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March 26, 2013

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked


By Tom Spurgeon

* it's been about two full weeks since SelfMadeHero made their formal announcement of an April 26 publication date on Rembrandt. I hope they'll forgive me. That looks worth noting, so I figure late is better than not at all.

image* if you're like me and the fun of stumbling across brand new or nearly brand new talents -- at least to you -- making comics is a big part of the fun of following comics, then this is the kind of link that is perfectly suited for you.

* here's a letter from Jim Rugg about his new project, Supermag. He seems really intent on working with the shops in the ways he can work with the shops, so I hope there's some reciprocal interest shops to Rugg.

* there have been some strange goings-on at DC Comics in terms of its talent and assignments on key books, probably worth noting. In fact, it's probably worth taking a step back and reminding ourselves that pretty soon that company's two acknowledged A-list writers, Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns, will be off of the solo titles for which they've been most recently known, books featuring the Superman, Batman and Green Lantern characters. Both will continue to do plenty of work for the company. Still, I would imagine that this could be a bigger deal than was acknowledged even as those individual announcements were made: it's a tough marketplace, it's one that doesn't necessarily find a lot of sales strength in companies and characters by themselves, and a continuing criticism of DC post-New 52 is that they don't have a deep talent bench of the kind that may be necessary to cover the multitude of assignments that their line continues to make available. There was subsequently a bit of drama over two solid writers leaving vacated titles before they even got going, titles made available by the aforementioned Johns and Morrison departures: Josh Fialkov on one of the Green Lantern-related books; Andy Diggle on one of the Superman books. The Diggle one I think remains something of a mystery to even close watchers of that material, while the Fialkov one is believed to be related to an editorial directive revolving the death of one of the characters. That character-death, with fans since assured this will not happen, is its own little story, but I think the whole thing is potentially more interesting as a sign of just how significantly controlled from editorial a lot of DC's titles may be. A called-for character death in a comic book isn't some actor being unreliable, or even sleeping with the producer's wife: it's a pure storytelling decision, and the kind of thing you think would be left to the creators, not forced upon them.

* I quite like the presentation here of a forthcoming book by John Broadley.

* it looks like Nick Abadzis has something in the works.

* here's a new poster in support of the Tune series.

* finally, Wired has a preview of Janet Hamlin's Sketching Guantanamo, due this Fall.

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