January 1, 2007
CR Holiday Magazine
From Your Hearts to Industry Ears: Seven Wishes For 2007
David P. Welsh
1. A hearty "seconded" to your #7.
2. An archival Archie project.
3. Another funny, all-ages book from Colleen Coover and Root Nibot
4. More josei manga
5. More Yotsuba&!
and Bambi and Her Pink Gun
6. More comics drawn by Simon Gane
1 - The beginning of "The Complete Matt Marriott" by James Edgar & Tony Weare (deluxe hardcovers, natch).
2 - The beginning of "The Complete Salomon" by Chago Armada
(deluxe hardcovers natch).
3 - The beginning of "The Complete Skippy" by Percy Crosby
(deluxe hardcovers natch).
4 - The beginning of "The Complete Frans Masereel
's Wordless Stories" (deluxe hardcovers natch).
5 - The beginning of "The Complete Yoshiharu Tsuge
" (deluxe hardcovers natch).
That's enough!, I remember the "beware of what you wish" old saying. If all of the above really happened I would be completely ruined. Fortunately nothing of the above will happen during 2007. Maybe nothing of the above will happen during my lifetime.
1. Someone to reprint the funny Dick Briefer
2. Greater opportunities for all-ages humor comics to exist.
3. An in depth exploration of Lev Gleason
4. An Adventures of Bumpkin Buzz
1. That traditional book publishers and stores keep backing graphic novels.
2. That Tim Sievert
and King Mini
's Top Shelf books hit the stands and are well received.
3. More blogs. They're not dead yet. Put your sketchbook online and make me happy in the morning.
4. Complete big fat books of all the best series' from the history of comics. Without "ultimate slip cover" collectible $trings attached.
5. Some good not-fandom based comic art form portals pop-up where ideas and discussions flourish.
6. That all the creative people who left Minneapolis for the coasts come home.
7. That everyone who works hard gets their dreams handed to them.
1. I would wish for a much wider understanding of the role of the inker in comics. Next to editing, it's one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated jobs in comics.
2. A book or collection that would remind or introduce the spectacular artwork created by Filipinos in American comic books, which would include the work of Nestor Redondo
, Alfredo Alcala
, Tony DeZuniga
, Alex Nino
3. A resolution the legal stranglehold on Miracleman
, so that Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham could continue doing it.
4. More comic book art from David Mazzucchelli
5. That Peter Jackson directs The Hobbit
. Not comics, but it will certainly be damned inspiring.
* I hope the celebrated stream of deluxe hardcover reprints all continue with no bumps or hassles along the way. The Peanuts
releases are sure things to reach the end of their runs eventually but lower profile stuff like Dick Tracy
needs support as well. I'd hate to see any of these worthy projects not make it to the end.
* Seth, Chris Ware and other slowcoaches should get a move on with their respective series. I used to buy Seth's Palookaville
but decided to wait for Clyde Fans
to be finished before reading it. My goof - he's now roughly halfway and it's what, 10 years or more already...?
* I'm interested in what surprises are in store for 2007. It will take me a while to catch up with the current bounty of great comics now available, but what other unexpected books and projects do we have to look forward to?
* I'd like (since I'm in an asking mood) more Crumb sketchbook releases from Fantagraphics. I'd also like to see Crumb's HUP
comics get the collected softcover respect that they are due.
* I'd also like to see more European comics published in a friendly translated format. I'm sure there's lots of Trondheim stuff that we've never seen over here. (It'd be great to see some giant reprint volumes from guys like Trondheim receive the same treatment that Vertical are giving Osamu Tezuka).
* Finally, someone should publish a nice, restored, uncut, comprehensive single-volume bells-and-whistles hardcover edition of the Serpieri Druuna
albums to cheer up everyone who likes looking at voluptuous, butt-heavy nude Italian gals drawn with exquisite linework.
1. That people use comicspace
as an effort to broaden their reading horizons, rather than an opportunity to just be "friends" with their favorite creators.
2. That we have less tales of loss or hardship in 2007. And if/when tragedy or troubles do occur, that the industry continues to rise to the occasion (as it did in 2006, with Lea Hernandez
's fire. [And here's hoping the Hernandez family gets back into their home ASAP in 2007]
3. More interview-based podcasts like Word Balloon with John Siuntres
. Siuntres can only cover so much ground and it would be great if more lesser-known creators were the subject of podcast interviews.
4. More time in the day, so I can be a good dad, good full-time employee at my bill-paying gig, and still have time to do more Q&As with creators and stories deserving attention.
5. An expanding consumer base that supports independent works as much as we already support the mainstream material. After that happens, then no one will wince when I demand the mainstream market support "fun superhero comics" that Shaenon Garrity mentioned in her recent Comics Reporter interview
in addition to the "gritty police-procedurals-in-leotards" we clearly support at present.
6. Greater respect for industry critics (but only those widely considered worthy of respect, I concede) and thicker-skinned creators who understand a talented critic that strongly dislikes your work in one instance does not preclude them from appreciating your work in the future. As for the untalented critics, please stop. You may not know who you are, but God willing some day you will.
7. Unsure if this is even possible: expanded content at Comics Reporter
(c'mon Tom, if we can clone Peter Parker and Thor, why not you?)
8. More wishes, success and happiness for everyone in 2007.
Derik A Badman
1. Second your wish for an Annie
reprint (the big collection I have is great but is missing the Sundays!)
2. CPM finally releases Kiriko Nananan
's Strawberries and Sweet Cream
3. More Ganges
4. More translations of bande dessinees
5. Heavy Metal's first Corto Maltese
reissue is successful so they'll put out the rest of the series.
6. The Complete Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy
(I can't afford the out of print ones)
7. More diversity in webcomics
here's a handful of wishes for the comics world in 2007:
1. More underground retrospectives like Frank Stack's New Adventures of Jesus
, Kim Deitch's Shadowland
, and You Call This Art?!
by Greg Irons (all Fantagraphics
2. R. Crumb's completion of his Book of Genesis adaptation.
3. More great fan friendly conventions like the Heroes Convention of 2006
(hope the Hernandez Bros will return again).
4. More great comic strip compilations along the lines of Peanuts
, Dick Tracy
, etc. I really wish someone would start reprinting Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy
again. And Alley Oop
Go, Look: Gary Esposito at ACC Exhibit
Gary Esposito took his camera to New Jersey's other Fall 2006 comics show, and took a ton of photos.
Go, Look: Wunderground Winds Down
visited the Providence: Wunderground
exhibit at the start of its last week, and took pictures. More pictures through the above photo; report here
posted 2:30 am PST
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