Best of
Comics

2004

Bone, Vol. 9: Crown of Horns


Jeff Smith - 2004
    Guarded by dragons, the Crown of Horns is the only thing that can stop the Locust and end the war... but how, and at what price? Fone Bone believes he knows the answer, and he must decide where his heart truly lies...

Absolute Planetary Book One


Warren Ellis - 2004
    Infatuated with tracking down evidence of super-human activity, these mystery archaeologists of the late 20th Century uncover unknown paranormal secrets and histories, such as a World War II supercomputer that can access other universes, a ghostly spirit of vengeance, and a lost island of dying monsters. Includes issues #1-12, Planetary Preview, and the full script from issue #1.

The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 1: 1950-1952


Charles M. Schulz - 2004
    (Among other things, three major cast members—Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus—initially show up as infants and only "grow" into their final "mature" selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy!) Thus The Complete Peanuts offers a unique chance to see a master of the art form refine his skills and solidify his universe, day by day, week by week, month by month.This volume is rounded out with Garrison Keillor's introduction, a biographical essay by David Michaelis (Schulz and Peanuts) and an in-depth interview with Schulz conducted in 1987 by Gary Groth and Rick Marschall, all wrapped in a gorgeous design by award-winning cartoonist Seth.

The Walking Dead, Book One


Robert Kirkman - 2004
    Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead.

Astonishing X-Men: Ultimate Collection, Volume 1


Joss Whedon - 2004
    As demand for the mutant cure escalates, the X-Men go head-to-head with the enigmatic Ord. In 'Dangerous' a tragic death reveals a powerful enemy living among them that they could never have suspected.

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye


Robert KirkmanRus Wooton - 2004
    The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living.

The Complete Peanuts, 1950-1954


Charles M. Schulz - 2004
    The first volume, The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952, covers the first two and a quarter years of the strip (October 1950 through December 1952), and will be of particular fascination to Peanuts aficionados worldwide: Although there have been literally hundreds of Peanuts books published, many of the strips from the series' first two or three years have never been collected before—in large part because they showed a young Schulz working out the kinks in his new strip and include some characterizations and designs that are quite different from the cast we're all familiar with (Among other things, three major cast members—Schroeder, Lucy, and Linus—initially show up as infants and only "grow" into their final "mature" selves as the months go by. Even Snoopy debuts as a puppy!). The second volume, The Complete Peanuts 1953-1954, begins with Peanuts' third full year and a cast of eight: Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, Violet, Schroeder, Lucy, the recently born Linus, and Snoopy. By the end of 1954, this will have expanded to nine. Linus still doesn't speak (except, on a few occasions, to himself, à la Snoopy), but Schulz begins laying the foundation for his emergence as the most complex and arguably most endearing character in the strip: garrulous and inquisitive, yet gentle and tolerant. And he evens acquires his "security blanket" in this volume! Meanwhile, Lucy, an infant just a year ago, has forcefully elbowed herself to the front of the cast, proudly wearing her banner as a troublemaker or, in Schulz's memorable phrase, "fuss-budget." The strong, specific relationships she sets up with each character further contributes to making her central to the strip. (She has earned her cover status on this volume.) This period's significant new character is Pig-Pen, who would remain one of the main cast members throughout the decade. And then there's Snoopy. To readers unfamiliar with the early days of the strip, Snoopy's appearances here will no doubt come as the biggest surprise. Although Snoopy has started talking/thinking to himself, he does no imitations (except for one brief shark impression), he doesn't sleep atop his doghouse (much less type or fly a Sopwith Camel), and has no fantasy life—in fact, he doesn't even walk upright! But as we know, he is merely biding his time, and his evolution continues its fascinating course within these pages. Peanuts is the most successful comic strip in the history of the medium as well as one of the most acclaimed strips ever published. (In 1999, a jury of comics scholars and critics voted it the 2nd greatest comic strip of the 20th century—second only to George Herriman's Krazy Kat, a verdict Schulz himself cheerfully endorsed.) Charles Schulz's characters—Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and so many more—have become American icons. A United Media poll in 2002 found Peanuts to be one of the most recognizable cartoon properties in the world, recognized by 94 percent of the total U.S. consumer market and a close second only to Mickey Mouse (96 percent), and higher than other familiar cartoon properties like Spider-Man (75 percent) or the Simpsons (87 percent). In TV Guide's "Top 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All-Time" list, Charlie Brown and Snoopy ranked #8.

Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson, Vol. 2


Frank Miller - 2004
    Miller puts his own stamp on established cast member such as reporter Ben Urich, femme fatale Black Widow, mad assassin Bullseye, the saw-fisted Gladiator, and monstrous crime boss Kingpin. Miller also introduced Daredevil's mysterious mentor Stick, deadly ninja foes the Hand, and Matt's long-lost love Elektra, a beautiful assassin who would become one of Marvel's most memorable characters. Mixing traditional super-heroics with mysterious martial aristry, doomed romance, and dark personal drama, Miller's character-defining DD run is collected across three titanic trade paperbacks! Collects Daredevil #173-184.

Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury


Stephan Pastis - 2004
    Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic, the first Pearls Before Swine treasury-supersized for your enjoyment.But this is no ordinary cartoon treasury. Like the influential Beatles album that inspired the book's title, Sgt. Piggy is full of surprises. In addition to collecting all of the Pearls cartoons that appeared in BLTs Taste So Darn Good and This Little Piggy Stayed Home, cartoonist Stephan Pastis takes readers on a VIP backstage tour of one of the most successful comic strips in newspapers today. In Sgt. Piggy, Pastis explains the genesis of Pearls (hint: it didn't begin at an artist's easel), why he was initially reluctant to show it to newspaper syndicates (and the surprising reason he changed his mind), the unexpected responses from readers to his work, and which Pearls strips worked and which ones didn't (and how he would have corrected the ones that didn't). The result is a rare and revealing glimpse into the world of Rat, Pig, Goat and Zebra. Full of humor and insight, sardonic asides and unexpected truths, Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic is a book that comics fans everywhere can enjoy anytime-even when they're 64!

