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Upcoming: Smith Wiley Telgemeier O’Malley Culbard….

Published On February 9, 2014 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, News

Heavens, would you look at all of these great looking comics you will be wanting to obsessively note down somewhere so you don’t forget to buy them later in the year….

Rachael Smith‘s The Way We Write and I Am Fire were huge faves of mine, with I Am Fire one of my best of 2013, so seeing this from Great Beast really made my day…

House Party will be a 92 page graphic novel where three lost 20-somethings are feeling disillusioned after being shoved into the real world since feeling like superstars at university. In an attempt to get their carefree composure and happiness back they throw a massive house party, just like they used to. Instead of reconnecting them with their younger selves, however, things go a little differently and the three of them must decide how to move forward in lives that none of them really asked for.

Although Rachael is still relatively new to the world of comics her output has been prolific to say the least. In 2013 she released The Way We Write and I Am Fire (both available from her Etsy store) and has been published through David Lloyd’s digital publishing company Aces Weekly. If you like the comics of John Allison, Chynna Clugston Flores and even our own Marc Ellerby then you’ll find a lot to love from Rachael’s smart cartooning.

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News from Terry Wiley:

“Righty-O; disaster notwithstanding, VerityFair 6 will be out at the end of February, a second VerityFair App should follow a few weeks later, and a big shiny colour VerityFair book comes out in May!”

Verity Fair is Terry Wiley’s comic series featuring the life, loves, trials and tribulations of jobbing actress Verity Bournville. As with all Wiley’s work, it’s by turns wonderfully funny and sublimely warm, full of Wiley’s typically strong and very readable characters. It’s due for release from Borderline Press, and should be out in May.

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Also out if you’re interested (and if not – WHY NOT?)….

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Raina Telgemeier – the eagerly awaited follow-up to the best selling Smile now has a cover and a release date – Aug 26th 2014 (Via The Beat). I shall make space on daughter’s bookshelf, my bookshelf, and school library now!

“Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.”

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And finally – I honestly can’y imagine anyone interested in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s work doesn’t know about this, but his long, long, long awaited follow-up to Scott Pilgrim is Seconds… his restaurant themed full-colour graphic novel meant to be out mid-ish 2014…

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And finally, to end with, here’s a little interior artwork from INJ Culbard’s new book from SelfMadeHero, Celeste. There’s more to be seen at Culbard’s Tumblr, but we’ve already featured this a lot over the last few months, and no doubt will be eagerly looking at it when it arrives in April 2014.

Thus far Culbard has either collaborated (Sherlock Holmes from SelfMadeHero and Brass Sun from 2000AD, both with Ian Edginton, The New Deadwardians with Dan Abnett) or has work as a solo adapter of the works of HP Lovecraft (most recently the excellent Shadow Out Of Time). I’m both fascinated and have just a little trepidation about Celeste, which is Culbard’s first graphic novel where he’s doing the lot, writing and drawing. We’ll wait and see, but from everything of his I’ve read thus far, I think the trepidation will be unwarranted.

Anyway, official press and pics below….

In London, the moment two commuters, Aaron and Lilly, lay eyes on each another on a packed Monday morning tube train, everyone else around them vanishes. In Los Angeles, Ray is sitting in gridlock on the 405 Freeway when he receives a call from an LAPD officer with news about his wife. Ray fears the worst. But just as the officer is about to give Ray the news, he is cut off. The caller has disappeared, and so has everyone else around him. Everyone except for a badly beaten man tied up in the trunk of another car. In Japan, comic artist Yoshi has come to the demon-haunted Aokigahara Forest to die, but the spirits of the forest have other ideas. Taking us through the deserted streets of London, the empty freeways of Los Angeles, and the dream world of the Aokigahara Forest, Celeste is a compelling and profound graphic novel about the choices we make and the courage it takes to make them.

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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