September 1, 2009

Neil Gaiman's Who Killed Amanda Palmer

The new, limited edition book by Neil Gaiman, available now!


We had blackberry jam and scones for tea. Asya said we should go up to the ballroom and pretend we were at a grand ball with gowns and invitations and ambassadors but Chloe said please no and she just wanted to go for a walk by the lake.

So we did.

At first we thought it was a swan or perhaps a dress that had blown off the clothes-line and into the water. We saw the white.

"It's a lady," said Chloe. She is the oldest of us, and says this means she has the sharpest eyes.

We thought she was alive. I mean, I did. I thought she was thinking. Asya said she thought she was alive too. Chole said she knew she was dead all along.

We walked out a little way and pushed her back to the shore with sticks, like a toy boat.

I said, "It's Miss Palmer."

Asya said that the strains of being a governess must have got to her, with all the French and grammar and everything, and she expected that Miss Palmer had succumbed to brain fever.

Chloe didn't say anything at all. Not then.

The bruises on Miss Palmer's neck were the colour of blackberry jam.

Then we went up the hill to the house to tell people what we had found.

When we were waiting to tell them, Chloe said she saw Miss Palmer kissing someone in the scullery, two nights ago. Asya and I asked her who it was, but she said she did not know the gentleman, and only caught a glimpse.

We all agreed that a governess who died for love is a most romantic thing; but who will teach us pianoforte and sewing and composition now?

We had poached eggs for supper and then to bed. Asya and I listened to Chloe crying quietly in her bed, and eventually she stopped crying, and then we slept.

In the morning Miss Palmer was no longer to be seen, and Mama said the matter was not to be mentioned again. For tea we had gooseberry jam and toast.

July 27, 2009

New Turok, Magnus, Solar & Samson

At the San Diego Comic-Con, Dark Horse Comics announced the acquisition of the rights to create new comic book series based on classic Gold Key comic heroes including Turok, Son of Stone, Doctor Solar, Magnus, Robot Fighter, and Mighty Samson. Jim Shooter, who revived Turok, Magnus, and Solar for the Valiant Universe in the 1990s, will be plotting and overseeing all four of the new series based on the Gold Key characters for Dark Horse. The new Dark Horse comics featuring Gold Key heroes should debut in mid-2010.

Dark Horse has already released hardcover collections reprinting vintage Gold Key comics featuring Turok, Magnus, Robot Fighter, Doctor Solar, and some of the Russ Manning Gold Key Tarzans.

July 15, 2009

Mall of Cthulhu

A decade ago, college student Laura Harker was saved from a fate worse than death at the hands (and fangs) of a centuries-old vampire priestess and her Satanic minions. Her rescuer, an awkward, geeky folklore student named Teddy, single-handedly slew the undead occupants of the Omega Alpha sorority house, spurred into heroic action by fate itself, inexorably intertwining his and Laura's destinies.

After navigating her way through law school, Laura is now a junior FBI agent assigned to the Bureau's Boston office. Unfortunately, she finds her job involves more paperwork than adventure. Ted, on the other hand, has spent the past decade perfecting the ultimate latte, and works as a barista in a nearby corporate chain coffeehouse named for a character in Moby Dick.

When Ted stumbles onto a group of Cthulhu cultists planning to awaken the Old Ones through mystic incantations culled from the fabled Necronomicon, calling forth eldritch horrors into an unsuspecting world. He and Laura must spring into action, traveling from Boston to the seemingly-peaceful suburbs of Providence and beyond, all the way to the sanity-shattering non-Euclidian alleyways and towers of dread R'lyeh itself, in order to prevent an innocent shopping center from turning into... The Mall of Cthulhu.

Trade Paperback 240 Pages $13.95 Available at FNC now!

July 11, 2009

Harker At Castle Dracula

An ALL NEW TAKE on Bram Stoker's Vampire Classic by Andy Fish!
Jon Harker is the least likely Action Hero you will ever encounter-- but it's up to him to battle the King of Vampires,
Dracula himself-- and prevent his planned invasion of London!

A 200 page Graphic Novel available this Fall!

And check out the online strip at:

For more from this talented artist, head over to his blog

and visit the site he shares with his partner artist Veronica Hebard

July 1, 2009

New Under The Radar

After you get done reading Captain America Reborn #1, Batman and Robin #2 and GL Corps #38, check out these under the radar books:

Greek Street #1 - new hit from Vertigo, only $1
Robot 13 #1 - for your Mignola fix
Bad Kids Go To Hell #1 - a trip back
Absolution #0 - Christos Gage, superheroes, from Avatar. Yikes!
Existence 2.0 #1 - Death is only the beginning...

June 24, 2009

Captain America Reborn!

Steve Rogers was Captain America, the world's greatest hero since the days of WWII, a champion for all citizens of the world. One fateful day, the Sentinel of Liberty was struck down, seemingly ending his life. But can the American Dream really die? Find out July 1st in CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #1!
Also available in store is the giant anniversary issue, Captain America #600.
Check out the trailer at the FNC home page!

June 9, 2009

Inkwell Awards

Inkers have a long but unheralded history of making significant contributions to the graphic component of graphic novels. To learn more about the craft of inking, and to vote in recognition of those professionals whose work best exemplifies the craft, visit the Inkwell Awards:

May 23, 2009

Archie Getting Married?

The world's oldest teen is becoming an honest man.

After six decades of indecisiveness, Archie Andrews is going to settle down with his longtime love -- but will it be Betty or Veronica?

