Port strike delays some IDW books for December

Due to last week’s port strike that closed the L.A.-Long Beach Port, a bunch of IDW titles that were to come out this next week will be delayed until January 2 or, in some cases, January 9, 2013.

Additionally, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN #1, originally scheduled for release on December 26, 2012, will be moved to January 9, 2013.
Along with the time lost by the strike at America’s largest cargo shipping complex, the impact of this delay is furthered by the holiday schedule of IDW’s global distributor. As Diamond Comic Distributors does not ship books during the last week of December, IDW will miss out on a last opportunity to get the December 19 and 26 books to retailers and fans before the New Year.
“It’s frustrating to have circumstances be out of our control,” said IDW’s CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. “It’s a shame to be unable to get these books—which were completed well in advance of their ship date—in the hands of fans and retailers. Fortunately, however, we’re still left with a very strong slate of titles to finish out 2012 and lots of great books for everyone to enjoy in the New Year.”
Below is a list of the revised release dates for the titles in question.
Archie: Best of Dan DeCarlo, Vol. 1 TPB
Classic Popeye #5
Joe Palooka #1
Judge Dredd #2
Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland HC
Killogy #2
Locke & Key: Ω #2
Magic: The Gathering – The Spell Thief #3 2nd Print
Mars Attacks #6
Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow #20
Sparrow Box Set
Star Trek 100 Page Winter Spectacular
Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #8
Star Trek: TNG: Hive #3
TMNT Classics, Vol. 3 TPB
Top 100 Fantasy Movies
Transfusion #2
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #12
True Blood: Where Were You HC
Complete Dick Tracy, Vol. 14 HC
Doctor Who #4                                                      
Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms HC              
G.I. JOE: Cobra #20
G.I. JOE/Danger Girl #5                                          
Godzilla #8
Godzilla: Half-Century War #4
Mars Attacks Popeye One-Shot
My Little Pony #1 2nd Print
My Little Pony #1 Complete Box Set 2nd Print
My Little Pony #2
Star Trek Ongoing #16
Transformers Prime: Rage of the Dinobots #2              
Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 2 TPB           
Transformers: Prime Season 2 TPB                           
Wallace Wood: Woodwork HC                                
Adventures of Augusta Wind #3
Classic Jurassic Park, Vol. 5 TPB
Classic Popeye #6
G.I. JOE: Cobra Son of the Snake TPB
Gil Kane’s Amazing Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition HC
The Hollows #2
Jinnrise #1
Joe Palooka #2
Kiss #7
Li’l Abner, Vol. 5 HC
Love and Capes: What to Expect #6
Mars Attacks Kiss One-Shot
Popeye, Vol. 1 TPB
TMNT Adventures, Vol. 3 TPB
TMNT: Color Classics #7
TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan #1
Transformers: Regeneration One #87
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #13
Transformers Spotlight: Thundercracker


Comic-Con International debuts new website, more guests

Oh while you’re checking out all the Eisner nominees over at the CCI page, you probably noticed that they have a brand new website. We’re told it will encompass more original material and is easier to navigate and will have many other bonuses and extras, including an official BLOG. Update your RSS!

Speaking of CCI:SD, registration for press and pros is CLOSED FOR 2013.

That’s right, and it isn’t even 2013.

No word on when member registration will open.

ALSO, more guests have been announced for 2013—not sure if this list was circulated before:

Sergio Aragonés
Tom Batiuk
Jon Bogdanove
Vera Brosgol
Jeffrey Brown
Frank Brunner
Gerry Conway
Jeromy Cox
Gene Deitch
Jose Delbo
Paul Dini
Mark Evanier
Christine Feehan
Gary Frank
Tom Gauld
Faith Erin Hicks
Tony Isabella
Dan Jurgens
Richard Kadrey
Jim Lee
Paul Levitz
Todd Lockwood
Elliot S! Maggin
Leonard Maltin
Val Mayerik
Terry Moore
Dean Mullaney
Ted Naifeh
Mike Norton
Jerry Ordway
Dan Parent
Martin Pasko
Lincoln Peirce
George Pérez
John Romita Jr.
Chris Samnee
Ruth Sanderson
Louise Simonson
Nick Spencer
J. Michael Straczynski
Duane Swierczynski
Romeo Tanghal Sr.
Roy Thomas
Bruce Timm

Of which we note…wow, great guest list, unmatched by any other North American show. and HEY, the Funky Winkerbean guy is going! It’s going to be great to wave to them across the frenzied field of battle as we dash off for a pretzel.

2013 Eisner judges named: Cavna, Hatfield, Healy, Monnin, Santoro, and Smith

The six 2013 Eisner Award judges have been named, and as these things go, the panel may have a sliiiiightly indie slant, with Charles Hatfield and Frank Santoro.…but as usual administrator Jackie Estrada has assembled a strong lineup of knowledgeable folks. They’ll be meeting around April to make their selections, so begin your campaign….NOW!

