Progressive and Socially-Minded Books publishing Jul-Dec 2016!

Social & Progressive Jan-Jun 16 So Carabas is here to champion ‘all the good stuff’: imaginative, fantastical and cult fiction and film, alternative music, comics and graphic novels across genres, worthy non-fiction of and around the same – especially those books which provide an insight into the social concerns of today. This page is for readers and retailers to discover great titles that challenge perspectives and raise awareness they may wish to buy or stock and sell.

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We believe in supporting bricks-and-mortar and you’ll find book links to a preferred chain (rather than a certain global online retailer) on other pages but all links here go to the title on Hive. Hive supports independent bookshops by enabling customers to order online with some great offers to match more corporate suppliers and nominate their local independent to receive a cut of the sale value or pick it up from them.

CP - Hive So please find our round-up of socially minded and progressive non-fiction, and fiction in prose and graphic novel form, from July to December 2016 below (Jan-Jun 2016 titles can be found here). If you’re a customer please support independents (especially if they’ve been good enough to tweet / RT us) by purchasing direct from them or choosing them on Hive – we get a small percentage of the latter which will help pay site costs and keep us going. Carabas - Logo

Cheers for reading and hope you enjoy!

Tim B

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November & December 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CB - Go - Nov - The Hanging Tree
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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for, both being smaller months in publishing releases, November and December. We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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Recommended Reads for Halloween 2016!

CB - Orbit - Mar - The Last Days of Jack Sparks CB - Jul - The Scarlet Gospels
CB - Orbit - Apr - Fellside
CB - SB - Aug - Shakespeare vs Cthulhu CB - DR - Aug - Infernal CG - Re - Sep - Misty CG - SMH - Ghost Stories of an Antiquary CN - Sep - Zombies A Cultural History CN - Oct - The Penguin Book of the Undead

 

Another day of the year or time to dress up and party? Whatever your take Halloween can’t be far from anyone’s mind as the end of October approaches conjuring for many of us, amongst other thoughts, the notion of shutting the door on the dark outside and curling up with something appropriately… spooky? Eerie? Macabre? Chilling?

Well whether you’re a book reader or a book seller, we think we’ve got all of that covered with some of the great publishing from the latter half of the year for your at-home and in-store shelves and tables: Fiction, Graphic Novels… and Non-Fiction as well – we hope you like!

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Press Release: Rebellion acquires classic British comics archive, biggest deal of its kind in 30 years

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Big news! From Rebellion / 2000 AD:
In the biggest deal of its kind in 30 years, 2000 AD’s publisher, Rebellion, has acquired the archives of Fleetway and the IPC Youth Group archive. The deal features comics from Action to Whoopee and classic series such as Roy of the Rovers, Charley’s War, The Thirteenth FloorBilly’s Boots, Star Rider, Golden Boy, Death Wish, and Johnny Red – and includes hundreds of never-before-reprinted titles. It’s wonderful to welcome 2000 AD’s former stable mates to Rebellion, where the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic has thrived over the last 16 years!

 

REBELLION ACQUIRES CLASSIC BRITISH COMICS ARCHIVE

Some of the most iconic British comic books from the 1970s and 1980s are to be reprinted after 2000 AD publishers Rebellion acquire the archives of Fleetway and the IPC Youth Group from Egmont. Read the rest of this entry »

October 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CB - Ho - Oct 16 - A Closed and Common Orbit
CN - Oct - Bit Rot
CB - Ho - Oct - A City Dreaming
CC - Oct - Podkin One-Ear
CG - DH - Oct - Black Dog

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for October. We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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September 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CC - Sep - What Sunny Saw in the Flames
CN - Sep - The Mighty One
CB - Sep - Jerusalem
CG - DH - Sep - Angel Catbird
CN - Sep - Creating Freedom

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for September. We take in Adult Fiction, fantastical and general, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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Strike up the Banned: Judge Dredd The Cursed Earth Returns Uncensored! (With preview pages!)

CG - TT - Jul - Judge Dredd The Cursed Earth Uncensored JD The Cursed Earth RM Cover From 2000 AD: 

This week, ‘banned’ episodes of Judge Dredd from the late 1970s are being reprinted for the very first time.

Published in 2000 AD in 1978, The Cursed Earth was the first great Judge Dredd epic, but the story ran into trouble when two episodes – ‘Burger Wars’ and ‘Soul Food’ – featured parodies of Burger King, Ronald McDonald, the Jolly Green Giant, the Michelin Man, and a number of other prominent corporate characters in a raucous and shameless satire of American consumer culture.

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After concerns of legal action at the time the then publisher IPC decided collections of this classic strip would omit the satirical stories. But now, following recent changes in UK law governing parody, Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored reprints the story in its entirety for the first time.

Published on both sides of the Atlantic this week and priced at £25 in the UK and $35 in North America, this sparkling action-packed parody from Pat Mills (Charley’s War) and John Wagner (A History of Violence), complete with sumptuous colour spreads from Brian Bolland (The Killing Joke) and Mick McMahon (The Last American), is being produced in a deluxe hardcover edition featuring all the previously banned content. Read the rest of this entry »

Graphic Novel Preview: Pacific by Romain Baudy and Martin Trystram

PACIFIC In just two years Titan Comics have built an incredible list of comics / graphic novels, cannily acquiring and bringing quality works of yesteryear back into print (The Light & Darkness War), media adaptations (Dr Who and many more) and, of course, original works (Death Sentence, Surface Tension et al).
With a view to the latter they’ve also been tapping the wealth of untranslated talent on the continent and bringing it to the anglophone market. We’re always keeping an eye out for some select highlights to preview and thought we’d do so for Baudy & Trystram’s PACIFIC, coming in Hardback from Titan November 2016…

As Titan tells us:

 

It’s “Das Boot meets the Pagemaster” in this incredible new OGN, presented in a glorious landscape, hardcover edition.
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Writing and Art by Romain Baudy and Martin Trystram – £18.99, November 9th, 2016
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Young Udo’s first mission in the second world war is as a radio operator aboard a German U-Boat, patrolling the Pacific. In his personal effects, he carries a book banned by the Nazis. When the war hero and master of the vessel, Captain Kaleunt, tries to destroy it, it mysteriously reappears…

 

See below for preview art – we’ll be updating this page with new material as it comes…

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Marvel’s Black Panther – Briefing, now with… The Prodigy? (with Video!)