The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker


Robert Mankoff - 2004
    Organized by decade, with commentary by some of the magazine's finest writers, this landmark collection showcases the work of the hundreds of talented artists who have contributed cartoons over the course ofThe New Yorker's eight-two-year history. From the early cartoons of Peter Arno, George Price and Charles Addams to the cutting-edge work of Alex Gregory, Matthew Diffee and Bruce Eric Kaplan (with stops along the way for the genius of Charles Barsotti, Roz Chast, Jack Ziegler, George Booth, and many others), the art collected here forms, as David Remnick puts it in his Foreword, "the longest-running popular comic genre in American life." Throughout the book, brief overviews of each era's predominant themes—from the Depression and nudity to technology and the Internet, highlight various genres of cartoons and shed light on our pastimes and preoccupations. Brief profiles and mini-portfolios spotlight the work of key cartoonists, including Arno, Chast, Ziegler, and others. The DVD-ROM included with the book is what really makes the "Complete Cartoons" complete. Compatible with most home computers and easily browsable, the disk contains a mind-boggling 70,363 cartoons, indexed in a variety of ways. Perhaps you'd like to find all the cartoons by your favorite artist. Or maybe you'd like to look up the cartoons that ran the week you were born, or all of the cartoons on a particular subject. Of course, you can always begin at the beginning, February 21, 1925, and experience the unprecedented pleasure of reading through every single cartoon ever published in The New Yorker. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind protrait of American life over the past eight decades, as captured by the talented pens and singular outlooks of the masters of the cartoonist's art.

Superman: Secret Identity


Kurt Busiek - 2004
    Set in the real world, SECRET IDENTITY examines the life of a young Kansas man with the unfortunate name of Clark Kent. All Clark wants is to be a writer, but his daily life is filled with the taunts and jibes of his peers, comparing him to that other Clark Kent — the one with super-powers. Until one day when Clark awakens to discover that he can fly...that he does in fact have super-strength! But where did these powers come from? And what's he going to do about it?

Bucky Katt's Big Book of Fun: A Get Fuzzy Treasury


Darby Conley - 2004
    Some are taken by the visual element...Then there's the people who want it to be funny...Darby gets both." --Scott Adams, creator of DilbertGet Fuzzy collections are flying off the shelves. And Bucky Katt's Big Book of Fun, the second full-color treasury of the outrageous antics of Bucky, Satchel, and Rob, is sure to attract more readers of the strip voted Best Comic Strip of 2002 by the National Cartoonists Society.Behold the world of Get Fuzzy. Meet Bucky Katt, the Siamese smart-ass who coexists under protest with Satchel Pooch, the sweet-tempered shar-pei/Lab mix, and Rob Wilco, the human who keeps the refrigerator stocked.Each day in newspapers around the world readers visit the place where cats, dogs, and humans meet and learn a little bit more about each other-not necessarily by choice. By turns hilarious, poignant, and even human, Get Fuzzy is the smartest, funniest comic strip in newspapers today.

Opus: 25 Years of His Sunday Best


Berkeley Breathed - 2004
    From one of the funniest minds - and pens - of our time this title is a collection of the very best of Opus, everyone's favourite maladjusted penguin.

Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus, Vol. 1


Brian Michael Bendis - 2004
    Now, the first three years of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley's fan-favorite, award-winning take on the web-slinger are collected in one oversized volume! Relive Peter Parker's early days as Spider-Man, learning to fight crime by trial and error as he struggles to balance his new life with the demands of high school: puberty, homework and dating! Even with the help of his best friend and confidante, Mary Jane Watson, Peter has a heavy load to bear. But the neophyte Spider-Man is making many enemies, including the Green Goblin, the Kingpin of Crime, Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter and the maniacal Venom ... and unless he can rise to the occasion, he may not survive until prom!Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 1-39, ½

Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1: Gifted


Joss Whedon - 2004
    But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started?Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 1-6

The Best of Wolverine, Vol. 1


Chris Claremont - 2004
    In Windsor-Smith's WEAPON X, Wolverine is subjected to a series of sadistic medical experiments designed to create the perfect soldier long before his days as an X-Man. Also collecting INCREDIBLE HULK #181, UNCANNY X-MEN #205 and CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #8!

DC: The New Frontier, Volume 1


Darwyn Cooke - 2004
    The Cold War has begun. The Age of the Superhero is in decline. But where are the heroes of tomorrow? DC: The New Frontier recounts the dawning of the DCU's Silver Age from the perspective of those brave individuals who made it happen. Encounter "keepers of the flame" including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, who survived the anti-hero sentiment of the Cold War, as well as eager newcomers like test pilot Hal Jordan and scientist Barry Allen, poised to become the next generation of crimefighters.Cooke, a master storyteller, writes and illustrates this landmark tale, a must-have for fans of the DCU and all lovers of powerful tales of heroism!Collecting: DC: The New Frontier 1-3 & the three extra pages originally seen only in Wizard Magazine

Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life


Bryan Lee O'Malley - 2004
    He's 23 years old, he's in a rockband, he's "between jobs" and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott's awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty


Ed Brubaker - 2004
    with or without Batman's help.Meet Commissioner Akins and his Major Crimes Unit commander Maggie Sawter (fresh from Metropolis). Keeping the streets safe are detectives Renee Montoya, Crispis Allen and others newly introduced to readers. The race is on to stop Mister Freeze while solving a crime before the Caped Crusader intervenes.Collects issues #1-5.

Teen Titans, Vol. 1: A Kid's Game


Geoff Johns - 2004
    Plus, an introduction by Johns and Profile Pages from TEEN TITANS/OUTSIDERS SECRET FILES #1!

Krazy and Ignatz, 1931-1932: A Kat Alilt With Song


George Herriman - 2004
    In 2002, Fantagraphics embarked on a publishing plan to reintroduce the greatest strip of the first-half of the 20th Century (the Peanuts of its era) to a public that has largely never seen it: this volume is the fourth in a long-term plan to chronologically reprint strips from the prime of Herriman's career, most of which have not seen print since originally running in newspapers 75 years ago. Each volume is edited by the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum's Bill Blackbeard, the world's foremost authority on early 20th Century American comic strips, and designed by Jimmy Corrigan author Chris Ware, who may well go down as the best cartoonist of the 21st Century. Krazy & Ignatz 1931-1932 is a hot-baked brickbat of a volume, a dance with nearly two full years of the Sunday Krazy Kat (Herriman did not use color until 1935), snug between multiple pages of Herriman extras, including an extensive essay by series editor Bill Blackbeard on pre-Kat Herriman work (with reproductions from rare "Baron Mooch" and "Gooseberry Sprig" strips, and a rarely-seen 1923 full-page drawing of the Kat done for Circulation magazine), and, best of all, a 30-page sequence of over two straight months' worth of 1931 dailies! Plus a new "Debaffler" page decoding Krazy arcana, and a stunning layout front and back and throughout by the inimitable Chris Ware! Krazy Kat is a love story, focusing on the relationships of its three main characters. Krazy Kat adored Ignatz Mouse. Ignatz Mouse just tolerated Krazy Kat, except for recurrent onsets of targeting tumescence, which found expression in the fast delivery of bricks to Krazy's cranium. Offisa Pup loved Krazy and sought to protect "her" (Herriman always maintained that Krazy was gender-less) by throwing Ignatz in jail. Each of the characters was ignorant of the others' true motivations, and this simple structure allowed Herriman to build entire worlds of meaning into the actions, building thematic depth and sweeping his readers up by the looping verbal rhythms of Krazy & Co.'s unique dialogue.

