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Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

As the Comic-Con International hangover sets in and the industry goes silent while creators, editors, publishers and publicists stagger home from San Diego, we’ll take a few minutes to try to collect the comics-related highlights of this year’s event. We’ll attempt to update as more panel reports appear and other information trickles out.

• Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, Hawkeye‘s David Aja, and Building Stories by Chris Ware were the big winners at the 2013 Eisner Awards.

At Diamond Comic Distributors’ Retailer Appreciation Lunch, Marvel teased the arrival of Marvelman — it’s been four years since the publisher revealed it had acquired the rights to the property — and, scheduled for January, a new wave of Marvel NOW! titles. In convention panels, the company announced: Wolverine: Origin II, by Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert; the return of Nightcrawler in the first arc of Amazing X-Men, by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness; the November debut of Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe, by Chris Hastings and Jacopo Camagni; “Afterparty,” a two-issue arc of Young Avengers that celebrates Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s first year on the series; Steve McNiven will join Rick Remender in November on Uncanny Avengers; Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand, a Galactus-focused Ultimate Universe event by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley; and the January-launching Revolutionary War, in which writer Andy Lanning and “various superstar artists,” will resurrect some of the Marvel UK characters.

•  DC Comics, which made its biggest announcements ahead of Comic-Con — Harley Quinn, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and the Vertigo relaunch — revealed new digital-first series Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Robin, Teen Titans Go, Beware the Batman and The Vampire Diaries, and the transition of Batman Beyond to Batman Beyond Universe, and Vertigo’s American Vampire Anthology.

•  IDW Publishing’s flurry of announcements included: Walter Simonson’s return to the world of Norse mythology with Ragnarök, as well as remastered collections of his classic sci-fi series Star Slammers; the re-release of Dave Sim’s The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, remastered and redrawn; a December debut for Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, by Darwyn Cooke; a continuation of Winsor McCay’s pioneering comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez;re-colored and remastered printings of Sam Kieth’s The Maxx in The Maxx: Maxximized, along wit the first-ever Maxx hardcover collections, and Artist’s Editions; a Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Artist’s Edition; and, as part of the company’s agreement with Rebellion/2000AD, a new Rogue Trooper series, along with newly re-colored releases of past and present Rogue Trooper comics. Still more announcements can be found on the publisher’s website.

•  Dark Horse rolled out the new ongoing Ghost, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela and Ryan Sook, and Terminator: The Final Battle, by J. Michael Straczynski and Pete Woods.

•  Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint announced Dead Body Road, a modern Western/noir miniseries by Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera, and Manifest Destiny, an ongoing historical adventure by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni.

•  Fantagraphics’ plans include an Eleanor Davis short-story collection, Sock Monkey Treasury: A”Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey” Collection, a three-volume retrospective/biography of S. Clay Wilson, and a collection of Simon Hanselmann’s “Megg, Mogg and Owl” webcomics.

Top Cow revealed plans for a handful of titles, including Teen Witchblade by Stjepan Sejic, and Control, by Matt Hawkins and Colleen Doran.

• Oni Press will publish The Auteur, by Rick Spears and James Callahan.

• To celebrate its first anniversary, Monkeybrain Comics debuted five new digital titles on comiXology: Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective #1, by Jen Vaughn; Captain Ultimate #1, by Benjamin Baily, Joey Esposito and Boykoesh; Detectobot #0, by Peter Timony and Bobby Timon; Dropout #1, by Phil Hester and Tyler Walpole; and the re-release of Heartbreakers #1, by Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan.

Dynamite Entertainment came out swinging early last week with an avalanche of pre-convention announcements.

• Papercutz will release two WWE comics series, one of which is written by Hall of Fame wrestler Mick Foley.

• Viz Media relaunched its Viz Kids imprint as Perfect Square.

ComiXology, which has surpassed 180 million downloads, signed distribution agreements with Scholastic’s Graphix imprint, UDON Entertainment and Seven Seas Entertainment that launched during Comic-Con with dozens of works from the publishers’ catalogs. New titles will receive same-day digital release.

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