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Graphic Classics Volume 5: Jack London - 2nd Edition by Jack London (Eureka Productions 25 December, 2006 / $11.95) - Book Description: Graphic Classics: Jack London returns to print in a completely revised second edition, with over 50 pages of new material. New to this edition are adaptations of "The Red One" illustrated by Mark A. Nelson and "The Wit of Porportuk" by Arnold Arre. Plus a new comics adaptation of "To Kill a Man" by Kostas Aronis and a completely redrawn "That Spot" by Nick Miller. Returning from the previous edition are "A Thousand Deaths" by J.B. Bonivert, "Jan, the Unrepentant" by Hunt Emerson and six more thrilling stories. With a dramatic new cover by Jim Nelson. (see review)

The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues by Rich Burlew (Giant in the Playground Games 1 December 2006 / $29.95) - From the back of the book: The Order of the Stick: No Cure for the Paladin Blues continues the comic strip adventures of six stick figure heroes as they leave the dungeon behind (they blew it up anyway) and explore the great outdoors in more than 200 full-color comic strips. In this second volume collecting Rich Burlew's smash webcomic, comedy and action collide as the unwitting members of the Order of the Stick find themselves caught between the Good Guys and the Bad Guys in what turns out to be kind of a big universal struggle thing. It's complicated, but there are crayons involved. As you've come to expect,The Order of the Stick delivers strip after strip of hilarious satire of role-playing games and the fantasy genre in a world of spoiled teenage sorceresses, uptight paladins, and a small white cat named Mr. Scruffy. Your copy of our first book sits alone on a shelf and cries, pining away for the soulmate it might never know if you don't shell out the cash for this book. Are you so cold and unfeeling as to let its cries fall on deaf ears? (see review)

Blank 1 by Mhan Pop (TokyoPop 12 December, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: Murder, deceit, dames...and trig tests? The life of a secret agent is not an easy one, especially when you have amnesia. So when the thick-witted young pervert who calls himself Blank shows up at her school claiming to be one, Aki Clark has every reason to be skeptical. However, between his dedication, his ridiculous way with women, and his ability to make her laugh, Aki finds herself drawn to this man with no memory. But when they find themselves in the midst of a dark plot by the terrorist organization Raizen, Blank had better remember his secret agent skills quickly, or risk losing a lot more than his memory.From the manic mind of Pop Mhan (Batgirl, Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, SpyBoy) comes a sordid tale of spies, satellites and sexy schoolgirls!

Chibi Vampire 3 by Kagesaki Yuna (TokyoPop 12 December, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: As Kenta helps Karin study for her school exam, the two start becoming closer. But when Maki catches sight of them and asks if they are going out, Karin protests! She needs time, especially when she feels like she's starting to overcome her blood issues around Kenta. But a new problem is about to surface...and the odor is enough to make a vampire run to daylight!

Kamiyadori 1 by Sanbe Kei (TokyoPop 12 December, 2006 / $9.99) - "She was known, with much sarcasm, as Lefty's gadget…"

In this bleak futuristic tale, a biological plague has overtaken the humans, turning them into terrifying monsters called Kamiyadori. Oozing with their viral contagion, it's left up to the indigenous peacekeeping services, specifically those such as the specialist Right Arms, to control the outbreaks as well as quarantine the infected. (see review)

Little Queen 1 by Kim Yeon-joo (TokyoPop 12 December, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: Class rivals June and Lucia vie for the honor of being named the Queen of Light, entrusted with protecting the people from the King of Darkness. June is an attractive girl whose feisty, hot temper and general laziness may prevent her from receiving the crown...Lucia has a more regal quality and a strong desire to match, but she is always overshadowed by June. Will petty jealousies, love triangles, and one cute boy interfere with the Queen's royal duty?!

Mitsukazu Mihara 2: The Embalmer by Mihara Mitsukazu (TokyoPop 12 December, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: Mitsukazu Mihara's dramatically chilling look at the meaning of life, death, and the other side continues...For Shinjyurou Mamiya--an embalmer in a nation where men of his profession are viewed as outcasts--memory has always been like a prison. He reminisces about his first love and how that experience has locked him into a holding pattern in his current place in life. He encounters the lonely, the forgotten, and those who desperately hold onto their last of shred humanity. But his dealing with death will ultimately lead him to the true freedom that life offers...

Soul Rescue 1 by Kanno Aya (TokyoPop 28 November, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: When Angels are supposed to epitomize all that is perfect in love and mercy...where does a rogue angel fit into it all?! Renji is one of heaven's most powerful but overly violent angels. As punishment for going too far in the last great battle against the demons, Renji is banished to Earth... His mission? Saving 10,000 souls! But for an angel who's never known anything outside of fighting, there maybe nothing in Heaven or Hell that can help him...Where bad boy angels must learn to love humanity, it's all in the Soul Rescue!

Suikoden III, 11 (Suikoden) by Aki Shimizu (TokyoPop 28 November, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: It's the grand finale for Suikoden III, and the bearers of the True Water, Lightning and Fire Runes must face ghosts from their past during the ultimate shodown! Sasarai arrives to battle his twin, and suddenly the fight is four against one, but when Luc's Rune goes berserk, the balance between the forces of order and the instruments of chaos goes wildly awry. But does it all even matter if Hugo cannot show his might when it really counts?

Tsukuyomi 5: Moon Phase by Arima Keitaro (TokyoPop 28 November, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: While the threat of Count Kinkle is presumed over, Kouhei's life with Hazuki is still anything but normal! Now Hazuki is calling herself "Luna" and acting like little Miss Manners, all while taking strolls in the daytime! Could this have something to do with why she was locked away in the castle for all those years? And while Kouhei is trying to understand this new Hazuki, he may have some inner feelings he has to understand first...

Utopia's Avenger 1 by Oh Se-kwon (TokyoPop 12 December, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: Once, there was a legendary kingdom, called Joseon, an ideal country in which peace and prosperity flourished for years. The heroic warrior Hong Gil-Dong created this Utopian land--and then suddenly disappeared without a trace. But time passed, and a band of ruthless warriors invaded the kingdom, leaving it in utter ruins...Now, Hong Gil-Dong has returned, determined to raise his village from the ashes. But evil forces lurk in the shadows, observing our hero's every move--waiting for the opportunity to strike down Utopia's avenger... The nonstop martial arts action begins right here!

Van Von Hunter 3 by Mike Schwark (TokyoPop 28 November, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: The dark lord Kuulats returns to business! The Flaming Prince is staging a jailbreak! And King Utmos is on a quest to destroy evil! With all of these exclamation marks, you wouldn't think there would also be room for a tournament--starring all the greatest heroes in the land?! Of course there is! We've got 200 pages to fill in this next thrilling volume of Van Von Hunter...and our hero is about to educate everyone on how vanquishing evil stuff is really done. It may be the end of the world as we know it, but we all should feel fine.

Yubisaki Milk Tea 3 by Miyano Tomochika (TokyoPop 28 November, 2006 / $9.99) - From back of book: Yoshinori just can't decide whom he has a crush on: Minamo or Hidari. Seems like Yoshinori will never be able to muster up the courage to tell Hidari how he truly feels about her. But he better think of something quick--Yuki seems to be getting very close to Hidari, too! Sounds like this love triangle needs to be redrawn...

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