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A return trip to Switzerland with Batman, Betty Boop and more

Welcome once again to Shelf Porn, our look at the collections of fans around the world. Today’s submission comes from Fran Sad from Lausanne, Switzerland. Fran shared his collection with us last year, and now he once again shows off his graphic novels, posters and other cool stuff.

If you’d like to see your collection here–either for the first time or again–send your write-up and some jpg images to jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now let’s hear from Fran …

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Shelf Porn Saturday | A post-Thanksgiving collection to be thankful for

Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Daniel Gibson, who shares shelves of action figures, trades, art and more.

If you’d like to see your collection here, drop me an email at jkparkin@yahoo.com with a brief write-up and some jpgs.

And now let’s hear from Daniel …

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Shelf Porn Redux | An update on the Library of Graphic Literature (St. John’s)

Welcome to Shelf Porn, the column where fans show us their collections. Today we have a brief update from cartoonist and comic book instructor Wallace Ryan, who shared his collection with us last year. “I’m assembling this library to be donated in the future to some worthy institution,” he told us in his first submission.

Since then, his collection has grown to 775 hardcover books. “I just finished reshelving the entire lot and thought I’d send you a few shots!”

If you have some shelves of comics, action figures or other related collectibles you’d like to show off, send me a write-up and some jpgs at jkparkin@yahoo.com. And hey, if you sent in your collection once before and would like to share some updates, those are welcome as well.

Check out a couple more pictures from Wallace after the jump.

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Food or Comics? | Tales Designed to Sizzlean

Parker: The Score

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a splurge item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Graeme McMillan

While the offerings on show at my local comic store this week won’t compare with those available at Comic-Con International, if I had $15 this week, I’d pick up Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus #1 (DC/Vertigo, $2.99), the new Bloodshot #1 (Valiant, $3.99) and the final issue of the enjoyable Kirby: Genesis #8 (Dynamite, $3.99); the first for the art alone (I know very little about the story, but Murphy’s art is always worth checking out), the second for the high concept, and the third for the payoff that I know is coming from Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross and Jack Herbert’s resuscitation of the King’s concepts after following the series thus far.

That said, if I only had $30, I’d put both Punk Rock Jesus and Bloodshot back on the racks for another week, and add Darwyn Cooke’s new Parker adaptation, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score (IDW, $24.99) to my pile, instead. Cooke’s Parker books are consistently must-buys, and I can’t see why this one would be any different.

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ECCC | Oni announces full-color version of Scott Pilgrim

Fresh off the Emerald City Comicon floor is news that Bryan Lee O’Malley is delving back into the world of Scott Pilgrim . Oni Press will release full-color hardcover editions of the six-volume series. Speaking from the “On the Not So Late Late Show with Oni Press” panel earlier tonight, O’Malley said the coloring will be done by Nathan Fairbairn (Batman Inc., Swamp Thing) and will be published in a 6″ x 9″ “ultra swank” format.

This isn’t the first time Scott Pilgrim has appeared in color. In addition to a rare Free Comic Book Day one-shot put out years before, several pages from the final volume of the series, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, were published in color. Oni has used several colorists over the years to color O’Malley’s SP work, but the choice of Fairbairn looks to live up to the “ultra swank” promise said at the panel.

In addition to the new size and coloring, each volume will include previous unpublished bonus materials. Oni plans to release the first hardcover in August. The publisher is careful to note that the original black and white versions will remain in print as well.

Here’s several preview pages Oni has released along with the announcement:

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Gerber and Nowlan’s Infernal Man-Thing coming later this year [Updated]


Last year in one of his regular Q&A’s with Comic Book Resources, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso teased the release of the long-awaited and long-delayed Man-Thing graphic novel by the late Steve Gerber and artist Kevin Nowlan. Today Nowlan confirmed on his blog that the hardcover, which is now listed on Amazon, will come out in October–just in time for Halloween.

As Chris Arrant noted last September, this project was initially started and announced in the 1980s, but it reportedly fell by the wayside while sitting on Nowlan’s drawing board. The original title was “Screenplay of the Living Dead Man,” intended to be a follow-up to the story “Song-Cry of the Living Dead Man” published in Man-Thing #12 way back when. It wasn’t until Gerber’s passing in 2008 that Nowlan began working on the project again in his spare time.

UPDATE: According to a story on Marvel.com, this story will first see life as a three-issue miniseries, The Infernal Man-Thing, which begins in June.

Fantagraphics reprints, enhances Jack Davis art book

Despite making its debut at shows like the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival last year, Fantagraphics’ Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture — A Career Retrospective has yet to be released to shops. If you’ve been wondering why it missed its December release date, Fantagraphics has posted an update on the book on their website:

…we noticed a quality control issue with this initial printing — namely, the covers were prone to warping — so we decided that the best course of action was to reprint the book. Of course, being the obsessive perfectionists that we are, we couldn’t resist making a few additional tweaks to the book first, including brand new cover art as shown above, which is why it’s taking a little extra time. The new improved version should be hitting the shelves in May or thereabouts. We certainly do appreciate your patience!

