The most anticipated comic of the decade has arrived!
Neil Gaiman, JH Williams III, Dave Stewart and Todd Klein take us on six-issue odyssey of awesomeness.
Vertigo’s long-running series HELLBLAZER is coming to an end, and that makes us very sad.
Featuring comics most charming leading man, John Constantine, a black magic con-artist created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben and Rick Veitch, HELLBLAZER has been published continuously since January 1988 and boasts an undeniable assortment of the greatest creative talent working in comics the last 30 years. With memorable runs from authors like Garth Ennis, Paul Jenkins, Warren Ellis, Mike Carey, Brian Azzarello, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Denise Mina, and a returning-to-glory Peter Milligan all drawn by a dream-list of amazing artists like Simon Bisley, Mark Buckingham, Richard Corben, Steve Dillon, Marcelo Frusin, Jock, David Lloyd, Leonardo Manco, Sean Phillips and John Ridgway.
Our comics reading just won’t be the same without our monthly crawl into the dark world this series has so effectively delivered for so many years. It’s been depressing to see how poorly DC has handled the series, to be honest. So many of the classic runs have gone out of print and never returned, because nobody wants to read Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis comics, right? (shakes head). And even when they managed to come up with clever marketing ploys to help promote a great new run on the series… they just didn’t bother to tell anyone. Did you know that DC gave away a HELLBLAZER trenchcoat covered in original Simon Bisley artwork at Comic Con last year? Yeah, neither would we… if we weren’t there to see it happen. Seriously, what was the point?!
DC is relaunching the book with a more sanitized, continuity-friendly new PG-rated version and I guess that’s kind of nice. But unless it motivates the company to re-release some of those old, out of print runs I just can’t feel excited about any of it. This whole thing is just sad, sad news for comics.
But who knows? Constantine has a knack for getting himself into the worst situations possible and doing something amazing at the very last second… here’s hoping he can cheat death just one more time.
Here’s a story that will bring happiness to your heart.
Christopher Salmon, an animator and huge fan of author Neil Gaiman has launched a project to fund what looks like a really beautiful animated adaption of Neil Gaiman’s The Price, narrated by Gaiman himself!
As with all Kickstarter projects, Salmon is sourcing the fan community for small to large donations from the people who would benefit the most from seeing the project realized, with all sorts of free goodies and bells and whistles for those who contribute the most. Including a chance to be an Associate Producer on the project or a chance to join Christopher and Neil in an exclusive special theatrical screening in Boston. Very cool!
Check out a preview of the project and hear more about it straight from Christopher Salmon here:
Girls! Zombies! Zepplins!
Most of you probably know Jeremy Lassen as a fellow Isotope customer. He’s something of a mohawked fixture around the shop and a heck of a sharp-dressed guy too. And maybe you also know him as the guy with excellent suggestions at the beloved Boarderlands Books. But what most people don’t know is Jeremy is also the publisher of some of the best genre fiction novels of the last five years. From the Nebula-award winning Windup Girl to this Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Laurell Hamilton, Steven King zombie anthology you probably already own, to the Mall of Cthulhu, to a book that has a Nazi riding a Unicorn on the cover… when it comes to publishing cool books Jeremy is the man!
Lassen’s Nightshade Books latest release is something Jeremy and I have been eagerly anticipating for several years now, The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer. An entertaining and surprisingly original take on the zombie apocalypse… sexually transmitted zombie-ism set in the San Francisco Bay Area, with zepplins. You know you want to read this (guess what comic store has copies)!
And, hey, why not attend the launch party for this new novel too?