The GeeksverseNEWS Round-up | Week of August 17, 2013

NEWS Round-up | Week of August 17, 2013
Published on Saturday, August 17, 2013 by
[UPDATED] Learn about Kevin Maguire’s new gig at Marvel, the legendary Alex Niño’s return to American comics, the 2013 Ignatz Awards nominees, and more in this week’s News Round-up.

Kevin Maguire lands at Marvel

Last week, we reported that veteran artist Kevin Maguire was rather abruptly replaced as the artist on DC’s Justice League 3000, in a manner that, as Maguire described it in a Bleeding Cool message board post, “very humiliating.” Marvel, wasting no time, quickly scooped up the esteemed artist, probably even before he could finish updating his résumé. On Saturday afternoon, Brian Michael Bendis posted the following message on his Tumblr:

As I have made it very clear on this tumblr I think artists like Kevin are a national treasure and should be treated as such by publishers and readers alike. As Matt Fraction said at dinner last night he is probably one of the most influential comic artists of this generation but doesn’t get enough credit for it. you can see his influence in a lot of places.

We have been talking about working together on an off for a while but the stars never aligned. I am not exactly sure what happened to him this week but I would like to thank whoever it was that made it possible for  Kevin to join me on Guardians of the Galaxy number 10. which I hope will be the first of many projects together.

I may have just announced something I wasn’t supposed to :-)

So Maguire goes from a fledgling title to an established series with a major studio film adaptation in the pipeline. Seems like an upgrade to us. Everybody wins. Also, check out this sweet Rocket Raccoon drawing that is Kevin Maguire’s new Twitter profile photo:


Ramen Fighter Miki creator Jun Sadogawa dead of apparent suicide at age 34

noodlefightermiki01Japanese comics creator Mutsumi Kawahito, who created his most popular works under the pen name Jun Sadogawa, was found dead of an apparent suicide in Shinsui Park located in the city of Tone in Ibaraki Prefecture, according to a report from Anime News Network. He was 34 years old. At the time of his death, Kawahito was working on the Amane Atatameru serial for the Weekly Shonen Champion magazine. [One of the earlier stories in Amane Atatameru had the female lead successfully convincing a distraught, suicidal man that he had much to live for, a story that has now taken on a renewed poignance given the circumstances of Kawahito’s death—ed.]

Kawahito is probably best known to Western readers and viewers for his work on the action-comedy manga Muteki Kanban Musume, which was translated and distributed in North America by ADV Manga as Noodle Fighter Miki. The North American licensing rights of the serial anime adaptation of the manga, Ramen Fighter Miki, were later acquired by Media Blasters and can currently be viewed on the Media Blasters channel on YouTube.


Comics legend Alex Niño to make his return to comics this November

legionofmollydoves01coverAlex Niño, one of the most popular and influential members of the “First Wave” of Filipino artists who revitalized DC, Marvel, and Warren’s sci-fi, horror, fantasy, Western, and “weird war” comics during the 1970s, is set to make his return to American comics this November with Brian Phillipson and Amanda Raymond’s “Sherlock Holmes-meets-steampunk” Legion of Molly Doves, according to this report from Bleeding Cool. Niño’s last work for an American publisher, 2009’s Dead Ahead from Image Comics, was mired in a mess of nasty public spats between writer Mel Smith and colorist Moose Baumann over payment issues that delayed publication and the sequel miniseries announced at last year’s Image Expo, Dead Ahead 2, has yet to materialize.

We’re huge fans of Mr. Niño here at Comixverse—you can read our Leaving Proof retrospective on his career here—and we naturally can’t wait to see him back at work in comics.

Legion of Molly Doves #1 is from Bliss on Tap Publishing and is scheduled to hit stores on November 27, 2013.

George Romero’s “secret” zombie comic for Marvel pushed back

The Daily Dead is reporting that zombie film legend George Romero is still working on the “secret” Marvel zombie comic that was announced late last year, and not only that, he is apparently quite far ahead in the work, having written enough material for “fifteen issues.” Interesting. Romero also revealed that the series was originally set to launch this October, but that Marvel apparently decided to push the launch back. Describing the premise of the book last year, the 73 year-old Romero said that “it won’t involve any of their on-going characters, there will be no superheroes. But it will involve zombies!”

