The Ogre's Staff Picks (03/14/2018)

Just one little pick today... So let's get right down to it! Here is this week's Orge Staff Pick.

Lauren's Pick

Megahex HC: Megg and Mogg

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Simon Hanselmann

Stoner comedy meets deep existential dread in this book from Simon Hanselmann! Follow roommates Meg, Mogg, and Owl as they drink, smoke, and play cruel jokes on each other to distract from lives of quiet desperation. Megahex will have you laughing out loud, then you’ll turn the page and feel bad for laughing but won’t be able to stop. Get yours today, read it today, come back tomorrow to unpack the psychological issues these hilarious short stories will force you to confront!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (03/07/2018)

Another week... Another round of new books... Another group of Staff Picks! So, let's chat.

Lauren's Pick

Red Colored Elegy GN

Lauren's Pick

Though the contents of its story feel at home among independent comics of today, when Red Colored Elegy was originally published in the early 1970s it broke new ground in the world of manga. Within its pages legendary artist Seiichi Hayashi tells the story of Ichiro and Sachiko, a couple living together in a world of their own. In a style heavily influenced by French new wave cinema, the minor dramas of the young artists’ lives are amplified visually, small events warped and drawn to seem insurmountable as the relationship between the two characters deteriorates. Panels of the lovers are juxtaposed with seemingly unrelated imagery to create within the reader a devastating sense of the emotions they are unable to express to each other. This new edition also features an essay by comics historian Ryan Holmberg which does an excellent job explaining the work’s many inspirations as well as its lasting impact on comics today.

 
Mike's Pick

Ragnarok Vol 1: Last God Standing

Mike's Pick

Writer/Artist: Walter Simonson
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: John Workman

Walt Simonson’s run on Marvel’s The Mighty Thor was the character’s creative highpoint.  That’s saying something when one considers that Jack Kirby co-created him (all due respect to whoever came up with those original Norse myths).  Now, imagine Simonson (see also Manhunter, and The Fantastic Four) being freed from the constraints of shared universe continuity and telling the darker and more melancholy story of Thor in a Norse post-apocalyptic setting.  Intrigued yet?  You should be, because Simonson is at the top of his game pulling double duty on IDW’s Ragnarok.  Thor has woken up after centuries of being dead to discover he is the only god left and he embarks on an epic quest for vengeance.  This is an absolutely gorgeous and enthralling book.  Seriously, the art is STUNNING.  Laura Martin’s colors and Simonson’s detailed, yet uncluttered, pencils are a match made in Asgard.  I took my time reading this because I couldn’t help pouring over every page.  The first volume is available in both HC and SC now.  Pick it up today!  You won’t be disappointed!

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (02/28/2018)

It has been busy around the store. But we want to take a moment to tell you about a story that you absolutely MUST read! Here is this week's Ogre Staff Pick.

Mike's Pick

Royal City TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire

Man. Royal City is so good and it feels like nobody is talking about it. After I finish each issue, I’m struck by how solid and engaging a read it is.  Jeff Lemire writes some of my current favorite series, specifically Black Hammer for Dark Horse and Descender for Image, but those are both (excellent) genre series. Royal City is much more grounded, although there are hints of surrealism that flavor the story of a small town family haunted (maybe literally, maybe not) by their long dead sibling/son. Lemire pulls double duty here, and his sketchy, impressionistic art is perfectly suited for this melancholy, possibly supernatural tale.  Volume one (available now) follows the family in the present as they reunite in the crumbling titular town where they grew up and experienced loves and losses. Volume two (due out in late April) follows the last days of the deceased son in the 1990s. I, too, grew up in a small town that’s now seen better days and I was also a teenager/young adult in the ‘90s so this book really appeals to me. Nothing else I’ve ever read has come close to palpably conveying those experiences. The prolific Lemire is at the top of his game here, breathing life into characters and a town in a painfully, and beautifully, real way.

 

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The Ogre Staff Picks (02/21/2018)

It is a busy week but we always we have something new for you to try. Only one Staff Pick this week but it is one the entire family can enjoy. Here is this week’s Ogre Staff Picks...

Lauren's Pick

Castle Waiting GN Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Art: Linda Medley

The story of Sleeping Beauty leaves a lot of questions unanswered. When everyone in the castle fell asleep, what happened to those who happened to be running errands outside the boundaries of the sleeping spell? When the enchantment was broken and the princess rode off into the sunset, what became of the people who were left behind? This is just the prologue of Castle Waiting, a feminist fairy tale. Writer and artist Linda Medley builds a world inspired by classic stories and populates it with women of modern sensibilities making their respective ways. I could read these two graphic novels again and again!

