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CCL Updates and Goals for 2011

Christmas is almost upon us and it’s been a very busy week here at the Marshall household. The kids are out of school for two weeks, family is coming in from out of town and I don’t plan on being home much to do any blogging or podcasting. I will be getting CCL #298 out either today or tomorrow, but as far as my Year End Wrap-Up and Top 10, #299, that will have to wait until January. Also coming in latter half of January will be my extra special #300. The interview I had scheduled had to be pushed back. Trust me; it’ll be worth the wait.

2011 should bring about more interviews for the podcast. I already have a few lined up and even follow-ups with past guests. As far as the site itself goes, I hope to add in a few more pages to the Library Section and I’m even working on a reprint specific Whitepaper. However, I am considering cutting back the podcast to every two weeks. I welcome your comments on that. The Twitter and Facebook pages continue to create a buzz and a following. I thank everyone who is involved with me on those platforms.

I’ll also continue to record monthly with my good friend John Mayo on his Comic Book Page podcast. John loves to crunch the numbers whether it be on the Trade side with me or on the monthly side with Bob Bretal (another good friend).

Professionally, I’ll have a one page short list on collected editions for the 1970s-80s Batman for Back Issue Magazine #50 (TwoMorrows), due out later this year. I hope everyone was able to get a copy of my previous work in Back Issue #44; you can buy a digital copy for only $3. I bet you forgot that I host the Tune-In Podcast. I almost did, too! The show will return in 2011. Seriously, I can’t thank John Morrow enough for the opportunity of freelancing for such a fine and professional company. I’ve made several new friends and I enjoy every minute of it.

In case you didn’t know, in 2010, I was also a ghost-writer on The Romita Legacy by Tom Spurgeon (Dynamic Forces/Dynamite). I had to pinch-hit for Tom on two occasions for interviews with John Romita Jr. I can’t thank Joe Rybant, Director of Marketing at Dynamite, enough for calling me at the last minute. I was nervous, like anyone would be, but I wouldn’t trade the experience in for anything. The soft cover version of the book will be out in February, 2011.

I was also mentioned in another book this past year, The Linked Photographers’ Guide To Online Marketing and Social Media by Lindsay Renee Adler and Rosh Sillars. I’ve known Rosh since high school and we’ve shared good times and good brew over the years.  He was the initial inspiration for me to get into podcasting (before it was podcasting) long ago. It’s been so fun to see him grow professorially and I thank him so much for including me in his book.

I’ll be attending C2E2 in Chicago, March 18-20. If you plan on going, please let me know and I’ll be happy to meet! There is a strong possibility I’ll be going to Comic-Con in San Diego. It’s been too long since I was last there and it’s about time I get back. Motor City Con and the Detroit Fanfare are both on my agenda, but the MCC always falls on the same weekend as my annual golf tournament and the Fanfare will be in downtown Detroit in late summer. Guess which one is a higher priority for me?

Mobile. That’s right – MOBILE. You should know that everything is now mobile – including this blog and podcast. It’s optimized for all platforms: iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Go to it right now and bookmark this site on your phone. It doesn’t cost anything and you’ll have all this wonderful Collected Edition information at your fingertips 24/7!

As for what I’m reading this week? Parker: The Outfit (IDW). Darwyn Cooke’s sequel to The Hunter, one of 2010 best graphic novels. I made the mistake of diving right in without going over the previous book and I was a bit lost. I got about halfway through, stopped and started over with the first book. I’m glad I did because it made for a more concise story. But that’s just me; it may be different from you.

I have a stack of other books to get to and I plan on getting to all of them ASAP. It’s going to be a fun 2011, full of surprises, superheroes and of the cuff books that you may not be aware of.

CCL Podcast #296 – Comic Book Biographies

Collected Comics Library Podcast #296
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I’ve read scores of hardcovers and trade paperbacks over the years. Countless character moments and story lines, too. But what about the men (and women) behind the comics that we pick up every Wednesday? Where do the ideas or artistic talent come from? I’ve been getting into more and more biographies lately because, truth be told, I feel I’ve hit a ceiling. I’ve read just about every comic on anyone’s Top 100 List the past two decades or so and I want learn learn more about the people behind it all. Sure Introductions and Afterwords in Absolutes and Omnibuses are fine but they only give you a glimpse as to what the creator was thinking at the time. That’s where books like Modern Masters from TwoMorrows Publishing comes in handy. They are chock full of interviews and insights that we readers rarely get to see. Other companies like Fantagraphics, IDW, Abrams and DC and Marvel are making great strides these days, too. So today we take a look at a few of my favorites biographies and I ask for some of yours.

Also on the show this week: Canada Reads and Essex County, The Complete Lynda Barry and e-mails regarding Archie Comics and binding your own hardcovers.

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Collected Edition Blog browsing on Friday morning

Comic Con is only days aways and the programming schedule is coming out. One panel that is worth noting:

Thursday July 22, 5:00-6:00 The 5th Annual Comics Podcasting Panel!— Five years ago, the comics podcasting stars came together on one panel for the first time in San Diego, and now they’re back to discuss comics, podcasting, and how the comic book industry has changed since that first panel. Podcasters appearing on the panel include John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Josh Flanagan (iFanboy), Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider),Brian “Pants” Christman (Comic Geek Speak), Bob Bretall (The Comic Book Page), and Cameron Hatheway (Cammy’s Comic Corner). Don’t miss your chance to see all your favorite podcasters on one panel! Room 32AB

Like in past years it will probably be recorded (by iFanboy). I’ll post a link when is goes up. Congrats to all who is on this years panel. I was fortunate enough to be on the first one.

