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No Fear!

No Fear!

From the nationally syndicated cartoonist of "In the Bleachers" comes a new, highly illustrated middle grade series about Steve, who plays the same position in every sport: bench-warmer. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Timmy Failure, King of the Bench is an ode to teammates, underdogs, and bench-warmers everywhere. Steve is King of the Bench. No brag. It's just a fact. But this year, Steve and his friends are excited to try out for the Spiro T. Agnew Middle School baseball team. The only problem is, after watching another player get beaned by a fastball, Steve has developed a serious case of bean-o-phobia-the fear of getting hit by a pitch. If Steve ever wants to get off the bench and get in the game, he's going to have to muster up some courage, and fast. Oh, and if you're wondering why Steve would write a book and tell total strangers all about the humiliating phobia that almost ruined his first year on the baseball team? Duh. It's pretty much a rule that you spill your guts when you write a book about yourself.

Life after Love

Life after Love

When Lieutenant Jon Brody was wounded in action whilst on Duty in war-torn Sudan, his injuries were so bad that he decided to cut Michelle loose. What kind of life could he possibly offer her with the physical damage his body had suffered? She loved him. Regardless. But he told her to forget about him. To move on. She was young. And beautiful. She deserved more.  Michelle was devastated. Would she ever have someone to cherish her again? She had to leave her place of work. Just to get away from it all. There were too many memories of Lieutenant Jon Brody around this Military Base. Her Hotel career got off with a bang. She loved it. Being busy kept her sane. Then she met him. Gabriel. Her gorgeous “Gentle Giant”. Love had not abandoned her after all! Life with Gabriel was amazing. He adored her. He cherished her. He loved her. And she gave him her all. But his horrible mother hated Michelle. With a passion. That “crazy war” between his mother and Michelle tore at dear Gabriel’s heart.  Then Gabriel died. After locking her heart in an iron box and throwing the key into the deepest darkest Ocean, Michelle packed her bags and left for Germany. And though Germany was very kind to her, nothing lasts forever. She had to go back home. Just when she thought that love had absolutely given up on her, Michelle’s journey leads her to this most striking man. But would she have to pay yet another high price for loving?He smiled at her from across the room. She smiled back. He was worth it ...

Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen

Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen

Travelling to Japan has never been so much funvisit the land of anime, manga, cosplay, hot springs and sushi!This full-color graphic novel Japan guidebook is the first of its kind exploring Japanese culture from a cartoonist's perspective. Cool Japan Guide takes you on a fun tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to:the exciting world of Japanese foodfrom bento to sushi and everything in between.the otaku (geek) culture of Japan, including a manga market in Tokyo where artists display and sell their original artwork.the complete Japanese shopping experience, from combini (not your run-of-the-mill convenience stores!) to depato (department stores with everything).the world's biggest manga, anime and cosplay festivals.lots of other exciting places to go and things to dolike zen gardens, traditional Japanese arts, and a ride on a Japanese bullet train.Whether you're ready to hop a plane and travel to Japan tomorrow, or interested in Japanese pop culture, this fun and colorful travelogue by noted comic book artist and food blogger Abby Denson, husband Matt, friend Yuuko, and sidekick, Kitty Sweet Tooth, will present Japan in a unique and fascinating way.

Falling Rock National Park #6

Falling Rock National Park #6

A full-length detective story, starring Pam the javelina. A javelina looks like a pig, but it is not a pig. It's a hooded peccary. This one smokes, cracks jokes and investigates crime in Falling Rock National Park.

Falling Rock National Park #2

Falling Rock National Park #2

Falling Rock National Park is a comic strip that takes place in a southwestern national park. Park Ranger Dee looks after animal residents Carver, Ernesto, Pam, and Melissa. With this issue we begin to see the gag strip format begin to give way to a deeper world-view ala Larry Marders' Tales of The Beanworld or the comics of Jim Woodring.

