There’s a gazillion panels at Comic Con and there is absolutely no way that you could hit every one. That is, of course, if they are recored and listened back to later. Such is the case from Jamie Coville, who year after year does this arduous task for us — including a wonderful audio recording of the 2014 Eisner Awards.
Friend and fellow podcaster John Mayo, of the Comic Book Page podcast and blog and Comic Book Resources, was on this year’s 9th Annual All-Star Comic Book Podcasters Panel. It was a star-studded event and no one had a shortage of opinion. Which is as it should be. Besides the talents of John there was, Heath Corson (The Nerdist Writers Panel-Comics Edition), Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly Comics World), Tim Beyers (The Motley Fool), and Glen Weldon (NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour) and moderated by another long time friend, John Siuntres (Word Balloon). I was on the 2006 Comics Podcasting Panel, perhaps I’ll make it back for the 10th Anniversary.
Marvel Star Wars in 2015, BPRD: Plague of Frogs TP, Showcase Presents: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew TP, Batman Unwrapped: The Court of Owls HC, Batman: Gordon of Gotham TP, Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen Artifact Ed. HC, All New X-Men HC Vol. 1, Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet HC, Walt Kelly Pogo Comp. Dell Comics HC Vol. 2…
…and all news from San Diego Comic Con 2014…collected edition wise from these publishers: Conundrum Press, Fantagraphics, Dark Horse, Image Comics, DC Comics, Abrams, Drawn & Quarterly, Flesk and IDW.
So another Comic Con has come and gone. From the sound of the chatter, it was a great show and with plenty of TV and movie news — oh and Star Wars lot’s and lot’s of Star Wars.
But there was also a fair share of collected edition news, too. Let’s take a look at what we know so far:
Conundrum Press announced a complete hardcover collection of Dakota McFadzean’s webcomic, The Dailies for Spring 2015; full color, $25.00
Fantagraphics announced the complete Cheech Wizard called The Big Book Of Me, from the late underground artist Vaugh Bode. This material was originally published in National Lampoon from 1971-1975. April 2015, $19.99 TPB
Fantagraphics also announced a webcomic collection of Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia, as a one-shot graphic novel in Summer 2015.
Dark Horse announced the Art of He Man and the Masters of the Universe, a comprehensive retrospective chronicling He-Man’s decades-long epic journey from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon. April 2015, $39.99 HC.
Dark Horse also announced three reprints from Geoff Darrow. This includes Darrow and Frank Miller’s Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: The Gallery Edition; a new English translation of Bourbon Thret and the critically acclaimed Shaolin Cowboy for the first time in America.
Image Comics presented the cover to the upcoming Saga HC that will be published in November. This is being made into a very big deal over the interwebs.
Image also announced that it will be publishing a collected edition of Kinski, Gabriel Hardman’s Monkeybrain Comics series.
DC Comics announced a slew of Absolutes including Absolute Y: The Last Man, Absolute Transmetropolitan, The Absolute New Gods By Walt Simonson and Batman by Neal Adams. Typically an Absolute has 20 issues. Y and Transmetropolitan had a run of 60 (plus a few ancillary stories), so we can count on either 3 or maybe 2 if DC really wants to pack it all in. Simonson’s Fourth World will be an interesting one. This should collect Orion #1-25 (June 2000-June 2002) and the Tales Of The New Gods (with John Byrne) back-up stories. The Neal Adams Batman should collect the three hardcovers that have been previously published as well as Batman: Odyssey (2012).
Jeff Smith announced a new color edition of Bone Volume One: Out From Bonesville to be published in February. This the anniversary edition will contain a brand-new illustrated poem by Smith, as well as a series of small-comics and pin-ups from a number of Smith’s favorite cartoonists, friends, and fellow category mainstays including Kate Beaton, Jeffrey Brown, Kazu Kibuishi, Dav Pilkey, Raina Telgemeier and Craig Thompson.
Abrams announced a new Charle Shultz sketchbook retrospective, called Only What Is Necessary will be written and designed by Chip Kidd. It bridges the gap between Li’l Folks and Peanuts and will be 300 pages, in a 9″ x 12″ horizontal format, with an introduction by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. It will be released in September 2015, in time for the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts strip.
Abrams also announced The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio by Mark Evanier and it will be 340-page compilation art book of comics done at the Kirby and Simon studios. The of the upcoming book is work that was their last collaboration and has never ben seen before.
