August 13, 2013
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* Paul Hornschemeier announces a return to self-publishing
; he plans three a year.
* hard to imagine there will be an SPX or SPX-approximate debut as entertaining as Benjamin Marra's Blades And Lasers
. There will be a lot of them, though, and they're beginning to round into publishing form. Here
's the latest installment of Katie Skelly's serialized version of her forthcoming work from AdHouse, Operation Margarine
, near completion. Here
's what Nick Sumida will debut at the show. I imagine you could just squat at the SPX tumblr site
and collect word of these three or four a day until the show.
* there's an interesting article here
at The Beat
about an artist named Vanesa R. Del Rey doing the art chores on a BOOM! title called Hit
and that this wasn't paid attention to despite a recent focus on women-in-comics issues. I'm not all the way sure how to parse this story in relation to those issues -- it seems to me a leap, or at least a journey of a couple of steps, to go from, say, the writer Mark Millar's use of rape as a genre tweak to who might be working on a specific book -- but it's not a comic whose publishing announcement I caught the first time and it looks like it could be a fun title. There is a lot of talent out there about which to write that are women, and a lot of companies to write about with gender diversity in their staffing make-up. My gut feeling is that should be a reality of everyday coverage rather than a spotlighted push-back mechanism, or even conceived of that way, but it never hurts to bring the subject up.
* the singer and songwriter Max Bemis is set to make his debut as a Marvel comics writer
* Sean Gaffney takes a walk through the most recent licensing announcements out of the world of manga
. That's good, because that kind of coverage is totally not something I do well. Still, I would imagine the big news there is the re-emergence of the spottily-available series Monster, this time in nine volumes
. That is a very good comic, and one that has recently been making the rounds as a potential cable-TV series.
* Al Columbia drops casual mention of a new comic from Floating World and PO Press here
* I'm not sure I'd seen a cover image for the AdHouse version of that hot Gregory Benton offering from MoCCA this year
* a look at the first major Michael DeForge book from Drawn and Quarterly, as it goes off to press
* so I guess an art change from Kevin Maguire to Howard Porter
on some sort of future version of the Justice League characters is worth noting. That is sort of interesting in that both artists have a legacy with the Justice League
concept. What I find a bit more interesting is that the market will foster multiple versions of that particular team superhero project. I mean, it's sort of fun when you're a kid and/or a superhero fan to see variations of favorite character, but does that really have a chance to dig in? I guess 46 different Avengers
titles says "Yes." And it's not like there haven't been a billion X-Men titles for 20 years now; I would go straight to hell were a quiz from St. Peter in which I would asked to tell a lot of those books apart.
* the hobby business news and analysis site ICv2.com looks at the next few books due for release from Drawn and Quarterly
, including an Anders Nilsen book whose cover I'm not sure I'd seen yet.
* new Jeremy Baum in September
* finally, Renee French has been mentioning on her Facebook feed that she is a few panels away from finishing her Fall book Hagelbarger And The Nightmare Goat
, previewed here
by publisher Yam Books.
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