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Arrival by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine Books 01 October 2007 / $19.99) - Book Description: In a heartbreaking parting, a man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship to cross the ocean. He's embarking on the most painful yet important journey of his life - he's leaving home to build a better future for his family. Shaun Tan evokes universal aspects of an immigrant's experience through a singular work of the imagination. He does so using brilliantly clear and mesmerizing images. Because the main character can't communicate in words, the book forgoes them too. But while the reader experiences the main character's isolation, he also shares his ultimate joy. (see review)

Beowulf by Chris Ryall (Idea & Design Works Llc 31 October 2007 / $17.99) - Book Description: A special adaptation of the big-screen retelling of the ancient myth from filmmakers Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary and Robert Zemeckis! In the sixth century, the warrior Beowulf must do battle with the monster Grendel as well as Grendel's mother and a dragon who has a personal connection to the Scandanavian warrior. Adapted by Chris Ryall and Gabriel Rodriguez (Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show). (see review)

Tales from the Crypt #1: Ghouls Gone Wild by Don McGregor (Papercutz 02 October 2007 / $7.95) - Book Description: TALES FROM THE CRYPT is the acknowledged premier horror comic of all time.
The original series suspended publication over fifty years ago. Papercutz has obtained the exclusive rights to revive this frightful franchise and to create all-new TALES FROM THE CRYPT comics, in our full-color digest-sized format. The debut volume features four tales of terror:
"Body of Work," reveals how two nosy and somewhat murderous neighbors discover the shocking inspiration for Jack Kroll's outsider artwork. "Runway Roadkill" presents a behind the scenes look at what is destined to be fashion designer Kimberly Kinselling's final show. "For Serious Collectors Only" proves that even connoisseurs of Japanese action figures should always carefully read the labels-or risk deadly consequences.
"The Tenant" features the fearsome fate of slumlord James Winchell, who, after one of his tenants dies due to his neglect, is forced to live in one of his buildings by a creepy
cemetery. All stories, painfully introduced by the perpetually-punning
GhouLunatics, The Crypt-Keeper, The Old Witch, and the Vault-Keeper

Aqua Volume 1 by Kozue Amano (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: After 150 years of terraforming, Aqua, the planet formerly known as Mars, now has over 90 percent of its surface covered in water. A young girl named Akari Mizunashi arrives at the city of Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the old Italian city of Venice, hoping to become an Undine, the most coveted job on Aqua. Follow Akari's adventures as she discovers the wonders of Aria in this prequel to the popular Aria anime and manga series. (Source: TokyoPop)

Arcana Volume 6 by So-young Lee (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: From the creator of the bestseller Model! Kyrette and Inez's paths cross once again in the forests of Eloam. When Kyrette does not recognize her, Inez tells him that she is Enril--but Inez doesn't even know who that is! While Inez gets caught in a labyrinth of memories, both Yulan and Kyrette fall unconscious with a high fever from Eloam's lethal energy. Can either of them recover from their sickness in time to save her? (Source: TokyoPop)

Archlord Volume 3 by Jin-hwan Park (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Now embroiled in a clash with the four most powerful warriors in the land, John and his friends would be slaughtered if it weren't for the appearance of Father Kenneth. But even Kenneth's formidable force might not be enough. And when the tide changes, Arin, John and Ugdrasil get split up. Can they hazard their dangerous journey divided? Each will need help, and they may just get it from the mysterious denizens of the Tass Forest. "Great overall artistry." -IGN "Archlord is spellbinding." -Mania.com (Source: TokyoPop)

Arm of Kannon Volume 9 by Masakazu Yamaguchi (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Still 700 years in the past, Ryo Kanmu and the monk Daikaku make their way to Akasaka Castle. The horrific, demonic Mikami-Danjo waits for his guests to arrive and try to take the Arm... Fast-forward to the present, where Garama Heavy Industries seeks the Magician of 5th Street for answers â€"- answers that they may not want to hear! "There's plenty of cool goings on in these pages....go for the ride!" - Marc Mason, moviepoopshoot.com (Source: TokyoPop)

BAKU by Mizuki Hakase (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: From the creator of The Demon OroronTakeshi finds out that he is the reincarnation of the “Baku,” a spirit that devours people’s nightmares... Mephist comes to the aid of ghosts and other spirits who seek the path to the other world... Nana discovers a doll that wants to be reunited with its former owner.In these sometimes terrifying, sometimes heartbreaking tales of the supernatural from the creator of The Demon Ororon, everyone has a memory they cannot forget... (Source: TokyoPop)

