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June 18, 2013

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked

By Tom Spurgeon

* whoa, look at the size of that Reggie-12 cover.

image* Jessica Johnson -- formerly Jeff Johnson, of Nurture The Devil and a bunch of anthology work in places like Buzzard, Zero Zero and Dirty Stories -- has a book of sketchbooks and 'zine work available. She certainly has one of the most interesting CVs of any cartoonist of her generation.

* Danica Novogrodoff previews her forthcoming book The Undertaking Of Lily Chen with Whitney Matheson at USA Today.

* I don't really understand this article about Marvel's new graphic novel line. What I don't understand is what they're talking about in terms of changing things so that this sort of thing is profitable. I'm not sure why a good book that lot of people wanted wouldn't have worked under a model that's existed for 20 years now, but they seem to be hinting at some sort of structural change. I think it's a good use of their creative resources, though, and it'd be nice if they got into the bookstore game in a more serious way.

* it looks like Dave Sim's Last Girlfriend has been moved back to April 2014. They should do a book about the publication history of Dave Sim's Last Girlfriend.

* great catch at The Beat that Marvel is canceling its Journey Into Mystery title. The only time I ever want to defend a system where big companies can guarantee a minimum sales level -- which is how the DM operated until, my memory serves, the late 1990s -- is when a company is doing what Marvel is doing with Journey Into Mystery: working more obscure portions of their character catalog and giving promising creative voices a platform.

* another week off for One Piece.

* I'm sure this piece of news that DC Comics is going to do a Superman/Wonder Woman book is going to lead to its fair share of Henry Cavill/Gina Carano jokes, but in comics terms it's more notable for DC's strategy of emphasizing the big licenses in various new comics. I don't have any sense of the New 52 Superman character, so it's hard for me to even conceive of what another comic book starring that guy would be like.

* finally, the Greg Rucka-written Queen & Country series will apparently return in 2014.
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