If you did buy a copy of the book already, Fantagraphics is offering to replace it for you with the new version–either with a one-for-one trade or, if you want to keep the one you have, they’ll sell you the new version for 50 percent off if you send them a picture of your copy.

Vertigo plans deluxe Death, new Ronald Wimberly OGN in late 2012

Prince of Cats

DC Comics unveiled their plans for collections, trades and original graphic novels yesterday for late 2012, both for the DC line (which included the Amethyst news) and for Vertigo. In addition to collections of ongoing titles like The Unwritten and the upcoming Saucer Country, the Vertigo list included a few items of note:

  • Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland, which was supposed to be out last fall but was delayed until September 2012, has now been pushed back to November 2012.
  • Just in time for Halloween is a deluxe edition that collects the various Death miniseries that Neil Gaiman wrote during his epic run on Sandman. It includes both The High Cost of Living and The Time of Your Life, as well as the Death-centric stories from Sandman #8 and #20. It also includes a bunch of shorter stories, like the Death tale from the 9/11 book DC put out and the infamous public service announcement piece about the proper way to put on a condom, starring Death, John Constantine and a banana.
  • And in September Vertigo will release an new original graphic novel by Ronald Wimberly, who drew Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm and some other books for Vertigo. I’m not sure exactly what the book is about, but Wimberly has a Tumblr set up where he is posting art, like the piece up top.

Ryan Ottley’s cover process for the next Invincible hardcover

On his blog, the insanely talented Ryan Ottley shares his process for creating the cover to the Invincible Vol. 7: Ultimate Collection, which features the huge cast of characters from issues #71-84, a.k.a. the Viltrumite War storyline.

“I always have a hard time with these covers, they are always packed with everyone from the issues so it’s tough to get any kind of composition,” he said in the post. “Here I tried to organize things a little bit but with keeping the same idea of all the other covers.”

The hardcover collection is due Feb. 15, and you can catch up on previous volumes, as well as purchase Ottley’s latest sketchbook, in his new online store.

Oni Press to publish color hardcovers of Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin series

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin series, Oni Press will release color “special edition prestige hardcovers” of the series. Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things, Special Edition will hit store shelves in April 2012.

“Readers love Courtney Crumrin for how vividly Ted renders the magical world he has dreamed up,” said Oni Press editor Jill Beaton in a press release. “The original versions were wonderful, and Ted is one of those cartoonists who really understands how to use black ink on a white page. Despite the level of detail, he avoided over-rendering his drawings, meaning that the work is still open and has room to breathe. It also means there is space for color. Warren is highlighting what is already there, filling in an extra dimension that previously was left to the reader.”

Naifeh is remastering the material, working closely with colorist Warren Wucinich to create a spooky palette “that accentuates what everyone loved about the original black-and-white art while providing a completely different way of seeing Naifeh’s fully realized world,” the press release says.

In addition to the color treatment, Oni Press’ art director, Keith Wood, is pulling out all the stops to make the Courtney Crumrin, Volume 1: The Night Things, Special Edition special. “In talking with Ted about what we wanted to do with the hardcover,” Wood said, “he told me that it should look like a book you’d find on Uncle Aloysius’ bookshelf, something Courtney might stumble on when snooping around his office. It’s going to be a cool object as well as a good read.”

The book features a special silver ink, embossed cover and an old-fashioned ribbon bookmark placed in the sewn spine. The 136-page, 6” x 9”, graphic novel will retail for $19.99

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished with Courtney Crumrin,” said Naifeh. “It’s been ten wonderful, creative years, and I’m happy to have done it at Oni Press. The fans have shown us tremendous support, and I hope they will enjoy the chance to relive these adventures with a brand-new hue.”

Check out some of the colored artwork after the jump.

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DC Comics reveals collection plans for first arcs of the New 52

DC Comics Presents #6

DC Comics announced 51 upcoming trade paperbacks and hardcovers yesterday, as they plan to start rolling out collected editions of their New 52 relaunch titles next year. They’ll publish 7-8 of them each month from May to November.

Yep, they only list 51 trade paperbacks — Wonder Woman is missing. And it looks like the DC Universe Presents trade will collect both the Deadman story that wraps in issue #5 and the Dan DiDio/Jerry Ordway Challengers of the Unknown tale that starts in issue #6.

Coming out first as hardcovers are the first New 52 story arcs for Justice League, Batman, Green Lantern, Detective Comics, Batwoman, Batman and Robin, Batgirl, Action Comics, Batman: The Dark Knight, Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Flash and Superman. DC’s choices for the hardcover treatment line up almost perfectly with their top-selling titles for September; Teen Titans outsold Batwoman and Aquaman, but will go straight to trade paperback.

Check out the complete list after the jump.

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Milk and Cheese deluxe hardcover loaded with extras

Milk and Cheese

The release of Dark Horse’s latest round of solicitations last week revealed that Evan Dorkin’s humor comic Milk and Cheese will get the deluxe hardcover treatment, collecting “every single stupid Milk and Cheese comic ever made from 1989 to 2010, along with a sh*t-ton of supplemental awesomeness.”

