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The Ogre's Staff Picks (10/25/2017)

It is almost Halloween ComicFest! Are we going to be seeing you? We are!!! That is so exciting! And we have the perfect Staff Picks for you to pick up.

Lauren's Pick

Sacred Heart GN

Lauren's Pick

What if all the adults vanished? This fascinating graphic novel takes a teenage fantasy to extremes, twisting it to unveil the horror lurking beneath an idea every adolescent has daydreamed about. Ben Schiller, her younger sister Empathy, and their various underage peers are the only remaining residents of their small town. As the kids go through the motions of normal life—parties, school, personal dramatics—writer/artist Liz Suburbia drops hints of something sinister. Without teachers the school is simply a gathering place, attendance part of a routine that the characters cling to. Ben passes a dead body on her way home, news that is met with little more than a shrug when she reports it to her friends. References to parents returning are sprinkled through conversations at parties, and everyone seems to be waiting for something. But what? This semi-apocalyptic tale is driven by its characters, each developed as much in silent montage as in the plot of the story itself. Suburbia executes each panel masterfully in black and white, with an attention to detail that will have you wanting to read this book again as soon as you make it to the big reveal on the last page.

Mike's Pick

Saga of the Swamp Thing TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Alan Moore (Watchmen) and a cadre of talented artists including most notably Stephen Bisette (Sgt. Rock) took Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson’s classic muck monster to new heights in a run that made Moore an icon.  At turns unsettling, horrifying, psychedelic, thoughtful, and fantastical, Saga of the Swamp Thing went from a cult series to a blockbuster.  Moore’s exploding and expansion of the character’s mythology from a more sophisticated viewpoint was directly responsible for the creation of the Vertigo publishing line.  Featuring guest appearances from Batman, Etrigan the Demon, and Adam Strange, Moore and company never neglected to add some fun while they were busy breaking ground on the types of stories that could be told in a mainstream comic.

 
Sarah's Pick

The Tea Dragon Society HC

Sarah's Pick

Greta, the young daughter of a blacksmith, is contemplating whether or not she wishes to continue in her mother's profession when she randomly stumbles upon a small, adorable, lost Tea Dragon in need of assistance. As thanks for returning his companion, an older man named Hesekiel offers to teach Greta the art of caring for these tiny creatures.

Creator Katie O'Neill (Princess Princess Ever After) returns with her beautiful colors and character designs to tell this story of new friends, relationships, and the ability to keep memories alive through traditional crafts passed down through the generations. Perfect for all ages!

 

Such great books! Trust us, we know best. We will see you Saturday (10/28) for Free Comics, Halloween Costumes and to throw incredible titles like these your way.

For all the best books, make sure to stop by here weekly and we will tell you about all of our favorite Picks!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (08/23/2017)

From one crazy weekend to the next with a few Staff Picks in-between. Here are the books we think you should already be reading!

Gib's Pick

Inhumans By Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee TP

Gib's Pick

The Inhumans were never that interesting to me, until I read Paul Jenkin's (Alters, Replica) Inhumans.  He made their world far more interesting and I cared about the characters for the first time.  Jae Lee's (Batman/Superman N52) art on this series is phenomenal, he absolutely makes this story special.  This book is a great read

The AfterShock North American Tour will be at The Ogre this Saturday (08/26), bringing along Paul Jenkins and Joe Pruett (Black Eyed Kids) for a Special Signing Event!

Lauren's Pick

My Pretty Vampire GN

Lauren's Pick

The incredible Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine) explores complex themes of love and possession in this delightfully self-aware spin on vampire fiction. A pampered prisoner in her brother’s richly decorated mansion, the vampiric Clover is as ageless and beautiful as the statues that populate her environment. Guided by thirst and governed by her instinctive need to survive, Clover embarks on a blood-soaked odyssey through the mortal world. Skelly is one of my top favorite cartoonists working today for her varied depictions of women on journeys of accidental self-discovery, and My Pretty Vampire certainly does not disappoint! Her talent as an artist and designer is on full display in this book, particularly in the ambiguous dream sequences providing hints at the main character's past. Also, there are many excellent color schemes and cute outfits, so really nobody has an excuse not to buy this book.

Mike's Pick

Scalped HC Book 1 Deluxe Edition

Mike's Pick

Blending Noir with the Western, Scalped is the story of various fascinating characters that inhabit the Prairie Rose Reservation.  Issues of race, poverty, and addiction are explored in a thrilling crime/action milieu by series creators Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards) and RM Guera (The Goddamned).  The flawed Dash Bad Horse is our window into this world as he infiltrates Chief Lincoln Red Crow’s criminal organization.  Those looking for straight up “good guys” and “bad guys” need not apply, though, as morality gets as murky as a dirty (and bloody) creek bed.  The writing is as good as it gets in comics and Guera’s art evokes the best Spaghetti Westerns.  Violent and complex, Scalped is one of my all-time favorite series.

 
Sarah's Pick

DC Comics Bombshells Vol 1

 

Sarah's Pick

Do you like the movie A League of Their Own? Have you ever found yourself wondering "What if the Rockford Peaches were also vigilantes who fought the Nazi regime in-between games?” WONDER NO MORE. DC Comics Bombshells is the book for you! The team is led by Kate Kane (aka Batwoman) in Gotham City, her fellow “Batgirls,” Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Stargirl, and Mera, who band together to defeat the growing forces of fascism amidst the backdrop of WWII. Based on the bombshell pin up designs from Ant Lucia and written by Marguerite Bennet (Animosity, Batwoman - Rebirth), this book is beautiful, fun, smart, topical, and gay.

That is all for this week! Well... At least here. Come on into the store and we can hand you more fantastic books just like these!