New arrivals 06-28-2017

Hub Comics 06-28-2017

Happy Wednesday, readers!

Our next event involves two book debuts and three authors! On Sunday July 16th from 11am to 2pm we’ll welcome Jerel Dye, artist of Pigs Might Fly, and Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline, artists of Making Scents. (You may also know Braden and Shelli’s work from BOOM!’s “Adventure Time” comic — they drew the first two years, which is roughly the first 5 paperbacks!)

Big debuts today include Black Mask’s Beautiful Canvas issue #1, Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur volume 3, Farinas and Freitas’ Motro volume 1, and two, COUNT ‘EM, two books by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline (signing here on July 16) — Making Scents and this year’s SpongeBob Squarepants annual!

New singles and books——————
ALACK SINNER AGE OF INNOCENCE TP
ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON TP – back in print!
BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #1
BLACK MAGICK #6
BLACK PANTHER #15
COURTNEY CRUMRIN GN VOL 01 NIGHT THINGS ($10 edition)
DARK NIGHT A TRUE BATMAN STORY TP – now in softcover
DC COMICS DARK HORSE BATMAN VS PREDATOR TP
DEADPOOL VS PUNISHER #5 (OF 5)
DEFENDERS #2
DOCTOR STRANGE TP VOL 02 LAST DAYS OF MAGIC
ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST TP VOL 03
FOG OVER TOLBIAC BRIDGE HC TARDI
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #241
JEAN GREY #3
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS INFINITE #1 (OF 3
JUGHEAD #16
LUMBERJANES #39

MAKING SCENTS GN – Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline!

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR TP VOL 03 SMARTEST TH
MOTRO TP VOL 01
MY LITTLE PONY MOVIE PREQUEL #1
NAMWOLF #3
NIGHTS DOMINION TP VOL 01
OCTOPUS PIE TP VOL 05
OVER GARDEN WALL ONGOING #15
PAKLIS #2
REDNECK #3
SAGA #44
SHUTTER #29

SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #5 – Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline!

STAR WARS DROIDS UNPLUGGED #1
STAR WARS POE DAMERON #16
STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #5
SUPERGIRL BEING SUPER #4 (OF 4)
TITAN #5
TMNT ONGOING #71
TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #7
TRUE BELIEVERS AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
TRUE BELIEVERS MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1
TRUE BELIEVERS PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN
UNCOMFORTABLY HAPPILY GN
WALTER SIMONSON THOR RETURN OF BETA RAY BILL ARTIST EDITION
WAYWARD #21
WONDER WOMAN #25
WONDER WOMAN 100 PROJECT TP

-Your Friends at Hub Comics
Comics For Everyone!

New arrivals 06-21-2017

Hub Comics 06-21-2017Happy Wednesday, readers!

Our next event involves two book debuts and three authors! On Sunday July 16th from 11am to 2pm we’ll welcome Jerel Dye, artist of Pigs Might Fly, and Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline, artists of Making Scents. (You may also know Braden and Shelli’s work from BOOM!’s “Adventure Time” comic — they drew the first two years, which is roughly the first 5 paperbacks!)

Big debuts today include Lemire and Nguyen’s Descender volume 4, Adam Warren’s Empowered volume 10, James Roberts’ Optimus Prime volume 1 (a new story, but picking up threads from the red-spine “Transformers” series), Johnny Ryan’s A New Low, and from Italy, Andrea Pazienza’s Zanardi!

