March 2, 2011
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: A Publishing News Column
By Tom Spurgeon
* I've been looking forward to Wilfred Santiago's Roberto Clemente biography 21
for what seems like years now, maybe because it's actually been a couple of years. But you wait for the good ones.
* I have to imagine that most people reading this will want to see a few panels of Paying For It
and read what Alan Moore had to say about Chester Brown's next comics effort. You can do that right here
. You can see a massive jpeg of the new cover for The Death-Ray here
* according to a Facebook posting
, part of Paul Grist's contribution to this month's Captain America
anniversary issue will involve his cool-looking version of Baron Blood.
* DC Comics has made the Neil Gaiman/Jim Lee effort "100 Words" available today for digital download
at a modest price point to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
* the writer Sean T. Collins picked up
on some Zack Soto news
I either missed altogether or underplayed: he plans a webcomic version of his fine indy superhero comic Secret Voice
and a webcomics anthology bearing the name of his Studygroup 12
* Joe Keatinge announced
that he'll be writing about comic books for a French-language magazine with a strong interest in North American comics, Comic Box
* well-regarded Marvel editor Steve Wacker talks about a move that I missed: that he'll be taking over their titles aimed at younger readers
. I think there's an astute reading there as to some of the specific challenges working with books like that, and some of the assumptions concerning the act of making comics for a younger audience that may not all the way match up with reality.
* Boom! offers up details on what they'll be doing Peanuts
-wise: a book based on a forthcoming animated special
. That's not something that's going to interest the comics fan who is focused on the core work, but Peanuts
has long existed outside of those parameter for a lot of people, maybe even the majority of people.
* the great R. Sikoryak sent out an e-mail saying that his one-page feature in the first Spongebob
comic will be a recurring feature.
* cartoonist, industry advocate and writer about comics Jerry Robinson has a web site
* finally, here's an interview
with Mark Andrew Smith about the opportunities Kickstarter affords self-publishers. It's hard to deny the enormous benefit that having access to publishing funds through the offering of premiums provides self-published project.
posted 6:00 pm PST
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