Battle Royale Ultimate Edition Volume 1 (Battle Royale Ultimate Edition) by Koushun Takami (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $24.99) - Book Description: The chilling first three volumes of the groundbreaking manga series--collected here in one blood-soaked volume One ninth-grade class, 42 students, marooned on an island and forced to kill or be killed in a government-sanctioned, televised game called The Program. The rules: after three days, only one student can remain alive or they all die. Weapons are handed out and each student is sent out into the field alone--unprepared for the horror that awaits them. Many classmates quickly turn on each other in this twisted battle for survival, but amid the betrayals and rising body count, new friendships are forged and existing love gives new meaning to the phrase, "Till death do we part." With a hard-hitting English adaptation by acclaimed writer Keith Giffen, this series is brutal, honest...and not to be missed.This collector's edition of the cult classic is filled with bonus features:--New, never-before-seen foreword from writer Koushun Takami--New color cover art from manga-ka Masayuki Taguchi--Unpublished character sketches from manga-ka Masayuki Taguchi--Color pages including covers from the first three volumes--Weapons details by Eliot R. Brown (Punisher's Armory)--"Second Opinion" on characters' injuries from an actual E.R. physician--"On the Couch" character psychiatric evaluation from an actual psychologist (Source: TokyoPop)

Blood Sucker 2: Legend of Zipangu by Saki Okuse (TokyoPop 10 October, 2006 / $9.99) - From back of book: The twisted thrilling bloodfest continues as Yusuke and Hideko come under attack from the inhuman minions of the ancient vampire Migiri. After driving off the vicious onslaught, Yusuke reflects upon the events of his past, just before the fateful ressurection of Magiri--Yusuke encountered a strange, new religion, led by a manipulative guru and his beautiful young oracle priestess, that lured its followers into an unholy alliance with a mysterious vampire named Kazuma... (see review)

BLOOD SUCKER 5 by Aki Shimizu (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: The bloodthirsty battles continue, and Yusuke and Hikage may finally be able to take down Migiri--but at what cost? Meanwhile, Yusuke is hiding a mysterious young vampire girl in his apartment. Does she have something to do with his beloved Kikuri? Not even the police department's Counter-Magoraka Task Squad is ready to take down the world's most devious vampire! (Source: TokyoPop)

Brave Story Volume 2 by Miyuki Miyabe (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Mitsuru has turned up missing, but Wataru tracks him down to the construction site, with monsters in hot pursuit! Meanwhile, a new adversary--responsible for the monster-mayhem--is introduced, tracking the wounded Mitsuru. As secrets are revealed and lives put in danger, Wataru must learn about the harsh facts of life as a "Traveler"! (Source: TokyoPop)

Dragon Head 8 by Minetaro Mochizuki (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Clinging to the hope of one day returning to their homes, Teru and Ako have overcome obstacle after obstacle and survived the most painful experiences in their lives. But even as they come closer to their goal, more challenges await them as the cataclysmic after-effects of the massive disaster continue. Will they be able to reach Tokyo--alive? "Gritty, harrowing and blood-soaked, it is a manga that should instantly appeal to fans of Battle Royale." --IGN.com (Source: TokyoPop)

Hyper Police Volume 10 by Mee (minoru Tachikawa) (TokyoPop 11 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: The thrilling finale is here! Natsuki has been released from the Underworld court system, with two vital bits of information. First, she's the mixed daughter of the Egyptian Sun Deity Bastet and her human father. Second, a grave fate may befall Batanen! Who is the shadowy "Count" figure Natsuki saw through a space-time rift, and does the future have to turn out as she saw it?When this cat-girl's love is threatened with going the way of the dodo, you can bet she'll take any and every opportunity the allotted time allows! Go forth, Natsuki, and claim that which is yours! (Source: TokyoPop)

iD_eNTITY Volume 10 by Hee-joon Son (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Adol and Boromid are nearing defeat at the hands of the wicked Muriah, so Il-Ban decides to unleash the power of the Hella's Chris dagger, stabbing Capri to give him enough power to take her down. Now able to move on to the Devil's Castle, they face Neogia next, one of the four Devas. But will this diabolical mind-reading spirit be too much for them? (Source: TokyoPop)

Judas 4 by Suu Minazuki (TokyoPop 10 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: A puzzle twisted around one single truth...Mizuki gets sent back in time by Simon to witness the story behind Judas's curse...and learns that he betrayed Jesus out of love for Eve. Meanwhile, it's revealed that the demon Jesus had alluded to was not Judas, but actually John, who has the "Eye of the Serpent" and plans to destroy the world! Will Mizuki solve the Puzzle of Truth and defeat John in time? (Source: TokyoPop)

Kami-kaze 3 by Shiki Satoshi (TokyoPop 31 October, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: Misao is taken to meet Kaede at the homeland of the Mizu no Tami, where she meets her grandmother. But Misao becomes upset after learning secrets about her family--and her destiny! It all leads to a startling discovery about a connection between the Kegai no Tami and the 88 beasts...

