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Collected Edition News From Comic Con 2014

Saga Book One (Image)
Saga Book One (Image)

UPDATED July 30, 2014

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.