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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

    Welcome to the Comx Box Bookcase and Bookshelf site.  Featured on this page are the books that have been published by our cartoonists with links to their sites that provide all of the details about the books that are listed below.
  You can scroll down the center of the page and click on any picture to link to the expanded information on the publications or use the side bar quick-links.
  Thank you for visiting.
                                                 /Tom Esposito - CBCS Publisher




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Best In Show Presents 
-And This Year's Award Goes To...-
by Phil Juliano
  
 This is a collection of 2011 comic strips plus a few extra bells and whistles. With a slick wraparound cover and a ton of hilarious comics inside, you'd best grab one while the grabbin' is good! 




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  -Arizona Literary Magazine 2016-
Edited by Lisa Aquilina
 Enjoy a comprehensive publication celebrating the literary works of the 2015 Arizona Literary Contest award-winning authors, proudly sponsored by Arizona Authors' Association. The magazine features both unpublished works (Poetry, Essay, Short Story and Novel) and published titles (Children's Literature, Fiction and Nonfiction).

Authors include (in order of appearance) Nancy Scheneman-Brehm, Sheryl Brooks, Jo Ann Crooks, Misty Kiwak Jacobs, Marianne Mitchell, Martha A. Boose, Irene Matthews, Laurie Wilson Fatland, Russell Azbill, W.D. Mast, Elizabeth Bonadio, Nancy Chaney, Linda Jewell, Lisa Harris, Robin Hostetter, John Young, C.A. Lee, Tom Zuzich, Sharman Apt Russell, Timothy Barmettler, Dean Jason Sylvia, Albert Quihuis, Tony Taylor, Nancy Rivest Green, Carolyn Niethammer, K. Patrick Malone, Andrew Levkoff, Amy Hale Auker, Wynne Brown, Reed Peters, Jerry Nickle, Barbara Marriott and Richard C. Collins.

New in this 2016 edition is the announcement of the Green Pieces Press Arizona Book of the Year. The 2015 recipient of this prestigious honor is the fiction title The Darkest Side of Saturn - Odyssey of a Reluctant Prophet of Doom by Tony Taylor. The magazine also includes author biographies and photos, book cover images and literary judge biographies, as well as listings of the previous Arizona Literary Awards recipients in years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.




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-Axel & Alex-
by Terry Flippo
Each of 3 books at $6.00 in price.
Orders can be sent via Paypal to...
jmflip4@verizon.net
(Include your mailing address)



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Boobiehatch Presents
-Behind the Rubber Door- 
by Timothy Simpson

 A behind the scenes gander at the genius behind the comic strip 'The BoobieHatch'. As you scan these landscapes of frivolity & desperate comic intentions, don't be afraid to be whisked away by... a whisk... harmless? Sure. Unless it's a whirling tornado filled with whisk brooms... then yes, good god man... run! It's fraught with heart break & suspense... & that's just the purchasing experience. Anyway i hope this summary has brought a clear vision of the seriousness of this dossier. :)! Wait a minute... i meant >:I .... Too serious?




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-Bullying Is No Laughing Matter- 
Featuring Villena and Tomaselli
 Millions of Americans follow the adventures of Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Luann, Dick Tracy, Gil Thorp and other top comic strip characters. We love to laugh at their adventures-and their misadventures. But, as the title of this powerful new comic book declares: Bullying Is No Laughing Matter. This full-color paperback represents a historic "team up" of America's cartoon favorites, who are springing from the funny pages into this big new book. They're united in encouraging kids to support each other when someone begins picking on them. 

National research shows that new forms of bullying follow kids wherever they go-inescapably plaguing them through social media on computers and smartphones. Some of the comic artists contributing to this book have even added personal notes sharing their own experiences with bullies-or offering brief words of encouragement to kids. This book is a unique resource encouraging kids to build supportive relationships by starting with familiar characters they may have grown up with or will enjoy meeting in these pages. Many of these brief comics are presented as discussion prompts, starting a story about bulling and then inviting kids to consider: What will happen next? How would you respond? The format of this comic book is unusual. It's a "flip book" with two covers and two pathways through these comic adventures. The front cover takes kids (and the adults who love them) through dozens of individual comic panels and strips. Most of these pages contain personal notes from the creators of these comics. The "other cover" takes kids (and their parents, teachers and youth leaders) through a graphic novel starring a youthful super hero, The Cardinal. 

