The GeeksverseNEWS Round-up | Week of July 6, 2013

NEWS Round-up | Week of July 6, 2013
Published on Saturday, July 6, 2013 by
Image Expo, Diamond’s list of Common Core State Standards-approved graphic novels, the Kitchen Sink relaunch, Miami Vice and Punky Brewster making the move to digital comics, and more stories are featured in this week’s News Round-up .

Image Comics announces new titles, DRM-free digital comics store at Image Expo

If everyting goes according to plan, readers will soon be able to buy digital copies of Brubaker and Epting's upcoming Velvet in a number of DRM-free formats.

If everything goes according to plan, readers may soon be able to buy digital copies of Brubaker and Epting’s upcoming Velvet in a variety of DRM-free formats on Image’s website.

So you may have heard of a little thing called the Image Expo that happened earlier this week. There were big announcements all around—publisher Eric Stephenson mentioned that Image Comics is now the #2 supplier of trade paperbacks to the comic book market behind only DC, and a slate of new titles from top-flight creators were revealed, including a new noir/espionage title from the lauded Captain America creative team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, a comic about a high school for assassins and the 1980s hardcore music scene by Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force, Venom) and Wes Craig (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Batman Strikes!), an offbeat crime comic from Jason Aaron (Scalped, Wolverine) and Jason Latour (Django Unchained, Noche Roja), and film director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) pairing up with artist Niko Henrichon (Pride of Baghdad, 24Seven) on an original graphic novel. You can read about the highlights and view cover images of some of the newly-announced titles here.

Besides the new series reveals, the other big story—a huge story if you ask us—that came out of Image Expo was the launch of Image’s new DRM-free digital comics sales platform on their revamped website. We discuss the significance of the move, and what it could mean for readers and creators down the line, in the latest Leaving Proof column.

Dark Horse launches new Kitchen Sink imprint

BOCB-FC-SOLKitchen Sink Press, the independent comics outfit founded in 1970 by Denis Kitchen, is set to make a return 14 years after the company was dissolved as a new Dark Horse imprint called Kitchen Sink Books. The imprint will be headed by Kitchen and editor/book designer John Lind and will focus primarily on large-format art books, archival reprint collections, and graphic novels.

Kitchen Sink Books will initially release four to six books per year. The first book, scheduled for release in November 2013, will be The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground!, a collection of the long-out-of-print underground Comix Book series (1974–1976) originally edited by Denis Kitchen and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics. The collection will include work from underground creators such as Joel Beck, Kim Deitch, Justin Green, Harvey Pekar, Trina Robbins, Art Spiegelman, Skip Williamson, and S. Clay Wilson as well as unpublished artwork, photographs, and correspondence. A preview of The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground! can be read at Bleeding Cool.

BOOM! introduces SDCC 2013 preorder packs

whole_shebangHeaded to SDCC 2013? Already getting foot pain just thinking about the line-ups? Worried that you might miss the chance to buy certain con exclusives? BOOM! Studios can help with their recently announced preorder packs, allowing convention-goers to buy the publisher’s con exclusives at a discount beforehand via its web store, which can then be picked up at the purchaser’s convenience at the BOOM! Studios booth anytime throughout SDCC (July 18–21, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego). Below are the details for each pack (click on the pack name to go to the preorder page):

The kaBOOM! Pack ($245): contains all exclusives for the all-ages line, including connecting covers for ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS #1 and ADVENTURE TIME #18, variant exclusives for REGULAR SHOW #1, ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE #1 and #6, HEROBEAR AND THE KID #1 Animation Cell, PEANUTS #9 and BRAVEST WARRIORS #10, the REGULAR SHOW Mini-Comic, and trades/hardcovers for ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 1 Enchiridion Edition, ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 2 Mathematical Edition, and ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 1 PLAYING WITH FIRE OGN 3-D variant cover.

The BOOM! Studios Pack ($95): contains all exclusives for the BOOM! Studios line, including variant exclusives for SUICIDE RISK #1, SIX-GUN GORILLA #1 and DAY MEN #1 as well as the BOOM! exclusive edition of the FAIRY QUEST: OUTLAWS hardcover and the hardcover edition of ROBOCOP Vol. 1.

The BOOM! Prestige Pack ($230): contains all hardcover and trade paperback exclusive for both the BOOM! and KaBOOM! Studios lines, including the REGULAR SHOW Mini-Comic, ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 1 Enchiridion Edition, ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 2 Mathematical Edition, ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 1 PLAYING WITH FIRE 3-D variant cover, the BOOM! exclusive edition of the FAIRY QUEST: OUTLAWS hardcover, and ROBOCOP Vol. 1 Hardcover.

The Whole BOOM! Shebang ($320): contains every title listed above for both the BOOM! and KaBOOM! Studios lines. For this package alone, BOOM! will also be offering a limited edition PEANUTS Vol. 1 Hardcover (valued at $50) absolutely free to the first 100 orders placed.

To read the individual item descriptions and view the covers of all the BOOM! Studios SDCC exclusives, click here.

Diamond Comic Distributors releases list of Common Core-compliant comics

Play Ball by Nunzio Defilippis, Christina Weir, and Jackie Lewis is just one of 98 graphic novels in the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List.

Play Ball by Nunzio Defilippis, Christina Weir, and Jackie Lewis is just one of 98 graphic novels in Diamond’s list.

Doing its part to bring comics to the classroom and promote literacy, Diamond Comic Distributors recently released a detailed list of graphic novels from Diamond-affiliated publishers that are compatible with the Common Core State Standards for American primary and secondary schools. The full listing of the 98 graphic novels, which includes library classifications, subject headings, and Core Standards, can be downloaded here (.xls file, 319.5 kB).

