The beautiful and fantastical Flight anthologies put together by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and his friends may be no more, but their spirit lives on in Explorer. The first volume, Flight: Explorer, was Kibuishi’s stab at assembling an anthology for kids using many of the same artists who’d worked on Flight. He followed that up by dropping the Flight label and putting together Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, but if a third volume was ever announced, I missed it.
That third volume is coming soon, though. Amazon is taking pre-orders for Explorer: The Lost Islands, a hardcover to be released Oct. 8. Again edited by Kibuishi, this volume features stories around the theme of “hidden places.” Contributors include Kibuishi, Jason Caffoe (Flight), Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Michel Gagné (The Saga of Rex), Katie and Steven Shanahan (Flight, Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales), and new artist Chrystin Garland.
Now that Jake Parker’s (Missile Mouse) Kickstarter campaign has closed for Antler Boy and Other Stories, he’s hard at work finishing the short-story collection. To tide us over in the meantime, he’s been posting the uncolored version of the book’s final story “Secret of the Spacecave.” The finished version will be full color, but Parker writes, “I thought these black, white and purple pages looked pretty good.” I agree. He’s posted three parts of the story so far, with one more part to go. Stay tuned to his website for that, as well as details about ordering Antler Boy and Other Stories. Parker promises that readers who missed the Kickstarter campaign will still be able to get copies in the fall.
Jake Parker was always one of my favorite parts of the Flight and Out of Picture anthologies, and his Missile Mouse graphic novels showed that he knows how to make great longer-form stories as well. Robot 6 readers may also remember that he’s also a great designer of Batmobiles. Now Parker’s wanting to collect all of his short stories — both Missile Mouse and otherwise — into one place in a collection called The Antler Boy and Other Stories.
There’s a Kickstarter for the book, and with almost a month left to go, Parker’s already passed his initial goal of $6,000. He hasn’t identified any stretch goals yet, but the easiest way to get the nine-story volume is to pledge $25. Larger pledges get you more books and original art, so whatever Parker uses the extra money for, your contribution will get you cool stuff at a reasonable price. Check out the page for a full list of the stories and all the details.
Jake Parker (Missile Mouse) posted this drawing on his blog and I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to see him draw more like it. If DC Comics ever does another Bizarro Comics anthology, I hope someone gives Parker a call.
(via The Comics Reporter)
Welcome to What Are You Reading?, where we talk about what comics and other stuff we’ve been reading lately.
Today’s special guest is Joe Keatinge, writer and co-creator of the upcoming Image comic Brutal with Frank Cho. He’s also the writer of the final “Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies” installment in April’s Savage Dragon #171, drawn by Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen, Billy Dogma’s Dean Haspiel, Nikolai Dante’s Simon Fraser, Parade (With Fireworks)’s Mike Cavallaro, The Transmigration of Ultra Lad’s Joe Infurnari, Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation’s Tim Hamilton and Olympians’ George O’Connor. He’s also executive editor of the PopGun anthology, he’s got an ongoing series coming soon that he can’t say anything else about and with his fellow studio members at Tranquility Base, regularly beats up on 13 year olds at laser tag.
To see what Joe and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below.