New singles and books——————

5 MINUTE SPIDER-MAN STORIES HC
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #4
ALL STAR BATMAN #11
AMERICA #4
ARCHIE #21
BATMAN #25
BIG BAD FOX YR GN
COADY & THE CREEPIES #4
DAREDEVIL #22
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #29
DEPT H #15
DESCENDER TP VOL 04 ORBITAL MECHANICS
DOCTOR STRANGE #22
EMPOWERED TP VOL 10
THE FEW #6 (OF 6)
GI JOE (2016) #6
GOD COUNTRY #6
GRRL SCOUTS MAGIC SOCKS #2 (OF 6)
HEAD LOPPER #6 CVR A MACLEAN
HEATHEN #2 2ND PTG
ICEMAN #2
IN THE PINES 5 MURDER BALLADS HC
INVINCIBLE #137
JUSTICE LEAGUE VS SUICIDE SQUAD HC (REBIRTH)
KIM REAPER #1 – back in stock! We have #2 and #3!
KITARO AND THE GREAT TANUKI WAR
LOST PLANET HC
LUKE CAGE #2
LUMBERJANES 2017 SPECIAL FAIRE & SQUARE #1
MAD MAGAZINE #546
MAN-THING #5 (OF 5)
MIGHTY THOR #20
MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS GN – back in stock!
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #55
NEIL GAIMAN CINNAMON HC PICTURE BOOK
A NEW LOW GN JOHNNY RYAN
OLD GUARD #5PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1
RED RANGE A WILD WESTERN ADVENTURE HC – Written by Joe R. Landsdale and drawn by the amazing 92-year old Sam Glanzman!
ROYAL CITY #4
SHAOLIN COWBOY WHOLL STOP THE REIGN #3
SILVER SURFER #12
SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME TP VOL 02 A RECIPE FOR DISASTER
SPIDER-GWEN TP VOL 03 LONG-DISTANCE
STAR WARS DARTH MAUL #4 (OF 5)
STAR WARS DARTH VADER #2
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA TP VOL 01 APHRA
STAR WARS POE DAMERON ANNUAL #1
STAR WARS POE DAMERON TP VOL 02 GATHERING STORM
SUPERMAN #25
TEEN TITANS GO #22
TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME TP VOL 01
VICTOR LAVALLE DESTROYER #2
ZANARDI HC – First translation from Italy!

New arrivals 06-14-2017

Hub Comics 06-14-2017Happy Wednesday, readers!

Updates:
-We’ve (at last!) posted photos from some 2016 and 2017 events. Click…

here to see images from Free Comic Book Day 2016 (yes, last year, not this year),
here to see Greg Cook’s “Friends is Friends” signing from September, and
here for Clayton McCormack’s “Redline” #1 signing from March.

We are excited to announce our next event! Two books! Three authors! On Sunday July 16th from 11am to 2pm we’ll welcome Jerel Dye, artist of Pigs Might Fly, and Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline, artists of Making Scents. (You may also know Braden and Shelli’s work from BOOM!’s “Adventure Time” comic — they drew the first two years, which is roughly the first 5 paperbacks!)

Big debuts today include Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Vague Tales, Marvel’s Defenders issue #1, Bitch Planet Triple Feature issue #1, the DC event kick-off Dark Days: The Forge, Motor Crush volume 1, the manhwa tome Uncomfortably Happily, Giant Days volume 5, and Nobrow’s Garbage Night!

