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The 120 Days of Simon began when Swedish cartoonist/rapper Simon Gardenfors left his home to spend four months on the road. The rules were simple: For 120 days he wasn't allowed to return to his home, or to spend more than two nights at the same place. Otherwise, anything could happen... and it did. This simple idea grew into an epic adventure across Sweden as Simon slept on strangers' couches, visited an ostrich farm, ate a psychedelic cactus, practiced free love, received death threats, was beaten up by teenagers, got adopted by a motorcycle gang, drank obscene amounts of alcohol, and sacrificed his underpants to the Nordic god Brage. And that's just for starters!
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An Internet cafe and recording studio, known as @Large, becomes a gathering place for a group of street kids called DNA, who soon discover they may be in serious trouble with the secret owners of @Large. This is volume 1 of the @Large Trilogy.
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After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all-ages humor book Darth Vader and Son, graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Unlikely) returns to the autobiographical work that first made his reputation. In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men: himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar. Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions: matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself.
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Each morning, a frail, old, bespectacled fisherman heads out to sea, leaving his doting, matronly wife at home patiently caring for the house, awaiting his return in the evening. But one evening he doesn't come home, instead accidentally snared by a much larger, industrial fishing trawler that absentmindedly carries him across the Atlantic. Back home, the village wonders what might have happened, assuming his death, but his wife refuses to give up hope. She consults a fortune teller who sees his visage in a crepe . . . alive in Cuba. Convinced her husband is still alive, she sets off on an improbable mission to save him. Completely wordless, this heartwarming and often hilarious adventure is a testament to not only the power of sequential storytelling, but the power of love itself.
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Valerie's getting dirty phone calls, but when she goes to take revenge she meets Myles, the man of her dreams. But Myles is up against Emil and Gustav, mentally unstable guns for hire. And Valerie's sister Penny's friend Marcy just wants to play her own songs, but no one in the bar tonight cares- least of all Penny's loser boyfriend Marv and his buddies Chip and Jev, who want their homeboy Mike to play the race card in a dubious scheme to get rich. But Mike has just fallen foul of a certain organisation with a lot of Ks in its name. And then there's Mister Fluffy.
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Myles and Valerie's face-off with the appallingly German Schmitt brothers takes an unexpected turn, while Marv's plans for Mike turn out to be inappropriate and then some. Meanwhile, Penny tells Marcy the sorry tale of what she caught Marv doing on the internet, Call-me-Dave comes a-calling, and love blossoms while bullets fly...
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Call-me-Dave meets his all-time hero, a he-man action star who may not quite be all he seems. Marv and Penny sit down for a particularly fateful brunch, while Myles tells Valerie how he ended up in the employ of the dastardly Mister Monsta. Meanwhile, Jev's new girlfriend turns out to be just a little too good to be true... part three of A Train Called Love, by Garth Ennis and Mark Dos Santos.
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Revelations abound as Marcy and Penny check out the local rock scene, Call-Me-Dave discovers Huck Yeager's true intentions, and Myles and Valerie's surveillance turns up something rather unexpected. Meanwhile, Marv, Mike, Chip and Jev get in over their heads with Mr. Monsta - whose surprising preoccupation with taxidermy sets alarm bells ringing. It's Part Four of the greatest love story since God met the Virgin Mary, by Garth Ennis and Mark Dos Santos!
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Penny and Marcy wake up somewhere strange, while Valerie and Myles find out the secret behind Marv's potentially disastrous scheme... but their attempts to derail his plans prove fruitless. Mike's rage at his former employers boils over (unfortunately, at the wrong person), and Penny's attempt to talk tough with Beverly leads to her getting a lesson in love.
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Call-Me-Dave comes to a shocking understanding about his path in life, while Gustav attempts to mobilize some extremely unwilling troops. Mr. Monsta makes sweet love, which is bad news for whoever's on the receiving end. Myles and Valerie prepare for a showdown - but is Valerie a little too prepared? It's too late to worry now, as Marv and his crew head for their rendezvous with fate...
