November 6, 2012
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* there is an extensive preview here
of a handsome-looking volume collecting Frank Bellamy's Heros The Spartan
work. That one's going to be by Book Palace Books.
* the long-delayed Matt Baker: The Art Of Glamour will apparently be published in late November
. That was one handsome-looking dude.
* this would be neat if it comes off
* I quite like the final look on Fantagraphics' January release The Heart Of Thomas
. It's a completely different look, and it's imminent rather than coming soon, but that Duck series is pretty darn handsome, too
* so Archie is launching a new quarterly reprint magazine
* there's really nothing better than getting a bunch of these Oily Comics releases in your mailbox
. That's not really publishing news, but it's nice to see a newer outfit devoted to print and tweaking the traditional model for delivery.
* if this is true
, and I'm always liable to fall to practical jokes in that world, DC is doing 52 variants on a Justice League
-related comic. I guess that's nice if you're one of the artists that suddenly has a gig you wouldn't have otherwise, but it's generally accepted that variants are not a healthy part of the Direct Market diet. So you're playing with fire, or at least type 2 diabetes.
* VIZ is doing a special edition of the Nausicaa books
, which is good news. I don't have one right now, and will consider buying this one. I'm very fond of that particular manga.
* here's what John Byrne has going on
. I haven't read a lot of more recent John Byrne. I think the last thing I read by him was a Gary Seven
comic, of all things. He also strikes me as one of those cartoonists like Floyd Gottfredson -- and I know everyone always compares Byrne to Gottfredson -- who as he gets older values different things about his comics than I value. Still, one thing I love about comics right now is that there are more and more places for comics-makers to work for as long as they want to work, so I hope John Byrne works until he doesn't feel like working any longer.
* finally, there's still more Ronald Searle on the way
posted 5:00 pm PST
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