We all need a kick in the pants to get motivated. I came up with an easy 30 Day Comic Book Challenge to break out of the regular routine and try new things as it relates to the world of comic books, collected editions and even animation. Of course, you don’t have to do it in strict order nor do you really have to do it all in 30 days. It’s really a guideline. Please feel free to add more suggestions in the comments and share with your friends.
How many can you do? How did you do it?
Day 1: Read at least one page from a comic that you’ve been meaning to read or reread
Day 2: Read a comic book in a room or setting that you’ve never done so before
Day 3: Read an illustrated children’s book
Day 4: Read something from a publisher you’ve never read before
Day 5: Bring some kid-friendly comics to a pediatric doctor’s office or urgent care and leave them there
Day 6: Read a web comic
Day 7: Read a political cartoon and share your thoughts with the creator
Day 8: Read a comic book on your phone
Day 9: Read a comic based on a movie or TV show
Day 10: Read a public domain book
Day 11: Read a Golden Age comic
Day 12: Go to library to see what kind of selection they have – check out any five books
Day 13: Listen to a comic book related movie soundtrack
Day 14: Read a Silver Age comic
Day 15: Read a Comix
Day 16: Try to avoid reading the word balloons in any Jack Kirby comic – can you follow the story?
Day 17: Read a black and white superhero comic – do you miss the colors?
Day 18: Listen to a comic book podcast
Day 19: Use StumbleUpon and discover a new blog/website
Day 20: Read a biography in graphic novel form
Day 21: Watch all the extra features on a Classic Animated Disney DVD
Day 22: Read every comic strip from the local newspaper for 7 days
Day 23: Read a funny animal comic
Day 24: Read a comic that you don’t think you’ll like
Day 25: Visit an LCS you’ve never been to and have the owner pick something for you
Day 26: Open to a random page in Watchmen, study it for 10 minutes
Day 27: Read a War genre comic
Day 28: Read a “work-safe” comic in plain sight of others during lunch hour
Day 29: Read anything that has ever been nominated for an Eisner Award
Day 30: You now have inspiration – draw and/or write anything comic related (a review perhaps), don’t be afraid and post it online. It takes guts to do so. Be proud of your work.
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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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It’s been a tough few days if your a comics fanboy. Hell, it’s been a tough 2012. So many great creators have left us. Let’s hope it subsides for a while.
For now, let’s enjoy some cover art to some of Moebius’s collected editions. First up is a large collection of Jean Giraud’s work from 1987-1994. You may recognize this list from the Wikipedia entry, but there’s no cover art on that page.
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- Moebius 0 – The Horny Goof & Other Underground Stories (72 pages, Dark Horse, 1990, ISBN 1878574167)
- Moebius ½ – The Early Moebius & Other Humorous Stories (Graphitti Designs, 1992, ISBN 0936211288)
- Moebius 1 – Upon A Star (72 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1987, ISBN 0871352788)
- Moebius 2 – Arzach & Other Fantasy Stories (72 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860456, Marvel/Epic, 1987)
- Moebius 3 – The Airtight Garage (120 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860464, Marvel/Epic, 1987)
- Moebius 4 – The Long Tomorrow & Other Science Fiction Stories (70 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1987, ISBN 0871352818)
- Moebius 5 – The Gardens of Aedena (72 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860472, Marvel/Epic, 1988, ISBN 0871352826)
- Moebius 6 – Pharagonesia & Other Strange Stories (72 pages, Titan, ISBN 1852860480, Marvel/Epic, 1988)
- Moebius 7 – The Goddess (88 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1990, ISBN 0871357143)
- Moebius 8 – Mississippi River (64 pages, Marvel/Epic, 1991, ISBN 0871357151)
- Moebius 9 – Stel (Marvel/Epic, 1994)
Next up we have the three hardcovers from Humanoids Publishing.
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- The Incal
- The Eyes of the Cat
- Madwoman of the Sacred Heart
And finally the upcoming Marvel Premiere Classic: Silver Surfer: Parable (Variant Volume 91). Here for your pleasure is the cover art to the Regular and Variant Editions and the original art for the two issue series from 1989-1990. As an added bonus Marvel will be collecting Silver Surfer: The Enslavers. 168 pgs, $24.99, Full Color, Released Summer 2012.