Ignatz Awards nominees revealed

spxposterLast week, we recapped the list of this year’s Harvey Awards nominees. This week, we’ve got the list of the Ignatz Awards nominees (the Ignatz is like the Independent Spirit Awards to the Eisner’s Oscars and the Harvey’s Golden Globes), originally unveiled at the Small Press Expo site:

Outstanding Artist

  • Lilli Carré for Heads or Tails
  • Michael DeForge for Lose #4
  • Miriam Katin for Letting It Go
  • Ulli Lust for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
  • Patrick McEown for Hair Shirt

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

  • Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry
  • Heads or Tails by Lille Carré
  • Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff by Peter Bagge
  • Stark #1 by Tusen Hjartan
  • Very Casual by Michael DeForge

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • The Property by Rutu Modan
  • Susceptible by Genevieve Castree
  • Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
  • When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael
  • You’ll Never Know Vol. 3: A Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler

Outstanding Story

  • “Arid” (Secret Prison #7) by Tom Hart
  • Birdseye Bristoe by Dan Zettwoch
  • “The Carnival” (Heads or Tails) by Lilli Carré
  • Gold Star by John Martz
  • “Neighbors” (Stark #1) by Joanna Hellgren

Promising New Talent

  • Sam Alden for  Hawaii 1997 and Haunter
  • Nathan Bulmer for Eat More Bikes
  • Philippa Rice for Looking Out
  • Diana Thung for August Moon
  • Angie Wang for “The Teacup Tree” (Secret Prison #7)

Outstanding Series

  • The Hive by Charles Burns
  • Lose by Michael DeForge
  • Madtown High by Whit Taylor
  • Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
  • Prison Pit by Johnny Ryan

Outstanding Comic

  • Hyperspeed to Nowhere 2: Return to Entropy by Lale Westvind
  • The Life Problem by Austin English
  • Looking Out by Philippa Rice
  • Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly
  • St. Owl’s Bay by Simon Hanselmann

Outstanding Minicomic

  • The End of the Fucking World: Part 16 by Charles Forsman
  • Il Cammino Delle Capre by Kris Mukai and Zachary Zezima
  • Hawaii 1997 by Sam Alden
  • Layaway by Joseph Lambert
  • Powdered Milk Vol. 10: The Man Who Could Not Read by Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Online Comic

Winners will be voted on by Small Press Expo attendees. The Small Press Expo will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in North Bethesda, MD, from September 14 to 15. Voting for the Ignatz Awards will be held at the Ignatz Awards ceremony on the evening of Saturday, August 14. For more details, visit the Small Press Expo website.

MIND MGMT creator to offer one lucky reader a chance to (briefly) join the book’s cast

From the press release:

mindMGMTpromoThe recent release of MIND MGMT #13 kicked off an all-new arc of this critically acclaimed series, currently in its second year at Dark Horse. To celebrate, Dark Horse and series creator Matt Kindt are offering fans a very special opportunity.

By simply Liking the official MIND MGMT Facebook page, you will be entered into a drawing to, well, “enter a drawing.” That’s right: One lucky fan will actually be drawn into the seventeenth issue of the ongoing series! If you are one of the readers who were ahead of the curve on this and have already liked this page, you are already eligible!

MIND MGMT follows a young journalist who stumbles onto a much bigger story than she bargained for while investigating a bizarre case of memory loss on a commercial flight. Her ensuing journey involves weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, talking dolphins, and seemingly immortal pursuers, as she attempts to find the flight’s missing passenger, the man who was MIND MGMT’s greatest success—and its most devastating failure. But in a world where people can rewrite reality itself, can she trust anything she sees?

For more information, visit

Andrew E.C. Gaska’s Frenzy on on Kickstarter

From the press release:

A new Kickstarter project has been launched for the duration of August. FRENZY is an original illustrated prose novel written by Andrew E.C. Gaska (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Critical Millennium, SPACE: 1999 Aftershock & Awe, Classic SPACE:1999- To Everything That Was). FRENZY is about a pack of sharks that turn deadly when people stumble upon them and interfere with their habitat. Make no mistake, the sharks are the stars of this book, and the humans are the threat!

