September 24, 2013
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* I've always wondered why Bastien Vivès hasn't published in a sustained fashion -- or, really, at all -- in English as of yet. He seems like the kind of personality that American comics audience would enjoy, and some of his works are very appealing. Looks like Jonathan Cape is going to do Polina
, which isn't the one I thought would see publication first in that manner, but there it is. Update:
Bill Kartalopolous reminds me that Jonathan Cape is way ahead of me here, having published a version of Le gout de chlore in 2011
* you don't see a lot of full-color self-published work, so this Marguerite Dabie effort stood out for me
* completely missed word of an interview book with Warren Ellis
based on the interviews that went into the documentary about the writer. I love nine-hour interviews; I conducted a few of them myself (hi, Evan).
* Simon Hanselmann's Megahex has a publication date
(June 2014) if not a final cover. That's a nice temporary cover, though.
* it looks like this Photobooth: A Biography book
is imminent; I'm always happy to see a visually accomplished stab at non-fiction in comics form.
* the cartoonist Joe Ollmann reminds
that he's working on a bigoraphy of William Buehler Seabrook.
* Johanna Draper Carlson reminds me of a kind of publishing news I don't run enough of here in this section: when mainstream companies cancel titles, this time an X-Factor series
distinguished mostly by a long run of issues from the writer Peter David.
* Fantagraphics posted a preview
of their major re-issue of Trina Robbins' work on North American female cartoonists.
* I was told in Bethesda that Kevin Huizenga is working on another volume of Ganges
, which is welcome news. He is one of the best cartoonists. Speaking of things I was told, I guess Bob Levin is working on support material for the Zap
collection project at Fantagraphics. I love just about everything Levin writes.
* this Superman book looks interesting for the oversize format being employed
. I love early Superman art, as the character settled in for the long cultural haul.
* finally, Sam Alden tweeted out the cover
for his forthcoming collection from Uncivilized Books.
posted 5:00 am PST
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