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August 1, 2016

Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News


By Tom Spurgeon

* new Roger Langridge is always worth celebrating.

image* writer Chip Zdarsky -- also a working comics artist -- has painted a variant cover for his final issue on Marvel's Howard The Duck character. I think Marvel's line works better when that title is being published by them, the same way "Doom Patrol" seems to work within the DC line. That said, it's hard to imagine anyone at Marvel right now being allowed to cut loose in a way that might make for comics in the same neighborhood as the 1970s work done by writer Steve Gerber and a few, select artists.

* always happy to hear about more translated Jiro Taniguchi on the way. You can't trust listings beyond it signaling a general interest by a publisher and a creator that something will come out at some point, but that's enough in some cases.

* a new David Hine/Shaky Kane book is imminent, as is new Daryl Seitchik.

* the Nick Spencer/Steve Lieber comic book The Fix seems to be in higher demand than its initial print runs can handle, a sign of a potential hit series in the making. The general buzz around that one is good, too, which is another positive sign.

* finally, T. Edward Bak has taken to Patreon to continue work on his Island Of Memory comics. I like those comics very much.

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