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July 8, 2014

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News


By Tom Spurgeon

* a cover for Tim Lane's The Lonesome Go. Lane strikes me as a cartoonist whose aesthetic encompasses a significant chunk of Fantagraphics' sprawling history, and I hope the book is as solid as hoped. We've seen the cover to Gast, but that's a very exciting book to come out in this year where we've had an avalanche of accomplished books coming out from cartoonists that are women. There was a time in the mid-1990s there was no cartoonist whose new work I looked more forward to seeing.

image* another year, another entire Gilbert Hernandez book that's escaped my attention until now.

* I wasn't aware that there was such a thing as Barnes & Noble special editions.

* please, please, please someone explore the possibility of publishing Merrill Markoe's cartoon diary.

* the new 52 version of Deathstroke, a character whose strongest 1980s storyline involved romancing a teenager in a way I can't imagine being repeated now, gets his own series. One guesses this is primarily because of the character's popularity on the Arrow TV show. I thought that character worked in its original incarnation because of the contrast between the teenaged superheroes he was fighting and his own adult, do-anything ethos -- a verison of the old Spider-Man dynamic. I'm not sure how he works in that new DC milieu where nearly everyone is pretty hardcore and nasty.

* Robert Steibel has portions up of his forthcoming book on copyright.

* glad to see Warren Bernard will be doing another book.

* finally, I'm catching up to this late, but I'm a fan of Andi Watson's work, and thus look forward to this forthcoming work from First Second. The cover process is described here.

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