooke covers and you’ve got my money. Check out the overs for this week below. I have a link there to see the rest of the variants dropping this month as well.

Also this week: Shaft AND Escape from New York both get new comic series, one my all-time favorite books, Pride of Baghdad gets the hardcover treatment, and I finally get another chance to read Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy! Good week.

Upcoming Events

Graphic Novel Reading Club
Sunday, December 14th
4PM at Culver City Location

The Culver City Graphic Novel Reading Club marches on! This month’s theme is fantasy. Just bring yourself and a fantasy graphic novel you’d like to discuss…or just bring yourself! The club is a great way to meet other fellow comics enthusiasts and new-comers. It’s also a great way to find out about cool books you may not have heard of.
New Releases for 12/3/14
Make sure you click here for a full list of all of this week’s new releases.

New Comics Highlights

Darwyn Cooke December Theme Month Variant Covers
For the month of December, DC will be releasing 23, wrap-around variants featuring the artwork of Darwyn Cooke! These look absolutely fantastic! Above are the three coming out this week (Action #37, Detective #37, and Green Lantern #37). Check here to see all of the Cooke variants for December! We’ll have them all here at cover price.


Secret Six # 1 Deal of the Week $1.99
Gail Simone is back with the NEW 52 debut of the fan-favorite team – THE SECRET SIX! Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, “What is the Secret?”

Wolf Moon # 1 Deal of the Week $1.99
Don’t miss the start of this new 6-issue miniseries! WOLF MOON is a horrific werewolf hunt unlike any other. When Dillon Chase’s family was slaughtered by the wolf, his life was forever changed. Dillon sets out to destroy the creature, but he soon learns that lycanthropy is far more insidious than the legends ever said. With each full moon, he draws closer to the monster – and with each full moon, he becomes more aware that in order to stop the wolf, he must kill a human being and become a fearful monster himself.

Shaft # 1

Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine with all the chicks? Shaft! Created by author Ernest Tidyman, and made famous in a series of novels and films, iconic hero Shaft makes his comic book debut in an all-new adventure. He’s gone toe-to-toe with organized crime bosses, stood up to the cops, squared off against kidnappers, and foiled assassination attempts. But who was John Shaft before he became the hardboiled investigator with a reputation as big as New York City itself?

Escape from New York # 1
The crime rate in the United States has risen 400 percent. After humiliating the President in front of the world and destroying America’s one chance to end World War III, Snake Plissken has become America’s Most Wanted man in a land of criminals and the insane. Everyone wants Snake dead. Luckily, Snake knows the feeling all too well. War hero. Outlaw. Renegade. Snake’s back!

Hellboy and the BPRD # 1

A bizarre series of murders and rumors of something worse lead Professor Bruttenholm to send a young Hellboy to a Brazilian village on his first mission. Hellboy and a small group of agents uncover something terrible in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress . . .

The Humans # 2

From out of the smoke of their lost brothers’ funeral pyre comes a ghostly figure from the past. A long-thought-dead member returns to The HUMANS, bringing visions of hell and loss with him and a night of mourning quickly turns into an outta-sight homecoming party!
Angela Asgard’s Assassin # 1

All her life, Angela — the finest warrior of Heven — was raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. And now Angela knows the truth about her identity: She is Thor’s sister. She is an Asgardian. Cast out of her home and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, Angela must now strike out on her own! But what does Angela have that both Asgard and Heven want? And why are they so eager to get it? Visionary writers Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett team with the legendary art team of Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans to finally throw the spotlight onto the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous inhabitant!Graphic Novels Highlights

Young Avengers by Gillen and McKelvie Omnibus HC
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed epic is collected in one oversized volume! The Young Avengers are reinvented for the 21st century as Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop unite with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy, Prodigy and Ms. America. Someone has to save the entire multiverse. They’re someone. No pressure, right? As a cosmic horror emerges from the shadows of the past, the Young Avengers race desperately across dimensions – but once they take on the gig to save reality, they may never be able to go home again! Meanwhile, Kid Loki is up to something. Surprise, I know. Fight scenes! Kissing! Fake IDs! Kissing! Drama! Conflict! Plentiful feels! (a.k.a. “meaningful emotional character beats” for people who aren’t on tumblr.) And oh yeah, nightclubs! Read it! Collecting YOUNG AVENGERS (2013) #1-15 and material from MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.
Cover Price: $49.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $29.99 (40% off)

Just the Tips HC

Just in time to come down everybody’s chimneys this holiday season, the creators of SEX CRIMINALS are proud-ish to present JUST THE TIPS: a curated collection of tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, do’s, don’ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of SEX CRIMINALS, alongside all-new material specially created for this collection only. Finally, a book to teach you how to not be a sex dumby no more. It’s this book.

