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  • Hard. Cover.


    It’s a Very Atlas Day. That jam-packed Agents of Atlas hardcover edition will be in discerning comics shops everywhere (and the Amazon warehouse), and the X-Men First Class finale starring Gorilla Man will be out too. I couldn’t have planned that better if they let me. So let’s make that hardcover sell out fast so I can plan out a new series, thanks.


    Comment from henri yim
    Time: April 25, 2007, 6:16 am

    I’m getting mine right now.
    amazon it !

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 25, 2007, 6:18 am

    Right ON.

    Comment from henri yim
    Time: April 25, 2007, 6:31 am

    by the way, I don’t know if any frenchies are hanging around here, but album comics in Paris (the biggest comics importer in france) has some AOA harcovers in stock. After calling, they should be stocked for “A few weeks.”
    well i’m off to get mine and the “read-this-or-we-have-nothing-in-common” copy for my girlfriend.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 25, 2007, 8:45 am

    That’s a good tip, thanks Henri.
    And I have faith in your girlfriend. So far the book has gone over with women pretty well.

    Comment from Beast
    Time: April 25, 2007, 8:59 am

    Got mine coming as well. Can’t wait to get it. :)

    Comment from Chris Ferguson
    Time: April 25, 2007, 11:17 am

    You’re in good company this week, Parker. Now I gots no money after the AOA hardcover, plus the Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus (every Ditko Spidey!), and EC’s Weird Science vol. 2 HC.

    Comment from dusty abell
    Time: April 25, 2007, 1:33 pm

    i stepped up and got mine at comics about 2 hours ago, can’t wait to check out all the extras when i get home tonight, needless to say, i hope you get green lit for volume two, i really wanna see were these characters go after the wicked cool reintroduction.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 25, 2007, 3:20 pm

    I just got it! I think you’ll be pleased, it’s really nicely done.

    Comment from Zack
    Time: April 25, 2007, 6:50 pm

    Frapjacks! I saw on Amazon it weren’t comin’ out ’til May!

    Never trust the Man. I’m goin’ to pre-order.

    Comment from Drew Clements
    Time: April 26, 2007, 2:47 am

    I’m there! That’s a short way of saying that I’ll be picking it up soon. Man, why did I post that short way and then explain it at length.

    Oh wait, it’s early in the morning and I don’t know what I’m doing.

    Well, I do know I’ll be buying it!

    Comment from Beast
    Time: April 26, 2007, 6:45 am

    X-Men: First Class #8 was great as well. Love seeing Gorilla Man, even if it’s pre-AoA. Hey Jeff, if you really want them to green-light a new Agents of Atlas, have the remaining members of the 05 X-Men guest star in it. Seems like just about anything that includes an X anywhere in the title gets published now adays. :)

    Comment from Beast
    Time: April 26, 2007, 6:58 am

    God, I still hate using the term AoA to refer to Agents of Atlas. It just makes me feel dirty all over, since it brings up bad memories of Age of Apocalypse: 10th Anniversary miniseries.

    Comment from Nate Hartz
    Time: April 26, 2007, 8:19 am

    Jeff, I picked mine up yesterday. I haven’t checked out the extras yet. I also wanted to say thanks for doing the AOA online game. That was a lot of fun. My username for that was nhartz. I was even lucky enough to make into the comic that one time. Thanks for doing a wonderful job with these characters and hopefully there is a series two.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 26, 2007, 8:34 am

    Hi Nate, and thanks for playing! Unfortunately they didn’t have room in the collection to include all the online story like I thought they would, but I’m going to try to put it altogether in an easy to read place on the Agents of Atlas website.

    Comment from henri yim
    Time: April 26, 2007, 9:00 am

    >> And I have faith in your girlfriend. So far the book has gone over with women pretty well.

    yeah once every so and so months I put her in front of something from the pop culture, just to check if we are still in tune (last one was Boyle’s sunshine.) She does the same thing on me with high culture, heh.
    She doesn’t really much care for superheroes but lately she really got into pulp lit so agents of atlas is like a perfect entry comics for her, or for new readers, now that I think about it. Minimal tights, lots of pulp tropes, no need for extensive continuity blah blah to have in mind. You’d think shop keepers would recommend it as a “try this.”

