July 21, 2009
Bundled, Tossed, Untied and Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* in what is likely to be the biggest news of the week, as if in answer to a bunch of folks sitting at their computers wondering, "Shouldn't someone have announced a Twilight
adaptation by now?" Yen Press has announced an adaptation of the series.
* Bongo Comics announced in the middle of last week that the great Sergio Aragones will become a regular contributor
to its line, primarily on the Bart Simpson
title beginning with issue #50. One of his many assignments will be a recurring pantomime feature called "Maggie's Crib." His work will debut in late October.
* because of Comic-Con, I'm going to suddenly discover books that I either didn't hear about when they were announced or forgot hearing about because I'm stupid. You may see a number of those next week. But for now I'm scanning the CCI announcements and learning about material that fits those guidelines, like two from Fantagraphics: the great Joe Daly's appealingly-titled The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book
(seen above) and the Carol Swain-drawn Giraffes In My Hair
. Carol Swain comics! It's not like there aren't a bunch of other great comics they have coming out for the show, I just wasn't keenly aware of these two.
* finally, here's the kind of book
that the rush to find material to put on bookshelves shakes loose from the collections tree in a way that makes me smile: nearly 700 pages of early Captain Britain
adventures by a bunch of talented mainstream comics creators including but not limited to Alan Moore, Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. That's not a stack of comics I'd track down on my own, and there are a lot of entertaining comics in there, so it could be something I'll get at a future date. I also want a chance to steal FPI's cool-looking scan of a book wrapped in plastic.
posted 4:15 pm PST
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