Emerald City was mostly Marvel and DC lite, so the announcements are very indie/creator focused. And here they are, with a corresponding Pants Peeing Index ®, as in how likely this news is to make you pee your pants in excitement on a scale of 1-5.
§ James Stokoe is writing and drawing a Godzilla mini for IDW. Called GODZILLA: HALF CENTURY WAR, it will feature Stokoe’s takes on Godzilla through the ages. Out in August. Given Stokoe’s mind boggling work on ORC STAIN, this must be given a PP index rating of 5.
§ Tony Harris’s ROUNDEYE will find a home at Image. This 96-page graphic novel tale of a white samurai in Japan and his pet raccoon found controversy as an early expensive $60K Kickstarter, but later was funded at a more modest $10,000. It was also slated to come out from IDW at one point. PP Index: 3.5, for the art and RACCOON!
§ Jeff Parker and Erika Moen are publishing their webcomic BUCKO through Dark Horse.This charming murder mystery will be collected with added materials, etc., etc.
PP index: 3. Although you won’t soil your undergarments, this is a fun little webcomic and we look forward to the book!
The book spins the story of retired Vegas mob enforcer Nick Bellamy. Years after double-crossing his way out of the business, the Korean War vet finds a life of crime barreling down his condo door. As it's the first OGN published by Minotaur, Top Cow has decided to give fans a first taste to sample the book in the form of a $1.00, 32-page "First Look" of "Sunset" on sale the same day as the graphic novel, July 18.
PP Index: 4 for trying a new sales format!
Originally published in 2006 by AiT/PlanetLar, the stripped down story of a rough and tumble Rockabilly musician who's slowly turning into stone presents a different side of both creators' work, and as announced today at Emerald City Comic Con, the book will be returning this fall in a new hardcover edition from Image Comics. It's the second such project for Casey who recently announced the return of he and Steve Parkhouse's "The Milkman Murders" through Image, but the writer is quick to point out the uniqueness of "Rock Bottom."
PP Index: 3.5 – creators getting back rights!
§ Paul Tobin and artist Juan Ferreyra (FALLING SKIES) are doing a book called COLDER coming from Dark Horse in November. It’s about a man with a temperature problem:
Declan Thomas’s body temperature is dropping. He checks it every day, and it’s dropped from 98.6 to a current average in the high fifties. He never gets sick, never feels pain. He’s just an ex-inmate of an insane asylum that began operation in the 1890s, specializing in those poor souls deemed too dangerous for society. As to when Declan himself was admitted, the records were destroyed in a fire. His nurse has found references to him that go as far back as the 1940s…which is odd, since he doesn’t look a day over thirty.
PP Index: 4 for that creepy cover!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.