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April 8, 2014

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News


By Tom Spurgeon

* totally missed this nice preview of Locust Moon's Little Nemo book/project that will see the light of day this Fall. Leonard Brown sighting!

image* Not Brand Echh will get the Marvel Masterworks treatment in 2015. On the positive, I like those comics just fine and I'm happy for the people that buy Marvel's comics in that format to be able to have and enjoy them. On the other, I wish Marvel's trade program could be way, way, better than it is. There's also that weird thing in play where my cursory look at a couple of back-issue sites combined with a working knowledge of how how they price indicates to me that you might be able to get the actual comics for less. That being said, some people don't want the actual comics.

* the Tribune people will be doing a Little Orphan Annie crossover into their still-running Dick Tracy comic. I guess that's pretty cool, and a lot of the older fans that follow those strips will get a kick out of it. I'm probably least convinced that there's life in the legacy newspaper strips of all the works that are being done by people not their creators.

* I am not aware of this property in any way, shape or form, but I have to imagine that IDW will sell a ton of these books when they come out.

* great news that there will be a big, definitive-sounding collection of the Luther Arkwright material. I think those comics are pretty fun, and they're certainly influential on a lot of action-adventure comics material since. I also know that for many readers, this is scramble over the prone bodies of others to get at it stuff.

* the artist and cartoonist Christa Cassano will work with the performer John Leguizamo to produce a memoir, Ghetto Klown, based on the one-man show of the same name. That will be released by Abrams in 2015. Leguizamo used the illustrator Ward Sutton for a couple of things in the past, as I recall, but I don't recall him straight-up doing comics.

* finally, Adam Sherwin at the Independent profiles an anthology of stories debunking the idea of the First World War as a just war necessary to halt German expansion, as is the official line of centenary celebrations of that conflict. That one will be out in July.

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