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July 4, 2016

Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

imageBy Tom Spurgeon

* Head Lopper will be collected into a trade featuring the first four issues. Those issues were really big, so you're looking at 280 pages. I thought this a fun comic when I read it in serial form, and one I would imagine has a wider audience waiting for it than it currently enjoys.

* I did not know that a second printing of Hellen Jo's great issue of Frontier was an enhanced issue. I want one of these, too. If you missed out, that's one of the memorable comics publication of the last several years.

* PW has a lengthy list of comics for adult readers that will be coming out this Fall. I don't really understand the Top 10 part of it -- is a Wonder Woman book really of greater interest to adult readers of comics than original work by people like Anya Davidson and Dave McKean? It's not that I have anything against good books working that genre, but they tend to be few and far between and the vast majority of them are interchangeable and forgettable even when nicely crafted and well intended. I'd love to be proven wrong, because we can always use more distinctive, great work. But I'm a little wary.

* you can't believe listings in any way than a general heads-up that something may be coming, but that's enough in a few cases when the book sounds really cool. Looks like Fantagraphics' entry into the shot-from-original-art book world will come out at some point in 2017. I'm also delighted to see that the third volume of Patrick Rosenkranz' exploration of S. Clay Wilson is still on its way. Rosenkranz has done incredibly admirable work the last several years with that group of cartoonists, and Wilson is his best subject.

* finally, more work on the way from the team of Tula Lotay and Warren Ellis.
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