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New Release Pick of the Week for 5/31/2017

Saga #43

SAGA #43 (MR)

IMAGE COMICS

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Fiona Staples

NEW STORY ARC BEGINS FOR JUST 25 CENTS!!!

SAGA returns monthly with a brave new direction, and to celebrate Image’s 25th Anniversary, this full-sized issue costs just 25 cents! In a perfect jumping-on point for first-time readers, Hazel and her star-crossed parents embark on a thrilling new adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

$0.25

Posted May 29, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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Book Club XXI – East of West

East of West

Tuesday, May 30

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH.

(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Nick Dragotta

Covering: East of West vol 1 (Image)

Next up: Gotham Central (DC)

Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month.

Posted May 01, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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New Release Pick of the Week for 4/5/2017

Rock Candy Mountain #1

ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #1 (MR)

IMAGE COMICS

(W/A/CA) Kyle Starks

SERIES PREMIERE

Eisner-nominated comic creator, KYLE STARKS (SEXCASTLE), would like to invite you to enter the magical world of hobos. The world’s toughest hobo is searching through post-World War II America for the mythological Rock Candy Mountain, and he’s going to have to fight his way to get there. Lots of hobo fights. So many hobo fights.

A new action-comedy series full of high action, epic stakes, magic, friendships, trains, punching, kicking, joking, a ton of hobo nonsense, and the Literal Devil. Yeah. The Literal Devil.

$3.99

Posted April 03, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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Image Day at Austin Books

25 Years of Image Comics

Wednesday, February 1

9 AM – 8 PM

Join us on Wednesday, February 1st for a celebration of 25 years of publisher Image Comics! We’ll be joined by Image creators Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects, The Red Wing) and Donny Cates (God Country) and maybe even another local Image creator or two!

More details are coming soon. Join our Image Day Facebook event page for updates and a reminder.

About Image Day:

On February 1, 1992 seven comics superstars Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino came together to form their own company that would ultimately change the landscape of comics forever. Current partners McFarlane, Valentino, Kirkman, Larsen, and Silvestri collectively have brought creator-owned comics to the forefront of industry change and, after 25 years of amazing storytelling freedom, Image is pleased to celebrate the milestone anniversary with Image Day-Feb. 1, 2017.

Image Comics wouldn’t have succeeded without the tremendous creativity and passion of its creators, the unwavering support of retailers, bookstores, and libraries, or the unbridled and unrelenting enthusiasm of the fans who show up each and every Wednesday to purchase Image titles. On Image Comics Day we celebrate together, nationwide, the exciting legacy that Image’s creator-owned publishing model has cultivated as we prepare for the next 25 years of amazing creator-owned comics to come.

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Posted January 23, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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New Release Pick of the Week for 1/25/2017

Loose Ends #1

LOOSE ENDS #1 (OF 4) (MR)

IMAGE COMICS

(W) Jason Latour (A/CA) Chris Brunner

SERIES PREMIERE

No one seemed to notice Sonny Gibson as he stepped back into “The Hideaway,” a dusty little honky-tonk nestled off the Carolina highway. But before the night was over, Sonny would be on the run-from the law, from the criminals, even from himself.

LOOSE ENDS is a gritty, slow-cooked, Southern crime romance that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war-torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida. From JASON LATOUR, the Eisner-winning co-creator of SOUTHERN BASTARDS and the writer of Spider-Gwen, CHRIS BRUNNER (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight), and RICO RENZI (Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl).

$3.99

Posted January 23, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw signing God Country #1 at Austin Books

God Country #1

Wednesday, January 11

12 PM – 5 PM

Donny Cates returns to Austin Books for the premiere of his new Image Comics title God Country, but this time he’s bringing artist Geoff Shaw!

Meet the creative team of the highly-anticipated series, get your issues signed, and chat about their projects past, present, and future!

About God Country:
Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn’t just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State…

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Posted January 04, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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New Release Pick of the Week for 11/23/2016

AD: After Death

AD AFTER DEATH BOOK 01 (OF 3)

IMAGE COMICS

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jeff Lemire

SERIES PREMIERE

What if we found a cure for death?
Two of comics’ most acclaimed creators, SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth) unite to create a three-part epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH will be serialized monthly as three oversized prestige format books written by SNYDER and fully painted by LEMIRE.

