Down here in the Forbidden Planet International dungeon archives, I’m forever coming across treasure of all kinds: rare, brilliant, bargainous, weird, wonderful, etc. Unfortunately, the brass upstairs weren’t too keen on my original plan of hoarding it all away for myself (I think the comparison “like some Smaugian man-child” was uttered at one point), so here I am, letting you know about the best goodies I’ve come across this week.
Out of print everywhere, we have a very limited amount of Nobrow 5 in stock for just £7.59. The last issue of Nobrow’s eponymous regular-ish magazine to feature illustration exclusively, the publisher’s famed production quality and the impressive work inside make this a must-have for art appreciators. Grab it while we’ve still got some!
DUNGEON QUEST: BOOK ONE
By: Joe Daly (writer/ artist) / Pages: 136 / FPI Price:
South African author Joe Daly’s hilarious and genuinely brilliant Dungeon Quest series is a must read for all fans of RPGs, alternative comics, adventure stories and good old fashioned stoner comedy. Far too many comics readers are sleeping on this Fantagraphics-published series at the moment, which is odd seeing as it really feels like it’s one of those rare books that should be uniting mainstream and alternative comics fans in hilarity. With FPI offering 31% off all volumes at the moment, it’s the perfect opportunity to dive in with Book One!
By: Kathryn Immonen (writer), Stuart Immonen (artist) / Pages: 144 / FPI Price:
Wife-husband team Kathryn and Stuart Immonen are known respectively for their amazing creative visions so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that together they’d create something truly brilliant. A thousand miles away from their more well known capes n’ powers work, Moving Pictures is a beautifully told story of art smuggling in occupied Paris during WWII.
THE ART OF PORCO ROSSO
By: Hayao Miyazaki / Pages: 208 / FPI Price:
Porco Rosso may not be the most widely celebrated Studio Ghibli movie, but it’s definitely one of the most interesting of the lot. Viz’ Ghibli art books are always fantastic and this one is no exception, bringing new insight into the story of a WWI pilot cursed to be an anthropomorphic pig. I love this collection of concept art, character designs and stills from the movie to pieces and think it’s well worth the bargain price of £15 for any animation die-hard. Check out this flick-through from Flickr user Parka81 to see why.
By: eBoy for Kidrobot / Height: 3.5″ / FPI Price:
We have a load of Peecol figures that are fast becoming harder and harder to come by. This little fella’s my favourite of the lot, not least because of his product description/bio: ”Put up your dukes and prepare to get served by this king of the ring. When Killa isn’t ducking punks, he spends time at the arcade challenging kids in video boxing and setting high scores in ski-ball.”.
That’s it from the archives and this edition of Gold Diggin’! Don’t worry, I’ll be back next week with more cool stuff from the vaults.