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DiDio compares DC’s post-‘Convergence’ plans to ‘Infinite Crisis’

Teen Titans during the "one-year gap"

Teen Titans during the “one-year gap”

If DC Comics’ announced overhaul of its publishing line in the aftermath of Convergence took you back nine years to Infinite Crisis and “One Year Later,” you’re definitely not alone.

“To me, the similarities between the two are quite prevalent,” DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio wrote over the weekend on his Facebook page. “In terms of expectations and challenges, the lessons learned in the ‘One Year Later jump’ were applied to insure our June series (hopefully) don’t experience some of the same pitfalls (you can draw your own parallels after reading).”

Launching in March 2006, the “One Year Later” storyline pushed the narratives of all of the DC Universe titles one year after the events of Infinite Crisis, allowing creators to explore the ramifications of the crossover’s continuity changes (there were also numerous series cancellations, launches, relaunches and renamings). That time gap was then filled in with the weekly series 52.

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Marvel editor and ‘Ms. Marvel’ co-creator Sana Amanat gets new position


Marvel Executive Editorial Director Ryan Penagos announced today on Twitter that editor Sana Amanat has moved up the chain to become the publisher’s director of content and character development:

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Graphix announces new books from Telgemeier, Holm and more


Trumpeting the yearlong 10th-anniversary celebration of its Graphix imprint, Scholastic has announced new projects from Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier and Mike Maihack.

The brother-sister team of Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish) have created a Sunny Side Up, a semi-autobiographical for readers ages 8 to 12, set for release Aug. 25, the same date as Craig Thompson’s previously announced Space Dumplins.

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‘Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection’ takes to the air with TV spot


To promote the Wednesday debut of Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection — themed hardcover editions released every two weeks — publisher 2000 AD is using an appropriately mega-sized approach: a 20-second television commercial set to air on multiple channels across the United Kingdom. You can watch it below.

Beginning with Issue 1: “America,” the 1990-92 serial by John Wagner and Colin MacNeil, Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection gathers the definitive stories and creators from the strip’s 38-year history, arranged thematically and “in an order chosen by the experts at Rebellion to give new and old readers alike a coherent and immersive reading experience.”

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Marvel veteran Tom Brennan joins Valiant

tom-brennanFormer Marvel editor Tom Brennan has been hired as associate editor at Valiant Entertainment, where his duties will include overseeing the launch of Ivar, Timewalker.

Brennan, who worked at the House of Ideas for six years, is only the latest Marvel veteran to join Valiant, following the likes of Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons and Editor Alejandro Arbona. DC Comics alum Kyle Andrukiewicz was hired in July as assistant editor.

At Marvel, Brennan worked on such titles as The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Ms. Marvel, Venom and X-Men.

“Being a part of Valiant Entertainment might just prove that I’m the luckiest guy in comics,” Brennan said in a statement. “Watching Valiant not just survive but thrive in one of the toughest climates in publishing history was always inspiring, but to be a part of it is incredibly exciting. Moreover, Warren Simons is an editor I’ve looked up to for my entire career. This place is full of heart and hustle..

Exclusive | Dark Horse to collect Frank Frazetta’s ‘Snow Man’

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Long before Frank Frazetta became internationally renowned for his genre-defining — and redefining — paintings of Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars and other characters, he created the Snow Man. A scrappy ax-swinging, pipe-smoking statue brought to life, the Snow Man was introduced in 1944 in the first and only issue of Tally-Ho Comics, marking Frazetta’s comic book debut. He was 16 years old.

“All I did was one story, I was the kid who created the character,” Frazetta later recalled. “I did the pencils, and [Baily Publishing artist John] Giunta did the inking. I was only a kid, I didn’t even know how it was done.” However, Frazetta quickly learned, becoming first a comic book artist, drawing Western, fantasy, mystery and funny-animal stories, and then a painter whose influence on sci-fi and fantasy is still felt.

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Uncivilized Press unveils spring lineup


Uncivilized Press has announced its spring 2015 lineup of graphic novels, and it’s well worth a look. There are just three books: Borb, by Jason Little, whose previous works chronicled the adventures of Bee in Shutterbug Follies and Motel Improvement Service (you can read an excerpt of the latter here); Vincent Stall’s Robot Investigator, a story about a robot wandering through a planet that’s like Earth but with only feral humans; and True Swamp: Book 2, by John Lewis.

Full descriptions and additional covers can be found below.

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DC Entertainment hires new director of publicity

michael shellingDC Entertainment has hired Michael Shelling as director of publicity for publishing, a position left vacant since February, when Alex Segura returned to Archie Comics.

As Newsarama noted, no official announcement has been made, but Shelling revealed on his Facebook page that he’s already working in the publisher’s offices in Burbank, California.

Shelling was most recently public relations manager of Carbine Studios, the Aliso Viejo, California-based division of NCsoft devoted to developing massively multiplayer online games. He previously worked at Sony Online Entertainment, which developed DC Universe Online, among numerous other titles.