The Cardinal confronts a seemingly horrible "enemy"-the Warthog-but readers discover that there's far more to this bully than we guess in our first glimpse. In the middle of the book, The Cardinal author and artist Kurt J. Kolka tells his own story of overcoming the effects of bullying, and Camille Paddock, a teenage girl who has become a real-life hero for her own triumph over bullying tells her story as well. Amazingly, readers discover that the Warthog and young Camille share similar crises in their lives. Kids can easily internalize these lessons about compassion and the courage necessary to help end bullying. Bullying Is No Laughing Matter unites 36 nationally distributed comic strips, many of them specifically addressing the issue of bullying for the first time in this publication. Readers will enjoy colorful visits from such regulars on the funny pages as Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Dick Tracy, Funky Winkerbean, Gil Thorp, Luann, Stone Soup, Mary Worth, and many more.




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-The Cartoonist's Bible-
Featuring Lady Anne Wehrley
 Create great cartoons in a wide range of styles and media, from comic-book line art to digital manga. Learn how to exaggerate and distort your characters to great comic effect; render funny expressions and body language; add backgrounds, lettering, and speech balloons.

The contents of this book are unique and completely practical. Not only will you learn how to draw cartoons in many formats including up-to-date advice on CGI (computer generated images) and Manga comics, but you will also learn easy, foolproof methods of how to always be able to think up new humorous ideas for your cartoons—and how to give yourself the bet chance of selling your work and seeing it published.
In The Cartoonist's Bible, there is an extremely useful and comprehensive Expressions File that means you will never struggle to draw just the right look on your cartoon characters. Also included is a valuable Cartoon Resources file to signpost you on to further information about all aspects of cartooning. Over 60,000 copies of The Cartoonist's Bible sold worldwide.





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Green Pieces Presents
-Green From the Pond Up- 
by Drew Aquilina

 Who knew being GREEN could be so hilarious? People around the world are familiar with some part of nature, be it the environment or its inhabitants. All of nature serves as the setting for the characters in the full color collection of cartoon strips, Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up, by Drew Aquilina. Clouds, insects, birds, mammals and plants are game for the cartoon strip Green pieces, naturally, the world's greenest and most environmentally friendly humor-TM. Nothing is overlooked by this clever feature. 

Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up has been named Comics/Graphic Novel of the Year at the London, Paris, New York, New England and San Francisco and Green Book Festivals. Aquilina's inaugural cartoon compilation also was named USA Best Books 2011; Best Book Awards, Environment/Green Book of the Year and was awarded the Humor Finalist distinction by the 2012 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. 

Who knew being green could be so hilarious? The cartoon strip and Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up highlight four main characters who introduce the reader to the life and times around a typical wetland, in this case a pond. Led by a claustrophobic turtle named Iggman, the action picks up once humans leave the scene. Iggy's friends include an annoying dragonfly, Radic; an omnipotent techno-bullfrog, Cabby; and a rogue raccoon, Roc. Meet the Pond Friends: Iggy: Cleverly yet cautiously approaching the world surrounding him, Iggman seeks the simple pleasures of life. Iggy, (as his friends call him) has a unique perspective on his environment. As a turtle, his species longevity promotes wisdom. It is Iggy's naivete, however, that gives away his true age. His shell, the seemingly magical carapace that follows Iggy everywhere, is the center of attention. The shell serves as Iggy's sanctuary as well as his burden. Unusual for turtles, Iggy also battles bouts of claustrophobia. He tempers his affliction by frequently giving the outside of his shell a good coat of wax. Radic the dragonfly: Radic epitomizes the word bug. Making his rounds at the pond and through nature, Radic stirs up trouble wherever he flies. This pesky but loveable cad is the self-proclaimed best friend of Iggy. It is unknown whether Radic truly seeks Iggy's friendship or simply covets Iggy's warm, comfy-cozy shell on which to land and sleep. Cabby the bullfrog: This techno-frog's DNA was altered by pollution during the critical tadpole stage. As a result, his brain developed instead of his legs. Cabby's genius lies in the scientific realm with heavy emphasis on computers and physics. While normally focused on his scientific pursuit, from time to time Cabby will indulge in less lofty aspirations to help get his wetland friends in and out of trouble. Roc the raccoon: Roc is your friendly neighborhood raccoon. Endearing and charming to a fault, he possesses an uncanny ability to recognize the reality of most situations. As the local rogue, Roc gets through life by living out of dumpsters and trash cans and picking up odd jobs from Cabby. Roc reminds the reader of the uncle that families do not talk about much. When he is not sleeping off a night of heavy rubbish rummaging, Roc can be a very good friend and fun companion. 

