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Day 2 – Friday at SDCC 2008 – Collected Edition News

It’s good to see that so many people are having a good time at the Con. The crowds are large, but that is to be expected.

It’s also good to see so many cool announcements and news items. Let’s hope it continues all weekend long. Look for The Eisner Award Winners – Collected Editions – in a separate post Saturday.

On with today’s news from The Con:

Day 1 – Thursday at SDCC 2008 – Collected Edition News

So yesterday’s news wasn’t exactly from “Day 1″. Wednesday is more like Day 0 or you can even call it Preview Night, if you wish.

The news is starting to come in at this late hour in the East. I was worried earlier today that there would be no news at all. Silly me, eh? It’s San Diego for goodness sake!


On with today’s news from The Con:

  • Agents of Atlas is getting an ongoing series! Jeff Parker hinted at this way back in April 2007 when he came on the podcast. Expect a relisting of the Hardcover – which I chose as the #1 Collected Edition of 2007! All comic books fans, young and old, should have it sitting on their shelf. Besides the great six issue series it’s loaded with extras and the characters original appearances from the 1950′s and it’s all for only $15.
  • Following up on my Roy Thomas interview, Marvel has announced that Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson will be added to the Marvel Illustrated line of books.
  • David Mack will be adapting the Philip K. Dick short story “The Electric Ant,” with Paul Pope covers.
  • Marvel has also announced a follow-up to the classic X-Men crossover event Inferno titled Inferno II: X-Infernus. It will begin in December. I say this because this may give way to a new X-Men Inferno Collected Edition (Premiere?) Hardcover. To the best of my knowledge, Inferno has only been released in trade paperback and that was back in 1996. The entire storyline consists of Uncanny X-Men 239-243, New Mutants 71-73 and X-Factor 36-39. Well worth a read if you get the chance.
  • Guy Davis and Dark Horse has plans to continue The Marquis, first published by Davis in 1997. A new upcoming collection, The Marquis: Inferno, a trade paperback collection of the first two “Marquis” stories, “Danse Macabre” and “Intermezzo, is due out summer/fall 2009. Alongside reprinting both original series it will have a new expanded sketchbook section, a color cover gallery including the guest covers on ‘Danse Macabre’ with really incredible artwork by Matt Wagner, Mike Mignola, Teddy Kristensen, Kelly Jones, Charles Vess and Michael Gaydos, along with the other covers done for the original stories and French editions. The stories are specifically drawn in black and white and grey with the scenes in Hell done in full color reds, and Dave Stewart who does his magic on ‘B.P.R.D.’ will be coming in to recolor the Hell scenes for the new collection too. The upcoming latest installment in the series, The Marquis and the Midwife. should follow in 2010.
  • ICv2 has learned that, based on the overwhelming response to the Watchmen movie trailer accompanying The Dark Knight, DC Comics has ordered a huge new printing of 200,000 copies of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen graphic novel.
  • Rumor: Steven Grant is doing a Vertigo GN. More news on this as I get it.
  • Sneak Peak at Chip Kidd’s slideshow presentation Bat-Manga: The Secret History of Batman in Japan
  • Devil’s Due announced a publishing partnership with French comics house Les Humanoides Associes (commonly known stateside as Humanoids) and may even publish an Omnibus of Humanoids material.

Day 0 – Wednesday at SDCC 2008 – Collected Edition News

Every day I’ll be putting up all the Collected Edition news that I come across from Comic Con International 2008 from San Diego. I’ll be adding news as it happens, so be sure to check back often and add this feed into your favorite RSS Reader and also follow me on Twitter. If you come across any news that you don’t see here you can e-mail me or add it in the comments. You can also come by The CCL Forum and join in all the discussion.

The next Podcast, CCL #181, will focus on this topic and more including the The Third Annual Comics Podcasting Panel that is going on Thursday at 5:00-6:00 in Room Room 32AB. It will feature all of my friends including Bryan Deemer and Peter Rios (Comic Geek Speak), Charlito and Mr. Phil (Indie Spinner Rack), Joe Gonzalez and Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider), Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick (iFanboy), and John Mayo and Bob Bretall (Comic Book Page). Room 32AB.

On with today’s news from The Con:

  • Dave Gibbons talks about a Martha Washington Omnibus (Dark Horse). It will include everything that has ever been published in chonological order, including Give Me Liberty, Martha Goes To War, Martha Saves Thw World and Martha Washington Dies and all the short stories in both their colored and black & white versions in an oversized slipcase format. Also, there are different covers for things and things done for t-shirts, some unpublished pages for Martha, try-out stuff, sketches, narrative and background material and even the Logistics story.
  • IDW is planning to publish comic book biographies of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Barack Obama: Presidential Material will be written by Jeff Mariotte and drawn by Tom Morgan, while John McCain: Presidential Material will be by writer Andy Helfer and artist Stephen Thompson. Both books will feature covers by J. Scott Campbell and will be available either separately for $3.99 or together as a flipbook trade paperback edition for $7.99. Both are due in stores Oct. 8 and can be pre-ordered at www.presidentialcomics.com.
  • Scott Pilgrim Colour Special! (Oni Press) Only available at SDCC 2008 and other conventions this year. Bryn Lee O’Malley has collected odds and ends from 2008 and Oni Press has compiled them into this SDCC exclusive! It’s Scott Pilgrim in full colour, it’s a limited run, and it’s only available at the Oni Press Booth during San Diego Comic-Con 2008
  • Darwyn Cooke will be adapting the “Parker” series crime novels by Donald Westlake (under the pen name Richard Stark) as a series of four full-length graphic novels for IDW Publishing which will begin appearing in summer 2009.
  • Review: Kiel Phegley, CBR, on Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! (Image and Dynamite). This book just came out today just in time for the convention.

