Besides comics, I’m a big sports guy and right now is the best time of year: NCAA March Madness (including The Frozen Four), NBA and NHL games are getting hot and heavy due to playoff seeding, MLB Spring Training (including the WBC) and finally getting in gear is the NFL draft (which is very important to anyone who follows the Detroit Lions). But I digress, let’s get to some comic book collected edition news:
- DC Comics has announced their full lineup of After Watchmen. To be honest, first thing that popped in my head when I heard that title was the terrible After MASH TV show. Every book on the list has been collected in some form or another and in this weeks podcast, I’ll briefly go over the list along with what you may want to read Before Watchmen. Look for it on Wednesday.
- A really big deal is being made of Fantagraphics reprinting the work of legendary French cartoonist Jacques Tardi in nice collections. I don’t know much about his work, but my interest is peaked.
- Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter, has finally published his Best of 2008, including many, many collected editions.
- This Weeks New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller List. Watchmen takes #1 in both the Hardcover list and the Softcover (TP) list, but #2 is: Superman: Brainiac (HC) and Jack of Fables, Vol. 5 (TP).
- My friends at the Collected Editions Blog has an op-ed piece on DC Comics’ upcoming Co-Features comic books that will feature Ravager and Blue Beetle in Teen Titans and Booster Gold respectively, and Metal Men in Doom Patrol.
- A book that has nothing to do with comics, but everything to do with Web 2.0 and Twitter.
- Richard, FPI Blog Log, has a nice article on The Greatest Adventures Of Captain Winston Bulldog, a collection of the best strips from Bulldog Adventure Magazine (1993-2005).
- Finally, “I Am The Amazing Spider-Man™” Personalized Spider-Man™ DVD Video won iParenting Media award (whatever that is). Stan Lee endorses it and says he has one, but is that a good thing?
Look, I know that mistakes are made all the time. I certainly have had my share of spelling and grammar errors. But you would think that a big company like DC Comics would add in a little proofreading when it comes to laying out the contents of their collected editions in their monthly solicitation rundown. Take for example:
SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW? DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by Alan Moore
Art by Dave Gibbons, Curt Swan & George Perez, Kurt Schaffenberger, Murphy Anderson and Rick Veitch & Al Williamson
Cover by Brian Bolland
Legendary writer Alan Moore’s seminal Superman issues are collected in this Deluxe Edition hardcover featuring beautiful art from Dave Gibbons (WATCHMEN), Curt Swan (ACTION COMICS) and Rick Veitch (SWAMP THING)! Collects the two-part “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” from SUPERMAN #423 and ACTION COMICS #583 as Superman faces his greatest foes and his final battle! Also featuring the classic story “For the Man who has Everything” from ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #11 where Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman fight the evil warlord Mongul for the fate of The Man of Steel. And in DC COMICS PRESENTS #85, Superman meets Swamp Thing, a character fans have identified with Moore for over 20 years!
Advance-solicited; on sale July 8 • 7 1/16″ x 10 7/8″, 128 pg, FC, $24.99 US
Did you catch it? The “classic story For the Man who has Everything” is not from ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #11, it’s actually from SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11. OK I may be nitpicking, but I do so because I care. Oh and if DC is reading this, I’m available at a cheap rate. Now on to a few links:
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Collected Comics Library Podcast #204
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Vertigo Comics takes center stage on this installment of the CCL. First there is an actual solicit of the Absolute Prometha. It is slated for September 30 and will collect Promethea #1-12, (328 pgs, $99.99). Then, for the feature, I take a look at the two upcoming Swamp Thing Hardcovers: Roots of the Swamp Thing and Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 1. Not only do I cover the contents and basic information, but also what is conspicuously not collected, such as the pre-Moore work on Saga from Marty Pasko. And I ask the questions: Will that run ever get collected and, more importantly, should it ever get collected.
Also on the show this week, there’s information on The Spirit Archives Volume 26, Superman: Kryptonite Nevermore, The Wolverine Omnibus HC and the Alias Ultimate Collection 1 TP, collecting issues #1-15 (360 pgs, $34.99, May 20).
All this and the New Releases of the Week.
Links of Note:
Wordballoon: The Bendis Tapes Winter 2009 Part 2
Windy City Comicon
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TwoMorrows Tune-In #15 (MP3)
On the show this month, host Chris Marshall talks with George Khoury. This December George presents us with a revised edition of The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore – Indispensable Edition. George also talks about other hot Alan Moore related topics such as Miracleman and The Watchmen!
Chris also goes over all of the December releases.
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He may even read it on the next Tune-In!