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The Ogre's Staff Picks (07/11/2018)

A new week. Some new Picks! Let's get down to it. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks (

Lauren's Pick

X-23 #1

Lauren's Pick

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Juann Cabal
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letter: VC's Cory Petit

Follow Laura and her newfound sister to a new adventure in X-23 #1! Despite their efforts to curb the effects of the Weapon X program, more clones appear and Wolverine DNA continues to be used to turn mutants into unstoppable super soldiers. Now, Laura and Gabby go on the search for a missing geneticist whose disappearance has sinister implications. I really don’t want to spoil the rest of this excellent comic, so let’s just say some familiar faces (or iterations of the same familiar face) play a significant role as the story moves forward. I never get excited enough about superhero comics to choose them for my staff pick, so you know this one must be good! Check it out NOW!

Trish's Pick

Outpost Zero #1

Trish's Pick

Writer: Sean Kelley McKeever
Artist: Alexandre Tefenkgi
Colorist: Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Outpost Zero follows a group of teenagers that have grown up inside of a manmade biosphere on a planet far away from Earth. While some inhabitants seem content to simply survive inside of the biome, others question if their purpose is to someday leave and discover what else is out there on the frozen planet that they landed on. While these characters discuss which direction the remaining humans should take, disaster seems to threaten the very home that their ancestors have made. The art by Alexandre Tefenkgi is simple yet never feels lacking and the expressions are consistently unique and lively. Each character has a clear and concise story and a difficult path ahead, and I look forward to seeing how each one grows!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (05/30/2018)

It has been too long and some Picks have been stacking up. So... Let's catch up. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Gib's Pick

Roughneck GN

Gib's Pick

Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire

Derek and Beth had a very rough childhood, and they are still dealing with the ramifications.  Derek is drinking and fighting through his days with no much going on when Beth returns after a long absence.  In order to escape her abusive and violent ex-boyfriend they hide out in a secluded cabin and start to heal as they reconnect with each other.  When Jeff Lemire (Descender/Green Arrow) draws his own stories, you know they will be powerful and compelling.  Roughneck is that and more, a lot like his Underwater Welder book.

Lauren's Pick

Shade, the Changing Girl

Lauren's Pick

Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artists: Marley Zarcone, Ande Parks
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Saida Temofonte

Expanding on the classic Vertigo series Shade, the Changing Man, this comic is truly the best of DC’s Young Animal line. Loma is directionless on planet Meta, drifting through a life she feels doesn’t fit, until she finds a way out: she steals the madness coat once owned by missing poet Rac Shade. Using the coat Loma travels to Earth and possesses the body of a formerly comatose high school bully, where she finds herself struggling to understand her new planet and somehow barred from returning home. Meanwhile back on Meta, powerful forces are looking for the coat, and the one who stole it. Simple, right? Writer Cecil Castellucci and penciller Marley Zarcone (as well as the whole creative team—this book is crazy beautiful) work together to weave a psychedelic adventure that spans the galaxy but stays anchored in high school.

Sarah's Pick

Be Prepared GN

Sarah's Pick

Writer/Artist: Vera Brosgol
Colorist: Alec Longstreth

After continuous failed attempts to fit in with the other girls at school, Vera discovers news of a Russian summer camp where she thinks she’ll finally be around other people like herself. What she learns, however, is that mean girls and boys will always be mean girls and boys, and that the camp is nothing like she expected. From the terrible two Sashas she shares a tent with, to the door-less outhouses, Vera Brosgol recounts a summer trying to navigate the perils of adolescence and friendship in this semi-autobiographical coming of age story.

Trish's Pick

Vinland Saga GN Vol 1

Trish's Pick

Writer/Artist: Makoto Yukimura

Taking place during the Viking invasion of England in 1013 AD, Vinland Saga is a manga comprised of both fictional and historically accurate elements that blend together seamlessly. The story follows the quest of the historical Icelandic explorer, Thorfinn, as he seeks vengeance for the murder of his father and inadvertently gets wrapped up in the dawning of King Cnut the Great’s rise to power. Not only is the story consistently intriguing as you become further entangled in the bloody drama of this saga, but you’ll learn quite a bit about Viking culture and history as you read! Fans of Lone Wolf and Cub or Berserk should certainly check this out as it spins a tale of revenge and honor that are very reminiscent.

So many books! And even more when you stop in. Come by and see us today for all the best reads in comics!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (04/25/2018)

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!!! Saturday, May 5th is so close, we can almost taste it! Can you believe it, Comic Fans, the biggest Comic Event of the Year is almost here?! Are you ready? Do you need something new and exciting to hold you over until then? Then let's get to some Ogre Staff Picks...