New singles and books——————

BATWOMAN BY GREG RUCKA AND JH WILLIAMS III TP
BETTY & VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES #3
BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE #1
BLACK PANTHER CREW #3
BLACK PANTHER WORLD OF WAKANDA TP VOL 01
BUG THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER #2 (OF 6)
CINEMA PURGATORIO #10
DAMNED #2
DARK DAYS THE FORGE #1
DEADPOOL #32
DEFENDERS #1
FOOLISH QUESTIONS & OTHER ODD OBSERVATIONS RUBE GOLDBERG
GARBAGE NIGHT GN
GARY GIANNI MONSTERMEN & OTHER SCARY STORIES TP
GIANT DAYS TP VOL 05
GODSHAPER #3
GRASS KINGS #4
GWENPOOL #17
HELENA CRASH #4 (OF 4)
INVADER ZIM #20
JACK KIRBY FOREVER PEOPLE ARTIST ED HC
KIM REAPER #3
MAD ABOUT TRUMP TP
MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 19
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT GN VOL 02
MOTHER PANIC TP VOL 01 WORK IN PROGRESS
MOTOR CRUSH TP VOL 01
MS MARVEL #19
MS MARVEL HC VOL 03
NEIL GAIMAN AMERICAN GODS SHADOWS #4
OPTIMUS PRIME #8
POP GUN WAR TP VOL 02 CHAIN LETTER
REGRESSION #2
RIPPLE HC PREDILECTION FOR TINA
ROCKSTARS TP VOL 01 NATIVITY IN BLACKLIGHT
SIXTH GUN TP VOL 01 COLD DEAD FINGERS – Just ten bucks!
SPONGEBOB COMICS #69 – Raul the Third and Elaine Bay cover and lead story!
STAR WARS #32
THERES NOTHING THERE #2
TMNT ONGOING #70
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #21
UNCOMFORTABLY HAPPILY GN
VAGUE TALES HC
WONDER WOMAN #24

 

-Your friends at Hub Comics
Comics For Everyone!

New arrivals 06-07-2017

Hub Comics 06-07-2017Happy Wednesday,

Big debuts include Spider-Man/Deadpool volume 2, Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus Plus, The Wicked + The Divine volume 5, Darth Vader #1, Cullen Bunn’s The Unsound issue #1, and Iceman issue #1!

New singles and books——————

ADVENTURE TIME #65
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #3
ALL TIME COMICS ATLAS #1
BATMAN #24
BATMAN ZERO HOUR TP
BELGIAN LACE FROM HELL HC VOL 03 CLAY WILSON
BLACK BOLT #2
CHAMPIONS #9
COURTNEY CRUMRIN #1 ONE DOLLAR ED
DAREDEVIL #21
DARK KNIGHT III MASTER RACE #9 (OF 9)
DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #28
DC COMICS DARK HORSE BATMAN VS PREDATOR TP
DC LOONEY TUNES 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR #1
DISNEY PRINCESS #11
DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1
DOCTOR STRANGE #20
EXTREMITY #4
GIANT DAYS #27
HAWKEYE #7
HEATHEN #4
ICEMAN #1
IF FOUND PLEASE RETURN TO ELISE GRAVEL HC
INJECTION #13
INSTRUMENTAL GN
JESSICA JONES #9
LIFE & TIMES MARTHA WASHINGTON 21st CENTURY TP
LUMBERJANES TO MAX ED HC VOL 03
MANGA IN THEORY & PRACTICE HC CRAFT CREATING ARAKI
MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER TP
PAPER GIRLS #15
REBORN #6
REDLINE #4
RICKETY STITCH & GELATINOUS GOO GN VOL 01
ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #3
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH COMP TP 1962-1971
SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #9
SIMPSONS COMICS COLOSSAL COMPENDIUM TP VOL 05
SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME #1 1 DOLLAR ED
SPELL ON WHEELS TP
SPIDER-MAN #17
SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 02 SIDE PIECES
STAR WARS DARTH VADER #1
STRAY BULLETS SUNSHINE & ROSES #24
SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 02 GOING SANE
SUPERMAN #24
SUPERMAN TP VOL 01 SON OF SUPERMAN (REBIRTH)
TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN OMNIBUS PLUS HC
TRANSFORMERS LOST LIGHT #6
UNSOUND #1
WALKING DEAD #168
WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 05 IMPERIAL PHASE I
WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ TP VOL 02

-Your friends at Hub Comics
_Comics For Everyone!_

New arrivals 05-31-2017

Hub Comics 05-31-2017 Happy Wednesday, readers!

Big debuts include Jillian Tamaki’s Boundless, the long-awaited Bitch Planet volume 2, Kate Bishop’s solo debut in Hawkeye volume 1, Image’s Paklis issue #1, and Ted Naifeh’s Heroines issue #1!

