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Dark Horse to publish John Mueller’s remastered ‘OINK’

oink-heavens butcherDark Horse announced over the weekend at Phoenix Comicon that it will release the 20th-anniversary edition of OINK: Heaven’s Butcher, re-edited and remastered by creator John Mueller with new sequences.

Influenced by George Orwell, Pink Floyd and Simon Bisley, among others, OINK debuted in 1995 from Kitchen Sink Press, telling the dystopian story of pig-men who work as slaves to feed their human masters. But when Oink witnesses the execution of one of his comrades, he violently rebels and sets out on a quest for the truth about the creation of his race and revenge against its oppressors.

OINK is the foundation of my career, and I couldn’t really think of a better way to take another swing at comics,” Mueller, who’s been working on the remastered edition for more than six years, said in a 2013 interview. “I’m really proud of the work I’m doing for it, and I think it will lead to good things. There are also more OINK stories, and so I thought if I was going to do that I wanted to reset the foundation.”

OINK will be released in February. You can see art from the remastered edition on Mueller’s website and on the OINK blog.

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Jeffrey Brown bids Darth Vader ‘Goodnight’

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Following the massively successful Darth Vader and Son and Darth Vader’s Little Princess, cartoonist Jeffrey Brown will return to the Star Wars universe in July with a new book titled Goodnight Darth Vader. To promote its release, Brown shared this wonderful trailer, featuring — you guessed it — various Star Wars characters catching some shuteye everywhere from Dagobah to the Cloud City. The young Luke and Leia, though, have other things in mind while dad sleeps.

Check out the trailer below. The book arrives July 22.

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Roger Langridge adapting unproduced Jim Henson screenplay

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Roger Langridge, who earned acclaim for his run on BOOM! Studios’ The Muppets, will return to the world of Jim Henson in October with Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow.

Published by Archaia, the graphic novel is an adaptation of a 1960s screenplay for an unproduced Thanksgiving television special by Henson and Jerry Juhl, later head writer of The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock and co-writer of five of the first six Muppet feature films. According  to USA Today, the script had been in the Henson archives for decades, along with Tale of Sand, which was adapted in 2012 as a graphic novel by Ramon Perez.

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Jeff Weigel’s ‘Dragon Girl’ reveals creatures’ not-so-scary side

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You may think you know dragons, but unless you’ve met one, you’re wrong. That’s the story of Jeff Weigel‘s upcoming graphic novel Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley.

Set for release June 3 by Andrews McNeel Publishing, Dragon Girl follows a young girl named Alanna growing up in medieval times who lucks upon a nest of dragon eggs and learns they’re not the tyrannical monsters her society makes them out to be. On the surface, Wiegel’s story might be comparable to How to Train Your Dragon, but upon reading it’s more akin to the children’s pony book subgenre (Black Beauty, et al.) … but with, y’know, dragons.

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Magnetic Press to release Tony Sandoval’s ‘Doomboy’

doomboyTony Sandoval’s award-winning graphic novel Doomboy will be released in English for the first time this fall by Magnetic Press.

An Official Selection of the 2012 Angouleme International Comics Festival and winner of the Coup de Coeur prize, it’s a coming-of-age story about a lonely teenager who, after the sudden death of his girlfriend, decides to broadcast songs to her beyond the grave under the name “Doomboy.” However, he doesn’t realize those broadcasts are being picked up across town and beyond, leading his life to be turned upside down.

“I have waited for this moment for a while, and I think Doomboy is my favorite story I’ve written so far,” said Sandoval, whose other works include Nocturno, The Corpse and the Couch and, most recently, The Sea Serpent. “I am curious how the American market will accept Doomboy, because the market is very different from Europe, but of course I am very happy to see it released in English.”

Doomboy is set for release in September.

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Matt Smith cleaves an opening for his own ‘Barbarian Lord’

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Just as there’s room for more than one superhero in comics, there’s room for more barbarian. And on July 1, cartoonist Matt Smith makes his graphic novel debut with a story about a farmer who trades his plow for a sword and ax to become Barbarian Lord.

Originally serialized online, Barbarian Lord is being expanded and honed like a sword on the proverbial smith’s anvil for the Clarion Books release. Mixing the standard-bearer for barbarism that is Conan with elements of Hellboy, Norse mythology, Icelandic sagas and the timeless story of a farm boy becoming a man, Barbaric Lord looks to be a combination of big action and sly humor.

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SC Senate panel rejects bid to punish colleges over gay-themed books

fun home2A South Caroline Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a plan to cut the budgets of two state universities as punishment for selecting gay-themed books, including Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home, for their summer-reading programs.

The Associated Press reports that although Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler recommended adopting the House’s $70,000 cuts, the Finance Committee voted 11-7 against the proposal. However, matter is expected to resurface next week as the full Senate takes up the state budget.

In early March the House approved a budget that would slice $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate for recommending Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, about South Carolina’s first gay and lesbian radio show, respectively. The figures represent the amount each school spent on last year’s programs.

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AdHouse Books holds warehouse sale

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Dark Horse Digital isn’t the only one having a sale right now. To make room for “a fair amount of inventory coming to the warehouse this season,” AdHouse Books is holding a sale of their own.

If you haven’t checked out Duncan the Wonder Dog, Driven by Lemons, Pope Hats or any of the other comics and graphic novels they have on sale from Jim Rugg, Farel Dalrymple, Stuart Immonen and Joey Weiser, among others, head on over there and grab them while they’re cheap.

The sale runs through May 25.

Check out covers, slipcase art for ‘Hip Hop Family Tree’ box set

hip hop6Fantagraphics has unveiled the Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Box Set, complete with two new covers by creator Ed Piskor (one side of the slipcase pays homage to EC Comics, the other to 1960s DC).