The book will feature art by the likes of Dave Dorman (Aliens: Tribes, Star Wars: Dark Empire), Bob Eggleton (Godzilla, Magic: The Gathering), menton3 (Monocyte, LUST, TOME), Erik Gist (Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Magic: The Gathering), Steve White (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Dinosaurs: A Celebration), Chandra Free (The God Machine, Fraggle Rock, Graphic Cannon Vol. 3, Mice Templar) and more!

The Kickstarter has incentives ranging from digital copies of the book, special artist packages that contain original art (sketches and paintings), having your likeness painted into one of the book’s featured illustrations and even shark diving with the author himself.

Dark Horse to publish Gustavo Duarte’s Monsters ! & Other Stories

From the press release:

duartemonstersandotherstories_teaserDark Horse continues to expand its Originals line, offering some of the most unique comic book storytelling experiences on the market today. Next up, Gustavo Duarte spins wordless tales brimming with humor, charm, and delightfully twisted horror in his American graphic novel debut Monsters! & Other Stories. 

Oversized beasts, in the short story “Monsters!,” wreak havoc on civilians and cities in the tradition of Godzilla and King Kong. In “Có!,” an alien abduction disarms a gentle farmer, and in “Birds,” two business partners run from fate, only to find themselves hopelessly unable to change the future.

Beautiful illustration and evocative storytelling fill every page of this unforgettable collection that brings together Duarte’s works, which were previously only available in his native country of Brazil.

“It is a joy and an honor to have my first book published in the USA by Dark Horse,” said Gustavo Duarte. “It’s really cool to have Monsters! published by the company that has produced the work of so many guys I admire, like Mike Mignola and Eric Powell, among others. I hope this is the first of many.”

Duarte’s Monsters! & Other Stories arrives in finer comic shops everywhere on January 15, 2014, and will carry a cover price of only $12.99 for 152 beautifully illustrated pages!

Check out the exclusive first look at Monsters! & Other Stories on Comics Alliance.

BOOM! reveals chase variant covers for Sons of Anarchy

From the press release:

BOOM! Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products revealed the addition of a 1-in-10 surprise connecting chase cover for each issue of the upcoming SONS OF ANARCHY comic book series. Based on the hit FX network television show, the SONS OF ANARCHY six-issue comic book series will uniquely feature and bring to life the gun-smuggling bikers with complex pasts and gripping personalities residing in the fictional town of Charming, California.

Each issue of the SONS OF ANARCHY comic book series will feature a 1-in-10 intermixed cover inspired by the striking season 6 promotional images that debuted in July from FX. The six covers will connect to form one complete panoramic image of the show’s characters engaged in a grand melee.

The first issue will feature a main cover illustrated by Garry Brown (PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM, The Massive) and a 1-in-20 retailer incentive “Mr. Mayhem” cover. BOOM! will offer a retailer incentive cover that has been upgraded with a gold foil-stamped treatment.

Below are the standard and “Mr. Mayhem” variant covers for Sons of Anarchy #1 (click to view in larger size):

Below are the interlocking chase variant covers for Sons of Anarchy #s 1–6 (click to view in larger size):

The Art of Running: The Steve Prefontaine Story on Kickstarter

Matthew Crehan, son of 1988 Olympic Marathon runner Susan Crehan, is looking to get his graphic novel about the life of the late Steve Prefontaine funded on Kickstarter. Talking to Runner’s World, the British Crehan explained his fascination for Prefontaine, who once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters and who died in 1975 at the age of 24 in an alcohol-related driving accident:

Steve Prefontaine is my running hero. He was a front runner and looked at racing as a work of art. I look at running and racing in the exact same way. For me it is about doing everything you can, putting all of your mind, your energy, your heart on the line every time you step on the track to race. If you can do that, then at the end of your race, both literal and the race of life, then you can be satisfied and fulfilled.