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The Ogre's Staff Pick (02/14/2018)

We love comic books. We love them so much. And we just have to share the ones we love the most. Books you should definetly be reading! Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Lauren's Pick

Spinning GN

Lauren's Pick

Carry on your Olympic spirit with this graphic memoir! Cartoonist Tillie Walden (The End of Summer) spent much of her adolescence as a competitive figure skater, a period of life she chronicles in Spinning. Though she once appreciated the strict discipline and structure of skating, over the course of the story her developing individuality begins to put our narrator at odds with the narrow mold of femininity intrinsically tied to her world. Through the lens of her ever-more-complicated relationship with the sport, Walden takes readers on a journey into the complications of life as a young girl being pulled in a million different directions.

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Stormwatch TP Vol 1 & 2

Mike's Pick

To my mind, the first modern superhero book showed up in 1999 when Warren Ellis (Planetary) and Bryan Hitch (Justice League) unleashed The Authority.  Effortlessly wiping away the shallow, extreme ‘90s era, they provided the thrilling widescreen template that would go on to influence not just superhero comics, but their cinematic counterparts as well.  However, seemingly overlooked is Ellis’ precursor, Stormwatch.  Before Ellis arrived, the book was just another forgettable Image/Wildstorm book.  Ellis, in conjunction with Tom Raney (Outsiders) and, later, Hitch, breathed snarky, violent life into the book.  Crafting tales that mixed subversive superhero clashes with black ops intrigue, Ellis turned the book from perpetual quarter bin dweller to a must read.  His characters participated in high stakes international operations and then got together to have drinks together afterwards.  Introducing fan favorites like Midnighter, Jenny Sparks, and Jack Hawksmoor, Ellis laid waste to the mainstream superhero status quo, eventually paving the way for Stormwatch to morph into The Authority and its discussion of responsibility, power, and morality.  Much to my excitement, Ellis has recently returned to a rebooted Wildstorm universe with The Wild Storm.  Check that series out to see how some of the same themes are being explored by an older and wiser (but no less acerbic) Ellis.  Also, for you completists and collectors, Ellis and Columbus resident Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong), crafted the crossover one-shot WildC.A.T.s/Aliens that takes place near the end of the run and truly cleared the decks for The Authority.  It is not included in either collection due to licensing rights.

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (02/07/2018)

All out of TV shows to binge? How about trying a new comic book? Here is this week's Ogre Staff Pick.

Lauren's Pick

The Lie and How We Told It HC

Lauren's Pick

High school friends Cleary and Tim haven’t seen each other in many years before they run into each other on page one of this new graphic novel. As we follow these two characters over the course of an evening spent catching up, we start to figure them out. Or do we? Tommi Parrish has captured something beautiful and real with The Lie and How We Told It. Figures are depicted in rich layers of translucent paint, fading in and out of scenes the way they fade in and out of each others’ lives. As readers we learn as much from what is omitted as we do from what Parrish chooses to reveal, and just when we start to think we have a handle on the essence of each character, another layer is added or peeled away. Driving these themes home is a story within the story, delivered in the form of a book Clearly discovers in the bushes during the evening. Its title? One Step Inside Doesn’t Mean You Understand.

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The Ogre's Staff Pick (01/31/2018)

It is our goal... Nay... Our mission! To offer you the best! The best toys, the best atmosphere and... The best Ogre Staff Picks! So let's get to it!

Gib's Pick

Little Guardians Book 1: Trial by Spirit Fire

Gib's Pick

In the world Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis introduce us to, villages are protected from the evils of the world by Guardians.  Tane, the Guardian for this story’s village is out killing a particularly nasty demon as his wife gives birth to their first child.  His fight keeps him from being there for the birth of his daughter.  The village has never had a female guardian, so the doctor switches our hero Subira with the shopkeep’s newly birthed son, Idem.  Now the children grow up trying to excel at professions they are not entirely suited for.  When Subira’s Guardian Spirit shows up, things are even more confusing for her.  Warm and engaging, this first volume comes highly recommended.