The Punisher by Garth Ennis Omnibus


Garth Ennis - 2004
    Stripped of sidekicks, spiritual directives and other excess baggage, the vengeance-crazed vigilante hits the mean streets of New York City with a renewed sense of purpose! Lawbreakers beware: Frank Castle is locked, loaded and waiting for you to slip up!COLLECTING: PUNISHER (2000) 1-12; PUNISHER KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE; MARVEL KNIGHTS DOUBLE-SHOT 1; PUNISHER (2001) 1-7, 13-37

Marvel Knights Spider-Man


Mark Millar - 2004
    Now, his beloved Aunt May has been kidnapped - and his wife, Mary Jane, may be next. Forced into a personal battle against a mysterious foe devious enough to ensnare him in a vicious game of cat-and-mouse, Spider-Man must battle more than a dozen of his deadliest enemies to rescue his aunt. With the clock rapidly ticking down, will Spider-Man earn his greatest triumph or suffer his greatest defeat?Mark Millar, the best-selling writer behind The Ultimates and Ultimate X-Men, presents his definitive take on Marvel Comics' greatest hero. During Peter's pulse-pounding search for Aunt May, Millar offers his unique perspective on such classic Spider-Man foes as Doctor Octopus and the Vulture - and an all-new, vicious Venom. Fan-favorite artists Terry Dodson and Frank Cho superbly illustrate Millar's tale, contributing modern redesigns for several Spider-Man villains - as well as an unforgettable take on the classic Spidey femme fatale, the Black Cat.Marvel Knights Spider-Man features one of comics' most inventive writers matched with an iconic Marvel hero. The result is a spellbinding story from start to finish, a must-have read for any Spider-Man fan!Collects Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1-12

McSweeney's #13


Chris WareArt Spiegelman - 2004
    Contibutors include Daniel Clowes, Gary Panter, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Ben Katchor, Kim Deitch, Adrian Tomine, Joe Sacco, Seth, Joe Matt, Chester Brown, Kaz, and many others.

MUTTS Sunday Afternoons: A MUTTS Treasury


Patrick McDonnell - 2004
    . . all of these can make for captivating cartoons. But it's the artist who can take the simple, keep it simple, and still tell a story who really stands apart from the crowd. Patrick McDonnell, creator of Mutt's Mooch the cat and Earl the dog, is such a cartoonist.The quickest way to absorb McDonnell's mastery of his art is to pick up this third Mutts treasury, in which frame after frame and strip after strip he consistently displays his wit, cleverness, and ability with a pen. Mutts is the perfect way to escape into what appears to be an easygoing, carefree world. But just beneath the character's banter and endearing mannerisms are the universal concerns of animals and people alike. The cartoonist's spare style and gentle humor invite readers to fill out the frames with their own imaginations.Mutts, syndicated by King Features since 1994, enjoys a circulation of more than 500 daily newspapers. Nationally McDonnell has received awards ranging from Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year to Newspaper Comic Strip of the Year, and worldwide he has received such praise as being named the Swedish Academy of Comic Art's Best International Comic Strip Artist. This strip's a winner the world around.

Asterix Comics (Graphic Novels) Box Set of 34 Titles


René Goscinny - 2004
    (1976) Asterix in Belgium (1979) Asterix and the Great Divide (1980) Asterix and the Black Gold (1981) Asterix and Son (1983) Asterix and the Magic Carpet (1987) Asterix and the Secret Weapon (1991) Asterix and Obelix All at Sea (1996) Asterix and the Actress (2001) Asterix and the Class Act (2003) Asterix and the Falling Sky (2005) Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book (2009) Asterix and the Picts (2013)

Dog-Eared: MUTTS 9


Patrick McDonnell - 2004
    His artistry is in his Zen-like clarity, his simple direct address, and his unique understanding of the essential animal-human continuum. When one experiences MUTTS, one experiences genius." -Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones"Dog-Eared"is exactly what this latest collection from cartoonist Patrick McDonnell is destined to become. The brilliant assortment of simple-yet-complex strips will have readers turning its pages again and again, eager to revisit the charm, truth, and humor found within.McDonnell's strip, highlights the adventures of Earl the dog and Mooch the cat, best buddies who regularly come in contact with Shtinky Puddin', Sourpuss, Guard Dog, and Crabby-as well as an assortment of whimsically rendered humans. This cast is capable of endless antics, interspersed with poignant views on both the animal and human condition. And whether they're raiding garbage cans or basking in full-frontal belly rubs, Mooch and Earl always have a comment to clinch the scene.MUTTS is the kind of strip that comic readers find irresistible. "Dog-Eared" is the same kind of collection. One strip leads to another, and before you know it you've turned page after dog-eared page to satisfy a growing MUTTS addiction.

Absolute Transmetropolitan Vol. 3


Warren Ellis - 2004
    3.The critically acclaimed graphic novel series Transmetropolitan shoves readers' outdated brains into a MRI scanner and rewires their flabby cortexes into screaming processors of truth!Spider Jerusalem gets a whole new take on the world, courtesy of the untreated mental patients spat back onto the street by a collapsing healthcare system. Then Spider Jerusalem starts having blackouts and episodes of mental confusion that are not related to his usual diet of narcotics and whiskey! The story continues as the White House has utilized its emergency powers still in place over the City and introduced martial law! Federal controls are quietly being placed over the media; controls they usually roll over for. And it's all Spider Jerusalem's fault! The government troops enforcing martial law across a spreading area of the City just put a lit match to the social tinderbox. All the tensions of the last two years are going to turn into a fireball, and Spider and his team have nowhere left to run!Collects Transmetropolitan #40-60, completing the series. The collection features a new introduction by writer/co-creator Warren Ellis, new slipcase art by artist/co-creator Darick Robertson and a bonus section with a complete script and pencils for an issue as well as a photo feature on Transmet collectibles.

Garfield's Guide to Everything


Jim Davis - 2004
    Sleep — “The best 18 hours of my day”Coffee — “Mother Nature’s Jumper Cables”Dogs — “They contain 90% of the world’s drool supply.”Love — “”…is splitting the last piece of pizza.”Exercise — “My favorite spectator sport.”Mondays — “The armpit of days.”Golf — “That’s Scottish for ‘AAARGH!’.”

