The Factor

There’s a hero. He saves the day. But what effect does he have on everyone else’s life?
This is the book where you never see the hero. It isn’t about him. These are the tales of the man on the street, the cop on the beat, the dreamers and schemers and even the kid playing with a doll of the hero. One person can change the world for so many…
This is a complete collection of the series that got Nat Gertler the first of his Eisner Award nominations. Over 20 short stories in all adding up to one full graphic novel, with a range of artists including Huntress co-creator Joe Staton, children’s book creator Adam Rex, mini-comics king Matt Feazell, crime novelist Alex Grecian, and Eisner- and LA Times Book Prize-winning graphic novelist Carla Speed McNeil.
Contents:

  • “Exposure”, art by Adam Rex & Paul Whitehead
  • Arms and the Man”, art by Janine Johnston
  • “Protection”, art by Alex Grecian
  • “To Serve and Protect”, art by Jim Schumaker & Bradley Walton
  • “Da-Daba-Dumma-Dum-Da-Data”, art by Joe Staton
  • Escalation”, art by Alex Grecian
  • “Telephone for the ‘90s”, art by Nat Gertler
  • “Commute”, art by Mike Vosburg
  • “Da Oudda-Towners”, art by Matt Feazell
  • “Disagreement”, art by John Drury
  • “In Need”, art by Tom Luth
  • “Clothes Making”, art by Carla Speed McNeil
  • “Essay”, art by Rich Johnston
  • “The Green Diamond Protocol”, art by Carlos Saldaña
  • Dull Summer Day”, art by Paul Whitehead
  • “The Limits of the Lawyer”, art by Ted Slampyak
  • “Direction”, art by Mark Lewis
  • “Action”, art by Jim Schumaker & Bradley Walton
  • “I am the Factor”, art by Justine Shaw
  • “I am Too the Factor”, art by Rich Johnston
  • “I am the Factoy”, art by Rusty Haller
  • News Carrier”, art by Jim Wheelock
  • “At Joe’s Lunch Stop”, art by Jason Whitley
  • “Friday Morning, 11:47 AM”, art by Justine Shaw

Product details:

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 127 pages, black and white
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 194999645X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996456
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.29 x 10 inches

The Jam: Urban Adventure: Beginnings

Gordon Kirby is one laid back individual… but when duty (or boredom) calls, he dons his homebrew hero outfit and patrols the streets and rooftops of Montreal as The Jammer!
Collected here for the first time is the original five-issue storyline of Bernie Mireault’s cult favorite alt hero series The Jam: Urban Adventure, newly remastered and enhanced by Mireault himself. As an added bonus, the book leads off with a series of shorter pieces that appeared in New Triumph Featuring Northguard and The Jam Special.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 167 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996433
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996432
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.38 x 10 inches

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Bootsie’s Big ’50s: a Dark Laughter collection

“Negro America’s Favorite Cartoonist” – that’s what Langston Hughes called Ollie Harrington, whose cartoons and comic strips were a staple of America’s Black newspapers for decades starting in the 1930s. In his single-panel series “Dark Laughter,” Harrington brought out the vibrancy of Harlem life in its day, while serving some cutting looks at the politics of the time.

At the heart of “Dark Laughter” is Bootsie, a cunning, conning, girl-chasing ne’er-do-well who is nonetheless beloved in his Harlem community… if often reluctantly. Bootsie is both the victim of the world’s troubles and a frequent cause of them for others.

Here’s a collection of prime cartoons from the mid-1950s, drawn with the detailed joy that only Ol Harrington (who also worked as Oliver W. Harrington) could bring, finally available to a larger audience.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 155 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996352
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996357
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.04 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.35 x 11 inches
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Bootsie’s War Years: a Dark Laughter collection

In the 1940s, the comics pages of America’s weekly Black newspapers were filled with characters both inspirational and aspirational. In addition to the life stories of great African Americans, there were fictional tales of Black reporters, Black detectives, Black government agents, Black aviators, Black people rising in the ranks of society, even Black superheroes, all to give their audiences the sense of the best that was possible.

Then there was Bootsie.

Bootsie was a liar, a womanizer, a layabout, a scammer, a cheat, and an all around disreputable dude. Among the denizens of Harlem he was scorned, threatened, detested… and yet nonetheless loved as a part of the community.