The perpetual teenager will pop the question to either best friend Betty Cooper or to the beguiling Veronica Lodge in Archie Comics No. 600, which is due at Friendly Neighborhood Comics, 191 Mechanic St (Rte 140), Bellingham, MA 02019 on August 19, 2009! (Before the September newsstand date!)

"What would lead Archie to have marriage on his mind? And who would he choose, Veronica or Betty? How will Betty react? How will Veronica react? Can Archie shake off his klutzy past and hold down a steady job . . . for more than a month? One thing is certain: This will be the biggest Archie Comics story ever!" a solicitation for the comic says.

"You will see him make the decision," said Archie Comics' editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick of the six issue storyline, which features a glimpse of Archie and the Riverdale gang five years down the line.
Archie, Gorelick said, is able to sneak a peek into the future he's never been able to reach in the comics in the landmark 600th issue. "He goes a bit into the future when he becomes engaged and married," Gorelick said -- but he wouldn't say to whom. "We're not saying anything," he said. "The office is in lockdown."
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May 10, 2009

Unwritten, Unknown, Unthinkable

Not a description of some Lovecraftian horror. These are 3 new cutting edge books worthy of checking out!


Written by Mike Carey ; Art by Peter Gross. First issue only $1.00!

Everyone's read the Tommy Taylor books, the popular series of novels turned pop culture phenomenon about a boy wizard's adventures. And everyone knows about Tom Taylor, the boy the novels were based on, whose life was so overshadowed by his Dad's fictional epic that Tom's become a lame Z-level celebrity at best and a human viral marketing tool at worst.But what if the resemblance goes even deeper? What if Tom is the boy-wizard of the books made flesh? And if that sounds crazy, why is it bringing him into the crosshairs of an ancient faction that has never been named in any book or text?To discover the truth about himself, Tom must search through all the places in history where fiction and reality have intersected. And in the process, he'll learn more about that unwritten cabal and the plot they're at the center of –– a plot that spans all of literature from the first clay tablets to the gothic castles where Frankenstein was conceived to the self-adjusting stories of the internet.

A conspiracy mystery a la The Da Vinci Code, THE UNWRITTEN is the eagerly anticipated reunion of Mike Carey (X-Men, HELLBLAZER) and Peter Gross (FABLES, Chosen) – the team behind the multiple Eisner-nominated LUCIFER. Acclaimed artist Yuko Shimizu (SANDMAN: DREAM HUNTERS) joins the duo on covers, and the series kicks off with a 4-issue opening storyarc with the extra-sized 40-page debut promo-priced at only $1.00!


Writer Mark Waid, Artist Minck Oosterveer
She has solved every mystery known to man. But there is one mystery that remains... UNKNOWN! Revered as the smartest person alive, Catherine Allingham is the world's most famous private investigator. Follow her adventures as she sets out to solve the one mystery she's never been able to crack! A new original mini-series from Mark (KINGDOM COME) Waid in the vein of RUSE with international superstar Minck Oosterveer.


Writer Mark Sable, Artist Julian Totino Tedesco
They’ve been hired to think the UNTHINKABLE. But what happens when the unthinkable actually happens? After 9-11, best-selling author Alan Ripley joins a government think tank consisting of the most imaginative minds in diverse fields. Their job? Think of nightmare scenarios and crippling terrorist attacks so the government can safeguard against them. But what happens when the think tank folds, and the attacks start to happen? Find out in this new mini-series from hot writer Mark (TWO-FACE YEAR ONE, CYBORG) Sable and rising talent Julian Totino Tedesco.

Unwritten, Unknown and Unthinnkable arrive in store Wednesday 5/13/09! Click on "My Pull "list" to reserve your issues!

March 21, 2009

New Fruits Basket and Tsubasa!

Kyo finally makes the decision to stop running from his fears and confront his birth father. But how will he react to his father's pressure to accept an unwanted truth? Meanwhile, the curse continues to loosen its hold on the members of the Zodiac, but as Akito's control over the Sohma family slips away, will the last vestiges of her sanity and reason slip away, too? With Kureno injured and Tohru in peril, Akito has come to a crossroads...

And now also from the creator of Fruits Basket, Tsubasa!

Air from Vertigo

Written by G. Willow Wilson; Art and Cover by M.K. Perker

Collecting the story that started it all, from AIR # 1 - 5! Blythe knew it was a risky time to be an airline stewardess, but the skies might be much more dangerous than anyone imagines. She's just learned of the Etesian Front – vigilantes dedicated to take the skies back from terrorism. They're after a mysterious man she's just met. And whether he's an average frequent flier or a terrorist, finding out will lead Blythe to discover the weird science of hyperpraxis – an innovation that will change the way we see technology forever.

From the comics imprint known for breaking new ground, G. Willow Wilson and M. K. Perker bring a flight of fantasy for the age of technology
And if you enjoy the trade, issue #6 and 7 are both in stock in the store. #7 is a $1.00 issue!!
Blythe has traveled through a country that doesn't exist to a dimension of lost things to search for the stranger she's fallen in love with — a man who may or may not be a terrorist. Now, they will be reunited in the strangest way possible: Trapped in 10-year-old Zayn's body, Blythe will relive his life. The things she'll learn will shock her, and perhaps forever alter her course…

And to make sure no one misses the series that's winning raves from the industry's top names, the issue features a very special Vertigo event: a full 22-page story that's a perfect jumping-on point for new readers and a recap of the story so far — all for only a dollar!