Every year the Banned Books Week National Committee announces a theme, and for 2014 its comics and graphic novels. The announcement comes in the wake of Bone being named as one of the top ten most banned books of 2013, the growing number of challenges to Fun Home and general “They hate us!”-ness usually aimed […]
Richard McGuire’s Here is a comics story originally published in RAW Magazine that used the comics form to dizzying effect, jumping from the dawn of time to the end of time using one specific location. It’s been anthologized many times, but but Random House is giving us all the HEre we could want with this […]
Although my take on the first BookCon was positive, it was definitely crowded and unorganized, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that some people had a total crap time: BookCon was horrible. It was the worst bookish experience of my life. Maybe that’s not saying much because my bookish experiences have been […]
So BookCon was, like the very first New York Comic-Con, a raging success that caught everyone by surprise. It may be surprising that so many thought the idea of putting some of the world’s most loved authors in front of an audience would be a questionable venture, but whatever the doubts, it worked. Ticket sales […]
A graphic novel is dropping this week called The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression . It’s a 320 page history of The Great Depression, adapted from Amity Shlaes book, drawn by Paul Rivoche. Shlaes is a conservative historian and pundit, and to promote the book she has a piece […]
One of the top graphic novels of the first half of 2014 is surely Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir; the long time New Yorker mainstay has penned her FIRST (amazing) graphic novel and it’s a true classic even though the subject matter sounds grim. The book follows Chat’s experiences with her aging and increasingly vulnerable parents, a sad topic but a part of the human experience that a lot of us are going to have to deal with from one side or another some day. This being Chast it’s also full of laughs, as she limns her eccentric sometimes annoying parents in rich comic detail. Anxiety and love mingle, as they do in real life.
The third volume of Charles Burns’ great Nitnit trilogy is finally coming out in December! It’s called and it completes the story from The Hive and X’ed out about the varying levels of reality among a man who has overdosed, a weird world of worms where a reverse Tintin named Nitnit is finding his way, and angsty drama that will be familiar to readers of Black Hole.
§ Words like “TV” and “Broadcast” are long ago relics as streaming from many sources takes over the sitting in front of a screen time. And many comics properties are getting a second (or first) life on these new platforms. F’rinstance, Powers, the Brian Michael Bendis/Michael Avon Oeming series that was made into a pilot then passed on by the FX network, is getting revived as a streaming series for Playstaton. The show will go straight to series for 10 episodes. The cast and crew of the previous pilot has been scrubbed, with Charlie Huston on board to write, with Michael Dinner (director of everything from The Wonder Years to Masters of Sex) to direct. According to THR, Huston and Bendis will be the showrunners—it’s nice to see Bendis getting a good title on this. Circle of Confusion (which also reps The Walking Dead) is among the exec producers.
Titan Books, UK purveyor of pop culture books, recently created a Titan Comics imprint, although they’ve been publishing comic strip collections, UK comics, and even the UK editions of DC Comics for decades. Here are their upcoming books. We here at Stately Beat Manor love pop culture in all its variations. For many comics fans, […]
Fantagraphics Announces New Titles For Fall 2014 Including $500 Limited Edition Complete Zap Comics Two-Volume Box Set
Well that’s what this Tumblr post called Cover for new book. implies anyway. For those who read them The Cowboy Wally Show—about a dissolute kids show host who puts on a production of Hamlet—and Why I Hate Saturn—about urban life of the 90s via two wacky sisters—are two of the funniest graphic novels of all […]
Five Days of Valentines supplemental: Jeffrey Brown’s two Star Wars cartoon books—Darth Vader and Son, and Vader’s Little Princess—have been huge sellers so to no one’s surprise a third book is coming out, called Goodnight Darth Vader. The cover has just been revealed, above. Like the first two it’s a surprisingly touching use of the […]
The New Yorker previews one of the most anticipated books of the year, Jules Feiffer’s first original graphic novel in quite some time, Kill My Mother, As opposed to an autobiographical story, it’s an homage to Feiffer’s time with Will Eisner, a pulpy detective story full of twists and turns. Feiffer talks more about the […]
As far as 2014 goes, I think there are at least three graphic novels we’ll be talking about: Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant; Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, and Jules Feiffer’s Kill My Mother. I’ve read the Chast book (it’s out in April) and it’s an amazing memoir about her parents, their […]
Over at his blog, Derf Backderf, author of My Friend Dahmer, has announced his next book: a 288-page GN based on his Trashed webcomic. Abrams will publish it in Fall 2015. Trashed concerns the comedic adventures of a bunch of garbage collectors. SOLD! My Friend Dahmer—about Derf’s high school friendship with the future serial killer—has […]