NEW SHORT STORY COLLECTION - LOCAL WRITER

THE BLACKBERRY  & OTHER TALES THAT CREEP

(W) Judith Cullen (A) Rick Geary, Illustrations

What really creeps you out? These stories feature the unknown, unseen, unexplainable and unexpected. They won't horrify you but you may begin to feel uneasy, get that prickly feeling on your skin that causes you to rub your arms and look around for what might be lurking. They may inspire you to check under your bed at night, make certain your closet door is securely latched and your windows locked.

Cover art by Rick Geary (colors by Walter Parrish)

Cover art by Rick Geary (colors by Walter Parrish)

"Ms. Cullen's writing is lyrical and touching, the rhythms and characters stick in your mind like a really good tune. I have the feeling she could write about tin cans and readers would come away with a sense of satisfaction and wonder"
- Reader Review of "A Trio of Cat Tales", by the same author.

Illustration for the story "Gorak the Gobbler" by Rick Geary

Illustration for the story "Gorak the Gobbler" by Rick Geary

ALL-NEW COMICS SHOULD SMELL GOOD! NOW!! ep. #28 5/20!

The summer comic season has officially started (as I'm sure your wallets have noticed lately), BUT sooooo many shiny good things are hitting the rack this week!! Girls with cats in the wasteland! Cutthroat barbarians (also in the wasteland)!! Veronica vs Predator with a baseball bat and M.O.D.O.K.!! soooo many M.O.D.O.K.s! Just another New Comics Wednesday here at CSSG!!

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MASTER OF KUNG FU #1

(W) Haden Blackman (A) Dalibor Talajic

• Welcome to the mystical land of K'UN LUN, where the study of martial arts reigns supreme!
• In a world where everyone is well-trained in at least some form of deadly combat, what becomes of a drunken, drop-out failure?
• If anyone speaks out against Emperor Zu, the price is their head! Good thing Shang-Chi's a man of discretion and...oh, who are we kidding. This is going to get nasty.

RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!

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FADE OUT #6

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips

BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS' best-selling series ever just keeps hitting! Charlie and his blacklisted friend Gil hunt Hollywood's back alleys for answers to Valeria Sommer's murder and cover-up, but the one man who might know something, ex-child star "Flapjack" Jones, has gone into hiding...unless he's dead in a ditch by the side of the road.

RECOMMENDED BY ERIN.

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APOCALYPTIGIRL: AN ARIA FOR THE END TIMES TP

(W/A) Andrew MacLean

Alone at the end of the world, Aria is a woman with a mission! As she traipses through an overgrown city with a cat named Jelly Beans, Aria is on a fruitless search for an ancient relic with immeasurable power. But when a creepy savage sets her on a path to complete her quest, she'll face death in the hopes of claiming her prize.

RECOMMENDED BY MORGAN!

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OPTIC NERVE #15

(W/A) Adrian Tomine

Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine's multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with a short autobiographical strip and two stories. "Killing and Dying" is about a father's struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. "Intruders" depicts a man obsessively trying to find his way back to a former life by revisiting places he once knew. Optic Nerve 14 will appear on the twentieth anniversary of Tomine's beloved comic book series, in whose pages the landmark graphic novel Shortcomings was first published. Each story in Optic Nerve 14 reveals new dimensions to Tomine's unique visual sensibility and complex, character-driven stories.

RECOMMENDED BY SAM THE VIDEO MONKEY!

ALL-NEW COMICS SHOULD SMELL GOOD! NOW!! ep. #27 5/13

It's yet another Wednesday here in grayish sunny Seattle and your favorite comic monkeys are back once more for CSSG!! Secret Wars rolls out the big guns (or big hammers) for issue #2 as the clash of the massive events continues! Plus, a buttload of new Image #1's hits this week featuring Injection, Mythic, The Mantle and more!! Press play and watch with your miiiiiiinnnnnnddddd....

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SPACE RIDERS #2

(W) Fabian Rangel (A/W) Alexis Ziritt

After the mind shattering events of Vortex of Madness, the Space Riders find themselves crash-landed on an unknown planet. They encounter an alien warrior tribe, as well as the beautiful and fierce Dona Barbara. Also in this issue, our heroes find themselves in the presence of a Space God. Ride along as Capitan Peligro and his crew escape from the haunted planet!

AND we're also getting the 2nd print of #1 with the SUPER RAD Ralph Niese cover!!

RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!!

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INJECTION #1

(W) Warren Ellis (A) Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

Once upon a time, there were five crazy people, and they poisoned the 21st Century. Now they have to deal with the corrosion to try and save us all from a world becoming too weird to support human life.

