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Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga - April 9, 2018

Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga

Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga

Monday, April 9, 2018

Welcome to our Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga Insider newsletter!

We'll have fresh recommendations for you each month: from superhero comics, to creator-owned series, manga, and original graphic novels.

This month, in recognition of April Fool's Day, we are showcasing screwballs, satire, unintentional zaniness, and oddball hijinks. Enjoy some of the more humorous titles in our collection.

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Axe Cop, Vol. 1
by Malachai Nicolle (author) & Ethan Nicolle (illustrator)

Bad guys beware! Evil aliens, run for your lives! Axe Cop is here, and he's going to chop your head off! We live in a strange world, and our strange problems call for strange heroes. That's why Axe Cop - along with his partner Flute Cop and their pet T-Rex Wexter - is holding try-outs to build the greatest team of heroes ever assembled. Created by five year-old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his older brother, the cartoonist Ethan Nicolle, Axe Cop Volume One collects the entire original run of the hit webcomic.

Baking with Kafka
by Tom Gauld

From sarcastic panels about the health hazards of being a best-selling writer to a list of magical items for fantasy writers (such as the Amulet of Attraction, which summons mainstream acceptance, Hollywood money, and fresh coffee), Gauld's cartoons are timely and droll-his trademark British humour, impeccable timing, and distinctive visual style sets him apart from the rest.

Hark! a Vagrant
by Kate Beaton

An uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world's revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction.

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!
by Fletcher Hanks

Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the inkwell. Fletcher Hanks worked for only a few years in the earliest days of the comic book industry (1939-1941). Because he worked in a gutter medium for second-rate publishers on third-rate characters his work has been largely forgotten. But among aficionados he is legendary. This book collects 15 of his best stories in one volume.

MAD Archives, Vol. 1
by MAD Magazine

Celebrating fifty years of one of America's most popular humor magazines,this introductory, oversized Archive volume reprints the first six issues intheir entirety - delivering "Humor in a Jugular Vein." Under the guidanceof Harvey Kurtzman, one of history's most gifted storytellers, MAD defined satire for an entire generation of readers - children and adults alike.

Mister O
by Lewis Trondheim

Goofy, silent one-page gags crammed with little frames showing Mr. O, a rounddoodle of a man, desperately trying to get over across that darn chasm, and somehow never quite making it over to the other side. Will keep you in stitches for pages. More of Trondheim's genius at work!

Octopus Pie: There are No Stars in Brooklyn
by Meredith Gran

Follow the adventures of two Brooklynites--Eve, a nerdy acerbic twentysomething and her roommate, Hanna, a long-lost friend who has blossomed into a chronically happy-go-lucky stoner. Crazed childhood rivals, art world hipsters, Eve's meddlesome mom, and boyfriends past and present crowd their odd yet ordinary lives.

by Peter Bagge

If you could relive major events in your life, would you take a stab at making things better-- and would your best attempts only make things worse? Or would you use your second chance to put your most twisted, perverted fantasies in motion? These are questions washed-up actor and comedian Guy Krause asks himself after he signs up to be the main research subject for a virtual reality experiment.

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Getting the Band Back Together
by Nick Spencer (author) & Steve Lieber (illustrator)

Boomerang and his fellow villains prove that with terrible powers come terrible responsibilities...and Spider-Man will soon learn that with superior villains come superior problems! Out on bail and aiming to stay out of jail, Boomerang must get his cronies on target - but does Frank Castle, the one-man army known as the Punisher, have them targeted already?