New ‘Ice Cream Man’ series to bring a flavor for everyone’s misery, this winter.

Ice Cream Man

“Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery.”

Image Comics will bring Ice Cream Man, a new genre-defying series of disparate one-shots arriving this January, from writer W. Maxwell Prince (One Week in the Library, The Electric Sublime), with artist Martín Morazzo (Snowfall, Great Pacific, The Electric Sublime) and colorist Chris O’Halloran (Generation Gone Black Panther).

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Gather round the neighborhood ice cream truck for these tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.

“I’m jazzed to be working with Martín and Chris to bring folks these odd little stories about broken people and their complicated interior lives,” said Prince. “With any luck, there’s something yummy here for all stripes of reader, no matter their tastes.”

Ice Cream Man is unlike anything I’ve worked on before!” said Morazzo. “The stories we’re telling, tales of everyday people dealing with extreme situations—always with a dark twist—are rarely seen in comics these days.”

Ice Cream Man #1 will have two covers, Cover A by series artists Morazzo and O’Halloran and Cover B by Frazer Irving. The premiere issue arrives in comic book stores on Wednesday, January 17th.

 

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New full-color edition of graphic novel Pizzeria Kamikaze, coming in 2018

BOOM! Studios recently announced a new full-color edition of Pizzeria Kamikaze, a haunting, sometimes surreal graphic novel by award-winning writer Etgar Keret (The Seven Good Years) and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), to its Archaia imprint.

This unexpectedly powerful story of love, loss, and escape was first published in black and white by Alternative Comics in 2006 and is based on Keret’s own short story, Kneller’s Happy Campers, which also served as the basis for the independent film, Goran Dukić’s Wristcutters: A Love Story. Its new edition will debut in February 2018, full color and in hardcover for the first time.

In Pizzeria Kamikaze, after committing suicide, narrator Mordy is condemned to an afterlife where he still has to attend a crappy job in a place no less crappy than the place he came from. When he discovers that his beloved ex-girlfriend is there, too, he embarks on a much-needed road trip through an absurdist and fantastical landscape to find her.

“What was both surprising and beautiful, from my perspective, was that the original black-and-white Pizzeria Kamikaze and the film were both amazing adaptations and each had a completely different tone and sensibility but, at the same time, both of them were incredibly moving and loyal to the text,” says Keret, who wrote Kneller’s Happy Campers after an ex-girlfriend tragically passed away. “As a writer, you can meet your reader but will never really know what they’ve experienced when they’ve read your text. These two adaptations were a rare chance for me to take a peek into the mind of two brilliant and talented artists and I feel very lucky and very grateful for that.”

Pizzeria Kamikaze will also feature a new cover by Hanuka, who also has had two volumes of The Realist—curated collections of his semi-autobiographical comic strips—published by BOOM! Studios. The first volume won an Eisner Award in 2016.

“When I first worked on Pizzeria Kamikaze, I was 25 and felt the good times were over and now I’m just going to become old and lonely,” says Hanuka. “The story starts at this point but then goes somewhere magical and full of hope. Working on the book literally made me better. I consider myself lucky to get a second chance to do this book a bit differently. The colors came out beyond anything I could imagine, and with a new cover I feel like this story is finally getting a chance to reach new readers.”

 

Pizzeria Kamikaze will arrive in print at better comic stores, retail booksellers, and in digital format through direct comic-reader apps in February 2018.

Dark Horse sets third volume of Moebius Library with Inside Moebius, Part 1

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Dark Horse Comics recently announced its third volume in the Moebius Library as Moebius Library: Inside Moebius, Part 1.

Inside Moebius Part 1 is preceded by New York Times bestseller and Eisner award-winner Moebius Library: The World of Edena and Moebius Library: The Art of Edena. All contain the works of Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (1938-2012) – a French artist, cartoonist, and creator; whose work and contributions to science fiction and fantasy are highly revered under his famed pseudonym, Moebius.

Dark Horse is working closely with Moebius Productions in France to produce the beginning of Moebius’s intensely personal project in English for the first time. Moebius Library: Inside Moebius Part 1 follows Moebius as he explores both his mind and the beautiful, expansive desert of his own creation. Moebius draws himself encountering some of his favorite characters—creations like Blueberry, Arzak, and Major Grubert—and also meets a younger version of himself as some hard realities from life encroach upon his reveries. A six-part study, Moebius Library: Inside Moebius Part 1 collects the first two chapters in this fantastic exploration of a creator meeting his own creations. Dark Horse will release all parts to this exceptional, intimate series in 2018.

