CREATOR SPOTLIGHT!

One of the most popular aspects of Zanadu is our 'creator wall' where we shelve and spotlight certain writers or artists who are among the top talents of the medium. Featuring the works of Alan Moore to Kirby to Gene Luen Yang with a bit of everything in between, readers are guaranteed to find their new favorite series amongst the hallowed halls of these comic book titans!

This week we focus on the mighty MATT KINDT!

Matt Kindt is the New York Times Best-Selling writer and artist of the comics and graphic novels Dept. H, Mind MGMT, Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip, as well as Justice League of America (DC), Spider-Man (Marvel), Unity, Ninjak, Rai, and Divinity (Valiant). He has been nominated for 4 Eisner and 6 Harvey Awards (and won once). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Korean.

Matt has been making comics all his life and has been doing it full-time as a "real" job since 2003. Seriously...he has the best job ever.

//Selected Works Include//
Dept. H (Dark Horse Comics)
Mind MGMT (Dark Horse Comics)
Divinity (Valiant)
Ninjak (Valiant)
Sweet Tooth (Vertigo)
4001 A.D. (Valiant)

Please ask an employee about Kindt's work next time your in the store if interested! Zanadu is here to help you find your next favorite comic!

GRAPHIC NOVEL SPOTLIGHT!!

Let's face it, the world of comic books or "Graphic Novels" as they are referred to currently, is overwhelmingly impenetrable for a lot of people these days. The sheer volume of new titles that ship each week make it hard to remember previously published books or even something that came out last Wednesday, but have no fear, Zanadu is here to help you discover what you didn't know you needed in your collection! We have thousands of titles available, but these are a few of our favorite forgotten gems kicking around the store.

And please don't ever hesitate to ask for recommendations or hazy recollections regarding books you might have missed while shopping at the store. Your friendly neighborhood comic monkeys are here to help! Remember, there is a comic for literally everyone on the planet--it's just a matter of unearthing it!

LOVE ADDICT: CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL DATER GN

(W/A) Koren Shadmi

//Published by Top Shelf//
LONELY? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT. Reeling after a breakup, young animator "K"
is pushed by a friend to join the popular dating site Lovebug. His journey begins as a search for true love, but soon awakens a relentless craving for novelty and sexual conquest. With the touch of a button, K embarks on a dating spree, browsing a digital marketplace of the flesh. Who can stop when Lovebug offers an endless stream of prospective mates, sorted by algorithms and stored on a distant server, ready on demand like TV episodes or Chinese takeout? And in the face of this addiction, can K hold on to his friends, his job, or even his humanity? The acclaimed author of In the Flesh and The Abaddon presents an evocative tale of modern love... in a world where even full bars can lead to a bad connection.

HOMETOWN HEROES OF ZANADU! A SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL COMIX!

Here at Zanadu, we believe that Independent comics are the backbone of the comic book industry. Since 1975, Zanadu has provided a stage upon which the burgeoning local talent can perform through our consignment program and today our local and indy section is larger than ever. In fact, it may very well be the largest local comix section in the city, but hey, who's counting? All we know is that comic creators need all the help they can get because let's face it, they spend countless hours toiling in the darkness to bring forth some soul tormenting story that dwells within them for absolutely zero money and usually little to no acclaim, but where would the industry be today if not for the tireless efforts of the visionary creators who braved the hellish onslaught of personal and professional struggle? So get in on the ground floor of the next big thing in comics or just sample the local flavor, there is always something unique to find on the racks of Zanadu.

This week we feature two books by local writer/artist Jordan Kotzebue

HOMINIDS TP VOL 1 & 2

(W/A) Jordan Kotzebue

Hominids is the story of a peaceful tribe of hunter/gatherer Neanderthals confronted by a warlike human who is on a quest to find a creature he believes to be a god!

Available to read for FREE as a webcomic at hominidscomic.com or get the hard copy here at Zanadu! And please take a moment to check out Jordan's Patreon page for more extra goodies!

COMICS SHOULD SMELL GOOD!! ep. #369!

Holy crap it's Wednesday morning again already!! Can you believe it's really been a whole week since you've seen the smirking faces of your favorite comic monkeys??! Whelp, not much has changed in the attic this week. Still stinky, still smelling like old comics. Still how we like it. New comics galore on yet another enticing episode of Comics Should Smell Good!

MERCHANDISE SPOTLIGHT!

While we have always prided ourselves on our VAST selection of comic books and graphic novels, there comes a time when you need to branch out into the other realms of geekdom with toys, posters, statues, t-shirts and other nonsense for the discerning fan boy or girl. After 42 years, we have accumulated an eclectic array of cool stuffs so keep your eye out next time your in the store, you never know what may have been excavated from the bowels of the boss' basement!

DOCTOR WHO DALEK TIGHTS

$14
Exterminate with these Doctor Who tights!

MANGA MONDAY!

Manga or Japanese comics, is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the American comic market since the advent of Super-Heroes. While we know a lot of our customers only truck with the 'Merican made books we all know and love, Manga offers a VAST array of subject matter, genres, art/writing styles and situations that appeal to age groups from wee little ones to grumpy old people! Even the most jaded comic book reader will find something new and exciting in the world of MANGA!!

