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August 8, 2016

Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

imageBy Tom Spurgeon

* this is already out, so it doesn't really qualify as publishing news, but the continuation of the Linework anthology was news to me.

* I keep forgetting to write this story, and it's a big one, one that should make some end-of-year lists if people are interested in up-and-coming cartoonists and cartooning scenes more generally: the end of Intruder, the flagship publication of Comics In Seattle, Generation Two. There were a lot of good comics in there and I will miss the publication.

* when Sir Alfred No. 3 sells out -- and it's likely to happen soon -- it may not come back. That's a special comic, and there being only that many copies will enhance its reputation over time.

* Molly Ostertag has sold The Witch Boy to Scholastic. I wish we could restore/establish an industry standard where announcements presented like that one became more common.

* I don't cover many of the exclusivity deals signed by talent at the mainstream company. It's a quieter option than it used to be, and the exceptions in individual contracts made it hard to figure what was exclusive and what wasn't. Still, Aaron Kuder doing a bunch of work for Marvel strikes me as worth noting because his work for DC was strong and artists that stand out are a rare thing right now because of how the market values skill sets that are more easily transferable into Hollywood. It strikes me that Kuder might have already been working for Marvel; if that's the case, this was necessary PR.

* excitement for Moto Hagio.
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