And... To start it all off... We'll start with a Special Review for an upcoming Free Comic Book Day Book!

Michael's Pick

Barrier - FCBD Edition

 

Michael's Pick

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Marcos Martin
Colorist: Munsta Vicente

One of my favorite graphic novels from the last few years is The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn (Saga, Paper Girls) and Marcos Martin (Daredevil).  They are releasing their follow up this May as a weekly miniseries.  However, the first installment is dropping on Free Comic Book Day.  Titled Barrier, the story, told in a horizontal fashion for a very cinematic feel, parallels the lives of a widowed rancher on the Texas/Mexico border and an undocumented immigrant travelling from Honduras to the U.S.  Oh, and there’s some weird goings on possibly involving extraterrestrials.  Look, I’ll read anything BKV writes.  He’s a master at the top of his form right now, able to craft inventive and character driven stories that are melded with topical science fiction.  Throw in Martin’s beautiful and clean retro style that’s a perfect marriage of Ditko and Romita, Sr. and it’s a guaranteed purchase for me.  This FCBD issue has me massively excited for what is sure to be another unique sci-fi mystery tale and I’ve already added it to my pull.  You should do the same!

**Please note that Barrier is intended for a MATURE AUDIENCE.

Lauren's Pick

The Land of the Sons HC

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Gipi

Italian cartoonist Gipi weaves a story of family and masculine fragility in this post-apocalyptic tale. Brothers Lino and Santo were born into a wasteland and raised by a distant, inscrutable father. He teaches his sons to find uncontaminated food, how to dispose of corpses, and tells them never to use the word “love.” He doesn’t teach them to read, though he himself writes constantly in a journal they are forbidden from touching. The boys chafe under their father’s seemingly arbitrary restrictions, but they are unprepared when he dies suddenly, leaving them with only a book of words they can’t understand. Follow the brothers on a journey through a world they don’t know they’ve been protected from as they embark on a mission to find someone to read the journal and unravel the mysteries of the man who they desperately hope loved them despite his rules. In a narrative style matching his main characters Gipi masterfully executes the emotional moments of this story almost as afterthoughts, leaving readers affected long past the last page.

Do you need more to try? Come by today and we can talk you in to even more wonderful reads. And... Don't forget... Next Saturday, May 5th, we are expecting to see you for Free Comic Book Day!

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.

 

It may only be one title this week but when you stop by to pick up Royal City we can offer you many, many more great titles! So come on by!

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?

 

We know you have been patiently waiting and... You know we deliver! We know you will love these and so many more. Come on in and we can offer you many more thought provocing reads.

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!

 

Books for all ages! Keep your options varied and your minds open to the new and great! And if you want even more, come by the store and let us talk your ears off with wondeful books you may have never even thought of.

The Ogre's Staff Picks (11/15/2017)

Are you ready for these Staff Picks? Are you? ARE YOU?!?!? Well, here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Lauren's Pick

Cartoon Clouds GN

Lauren's Pick

Follow a group of art school friends as they try to navigate the postgraduate world in this new graphic novel from Joseph Remnant (Harvey Pekar's Cleveland). Fresh out of college, main character Seth finds himself laid off from his job as an artist’s assistant. Over the course of his search for some sort of fulfilling employment, he struggles to hold onto his own creativity as well as his relationships with the people in his life. Museums offer prestigious full-time internships but offer to pay in experience. Gallerists promise to open doors for emerging artists considered worthy, all of whom happen to be beautiful young women. Remnant employs his distinctive drawing style to depict a kingdom of trust fund babies with elaborate facial hair, each character more recognizable than the last. Elements of this story, if not its entirety, will feel eerily familiar to anyone who has experienced the pretentious depths of the art world.