DC is expected to complete its move from 1700 Broadway in New York City to 2900 W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank in the spring, with editorial operations joining the film, digital, consumer-products and administrative operations. In 2011, the company signed a 10-year lease for the entire second floor, which amounts to 35,000 square feet of space.

New Stuart and Kathryn Immonen book tops AdHouse slate


Stuart and Kathryn Immonen‘s Russian Olive to Red King will headline a boisterous lineup of books coming in the spring from AdHouse Books. The slate, announced on The Comics Reporter, features Ignatz winner Sophie Goldstein’s new book The Oven in April, the Immonens’ long-gestating graphic novel in May, and the fourth issue of Ethan Rilly’s Pope Hats in June.

In 2010 Stuart Immonen spoke briefly to ROBOT 6 about Russian Olive to Red King, calling it a “tortured love story” featuring “petroglyphs and plane crashes and bad dogs and angry people.”

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Wil Wheaton guest-hosts this week’s ‘DC All Access’


With the search under way for a new co-host for DC All Access, DC Entertainment has been calling in the big guns to fill in with Tiffany Smith on the year-old web series. First it was Kevin Smith, and now it’s Wil Wheaton, who will guest-host this week … as long as he isn’t fired after the promo clip below.

New episodes debut Tuesdays on the DC All Access website.

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IDW to publish ‘Jack Kirby Mister Miracle: Artist’s Edition’


IDW Publishing will follow Jack Kirby New Gods: Artist’s Edition with a 192-page collection of the legendary creator’s work on Mister Miracle.

Part of the early-1970s “Fourth World” saga that also spanned DC Comics’ Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, The Forever People and New Gods, Mister Miracle introduced not only escape artist Scott Free and the warrior Big Barda, but also the likes of Oberon, Granny Goodness and the Female Furies, who lived well beyond the series’ 18 issues.

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Marvel titles now include Jack Kirby creator credit

kirby-marvelEagle-eyed readers may have noticed a new entry to the credits pages of several Marvel comics released this week: a line acknowledging the contribution of Jack Kirby.

All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 and Wolverine and the X-Men #11 include the phrase “Created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby,” while Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 states, “Captain America Created By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.” The credits pages can be found below.

Added with no fanfare, the credits follow a settlement agreement announced last month, ending the five-year-old fight between Marvel and Kirby’s children over the copyrights to 45 characters created or co-created by their father — among them, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

Neither side has commented publicly on their agreement beyond the joint statement, issued even as the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to decide whether it would consider an appeal by the Kirby heirs: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

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Want to host ‘DC All Access’? Here’s your chance


If you watch DC Entertainment’s promotional web series DC All Access, you’ve likely thought either “Wow, I’d love to get that kind of access” or “I can do better than that.” Whichever the case, you may now get your shot.

DC has announced a social media-driven contest to find a new co-host to join Tiffany Smith on the year-old show, beginning in 2015. (Farewell, Blair Herter?) Here’s what you have to do:

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Aspen Comics acquires Big Dog Ink library, launches imprint

ShahrazadAspen Comics has announced a deal to acquire the exclusive publishing rights for Big Dog Ink’s library of properties, which includes The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West, Shahrazad and Penny For Your Soul.

Under the terms of the agreement, the five-year-old Big Dog Ink will become an imprint of Aspen, with owners Tom and Kim Hutchison at the helm. The plan calls for a reprint release of BDI’s catalog, beginning in the spring with the re-release of Shahrazad, the fantasy adventure starring the legendary Persian queen and storyteller from One Thousand and One Nights.

“We are thrilled to be able to team up with Tom, Kim and Big Dog Ink to introduce their original and exciting titles to our fans, and welcome their own fans to our house as well,” Aspen Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez said in a statement. “They have really built something special at BDI, and their passion for creating exceptional new titles is something we knew would make for a perfect fit here at Aspen Comics. Their creative vision will continue forward, and based off the early plans we have in place, I am certain BDI fans can expect more of the same high quality storytelling in addition to some exciting new ideas coming your way.”

Read the full press release below:

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NYCC | IDW Limited to release Marvel Artist Select series

idw limitedCapping a string of joint announcements that included collections of the Amazing Spider-Man comic strip and more Marvel Artist’s Editions, IDW Publishing and Marvel revealed they’re partnering on a series of deluxe, limited-edition books.

Produced by IDW Limited, the Marvel Artist Select series will showcase stories hand-picked by the featured artist, packed in overized tray cases containing such extras as signed plates and original artwork. Each volume will focus on one Marvel character, beginning with Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, and many of the creators most closely associated with the superheroes.

“To be able to create limited-edition versions of the comic books we grew up on is a dream come true,” IDW President Greg Goldstein said in a statement. “This line is going to be something special. We plan on going to great lengths to create the kind of books that will be the absolute treasure of any fan’s collection. We’re going to work with the biggest names, and make sure we deliver an absolutely top-notch line of books.”

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