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SDCC ’12 | A roundup of news and announcements from Saturday

Between Warner Bros.’ screening of the tear-inducing first footage from Man of Steel and Marvel Studios’ confirmation of Guardians of the Galaxy, the third day of Comic-Con International clearly belonged to movies. However, that doesn’t mean there were no comic-book announcements to emerge Saturday from San Diego. Here are some of the highlights:

• Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino crashed DC Comics’ Before Watchmen panel to reveal the publisher will release a five-issue miniseries based on the screenplay of his upcoming Western Django Unchained. The comic will debut in November, ahead of the film’s Dec. 25 opening.

Image Comics unveiled a slate of new projects, including: The Bounce, by Joe Casey and David Messina; Satellite Sam, by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin; Lazarus, by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark; The Saviors, James Robinson and J. Bone; Oliver, by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson; Pretty Deadly, by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios; Sex, by Casey and Piotr Kowalski; Non-Humans, by Glen Brunswick and Whilce Portacio; Reign, by Chris Roberson and artist Paul Mayberry; Nowhere Men, by Eric Stephenson, Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire; Multiple Warheads, by Brandon Graham; Point of Impact, by Jay Faerber; and Great Pacific, by Joe Harris and Martin Morazzo.

Fantagraphics announced that comiXology will carry digital editions of its books, beginning with the first four issues of Love and Rockets: New Stories. The fifth issue will receive same-day digital release in September.

• During its Friday panel, Monkeybrain Comics announced several new projects, including: Intergalactic, by Joe Keatinge and Ken Garing; Wanderer, by Kevin Church and Grace Allison; Masks and Mobsters, by Joshua William and Mike Henderson; Konqueror, by Chris Schweitzer and Audrey Morris; Roundup, edited by Schweitzer; Dreamsequence: Spirit of the Law, by Brandon Seifert and Michael Montenat; and Awesome Adventures, by Chris Roberson and Thomas N. Perkins IV.

• IDW Publishing will release Lost Angeles, by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley and Joe Pearson, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual co-written and drawn by Eastman.

• DC Comics finally confirmed that, contrary to its official announcement last month, Stephanie Brown won’t appear as Nightwing in its digital-first series Smallville Season 11. Instead, she’ll be replaced as Batman’s sidekick by Barbara Gordon.

• Marvel debuted an R-rated teaser trailer for Deadpool, the video game from Activision and High Moon Studios slated for release next year.

Terry Moore will release a Strangers in Paradise prose novel in 2013.



Looks like Image has another great year ahead. I’ll probably buy at least half the projects they announced in one format or another.

Yeah, Image is still on the roll.
More Casey, Fraction, Rucka, Lark, Robertson, Graham… Deconnick/Rios looks cool, too.
My moneyz go there.

Simon DelMonte

July 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Wish I could say that books by people like Robinson and Rucka have me immediately. But what they’re writing doesn’t sound like my thing. Increasing, Image books feel too dark and too adult for my admittedly mild and often prudish tastes. I hope my first reaction is wrong, but given my (almost universally unique) initial negative reaction to Saga was correct, I am not getting too excited. Oh, to see Image do a few all ages comics.

But Image DOES do all ages comics – titles such as Reed Gunther by the Houghton Brothers and Super Dinosaur by Robert Kirkman; these are great titles that my students love!

But generally, Image is not the place for prudes.

I agree with Kat Kan and Thora Zine. Image publishes a lot of dark and/or R-rated material but I don’t mind that at all. Their product line is diverse enough for just about anyone. Reed Gunther is actually really entertaining and clever and Lil Depressed Boy is the best thing for adolescent geeks since Jawbreaker broke up. Its not ALL about blood and sex, but you’ll definitely get that in some titles.

I think it’s more a reflection of what submissions they get as far as how much kid-friendly stuff they produce. I don’t mind it. I’m starved for more original content than checking out Marvel or DC. If all ages is what you’re aiming for, check out Top Shelf and Oni. In regards to age range, they have a more diverse output that other publishers.

First Second is good too. People should also chexk out Fantagraphics bandé dessiné imports. Lost if great all ages intrigue and fun. The album sized stff that is.

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