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Update: May 20, 2014
Dynamite has announced that they have acquired the full rights to John Carter of Mars from the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. In the agreement Dynamite states, “Dynamite will also republish John Carter archival material, dating back to the early 1940s comic strips written by Burroughs’ son Coleman Burroughs.” The comic strip would be a welcome addition to the comics books that have been collected below. This strip ran from December 1941 — March 1943, lasting 72 weeks. If you can’t wait, you can read them all online now.
As for Dynamite reprint the DC, DC and Marvel comic books, I don’t feel that it would be necessary for them to do so.
There’s been a lot of buzz lately over the character of John Carter of Mars. The pulp icon has gained new found exposure thanks to the upcoming Disney film which celebrates his centennial. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who also created Tarzan, Carter has been extremely popular and his story has been carried out in many books. But he was also represented in several comic books and today we give you a rundown of what has been collected and what has not.
- John Carter first appeared in comic book format with The Funnies #30-56 (Dell, May 1939-June 1941). Unfortunately, these comics have never been reprinted. I hope that with the rejuvenation of the character that these classic tales will again see the light of day.
- Carter next appeared in 1952-53, again, under the Dell umbrella in Four Color Comics issues #375, #437, and #488. Jesse Marsh was the artist on the three books and he was no stranger to Burroughs’ work having been on Tarzan for many years. All of these comics have been collected by Dark Horse with the title of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars: The Jesse Marsh Years in January 2012.
- Dark Horse has also collected earlier comics with John Carter Of Mars: Weird Worlds. These stories were originally published in Tarzan #207-209 (1972) and Weird Worlds #1-7 (1972-1974) both series were published by DC Comic and done by Marv Wolfman, Murphy Anderson, Gray Morrow, Sal Amendola and Joe Orlando.
- John Carter Warlord Of Mars Omnibus (Marvel), $99.00, is being released today! This book collects the entire Marvel run, #1-28 and 3 Annuals that ran from June 1977-October 1979. Among the many creators on this series were Marv Wolfman, Peter B. Gillis, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Larry Hama and Dave Cockrum. Please note that Dark Horse released the very same Marvel comics in a Black & White, 632 page, Trade paperback in February, 2011 for $29.99.
FYI, the three Annuals are placed in the following location: Annual 1 between #11-12, Annual 2 between #15-16 and Annual 3 closes out book by being placed after #28.
- In 1996, Dark Horse teamed up Burroughs’ heroes in the four issue series Tarzan/John Carter: Warlord of Mars by Bruce Jones and Bret Blevins. As far as I can tell, it has not been collected.
More recently Dynamite Entertainment began publishing several new series, they include:
- Warlord of Mars, the first two issues of this series is a prelude story and then issues #3-9 adapts A Princess of Mars. Issues #10-12 is an original story. Volume 1 TP collects #1-9, $24.99.
- Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris, is set 400 years before A Princess of Mars and focuses on her rise to power of the Kingdom of Helium. Volume 1 The Colossus Of Mars TP, collects #1-5, $16.99 and Volume 2 Pirate Queen of Mars TP collects #6-10, $17.99.
- Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom is set 100,000 years before A Princess of Mars. The final battle continues as the Green Hordes overwhelm the last stronghold of the White Martian Empire. Volume 1 collects the 5-issue series, $19.99.
- Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars is another upcoming series. I’m unsure of where this story takes place in the Dejah Thoris continuity, but it looks to be a follow-up to her first self titled series. Issue #1 is expected in April, 2012.
- Dynamite isn’t the only publisher to issue new material. In 2011 Marvel did John Carter: The World Of Mars, a 4-issue prequel to the movie by Peter David and Luke Ross. There was also a new 5-issue adaptation of John Carter: A Princess Of Mars by Roger Langridge and Filipe Andrade. Both trade paperbacks are in stores now and are $14.99 each.
