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CCL Podcast Special – SCDD and the Eisner Awards

Eisner Awards
Eisner Awards

This week on The Comics Alternative podcast, John Mayo (of the Comic Book Page) and Chris Marshall (Collected Comics Library) return for another roundtable discussion with the Two Guys with PhDs.  This time the topic is the San Diego Comics Con and the Eisner Award ceremony that took place there.  They begin by asking John how his experience was in San Diego — he was the only one of the four to actually attend — and what for him were the highlights of the event. They talk quite a bit about the many happenings at the con, both comic-related and otherwise, and then discuss the coverage of the con in the media. Next, they turn their attention to the 2013 Eisner Award winners, trying to make sense of what the results may reveal (or not reveal) about the current state of comics as well as the attitudes and biases of the selection committee. The four podcasting guys also pick apart the various award categories, noting their histories and how many of them have changed over the years. For example, they point out the weaknesses with the “Best Digital Comic” category (too broad, too ill-defined), suggest ways of reconceptualizing the award for comics-related journalism, and even problematize the idea of the “Best Graphic Album-New.” (Is Building Stories really an “album”? Doesn’t it actually contain a lot of reprinted material?)  It may be a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking, but they don’t care. Chris, John, Andy, and Derek have a great time discussing and sharing ideas, and you can experience the fun by listening to the podcast.

This podcast originated on the Comics Alternative website

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CCL Podcast #365 – Reprint Wrap-Up From Comic Con 2013

Hellboy: Artist's Edition
Hellboy: Artist’s Edition

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

  • 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”.


Floating World Comics

Henry Holt

Hic & Hoc


  • 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 Media

  • 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.

The 2013 Eisner Award Winners Are…

  • 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.

CCL Podcast #332 – San Diego Comic Con 2012 Collected Editions Wrap Up Show

Collected Comics Library Podcast #332
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Ahh yeah, here we are with all the great trade paperback, hardcover and graphic novels announcements coming out of the 2012 Comic Con. I’m very satisfied with a number of upcoming – and now available – collected editions. I even speculate on what may be coming in the next few months and what can we expect from a new Sandman series. Could that include Absolute Sandman Volume 6?

I also give my thoughts to several Eisner Award winners coming from IDW, Image and Archaia. You don’t want to miss it.

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SDCC 2012 Trades and Hardcovers What We Know Now

Comic Con 2012 is this week and here is a list of hardcovers and trade paperbacks that have already been announced and will be available at the show.

Official announcements of new and upcoming products will be blogged and tweeted about all through the weekend.

And don’t forget you can all the Digital Comics news and announcements via my DGTLComics twitter feed.

Big City Comics
Whore OGN, 104 pages, $9.99.

THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER (VARIANT)- Priced at $60 and available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.
THE ART OF JOE JUSKO (VARIANT) – Limited to just 100 copies and signed and numbered with a variant cover, this edition will be priced at $100 and only available at the show.
Limited Edition DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN ARTIST’S EDITION – Packaged in a deluxe slipcase, signed, numbered, and featuring a variant cover of David Mazzucchelli’s historic artwork, this edition will be limited to 250 copies and priced at $200. It will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.
DAVE STEVENS: COVERS AND STORIES (VARIANT) – The convention-exclusive edition will have a variant cover, limited to 250 copies, of which only 100 will be available at Comic-Con, priced at $60, only available at the IDW booth!
LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 5: CLOCKWORKS HC – This full-color hardcover will be priced at $30 and limited to 300 copies available only at IDW’s booth.
THE COMPLETE LORE HC – Limited to 500 copies each and priced at $75.
PARKER: THE SCORE (VARIANT) – Featuring a variant dust jacket and numbered signature plate that is signed and numbered by Darwyn! This edition is limited to just 175 copies, priced at $60, and will only be available at IDW’s booth.
SERGIO ARAGONÉS’ GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST’S EDITION – Signed, numbered, and limited to 250 copies, this edition will feature a variant cover and be priced at $150. This title will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.
TMNT ULTIMATE COLLECTIONS 1-3 Set – The three volumes will come in a deluxe, full-color slipcase. Priced at $200, there will only be 40 of the black-and-white-cover convention-exclusive editions! These sets will be available for preorder through IDW’s Web store.
THE COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS HC – Limited to 500 copies each and priced at $50.

