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CCL Podcast #336 – Comics: Stripped Bare

Collected Comics Library Podcast #336
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In last week’s podcast #335, I mentioned my love for classic comics strips: Flash Gordon, Tarzan, Buck Rogers, Mandrake…the list goes on. This week I take that concept a bit further and look at the September 5, 2012 Detroit Free Press Sunday Comics. Don’t worry, I don’t read all four pages verbatim, but I do explore each one and give my thoughts – some of which I have never heard of.

I also go a little more in depth from yesterday’s post on the EC Comics Archives from GC Press and the upcoming EC Comics Library from Fantagraphics. Where did GC, and Gemstone for that matter, go wrong? Can Fantagraphics succeed with the new format? Is Kickstarter an option for older comics like these? Loaded questions for sure and I freely admit I don’t have all the answers – but I’m damn close.

All this and a quick rundown of the week’s best new comic book collected edition releases!

Links of Note:
Stripper’s Guide – Allan Holtz
Daily Cartoonist – Alan Gardner

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Best American Comics 2012 HC

Free Comics 2012! Now What?

You went out to your local comic book store for Free Comic Book Day 2012 on Saturday and today I go over all the titles that were available and what collected editions (or other books) are related to each title or publisher. In the past I have done this as a podcast episode and it had been one of my most downloaded shows of the year. I now bring it to you as a post and you can still come back and reference this (and previous years, see below) for informational purposes, if you’re so inclined.

2012 Gold Comics

  • Avengers Age Of Ultron 0.1 (Marvel)
    • You saw the movie now go pick up classic Avengers with a Masterwork or Essential and better still The Avengers: Under Siege HC (my all time favorite).
  • Bongo Comics Free-For-All/Spongebob Freestyle Funnies Flip-Book (Bongo Comics)
    • I recommend the Cine-manga books published by Tokyopop.
  • DC Comics The New 52 #1 (DC Comics)
    • The collected editions of the New 52 have started to roll out. Pick up the Animal Man trade paperback.
  • Image 20 Anthology (Image)
    • Want to know more about the history of Image Comics? Pick up Image Comics: The Road To Independence by George Khoury.
  • Mega Man Let The Games Begin (Archie Comics)
    • There are two Mega Man trades; Volume 3 is dues in August.
  • Mouse Guard Labyrinth And Other Stories HC (Archaia Entertainment)
    • This a very nice hardcover and I wish more publishers will follow this example. Start at the beginning with Volume 1: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152
  • Peanuts/Adventure Time Flip-Book (Boom! Studios)
    • I’m not sure what Boom’s long term plans for Peanuts is, but Fantagraphics keeps on rolling out the classic strip in their year-by-year collected editions.
  • Star Wars/Serenity Flip-Book (Dark Horse)
    • The Star Wars story here is with Han and Chewy takes place before SW:ANH. Serenity, on the other hand, takes place shortly after its’ movie. Plenty of trades, movies and tv shows to go around.
  • Transformers #80.5 (IDW)
    • I like the Classic books that reprint the old Marvel series.
  • Yo Gabba Gabba Free Comic Book Time (Oni Press)
    • I had no idea that people such as Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Mike Allred, J. Torres, J. Bone, Jamie S. Rich are working on this series. There are a few trades in stores in your kid wants more.

