Monday, September 13, 2010

Sale! Sale! Sale!

The comics summer convention season is over, and you know what that means: it's time for big sales from great comics companies.

Number One: Top Shelf has an amazing sale, with a long list of books and comics as low as $1. I particularly recommend Eddie Campbell's The Years Have Pants (at about half price) and an assortment of great comics by people you probably don't know (but you might as well try at about $3 each): That Salty Air, Fox Bunny Funny, Van Helsing's Night Off, and Beach Safari.

Seriously, these prices are so low that you have to be able to find something cool, unless you're an utter long underwear pervert. The sale runs for about two weeks, but don't wait.

Number Two: The possibly even classier comics company Drawn & Quarterly -- though of course they have an edge, being headquartered in cosmopolitan, French-speaking, above-the-shoulder-smoking Montreal -- also has a sale running right now.

The D&Q sale will also last about two weeks, and it also includes a vast swath of the great books that company publishes, with books and comics by Chester Brown, Julie Doucet, Guy Delisle, Tove Jansson, Adrian Tomine, Seth and many more. There, I'd particularly recommend Pascal Girard's heartbreaking Nicolas, Michel Rabagliati's "Paul" books, Yoshihiro Tatsumi's The Push Man and Other Stories, and Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings.

I've already placed orders myself from both of these publishers -- how many bloggers can say that?

Um, and if you want to buy other things -- a vast range of random stuff, actually -- and give your Hornswoggler a tiny kickback cut, you could also do some shopping at Amazon's Fall Blowout Sale, which they've also just announced. But make sure to check out Top Shelf and D&Q first -- comics should always come before watches, GPS units, and other random detritus.

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