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.
Content updates for Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus HC and Original Sin Companion HC, Digital Comic book sharing, San Diego Comic Con 2014…
…and all things Guardians Of The Galaxy…collected edition wise…The original 1969 “Tomorrow’s Avengers” GotG team, the 1990’s relaunch by Jim Valentino starring Vance Astro and Yondu, the 1998 GotG by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the current 2013 team that features the main characters of the upcoming movie…and all that’s in-between including the mini-series and one-shots featuring Rocket Raccoon, Adam Warlock, Nova and Star-Lord and I even touch on the Annihilation Omnibus, Annihilation: Conquest, War Of Kings and the Annihilation Classic HC.
Based on the new solicit of the new Star Wars Omnibus, I’ve got mixed feelings about Marvel getting the Star Wars license back after years and years. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.
Dark Horse, with the direction of John Jackson Miller and John Ostrander, along with and countess others, did a wonderful job helping create an imaginative Expanded Star Wars Universe. They help define the past with The Golden Age of the Sith, set forth the future with Legacy and filled in the gaps between the Canon with several mini and ongoing series. They even took great care in with special reprint projects like Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Last Hope for the Galaxy, The 12-Volume Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection, the Omnibus series, Star Wars Manga and they even collected the Pizzazz run. But all through everything – it was Marvel that started it all.
Yes, Dark Horse did a great job. As I stated before Dark Horse has published the Marvel line of books, 107 issues plus 3 annuals, a few different times. In a 5-Volume Omnibus line subtitled “A Long Time Ago”; a full color, 7-volume trade paperback series called “A Long Time Ago” and not to be confusing, but in another “A Long time Ago” 6-volume collection, which is a digest series that reprinted the comics, seemingly randomly and in back and white. These digests featured Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars paintings as cover art.
Now that the license has come back to Marvel Comics, it no surprise that the first book out of the box is their own Omnibus collected edition. What is surprising is the contents of this book and how it’s laid out and what this means for future volumes.
Today, we get word that the Omnibus Volume 1 will collect #1-44 and Annual #1; 880 pages, $125. That all well and good for some people — but not me. This book will end with issue #39-44 which is The Empire Strikes Back. If Marvel decided to do one more Omnibus then that book will be 69 issues – yes 69! Don’t forget that Marvel also published the 4-issue mini of The Return Of The Jedi. This seems unlikely, so I’m sure Marvel will do two Omnibus sequels, but why then end Volume 1 with Empire? Why not start Omnibus Volume 2 with Empire?!
With the current Omnibus, my projected breakdown is:
Omnibus 1 – #1-6 (A New Hope), #7-32, Annual #1, #33-38, #39-44 (The Empire Strikes Back)
Omnibus 2 – #45-65, Annual #2, #66-78, Annual #3, #79-80
Omnibus 3 – Return Of The Jedi #1-4, #81-107
But as you can see, it just doesn’t look good. Empire should begin Omnibus 2. That way each Omnibus will start with one of the Canon movies.