July 22, 2011
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: CCI 2011 Edition
Comic-Con International remains the biggest comics of the year for North American publishers. What follows is a catalog of major publishing news announcement either made at the convention itself or made somewhere else close to CCI's place on the calendar. It will run through Monday.
CCI-Related Or CCI-Proximate Publishing News: Early Friday AM
* Drawn And Quarterly announced a new Guy Delisle book for 2012
, called Jerusalem: Chronicles From The Holy City
* Abrams announced The Art Of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist
by Alvin Buenaventura for next Spring.
* Marvel announced
that several of their major titles will be available in digital form the same day as they hit comic shops, a program they'll phase in by the end of the year. The hobby business news and analysis site ICv2.com has details
. I asked Direct Market retailer and industry advocate Brian Hibbs about the move when it first started popping up on sites and he responded, "I remain to be convinced that huge flocks of new customers would have been buying comics, if only they had been Day-and-Date digital -- I think the far more likely outcome is, instead, that some percentage of current customers will migrate channels, leaving mainstream comics with essentially the same-sized audience, just less profitable, as current print circulations are barely profitable as they are. Having said that, I think that the report of this plan (if accurate), with a slower phase-in, is the smarter way to do it."
* It's not really publishing news in any way, shape or form, but the imminence of this book
makes me happy.
* Pages from Frank Miller's forthcoming Legendary effort Holy Terror began to show up in the comics press
in conjunction with the show.
* I whiffed on noting another con lead-in announcement, this one from Dark Horse Comics: the return of Bob Burden's Mysterymen
and related comics.
* I'm not familiar enough with Vertigo's output to know if any of the stuff discussed at their panel
constitutes publishing news or not, but I imagine if you're a fan there will be bits and pieces of stuff you'll want to hear about. In other DC news, they announced the return
of their version of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, although I'm a bit lost as to who might actually be buying that material. There will apparently be a third Perdition graphic novel
. I couldn't find anything worth reporting from this panel devoted to DC's forthcoming soft relaunch
, although it's always odd when a convention panel to get people excited about forthcoming comics comes across -- at least in the reports I've seen -- as defensive and slightly hostile. Also, if you're doing what many perceive as expensive digital downloads as part of a major publishing initiative, someone should probably have a public answer as to why they can't be cheaper.
* IDW announced another worthy "Artist's Edition" subject: John Romita
. They'll also be reviving The Crow and Popeye
. That's two different titles, by the way, although I'd be first in line for The Crow & Popeye
* Archaia has announced an all-ages title at the show
, Cow Boy
from Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos. That's due next March. You can read a preview here
. You can read about the announcement from Cosby's perspective here
CCI-Related Or CCI-Proximate Publishing News: Early Thursday AM
* On Tuesday, Publishers Weekly announced
that cartoonist Bryan Lee O'Malley has signed with Villard to publish a new series/book/probably-book called Seconds
. Little information is available beyond that it will be published in 2013, it will be edited by Ryan Doherty and that Judith Hansen acted as O'Malley's representative on the deal. O'Malley is of course best known for his runaway series success Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
, which sold over one million books total.
* If I'm correct in my assumption that this site is in the outermost concentric circle of press sites that receive press from the company, DC Comics has three semi-sizable announcements heading into the show. One is the launch of its Android app
; another is details from its Superman re-launch
; yet another is a Vertigo anthology
. That Superman re-launch looks and sounds hideously awful to me despite its creators' pedigrees. Granted, I can't tell you how much of my critical reaction is the repugnant idea brought into play that this is all being done for DC to salvage something if/when the Siegel and Shuster cases finally -- and against DC's efforts -- resolve themselves.
* Another pre-CCI announcement I think designed to take advantage of keen, pre-CCI press awareness and to set a tone for the weekend was Marvel's announcement
of a "Season One" graphic novel line, re-telling various classic Marvel stories with new creative teams. That sample looks dire to me, and the general idea doesn't seem to me a good one, and I think these companies lose something when they don't drive new readers to older material in a way that potentially broadens their taste beyond the right-now way of doing comics, but I suppose it's all in the execution of the books themselves. I also have to imagine the primary being-thought-of audience for such books is on-line.
* Image partner Robert Kirkman's new series also profiled in USA Today
in a "lead up to the big show" way, Thief Of Thieves
, will use a writer's room approach to its creative teams. Passing off a book to another writer for a while while maintaining general creative control has been done informally in comics before, and even more formally I think with the last round of Joss Whedon books.
* IDW announced a bunch of stuff in the days leading up to the show. The one that sticks out enough to mention it this morning is a Wednesday announcement about its next "Artist's Edition" book subject: Wally Wood
. The other books in the series featured Dave Stevens and Walt Simonson. That one's due in October.
posted 12:00 pm PST
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