Drawn & Quarterly will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015 with a 500-page hardcover featuring new and rare comics from many of the cartoonists they’ve published over the years. Among several other projects is Trash Market and will collect six short stories by Tadao Tsuge that will be translated by scholar Ryan Holmberg. The stories were originally published in Garo magazine in the 1960s and ‘70s. The book will be 272 pages, and retail for $22.95.
Flesk unveiled Terry Dodson’s latest sketchbook collection, Masquerade. It features an assortment of material including pencil sketches, ink and marker preliminaries, convention sketches, character designs and a show print drawing with the process shown in a step-by-step format.
IDW announced two archival projects. The first is The Complete Corto Maltese and will published in English for the first time overseen by the new EuroComcis by Dean Mullaney, who worked closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Hugo Pratt’s long-time collaborator. The series will be in a series of twelve quality trade paperbacks in Pratt’s original oversized black and white format. They will also feature new translations from Pratt’s original Italian scripts by Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra.
IDW also announced Eric Powell’s The Goon Artist Edition will be collecting the series Chinatown and will be released in 2015.
NOTE: I’m sure I may have missed a few items and that more news will be coming out…stay tuned.
Another Comic Con has come and gone and as always there were plenty of great announcements and surprises in the collected edition market. I’ll be talking about all these and more in my next CCL podcast due out later this week:
The Richmond, Virginia-based publishing house AdHouse Books has announced Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly as a release for April 2014. The book should debut at that year’s MoCCA Festival, or a similar arts-focused comics show. This is the follow-up to the Nurse Nurse collection published by Sparkplug Comic Books in 2012 to fulfill one of the final publishing contracts negotiated by the late Dylan Williams.
Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment and actress/producer Alyssa Milano are proud to announce Hacktivist, a hardcover, original graphic novel that explores the modern world of hacking and global activism.
The publishers has planned a 344-page volume called The Sock Monkey Treasury: A Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Collection. Eighty pages of that work will be in four-color. This collection includes the eight comic-book issues published under the “Sock Monkey” name by Dark Horse, the “Inches Incident” mini-series, the Uncle Gabby graphic novel and the Glass Doorknob storybook. That will come out in late in 2013.
Spring 2014 should see the publication of a new storybook, called Sock Monkey In The Deep, Deep Woods.
Fantagraphics is excited to announce the acquisition of the first book by acclaimed Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, to be released in the summer of 2014. Megahex will be a deluxe hardcover featuring over 200 pages of Hanselmann’s beloved Megg, Mogg, and Owl comics, including over 70 never before seen pages. Hanselmann’s Tumblr site Girl Mountain has already propelled Megg, Mogg, Owl & Co. to Internet infamy, and Megahex will be the solid collection those fans have long been waiting for.
Darby Pop Publishing Announces Partnership with IDW
IDW To Release Reprints of Rouge Trooper
Following the success of Judge Dredd, IDW and Rebellion/2000 AD expand their thriving relationship with the addition of Rogue Trooper to their publishing slate! IDW will launch an all-new Rogue Trooper series in 2014, and also offer newly colored re-presentations of past Rogue Trooper comics, too.
Prolific creator Dave Sim’s meta-adventure through the history of photo-realistic artwork, the career and death of Alex Raymond, and much more, will be published by IDW! Sim’s originally self-published work is being completely remastered, redrawn, and reworked before it sees release as its own 18-issue series.
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in Hell will be reprinted next year, collecting together the five-issue miniseries from this year along with assorted short stories including ‘The Corpse’ and two early comics for Dark Horse. You can read a full interview about this collection on CBR, actually. There’ll be no lettering in this book, as Mignola adds that in at a later date, digitally, when he works.
Sam Kieth’s The Maxx will be collected also. This’ll be made up of the first six issues of the popular Image series.
Walt Simonson has previously had a Thor Artist Edition released, which will be re-released next year with a second printing. However the panel announced a second Simonson collection will be coming down the line – one which collects together his Starslammers graphic novel.
Finally – as appears to have been found out by Joshua Stone from Bleeding Cool – it looks as though next year will also see a collection of Joe Kubert’s Tarzan as an Artist’s Edition.
Starting in 2014 IDW and the Library of American Comics will begin reprinting Ripley’s famous daily cartoons in hardcover collections, including bonus and background material from Ripley’s impressive archives. The first volume will collect the cartoons from 1929 and 1930, when Ripley’s fame raised him from relative obscurity to international celebrity!
The Perfect Square imprint was unveiled at the recent 2013 Comic-Con International and will be focused on delivering comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.