Big Gems from the Small Press Mid April 2017 Edition

What’s Up CHU? Mel V. Back yet again, did ya miss me? because I missed y’all. I know I promised you guys these articles would come out more frequently, but work has been kinda hectic. Now everything is starting to get back on track, the weather is turning warm, and convention season is in full effect. The big indy summer hits are coming. Got some great books so if you want to preorder these books from your local LCS cutoff date is April 24th


Manufacturer/Publisher: American Gothic Press   (Release Date: 6/21/2017*)
(W) Tom Riordan (A/CA) Marco Ferrari
It’s back! AGP’s gritty saga of rage and violence takes to the streets of Chicago, where new contestants – and one old – are preparing for a new game. Meanwhile, having escaped Los Angeles, Timothy, Sasha, and Emi seek help from the yakuza in San Francisco. But a mysterious trio of masked killers is hot on their trail, and confrontation could get ugly. Tom Riordan and artist Marco Ferrari take Killbox in a new and terrifying direction!
Item #: 1632574  • Diamond code: APR171243  •  UPC: 75420776662600111

Why I Like It: I really enjoyed the first Killbox series, check it it out if you haven’t.T he first series did pretty well in the aftermarket the initial week. I will be watching this one to see if it does the same


Manufacturer/Publisher: Scout Comics   (Release Date: 6/28/2017*)

(W/A/CA) Raul Trevino
Meteorites fell, razing entire cities, reducing civilization to rubble and leaving behind little more than a desolate wasteland. In these badlands, danger is everywhere, and survival is always uncertain, but somewhat less uncertain if you can get your hands on some chickens. Chickens, though, are scarce: they have been voraciously snatched up by a gang lead by a fierce drag queen, who has the impossible task of hoarding all chickens. Also struggling to survive in this post-apocalyptic world is a group of mildly deranged orphans, the Tinkers, who happen upon a mysterious and seemingly indecipherable map. The map gives the location of a secret bunker, one of almost mythical status among the tribes of the Wasteland.
Item #: 1632707  • Diamond code: APR171934  •  UPC: 85999000242200111

Why I Like It : Scout has made some seriously good books, and they do a great job of marketing to their select audience. Based on the description this sounds like it’s going to be a fun ride


Manufacturer/Publisher: After-Shock Comics   (Release Date: 6/14/2017*)
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Garry Brown
NEW SERIES! Sadie Ritter is sixteen years old, nine months pregnant, and scared out of her sweet nerdy mind. Having a baby that young is tough, but with the support of her loving family behind her, everything should be okay. OH YEAH, and also her baby is the antichrist and it’s going to break open the barriers between the earthly and demonic planes and unleash eternal suffering to all of humankind. Other than that, though…should be fine. From the writer of Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the break-out hit God Country comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!
Item #: 1632398  • Diamond code: APR171222  •  UPC: 75469798937600111

Why I like It: Very Very Excited for this title, I, like Anthony, love horror comics and I loved movies like the Omen and Rosemary Baby. People online are already buzzing about this book. I think it will do well as a read, and an aftermarket success. Order early, don’t be left out come 6/14

Jimmys Bastards #1

Manufacturer/Publisher: After-Shock Comics   (Release Date: 6/7/2017*)

(W) Garth Ennis (A) Russell Braun (CA) Dave Johnson
NEW SERIES! Jimmy Regent, Britain’s number one super-spy, has got it all: intrigue, adventure, a license to shoot whoever he likes and beautiful women falling at his feet. He also has a new partner who isn’t quite as impressed by Jimmy as all other women appear to be. Now, there’s a price to pay for Jimmy’s multiple romantic conquests – the results of which are about to come calling in the worst possible way… From the creator and writer of Preacher and The Boys comes the brand-new series that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.
Item #: 1632534  • Diamond code: APR171220  •  UPC: 75469798934500111

Why I like it: Garth Ennis is a master at his craft. If any of Afteshock’s books have a chance to make into a media type deal, I’m thinking this and Baby Teeth, should be at the top of the list.


Manufacturer/Publisher: Black Mask Comics   (Release Date: 6/28/2017*)

(W) Ryan Lindsay (A) Sami Kivela (CA) Christian Ward
Lon Eisley is a hitwoman hired to kill a small child a few days after discovering her girlfriend pregnant. In a bold declaration of uncertainty, she saves the boy and hits the road, despire the fact her boss clearly wanted him dead for a reason. This warped crime dystopia delves into the emotional dichotomy of creator/destroyer as Lon tries to connect the two very different worlds she now inhabits. From Sami Kivela (Chum) & Ryan K Lindsay (Negative Space, DC Writers Workshop) comes a gonzo tale of personal discovery, animal/hybrid hit troupes, and reactive pyrokinesis.
Item #: 1632401  • Diamond code: APR171371  •  UPC: 045778026753

Why I Like it: I’m Interested in seeing how this story plays out. It should hold strong for at least a couple of issues, lets see how it goes from there. I think it will do well


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10 Responses to Big Gems from the Small Press Mid April 2017 Edition

  1. Jesus says:

    Tell me about it Mel. This is my first weekend off in 3 months. And this is my first posting in about 1 1/2 months. I have a lot of catching up to do. Luckily I am going to start working on my companies website so I will be on a computer screen more often. Enjoy your Easter…

  2. Dewayne Scott says:

    Thanks Mel.

  3. Thanks for posting these Mel!

  4. melthemovieguy says:

    Thanks for Reading

  5. A. King says:

    Tinkers of the Wasteland sounds good.

  6. Jay Nelson says:

    Awesome, way better then that Mel on the UD Podcast.

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