March 16, 2011
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: A Publishing News Column
By Tom Spurgeon
* Nate Powell has not one but two projects in the can: Any Empire
will be out in July/August from Top Shelf; The Silence Of Our Friends
will be out from First Second in early 2012. This post at Powell's web site
gives the status on a bunch of a different projects.
* the Frazer Irving art in this extended Xombi preview
looks quite lovely. No surprise there, of course.
* Groundwood Books and First Second have acquired Canadian/U.S. rights
to a second graphic novel by the Skim
team of Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki: Awago Beach Babies
. It may be a while before we see it, but it sounds good.
* Comic-ish launches
* here's one I bookmarked then promptly lost: a short publishing-news piece that indicates DC sees that first Superman: Earth One
book -- the stand-alone graphic novel with Clark Kent in a hoodie -- as a success and a future publishing priority
* the least surprising headline of the last 10 days or so
. The negative aspects of this are all on the publisher, I think, or at least anything anyone sees are all on the publisher. As usual, there's more to this kind of thing
than meets the eye.
* Kurt Busiek endorse Neil Vokes' Eagle
* hey, there's a Vanessa Davis comic
in the March/April edition of Psychology Today
. Remember magazines?
* Brigid Alverson has a brief preview of another fantasy/pulp book from Dark Horse
, with the usual sterling pedigree. I'm not certain how big an audience there is for work like that, but I tend to enjoy projects like that one when I get to read them.
* what the talented artist Sean Murphy is working on
* DC has apparently announced
its next sort-of big deal overriding comic storyline, and once again it sounds like an extended meditation on how awesome the DC superhero characters are.
* in case you missed it, Jim Shooter is blogging
* another one I missed is here
: the updated contributors' page at Tribune Media Service for the creators on their Dick Tracy
strip: Mike Curtis and Joe Staton. Speaking of strips, here's a one-paper effort that's making the move
to national syndication.
* finally Theo Ellsworth reminds us
that he's hard at work on a comic called The Understanding Monster
. Joseph Lambert has a work-related post up here
on what various young cartoonists are doing.
posted 10:00 am PST
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