King of Thorn Volume 2 by Yuji Iwahara (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Narrowly escaping their island prison through the once-welded underground hatch, our band of survivors now find themselves making a tense escape through a half-submerged tunnel. The watery path may look serene at first, but what monstrosities await them beneath the inky depths? And who is the mysterious girl watching their every move? When a shocking revelation shatters the group to the core, not all of them will continue on to freedom...or answers. (Source: TokyoPop)

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Boxed Set by Shiro Amano (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $14.99) - Product Description: Sora, Donald, and Goofy realize their magic and skills have been completely stripped away - and now Sora must travel on his own!
Contains both volumes of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories! (Source: TokyoPop)

Liling Po 5 by Ako Yutenji (TokyoPop 03 October, 2006 / $9.99) - Book Description: When Liling~Po and company arrive at a mysterious village where child labor is a common practice, they meet a boy named Kei-sho who claims that he has one of the eight great treasures. But everything isn't exactly as it appears to be--Kei-sho's treasure is a fake, and Liling~Po's journey suddenly takes a turn for the worse...

Magical x Miracle Volume 6 by Yuzu Mizutani (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: The touching conclusion to the crazy cross-dressing saga! Merleawe has returned to a peaceful civilian life and has finally graduated from wizarding school. She's been working toward peace ever since Sylthfarn's death was announced five years ago, but the King of Caldia has other plans for her--invading her home country of Viegald! Merleawe must put her magic to work one last time to save her friends...but it may take a miracle! (Source: TokyoPop)

MY-HiME 4 by Kimura Noboru (TOKYOPOP 14 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: It's time for the Fuuka Academy Culture Festival, but Yuuichi is in the dumps about school. Brokenhearted, Mai convinces Yuuichi to show more affection to Shiho...but then he leaves her to go rescue Mashiro! Meanwhile, the Anti-Orphan Squad finds an ancient gate that holds a mystic power. Could the creatures sealed behind the gate be the Anti-Orphan Squad’s new enemy!!?? (Source: TOKYOPOP)

Princess Ai: Ultimate Edition by Courtney Love & D.j. Milky (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $19.99) - Book Description: Relive the amazing journey of Ai-Land's most outrageous princess--collected here as one complete volume. A Diva torn from Chaos...a Savior doomed to Love...Ai finds herself lost on the cold, hard streets of Tokyo, where she must piece together clues about who she is, why she's on Earth, and the secret of the Heart-Shaped Box she carries. As the story unfolds, the burgeoning music star struggles against assassins from Ai-Land, conspirators from her record company, and her own conflicted emotions...all as she searches for a way to bring peace to her troubled homeland. (Source: TokyoPop)

Rozen Maiden 6 by Peach-pit (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: In a deep sleep, Jun is mistaken by Suiguintoh for her own father, the dollmaker Rozen. And Canaria finally manages to enter the Sakurada house, only to find herself welcomed by the ever-accommodating Nori. And the mysterious girl in Jun’s dreams...is she the seventh maiden? (Source: TokyoPop)

Rure Volume 1 by Da-mi Seomoon (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Ha-Ru is the daughter of a family that rules a remote island. She is also the heiress to this secluded land, something that Ha-Ru's half sister, Mi-Ru, resents. When Mi-Ru becomes upset and runs away, Ha-Ru follows her--and they are magically ushered into a foreign desert! And in this magical land, it's survival of the fittest!Da-Mi Seomoon's action-packed fantasy series is filled with fashionable young ladies and hot, mysterious young men! (Source: TokyoPop)

Saiyuki Reload 5 by Kazuya Minekura (TokyoPop 10 October, 2006 / $9.99) - From front flap: A group of youkai advance upon Goku, Hakkai, and Gojyo. To stop the onslaught against Sanzo and company, Hazel and Gat show up to exterminate the attackers. Our heroes start to disagree with one another when youkai children join the fray. Is the life of a youkai child worth less and a human one?

