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September 2, 2015


Go, Look: Shoot Anything That Moves

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This Isn't A Library: Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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JUN151374 SPACE DUMPLINS GN HC VOL 01 $24.99
JUN151373 SPACE DUMPLINS GN VOL 01 $14.99
This is actually last week's list, which I forgot to post but very much did. I'd been skipping a lot of column over the last year just from having no time, but the money received in the patreon campaign has let me stablize the web site a bit as a kind of first step along with gearing up for PDF publishing at a brisk pace from now on. As for this comics, Craig Thompson is a super fun artist and he's had an admirable career in terms of doing the projects he wants when he wants to do them. This one looks gorgeous, and we're about to reacquainted with the man as he'll be touring extensively behind it.

imageJUN150079 HELLBOY IN HELL #7 $2.99
JUN150045 ZODIAC STARFORCE #1 $3.99
JUN150182 CYBORG #2 $2.99
JUN150255 GRAYSON #11 $3.99
JUN150215 PREZ #3 $2.99
JUN150375 GODZILLA IN HELL #2 $3.99
APR150531 EAST OF WEST #20 $3.50
JUN151150 ADVENTURE TIME #43 $3.99
JUN151090 OVER THE GARDEN WALL #1 $3.99
An odd week for serial comics, at least from my natural point of view. There's the Mignolva-verse comic right up on top but it's one drawn by the creator, so it gets special attention. Zodiac Starforces is an all-age comic of the kind that we should be seeing debut over the next couple of years, based on market penetration for similar work. I haven't see this particular effort. Cyborg, Grayson and Prez all have vocal fans, which is something DC hasn't always had across a bunch of titles before the last 18 months or so. The appeal of Godzilla In Hell is eithe immediate or non-existent. East Of West is beginning to show some signs of a work that is viewed in contrast to writer Jonathan Hickman's efforts in mainstream comics, and also as a value-added proposition for any fans he might be making with the Marvel stuff. Adventure Time I noted because it's a 43rd (!) issue; Over The Garden Wall because it's a first -- that one seems amenable to comic book expansion, I think.

APR150043 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA LTD ED HC VOL 04 $79.99
APR150042 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA TP VOL 04 $24.99
I will always, always, always look at Usagi Yojimbo even though most people I know that read Stan Sakai's comics are trade followers and I'm actually a single-issues guy. It's weird for me to see multiple editions of the same day, but I guess that's the new conventional wisdom now.

APR150324 SCALPED HC BOOK 02 DELUXE EDITION (MR) $29.99
At some point I think this is a book that a lof of people will have in some form or another, but I think it's much less certain which one will take.

JUN150835 NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP NEW PTG $34.99
A new printing for these very funny superhero comics, which came out from an editorially generous Marvel at one time. The fun thing with this one is that they did a good job of hiding everything except the broad background stuff and I'm prettty sure these could be published right now without a lot of rewriting -- I don't mean that as a compliment to its tone or modern feeling, but as it fits into continuity.

JUN151401 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 16 $10.99
JUN158141 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 01 $9.99
JUN158140 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 02 $9.99
APR150076 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE OMNIBUS ED TP BOOK 01 $19.99
These are all sold manga titlesof the moment; I'm glad that Kurosagi Corpse Deliver Service will get that bigger packaging; I think that's a book that format might flatter.

JUL151273 E-MAN EARLY YEARS TP $27.95
I am totally old, so I'm into collections of things like the fun character E-Man, although it's hard for me to believe that $28 judiciously spent wouldn't nab you all of these comics in their original form.

JUN151510 SNOWDEN GN $16.95
I believe this is Ted Rall's new comic, and I'm surprised he's been so quiet in the ramp-up to its publication. That's certainly a worthy subject.

MAY151510 ZENITH HC PHASE ONE APEX ED PI
Someday I'll figure out these book and own a complete run of its story.

MAY151055 GLENN FABRY SKETCHBOOK VOL 03 (MR) $12.99
I'd look for sure; Fabry's very talented.

JUN151181 OUT ON WIRE STORYTELLING SECRETS NEW MASTERS RADIO GN $17.00
The comics world is better with Jessica Abel in it, and I"m looking forward to the next 12 months in comics almost strictly on that basis.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2015

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)
* If I Were In Omaha, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Grass Valley, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 22
* If I Were In Baton Rouge, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (ComiCulture)

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 28
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 29
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 30
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

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October 1
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (Bristol Comic & Zine Fair)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Lawrence, I'd Go To This (The Free State Comicon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 4
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 9
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 10
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 16
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 17
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 18
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 25
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (Portland Comic Expo)

October 31
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Hogan's Heroes Pages By Steve Ditko & Sal Trapiani

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Henry Chamberlain on Steve Jobs: Insanely Great.

* some person at this CBC show talks to G. Willow Wilson.