The Complete Strangers In Paradise, Volume 3, Part 6


Terry Moore - 2004
    including Katchoo. Will this be the end of a great friendship and a new life for Francine? Will David be there to pick up the pieces for Katchoo? Or will this be a whole new beginning for the SiP gang? This premium hardcover edition also includes the story of David Qin's astonishing past life and how he came to know our girls as well as Freddie's close encounter of the disastrous kind with Katchoo. Strangers in Paradise is the entertaining and poignant look at the relationship of two young women and the twists and turns that life throws at them. Francine and Katchoo are high-school best friends who are reunited when Francine comes back to town after years away from her hometown. David is their new friend entangled in their complicated lives. From creepy ex-boyfriends and insensitive bosses to the reality of AIDS and underworld prostitution, you never know what will come up next - but you can always count on laughing and crying at the same time.

Suddenly Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of For Better or For Worse


Lynn Johnston - 2004
    "They talk and can be heard in conversation-with you, with each other......... They allow you to be a part of their world inasmuch as you have asked them to be a part of yours."That sentiment also applies to the millions of faithful For Better or For Worse fans who follow the popular family strip each day. Suddenly Silver celebrates that decades-old relationship between creator, characters, and readers.Millions of readers share a daily relationship with Lynn Johnston and her cartoon family, the Pattersons. Suddenly Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of For Better or For Worse allows these faithful friends-and new readers, too-to honor that long association through a one-of-a-kind collection of strips that also includes Johnston's musings about her real life and how it's reflected in one of the cartooning world's most beloved and followed families.Suddenly Silver is divided into three sections using cartoons from the strip's early, middle, and more recent years. This insightful structure enables readers to revisit favorite earlier strips and to watch the development of storylines and the growth of characters over the years. Throughout it all, readers will find the same focus on everyday family life humorously portrayed through the good and the not-so-good days. All the cherished characters are present, including parents Elly and John, their children and grandchild, Grandpa Jim, and of course the dogs.Johnston's thoughts about them, their individual development, and their familial evolution makes Suddenly Silver particularly captivating. As Lynn describes her work, readers get to share in the Pattersons' rendition of real life through the heartwarming, the humorous, the tragic, and the triumphant. This book, like the cartoon it honors, will make readers smile while emphasizing what's important in life.For Better or For Worse: What a run! What a celebration! What a future to look forward to!

Stray Bullets, Vol. 8


David Lapham - 2004
    This volume collects four complete stories from this groundbreaking series: A notebook, full of despair, plunges a detective into a bizarre kidnapping where the victim is just a lost and forgotten pawn in a story of blackmail and love. A stolen gun gives a best friend a chance to shine, and proves that a happy ending is only determined by where the story ends. A joyous reunion, full of balloons and cake, will signal the end of the salad days for a wealthy socialite unless swift and inhuman action is taken. They say you can't go home again, but the law says differently, and a young girl running from a 12-foot-tall, 800-pound Bazzloomis will be forced back into its salivating maw and be swallowed whole...

The Hedge Knight, Issue 1


Ben Avery - 2004
    

The Art of Usagi Yojimbo


Stan Sakai - 2004
    The sold-out hardcover edition, timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the creation of Sakai's signature character, Usagi Yojimbo, was met with an overwhelming response from thousands of fans around the world. This softcover edition will be printed on the same high-quality paper stock and will feature scores of never-before-seen pieces, a long out-of-print twelve-page primer illustrating how Stan creates each of his Usagi stories, 48 full-color pages of Stan's beautiful painted artwork and more. Additionally, some of the biggest names in comics pay tribute to their favorite rabbit ronin in a fantastic gallery section, with pinups by Frank Miller, Geof Darrow, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragones and Matt Wagner, among others!

The Devil's Panties


Jennie Breeden - 2004
    this wasn't quite what Jennie had in mind after graduating with a shiny degree in Sequential Art(though it may have been what was in everyone else's). As life overwhelmed her and her drawing hand withered away, Jennie made a promise to herself to stay in practice by drawing a new comic every single day.This first volume is a compilation of those comics. From dating and clubbing to trying to make it as an artist, follow along as Jennie chronicles her daily struggles, sorrows, joys and WTFs in life.

Transmetropolitan, Vol. 0: Tales of Human Waste


Warren EllisGlenn Fabry - 2004
    Written by Warren Ellis, this collection features a host of one and two-page pieces from comics' finest artists illustrating excerpts from the Word columns of crazed outlaw journalist Spider Jerusalem.

ElfQuest: The Searcher and the Sword


Wendy Pini - 2004
    Now, the elves must adapt to a world without the Troll smith, who forged their weapons and tools. Two quests, two heroes who will change the Wolfrider's way forever! Age 12+.

The Ultimates


Mark Millar - 2004
    Mutants are attacking the White House. Nick Fury, head of the elite espionage agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., knows the only way to combat these strange new threats is with a team of his own superhumans. Backed by a billion-dollar budget, Fury recruits Giant Man, the Wasp, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. And while the team is strong enough to engage in a ferocious battle with the Hulk, will they implode under the weight of their internal conflicts? Rising above their own agendas, the Ultimates forge ahead with the introduction of new allies and face a major global threat. Collects THE ULTIMATES VOL.1: SUPER-HUMAN and THE ULTIMATES VOL. 2: HOMELAND SECURITY. PLUS: A hefty helping of DVD-Style extras!

Captain America (2004-2011) #1


Ed Brubaker - 2004
    It's a new beginning as four time Eisner-nominated Best Writer Ed Brubaker makes his Marvel debut, joined by white-hot artist Steve Epting! As the new regular creative team, they will take Cap's life in directions fans will never see coming! In just this first issue, the Red Skull lays the groundwork for his most devastating attack ever on Captain America and the land he holds dear...and with the Cosmic Cube in his possession, how can Cap hope to stop him? Find out in the shocking twist-ending that will have everybody in the industry talking!

Teen Titans Omnibus Vol. 1


Geoff JohnsDerec Donovan - 2004
    Now Deathstroke and Rose hunt for the Titans. Could things get any more explosive? They do, when Kid Flash learns to drive!

Deimos #0


Patrick Fillion - 2004
    Featuring 3 separate stories, DEIMOS #0 introduces you to the major key players, and sets the mood for this dark, gothic and sexy new series.