INJECTION is the new ongoing series created by the acclaimed creative team of Moon Knight. It is science fiction, tales of horror, strange crime fiction, techno-thriller, and ghost story all at the same time. A serialized sequence of graphic novels about how loud and strange the world is getting, about the wild future and the haunted past all crashing into the present day at once, and about five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal and numinous as well as the growing weight of what they did to the planet with the Injection.

RECOMMENDED BY MORGAN!

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MANTLE #1

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Brian Level

Robbie never asked for any of this. While drunkenly walking home from a punk show, he's hit with lightning and wakes to find that he's been chosen as the new host for The Mantle, a power set of unimaginable scope. Despite his lack of interest, he's forced into action. The Plague, a being who has spent 50 years killing every previous host of The Mantle, is already coming for him.

RECOMMENDED BY PERRY!

ALL-NEW COMICS SHOULD SMELL GOOD!! ep. #26!

The great Secret Crisis crossover event of the summer has begun and my poor comic racks will never be the same!! As DC and Marvel battle it out for yet another summer, we have lots of other great stuff from the often overlooked, yet never underrated comics that you need in your lives!! Prepare for the end of the world (well, one possible reality) here on CSSG!!

NEW LOCAL COMIX!!

THE BADNESS #1

(W) Keenan Reed (A) Kellin Doyle

Suzy Cortex and her young band of misfits, The Fantasticles, are on a quest to rid the Earth of a bizarre alien occupation by The Nameless Dread, an advanced race of sinister creatures whose ultimate goal is unclear, but who insist on carefully observing our day-to-day behavior no matter how awkward it becomes. To achieve their goal our young heroes must recruit the services of the legendary superhero known as the Conquistador… who no one has seen in years and whose mysterious absence all but guaranteed the success of the alien invasion in the first place.

NEW LOCAL COMIX!!

We are happy to present another wonderful addition to our ever growing local/indy section here at Zanadu with a double shot of mini comics from local artist/writer, ELK PAAUW. In her own words, "Drawings, paintings, cards, sticker sets, and comics straight from the heart of a fairy weirdo." Yep, sounds good to me! Check out her website for more cool stuffs!

OTHERWISE KNOWN AS LIFE

(W/A) Elk Paauw

A collection of new and old autobiographical comics from the webcomic Otherwise Known As Life, including popular favorites Self Imagination, Love Comix ("What is Love?"), Artist Problems, and a previously unpublished bonus comic! A little bit funny, a little bit sad, these comics will leave you in a contemplative, wistful mood.

Snippet Reviews:

"A beautiful, bittersweet comic."
"Cute!"

12-page saddle-stitched booklet, printed on 40% recycled paper with 6 possible colors for the cover, including purple, orange, blue, pink, yellow, and green. Contains one page with cartoon female upper body nudity.

 

unspeakable

(W/A) Elk Paauw

Upon seeing her father weeping on the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the author is impelled to investigate the nature of national tragedy in this heart-wrenching autobiographical minicomic.

Snippet Reviews:

"I got chills! What an amazing comic."

"It was not what I was expecting at all as a story about the JFK assassination, and it was incredibly well-written."

"Reading this really took me back to my own experience in dealing with 9/11 as a teenager, and dug up some very intense emotions."

16-page saddle-stitched booklet, printed on 100% recycled paper with a transparent cover. Contains graphic imagery, recommended readership: 13+

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LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST GN

(W/A) Shotaro Ishinomori

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an adaptation of the beloved, internationally bestselling video game originally released for Nintendo's Super Entertainment System. This comic book version by Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider) was first serialized in Nintendo Power magazine and later collected into a graphic novel.

Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel is now available once again!

Remember way waaaaay back in the days of the pre-internet video gaming world a little magazine called NINTENDO POWER?!! It had tips, tricks and FREAKING AWESOME COMICS that barely ever saw the light of day other than those dusty, crinkled pages!! Now, FINALLY, the masterpiece that is Zelda by Manga-Ka Shotaro Ishinomori is finally available to us ignorant westerners! REJOICE!!

RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!!

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DEAD DROP #1

(W) Ales Kot (A) Adam Gorham

Four issues. Four stories. One ticking clock! Red-hot writer Ales Kot (Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier) and rising star Adam Gorham (Zero) start the countdown to DEAD DROP as an unlikely cast of superhuman operators fall in deep for an undercover conspiracy action thriller in the darkest corners of the Valiant Universe...

There is a secret black market in New York. It is hidden in plain sight - in our streets, trains, restaurants. Those who know how to navigate it exchange secrets of extraordinary nature. But when the secret in circulation is a biological weapon derived from Vine technology, the gloves are off - and the most extraordinary agents
are released to stop the disaster before it occurs.

Otherwise, in less than thirty minutes, there will be no world to come back to.

X-O Manowar, Archer, Neville Alcott, Detective Cejudo and Betamax are ready to save the world.

RECOMMENDED BY MORGAN!