72pp

$5.99

Posted November 21, 2016 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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New Release Pick of the Week for 11/9/2016

Violent Love #1

VIOLENT LOVE #1 (MR)

IMAGE COMICS

(W) Frank J. Barbiere (A/CA) Victor Santos
Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley were two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest. And then they fell in love. Join FRANK J. BARBIERE (FIVE GHOSTS, The Revisionist) and VICTOR SANTOS (THE MICE TEMPLAR, Polar) for a pulp-infused criminal romance oozing with style and action! Double-sized debut issue!

$3.99

Posted November 07, 2016 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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New Reader Guide: Image Comics

Welcome to the Austin Books & Comics New Reader Guide! We’re here to introduce some of our favorite books that you may not already know about, and maybe even help you find your next favorite comic series!

Image Comics

Founded in 1992 by some of the highest-profile creators in comics at the time, Image Comics was formed with a focus on creator-owned independent comics, allowing creators complete creative freedom to make the comics they want without editorial interference. After being known primarily for 90s EXTREME titles such as Spawn, Youngblood, and others, Image has undergone a resurgence starting in the late 2000s and still going on today, with some of the biggest and best names in comics creating numerous original and highly-acclaimed series across a broad array of genres and styles.

In this guide, you’ll find a sampling of Image’s recent and more popular series.

Bitch Planet

Bitch Planet

Witness a future with the patriarchy gone mad! Women deemed “non-compliant” (not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not perky enough, not submissive enough, etc…) are shipped to an off-world prison colony where they face abuse and exploitation and the hands of their oppressors. Smart, witty, and viciously satirical, Bitch Planet is a brilliant sci-fi twist on the “women in prison” exploitation genre.

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Valentine De Landro
Genre: Sci-Fi, Satire
Number of volumes: 1

The Black Monday Murders

The Black Monday Murders

Melding occult horror with gritty crime noir, this series explores the idea of the world controlled by banking cartels which are secretly schools of magic, and vampire Russian oligarchs, Black popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work behind the scenes to keep everyone in their place.

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Tomm Coker
Genre: Horror, Crime
Number of volumes: 1

Black Science

Black Science

Anarchist scientist Grant McKay, with the help of the Pillar, has unlocked the Black Science, allowing him to travel between alternate universes. The Pillar sends McKay and his crew flying uncontrollably through infinity, trapping them universes away with no way home. A gritty, pulp sci-fi epic, Black Science is a mind-bending trip through the darkest depths of all realities.

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Matteo Scalera
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 5

Chew

Chew

Tony Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It’s a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu’s secret. They have plans for him, whether he likes it or not.

Writer: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Horror
Number of volumes: 11

Deadly Class

Deadly Class

In the mid 80s, Marcus Lopez finds himself in the same crappy high school situation we’ve all been in: bullies, desperate crushes, bad grades, the works. The difference is, the jocks are the children of Stalin’s deadliest killers, and the teachers are part of an ancient order of assassins. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Wesley Craig, Lee Loughridge
Genre: Action, Thriller
Number of volumes: 4

Descender

Descender

Tim-21 is a boy robot who, after being in stasis for years, is reactivated to find that following an apocalyptic attack by the mechanical Harvesters across the human worlds, all androids have been outlawed. Combining the epic spectacle of the grandest space operas with the journey of a very human robot, Descender is a thrilling, heartfelt sci-fi tale like no other.

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Dustin Nguyen
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 2

East of West

East of West

A post-apocalyptic alternate history sci-fi Western, East of West is an incredibly original series depicting a world where the American Civil War raged on for half a century, stopped only by a cataclysmic meteor strike. A shattered former United States is ruled by powerful corporations and secret societies, with one group attempting to bring about the end of the world. Our only hope lies with none other than Death himself.

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Dragotta
Genre: Sci-Fi, Western
Number of volumes: 5

The Fade Out

The Fade Out

Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, The Fade Out is Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips doing what they do best: gritty crime noir stories. A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret. An up-and-coming starlet’s suspicious death. And a maniacal Studio Mogul and his Security Chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down.

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Sean Phillips
Genre: Crime
Number of volumes: 3

Fatale

Fatale

Blending gritty noir and dark horror, Fatale centers on a reporter in 2012 stumbles on a secret that leads him down the darkest path imaginable to a seductive woman who’s been on the run since 1935, a mobster who may be an immortal demon monster, and the stories of all the doomed men who’ve been caught in their decades-long struggle.