* Alexander Lu walks readers at The Beat through a Sean Gordon Murphy interview and some of the work that David Harper's done to call attention to the distressing levels of income made by people that spend a significant amount of time on all different kinds of comics, including what were once considered good jobs with mainstream companies. The ability to generate income that benefits not just an abstract industry bottom line or stockholders or well placed executive or even star talent but the rank and file creator, I think that will become more and more of an issue here. It has been an occasional issue here and in other great comics markets of the world, and it has been an issue for isolated segments, like alt-comics, but maybe it needs to be on our minds in a sustained, catholic fashion.

* all hail equestrian cartoonist Peb.

* not comics: Hollywood Reporter re-runs its first review of The Simpsons. That show didn't hit until late Spring at which point it went bananas, mostly through the Bart Simpson character, but I remember there actually being some anticipation for a full show due to the Life In Hell books, which were popular with my college-age smarty-pants friends in a significant way.

* finally, Glenn Head describes some Crumb sketches he enjoys. It's always interesting these days to read anyone's reaction to Crumb.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Walt Simonson!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Eric Knisley!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Colleen Frakes!

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September 1, 2015


Go, Look: Aron Nels Steinke At TCJ.com

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Not Comics: The Son Of Tarzan

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Heidi MacDonald notes and speculates on the life and quick death of a comics magazine called ACE, from award-winning editor/packager/publisher Jon B. Cooke. The occasion is this piece by Johanna Draper Carlson. ACE seems to have been what we used to call a generalist comics magazine -- mainstream + flourishes -- with a price guide element. Cooke shows up in the comments and disagrees with some of MacDonald's summary takes. I think it's tough to write that kind of analysis about anything anymore. I'm not even sure there's a center of comics where you can easily characterize certain conceptions of the medium as broad and general, what with a continuing market presence for manga and a generous spectrum of webcomics available. It may be all niche markets now. It does seem clear that the Direct Market did not support this print publication, although four issues of anything is a really short exposure period. I'm sad when anyone's project goes under. I hadn't heard of the magazine until Heidi's article, but that's on me. I wish all involved the best.

* the business news and analysis site ICv2.com has a brief but packed article here on a new book for Peter Kuper and a new line, both from SelfMadeHero. The Kuper book is a massive, 328-page tome about his time in Mexico; a few compelling comics pages from that time period have appeared here and there so it's awesome to get a big book. The new line is called "Graphic Freud" and focuses on Sigmund Freud's case work. First up is one of the most widely know, Dora: An Analysis Of A Case Of Hysteria, shortened in this form to a punchier Hysteria. That adaptation is coming from Richard Appignanesi (words) and Oscar Zarate (pictures).

* here's a pretty standard release-driven story about a new Guardians Of The Galaxy-related series. That's the kind of story that confuses old-time industry observers. It seems like Guardians Of The Galaxy as a comic book coming off of the movie was barely given a chance to establish itself as a player in the comic book market and now it's already one series with a partly unfamiliar line-up and another series with a different concept and an unfamiliar line-up, at least for that title. It doesn't mean we're right -- no one lets us run comic book companies for a reason, if not several. It just means that the game has changed a bit and that you can constantly form and reform things now, or at least smart people think so.

* in May 2016, First Second Books will launch its Science Comics series with Dinosaurs (MK Reed; Joe Flood) and Coral Reefs (Maris Wicks) in the Spring, followed by Volcanoes (Jon Chad) in the Fall. The line should look like that (twice a year; specific subjects; familiar creators) on a regular basis. Pair that with their announcement that they'll be doing Jason Shiga's bloody and propulsive Demon as a stand-alone, and that makes First Second one of the more interesting publishers of 2016 just four books in.

* finally, Newsarama has a standard press-release driven article on Dark Horse publishing Giganto Maxia from Kentaro Miura. Dark Horse has published over 35 translated volumes of Miura's long-running hit Berserk in the last dozen years. This newer work began serialization in Japan in 2013.
 
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Go, Look: Several Examples Of The Perry Mason Strip

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Editor Brendan Wright Leaving Dark Horse; Announces He's Open For Freelance Editing Opportunities

imageOne of the recently inside-promotion receiving editors at Dark Horse has decided to shift gears into a freelance career instead: Brendan Wright, Eisner-nominated this year for his work on Dark Horse's Hal Foster-era Tarzan series of collections. His last day was yesterday.

Like many recently departed comics publishing employees, Wright's freelance client list will included his former employer, with whom he remains on good terms. Wright edited a range of material there, so I have to imagine he'd have applicable skills for a wide variety of projects. HIs future projects list with Dark Horse includes the next Matt Kindt book; wrapping up MIND MGMT was a key to the timing of this move, he told CR.

Those looking for Wright's services are directed to this post. He's been helpful to this site, and I've enjoyed a lot of the books on which he's worked. I wish him the best with the next phase of his professional life.

from NEW MGMT #1
 
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Go, Look: Louise Rosenkrands Profiled

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Collective Memory: Jack Kirby Day 2015

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Links to articles, posts and other on-line entries regarding any and all celebration of the 98th anniversary of the comics-maker Jack Kirby's birth.

