Image Comics is having a huge holiday trade paperback sale, and we’re looking to pass the savings on to you! The books range from 25 – 50% off. Let us know what volumes you’d like before THIS Thursday (14 November 2019) at 8am! All you have to do is CHOOSE YOUR COMICS!
Fans of Jonathan Hickman rejoice! His first project,The Nightly News, a one volume story about a war against The American Media that he wrote, drew, colored, and lettered himself! He got help on his also wonderful all-in-one collections: Pax Romana, Secret, and Transhuman. Also, the entire runs of Black Monday Murders, East Of West, and Manhattan Projects are all available.
If you enjoy creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirman’s work, the full and complete run of that series is currently available in trade, as well as Outcast (which is also a TV series on Showtime), Thief Of Thieves, Oblivion Song, and his all-ages series, Super Dinosaur. Also, his full run on Invincible, as well as his related series, Brit and Astounding Wolfman, are on sale!
Our best selling ongoing series from any publisher is Saga, which we recommend to pretty much anyone over 18 (it’s not porny, it just has some language, drug use, and sexuality issues), is by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. We don’t have anything else in the catalogue by Fiona, but Brian’s other series, Paper Girls (a Stranger Things-esque sci-fi series is soon to be a show on Amazon Prime) is, as well as his all-in-one collection of We Stand On Guard, book about our war with Canada.
Mark Millar has been creating comics for decades now. Some of his old school, more shock-value comics like Kingsmen (basis of the movie franchise), Nemesis, Super Crooks, Superior, Wanted (the basis of the Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy film), and American Jesus are all available, as well as Kick-A** and Hit Girl (from the Kick-Ass movies) are on sale. You can also get your hands on his more recent books, Chrononauts, and the Jupiter’s Circle and Jupiter’s Legacy (the basis for an upcoming Netflix series) .
Do you love noir? Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have been doing the pre-eminent comic noir runs, Criminal, for almost two decades now. The first seven volumes are available during the sale, as well as their Lovecraftian-noir series, Fatale, and their forced vigilanteism fable, Kill Or Be Killed.
Greg Rucka is another extraordinary crime writer, and his series: Lazarus, Velvet, and Black Magick are all on sale, as well.
There are a variety of cool Image books by female creative teams that feature strong women of color, such as Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine DeLandro’s Bitch Planet, DeConnick and Emma Ríos’s Pretty Deadly, Chynna Clugston Flores’s Blue Monday and Scooter Girl, Tee Franklin’s Bingo Love, and Leila Del Luca’s Afar.
Rat Queens by Kurtis J Weibe may be written someone male-identified, but its cast of all female foul-mouthed fantasy characters on a D&D like quest is also amazing.
If horror is more your thing, don’t think that, just because Halloween is over, you can’t get your necessary comic-related scares. Maxwell Prince, Chris O’Halloran and Martín Morazzo’s Ice Cream Man, and Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s Nailbiter series are get for getting creeped out. Tim Seely’s Hack/Slash gives you a bit of satirical relief with your jumpscares. Former MYP employee, Pohnsack Pichetshote has a modern xenophobic haunted house story, Infidel, which is already on NPR’s “Top 100 Horror Stories Of All Time” list.
If you like your horror Southern, we’ve got a Prohibition-era werewolf series called Moonshine, and barbecue vampire series, Redneck. There’s also a cute queer monster barista all-ages series called Moonstruck that we recommend!
If you’re more in the mood for Classic Image Titles, the sale also includes Todd McFarlane’s Spawn, Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon, Jim Valentino’s Shadowhawk, Marc Silvestri’s Witchblade and Darkness.
There’s a wide range of Rick Remender science fiction books available, including Black Science, Fear Agent, Tokyo Ghost, Seven To Eternity, and Low! Remender also wrote Deadly Class (also a Syfy TV series). And another Syfy series, Grant Morrison’s Happy is on sale. You can also pick up Morrison’s Nameless, which isn’t currently in TV development.
Jeff Lemire is also writing a ton of books for Image, and his sci-fi series, Descender is available, as well as Plutonia, and Royal City.
The ever prolific Warren Ellis’s Injection, Trees, Ministry Of Space, and Fell are all on discount for this event.
The Wicked & The Divine is another of our favorite series to recommend,and if you enjoy Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s work, we have their previous series, Phonogram and Suburban Glamour.
The Luna Brothers have been working together, and apart, for a little over twenty years, and many of their Image titles: Ultra, Sword, Alex + Ada, and Eternal Empire are available.
Chew, a series by Jonathan Layman and Rob Guillory, is available in its entirety, as well as Guillory’s new series, Farmhand!
For those more into erotica, Stjepan Šejić’s BDSM lesbian series, Sunstone, is on sale, as well as Mirka Andolfo’s pig girl naughty love story, Unnatural.
Brandon Graham loves to draw and write about puns, and we have a whole slew of his books including King City, Multiple Warheads, and Royal Boiler, as well as his sci-fi epic, Prophet.
Some personal favorite series: Andrew MacLean’s great warrior satire, Head Lopper; Skottie Young’s adult-oriented ordinary young girl trapped in a world of madness satire, I Hate Fairyland; Joe Kelly’s fantasy tear-jerker, I Kill Giants; Jason Aaron and Jason LaTour’s football-town deconstruction, Southern Bastards; Ales Kot’s Zero and New World.
Other titles available include Age Of Bronze, a retelling of the Trojan war; Autumnlands, a fantastical war story about a human set to protect a world filled with magical non-humans; a horror-esque story where Beauty is an STD; a sci-fi police procedural called Copperhead; the gorgeous fable about animal soldiers being acclimated into society, Elephantmen; the thoroughly weird and wonderful sci-fi collections: God Hates Astronauts, Grizzly Shark, Motor Crush, Morning Glories, No Mercy, Revival, Sex Criminals, Shutter, Skyward, Think Tank, and Wayward; Farel Dalrymple’s It Will All Hurt and Proxima Centauri; Scott Snyder’s Wytches; the examination of The X-Men if Charles Xavier was evil, They’re Not Like Us; Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Snotgirl; Michael Allred’s Madman and the somewhat related It Girl; Matt Wagner’s three-decade long epic, Mage; David Lapham’s Stray Bullets and Murder Me Dead; Otis Frampton’s charming all-ages Oddly Normal; Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill, and Isaac Goodhart’s Postal; Joe Keatinge’s wrestling-themed Ringside; Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts’s Manifest Destiny; Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kersch’s Isola; and A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo’s Cowboy Ninja Viking.
Here’s a complete list of the titles available:
Age Of Bronze
Alex + Ada / Sword / Ultra / Eternal Empire
Astounding Wolf-Man /Brit / Invincible
Black Monday Murders / East Of West / Manhattan projects / Nightly News / Secret / Transhuman
Black Science / Fear Agent /Seven To Eternity / Tokyo Ghost / Low / Death Or
Blue Monday / Scooter Girl
Chew / Farmhand
Chrononauts / Jupiters
Circle / Legacy
Cowboy Ninja Viking
Criminal / Fatale / Kill or Be Killed /
Lazarus / Velvet / Black Magick
Deadly Class / Happy
Descender / Ascender / Plutonia / Royal City
God Hates Astronauts / Nameless
Grizzly Shark / Shirtless Bear fighter
Hack/Slash / Ice Cream Man / Nailbiter
I Hate Fairyland
I Kill Giants
Injection / Trees / Ministry Of Space / Fell
Kick-Ass / Hit Girl
King City / Multiple Warheads / Prophet / Royal Boiler
Kingsmen / Nemesis / Super Crooks / Superior / Wanted
/ American Jesus
Madman / It Girl
Moonshine / Redneck /Moonstruck
Stray Bullets / Murder Me Dead
Walking Dead / Oblivion Song / Outcast / Super Dinosaur / Thief Of Thieves
Paper Girls / Saga / We Stand On Guard
Phonogram / Wicked & Divine /Suburban Glamour
Proxima Centauri / It Will All Hurt
Savage Dragon / Spawn / Shadowhawk / Witchblade
Sunstone / Unnatural
Theyre Not Like Us
Zero / New World
Today (Saturday, 8/17/2019) and tomorrow (Sunday, 8/18/2019) constitute Massachusetts TAX-FREE WEEKEND! In celebration, we’re offering 10% off all graphic novels! Which means every graphic novel is 16.25% cheaper than usual!
Happy Holidays to all! Thanks to everyone who read Kelly’s missive and came out to shop here in the last weekend before Christmas! We had a wonderful closing weekend. Still, we are running behind where we need to be, so we are going to end the year with a giant sale. Starting Thursday, December 27 and running through Monday, December 31 almost everything in the store — new comics, graphic novels, regular back issues, t-shirts, cards — will be 40% OFF. There will be a few exceptions: books in your sub folder are still 20% off; back issues behind the counter will be 20% off; and any existing special orders or books or books on hold won’t be discounted. Other than that, if something isn’t in a box in the store, it will be discounted 40%.
As we conclude our 44th year in Harvard Square, it is impossible not to notice how rapidly the Square is changing. Another business seems to close or move every other week. Tess, Crema Cafe, Tealuxe, Vision House — all shuttered. Urban Outfitters is closing its doors in early January. In the short run there is less and less to bring people to this side of the Square.
So, The Picnic is going to try to keep rolling with the punches and adapting to the new retail landscape. We are going to greatly increase our online presence. We are already listing back issues on Etsy and hope to have old comics, graphic novels, and undergrounds up on both eBay and Amazon in the next couple of months. We are sitting on thousands of Silver Age comics, rare undergrounds, out-of-print graphic novels, imported horror magazines, and foreign language comics; and we are going to try to find a way to get it all up on E-commerce sites and our own website. And, for as long as we can, we are going to keep cramming as much wonderful stuff as we can into this tiny space of ours.
Also, we are going to take some time to celebrate our 45th anniversary in 2019! I’m hoping we can invite friends both old and new to come celebrate with us!
All the best,
The Million Year Picnic
99 Mt Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138