Lauren's Pick

X-Men: Worst X-Men Ever TP

Lauren's Pick

Bailey is a depressingly unremarkable teenage boy, until he’s not. Surprise! When his parents tell him he’s a mutant, his future seems limitless. Finally it’s his time to be the special one! Then he finds out what his power is, and it all goes downhill again. It’s a tale as old as Chris Claremont, weaving classic X-themes of social isolation and angst with a modern self-awareness to create something that feels brand new. Writer and Say Anything frontman Max Bemis embraces everything that’s good and bad about the history of the team and offers a very satisfying explanation for years of convoluted time travel and retcons, all the while crafting a superhero story that stands on its own. The Worst X-man Ever is the best X-men story you’ll find!

Mike's Pick

The End of the F***ing World GN

Mike's Pick

If you’ve ever talked to me in the store, you know that I’ve come to love the work of Charles Forsman (Slasher, I Am Not Okay With This).  So, imagine my excitement when I heard that his graphic novel, The End of the F***ing World, was being turned into a Netflix miniseries!  Though the show is streaming now, I highly recommend reading the source material first.  Rendered in Forsman’s minimalist style, the tale recounts the relationship of star-crossed lovers, one a jaded and wounded rebel, the other a possible budding sociopath.  Despite the cartoony look of the piece, Forsman weaves a palpable tone of alienation and bittersweet young love.  Also, there’s murder.  And Satanism.  The heavy subject matter and the deceptively simple artwork combine for a flavor that is both compelling and unsettling.  Violent, though not excessively so, and featuring some dark humor, The End of the F***ing World is yet another example of why anything Forsman makes is a must-read.  Fantagraphics have recently gone back to press to meet the increased interest from the show, so grab the book today!  

Note: Please be aware that The End of the F***ing World, both the graphic novel and the brand new series on Netflix, are written for a mature audience due to sexual content, language and violence. If you ever have any questions on themes or appropriate reading, please feel free to message us or ask while you are in the store.

Sarah's Pick

Zodiac Starforce TP Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

This book is a perfect pick for anyone who grew up watching Sailor Moon and wished they were also destined to acquire magical astrological powers to fight the forces of evil. As with many magical-girl stories, this tells the tale of a group of high school friends who have to band together to ward off the nefarious entities that threaten their lives. Paulina Ganucheau’s (Another Castle) art is fun and energetic, utilizing vibrant colors and unique designs to give each character a distinct style and personality while Kevin Panetta (Steven Universe) manages to balance humor and heart to make this and entertaining read for all ages.

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls GN

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology comprised of prose, comics, and illustrations that tells the stories of many women that have been affected by all things geeky, whether it be in their youth or recently acquired nerdery. Told from a very diverse crowd of women, this book features anecdotes from trans women, queer women, and women of color in fandom through the decades from a multitude of perspectives. The narrative varies widely, ranging from poignant to heart-warming. I really wish that I had a book like this as a kid when I struggled with my own sense of self and explored fandom for the first time. I think that all women will relate to at least one story!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (01/24/2018)

We apologize for the few weeks of no Staff Picks! But let's get right on in. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks..

Gib's Pick

Port of Earth TP

Gib's Pick

Port of Earth continues the last few year’s wealth of great science fiction comics.  Aliens come to Earth, and they want to build a gas station here.  No invasion, no obliteration, just a gas station.  So the Earth gets new energy technology, and the aliens get access to a small area to refuel their ships and are banned from wandering the planet.  Zack Kaplan (Eclipse) then asks all the best questions about the new state of the world.  Who is actually in charge of Earth now?   What repercussions do aliens have to deal when they do leave the port and who do they answer to?  How does the new energy technology affect the world economy?  The first issue follows two members of the Earth Security Agency, tasked with protecting humans and aliens from each other, as they go about their day.  There are three issues so far, and each one has brought more knowledge of this new world, and more questions about what is really going on.  This book is a great read and getting better!

 

The Trade Paperback (collecting issues 1-4) hits shelves on March 14th. We are taking pre-orders now!

 
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The Odyssey adapted by Seymour Chwast

Lauren's Pick

Legendary designer/illustrator and co-founder of Push Pin Studios Seymour Chwast takes on another classic with this graphic novelization of Homer’s Odyssey. Though it's a story that many cartoonists have spun, Chwast's interpretation is striking in both its visual irreverence and its narrative faithfulness to the source material. Ships become rockets and the Trojan horse is a giant robot, but the text of the story itself would pass muster at least as a Spark Notes version of the original epic poem (with maybe slightly less passages about how Odysseus is the manliest man to ever man, sorry if that's what you're after). Chwast brings the Odyssey to life and revels in its idiosyncrasies! I like it a lot and so will you if you're cool.

