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March 31, 2010

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked


By Tom Spurgeon

* the writer Warren Ellis caught word of a new serial from Image by David Hine and Shaky Kane: The Bulletproof Coffin. The first issue is due in June.

* slipping out a month earlier is the first issue of something called 7 Psychopaths, noteworthy for featuring art from the prolific Sean Phillips, an artist I wouldn't think had the time for another series.

image* Roger Langridge has put together a self-published, slightly cleaned up version of his Doctor Sputnik comics for sale at conventions. As much as the last ten years have been rough on some of my favorite forms of commercial projects, it's been great to limited-edition gems.

* after a pair of unfortunate co-publishing relationships, Humanoids will apparently strike out on their own. That makes sense to me because if you're putting work into circulation that probably won't sell, you might as well do it on your own. I'm also all for it because I'll be buying a lot of this stuff because it's at least pretty good.

* the writer Mark Millar will apparently guest-edit the re-launched Wizard. I enjoy Millar and have enjoyed Wizard in the past, but the marriage of the two in this particular project makes little conventional sense. First, Millar doesn't seem to have, at least on the surface of things, sensibilities that diverge from or clash with a standard issue of Wizard. Providing a contrast to standard issues is the basis on which most publications do guest-edited issues. The second is that unless the re-launch is going to feature nothing but guest-edited issues it makes little sense to make your re-launch debut one. Still, I think the magazine could probably use a re-fashioning to better reflect its current strategies and approach: I may not see it, as they stopped carrying it in my town about six months ago.

* Drawn and Quarterly shows off its 2010 plans for the Moomin characters. Yes, please.

* Vanguard announces new Neal Adams and Frank Frazetta books.

* the slightly disturbing married Archie Andrews comics effort will be published in magazine form instead of comic book form to better find its potential mainstream-type audience. O-kay. I've been trying to find a way to get excited about that thing in a pop-culture observer way. At one point, I had half-talked myself into the fact that how they portray Archie as a functioning adult might be interesting because he's one of comics' great blank slates. I wasn't able to maintain that feeling for very long.

* the cartoonist Jon Adams wrote in to say that his comic Friendship Town is appearing every Thursday in 96 Hours, the weekend entertainment supplement of the San Francisco Chronicle. Damned if I could find mention of it on his site, though, or a link to where the Chronicle might be putting it.

* I don't think I ever paid attention to the fact that Top Shelf is doing two books with Jess Fink, including that naughty robot thing. Although maybe I did. It can't hurt to say it twice, though, right?

* otbp: Joe Chiappetta has apparently created a prose science fiction novel.

* Archaia has announced a Mouse Guard anthology mini-series.

* not comics: I've heard through the grapevine that Tim Kreider of The Pain and has sold a book of his prose pieces to an established publisher for the kind of money that sounds like what adults makes for doing stuff. Kreider is a kick-ass writer, and I look forward to his book.

* finally, Drawn and Quarterly reveals the cover to its forthcoming collection of Vanessa Davis' comics.

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