New singles and books——————
A.D. AFTER DEATH BOOK 03 (OF 3)
ALIENS DEAD ORBIT #2
BITCH PLANET TP VOL 02 PRESIDENT BITCH
BLACK SCIENCE #30
BOUNDLESS GN – Julian Tamaki!
DEADPOOL #31
DOCTOR STRANGE #21
DOOM PATROL TP VOL 01 BRICK BY BRICK
FACE GN
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MOTHER ENTROPY #5 (OF 5)
GWENPOOL #16
HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 KATE BISHOP
HEROINES #1
KILL OR BE KILLED #9
MISTER X ARCHIVES TP
MONSTRESS #12
MOON KNIGHT #14
OVER GARDEN WALL ONGOING #14
PAKLIS #1
PROVIDENCE LTD HC ACT 02
RICK & MORTY #26
RUNAWAYS TP VOL 04 TRUE BELIEVERS NEW PTG
SAGA #43
SECRET EMPIRE #3 (OF 10)
SEX CRIMINALS #19
SOUTHERN CROSS #12
SPIDER-GWEN #20
STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #4
SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 06 THE PHOENIX GAMBIT
VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #4 (OF 5)
WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP VOL 04 OLD MONSTERS
WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1
WONDER WOMAN BY JOHN BYRNE HC VOL 01

-Your friends at Hub Comics
Comics For Everyone!

New Arrivals 05-24-2017

Hub Comics 05-24-2017

Happy Wednesday, readers!

Big debuts include the return of Megg and Mogg in One More Year, Svetlana Chmakova’s Brave, Cullen Bunn’s Harrow County volume 5, Jeff Lemire’s Moon Knight volume 2, the import My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, and Victor LaValle’s Destroyer issue #1!

New singles and books——————
ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #2
THE ARCHIES (ONE SHOT)
BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 #5 (OF 6)
BATMAN NEW GOTHAM TP – Greg Rucka!
BATMAN THE SHADOW #2 (OF 6)
BILLIE HOLIDAY HC
BLACK PANTHER #14
BOOKS OF MAGIC TP BOOK 01
BRAVE GN
DC UNIVERSE BY MIKE MIGNOLA HC
DEADLY CLASS #28 CVR A CRAIG & BOYD
DEPT H #14
EAST OF WEST #33
EVERYTHING IS FLAMMABLE GN – Gabrielle Bell!
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #240
GOLEM’S MIGHTY SWING GN – back in print! James Sturm!
GROO FRIENDS AND FOES HC
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY MOTHER ENTROPY #4 (OF 5)
HARROW COUNTY TP VOL 05 ABANDONED
HELLBLAZER TP VOL 16 THE WILD CARD
JASON I KILLED ADOLF HITLER HC
JASON LOST CAT HC
JASON ON THE CAMINO HC
JEAN GREY #2
JLA YEAR ONE DELUXE ED HC
JOHN STANLEY HC GIVING LIFE TO LITTLE LULU
LOONEY TUNES #237
LOUD HOUSE GN VOL 01 THERE WILL BE CHAOS
LUMBERJANES #38
MOON KNIGHT TP VOL 02 REINCARNATIONS
MUTINY BAY GN
MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS GN
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #54
NO MERCY TP VOL 03
OLD GUARD #4
ONE MORE YEAR HC MEGG & MOGG
OPTIMUS PRIME #7
POWERPUFF GIRLS TIME TIE #1 (OF 3)
RAT QUEENS #3
REDNECK #2
SCIENCE COMICS FLYING MACHINES
SECRET WARRIORS #2
SEVEN TO ETERNITY #6
SHAOLIN COWBOY WHO’LL STOP THE REIGN #2
SHATTERED WARRIOR GN
SPILL ZONE HC GN VOL 01
SUN BAKERY #3
SUPERMAN ADVENTURES TP VOL 03
UNDERWINTER #3
UNWORTHY THOR TP
VICTOR LAVALLE DESTROYER #1
VIOLENT LOVE TP VOL 01 STAY DANGEROUS
WONDER WOMAN #23
X-MEN BLUE #4

-Your friends at Hub Comics
Comics For Everyone!