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Sean Phillips
Genre: Crime, Horror
Number of volumes: 5

The Fix

The Fix

From the creators of Marvel’s woefully-underrated Superior Foes of Spider-Man comes a thrilling new crime comedy: crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run things – and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Also, the hero of the story is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels.

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Steve Lieber
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Number of volumes: 1

Huck

Huck

A young man in a quiet town secretly uses his superpowers to do a good deed daily. However, once his secret leaks out, the whole world comes calling, and the dark origins of his powers come to light. A bright, uplifting story by Mark Millar (best known for cynical, bone-crunching works such as Kick-Ass and the Ultimates), Huck explores the idea of nature vs. nurture, and using one’s powers for good for the sake of good.

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Genre: Superhero, Action, Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 1

Injection

Injection

Five mad geniuses have poisoned the century, and now they must deal with the fallout of their bleeding-edge weird science actions to save the world. Blending sci-fi, horror, techno-thriller, and noir elements, this series has Warren Ellis at his high-concept, bizarre sci-fi best.

Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Declan Shalvey
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 2

Invincible

Invincible

This book boldly claims to be “probably the best superhero comic in the universe!” Mark Grayson is teenage superhero Invincible. He was a normal high school senior with a normal part-time job and otherwise normal life, except his father Nolan is the superhero Omni-Man, the most powerful superhero on the planet. At the age of 17, Mark begins to display superpowers, which come from his father being a member of the Viltrumite race, who, according to Nolan, pioneer the galaxy on a mission of benevolence and enlightenment. Taking on the heroic persona of Invincible, Mark joins with other young superheroes to become the next generation of global guardians, until the horrifying truth of the Viltrumites and their intentions are revealed.

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Cory Walker
Genre: Superhero, Action
Number of volumes: 22

Jupiter's Legacy

Jupiter’s Circle/Legacy

Centering around a family of legendary superheroes, Jupiter’s Legacy focuses on the children of two of these most famous heroes. As their family’s secret struggles and infighting come to light, can the world survive the explosive fallout?

Jupiter’s Circle centers around the most celebrated heroes of the mid-20th century, but beneath the glossy surface lie horrible secrets behind their public and private exploits that threaten to destroy everything.

Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Wilfredo Torres
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 1 (Legacy), 2 (Circle)

Lazarus

Lazarus

In a dystopian near-future government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Each family has their own Lazarus, an enhanced agent specially tasked to protect their family’s assets. Forever Carlyle is one of these agents, executing the orders of her family’s leadership, until she starts to realize the truth behind the ruling families.

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Michael Lark
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 4

The Manhattan Projects

The Manhattan Projects

What if the Manhattan Project during World War II was just a front for other, far weirder super science projects? Using actual (if not highly exaggerated) figures and events from the mid-20th century, The Manhattan Projects is an aggressively bizarre series that features such things as a kindly radioactive skeleton, a famous scientist with an infinite number of split personas who also happens to be a killer cannibal, an intelligent talking Soviet space dog, and an AI based on the brainwaves of a dead president. Simultaneously funny, dark, and thought-provoking, this series thoroughly lives up to its tagline of “Science. Bad.”

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Nick Pitarra
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 6

Monstress

Monstress

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.

Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artist: Sana Takeda
Genre: Fantasy
Number of volumes: 1

Morning Glories

Morning Glories

Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country, but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. Six gifted students arrive, when dark and unexplainable occurrences start to happen, the school’s true nature begins to come to light and the students must struggle to survive.

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Joe Eisma
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Number of volumes: 9

ODY-C

ODY-C

After a century-long war, Odyssia the Clever and her compatriots begin an even more dangerous journey: the return home. Along the way they encounter amazing and mind-bending threats and challenges in this genderbent, sci-fi take on Homer’s The Odyssey. Written by Matt Fraction and gorgeously illustrated by Christian Ward, this series is a psychedelic sci-fi epic in the grandest fashion.

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Christian Ward
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Number of volumes: 2

Paper Girls

Paper Girls

In this throwback to 80s sci-fi thrillers, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls make a shocking discovery in their small town. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this thrilling series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Number of volumes: 2

Rat Queens

Rat Queens

A unique take on the fantasy adventure genre, Rat Queens centers on a band of female adventurers: Hannah the Rockabilly Elven
Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric, and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief, as they fight, drink, and generally raise hell across the lands in search of fame and fortune.

