Douglas raises a toast to 2008

I recently put together a list of some of the graphic novels/squarebound comics coming out in 2008 that sound potentially interesting to me, but I figured it might be helpful or interesting for other people too. Please note that this list is incomplete, and that there are a lot of publishers whose release schedules I don't have; if I left something off, that's not an indication that I'm not looking forward to it. (And if I've gotten something wrong, please write or comment and correct me.) Also note that I've only included books whose release dates have been announced somewhere--in most cases Amazon, sometimes Read Yourself Raw or elsewhere--to within a month. (So Kramers Ergot 7, one of the forthcoming books I'm most excited about, isn't here, and neither are R. Crumb's Book of Genesis, Freckled Face, Bony Knees, and Other Things Known About Annah, Artichoke Tales, the new edition of Art Spiegelman's Breakdowns, etc. For all I know, they're not even coming out in 2008.) Finally, these dates are likely to be wrong: if you walk into your local comics store on that date expecting a copy of the book in question, be prepared to be stared at. Man, is this going to be a good year for comics.

Jan.--Bill Mauldin: Willie & Joe: The WWII Years (Fantagraphics)

Jan. 15--Robert Kirkman et al: The Walking Dead vol. 8 (Image)

Jan. 16--Morrison/Case et al.: Doom Patrol vol. 6: Planet Love (Vertigo)

Jan. 31--Ellen Forney: Lust (Fantagraphics) Jason: The Last Musketeer (Fantagraphics)

Feb.--Guy Delisle: Albert and the Others (Drawn & Quarterly) Philippe Dupuy: Haunted (Drawn & Quarterly) Harold Gray: The Complete Little Orphan Annie vol. 1 (IDW) Fred Hembeck: The Nearly Complete Essential Hembeck Archive Omnibus (Image)

Feb. 27--Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus HC (Marvel) Showcase Presents: Superman Family Volume 2 (DC)

Mar.-- Drawn & Quarterly Showcase vol. 5 (D&Q)--the presence of T. Edward Bak in this one sold me on it

Mar. 3--Tom Spurgeon/Jacob Covey: Comics As Art: We Told You So (Fantagraphics)--this is probably an appropriate place to note that I really miss the Comics Reporter and hope it's back online very shortly

Mar. 4--Ron Regé Jr: Against Pain (Drawn & Quarterly)

Mar. 12--Steve Gerber et al.: Howard the Duck Omnibus HC (Marvel)

Mar. 18-- David Hajdu: The Ten-Cent Plague (FSG)--not comics, but a book about the Great Comics Scare of the '60s

Mar. 30--Joost Swarte: Modern Swarte (Fantagraphics)

April--Jaime Hernandez: The Education of Hopey Glass (Fantagraphics) Ray Fenwick: Hall of Best Knowledge (Fantagraphics)

April 1--Gary Panter (PictureBox)--a massive 700-page career retrospective Ariel Schrag: Awkward and Definition (Touchstone) Joann Sfar: The Rabbi's Cat 2 (Pantheon)

April 7--Jules Feiffer: The Explainers (Fantagraphics)

April 8--Morrison/Millar/Champagne: JLA Presents Aztek - The Ultimate Man (DC)

April 15--Fraction/Moon: Casanova vol. 2 (Image)

April 25--Peter Bagge: Apocalypse Nerd (Dark Horse)

April 29--Jessica Abel/Gabriel Soria/Warren Pleece: Life Sucks (First Second) Peter Blegvad: Leviathan (Overlook)--a new paperback edition of one of my favorite books

May: Tony Millionaire: Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird (Fantagraphics) Jack Kirby's O.M.A.C. (DC) The Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years of the Future (DC) Absolute Sandman Vol. 3 (Vertigo)

May 5--Thomas Ott: The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8 (Fantagraphics)

May 6--Will Eisner et al.: The Spirit Archives vol. 24 (DC)

May 13--Lynda Barry: What It Is (Drawn & Quarterly)

May 21--Greg Pak/John Romita Jr.: World War Hulk (Marvel)

May 30--Tony Millionaire: Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird (Fantagraphics)

June: Gilbert Hernandez: The Troublemakers (Fantagraphics) Blake Bell: Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko (Fantagraphics) Dash Shaw: The Bottomless Belly Button (Fantagraphics) Los Bros Hernandez: Amor Y Cohetes (Fantagraphics) Jason: Pocket Full of Rain and Other Stories (Fantagraphics) Frank Miller/Jim Lee: All Star Batman vol. 1 (DC) Brian Wood/Becky Cloonan: Demo (DC) Brian K. Vaughan/Pia Guerra: Y: the Last Man vol. 10 (DC) Alan Moore/Kevin O'Neill: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier Absolute Edition (ABC/WildStorm)

June 1--Ben Jones/Frank Santoro: Cold Heat (PictureBox)

June 10--Jessica Abel & Matt Madden: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures (First Second)

June 17--Hope Larson: Chiggers (Ginee Seo Books)

June 24--Neil Gaiman/P. Craig Russell: Coraline (HarperCollins)

June 25--Noel Sickles: Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles (IDW)

July--Carla Speed McNeil: Finder: Voice (Lightspeed Press) Jerry Moriarty: The Complete Jack Survives (Buenaventura Press)

July 1--Scott McCloud: Zot! The Complete Black and White Stories 1987-1991 (Harper Paperbacks)

July 25--Milton Caniff: The Complete Terry & the Pirates vol. 4 (IDW) Alex Robinson: 2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten (Top Shelf) William Messner-Loebs: Journey Vol. 1 (IDW)--424 pages' worth!

August--George Herriman: Krazy & Ignatz 1943-1944 (Fantagraphics) Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely: All Star Superman vol. 2 (DC) Will Eisner et al.: The Spirit Archives vol. 25 (DC)

Aug. 5--Grant Morrison et al.: JLA Deluxe Vol. 1 (DC) Frank King: Walt & Skeezix 1927-1928 (Drawn & Quarterly)

Sep. 23--Osamu Tezuka: Black Jack, vol. 1 (Vertical)

Oct. 14--David Hahn: All-Nighter (Vertigo)

Oct. 31--Gary Panter: Dal Tokyo (Fantagraphics)