On his LiveJournal, Dorkin revealed details on what the “supplemental awesomeness” will entail:

- The book will feature over 80 pages of comics that have not been collected before.
– There will be a 24-pg color section featuring all the color M&C strips, a cover gallery, pin-ups, merchandise art, trading cards, etc.
– There will also be a 24-pg B&W supplemental section featuring pin-ups, t-shirt designs, and other art, etc.
– The book will include the rare 1997 M&C Special Edition 16-pg mini-comic featuring the expanded “Darth Vader Overdrive” strip and extras.
– The only M&C-related comic that will not be in the collection is the M&C/Pirate Corp$! strip from Munden’s Bar Annual #2.
– Some very swell folks gave us some very nice back cover quotes.
– The book should be hefty enough to hurt anyone hit over the head with it.
– The book should be pretty freaking awesome.

The hardcover is due Dec. 21, just in time for Christmas.

SDCC Wishlist | UDON brings Mega Man, Street Fighter, RandomVeus to San Diego

The good folks at UDON Entertainment will be at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month, and they were kind enough to send over details on the books they’ll be selling at their booth (#5037). Their list includes Street Fighter Legends and MegaMan hardcovers, as well as their first-ever original graphic novel, RandomVeus by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz. You can also find details on booth signings and their panel below ….


Comic-Con International: San Diego 2011 marks the beginning of UDON’s second decade of operations, and one of its biggest San Diego outtings ever!

With three new books debuting at Comic-Con (including 2 con-exclusives!) and more than 16 creators in attendance signing and sketching every day, no comics, video game, or art fan is going to want to miss out on all the great stuff going down at UDON, booth #5037!

Art Books and Graphic Novels Debuting at Comic-Con:

MegaMan Tribute

Celebrating over 20 years of the ‘blue bomber!’

Hundreds of artists from around the world join forces to pay homage to one of the most iconic figures in gaming with Mega Man Tribute! This 300+ page, full-colour art book is the ultimate celebration of the blue bomber, featuring the characters of Mega Man classic, Mega Man X, Mega Man Zero, Mega Man ZX, and Mega Man Legends in every style you can imagine! Includes original pieces by comics superstars Hitoshi Ariga (Mega Man: Megamix), Sean “Cheeks” Galloway (Teen Titans: GO!), Sanford Greene (Dark Horse Presents), and many more!

Premiering at Comic-Con, this limited edition hardcover version features exclusive cover art by Mega Man manga artist Hitoshi Ariga (Megamix, Gigamix) that will not be available on the softcover! This HC is a convention/UDON exclusive! Limited to 500 copies. SRP $80.

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Clowes’ The Death-Ray hardcover coming from Drawn & Quarterly next fall

The Death-Ray

I’ve been anticipating this since Daniel Clowes teased it at the Alternative Press Expo in October … Tom Spurgeon broke the news this morning that Drawn & Quarterly will release a hardcover version of Clowes’ The Death-Ray next fall.

Much like Pantheon did when they repackaged Clowes’ Ice Haven as a stand-alone hardcover, the book will repackage and re-release an issue of Clowes’ Eightball — issue #23, which came out in 2004 and starred the outcast-turned superhero. The Death-Ray has also been optioned for film by Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Productions, with Chris Milk attached to direct

“The Death-Ray is one of the most perfect and fully realized comics of the past decade and it is nothing short of the highest honour to publish,” said Chris Oliveros, editor-in-chief and publisher of Drawn & Quarterly in the press release. “The story of the alienated Andy is drawn and written to perfection with Dan’s signature subtle humour, stylistic eloquence, and understated social commentary–showcasing all of the hallmarks of why Dan is one of the preeminent cartoonists of the comics medium.”

You can find the entire press release after the jump.

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Youngest Eisner winner shares her thoughts on the winning story

“The Magician and the Snake,” by Katie Mignola and Mike Mignola, appeared in the Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings anthology back in 2003, and the daughter/father duo took home an Eisner award that year for it. Katie was seven when she wrote it, and now it’s seeing print again in The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects hardcover, which arrives in stores next week.

The young author shares her thoughts on the story on the Dark Horse blog:

The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects

The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects

I don’t remember much about how I came up with the story other than that I painted a picture of a snake yelling at a bunch of shapes. I didn’t put any more thought into it until my dad asked me what I did at school that day and I told him about the picture. I made up the entire story on the spot and my dad said that he would like to use it in a comic. Over the course of a few months my dad drew the story, changing small details as he went such as the monkey king, which wasn’t in my original story. There were a few things that I wouldn’t let him change such as the magician’s style (he wanted him to be a parlor magician and I wanted a classic stars and moons magician) and the death of the magician. My dad suggested that the magician turn the snake into a lion so that he could eat the shapes and save the magician but I, for some reason, said that the magician had to die at the end.

She goes on to say that she was excited to tell her friends about the win, but “none of them had any idea what an Eisner was so it didn’t really mean anything to them.”

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