Also the winner of the 2011 San Francisco Book Festival, Wildcard Honorable Mention, the reader follows the delightful antics of Iggy, Radic, Cabby and Roc as they frolic through nature.




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Best In Show Presents
-Hidden Agenda-
by Phil Juliano

 Inside the pages of this collection you'll find the 'other' comics that I work on...single panel gag cartoons that have been published in newspapers and a popular craft beer culture magazine.




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Rogue Symmetry Presents
-Dorks, Dandruff, & Jellybeans-
by Derrick G. Wood
 Rogue Symmetry: Dorks, Dandruff, and Jellybeans is the first single panel comic book by cartoonist, Derrick G. Wood.

 Introduction: Awakening with a giggle. Covered in sweat. That is how Rogue Symmetry began. The idea of a health food vending machine placed right next to a soda machine was how it started in the dream. Then the familiar, “I’m with stupid” t-shirt descended from a cloud, transformed into a sign, and rested proudly upon the healthy snack receptacle. When I woke up, I jotted it down in my notebook. 

Until this time, that book was filled with story ideas, poetry, and wanna-be-but-never-will-be song lyrics. This was something new. Something much more uplifting and profound. This was something that actually made me feel good. Over the next couple months, I filled up several journals with every funny little cartoon that popped into my head. It wasn’t like I was trying to think up funny stuff, but rather, like someone was pushing these ideas into my mind. Having never seriously drawn before, it took me a while to realize that I should try and draw one of these cartoons out and make it look like a real comic. 

I decided to start with the vending machine idea. It didn’t come out as I had envisioned it, and though I was disappointed to discover that I wasn’t an instant Bill Watterson, I told myself that I wouldn’t give up. I colored that cartoon and immediately created a blog where people could laugh at my ideas and watch as I improve my art skills. When we look at comics in the paper or online, we generally see the result of the cartoonist’s hard work and dedicated years of practice. We don’t get to see them struggle to draw a hand, figure out which fonts to use, how to create backgrounds, or how to color their creations. 

No, it is there exactly as the creator intended it to look. Not with Rogue Symmetry. This book covers my VERY first cartoon and takes you along my awkward journey, my struggle, to figure out this thing called drawing. Like watching a bird’s first flight (which is usually its first fall too), it isn’t always going to be pretty. The key is to get up on the tree and jump again! Rogue Symmetry won’t be the best drawn comic you’ve ever seen, but it will be the most honest. “Warts and all” as they say. -Derrick G. Wood www.roguesymmetry.com



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Rogue Symmetry Presents
-Knocking On Wood-
by Derrick G. Wood

Cartoonist, Derrick G. Wood, believes that if laughter truly was the best medicine, the government and insurance companies would have already conspired to make it illegal w/o a very expensive prescription. But, just in case that ever happens, let Derrick assume the role of illegal laughs pusher in your life. 

Come one, come all, cheap black market laughter to cure what ales you! Also available by Rogue Symmetry: Rogue Symmetry: Dorks, Jellybeans, and Dandruff (Highlights from 2011) A Rogue Symmetry Guide - Quit Smoking Right This Second!: Not in an hour, not in a day, not in a week, RIGHT NOW.





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Green Pieces Presents
-Meet the Pond Friends- 
by Drew Aquilina
 Iggman (Iggy) the Turtle - Cleverly yet cautiously approaching the world surrounding him, Iggman seeks the simple pleasures of life. Unusual for turtles, Iggy battles bouts of claustrophobia. He tempers his affliction by frequently giving the outside of the shell a good coat of wax.