2008 Eisner Awards: What Should Win and What Will Win

As promised, here is my breakdown of a few categories of the 2008 Eisner Awards as they pertain to my interests and this website and podcast (also, I can’t tell one Letterer from the next).

The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con International.

Best Anthology

  • Best American Comics 2007, edited by Anne Elizabeth Moore and Chris Ware (Houghton Mifflin)
  • 5, by Gabriel Bá, Becky Cloonan, Fabio Moon, Vasilis Lolos, and Rafael Grampa (self-published)
  • Mome, edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
  • Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, edited by Jason Rodriguez (Villard)
  • 24Seven, vol. 2, edited by Ivan Brandon (Image)

What should win: Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened. A wonderful representation of what happens when creative minds peak.

What will win: Best American Comics 2007. Everyone loves Chris Ware.

Best Graphic Album-New

  • The Arrival, by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
  • Bookhunter, by Jason Shiga (Sparkplug Books)
  • Essex County, vols. 1-2: Tales from the Farm/Ghost Stories, by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)
  • Exit Wounds, by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Percy Gloom, by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)

What should win: The Arrival. Monsters in NYC with no words. How cool is that?

What will win: Exit Wounds. Going strictly by Dick Hyacinth’s Top 10 list of 2007

Best Graphic Album-Reprint

  • Agents of Atlas Hardcover, by Jeff Parker, Leonard Kirk, and Kris Justice (Marvel)
  • Gødland Celestial Edition, by Joe Casey and Tom Scioli (Image)
  • James Sturm’s America: God, Gold, and Golems, by James Sturm (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, by David Petersen (Archaia)
  • Super Spy, by Matt Kindt (Top Shelf)

What should win: Agents of Atlas. A great revival story is collected with all the online pieces. Also includes the original #1′s of each character – all for $25. this was the CCL’s Book of the Year.

What will win: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. Peterson is Hot Hot Hot and this is a great story. The RPG rights just sold this week, the film rights can’t be far behind.

Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Strips

  • (The Complete) Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, by Winsor McCay (Ulrich Merkl)
  • Complete Terry and the Pirates, vol. 1, by Milton Caniff (IDW)
  • Little Sammy Sneeze, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press)
  • Popeye, vol. 2: Well Blow Me Down, by E. C. Segar (Fantagraphics)
  • Sundays with Walt and Skeezix, by Frank King (Sunday Press)

What should win: Complete Terry and the Pirates. Although this has been previouly released, we now have the HD version in 2008.

What will win: Sundays with Walt and Skeezix. Walt and his old pal got passed on last year by Peanuts. This is their year.

Best Archival Collection/Project-Comic Books

  • Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus, vol. 1, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (Marvel)
  • Apollo’s Song, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
  • The Completely MAD Don Martin, by Don Martin (Running Press)
  • Daredevil Omnibus, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Marvel)
  • I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks (Fantagraphics)

What should win: The Completely MAD Don Martin. But did anyone actually read it outside of the free “look at” copy at Borders?

What will win: I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! Classic Golden Age icon Fletcher Hanks will get recognized. Just what this category is.

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

  • Comic Art #9, edited by Todd Hignite (Buenaventura Press)
  • Comic Foundry, edited by Tim Leong (Comic Foundry)
  • The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti (Fantagraphics)
  • The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon and Jordan Raphael
  • Newsarama, produced by Matt Brady and Michael Doran

What should win: The Comics Reporter. Everything, I mean everything, is done in digital these days, including making comics. Publishing comics on the other hand is done on paper and sadly this site (and others) will get passed over this year. It’s a real shame since everyone in the industry reads Tom’s blog on a daily basis.

What will win: The Comics Journal. It was passed up last year.

Best Comics-Related Book

  • The Art of P. Craig Russell, edited by Joe Pruett (Desperado)
  • The Artist Within, by Greg Preston (Dark Horse)
  • Manga: The Complete Guide, by Jason Thompson (Del Rey Manga)
  • Meanwhile . . . A Biography of Milton Caniff, by R. C. Harvey (Fantagraphics)
  • Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, by Douglas Wolk (Da Capo Press)
  • Understanding Manga and Anime, by Robin Brenner (Libraries Unlimited/Greenwood Publishing)

What should win: Meanwhile . . . A Biography of Milton Caniff. Since Terry and the Pirates won’t win, neither can this excellent book.

What will win: Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean. A book that tells us how to read. I’ll never quite figure this one out.

Best Publication Design

  • (The Complete) Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, designed by Ulrich Merkl (Ulrich Merkl)
  • Complete Terry and the Pirates, designed by Dean Mullaney (IDW)
  • Heroes, vol. 1, designed by John Roshell/Comicraft (WildStorm/DC)
  • Little Sammy Sneeze, designed by Philippe Ghielmetti (Sunday Press)
  • Process Recess 2, designed by James Jean and Chris Pitzer (AdHouse)
  • Sundays with Walt and Skeezix, designed by Chris Ware (Sunday Press)

What should win: (The Complete) Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. Winsor McCay’s title made sence 100 years ago – and so did the strip itself.

What will win: Heroes, vol. 1. But not the Jim Lee cover, give me the Alex Ross one, please.