CG - Ma - Sep - Black Panther V1 by Coates & Stelfreeze We’re very much about the comics and also very much about the music. So when news like this comes in we just have to jump on it.
Having a real interest in diversity in comics – not to mention his recent debut in Captain America: Civil War and upcoming solo cinematic debut in 2018 – Marvel’s The Black Panther has been very much on our radar. The latest series is by the creative team of correspondent and author Ta-Nehisi Coates and comics mainstay artist Brian Stelfreeze and already looks set to become one of those defining runs on a character (the first collected volume is due September this year).
But Marvel are also promoting the book with author commentary on where the series is, integrating that with music – this time being THE PRODIGY!
Check out what Marvel have to say below by followed by the integrated Black Panther video, then the Prodigy tune Beast With It ft. Mark the Beast on YouTube!

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July 2016 Book Highlights

Carabas - New Book Recommends
CC - Jul - The Otherlife
CB - Go - Jul - The Hatching
CN - Jul - Truths, Half Truths and Little White Lies
CG - Jul - Faith V1
CB - Jul 16 - Newcon Press Now We Are 10

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Here’s our round-up of fantastic and fantastical reading for July. We take in adult SFF and other Fiction, creative and socially minded Non-Fiction, Children’s and YA and Graphic Novels. Whether you’re a general or genre reader or a bookshop looking to make sure your customers aren’t missing out we try to balance an inclusion of the biggest titles with slipstream / crossover hits and those hidden gems for all concerned.

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I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young: Preview!

CG - Im - Apr - I Hate Fairyland Filled with such things as Giggle Giants, zombie fauns (wait for the pun to hit) and fabulous renditions of trees, moons and stars with faces, and with consistent overdubbed foul-mouthedness, Skottie Young’s I HATE FAIRYLAND is, as Neil Gaiman put it “A candy-coloured and vicious delight” for all ages (“and always dangerously funny” Neil adds).
It hit the stands in April but that’s no reason for us not to shout out about it now we’ve read: here’s our preview of the Image collection to whet your appetite!

 

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CECAF 2016 – A Gallery of Cartoon and Comic Art

LE - Jun - CECAF 2016 Having missed it in previous years we just had to get along to this years CECAF, the Crouch End Cartoon Art Festival, even if – as was the case – it was one of our classically late arrivals. CECAF, created by Sean Azzopardi, features as part of the Crouch End Festival though is very much it’s own thing and, as we discovered, really is a great mix of creators indie and mainer-stream, all sharing a real love of the scene and medium.
If you weren’t aware of it, couldn’t make, or were just even later than us (!) here’s a look at the books and folk at CECAF 2016 with Web and Twitter details: explore, discover, follow and enjoy!

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SURFACE TENSION by Jay Gunn – Preview (Now optioned for TV!)

CGJJ16 - Ti - Feb - Surface Tension Jay Gunn’s Surface Tension was entirely on our radar – we’d plucked it out as one of our February Recommends and, bumping into and chatting with its creator at LSCC 2016, Jay had written an article for us on his musical inspirations for it. Well apparently we weren’t the only ones who were impressed: because – news just in from Titan Comics – it’s just been optioned for a TV series by Awesome Media!
Anyway we’d been meaning to follow up with some preview material for the series and, given we hadn’t got round to before, what better time than now? So find below Titan’s trailer for Surface Tension and some interior art as well.

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Many congrats to Jay and enjoy!

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Mythic by Phil Hester and John McCrea – Preview!

CG - Im - Jun - Mythic Mythic’s been on our radar since its launch in comic form last year, more from reading this fantastical mash-up of sweary shamans, undead cyborg monsters of legend, libidinous native elementals and other pan-mythological craziness, and also from when we got to chat with series artist John McCrea at LSCC. No surprise the collection is on our June 2016 Book / Graphic Novel recommends then!
So here’s a 6-page preview of Mythic, prefixed by a bit of title info and endorsements by other creators and the industry more generally in case you has any doubt. Enjoy!

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From Image Comics:

Eisner-nominated writer Phil Hester (Green Arrow, INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE) teams up with Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman, The Boys) for the fascinating folkloric fantasy MYTHIC TP, which collects issues #1-8 into trade paperback this June. Read the rest of this entry »

Limbo by Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard – Preview!

CG - Im - Jun - Limbo We’ve been following Watters and Wijngaard’s LIMBO from the start and it really is a brilliant read. We got the kind of feeling we had all those years back when Vertigo first got going – that feeling of not knowing quite what the hell was going on but enjoying being too dazzled by the wonderful crazed ideas visualised therein to care, safe in the knowledge all would become (somewhat) apparent by the end of the ride. (Text from our June New Book Recommends page)
So we’re very pleased to have a preview to share, the first 6 pages from the graphic novel collection. Check the art, check the script – then do yourself a favour and go buy a copy.
Enjoy!

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