Radic the Dragonfly - Radic epitomizes the word bug. Radic stirs up trouble wherever he flies. This pesky but lovable cad is the self-proclaimed best friend; of Iggman the Turtle.
Cabby the Bullfrog - This techo-frog's DNA was altered by pollution during the critical tadpole stage. As a result, Cabby's brain developed instead of his legs. Cabby's genius lies in the scientific realm with heavy emphasis on computers and physics.

Roc the Raccoon - Charming and endearing to a fault, Roc possesses an uncanny ability to recognize the reality of most situations. As the local rogue, he gets through life by living out of dumpsters and trash cans and picking up odd jobs from Cabby.



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-Note To Gibbs-
by Pierre O'Rourke
With Cartoons by Drew Aquilina
 Some pet owners speak to their dogs and others whisper. But, writing notes? Leaving written notes for his dog is exactly what Arizona author Pierre O'Rourke does in his inaugural book Note To Gibbs. After losing Nubble, his best friend and companion of 11 years, it took O'Rourke almost two years to get another dog. At that time, he received a call there was a six-month-old Australian Blue Heeler rescue dog available for adoption. After some angst and a lot of prodding from his friends, Gibbs came into O'Rourke's life. 

O'Rourke decided to write Gibbs a note to welcome the puppy into his new home. O'Rourke put the note on his refrigerator and, thereafter, began a daily ritual of writing notes to Gibbs about everything from sharing toys with other dogs to his relationship with his best friend, Bijou. Note To Gibbs is a delightful look at life through the eyes of a new puppy.




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Green Pieces Presents
-One Piece At a Time- 
by Drew Aquilina

 Green Pieces: One Piece At a Time is written and illustrated by International awarding winning cartoonist/author Drew Aquilina. Green Pieces is an extraordinary cartoon collection profiling nature in a humorous way providing educators and parents with an effective, fun environmental platform. All of nature serves as the setting for the characters in this collection of 128 hand drawn cartoon strips. In his third compilation, Aquilina uses his love of the environment as inspiration for this entertaining cartoon strip. As the seasons turn, this hilarious book explores how turtles, dragonflies, frogs, raccoons, birds, deer, squirrels and nature's denizens coexist, even when man intrudes on their surroundings.




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-Onion & Pea-
by Villena & Tomaselli
 Leo was a normal boy with a normal life... until two of the strangest creatures anyone's ever seen came into his life: an onion and a pea dressed as superheroes! Their adventures feature all sorts, from pirate treasures to closet monsters and quirky mothers-in-law, and you can find out all about it in the 8 chapters of this e-book, full of comic strips and family-friendly fun. 

Enjoy the adventures of Onion and Pea! This comic has over 80 pages in full colour, with 25 pages of additional materials and comments from the authors. The younger members of the family will be rolling on the floor with Onion and Pea’s crazy capers, and the grown-ups will enjoy the amusing comic strips, some of them highly topical.

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Paperback book in English. Leo was a normal boy with a normal life until two short and chubby, costumed vegetable superheroes showed up: Onion and Pea! Now nothing will ever be normal again. These permanent companions make every day a weird adventure; from social catastrophes at school to mysterious expeditions and quests, to the endless peculiarities of a lively enlarged family. 

Take a big bite of "Onion & Pea": it's not what you'd expect, and it's really delicious! "Onion and Pea" is a great comic strip. It's got everything I look for in a comic; it's very funny, it's beautifully drawn, and it's named after garden vegetables (just like my own comic, "Pickles"). So enjoy "Onion& Pea". It's delicious! Brian Crane. Creator of the comic strip "Pickles". -- "Onion & Pea" are two vegetables everyone can love! Villena and Tomaselli have created one of those rare comic strips that combine absolutely beautiful artwork with consistently funny material. I've read a LOT of comic strips in my time and "Onion& Pea" is one of the few I can honestly call one of my favorites! Chad Carpenter. Tundra Comics. -- ... 

Theirs is a comic world with talking vegetables that role-play politics, pop culture and puns. Jose & David have crafted a world with no rules or boundaries starring a family that's host to the vegetable equivalents of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but it's a funny world and one worth exploring... Michael Jantze, Creator of the comic strip "The Norm". Jantze Studios.




