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June 21, 2016

Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the writer and artist Chip Zdarsky has announced that his and artist Joe Quinones' version of the Howard The Duck character will see a last issue with #11. Apparently that's a sixteenth issue due to the fundamental manipulative stupidity of the comics industry with these issues numbers, but it's not like that's the createors' fault. Congratulations to them on their run. Apparently the book could continue at current sales number but the story for which the creators launched the title has come to a conclusion and they're leaving the series. I liked that comic just fine when I read it; I thought its creators did well enough with the tough job of executing a comic with that character in the age of line-wide narratives and tell-me-why-to-buy-this consumer choice. It was also instructive how essentially conservative this latest Howard series seemed compared to the 1970s version helmed by co-creator Steve Gerber. At times reading the new Howard was like watching a reboot of All In The Family where Archie chooses his words carefully and there are very few moments of conflict.

* Brigid Alverson has some word as to what we might expect from new Tokyopop comics. Here's an interview with Stu Levy at the comics business news and analysis site

* speaking of Alverson, her interview with Drew Ford should give you an idea of what's up with his new company moving forward.

* I'm sure I pulled this for a different reason, but here is a bunch of newly-released small press work.

* PW has a survey of material out this Fall. Scroll down to the Drawn and Quarterly/Fantagraphics section in particular and it's just one nice-sounding comic after another. I think I'm most looking forward to Mooncop, but that's only right at this moment. I'll be anticipating a different comic tomorrow.

* finally, here's a new character at Marvel. They don't do a lot of new characters with this kind of public launch, so it struck me was worth noting.
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