September 10, 2013
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* not sure there's a comic I'm looking forward to seeing this Fall more than Todd Bak's Island Of Memory
from Floating World, now in the pass-around pre-release publicity stage. There are plans for advance copies at SPX this weekend. That would be nice. I totally missed that books like this would be done through Floating World on that project, so forgive me catching up now.
* Dash Shaw has a new comic finished
, although the details don't seem to be settled yet.
* looks like JM DeMatteis and Mike Ploog will be working on another project together
* the new Josh Cotter will be over 1000 pages long and is to be called Nod Away
. He may publish in component parts.
* I like the Inhumans characters, and I'm glad Marvel will try to do something with them
. I think Marvel has done a fine job of resuscitating the perceived top-of-the-line characters, and it's interesting to watch their giving the X-Men books a boost now, but also random, assorted properties here and there. I think those characters and their basic set-up is pretty cool, which isn't a surprise for a group of characters with the Jack Kirby imprimatur, but it also remains largely undeveloped over the history of the line, which is something of a shock given how central Kirby's conceptual work has been to those movies' success.
* Marc Andreyko was announced
as the new writer on Batwoman
during last weekend's convention in Baltimore.
* Dynamite is doing a Frank Thorne book in an oversized format and will apparently price it aggressively in a way they think hasn't been explored yet for similar works
. Thorne's a good choice for a book like that, as his work is really gorgeous -- particularly when just viewed as art, out of the context of the story involved. It's all in the execution with those kinds of volumes, though.
* submissions are open
for the next issue of Smut Peddler
. That means, one assumes, a new issue of Smut Peddler
* Chris Roberson writing a Doc Savage comic book for Dynamite
sounds like a fine pairing of super-enthusiastic, skilled writer and subject matter. I have no idea why there's never been a Doc Savage character really work on the comics page -- I guess maybe one or two of the pastiches have done okay -- and you'd think that there'd be so many of them we'd be able to compare Monk Mayfairs.
* finally, there is no better news than Richard Sala working on a top-secret project
posted 3:15 am PST
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