October 29, 2013
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* I am way behind on these columns, due to bad choices and general indolence. I will try to catch up between this installment and next.
* let's start back into publishing news proper with First Second's announcement through Wired
that they'll be turning Paul Pope's Battling Boy
material into something of a franchise, with a prequel work planned featuring one of that book's characters. That is a significant leap of faith for First Second. The Rise Of Aurora West
will be co-written by Pope with JT Petty; it is to be drawn by David Rubin. It will be out next summer.
* Sean T. Collins and Jonny Negron have collaborated on a comic that will be out at the forthcoming Comic Arts Brooklyn
* a forthcoming series starring Marvel's version of Loki will feature a fluid sexuality
appropriate to that character's mythological background. Sounds fine to me. I'm old enough that I still find it odd that a Marvel superhero's sexuality would be part of any comic book, young enough not to have any particular prejudices as to how that sexuality might manifest itself.
* Nina Bunjevac provides a little bit of comics
to an anthology featuring Toronto-related literary heavy-hitters. Bunjevac is severely underrated; she's also one of those people that you wish were less underrated because she's so good on her feet and if people paid more attention to her it would benefit the field entire.
* Red Giant Entertainment plans an adaptation
of the well-liked-on-the-festival-circuit movie Blue Caprice
. I guess the hook here is that this is the rare project going from movie to graphic novel rather than vice versa, but just thinking like that depresses me so let's move on.
* big double-shot of news from Evan Dorkin. His beloved -- by me, anyway -- Eltingville comics will come to a close in a two one-shot effort out in 2014
. Also in 2014 is another Beasts Of Burden project
, something Dorkin writes and that features as co-author the visual work of the artist Jill Thompson.
* the Brandon Graham-led team effort on Prophet will end at issue #45 and be followed by a mini-series that should wrap up the popular storyline
. That's been one of those projects that's reflected well on everyone involved: Graham, his collaborators, Rob Liefeld, Image...
* this is great news: new Yvan Alagbé
. It's old enough and the art isn't mine or else it would be top of page.
* Charlie Jane Anders previews Beyond
* there will be a French-language market version of The Abominable Charles Christopher
. That is a fun work, and extremely well-liked by its fans.
* Retrofit Comics has all three of the RL minis in stock now
. That's the Tom Hart work about his daughter, Rosalie Lightning, and is as occasionally devastating as you can imagine.
* there are a bunch of Blacksad
promotional images tied into the next album here
* finally, Frank Santoro has announced Comics Workbook Magazine
for CAB in November. All hats off to the print crossovers among us. Sam Alden is prominently featured.
posted 5:00 am PST
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