2012 Silver Comics

  • 2000 AD Judge Dredd Special (Rebellion)
    • Get ready for an onslaught on Judge Dredd this summer with the move coming out. I’m unsure if it will be a hit with American audiences, though. For more pick up the Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 1-4
  • Animal Planet The World’s Most Dangerous Animals 2012 (Zenescope Entertainment)
    • This comic sounds silly but is actually very educational. There’s a good trade of these fierce Grizzly Bears, giant Salt Water Crocodiles, rogue Lions and more that is available now.
  • Anti (12 Gauge Comics)
    • Looks like this is a new title, so no trade yet. But if you liked this try The Ride TP, the first comics from 12 Gauge.
  • Arcana Presents The Intrinsic #1 (Arcana Studio)
    • Another new title. I don’t read anything from Arcana but I hear good things about Amour.
  • Atomic Robo And Friends (Red 5 Comics)
    • My good friend John Mayo scolded me for not picking up this fun, sci-fi title. Good thing there are a few trades out there so I can get up to speed.
  • Bad Medicine #1 (Oni Press)
    • Besides the FCBD edition there are three issues, so I expect a trade to get solicited soon.
  • Barry Sonnenfeld’s Dinosaurs Vs Aliens (Liquid Comics)
    • Why Barry Sonnenfeld would headline a comic book is beyond me, but he does seem like the right guy for this title – he directed Men In Black and several other sci-fi movies. The expanded graphic novel is expected later this summer.
  • Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby Sampler (Fantagraphics)
    • I loved Harold And The Purple Crayon by Johnson and never read his strip Barnaby, but thanks to the upcoming high quality reprint series I will get my chance.
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer/The Guild Flip-Book (Dark Horse)
    • Real simple here – get the Buffy Omnibus volumes. There’s seven of them! As far as The Guild goes, one trade is out and one more upcoming in July.
  • Burt Ward Boy Wonder #1 (Bluewater Productions)
    • I guess this will make a good companion to the Adam West book.
  • Censored Howard Cruse (Boom! Studios)
    • I looked at this on Saturday, but elected not to take it home with me. It’s an anthology of Howard Cruse underground comix. Good stuff and important work. There are several collections of his work available from a variety of publishers.
  • DC Nation Super Sampler/Superman Family Flip-Book (DC Comics)
    • A great kids sampler. I hope DC puts this out every year. Pick up Tiny Titans.
  • Finding Gossamyr And The Stuff Of Legend IV (Th3rd World Studios)
    • Another new series. All ages. Looks pretty good for kids who are into fantasy and adventure.
  • Graphic Elvis Preview (Liquid Comics)
    • If you liked this one there is a limited edition hardcover of the full story in the wild. Only 2500 copies and only $195.00.
  • Incredible Rockhead/Zinc Alloy 2-For-None (Stone Arch Books)
    • Stone Arch is a division of Capstone and there is a trade, from 2009, of this title. This is for younger kids.
  • Infernal Devices Clockwork Angel (Yen Press)
    • A prequel to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. The trade of this title will be out at Christmas.
  • Jurassic Strikeforce 5 Preview (Zenescope Entertainment)
    • 5 issues of this title out so far, including the 0 issue. I expect the trade to be solicited soon.
  • Lady Death The Beginning (Boundless Comics)
    • Lady Death has been around since 1991 (first Chaos! Comics, then CrossGen, and then Avatar, later Boundless) so there is a fair amount of reprint material to be had.
  • Moomin Color Special (Drawn and Quarterly)
    • Moomin is a strip by Tove Jansen, D&Q says that a new collection is due in September.
  • My Favorite Martian Special Edition (Hermes Press)
    • Hermes released the first of two reprint volumes last summer.
  • Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace (Gemstone)
    • A staple FCBD every year. Everyone ought to own an Overstreet guide book.
  • Smurfs/Disney Fairies Featuring Tinker Bell Flip-Book (Papercutz)
    • While at FCBD, my daughter Erin bought The Smurfette trade paperback. I have to say these books are smurf! The 12th Volume is due in June.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog Two Steps Back Special Edition (Archie Comics)
    • Believe it or not, the 19th Sonic Archive is due in December, it will collect #71-74.
  • Spider-Man Season One (Marvel)
    • The hardcovers of Marvel’s “Season One” line looks to be very good. Out now is Spider-Man, Daredevil, X-Men and Fantastic Four. Upcoming titles include Ant-Man and Hulk.
  • Hypernaturals #1 (Boom! Studios)
    • I’m a big fan of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. There work on Ressurection Man is great and they did wonders for the Marvel cosmic universe. They know their sci-fi and I bet this will be a good great book.
  • Top Shelf Kids Club 2012 (Top Shelf)
    • Another FCBD book my daughter picks up every year. She’s a sucker for Owly. There are currently five Owly digests, with a sixth one promised.
  • Valiant 2012 Preview (Valiant Entertainment)
    • I missed this book at FCBD, but I expect that Valiant will reprint their classic titles. They did so a few years back with X-O, Archer & Armstrong and Harbinger.
  • Voltron Force Shelter From The Storm (Viz Media)
    • Voltron is hot right now! Not only is the kid-friendly Voltron being published by Viz, but the teen/adult Voltron can be found at Dynamite.
  • Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Family Comics (Fantagraphics)
    • Fantagraphics is doing some wonderful reprints of classic Disney. If you like Mouse and Duck be sure to buy them.
  • Witchblade Unbalanced Pieces (Image)
    • I never got into Witchblade, but if I ever do, I’ll buy the big, oversized Witchblade Compendiums.
  • Worlds Of Aspen 2012 (Aspen MLT)
    • A simple sampler of Aspen Comics. I’m not into any of these titles. If you are, please let me know what is a good title.
  • Zombie Kid (Antarctic Press)
    • Antarctic Press had to drop the “Diary Of A” part of the title and change the trade dress in order for it to get published.  A funny parody of the Jeff Kinney series and better then the other rip-off, girl version called Dork Diaries.