 
Mike's Pick

The Private Eye DLX HC

Mike's Pick

Fan favorites Brian K. Vaughn (Saga) and Marcos Martin (Batgirl: Year One) are the creators of one of my favorite original graphic novels, The Private Eye.  Some decades after a Wikileaks-style dumping of the collective information of anyone who ever spent any time online, the world is a very different place.  The internet is virtually nonexistent, individuals' privacy is protected on a federal level, America has become isolationist, and most people have at least one alternate public identity.  The hero is an outlaw paparazzo private investigator known only by his initials, P.I.  What happens to him follows a classic L.A. style noir set up.  Femme fatales, getting in over his head, exploring murky morality, etc.  The mystery, while great, isn't exactly the point though.  The real strength of the book lies in its world building aesthetic and its unique and fully fleshed out take on a future shaped by the concerns of today.  What if all our internet search histories were made public for our friends, families, colleagues, bosses, and enemies to peruse?  Every drunken text, every awkward photo, every credit card bill?  Then there’s the art!  I've long been a fan of Martin's dynamic Steve Ditko meets Eurocomic style.  Additionally, the format of the book differs from that of a typical comic in that it is wider than it is tall, mimicking a cinematic presentation that brings scope to the imagery.  It's beautiful, entertaining, and thought provoking. I don't know about you, but that's my favorite combo.  A sci fi neon neo noir with a fresh premise, a gripping mystery, fun characters, and style to spare, I highly recommend giving it a look.

 

These Staff picks need to part of your collection. Like in a you-should-be-in-your-car-right-now-to-pick-them-up kind of need! And, if you need any more, we are more than happy to add to these. So come by the store! And check back weekly for the best Staff Picks around.

The Ogre's Staff Picks (11/8/2017)

Are you ready for this? Are you ready for some new Ogre Staff Picks? Well then... Let's jump right in.

Lauren's Pick

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea TP

Lauren's Pick

As someone who has watched a lot of documentaries about North Korea, a recurring frustration I’ve had is a result of the restrictions on what filmmakers are permitted to capture. Because the nation is notorious for secrecy, particularly when it comes to outsiders, so many narratives from inside the Hermit Kingdom come out feeling narrow. Guy Delisle (Hostage HC) brings something new to the table with this critically-acclaimed travelogue chronicling a year he spent living and working as an animator in Pyongyang. His drawing style is simple and clean, conveying a feeling of tremendous loneliness that echoes through every panel. Equipped with sharp observational skills and an often dark sense of humor, Delisle maximizes the potential of his medium by revealing details of everyday life that a camera may not. For those (most) of us who are unable to travel there, Delisle’s Pyongyang opens a window into another world.

 
Mike's Pick

My Friend Dahmer GN

Mike's Pick

Like a mash up of From Hell and DAZED AND CONFUSED, Derf Backderf’s (Trashed) tale of his adolescent pseudo friendship with the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is both heartbreaking and horrifying.  While Dahmer is the central figure in the book, he is also just a background character in Derf's own life story.  Had he not gone on to commit such grisly atrocities, he would've merely been one of those oddball outcast kids you every now and then find yourself wondering about, in the cascading years after leaving the pubescent sausage grinder of high school behind.  Dahmer's story, compiled from Derf's own memories and surviving high school memorabilia, as well as from credible news sources such as Dahmer and Derf's hometown Akron Beacon Journal, is told using Derf's more typical middle-American experience as a sort of foil that reveals much more in hindsight.  As much as he was a monster, Dahmer was also merely human.  His parents had a troubled marriage and a bitter divorce, he had a drinking problem, he had trouble coming to terms with his sexuality, he was bullied, he had urges that he couldn't confide to anyone, etc, etc.  This could be the story of any number of teenagers, and yet it isn't.  Derf's expressive and deceptively detailed artwork is also very engaging.  It looks like a cartoonish combination of Charles Burns and Robert Crumb.  Though the story is obviously a very personal one, the artwork being so unique intensified this feeling to a massive degree.  All told, this is a gorgeous book, despite the nature of the narrative.  My Friend Dahmer contains horror, but it is not a "horror" story.  It is a human story, that happens to be about the makings of a very real monster.  Read it now and then check out the new cinematic adaptation!

 

And... Because we did not post any Picks last week but Lauren always offers incredible book options. We thought we would double up!

Lauren's 2nd Pick

100 Bullets TP Book 1

Lauren's Pick (Part 2)

A creepy old man hands you a briefcase. Inside is a gun, one hundred bullets of untraceable ammunition, and a photo of the person responsible for ruining your life. 100 Bullets is a story built on this simple moral quandary, following the mysterious Agent Graves as he travels the country dispensing the option of revenge—or justice?—to individuals who at first seem randomly selected. As the tale unravels over the course of its hundred-issue run, questions answered lead to new, bigger mysteries. Lives interconnect and are cut short, clues are hidden, and a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years is revealed. Brian Azzarello (Moonshine, Dark Knight III: Master Race) and Eduardo Risso work together masterfully to execute this sprawling work, a stellar example of modern noir fiction for fans of Sin City and Scalped.