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey: Uncle Gabby


Tony Millionaire - 2004
    After spending thousands of Sunday afternoons gazing at his grandfather’s collections of old newspaper comics, he picked up a pen and started drawing monkeys with striped tails and top hats. He now writes and draws the comic book Sock Monkey as well as the weekly strip "Maakies," which has won him three Eisner Awards and has been animated for Saturday Night Live. He lives in Pasadena, California with his wife and daughters.

Kiss Kiss, Vol. 1


Chitose Yagami - 2004
    Nao, a first year in Middle School, decided to enter Seisei School in order to follow the person she fell in love with at first sight! Upon arrival, she discovered that her beloved, Wada Yoshikuni, is part of K.I.S.S....but what is K.I.S.S?元気いっぱいの中学1年生・奈緒(なお)が星鈴(せいれい)学園に入学したのは、あこがれの「お兄チャン」こと和田先輩に会うため!! ところが、彼は生徒会長で、しかも全員がスゴイ特技をもった『KISS』のメンバーだったの! 奈緒はその中の一人、モデルの拓夢(たくむ)に出会い…!?

Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 4


Brian Michael Bendis - 2004
    7: Irresponsible * Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 8: Cats & Kings * Behind-the-Scenes Material

Amazing Rain


Sam Brown - 2004
    Like a medieval tapestry of Nathaniel West’s Miss Lonelihearts drawn by Keith Haring on a Wacom tablet, Sam Brown weaves a story within a story, a fable entwined in a narrative of urban disenchantment and pastoral escape.

The Best of Gahan Wilson


Gahan Wilson - 2004
    Not content to chronicle just a collection of cartoons, this retrospective includes Wilson's wry, illustrated essays on such topics as childhood fears and human tourists in space. A unique creator, Wilson straddles humor markets ranging from art enthusiasts to sci-fi junkies with offbeat aplomb.

Thrilling Tom the Dancing Bug Stories


Ruben Bolling - 2004
    Recognized the past two years by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) as Best Cartoon, Tom the Dancing Bug is consistently funny, pointed without being dogmatic, and takes on subjects that no one else does . . . an oasis of keen intelligence in the comics page, according to the 2003 AAN judges. Here are just a couple headlines from the quirky strip's News of the Times: o?= Computer Loses to Human Candy Land Champion: Despite progress made in developing a computer program that can defeat a human chess champion, computer scientists confess that they have been unable to launch a significant challenge to human supremacy in the game of Candy Land.o?= Scientists Discover Media Has Quantum Effect on Reality: A team of physicists discovers that an electron is in an uncertain state until the media report on it. For example, once an electron was measured and reported upon by Mary Hart on the Celebrity Corner segment of Entertainment Tonight, it instantly assumed its nature as a particle.Tom the Dancing Bug's client list is diverse, representing the breadth of contemporary journalism: alternative newspapers, such as Dallas Observer and the Village Voice; prestigious daily newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times; Salon.com, an acclaimed online magazine; and the New Yorker magazine.

The Pain—When Will it End?


Tim Kreider - 2004
    His manic, spontaneous line, and his eye for facial expression, gesture, and detail make his cartoons more than one-shot gags. His humor is both crudite and puerile, as personally revealing as a drunken blackout and as politically trenchant as a lone gunman. Kreider's work has been likened to the foul result of inbreeding between Ralph Steadman and B. Kliban. The wide range of subject matter in this collection, from religion and politics to Nietzsche and pie, from sex and violence to the sheer pointlessness of it all, can only be suggested by a sampling of titles: "Breakfast for the Devil, " "The Four Press Secretaries of the Apocalypse, " "Learn German While Drunk, " and "I'm Sorry I'm So Horrible." (The collection also includes the unspeakable "Graveyard Shift at the Pussy Juice Factory.") Kreider's vision of the human condition is of a man distracted from the vast starship hovering over his city by a glimpse of a pretty girl's ass; his version of the existential abyss is a cruddy laundromat with old magazines spilled on the plastic chairs and the word "FAGOT" scratched on a dryer; and the only hope or joy he finds in this life is in jigglin' dem monster juggs or setting a monkey's ass on fire. You may be ashamed to laugh, but laugh you will.

The New Teen Titans Archives, Vol. 2


Marv Wolfman - 2004
    2 is a refreshing combination of heroic action and human drama. In this hardcover volume, Robin, Raven, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Kid Flash, Starfire, and Changeling must find a way to defend the world from super-powered invasion and destruction while contending with the everyday trails and tribulations of adolescence. Reprinting the earliest adventures of these celebrated teenaged heroes, this book features the Teen Titans' battle against the gods of Olympus, their deadly confrontation with the Brotherhood of Evil, and their first meeting with two of the original Titans, Aqualad and Speedy.Collects THE NEW TEEN TITANS #9 - #16.

Simon Bisley's Illustrations from the Bible


Simon Bisley - 2004
    

The Unhinged World of Glen Baxter


Glen Baxter - 2004
    Celebrates the humorous and offbeat artwork of visual satirist Glen Baxter.

Modern Toss. Jon Link, Mick Bunnage


Jon Link - 2004
    IF LAUGHTER PERSISTS, THESE EFFECTS COULD BE SYMPTOMATIC OF A DANGEROUSLY HEIGHTENED SENSE OF HUMOR.In your hand is a cartoon book the likes of nothing you've ever read before. Modern Toss has become a phenomenal smash hit in the United Kingdom and only now has it been officially released from the clutches of the British Empire for an American audience to enjoy.Featuring abusive sign writer Mr. Tourette and a load of other poorly adjusted, pointlessly hostile idiots, this hilariously crafted comic has surpassed the cutting edge of the contemporary humor scene. Modern Toss is a bona fide classic that makes a welcome addition to the library of the avant-garde.

The Complete Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers: Volume Two


Gilbert Shelton - 2004
    

Artesia Volume 3: Afire - The Third Book Of Dooms


Mark Smylie - 2004
    The powers at play — the High King of Therapoli, his nobles and officers, the lurking Isliklid King, his warrior-servants, and the Sultan, commander of the Empire's armies — are all maneuvering for advantage, setting snares and traps for each other, with prisoners of war become hostages held in the balance. And through this den of vipers marches Artesia, self-proclaimed Queen of Dara Dess, with magic coursing through her veins, the whispers of ghosts in her ears, and an army at her back as she confronts the temptations, limits, and consequences of power.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Official Strategy Guide


Dan Birlew - 2004
    BradyGames' Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Official Strategy Guide includes the following:Comprehensive Walkthrough: We lead you step-by-step through the entire game from start to finish!Expert Boss Tactics: We reveal how to defeat every boss with lethal efficiency!Complete Mission Maps: We pinpoint crucial items, enemies, and locations-know your way through every environment!Guard-by-Guard Strategy: We guide you past each guard to maintain your stealth-see them before they see you!Detailed Survival Skills: We train you to become a close combat specialist, survive in the wild, exploit your equipment and environment to the fullest, and use camouflage to move undetected into enemy space.That's Not The End: Game Secrets Revealed, Riveting Background on the Metal Gear Saga, Complete Equipment and Weapons Rosters, and MUCH MORE!Platform: PlayStation 2Genre: Action/AdventureThis product is available for sale in North America only.

