News and notes: new comics from Soto, Tsurumi, Wertz, Trippe, Kleid and more

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New comics! SF madness from Zack Soto, boxing fantasy from Neil Kleid, Jake Allen and Frank Reynoso; NYC history from Julia Wertz; a collection from Andrea Tsurumi; an intense Italian micropress; and a controversial kickstarter is finally coming to print.

Comic Arts Brooklyn unveils Clowes poster, schedule, guests

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This year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival will be held November 7-8, in the same configuration as last year — exhibits on the Saturday and panels on the Sunday. AND NO EXHIBITS ON SUNDAY — there was some confusion about that last year but I’m sure everyone will get the drill this time. The poster, by […]

AfterShock announces first titles with Conner, Palmiotti, Jenkins, Ennis, Bennett and more

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AfterShock is the new kid on the block. Launched in April by comics vet Joe Pruett, it first made headlines when it hired Mike Marts as editor in chief. And now their first four titles have been announced. And they are:   ·       Replica, debuting December 1 from writer Paul Jenkins (Batman: The Dark Knight, […]

SPX 2015 programming is here, with new curators

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The SPX programming went live today, with a plethora of great programs and a bit of news: Bill Kartalopoulos, programming director for the last nine years, is stepping into an advisory capacity, mostly with international guests. This year’s programming was handled by a committee led by Esther Kim of Fantom Comics that includes Michael Cavna and Jen Vaughn, with Kartalopoulos continuing in a consulting capacity with a focus on international guests. 

New Black Lightning Archive: DC, Tony Isabella Reconcile

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“Dogs and cats, living together!” – that’s what immediately popped into my mind yesterday when I read Tony Isabella praising DC on Facebook for how it was treating him in regard to Black Lightning.

SDCC ’15: Brooklyn Gladiator debuts from Dan Fogler, Andrew Harrison and Tom Hodges

Here’s one of the more offbeat comic debuting at this year’s Comic-Con: Brooklyn Gladiator by Dan Fogler, Andrew Harrison and Tom Hodges with a cover by Glenn Fabry will be available in a Con special ashcan edition at booth #1223.

The book was kickstarted earlier this year and features a wild storyline that involves, well, everything:

SDCC ’15: Slave Labor signing schedule with Vasquez and some APE news

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Rounding out our pre-game with a few of the signing schedules not widely spotlighted. SLG/Slave Labor will be occupying a prime slot at the con as they have for the last 20 years, and mainstay Jhonen Vasquez will be signing multiple times. Here’s the schedule: SLG Publishing announced Jhonen Vasquez’s signing schedule for Comic-Con 2015. […]

Indie Month-to-Month Sales December 2014: It’s a Bitch Planet type month

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December felt like a rough month for comics, with seven titles seeing a drop of over 40% of their readers. The month wasn’t all bad, however, as it also saw the release of Bitch Planet from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro. It had the highest release of December, followed by Rumble (Image), Hellboy and the BRPD (Dark Horse), and The Valiant (Valiant Entertainment).

UK publisher Great Beast shuts down—but it’s for good reasons

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While comics seem to be holding their own as an industry, with revenue generally up, there are a few folks on shaky ground, and 2014 saw a few casualties. One of them is Great Beast, the indie uUK graphic novel publisher run by cartoonists Adam Cadwell and Mark Ellerby. The imprint was sort of run as an “Image” like model, with Great Beast generally handling distribution for an emerging generation of UK cartoonists including , Robert M Ball, Dan Berry, Adam Cadwell, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Dan Cox, John Cei Douglas, Marc Ellerby, Isabel Greenberg, John Riordan and Rachael Smith.

The reason for the shut down? Too much success basically. Ellerby had left running the publisher earlier in the year and Cadwell did not have the time to keep things going: