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February 12, 2013


Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked

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By Tom Spurgeon

* here's something you don't see every day: a volume of comics featuring work by one of the late-period successors to a legacy strip -- there are exceptions, of course, but this is generally true. In this case it's a volume collecting work from the John Rose run on Snuffy Smith, which he's been doing solo for about 10-12 years.

image* this Theo Ellsworth teaser indicates a Gridlords romance anthology is due this month.

* here's a preview of a forthcoming Mitch O'Connell book. That's not exactly comics, but hey: Mitch O'Connell.

* Bart Beaty's latest volume, Comic Versus Art, will be available in Poland.

* the writer Geoff Johns is going to wrap up his long run writing the Green Lantern comic book at DC -- or, basically, the main Green Lantern comic book, whatever it is at any one time, including the GL-related event series. That's been his regular high-profile gig for a long time now. In fact, he says that it's been over 100 comic books, which I honestly would have thought short by about 100 comics. Johns' work with that character was really strong sales-wise and buzz-wise for a character that's not always easy to get over with superhero comic book fans. I liked the few that I read: they were very propulsive, in a good way. Johns will be concentrating on his Justice League-related comics. It should be interesting to see what DC does with those titles. The conventional wisdom when I talk to people is that the Green Lantern-related books have been a solid performer for the New 52 largely because of the continuity of creators represented by Johns. It's also worth noting that some industry observers wonder after DC's bench of creative talent when it comes to replacing writers on books when industry stars move on.

* Dark Horse has the number one selling book in America. Number one selling book of any kind.

* Uncivilized Books will publish Joann Sfar's Pascin. More Joann Sfar is a good thing and so is another series from Uncivilized Books.

image* Top Shelf has put out the formal announcement of its March trilogy with Rep. John Lewis, about the congressman's experiences in the Civil Rights movement. That one was first discussed openly, I think, last summer during Comic-Con. So it's nice to get a publication date on that first book (August). Andrew Aydin co-writes; Nate Powell on the art.

* Mister X returns.

* there's a lengthy post here at the Flesk Publications site about their plans, including word of a stand-alone Steve Rude book featuring Nexus art that is supposedly done a different than any art book that came before it. That's very exciting, as I would be interested in a Steve Rude Nexus-focused art book if it were designed just like all the other books that have come out in the history of forever.

* Zine World says goodbye.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco takes a long walk through one of the recently-canceled New 52 DC superhero comic book series, Savage Hawkman. It's kind of fascinating how much volatility there was in that one, random title. He also talks about the WTF promotion.

* Dark Horse is apparently putting together an adaptation of the Robert E. Howard Conan novel The Hour Of The Dragon. Tim Truman is involved.

* finally, I greatly enjoy Ted May's work and so I'm delighted that Revival House Press will give us a mini-comic full of such comics this Spring.

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