You know, when I was but a lad, I was always taught not to judge someone by their appearance, and while I try to live up to that lesson, let’s be honest here, folks: Sometimes the way someone looks can tell you a lot about them.
For instance, if you see a guy wearing this…
…it’s probably safe to assume that he is the baddest motherfucker that you will ever meet.
And even more, you can tell that he shops in the back half of the Previews Catalog, which is exactly what’s on the docket for tonight’s look at the small press and the merchandise! Onward!
P. 197 – Public Enemy v.1: Welcome to the Terrordome TPB: You know, I could’ve sworn that the Public Enemy comic–of which I was a devoted reader–never actually finished, which was a darn shame, because it featured a scene where Flavor Flav went ninja on some guys with a bladed clock on a ten foot gold chain, and that’s something everyone should have in their collection. In any case, it’s offered here in a new collection, and while it is a bit pricey at $22.99, it’s well worth it, as writer Adam Wallenta is a prophet that I think you oughtta listen to! What he can say to you, what you oughtta do is follow for now, power to the people say make a miracle! Pump the lyrical! Black is back, all in, we’re gonna win, check it out (yeah y’all!) come on, HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Whoa! Sorry… Didn’t mean to get old school on you guys. It’s just how I roll.
P. 203 – Archie Comics: Well, here’s two things I never thought I’d live to see:
1. Archie and Jughead roaming around the postapocalyptic future in their hover-car, and…
2. Betty and Veronica in leather catsuits in something other than my fan-fiction. Truly, we live in an amazing time.
P. 228 – Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #54: You know, we have a lot of fun with Tarot here on the ISB, but one of the things that keeps me coming back is that every time you think that there is no way for Jim Balent’s madness to top itself, it totally does.
Case in point (or cas ein point, if you prefer): BEHOLD!
Once again, Broadsword Comics has answered the tough questions. Well played, Jim Balent. Well played.
P. 262 – More Yaoi From the Fine Folks at DMP: There aren’t any egregious taglines in this month’s parade of wispiness, but while I was reading through, I did find this:
“Koh’s dilemma is his fiery attraction towards his brother-in-law Naruki, and he spends his days restraining the dangerous passion that screams for Naruki’s embrace… One day, Naruki is unexpectedly transformed into a strong-willed seme.”
Okay, two things:
1. What the hell is a “seme?”
2. Do I really want to know?
Probably not. Moving on.
P. 271 – Comic Book Comics #2: I’ve talked about how much I love Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s work before–both Action Philosophers and their current work on delivering the history of the comics industry in highly entertaining comic book format–but they’ve really outdone themselves with this one on the cover alone:
I mean, Steve Ditko struggling to escape the vice-like grip of a smiling, monstrous Stan Lee? Yeah, that’s pretty much how it went.
P. 352 – Teenagers From the Future: Hey, everybody! I’m in Previews!
Or, to be more accurate, the book of essays about the Legion of Super-Heroes that I contributed a piece to is in Previews, but hey, that’s close enough for now. In any case, it’s been available on Amazon for a while now (hint hint), but for those of you who were waiting for it to be available at your local comic shop, now’s your chance to make sure your retailer is devoting as much shelf space as possible to getting me my royalty check, and read what I had to say about the teenage cruelty of the Legionnaires besides.
Also of note, Teenagers From the Future is a featured item in this month’s Previews Book section, where it shares a page with, among other things, a novel by Anita Blake creatrix Laurell K. Hamilton, and guess what?
P. 442 – Creators Labo #19 Kinsetsushien Maid Sangou Chan: Brother.
“Masterfully packaged in a clear, round display, Kinsetsushien Maid Sangou Chan comes with real metal chains, a bearclaw-like object, display base“–mirrored for upskirt convenience–“and interchangeable costume parts.”
And that’s this month in Previews! As always, if anything caught your eye this time around, feel free to let me know.
Seriously, though. “Bearclaw-like objects?” I mean really.