Another panel on Thursday worth going to is:

2:30-3:30 BrickJournal: Looking at the LEGO Community— In the past decade, a community of adult LEGO builders has sprung up and created models, websites, and even conventions. The staff of BrickJournal, the magazine for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, invites you to take a look at the community (and what it builds) at this presentation, with Brandon Griffith (top LEGO builder), Jonathan Bender (author ofLEGO: A Love Story), Nathan Sawaya (LEGO certified professional builder), and Jim Foulds (community operations manager for the LEGO Group). The panel is moderated by BrickJournal editor Joe Meno. There will be a Q&A afterward, so if you have any questions about the community, events, builders, or even the LEGO company, this is the place to be! Room 7AB

BrickJournal is a publication of TwoMorrows, of which I host their Tune-In Podcast, so it’s a shameless plug. If you go say hello to Joe Meno and tell him what a great job he and his team are doing.

Saturday should be a blast with:

Saturday, July 24, 12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Brian Michael Bendis— The controversial Marvel writer and Comic-Con special guest Brian Michael Bendis turns his spotlight panel into a live taping of the popular Word Balloon Bendis tapes. Word Balloon podcast host John Suitress will moderate the panel and take questions from the audience, with nothing off limits. Bendis will also be giving away limited-edition variant covers of his new creator-owned series ScarletRoom 6DE

Not to miss on Sunday:

Sunday, July 25, 10:00-11:00 Jack Kirby Tribute— It’s time once again to pay tribute to Jack “King” Kirby, the prolific writer/artist who co-created some of the world’s most famous superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, the New Gods, and many more. Kirby biographer and friend Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics) hosts this annual Comic-Con tradition and is joined this year by writers Marv Wolfman(Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans), and Kurt Busiek (Astro City, JLA/Avengers) and other Kirby fanatics to discuss the King. Room 4

One link to note at this time:

Heidi MacDonald has posted Diamond’s Top Ten and market share information for June. I’ll be taking a look at the list over the weekend and give my thoughts on Monday and you can look for a podcast of John Mayo and I either very soon (pre-Comic Con) or very late (post-Comic Con). At just a glance at the Graphic Novel and Trade Paperbacks you’ll notice that there are four books from the Vertigo (DC) imprint and no Marvel 616 book made the cut!

CCL Podcast #233 – Interview with Steve Saffel, editor of The Best of Simon and Kirby (Titan Books)


This week on the show, I welcome in Steve Saffel to talk about his book, The Best of Simon and Kirby (Titan). A lot of care went into creating this lavish look back on the dream team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby from the Golden Age of Comics. Steve gets into all the details, from the beginning and the reasons why it was published, to what is included, and what is still yet to come. Steve and I also chat about his time at Marvel, TwoMorrows Publishing, Comic Cons and Mark Evanier’s Kirby: King of Comics, which can be seen as a companion, of sorts, to Steve’s book. I’ll post a full written review of the book, including all of the exact contents, in a few weeks.

For more information on this book, please check out the very nice Best of Simon and Kirby site at Titan Books.

Collected Comics Library Podcast #233
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Collected Edition Blog browsing on Tuesday afternoon

Sorry I didn’t get this out yesterday. I got caught up in watching the Mad Men marathon on AMC, then the Tigers/Red Sox on ESPN. This is funny because I don’t watch a whole lot of TV anymore, let alone a full day’s worth. Let’s get to some links

  • At the request of Marvel Comics, TwoMorrow’s Publishing has revised the cover art for Marvel Comics In The 1960s by Pierre Comtois. John Morrows writes, ...don’t worry; there wasn’t any kind of terrible confrontational situation with Marvel over the book. They simply felt it looked too much like a licensed Marvel product with the original piece, rather than the scholarly historical work that it is, and asked us to change it. Posted are the original and the revised covers, you decide.
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  • Marvel will be publishing the Fantastic Four Omnibus by Mark Millar and Brian Hitch. According to the listing on Amazon.ca, it’s due February 2010 and is projected to collect FF #554-570; $75.00. More info as it happens.
  • It was announced at the DC Nation Panel at the Chicago Comic Con that Wednesday Comics will be collected as a series of Trade Paperbacks for each individual character – so 16 trades in all. I’m hoping that the trades will be oversized.
  • Hugo Winners Announced, they are given out for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.
  • Media Release IDW Publishing is pleased to announce The ACT-I-VATE Primer, an all-new hardcover anthology featuring sixteen stories and eighteen creators from the premiere webcomix collective, ACT-I-VATE.com. IDW will release this groundbreaking collection in October 2009, complete with a foreword by Warren Ellis.
  • Media ReleaseD+Q has acquired world rights to two all-new Lynda Barry books, The Near Sighted Monkey Book: Picture This, and a prose novel, Birdis.
  • Dan Vado hosted solo a very laid-back panel at San Diego’s Comic Con International, featuring video trailers of upcoming SLG Publishing books. Thanks to CBR.
  • In a new deal, urban fantasy author Kim Harrison will script three original stories for graphic novels from Del Rey Books.
  • I’m with Joe, FPI Blog, on this one. The trailer for the Windell Classics Compendium Superhero Showcase is just damn cool.
  • Review: Collected Editions Blog on Final Crisis Companion TP (DC Comics).
  • Finally, you want links? Comic Related has them all.