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Lucille

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Lucille is a new 500 page graphic novel (well it's new in the United States, recently translated) written and drawn by Ludovic Debeurme and published by Top Shelf. Lucille won the Angouleme Essential Award and it is already being compared to Craig Thompson's Blankets. Largely the comparisons to Blankets are because Lucille is a coming of age / first romance story and it is a very big book.

While Lucille is a coming of age / first romance story, it's a darker version of this type of story as the central character, Lucille, is anorexic, and the other central character, Arthur, comes from a family with a sad history. The art in Lucille isn't the typical style even associated with alternative comics, as there isn't a panel to panel structure and the dialogue isn't circled in dialogue balloons, but the minimalistic style Debeurme works in is very much the equal of this powerful story that you will want to share with others and will certainly be on many top ten best g…

DC relaunches their line in September; some thoughts...

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It's been about a month or so now since DC Comics announced that they were going to relaunch their entire line (excluding Vertigo and their kids comic line) with 52 new #1's in September. That means that even Action Comics, Detective Comics, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, will have new #1's (Action Comics, since 1938, has never had a reboot of its numbering). This is really big news because no comic book company has done anything to their line on the scale EVER. Seriously, the internet is still trying to put itself together with this news. Comic book news sites and message boards haven't seen this level of activity for information and opinions on how this is going to play out since I can't remember when.

Why is DC doing this? The simple answer is they want to shake things up and reach whole new audiences or lapsed audiences. A lot of people are saying that this would be easier to swallow if DC just rolled out a few new rebooted #1's a month, instead of 52 n…

Keith Knight visits & a cool new t-shirt!

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Today I got a visit from cartoonist Keith Knight (K Chronicles and The Knight Life), who stopped by to check out my new store space (he lives in Los Angeles) and deliver me copies of his new (th)Ink Anthology. The big guy is Keith and the little guy is his son, Jasper. Jasper even knows how to speak German (his mother is from Germany)!
Hot off the presses! Too Small To Fail (the new (th)ink Anthology) - available in Las Vegas only from Alternate Reality Comics! Page after page of great one panel political cartoons!



This t-shirt is not related to Keith Knight, but it is also cool and it's new at Alternate Reality Comics - hopefully people will "get" this t-shirt or I'll have to take out a mortgage on my house!

Welcome to Oddville!

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Jay Stephens comic book work has been amongst my favorites since he first came on the scene in the mid 1990's with his JetCat / Odville and Atomic City Tales comics. Most people who are familiar with Jay Stephens probably know him through the two cartoons he also created, Tutenstein and The Secret Saturdays (which are both great!). This week, a wonderful full colored hardcover arrived, called Welcome to Oddville! (for only $14.95!!)that collects Welcome to Oddville! comic strips that Jay Stephens still does (and can be read over on his website: www.jaystephens.com, nd then you'll want to have this handsome hardcover edition). When I first ordered this book, I thought it was just a back in print color version of previous Jay Stephens JetCat / Odville comics, so I was uber delighted to read new stories! And what a FANTASTIC cover, aye!?

Jay Stephens' Welcome to Odville! are great all ages comics (but like really great children cartoons, they work on an adult level with the od…

Some low cost new items...

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On the top shelf of this display are some new plush creations I started carrying this week. They're called Flaky Friends and are all individually made by local artist Sarah Flake (a recent transplant from Los Angeles). The little skeletons rattle when you pick them up, the orange fishes have catnip in them, and over to the left the tan colored circular thangs with glasses are bookworms! Sarah Flake also makes some cloth iron on patches such as colorful aliens and mustaches which will make any of your clothes pop out (and I have them at my shop also). So you can get something cool by a local artist at affordable prices.

I also got in some DC and Marvel key chains and buttons. Here's some of the DC key chains.







And here's some of the Marvel key chains.











A small selection of the new DC and Marvel buttons that arrived (the retro DC ones are amongst my favorites).

As anyone who has ever been to Alternate Reality Comics already knows, comics and graphic novels are ALWAYS going to be t…

What's happening with DC Comics in September!?

As many of you already know, DC Comics made an announcement Tuesday, May 31st, that has come as close as any other comic book news since the creation of the internet, to break said internet in half. For Ich Liebe Comics! readers who haven't heard this news, basically this September, DC will be relaunching their WHOLE line (not counting Vertigo) to the tune of 52 (!!) new number one issues that month! This means titles such as Action Comics #1, Batman #1, and Wonder Woman #1! The past ten or so days, they've been rolling out what these 52 titles will be come September and who the creative teams are. As to how much of a reboot this is and or how much of previous continuity will be retained has not been clarified yet (of course they don't want to show all of their cards at once), but September will be an especially interesting time to be a super hero comic book fan!

Here's a listing of the 52 new DC Comics #1's that are coming out in September for those of you who hav…

You're gonna be jealous!...

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Presenting my newly decopatched table at the store done up by Michelle Irish! Click on the photo to enlarge the image and it looks even cooler, but to get the full effect it's even cooler in person! Doing this to the surface of the table was more involved than I thought it would be, especially if one does it with the precision that Michelle employed, but it looks even better than I imagined!

20% off Sale on introductory graphic novels!

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Starting today, Monday, June 6th, here at Alternate Reality Comics, I have a 20% off sale going on covering almost 40 different first volumes of some great graphic novel series! Some of the titles included are: Swamp Thing, Ex Machina, Marvel Zombies, Buffy, Terry Moore's echo, Astonishing x-Men, Star Wars Legacy, Hellboy, Unknown Soldier, Unwritten, FreakAngels, and Jason Aaron & Steve Dillon's crazy good Punisher Kingpin! I'm thinking this is a great way to try a graphic novel series you've always had your eye on but haven't sampled yet, or a great way to turn on a friend and or loved one to one of your favorite graphic novel series!

X-Men First Class - Go see this!

No spoilers following - just some excited impressions I had after seeing X-Men First Class today:

Kate and I LOVED XFC, we didn't have a problem with anything that was done in this movie! This movie was cool, smart, and very well paced. I really enjoyed the Thor movie, but I liked X-Men First Class even more! I didn't know until the credits rolled that Bryan Singer co-wrote XFC. Had I know this beforehand I would have been concerned because Singer did a horrible job with his Superman movie.

Anyway, X-Men First Class is a REALLY good movie and although, yes there are changes in respect to comic book continuity, I actually think all of the changes were good changes and I wish the X-Men comics were as engaging as this movie was. And I was rooting for Erik the whole film.

Criminal The Last of the Innocent

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Anyone who has read any of the collaborations by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, such as Point Blank, Sleeper, and Incognito, already know that their Criminal series of mini series is great. For those of you unfamiliar with Criminal or the work of Brubaker and Phillips, all you have to know about Criminal is that every mini series / trade paperback (of which there is five volumes) can be read unto themselves and like Sin City or Hellboy, you don't have to read them in any particular order. The only thing necessary before reading Criminal is a desire to read some of the VERY best in noir crime fiction.

The newest Criminal, The Last of the Innocent, of which the first issue just came out this week, is maybe my favorite first issue of a Criminal series yet and that's saying a lot because all of the five previous Criminal mini series are seriously amongst the best of the best of this genre. And artist Sean Phillips, who couldn't be more perfect for noir crime fiction sequential …