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Best In Show Presents
-Ooh ...Look What You Did!-
by Phil Juliano
 After ten years, P.J. and his faithful canine companion Spencer still entertain readers with their mad-cap energy, cultural references and slick and colorful art style. In this celebration of a decade of Best In Show, its creator shares some of the milestones in the history of this beloved comic strip with commentaries and added features galore. This comic is truly a piece of history. To the creator, anyway...




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-PAMO's World ...A Webcomic- 
by Pam Huggins
 Pamo's World is a comic about getting along in life. At Pamo's World you'll find motorcycles, talking cats, and lots of chocolate. Part fantasy, part reality, but mostly it's fun. 

Pamo's World Volume One is a 48 page collection of some comics drawn between spring of 2013 and spring of 2015.




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-Postcards Home- 
by W.D. Mast 
Lisa Aquilina - Editor

 Author and award-winning photographer W.D. Mast writes and sends postcards to memorialize the trails he travels, the world he journals and the images he captures. Mast is a dreamer, restless by nature, and a wanderer at heart. He has traveled the globe many times while discovering its unique places and people. Mast has found the visual symbolism from postcards to be a perfect way to communicate and connect with his loved ones. He enjoys affixing a note and stamp on each postcard and then sending the message and picture from one place to another.

Postcards Home, Adventures Begin with the First Step represents the central focus of Mast's dream. Postcards he once sent now return to forever validate a place and point in time. Those who received the hundreds of postcards Mast has sent over the past 30 years, unbeknownst to him, kept many of those cards. Now over 410 of those same cards have been returned to the author/photographer/traveler. This book is meant to share with the reader Mast's true experiences through the postcards he has written and sent, through his photographs taken contemporaneously along the way. From the 1979 Iranian evacuation to living on a Saudi Arabian oil slick to catching live turkeys for a New Zealand/American Thanksgiving to spiritual awakening in Tibet, Postcards Home is an exciting, humorous, compelling and interesting read for all who share the adventurous spirit.

Mast has earned the title of one of the most traveled photographers with his long list of adventures, including skiing off the Swiss Alps and parasailing 7000 feet to the village below; bungee jumping off a 120-foot bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand; being chased from a Kenyan tent camp by a charging elephant; finding himself confronted, eye to eye, with a white rhino and her young calf while on a Zambian walking safari; taking the longest train journey -- 9300 miles -- from London to Hong Kong in 43 days; traveling by train across Canada and the USA over 10,000 miles; and, camping in a 4x4 vehicle for four months through 32 national parks and covering 25,000 miles across North America. 

The spectacular worldwide photography of W.D. Mast has always made places both remote and familiar come alive. Now, his creative book, Postcards Home, with ever entertaining stories to go along with the photos gives you an even more 'being there' feeling. Mast's nostalgic collection of postcards reminds us all of trips we took but didn't have the foresight to save the postcards! This book helps bring our own travel memories to the forefront out of the corners of our mind ... as it instills us with the desire to travel to new fantastic places as well.

Experience a classic travel memoir by reading Postcards Home by W.D. Mast. 

Mast also makes available his U.S. and international photography gallery containing over 300 exquisite images.




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Best In Show Presents
-Spencer and Friends Coloring Book- 
by Phil Juliano

  Finally! A fun coloring book to keep you and your kids busy on a lazy Sunday afternoon! Inspired by the characters from the comic strip 'Best In Show', you'll be engrossed in the meditative qualities of staying within the lines!





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Best In Show Presents
-Still Standing-
by Phil Juliano

 In this latest collection of Best In Show comic strips we meet many new and interesting characters. We also get a more in depth look at Spencer's job as Intergalactic Investigator, P.J.'s love/hate relationship with technology and experience the ups and downs of being a family with alien friends and a zombie garden. This is an expanded digital edition with dozens more comics added to round out your reading enjoyment!




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Rogue Symmetry Presents
-Toons To Reach From Hard Places-
by Derrick G. Wood
 Cartoonist, Derrick G. Wood, started cartooning in his fourth year of freshman English. By his sixth year of high school, he had already completed 1,700 cartoons, published two books (now out of print), and turned in zero homework assignments. Derrick not only dedicated his life to cartooning, he threw his life away for cartooning. Now he is a jobless wreck and desperately asks that you support him by buying his new book, Toons From Hard To Reach Places. Thank you.




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