And if that weren’t enough, it comes with the exclusive bonus Hip Hop Family Tree #300 “Milestone, Variant, Limited, Ashcan Edition!” In the words of the publisher, “Foil-stamped cover! Rob Liefeld! It’s the ’90s-est.”

On sale in November for $59.99, the box set collects the first two volumes of Piskor’s bestselling chronicle of the history of hip hop, originally serialized on BoingBoing.

The first 112-page volume covers 1975 to 1981, with appearances from the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, Russell Simmons, Debbie Harry and Keith Haring. The second volume moves on to ’82-’83, with Run-DMC, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Beastie Boys and more.

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French comics sensation Bengal takes aim at U.S. with ‘Naja’

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French artist Bengal is one of those artists whom others go out of their way to find his work. While one of his few U.S. credits is a story in the first Flight anthology from 2004, overseas he’s an established name. Revered for Meka, Luminae and contributions to French anthologies, his work has been available to American audiences by import only — or  by viewing online. But in June, an upstart publisher is bringing Bengal’s work to the United States.

Magnetic Press will release Naja, a 248-page collection of the 2008 series by Bengal and writer JD Morvan, originally published in Europe by Dargaud. Naja follows an assassin immune to pain and emotion who finds herself looking for more when her bosses mark her as their next target.

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Viz Media to roll out ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ movie tie-ins

AYNIK-GraphicNovel-CoverWith Tom Cruise poised to battle aliens (again and again and again) in Edge of Tomorrow, Viz Media has announced the May 5 release of the graphic novel adaptation of the book that inspired the sci-fi action film.

Written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by alt-manga artist Yoshitoshi ABe, All You Need Is Kill is a 2004 light novel about a new recruit to the United Defense Force who’s killed in his first fight against Earth’s mysterious invaders — only to find himself caught in a time loop: He wakes up the day before that fateful battle, only to die and be resurrected time and again.

Adapted by sci-fi author Nick Mamatas and comic artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury), the graphic novel will be available in print for $14.99 or digitally across multiple platforms for $8.99.

On April 29, Viz will also release a new movie tie-in edition of Sakurazaka’s light novel, which in 2009 launched the publisher’s Haikasoru imprint, with a new title (Edge of Tomorrow) and a covering bearing the poster of stars Cruise and Emily Blunt. It’s priced at $7.99.

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Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone’ among most challenged books of 2013

Bone: Out From BonevilleBone, Jeff Smith’s critically acclaimed fantasy adventure about three cousins swept up in epic populated by dragons, rat creatures and evil forces, was among the books most frequently challenged last year in schools and libraries.

The news comes from the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, which has released its annual Top 10 List of Frequently Challenged Books as part of National Library Week. In 2013, the organization received 307 reports on attempts to remove or restrict materials from library bookshelves and school curricula across the United States. That’s down from 464 official challenges in 2012.

Bone came in at No. 10 on the list, which was led once again by Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series and populated by the likes of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eyes and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower (see the full rundown below). The last comic to make the list was Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth in 2011.

The ALA’s 2014 State of American Libraries Report doesn’t cite specific challenges to Bone or reveal how many there have been, but it does offer broad reasons for the objections: “political viewpoint, racism, violence.”

Although the challenges last year apparently failed to attract media attention, there was a good deal of coverage of complaint filed in 2010 by a parent in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, objecting to the depictions of drinking, smoking, gambling and sexual situations in Bone. However, a school district committee voted 10-1 to keep the books on library shelves. (There’s a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund case study, if you’re interested.)

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Strange amnesia, talking severed heads populate ‘The Amateurs’

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What if you woke up one morning and completely forgot how to do your job? That would be bad, especially if your job is butchering animals. Courtesy of our friends at Fantagraphics, we’re pleased to share a preview of The Amateurs, the debut graphic novella by Conor Stechschulte. I should warn you that the preview is NSFW, as it’s a bit gruesome.

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Papercutz’s ‘Ninjago’ line passes 2 million in sales

ninjago-v9It’s easy to become so wrapped up in the monthly direct market horse race that we overlook success stories in other channels. Oh, not the bookstore performances of The Walking Dead, Saga or Attack on Titan; we get regular reminders of that from BookScan. In this case we’re talking about Ninjago, the LEGO toy line turned animated TV series turned graphic novel line.

Although the debut of the latest book atop The New York Times bestseller list should’ve provided a clue to how well it’s doing, Papercutz has trumpeted that with the release of LEGO Ninjago, Vol. 9: Night of the Nindroids, the series has surpassed 2 million copies in sales.

LEGO Ninjago titles have been a phenomenon for us,” Papercutz President Terry Nantier said in a statement. “We’ve been back to press numerous times and it seems like we’re always struggling to keep up with consumer demand. I’ve been in the graphic novel publishing business for quite some time and I’d be hard pressed to name a lot of other kids ‘series that have hit that level of sales.”

Things are going so well that the publisher, perhaps unsurprisingly, is expanding the line in May with a series of graphic novels based on Ninjago “Legends of Chima” LEGO sets.

John Leguizamo’s ‘Ghetto Klown’ to become graphic memoir

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Abrams has announced it will publish a graphic novel adaptation of Ghetto Klown, John Leguizamo’s award-winning one-man Broadway show, under its Abrams ComicArts imprint next year. Leguizamo is working with artist Christa Cassano on the project.

Recently airing as an HBO comedy special, Ghetto Klown takes audiences from the actor/comedian’s memories of his adolescence in Queens, New York, to his involvement in ’80s avant-garde theater to his motion-picture career, introducing some of the colorful characters he encountered along the way.

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