At the Shore #1

At the Shore #1

A couple of students from the local art school head to the shore one fine afternoon. Bernard, Dean and Jorge look forward to some serious Frisbee-tossing and are psyched when Astrid shows up to swim, but Gabi is so freaked out she doesn’t even want to leave the car. Why is Gabi demanding they head home before dark?

Magic Whistle 3.3 The Holiday Special

Magic Whistle 3.3 The Holiday Special

Magic Whistle returns with a full color holiday special. Guest artists this issue include Corinne Halbert, Jen Sandwich, Barack Hussein Obama and Yikes creator Steve Weissman and the return to comics of legendary Trailer Trash creator Roy Tompkins Cover art by Drinky Crow creator Tony Maakies’ Millionaire.

Smoke

Smoke

After an accident on an industrial farm unhinges two young brothers from reality, they are guided through a weird and wonderful journey by Xolo, the Aztec's mythological protector of souls. Follow the brothers through a typical day, from their arrival at an industrial tobacco farm bussed in with others early in the morning, throughout their grueling chores and ultimately to the accident that drops them into the realm of the Xolo.Smoke is inspired by journalistic accounts of underaged workers in the tobacco industry. These children often suffer neurological and physical effects from exposure to the raw nicotine found in the plants they harvest, as well as from the hazardous conditions they endure to complete this hard labor.The book is wordless, employing vibrant full-color art and bold compositions to convey a realistically unreal world, which has become a hallmark of Benton’s work.Gregory Benton received the Society of Illustrators inaugural MoCCA Award of Excellence for his critically acclaimed wordless book B+F. Smoke is another column in the lore of that universe.

Magic Whistle 3.0 #1

Magic Whistle 3.0 #1

Sam Henderson is joined this issue by John Brodowski, Manuel Gomez Burns, Jesse McManus, Ansis Purins, and Leah Wishnia as Magic Whistle expands to a relaunched and  larger anthology format. It also contains Peter Bagge's touching (and hilarious) homage to the comic strips of his late brother, Doug.

Lou

Lou

Lou is an eleven-year-old tomboy growing up in a small, working-class town in New England in the 1990s. One summer, it becomes clear that her brother Eddie’s boss at the pizza shop is mixed up in some unsavory business. Things become more precarious, until finally Eddie shows up for work to find his boss Joey has vanished.Melissa Mendes is a cartoonist living and working in western Massachusetts. She attended Hampshire College from 2002 to 2006, and received her MFA from the Center For Cartoon Studies in 2010. Her debut graphic novel, Freddy Stories, was published with help from a Xeric Grant.

At The Shore

At The Shore

Bernard, Dean, and Jorge look forward to some serious Frisbee-tossing and are psyched when Astrid shows up to swim, but Gabi is so freaked out she doesn't want to leave the car. Why is Gabi demanding they head home before dark? Maybe if anyone paid attention to her childhood tales of seaweed harvesting, they'd know something lurks beneath the waves.Jim Campbell is a cartoonist, comic book colorist, and animator who is well known for his work on Patrick McHale's Over the Garden Wall series on Cartoon Network and the comic books from Boom! Studios. Jim has been drawing comics off and on since teaming up with the Meathaüs collective in 2001. He has been a color artist for Dark Horse, Marvel, Spongebob Comics, Mad Magazine, and Tony Millionaire for several years. In his spare time, he plays in the Brooklyn band Paper Fleet.

Vortex

Vortex

Welcome to the psychedelic space fantasy cosmos of the Hyperverse, a realm filled with immensely powerful beings who battle over worlds with strange geologies and hoard advanced technologies left by ancient starfarers. Bold, mystical, expertly designed and engrossing Vortex follows the powerful sorcerer the Miizzzard as he travels to a mysterious planet and battles a strange, regenerating monster. The story gets more complex as the Miizzz finds himself sympathizing with the monster and her kin. Cardini’s art is stylish and stylized in a way that is entirely unique and absorbing, just like the alien beings the Miizzzard interacts with.