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Šejić and Tess Fowler
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Number of volumes: 3

Rumble

Rumble

An ancient scarecrow god walks into a bar… and proceeds to wreak havoc across two worlds! After a long absence, Rathraq, Scarecrow Warrior God, is back-and very unhappy. Bad news for his old enemies, yes, but worse news for everybody else. Featuring everything dive bars, undead kitty cats, psycho skinheads, and giant mummies, this bizarre adventure dials up the crazy action to the max and never stops.

Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: James Harren
Genre: Action, adventure, fantasy, thriller
Number of volumes: 3

Saga

Saga

Blending numerous genres including sci-fi, fantasy, action, adventure, drama, romance, and war, this critically-acclaimed fan favorite series focuses on a pair of new parents Marko and Alana, from opposite sides of an epic war as they seek to find their place in the universe. Smart, sexy, funny, and very honest, this wildly original yet very grounded series has consistently been one of Image’s top books since it began.

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Romance
Number of volumes: 6

Sex Criminals

Sex Criminals

Suzy and Jon discover that whenever they have sex, time stops. Naturally, they use this to freeze time rob banks in order to save Suzy’s library from foreclosure. Along the way they encounter other people with this ability, including the oppressive Sex Police, as well as realize what they need from a relationship. Very funny, very graphic, and VERY honest, this series is a simultaneously hilarious and realistic look at modern romantic relationships.

Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Number of volumes: 3

Sons of the Devil

Sons of the Devil

Centering around average guy Travis, this series follows him as he discovers his long-held family ties to a deadly cult. Told across 30 years, this series explores themes such as family ties, cults, and the dark side of human nature.

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Toni Infante
Genre: horror
Number of volumes: 2

Southern Bastards

Southern Bastards

Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin’ Rebs football team, and more bastards than you’ve ever seen. When you’re an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this, is to carry a really big stick. After coming back to Craw County for his father’s funeral, Earl Tubb wants nothing more than to get out as quick as he came. The problem is, there’s just too much of a mess to not deal with. Southern Bastards is a gritty, country-fried crime series with an all-too-authentic Southern feel.

Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Jason Latour
Genre: Crime
Number of volumes: 3

Southern Cross

Southern Cross

Alex Braith is on board the cargo ship Southern Cross retracing her sister’s steps to a refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though-how did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she’s being watched?

Writer: Becky Cloonan
Artist: Andy Belanger
Genre: Sci-Fi, horror
Number of volumes: 1

Tokyo Ghost

Tokyo Ghost

Los Angeles, 2089. Everyone is hooked on the world’s most addictive drug: technology. Distracted from the ruined outside world, gangsters keep the technology going while the people struggle and trade and fight for their next fix. When the gangs need their rule enforced, they call Constables Led Dent and Debbie Decay. This duo is about to be given a job that will force them out of the familiar squalor of Los Angeles to take down the last tech-less country on Earth: The Garden Nation of Tokyo.

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 2

Trees

Trees

They landed ten years ago, all over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. This series looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows of the Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the “special cultural zone” of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman under the menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teach her terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, by accident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat they truly represent.

Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jason Howard
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number of volumes: 2

Velvet

Velvet

A gritty spy thriller, this series centers around Velvet Templeton, secretary to director of the CIA. When the world’s greatest secret agent is killed, all signs point to her. Now on the run, Velvet will have to live up to her reputation as the most dangerous woman alive to clear her name and take revenge on those who framed her.

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Steve Epting
Genre: Action, Crime, Spy Thriller
Number of volumes: 3

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

The world as we know it has ended. World governments have fallen and the cities are infested with hordes the living dead. How will the survivors adjust to this new reality while struggling to maintain their own humanity? The long-running survival horror series that spawned the critically-acclaimed AMC series, The Walking Dead asks what happens when we finally have to start living on our own.

Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
Genre: Horror
Number of volumes: 26

The Wicked + The Divine

The Wicked + The Divine

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. This time around, the gods have reincarnated has pop stars, fueled by the admiration of their legions of fans. This stylish, critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite series explores themes such as life and death, the power of creativity, and the fleeting nature of fame and power.

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fantasy
Number of volumes: 4

Posted October 12, 2016 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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