- But Marvel is not done with our hero! Starting in March, there will be John Carter: The Gods Of Mars a 5-issue by Sam Humphries and Ramon Perez. This looks to be a sequel to the original Burroughs books as John Carter is transported back to Barsoom! Thanks to Roger Langridge on my oversight of the new Marvel Comics.
- John Carter was also adapted into a Sunday color comic strip. It only ran in for 72 weeks and in only four newspapers, debuting in The Chicago Sun on December 7, 1941. John Coleman Burroughs, son of Edgar Rice Burroughs, wrote and illustrated the strip.
Sadly, this series is uncollected, however all are available to read online.
Finally, Disney Press is also releasing today new printings of the all 11 original novels:
- Collected John Carter Of Mars Volume 1 SC; Published from 1912-1914, A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars, $16.99
- Collected John Carter Of Mars Volume 2 SC; Published from 1916-1930, Thuvia, Maid of Mars; The Chessmen of Mars; The Master Mind of Mars; and A Fighting Man of Mars, $16.99
- Collected John Carter Of Mars Volume 3 SC; Published from 1934-1943, Swords of Mars; Synthetic Men of Mars; Llana of Gathol; John Carter and the Giant of Mars; and Skeleton Men of Jupiter, $16.99
- John Carter The Movie Novelization SC; This adaptation not only gives readers an amazing novelization of Disney’s upcoming John Carter film, but also the original text of A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, $9.99
When I was in high school I read the first two Barsoom tales, A Princess Of Mars (1912) and The Gods Of Mars (1913). I will be going to the movie due out March 9 and perhaps I’ll go back and read all 11 novels – probably on my Kindle.
2013 is a long ways away, but it’s never too early to guess how DC Comics will collect Before Watchmen into trades, hardcovers and Absolutes.
Let’s first look at the series breakdowns:
- RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
- MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
- COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
- DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
- NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
- OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
- SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
- BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE – Featuring the work of various writers and artists
- CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR (2 page back up in all 35 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: John Higgins.
Let’s assume that all 35 issues are 32 pages; that equals 1,120 pages total. The recent oversized New 52 Hardcover was 1,126 pages/$150.00, so it’s easy to say that the Before Watchmen HC/Omnibus/Absolute would be in a very similar, if not the exact price point ballpark. You may recall that the Absolute Watchmen is 464 pages/$99.99. You can certainly expect a ton of extras in a book like this, so maybe we are looking at 1, 200 pages.
DC is all about the Deluxe Hardcover collected edition these days. The upcoming Batman: The Black Glove will be 384 pages/$39.99. Under this plan we would have a 3 volume set to collect the entire series. What comics would be in which hardcover (or trade) remains to be seen. I doubt we will see the “DVD extras” that will be in the Absolute, but you will get your fair share. I think this format will be the first one we will see in 2013.
Without a doubt the most affordable route would be to buy Before Watchmen in softcover trades. DC could collect each series individually. Let’s assume that all comics will be 30 pages/$2.99. That means:
- Five 4-issue trades; 120 pages each
- Three 6-issue trades; 180 pages each
- One Crimson Corsair/Epilogue; 100 pages (70 pages/30 pages)
Sounds great, but I doubt this will be the case. That’s just too many trades (9 total) and DC Comics is not going to charge $11.99 for a 4-issue book when you could get so much more money if you combine them. More likely is the possibility that DC will collect it like this:
- Three 10-issue trades (One 4-issue and One 6-issue); 300 pages; $29.99 each
- One 9-issue plus Crimson Corsair storyline (Two 4-issue, Crimson Corsair/Epilogue); 340 pages; $29.99
Why $29.99? Again recent DC history gives us this price point. Resurrection Man TPB is 336 pages/$29.99 so it seems like a good place to start. However, DC has also released new editions of Batman: Knightfall which is roughly 652 pages/$29.99. But that’s too much Watchmen for too small a price for brand new material.
Either way I am excited for Before Watchmen. Not all of the comics, but most.
And it has nothing to do with JMS.
I welcome your comments.