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After a bevy of announcements earlier in the week about movie deals and video-game adaptations, Comic-Con International officially kicked off Thursday with news of the hiring of an industry veteran, and three significant book acquisitions.
IDW Publishing revealed that Bob Schreck, a longtime senior group editor at DC Comics, will join the company as senior editor in October. He’ll focus on developing new projects and new talent.
An editor at Comico and Dark Horse, Schreck co-founded Oni Press with Joe Nozemack in 1996. Three years later he joined DC Comics, where he oversaw the Batman line and, eventually, edited the All-Star titles and developed new projects for Vertigo. He was laid off in January during a wave of major cutbacks by Warner Bros.
Day One’s major publishing news came from Scholastic, Drawn & Quarterly and Dark Horse.
Scholastic announced that Jeff Smith will release new Bone titles with co-writer Tom Sniegoski, beginning in summer 2010 with Bone: Tall Tales. The fall will see the expansion of the Bone world with the first book in the Quest for the Spark trilogy, overseen and illustrated by Smith and written by Sniegoski.
Drawn & Quarterly acquired the rights to Daniel Clowes’ new graphic novel Wilson, the cartoonist’s first book not to be originally serialized in Eightball. The title, described as a “portrait of the modern egoist,” will debut in May 2010.
Dark Horse, meanwhile, rolled out an overview of its convention announcements, which include plans to release all three volumes of the popular European noir series Blacksad.
In other Thursday highlights:
• DC Comics unveiled a second Justice Society of America series, JSA All Stars, by Matthew Sturges and Freddie E. Williams III. The title will focus on some of the franchise’s younger members taking “a more proactive approach” to superheroics.
• The Vertigo/Vertigo Crime panel featured several new titles, including word from Max Allan Collins of the final chapter in his Perdition saga, Return to Perdition. Other books announced were crime author Jason Starr’s The Chill, Peter Milligan and James Romberger’s Bronx Kill, Chris Gage and Chris Samnee’s Area 10, John Evans’ The Executor, Anderson Gabrich’s Fogtown, and Gary Phillips and Brian Hurt’s Cowboys.
• IDW officially announced Vitriol the Hunter, a new horror series drawn and co-written by Good Charlotte guitarist Billy Martin with Brent Allen. The publisher also revealed it’s partnering with Weekly World News for an offbeat comic featuring some of the tabloid’s bizarre characters, like Bat Boy, PhD Ape and Manigator.
• Gerard Way confirmed he and Gabriel Ba are working on a third Umbrella Academy series, Hotel Oblivion, which will feature the Murder Magician from the Free Comic Book Day story. On Saturday he’ll announce another new project.
• Warner Premiere and Warner Digital Distribution launched the next wave of Warner Premiere Motion Comics for iTunes: Superman: Red Son, Batgirl: Year One, and Batman: Black and White Collection 2.
• Geoff Johns confirmed DC will release an Absolute Edition of Green Lantern: Rebirth next year.
What to watch for today: The 2 p.m. “Cup O’ Joe” panel will feature a “big, secret Marvel announcement” that Executive Editor Tom Brevoort promises will “blow the doors off” the convention center.
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