    Comment from Eric
    Time: April 26, 2007, 12:11 pm

    I can’t afford the hardcover right now (I bought it in pamphlet form, a term that always makes me feel weird for some reason), but I’m on my way to pick up this month’s X-Men First Class right now.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 26, 2007, 3:15 pm

    Cool, hope you like it. Pamphlet feels weird to me too. Maybe “stapled.”

    Comment from Beast
    Time: April 26, 2007, 5:54 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of people use the term “Floppy”. :)

    Sorta fits pretty well with “Trade” and “Hardcover”.

    Comment from Eric
    Time: April 26, 2007, 5:57 pm

    It was fantastic, as usual. I’ve only been unenthused once after reading a book written by you (which is why I buy so many of your books — you have a better batting average than Ted Williams), and I assume that if I’d read Avengers Disassembled, I probably would’ve liked it too. Oak Island is a cool thing to reference in a…I think we should call them floppies since that doesn’t apply to disks anymore. And man, the list of artists on the XFC Special? I’m there like brown on the rice of someone whose wife is forcing him to eat more healthy.

    Comment from Eric
    Time: April 26, 2007, 8:15 pm

    There’s no way to prove this since all posts since the dawn of time here have been written at 5:18, but Beast and I wrote simultaneously on the use of the term floppy. I think that should be good enough to make it law.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: April 26, 2007, 9:30 pm

    Floppy it is. That What If Disassembled was such a downer, I owe everyone something more fun. And it looks like I’ll be able to deliver on that later in the year!

    Gotta figure out how to make comments here not stamp everything with the post time. My own comments-managing section shows the real time though, and you posted that at 5:57, THREE MINUTES after Beast posted. Nuh.

    Comment from Eric
    Time: April 26, 2007, 10:54 pm

    It wasn’t totally a downer (I don’t want you to get pigeon-holed as a humorist), but I had no idea what anything was referencing. And I had no desire to go out and find Disassembled either. I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed it if I knew anything about Disassembled. Trust me though, you’ve more than made up for it!

    Comment from Pedro Bouça
    Time: April 27, 2007, 2:15 am

    What about “fascicle” as a name to individual comics? That’s what they are right now!

    Anyway, my HC is on the mail right now. It must reach me here in Portugal in 20 days or so (depending on the slowness of the customs). I’m eager to get my hands on it!

    Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

    Comment from Beast
    Time: April 27, 2007, 6:49 am

    I liked What If? Avengers Disassembled. It was a bit shocking though how much of a downer it was, considering I’m used to a feeling of fun when I read your stuff. You abused poor Beast in that issue. But it was still a good issue. I liked the explaination for what Wanda was doing. Made a hell of a lot more sense than what Bendis delivered.

    Comment from Leonard Kirk
    Time: April 27, 2007, 3:39 pm

    As I already mentioned to Jeff, I’m just as happy as a monkey flinging poo to see my original sketch of Gorilla Man smoking inlcuded. For the most part, I don’t have a problem with Marvel’s anti-smoking policy. But I was always bummed when I thought no one would ever see that sketch, cause dammit! I liked that one!

    Oh, and for the record, this is being posted on 4-27-07 at 7:42 pm.


    Comment from Beast
    Time: April 28, 2007, 6:25 am

    Hey Leonard, my book hasn’t come yet. Mind posting the sketch here? :D

    Comment from Colin
    Time: May 24, 2007, 11:24 am

    Just picked this up last weekend. What a great read!! It’s too bad I missed out on the on-line game.

    Comment from Adam McGovern
    Time: May 25, 2007, 8:11 pm

    Every now and then bad timing can be satisfying too — looks like my public call for a collection of this landmark series came out in The Jack Kirby Collector about two weeks after the book did. Everyone reading this knows the godlike properties of that first of hopefully many AoA runs, but you might enjoy how I shoehorned my enthusiasm for it into a nostalgia mag about a tenuously-related artist. Issue 48, on sale still. And if you’re listening in, Jeff, let me know where I can send you a comp (or email an instant-gratification PDF). Atlas Assemble!!

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 25, 2007, 9:12 pm

    Adam, I couldn’t find your email, but you can drop me a line at octopus@parkerspace.com
    I’ll probably be able to find this latest magazine at my nearby shop!