April 24, 2012
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* more proof that they're basically making comics specifically for me now: Library Of American Comics is going to publish a series of key storyline reprints
from comics series that might not be able to handle gigantic archival volumes encompassing the entirety of their runs.
* Floating World and Traditional Comics have announced their team-up
to publish a limited, 1500-copy edition of Benjamin Marra's Drawings Inspired By The Motion Picture "American Psycho"
. The new publication will have three additional illustrations and a brand-new cover.
* if you take away one link from this post, let it be that a new, British-based small press publisher of promise has announced itself: Great Beast
* manga, in summary form: 1)we have an ending point on Bakuman now
; 2) Viz announces two new shojo licenses
; Kodansha announces three
* although it's already been covered here and in a ton of other places in "this is going happen" fashion, it's always nice to see a straight-up publishing story
about a forthcoming work featuring creators and creations with the pedigree of Mike Baron and Steve Rude and their Nexus
* Mike Dawson has pulled the plug
on his TCJ Talkies
feature over at The Comics Journal
. It also looks like Matt Seneca has ended his column on sequences
at Robot 6
* Katherine Roy announced a second book deal with Macmillan
. That's impressive.
* here's another DC trade that won't see publication
, despite at one point that being the plan.
* I have to imagine that at some point or another most of us wondered if that previously-announced First Comics revival was still a thing. Based on a panel at C2E2 a few days back
, it looks like they will be publishing. They won't be going through Diamond, which is interesting in a couple of ways. Frankly, it opens them up to accusations that without a strong alternative plan to get their books in front of readers this isn't really a big-time venture (they would likely disagree on both points); there's also something to be said for their general argument that Diamond simply doesn't serve certain kinds of publishers right now.
* you can't keep Rob Hanes down, either in the comics or as a comics venture
* Hugh Hefner is moving the Playboy offices to Los Angeles. The magazine was an important entity
in the world of 20th Century cartooning.
* finally, congratulations to emerging small-press publisher Domino Books on the publication of their third book, Difficult Loves
posted 1:30 am PST
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