August 20, 2013
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* bunch of new works from ku! komiks
due soon, starting with the 14th issue of their main anthology coming out next week. There is nothing more fun in comics than poking around that site and finding new cartoonists settled in among older, more familiar, even-a-times North American ones. The main anthology issue is previewed here
* Deb Aoki has a thorough, straight-up announcements-based publishing news profile
of Dark Horse through their "originals" line. I'm not questioning the validity of these projects being original, I've just not heard a line like that called something like that before. Lot of fun work on that list, including a one-volume collection of the Sin Titulo comic by Cameron Stewart
I remember enjoying on-line.
* not comics: congratulations to Molly Crabapple
* did everyone know but me that Fantagraphics was going to be doing a complete Witzend collection in two volumes in 2
014? I may have heard that and forgotten, I guess. That seems like big news.
* Vertical will publish
a version of Fumi Yoshinaga's What Did You Eat Yesterday?
for English-language audiences.
* Johanna Draper Carlson caught this piece of sad news
from Vertical regarding shojo works: there may not be a whole lot of them in that publisher's future.
* hey, it's a Friday Night Lights 'zine
. I love it when people react directly to expressions of pop culture by making comics and 'zines.
* the writer Matt Fraction will be leaving his scripting duties on FF and Fantastic Four
, to be replaced by Lee Allred (with issue #12) and longtime industry veteran Karl Kesel (with issue #13), respectively. Fraction will continue doing Inhumans
-related work for Marvel, and his plots for the immediate future on both the Fantastic Four-related titles will be used by the new writers. Fraction has recently established a series presence at Image Comics, which one assumes will be taking up some of his time as well.
* not comics: a Junot Diaz book featuring a bunch of illustrations by Jaime Hernandez? That should be nice
* Gabrielle Gamboa is working on a comic for a forthcoming Rob Kirby-edited anthology
. Sounds good to me.
* Mark Millar's Clint is shutting it down
. Always sad to see someone trying one of the traditional format call it quits, although I have to admit I always sort of rolled my eyes at the name of the publication. I would assume these days there's assumed a PR-related necessity to shout "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" after every single project gets terminated, so I bet we see some of that here, too. I have to imagine that this wasn't the result conceived for that project coming out of the gate. Newsstand-styles magazines is a tough nut to crack right now, maybe the toughest, though, so there's no embarrassment in not having been a major success.
* here's one completely off the beaten path for me -- a volume of Matt Baker's work called Lost Art Of Matt Baker: The Complete Canteen Kate
Vol. 1 will debut at SPX
* November will be Artist's Edition month
, which is good news for those looking to buy variant-cover editions from the popular line produced by IDW.
* finally, we're starting to see the Christmas books showing up, and it's hard for me to imagine a better than this giant anthology of New Zealand comics
, apparently the first of its kind. Fifteen years ago I sat in a room and listened to Dylan Horrocks talk about this stuff and point at art on the walls; I could have blown that off and just waited for this book.
posted 1:25 am PST
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