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April 11, 2016

Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News


By Tom Spurgeon

* nice to see the Superfuckers coming back. As much as Kochalka is known for his kids material by certain segments of the comics-reading publicist, I'll always think of him as a potty-mouthed deconstructionist.

image* the cartoonist Simon Moreton writes about his current project, Minor Leagues, which includes comics, illustration and prose. He has photos of some of the pages, such as the one at left. That first issue really doesn't qualify as publishing news now that it's here, but I'm projecting he continues in this vein for a while.

* there was a big run of news stories featuring mainstream comics over at i09, which I somehow managed to miss on the other mainstream comics news avenues. It looks like Marvel will do a new comics narrative featuring the Jessica Jones character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos and shown off to great effect for mostly pleased audiences that caught the first Netflix series season. With Batman getting a new costume it makes sense that Superman would, too. I get that you don't want to do the old shorts because it just looks like out of another century as circus tights -- and it is out of another century at this point -- but I don't think they have it all the way down yet. There will be a comic book featuring the character Negan from the Walking Dead series. I never thought about it before, but I suppose a lot of people like that character. It looks like they're pulling apart the Superman character and comics with the latest DC relaunch, which I would think might make sense. The New 52 version of the character never came together for me as its own distinct entity; he seemed like a running commentary on vague dissatisfaction with the old version.

* finally, Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell announced their 2018 book Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me over at the LA Times.

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