Once Upon a Time


Serena Valentino - 2004
    Featuring the first 6 issues, as well as some other spookirific surprises, including an introduction by Tommy Kovac (Skelebunnies, Stitch and Autumn) as well as a guest page by Jhonen Vasquez and other SLG creators.

Iron Man #1


Warren Ellis - 2004
    It's the beginning of a new era for Iron Man as renowned scribe Warren Ellis joins forces with digital painter Adi Granov to redefine the armored avenger's world for the 21st century-a landscape of terrifying new technologies that threaten to overwhelm fragile mankind! What is Extremis, who has unleashed it, and what does its emergence portend for the world?

Voltron Volume 1: Revelations


Dan Jolley - 2004
    So when an Earth officer named Hawkins discovers that a mythical, unstoppable war machine might actually be real, he doesn't hesitate to send five maverick pilots on an ultra-secret mission to bring back the legend of Voltron. The journey begins here, as Keith Kogane, Sven Holgersson, Pidge Stoker, Lance McClain and Hunk Garrett arrive on distant Arus, where they meet Allura, princess of the ravaged planet... and unearth the five giant, robotic lions that join together to re-create the metal warrior known as Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

The Book of Schuiten


François Schuiten - 2004
    The art of Francois Schuiten of Cities of the Fantastic fame.

Pamplemoussi


Geneviève Castrée - 2004
    The book translates the 8 songs of the record into images. And this record is no comic-book-artist-trying-to-sing thing. After much touring under her musician name of Woelv, Geneviève, with some help from Run Chico Run and Phil Evrum of The Microphones, has developped a unique and strong style. Something of a francophone Chan Marshall with some Bjork inflections. But forget comparaisons : you have to hear it really. Included are lyrics in french and English.

DC: The New Frontier #1 (of 6)


Darwyn Cooke - 2004
    Plus, a brave young test pilot named Hal Jordan proves his mettle in the Korean War. They were heroes even before they put on costumes.

Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Book One


Geoff Johns - 2004
    After years of dormancy, original Titans Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire aim to recreate that same premise for a new generation of heroes. Their first recruits? The greatest super-powered  adolescents around: Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl!Geoff Johns--the writer behind some of DC’s greatest titles, including DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH and INFINITE CRISIS--takes hold of the classic TEEN TITANS franchise in this epic run that helped launch him into comics superstardom alongside artist Mike McKone (JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED). Collects TEEN TITANS/OUTSIDERS SECRET FILES 2003, TEEN TITANS #1-12 and TEEN TITANS #1/2.

The Punisher (2004-2008) #1


Garth Ennis - 2004
    In The Beginning, Part OneGarth Ennis finally lets loose to take Punisher to the MAX -- literally -- as the hunter becomes the hunted! No more pulled punches, no more dialing it down.

Kane Volume 3: Histories


Paul Grist - 2004
    His fellow police officers give Kane a welcome back gift: a couple of bullets with his name on them. Oscar Darke grew up in the streets of New Eden to become the most powerful criminal in the city. But when an attempt is made on Darke's life, Detectives Kane and Felix have to find the would-be killer before the city erupts in violence.

The Shaolin Cowboy #1


Geof Darrow - 2004
    

Eerie Archives, Vol. 1


Archie GoodwinDonald Norman - 2004
    Eerie magazine, like its killer kin Creepy, features work from many of the masters of comics storytelling. For fans of spectacular spookiness, mind-bending sci-fi, and astonishing artwork, the Eerie Archives library is a must have!

A Gregory Treasury - Volume 2


Marc Hempel - 2004
    2 follows the erratic exploits of the world's youngest mental patient. After spending his entire short life in an insane asylum, little Gregory finds his whole world thrown into chaos when he is removed from the comprehensible confines of his cell and placed in the unfamiliar hands of a foster family. Now forced to contend with the insanity of the real world, the adolescent lunatic stumbles into a series of adventures as he deals with scrupulous new parents, a bullying older brother, and the machinations of his reincarnated pet rat. Suggested for Mature Readers.

The MAD Bathroom Companion: The Mother Load


Gene Shalat - 2004
    Flush full of classic material selected by a careful process of elimination, each article was chosen by anal-retentive "Ususal Gang of Incontinents" and satirized for you protection.Featuring the best short pieces from MAD Magazine, each one of these pungent pieces of turgid tomfoolery is guaranteed to be read in one sitting.So don't stall, buy your copy now. You won't be able to wipe the smile off your face!

Scary Godmother: Spooktacular Stories


Jill Thompson - 2004
    BoogeyLegs. Then the gang helps Ruby and Max, the vampire lovers, rekindle the eternal passion of their undead relationship, just in time for Valentine's Day! It is jam-packed with adventure and activities, fun for all ages!

Lackluster World


Eric Adams - 2004
    Consequently, he no longer has patience for the lackluster world he lives in and devises a plan to change it... before it changes him.

Tales from the Bully Pulpit


Benito Cereno - 2004
    But unknown to the public at large, one rough-riding president took it upon himself to protect the whole known universe -- for the entire expanse of time. What do a man who was formerly president and an inventor who was formerly alive get up to when they otain a stolen time machine? Science, that's what. Teddy Roosevelt and the ghost of Thomas Edison travel to the far-flung future on a wager, only to discover the terrible secret of space! It's a rough and tumble tale of science with both fists as our two heroes race through time to liberate the Red Planet from it foreign invaders.

Lucifer #52


Mike Carey - 2004
    Meanwhile, the table is set in the house of Destiny for Lucifer, Michael, and Elaine. "The Wolf Beneath the Tree" part 2.

The Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole


Jack Cole - 2004
    In the rarefied realm of classic cartoon pin-up art, nobody did it better than Jack Cole. With his quirky line drawings and sensual watercolors, Cole, under Hugh Hefner's guiding hand, catapulted to stardom in the 1950s as Playboy's marquee cartoonist, a position he held until his untimely death at the age of 43. Jack Cole, most recently the subject of a book profile by Art Spiegelman and Chip Kidd (Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched To Their Limits) has been justly celebrated as the creator of Plastic Man and an innovative comic book artist of the 1940s. Cole had sold a handful of cartoons to magazines such as Boy's Life, Colliers and Judge in the '30s and '40s, but after finishing his 14-year run on Plastic Man, he found himself back at square one in an idiom that didn't come naturally to him: the gag cartoon. According to Cole, his savior was the Humorama line of down-market digest magazines. This girls and gags magazine circuit proved to be the perfect training ground to regain his footing and develop his craft at single panel cartoons. While Cole may have been honing his skills as a gag writer, his ability to render the female form was already without peer. Though he signed his cartoons "Jake," Cole's exquisite line drawings and masterful use of ink-washa skill he carried over Playboy betrayed his pseudonym. In comparison to his contemporaries, however, Cole was probably Humorama's least prolific artist. Though his images were frequently used for covers, Cole's cartoons were few and far between, with scarcely a single drawing appearing every five issues. Along with a foreword by Warner Brothers Animation designer Shane Glines, this volume collects the best of these hidden gems, including several shot from Cole's stunning original art. Most of these drawings have not seen print in more than 50 years; taken together, they provide a rare glimpse into the singular artistry of Jack Cole.

Battle of the Planets Artbook Volume 1


Alex Ross - 2004
    Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of Battle of the Planets with Top Cow as we showcase amazing artwork from the smash-hit comic series! Stunning art from Alex Ross presented in its original, untouched form! Including a new cover and introduction from Alex Ross.

Spider-Man: The 10 Greatest Spider-Man Stories Ever


Peter David - 2004
    Return to the magic of these timeless tales starring Spider-Man: NOTHING STOPS THE JUGGERNAUT from Amazing Spider-Man #229-#230 by Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr. sees Spider-Man take on one of the X-Men's greatest rogues and refuse to give up against a foe he can't possibly beat. HYDE IN PLAIN SIGHT from Amazing Spider-Man #231-#232, also by Stern and Romita Jr., features a wounded Spider-Man, stuck protecting Cobra from the vengeance of super-strong Hyde across the rooftops of Manhattan. THE KID WHO COLLECTS SPIDER-MAN from Amazing Spider-Man #248 by Stern and Ron Frenz. THE DEATH OF JEAN DeWOLFF from Spectacular Spider-Man #107-#110 by Peter David and Rich Buckler features a guest appearance by Daredevil and clarifies the differences between the two heroes. And VENOM STRIKES BACK from Amazing Spider-Man #315-317 by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane. Introduction by Brian Michael Bendis.

Lucifer #46


Mike Carey - 2004
    And unaware that his fate hangs in the balance, an insignificant creature called a stitchglass spinner forms a fateful friendship across the threshold of one of Lucifer's gates.

Babel Vol. 1


David B. - 2004
    The stunning two-color artwork evokes an extraordinary range of influences, from the boldness of primitive art to the lyricism of Winsor McCay A boy's world is shattered by his brother's epileptic seizures and his growing awareness of turmoil in warring countries. The stunning two-color artwork evokes an extraordinary range of influences, from the boldness of primitive art to the lyricism of Winsor McCay.

Doonesbury Redux: Duke 2000 and Revolt of the English Majors


G.B. Trudeau - 2004
    In DUKE 2000: WHATEVER IT TAKES and THE REVOLT OF THE ENGLISH MAJORS Trudeau's top-drawer satire tracks the ever-morphing zeitgeist of our Dubya Dubya Dubya world with irreverent insight and affectionate outrage.•Includes 96 pages of color Sunday strips•The perfect gift for the Doonesbury fan/newshound/pop-culturist in your life

The Beast Trilogy


Enki Bilal - 2004
    In the year 2023, the man called Nike is a memory expert who remembers his every experience with perfect clarity. For Nike, this is more of a curse than it is a blessing, because the pain of his past never fades. Follow Nike as he uses his gift to try to understand his link to two children, orphaned beside him in war-torn Yugoslavia, as well as his violent and chaotic present, where manipulation of the truth remains a powerful tool for governments worldwide. In this world, a man who can remember everything is invaluable to whoever controls him.

Boy Trouble: 10th Anniversary Issue


Robert KirbyAndy Hartzell - 2004
    Jennifer Camper's protagonist spends a whirlwind day with his juvenile delinquent dyke sister; Ivan Velez, Jr. chronicles the heartaches of the well-endowed; and Craig Bostick captures the bittersweet angst of teen rock'n'roll boys. Then, Kelly and Leanne Franson explore alienating bar life; Kirby and underground legend G.B. Jones present an encounter with an artsy adolescent; and Andy Hartzell offers a whimsical and beautifully drawn 12-page fantasy. Also featured: Cavalcade of Boys creator Tim Fish, Anonymous Boy, C. Bard Cole, and Michael Fahy.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch #58


Tania del Rio - 2004
    Hot new comic talent Tania Del Rio puts a new twist on the teenage witch! When fellow witch Shinji decides to do a charm school project on how mortals can live without magic, he winds up an exchange student at Sabrina's high school! Before too long, there's a new "love triangle" in Archie Comics - this time, between Sabrina, Harvey, and Shinji! Using the "shojo" style of "manga" (Japanese romance comics) to tell her tale, Tania introduces a thrilling new world of romance and realtionships to Sabrina's life! Don't miss thie landmark issue!

Skywald!: The Complete Illustrated History of the Horror-Mood


Alan Hewetson - 2004
    Long overdue, this book is the first to chronicle the amazing publishing house, its influence, and its top writers and artists. Told by Archaic Al himself and other Horror-Mood bullpenners, with plenty of anecdotes and features, "Skywald!" also reproduces in their entirety some of the best stories.

Lucifer #53


Mike Carey - 2004
    Elaine, Michael and Lucifer embark on a dangerous quest to save an entire creation...or possibly two. But the journey entails horrific sacrifices as they make their way toward the tree at the roots of the worlds. And they know that Fenris the wolf will be waiting for them.

The Batman Adventures: Shadows and Masks


Dan Slott - 2004
    These two volumes, inspired by the hit Batman Adventures TV show, feature Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Catwoman, and a host of the most famous villains ever to permeate pop culture. Age 12+.

Prism Comics: Your LGBT Guide to Comics (2004 Edition)


Dakota Mahkij - 2004
    The 2004 edition includes information on eighty different creators, interviews with Alison Bechdel, Phil Jimenez, José Villarrubia and Detective Comics writer Andersen Gabrych, and dozens of exclusive and preview comics pages.

