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Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Dark Horse Books 18 December 2007 / $24.99) - Product Description: Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean present their masterpiece, Signal to Noise! Somewhere in London, a film director is dying of cancer. His life's crowning achievement, his greatest film, would have told the story of a European village as the last hour of 999 AD approached - the midnight that the villagers were convinced would bring with it Armageddon. Now that story will never be told. But he's still working it out in his head, making a film that no one will ever see. No one but us. (see review)

Art of Bryan Talbot by Bryan Talbot (Nantier Beall Minoustchine 05 December 2007 / $19.95) - From publicity material: This book will put most people's notions about Bryan Talbot on end. From the hard grinding Judge Dredd to teh elaborate Luther Arkwright through such completely dissimilar styles as psychedelic pop star depictions, early underground, all the way to the open light direct style of The Tale of One Bad Rat, this book brings together the outstanding diversity of this underrated extraordinarily gifted artist. (Source: Nantier Beall Minoustchine)

+ANIMA Volume 6 (+Anima) by Natsumi Mukai (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: The journey to Moss Mountain continues as Senri and the otheres join Igneous and his troops on their search for the elusive Kim-un-kur. At first it seems that they will never find them, but when Senri mysteriously collapses, the Kim-un-kur finally reveal themselves, taking them all to their camp to tend to Senri's illness. But things aren't what they seem, as many strange secrets about Senri are revealed...the most shocking of all is the truth behind Senri's eye patch. (Source: TokyoPop)

Atelier Marie and Elie -Zarlburg Alchemist- Volume 2 by Yoshihiko Ochi (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: More adventures and mayhem plague the city of Zarlburg when its two most popular alchemists run into a few old friends. Whether it's chasing down thieves, battling fakes, or helping half-demon half-human hotties, there's nothing this tag-team can't handle. But let's just hope they don't blow up the city in the process. (Source: TokyoPop)

Bizenghast Volume 4 by M. Alice Legrow (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Not every lost soul is a lost cause. In the hidden corners of the sunken Mausoleum, Dinah begins to understand the true nature of Vincent's sacrifice for her. As time slips away in the sleepy town of Bizenghast, Dinah must find reason amidst her madness to solve increasingly intricate riddles. But before she can free the imprisoned spirits, Dinah is forced to take a shocking journey along the fine line that separates imagination from reality... (Source: TokyoPop)

Enchanted by Disney (TokyoPop 01 December 2007 / $7.99) - Book Description: Can a former cartoon survive the hustle and bustle of present day New York City? After Queen Narissa banishes her daughter and Princess from her kingdom she is transported to 3-dimensional Manhattan. While there, she meets the love of her life. Nonetheless, people from the 2-dimensional world have followed her to New York to take her back. Now, Princess Giselle must decide, will she return to her normal life of royalty or stay in a strange world with her true love? (All Ages) (Source: TokyoPop)

Faeries' Landing 18 by You Hyun (TokyoPop 10 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Oreadia leads Fanta to Gwimun prison, where Fanta's father is supposedly being held. But as the two near the prison, Max and his newly formed crew accidentally blow it up. They manage to escape befroe Max arrests Oreadia, but that doesn't mean others aren't on their tail. Will they make it back to the kingdom in time? (Source: TokyoPop)

Gakuen Alice Volume 1 by Tachibana Higuchi (TokyoPop 18 December 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Young Mikan runs away to Tokyo following her best friend, Hotaru, who has been enrolled in an exclusive, secretive private school for geniuses. But it turns out that Alice Academy is a lot more than meets the eye. If Mikan wants to stay by Hotaru's side, she has to both pass the strange "entrance exam" and face the even greater challenge of befriending her very odd new classmates. Whether it's Hotaru's gift for inventing gadgets, the cranky Natsume's fire-casting ability, or Professor Narumi's control of human pheromones, everyone at the school has some sort of special talent. But what ability, if any, does Mikan possess? Mikan is going to have to rely on her courage and spunk if she's going to stay in school, or even stay alive! (Source: TokyoPop)

Good Witch of the West V. 5 by Noriko Ogiwara (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Firiel Dee's necklace is proof of her royal blood -- and that she might inherit the throne of Graal.