Cover Price: $12.99
Pulp Fiction Price:8.99 (30% off)

Batman The Jiro Kuwata Bat-Manga TP Vol 1

In the 1960s, at the height of the Batman TV series’ popularity, a shonen manga magazine in Japan serialized fifty-three chapters of original comics starring The Dark Knight, all written and illustrated by Managaka Jiro Kuwata. Now, DC Entertainment is proud to publish the complete Batman Manga adventures in English for the first time in three painstakingly restored volumes. The adventure begins when the Dynamic Duo faces the insidious threat of Lord Death Man!

Cover Price: $14.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $8.99 (40% off)

Future’s End TP Vol 1

Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. As heroes are turned into mindless villains, the planet as we know it is no more. The only salvation lies in the past, where this future apocalypse must be averted. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse in these stories from issues #0-17 of the new weekly series?

Cover Price: $39.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $23.99 (40% off)

Morning Glories Compendium TP Vol 1

Introducing the first seven volumes of the critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling series, now collected into one massive paperback edition! At over one thousand pages, this epic volume is the perfect introduction to the spellbinding mysteries and deadly secrets of Morning Glory Academy!  From the arrival of six brilliant but troubled new students to the time-spanning perils of the Woodrun contest to the violent insurrection of the Truants, this collection offers the most comprehensive exploration yet of the comic often described as “Runaways meets Lost.” Collects MORNING GLORIES #1-38

Cover Price: $59.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $41.99 (30% off)

Pride of Baghdad Deluxe Ed HC

The acclaimed original graphic novel written by Brian K. Vaughan is back in a new, deluxe edition featuring previously unpublished developmental art and more! In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives.

Cover Price: $24.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $14.99 (40% off)

Complete Zap Comix HC Box Set

•  New introduction by R. Crumb!
•  The never-before-published 17th issue!
•  A custom clamshell portfolio of archival giclée prints of all 17 ZAP covers
•  An all-new 200-page oral history of ZAP
•  The rarely-seen 1974 ZAM mini comic
•  Every ZAP cover and every story
•  Limited, never-to-be-reprinted edition
This gigantic, five-volume, slipcased hardcover set is the comics – and cultural – publishing event of a generation! ZAP is the most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever published. Featuring four hardcover volumes collecting the entire series (1968-2014), a fifth volume containing a book-length oral history of ZAP with hundreds of photos and obscure drawings as well as a lengthy introduction by founder R. Crumb, and a clamshell portfolio, all housed in a deluxe, custom slipcase.

Pulp Fiction Price:TBD

Shaolin Cowboy TP
After fighting demons, sharks, and maniacal crustaceans, the Shaolin Cowboy battles his way to this harrowing collection which includes the entire buffet from his first extended Burlyman run. In this overstuffed volume, the Cowboy continues his trip across the pockmarked landscape of the American psyche. You’ll want to see the Cowboy confront his nemesis, King Crab, grapple hand to fin with a Great White, and dance with an army of the Undead! Plus, an abundance of extras, showcasing all the alternative covers with art by such peerless luminaries as Moebius (Jean Giraud), Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Ricardo Delgado, Scott Gustafson, and John Severin.
Cover Price: $19.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $15.99 (20% off)

Essential Kurtzman HC Vol 1Jungle Book
Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book (#26 on The Comics Journal’s Top 100 Comics) is a “lost” classic. Crumb, Spiegelman, and Gilliam, among others, were inspired and influenced by Kurtzman’s masterpiece. In a deluxe hardcover, this collection is back in print after twenty-five years! Includes an introduction by Gilbert Shelton, an essay by Denis Kitchen, and a conversational afterword by Pete Poplaski and Robert Crumb!
Cover Price: $24.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $17.49 (30% off)

Ciudad HC
She was kidnapped and taken to the worst place on earth. He was hired to get her out. Now, they’re both trapped in a city that wants them both dead, and their hopes of getting out are fading fast. From the bloodthirsty criminals, to the corrupt police, to the kid hiding a Glock under his sweatshirt on the corner, everyone wants Tyler Rake and Eva Roche dead. Set in the real world locale of Ciudad del Este, Ciudad explodes with breathtaking action and hyper violence from critically acclaimed writer Ande Parks [Capote in Kansas, Union Station], writer/directors Joe & Anthony Russo [Captain America: The Winter Soldier], and artist Fernando León González!
Cover Price: $19.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $15.99 (20% off)

Adventures in OZ HC Vol 1
In the marvelous land of Oz, magic is always around the next corner. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and their many friends can’t stop plunging into one adventure after another. Wonder abounds in this collection by award-winning artist Eric Shanower.
Cover Price: $34.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $27.99 (20% off)


That’s it for this week! See you in the store!