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Marv shows his true colors as bullets fly and lives are snatched, while Marcy and Penny come up against another brick wall. Meanwhile, Myles and Valerie seek inspiration from above - or, at least, the next best thing.
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The full extent of Mr. Monsta's empire staggers even Gustav Schmitt, but Myles and Valerie remain undaunted - driven by their own peculiar brand of divine intervention. Penny ponders the fickle nature of love, while things begin to get better for Mike - and worse for Marv, whose pride leads him down a very foolish road indeed...
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Digital Exclusive Edition! Marv and his crew experience naked terror as Gustav Schmitt reveals his true colors, with Myles and Valerie gatecrashing the party in the worst way possible. Things escalate fast - who will survive, and what will be left of them? Meanwhile, Marcy and Penny have a breakthrough... or do they?
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Digital Exclusive Edition! The dust settles, the guns fall silent, and everyone lives happily ever after... apart from all the people that don't. Five hundred pounds of instant death shows up at Myles and Valerie's door, while Marv and Penny finally get a chance at true love, but will it be with each other? Call-Me-Dave flies off to the land of dreams, Jev gets the worst news in the world, and at long last Marcy gets to sing her own song. The cast set sail on sea of romance!
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Originally printed as a limited edition with hand drawn covers, Top Shelf presents the "final chapter" of Jeffrey Brown's so-called Girlfriend Trilogy. AEIOU or Any Easy Intimacy continues to explore the subtleties of relationships explored in Clumsy and Unlikely, concentrating this time on the differences between knowing and loving someone, invoking the reader's relationship with the book as a parallel to being involved with someone. The story is told with Brown's trademark expressive drawings and juxtaposition of humor and heartache.
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Juan and Anna are flying to Mexico to visit their grandma. From the airport to the clouds, Juan and Anna are ready to take off on a fun flight.
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Brilliantly observed and profoundly expressed, the ALEC stories present a version of Eddie's own life, filtered through the alter ego of "Alec MacGarry."Over many years, we witness Alec's (and Eddie's) progression "from beer to wine"-- wild nights at the pub, existential despair, the hunt for love, the quest for art, becoming a responsible breadwinner, feeling lost at his own movie premiere, and much more! Eddie's outlandish fantasies and metafictional tricks convert life into art, while staying fully grounded in his own absurdity. At every point, the author's uncanny eye for irony and wry self-awareness make even the smallest occasion into an opportunity for wit and wisdom. Quite simply, ALEC is a masterpiece of visual autobiography. ALEC: The Years Have Pants (A Life-Size Omnibus) collects the previous Alec books The King Canute Crowd, Graffiti Kitchen, How to be an Artist, Little Italy, The Dead Muse, The dance of Lefey Death, After the Snooter, as well as a generous helping of rare and never-before-seen material, including an all-new 35-page book, The Years Have Pants.
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Olivia had always heard stories about Algeria from her maternal grandmother, a Black Foot (a "Pied-Noir," the French term for Christian and Jewish settlers of French Algeria who emigrated to France after the Algerian War of Independence). After her grandmother's death, Olivia found some of her grandmother's journals and letters describing her homeland. Now, ten years later, she resolves to travel to Algeria and experience the country for herself; she arrives alone, with her grandmother's postcards and letters in tow, and a single phone number in her pocket of an Algerian, Djaffar, who will act as her guide. Olivia's quest to understand her origins will bring her to face questions about heritage, history, shame, friendship, memory, nostalgia, fantasy, the nature of exile, and our unending quest to understand who we are and where we come from.
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Liz Prince, author of the world's cutest relationship comic, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, returns with a new comic about being -- gasp! -- SINGLE. At last bringing her popular webcomic to printed form, Alone Forever explores the joys of flying solo, free to focus on what really matters: comics, punk rock, and cute boys with beards.
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, American Elf! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, American Elf is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate. This first collection includes the strip's beginnings at the end of 1998 and all of 1999. In here, James launches American Elf, rents a new apartment, cares for a sick kitty, visits Portugal, buys an iMac, and drinks a lot.
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