While two intelligent and ambitious Queens-in-Waiting duel for succession to Graal's throne, a greater challenge awaits our plucky heroine Firiel in the south -- where dragons and unicorns roam, and even the best intentions of friends may twist into poisonous lies... (Source: TokyoPop)

Kamiyadori Volume 4 by Kei Sanbe (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: This is one history lesson not to be missed. The veil on Jillald's mysterious past is lifted with a flashback to the events that led him to become a Right Arm. How he met Alisa is also revealed, as well as a shocking truth about Alisa herself. But even more unexpected is how the Kamiyadori changed Jillald's life forever... (Source: TokyoPop)

Kilala Princess Volume 4 by Rika Tanaka (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $5.99) - Book Description: While Kilala looks for a special seaweed that will help Rei's fever, Rei is kidnapped by Ursula! She's scheming to marry Rei and crown herself as "Queen Ursula" with the power of the tiara! With Ariel nowhere to be found, will Kilala be able to save Rei on her own? (Ages: 8-12) (Source: TokyoPop)

Missing -Kamikakushi no Monogatari- Volume 2 by Gakuto Coda (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Kyoichi Utsume, known as "His Majesty, Lord of Darkness" by his peers in the occult-obsessed Literature Club, has disappeared, and his closest friends decide to find him. The boys and girls split up, but each group discovers a remarkably similar truth about Kyoichi's condition. Who may have captured him, and is this person trying to send a message from a ghostly "other side"? As each group searches for the answers, they may learn more about Kyoichi's past than they bargained for... (Teen: 13+) (Source: TokyoPop)

Mobile Suit Gundam Ecole du Ciel Volume 7 by Haruhiko Mikimoto (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: As the pirates prepare to leave the moon, nicely repaired and re-supplied, the Titans send a message: they have taken Harauka, Asuna's mother, hostage--and they want Auna in exchange. The pirates hand over a dummy Asuna in a Normal Suit, but the Titans don't take this kind of trickery light: they plan to destroy Marie and her crew, Asuna or no Asuna. Everyone jumps in to help, but when Marie takes a hit to save Asuna from a GM, will Asuna find the courage to take down this indefatigable enemy once and for all. (Source: TokyoPop)

NOiSE by Tsutomu Nihei (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: A Sci-Fi Adventure Set in the BLAME! Universe As detective Musubi Susono investigates a series of child kidnappings, her own partner is viciously murdered. But when the investigation takes a brutal turn, she is suddenly confronted by the killer--and his vicious Silicon Creature... (Teen: 16+) (Source: TokyoPop)

Pick of the Litter Volume 2 by Yuriko Suda (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Satsuki pays an unexpected visit to Riku at his school. His mission: deliver a family picture to Riku and investigate what rival store Echigoya is doing in Japan. Meanwhile, for Riku's birthday, Ichiya shows Riku his old room, before he disappeared. But is it really his room? And if not, what is Ichiya trying to hide? A trip down memory lane promises to bring Riku closer to the truth about his long-lost family! (Teen: 13+) (Source: TokyoPop)

Rave Master 26 by Hiro Mashima (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: After finding herself face-to-face with Haru, Belnika comes to the horrifying realization that Haru is one of the intruders she's supposed to eliminate. And when she learns that Haru is the Rave Master, she begins to wonder what's really going on here... Isn't Haru supposed to be on the side of good? The truth behind Hardner's master plan will change Belnika's life forever. (Source: TokyoPop)

Saver Volume 5 by Eun-young Lee (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Their new mission to locate and resue Earl Romero from his evil nephew Chris is shaping up to be an easier task than they initially thought... Or is it? Will the group be able to successfully finish their new quest so deep inside the heart of Chris' headquarter? And what about Edith? Will Ley be able to save the girl who loves her and finally shed her feeling of guilt, since she couldn't do the same for the one who loved Lena? (Source: TokyoPop)

Sgt Frog 1-3 Collection by Mine Yoshizaki (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $12.99) - Book Description: The first three volumes of the intergalactic bestsellerâ€"collected in one toad-ally awesome volume! Sgt. Keroro, commanding officer of Planet Keron's invasion force, has a wee little problem. After blowing his cover and losing his top-secret weapon, this frog-like alien has been cut off from his home world. To make matters worse, he's lost communications with the rest of his platoon. Now he has taken cover in the Hinata family household, where he secretly devises new plans for taking over Earth. The only thing standing in his way from complete global domination? He has keep up with his share of the household chores--there’s laundry and vacuuming and dishes and taking out the trash, not to mention a house full of teens! (Teens: 13+) (Source: TokyoPop)

