Episode 121: The February Previews Catalog

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A Historic Month, or a Month of History?

Welcome to February, faithful listeners! And just as day follows night, every new month brings another opportunity for the Two Guys with PhDs (Talking about Comics) to discuss the latest solicits in the Previews catalog. As you might expect, Andy and Derek find a lot to discuss in the new Previews, highlighting upcoming titles from premiere publishers, smaller presses, and a few outlets you may not have even heard of. For example, they discuss future releases from Dark Horse Comics (Brian Wood and Andrea Mutti’s Rebels, Gilbert Hernandez’s Grip: The Strange World of Men, and the latest volume of Eiji Otsuka and Housui PreviewsFeb2015Yamasaki’s The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service), DC/Vertigo (their latest anthology, Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #1), IDW Publishing (the second volume in their new Corto Maltese reprint series, as well as IDW’s new Disney comics initiative), Image Comics (new series such as Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod’s Kaptara, Alexi De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil’s No Mercy, and Kurtis J. Wieebe and Johnnie Christmas’s Pisces), AdHouse (Sophie Goldstein’s The Oven), Alternative Comics (Sam Alden’s Haunted, Steve Aylett’s Johnny Viable and his Friends, and a new edition of Rich Tommaso’s Clover Honey), Amulet Books (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Vol. 5: The Underground Abductor), Bergen Street Press (Michel Fiffe’s Copra: Round Two), BOOM! Studios/Archaia (James Tynion IV, Noahh J. Yuenkel, and Matt Fox’s Ufology #1 as well as the first collected volume of Lumberjanes), Drawn and Quarterly (the latest volume in Seth’s Palookaville, Tadao Tsuge’s Trash Market, and Jillian Tamaki’s Supermutant Magic Academy), Fantagraphics Books (Vaughn Bod?’s Cheech Wizard’s Big Book of Me, Robert Goodin’s The Kurdles, and Bill Schelly’s new biography, Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America), Goff Books (Johnny Lau’s World Water Wars), Microcosm Publishing (Lisa Wilde’s Snake Pit Gets Old: Daily Diary Comics 2010-2012), Oni Press (Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax #1), SelfMadeHero (Julie Birmant’s Pablo and Ilya’s Room for Love), Top Shelf Productions (Keith Knight’s Knight Takes Queen and a reprint of Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story), and Viz Media’s new deluxe edition of Junji Ito’s Gyo. As is the case with every Previews episode, there’s a lot packed into this week’s show — so get listening, get excited, and get reading!

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