The first volume, Moebius Library: The World of Edena is available now through retail bookstores everywhere. Dark Horse will also release Moebius Library: The Art of Edena on December 20, 2017. Moebius Library: Inside Moebius, Part 1 will be available in bookstores on February 7, 2018.

IDW, Burger Records set to release The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey

IDW Publishing and Burger Records, Southern California record label/store will publish The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey, Shahriar’s Fouladi’s upcoming novella exploring an unsung and oft-unexplored sliver of SoCal history.

Meet Tommy Daniels, a 1980s teen who comes from a poor family and lives in a bland, rich Southern California beach town, working part time as a delivery boy for a pharmacy. Though he doesn’t exactly fit in—particularly given his love of Mod culture—Tommy’s life is looking good: He is about to start college, is days away from going “all the way” with his girlfriend, and has almost enough money to buy the perfect scooter. But that’s when things go horribly awry.

Hunted by a reclusive old rock star, haunted by a menacing police officer, indoctrinated into a cult, and accompanied by swine while catching a ride in a pickup; Tommy’s epic, comic journey is filled with a cast of colorful characters, set to the soundtrack of Tommy’s Mod mixtape.

Feeding off the music from the Mod movement, extras for the collection include “It’s a Way of Life,” an essay about the Mod revival in 1980s Southern California by Bart Mendoza, lead singer of the band Manual Scan, noted music journalist, and a prime player in the San Diego Mod scene. Plus a selection of color images capturing prime Mod moments from 1980s California, as well as celebrated artist Ralph Cosentino’s cover for Dr. Harvey’s Victor the Vespa, the fictional book written by a character in the story.

“Burger is excited to delve deeper into the book publishing world with the release of The Scooter Chronicles!” said Sean Bohrman, co-founder of Burger Records. “Since we have such an affinity for the Paisley Underground musical movement of the early 80s and Mod culture in general, we thought this book would be a good fit for us and our audience. It’s a story about a scrapper named Tommy who is willing to do anything to take his life into his own hands and that’s something we can get behind, being the scrappers that we are!”

The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey will be available from IDW Publishing and Burger Records on March 20, 2018, at $19.99.

Dark Horse Comics set to release a new hardcover edition of Neil Gaiman’s, Only the End of the World Again

Dark Horse Comics recently announced plans to release a new deluxe hardcover edition of Neil Gaiman’s, Only the End of the World Again, adapted by P. Craig Russell, Troy Nixey, and Matthew Hollingsworth.

Only the End of the World Again blends the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft and Roger Zelazny. The story follows a claims adjuster who sets up shop in Innsmouth, Massachusetts only to discover that the world may be ending and that the instrument of destruction is a werewolf . . . which he also happens to be.

Only the End of the World is based on a short story written by Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Sandman). This new edition is adapted to comics by P. Craig Russell (American Gods: Shadows, The Graveyard Book), illustrated by Troy Nixey (The Black Sinister, Jenny Finn), and colored for the collection by Matthew Hollingsworth (Wytches, Tokyo Ghost).

This new hardcover edition features a brand new cover by Troy Nixey and Matthew Hollingsworth with bonus material including high-resolution scans of the inks and layouts. This is the latest offering from the expanding Neil Gaiman Library at Dark Horse, which also includes Forbidden Brides, Troll Bridge, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

Only the End of the World Again is set for release at comic stores on January 24, 2018.

IDW brings the Gears of War game to comics, this winter

The Coalition and IDW Publishing joined together to bring the Gears of Wars action sci-fi franchise back to the comic stands, this winter.

Set on the fictional planet of Sera, the Gears of War series charts the story of humanity’s struggle against fearsome and brutal adversaries through a captivating tale of hope, comradery, and survival.

“We are thrilled to be working with IDW Publishing to expand the Gears of War universe through comics,” says Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition, developers of the Gears of War franchise. “The rich world and characters that millions of gamers have come to cherish are in very capable hands.”

Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) is set to write the new series inspired by the world-famous games.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this new adaptation with IDW,” said Wiebe. “With the release of Gears of War 4, fans experienced all the classic callbacks to the brutal, over-the-top action and tone they were used to but there was a new dynamic created with the younger generation of heroes in JD, Kait, and Del. That’s the same experience I want for the comic readers. Something that feels familiar but fresh through new, as-of-yet unexplored regions and stories of the Gears of War universe.”

Also, IDW will re-release the classic Gears of War comics catalog, previously published by WildStorm.

Gears of War #1 descends upon the comic book shelves, this January 2018.