Special Limited Walking Dead Compendium The one hundred copies of the gold-stamped, hardbound edition brought to Seattle sold out in a matter of minutes, leaving 900 copies left to sell at Comic-Con, which takes place in the San Diego Convention Center on July 11-15. The hardcover Compendium collects issues #1-48 of THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn, and is $100.
SUNSET Limited Edition Comic-Con Exclusive Hardcover A Comic-Con Debut Original Graphic Novel! Sometimes all you can do is go out with guns blazing… CHRISTOS GAGE and JORGE LUCAS debut their hard-hitting old man noir original graphic novel — SUNSET. On the surface, Nick Bellamy looks like any other veteran retiree left behind by a modern world. In reality, Nick is a former enforcer, who stole a fortune and years of freedom from his former mob boss. This limited edition variant will feature a foil stamped logo and an exclusive book-plate; $30; Limited to 250 copies.

NBM Publishing
Comic-Con exclusives, including a free 35th Anniversary Sampler, and the premieres of Stan Mack’s Taxes, The Tea Party, And Those Revolting Rebels: A History In Comics of the American Revolution and Rick Geary’s Treasury Of XX Century Murder Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery.

Oni Press
Two versions of Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life – Evil Edition and Collector’s Edition of the first book.

The first ever Power Rangers graphic novel, Power Rangers Super Samurai #1: Memory Short, written by Stefan Petrucha and illustrated by Paulo Henrique, 64-page, full color, $6.99 TP; HC $10.99, will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con and will be available everywhere on July 17th.

Visionary Comics
Convention and mail-order exclusive limited edition of Deadlands Volume 1: Dead Man’s Hand, the trade collection of the original one-shots from Image Comics. The series is based on the popular roleplaying game from Pinnacle Entertainment. This edition is available ONLY through pre-order.

SDCC 2011 Day 0: Collected Editions News

Last night was Preview Night at Comic Con and several announcements were made. Keep an eye on this blog for the latest collected edition news from Comic Con 2011 and come back on Wednesday, July 27 for my Comic Con 2011 Wrap Up Podcast Special!



  • A nice video of Rob Liefeld And Robert Kirkman’s The Infinite Hardcover – Thanks to Rich, Bleeding Cool
  • Echoes HC by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal; Hardcover, 160 pages, grayscale with a color section, $19.99 (Top Cow)


  • Following on the heels of Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition and Walt Simonson’s Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition, is Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition. Painstaking restored to the absolute best version available The book will be published in October, $125 for 144 pages, 15 x 22 inches. Two more volumes will also be announced by IDW through the show. Note: I checked with IDW last night and this does not mean that IDW has picked up the full EC license to reprint the defunct Archives from Gemstone.
  • Four books from Craig Yoe and his IDW imprint Yoe Books will be debuting at the Con: Amazing 3-D Comics!, The Big Book of Barney Bear, Archie’s Madhouse, and Krazy Kat and the Art of George Herriman. – Thanks to Torsten, The Beat

Drawn and Quarterly

  • Editor-In-Chief and Publisher Chris Oliveros announced that they acquired world English rights to Jerusalem: Chronicles From The Holy City, a graphic novel memoir from Guy Delisle. The first printing will be 30,000, Spring 2012. – Thanks to Tom at Comics Reporter

Ape Entertainment

  • Freakshow TPB by David Server, Jackson Lanzing, and Joe Suitor; 132 pages, full color, $14.95

Exhibit A Press

  • Supernatural Law: The Life Partner Of Frankenstein by Batton Lash; 60 pages, $10.95

Self Published Work

  • Scrambled And Hardboiled Sketchbook by Creator: Jamal Igle; 30 pages, full color, each sketchbook signed by Jamal, $15.00

Flesk Publications

  • Ties: A Chronicle Of Letters GN by Emily McGuiness

Thanks to Rich, Bleeding Cool for the four items above


  • At the ICv2 Conference it was stated that there was a 7% growth in the bookstore market for graphic novels. The comic shop market had 6% decline in graphic novel sales, however the overall total of graphic novel sales is up 3% for the first six months of this year. Scott Pilgrim and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead were both a big factors. I’m sure the movie and the TV series helped out a little, too. At a glance this does not look good for the average comic shop. The availability of an online store like Amazon.com or even Borders or B&N, with their big discounts can make the buy process much easier.

In Other News

  • Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) has signed with Villard to publish Seconds (2013). – Thanks to Publishers Weekly 
  • MAD Magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond is self publishing a new book entitled, “The Mad Art of Caricature!.” The book is 170+ pages and contains hundreds of illustrations, step-by-step techniques, tips, and in-depth theories on the art caricature. Book ships in September. – Thanks to Alan Gardner, Daily Cartoonist
  • The New York Times Art Section (Sunday) had a feature on the upcoming We3 Deluxe Edition from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, including some extra pages. – Thanks to the Vertigo Blog