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July 21, 2011


Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: CCI 2011 Edition

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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 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.
 
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