March 3, 2010
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* the news site Comic Book Resources has IDW's announcement
of various Dr. Who-related projects.
* the big publishing news of the week to my mind is the redesign of independent stalwart Top Shelf's web site
, and, much more importantly, their announcement of future publishing efforts that is stuffed to the brim with new books and old ones shifted around a bit. I think the most crucial is the announcement of five new series: -- Dragon Puncher, James Kochalka
; Maddy Kettle, Eric Orchard
; Monster On The Hill, Rob Harrell
(cover image at top); Okie Dokie Donuts, Chris Eliopoulos
; Pirate Penguin Vs. Ninja Chicken
, Ray Friseen. When you combine that with a look at their "new faces" like the Jess Fink book We Can Fix It
spotlighted with art in this starred entry, you really get a different picture of the company than you might have had just a month ago, a shift -- not all the way, just maybe in emphasis -- from stand alone works like Blankets
to more series-oriented offerings like Owly
* by the way, I stuck an image from Nate Powell's Any Empire
on the bottom, just because I hadn't seen word of that one yet -- I probably did and forgot -- and the next Nate Powell book should be something to see after how well-received Swallow Me Whole
turned out to be.
* I don't have the skills to coverage new manga publishing news -- not yet, damn it -- but this book from Tokyopop looks kind of cute
* the Savage Critics
web site has updated their look
. Blaise Larmee
and Trouble With Comics
are among those comics-related sites moving to a new place because of blogging provider changes.
* if there is any way at all I or anyone within my limited range of influence can encourage Roger Langridge to make his next project something in the classic strip format
, let it be done.
* Oliver East has posted an entire issue of Trains Are Mint on-line for your reading pleasure
. It looks like that may be the beginning of a new publishing strategy for that work as the note hints that the paper editions haven't done well.
* Bob Greenberger reveals the cover
to The Essential Superman Encyclopedia
* the comics news and business analysis site ICv2.com has details
on Vertical's Fall 2010 of Ayako. Yes, please.
* this forthcoming cover
to I think the last issue of the latest Green Lantern
-related DC Universe crossover looks like a poster to the most demented musical ever to hit Broadway.
* finally, Family has copies back in stock
of the most recent Treehouse Of Horror
comic book, the one with all the talents from Kramers Ergot
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