Titan Publishing to issue The Complete Flash Gordon Library

Here we go again. Looks like Titan will now reprint every, single Flash Gordon Strip in their own unique way. You may recall that, now defunct, Checker BPG offered seven volumes of Flash and instead of continuing with Volume 8, Titan will go back to Volume 1. If I sound synical it’s for a good reason. I have no doubt that Titan will do a much better job, but it won’t be that hard since Checker has received awful reproduction reviews over the years. But I feel for those patrons that have already purchased the Checker books and have been patiently awaiting the series to continue. Granted Kitchen Sink did their own set of reprints before Checker, so the wheels, do, keep on spinning. Time to sell the lot on eBay and re-coop some costs!

Press Release-
Titan Books has announced the publication of The Complete Flash Gordon Library. Compiling every strip and every story, this series of restored full-color hardcover volumes will showcase the action and artistry that thrilled audiences for decades.

Everyone knows Flash Gordon–the most iconic science fiction swashbuckler ever to burst forth from the newspaper pages. His adventures wielded so much energy that they inspired everyone who followed, no matter what the medium. Filmmaker George Lucas famously revealed, “Growing up in California, I was enchanted by two things…race cars and Flash Gordon. The first love I put to use in American Graffiti, the second eventually turned into Star Wars.”

Flash Gordon first hit superstardom in 1934 with his comic strip adventures, which continued unabated for seven decades. His influence spread like wildfire into every medium–films, television, novels, comic books, radio plays, and more. Every generation has had its incarnation of the character, and yet another major motion picture is reported to be in the works.

The mission of The Complete Flash Gordon Library will be to collect every strip and every story, offering them in affordable, full-color hardcover volumes, carefully restored and revealing the action and the artistry that thrilled audiences for decades. Through the painstaking efforts of renowned comic strip historian Pete Maresca, readers will experience the heroics of Flash Gordon, the beauty of Dale Arden, the evil of Ming the Merciless, and the exotic setting of the distant planet Mongo. Each installment will be meticulously reworked so that the intricate artwork, the vivid colors, and the unparalleled action will explode off of the page.

Beginning with the renowned stories written and illustrations by Alex Raymond–the genius behind the hero–The Complete Flash Gordon Library will continue with the other brilliant illustrators who took the helm and ran with his creation: Austin Briggs, Mac Raboy, Dan Barry, and many more. Each page will be 11″ x 10″ — specifically designed to spotlight the action-packed artistry of the creators, and each volume will feature 176 or more pages of full-color action. Volume One, “On the Planet Mongo,” will feature a foreword by renowned illustrator Alex Ross, and future installments will offer other special features revealing the secrets behind the strip and its creators.

The Complete Flash Gordon Library joins Titan’s other long-running newspaper strip collections including the critically acclaimed Simon and Kirby Library, and the Modesty Blaise and James Bond 007 series. Once the library is complete, readers will forever thrill to an epic adventure unparalleled in American popular culture.

CCL Podcast #307 – Peter Maresca, Sunday Press Books

Collected Comics Library Podcast #307
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This week on the podcast I continue my look at classic comic strips with Peter Maresca of Sunday Press Books. The aptly named company has been reprinting Platinum Age, turn-of-the century, newspaper strips for a few years now and has an excellent reputation of reproduction. Maresca comes on the show to talk about his love for this special time period of comics and the wonderful library he is amassing, including Little Nemo In Slumberland, Krazy Kat and Sammy Sneeze, just to name a few. We also talk about how helpful the late Bill Blackbeard was to Sunday Press Books.

I want to thank Peter for taking the time to come on the CCL Podcast!

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CCL Podcast #306 – Brian Walker, The Comics: The Complete Collection

Collected Comics Library Podcast #306
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Today on the show I’m proud to have on a real icon of the comic strip medium, Brian Walker. Brian grew up with comics and even has it in his blood, as his father is Mort Walker, creator of several strips including Sam’s Strip, Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois. He comes on today to talk not only shop but about his newly published The Comics: The Complete Collection (Abrams ComicArts) which is actually a combination of both of his The Comics Before 1945 and The Comics Since 1945. It is now available in a very nice oversized, affordable hardcover edition.

I’d like to thank Abrams ComicArts for supplying me a copy of the book.

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