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Miscellaneous
* Interview With Charles Hatfield About Jack Kirby

Resources
* Comic Book Apocalypse Show
* Kyle Latino
* TCJ Interview
* The Jack Kirby Chronology
* The Kirby Museum

Tributes
* #JackKirby

* Brandon Graham

* Carol Tilley 01
* Carol Tilley 02
* Carol Tilley 03
* Carol Tilley 04
* Carol Tilley 05
* Carol Tilley 06
* Carol Tilley 07
* Carol Tilley 08
* Carol Tilley 09
* CBR 01
* CBR 02
* Chris Samnee
* Colleen Doran 01
* Colleen Doran 02
* Comics Alliance 01
* Comics Alliance 02

* Dan Slott

* Gerard Way
* Greg Araujo

* Inside The Cosmic Cube

* Jason Latour
* Jerry Ordway

* LiveAtNewChimeTrek

* Martin Hand
* Marvel.com 01
* Marvel.com 02
* Marvel.com 03
* Matt Wieringo

* Robot 6
* Ron Marz

* Sal Abbinanti
* Saladin Ahmed

* The Beat
* The Kirby Museum
* Thomas Scioli
* Todd Nauck
* Tom McAuliffe
* Tom Spurgeon
* Tony Moore

* Wil Wheaton

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Not Comics: Arnold Roth LP Covers

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Go, Look: Rejected X-Men Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this is interesting: a reorganization at Disney cuts Kevin Feige and the films loose from Ike Perlmutter and his parsimonious ways. That Perlmutter is so flinty with the spending to have that reputation in money-hoovering Hollywood sure is remarkable, and one should always keep that in mind when figuring out Marvel's moves: it's a quarter to quarter game for most of the divisions, including publishing. If DC adopts the same practices, it's a very different industry two years from now.

image* Todd Klein on A Sailor's Story.

* for some reason I have a defunct Robert Valley blog in my bookmarks. You should enjoy it even if I don't understand how it got there.

* I'm not sure I have a take on news that Diane Nelson is taking over Warner Bros. Consumer Profucts, adding to a long line of Diane Nelson-related stories about which I'm not exactly sure how to think. She'll be naming a replacement for the running of the division, but at the same time parts of the announcement seems to be about 1) her taking on a third division as a sign of her status within the wider corporate umbrella and 2) a closer marriage between that division and the content-related ones of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment which she already runs. I suspect that there may be a slight disconnect there between reality and PR -- there usually is -- but I'm not sure where or even if I'm correct in thinking so.

* an editor of Ted Rall's while he was doing a feature for Pasadena Weekly chimes in with support on Rall's situation regarding a terminated freelance agreement with the LA Times.

* the Wes Craven theory of saving comics.

* there is still a sale going on over at StudyGroup. I like a lot of their comics, and it's worth poking around if you have a few minutes. If you're already a fan, you probably know about the sale.

* here's what's new and available from Breakdown Press.

* finally, I love Johnny Craig.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Landry Walker!

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August 31, 2015


Go, Vote: Harvey Awards Voting Deadling Is Midnight Tonight!

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Go, Look: Joseph P Kelly

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Assembled Extra: comiXology Announces Weekly Shonen Jump Debut

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The digital comics service comiXology has a press release out right this minute announcing that the Weekly Shonen Jump publication will be made available on its site from now on. They also have a link to this latest issue. It looks like they're offering issues back to June.

With my limited background I can't gauge if this is a huge deal all by itself, but I think it's at least a solid one with the potential for being significant. In print form, Shonen Jump was a gateway publication for an entire generation of translated-manga fans. This generation's equivalent to that fanbase is almost certainly experiencing work on-line as its first step. Weekly Shonen Jump tends towards crowd-pleasing action hits that are a fine complement to the kind of comics that are already spotlighted with regularity on the site. It may also provide some jusice to on-line sales of collections of the material via the company's relationship with Amazon.

The PR says current features are: "Black Clover, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi, One Piece, One-Punch Man, Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign, Toriko, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V." I'm not the most devoted reader of popular manga, but there are three titles even I'd like to check out without perhaps investing in a full volume.
 
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Go, Look: Bruno Dinelli

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Warehouse Closure On December 1 May Result In A Massive October Cerebus Backstock Giveaway

imageDave Sim has announced the closure and sale of a warehouse in Leamington, Ontario that is keeping the remainder of his Cerebus single-issue backstock. In some cases this can involved over a thousand copies the individual issue. He talks about making an event of giving those books away, and some other potential outcomes, in this installment of his video series. I hope he gets what he wants out of it, and that people benefit by getting to read those comics, some of which I greatly enjoyed when they came out.

One thing this underlines, and it's something that's come up quite a bit the last two years or so, is that comics material being available and being taken care of over the years isn't a slam dunk; this takes some effort and capital and attention. Some of the models we have for publishing companies means that the interested players in some cases are fare less resource-loaded than others when it comes to keeping their work alive, in print, in circulation and so on. I had not thought about physical copies being a part of this as much as contracts and art and negatives and digital format upgrades, but of course there's a direct impact involved with the actual comics, too.
 
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