Comic Books are an all-American creation dating back to the newspaper strips of the early 20th century, and the comic books that followed in their footsteps. And as America traveled out into the world, either during war time or during periods of peace, commerce and outreach to other nations, our representatives brought bits of the United States with them to these other countries… snacks, music, fashion, and the art of comic book storytelling.
The concept of telling stories through consecutive narrative images caught on around the world, and in many countries their own comics industry grew to impressive proportions (looking at you, Japanese Manga!). Today, comic books and graphic novels are produced around the world, and many of these companies and their creators export their works to the United States to a receptive audience, eager to consume comics from a foreign land.
This month, PREVIEWS celebrates the Language of Comic Books with our EURO COMICS theme, highlighting great new and classic comics and graphics novels from Europe and the UK. Our product specialists, working with a host of publishers, have added many great graphic novels from European and UK creators throughout this issue.
Start here with these suggested titles, then look for our EURO COMICS icon throughout this month's issue for more great picks!
(W) Jared Muralt (A/CA) Jared Muralt
"Readers who found themselves gripped by the apocalyptic adventure of Robert Kirkman's THE WALKING DEAD and who were moved by the emotion in Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD will not want to miss Jared Muralt's THE FALL.
After just losing his wife, one father will have to face a world in freefall; shaken to its core by an economic, social, political and health crisis without precedent. Facing seemingly unreal and very unexpected dangers, he will do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones in a country on the brink of collapse. In this internationally acclaimed series, Jared Muralt not only tells the story of one family struggling to survive, but also questions the very reasons that brought mankind to this apocalypse. Collects THE FALL #1-6.
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
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(W) Guillem March (A/CA) Guillem March
Spanish writer and artist GUILLEM MARCH is best known for his ongoing, extensive work with DC Comics on Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn and has worked as an artist on several graphic novels including the English editions of Monika with Titan Comics and The Dream with Europe Comics. Here, he takes up his pen for an edgy new FIVE-PART SERIES about a highly unconventional angel named Karmen and the young woman she takes under her wing when a case of heartbreak strikes hard. Packed with surprises and metaphysics, this gorgeously drawn series deploys tenderness and humor as it dives deep into topics that matter.
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
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(W) Hugo Pratt (A/CA) Hugo Pratt
Celebrate this milestone in the history of graphic novels, winner of the world's first-ever "Best Graphic Novel" award, taking the prize in 1976 at the Angoulême Fesitval.
Originally serialized beginning in 1967, this book is universally acknowledged as Hugo Pratt's masterpiece, in which he introduces Corto Maltese to the world. Corto is but one of a strong ensemble cast of characters whose lives permeate the entire 12-book series. It is here that we also meet the young and beautiful Pandora, her brother Cain, the mysterious criminal mastermind Monk, the grim and ferocious Rasputin, Lieutenant Slutter of the German Navy, and the natives Skull and Tarao. The Ballad of the Salty Sea is also hailed as the first example of the literary comic strip. Pratt was inspired by Conrad, Stevenson, and London, but even more directly by Henry de Vere Stacpool's Blue Lagoon, from which the author got the idea of a small island in the Pacific which he named "Escondida."
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
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(W) Mirka Andolfo (A/CA) Mirka Andolfo
The extraordinary talent of Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural, Mercy, DC Bombshells) brings to life a Heaven (and a Hell) filled with humor and lovable characters!
Angelina, a voluptuous angel, and Damiano, a mischievous devil, are madly in love. But, while she does not intend to give in to temptation, he would very much like to... This is the tale of their bizarre and spicy daily life!
A sex-positive--and incredibly funny--slice of life...full of angels, devils and gags!
Mirka Andolfo's Un/Sacred Vol 1 hardcover collects the hit series and includes a bonus section with cover gallery, sketches, and other behind-the-scenes material!
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
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(W) Terry Moore (A/CA) Terry Moore
The Strangers In Paradise Omnibus Hardcover Edition is the Holy Grail of the Terryverse. Released in limited numbers in 2007, the 3 book box set sold out quickly, leaving many fans wishing they could get their hands on this rare edition, and now they can! This printing of the Omnibus features the entire series collected in two premium hard-covers totaling 2,128 pages with a blown-in signed bookplate in Volume One. The third hardcover is a full color Cover Gallery featuring every cover of the series and more. All three volumes are housed in a gorgeous slipcase.