 

We have the best books for you and there are so many more to offer. Make sure to stop by and we can talk your ears off! Come by and see us. And check back weekly for the best Staff Picks!

The Ogre Staff Picks (09/20/2017)

Going to be a small one this week...  Because we are preparing for our Harley Quinn Day Celebration! It is this Saturday (09/23) and part of our proceeds will go to supporting Hurricane Relief efforts! So make sure to stop by. And, while you are by picking all of your Harley and Batman musts... Maybe check out these Ogre Staff picks as well?

Lauren's Pick

SuperMutant Magic Academy GN

Lauren's Pick

Do you have a love/hate relationship with classic X-men? Do you wish Harry Potter didn’t take itself quite so seriously? There is another way. Join the students of the SuperMutant Magic Academy as they embark upon a school year full of teen angst, unrequited love, and the occasional threat to the balance of the universe. In this series of short comics, Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer GN) crafts a story that alternates between hilarious and profound tones with ease. Buy it today, then come back tomorrow and tell me which character spoke most strongly to your inner magical teen.

Mike's Pick

Birthright TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Tired of clichés in your fantasy stories?  Then you should check out Birthright!  Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter) and Andrei Bressan (Batman and Robin) have created a rollicking adventure tale that plays with audience expectations and subverts tropes.  As a young boy, Mikey is kidnapped and taken to a fantasy world where he is destined to defeat an evil wizard king.  After a year passes, Mikey returns, except he’s been in the fantasy world for twenty years and now resembles Conan the barbarian.  His family, as a result of his kidnapping, has been torn apart.  Can his family regain what they’ve lost?  Why has Mikey returned?  What did Mikey go through in his twenty years spent in the fantasy world?  Throughout the twists and turns (which I’m definitely NOT revealing here), the story remains engaging and the art never fails to stun.  I often find myself lingering on the many beautiful splash pages, but I digress.  Birthright is both fresh and fun, pick up volume one today!

A few new things to try and if you come in we can hand you many, many more. Hope to see you for Harley Quinn Day! And make sure to check back weekly to see all of the incredible Ogre Staff Picks.

The Ogre Staff Picks (09/13/2017)

Thought we were going to forget this week? No! We would not do that to you! We like talking about our favorite books. So... Here are a few more!

Gib's Pick

Mage Hero Denied #1 (of 15)

Gib's Pick

Matt Wagner's Mage Hero Denied is the third volume in the story of Kevin Matchstick.  Kevin is equal parts King Arthur and Matt Wagner (Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity)himself.  Matt's art is magical and his story starts with our hero reluctantly pulled into a new world of fairies and dragons.  The second volume, The Hero Defined, sees Kevin assume his role as hero and set himself against the forces of Evil.  The third volume brings the conclusion of Kevin's story, and as Arthur reborn seems destined to end in tragedy.  But, there's always a big helping of hope in Arthur stories, so hold on tight for what will surely be a fantastic conclusion.  Issue #0 and #1 are one the shelves right now, as well as the collections of the first two stories!  One of my favorite series.

Mike's Pick

Hard Boiled

Mike's Pick

Violent, outrageous, and relentlessly paced, Hard Boiled deserves a place on any comic fan’s shelf.  Industry legend Frank Miller (Batman: Year One) crafts a darkly humorous tale of a nightmarish future involving psychotic robots and a morally bankrupt civilization.  For me, though, the art by Geoff Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy) is what makes this book a must read.  Darrow’s art is insanely intricate and detailed.  On numerous splash pages, it seems like there are whole stories going on in the background amongst the many crowd scenes.  One could easily spend a few hours just pouring over the gorgeous (and explicit) artwork.  Reminiscent of both THE TERMINATOR and BLADE RUNNER, Hard Boiled is available now in a newly released hard cover.

Lauren's Pick

Over Easy

Lauren's Pick

I’m looking forward to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus for countless reasons, but mostly because I can’t wait to meet Mimi Pond. In Over Easy, a memoir of her post-collegiate days as a diner waitress in 1970s Oakland, she weaves a tale rich with wry comedy and high drama. Pond’s Oakland is a mecca for the clashing counterculture movements of the time, populated by a tribe of charismatic freaks who trade stories like currency. Our narrator is a keen observer, content (at first) to fade into the background as she absorbs the details of the lives being lived all around her. Over Easy and its recent sequel, The Customer is Always Wrong, are a duo as absorbing as the people immortalized in their pages.

Such great books. Trust us! We know better than anyone! And there are so many more. Just come into the store and we can hand you stacks upon stacks. And don't forget to check back weekly for only the best Staff Picks.