The WISP series (Wonderfully Illustrated Short Pieces) represents an ingenious marriage of two creative forces: the artistry of today’s foremost illustrators and the literary legacy of beloved authors of popular short works for adults. The resulting offspring of this union are captivating, full–color illustrated editions of timeless classics that readers will want to savor and collect.
For the first time ever, the series makes selected popular short works previously offered only in collections available in a unique, stand–alone format. Also for the first time, WISPs harness the talents of top illustrators for the benefit and delight of a new, older audience.
This WISP presents Ray Bradbury’s The Homecoming, a little boy’s tale of his family reunion of vampires. This story was initially published in 1946 and later refashioned into further stories. Bringing this story to life are the wondrous illustrations of Dave McKean, whose delightful artwork perfectly matches the tale.
These one-of-a-kind, attractively priced and invitingly formatted illustrated editions will make a great impulse buy and appeal to a broad audience.
About the Author
Ray Bradbury is the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written for the theater and cinema, including the screenplay for John Huston’s classic adaptation of Moby Dick. He was nominated for an Academy Award, won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree, and adapted sixty-five of his stories for television’s The Ray Bradbury Theater. He lives in Los Angeles.
Mike Mignola - Christopher Golden - Baltimore 6. - The Cult of the Red King
Continuing his quest to destroy the Red King, Lord Baltimore heads to the icy Baltic Sea and to northern Russia, but he finds witchcraft in the streets of St. Petersburg and evil in its shadows. With new allies and fearsome new enemies, Baltimore continues his battle to save the world from the Red King. But as his path grows darkers, he may not only lose his way, but those closest to him. Collects Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1-#5.
Peter David - Robin Furth - The Dark Tower - The Long Road Home
It's the return of the best-selling comic book series, inspired by Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower! Gunslinger Roland Deschain has seen the death of his lover Susan Delgado. And the Big Coffin Hunters who burned her at the stake are now in pursuit of Roland and his ka-tet Cuthbert and Alain. The friends are forced to flee into the desert with the deadly posse in hot pursuit... .and Roland is in a coma! Don't miss the next chapter in the saga of the Gunslinger whose quest for the Dark Tower will shake the foundation of reality itself! Collects Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1-5.
Mike Mignola - Christopher Golden - Baltimore 4. - Chapel of Bones
The world’s greatest monster hunter wages war against a plague of vampires intent on resurrecting a demonic god, an evil witch in league with a clan of undead, and his mortal nemesis, leading to a final showdown in London! Collects Baltimore: The Infernal Train #1-#3 and Baltimore: Chapel of Bones #1-#2. * By award–winning, best-selling writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. "One of the most energetic and inventive new horror comics.”—Joe Hill (Locke & Key)
Mike Mignola - John Byrne - Hellboy - Seed of Destruction
''Hellboy is a brilliant example of how to elevate the comic of the future to a higher literary level while achieving a higher pitch of excitement. Its story line combines traditional concepts with modern frames of reference, the whole being swept along by the vitruoso treatment of dazzling artistic effects . . . This is far from the 'pop art' of the Andry Warhol world or the inane imagery of the drug culture. The creative aproach found in Hellboy is a newly evolving art from its own, addressed and attuned to today." from the introduction by Robert Bloch
Evan Dorkin - Jill Thompson - Mike Mignola - Beasts of Burden / Hellboy
The paranormal activity in the outwardly charming town of Burden Hill has gone from bad to worse, as seen in Dorkin and Thompson's hardcover graphic novel Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites. Now the occult--investigating team of dogs (and one cat) need some serious help. Contact with the Wise Dog Society has broken off, leaving the team on its own, as a series of unexplained animal slayings have begun to occur. But magic can work in surprising ways, and help is brought to the team with the unexpected arrival of the World's Greatest Paranormal Detective.
Mike Mignola - Christopher Golden - Baltimore 2. - The Curse Bells
A horrific ritual will create havoc on a small European town, as Lord Baltimore takes on the twisted blessing of vampiric nuns and an insane warlock! * By award–winning writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. * New York Times bestseller! "Crisp, clean & drenched in blood!" --Comic Attack A fight to the death!
Mike Mignola - Christopher Golden - Baltimore 5. – The Apostle and the Witch of Harju
Lord Baltimore hunts the godlike Red King, who is responsible for the vampire plague. After saving a young woman from her undead husband, Baltimore and his team of fearless vampire killers face the demonic offspring of a witch and uncover the truth about the inquisitor-turned-werewolf Judge Duvic—now more bloodthirsty than ever. Collects Baltimore: The Witch of Harju #1–#3 and The Wolf and the Apostle #1–#2.
Mike Mignola - Hellboy - Strange Places
Mike Mignola returns with his first new Hellboy collection since 2002's Conqueror Worm. After leaving the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy's travels take him briefly to Africa, then for a two-year stint at the bottom of the ocean. An ancient witch doctor, a giant fish woman and keeper of the secret history of the universe force Hellboy to either accept his role in the coming apocalypse, or have that role stolen from him. Weird undersea creatures and talking lions populate this turning-point adventure, which reveals secrets buried since Hellboy's very creation. This volume collects Harvey-and-Eisner-award winner Mike Mignola's Hellboy series The Third Wish and The Island with over a dozen unused pages and a new epilogue.
Mike Mignola - John Arcudi - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth 2. - Gods and Monsters
Between tracking down the followers of a prescient teen pursued by crab-like, subterranean beasts, and dealing with a redneck priest who preaches by way of human mutilation to fanatical hillbillies, the B.P.R.D. certainly have their hands full. Can a fractured B.P.R.D. wage a winnable war or are they fighting a battle of attrition? Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and drawn by 2009 Eisner Award winner Guy Davis (The Marquis) and series newcomer Tyler Crook, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods and Monsters continues the series ComicsAlliance calls "one of the best books on the stands."