This week we're taking a look at one of the greatest cyberpunk comics to ever come out of Japan--APPLESEED by Manga-ka Shirow Masamune! Before creating Ghost in the Shell, Shirow told the adventures of a young girl and her cyborg boyfriend as they fight cyber crime on the futuristic streets of Olympus as part of the elite ESWAT unit. Infused with Shirow's trademark future tech, political machinations and tongue n cheek humor, this is an absolutely essential book for lovers of sci-fi awesomeness everywhere!

APPLESEED TP VOL 1-4

(W/A) Shirow Masamune

You can't have a perfect society without perfect people, and the only perfect people are the ones you can manufacture. The governing body of Olympus, an urban utopia created from the ashes of World War III, is about to bring paradise crashing down around their ears as they seek to regulate the minds and bodies of the human race . . . or fully replace them with cyborg substitutes. Deunan and Briareos, still new to the city, find themselves in the unlikely position of having to hold together this house of cards. Their strategy? Destroy the old foundation and pray everything stands while new underpinnings are forged!

From the imagination of Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune comes the manga masterpiece Appleseed, an epic cyberpunk vision deftly balancing hardcore techno-science, wry political commentary, and explosive action. A visionary work that inspired the wildly popular animated film, Appleseed is now presented for the first time in America in right-to-left reading format, as originally published in Japan.

GRAPHIC NOVEL SPOTLIGHT!!

Let's face it, the world of comic books or "Graphic Novels" as they are referred to currently, is overwhelmingly impenetrable for a lot of people these days. The sheer volume of new titles that ship each week make it hard to remember previously published books or even something that came out last Wednesday, but have no fear, Zanadu is here to help you discover what you didn't know you needed in your collection! We have thousands of titles available, but these are a few of our favorite forgotten gems kicking around the store.

And please don't ever hesitate to ask for recommendations or hazy recollections regarding books you might have missed while shopping at the store. Your friendly neighborhood comic monkeys are here to help! Remember, there is a comic for literally everyone on the planet--it's just a matter of unearthing it!

SHOPLIFTER HC

(W/A/CA) Michael Cho

//Published by Pantheon Books//
Corinna Park used to have big plans. In college, she imagined writing a best-selling novel and leading the idealized life of an author. After graduation, she moved to a big city and took a job at an advertising agency - just to pay off her student loans. Now she's worked in the same office for five years and the only thing she's written is copy. She feels numbed by the monotony of a life experienced through a series of screens. But whenever she shoplifts a magazine from the corner store near her apartment, she feels a little more alive. Yet Corinna knows there must be something more to life, and she faces the same question as does everyone of her generation: how to find it?

EMPLOYEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 3/22!!

JUDGE DREDD: CRY OF THE WEREWOLF

(W) John Wagner, Alan Grant (A/CA) Steve Dillon

Re-presenting the classic tale that inspired this month's Judge Dredd: Deviations! In the full-blooded horror of "Cry of the Werewolf," Judge Dredd must descend into the Undercity to investigate how a flesh-eating werewolf ended up in Mega-City One and make sure no others make their way to the surface.

RECOMMENDED BY MORGAN!

EMPLOYEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 3/22!!

TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE MOVIE ADAPTATION

(W/A) Tom Sciloi


Imagine a world where the greatest comic book crossover of all time inspires a movie adaptation... and that movie adaptation inspires its own comic book! Visionary writer-artist Tom Scioli returns to the weird world of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe and brings an even weirder twist to this new story: what would the comic book adaptation of the movie version of the comic book look like? It's time to find out in the most epic, scintillating, off-the-wall, exciting comic of 2017!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!!

EMPLOYEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 3/22!!

IRON FIST #1

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Perkins (CA) Jeff Dekal

THE GAUNTLET STARTS HERE!
K'un Lun is in ruins. The chi fueling Danny's fists is wavering. Is there a future for the Iron Fist? Danny Rand pushes himself to the breaking point, finding fights to prove his worth. But a bigger fight than he can handle may have found him...

RECOMMENDED BY PROF. WILL OF COMICSBLEND.COM

EMPLOYEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 3/22!!

FLINTSTONES TP

(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Steve Pugh

It's the Flintstones as you've never seen them before! Issues #1-6 of this new series starring the first family of Bedrock (and civilization, really) tell the story of the dawn of civilization through the eyes of Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and the rest of the citizens of Bedrock. Shining a light on humanity's oldest customs and institutions, writer Mark Russell (PREZ) blends satire with Hanna-Barbera's classic characters.

RECOMMENDED BY HOWARD!

EMPLOYEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 3/22!!

X-O MANOWAR #1

(W) Matt Kindt (A) Tomas Giorello (CA) Lewis LaRosa

Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age.
It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth...only to find himself stranded in the modern day.
But that was a lifetime ago. Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.
But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!

RECOMMENDED BY PERRY!

DC GRAPHIC NOVEL SPOTLIGHT!!

