People, we are so so so close to having yet another Brian Ralph comic book in our hands. Of course, Brian confounds expectations and delivers a YA humor comic about a happy-go-lucky (usually) robot boy and his lousy selfish friends. And his clueless boob creator. And a bunch of Giant Robots that the little boy has to fight again and again. Oh, this comic is called Reggie-12 and it's a collection of the strips that Brian did in the back of seminal asian-culture magazine Giant Robot (plus a handful of pages from the, ahem, Highwater Books Free Comic Book Day comic, as well as a couple new treats.) Rereading these strips I was shocked at just how hilarious these strips were which was something of a surprise because if you've ever met Brian in person then you know that he's pretty much a cold fish. But on paper, well, he's like an electric eel who won't stop making the jokes. Or an octopus who is holding a joke in each tentacle and then he gives you a spanking new joke one after the other until you have a total of eight jokes. He's like that.
OH, before I forget, holding up that page from the forthcoming Reggie-12 book is none other than our beloved and handsome Julian Ceccaldi who is leaving the Drawn & Quarterly family (co-operation!) after working at our store since he was just a youngster. So long, Julien! You are the best and will be sorely missed.