Collected in this book for the very first time are almost 150 “Dark Laughter” cartoons from 1941 through 1946, during which time Bootsie goes from being a draft evader to a draftee, an enlisted man, a serviceman on the ground in Europe, and ultimately to a veteran for the winning side. In these, cartoonist Ollie Harrington’s lively art captures the rich reality of Bootie’s world while telling tales that are sometimes joyous, sometimes very harsh, like the world itself.

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 161 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996336
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996333
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.41 x 9 inches
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To Get Her

Years after hanging up his hero costume, The Jam star Gordon Kirby finds himself facing something more difficult than any villain that might stalk the streets of Montreal: the complexities of a mature relationship where the romance has faded.

Canadian Hall of Fame cartoonist Befnie Mireault brings all his skills and love of the comics form to this, his first original graphic novel. Originally self-published (with support from the Xeric Foundation) solely as a limited edition volume in 2012, To Get Her is now available in  unlimited editions for the first time.

 

The Jam: Super Cool Color-Injected Turbo Adventure From Hell #2

It’s the 21st century’s first feature-length comics tale of Bernie Mireault’s popular Canadian hero series The Jam.

This new, full-color, square-bound paperback starts off with the 38 page The Jam story “A Secret Bowman”, Mireault’s gorgeously-colored never-before-seen comic book adaption of his own prose story. Someone is shooting arrows into the citizens of Montréal, and it’s up to The Jammer to do something about it. But are larger forces at play?

But that’s not all. You also get another all new story, “Avatars of Adventure: Adepts of Arcana,” written by respected author and editor Claude Lalumière and drawn by Bernie. Plus the The Jam story The Chair is printed in color for the first time, and Bernie’s story Dr. Robot vs. Monster (from Madman #12) is reprinted as well. And then there’s a 6-page portfolio of color images in this 64 page issue.

Webster’s Bridge

Cartoonist H.T. Webster may be best known for his decades of chronicling the adventures of the “Timid Soul” Casper Milquetoast, but he repeatedly chronicled in cartoon form the foibles of players of card games, most notably bridge and poker. Here we have dozens of his bridge cartoons, matched with the humorous writings of William Johnston, author of History Up to Date and , who provides “unsolicited advice on how not to play bridge.”

Long out of print and hard to find, now it’s back again – for the first time in paperback!

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 127 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1949996123
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1949996128
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.32 x 9 inches

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Speck the Altar Boy: The Collection Compilation

Speck is the ultimate altar boy, half holy, half hellion, well-intentioned but oh, so distractible. Some of us remember dealing with him, others of us remember being him.

Margaret Ahern spent a quarter century drawing the adventures of the never-aging Speck, being one of the few female cartoonists to take part in the Catholic cartoon explosion of the 1950s and one of the artists who stuck with the form the longest. This book collects the first two collections of her work (Speck the Altar Boy and Presenting… Speck the Altar Boy), both out of print for decades, into a single volume for the first time, with hundreds of prime Speck cartoons. Also available: AN ALTAR BOY NAMED ‘SPECK’, a collection of cartoons by Speck’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc.

  • Paperback : 211 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 194999631X
  • Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.53 x 8.5 inches

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An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck’

Speck is a well-intentioned, spirited, energetic, and often all-too-human boy of the cloth, there to serve, to support, and when possible, to mooch your sweet snacks!

Here, back in print for the first time in over 60 years, is the very first collection of Speck cartoons. “An Altar Boy Named ‘Speck'” started appearing in Catholic Action o the South (the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans) in 1951, and by 1952 the comic was already being collected into books and was signed with a national distributor.

Unfortunately, the comic’s creator, W. R. “Tut” LeBlanc, passed away in 1953. The feature was taken over by cartoonist Margaret Ahern, who kept it running until 1979.

  • Paperback : 107 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1949996302
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.27 x 8.5 inches

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Aunt’s in Your Pants: Memoirs of a Dirty Old Woman

The great Sergio Aragonés, during the early years of his fifty-plus-and-still-counting career at Mad Magazine, also created this book of cartoons focused on a female sexual predator, a woman who does not let things like appropriateness and consent get in her way.

Half a century since this book last saw print, it’s now available again, unexpurgated, in this enlarged size.

  • LanguageEnglish
  • Paperback51 pages
  • ISBN-101949996131
  • ISBN-13978-1949996135
  • Dimensions8 x 0.13 x 8 inches

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