DC comics has a long and rich history of exciting stories with out of this world characters that have become so integral to our daily lives that they will forever be intertwined with the pop culture of today, yesterday and tomorrow! The theme of legacy is forever imprinted upon the DCU and with that in mind, we are taking a look into the massive back catalog of the Zanadu vaults to bring you some of our favorite DC graphic novels from Barry Allen's first appearance to the latest rebirthing in the realm of never ending crises that is the DC Universe!

UNCLE SAM & THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS TP

(W) Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray (A) Daniel Acuna

Collecting the 8-issue miniseries spinning out of INFINITE CRISIS, with art by the sensational Daniel Acuña! Meet the all-new Phantom Lady, Doll Man, Human Bomb and the Ray - members of the government task force known as SHADE, the country's first line of defense against super-powered threats and terrorists.

GOFUNDME UPDATE!

Forty-two years is no joke. Grinding it out, day after day, eight hours at a time doing anything is hard--but it's doubly difficult when you're talking comics. Glamorous though it may seem from the outside, the true life of a comic retailer is a never ending evolution of reinvention that few have the constitution to withstand. Just take a look at how few comic shops there are now compared to fifteen years ago. Hell, ten years ago! This is not a forgiving business, and, as a retailer, we bear the brunt of the risk when it comes to stocking publisher's products. Guessing at what will sell, figuring out how to market that which doesn't, gambling with thousands of dollars a month…this life is not for everybody, but for those able to roll with the punches, a successful comic shop is like the home away from home every geek wishes they could build.

As a special treat, we've unearthed some rare artifacts of days past from the dusty attic of Zanadu that reveals just a bit of our long and storied history here in Seattle.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been a part of the Zanadu family over the years, we would not have survived without your dedication and support!

HOMETOWN HEROES OF ZANADU! A SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL COMIX!

Here at Zanadu, we believe that Independent comics are the backbone of the comic book industry. Since 1975, Zanadu has provided a stage upon which the burgeoning local talent can perform through our consignment program and today our local and indy section is larger than ever. In fact, it may very well be the largest local comix section in the city, but hey, who's counting? All we know is that comic creators need all the help they can get because let's face it, they spend countless hours toiling in the darkness to bring forth some soul tormenting story that dwells within them for absolutely zero money and usually little to no acclaim, but where would the industry be today if not for the tireless efforts of the visionary creators who braved the hellish onslaught of personal and professional struggle? So get in on the ground floor of the next big thing in comics or just sample the local flavor, there is always something unique to find on the racks of Zanadu.

This week we feature two books by local writer/artist/tattoo artist, Wil Spaedt!

LOSERS OF THE FAITH TP

(W/A) Wil Spaedt

Collecting all 4 issues of the gritty crime series by Seattle author and artist Wil Spaedt.

 

OUTSIDE THE WALL #1

(W) Luan (A) Wil Spaedt

Check out the local comics section on our website (www.zanaducomics.com/local-comix) for a list of creators/publishers that we carry as well as details on how to get your own book on the fabled racks of Zanadu!!

COMICS SHOULD SMELL GOOD!! ep. #368!

Wednesday! Wednesday! Wednesday! It's once again the best day of the week because not only do you get new comic books, but you get to hear your favorite comic monkeys ramble ramble! Clearly, we know which is more important to all our loyal fans out there in internetland,so stop reading this nonsense and start watching the new episode of Comics Should Smell Good!!

GRAPHIC NOVEL SPOTLIGHT

Let's face it, the world of comic books or "Graphic Novels" as they are referred to currently, is overwhelmingly impenetrable for a lot of people these days. The sheer volume of new titles that ship each week make it hard to remember previously published books or even something that came out last Wednesday, but have no fear, Zanadu is here to help you discover what you didn't know you needed in your collection! We have thousands of titles available, but these are a few of our favorite forgotten gems kicking around the store.

And please don't ever hesitate to ask for recommendations or hazy recollections regarding books you might have missed while shopping at the store. Your friendly neighborhood comic monkeys are here to help! Remember, there is a comic for literally everyone on the planet--it's just a matter of unearthing it!

KONG THE KING HC

(W/A/CA) Osvaldo Medina

//Published by Kingpin Books//
Filming on a remote virgin island leads to the discovery of a mysterious native with a heart as large as his body. Taken willingly to the Big City, he'll soon find out there's a thin line between the fame and glory he's been promised and the show business circus he's been thrown into. In spite of the obvious nod, Kong the King couldn't be further from a simple revisitation of the cult-classic film. It's a whole new animal, a twisted roller coaster of emotional depth. This fast-paced tour-de-force with no single word, like a silent movie from the glamorous 1920s.

EMPLOYEE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR 3/15!!

HEAD LOPPER #5

(W/A/CA) Andrew MacLean

NEW STORY ARC! "IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWER"-Norgal and Agatha are back! A daring new adventure awaits, looming like the Crimson Tower, home of Ulrich the Twice Damned, sworn enemy of Zhaania Kota Ka. With old friends and new, our heroes boldly enter the bloodied pinnacle with bare steel and steady hearts. The quarterly series HEAD LOPPER has returned!

RECOMMENDED BY SAM THE VIDEO MONKEY!