Will Eisner


Robert Greenberger - 2004
    Into his eighties, Eisner continued to inspire young people with his pioneering graphic style. This fascinating biography discusses the inspiration for Eisner's characters, offering abundant color illustrations of Eisner's work, and extensive captions that reveal some of the artist's methods and motivations.

Rabbithead


Rebecca Dart - 2004
    We follow the singular story of RabbitHead and her faithful steed, Horsey, though many harrowing experiences, only to have the story branch off into different directions and run simultaneously to each other, introducing a plethora of characters, some goofy, some deadly serious. At the end, the storylines collide and the comic comes full circle, to end where it begins

Comics Above Ground: How Sequential Art Affects Mainstream Media


Durwin Talon - 2004
    Assembled in Comics Above Ground are top comics professionals talking about their inspirations and training from the comics profession and its effects in -Mainstream Media, - including: Conceptual Illustration, Video Game Development, Children's Books, Novels, Design, Illustration, Video Game Animation, Motion Pictures and other media. Bruce Timm, Bernie Wrightson, Adam Hughes, Louise Simonson, Dave Dorman, Greg Rucka and other creators share their perspectives and their work in both comics and their -other professions.- This book also boasts career overviews, never before seen art, and interviews, as well as featuring the creators' favorite works in comics.

Lucifer #54


Mike Carey - 2004
    The conclusion to the 4-part "The Wolf Beneath the Tree." Lucifer, Michael and Elaine have pursued Fenris, god of destruction, to the roots of the world-tree to head off the end of all Creation - but their plans come to nothing when Fenris enlists one of them as an ally.

Lucifer #47


Mike Carey - 2004
    All assorted immortals are being asked to leave by the Morningstar, and when the devil's asking, there's no debate.

Lucifer #49


Mike Carey - 2004
    Meanwhile, strange holes have begun to appear in Hell, and Lucifer's gate seems to be counting down to a major catastrophe. For how can anything endure without the will of God?

Classic Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus Part 1


Frank Hampson - 2004
    These are the original adventures of Dan Dare as previously published in the classic comic 'The Eagle'.

Historien om en mor


Peter Madsen - 2004
    Graphic novel; a story about a mother who tries to overcome Death to save her son, retold and illustrated by Peter Madsen.

Building Sustainable Peace


Tom Keating - 2004
    The reality is that while "peacebuilding" has been practiced for sometime in many hot spots around the globe, the theory of peacebuilding has been left behind. The contributors to this volume have made a valiant effort to marry the practice and the theory of this complex and intricate tool. Peacebuilding involves a number of diverse instruments and players, and much like an orchestra, the instruments must be finely tuned and the players must work in concert in order to produce anything resembling a coherent approach to post-conflict reconciliation and sustainable peace. Its ultimate goal is to prevent and or resolve violent conflicts, create or restore peaceful conditions and lay the foundation and building blocks for an enduring peace through the strengthening of institutions of governance. This naturally should involve both social engineering and societal transformation from a culture of violence to a culture of peace - what we consider as 'structural peacebuilding'. However, to facilitate this transition, we need to have a clear understanding not only of the nature of already established war cultures, but of the presuppositions we bring to the understanding of those cultures. We then need to understand not only what is required to construct a peace that is durable but also how to do so in order not to recreate the unsustainable institutions and structures that originally contributed to conflict. This is not an easy exercise, but the contributors to this volume are up to the task. They draw out from the accumulating data and experience on peacebuilding operations those elements and recommendations that can assist policy makers in advancing sustainable peace in war ravaged states. Each chapter systematically describes the multiple tasks, tools, and actors involved in addressing both proximate and structural causes of conflict. They demonstrate that the real challenge for scholars and practitioners involved in observing or carrying out peacebuilding activities is to stand back from the prevailing understandings of what peacebuilding ought to be and critically assess the burgeoning activities which fall under the label of peacebuilding. The authors in this volume have begun this process, using a cosmopolitan ethics framework as a guide. Such a framework holds out hope that conflict and competition can be conducted non-violently, humanely, decently, and honorably so that, in the end, the goal of peacebuilding - sustainable peace - can be achieved.

Giles Annual 2005


Giles - 2004
    

Futurama Adventures


Eric Rogers - 2004
    Take flight to the future of Futurama and leave the past behind ... today!

Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 5


Brian Michael Bendis - 2004
    9: ULTIMATE SIX and ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 10: HOLLYWOOD, plus a hefty helping of DVD-style extras The Green Goblin. Doctor Octopus. Electro. Kraven the Hunter. Sandman. Five of Spider-Man's deadliest foes have banded together as an unstoppable force of evil Will the combined forces of Spider-Man and the Ultimates be enough to stop these criminal masterminds before their reign of terror spreads across the world? And who will be named as the final member of the "Sinister Six"? Plus: A major movie studio is making a summer blockbuster about Spider-Man, and the Ultimate Wall-Crawler swings by the set to give the producers a piece of his mind. But someone else is even hotter about being in the film than Spidey: Doctor Octopus, who just may shut the production down if he doesn't get final edit As the cameras roll, the real wall-crawler and Doc Ock go head-to-head behind the scenes

Liber Chaotica: Tzeentch


Marijan von Staufer - 2004
    Fourth volume of the series. The work describes Tzeentch, the nature of the warp/magic, and the religious cult following the deity. Kless describes the god's aspects of confusion, knowledge and transformation.Contents:The servants of Tzeentch.Magic and sorcery.Kless' musings about Chaos and souls.Daemons of TzeentchWarhammer 40.000 related Background: Kless' vision of Magnus the Red

Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book


Gerard Jones - 2004
    "This history of the birth of superhero comics highlights three pivotal figures. The story begins early in the last century, on the Lower East Side, where Harry Donenfeld rises from the streets to become the king of the 'smooshes'-soft-core magazines with titles like French Humor and Hot Tales. Later, two high school friends in Cleveland, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, become avid fans of 'scientifiction,' the new kind of literature promoted by their favorite pulp magazines. The disparate worlds of the wise guy and the geeks collide in 1938, and the result is Action Comics #1, the debut of Superman. For Donenfeld, the comics were a way to sidestep the censors. For Shuster and Siegel, they were both a calling and an eventual source of misery: the pair waged a lifelong campaign for credit and appropriate compensation." -The New Yorker

She-Hulk, Volume 1: Single Green Female


Dan Slott - 2004
    Enjoys clubbing, dishing with gal-pals and saving the universe. Ready to put old issues behind and make a fresh start. Contact Jen W. at Avengers Mansion. That's right...everyone's favorite Jade Giantess, She-Hulk, has returned for tons of fun, both on and off the field of battle!Collecting: She-Hulk 1-6