 
Mike's Pick

Squadron Supreme TP

Mike's Pick

Most superhero comic fans will point to Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns as being the most influential books of the last thirty or so years.  Seemingly overlooked is the late, great Mark Gruenwald’s Squadron Supreme, which beat both of these admittedly great series to the stands by about a year.  Gruenwald (who also co-wrote the original Marvel Super Heroes Contest of Champions and co created the fan favorite Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe) took Marvel’s Justice League analogs and explored the notion of imperfect superheroes trying to use their powers to create a utopia.  Aided by a handful of artists and freed from the constraints of maintaining intellectual properties’ status quo, Gruenwald penned an emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and action packed tale that feels sincere and never cynical.  I dare you to read this philosophically complex sci fi romp and not recognize its echoes in Kingdom Come, The Authority, and Civil War.  Ahead of its time and underappreciated, Squadron Supreme deserves a look from any superhero fan yet to discover its many treasures.  As a little aside for you collector types, Gruenwald requested that his ashes be mixed in with a comic book, and his widow knew how he felt about this series, so the ink used on the first print of the 1997 TPB contains a bit of the much loved creator.  Pretty cool, huh?

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (01/03/2018)

It's.... Time! The first Ogre Staff Picks of 2018! So let's not delay... Here are this week's Staff Picks...

Lauren's Pick

Catboy GN

The premise of this book is simple. When art school graduate Olive spies a shooting star one night, she makes a wish: for her cat, Henry, to be able to hang out with her like a person. Her wish is granted, and thus, Catboy! Though some of the material has already been published by Vice, this print collection contains bonus art, Catboy fashion, and more new comics! Benji Nate brings each short story to life with beautiful pastel color schemes and an attention to detail that fills me with bitter envy. Though most of the comics are silly on the surface, the tribulations of Olive’s daily life will be extremely relatable to anyone who isn’t quite sure how to get this whole “living as an adult” thing started.

 
Gib's Pick

All's Faire in Middle School

Gib's Pick

Imogene sets off on two quests in this all ages story.  She has been home schooled by her Renaissance Faire employed parents, and she becomes a working member of the Faire at the same time she’s starting in public school.  Her trials make for a very compelling story, and you are completely caught up in her struggle.   An endearing tale that gets my highest recommendation.

 
Sarah's Pick

Bingo Love GN

Sarah's Pick

It’s often hard to find a queer love story that isn’t filled with sadness and doesn’t end in complete tragedy, but have no fear! Tee Franklin (Love is Love) and Jenn St-Onge (Jem and the Holograms) have your back! They’ve developed a touching and heartfelt story about two young women, Hazel and Mari, who meet each other at their church’s weekly bingo night. The two instantly develop deep feelings for one another that they are unable to act upon due to their parents’ and society’s disapproval. Almost 50 years later, both married with their own families, Hazel and Mari meet again at church bingo night where they discover their feelings are still as strong as ever.

This book was originally just a Kickstarter campaign that planned on delivering PDFs, trade paper backs, and various goodies to supporters of the project, however, it has now been picked up by Image Comics and will be available in stores on Valentine’s Day in 2018. Be sure to let us know if you’re interested in a copy!

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (12/27/2017)

It has been a crazy year! Today is the final shopping day of 2017 and we have one more Staff Pick to offer and then we will see you in 2018.

Mike's Pick

Night Business HC

Mike's Pick

At last!  My most anticipated graphic novel of 2017 has arrived.  Ben Marra’s Night Business is here and it does not disappoint.  Upon reading his deliriously lurid Terror Assaulter: One Man War on Terror in 2015, I knew I would be a lifelong fan.  His follow up, a collection of his self-published comics titled American Blood, only cemented my feelings.  Marra has shown himself to be a master of garish violence and sexuality delivered with deadpan irony.  This new story chronicling street toughs, strippers, gangsters, pimps, a secret society, and a slasher killer allows Marra to play to his strengths while the page count gives an epic feeling to the proceedings that is not present in his previous works.  If you consider yourself a fan of sleazy ‘80s slasher films or low budget actioners, you will dig this book.  With artwork reminiscent of something a stoner metalhead might have scrawled in a college ruled notebook during some long lost study hall, Night Business wears its underground, rock n’ roll attitude on its sleeve.  For some, this book probably pushes the boundaries of good taste.  For me, it’s trashy, tongue in cheek, gold!

 

The final day of 2017 is here and we hope to see you today! We have this one and so many more staff picks that we can offer you in store. But... In the small change we do not see you... Have a wonderful New Years and we will see you in 2018!