Jack on “Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror”

Jack_on_JackCole1Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror
by Jack Cole, edited by Craig Yoe
IDW Publishing/Yoe Books, $24.99

Jack Cole is a highly significant cartoonist who helped shape the medium, but he isn’t a household name such as Jack Kirby, Bill Watterson or Walt Disney. This is because a large portion of his work isn’t appealing to look at, and in fact, his art can repulse and horrify. Cole’s illustrations had such an impact on viewers that he was exhibit A in psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s book, “Seduction of the Innocent”. This so-called expose, published in 1954, argued that the rise of comic book consumption correlated and caused an increase in juvenile delinquency. Due to populist disapproval of these controversial, adult content laced comic books read by children, publishers developed a “comics-code,” a set of rules that censored subversive or negative content in the medium. This handicapped the art and business of comic books for decades, and to a significant degree. Here is a small sampling of how absurd the code was, which should give you an idea of the limited perimeters in which cartoonists could work to obtain mass distribution:

*  Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority.

*  All lurid, unsavory, gruesome illustrations shall be eliminated.

*  Inclusion of stories dealing with evil shall be used or shall be published only where the intent is to illustrate a moral issue and in no case shall evil be presented alluringly, nor so as to injure the sensibilities of the reader.

*  Suggestive and salacious illustration or suggestive posture is unacceptable.

*  Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited.

This is just a small sampling of what the Comics-Code demanded. While there are examples from the 1960s of cartoonists working around these perimeters, they had to title their work as Magazines or have their work exclusively sold in more limited print runs at “head shops”, underground hippie markets off the radar of the corporate publishing juggernaut.  So what did Jack Cole draw to cause such an upset that it changed the medium itself in the United States for decades? Well, lucky for you, you can find out thanks to Yoe! Publishing’s “Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror”, a collection of Cole’s spookiest stories. By today’s standards, it is laughable that these pulpy late night spine chillers were considered subversive to the point of corrupting young minds.  Or perhaps not … for the sake of argument, let’s play devil’s advocate. There is something “off” about Cole’s horror comics. They go beyond your average pre-code horror, which can often suffer from the setbacks of the publishing industry or from a general lackluster attitude about the medium itself.

Jack_on_JackCole3Unlike lesser comics from the era, Cole’s control of facial expression and as a result, facial contortion, is expert. His ghouls often resemble rubber face finger puppets, stretching devilishly to suggest to the reader what is occurring on the page is happening in a more hostile universe where the laws of physics are more unhinged than in our own. His attention to dramatic lighting adds tension to each contorted expression, adding to the otherworldly nature of his horror. The stories are a bit more challenging, often commenting on mental illness like in “Death Prowls the Streets”, or citing researched pagan gods in order to give back story while illustrating isolated homicidal cults like in “Orgy of Death”. Everything is a bit more menacing and Cole isn’t afraid to illustrate death itself such as in “Hangman’s Horror”. The effect is unsettling, although it would be a stretch to say I have an impulse now to shoplift, jaywalk or indulge in any other juvenile delinquency from reading his book.

Jack_on_JackCole2Jack Cole committed suicide on August 13th, 1958. While one can put the pieces together and connect his comic’s lurid material as a warning sign of depression or suicidal tendencies, among Cole’s peer group the event was seen as “One of the most baffling events in the history of cartooning.” (Quote:  RC Harvey). The suicide note he left for his wife has never been made public and his widow, Dorothy, never spoke with the Cole family again, remarrying a year later. In 1991, Cole was placed in the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame and then won the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1999. He is also famous for creating “Plastic Man”, of which another essay can be written and for being a consistent Playboy Magazine illustrator.

-Jack Turnbull