Coupled with last week’s launch of CBLDF Presents: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, teachers, librarians, parents, and retailers should be better-equipped than ever to recommend and provide age-appropriate comics for all readers.

Below are links to our previously posted reviews of books that happen to be on Diamond’s list:

For readers third grade and up:

For readers fifth grade and up:

For readers seventh grade and up:

1980s NBC TV shows headed to digital comics

Here’s a little blast from the past to get you guys in the right mindset for the next news-piece:

1980s TV theme songs are the best!

punkybrewstercomicteaserAnyway, USA Today reported earlier this week that St. Louis-based publisher Lion Forge Comics will be collaborating with NBC Universal to create a line of digital comics featuring popular TV properties from the 1980s and 1990s. Announced so far are comics based on Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Airwolf, Punky Brewster, and Saved by the Bell. Writers whose names have been attached to the line include Joelle Sellner (Marvel Holiday Digital Special, Womanthology: Space), Jonathan London (Super Action Man), Geoffrey Thorne (Star Trek: Titan) and David Gorden (Catalyst Prime) and announced artists include Wildstorm Studios alumnus Jason Johnson (Wetworks, Bay City Jive, Grimm Fairy Tales presents Godstorm), Lion Forge Comics creative director Carl Reed, and Lion Forge Comics art director Lorenzo Lizana.

The digital comics will be made available on the Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple’s iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and Kobo. (hmmm… no comiXology?)

Howard Chaykin, outspoken and unfiltered as ever

Howard Chaykin, as some Comixverse regulars may know, was the guy who used the power of insults to kickstart legendary inker Jack Abel’s recovery from a stroke and is comics’ premier garter-and-stocking enthusiast. He’s also the guy responsible for two of the most influential and controversial comics of the 1980s, American Flagg! and the erotic vampire-noir Black Kiss. Print‘s Michael Dooley snagged an interview with the writer-artist, and instead of summarizing it here, let us just post some choice excerpts:

On his memories of creating Black Kiss:

… it’s like a different person drew it, because I was in a trance… I didn’t draw a sober breath between August of 1967 and January of 1992. You figure it out.

On his reaction two weeks ago upon learning that Black Kiss II was banned on comiXology’s Apple iOS app:

Are they blogging shitheads with opinions? If so, I couldn’t care less. If not, I still don’t really give a shit, since this is the first time I’m hearing of this.

On comics and comics fandom:

Mainstream comics, despite any appearance to the contrary, are enormously socially conservative. And it’s clear to me that I’m a bit of an embarrassment to comics in general and comics fans in particular, who seem to be afraid their girlfriends will find out they might have an erotic thought or two.

I’d suggest they talk and listen to their girlfriends a tad more than they do.

On contemporary comics artists:

I’m a huge fan of Jose Garcia Lopez, Eduardo Risso, Leinil Yu, Vittorio Giardino, Sean Murphy, and of course, Dave Johnson, the best cover artist comics has had since Reed Crandall on Blackhawk and Military.

For these and other insights, as well as a comprehensive collection of scans of Chaykin’s works, check out the full interview here. (Given the character of Chaykin’s oeuvre, the usual not-safe-for-viewing-at-work warning applies to the link.)

Odds and Sods

More links to news from around the world of comics:

  • SHOOT #1 FC FNLS.H.O.O.T. First by Justin Aclin (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Nicolas Daniel Selma (Tomb Raider: The Beginning) announced by Dark Horse. “S.H.O.O.T. First is the most personal story and the most epic story I’ve ever written. It’s about how we deal with the loss of faith, plus it’s got crazy sci-fi action and a robot arm-wrestling a demon,” says writer Aclin. (Comixverse)
  • The Hero Initiative and comiXology announce “The Blank Page” Charity Event for SDCC 2013; Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner to draw on giant 12′ x 8′ comic book page. (Comixverse)
  • Tatsuhiko Takimoto and Kendi Oiwa’s Welcome to the N.H.K. manga is featured in a very interesting feature about the Japanese social phenomenon of hikikomori: social withdrawal usually associated with single males in their teens, twenties, and thirties. (BBC)
  • Rich Johnston interviews controversial artist Mike S. Miller about his work on the graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. SPOILER: It doesn’t end well (the interview we mean, not the book, which we haven’t read). (Bleeding Cool)
  • Digital Manga, Inc. acquires the North American publishing rights to the ENTIRE Osamu Tezuka manga library. That’s a huge coup for the publishing, licensing, and import outfit. (Anime News Network)
  • Joe Kelly talks about co-writing this week’s episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, which features a special guest appearance by Deadpool. (IGN)

In case you missed them…

Don’t forget that we post new previews of trade paperbacks and hardcovers every week. This week, we’ve got previews of eleven books including Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Search, part 2, IDW’s Doctor Who Series III, Vol. 2: The Eye of Ashaya, and a 31-page preview of Image Comics’ Skullkickers, Vol.4: Eighty Eyes on an Evil Island.

Also posted earlier this week were our reviews of Captain Midnight #0 and the first issues of Catalyst Comix, Godzilla: Rulers of the Earth, The Extinction Parade, Lazarus, Satellite Sam, and X-Files: Season 10. Check out the reviews and their accompanying multi-page preview galleries here.

We leave you now with a trio of clips and trailers from the aforementioned Deadpool episode of Ultimate Spider-Man (entitled “Ultimate Deadpool,” appropriately enough), set to air on July 7, 11:30 AM EST on Disney XD in the US:


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