Drawn to Comics July 2017 – Valerian!


The highly anticipated, visually stunning SCI-FI movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” opens this weekend.

Valerian was created by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin and was originally published as French comic series from November 1967 – January 2010. While Valerian is Mézières’ only comic series, he has worked as an illustrator in many other areas, including designs and sets for The Fifth Element, and he was awarded the Grand Prix du festival d’Angoulême in 1984. Christin also works in collaboration with other artists such as Tardi and Bilal and writes novels and film scripts.

From the Publisher: “VALERIAN is a saga that every fan of Star Wars and Star Trek will identify with and love. Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witten and sharp-tongued partner, Laureline, live adventures set against visually stunning backgrounds: complex architectural inventions, futuristic machines, otherworldly landscapes, and odd-looking aliens that are staples of artist Mezieres’s seemingly boundless visual inventiveness. The stories are gripping and of epic proportion, sweeping along in trilling, hyper-space speed.”

We ordered the first three volumes of the new Complete Collection for our members in anticipation of the film’s release. Check them out in our catalog.

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two parts, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally, linking the volumes of this collection together, a long, exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is illustrated with new art as well as numerous sketches, studies and photographs from the latter’s upcoming big-screen adaptation.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
In this book you will find volumes 3 to 5: The Land Without Stars, Welcome to Alflolol and Birds of the Master three stories that introduce the societal criticism aspect of the series. Battle of the sexes, totalitarianism and extreme productivism are lambasted, but never at the expense of fantasy or of the action. And as they travel from world to distant world, Laureline becomes a truly equal partner, far from the stereotypical female sidekick roles of the time. Finally, the second part of the exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is followed by an in-depth portrait of Pierre Christin, the writer.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This third book of the collected edition contains volumes 6 to 8: Ambassador of the Shadows the story that directly inspired Luc Besson’s film On the False Earths and Heroes of the Equinox. Over the course of these titles, among the finest in the series, Laureline takes her rightful place as the brains of the outfit, while Valerian fully embraces his role as anti-hero: always brave, but often a bit out of his depth. You will also find the end of the interview with Luc Besson and the authors, and an in-depth portrait of Jean-Claude Mezieres, the artist.

 

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Drawn to Manga February 2017

case study of vanitas

The Case Study of Vanitas, Volume 1
By Mochizuki, Jun
2016-12 – Yen Press

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Rumors revolving around The Book of Vanitas, a clockwork grimoire of dubious reputation, draw Noe, a young vampire in search of a friend’s salvation, to Paris. What awaits him in the City of Flowers, however, is not long hours treading the pavement or rifling through dusty bookshops in search of the tome. Instead, his quarry comes to him…in the arms of a man claiming to be a vampire doctor Thrust into a conflict that threatens the peace between humans and vampires, will Noe cast in his lot with the curious and slightly unbalanced Vanitas and his quest to save vampirekind?”

 

The Demon Prince of Momochi House

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Volume 1
By Shouoto, Aya
2015-07 – Viz Media

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On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role.

 

Hatsune Miku Mikubon

Hatsune Miku: Mikubon
By Ontama
2016-10 – Dark Horse Manga

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Hatsune Miku and her friends Rin, Len, and Luka are not only back in manga…they’re back to school, enrolling at the St. Diva Academy for Vocaloids They’re going to give it their best at St. Diva, as a wonderland of friendship, determination, and even love unfolds But can they stay out of trouble, especially when the mad professor of the Hachune Miku Research Lab is nearby…?

Previously, Dark Horse Comics’ Unofficial Hatsune Mix, landed at #1 on the New York Times Manga Top 10 list and sold out of bookstores across the nation

Hot Facts: Over 170,000 music videos have been uploaded to YouTube using Miku as the singer. This popular Vocaloid (a singing voice synthesizer) has appeared in ads from Toyota USA, Domino’s, the Late Show with David Letterman and even opened for Lady Gaga

 

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai 1
By Takei, Hiroyuki
2016-10 – Kodansha Comics

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In medieval Japan, it’s a hard life for a stray cat. Every day is filled with struggles and prejudice, from oppression by fellow cats working for cruel masters to extortion by catnip druglords. But being a stray also means incredible pride and independence. The wandering samurai Norachiyo has no master, though he still wears the telltale bell of a cat who has a “person.” This rogue warrior travels across Japan, protecting the weak and cutting down those who have forgotten the virtues of being a stray – all with unrivaled swordsmanship. Although Norachiyo leaves little trace but his fearsome reputation, this enigmatic warrior has made plenty of enemies who are more than willing to get their claws on his head. Will Norachiyo’s past catch up with him, or can he spend his nine lives in freedom?

 

Tohyo Game

Tohyo Game, Volume 1: One Black Ballot to You
By G. O./Chihiro
2016-10 – Yen Press

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The class popularity contest was supposed to be for fun…but now the unpopular ones are dying grisly deaths. The classroom has become a horrific struggle for survival. Someone is keeping the game going, but who? Can anyone survive the game and expose the truth?

 

Drawn to Manga October 2015

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Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts, Volume 1
By Mochizuki, Jun
2009-12 – Yen Press

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The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius’s coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing. He is thrown into an eternal, inescapable prison known as the Abyss from which there is no escape. There, he meets a young girl named Alice, who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, do they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or is there some shred of hope for him to grasp on to?

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Godchild

Godchild: Volume 1
By Yuki, Kaori
2006-03 – Viz Media

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Deep in the heart of 19th century London, a young nobleman named Cain walks the shadowy cobblestone streets of the aristocratic society into which he was born. Forced to become an earl upon the untimely death of his father, Cain assumes the role of head of the Hargreaves, a noble family with a dark past. With Riff, his faithful manservant, and Mary Weather, his 10-year-old half sister, Cain investigates the mysterious crimes that seem to follow Continue reading