The 2013 Eisners will be presented Friday, July 19th.

Michael Cavna, award-winning writer, editor, and artist with The Washington Post, for which he writes the popular “Comic Riffs” cartoon blog. As a journalist, his favorite interviews have included Bill Watterson, Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton, Marjane Satrapi, and Hayao Miyazaki. As a cartoonist, Cavna—a San Francisco native and UCSD alum—began working professionally at age 12 and has drawn for numerous syndicates and national publications. He wrote the main text for the 2012 anthology book Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson’s (Andrews McMeel).

Charles Hatfield, professor of English at California State University, Northridge. Charles is the author of two books, the Eisner Award–winning Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (2011) and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature (2005). He has written essays on comics for many academic, trade, and fan publications and has written reviews for The Comics Journal and various comics blogs. Charles is co-editor of The Superhero Reader (coming in 2013 from the University Press of Mississippi), and is currently collaborating on two other books. He serves on the Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives as well as the editorial boards for several academic journals and book series in comics studies. (Photo courtesy photographer Lee Choo & CSU Northridge.)

Adam Healy, co-owner of Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, Oregon. Adam has been in comics retailing since 2003 and became co-owner (with Andy Johnson) of Cosmic Monkey in 2007. The popular store prides itself on the diversity of material it carries and on the comfortable environment it offers its customers. Adam has degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and is most proud of the Science, Foreign Language, and All-Ages sections of his store.

Dr. Katie Monnin, assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida. She has written four books about teaching comic books and graphic novels in 21st-century classrooms: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010, a finalist for ForeWord’s Educational Book of the Year Award), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Teaching Content Area Graphic Texts (2012), and Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013).  Her next book, Get Animated! Teaching Children’s Cartoons in the Elementary Classroom is set to be released fall 2013.

Frank Santoro, author of the graphic novel Storeyville (published by Picturebox) and a columnist for The Comics Journal. He co-founded the comics criticism magazine ComicsComics with Dan Nadel and Timothy Hodler. He has also created a correspondence course for comic book makers and has taught drawing at Parsons School of Design. His comics have been published in Kramers Ergot, Mome, and The Ganzfeld. He has exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and at The Fumetto Festival in Switzerland. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John Smith, co-coordinator of the Attendee Registration Department, Comic-Con International: San Diego. John is a lifelong comics fan who has been involved with Comic-Con since 1991, when he started as a volunteer in the registration department. He has been co-registrar since 1997. For the last five years he has also been a judge for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer award. His comics collecting days go back to childhood, when he lived in Los Angeles and regularly went to Cherokee Book Store on Hollywood Boulevard to buy back issues.

FIRST LOOK: Juan Doe’s Cover for The End Times of Bram and Ben #3

Lovely James Asmus has shared with us an exclusive first look at the cover for issue #3 of his upcoming Image miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben, created by Juan Doe. It is LUSH.

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December has been a big month for Dark Horse, with two much anticipated books finally hitting the shelves: Mike Mignola’s HELLBOY IN HELL #1 and Evan Dorkin’s HOUSE OF FUN. Coincidentally, both books signal the return of their respective creators to solo work; for Mignola, it’s been 7 years since he drew and scripted a HELLBOY comic, and for Dorkin, it’s been 6 since a solo issue appeared. For Mignola and Dorkin fans, this alone is enough to drive people to their comic dealers as soon as they unlock the doors. The iconic content weighs in as the second frenzy-inducing factor.

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Go listen: Ian Boothby’s Superheroes sketches on The Irreverent show

Eisner nominated writer Ian Boothby is probably best known for his work on The Simpsons comics, but he also contributes to the Canadian humour radio programme, The Irrelevant Show. Now all his superhero themed sketched have been collected in one webisode.:

As an appetizer for the coming season, we’ve put together some of our favourite Superhero sketches in a special Webisode! You’lll hear Superman is a Jerk, Woman-Man, and the Supervillain Lifetime Achievement Award, plus many more. Enjoy, nerds and non-nerds alike!

We can’t embed it but it’s available in the link.


Boom continues to have success with its comics for younger readers with Adventure Time, Peanuts and Ice Age. Based on the ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT! film, a new volume in the 8″ x 8 format is coming out in March, ICE AGE: THE HIDDEN TREASURE by Caleb Monroe and Andy Hirsch. Here’s a peak at the cover by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

When Crash and Eddie hear about a haunted treasure in a place called Bone Valley, they can’t get the idea out of their heads! After convincing Peaches and Sid to join them on their journey, they set off to become treasure hunters…but what surprise awaits them where “X” marks the spot?