The graphic novel is illustrated by Indonesian artist Sigit Nugroho, whose highly detailed artwork can be seen here.

To learn more about the project and become a backer, visit the campaign page on Kickstarter.

Dark Horse releases early look at September’s Brain Boy #1

Our friends over at Dark Horse Comics have provided us with an early preview of the contents of Brain Boy #1. Check out the gallery below (click images to view in larger size):

Brain Boy, based on the short-lived quasi-superhero comic published by Dell in the 1960s, is written by New York Times best-selling author Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, G.I. Joe, Action Philosophers) with interior art by R. B. Silva (Superboy, Jimmy Olsen). The first issue will have a standard cover by Ariel Olivetti, a variant cover by Juan Doe, and will hit stores on September 11.

Odds and sods

More news from around the world of comics:

  • drama_coverRaina Telgemeier, whose Drama is nominated for this year’s Harvey for the Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers, has posted quite the instructive entry on her blog, showing her creative process, going from the basic idea, to pitch, to thumbnails, layouts, all the way to lettering and coloring. A must-read for anyone looking to create their first comic. (Go Raina!)
  • Dark Horse released a video trailer for The Star Wars, the upcoming eight-issue miniseries comics adaptation of the 1974 George Lucas screenplay that would eventually become the original Star Wars trilogy. (Comixverse)
  • Soulfire and Brightest Day colorist Beth Sotelo’s Grump, which we profiled in this space a few weeks ago, managed to reach its Kickstarter funding goal and then some, making us four-for-four with regards to the Kickstarter campaigns we spotlighted in the July 27 edition of the News Round-up. (Kickstarter)
  • Archie penciler and Kevin Keller writer-artist Dan Parent revealed in an interview that a storyline that originally had Archie and his pals going on a tour of Europe will be altered so that the characters bypass Russia, in protest of the country’s new laws against homosexuality. (Back2Stonewall)
  • Deb Aoki breaks down the various approaches being taken by manga publishers as they continue to adapt to the unique challenges posed by digitization. Insightful, comprehensive stuff. (Publishers Weekly)
  • Comics blogger and outspoken retail industry advocate Brian Hibbs explains what he sees as DC’s “staggeringly epic incompetence” in the publisher’s order policy for the books in September’s line-wide “Villains Month” event. (Savage Critic)
  • Koyama Press founder and president Annie Koyama talks to Peter Howard about life as a small press comics/graphic novel publisher and why it’s important for retailers to not solely rely on Diamond Comics Distributors for sourcing. (Sequential Highway)
  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) executive director Charles Brownstein recently gave a speech in Tokyo at the Comiket convention as part of the Manga Freedom Speaking Tour, the full text of which can be read here. Thought-provoking stuff.
  • Kick-Ass 2 premiered this week and the reviews aren’t looking very good. You can read the Guardian review here, the Telegraph‘s review can be found here, the Daily Mail‘s scathing take is here, the A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd shares his opinion in this piece, and Grantland’s Wesley Morris gives the film a once-over here. Dowd’s article is particularly critical of the source comics material, calling it “a juvenile comedy of excess, in which skewering adolescent power fantasies looks an awful lot like indulging in them.”

In case you missed them… 

Don’t forget that we regularly post new previews of trade paperbacks and hardcovers. This week, we’ve got sneak peeks of eight titles including 20-page previews of the Transformers 30th Anniversary Collection and Dragon Age, Vol. 3: Until We Sleep hardcovers.

On the Leaving Proof front, we’ve got a two-for-one special to make up for last week’s missed article. In Leaving Proof 196, we compare and contrast Lewis Manalo’s MetaMorphosis and Sable and Azaceta’s Graveyard of Empires, two comics that use the element of zombies in very different ways to address the current War in Afghanistan. In Leaving Proof 197, we discuss Dark Horse’s 47 Ronin, share our impressions of The Wolverine, and talk about the music of the indie video game To The Moon.

We play Casey Kasem and count down our favorite superhero (and supervillain)-themed songs in this week’s Roundtable. In addition, Troy Osgood has a spoiler-free review of Infinity #1, the first issue in Marvel’s new comics event.

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