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:
- AdHouse Books Announces, Releases Details On Early 2014 Release: Katie Skelly’s Operation
- 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.
- Alyssa Milano, Archaia Announce “Hackivist” GN
- 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.
- Alice Cooper Launches New Comic Series
- Let’s hope 1979’s Marvel Premiere #50 and Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli gets reprinted in an “Alice Amnibus”.
- Fantagraphics Announces Re-Packaging Of Woodring Classic – The Book Of Jim
- Fantagraphics Announces Massive, Multi-Volume S. Clay Wilson Publishing Project Starting In 2014
- There will be three volumes of approximately 300 pages each, and volume one is on Fantagraphics’ summer 2014 production schedule.
- Fantagraphics Partnership With Tony Millionaire On Sock Monkey Material
- 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 Books To Publish Simon Hanselmann’s Megahex
- 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.
- Bob Mankoff memoir, How About Never–Is Never Good for You?: A Life in Cartoons, to be published next spring, $32.50
- Hic & Hoc To Publish Amy Jean Porter’s Spider (Comma) Man
- The book is planned for a September release in a limited run of 200 copies. They will be co-printing with Guy Pettit of Flying Object as well as Sean Knickerbocker and Alex Bullett of Good Pals.
- 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.
- Dave Sim’s Strange Death Of Alex Raymond arrives at IDW
- 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.
- This Christmas, Darwyn Cooke Takes Parker to Slayground
- The Fourth installment of the series.
- Hunter S. Thompson’s Novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, To Be Adapted Into A Graphic Novel
- IDW Announce Artist Editions for Sam Kieth, Mike Mignola, Walt Simonson and more
- 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.
- LOAC and IDW issue new collections of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! cartoons
- 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!
- VIZ to publish Bravest Warriors with Perfect Square imprint
- 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.
- I’ll be going over these winners in this week’s podcast as well as a special roundtable with The Comics Alternative and Comic Book Page podcasts at the end of July.
NOTE: There will be more news to come as PR’s get issued. Stay tuned!
My Thanks to The Beat, Comics Reporter, ComicsList, CBR, and iFanboy for the news.