Shinshoku Kiss Volume 1 by Kazuko Higashiyama (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: From the co-creator of tactics!Be careful what you wish for! Kotoko Kashiwagi is an aspiring doll maker who dreams of one day making dolls as life-like and beautiful as her idol's, the popular yet mysterious doll maker "Fool." She'd also like nothing better than to meet him, but when she does, the circumstances are nothing like she imagined! First off, he's kidnapped her. Second, he's kissed her hand, and third, he’s informed her she's going to become his servantâ€"-or else!Praise for tactics:"Sakura Kinoshita and Kazuko Higashiyama are marvelous artists... a very entertaining series." --Katherine Dacey-Tsuei, popcultureshock.com
"tactics is easily recommendable as a light, fun read." --Julie Rosato, animeondvd.com (Source: TokyoPop)

The Tarot Café 6 by Sang-sun Park (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Alecto receives a dark prophesy from an old three-headed fortuneteller. If he wants to tell Pamela the truth about his feelings, there will be dangerous consequences! While Pamela and Belus search for Alecto, Berial plays a game of chess with their lives--and Alecto and Pamela face a disaster from which neither can run..."[P]art fantasy, part horror and entirely intriguing...Park's artwork is stellar." --Publishers Weekly (Source: TokyoPop)

Vampire Doll: 4 Guilt-na-Zan by Erika Kari (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Guilt-Na finally reveals the secret behind Vincent's past and explains why she keeps him as a servant. And there are imposters of Guilt-Na and Vincent running around--who are they and what do they want!? Meanwhile, Kyoji makes an unusual request from Guilt-Na for his birthday. Will she be able to fulfill it?"I don't know how to describe my love for Vampire Doll other than to say this: Buy it right now, you!" --Newtype USA (Source: TokyoPop)

WarCraft: The Sunwell Trilogy - (Ultimate Edition) by Kim Jae-hwan (TokyoPop 09 October 2007 / $29.99) - Book Description: The mighty Sunwell, a fount of unbridled mystical power, was the essence of the high elves' lives. As much a part of their existence as eating or breathing, the Sunwell enabled the high elves to build their magnificent cities, mold the land to their purposes, and make for themselves whatever they desired...until a terrible act of betrayal decimated the high elves and seemingly destroyed the Sunwell forever. Now, a young blue dragon races against the forces of the undead Scourge to locate any remainder of the Sunwell before its awesome energies can be used for destruction!Set in the mystical world of Azeroth, Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy chronicles the adventures of Kalecgos, Anveena, Tyrygosa, and Jorad Mace as they take on vengeful bounty hunters, traverse the treacherous Lordaeron wastelands, and fight for their lives against the Ghostlands' restless dead!Originally released as a three-volume series, the entire Sunwell Trilogy is collected here in a single gorgeous volume along with exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material, including:An eight-page, full-color prologue written by Richard Knaak and illustrated by Jae-Hwan KimColor art gallery including covers to all three original volumesArtist's sketchbook: behind-the-scenes development art by Jae-Hwan KimAfterword by Chris Metzen, VP Creative of Blizzard Entertainment--the company that created WarcraftAn Upper Deck World of Warcraft trading card illustrated by Jae-Hwan KimA full-color unbound Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogypin-up suitable for framing From the minds of Jae-Hwan Kim, creator of War Angels and artist of the best-selling King of Hell series, and Richard A. Knaak, the New York Times best-selling author, comes the Sunwell Trilogy in its magical entirety. It's the World of Warcraft like you've never seen it before!"A well-told, exciting story. Kim's beautiful art has an amazing depth and fluidity that sets it apart." --Tina Coleman, American Library Association (Source: TokyoPop)

MW by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical 30 October 2007 / $24.95) - From publicity material: Weapons of mass destruction. U.S. Imperialism. Government conspiracy. Chemical warfare. Genocide. Serial murder... Osamu Tezuka's classic reads as if taken from the headlines of today's daily newpapers or the lead in the nightly news. Yet, it was published more and thirty years ago.

As a youn gster, Yuki was the victim of a poison gas, an accident that wiped out an island's inhabitants, and was hastily covered up by his government. One of only two survivors, he grew afflicted with an inability to distinguish right from wrong. A man without a conscience, he is the darling of finance and politics, and secretly a master at misdirection and murder, focused and driven, Yet, what makes Yuki a monster also fuels his drive to uncover a conspiracy against the people. But will exposing the truth be enough to assuage a man with no soul? (Source: Vertical)

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