November 10, 2010
Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked
By Tom Spurgeon
* this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article
tells the unlikely publishing story behind the new Occupation Outbursts: 1945-46
book and that work's 92-year-old creator.
* it's similarly wonderful to note the imminent publication of Joyce Farmer's Special Exits
. It speaks well to comics as an art form that there's a prominent place for powerful work from an older cartoonist that may have more to offer in terms of underground cred than in a modern marketplace track record. Great endorsement from Crumb, too.
* Brigid Alverson and Spike endorse
Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary
, now about 50 pages in.
* I would imagine that the biggest story of the week from a publishing news perspective is DC's announcement
earlier today they're opening up a dedicated storefront/site
for digital comics purchased. It's fundamentally a tweaking of their previous, similarly comixology-powered digital platform, but some tweaks are more important than others: the symbolism of DC opening up a place splashed with the publisher's brand and the opportunity it gives them to roll out various series and one-shots (the first wave of which they describe in the first linked-to piece) could make this a potentially substantial move. The flip side is that this is another announcement where the outside observer may be scratching their heads that there wasn't something like already, which I think is going to be the gut feeling for next several months with a lot of announcements.
* the collective Clamp is turning one of its one-shots into a series
* not comics: Gary Tyrrell discusses a documentary
about the tumultuous shifts comics is undergoing right now, and what it's like on the ground, in the works from David Kellett and Fred Schroeder.
* the reviewer and industry advocate Johanna Draper Carlson sifts through the current state
of Tokyopop's digital publishing program.
* Robot 6 has details
of the deluxe 100th issue of the Bill Willingham-written Fables
series. The big takeaway is that Willingham, a prominent 1980s and 1990s alt-cartoonist, will be providing some art for the issue. I'm happy for the creators that have enjoyed success with that book. One thing I wonder is why we haven't seen Willingham given room and encouragement to try and launch another tent-pole franchise; he strikes me as the kind of writer that might have five or six on the back-burner at any time.
* also from Robot 6
comes word that cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks has brought on-line a regional print publication strip called The Adventures Of Superhero Girl
. Also, Jamie Hewlett adapts a Pulp song into comics form
. Excuse me, the
* the St. Louis Rams won't put in a waiver claim on wide receiver Randy Moss, but the Avengers will sign up that crazy-looking Red Hulk
? It's almost like one of these two things exists in a total fantasy world.
* the small publisher Grimalkin Press has a variety of announcements up in this post
, including that they're doing a book with Box Brown.
* if you thought last week's news of a return to print for Comics Interview
was a welcome blast from the past, you may be equally thrilled to hear about the return of FA
. Okay, okay, one's a reprinting project and one's a bunch of new stuff under a cherished, older name -- you try writing 52 of these columns a year.
* Fantagraphics has one of those preview videos up
for the next book in their series reprinting old Steve Ditko comics.
* did you know that there was a Sense and Sensibility series from Marvel
, now collected in hardcover? I did know and I didn't know, if that makes any sense. Like I can remember knowing, but I can't remember the actual fact.
* finally, Dave Ferraro snagged
a cover image for Gilbert Hernandez's next pulp OGN: Love From The Shadows
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