St. Lunatic High School (Yoru nimo Makezu!) Volume 2 by Majiko (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Everything's been fun and games so far at St. Lunatic High School, but when word leaks out that monsters are taking night-classes there, the school--and all of its students--may be in store for ultimate detention. Will this spell the end of Niko and Ren's friendship? (Teen: 13+) (see review)

Tactics Volume 3 by Kazuko Higashiyama & Sakura Kinoshita (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Ever since Kantarou was a child, he has been able to see and talk to spirits. Now that he's grown up, he moonlights as an exorcist solving the problems of ghosts and demons everywhere...with the help of Haruka, the legendary demon-eating tengu.

Katarou is sent to a village to ensure the safe execution of its annual fortune-telling festival. Run by a family of women who have had all the men in their lives meet with strange and eerie misfortunes, the festival seems cursed. Will Kantarou and Haruko break the curse before they become its first out-to-town victims? (Source: TokyoPop)

The Demon Ororon: The Complete Collection by Mizuki Hakase (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $19.99) - Book Description: Relive the ill-fated romance between a devil with a bounty on his head and the Archangel Michael's orphaned daughter--collected here in one complete volume. Chiaki is the orphaned daughter of a human woman and the Archangel Michael. Ororon is a demon with a bounty on his head. Sworn enemies, their lives change forever when their hatred is transformed into love--for one another. Bound together by passion but torn apart by the world around them, their love becomes a struggle for survival as the battle between demons and the angelic order rages around them. (Teen: 13+) (Source: TokyoPop)

The Dreaming, Vol. 3 by Queenie Chan (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Where did the ghostly girls come from? And what do they want? Before the students know it, the missing girls enter the school, where Amber spots Millie, who speaks to her almost as if to warn her of something. Is there more to this supernatural mystery than just the school itself? The answers to why these girls have come back and what caused their death are revealed in this haunting series finale. (Teen: 13+) (Source: TokyoPop)

Tsukuyomi 9: Moon Phase by Keitaro Arima (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Hotels, swimming pools, and a lot of relaxation--or at least that's what they had hoped for. Just as things seem like they might settle down, Kouhei and the gang must relocate to keep Hazuki safe. Only one thing: Vampires and water don't exactly mix. To make matters worse, the special connection that continues to grow between Hazuki and Houhei is being threatened... (Source: TokyoPop)

Zapt! Volume 3 by Armand Villavert Jr. (TokyoPop 11 December 2007 / $5.99) - From back of book: Third time's a charm. Since defeating Gongar and his hordes in a battle that cost them their headquarters, the P.O.O.P. OPS scour the universe looking for the fiend. But when Gongar finally does turn up, it's with a devious plan to legally take over one of the most powerful planets in the galaxy. Now it's up to Armand to save the day, and make it to the school dance...hopefully alive. (Source: TokyoPop)

Andromeda Stories Volume 2 by Keiko Takemiya (Vertical 11 December 2007 / $11.95) - Book Description: The machine race known only as the Enemy has swiftly taken over the Cosmoralian Empire, but Queen Lilia and her son, Prince Jimsa, manage to flee. The only place to escape to, however, is the desert wasteland where the elements, predatory beasts, and bandits pose almost as great a threat to survival as the machine invaders. Prince Jimsa, growing ever stronger in the face of adversity, prepares to inherit his mantle as the Sun King, the descendant of the combined Murat, Ayodoya, and Cosmoralian legacies. It will fall upon his shoulders to turn the machines away before its too late. (Source: Vertical)

The Guin Saga Manga: The Seven Magi, Volume 1 by Kaoru Kurimoto (Vertical 11 December 2007 / $12.95) - Book Description: About this book: An evil dragon and seven powerful magi scheme to control King Guin by using the plague and other calamities to lure him out of Cheironia. Aided by a priestess and an elder mage, the mighty leopard-masked warrior battles to save Cheironia from ruin. (Ages 16 and up) (Source: Vertical)

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