Celebrate 12/12/12 12:12!











120 Marvel graphic novels added to the Kindle


More comics are available digitally today, as Marvel has just announced that 120 of its best selling GNs will be available on the Kindle Store. This gets around that availability/backstock issue very well! Offerings include a lot of good stuff, including Skottie Young’s Ozma of Oz, Grant Morrison X-Men, Thor, Venom and many more fine, still readable books from Marvel’s immense library. Throw in the Kindle/Amazon discount and you’ve got yourself a pretty good deal.

Marvel announced today that 120 of its most popular graphic novels, featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more of the world’s most popular super heroes, are now available in digital format via the Amazon Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). Best-selling graphic novels such as  Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, Deadpool, Invincible Iron Man and Astonishing X-Men can now be read on Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and any mobile device with a Kindle app.
“Marvel brings fans the best graphic novels in the world and we’re proud to expand that reach through the Kindle Store,” said Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “It’s been a pleasure working with Amazon to bring fans the stories they’ve demanded via all Kindle Fire devices and mobile devices with the free Kindle reading app. Together we’re committed to bringing new fans to the world of comics with an excellent reading experience and unparalleled storytelling.”
“Amazon customers have been fans of Marvel graphic novels in print for years, so we’re thrilled to start offering them digital versions in the Kindle Store today,” said Aaron Martin, Director of Kindle Content, Amazon.com. “We’ve worked closely with Marvel to make sure they look beautiful on Kindle, and customers can read them with Kindle Panel View for an immersive reading experience.”
For the full selection of Marvel Graphic Novels now available in the Amazon Kindle Store, visit www.amazon.com/marveldigitalcomics, check out the Kindle Store on your Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD, or launch the Kindle reading app on your mobile device.



Go listen: BBC presents Modesty Blaise radio drama


When it comes to kickass heroines, Modesty Blaise stands with the best of them. Originally created as a Brit comic strip in 1963 by Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway, espionage agent Modesty was the female James Bond, stylish, sexy and very Sixties. Since then she’s been adapted into novels and mostly forgettable movies (although Tarantino is said to be entranced by the character—Vince Vegas was reading a Modesty Blaise book when he died). NOW she’s starring in 15-minute radio dramas from the BBC.

Daphne Alexander (below) plays Modesty in this adaptation of the novel A Taste for Death, which will air on December 17th. I’m not sure you can actually listen from the BBC website, due to regional issues, but clever folks might be able to get around that.

Remembering Wilco and Spain


Last night a bunch of folks gathered together to remember editor and comics community member Marc Wilkofsky, who died last month. There was a dinner at a diner and then a bunch of folks at a quiet lounge telling stories and laughing. The dinner was a bunch that hadn’t been in the same place since before 9/11, a core group of NYC chapter Friends of Lulu foot soldiers. Friends I made through FoL, like Mike Brisbois and Dave Roman and John Green, Ed Douglas and Abby Denson. Good friends and people.

At the memorial, Dave had put together a lovely zine with stories and photos. Marc would have liked it for sure, but even more he would have liked the gathering and remembrances that poured out. I knew Marc far less than many—I missed out on most of his legendary birthday parties, for instance. But I was delighted by the stories of his Zelig-like ability to appear on TV—a recurring role on a Tempestt Bledsoe show, a teaser on Nickelodeon—and his legendary dance moves and love of karaoke and kindness and thoughtfulness towards others in general.

I was also told of his wisdom regarding ending the local Friends of Lulu chapter. Mark’s tireless efforts enabled Fol-NYC to close in good standing with the IRS and in the black. They were even able to make a sizable donation to Girls Inc. NY with the remaining monies, a nice example of pay it forward.

As with any death that tales place far from one’s friends, there was a bit of a detective story aspect to last night as well as various people pieced together Marc’s last year. I think those who loved him were able to get a sense of closure about some things.

For me, meeting others who knew Marc from other aspects of his life, all with their funny, warm stories, was a reminder that every person’s story is part of a tapestry of time and place, touching other lives, with unseen connections and gifts. And sometimes the seemingly humblest person has the most to give.

This morning I was also reading TCJ’s extraordinary page of remembrances of the late Spain Rodriguez. It’s a fascinating snapshot of the birth of underground comics, with the intertwining lives of Crumb and Spiegelman and more, as well as a tribute to a man who made an impression on everyone he met and whose spirit was conveyed in his robust, vital art.

I’m not sure exactly what the takeaway from all this is…except the simple one to stay close to the ones you love, and don’t let stupid shit get in the way because life is painfully, shockingly short. And also that we all meet so many extraordinary people along the way in so many unexpected places…keep your heart open to the potential that life offers you.