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January 11, 2016

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News


By Tom Spurgeon

* the LA Times had Drew Weing's Margo Maloo cover first; you should read their article.

image* Deb Aoki, Brigid Alverson and Katherine Dacey talk amongst themselves about the forthcoming manga to which they're most looking forward. They note that not only are there quite a few series launching or relaunching this year, but that 2015 was a strong year for material with an early volume number on them. One of the book's discussed is April's omnibus-edition release of Kengo Hanazawa's I Am A Hero.

* Johanna Draper Carlson writes about the latest round of Octopus Pie books as a publishing story. She also notes that Comic Book Creator will be running some material initially intended for other magazines, as the world of writing-about-comics continues to shake itself out.

* Bruce Canwell writes about the rest of the year 2016 for the Library Of American Comics (an earlier post was about of the super-commercial strips they're reprinting). This time around it's the Essentials series specifically and various strip series more generally. Good news for Alex Raymond fans in there.

* there's a post over at The Beat about Over The Garden Wall becoming an ongoing that also puts out the call for Badger fans to support that comic in its newest print iteration or bad things might happen in terms of its viability. Both are worth noting. I wonder how much room there is for certain properties that are 25-30 years old now just in terms of building an audience and/or regaining the one they have. Not every property is Superman or something that will endure for decade after decade. At the same time, comics does have some success stories in terms of reviving old properties. I'd love for this to become a viable market overall, is what I'm saying, but I have some real doubts.

* there will be a sequel to the Civil War mini-series this year and they promise someone will die and that the character that will die will be significant enough we won't be disappointed in our desire to see superhero characters die.

* finally, Tracy Brown talks to Hope Larson and Brittney Williams about their new detective comic book series Goldie Vance.

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