The entire "l(a" novel under one convienient cover!
Banished from his foster family for his bizarre actions, Jed searches out an old friend and a new place to live. Unfortunately, in order to find this friend, Jed must journey to the most miserable place he’s ever known: his childhood home. Eccentric characters – including an all-but-invisible old man, a former nun who had an extraordinary relationship with his late father, and an oddly morose narrator - line the way. Ultimately, his search leads him to learn divine truths about both his father and his own unusual existence.
Taking place almost a decade before the events of the last book, “left” contains the reasons why Jed doesn’t trust his dad or the seemingly-saintly status he attained in “l(a”. As far as he knows, his dad abandons him for no apparent reason. As far as he knows, all of his friends just happen to be leaving as well. As far as he knows, the red dot that chases him has no purpose. And as far as he knows, the failed political speechwriter who understands his life’s purpose is not out to kill him.
But then again, he’s only eleven; he has time.
"left" #1: “left” takes place several years before the events in “l(a”. Jed Sr. is still alive and Jed is still living with him. Because of his reaction to Jed’s adolescent curiosity, it’s easy to see how people assumed Sr. was so saintly; it’s also easy to see why Jr. assumed he was so inept.
"left" #2: While reinacting scenes from his favorite cartoon (he is, after all, only eleven), Jed overhears his father accepting Penny’s offer to move in with them. He reacts the way a young boy should: he pulls a prank. The events following this prank haunt Jed for the rest of his life and set the stage for the remainder of “left”.
"left" #3: After discovering that he’s alone, Jed does what anyone would: he finds comfort in his friends. Some of this comfort is unfounded (Dave and Ducky) and some of it is short-lived (Fred and Sis). Along the way Jed unlocks something terrible, both in himself and in a seemingly harmless failed speechwriter by the name of Jared Richards.
"left" #4: Jared Richards has found that he’s able to see his own future. In it, he’s seen that he’s murdered by Jed in a little more than ten years time. Separately, once he’s discovered that his friends cannot replace his family, Jed finds himself stealing to survive. It’s at this point that these two stories merge for an instant.
"left" #5: Jed debates on the subject of what to do about his dad while Jared debates on the subject of what to about Jed. After decisions are made, a familiar face returns to Jed’s home to a mixed reception. Jared, however, seems to have resolved to do something sinister in order to avoid his foreseen demise at Jed’s hands.
"l(a" #1: Jed has just been kicked out of his second home for some unkown, yet horrible, reason. He decides to go back to his first home in Lower Anjil so that he may stay with an old friend, Dave, for a few days unitl he gets things straightened out. On the way, he meets a weird old woman and a really weird old man. The narrator is unnaturally cryptic and seems to have an agenda of his own.
"l(a" #2: A few months ago, after Jed’s true love left him, his actual girlfriend was institutionalized, and his friends left for college, Jed is a little distraught; he’s lonely and can’t see a way out. He asks Roy for advice and is told to “focus on the details,” which the cryptic narrator agrees with. Back in the present, Jed is helping Mona look through boxes to find where Dave may have moved to. Through their conversations, Jed learns that Mona had an odd attachment to his late father.
"l(a" #3: After failing to find what he was looking for, Jed walks to his childhood home: a dilapidated suburban house where no one has lived since his family abandoned it years ago. While looking through the closets, Jed finds correspondence between his mother and father. Two secrets about Jed Sr. are revealed that will reverberate throughout the entire series.
"l(a" #4: In a flashback, we see that Jed’s OCD is getting more and more severe as the narrator's hold of Jed tightens. Back in the present, Jed is looking for his friend, Dave, so that they might be able to live together long enough for Jed to get his life in order. Instead, he finds that Dave has gone insane and has left an entire room full of reasons why. More than one of them points back to Jed.
"l(a" #5: Strange things have happened to Jed over the last few days, the strangest being that it's possible his late, alcoholic, all-but-useless father was the greatest religious figure the world will ever know. In this final chapter of “l(a”, Jed receives more evidence as more questions arise. In a flashback, we see just why Jed was kicked out of his foster home.
Tiny Life Demos collects all previously unreleased Tiny Life-related comics that were made between 1994 and 2003 with additional commentary. Nothing in the collection relates to anything currently being published. With the commentary, Demos demonstrates a very insightful look at the history of the series and the logic of its creator. Perfect for any true TL fan! Included: Tiny Life (Unpublished 2006 Version), Jed Jr.: The First Couple O’ Years, Jed Jr. #0, Faces of Jed, and Steel Fro #27.
450 pg - $29.95
Steel Fro #27 is the first and only collaborative effort in which Nick Jones ever participated. Jason Harris spent more than five years writing the story to "Funeral for a Friend of a Friend". This issue - "Purgatory" - is the only one that saw the light of day.
20 pg - $2.75
Faces of Jed was created in 1996 as Jed Jr. #0 was nearing completion. Jones decided to create a posterbook chronicalling 22 different creators' interpretations of Jed. Each of the 22 said ‘no.’ So, as a worksround, he imitaded their art (badly). McFairlane, Mignola, Nolan, and Quesada are all impersonated.
24 pg - $2.95
Jed Jr. #0 was created in 1995-1996 while Nick Jones attended various classes in high school. It was his first real attempt at drawing a completed narrative. It is a failure. However, many of the plot points and characters - such as Dave and Dr. Chet - highlighted in this book are still in use today.
40 pg - $3.95
Jed Jr.: The First Couple O' Years is a very amateurish parody of The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller from 1994. It was Nick Jones' first foray into self-publishing.
140 pg - $5.95