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September 24, 2015

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News


By Tom Spurgeon

* the cartoonist Jan Elliot is suspending the daily Stone Soup strip. She'll continue to do the Sunday, which if you don't know that about the newspaper strip busines is on a wholly different track than the dailies -- every cartoonist with a seven-day reach is essentially sellilng two products: a Sunday and a package of six dailies. After 20 years, Elliot will no longer do the latter. That was a very solid performer and its creator continues to be well-liked.

image* David Press looks forward to the next iteration of Marvel's Daredevil comic book, which he notes is like a return to the super-grim style that was successful in runs by writers such as Frank Miller, Brian Bendis and Ed Brubaker working with talented artists like David Mazzucchelli, Alex Maleev and Michael Lark. I suspect the reception given the Mark Waid/Chris Samnee run on that comics -- generally positive and sometimes extremely so, but never quite steamrolling into a hit -- says as much about the current audience for superhero comics books as anything that's happened over the last half-decade. One would assume getting something on the stands that looks more like the TV show is a concern as well.

* in contrast, James Whitbrook mourns Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman and Batman '66, quality comic book series in the latest group of cancellations.

* the biggest news story this week in terms of the kind of story that generates social media interest around itself is that the prominent essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates will write Marvel's Black Panther comic. Brian Stelfreeze is either providing covers with another artist to be named or is doing interior art chores as well, I can't tell. Coates is an excellent writer with a long personal history of reading comics; he's recently started reading them again and occasionally writing about them. He writes with a great deal of moral insight, which would be welcome in that genre. There was not a better get for Marvel out there.

* comics-maker Hope Nicholson promises updates on The Secret Loves Of Geek Girls at this Facebook account.

* finally, there's going to be a 16-page booklet detailing some of what Frank Santoro teaches in his well-liked correspondence course and, soon, his "comics dojo" and physical teaching space. I look forward to seeing it.

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