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For those playing along at home, here are highlights of the announcements (and confirmations) coming out of the inaugural Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo today:
• Marvel confirmed the long-awaited third volume of Casanova, the critically acclaimed spy-fi series by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon, will debut in July through its Icon imprint. The issues originally published in the Image Comics “slimline” format — 16 pages of story for $1.99 — will be re-colored, re-lettered and repackaged. “It’s going to be in full color,” Fraction told Comic Book Resources. “It’s hand-lettered by Dustin Harbin, who’s an amazing cartoonist and a very old friend of mine. So it’s really an entirely new presentation of the material. The color is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s going to be produced at full size. So what was once Casanova #2-3 will now be issue #2 of the Icon Casanova, and so on. You’ll be getting 32 full color pages for full price.”
• Via video, writer Allan Heinberg provided details of Marvel’s Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, the miniseries announced in October that reunites him with Young Avengers artist Jimmy Cheung. The bimonthly, nine-issue limited series that builds on plot threads dating back to House of M, and involves Wiccan attempting to find and redeem the Scarlet Witch.
• Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada revealed that “O.M.I.T.” — the mysterious acronym we’ve seen on guitar picks and in comic-book ads — stands for “One Moment In Time,” and deals with the controversial “One More Day” story that erased the wedding day of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Serialized in The Amazing Spider-Man #637-640, the new arc by Joe Quesada and Paolo Rivera will turn back the clock to show the events on what should have been the couple’s wedding day.
• Oni Press announced Yo Gabba Gabba! Story Comic Book Time, an anthology based on the wildly popular preschool television series. The 128-page hardcover will be released this fall.
• Writer Roy Thomas will return to Conan the Barbarian in December with Dark Horse’s Conan: Road to Kings, a 12-issue miniseries with artist Mike Hawthorne.
• Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Icon series Criminal and Incognito will be available as digital apps via Panefly, iVerse and comiXology.
• Marvel Vice President-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort announced a new Invaders miniseries spearheaded by Christos Gage and Alex Ross, and revealed the full line-up for Secret Avengers, the much-teased series by Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato: Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter, War Machine, Nova, The Beast, Moon Knight, Valkyrie, Black Widow and the Irredeemable Ant-Man.
• Wildstorm revealed that B. Clay Moore and Tony Harris are collaborating on “a pulpy 1940’s noir, wartime London story” called The Further Adventures of the Whistling Skull.
• Following up on its teaser, BOOM! Studios announced The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles, an ongoing series written by Michael Alan Nelson and Johanna Stokes. The publisher also unveiled plans for a Farscape event called The War for the Uncharted Territories.
• Nick Spencer, writer of Existence and Forgetless, will join with artists Joe Eisma and Rodin Esquejo for Morning Glories, an ongoing series debuting in August from Image Comics. It’s described as Runaways meets Lost.
• In August, Archaia will release Syndrome, a graphic novel by Daniel Quantz, R.J. Ryan and David Marquez that explores the idea of scientifically explaining what causes evil.
• Aspen Comics announced the fall debut of Lady Mechanika, Joe Benitez’s series about a part-mechanical occult investigator in turn-of-the-century England.