Mike Mignola - Hellboy - Conqueror Worm
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense has sent Hellboy out on what will be his final mission. At the end of World War II, American costumed-adventurer Lobster Johnson led an Allied attack on Hitler's space program, but not before the Nazis were able to launch the first man into space. Now, after sixty years, Hellboy and Roger the Homunculus, who's been implanted by Bureau scientists with a bomb, travel to the ruined castle in Norway to intercept the returning capsule, and its single passenger ... the conqueror worm! Multiple Harvey- and Eisner-Award winner Mike Mignola presents his fifth trade paperback, collecting the hit Conqueror Worm series, with brand new story pages and a sketchbook section.
Leigh Dragoon - Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy - A Graphic Novel
Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, best friends Rose, half-human/half-vampire, and Lissa, a mortal vampire princess, are caught and returned to school at St. Vladimir's Academy.
Leigh Dragoon - Richelle Mead - Frostbite – A Graphic Novel
The drama and romance continue in this 144-page full-color graphic novel adaptation of the second Vampire Academy novel, Frostbite, which was over- seen by Richelle Mead and features beautiful art by acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli.
Caitlin Kittredge - Forest of the Night
Following a night of sex, drugs and witchcraft in the woods, Eve Coffin wakes up naked, covered in blood and unable to remember how she got there. One friend is missing, one is in a mental ward-and one knows that Eve is responsible. Years later, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago in the woods was never contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge. Set against the haunted backdrop of New England, COFFIN HILL explores what people will do for power and retribution. Noted novelist Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series, brings a smart, mesmerizing style to comics. Artist Inaki Miranda (FABLES) brings his dynamic storytelling to COFFIN HILL, following an acclaimed run on FAIREST. Collects COFFIN HILL #1-7
Peter Johnson - Supernatural - Origins
This graphic novel prequel to the hit CW television show written by series Executive Producer, Peter Johnson, gives readers an incredible never-before-seen look into the mythos of the series. After witnessing the murder of his wife at the hands of a demon, patriarch John Winchester begins a journey into the dark world of the supernatural, seeking a way to hunt down and kill the creature that took his wife. Can a newly widowed father balance fighting evil with raising his children? Discover what becomes of his two young sons, Dean and Sam, and how these formative events from their childhood will forever alter their destiny.
Mike Mignola - John Arcudi - B.P.R.D. 5. - The Black Flame
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense faces its worst tragedy ever as the war against the plague of frogs reaches a devastating new level. Heralded by a bizarre villain from the B.P.R.D.'s past, an ancient monster-god marches across the American heartland portending an end to the reign of men, and leaving a permanent mark on the Bureau. Hellboycreator Mike Mignola continues his collaboration with artist Guy Davis and co-writer John Arcudi to unravel a tale that will leave the earth shaken and the B.P.R.D. shattered. This collection includes a sketchbook section chronicling Guy Davis's creation of the abominations unleashed in The Black Flame. The B.P.R.D. is changed forever in this story revealing secret names, visions and dreams, a Nazi madman, and the death of a beloved agent.
Mike Mignola - John Arcudi - B.P.R.D. 4. - The Dead
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and their new team leader, a former corpse himself, moves into their new headquarters only to unearth a gigantic long-buried secret involving United States government covert experiments and Nazi scientists. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola teams with artist Guy Davis and co-writer John Arcudi to carve out a bold new direction for the B.P.R.D., while Abe Sapien, still reeling from the revelation of his former life as a Victorian scientist, meets his long dead wife in their crumbling home by the sea. This collection includes an extended sketchbook section featuring the otherworldly designs Guy Davis for the roster of new characters introduced in The Dead. Collecting the five-issue miniseries.
Mike Mignola - John Arcudi - Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. - 1952
Hellboy’s first mission! A bizarre series of murders and rumors of something worse lead Professor Bruttenholm to send a young Hellboy to a Brazilian village on his first mission. Hellboy and a small group of agents uncover something terrible in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress . . . Collects the five-issue miniseries.
Joe Hill - Jason Ciaramella - Zach Howard - The Cape
Every little boy dreams about putting on a cape and soaring up, up, and away... but what if one day that dream were to come true? Eric was like every other eight-year-old boy, until a tragic accident changed his life forever. THE CAPE explores the dark side of power, as the adult Eric - a confused and broken man - takes to the skies... and sets out to exact a terrible vengeance on everyone who ever disappointed him. This critically acclaimed, Eisner-Award nominated story, written by Jason Ciaramella, based on the short story by New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill, with art by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel, will linger with you long after you turn the last page, and force you to ask yourself the question: "What if?"
Joe Brusha - Grimm Fairy Tales - Baba Yaga
Long before Sela became the guardian of her fairy tale book there was another who possessed it. Just as Sela has had to battle the forces of evil so did her predecessor. Her greatest enemy was the witch Baba Yaga and the story of their final battle is told here for the first time. Don't miss this issue as more history of the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe is revealed in a tale that tells how Sela was chosen to fulfill her destiny.
Mike Mignola - John Arcudi - B.P.R.D. 7. - Garden of Souls
Abe Sapien follows a strange clue to the jungles of Indonesia and a secret society with connections to Abe's past life during the American Civil War. Meanwhile, Liz's apocalyptic visions have begun to escalate, and Johann makes a startling discovery about a member of the Bureau. Written by John Arcudi and Hellboy and B.P.R.D. creator Mike Mignola, and drawn by Guy Davis, Garden of Souls offers a window into the bizarre backstory of Abe Sapien and his colleagues in the mysterious Oannes Society - complete with Victorian cyborgs, doomsday devices, and a very well preserved mummy.