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
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(W) Laurent Gerra, Jacques Pessis (A/CA) Achd?
Once again, Luke is called to the penitentiary, though for once the Daltons haven't escaped. They have, however, just learned that their cousin Emmett, last survivor of the original Dalton gang, has a son - and that Averell was chosen as his godfather! Now Lucky Luke has to accompany the dumbest bandits in the West to the young boy's house, as Averell has been temporarily entrusted with his education. A job that his brothers see as an excellent opportunity to get rich!
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
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(W) Luis Nct (A/CA) Luis Nct
Every generation, the bravest son of the tribe is tasked to venture north to the Lost Kingdom to retrieve a portion of the treasure their ancestors had left behind. The trials are hard and many, but this time the chosen one is a woman named Kaya. Forced to be accompanied by the male runner-up, an eager boy named Fox, the two set off on a journey filled with orcs, goblins, giants, and ghosts in a fantastic adventure that could rewrite their people's history.
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
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(W) Christelle Pecout (A) Marie Moinard
20 women who made a difference in Science are presented here. From Ada Lovelace (computing) to Marie Curie (Physics and Chemistry) these exceptional women enabled the world to advance in all fields of science including space exploration (Mae Jamison), telecommunications (the actress also genius dis-coverer Hedy Lamarr) and Biology (Rosalind Franklin). An inspiration going counter to preconceived notions about women and science, presenting a diverse group from around the world.
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
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(W) Peyo (A/CA) Peyo
Papercutz is proud to present the original Smurfs comics by Peyo. Known in America primarily for the hit 80s animated TV series and the hit movies, many Smurfs fans don't realize that the Smurfs originally appeared in comics. Now the Smurfs are back in Smurf-Tastic comic adventures. This collects at a special price the classic stories "The Purple Smurfs," "The Smurfs and the Magic Flute," and "The Smurf King," and many more!
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
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(W) SERGIO ROSSI (A) GIOVANNI SCARDUELLI
This groundbreaking graphic novel delves into the life of the acclaimed artist Edward Hooper, whose iconic works depict quintessentially American scenes and experiences. While many of Hopper's most acclaimed works have been embraced by American culture, the artist himself rejected much of the lyricism and romance that his audience imposed on his paintings. This unique overview of Hopper's life and career offers a fascinating and unflinching portrait of an artist trying to establish himself and define his own style.
In Shops: Mar 24, 2021
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REBELLION / 2000AD
(W) John Wagner (A) Ian Gibson, Duncan Fregredo
The latest in the smash-hit, best-selling graphic novel series! Judge Dredd's single-minded pursuit of law comes into conflict with the more clandestine forces of the Hall of Justice, including an assassin under orders of the Chief Judge! Features action-packed stories from some of 2000 AD's very best, including Jock (Batman Who Laughs), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), Ian Gibson (Halo Jones) and Simon Fraser (Doctor Who).
In Shops: May 15, 2019
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(W) H. P. Lovecraft (A/CA) I. N. J. Culbard
Miskatonic University, Arkham, 1908. Professor Nathaniel Peaslee collapses in front of a class of students, only coming to his senses five years later. Horrified to discover that his body has been far from inactive during the intervening period-and plagued by unsettling and outlandish nightmares-Peaslee attempts to piece together the truth behind the missing years of his life. A chilling journey through time, space, and the recesses of the mind, this adaptation gives terrifying form to one of H.P. Lovecraft's final tales.
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
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(W) Philippe Druillet, Gustave Flaubert (A) Philippe Druillet
A heady perfume of blood and rage across the stars featuring Philippe Druillet's legendary Lone Sloane. In the third century BC, mercenaries employed by Carthage during the first Punic War rose against their employers, who repeatedly postponed their pay. Two barbarian clan chiefs, Matho and Narr'Havas, fell in love with the beautiful and ethereal Salammbo, daughter of Hamilcar of Carthage. A bloody conflict arose. Based on the 19th century novel by Flaubert, Salammbo was reappropriated and recontextualised by Druillet in this masterwork. Transposing the ancient Punic Wars into his space fantasy universe, and splicing the identity of the novel's Math with his favorite character, Lone Sloane, Druillet works his intoxicatingly psychedelic magic on a literary classic, reinvigorating it from the inside out with his own transcendent storytelling.
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
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